Oct 272016
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell poses with a constituent during last week's National Night Out Against Crime events. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell poses with a constituent during last week’s National Night Out Against Crime events. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

“I am ready to lead this city,” proclaimed District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell last Friday night. Though billed as a Halloween party at the French Quarter home of trial lawyer Darleen Jacobs, there was some pretty serious politicking going on as Cantrell announced she would seek “higher office” without specifying whether she will qualify for council at large or mayor. Continue reading »

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Oct 262016
 
The International School of Louisiana hopes to remain at the John Dibert campus in Mid-City even after renovations of its Camp Street building are complete. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana hopes to remain at the John Dibert campus in Mid-City even after renovations of its Camp Street building are complete. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With enrollment growing beyond expectations and a possible preschool on the horizon, the International School of Louisiana has requested a third Eastbank campus for the next academic year. Continue reading »

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Oct 262016
 
The home at 2519 Napoleon Avenue, purchased by Ochsner Clinic Foundation in 2015 and now slated for "institutional" land-use. (via Google)

The home at 2519 Napoleon Avenue, purchased by Ochsner Clinic Foundation in 2015 and now slated for “institutional” land-use. (via Google)

Officials at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center are asking the city of New Orleans to include several properties they own in their “institutional” land-use designation, though they do not have immediate plans to develop any of them, they have told neighbors. Continue reading »

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Oct 252016
 

The Tulane University Police Department (TUPD) and PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans (PJ’s) will to host the first “Coffee With a Cop” program at 5 p.m. on October 26. The program is an opportunity for community members to come together with the TUPD in an informal space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. Continue reading »

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Oct 252016
 
Peter Gold tries to talk to a man now identified as 21-year-old Euric Cain on Friday, Nov. 20, moments before Cain shot Gold. (still image from surveillance video released by NOPD)

Peter Gold tries to talk to a man now identified as 21-year-old Euric Cain on Friday, Nov. 20, moments before Cain shot Gold. (still image from surveillance video released by NOPD)

Euric Cain (via NOPD)

Euric Cain (via NOPD)

The man charged with shooting a Tulane medical student who tried to stop him from dragging a woman off of Magazine Street pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder and multiple rapes in what prosecutors are calling “one of the most horrific crime sprees in recent memory in this city.” Continue reading »

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Oct 252016
 
Robert Brunet & Eric Ramstead of Prytania Theatre

Robert Brunet & Eric Ramstead of Prytania Theatre

Nestled on scenic tree-lined Prytania Street, you will find the oldest movie theatre in New Orleans. For over a century, it has inspired many unforgettable movie experiences. Make it a date and enjoy the latest movie in a wonderfully vintage setting.

Locally owned businesses infuse New Orleans neighborhoods with their unique character, and are a big part of why we want to live, work, eat and shop here. The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners.

Shopkeepers: Eric Ramstead & Robert Brunet
Store: Prytania Theatre
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Oct 242016
 
Lusher Charter School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher Charter School governing board plans to drop its lawsuit over the Orleans Parish School Board’s new school-funding formula for this year, but may revive it if the formula is changed again to create any deeper cuts to the school’s budget in the future. Continue reading »

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Oct 242016
 

Upcoming road closures on Sophie Wright Place and Camp Street. (map by Uptown Messenger via Google)

Upcoming road closures on Sophie Wright Place and Camp Street. (map by Uptown Messenger via Google)

A section of Sophie Wright Place will be closed for a new water line and a nearby stretch of Camp Street will have a lane closed nearby for water-line repairs this week, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Oct 242016
 
The suspect in the robbery of Uptown Beauty on Friday, Oct. 21. (via NOPD)

The suspect in the robbery of Uptown Beauty on Friday, Oct. 21. (via NOPD)

Kenneth Barnes (via NOPD)

Kenneth Barnes (via NOPD)

A beauty supply store, a gas station and a sandwich shop along the Carrollton corridor were each the locations of robbery incidents over the weekend, but police have identified a wanted serial robber as a suspect in one and released a surveillance photo from another.

The first robbery took place around 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Uptown Beauty at 8200 South Claiborne Avenue, police reports show. A man with a gun walked into the store from a rear entrance, put a gun to the cashier’s abdomen, and took $600 from the register, the reports state.

The gunman — whose image was caught on security camera — was described as a thin, 5-foot-7 black man in his early 20s with a dark skin tone and a thin mustache, the report states.

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Around 8 p.m., the Shell Gas Station at 600 South Carrollton was robbed by a man wielding a box cutter, according to the report in that case. Investigators have identified the suspect as 47-year-old Kenneth Barnes, who was already wanted in four other armed robberies of businesses along the Carrollton corridor from March to September, police have said.

Around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, a man with a box cutter made another robbery attempt at the Jimmy John’s restaurant at 7600 Maple Street, police said. When he confronted the employees there, however, they all ran out of the store, and he left without getting any money, the report states.

Anyone with information in any of the three cases above is urged to call the NOPD Second District station at 658-6020 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

Brandon Wilfred (via NOPD)

Brandon Wilfred (via NOPD)

Finally, police made an arrest in the Oct. 11 robbery in the 1300 block of Coliseum Street in the Lower Garden District. After investigators identified 25-year-old Brandon Wilfred as the suspect, he turned himself in at the NOPD Sixth District station on Friday, where he was booked on a charge of armed robbery, the report states.

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Oct 242016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Mayor Landrieu’s 2017 budget has been released, and true to form, Landrieu proposes to nickel and dime the citizens of New Orleans for scraps of revenue. In order to generate an additional $5 million, Landrieu plans to double the number of red light and speed cameras, adding a whopping 56 cameras around the city. Continue reading »

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Oct 242016
 

by Stephanie Standige

Ronald Reagan designated the month of October as the national month of remembrance of infant loss, stillborn and miscarriage. October 15th is reserved as the National Day of Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL). This acknowledgement aims to raise awareness of the prominence of infant death and pregnancy loss and to support those who have experienced the ultimate type of bereavement. Continue reading »

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Oct 242016
 

On Wednesday, October 26th, LCIA is hosting a breakfast workshop, “HR in the AM: Running Out of Time to Comply with New Overtime Rules”. The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Small business attorney Terese Bennett will give a presentation outlining new overtime laws.

Significant changes to federal overtime rules take effect on December 1, 2016, raising the salary threshold for exempt workers to $913/week or $47,466 a year. Ms. Bennett will discuss the ins-and-outs of the new rules, including an overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act and options for compliance. She’ll also give attendees a step-by-step checklist to help you prepare for those changes. Continue reading »

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Oct 212016
 

It’s that time again: New Orleans’ favorite food festival honoring our indigenous sandwich is back. This year, local craft breweries have joined forces with local chefs to compliment the contents of the Liedenheimers.

Poboy Fest Selection (via Instagram)

Poboy Fest Selection (via Instagram)

It all takes place on Oak Street. The old Carrollton shopping main-street of our parents and grandparent’s heyday may be gone, but there is currently a renaissance in flux. Meisel’s Fabrics and Hasse’s were some of the last holdouts of the old Oak, and Hasse’s remains, still supplying smocking and monograms to Uptown’s youngest. However, the new Oak is more about food, and the natural progression of the Oak revival as restaurant corridor has been the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. Continue reading »

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Oct 212016
 
Verret's Lounge at 1738 Washington Avenue, photographed in April 2016 (via Google)

Verret’s Lounge at 1738 Washington Avenue, photographed in April 2016 (via Google)

Powell Miller, an attorney for Verret's Lounge, questions the need for armed security guards before the city Alcohol Beverage Control board on Tuesday, Oct. 18. (via City of New Orleans)

Powell Miller, an attorney for Verret’s Lounge, questions the need for armed security guards before the city Alcohol Beverage Control board on Tuesday, Oct. 18. (via City of New Orleans)

An attorney for Verret’s Lounge — the Central City bar where a man was fatally shot in January — asked the city’s alcohol board this week how long they would be required to maintain an armed security guard on the weekends. Continue reading »

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Oct 212016
 

The woman who drowned in Audubon Park had left her family behind in Massachusetts a year ago and suffered untreated mental illness, said the Orleans Parish Coroner. Meanwhile, the woman who was fatally shot last weekend on Jackson Avenue has yet to be identified, officials said. Continue reading »

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Oct 212016
 

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There’s no doubt about it: this week’s lineup is very eclectic. We’ve got BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, GIRL ASLEEP, and DENIAL opening this week, while QUEEN OF KATWEAMERICAN HONEY, and BIRTH OF A NATION all return this week for those who missed out the first time around.

GIRL ASLEEP has been talked about in our office since the very first moment we saw the trailer. It might be unfair to label it as Australia’s answer to Napoleon Dynamite, but if you’re looking to explain to your friends what it’s like it is a good shorthand answer. Filled with amazing characters and moments of pure delight, we assure you that you will not spend one sleepy moment watching it.
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