Latest news and updates from the NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune Twitter feed

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Latest news and updates from NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA<br />
Website: http://www.nola.com Follow on Twitter: @NOLAnews RT @NOLAnews: —#NOLA buses begin running after #Isaac – http://ow.ly/dmkL2 — Isaac’s flooding finally receding along Mandeville lakefront – http://ow.ly/dmkBr — That’s correct. No curfew. RT @nola_uptown: @NOLAnews there is no curfew in Orleans parish tonight, correct?— Isaac Storm Surge Floods Lafitte http://bit.ly/QYZeee — RT @kgislesonpalmer Please remember to check up on your neighbors — especially the elderly to see if they need assistance!<br />
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Latest news and updates from the NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune Twitter feed (@NOLAnews)

http://www.nola.com
Follow on Twitter: @NOLAnews

RT @NOLAnews:

—#NOLA buses begin running after #Isaac – http://ow.ly/dmkL2

— Isaac’s flooding finally receding along Mandeville lakefront – http://ow.ly/dmkBr

— That’s correct. No curfew. RT @nola_uptown: @NOLAnews there is no curfew in Orleans parish tonight, correct?

— Isaac Storm Surge Floods Lafitte http://bit.ly/QYZeee

— RT @kgislesonpalmer Please remember to check up on your neighbors — especially the elderly to see if they need assistance!

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News about Hurricane Isaac’s impact on New Orleans from the Twitter Feed

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RT @CBSEveningNews: NOLA’s levees hold up to Hurricane Isaac, but neighbors in Plaquemines Parish still face flooding, rooftop rescues: http://cbsn.ws/NCVrD1

RT ‏@hollyrpeete: “661,000 homes & businesses w/o power in Louisiana because of #Isaac. Efforts to restore electricity might take a WEEK” via @NPRrussell :(((

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Repost-NOLA (Part 1)

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I decided to repost some of the entries I made in 2006 about my time in New Orleans (NOLA) where I helped briefly with the rebuilding effort.

Flyin’ down NOLA

Tuesday, November 07, 2006 

I’ll be joining a group organized by a great non-profit called Boston Cares that will help with the ongoing rebuilding effort in New Orleans (NOLA).

We will be hosted by Hands On New Orleans, which is a member of the Hands On Network.  (Boston Cares is a member also!)  I am told that a lot of the work will include mold removal, long days, and 3 minute showers.  All of this I can do and willingly. I hope to be able to blog about my experience there for the next few days or at least provide a report once I get back.

When the Katrina disaster took place, I experienced the covereage largely through the net and through listening to the television broadcast on my headset.  I never saw the footage as it unfolded.  Hearing the desperation and fear of the victims and the utter incompetence of those who should have known better gave me a different perspective on the disaster than I otherwise would have had if I watched it on television.  (I moved but had not unpacked my tv and was not really missing it since I could hear all of the shows that I liked on my headset).
    
Wish us well.  We go to do good and to effect change, which is what Boston Cares, Hands On New Orleans and the Hands On Network are all about.

 

NOLA-Day One

Wednesday, November 08, 2006 

Well, I made it to NOLA (New Orleans).  There is a group of about 40 from Boston.  We all had our share of airplane stories-the worst being the people who took American Airlines out of Boston and had their flight cancelled and then were routed to Continental and then missed their connection in La Guardia and made it finally to NOLA but without their luggage, which was still sitting on the original American Airlines flight.  They were surprisingly nice about it all.  Of course the Boston Cares group came together and offered clothes and stuff.

My flight was all right.  I loved listening to the XM Satellite radio, which has channels for every type of music imaginable.  I basically lived in the 40s-90s stations with forays into the country and alt stations.  As we landed at at the NOLA airport, (a beautiful flyover by the way as is Atlanta, GA) I listened to “Ring of Fire” by the man in black (Johnny Cash) and “Physical” by Olivia Newton John.  I will take the time to apologize now for those who read this and go “Arrgh! These songs are stuck in my head….”

The neighborhood we are staying is decent enough though there seems to have been a major drug ring bust prior to our coming.  There is increased police security and we have been told to go out at night in threes and the places that we need to avoid.

Driving down St. Charles Avenue was interesting since you would see chain restaurants housed in buidlings that you would associate with the 19th century.

It has been more than a year since Katrina hit. You can see that downtown has made a lot of progress.  I was actually pleased to see children going home from school in the afternoon, which to me is a sign of nornamlcy.

The weather is in the 70s-a welcome change from the freezing rain that I left.  I did not hit any of the nightlife yet.  Traveling made me tired and I felt like staying close to home.  But tomorrow…

Our hosts, Hands On New Orleans, are great.  They have energy and they are practical.  One of the staff memebers is also named Emma (a very lovely name to be sure).  After we arrived, we receeived a great orientation and safety lecture, since as you can imagine, there is mold and stuff  to be concerned about as well as falling debris.

Definitely no frills here.  Everyone mucks in with chores and we sleep in bunks not unlike barracks.  I signed up for kitchen patrol (cleanup) on Thursday. As I stated before, I can sleep on a concrete floor with a sheet and be okay.  Our group is on the top bunks.  I joked that it reminded me a bit of the movie “Rooftops.” 

The Boston Cares group, headed by Whitney, is a great group.  Clearly we are all people who want to make a difference no matter how anonymous it is.  Many of us don’t know each other but we came together rather well. I had a great time playing (and winning at) UNO with Ethan and Pam.  I also got a kick out of our reaction to the recent elections, including the Democractic wins.

And though I felt a bit silly, Whitney’s idea about us all wearing the yellow Boston Cares shirts was a good one.

Tomorrow I will be a part of a “last gut” team.  This team completes the gutting of a house with things like nail removal. 

I’ll blog more later.

HandsOn New Orleans wants to Get Out the Give

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In 2006, I had the honor of assisting with the ongoing recovery effort of the city of New Orleans through Boston Cares and HandsOn New Orleans.  I wish I could say that I have been able to go back since, but that was not possible.  So whenever opportunities come up to help NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) and HandsOn New Orleans, I jump on them.

HandsOn New Orleans is taking part in Get Out The Give, which is an initiative for individual supporters of a participating HandsOn affiliate to get out there and mobilize their networks to raise money before the end of 2008.

Lord knows that the work in NOLA is not over, though it takes a back seat in news coverage to the ongoing saga of Britney and TomKat.

This group, which has been at the forefront of the NOLA rebuilding effort, needs all the support it can get.  Even if you can’t donate before the end of December 2008, please consider donating sometime-anything will be appreciated.

HandsOn New Orleans:

http://www.handsonneworleans.org/AboutUs/index.php/donatesponsorgive1217.html

 

HandsOn New Orleans’ Wishlist:

http://www.handsonneworleans.org/AboutUs/index.php/wishlist.htm