Oct 292012
 

LaToya Cantrell, Dana Kaplan, Marlon “Buck” Horton and Eric Strachan

With the latest campaign finance reports filed in the District B City Council race, the pattern established earlier in the contest may be holding: Eric Strachan continues to hold a lead in fundraising, but Dana Kaplan appears to have nearly as much or more cash on hand in the final week before the Nov. 6 election.

LaToya Cantrell’s campaign continues to trail both Strachan and Kaplan in total money raised and spent, although her fundraising did outpace Kaplan’s during one part of the reporting period, the reports show.

Finally, Marlon “Buck” Horton filed a report stating that he did not raise or spend any money during the latest period. Continue reading »

Oct 292012
 

Traditional Norwegian food, such as open-face sandwhiches, smoked salmon, cakes and cookies, are on display during the 2011 Scandinavian Festival. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Nicole Harvey)

Heart-shaped waffles, open-faced sandwiches, the Scandinavian Jazz All-stars and Christmas crafts will all be a part of the annual Scandinavian Festival at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church at 1772 Prytania Street this weekend. Continue reading »

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Oct 292012
 

By Dana Kaplan

The final weeks of the campaign have been quite humbling for me personally and a wonderful boost to our supporters. Our campaign to make New Orleans safer has picked up the endorsement of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Congressman Cedric Richmond , Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Assessor Errol Williams and State Representatives Helena Moreno, Walt Leger, and Jared Brossett. A tremendous cross section of support.

In the past few days, the endorsements have continued with the Times Picayune, Gambit Weekly and The New Orleans Tribune. Again, a wonderful blend of support from every part of the city. Continue reading »

Oct 292012
 

An armed gunman forced his way into a Gert Town home to rob the resident, a group of four people were robbed at gunpoint on Magazine Street, and two women with an infant were carjacked by a man wielding a rifle in the Hollygrove area in separate incidents Sunday — though police did make arrests in one of the cases, according to initial reports. Continue reading »

Oct 292012
 

The former Coliseum Theater as seen in “Interview with a Vampire”

Rene Brunet and Jack Stewart will release their book “There’s One In Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans” at a party showcasing old film reels on the Prytania Theatre’s screen (Nov. 1, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.). Continue reading »

Oct 292012
 

Going out of town? Working late? Have an after school or work event that prevents you from getting home? Have an injury or illness? Whatever the reason, if something is preventing you from taking care of your pet, we can help.

My name is Christy and I’m a professional pet sitter. I’ve taken my life-long love of animals, along with my years of caring for my own various pets (dogs, cats, fish, mice, birds and a rabbit) and my friends’ pets and started Petit Pet Care. I’m professional because I am incorporated, bonded,  insured and a member of Pet Sitters Associates and abide by their code of ethics. I take my business and the care of your pet very seriously.

Petit Pet Care takes care of your pets when you aren’t able to. We come to your house, where your pet feels most comfortable, feed them, give them fresh water, walk them, clean their litter box or bedding. Care goes beyond just the basics and includes TLC – we spend time with your pet, petting, brushing, and/or playing – what ever they need. We send you daily updates via text or email, including photos, so you can be assured all is well. If you are out of town, we can bring in your mail and newspaper, adjust lights and keep an eye on things around your home.

Please visit our web site www.petitpetcare.com for details on services offered, service area and rates. Mention you saw us on Uptown Messenger, and get a 10% discount on your first 5 pet sitting visits or first 5 dog walks. Offer good through November 16, 2012. Discount cannot be combined with other discounts.

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Oct 292012
 

Owen Courreges

There’s an old “Bloom County” cartoon I recall reading once.  They’re holding a political convention, and Milo Bloom, ever the political realist, is at the podium speaking about the sundry scandals and distractions that will govern the upcoming election.  Watch a few minutes of cable news commentary and you get the same effect.

All of a sudden Opus (who, incidentally, is a penguin), shouts out, “ISSUES!” Milo says, “What’s that?” Opus then responds: “I THINK AN ELECTION SHOULD BE ABOUT ISSUES!

In the final panel, Opus is seen tied upside-down to tree, his mouth taped shut, below a large sign emblazoned with the word “BLASPHEMER.” Continue reading »

Oct 292012
 

Owen Courreges

Hello, dear readers. What follows are the results of a policy questionnaire that I sent to all the candidates in the city council District B race. I received responses from Marlon Horton, LaToya Cantrell and Dana Kaplan, but did not hear back from Eric Strachan.

Please bear in mind that positions taken during a campaign are not set in stone and that working as a single member of a legislative body requires negotiation, trade-offs, and prioritization. Sometimes politicians fail to take specific positions during campaigns to avoid alienating voters or being called hypocrites later. When that is the case the electorate itself is mostly to blame.

I would like to thank all the candidates who responded. Their candor was refreshing, and I hope that these questions and their answers will assist District B voters in making their selection. Continue reading »

Oct 272012
 

Craig Giesecke

I walked out of the house late Thursday morning and the air in our Irish Channel neighborhood was fully pregnant with various food aromas.

It’s one of the awful prices we pay for living here. And, yes, I’m being facetious.

We live less than 100 yards from Parasol’s and 150 yards from Tracey’s.  There’s a Quizno’s and Coquette around the corner on Magazine. I got in the car and went to the French Quarter and parked across from the French Market before most places open at 11 a.m. All the smells from the places in the Market, from El Gato Negro, Coop’s, Margaritaville and the other spots hit me as I opened the car door. Continue reading »

Oct 272012
 

Dunleith Designs, Antiques and Gifts is holding a one day only Tent Sale with all inventory under the tents and in the 3000 square foot showrooms on sale 20-30% off.

Dunleith Designs, Antiques and Gifts offers fine authentic antique furniture, decorative arts, and gifts at a genuine value. Every piece is personally selected by the owner, Mr. Ken Rogers.

The 3000 square foot showroom located at 1537 Metairie Road is filled with outstanding 18th, 19th and 20th century English, French and American antiques as well as gifts for all occasions, art, lighting, and furniture.

You’re sure to find the perfect pieces to anchor your room, and the perfect presents for everyone on your list. Sale hours are 9am–5pm, Rain or shine!

Dunleith Designs, Antiques and Gifts
www.dunleithdesigns.com
(504) 272-0879

Oct 262012
 

“To this day I still have dreams about it. I still think about Curtis to this day,” says a man who held Curtis Matthews as he died outside the Jazz Daiquri lounge on South Claiborne last year, allegedly gunned down in retaliation for his brother’s testimony against accused Uptown crime kingpin Telly Hankton, according to a report by Monica Hernandez and our partners at WWL-TV.

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Oct 262012
 

By Eric Strachan

Crime is the number one issue facing New Orleans right now. This recent wave of shootings illustrates what we all know– this has to stop. It is with this in mind that I am honored that District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, Jr, has endorsed me for City Council District B.

“I believe that Eric understands the issues facing the residents of this district better than any candidate in the field.  He understands better than any candidate how to reform our criminal justice system to increase public safety,” said Leon Cannizzaro. “While he understands and supports initiatives that will allow our city to get smarter on crime, he also understands that we need to get tough on violent criminals.” Continue reading »

Oct 262012
 

Several of KIPP’s Uptown schools — including KIPP Believe! College Prep on South Carrollton and its two schools in Central City — and Lafayette Academy are among the 13 Recovery School District schools eligible to return to the Orleans Parish School Board, based on the recently-announced School Performance Scores, officials said. Continue reading »

Oct 262012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

With everything from dog treats to beauty products available at deep discounts on flash-sale sites such as Fab, One Kings Lane, and Gilt, it’s no wonder small local businesses have a difficult time staying afloat in this era of Internet-savvy consumers. While the rallying cry of “Shop local!” feels like a good way to support the local economy, more often than not even the staunchest of locavores will succumb to a good deal. Continue reading »

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Oct 262012
 

Eric Strachan

Standing at the same intersection where a local attorney was gravely wounded after being shot during a carjacking in his driveway, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro Jr. endorsed Eric Strachan for City Council on Thursday as the best candidate for criminal-justice reform and denounced a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would make it more difficult for the legislature to pass gun-control laws. Continue reading »

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