Yard of the Month
Maegan & Matt Dobson
Thanks to all who keep our neighborhood beautiful!
Interested in being a vendor this Spring?
Click here for an application!
Fall Sippin' Thursdays: Sept. 15th, Nov. 10th
March 25, 2022 -- TORNADO RECOVERY MESSAGE
To Our Neighbors and Friends,
Tuesday night, we received a devastating blow from the tornado that ripped through the Old Arabi and St. Claude Heights neighborhoods. Many of us sustained significant damage to our homes, our beautiful trees, our businesses, and several of our residents lost everything they owned. It was all so fast that some of us didn’t even realize what happened until it was over!
But the minute it was over, we did what we do best – immediately began helping each other. Neighbors took to the phones and the streets. If phones weren’t answered, we knocked on doors. We rescued those that needed the most help and opened our homes to others. By first light, this neighborhood was fully mobilized - cutting trees, boarding houses, cleaning debris, and once again checking on everyone. My phone rang from morning till night with offers of donations and manpower, and I’m sure many of yours did as well.
Now, OANA is asking…How are you? What do you need? How can we help?
We have resources to share:
· donated items like toiletries, cleaning supplies, diapers, and baby food
· groups serving hot meals daily at least through the weekend
· a charging station at the Aycock Barn for your phones and other devices [ended]
· groups available to help with cleanup
· access to financial assistance
These are just some of what has already been offered and if you need something else, we want to help you find the resource for it. Please, reach out to OANA in one of these ways:
call/text me directly at 504-628-2373 (if I can’t answer, please leave a message and I will call you back)
join the Old Arabi facebook group Old Arabi Neighborhood Network for the fastest way to communicate between neighbors
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR AN EMAIL SURVEY ASKING FOR SPECIFIC NEEDS
Alternatively, if you are looking to give, OANA is accepting financial donations for those in our community affected the most. Through your generosity, we will distribute funds exactly where they are needed. Your donation will not be used for administrative costs (minus PayPal fees). We will put money directly into people’s hands as well as purchase and distribute supplies as needed. You can donate here or go to oldarabi.org.
Thank you for everything that you do and please stay safe!
With much love,
Next General Meeting
Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 pm
at The Maumus Center (721 Friscoville Ave)
On the Agenda:
Spring Plant Swap! Bring a plant, take a plant
Speaker Louis Pomes from the Parish Public Works Department, with updates on neighborhood drainage projects
Tornado recovery information & donor acknowledgements
Meetings are open to all (not just members)!
Any resident of Old Arabi can join the association…both homeowners and renters!!
2022 DATES TO SAVE
October 8th -- Sugar Fest returns!
General meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of odd months -- 3/16, 5/18, 7/20, 9/21, 11/16
T'was the Season of Giving
once again in Old Arabi
The Old Arabi Neighborhood Association continued its holiday tradition of supporting our community by donating $5000 for Arabi Elementary families to help make their holidays merry & bright.
The generosity of the St Bernard community at our Sippin' in the Sunset events make donations like this possible. Thank you for helping us help others!
Pictured L to R: OANA Board Members Sal Cusimano & Marie Cossé, OANA President Alison Barrios, Arabi Elementary Principal Carla Carollo, Assistant Principal Geralyn Russo, OANA Board Members Shelli Gifford & Linda Van Aman
NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!
Our brand new Little Free Library is up and full of books!
There's also a bench nearby, for comfortable browsing.
Check it out!
Many thanks to our member farmer/gardeners for design, installation & maintenance of the new landscape plantings at the Aycock Barn and Courthouse/Jail
In old news,
here are some events
👈 2nd Place
Night Out Against Crime makes us safer!
Sugar Fest 2019 was sweet!
Other 2019 Highlights
Old Arabi paraded on Lundi Gras!
Friends and neighbors enjoyed Sippin' in the Sunset...
...except when we had to cancel
The totem pole went up...
and fell down...
and is up again!
Holiday donations were made
and the neutral ground was decorated
It was a very good year!
Love thy neighbor, love thy neighborhood!
Here are a couple of great articles about our neighborhood:
"New restaurants are joining old favorites in St. Bernard Parish" -- Gambit, May 14, 2018
"When St. Bernard made cars" (at the Ford motor plant in Arabi!) -- nola.com, Nov. 5, 2014
COME JOIN THE FUN!
click on the "MEMBERSHIP" tab
at the top of the page for details
While you're waiting for our next great event, if you're on Facebook check out this cool video from Domino's Sugar Refinery!
Old Arabi Revitalization Plan
The final plan has been released to the public, and includes the streetscape improvements on St. Claude Ave., as well as future improvements in the neighborhood
You can review plan details at the Parish website: