Up there with quitting smoking one of the most common New Years’ resolution is eating healthier, which can be hard to do in this town. I live walking distance from no less than eight restaurants, and while I’m always down for supporting the local restaurant scene, sometimes it really adds up, both in the monetary and caloric sense.
A wave of robberies and carjackings since the holidays may be feuling some of Uptown’s bloodier feuds, but police officials are hoping a number of recent arrests and ongoing investigations will slow the rapid pace of muggings.
More than a dozen armed robberies have been reported in the Uptown-based Second and Sixth police districts since Jan. 1, a pace of more than one a day so far this year. But arrests have been made in at least five of them with direct links to three others, police say.
“These apprehensions will slow the robberies,” said NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy during Thursday’s weekly meeting of his district’s ranking officers.
A massive, multi-year project to install a new canal underneath Napoleon Avenue won’t affect the parades that line up there during this year’s Carnival season, but the work is likely to have an effect on Mardi Gras in future years, officials said Thursday.
The recent election of State Senator John Alario as Senate President, State Rep. Walt Leger as House Speaker Pro-Tem, and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne as the state’s top tourism leaders are big signs that New Orleans could win big at the upcoming legislative session.
A man was shot shortly after 5 p.m. near South Claiborne and South Carrollton, one of the busiest intersections in Uptown New Orleans, leaving a sprawling crime scene that stretched from beside Palmer Park to the side yard of the Walgreens across the street.
Maryflynn Thomas was sleeping when an early-morning fire broke out Dec. 17 and consumed her three-story home on Peniston Street, but her dog Buttercup managed to wake her in the thick smoke so they could escape, Thomas told reporter Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV.
Drive in New Orleans much? Despite being such a walkable city, invariably and at some point one will get behind the wheel, and when that happens, it can be downright epic. From street condition to poor signage to watching vehicles seemingly competitively expel trash (airborne spent push-up ice cream tubes, errant and recently chewed chicken bones, I can go on), the experience transcends far beyond any driver’s ed course. But my question specifically therein and today is: Do you dosey doe?
Limited space is available for the inaugural kindergarten class in Mandarin Chinese. The application deadline is January 13, 2012 and is available online at isl-edu.org.
A 21-year-old man was killed and a 31-year-old man was shot in the hand Tuesday afternoon in a shooting at the intersection of Tchoupitoulas Street and Jackson Avenue, police said.
Neighbors concerned about the future of two large Uptown properties near Audubon Park — an apartment complex on Tchoupitoulas and a mental health facility on Calhoun — received hopeful signs Tuesday night that the city is inclined to prevent major changes to either of them.
Police have released a sketch of the man who allegedly raped two women in the university area early Monday morning, and are seeking the public’s help identifying him.
The two women were walking near Palmer and South Robertson streets about 3 a.m. Monday when they were approached by a man “implying he had a weapon,” according to a NOPD news release. The man grabbed one of the women and threatened to harm her if the other did not do as he said, then forced both of them into an alley in the 6000 block of South Robertson where he sexually assaulted them, police said.
The suspect is described as a black man in his late teens or early 20s, roughly 5-foot-5 and 175 pounds, with an athletic build, dark complexion, a buzz haircut and a goatee, wearing a white T-shirt and denim jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Vernon Haynes of the NOPD Special Victims Unit at 504-658-5523, or, to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward, call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.
After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s time to reward yourself for all that hard work. The ReTreat Salon invites you to come in and refresh yourself, with a range of affordable services including hair, facials, waxing, massages, mani/pedis, and makeup. With Mardi Gras just around the corner, let the expert stylists at the ReTreat take expert care of you. You’ll feel relaxed and reinvigorated, and have a great time too.
Locally owned and operated since 2003, the ReTreat is open Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday and Thursdays 10-8, Friday 10-6, and Saturday 9-5. The ReTreat New Orleans is located at 801 S. Carrollton (at Maple). For more information or to book an appointment, call 504-866-7724 or visit their website at http://www.theretreatneworleans.net/.
One of my favorite books is “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom. The main character, Eddie, shares his post-death experience with the first five people he meets in Heaven. Several of those people Eddie had passed in life, unaware how his presence affected their lives on Earth.
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans will seek permission to add a second and third grade to its new campus next year, and also plans to drop a French proficiency requirement for incoming first-grade students, officials decided Monday.