Robert Morris

Oct 312012
 

Lanay Woolridge, 5, poses like a vampire in her new costume from the Freret Neighborhood Center, while children line up behind her for their new costumes. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

An estimated 500 children received new costumes just in time for Halloween on Tuesday afternoon at the Freret Neighborhood Center’s Sixth Annual Great Halloween Party and Costume Give-away. Continue reading »

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Oct 312012
 

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas smiles as a child selects a piece of candy in this undated photo from the New Orleans Police Department.

All NOPD district stations — including the Second District at 4317 Magazine Street and the Sixth District at 1930 Martin Luther King Boulevard — will be handing out Halloween candy to children who stop by tonight, thanks to a donation from Walgreens, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 302012
 

The Berger home at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and State is a famous Uptown landmark at Halloween, shown in this photo from 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Louellen Berger’s growing collection of skeletons for her increasingly popular Halloween display at St. Charles Avenue and State Street now numbers more than 50, with new additions this year, according to Sally Asher of Tulane’s New Wave university news service. The family expects an astounding 1,200 trick-or-treaters this year.

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Oct 302012
 

The two candidates for the Uptown-based District 6 seat on the Orleans Parish School Board, incumbent Woody Koppel and challenger Jason Coleman, discussed how to bring Recovery School District charters back to the OPSB, the strengths and weaknesses of charter-school autonomy and whether collective bargaining should return to the schools in a recent video interview by Jessica Williams of The Lens.

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Oct 302012
 

Poydras House supporters sign the final beam to be placed in the new addition just before it is hoisted high into the air. (submitted photo)

The final steel beam was placed on the framework of the three-story addition to Poydras Home on Magazine Street on Thursday, signed by residents and supporters looking forward to its completion next summer. Continue reading »

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Oct 292012
 

LaToya Cantrell, Dana Kaplan, Marlon “Buck” Horton and Eric Strachan

With the latest campaign finance reports filed in the District B City Council race, the pattern established earlier in the contest may be holding: Eric Strachan continues to hold a lead in fundraising, but Dana Kaplan appears to have nearly as much or more cash on hand in the final week before the Nov. 6 election.

LaToya Cantrell’s campaign continues to trail both Strachan and Kaplan in total money raised and spent, although her fundraising did outpace Kaplan’s during one part of the reporting period, the reports show.

Finally, Marlon “Buck” Horton filed a report stating that he did not raise or spend any money during the latest period. Continue reading »

Oct 292012
 

Traditional Norwegian food, such as open-face sandwhiches, smoked salmon, cakes and cookies, are on display during the 2011 Scandinavian Festival. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Nicole Harvey)

Heart-shaped waffles, open-faced sandwiches, the Scandinavian Jazz All-stars and Christmas crafts will all be a part of the annual Scandinavian Festival at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church at 1772 Prytania Street this weekend. Continue reading »

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Oct 292012
 

An armed gunman forced his way into a Gert Town home to rob the resident, a group of four people were robbed at gunpoint on Magazine Street, and two women with an infant were carjacked by a man wielding a rifle in the Hollygrove area in separate incidents Sunday — though police did make arrests in one of the cases, according to initial reports. Continue reading »

Oct 292012
 

Owen Courreges

There’s an old “Bloom County” cartoon I recall reading once.  They’re holding a political convention, and Milo Bloom, ever the political realist, is at the podium speaking about the sundry scandals and distractions that will govern the upcoming election.  Watch a few minutes of cable news commentary and you get the same effect.

All of a sudden Opus (who, incidentally, is a penguin), shouts out, “ISSUES!” Milo says, “What’s that?” Opus then responds: “I THINK AN ELECTION SHOULD BE ABOUT ISSUES!

In the final panel, Opus is seen tied upside-down to tree, his mouth taped shut, below a large sign emblazoned with the word “BLASPHEMER.” Continue reading »

Oct 292012
 

Owen Courreges

Hello, dear readers. What follows are the results of a policy questionnaire that I sent to all the candidates in the city council District B race. I received responses from Marlon Horton, LaToya Cantrell and Dana Kaplan, but did not hear back from Eric Strachan.

Please bear in mind that positions taken during a campaign are not set in stone and that working as a single member of a legislative body requires negotiation, trade-offs, and prioritization. Sometimes politicians fail to take specific positions during campaigns to avoid alienating voters or being called hypocrites later. When that is the case the electorate itself is mostly to blame.

I would like to thank all the candidates who responded. Their candor was refreshing, and I hope that these questions and their answers will assist District B voters in making their selection. Continue reading »

Oct 262012
 

“To this day I still have dreams about it. I still think about Curtis to this day,” says a man who held Curtis Matthews as he died outside the Jazz Daiquri lounge on South Claiborne last year, allegedly gunned down in retaliation for his brother’s testimony against accused Uptown crime kingpin Telly Hankton, according to a report by Monica Hernandez and our partners at WWL-TV.

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