Jan 282012

Tentative designs for the lunch terrace along Joseph Street at Lusher High School.

With a new playground set to open Monday on the Willow Street campus, Lusher Charter School officials are turning their attention to the next project: a lunch terrace for middle and high school students at the Fortier building on Freret Street. Continue reading »

Jan 282012

There’s never been a better time to join the New Orleans Jewish Community Center, but time is running out. From now until the end of the month, the JCC is waiving the joining fee on ALL new memberships at both the Uptown and Metairie locations, a savings of up to $125! With new facilities in the gym, new classes and camps, and new events and programming for the whole family, the JCC has your new year covered.

Keep reading for the news from the JCC.

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Jan 272012

In separate cases, two women inside their homes were shot by stray bullets from gunfire outside last week. (map via NOPD.com)

A Central City woman was injured by a stray bullet last week while she was asleep in her South Saratoga Street home, the second person within a week’s time to be hit by gunfire from outside while within her own home. Continue reading »

Jan 272012

Line dancing aboard the Carnival Elation. Yes, people apparently still do that. (Photo by Christy Lorio for UptownMessenger.com)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Cruise ships are weird things, like a cross between a resort hotel and an airplane. It serves the purpose of being your method of transportation, lodging, dinner, and entertainment, all rolled into one. They are also vessels of pure gluttony and relaxation, yet it somehow maintains a sense of adventure.

I just got back from one, my first actually, last week. I was leery of going on a cruise, no doubt. About 8 years ago I found David Foster Wallace’s book  A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments in a used book shop. In it there’s a detailed account (in an essay of the same name as the book) that perfectly sums up the cruise experience, albeit in the most cynical of ways. It’s a hilarious, accurate, and a damn good read. Since I can’t top what Wallace wrote, I’ll leave you with my travel diary to peruse instead. Continue reading »

Jan 262012

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Political punditry has been turned into a hazardous occupation by the ups and downs of the Republican presidential primaries.

Just a month ago, it seemed pretty safe to speculate that Mitt Romney was on his way to locking up the Republican Presidential nomination and that Newt Gingrich was toast. Now, after the South Carolina primary, a victorious Gingrich is riding a wave of momentum while Romney is struggling to regain his credibility. Continue reading »

Jan 252012

The International School of Lousiana's Olivier Street campus in Algiers. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana is on track next year to add its first Chinese-immersion kindergarten class, second and third grade Spanish-immersion classes and a new modular building to help hold them at the new Westbank campus, and possibly a new site for its Eastbank lower grades as well, officials said Wednesday night.

But amid so much growth, the prospect of a second attempt to take over a failing New Orleans school in 2013 provoked rare dissension within the International School’s governing board. Continue reading »

Jan 252012

Someone staking a false claim to the neutral ground in the 2300 block of Napoleon on Mardi Gras Day 2011. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Each Carnival I approach parade routes with glee and caution.  As such please find the below pointers, tips, alerts, and otherwise whacks to the back of heads as the 2012 Mardi Gras season kicks off.  We all want to embrace the revelry, so let’s all do our best to help each other enjoy, shall we?  Let’s! Continue reading »

Jan 242012

Cecile Tebo

My last call for service before leaving my post with the NOPD Crisis Unit was a 24-year-old hanging from the rafters of his apartment, a clear and tragic sign that my advocacy work with the mentally ill was far from over. In my 10 years with the crisis unit, I was exposed to a large world of chronically mentally ill who live in our city, and their needs continue to be great, as witnessed in this last call. Continue reading »