Jan 152012
 

Jakawan Joseph, 13, carries a sign reading "Keep the Dream Alive" during a march through Central City honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. late Saturday morning. The march was organized by Recreating the Environmental Ability to Live, a nonprofit organization based in Central City. Joseph said the march meant a lot to him. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 152012
 

Benjamin Morris

The making of a good hamburger requires a number of elements: quality, freshly-made ingredients. Premium ground beef, preferably made in-house. Creative, insightful presentation on the plate. A generous portion of sides. Good company, great service, a convivial setting in which to enjoy it, and of course, an ice-cold brew to wash it all down – when it comes to burgers, these are a few of my favorite things.

But there’s one more thing that a hamburger has to have, otherwise it’s all for naught.

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Jan 132012
 

"Guiding stars" now adorn the shelves of Langensteins, suggesting healthy products to shoppers. (Christy Lorio for UptownMessenger.com)

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Up there with quitting smoking one of the most common New Years’ resolution is eating healthier, which can be hard to do in this town. I live walking distance from no less than eight restaurants, and while I’m always down for supporting the local restaurant scene, sometimes it really adds up, both in the monetary and caloric sense. Continue reading »

Jan 132012
 

A map showing robberies reported in the Uptown area since Jan. 1 (via NOPD.com)

A wave of robberies and carjackings since the holidays may be feuling some of Uptown’s bloodier feuds, but police officials are hoping a number of recent arrests and ongoing investigations will slow the rapid pace of muggings.

More than a dozen armed robberies have been reported in the Uptown-based Second and Sixth police districts since Jan. 1, a pace of more than one a day so far this year. But arrests have been made in at least five of them with direct links to three others, police say.

“These apprehensions will slow the robberies,” said NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy during Thursday’s weekly meeting of his district’s ranking officers. Continue reading »

Jan 132012
 

The Krewe of Carrollton parade gets ready to roll down Napoleon Avenue in 2011. The area will be under construction in 2013 and 2014, but Mardi Gras this year won't be affected. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A massive, multi-year project to install a new canal underneath Napoleon Avenue won’t affect the parades that line up there during this year’s Carnival season, but the work is likely to have an effect on Mardi Gras in future years, officials said Thursday. Continue reading »

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Jan 132012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The recent election of State Senator John Alario as Senate President, State Rep. Walt Leger as House Speaker Pro-Tem, and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne as the state’s top tourism leaders are big signs that New Orleans could win big at the upcoming legislative session. Continue reading »

Jan 122012
 

Phase 1 of the Claiborne drainage project runs from Monticello Avenue to Leonidas Street, and is expected to last from next month until 2014. Phase 2, from Leonidas to Lowerline, will begin next year and finish in 2016. (map via Sewarage & Water Board)

The drainage project starting next month on the uppermost end of South Claiborne Avenue will gradually extend downriver to Lowerline Street over the next five years, officials said Thursday evening, and Hollygrove residents worry that it will increase, rather than reduce, flooding in their neighborhood. Continue reading »

Jan 112012
 

Ranking officers with the NOPD Second District review a shooting that took place at the Carrollton-Claiborne intersection Wednesday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A man was shot shortly after 5 p.m. near South Claiborne and South Carrollton, one of the busiest intersections in Uptown New Orleans, leaving a sprawling crime scene that stretched from beside Palmer Park to the side yard of the Walgreens across the street. Continue reading »

Jan 112012
 

Two robberies Monday at Birch and Carrollton, and a third robbery Tuesday on Panola, all occurred under similar circumstances, police said. (map via nopd.com)

Three teenagers were captured Tuesday night and detained for questioning in a series three robberies along South Carrollton that all involved muggers using mace or pepper spray, police said. Continue reading »

Jan 112012
 

South Broad at White and Delachaise (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Drive in New Orleans much?  Despite being such a walkable city, invariably and at some point one will get behind the wheel, and when that happens, it can be downright epic.  From street condition to poor signage to watching vehicles seemingly competitively expel trash (airborne spent push-up ice cream tubes, errant and recently chewed chicken bones, I can go on), the experience transcends far beyond any driver’s ed course.  But my question specifically therein and today is: Do you dosey doe? Continue reading »

Jan 112012
 

The International School of Louisiana, a local public charter school with an international perspective, announces the first full-immersion Mandarin Chinese public school in Southeast Louisiana.

Limited space is available for the inaugural kindergarten class in Mandarin Chinese. The application deadline is January 13, 2012 and is available online at isl-edu.org. Continue reading »

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Jan 112012
 

The low water pressure will be on Calhoun Street and one block of South Carrollton, according to the Sewerage and Water Board.

Water pressure will be low most of the day Wednesday along Calhoun Street from Willow to St. Charles and on South Carrollton Avenue on the block between Spruce and Cohn streets, Sewerage and Water Board officials said. Continue reading »

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Jan 102012
 

Neighbors concerned about the future of two large Uptown properties near Audubon Park — an apartment complex on Tchoupitoulas and a mental health facility on Calhoun — received hopeful signs Tuesday night that the city is inclined to prevent major changes to either of them. Continue reading »

Jan 102012
 

Police have released a sketch of the man who allegedly raped two women in the university area early Monday morning, and are seeking the public’s help identifying him.

The two women were walking near Palmer and South Robertson streets about 3 a.m. Monday when they were approached by a man “implying he had a weapon,” according to a NOPD news release. The man grabbed one of the women and threatened to harm her if the other did not do as he said, then forced both of them into an alley in the 6000 block of South Robertson where he sexually assaulted them, police said.

The suspect is described as a black man in his late teens or early 20s, roughly 5-foot-5 and 175 pounds, with an athletic build, dark complexion, a buzz haircut and a goatee, wearing a white T-shirt and denim jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Vernon Haynes of the NOPD Special Victims Unit at 504-658-5523, or, to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward, call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.

Jan 102012
 

After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s time to reward yourself for all that hard work. The ReTreat Salon invites you to come in and refresh yourself, with a range of affordable services including hair, facials, waxing, massages, mani/pedis, and makeup. With Mardi Gras just around the corner, let the expert stylists at the ReTreat take expert care of you. You’ll feel relaxed and reinvigorated, and have a great time too.

Locally owned and operated 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/.

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