Aug 122019
 

The star of Bravo’s Southern Charm New Orleans talks loving his new life

Former Saints player Jeff Charleston at the 2019 Saints training camp participating in the Saints Legends program and meeting fans.(Credit Evan Myers/NFL/Saints)

Former Saints player and Southern Charm New Orleans star, Jeff Charleston has a lot to say about his life, and the gist is that he’s loving every minute of it. An interview with Charleston reveals a man excited about new beginnings and a fresh start in his adopted hometown.

“I cannot wait to move back to New Orleans,” said Charleston. “I just have to figure out where in the city I want to live again.”

New Orleanians who don’t watch the Bravo reality series know him as No. 97, the Saints Defensive End who played in the Black and Gold Super Bowl.

He says that year felt like a fairy tale and that experiencing the support of the city after the Saints win is one the greatest moments of his life.

“It really changed the city,” said Charleston. “I felt like after the win, I was adopted by New Orleans.” Continue reading »

May 152019
 
Tyrann Mathieu Foundation welcome reception

(via Tyrann Mathieu Foundation Facebook page)

New Orleans native and NFL Pro Bowler Tyrann Mathieu will host the 2nd annual weekend of events benefiting his New Orleans-based nonprofit. The weekend kicks off with a soiree at the New Orleans Jazz Market Friday, May 17, and features a Celebrity Kickball Classic on Saturday, May 18.

(via tyrannmathieu.org)

The Tyrann Mathieu Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission “to impact the lives of financially disadvantaged children and youth through encouragement, opportunities and resources to achieve their dreams in Phoenix and his hometown of New Orleans.” Continue reading »

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Apr 182019
 

by Will Abberger, Vice President, Director of Conservation Finance
The Trust for Public Land

On Saturday, May 4, Orleans Parish voters will have an opportunity to vote “Yes” to enhance places where kids and adults can run, play, experience nature, while improving stormwater management—all without increasing taxes. The Trust for Public Land urges Orleans Parish voters to vote “Yes” for parks and people.

The Trust for Public Land is one of the nation’s foremost park experts. At the request of New Orleans’ park providers—City Park, NORDC, Parks and Parkways, and the Audubon Commission—The Trust for Public Land worked for three years to find ways to collaborate and strengthen New Orleans’ parks for all of its residents.

The result of this partnership was a proposal to more equitably fund New Orleans parks to improve parks and recreation area safety, repair and upgrade playgrounds, conserve natural areas, provide natural flood water storage, and make parks more accessible. With the support of Mayor Cantrell and the City Council, we worked with the park partners to create a plan that will fairly rebalance public funding, and provide more transparency, without raising taxes. Continue reading »

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Apr 052019
 

There has long been a strong chess culture in New Orleans, and soon it will have a hub: the Morphy Chess and Cultural Center at 3714 B Earhart Blvd.

The grand opening for the Morthy Chess and Culture Center is Friday, April 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. This nonprofit center will be a hub for chess, chess games, chess camps and chess lessons.

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Feb 082019
 

Mayor LaToya Cantrell speaks to attendees of a District B community meeting at Lyons Recreation Center on Thursday. Cantrell appeared on a millage reallocation for parks in New Orleans. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

Mayor LaToya Cantrell took her administration’s push at reallocating property taxes for parks to the grassroots level Thursday, Feb. 7, speaking to a group of mostly supportive residents at a meeting at Lyons Recreation Center, asking them to approve a May 4 ballot measure doing so.

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Feb 072019
 

Thousands of runners converge on St. Charles Avenue during the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The 2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon is slated for Sunday, Feb. 10. The international event attracts both the running masses and elite athletes. It also brings road closures, parking restrictions and traffic delays.

St. Charles Avenue will be closed to traffic Sunday morning from 6 a.m. to 10:45. The streetcar will not operate until all runners have cleared St. Charles Avenue.

Runners will begin at Lafayette Square, then follow St. Charles Avenue to the university area, where they will double-back along St. Charles to the CBD. The entire route is below.

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Feb 042019
 

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Mayor LaToya Cantrell and parks officials are holding a community meeting on the citywide parks and recreation millage proposal on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The District B meeting will be held in the from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Lyons Recreational Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.

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Feb 042019
 

Michele Rossi, center, is pelted with flags at the end of the Disco Amigos’ dance routine. Dat Dog threw an Anti-LIE block party, closing off Magazine street between Toledano and Louisiana, featuring replays of the Saints’ 2010 Super Bowl victory, a referee dunk tank and more. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, Feb. 3, almost all of New Orleans boycotted the Super Bowl in one fashion or another, after the Saints were kept from the big game thanks to a missed call by the referees in the NFC Championship game against the Los Angeles Rams. For many, boycotting the game was more fun than watching the game. Among the Uptown venues hosting boycott events, Dat Dog threw a block party, Kingpin had a second line and Tracey’s served seafood. The boycott put a large dent in local viewership of the Super Bowl with a 26.1 rating. Nationally, the game’s viewership was the lowest since 2009 with a 44.9 rating.

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Jan 222019
 

Story by Kristine Froeba

(Photo from Change.org Saints petition website)

Saints fans have filed a lawsuit in state court to compel the commissioner of the National Football League, Roger Goodell, to apply implement Rule 17, Section2, Article 1 and 3, which gives the commission the power of “reversal of the game’s result or rescheduling a game either from the beginning or the point in which the extraordinary act occurred.”

The suit is in direct relation to the NFL’s referee’s no-call, or refusal to flag, a PI, or pass interference, and helmet-on-helmet violation — witnessed by over 30 million people during Sunday’s Divisional game between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams. Continue reading »

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Jan 152019
 

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park. The proposed millage reallocation would give the park funding for drainage and storm management. (Uptown Messenger file photo)

By Nicholas Reimann, nreimann@theadvocate.com

A community meeting Monday night on the proposed parks and recreation overhaul brought out numerous questions, comments and criticisms from the public, as city officials faced a skeptical crowd trying to defend a proposed reallocation of tax dollars.

Voters will decide May 4 whether to approve the city proposal to shift the current allocation of over $20 million in property taxes used to fund parks and recreation, which would notably provide City Park with city funding for the first time in its 169-year history.

Cynthia Scott speaks at a community forum Monday at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. City officials took questions from those in attendance regarding a millage reallocation plan.​ (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

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Jan 092019
 

Avron and Wendy Fogelman

As Tulane men’s basketball team looked to get back on track in search of its first league win of the season, it gained a major win from some former students.

Tulane almuni Avron B. Fogelman (Class of 1962) and Wendy Mimeles Fogelman (Class of 1963) have given $1 million to support Tulane University men’s basketball, the university announced.

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Jan 032019
 

(via auduboninstitute.org)

Voters in May will decide on milestone changes to how the city funds and operates its public recreational spaces. To give New Orleanians a clearer understanding of how these cherished city services could be overhauled, the Carrollton Area Network is holding a public forum Jan. 14.

Presenters from the Audubon Institute, the New Orleans Recreation Development
Commission, Parks and Parkways and New Orleans City Park will discuss at a forum moderated by Keith Twitchell of the Committee for Better New Orleans.

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Mayor and officials from NORD, Audubon, City Park tout plan to reallocate millage

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Dec 192018
 

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park. (UptownMessenger.com archive)

Voters will decide in May whether the city will move forward with an ordinance to reallocate taxpayer revenue for park spaces. The ordinance does not include any tax increase for residents; it will rebalance revenue to help improve city services while bringing revenue to parks.

The proposal would adjust the millage rates for Audubon Commission, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and Parks and Parkways in part to allow City Park to finally receive dedicated funding.

The oversight for the city’s park and recreation assets would also be unified under the cooperative plan.

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Dec 122018
 

The jaguar habitat at Audubon Zoo. (via Audubon Nature Institute)

New Orleans voters will decide in May whether to reallocate a portion of the tax money now dedicated to the Audubon Commission, giving the zoo and aquarium long-term but sharply reduced funding, the New Orleans Advocate reports.

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