Welcome to the 4th Ward Cleaver News! This is the September News Page, but make sure you check out the September Columns and September Event pages too!!! The October issue will be posted by 10/4
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In the September Issue!
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Jim Cantore in 4th Ward!
Tropical Storm Lee blew through on Labor Day weekend - fortunately, leaving behind little damage, but according to one of our contributors with a rain gauge, BSL had over 10.5 inches of rain over four days! Saturday (9/3), residents spotted the Weather Channel's "Mr. Hurricane," Jim Cantore at the Washington Street Pier in the 4th Ward, making a broadcast from the beach. As one friend quipped, "You get a little nervous when Jim Cantore's in your neighborhood."
BTW, the season's not quite over, sigh... Click here to keep an eye on TS Nate.
Second Saturday, August 13th
live music and lively crowds at the Mockingbird!
Featured "Hot Spots" this month are the Serious Bread Bakery at 111 Main Street and Jewels by Deerworks, in Gallery 220 at 220 Main Street. Don't miss the Cary Hudson Trio at the Mockingbird Cafe from 7-10pm! Invite your friends and come on down!
Click here for complete exciting details on all the goings-on!
St. Rose de Lima Church Fair
The 86th annual St. Rose de Lima Church Fair will be held from Sept. 30 - Oct. 2nd. And don't forget the St. Rose Fashion Show and Benefit on September 24th (rescheduled from Labor Day weekend because of TS Lee). Check our Events page for details!
Trash for Cash!
photo by Jenny Bell
RECYCLE HANCOCK is back with our kick-off of the 2011-2012 TRASH FOR CASH competition between Northbay, BMS and BHS. (Ms. Bosarge is heading up the efforts at BHS, Ms. Roth at BMS and Ms. Raymond at Northbay.)
The school with the most participation receives a $ 1000.00 grant to go towards teaching aids for the following school year. Help your child’s school win the prize!!!!
Let’s do our part in conserving resources and protecting our environment through recycling. At the present time, students are being encouraged to bring in plastic drink bottles, and aluminum drink cans for recycling. We have also added tin cans to our collections this year. The directions for accepting these recyclables are attached.
Please help us to make our community a cleaner, healthier environment by sending in those recyclables.
Downed Limbs in Your Yard?
Most of us will have some downed limbs because of TS Lee. Sept. 19th - Sept 23rd is 4th Ward Roadside Pickup time. Not sure if you're in the 4th Ward? Look on our map!
1) Limbs should be cut in length no longer than 4 feet and stacked for easier handing. No limbs larger than 6” in diameter will be picked up.
2) No building materials are picked up.
3) No yard or lawn debris can be picked up. All leaves must be bagged for regularly scheduled trash pickup and will be taken as space allows.
4) Lots that are clear-cut must have debris removed to a landfill. The chipper will not cut up this debris.
5) Grapple service is provided to residents with no additional fees, so please try to respect the time schedule and not crowd right of ways with limbs three weeks before they can be picked up. Please do not clog ditches, catch basin or other drainage routes with leaves and debris at any time. Also please make sure you place limbs away and not under power lines and guide wires.
6) The Grapple service is not intended for Contractor/Contract service use. No lawn care or tree service has any agreement with the city to haul off debris generated by them. For more information about the Roadside Pick-up Project please call, 228-467-5505 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
If you want to burn leaves and other lawn debris, remember to get the required burn permit from the Bay St. Louis Fire Department. There is no Charge for the permit, but the home or business owner must have permit on site.
Intrepid Reporter Abroad
Our news section is usually handled by intrepid 4th Ward reporter Allen Reed, whose job took him to Europe late in August. Look for more news and nature reports later in September after he returns (and maybe some cool info about the trip!). Meanwhile, Allen, we're hope you're managing to have a bit of fun even though we know you're working hard! Safe travels!
Shelter from the Storm
Tropical storm Lee made up appreciate the fact that dozens of new Cat 5 resistant shelters are being built across the MS Gulf Coast. Click here to read more. Hopefully, it'll be a long time before they're needed!
To access Mississippi Department of Transportation's Hurricane Evacuation Guide, click here.
Download the guide at this link! And 4th Ward resident (and Cleaver subscriber) Madeleine Ammentorp has compiled the best Evacuation Take-with List we've ever seen. Bookmark the page for future reference (and let's hope that's VERY future!)
Councilman Update - Bobby Compretta
To all my Ward 4 constituents,
“ New Day in the Bay” marked the 6th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It was great to see such a large turn out to help celebrate the rebirth of the Bay St. Louis Waterfront. The Chamber did a great job to make this event such a success. The opening of North Beach Food and Spirits this month and Trapani’s in November is just the tip of the iceberg. The City Council approved another restaurant next to Hancock Bank that will be opened around the first of the year. The sea wall from the rail road tracks to DeMontluzin St. will be completed in the next couple months. The property owners on the south side of Beach Blvd. will be able to rebuild. It will be great to see Old Town built back bigger and better than before the Katrina.
We have other long term recovery projects in the works that when completed will definitely make our beautiful city “A Place Apart”. I have attached a Project Status Report and Council Actions from our August meetings to this message to keep you informed on what’s going on in Bay St. Louis and Ward 4.
Reminder: The City Council will hold a public hearing September 20th at 5:30pm. This hearing will give the citizens an opportunity to provide input regarding redistricting the election districts from which the City Council are elected.
If anyone has any questions or suggestions please email me or call 216-7197, I’ll be there for YOU.
Fitness in the Fall!
With Fall creeping in, it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy some of the benefits of exercise!
At any age there are always fitness obstacles. Here are a few common solutions.
In your 20’s, your first full time job can add a lot of stress to your day. Team up with a co-worker for a gym date after work. If your college class schedule is wrecking your routine, go for a run or brisk walk between classes for mental clarity as well as physical benefits.
The 30’s may have you juggling work, family and friends, with little time to spare. Ask your neighbor or family member to watch your kids while you hit the gym, or better yet, make a play date that revolves around fitness!
Your 40’s may have you stressed out and wound tight. Try a yoga class to stretch, strengthen and de-stress. If you travel for work, pack some resistance bands or check out the hotel gym.
Our 50’s and beyond may not include our ‘get up and go.' Re-energize yourself by joining a local walking or running club. If achy swollen joints are an issue, switch to non weight bearing activities such as biking and swimming.
Whatever you choose, just move!
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Dr. A.K. Martinolich
Dr. A. K. “Andy” Martinolich, a Fourth Ward resident, has called Bay St. Louis home since he was in the sixth grade, when his family moved from Mississippi City. Hard work and dedication at St. Stanislaus won him the honor of being valedictorian of the class of 1946.
He recalls that “the Brothers were strict disciplinarians. I was afraid NOT to study.” While at St. Stanislaus he felt a need to be in a vocation where he could “leave the world a little better off. I considered becoming a priest but I couldn’t accept the celibacy,” he deadpanned.
Instead of the priesthood, he became a doctor, achieving board certification in family practice after training at Ole Miss and the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He recalls that Elvis Presley, born in Tupelo, Mississippi, just down the road from Memphis, was starting to become a sensation when Andy was in school in Memphis. He said people knew Elvis was in town when someone would spot Elvis’ pink Cadillac.
When Dr. Martinolich returned to Bay St. Louis in 1956 to set up a practice on Carroll Avenue, he was one of only five or six doctors in town. In those days, he made house calls, delivered babies (one with help from his wife Carol) and treated a myriad of medical conditions.
After some two decades of family practice, he came to know those he treated “not only as patients but as friends.” On Christmas Eve it became a tradition to visit elderly friends who had been former patients.
Mid-career, Dr. Martinolich returned to medical school to train in a new specialty—radiology—and he became board-certified in that specialty as well.
When growing up in Bay St. Louis, Andy’s family expected him to do household chores and earn wages at whatever job he could find. Among his many jobs, he delivered the newspaper for years, worked construction, and packed groceries.
Andy learned about hard work from watching his family. His paternal grandfather, knowledgeable in ship building, immigrated from Croatia to the Mississippi coast, attracted by a landscape akin to the coast of the Adriatic Sea which had been his home. Soon, his grandfather began his own business building wooden shrimp schooners at locations in Delisle and Handsboro. In those days, Andy recalls, business deals were sealed with no more than “shake-a-hand.”
But growing up on the coast wasn’t all work and no fun. Whenever time allowed, Andy was out in the sun, shrimping, crabbing or fishing, often from the St. Stanislaus pier. That pier, destroyed by a “monumental storm” in 1947, instilled in Andy an injunction—“don’t live on the beach!” True to his word, Andy and Carol reside off Old Spanish Trail, on Seube Street in a modern home designed especially to accommodate a large family. The couple has eleven children.
Carol was born in Texas but had family connections in Bay St. Louis. Her mother’s family, the Cabells, operated Perre’s Bakery on Main Street, and another location on Washington and Toulme. The bakeries catered to the special requests of their clientele. The Sisters of St. Joseph wanted a particularly-sized bread and everybody wanted French bread for making po-boys. Gingerbread made with butter, sugar and lard satisfied those with a sweet tooth.
Andy and his wife Carol were married in 1958, celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2008 at a “big to-do” where the entire family converged in Gulf Shores, Alabama for “forced family fun” as Andy said, his eyes twinkling. With the couple’s eleven children, 35 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, assuredly the Martinolich family were a beautiful sight to behold. A photograph from the event viewed from a distance could be mistaken for a group picture of a high school band, with row after long row of smiling faces.
Andy still abides by his family motto: “Do three things a day. Work. Pray. Study.” When one of his children expressed distress that play was not part of the package, Andy’s answer? “Playing comes naturally.”
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New Day in the Bay!
The city of Bay St. Louis marked the 6th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by looking forward to the future. “New Day in the Bay” took place in Old Town on Sunday, August 28th, from 3-6pm, featuring a historic unveiling, a sneak peek at the first restaurant to reopen on the beach since the storm, and live music.
Co-sponsored by the city of Bay St. Louis and the Hancock Chamber of Commerce, New Day celebrated "the rebirth of the Bay St. Louis waterfront.” Organizers pointed out that there are many causes for community jubilation: The new Hancock County Scenic Byways routes - the only designated beachfront ones in the state - includes a 13-mile stretch of coastal road running through the hearts of Bay St. Louis and Waveland. Construction on the new harbor is slated to begin in the coming months. And the core part of the massive beachfront seawall will soon be completed in the central section of Old Town, giving rise to a flurry of new construction along Beach Blvd. At least four commercial projects are in the works, with others still in the planning stage.
A sneak-peek at the recently renovated historic building at 200 Beach Boulevard was one highlight of the event. New home to North Beach Food and Spirits, it features the Hurricane Hunter Bar. The bar’s name is no gimmick. Doug Niolet, son-in-law of owner Ann Tidwell and the contractor who oversaw the renovation, is actually a retired Hurricane Hunter pilot – one who flew into the eye of Katrina (see pics from the opening in the Neighborhood Gallery).
Tidwell was the owner of the legendary Bay Town Inn for eight years and currently owns and operates Century Hall on South Second Street. She says that North Beach Food and Spirits will officially be open for lunch and dinner later in September with a menu offering “Beachfront Food,” ranging from steaks to seafood.
A few doors down, the new home of Trapani’s Eatery is nearing completion. After Katrina destroyed the original beachfront location, it reopened on Hwy 90, but a move back to Beach Boulevard is planned later in the year. The city and the Chamber recently named Trapani’s Eatery the Bay St. Louis Business of the Year for their major re-investment in Old Town.
Jolynne Trapani, co-owns the restaurant with husband Tony. She says that “the day we open [in the new location] will mean that we beat Katrina. It didn’t beat us.”
Bay St. Louis mayor Les Fillingame agrees, saying that the town’s been working not only to recover, but to be better than it was before. “We’ve all been working for the past six years to top the crest of the hill,” says Fillingame. “We might have further to go, but we’re finally getting there.”
To see some images of the New Day event, check out the photo gallery at the top of this page!
Howlin' at the Hall!
Famed Crescent City performer and Rounder Records recording artist Walter “Wolfman” Washington will be howling at The Hall on Saturday, September 10, 2011. He’ll bring his famous blend of blues, soul and funk to the first fundraiser at Hancock County’s newest Mississippi Blues Trail marker venue, The 100 Men Hall.
Wolfman’s career includes years spent as a sideman to Lee Dorsey, Johnny Adams and New Orlean’s queen of soul, and 100 Men Hall alumnae, Irma Thomas. Former mayor Ray Nagin declared an official Walter “Wolfman” Washington day in the city.
A limited edition poster commemorating this performance will be available for purchase for $15 on the Hall website and the night of the event. Local bluesman and artist Pat Murphy beautifully captured the hipness of blues shows past in this colorful poster. The poster was produced by the Hall’s key sponsor, The Silver Slipper Casino.
Beverages, beer and BBQ from Bay St. Louis’ famed Williams Pit Barbeque will be available for purchase. Guests will also receive a free “church” fan in the likeness of the Hall’s Blues Trail Marker. Show tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Doors open at 7pm, the show starts at 8pm.
The 100 Men dba Hall is a non-profit sponsored by The Hancock County Community Development Foundation and The Silver Slipper Casino. For show information, go to www.100mendbahall.org or call 228-342-5770. You can also friend them on facebook at www.facebook.com/100mendbahall.
The first Scenic Byways Sign!
During New Day in the Bay, the first of many signs for the new Hancock County Scenic Byways was unveiled - at the foot of Main Street at the Beach. Several state dignitaries were on hand for the ceremony.
To read more details about the program, how it's been in the works for over eight years and what benefits it can bring to our area, click here!
Friends need help!
photo by Pat Saik
The Waveland Animal Shelter - which is the only one in the county - needs help. Budget cutbacks have left the shelter reliant in part on donations. Friends of the Animal Shelter is a group that's been doing fantastic work for years. They're heading up a donations drive to keep things going... Click on this link to find out how you can help! Scroll down on that page for a list of items especially needed by the shelter.
Arts Under the Awning
photo by Regan Carney
We's got our very cool new monthly Arts Market in Bay St. Louis! Arts Under the Awning, held on the first Friday of the month, is a fine arts and crafts market that is located around the Bay St. Louis Community Hall at 301 Blaize Ave from 2-6 pm. Beautiful surroundings and a covered art market make for a delightful afternoon's stroll.
The September event was postponed because of (sigh) TS Lee, but it'll be held Friday, Sept. 9th instead! Don't miss!
Artists are wanted too - and it's free to exhibit! Call (228) 254-0284 for details.
Free Urban Forestry Workshop!
Lili showing the dollar value of mature trees.
From Lili Stahler:
Urban Forestry Workshop
Tues, Sept. 20th
Waveland Civic Center, 335 Coleman Ave.
The workshop is free and will meet from 9am-4pm at the Waveland Civic Center located at 335 Coleman Avenue in Waveland. Parking is readily available.
This workshop will assist citizens and community leaders in learning about “greening” spaces. You will learn about a variety of topics related to “greening” your town, revitalizing areas, managing trees, right tree-right place, obtaining greater benefits, placing values and community programs. Workshop is free to attend and is hosted by The City of Waveland.
Continuing education hours are available from MS Municipal League for elected officials. Landscape architects, foresters, arborists, public works, parks and recreation professionals and others can also obtain CEUs. Also, attendance qualifies you to become a Certified Urban Forest Master.
How to Register: To registration or to request additional information, contact the Mississippi Urban Forest Council, Donna Yowell at email@example.com , (601) 672-0755.
This is an article from last month, but we thought it bore repeating...
If you don't have medical insurance (or have a sky-high deductible), getting quality care can be expensive.
Fortunately, there are several great options for low-cost care and health screenings here in Hancock County! This month, Hancock Medical is offering Heart and Vascular Screening Packages ranging from $110 - $195 - a fraction of the normal cost. For full information and to schedule, call 228.467.5483.
For primary care, check out Hancock Medical's Walk In Clinics at several locations around the county - Kiln, Diamondhead, Pt. Bienville and Pass Christian. They can handle pediatrics, diabetics, and women's care, among other things - all at a most reasonable cost! If you call Wellness Works at 467-5955, they can direct you to the clinic closest to you. Coastal Family Health and the County Health Department (467-4510) also offer a number of services to those with limited resources.
Back on Track!
Long-time 4th Ward resident Naomi Heitzmann is recovering nicely from her knee replacement surgery and is back in action at her Magic Mirror salon on Carre Court. You can call for an appointment at 467-7985!
contributors to this issue...
Will Deal, Karen Fineran, Larry and Ellis Anderson Jaubert, Holly Purvis, Cathy Ruland and Allen Reed and Pat Saik, and a special piece by Madeleine Ammentrop .
Until next time! We at the Cleaver hope to get to know you better as you fill us in about how this site can evolve to better serve the residents of the 4th Ward.
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