Dec 262014
 
Comedian Jonah Bascle at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street in April 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Comedian Jonah Bascle at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street in April 2011.
(UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Family and friends of comedian and activist Jonah Bascle have planned a memorial march Sunday in his honor after his Dec. 2 death from complications relating to muscular dystrophy, concluding at his home-base comedy club on Freret Street for a roast to celebrate his humorous spirit. Continue reading »

Dec 252014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Each year at this time, we reflect on how blessed we are to be citizens of the United States of America and thank God for our courageous grandparents who came to this country with little more than the clothing on their backs. They opened doors for us and we will always be grateful for their courage and the many great things about being a U.S. citizen. Continue reading »

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Dec 252014
 
Eli Pirner lights one of several hundred candles on Pine Street on Christmas Eve. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Eli Pirner lights one of several hundred candles on Pine Street on Christmas Eve. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As dusk fell on Christmas Eve, a few blocks of Pine Street in Uptown New Orleans glowed a little more brightly after a group of neighborhood children lit their sidewalks with hundreds of votive candles. Continue reading »

Dec 242014
 

jewel bush

Today, on Christmas Eve, the holiday classic, “A Christmas Story,” will air for 24 hours straight.

I’ve indulged in this marathon, a new-fangled Christmas tradition, for many years.

But this year, I just can’t approach this movie with the same light-hearted spirit. My thoughts turn to Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Cleveland boy, who was shot by a police officer on November 22 — shortly before Thanksgiving — for playing with a toy gun in a park. Continue reading »

Dec 232014
 

crackedWhen your smart phone is not working properly, it can slow down your entire day. You have your phone on you at all times so you can be more efficient (or at the very least not bored while waiting in lines.) If that isn’t happening because of a broken screen or shortened battery life, bring your cell phone to Wisp Electronics on Manhattan Boulevard and we’ll get you back in working order.

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Dec 222014
 

Owen Courreges

Christmastime in New Orleans is magical.  Whether you’re a visitor or a local, there is much to enjoy.

You can take a sojourn to “Holiday in the Oaks” at City Park, ride a streetcar down St. Charles adorned with festive holly, enjoy a hearty, traditional Reveillion dinner, or you can get brutally beaten in the CBD in a random attack with no discernible motive or purpose. Continue reading »

Dec 222014
 

Hibernia Bank Email AdHibernia Bank, a local New Orleans bank since 1903, recently launched their new mobile banking app for both Android and Apple devices. This is the perfect tool for anyone looking for mobile banking in New Orleans. This new app allows 24-hour account access to:

  • Pay bills & transfer funds
  • Make deposits
  • Review account activity

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Dec 192014
 

In your backyard, and across Greater New Orleans:

  • Kids who are blind are using technology to ensure they are every bit as competitive in the classroom as their sighted peers.
  • People with all types of disabilities are being connected with jobs – proving it’s what they CAN do that matters most.
  • Adults who are Deaf are getting vital access to clear communication with their doctors, lawyers and business associates.
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photo credit: Mary Lou Uttermohlen

For 99 years, Lighthouse Louisiana (formerly The Lighthouse for the Blind) has been providing jobs and services in Uptown New Orleans for people who are blind – right in your backyard. Today, we also serve people who are Deaf or have other disabilities. And it’s support from people like you that makes it all possible. Thank you for investing in your community and giving hope to people with disabilities this holiday season. Continue reading »

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Dec 182014
 
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)

Restaurateur Sean Josephs speaks to the City Planning Commission on Dec. 9, 2014. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

Restaurateur Sean Josephs speaks to the City Planning Commission on Dec. 9, 2014. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

The new venture at the corner of Magazine Street and Nashville Avenue planned by a husband-and-wife team of celebrated New York City restaurateurs received high marks from the City Planning Commission, sending it to the City Council with a positive recommendation. Continue reading »

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Dec 182014
 

Listritus Reeder (via NOPD)

Listritus Reeder (via NOPD)

Cyrus Rollins (via NOPD)

Cyrus Rollins (via NOPD)

Two men — a 32-year-old and an 18-year-old — are wanted in connection with the shooting last weekend that injured an 8-year-old boy while he played football on South Rendon Street, New Orleans police said.

The shooting seems to have its basis in a children’s dispute over water guns, and while the 8-year-old was not the intended target of the shooting, another young boy — himself only 16 years old — was, investigators said this week. Continue reading »

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