Sep 192012
 

At left, School Board candidate Jason Coleman (left) speaks to a member of the Alliance for Good Government after a Wednesday night forum. At right, incumbent School Board member Woody Koppel (far right) thanks alliance president Mark Vicknair for the group’s endorsement. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The difference in how District 6 Orleans Parish School Board member Woody Koppel and challenger Jason Coleman describe the state of the school system is almost like asking whether the glass is half full or half empty. Continue reading »

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Sep 192012
 

Barely a month into the school year at New Orleans Science and Math High School, Dr. Richard Best announced his resignation as school director last week following a nearly two-hour closed-door session with the school board, reports Erin Krall of The Lens’ charter school reporting corps. Board members did not explain his resignation at the meeting, but voted to maintain the leadership of academic director Claire Jecklin and student-development director Chana Benenson, Krall reported.

Best, a former professor of education in Chicago, arrived at the school in February of this year to begin preparing for the 2012-13 year.

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Sep 192012
 

The Pigeontown Steppers second-line up Oak Street on Easter Sunday 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

A proposal on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the New Orleans City Council would create a new permit and fee for vendors at second-line parades, making them responsible for litter around them and stopping them from selling alcohol at the events. Continue reading »

Sep 192012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

“Have fun seeing Three Doors Down!” echoed outside the Tin Roof Brewery in Baton Rouge one warm Friday eve this past summer as a group left their cohorts behind.  And I laughed and said quietly to myself, Who could have fun seeing Three Doors Down!?”  In fairness I was headed to the very same venue where Three Doors Down was about to play, only not to see them, but the headlining act, ZZ Top.  And to be fair again, I know full well ZZ Top is not everyone’s cup of tea.  Many that know me wonder about my affinity for the “little ol’ band from Texas.”  And so surely there are those that will laugh in my direction should a similar expression of anticipated cheer be thrown out there: “Have fun seeing ZZ Top!” Laugh on, I say, these guys are an American treasure.  Three Doors Down?  Not so much.  But hey, if they keep at for over 40 years with the same members without ever having broken up and still tour and record, then call me.  In the mean time I’ll stick with the three mostly bearded musicians that just released their latest album last week.  Even Oreo took note of this. Continue reading »

Sep 192012
 

Former Mayor Ray Nagin’s “failed efforts to revitalize the hulking former Entergy power plant in the Lower Garden District could turn out to be key to backing up the allegation that Nagin at least tried to help his benefactors,” those who allegedly gave him cash, truckloads of granite, and even a job, reports David Hammer of our partners at WWL-TV.

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Sep 182012
 

City Council District B candidates LaToya Cantrell, Marlon “Buck” Horton, Dana Kaplan and Eric Strachan introduce themselves to the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association on Tuesday night, prior to heading to a forum sponsored by the Alliance for Good Government. (photos by Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In a rapid series of detailed questions, the four candidates running for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council were tested Tuesday night on how well they know their way around city government, from filling potholes to writing the budget. Continue reading »

Sep 182012
 

The Show nightclub on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After sitting on the docket of the city alcohol board for six months as police conducted raids and investigated shootings nearby, The Show bar on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Lower Garden District abruptly surrendered its liquor license Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

Sep 182012
 

Tulane University architecture professor John Klingman lives in a century-old Garden District home without air conditioning by choice, controlling the flow of air through the house with shutters, screened windows and constantly fans. After Hurricane Isaac’s power outages prompted widespread reflection on the role of air conditioning in the city, Klingman’s decision and others like him recently drew the interest of Times-Picayune reporter John Pope in an article about the lifestyle.

Sep 182012
 

Streets marked in red had their “first pass” completed by Monday, and the purple-shaded zones indicate Monday’s deployment. (via city of New Orleans)

A map of debris collection since Hurricane Isaac released by the city Monday shows strong progress in Uptown’s university area, Broadmoor, parts of Central City, and on either side of Magazine Street between Jefferson and Napoleon. In other many neighborhoods from the Lower Garden District to Audubon Park, however, the map indicates that debris contractors have yet to make their “first pass.” Continue reading »

Sep 182012
 

Police are looking for the driver of this truck for assistance in solving a sex crime in the 1000 block of Broadway in July. (via NOPD)

Police are looking for a motorist who may be able to help identify a man who got into a woman’s apartment in the 1000 block of Broadway, stood near her bed and performed a lewd act earlier this summer, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Sep 182012
 

Members of the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association will hear from the four candidates for the District B seat on the City Council at their quarterly meeting tonight, as well as discuss the new accelerated high school at the Bauduit campus and new businesses in the neighborhood. Continue reading »

Sep 172012
 

Maintenance of the park around the “Birth of a Muse” statue on Terpsichore Street will be among the discussion topics Monday night at the Coliseum Square Association.

The Coliseum Square Association will meet to discuss upcoming events such as the Night Out Against Crime and ongoing projects such as maintenance the neighborhood’s statues and fountain of at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, Sept. 17) at the Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine Street. Continue reading »

Sep 172012
 

Owen Courreges

I think the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWB) needs to adopt a new motto to shift attention away from its staggering waste, corruption and general incompetence.   That motto should be: “Hey, at least we don’t still have a horseshoer on staff!”

It recently became news that Detroit Water and Sewerage Department actually still employs a horseshoer, although it has no horses.  Apparently this man does nothing but collect a paycheck, and a decent one at that — $29,245 in salary and about $27,000 in benefits.  Apparently union rules keep the man on staff, and the union isn’t budging. Continue reading »