May 112015
 

salire-bootcampWorking out alone and with the same machines every other day is boring and causes a lack of motivation. Without change in the routine, you become stagnant and your goals get further and further away from you. At Salire Fitness on Magazine Street, we understand that not everyone likes gyms or has an interest in doing the same fitness exercises day in and day out. That is why we have developed one the highest rated group fitness training classes in the city. Our NOLA Boot Camp is perfect for people of all fitness levels because we use multiple, proven methods of stimulating your muscles and your interest! It is also perfect for those who love to get out in the great Outdoors and the beauty of City Park.

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May 082015
 
The intersection of Freret and Jefferson -- photographed Tuesday, May 5 -- is currently scheduled to reopen May 15, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The intersection of Freret and Jefferson — photographed Tuesday, May 5 — is currently scheduled to reopen May 15, officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

While navigating Uptown New Orleans is likely to remain challenging — to put it charitably — until the final major drainage projects finishes in 2018, one important thoroughfare will soon become a viable option again as Freret Street begins to reopen on both ends of its commercial corridor in the coming weeks. Continue reading »

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May 072015
 
State Sen. J.P. Morrell (left) and state Reps. Helena Moreno and Walt Leger are introduced Thursday night at Publiq House for a Politics and Cocktails event and legislative briefing. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

State Sen. J.P. Morrell (left) and state Reps. Helena Moreno and Walt Leger are introduced Thursday night at Publiq House for a Politics and Cocktails event and legislative briefing. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The $664 million that the state House of Representatives dedicated Thursday toward higher education in Louisiana is both a major accomplishment in its own right, a trio of state lawmakers from New Orleans said — and yet still only a start toward preserving the state’s most essential services amid a major budget deficit.

“There are holes in the budget that need to be filled,” said state Rep. Walt Leger. “We made major steps in the right direction today, we’ve got a long way to go.” Continue reading »

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May 072015
 

Shop for mom while the champagne is flowing!

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Magazine Street Merchants Association is proud to announce the annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll, taking place Saturday, May 9! Locals and visitors are invited to this one-night-only event, with over 100 businesses providing FREE sparkling wine, and many offering special deals, promotional sales, and trunk shows.

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May 072015
 
The front door of a home in the 2300 block of Octavia Street remains charred on Tuesday afternoon, with tatters of the American flag that was also burned. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The front door of a home in the 2300 block of Octavia Street remains charred on Tuesday afternoon, with tatters of the American flag that was also burned. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Shreds of charred red, white and blue fabric still sat on the scorched doorstep of an Octavia Street home on Tuesday afternoon, after a fire apparently started on an American flag temporarily displaced the family from their home and left neighbors both baffled and disturbed. Continue reading »

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May 072015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Our usually right-on-point Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux has been in the news twice this week — first with his remarks that maybe more, better-paid police is not the answer to our crime problems and then about his proposed “divorce” with Police Monitor Susan Hutson. Now it is true that Quatrevaux is white and that Hutson, most of the police and the people they are sworn to protect are not. Does Quatrevaux just see things differently or is there more to his feelings than meets the eye? Continue reading »

May 062015
 
Entergy crews converge on Pine Street near Olive Street in Gert Town, where a damaged transmission line knocked out power to much of the Carrollton area briefly on Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Entergy crews converge on Pine Street near Olive Street in Gert Town, where a falling shield wire knocked out power to much of the Carrollton area briefly on Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Damage to lines in the Gert Town area very briefly knocked out power Wednesday afternoon to a wide swath of neighborhoods around Carrollton in Uptown and Mid-City, but power was quickly restored, Entergy officials said. Continue reading »

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May 062015
 
(via loyno.edu)

(via loyno.edu)

Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, who received a Pulitzer Prize for reporting with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal, will be addressing Loyola University’s Class of 2015 during the spring commencement ceremony at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this Saturday.

Loyola’s College of Law will also hold a commencement ceremony. Both events are free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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May 062015
 
The shotguns in the 2400 block of Cadiz -- before their demolition (top left, via Google Maps), then during and after their demolition (by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

The shotguns in the 2400 block of Cadiz — before their demolition (top left, via Google Maps), then during and after their demolition (by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

In 2002 local musical impresarios Benny Grunch and the Bunch released a song entitled “Ain’t Dere No More.”  In it the group collectively bemoan, as only the natives may, the loss of landmarks around the New Orleans metro area.  It played in my head over these last few days as I watched yet more apparently salvageable dwellings, in this case double shotguns, meet their untimely demise in the 2400 block of Cadiz.  What was more upsetting to me was that their demolition was supposedly not going to happen, and the structures were to be saved by their new owner Arnold Kirschman.  Even be occupied by him.  Except guess what?  They gone. Continue reading »