Jul 262014
 
Kara Morgan's partner Trey Bornmann, clasps hands on the steps of the Lyons Center in front of a sea of her friends and supporters during a second line celebration of her life on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Morgan’s partner Trey Bornmann, clasps hands on the steps of the Lyons Center in front of a sea of her friends and supporters during a second line celebration of her life on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

Kara Morgan on the parade route in 2014. (photo courtesy of Cher Groves)

Kara Lynn Morgan died of melanoma July 15, the day before her 41st birthday, but the tireless neighborhood leader is far from finished with her battle against skin cancer.

She is still fighting it — she and her many allies in New Orleans and beyond — on the fields in the park of her beloved Irish Channel. Continue reading »

Jul 222014
 
An image of the box used for peaches sold in Costco stores that are being recalled because of the possibility of bacterial infection. (via costco.com)

An image of the box used for peaches sold in Costco stores that are being recalled because of the possibility of bacterial infection. (via costco.com)

Based on concerns about a possible bacterial contamination, the federal Food and Drug Administration is issuing a recall of peaches and nectarines that were likely sold at Costco’s New Orleans store and other locations across the country. Continue reading »

Jul 222014
 
An image of the official proclamation welcoming Operation Save America to New Orleans was circulated among the group's members online. (via Facebook.com)

An image of the official proclamation welcoming Operation Save America to New Orleans was circulated among the group’s members online. (via Facebook.com)

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued an official welcome this week to Operation Save America, an anti-abortion organization that interrupted an Uptown church’s prayer service with its protests on Sunday and had plans to parade the alleged remains of a fetus around Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Continue reading »

Jun 132014
 
Will Bradshaw (center), president of Green Coast Enterprises, leads a tour of the old pharmacy building at Washington and Broad slated to be reborn this fall as South Broad Health Clinic. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Will Bradshaw (center), president of Green Coast Enterprises, leads a tour of the old pharmacy building at Washington and Broad slated to be reborn this fall as South Broad Health Clinic. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The South Broad Health Clinic in the renovated pharmacy at Washington and Broad will be operated by Access Health Louisiana, a 20-site network of community health centers across the state, when it opens later this year, officials announced Thursday. Continue reading »

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Apr 062014
 
(Via Save New Orleans Sounds Program Initiative)

(Via Save New Orleans Sounds Program Initiative)

If you are a performer, a musician, sound engineer, club manager, DJ or even simply a music fan, you at risk of sustaining a hearing disorder from your activities, so the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation is hosting Save New Orleans Sounds, a free series of events to inform you on preventable injuries from today (Sunday, April 6) through Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Mar 232014
 

A sign reading "Eat Local"  in the edible garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign reading “Eat Local” in the edible garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School.
(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

An “Edible Evening” brings more than just food to the table. The annual fundraiser benefits children through the Edible Schoolyard’s garden, kitchen, and wellness education programming at five FirstLine Schools.

Wine, burgers, desserts, tacos and more will be provided during the outdoor garden party at the Samuel J. Green Charter School in the Freret neighborhood from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday (March 27). For those party goers arriving or staying late, for the first time in five years the party will go until 10 p.m., a “Late Wave” party with Company Burger and Cure. Continue reading »

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Mar 072014
 

By Tobias Arturi

In a state in which abstinence-only sex education is the norm, and locally accessible reproductive health services are scarce, and often demonized, Planned Parenthood has always remained a stalwart voice for the practice of safe sex and a resource for those who need real answers about sex other than “Don’t Have It”.
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Mar 052014
 

A panel of leaders from different congregations across New Orleans — including Temple Sinai, St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church — will convene next week to discuss issues of sexuality and family planning during an interfaith perspective forum at Trinity Episcopal Church on (Monday) March 10. Continue reading »

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Feb 242014
 

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Get personal assistance from local organizations to help you enroll for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, by attending events by the new Health Insurance Marketplace through the end of March.

The St. Thomas Community Health Center will host information sessions and offer one-on-one assistance on Friday (Feb. 28) and twice more in March, and the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center will host an event on March 8. Continue reading »

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Feb 202014
 
Funny Bones Improv poster (via Funny Bones Improv)

Funny Bones Improv poster (via Funny Bones Improv)

Learn about the healing powers of comedy improv to help make sick children in hospitals smile and laugh with local non-profit, Funny Bones Improv. Participant applications for the Ha!Spital specialist training sessions that will teach you how to bring joy to kids and families during difficult times are due Friday (Feb. 21). Continue reading »

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Feb 142014
 

Kara Morgan

Kara Morgan

By Kara Morgan

It has been exactly a year since I was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma, having fairly large tumors in my lung and my abdomen. The good news is that I feel great and I have less cancer in me today than I did a year ago. The bad news is that I still have one large tumor and, as of today, there is no cure.

I already knew what was ahead for me as I sat in the doctor’s office on Feb. 7, 2013, listening to him confirm that the lung tumor biopsy results showed my melanoma had returned, three years after I had it removed from my face. The lymph nodes had come back clear, and my dermatologist and I were celebrating moving the big decrease in the chances it would return — except, unbeknownst to us, it already had. I knew the percentages of patients with melanoma metastasis to the lungs who survive one, two and five years are 33%, 18% and 10%, respectively. I also knew there was hope, with many stage IV survivors out there and ground breaking new treatments on the horizon.

But more than anything, I knew I felt good and I needed to get to 8th & St Charles and start setting up for the Muses parade that night before there were no spots left.
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Feb 052014
 

After the recent publication of a letter from Archbishop Gregory Aymond saying that anyone involved in the construction of a Planned Parenthood clinic on South Claiborne Avenue is “cooperating with the evil that will take place there,” pro-life activists believe the pressure they have created has delayed the start of construction since the May groundbreaking, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. Planned Parenthood has said 90 percent of its services are health care other than abortions, and that it does not perform the procedure at its clinic on Magazine Street, Hernandez notes.

Feb 012014
 

The Mercy Endeavors Senior Center’s second annual “Jazzin on Jackson” gala is slated for March 20, the center recently announced.

The event, which is to be held at St. Alphonsus Art & Cultural Center on 2030 Constance Street, will benefit the elderly living uptown, according to Cherie Moore, the center’s Director of Development. Continue reading »

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Jan 102014
 

The tent where a woman in her 50s was found dead under the Pontchartrain Expressway on Wednesday. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The tent where a woman in her 50s was found dead under the Pontchartrain Expressway on Wednesday. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The woman found dead in a tent Wednesday afternoon underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway died of hypothermia related to the extreme cold weather, the coroner confirmed to Meg Farris of our partners at WWL-TV, and another man was also found dead of hypothermia Tuesday near a Poydras Street hotel. Continue reading »

Dec 272013
 

Craig Giesecke

One of the great things about relocating to A Different Place is the learning curve. While some folks find it too easy to begin honking and beeping about how things just ain’t right in the new place, I find it mostly tremendous. So it is with my wife’s effort to obtain medical marijuana here in Southern California. Continue reading »