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Dec 092019
 

LeLuna’s messages are both local and universal. (Carlos Fundora photos)

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger

Most art is not supposed to be stepped on. But for LeLuna, this artist’s canvas is unexpectedly underfoot: Sewage & Water Board of New Orleans meter covers.

The water meter covers are painted with short, often politically universal messages, such as “Make Art Not War,” “Erase Hate,” “Love Me Tender.” Others have a local focus, such as “Copper is Currency” with the tagline, “Strip copper, fight gentrification” or an image of the city’s unofficial mascot, the flying cockroach. Continue reading »

Dec 092019
 

Rendering of the new Walter L. Cohen High School by HMS Architects.

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

As the old Walter L. Cohen College Prep High School building nears its demolition, community members gave their feedback on the structure that will replace it, zeroing in on parking and the auditorium.

A second community meeting was held Thursday for the project at 3520 Dryades St., which is seeking permission to have fewer parking spots and fewer loading docks than required by zoning regulations. Regulations require 154 parking spaces and two loading docks. The current plans for the new school building have 40 parking spaces and one loading dock. Continue reading »

Dec 092019
 

From the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans

The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, in consultation with the Louisiana Department of Health, has canceled the precautionary boil water advisory for residents and businesses in the Uptown areas near the universities after bacteriological tests confirmed that water in the area was safe to drink and could be used for personal needs.

Customers who have not used their water supply during this precautionary boil water advisory are advised to flush their internal and external plumbing by running water through their system for several minutes.

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Dec 082019
 

A crew repairs the broken water main that caused water outages and boil water adivsory. (Sewerage & Water Board photo via Twitter)

The Sewerage & Water Board announced Sunday morning that water service was returned to the Uptown areas affected by the outage. The water main on South Johnson has been repaired and the valves reopened, the utility stated.

A boil water advisory is still in effect for two areas of Uptown, shown below. Water quality testing has begun, it announced at about 9 a.m., and could take up to 24 hours. In consultation with the Louisiana Department of Health, the S&WB is still testing water quality samples from the affected areas. Continue reading »

Dec 072019
 

Areas affected by the boil water advisory. (Sewerage & Water Board)

While responding to a water main break near South Johnson and Calhoun streets by closing valves, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans detected low water pressure. Therefore, this utility issued a precautionary boil water advisory for several blocks Uptown.

On Friday night, residents in the area reported they were getting no water at all. After speaking with the S&WB, Councilman Joe Giarrusso reported Saturday morning: “The primary break was isolated late last night. S&WB is still trying to determine extent of problem and when water will be restored. Should have more details later this morning.”

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Dec 062019
 

Milton and Allyson Hernandez, with Benji, stand in front of a vintage cooler that will be used to store wine. (Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger)

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger 

For Allyson and Milton Hernandez, the dream of opening a wine shop just off Oak Street started fermenting back in June.

“We live in the neighborhood and didn’t see anything like it,” said Milton Hernandez, with Allyson Hernandez adding: “We thought ‘why not us.’” Continue reading »

Dec 052019
 

Shoppers at the Rouses on Tchoupitoulas Street are met with a mountain of 112,000 avocados in the produce department Wednesday. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

The world record for the largest display of a Mexican fruit has been set by a Thibodaux-based grocery chain’s Uptown store on Tchoupitoulas Street.

If that sounds strange, here’s another way of saying it — Rouses shipped in 112,000 avocados, and put every single one on display. Continue reading »

Dec 052019
 

The Napoleon Avenue neutral ground is prime parade-watching territory. (Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger)

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

The Napoleon Avenue neutral ground between Claiborne Avenue and Magnolia Street is in the process of getting a face lift, one designed with both beauty and floodwaters in mind.

The new trees and walkway may look like simple landscaping to a passerby, but is actually what the Army Corp of Engineers calls “green space restoration,” a technique that has been shown to reduce flooding. Continue reading »

Dec 052019
 

Guy Williams, Diana Lewis, Brandan “BMike” Odums and Sen. J.P. Morrell at the Committee for a Better New Orleans Citizen’s Participation Awards. (Danae Columbus)

In a recent speech to the Committee for a Better New Orleans, or CBNO, outgoing state Sen. J.P. Morrell urged attendees to talk with legislators statewide about issues important to them.

“Legislators want to hear from the public,” said Morrell. Sometimes a legislator might not have a great deal of information about a specific bill and has not made a decision how to vote. When they hear from citizens – especially those who are directly impacted by the legislation or the problem it would solve – their decisions are better informed. “You can change legislators’ minds by talking to them,” Morrell explained. Continue reading »

Dec 042019
 

Dr. Ali Sadeghi hosts
“Let’s Hear It For The Girls” breast cancer fundraiser gala

City lights twinkled on the waterfront. Neon windbreakers and leg warmers twirled on the dance floor at La Maison Du Lac on Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans on a beautiful fall night. On the 25th of October, the Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery hosted its first “Let’s Hear It For The Girls” Gala to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Complete with a DJ jockeying ’80s dance tunes, delicious food, a photo booth, and a live auction, the event raised over $30,000 for the cause. Continue reading »

Dec 042019
 

Screenshots from video taken in the 1200 block of Austerlitz Street (via NOPD)

The NOPD is seeking information to aid investigations into auto break-ins and burglaries that occurred Sunday, Dec. 1, in the Touro and Carrollton areas.

Surveillance cameras caught an attempted burglary in the Touro area around 1:15 a.m. The pictured dark-colored SUV or van was observed in the 1200 block of Austerlitz Street. Continue reading »

Dec 032019
 

NOBA Center for Dance students perform the Waltz of the Flowers. (Jeff Strout, courtesy of New Orleans Ballet Association)

The Christmas classic “Nutcracker Suite” will grace the stage at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall with two performances on Sunday.

New Orleans Ballet Association presents Tchaikovsky’s holiday adventure in a new one-hour production on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

This magical journey — from enchanting parties, dramatic battles and dancing dolls to a whimsical visit in the Land of Sweets — is brought to life in a multi-generational performance by a diverse cast of more than 200 participants ages 6 to over 70. The cast includes students from the Broadmoor Arts and Wellness Center as well as NOBA’s nationally award-winning 28-year partnership with NORD. Continue reading »