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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Jul 102014
 
Raymond Twickler Jr. holds an order pad in his metal shop on Cadiz Street.  (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Raymond Twickler Jr. holds an order pad in his metal shop on Cadiz Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two buildings burned early Wednesday morning in the 800 block of Cadiz. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two buildings burned early Wednesday morning in the 800 block of Cadiz. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Raymond Twickler Jr. traces his family’s metalworking business in New Orleans back more than a century, but the prospect of rebuilding his Cadiz Street shop after Wednesday morning’s fire next door has the 72-year-old wondering whether he should go on.

“At my age, I have my thoughts. That has to be taken into consideration,” Twickler said. “This is my first day back, and I’m assessing the damage.” Continue reading »

Jul 102014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It won’t be long before Mayor Landrieu will begin telling us why we need to approve one or more of his tax proposals in the fall elections. Before you get out your checkbook, we have a few ideas that will create new jobs and generate additional taxes — if the Mayor and the City Council can be a little more flexible on zoning. Continue reading »

Jul 092014
 

Unidentified person of interest (via NOPD)

Unidentified person of interest (via NOPD)

Gerard Gray (via NOPD)

Gerard Gray (via NOPD)

The two men injured Tuesday afternoon in a shooting at a Central City basketball court and a 3-year-old girl shot later that night on South Salcedo Street have all improved to stable, New Orleans police said, as detectives seek the public’s help in bringing both investigations to a swift resolution. Continue reading »

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Jul 092014
 

Printable flyer

NOLA CURVES is New Orleans’ first full-figured fashion show, exclusively featuring Southern women, sizes 12 and above. These belles will be modeling clothing and accessories from local designers including: Full Blossom Chic Boutique, Miss Behavin Boutique, Dama Talya, M.V.C. by Misty Chanel, and Plush Boutique. Continue reading »

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