Crescent City community photo gallery for Dec. 25, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by Steve Cannizaro/ St. Bernard Sheriff's Office -- St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann cuts the ribbon on a new substation at 6501 St. Claude Ave. at the parish line in Arabi as numerous employees, including Chief Deputy Richard Baumy and officials from companies involved in the construction take part.

As families gather today, the traditions of Christmas will come alive through the eyes of children everywhere as they see the gifts Santa has left for them under the Christmas tree. As adults, though, we are so focused on what children would like to receive for Christmas that we often overlook our wants and desires during the holiday season.

Recently, several adult St. Bernardians were asked what they would ask Santa for this year if they could have one wish. Here’s what they had to say; some serious, some tongue-in-cheek:

“I wish I could have a day each to spend with the people I have lost.” — Regina Bourgeois Bastoe, Chalmette.

“I wish I could get everything that my students need to succeed in my class.” — Kathie McNulty Acosta, Chalmette.

“I’d ask for the St. Claude Bridge to never go up again.” — Emilee Pilet Mercadel, Chalmette.

“I wish Santa could turn back the clock 25 years so the boys would still be young and my husband, Larry, would still be with us and healthy.” — Linda Guidry Moran, Chalmette.

“For Common Core to be gone.” — Rachel Padilla, Chalmette.

“For my daughter and new granddaughter, who live in Memphis, Tennessee, to be with me for Christmas.” — Danae Minter Quillin, Chalmette.

“Although I now live in Picayune, what I want for Christmas is for my mom (Cynthia Rainey), who does live in Chalmette, to win her battle with Stage 4 bone cancer.” — Angelle Roberts Rodriguez.

“For LSU to get a quarterback and for Les Miles to get a clue.” — Alvin Jones, Meraux.

“I’d ask Santa to bring us back to 2005, early August, before Hurricane Katrina, for just one more day of our beautiful St. Bernard as we knew it.” — Judy Giglio, Arabi.

“To turn back the clock to the day my daughter blessed us with our first grandchild. A feeling like no other that just keeps getting better and better with each day.” — Susie Showalter, Meraux.

“For One Direction to never return to New Orleans.” — Richelle Fisher, Chalmette.

“I’d ask Santa to cure all cancers, especially for children.” — Tammy Christen Gettys, Arabi.

“My wish for Christmas is to have God continue to bless my family and keep my children and beloved grandchildren safe and healthy.” — Liz Genovese Lemoine, Chalmette.

Battle of New Orleans volunteers needed

Organizers of the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, set for Jan. 7-10 at Chalmette Battlefield, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette, are looking for volunteers for the event.

Positions include information desk and visitor center sales assistants, bus stop and boat dock greeters, cleanup crew members and demonstrator assistants.

For information, contact Aleutia Scott at (504) 689-3690, ext. 10, or

Holiday freeride home program

The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office’s free Holiday Ride Home runs through Jan. 2. The program allows residents who have too much to drink during the holiday season the opportunity to call the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 to receive a free ride home from a deputy, no questions asked.

A sheriff’s deputy will pick you up and take you to your home in St. Bernard or, if you live out of the parish, you can be taken to a sheriff’s substation where you can make arrangements to be picked up.

Sheriff’s Office opens new substation

The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office recently opened its new substation on St. Claude Avenue in Old Arabi near the parish line. Meanwhile, substations are being built on Judge Perez Drive in Arabi and on Paris Road in Chalmette, with all three paid for with FEMA funds.

“I am proud to stand in front of this magnificent building that will serve this community for years,’’ Sheriff James Pohlmann told a crowd at a Dec. 10 ribbon-cutting, which included Sheriff’s Office employees, representatives of FEMA and the contracting, engineering and architecture firms that did the job.

The new substation, which is 8,193 square feet, is at 6501 St. Claude Ave. next to the Jackson Barracks National Guard base. It will house the sheriff’s criminal investigation, juvenile investigation and crime-scene investigation offices, including facilities to process evidence, the sex offender registry and investigation of domestic violence cases.

The St. Claude substation cost $2,187,030.

Work also has started on a 5,000-square-foot station at 7001 W. Judge Perez Drive at Aycock Street in Arabi. Another 5,000-square-foot building will be built at 4700 Paris Road with land donated by the Meraux Foundation. Work is slated to be completed on these two substations in 2015.

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