Nov 252019
 

A locked gate is at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1’s entrance on Washington Avenue. The historic cemetery has been closed since September. (Nicholas Reimann)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

Tourists flocking to what’s become one of the Garden District’s most popular destinations are met with is just a padlock and a sign: “Lafayette Cemetery #1 will be temporarily closed for repairs.”

It’s been over two months since the city of New Orleans, which owns the cemetery, shut down the area for public access, as it performs the most extensive restoration effort in recent history on the site, which has graves dating back to the 1830s. Continue reading »

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Nov 162019
 

Longtime supporters of the local YWCA are raising money for a new building to replace the one devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Pictured are Sybil Morial and Gail Glapion (seated) and Judge Terri Love, Kathleen M. Franks and Sabrina Mays. (Danae Columbus)

“We’re on a mission to rebuild our programs and physical structure,” said Dr. Shelia J. Webb, president-elect of the Young Women’s Christian Association in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures decimated the YWCA building at 601 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway and forced a 14-year interruption of an agency that had been an integral part of New Orleans for almost a century. Continue reading »

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Sep 302019
 

Shoppers browse through comics at Crescent City Comics. The store held a party on Saturday to celebrate 10 years since its reopening after Hurricane Katrina. (Sharon Lurye, Uptown Messenger)

By Sharon Lurye, Uptown Messenger

Fans assembled at Crescent City Comics in the Freret neighborhood on Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the comic book store’s rebirth after Hurricane Katrina.

It wasn’t always clear that the store would make it this far. It opened in Gentilly in 1994, but when the storm hit in 2005, the shop lost much of its stock to flooding. It stayed shuttered for the next four years. Continue reading »

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Aug 292018
 

(image courtesy of David Mora)

I hear it’s pouring rain today in New Orleans. How apt. Most of my friends say they will not watch television today. I haven’t seen my friend Kim Abramson in person for years, but today her Instagram post was one of grief. It reads, “We won’t turn on the TV today, because I can’t take the images. I love you, New Orleans, hang in there.”

Many others are planning a social media blackout. I will likely employ both survival tactics. For that is what we did—Katrina survivors, the luckier few anyway—we survived. Far too many did not.

Yesterday afternoon, Times-Picayune reporter Melinda Morris innocently Tweeted, “Where were you 13 years ago today?” The roundup’s responses brought forth emotions forgotten in the daily hustle. More poignantly, it brought tears. Morris admitted she can’t bring herself to watch video feed of Hurricane Katrina.

There were numerous emotional admissions from New Orleans and Mississippi on yesterday’s social media, emotions and memories that the rest of America will never be able to grasp. Many started crying. I was one of them. Continue reading »

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Jul 212017
 

(rendering via City of New Orleans)

Just two months after announcing the start of construction on the new headquarters for the NOPD Second District in Gert Town, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials returned to the site Friday morning to break ground for the new $6.7 million pool and community center that will be built next door. Continue reading »

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Apr 192017
 

via National Audubon Society

Restore the Mississippi River Delta, a coalition of several organizations, will present “Concert for the Coast” to help raise awareness about Louisiana’s coastal land loss crisis and the critical projects available to restore the coast. Continue reading »

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Feb 202017
 

Several student organizations at Loyola University New Orleans have made efforts to aid in tornado relief and cleanup. While the school is not equipped with tools to send students out and immediately start rebuilding, they encourage students to find ways to help, according to a report by Dannielle Garcia of The Maroon. Continue reading »

Dec 012016
 

The Rescue Class of 2016…What a Year!

We had a goal of 400 companion animals that would find their forever homes in 2016. We were well on our way to reaching the goal until that number was shattered after the disastrous flooding in our region in August. Our rescue brought in an additional 250+ animals that were in desperate need of care. We anticipate the final number for 2016 to be 500 saved and adopted lives!

Your compassion and generosity saved so many of these lives! Without you, we could not fulfill the mission of eradicating pet homelessness and euthanasia in the New Orleans area via our all-volunteer efforts. Continue reading »

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Sep 162016
 
PrintThe Humane Society of Louisiana, a 501c(3) non-for-profit, has been working consistently to evacuate, rescue, care for, and aid animals and their guardians around the areas impacted by the Louisiana floods.
Petcetera NOLA will host their 9th Annual “Bad to the Bone: Rescued on the Runway” fundraiser on Saturday, September 17, which will benefit the HSL and other rescue and relief organizations.

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Aug 152016
 

Several local and national organizations have put a call out to request donations and volunteers in the wake of Louisiana’s historic flooding, which has so far killed six, according to the Weather Channel, and forced rescues of 20,000 more. Here are local and national places to give monetary donations and goods.

Church Alley Coffee & The Good Shop, located at 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., is collecting toiletries, shoes, socks, cleaning supplies, baby wipes, formulas, car seats, fans, contractor garbage bags, gloves, and utility knives.

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Jun 072016
 
(via Urban Conservancy)

(via Green Light New Orleans)

Green Light New Orleans and the Urban Conservancy, two local nonprofit organizations, received a total of $250,000 in grant money from the Allianz Katrina Fund to promote sustainable living in Orleans and Jefferson Parish by implementing programs which address energy consumption, water mitigation and fresh food access.

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Nov 162015
 
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Over at Eater New Orleans, Gwendolyn Knapp sums up the ill-fated “Jack & Jake’s” grocery project quite aptly – as a money pit.

The project began in 2011, when Alembic Community Development bought the former Myrtle Banks Elementary School on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. The school, built in 1910, had closed in 2002 and was gutted by fire in 2008. The Orleans Parish School Board had already determined that it wasn’t cost-effective to preserve the building, but Alembic was determined to save the façade. Continue reading »

Oct 192015
 
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A few weeks ago the animated TV show “South Park” premiered a new episode regarding an issue so close to our hearts here in New Orleans: gentrification.

The plot of the episode revolved around attempts by the fictitious Colorado town for which the series is named to attract a new Whole Foods Market. This, the city reasoned, would prove the backwoods hamlet to be progressive and forward-thinking. Continue reading »

Oct 122015
 
Homeowners of 1823 Cadiz St. cut the ribbon to their new wheelchair ramp built by volunteers from Shell and Junior League of New Orleans.

Homeowners of 1823 Cadiz St. cut the ribbon to their new wheelchair ramp built by volunteers from Shell and Junior League of New Orleans. Courtesy of Gambel Communications

This past Friday, Oct. 9, Rebuilding Together New Orleans completed the rebuilding of its 500th home since Hurricane Katrina. Through RTNO, over 500 volunteers worked on 14 home repair projects for disabled, elderly and military veteran homeowners over the first two weekends of October. Continue reading »

Aug 272015
 
Former Mayor Marc Morial and Mayor Mitch Landrieu discussion the state of New Orleans together. (photo via Danae Columbus)

Former Mayor Marc Morial and Mayor Mitch Landrieu discussion the state of New Orleans together. (photo via Danae Columbus)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

For many New Orleanians life has never been the same since Hurricane Katrina destroyed their homes, their neighborhoods, their schools, and their sense of community. Katrina was an experience they do not want to relive on this or any other anniversary. For them, the grief process is ongoing. African Americans especially feel the rules were stacked against them, making their recovery even harder. Continue reading »