Nov 222017

Premium, fresh cut, Frasier fir Christmas trees (2 to 12 feet), wreaths and fresh garland have
arrived at First UU Church located at 5212 Claiborne Ave. (at Jefferson). All proceeds go to
support First UU Church and its various social justice and community service programs. Continue reading »

Nov 182017

Jay Banks gestures to supporters during his victory speech Saturday night at Ashe Power House. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Jay Banks has won the District B race with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to official results.

By Robert Morris and Claire Byun

Jay Banks has won the runoff for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council over Seth Bloom by a narrow margin of 131 votes, according to the official results, but Bloom says he is not conceding the race until next week.

Seth Bloom refuses to concede the result of the District B City Council race. It will come down to a recount on Tuesday, November 21. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Nov 152017

Inspired​ ​by​ ​ABC’s​ ​​Dancing​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Stars​,​ ​the​ 8th​ ​Annual​ ​Young​ ​Audiences​ ​​Dancing​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Arts​ ​gala​ ​will​ ​feature​ ​local​ ​community​ ​leaders​ ​competing​ ​on the​ ​dance​ ​floor​ ​with​ ​professional​ ​dancers​ ​for​ ​the​ ​coveted​ ​People’s​ ​Choice​ ​Award.​ ​The​ ​​​gala​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​at​ ​The​ ​Civic​ ​Theatre​ ​on Friday,​ ​December​ ​1​ ​from​ ​7​ ​to​ ​11 p.m.​ ​starting​ ​with​ ​a​ ​red​ ​carpet​ ​reception​ ​and​ ​cocktail​ ​hour. Festivities​ ​include​ ​a silent​ ​auction,​ ​an​ ​open​ ​bar,​ ​fine​ ​fare,​ ​and​ ​entertainment.

The best part? All​ ​proceeds​ ​from​ ​the​ ​gala​ ​will​ ​support​ the ​Young​ ​Audiences​ ​afterschool​ ​and​ ​summer​ ​arts​ ​education programs.​

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Nov 102017

Dear District B Voters,

Let me be clear: My first priority will always be to protect neighborhoods. The proliferation of short-term rentals has decimated some neighborhoods, artificially inflating the long-term rental market and driving out locals from our community. What they have become is a far-cry from what the Council originally intended—allowing homeowners to supplement their income. Continue reading »

Nov 092017

The Louisiana Department of Education recently released school letter grades, and the InspireNOLA charter network continues to excel and outperform area schools. Alice Harte Charter School and Edna Karr High School both maintained “A” letter grades, and Andrew Wilson Charter School’s school performance score increased by over 31 points in only two years.

For the fourth year in a row, Harte achieved an “A” letter grade and surpassed the state average of students scoring Mastery or above on LEAP assessments. Harte continues to remain a top open-admissions school in the city and one of only two open-admissions “A” elementary schools in New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Nov 092017

Judicial candidates Marie Williams, Graham Bosworth and Byron C. Williams answer questions during an election forum hosted by the Home Defense Foundation in 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Cycle enthusiast Michael Weinberger — who leads the twice weekly rides for the Crescent City Cyclists Club and is also founder of the Home Defense Foundation — is not your average citizen activist. A retired lawyer from Brooklyn, New York who specialized in mechanical engineering liability, Weinberger always held distinct views on how government should operate. “Citizens should try to make a difference,” said Weinberger who moved to New Orleans in 2007 after first visiting here years earlier on a month-long motorcycle trip. Continue reading »

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Oct 202017

Saffron NOLA: Tikki Trio of beet, pea pate, and vegetable potato cakes (photo by Katherine Kimball, katkimballphoto.com)

It’s been two months since its grand opening on Magazine Street, and the renown Gretna pop-up officially has a permanent home in New Orleans.

Saffron NOLA is finally Uptown; better yet, it’s now open five nights a week and still offering craft cocktails, now with a Happy Hour and Sunday brunch. Continue reading »

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Oct 132017

Oktoberfesters in Alpine hats and Lederhosen (Photo by Katherine Kimball)

Oktoberfest and the Oompa band have finally returned to New Orleans proper. What could be more fitting for a New Orleanian than Bratwurst and beer on the bayou?
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Sep 282017
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Ever since I kicked my first political envelope at age 12, I have been passionate about politics. I look forward to every campaign season. I speculate who will qualify, pour over campaign literature, attend forums, devour polls, analyze campaign finance reports, and eagerly await election returns.

Somehow this campaign season is different. Although early voting begins Saturday September 30 and continues through October 7, a high number of voters – more than 30 percent by several accounts- have still not decided who they would support. Early voters- including many chronic voters- now make up twenty percent of total voters. Candidates who fare well in early voting are more likely to win. Continue reading »

Sep 282017

Dear Voters,

We are a great city with character, resilience and opportunities, but the problems we face are threatening our future and tearing apart the fabric of our community.

Every resource we have must be used to solve our crime problem, upgrade our
infrastructure, and maintain a viable economy with good jobs. Continue reading »

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Sep 142017
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

A mysterious new anti-Desiree Charbonnet hit piece that selected voters began receiving yesterday is just the latest effort to take full advantage of voter polarization that begins in Washington and trickles down to the local level. With “undecided” still the largest voting block in many of the October elections, candidates and their handlers are doing their best to develop messages that resonate with voters and build consensus. Continue reading »

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Sep 122017

Candidates for the District B seat on the City Council are Jay H. Banks, Eugene Ben, Seth Bloom, Catherine Love, Timothy David Ray and Andre Strumer. (UptownMessenger.com graphic)

A group of neighborhood associations that span much of the Uptown area will hold a forum for the District B candidates for the New Orleans City Council tonight at St. George’s Episcopal Church on St. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

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Sep 052017

Candidates who qualified for the District A seat on the City Council are (top row, from left) Joe Giarrusso III, Tilman Hardy, Aylin Maklansky, Dan Ring, Drew Ward and Toyia Washington-Kendrick. In District B, (bottom row) Jay H. Banks, Seth Bloom, Eugene Ben, Catherine Love, Timothy David Ray and Andre Strumer qualified. (UptownMessenger.com graphic via candidates’ photos)

Two upcoming election forums organized by Carrollton and Uptown neighborhood groups will give voters the chance to hear from candidates running for New Orleans City Council Districts A and B. Continue reading »

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Aug 312017
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Westbank native Derrick Edwards is leading every poll in the race for State Treasurer. As the only Democrat, he is almost sure to make the runoff against one 0f three Republicans- former Commissioner if Administration Angele Davis, State Senator Neil Riser or former State Rep John Schroeder. The election will be held October 14. Continue reading »

Aug 312017

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Before we get into this week’s announcements we’d like to take a moment to send our love and support to all of those in Texas and Louisiana being affected by Hurricane Harvey. This city knows all too well what a storm can do to a community, and we stand side by side with those who once helped us when we needed it. To aid in the recovery process, we are opening in our lobby a drop off station for supplies to be sent to Houston. Now let’s get to our new releases.

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