The calender says today is 12/26/12, so we must have all survived the Mayan apocalypse and yet another Christmas season, on to the New Year and resolutions quickly fudged. I look forward to this day more than Christmas itself because it’s finally over! The hype and lead up and obligatory this and that of each holiday season leaves me strung out and exhausted, like the last few rigs of the seemingly endless truck parade down Napoleon on Mardi Gras Day. I live half a block from this silly nightmare of pastiched 18 wheelers in queue for likely miles, and it isn’t the size so much as the noise. Truck horn after truck horn after truck horn, like a really slow marathon of all the Smokey & The Bandit “films” with a lagniappe viewing of Convoyto bring it on home. Only this year the drainage work along the avenue is so massive my guess is in 2013 we will get a break from the madness. And at the pace the work is going maybe 2014 too.
A man had his car stolen at gunpoint Saturday evening by someone he was picking up from in front of the Loyola campus, he told police.
At this time of year I always get to thinking of how the American ideal of Christmas just seems to center around an ideal of a much colder climate than ours here in the Gulf South. Lines from popular Christmas songs are always the biggest reminder of this.
“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know…”
The alleged embezzlement of $25,000 in forged checks by former Lusher employee Lauren Hightower was reported to police Jan. 25, but no charges have been filed amid an ongoing investigation, according to a report by Jessica Williams of The Lens.
The Women of Class second line that had been scheduled for noon today has been canceled, Red Cotton is reporting at her Facebook page.
We’ve been cocooning in the house these last few evenings, feeling the wind buffet the siding after the midweek cold front came through. Those many of us who live in old, drafty houses here in New Orleans know the place never gets completely warm. About the best you can hope to do is dress for the cold occasions, enjoy a stiff toddy and try to not move off the couch or chair too much. Very Southern Winter and, of course, Very Holiday.
A masked man robbed a GameStop video game store in the Lower Garden District at gunpoint Thursday morning, and in a separate case a woman in Hollygrove was attacked inside her home by a man who then stole her purse, police said.
The Women of Class will start their annual second line at noon Sunday on Earhart Boulevard and Gert Town and head down Washington and Louisiana avenues, then make a few loops through Central City, according to the route published by Big Red Cotton.
Turnbull Bakeries, known for Melba toast wrapped in plastic with a green logo, has closed after operating its bakery on First Street in the Irish Channel since 1907, according to a report by Dominic Massa of our partners at WWL-TV.
State Superintendent John White has asked the Louisiana Public Charter School Association to fund consultant Jeremy Hunnewell, a CPA with EMH Strategy, to help identify gaps in the leadership at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans, design and lead the search for a new CEO, clarify the leadership roles at the school and possibly help implement the recommendations, according to a letter obtained by The Lens.
The James Weldon Johnson school in west Carrollton will close in the summer of 2013 and become “swing space” for other schools undergoing renovations, as part of an effort to consolidate the number of campuses run directly by the Recovery School District, officials announced Thursday.
Current Johnson students will be guaranteed placement at Benjamin Banneker elementary school, which is currently located in the Riverbend but slated to move to a new building on the Dunbar site in Hollygrove in several years, officials said.
The upstart Krewe of Freret that had hoped to join the Mardi Gras parade schedule this spring issued a statement Thursday suspending those plans because of what it termed a “misunderstanding” by the New Orleans Police Department, but said it has already begun work to roll for the first time in 2014.
Freret Neighbors United, which has been serving a large swath of the Freret area for nearly four decades, is considering a merger with a much newer group of activists next door who began organizing in the Milan neighborhood about two years ago.
The audit for 2011-2012 filed late by Lusher Charter School reveals that an unnamed, high-ranking employee in the business office used blank checks to embezzle $25,000 from the school, but she was fired and the money recovered after the theft was discovered, according to a report by Jessica Williams of The Lens. Though due at the end of September, the audit was dated Friday and was late because of “the amount of work it took to reconcile financial records,” the report states.
In the wake of the tragic shootings in Newtown, a number of our friends – knowing that our clients include the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Orleans Parish School Board – asked whether schools in our metro area are any more likely to be safe than the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Sadly, the answer is that most public, private and parochial elementary and middle schools do not have full-time armed security. It is likely that a 911 call from any school in the metro area would bring police cars screaming to the rescue in five minutes or less, but, as we saw in Connecticut, a heavily armed shooter like Adam Lanza with a semi-automatic rifle and a maximum load magazine can create a lot of destruction and sorrow in five minutes or less.
The Maple Leaf Bar will mark the end of the current era of the Mayan calendar Friday (Dec. 21) with a block party featuring the Galactic Alignment Band and New Orleans FUNK Allstars.