There are few silver linings to the spate of high-profile violent crimes in New Orleans of late, but there is one thing we can be confident of: that our criminal class is staggeringly incompetent.
Yesterday’s announcements about the rise of armed robberies and that Councilmembers Jason Williams and Susan Guidry want to prioritize funding for 911 operators both illustrate the importance of better funding agencies involved in criminal justice.
“We are one mistake away from disaster and tragedy,” said Williams, who serves as Council President. “And it is unacceptable.”
Over at Eater New Orleans, Gwendolyn Knapp sums up the ill-fated “Jack & Jake’s” grocery project quite aptly – as a money pit.
The project began in 2011, when Alembic Community Development bought the former Myrtle Banks Elementary School on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. The school, built in 1910, had closed in 2002 and was gutted by fire in 2008. The Orleans Parish School Board had already determined that it wasn’t cost-effective to preserve the building, but Alembic was determined to save the façade.
The MAX (St. Mary’s Academy, St. Augustine High School, and Xavier University Preparatory, now St. Katharine Drexel Prep) will unite for a joint mixer this Thursday, Nov. 12, followed by St. Katharine’s centennial homecoming celebration, Nov. 16-21. The homecoming theme is “Masquerade on Magazine”, and all listed events are free to the public.
Are voters of Louisiana ready to forgive David Vitter? We’re not so sure.
Vitter is now openly discussing ‘the worst mistake of his life.’ We believe in the power of forgiveness and the opportunity for people to atone for their sins in order to rebuild their lives. Let’s face it: adultery is more common that many people like to admit. Even the number of extramarital relationships sought by women is rising.
But we’re not sure the public can forgive him enough to elect him as Louisiana’s next governor.
By Charlotte Gill
There’s a new sport in town, and it’s figuring out how to avoid road construction as you navigate across the city. As frustrating as it is for drivers trying to get from point A to point B every day, it is a matter of grave economic concern for New Orleans’ local independent retailers that live and die by the amount of foot traffic that walks through their doors, particularly over the holiday season.
Though not depicted that way in movies and other popular media, the truth is that the human body is extremely fragile.
It’s a common trope. Action heroes crash cars in spectacular ways and keep on fighting; they don’t have muscle strains, slipped discs, or pinched nerves as one would expect when being jerked around suddenly at high speeds. The hero can take down several of his opponents by simply rendering them unconscious; none of them die or lapse into comas as one would expect where a person is knocked out for more than a few minutes.
The reality is that injury-causing events, even relatively simple ones, can easily have dire consequences. Such consequences were felt on Oct. 15, on Frenchman Street, when Doug David, a tourist visiting from California, was punched in the street by local resident Christopher Smith. David fell onto the pavement, snapping his neck. He was left paralyzed from the neck down.
Breakthrough New Orleans (BTNOLA) will host a cocktail reception this Saturday, Nov. 7, to celebrate and honor special guests and alumni. Previously known as Summerbridge New Orleans, BTNOLA prepares middle school children for challenging academic experiences and works to inspire high school and college students to be advocates for education.
Bounce + Belly Dance Fitness will hold a pop-up class on Freret Street this Saturday, Nov. 7. This one-hour pop-up dance/fitness collaboration merges the support for unique neighborhood business ventures in dance wellness/adult performance and creative real-estate buying.
“Citizens of New Orleans, as your mayor, I am mindful of the ever-increasing cost-of-living in our fair city. Wages are not keeping pace, and many of our most economically vulnerable workers feel that they can no longer afford to live here.”
“For too long, your elected leaders have not only ignored this problem, but abetted it. Today, I pledge to ensure that we do better by our citizens – that we make their lives easier, not more difficult.”
You can file the above under “Things Mayor Landrieu Will Never Say.” Under his watch, the cost of pretty much everything has skyrocketed. Taxes, water rates, fees – they’re all higher. If Landrieu has the slightest notion of how this has affected the lives of the people he serves, he hasn’t been inclined to show it.
The NORDC Halloween Spooktacular will take place Uptown on Friday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will feature youth activities.
Dr. Jeffery Rouse, New Orleans’ recently elected Coroner, is one of the standouts among a new generation of leaders in the city.
He is bringing sunshine, energy and a new concept of community service to an office that had become a medical slum under former Coroner Dr. Frank Minyard. Dr. Rouse brings great academic credentials to the office – a 1992 Jesuit High School valedictorian and a Duke University Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Rouse is energetic, optimistic and visionary. He is completely reorganizing the office and has convinced fellow Jesuit alum Mayor Mitch Landrieu to grant a 23-percent budget increase to the perennially underfunded Coroner’s Office. In December, if all goes well, the Coroner’s Office will move to spiffy new quarters in the under-construction Forensics Center on Earhart Boulevard.
The Silverback Society, Inc. will hold its annual Gathering of The Silverbacks on Wednesday, October 28. The event invites potential mentors who are “committed to leading the next generation toward proud, productive, and responsible manhood.”
Halloween is approaching, and thus our minds venture to the spooky and weird – to goblins, witches, ghouls, vampires … and ghosts. Especially ghosts.
As American cities go, New Orleans is an old one, and so ghosts have long been a component of local lore. Ghost tours pepper the French Quarter, with throngs of tourists being treated to tales such as the Ax Man of New Orleans and the horrors of the LaLaurie House.
By Mary Beth Romig
In response to the recent opinion from Owen Courreges in the October 19, 2015 issue of Uptown Messenger, I would like the opportunity to share good news about what the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) has accomplished in terms of commercial revitalization and affordable housing, specifically in the two neighborhoods Courreges mentions.
Audubon Charter School’s Hallow Oui to feature food, live music, and activities including an art market, teacher dunk tank, chicken drop, and costume contest.
When President Obama issued his controversial executive order which would give work permits and protection from deportation to almost four million unauthorized immigrants — including an estimated 100,000 living in Louisiana — he never expected his dream to get derailed by Republican-appointed federal judges at the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans.
Irish Fest 2015 will feature live music, food, face painting, activities for children, and the 2nd Annual Irish Channel Feis.
We’re focusing on women voters this week because there are more of them, they vote more frequently than men, and they value issues differently. Unfortunately, not as many seek elected office and are often unprepared financially for the demands of the election process.
With early voting starting this Saturday, it’s time for all of us to really focus in on which candidates to vote for. Between the oversized influence of Super PAC spending, and the failure of some candidates to show up at forums (David Vitter, please note), it’s sometimes hard to know where the candidates stand on the issues.
Junior League of New Orleans will begin their Health and Wellness Speaker Series with “Mind, Body, and Spirit”. This event will offer information about meditation and stress management, negotiating skill, and physical fitness.