Gambit Weekly is seeking nominations for its annual New Orleanian of the Year, a designation given to one local resident who has made outstanding contributions to the metro area this year. Elected officials are not eligible. Nominations should consist of a brief biographical sketch and the reasons you believe this person deserves recognition. Please mail to Shala Carlson, Gambit Weekly, 3923 Bienville St., NOLA 70119. Entries also may be sent via fax (483-3116) or email ( No phone calls, please. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 10; the New Orleanian of the Year will be announced in our Jan. 4 issue.