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12:01 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Lack of Funds Hinders NOLA Civil Rights Museum

After 13 years on the drawing board, a civil rights museum in New Orleans appears to be far from becoming a reality in Louisiana.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne tells The Advocate given the fiscal condition of the state, he doesn't see it becoming a priority.

The pace of the project frustrates former state Sen. Diana Bajoie, who originally pitched the museum to the Legislature in 1999.

Bajoie introduced legislation establishing the Louisiana Civil Rights Museum as the state's official civil rights museum.

NolaVie
2:31 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

A Blue Dog Way to Reach Louisiana's Children

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts education center on Magazine Street.
NolaVie

Wander through the glass doors into the spacious heart of the tangerine building at 747 Magazine Street, and you’ll find a world of primary colors and creative shapes that speak to the child — and the artist  — in all of us.

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Farmers Market Minute
9:30 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Johnnie A. Clark, Jr.

Johnnie A. Clark, Jr.
MarketUmbrella.org

I recently learned that Johnnie A. Clark, Jr. had died in his sleep at 90 years of age. For longtime farmers market shoppers, you may recall the retired postman turned farmer, who held court on Saturday mornings among his offerings of cut carrots and greens. A real gentleman, Mr. Clark could also be fire and brimstone when issues of social justice and dignity for ordinary people are at stake.

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Corrections
1:22 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Phone Calls to Get Cheaper at La. Prisons

The costs of many prison phone calls are set to drop over the next couple of years.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission agreed Wednesday to a revamped proposal that will shrink the price tag for prisoners to call home, after complaints that current rates were too high and burdensome on poor families.

The PSC unanimously agreed to cut the rates charged for prison calls by about 25 percent when a prisoner is calling family, legal counsel, clergy or certain government agencies like schools. All surcharges will be removed.

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Farmers Market Minute
9:30 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Chanukah

Domenica’s Alon Shaya.

As the Jewish community approaches the final nights of Chanukah, I am reminded of a recent conversation I had with Domenica’s Alon Shaya. Of course, his interpretation of traditional Jewish holiday meals is now legendary.

The Israeli-born Alon was browsing market stalls for root crops. He described to me how he had recently catered a kosher wedding, and then stepped forward to say, “The way I see it, Kosher is not only among the original health codes (pre-dating our Health Department by a few thousand years) but it’s also a code for sustainability.”

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Features
6:54 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Grow Dat Youth Farm Nurtures Leaders

Grow Dat Youth Farm.
Dacia Idom

When teenagers look for a job, they often seek skills and training just as much as money. But for kids growing up without abundant resources, opportunities for developing confidence, humility, and a good work ethic can be hard to come by. Yet one New Orleans program, the Grow Dat Youth Farm, provides all of this and more in one fell swoop.

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Farmers Market Minute
9:30 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Floral Wreaths

Folsom flower farmer Shirley Randon battles the elements each week to harvest and assemble gorgeous nose gays and full-on bouquets of flowers. Knowledge of these challenges makes me appreciate her delicate, hand-crafted, dried floral holiday wreaths.

Have you seen them? Whereas contemporary wreaths feature vivid synthetic colors, Shirley’s are beautifully faded by the sun. These are colors we rarely see any more in commerce. Imagine a ring of dried cosmos, bachelor's buttons, sunflowers and more.

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Farmers Market Minute
9:30 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Thursdays Are Different

I spent this past Thursday afternoon zipping from one farmers market to the other. Whereas Saturday markets are altogether larger gatherings with greater choice, our city’s Thursday evening markets offer some surprises.

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Community
8:20 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Community Impact Series: Puentes New Orleans

As the area's greatly-increased Latino population settles in, a nonprofit aims to bridge divides of education, economic opportunity and political access in their new home.


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Community Impact Series
8:19 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Community Impact Series: Young Aspirations/Young Artists

An artist with YAYA working with local youth.
Courtesy of YAYA

How one nonprofit is bringing the power of art, expression and mentoring to youth on the front lines of Louisiana's coastal land loss crisis.

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