Assessor to hold tax information sessions

NEW ORLEANS — The Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office will host a series of free question-and-answer sessions this week for business owners who need help completing new online tax forms.

Assessor Erroll Williams said his office will accept LAT 5 Personal Business Property Self Reporting Forms online. The LAT 5 is a declaration of a businesses’ merchandise and inventory and the cost and year of purchases of fixed assets such as equipment and furniture.

“I’m excited to see how business owners respond to the opportunity to file online,” Williams said. “Hopefully, this will set a strong precedent as we consider expanding online submissions for additional forms and purposes.”

The sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Craige Center, 1800 Newton St.
  • Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lindy Boggs Conference Center, room 256, 2045 Lakeshore Drive.
  • Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at City Hall, room 8E010, 1300 Perdido St.

Anyone interested in attending any of the sessions is asked to reserve a spot by calling (504) 897-6152 or by emailing

Documentary looks at health care issues

New Orleans — The LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health will screen the documentary “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Lecture Room A of the LSUHSC Medical Education Building, 1901 Perdido St.

The screening is sponsored by the Louisiana Public Health Institute and is free and open to the public. A panel of medical and public health professionals will lead a discussion about the current state of health care and possible remedies immediately following the film.

For information about the event, contact LSUHSC’s Alice LeBlanc at 568-5747 or LPHI’s Mary Fein at 309-5689.

Chemistry education conference slated

New Orleans —Delgado Community College’s physical sciences faculty will host the Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium Conference on Friday and Saturday on the second floor of its Student Life Center.

The theme of the conference is “Balancing the Instructional Equation: Tradition vs. Technology.”

The 2YC3 is a national organization for two-year community college chemistry instructors.

The conference will showcase the newest advances and techniques in chemistry education and compare and contrast those with current practices.

For information, go to or call (504) 671-6774.

The 2YC3 conference precedes the April 7-11 American Chemical Society national conference in New Orleans. More than 10,000 chemists, academics, students and other professionals are expected to be in the city for that event.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau