Aug 092012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Today is Allan’s birthday and he has spent much of it reminiscing about the revolutionary changes in the world of gathering and disseminating news since he began his career as a cub reporter at the old States-Item in 1963.

In those days, the Times-Picayune building was an old wooden firetrap on North Street, facing toward Lafayette Square and away from Poydras Street, which hadn’t yet become an important avenue. Adjacent to the newspaper offices on St. Charles Avenue was Gallier Hall, which housed a city government that was soon to move to new quarters on Loyola Avenue. The most popular restaurant in the neighborhood was Marble Hall, located on Lafayette Street adjacent to Gallier Hall. Continue reading »

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Aug 082012
 

With a dramatically larger student body expected when school begins Aug. 20, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans is putting the finishing touches on its new campus, particular with regard to its food service.

Meanwhile, as the school board seeks to create a stable governing structure over the coming year, its members appointed three long-time advisers to the school to join them on the board for a year. Continue reading »

Aug 082012
 

The Crocker school building on Marengo Street, photographed Aug. 3, is not expected to be ready for students until early September. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With construction on the new Crocker building delayed until Labor Day, students at the new ENCORE Academy charter school will spend their first two weeks in a classroom building at Touro Synagogue, school officials said. Meanwhile, the school is adding a third grade to its initial roster of grade levels it will open this year, and continues to accept applications, school leaders said. Continue reading »

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Aug 082012
 

A panel of national advocates for quality journalism will convene at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 8) on the campus of Loyola University seeking input from community members on what the news should look like and how it should be delivered in New Orleans after the newspaper ceases daily publication, sponsored in part by The Lens. The discussion will be held in Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall at 1700 Calhoun St., and will be broadcast live on Uptown Messenger and other members of the New Orleans Digital New Alliance.

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Aug 072012
 

After sailing through the City Planning Commission in June, a project to move Reginelli’s across Magazine Street into the former WOW Wingery location on State Street got a similarly warm reception from the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association on Tuesday evening. Continue reading »

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Aug 072012
 

The Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association will hear updates on the project to move Reginelli’s Pizzeria across Magazine Street and on the proposed Uptown-University Cultural District that would create tax credits for historic renovations at a meeting at 6:45 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 7) at St. Paul’s church, 616 Eleonore Street). Continue reading »

Aug 062012
 

Owen Courreges

Why does Mayor Landrieu hate live music?  And why did Stacy Head give him the “alley oop” do shut down virtually any bar he wants?

I’m not a conspiracy theorist by any means, but when two events feed into each other so perfectly that a connection is nearly impossible to ignore, you have to acknowledge your suspicions even if you’d prefer not to speculate and stick with verified facts.  There is something rotten at City Hall, and I just want to know why. Continue reading »

Aug 042012
 

Helena Moreno

Ending a subplot of the race for the District B seat on the City Council almost as soon as it began, state Rep. Helena Moreno said Saturday afternoon that she won’t be a candidate for the job.

“I love the legislature,” Moreno said in a telephone interview, describing a daily enthusiasm to go to work on state issues affecting the city. “I don’t think that’s something I’m ready to give up at this point.” Continue reading »

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Aug 042012
 

New Orleans College Prep, the charter school that manages Walter L. Cohen High School, may have to dip into its reserves to cover a $300,000 gap between expenses and revenues in its $11.2 million budget for the coming year, if fundraisers and donations cannot fill the shortfall, according to a report by Yomi Akinyemi for The Lens. The budget hole comes from the expiration of previous startup grants and College Prep’s increasing portion of the costs of the Cohen building.

Aug 042012
 

Crowds gather at the Fly at Audubon Park to see rising water levels during the Mississippi River flood of May 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The project to increase height of the levee by 2 feet may involve shutting down the Fly for part of the two years of construction, and will remove all trees and vegetation, reports Mark Schleifstein of The Times-Picayune. It will skip over the Army Corps of Engineers campus that sits on top of a center portion of the levee, where floodwalls will be added later, Schleifstein reports.

Aug 042012
 

Craig Giesecke

No, I’m not going to write about the Chick-Fil-A thing just because this is a food column.

That said, I‘ve been having a fair amount of contact over the past week or so with various high-volume food and hotel chains. This is because I’ve had to include them in the very wide net I’ve had to cast in this job hunt. Ideal? No. But a dollar is a dollar these days and one can’t be too picky.

This isn’t to say I’m looking down my nose at the big chains. Actually, some of them do a remarkable job at introducing many people to variations of cuisine they might not ordinarily try. Olive Garden continually shifts its specials and, gotta admit, their endless salad/soup/breadstick offering is nearly impossible to beat when watching the budget and/or if you’re in search of something light (or feels that way). Continue reading »

Aug 032012
 

A 57-year-old woman was found dead inside an apartment that caught fire around 5 a.m. in the 8100 block of Apricot, just a few blocks from the busy intersection of Carrollton and Claiborne, according to our partners at WWL-TV. Police and fire investigators are awaiting an autopsy on the woman, said Officer Frank Robertson, an NOPD spokesman.



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