The International School of Louisiana found out Wednesday that its application to take over a failing New Orleans school is likely to be turned down, but the school is continuing to pursue three other opportunities to expand to new campuses.
Administrators at James Weldon Johnson Elementary School know all too well what to do when someone is killed by gunfire in the streets around the school.
First, lock down all the individual classrooms. Check the bathrooms to make sure no children are unaccounted for. Move lunch and PE inside the classrooms, and close the outdoor hallways, yards and community garden for the day.
“The students are totally resilient,” said Johnson Elementary Principal Wanda Brooks. “Unfortunately, they’ve gone through this several times before.”
The latest killing was just before noon on Wednesday, when a man was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds on the sidewalk in the 1700 block of Monroe Street, said NOPD spokeswoman Hilal Williams. His body lay three doors from the intersection with Hickory, and at least 22 shell casings were marked in the street alongside the students’ garden.
As part of the citywide PhotoNOLA program, abstract paintings on photographs by Randy Asprodites and photos of New Iberia sugar mills by David Armentor will be on display at the Cole Pratt Gallery at 3800 Magazine Street, beginning with an opening reception Saturday.
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AUTHOR’S ALERT: Reading this article may alter your point of view of the New Orleans horizon. If you’re content with your visual field of the Crescent City you may want to re-consider reading this piece. Read at your own risk.
In the last 2 years my wife and I have done some serious road tripping with New Orleans as a homebase. We have dragged the kids to Seattle twice, once each summer, driving different routes each go. And over this Thanksgiving we did a whirlwind to Brooklyn and back with some turkey in Philly for good measure. Having lived in New Orleans off but mostly on since 1992 it only hits me now though that yes, I understand we all almost all exclusively reside below sea level, but – - – not only are we in a bowl, there’s nothing surrounding us. Nothing we may climb to peer into said bowl.
Sojourner Truth Academy, a service-based charter high school, will close at the end of this school year based on a vote by its governing board Tuesday evening that reflects the reality of the program’s insufficient performance gains, reports Andrew Vanacore of The Times-Picayune.
I’ve dubbed it the “leaning tower of Josephine Street.” A half block down from my house, at 1421 Josephine, sits the Rountree House. It’s a masterpiece of postbellum Victorian architecture. It is also suffering from such extensive rot and termite damage that it would come as little surprise to anyone if a strong wind blew it over.
A Riverbend boutique has lost thousands of dollars in costly designer clothes after being hit twice in a month by shoplifters who appear to be transvestites, the owners say.
Tulane University will reserve 10 spaces in its freshmen class each year for students from the KIPP system of charter schools and provide them with scholarships to meet their financial needs, officials announced Tuesday.
If your holiday shopping is taking its toll, then take a break at The ReTreat Salon, where from now until December 31st, 2012, you’ll receive a $5.00 gift certificate for every $50 spent on all services and products (excluding gratuity). Gift certificates are available throughout the month of December, and are redeemable until the end of January towards any service at the ReTreat, including hair, facials, waxing, massages, mani/pedis, and makeup.
Making New Orleans more beautiful since 2003, the ReTreat is open Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday and Thursdays 10-8, Friday 10-6, and Saturday 9-5. The ReTreat New Orleans is located at 801 S. Carrollton (at Maple). For more information or to book an appointment, call 504-866-7724 or visit their website at http://www.theretreatneworleans.net/.
“The Loyola University New Orleans campus will be transformed into a winter wonderland next week thanks to 20 tons of manufactured snow,” writes the Loyola University Newsroom. “The University Programming Board will present their annual Sneaux@Loyno event on Thursday, Dec. 8. from 6-8 p.m. on Loyola’s front lawn located on St. Charles Ave.”
Mayor Mitch Landrieu personally convinced the pharmacy chain to undertake a $1.4 million renovation of the building at the corner of Napoleon Avenue, and Walgreens agreed in part because CVS was building a new store across the street, writes Rebecca Mowbray of the Times-Picayune. The upgrade both beautifies the entrance to the Broadmoor neighborhood and typifies the mayor’s detail-oriented approach to improving the landscape of New Orleans one property at a time, the article states.
The strong performance of four local elementary schools — Mary Coghill, Robert R. Moton, Bethune and Lafayette — will be explored in a documentary screening Tuesday night at Ashe Cultural Arts Center.
Please join Common Ground Health Clinic for the 7th annual brewing of the fire cider on Saturday, December 10th from 1pm—3pm at the Teche Street Community Garden at Teche and Slidell Streets in Algiers Riverview
Fire cider is a spicy tonic used to scare off colds and flu and keep you warm in the winter months. The December 10 event will begin with an educational session led by the CGHC Herbalists, and will continue through the afternoon as we chop the ingredients, combine them in glass jars and, finally, bury them in the ground to brew for thirty days. This is a great chance to experience some hands-on learning of herbal remedies past & present. People of all ages are welcome to this event. Bring a cutting board and knife and a snack or drink to share, or just yourselves.
Then on Saturday, January 7th from 3pm—Until… We will reconvene to dig up the cider, squeeze it out and have a potluck dinner. We will dig up the cider at the garden and caravan from there to our dinner (location TBA). Bring a dish to share, an 8 oz jar with a lid to bring home some cider, and warm clothes.
Questions? Call Lanette Williams 504-473-1346
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“Piano Players Rarely Play Together,” a documentary made by Stevenson Palfi in the early 1980s, explores the musical lineage of Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Isidore Washington, and their predecessors. The film screens Monday through Wednesday at Zeitgeist.
A chilly Thursday night. Tulane’s auditorium was full, the lights already dimmed, the audience alert, the staff restive and ready to start the show, but moments before the host began the evening’s introductions, a fire alarm suddenly sounded.
The crowd emptied onto the street, spilling out the doors to form a loose, nervous assemblage on the sidewalks, huddling together for warmth, unsure whether the show would go on. Staff members brandished their phones, receiving vague assurances from the authorities. Someone called out, to laughter, “Let’s just do it out here!” Precious minutes slipping away, the honored guest shrugged as if to say, sure, why not?
Yet when the host finally received the all-clear, and the crowd streamed back inside the auditorium, the room was – somehow – even more tightly packed than before.
And they say that poetry makes nothing happen.
The Carrollton Area Network will hold its annual holiday caroling from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in Palmer Park. Nonperishable food and donations will be collected to support the Second Harvest Food Bank.