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Enterprising Woman Top Salons and Spas

Sophisticated Woman Magazine

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ENTERPRISING WOMAN Bringing it Home: Innovative Real Estate on the Northshore— Tiffani Robin, Robin Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty Services.................................. 18

HEALTH & FITNESS South Paws...............................................................................6 A Bug’s Life… And Death....................................................6 Contraception— The Risks and Benefits.................... 15 Gluten: Can You Stomach It?........................................... 16 Life Can Cause Fatigue...................................................... 17

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LEGAL Non-Probate Assets............................................................ 14

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BEAUTY & STYLE The Silver Plum and 1 · 2 Buckle My Shoe................. 21 Fashion Editor’s Picks: Jazz Up Your Blues With Colorful Hues....................... 24 Retail Calendar..................................................................... 29

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE Mother’s Day Gift Guide................................................... 11 A Mother’s Wisdom............................................................ 12 Culinary Kids Northshore................................................. 21 Recipe: A Mother’s Day Treat for Mom........................ 22 A Different Kind of Virgin................................................. 23 Book Review: “Started Early, Took My Dog”................ 29 In Honor of “Mother”.......................................................... 30

TOP SALONS AND SPAS

COMMUNITY Behind the Scenes.................................................................4

On the Cover

Associate Publisher’s Note..................................................5

Top Salons and Spas............................. 8

Hats Off Luncheon 2013......................................................7 What’s Happening—in Abita Springs.......................... 26 The Latest on Mandeville................................................. 28 Chamber Calls for Government Transparency......... 28 Flying “Old Glory” This Summer?................................... 28 May Events............................................................................. 31 Chef Soirée 2013................................................................. 33 2012 Annual Report Released........................................ 34

It is All About Mom................................................................8

Leadership Northshore Now Accepting Applications.......................................................................... 34

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift...................................... 10

Around Town........................................................................ 35

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Farewell Cheryl After 13 years as Sophisticated Woman Magazine’s Art Director, Cheryl Sohn is leaving and moving to Florida to join her husband, Kenny. We will all miss Cheryl greatly, not only her immense talents, but her unique personality and unbridled passion that she demonstrates in everything she does. We wish Cheryl much luck and happiness and will always consider her part of the Sophisticated Woman Magazine family.

Behind the Scenes

An average day for Tiffani Robin, owner of Robin Realty, is non-stop. As she prepared for her Enterprising Woman cover shoot, she could now slow down and enjoy a moment of pampering at Paris Parker Salon and Spa in Mandeville. Design Specialist, Sunni Sigrist, perfected Tiffani’s hair. Skin Care Specialist, Stephanie De Marco, perfected her makeup.

About the cover: Cover photography:

Steve Randon Photography, www.steverandon.com Hair and Makeup:

Paris Parker Salon and Spa, 4900 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, 985-845-4404, www.parisparker.com

Publisher Joanne Gallinghouse Associate Publisher Sarah Cottrell Editor Mara Beebe Art Director Cheryl Feltman Sohn Graphic Designer Dianne Waller Graphic Designer/Staff Photographer Claire Thomas Graphic Designer/Web Master Julie Lodato O’Day Senior Account Executive Gwen Anderson Account Executives Anna Grundmann, Laura Zammit Distribution/Circulation Manager Melissa St. André Contributing Writers Bryan Gowland, Mimi Nothacker, Anna Ribbeck, Dr. Mary Speed, Jill Willie Contributing Photographers Tom Ballantine, Steve Randon Production Gallinghouse & Associates, Inc.

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MUMS

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AS A MOM, or Mum as I prefer to be called, I find it inspiring to meet other moms that work full time while raising a family. Sherrí Hansen, owner of Culinary Kids in Mandeville, is certainly one such mom. When I first met her, she was pregnant and she joined me on the radio a few weeks later in the stages of pre-labor. I am pretty sure it gave our talented host Charles Dowdy some anxiety, as I do not think he would have been prepared to deliver a baby while on the air. Luckily, for him, Sherrí’s fourth son was born a few days later. Therefore, it was with great pleasure that I presented Sherrí with our 2012 Enterprising Woman of the Year Award at our Annual Hats Off Luncheon. The event was a sold out success and I would like to personally thank our clients and readers who supported this affair with their donations and attendance. Proceeds raised are going to help St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide (STOPS). This month we also meet another mom, Tiffani Robin. Tiffani is a realtor and has introduced many new technologies to the Northshore’s housing market. She, like many others, relocated here after Katrina and is finding the Northshore a wonderful place for her family to live. Read her story on page 18. Happy Mother’s Day!



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SKIN

MOSQUITOES, SCABIES, HEAD LICE and bedbugs are pesky critters that can cause big problems. The days of accepting mosquito bites as a small price to pay for a fishing or camping trip are gone thanks to such viruses as West Nile and encephalitis. Scabies and head lice are prevalent and are becoming resistant to standard treatments. Bedbugs are unwelcome houseguests that hitch rides on luggage and furniture. Since bugs are serious business, here is a quick treatment summary regarding each. Mosquito repellant products containing DEET and/or picaridin and permethrintreated clothes are commonly available and effective. Once bitten, antihistamines, such as topical or oral Benadryl or corticosteroids, mitigate symptoms and speed healing. Scabies, a  contagious  skin infection caused by mites,  spreads easily by casual contact and  presents with tiny clusters of itchy bumps on  the hands, wrists and body folds. Topical permethrin is the preferred treatment and eliminates most infestations, but it is important to treat every member of the household as well as other close contacts to prevent “ping-ponging” the mites back and forth. Head lice, the nightmare of parents and teachers, are evidenced by nits (louse’s eggs) attached to the hair shafts. Treatment involves a pesticide lotion or cream rinse, often repeatedly, plus careful removal of nits. Bedbugs are deceptive invaders, which are frequently  misdiagnosed as other skin conditions. However, these tiny vampires do not reside in or on skin. They attack at night as the victim slumbers, leaving behind tiny spots of blood and droppings on sheets. The treatment is straightforward—a professional exterminator.



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HATS OFF

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Hats Off Luncheon Honors 2012 Enterprising Woman of the Year WRITTEN BY MARA BEEBE PHOTOS BY STEVE RANDON

SOPHISTICATED WOMAN MAGAZINE hosted our annual “Hats Off Enterprising Woman of the Year” luncheon on April 5 at the Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington. Guests enjoyed the stunning table arrangements, mingled among the silent auction items generously donated by local businesses and were captivated by the inspiring story of Fleurty Girl entrepreneur, Lauren Thom. Sophisticated Woman Magazine’s Associate Publisher Sarah Cottrell engaged the crowd with her wit and charm throughout the ceremony, honoring each of the 2012 Enterprising Women and Men that graced our covers and happily announced the Enterprising Woman of the Year, Sherrí Hansen of Culinary Kids Northshore. A yearly tradition, guests wore an array of fashionable and creative hats along with a

multitude of fabulous fascinators. Patty Beal, Sophisticated Woman Magazine’s fashion editor, selected Jody Tharp and Billie Comeaux as the winners of the hat competition. Proceeds from the event and auction benefited the St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide (STOPS). Thank you to all of our guests, Lauren Thom, luncheon sponsors and STOPS coordinator Lynette Savoie and board members who contributed to our lovely afternoon gathering.



TOP: From Left, Associate Publisher, Sarah Cottrell, Keynote Speaker Lauren Thom of Fleurty Girl and Sherrí Hansen, 2012 Enterprising Woman of the Year. RIGHT TOP: Runner-Ups, Pinkberry Sisters with their mom, Kit. RIGHT MIDDLE: Fashion Editor Patty Beal with Hats Off winners Jody Tharp and Billie Comeaux. RIGHT BOTTOM: Runner-Up Marta Bragg, from The Villa, with her daughter, Nichole Thibaut.

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SALONS AND SPAS

It is All About Mom WRITTEN BY MARA BEEBE

TODAY’S MOTHERS ARE busier than ever. “Mom-Time” is making lunches, sitting in carpool and even grandbaby sitting. What moms need more of is “Me-Time.” Me-Time is all about you— and what better time of year than Mother’s Day? Me-Time is any activity that will renew and refresh your total mental, physical and emotional well-being. Our local salons and spas are a great place to begin.

Relax your mind and relieve muscle soreness with one of Franco’s O Spa signature massages. The therapeutic Stress Reliever targets the head, neck, shoulder and back. A Touch of Indulgence sampler is a mini-facial, 30-minute massage and an express manicure and pedicure. The Signature Spa Package is a

head-to-toe pampering of a facial, massage, manicure, pedicure and lunch from the Franco’s Grille. Find your Zen in the Stone Creek Club and Spa’s relaxation room with an herbal tea. Choose á la carte from the spa menu or have a program designed specifically for you. Indulge yourself in one of three “Ceremonies,” a two-hour body treatment


combination or the “Creekside Retreat,” a half-day of manicure, pedicure and your choice of two sixty-minute services plus lunch. Enjoy a stress-relieving scalp treatment and a cleansing massage for your hair from Paris Parker Salon and Spa, and then sit back with a cup of Aveda tea while they transform your hair using 99 percent natural products. The salon is a ritual of “calming and soothing routines” that not only include your tea

and scalp massage but also an aromatic towel or neck pillow, a hand massage and a makeup touchup right before you leave. Air Blow Dry Bar and Salon does more than style your hair. They assess your facial structure, fashion personality and skin coloring to transform your look. Don’t want all the fuss? “Breeze in and breeze out” with just a shampoo and airstyle. On top of the color services, airstyles, threading, makeup and eyelashes, guest are invited to use a personal

Apple iPad and Wi-Fi during their session— for free! Having ongoing Me-Time is not selfish. It is the balance that your mind, body and spirit need to function at your best MomTime. When you take care of yourself, you are better able to care for others. Most importantly, you teach your children that Me-Time is about total health and wellness.



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The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift THE BEST GIFT that most of our wives and mothers need is the gift of allowing themselves to be a priority. So often, their needs are placed second, third or last. This threepart gift will encourage them to view their own health as important: A massage by a certified massage therapist: We hear the greatest compliments from clients who have 1/3 beenSquare pampered by our 5.05” 4.35” “I’m so massage therapist. “I feelxamazing.” relaxed.” “I’m going to make this a habit.” Getting a massage is a great way to release endorphins, let go of stress and loosen painful muscles.

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A complete biomechanical screening by a physical therapist: Most of us have a little pain here and there. Pain is a warning sign. It is the body saying, “Take care of this or you’re going to have a problem.” A physical therapist can identify these issues before they become a problem and educate you on the right exercises to prevent issues from developing. A month of fitness with qualified instructors: This time of year, many mothers want to get back in shape. With the right guidance, instruction and motivation it is just a matter 1/3 Square of following the program to get the desired 5.05” x 4.35”when she results. She will feel wonderful starts to see and feel the change. This trio of gifts is affordable and says, “You are a priority.”



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SHOPPING GUIDE

MOM IS SURE TO LOVE this leather interchangeable crystal charm sentiment bracelet designed by Lenny and Eva. Mira Mia, 4350 Hwy. 22 Suite B, Mandeville, 985-624-2880, 69305 Hwy. 21, Covington 985-893-6556, www.mira-mia.com

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SURPRISE MOM this Mother’s Day with a gift she will surely treasure. These earrings will dangle all summer long. Just one of the many selections available to choose from. Mandeville Party Company, Northlake Shopping Center, 985-674-1605, www.mandevillepartyco.com

TAKE MOM TO TEA! Lace, linen, fine china and a flowery Mother’s Bouquet tea. Mother’s Day High Tea, May 12, 11 A.M.-4 P.M. by reservation at The English Tea Room, 734 E. Rutland, Covington, 985-898-3988, www.englishtearoom.com.

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MOTHERS ARE USUALLY the first people in our lives who teach us about life experiences through shared wisdom, humor and lessons. In honor of all moms, I will share a few amusing stories shared by my mom and other mothers. About death: Driving home from a mutual friend’s funeral, my mother’s friend said, “I sure hate losing her, but I am glad that she didn’t have to be kept alive by all that artificial insemination.” My mother nearly drove off the road roaring with laughter, all the while her Horizontal friend exclaiming,1/6 “What is wrong with you! 5.05” x 2.12” Why is that so funny?” About health: A co-worker from the country told me that her mother was having trouble with her “zygotic” nerve and was taking antibiotics for an “explanation” in her leg. She thinks she may have been “smitten” by a mosquito. About parenting: I was at Richard’s Restaurant in New Orleans when a server offered her child a biscuit but he insisted on a donut. Two patrons added their two-cents— Patron I said, “Spare the rod and spoil the child.” Patron II, responded with, “Where’d you hear that?” Patron I, “I read it in the Blue Book 1/6 Horizontal of Alcoholics Unanimous!” 5.05” x 2.12” About directions: When I was six, I wanted to start a fire in the yard, so I asked my mom. Almost asleep in her lawn chair, she responded, “Mmmhmm.” Not sure, I asked, “Mom, what does Mmmhmm mean?” She groggily replied, “It means yes.” I then proceeded to start a fire. My mother smelled the smoke, woke up and spanked me, while I kept repeating, “But you said, Mmmhmm.” Happy Mother’s Day!




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ESTATE PLANNING

Non-Probate Assets

WRITTEN BY RONDA M. GABB

WHAT ARE NON-PROBATE ASSETS? Basically, these are assets that do not get “frozen” when you die. This means that they do not need to go through your probate or succession upon your death and your family does not need the assistance of a lawyer to access them. This would include assets that are driven by contractual arrangements such as beneficiary designations or payable on death accounts. All retirement accounts (IRAs, 401ks, 403b, etc.), life insurances and annuities have true “beneficiary designations.” Also, most local banks offer “payable on death (POD)” designations for their checking, savings and certificates of deposit. This is not the same as “transfer on death (TOD)” designations, which you will see many brokerage firms offer. Louisiana still does not recognize TOD designations. Be careful of assets owned by more than one person. Unless the asset’s title clearly shows an “or” between the names (and that will only be on banks and/or credit union accounts) it is usually presumed to be an “and” and will most likely be frozen upon the death of any one of the owners. This holds true for vehicles, real estate, stocks, bonds, business interests, brokerage accounts,

etcetera. Many people have the misconception that upon the death of one spouse the other spouse “automatically” acquires ownership of the asset. In Louisiana, this simply isn’t true, as we do not recognize JTWROS accounts (joint tenants with the right of survivorship). Many people are extremely surprised to learn that the succession of a deceased person must be opened to access assets in a couple’s “joint” account (assuming no “or” on the account) or to sell an asset. This is why it is so important to be sure that all of your beneficiary-driven assets have up-to-date beneficiaries named, both primary and contingent, in the event the primary beneficiary has predeceased (or died with) the account holder. Also be sure to look for the words “per stirpes” (or add them) on your beneficiary forms if you would like a deceased person’s share to go to their children as opposed to the other named beneficiaries..



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CONTRACEPTION

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Contraception—The Risks and Benefits DID YOU KNOW that approximately half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned? That number seems mind-boggling 40 years after the introduction of “The Pill.” With all the forms of contraception available, it can be difficult to choose the one that is best for you. There are three groups of contraception: non-hormonal, hormonal and permanent. Non-hormonal includes abstinence, barrier and timed intercourse. Abstinence is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy. The rhythm method has been used for almost 100 years with varying success. Condoms are an easy and accessible method that also reduces the risk of sexual infections. Finally, a hormone-free intrauterine device can be left in place for up to ten years. Hormonal contraception includes pills, patches, rings, injectables and intrauterine devices. There are over 40 different pills and with proper usage, the risk of pregnancy is less than 1 percent. The patch is worn for one week and provides the same level of protection. The ring is inserted like a tampon and left in place for three weeks. Injectable contraception provides three months of protection at a time. Permanent contraception can be achieved in two methods. The laparoscopic tubal ligation is an outpatient surgery in which the Fallopian tubes are tied or clipped. Another method is done in the office without incisions.  With the incision-free option, the tubes are closed with small coils introduced through the cervix. Both methods are highly effective and minimally invasive. Regardless of which you choose, be sure to understand the risks and benefits of your medication. Have your doctor review your medications to check for cross-reactions. If you must stop your medication, contact your doctor to discuss the alternatives.



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After: Kate and Courtney

A Life Changing Solution

At 23 years old, identical twins Courtney and Kate Quarrella were on the road to serious health risks. Aware of their family history of obesity, and weighing over 300 pounds each, they were ready to find a life changing solution. Husband and wife surgical team, Dr. Rachel Moore and Dr. Michael Thomas, performed laparoscopic weight loss surgery on the twins – one day apart.

Dr. Thomas said, “I applaud their decision to take action at the age of 23. Early intervention may provide significant extension of the length of life and immeasurable improvement of quality of life over decades.”

“This surgery has given me a life that every 23 year old should have. It has given me courage, strength and the ability to do SO many things that my weight had kept me from doing. I went from being an unhappy woman to someone who absolutely wants to experience everything life has to offer now.” —Courtney “When I weighed 386 lbs. and realized I couldn’t do anything physical, I decided I had to change my life. I now workout, love being outside and active, and feel so good. I have also met the love of my life, Gary. I don’t think I would have ever met him if I hadn’t had this surgery. It has made me a more confident person in my body and has made me truly appreciate everything that has happened.”—Kate

Covington • Metairie • Slidell • Lafayette • Gulfport 877-691-3001 • www.whyweight.com

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Dr. Gary Agena is a board-certified OB/GYN, and a certified da Vinci gynecologic surgeon and instructor. He provides family-friendly, longterm, comprehensive, customized care in Obstetrics and Gynecology. His office is located at 393 Highway 21, Suite 525 in Arbor Walk Plaza in Madisonville, 985-845-7121.

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Trim Size 9.25” x 10.75” Bleed Size 9.5” x 11” health І NUTRITION (live area) 8.5” x 10” Full Page Non-Bleed 7.67” x 8.875”

Non-Invasive Treatments EVLT / Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Spider Veins Sclerotherapy

Gluten: Can you Stomach it?

Laser Hair Removal

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Providing non-invasive, in-office procedures that allow our clients to return to normal activities soon after leaving.

George E. Barnes, MD RVT

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Board Certified Cardiovascular Surgeon

985-893-5958

www.vasclinic.net 180 Greenbriar Blvd. • Covington

SURELY, YOU HAVE SEEN and heard about it. Recently it has been in nearly every aspect of health news and in food-product marketing. We are told that it will help us feel better and lose weight if we eliminate it from our diet. Everyone is looking for that important phrase on their food packages: “Glutenfree.” However, what exactly is gluten and how does it affect our health? Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. If you eat pizza, bread, soups or sauces, then you have eaten gluten. It is also in hair products, cosmetics and dermatological products. A gluten-free diet is science-based and is a necessity for individuals who have Celiac disease, an autoimmune reaction to gluten in the small intestine. This reaction can cause damage to the small intestine and can lead to intestinal cancers, infertility or osteoporosis. If you do not have Celiac disease but feel better after being on a gluten-free diet, you may have “non-Celiac gluten sensitivity.” Contrary to popular belief, Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity is not the same thing. Current research has proven that symptoms related to non-Celiac gluten sensitivity can be severe and may have absolutely nothing to do with the intestines. The toxic

peptides of gluten may act as a trigger in the development of the autoimmune mechanism wherein the immune system attacks our own tissues. In many cases, health professionals are not well informed on this vastly important topic. Running tests to look for markers that indicate only Celiac disease can lead to a misdiagnosis and delay proper treatment. A new, groundbreaking blood test that looks at 12 different gluten peptides can identify non-Celiac gluten sensitivity. Last year, I was able to diagnose myself with gluten sensitivity, and going on a gluten-free diet has changed my life. My eczema and deep fatigue have completely disappeared. I feel healthier than ever before and, in the process, I have potentially prevented future health challenges by removing gluten from my diet.



Dr. Miller is a chiropractic physician at Integrated Spine & Disc who combines chiropractic care, corrective exercises and nutrition counseling to achieve total body wellness. Located at 3441 E. Causeway App., Suite D in Mandeville, www.chiropractormandeville.com, 985-626-0999.


FATIGUE

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Life Can Cause Fatigue FATIGUE IS A COMMON complaint for 6 to 7.5 percent of the U.S. population with an estimated annual cost of more than $136 billion to employers in lost production time. There are three components of clinical fatigue: a perception of generalized weakness affecting ability to initiate activity; easy fatigability reducing capacity to maintain activity; and mental fatigue affecting concentration, memory and emotional stability. There are three categories of fatigue: recent fatigue for symptoms lasting less than one month; prolonged fatigue for symptoms lasting greater than one month; and chronic fatigue when symptoms lasting greater than six months. Potential causes of fatigue include lack of quality and/or quantity of sleep; medications, either prescribed or over the counter; recreational drug use including alcohol; hormonal imbalances such as thyroid disease or menopause; hematological disorders such as anemia; poor physical and nutritional condition; lack of exercise; and obesity. Other possible causes are cardiopulmonology disease such as congestive heart failure or emphysema; neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease; and psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, somatoform disorder and substance abuse. Fatigue can affect every one of us at any point in our life. With increased demands on our time along with the normal stress of work and home, our rest time is decreased. Contact your health care provider if your symptoms persist and affect your quality of life. A thorough examination may reveal underlying cause(s) and appropriate treatment may be rendered. Sometimes a vitamin and mineral supplement, and a lifestyle change are all that is needed. Dr. David Tran is a board-certified Internist who provides treatment and preventative care in outpatient and inpatient settings. His office is located at 121 Lakeview Circle, Suite A, Covington, 985-893-1070.



Farhad Aduli, MD, FACC - Interventional Cardiologist

Northshore’s Best, Once Again. Louisiana Heart Hospital congratulates Dr. Farhad Aduli for being voted the Northshore’s Best Cardiologist two years in a row by readers of Sophisticated Woman. Dr. Aduli is a member of the Louisiana Heart Hospital Physician Group and is one of the most highly respected interventional cardiologists in the area, providing cardiovascular services to the community since 1999. Louisiana Heart Hospital Heart & Vascular Center 20 Starbrush Circle Covington, LA 2005 J. Marvin Magee Drive Franklinton, LA For an Appointment: 985-871-6020

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enterprising woman І TIFFANI ROBIN

Bringing it Home: Innovative Real Estate on the Northshore— Tiffani Robin, Robin Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty Services WRITTEN BY MARA BEEBE

TIFFANI ROBIN, owner of Robin Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty Services is like the rest of us—balancing family, work and social life but her ability to think outside of the box, and her inclusiveness to those around her, endear an unspoken loyalty to her and her business. She describes herself as a “What you see is what you get” type of person who values honesty and authenticity. To her clients, family and friends, she is a powerhouse of warmth, curiosity and endless determination. This synergy has helped her create a million dollar real estate team that is changing the face of the local real estate market. Tiffani learned from her family at an early age that the combination of hard work and diligence are the keys to success. It was one of her childhood best friends, Jennifer, who first introduced her to the real estate business in 2009. More importantly, it was Jennifer’s belief in her abilities that made the difference in her career. “Her encouragement really helped me realize my passion and my potential. When you have people believe in you, it is easier to believe in yourself—both professionally and personally.” Like many St. Bernard natives, Tiffani relocated to the Northshore after losing her home to Hurricane Katrina. She says the warmth of the people, along with the variety of recreational opportunities and richness of the culture, helped her husband, Brett Bernheisel and her son Casey, decide to make the area their permanent home. She explains that the reasons her family was attracted to the area are the same ones that attract her clients today. “I understand how welcoming the Northshore can be because we lived through it first-hand,” she says. “Our weekly tradition of trying new restaurants every Sunday for lunch has helped us get a better taste for the area—both literally and figuratively,” she jokes. As one of the largest real estate groups on the Northshore, Robin Realty Group “marches to the beat of their own drums” says Tiffani. Their uniqueness is in their innovation, in both their specialized roles and in their use of the latest technology. Every role within the group is designed to serve the client.


ABOVE: Tiffani Robin, Lead Agent/CEO, Brett Bernheisel, Vice President - Listing Division, Courtney Barrilleaux, Vice-President Buyer Division

ABOVE: Tiffani with her son, Casey and husband Brett

“Just as there is a receptionist to greet you, a nurse to update your charts and a doctor to diagnose you, the Robin Realty Group has someone for each progression of your purchase or sale. No other real estate group operates in the way that we do.” Tiffani manages the overall climate of the team and business; Brett is the group’s Listing Specialist; Courtney Barrilleaux runs the group’s Buyer Division along with several office staff members and assistants. Their newest hire is the team’s first Showing Assistant, Meredith Dotson. “It is like going to the doctor,” she says. “Just as there is a receptionist to greet you, a nurse to update your charts and a doctor to diagnose you, the Robin Realty Group has someone for each progression of your purchase or sale. No other real estate group operates in the way that we do.” The use of available technology continues to set them apart in the Northshore market. They highlight their real estate listings via websites, produce blogs and video blogs, and stream live video for property inspections. All of their online media efforts, including social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube, are updated weekly with real estate news, market statistics and tips to keep their clients informed. Tiffani explains that their user-friendly technology provides more bang for the buck, not only for their long-distance clients but for their local ones, as well. While the videos they produce are very raw, they do enable clients to get a sense of a particular home. “I can send the client to YouTube or a specific webpage and be on the phone with them at the same time,” she says. “The client can view the house as if walking through the front door, going from room to room, peeking into the closets, everything. This service can narrow down the potential listings and save the clients’ time. No other agents are doing this,” she says. Robin Realty also utilizes Eyejot, which is a mobile phone application to send videos and messages directly to their clients’ phones.

Tiffani is constantly in motion— whether consulting with a new client, meeting with local builders to understand their product or working on ongoing projects. Her current project is a book on the Northshore’s new construction. She is compiling all of the area neighborhoods, home styles and amenities into a detailed real estate package to be used exclusively for their clients. With a firm belief that you need to participate in one’s community in order to effectively sell it, Robin Realty Group participates in community fundraisers and special events. In addition to taking part in the St. Tammany Home Builder Association’s Cook-off competition and the Keller Williams’ Red Day, the group participates in Mandeville Mardi Paws, an event in which the company’s mascot, Tiffani’s bulldog, Tchoupsley, sports one of his many costumes. For Tiffani, taking care of her clients is personal. “Clients are like family to me. In fact, many have become lifelong friends,” she says. “They know I’m with them for the long haul.” Her gregarious nature, versatility and her ability to put a new twist on real estate is why she makes such a positive impression on everyone she meets. Her clients trust her to tell them in the beginning what they need to hear—so that in the end, she can deliver what they want. Robin Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty Services is now located at their new mega-agent office at 1011 N. Causeway Blvd., Ste.15, Mandeville and can be reached at 985-778-2525, www.robinrealtygroup.com. Each office is independently owned and operated. Licensed in Louisiana.


CANCER CARE close to family. You need your family like never before. Combined with the Northshore’s most trusted names in cancer care, your loved ones are the heart of your care team. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers the full range of treatment, from radiation therapy and chemotherapy to clinical trials and surgery. For world-class diagnosis and treatment, choose the comprehensive cancer center led by a collaborating team of leading specialists and professionals.

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The Silver Plum and 1 · 2 Buckle My Shoe, The Village, 2891 Hwy 190, Mandeville, 985-674-4343, info@shopsilverplum.com, shopsilverplum.com.

WITH OVER 5,500 people and families served in their first year of business, Culinary Kids Northshore has rocketed to high-temperature status as the Northshore’s Best Cooking School and Kids Party Venue. It is not just about cooking; it is growing and mentoring people and families. It is life skills, confidence and connecting. Owner Sherrí Hansen’s background of over 20 years in nutrition and educational development has merged into an artistic expression where students learn how to cook in a fun environment but one that Sherrí can also tie into the academic principles of math, science, English and language arts, social studies, fitness and nutrition and cultural arts. Culinary Kids offers classes through field trips, birthday parties, Boy Scout and Girl Scout badge earning sessions, Parents’ Night Out, Mommy and Me, home school groups, corporate events and even an adult Corks and Cooking evening. New “All Abilities Classes” for ages 15-30 are tailored to meet special needs students and are led by professional instructors. The weekly two-hour classes teach independent living and social skills, etiquette, recipe creation and feature developmentally appropriate activities. Classes will run this summer and adult volunteers are needed. Weekly summer camps begin May 27 for ages 5-13. Kids will help shop, make meals and enjoy exercise games, Cupcake Wars and more. This well-blended mixture of a hands-on, student-centered recipe is what keeps her customers coming back for more. Culinary Kids Northshore, 3441 East Causeway Approach, Suite G, Mandeville, 985-727-5553, www.culinarykidsns.com, www.facebook.com/ CulinaryKidsNS.



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What’s All The Buzz About Neurofeedback? BRAINWORKS ACADEMY (985) 809-7077 www.brainworks.us Q: What is Neurofeedback? A: It is a non-invasive learning process that balances and strengthens the connections in the brain to improve focus, attention, mood, anxiety, sleep, and behavior. Q: How does it work? A: It trains the brain to self-regulate by using a learning process that strengthens synaptic connections in the brain. Q: Who can benefit? A: It is an option for anyone who experiences symptoms associated with brain injury, ADD/ADHD, autism, anxiety, insomnia, and other disorders. Call for your complimentary consultation.

Cheryl Schoenberger, RRT Neurofeedback Technician

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THE SILVER PLUM and 1.. 2.. Buckle My Shoe “A Magical Children’s Store.” When you open the door, you will know you found something special. With its lavender walls and perky display of merchandise, it looks like a present waiting to be opened. Customers find the name as unique as the collection of classic and zany apparel, shoes and accessories. It is a place to find that perfect birthday or shower gift. Owner Beth Seamon describes The Silver Plum as a fun, happy, friendly place to shop. “Children are made to feel welcome and special. Neighborhood regulars and those from miles away shop our unique lines such as Tsukihoshi, Lelli Kelly, Sun-San, Le’ZaMe, Kate Mack and more. We also work with local schools in providing approved school shoes,” she says. At The Silver Plum, you will find customer service the way it used to be. “Our regular customers know they can call ahead, tell us they need a gift, we select just the right one, wrap it and have it waiting. Things like shipping, free gift wrap and special orders are services we do to let the customer know we appreciate them,” says Beth. Above all, it is a family place. Beth’s father, Tommy Froeba (lovingly known as “Mr. Tommy” to the children), works several days a week. Voted as the Northshore’s Best Local Children’s Clothing for 2012, The Silver Plum is a reflection of Beth’s warm and sincere personality—a harmonious realm where children are loved and everyday is extraordinary.

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Youth Education Service

recipe І PAELLA

EDUCATION & FITNESS

2013 Summer Camp Schedule June 10-14

Sewing. Ages 8 & up. Lynne Depolitte.

June 17-21

Fitness & Nutrition. All ages. Certified Personal Trainer, Dustin Edwards.

June 24-28

Creative Writing & Scrapbooking. All ages. Karen Whitehead.

July 8

CPR & First Aid with Fire Dist. 12. Ages 9 and up. CPR certification.

July 9-12

Spa, Skincare, & Personal Hygiene. Ages 9 & up. Karen Whitehead.

July 15-19

Fabric Painting. All ages. Karen Whitehead & Hope Overstreet.

July 22-26

Bead Art. All ages. Karen Whitehead.

July 29-Aug 2 Hair Bow & Hair Accessory Holder. All ages. Hope Overstreet Weekly camps 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Before camp care at 8:00 upon advanced request for additional fee. Each child is to bring a sack lunch.

YEAR ROUND TUTORING With over 18 years in education Karen provides one-one tutoring year round.

YEAR ROUND FITNESS U.S. Navy Search and Rescue Swimmer Dustin combines fitness and fun.

Karen Whitehead, B.Ed, Owner

Dustin Edwards Cross Fit Certified

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YEAR ROUND EVENING WORKSHOPS 5pm-7pm, check our Facebook page for details.

Education + Fitness = Y.E.S. Y.E.S. is now a sponsor of P.O.P.S. (Power of Positive Services) for youth. Contact Y.E.S. to sponsor a child.

Professional Teachers | Background Checks Security Cameras 2200 North Highway 190, Suite D | Covington

Phone: 985-327-7457 | youtheducationservice190@gmail.com

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A Mother’s Day Treat for Mom WRITTEN BY PEMMIE SHEASBY

PAELLA (PIE-AY-YAH) originated in Valencia in eastern Spain. Like our own jambalaya, paella always has certain basic ingredients: rice cooked in stock and seasoned with olive oil, saffron, paprika, garlic and salt, which together create a unique and tantalizing flavor. After that, ingredients vary widely according to what is available locally. Traditional Valencia paella is usually made with seasoned bomba rice (Spanish rice that absorbs liquid three times its volume), green vegetables, beans and meat (rabbit, chicken and duck) and cooked in a paella pan, but other versions omit the veggies and substitute seafood (shrimp, calamari, clams and mussels) for the meat. If a paella pan is not available, it can be cooked in a cast iron skillet. The recipe below is adapted for south Louisiana, making it a unique treat for Mother’s Day. Delicious! Paella à la Louisiane Prep time = 45 minutes Makes eight generous servings Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 onions, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1-teaspoon paprika Pinch saffron 1½ cups bomba rice (may use white rice)

3 cups seafood stock ½ pound thin sliced andouille ½ pound peeled cooked crayfish 1 pound fresh oysters, shucked and drained Eight large raw Louisiana shrimp, unpeeled ¼ cup white wine 2 tomatoes, diced Loosely chopped parsley and cilantro Directions: Sauté first five ingredients in olive oil (medium heat) in a paella pan. Mix thoroughly. After one minute, add rice and cook until it looks glassy (3-4 minutes). Add seafood stock to mixture and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer, add andouille and shrimp. If the mixture is too dry, add water. Cook for an additional 10 minutes before gently adding crayfish, oysters, wine and tomatoes. The rice should slightly stick to bottom of pan, forming a tasty crust. Warm an additional 15 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley, cilantro and a few whole boiled crayfish. Recipe created by Pemmie Sheasby, owner of Oil and Vinegar, 6111 Pinnacle Parkway in Covington, 985-809-1693, louisiana.oilandvinegarusa.com.




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WHEN BUYING OLIVE OIL, it is the taste that counts. Oils described as “virgin” are those that have been obtained from olives using traditional or mechanical processes. The best quality of olive oil is described as extra virgin (EVOO) and is considered the highest quality with the most flavor and very low in acid. Acidity measures quality and freshness. The lower the acidity, the better the oil. The better the oil, the better the taste. To be recognized by the International Olive Oil Council as “extra virgin,” the oil must pass several chemical, smell and taste tests to guarantee the origin and quality of the oil.

The lower the acidity, the better the oil. The better the oil, the better the taste. Olive oil is obtained from the fruit of the olive tree and has been part of our diet for thousands of years. Although the process of harvesting and crushing the olives has evolved through the years, the pure juice has remained fundamentally the same. Shopping for olive oil can be tricky. Words like “blended” or “product of” may be marketing techniques to imply a higher quality product. Often “Made in Italy” or “Made from selected olives” mean the olives or the oil were products of several countries and then blended. Organic and unfiltered oils are not indications of quality but are simply descriptions of cultivation and processing. The best taste comes from extra virgin oil, which is always cold pressed, and ideally has a very low acidity level. Once your taste buds become accustomed to EVOO, whether for salad dressings, cooking or dipping, you will never want any other kind of oil.

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Pemmie Sheasby owns Oil & Vinegar, an interactive culinary gift shop. Staff can answer questions, offer tips and suggestions for any product in the store. Sample, choose and enjoy a world of taste. We are located in the Pinnacle Shopping Center, 6111 Pinnacle Parkway in Covington, (985) 809-1693, louisiana.oilandvinegarusa.com.

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FASHION EDITOR’S PICKS

Jazz Up Your Blues With Colorful Hues BRIGHT COLORED JEANS are the season’s hottest trend—add a colorful belt or a printed scarf at the waist for a sizzling summer look.  Have comments or questions about fashion? Email Patty at fashion@sophisticatedwoman.com.

Lavender jeans from Blink. $59, 985-893-0003 Scarf from Laurier. $22, 985-875-0823 Chartreuse jeans from Laurier. $89, 985-875-0823 Scarf from Fleurt. 985-809-8844 Lemon jeans from Brown Eyed Girl. $79, 985-626-0100 Scarf from Fleurt. 985-809-8844 Pistachio jeans from Brown Eyed Girl. $79, 985-626-0100 Scarf from Fleurty Girl. $14, 985-778-0341 Peach jeans from Paisley. $84, 985-727-7880 Belt from Laurier. $69, 985-875-0823 Coral jeans from The Villa. $130, 985-626-9797 Scarf from The Villa. $28, 985-626-9797 Cobalt Blue jeans from Fleurt. $198, 985-809-8844 Scarf from Blink. $19, 985-893-0003

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Turquoise jeans from Fleurt. $188, 985-809-8844 Scarf from Laurier. $22, 985-875-0823

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Spring trends hand-picked by our Fashion Editor, Patty Beal of Closetopia, a wardrobe consulting service. She can be reached at 985-502-6673.


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Ready for Summer?

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ABITA SPRINGS

What’s Happening— in Abita Springs WRITTEN BY BRYAN GOWLAND

SPRINGTIME IN ABITA SPRINGS is always an explosion of colorful flowers and greenery that reflects the natural environment we cherish and enjoy. It is a nice time to come out, visit and simply enjoy being here. The Abita Springs Trailhead and Park is a great place to have a picnic, turn the kids loose to frolic in the water spray feature or to climb, jump and slide at the playground. With the

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Tammany Trace cutting through the heart of our town, it is a great beginning or jumpingoff point whether to grab a bite at a local eatery, beers from the Abita Brew Pub or to enjoy one of our events such as The Abita Springs Opry. The Abita Springs Opry will wrap up its spring series on May 20. In its eleventh year, it is one of the premier Northshore music


venues. This month’s performances include the Pot Luck String Band playing bluegrass; the Lucky Dogs Band offering traditional New Orleans rhythm and blues; Delta Reign with their unique brand of bluegrass; and Kim Carson who heads up one of the best honky-tonk country bands around. Activities begin with a front porch act at 5 p.m. and culminate with a jam session at the Abita Brew Pub after the show. In addition, one of our local charitable groups offers gumbo, hot dogs and beverages. The Abita Springs Farmers Market is on the second and fourth Sunday of each month along with a Sunday afternoon jam session

Abita’s rich history always welcomes visitors and locals, alike, to enjoy our gem of a city and its many events. at the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum. The Northshore Cajun Dance Club will sponsor their monthly live music on May 27 with dance lessons at 7 p.m. and the band beginning at 8 p.m. The Abita Springs Museum Committee sponsors the concession stand. This month’s featured band is Jay Cormier and the Cajun Country Band. Abita’s rich history always welcomes visitors and locals, alike, to enjoy our gem of a city and its many events. More information is available online at www.townofabitasprings.com or by calling the town hall at 985-892-0711. Y’all come!



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І LEADERS The Latest on Mandeville

WRITTEN BY DONALD VILLERE, MAYOR OF MANDEVILLE

SINCE BEING ELECTED Mayor in 2010, I have been actively involved in the Louisiana Municipal Association (LMA) and I believe it is a valuable resource to City government. In February of this year I was elected vice president of District I, which covers 39 cities, villages and towns and this past month I was appointed LMA liaison to the Municipal Police Employees Retirement System. It has been a tremendous asset to gain valuable information for my own administration as well as being able to share it with other municipalities. There are a lot of current issues we are all facing and it helps to network and join with LMA in approaching the legislature on our needs. The City has completed the Coffee Street Drainage

Project south of Monroe Street. I would like to thank our residents for their patience and I know this project will greatly benefit the area. Sunset Point is undergoing renovations and we should be announcing phase completions in the next month or so. We are also continuing to refine our plans for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins June 1. Stay tuned to our website for more information and sign up for “E-briefs” on the front page, which will send you notifications on the latest happenings in Mandeville as well as emergency messages straight to your email. I would also like to congratulate all graduating seniors, Class of 2013! Best wishes to all of you!



Chamber Calls for Government Transparency

WRITTEN BY LACEY TOLEDANO, WEST ST. TAMMANY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT

FULFILLING OUR MISSION as the “Voice of Business,” our Governmental Affairs committee recommended and our board of directors recently passed a resolution calling for, among other things, the Parish Council to set a parish-wide meeting of all elected officials to discuss a better system of oversight of the spending of all tax dollars. To be considered is how sales and property taxes are spent by all parish government agencies, as well as the over 80 boards and commissions. This discussion must include the proposed Inspector General legislation and the obvious need to prevent any government functions in the Parish from trying to opt out or legislatively amend that legislation in order to exclude that entity from Inspector General oversight and jurisdiction.

We contend that part of the system of checks and balances for government spending in the Parish is broken. Our members and the entire citizenry of St. Tammany Parish deserve more accountability of how all tax dollars are spent anywhere and by any government function in the entire Parish. We are also calling on all other business and good government groups to join with us in our effort to shine light on all spending practices by all governmental officials and groups in St. Tammany Parish. This coordinated effort can only make our great Parish better and add to our wonderful assets in furthering economic development. For more information on local, state and federal issues, please visit www.standupsttammany.org.



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Flying “Old Glory” This Summer?

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WRITTEN BY LIZ ANDERSON, PONCHATOULA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

SUMMER IS A time for lemonade, running through the sprinkler and backyard cookouts. For many, it is the beginning of flag season— Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July. As Americans, we are proud to show our patriotism and respect for our country and the men and women who have bravely served to protect us. However, do we fly Old Glory properly? The Flag Code in the federal law establishes guidelines for properly flying an American flag. Here are some of the guidelines to help you be a respectful citizen. The flag may be flown 24 hours a day, but after sunset, it should be illuminated. If weather is inclement, you should take it down unless it is made of an

all-weather fabric. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered slowly. If displaying the American flag along with others, Old Glory should be at the top of the pole. If on different poles, the American flag should be flown to the far right. The flag should never touch water or the ground. Out of respect, the flag should never be used as drapery or bedding. If a flag becomes worn, it should be destroyed in a dignified way. Take it to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars hall and they will kindly do this for you. There is never a better time than May to honor your country and our military forces. Fly your flag high!



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Started Early, Took My Dog WRITTEN BY MIMI NOTHACKER

Dog”… is a literary crime novel with bright touches of humor and fascinating characters.

May Mother’s Bouquet, a delicate flowery and citrusy herbal, loose-leaf tea, is a perfect way to ensure that Mum relaxes with a spot of tea. The English Tea Room honors all mums with 10 percent off all herbal caffeine-free teas. 985-898-3988, www.englishtearoom.com.

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May 11 Northshore Antiques and Auction House antique auction. 334 N. Vermont, Covington, 985-626-7704.

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The story is set in the dreary, English working-class town of Leeds, “The Motorway City of the Seventies.” The scene shifts back and forth in time between a child abandonment case connected to a grisly murder in the mid 1970s and present day. While Tracy is coping with her selfmade calamities, she encounters detective Jackson Brodie who is working with a young married woman looking for her birth parents. The fast-moving narrative is supercharged with delightful quotes from Emily Dickinson, Alexander Pope, William Shakespeare, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Cormac McCarthy and others. For those who like the Jackson Brodie novels, BBC One’s Case Histories has developed a six-part television series based on his adventures. Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson is available as a book, e-book and audiobook at St. Tammany Parish Library.

May 9–11 Mother’s Day Specials at The Silver Plum and 1 · 2 Buckle My Shoe children’s store. 985-6744343, www.shopsilverplum.com.

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THE NOVEL Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson is a literary crime novel with bright touches of humor and fascinating characters. Tracy Waterhouse, an unattractive, middle-aged, law-abiding pensioner who would ordinarily be overlooked in life’s adventures, fuels the story. Her placid life sluggishly drifts until she makes an unusually bad decision, which takes her life careening on an unexpected detour.

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MAY IS THE MONTH to honor mothers and what better way to honor the “Mother” we all share than by being with “Her” in the garden. Begin by clearing away the leaves and debris from last season and put in the compost heap. Turn the soil in all your flower beds and add fireplace ashes and new topsoil. Put in your new plantings and mulch with pine straw (an excellent mulch for our area). Moist areas that get at least a half day of sun would look beautiful with the addition of hydrangeas. These plants need room to grow and will bloom continuously over the warm months. You can use in arrangements and dry the blooms to use in your fall or winter decorations. If shade predominates your garden, try hellebores (Lenten rose). This evergreen plant will flower in the spring and provide ground cover for most of the year. Indian Pinks also do well in shade and give a burst of color all summer long. Of course, here in Louisiana, you can always fill those shady areas with native ferns or hostas. Sunny spots are easier to enhance with colorful plants. Lantana and Sultana love the sun and will bloom all summer into fall. They must be trimmed regularly to stay bush-like. These come in many colors and varieties and

are perfect for attracting birds and butterflies to the garden. They will also tolerate heat and dryness. Partially shaded areas look great with caladiums. These come in bulb form and as small plants. Place them closely together for best results in well-drained soil. Usually, the darker colored caladiums will tolerate more sun. Bone meal is the perfect food for these plants. After planting, wait a few weeks and then fertilize. Because there are so many to choose from, it is best to go to the nursery and ask for advice in picking the best nutrients for your plants. Give all your existing plants a good soap bath with a biodegradable soap mixed with a little olive oil. This will destroy most of your pest population in a safe and natural way. Use one of the hose sprayers for best results. Do not forget to prune your camellias and azaleas before the heat sets in. Take care of the native wildlife that visits your garden. Use Clorox to clean and sanitize all the birdbaths and feeders. Keep them full daily and sit back with “Mother” to enjoy the color and sounds of a lovely, healthy garden. In “Her” world, we are always encouraged to live, laugh and celebrate with those we love!




MAY EVENTS

Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, 504-861-2537, www.auduboninstitute.org.

May 3 “Travelin’ McCourys.” 7:30 P.M., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond, 985-543-4366, www.columbiatheatre.org.

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May 10 Northlake Newcomer’s Installation Luncheon and Style Show by Belk. 10 A.M., Beau Chêne Country Club,105 Beau Chêne Blvd., Mandeville, 985-792-4926 or infonewcomers@aol.com.

May 10 St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce B2B. 8–9 A.M., Chamber office, 610 Hollycrest Blvd., Covington, 985-273-3008, melissa.bordelon@sttammanychamber.org.

May 10–25 May 3 May ALERT St. Tammany parish-wide emergency telephone notifications. Sign up now for ALERT St. Tammany at www.stpgov.org and be notified by phone in the event of an emergency situation.

May 1 Library Concert Series featuring Christy and the Rascals. 6 P.M., St. Tammany Parish Library Pearl River Branch, 64580 Hwy. 41, Pearl River, 985-863-5518, www.sttammany.lib.la.us.

Chief Randy Smith and the Children’s Wish Endowment Program Golf Tournament. 12–6 P.M., Royal Golf Club, 201 Royal Dr., Slidell, 504-296-9982 or 985-646-4381.

May 4 Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa Poker Run and Hot Wing Cook-Off. Registration: 8 A.M., After Party and Hot Wing Cook-Off : 1 P.M., Hammond Harley Davidson, 1530 SW Railroad Ave., Hammond, 985-215-1150, www.tangicrimestoppers.com/events.

May 1–11

“Troop Glamour Girls the Musical.” 8 P.M., Cutting Edge Theater at Attractions Salon, 747 Robert Blvd., Slidell, 985-649-3727, www.cuttingedgetheater.com.

May 10–26 Playmakers presents “Chapter Two” by Neil Simon. Fri–Sat: 8 P.M., Sun: 2 P.M., Playmakers Theater, 19106 Playmakers Rd., Covington, 985-892-9767, www.playmakersinc.com.

May 10–31 “Art and Bloom on the Northshore” art show presented by the Slidell Art League. Slidell Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd., Slidell, 985-847-9458, pr4sal@charter.net.

May 10–31

Jean Seidenberg Exhibit: “un soupçon Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture.” Tue–Fri: 10 A.M.–4 P.M., Sat: 11 A.M.–4 P.M., The Art House, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-892-8650, www.sttammanyartassociation.org.

Hammond Art Guild “51st Exhibit.” Tue–Fri: 1–5 P.M., Sat: 11 A.M.–3 P.M., Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond, 985-542-7113, www. hammondarts.org.

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Slidell Little Theatre presents “Show Boat.” Fri–Sat: 8 P.M., Sun: 2 P.M., Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Dr., Slidell, 985-641-0324, www.SlidellLittleTheatre.org.

May 1–31 “Mixed Media Exhibit” presented by the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall. Wed–Fri: 12–4 P.M., Sat: 9 A.M.–12 P.M., 2055 2nd St., Slidell, 985-646-4375, www.slidell.la.us.

May 1–31 “Eclectic Expressions”, a one-man show of the works of Nolan Lefort at OFFstage Gallery. Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Dr., Slidell, 985-326-6822, www.OTACenter.com.

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May 3 Audubon Zoo presents the “Whitney Zoo-To-Do.” Patron Party: 7 P.M., Gala: 8 P.M.–midnight, Adults Only,

Slidell High Football Team BBQ Chicken Dinner. 11 A.M.–2 P.M., Slidell High School Gym parking lot, 1 Tiger Dr., Slidell, 985-788-5364, wwwshsqbclub@yahoo.com.

May 4 Pinewood Country Club 50th Anniversary Celebration. Entertainment by Slidell’s own Ronnie Kole. 7–10 P.M., Pinewood Country Club, 405 Country Club Blvd., 985-643-6892, ext.11, pinewoodterri@bellsouth.net.

May 4–5 Relay for Life of St. Tammany-West. 6 P.M., Fontainebleau High School, 100 Bulldog Dr., Mandeville, 985-807-4659, ckidwell@olhcc.edu.

May 9 National Alliance on Mental Illness St. Tammany 2013 Charity Golf Tournament. Registration: 11 A.M., Beau Chêne Country Club, Oak Course, 105 Beau Chêne Blvd., Mandeville, 985-626-6538, info@namisttammany.org.

Greater New Orleans Dragon Boat Festival. 9 A.M.–4 P.M., Tchefuncte River, Madisonville, info@gwndragonboat.com.

May 11 “One Act Contest Show.” 7 A.M., The Swan, 70326 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, 985-276-9727, www.dramaandmusic.com.

May 11 Camp Salmen Spring Fling 2013. 11 A.M.–2 P.M., Camp Salmen Nature Park, 35122 Parish Parkway (off Gause Blvd.), Slidell, 985-898-3011.

May 11 “Swing in the Pines” featuring the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. 4–7 P.M., Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Dr., Covington, 985-892-1873, www.covla.com.

May 12 Mother’s Day in Mandeville Annual Home Tour. 2–5 P.M. throughout eight exceptional

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Job Fair presented by the St. Tammany Business and Career Solutions Center. 9 A.M.–2 P.M., Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 2nd St., Slidell, 985-377-3723, jimpastato@lwc.la.gov.

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May 16 “STARC ART Linen Night.” 5–7 P.M., Patton’s, 127 Cleveland Ave., Slidell, 985-641-0197, www.starcla.org.

May 17 Masquerading For a Match. 8 P.M. - midnight. Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive in New Orleans, 504-962-7260, www.masqueradingforamatch.com.

May 17 May 13 Clearwood Junior High Spring Concert. 7 P.M., Clearwood Junior High Gym, 130 Clearwood Dr., Slidell, 985-641-8200, www.clearwoodjunior.stpsb.org.

May 13 Computer Skills Improvement Courses. 10–11 A.M., St. Tammany Parish Library Black River Branch, 1519 Hwy. 22 W., Ste. 9, Madisonville, 985-845-4819; 2–3 P.M., St. Tammany Parish Library Lee Road Branch, 79213 Hwy. 40, Covington, 985-893-6284.

May 15 Library Concert Series featuring Christy and the Rascals. 6 P.M., St. Tammany Parish Library Lacombe Branch, 28027 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, 985-882-7858, www.sttammany.lib.la.us.

May 15 Northshore Rising Professionals Monthly Meeting. 11:30–1 P.M., Homewood Suites by Hilton, 101 Holiday Square Frontage Rd., Covington, 985-273-3008, melissa.bordelon@sttammanychamber.org.

May 16 Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. Hosted by the Ponchatoula Country Market and the Krewe of Erin. 5:30–7 P.M., Ponchatoula Country Market, 10 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula, 985-386-2536, www.ponchatoulachamber.com.

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Behavioral Health Fair. Hosted by the St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide (STOPS), The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Greenbrier Behavioral Hospital and St. Tammany Parish Government in recognition of May as Mental Health Month from10:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. at the National Guard Armory located at 1320 N. Columbia Street in Covington. Services offered by various entities throughout St. Tammany Parish in the mental health field will be showcased at the fair. The public is invited. Free of charge.

May 25

Sunset at the Landing Concert. 6–9 P.M., Columbia Street Landing, 100 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-892-1873, www.covla.com.

Dew Drop Inn Concert featuring Detective Fish. 6:30 P.M., Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall, 430 Lamarque St., Mandeville, 985-624-3147, www.dewdropjazzhall.com.

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May 25

“Art Launch” Opening Reception. Students from the Local junior high and high schools exhibit original artwork juried by local artist Gail Hood. 6–9 P.M., The Art House, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-892-8650, www.sttammanyartassociation.org.

Reminiscing Covington’s Percy Walker. 7–9 P.M., Fuhrmann Auditorium, 317 N. Jefferson, Covington, 985-892-2254.

May 19 Christ Episcopal Church “Third Sunday Concert” featuring The Pfister Sisters. 5 P.M., Christ Episcopal Church, 120 S. New Hampshire St., Covington, 985-892-3177, www.christchurchcovington.com.

May 24-June 2 “Driving Miss Daisy” presented by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. Fri–Sat: 7:30 P.M., Sun: 3 P.M., North Star Theatre, 347 Girod St., Mandeville, 504-885-2000, www.jpas.org.

May 25 Northshore Cajun Dance. Dance lessons: 7–7:30 P.M., dance: 8–10:30 P.M., Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St., Abita Springs, 504-887-1485.

May 25 Texas Hold Em’ Poker Tournament. Benefiting the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum Education Programs. 6 P.M., Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Dr., Madisonville, www.lpbmm.org.

May 25 Jumping into Summer. Free family entertainment and children’s event. 10 A.M., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, 985-892-1873, www.covla.com.

May 25–26 Memorial Day Getaway in Ponchatoula. Get away for the day or the weekend visiting antique and art shops or enjoying wonderful restaurants in historic downtown Ponchatoula. 985-386-2536, www.ponchatoulachamber.com.

May 26 Patriotic Concert featuring the St. Timothy Choir. 3 P.M., St. Timothy on the Northshore, UMC, 335 Asbury Dr., Mandeville, 985-626-3304, www.sttimothyumc.org.

May 31 Columbia Street Block Party and Classic Car Show. 6:30–9:30 P.M., downtown Covington, 985-892-1873, www.covla.com.

May 31–June 1 Whites and Woods Tennis Tournament. Benefiting Hartley’s Hearts Foundation. Fri: 5 P.M.., Sat: 8 A.M., Stone Creek Club and Spa, 1201 Ochsner Blvd., Covington, 985-674-4307, ext. 202, www.hartleysheartsfoundation.org.

May 31–June 2 Kids Grief Camp. Sponsored by The Hospice Foundation of the South and the Slidell Kiwanis Camellia Club. Fontainebleau State Park, 62883 Hwy. 1089, Mandeville, 985-643-5470, kathybusco@charter.net.


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THE LUCK OF THE IRISH graced the 2013 Chef Soirée event this year at Bogue Falaya Park on Sunday, March 17. Cool breezes under the stars made for a magical night of food tasting, foot tapping and dancing with over 100 food and drink specialties from area distributors. The musical sounds of Gypsy River, the Hurricane Levee Band,

Kilts of Many Colours, Soul Revival, The Wagners, We3 and Amanda Shaw captivated patrons as they enjoyed the St. Patrick’s Day themed evening. Always a crowd pleaser and a huge success, Chef Soirée was sponsored by Capital One Bank with proceeds benefitting the Youth Service Bureau.



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2012 Annual Report Released

WRITTEN BY PAT BRISTER, ST. TAMMANY PARISH PRESIDENT

AS CITIZENS OF St. Tammany Parish, we have the basic right to know and understand the way the trustees of our taxpayer dollars, spend those dollars. Here at Parish Government, we want citizens to know the progress we have made in the previous year, as well as what goals we hope to reach within the coming year. For this reason, every year, we compile this information into one succinct document and make it available for the public. In this report you will see that the for the ninth consecutive year, the Department of Finance was awarded the Excellence in Financial Reporting Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

It has been, and will always be, my goal as Parish President to maintain transparency and openness within Parish Government. Likewise, every citizen of this Parish has the opportunity to educate themselves on the operations of their government and become an integral part of these operations through providing useful feedback, voicing their concerns, and offering meaningful input. We hope that you will take this opportunity to review 2012 through this report. The abbreviated print version is available at any local St. Tammany Parish Library branch or at Parish offices. You can view the full report at www.stpgov.org. As always, feel free to direct any questions to askpat@stpgov.org. Thank you for taking an active role in your Parish Government.



Here at Parish Government, we want citizens to know the progress we have made in the previous year, as well as what goals we hope to reach within the coming year.

Leadership Northshore Now Accepting Applications

WRITTEN BY DAWN SHARPE-BRACKETT, EAST ST. TAMMANY

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LEADERSHIP NORTHSHORE IS currently accepting applications for the Class of 2013-2014—the deadline is June 15. Applications are available at www.leadershipnorthshore.org. Leadership Northshore is an innovative 9-month program designed to educate participants on local, regional and state issues, leadership, community needs and effective communication. Participants learn specific leadership skills and gain a broad exposure to the community, meet their peers in other fields and form contacts, which will benefit their volunteer and professional activities. Selection Committee Chair Wynn Williams of the Leadership Northshore board of trustees states, “The opportunities with Leadership Northshore are boundless and the relationships I was able to develop are priceless. It’s an honor to help others discover this gem.” Leadership Northshore is directed by a board of trustees of community leaders. The Opening Orientation Retreat will explore

leadership and communication skills September 13-15. The class will attend 10 all-day sessions from October through May. Each class will focus on a specific aspect of St. Tammany— art, culture and history, social services, education, local and state government, economic development, healthcare, judicial and law enforcement and environment. Sessions include lectures, simulations, group discussions, panel discussions, field trips and community research projects. Tuition of $1,000 covers fees, materials, luncheons, socials, orientation retreat, transportation and the government session in Baton Rouge. Participants pay $100 or an employer or sponsoring organization may pay the remainder. Scholarships are limited and are on an as-needed basis. For additional information, contact Recruitment Chair Dawn Sharpe-Brackett, Leadership Northshore Board of Trustees at dawn@estchamber.com or 985-643-5678.



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1 | Alexandra Mendoza won first place in the Keep Mandeville Beautiful “Litter is Scary” banner contest. She received a $100 Target gift card and her artwork was made into a banner, which is hanging on West, East and North Causeway approaches. 2 | The boundless Kids Unlimited Playground and the outdoor, riverside amphitheater at Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell were both officially opened when St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and several children from around the region, officiated the ribbon cutting. 3 | Representatives from the Covington Food Bank enjoy St. Scholastica Academy’s Falaya Fling. L–R: Executive Director Terri Turner-Marse, Marketing and Development Director Paula Souhlas, Susan and Al Aparicio. 2

4 | Pictured L–R is St. Tammany West Chamber anniversary luncheon sponsors from the Silver Slipper Casino— Advertising and Publicity Manager Victoria Langlinais, General Manager John Ferrucci and Director of Purchasing Bryan Gospodinovich. 5 | The Early Learning Center enjoyed a special morning with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Office’ s helicopter pilot Wayne Fisher and Deputy Ben Ezell. The helicopter landed on Northlake Christian’s football field. Mrs. Mary Harms and her 3-year-old class is pictured.

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6 | Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne has presented two Northshore businesswomen the “Louisiana Volunteer Service Award” in recognition of their efforts to provide relief supplies to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Donna O’Daniels and Kim Bergeron were the driving forces behind the Train of Hope for Sandy Relief. 7 | Shelly Reagon, owner of Bombshell Waxing, celebrates the grand opening of her Mandeville location with her Bombshell staff and friends.

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8 | A Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School Pre-Kindergarten student shows his artwork after class. Over 500 Woodland Park students are benefiting from the Maya Levy Arts Education Grant the school received to help purchase art supplies for the students.

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9 | Pearl River High School senior Jon Mitchell has been named Louisiana’s 12th grade student of the year. Among his many accolades, John also won 2nd place for the 2013 St. Tammany Parish Poetry Out Loud Competition, 1st place in the 2012 CCA Film Competition, and a 2013 Congressional Scholarship.

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