Around Town by Juanita C. Pearley

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

A City Divided

There is no other way to state it. Residents of the City of Donaldsonville are divided by taxes. The proposal by Parish Councilman Oliver Joseph for the current half-cent hospital tax, to be split in half with the Westside Recreation Department was the main topic for discussion at the Parish Council meeting at the Parish Courthouse in Donaldsonville on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The public was allowed three minutes to voice their opinion on both sides. The hospital is very much needed to provide care to those on the Westside, as well as the need for better facilities to promote and utilize the recreational programs available, but not used because of the condition of the facilities.

In the end, the council decided to pass the proposal and bring the vote to the people, upon approval of legislation.

Chamber of Commerce Banquet

The Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Membership and Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Palazzo Bernardo, 2244 La. 3120, Donaldsonville.

Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the chamber office or by calling (225) 473-4814. Awards will be presented to Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Teenager of the Year.

Spotlight on Business

The Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce welcomes “Total Care Injury and Pain Centers.” Dr. Jay Perniciaro, B.S., D.C., F.A.A.I.M. is a doctor of Chiropractic Medicine and a spinal care specialist. He has been in practice for 25 years and resides in Donaldsonville with his wife, Wendy.

Perniciaro holds a fellowship in the American Association of Integrative Medicine and is the owner and case manager of seven locations of Total Care Injury and Pain Centers which includes Donaldsonville, Plaquemine, Port Allen, Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, and Gonzales.