Oct 222014
 
School Performance Scores for Uptown campuses, based on date released by the Louisiana Department of Education. (UptownMessenger.com)

School Performance Scores for Uptown campuses, based on date released by the Louisiana Department of Education. (UptownMessenger.com)

While Lusher Charter School remained the highest-performing school in Uptown New Orleans last year, two language-immersion schools surged forward to narrow the gap, according to the latest School Performance Scores released by the state this week.

Three other Central City elementary schools also showed improvement, growing from their previous grade of a ‘D’ in 2013 to a ‘C’ this year, the reports show.

But three other schools — each of which had been singled out for growth in previous years — tumbled precipitously in 2014, losing a letter grade from previous year’s performance. Continue reading »

Oct 222014
 
Halpern's Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Halpern’s Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As the restaurateur planning a distillery restaurant on St. Charles Avenue prepares to ask the city for permission to sell alcohol in the building that currently houses Halpern’s Furniture Store, neighbors are voicing their concerns about how it and the associated hotel redevelopment on the block will affect their ability to park near their homes. Continue reading »

Oct 222014
 
"Beyond These Walls" by Tia, age 16. (via the Pablove Foundation)

“Beyond These Walls” by Tia, age 16. (via the Pablove Foundation)

"Untitled," by Cameron, age 13. (via the Pablove Foundation)

“Untitled,” by Cameron, age 13. (via the Pablove Foundation)

A photography show featuring the work of children living with cancer will open Thursday evening at the Du Mois Gallery on Freret Street, and will be accompanied by a silent auction of work by other artists to benefit the program. Continue reading »

Oct 212014
 

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Ten candidates for three open judicial seats in the Nov. 4 election have confirmed their attendance at Wednesday night’s forum at Touro Synagogue hosted by an array of community groups including the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, CrimeStoppers, the Urban League, the Young Leadership Council, Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans, the League Of Women Voters and more. Continue reading »

Oct 212014
 

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Last week, an eighth grader at a ReNew Schools charter in New Orleans East suffered second-degree burns from having scalding water thrown on him by another student. He required skin grafts for the wounds to his legs. This wasn’t the first time this student had been attacked on campus. A few months earlier, a different student slammed his head into the concrete.  He reported that incident too.

I applaud this student for being brave enough to come forward. It takes guts to speak out against bullying.

Anyone who caught the RTA, or the “Rita” as we called it, to school in New Orleans in the 1990s or 2000s has a wild story or two to tell about extreme bullying. Continue reading »

Oct 212014
 

Deconstructing Brad PittA collection of essays about actor Brad Pitt may seem a little off-topic for an English professor, but Dr. Chris Schaberg of Loyola University New Orleans describes his new book as more about American views on celebrity and masculinity.

Schaberg will discuss and sign “Deconstructing Brad Pitt” at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 21) at Octavia Books, and he is well aware of the range of reactions to his subject matter, according to a news release from Loyola: Continue reading »

Oct 212014
 

1393766_534211336648366_365803315_nSay Auf Wiedersehen to Oktoberfest with one last weekend-long event at Dat Dog!

October 24th and 25th marks the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Weekend at Dat Dog Magazine featuring live music, Abita Oktoberfest beer on tap, German Bratwurst dogs and our famous Canine Costume Contest.

Friday’s festivities include: live music by Miss Claudia and Her Bier Gartners from 6-9pm in the authentic European beer garden, the once-a-year Oktoberfest German-style Dog (lightly smoked, thinly ground pork sausage with saurkraut, diced onions and yellow mustard) and $1 off all German beers (there’s 5 of them!). Continue reading »

Oct 202014
 

Owen Courreges

With certain issues, there’s often a central figure whose opinion you always want to know.  If there’s a foreign policy incident, the Secretary of State should probably be consulted.  If there’s a disease outbreak, the head of the Center for Disease Control should probably be on board.  Want to gauge response to a major crime?  Let’s see what the chief of police has to say.

And if you want to take some radical step pertaining to city streets, like taking out a traffic lane in the middle of downtown New Orleans, surely you’d want to know what Chief Traffic Engineer Allen Yrle thinks of it. Heck, you might think his support would be considered crucial.

Alas, you would be wrong. Continue reading »

Oct 192014
 

Gasa Gasa Monday Happy Hour

Gasa Gasa will be accepting new and gently-used costumes and accessories at the Berenice Monday Weekly Happy Hour this Monday (Oct. 20), in order to support the Freret Neighborhood Center’s 8th annual Freret Halloween Festival occurring Oct. 28. The Gasa Gasa event will feature performances by DJ Rqaway and DJ Otto Orellana, and anyone who donates a costume will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 bar tab. Continue reading »

Oct 192014
 
Timothy Pickles explains his vision for the Louisiana Living History Foundation Historic Park to the attendees and possible contributors. Pickles' plan is to create a permanent site to hold annual re-enactments of the Battle. The site would be an exact replica of the Battle of New Orleans battlefield. It would also serve as a permanent living history site. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Timothy Pickles explains his vision for the Louisiana Living History Foundation Historic Park to the attendees and possible contributors. Pickles’ plan is to create a permanent site to hold annual re-enactments of the Battle. The site would be an exact replica of the Battle of New Orleans battlefield. It would also serve as a permanent living history site. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

At a private home on St. Charles Avenue, author and 1812 historian Timothy Pickles hosted the “Call to Arms” gala. The event was a fundraiser for the Battle of New Orleans reenactment that is to take place during the battle’s bicentennial in January of 2015. The gala included politicians and people who traced their heritage directly back to the Battle of New Orleans.

The gala was well-attended. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The gala was well-attended. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Continue reading »

Oct 182014
 
Joann and Noel Bradley walk hand-in-hand down Napoleon avenue Saturday afternoon as part of Helping Mothers Heal conference. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Joann and Noel Bradley walk hand-in-hand down Napoleon avenue Saturday afternoon as part of Helping Mothers Heal conference. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Covenant Presbyterian Church held the annual Helping Mothers Heal conference, a two-day long summit addressing issues of violence and its effect on loved ones left behind. After Saturday’s meeting, family members walked around the block near the church in silence at the request of the mothers in commemoration of lost loved ones. Continue reading »