Robert Morris

Nov 052012
 

The city periodically clears out large encampments of homeless people from underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway, but the nightly population has risen to about 75 again — prompting city officials to consider a fence to secure the area, reports Richard A. Webster of the Times-Picayune. At the same time, the city is seeking federal assistance to help with the nearly 5,000 estimated homeless people in New Orleans, Webster reports.

Oct 312012
 

Lanay Woolridge, 5, poses like a vampire in her new costume from the Freret Neighborhood Center, while children line up behind her for their new costumes. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

An estimated 500 children received new costumes just in time for Halloween on Tuesday afternoon at the Freret Neighborhood Center’s Sixth Annual Great Halloween Party and Costume Give-away. Continue reading »

 Comments Off  Tagged with:
Oct 312012
 

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas smiles as a child selects a piece of candy in this undated photo from the New Orleans Police Department.

All NOPD district stations — including the Second District at 4317 Magazine Street and the Sixth District at 1930 Martin Luther King Boulevard — will be handing out Halloween candy to children who stop by tonight, thanks to a donation from Walgreens, authorities said. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
Oct 302012
 

The Berger home at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and State is a famous Uptown landmark at Halloween, shown in this photo from 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Louellen Berger’s growing collection of skeletons for her increasingly popular Halloween display at St. Charles Avenue and State Street now numbers more than 50, with new additions this year, according to Sally Asher of Tulane’s New Wave university news service. The family expects an astounding 1,200 trick-or-treaters this year.

 Comments Off
Oct 302012
 

The two candidates for the Uptown-based District 6 seat on the Orleans Parish School Board, incumbent Woody Koppel and challenger Jason Coleman, discussed how to bring Recovery School District charters back to the OPSB, the strengths and weaknesses of charter-school autonomy and whether collective bargaining should return to the schools in a recent video interview by Jessica Williams of The Lens.

 Comments Off
Oct 302012
 

Poydras House supporters sign the final beam to be placed in the new addition just before it is hoisted high into the air. (submitted photo)

The final steel beam was placed on the framework of the three-story addition to Poydras Home on Magazine Street on Thursday, signed by residents and supporters looking forward to its completion next summer. Continue reading »

 Comments Off
Oct 292012
 

LaToya Cantrell, Dana Kaplan, Marlon “Buck” Horton and Eric Strachan

With the latest campaign finance reports filed in the District B City Council race, the pattern established earlier in the contest may be holding: Eric Strachan continues to hold a lead in fundraising, but Dana Kaplan appears to have nearly as much or more cash on hand in the final week before the Nov. 6 election.

LaToya Cantrell’s campaign continues to trail both Strachan and Kaplan in total money raised and spent, although her fundraising did outpace Kaplan’s during one part of the reporting period, the reports show.

Finally, Marlon “Buck” Horton filed a report stating that he did not raise or spend any money during the latest period. Continue reading »

Oct 292012
 

Traditional Norwegian food, such as open-face sandwhiches, smoked salmon, cakes and cookies, are on display during the 2011 Scandinavian Festival. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Nicole Harvey)

Heart-shaped waffles, open-faced sandwiches, the Scandinavian Jazz All-stars and Christmas crafts will all be a part of the annual Scandinavian Festival at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church at 1772 Prytania Street this weekend. Continue reading »

 Comments Off