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Brice Brown,head football coach at Edna Karr High School, was selected as the New Orleans Saints' nominee for the national Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award. The school's team won the 2016 4A State Championship title.

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Dots Diner restaurants raised more than $34,485 and collected hundreds of pounds of pet food since 2010 to benefit the Humane Society of Louisiana. In December, the restaurants raised more than $1,385 and collected pet food following devastating floods in August.

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Rotary District 6840 across south Louisiana will dedicate the first 100 days of 2017 to support The Rotary Foundation's centennial through flood response, environmental cleanup, reading events in schools, and hunger relief. The District raises more than $200,000 a year to support the foundation, which aims to raise $300 million by July 2017.

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Nicolas Bazan has been appointed a Foreign Adjunct Professor of Neuro-science in the Depart-ment of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet. The LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans professor's work has focused on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts served 1,000 meals and delivered toys to families in need at the New Orleans Mission Dec. 20. The restaurant group, which includes Broussard's, The Bom-bay Club, Kingfish, Royal House Oyster Bar and others, has served more than 8,000 such meals since 2014.

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Keith Hart, music director at KIPP College Prep, was named one of 10 finalists for the Music Educator Award by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. Hart previously received KIPP's Excellence in Teaching award, among other honors.

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Roman Harper was nominated by the New Orleans Saints for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Nominees — one from each of the 32 NFL teams — are awarded $50,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice.

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Propeller and the New Orleans Starter Fund received $250,000 to create the Propeller Social Impact Equity Fund, part of a $15 million national initiative from the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Regional Innovation Strategies Program. The fund will help invest in new local companies through a three-month accelerator program.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provided $325,000 in funding to the 22nd Judicial District Court drug treatment program in Covington. The federal grants provide three years of funding to expand abuse treatment in adult and family drug courts and Tribal Healing to Wellness courts.

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Leora Madden, Andreanecia Morris and Keith Twitchell were named 2016 Urban Heroes by New Orleans environmental organization the Urban Conservancy. The awards, in partnership with Stay Local, honored Madden, owner of Pearl Wine Co.; Morris, executive director of HousingNOLA; and Twitchell, president of Committee for a Better New Orleans.

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Community Coffeedonated 10 percent of its proceeds from its Crescent City Blend coffee to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. The company donated nearly $5,000 to the nonpartisan organization, the oldest running group supporting coastal restoration efforts.

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'Up on the Roof,'the 10th annual event supporting the East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation, raised nearly $150,000 last month. More than 1,000 people attended the event, which has raised nearly $1 million over the last decade.

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