St Bernard Post

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Issue 13 - 2020 Free Newspaper St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana For Advertising Rates Please Contact Our Office at 504-278-7910 Read Our Newspaper Online at Have you or your loved one been diagnosed with a Blood Cancer? CALL 504-279-5177 OR 504-832-9898 FOR A FREE CONSULTATION • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) • Aplastic Anemia (AA) • Multiple Myeloma (MM) • Leukemia • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) • Childhood Leukemia Law Office of John J. Finckbeiner, Jr 504-279-5177 • 2203 Pakenham Drive, Chalmette You may have been exposed to BENZENE by products as GASOLINE Mechanic • Plumber • Refinery Worker • Chemical Plant • Other Occupations Williams Law Office, LLC 504-832-9898 3343 Metairie Road, Suite 6, Metairie, LA ® Meraux Foundation Launches COVID-19 Grant Program Contributed by the Meraux Foundation To help meet critical needs resulting from the CO- VID-19 pandemic, the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charita- ble Foundation has launched a grant program to support established 501(c)(3) non- profit organizations serving St. Bernard Parish. Its first grant more than doubles the Meraux Foundation’s annual commitment to the Commu- nity Center of St. Bernard, a charity that provides emer- gency food assistance to local families. “In times of crisis our community comes together to do great things, and we will this time too,” said Rita Gue, the president of the Me- raux Foundation. “The eco- nomic downturn is affecting local families, so our first COVID-19 Response Grant will help feed people in need, including those put out of work and seniors sheltering at home.” TheMeraux Foundation is monitoring the rapidly evolv- ing situation to identify the critical needs so that its funds have the greatest impact. It is providing grants exclusively to established 501(c)(3) non- profit organizations serving St. Bernard Parish, and it is not accepting proposals or solicitations for grants. As part of the program, the Meraux Foundation has created an online informa- tion center at merauxfounda- to catalogue resources and share news about its Response Grant re- cipients. The Community Center, the local partner food pan- try of Second Harvest, is re- sponding to an increased need for food to feed chil- dren, seniors, and workers who have lost their jobs. “Just today we had 10 new families sign up for as- sistance, and we expect many more to follow as the situa- tion progresses,” said Jamie Hornberger, the Community Center’s executive director. “We already feed about 140 families each month, as well as many elderly individuals who can’t get around well, so we’re working to scale up operations to try to meet the need caused by the pandem- ic. The additional funds from the Meraux Foundation will go a long way.” The Community Center has instituted new protocols to help prevent the spread of the virus, including curbside- only pickup and restricted ac- cess to its facility. It is no lon- ger accepting volunteers, but anyone interesting in help- ing is encouraged to deliver nonperishable goods to the center at 6800 Patricia St. in Arabi. To apply for assistance from the Community Center, people must provide a valid ID or driver’s license, proof of residency, and proof of in- come. Individuals without in- come can apply. The Meraux Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) non- profit organization that was established by Arlene Meraux to benefit the community of St. Bernard Parish by lever- aging its landholdings. To- day, the Foundation’s board of directors is presided over by Arlene’s niece, Rita Gue, and consists of members Floyd Gue, Bill Haines, Chris Haines, and Sidney Torres, III. Guided by Arlene’s vision, the Board is implementing an innovative strategy to cre- ate lasting change and build a better St. Bernard. In re- sponse to the global corona- virus pandemic, the Meraux Foundation created the CO- VID-19 Response Program to provide grants to nonprofits serving St. Bernard Parish. St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Participates in ‘Gunning for a Cure’ From Public Information Department, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff ’s Office St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann was joined by a group of six St. Bernard Sher- iff’s Office deputies and St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis to form a team for “Gunning for a Cure” held in early March at Stella Planta- tion in Braithwaite. “Gunning for a Cure” is an annual sporting clays compe- tition designed to raise funds for prostate cancer research. Proceeds from the friendly competition benefit Dr. Oliver Sartor’s Prostate Cancer Re- search Fund at Tulane Cancer Center. Joining Sheriff Pohlmann and President McInnis were: Col. Chad Clark, Capt. Brian Clark, Lt. Robert Broadhead, Lt. Ryan Melerine, Sgt. Gary Noriea, and Dep. Dusty Gould. The event, which also fea- tured live entertainment, food and beverages, auctions and raffles, aims to improve the health of men by discovering the means to treat prostate cancer, while ultimately aim- ing to develop a cure. For more information about the annual event, visit Members of the St. Bernard Sheriff ’s Office team who participated in “Gunning for a Cure” held in early March at Stella Plantation in Braithwaite, are from left: St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann, St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis, Lt. Robert Broadhead, Capt. Brian Clark, Dep. Dusty Gould, Sgt. Gary Noriea, Lt. Ryan Melerine and Col. Chad Clark. Photo Courtesy of S.B.S.O. Special Notice Notice is hereby given that the St. Bernard Parish Council will Post- pone all future Council Meetings until further no- tice at this time.