Mar 272015
 
A rendering of the new CVS pharmacy slated for the corner of Louisiana and Magazine. (courtesy of Avery Koontes / Sherman Strategies)

A rendering of the remodeled CVS pharmacy slated for the corner of Louisiana and Magazine. (image by Genesis Design Group, courtesy of Avery Cootes / Sherman Strategies)

The New Orleans City Council gave enthusiastic approval to a plan to remodel the former Blockbuster Video building at the edge of the Garden District into a CVS pharmacy, but several members said the city should be looking for a way to restrict the growing density of chain stores on Magazine Street. Continue reading »

Mar 262015
 
Robert C. Blakes Jr., son of Bishop Robert C. Blakes Sr., speaks to the New Orleans City Council amid a full house seeking the renaming of two streets after Blakes' father and another pastor, John Raphael. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Robert C. Blakes Jr., son of Bishop Robert C. Blakes Sr., speaks to the New Orleans City Council amid a full house seeking the renaming of two streets after Blakes’ father and another pastor, John Raphael. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans City Council president Stacy Head speaks Thursday morning while Councilman Jason Williams listens. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans City Council president Stacy Head speaks Thursday morning while Councilman Jason Williams listens. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Following a heated discussion on Thursday, the New Orleans City Council voted in favor of requests to rename sections of two streets in Central City after prominent local pastors. Continue reading »

Mar 262015
 

Lemonade Day University 2013The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) is proud to host its 3rd Annual Lemonade Day University. This unique experience empowers children to take ownership of their lives and grow into the business leaders, social advocates, and forward thinking citizens of tomorrow.

Lemonade Day University is a free workshop to help children ages 8 to 12 years old prepare for Lemonade Day Louisiana. Through interactive activities, students will learn how to make healthy lemonade, organize a business plan and budget, and develop marketing strategies to run a successful lemonade stand.

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Mar 262015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

There’s a battle brewing in the Oct. 24 election for Secretary of State that will pit the Republican incumbent, former State Senator and De La Salle High School graduate Tom Schedler, against LSU law professor Chris Tyson, an African-American Democrat. Continue reading »

Mar 262015
 

wwnoAfter our report with Gambit this weekend on the role of the shrinking New Orleans police task forces in preventing violent crime by seizing guns, Eve Troeh of WWNO public radio invited Uptown Messenger reporter Robert Morris into the studio to discuss the issue.

Click here to listen to a recording of this morning’s broadcast at the WWNO website.

Mar 252015
 
Riders in Iris toss beads from the "Strawberry Festival" float in 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders in Iris toss beads from the “Strawberry Festival” float in 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

If you give a New Orleanian a festival, they will probably want some music to go with it.  Without too much trouble, blues or brass ensembles will appear on a nearby stage and perform.  And the New Orleanian will shake a leg, strut, and possibly queue a second line.  This will surely take place outdoors, so, the New Orleanian will require loose fitting colorful clothing, hopefully some sunscreen, and ample regional fare found in fresh, seasonal food and craft beverages.  But most importantly they will require dollar bills.  Copious quantities of cold, hard cash.  After all, even the free-est of festivals aren’t really free, are they? Continue reading »