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Remembering Dr. Walter Maestri

We would like to extend our condolences to the family of Dr. Walter Maestri. Dr. Maestri passed away in early June following complications from an illness. Dr. Maestri was a professor and former President of Our Lady of Holy Cross College which is now the University of Holy Cross.

For more than a decade he served as the head of Jefferson Pariah’s Department of Emergency Management. Dr. Maestri resided on the West Bank during his years of service to both Holy Cross and Jefferson Parish. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his family. We appreciate his passion for responsive Emergency Management particularly related to the threats of tropical weather.

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The West Bank Beacon is a local monthly publication with a mailed circulation of over 15,000 and thousands more distributed at points from Gretna to Grand Isle, the Beacon tells the story of a thriving community. A “good news” newspaper, our mission is to make readers aware of how both individuals and groups are making a positive difference in the neighborhoods where they live. This includes a focus on civic and city initiatives, volunteer efforts, and charity fundraisers, to name just a few examples.

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