After withdrawing plans last year to convert a cluster of houses on Loyola Avenue into a new early childhood education center, the Isidore Newman School is now planning a new facility for its preschool students on the Soniat Street side of campus, officials say.
As a cafeteria full of concerned parents listened closely, the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board approved $200,000 in cuts to the current year’s budget Monday night to make up for more spending and less revenue than expected just a few months ago, and hopefully restore the school to a path toward solvency by the end of the school year.
Left unresolved, however, was the school’s leadership issue. General Director Jean-Jacques Grandiere did not attend the meeting or the board’s 45-minute closed-door session about his status, and board chair Jean Montes suggested that “other options” to lead the school are being explored during Grandiere’s absence.
[Update: For a copy of the revised budget, click here.]
The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival returns this weekend for its sixth year, inviting the city’s best restaurants to show their appreciation for the New Orleans’ signature sandwich — often by reinventing it completely. In addition to the dozens of vendors, live music, history discussions and children’s areas, the festival has again modified its layout on the street to better accommodate the thousands of po-boy enthusiasts.
A 14-year-old girl who lives in the Lower Garden District and has a history of mental illness has been missing since early last week, and police are now seeking the public’s help finding her.
The former assisted living center at 2101 Louisiana Avenue will reopen next summer as a 42-unit apartment building next summer, half of which wiil be transitional housing for the homeless with on-site case management, and the other half will be for low-income renters, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.
A popular travel website called Airbnb.com lists hundreds of rooms for short-term rent in private homes — including at least 150 listings around Uptown New Orleans — even though it is against city ordinance to rent rooms for less than 30 days without a license, reports Maria Clark of New Orleans City Business in an article distributed by the Associated Press.
Concerned about a dwindling number of public-school options in the Carrollton area and the ever-shifting plans of the Recovery School District, a group of Carrollton neighbors plan to confront state officials yet again about the future of the James Weldon Johnson Elementary School and the old Priestly site on Leonidas.
A man was stabbed in a bar fight on Calhoun Street near Claiborne, another man was injured in a shooting in Central City, and another person stabbed his cousin in a fight over a stolen video game, police said in a series of reports about violent crimes reported Uptown this weekend.
Last week, another salvo in the seemingly never-ending battle between New Orleans and the U.S. Constitution was lobbed by Mayor Landrieu. This time Landrieu has proposed an ordinance with its sights on Jackson Square, the iconic public space at the heart of the city.
Now technically the target isn’t actually the square, but the surrounding streets and sidewalks (i.e., public rights of way) that the city has come to dub the “Jackson Square Pedestrian Mall.” Through Councilwoman Palmer, whose district includes the French Quarter, Landrieu has proposed an ordinance for the mall that would: 1) mandate “clear lanes;” and, 2) provide “closing times” between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. to persons “stopping, standing, or loitering.”
Both parts of the proposed ordinance are problematic, but the latter is blatantly unconstitutional.
Two weeks after they were separated by a carjacker near Claiborne Avenue in the Carrollton area, an 11-year-old Chihuahua named Skeeter and his owner were reunited Sunday, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. Skeeter ran up to a family walking their own dog near the site of the original crime, and they are slated to receive the $4,000 reward, Hernandez reports:
A “Welcome Back Skeeter” party is planned by the victim and the Humane Society for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine Street.
A 30-year-old man was shot to death in the parking lot of a hotel on Airline Drive on Sunday evening, police said.
James Carville and Mary Matalin will co-host “Beyond the Ballot: A Government in Transition,” the Bipartisan Policy Center’s symposium of national political leaders, journalists and other experts Thursday (Nov. 15) at Tulane University.
“The VFW and American Legion took off after World War II and built up a big infrastructure they just can’t maintain now,” said Hevron, noting the smaller size of their corner store post was a blessing in disguise.
General curator Rick Dietz started at Audubon Zoo as an 18-year-old volunteer, and 20 years later is leaving for a job in Ohio, according to a report by Angela Hill and our partners at WWL-TV.
Kentrell “Black” Hickerson — said to belong to the 3-N-G street gang — had been charged as the triggerman in the June 2008 murder of Alvin Wilson, but an Orleans Parish jury acquitted him this week after the witness who originally identified Hickerson recanted his testimony, according to a report by John Simerman of the Times-Picayune.
The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will perform Monday (Nov. 12) at Tulane University as part of the New Orleans Friends of Music series.
A 35-year-old man riding a bicycle on an Uptown street Friday afternoon was struck by a car, then robbed at gunpoint by one of its occupants, according to initial police reports.