943 Friscoville Ave.

Joe & Kristin Crifasi

(sometime in early May...)

Greetings friends and Arabians,


I hope that your family is staying well through this beautiful yet very trying pandemic spring.


The good weather and the unplanned gift of time has led a lot of our friends and neighbors outside. The yards and gardens in Old Arabi have never looked better. Congrats to Norman & Wendy at 835 Angela, Claude & Heather at 136 Angela, and Linda & Kathy at 701 Lebeau, spring yard-of-the-month winners, for bringing beauty to our hometown.


Folks have also gathered at the levee more often than pre-social distancing. The sunsets have been beautiful, but more people always means more trash. Thanks to Clay Cosse for being our MVP in working each day to empty the trash and keep the levee lookout looking good.


I'd also like to thank and salute our local business partners for serving us during the crisis. Kudos to the servers and clerks who have all been there while so many of us have been at home. It sure is nice having a couple of restaurants, a grocery, and a cofeehouse nearby. Remember to tip BIG when you can.


OANA would also like to welcome our newest neighbor, baby Wesley B, born on March 27th, weighing 6lbs 12oz and 19 inches long. First time mom and dad, Samantha and Jared, are doing well. (Perhaps we can recruit little Wesley to replace Clay on trash duty in a few years...)


And finally, I wanted to let you all know that I received an envelope full of thank you cards from the families that we helped during Christmas time. These words are a poignant reminder of the struggles many in our community have. Their gratitude is sincere and shows that even giving a little can help a lot. I'll share these cards with you all in person at our next gathering which is ... I don't know. Once we enter Phase 1 on May 15th, we hope, our Board will meet and start discussing what our path forward will be. We will keep in touch.


PSA: The Community Center is in need of boxes for food distribution and any canned peas, green beans, etc., 6800 Patricia. 


Thanks for all of the support and hope to see you all soon.


In the meantime, stay safe, stay home, shop local, wash your hands, and be kind.


Your other President,




Thursday, May 21st, 6 p.m.

at the Maumus Center

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Note: Please park in the Center's parking lot, located on the side of the building off Friscoville, and enter the building through that side door


Just in case you missed our recent events:

    👈  2nd Place
👆The Winner!
Sugar Fest was sweet!
Night Out Against Crime makes us safer!

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!) --, Nov. 5, 2014


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:

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