Jun 102019

(via NOPD)

The Shell gas station at South Carrollton Avenue and Earhart Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint early Monday, the New Orleans Police Department reported.

Two armed men entered the 24-hour business at 5:08 a.m. and pointed their weapons at the cashier, demanding cash. The cashier complied, and the gunmen fled down Oleander Street. Continue reading »

Jun 092019

from Xavier University of Louisiana

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded Xavier University of Louisiana a $500,000 grant to fund the Center for Equity, Justice and the Human Spirit at Xavier. The grant will fund initiatives aimed at improving child well-being, building leaders, and advancing community engagement and racial equity through a focus on building stronger ties between community, policy and practice in education, health, environment and criminal justice reform. Continue reading »

Jun 082019

Sponsored by Korman Gerrity Real Estate

I’m Joe Gerrity, local businessman, investor and Real Estate Broker. For my “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! The weather is heating up. How about the Uptown New Orleans housing market?

Similar to the weather: it’s getting hot! When the numbers were finalized, this was actually the busiest April since 2010 — an interesting observation, considering how many people speculate that the local housing market is slowing down. Additionally, April 2019 was the sixth busiest individual month for multifamily home sales in the past 10 years.

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Jun 072019

Leah Chase and Mary Sonnier at a Chase Family Gala in June 2014. Sonnier was the pastry chef. (courtesy of Mary Sonnier)

New Orleans always reels when it loses one of its greats, but then we count our blessings and reminisce. Ours is a community with a collective memory, and heart.

We all loved Leah Chase. And we will all miss her. Greatly. Now comes the time where we share our stories over the fence and on the front porch.

To those who had the luck to meet her, or better yet to really know her, Leah Chase was one of kind. She was our very own Queen of Creole cuisine. Continue reading »

Jun 072019

By Lance J. Robinson, Owner and Lead Attorney at The Law Office of Lance J. Robinson

Getting arrested for a DUI or DWI can be a scary, stressful experience. In New Orleans and throughout Louisiana, even your first DUI could mean losing your license, paying expensive fines, and facing other penalties. As a New Orleans DUI attorney with over 22 years of experience, I have defended hundreds of clients against DUIs and DWIs. Prepare yourself today with my top 4 tips for facing DUI charges in New Orleans and the surrounding area.

1. Cooperate with the police officer.

If you believe you did nothing wrong, your first instinct may be to argue with the police officer who pulled you over. Unfortunately, this can do more harm than good. My first tip is to remain calm and polite. Cooperate with the police officer if they ask for your name, ask to see your license and registration, ask you to step out of your vehicle, or ask you to take a breathalyzer test. But do not offer more information than is necessary, and leave the arguing to your New Orleans DUI attorney. Continue reading »

Jun 072019

(via NOPD)

A man was injured in a shooting overnight in the Milan neighborhood, the New Orleans Police Department reported.

The 32-year-old victim showed up at a local emergency room about 2:40 a.m. on Friday, June 7, to be treated for gunshot wounds. He told police he was stopped at stop sign in the 4200 block of Liberty Street when a masked gunman approached him from behind. Continue reading »

Jun 062019

Former City Council President Stacy Head, third from left, spoke to the Young Leadership Council last Friday about the importance of civic engagement. Also pictured are Karyn Kearney, left, Stephanie Powell and Andrew Koehler. (Danae Columbus)

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

In a recent speech to the Young Leadership Council, former City Council President Stacy Head told members that they had the ability to change the outcome of public issues by becoming engaged.

“The impact of civic engagement in government absolutely matters,” said Head. “You can’t sit back. Get out and do good.” Continue reading »

Jun 052019

Barricades block the flooded intersection of Olive Street at South Carrollton Avenue in August 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

From the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Residents are encouraged to prepare for heavy rainfall and potential flooding through Friday, June 7.

Numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected across the New Orleans region through Friday, some of which could cause heavy rainfall leading to ponding of water in low-lying areas and areas of poor drainage. Continue reading »

Jun 052019

Images from video footage taken in the 2800 block of Annunciation Street. (via NOPD)

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking assistance in locating and identifying two suspects seen in video surveillance in the theft of a motor scooter May 16 in the 2800 block of Annunciation Street.

The victim last observed her white 2013 Buddy motor scooter bearing Louisiana license plate MC542340 on May 15 at about 10 p.m. parked in front of her residence in the 2800 block of Annunciation Street. When she returned to the location at about 7:55 a.m. on May 16, she discovered her scooter was missing. Continue reading »

Jun 052019

An architect’s rendering of the retail development planned for the corner of State and Magazine streets. (Courtesy of Sherman Strategies)

By Jesse Baum, Uptown Messenger

Construction began on a new building at 6001 Magazine St. on Monday, June 3. The site will soon be home to four retail spaces, including a coffee shop, as soon as the end of this year.

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Jun 042019

(via NOPD)

Armed robbery on St. Charles

A woman was robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District, the New Orleans Police Department reported.

The victim, a 32-year-old woman, went to 2200 block of St. Charles Ave. at 12:36 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, to drop off cash when a man approached her car pointing a gun and demanding money. She handed over the cash and drove away. Continue reading »

Jun 042019

The vintage lunch counter in the Peaches on Magazine Street was part of an F.W. Woolworth’s store at the site. (Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger)

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

Peaches Records operators clarified how they plan to use their conditional use approval to operate as a restaurant and serve alcoholic beverages Monday, June 3, at a Neighborhood Participation Program meeting.

Peaches Records previously told the Uptown Messenger it would operate the historic Woolworth’s lunch counter in their Magazine Street location as a daily restaurant. Continue reading »