Aug 172018
 

The Sci High drum line keeps a steady beat during the Krewe of Sparta parade on St. Charles avenue on Saturday night in 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The new logo for Sci High (via noscihigh.org)

The governing board of New Orleans Charter Science & Mathematics High School approved a $6.27 million budget Thursday that includes a minor deficit because of the last-minute addition of a new bus route, but officials say they expect to make up the shortfall quickly as the year begins. Continue reading »

Aug 162018
 

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Metairie) speaks Wednesday at the Rotary Club of New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise touted the virtues of civility and bipartisanship in Washington and his strong relationship across the aisle with Democratic colleague Rep. Cedric Richmond on Wednesday in New Orleans, even while simultaneously defending a President whose public insults and attacks on perceived enemies is the foundation of his personal style.

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Aug 162018
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

What do Julie Stokes, Richard Perque, A.G. Crowe, Chelsey Richard Napoleon, Marie Williams, Heather Cloud and Omar Mason have in common? All are candidates for state or local office in the November 6, 2018 elections who made sizeable personal loans to their campaigns. By beefing up fundraising totals, these candidates became more viable which in turn helps future fundraising. Several other contenders – Kyle Ardoin, Kenneth Plaisance, and Renee Fontenot Free – also loaned themselves the fees needed to qualify and were quickly reimbursed. Continue reading »

Aug 152018
 

The strip mall in the 4600 block of Magazine Street. (image via city of New Orleans)

The Subway sandwich shop that became the latest flashpoint in the conversation about chain restaurants on Magazine Street has withdrawn its application to open in a partially vacant strip mall there, New Orleans city officials said. Continue reading »

Aug 132018
 

People gather outside the new Allstate Insurance office at 3001 Napoleon avenue on August 12. The same building is home to the Green Tea restaurant and a Verizon store. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The development saga that started years ago with the displacement of a small Chinese restaurant from the Garden District ended Sunday with the grand opening of an Allstate insurance agency in Broadmoor, the final tenant in the new Green Tea development there.

City Councilman Jay H. Banks and Mei Xiao pose for a photo together at the AllState grand opening in Broadmoor. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Aug 132018
 

Psychiatry – Massage – Counseling – Nutrition

Podesta Wellness is a multidisciplinary collaborative practice that aims to treat the mental and physical health goals of each individual client. As both a massage therapist and biochemist, Dr. Arwen Podesta merged her interests in mind-body wellness and biology by opening Podesta Psychiatry, LLC in 2012.

Now operating as Podesta Wellness, Dr. Podesta collaborates closely with a tremendous team of providers with experience and expertise in whole health.

The team includes experts in psychiatry, counseling, massage, and nutrition, leading to whole health results for patients experiencing anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders, grief, and other issues.

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Aug 112018
 

The courtyard of the Benjamin Banneker school building, most recently used by KIPP Believe. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After years of seeking a permanent home for its upper-school, Audubon Charter School has learned its middle school students will move out of their cramped Milan Street building as soon as next summer into the Banneker building much closer to their flagship Broadway Street campus.

That decision effectively ends the long-running dispute between Audubon and Lusher over competing claims as to which school will receive the Allen building on Loyola Avenue. After Sci High moves out of Allen and into its new building in Mid-City, Lusher will receive the Allen building adjacent to their high school building, according to reports from the Orleans Parish School Board. Continue reading »

Aug 102018
 

NOLA Messenger file photo by Zach Brien

The NOPD has arrested a subject in connection with a homicide that occurred in the 4200 block of S. Claiborne this morning.

Reports say Second District officers responded to a call at 8:19 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 reporting a fight in the 4200 block of South Claiborne Avenue. When they arrived they found an unresponsive male at the location. The victim was transported to University Medical Center where he later died. Continue reading »

Aug 102018
 

The building at Louisiana Avenue, photographed in December 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After months of negotiations over a controversial proposal for a small ice-cream parlor on Louisiana Avenue and even a tentative vote in its favor, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously Thursday against allowing the business — yet again demonstrating the council’s growing intolerance of short-term rentals deemed problematic by neighbors. Continue reading »

Aug 092018
 

The former Jim Russell’s Rare Records building at 1831 Magazine is being renovated into a home for the new Union Ramen restaurant. (photo via City Planning Commission)

(via unionramen.com)

The plan to create a new restaurant called Union Ramen in the Lower Garden District building was formerly the home of Jim Russell Rare Records has received initial approval from the City Planning Commission, and now heads to the City Council for a final decision. Continue reading »