Jul 272013

White Toyota Camry sought in connection with the death of Officer Rodney Thomas. (via NOPD)

Surveillance image of person of interest in the death of Officer Rodney Thomas (via NOPD)

Investigators are looking for a white Toyota Camry and its driver, who is believed to have information about the hit-and-run death of a beloved officer from the New Orleans Police Department’s Second District, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Jul 272013

Sophie B. Wright Charter School is looking for places for its sports teams to practice after the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission demanded $3,000 for the school to use Harrell Park. Meanwhile, construction has halted on the new gym at Eleanor McMain Secondary School amid a conflict over minority participation in the contract, and ENCORE Academy is enrolling more students than it originally expected, according to recent reports about Uptown schools. Continue reading »

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Jul 262013

Two storefronts in the 4700 block of Freret are under renovation for the Humble Bagel deli and Full Blossom Chic consignment shop. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A bagel shop and deli with house-made cheese and consignment boutique for plus-sized women plan to open side-by-side in two vacant storefronts in the center of the Freret corridor. Continue reading »

Jul 262013

Craig Giesecke

I’m writing this column while sitting in our front room, which looks like the love child of Chaos and Literacy. It is a complete mess of books, boxes, various packing materials, ladder, some no-longer-hanging artwork, disheveled furniture and other stuff. In other words, we have a sidewalk sale coming this Saturday as we continue clearing out the house ahead of the move.

This isn’t your normal, rent-a-trailer move. This is a begin-again, let it all go, roll with what you can fit in one minivan, complete disengagement. We arrived in New Orleans the same way nine years ago, and I’m amazed at how much we’ve collected. Anyone is, if they’re stayed in one spot more than a year or so. We have two cats, so we have to reserve space for them. There are a few electronic items and some valued personal possessions and we’ve done some severe reduction of our wardrobes. Only one small piece of furniture will make the trip. Add in a bin of paperwork and we’re pretty much full.

I thought the hardest part would be deciding which books to take, since we have many and I have a thing for real books over a Nook or similar device. But now, looking at the kitchen, it appears to toughest decisions are still to come. Continue reading »

Jul 252013

The Jimmy’s Music Club location at 8200 Willow. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A hearing on the request to allow alcohol to be served at Jimmy’s Music Club — the key to reopening of the popular venue — was postponed by two weeks by the City Council, but neighbors and officials say an agreement over issues associated with the club is “very close,” perhaps just days away. Continue reading »

Jul 252013

Ten armed robberies between July 7 and July 18. Not shown: a home-invasion case on Magazine Street during that time. (map via NOPD)

With few new witnesses or leads coming forward in a rash of 11 robberies around the Garden District and Lower Garden District this month, investigators are hoping that DNA analysis of physical evidence they have collected in the scene will lead to arrests in some of the cases in the weeks to come. Continue reading »

Jul 252013

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Nothing in New Orleans is ever simple. For example, consider Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s plan to move our obsolete City Hall over to vacant Charity Hospital.

Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris says that’s a fine idea for city government but it doesn’t work for the Civil Courts who have their own plans and money to refit the former state office building site in Duncan Plaza. “We won’t be moving to Charity Hospital,” says Judge Bagneris. Evidently many other CDC judges agree. Continue reading »

Jul 252013

Although Uptown residents were told Wednesday that their water was safe to drink, some Carrollton residents may not have the chance as water pressure drops during repairs to the transmission line that broke Tuesday.

Residents around the 7800 block of Cohn were without power for much of Wednesday during the repairs, and that could happen again today as work continues, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.

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Jul 242013

Andy Dahl (left) and his employer at Mural Masters, Shawn James, stand in front of one of the many murals composed over 2013 on the campus of Nexus Treatment Sites in Baltimore, Maryland. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

“Sometimes when I’m in the studio streaming ‘OZ, I hear the live wire music line-up for the evening, and I want to hop on my bike and take a ride into the Quarter and see what’s goin’ on,” says Andy Dahl.  “I really miss New Orleans, but I’m really enjoying what I’m doing here too so – – -,” he adds.  Woven into the fabric of most metropolitan areas are the working class – and often starving – artists.  New Orleans possesses its fair share, and in the course of the last year or so, one such soul transplanted to Baltimore.  On a recent road trip up east I briefly caught up with Andy and peered into what he’s been up to since having left (hopefully temporarily) the Crescent City. Continue reading »

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Jul 242013

The failures of the New Orleans city water system — first by a major water-line break that flooded an east Carrollton neighborhood Tuesday, and subsequently by the prohibition against using any water while it is tested for contamination — continue to affect Uptown residents a day after the incident.

The second boil-water notice of the year is causing businesses around Uptown to use bottled water to stay open, a routine they are getting used to, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. The water sample analysis will take until around 3:30 p.m. today (Wednesday), so the boil-water order will remain in place until at least that time, Hernandez reports.

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