Quality of Life Improving?

One Resident Thinks So

For the past few years, the community and the city have stepped up our attempt to improve the quality of life of our residents in the West 30s (our historically Black neighborhood). This has been a three pronged approach: 1) Cleanliness 2) Housing 3) Public Safety.

Public Works and I have attacked the illegal dumping that had plagued the area for years and made a concerted effort at litter mitigation. With much help from the residents themselves, one can see a marked improvement in the cleanliness of the area. Code Enforcement has and continues to tackle the problem of abandoned houses.

The West 30s Redemption Company has placed over 40 families into safe, affordable homes … each being purchased by the occupants thereby creating equity that may be passed from one generation to the next. Not a city program but rather a faith-based community program.

The City, via the Covington Police Department, has aggressively pursued guns, drugs, gambling, and the indviduals associated with these activities. In less than two years more than 80 guns as well as fentanyl, meth and heroin have been removed from our streets.

Well, This is Nice

Sargeant Edwin Masters recently sent the following e-mail to his fellow officers. It is particularly gratifying to have a resident of the West 30s share the sentiment of safety … and our City is blessed to have these folks in Blue protecting us.

For almost 20 years, I have given historical walking tours of the West 30s ostensibly to raise awareness of the needs. Beginning this past Fall, those tours morphed from "look what needs to be done" to "look what we, the community, are doing." Good Stuff.

Councilman Joey Roberts

Takes His Shots

In honor of the YMCA's invention of basketball, this year for GiveNola Day, our District C Councilman Joey Roberts will attempt 2,500 free throws to benefit all youth programs at the West St. Tammany YMCA.

---How can you help?---

Make a pledge per "made" shot. A penny, a nickel, a quarter; any amount will add up to help financially assist swim lessons, youth sports, swim team, after school and summer camp. If the Councilman gets hot and hits 1,500 of 2,500 shots, a nickel pledge would add $75.00 to his total.

What a fun way to support youth activities!

Free throws occur on Tuesday, May 2nd.

To pledge or for more information, e-mail joeyr@ymcaneworleans.org or call 985-893-9622 (ext 301).

Tell him Mayor Mark sent you … cause he already feels the pressure of every missed shot : )

Busy Weekend Downtown

Means Some Street Closures

Lost in the 60's

One of CovLA's grooviest hometown favorite bands: Thursday, April 27th, 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Covington Trailhead.

Wear your "Best Hippie!"

Columbia Street … the Old West
Courtesy St. Tammany Clerk of Court Archivist, Robin Leckbee Perkins

When we think of the Old West, we often think of Texas, Arizona or Oklahoma, but during the 1800's the port city of Covington was the wild frontier.

Columbia Street was a wide dirt road with saloons, shops, wooden sidewalks, wagons and horses.

In 1874, the building we know today as the St. Tammany Art House was a general store, coffee house, grocery and liquor store run by Louis and Helen Fresch.

On May 23rd of that year the Freschs determined that Matt Perry and Luke Allison had been "overserved" and thus denied the men further access to the establishment.

Perry and Allison commenced to slamming the door violently, contrary to Section 9 in the Revised Statue. They were swinging pistols and firing their guns in the street.

Mr. Fresch a-spied Matt Perry creeping up the alley between the store and where H. J. Smith's Son is today (H.J. Smith and Sons would not open until 1876). He saw Perry fire a shot through the window, narrowly missing Mrs. Fresch. The round ball rolled about the floor of the store.

The two men then headed up the street where they began to verbally abuse and terrorize the Fresch's son with obscenities and death threats. At this point, a crew of workmen attempted to avoid the two scalawags, but eventually had had enough. The workmen took away Perry and Allison's guns - - and then beat the tar out of them.

Today, we know Luke Allison's great, great (maybe 3 greats) nephew as Wayne Allison, bike mechanic at Brooks bicycle shop : )

Replying to this e-mail goes directly to Mayor Mark.

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