Oct 242012
 

The International School of Lousiana’s Olivier Street campus in Algiers.

The International School of Louisiana is still considering moving all its middle-school students to its Westbank campus and consolidating all its lower-grade students in the Camp Street building, but amid strong opposition from some families to crossing the Mississippi River, no decision is expected at Wednesday night’s meeting of the school’s governing board. Continue reading »

Oct 232012
 

A patrol car sits in the 5800 block of Clara Street as police investigate an armed robbery reported there Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

For the third time in 36 hours on an Uptown street, a woman at her vehicle was approached by a man armed with a gun who took her belongings — this time, around 8 p.m. on Clara Street between State and Nashville. Continue reading »

Oct 232012
 

Actor Wendell Pierce describes his proposal for a Sterling Express store anchoring a gas station on Tchoupitoulas at St. James before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor Wendell Pierce plans the next location of his fresh-food convenience store concept, Sterling Express, for Tchoupitoulas near the old Market Street power plant in the Lower Garden District, but the proposed gas station he wants to put it in received a split decision from a city panel Tuesday on its request for two bays for large trucks. Continue reading »

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Oct 232012
 

Is your child or teenager experiencing emotions they find difficult to manage?  Has his or her behavior escalated out of control?  If you are struggling with how best to help your child, while also managing your own frustration, Fleurish Play Therapy can help.  Licensed clinical social worker Wendy Romero, MSW, LCSW is one of the few local therapists who devotes her practice solely to children and families, focusing on children ages 3-17 and their caregivers. Continue reading »

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Oct 232012
 

Performance among Uptown public schools in the most recent school year was in many ways similar to that in the year before, according to state scores released Monday. A cluster of high-performing schools continued gains that in many ways lead the city, while a somewhat larger group of low-performing schools split between those making progress toward the middle, those that are slowly improving but still dismally low, and a handful with results that can only be described as disappointing.


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Oct 222012
 

Article by Marta Jewson, for UptownMessenger.com

An undated image of the building at the corner of Leonidas and Willow from Google Maps.

The owner of a building at the corner of Leonidas and Willow is proposing to change its zoning from residential to neighborhood business for a contractor-training office and community space, raising some questions among surrounding neighbors. Continue reading »

Oct 222012
 

Police surround a yard in the 1700 block of General Ogden where a vehicle stolen in a carjacking on Willow Street was found Monday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A gold SUV that was stolen in a Willow Street carjacking can barely be seen from the road where it was stashed behind a home on General Ogden. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman’s SUV was stolen from her at gunpoint Monday afternoon on Willow Street in Central Carrollton, but police located the vehicle shortly afterward stashed behind a home on General Ogden Street. Continue reading »

Oct 222012
 

Owen Courreges

D.J. Luddite is no more.

Some explanation is required.  My day-to-day persona is that of Owen Courreges, Attorney at Law.   However, on Thursday evenings I have been breaking out my 1923 Brunswick suitcase phonograph at the Bayou Bar in the Hotel Pontchartrain.  There, I play 78 rpm records as my alter ego – D.J. Luddite (because D.J. Luddite eschews modern technology).

It’s kind of like Garth Brooks and his rock alter ego Chris Gaines, only far less lame and pretentious.  Well, at least less pretentious.

However, for the past few weeks I’ve been absent.  Music has been silenced at Bayou Bar.  This is regrettable, because Bayou Bar has a storied history in the music community.  Reportedly Cole Porter played here somewhat inconsistently on weekends for about twelve years.  Frank Sinatra and Frankie Lane used Bayou Bar as their watering hole, and are even rumored to have performed on occasion. Continue reading »

Oct 202012
 

In this photo from Aug. 31, the preliminary demolition work at the rear of Audubon Charter’s Broadway campus is visible after Hurricane Isaac knocked down a the construction screen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School has been approved to start construction on its Broadway campus expansion after nearly a year of uncertainty surrounding a lawsuit filed by neighbors, school officials said Saturday morning.

“We’re happy, happy people,” said Alisa Dupre, the school operation and facilities manager. “We’re ready to be occupants of the building again.” Continue reading »

Oct 202012
 

Craig Giesecke

I was at work the other day and a friend came in to get a few items. We were talking in front of the chef case, where all the gorgeous stuffed pork loin, herb-crusted salmon and other stuff is displayed. He commented on how great it all looked, but then asked me, “Don’t you get bored making the same stuff every day?”

Well, yes and no. Continue reading »

Oct 192012
 

The organization surrounding alleged crime lord Telly Hankton in Central City “murdered rival drug dealers, intimidated witnesses, attempted to obstruct the state criminal justice system by having associates provide false alibi testimony in state court, and murdered a witness’ family member in an effort to obstruct justice,” writes Brendan McCarthy of our partners at WWL-TV in a report on the family’s federal indictment Friday afternoon. Members of his family, including his mother, were detained in an early morning roundup in the 1900 block of Josephine, McCarthy reports.

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Oct 192012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Everyone at some point gets that dreaded little letter in the mail, with two words stamped on the front in unmistakable red letters: JURY SUMMONS.  Having never been called to serve jury duty until this past month, a string of expletives left my mouth when I found that little love note from Orleans Parish in the mailbox. It couldn’t have come at a worse time: October is absolutely the busiest month of the year for me. There’s New Orleans Fashion Week to attend, Halloween costumes to sew, and given I work in a retail store that sells costumes, we are really damn busy. Like “curl into the fetal position under the bathroom sink after the shift” type of busy.  But instead of trying to lie and weasel my way out of it, I chalked it up to my civic duty, sucked it up, and went. Continue reading »

Oct 192012
 

The deaths this week in Gert Town of two small children allegedly at the hands of their mother, 23-year-old Chelsea Thornton, continues to reflect on the treatment of the mentally ill in New Orleans, as family members described the woman as bipolar and schizophrenic but recently off her medication, according to a report by Scott Satchfield and our partners at WWL-TV.

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Oct 192012
 

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

The Uptown New Orleans festival calendar is crowded this weekend with compelling options that include the Children’s Book Festival at Latter Library, the Seventh Annual Broadmoor Festival and the annual Fall Fête at Audubon Charter School. Continue reading »

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