NOVEMBER YARD OF THE MONTH
Pam & Brad Nevle
Back one more time, with Cypress Pop Trio!
As always, we'll have local food, wine, beer, sangria and soft drinks for sippin', and local arts & crafts vendors will be featuring early holiday shopping opportunities!
Bring a new toy to donate to The Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Bernard Division's
Annual Toy Drive for Children of St. Bernard Parish.
Look for the gift-wrapped drop-off boxes!
If you'd like to be a vendor at any of these events, click here for an application with instructions.
A Message From Your OANA President
I hope this message finds you well. Old Arabi was lucky to have power restored quickly to most of our residents, but there is still a lot of cleanup and repair needed in our community. Following Ida, I created a facebook group, Old Arabi Neighborhood Network, for OANA members as well as Old Arabi residents and property owners. If you haven’t already, please use this link to join the group:
Your OANA board envisioned this group being used by Old Arabi residents and businesses to post happenings in and around the neighborhood, to provide an easy means of communication for the group between membership meetings, and to create a “network” of connections for neighbors in need. That said, if you currently find yourself needing help or information, or wanting to offer help with things like neighborhood cleanup, please post it in the facebook group, so we can work together as neighbors to help each other get through this post-Ida world and then carry that spirit into the future.
Also, due to Hurricane Ida and the rise in Covid cases, we have decided to cancel our September 15th Membership Meeting and the September 16th Sippin’ in the Sunset. The next membership meeting will be held on November 17th with the location TBD. We are hoping to go ahead with our Sippin’ events in October and November and possibly reschedule the September event in November. We will let you know if we have to make any additional changes.
Next General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, November 17th, 6:00 pm
at the Maumus Center
Thanks to everyone who attended our July meeting at the Community Center! We were surprised and amazed at the turnout, and happy to welcome 12 new households & two new associate members to OANA!
We heard from Jamie Hornberger, Executive Director, who explained the Center's mission -- to address food insecurity in the Parish -- and programs, and gave us a tour of the new facility.
Two representatives from The St Bernard Economic Development Foundation talked about their “Louisiana Development Ready Community” certification project, and asked attendees for input on the future of business, recreation, infrastructure, jobs, etc. in St Bernard.
Chris Haines from the Meraux Foundation provided an update on the Arabi Arts District mural project and future plans for development.
Read meeting minutes here.
NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!
Check out the landscape plantings at the Aycock Barn and Courthouse/Jail, and follow their progress!
(Many thanks to our member farmer/gardeners for design, installation & maintenance)
A New Year's message from OANA's President, Barry Lemoine
Greetings OANA and Happy New Year,
I know it's been quite a while since we've been able to meet and socialize, but we are looking forward to 2021 being a better time for everyone. Meanwhile, we wanted to share some information with you all.
1. One of our dear friends and OANA members Judy Roy passed away recently. We offer our love and sympathy to her family. Sadly, we've also learned of the passing of another long-time member, Cindy Heier. Our sincere condolences go out to her husband, L.G., her family and friends. See her story here.
2. In happier news, I would like to say thank you to Board Member Georgia Rillette, who has done a great job with our Yard of the Month awards. I would also like to congratulate all of our 2020 winners for helping beautify Old Arabi.
3. OANA was able to make our holiday donation of $5000 to Arabi Elementary in support of families in need.
And we have a new recipient for our Mitchell Smith Culinary Scholarship to Nunez College: Leslie Hayes is a 4.0 student in the Culinary Arts Program. She says she's “following a lifelong passion and…a long ago dream….Nunez has brought me unexpected joy”. She has “always been a ‘giver’”, who since COVID19, has been delivering plates to people who can’t get out. “I plan to continue to give whatever I can for as long as I can.”
Thanks for your help in making these gifts possible!
4. Even though we didn't host the Sugar Fest this year, our title sponsor Domino Sugar still supported OANA in full this year. We appreciate their generosity.
5. Membership dues that were paid in 2020 will automatically rollover for 2021.
6. Short term rentals and "party houses" in the neighborhood continue to be an issue. In fact, two homes in our area had their rental privileges revoked for bad practices. There has been a push to get OANA a seat at the table when the Parish reviews & rewrites the STR guidelines, so that we have a voice going forward.
7. Fry and PIe and Absolute Health & Wellness Pharmacy are two new business additions to the neighborhood. Both are on St. Claude -- check them out when you can! (links on this website here)
8. Because of our surging COVID numbers in St. Bernard, and the vaccine slowly becoming available to us, we will continue to postpone any meetings or gatherings for now, including the Lundi Gras Pub Crawl. It is our hope and plan to turn that event into a Halloween stroll instead.
9. Elections for OANA are scheduled for May, and we know positions on the Board will be available, though details on how to safely organize that are still being worked out. If you are interested in being a part of the Board going forward, please let us know.
10. Two of our neighbor-members have really helped to beautify the Barn and the Jail. We appreciate them donating their time and talents in support of our mission.
11. And finally, we welcome new neighbors: Allie and Danielle Martin recently purchased a home on Community Street, and Chris and Merri Haines moved to their new residence on Friscoville. Let us know if there are others new to the neighborhood that we can invite to get involved.
Thanks. Stay safe and we will see you all soon!
T'was the Season of Giving in Old Arabi
OANA continued its holiday tradition of supporting local families and children in need. This year the organization donated $5000 to Arabi Elementary to provide food and gifts for families in the school community.
Arabi Elementary Principal Carla Carollo said this annual gift is very important, especially this year. "There are so many families that are in need this year, and we are so appreciative of the ongoing generosity of our friends and Old Arabi. This donation will be a blessing to our families who could really use a hand. Thanks to the Old Arabi Neighborhood Association for being a great community partner."
OANA President Barry Lemoine said the group also supports various beautification projects in the neighborhood. Recently, member volunteers have begun adding flowering plants in front of the Aycock Barn and the Old Courthouse/Jail (see below). And each calendar month, the organization recognizes a "yard-of-the-month" with an award sign and photos on the OANA website (see above).
“I’m really proud of the work being done in Old Arabi, and appreciate the tireless efforts of our members and Board. We are a small group of volunteers who work hard as a team to promote all of the positive things going on in our neighborhood,” Lemoine said. “Thanks to all who help and support us." Board members include Linda Van Aman, Troy and Alison Barrios, Sal Cusimano, Ray Lauga, Georgia Rilette, Shelli Gifford and Susan Green.
Lemoine said that despite very few fundraisers this year, the organization still wanted to help others. He was also quick to point out that OANA is open to everyone. “Any person or business interested in being a part of our Old Arabi community can join OANA. We invite you to help us promote and celebrate St. Bernard.”
PICTURED: Arabi Elementary Principal Carla Carollo (second from left) accepts OANA donation from officers Barry Lemoine, Troy Barrios & Alison Barrios.
In case you missed
👈 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: