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Events Honor 'Big Chief Tootie' Montana

Twelfth Night is not just for king cakes and packing up Christmas decorations. In the spirit of Carnival, New Orleans honors the late Allison “Big Chief Tootie” Montana, who passed away in 2005, as he was addressing the City Council. City Council created a day in Montana’s honor in 2009, and the observance has grown into a two-day event that kicks off this Sunday, January 5. 

Creeds for the Coast: Katrina Prayer Breakfast

As Katrina’s eight-year anniversary approaches, community leaders are beginning to look inward to prevent a repeat tragedy. This Saturday, August 24, religious, community, and elected officials are commemorating The Storm with a prayer breakfast. The focus of the gathering goes beyond spiritual healing, as speakers will discuss climate change, and the ways in which citizens can help preserve our coast, the most precious natural storm buffer we have. 

New Treme Center Offers Camps, Comps, Pool

New Orleans ever-evolving restoration initiative saw a new ribbon cut today in Treme at the Community Center on N. Villere.  The building suffered extreme damage in Katrina, and with the investment of Mayor Mitch’s office, city officials and partnerships, the Treme neighborhood and its children have re-established an area for them to learn, play and swim.

NoDef Nods: Construction

A Look at 12 of the City's Most Constructive Projects to Happen Last Year

New Orleans still has a long way to go, but residents saw steady progress in 2012 in terms of infrastructure, road improvements, and long-awaited renovations. Here are NoDef's 12 construction picks for 2012.

Treme Community Center is Coming Back

by Mary-Devon Dupuy

The Treme community epitomizes New Orleans culture, and no one articulates this better than community activist and 6th Ward elder, Jerome Smith. “If the children are not exposed to the great music of New Orleans in their every day experiences, then New Orleans becomes plastic,” Smith said at a City event held Monday that spotlighted the renovation of the Treme Community Center (900 N. Villere). He also said that music is a lesson of caring, and that, “when the children are denied that lesson day by day, it becomes easy for them to harm each other.”

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