‘Night Out’ Against Crime event Aug. 4

The Livingston Parish “National Night Out” Against Crime will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 in the Livingston Square Shopping Center, 730 S. Range Ave., Denham Springs.

This year’s event will be hosted by the Denham Springs Police Department.

The free event will include children’s activities and rides, food and drink booths, and demonstrations on crime prevention. Numerous law enforcement agencies will be present to meet residents, including Livingston Parish police departments, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, federal law officers and representatives from the Attorney General’s Office.

For more information, contact Denham Springs Police Chief Scott Jones at (225) 667-0000 or send an email to sjones@dspd.net.

Business seminar gives proposal tips

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University, along with other partners, will host “Writing Successful Proposals” from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 4.

The seminar will be held at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, 1514 Martens Drive, Hammond. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Topics will include types of solicitations, types of contracts, writing tips, things to avoid, proposal communications, what evaluators look for, proposal presentation and how to please the government customer, said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the SLU Louisiana Small Business Development Center.

The seminar is free but preregistration is preferred.

For more information, contact Louisiana Small Business Development Center at (985) 549-3831 or email lsbdc.slu@lsbdc.org. Online registration is available at http://www.lsbdc.org.

Public input sought in Walker planning

All residents, businesses, and other stakeholders in the city of Walker are invited to offer ideas and express their ambitions for the city’s future at a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall of the Walker Baptist Church, 10696 Florida Blvd., Walker.

The city has arranged the open meeting as an early step in preparing its long-range plan. The strategy — known as “Blueprint of a City” — will guide the future decisions of the mayor and the council regarding the types, patterns and directions of future growth; the location and timing of annexation; needed water, wastewater, and drainage improvements; and quality of life enhancements like parks, sidewalks, and community beautification. The plan will run through 2030.

The evening will be devoted to receiving citizen comments regarding future land use; community growth and infrastructure; transportation improvements; and community character, beautification, and amenities. Participants will be asked to consider such questions as:

e_SBltHow much and where should Walker grow?

e_SBltHow do residents preserve the uniqueness and valued small-town atmosphere?

e_SBltWhat street and other infrastructure improvements are needed?

e_SBltAre new parks, trails, and green spaces desired and where?

North Oaks hires technical director

North Oaks Health System has named Jacob Goodson as technical services director within the Information Technology Department.

His responsibilities include overseeing the IT Help Desk, networking, programming, interfacing and report writing.

A Baton Rouge native, Goodson earned his bachelor’s degree in information systems and decision sciences from LSU and brings 10 years of IT leadership to North Oaks, hospital officials said.

He most recently served as director of technical services for ICF International in Fairfax, Va., where he was responsible for more than 60 national and international locations.

He previously worked as information security manager for ICF’s The Road Home Program in Baton Rouge. His experience also includes service as the facility information security officer/information technology auditor for Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge.

In addition, Goodson is a certified information systems auditor and certified information security manager.

Council to submit sidewalk requests

The Hammond City Council on July 19 unanimously approved a resolution approving the submission of an application for $552,500 to the Louisiana Transportation Enhancement Program to install sidewalks and landscaping along sections of J.W. Davis Drive and C.M. Fagan Drive.

If the grant is approved, the city would match the grant with $107,500, city officials said. Lacy Landrum, the city’s grant writer, told the council that it will probably be several months before the city learns if the grant application was approved.

The Council also approved the submission of an application for an additional $43,187 in funding for the Transportation Enhancement Program project that will install sidewalks along West Thomas Street and West Morris Avenue. The city will apply a $14,000 match in seeking to obtain the funds, city officials said.

Landrum said that a grant of $226,000 has been approved for the sidewalks but that additional funds were needed to complete the work.

At Mayor Mayson Foster’s request, Landrum outlined for the council the amount of new sidewalks that have been constructed in Hammond over the past several years. New sidewalks along with extensive landscaping and benches have been completed on Railroad Avenue, she said. Landrum also said that sidewalks will be constructed along South Morrison Avenue from Palmetto Street to Blackburn Road. She said that this area will also be landscaped.

BR native joins staff at area eye clinics

Bond-Wroten Eye Clinic welcomes Dr. Lacie D. Truitt to all three Bond-Wroten Eye Clinic locations.

Truitt is a native of Baton Rouge and received her bachelor’s degree from LSU, majoring in biological sciences and minoring in communication studies.

Truitt earned her doctor of optometry degree with clinical honors from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. While there, she was nominated for office in the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society, elected class president and served on medical mission trips to Mexico and Belize with student volunteers to the Optometric Service of Humanity.

Truitt completed clinical training at The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry, the Bond-Wroten Eye Clinic, and the Ochsner Clinic Foundation. Her rotations included emphasis on primary eye care, pediatrics, contact lens fitting, ocular disease management, geriatrics, low vision, vision therapy and peri-operative care.

Bond-Wroten Eye Clinic has office locations in Amite, Denham Springs and Hammond.

The clinics accept all major medical insurances and vision plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, and are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, officials said. Twenty-four-hour emergency on-call service is also provided.

For more information, visit http://www.bondwroteneyeclinic.com or call (225) 791-2020.