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CITY OF KENNER - BIGGEST LOSER CONTEST
City of Kenner employees had the opportunity to participate in a Biggest Loser Contest sponsored by Kenner Recreation, Ochsner Elmwood, Fit4Life Fitness Center and Kenner Jazzercise. The contest went on for (12) weeks with bi-weekly weigh-ins. The contestants had opportunities to work out at Ochsner Elmwood, Fit4Life, Kenner Jazzercise and KPRD Fitness classes.
Congratulations is in order for all of the participants in our Biggest Loser Contest! Kenner's "Mission Slimpossible" was quite a success! Many people lost weight and inches and gained confidence. We really enjoyed the experience of helping motivate and encourage a healthier lifestyle.
Listed below are our winners. Be sure to stop and Congratulate them on their success and dedication!
1st Place - Patricia McNeese with 24.4 lbs. lost (12.24%)
2nd Place - Missy Heyl with 12.4 lbs. lost (8.01%)
3rd Place - Susan Busby with 8.4 lbs. lost (6.59%)
Recreation would like the encouragement to continue and so would Ochsner Elmwood, Fit4Life Fitness Center and Kenner Jazzercise. We will be hosting another contest in the Fall, but in the meantime check out the perks listed below.
Ochsner Elmwood is offering a 2 week free trail. (Come by the Leisure Services office to pick up a voucher)
Fit4Life Fitness Center is offering 50% off membership fees all year long...That's only $19.99 per month for membership. (Just show your City I.D. when you sign up)
Kenner Jazzercise is offering May, June & July membership for only $79.00 (Come by the Leisure Services office to pick up a coupon)
OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE FOR MONTH OF JUNE 2011
During the June 20th meeting of City of Kenner department heads, Lee Songy, an Inspector at the Kenner Brake Tag Station, was selected as Outstanding Employee for the Month of June, 2011. Mayor Michael S. Yenni along with the Assistant Director of Code Enforcement, Missy Heyl, presented Mr. Songy with a certificate of appreciation . During which time Ms. Heyl mentioned what a pleasant employee Mr. Songy is and how the City is fortunate to have him. Recently, the City received a letter of appreciation on behalf of Songy regarding how helpful and professional he is. Songy began working for the City in June 2005.
OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH-MAY 2011
During a meeting of department heads the morning of June 16, Suzanne Soignier, a buyer in the Purchasing Department, was selected Outstanding Employee of the Month for May, 2011. She was presented a certificate by Mayor Michael S. Yenni, while Valerie Waguespack, interim purchasing director looks on. Soignier, who started with the city two years ago, was cited for her reliability, her teamwork and diligence. Her ability to act quickly and decisively was credited for recently saving a co-worker from chocking to death on something lodged in their throat. Colleagues credit Soignier for helping to create a "happy place" to work in the Purchasing Department. Congratulations, Suzanne.
KENNER SOLDIERS HONORED AT VETERANS PARK CEREMONY
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC (foreground) AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS (left) hear a Memorial Day address by Air Force Col. Allen B. Pierson on the subject of how special freedom is for the United States and its people and the high cost in lives that is paid to keep the nation free. Before he spoke, special honors were presented to the parents of Kenner soldiers Army Spc. Christian J. Romig, 24, 101st Airborne Division, who was killed in Afghanistan January 5 when insurgents attacked his unit with an IED, and Marine Sgt. Joseph Bovia, 26, who was killed in Afghanistan in late August during a fire fight between his unit and insurgents. American Flags were posted along the walkways near the monument in Veterans Park and they flapped mightily as strong breezes blew in from the south. The May 26 ceremony was concluded with a wreath laying and the playing of “Taps.”
DELEGATION TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR SUPERVISORS
Presented by the City of Kenner Civil Service Department
Faced with demanding workloads, successful managers often delegate authority to their employees. They work diligently to ensure their employees are capable of handling increased responsibility and additional duties successfully. Effective delegation results in better trained employees, increased productivity, motivated staff and improved retention.
If you are interested in attending our seminar on Delegation, please contact your Director. The workshop will be held at 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 24 in the Audio Visual Room at the Public Works Building.
If you have any questions, please call the Civil Service Department at 504-466-5477.
OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH-APRIL 2011
During the May 18th meeting of city directors, Mayor Michael S. Yenni (left) presented certificates of merit to Michele Lawler of the Planning Department (center) and LeRoy Blakes of the Inspection and Code Enforcement Department for their exceptional work as Outstanding Employees for the month of April, 2011. Lawler, an assistant planner II, was selected for her dedication to helping Kenner citizens, whether “going the extra mile” for her colleagues and the public in the Planning Department or giving of her free time to the City Volunteer Committee which sponsors fund raisers for charities ranging from the Food Bank and city cleanup to cancer research auctions and relays. Her professionalism in customer service is sought by colleagues and citizens involved in public service projects. Blakes was singled out for his caring assistance and professionalism as a vehicle inspector at the Kenner Brake Tag Station, where customers say his work is a pleasure to observe and receive. Customers have said that Blakes treats them with the utmost respect and courtesy when they seek a new brake tag, and that it’s a pleasure dealing with him. Congrats to Michele and LeRoy.
ROTARY HONORS KENNER POLICE DETECTIVE JESSE JOHNSON
At the May 11th meeting at the Doubletree Hotel, the Kenner Rotary Club honored Kenner Police Detective Jesse Johnson (second from left) as 2010 Officer of the Year. With him are (from left) Rick Wilderman, club president; Police Chief Steve D. Caraway and Rotary Vice-president John Parr. Det. Johnson began his law enforcement career with the Kenner Police Department in 1996. He served as a patrol officer until he was promoted in 1998 to a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division. He has proven himself to be an extremely thorough investigator who exemplifies excellence in the areas of research and information analysis. Det. Johnson consistently demonstrates a spirit of dedication and teamwork. In addition to maintaining his own case assignments, he readily assists other detectives and police officers in their assignments. His investigative skill has been the basis for arrests in many noteworthy cases.
MISTY CAMARDELLE CHOSEN EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER
During the Kenner council meeting of April 21, 2011, Misty Camardelle (front, center), a buyer in the Purchasing Department, is presented a proclamation and certificate of merit by Mayor Michael S. Yenni and council members for being selected Employee of the Quarter for January through March. With her are (from left, front) Division B Councilwoman-At large Jeannie Black; Mayor Yenni; Division A Councilwoman-At large Michele Branigan, and Police Chief Steve Caraway. Middle row: District 1 Councilman Gregory Carroll and District 4 Councilwoman Maria DeFrancesch. Top row: District 2 Councilman Joe Stagni; District 5 Councilman Kent Denapolis and District 3 Councilman Ben Zahn. Congratulations, Misty.
WOODLAKE DIAMOND DEDICATED TO RANDY LUWE
Fitting memorial to a beloved coach and friend, a shroud covering the memorial plaque is removed at the new Randy Luwe Field at Woodlake Playground, Tuesday, April 12, by Luwe’s widow, Pam, and his sons, Matt Luwe (orange shirt), Timothy Luwe (Gray shirt) and A.J. Luwe (dark blue shirt at left). With them are (from left) Mayor Michael S. Yenni (behind A.J.) , Charlie Hebert, playground supervisor (green shirt), Councilwoman At-Large Michele Branigan (pink shirt), and (behind Pam) Dist. 5 Councilman Kent Denapolis, Dist. 1 Councilman Gregory Carroll and Dist. 2 Councilman Joe Stagni. A reception attended by scores of ball players coached by Luwe and their families attended a reception following the unveiling. Coach Luwe was praised by city officials for teaching baseball, sportsmanship and the value of team play and friendship to hundreds of Kenner youths. (Photo by Barry Sprague.)
OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH-FEBRUARY 2011
During the March 16, 2011 meeting of city directors, Louise Donegan, a senior secretary in the Mayor's Office was cited as Outstanding Employee of the Month for February 2011. Louise was a successful executive secretary in the private sector before coming to the Kenner administration nearly five years ago. She is always pleasant and polite and is ready to assist in any way she can with just about any project. She presents co-workers and visitors with a professional demeanor, and her work product is thorough and well planned. Easily working with others, reliability, a good sense of humor and a ready smile make her a valuable asset in the Mayor's office. Congratulations, "Lou."
DURING A MEETING OF Department Heads on February 16, City Hall Receptionist Murl Higgins was honored as Outstanding Employee for January, 2010, as Mayor Michael S. Yenni presents a certificate in her honor. She was cited for being the first smiling face many visitors see when they arrive at City Hall. She is also the friendly voice callers hear when they contact the city by phone. Murl enjoys helping people on the phone or in person at her window. She also helps out other offices by performing work tasks for them. Murl has worked for the Department of Inspection & Code Enforcement since January, 2003. Her previous job in retail sales gave her experience in dealing with the public. She was cited for her punctuality, friendly manner and ease of working with others. Congratulations to Murl.
OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE OF 2010: BERNADEAN BORDELON
At the February 3, 2011 Kenner City Council meeting, BernaDean Bordelon, an Assistant Planner II, was honored as the city’s Outstanding Employee of the Year 2010. Mayor Michael S. Yenni and city council members presented her with a proclamation and a plaque. Pictured (front row, from left) are Division B At-Large Councilwoman Jeannie Black, Mayor Yenni, Bordelon and Dist. 4 Councilwoman Maria DeFrancesch. Back row: Dist. 1 Councilman Gregory Carroll, Dist. 2 Councilman Joe Stagni and Dist. 3 Councilman Ben Zahn. Bordelon who has worked for Kenner for 30 years, was cited for developing invaluable knowledge and insight that is reflected in her dedication to providing quality public service. Congratulations BernaDean.
Tu B'Shevat Celebrated as Youngsters Plant 15 New Trees
Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish Holiday of Trees, was celebrated on Wednesday, January 19, at Laketown, Kenner's park on Lake Pontchartrain, as youngsters from Congregation Gates of Prayer planted 15 new trees - oaks, bald cypresses and sycamores - on the park meadow.
Maria Aucoin, administrative assistant in the Kenner Parks & Recreation Department, said this is the third year the department held a tree planting event with Jewish children from the Kenner and Metairie communities.
"The trees planted this year are to replace those lost during Hurricane Katrina, to provide shade and shelter from the winds coming off the lake, and to add interest and character to the park," she said.
Philip Gaethe, the Temple Educator at Congregation Gates of Prayer, and about twenty students enrolled in their after-school program for Hebrew studies helped celebrate Tu B'Shevat with the traditional planting of trees. Communities around the world celebrate this holiday, also considered one of the Jewish new years, by planting trees and eating nuts and fruits.
Dr. Ilana Cohen, a resident of Metairie, has coordinated these events with Aucoin's help for the last three years because it is her favorite Jewish holiday. In 2009 children from Torah Academy in Metairie, along with Kenner Parks & Recreation and district Councilman Joe Stagni, planted trees in Veterans Park next to Kenner City Hall. The same group planted trees in 2010 at Kenner City Park with the assistance of District 5 Councilman Kent Denapolis and District 4 Councilwoman Maria DeFrancesch.
This year, with the support of District 3 Councilman Ben Zahn, Kenner enjoyed another successful Holiday of Trees.
Zahn, whose district includes Laketown, said, "Laketown is an area that has recently seen many changes for the good: new park benches, improvements to the boat launch, and our newly constructed fishing pier. Therefore, I am delighted that this park has now benefitted from the beautification through the Tu B'Shevat event. This addition will only further enhance the aesthetics of Laketown."
Parks and Recreation Department Director Ken Marroccoli offered his thanks to Zahn, Dr. Cohen, Philip Gaethe and Congregation Gates of Prayer for their dedication and generosity towards the city. He also issued special thanks to the Louisiana Urban Forestry Council and Chevron Tree Farm in New Orleans City Park for their donation of trees.
During the January 20, 2011 meeting of the Kenner City Council, Robert “Bobby” Dauterive, a program specialist with the Purchasing Department, was honored as Kenner’s Outstanding Employee of the Quarter for the 4th quarter of 2010. He posed with the mayor and council members. They are front row, left to right) Division B Councilwoman Jeannie Black; Mayor Michael S. Yenni; Dauterive, and Div. A Councilwoman Michele Branigan. Second row: Dist. 1 Councilman Gregory Carroll; Dist. 4 Councilwoman Maria DeFrancesch, and Dist.3 Councilman Ben Zahn. Third row: Dist 2 Councilman Joe Stagni and Dist 5 Councilman Kent Denapolis. Congratulations Bobby.
During the January 19, 2011 meeting of city department heads, Richard Chauvin, city safety inspector in the Personnel Department, was named Outstanding Employee of the Month for December, 2010. Mayor Michael S. Yenni presents Chauvin a certificate in his honor, while Personnel Director Beverly Nicolosi looks on. Chauvin was cited for exceptional performance in conducting investigations into workers compensation, city property damage and auto accident claims involving city employees. He writes reports of his investigations and risk assessments of city activities and job functions. He also collaborates on Kenner’s safety incentive program and is a member of the city safety committee which promotes methods of preventing future injuries and accidents while on the job. Chauvin has worked for Kenner the past six years and for a private contractor employed by Kenner for four years before that. He is ready for any task, has a good sense of humor and works easily with people. Chauvin is married, has two children and three grandchildren. Congratulations, Richard.
During the Kenner City Council meeting of January 20, Dianne Stamps, secretary for Div. B At-Large Councilwoman Jeannie Black, is joined by her family as she receives congratulations from the Mayor and Council Members. With her (from left, first row) are Her daughters, Mollie McInnis and Michele Lawler, both Planner IIs in the Kenner Planning Department; Mayor Michael S. Yenni; Dianne, and grandchildren Chris and Douglas McInnis. Second row: Dianne’s son-in-law, Kenner Police Lt. Wayne McInnis; Councilwoman Black; District 4 Councilwoman Maria DeFrancesch; Div. A At-Large Councilwoman Michele Branigan, and Dianne’s husband, Michael Stamps, assistant director of public works, sewerage division, Jefferson Parish. Third row: Dist. 1 Councilman Gregory Carroll, Dist. 2 Councilman Joe Stagni, Dist. 5 Councilman Kent Denapolis, and Dist. 3 Councilman Ben Zahn. Officials praised Dianne for her dedication, her willingness to help colleagues and the public, her sense of humor and the experience and knowledge she brought to her job. Congrats and Good Luck, Dianne!
Members of the Public Works Department did themselves proud with the holiday decorations on the welcome sign at Veterans Boulevard on the city’s eastern border. Congrats!
During a meeting of department heads the afternoon of December 15, Mike Landry, a utility worker with the recreation department, was recognized as Kenner's Outstanding Employee for the month of November. He accepts a certificate of recognition from Mayor Michael S. Yenni. Landry was cited for doing a great job at "everything he does" and for being a hard worker; anticipating the needs of others on the work force, and handling situations without being assigned those duties. He was also credited with being nice to co-workers and the public and being very safety conscious in all facets of his work. Congratulations to Mike.
During a meeting of department directors the afternoon of Thursday, November 18, the award of Outstanding Employee for the Month of October, 2010, was presented to Jay Sprague, systems specialist for the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. Mayor Michael S. Yenni presents the Certificate of Appreciation. Sprague was cited for his knowledge and assistance in all matters affecting Kenner’s information systems and telecommunications; for aiding in the smooth transition from the department’s previous director to the new director, and his work to assist what is described as a seamless move of the Public Works Department from its old offices on Williams Boulevard to its renovated offices and headquarters at the former Barbre Middle School building. Sprague was praised as an incredible asset to the city who can be found working before and after hours to make sure the city’s needs are met in a timely, efficient and effective fashion. Congratulations to Jay Sprague.