Jun 232014
 

Owen Courreges

Nobody will ever accuse Mayor Mitch Landrieu of being creative.  Time and time again he has traveled down the same well-worn path of shifting blame to justify pursuing unpopular fiscal policies.

Most recently, Landrieu did the ol’ bait and switch by proposing cigarette and hotel tax increases that he knew he lacked the clout to get through the legislature.  Next, he turned around and pushed through authorization to double of the police and fire property tax millages, subject to approval of that proposal on the city and state ballots in the fall. Continue reading »

Jun 212014
 
Audubon Charter School's temporary campus in Gentilly. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Audubon Charter School’s temporary campus in Gentilly. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Audubon Charter School will likely have to pay for repairs to leaking roofs on the modular buildings at their Gentilly campus, because the return to their Broadway campus has been delayed for at least a year. Continue reading »

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Jun 192014
 
The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The long-shuttered Priestley school building in west-Carrollton could finally come back to life after decades of unuse, after the governing board of the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school enthusiastically voted Thursday evening to ask the Orleans Parish School Board for the opportunity to buy it.

“We’re really excited. We would like to move on it. It’s a nice building on a big plot of land,” said board member Mary Jacobs Jones, chair of the school’s facilities committee. “Even partially boarded up, you can get a feel for what a great building it was.” Continue reading »

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Jun 192014
 
Halpern's Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Halpern’s Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A veteran of prominent local kitchens is proposing a new restaurant based on a distillery producing vodka and other spirits from Louisiana cane sugar to be located on the current site of the Halpern’s furniture store on St. Charles Avenue, he told neighbors earlier this week. Continue reading »

Jun 192014
 
Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets, where there people were injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets after a March 13 shooting that killed two women. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City officials will join with members of the Milan Focus Group on Saturday at the site of a March shooting that left two women dead to voice the need for a safer neighborhood, organizers said. Continue reading »

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Jun 192014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

As readers are well aware, the Tea Party is a growing anti-big government movement that seeks to change American politics by often promising to get government out of the lives of citizens – as if that is even remotely possible. Most people of our generation began their voting lives as Democrats.  We understand that when people get a little older, more successful and sometimes more conservative, they might transition from being moderate Democrats to Republicans.

That’s fine. But right-leaning Tea Party Republicans are as out-of-step with middle America as the left-leaning fringes of the Democratic party. And they certainly won’t help the Republican party attract the ever-growing number of  Hispanic, Asian and African-American voters they must have to win another presidential election.  As the voting majority nationally because more non-white each year, both parties are scrambling to embrace those voters. Continue reading »

Jun 192014
 

gracious-Pasty-AssortmentGracious Bakery + Café will be participating in The Bread Bakers Guild of America’s 4th Annual Guild-Wide Bakery Open House on Saturday, June 21st.  The event takes place from 8 AM to 11 AM and is free and open to the public. This informal gathering is aimed at non-professionals curious about the bread-making process. Chef/owner Megan Forman will take guests on short tours through the bakery kitchen where they will get to see baguettes being rolled and Viennoisserie (including croissants and Danishes) being shaped. Complimentary French Truck coffee will be served, as well as various homemade breads. Continue reading »

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Jun 182014
 
Dat Dog's Alligator Sausage and a Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil. Both are available at Dat Dog this week during World Cup games.

Dat Dog’s Alligator Sausage and a Caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil. Both are available at Dat Dog this week during World Cup games.

 

 

Catch all the World Cup action at Dat Dog, where every match will be shown live on big screen televisions and fans can score icy buckets of 5 New Belgium beers for just $20.00. During each match, customers can enter a free raffle to receive  New Belgium pint glasses, beer koozies and other bar items. Continue reading »

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Jun 172014
 
(photo via La Divina Gelataria on Facebook)

(photo via La Divina Gelateria on Facebook)

The owners of La Divina Gelateria will close their Magazine Street location in the Garden District after this weekend to focus on their growing wholesale operations, but their locations on Loyola University’s campus and in the French Quarter will remain open, they announced Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Jun 172014
 
The former site of the Subway at the corner of South Claiborne and Toledano is now a vacant lot awaiting the construction of a Raising Cane's. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former site of the Subway at the corner of South Claiborne and Toledano is now a vacant lot awaiting the construction of a Raising Cane’s. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign on the Magnolia Marketplace site promises a 2015 grand opening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign on the Magnolia Marketplace site promises a 2015 grand opening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Raising Cane’s is one vacant lot closer to its Uptown New Orleans debut, after the old Subway building on the corner of South Claiborne and Toledano was demolished over the past week to make room for it on the corner of the Magnolia Marketplace shopping center. Continue reading »

Jun 172014
 
Suspects known by the nicknames of "Red" (left) and "Nugget." (image via NOPD)

Suspects known by the nicknames of “Red” (left) and “Nugget.” (image via NOPD)

Tyrone Scott (via opcso.org)

Tyrone Scott (via opcso.org)

The alleged getaway driver has been arrested in last week’s armed robbery in the Irish Channel, but investigators are still looking for the public’s help for two gunmen they now know by nicknames, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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