Sep 202017
 

The Inspire to Empower Gala promises to be an incredible and inspiring evening for all who attend! Guests will enjoy an array of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and libations in the gorgeous Alice M. Harte courtyard and atrium while listening to live entertainment and bidding in a silent auction.

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Sep 152017
 

Candidates for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council — Joe Giarrusso III, Dan Ring, Tilman Hardy, Toyia Washington-Kendrick, Drew Ward and Aylin Maklansky — debate during a town hall hosted by Carrollton neighborhood groups on Thursday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

City Council District A is home to a plethora of the city’s parks and greenspaces, and their management and sustainability remains an important issue as the city grows. All six District A candidates said they’d fight to keep greenspaces across the city, though they presented different preservation tactics.

Two candidates stressed the importance of zoning ordinances and the city’s Master Plan in protecting current greenspace, while others argued for legislation protecting trees and living plants. Some candidates said they’d look into unifying park management into one entity, if it proves efficient. Continue reading »

Sep 142017
 

District A candidates are (top row, from left) Joe Giarrusso III, Tilman Hardy, Aylin Maklansky, Dan Ring, Drew Ward and Toyia Washington-Kendrick. (UptownMessenger.com graphic from file photos)

A coalition of neighborhood groups from around the Carrollton area and beyond will hear from candidates for the open District A seat on the New Orleans City Council at a forum tonight at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. Continue reading »

Sep 132017
 

Eugene Ben argues for a stormwater management team working under the City Council during Tuesday’s District B forum. From left, candidate Timothy David Ray, Seth Bloom, “Action Andre” Strumer, Ben, Catherine Love and Jay Banks (Sabree Hill/Uptown Messenger).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

All six City Council District B candidates said they’re against a new stormwater management fee proposed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to help pay for improvements to the city’s troubled drainage system, though most proposed again adding City Council oversight to the Sewerage and Water Board Commission.

Candidates touched on stormwater infrastructure, public safety and short-term rental issues at a forum Tuesday evening hosted by several Uptown neighborhood associations. Most candidates argued for more transparency from the S&WB commission – especially in light of the August flood – though they each had different ideas on how to move forward. Continue reading »

Sep 062017
 

NOLA Aikido will hold its annual Open House this Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our Chief Instructor, Robert Brian Levy and students will provide a demonstration of the Japanese martial art of Aikido.

We’ll be available to answer any questions and will offer an opportunity for prospective students to experience Aikido for themselves. Refreshments will be served.

NOLA Aikido is located in Mid-City, and is dedicated to teaching traditional Aikido to students of all ages. Both adult and children’s classes are offered. Continue reading »

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Aug 222017
 

A crowd gathers outside of the Maple Leaf Bar for the unveiling of the king and queen of the Krewe of O.A.K. Krewe of O.A.K. hosted the 31st annual Mid Summer Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, August 19. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, August 19, the Krewe of O.A.K. hosted the 31st annual Mid Summer Mardi Gras parade. The parade rolls down Oak street to Carrollton avenue, down to Palmer park and back up Carrollton down Oak street, finishing at the Maple Leaf Bar. This year’s parade, which rolled a week early, was themed “Dirty One XXXI Coming In Hot.” The queen was Stacy Morigeau and King Robustus XXXI is Doug Trager.

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Jul 272017
 

Breast cancer survivor Corinne DuCre-Villavasso, pictured with her family, started a foundation to help other cancer victims. (submitted photo)

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Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

A consummate wife, mother and urban planning consultant, Corinne DuCre-Villavasso, was living the life she always dreamed of when in 2014 she tested positive for the Braca 1 gene mutation commonly associated with breast cancer. DuCre-Villavasso had just given birth to her third child and was visiting her physician for a post-partum check-up when told of her diagnosis. Continue reading »

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Jul 262017
 

Unity Church

On Sunday, August 6, Margaret Nicolson, a certified Jin Shin Jitshu practitioner, will give a free presentation and demonstration of this ancient healing art at Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, as part of the Bob Tucker Wellness Forum.

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Jul 252017
 

StayLocal will present “Know-It-All Trivia Night & Biz Showcase” at Wayward Owl Brewing Company (3940 Thalia St, New Orleans, LA 70125) on Thursday, July 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The trivia will test guests’ knowledge of all things business, from historic New Orleans companies, to professional etiquette, to national economic trends. Continue reading »

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Jul 252017
 

Kynnadi Smith, left, fits Tammy Lee, right, for a bracelet from Ugly Betty Boutique at the Friends and Flows event on July, 22 at Dryades Public Market. The pop-up event featured painters, photographers, merchants, clothing designers and drink specials. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Dryades Public Market hosted the popup marketplace “Friends and Flows” for the first time Saturday, raising awareness of issues like food deserts, the market’s role in the Central City neighborhood, and gentrification. Continue reading »

Jul 242017
 

Kellie Thorn, from Atlanta, mixes two cocktails at Hi Hat Cafe. The 3rd annual Freret Street Block Party, the closing event of Tails of the Cocktail, included drinks at seven different restaurants from Jena to Soniat Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Seven bars on Freret Street between Jena and Soniat Streets offered specialty cocktails as part of the third annual Freret Street Block Party. The block party is the closing event for New Orleans’ annual Tails of the Cocktail event. Some participating venues featured bartenders from out of town.

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