“Da-aad?” called out my 3-year-old in a singsong, next-room voice as the Sunday sun crept up over the horizon, “This morning (pause) I didn’t pee in your bed.” I respond, same singsong and with a slight smile, “O-kay, thank you.” And while I was pleased to learn for at least one night my mattress went urine-free, I had to laugh a little. The night before, 4 hours away, and a state over, my 20-year high school reunion had taken place without me, and frankly I’m OK with that. But after waking up before the sun and seeing the ample Facebook posts from those in attendance I quickly wondered how many therein also woke up to a urine-free slumber and based upon the pics I wouldn’t say it was a lock. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves, maybe some more than others, and maybe others more than some. That said, I hope everyone made the effort enjoyed themselves responsibly, urine-free sleep and all.
Uptown Messenger readers,
I’m Eric Strachan, candidate for District B City Council. I was born and raised in District B, and have the best experience for the job. I would appreciate your support at the polls, but first I want to introduce myself to you directly, and talk to you about what’s important to me– safer streets, strong neighborhoods, and more effective city government.
The candidates for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council were invited to share their visions for Central City on Tuesday night, but all four stayed close to the message they have delivered all over Uptown.
Allegations that Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans is structured to favor well-off students and that it does not appropriately serve the city’s African-American population resurfaced on Tuesday afternoon when a series of complaints about the new French-immersion charter school were aired before the state education board in Baton Rouge.
Among the complaints were that the school has failed to follow through on an outreach program to a Central City daycare promised in its charter, that it is using state money to subsidize its private preschool, that students in the school’s new second grade are not being given adequate remedial instruction in French and that state education officials are intentionally ignoring those issues. No action was taken on the complaints, but the board asked its staff to investigate the claims and report its findings next month at a meeting in New Orleans.
Construction related to the installation of new drainage canals under Napoleon Avenue will block motorists from being able to cross Napoleon on Freret Street on Wednesay and Thursday, according to Alexander Navarro of Boh Brothers Construction. If the weather permits, workers hope to have the intersection reopened by Friday, Navarro said.
A week-long sale of designer clothes at consignment prices starting today (Tuesday, Oct. 16) on Maple Street will raise money for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
A host of Central City community organizations are partnering to host a forum for the candidates for the open District B seat on the City Council and the Criminal District Court at the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood Center on Jackson Avenue starting at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 16).
Neighborhood groups around Uptown New Orleans will fill their local parks and streets with music, food and the will to make a safer city as part of National Night Out Against Crime events tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 16).
Just a block over from my house is Mr. John’s Steakhouse. In my humble opinion, it offers the best steaks in the city. They use only the finest cuts seared in butter and cooked to perfection. And of course, like all of the finest steakhouses, they are not cheap. Mr. John’s is synonymous with special occasions.
This is not, however, the case for the Board of Trustees for the New Orleans Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund. Apparently, they believe in spending thousands of dollars at a time at Mr. John’s and other expensive restaurants in the city.
Building on the interest generated by its mysterious mummies early this year, the Tulane University Department of Anthropology is offering another lecture by an Egyptologist tonight (Monday, Oct. 15) — this time focusing on the use of ancient Egyptian tombs over the centuries.
Those of us who cook for a living are often asked by non-(professional) cooking friends what we’d do in a certain situation or with a certain set of ingredients or what we might substitute if a key ingredient in a recipe isn’t available.
Usually, I have no clue.
Starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, the Prince of Wales and Lady Wales social aid and pleasure clubs will make their annual second line up Magazine, through Central City and into the Garden District, with stops at a snowball stand and Commander’s Palace, according to a post by Big Red Cotton at Gambit.
Students’ work still hangs on the walls three years after it was turned in, and their art lays strewn about the floor of the old Free School. A few children’s books sit in crates, toys lay abandoned on the dirty floor, and pigeons flutter in and out of the dark fourth-floor attic. To the trained eye, however, the most insidious problem is the sudden dips in the hardwood floor.
The century-old Free School on Camp Street looks as though it was abandoned overnight, as it almost literally was in December of 2009 when critical structural problems were discovered there. Next month, the building is one of seven former school sites around the city scheduled to be auctioned off by the Orleans Parish School Board, raising the possibility that it might finally be redeveloped into something new, or even one day hold students once again.
Article by Marta Jewson for UptownMessenger.comGreg Sonnier, owner of the Uptowner, has suspended the Gabrielle small banquet dinners at his restaurant pending the resolution of a lawsuit.
As food truck vendors draw attention to their effort to loosen city restrictions on where and when they can park and cook, a festival held on O.C. Haley on Thursday evening drew crowds of supporters including City Councilwoman Stacy Head, according to a live report from the event by Tania Dall and our partners at WWL-TV:
The leaders of Audubon Charter School had their first official meeting exploring the possibility of creating a high school on Thursday afternoon, but they plan to begin the process slowly — starting with a survey of parents’ expectations for the project, while they think about how the endeavor changes their current offerings.
The Press Club of New Orleans is hosting a forum on the “State of Print Media” tonight (Thursday, Oct. 11) at De La Salle High School, featuring a panel that includes representatives from Nola.com, The Gambit, The Advocate and New Orleans CityBusiness. See below for live video via The Lens through the New Orleans Digital Media Alliance.
The 2012 Republican Party platform is a voluminous document that is filled with wisdom and purported wisdom. But, sadly, one of the few possible subjects of Republican wisdom that is omitted is the fate and future of American cities. Now, to be fair, the platform does excoriate the City of Washington D.C. as an example of every urban failing that can be attributed to the incompetence of Big Government – i.e., the Democrats.
But, the fact of the matter is that American cities, including Washington D.C., Uptown New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, are filled with Republicans. And, in many cases, as often occurs in Uptown New Orleans, these registered urban-living Republicans reside right next door to conservative Democrats who regularly and predictably vote Republican in Presidential and other elections.
The Prytania Theatre and the Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center and the Ashe Cultural Arts Center on O.C. Haley Boulevard are once again among the venues in the New Orleans Film Festival, which opens Thursday night and continues for the following week.
As food truck vendors seek reform to laws that restrict where they can set up and how long they can stay there, they will seek to bring some attention to their cause and to their offerings tonight at the Central City Food Truck Festival on O.C. Haley Boulevard.