With the lease for Morris Jeff Community School’s Poydras Street location ending at the end of the school year — but its new South Lopez Street building not expected to be ready until 2014 — the school is looking for a temporary solution next year that could include Uptown options, according to a report by Della Hasselle of the Charter School Reporting Corps at The Lens. The school may try to stay on Poydras Street for one more year, but house its youngest students at Holy Rosary Academy on Freret at Jena, or it may relocate temporarily to the James Weldon Johnson campus in west Carrollton that is currently planned to become swing space, but no decision has been made, the report states.
About a half hour after the Martin Luther King Day parade passed, a occupants of a car passing Martin Luther King Boulevard and LaSalle Street opened fire, wounding five teens at a corner store there, according to reports from our partners at WWL-TV. Residents were dismayed by the callous nature of the shooting on a day dedicated to peace efforts, but said it was symptomatic of the apathy of those regularly involved in street violence, and NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas lamented that “young men do not heed the words of Dr. Martin Luther King,” according to a report by Tania Dall of WWL-TV:
A parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. passed up the Central City boulevard named in his memory on Monday, with community and school groups from around New Orleans marching in support of his legacy.
A lot of you probably have questions concerning the recent indictment of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Now I know it’s frighteningly easy in our corruption-riddled state to become blasé about the latest federal indictment against a former (or current) elected official, but Nagin was supposed to be different.
Accordingly, I offer you, the dedicated readers of Uptown Messenger, the following frequently asked questions, phrased by a 1950’s stereotype, regarding the Nagin indictment:
Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a former KFC on South Claiborne at Washington on Sunday, according to our partners at WWL-TV:
The Coliseum Square Association will holds its annual meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 20) at the Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine St. New board members and officers will be inducted.
It has been reinforced on me several times, over the past week or so, just how much the restaurant business is just like any other business – you make money or you close. It has nothing to do with the quality of your product.
Of course, a quality product is supposed to help draw customers and therefore help you make money. But unless the cost of inventory, labor and other overhead remains at a certain level, the place won’t make it for very long. We tend to forget this as Carnival, Super Bowl and our Festival seasons appear before us. Everyone’s having a good time and the food and drink are selling so well that many owners think it will just continue that way after Memorial Day.
A number of bus routes will be detoured and streetcar service will be disrupted over the next few weeks amid two weekends of Mardi Gras parades and the Super Bowl, RTA officials announced.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell might want to send some buddies for takeout while he’s in New Orleans for the Super Bowl next weekend, based on the signs popping up at Creole Creamery, Midway Pizza, and other restaurants around Uptown and the rest of the city, according to a report by Monica Hernandez and our partners at WWL-TV:
James E. Fitzmorris, Jr. is getting ready to celebrate his 90th birthday and the remarkable life that he has led.
He’s a former New Orleans city councilman and was a superb Lieutenant Governor for Louisiana. He ran for mayor twice, losing narrowly both times. He also ran for governor, just missing the runoff that was won by his friend, the late Dave Treen. For the last 32 years, Fitzmorris has been one of Louisiana’s best lobbyists. Even today, he is still at his desk at 8:15 a.m. and if you have a bill that you’d like to see passed in Baton Rouge, it’s a good idea to pay Fitzmorris a visit.
The International School of Louisiana is set to begin negotiating a lease for a building on Thalia Street that could create 10 classes for its fourth- and fifth-grade students next year, easing overcrowding at its main Camp Street campus for the foreseeable future and ending a controversy that three months ago had many parents considering leaving the school.
A woman reported being robbed at gunpoint on the way to her home on Tchoupitoulas Street last weekend, but police are being stymied in their investigation by the fact that the woman is so upset by the experience she is moving out of town, authorities said.
NOPD Second District investigators dramatically increased the number of robberies they solved in 2012, and putting more robbers behind bars will be key to lowering the number of holdups that take place this year, the top-ranking officer in the Uptown-based district said Tuesday evening.
Midway Pizza will donate a portion of proceeds all day Wednesday (Jan. 16) to help with medical costs for Becky Batchelor, an active member of the Faubourg Marengo Neighborhood Association and Lusher staff member, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.