Slidell Police Department Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Seuzeneau and St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1 Chris Kaufmann join City of Slidell, Louisiana Mayor Greg Cromer to talk about recovery in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Claudette and why it is important to report any storm damages to the State of Louisiana and St. Tammany Parish Government.

It’s important to self report any damages because it helps first responders identify new areas to focus during weather emergencies and gives the State sufficient numbers which could possibly allow funding for recovery assistance.

To report any storm-related damages, please visit the State website at damage.la.gov and also contact the St. Tammany Parish Permit Department at (985) 898-2574.

Val Vanney Jr. – Slidell City Councilman District D, 2014-2021

It is with great sadness that the City of Slidell announces that Slidell City Councilman Val Vanney Jr. passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

“Our prayers go out to Ms. Bonnie and the Vanney family,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “Val was a true public servant who was wholly dedicated to his district and his community. He always voiced his constituents’ concerns and represented them to the best of his ability in the Slidell City Council. He will be greatly missed in our community.”

Councilman Vanney was elected in 2014 to serve the residents of District D and was re-elected without opposition in 2018. Before serving on the Slidell City Council, Vanney was the owner of Val Vanney’s Marine, Vanney’s Seafood, and V & A Homes, LLC. Vanney also served in the National Guard and on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Reserve from 1967 to 1980.

“On behalf of the Slidell City Council, we express our condolences to the Vanney family,” said Kenny Tamborella, President of the Slidell City Council. “Val was a true advocate for the residents in his district and the citizens of the City of Slidell. He was dedicated to Slidell, the city that he loved and called home.”

Vanney is survived by his wife Bonnie Vanney, son Val Vanney III and granddaughters Victoria and Alexandria Vanney.

To many, Vanney was affectionately known as “Uncle Val.” He expected only the best from everyone and had no problems expressing his opinion. Even if he disagreed with you, his no-nonsense demeanor would usually fade away to a smile or a pat on the back.

Rest In Peace, Uncle Val.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

Join Keep Slidell Beautiful on Friday, July 9 for their Christmas in July Holiday Light Fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. All proceeds benefit the Christmas on Front Holiday Light Displays.

Tickets are $80 each or two for $150 and include admission, food, open bar and entertainment by WITNESS. Tickets can be purchased online via EventBrite, but to avoid online service fees, tickets can be purchased directly from Trey Brownfield, Keep Slidell Beautiful Director, by emailing tbrownfield@cityofslidell.org or calling (985) 646-9564.

“Last Christmas, I was overwhelmed by the support that we received from our community coming together to support Keep Slidell Beautiful’s Christmas on Front Street initiative and bringing back holiday light displays that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina,” said Brownfield. “We have plans to go bigger and better this year by extending the lights further down Front Street and maybe into other parts of Slidell. But to do this, we need your continued support.”

Table Sponsorships are also available for $1,000 which includes a table for eight people, acknowledgment in event publicity, recognition during and after the event, and one full-scene light display sponsorship during Christmas on Front in November and December 2021.

In 2020, Keep Slidell Beautiful was able to raise over $20,000 in sponsorships and in-kind support from local businesses and organizations for Christmas on Front.

For more information, please contact Brownfield at tbrownfield@cityofslidell.org or (985) 646-9564.

St. Tammany Parish is getting back to work!

Tri-Parish Works and the City of Slidell are hosting a job fair on Friday, June 4, from 1 to 4 pm at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Admission is free.

There are a lot of jobs available in the restaurant and hospitality fields and in the public sector. This is a great opportunity to connect with employers who are looking to fill entry-level, mid-level and professional positions.

For more information, please visit www.triparishworks.net/jobevents.

Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and head on out to Heritage Park this summer when the City of Slidell presents Slidell Movie Nights on select Saturday evenings this summer on May 29, June 12, June 26, July 10 and July 24. The movies will begin at sunset, at roughly 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

People are invited to bring their ice chests (and bug spray!) to the park to enjoy the free movies. Bring your appetites too, because concessions from Olde Towne Slidell Main Street and Old School Eats Food Truck will also be available for a nominal charge.

The 2021 summer movie lineup includes:

May 29 – Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
June 12 – The Lion King (2019)
June 26 – The Sandlot
July 10 – Yesterday
July 24 – Ghostbusters

“We do try to pick movies that both adults and children will enjoy and that are appropriate for families to watch together,” said Alex Carollo, Director of the city’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs.” If you want to know if a certain movie is suitable for your children, you can visit websites such as Kids-in-Mind and Common Sense Media for more information about objectionable content in each movie.”

Slidell Movie Nights began as a Leadership Northshore 2014 class project and the City of Slidell continues this popular outdoor event for families to continue to enjoy each summer.

Slidell Movie Nights is produced by the City of Slidell Department of Cultural & Public Affairs with the assistance the departments of Parks & Recreation and Public Operations. These Olde Towne Slidell Main Street and Louisiana Cultural District events are sponsored by the City of Slidell’s 2021/2022 Cultural Season Sponsors, including Edge of the Lake Magazine and the Lake 94.7; Plus+ Publications; The Slidell Independent; Slidell Magazine; Slidell Memorial Hospital and Ochsner; Silver Slipper Casino; In Memory of Ronnie Kole; Councilman Bill and Laura Borchert; Lori’s Art Depot; Purple Armadillo Again; Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency; Chateau Bleu; CiCi’s Pizza; Mayor Greg Cromer; Flatliners Entertainment; Old School Eats Food Truck; Roberta’s Cleaners; Slidell Historical Antique Association; and Tanya Witchen – Engel & Völkers Real Estate.

For more information about this event, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375. For City of Slidell news and events, please visit MySlidell.com and sign up for our e-news updates, and follow us on the “City of Slidell” Facebook and Instagram pages.

What do you want Slidell to look like in the next 20 years? The City of Slidell is working on a 20 year comprehensive plan and we want to hear from our citizens!
To find out more about the city’s Slidell 2040 Comprehensive Plan, please visit the website at www.slidell2040.com and watch the video below to get more information.

Cawthorn Drive – from North Blvd. to Dewald Lane – will be closed due to infrastructure repairs starting on Monday, April 26 at 5 p.m. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Cawthorn should reopen at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciates the cooperation of the public during this time.

The City of Slidell will host a public meeting for the NFIP Community Rating System Feasibility Study at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. The meeting will include a presentation about items the city is addressing to reduce Flood Insurance Premiums for residents and the opportunity for public comments.

Join Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer and Keep Slidell Beautiful on Saturday, April 24 for Keep Slidell Beautiful’s Great American Clean Up starting at 9 am in Heritage Park.

Gather your families, friends, school clubs, church groups and civic organizations and volunteer to help keep our community clean. Lt. Governor Nungesser is even providing lunch, with a generous donation from the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. And a big thank you to Coastal Environmental Services for cooking lunch!

Keep Slidell Beautiful is a total community effort. We all have to work together to help keep our city clean.