The 23rd annual Christmas tree recycling program sponsored by the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs will begin next week.

All Jefferson Parish residents, including unincorporated areas as well as the town of Jean Lafitte, Gretna, Harahan, Kenner and Westwego can place trees curbside Wednesday night. Trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees from Jan. 10-12.

Residents are asked to remove all lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments and tree stands from their Christmas trees and leave the trees on the curb for collection.

Artificial, flocked or painted trees won’t be accepted.

This year’s project will have three phases. Some of the trees will be placed in the marsh, refurbishing previously constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou near Lafitte.

Other trees will be used to assist Plaquemines Parish with a project in Lake Hermitage, which also serves to protect Jefferson’s coastal wetlands.

And some trees will be used in a pilot project in which Wood Materials will chip the trees to be used in composting.

Volunteers are needed, especially those who have shallow draft boats that help in moving the trees from the staging area to within the shoreline fences.

Those interested in volunteering with should plan to meet at 8 a.m. Jan. 12 at Cochiara’s Marina, 4477 Jean Lafitte Blvd., in Lafitte.

The trees will be moved to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou, near the Town of Jean Lafitte.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and should wear layered clothing, including long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed-toe, sturdy shoes. Hats and sunscreen also are recommended.

Gloves, safety glasses, life vests, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For information or to volunteer, call the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs at (504) 731-4612.

Rummel student in bowl

Devin Hutton, an eighth-grade student at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, has been selected to participate in the 2013 Eastbay Youth All American Bowl in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, to be played Sunday.

Hutton, of Kenner, is a running back with the Rummel Raider football team and is one of just 48 players in the nation selected for the All American Bowl.

Kids need volunteers

Two local organizations are looking for help.

First, Court Appointed Special Advocates Jefferson Parish is in need of volunteers to serve as advocates for children in foster care.

The next CASA volunteer training will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, at the CASA office, 671-A Whitney Ave., Gretna.

The program trains community volunteers, after being appointed by the court, to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in court.

The volunteer investigates the cases, evaluates the information, submits a report to the court with recommendations on the child’s best interest and monitors the case until a permanent plan is approved by the court.

The primary goal of CASA Jefferson Parish is to assign a trained, capable volunteer from the community to represent the interest of every abused and neglected child in the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court System.

For information, call (504) 367-3500, ext. 330.

And Start the Adventure in Reading, a volunteer-based, nonprofit children’s literacy organization, is in need of tutors.

STAIR provides free one-on-one reading tutors for public school students in first through third grades from Jefferson, Orleans and Plaquemine parishes.

No teaching experience is necessary and only one training session is required.

In Jefferson Parish, the next training session will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 3412 Haring Road, Metairie.

For information or to register, call the STAIR office at (504) 899-0820 or email

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about Jefferson Parish. Contact her at