The Jefferson Parish Historical Commission, along with Jefferson Parish officials, and the Marsalis family will dedicate the Marsalis Mansion Motel with a Louisiana Highway Marker unveiling at 11 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Shrewsbury Road and River Road in Old Jefferson.

Kriss Fortunato, public information officer for Jefferson Parish, said the Marsalis Mansion Motel opened at 110 Shrewsbury Road in 1944 to serve African Americans during segregation.

“The motel was the first black establishment in the area to offer a full service restaurant, banquet facilities, bridal suites and other amenities to which the traveling black public was not accustomed during the early 1950s,” Fortunato said. “It also became home to the Music Haven, a popular music spot in New Orleans in the 1960s.

“By operating what came to be known as Marsalis’ Motel Inc., proprietor Ellis Marsalis Sr. gained a reputation for being an insightful businessman.”

Marsalis was patriarch of the well-known New Orleans Jazz musical family. He was a civil rights pioneer.

Food assistance offered

The city of Kenner’s department of Community Development, along with the Hispanic Resource Center and Second Harvest Food Bank, will provide help to those eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the program formerly known as food stamps.

Applications for assistance will be taken from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and again on Jan. 23 at the center, 4312 Florida Ave., Kenner.

The income schedule for those who are in need of assistance is as follows:

Household of one: Monthly income is less than $1,265 and net income is less than $973, you could receive SNAP benefits up to $194 a month.

Household of two: Monthly income is less than $1,705 and net income is less than $1,311, SNAP benefits is up to 357.

Household of three: Monthly income is less than $2,144 and net income is less than $1,650, SNAP benefits is up to 511.

Household of four: Monthly income is less than $2,584 and net income is less than $1,988, SNAP benefits is up to 649.

Household of five: Monthly income is less than $3,024 and net income is less than $2,326, SNAP benefits is up to 771.

For information, call Melanie Auth at (504) 250-9257.

Teacher honored

Angela Guthrie, a math teacher at Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy in Old Jefferson, has received the 2014 Outstanding High School Teacher of Mathematics Award from the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

Guthrie, who teaches pre-Algebra, Algebra I and Geometry, began her teaching career at Taylor six years ago while completing her master’s degree in education from the University of New Orleans. She serves as the head of the mathematics department at Taylor and has trained faculty on the use of technology and interactive learning in classrooms.

She is one of three educators in Louisiana selected for the Outstanding Teacher of Mathematics Award by LATM, which honors one teacher every year from the elementary, middle and high school levels. In addition to her master’s degree, Guthrie holds a bachelor of science from the University of New Orleans.

Special party in Kenner

Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts will celebrate its 2015-16 season with a special announcement party and show from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the theatre, 325 Minor St., Kenner.

Tickets are $35 per person which includes refreshments, a live auction and musical performances from all of the shows scheduled.

For tickets or information, call (504) 461-9475 go to the website

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events on the east bank of Jefferson Parish. She can be reached by calling (504) 430-8053 or by email at