Floyd Herty and Greenwood Funeral Home will present “Handling the Holidays After the Death of a Loved One” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Nunez Community College Auditorium, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette.

The program will be presented by Kim Smith, bereavement coordinator of Heart of Hospice in New Orleans. Chaplain Gary Sumrall will share an inspirational story and lead the group in Christmas carols as participants adorn the Christmas tree with personalized ornaments honoring deceased loved ones.

Participants are encouraged to bring a personalized ornament for the tree, which will remain on display in the Nunez lobby until Jan. 6. Refreshments will be served.

For information, call Herty at (504) 214-0810 or Greenwood Funeral Home at (504) 486-0880.

Don’t be a victim

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office will offer a “Refuse to Be a Victim” lecture on Dec. 3 to give residents expert advice on crime-prevention measures to use around their homes and businesses.

The one-night course will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Sheriff’s Office Training Center, 2118 Jackson Blvd., Chalmette. The center is on the second-floor of the Tax Assessor’s Office building.

“You will hear safety tips for avoiding becoming crime victims at home or away,’’ Sheriff James Pohlmann said. “Capt. (Charles) Borchers is an expert on what type of locks, lighting timers and alarm systems residents and business owners should use, and he will demonstrate them, as well as go over numerous tips for various situations.’’

For information or to register, call Borchers at (504) 278-7628 or Deputy Sheriff Eric Eilers at (504) 278-7799.

“Refuse to Be a Victim” is nationally recognized. It was developed in 1993 in response to requests from women nationwide for crime-prevention seminars and became coed in 1997. More than 100 St. Bernard residents have taken the local class since its inception in 2011.

Police Academy graduates

Several St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s deputies recently graduated from the Peace Officers Standards and Training basic police academy at the St. Charles Parish Regional POST Academy.

They are William Hery, Jeremy Lobre, Christopher Manno Jr., Rosalyn Cantrell and Kyle Brown, all of the Corrections Division; Brooke Sevin, of the Communications Division; and Richard Ragan, of the Juvenile Detention Center.

Hery finished first in the POST exam and second overall academically in the class, while Lobre was first in the driving portion of the class. Brown finished first in physical fitness and third in the exam; Manno was first in the firearms portion of the class; and Cantrell was third in overall academics.

The academy includes more than 400 hours of training in basic police work over more than 12 weeks, including firearms use, criminal investigation, patrol procedures, writing reports, driving training, physical fitness and other areas.

Nunez fast track

Nunez Community College will again offer its Industrial Technology Fast Track program in January. Fast Track is designed to help students with an associate degree or higher attain an associate degree in industrial technology in just 16 weeks.

Fast Track classes are held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The semester is broken into four mini-sessions of four weeks each. The next Fast Track program will begin Jan. 19. Applications must be received by Dec. 18.

Tuition is about $7,000, excluding books and mandatory fees. Payment plans are available. This is a selective admissions program, and a limited number of spaces are available.

For information, call Don Hoffman, director of technology programs, at (504) 278-6305.

Nunez, SLU agreement

Nunez Community College in Chalmette and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond have entered into a new articulation agreement. Students who complete an associate degree in general studies with a business concentration at Nunez can transfer all of their credits to the college of business at SLU toward a bachelor’s degree.

Credits from Nunez can be applied to 11 concentrations in business offered by SLU, including finance, entrepreneurship, e-commerce marketing and supply-chain management.

Nunez Community College also has agreements with Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Northwestern State, Nicholls State and the University of New Orleans. Students also can transfer from community college to an in-state four-year university through the Louisiana Transfer Degree program.

Registration for Nunez Community College’s spring 2016 semester is open. The spring semester begins Jan. 19. For more information, visit nunez.edu or call the Office of Admissions at (504) 278-6467.

Masonic Lodge honors

The Andrew Jackson Masonic Lodge No. 428 in Arabi recently honored several St. Bernard Parish residents for their hard work and dedication. Honorees are St. Bernard Fire Department Capt. Eric Crotwell; Joseph Davies Elementary School first-grade teacher Michelle Daussin; and Chalmette High School seniors Sarah Russell and Dominick Curole.

Crotwell has been a firefighter since 2001 and has been involved in several life-saving efforts on duty as well as the rescue of residents after Hurricane Katrina.

Daussin is in her sixth year of teaching and has been a Louisiana Teacher of the Year semifinalist, a teacher of the year at Davies Elementary and recently was recognized by the New Orleans Saints.

Both Russell and Curole are honor students and athletes in several sports at Chalmette High.

The Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 428 held a ceremony at its lodge on Lebeau Street in Arabi, with Master Sammy Shahine and past Master Richard Montelongo Sr. presiding. St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann spoke at the event, and Col. John Doran, Lt. Robert Broadhead and Lt. Dennis Morgan also represented the Sheriff’s Office. Fire Department Deputy Chief Karl Bruder also was in attendance.

Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at parishlines@gmail.com.