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Apr 182019
 

by Will Abberger, Vice President, Director of Conservation Finance
The Trust for Public Land

On Saturday, May 4, Orleans Parish voters will have an opportunity to vote “Yes” to enhance places where kids and adults can run, play, experience nature, while improving stormwater management—all without increasing taxes. The Trust for Public Land urges Orleans Parish voters to vote “Yes” for parks and people.

The Trust for Public Land is one of the nation’s foremost park experts. At the request of New Orleans’ park providers—City Park, NORDC, Parks and Parkways, and the Audubon Commission—The Trust for Public Land worked for three years to find ways to collaborate and strengthen New Orleans’ parks for all of its residents.

The result of this partnership was a proposal to more equitably fund New Orleans parks to improve parks and recreation area safety, repair and upgrade playgrounds, conserve natural areas, provide natural flood water storage, and make parks more accessible. With the support of Mayor Cantrell and the City Council, we worked with the park partners to create a plan that will fairly rebalance public funding, and provide more transparency, without raising taxes. Continue reading »

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Apr 182019
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks during the Katrina 10 commemoration at the Smoothie King Center in 2015. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Now that Sen. Bernie Sanders has pulled ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden in the first major national presidential poll of 2019 Democratic contenders, former Mayor Mitch Landrieu should join the race for President. When Landrieu first left office, rumors circulated that he was interested in running, but only if Biden did not make the race.

A year later, Biden is slipping while other fresh-face candidates like South Bend Indiana Mayor Peter Buttigieg are grabbing the spotlight. Released by Emerson College on Monday, the poll included 20 potential candidates. Respondents selected Sanders as their first choice (29%), Biden as their second choice (24%) and Buttigieg as their third choice (9%). Continue reading »

Apr 172019
 

(via NOPD)

The theft of a bicycle from the front of a home on Baronne Street near Upperline Street was captured on surveillance video, the New Orleans Police Department reported.

The incident occurred Monday, April 15,at 7:56 a.m. in the 4900 block of Baronne Street. As shown in the video, a man cycled by a residence where two bikes, an adult’s and child’s, were unlocked in the front yard. He stopped, entered the front yard and removed one of the bicycles.

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Apr 162019
 

April 19, 2019 | 6:00-10:30 pm @ Grow Dat Youth Farm

Grow Dat’s Annual Hootenanny is here this Friday! The annual fundraising event will take place on the seven-acre farm for an evening in celebration of local food, music, and youth leadership. More than 500 guests enjoy small plates from 25 local restaurants and dance to live zydeco and brass bands.

Join the fun on Friday, April 19 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park. This year’s performances include Louisiana’s own Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys and Grammy award-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band.

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Apr 162019
 

A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in 2015, after Lycee purchased the building.  (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The public French immersion school Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans has received a lead gift of $100,000 from Jim and Catherine MacPhaille. These funds are a donation to the recently launched Room to Grow campaign, a campaign to raise funds for the renovation of the Priestley building, which will house Lycée’s high school program.

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Apr 152019
 

(prcno.org)

The Preservation Resource Center is hosting a three-part series to address the risks and challenges climate change presents for New Orleans and the role preservation can play in creating a more resilient future.

The first event of the series, to be held Wednesday, is a panel discussion titled “Document.” As the PRC website explains: “As our climate changes, so do our natural, built and cultural landscapes. While we strive to save as much as we can, we must consider what we are poised to lose and how efforts to record and archive can help mitigate inevitable casualties.”

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Apr 152019
 

Raquel Dorsey, 34

The New Orleans Police Department has obtained an arrest warrant for Raquel Dorsey, 34, in connection with a stabbing that occurred Tuesday, April 9, in the 4500 block of Elba Street.

At 9:09 p.m. on April two neighbors heard an argument outside. When they went to investigate the noise, they heard someone yelling for help and found the victim, a 45-year-old man, lying the porch.

The victim was bleeding profusely from multiple wounds across his body.

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Apr 142019
 

Demontre Smith, 20

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking to question and to obtain a DNA swab from Demontre Smith, 20, identified as a person of interest in the killing of Jerry Harris, 20.

Hall was shot in Central City on March 28, police say, and his body was found in the Garden District.

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Apr 112019
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

The soaring crime rate among juveniles is just another indication that most New Orleans schools are not adequately serving the hardest-toreach children. Juveniles often turn to crime because of poverty, undesirable living conditions, minimal parental involvement, and an overall lack of opportunities. Providing the comprehensive wrap-around services required by the many New Orleans children who have learning or behavioral problems is simply not a priority in today’s educational system. Continue reading »

Apr 102019
 

A surge in traffic camera tickets recently took New Orleans driver by surprise, after the city quietly lowered the threshold for speeding in school zones from 6 to 4 mph.

The City Council’s Budget Committee is asking the administration to address the changes to the Traffic Camera Safety Program in a meeting on Thursday, April 18.

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