Robert Morris

Sep 192012
 

At left, School Board candidate Jason Coleman (left) speaks to a member of the Alliance for Good Government after a Wednesday night forum. At right, incumbent School Board member Woody Koppel (far right) thanks alliance president Mark Vicknair for the group’s endorsement. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The difference in how District 6 Orleans Parish School Board member Woody Koppel and challenger Jason Coleman describe the state of the school system is almost like asking whether the glass is half full or half empty. Continue reading »

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Sep 192012
 

Barely a month into the school year at New Orleans Science and Math High School, Dr. Richard Best announced his resignation as school director last week following a nearly two-hour closed-door session with the school board, reports Erin Krall of The Lens’ charter school reporting corps. Board members did not explain his resignation at the meeting, but voted to maintain the leadership of academic director Claire Jecklin and student-development director Chana Benenson, Krall reported.

Best, a former professor of education in Chicago, arrived at the school in February of this year to begin preparing for the 2012-13 year.

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Sep 192012
 

The Pigeontown Steppers second-line up Oak Street on Easter Sunday 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

A proposal on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the New Orleans City Council would create a new permit and fee for vendors at second-line parades, making them responsible for litter around them and stopping them from selling alcohol at the events. Continue reading »

Sep 192012
 

Former Mayor Ray Nagin’s “failed efforts to revitalize the hulking former Entergy power plant in the Lower Garden District could turn out to be key to backing up the allegation that Nagin at least tried to help his benefactors,” those who allegedly gave him cash, truckloads of granite, and even a job, reports David Hammer of our partners at WWL-TV.

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Sep 182012
 

City Council District B candidates LaToya Cantrell, Marlon “Buck” Horton, Dana Kaplan and Eric Strachan introduce themselves to the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association on Tuesday night, prior to heading to a forum sponsored by the Alliance for Good Government. (photos by Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In a rapid series of detailed questions, the four candidates running for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council were tested Tuesday night on how well they know their way around city government, from filling potholes to writing the budget. Continue reading »

Sep 182012
 

The Show nightclub on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After sitting on the docket of the city alcohol board for six months as police conducted raids and investigated shootings nearby, The Show bar on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Lower Garden District abruptly surrendered its liquor license Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

Sep 182012
 

Tulane University architecture professor John Klingman lives in a century-old Garden District home without air conditioning by choice, controlling the flow of air through the house with shutters, screened windows and constantly fans. After Hurricane Isaac’s power outages prompted widespread reflection on the role of air conditioning in the city, Klingman’s decision and others like him recently drew the interest of Times-Picayune reporter John Pope in an article about the lifestyle.

Sep 182012
 

Streets marked in red had their “first pass” completed by Monday, and the purple-shaded zones indicate Monday’s deployment. (via city of New Orleans)

A map of debris collection since Hurricane Isaac released by the city Monday shows strong progress in Uptown’s university area, Broadmoor, parts of Central City, and on either side of Magazine Street between Jefferson and Napoleon. In other many neighborhoods from the Lower Garden District to Audubon Park, however, the map indicates that debris contractors have yet to make their “first pass.” Continue reading »

Sep 182012
 

Police are looking for the driver of this truck for assistance in solving a sex crime in the 1000 block of Broadway in July. (via NOPD)

Police are looking for a motorist who may be able to help identify a man who got into a woman’s apartment in the 1000 block of Broadway, stood near her bed and performed a lewd act earlier this summer, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Sep 182012
 

Members of the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association will hear from the four candidates for the District B seat on the City Council at their quarterly meeting tonight, as well as discuss the new accelerated high school at the Bauduit campus and new businesses in the neighborhood. Continue reading »

Sep 172012
 

Maintenance of the park around the “Birth of a Muse” statue on Terpsichore Street will be among the discussion topics Monday night at the Coliseum Square Association.

The Coliseum Square Association will meet to discuss upcoming events such as the Night Out Against Crime and ongoing projects such as maintenance the neighborhood’s statues and fountain of at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, Sept. 17) at the Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine Street. Continue reading »

Sep 172012
 

A fire that broke out shortly after 4 a.m. Monday at a home at 9035 Pritchard Place heavily damaged the vacant house where it started and also caused some damage to the two houses on either side of it, displacing one family but harming no one, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV.

Last week, another vacant home was damaged in a fire about a block away.