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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
  • Neighborhood Walls Project

    During the March GDCA annual neighborhood meeting, Daniel Esperanza with The Baton Rouge Walls Project advised members of the next planned project which was to be a mural on the side of a building at Myrtle and Perkins Road. Well, the Old South Mural is now complete. The mural covers the side of Disk Productions at 1100 Perkins Road. An unveiling of the crowd-fundraised mural was held on Saturday afternoon, July 18. Neighbors gathered to meet Jonathan “Skinny Dope” Brown, the artist/muralist who created the exuberantly colorful, happy scene featuring historical storefronts of Old South Baton Rouge.  Skinny is a local artist who has collaborated with the Walls Project on a number of projects before.  His artwork can be found on buildings throughout the area.

    View the WAFB report on the project.

    Stop by and view the mural.  It’s sure to bring a smile to your face.

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    Claire PittmanNeighborhood Walls Project
  • Storm Drain Issues

    The morning of June 6 brought unexpected amounts of rainfall to the city and the Garden District did not escape the deluge.  Streets that had never flooded before, saw feet of water pouring over the pavement into automobiles, under houses, and sadly into some homes.  The large amount of rain could not drain fast enough to prevent the water from causing damage to homes and autos.  One of the reasons cited for the lack of drainage is the clogged storm drains throughout the neighborhood. Compacted leaves, grass clippings, litter, and dirt were just some of the materials found by neighborhood residents who took it upon themselves to attempt to clear some of the drains before Tropical Storm Barry made landfall.  Drainage issues are the responsibility of City Parish government but we can all do our part in helping to maintain the storm drains. The following information is taken from the City of Baton Rouge, Environmental Services Department.

    Storm Drains Do’s and Don’ts.

    If you have curbs and gutters near your home or business, they likely lead to a storm drain. Storm drains are the metal grates found on local streets and transport anything that is washed or dumped from nearby properties into stormwater ponds. These ponds then transfer the water directly to nearby rivers and lakes. 

    Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect system. Contaminated stormwater can flow from rooftops, paved streets, sidewalks and parking lots, across bare soil, through lawns, and into storm drains. Along the way, it collects and transports soil, pet waste, pesticides, fertilizer, oil and grease, litter, and other pollutants. 

    Therefore, if there are contaminants in the water that enters storm drains, they too will be washed into local waterways. To make matters worse, discarding trash or sweeping materials such as grass and tree clippings into a storm drain, or onto the street, can cause street-level flooding by clogging your storm drain. 

    There are some very simple steps you can take to help protect our environment and make our stormwater system easier to manage, as well as less costly to maintain.

    • Use lawn chemicals safely. Follow instructions and never apply before rain or watering the lawn, unless directed. 
    • Pick up after pets. Bring extra bags to pick up and dispose of waste properly. 
    • Recycle used oil. Never place used motor oil in the trash or pour down storm drains. Instead, bring it to a local recycling location
    • Wash cars on the lawn or at a car wash – not on a driveway or in the street. 
    • Dispose of debris with a broom instead of a water hose. Hosing can send unwanted debris into your storm drain. 
    • Keep litter and yard debris clear from storm drains. Litter is easily carried into storm drains and waterways by wind and rain. 
    • Secure items intended for trash and recycling pickup. Wind could easily blow these items into a storm drain. 
    • Properly store household items. Repackage leaking containers and secure other household items to prevent them from falling over and leaving your property. 
    • Sweep pesticides and fertilizer off hard surfaces and onto your lawn to reduce the likelihood of these substances being washed away in a storm.

    To learn more about what’s good for our East Baton Rouge Parish storm drains, download a copy of our stormwater brochure and share it with your neighbors and friends!

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    Claire PittmanStorm Drain Issues
  • July 2019 Security Update

    7/2/19 at 0216 hours, Officers responded to the complaint of a suspicious vehicle in the alley near the 2100 block of Wisteria. However, there was no vehicle in the alley when Officers arrived.

    7/4/19 at 1714 hours, Officers responded to the 2100 block of Cherokee Street relative to a suspicious incident. The resident reported that a white male with a ponytail and purple shirt knocked on her door, then advised he was at the wrong house. Officers were unable to locate the male in the area.

    7/6/149 at 1505 hours, the complainant reported an unknown person left a suspicious note on the front steps of the church at 601 Park Blvd. The note did not contain any threats, and this report was made for documentation purposes.

    7/7/19 at 1847 hours, Officers responded to a suspicious incident in the 2100 block of Cherokee Street. An anonymous complainant reported 3-4 black males on bicycles pulling car door handles in the area. Officers patrolled the area and did not locate the males.

    7/10/19 at 1149, a resident in the 2100 block of Tulip St. reported her neighbor kept parking on her grass, so she left a note on their car. The neighbor then left a written response. Officers contacted the resident who left the response. He apologized and moved his vehicle.
    7/10/19 at 1418 hours, Officers responded to a call in the 2100 block of Tulip. The resident advised her ex-husband’s son’s friend hit her in the back of the head several times when she told him he had to leave her home. Note** the suspect in this case was the same male that left the note on the resident’s vehicle in the call on 7/10/49 at 1149 hours.

    7/11/19 at 1226 hours, Officers responded to an emotionally disturbed person in the 2100 block of Kleinert Ave. The complainant reported her nephew lives at this address, and he had called her stating he was hearing voices. EMS transported the nephew to the hospital prior to Officers’ arrival.

    7/11/19 at 2013 hours, Officers responded to a suspicious incident where the front door was left opened in the 2200 block of Kleinert Ave. Upon arrival, Officers cleared the residence and no one was inside. Officers were unable to contact the homeowners, and secured the door.

    7/14/19 at 1821 hours, Officers responded to the 2100 block of Kleinert Ave. relative to an overdose. The resident was overdosing, possibly on heroin. He was transported to the hospital.

    7/20/19 at 0208 hours, a Taxi Cab driver reported a theft in the 2200 block of Kleinert Ave. The driver reported the resident at this address owed money for his fare, and did not pay. The resident did not have the money, and could not locate anyone to borrow the money from. The Taxi driver wished to have the resident banned from using their services.

    7/23/19 at 1330 hours a resident in the 900 block of Camelia Ave. called to report harassment by her neighbor over a situation regarding abuse/neglect to the neighbor’s dog. The complainant stated she has been calling Animal Control for a while regarding their neighbors abusing and neglecting their dogs. The complainant advised she saw a post on Nextdoor where the dogs were loose, and she commented on the post. Since then, the neighbors have been harassing the complainant and sending derogatory messages. The complainant did not want to pursue charges, but wanted Officers to contact the neighbor to diffuse the harassment. Officers contacted the neighbor who complained that the complainant took the dog, refused to give it back, and started harassing them first. The neighbor advised they were seeking legal advice and would no longer contact the complainant since the dog has been returned.

    7/30/19 at 0830 hours, a resident in the 1200 block of Park Blvd. reported a firearm had been stolen during a vehicle burglary that occurred overnight. There was no forced entry to the vehicle, so it is likely that it was left unlocked.

    7/30/19 at 1257 hours, a resident in the 1200 block of Park Blvd. reported a residential burglary that occurred between 4/20/19 and 7/30/19. The door was kicked off of the frame and several electronics were stolen.

    7/30/19 at 1450 hours, a resident in the 1200 block of Park Blvd. reported a vehicle burglary that occurred overnight due to the vehicle being unlocked. A wallet, debit card, and tablet were stolen from the vehicle.

    ALL BURGLARIES ARE PENDING INVESTIGATION

    7/31/19 at 1227 hours, an anonymous complainant reported a purse and clothing in the area that appeared to have been dumped. Officers arrived and were unable to locate the items.

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    Claire PittmanJuly 2019 Security Update
  • April 2019 Security Update

    • 4/1/19 at 2158 hours, Officers responded to a disturbance at 2164 Tulip Street. The resident advised a female on scene was causing a disturbance. The resident agreed the female could stay if she would calm down. The female agreed and no further disturbances were reported.
    • 4/13/19 at 1335 hours, Officers responded to a loud music complaint at 1130 Park Bl. Officers contacted the individual with loud music and he agreed to wear headphones to further prevent disturbing his neighbors.
    • 4/17/19 at 0941 hours, Officers responded to 614 Park Bl. The resident advised a Lilly plant and a statute were stolen from their front porch. This case is still being investigated and there are no known suspects at this time.
    • 4/24/19 at 2310 hours, Officers responded to 2105 Kleinert Ave. relative to the resident receiving unwanted calls to their phone. The resident reported an unknown person called their phone 30 times in a row from an unknown number. Officers were unable to determine who the caller was. The resident believed it was an ex.  
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    John WilliamsApril 2019 Security Update
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    Business Spotlight: Pink Elephant Antiques

    Lisa Pellissier is owner and operator of The Pink Elephant Antiques.  Her business is located at 2648 Government Street, Baton Rouge, and consists of three historic buildings built in the 1930-1950s.  The wonderfully colorful building complex is very welcoming and just invites you inside to dawdle and shop the many vendor stalls.

    Lisa is a 30-year resident of the Garden District.  She states that her family loves the neighborhood and she would not dream of living anywhere else.  Lisa earned a degree in horticulture from LSU and has always been interested in antiques and vintage.  She was a dealer for five years at a local antique mall before purchasing the building on Government Street and transforming it into The Pink Elephant Antiques.

    The business has been opened for three years and according to Lisa, “It’s not your typical antiques store.”  There are over thirty vendors in the building who sell a variety of antique and vintage items including, but not limited to, jewelry, clothing, lighting, furniture and household goods. Lisa states,” Vintage lovers come in all shapes and sizes. We truly have something for everyone – whether it’s a walk down memory lane for some or cool stuff the young folk have never seen before! We can furnish an entire house, outfit you for a special occasion, fulfill all your gift giving needs and just provide a fun place to spend an afternoon.”

    In addition to their normal business hours, trunk sales featuring outside vendors are held in the store parking lot about six times a year during the spring and fall. The store also participates in Hot Art Cool Nights and White Light Nights, two very popular Mid City events. Additionally, Lisa hosts Margarita Day, Christmas open house, and Meet the Dealer events.

    Contact information for the Pink Elephant Antiques includes;

    Facebook – The Pink Elephant Antiques

    Instagram – The Pink Elephant Antiques Mall

    Website: https://www.pinkelephantantiques.com

    Lisa states,” I would love to thank everyone for the support and love the shop has gotten since we opened. It is wonderful to see so many neighbors I have known for years patronize the shop and give us so much positive feedback! We love our happy customers!”

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    John WilliamsBusiness Spotlight: Pink Elephant Antiques
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