Aug 232012
 

A second-grade Spanish-immersion classroom at the International School of Louisiana’s Eastbank campus, photographed in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Amid what they see as “massive issues” with placing children with their preferred school in the Recovery School District’s new OneApp enrollment process, the leadership of the International School of Louisiana plans to continue using their own enrollment system this year, officials said Wednesday night. Continue reading »

Aug 232012
 

The home at 4706 St. Charles Avenue. (photo via Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans)

The request by Jack Ryan to demolish a mansion on a lot he wants to buy at the corner of St. Charles and Valence for a new home drew the support of immediate neighbors, but not the St. Charles Avenue Association, and the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee was unable to successfully vote to either defer the project or allow the demolition, reports Karen Gadbois of The Lens.
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Aug 232012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

From an economic development standpoint, among the most important buildings owned by the City of New Orleans is a campus nestled in the center of Kenner.

The campus, is, of course, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. It is the gateway through which most of the region’s eight million plus visitors annually arrive and it will be phenomenally busy during Super Bowl week in 2013. Continue reading »

Aug 232012
 

Magnolia Street is closed at Washington Avenue as police investigate a fatal shooting late Wednesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 17-year-old was shot to death shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Harmony Oaks community on Magnolia Street near Washington Avenue, and three hours later a 21-year-old was shot several times in the chest in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, police said. Continue reading »

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Aug 222012
 

The former yoga studio now slated to become a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant on Oak Street, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Three Uptown restaurants — Singha Song on Maple Street, and the proposed Mellow Mushroom on Oak and Mais Arepas at Carondelet and Clio — have requests for alcohol sales on the agenda for Thursday morning’s meeting of the New Orleans City Council. Continue reading »

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Aug 222012
 

Costumed paraders dance on Oak Street during Mid-Summer Mardi Gras in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

With a theme of “Motorboatin’ on Oak,” the irreverent Krewe of O.A.K. will hold their annual Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade through Carrollton, starting at the Maple Leaf Bar at 7:30 p.m., according to an event page on Facebook posted by the bar. Aaron LaFont of Offbeat magazine has a short preview.

Aug 222012
 

A boxing glove hangs over the ring while a Beyonce impersonator performs during the 2011 Friday Night Fights sexy Summer Show. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Jean-Paul Villere

It’s been a long hot summer.  “How hot has it been?” you ask.  So hot that those wearing a complete bikini (no shorts or skirts – bikini bottoms with accompanying bikini top) or, for the fellas, a “banana hammock,” get in FREE to this Friday night’s boxing extravaganza when Friday Night Fights at long last returns to Freret Street AKA “The Sexy Summer Show!”  Brought to you by Mike Tata and the gang at Friday Night Fights, which was once upon a time on Freret but now on O.C. Haley and Euterpe in Central City.  Confused yet?  Don’t be.  Read on. Continue reading »

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Aug 212012
 

Dos Jefes bar on Tchoupitoulas was one of many targets in New Orleans of a federally-funded tobacco-compliance sting, but city officials decided Tuesday not to fine the establishment. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Early in May, a 15-year-old boy walked into Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar on Tchoupitoulas, asked if they sold cigarettes and purchased a pack from the machine.

That boy was assisting agents with the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, however, and the purchase landed Dos Jefes in front of the city Alcohol Beverage Control board on Tuesday morning, along with several New Orleans other bars in the first wave of a three-year, federally-funded enforcement effort. Continue reading »

Aug 212012
 

Contestants in Friday Night Fights’ “Sexy Summer Show” bikini contest line the ring on Freret Street in July 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Although the gym that spawned it has moved to O.C. Haley Boulveard, Friday Night Fights will return to its original home on Freret Street this weekend for its annual “Sexy Summer Show.” Continue reading »

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Aug 202012
 

Three more Uptown bars — Cooter Brown’s, Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge and Dos Jefes — and corner stores on Oak Street and in Central City have all been added to the docket before the city’s Alcohol Beverage Control board following sweeps by state agents, and will get their first public hearing at a meeting Tuesday. Continue reading »

Aug 202012
 

Over its 40-year history, the Coliseum Square Association has played a major role in the revitalization of the Lower Garden District, so its voice should be respected when it comes to development proposals that might affect it, City Council candidate Eric Strachan group told the group Monday night — in comments that drew a range of responses from other council hopefuls, from strong agreement to a dose of skepticism. Continue reading »

Aug 202012
 

Trent Mackey (via opcso.org)

Suspended Tulane linebacker Trent Mackey, who was arrested late last week on a robbery charge following accusations of orchestrating a July 12 home invasion on Broadway by another suspect in the case, “is confident that once the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident come to light that he will be fully exonerated,” attorneys Rick Kohnke and Rick Kelly said in a statement, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV.

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Aug 202012
 

Ray Cannata talks to film director Michael Dunaway while filming a scene for “The Man Who Ate New Orleans” at Cafe Nino on South Carrollton in October 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

“The Man Who Ate New Orleans,” a film about the quest of Uptown New Orleans pastor and (former) neighborhood association president Ray Cannata to eat at every restaurant in the city, will debut on public-television station WYES at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, according to Gwendolyn Knapp of Eater NOLA.

Aug 202012
 

In the first official week of the race for the District B seat on the City Council, Eric Strachan will be meeting tonight with a neighborhood association his parents helped found, LaToya Cantrell and Dana Kaplan are beginning to knock on doors in Uptown neighborhoods, and late entrants Buck Horton and Donald Vallee are both getting their campaigns organized. Continue reading »

Aug 202012
 

Owen Courreges

This past Wednesday, the New Orleans Police Department announced that it would be holding a sobriety checkpoint in — wait for it — “the Orleans Parish area.”

This was a change. Normally the NOPD at least provides a general area that narrows down the location of the checkpoint in advance. A checkpoint will be held in “Uptown” or “Algiers” the NOPD will say, and then if you don’t want to be interrogated by police you at least have the option of trying to avoid that area. Continue reading »