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 »

Dec 162013
 

Toys purchased by the officers of the Second District in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Toys purchased by the officers of the Second District in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Officers in the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District are still collecting gifts and donations for their third annual toy drive for needy children. Continue reading »

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Dec 162013
 

Egyptologist Nicholas Piccardo will speak this evening (Monday, Dec. 16) at Tulane University on “Life in an Ancient Egyptian Elite Household,” then head to Baton Rouge for a discussion of digital archaeology on Tuesday, as part of a double-header of lectures through a new collaboration between the Louisiana Art and Science Museum and the American Research Center in Egypt, New Orleans Interest Group. Continue reading »

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Dec 162013
 

Owen Courreges

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.” 

That’s apparently the motto of the First Spanish American Baptist Church (FSABC), which owns the dilapidated wood-frame building located at 1824 Sophie Wright Place in the Lower Garden District.  Their latest application to demolish the structure was rejected this past Thursday by the Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC). Continue reading »

Dec 162013
 

Ashley Machen, Owner and Travel Specialist at Treasure Travel, is launching the first in a series of unique wine & spirits tours called “Adventures by the Glass”.

The inaugural 6-day “Exclusive Napa/Sonoma Wine Tour” will begin May 31, 2014 and will bring the traveler to specially selected wineries off-the-beaten-path, in addition to some notable Napa and Sonoma highlights.

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