Nov 052012
 

ENCORE Academy School Leader Terri L. Smith leads tour of a kindergarten classroom in September. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

ENCORE Academy leader Terri L. Smith, who brought nearly 30 years of experience in education to open the first new Orleans Parish School Board charter since Hurricane Katrina, aims to create a strong academic program alongside a heavy investment in the arts, particularly music, reports Jessica Williams of The Lens.

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Nov 052012
 

Signs indicate polling places at Eleanor McMain High School in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Ongoing repairs to a 48-inch water main will keep the intersection of South Claiborne and Nashville avenues blocked Tuesday, but voters will be able to access Eleanor McMain High School from Willow Street, officials said Monday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Nov 052012
 

The Upper Audubon, Audubon Area, Upper Hurstville, Hurstville, Twinbrook, Touro-Bouligny and Garden District security districts in Uptown New Orleans. (map by Brendan McCarthy of WWL-TV)

The nearly 30 neighborhood security districts around the city of New Orleans — ranging from the relatively small districts around Uptown to the massive districts in Mid-City, Lakeview and the Central Business District — generated approximately $6 million in taxes and fees this year, enough to hire an additional 85 officers on the New Orleans Police Department, according to recent investigation by Brendan McCarthy of our partners at WWL-TV.


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Nov 052012
 

Administrators at the International School of Louisiana have decided to abandon an unpopular plan to create separate elementary and middle schools at the Camp Street and Algiers campuses, and will instead try to preserve the current K-8 structure at each by finding more space for the Eastbank students next year, they have announced. Continue reading »

Nov 052012
 

Owen Courreges

The word of the day is “Schadenfreude,” a loanword of Germanic origin that refers to satisfaction received from the misfortunes of others.

Oh, I should use it in a sentence?  OK. “I felt a warm feeling of Schadenfreude when the man who stole my bicycle was struck by lightning, died in intense pain, and then a swarm of rats appeared and urinated on his remains.”  (Note to readers: I really hate bike thieves).

Following Hurricane Sandy, regrettably if understandably, many New Orleanians felt a whiff of Schadenfreude.  We had been told so many times by so many people after Hurricane Katrina that we were poor, stupid, and our city had been built in the wrong place.  People asked if we should bother rebuilding New Orleans, as if we were all just going to pack up our bags and move. Continue reading »

Nov 052012
 

The city periodically clears out large encampments of homeless people from underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway, but the nightly population has risen to about 75 again — prompting city officials to consider a fence to secure the area, reports Richard A. Webster of the Times-Picayune. At the same time, the city is seeking federal assistance to help with the nearly 5,000 estimated homeless people in New Orleans, Webster reports.

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Craig Giesecke

I went into work one day last week and was again reminded about just how much food we produce each day and how it has to be constantly renewed over and over as sales volume increases. Usually, it seems I’ve just made a big load of something when I have to make another one. Not that this is a bad thing – at all.

This is tough to translate when I get back home and try to replicate something for just two or three. Speaking honestly, I rarely cook at home much anymore and, when I do, it’s usually pretty simply stuff like pasta with some kind of sauce from a jar. I know that will soon change, with the holidays approaching.  But it’s a sure bet I’m going to be overbuying some ingredients just because I’m now so accustomed to producing in bulk. Continue reading »