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.
A 32-year-old man was critically injured after being shot several times on Magnolia Street on Wednesday evening, police said.
Most public direct-run and charter schools in New Orleans — and all private Catholic schools — will reopen as normally on Thursday, and all city services will resume, officials said.
The City Council District A candidates’ forum organized by the Carrollton Area Network has been postponed to 6 p.m. Friday (Jan. 31), the day before voters head to the polls.
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.”
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.
With expectations that freezing weather will create impassable roads, all New Orleans charter and direct-run public schools will remain closed Wednesday, officials announced.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and several state legislators will discuss the recent round of Road Home letters sent to homeowners at 5 p.m. today (Monday, Jan. 27) in the City Council chambers.
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.”
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.
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.
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The 58 armed robberies reported in the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District in 2013 is the lowest that number has been in at least 10 years, a dramatic reduction of nearly 80 percent over the last decade, ranking officers said Wednesday in a year-end review of crime statistics.