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Covington Community Pulls Together for the Covington Food Bank

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Monica Gallardo, owner of Our Place Studio, with the donations from a previous food drive they hosted.

When the Covington Food Bank announced that they had a decline in food donations this year, the community quickly acted to help this valuable organization.

Our Place Studio in downtown Covington announces a food drive for the Covington Food Bank starting Monday, September 14 and running thru the following Saturday, September 19. Donate 3 or more food items, get a $5 coupon that can be used towards a massage service or a class. Drop off times are 8-10 am and 4:30 – 7 pm, Mon. – Sat.

Smoke BBQSmoke BBQ, which recently opened on Collins Blvd, is donating all of their proceeds from sales on Thursday September 10th from 11 am – 2:30 pm to the Covington Food Bank. They are also collecting canned and boxed goods.

Northshore Vineyard food donationsNorthshore Vineyard Church recently donated almost 4,000 pounds of food to the Covington Food Bank from a community food drive they hosted. What a great feeling seeing Covington pull together for such a helpful organization!

If you are interested in hosting a food drive, contact Jamie at 985-893-3003 x 105 or jandrepont@covingtonfoodbank.org. With your help, the food bank will serve 1.2 million pounds of food to those in need this year! Most needed items are peanut butter, canned meat, cereal and dry beans. www.covingtonfoodbank.org

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CPD Promotes Safe Prescription Return Program

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CPD drug collection container, located in the main lobby of the station.

CPD drug collection container, located in the main lobby of the station.

Chief Tim Lentz announces that citizens looking to dispose of unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications now have a convenient, safe way to do so. The Covington Police Department has installed a drug collection container that will allow the public to anonymously dispose of these medications anytime, no questions asked.

Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and pet medications are all accepted. Members of the public wishing to take advantage of this program can bring these items to the Covington Police Department and place them into the drug collection container, located in the main lobby. Once collected, these drugs will be destroyed in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. This program does not cover illicit drugs, needles or other biohazard material.

 

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City of Covington Receives LMA Award in Recognition of CPD’s Improvements

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Recently at the Louisiana Municipal Association banquet in Lafayette, the City of Covington was presented with the LMA Community Achievement Award for Outstanding Community Improvement in Basic Services. This award surrounded the efforts of the Police Department over the last 18 months to rebuild our relationships with the community. The submission for the award included our ice cream give away for wearing your seatbelt, our kids camp and our secret Santa campaign this past Christmas.

A special thanks goes to Pam Keller, in Mayor Cooper’s office, for collecting the information and submitting the application to the Association.

I am so proud of the men and women of the Covington Police Department for what they have accomplished in the last 18 months. Not only are we rebuilding our reputation, and improving our relationships in the community, we are being recognized by our peers for our “Outstanding Improvement”. I couldn’t be more proud to be the Chief of this wonderful department. – Chief Tim Lentz, CPD

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Parish Holds Meetings for Public Opinion on Blueways Project

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riverSt. Tammany Parish residents are invited to take part in a community discussion on July 13th in the Covington Council Chambers and on July 16th at Christwood Retirement Center, both meetings begin at 6 pm, to offer input on the development of a blueways trail system in our parish. St. Tammany Parish Government, in partnership with the Louisiana Land Trust (LTI), the City of Covington, and the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA), have been working on a proposed Three Rivers Paddling Trail.  The project area includes the vicinity where the Tchefuncte, Bogue Falaya, and Abita Rivers converge. The overall goal of the project is to develop a blueway, or water trail, that is enhanced with launching points, signage and areas of interest for kayakers, canoeists, and paddle boarders as well as providing environmental conservation to the area.

For more information on the project, contact the St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism at 985-898-3011.

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Dividing Tactics & Personal Responsibility by Timothy Achan Gates

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Named for Julius Caesar by the Roman Senate, July is the seventh month, marking the halfway point of 2015. It has indeed been a year of action so far.

Julius Caesar is thought of as one of the greatest military commanders in history, and through the ancient political maxim ‘divide et impera’ (divide and rule), dissolved the Roman Republic and planted the seeds that led to the rise of the Roman Empire after his assassination.

This method of control is very effective and exists to this day, exemplified by the divisions of race, gender, social status, religion, political affiliation, etc. While Covington is a fairly quiet community, technology allows a greater connection to events happening on a national level. No community is immune to tragedy, but local administration is proactively taking a positive approach.

CPD Chief Tim Lentz is making strides to foster a stronger sense of community by partnering with the Boys and Girls Club in town. Local businesses that support this endeavor include Brooks’ Bike Shop on the Trace and the Center Of Performing Arts at the corner of Columbia and Rutland. It is hopeful to see positive activity to balance the stress of a rapidly changing world.

There is a personal responsibility that each citizen has to their community and surrounding environment: Nurture It. Every religion has its own ideas, but a common theme among all of them is the ancient concept of the individual acting in a way they would like others to act toward them, known as reciprocity , or the Golden Rule. Do Good.

Individuality is a prized component to humans, while genetically, the human population is 99.9% similar. When the created divisions cause harm to others, it is time to address the issues raised and adjust accordingly. At this point, self preservation becomes important.

If people are to accept the goal of helping others, or at the very least, of doing no harm, the right frame of mind is necessary. Self preservation in this sense deals with identifying information or ideas that are harmful to self or others, and eliminating them. Things have power only because they are given power, and the choice to challenge that power is always there.

Painting by Vincenzo Camuccini, 1798. Public domain.

Painting by Vincenzo Camuccini, 1798. Public domain.

In the case of Julius Caesar, his power was challenged, and he met an untimely death. He initially fought back, until he glimpsed Brutus. Perhaps his own sense of empathy hit him and he gave in to fate, realizing that he had taken enough. Or maybe he was like Anderson’s emperor with the new clothes, too immersed in himself to see the truth before him. Either way, the emperor lies before all, unclothed, broken and bleeding.

Timothy Gates is a Correspondent for Covington Weekly, and can be reached at codexproventus@gmail.com.

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Helping Hands St. Tammany – Bringing the Community Together

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helpinghandsFounded on Facebook at the beginning of 2015, Helping Hands flourished throughout St. Tammany, growing in support and reputation. Helping Hands empowers the community to take control of bettering itself with a positive message that includes acceptance to all. Helping Hands works to identify and educate on situational causation of issues within the community to better understand and empathize with individuals and families facing hardship.

Helping Hands is working to organize the community: within 6 months they have gained a following near 8000, helping over 1000 people. This needed help came from the community itself, and it is the mission of Helping Hands to bring peace to this world starting here in St. Tammany.

Everyone helping others would bring a new meaning to the word community, and this goal makes Helping Hands the epitome of “Community Effort”. Visit their Community Hub: helpinghandsthemovement.org

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Public Meeting to Discuss Ideas for Revitalizing the Old Fire Station in Downtown Covington

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The City of Covington will host a public meeting to gather ideas and input relative to the proposed rehabilitation and reuse of the old Covington Fire Station. The meeting is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 at the City Council Chambers, 222 E. Kirkland Street.

Located in the downtown historic district, the two-story fire station once housed the vehicles, equipment and employees of the Covington Fire Department before the organization moved to its present location on N. Jefferson Avenue in 1972. Since then, the City has used the building sporadically for storage and office space. It is located at 432 N. Theard Street adjacent to the city’s water tower and pumping station, both of which are no longer in use.

The public meeting is being held in connection with a feasibility study currently underway to assess the physical condition of the building and to make recommendations for its best use to benefit the community. WDG Architects Engineers of New Orleans is working with City Engineer Daniel Hill, P.E. to complete the study by June 30th.

To gather as much historical information as possible, local residents who remember the fire station from their childhoods are encouraged to attend the public meeting and bring along their old photographs, newspaper clippings and memories to share with the audience.

The building has structural problems ranging from weathering and termite damage to an unsupported 2nd floor balcony. Ideas under consideration include converting the building into a small community center, cultural heritage museum, or for other civic purposes.

oldfirestationA New Landmark

“By completing the feasibility study and gathering ideas and input from citizens, we hope to launch a project that will transform the old building into an historic landmark or otherwise viable facility that will be cherished by local residents and serve as an economic engine for the city,”  Covington Mayor Mike Cooper.

www.covla.com

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Champagne Beverage “Give Back Day” Saturday May 16

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Champagne Beverage Company logoIn efforts of giving back to the community where local Budweiser Distributor Champagne Beverage Company started 58 years ago, the Champagne family as well as their 140 employees will be gathering in various places in the City of Covington on Saturday, May 16th at 8 AM as part of the company’s “Give Back Day”. The goal is to restore and beautify 2 parks; Hubie Gallagher Park at 1000 W. 15th Avenue and Reverend Peter Atkins Park at 701 N. Tyler Street.

City of Covington Bicentennial logo“The generosity and support of Champagne Beverage is clearly evidenced in the City of Covington and throughout the Northshore by their ongoing sponsorship efforts and participation in the many programs, projects, and special events that directly benefit our community. “Give Back Day” exemplifies the unending commitment and community spirit of the Champagne Beverage family and their employees to enhancing our quality of life in Covington. We appreciate Champagne Beverage’s initiative for this endeavor in our community,” says Mayor Mike Cooper.               www.covla.com

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STHS’s Annual Fundraiser “Woofstock” Introduces Mega Pet Adoption Event

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Woofstock 2015 STHS posterJoin the St. Tammany Humane Society for their 26th Annual Spring Festival “Woofstock 2015”, low cost clinic and fundraiser. Admission to the festival is free, and families along with their canine companions are invited to enjoy the many activities for which Woofstock is famous, including canine contests, humane education, children’s entertainment, basket raffles, a Woofstock vendor marketplace, food, drinks and music. This year’s canine contests include: Best Hippie Costume, Best Celebrity Look-alike, Fastest Tail Wag, Cutest Dog, and Best Canine Trick. The winners of each individual contest will then compete for the coveted title of “Best in Show.”

For the past 26 years, our low-cost vaccine clinic allows dogs to receive vaccinations, heartworm tests and microchips, while their owners purchase preventatives and take advantage of other services at deeply discounted rates. The hours for this year’s vet clinic are 10 am to 2 pm.  Supplies are limited.

Part fundraiser, part festival, Woofstock 2015 will be breaking new ground by becoming the Northshore’s first Mega Pet Adoption Event, featuring over 200 adoptable dogs and cats from STHS and other area rescue groups and shelters including St. Tammany Department of Animal Services, St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, Big Sky Ranch, Animal Assistance Lead with Slidell Animal Control, Hokie’s Hounds, Humane Society of Louisiana-Magnolia Chapter, Jefferson SPCA, CATNIP and St. Bernard Animal Services. STHS states this is the first time these organizations have come together for an event of this magnitude, and they have set a combined goal to find permanent homes for at least 100 animals during this event, offering a special low adoption fee of $40.

Woofstock 2015 will be held this Sunday, March 1st from 10 am – 4 pm at the Castine Center in Pelican Park, Mandeville.         www.sthumane.org

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City of Covington – Downtown Traffic Study Underway

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traffic-lights-green-traffic-light-signal-lightSeeking ways to improve traffic flow and safety in the historic CBD, Covington Mayor Mike Cooper requested the Regional Planning Commission last year to conduct a comprehensive study of traffic circulation, parking options, and safety analysis in partnership with the City. This key project is now underway.

A team of consultants led by Digital Engineering, including ITS Regional, Inc. and Dana Brown & Associates, was selected and will be collecting and analyzing traffic and related data in the weeks to come. The goal is to recommend new or improved policies to enhance traffic flow, parking, signage, signals, and safety for all transportation modes, including bicyclists and pedestrians. The University of New Orleans Transportation Institute will also provide additional analysis support as needed.

clipart-stop-sign-512x512-bb91 (2)Among the areas to be studied include possible traffic signalization on E. Boston St. at N. Vermont St., the enhancement of E. Kirkland St. through the Village Walk from N. Lee Rd. to Collins Blvd., and streetscaping of E. Gibson St. for clear identification of bicycle lanes. In addition, the study will consist of evaluation and conceptual development of an overall traffic circulation plan and parking management analysis.

“In an effort to determine the current conditions and develop improvements, the consultants will observe parking and traffic patterns, collect data, and seek input from our business owners and those who frequent downtown,” Mayor Mike Cooper. “I am anxious to receive the final recommendations so that we may take immediate steps to improve travel safety and movement, enhance the flow of traffic in and out of our City, which will contribute significantly to the pedestrian-friendly environment of our historic downtown.”

clipart-roundabout-traffic-sign-256x256-f960The final report, which is expected to be completed by June 2015, will include a series of action items the City of Covington may consider for implementation.

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City of Covington Hosts 5th Installment of Award-Winning “Business Resource Workshop”

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Business Workshop 2-26-15It’s not too late to pre-register as seating is limited for the fifth installment of the award-winning Covington Business Resource Workshop series which will be held on Thursday, February 26th, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (8:00 a.m. on-site registration), in the Bogue Falaya Hall of the Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue.

The City of Covington and the Covington City Council Economic Development Committee will host the workshop, entitled Covington — Your Place for Business.  The purpose of this workshop is to introduce people who are interested in opening their business in Covington and further assist current businesses in the City to provide the tools and resources to prosper. Guest speakers at the workshop include: Parish President Pat Brister; Covington Mayor Mike Cooper; Covington City Councilman Larry Rolling, District D; City of Covington Director of Administration, Gina Hayes; St. Tammany Economic Development, Brenda Bertus; North Shore Area Board of Realtors (NABOR), David Holloway; U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Melissa Daigrepont; Louisiana SBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University; SCORE, Sandy Hughes; and Covington Business Association (CBA), Brad Schroeder.

“Anyone considering investing in Covington for their business endeavors should plan to attend this free workshop to further their knowledge on the many significant business tools and resources that will be discussed.  Topics will include the Covington business environment, real estate leases/purchasing, business financing and marketing strategies,” Councilman Larry Rolling, District D, Chairman of the Covington City Council Economic Development Committee.

This event is free and open to the public and is a great opportunity for local business owners to network and keep up to date with the business climate. Pre-registration is recommended, as seating is limited. Visit www.lsbdc.org for more information. Refreshments provided by the Covington Business Association.

Contact Councilman Larry Rolling, District D, at (985) 234-9527, RollingDistrictD@aol.com or visit the City of Covington website: www.covla.com for more information.

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Covington Receives GFOA Award for Excellence In Financial Reporting for FY 2013

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City of Covington Bicentennial logoFor the third consecutive year, the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Covington by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

“The City of Covington is tremendously proud to be recognized as a recipient of this prestigious award. I, and members of the Covington City Council, wish to acknowledge and commend Director of Administration Gina Hayes and Finance Director Alisa Faciane for their adherence to the best financial practices. They are an asset to our City and my administration. My thanks also are extended to the CPA firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, who formally submitted the annual financial report on the City’s behalf,” Mayor Mike Cooper.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, DC.

www.covla.com              www.gfoa.org

 

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Mayor Announces Covington Street Improvement Project 2014 Completion

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Covington Street Improvement Project 2014

photos courtesy City of Covington

Covington Mayor Mike Cooper stated that the 2014 Local Street Improvement Project was finalized on Friday, December 19 with the widening and asphalt overlay of W. 8th Avenue between S. Tyler Street and S. Jefferson Avenue and E. 10th Avenue between S. Jahncke Avenue and S. New Hampshire Street.

City of Covington Bicentennial logo“We are glad these improvements will be completed before the Christmas holidays. We thank the citizens for their patience during this construction process,” stated Mayor Mike Cooper.

A new task order will be issued in early 2015 for additional street and sidewalk improvements in the City.

Photos courtesy City of Covington, www.covla.com

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Local Law Enforcement Spreads Holiday Cheer – CPD, STPSO Extend Helping Hands for the Holidays

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Covington Police Department CPD sealOn Tuesday December 23, the Covington Police Department went throughout the City of Covington handing out 100 dollar bills, thanks to the generous gift of an anonymous donor. www.covla.com

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Shop with a Cop – St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office held its first “Shop With a Cop” event in Slidell Saturday December 20. The event was a tremendous success, and plans are already underway to make it an annual tradition. Sheriff’s Office employees committed to sponsoring approximately 65 children. The children were all referred to the Sheriff’s office by the Youth Service Bureau. “Words cannot express what this meant to these children and our employees,” Sheriff Jack Strain said. www.stpso.com

 

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LHSC: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This Holiday Season

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Beer bottlesBATON ROUGE – Louisiana law enforcement agencies are joining forces Dec. 12 – Jan. 1 to combat the high number of drunk-driving-related crashes in the weeks leading up to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

December was one of the deadliest months on Louisiana roadways in 2013, with 55 fatal crashes and 59 persons killed, according to preliminary figures. During the four days comprising the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, at least 11 people were killed and 400 injured in Louisiana highway crashes. Alcohol use was a factor in more than half of the fatalities.

drivesoberThe Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is a state and national campaign aimed at keeping impaired drivers off of the roadways and reducing deadly crashes. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is coordinating the statewide campaign by providing grants to local law enforcement agencies and the Louisiana State Police to fund overtime patrols and checkpoints.

“Getting arrested for DWI – or worse, causing a tragic accident – is not a Christmas memory you would ever want. If you’re drinking, don’t drive. Besides the risk of a crash, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over means there will be a greater police presence and a much higher chance that you’ll get caught,” said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

“When innocent lives are lost because of an impaired driver, it’s devastating, especially around the holidays. State Troopers, along with our partners in local law enforcement, will work tirelessly throughout the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to keep Louisiana motorists safe. If you plan on drinking this holiday season, please have a plan and make good decisions. ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ is more than a slogan,” said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent.

Last year in Louisiana, police made 21,680 DWI arrests. Alcohol was a factor in 42 percent of Louisiana fatal crashes in 2013, with young males at particular risk. Although it is illegal for anyone under 21 to consume alcohol in Louisiana, the alcohol-related crash rate for 18-to-20-year-old drivers in 2013 was about twice the average of drivers of all groups. The same was true for drivers killed in alcohol-related crashes.

Louisiana Highway Safety Commission LHSCwww.lahighwaysafety.org

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CPD: Toys for Tots 2014 a Success

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Covington Police Department CPD sealSomeone once said that there is no greater joy in life as when you put a smile on a kid’s face. This past Saturday, (December 6th) the Covington Police Department through its Recreation Association held its annual “Caroline Darby Memorial Toys for Tots Fund” toy give away. Through its continued partnership with the Times Picayune, the Police Department was able to put smiles on the faces of 416 kids.

Families started lining up at 2:00am for a 9:00am opening. When 9:00am rolled around, Santa Claus arrived on a fire truck and began his traditional duties of greeting the kids and securing their wish list. The kids were then escorted by volunteers from the Police Department, Hannan High School, and Covington High School along with St. Paul’s High School. They were escorted through a large room where they were given the opportunity to pick a variety of different gifts.

Before the doors were opened, Chief Lentz thanked the volunteers, along with Lt. Melvin Crockett and commented that the “memory of Caroline Darby will live through the eyes of the kids today.” Caroline is Lt. Crockett’s sister who was tragically taken from us a couple of years ago.

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CPD Announces Annual Toys for Tots Campaign In Full Swing for 2014

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The Covington Police Officers’ Recreation Association’s annual Caroline Darby Memorial Toys for Tots campaign for 2014 has officially started. Toys for Tots is held each year, providing toys for children in the community that may not have been able to get Christmas presents otherwise.

With the community’s help, last year toys were presented to over 600 needy children in the Covington area. The support of our community ensured these children were able to have a merry Christmas and could not have been done without your help.

The distribution date for this year is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 9am – 12pm at the Greater Covington Center, 317 N Jefferson Ave. The Covington Police Officers’ Recreation Association is asking the community for donations of toys or monetary donations. Anything the community can give will go directly to making this Christmas memorable for our children.

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to “CPORA Toys for Tots” and mail them to Covington Police Department, PO Box 1059, Covington, LA 70434. For more information, or if you need toys to be picked up, please call 985-898-2641.

Thank you for the support you give each year to ensure the future of our community is able to have a memorable and happy holiday!

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Covington Community Connections: Greenways & Blueways National Park Initiative to Begin in 2015

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The City of Covington is launching a project to plan a network of sidewalks, paddle and shared-use recreational trails, thanks to being selected by the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program for technical assistance.

The federal agency will offer the city technical support as it launches “Covington Community Trails: Greenways and Blueways,” a planning project that will result in a conceptual design of non-motorized routes in and around the city. The project will take about a year to complete, and shall be implemented in stages using a strategy that incorporates grant funding and traditional sources of city revenue, along with public and private partnerships.

Bogue Falaya River

Bogue Falaya River

One key feature of the design will be a paddle trail approximately five miles in length along the Bogue Falaya and Tchefuncte Rivers which border the southern portion of the city. With the main launching hub at Bogue Falaya Park, paddlers will be able to disembark from their kayaks, canoes and paddleboards to take advantage of the city’s array of commercial, cultural and recreational venues including four municipal parks, the downtown historic district, St. Tammany Trace, and the Covington Trailhead Museum and Cultural Arts and Events Center. Access to these attractions will be further enhanced by approximately ten miles of interconnected sidewalks and shared-use trails that may be used for bicycling, skating and jogging. These non-motorized routes will tie into city neighborhoods, thereby making walking and bicycling an easier and more pleasant means of recreation and transportation for residents and visitors alike.

As the plan is implemented, the City anticipates four positive outcomes: increased recreational opportunities for citizens; spurred economic growth; improved conservation practices; and a strengthened sense of community and civic pride. Ultimately, the plan will incorporate initiatives encouraged by the federal advocacy group, Smart Growth America, and the National Complete Streets Coalition. These initiatives include creating walkable neighborhoods, providing a variety of transportation choices, improving the capacity and efficiency of local roads, and preserving natural beauty and critical environmental areas. By following “smart growth” principles, the plan will ultimately provide more options for how people can navigate the City of Covington, and support businesses and jobs in the process.

“I am delighted that the National Park Service has chosen to work with the City of Covington through the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program,” said Covington Mayor Mike Cooper. “By lending their expertise and support to this project, they are helping us move forward in our goal to increase recreational opportunities and become a more connected, pedestrian-friendly city.”

Input from local residents and prospective stakeholders will be an integral part of the planning process, accomplished in part through a series of public meetings. The first meeting is on Thursday, December 4, at 6 p.m. at the Covington City Council Chambers, 222 E. Kirkland St. The public is invited to attend. Additionally, National Park Service representatives are available to meet one-on-one with civic, recreational and professional organizations that wish to contribute ideas, obtain more information, or get involved in the project.

“We (RTCA) take the input of the residents of Covington very seriously when developing a plan that is intended to reflect that which they hope to see in the community,” said RTCA Louisiana Project Coordinator Stacye Palmer-McBride.

“Public input is essential to help shape recreational amenities that can be enjoyed by all Covington citizens in the future,” said Covington Planning and Zoning Director Nahketah Bagby, “These amenities will increase the ability for citizens to make active, healthy lifestyle choices and enhance quality of life in Covington.”

The project is being stewarded by a committee of federal and city employees that includes Palmer-McBride and Bagby, along with RTCA Program Manager Deirdre Hewitt, National Park Service Community Assistance Fellow Sofia Lopez, City Engineer Daniel Hill, Cultural Arts and Events Manager Aimee Faucheux, Executive Assistant to the Mayor for Special Projects Pam Keller, GIS Analyst Chad Whaley, Grants Administrator Kelli Moore, and Keep Covington Beautiful Executive Director Priscilla Floca.

To schedule a one-on-one meeting or obtain more information about Covington Community Trails: Greenways and Blueways, email Stacye Palmer-McBride at stacye_palmer@nps.gov or call Kelli Moore at (985) 898-4717.

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Poetry Boxes Pop Up Around Downtown Covington – Local Artists Get Involved In Community Project

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(l-r) Poetry boxes in downtown Covington: Covington Farmer's Market decorated by Dave Kelsey, Brooks' Bike Shop decorated by Kama Logan, Our Place Studio decorated by Jodie Flowers

Poetry boxes in downtown Covington (l-r): at Covington Farmer’s Market decorated by Dave Kelsey, at Brooks’ Bike Shop decorated by Kama Logan, at Our Place Studio decorated by Jodie Flowers

The increasingly popular poetry boxes have created quite a buzz in downtown Covington – new boxes are popping up everywhere! In addition to the boxes on Lee Lane at The English Tea Room’s Walker Alley Tea Garden, the Trace in front of Brooks’ Bike Shop and at Tripolo Gallery, poetry boxes are now at Center of Performing Arts, St. John’s Coffeehouse, the St. Tammany Art Association, Our Place Studio, and at the location of the Covington Farmer’s Market. All boxes contain local poetry, and many have been decorated by local artists. Please send submissions & requests for boxes to:  covweekly@media9productions.com