May 232012
 

The committee that organized a recent gun buyback at an Earhart Boulevard church needs to raise $13,000 to reimburse 173 gun owners who turned in weapons after the event ran out of money, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. A total of 400 guns were surrendered, and committee member Rafael Goyeneche says that if even one violent crime was averted, the $23,000 event still cost less than a single emergency room visit.

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May 232012
 

“Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration has agreed to spend $2 million on street and sidewalk repairs, new traffic signal and other infrastructure upgrades. The administration will reimburse Costco for costs linked to meeting flood mitigation requirements,” writes Jennifer Larino of New Orleans City Business in a blog post about Hollygrove neighbors’ hopes that a requirement the Costco hire locally be included in the deal.

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May 212012
 

The Coliseum Square fountain flows in the background during a crawfish boil fundraiser for it this past Saturday. Coliseum Square is currently debating how to rein in the behavior of dogs at the park. (photo courtesy of Jim McAlister)

In hopes of reining in the worst-behaved dogs without making a prominent Uptown park hostile to responsible pet owners, the Coliseum Square Association plans to begin exploring new signs that will encourage better sharing of the space. Continue reading »

May 212012
 

The Carrollton Riverbend Neighborhood Association will discuss ongoing community issues with representatives from the City Councilwoman Susan Guidry’s office and the NOPD Second District, as well as hear updates on the work of the neighborhood association during an annual membership meeting Tuesday evening. Continue reading »

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May 212012
 

We keep on hearing it again and again, like a bad refrain: “If you don’t want a traffic camera ticket, don’t break the law.”

I’ve written so many columns criticizing the traffic camera program in New Orleans that I’ve frankly lost count. Every time I write one, somebody implies that the only people with anything to fear are those who speed or run red lights. Only scofflaws oppose the cameras, we’re told. Continue reading »

May 202012
 

Touting dramatic gains in two years at two of the lowest-performing elementary campuses in Uptown New Orleans, officials with ReNEW Schools hope to pull the programs at the former Laurel and Live Oak sites in the Irish Channel out of “failing” status next year.

ReNEW will also begin operating its third Uptown campus, creating an accelerated high school for older students at the former Bauduit site in the 3600 block of Laurel, complete with a preschool for children they may have. Continue reading »

May 202012
 

Errol George

In a radio interview Sunday, City Council members Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and Jon Johnson said their repeated absences from recent meetings naturally evolved from their frustration at the failure of a change the proposed to the city’s election practices, according to a report by Dominic Massa and our reporting partners at WWL-TV. The effect of that walkout — blocking Stacy Head’s nomination of Errol George to fill her previous District B seat on a temporary basis — seemed acceptable to Hedge-Morrell and Johnson, however, as they complained about the possibility of George serving as a second vote for Head on the council.

May 192012
 

Craig Giesecke

One of the several usual questions I get from tourists at our shop (aside from, “did it flood here?”) is about the quality of Gulf seafood these days. It should be an assumption that I would not bring out anything I’m not comfortable serving. But maybe they just like to hear it from the guy who actually prepares it, I dunno. Here’s how I feel about it. Continue reading »

May 182012
 

Back row (left to right): Teacher Frédérique Jouret, Jessica Joseph, Marvin Sabillon, Siobhan Kelly. Front row: Rhiannon Rainey, Maddie Vinet, Yaritza Amaya (submitted photo)

Six eighth-grade students at the International School of Louisiana were awarded high-school level diplomas from the French government that certifies their readiness to study at a Francophone university. Continue reading »

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May 182012
 

Jane Wolfe (photo by Paula Burch-Celentano of Tulane University, tulane.edu/news/newwave)

Graduating from Tulane this weekend with a double major in religious studies and history, 47-year-old Jane Wolfe will begin studies this fall at Harvard Divinity School on a master’s degree in theological studies, according to the Tulane New Wave university news service. Wolfe and her husband, Uptown-based businessman and Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association member Scott Wolfe, will both move to Cambridge, Mass., but plan to return afterward, the article states.