celebrated her 96th birthday by having a stand of palms near the Louisiana Superdome named for her achievements in New Orleans environmentalism. A pioneering woman in city government, Fossier was the head of the city's Department of Welfare in the 1960s and was appointed by then-mayor Moon Landrieu to head the Department of Parks & Parkways in the 1970s, becoming the first woman to hold that office. In March, Fossier was honored by the Louisiana Center for Women and Government.
recently presented the University of New Orleans' Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration with $110,000. Kabacoff, widow of the school's namesake who was a pioneer in the New Orleans hospitality industry, gave the money to fund a production laboratory at the Kabacoff school. "This generous gift by Mrs. Kabacoff will complete substantial improvements to our lab and provide a truly state-of-the-art lab experience for our students," said John Williams, director of the Kabacoff school.
The Louisiana SPCA
is taking an imaginative approach to pet adoption with a June 20 event at the group's facility in Algiers. "Purr de Lis" will be a New Orleans-themed day at the shelter, with entertainment for children as well as information on pet care from SPCA employees, volunteers and pet-friendly businesses. Spring is breeding time for cats, and shelters begin to fill up in June, which the SPCA has designated as "National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month."
Barbara Simmons Dowl
was found guilty by a federal jury of theft of government funds, false statements and wire fraud in a complicated scheme to defraud the Louisiana Road Home program. She received $132,000 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and later got $85,930 more via a Road Home grant. Dowl faces a sentence of 50 years and a fine of $250,000 for each of five counts. She is scheduled for sentencing in September and is the first person convicted at trial for Road Home theft.