Sep 072012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

“Expect the worst and you won’t be disappointed” was the most solid piece of advice my dad ever gave me. I find my dad’s words of wisdom oddly comforting in the most dire of situations, including the panic felt when dealing with named storms.

With Hurricane Isaac whipping through town, there was nary a household saved from the massive power outages. And while we were charging our phones in the car, checking our Twitter feeds, and complaining about Entergy not doing it’s job, I have to admit I chuckled a bit as to how spoiled we’ve become. Continue reading »

Sep 062012
 

The former yoga studio now slated to become a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant on Oak Street, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two new restaurants planned for opposite ends of Uptown — the Mellow Mushroom pizzeria on Oak Street, and Mais Arepas Colombian diner on Carondelet in Central City — both passed the City Council with flying colors Thursday morning, as council members lined up to express their enthusiasm for both projects. Continue reading »

Sep 062012
 

Linemen from Illinois replace a broken electrical pole on Napoleon Avenue in Broadmoor on Friday, Aug. 31, amid widespread outages following Hurricane Isaac. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Now that the winds of Hurricane Isaac have blown through our lives, as we fill out insurance claims and apply for recovery funds, we should also look back at the performances of public officials and private companies such as Entergy during the storm. Continue reading »

Sep 052012
 

Police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting in the 3000 block of Audubon Street on Wednesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 31-year-old man was shot to death late Wednesday afternoon on Audubon Street in Gert Town, drawing hundreds of mourners and spectators to the crime scene and disturbing a neighborhood that has otherwise seen very little violence in recent months. Continue reading »

Sep 052012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

We might all agree the digital world is awesome till the power goes out. Suddenly you’re missing out on your next play on Words With Friends, status updates, tweets or what have you, but go ahead and scream because you’re miles from where anyone with a MacGyver-like sensibility (MacGyvine? maybe?) or open Radio Shack might hear you. No sir, the DTs of the smart phone come down ain’t nothin’ pretty, and at press time the Betty Ford clinic ain’t servin’ the likes o’ you. Continue reading »

Sep 052012
 
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Our Final day of sales (and your final day for savings) will be this Saturday!  This is your last chance to grab a bargain. The Shop of the Two Sisters would like to thank all of our loyal customers and friends.  It has been a privilege to be a part of your lives.
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Sep 042012
 

A utility worker makes repairs Monday from a bucket truck on Tchoupitoulas between Henry Clay and Calhoun. (photo courtesy of Nicole Williamson, via Twitter)

Entergy had all the reason in the world to bow out of a Tuesday-night presentation before the Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association scheduled before Hurricane Isaac, group leaders noted. So when a manager from the utility showed up and began taking questions, the small audience gave him a gentler reception than the Entergy CEO had received before the City Council earlier in the day. Continue reading »

Sep 042012
 

Residents of St. Mary Street near Prytania in the Lower Garden District smile and celebrate with an Entergy worker after power is restored Monday around a major tree that fell. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After restoring electricity to the last large neighborhood tracts Sunday evening, Entergy workers spent Monday focusing on individual, block- or address-level outages, and reported more than 94 percent of customers in the city had been restored by Monday evening. Continue reading »

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Sep 042012
 

Issac Kicked our Butt Sale! The wind took our sign and our internet, but we are up and running! Mention this post to receive 25% off regular priced garments, 10% off regular priced accessories, and an extra 10% off all sale merchandise till Sunday only. This is your chance to raid our racks and tables! We are open everyday from 10 am to 6 pm, and we have free off-street parking behind the store. Continue reading »

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Sep 032012
 

While most New Orleans schools had planned to reopen Tuesday after Hurricane Isaac, Audubon Charter School received such extensive damage to both of its campuses that it will remain closed for another week; the International School of Louisiana has postponed reopening until Thursday while it finishes cleaning its campuses; and ENCORE Academy students will return Tuesday to their temporary home at Touro, as the storm delayed completion of their Crocker campus yet again, school officials said.
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Sep 032012
 

Crowds gather in front of The Company Burger on Freret St. as hamburgers are given out Thursday while most of Uptown waits for power to come back. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Electricity was finally restored to the majority of the Freret corridor late Sunday evening, after nearly a week of most businesses there either giving away their goods or struggling to operate without power.

As the New Orleans City Council prepares to hold a hearing on the Entergy response at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Freret Business and Property Owners Association has sent a letter emphasizing the importance of local businesses in any recovery, and raising the possibility that the major upcoming underground drainage work on Jefferson, Napoleon and Louisiana avenues could include other utilities. Continue reading »

Sep 032012
 

Owen Courreges

Well, New Orleans has officially weathered its first direct hit from a hurricane post-Katrina. As with all disasters, we seem to be hoping that all our heroes and villains come straight from central casting. Most peoples’ immediate ire seems focused on Entergy New Orleans for failing to flip on the lights quickly enough. Corporate villains are always the easiest to write.

Of course, the truth is more complicated, and not being an expert in electrical grids, I’m hardly the person to turn to for education in whether Entergy is to blame in its power restoration efforts. On the other hand, Entergy has done much to destroy any goodwill with New Orleanians with excessive fuel surcharges and the like. Continue reading »