Oct 152019
 

Big wins this weekend!

What a winning weekend for all our teams: Saints, LSU, Tulane, and of course, #theAteam!

Our campaign finished with a commanding lead, and we’re in a runoff! We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you!

Now we need your help to bring home the #WIN on Election Day!  Continue reading »

Oct 072019
 


The weather in New Orleans can be unpredictable. But if you know Louisiana, one thing you can almost always count on is the heat and humidity.

Keeping some things in storage can be difficult because certain items like clothes, artwork, and furniture are more susceptible to damage from extreme changes in temperature from severe heat or cold. That’s why climate-controlled options are necessary for storage in New Orleans.

Here are just a few reasons why climate-controlled storage is so critical: Continue reading »

Oct 032019
 

When I talk to voters in District 91, public safety is always a top concern. I believe there are policies and investments we can make to strengthen the safety of our families and our neighborhoods.

First, I lost my mom to mental illness and substance abuse. It shook me, and I pledge to work so that no one loses a family member this way. Currently, our jails serve as de facto mental health institutions, creating a cycle of crime and mental health struggles. We can and should give mental health professionals more resources in New Orleans and build on successful programs like the Vera Institute’s collaboration with the NOPD’s 8th District, where people at risk for arrest due to mental illness get connected with treatment professionals instead of law enforcement. Continue reading »

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Sep 262019
 

In a state that claims to be pro-family, Louisiana has serious work to do to support families and our children, which is why I testified before the Legislature last year on paid family leave.  According to United Way, half of families with children are under the poverty level. This is unacceptable.

As a dad to a two-year-old daughter, I understand how important it is to build a solid foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing.  We have to invest in her generation at a young age: it is the single most important investment we can make. That is why early childhood education will be a priority for me in the State Legislature. Continue reading »

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Sep 232019
 

I’m ready to help improve
infrastructure and drainage.

Every day I walk throughout District 91, our neighbors remind me of the need to improve our infrastructure and drainage.

Given our geography and the decades of neglect, our infrastructure problems are going to take time and relentless effort to fix. I have the experience working in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures across the country to develop and pass legislation to address community challenges. Continue reading »

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Sep 192019
 

Liberty’s Kitchen will bring chefs, alumni, and supporters together to celebrate ten years of impact at their annual Come Grow With Us fundraiser this Friday, September 20. Chefs from nearly 20 of New Orleans’ hottest restaurants will be serving up signature dishes alongside Liberty’s Kitchen trainees and alumni, and attendees will vote on Best in Show, Most Creative, and Best Presentation.

Liberty's Kitchen Come Grow With Us 2019

Come Grow With Us is co-chaired by Chef Susan Spicer and Patrick Young, presented by The Ruby Slipper Café, and sponsored by the Ace Hotel, Domain Companies, Steve Rosenfeld and Margot Botsford, as well as dozens of other individuals, organizations and businesses.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. at the Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St. The night will include an open bar, live music, and a live auction featuring unique culinary experiences around New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Aug 132019
 

As a proud man of faith, local elected leader, homeowner, non-profit director, husband-to-be, and parent, I humbly request the honor of using my decade of experience serving our community to represent District 97 in the Louisiana State House of Representatives.

It has been my great privilege to represent District 2 on the Orleans Parish School Board, serving students, parents, teachers, and school leaders in our city. And while we have accomplished great things for our students and families since I have been elected, there is much more work to be done to ensure that our children and families are able to thrive. We must tackle the systemic and solvable intersecting issues involving healthcare, poverty, workforce, education, housing, and criminal justice. I am committed to addressing these issues to improve the lives of everyone in District 97. Continue reading »

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Aug 092019
 

The Uptown Freret Corridor is a highly walkable neighborhood. Over the past few years, it has attracted many restaurants, coffee shops, retail stores, and much more. Soon, the intersection of Valence and Freret will have a Rouses grocery. The popularity of the stretch of Freret from Jefferson to Napoleon continues to grow.

Right in the middle of all of this is The Origin At Freret. Continue reading »

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Jul 172019
 

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Last week was a crazy one, eh? After a nice downpour on Wednesday, we stayed closed until Sunday to make sure Barry didn’t rain too hard on our parade. We’re happy to be open again with two new movies to share including a big one involving some big cats.

THE LION KING is a new look on a ’90s classic. The new cast is a who’s who of A-List talent led by Donald Glover, Beyoncé, and James Earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa because nobody can fill those paws.

Director Jon Favreau has been at the forefront of using special effects to tell beautiful stories (See Zathura or the recent remake of The Jungle King for proof) so if you are hesitant about seeing this version we just have two words for you: Hakuna Matata. Continue reading »

Jul 152019
 


The New Orleans Public Library is offering hundreds of free and fun programs and activities this summer for children, teens, and adults. Our much-loved annual Summer Fun program includes Bob Ross Paint Parties, Nintendo Switch Gaming Sessions, and Audubon ZooMobile and runs through this Saturday, July 20. It is a celebration of reading and exploring all that the Library has to offer.

Summer Fun is designed to encourage the development of lifelong literacy for New Orleanians of all ages by providing them with exciting programs and reading rewards. While the program focuses on fun for all ages, there is a very serious reason that children and teens should participate.

Research shows that children and teens who do not read at least four grade-level books over the summer break will lose up to two months of reading skills. The Library fights this educational “summer slump” by providing activities and incentives to read, so we can help keep our youth from losing valuable skills over the summer. Continue reading »

Jun 122019
 

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What’s your favorite zombie movie? The beauty about the zombie movie is that it’s a genre that can seamlessly morph into other genres with ease. You’ve had zombie rom-coms, zombie musicals, zombie mockumentaries, and you even have zombie adaptations of selected works of Shakespeare. This week, we invite you to check out a zombie movie by a legend of independent cinema.

THE DEAD DON’T DIE is the newest work from director Jim Jarmusch, a man much more known for dry humor than blood and guts. Expect this zombie film to shy away from excessive dismemberment in favor of being a satire of the state of America these days.

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Jun 082019
 

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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
 

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 »

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May 312019
 
Shelley Midura, Your Happy Garden

Despite having multiple hands on deck, Shelley Midura still likes to get her hands dirty.

Your Happy Garden

David Magee rakes up trimmings from a banana tree. Magee, Midura, and the whole team are always looking for ways to help people enjoy their space, whether that means cleaning up a yard or filling an empty one.

“We are creating beautiful, enjoyable green spaces for our clients, and that makes them happy,” said Shelley Midura, owner of Your Happy Garden, a landscaping business servicing most of the Greater New Orleans area.  Midura is the former District A Councilwoman who started Your Happy Garden in 2015, a few years after her Council term ended in 2010.

Midura had enjoyed gardening for years.  “Like many people, I liked working in the dirt,” she said. “Although it can be physically taxing, it’s grounding, it’s very satisfying.”  It was after a weekend of gardening in her Dad’s backyard that she realized that she wanted to find a way to turn her passion into her vocation. Continue reading »

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May 152019
 

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If April showers bring May flowers, what do May showers bring? If you’re The Broad Theater, then it means you take the great lineup you had the previous week, add a touch of action to the mix, and give everyone the chance to see what they might have missed. This week is a jumbo-stuffed mix of cinema full of jazz, poetry, Pokemon, and a man who just can’t get over his puppy.

JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM may be a bit of a wordy title but the film itself is all action. The next installment of this franchise has critics going gaga, a rare thing for the third entry of any series. Continue reading »

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