Jul 242013

The failures of the New Orleans city water system — first by a major water-line break that flooded an east Carrollton neighborhood Tuesday, and subsequently by the prohibition against using any water while it is tested for contamination — continue to affect Uptown residents a day after the incident.

The second boil-water notice of the year is causing businesses around Uptown to use bottled water to stay open, a routine they are getting used to, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. The water sample analysis will take until around 3:30 p.m. today (Wednesday), so the boil-water order will remain in place until at least that time, Hernandez reports.

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Jul 232013

Milton H. Latter Memorial Library during the First Annual Children’s Book Festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Latter Branch library will close Sunday (July 28) for the next three months for a third round of renovations that will include lead-paint remediation, officials said this week. Continue reading »

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Jul 232013

A car is partially submerged near the site of a water-main break on Cohn Street in the east Carrollton neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

[Update: A boil-water notice has been issued for much of Uptown.]

A broken water main is flooding several Carrollton neighborhood streets this morning, causing low water pressure around Uptown as a result. Continue reading »

Jul 222013

Signs alert drivers to the Broadway repaving project at Fontainebleau. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The southbound side of Broadway Street is scheduled to close Tuesday as construction crews lay asphalt in the ongoing repaving project, and the northbound lanes are expected to close later in the week, officials said. Continue reading »

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Jul 222013

Owen Courreges

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for Loyola U this year,
Freshmen enrollment was down 30 percent, with layoffs now to fear.
And then when Liberto quit in shame, and Kaskel took his place,
A sickly silence fell upon each ‘n every alumni face.

All of Uptown began to rise their voices in despair, as the rest
Clung to that hope which springs futilely in the human breast;
They thought, if only Casey could recruit for the freshman class  –
We’d put up endowment money, now, and shove it up Tulane’s smarmy [expletive deleted].

The sad truth for Loyola is that there is no “mighty Casey” waiting in the wings.  Freshman enrollment has plummeted by nearly a third with only a short time left until the Fall semester begins.  It appears that the main culprit for the massive shortfall was an adjustment to Loyola’s financial aid offers.  Apparently, Loyola’s high tuition left little margin for error with respect to financial aid.  Prospective students today are savvy; their market responds quickly. Continue reading »

Jul 192013

Craig Giesecke

We’re in a situation these days at work where those of us who cook for a living are having to take things back to basics and re-learn some appreciation for what many of us view as scut work. I think it’s a good thing.

It is all fine and good to be creative and come up with new dishes and keep pushing culinary boundaries. This is what I love to do and what so many of my cheffery friends enjoy on a daily basis. But, in any decent commercial kitchen, one has to be a generalist and be willing to pitch in wherever it’s needed. If you find an executive chef who’s not willing to take his/her turn washing dishes, you’ve got a problem. A good leader pulls from the front of the team instead of shouting orders from the wagon the team is pulling. Continue reading »

Jul 182013

A detour sign directs motorists off of the 5100 block of Freret on Wednesday while work crews replace an underground water line. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The 5100 block of Freret Street will be closed for a month to replace an underground water line prior to an upcoming repaving project there, and cars are being detoured through the neighborhood while crews dig into the pavement. Continue reading »

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Jul 182013

The 155-year-old St. Mary’s Assumption Church in the Irish Channel has already raised about half of the $1 million for its “Don’t Let The Tower Tumble” campaign to restore its 190-foot bell tower, which has lost its gold leaf and copper plating and the cross atop it, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.

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Jul 182013

By the time of a hearing last week on its $1.4 million budget, Bricolage Academy had enrolled 70 students with 20 still on a waiting list and the possibility of more coming from the OneApp process, making the new charter school’s leader, Josh Densen, confident that the school will meet its goal of 75 students in its first year of kindergarten, according to a report by Stephen Babcock of The Lens.

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