The Jefferson Parish personnel department will sponsor a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Alario Center, 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego.

Several Jefferson Parish departments will participate, including public works, inspection and code enforcement, parks and recreation, juvenile services, animal shelter, community development, fire service and fleet management.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson Parish Fire Department and West Jefferson Hospital also will participate.

For more information, call (504) 364-2730 or go to the website

Teacher to be honored

Cindy Wooldridge, a seventh-grade English/language arts teacher at Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies in Metairie, will receive the 11th annual Educator of the Year award during the communitywide Holocaust Memorial Program at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.

Liba Kornfeld, director of Jewish Family Life for the JCC, said in a news release that the award “honors local teachers who do an outstanding job integrating Holocaust education into their curriculum.” High school delegates selected for the Anti-Defamation League Donald R. Mintz Youth Leadership Mission to Washington, D.C., also will be recognized.

Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, the son of a decorated Nazi officer, will be the keynote speaker at Sunday’s Holocaust memorial. A board-certified family physician, Wollschlaeger will discuss his struggles growing up in Germany in the shadow of his father, a highly decorated World War II tank commander and Nazi officer.

Estranged from his father, Wollschlaeger eventually converted to Judaism, immigrated to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a medical officer.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will remember and honor local survivors. Commemorative photographs and memorabilia from the war will be on display in the JCC lobby.

For more information, go to the JCC website,

Earth Day program set May 6

Jefferson Beautification Inc. is sponsoring its annual Earth Day Education Fair on May 6 at the Oswald-Dubea Arboretum in LaSalle Park, 6000 Airline Drive, Metairie.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., about 300 fifth-graders from six Jefferson Parish elementary schools will attend, said Beulah Oswald, executive director of JBI.

They will attend different instructional activities, each designed as an environmental learning experience. Environmental and gardening experts will present the rotating 15-minute seminars.

Following the seminars, students will enjoy lunch in the arboretum and receive bald cypress tree seedlings to plant at home.

“The Earth Day Education Fair is one of several events that Jefferson Beautification hosts each year as part of its mission to promote tree planting, beautification through education and public awareness,” Oswald said.

New officers installed

The St. Rita Silver Trotters will install new officers at 7 p.m. Thursday in the gym of St. Rita School, 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan.

The new officers are Gerry Gelpi, president; Louise Chapman, vice president; Paulette Zeringue, treasurer; Walter Yrle, recording secretary; and Marie Noya, corresponding secretary.

The Rev. John Arnone, pastor at St. Rita, and Harahan Mayor Tina Miceli will officiate at the installation.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Louise Chapman at (504) 737-3797.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at