The Plaquemine Board of Selectmen likely will hold a special meeting on Sept. 22 to appoint an interim mayor after the unexpected death of former Mayor Mark “Tony” Gulotta. The mayor died Friday of a massive heart attack.
Ellie Hebert, the city’s spokeswoman, said details about the special meeting would be forthcoming.
Gulotta, 57, was serving his 23rd year as the city’s top official at the time of his death. According to a news release, he was Plaquemine’s longest-serving mayor.
Gulotta will be buried Wednesday after a public visitation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He will be laid to rest at the church’s cemetery on Main Street.
Gulotta is the fourth member of his family to die while serving in public office.
Both of his parents, Joseph “Tiger Joe” and Etta Lee Gulotta, died while serving on the Plaquemine Board of Selectmen.
His brother, Orian A. Gulotta, died in April while serving as the city’s police chief.
The appointed interim mayor will finish Gulotta’s sixth term in office. The city holds it next elections in November 2016.
WBR Museum hosts trip
The West Baton Rouge Museum is taking reservations on a first-come, first-served basis for the Historic Home and Neighborhood Bus Trip to New Orleans on Oct. 15.
The bus trip is being offered in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit, “House and Home,” which offers a historical perspective on what makes a house a home.
The bus tour will feature prominent historic houses on Esplanade Avenue and others in the Crescent City’s most historic neighborhoods.
A box lunch will be served during the afternoon tour.
The bus leaves the West Baton Rouge Museum at 7 a.m. and will return at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $95 each. Space is limited and advanced; paid (nonrefundable) reservations are required.
For information call (225) 336-2422, ext. 15, or visit www.westbatonrouge museum.com
Port Allen veterans parade
Plans already are coming together for Port Allen’s annual “Veterans on Parade,” one of the city’s largest and most popular events, to take place downtown Nov. 8.
The city is asking businesses, organizations, families and friends of veterans to participate in this year’s event by entering a float or vehicle in the parade.
There is no charge to enter the parade, but those interested will need to register their float, vehicle or group by calling Rose Roche at (225) 346-5670 or Kathy Gautreau at (225) 344-2920.
There also are sponsorship opportunities available for local companies.
City officials say there were more than 120 entries in last year’s parade, which was attended by about 12,000 people.
The parade starts at 1:30 p.m., and lineup for the parade begins at 11 a.m. The parade will roll down Jefferson Avenue at 1:30 p.m., passing view stands at the West Baton Rouge Museum. It will conclude at the parish courthouse with a special ceremony honoring the military.
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