Apr 192012
 

Tyrone A. Williams (via opcso.org)

The suspect in last week’s attack on a woman jogging in Audubon Park is now scheduled for a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, but it remains unclear whether the criminal justice system has any remedy to what authorities and neighbors describe as an escalating pattern of troubling behavior. Continue reading »

Apr 192012
 

Have you been thinking your space needs some organizing, but you’re not sure if hiring someone to help is really worth it? See what Katherine H., a client of NOLA Clutterbusters, had to say about her experience with Tami Hills:

I cannot quite explain, nor can I exaggerate the extent to which Tami has helped me. She has changed my house, my organization, my space and and my mindset. She took a space that was beyond cluttered, which I had been hopelessly and cluelessly looking at for four years, and turned it into a home — right before Mardi Gras. On Muses Thursday, two blocks from the parade route. Seriously — she was amazing. Continue reading »

Apr 182012
 

Crowds gather in the entrance of the Prytania Theatre for the New Orleans Film Society's annual Oscar-watching party in February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Featuring New Orleans debuts, interviews with directors and “films you won’t see anywhere else,” the New Orleans Film Society’s week-long “filmOrama” celebration of independent and foreign films begins Friday at the Prytania Theatre. Continue reading »

Apr 182012
 

Ira Hayes (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Being in real estate, bugs go with the territory.  Newbies to NOLA, I often find, are repulsed by cockroaches, miffed by mosquitoes, and terrified of termites — though they don’t know it til they experience their first swarm [insert evil laugh here on par with "Tell 'em Large Marge sentcha": Mu-hu-whah-ha-ha!].  Seriously folks, they’re bugs, not nanobots.  They were here before us, they’ll be here after us. 

In the meantime, find yourself a good bug guy.  Or here, use mine: meet Ira Hays.  Continue reading »

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Apr 172012
 

At a press event Monday afternoon dozens of local leaders came together to spread the word: “Stacy Head Works for Us!”

Leading the way was State Representative and former candidate for Council at-Large Austin Badon, who sent a powerful message to his supporters. “I ask, urge and implore all of those who supported me in the General election on March 24 to join me and vote Stacy Head Council at-Large,” said Badon. “It’s the right choice, and the right thing to do.” Continue reading »

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Apr 172012
 

Cecile Tebo

I have only known how to write for a little more than five years.

Before then, writing was one the task that caused me the greatest anguish. My writing skills were so deplorable that most Christmas vacations I would have to write and rewrite each thank-you note several times before it could be sealed, stamped and sent. As the years progressed, I became quite the little speaker and could give hours and hours of verbiage to hundreds without even a quiver, but writing would still leave me writhing in fear and panic. As my schooling finally came to an end with a Master’s degree in Social Work, I don’t think I ever wrote one paper or thought — until the great storm. Continue reading »

Apr 172012
 

The International School of Louisiana'a Camp Street campus.

The International School of Louisiana will begin looking for a satellite location in the Lower Garden District for its younger grades at the Camp Street campus next year and add modular buildings to its Westbank site as its prepares for more growth at each site, its governing board decided Monday. Continue reading »

Apr 162012
 

A proposal to place a swath of downtown New Orleans under a new appointed board with the power to levy taxes drew the attention of the Coliseum Square Association on Monday night, based on the possibility that the “hospitality zone” could easily be expanded into Uptown. Continue reading »

Apr 162012
 

Owen Courreges

One ticket.  As of this year, that’s all it takes to have your car immobilized (or “booted”) in the City of New Orleans.

Department of Public Works parking administrator Zepporiah Edmonds outlined the change in late March at a City Council committee meeting: “We used to boot vehicles if they had more than three violations.” Now, he explained, the threshold has been reduced to one if the vehicle owner “fails to timely respond to a second notice” or “hasn’t paid a ticket after 120days.” Continue reading »

Apr 162012
 

The Kupcake Factory is geared up and ready for spring time. They have already gotten started on their spring cleaning by freshening up their website and adding a new menu which features the 12 different daily cupcake flavors. New spring time inspired cupcakes flavors have been released including Strawberries-n-Cream, Cinnamon Pecan, Cherry Chocolate, Turtle Soup, Lemon Blueberry and this month’s Easter themed cupcake, Jellybean Fluff. If you are ever inspired to come up with a new cupcake flavor, suggest your flavor idea to The Kupcake Factory’s “12 New Flavors for 2012” contest and you could win a half-dozen cupcakes if your creation is chosen as the next flavor of the month!

Keep reading for more details.

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Apr 152012
 

Benjamin Morris

Can you believe it’s been two months? The other day, we sat around trading Mardi Gras stories, and it wasn’t long before the bulk of the haul came out. You wouldn’t believe what we found — well, actually, you would. Beads, pounds of them. Stuffed animals, a whole menagerie. Doubloons, beads, pens, koozies, emblems, beads, plastic cups, and dreidels, twice as many again as all of the above, and oh, did I mention the beads? Somewhere in your house, in bags in the utility room or in backpacks in your study, you’ve got them too. So: it’s time for spring cleaning. What are you going to do with all those extra beads?

Here’s an idea: drop them off for recycling.

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