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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 →

St. Charles Parish property transfers, Aug. 18-Aug. 22

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Mercedes Mateo Savage sold this home at 7 Greenwood Drive in Destrehan to Travaughn J. Brown and Tiffany M. Brown for $219,000.

Property transfers for Aug. 18-Aug. 22 GREENWOOD DRIVE 7: $219,000, Mercedes Mateo Savage to Travaughn J. Brown and Tiffany M. Brown MELROSE DRIVE 83: $235,000, Henry John Kippers III and Sherry Heck Kippers to Edmund J. Tunstall and Renee Helen Mouras. PANTHER RUN 104: $55,000, Janice M. White… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish property transfers, July 17-24, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Alex D. Miller and Amanda E. Miller sold this home at 1267 Avenue Du Chateau in Covington to Diego H. Sanchez and Alicia D. Sanchez for $435,000.

Transfers for July 17-July 24-2014 ANTHONY AVE. 307: $217,000, Kevin Kliebert Builders Inc. to William Beamon and Vena V. Hunt Beamon. BALD EAGLE DRIVE 184: $375,000, Citadel Residental LLC to John A. Allgood and Shelia P. Allgood. HEINTZ ST. 21331: $24,000, Lynn Dean Bridges and Melissa Anthony Bridges… Continue reading →

New Orleans property transfers for Aug.4-Aug.15, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Kenneth J. Jones sold this home at 708 Opelousas Ave. in New Orleans to Martha H. McWilliams for $287,500.

Transfers for Aug.4-Aug.15, 2014 BAUDIN ST. 3317-19: $195,000, Rickie Thomas Sr. to Jason C. Aken and Mariel D. Aken. CAMP ST. 1544, UNIT 9: $175,000, Stephen P. Caldwell, Beverly G. Caldwell and Philip P. Caldwell to Edward J. VanHoven III and Pamela K. VanHoven. Commerce St. 700, Unit… Continue reading →

East Jefferson property transfers, Aug. 12 to Aug. 20, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Christian C. Huete and Dana D. Huete sold this home at 743 Woodward Ave. in Harahan to Jenson C. S. Ma and Anna C. Ma for $240,000.

Transfers for Aug. 12 to Aug. 20 CAROLYN DRIVE 477: $97,000, Succession of Myrtis L. Woods and succession of Harlan C. Woods to Lacie Mouney. ELMWOOD LAFRENIERE PLANTATION SUBDIVISION, LOT 1: $1,300,000, Gottlieb Metairie W. D. LLC and Kirk Metairie W. D. LLC to Stice-Hill Holding LLC. Grove Park… Continue reading →

St. John the Baptist Parish property tranfers, Aug. 11-22, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Wunita Seemann Restel sold this home at 221 Warwick St. in LaPlace to Andrew Jordan Hovinga and Maria Celeste Hovinga for $154,000.

Property transfers, Aug. 11-22, 2014 SURREY DRIVE 87: $153,940, Green Tree Servicing, LLC to Federal National Mortgage Association. COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE 2309: $187,500, Robert Wayne George to Larry L. Steele and Cathy J. Steele. AUGUSTA DRIVE 2112: $295,000, James E. Rogers and Kathryn Chatelain Rogers… Continue reading →

Audubon Insectarium bitten by beekeeping bug

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Remy Lazare inspects one of Audubon's beehives in New Orleans East Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Bees cannot be bossed by their keepers. “They’re going to do what they want,” said Remy Lazare, assistant curator of animal collections at the Audubon Nature Institute Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Fortunately, these industrious insects have a strong work ethic. “Busy as a bee” is no empty phrase, Lazare said. “They’re going to keep working, no matter… Continue reading →

New Orleans painter creates a verdant palette in her Uptown garden

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  lizabeth Livingston treasures the primeval feel of the giant bamboo and broad-leafed foliage plants in her Uptown New Orleans garden.

Elizabeth Livingston doesn’t really give a hoot about the names — Latin or common — of the plants in her backyard paradise. “I’m not very concerned about nomenclature,” Livingston said. “I’m much more interested in color, texture, pattern, growth habit — those kinds of things.” That’s because Livingston ­— a New Orleans native, née… Continue reading →

New Orleans Property Transfers for July 28-Aug. 1, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Joshua S. and Maria E. Etkind sold this home at 620 Verret St. in New Orleans to William W. and Melinda W. Blevins for $317,000.

NEW ORLEANS Transfers for JulY 28 TO Aug. 1 BANKS ST. 4526-28: $410,000, Kirin Properties 2 LLC to Bryce R. French and Katie French. EUTERPE ST. 1414, UNIT 1414: $118,000, Thankamma J. Kuriakose and Marella E. Kuriakose to Jon Hynes. MELPOMENE ST. 920: $231,000, Viewpoint Development and Construction Co.… Continue reading →

East Jefferson Property Transfers for Aug. 7 to Aug. 11, 21014

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Michael P. and Mayra L. M. Rabalais sold this home at 1708 Akron Ave. in Metairie to Scott and Emilie Robertson for $173,700.

EAST JEFFERSON Transfers for Aug. 7 TO Aug. 11 BAROCCO DRIVE 8013: $255,000, Victor J. Law and Penelope H. Law to Derek J. Waldvogel. CHEROKEE COURTS SUBDIVISION, LOT 22, SQUARE 6: $150,000, Ann O. Turner, Kerrie T. Lamfers and Robin T. Krueger to Tracy T. Neyrey. Elmwood Industrial Park subdivision,… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish Property Transfers, July 11-16,

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Gina M. Stoltz sold this home at 771 Libby Lane in Mandeville to Travis Flowers and Christina L. Flowers for $347,000.

ST. TAMMANY Transfers for JulY 11 TO JulY 16 BALD EAGLE DRIVE, PHASE 6, LOT 320: $86,000, David C. Rollins to Brian K. Patterson and Mary Erin E. Patterson. GRANDE HILLS ESTATES, LOT 29, SQUARE 7: $30,000, Charles P. Alonzo Jr. and Carolyn W. Abney Alonzo Estate to Marcus… Continue reading →

Renovator revels in the process of restoring a Gothic Revival beauty

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Andrea St. Paul Bland compares a sample of paint, Odessa Pink HC-59, at her Josephine Street house.

Dragan Segvic stood on the sidewalk in front of 1421 Josephine St., watching intently as his men installed millwork on the home’s façade. Despite the heat and the sun, the contractor directed every move, determined to ensure that every small bracket, every snippet of millwork was placed precisely where it belonged. “The house… Continue reading →

Classes teach ways to manage rainwater

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The Green Keepers program focuses on ways to keep rainwater out of the sewers and prevent flooding. Above, a rain barrel collects runoff.

Anyone whose street floods during a hard rain can appreciate the value of Green Keepers, the newest program of Parkway Partners, co-sponsored by the Sewerage & Water Board. “Green Keepers will bring the community together with the most highly regarded professionals in our area working in stormwater management,” said Susannah Burley, designer… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish property transfers, July 3-8, 2014

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- James L. Green Jr. and Travena T. Green sold this home at 317 Dove Drive in Slidell to Melvin E. Redmond Jr. and Rieveland J. Redmond for $288,000.

ST. TAMMANY Parish Transfers for July 3 JulY 8 HAROLD COURT 24027: $135,334, Wells Fargo Bank NA to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. MONEY HILL PLANTATION SUBDIVISION, PHASE, 82, HOMESITE 82: $215,000, Joseph Rotolo Jr. to Philip A. Garrett and Debra H. Garrett. TRAP ST. 73287: $43,000, Harrison Finance… Continue reading →