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The Best and the Worst of the Week

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John Jay,
the local hairstylist and salon owner who has served as stylist to celebrities, First Ladies and supermodels, is stepping down after 23 years as president of the international trade organization Intercoiffure America. Jay served as president for nearly a third of the organization's history and remains the vice president of Intercoiffure Worldwide. He also has been elected to the international organization's Hall of Fame.

Lambeth House
recently became the first continuing care retirement community in the state to become accredited by the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission. In passing the national organization's rigorous standards of review, Lambeth House became one of only 340 such facilities among thousands nationwide to earn the distinction. The Uptown facility offers assisted living, independent living and skilled nursing care to its residents.

Megan Cian,
a junior at Louise S. McGehee School, has launched "Operation Shoebox New Orleans," which gathers shoeboxes packed with recommended supplies for troops in the Middle East. Cian organized a volunteer committee of students, teachers and parents in the effort, which will collect boxes through May 7. The filled boxes will then be sent to the New Orleans-based 377th Theater Support Command Army Unit.

12 property tax assessors,
including Orleans Parish 3rd District Assessor Erroll Williams, lack formal procedures for updating property values, says a recent report by the state Legislative Auditor's office. The audit says the assessors' practices cause some property owners to pay too much tax while others don't pay enough.

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