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7th Annual Quack A Falaya Saturday

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Covington Rotary Club presents the 7th Annual Quack-A-Falaya this Saturday, June 26, 2021. The Rubber Duck Race Fundraiser benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Covington, Keep Covington Beautiful, Miracle League Northshore, NAMI, Pontchartrain Conservancy, Safe Harbor, Save Haven and the Covington Rotary Foundation.

The race begins 8 a.m. at the Bogue Falaya Park, ducks are $20 apiece. The fastest 10 ducks win a prize; Grand Prize is $1000 (need not be present to win). The Covington Rotary Club is a service organization that joins the efforts of over 1.2 million men and women worldwide in addressing the needs of local communities. Ducks and further information can be found at covrotary.org.

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Covington Rotary Club Announces “Feeding the Needy” 2015

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Feeding the Needy Covington Rotary ClubThis year the Covington Food Bank is on target to deliver in excess of 1.1 million pounds of food.  Since Craig Babylon and John Baldwin founded Feeding the Needy in 2002, the need in our area has grown from 300 cooked turkeys with all the trimmings to 1500 that will be delivered this year.  As always, the applications come from the Covington Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Schools, Churches, Safe Harbor and Hospitals over the next couple of weeks.

We need your help!  We need your help preparing the packages and delivering them on Christmas morning.  Once again St. Paul’s School has donated the use of their cafeteria where volunteers will work on December 23 and 24th starting at 9 a.m.  On Christmas morning volunteers should arrive at the cafeteria no later than 7:45 a.m. to deliver packages to the families.  It is not necessary to register to volunteer, please just come to the cafeteria.  For detailed Feeding the Needy volunteer opportunities visit the website at www.covrotary.org and click on the “Feeding the Needy” tab.

Without funding none of the above will happen.  The budget for Feeding the Needy is approximately $50,000.00 and the Covington Rotary Club is asking for your financial support.  This project is run through the Covington Rotary Foundation which has 501C3 tax status as a non-profit so your donation will be tax deductible.

Feeding the Needy has zero administrative expenses, which allows every dollar to go to our cause.  Checks should be made payable to the Covington Rotary Foundation and mailed to 1730 N. Hwy 190, Covington LA 70433 or donate on line.

John Baldwin has said for years, “If you don’t think this is an important program, I challenge you to skip two or three meals for a couple of days and see how you feel and function.”  Please take action and help us continue to make a difference in the lives of so many, especially the children, this Christmas.  Email John Baldwin at jbaldwin@baldwinmotors.com or call him at 985-807-4203 if you should have any questions.

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St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office Observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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As part of its observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s Office invited Sheri Eastridge, the community educator for the Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Program, to help staff members understand what victims often experience when such cases are prosecuted.

“She may not want prosecution,” Eastridge explained. “This is a huge barrier to all of us trying to serve victims.” “I see it every day,” added an Assistant District Attorney who attended the special presentation on Friday afternoon (Oct. 9) at the Covington office. “It’s either our fault, her fault, or the kids’ fault for calling 9-1-1. It happens every single day.”

Most domestic violence victims are women, and their reluctance to participate in the prosecution is often part of a cycle of abuse that makes her feel trapped, Eastridge said. The cycle usually begins with a so-called “honeymoon period,” when the abuser appears to be the perfect partner, saying and doing all the right things.

As the tension builds, he becomes more controlling, making rules—how to wash the dishes, where she can and cannot go, who she can talk to—and she tries to follow them. She plays close attention to what triggers him and tries to avoid the inevitable explosive argument and physical abuse, which is usually followed by his remorse and pleas for forgiveness.

“A bunch of promises are made,” Eastridge said, but the cycle just keeps on spinning. The control the abuser exerts is physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and more often than not, economic, Eastridge said. The abusive husband or boyfriend is frequently the financial provider for the family, which is why many victims may resist helping to send him to jail and may refuse to cooperate with prosecutors. But sensitivity and understanding what the victim is facing can sometimes help her overcome such reluctance, Eastridge said. It helps when prosecutors contact the victim directly and in a timely manner. Providing detailed information about the court system and process also helps to win her confidence in the system.

Domestic violence is prevalent throughout the nation. One in three women has experienced some type of domestic abuse, according to the Violence Policy Center. For the second year in a row, Louisiana has the fourth highest rate in the nation of women killed by men, and the average age of the victim is 36. The state also has the highest rate in the nation of bystanders killed during a domestic violence incident.

Safe Harbor responded to 2,300 crisis calls last year, Eastridge said. The agency also provided temporary shelter to 72 women and referred 565 others to other services because its shelter was full.

Reducing the prevalence of domestic violence in the community will take all parties—victims, service providers, law enforcement, and prosecutors—working together. “It takes a community effort to address this issue,” Eastridge said.

In addition to Eastridge’s presentation, the District Attorney’s Office has provided information about domestic violence on its website to help raise awareness. Purple lapel ribbons also were distributed to staff members to wear in honor of domestic violence victims.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence and needs help, call Safe Harbor’s 24-hour crisis line at 985-626-5740 or 888-411-1333.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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3rd Annual Grayhawk Benefit Concert Featuring Dr. John This Sunday

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3rd Annual Grayhawk Benefit Concert Featuring Dr. John This SundayColumbia Street Rock-N-Blues Café welcomes world-renowned Dr. John along with The Grayhawk Band in the third annual benefit concert for Safe Harbor Northshore and the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra  on Sunday, March 16.  Also performing:  Christian Serpas & Ghost Town, the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra and the Red Hot Brass Band.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the following locations: The English Tea Room, Habana Port Cigars, Nonna Randazzo’s Italian Bakery, Mo’s Art Supply and Columbia Street Rock-N-Blues Café.

Columbia Street Rock-N-Blues Café is located at 407 N. Columbia Street with free off-street parking.  Doors open at 2:30 p.m., show begins at 3 p.m.  $40 General Admission.  For more information contact:

(985)892-9949               info@thegrayhawkband.com

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The 2nd Annual Grayhawk Benefit Concert

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The 2nd Annual Grayhawk Benefit Concert for Safe Harbor will feature New Orleans’ own Dr. John accompanied by The Grayhawk Band. This is reported to be Dr. John’s first show on the Northshore, right here in Downtown Covington!

Safe Harbor Northshore is a non-profit, non-government agency serving women and children in St. Tammany Parish who are victims of domestic abuse.  Safe Harbor provides a safe place to stay and a variety of critical support services ranging from crisis intervention and legal advocacy to playgroups and counseling for kids.  Their services are designed to enable women to break the cycle of abuse immediately and permanently.

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Safe Harbor

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Safe Harbor logoSafe Harbor Northshore is a non-profit, non-government agency serving women and children in St. Tammany Parish who are victims of domestic abuse. Safe Harbor provides a safe place to stay and a variety of critical support services ranging from crisis intervention and legal advocacy to playgroups and counseling for kids.  Their services are designed to enable women to break the cycle of abuse immediately and permanently.

A Concert for Safe Harbor is a special performance by The Grayhawk Band and Big Soul, live at the Covington Trailhead.  Admission to the concert is free.  Donations and drink purchases are encouraged, outside beverages are not allowed.

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24-Hour Crisis Hotline:

(985) 626-5740 or (888) 411-1333