What was initially billed as political “speed dating” — a chance to meet with individual candidates for the District B race one-on-one — grew into a full-blown debate at a Freret community meeting Thursday night, with three City Council hopefuls trading their ideas on blight, crime, education and other issues in the first such event of the race.
In what police are describing as a possible over-reaction to recent robberies at the McDonald’s on South Claiborne, an employee there is wanted on an assault charge after he chased a would-be customer away from the store with a gun, authorities said.
“I understand that people at McDonald’s may be a little on-guard,” said Lt. Frank Young of the NOPD Sixth District investigative unit. “We tried very hard to see things through the eyes of the employee, but the facts just didn’t add up.”
The Knowledge Garden at 1700 Josephine Street had its license revoked by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services for “chronic failure to provide officials with criminal background checks on its employees,” according to a report by Jessica Williams of The Lens, but federal auditors have said that the nonprofit that owns it, Operation REACH, “can’t account for nearly $900,000 in grant funds,” Williams reported.
Vizard’s restaurant on Magazine Street has relaunched itself as a casual eatery called “Hevin,” while Upperline restaurant hopes to reopen Thursday after Hurricane Isaac tore off part of its roof.
Three of the four candidates for the District B race for City Council have confirmed that they will attend tonight’s Freret Neighbors United meeting to answer residents’ questions, the group said.
“It’s been two weeks of school,” said board chair Jean Montes about running the new campus. “We’re very new at the process, but we’re happy with it.”
The one-story single-family home at the corner of Hollygrove Street and Earhart Boulevard caught fire shortly before 4 a.m., and was brought under control by 43 firefighters less than an hour later, according to our partners at WWL-TV. One firefighter injured his back but remained on duty.
City officials remain unsatisfied with the quality of the work done to the sidewalks at corners along the Freret corridor, but they have yet to decide what exactly they will fix or how long the repairs will take.
What follows is one big “I told you so.”
Last month, at the August 20th meeting of the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee, a proposal to demolish the mansion located at 4706 St. Charles Avenue was denied. The mansion, built in 1887, appears to be in sound condition and could easily be returned to commerce.
Typically, when a well-funded party wants to bulldoze a historic mansion on New Orleans’ signature avenue, they succeed. As I noted in my previous column, “How to Tear Down Anything in Three Simple Steps,” the key to destroying the fabric of this city’s history is getting the neighborhood association on your side. For those with money and influence, this should be a relatively simple task.
The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board will introduce its new members to the public tonight at a meeting at the school’s new campus at 5951 Patton Street.
A 19-year-old man was killed Sunday night in a shooting in Hollygrove near the Jefferson Parish line, police said.
If your house is like ours, there are still a few items in your cupboard or maybe your fridge that appeared during our recent storm and now you’re looking at them and wondering, “Why?”
At one point, our Irish Channel house hosted seven adults and two little girls. Our friends arrived with bedding and toys, along with the usual we-might-need-extra items such as flashlights, ice, toilet paper, bottled water and batteries. Of course, there being seven adults, there was an adequate supply of alcoholic beverages. Or at least you think it’s adequate until the kids are asleep and everyone else is setting around with no power and nothing to do but drink.
Broken windows and water leaks contributed to uncertainty last week as to when Lusher High School students could return after Hurricane Isaac, and even now that the immediate damage has been repaired, the experience reinforces the need for major upcoming renovations to the old Fortier building, school officials said Saturday morning.
“When we get a hard rain, water comes in,” said Lusher CEO Kathy Riedlinger at a Saturday morning meeting of the school’s governing board.
Marlon “Buck” Horton will hold a $30-per-plate fundraiser for his District B City Council campaign Saturday evening at a Lower Garden District restaurant, he announced.
The governing board of Lusher Charter School will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fortier campus for an update on funding, facilities and enrollment.
“Expect the worst and you won’t be disappointed” was the most solid piece of advice my dad ever gave me. I find my dad’s words of wisdom oddly comforting in the most dire of situations, including the panic felt when dealing with named storms.
With Hurricane Isaac whipping through town, there was nary a household saved from the massive power outages. And while we were charging our phones in the car, checking our Twitter feeds, and complaining about Entergy not doing it’s job, I have to admit I chuckled a bit as to how spoiled we’ve become.
Gretchen Zalkind, coordinator of the NOLA Timebank, will describe the news system of banking service hours to the community Saturday morning at this month’s Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast.