Allan was wrong, as usual. He thought that Governor Mitt Romney was still riding the momentum of his fine performance in the first Presidential debate. Unfortunately for Romney and the Republican Party, the Romney momentum was overpowered by the winds of Hurricane Sandy and the pictures of President Obama being presidential, bringing aid and solace to the stricken.
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans has an as-yet-unexplained hole of at least $90,000 in the current year’s operating budget that required the sudden layoffs of three staff members, the school’s board president said Wednesday evening, leaving many of the young school’s teachers openly fearful for their jobs and drawing angry protests from a room full of parents.
The school board has already engaged a team of auditors to help it gauge the true state of the school’s finances, board president Jean Montes said, and they hope to know the full extent of any future cuts needed within the next three weeks. For the audience of more than 150 people at the meeting of the school’s parent-teacher organization, however, the revelations only raised more questions.
By Professor Karissa Haugeberg
I moved to New Orleans from Iowa City last year. In Iowa City, a town with 68,000 residents, I could choose to vote early at one of 12 early voting sites, which included libraries, grocery stores, and public buildings located throughout town. In contrast, New Orleans’s 360,000 residents had only three early voting sites.
One location would have required me to pay to park. I would have had to take a toll bridge or ferry to another location. The third site was a full ten miles from the center of town. The city’s most densely populated neighborhoods, including Uptown, had no early voting sites. Residents who can no longer drive or who cannot afford public transportation were shut out of early voting sites altogether.
The Isidore Newman School Theatre Department will run six nights of “The Fantasticks,” opening Thursday (Nov. 8) at the school.
ReNEW Schools’ “Future Takes Flight: Cocktails for a Cause Fundraiser” on Thursday (Nov. 8) will raise money to send about 500 ReNEW students on chaperoned, guided college trips.
The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation partners with Ashe Cultural Arts Center to host the Healty Supper Bowl Jam Thursday evening (Nov. 8).
There’s an artist among us, a modern day Rodin if you will, a sculptor with a keen eye. And their chosen medium? Mine and my neighbor’s green, over-sized garbage cans, 4 all told. Twice a week I come home to some of the most amazing formations left in the wake of our city’s waste service program employees. Among the explanations I can come up with is their creativity must be stifled, and the random placement of these utilitarian mess vessels provides an outlet otherwise unmet. On the one hand, I’m happy to help, but on the other hand, give me a break!
LaToya Cantrell dominated the precincts in a large swath of District B — including her home neighborhood of Broadmoor, as well as Central City and the Mid-City portions of the district — to cinch nearly 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, according to an early analysis of precinct-level results.
Dana Kaplan, meanwhile, consistently came in second-place in precincts in nearly every precinct won by either of her rivals, Cantrell or Strachan, to earn 31 percent of the vote and a place in the Dec. 8 runoff.
Article by Robert Morris and Marta Jewson
Two community activists who have devoted themselves to rebuilding New Orleans in different ways since Hurricane Katrina — one in revitalizing a neighborhood marked for abandonment, and the other in reforming the city’s troubled criminal justice system — will face each other in a runoff next month for an open seat on the New Orleans City Council, based on Tuesday night’s election results.
By Nick Kindel
With Election Day finally here, most of our attention will be on the Presidential race, but two local races will also have a significant impact on our lives in New Orleans. Districts B and E will each elect new Councilmembers who may soon be thrown into one of City Council’s most important duties, passing the City’s 2013 budget. City Council’s budget hearings kick off tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 7) and culminate with passing the budget on Nov. 30.
The reward offered for information leading to the recovery of “Skeeter,” an 11-year-old Chihuahua mix taken in a carjacking on Burdette Street last week, has climbed to nearly $4,000 with the recent donation of $2,500 from the owners of Bourbon Street’s famous “hand grenade” purveyors at Tropical Isle.
You’re in luck — the annual Hell Yes Fest opens Tuesday (Nov. 6) with the world premiere of “The Time-Raptor” at Prytania Theatre.
Zea Rotisserie & Grill will host a “Taste of the NFL” dinner on Tuesday evening (Nov. 6) to support Second Harvest Food Bank’s efforts to combat hunger in south Louisiana.