Monthly Archives: October 2010

Cable Network Looking For Katrina Women

Are you a woman who lost everything to the levee breaks after Hurricane Katrina? Still haven’t built back up to the full wardrobe you had before Katrina? Then listen up, and maybe you can pack your bags for a trip to New York and come back with a new look.

Casting producer Cara Weissman, working for BBC, is searching for female Hurricane Katrina survivors (between the ages of 24-48) who lost everything and still need help rebuilding their wardrobe. In particular, they need women whose wardrobe is keeping them from getting back into the workforce or women who have trouble finding appropriate clothing for their current job.

Ms Weissman said they will fly up to four lucky females to NYC for a week, put them up at a 5-star hotel, and provide them with a new look that can help to change their life around. Their amazing $5,000 makeover will air on TLC’s hit makeover show “What Not to Wear.”

To nominate someone, send the following information to with a few (at least 3) pictures that show your nominee’s poor style choices.


Also, describe her personality, her style in detail, and how it’s holding back her life, along with interesting anectdotes about consequences of her poor style (things that happened because of her style). Make sure to include your name, phone number and relation to the nominee.

Local Non-Profit Hosts Awards Fundraiser Tonite

The Urban Conservancy, a nonprofit organization promoting localism and appropriate land use, will honor seven local businesses and one elected official with Above & Beyond awards at its annual “ You Are Here” fall fundraiser event, Thursday, Oct. 21.

“These awards honor businesses and individuals who persevere in the face of adversity and are critical social and economic anchors within their communities and their industries,” said Dana Eness, executive director of The Urban Conservancy.

Award winners were selected from a pool of nominees submitted by the general public. Nominations came from Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes for businesses and individuals that excel in responding to their communities’ needs through civic engagement, superior customer service, and best practices such as sourcing and hiring locally.

The 2010 Placemaker award winners recognized for contributing to their communities’vibrancy and vitality are:

Sunrise Trading Co., Inc. (Stephen J. Murphy) – Jefferson Parish
Zeus’ Place (Michelle Ingram) – Orleans Parish
D & C Seafood Inc. (Duong “Sugar” Tran and Chan Tran) – Plaquemines Parish-
Shine Productions (Barry Lemoine and Rose Marie Sand) – St. Bernard Parish
Lakeside Camera Photoworks (David Guidry) – St. Tammany Parish

Category-specific awards will recognize continuity, resiliency and leadership.

P & J Oyster Company, Inc. – the oldest business of its kind in the United States – will receive the 2010 Continuity award; Rocky & Carlo’s Restaurant and Bar, a Chalmette institution since 1965, will be honored with the Resiliency award; and Councilwoman Susan G. Guidry will receive the Leadership award.

For ticket and event information, contact David Baker at or 561-7474 or visit

No Mardi Gras?

The City of New Orleans has launched a brand new website that a city press release stated is “easier to navigate, provides a wealth of information and is more user-friendly”. There’s even a page that lists all festivals, parades, and celebrations.

But one celebration is glaringly missing from the list: Mardi Gras. Obviously the website is designed to give residents and tourists city information and allow us to do business with the city, but to not include Mardi Gras – the city’s star celebration – on this list is a slight that needs to be fixed.