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By Chris Thomas, Realtor of Livingston Parish and Baton Rouge La
(Smart Move Real Estate)
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Hammond wins the State's Cleanest City Contest for the Fourth Time in a Row Hammond has won for the fourth time in a row the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Inc., State Division H, Cleanest City. The judges from the LGCF visited the city on May 7 and notified Mayor Mayson Foster about 6:00 pm that the city won again. "I knew that we were up against some amazing competition in Eunice, Morgan City, Pineville and Bastrop," Foster said. "I know all of their mayors, and I know that being selected over them makes this win all the more gratifying. Congratulations to them as well for their great job." Competition is tough and winning is not a sure thing, especially when judges don’t stick to the planned route. "The judges actually took a wrong turn and exited I-55 by Lowe’s," Foster said. Whe...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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Help Stamp Out Hunger in Hammond this Saturday, May 8 by placing bags filled with nonperishable items next to their mailboxes for the mail carriers to pick up.  The items picked up this Saturday will benefit the local Tangi Food Pantry.  But, this is a national event happening all across the country as well.  This marks the 18th year the "Stamp Out Hunger" program has been in effect.  Since its inception in 1993, the "Stamp Out Hunger" program has collected 982.7 millions pounds of food to help stock the nation's food pantries.  The Campbell Soup Company as well as the US Postal Service and National Association of Letter Carriers sponsor this event every year.  So, please do what you can to help Stamp Out Hunger in Hammond by leaving nonperishable food items in a plastic bag next to you...
By MARY MITTEN
(Keller Williams Premier Partners)
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A very quick AR success story.  After 55 days of Active Rain, I've written 15 blogs so far... some are real estate tips and some are listings.  One of my earlier blogs described how pleased I was to find my listing blogs at the top of Google when typing a few common search terms. A lady contacted me today about listing her home which expired recently with another agent.  She is now living out-of-town and wanted to find an internet focused listing agent.   Thus, she tested the internet and entered various terms on Google just to see who and what would come up quickly (like an internet interview).   She was led to my active rain blogs on several occasions, read my profile and quickly decided I was the best one to represent her.   I can't wait to add her listing to my AR Google monopoly an...
By MARY MITTEN
(Keller Williams Premier Partners)
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I joined AR 25 days ago with "0" expectations and little understanding of what it actually was.    I attended Keller Williams Family Reunion in New Orleans, mainly to visit with sign maker, Jack Pratt Signs.   While there, Monte Pratt introduced me to Bob Stewart and the Active Rain guys.  Monte just the night before, told me and my husband that AR was the "future."  Thus, I joined AR on the simple premise it would help my business by networking me to other high volume agents. I can say that so far, I am just as impressed with the things I didn't expect.  Let's just say that AR exceeded my expectations and will pay off big-time. Google Searches Are Today, The Future & AR Delivers Both  1st Page Google Success- This is my 12th blog... Half are marketing tips and half listings.  For my li...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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Hammond knitters are needed to help soldiers in a unique and fun way.  The Tealou & Josephine shop has created a group of knitters to knit helmet liners.  These helmet liners are shipped off to soldiers serving our country overseas.  The idea came about when a customer came into the Hammond shop to order a special type of yarn for helmet liners she was knitting for a soldier she knew serving abroad.  The owner of Tealou & Josephine, Gretchen Chauvin, thought this was such a great idea that she presented it to her knitting group.  The knitting group meets every Saturday from 1-2pm at the little shop located at 119 East Thomas Street in downtown Hammond to create the head warmers "in the round".  Anyone can participate.  As long as you can knit 1, pearl 2, you are in!  If you can't make i...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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It's official!  Hollywood has come to Hammond.  Over the next couple of weeks, Dark Horse Pictures will be filming in the area and using our beloved City of Hammond as the backdrop for its new sci fi/paranormal thriller "Seconds Apart".  In fact, approximately 2/3 of the movie will be filmed here in the Hammond area, with the rest of the filming taking place in New Orleans.  While the actors are from out of town, some of the construction crew is comprised of local workers.  In addition to scenes being filmed in the downtown Hammond area, some scenes will be shot in nearby Ponchatoula.  "Seconds Apart" is about twin teenage boys with supernatural powers who live in present-day Louisiana and stars, amongst others, actor Orlando Jones.  Let's show them what southern hospitality is all abou...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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With Mardi Gras only a month away, now is the time for entrants to join the Omega Mardi Gras Parade in Hammond.  Set to begin at 6:30pm on Friday, February 12th, the 24th Annual Omega Mardi Gras is now accepting applications for people interested in participating in this little piece of Mardi Gras fun in Hammond.  "Mardi Gras Krewes" is the theme for this year's parade.  Commercial entries are welcome as well as community groups.  Entries must be received no later than February 1st to be accepted.  You can pick up an application at: Kentwood Chamber of Commerce Amite Chamber of Commerce Hammond Chamber of Commerce Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce Ponchatoula City Hall Independence Chamber of Commerce Independence City Hall Captain Joyce Smith (985-345-3442) Co-Captain John Guzzardo (985-...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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With the temperatures dropping, it is time to get ready for the cold in Hammond.  This means protecting your pipes, pets and and plants.  Wrap your pipes up so that the cold temperatures don't freeze them, possibly making them burst.  Make sure your pets have adequate shelter against the cold temps and plenty of fresh water.  You will need to cover any cold-sensitive plants and give them plenty of water. In addition to your pipes, pets and plants, check in on your elderly friends or relatives to make sure they have an adequate heat source.  Many of our senior citizens tend to be colder normally than their younger counterparts.  So, dips in the temperature can affect them immensely.  If you find that a senior citizen is in need of help, you can always contact the local government to see ...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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Hammond Square is welcoming some new businesses.  Last Saturday, December 12th, LSU student Travis Hood officially opened up his very own business, Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, at 524 Palace Drive in Hammond Square.  This 21-year-old junior business management student is offering special holiday flavors like peppermint and eggnog and is even offering gift cards that will make great stocking stuffers.  Make sure to stop in at Menchie's when you're in town. East of Italy, an Italian-style restaurant, will be opening its doors on January 29 in the same building as Phil's Grill and Albasha Greek and Lebanese Restaurant on Hammond Square.  They will offer pizza, pasta, seafood and salads.  For anyone interested in working at East of Italy, their hiring process will begin on January 3rd.  There a...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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Santa Claus is coming to Hammond early this year.  The 5th Annual Starry November Night will take place this Friday, November 20th from 5-10pm behind the Downtown Development District's office.  Every year, the Downtown Development District hosts this fantastic event filled with fun for the entire family.  There will be a horse-drawn carriage taking passengers around downtown Hammond, snow on the grounds outside the Downtown Development District's office, carolers spreading the sounds of the season, live music at La Carreta, wine tasting, an art stroll and Santa has even promised to make a special surprise appearance for all the good little girls and boys in Hammond.  This is a fun way to kick off Christmas season.  Bring the family and gather your friends to enjoy Hammond's 5th Annual ...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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You can help Hammond raise money for the American Cancer Society by donating money to teams participating in the 14th Annual South Tangipahoa Relay for Life in Hammond on Saturday, November 7th at North Oak Park (2311 N Oak St).  Even though their goal of $185,000 seems lofty, they have already received more donations in their offices than they did the same time last year.  So, their hopes are high.  The thing that stands out the most with this year's teams is the ingenuity and creativity they have used to raise money.  Instead of the standard car washes (which are always nice), a hair salon held a "cut-a-thon" and there was a Fall Frenzy fashion show and silent auction held to raise money by Beauty of Hope.  And the raffle prizes this year are some of the best South Tangipahoa's chapte...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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Cate Street in downtown Hammond will be the place to be on September 26, 2009 from 8:30 am to 3 pm for the 3rd annual Dutch Battle Memorial Ride and Cook Off.  Raffle tickets and gumbo will be sold at the event.  All funds raised at this family day event will be donated to motorcycle safety awareness. The Dutch Battle Memorial Chapter of the Motorcycle Awareness Campaign will sponsor the event that includes a gumbo cook off.  The cook off includes vendor booths, great food, dance team performances, live music, face painting and a vintage bike display.  A photographer will also be on hand to take pictures of children with some of the motorcycles that will be displayed at the event.  The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Department will perform motorcycle safety demonstrations. The Louisiana St...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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The Hammond Area Recreation Department would like to remind everyone it is time for league sign-ups. * Fall 2009 Adult Softball (18 or older) Divisions: Coed, Corporate, Men's Rec and Men's CompetitiveGames Begin: August 24thRegistration Deadline: August 14thRegistration Fee: $375 per teamRegistration Forms: Michael J. Kenney CenterOnline Registration Forms: www.hammond.org/departments/recreation.phpInformation: ill Skinner at 985-507-0092 or bskinner2@charter.net Each team must have a representative attend the organizational meeting, which will be held at 6:30 pm on Monday, August 17th at the Michael J. Kenney Center. * Co-Ed Volleyball (18 or older) Divisions: B-League (beginner to intermediate) and A-League (intermediate to advanced)Games Begin: on September 1st and will be played on...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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Can you believe that it is the Fourth of July already?  That means that it is time for the great celebration of the birth of our country.  Today, I thought I would share with you some firework safety tips and where you can see great public fireworks displays in Tangipahoa Parish. Home Firework Safety Tips:     * Obey local firework laws and restrictions.  Fireworks are legal in Tangipahoa Parish.  However, they are not legal within Hammond city limits.    * Do not alter the fireworks.  Read the directions printed on the fireworks label and follow them.    * Do not place fireworks in any type of metal or glass containers.    * Always have an adult supervise children.  It is recommended that no child under 12 should handle any type of fireworks.    * Always have a hose nearby.  Place spen...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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The National Association of Realtors has designated June as National Homeownership Month.  Hammond's Mayor, Mayson Foster, is a believer in the benefits of homeownership and has organized the Hammond Homeownership Fair. Date: June 27thPlace: Hammond City Council Chambers (312 E. Charles St.)Time: 12pm - 5pm The event is free and open to all. The focus of the Hammond Homeownership Fair is to emphasize how to become a homeowner.  The Hammond Homeownership Fair will provide you with information, resources and assistance.  Mortgage lenders, real estate agents and other real estate related industry representatives will be on hand for advice and to answer questions, all at no obligation. Hammond has received funds from the American Dream Down Payment Initiative to help prospective buyers meet...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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I want to do a quick follow-up to last week's blog about the Northshore Fuller Center.  The Northshore Fuller Center has broken ground for its first project.  Delores Black, who lost her home during Hurricane Katrina, will have a new place to live.  The Northshore Fuller Center and its volunteers will be rebuilding her home.  Delores has been trying to rebuild her home for three long years.  With help from family and friends, Dolores saved $65,000.  She discovered that, even with the money she had saved and the plans a friend drew up for her, she still could not afford to rebuild. Her daughter, Beverly Black, approached the director, Charlie Park of the Webster Parish covenant partner of Fuller Center, to ask if the center could help her mother.  Beverly received the good news that Davi...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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The Northshore Fuller Center has opened its doors in Hammond.  The Northshore Fuller Center is a non-profit organization spearheaded by David and Tamara Danel that serves the housing needs of low-income families in the parishes of Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston. As with most non-profit organizations, the Northshore Fuller Center needs help.  Before you get your checkbook out or look to see if your budget can manage another donation, consider giving your time.  The Northshore Fuller Center needs you.  You are a valuable commodity within yourself.  Volunteers are needed to serve as board members and to serve on various committees.  College students to retirees, you are needed; whether you can pick up a phone or swing a hammer, you are needed.  There are talents that you may not ev...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the Tangipahoa School System Proposed a New Plan.  Your input regarding the plan is being requested by city leaders and the Tangipahoa School System.  The proposed plan is important to all of us, especially those with children in our school system and future students.  Please review the Educational Plan so that you can give your opinion and suggestions.  Public forums are being planned for April 18th and 19th. Mayor Foster (City of Hammond) is calling for your input as well: "I am asking the public to let me know your thoughts, concerns and suggestions on the school system's proposed desegregation plan, so that I can, as your representative, voice your needs to the school system and its designees."  You can email the Mayor at schoolplan@hammond.org. Th...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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Looking for something special to do this Valentine's Day in Hammond?  Southeastern Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre For the Performing Arts is offering a Valentine treat on Saturday, February 14th.  A special production of the Broadway musical Bye, Bye Birdie will be performed at 7:30 p.m.  Bye, Bye Birdie is sure to delight your ears.  The original production received eight Tony Awards, which included Best Musical.  Following the performance, patrons will be served champagne and chocolates.  Yum!  Tickets are still available and may be purchased online or at the box office today and Friday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The box office is located at 220 E. Thomas Street in Hammond, Louisiana.  Enjoy a night of fun entertainment with your loved one this Valentine's Day i...
By Craig Martin, Where Knowledge and Experience Meet Hardwork!!
(The Martin Team with EXP Realty, LLC)
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The City of Hammond will be the host site for the Tangi Home Show to be held this weekend, at the Old Hobby Lobby Building across from the Wal-Mart store (2704 West Thomas Street).  The Tangi Home Show is organized and sponsored by the Tangipahoa Home Builders Association.  More than 50 exhibitors will participate in the event, which will include live seminars and cooking demonstrations.  On Saturday at 3 p.m., awards will be given to the winners of the Tangi Home Show Coloring Contest.   The Tangi Home Show will be held on Saturday, February 7th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Sunday's event opens at 11 a.m., with the show closing its doors at 4 p.m.  Admission for the Tangi Home Show is only $5 for adults.  The Daily Star is offering a a nice savings for those attending the event.  There wi...

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