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A nonprofit organization in Hammond called OPTIONS aims to help people with disabilities find meaningful work, and to also facilitate meaningful community relationships.

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Rafael and Beth Salcedo have a mission — to help underage victims of human trafficking. Their newly-licensed shelter is intended to help young girls across the south.


Rafael Salcedo used to work as a counselor for the Department of Family and Children’s services. A few years ago he started to see young clients who had been victims of sex trafficking. It was disturbing to him and his wife Beth.


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The Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge is between Slidell and Mandeville. Founded in the 1990s, it protects endangered birds and combats coastal land loss. It’s not just wildlife that thrives at Big Branch. The park’s volunteer program brings people of all ages and backgrounds together.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness in St. Tammany Parish is trying something a little new: training people who have mental illnesses to help people with similar problems.

Roxanne Skal is a Peer Support Specialist. She works with a variety of people, both in community support groups and at the Northlake Behavioral Health Center in Mandeville. A couple times a week, she drives from her office on one side of Northlake’s campus to a little brown brick house on the other side, where she leads a group for recovering alcoholics.

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Homelessness is a big issue in the New Orleans region, one that extends to the Northshore. Winter is particularly hard — shelters fill up, it is cold, and there is often nowhere to go. It can be especially hard for single men, and one organization is Slidell is trying to help.

Mark McVille has been homeless for two years. He has worked as a tugboat captain and construction worker, and was in the army for a while. He always had a pretty good job and had no problem supporting his kids.

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An organization in Covington is doing what it can to help families of children with disabilities.

Northshore Families Helping Families is a family-driven resource center that provides information and referrals for families along the Northshore. One of their key events is called “Touch a Truck.” It’s a fundraiser for the organization, but also an opportunity for kids to interact with law enforcement and have fun.

St. Tammany Parish District Attorney-elect Warren Montgomery will be inaugurated today, ending the long tenure of Walter Reed.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the St. Tammany Parish Courthouse in Covington. Times-Picayune reports Montgomery won a runoff December 6 to take the 22nd Judicial District's district attorney post. The district covers St. Tammany and Washington parishes.

Reed held the post for the last 30 years. He announced he would not seek a sixth term amid a federal investigation.

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Anointed Hands Boxing Gym on Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell is a modest facility, filled with loud music and kids. It is kind of like a community center — the coach taught a group of kids how to hit the boxing bags while others played on gym equipment and parents joked at the front desk.

 It is not necessarily what you would expect at a boxing gym. That could be because the owners, Dupre and Shedee Strickland, aim to do more than offer training for aspiring boxers — they want to help.

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Preservationists and music lovers in Mandeville are working to create a new seasonal tradition — enjoying jazz music in an open-air, historic jazz hall. Cars lined a back street in a Mandeville neighborhood on a recent Friday, as soft Christmas lights and the sound of jazz lit up the warm autumn air.

Parts Of Slidell Under A Boil Water Advisory

Dec 9, 2014

The city of Slidell issued a boil water advisory this afternoon after a water main burst on Bayou Liberty Road. The boil advisory effects the following streets and areas:

Bayou Liberty (300 Block)
Camellia Drive
West Camellia Drive
Palm Lake Subdivision
Palm Drive
Palm Circle
South Palm
Oleander North Palm
Oak Lane
Little Place
Bayou View
Grand View
Lookout Court
Jennifer Lane
Island Drive
Middle Brook Drive
Bywater Drive
Bonfouca Drive
Canulette Road
Brentwood Court