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Dec 152018
 

Sponsored by Korman Gerrity Real Estate

I’m Joe Gerrity, local businessman, investor and Real Estate Broker. For my monthly “Yo Joe!” column, I’ll be answering your real estate questions as well as providing market information and housing statistics.

I believe the main responsibilities of a Realtor are to add value and facilitate mutually beneficial transactions, and through this column I hope to help the New Orleans community make more informed decisions about their housing future.

Yo Joe! What’s your general feeling about the housing market right now?

This is obviously one of the main recurring topics of discussion amongst Realtors. Things have been slow the past few months. Hurricane season turns into election season, and then the holidays roll around. There was uncertainty in not only the real estate market but the stock market as well. A lot of people felt that the real estate market has plateaued, or even started to trend downward. Continue reading »

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Dec 142018
 

series photo via Bravo.com

With the potholes, power outages and never-ending boil water advisories, one would think New Orleans has suffered enough. But no, the Bravo network seems fit to punish us further — with Season 2 of “Southern Charm New Orleans.”

While no formal announcement has been forthcoming, the worst has been confirmed by the New Orleans Office of Cultural Economy: Film New Orleans permitting department. “Southern Charm New Orleans” Season 2 has been filming around the city. The filming permit states the filming dates as Oct. 13 to Dec. 17. Continue reading »

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Dec 122018
 

Person of interest sought in Jeanette Street shooting

The NOPD is seeking to interview a person of interest in the investigation of an aggravated battery by shooting that occurred on Dec. 6 in the 8800 block of Jeanette Street. The above pictured subject is wanted for questioning only in relation to this incident and is not considered wanted at this time. (via NOPD)

The NOPD is seeking to interview a person of interest in the investigation of an aggravated battery by shooting that occurred on Dec. 6, in the 8800 block of Jeanette Street. Continue reading »

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Dec 072018
 

Superintendent Michael Harrison is inviting residents to take an inside look at the New Orleans Police Department by joining the NOPD Citizens Police Academy.

Individuals interested in joining the CPA will have an opportunity to learn more about the NOPD and the criminal justice in a fun and interactive setting.

The CPA is a seven week program that will take place on Wednesdays from Jan. 9 through Feb. 20, 2019, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at various NOPD facilities.

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Dec 052018
 

from NORD Commission

NORD Commission CEO Larry Barabino, Jr.

Larry Barabino, Jr. (pictured) named NORD Commission CEO (via NORDC)

The New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission approved Larry Barabino, Jr. as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at a Commission meeting at City Hall on Tuesday (Dec. 4).

The NORDC Executive Search Committee voted unanimously to recommend Barabino after a three-month search that included nearly 100 applicants and three finalists. Continue reading »

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Dec 042018
 
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via Octavia Books

Octavia Books, at 513 Octavia Street, will host three book reading and signing events featuring four authors this week, including Poppy Tooker’s Pascal’s Manale Cookbook. The week begins today (Dec. 4) with “Fish Town” by J.T. Blatty.

“Fish Town: Louisiana’s Vanishing Fishing Communities” by J. T. Blatty (via Octavia Books)

Tues, Dec. 4
“Fish Town”

Octavia Books and the Gulf Restoration Network will host a presentation and signing with photographer, writer and artist J. T. Blatty featuring her new book, “Fish Town: Louisiana’s Vanishing Fishing Communities.” The event starts for 6 p.m. Continue reading »

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Nov 292018
 

2018 Quality of Life Survey includes City Council, crime, affordable housing, traffic cameras and more

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has a 57 percent job approval rating overall, according to the 2018 Quality of Life Survey conducted by the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center. The survey, known as the UNO Poll, also found that Orleans Parish residents consider crime to be the biggest problem facing the parish, and nearly half of New Orleans residents approve of the job the City Council is doing.

Mayor Cantrell Job Approval Rating 2018

Mayor Latoya Cantrell’s job approval results from the UNO Survey Research Center’s 2018 Quality of Life Survey (via UNO)

The survey of 500 Orleans Parish voters and 500 Jefferson Parish voters took place from Oct. 17 to Nov. 5. There is a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.4 percent. Continue reading »

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Nov 292018
 

In an unprecedented accomplishment for the university, six Xavier University of Louisiana students received awards at the 2018 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) for their innovative research in the Science, Technology, and Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) fields.

Students presented their research to a panel of experts in such areas as chemistry, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and physiology at the conference in November. Continue reading »

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Nov 262018
 

via NORD Commission

The Executive Search Committee of the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission will host a public forum with their three CEO finalists tonight (Nov. 26) from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

The open forum will afford the public an opportunity to hear brief opening presentations from each candidate, followed by a moderated question and answer session. Continue reading »

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Nov 212018
 

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We are less than 48 hours away from Thanksgiving here at The Broad and it is time to unleash the big guns, two gloriously crowd pleasing films that pair perfectly with Mom’s stuffing and Uncle Marc’s questionable takes on the midterms.

CREED II is the sequel to one of the most unexpectedly classic films of the decade. We didn’t know then in 2015 that director Ryan Coogler would take over the world with Black Panther when he resurrected the Rocky franchise and placed it into the hands of Michael B. Jordan. Handing things off to new director Steven Caple Jr., this film is both a sequel to Creed and the immortal ’80s classic Rocky IV. Come for Adonis Creed, but stay to find out what happened to Ivan Drago and his family.

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Nov 102018
 

Sponsored by Korman Gerrity Real Estate

I’m Joe Gerrity, local businessman, investor and Real Estate Broker. For my monthly “Yo Joe!” column, I’ll be answering your real estate questions as well as providing market information and housing statistics.

I believe the main responsibilities of a Realtor are to add value and facilitate mutually beneficial transactions, and through this column I hope to help the New Orleans community make more informed decisions about their housing future.

Yo Joe! What do rising interest rates mean for the housing market?

Generally speaking, it’s not great. While still not too far from historical lows, and definitely below the 30-year average, rates are rising across the board. From single and multi-family, to commercial and renovation loans, the cost to borrow money is going up. It’s increasing the cost to own homes, and in most cases, that is detrimental to a buyer’s ability to buy a home. There will be less buyers qualified to buy certain properties, and it may very well price certain people out of their preferred area. Continue reading »

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Nov 092018
 
First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church buildings (via First Presbyterian Church)

The First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans—second oldest Protestant church in New Orleans—turns 200 this year. The church will celebrate both its own history and the history of the Presbyterian Church in the city with a festive weekend of events on Nov. 10 and 11.

via First Presbyterian Church

Festivities will begin on Saturday, Nov. 10, with a Birthday Bash for all ages at the church, located at 5401 S. Claiborne Ave. Activities will include a scavenger hunt and a bounce house, along with food and beverages hosted in the churchyard. The bash will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Continue reading »

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Oct 312018
 

A Message from Clerk of Civil District Court Chelsey Richard Napoleon:

My parents taught me the importance of strong work ethic, academic achievement and service to the community. I now employ those lessons in working every day with our staff and citizens of this great city to ensure that they have access to justice at the Clerk of Civil District Court’s Office.

I graduated from Ben Franklin High School and UNO, earning my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Political Science and Loyola University College where I received my Law Degree.

I have served you in the Clerk’s Office for over 16 years, serving as Chief Deputy and now as your Clerk of Civil District Court. Continue reading »

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Oct 312018
 

from New Orleans Police Department

New Orleans Police on Halloween

via NOPD

The NOPD coordinated with Walgreens again this year to do a candy giveaway and to make sure kids have a safe and boo-tiful Halloween.

Dozens of local Walgreen stores donated over 400 bags of candy to the New Orleans Police Department to allow neighborhood kids to interact with their local police officers on Halloween.

Superintendent Michael Chief Harrison is encouraging community members, parents or guardians to stop by their local district station to allow kids to trick-or-treat in a safe environment with officers. Continue reading »

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Oct 302018
 
UnDesign the Redline Opening Reception

via UnDesign the Redline Opening Reception Facebook event page

“UnDesign the Redline,” a traveling exhibit developed by Designing the WE and supported by Enterprise Community Partners and Foundation for Louisiana, will have its opening reception on Thursday, November 1st. Continue reading »

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