St Bernard Post

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Issue 20 - 2019 Free Newspaper St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana For Advertising Rates Please Contact Our Office At 504-278-7910 Read Our Newspaper Online at www.thestbparishpost.com 504-278-7910 ® St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Deputies Raise Money to Promote Autism Awareness From Public Information Department, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff ’s Office St. Bernard Sheriff’s Of- fice deputies helped raise $3,900 by selling special Autism Awareness T-shirts to benefit the St. Bernard Autism Awareness Krewe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organi- zation that helps families in St. Bernard Parish who are affected by autism gain re- sources and find access to beneficial therapies. The check presentation was made May 4 at Docville Farm in Violet during the St. Bernard Autism Aware- ness Krewe’s Derby Day fun- draiser held in conjunction with the Meraux Foundation. (Pictured, l-r) are Capt. Brian Clark, a retired state Wild- life and Fisheries agent who heads the Sheriff’s Office Ma- rine Division; Sgt. Jeff Vega, a detective with the Criminal Investigations Bureau; Col. Chad Clark, commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau; and Robert Lay and Alvin Jones, St. Bernard Au- tismAwareness Krewe found- ing board members. The check presentation was made May 4 at Docville Farm in Violet during the St. Bernard Autism Awareness Krewe’s Derby Day fundraiser held in conjunction with the Meraux Foundation. Photo Courtesy of S.B.S.O. Parish Officials Meet with Representatives fromNOAA Contributed by St. Bernard Parish Government On May 10, 2019, Presi- dent Guy McInnis and the Coastal Department met with a representative from the National Oceanic and At- mospheric Administration (NOAA) to discuss the recent mammal deaths in St. Ber- nard Parish. Due to the serious nature of continued dolphin strand- ings, Parish President Guy McInnis, Coastal Director John Lane, Advisers Jerry Graves and George Ricks dis- cussed the ongoing mammal deaths with Elizabeth Strat- ton, the Disaster Response Coordinator for NOAA. The meeting was held to confirm both their continued efforts to test and monitor the situation. NOAA also em- phasized their commitment to the collection of data. In addition, St. Bernard Parish presented their own results, which included the identifica- tion of 26 carcasses and 4 dis- tressed dolphins within Par- ish limits during the month of April. “St. Bernard Parish Gov- ernment is committed to continuing to work with fed- eral, state, and local agencies to find the root cause of the problem,” said McInnis. There is a critical need to get reports of stranded dol- phins, including ill or injured dolphins that are floating dead or beached or swimming with lesions or other injuries (such as entanglements), in real time or near real time. These reports should be called in to the NOAA 24- hour marine mammal strand- ing hotline: 1-877-WHALE- HELP (1-877-942-5343). Jerry Graves and George Ricks discussed the ongoing mammal deaths with Elizabeth Stratton, the Disaster Response Coordinator for NOAA. Photo Courtesy of S.B.P.G.

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