Dec 172014
 
NOPD Detective Jerry Baldwin looks for evidence on Willow Street near Lowerline following a robbery  Friiday, Dec. 12. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Detective Jerry Baldwin looks for evidence on Willow Street near Lowerline following a robbery Friiday, Dec. 12. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Five armed robberies have been reported in the Carrollton area since Dec. 4. (map via NOPD)

Five armed robberies have been reported in the Carrollton area since Dec. 4. (map via NOPD)

New Orleans police have identified suspects relating to a trio of robberies in the Carrollton area earlier this month and are working towards warrants for their arrests, while investigations continue into a separate set of robberies in the university area last weekend, authorities said.

The first cluster took place in the three days between Dec. 4 and Dec. 6 — starting on South Carrollton near Apricot, then at Leonidas and Sycamore and finally in the 7900 block of Maple, said Lt. Brian Lampard of the NOPD Second District investigations unit. Continue reading »

Dec 162014
 
The house at 5514-16 Tchoupitoulas was one of three that Uptown Car Wash sought to demolish last week. (photographed in 2012 by Preservation Resource Center)

The house at 5514-16 Tchoupitoulas was one of three that Uptown Car Wash sought to demolish last week. (photographed in 2012 by Preservation Resource Center)

For the second time in two years, the New Orleans City Council denied a request to tear down three homes in front of a car wash on the upper end of Tchoupitoulas last week. Continue reading »

Dec 162014
 

Freret Street will be closed between Marengo and Delachaise streets for a week. (map via Google)

Freret Street will be closed between Marengo and Delachaise streets for a week. (map via Google)

A four-block stretch of Freret Street in the Milan neighborhood will be reduced to a single lane of traffic for a week while the road is replaced by the Sewerage and Water Board, officials announced. Continue reading »

Dec 162014
 

Volunteers Noel Bitner and Dat Nguyen serve Christmas dinner at the Bridge House/Grace House annual event in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

Volunteers Noel Bitner and Dat Nguyen serve Christmas dinner at the Bridge House/Grace House annual event in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

The Bridge House/Grace House substance-abuse treatment program will host its annual Christmas dinner for the local poor and homeless on Sunday, serving food and distributing packages with toiletries and clothing. Continue reading »

Dec 162014
 

Hello, my name is Luca Alessandrini, founder of New Orleans Originals. I don’t want to bore you with some emotional story of my life and the creation of the business, so here is what we’re all about. The idea for New Orleans Originals came from my realization that local artisans in our city create many truly amazing products. I wanted to create a central location to find all that is originally New Orleans: created in our city, by the people of our city.

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Dec 152014
 
The old Hubert building at 4401 South Broad Street. (via Google maps)

The old Hubert building at 4401 South Broad Street. (via Google maps)

Lindsey McLellan, a chef at Lola's restaurant who plans a new restaurant in Broadmoor called El Pavo Real, speaks to the New Orleans City council on Thursday, Dec. 11. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

Lindsey McLellan, a chef at Lola’s restaurant who plans a new restaurant in Broadmoor called El Pavo Real, speaks to the New Orleans City council on Thursday, Dec. 11. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

Citing the landlord’s extensive negotiations with neighbors, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell cleared the way last week for a new restaurant in a Broadmoor building with a controversial history. Continue reading »

Dec 152014
 
(illustration by Owen Courreges)

(illustration by Owen Courreges)

Owen Courreges

Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell is set to preview the next installment in her cavalcade of “progressive” policies enacted by other cities. This past week, she announced her intention to introduce a non-binding “Welcoming Resolution” early next year that will include a laundry list of policies proposed by immigrant rights groups.

Don’t get me wrong – some of the policies being suggested are perfectly reasonable. I can hardly dispute the need for multi-language signs and forms at City Hall, or for hiring more Spanish-speakers in the NOPD and in government offices.  We’re relatively close to the Mexican border, and we do need to accommodate the needs of Spanish-speakers.

However, Cantrell’s brief tenure thus far has shown that she has never been one to stop with reasonable policies.  Thus, she also announced that she wants to create a system of municipal identification cards, ostensibly so that illegal immigrants can have photographic identification and proof of residence. Continue reading »

Dec 142014
 

St. Stephen Church will be holding a Christmas concert today featuring acclaimed performers Phyllis Treigle and Melissa Brocato; mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Evans; tenors Kevin Rouchell and Bart Folse; the Good Shepherd Choir; and organist Brian Morgan (Director of Music at St Stephen’s). Admission is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted. Continue reading »

Dec 132014
 

Pay 2 Play

New Orleans Anti-Corruption Coalition is a new bipartisan organization that is working to raise local awareness of the large influence of money in political campaigns, after the most expensive Senate election in Louisiana history. The coalition is launching today with a free screening of the new film “Pay2Play: Democracy’s High Stakes” at the First Universalist United Church Auditorium. Continue reading »

Dec 132014
 
Tulane Police confer at the intersection of Willow and Pine streets following a robbery nearby. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane Police confer at the intersection of Willow and Pine streets following a robbery nearby. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two college students were robbed at gunpoint on Willow Street in the university area late Friday night, and their assailants fired a shot as they were fleeing, the victims and neighbors nearby said afterward. Continue reading »

Dec 122014
 
Cedric Martin welcomes visitors to Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cedric Martin welcomes visitors to Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With the holiday bows on the railings, the shelves stocked and well-wishers gathered on the sidewalk Friday morning, Cedric Martin noticed one last detail amiss.

“Turn on the ‘open’ sign,” Martin laughed and then officially welcomed New Orleans back to the original Baronne Street location of Martin Wine Cellar. “It’s a very special day, and we’ve waited a long time for this. … It’s great to be home.” Continue reading »