Benjamin Franklin High School
was among nine Louisiana schools — and the only school in New Orleans — to receive the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon award, given annually to the top performing schools in each state. Other Louisiana schools to receive the honor included Baton Rouge's LSU Magnet School, St. Aloysius Catholic School, St. James Episcopal School and Baton Rouge High School; Rayne's Martin Petitjean Elementary; Montegut's Pointe-aux-Chenes Elementary; Covington's St. Paul's School; and Crowley's South Crowley Elementary School.
Rebuilding Together New Orleans
completed its 500th home since Hurricane Katrina on Oct. 9 as the organization celebrated its 25th annual October Build project. More than 500 volunteers worked on 14 home renovation projects for low-income homeowners over the first two weekends of October. Since 1988, October Build teams have completed more than 1,000 projects in 35 neighborhoods across the city.
The 58th annual Weiss Awards winners
include Robert W. Merrick, Sonia Perez, M. Cleland Powell III, Zack Rosenburg, Liz McCartney, Warner L. Thomas and Jimmie M. Woods Sr. Founded in 1943, the New Orleans Council for Community and Justice grants the annual awards to New Orleanians who have made significant civic and humanitarian contributions in the city. The awards ceremony will be held Oct. 29 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles
recently sent more than 1 million letters to drivers indicating that state records showed a lapse in their car insurance coverage — and warning of hundreds of dollars in fines — for lapses as far back as 1999. The letters even went to drivers no longer living in Louisiana, according to an Oct. 20 report from WWL-TV's Bill Capo. The Louisiana State Police said it is trying to manage the notices and for residents to call (225) 925-6146 for help.