Nov 212012
 

Bricolage Academy will become the next new charter school to open from the ground up in New Orleans next fall, after the full Orleans Parish School Board voted unanimously in favor of the project Tuesday evening.

The next step for the fledgling school is to nail down a location — with Uptown options a priority — before opening admissions for four small classes of kindergarten students. Continue reading »

Nov 212012
 

Chelsea Thornton (via opcso.org)

Chelsea Thornton, 23, can recall shooting her 3-year-old son and drowning her 4-year-old daughter in the bathtub of their Gert Town apartment, but now that she is on medication for her bipolar disorder and schizophrenia can’t believe that she did it, attorney Lon Burns told John Simerman of the Times-Picayune. She is suicidal with grief and barely able to discuss it, said Burns, who intends to defend Thornton as not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Nov 212012
 

In this image from “It’s A Wonderful Life,” a young George Bailey makes a wish for a million dollars. I’d settle for a dozen birthday balloons. — Jean Paul Villere.

Jean-Paul Villere

Last week when my 4 year old made, well, 4 neither my wife nor I thought too much about snagging a bag of birthday balloons from a nearby, preferably local, business, but man, were we wrong.  If you live in Uptown New Orleans I challenge you to discover where those in need of a good old-fashioned latex balloons might find them and report your results right back here, but I’ll tell you now, you won’t be reporting much (though I hope you do).  Here’s what we encountered: Continue reading »

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Nov 202012
 

By Dana Kaplan

In a week where many New Orleanians are giving thanks and celebrating the holiday with their family and friends, I too would like to take pause to give thanks.

First, I’m thankful to the voters of District B who have expressed their confidence in my plan for our future by voting for me on November 6th. I continue to work hard in the runoff by reaching out to supporters whose candidates didn’t make the runoff and sharing my message throughout the district. Continue reading »

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Nov 202012
 

Damont Burton (via opcso.org)

A week after the victim of a late-October carjacking in the Carrollton area was reunited with her stolen Chihuahua, Skeeter, she may now have justice in the case as well after police announced the arrest this afternoon of a 17-year-old who allegedly confessed to the crime. Continue reading »

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Nov 202012
 

The Daiquiri Place Cafe (via Google Maps)

The Daiquiri Place Cafe has long brought too much litter, traffic and noise to St. Charles Avenue with little respect for neighboring businesses, and has made little effort to keep promises made five years ago to clean up its act, officials said Tuesday in a nuisance hearing before the city’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

The daiquiri shop’s owner blamed the problems in part on a restaurant in the next block and on the unruly crowds of “second liners” themselves, but his arguments did little to sway the the commissioners, who voted unanimously to revoke his liquor license.

“This is intolerable,” said commissioner Robert Jenkins of conditions created by the bar. “This is horrible.” Continue reading »

Nov 202012
 

Craig Giesecke

All of us who go out to eat, be it high-brow or to a dive, are highly concerned about the atmosphere of where we go. All of us have been into place where the décor, the music and the other things Just Aren’t Right to match the food, and it seriously takes away from what might otherwise be a very enjoyable meal. Continue reading »

Nov 192012
 

A proposed change to city law that would allow gas stations on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Lower Garden District failed to find support Monday evening among members of the Coliseum Square Association, but the Sterling Express fresh-food store planned for one intersection there will press forward with its opening whether its fuel pumps are approved by the City Council or not, developers told the group. Continue reading »

Nov 192012
 

The operators of the John J. Hainkel Jr. Home and Rehab Center on Henry Clay Avenue are waiting on a federal judge’s decision as to whether the state Department of Health and Hospitals can revoke its nursing home license, as it had planned to do Nov. 10, reports Gambit’s Jeremy Alford. State officials point to a string of citations at the facility for what Alford describes as “relatively minor deficiencies” over the last year, but Alford looks at the $4.8 million annual Medicaid-revenue stream the state could possibly tap into for putting the 85 patients elsewhere.

Nov 192012
 

The new owner of Jazz Daiquiris — the popular South Claiborne Avenue second-line stop and nightclub where reputed Central City crime lord Telly Hankton killed Darnell Stewart in 2008 and where his lieutenant, Walter Porter, allegedly killed Curtis Matthews, the former owner’s brother, last year — is “suing the city for denying an alcohol permit,” reports The Louisiana Record. Jeffrey Thomas and attorney Ed Washington argue that the alcohol permit should have followed with the sale of the property, the report states.

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Nov 192012
 

A drawing of the proposed Sterling Express building on Tchoupitoulas submitted to the City Planning Commission.

A proposal to allow two fueling bays for large trucks at an upcoming Sterling Express location on Tchoupitoulas will be discussed by the Coliseum Square Association tonight (Monday, Nov. 19). Continue reading »

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Nov 192012
 

(Cartoon by Owen Courreges for UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courreges

The Pontchartrain Expressway homeless encampment is no more.  This past Friday morning, police swept the remaining homeless people from the encampment in the underpass that separates the Central Business District from Uptown New Orleans.  The number of persons removed was 55 persons by the city’s count, but closer to 100 according to the New Orleans Mission, which adjoins the expressway.  By either count, it was a significant encampment. Continue reading »

Nov 182012
 

Crowds of festival goers pack Oak Street for the 2012 Po-Boy Fest on Sunday afternoon, as seen from the balcony of Mellow Mushroom near Dublin Street. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, drawing enthusiasts of New Orleans’ signature sandwich of all kinds to celebrate the magic that can be made between two pieces of French bread.

See below for live coverage, photos and comments from the festival.

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Nov 182012
 

The Soul Rebels perform a mid-afternoon set Saturday at the Fourth Annual Magazine Street Blues Festival, which organizers said had a record turnout. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Perfect weather, a strong music lineup and an ideal location at one of the most prominent intersections in Uptown New Orleans combined Saturday to draw what by all accounts was the largest crowd yet for the Magazine Street Blues Festival. Continue reading »

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