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The Lafayette Square Conservancy Board and its partners,

Entergy, the Downtown Development District, the city's Parks and Parkways Commission and the General Services Administration, will turn on newly installed lights at Lafayette Square at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. It's the first time the city's second-oldest park, established in 1788, has had permanent light fixtures. They should make the park and the neighborhood safer — and even more beautiful.


Mary-Jo Webster

was honored as HGTV's Community Crusader for August for her volunteer work. Since 2008, the New Orleans native has mobilized 10,000 volunteers to perform service projects benefiting the elderly, veterans, the disabled and low-income families. A video clip spotlighting her accomplishments aired periodically between regular HGTV programming.


Abita Brewery

presented a donation of $100,000 from its S.O.S. Fund to Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans Aug. 26 to help with the church's relief program for families affected by the BP oil disaster. Abita developed S.O.S. — A Charitable Pilsner and pledged 75 cents from each bottle sold and 100 percent of proceeds from related merchandise toward a variety of oil disaster relief efforts. To date, Catholic Charities has helped about 25,000 people affected by the oil gusher.


Jason Lewis,

a former NOPD officer, pleaded guilty Sept. 1 to misdemeanor animal cruelty charges in the heat death of his canine partner Primo on May 27, 2009. Lewis received a six-month suspended sentence, six months probation and must pay $12,000 in restitution for leaving the dog in a locked car until the 6-year-old Belgian Malnois' body temperature reached 108 degrees and he suffered heat exhaustion and seizures. Primo was rushed to a veterinary hospital, where he died.

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