Baton Rouge Crime

There is a reason that crime scene tape is used as a standard Halloween decoration. Crime is scary. And if you live in Baton Rouge, you should be even more afraid of it than the average person.   According to, Baton Rouge has a crime index rating of 3, with 100 being the BEST possible score. The website further explains,   “With a crime rate of 67 per one thousand residents, Baton Rouge has one of the highest crime

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Tomorrow, May 1st, marks the recently declared “holiday” of Halfoween – the annual half way mark to Halloween. I’m sure this is no surprise, but this new additional way to celebrate the most wicked day of the year is something I’m pretty jazzed about.   For those of you unfamiliar with this springtime treat, check out the full description from Urban Dictionary ( Halfoween customs

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This year is proving to be quite eventful for 10/31 Consortium! Your Board of Directors has been hard at work planning the 2nd Annual Baton Rouge Halloween Parade, and we couldn't be more proud of what we have accomplished!   In the past 3 months, we have narrowed down the parade theme, selected a Grand Marshal (will be announced this summer; you're going to love it!), mailed out annual membership invoices (please send in your dues if you have

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Krewe of Unlucky Charms

10/31 Consortium is proud to announce that we will have a float in the upcoming Baton Rouge Irish-Italian Parade on March 24! 10/31 Members can join the Krewe of Unlucky Charms for only $50 each (non-members are $75).   Riders are asked to dress as scary leprechauns or green zombies to fit with the float theme. Riders also must provide their own throws and attend a brief meeting at On the Border at 2 p.m. on 3/10 to pay riding fees in person,

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It's the beginning of a new year and for 10/31 Consortium, that means the 2012 membership dues are due. In the coming weeks, please be on the lookout for your membership dues invoice. Invoices will be sent to the mailing address and email address listed on your membership application. If this has changed since you became a member, please update your contact information by emailing Kareem Griffen ( or Jennifer Taylor Chick

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Having just celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, it seems fitting to begin by reflecting on the things for which I am most grateful. The obvious things come to mind: family, friends, and health. In today's economy, I'm sure a lot of people like me are thankful for employment. On the other end of the spectrum, I'm sure many are thankful for their last meal. It's easy to let life get in the way and consequently take life for granted. Missing the

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The scarecrow is one of the most iconic harvest images. Just thinking of the word "harvest" brings to mind images of fields of corn, farm houses, barns, and yes, scarecrows. His purpose is to, well, scare the crows away. Crows... those flying thieves of crops our farmers work so hard to produce. Living in the city, we don't get to see these images too often, however we do have our fair share of "scarecrows" and "crows."   The word "harvest"

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They say, “Knowledge is power.” If that is the case, then members of 10/31 Consortium have a new found power to positively and forever change the Baton Rouge community. This newsletter and our new website (coming soon) exist to keep you informed of the many fun and creative ways to volunteer your time, resources, and talents to the betterment of Baton Rouge. Just for a moment, imagine the possibilities with me…   Imagine a Baton Rouge

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Last year at about this time, I got a birthday card in the mail from a very good friend of mine. The card had a Thoreau quote written on it:   “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”   As birthday cards often are, the card was very appropriately timed. However, this one was more timely than usual.   When I received the card, I was a week shy of the first 10/31 Consortium meeting and, honestly,

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