May 182012
 

Back row (left to right): Teacher Frédérique Jouret, Jessica Joseph, Marvin Sabillon, Siobhan Kelly. Front row: Rhiannon Rainey, Maddie Vinet, Yaritza Amaya (submitted photo)

Six eighth-grade students at the International School of Louisiana were awarded high-school level diplomas from the French government that certifies their readiness to study at a Francophone university. Continue reading »

May 182012
 

Jane Wolfe (photo by Paula Burch-Celentano of Tulane University, tulane.edu/news/newwave)

Graduating from Tulane this weekend with a double major in religious studies and history, 47-year-old Jane Wolfe will begin studies this fall at Harvard Divinity School on a master’s degree in theological studies, according to the Tulane New Wave university news service. Wolfe and her husband, Uptown-based businessman and Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association member Scott Wolfe, will both move to Cambridge, Mass., but plan to return afterward, the article states.

May 182012
 

State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson

State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, who represents Uptown-based District 5 in the Louisiana Senate, rewrote a controversial proposal for a new “hospitality zone,” shifting more of the tax money it would generate to infrastructure improvements placing control of it with the City Council instead of a new unelected “advisory board” stocked with tourism leaders, according to reporting by Bill Barrow of The Times Picayune. The changes took city officials promoting the original bill “by surprise” and did not receive a warm reception from them, Barrow writes.

May 182012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

When the air is laden with enough moisture to wring it like a towel, I go into hibernation. That’s not to say I don’t get excited about summer. I suspect our brains are wired to look forward to the hot, sticky months, even though there’s no break in classes for those of us out of school, just a break in tolerable temperature. And no matter what vacation plans I scheme up, I inevitably take trips during milder months versus escaping the heat. Go figure. Continue reading »

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May 172012
 

District B nominee Errol George addresses the New Orleans City Council on Thursday. (image via nolacitycouncil.com)

If two New Orleans City Council members successfully block Councilwoman Stacy Head from nominating her choice of successor to a temporary term representing Uptown-based District B, Mayor Mitch Landrieu ought not reward their efforts by selecting someone different, several Council members said Thursday. Continue reading »

May 172012
 

ENCORE Academy, a new charter school with a music-enriched curriculum opening in the fall, will hold its first meet-and-greet with families at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, May 17) at Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center, 4025 S. Saratoga Street, just a few blocks from the new Crocker school facility that will serve as ENCORE’s first home. Continue reading »

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May 172012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Allan and Danae would have liked to written this week about the continued fallout of President Obama’s support for gay marriages, the ongoing impact of Greece’s debt on the European Union (Danae is of Greek descent) or the importance of the first bowling alley to the recreational needs of the worn-torn citizens of Kabul Afghanistan (Johnny Blancher please take note).

But we can’t get to any of that because of the ongoing local controversies involving the proposed downtown taxing district (which the French Quarter residents hate and Mitch says he needs to get ready for Super Bowl and beyond), the proposed new stadium at Tulane University and the big mess (let’s all admit it – it’s a mess that everyone is to blame for) that has gotten way out of hand at the City Council. Continue reading »

May 172012
 

It’s time to start planning your summer vacation: you’re going up north, your kids are going to camp, and you’re all looking at baggage fees as you book your flights. But travel smart this summer: skip both the fees and the hassle by mailing your luggage with Parcels and Post New Orleans. Shipping can be much less expensive than baggage fees, and with affordable delivery confirmation, you can rest easy knowing all your personal belongings will be waiting for you when you get to where you’re going. Stop in the store or call for more details today.

Now under new ownership, Parcels and Post is located at 5721 Magazine St between Jefferson and Nashville. Open Mon – Fri 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-2pm, Parcels and Post has lots of parking in the back, making it easy to get your shipping done and on with your day. For more information call 504-891-8402 or visit parcelsandpost.com.

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May 162012
 

A rendering of the proposed Tulane stadium. (via TulaneStadium.com)

Tulane University has filed suit to block an Interim Zoning District that gives the City Planning Commission authority to review its plans for a new stadium, and is proposing a series of three university-led community forums on different aspects of the project, officials announced. Continue reading »

May 152012
 

In what police and community residents are hailing as another major victory in the fight against crime in Hollygrove,
the city Alcohol Control Board voted unanimously Tuesday to revoke the alcohol permit permanently for Big Time Tips, a lounge at the corner of Eagle and Edinburgh streets that has been the site of repeated bloodshed over the years. Continue reading »

May 142012
 

After an explosive meeting of the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board on Monday evening that included an unsuccessful effort to remove one member over a “derogatory” email, the member who led that effort resigned from the board Tuesday morning.

The tumult comes amid a transition in the school’s administrative leadership that drew a number of concerned parents to the meeting Monday, and exposes a number of issues that apparently divide the board but have had relatively little discussion in public until now. Continue reading »