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The Northshore's Best

Enterprising Woman Elizabeth Copeland New Orleans Premier Restaurants

2009 Northshore’s Best Results Go Green: Spring Home & Garden

Fashion Picks for the Beach

April 2010


Are You Ready? elizabeth a. k i n s l e y, m. d. plastic & reconstructive surger y

Call Now for Spring Specials 985.893.3737 | 7039 Hwy. 190 E. Ser vice Rd. | Suite C | Covington

contents ENTERPRISING WOMAN Elizabeth Copeland, New Orleans Premier Restaurants Sugar and Spice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

HOME & GARDEN Gardening: Spring Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Patience is a Virtue…When it Comes to Home Mortgages . . . . . . .8 Going Green—More than a Movement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Budget Blinds: Finishing Touches for your Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

HEALTH & FITNESS Hormone Balance Is the Key to Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Diagnosing Dysmenorrhea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Itchy, Burning, Watery Eyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The Value of a Smile. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Let’s Talk About Stretch(ing)! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 7 Reasons Why You Can’t Lose Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

BEAUTY & STYLE Spring Cleaning for the Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 The Evolution of Injectables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Calendar: Retail Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

18 Photo by Tim Dunford

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Fashion Editor’s Picks The Beach is Calling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE Grilling Made Easy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Alzheimer’s Affects the Entire Family. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Senior Mementos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 He (or She) who Hesitates Is Lost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

2009 Northshore’s Best Results—Special Pullout Section

Lost Pet? What to Do? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Spring Home & Garden

Not Adam’s Apple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Fashion Picks for the Beach

Book Review: Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Geaux Arts Ball at STAA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

COMMUNITY Calendar: April Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Covington Trailhead Museum to Open. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Season of Fun in Slidell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Storm Protection Essential to St. Tammany. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

23 Sports Chair available at Outdoor Living Center

Collaboration Helps Support Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Our Future Leaders: Emerging Professionals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

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Serving Has Been an Honor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31


Tell Us Your Best

Mother-Daughter Story Win a Free Spa Day

Publisher Joanne Gallinghouse

What daughter doesn’t have a favorite story about growing up with her mother? We’d like you to share those stories in celebration of Mother’s Day.

Art Director Cheryl Feltman Sohn

The top three stories will be published on our website, and the winning story in the May issue of Sophisticated Woman magazine.

Web Master Julie O’Day

Graphic Designers Robin Melançon-Barbier, Holly Watson

Sales Manager, Patti Goodrich Senior Account Executive Gwen Anderson

The stories will be judged based on their originality as well as on quality of the writing. The deadline for entries is April 15, 2010.

Account Executives Cheri DiPiazza, Shawna Hunt, Lauren Mayer, Bevin Richmond, Suzanne Spear Distribution/Circulation Manager Melissa St. André

Submit stories through our website at

Fashion Editor Patty Beal Contributing Writers Amy Bouton, Paul Cimino, Cathy Deano, Cindy Harlan, Anna Ribbeck, Mary Speed, Eric Wallace, Jill Willie


Contributing Photographer Tim Dunford Production Gallinghouse & Associates, Inc.

Meet Patti Goodrich, our new Sales Manager


A native of New Orleans, Patti has more than 23 years of print advertising and internet experience. She has a true passion for helping advertisers grow their business. Certified in Digital Media by Google, Patti has depth of knowledge in using the internet for promoting clients’ business. She is the proud GiGi of 5 grandchildren, Cameron, Colby, Luke, Reece and Madelynn. And also, proud parent to her Shi Tzu, Bailey. We’re excited to have her on our team.

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Our upscale mailing list includes the most sought after customers in Abita Springs, Covington, Folsom, Hammond, Lacombe, Madisonville, Mandeville, Ponchatoula, Robert and Slidell. Why waste your advertising dollar on “throw away” publications when you could be advertising in Sophisticated Woman for pennies per mailbox? Call us today. You’ll be surprised at how affordable it is to advertise with the best. *Figures based on 2.5 readers per issue.


Patty Beal, a 25-year veteran in fashion industry, is the owner of Closetopia where she is a wardrobe consultant revamping and reorganizing clients’ wardrobes one closet at a time.

Cindy Harlan has enjoyed the relaxed lifestyle in St. Tammany Parish for 20 years. In addition to writing, she works with students through the collegiate and graduate admissions process.

Jill Willie has been writing professionally for 16 years and has a background in public relations. When not working, Jill can be found chasing after her three young boys.

About the cover: Cover hair & makeup by Julie brauner, h2o salon and spa, 441 metairie road, 504-835-4377. Cover photography by tim dunford, dunford photography, 985-845-4000.

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EVER WANTED TO KNOW who had the best snowballs (my favorite flavor is chocolate, and I’m very particular)? Or where the best local Account Executive _____________________________________ Authorized Signature _____________________________________________ summer camp for your kids is even though you really may want to ship them out of state… How about the best burgerDate (do ____________________________ fries come with that?) or martini (stirred, not shaken, of course). My husband will be thrilled to hear who has the best beer selection. (Drumroll.) It’s time to reveal the 2009 Northshore’s Best. Voting was hot this year, and the results for the most popular places and people can be found in this issue. The categories cover restaurants & food, people, nightlife, shopping, sports & recreation, services and arts & entertainment. Keep this as a handy reference when you’re looking for a new place to eat, shop, or even get a new hair style.

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In case you were wondering what those Northshore’s Best symbols on ads and certificates displayed in local establishments meant, well, now you know. Look for them, and try out their services and products for yourself. You can find more details on our website, including descriptions, addresses and even links to the winners’ websites. You can see winners from the past several years as well. You can also get to the website through the Sophisticated Woman site, Just click on the Northshore’s Best logo. But don’t just look for information, add your own comments. Share your experiences with others. Let your friends know of your best finds. That’s what the Northshore’s Best is all about.



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Spring, spring beautiful spring— freely around your shrubs and whatever else Not only the birds, have a reason to sing! is blooming. Give the garden a good hosing EVERYONE SEEMS to be with biodegradable soap to help The The Northshore’s Best anxious for the Northshore’s Best Please proof your ENTIRE ad carefully.control Change(s) and/or Please proof your ENTIRE ad carefully season of blooming glory. When the robins pests. Check your local nursery for oil spray rrections should be faxed to 985-893-7686, or email this proof back to your account executive. corrections should be faxed to 985-893-7686, or email this proof back to yo are playing in the garden, we know it has for your evergreens and apply this now truly arrived! The visiting Junkoes have gone before the heat of summer sets in. Freshen ll first proof changes and/or corrections are free of charge. Additional changes other thancorrections publisher’s are error areof charge. Additional changes other th All first proof changes and/or free and new nests are being feathered by our flower beds with some new top soil and a subject tolocal, a $40 fee. If we don’t hear from you within 48 hourssubject of the date sent, ad run “as is.” to a $40 fee. Ifwill we mating feathered friends. Now is the new application of mulch. This will helpdon’t hear from you within 48 hours of the date sent, ad time to toss dryer lint into the garden—also keep the impending weed population under cotton balls, string and hair. Many birds love control. Stray vines are easier to remove the watering directions for best results. We ccount Executive _____________________________________ Signature _______________________________________________ Account Executive _____________________________________ Authorized ______________________ these, in addition to twigs and leaves,Authorized for now—so pull, pull, pull. Turn the compost lose so many trees from Signature new construction their nests. It is also a great time to put out and add some of the leftover winter leaves and development that it is very important ate ____________________________ some new feeders or bird baths and clean as well this morning’s fruit rinds. Coffee to take care of the ones in our own gardens. Dateas ____________________________ and refresh the old ones. Don’t forget the grounds are wonderful around azaleas. Trim They not only replenish our oxygen—they hummingbird feeders. An easy fill for these the dead branches or leaves from shrubs and are also home to so many of our wild creais boiled sugar water (2 cups sugar and 1 any plants left over from the winter freezes. tures. Please have them properly groomed by cup water). Let the mixture cool and then fill Now let’s look after our trees. February a professional. This will help during storms the washed feeder and hang where you can was the best time to apply heavy fertilizer, and also help whatever grows under their watch the fun! but it is not too late to do it now. Check with canopy in your garden. Now is the time to turn the soil and add your nursery for a good, heavy duty fertilizer Open your heart to the wonders of spring. a little fertilizer (formula 5-10-5). Spread and apply around the base of all trees. Follow Nature’s gift is always the real thing!

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Patience is a Virtue….


A BUYER NEEDS IN the current mortgage environment. I began my real estate career as a realtor in Alexandria, VA, prior to the The Northshore’s Best adventand/or of automated underwriting. Once, on Please proof your ENTIRE ad carefully. Change(s) the way to a closing, my clients were called rrections should be faxed to 985-893-7686, or email this proof back to your account executive. by their lender requesting additional informationerror that are should have been requested ll first proof changes and/or corrections are free of charge. Additional changes other than publisher’s early in the loan process! They had to frantisubject to a $40 fee. If we don’t hear from you within 48 hours of the date sent, ad will run “as is.” cally call family members to fax tax documents to the closing table. In the late 1990s, Fannie and Freddie introccount Executive _____________________________________ Authorized Signature _______________________________________________ duced DU and LP, the automated underwriting engines that provide a road map for loan ate ____________________________ processing. By the mid-2000s, the automated findings became less and less documentdriven so that borrowers with 700+ credit scores and high-balance savings would receive findings stating, “Use stated income documentation.” Borrowers with 740+ scores New loyalty club members were almost always guaranteed to receive receive a free Super Deluxe wash with activation. “Stated Income/Stated Asset” approvals with a drive-by appraisal request. 2963 Hwy. 190 (Across from Barnes & Noble) • Mandeville • 727-2629 Account Executive ________________________________________ Today, we are almost back to the 1990s in documentation requirements. Even if automated underwriting findings ask for 1 year of tax returns for self-employed borrowers, many lenders request 2 years. If cashing out, lenders now require a letter stating the purpose, and every file requires at least one month of asset statements. If 25% or more of your income is derived from commissions, FREE CONSULTATION you will be asked to supply 2 years of tax returns; the same applies for anyone owning Real Estate Law a small portion of a company. The company Personal Injury • In House Residential & Commercial will also be asked to supply tax returns. So, • Auto Accidents Closings Through All American Title Agency Authorized Signature ______________________________________ when applying for a loan, HAVE PATIENCE • Wrongful Death Estate Planning and know that you are being scrutinized • Serious Injuries • Successions Date ______________________________________ because loose underwriting standards led to • Neck & Back Injury • Probate increased foreclosures; but you can be confi• 18 Wheeler Wrecks • Wills, Estates & Trusts dent that you will not be asked for your DNA, Business & Corporate Law • Living Wills a blood sample, or your first born.

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Going Green More than a Movement What began as a concern for global warming that was believed to be, in part, caused by human-generated release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, has evolved into a widespread movement to use the earth’s resources more wisely. Going green now stands for reducing waste, reusing what we can and recycling what we can no longer use. And the movement is growing as the costs for green technology and environmentally friendly products decrease, for both individuals and businesses alike. Going green encompasses everything from reducing our carbon footprint and fossil fuel consumption to using sustainable materials in our homes.

Be an EcoDriver

riving reduces fuel, “EcoD According to ecodri uces CO2 emissions. the gas pump, and red use, saves money at levels of EcoDriving, s practiced moderate If just half of driver by about 100 million be reduced annually n CO2 emissions could powering 8.5 millio lent of heating and uce tons, or the equiva red stantially together, we can sub households. Working Visit the site for e.” tim a at EcoDriver™ ine CO2 emissions, one to help you determ ’s even a calculator to valuable tips. There tor ula e and a sim dioxide you can sav just how much carbon skills. test your EcoDriving

Beware of “Greenwashi ng”

Too often, compa nies make unsub stantiated or misleading claims abo ut the environmental benefits of their services, produ cts, technology or eve n company practices. Informati on on “greenwashi ng ” or “green sheen” by companie s is more readily ava ila ble to consumers thanks to the efforts of concer ned advocacy groups and collabora tive citizen journalism found in blogs.

ding to green living blogger J.R. Schroeder , eco-friendly products: 1) Are made from ren ewable resources, lik e bamboo, paper, solar and wind powe r. 2) Does no significa nt damage to the env ironment in making them. 3) Are made by com panies that are going green. (see sidebar on Greenwashing) 4) Help the environm ent by using them. Eco -friendly products conserve en ergy, minimize waste , and are generally healthy to be around. 5) Cause no significa nt damage to the env ironment when we are finished with them (easily recyclabl e or naturally biodegradable).

Go Green Tip

Hey—here’s a tip where going green can help you get in shape: Use a rake instead of a leaf blower and a push mower instead of a power mower. Be sure to limit your use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. For more tips on living green, visit National Geographic’s site, Sophisticated Woman | April 2010

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WE ALL EXPECT it to happen eventually—our parents getting older. Not just chronologically, but physically and mentally older as well. It’s a difficult and sometimes painful process to realize that our parents are in fact aging. Sometimes it happens slowly and you have time to adjust to your new reversed role as the caregiver. When you visit, you notice they are not keeping up with their normal routines, they may need more help around the house, or help managing their checkbook and bills. And other times, the caregiver role reversal is thrust upon you suddenly and unexpectedly due to an illness or accident which can cause much stress and concern for your parents’ well being. When these turns of events happen, there may also come a time when your parents will need more care than you can provide on your own. They may need in-home care, an assisted living facility, or even a nursing home. The good news is you can help them plan now for these eventual needs and help them prepare for this next stage in life when the time comes. Set up an appointment for them NOW to meet with an Elder law attorney who can help your parents with a comprehensive estate plan. This may include Revocable or Irrevocable trusts, Wills, Financial Powers of Attorney (POA), Health Care Powers of Attorney (HCPOA) and Advance Directives (Living Wills). See A Trust will hold your parents’ assets and facilitate your management, as Trustee, of that property in the event of their disability. Similarly,

as “Agent” under your parents’ Financial POA, you can manage any assets which are outside their Trust, file their income tax return, access IRAs, etc. Their Trust and Financial POA should contain “Medicaid triggers” which allow you, as their decision maker, to engage in planning strategies which will enable them to qualify for Long-Term Care Medicaid for nursing home care and possibly the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Pension. That way, their assets may not have to be exhausted on medical bills and nursing home costs and can be retained instead to provide them a better life. HCPOA (with proper “HIPAA” provisions) enable you, as their Agent, to make medical decisions for them if they are unable to make them for themselves. If the time comes that one of your parents needs care in a nursing home, you’ll have the tools you need to help facilitate that and choose a facility carefully. Consider the following factors: proximity to you and other family members, the ratio of nursing staff to residents, the facility’s safety and overall ratings, etc. You can find a listing of nursing homes in your area and their ratings and ratios at Ronda M. Gabb & Associates LLC, “A Louisiana Estate Planning & Elder Law Practice” 985-626-7505. She is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist Certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.

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Budget Blinds Finishing Touches for Your Home WRITTEN BY CINDY HARLAN

Locally owned and operated, Budget Blinds proprietors Ti and Scott offer their years of experience as interior designer and engineer.

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BUDGET BLINDS TRANSFORMS your windows with an array of custom coverings and inspiring design accents. From the classic styles you love to innovative new product lines, Budget Blinds provides them all. Ti and Scott Canipe, husband and wife team, work together to provide comprehensive services from free consultation to free installation. Locally owned and operated, Budget Blinds proprietors Ti and Scott offer their years of experience as interior designer and engineer. The Canipes work closely with clients, tailoring their services to your schedule, practically and aesthetically enhancing your living and working spaces. They pride themselves on seeing your job through, from initial appointment to final installation. One of Ti’s specialties as a designer is to provide a home or office a makeover and a fresh new look. She is an expert in finding solutions to just about anything involving the treatment of windows and furnishings. Ti consults with clients on color, design, dimension and unique product features to update and renovate, giving a face-lift to what is currently there. A simple touch, like replacing mini blinds with elegant and dramatic draperies, stylish wooden shutters or innovative bamboo shades can give your home or office a whole new personality. Replacing bedspreads and throw pillows is an easy solution when updating, rejuvenating and refreshing a tired and weary look. Budget Blinds is more than just blinds. Ti and Scott offer an array of services with over 1,000 samples of luscious fabrics and innovative products and materials to choose from. Create a new style and make a statement in your bedroom or bathroom. Cover your bed with a duvet cover, bedspread or quilt. Finish off your new bedding and frame it with a lovely custom covered headboard. Transform your bathroom with a coordinating shower curtain and the perfect accessories to complete your beautiful new respite. The Canipes are proud to provide top quality resources available to them as a Budget Blinds franchise owner. Their vendors are reasonably priced and readily available for efficient turnarounds. Ti is proud of the fact that she is able to transform a room or office at very competitive prices and within short periods of time. “Having everything at my fingertips offers true convenience,” she said, “A client’s draperies can be completed and installed in about two weeks.” Budget Blinds provides the perfect finishing touches for your home or workplace. When you are ready for a simple update or a full transformation, call Ti Canipe at Budget Blinds in Mandeville at 985-867-5175 for a free in-home consultation. Visit their website at



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Hormone Balance Is the Key to Health


A POPULAR BOOK on the subject of menopause suggests that you know you’re in menopause when the sound of sweat dripping on the floor keeps you awake at night. Do you have symptoms of menopause? We’re all familiar with night sweats. But there are numerous other symptoms including memory lapses, sleep disturbances, weight gain around the waist, hips, foggy thinking, sugar cravings and decreased libido. Persistent symptoms signal menopause. Hormone imbalances complicate the situation and threaten health. Why is hormone balance important to health? Hormones are mutually dependant, an excess of one can create deficiency symptoms of another. Some common patterns are estrogen dominance and low or elevated cortisol levels. Estrogen Dominance relative to a lack of progesterone is common in perimenopausal women who do not ovulate regularly and at menopause. Estrogen dominance is linked with unwanted symptoms and thyroid dysfunction. High or Low Cortisol from stress overload causes adrenal imbalance, fatigue and allergies. Prolonged elevated cortisol can eventually lead to adrenal fatigue which can degrade the immune system and even the ability to function. Thyroid deficiency, high estrogen and/or cortisol thwart thyroid activity and trigger low thyroid symptoms including cold hands and feet, dry skin, weight gain and low libido. Tips to help achieve hormone balance: maintain an ideal weight, use hormone free foods and products, get enough sleep, exercise and reduce exposure to chemicals that mimic estrogen. If you need hormone supplementation, work with a physician, nurse practitioner and choose a pharmacist knowledgeable in bio-identical hormone replacement.


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Itchy, Burning, Watery Eyes SPRING IS HERE, and with it comes pollen which dusts our outdoor furniture, automobiles and us. Millions of Americans experience discomfort each season from allergies to ragweed, house dust, mold spores, animal dander and other pollens (tree, grass and weed).These allergic discomforts are usually accompanied by itchy, burning and watery eyes (allergic conjunctivitis). An allergy is the body’s reaction to the foreign substance (allergen) that the body wishes to remove, thus an allergic response is important to the body’s defenses. Chemicals produced by the body to stimulate the removal of the allergen, such as histamine, are primarily responsible for watery, itchy eyes. Itching and burning of the eyelids and the clear membrane covering the white of the eye (conjunctiva) are the main symptoms of allergies. Usually severe pain, discharge and decreased vision are not associated with allergies of the eyes. Other prominent symptoms are swelling of the eyelids and conjunctiva while the white of the eye is usually pale. Chronic allergies of the eyes are nonseasonal, occurring sporadically throughout the year. Caused by an allergen which the individual is continually exposed to, this type of allergy may make the individual sensitive to light. An aid in the correct diagnosis and guide treatment is an examination by a high powered microscope in a physician’s office. Some treatments require both topical and oral medications. The goal of therapy is the reduction of symptoms to a tolerable level using as little medication as possible. Having a healthy tear film and normal tear production helps your eyes naturally flush allergens from the ocular surface. Oftentimes, treating the dry eyes may alleviate long-term medical treatment of ocular allergies. Detailed and comprehensive eye examinations can assist in uncovering these issues.

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Let’s Talk About Stretch(ing)! ALONG WITH cardiovascular exercise and resistance/strength training, stretching is an essential component of a complete fitness regime, yet it is often the most neglected. Many do not realize all the benefits that come from a regular stretching routine. In fact, regular, controlled stretching improves and maintains flexibility and mobility, corrects bad posture, reduces the risk of injury, relieves pain, and even helps relax the body and helps to reduce stress. Everyone, regardless of age or fitness level, can benefit from a stretching routine. A stretch may target a particular muscle or group of muscles, but its benefits will be felt throughout the body.

Everyone, regardless of age or fitness level, can benefit from a stretching routine. When you stretch, it is best to target muscles and joints that you routinely use at work or play. Also, it is best to warm up the muscles before stretching them. A good warm-up accomplishes two things— it improves muscle flexibility and loosens connective tissues. Warm up by walking or do a favorite exercise at low intensity for 5–10 minutes. Better yet, stretch after you exercise, when your muscles are warm and more receptive to stretching. Heat makes your joints and ligaments more pliable, allowing your muscles to extend further, increasing your range of motion. Try to hold stretches for at least 30 seconds or longer. Focus on a pain-free stretch. Expect to feel tension while you’re stretching. If it hurts, you’ve gone too far. Back off to the point where you don’t feel any pain, then hold the stretch. Almost like a domino effect, stretching will help to improve your energy levels because of the fact that you will be able to make your movements in a much more efficient way.

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LIZ COPELAND may not have been born into the Copeland dynasty, but when you talk with her about her passion for the restaurant business, you get the feeling that it was destiny just the same. Liz was introduced to the food industry at an early age, with family members owning grocery stores and restaurants. She knew she enjoyed the hospitality aspect, but never could have guessed the path she would take to become a successful restaurant owner and business woman. In 1979, her path led to Al Copeland Jr., whom she met on a blind date. Liz notes that her early relationship with Al Jr. was even better than love at first sight because the couple became good friends while they were dating. After 26 years of marriage, Liz maintains that their friendship is the key to their successful union. “The beginning of our relationship was built on a solid friendship. Al and I share the same ambition and family morals, which has been a large element in our marriage,” said Liz. In the early years of their marriage, Al Jr. was busy helping his father, Al Copeland Sr., build the burgeoning Popeye’s empire while Liz raised their two young children. When asked about how she handled the balance between motherhood and work, Liz credits her parents, Lynne and Rodney Trentadue, and mother-in-law, Mary LeCompte, for their dedication and support. When Liz and Al Jr., chairman of the board for Al Copeland Investments, acquired their first Popeye’s franchise in 1988, Liz was pregnant for their third daughter and developed a passion for owning and managing restaurants. A dedicated mother and wife, Liz kept her office in her home so that she could be close to her girls. Throughout the years, her daughters were often seen accompanying her when she would go to the stores, helping to clean tables. Founded on the commitment to make every dish true to the culinary traditions of New Orleans augmented by the gracious hospitality of the Copeland family, Liz and Al Jr. grew their business and family of five beautiful and successful daughters: Allison (Copeland Fitzsimmons), Ashley, Alexandria “Cookie,” Ariel and Alyssa. When patriarch Al Sr. passed away from Merkel Cell Carcinoma, an extremely rare and aggressive cancer, in 2008, Al Jr. took the reins as the

ABOVE: The family poses for a Christmas gathering. From left to right: Al Copeland Jr., (in Al’s arms) Hayden Fitzsimmons, Liz Copeland, Ryan Fitzsimmons, Allison Fitzsimmons, Ashley Copeland, Wendy Thomason, Alexandria Copeland, Paul Rueter, Ariel Copeland and Alyssa Copeland. RIGHT: A bracelet that Liz worked on with jewelry designer Jose Balli honoring Al Copeland and the Al Copeland Foundation. All the women in the family own one.

The ACI family of companies includes 52 restaurants, hotels and comedy clubs throughout the US, including Popeyes Restaurants, Copeland’s Diversified Food and Seasonings, Copeland’s of New Orleans, Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro, and Copeland’s Social City, among others. A southern icon, Al Copeland’s memory lives on through the Al Copeland Foundation which is dedicated to the eradication of Merkel Cell Carcinoma, the disease that took Copeland’s life. For more information on ACI and the Al Copeland Foundation, visit and

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executor of the Copeland family estate. Together, the Copeland family is continuing his legacy of success. “Most people did not get to see the loving, family side of him,” Liz says of Copeland Sr. “He had a generous and loving spirit, contributing to organizations without asking for recognition. Most of all, he loved having his entire family together—aunts, uncles, siblings, children and grandchildren. It was not uncommon for our family vacations to include 40 people. These are traditions we are continuing today.” Liz says that her father-in-law was a perpetual list maker who would check off goals as he accomplished them. The family is now working to complete his final list—to find a cure for Merkel Cell Carcinoma and to break the world speed boating record. Liz’s sister-in-laws, Charli and Ali, are co-presidents of the Al Copeland Foundation, along with Bonnie and the rest of the Copeland clan, helping in anyway possible to fund cancer research. It hosts numerous charitable events each year, including the recent golf tournament, annual fashion show, and a Christmas party in conjunction with their father’s famous lights display, now a part of holiday decorations at Lafreniere Park. The Copeland family completed building the boat that their father designed with the goal to break the world propelled speed record. The Phenomenon debuted in Key West at the World Championship Boat Race and was featured at the Miami International Boat Show in February. Al Jr. will be competing for the world record on July 2 in Sarasota, FL. Liz and the family will be cheering him on from the shore. Liz notes that working side-by-side with her husband may be challenging, but it has actually been an added benefit in her marriage. “We are enjoying building our business together. Even when we go out to dinner, we still end up at one of the restaurants. We have fun in our own places.” A successful business woman and a devoted wife, Liz says the title she enjoys most is “mom” and most recently “grandmother” (she’s

called “Lili”). She was in the delivery room when Allison had her son, Hayden. “Watching my daughter deliver a child was one of the most precious moments in my life.” Liz cites her greatest accomplishment to date is her daughters. “I wanted to show my girls the values of hard work and education, but most importantly, the value of being good human beings. I am proud that they remain well-grounded.” Liz hopes that five years from now she will be doing the same things she is doing now—supporting her husband to grow the Copeland family of restaurants. Since 2010 began, Copeland’s has signed franchise deals with new restaurant locations set to open in San Antonio, Austin, Nashville, Birmingham and Texarkana. They will be designed to fit the new Copeland’s prototype, which debuted at the Kenner location in 2007. The prototype includes a new bakery area, upgraded kitchen, renovated “pub-style” bar area, gas lanterns, a courtyard patio and an expanded dining room that can seat 220 customers. A remodeled outdoor seating area also allows patrons to savor the ambiance of New Orleans al fresco. The prototype embodies all of the elements that Copeland’s restaurants are known for: upscale, high-energy hospitality, chef-crafted cuisine and signature cocktails. “Good things are happening at our restaurants. We introduced a new menu at Copeland’s last year, including ‘small plates’ to address many women’s desires for smaller portioned entrees at lower prices. In addition, we have just implemented an online ordering system,, and Curbside to Go, which originated at the Copeland’s in Covington and then expanded to Kenner. We will be further rolling out this program to all of our restaurants within the next few months.” “We are working hard and having fun so I am not sure I want things to change too much, except I wouldn’t mind having a few more grandchildren!”


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Finally, spring is here, the weather is great, the beach is calling. HOW INVIGORATING. How uplifting. How exciting. You need a new bathing suit. How depressing. Not so, ladies. Did you know that the average woman wears a size 14 dress? I’ve found some great bathing suit options for this month’s editor’s picks that will have you pool-side, confident and comfortable regardless of your size. The skirted two-piece. If you’re willing to bare the midriff this is a perfect option. The halter straps will provide support as well as minimize a fuller bust; the one-inch banding at the base of the top gives foundation and balance to the upper torso. A skirt or short sarong (shown) tied at a slight angle gives that extra coverage at the hips. This suit is available at Private Beach. Top $38, bottom (including wrap) $48. The tankini is a perfect solution for most figures. While covering the tummy, the fabric floats away from the body at the base, balancing out the hips and shoulders for a more flattering silhouette. This suit, which is specifically designed for large busted women, has an underwire bra built in. The bottoms provide some flexibility, depending on your figure. You can fold the waist band up or down to choose the most flattering height to suit your shape. This suit is available at Bra Genie. Top $88, sizes 30-38 D-H, bottoms $38, sizes XS-2XL. The swim dress. Whoever invented this, we thank you. The cross-over draping on the top, empire waist, darker solid color on the bottom and skirted hemline make for a fun and flattering fit for those women who wish to camouflage their curves. Being designed especially for the “average woman,” the sizing starts at size 10. This suit is available at Bora Bora. $108, sizes 10-18.

Use this black patent strapped tote on or off the beach. Tote available at Franco’s O Spa, $33.

These fashionable Versace frames are available at St. Charles Vision, $205.

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Want the tan without the time and harmful effects of the sun? A sprayed Mystic Tan is your answer. Mystic Tan is available without an appointment at Private Beach $25. An air-brush option is also available by appointment, $40. The toes are exposed this season. Have fun with color like this ocean blue on our model. Pedicures available at Aveda Institute starting at $14.

Sun Hat available at Diane’s Boutique, $89.

These looks were pulled together by wardrobe consultant Patty Beal, owner of Closetopia. She can be reached at 985-502-6673.


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April 10, American Heart Association’s annual Start! Heart Walk. Come out and join more than fifteen hundred Northshore area residents who will take giant steps for their heart health. 10 am at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville. Call 504830-2300 or visit

April 14, Tangipahoa Parish Government and the Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging host Senior Celebration: Health and Consumer Fair. Come out to receive information and health screenings for senior citizens. 9 am–1 pm at the Florida Parishes Arena, Amite. Call 985-748-7486. April 15, East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. Great FREE networking, door prizes, 50/50 Raffle and your opportunity to purchase STARC art for your friends and family just in time for Mother’s Day gift giving. 5–7 pm, Patton’s Restaurant & Catering, Slidell. Contact

April 9–11, Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. Bring the whole family out for rides, arts and crafts, live music, shopping and the best strawberries in the state! Gates open at 4 pm on April 9. Downtown Ponchatoula. Call 800-917-7045. April 10, Some Enchanted Evening with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. This awardwinning event brings back the LPO to Heritage Park. Festivities begin at 4 pm with an Enchanted Art Walk in the Park and Mayor’s Picnic Contest. Free admission. Call 985-646-4375 or April 11, The seventh annual Party for a Cure presented by Friends for Foundations benefiting St. Tammany Parish Hospital cancer services. 3–7 pm at the Fleur de Lis Event Center, 1645 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville. Call 985-898-4171 or

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April 13, Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn. Guest Speaker is William Joubert, Director SLU Economic & Business Development. An informative luncheon in a casual atmosphere which promotes input and interaction. 11:45 am–1 pm, O’Donnel’s restaurant, Ponchatoula. Call 985-3862536 or


April 17, St. Tammany Art Association presents Spring for Art. The free event includes live music, gallery openings, art demonstrations, special sales, first-rate boutique shopping, antiques stores and fine dining. 6–9 pm in downtown Covington. Call 985-892-8650. April 17, Pontchartrain Vineyards presents a Spring Celebration Outdoor Music Concert featuring the Charmaine Neville Band. Bring your lawn chair, picnic dinner, flashlight and umbrella. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Call 985-892-9742 or April 19, Aces Against Aneurysms, a tennis tournament at Pelican Athletic Club. All proceeds will be distributed through Pelican Athletic Club Charity Foundation. Free screenings will be available to the public. Email April 23, Ballet Apetrei’s Spring Fundraiser “The Grande Echappe.” Come out and enjoy Fine Cuisine, Wine and Ballet Apetrei’s Signature Drink “The Lilac Fairy.” Music by the Ed Barrett Jazz Trio. 7:30–10:30 pm at Pontchartrain Yacht Club, Mandeville. Call 985-624-3622. April 24, Rhapsody on the River. Join the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for a free outdoor concert in Covington’s Bogue Falaya Park. Enjoy an evening of popular favorites from Sullivan’s H.M.S Pinafore to Gershwin’s Girl Crazy Overture to Sondheim’s Gypsy Overture. 6 pm. Call 504-523-6530. April 24, Geaux Arts Ball & Living Art Exhibition at the St. Tammany Art Association, downtown Covington. The gala features live music, dancing, host bar and hors d’ oeuvres, all combining to make the Geaux Arts Ball the see-and-be-seen event of the season. Call 985892-8650 or April 28, St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce Expo 2010. This landmark business tradeshow is the biggest in the region with over 100 exhibitors showcasing the best St. Tammany has to offer. Call 985-892-3216 (28) or

April 17, First annual Greater New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival will take place on the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville. 8 am–5 pm. Viewing along South Water Street is free and open to the public. www.lpbmm. org/whats-new/.

May 1, Alzheimer’s Association Northshore Memory Walk 2010. 8–11:30 am. Located at 80 Christwood Blvd. Covington. For more information please contact walk co-chairs at or 985-796-1497.

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He (or She) who Hesitates Is Lost


REALITY SHOWS US that divorce has been with us for centuries and will be with us into the foreseeable future. One of the issues that must be addressed when contemplating divorce is whether spousal support is due in connection with the dissolution of the marriage or not. If so, in what amount? There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” I saw this played out recently in a marriage dissolution case that came to me late in the process. It turned out that one of the spouses, the husband in this case, had issues with control and manipulation of his spouse in the marriage. When the wife decided to leave the marriage, he convinced her that she did not need an attorney and that he would hire one to take care of the legal work for both of them. A petition for divorce was filed by the husband in which the issue of interim spousal support was not addressed. I immediately filed a pleading to put that issue before the court. However, months of entitlement to this interim spousal support were lost because she trusted the husband to treat her right (fool me twice). Louisiana law provides the right to either spouse to claim interim spousal support (formerly alimony pendente lite) during the period between the filing of suit for divorce and the judgment of divorce. Louisiana Civil

Code article 113 provides that a spouse may be awarded an interim spousal support allowance based on the needs of that spouse, the ability of the other spouse to pay, and the standard of living of the spouses during the marriage. Absent a pending demand for final spousal support, an award of an interim spousal support allowance terminates six months after the rendition of a judgment of divorce. The spouse seeking interim spousal support bears the burden of proving his or her entitlement to it. This type of support is designed to preserve and continue the status quo insofar as maintenance and support are concerned. In the example above, the wife lost those months of support because she hesitated in learning what her rights were on this issue. In the unfortunate event that your marriage seems destined to terminate, don’t hesitate to seek legal counsel to learn what your rights are to make sure you don’t miss out on important deadlines and benefits.

Bill Magee is a local attorney with over 31 years of legal experience and whose practice includes family law and civil litigation. His office is located at 207 East Gibson St. in Covington. Bill can be contacted at 985-893-7550 or via email at

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THE AUTHOR OF THE MEMOIR Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s is John Elder Robison, the older brother of Augusten Burroughs, who wrote the New York Times bestseller, Running with Scissors: A Memoir. Whether or not you read Running with Scissors, you will be fascinated by this unusual memoir, which is a tale of brotherly love, and the author’s struggles with Asperger’s Syndrome (A.S.) while living with a mentally unstable mother and a raging alcoholic father. The language is at times humorous and easy to read. It is freAccount Executive ________________________________________ quently used by educators for teaching about the syndrome and for teaching tolerance of those who are “different.”

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1| Seniors from the St. Bernard NORD/NOBA Center for Dance participated in the dance portion of the Senior Olympics. Seniors from the St. Bernard Center won bronze medals, while seniors from the Behrman Center won Silver. (Photo by Jeff Strout)

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Lost Pet? What to Do? THOUSANDS OF PETS are lost every year and unfortunately, only a small percentage of these pets ever return home. So, what can we do to increase the odds in case the unthinkable happens and you realize Fluffy is gone? Make sure your pets are wearing properly fitting collars with their parish license and rabies tags attached. Have your veterinarian implant a microchip in your pet for positive identification in case the collar is lost or removed. It is also a good idea to have a few photos of your pets and a list of identifying marks. If your pet goes missing, do not assume that he or she will return on their own in a short time. Scared animals can travel a great distance in a short amount of time, so the first few hours are the golden hours where your chances of recovery are highest. Concentrate your efforts on getting the word out fast.

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Make posters and cards with a reward offer and distribute them all over the immediate area, including doors and windshields. Place a “Lost Pet” ad in the paper. Call all veterinary clinics and emergency veterinary hospitals, animal control, kennels, grooming shops, local animal rescue organizations and breed organizations, etc. nearby and over a large area. Sometimes well-meaning people pick up a stray and take it several towns over. You should also canvass the neighborhood in a systematic manner. Hopefully, the day you realize Fluffy has disappeared will never come. By being prepared with proper identification, microchipping and aggressive searching, you can dramatically increase the chances of getting Fluffy back home safe and sound.

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Serving Has Been an Honor


THIS WILL BE THE last time I am corresponding to you as mayor of the city of Mandeville. As of this writing there are still several weeks to transpire; however, by the time of this publication the election will have taken place and the new administration will have begun. I am honored to have had the privilege of serving as “interim” mayor for the city. It was not only a historical moment, but a time of uncertainty as the city needed to firm its foundation and be redirected to a brighter future. The time I served has been a most pleasant one. Having lived here for the past fourteen years, and having already served on the council, I was well acquainted with the infrastructure and business of city management. My past experience as mayor of Houma and parish president of Terrebonne Consolidated Government offered me a well traveled path to follow in helping citizens and business people alike in their need of assistance with municipal affairs. I also enjoyed working with the administration and

staff as well as the City Council on projects and day to day commerce. I can tell you first hand that the employees and staff at City Hall are dedicated to their work and to the future of Mandeville. I appointed a new police chief that you can be proud of, who has already begun an outstanding job at the helm. I supported keeping the DMV in Mandeville and worked with a proposed new commuter service to offer transportation across Lake Pontchartrain. Our new website went live, which offered many opportunities for citizens to handle their business online and find all the information they need at their fingertips. The overall morale and atmosphere has been lifted at City Hall and employees have refocused on moving ahead to a positive future. I am happy to hand over our city in excellent shape to the new mayor and offer him or her every success. My job is complete; I can truly say “the ship” has been steadied and the momentum has begun to carry us forward. God bless all of you.

I am honored to have had the privilege of serving as “interim” mayor for the city.

Covington Trailhead Museum to Open


from its founding in 1813. A rich collection of historic photographs were provided by several local residents and the St. Tammany Parish School Board and the St. Tammany Farmer, filling the film with what feels like live shots. The film is beautiful and tells its viewers the story of who, when and how Covington was founded as the Town of Wharton and renamed Covington three years later. The story describes the many events through the years that have led the city to become the parish seat and the center for commerce and culture that we enjoy today. We hope to open and dedicate the museum on May 1. Plans are tentative at the moment, so stay tuned. We look forward to having yet another wonderful attraction for visitors and residents in our historic downtown. Keep in touch at

We look forward to having yet another wonderful attraction for visitors and residents in our historic downtown.

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THROUGH THE GENEROSITY of the Dorothy Blossman Foundation, the Covington Trailhead Museum will soon outline Covington’s history through a beautiful exhibit of kiosks, wall mounted photos and an original film produced by local media producer Dale Smith. Mr. Lee Spence, trustee for Mrs. Blossman, contacted me just over a year ago to ask how the foundation could invest in Covington in a way that would include a memorial to Mrs. Blossman and her husband David. A sizeable donation was made to hire Dale Smith and his company Multi-Media Corp to create the exhibit to complete the museum, and the portion of the Trailhead building that will house it will be named the David C. and Dorothy L. Blossman Museum and Visitor’s Center. The film, entitled Our Little Town, Our Covington, is 12 minutes long and portrays the city’s history



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Season of Fun in Slidell


IT’S THE SEASON of festivals and fun in Slidell. April is jam packed, starting with another fun filled Olde Towne Alive block party on Friday, April 9. At the March event, we celebrated the ribbon cutting of the Slidell City Council and Administration Center with live music, plenty of shopping and dining opportunities, and record-breaking crowds. Saturday, April 10, brings Some Enchanted Evening with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Join us for the Enchanted Art Walk, picnic contest and a fabulous concert under the stars by this critically-acclaimed orchestra. It’s a truly magical evening for the whole family, and admission is free. Peruse collections of antique treasures, boutique specialties, gourmet goodies, food and drink, and enjoy

live entertainment at the Olde Towne Slidell Spring Antique Street Fair on April 17 and 18. The next Bayou Jam concert, featuring Soul Vaxxination, is on Sunday, April 25, in Heritage Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Approximately 5,000 revelers attended the last concert! Many of the area’s service organizations and nonprofits are offering April festivals as well, including a new BBQ Challenge sponsored by the Slidell Noon Lions Club, Rotary Clubs and WYES Public Television, and the return of the Hospice Crawfish Cook-off. Someone once suggested that we call Slidell ”The City of Festivals.” Those of us who live here know that, in one way or another, every day is a festival in Slidell. We encourage you to come join in the fun.

Storm Protection Essential to St. Tammany


THIS MONTH I travelled to Washington, D.C. with members of my staff as part of a continuing effort by St. Tammany Parish to secure funding for much needed storm protection projects. Improvements to the W-14 Canal in the Slidell area and other projects necessary for storm protection are an absolute priority of this administration. We need to get SELA fully funded, which will require the cooperation of Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes. We need to address the overall storm and flood control protection needed for the Northshore. Now that $14 billion has been spent on Southshore protection since Hurricane Katrina, it is time to work on the Northshore. The W-14 Canal project is a major drainage and flood protection component for the

eastern part of St. Tammany. It has been postponed since Katrina, and must be completed. We met with the Army Corps of Engineers. We met with Congressmen Melancon, Cao, Alexander and Scalise. We also met with Senators Landrieu and Vitter, and members of both the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee and the House Energy and Water Subcommittee. Our mission was clear. I remain optimistic and resolute about flood protection for St. Tammany Parish. It is something we must not only address, but accomplish. I am firmly committed to work with our neighboring parishes to secure federal funding and complete these much needed projects.

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Collaboration Helps Support Business



OUR CHAMBER BELIEVES that together we are stronger, so we collaborate whenever possible for the greater good. We did that last month with OMBA, the Old Mandeville Business Association, by co-sponsoring a mayoral forum that was attended by at least 150 citizens who wanted to make an informed choice at the polls on March 27. We then welcomed OMBA members to our March Speed Dating for Business event and our Business After Hours at Stone Creek Health Club & Spa in Covington. In April, we will collaborate again on an event at the Capitol Rotunda in Baton Rouge during the legislative session, an attempt to draw the attention of statewide legislators and elected officials during “Northshore Focus.” On April 14, together with our partners at Southeastern

University Alumni Association, we will again lead other chambers from St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and Livingston Parishes in drawing attention to the needs of our growing population and business presence along the I-12 corridor. We will bring talking points to discuss one-on-one, in person, with busy legislators. Finally, our biggest annual business support event, and the largest business trade show in the region, is EXPO 2010. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 28, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Castine Center. EXPO is the one time each year that you can learn about products and services of over 100 businesses all under one roof in one day. Admission is free, and everyone is encouraged to go to EXPO!


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Our Future Leaders: Emerging Professionals BRINGING TOGETHER the talents and insights of interested in what you have been missing, we have Emerging Young Professionals (EYPs), ages 21–39, in an opportunity for you. The founding members will the East St. Tammany region is what EYP is all about. help develop the EYPs into what is best for your lifeBrought to you by the East St. Tammany Chamber style and your business. By contacting the chamber of Commerce, EYP is simply a network of young today, you can be a part of a survey to provide your professionals—a dynamic and diverse group of peers input on how this EYP group will benefit you and with a passion for making a difference, a willingness your business. The Northshore’s Best to learn, the desire to build important relationships, If you or your employer is a chamber member, you and the energy to get involved in the community. can join EYP for only $20. If your business is interToo often, EYPs don’t feel like they have a place ested in joining the chamber or maybe just you perWRITTEN BY or voice in business meetings or in the community. sonally, we have excellent opportunities for you to DAWN SHARPE-BRACKETT, Through the programs and resources delivered by become a member of the EYP group and Louisiana’s EAST ST. TAMMANY EYP, you will have more opportunities to develop Chamber of the Year! For more information on memCHAMBER OF COMMERCE CEO professionally, get connected and shine. bership, please email Jennifer Kline, membership We are excited about the group presently forming _______________________________________________ director, at or call 985Account Executive _____________________________________ Authorized Signature the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce EYP! 643-5678. Be sure to ask Jennifer about the next EYP Whether you are a member of the chamber now, or networking event. Date ____________________________

Whether you are a member of the chamber now, or interested in what you have been missing, we have an opportunity for you.

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І aroUnd town

1| Artist Jax Frey displays her distinctive mixed media artwork and Les Petites Vues (mini views of life in Louisiana) at the grand opening and ribbon cutting of A Work of Art Gallery in Madisonville. 2| (L-R) Michael Saucier, Gulf States Real Estate Services; Mark Joslin, PoolCorp; and “Tee” Betz, Jr., Whitney Bank, utilize a different skill set at CEO Build Day with Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West as they trim up siding for a family home in west Abita Springs. 3| Governor Bobby Jindal has appointed St. Tammany Parish Hospital Quality Manager Ashley Rush, R.N., M.S.N., as a neonatal nurse member of the Louisiana Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. Rush, of Mandeville, has worked at STPH for four years.

It’s an era of winning, strengthening communities and building new relationships.

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5| To celebrate the Super Bowl win, Macy’s Lakeside welcomed New Orleans Saints receiver Robert Meachem. Meachem was on hand for a meet and greet, as well as signing Macy’s championship beads for 300 lucky fans. 6| Stone Creek Club & Spa showed its Olympic enthusiasm by hosting a special club-wide Olympic Challenge for its members and staff. Pictured are Stone Creek’s Olympic champion employees: (L-R) Amy McLellan, silver; Jennifer Holoway, gold; Lisa Familia, bronze.


4| Maria Hefte, a Talented Arts Program student at Covington High School, won the Louisiana State Poetry Out Loud Competition held in Baton Rouge on March 6. She won $200 and an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Finals at George Washington University. 1


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IF EVE HAD SERVED Adam this Apple with a steel blade. Pulse a few times to Crostata instead of a plain apple, she may combine. Add the butter and pulse 12 to have saved us all from a lot of woe. This 15 times or until the butter is the size of delectable dessert is among the favorites peas. With the motor running, add the ice of Italy’s “casalinge” (housewives). Easy to water all at once through the feed tube. Account Executive ________________________________________ prepare and indescribably delicious, this Keep hitting the pulse button to combine, will probably become a favorite of yours but stop the machine just before the dough and your family. But don’t take our word for becomes a solid mass. Turn the dough onto it—try it and taste for yourself. a well-floured board and form into a disk. Crostata di Puma (Apple Tart) Wrap with plastic and refrigerate for about Pastry Ingredients an hour. 1 cup all-purpose flour Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Flour a 2 tablespoons granulated or superfine sugar rolling pin and roll the pastry into an 11-inch 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer it 1/4 pound (1 stick) very cold unsalted to a baking sheet. butter, diced For the filling, peel, core and cut the 2 tablespoons ice water apples into eighths. Cut each wedge into Filling Ingredients 3 chunks. Toss the chunks with the orange Authorized Signature ______________________________________ 1 1/2 pounds apples (3 large apples, or may zest. Cover the tart dough with the apple substitute canned apple filling) chunks leaving a 1 1/2 inch border. Combine 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and allspice Date ______________________________________ 1/4 cup flour (omit with canned apple in the bowl of a food processor fitted with filling) a steel blade. Add the butter and pulse 1/4 cup granulated sugar (omit with canned until the mixture is crumbly. Pour into a apple filling) bowl and rub it with your fingers until it 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt starts holding together. Sprinkle evenly on 1/4 teaspoon ground sugar the apples. Gently fold the border over the 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice apples to enclose the dough, pleating it to 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted make a circle. butter, diced Bake the crostata for 20 to 25 minutes Directions until the crust is golden and apples are For the pastry, place the flour, sugar and tender. Allow to cool. Serve warm or at salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted room temperature.

ON SATURDAY, April 24, the St. Tammany Art Association will bring Art to Life at the Geaux Arts Ball. Celebrating its 5th year with the theme CSI and Art: Uncovering the Heart-inspired artwork will Hidden Symbolism be available at STAA’s gala. in Art, STAA will portray six works of art using live people to depict the characters in the paintings. Jessica Danby, talented art teacher at Fountainebleau High, and Gary Mendoza, talented drama teacher at Covington High, are organizing their students to play the characters and help build the vignettes. An exciting addition this year is that the exhibits will be interactive. Each character will be rehearsed about the symbolism in the painting and will be able to converse with the audience on various aspects of the painting. For decades, St. Tammany has enjoyed a long-standing tradition in support of the arts, and the STAA has been at the core of that relationship. Since 1958, when a small group of civic-minded individuals recognized the potential of artists, eductors and patrons in our rural community, the STAA has helped shape a true artist destination in our parish by providing quality arts education and exhibitions for local residents and visitors. Since then, our community has reaped the benefits. From employing thousands of our citizens to providing enjoyment for our senses, the cultural arts industry has played a critical role in the growth and recovery of our state. Louisiana’s cultural enterprises provide nearly 144,000 jobs with a total economic impact of $934 million. All proceeds of the event, including silent auction items, will go toward STAA’s mission of providing support to local artists and education to the community. For more information on Geaux Arts, to purchase tickets, become a sponsor or donate an auction item, call 985-892-8650 or visit


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