DA Candidates Face off at PABI Forum as Nov. 3 approaches

The candidates for Plaquemines District Attorney (DA)—Charles Ballay, Gibby Andry, Leo Palazzo, and Terry Sercovich—met for one final “Forum” on Thursday, October 15 before early voting began the following day. This “Forum,” hosted by the Plaquemines Association of Business & Industry (PABI) and held at the Stonebridge Golf Club in Gretna, was the most heated meeting between the candidates to date. Unlike the October 3 “virtual debate”—where the challengers mentioned certain disagreements they had with Ballay but mostly focused on their own experience and qualifications— the PABI “Forum” was con frontational from the very start.

Rousselle and Buras argue over unpaid Settlements, Judgments

Due to the impending threat of Hurricane Delta, the October 8 Plaquemines Port and Council meetings were cancelled so the parish government could prepare for any of the storm’s impacts. Fortunately, Delta veered west and Plaquemines was spared of any severe effects. When the storm passed, the parish government rescheduled the council meeting for October 13, but the Plaquemines Port meeting—apparently lacking any urgent issues—was not rescheduled.

Plaquemines Port Ranked as one of the Largest Ports in the U.S.

The Plaquemines Port, Harbor & Terminal District (PPHTD) is 13th largest port in the United States by “cargo volume” moved according to an article in Global Trade Magazine. Based on information collected by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Plaquemines Port moved 56,850,137 tons in 2018. Considering the big name port cities/ regions Plaquemines was ranked against (Philadelphia, Portland, Los Angeles, Boston, and Memphis just to name a few), this top 15 rank is something to be proud of for a community of fewer than 25,000 people.

Quarterly Food Distribution: Deadline Set for October 2020 Commodity Food Distribution

Quarterly Food Distribution: Deadline Set for October 2020 Commodity Food Distribution

Deadline for accepting applications for participation in the October 2020 Food Distribution Program is October 12, 2020. Plaquemines Parish residents who have not yet applied for or completed an Application/Declaration Form of Eligibility can do so now or before the above mentioned date. All applications received after the deadline will not be processed for the upcoming October 2020 distribution. Commodity applications are available at ALL Parish Council offices, Council on Aging and the Community Action Agency office.

Fall is coming!

Fall is coming!

The fall season is here! The weather is changing, and the holidays are coming. There are plenty of great ways to do something with your pet while keeping yourself and them safe. COVID-19 is still around us, so coming up with safe and socially distant activities can be key to a great fall season. For example, going on a hike is a great activity for both you and your pet to do while staying safe. Just be sure to prepare your pet with flea and tick preventatives and check your pet for ticks or fleas while on the hike and before going back home. Some other ways to spend quality time with your pet include having Halloween movie marathons at home and going to pet-friendly pumpkin patches!

Council Meetings to begin at 3 p.m.

Late into the September 24 Plaquemines Parish Council meeting, an ordinance to change the start time from 5 p.m. to 3 p.m. passed unanimously. Starting October 8, the Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District Meeting will begin at 3 p.m.—which, according to district 7 council member Carlton LaFrance, typically lasts anywhere from “half an hour to 2 hours.” The regular Plaquemines Parish Government Council meeting will immediately follow the PPHTD.

Coastal Restoration Project Coming to Plaquemines Parish

Plaquemines Parish is about to undergo a multi-million dollar coastal restoration projection sometime “early next year,” according to a press release sent out by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) on Tuesday, September 29. This project will be funded by the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG), a “joint effort of the State of Louisiana and federal trustees” attempting to “heal Louisiana from the injuries caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”

Superhero Day at South Plaq. Elementary
Superhero Day at South Plaq. Elementary
Superhero Day at South Plaq. Elementary
Superhero Day at South Plaq. Elementary
Superhero Day at South Plaq. Elementary
Superhero Day at South Plaq. Elementary
Superhero Day at South Plaq. Elementary
Superhero Day at South Plaq. Elementary
Superhero Day at South Plaq. Elementary
Superhero Day at South Plaq. Elementary
Superhero Day at South Plaq. Elementary

Superhero Day at South Plaq. Elementary

South Plaquemines Elementary School hosted a spirit week on Sept. 8-11. While all of the days were a success, the favorite was dress like a superhero. The faculty and students came decked out in first responder uniforms (the most popular attire) to show their appreciation for so many who risked and continue to risk their lives to save others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Night Out Against Crime returns October 6

National Night Out Against Crime returns October 6

Tuesday, October 6, is National Night Out Against Crime. With health concerns due to COVID-19, Sheriff Gerald A. Turlich, Jr. and PPSO have decided to conduct a virtual Night Out Against Crime campaign. In order to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our residents as well as our employees, PPSO will drive through participating neighborhoods in a show of unity in partnership with our community against crime... from a distance. If your neighborhood is interested in participating or you would like additional information about this event, please contact Lt. Cody Portie at 504.234.6958 or at cportie@ppso.net.

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