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.
A four-part series of community forums hosted by the Orleans Public Education Network beginning this weekend will explore the future of school governance in New Orleans, with the first two parts being held at Uptown schools.
Amid questions about whether the streetlights were working on the block where an attorney was carjacked and shot Tuesday evening, city officials say they are unsure whether they can fulfill the promise to repair every streetlight in the city by the end of the year, following setbacks and damage caused by Hurricane Isaac, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. Council president Stacy Head, however, says that money originally budgeted to the streetlight effort should have put the project much farther along by now.
On Oct. 15, the current teachers and administrators of the direct-run portion of Walter L. Cohen High School will be replaced by new staff from the Future is Now charter group, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. Cohen had been slated for a gradual, year-by-year transition to governance by the New Orleans College Prep charter management organization, but RSD officials told Dall that changes to the school culture were needed immediately — a sudden move that prompted protests from students and parents.
Celestine Skia, 43, pleaded guilty in federal court to buying guns on three occasions for her boyfriend, convicted felon Walter Porter, with whom she shared a home in the 4700 block of South Liberty Street in the Freret neighborhood, according to a report by Brendan McCarthy and our partners at WWL-TV. Skia’s most recent gun purchase, according to the plea, was on Oct. 15, 2011, the day Porter is accused of shooting 61-year-old Curtis Matthews to death in retaliation for testimony related to the prosecution of alleged drug kingpin Telly Hankton Sr.
Marci Cornell-Feist, founder and CEO of The High Bar education management company, urged the board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans to distinguish between the roles of the board and the school staff: “The school leader should be treated like a CEO,” she said, according to a report by Marta Jewson of The Lens on the board’s training retreat Thursday morning.
At least two people suspected of involvement in a series of robberies around Uptown New Orleans were taken into custody Thursday afternoon during a manhunt around Second and Dryades, authorities said.
After a 14-year-old arrested on charges relating to Tuesday night’s carjacking spree across Uptown New Orleans was found to have a non-working ankle monitor, the sheriff’s office has pledged to look into what went wrong with the electronic monitoring program and a City Council committee is promising its own investigation.
By Dana Kaplan
It doesn’t matter where I happen to be knocking on doors, Uptown, Downtown, Garden District, Warehouse District, Central City, Irish Channel, Broadmoor, or Mid City the refrain is the same at nearly every door and business. “We’ve got to do something about crime.” It’s the one thing everyone in the city can agree upon. It’s the one thing I’ve been focused on every day for the past 6 years and it’s the one thing I’ll continue to work on as City Council person in District B.
We thought that Mitt Romney won last night’s Presidential debate going away. He was superbly prepared, more articulate than we’ve seen him before, aggressive and scored lots of debating points.
By contrast, President Obama looked tired, was passive and – unlike his usual style – seemed to have suddenly forgotten that a debate isn’t just an intellectual exercise.
Article by Marta Jewson, for UptownMessenger.com
A rash of armed robberies in the Broadmoor area last week may have been committed by some of the same suspects involved in Tuesday night’s carjackings, police said during their internal leadership meeting Wednesday.
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Meanwhile, investigations also continued into the other three robberies the same night around Uptown, including one just off St. Charles Avenue in which the victim and his assailants fought over the gun.
The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans board will hold a training session on charter-school governance during a retreat scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday at the school’s new campus at 5951 Patton Street, officials said.
The other day my 10-year old says aloud to me as I scrawl something somewhere with my trusty ink pen, “Hey, I have that pen too!” I respond quickly, if not a little gruff, “You do? Well, it’s mine, so give it back to me.” To which she closes me down, “Well, it has my name on it soooo – - – ” She spins her (my) pen in her hand and holds it horizontally toward me, and sure enough there’s her full name spelled out. And there you have it! Possession remains 9/10ths of the law big, beautiful world. Lap it up! Ahhhhh, rules! That one’s going to be a lawyer I tell you; her mother and I have always said this.
A Camp Street resident was shot in the chest during a carjacking Tuesday night in the Touro neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans, one of four robberies reported within several hours.