By Alden Woodhull
Reporting blighted properties in New Orleans neighborhoods will soon become much easier with the help of an iPhone, based on a new app created by a local nonprofit.
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.
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.
Residents are seeking a moratorium on new bars on Tchoupitoulas between Louisiana and Jefferson Avenues, and City Councilwoman Stacy Head has begun gathering neighborhood input on the idea, according to reporting by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV.
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.
A man walking on Hollygrove Street was struck in the shoulder Friday evening by gunfire that broke out close to a nearby block party, police said.
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.”
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.
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.
A safety committee at Tulane University is considering adding surveillance cameras and motion-activated safety lights to streets near the university such as Maple, Calhoun and Lowerline, according to an article by Carolyn Kaufman of The Tulane Hullabaloo student newspaper.
The International School of Louisiana will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 16) to decide on whether to lease or purchase modular classrooms for its Camp Street or Olivier Street campuses for the coming school year, officials announced.
Two Uptown neighborhood groups — the Coliseum Square Association and the Carrollton Area Network — will hold meetings tonight (Monday, April 16), their leaders announced.
After police were called to near LaSalle and St. Andrew Streets about a suspicious person with a gun, a man began firing at them from a second floor balcony, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. When police returned fire, the man jumped down and broke his ankle, and police found an assault rifle nearby, WWL reported.
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.”
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!
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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.