The Knights of Nemesis will celebrate a decade of parading for Carnival in St. Bernard Parish when the parade hits the streets of Chalmette at 1 p.m. Saturday.

This year’s parade will feature 20 floats, 23 marching units and 350 riders.

Reigning as Royal Knight is Donald Picou, and Goddess Nemesis is Kayla Tarva. Celebrity Knights for this year’s parade are the Saints Superfans: Da Pope, Elvis, Whistle Monster, Halo Saint, Mac the Quack and Soul Saint.

For information, call Billy Showalter at (504) 583-3998 or visit

Free tax preparation help

Loyola University’s College of Law is partnering with the Community Center of St. Bernard to offer free income tax preparation services and electronic filing services through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

Sessions will be held at the Community Center, 1111 LeBeau St. in Arabi, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays: Feb. 7, 21 and 28, and March 14, 21 and 28.

No appointment is needed; however, residents are requested to arrive by 12:30 p.m. to ensure completion of their tax returns by 2 p.m.

In order to receive assistance, taxpayers are reminded to bring photo identification and Social Security cards for each person included on their tax returns, as well as any W-2 forms, 1099 forms, Social Security statements and all other tax documents.

For information, call (504) 861-5668. Loyola’s VITA Program is affiliated with the Asset Building Coalition of Southeast Louisiana and the American Bar Association.

Irish Italian Islenos parade

Spaces are still available for those interested in riding in this year’s St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Parade, set to roll in St. Bernard Parish on April 12 at noon.

Riders will toss approximately 300,000 pounds of produce from more than 40 floats, and there will be 30 marching units.

For information, call Chad O’Neil at (504) 655-7555 or Danny O’Neil at (504) 655-7553.

The parade also is looking for young ladies between the ages of 11-18 to ride on the 2015 Princess Float. For $125, the princess experience includes the ride on the float and insurance, official parade princess T-shirt, rhinestone tiara, custom printed sash, custom heritage medallion and admission to the presentation dinner.

For information, contact Mary O’Neil at (504) 638-4476 or

Sponsorships for the Official “III” Parade T-shirts also are available. Prices for sponsors to be featured on the back of the parade shirt range in price from $100 to $1,000. For information, call (504) 655-7555 or send email to

Andrew Jackson crafts show

Crafters are needed for Andrew Jackson Middle School’s annual crafts show set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21 at the school, 201 Eighth St. in Chalmette.

Booths are $50 or $60, depending on whether electricity is needed. Each vendor will be provided with one table.

For information, call (504) 301-1500.

Men’s basketball league

The St. Bernard Parish Recreation Department is starting a men’s basketball league. To register a team, call John Stogner at (504) 810-3074.

Sheriff’s reserve graduates

During a Jan. 15 ceremony, eight men and two women from the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office’s reserve division graduated an 80-hour basic law enforcement training program.

The reserve division, headed by Capt. Charles Borchers, who is also head of community relations for the Sheriff’s Office, is now up to nearly 30 members.

Those reserve division members who underwent the recent training are: Tanya Palazzalo, Michael Bendich, Raul Vallecillo, Simon Gonzales, Michael Chutz, Harold Larter, Edward Manint, Dennis Trocchiano, Ray Tauzier and Melissa Wickboldt.

Larter and Vallecillo received the group’s “Always There Award,’’ which is named in honor of Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Johnny Huff, now deceased, who started as a St. Bernard reserve deputy in the 1980s and became a full-time officer in 1995.

Borchers is accepting applications for the reserve division from St. Bernard Parish residents who have a clean police record and would like to serve their community.

Borchers can be reached at (504) 278-7628 for further information; applicants will be directed to fill out further paperwork.

To apply for the reserve division, an applicant must: live in St. Bernard Parish; be able to pass a background check and a drug screen; be at least 21 years old; and have a high school diploma or GED.

St. Bernard BPW

The past presidents of the St. Bernard Business and Professional Women’s Club recently selected Claudette Reuther as the recipient of the 2014 Louise B. Gorbaty Golden Circle Award.

Gorbaty started this award to honor a club member who was not a board member and has given time to the community and for the club throughout the year.

Tourist Commission officers

The St. Bernard Tourist Commission recently named its new officers for 2015. They are: Wanda Alcon, chairman; Gayle Buckley, vice chairman; Lena Nunez, treasurer; and Lauren Gibson and Claire Henderson, secretaries.

The Tourist Commission works closely with Katie Tomasseo, St. Bernard Office of Tourism director, and her staff to promote tourism, advertise special events, and participate in activities in St. Bernard.

AARP chapter installation

AARP Pakenham Chapter 3926 recently installed its 2015 officers and board members. They are: George Virga, president; Jack Muller, vice president; Dody Bayard, treasurer; and Carolyn Constance, secretary.

The club meets on the fourth Saturday of the month from January through November at the Council on Aging, 8201-A W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

For information, call Virga at (504) 278-1367.

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