Dec 052012
 

An exceptional example of a 20th century couch (not my grandparents!) (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Ah the holidays are upon us again!  A time for eating and drinking way too much, taking stock in another year’s life events, and lazing about the house catching the game or festive film on the couch.  Unless, like our family, you made 2012 the year you went couchless?  

It’s true, and we’re not alone, though we are in the minority.  Friends and neighbors have announced this decision as a “bold move,” with added statements such as “better you than me” or “never catch me doing that”and the like.  Really?  We didn’t reinvent the wheel here people.  Our living room gets crowded fast with six of us, so stray pillows, blankets and a chair or three are all we really need. Continue reading »

Dec 042012
 

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via joneswalker.com)

Attorney Sandy Kaynor, who was critically wounded in an Oct. 2 carjacking and home-invasion robbery at Camp and Delachaise, has suffered a series of medical complications since then and his family is seeking hyperbaric oxygen treatment to help increase his responsiveness, reports Meg Farris of our partners at WWL-TV.

Dec 042012
 

Bandeja paisa (via facebook.com/maisarepas)

After owner David Mantilla was praised by an enthusiastic City Councilwoman Stacy Head as “a handsome young gentleman … the face of Central City” in September, Mais Arepas has opened this week at 1200 Carondelet Street offering the cornmeal cakes known as arepas and the signature bandeja paisa dish that Mantilla invited Councilwoman Diana Bajoie to come try. See details from Gambit’s Ian McNulty.

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Dec 042012
 

The Lusher High School “I am” marketing campaign took top honors at the Trust Your Crazy Ideas challenge presented by Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the Idea Village, according to our partners at WWL. Also competing were the Isidore Newman School, Walter L. Cohen and St. Augustine, and each team was awarded $2,500 to continue their efforts.

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Dec 042012
 

Holiday Lights on Neron Place. (photo by Marta Jewson for UptownMessenger.com)

With the holidays approaching, Lynda Bermuda has been knocking on doors in Central Carrollton, encouraging her neighbors to participate in a new festival that aims to light up the neighborhood this year. Continue reading »

Dec 042012
 

A rare 19th century framed Russian icon of St. Nicholas, a rare 17K yellow gold Chimu Kero (ceremonial cup) probably made in Peru around 1,000 A.D., and three highly collectible Chinese carved rhinoceros horn libation cups are just a few of the expected top lots at a multi-estate sale planned for Dec. 8-9 by Crescent City Auction Gallery. Start times will be 9 a.m. (CST) both days.

The auction will be impressive – over 1,500 lots in all – with quality merchandise, most of it fresh to the market. Featured will be the estate of Mr. Charles W. Frank of New Orleans, the McSherry estate of Baltimore, Md., and numerous other local estates and collections. The event will be held in the Crescent City Auction Gallery showroom, located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue.
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Dec 032012
 

Officer Kevin Wheeler (left) receives a plaque from Second District Commander Paul Noel in July of 2012 after being named officer of the month. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

On Nov. 14, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas opened his presentation on the 2013 budget with an example of the department’s excellent everyday police work with an anecdote about Officer Kevin Wheeler.

“Just two weeks ago I was reading reports, and an officer by the name of Wheeler in the Sixth District was riding around in his car, paying very close attention, hears the description of a vehicle wanted for armed robbery and within seconds catches four people who had just committed an armed robbery at Louisiana and Magazine,” Serpas said.

Fourteen days later, the department issued a news release stating that the same officer Wheeler was being dismissed from duty for deploying his Taser on an unarmed subject and for allegedly being untruthful about his report on the incident afterward. Continue reading »

Dec 032012
 

Owen Courreges

SCENE:                  GRAND INQUISITOR’S CHAMBERS, NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION (FICTIONAL)

PLAYERS:

APPLICANT:        (Proposing a gas station on an industrial road)

INQUISITOR:      (The singular embodiment of the stubborn will of an association)

(Lights rise slowly.)

(The room is dim. A single spotlight shines on the applicant. He stands flustered before the tribunal as sweat drips from his brow.) Continue reading »

Dec 012012
 

Larry J. Haynes (via NOPD)

After a shooting that killed one woman and injured three other people early Saturday morning on South Roman Street in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, police have identified the boyfriend of the woman who survived the shooting as the triggerman and are seeking the public’s help in looking for him. Continue reading »