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Community Impact
6:31 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Wetland Resources Invents Ways To Save Coastline Faster

Gary Shaffer repairs Wetland Resource's tree nursery.
Eve Abrams

Wetland Resources plants hurricane resistant trees to protect Louisiana’s coastline.

Demetra Kandalepas is a senior scientist at Wetland Resources. We’re on the way to visit their bald cypress and tupelo nursery. It’s in the middle of a marsh. We drive down a muddy path next to a huge, raised pipe.

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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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Features
8:30 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Mandeville Market Builds Community

The Mandeville Trailhead has hosted the community market for the past 13 years.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Every week in Old Mandeville, the gray stucco train depot comes alive for the Mandeville Trailhead Community Market. Sponsored by the city, it saw about 24,000 visitors last year and hosts about 60 vendors every Saturday.

The market is a place to buy local crafts, soap, honey, baked goods and plants. Plus, it provides many with companionship and community.

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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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Coastal Rundown
12:47 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Coastal Rundown: A 'BP, Pay Up!' Protest

The Gulf South Rising Coalition led a march and rally to raise awareness of ongoing impacts in the Gulf of Mexico five years after the BP oil spill.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

It's been five years since the 2010 BP oil spill. On the day of the actual anniversary, a march and rally took place in the Central Business District to commemorate the people and places impacted by the spill. Marchers went from Lafayette Square to Jackson Square, dressed in all black to represent the 210 million gallons of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.

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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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Education
7:03 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Falling Through The Cracks: Young Lives Adrift In New Orleans

Craig Adams, Jr., 18, is studying for his second try at the high school equivalency exam.
LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 9:37 am

On weekend afternoons, Craig Adams Jr. plays for tourists on the streets of the French Quarter.

He gigs with different bands, bringing whatever's needed: trumpet, trombone, saxophone — he plays six or seven instruments in all. There's a white plastic bucket on the sidewalk so people can drop in cash as they browse the T-shirts and Mardi Gras masks.

Craig is 18, and there's music in his blood: "I had my uncle, my grandfather, and my dad to teach me." His father, Craig Adams Sr., leads a group called the Higher Dimensions of Praise Gospel Band.

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