Second Harvest Food Bank, which helps feed a quarter of a million South Louisiana residents each year, is hosting a free screening Tuesday evening at the Prytania Theatre of “A Place at the Table,” a documentary about the struggles of Americans on food stamps. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, New Orleans Health Commissioner Karen DeSalvo and Troy Henry of Sterling Farms will participate in a panel discussion after the event.
This past Saturday, the new Costco Wholesale Store opened its doors in Carrollton. The membership-only bulk retailer is a plum acquisition for New Orleans, revitalizing an empty commercial lot and capturing more retail commerce within the city. It also stands as a comfortable monument to domestic consumerism, where you can buy a gallon tub of mayonnaise because, gosh darn it, we’re Americans.
Although this opening is undoubtedly a blessing, Costco has become something of a political truncheon in recent years. You see, Costco has situated itself as the poster child for high retail wages, placing other national retailers, particularly Walmart, on the defensive.
Six years ago, Audubon Charter School launched one of the most unique and ambitious preschool programs in the city of New Orleans: it would welcome 100 3- and 4-year-old children, regardless of parents’ ability to pay and in spite of very limited state funding for them.
Now, school officials credit that program as a key element of its soaring test scores. But with the preschool running a significant deficit and no new funding for preschool in sight, school leaders are openly wondering how to continue those programs.
For their 650 other stores around the country, they mostly just opened the doors and people started shopping, the executives said.
“We’ve never been treated like this before,” Costco cofounder Jeff Brotman said. “You guys know how to throw a party.”
The state Department of Transportation and Development’s attempt to auction off the closed Jackson Avenue ferry landing for $1.65 million ended with no bidders Thursday, according to a report from Baton Rouge in The Times-Picayune. The state “will now have to consider its other options for selling the property, including bringing it back up for sale at a later date,” the article states.
Neighbors of the property had mixed feelings about its potential sale, with some suggesting that public coffers could benefit from the money, and others expressing hope that it could be included in a broader redevelopment of the riverfront, according to a report by Tania Dall and our partners at WWL-TV on Wednesday evening prior to the sale.
“We’re at the 1-yard line,” Halpern said. “We’re just one little piece apart, I think.”
HiVolt Coffee has opened its highly anticipated “third-wave” coffee shop in the Lower Garden District, a Baton Rouge food truck operator is planning to open a shop on St. Charles Avenue and NOLA Brewing has opened its taproom to the public.
During the meeting, Irish Channel resident Mark Redding appeared with a map blighted properties in his neighborhood, including the former Sara Mayo Hospital on Jackson Avenue, and beseeched the city to do better, according to Mid-City Messenger‘s report: “We want to continue to invest in the area and we think it’s moving in a good direction, but we need the city to step up and do your job. Quite frankly, we’re tired of hearing the same things,” Redding said.
We were shocked and saddened this week about the latest developments in the Danzinger Bridge case. Who are the worst perpetrators? The cops who tried to cover up what they had done? The U.S. Attorney’s Office for using anonymous blogs to spin their tale? Or the Justice Department, while charged with providing oversight for local U.S. Attorneys, almost turned a blind eye to what might be going on here in the Big Easy.
ENCORE Academy, one of the city’s newer charter schools, plans to move to a permanent location at the former John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood next year, school leaders said.
Laws that add additional punishments for crimes that are motivated by hate are necessary because they give equal protection to all citizens, not just “special groups,” an attorney for the Anti-Defamation League said Tuesday night.
Hate-crime laws punish acts of violence motivated by bias based on race, religion, sexual orientation or other characteristics, said ADL legal counsel David Barkey. And because everyone has a race, a gender or a sexual identification, everyone is protected, so everyone has a stake in making sure such incidents are reported and prosecuted, Barkey said in an educational session on hate-crime laws at the Jewish Community Center sponsored by his group and the Forum for Equality.
Ameca Reali joins a small group at the corner of Orleans Avenue and North Galvez Street near the Lafitte Housing Development. Donning oversized shades, Reali recognizes that this particular day in September is a scorcher and immediately thanks the volunteers for braving the high temperatures, especially on a Friday afternoon.
After Reali leads a quick huddle, everyone takes off in separate directions to begin the task of distributing fliers for a unique community event she is organizing: an expungement fair.
The Anti-Defamation League and the Forum for Equality (a group for advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights) will hold a public discussion about hate crimes at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jewish Community Center, 5432 St. Charles Avenue.