On Saturday (March 15), Orleans Parish voters will decide on more than just runoff races for City Council seats. A property tax worth up to $11.9 million a year is up for vote for the Audubon Nature Institute, the organization that supports the Uptown-located Audubon Zoo, as well as the Aquarium downtown and other sites around the city.
Supporters of the millage say it is a renewal of an already-existing tax. But dissenters say that it’s a new tax, because it could mark an increase in funds for the Institute for a period of 50 years.
Tulane University’s long-running series presenting women writers will this year host Susan Choi, a novelist and Pulitzer finalist, for a public reading and interview session on March 17.
Accentuate your knowledge on Shakespeare to Mark Twain, to evolution and the human spirit, to even Libertarianism and Kinetic sculpture with this spring’s Chautauqua classes. All classes are under $40 and open to all Chautauqua members, classes begin on March 31.
Meet authors Susan Larson and Rebecca Snedeker and learn about their favorite literary hotspots and memorable sites in New Orleans during a discussion at Loyola University on Thursday, March 13.
For those of us whose memories go back a long ways, one of the all-time great New Orleans stories is the transformation of the Audubon Park Zoo from an “animal ghetto” to a world-class zoo that is considered an American gem.
It all started in the 1970s when then-Mayor Moon Landrieu, irate about complaints that the zoo was a vile-smelling, dirty place where the animals suffered from a lack of care, sent a promising young administrative assistant Ron Forman to the Uptown outpost to see what if anything could be done.
By Tobias Arturi
In a state in which abstinence-only sex education is the norm, and locally accessible reproductive health services are scarce, and often demonized, Planned Parenthood has always remained a stalwart voice for the practice of safe sex and a resource for those who need real answers about sex other than “Don’t Have It”.
Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Thursday afternoon in American Apparel, located at 3310 Magazine Street between Louisiana and Toledano streets, according to an incident report from New Orleans police and employees working in the area.
The suspect walked into the store around 2:40pm, and then spent nearly two hours asking the store’s employees their opinions on different articles of clothing, according to a police report by Officer Frank Robertson.
The man walked to the cash register as if he was about to check out, when he produced a semi-automatic pistol and pointed at the clerk and demanded she open the register, according to the report. The employee handed the over $800 in cash, police said.
An upcoming redevelopment slated for three buildings on the corner of Magazine and Nashville streets means that a handful of local shops are moving to make way for a New York City-based business, small business owners and the location’s development company said this week.
Butler Callahan Holdings development company bought the property on the 5700 block of Magazine, in an area that currently houses the three specialty shops Rare Cuts, Vom Fass and Parcels and Post. Ben Butler, a managing partner of the company, said Thursday that while he can’t yet announce the name of any new businesses slated to take over the spot, he can say that the company is “in lease negotiations with a very exciting tenant out of New York City.”
Enjoy drink specials and a raffle during a Launch Party Happy Hour at the Eiffel society on St. Charles Avenue with the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans on March 12. The EPNO is celebrating the launch of their new 2014 applications, and anyone in membership — as well as alumni, grantees and friends — is welcome.
A new “lot maintenance program” passed by New Orleans City Council will allow the city to cut grass on blighted private property, recording the cost on that property owner’s tax bill.
The program, created as part of an amendment to an existing ordinance, allows the city to cut overgrowth, remove debris and perform routine maintenance on a private lot if the grass or growth is over 18 inches, there is trash or debris and/or if there is “noxious” growth, such as poison ivy, according to a presentation given by city administration in a Housing and Human Needs committee last month.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I established a disaster medical clinic on Canal Street, treating citizens and the first responders who were rescuing them. We are almost ten years out from the waters of Katrina, and still there is much work to be done. Our criminal justice system is undergoing its greatest transformation ever, and it is time for that change to come to the Coroner’s Office as well.
I’m running for Coroner to bring compassion, transparency, and modernization to the Coroner’s office. As the current Chief Deputy Coroner of Orleans Parish, I know exactly where we can improve. I’ll hit the ground running.
Take part in Jesuit spiritual exercises with experts from Loyola University examining the Lenten season in March and April, starting with an introduction to “The Heart of Ignatian Spirituality: The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 12).
Mardi Gras is for everyone, and the Mercy Endeavors Senior Center ensured that their older residents could take part in the celebration of carnival season.
In a “day in the life” glimpse into the perspective of police officers on the parade route, Naomi Martin of The Times-Picayune profiles the efforts of the NOPD’s Uptown-based Second District to use tact to keep the peace rather than the force of their legal authority.
“In a city where the police department is constantly under scrutiny for its problems, Carnival provides a time for officers to make a positive impression with citizens,” Martin writes. “The New Orleans Police Department has turned keeping order amid drunken revelry into an art form.”
A robbery at knifepoint was reported on the morning of Fat Tuesday on Prytania Street in the Lower Garden District, New Orleans police said.
It was the best of Carnivals, it was the worst of Carnivals, it was the time of bare masking, it was the time of warmth sought, it was the suspension of disbelief, it was the veritable cold reality, it was a season of sunscreen, it was a season of wool stockings, it was the glimmer of spring, it was the end of our disparate winter, we had baubles thrown to us, we had rainsoaked remnants, we were heading to heaven, and we were all surely going to hell — in short, the 2014 Mardi Gras season gave us everything and in the end took it all away. Maybe in a way no one would expect especially given the late date: foiled by the longest, weirdest winter the Big Easy hopefully will ever know and never repeat.
A panel of leaders from different congregations across New Orleans — including Temple Sinai, St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church — will convene next week to discuss issues of sexuality and family planning during an interfaith perspective forum at Trinity Episcopal Church on (Monday) March 10.