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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Nov 112012
 

Kentrell “Black” Hickerson — said to belong to the 3-N-G street gang — had been charged as the triggerman in the June 2008 murder of Alvin Wilson, but an Orleans Parish jury acquitted him this week after the witness who originally identified Hickerson recanted his testimony, according to a report by John Simerman of the Times-Picayune.

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Nov 102012
 

Craig Giesecke

Last week I put out a few ideas about commercial kitchen items that can seriously upgrade a kitchen at home, without spending a billion dollars or being stuck with something you’ll use only once or twice. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this through the week and taking note of things at the shop, but I’m sure there are some things I’ve missed. When I find them, I’ll be sure to pass those along as well. Continue reading »

Nov 092012
 

TJ Quills has transformed into “Annex,” after a visit from a cable TV reality show. (photo by Marta Jewson for UptownMessenger.com)

TJ Quills has a new owner, a new look, a new name — essentially, a complete overhaul of the Maple Streeet bar, thanks to Bar Rescue, a reality show on SPIKE TV. Continue reading »

Nov 092012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Growing up here in the New Orleans area, you’d think I’m accustomed to mild winters. Fall down here is just a quaint notion, one that comes from a brain soaked with humidity in desperate need of some crisp cool air. I’m not one to obsess over the weather, but I get antsy in anticipation of consistently nippy days. Unfortunately, we all know drinking pumpkin spice lattes while wearing shorts is inevitable, but with a little careful planning you can make sure you are dressed for Mother Nature’s most erratic behavior by planning ahead on a daily basis. Continue reading »