Jul 162014
 
Police are searching for suspects of armed robberies that happened Monday (NOPD).

Police are searching for suspects of armed robberies that happened Monday (NOPD).

New Orleans Police Department Second District officers are seeking suspects in two armed robbery crimes that occurred same day, they said during a weekly district meeting Wednesday.

Two black males robbed a man sitting on his porch at around 4:20 a.m. on Monday, July 14, Lt. Doug Eckert said at the meeting.

The two suspects pulled up to the victim’s house, located in the 3600 block of Eagle Street, in a white car and approached him while carrying a handgun, according to Eckert. Continue reading »

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Jul 152014
 
From far left, Freret Neighbors United board members Andrew Amacker, Linda Compton and Richard Dimitry, secretary Scott Solo, president Stan Norwood, vice president Michael Collins and board member Matt. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

From far left, Freret Neighbors United board members Andrew Amacker, Linda Compton and Richard Dimitry, secretary Scott Solo, president Stan Norwood, vice president Michael Collins and board member Matt Brichetto. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A mix of longtime Freret neighborhood leaders and recent transplants to the area were chosen as the new leaders of the Neighbors United community group, and among their top priorities is creating a booster club at Evans Park, they said last week. Continue reading »

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Jul 142014
 
Operation Save America is bringing its "Gentle Revolution" to New Orleans, according to its website. (via operationsaveamerica.org)

Operation Save America is bringing its “Gentle Revolution” to New Orleans, according to its website. (via operationsaveamerica.org)

The New Orleans Police Department’s Second District is preparing for Operation Save America anti-abortion protests planned for Uptown starting this weekend, police said at a meeting in headquarters Friday.

Operation Save America, a fundamentalist Christian conservative organization that opposes abortion, has planned a series of protests from Saturday (July 19) to July 26 that they refer to as “Battle for the Heart and Soul of New Orleans.” The movement is sparked by Planned Parenthood’s designs for a new 7,000-square-foot facility on South Claiborne Avenue that would perform abortions, according to the organization’s website. Continue reading »

Jul 142014
 

Owen Courreges

Your home is not a hotel, obviously. However, an ever-growing number of New Orleans homeowners want to run a hotel-type business on the side. With tourism booming in the midst of a generally weak economy, it’s a quick way to make some extra cash.

This is the nexus of the controversy over “illegal short-term rentals” that has been permeating local political discourse in recent months. Due to zoning and licensing laws, there’s simply no way for homeowners to rent a room out as a vacation rental. Most crucial is the fact that any lease has to be for at least 30 days (or 60 days in the French Quarter). Continue reading »

Jul 122014
 
J'Monque'D Blues Band provided the entertainment for Saturday's block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

J’Monque’D Blues Band provided the entertainment for Saturday’s block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The 25th Annual Feast of St. Henry block party and mass took place at St. Henry’s Catholic church Uptown on Saturday afternoon.

The Feast of St. Henry mass took place at 3 pm right before the block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Feast of St. Henry mass took place at 3 pm right before the block party. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jul 122014
 
A carjacking in the Riverbend, and two robberies on Fourth and Baronne streets. Not pictured: Saturday morning's robbery on St. Charles Avenue. (map via NOPD)

A carjacking in the Riverbend, and two robberies on Fourth and Baronne streets. Not pictured: Saturday morning’s robbery on St. Charles Avenue. (map via NOPD)

A series of four armed robberies have been reported around the Uptown area between Thursday evening and Saturday morning — including a carjacking in the Riverbend and an online-dating setup, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jul 112014
 

J'Monque'D Blues Band performs at the 2011 St. Henry's Reunion. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

J. Monque’D Blues Band performs at the 2011 St. Henry’s Reunion. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Friends of St. Henry is inviting the public to help celebrate the 25th annual Feast of St. Henry reunion with food, drinks, snow-balls and live music Saturday afternoon following Mass at the church. Continue reading »

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Jul 102014
 
The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Interest by a French-immersion charter school in buying the long-vacant Priestley school site in west-Carrollton has galvanized a group called the “P-Town Project” into seeking a Healing Center-style home for fresh food and social services there instead. Continue reading »

Jul 102014
 
Gerard Gray (via NOPD)

Gerard Gray (via NOPD)

Jonterry Bernard (via opcso.org)

Jonterry Bernard (via opcso.org)

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on attempted-murder charges in connection with a shooting Tuesday afternoon that wounded two men on the basketball court at A.L. Davis Park in Central City, but investigators are still seeking the public’s help finding a second man believed to be involved, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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