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Along levee in old Gretna, a neighborhood with room to breathe

Photo by R. Stephanie Bruno -- Craftsman-style bungalows line the 100 block of Ocean Avenue.

WHERE I’M WALKING: The 100 and 200 blocks of Ocean Avenue in Gretna, on the east or odd-numbered side of the street, between the Mississippi River levee and First Street. The block (they run together without a street separating them) is just on the edge of McDonoghville, one of two Gretna neighborhoods that fall under the… Continue reading →

Volunteers offering miniature vegetable gardens

Photo provided by Green Light New Orleans -- Ella Monroe with her vegetable patch, where she grew cucumbers and summer squash.

Green Light New Orleans has made a name for itself with its aggressive campaign to provide free energy-efficient lightbulbs to New Orleanians. But now, with more than 23,000 households served and more coming, it is focusing resources on a new frontier: Backyard vegetable gardens. Would-be gardeners can learn about planting fall crops at… Continue reading →

New Orleans area home and garden calendar, Sept. 27-Oct. 25, 2014

DAYLILY SOCIETY TALK: 9:30 a.m. to noon, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Sarah Bertrand, of the LSU AgCenter, discusses “New Daylily Species,” sponsored by the South East Louisiana Daylily Society. Free. eehollan@bellsouth.net. YARD TO TABLE WORKSHOP: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ReFresh Community Room, 300 N. Broad St. Learn… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers for Sept. 4 to Sept. 9, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Charles F. Donatto sold this home at 1236 Fairway Drive in Kenner to Clarence Johnson, Janny M. Klum and Doris W. J. Lundy for $148,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for Sept. 4 to Sept. 9 HARAHAN EAST AVE. 349: $188,000, Kyle R. Rednour and Lisa M. Rednour to Jeremy B. Patterson and Amy B. Patterson. ELMWOOD BUSINESS PARK SUBDIVISION, PHASE F, LOT 1A9-B3: $225,000, G&S Humphreys LLC to Equipment Leasing LLC. HICKORY AVE. 1324: $244,000, Raymond P.… Continue reading →

West Jefferson property transfers for Sept. 4 to Sept. 9, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Jason G. Brugeyroux sold this home at 323 Amapola Circle in Terrytown to Monica Calvin for $122,000.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for Sept. 4 to Sept. 9 AVONDALE DEVEREAUX COURT 3716: $92,667, Wells Fargo Bank NA to Federal National Mortgage Association. W. LOUISIANA HIGHWAY 90 2932: $1,689,445, Family Dollar Stores of Louisiana Inc. to ARCP FD 2014 SLB Portfolio III LLC. GRAND ISLE BIRCH LANE 229: $180,000,… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers for Sept. 3 to Sept. 9, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Paul Charlo and Susan E. Ryan sold this home at 419 Atlantic Ave. in New Orleans to Christopher Steinhilber for $195,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for Sept. 3 TO Sept. 9 1st DISTRICT BAHAR TOWERS CONDOMINIUM, UNIT 1: $10 and other good and valuable considerations, JSW Plaza Tower LLC to Alexandra Land & Development LLC. BANKS ST. 4400-02: $475,000, New Orleans Land Holdings LLC to GRO BIZ LLC. BAUDIN ST. 3324-26: $193,000, Edward… Continue reading →

St. John real estate transfers for Sept. 8 to Sept. 12, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Andre J. Marks sold this home at 105 Terrio Drive in Reserve to Casey Nolan Ferguson for $100,000.

ST. JOHN Transfers for Sept. 8 to Sept. 12 OAK ARBOR DRIVE 104: $155,000, Cesar A. Osorio and Karina Olivia Osorio to Courtney Dwayne Wallace and Erin Teresa Marrero-Savoie. RIVER POINTE 135: $148,000, SRMOF 11 2012-1 Trust, U.S. Bank Trust National Association to Darian Pierre. Country Club Drive… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish property transfers, Aug. 15 to Aug. 26, 2014

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for Aug. 15 to Aug. 26 ABITA SPRINGS TERRACE SUBDIVISION, LOT 15, SQUARE 15: $500, Meghan L. O’Shaughnessy to Vincent P. Cangelosi. ABITA SPRINGS TERRACE SUBDIVISION, LOT 15, SQUARE 15: $500, Christopher S. Hinyub to Vincent P. Cangelosi. CHIP ST. 73120: $12,900, Glendale Properties… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish property transfers, Aug. 8-14, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- DSLD Homes LLC sold this home at 305 Del Sol E. in Covington to Jason P. Faherty and Danielle Faherty for $294,900.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for Aug. 8 TO Aug. 14 ALLEN ROAD 74292: $10, GRA Legal Title Trust 2013-1 to GMAT Legal Title Trust 2013-1. CHOCTAW DRIVE 441: $215,000, Wells Fargo Bank NA to Federal National Mortgage Association. CRESTWOOD ESTATES, PHASE 5-B, LOT 178: $228,000, Johnny Baker Sr.… Continue reading →

Blueberry, blanket flower are the newest Super Plants

Photo provided by LSU AgCenter-- Mesa gaillardia, or blanket flower.

The LSU AgCenter will soon trumpet the newest additions to the Louisiana Super Plant list, and professor Allen Owings of the Hammond Research Station says they should be available in nurseries in the coming weeks. “The Mesa series gaillardia should be available by the end of this month, followed by the rabbiteye blueberry in the… Continue reading →

New Orleans area home and garden events, Sept. 20-Oct. 25, 2014

FIRST-TIME RENOVATOR TRAINING: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Preservation resource Center, 923 Tchoupitoulas St. Learn how to “Buy Right” (Session 1) and “Renovate Right” (Session 2) to avoid common and costly mistakes when renovating a home. $40, pre-registration required. (504) 636-3399, www.prcno.org.… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers Aug. 25-Sept. 2

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- James F. Evans and Louise Rimington sold this home at 442-44 Belleville St. In New Orleans to Dana R. Johno and Jeanne L. O'Boyle for $140,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for Aug. 25 TO Sept. 2 BANKS ST. 4218-20: $92,000, Coleen M. Carroll to Kevin P. Muggivan and Erin L. Muggivan. BANKS ST. 2751: $285,000, PF Developers LLC to Smith Revocable Declaration of Trust. BANKS ST. 3030-32-34-36: $120,000, Mubarak Esmail and Frank’s Discount LLC to… Continue reading →

West Jefferson property transfers Aug. 27-Sept. 3

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER- Daysi J. Sarita sold this home at 752 Brown Ave. in Harvey to Dustin P. Pertuit for $111,000.

WEST JEFFERSON Transfers for Aug. 27 to Sept. 3 BISHOP DRIVE 108: $26,500, Navy Federal Credit Union to Coran Albert. CARMEN DRIVE 164: $54,300, Donald Rauch and Sandra L. Rauch to J, D. Roux 1 LLC. CHURCHILL FARMS SUBDIVISION, PORTION OF GROUND: $2,007,855, All State Financial Co. and… Continue reading →

St. Tammany transfers for July 25 to Aug. 7, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Dennis R. Schaffer and Sharon A. Schaffer sold this home at 665 Sweet Bay Drive in Mandeville to Zachary A. Underwood and Mary L. Underwood for $289,000.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for July 25 to Aug. 7 FIFTH AVE. 23597: $107,000, Chase Home Finance LLC to Gerald McCann and Lucille McCann. GRANDE HILLS ESTATES, LOT 14, SQUARE 1: $76,500, Gerard A. Boston and Kristen B. Boston to Dawn C. Lynch. Grande Hills Estates, lot 8, square… Continue reading →

St. Charles Parish property transfers, Sept. 2-5, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER- Luana Ferguson Hinchman sold this home at 441 Apple St. in Norco to Brock R. Lawrence and Joy Hinchman Lawrence for $160,000.

ST. CHARLES Transfers for Sept. 2 to Sept. 5 LONGVIEW DRIVE 336: $185,000, Jeffrey J. Louviere and Christina Desselle Louviere to Judith D. Estringel. NOTTAWAY DRIVE 104: $369,000, Gene J. Viola Jr. to Guy R. Schreiber and Jeanne Guidroz Schreiber. ORMOND COUNTRY CLUB ESTATES SECTION 12 LOT 62A:… Continue reading →

The Day of the INVASION

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --  Beatles expert and historian, Bruce Spizer, poses for a photo with some of his Beatles memorabilia in New Orleans on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

Bruce Spizer was just 9 when the Beatles played in New Orleans in 1964, but the magnitude of the event was not lost on him. Like so many kids, Spizer was already an ardent Beatles fan. But Spizer was not among the estimated 15,000 riotous youths in City Park (now Tad Gormley) Stadium on Sept. 16, 1964, when… Continue reading →

Have fun repurposing household items into planters at workshop

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Alicia Neal, right, Executive Director of Earth Lab, shops at the Green Project in New Orleans Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, with help from Maria Brodine.

Groundwork New Orleans wants gardeners to expand their horizons when it comes to planters. Why limit the selection to the pots and boxes for sale at garden centers when there are fun and suitable alternatives all around? At a workshop Sunday, Groundwork New Orleans’ Maria Brobine and members of its Green Team will demonstrate how to… Continue reading →

New Orleans Home & Garden Events through Oct. 19, 2014

EDIBLE LANDSCAPING: 9 a.m. gates open, 10 a.m. talk, Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St. Demetria Christo, co-owner of EcoUrban Landscaping, provides insights into integrating edible plants into an ornamental landscape plan. Free. (504) 620-2224, www.parkwaypartnersnola.org. DR. MARK PLOTKIN TALK & BOOK SIGNING: 10 a.m. registration and book signing, 11 a.m. lecture, Pavilion… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers for Aug. 18-Aug. 22, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Frank Buckley and Pearl H. Buckley sold this home at 1510 Behrman Ave. in New Orleans to Eric R. Johnson for $130,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for Aug. 18 TO Aug. 22 BANKS STREET CORNER S. GAYOSO STREET, SQUARE 629, LOT 8: $191,000, Robert K. Williamson and Mariana Williamson to Magnolia Gardens Enterprises LLC. BARONNE ST. 1625: $143,000, Crescent City Remodeling LLC to C. Porche LLC. CAMP ST. 330:… Continue reading →

St. John the Baptist Parish property transfers, Aug. 25-29, 2014… Continue reading →

St. Tammany property transfers for July 25-Aug. 7, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Sergio N. Stasi and Angela R. Stasi sold this home at 289 Rue Piper in Slidell to Carl Camp and Kathryn R. Camp for $646,440.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for JulY 25 TO Aug. 7 FIFTH AVE. 23597: $107,000, Chase Home Finance LLC to Gerald McCann and Lucille McCann. GRANDE HILLS ESTATES, LOT 14, SQUARE 1: $76,500, Gerard A. Boston and Kristen B. Boston to Dawn C. Lynch. Grande Hills Estates, lot 8, square… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers for Aug. 21-26, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Lynn A. Scuderi sold this home at 10509 Joplin St. in River Ridge to Larry Chan for $187,000.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for Aug. 21 to Aug. 26 ANTHONY AVE. 265: $75,000, Kevin M. Smith to Troy J. Smith. BAILEY ST. 132: $220,000, Matthew X. Dureau and Candace T. Dureau to Julie A. Alvarez. HICKORY AVE. 1420: $305,000, 40th St. Realty LLC to Waltham Properties LLC. Hickory Ave.… Continue reading →

How to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs among the flowers

Advocate file photo --  Passion flower grows on an ornamental vine that is also productive, yielding passionfruit.

Would having the name “Demetria” destine a young girl to develop a deep love of growing plants? Demeter, after all, was the Greek goddess of the harvest, credited with gifting agriculture to mankind. Demetria Christo says that the significance of her name has always been in the back of her mind and may indeed have led to… Continue reading →