St. Bernard Parish government will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the Arabi Elementary School cafeteria, 7200 Alexander St., Arabi.

St. Bernard residents, business owners and other Old Arabi stakeholders are invited to attend the workshop to review and comment on urban design and planning proposals for Old Arabi, based on the results of public meetings and workshops held in 2013.

Representatives from Waggonner & Ball Architects, the project consultants, will provide an overview of the revitalization plan, as well as specific design proposals for the neighborhood that will be implemented. They also will provide an update on planned improvements for the St. Claude Avenue neutral ground.

Input from this meeting will be critical for the completion of the revitalization plan and the development of the project’s design elements that are to be implemented, with a total value of $2.5 million.

The project, which is being funded by a Community Development Block Grant, sets goals and objectives for the ongoing revitalization of Old Arabi in terms of residential and commercial development, as well recreational amenities and beautification. The work is considered a small area plan that informs the St. Bernard Comprehensive Master Land Use and Zoning Plan.

History lecture series

The next installment of the Nunez Community College History Lecture Series will feature a glimpse into the life of P.G.T. Beauregard. Presented by Jerry Schumacher, the lecture will take place at 7 p.m. March 2 in the Nunez auditorium, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette. A wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. will precede the lecture.

Lectures are held on the first Monday of every month, except January. Admission is free and open to the public. For information, contact Michele Minor at or (504) 278-6422.

Golf tournament

The St. Bernard School Board Employees Lions Club’s seventh annual golf tournament is set for March 28 at Oak Harbor Golf Course, 201 Oak Harbor Blvd., Slidell. Sign-in begins at 11:30 a.m., and a shotgun start will take place at 1 p.m.

The cost is $90 per golfer or $360 for a team of four. Space is limited to the first 144 players. Hole sponsorships are available for $100, $180 or $240. Checks made payable to SBP School Board Employees Lions Club can be mailed to 200 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, LA 70043.

For information, call David Fernandez at (504) 818-8935 or Hugh Harlton at (504) 473-1782.

Scholarships available

The St. Bernard Chapter of the Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community, an organization under the auspices of the LSU Agriculture Center, will once again award four $1,000 scholarships for the 2015-16 school year.

The SBVFC is an organization that seeks to promote volunteering in order to improve the lives of community members and their families. The criteria for this scholarship include a high emphasis on the student’s volunteer activities.

A graduating senior attending any metro New Orleans high school who is a resident of St. Bernard Parish is eligible. Seniors can contact their high school counselor for a copy of the application or Lucy Ruffino, SBVFC scholarship chairman, at or (504) 278-4234.

The deadline to apply is March 31.

Life-Saver awards

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Shane Lulei and Deputies Ryan Lopez and Lance Kramer received the St. Bernard Kiwanis Club Life-Saver Award on Jan. 27 for their efforts that saved the life of a 2-year-old boy who was found unconscious and not breathing after falling into a pool at a home in Arabi on Jan. 4.

The Kiwanis Club awards its Life-Saver Award four times a year to recognize sheriff’s deputies and parish firefighters who have gone above and beyond their duty.

Sam Catalanotto, chairman of the Life-Saver Committee, said the award “is our way of giving back to these guys for what they do’’ to protect the parish. Mitch Perkins, president of the Kiwanis Club this year, also participated in the award presentation.

Lopez is a six-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office; Lulei, a 13-year Sheriff’s Office veteran who has also been with the Fire Department 15 years; and Kramer has been with the Sheriff’s Office 10 years.

The boy remains hospitalized in New Orleans but is recovering.

The Dominique You Masonic Lodge 468 in Arabi also honored the deputies on Feb. 4. Richard Montelongo Sr., master of the lodge, presented the officers with framed certificates.

Save the dates

The Los Isleños Heritage and Cultural Society will celebrate its 40th annual Islenos Festival on March 7 and 8 on the Islenos Museum grounds, 1345-1357 Bayou Road in the St. Bernard community.

The St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame and Gulf Coast Bank will hold its annual induction and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. March 7 at the St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame Center at Val Reiss Park in Chalmette.

This year’s St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Parade is set to roll in St. Bernard Parish at noon on April 12.

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