Project Home Again, Barnes & Nobles

By: Patrap , 4:22 AM GMT on December 28, 2008

Project Home Again Reunites Gentilly Neighborhood in Time for the Holidays.
Gift of 20 Homes for 20 Families Forges New Neighborhood Following Katrina Devastation





NEW ORLEANS, Dec 18, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today Leonard Riggio, the Chairman of Barnes & Noble, and his wife Louise, will for the first time meet the twenty Hurricane Katrina survivor families to whom they are personally giving the gift of a new home. Just in time for the holidays, the New York based couple is making it possible for the families to move back home to their previously devastated Gentilly neighborhood located at the 4300th block of St. Bernard Avenue. In February of this year, the Riggios announced their creation of "Project Home Again," an effort to bring back families displaced since Hurricane Katrina to their neighborhoods, and broke ground for the construction of the twenty homes.


"The focus of Project Home Again has always been about families and neighborhood," said Mr. Riggio. "My wife and I couldn't receive a better gift ourselves this holiday than to see these twenty families coming home to their neighborhood where they belong. We are pleased to support something so important --the sense of community in New Orleans."
The twenty families from Project Home Again will see their newly constructed homes for the first time, as well as meet the Riggios in person at a reception and ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 3:00 p.m. at 4313 St. Bernard Avenue in Gentilly.


David Briant, a single father of two who has been sleeping on his sister-in-law's sofa with his young son since Katrina, says that the work the Riggios and Project Home Again are doing is different than what anyone else has tried to do in New Orleans. "The Riggios are reaching out to help working families, people who had homes before Katrina and were trying to take care of their families," said Mr. Briant.
Briant said that post-Katrina was traumatic and devastating for him and his children. "It was such a struggle trying to get any help. For two years I lived in Texas trying to find work and couldn't. There are no words for what it means to be back home again in New Orleans and getting the gift of a new home for me and my sons means everything to me."
No one is more grateful to be receiving a home than Lynette Jordana. The single mother of three evacuated to Texas following Katrina. Over the course of the last three years she and her 17-year old daughter, Alana, 13-year old son, Dwan, and 5-year old son, Justin, have lived in Texas, Alabama and Atlanta. "I have never given up the hope of moving back home to Gentilly," said Ms. Jordana. "My kids and I will always be grateful to the Riggios and Project Home Again for giving us the generous gift of a home."

Editor's Note: A complete list of beneficiary families and backgrounders is
available upon request.
Media are invited to attend the event at 2:30 p.m. for
one-on-one interviews with Len, Louise, representatives from the
20 families and to shoot footage of the homes.


SOURCE: Barnes & Noble, Inc.



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47. Raysfan70
11:56 AM GMT on January 02, 2009
Good Morning {{Pat and Family}}!

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46. Patrap
6:42 PM GMT on January 01, 2009
New Years Fireworks from across the river in New Orleans..


Happy New Years..!

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45. Raysfan70
2:28 PM GMT on January 01, 2009
Good Morning {{Pat and Family}}.
Happy New Year!!

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44. OGal
1:51 PM GMT on January 01, 2009
Pat thank you for stopping by my blog with the terrific Youtube of your family. Wish you guys were closer. My hubby plays blues guitar and I am sure would enjoy playing with your son. We are thinking about a road trip heading your way. If we do we will throw in the guitar and maybe the two of them can play together. Have a happy New Year's Day!
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43. code1
1:04 PM GMT on January 01, 2009

Happy New Year Pat and family!
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42. carolinagal
3:52 AM GMT on January 01, 2009

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41. charlestonlady
2:57 AM GMT on January 01, 2009
Happy new year pat!
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40. oakland
2:56 AM GMT on January 01, 2009

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39. BajaALemt
2:55 AM GMT on January 01, 2009
(((( Pat )))) What a wonderful post!! I love 'happy from the inside' stuff! Here's to lots of happy from the inside working it's way out in 2009!!

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38. shoreacres
12:38 AM GMT on January 01, 2009
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37. incogkneetoe
11:48 PM GMT on December 31, 2008
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36. GulfScotsman
11:33 PM GMT on December 31, 2008


an enigma, wrapped in a metaphor, and a cameo...with my two favorite birds.


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35. Patrap
10:40 PM GMT on December 31, 2008
Happy new Year soon ..ally!

Jr. doing the Guitar thing last Sunday.




"Iron Man" Easter Egg too..LOL Link
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34. AllyBama
10:14 PM GMT on December 31, 2008

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{{pat}}..greetings to you, "T" and family as you ring in 2009!
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33. Patrap
9:04 PM GMT on December 31, 2008
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32. surfmom
9:03 PM GMT on December 31, 2008
patrap ..... just loved your video -- what a great share!! God Bless Nova
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31. bigtrucker
8:34 PM GMT on December 31, 2008
Pat and Family. Wishing all a Happy New Year

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30. Fshhead
8:22 PM GMT on December 31, 2008

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29. Patrap
7:44 PM GMT on December 31, 2008
Wowsa...2008 was a wicked one,,a wild one,a wunderful one..

But let her be done.

On to 2009 .

Happy New Year wunderblogger's all...!

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27. reeldrlaura
5:35 PM GMT on December 31, 2008
New Year Night Pictures, Images and Photos
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26. Alleyoops
3:29 PM GMT on December 31, 2008
Have a wonderful 2009 Patrap and family.


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25. MNTornado
1:32 PM GMT on December 31, 2008
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24. surfmom
12:58 PM GMT on December 31, 2008
Happy New Year Patrap -- sending you the sunniest wishes for a Happy New Year filled with good Health and lots of Laughter and no visits from Hurricanes!!!

I loved your post today -- nice to start the day off seeing some "Good Works" being accomplished.
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12:21 PM GMT on December 31, 2008

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22. OGal
11:38 AM GMT on December 31, 2008
Pat, you and your family have a wonderful New Year's Eve. Let's hope that we have a cane free 2009!

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21. EmmyRose
8:02 AM GMT on December 31, 2008
HAPPY NEW YEAR Pictures, Images and Photos
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20. moonlightcowboy
7:57 AM GMT on December 31, 2008
Happy New Year!

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Be careful if you're out celebrating tonight! Have a good time though!


Here's a lil "cowboy" humor to bring in the new year!

Lone Ranger and Tonto

The Lone Ranger and Tonto walked into a bar
and sat down to drink a beer. After a few
minutes, a big tall cowboy walked in and said,
"Who owns the big white horse outside?"

The Lone Ranger stood up, hitched
his gun belt, and said, "I do...Why?"

The cowboy looked at the Lone Ranger and
said, "I just thought you would like to
know that your horse is about dead outside!"

The Lone Ranger and Tonto rushed outside,
and sure enough, Silver was ready to die
from heat exhaustion. The Lone Ranger got
the horse water, and soon, Silver was
starting to feel a little better.

The Lone Ranger turned to Tonto and said,
"Tonto, I want you to run around Silver
and see if you can create enough of a
breeze to make him start to feel better."

Tonto said, "Sure, Kemosabe," and took off
running circles around Silver. Not able to
do anything else but wait, the Lone Ranger
returned to the bar to finish his drink.

A few minutes later, another cowboy struts
into the bar and asks, "Who owns that big
white horse outside?"

The Lone Ranger stands again, and claims,
"I do, what's wrong with him this time?"

The cowboy looks him in the eye and says,
"Nothing, but you left your Injun runnin'."



...and the "tip" for the New Year - Don't leave your engine runnin'! ;P
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19. Patrap
9:27 PM GMT on December 30, 2008
Wonder if this Guy is really in the Gulfscotsman Clan?


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18. Patrap
5:08 PM GMT on December 30, 2008
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17. EmmyRose
3:27 PM GMT on December 30, 2008
Advisors: Katrina Undid Bush's Ability To Connect

Hurricane Katrina not only pulverized the Gulf Coast in 2005, it knocked the bully pulpit out from under President George W. Bush, according to two former advisers who spoke candidly about the political impact of the government's poor handling of the catastrophic natural disaster.

"Katrina to me was the tipping point," said Matthew Dowd, Bush's pollster and chief strategist for the 2004 presidential campaign. "The president broke his bond with the public. Once that bond was broken, he no longer had the capacity to talk to the American public. State of the Union addresses? It didn't matter. Legislative initiatives? It didn't matter. P.R.? It didn't matter. Travel? It didn't matter."

Dan Bartlett, former White House communications director and later counselor to the president, said: "Politically, it was the final nail in the coffin."

Their comments are a part of an oral history of the Bush White House that Vanity Fair magazine compiled for its February issue, which hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday, and nationally on Jan. 6. Vanity Fair published comments by current and former government officials, foreign ministers, campaign strategists and numerous others on topics that included Iraq, the anthrax attacks, the economy and immigration.

Lawrence Wilkerson, top aide and later chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, said that as a new president, Bush was like Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee whom critics said lacked knowledge about foreign affairs. When Bush first came into office, he was surrounded by experienced advisers like Vice President Dick Cheney and Powell, who Wilkerson said ended up playing damage control for the president.

"It allowed everybody to believe that this Sarah Palin-like president - because, let's face it, that's what he was - was going to be protected by this national-security elite, tested in the cauldrons of fire," Wilkerson said, adding that he considered Cheney probably the "most astute, bureaucratic entrepreneur" he'd ever met.

"He became vice president well before George Bush picked him," Wilkerson said of Cheney. "And he began to manipulate things from that point on, knowing that he was going to be able to convince this guy to pick him, knowing that he was then going to be able to wade into the vacuums that existed around George Bush - personality vacuum, character vacuum, details vacuum, experience vacuum."

On other topics, David Kuo, who served as deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, disputed the idea that the Bush White House was dominated by religious conservatives and catered to the needs of a religious right voting bloc.

"The reality in the White House is - if you look at the most senior staff - you're seeing people who aren't personally religious and have no particular affection for people who are religious-right leaders," Kuo said.

"In the political affairs shop in particular, you saw a lot of people who just rolled their eyes at ... basically every religious-right leader that was out there, because they just found them annoying and insufferable. These guys were pains in the butt who had to be accommodated

(from yahoo.com)
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16. oakland
7:01 PM GMT on December 29, 2008
Nawlins' has been thriving since at least the 1880s when my great grandfather settled there. He immigrated from Germany, started a florist business, raised his family, and passed away all in New Orleans.

New Orleans will always survive and eventually thrive again.
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15. Patrap
6:34 PM GMT on December 29, 2008
2 Days Left..!!!

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14. Patrap
4:57 PM GMT on December 29, 2008
Calamity Knows no Borders.
Only Men's minds and maps do.
Nawlins been here longer than most.

We aint too easy to wash away.
Just Ask those 150,000 Sugar Bowl Fans roaming da streets here today. Link

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13. wxgeek723
4:54 PM GMT on December 29, 2008
Hey pat! That's a great thing to put those who have lost everything back in there homes. To be honest, I know it's a beautiful place, but it's just gonna happen again. Alright well have a Happy New Year's! Don't stay up too late!
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12. Patrap
4:53 PM GMT on December 29, 2008
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11. Patrap
4:46 PM GMT on December 29, 2008
The good things seem to be more reflective of the recovery here Beachfoxx. Although they are still many Things to do,were proud of the Past year here.

Especially the Evacuations During Gustav and the speed and efficiency of that.
Was tough thing to call for mandatory evacuation on the 3rd Anniversary of Katrina ,But the State Feds and Locals all did a fantastic job.

Hard lessons bring better solutions.
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10. Beachfoxx
4:42 PM GMT on December 29, 2008
Pat,

Looking good!

I saw a special on the local news recently & some of the rebuilt & newly built homes were really nice.

Happy New Year!
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9. Patrap
4:40 PM GMT on December 29, 2008
Were gonna POP a Bottle of Bubbly for Ya'll and Us for 2009 Emmmy..


Double Hangovers for the Crew !!



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8. EmmyRose
4:28 PM GMT on December 29, 2008
Pat - that is terrific news on the home
and how New Orleans is getting it together
right in time for the new year
God knows what this summer will bring
but there is so much hope coming out
of your area now -

I hope you and Miss T have the best
2009 ever.
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7. Patrap
4:22 PM GMT on December 29, 2008
Morning Sand,rays,Emmy..saddlegait.
Heres some folks doing free good work who are in our house right now. Were greening da Home for New Years!!!!


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6. EmmyRose
2:15 PM GMT on December 29, 2008
happy new year Pictures, Images and Photos
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4. sandcrab39565
12:51 PM GMT on December 29, 2008
Morning Pat hope you had a great Christmas
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3. Raysfan70
12:46 PM GMT on December 29, 2008
Good Morning {{Pat and Family}}!
Have a Great Day! :-)

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2. OHobserver
3:29 PM GMT on December 28, 2008
Awesome! The Riggio's deserve a GOLD star for their gift to many people in need.
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1. Patrap
4:35 AM GMT on December 28, 2008
Project Home Again Link (PHA) is the nonprofit development arm of the Leonard and Louise Riggio Foundation. Like many Americans, Leonard and Louise Riggio were profoundly affected by the suffering and devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the levees and sought to play a role in the rebuilding of New Orleans and help the hardworking people of the city return home.
Seeing the overwhelming need for housing after 80,000 homes were either badly damaged or destroyed, the Riggio Foundation decided to target their effort to building new homes for for working class homeowners whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed during the storm.
After completing an experimental home in the Treme neighborhood with student volunteers from Tulane University, PHA began the construction of 20 single-family homes, in the Gentilly neighborhood,that are energy efficient, raised above the minimum elevation guidelines,and meet or exceed all new building code requirements.
The first four homes are completed and families are currently moving into their beautiful new homes.The remaining 16 homes will be completed by Spring 2009
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