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    2020 U.S.. Census

    2020 U.S. Census

    The U.S. Government conducts a census every ten years as mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution. A new census will be conducted this year beginning April 1, 2020.  The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will be asked to respond to a questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. Households will be able to respond to the census online for the first time this year.

    In a New Year’s Day commentary, the Baton Rouge Advocate editorial staff state succinctly the reasons for the census and the importance of each household’s participation.  We have include a link to the editorial piece for your reading pleasure. 

    https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/opinion/our_views/article_60b15618-21f4-11ea-b1bc-c79e72c7ccc2.html

    Your Garden District Civic Association will be providing additional information regarding the census and the need for census takers in upcoming newsletters.

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    jcwproductions2020 U.S.. Census
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    Powderpost Beetles

    The word “termites” can strike fear in a homeowner and for good reason.  The damage their voracious appetite can cause to wooden structures can be devastating. But did you know that the powderpost beetle can cause as much damage as those dreaded termites.  A Garden District resident recently discovered their subfloors had been infested with powderpost beetles and had to undertake an extensive repair job to floors and subfloors to eradicate the damage inflicted on their home. 

    We are providing information on this menace to give homeowners something to reference when discussing possible infestation with your exterminator and an idea of what to look for to spot the potential presence of the beetle.

    The following information regarding powderpost beetles is taken from the Terminix website.

    Powderpost” is the descriptive name given to several different species of wood-boring beetles that can infest homes. These insects lay their eggs in the pores of wood. Their larvae then hatch from the eggs, feeding on the wood and creating a series of tunnels as they go.

    Eventually, the larvae will mature into pupae and then adult beetles. Once the insects reach adulthood, they tunnel their way out of the wood, leaving behind a tiny exit hole. This life cycle can take two to five years to complete, meaning the larvae are literally eating the wood in your home for years.

    Like termites, some powderpost beetles will feed on hardwoods — such as oak, ash, walnut, bamboo and hickory — and softwoods like pine. As the frames from most homes are built from softwoods, certain species of powderpost beetles can cause structural damage to houses.

    Other species of powderpost beetles will only eat hardwood, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. While you may not see structural damage from these species, it is possible to discover infestations in wood paneling, crown molding, window and door frames, plywood, hardwood floors or furniture.

    How Do I Know If I Have an Infestation?

    Short of actually laying eyes on a powderpost beetle, one of the only ways to know that you have a problem is to see the frass they leave behind. Frass is a mixture of powderpost beetle larvae excrement and miniscule wood particles that falls out of the exit holes the adult insects make as they emerge.

    Depending on the species of beetle, the frass can either be extremely fine — like flour or baby powder — or slightly gritty like cornmeal. The best way to determine whether the residue you find in your home is a result of powderpost beetle damage or the work of another insect is to arrange for an inspection by a trained pest control professional who will better be able to identify the culprit.

    How to Treat Powderpost Beetles

    There are DIY treatment methods that you can find online, but the effectiveness of these is hard to gauge, making them risky solutions. Because of this, it’s best to consider a professional pest control service provider.

    What Does Powderpost Beetle Treatment Cost?

    Fortunately, because treatments are customized to your situation, there’s not an exact number for how much treatment will cost. The final figure will depend on factors such as where in the country you live, the size of your home, location and extent of the activity. Additionally, it’s possible that repairs will be needed to address powderpost beetle damage, which can further increase the final price tag.

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    Claire PittmanPowderpost Beetles
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    2019 Champagne Stroll

    The Garden District Civic Association’s annual fall Champagne Stroll was held Sunday, October 27, under a perfect autumn sky.  The stroll offered chilled champagne and scrumptious eats at each host home, and live entertainment at our final stop. Four Chambongs, donated by GDCA board member and owner of Red Cake Events, Mrs. Heather Day, were raffled off at each stop of the stroll .  GDCA members as well as neighbors and friends from within and outside the neighborhood participated in the stroll.  We were elated to meet new residents of the Garden District who have recently relocated here from as far away as Boise, Idaho and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Welcome to the neighborhood!!

    The homes featured by this year’s stroll highlighted various styles of architecture that make our Garden District neighborhood such a unique and sought after place to live.  Our first stop, a Greek revival-style home was hosted by owners Catherine and Jeff Russell who greeted strollers on their lovely front porch.  Sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres were generously provided by Robert Johnson and Rick Vallet. At our second stop, a mid-century modern ranch, homeowners Mindy and Luke Piontek, greeted strollers with champagne, appetizers and mini muffulettas provided by Cannetella’s Italian Grocery. The third stop was the quintessential, craftsman bungalow-style home of Beth Floyd and Steven Barker.  Is there anything more inviting than a bungalow’s front porch?  Beth and Steven welcomed strollers onto their comfortable front porch and offered tasty appetizers provided by Bet R Supermarket and Trader Joe’s.  We are very fortunate to have such generous local businesses here in Baton Rouge!  The final stop of the stroll was hosted by Flo and Bill Rodman at their Dutch Colonial-style home.  Participants gathered in the huge backyard for some of Bill’s scrumptious jambalaya, more champagne and world class entertainment provided by the duet of Carly Vicknair and partner.

    Once again, the annual champagne stroll was a huge success.  The GDCA would like to express our sincerest gratitude to our hosts Catherine and Jeff Russell, Mindy and Luke Piontek, Beth Floyd and Steven Barker and Flo and Bill Rodman.  Also a huge thank you to our local businesses who donated all the delicious foods including Robert Johnson and Rick Vallet, Cannetella’s Italian GroceryBet R Supermarket and Trader Joe’s.  And finally a huge thank you to Anne Trapp, our GDCA board member and organizer of this year’s stroll.  We appreciate all of your hard work to make this activity a success. 

    Social Media and marketing were provided by Eolas LLC.

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    Claire Pittman2019 Champagne Stroll
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    Sponsor Spotlight: The Child Development Cooperative

    The Garden District Civic Association is happy to introduce our neighbors to this month’s spotlighted business: The Child Development Cooperative.

    The Child Development Cooperative is owned and operated by Jennifer Crowell, a southern California native who opened the cooperative ten years ago in Mid-City.  Prior to opening The Child Development Cooperative, Jennifer opened and ran the child care center at the  A.C. Lewis YMCA. When the YMCA decided to close this center, Jennifer was able to find a new and larger location to open The Child Development Cooperative. She chose the mid-city area of Baton Rouge because of the people and businesses in the area.

    The facility is currently located at 3954 Florida Blvd. The entrance of the building faces Convention St. and is located between Live Oak & Jasmine Streets. The physical indoor space is quite large at approximately 10,000 square feet and the the outdoor campus is 2.5 acres.

    Jennifer tells us that she is from southern California where she earned her degree. She worked in several early childhood programs while in school and found a home in a nationally accredited program where she worked with all age groups and was eventually promoted to lead teacher, then curriculum coordinator followed closely by assistant-director and finally director before moving to Baton Rouge. After moving here, Jennifer worked in banking while searching for employment in a preschool that would fit her education and experience.  She spotted an advertisement for an organization looking to open a child care center. She applied for the job and was hired and given the reins to build a program that she knew was best for children. She opened, built, and ran the program successfully for the A.C. Lewis YMCA for ten years before taking it over herself. This led to the creation of The Child Development Cooperative which remained at the YMCA location for ten years before moving to its’ current Florida Blvd. location.

    Jennifer describes her business model as follows: “I know from scientifically based research that a play-based, child-led program is what is best for children. That is what I strive to provide. As new research is conducted, we change our model to incorporate that information. Our program looked different 10 years ago and it will look different 10 years from now as we grow and know more about brain development and best practices.”

    “I think what sets us apart from other child care centers is the amount of time we spend outside and that we protect children’s right to be children and don’t subscribe to the academic push-down that is happening in our society. We have put into practice the adage “it takes a village to raise a child” and provide many opportunities for families to participate and volunteer.”

    In addition to operating The Cooperative, Jennifer has become a trainer for the State of Louisiana in early childhood programming. She offers training classes for early childhood professionals and consults with other programs on various aspects of early childhood programming.

    The Child Development Cooperative provides full-time child care services for children from ages six weeks to five years. There are nine full-time employees and Jennifer states that they will be growing to ten employees in 2020 as they add another classroom. An infant room was added this fall and she is ready to add a toddler room in January 2020.

    Word of mouth and personal recommendations from current or past Co-op families are the main form of advertisement and openings are announced on Facebook and Instagram. Typical enrollment is in the spring for reserving a space in the fall. Jennifer states,“The waiting list for enrollment is typically long so now is the perfect time to join our program”.

    The Cooperative’s website address is:  http://thechilddevelopmentcooperative.com

    The Instagram profile: @thechilddevelopmentcooperative

    The Facebook link:  https://www.facebook.com/TheChildDevelopmentCooperative/

    Operating hours are 7 a.m to 5:30 p.m, Monday through Friday.

    The Garden District Civic Association wishes to congratulate Jennifer Crowell on the tenth anniversary of the opening of The Child Development Cooperative and as always, we encourage our Garden District neighbors to consider patronizing this locally-owned business.

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    Claire PittmanSponsor Spotlight: The Child Development Cooperative
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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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