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The Home Depot Foundation
pledged a $125,000 grant to Volunteers of America (VOA) Greater New Orleans as part of a $1.6 million grant program for 10 VOA projects in seven states. The national effort will help build or refurbish 354 veteran housing units. In New Orleans, the grant will help pay for replacing heat and air-conditioning systems and updating vinyl tiles at local veterans facilities.


Kelly Stomps,
a music teacher at Woodlake Elementary School in Mandeville, was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Department of Education. Other area teachers receiving honors from the department include 2016 Elementary School Teacher of the Year Pablo Menendez Pato of Geraldine Boudreaux Elementary in Terrytown and 2016 Middle School Principal of the Year Rene Lewis-Carter of Martin Behrman Charter School Academy of Creative Arts and Sciences in Algiers.


Melvin Rodrigue,
president and CEO of Galatoire's Restaurant and Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak in New Orleans and Galatoire's Bistro in Baton Rouge, was named the Louisiana Restaurant Association's 2015 Restaurateur of the Year. Rodrigue has led Galatoire's since 2012 and this year was elected to the National Restaurant Association's board of directors.


Daniel D. Stogner,
a former Bogalusa city councilman, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a police officer in 22nd Judicial District Court on July 20. Stogner, who served on the Bogalusa council from 1998 to 2010, pointed a shotgun at officers responding to a disturbance at his home in 2014. He received a five-year suspended sentence and five years probation.


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