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Donate to Rotary Clubs’ Feeding the Needy Christmas Meals Program

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About Feeding The Needy

Feeding the Needy was founded in 2002 by John Baldwin and Craig Babylon to provide food on Christmas day for families in need on the Northshore. John and Craig shared the idea with Deacon Skip Graffinini, who was the executive director of The Covington Food Bank, which is now The Northshore Food Bank, and learned that The Food Bank was servicing sixty to sixty-five families at that time. A decision was made to move forward, and the project was named “Feeding the Needy”. The Covington Rotary Club was approached for support and special focus was put on providing food for the school children who, during the holidays, do not receive the meals they receive at school and depend on as their main source of nutrition.

Each year on December 23 and 24, volunteers from all over the area come together to prepare Christmas boxes that include a 14-to-16-pound cooked turkey with numerous side dishes and dessert.  Each box has enough food to feed a family of four to five with larger families receiving additional boxes. Deliveries are made to families throughout the Northshore area including St. Tammany, Washington, and Tangipahoa parishes. On Christmas morning, Rotarians and other community volunteers hand deliver the boxes to the homes of the identified families. Each family only needs to heat the food and it is ready to serve as a substantial Christmas Day meal and have leftovers to help on the days leading up to school reopening.

This year, due to COVID things will be a little different for FTN. We will have fewer volunteer opportunities and will be offering pick up locations instead of home deliveries.

Meal Pick Up Locations –
First Come, First Served Basis

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Saturday, December 19th
9am – 12 pm
East Fairgrounds
Behind Rodeo Arena

Bogalusa
Saturday, December 19th
1pm – 4pm
Northshore Charter School
111 Walker Street, Bogalusa

Covington
Tuesday, December 22nd
9:30am- 2:30pm
St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds
1304 N. Columbia Street, Covington

Monetary Donations

FTN relies heavily on financial donations. Because of the support from so many generous volunteers and strong partnerships, FTN is able to operate with minimal administrative costs.  Donations for FTN are accepted year-round and can be made below.

To Mail a Check: Checks can be made payable to The Covington Rotary Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 foundation with the corresponding tax status. Please mail checks to The Covington Rotary Club, PO Box 541 Covington, LA 70433.   Checks can also be dropped off at Baldwin Motors, 1730 N Hwy 190, in Covington.

To Donate On-line: CLICK HERE to make an online donation.

Please read the message below from our Chairman and Fundraising Coordinator: 

Volunteers  

Unfortunately, we will not be utilizing community volunteers this year due to COVID. If you have any questions, please contact Jill via email at jilly2134@gmail.com or by phone at 985-502-6575.  

Learn more at the Covington Rotary Club website.

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obvious – easily discovered, seen, or understood

“Anything is possible if it happens.” –  Sarah Roberts

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”  –  Steve Martin

The Last Quarter Moon is Thursday, December 19, 2019. 

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STAA presents “Hand of the master”

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St. Tammany Art Association presents “Hand of the Master” a new exhibition featuring the artwork of Benedictine Monk, Dom Gregory de Wit.

COVINGTON, LA – The paintings of Benedictine Monk and artist Dom Gregory de Wit bring Biblical and historical narratives to life through emotive and vibrant color palettes, bold use of iconography, and compositions often full of bizarre details that could only be rendered at the “Hand of the Master”.  

The son of a fabric maker, Dom Gregory de Wit paid great attention to the cloths and fabrics that adorned the iconic, ecclesiastic figures in his paintings. Inspired by Italian Byzantine mosaics, de Wit painted his figures in great detail and specificity. He used vibrant palettes and bold outlines that strike awe in viewers. De Wit’s eclectic character and sense of humor are also seen throughout his work. While the subjects of de Wit’s paintings are Biblical, he treated each one as a piece of artwork able to be admired and discussed from both secular and non-secular perspectives.  

While most of de Wit’s paintings live on abbey walls and church ceilings, STAA is excited and grateful to have 29 paintings included in the exhibition, “Hand of the Master”. Fifteen pieces of work are on loan from the Collection of St. Joseph Abbey. The rest of the paintings being exhibited are on loan from private collections. De Wit’s humor and use of narrative are seen in “Madonna of the Ironing Board”. From the Collection of Mary Lee Eggart, the painting shows a domestic and comical scene that depicts the Holy Family at home while the Virgin Mary stands ironing. Showing the Holy Family taking part in such a mundane domestic activity immediately creates a sense of ironic and amusing normalcy.  Nine paintings, including painted “sketches” or studies for larger compositions to be painted in St. Joseph Abbey, are from the Collection of the Stone Family. Other paintings included are from the Private Collections of Rick and Cathy Schroeder; David and Jaclyn Warren; Edward Begnaud; and Andy and Katie Friedrich who were gifted their painting, “Blessed Mother” by de Wit on the occasion of their marriage. 

St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) will open the exhibition to the public on Saturday, December 7, 2019, and will host an opening reception on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The reception will include a special performance of Christmas Carols sung by the St. Joseph Abbey Seminary Choir. The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, January 25, 2020, in our main Miriam Barranger Gallery. A de Wit Expert and Archivist Panel Discussion will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. The panel will feature Edward Begnaud, a historian and author who explores de Wit’s work at St. Joseph Abbey in “Living in Salvation”; author and art historian, Fr. Aelred Kavanaugh; and Mary Lee Eggart, artist, historian, and archivist at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge – home to many de Wit murals including the massively scaled “Victorious Christ” that dominates the dome of the apse. 

De Wit was born in the Netherlands in 1892 and entered the Benedictine monastery in Belgium where he was ordained. While in Belgium he studied art at the Brussels Academy of Art, the Munich Academy in Germany, and continued his studies throughout Italy. De Wit exhibited at The Hague in Holland where he gained great recognition as an artist. Soon after, he met an American Abbot visiting Europe who invited him to design and execute paintings for the abbey’s church and chapter room in Indiana. After completing the commission in Indiana, de Wit was commissioned to come south to paint murals at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge. Unable to return home to Europe due to World War II, de Wit then came to Covington where he was commissioned by Abbot Columban at Saint Joseph Abbey. After painting murals in the refectory, he continued to paint the inside of the church in entirety for ten years creating a cohesive liturgical narrative on the walls and ceiling, which are still on there today. 

The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433. Our gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday 11 am – 4 pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

St. Tammany Art Association is supported by the generosity of our 2018 Season of the Arts sponsors and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works. 

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Playmakers’ Opens Other Desert Cities Next Friday

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COVINGTON, LA — “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz opens Friday, Oct. 25 at Playmakers Theater. The drama, directed by Shannon Williams, will run weekends through Nov. 10. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees beginning at 2 p.m. Purchase tickets online: playmakersinc.com
The story revolves around Brooke Wyeth, a once promising novelist who returns home after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her family. Her parents Lyman and Polly are the seemingly perfect upper-middle class Palm Springs couple replete with wealth, political influence and A-list connections. When Brooke announces she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family’s past, the holiday reunion is thrown into turmoil. The cast features Anysia Genre, Anne Pourciau, Ladson Poole, Arden Dufilho and Allen Bryant.
“One of the things I loved when I read this script is the question that’s really at the heart of this piece,” said Williams, “namely, who has ownership over stories in a family. The other thing I like is that even through long and deeply held assumptions, love and family overcome those powerful secrets.” 
Playmakers Theater has also partnered with the St. Tammany Art Association for this play to have an art exhibit in the lobby featuring local artists and themed “California Elegance.” Artwork will be for sale.
Patrons are cautioned that the play contains mature content and is not recommended for young children. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 students. Reservations can be made by going online to playmakersinc.com. Playmakers Theater is located at 19106 Playmakers Rd.

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SSA Teddy Bear Drive 2018

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SSA recently completed their 2018 Teddy Bear Drive, and Interim Covington Police Chief Stephen Culotta had this to say: “We would like to thank the students and staff of St. Scholastica Academy for hosting their annual Teddy Bear Drive. These teddy bears are collected by students and given to the Covington Police Department for the kids in our community.

All too often, our officers see children who have been involved in some type of traumatic event, and these teddy bears help ease their pain and put a smile on their face.”
Stephen Culotta, Interim Chief of Police

Night Out Against Crime a Success

Covington Police, officials and residents participated in Night Out Agains Crime 2018. Show pictured, l – r: Councilman Rick Smith, Bruce Davidson, Mayor Mike Cooper, Kathy Davidson, Councilman Larry Rolling and Councilman Jerry Coner.

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Firm Selected For Coastal Restoration Project

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January 9, 2018 – Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today that St. Tammany Parish Government and the St. Tammany Levee, Drainage, and Conservation District (St. Tammany Levee Board) have selected Neel-Schaffer, Inc., to begin the first phase of the St. Tammany Parish Coastal Protection Project – a collaborative initiative between St. Tammany Parish Government and the St. Tammany Levee Board, made possible with $2 million in funding from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) through an Intergovernmental Agreement. This project is part of the ongoing flood mitigation efforts by St. Tammany Parish to increase protection for all residents, and to increase resiliency following natural disasters that impact our community.
“This is another step forward in creating a flood protection plan for our Parish,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Our Levee Board has continued to work diligently, with limited resources, to get this project off of the ground, and we applaud them for their dedicated time and intensive efforts.”
During this first phase of the project, Neel-Schaffer, Inc., will be tasked with analyzing and updating the 2012 Northshore Hurricane and Flood Protection Study for St. Tammany Parish with newly completed and current proposed projects in the St. Tammany Parish Coastal Zone. A gap analysis will then be performed to identify new projects t further protect vulnerable areas. A benefit /cost analysis of proposed projects will then be completed to determine project priority and viability. Any funds remaining after completion of these tasks will go toward Engineering and Design of prioritized alternatives.
“I am excited to share in the announcement of the selection of a consultant for this project,” said Henry Di Franco, Chairman, St. Tammany Levee Board. “The Levee Board will continue to work hand in hand with Parish Government to identify critical projects to enhance flood protection for all of the St. Tammany Parish coastal zone.”

For more information about the St. Tammany Parish Levee Board, visit stpgov.org

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Quote and Word of the Week

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Quote of the Week
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”
– Albert Einstein

Another Quote of the Week
“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”
– Mark Twain

Word of the Week:
Ethics (noun) – 1. a system of moral principles
2. the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or group
3. moral principles, as of an individual

The Last Quarter Moon is Friday, November 10, 2017.

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West 30’s Community Meeting Thursday, June 22

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Please join the West 30’s Task Force Community Meeting on Thursday, July 22, 2017, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Rosenwald Gym at the Harrison Curriculum Center, 706 W. 28th Avenue in Covington. This is an opportunity for you to share your ideas and get information, the public is urged to participate. Find West 30’s Task Force on FB

For more information, contact West 30’s Task Force members: Michael Hunley, 985-898-0303, Bo Elzy, 985-869-2289, Councilman Mark Wright, 985-590-1204 Councilman Jerry Coner, 985-893-9689, or Annie Spell at 985-264-7752. Bring a neighbor.

 

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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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CPD To Receive Body Armor Upgrades

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Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz reported recently that his department would receive budgeting for an upgrade in the body armor worn by the officers. Chief Lentz explains:

“This past summer, after the deadly attacks on officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, I quickly realized that the current body armor our police officers wear would not protect them from a rifle round. In July, I met with Mayor Cooper and his Director of Administration Gina Hayes to request an additional $33,000.00 for my budget to purchase rifle vests for all of our officers. Within hours, and without hesitation, Mayor Cooper approved my request and transferred the money into our account for the purchase, and last night the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to amend our budget. We expect delivery of our vests in the next couple of weeks. Again, I can’t thank Mayor Cooper and the Council for their continued support.”

– CPD Chief Tim Lentz

Successful “Night Out Against Crime”

City Councilman Larry Rolling reports another successful Night Out Against Crime, organized by Bruce and Kathy Davidson. The event, which took place on October 18, 2016, focuses on community awareness and participation in keeping our neighborhoods safe and crime-free.

L-R: Councilman Jerry Conor,  Councilman Rick Smith, Kathy & Bruce Davidson, Chief Tim Lentz, Councilman Larry Rolling and Deputy Chief Doug Arrowood

L-R: Councilman Jerry Conor, Councilman Rick Smith, Kathy & Bruce Davidson, Chief Tim Lentz, Councilman Larry Rolling and Deputy Chief Doug Arrowood

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The Green Room Now Offers a Smoke Free Environment

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The Green Room is now a Smoke Free Environment.  Here’s the weekly line up:

Mon – Sing a long w/Jay +9Ball Tourny   Tues – $3 Jameson All Night    Wed – Open Mic Night/ $3 Pints   Thurs – $1 Drinks Ladies Night w/Dj  Jacque Bacques  Fri –  Metal Fest  Sat –  Metal Fest  Sun – Karaoke

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City of Covington Announces Flood Debris Curbside Pickup Continues

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Pickup of all household debris removed from flood damaged homes continues in the City of Covington.  Residents may place all flood debris curbside for pickup.
Covington’s annual city-wide cleanup is underway, as the City prepares for the LGCF Cleanest City Contest judging this year to be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016.  Through the coordinated effort and sponsorship of Covington Garden Club, Keep Covington Beautiful, Progressive Waste, the City of Covington administration, and the Covington City Councilmen serving as honorary cleanup chairmen of their respective districts, large trash containers have been placed in the City’s five council districts from March 19th -March 27th.
Citizens are encouraged to get their spring cleaning done early and polish their homes and yards during the week long event.  Hazardous waste disposal such as unused paint, tires, etc. are not permitted.  The City would also like to remind those residents with flood damages that collection of their debris will be curbside and requests that flood debris not be placed in these dumpsters.

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Council District A – Councilman John Callahan/ W. 28th Avenue & Tyler Street (by the baseball field). Council District B – Councilman Jerry Conor/ Corner of North Florida & West 29th Avenue. Council District C – Councilman Mark Wright/ Corner of Karen & Lurline (next to River Forest Apartments) new location – Tuesday, March 22nd. Council District D – Councilman Larry Rolling/ 20th Avenue behind Tyler Square. Council District E – Councilman Rick Smith/ Menetre Boat Launch (between 3rd & East 4th Avenues at the river).

For any additional information, contact Pam Keller, Office of the Mayor, Special Projects – email: pkeller@covla.com or telephone: 985-898-4715.

 

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Ox Lot Square Townhomes Available in Historic Downtown Covington

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Located in Historic Downtown Covington, just ½ a block from Columbia Street.  Enjoy all downtown Covington has to offer…  walk to coffee shops, gyms, restaurants, shopping and the St. Tammany Trace!  Ground floor can be a Gameroom, Mother-In-Law Suite or Apartment. Features Include: 4BR/3.3 to 3.5 BA, 2,818sqft living, 10′ ceilings, 2 car garage, Tankless Water Heater, Bevolo Gas Lanterns, Gas Fireplace, Wood Flooring, Granite Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, Incl. Individual Fridge/Freezer and Optional Elevator. $465k Can Build to Suit as Well on other lots. Call 504-388-1357, or visit
online at www.oxlotsquare.com    and    www.facebook.com/oxlotsquare.

Ox Lot Square Townhomes are now available!

Ox Lot Square Townhomes are now available!

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Sunset At The Landing Lagniappe Concert This Saturday Evening

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Sunset at the Landing Lagniappe concert show flyer for October 3, 2015

Sunset at the Landing Lagniappe concert show flyer for October 3, 2015

There will be a Sunset at the Landing Lagniappe concert Saturday, October 3 beginning at 5pm!  The line up begins at 5 p.m. with Keenan Knight & Crispin Schroeder, Amedee Frederick, The Creole Bluesman, Featuring A5 at 6 p.m., Crescent Citizen at 7 p.m. and the Chris Lenox Trio at 8 p.m.

Free Admission, bring your lawn chairs and picnic dinners.  For more information, call 985-892-1873.  Brought to you by the City of Covington, Heritage Bank of St. Tammany and the Covington Farmer’s Market.

 

 

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STAA Presents ‘Divergent Views’ Lecture with Mary Monk and Carol Hallock

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Join the St. Tammany Art Association for a dual lecture by Carol Hallock and Mary Monk. Two great painting friends, who both work from life. However, they have totally opposite approaches, views, thoughts on how to see, what inspires them and different ways of creating their paintings. We are all unique in our approach. There is no one right way. Questions are welcome, paintings of their work will be displayed.

The lecture will take place Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. To 7:30 p.m. There is a $10 entrance fee for this event, reservations are welcome and accepted. education@sttammanyartassociation.org 985-892-8650

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