Entergy receives recovery awards

New Orleans — The Edison Electric Institute honored Entergy Corporation with the association’s 2012 Emergency Recovery Award and Emergency Assistance Award for its work restoring power to its own customers following Hurricane Isaac and to customers of other utilities after Hurricane Sandy and last June’s derecho weather event.

Entergy has received 19 awards for 15 consecutive years and is the only utility in the country to receive at least one of the awards in every year since they were initiated, according to Greg Grillo, system storm incident commander for Entergy.

The electric power industry’s Emergency Recovery and Assistance Awards have been presented each year since 1998 to EEI member electric utility companies.

The recovery award recognizes extraordinary efforts undertaken to restore electrical service following severe weather conditions or natural events.

The assistance award recognizes electric service restoration efforts to another utility company that has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events.

The June 29, 2012, derecho, a severe straight-line wind event, knocked out power to 4.2 million customers in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Entergy sent 415 company employees, plus contractors, to Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia for 15 days to help restore service to customers of Kentucky Power and Appalachian Power.

Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall Oct. 29, affected 9.6 million customers in more than 12 states at its peak.

Entergy sent 675 employees, plus contractors, to help customers of PHI, PECO, Public Service Gas & Electric and Consolidated Edison.

The company also supplied workers to meet special requests for call center help, scouting teams and underground network personnel to assist in repairing the lower Manhattan underground electrical grid after it had been severely damaged by saltwater flooding.

Kenner to start police academy

Kenner — Class No. 29 of the Kenner Citizens’ Police Academy will begin Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kenner Police Complex, 500 Veterans Blvd.

Students attend free classes one night per week for 13 weeks; receiving instruction from trained police officers who are certified in their fields.

The academy provides detailed coverage about how the police department works in the following areas: Patrol Division functions, crime prevention, criminal investigations, computer forensics, K-9 Unit, crime scene procedures, criminal and domestic violence laws, narcotics investigations, traffic enforcement, physical fitness, use of police force and self-defense, gang awareness and SWAT

Students receive a tour of headquarters and the jail and participate in a ride along with a police officer.

Upon completion of the program, a graduation ceremony is held for students.

Graduates of the program have the opportunity to join the Kenner Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association (KCPAAA), through which they can lead the community in improving safety and promoting support for the Kenner Police Department.

Alumni members can also volunteer their assistance at various department events.

Graduates may also apply for entry into the KPD Community Police Corps.

For more information and to fill out an application, visit the Kenner Police Department website at www.kennerpd.com. Additional questions can be answered by contacting the Community Relations Division at (504) 712-2294, (504) 712-2395 or at nguggenheim@kennerpd.com with any additional questions.

St. Martin’s school to host open house

Metairie — St. Martin’s Epsicopal School, 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie ,will host an open house for families Wednesday at 9 a.m. for grades prekindergarten through senior high school and also for the George Cottage early education program for children from 18 months to 3 years old.

More information on the event is available by calling St. Martin’s at (504) 736-9912 or (504) 736-9918.

Second Harvest hires kitchen director

New Orleans — Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana has added a new director of community kitchen, Doug Brush, who served 32 years in the Marine Corps supervising kitchens.

Brush will oversee community kitchen programs such as Kids Cafe and Summer Feeding.

He will also manage staff, ensure the kitchen operates in compliance and runs efficiently.

Holiday program deemed a success

Slidell — Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith’s Safe and Sober program, which started Dec. 28 and ran through the New Year’s holiday, provided rides to 16 people, including 11 on New Year’s Eve.

The Slidell Police Department reported no DWI arrests, even with aggressive patrols, and no accidents involving drunk drivers within the city limits during the holiday.

Chief Smith is considering expanding the program to include more holidays, the department said in a press release.

Compiled bythe New Orleans bureau