Robert Morris

Jan 302014
 
A sign announcing the presence of off-duty NOPD patrols in the Uptown area. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

A sign announcing the presence of off-duty NOPD patrols in the Uptown area. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The fees that support private security patrols in two Uptown neighborhoods between Magazine and St. Charles Avenue — the Hurstville and Upper Audubon districts — are both up for renewal on Saturday’s ballots. Continue reading »

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Jan 292014
 
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials speak about second day of freezing temperatures in New Orleans on Wednesday morning. (via nola.gov)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials speak about second day of freezing temperatures in New Orleans on Wednesday morning. (via nola.gov)

The worst precipitation of this week’s winter storm may have passed New Orleans with relatively little damage, but dangerous driving conditions will persist as freezing temperatures continue through Thursday morning, officials said.

“This is the word of the day: ice,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “It’s dangerous.” Continue reading »

Jan 292014
 

Amid warnings for New Orleanians and their pets to stay inside during the hard freeze that has settled over south Louisiana, Audubon Zoo is bringing almost all of its animals indoors to stay warm as well, according to a report by Paul Murphy of our partners at WWL-TV. The zoo will remain closed Wednesday and expects to reopen Thursday.

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Jan 282014
 

Precipitation forecasts for South Louisiana for 10 p.m. Tuesday (via weather.gov at 12 p.m. Tuesday)

Precipitation forecasts for South Louisiana for 10 p.m. Tuesday (via weather.gov at 12 p.m. Tuesday)

Temperatures in New Orleans are expected to drop below freezing Tuesday afternoon — bringing ice and possibly even snow — and generally remain there until Thursday, likely causing impassable roads and power outages, city officials said in an update on preparations Tuesday morning.

“Don’t let the conditions right now fool you,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas in a news conference late Tuesday morning. “Change is definitely coming. Rain, and ice and standing ice are on the way.” Continue reading »

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Jan 282014
 

The City Council District A “pop-up voter forum” planned by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center for tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 28) has been canceled, according to the center.

Meanwhile, the District A candidates are still tentatively scheduled to appear in a forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with Carrollton area neighborhood groups at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, in hopes that roads will be passable by then, organizers say.

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Jan 272014
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city officials speak about the dangers from the coming winter storm on Monday afternoon. (via nola.gov)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city officials speak about the dangers from the coming winter storm on Monday afternoon. (via nola.gov)

Roads will likely be too dangerous to drive on Tuesday and Wednesday and ice could cause power outages for three to five days in what officials are saying could be “the worst winter weather” New Orleans has experienced in 10 or even 25 years.

Temperatures will drop below freezing by 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Tuesday, followed by freezing rain, sleet and even snow throughout the day, officials said at a news conference at City Hall on Monday afternoon. Ice will cover the roads and the trees, potentially knocking out power as limbs fall, they said. Continue reading »

Jan 272014
 

All public schools in New Orleans — including charter and direct-run schools through the Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District — will be closed Tuesday and “very likely” Wednesday as well because of the winter storm approaching Tuesday morning and the unsafe driving conditions it could create, officials said. Continue reading »

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Jan 272014
 

Chickie Wah Wah’s former pop-up The Sammich plans to open on Maple Street in February; a new grocery may be in the works on lower St. Charles Avenue, the owners of ManhattanJack bakery are planning a foray into Italian fine dining, and the owners of Three Muses have given up on their planned expansion to Freret Street, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

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Jan 262014
 
OPSB President Nolan Marshall Jr. (left) and Superintendent Stan Smith speak to Audubon educators and parents on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

OPSB President Nolan Marshall Jr. (left) and Superintendent Stan Smith speak to Audubon educators and parents on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Problems with the steel frame of the new addition to Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus will require what officials are calling “selective demolition,” and could delay students’ return by as much as a full year, Orleans Parish School Board officials told families on Saturday.

“We’ve got a structural issue at the Broadway campus that’s going to impact the delivery of that school and the completion of it in the timeframe we had planned on,” said OPSB Superintendent Stan Smith. “It’s certainly unfortunate, but it’s an issue that ultimately involves the safety and security of the building.”
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Jan 242014
 

McKeown's Books (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

McKeown’s Books (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

McKeown’s Books will host its 44th and final free concert in the “Evening of Difficult Music” series on Saturday — featuring electronics and percussion by Will Thompson IV and Simon Lott, and electric guitars by Donald Miller and Rob Cambre — before the bookstore closes its doors at the end of the month. Continue reading »

Jan 242014
 
Fake cigars are a traditional throw during the Krewe of Zulu parade. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill, Feb. 13, 2013)

Fake cigars are a traditional throw during the Krewe of Zulu parade. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill, Feb. 13, 2013)

After a year of discussion and a month of revisions, the New Orleans City Council met very little opposition Thursday morning to a series of changes to crowd behavior during Mardi Gras parades — including a six-foot setback for viewing ladders and a prohibition on roping off the neutral ground or placing private portable toilets on public property.

But one community activist running for City Council urged the city to take an additional step: banning smoking during the parades. Continue reading »

Jan 232014
 

The New Orleans City Council is scheduled to discuss the proposed changes to the laws surrounding Mardi Gras parades, including a six-foot setback between ladders and the curb and a prohibition on roping off the neutral ground.

See below for live coverage.

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