Aug 152012
 

District B City Council candidate Dana Kaplan speaks at her campaign kickoff party Tuesday evening at Victory bar in the Central Business District. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

On the day before filing officially opens for the District B City Council seat — having just turned in what they believe is enough signatures to get candidate Dana Kaplan on the ballot — her supporters were ready to party.

And to get to work.

“This is really real. This is it,” said Norris Henderson of Voice Of The Ex-Offender at Kaplan’s campaign launch party on Tuesday night. “But that was the easy part.” Continue reading »

Aug 152012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

When I entered the 5th grade in 1984 I had just turned 10, the Summer Olympics had wrapped in Los Angeles, and President Reagan was stumping for re-election.  Today 28 years later my almost 10 year old daughter enters the 5th grade, the Summer Olympics have just wrapped in London, and President Obama is stumping for re-election.  The year is 2012.  We don’t drive flying cars, the inequities of the world have yet to be balanced (nor are we post-apocalyptic Mad Max style), but I can Facetime on my iPhone which is kind of like a wrist watch, so we might say the world is a little more Dick Tracy than not (*however don’t tell that to Warren Beatty).  But things honestly haven’t changed that much – have they? Continue reading »

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Aug 142012
 

Hundreds of Uptown residents fill the auditorium at the Jewish Community Center on Monday night to discuss the city budget with Mayor Mitch Landrieu. (photo via WWL-TV)

Civics is hard, Mayor Mitch Landrieu told a packed room of hundreds of Uptown residents on Monday night, after hearing their calls for better roads, less blight, lower taxes, improvements to Gert Town, and full staffing of the fire department and city planning offices.

All those issues are undeniably crucial to the city’s future, Landrieu said in a sort of pregame show for the budget he will unveil after a series of community meetings around the city. How to allocate a limited amount of money to each of those priorities is where the real difficulty comes in. Take the firefighters, for example.

“I have great respect for them, [but] they are just like everybody else when it comes to budget,” Landrieu said. “When you spend a dollar on them, you can’t spend that dollar on anybody else.” Continue reading »

Aug 142012
 

Freret Neighbors United plans to conclude a long-running conversation about alcohol permits on Freret Street at its monthly meeting tonight, as well as to receive an update on the school opening in the Our Lady of Lourdes now that Sojourner Truth Academy has closed. Continue reading »

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Aug 142012
 

Check out their Facebook Page

Time is running out!  In less than 30 days Shop of the Two Sisters, Magazine Street’s destination for eclectic fine home furnishings, will close their doors.

Dramatic and final markdowns have been taken on all inventory including chandeliers, sconces, lamps, rugs, consoles, tables, chairs, mirrors, original art and more.

Whether you need a striking accent piece or to furnish an entire room, Lee Ali is happy to help you choose just the right piece for your home or weekend get-a-way. Hurry in for best selection!

Open everyday until September 5. Visit their Facebook page to see inventory and pricing.

          

Shop of the Two Sisters
1800 Magazine Street
New Orleans
504-525-2747
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Aug 132012
 

Visit The SiteShared Housing of New Orleans — a program to help elderly and/or disabled adults remain in their homes by matching them with people looking for a place to live — is seeking new referrals for homeowners or ‘homeseekers.’ These ‘homeseekers’ provide light housekeeping and companionship in exchange for room and board. Shared Housing carefully screens applicants, facilitates appropriate matches, then formalizes each match in a contract. Continue reading »

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Aug 132012
 

Owen Courreges

Thankfully, mercifully, live music has returned to Circle Bar.  As I noted in last week’s column, the Circle Bar was among the most noteworthy establishments caught up in Mayor Landrieu’s senseless crackdown on live music venues, typically bars that have been operating for several years or more with live music and no complaints.

Apparently, Circle Bar had allowed its permit to lapse in 2004, and was rebuffed when it initially reapplied.  After some wrangling with the city and a very brief blackout, Circle Bar has received its permit and live music has resumed. Continue reading »

Aug 112012
 

Craig Giesecke

While our inadvertent Era Of Austerity extends longer than expected, we’ve been scouring our local grocery emporiums for the best deals possible on stuff we can extend as long as possible. We’re finding a fair amount of success and, with three chefs in the house, it always manages to turn out pretty well. Continue reading »

Aug 102012
 

Matthew Chuey, a Loyola student killed in a car crash July 26, was remembered by family and friends on campus Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With memory after memory Friday morning, laughter broke through the tears of nearly 100 mourning members of the Loyola University community as they remembered a carefree student, fiercely devoted to his loved ones, whose life was cut unexpectedly short last month in a fatal crash on St. Charles Avenue.

“Look around. Look at your friends,” said Andy Scott at a memorial service for 23-year-old Matthew Chuey. “How many did Chuey introduce you to? Everyone loved him. He made friends everywhere that he went.” Continue reading »

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Aug 102012
 

A worker from the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans hands up a file he used to clean a broken water main under Adams Street before applying a steel clamp to it to seal the hole. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Seated on milk crates on the Adams Street sidewalk, Maple Street Patisserie owner Ziggy Cichowski and Babylon Cafe owner Alexander Sakla cheered on the arrival of large yellow Sewerage and Water Board trucks around noon Friday, even as water along the stretch was being shut off in preparation of repairs to leaks gushing in the street.

“Faster, faster!” Cichowski cried out as the trucks rolled up, to laughter from a number of onlookers. Continue reading »

Aug 102012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

There’s an old joke that eventually, people start to resemble their dogs. I got a greyhound about two years ago, and while I’m still waiting to be tall and skinny like her, I’ve grown content to share personality traits with my retired athlete instead: We both like long walks, yogurt, and hogging space in the bed.   Continue reading »

Aug 102012
 

Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux on Maple Street hopes to open later this month, now that it has won approval to sell alcohol with meals. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A new Japanese bistro is looking forward to opening later this month on Maple Street after winning City Council’s enthusiastic approval Thursday for its transformation of a previously problematic college bar.

Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux, in the building at the corner of Hillary Street that was formerly the Doors bar, will offer a traditional Japanese menu of sushi, sashimi and hot dishes, said Toan Tran, one of its owners. The name is a Japanese term for something “awesome” or “cool,” he said. Continue reading »

Aug 092012
 

A New Orleans Police officer looks at the largest of the cracks on Adams Street flooding it and nearby Maple Street on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Well after the rain cleared on Thursday afternoon, a group of gushing leaks erupted from a series of cracks in the pavement on Adams Street, sending streams of water pouring over the pavement just a few feet away from a busy commercial stretch of Maple Street. Continue reading »

Aug 092012
 

A rendering of the proposed Tulane stadium. (via TulaneStadium.com)

Parking, drainage, noise and litter — the same issues that dominated a series of town hall meetings about the proposed Tulane Stadium hosted by the university — remain major concerns with unanswered aspects for some neighbors of the proposed project, leading some to call for the creation of a permanent venue for the university to hear neighborhood issues. Continue reading »

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Aug 092012
 

The yellow-stucco mansion at the corner of Valence Street and St. Charles Avenue is the subject of a demolition request by Baton Rouge-based Crescent Road LLC, scheduled to be heard at 2 p.m. Aug. 20 by the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee, according to Karen Gadbois on her “Squandered Heritage” blog at The Lens.