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The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA)

received national recognition and a grant from the MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program for its community senior citizen dance program, which provides classes for more than 100 local senior citizens. It's the third year NOBA has achieved this recognition, and 20 members of the dance program will perform at the Greater New Orleans Senior Olympics at Clearview Mall in Metairie March 12.


Justin Magrath,

a sophomore at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville, is one of four Louisiana finalists for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, given annually to students in grades 7-12 who make a positive difference in their communities. In 2008, Magrath created an environmental program called "Green Mandeville" and since then has built birdhouses, cleaned up litter and planted trees. National honorees for the award will be announced in May.


Rudolph Matas Elementary School Students

collected more than a ton of Mardi Gras beads to be used in an art project that will be part of an international exhibit. The Metairie school's students will create a dozen 16-square-foot bead artworks depicting staples of Louisiana cuisine, including red beans and rice, king cake and other delicacies. The children will work with Tama Distler, the school's arts facilitator, and local artist Stephan Wanger, who specializes in using recycled items in his artworks.


Ruth Leslie Goodman

was sentenced Feb. 23 by U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan to more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud, theft and other charges. Goodman ran several Hurricane Katrina-related scams to defraud the Road Home Program and FEMA of more than $476,000. Goodman, a New Orleans resident, wrote romance novels as "Meagan McKinney," with bodice-ripping titles that included No Choice But Surrender and My Wicked Enchantress.


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