The Big Wanda Book Giveaway
will donate 500 copies of Happy Johnson's book The Adventures of Happy and Big Wanda to New Orleans schoolchildren this summer. Gentilly Trace Elementary School received 100 copies last week. Johnson's book prepares children for hurricane season. The Team Happy Foundation, Big Easy Kiwanis Club, Royal Engineers and Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy sponsor the giveaway.
The City of New Orleans
received the Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community Award from the League of American Bicyclists May 20. The award recognizes the city's bike infrastructure improvements, including 58 miles of bikeways and plans to build another 10 over the next year. The League of American Bicyclists uses advocacy and education programs to promote bicycle fitness and transit.
funded the renovation of Hollygrove's Harrell Stadium, which features the turf from Super Bowl XLVII as well as a basketball court. The facility opened May 17. Five New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) playgrounds received capital improvements from the NFL Foundation, with matching grants provided by the NORD Foundation through Chevron.
Connie M. Knight
was sentenced recently to 57 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lance Africk for providing fraudulent waste safety training following the BP oil disaster. In January, Knight pleaded guilty to three felony criminal charges and one misdemeanor criminal charge for creating false identification documents and impersonating an Occupational Safety and Health Administration hazardous waste safety instructor. Knight collected cash primarily from fishermen trying to help cleanup efforts.