With the November 30 end of this historic 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season just over a month away, it appeared that St. Bernard Parish was about to escape with no significant impacts. Many storms, when they first entered the Gulf of Mexico, had southeastern Louisiana in the centers of their projected paths—often, it looked as though St. Bernard was due to endure the worst. Yet, as those storms slowly approached the parish, sometimes waiting until they were just a few hours away from landfall, they all turned off. Places like southwest Louisiana, coastal Mississippi and Alabama were forced to contend with gusting winds and flooding that washed away entire homes while St. Bernard, at most, dealt with some lingering storm surge water in the eastern end of the parish.
Gregory Joseph Porche passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020 at the age of 64. Beloved husband of Sandra Porche and loving father of Stacy Stewart (Leslie Bopp), Kelly Theard (Mark) and Gregory Porche II, proud grandfather of Joshua and Alaina Theard, brother of Ralph (Darlene), Brian (JoAnn), Linda Newman (Larry), Sidney, Maureen Connell and Leslie Dorcey. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and June Porche. Gregory was born on September 5, 1956 in New Orleans, LA and was a lifelong resident of Chalmette, LA prior to relocating to Livingston Parish after Hurricane Katrina. Graduate of Chalmette High School and employee of BASS Enterprise for twenty years. Gregory was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and gardening. He loved to sing and entertain at the many family gatherings he hosted while surrounded by the ones he loved. Private services will be held at a later date. Please sign the online guestbook at www.sealefuneral.com.
Sam Catalanotto, Chairman of the Life Saver Program for Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi, awarded Fireman Engineer, Tommy Dorcey, the Kiwanis Club Quarterly Life Saver Award.
The St. Bernard Parish Government Housing and Redevelopment Department (CSBG Program) will begin accepting applications for CSBG Thanksgiving Baskets for the elderly and disabled beginning on Monday, November 2 and ending on Friday, November 6. Applicant must meet CSBG income guidelines.
In a press release sent out by Louisiana Economic Development (LED) on Wednesday, October 21, it was announced that The Ranch Film Studios in St. Bernard will be expanding its “film production operations.” The Ranch—which, according to their website, is located “7.2 miles from downtown [New Orleans]” and “sits on 22 acres [of land] and provides 220,000 sq ft of stage and flex space”—leases out “production services, facilities, offices and sound stages” to movie and television series productions.