1920s complex built to house orphans offers a taste of Spain — in the middle of Marrero | Home/Garden

Some buildings are eye-catching because they’re so grand. Others are eye-catching because they’re unique. Still others stand out simply because they feel somehow out of place.

Reader Brian Gros recently came across one that fits all three of those descriptions.

“Can you tell us about the white Italian villa on Barataria Boulevard in Marrero?,” Gros recently wrote.

Architecturally speaking, it’s Spanish, not Italian — but if you’ve seen the complex about which Gros writes, chances are you remember it.

Covering an estimated 10 acres and including several buildings in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, it looks like the sort of mission complex you’d come across in San Antonio or a Clint Eastwood movie.

It is Hope Haven, founded in 1916 as an industrial cooperative farm by the Rev. Peter Wynhoven to serve as a home, school and source of practical training for orphaned boys who had aged out of the system.


SUSAN POAG / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Bill Curtis and Craig Guillory of Duff Waterproofing worked their way top to bottom pressure washing the Chapel of St. John Bosco on the Hope Haven campus in Marrero Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The ornate chapel was built in 1941. The pressure washing is part of the ongoing renovation of the buildings on the historic campus, one of which currently houses Cafe Hope, a non-profit restaurant program which trains young adults in both the kitchen and dining room skills.

“The orphan asylums can care for these boys only until they are 12 years of age, and that is too young for them to be thrown on their own resources,” Wynhoven told The Times-Picayune. “It seemed to me that they could be taken away from the evil influences of the city, taught some useful trade, given proper guidance and be self-supporting at the same time.”

Early on, Wynhoven’s “school farm,” as he called it, was simply a dream, but it was one that enjoyed wide community support. Over the years, newspaper reports covered a litany of fundraisers to benefit it, from movies and dances to vaudeville shows. There were at various points a euchre and lotto party, a newsboy parade, an auto race and — a true novelty at the time — an air show, all to will Hope Haven into reality.

Once that seed money was secured, the next order of business was to find a suitable site. Wynhoven found it in a stretch “overgrown wilderness” just a few miles outside the city. With a number of dairy farmers and other craftsmen summoned from Wynhoven’s native Holland to offer their expertise, the project was humming along by 1921. By then, some 250 acres had been cleared for cultivation of crops, as well as for the raising of pigs, sheep and dairy cows. A handful of humble, utilitarian buildings went up to house its young farmers.

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Hope Haven in Marrero. 2000 file photo BY SUSAN POAG 

The ultimate dream, though, was to build a proper school on the

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Australian offers free coffee, chat from his kitchen window

In this July 25, 2020 photo provided by Rick Everett, a small table decorated with succulents sits below a window where Everett offers free coffee and conversation to friends and neighbors at his home in Sydney, Australia,  during the coronavirus pandemic. (Rick Everett via AP)

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In this July 25, 2020 photo provided by Rick Everett, a small table decorated with succulents sits below a window where Everett offers free coffee and conversation to friends and neighbors at his home in Sydney, Australia, during the coronavirus pandemic. (Rick Everett via AP)

It all started when Rick Everett walked out of his home in Sydney and put up a sign on his kitchen window that read: “Free coffee to combat the virus.”

It was March, and the Australian acrobat had lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic. With more free time, he felt he could help out others in need. And he knew how to bake and cook after managing a chocolate and coffee shop and a pizza restaurant.

When he started, he said the window would be open whenever he was home. He stressed that it wasn’t a coffee shop business; he just wanted to do something nice and meet his neighbors for a friendly chat during a difficult time.

In this July 19, 2020 photo provided by Rick Everett, a free food pantry sits outside his home in Sydney, Australia, where he offers coffee, home-cooked meals and conversation to friends and neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic. (Rick Everett via AP)

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In this July 19, 2020 photo provided by Rick Everett, a free food pantry sits outside his home in Sydney, Australia, where he offers coffee, home-cooked meals and conversation to friends and neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic. (Rick Everett via AP)

“Think of it as popping over to your mates for a coffee only it is a friend you have not met yet,” he wrote on a sign. “I am not selling anything. This is a gift and all it will cost you is a smile.”

Soon his neighbors began to stop by, bringing him everything from cakes and loaves of bread to a six-pack of beer. Strangers began to recognize him on the street and wave hello.

In this August 3, 2020 photo provided by Rick Everett, freshly baked loaves of bread and pastries sit outside Everett's home in Sydney, Australia, for friends and neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic. (Rick Everett via AP)

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In this August 3, 2020 photo provided by Rick Everett, freshly baked loaves of bread and pastries sit outside Everett’s home in Sydney, Australia, for friends and neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic. (Rick Everett via AP)

“It’s like I live in a small town again, and it’s really beautiful,” he said.

His menu includes cappuccino, chai latte and hot chocolate. Everett also offers baked goods to go along with the coffee.

“And what’s even more beautiful is people ring my coffee bell just to talk,” he said. “They don’t even want a coffee! They don’t want to take anything from me, but they’re most happy to have a conversation with me, which is really nice.”

Everett, an animal lover who adopted two birds and a cat, often asks people who visit his window about their pets to “get the ball rolling” in conversation. He tries to stay clear of negative subjects and remain positive.

In this July 25, 2020 photo provided by Rick Everett, a bell lies on the sill of a complimentary coffee and conversation window he set up at Everett's home in Sydney, Australia,  to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Everett's menu includes cappuccino, chai latte, tea and hot chocolate. (Rick Everett via AP)

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In this July 25, 2020 photo provided by Rick Everett, a bell lies on the sill of a complimentary coffee and conversation window he set up at Everett’s home in Sydney, Australia, to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Everett’s menu includes

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Local Eats: Nipote’s Italian Kitchen offers 24 Italian wines to pair with classic food

MUSKEGON, MI – Jeff Church says that visitors to his restaurant often tell him that it’s a ‘hidden gem.’

“But we’re a bright yellow building in a shipping container, so I don’t know,” the owner and chef at Nipote’s Italian Kitchen told MLive in a recent interview.

The unique downtown structure opened to the public in July, 2019, offering a range of Italian favorites, from appetizers like bruchetta, caprese salads and garlic shrimp, to salads, soups, paninis, chicken cacciatore, eggplant parmesan, and, of course, pastas.

There is also a full bar, including a rotating list of 24 Italian wines.

It has been a year full of “ups and downs” for the business, located at 98 W. Clay Ave., Church said, as they went from bright and busy beginnings to shutting down for three months during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Business is picking back up, Church said, and while it’s “not back to where we should be,” he is optimistic after a beautiful summer that saw many customers out on the patio, even after plans to hold an anniversary celebration in July were dashed.

“Social distancing isn’t ideal for a social establishment, but there’s nothing we can do about it, so we’re rolling with the punches,” he said.

Church, a Reeths-Puffer grad and Muskegon native, said he’d opened the business – his first brick-and-mortar – inspired by family trips to Italy. He wants prospective customers to know that they are welcome regardless of whether they’ve had Italian food before, or whether cacciatore trips easily off their tongue.

“I get fresh food in every day, keep everything fresh, fun and approachable,” he said. “(I want customers) to not be intimidated by any Italian words that they might not be able to pronounce…we’re very casual.”

The restaurant can be reached at (231) 725-5100. It is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and is closed on Sunday and Monday. Check out the menu here.

Visit the website for wine and dine events and other information.

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Iris says plans are to broaden kitchenware sales in North America, helping establish Calgary as a centre for warehousing and distribution.

And a hazelnut latte after roasted salmon tastes great in a double-wall stainless steel coffee mug at the Hutch Café.


• RBC has announced the winners of its 12th annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrant awards. Congratulations to Maryam Yaqoob, the fourth-annual Youth Award winner who immigrated to Calgary from Iraq. A doctor of medicine student and a clerk at the Cummings School of Medicine, during her undergraduate degree in cellular and molecular biology she received a total of 15 scholarships as well as being on the dean’s and president’s honour roll. Yaqoob is also co-founder of Calgary STEM Cell chapter and a mentor for other refugee youth.

• The recently redeveloped and refurbished 27-storey, 730,200-square-foot First Tower between 4th and 5th Avenues on 1st Street S.E. now features a brand-new 34,000-square-foot employee focused amenity floor on the Plus-15 level. Warren Libert-Scott, senior vice-president at JLL, says it is helping attract new tenants that include two tech sector companies — Symend that has leased three floors totalling 75,000 square feet, and Userful with 26,000 square feet. The new Plus-15 amenity floor includes a tenant lounge and collaboration area that extends onto a west-facing outdoor terrace, a spa-quality fitness and wellness centre, and a modular conference facility. Owner Hines has also completed a 26,000-square-foot, fully furnished show suite on the 20th floor of the tower.

David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at calgaryherald.com/business. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at [email protected]

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Centris House group offers bipartisan COVID-19 relief deal

A bipartisan group of about 50 House lawmakers will offer their own coronavirus relief plan Tuesday in a bid to revive stalled stimulus negotiations between Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump order on drug prices faces long road to finish line Overnight Defense: Dems divided on length of stopgap spending measure | Afghan envoy agrees to testify before House panel | Trump leans into foreign policy in campaign’s final stretch Pence seeks to boost Daines in critical Montana Senate race MORE (D-Calif.) and the White House before the Nov. 3 elections.

The Problem Solvers Caucus, comprised of centrist Democrats and Republicans, will propose a $1.5 trillion package that provides another round of stimulus checks, boosted unemployment insurance and much-needed aid for cities and states.

The proposal represents a last-ditch effort to strike a deal on COVID-19 relief with party leaders still about $1 trillion apart and lawmakers set to leave Washington for the campaign trail at the end of the month. The plan also comes as moderate Democrats and Republicans, many facing tough reelections, are voicing frustration about the weeks-long impasse as the pandemic has killed nearly 200,000 Americans and put millions out of work.

The Problem Solvers’s “March to Common Ground” framework calls for $1.52 trillion in new money, though up to $2 trillion could be available if coronavirus conditions worsen, sources said. Pelosi is digging in on Democrats’ demand for a $2.2 trillion package, while the White House says President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats, advocates seethe over Florida voting rights ruling Russian jets identified in Trump campaign ad calling for support for the troops Democratic Senate candidate ‘hesitant’ to get COVID-19 vaccine if approved this year MORE could support a little more than $1 trillion in funding.

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Dan Pearson’s Japanese forest garden offers a fresh and sensitive approach to horticulture

She writes: “When we grow perennials, we sometimes meet a moment of chaos… Chaos can be romantic in the garden, but on the other hand it can soon look tired. We enjoy the time we have had with the plants so far and then we make a bold step change at the right time for the garden.”

A reverence for the right time permeates the Millennium Garden. As part of her training, Shintani worked as a traditional gardener, where she learned “self-discipline, diligence and devotion”. This ethic underpins everything carried out at Tokachi.

Gardeners often carry out tasks silently, in awe of the mountains that dominate the landscape. There is, too, a constant awareness of every season. We are familiar with the idea that cherry blossom is celebrated in Japan, but the 72 seasonal changes recorded in the ancient Japanese calendar provide regular prompts to respect the beauty of evanescence.

Throughout the turning year, there is a phrase for each five-day shift: “The earthworms rise, The plums turn yellow, white dew on the grass.” This close observation is a constant reminder of the passing of time, of the coming of death to us all.

But each natural change is also a cause for celebration. Under the veranda of the Garden Café is a display table, an encouragement to look closely at an arrangement of whatever foliage, flowers, or produce is in season.

Pearson has brought home much of what he has absorbed from Tokachi. In his West Country base at Hillside, the land is worked only enough to support the life he shares with his partner, Huw Morgan, who acted as editorial and creative director of this beautiful book. (Commitment to the Japanese aesthetic was also shared by Julie Weiss, the book’s designer.)

Pearson says that through the experience, “we have learnt to prize the small and the fleeting”. At this time of year, pears are gathered and spaced out on a wooden table. Dahlias are picked, each in its own small vase for closer inspection.

Satoyama is practised in the garden, where a dialogue is being established with nature that aims for balance and diversity. At Hillside, repetitive tasks are celebrated, the pace of life is slower and modest undiscovered beauty waits to be revealed. The influence of Japan has been potent.

Tokachi Millennium Forest by Dan Pearson (£40, Filbert Press). Order your copy from books.telegraph.co.uk. 

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Houston-based company offers and installs raised kitchen garden beds

Have you picked up any new hobbies during the pandemic? Well, turns out gardening is one that’s really growing in popularity.

Houston-based company offers and installs raised kitchen garden beds



A sprouting trend gardening expert, Jill Oliver says she has seen blossom over the last few months, after people started looking for a safe outlet.


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“I have seen a huge spike in gardening. As you can imagine when all the businesses shut down, we had nowhere else to go except for outside, so it became a great opportunity to learn how to garden,” Jill Oliver, with Rooted Garden, said.

Oliver is a lead consultant for Rooted Garden, a Houston-based company that designs and installs raised kitchen garden beds all over the city.

It is a perfect gardening solution for those who don’t have a lot of space around their home.

From relieving stress, to harvesting your own fresh fruits and veggies, Oliver said gardening has several health benefits, especially for those worried about the coronavirus.

“It is a perfect way to social distance. First, you’re outside, you’re among these beautiful plants, you’re six feet apart, enjoying all this beauty,” she said.

She described it as a hobby that people of all ages can take up, and at the end, enjoy the fruits of their labor.

“It’s a fun hobby for the whole family, for the very young, to the elderly,” she said.

Oliver said kitchen gardens usually take one to two days to install and cost around $125 per square foot.

Oliver said the backyard transformations are truly amazing. She also adds Houston is the perfect city to test your green thumb in, because its climate allows you to garden all year round.

Oliver’s advice to beginners hoping to start a garden on a much smaller scale?

“I would say just go for it, get a pot with some soil, put some seeds in there, give it a try,” she explained. “You’ll be amazed. Nature is amazing to watch things grow; it is truly miraculous.”

For more information about Rooted Gardens and its online blog, Gardenary that offers free resources on how to succeed in gardening, click here.

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House Democrat offers measures to block Trump’s payroll tax deferral

A House Democrat on Friday introduced two measures in an effort to block President TrumpDonald John TrumpNetanyahu privately condoned US arms sale plan with UAE: report Trump denies report he called U.S. service members buried in France ‘losers’, ‘suckers’ Jim Carrey pens op-ed comparing Trump to Michael Corleone in ‘The Godfather’ MORE‘s initiative to defer payroll taxes.

Rep. John Larson John Barry LarsonSenate Democrats take step toward vote on overturning Trump’s payroll-tax deferral Conservatives urge Trump to take unilateral action to suspend payroll tax collection House Dems introduce bill to require masks on planes and in airports MORE (D-Conn.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Social Security subpanel, introduced a bill to nullify IRS guidance implementing the Social Security payroll tax deferral. He also introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the IRS guidance.

Larson introduced the measures along with several other lawmakers, including Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: First Kennedy to lose a Massachusetts election The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Markey defeats Kennedy; Trump lauds America’s enforcers in Wisconsin Neal beats back primary challenge from progressive Alex Morse in Massachusetts MORE (D-Mass.). The House members introduced the measures after Senate Democrats also launched an effort to overturn the guidance, which implements a memo Trump signed last month.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSchumer calls for accountability in Daniel Prude death in Rochester Top Democrats press Trump to sanction Russian individuals over 2020 election interference efforts Fauci says he ‘would not hesitate for a moment’ to take coronavirus vaccine MORE (D-N.Y.) and Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: Russia ‘amplifying’ concerns around mail-in voting to undermine election | Facebook and Twitter take steps to limit Trump remarks on voting | Facebook to block political ads ahead of election Top Democrats press Trump to sanction Russian individuals over 2020 election interference efforts On The Money: Deficit to reach record .3 trillion | Senate Democrats push to overturn Trump’s payroll-tax deferral | Private sector adds 428K workers in August as job growth slows MORE (D-Ore.) on Wednesday sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking for a determination about whether the IRS guidance is a rule for purposes of the CRA.

If the government watchdog determines that the guidance is a rule for CRA purposes, Senate Democrats would be able to force a vote on the Senate floor on a resolution to overturn the guidance. But the measure would face an uphill battle given the Republican majority in the chamber.

A spokesperson for Larson said there hasn’t been a response yet from GAO.

Under the IRS guidance, employers can stop withholding employee-side Social Security taxes through the end of the year for workers making under $4,000 biweekly. The money would then be collected by increasing the amount of taxes withheld from workers’ paychecks in the first few months of 2021.

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House Insurance Offers: Tips on Getting Better Quotes and Discounts

It might take some time for you to do some research, but you really do want to be careful when evaluating house insurance offers. How do you know which company is right for you? What about the policy? Does it include everything you need? Is it right for your home and property? What about the contents of your home? All of these questions must be answered before you sign any contracts.

Always check the financial stability of any company you are considering and consult consumer sites to read reviews and ratings. Also, keep in mind that you might not necessarily need the traditional insurance type. There are newer, modern solutions such as “peer to peer models”. This is an ideal system for those who have trouble getting affordable insurance the traditional way.

Regardless of which type of system you go for, it is essential that you know the value of your property and contents. If the current market value of your home really isn’t very much, how much would it take to make repairs if it’s damaged in a fire or flood? How much would it be to completely build a new home? Like any other type of insurance, you should consider premiums VS deductibles when it comes to house insurance offers.

One way to get a discount and save money on your payments is to make your home as disaster-resistant as possible. For instance, you might be able to save on premiums by purchasing stronger roofing materials, reinforcing your roof, adding storm shutters, investing in sprinklers, modernizing your plumbing and heating, etc.

Item List for House Insurance Offers

Make a list of the personal, valuable items you want to insure. Don’t automatically assume that they will be included under general coverage. Personal property hat people tend to want coverage for in insurance policies include expensive collections, jewelry, art, furs, electronics, and so forth. Even if personal property is included in the homeowners insurance rate, it might not be enough, and there might be exceptions. Some people choose to buy extra protection for specific items of high-value.

If you already have home insurance and are thinking about looking for something more affordable, one thing you’ll want to do is review your current dwelling coverage to ensure that it is not below 80% of the full replacement cost of the home. If it is, then your current company might reduce the amount that it will pay you should you file a claim. Keep this in mind when you are looking for a new, better deal, or take the steps necessary to improve the value of the dwelling.

Now that you have a better understanding of the basics of home / property insurance and how house insurance offers work, it’s time to start doing research. One company that is currently becoming very popular is Lemonade. It offers a unique peer-to-peer type of solution and pays out claims VERY quickly. See if it is available in your state, and if so, see if …

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