Free home weatherization assistance available, applications to be taken Tuesday

Applications for Free Home Weatherization Assistance Program will be taken from 2 – 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Main Street Community
Center, 708 Main Street in Pineville.

The Pineville Concerned Citizens, Inc. will host the program of the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency.

The program covers qualified homes, mobile homes and renters. Those applying must bring landlord contact information.

To apply, bring a copy of a photo ID, Social Security card, any income award letters (VA, Social Security, etc.) and 4 current payroll check stubs if working, last year income tax if self employed, TANF or other income record tips and the last years Cleco printout for electricity services.

For more information, please call (318) 793-4253.

Unused, unneeded and expired prescription drugs to be collected Saturday, Sept. 25

By Everything Cenla staff

The Alexandria Area Four Safe Streets/Community Program will collect unused, unneeded and expired prescription drug medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Martin Community Center, 2301 Mill St.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Program  is in collaboration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

For more information, call Pamela Marshall, Safe Streets liaison, at (318) 473-1132.

Rodney Alexander receives Guardian of Small Business Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business association, today named U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, a Guardian of Small Business for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small business owners in the 111th Congress.

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner, who presented Alexander with the decoration, said “In the 111th Congress, Representative Alexander proved that he is a champion of small business. The Guardian of Small Business Award is a token of the deep appreciation that small business owners have for elected officials who promote and protect their right to own, operate and grow their businesses.”

Alexander said he was pleased to receive this important recognition.

“I am proud to be named a Guardian and vow to do everything I can to keep the American Dream alive,” said Alexander.

“These days, small businesses are hesitant to hire and scared to expand due to the uncertainty created by Washington’s harmful policies. It frustrates me to imagine how many potential entrepreneurs and small business owners have been discouraged because our tax policies hamper the entrepreneurial spirit.

“Especially during these trying times, raising taxes will essentially eliminate even more jobs; it will bring job creation and economic recovery to screeching halts. When approximately 15 million individuals remain unemployed, for us to continue down this reckless path is unfathomable.”

Annual Homeless Stand Down offers services to homeless, veterans

By Everything Cenla staff

The 7th annual Homeless Stand Down was held today with “much success,” said Rena Powell, Health Care for Homeless Veterans coordinator for the Veterans .

The annual event was held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Sept. 23, at the Bolton Avenue Community Center.

“It was excellent. We had higher attendance this year and about 60 booths,” Powell said.

The idea behind the event, Powell said, is to gather service agencies in one place in order to increase the community’s awareness of the services provided to the homeless, veterans and displaced persons.

The Alexandria VA Medical Center (VAMC), in conjunction with the city of Alexandria and Central Louisiana Homeless Coalition, will sponsor the 7th annual ‘Homeless Stand Down’ from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Bolton Avenue Community Center, 315 Bolton Avenue in Alexandria.

Cenla NAACP hosts rally that seeks to unite community

By EverythingCenla staff

The Central Louisiana NAACP will host a “Invest in Unity Rally” at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10,  at Peabody Magnet High School.

“We are calling the citizens and communities to walk in unity, stand up for unity, work together, pray together and pull together for the good and health of the people and the community,” said the Rev. Ameal Jones Sr.

Jones is the pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and is serving as the local president of the civil rights organization.

“We challenge you to make a serious deposit and invest in unity. Do not let this October 2010 election divide us and we fall again for a mouth full of political cotton candy,” Jones said. “Do not become a puppet nor a muppet who is dangled and manipulated by the philosophy of Willie Lynch. The forces that seek to conquer or souls, crush us and extinguish the light of hope are far greater. These forces and powers manifest themselves in poverty, disease, broken families, fatherlessness, disrespect, drugs, violence, joblessness, mass unemployment, miseducation, incarceration, racism, homelessness and moral devastion.”

“Do not let people who look like us betray us and divide us,” Jones said.

In addition to entertainment, the rally will include a political forum that will include the City of Alexandria mayoral and council candidates.

Jones said the NAACP hopes to accomplish the following and among others:

  • Demonstrate unity by walking together
  • Bring community leaders and activists together to discuss community issues and solutions
  • Develop advocates who work on behalf of “the least of the these”
  • Increase the membership of Central Louisiana NAACP

LaPine Chapter wins big at international conference


The LaPine Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (“IAAP”) came away from the 2010 IAAP International Education Forum and Annual Meeting in Boston with seven awards in two categories:  Chapter of Excellence and Member of Excellence.

To receive the Chapter of Excellence, a chapter must meet 14 of 19 criteria set by IAAP that relate to education, participation, managing chapter business correctly, disseminating information and chapter growth.  This is the second year LaPine has received the award.

Also, the chapter had six members recognized for achieving the Member of Excellence.  They were Kimberly D. Boyd, CPS/CAP; Flora S. Keys; Shelley D. Malone, CPS/CAP; Frances T. Morrison, CAP; Cindy P. Rine, CPS/CAP and Deborah F. Watson, CPS.

To earn the ranking of Member of Excellence, individuals must meet eight out of 11 criteria.  The criteria for a member relates to those areas as listed above for the chapter, but on an individual level.  Examples include holding positions of leadership, participation and attendance at the chapter, division or international levels, and working toward certifications.

The LaPine Chapter was represented at the meeting by president Flora Keys, vice president Shelley Malone and member Mary Kee.

The mission of the LaPine Chapter is to enhance the success of career‐minded administrative professionals by providing opportunities for growth through education, community building and leadership development.

The LaPine Chapter conducts its regular meetings on the third Wednesday of the month, usually during the lunch hour, which feature guest speakers on a variety of educational and informative topics.  The group also hosts special events for the community such as a professional development seminar, recognition for Administrative Professionals in April and Bosses’ Day in October.

For meeting details, contact Frances Morrison at (318) 484-7695 or

New shelter for men opening Tuesday, Aug. 31

Safe Landing, a shelter for men who are transitioning back into society following incarceration, will hold an open house at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 1430 Enterprise Road in Alexandria.

The public is invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by Re-Entry Solutions Center of Alexandria.

Tuesday’s activities will include a dedication ceremony and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Safe Landing will house up to 12 men who are working their way back into society, according to Re-Entry Solutions field liaison Victor Carstarphen. The shelter will offer job training as well as spiritual counseling, he said.