Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful gets grant

Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful has received a $5,000 Showcase grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful Inc. and Waste Management of Baton Rouge.

The grant will be used for a teacher workshop, based on the “Waste In Place” curriculum from Keep America Beautiful. Participating teachers will present that curriculum to their students.

Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful also will use the grant to promote and assist with its annual Beach Sweep event Saturday to clean waterways within the parish, as well as the LSU lakes.

Women’s boutique to open Thursday

RussoRoss, a women’s boutique, will open Thursday in Towne Center at Corporate Boulevard and Jefferson Highway.

Owners are Chris Russo Blackwood and Susan Ross, both formerly with InRegister magazine.

The boutique will feature clothing, shoes and accessories and offer unique items crafted by local artisans.

Its website is

Pennington to host health conference

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is hosting its fourth annual obesity and public health conference 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at 6400 Perkins Road. Doors open at 8 a.m.

The free conference, titled “Reducing Childhood Obesity in Louisiana: Charting the Course for 2020,” is designed for physicians, nutritionists, physical activity specialists, registered dieticians, nurses, educators, psychologists and counselors, health-care policy makers, researchers, media, business and civic leaders, and parks and recreation personnel.

Medicare guide released

The Department of Insurance Senior Health Insurance Information Program has released its 2011 Medicare Supplement Comparison Guide.

The guide is designed to assist seniors in selecting a Medicare supplement insurance policy by providing buying tips, explanations of terminology and information on the cost and benefits offered by the Medicare supplement providers in Louisiana.

Visit or get a copy by contacting the area Council on Aging or by calling SHIIP toll-free at (800) 259-5301.

Bank gets fund from Treasury Dept.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that MidSouth Bancorp Inc. has received $32 million from the Small Business Lending Fund.

The funds are an incentive for community banks to expand their lending to small businesses, spurring new investment and job creation, said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal S. Wolin.

Four Louisiana community banks have now received a total of $130 million in SBLF funding.

BBB to host awards banquet

The Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana will host its 2011 Douglas Manship Sr. Torch Award Banquet on 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 25 at the new Renaissance Hotel on Bluebonnet Boulevard.

Troy Landry, star of the History Channel’s “Swamp People,” will be the keynote speaker.

The Manship Award will be presented to four Baton Rouge-area businesses for their ethics in business.

For more information call B.J. Militello at (225) 346-8343 or email

Law firm relocates in Baton Rouge

Law firm Montgomery Barnett LLP has relocated its Baton Rouge offices to One American Place at 301 Main St., Suite 1170.

The phone number is (225) 329-2800.

Primary care group sets conference

The Louisiana Primary Care Association’s 28th Annual Continuing Education Conference will be held Sept. 29-30 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center downtown.

The theme is “Building a Medical Home Brick by Brick: Strategies for Centers Transforming Themselves into a Medical Home.”

Apricot Lane opens on Jefferson Highway

Apricot Lane Boutique has opened at 7543 Jefferson Highway in Jefferson Plaza across from the Towne Center.

The boutique features celebrity-inspired apparel, fashion jewelry, handbags and accessories. Apricot Lane carries many brands exclusive to the Baton Rouge area and carries only a few pieces in each style, said owner Stacie Lancaster. The 10,000-square-foot store also has a makeup counter and features a men’s lounge. She also has stores in the Mall of Louisiana on Bluebonnet Boulevard; Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie; and the Mall of Acadiana in Lafayette.