Dec 262013
 

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 252013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Each year, the winter holiday season always finds me greeting it with fidgety awkwardness.  Why?  For one, the holidays are completely unavoidable.  For two, they’re always rigidly defined.  And for three, the expectations can mash into dizzying highs but swiftly sail into cavernous lows.  These things might be what draws me so closely to Carnival, as Mardi Gras remains fairly avoidable, it changes timelines every year, and no one really cares throughout its discourse anyway.  Miss a parade?  Fine.  Wanna skip town altogether?  No big.  Do whatcha wanna is more than a new ad campaign for Touro.  It remains a relatively new staple in the Fat Tuesday song cannon courtesy of none other than the Rebirth Brass Band.  And God bless ’em and the song, because for me, it sums it up.  But personal preferences on Christmas and New Year’s?  Not so much. Continue reading »

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Dec 252013
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Three teens who allegedly robbed a man of his cell phone after attacking him with a glass bottle on South Carrollton Avenue were arrested Monday, New Orleans police said.

In a separate case, a woman watering her plants on her Nashville Avenue porch threw a glass of water at a man with a gun to thwart his robbery attempt Saturday afternoon, police said. Continue reading »

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Dec 242013
 
Seventh Ward Santa with Akhil Isiah Ricco-Thompson on Dec. 23, 2013. (submitted photo)

Seventh Ward Santa with Akhil Isiah Ricco-Thompson on Dec. 23, 2013. (submitted photo)

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It’s the weekend before Christmas at Dennis Photography, a quaint picture studio. It’s the calm before the storm, a studio attendant explains, before the gallery is packed with crying babies, active toddlers and parents filling out picture packets on one of the busiest Santa Claus picture-taking days of the season.

Seventh Ward Santa, as he has grown to be known in his 43 years, is nowhere in sight. According to his business agent, Fred Parker, Santa is in between photo shoots as is typical during this time of year working to make as many appearances and greet as many little ones as possible. He’s been on call since Nov. 1 visiting multiple New Orleans daycare centers, elementary schools and high schools daily in addition to his regular sittings at the studio.

“I’m dog-tired. I can’t sleep. I’m up at 5 and then up until 12 and 1 at night,” Seventh Ward Santa said. “I’m looking forward to Christmas Day so I can get to sleep.” Continue reading »

Dec 242013
 

A woman who was beaten and kicked in the head during a carjacking attempt in August died in late November after weeks of headaches, family members say, but the coroner’s office is still investigating her death and New Orleans police do not consider her death a murder, according to a report by Monica Herndandez of our partners at WWL-TV. Continue reading »

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Dec 232013
 

Drew Ward

Drew Ward

Reid Stone

Reid Stone

The two Republicans running for the New Orleans City Council District A seat are effectively joining forces in the Democratic district, with entrepreneur Reid Stone announcing his withdrawal Monday afternoon and joining the campaign of neighborhood-activist Drew Ward. Continue reading »

Dec 232013
 

Owen Courreges

This past Thursday, the City Council introduced an ordinance to strengthen New Orleans’ noise regulations.  Predictably, I am less than thrilled.  Because the issues involved are multifaceted and I always seek to edify my valued readers, I have written the following Q&A regarding these newly proposed noise laws. As a holiday bonus, the questions will be asked by the ghost of John Wayne. Continue reading »

Dec 202013
 
Friends, family and supporters of Hector Trochez release balloons from the Chase bank parking lot where he was gunned down Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Friends, family and supporters of Hector Trochez release balloons from the Chase bank parking lot where he was gunned down Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A poster with messages of remembrance for Hector Trochez. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A poster with messages of remembrance for Hector Trochez. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As investigators pour over surveillance video and other leads they’ve gathered, the total reward has been increased to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest in the fatal shooting of an armored-car guard in the parking lot of the Chase bank on South Carrollton Avenue. Continue reading »

Dec 202013
 

Dat Dog on Freret will host Santa Clause on Saturday, December 21 and Sunday, December 22 from 5 – 7 p.m.Parents (and dog owners!) are invited to bring their little ones and a camera to snap a free holiday photo on Santa’s lap. Irish Coffees and other holiday specialties will be available. Continue reading »

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Dec 192013
 
Vesna Maras at Mint Uptown Salon on Dryades Street. (submitted photo)

Vesna Maras at Mint Salon on Dryades Street. (submitted photo)

Meet Vesna Maras, the lawyer turned retailer who has swapped her legalese for an altogether new jargon. Having had a 19-year career as an attorney in California and most recently New Orleans, the pursuit of a budding retail endeavor has nipped at Maras’ heels for the last little while. And after countless hours of wonder that turning to planning and execution, the end result now unveils twofold: enter Mint Uptown Salon, a contemporary neighborhood spa, and Frances & Finch, an adjacent apparel and home goods boutique. Both are located at 4601 Dryades, next to Il Posto Cafe. Continue reading »

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Dec 192013
 

A neighbor of 45-year-old Loomis armored-car employee Hector Trochez says the guard slain in an ambush in the Chase bank parking lot was “always a happy and outgoing guy … always ready to do a favor for anyone,” according to a report by Antwan Harris of our partners at WWL-TV. Continue reading »

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Dec 182013
 

Investigators place evidence cones in the parking lot of the Chase bank at Carrollton and Claiborne after an armored-car guard was fatally shot Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators place evidence cones in the parking lot of the Chase bank at Carrollton and Claiborne after an armored-car guard was fatally shot Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators fill the parking lot of the Chase bank at Carrollton and Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators fill the parking lot of the Chase bank at Carrollton and Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 45-year-old armored-car guard was shot and killed by three men in the parking lot of a bank at South Carrollton and Claiborne avenues Wednesday morning, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Dec 172013
 

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

ENCORE Academy has begun receiving applications for the next school year, as officials say their ambitious plan to renovate and move into a new building in the St. Roch neighborhood remains on track. Continue reading »

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Dec 172013
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After qualifying for the Feb. 1 city elections ended last week, LaToya Cantrell is the only member of the New Orleans City Council without a re-election battle on her hands.

With her first full four-year term ahead of her, Cantrell said this week that she can give all her focus to her priorities — blight and housing issues, crime and public safety, and, most immediately, revisions to the city’s Mardi Gras parade rules. Continue reading »