Oct 312018

from New Orleans Police Department

New Orleans Police on Halloween

via NOPD

The NOPD coordinated with Walgreens again this year to do a candy giveaway and to make sure kids have a safe and boo-tiful Halloween.

Dozens of local Walgreen stores donated over 400 bags of candy to the New Orleans Police Department to allow neighborhood kids to interact with their local police officers on Halloween.

Superintendent Michael Chief Harrison is encouraging community members, parents or guardians to stop by their local district station to allow kids to trick-or-treat in a safe environment with officers. Continue reading »

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Oct 312018

A rendering of the building at 4528 Freret Street after its proposed redevelopment into a grocery store with condos above the parking lot. Architect Nick Marshall noted that the building was a Canal Villere grocery store in the 1970s and 80s. (image courtesy of Chase Marshall architects)

The New Orleans City Council is expected to decide Thursday on whether to allow a proposed grocery store in the former Publiq House space at the Neighborhood Housing Services building on Freret Street as well as 24 adjacent condo units, the first of what is now two current efforts to bring groceries to the booming neighborhood. Continue reading »

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Oct 312018

Omar K. Mason, Candidate for Civil District Court Judge

Every six years, the citizens in New Orleans are faced with a critical question – who deserves to be elected judge of Civil District Court? Unfortunately, due to the untimely death of Judge Clare Jupiter, the voters of Orleans Parish must answer this important question earlier than expected. As the legal community mourns the passing of a terrific colleague, friend, and judge, the citizens of Orleans Parish are reminded of the significance of who will be granted the opportunity to serve our community for the remaining two years of Judge Jupiter’s term.

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Oct 302018
UnDesign the Redline Opening Reception

via UnDesign the Redline Opening Reception Facebook event page

“UnDesign the Redline,” a traveling exhibit developed by Designing the WE and supported by Enterprise Community Partners and Foundation for Louisiana, will have its opening reception on Thursday, November 1st. Continue reading »

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Oct 242018

The building at 1610 St. Charles Avenue, where Tiger Paw Daiquiris and Grill plans to move in. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The controversial plan to open a new daiquiri shop on St. Charles Avenue created a heated debate before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, and the commission ultimately decided to let the City Council make a decision without their recommendation. Continue reading »

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Oct 182018

The property at 4505 South Claiborne Avenue. (photo via City of New Orleans)

A new radiology office is planned for a vacant portion of the South Claiborne Avenue property occupied by the Church of the Annunciation, and it has received initial approval from the City Planning Commission. Continue reading »

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Oct 162018

The building at 1610 St. Charles Avenue, where Tiger Paw Daiquiris and Grill plans to move in. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Opposition to a plan to turn a vacant coffee shop on St. Charles Avenue into a small daiquiri bar grew more formal Monday night when the Lower Garden District Association voted unanimously to oppose the project at its hearing before the City Planning Commission next week. Continue reading »

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Oct 042018

The warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street is slated to be renovated into a venue for “The Fallen Saint” immersive theatre production. The taller building between it and the Pontchartrain Expressway is not part of the proposal. (via city of New Orleans)

The controversial proposal to convert a former Lower Garden District warehouse into a venue for a permanent new-to-New Orleans immersive-theatre production called “The Fallen Saint” won unanimous approval from the City Council on Thursday — overcoming ardent opposition from some nearby neighbors by agreeing to an exhaustive list of operating conditions described as without precedent in the city.

Early concept art for one of the performance spaces in “The Fallen Saint,” an immersive theatre production slated for the warehouse at 1152 Magazine Street. (courtesy of Proximity Entertainment)

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Oct 032018

The Gert Town Natatorium, photographed in early August. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The newly constructed Gert Town Natatorium — next door to the recently-completed New Orleans Police Department Second District station — is now open to swimmers, with classes scheduled throughout the day, according to city recreation officials. Continue reading »

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Sep 262018

Joe Giarrusso

Jason Williams

How does New Orleans City Council prioritize its budget?

Joe Giarrusso III, who represents District A, and Jason Williams, elected by the city at large, discussed the city’s budgeting process and priorities with residents of the Carrollton Area Network. Both councilmembers used the Tuesday evening meeting to present their ideas for improvements or new allocations, with opportunities for public input.

Roughly half of the city’s $646 million general funds are spent on public safety and government, according to the city’s 2018 adopted budget. Roughly five percent goes toward public works – around $33 million – and just over $37 million put toward sanitation. Police and fire combined are allotted just over $263 million.

Every 24 cents on the dollar is dedicated to public safety; the same amount is allocated to public education. Eight cents go toward sewerage and water, but not drainage, and seven cents go toward public transportation. Three cents for every dollar are dedicated to street and traffic signals, which translates to roughly $5 million, Giarrusso said. Continue reading »

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Sep 262018

Visit the Notarial Archives Research CenterArchives Month from the office of Chelsey Richard Napoleon, Clerk of Civil District Court

Chelsey Richard Napoleon, Clerk of Civil District Court and Ex-Officio Recorder, is celebrating Archives Month at the Notarial Archives Research Center during the month of October. Tours, workshops, and seminars are scheduled throughout the month, with an opening reception on October 1. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited.
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Sep 242018

Nix library on South Carrollton Avenue (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

After years of requests from Carrollton neighborhood leaders and accessibility advocates, city officials are now considering allocating a half-million dollars to make Nix Library wheelchair-accessible with a new lift at the front entrance. Continue reading »

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Sep 212018

Jason Williams

Joe Giarrusso III

Two members of the New Orleans City Council — Joe Giarrusso III, who represents District A, and Jason Williams, elected by the city at large — will meet with Carrollton neighborhood activists and residents next week for a discussion of the upcoming city budget process and priorities. Continue reading »

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Sep 202018

The former Jim Russell’s Rare Records building at 1831 Magazine is being renovated into a home for the new Union Ramen restaurant. (photo via City Planning Commission)

Union Ramen has received the final approval it needed in order to open inside the large Magazine Street building that formerly housed Jim Russell Rare Records. Continue reading »

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