Archive for October, 2009


October 31, 2009

Tonight is movie night (Ice Age 3) and handing out candy to the trick or treaters. You are welcome to come and sit with us and watch the movie. We just love Ice Age.

Don’t forget to watch out for the kids tonight. They will be everywhere, tonight is there night and we need to remember that.

Please don’t drink and drive, have a safe and Happy Halloween…….

Waveland Community Coalition’s Photos – Beautification Award Winners October 2009

October 31, 2009

Business of the Month- West Bay Community Church
Pictured are Tish Morel with Pastor Brian Bridges and Church Members.
Pastor Bridges would like to thank church members Chris and Kelly Smith, owners of Exotic Ponds and Landscaping in Waveland, who volunteered to accomplish all landscaping and donated all labor and plants for this project.
Ward 1–154 Adam’s Lane
Pictured is Tiffany Longo, Committee Member, with Homeowners Janis Vezzaso and Les Briggs.

VA Homeless Standdown Gulfport the 4th of November:

October 31, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009          
9:00am – 1:30pm
Gulf Coast Coliseum Grounds, Biloxi, MS

A STAND DOWN is a cooperative event between the VA, local veteran organizations, and
other community resources to provide services and information to homeless veterans and/or
families of veterans. These organizations and individuals stand down from normal duties to assist.
Services being provided:
*Medical Screening & Flu Shots
*VA Benefits Assistance
*Hot Meal
*State Benefits Screening
*Veteran Employment Services
*Hot Showers
*Mental Health Screening
*Clothing, boots, blankets, and other  
*Personal Hygiene Bags
*Dental Screening


We will be picking up Veterans who are homeless at the following points on November the 4th to get them to the Standdown event in Gulfport.

If you know of a homeless Veteran on the Gulfcoast who would like to attend this event – could you please contact me and get me a contact site so we can visit them and invite them to join in on this opportunity.

Pickup Points we are responsible for:

  • 6.30 Poplarville in front of the Post Office
  • 7.15 Picayune in front of the Post Office
  • 8.30am Pass Christian at the Marina
  • 8.40am Long Beach Marina
  • 8.50am Boat Launch in Gulfport (near Chiquita)
    If you would like to assist us that day – we would be thrilled to have you come joint us uplifting the needs of the homeless Veterans.
  • Disaster Recovery

    October 31, 2009

    Thursday October 29th , 2009

    From: Fraser, Timothy

    As you know, there has been a lot of exciting news and activity taking place in the Gulf Coast over the last several weeks.  On September 29, President Obama signed an executive order extending the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding for an additional six months and created a Long Term Disaster Recovery Working Group, chaired by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.  The President visited New Orleans in October, accompanied by Secretary Napolitano, Secretary Donovan, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley.  Ground was broken at the B.W. Cooper site, and at the suggestion of Sen. Mary Landrieu, the Administration has formed a wetlands restoration working group.  At the end of the month, the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding, HUD, and the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund held an information session and application workshop for non-profits and local organizations, which more than 40 groups attended.


    Given all that has been happening, we wanted to give everyone an update on some of the things our office is working on, and provide more information about the Long Term Disaster Working Group.  Our office is continuing its regular outreach to our partners in the region, working with the state and local officials to get resources to projects on the ground.  We have also worked to link local groups with federal agencies and programs they may find beneficial.


    There have been a number of questions about the Long Term Disaster Recovery Working Group.  President Obama asked Secretaries Donovan and Napolitano to co-chair the Long Term Disaster Recovery Working Group, comprised of more than 20 federal departments, agencies and offices.  The Working Group will focus on ensuring that individuals, communities and the nation’s economy can successfully recover from and revitalize after natural and man-made disasters over the long term.  The Working Group will provide the President with recommendations to improve long-term catastrophic disaster recovery and help develop a National Disaster Recovery Framework that will provide detailed operational guidance to recovery organizations under existing authorities.

  will be used by the Working Group to hear from stakeholders that wish to submit ideas for disaster recovery, including examples of best practices, specific challenges to success, and lessons learned.

    The website will allow state, local, non-profit, faith-based and tribal partners, as well as community organizations, the private sector and others in the public to submit comments in response to a series of questions regarding disaster recovery.  The new site will also include updates on the work of the Long Term Disaster Recovery Working Group.


    Comments must be submitted through in order to put them into the public record, so it’s important to include any feedback or experiences you have had, even if you have previously shared these with our office or other agencies.


    Since the President took office in January, a lot of progress has been made in the Gulf Coast, thanks in large part to your unwavering efforts.  On behalf of the Administration, thank you for all that you do to help people rebuild their lives and communities.  We look forward to continuing our work together.


    As always, if you have any questions or we can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.  You can reach Tim Fraser, our Director of Public Engagement, at (202) 325-0189 or


    Janet Woodka

    Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding

    Morning Sunrise

    October 31, 2009

     I woke up one morning and found what GOD had painted in my front yard in Hurley,MS! on Oct 31, 2009 at 06:43 am

    By: Rhonda Sistrunk Nygaard

    Pumpkin Pushin

    October 31, 2009

    By: Vicki Palmer

    Yo Ho Ho and a Can of Little Friskies…ARRGGG.

    October 31, 2009

    My cat Foxx wants to catch Captain Jack’s Sparrow. He’s sporting a spooky crew and giving no quarter this Halloween – Beware!

    By: Rebecca Rogers

    Pumpkin Patch

    October 31, 2009

    Ninja Noah and Pirate Aidan Levy

    By: Rianne Levy

    Volunteers become victims in Biloxi

    October 31, 2009


    It’s not how volunteers Mark Jones and Traci Frees expected to leave South Mississippi.  Someone broke into the couple’s RV earlier this week leaving the couple with more than $6,000 in damages.

    After leaving the volunteer site for a couple of days, they returned to find their RV  trashed with broken windows, stolen televisions and cut curtains.  For Frees, it’s the little things that leaves her asking why.   

    “Pork and beans sitting on the sink… eating and dirty dishes left in the sink,” Frees said. “It was like why would you break into our RV, rob us and eat in our kitchen?” 

    The couple still owes money on the RV.  They had minimal coverage, but weren’t covered for vandalism because they couldn’t afford it.  In addition to the damages, they found their personal belongings in bags and boxes on their beds.


    “It looked clear to the police that they were planning on coming back to take those things,” Jones said.

    But there was more. The toilets the volunteers had used and the couple planned to donate had been ripped out.

    “It was like, what else could they take?  But, our hearts still want to help people anyway we can, we want to.  But, it breaks your heart and you have to heal after something like that happens,” Frees said.

    Though hurt after giving so much to help, the couple realizes this isn’t representative of the community.

    “One person doing a malicious act is not the hearts of the people we came down here to help,” Frees said.  

    The couple said police have beefed up patrols in the area off Howard Avenue.  Urban Life Ministry Relief has put more than 1200 people in homes over the past three years.

    Halloween Happenings

    October 31, 2009

    Oct 31, 2009