Judges at this year’s Oak Street Po-Boy Festival named WOW Wingery Shanghai Shrimp Po-boy the “Best of Fest,” organizers announced today, and also awarded the Bread Pudding Po-Boy from Carrollton favorite Saltwater Grill the best specialty non-seafood entry.
Black Friday! Are you excited? Did you camp out in front of an electronics store this morning? Are you already stressed about finding the perfect gift for every single person that you are in direct daily contact with?
I’m not, and here’s why: About 95 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, regardless of their denomination. But guess what, I’m the 5 percent. Yup, there is no Santa pulling a reindeer in my front yard, no Christmas tree in my living room and instead of waking up early to open up presents I prefer to sleep in and enjoy the extra day off. Bah humbug? Suit yourself.
Historically, the two at-large seats on the City Council have been held by one white councilperson and one black councilperson, such as Sidney Barthelemy, Dorothy Mae Taylor, Jim Singleton and Oliver Thomas. After Oliver’s departure, the voters chose to elect two white candidates, partially because Cynthia Willard-Lewis could not get as many crossover votes as her white opponents.
With the upcoming qualifying for the Council At-Large race in early December, African-American voters are talking about the need to rally behind a strong African-American candidate. Many African-American women have been elected in recent years, including a large group of new judges, but with our city’s crime crisis, African-American leaders are saying they need more black male role models in top city offices (similar to New Orleans’ situation when Marc Morial was elected mayor).
New Orleanians possess a certain affinity for their street names and the unspoken connotations that go along with them. As quickly as one expresses what part of town he resides, next comes the street name, and lastly the block. Though neighborhoods may vary incredibly block by block, it’s the demarcation of what part of town any given street might run that really determines what a street is called – or what I’m getting at – might have been called. For example, I live on South Liberty, but did you know in fact by today’s street map there is no North Liberty? And why? Not sure really, but I can tell you presently that North Liberty is Treme Street, and given the HBO media machine it is highly doubtful Treme Street will ever return to North Liberty Street. Conversely, I wouldn’t expect Treme to anytime soon become North Treme and as such my street South Treme.
A blaze that broke out this morning in a shed behind the former Borders store in the old Bultman funeral home on St. Charles Avenue was quickly extinguished before its flames could damage the nearby historic Bultman residence or other nearby homes.
Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging is the only locally-owned camera store in the city of New Orleans, and for 45 years has built a strong local reputation based on both quality of products and quality of personal service. Moldaner’s still provides everything that made its name great, offering a range of retail products such as digital cameras and accessories, film, inkjet printing materials, including darkroom materials (paper, developer, and other chemicals) that are unavailable anywhere else in the city. Moldaner’s also offers scanning, fine art printing, and imaging services at affordable prices
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Whether driving to work, dropping the kids at school or eating at a favorite lunch spot, we all have faces we encounter on a regular basis in our daily journey. A few of my regulars have become part of the fabric of my life — even though I may have never met or had a conversation with them, their faces, warm smiles or simple presences are always consistent and expected in my daily trek. I wonder about the stories behind these faces, who these people are, what their lives are all about, how they became part of my world and perhaps yours as well.
One of those faces belongs to Clarence Givens. Anyone who travels Jefferson Avenue past Newman School in the mornings has had the opportunity to see Clarence Givens. An officer with New Orleans Private Patrol, Clarence has been detailed to Newman School for the past 8 years. What is remarkable about Clarence is his amazingly wide, bright smile, a gift to those who pass him each and every morning. Whether the day is sweltering heat, rain or freezing, that smile is always a given.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church’s recent selection of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans as the new tenant of its school building drew sharp criticism Monday evening from the board of Milestone SABIS Academy, the school that has been in the building for several years.
Concerns about what neighbors described as repeated disruptive block parties at a Jackson Avenue chicken wings restaurant led the Coliseum Square Association to withhold its support for a liquor license at the establishment Monday night.
Although the Sewerage and Water Board quickly repaired a leak that was flooding the 2300 block of Calhoun Street with gushing water, they left a hole filled with loose rocks in its place and did not address the more serious problems with the cracked and sinking roadway, Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV finds in this followup:
Two Dante Street homes will be among the properties facing demolition today in a hearing before the city’s Neighborhood Conservation District Committee, according to the Preservation Resource Center.
The Coliseum Square Association will be discussing a proposed alcohol license for Finger Lick’n Wings at 739 Jackson Avenue, as well as hearing the zoning committee’s report on proposed land-use changes all around the neighborhood at tonight’s meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine Street.
This month, Mayor Mitch Landrieu made a serious and necessary concession. In delivering the welcoming address for the Bipartisan Policy Center, he conceded that, generally speaking, there is too much government regulation.
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans has leased the St. Francis of Assisi school building at State and Patton in Uptown New Orleans as its new location, according to an announcement made early Monday.