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Listening Post NOLA
3:57 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Listening Post Question Of The Week: How Do You Manage Child Care?

Daycares can be expensive and hard to get into. What's a parent to do?
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

If you have young children or have friends with young children in New Orleans, chances are you know about the struggle to find quality daycare/after school care.

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Community Impact
6:29 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Edible Schoolyard Teaches Seed To Table

Edward McKinnis and Jeremiah Marshall set the table in their teaching kitchen for a communal meal.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Edible Schoolyard New Orleans works to empower generations of New Orleans children to build and maintain healthy relationships with food, the natural world, themselves and their community.

Stefin Pasternak, is the lead chef educator at Samuel L Green Charter School, home of one of Edible Schoolyard’s two teaching kitchens, and one of their five school gardens. He directs two students to set the table for a communal meal.

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The Listening Post
10:17 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Your Thoughts On The Future Of New Orleans Public Libraries

A poster detailing the vote on a library tax for Orleans Parish.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

On Saturday, May 2 Orleans Parish residents will vote on whether to fund local public libraries through a property tax hike. It would raise around $8 million a year for the library system, for the next 25 years.

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Community Impact
6:30 am
Tue April 28, 2015

YMCA Of Greater New Orleans Helps People Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Barbara Morris lost seven percent of her body weight through the help of her class.
Eve Abrams

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans is taking steps to reduce the burden of diabetes by offering a Diabetes Prevention Program, so that people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes don’t.

When you think YMCA, what comes to mind?

Volleyball, helping kids, swimming, gymnastics, the gym, the song.

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Northshore Focus
8:30 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Linen Service Provides Opportunities For Northshore Residents To Gain Independence Through Work

STARC worker Burnell Vaultz loads up a washer at the commercial linen service outside Slidell.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

It’s not easy finding a job, especially one you really love. It can be even harder for those with physical and mental disabilities.

An organization in St. Tammany Parish aims to help people gain independence through work.

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Community Impact
7:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Helps Delgado Students Jump Legal Hurdles

Single Stop and its partners served over five thousand students and their families
Eve Abrams

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services helps people tackle civil legal issues for a stronger, safer, better life.

James Welch is a staff attorney at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, and two days a week he works at a place called Single Stop.

“We have so many students who come in here when they just need a rest, a place to come where no one is snarling at them,” laughs Welch. “Unfortunately, it’s tough. This is like an oasis.”

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Community
4:39 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Community Impact: School Leadership Center

Dr. Anna Faye Caminita is head of school at McDonogh 42 Charter School, and one of the school leaders the School Leadership Center works with.
Eve Abrams

The School Leadership Center is in its 17th year of developing Louisiana’s public and non-public school leaders in order to increase student achievement.

“The way I like to describe the School Leadership Center is that imagine an organization whose sole purpose was to help schools get better,” says Brian Riedlinger, the CEO of the School Leadership Center.

Dr. Anna Faye Caminita is head of school at McDonogh 42 Charter School, and one of the school leaders the School Leadership Center works with.

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Listening Post NOLA
9:26 am
Thu April 16, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: Preservation And/Or Development?

This historical building on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard is currently occupied by a church organization.
Kate Richardson

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post examines the role of preservation in New Orleans. How does it work with and against development? Who decides what's worth preserving? And why does it matter? 

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Community
7:08 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Cityscapes: Richard Campanella On A 7th Ward Puzzle

The peculiar pocket of the 7th Ward, unraveled by Richard Campanella.
Nola.com/The Times-Picayune

Each month we talk with Richard Campanella about his Cityscapes column for Nola.com and The Times-Picayune. This month the Professor of Geography at the Tulane School of Architecture delves into a bizarre street pattern that pops up in the 7th Ward.

Seen from above, he says, this particular parcel of land and the way its streets intersect looks like the floor of a messy tailor's shop, scraps and remnants rather than any type of clear-cut pattern.

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Listening Post NOLA
8:36 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Listening Post Question Of The Week: How Would You Transform A Vacant Building In Your Neighborhood?

Blight affects most neighborhoods in New Orleans. We want to know how you would develop vacant properties in your area.

Last month the city council approved plans for a Cuban restaurant to occupy a vacant gas station on the corner of Rampart and Esplanade. The development has been controversial from the get-go, as some neighborhood residents contend that the restaurant will bring unwanted traffic and noise to the quiet end of the French Quarter.

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