French Quarter

The French Quarter Business Association has announced its officers and board of directors for the new year.

The group’s 2013 officers are: President Jeremy DeBlieux, of Acme Oyster House; Vice President Charley Daroca, of Antoine’s Restaurant; Vice President Robert Watters, RCI Louisiana; Secretary/Treasurer Reed Neelis, of First Bank & Trust; and at large officers, C.E. Adler, of Adler’s Jewelry, and Nancy Tusa, of WhatsNew Home Accessories.

Chairman of the board is Adrienne Thomas of New Orleans Steamboat Co.

The 2013 board of directors consists of Sydney Anderson, Drew Bevolo, Arnold Cooper, Bryan Francher, Pat McDonald Fowler, Dr. Scott Griffith, Jorge Henriquez, Lindsey Kirk, John O’Brien, Gene Sausse, Marci Schramm, Christine Sory, Tim Spratt, Debi Stack, Frank Stansbury, Shelly Waguespack and Heidi Young.

At a recent meeting, Mistress of Ceremonies Nancy Parker, of Fox 8 News, and husband, Glenn Boyd, were awarded the Fleur-de-lis Award for their extraordinary dedication to the historic neighborhood to Coleman Adler.

Quarter resident Gail Cavet was honored with the Ambassador Award, for the individual who makes the French Quarter a more special place with hard work, spirit and positive energy.

Eastern New Orleans

Ground was broken recently on the New Orleans East Hospital, a full-service hospital at the former Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital site. The $130 million, 16-acre project will restore full-service health care to residents in New Orleans East.

New construction at the existing six-story tower will include a 71,700-foot existing East Tower will accommodate the hsquare-foot Patient Care Pavilion that will accommodate an emergency department, imaging and surgical suites and laboratory.

The renovated 133,640-square-ospital’s lobby, cafeteria, chapel and administrative offices.

Patient rooms also will be located in the renovated East Tower along with the intensive care unit, diagnostic testing, pre and post operating and recovery, clinical lab and the hospital’s pharmacy.

Fish fry for VIET seniors:

VIET’s Shining Stars Senior Citizens group is hosting a fish fry every Friday from Feb. 1 to April 26 to help pay for a trip to Washington, D.C.

The group’s goal is 100 fish fry plates.

The plates are $8 and include fried fish, corn, macaroni and cheese, salad bread and cake. Free delivery in Orleans Parish.

For more information, go to or place an order in advance by emailing to, call (504) 255-1412, or fax an order form to (504) 255-0490.


The Rev. Tilden Edwards, internationally known author and speaker, will speak Feb. 22-24 on “how living in the Presence can help ground our service in the world,” and will share principles from his book, “Embracing the Call to Spiritual Depth.”

The event begins Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. and continues Feb. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1031 St. Carrollton Ave. Cost of $60 per person includes lunch on Saturday.

For more information, contact the School for Contemplative Living, the Rev. William Thiele, Ph.D., director, at (504) 899-3431.