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Gentilly Fest Returns to Pontchartrain Park

It’s always festival season in the Big Easy, and one of our most renowned areas will once again commemorate music, culture, and progress.

Ravens' Star Receiver Jacoby Jones Helping at Home

Jacoby Jones, the New Orleans born Baltimore Ravens player who made a record breaking 109-yard run during this year's Super Bowl, was present at today's City Council meeting, to announce a donation to the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD).

Head of EPA and NOLA Native Lisa Jackson to Step Down

New Orleans native Lisa Jackson is stepping down from her position as Chief Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The first African-American to head the EPA has served over four years in the position, and she will resign after President Obama delivers his State of the Union address early in 2013.

Pitch from Mitch: Urban Youth Academy at New Wesley Barrow Stadium

New Orleans’ Zephyrs might only be minor figures in our local sports scene, but the new field at Wesley Barrow Stadium is doing its part to get some pint-size pitchers to the major leagues. Da’ Mayor, reps from MLB, and even FEMA partnered to create the Urban Youth Academy at the freshly renovated Wesley Barrow Stadium in Pontchartrain Park.

Today in New Orleans 10.05.12

Two big festivals kick off today on the city’s outskirts. Choose between Gretna and Gentilly for family friendly entertainment from food to bands to carnival rides. Stop by the Bywater’s café Istanbul for the kickoff of the New Orleans’ Afrikan film fest for spoken word, orchestral music and a documentary screening. On this day in New Orleans history, the bandleader, promoter, writer and manager William “Billy" Diamond was born in the 9th ward (1916). Diamond is responsible for changing Antoine Domino’s name to Fats Domino when the musician was still a teen. We also wish a happy birthday to Dirty Dozen brass band leader Roger Lewis (1941) and Rebirth Brass Band bass drummer Keith Frazier (1968) and Treme Brass Band trumpeter Kenny Terry (1969). Now for today's big celebrations:

All Things Gentilly

Gentilly Fest Brings Brass, Food, and Dancing to Pontchartrain Park this Weekend

This weekend’s 5th Annual Gentilly Fest gives residents of the once-storm-torn area a chance to take pride in their progress.  The neighborhood’s historic Pontchartrain Park Playground is rebuilt, restored, and ready to host thousands of guests at this weekend’s festival, which will celebrate all things Gentilly.

Crescent City Crime Bits

New Orleans Police Blotter: July 11-18

On this week's syllabus of sin, a cross-dressing thief picked up a few extra accessories, home invaders gave back a university area woman's cell phone after stealing it and summer strollers helped themselves to angel statues, a grill and a weed eater, among other items. Crescent City Crime Bits takes a tour of local wrongdoing every week:

Crescent City Crime Bits

New Orleans Police Blotter: June 13-20

On this week's smorgasboard of scandal, a City Park car burglar returned for another weekend outing, the tourists got to see a real life drug bust on Jackson Square and a rash of gas station robberies are linked to one suspect. Get your weekly rundown of the lowdown in Crescent City Crime Bits:

Golf Returns to Pontchartrain Park

Pontchartrain Park has a run of new houses and famous residents. Now, it's set to return to premier destination status, as golf returns to the lakeside Gentilly neighborhood. Fresh from a $9 million renovation, the Joseph Bartholomew Golf Course will be be open for public tee-offs tomorrow. Originally opened in 1956, the 18-hole course originally opened in 1956. The federal flood of 2005 wiped out the fairways, and left a hole in the N.O. recreation landscape.

Eat, Drink and Dougie at Gentilly Fest

by Kevin O'Neill

Recovery and rebuilding continues out in Gentilly. But this weekend, the neighborhood is havin' a party. Gentilly Fest returns for its fourth annual party to celebrate the racially diverse, historically middle class neighborhood. The free event runs from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon till 6 p.m. Sunday at Pontchartrain Park Playground, located near the corner of Press and Prentiss drives, just off Leon C. Simon Blvd.

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