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Garden District Sapling: Mary Pittman

Mary Pittman, a lifelong Garden District resident and 3rd grader at Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet elementary school in French, had an idea! Her mom and current GDCA President recently came home with an interesting issue. After a meeting with the Garden District’s friendly neighborhood off-duty policy liaison, Officer Seth Gautier, he recommended the board look into obtaining more up-to-date alley signs with the current ordinance that applies to them. That got her thinking that the signs just in front of her house and in the alley are covered in so much gross mold and dirt that they were unable to see what the sign said.

So last Saturday morning, Mary gathered her supplies: mildew spray, bucket of hot water, rags and a tall ladder. With a little bit of elbow grease and some help from her parents, voilà! The street signs on Cherokee Street and Drehr Avenue were revealed!

Have the street signs around your house disappeared behind a layer of grim?! Before the GDCA orders more alley signs, Mary is asking for all Garden District residents to check their alleys and street(s). We are encouraging EVERYONE to take some time out of your weekend and clean the alley and street signs around your house. If you need an alley sign with the ordinance on it, please let the GDCA board know at https://gdcabr.org/contact-us/

 

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Claire PittmanGarden District Sapling: Mary Pittman
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September 2019 Security Update

  • 9/1/19 at 0217 hours, Officers responded to an alarm on Tulip Street. Upon arrival, they determined the alarm was triggered by a burglar. Officers cleared the home and noticed it appeared as if a television was missing from a bracket on the wall. Officers contacted the homeowner who was out of town. The homeowner advised they observed the suspect enter and exit through the rear of the residence, leaving with the television.
  • 9/3/19 at 1009 hours, Officers responded to Camellia Ave relative to a suspicious incident. The caller advised a suspicious black male was riding a bicycle in the area. Officers patrolled but were unable to locate the male subject.
  • 9/7/19 at 1235 hours, Officers responded to Myrtle Ave. relative to a heavyset black male riding a bicycle in the area. The caller advised the male was looking into the window of a home under renovation. Officers patrolled the area but were unable to locate the male subject.
  • 9/15/19 at 1446 hours, the resident on Park Bl. reported a burglary of their home. The resident advised as they approached their home, they observed a black male, wearing no shirt, standing on their front porch. The male had removed two chairs and a bag of candy from inside of the home. The resident advised Officers they argued with the male over the chairs and candy. The male left the chairs on the porch and left with the candy. The resident then called Police, and Police were unable to locate the male suspect upon arriving.
  • 9/15/19 at 1940 hours, Officers responded to Park Bl. relative to a loud music complaint. The resident at 1130 Park Bl. complained that the resident at 1207 Dare St. plays their guitar too loudly. Officers contacted the resident on Dare St., and advised them to keep the noise at a minimal level.
  • 9/17/19 at 1916 hours, Officers responded to Park Bl. relative to an incoherent black male lying on the ground. The male was transported to the hospital via EMS.
  • 9/18/19 at 1113 hours, Officers responded to a burglary at Oleander Street. A neighbor reported hearing the alarm activate, and then seeing a black male in his 20’s wearing black sweat pants with a flat top haircut. The neighbor advised the male was walking in the alley way by Cherokee Street and then turned east onto Oleander Street. The homeowner arrived and advised it didn’t appear the suspect made entry into the home, although a window pane was broken on the back door, and the air conditioning unit had been removed from a rear window. Officers were unable to locate the male suspect in the area.
  • 9/24/19 at 0920 hours, the resident on Oleander Street called 2nd District to report a theft. The resident advised several items were stolen from their porch. On 9/27/19, the resident determined the identity of the suspect from a neighbor. Officers located the suspect and arrested him. The resident was able to retrieve their stolen items.
  • 9/24/19 at 1115 hours, a visitor on Park Bl. reported a vehicle burglary that occurred between 1000-1110 hours. A note was left on the visitor’s vehicle by a neighbor informing the visitor that the neighbor saw someone open the door and take something. The visitor reported a book bag missing. The book bag was located at 1529 hours on the same date in the alley way of Olive Street. It was returned to the visitor/owner.
  • 9/25/19 at 1309 hours, the resident on Park Bl. reported a burglary. The unknown suspect had shattered the front window to gain entry, but did not take anything from the residence. The resident had been out of town, so the exact time the burglary occurred is unknown.
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Claire PittmanSeptember 2019 Security Update
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Business Spotlight: Red Six Media

This month the Garden District Civic Association is delighted to spotlight Red Six Media, a full-service media and advertising agency, owned and operated by Garden District resident Matt Dardenne.

Matt along with several of his LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication classmates started Red Six Media one month after graduating from LSU. Red Six Media got its start at the Louisiana Business and Technology Center business incubator program. After graduating from that program and building their business, Matt and his partners moved to 3rd St. in downtown Baton Rouge where they have been located for the past seven years.  In June of this year, Red Six Media celebrated their tenth year in business.

Matt states that their business culture and creativity make their business unique. The company was named a Best Place to Work by the Baton Rouge Business Report in September. “We have an amazingly talented and tight knit team who love our work and each other.  We affectionately refer to our services set as the Red Six-Pack: Advertising, Design, Video, Digital, Strategy, and Branding.  From creating a company brand and logo to building websites to developing integrated ad campaigns and placing and producing media across all traditional, digital and social platforms, we help clients reach their goals and solve their problems with creative solutions.”

Red Six Media currently has twenty employees who Matt states are proud to work with clients from across many industries. Notable clients include Dow, ExxonMobil, Turner Industries, Austin Industrial, Party Time, Tiger Athletic Foundation, LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, and Rotolo’s Pizzeria.

The company is civically involved and supports their neighbors by volunteering services to various Baton Rouge non-profits including; The Capital Area United Way (CAUW), Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, and Mid City Gras.  Matt also serves on the board of Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

Red Six Media has been recognized by local organizations as well as local and national publications.  The company recently made the list of Inc. 5000‘s Fastest Growing Companies in 2019. For the past four years, Red Six Media has been recognized by LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business as one of the top 100 fastest growing LSU alumni-owned businesses.  The company was named a Best Place to Work by the Baton Rouge Business Report in September.

Red Six Media uses Facebook, Instagram, and www.redsixmedia.com, to promote and advertise their business.  The email address is [email protected], office number is 225-615-8836 and cell number is 225-252-1083.

Matt was born and raised in Baton Rouge. He attended St. Aloysius Elementary, Catholic High School and Louisiana State University. He graduated from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication in 2009.  Matt has lived in the Garden District since May 2015. In his own words, “I love our neighborhood’s charm, the beautiful homes, gigantic trees, awesome neighbors, and proximity to my favorite bars, restaurants and grocery stores and the Wearing of the Green parade.”

As always, the GDCA applauds Matt Dardenne, a neighborhood business owner, on his fine company and asks our Garden District neighbors to please support our home-grown businesses.

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Claire PittmanBusiness Spotlight: Red Six Media
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Fall Picnic 2019

The GDCA fall social activities began this past Sunday, September 29, with the annual fall picnic.  Although we did not have the crisp, cool autumn weather we were hoping for, Garden District families came out to enjoy the delicious food, live entertainment, face painting, bounce house and good conversation and interaction with neighbors and friends.  

The GDCA provided BBQ pulled pork from Memphis Mac and lemonade. The attending families contributed various side dishes and desserts. All dishes were finger-licking good, and there was plenty to go around.  The kids thoroughly enjoyed the bounce house and face painting artists, and everyone enjoyed the guitar picking and performance from Brad Storin & David Pearce.   And of course the neighborhood camaraderie was enjoyed best of all.

Our local councilwoman, Tyra Wicker, also stopped by for a visit.  She had a chance to speak individually with some of our neighbors and discuss their concerns regarding street flooding and other issues.

GDCA would like to offer our sincerest thanks to The Purgesons for hosting the annual fall picnic at their lovely home.  Their back yard, filled with magnificent live oak trees, was the absolute perfect setting for launching the first in our series of fall/winter activities. Also their daughter and her friends did the face painting!

We also want to thank our board members and others who helped to set up and break down all the tables and chairs and for cleaning up after the picnic.  We have a hard working and committed group of board members and we certainly appreciate their effort.

The GDCA’s next social activity will be the Champagne Stroll scheduled for Sunday, October 27.  Get your tickets early as this event sells out quickly.

The Garden District Fall Picnic and other organized activities are made possible by member dues and the generosity of you, our neighbors!! If you are not already a member, please consider becoming a GDCA member or Sponsor at https://gdcabr.org/product-category/join/

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Claire PittmanFall Picnic 2019
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September 2019 Drainage Update

Working with the City

Since the June 6th flooding, the Garden District Civic Association has been working closely with neighbors and the City to get answers and resolutions.

On July 31, 2019, through the hard work of our neighbors on Cherokee Street, who have experienced flooding over the last two decades, we met with Fred Raiford and Kyle Huffstickler from the East Baton Rouge Parish Department of Transportation & Drainage and Darryl Gissel from the Office of the Mayor. Following the meeting the GDCA, in conjunction with active neighbors, continued to followup with the City to ensure steps were being taken to address issues with our drainage system.

With these concerns fully communicated, the City has been working to get us answers:

What we know has been done

  • The City checked the drainage system on Government St. from Eugene to Acadian Thruway and did not find any sign of sediment or debris that would stop the flow of drainage
  • DOTD inspectors have checked all drainage boxes on Government St. from I-110 to S. 22nd St. and all pipes on Government St. from I-110 to Park Blvd. They have identified 14th St. to Park as a problem area, and have cleared clogged pipes between 14th and 16th Streets.

What we know has not been done

  • They have not checked any pipes and most boxes between Park and Eugene
  • They have not checked the two box culverts near Eugene and Government (they say they will do this over the Thanksgiving holiday).

What we do NOT know

  • They’ve “cleaned the Cherokee area” but we have not received specifics on what the “Cherokee area” entails.
  • The overall pattern of subsurface drainage in the Garden District. We can reasonably infer from statements from the city that some of the Garden District drains east to Dawson’s Creek and some drains west to Corporation Canal, but again, we do not know which areas drain in which direction.
  • We do not know the geographic scope of “the Cherokee area.” Based on the number of drains around the Garden District that do not drain at all or are backed up, a comprehensive inspection of subsurface drainage is still needed. It is not likely “the Cherokee area” includes all of these drains.

In short: Some things have been done, some things are scheduled to be done, and more will need to be done to ensure all existing drainage in the Garden District is functioning as it is designed to function.

Hurricane season is not over! Drainage is a top priority for the GDCA board, and we will continue to monitor it.

To help us, please report drainage and flooding to 311. Download The Red Stick 311 app on Apple and Android devices.. It is so easy! Snap a photo, enter the information, and it will be logged in the City’s database. If we are not reporting it then there is no record.

The Garden District is also keeping their own drainage log. Please report drainage and flooding issues to gdcabr.org/contact-us.

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Claire PittmanSeptember 2019 Drainage Update
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August 2019 Security Update

Seth Gautier, from East Baton Rouge Police Department and the new GDCA off-duty police coordinator for our neighborhood patrols, met the GDCA board at the September board meeting. He gave an overview of what to expect from him and his officers. Halley Stafford will continue to be involved and provide detailed updates to the board. There are three officers who patrol our neighbors. Two are usually with traffic patrols when on duty. Patrols will stop vehicles in the neighborhood when they see violations and start by giving warnings. He gave a monthly report. A high percentage of the crimes are crimes of opportunity. The monthly report will continue to be reported in the GDCA newsletter. To reach Officer Gautier, please contact GDCA former president and current board Security Liaison, Eric Troutman, at [email protected].

In addition, Officer Gautier recommends that the board look into obtaining more up-to-date alley signs with the current ordinance that applies to them, 11:286 of the Traffic Code Ordinances.

August Security Report

  • 8/1/19 at 1036 hours, a resident at Tulip Street reported an attempted residential burglary. The resident advised Officers that a black male wearing a white shirt, light color shorts and green and orange shoes walked up to his front door and knocked on the door. The male attempted to gain entry through the front door. The front door was locked, so the male jumped the fence to the backyard and attempted to open the back door, which was locked. The resident saw the male, and the male ran off. The resident lost sight of the male and Officers were unable to locate him.
  • 8/1/19 at 1407 hours, Custom Security reported a back door alarm at Myrtle Walk Ave. Responding Officers observed a burglary had occurred and several items were stolen from the home.
  • 8/3/19 at 1007 hours, a resident at Camellia Ave. reported an aggravated burglary of a vehicle. The resident reported two black males were burglarizing their vehicle. When the resident confronted the males, one pointed a firearm at the resident. Officers were unable to locate the males, but did obtain video surveillance of the incident.
  • 8/6/19 at 1710 hours, Officers responded to a burglary at Park Bl. The resident reported someone had broken into his home during the day and stole his PlayStation along with three firearms.
  • 8/8/19 at 1404 hours, a resident at Park Bl. reported a burglary. The resident advised someone broke into the home throughout the day and stole $4,000 worth of jewelry, a laptop, and personal documents.
  • 8/9/19 at 1356 hours, a resident at Park Bl. reported a residential burglary that occurred between 0600 hours and 1330 hours. The glass on the back door had been shattered with a brick for the suspect to gain entry. The resident advised nothing was missing from the home that they could immediately tell, but the home had been rummaged through.
  • 8/9/19 at 1520 hours, a resident at Park Bl. reported a residential burglary that occurred within the few hours prior. The glass on the back door had been shattered with a brick for the suspect to gain entry. This home has bars on the back door which prevented the suspect from entering after the glass was shattered.
  • 8/17/19 at 1750 hours, Officers responded to Kleinert Ave. relative to an abandoned vehicle. The vehicle was tagged with a 48 hour notice.
  • 8/17/19 at 1744 hours, Officers responded to Wisteria Street relative to a damage to property complaint. The resident advised a juvenile busted the rear windshield to her vehicle because the juvenile did not like her son. Officers located the juvenile suspect and arrested him.
  • 8/20/19 at 1431 hours, the resident at Cherokee Street reported that she observed a black male looking into houses earlier in the day. She later observed the male pushing a lawn mower down the street. However, she reported the incident hours after.
  • 8/21/19 at 2053 hours, Officers responded to Cherokee Street relative to a Hit & Run crash where an argument was heard in the background. Officers reported they were dispatched to a possible fistic encounter stemming from the crash. Upon arrival, nothing was located in the area. Officers called the original complainant. They advised they left the area, and no longer wished to file a report.

ALL BURGLARIES ARE PENDING INVESTIGATION

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Claire PittmanAugust 2019 Security Update
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GDCA Social Activities

The Garden District Civic Association has sponsored several social activities so far this year.  A neighborhood-wide yard sale was held on March 23. Shoppers from around the metro area stopped by the neighborhood to see what goodies and oddities were available for purchase.  It was a great time once again for both buyers and sellers.

On April 7 the Association sponsored the annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Since the annual event’s previous location at City Park is now a croquet court, the hunt was relocated to a lovely home within the Garden District. Chad and Brooke Cole were very gracious in offering their yard for the hunt and we sincerely thank them for hosting the event.  The children were provided lots of treat-filled eggs to hunt, refreshments were offered and photos were taken with our very sweet Easter bunny. Once again, it was a fun-filled family Easter egg hunt in the Garden District.

The annual GDCA crawfish boil was held Sunday afternoon, May 19. The morning weather threatened to make it a soggy boil but by the start of the festivities, the sun was shining and made for a perfect spring afternoon.  The crawfish boil was catered by Jason Petrie of Tru Crawfish and the crawfish and fixings were delicious.  Jambalaya was also available as well as ice cream and drinks. The youngsters were able to burn off some energy jumping in the provided bounce house. Another successful tail pinching, head sucking crawfish boil in the neighborhood.

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Claire PittmanGDCA Social Activities