Feb 102012

Hands rise along Napoleon Avenue as he Krewe of Oshun rolls past Friday evening, the first parade of the Uptown route. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After an afternoon of concern about a persistent rainfall, the skies cleared just in time Friday night for the Krewe of Oshun to down St. Charles Avenue as the first parade of the season along the Uptown route. Continue reading »

Feb 102012

Daniel Galindo, 5, Nicholas Scandurro, 5, and Anthony Scandurro, 3, play in front of the Latter library at the First Annual Children's Book Festival in December 2010. (file photo, Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A series of ongoing repairs and refurbishments to the Latter branch of the New Orleans Public Library are scheduled to pick up in the coming months, according to representatives from the Mayor’s office, the New Orleans Public Library, and the architecture firm hired to complete the project.

At a crowded meeting at the library on Thursday night, officials gave a progress report on the first phase of the work, executed over the past three years, and offered a timetable of the second phase, slated to begin shortly after a contractor is chosen later this month.

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Feb 102012

A 50 percent chance of rain is forecast Friday night, suggesting umbrellas and ponchos may be in order for the Krewe of Oshun, the first parade of the season to roll down the St. Charles route.

Whether the rain comes or not, the warm winter that New Orleans has been experiencing will break Saturday and Sunday, and temperatures are expected to fall to the 30s at night and struggle to reach the 50s on Sunday. Clear skies are expected for the krewes of Pontchartrain on Saturday afternoon, Sparta and Pygmalion on Saturday night, and Carrollton and King Arthur on Sunday afternoon, but bring warm clothes — the National Weather Service expects to issue a freeze warning. Continue reading »

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Feb 092012

Panelists (left to right) Peter Scharf, Ginger Berrigan, Earl Williams, Nancy McPherson and Joe Sherman speak about challenges and victories in fighting crime in Hollygrove at Tulane. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

From suffering though shootings on a nightly basis in years past, the Hollygrove neighborhood has evolved into a tight-knit network of neighbors whose efforts to target problem properties have made substantial progress in the fight against crime, neighborhood leaders said Thursday night. Continue reading »

Feb 092012

Two recent robberies in the Carrollton area show several similarities, police detectives say. (map via NOPD.com)

Police investigators believe the latest armed robbery Uptown shows a strong link to a recent case in the same area, and patrol officers are continuing to focus their efforts around the Carrollton-Claiborne area, NOPD officials said at their weekly meeting Wednesday. Continue reading »

Feb 092012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The fact that Mitt Romney was unable to wrap up the GOP Presidential nomination in early-voting states leaves both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich with a chance to become the party’s nominee, say two Louisiana Republicans who have been watching the fight closely. Continue reading »

Feb 082012

A proposal to change lower Magazine Street to two-way traffic splits the crowd at the International School of Louisiana on Wednesday evening, as audience members raise their hands in opposition to the project. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Should Magazine Street traffic run in both directions through the Lower Garden District? Among more than 100 people at a public forum Wednesday night, many strongly supported the change, some opposed it, and the rest felt the question has yet to be adequately studied. Continue reading »

Feb 082012

Since a neighbor was ticketed for parking in front of his own house during last year's Mardi Gras, the backyard is his new hiding spot from the meter maids during Carnival. (photo by Jean Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Greetings revelers!  Two weeks ago I posted 10 points as a basic parade goers guide with some wonderful responses.  This week as we ramp up toward the mania now less than two weeks out, expounding on, otherwise clarifying, and adding a second ten seem in order. Continue reading »

Feb 072012

Police investigate in the 1200 block of South Saratoga, where a man was shot by an officer Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A man was shot in the arm by a police officer after allegedly pulling a gun on him Tuesday evening, and a second man with him was arrested after a two-hour search of a Central City block, authorities said. Continue reading »

Feb 072012

Johnny V's on Magazine Street, photographed in September. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Johnny V’s is now open on Magazine Street, but the discovery that the controversial restaurant was allowed to quietly begin operation without fulfilling all the conditions set forth by the city — including signing a good-neighbor agreement — frustrated the board of the Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association.

“They’re being rewarded for being non-compliant,” said ARNA member Cele Gordon during Tuesday’s board meeting. Continue reading »

Feb 072012

The Uptown Square building at 170 Broadway will be demolished to make way for an expansion of Lambeth House. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A portion of the original Uptown Square shopping center on Broadway Street has been cleared for demolition to make way for an expansion of the Lambeth House senior living facility. Meanwhile, a historic Central City gas station will be preserved and the fate of a church next to Ochsner Baptist Medical Center will be postponed by a month, based on decisions Monday by the city’s demolition-review panel. Continue reading »

Feb 072012

Cecile Tebo

Louisiana State University health division has announced that one of the best ways to trim their ever-growing budget woes is to eliminate 39 psychiatric beds dedicated to taking care of our most vulnerable, indigent, mentally ill that live in our midst. The LSU top brass concede that they worry about the ramifications of this decision, as they should. For almost three years post-Katrina, when virtually no psychiatric beds were available, the suicide rate surpassed three times the national average. Continue reading »