The latest delay in long-awaited plans for a $1 million upgrade to the appearance of O.C. Haley Boulevard sparked frustration among a group of residents and merchants Tuesday night about the prolonged uncertainty around the project’s scope after six years of discussion.
The floors may still have soft spots and the roof may still leak, but at least the officers at the century-old Second District police station now have a decent place to change clothes or use the restroom, thanks to a donation from prominent New Orleans attorney Morris Bart.
“They put their lives on the line,” Bart said. “If what I can do makes their lives a little easier and shows that, ‘Yes, we do appreciate what they do for us and for the people of New Orleans,’ then it’s my pleasure.”
Denis Chirinos-Avila is one of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States, but the right word to describe him is not “alien” or “illegal” or any other common epithet used to refer to those who live and work here without paperwork.
Denis Chirinos-Avila is scared.
The 27-year-old construction worker has lived day in and day out in a paralyzing fear that his open secret would be exposed, that he would be deported away from the life he has established in New Orleans for more than seven years. Would he be questioned in the grocery store? Or on the way to work? Or accompanying his partner, Reina, to one of her prenatal checkups?
Only 25 percent of students at Crocker Arts and Technology School come from nearby neighborhoods, while the majority are from New Orleans East, Gentilly and Mid-City, reports Erin Krall of The Lens. But the new school’s construction is beginning to serve as an economic-development catalyst in its Milan neighborhood, board members said: “I think this neighborhood will build up around the school,” board secretary Shaun Rafferty said. “Eventually the goal of this being a neighborhood school will be fulfilled.”
Six of Crocker’s 13 teachers have been asked to remain at the school next year, when New Orleans College Prep takes over as its operator, Krall reports.
ENCORE Academy, the other charter school housed in the Crocker building, has canceled its regularly scheduled March meeting that was to be held tonight.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and top NOPD officials listened to residents Tuesday night at First Emmanuel Baptist Church in Central City, while the NAACP met separately across town, according to our partners at WWL-TV. The NAACP had originally requested a meeting specifically about racial profiling, but when Landrieu sought to broaden the meeting’s scope, the NAACP protested.
A Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans committee will interview 15 applicants next week to determine who will serve on the school’s governing board for the remainder of the year, and none of them are current board members.
The New Orleans Police Department is investigating two sexual assaults that were reported on Napoleon and Jackson avenues in recent weeks, authorities said.
The newly-formed nominating committee charged with finding new board members for Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans will hold its first meeting tonight (Monday, March 25), the school announced.
New Orleans should annex all of unincorporated Jefferson Parish! Metairie shall henceforth be known as New Orleans West! “Fat City” will receive a makeover and be reinvented as “the little Bourbon!” Prosperity shall rein!
Now that I have your attention, I will explain why this should happen, but cannot happen due to historical factors and outmoded laws.
The city’s spring “Movies in the Park” series will bring the animated feature “Hotel Transylvania” to Wisner Park tonight (Friday, March 22), with games and activities starting at 5:30 p.m. and projection of the movie on to the big screen beginning at dusk. Concession sales will benefit the Xavier Prep Foundation and recreation activities at the park.
Whether to move students out of the Sophie B. Wright Charter School campus after the discovery of termite damage closed the cafeteria and auditorium and who is to blame for the problem were debated by members of the Orleans Parish School Board clearing the way for immediate repairs on Thursday morning, according to a report by Kari Dequine Harden of The Advocate. Students will stay in the building because of a lack of space elsewhere and the risk of trouble from mixing different school populations, officials said, and said the termite damage is old and on out-of-the-way structures but discovered by engineers preparing for upcoming renovations to the school.
Any of us who have lived in a really small town are usually the first to speak up when some urban type starts talking about how they’d like to try the bucolic experience of small-town life. “Oh, I think it would be so wonderful to really get to know my neighbors,” they say. “It’s so quiet and peaceful – away from the rat race,” they conjecture.
Those of us who have been there know how much unfair judging and rumor there is, as well as how much it’s a hassle to have someone up in your grill all the time. You can’t hide anything. But I can guarantee there’s one environment that’s even tougher in the same kinds of ways – and it’s the New Orleans service industry.
After state Rep. Neil Abramson announced Thursday morning that Children’s Hospital would be reopening the shuttered New Orleans Adolescent Hospital next door and offering mental-health services for children there, Children’s Hospital issued a statement saying that such a plan would not be “economically feasible,” according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. Abramson later replied that the arrangement is already spelled out in documents signed by Children’s Hospital and the state.
One of the targets in a late-afternooon shootout that caused a car to crash on South Claiborne Avenue dropped a gun at the crash scene that has led to charges against him in a March 9 murder in New Orleans East, authorities said.