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Congratulations to Councilman McMath

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The dust settled from Covington’s At Large Council race, and Patrick McMath has won the position.  Covington Weekly would like to congratulate Councilman McMath on the win, and we are anxious to see what energy he will bring to the Covington City Council meetings.

Councilman McMath has pledged to address traffic concerns, sewerage and other infrastructure needs, as well as manage future growth in an efficient and effective manner.  Councilman McMath also plans to consistently offer new ideas and approaches to city government.

Editor’s Note:  Covington Weekly chose to run the above piece as a congratulatory gesture, it is not endorsed or paid for by Patrick McMath.  The issues noted above are serious, and effective solutions are important.  With regard to traffic, it can be dangerous to ride a bike or walk across Boston Street.  The importance of driver education should also be considered.  Drivers can be seen texting with two hands as their cars are moving down the street.  That is absurd.  After several years of supporting, meeting and working with many of the great downtown Covington business owners, it would also be nice to see improvements to the ox lots and downtown lighting, as well as some type of  tax incentive for small business.

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Letter to the Editor: Vote “NO” on Tax Increase

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Last April voters rejected a $400 million request to continue for 20 years two sales tax levies for construction of the justice center and jail.   Having failed last year, Parish Government proposes to continue those same sales taxes that will expire and go to zero unless renewed.   Their materials promoting a “yes” vote on April 29th are misleading.  They call the change from 20 to 10 years a 50% tax “reduction” and the change 0.25% to 0.20% as 20% tax cut.  While both sales taxes go to zero with a “No” vote, the parish flyer baldly suggests a Yes vote would reduce taxes.
A “Yes” vote is tied to support for justice and law enforcement.  Those are critical government functions that deserve adequate funding and routine review for cost-effective management.  However, we fund schools, fire departments, drainage, recreation, and libraries, with property taxes that are less burdensome to low, moderate, and fixed income citizens.   Louisiana has the highest sales taxes in the nation and among the lowest property taxes.   Last March an additional 1% in sales tax was imposed by the state legislature.  Last October, a 0.75% sales tax increase was imposed by parish government at major I-12 interchanges using procedures manipulated to avoid requirements for voter approval.   Property owners — including developers, commercial entities, and homeowners benefit from pubic security.  They can provide one source of revenue.   If parish government really needs $16 million annually for the justice center and jail, an 8 mill (about 5%) parish wide property tax levy would generate that amount.  Property owners would pay more according to property values.  Sales taxes would be reduced.  Consumers would pay less.  Retailers and restaurants might see more business.
The existing sales tax funding for justice and jails does not end until next year.   There is time to define a better approach.   The April 29th vote provides an opportunity for ordinary voters to indicate preference between sales taxes or property taxes.  At its October meeting, parish Councilman Binder told this writer that he “would never approve property tax increase”.
The normally low-turnout election provides voters one way to indicate whether elected officials should prioritize the interests of broad range of the people they represent, or the developers and higher income property interests that typically fund their political campaigns.
Letter written by Jim Harlan, Business and Property Owner, Lacombe, Louisiana

Covington Weekly encourages open discussion with regard to proposals put forward by the City of Covington and St. Tammany Parish Government.  Any suggestions, letters or other feedback may be emailed to:   covweekly@gmail.com.

Local Events This Week at the Farmer's Market

Double Your Market Saturday

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Double your market this Saturday, April 1, 2017 with the Covington Farmer’s Market and the Covington Art Market.  The Farmer’s Market takes place every Wednesday at the Covington Trailhead and every Saturday on the lawn of the Covington Police Department.  The Covington Art Market takes place at the Covington Trailhead the first Saturday of the month, March – May and October – December.

Pick up some fresh produce from the Farmer’s Market and enjoy the sounds of The Dirty Rain Revelers (formerly known as Sweet Jones).  Take a walk over to the Trailhead and browse local art with music from Timothy Gates and a set by local musician Christopher Walker.  The Art Market is presented by the City of Covington and STAA.
Spring For Art Takes Place April 8, 2017  Save the date for Spring For Art, less than two weeks away.  Your favorite local musicians will be playing around town with gallery exhibitions and live demonstrations in the street!  One of downtown Covington’s most popular events.

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Mayor Cooper Announces Collins Expansion Meeting

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“I am happy to share the news that an Open House/ Public Meeting regarding the US Hwy 190/Collins Blvd Widening Project (including the Overpass and Claiborne Hill area) will be held in Covington on Thursday, April 6, 2017.  This is an opportunity for interested citizens to see a prerecorded presentation describing project location, design features, impacts, schedule, and right-of-way requirements. Also, project team representatives from RPC, DOTD, St Tammany Parish, and the engineering consultant (GEC) will be present to answer questions. The Open House/Meeting will be held at the St Tammany Parish Department of Public Works facility at 620 N. Tyler St. in Covington from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  I hope to see you there as we get the latest update on this long-awaited project.  Thank you.”  – Mayor Mike Cooper

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will host a public viewing of the plans to expand Collins Blvd. (Hwy.190 north of the Bogue Falaya River).
• St. Tammany Parish Public Works facility, 620 N. Tyler St. (old Champagne Beverage location)
• Thursday, April 6th
• Open for viewing between 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (plans and DOTD representatives on hand)

View the full DOTD document

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Friday Night Block Party

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The first Block Party of 2017 takes place this Friday in Downtown Covington.  Take a stroll down Columbia and see classic and contemporary cars on display.  Fine dining or comfort food, you’ll find it all downtown.  Live music is available at many venues during the Block Party and after.

 The City of Covington Seeks Public Input at Friday’s Block Party Regarding Traffic

The City of Covington is working on a plan to calm traffic on Boston Street and make it easier for people to access businesses and walk and ride bikes downtown.  Stop by their booth to make your voice heard.  The booth will be located on the 300 Block of North Columbia Street near Boston Street during the downtown block party on Friday, March 31, 2017.
City consultants will have information and maps to share with residents, as well as several ways to share your ideas.  This is the time for residents and business owners to weigh in before recommendations are made.  covla.com

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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

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Greetings, friends! Are ya ready for Wednesday? Of course you are…you’ve probably checked out the menu already which means your taste buds are tingling with thoughts of cream cheesy shrimp rolls from Kandy and a cool glass of her jasmine tea. And what about Frankie’s lunch plate featuring chopped steak smothered in onion gravy over rice. Mmmm! Mmmm. But wait! Chris is fixing a fabulous chicken fricassee with Jasmine rice and candied yams. What a dilemma! Not really…now you have Wednesday lunch and supper, plus Thursday or Friday. And you haven’t even factored in Siria’s delicious pork tamales. I’m really likin’ this.

Ooops! Don’t forget your eggs, some sweet ripe strawberries, and teacakes (to satisfy your 10 am snack attack) and a large iced coffee — just because.

Saturday will stroll in bright and breezy with music from The Dirty Rain Revelers —you probably know them better as Sweet Jones. No matter; their music is great! Have you tried the pork skins from Dennis and Betty? Scrumptious! They also offer “bread crumbs” made from the crushed pork skins and they are giving us a taste of how to use them. The plan is to coat chicken nuggets with the crumbs and fry them for a terrific taste sensation. Can’t wait!!!

You’ll find Mickey and Minnie over at Vincent and Mauricio’s – cookies, that is. While you’re over there, check out Tessier Gourmet’s meal selection. Choose from delightful temptations such as Creamy Cauliflower Soup, Sesame Asian Slaw, and ever popular Eggplant Parmesan!

Lots of gorgeous veggies on the tables just waiting to fit into your recipes. Nick says he has plenty of catfish – grill ‘em, fry ‘em, roast ‘em in the oven. They’re delicious no matter how you fix ‘em. To add to your seafood fix, Mr. Two has mucho jumbo shrimp (and even some not so jumbo ones.) They like the grill just as much as the catfish.

Nancy’s surprised us with early sunflowers! What a way to brighten your table! Add a touch of green with a table plant from Ms. Betty or Trudy or Alton & Sandra. So many from which to choose. And if you are choosing for your garden, don’t forget Double K’s very poopular chicken fertilizer. It will only be available until May.

Jubilee Farms will have lamb for Easter – leg of lamb, lamb chops, ground lamb… There are eggs galore from Jubilee, Ishmael, James, Double K, Nick, Enten Farms…can’t have Easter without eggs! We have more…jams and jellies, fresh strawberries, pickled veggies, quiches, sauces, dressings, oh my! Just follow the music; we’ll be there waiting with fresh coffee and juice and all manner of good things.

Lots of love,

Charlene LeJeune

Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

Healthy Living Local Events

ELDOA Workshop at Natural Movement Solutions

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Natural Movement Solutions hosts an ELDOA Collective Exercise & Interactive Workshop on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.  This event includes a 30 minute open discussion covering therapeutic resources to resolve back and neck pain, with case studies.  This is followed by a 45 minute collective ELDOA class with case review and discussion after.  Natural Movement Solutions is located at 1103 Village Walk.  Contact Justin Brien for more details at 504-344-4348 or email brienjustin@yahoo.com.

Quote & Word of the Week

Quote and Word of the Week

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“As wave is driven by wave
And each, pursued, pursues the wave ahead,
So time flies on and follows, flies, and follows,
Always, for ever and new. What was before
Is left behind; what never was is now;
And every passing moment is renewed.”
― Ovid,  Metamorphoses

Word of the Week:
renew – to make like new again

The New Moon is Monday, March 27, 2017

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Spring Events at the English Tea Room

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The English Tea Room & Eatery offers a couple of Spring Time events in the next few weeks.  On Sunday, April 16, 2017,  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hop on over to the Tea Room for a family friendly Easter celebration! Special Brunch Menu, High Tea Services, Hot Cross Buns & fun for kids of all ages!

Join the English Tea Room in a dedication dinner to the once Queen of Great Britain and Empress of India!  Celebrate the reason for white wedding gowns and afternoon tea! Dress in your Victorian best and cheers the queen who reigned over the second longest monarch in history.

Reservations Recommended
This event takes place Friday, April 21, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  To make reservations for either or both events, call the English Tea Room & Eatery at 985-898-3988 Online at: englishtearoom.com
Reserving a place is recommended, events often sell out.

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Spring Arrivals at Zita’s

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Zita’s in Covington has new arrivals for spring, plus all of your other favorite things.  Incense, hats, jewelry, gems and stones, soaps, bags, t-shirts, dresses, festival wear, posters, yard art, home décor and much more.  Below, Katie models some spring time arrivals at Zita’s brand new location in Mandeville, next to Coscino’s Pizza near the DMV Office.  (1807 N. Causeway Blvd)

Covington: 985-893-3555  Mandeville: 985-626-6222

Cotton dress from Zita’s Spring and Summer wear collection.   The headband is hand-made by Colleen Toland, rose quartz & fresh water pearls.

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Life Somatics For Chronic Pain, Improved Posture and Performance

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What is Somatics?  Hanna Somatics is a method of pain relief that uses slow conscious  movements to help regain awareness, sensation and motor control of muscles.  Hanna Somatic Education (also known as Hanna Somatics) is a rapidly effective form of neuromuscular (mind-body training) movement re-education that goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain: the brain and the way in which it senses and organizes the muscles and movement. By learning to regain both awareness, sensation, and motor control of muscles – an educational process that can only be achieved through movement – the brain can remember how to relax and move the muscles properly. This process of sensory motor training creates improved muscle function and enhanced sensory awareness. Hanna Somatic Education is a safe, gentle and common sense approach to reverse chronic pain. It is the only method of pain relief and sensory motor training that targets the condition of Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA).  Learn more at:  hannasomatics.com

Testimonial:  “Somatics has been a huge blessing to my practice and to my family.  Danny has been able to get my patients out of chronic pain in a few short visits!  In patients with a history of trauma, chronic neck, back, hip pain, Somatics has worked to reset the brain, muscle connection and to relieve their pain for the first time in years.  My own son, who was 6ft 4 inches by the time he was fourteen, had a problem with hunching over.  Danny fixed his posture after only two sessions.  My son is now 17 and over 6′ 5″ and still standing up straight.” –  Kami Dehler, Naturopathic Doctor

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Natural Movement Solutions Hosts Open House

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Natural Movement Solutions, located at 1103 Village Walk in downtown Covington, hosts an Open House this Saturday, March 25th beginning at 6 p.m. in conjunction with their neighbors at the Healing House.  You are invited to attend and learn more about the exercise classes  and various other services provided.

Natural Movement Solutions Class Schedule:
General Conditioning (GC) 8:30 a.m. Monday, Noon on Tuesday, 6 p.m. On Thursday and 9 a.m. on Saturdays
Myofascial Stretching (MFS) Noon on Thursdays
ELDOA  6 p.m. on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, 9:45 a.m. on Saturdays
Description of Classes
General Conditioning (GC) – Global strengthening and segmental strengthening (lower limbs, upper limbs, trunk and abs).  The goal is to reinforce the muscle in a specific way.  Classes are usually run in a circuit fashion with the emphasis on a region, i.e. lower limbs, upper limbs, abs, trunk, etc.  MFS & ELDOA are the cool down for every training session.
Myofascial Stretching (MFS) – Specific awareness training.  Stretching of the muscles and the links of those muscles with the goal of mobilizing entire muscular and fascial chains.  1-2 ELDOAS at the end of every stretching session.
ELDOA – Specific awareness training.  Strengthening of the intrinsic (deep) spinal muscles and stretching of the fascial chains.  The goal is to create space between the vertebra for the intervertebral disks, the nerve roots and the joint segment itself.

naturalmovementsolutions.com

 

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City of Covington Special Election

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The City of Covington Special Election for the Council At Large seat is  Saturday, March 25, 2017.  The candidates are Trey Blackall, Jerry Coner and Patrick McMath.  Trey is a former council member, Jerry Coner is a current council member and Patrick McMath has no previous political experience.  The At Large position is generally a position of greater responsibility.

Paid for by the Committee to elect Trey Blackall

“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”

–   Plato, The Republic

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Robert Dutruch Closing Reception

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The City of Covington’s Gallery at City Hall will close the unique solo exhibition ‘Ferrous’ featuring local artist and printmaker Robert Dutruch with a reception.  Mayor Mike Cooper invites the public to attend on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
‘Ferrous’ features Dutruch’s large scale carbon pigment prints on Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper documents, on display to the public at the City of Covington’s Gallery at City Hall since January.  The ‘Ferrous’ series has been an ongoing project for almost four years.  It is a study of implements, remembrances, tools, relics, and keepsakes containing the element of iron.


Robert Dutruch is an artist and printmaker who now works primarily with 8×10 large-format view cameras and 19th century brass lenses to record his images.  His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and venues. Those include the International Center for Photography and the prestigious Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, in addition to commercial galleries in New York, Connecticut, Oregon and Vermont.  His wet plate collodion ambrotypes recently graced the cover of View Camera Magazine.  His many awards include the Award of Artistic Merit at the St. Tammany Art Association’s 50th annual National Juried Exhibition. In 2016, he received the Juror’s Choice Award at Art Melt – the largest juried art exhibition in Louisiana – for the second consecutive year. His work was included in the Historic New Orleans Collection’s important exhibition of Seldom Seen Portraits from Private Collections.  He also was honored as featured artist for the New Orleans Art Review for his sensitive and provoking study of the inhabitants of Julia Row.
The exhibition closing reception will be held at The Gallery at City Hall located at Covington City Hall, 317 North Jefferson Avenue, Covington, Louisiana 70433.
For more information please contact Covington City Hall at 985-898-4715, visit covla.com, or Facebook page- City of Covington-Office of Cultural Arts & Events.
For more information on the art of Mr. Robert David Dutruch, please contact him at 985-875-0824 or dutruchstudio@mac.com.

Quote & Word of the Week

Quote and Word of the Week

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“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”
― Thomas a Kempis,
The Imitation of Christ

Word of the Week:
irenic – favoring, conducive to, or operating toward peace, moderation, or conciliation

The Last Quarter Moon is Monday, March 20, 2017, the First Day of Spring.

“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch.  That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive.  Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.” – Fred Rogers

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Meet the Covington Police Department

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In an effort to introduce our local police officers to the community and provide an opportunity for the CPD to highlight their outstanding officers, Covington Weekly profiles are provided by Chief Tim Lentz of the Covington Police Department.

Tammy started her law enforcement career 19 years  ago with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.  After ten years at the Sheriff’s Office, she decided to apply at her home town agency.  Tammy grew up in Covington and is a graduate of Covington High.
Nine years ago, she started her employment with the Covington Police Department as a dispatcher.  In her current role as Clerk of the Court, Tammy is responsible for managing the court docket for City Court, which includes all of the traffic citations and the misdemeanor charges.  She also collects all of the fines associated with the traffic tickets and criminal charges.
Additionally, Tammy will fill in as a dispatcher when one of our regular dispatchers is sick or on vacation, as was the case this past weekend.  As a result, and because of her dedication, Tammy will work  twelve days straight.
Tammy is instrumental in organizing our annual kids camp along with the Christmas Caroline Darby Memorial Toy Give Away.  She is also an active member of our Fraternal Order of Police organization.  On days off, she enjoys spending time with her kids, riding four wheelers and camping.

The Covington Police Dept. is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For emergencies call 911.  All other calls dial 985-892-8500
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Northshore Heart Walk This Saturday

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The American Heart Association, in partnership with Chevron and Textron Systems, will host their annual Northshore Heart Walk on Saturday, March 18, at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville.  Registration is at 9 a.m., walk begins at 10 a.m.
Brisk walking for as little as 30 minutes a day has proven health benefits, such as providing increased energy and circulation, as well as reduced risk of heart disease.  The Walk is designed to help participants understand this critical message, join with others and generate a renewed commitment to heart-healthy living through walking.
The non-competitive, three-mile walk also raises funds to support heart disease and stroke research and educational programs in the GNO area. The Northshore Heart Walk is free and open to the public. For more information, visit northshoreheartwalk.org or call 504.830.2300.

Quote & Word of the Week

Quote and Word of the Week

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Quote of the Week  
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
― Albert Einstein

Word of the Week:
Syncretism – 1.  the combination of different forms of belief or practice.
2.  the fusion of two or more originally different inflectional forms

The Full Moon is Sunday, March 12, 2017.