Leaders of several growing charter schools are weighing the potential of moving into vacant former campuses in the Carrollton area, the former Carrollton courthouse and the old Priestley school, as the Orleans Parish School Board led tours of both on Wednesday in preparation to sell them and other campuses around the city.
Hotel Indigo on St. Charles Avenue will hold a happy-hour fundraiser for the Tipitina’s Foundation on Thursday evening, donating 20 percent of sales from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to the nonprofit’s music education and outreach efforts.
In a hearing Tuesday, Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell found that detectives had probable cause to charge James Johnson, 21, with aggravated rape, armed robbery, aggravated burglary and false imprisonment in connection with the April 9 attack on a woman in her Hickory Street home. Cantrell also upheld a separate set of charges of aggravated aggravated assault, armed robbery, sexual battery and simple kidnapping against Johnson in a April 1 attack on a woman outside her home on Cleveland Avenue in Mid-City, but the outcome of a third case against him — an April 4 home-invasion on Panola Street — remains pending.
In a separate case, two men were arrested on marijuana and gun-possession charges following another drug case on Milan Street, police said.
After being rained out last month, the 610 Stompers and the Hot 8 Brass Band will return to Palmer Park on Sunday afternoon to lead adult teams in a games-oriented “Romp” fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, organizers said.
Khaled Hosseini — whose novel “The Kite Runner” has sold seven million copies in the U.S. alone — will discuss his latest book “And the Mountains Echoed” on Sunday evening at Temple Sinai on St. Charles Avenue.
This Saturday (June 7), the Freret Market will return for its final monthly appearance before pausing during the hot months New Orleans summer, organizers said.
Officials from the International School of Louisiana toured the vacant former Augustine Middle School building on Broad Street in Mid-City on Wednesday as they “weigh options” for a larger campus, according to a report by Della Hasselle of MidCityMessenger.com. The school’s Camp Street campus is too small for the growing student population, and school officials have been looking for new alternatives — though facilities director Aviva Le told Mid-City Messenger that the challenges of a renovation at Augustine would be “humongous.”
In an effort to improve safety in the neighborhood, GG’s Dine-O-Rama on Magazine Street is donating 20 percent of sales today (Thursday, June 5) at lunch and dinner to raise money for new anti-crime cameras through the ProjectNOLA nonprofit.
An Uptown resident was stunned to find an estimated $40,000 worth of marijuana in a package addressed to his home Tuesday morning, and he and his family are disturbed by the mystery of who sent it and why as they hope for answers from federal investigators, he said.