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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

BOXES 11-15

BOUQUET Rebuilding Together New Orleans and Countrywide Home Loans have joined forces to bring three families home for Thanksgiving after a three-day Òwork eventÓ that will restore and repair homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. All three homes are owned by related family members in Algiers. Rebuilding Together is a program of the local Preservation Resource Center. BOUQUET The Idea Village, a non-profit corporation that provides resources for local entrepreneurial ventures, has awarded $75,000 in business relief fund ÒtriageÓ grants since Hurricane Katrina. The funds will enable more than a dozen local businesses to continue operating while New Orleans recovers from the disaster. To apply for future grants, businesses may go to www.ideavillage.org and fill out the form under ÒKatrina Update.Ó BOUQUET French Quarter business and resident groups will lead in a major cleanup of the Òjewel of New OrleansÓ on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 18 & 19). Volunteers will join the French Quarter Business Association, French Quarter Business WomenÕs Network, French Quarter Citizens for PreservationÊofÊ Residential Quality, the Vieux Carre Property Owners and Residents Association, Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, Renaissance ofÊRampart and the Bourbon Street Alliance to prepare the Quarter for the upcoming holiday season. To volunteer, call 269-2558 or visit www.fqba.com BRICKBAT Mike McCrossen and Max Hearn, acting president and managing director, respectively, of the Orleans Levee Board, suddenly suspended staff attorney Gary Benoit shortly before he was scheduled to issue a report that was expected to criticize (or at least expose to criticism) controversial decisions by former board President Jim Huey. McCrossen and Huey are political allies.

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