Robert Morris

Jun 112013

The former Louisiana Seafood at 2900 LaSalle. (Robert Morris,

A new restaurant by the owner of Cowbell slated for a busy Central City commercial corridor won a favorable recommendation from city planners on Tuesday afternoon, as did commercial rezoning for a pair of buildings on a central stretch of Magazine Street. Continue reading »

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Jun 102013

Lycee board members (from far left) Ann Meese, Ben Castoriano, Courtney Garrett, Erin Greenwald, Jacquelyn Simon, Paige Saleun, Jean Montes, interim director Gisele Schexnider, and Catherine MacPhaille. Also present Monday night were Tim Gray, Tessa Jackson and Elizabeth Rhodes. (Robert Morris,

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans leaders hope to have an interim CEO identified by the end of the month and hired before the next school year begins, as they wrap up the year looking at a slight budget surplus and a continued changing of the guard among board members. Continue reading »

Jun 102013

Bricolage Academy expects to spend about $1.4 million — with roughly half from state per-pupil funding, and half from a major startup grant it was awarded — to educate its first 75 kindergarten students in the coming school year, according to a draft budget examined by the new charter school’s governing board Monday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Jun 102013

The Hubig’s Pie bakery could be reborn Uptown in partnership with the Lighthouse for the Deaf and Blind; the owners of Gautreau’s are planning a new cocktail lounge with small plates in the former location of Vizard’s on Magazine; and the Noodle & Pie restaurant slated for the old Reginelli’s location at Magazine and State hopes to open next month. Continue reading »

Jun 102013

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A 24-year-old man is wanted on charges of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house on Loyola Avenue in the university area this weekend and attacking her and another woman, authorities said.

Clearance Burkett III allegedly jumped a fence in the 5500 block of Loyola Avenue around 1 a.m. Sunday and broke a window to get into his ex-girlfriend’s home, where she and another woman both in their 20s were inside, according to initial police reports. Burkett then attacked both of them, the report states.

Burkett has not been arrested, according to jail records, but a warrant has been issued for his arrest, said NOPD Officer Garry Flot.

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Jun 102013

The nonprofit Family Center of Hope — which since 2007 has been building a $2.7 million community center at Washington and Broad where contractor disputes are blamed for no construction in more than a year — has received $40,000 from the city’s NOLA for Life fund for a separate mentoring program for Juvenile Court referrals, according to a report by Charles Maldonado of The Lens.

Jun 062013

Newsflash: “Neighbors and nightclub clash over live music.” It sounds like a headline from any given day’s report from the City Council chambers, but it’s actually a story that’s nearly as old as New Orleans.

Whether New Orleans properly takes care of its musicians and other artists is another never-ending saga — but one that may finally be showing some improvement, according a panel discussion held at Tulane University on Thursday evening. Continue reading »

Jun 062013

New Orleans Firefighter Ross Lunz cuts a pair of shoes off the power lines above Evans Park on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris,

The year-round Mardi Gras beads that decorate the New Orleans skyline are probably still safe, but the tennis shoes that hang cryptically from neighborhood power lines have a new nemesis — NOPD Sgt. Byron Francois, the quality-of-life officer who removed dozens of the odd decorations Thursday afternoon from around the Uptown-based Second District with the help of the New Orleans Fire Department. Continue reading »

Jun 062013

Timothy Hartford

Joshua Hogan

Timothy Hartford, 28, and Joshua Hogan, 24, were found guilty on accusations of breaking into the Uptown Meat Market at 7th and Danneel streets amid ankle-deep floodwaters in Central City on Aug. 28 during Hurricane Isaac, according to a report by Claire Galofaro of The Advocate. Hartford and Hogan are the first of 42 people charged with Isaac looting to be convicted by jury, and will be sentenced on their attempted-looting convictions next month, Galofaro reports.

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Jun 062013

Test scores at Sophie B. Wright Charter School in 2012-13 “showed marked improvements almost across the board from last year’s numbers,” with 74 seniors graduating and accepted into college, according to a recent presentation reported on by April Siese of The Lens. Meanwhile, the school is preparing to make its move to the Johnson swing space campus in July during the two-year renovations and construction of a new gym, Siese reports.

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Jun 052013

The Future Is Now charter management organization that operates John McDonogh High School will no longer govern the final graduating class of Walter L. Cohen High School, returning the remaining students to the Recovery School District next year until the transition to New Orleans College Prep (under the new name Cohen College Prep) is complete in 2014-15, reports Della Hasselle of The Lens.

Last fall, Cohen faculty were abruptly fired when the RSD passed management of the direct-run school to Future Is Now for what at the time was expected to be two years. The move led to a student walkout and protests over the disruption.

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Jun 052013

How the economy surrounding the culture of New Orleans can lead to gentrification — possibly threatening the authenticity of the culture for the future — will be debated by jazz musicians Ellis Marsalis and Shamarr Allen, as well as professor Richard Campanella, journalist Katy Reckdahl and business owner Mike Valentino in a forum Thursday at Tulane University’s Hillel Center. Continue reading »

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Jun 042013

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Four men were arrested after a drug bust where two guns were seized in Gert Town, and another man was arrested with marijuna, cocaine and a loaded gun in an unrelated traffic stop in the Hollygrove area over the weekend, authorities said. Continue reading »

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