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The Meterswill receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala concert and ceremony this summer, along with fellow honorees Tina Turner, Queen, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Hal Blaine and Louis Jordan. Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Art Neville, Cyril Neville, Leo Nocentelli and bassist George Porter Jr. formed the group in New Orleans in the mid-1960s.

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Drew & Brittany Breesopened New Orleans' first all-accessible playground for children with varying abilities in Audubon Park. Walnut Street Playground includes play stations for children with special needs, including kids with sensory and physical mobility problems.

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Hams for Famsprovided 210 local families with free food baskets over Christmas weekend. Each basket, which costs $100, is packed and hand-delivered to needy families in the days before Christmas.

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Middendorf's Seafood Restaurant raised $20,100 for Child Advocacy Services at its ninth annual Middendorf's Manchac Run. More than 600 people participated in the run, which began and ended at the seafood restaurant famous for its thin-sliced fried catfish.

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Garrett Bradley,New Orleans-based filmmaker and Loyola University New Orleans professor, is among 10 directors shortlisted for an Academy Award in the field of Documentary Short Subject for her film Alone. The field was narrowed from 77 to 10.

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NOLA Over the Edge raised nearly $80,000 for Special Olympics Louisiana at its annual fundraiser, during which people rappel down the side of Benson Tower in downtown New Orleans. This year, more than 64 people — many of them in costume — rappelled down the building's face, including New Orleans Saints mascot Gumbo the dog.

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Preservation Hallwill receive the SFJAZZ Center's Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala concert in San Francisco in February 2018. "Preservation Hall is a model of how a cultural institution can become an integrated part of a city's identity — an idea that inspires us," the center said in a statement.

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Jesmyn Ward received the National Book Award in fiction for her recent novel Sing, Unburied, Sing. The award was announced at a ceremony in New York Nov. 15.

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Ladee Hubbard won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for her debut novel, The Talented Ribkins. The Gaines Award was established nine years ago by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to honor African-American fiction writers, and comes with a $10,000 prize.

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Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO) won an on-line contest sponsored by the group NationSwell for CBNO's "Big Easy Budget Game," a website where citi-zens can allocate a virtual version of New Orleans' $602 million annual budget. The results are compiled with others' budgets to create "The People's Budget," a document the group submits to the City of New Orleans to illustrate residents' priorities.

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Walt Handelsman won the 2017 EPPY Award from Editor & Publisher for his editorial cartoons and animations for The New Orleans Advocate. The EPPY award is a digital news contest conducted by the trade publication.

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Kicks 4 the City, an organization that collects new and slightly worn shoes for the homeless, has begun its annual shoe drive, which will culminate in a shoe giveaway Nov. 19 at the New Orleans Mission. The program began in St. Louis, Missouri in 2012 and spread to New Orleans last year.

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