With less than a month before the first round of voting in the District B City Council election, Eric Strachan has led the fundraising race but Dana Kaplan has the most cash left, as the impact of a marijuana charge against LaToya Cantrell’s husband on the race remains unclear.
Yet another rhetorical pop quiz from the Sewerage & Water Board this past Monday left Orleans Parish residents (read: me and likely you) wondering if our one and only water supply was safe for consumption. And the solitary answer everyone can agree on equals “Maybe.” Forget that it’s the 21st century, forget that Roman aquaducts remain a marvel to humanity and civilization on the whole, and forget too that over the next five years an Orleans Parish water bill will grow incrementally like a film of algae from a broken fire hydrant to the nearest street drain. But remember this: your vote still matters. And why this will always be important remains a let-me-speak-to-your-supervisor line of thought. The S & W B does not answer to much, or do they? So who’s in charge?
Estelle Carron moved to New Orleans earlier this year and was a French teacher at Trinity Episcopal School, but still owned the home in Memphis where she was found dead after a fire this weekend, allegedly strangled to death by her son, according to an article published Tuesday evening on the website of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
“We continue to pray for her and for her family, friends, students, and colleagues,” wrote Trinity headmaster Dr. Michael Kuhn in an email to Uptown Messenger. “In the short time here at Trinity, she became a much beloved and respected teacher and colleague. Estelle will be greatly missed by the Trinity community.”
The murder of a prominent Freret Street bakery owner 25 years ago is still regarded as the seminal moment in the commercial corridor’s long period of neglect. Now, even amid the street’s current renaissance, some residents still feel that they are living just on the edge of the next violent crime.
Several Freret residents and business owners have recently begun discussing the possibility of hiring private security patrols similar to those in other neighborhoods around the city, and Tuesday night, began what they see as a long conversation with their neighbors about whether to move forward.
Meagan McKinnon, senior class president at Walter L. Cohen High School, left campus Wednesday afternoon with no idea of the upheaval the coming week would bring to her campus.
Thursday morning, the student body was abuzz with rumors that the school was about to be merged with John McDonogh High School. At an assembly that afternoon, they found out that no merger was planned, but that the New York-based Future Is Now charter group that took over McDonogh this year would be given control of Cohen within a week, and that most of the Cohen administrators and teachers would be replaced.
Stunned, McKinnon and her classmates marched out of the building. They haven’t returned to class since then, instead alternating between protests and class time on the lawn as they demand the decisions be justified or reversed.
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The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, Oct. 8) at the school’s Patton Street campus.
It’s nighttime. You awake to a noise outside. Is it a prowler? You aren’t sure. You grab a small pistol from your nightstand and shove it in your pocket as you proceed out to your driveway to investigate the disturbance. If it’s nothing, you reason, you don’t want to be walking around in plain view with a gun in your hand.
Congratulations. You just committing the crime of carrying a weapon illegally, and you did it without ever leaving your own property.
Two men accused of robbing a South Carrollton Avenue gas station were located and arrested, with the stolen cash and property and the gun they used, within an hour of the holdup Saturday night, police said.
Shared Housing of New Orleans is a program to help elderly and/or disabled adults, who do not need to be in Nursing Homes, remain in their own homes by matching them with people looking for a place to live. Don’t worry: all Shared Housing services are free! Applicants are carefully interviewed and evaluated by experienced registered nurses.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas and Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy took the streets around Camp and Delachaise to talk to the uneasy residents of the neighborhood after a carjacking and shooting there amid a rash of robberies Tuesday night, reports Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. The victim is now in stable condition, Tall reports, and the investigation is widening:
Meanwhile, officers from the private patrol in the neighborhood said they followed a group of six suspicious people from nearby Peniston and Coliseum to a convenience store on Magazine about an hour before the shooting, and that those six then split into two groups of three, according to an email from a resident there. The security cameras at the gas station may have footage that will assist in the investigation, according to the officer’s report.
The chapel was envisioned by St. Katharine Drexel in the 1920s, but academic needs took priority until the design was completed in 2005 and construction began in 2010, reports Kari Dequine Harden of The Advocate. Designed by internationally-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, various aspects of the chapel incorporate ideas of resurrection, inclusion, tradition and peace, architects and university leaders tell Harden.
While many of our days are still warm and we‘re certainly not done with summer-type weather yet, the cooler air of the past week has certainly improved my attitude and my culinary approach. Autumn is my favorite time of year — not only because things cool off but because it allows me to bring out a lot of things that don’t seem to fit in the more consistently hot weather we find after about, oh, JazzFest in this part of the world.
High-performing charter schools in the Recovery School District — such as Sophie B. Wright, Lafayette Academy and several KIPP campuses in Uptown — are concerned that the Orleans Parish School Board will take an administrative fee out of their federal grants if they return to the district, amid broader issues of trust and autonomy, reports Jessica Williams of The Lens.
After the Freret Market took the summer off — then canceled its planned return in September to make way for Hurricane Isaac — the event will return Saturday afternoon at the corner of Freret and Napoleon with its usual array of vendors, food and pets, as well as music by Claude Bryant’s All Stars, Jayna Morgan and the Sazerac Swing Band and the Upstarts.