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NHS Pets of the Week

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Puppies, Puppies, Puppies:  When the weather begins to warm, rescue facilities across the country see an influx of homeless puppies and kittens.  There are so many adorable puppies searching for their forever homes at Northshore Humane Society.         Visit northshorehumane.org/dogs to see them all!  

Jan was part the the “Grease” litter rescued by Northshore Humane Society.  She and all of her siblings have the prettiest white coats and the most unique black markings. Jan is the sweetest, friendliest little kitty! She gets along well with other cats and would make a great companion for any family.  

If you are interested in adding Jan to your home, contact NHS by emailing adopt@nshumane.org.  

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NHS Pet of the Week

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Winifred is a five-year-old large breed mix who loves her toys, exercising in the yards and snuggle time. She’s an all-around great pup who would make a wonderful addition to any family! If you are interested in Winnifred or any of the other pets at Northshore Humane Society, please email adopt@nshumane.org.

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NHS Pet of the Week

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Meet Foxy, a 3 year old medium mix. She is a sweet girl who came from animal control with her best friend. After her friend was adopted, Foxy is now looking for her own forever family. She is dog friendly and loves people. Can you adopt our lonely girl? Adopt her today! If you are interested in adding Foxy to your home, please email adopt@nshumane.org or visit northshorehumane.org

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NHS Pet of the Week

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Meet Hannah, a 2 year old medium mix. She is dog friendly who loves every human she meets! She wants to be part of a family who will play and spoil her with toys. Hannah wants to be your forever cuddle buddy! Come adopt her today! If you are interested in adding Hannah to your home, please email adopt@nshumane.org or visit northshorehumane.org today!

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NHS Pet of the Week + Woofstock 2019

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Meet Peppermint, a gorgeous 1 year old cat who loves to be the center of attention. Peppermint is very laid back and loves to be pet. He can be shy at first, but crawls right into your lap the second he warms up to you. Peppermint is looking for a forever home with a loving family to give him all the love and attention he deserves. Come adopt him today! If you are interested in adding Peppermint to your home, email adopt@nshumane.org or visit northshorehumane.org today!

On Sunday, March 24, Northshore Humane Society will host its Woofstock 2019 event from 8:30am-3pm for the festival and 8:30am-1:30pm for clinic services at the Castine Center (63350 Pelican Dr. in Mandeville).
This fun day will provide efficient and affordable veterinary services such as medication purchases and microchips to residents of the Northshore. There will be delicious food, fun and games, performances by local entertainment, grooming opportunities, a pet costume contest with special guests judges, a fun play area for kids, fantastic raffle prizes, and vet services from the Northshore Humane Society’s veterinary clinic.
There will also be an opportunity to adopt a homeless dog from our organization and various local rescue groups. please visit northshorehumane.org/adopt. The Northshore Humane Society is still accepting sponsor and vendor applications for our event. Please email kseiler@nshumane.org for more information.

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NHS Pet of the Week

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Riley is a four-year-old large breed mix whose owner was stationed oversees and unfortunately could not take him along. Without family members to take care of Riley, his owner reached out to Northshore Humane Society for help. This sweet guy is full of love and wiggles. He is also house-trained and would make a great addition to any family!  northshorehumane.org

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West 30’s Task Force Focus on Community

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Poor housing conditions and other visible signs of neglect are generally just a symptom of a much larger problem, and without addressing the root cause of the problem(s) the conditions will not improve as quickly. That’s not to say that making forward progress on housing conditions is not an important goal, but while this is going on others need to be focused on identifying and resolving the underlying issues that plague the community, including:
Unemployment/underemployment/unemployable
Lack of educational opportunities
Lack of community involvement
Lack of accomplishment
Wasted potential due to old non-violent criminal records
Hidden discriminatory policies
If the task force is to be successful in effecting change in the West 30’s, we need to have someone focusing on these issues. – West 30’s Task Force, November 2017

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law in 2014, is the first major update in nearly 15 years to guide how the public workforce system helps job seekers access education, training and employment. WIOA places great emphasis on serving out of school youth through training and services that are employer driven and linked to labor market demand. WIOA defines out of school youth as 16 to 24 year olds who are not attending any school and who have one or more barriers to employment, such as parenting, homelessness, or disabilities. A large portion of out of school youth who are not working, often referred to as “disconnected”, are involved to some extent with public systems, such as welfare services, foster care or the juvenile or criminal justice systems, which are also barriers to employment.

Implementation of key WIOA provisions begins with targeting the youth who are detached from both the labor market and/or school. This disconnection is also a strong indicator that he or she may not be adequately making the transition to adulthood and may continue to have difficulty gaining the skills and knowledge needed to attain self-sufficiency. Work experiences are a critical component in preparing the transition to adulthood.
Strategies While focusing on identifying and resolving underlying issues that plague the community, with the main concerns being unemployment, underemployment and the unemployable, addressing the disconnected youth residing in the community will serve as a foundation to start a pilot program for community innovation. Few programs target the young people who are persistently disconnected, however we have discovered new strategies to reach and engage alienated and disaffected young people. With the help of Mr. Jerome “Bo” Elzy, we will begin with a pilot group of 10 participants and the pilot will run for six months.

Mr. Elzy has participated in past work programs with our agency, has been a long-time youth mentor and has contributed his time and energy to the community in various capacities. He has also played a large role in the planning and development of this program and has offered his expertise for its execution/implementation.
He will serve in the role of supervisor and a mentor who has committed to provide the moral and emotional support that is an important factor in creating a positive atmosphere and a sense of belonging. Once the group is finalized, they will each receive intensive case management, which includes an objective assessment, determination of significant barriers and individual need, and Individualized Employment Plan, assistance with short-term and long-term goals, and placement in work experience and the opportunity to feel connected to caring adults and to a community. Additionally, the youth will be provided with direct connections to Adult Education and Post-Secondary institutions. Find out more about the West 30’s Task Force or contact them through their Facebook page.

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West 30’s Task Force Public Meeting

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The West 30’s Task Force Community Meeting takes place this Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 6 p.m. To 8 p.m. At the Harrison Curriculum Center (Rosenwald Gym), located at 706 W. 28th Ave. in Covington. This is an opportunity for City leaders and the public to share information and ideas about housing, employment, education and community involvement with input from helpful organizations, community residents and interested individuals. All are welcome to attend.

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West 30s Task Force Community Meeting

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West 30’s Task Force Community Meeting An opportunity to share information and ideas about Housing, Employment, Education and Community Involvement with input from helpful organizations, community residents and interested individuals.

Meeting takes place on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Harrison Curriculum Center (Rosenwald Gym) located at 706 W. 28th Avenue.

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CPD Announces 4th Annual Kids Camp

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Chief Tim Lentz announces that the Covington Police Department will be hosting its 4th annual free kids’ camp this summer for Covington area children.  The summer camp will focus on challenging children to be safe, live healthy, and enjoy life.  Each day will focus on educating the children about different topics in a fun and positive way, such as educational safety, health and fitness, familiarization with local emergency services, along with pet and animal education.  The final day of the camp will be a “fun” day, consisting of recreational and water related activities.

This year’s summer camp will be held June 5th through June 9th, from 8:00AM to 12:00PM each day at William Pitcher Junior High School.  Families that live in the Covington area and would like to register their children ages 6-13 for the camp need to turn in their completed applications to the Covington Police Department no later than June 1st.  Applications can be picked up in person or downloaded from the link online.  Parents who have questions about the camp may contact Detective Kevin Collins at (985)892-8500 or kcollins@covla.com.

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KCB River Sweep Is This Saturday

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Keep Covington Beautiful sponsors their annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep, a litter clean-up on the Bogue Falaya River, on Saturday, September 17.  KCB invites volunteers to bring their canoes & kayaks to the Menetre (4th Avenue) Boat Launch at 9:00 a.m.  KCB will provide trash bags, gloves & litter grabbers.  Paddlers will collect litter in and along the river from the boat launch to the Boston Street Bridge and back to Bogue Falaya Park.

KCB Volunteers

As much as eighty percent of all litter and debris in our oceans, rivers and lakes originates on land, carried there by wind and storm water run-off.  The rivers that define the city of Covington are essential to its unique character.  Join us to help keep our portion of this scenic river clean!  To become a KCB member or volunteer and to learn how to get involved with KCB’s major project, the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail, visit keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. Other projects include planting the downtown street-side planters, an Arbor Day celebration, educational seminars, litter prevention and recycling activities.    Find on FB

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Esther Festival takes place at Bogue Falaya Park on Saturday, November 7, 2015

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A Message From Token of Love

You are cordially invited to the 1st Annual Esther Festival, to be held November 7, 2015, in Bogue Falaya Park in historic and beautiful Covington, Louisiana. The Esther Festival is a FREE admission family friendly outdoor festival, filled with lots of great food, games, live music & dance entertainment, beauty booths, fashion show and fun for people of all ages to enjoy.

The Token of Love Foundation is in the process of raising money to build their first home that will be named The Esther-Elizabeth House. This house will be a transitional place where women can go to begin the healing process of the devastating effects of various forms of abuse. The mission is to provide rehabilitation services to women who have suffered from abuse in the form of physical, mental, drug addiction and sex trafficking. Token of Love intends to provide housing, education, job training and faith based counseling to assist these women in returning to a normal life through the completion of the ” NEW LIFE program”. The goal is to help women to become confident, successful and productive members of the community. Token of Love aspires to walk along side these women by offering encouragement and love as we help them birth their dreams and unlock their God given destinies.

This event is to raise funds to begin the building of the house that will be called the ” Esther-Elizabeth”. Please remember that your donations are tax deductible and all funds will be used towards the purchase of the property for development. God Bless.
Star Rooney, Founder
Image Hasselbeck,Founder

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Keep Covington Beautiful Receives Grant To Advance Nature Trail Project

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Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail KCBKeep Covington Beautiful (KCB) has been selected to receive a grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation received through the local Olive Garden restaurant will enable KCB to continue work on the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail project at the Covington Recreation Complex.

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House brands participated in the program. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources and hunger relief.

Keep Covington Beautiful will use the grant funds to create a demonstration garden near the trail entrance featuring native plants that are being lost to construction and development. Information will be provided explaining how these plants provide food or shelter for wildlife, help to filter pollutants from run-off into waterways or beautify natural areas and home gardens.

The objectives of the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail, established by KCB in 2011, are to provide information about native plant species, to raise awareness of the importance of the city’s network of waterways and to promote stewardship of the natural environment, Over 100 native species have been identified and many have been marked with informational plaques along the trail.

Receiving this grant will enable KCB to add native plants and expand the educational experience of the nature trail into an easily accessible and highly visible area.

“We strive to make a positive impact in all the communities our restaurants serve,” said Gene Lee, Darden’s president and chief operating officer. “Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard.”

The Darden Foundation’s mission is to maintain a spirit of service and community engagement as defining characteristics of Darden’s family of restaurants. Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $71 million in grants to leading nonprofit organizations that align with its mission and community priorities: Recipe for Success®, Preservation of Natural Resources and Good Neighbor grants. Through the Darden Harvest program, Darden Restaurants has also donated more than 66 million pounds of food to hunger relief agencies across the U.S. and Canada. In 2011, the Darden Foundation introduced the Restaurant Community Grants program that is dedicated to supporting local nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities where they live and serve. For more information, please visit www.dardenfoundation.com. (Darden media contact: Jenni Izzo (407) 657-4818, jenniizzo@costacg.com )

Keep Covington Beautiful (KCB) is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the city of Covington. By developing broad-based community partnerships, KCB encourages all citizens to take greater responsibility for improving the community through positive behavior. KCB’s projects focus on beautification, including bi-annual planting of the downtown street-side planters, litter prevention and recycling activities and environmental education.

To learn about other KCB projects, become a member or volunteer, contact KCB at 985-867-3652 or email kcb@covla.com; visit www.keepcovingtonbeautiful.org & follow KCB on facebook.