Nov 142012
 

The Gracious Advocate. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

I took some time out this past weekend to breeze on over to one of the city’s most recent enhancements in diurnal sustenance offerings in a swank little spot known as Gracious and happened upon a happy counterpart, a vending machine for The Advocate.  This was my first visit to Gracious so I was sort of taking it all in and frankly didn’t notice the red vending machine until I departed, but that’s when it hit me.  The new New Orleans is frankly a lot like the oldNew Orleans, and while with certainty no one’s zipping around in a shiny, new Oldsmobile picking up a copy of the Saturday Times-Picayune and prussians from La Bonnbonniere, they’re still likely driving (something) and more than able to equivalently nourish their mind and their soul, all locally sourced.  And thank goodness! Continue reading »

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Nov 132012
 

The Upper Hurstville Residents’ Association and Security District boards will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 909 Eleonore Street to approve the security district fee and 2013 budget, as well as to discuss bylaw revisions for the resident’s association and plan the annual membership meeting, according to the association website.

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Nov 122012
 

As a cafeteria full of concerned parents listened closely, the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board approved $200,000 in cuts to the current year’s budget Monday night to make up for more spending and less revenue than expected just a few months ago, and hopefully restore the school to a path toward solvency by the end of the school year.

Left unresolved, however, was the school’s leadership issue. General Director Jean-Jacques Grandiere did not attend the meeting or the board’s 45-minute closed-door session about his status, and board chair Jean Montes suggested that “other options” to lead the school are being explored during Grandiere’s absence.

[Update: For a copy of the revised budget, click here.]
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Nov 122012
 

Palace Cafe’s Oyster Rockefeller po-boy at the 2011 Oak St. Po-Boy Festival. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival returns this weekend for its sixth year, inviting the city’s best restaurants to show their appreciation for the New Orleans’ signature sandwich — often by reinventing it completely. In addition to the dozens of vendors, live music, history discussions and children’s areas, the festival has again modified its layout on the street to better accommodate the thousands of po-boy enthusiasts. Continue reading »

Nov 122012
 

Two photos of 14-year-old Audrey Raiford, missing from her Lower Garden District home since last week. (via NOPD)

A 14-year-old girl who lives in the Lower Garden District and has a history of mental illness has been missing since early last week, and police are now seeking the public’s help finding her. Continue reading »

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Nov 122012
 

The former assisted living center at 2101 Louisiana Avenue will reopen next summer as a 42-unit apartment building next summer, half of which wiil be transitional housing for the homeless with on-site case management, and the other half will be for low-income renters, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.

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Nov 122012
 

A popular travel website called Airbnb.com lists hundreds of rooms for short-term rent in private homes — including at least 150 listings around Uptown New Orleans — even though it is against city ordinance to rent rooms for less than 30 days without a license, reports Maria Clark of New Orleans City Business in an article distributed by the Associated Press.

Nov 122012
 

James Weldon Johnson Elementary School.

Concerned about a dwindling number of public-school options in the Carrollton area and the ever-shifting plans of the Recovery School District, a group of Carrollton neighbors plan to confront state officials yet again about the future of the James Weldon Johnson Elementary School and the old Priestly site on Leonidas. Continue reading »

Nov 122012
 

(Cartoon by Owen Courreges)

Owen Courreges

Last week, another salvo in the seemingly never-ending battle between New Orleans and the U.S. Constitution was lobbed by Mayor Landrieu.  This time Landrieu has proposed an ordinance with its sights on Jackson Square, the iconic public space at the heart of the city.

Now technically the target isn’t actually the square, but the surrounding streets and sidewalks (i.e., public rights of way) that the city has come to dub the “Jackson Square Pedestrian Mall.”  Through Councilwoman Palmer, whose district includes the French Quarter, Landrieu has proposed an ordinance for the mall that would:  1) mandate “clear lanes;” and, 2) provide “closing times” between  1 a.m. and 5 a.m. to persons “stopping, standing, or loitering.”

Both parts of the proposed ordinance are problematic, but the latter is blatantly unconstitutional. Continue reading »

Nov 122012
 

Two weeks after they were separated by a carjacker near Claiborne Avenue in the Carrollton area, an 11-year-old Chihuahua named Skeeter and his owner were reunited Sunday, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. Skeeter ran up to a family walking their own dog near the site of the original crime, and they are slated to receive the $4,000 reward, Hernandez reports:

A “Welcome Back Skeeter” party is planned by the victim and the Humane Society for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine Street.

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Nov 112012
 

Larry Jones sits in the VFW Post at Lyons and Annunciation. Retired from military service after 40 years, Jones says the younger generation is reinvigorating the VFW Post. (photos by Marta Jewson for UptownMessenger.com)

Post Commander Marshall Hevron

When Marshall Hevron first walked in the door at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8973 in Uptown in 2005, only five other members were regularly attending meetings, and they had all served in World War II, decades removed from Hevron’s service in Iraq.

“The VFW and American Legion took off after World War II and built up a big infrastructure they just can’t maintain now,” said Hevron, noting the smaller size of their corner store post was a blessing in disguise. Continue reading »

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