Keep Slidell Beautiful and the Slidell Tree Board will host their annual Tree Giveaway on Saturday, February 5, starting at 8 a.m. at Fritchie Park.
Like the last several years, this will be a drive-through giveaway. The public should remain in their vehicles at all times. Trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one tree is allowed per vehicle. 
For more information, please contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 985-646-4371. For information about City of Slidell news and upcoming events, you can sign up for our email news list on our website at www.myslidell.com or visit the  “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook. You can also follow Keep Slidell Beautiful on Facebook.

City of Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer, State Senator Sharon Hewitt and State Representative Mary DuBuisson are pleased to announce that the City of Slidell will receive $3.1 million to invest in water and drainage infrastructure as part of the Water Sector Program Grant from the State of Louisiana.

“This funding is needed for the residents of Slidell to help prevent overflows in certain areas throughout the city after inclement weather,” said Mayor Cromer. “I would like to thank Senator Hewitt, Representative DuBuisson, and all the members of the State Legislature who made this funding possible for the City of Slidell.”

A $10 million dollar rehabilitation to the existing Slidell Wastewater Treatment Plant is currently underway in the City of Slidell. The additional grant funding will allow the city to build a large and efficient 2.5 million gallon equalization tank along with making other improvements.

“When people ask me about what keeps me up at night, I always respond that it is the deterioration of our state’s water and sewer systems,” said Senator Hewitt, District 1. “These are basic services that citizens expect and deserve, yet tend to get overlooked when budgeting with limited funds. Funding water and sewer improvement projects in St. Tammany has been a priority of mine and I’m pleased that the State and the City of Slidell have been able to collaborate on a critical project. Slidell residents deserve a reliable sewer system. This project is a major step forward.”

The proposed improvements at the Slidell Wastewater Treatment Plant aim to implement more efficient wastewater service by preventing overflows and consistently treating wastewater to the requirements set forth by state standards.

“I am so happy to share this great news!” said Representative DuBuisson, District 90. “The City of Slidell and St. Tammany Parish have both received money from the State for Water Sector projects that will be used for much-needed repairs. Our citizens deserve to have clean, safe water, and I am pleased to have been a part of the Legislature that approved this funding.”

 

Chief Chris Kaufmann

Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer invites the public to join him for the tenth annual Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast, presented by Community Christian Concern, on Friday, January 28, 2022, at 7:30 a.m. in the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are now available for $20.

This year’s guest speaker is Chief Chris Kaufmann, St. Tammany Parish Fire District 1. Chief Kaufmann was appointed Fire Chief in 2014 and under his leadership, Fire District #1 has received international accreditation, the only one in the State of Louisiana. Chief Kaufmann also gives back to the community, serving on numerous boards and organizations in St. Tammany Parish.
“Chief Kaufmann is an essential part of Team Slidell and he does an incredible job for the citizens of Slidell and St. Tammany Parish,” said Mayor Cromer. “I would like to invite everyone in our community, regardless of their faith, to attend this special event and hear the Chief’s message. This is a community event and everyone is welcomed.”
The Slidell Municipal Auditorium is located at 2056 Second Street. Doors will open at 7 a.m. and the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. Seating is limited.
Tickets to the community breakfast are now available online at www.eventbrite.com. Tickets are also available at Community Christian Concern at 2515 Carey Street and the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce at 1808 Front Street (cash or checks only). Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
For information about this event, please call the Mayor’s Office at (985) 646-4333 or visit the Eventbrite ticket page.
For the latest city news updates and information about upcoming events, visit the City of Slidell’s website at MySlidell.com and follow the “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook.
UPDATE:  The boil water notice for these areas has now been lifted
There will be a water shut down due to a valve repair that will affect the 300 block of Hickory, Olive, Cumberland, Berkley, Markham, Elizabeth, Myrtle and some of Westchester Subdivision.
Water in these areas shouldn’t be off for long- as soon as the valve is installed, crews will begin restoring water.
Please note that once water is restored, these areas will be under a boil water notice. During a Boil Water Notice, residents and businesses should boil tap water for one minute and let cool before using. For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/…/health_professionals/bwa/public.html
Everyone will be notified once the Boil Water Notice has been lifted.

With millions of dollars in annual economic impact, Hollywood South is alive and thriving in Louisiana. A study commissioned by Louisiana Entertainment, a division of Louisiana Economic Development, indicates the state’s motion picture industry generated annual economic activity of more than $800 million in 2020 alone, despite pandemic shutdowns. Multiple facets of the industry, including widespread opportunities for individuals and businesses to benefit, will be presented when the Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition and the City of Slidell present “The Art of the Film: Louisiana Film Industry Expo” on Saturday, January 8, 10 am to 6 pm at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Admission is free.

The stellar lineup of presenters includes Ed and Sue Poole, Hollywood on the Bayou internationally renowned movie experts; Linda Thurman, executive director and author; Greg Barnhill, composer, songwriter and master vocalist; Reid Wick, Membership and Industry Relations, Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, Jay Weigel, music composer, producer and conductor; Christopher Stelly, LEDA Executive Group Director, Entertainment & Digital Media; Trey Burvant, Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association Executive Committee President; Katherine Brooks, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, writer and director; Carroll Morton, Director of Film New Orleans, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy; Jason Waggenspack, The Ranch Film Studios Head of Possibilities (CEO); Bill Rainey, The Holding Tent casting liaison Bill Rainey, actor/stuntman Austin Naulty and actress Nicole Ferrier.

Presentations will include a focus on how to break into the business, creative and unexpected career options, music songwriting, production and placement, behind-the-scenes glimpses, industry incentives, business opportunities, and a focus on women in the film industry.

A panel presentation on casting and actors’ experiences will be presented at 11 am, followed by an opportunity for individuals and businesses to register for film resource directories if interested in serving as move extras and principals, provider of goods and/or services and to list properties for consideration as film locations.

The event also will feature winners of the “Create Your Own Movie” high school student poster competition. Popular Hollywood South food truck, Old School Eats, will be on site from noon until 4 pm.

The Louisiana Film Industry Expo will be complemented by “Fifty Shades of Louisiana: A Filmmaker’s Paradise” movie poster exhibition, presented by Hollywood on the Bayou, Movie Poster Archives and The City of Slidell, in the Slidell Cultural Center, which will be open from noon to 8 pm the day of the Expo, including the opening reception from 6 to 8 pm. Admission is free.

On Jan. 7, The Northshore Collaborative will present “The Business of Film” luncheon featuring Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. Reservations are available through Dec. 30 at NSCollaborative.com. Reservations are available at NSCollaborative.com.

Additional information about the expo is available via the Art of the Film Expo tab at northshorecec.org. The 2021 economic impact study, conducted by Camoin 310, is available at LouisianaEntertainment.gov.

The Art of the Film Expo is made possible by sponsors Louisiana Northshore/St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission, Movie Poster Archives, The Northshore Collaborative, St. Tammany Corporation, Slidell Magazine and Northshore Media Group/The Lake WYLK 94.7 FM. The event is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The mission of the Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition, founded in 2009, is to facilitate growth, development and increased awareness of the cultural economy and its impact by focusing on coalition building, public policy, business support, outreach, advocacy and arts education. Membership is free and open to all cultural economy workers, organizations and businesses.

Coastal Environmental Services will collect bare Christmas trees inside the Slidell city limits January 10 – 14. Please have your tree out to the curb by 5 am the morning of Monday, January 10 if you would like it to be picked up as part of the recycle tree program. We will be making one pass down every street inside the city collecting all trees that meet the parish requirements. Any trees that do not meet the below description will be thrown in the regular trash.
Any trees put out after these dates will also be put with trash or the resident can bring their tree to the location designated by the parish.
Tree Requirements:
Trees must be stripped of all decorations —ornaments, lights, tinsel, bags, etc. and the stands must be removed completely to be eligible for the program. Flocked trees cannot be accepted.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
Ochsner Health Systems will be offering daily COVID-19 testing starting on Thursday, Dec. 30, at the Fritchie Park Gym located at 905 W. Howze Beach Road in Slidell.
Hours for Dec. 30 – Jan. 2 are 12 to 5 pm and starting on Monday, Jan. 3, the hours will be 12 to 7 pm daily.
COVID-19, PCR testing is open to the public, ages two and older. Members of the community who wish to be tested should bring an ID and insurance card, if applicable. There are no out-of-pocket costs for those seeking a test and no one will be turned away based on their insurance status. Testing is available at the times listed or until all test kits have been utilized. Testing schedules are subject to change due to weather. Results delivered within three days via the MyChart app.
For more information about Ochsner’s communitv testing resources, please visit ochsner.org/testing
Mayor Greg Cromer, members of the Slidell City Council and Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
In observation of the Christmas and New Year holidays, city offices will be closed on:
• Friday, Dec. 24, 2021
• Monday, Dec. 27, 2021
• Friday, Dec. 31, 2021
• Monday, Jan. 3, 2022
Essential personnel will remain on duty. If Slidell residents experience problems with their water or sewer service, they should call the City Services 24-hour emergency hotline at (985) 643-6140.

Mayor Cromer invites you to join us tonight for Slidell Movie Nights – Elf -Tuesday, December 21st at 7 p.m. at Heritage Park during Slidell’s Bayou Christmas. Admission is free!

 

Due to inclement weather, tonight’s holiday movie at Slidell’s Bayou Christmas has been postponed until this upcoming Tuesday, December 21st, at 7 p.m.