By Renee Simpson
The Recreation Department, Special Olympics and Caring Strategies will sponsor a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt for the children of the parish starting at 9:30 a.m. April 3 at the West Bank Bridge Park.
For a $2 donation, kids can enter an Easter hat decorating contest and take part in the egg hunts. Grand prizes will be awarded in each of three age groups, and there’ll be lots of candy to be found. Parents, be sure to bring baskets for your kids.
Parades, town meeting coming to Channel 6
The Krewes of Lul and Des Allemands will make their television debuts this week on Government Access Channel 6. The two local parades will alternate daily at noon. Each features all the floats, marching groups and bands and contest winners.
Also on Channel 6 this week, catch the West Bank Town Hall meeting recently held at Hahnville High School. Attendees got valuable information about the progress of hurricane protection for the West Bank, as well as an update on all the infrastructure projects currently under construction in all areas of the parish. Segments from the meeting may be viewed at 1 p.m. daily on Channel 6.
Both programs may also be viewed online anytime at our Vimeo site – vimeo.com/stcharlesgov.
Congressman Scalise schedules office hours in St. Rose
Congressman Steve Scalise announced that his district staff will begin holding regular satellite office hour sessions in St. Charles Parish. The first satellite office hours will take place from 10 a.m. to noon March 31 at the St. Rose Branch Library, 90 E. Club Dr.
“St. Charles residents may not always be able to travel to our permanent offices, and this is an opportunity for resident to come meet with our staff at a location close to them,” he said. “Our staff will be happy to help residents with any questions they may have concerning federal agencies or bills before Congress.”
Scalise’s staff will be available to answer questions from constituents and help with casework inquiries dealing with federal programs and federal agencies such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration, education and more.
Additional St. Charles Parish satellite office hours have been scheduled for May 26, July 28, Sept. 29 and Nov. 17.
Last chance for tax preparation help
The St. Charles Parish Community Services Department and AARP are now offering assistance in filling out tax returns at its offices on the East Bank.
Residents may go to the New Sarpy Annex Building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays to get assistance with understanding and filling out tax returns for the 2009 tax year.
Tax help is also available by appointment at the St. Rose Community Center.
For more information about this service or to make an appointment for the St. Rose Community Center, call (504) 305-5138. The deadline to file federal tax returns is April 15.
Give comprehensive plan input online
If you missed the latest public workshops for the St. Charles Parish Comprehensive Land Use Plan, there’s still a chance for you to offer your opinion online.
The survey solicits opinions on subjects like land usage, economic development, public facilities and infrastructure. There’s also a section which asks users to rank their like or dislike of different types of development using photos of landscapes and building both in and outside of St. Charles Parish.
To take the survey, log on to stcharlesparish-la.gov and find the link on the left side of the page or visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J8FZR8B.
The deadline to participate is April 9 and the survey is limited to one response per computer.
Renee Allemand Simpson serves as Public Information Officer for St. Charles Parish. She can be reached at (985) 783-5183 or firstname.lastname@example.org.