Apr 192017

New Orleans police officers inspect the body of a homicide victim on the corner of LaSalle and Amelia street in Central City Sunday night, January 22, 2017. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

After two homicides so far this year just blocks apart in the nearby Milan neighborhood, members of the Delachaise Neighborhood Association decided Tuesday night to begin exploring the idea of a tax-funded security and improvement district to pay for extra police patrols. Continue reading »

Mar 212017

A limousine pulls up to the Il Mercato venue for an event in late October 2016. The venue offers valet parking, but says very few patrons use it because they arrive in for-hire cars. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

With for-hire cars like Uber and Lyft becoming the predominant mode of transportation for their customers, Il Mercato event venue on Magazine Street plans to dramatically reduce the amount of valet parking it provides based on a new agreement with its neighbors. Continue reading »

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Mar 082017

The Central Carrollton Association will lead a discussion around issues such as the Nix library renovations, maintenance of the neighborhood cemeteries, tree planting, street repairs, zoning issues and crime in their spring meeting and social Thursday evening. Continue reading »

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Mar 062017

Mayor Mitch Library reads “How to Dress A Po-Boy” to a group of Waldorf School elementary students at the Nix Library in Carrollton after it reopened Monday morning following extensive renovations. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans city leaders and Carrollton residents celebrated the reopening of the Nix Branch Library after five months of renovations Monday morning with an official ribbon cutting, and officials promised to begin studying ways to address community members’ pleas for access for disabled patrons in the months to come. Continue reading »

Feb 222017

The former firehouse at Annunciation and Terpsichore is proposed to become the “Gris Gris Social Club.” (image via City of New Orleans)

Since he first discovered how New Orleans’ social aid and pleasure clubs exist in the city through zoning laws six years ago, Uptown resident and documentary film maker Trent Robinson has been trying to figure out how to create one of his own.

He may finally have his chance, he told members of the Coliseum Square Association on Monday night. He’s applied for a license to run the newly-envisioned Gris Gris Social Club out of an old firehouse, located on 907 Terpsichore Street in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Feb 082017

The LEAD Community Training Program is a workshop series by The Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) designed to empower its participants in the areas of Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, and Development, for which the program is named. The seven-week program plans to teach participants skills in community organizing, advocacy, public policy, and land use and development.

The registration deadline for the 2017 LEAD program is Friday, Feb. 10.

For more information, see the full story from Gentilly Messenger.

LEAD students (LEADers) from a previous year (via foundationforlouisiana.org)

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Jan 202017

Could you or someone you know benefit from a training program designed to develop and enhance leadership skills? Are you affiliated with an organization that needs qualified leaders on its Board of Directors?

The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) is once again bringing its award-winning Get On Board training program to energetic individuals who want to improve Metropolitan New Orleans. Interested individuals and organizations can apply until Monday, January 23.

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Jan 172017

Highlighted area shows the section of Annunciation Square under consideration for a dog park. (Graphic by UptownMessenger.com, source: city of New Orelans)

Many members of the Coliseum Square Association voiced favor Monday night for a proposed gated dog run in Annunciation Square, though some still question the safety and cleanliness of allowing dogs to run freely so close to children. Continue reading »

Jan 062017

The Phunny Phorty Phellows are a carnival krewe that dates back to the 1870s. Their annual parade on the “Epiphany” marks the beginning of the Carnival season. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Phunny Phorty Phellows, a New Orleans carnival krewe that dates back to the 1870s, brings in the Carnival season with their St. Charles avenue street car parade. Riders and attendees alike braved the cold and the rain to welcome in the 2017 Carnival season.

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Dec 152016
A rendering from Magazine Street of the proposed Investar Bank. (courtesy of Robert Kocher)

A rendering of the view from Magazine Street of the proposed Investar Bank. (submitted photo)

A small Baton Rouge bank intends to enter the New Orleans market with a new location on Magazine Street, and neighbors hope that the building design and drive-through they plan will fit in well with the neighborhood. Continue reading »

Dec 072016

Senior centers across Orleans Parish have contributed to The Older Adults Cookbook Project celebration entitled “A Lifetime of Delicious Memories”. The celebration will be held on Friday, December 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carrollton-Hollygrove Senior Center, located at 3300 Hamilton Street. The event will feature an opening welcome, “Tales from the Dish”, in which seniors recount their favorite recipes and fond memories of cooking, and special gratitude to the Edgar Jr. & Leah Chase Family Foundation for grant support of this project. Continue reading »

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Dec 022016
Roechelle Cox (submitted photo)

Roechelle Cox (submitted photo)

By R. Stephanie Bruno

If you ever set foot inside of the CVS on Prytania Street or Zara’s across the way, you couldn’t help but notice Roechelle Cox. She was the ray of sunshine who welcomed you at both neighborhood spots for about three years, until July of this year. That was when her CVS manager made a trip to her apartment on Milan Street with the apartment manager because Cox hadn’t shown up at work. They found the 51 year old dead. Continue reading »

Dec 022016
Joe Becker, general superintendent of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, describes the need for voters to approve a property-tax renewal that funds drainage operations in the city before the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association on Thursday, Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Joe Becker, general superintendent of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, describes the need for voters to approve a property-tax renewal that funds drainage operations in the city before the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association on Thursday, Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With barely more than a week before the Dec. 10 election, officials with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans are making their final effort to spread the word about voting to renew a tax that provides the agency with a third of its budget for draining the city. Continue reading »

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