Sep 252014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

State Representative Helena Moreno has turned out to be a savvy lobbyist for issues important to women and families and easily able to cross the political aisles to get the votes she needs. That’s the sentiment of the Legislative Agenda for Women (LAW), a coalition of organizations including the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the Independent Women’s Organization, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the National Organization for Women, who hosted a reception in her honor, courtesy of attorney Pamela Gibbs. Continue reading »

Sep 252014
 
Commander Ronnie Stevens and members of the NOPD Sixth District walk on South Saratoga Street, steps between the scenes of two fatal shootings this year. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander Ronnie Stevens and members of the NOPD Sixth District walk on South Saratoga Street, steps between the scenes of two fatal shootings this year. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In March, two women were caught in the crossfire of a gun battle on South Saratoga Street that left them both dead. Earlier this month, gunfire broke out again, and the victim staggered through the same Foucher Street intersection before collapsing and dying a block away.

Neighbors have long complained about the violence and lawlessness that grips the corner of Foucher and Saratoga, where five other people have also been wounded over the past year. After the most recent slaying, neighbors are banding together to look for solutions to end it by asking for more police presence, installing more anti-crime cameras, targeting blighted properties and trying to meet the health needs of people in the neighborhood.

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets on March 14, 2014, after two women were fatally shot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets on March 14, 2014, after two women were fatally shot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 252014
 
The launch party for the 2015 NOLA Mini Maker Faire is slated for Thursday (New Orleans Mini Maker Faire/Facebook)

The launch party for the 2015 NOLA Mini Maker Faire is slated for Thursday (New Orleans Mini Maker Faire/Facebook)

The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire and Bricolage Academy are hosting a launch party tonight for the science, engineering and arts event that’s been dubbed “the greatest show-and-tell on Earth.”

Held at NOLA Brewing’s Taproom from 6 to 8 p.m., the education fundraiser and launch event will benefit Bricolage Academy, a tuition-free, open-enrollment public school in Uptown New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Sep 252014
 

rhythm_logoJoin Tipitina’s this Saturday, September 27, for the 3rd annual Rhythm & Blues 5K Run benefiting Tipitina’s Foundation.

The first 500 registrants get goody bags and T-shirts, and the first 500 finishers receive finisher medals. An outside festival on the neutral ground outside of Tipitina’s Uptown will follow the run. Enjoy food, drinks, and live entertainment, all sponsored by East Jefferson General HospitalFest Cola, and New Belgium Brewing. Costumes are encouraged and prizes for “Best Individual Musical Costume” and “Best Musical Group Ensemble” will be announced at the post-race party.

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Sep 242014
 
"Over Stuffed": Acrylic on oak wood slats - by Patricia Low. 12" x 17". Starting bid $50

“Over Stuffed”: Acrylic on oak wood slats – by Patricia Low. 12″ x 17″. Starting bid $50.

Bid on what cha want!

This Saturday from 6pm to 9pm, Habitat ReStore and Coq Rouge Gallery present ReStore Art! This unique art auction features donated artwork created by local artists using salvaged items from the New Orleans Area Habitat ReStore. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Admission is free, and there will be food provided by Elizabeth’s, McClure’s BBQ, Five Happiness & more! Continue reading »

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Sep 232014
 
Crime-scene investigators examine evidence cones on the sidewalk next to Church's Chicken on Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Crime-scene investigators examine evidence cones on the sidewalk next to Church’s Chicken on Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cindy Lee (via opcso.org)

Cindy Lee (via opcso.org)

The shooting that killed a 28-year-old man Sunday in the parking lot of a South Claiborne fried-chicken restaurant stemmed from an argument with a woman who was arrested Tuesday on a murder charge, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 232014
 

Richard Yeager, 35, was killed early Monday in Mid-City. (photo via NOPD)

Richard Yeager, 35, was killed early Monday in Mid-City. (photo via NOPD)

A 16-year-old arrested in connection with last weekend’s carjacking of a woman on Newcomb Boulevard was also involved in Monday’s killing of a Domino’s driver in Mid-City, New Orleans police said Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Sep 232014
 
A rendering by Studio WTA architects of the redevelopment planned for the corner of Nashville and Magazine. (via nola.gov)

A rendering by Studio WTA architects of the redevelopment planned for the corner of Nashville and Magazine. (via nola.gov)

For years, as celebrated New York City restaurateurs Sean Josephs and Mani Dawes made visits to see Dawes’ mother in New Orleans, the idea of opening a restaurant in Dawes’ hometown was never far from their minds.

“There were a lot of runs around Audubon Park where we fantasized about leaving New York and moving here,” Josephs said. “I didn’t understand that if you marry someone from New Orleans, they’ll always bring you back.”

Sure enough, Josephs and Dawes are now planning a restaurant just a stone’s throw from her mother’s house and Audubon Park, anchoring a redevelopment already underway at the corner of Magazine Street and Nashville Avenue. Continue reading »

Sep 222014
 
Anthony Reed installs a new LED light on a St. Charles Avenue streetlight pole. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Anthony Reed installs a new LED light on a St. Charles Avenue streetlight pole. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

All the streetlights on St. Charles Avenue from Carrollton to the Lower Garden District will be repaired and replaced with new LED lights over the next two weeks, city officials said Monday morning as the work began. Continue reading »

Sep 222014
 

Owen Courreges

Cedric Grant and Mayor Landrieu want everyone to know that they plan to repair New Orleans’ chronically ill-maintained street infrastructure. They also want you to know that they have no creative plans for funding it.

Grant is New Orleans’ new grand poobah of public infrastructure. He is simultaneously the executive director of the Sewerage and Water Board and the head of the Department of Public Works. He gets to serve two masters – Mayor Landrieu and the quasi-independent S&WB. Continue reading »

Sep 212014
 
From left, Cameron Messinides, Madeleine LeCesne, Ashley Gong, First Lady Michelle Obama, Julia Falkner and Weston Clark in the Blue Room of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 18. (submitted photo)

From left, Cameron Messinides, Madeleine LeCesne, Ashley Gong, First Lady Michelle Obama, Julia Falkner and Weston Clark in the Blue Room of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 18. (submitted photo)

A Lusher High School senior has been chosen out of 13,000 students across the country as a 2014 National Student Poet by First Lady Michelle Obama, and joined her at the White House this week for a poetry reading. Continue reading »

Sep 212014
 
Ralph Adamo (photo by Camille Bullock)

Ralph Adamo (photo by Camille Bullock)

At some point in all of our academic experiences poetry enters the fold.  For some it’s a blessing, others a curse, but for me it became a curiosity.  And then as a pup of an undergrad at Loyola some 20 years ago, I met and had the privilege of being taught by Ralph Adamo, whose classes offered a quiet exploration into language, form and intent. 

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Until that point in my life I’d always considered poetry melodramatic and esoteric, if not silly.  The calm focus Ralph navigated the material made the journey one of intrigue and wonder.  I began to really enjoy and even write (gasp!) poetry.  Once he even held a class at Carrollton Station, which to any undergrad is a bonus.

Over the last two decades we’ve kept in touch intermittently, and then one recent almost-drizzly evening as I stood in my driveway, end-of-day beverage in hand, likely disciplining one of my brood, Ralph happened to pass by walking his dog.  In a very New Orleans moment, someone I hadn’t seen in so long just — appears.  And we picked right up where we’d left off, and of course to prolong that magic the Crescent City can conjure, turns out he (now an English professor at Xavier) and his family had recently moved into the neighborhood just around the corner.  So our dialogue kept unraveling and here we are: Continue reading »

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