Andrew and Kerin Fredman
provided a grant to the Trombone Shorty Foundation and Tulane University's New Orleans Center for the Gulf South to open the Fredman Business Institute at the Trombone Shorty Academy, which will offer music business education to more than a dozen high school students at no cost, beginning in January. The students' final assignment will be to assist in production of the annual Shorty Fest.
The St. Tammany Parish Library
collected 860 pounds of food in its "Food for Fines" drive at its 12 branches during the month of September. Library patrons received a dollar of fine forgiveness for every nonperishable food item donated. The food was distributed to Covington Food Bank, First Baptist Church of Slidell Food Bank and the Samaritan Center Food Bank.
received Parkway Partners' fourth annual "Green Spirit" Award Oct. 10. The organization's board of directors selected the WDSU-TV meteorologist for her advocacy of New Orleans landscapes, including neutral ground and park projects, the building of sunken gardens on Canal Boulevard and community and schoolyard gardens.
The Plaquemines Parish School Board
reinforced its 2001 ban of Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird this month after the board received complaints that teachers were assigning the book, which is banned for "offensive" language and themes. School board Superintendent Denis Rousselle told WDSU-TV the board is assembling a committee to re-evaluate whether the book should remain banned.