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12:03 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Community Impact: Chartwell Center Teaches Children With Autism

Hayden reads a book.
Chartwell Center

Just a few blocks from the intersection of Napolean and Magazine Streets is an unassuming yellow shotgun house. From the street there is no way to know this is a school — a very special school.

Inside and down the hall is the elementary school of the Chartwell Center, a nonprofit dedicated to serving children with autism spectrum disorders. In one of the two classrooms, Hayden and Matt — ages 8 and 9 — go over a recipe for a drink called Sunset Juice with their two teachers.

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Community
11:01 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Voices From The WWNO Listening Post: Healthcare

The Listening Post visited a health fair in Tremé to hear what people have to say about healthcare in the city.
Jesse Hardman

Hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents don’t have health insurance. The number ranges from about 600,000 to 900,000.

The federal health insurance exchanges opened for enrollment on Oct. 1. The idea is to get uncovered people into an insurance plan, with a mix of government subsidies and a co-pay from the recipient. However, many people below the poverty line will still need to rely on Louisiana’s safety net hospitals. 

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Community
10:13 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Undocumented Immigrants In New Orleans Make Progress With Sheriff Gusman, Hope NOPD Will Follow Suit

Members of the Congress of Day Laborers gather to discuss issues effecting their community.
Kate Richardson WWNO

Five years ago, the Department of Homeland Security established a program that forwards local arrest records to a national immigration database. If an individual is suspected of being in the country unlawfully, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or "ICE", may ask  local law enforcement to hold the individual until officials can investigate his or her immigration status. These requests are known as ICE holds.  

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Community Impact
3:35 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Advocacy Center Helps Disabled Advocate For Their Rights

Ellen Katz speaks to a client on the phone.

Ellen Katz is a Managing Attorney at the Advocacy Center, a non profit which helps protect the rights of people with mental and physical disabilities — people from all over Louisiana. Other staff members at the Advocacy Center make home visits, but much of Ellen’s work is conducted over the phone. 

“Hi Miss Fisher, how are you today?” Ellen asks a new client.

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Community
12:29 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Face Of Poverty In New Orleans Increasingly Suburban

The number of poor families who live in suburbs is increasing, according to research from the Brookings Institution and Greater New Orleans Community Data Center.
Brookings Institution

There’s a new picture of poverty in America. It’s a shifting geography that may come as a surprise. Suburbia is now home to more poor residents than central cities in major metropolitan areas.

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Flair for the French Quarter
1:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Out To Lunch: Dogs And Scents

Amy Wendel and Jerry Strahan
Grant Morris

Jerry Strahan has been wrangling Lucky Dog vendors for nearly 40 years and has the stories to prove it. Amy Wendel carries on the family tradition of Hove, the French Quarter's French Creole perfumery.

Plus, Amy and Jerry pay it forward with online marketers Ember Networks.

 

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Community
8:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Habitat For Humanity Women's Build Underway In St. Tammany

A Habitat For Humanity Women's Build crew framing a house.
Credit George Bonnett / WWNO

Habitat for Humanity builds houses on the Northshore. This month, their construction crews look a bit different than usual.

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Bring Your Own
4:53 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Writing's On The Wall'

Tristan Bennett and his (owned) home.
Credit Tristan Bennett

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

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Bring Your Own
4:42 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Marie's New CAAAr'

Marie and her Pathfinder, 10 years later.
Credit Marie Lovejoy

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

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Northshore Focus
8:30 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Three Rivers Art Festival Gearing Up On Northshore

In the 1990’s, several Northshore organizations banded together to create a new festival focusing on the arts. What they started, the Three Rivers Art Festival, is now in its 17th year. Diane Winston is the festival’s chairman.

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