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awarded a $350,000 grant to the Team Gleason House for Innovative Living, a planned high-tech residential facility at St. Margaret's Skilled Nursing Residence to provide care for people living with incurable neuromuscular disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis. The facility will be the second of its kind in the country. Team Gleason namesake Steve Gleason, former New Orleans Saints safety, was diagnosed with ALS in 2010.

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The cast and crew of Jersey Boys

helped rebuild a home in Gentilly last week. The home belongs to Cecily Lambert and her three children. After Hurricane Katrina, Lambert's stepfather stole Road Home money, leaving her destroyed home unfinished. United Way of Southeast Louisiana and Project Homecoming provided funding to help rebuild the house. The effort is part of the Helping Hands Campaign, which connects local volunteer organizations nationwide.

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Operation We Care

delivered 500 red, white and blue king cakes to U.S. armed forces overseas last week. Randazzo's Camellia City Bakery donated 250 cakes, and students from Northshore schools decorated the boxes. The event marked Operation We Care's 10th annual delivery — it has mailed more than 20,000 care packages since 2003.

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Julie Sardie,

a retired New Orleans marketing executive now running a B&B in Opelousas, has been named the 30th Zydeco Queen by the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival. Sardie earned the title by winning zydeco dancing competitions and interviewing with festival officials about how best to represent the culture of zydeco and southwest Louisiana. She will represent zydeco at festivals and cultural events throughout 2013.

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