Nov 092012
 

TJ Quills has transformed into “Annex,” after a visit from a cable TV reality show. (photo by Marta Jewson for UptownMessenger.com)

TJ Quills has a new owner, a new look, a new name — essentially, a complete overhaul of the Maple Streeet bar, thanks to Bar Rescue, a reality show on SPIKE TV. Continue reading »

Nov 092012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Growing up here in the New Orleans area, you’d think I’m accustomed to mild winters. Fall down here is just a quaint notion, one that comes from a brain soaked with humidity in desperate need of some crisp cool air. I’m not one to obsess over the weather, but I get antsy in anticipation of consistently nippy days. Unfortunately, we all know drinking pumpkin spice lattes while wearing shorts is inevitable, but with a little careful planning you can make sure you are dressed for Mother Nature’s most erratic behavior by planning ahead on a daily basis. Continue reading »

Nov 092012
 

The ENCORE Academy governing board is holding a Saturday morning retreat to discuss a number of general issues relating to the school’s growth, including plans for a facility, participation in the OneApp common enrollment process, financial and enrollment goals, and open-meeting laws. Continue reading »

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Nov 092012
 

By Dana Kaplan

I have been so blessed by the thousands of New Orleanians who voted for me this week in the primary election for the New Orleans City Council, District B. Thank you for believing in my message for a safer community, more youth opportunities and incentives for job growth. With your support, I finished a strong second in Tuesday’s election and am in an excellent position going into the December runoff. Continue reading »

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Nov 082012
 

The former New Orleans Free School on Camp Street, photographed in October.

Nicole Smith (center) smiles as she replaces her bid number after casting the lone $1.2 million bid for the former New Orleans Free School at auction Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former New Orleans Free School on Camp Street may follow in the footsteps of the LaSalle School on Pitt Street, after a residential developer won it at auction Thursday morning with a single, minimum bid of $1.2 million.
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Nov 082012
 

A New Orleans police detective examines a wallet taken in a home invasion on Pitt Street and apparently discarded by the fleeing suspects on Aug. 27. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

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Fingerprints from a suspect in a New Orleans East murder were found inside a car taken during a home-invasion robbery on Pitt Street in late August as Hurricane Isaac came ashore, police said Wednesday. Continue reading »

Nov 082012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Well, Danae was right, as usual. She predicted the President Barack Obama victory and said correctly that his performance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy would be a game-changer.

Allan was wrong, as usual. He thought that Governor Mitt Romney was still riding the momentum of his fine performance in the first Presidential debate. Unfortunately for Romney and the Republican Party, the Romney momentum was overpowered by the winds of Hurricane Sandy and the pictures of President Obama being presidential, bringing aid and solace to the stricken. Continue reading »

Nov 082012
 

David Bedell, the former business manager at Lycee Francais, defends his work creating the school’s current budget amid heated discussions of a recently-discovered $90,000 shortfall. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans has an as-yet-unexplained hole of at least $90,000 in the current year’s operating budget that required the sudden layoffs of three staff members, the school’s board president said Wednesday evening, leaving many of the young school’s teachers openly fearful for their jobs and drawing angry protests from a room full of parents.

The school board has already engaged a team of auditors to help it gauge the true state of the school’s finances, board president Jean Montes said, and they hope to know the full extent of any future cuts needed within the next three weeks. For the audience of more than 150 people at the meeting of the school’s parent-teacher organization, however, the revelations only raised more questions. Continue reading »

Nov 072012
 

Water sprays several feet in the air from a broken water main at the closed intersection of Nashville and Claiborne avenues shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, with more than an hour of voting still to go at the nearby Eleanor McMain High School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

By Professor Karissa Haugeberg

I moved to New Orleans from Iowa City last year. In Iowa City, a town with 68,000 residents, I could choose to vote early at one of 12 early voting sites, which included libraries, grocery stores, and public buildings located throughout town. In contrast, New Orleans’s 360,000 residents had only three early voting sites.

One location would have required me to pay to park. I would have had to take a toll bridge or ferry to another location. The third site was a full ten miles from the center of town. The city’s most densely populated neighborhoods, including Uptown, had no early voting sites. Residents who can no longer drive or who cannot afford public transportation were shut out of early voting sites altogether. Continue reading »