Jan 082016
 
(Courtesy of Lynne Hempe)

(Courtesy of Lynne Hempe)

 

On a sleepy stretch of Millaudon St. in the Black Pearl, barely out of the shadow of Loyola’s Law School, rests an unassuming sky blue two-story home with a handsome vegetable patch of a front yard, also known as the Sunshine School. A daycare during the week, once a year this coming Saturday morning from 10 to noon, the garden will host the school’s Farmer’s Market and sell homegrown veggies, baked goods, and small plants that Lynne Hempe and her students have propagated. All of the proceeds will be donated to charity. As a father of one of Ms. Lynne’s preschoolers, a story about this now annual boutique event and her squad are frankly too good to pass.

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

As bleary-eyed returnee parents seeking childcare for our two oldest in the still drying out terrain of the Crescent City, my wife and I first met Ms. Lynne at CDP (Child Development Program on Claiborne Ave) 10 years ago and have had the privilege of having all four of our children spend their preschool experience with her. Reflecting on this recently, and being reminded of the 2016 market, I wanted to share a little insight to her world and the contributions she makes to our community. So we did a little Q & A:

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Jan 082016
 
The apartments at State and Tchoupitoulas, photographed in August 2011. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The apartments at State and Tchoupitoulas, photographed in August 2011. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The cluster of brick apartment buildings at State and Tchoupitoulas got initial approval for demolition this week to make way for a new condo building, while city officials also considered requests to tear down homes on Jena, Laurel and Coliseum streets. Continue reading »

Jan 082016
 

Craft Cocktails, Boutique Wine Pours, & Southern Comfort with Style!

Red Dog Diner’s Roasted Duck Waffle with Duck Crackling, Slaw, and Five Spice Maple Syrup (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Red Dog Diner opened only two months ago, but they are making their mark with the breakfast and brunch crowd. The “Kitchen Sink Bloody Mary” lists “everything in the kitchen sink. Tell ya mom an Dem!” They aren’t kidding.

“Everything fresh and made from scratch” isn’t a bad way to start. Another unique attribute is that Red Dog plans to serve brunch seven days a week until 2 p.m. Currently, it’s Tuesday through Saturday. New Orleanians love breakfast, and long lines at most Uptown breakfast spots attest to that. Unlike most of those other favorite breakfast spots, Red Dog also serves dinner. Continue reading »

Jan 072016
 
The streetcar carrying the Phunny Phorty Phellows leaves the Willow Street streetcar barn on Thursday night. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The streetcar carrying the Phunny Phorty Phellows leaves the Willow Street streetcar barn on Wednesday night. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Wednesday, Jan 6 the Phunny Phorty Phellows Carnival krewe welcomed in Carnival season 2016. The annual event signals the beginning of Carnival season which concludes with Mardi Gras day on Feb 9. The Phellows are a krewe that dates back to 1898 and this streetcar tradition dates back to 1981.

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Jan 072016
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

When the New Orleans City Council chose to honor retiring Criminal Court Judge Frank Marullo today, they did so because “we owe (him) a continuous debt of gratitude and appreciation…for his commitment and dedication.” Having first taken the bench in September, 1974 and continuously being reelected for forty years, we don’t believe any other elected official in Louisiana can make that longevity claim. Continue reading »

Jan 072016
 

Grow Dat is a youth leadership program and farm in City Park that nurtures teenagers through the meaningful work of growing food. In its fourth year, our Farm Share program is a way for customers to enjoy chemical-free, fresh produce while investing in our farm and youth leadership program.

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Sign up for our Spring Farm Share to receive a box of fresh, local produce each week for 23 weeks.

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Jan 062016
 
An aerial photo of the Fly at Audubon Park, showing the area where the new soccer field will be located. (via Google Maps)

An aerial photo of the Fly at Audubon Park, showing the area where the new soccer field will be located. (via Google Maps)

A site plan for the new Carrollton Boosters athletic complex by Torre Design Consortium (via city of New Orleans)

A site plan for the new Carrollton Boosters athletic complex by Torre Design Consortium (via city of New Orleans)

The Carrollton Boosters plan to build a major new athletic complex featuring a multi-purpose sports field next to the baseball facility on The Fly at Audubon Park, they told city officials this week. Continue reading »

Jan 062016
 
Orchid Honors Dinner

(via theorchidsociety.org)

The Orchid Society will celebrate their five-year anniversary as a community partner of African-American women serving as positive role models for young ladies through mentoring, community service, and social awareness programming. The five-year anniversary celebration is this Saturday, Jan. 9 and will feature a dinner at Felicity Church with live music by singer Elliot Luv. Continue reading »

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Jan 052016
 
The poster for the inaugural Krewe of Loup Garou, designed by artist Merrie Morrow. (courtesy of the artist)

The poster for the inaugural Krewe of Loup Garou, designed by artist Merrie Morrow. (courtesy of the artist)

The poster commemorating the newly formed Krewe of Loup Garou’s inaugural march this Saturday through the Irish Channel places three children shielded only by parasols opposite the infamous Cajun creature of the night — simultaneously capturing the spirit of the neighborhood, the beloved civic leader the parade will memorialize and the goal of the event’s fundraising effort in her honor. Continue reading »

Jan 052016
 

Winter Session of French Classes Begins January 11th

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“The New Year is a great time to set goals and challenge yourself to learn something new, like French!” says Aurelie Champvert, Executive Director of the Alliance Francaise. “Each year at this time we’re reminded that what truly matters is not material gifts, but experiences. Learning French at the Alliance Française is a true immersion experience that will open a world of possibilities for you.”

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Jan 042016
 

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Phunny Phorty Phellows prepare to leave from the streetcar barn on Willow on their Twelfth Night ride through Uptown New Orleans in January 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The 2016 Carnival season will get its official start Wednesday night when the Phunny Phorty Phellows make their annual Twelfth Night streetcar ride on the St. Charles Avenue line. Continue reading »

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Jan 042016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

It is often said that prefacing bad news with good news helps soften the blow. We have now cross the threshold into 2016, which seems to be giving New Orleans equal parts of each. Thus, at the risk of sounding trite, I have some good news, and some bad news. Continue reading »

Jan 042016
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A 22-year-old Warren Easton alumna and recent Dillard University graduate about to start work as a medical technician was shot to death Saturday on Clio Street as the city’s first murder victim of the year, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jan 042016
 

Get on BoardCould you or someone you know benefit from a training program designed to develop and enhance leadership skills? Are you affiliated with an organization that needs qualified leaders on its Board of Directors?

The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) is once again bringing its award-winning Get On Board training program to energetic individuals who want to improve Metropolitan New Orleans.
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Dec 312015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s visit to the Gulf Coast on Saturday night will help put Louisiana’s March presidential primary into focus for many voters in our region. Trump has done an excellent job of galvanizing voters nationally who have felt disenfranchised and underappreciated over the years. He is taking advantage of their obvious anger, frustration and fear. Continue reading »

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Dec 302015
 
NOPD Lt. Shaun Ferguson (second from right) marches in an anti-crime march through west Carrollton in September 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

NOPD Lt. Shaun Ferguson (second from right) marches in an anti-crime march through west Carrollton in September 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Commander Shaun Ferguson will return to lead the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District, where he has previously held several leadership roles as an investigator, officials announced Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

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Dec 302015
 

Get on BoardCould you or someone you know benefit from a training program designed to develop and enhance leadership skills? Are you affiliated with an organization that needs qualified leaders on its Board of Directors?

The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) is once again bringing its award-winning Get On Board training program to energetic individuals who want to improve Metropolitan New Orleans.
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