Dec 132013
 

Jason Coleman

Jason Coleman

David Capasso

David Capasso

What had appeared to be a quiet re-election campaign for District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry is heating up, with the unexpected entry of two more candidates: Jason Coleman, a Democratic activist and member of the Coleman Cab Company family, and David Capasso, an attorney active in progressive causes. Continue reading »

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Dec 122013
 
Construction equipment surrounds a gas leak on Jefferson Avenue near Magnolia on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Construction equipment surrounds a gas leak on Jefferson Avenue near Magnolia on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Several Jefferson Avenue residents were evacuated from their homes Thursday afternoon after contractors ruptured a gas line, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Dec 122013
 
The First Spanish-American Baptist Church building at 1824 Sophie Wright Place. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The First Spanish-American Baptist Church building at 1824 Sophie Wright Place. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The latest request to demolish the First Spanish-American Baptist Church building in the Lower Garden District — listed in 2011 as one of the most endangered historic structures in New Orleans — was denied with more stern words from city officials Thursday, but the fate of the structure remains uncertain as it continues to decay. Continue reading »

Dec 122013
 

Russell Every (via opcso.org)

Russell Every (via opcso.org)

A 31-year-old man has been arrested and charged in Monday’s armed robbery in the Milan neighborhood, and investigators believe a separate home invasion early Tuesday in Central City may have been specifically targeting an individual, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Dec 122013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We are not fans of racial divisiveness. But lots of time in politics, voting occurs along racial lines. This election cycle may be a prime example of that.

Danae drove to Judge Michael Bagneris’ home early this morning because she wanted to be among the first to show her support for the Bagneris For Mayor Campaign. Actually, Danae should have gone yesterday evening when a small crowd gathered on Bagneris’ doorstep. In light of Bagneris’ resignation yesterday from his long-time post at Civil District Court, chances are very strong that he will qualify prior to the 4:30 p.m. Friday cutoff. Continue reading »

Dec 122013
 

Are you worried about making loan payments on your house? Have you fallen behind, and are struggling to get back on track? Or are you preparing to buy, but unsure how you’ll finance every penny of your new home? Neighborhood Housing Services New Orleans announces its new, federally-sponsored Making Home Affordable loan program for homeowners just like you. Secure, confidential, and comprehensive!

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Dec 112013
 

Drew Ward

Drew Ward

Susan Guidry

Susan Guidry

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

On the first day of qualifying for the Feb. 1 City Council elections, LaToya Cantrell and Susan Guidry both filed for re-election, and Guidry drew her first challenger, a Riverbend neighborhood activist. Continue reading »

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Dec 112013
 

(map via DOTD)

(map via DOTD)

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry called a proposal to reroute freight trains from Old Metairie to Hollygrove “totally unacceptable” before an audience in Mid-City on Monday evening, and Hollygrove residents formed a new committee called “We Won’t Be Railroaded” to fight the project Tuesday, according to a report by Della Hasselle at our sister publication, Mid-City Messenger. In addition to the environmental and quality-of-life concerns, there may also be civil-rights issues involved in the use of federal money on a project that would widen the disparity in property values between the two communities, Mid-City Messenger reports.

Dec 112013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

I woke up yesterday morning to social media posts that Frank Davis had passed, and I kind of sunk.  While I did not personally know Mr. Davis, we — you and I — as a collective viewing audience certainly knew him, or at least his highly personalized way of storytelling over the decades.  As a species, I think we can easily take for granted the things and people around us that populate our visual landscape, presuming they’ll always be in sight.  Except they never are.  And when the periphery changes and we lose one of our voices, it’s hard not to pause and reflect on what we’ll be missing. Continue reading »

Dec 112013
 
Poydras Home CEO Jay Rive cuts the ribbon at the entrance of the new Oak House building, surrounded by (from left) Lauren Hotard of Councilwoman Stacy Head's office, chaplain Roosevelt Stephens, board president Jill Winston and City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Poydras Home CEO Jay Rive cuts the ribbon at the entrance of the new Oak House building, surrounded by (from left) Lauren Hotard of Councilwoman Stacy Head’s office, chaplain Roosevelt Stephens, board president Jill Winston and City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The new Oak House at Poydras Home. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The new Oak House at Poydras Home. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

One of New Orleans’ oldest charitable institutions celebrated the beginning of a new chapter Tuesday, as the Poydras Home officially opened the new three-story Oak House expansion on its Magazine Street campus. Continue reading »

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Dec 112013
 

ricRACK proudly announces the return of its popular, annual wardrobe sale: Hollywood Thrift. Women’s-Men’s-Children’s 
clothing from LA and New York Film and Television Shows will be on sale. This year, it will take place on Sunday, December 15, from 11-2pm, at 929 Euterpe St. (across from The Saulet Apartments in the Lower Garden District).

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Dec 102013
 

The house at 2247-2249 O.C. Haley Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The house at 2247-2249 O.C. Haley Boulevard. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City officials and neighborhood have proudly trumpeted their fight against blight and the revitalization of O.C. Haley Boulevard, but a request to convert a small shotgun house on the street into a commercial office or shop ran into reluctance from city planners Tuesday. Continue reading »

Dec 102013
 

jewel bush

LaTanya Killingworth was fresh out of Alfred Lawless High School when she found out she was HIV positive. She casually took a test while visiting a health center with a friend. Weeks later, after she had forgotten all about it, she was called in to get the results.

“The day I found out I was positive I cried because I thought I would never have kids. It was a death sentence at that time,” Killingworth says. “I thought my whole life was gone at 19.”
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Dec 102013
 

Shared Housing is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation that helps elderly and/or disabled adults remain in their homes by matching them with people who need a place to stay. These “homeseekers” provide light housekeeping and companionship. In exchange for their services, the homeowner provides free room and board. Shared Housing carefully screens applicants, facilitates appropriate matches, then formalizes each match in a rental contract.

Homeowner Dorothy and Homeseeker Joann

Homeowner Dorothy and Homeseeker Joann

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Dec 092013
 

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

As Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans continues to grow into the upper grades next year, the charter school’s governing board making plans to expand into the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ building on the same block. Continue reading »

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Dec 092013
 

The Prytania Theatre will host a screening Tuesday evening of “Bridegroom,” a documentary exploring issues of marriage equality from the perspective of a man who lost his partner in a tragic accident and was afterward left without any legal protections that marriage would have provided. Continue reading »

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