Jul 242012
 

ENCORE Academy, the new music-focused charter school that will spend its first year located in the new Crocker building in Uptown’s Milan neighborhood, will hold a board meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, July 24) to receive updates on the construction of the new building and on the school’s start-up loan, as well as for accountability training for the board. Continue reading »

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Jul 242012
 

Seeking reform to city laws such as those that require them to move every 45 minutes, a half-dozen members of the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition will assemble from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, July 24) to show off their skills and talk policy at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, reports Shay Sokol of NOLA Defender in an interview with Empanada Intifada owner Taylor Jackson.

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Jul 242012
 

A Thai restaurant’s request for alcohol sales at its Maple Street location and a proposed fast-food restaurant in a service station on South Claiborne Avenue will return to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, after their initial trips through the city bureaucracy were derailed by the council standoff in May. Continue reading »

Jul 232012
 

Firefighters look for hot spots in the wreckage of a shed behind a Laurel Street home. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A shed in a Laurel Street backyard caught fire Monday afternoon and spread to the main house, damaging the rear bedroom and the attic and drawing firefighters from the scene of a much larger Constance Street fire from just a few hours earlier. Continue reading »

Jul 232012
 

Flames rise from the roof and windows of an abandoned service station on the corner of Constance and Laurel on Monday morning. (photo courtesy of Jeff Lopez)

An abandoned service station at the corner of Constance and Peniston streets burned to the ground Monday morning, damaging the house next door but harming no one, witnesses and officials said.

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Jul 232012
 

Owen Courreges

For those of you who have been under a rock since, well, ever, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the Police Association of New Orleans (PANO) don’t always see eye to eye.  In fact, it’s gotten to the point where they just plain don’t like each other.

Part of the issue is that Landrieu has repeatedly said that the NOPD has sufficient manpower, while PANO argues that it has been chronically understaffed.  The latest volley occurred recently when PANO released the results of a survey performed by Tulane Criminologist Peter Scharf.  That study purported to show that an overwhelming majority of NOPD officers feel the department needs more officers and better equipment, and that morale is circling the drain.
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Jul 212012
 

At the party, the sci-fi krewe will announce next year’s theme and begin raising funds, with “appearances by interstellar Mardi Gras Indian tribe the Mighty Wookie Fi-Yo, performances by the Vajar Jar Binks Dance Team, music from all-girl ska-rockers Local Skank, and a lot more entertainment,” according to Brad Rhines of NOLA Defender.

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Jul 212012
 

Craig Giesecke

Our (so far) week-long hiatus from the foodservice industry has allowed us to catch up on some sleep, watch a few movies and spruce up the house a bit. We‘ve also been able to check out a few potential opportunities and locations to get going again, and I’m sure we’ll crank up things again before too long.

I’ve received several suggestions about opening a pop-up operation or getting into the city’s food truck scene. But while I’ll never say never, I’ve got some severe reservations about both — and they have nothing to do with quality of the product or lack of customers. Matter of fact, we’d probably wind up doing okay with either approach. Continue reading »

Jul 202012
 

Red triangles represent most concentrated areas of outages. (via entergy.com)

Strong thunderstorms Friday morning caused power outages in neighborhoods across Uptown, based on a map of outages by Entergy. Approximately 40,000 customers were without power shortly after 11 a.m. amid the sudden, heavy downpour.

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Jul 192012
 

Six robberies around Uptown in the two weeks since July 6. A home invasion case on Broadway near St. Charles is not depicted, because of its different classification. (map via NOPD.com)

Last week’s wave of armed robberies in the university area seems to have subsided after patrol officers saturated the area and investigators made contact with two men believed to have been involved with four of the cases, though no arrests have been made. Continue reading »

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Jul 192012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Even those New Orleanians who have been around politics for many years and believe that nothing can surprise them (like us) were surprised by this week’s rash of political upheaval in what is usually a dull summer season.

And what a week this has been! What possessed Jon Johnson to use government funds to underwrite his campaign? His wife, who unfortunately died of cancer, was a physician. Surely they could have scraped together the funds needed. We feel sorry for Jon’s young daughter who has lost her mother and now will be separated temporarily from her father. Continue reading »