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About NOLA Wise
Funded by the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Program, NOLA Wise provides project management services that help homeowners save up to 30% on their utility bills.  We provide a professional and thorough home energy assessment, quality work from vetted contractors, as well as access to incentives and loans to pay for the retrofit. Continue reading »
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Sep 302012
 

Two men, one wearing an ankle monitor, were arrested on accusations of dealing cocaine on a Central City street corner Wednesday, and two other men were arrested the same night after a separate investigation into the attempted theft of a motorcycle led police to a cache of marijuana, a handgun and a hooded mask, authorities said. Continue reading »

Sep 302012
 

New trees at Washington and Broad, better landscaping around Benjamin Banneker Elementary School and a community garden at South Claiborne and Jefferson are among the latest round of neighborhood beautification projects that will each receive a boost from the city’s “Love Your Block” grant program. Continue reading »

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Sep 292012
 

Craig Giesecke

Few things make me happier as a parent and a chef than walking by a table where kids are eating a variety of foods. I have seen children eating sushi, oysters, Thai food, escargot and all sorts of things that might not be on your average list of Kid Food — and I always want to hug the parents or other appropriate adults for laying out various things to try. Continue reading »

Sep 282012
 

Glenn Metz (via NOPD)

Darrell George (via NOPD)

A 17-year-old was arrested Thursday on accusations that he was responsible for the shooting death of an 18-year-old whose body was found earlier this week on the grounds of Mahalia Jackson Elementary School, and homicide investigators have also identified and obtained a warrant for the man who allegedly shot another man during an argument in Hollygrove, police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 282012
 

By Dana Kaplan

I am not the first person to say that I did not expect to make my life in New Orleans, but that just three months after first coming here, it had taken a hold of me and was calling me home. It’s a story that I share with so many individuals who have moved here and fallen in love — with the city, the food, the music, the people, — the unique vibrancy that permeates all aspects of this beautiful NOLA life. It’s a story that I think that others relate to as well – the many folks who leave New Orleans; for school, for work, for necessity; and who find themselves called home. And it’s one of the things that makes this city so special. Continue reading »

Sep 272012
 

A new 5k run replete with costumes and brass bands will raise money Saturday afternoon to support local high school music programs, and an array of legendary New Orleans musicians will participate in a benefit concert afterward to preserve the family home of Professor Longhair — all presented by the Tipitina’s Foundation. Continue reading »

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Sep 272012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Most of us start out as innocent, kind-hearted people anxious to get a quality education, a good-paying job, raise a family and have a couple bucks left over to buy a beer at the Saints games. But something happens to some of us when we achieve wealth or power – we change. We think we are better than everyone else, should have special privileges and that society’s rules no longer apply. When that happens, government often taps us hard on the shoulder – as it recently did with Aaron Broussard. Continue reading »

Sep 272012
 

NOLA Brewing on Tchoupitoulas is adding a bar space for tastings and has just released a new beer; more details are emerging on the future of the former Rocky’s Pizzeria space on Magazine; Sara’s Bistro on Dublin Street has a new chef and a new approach; and the French restaurant C’est La Vie has closed on Magazine Street. Continue reading »

Sep 272012
 

A map of Little Free Library locations (via littlefreelibrary.org)

A library system built on the honor system — anyone can pick up a book, or drop one off — is springing up in front yards in several Uptown neighborhoods, an offshoot of a national effort started three years ago in Wisconsin, according to a report by Maya Rodriguez and our partners at WWL-TV:

Sep 272012
 
Could Rye be the reason Magazine street’s favorite UPS delivery guy has been spotted parking his van so often in the 4200 block? Don’t tell the man in Brown, but talk on the street is the proprietress of Rye has been known to keep plenty company with the Fed-Ex fella too. That must be why she is always found with a steamer at her side and new styles on the racks!
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Sep 262012
 

Kara Morgan, president of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association, talks about the importance of providing recreation to area children Monday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lyons Center on Tchoupitoulas Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sunlight streams through the gaping holes in the roof of the Lyons Center basketball court. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Desperate to provide recreational opportunities for the children of their neighborhood over the last several years, Irish Channel residents have organized their own basketball leagues, running extension cords down the street to operate a scoreboard.

Those days may soon be over, as the city has finally begun work this week renovating the Lyons Center into a state of the art community space for sports, dance and computer education — with a promised completion date of this coming spring. Continue reading »