will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Center for Women and Government for her years of service to the City of New Orleans. In the early 1960s, Fossier led the city's Welfare Department, becoming the first female department director in New Orleans government. Later, she directed the Parks and Parkways Commission and received numerous commendations from the city and the state for her work in conservation and environmental activism.
600 young Jewish professionals
from 60 communities across North America spent a day transforming the abandoned Archbishop Hannan High School — painting murals, planting trees, building fences and picnic tables and more — into a community center. The volunteers were in New Orleans as part of a three-day event, the United Jewish Communities/Jewish Federations of North America's National Young Leadership conference. The volunteer effort is part of the federation's imperative of tikkun olam, or "repair the world."
New Orleans Ballet Association
received a $5,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program to develop arts programs for senior citizens. For the past year, NOBA, in conjunction with the New Orleans Recreation Department, has taught stretching, social dance and ballet skills to more than 60 older adults in the New Orleans area. On March 8, these seniors from the Behrman and St. Bernard NORD centers participated in the team dance segment in the New Orleans Senior Olympics.
Algiers Assessor Tom Arnold
used blue lights on his SUV to swerve in and out of traffic on the Causeway bridge on Jan. 26, according to a WDSU-TV report. Arnold attempted to defend his use of the lights by saying he has an honorary commission, including a badge, from Orleans Parish Civil Sheriff Paul Valteau. The commissions do not give honorees police authority, including the use of emergency lights. Jefferson Parish has charged Arnold with speeding and unauthorized use of emergency lights.