A lockdown two weeks ago at Banneker Elementary in the Riverbend was caused by a call from a man threatening to kill a female student there, likening her fate to that of two students from KIPP Believe College Prep on South Carrollton who were each shot to death the previous weekend, writes Jarvis DeBarry of the Times-Picayune. A perceived influx of more “belligerent,” violent transfer students is changing the culture at the school and leading better students astray to defend themselves, DeBarry says as he contemplates the problem of children “directly confronted by evil.“
A project to keep guns out of criminals’ hands by buying them from their rightful owners at an Earhart Boulevard church this weekend went through $10,000 in donated cash in an hour and a half, swapping $75 for each working handgun and $200 for assault rifles, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV.
Three men in their 20s were robbed at gunpoint as they left a Maple Street bar on Saturday evening, and what police believe to be single gunman committed two armed robberies on Magazine and St. Charles, authorities said.
The public comment period ends Thursday on Tulane’s proposal to demolish two buildings on Zimpel Street for use as construction-staging areas for the FEMA-funded rooftop expansion of the Howard Tilton Library, according to the website for the project.
Tickets are still available until 5 p.m. at the Hollygrove Market & Farm website (and afterward at the door) for the third annual Party in the Garden, which will showcase the talents of chefs from some of New Orleans’ most acclaimed restaurants. The event begins at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday, May 14) at the farm, 8301 Olive St.
Submitted for your approval, a young, mild-mannered New Orleans female who manages a store on Magazine Street. She lives happily in an apartment in the rear of her shop, interacting with neighbors and contributing to the fabric of one of New Orleans’ great commercial corridors.
Alas, this poor girl is about to come face to face with a place where reason and good manners have are given no quarter, a place we call…. The “Passive-Aggressive Neighbor Zone.”
The governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at 5401 S. Claiborne Avenue.
We talk a lot about culture here in New Orleans. We should: we’re fortunate to have one of the most vibrant, eclectic, and most thrilling cultures in the United States, if not the world. The mélange of histories, geographies, ethnicities, and styles that defines this city challenges us no end, revealing its innovation and dynamism each time we encounter it. Residents and visitors alike discuss the culture in reverent terms, exploring its origins, composition, and value – and how we have nearly lost it on so many occasions.
In my last column for UptownMessenger.com, I’d like to explore a slightly different question. I ask not what is New Orleans’ culture, but where?
Lusher Charter School is likely to reduce the number of incoming kindergarten students from 150 to 100 in the coming year, halting the expansion it began two years ago because it has run out of room at its satellite campus at the Jewish Community Center and been unable to find more space elsewhere.
Now that JazzFest 2012 is in the books and we’re looking down the summer corridor toward next fall, most of the city’s restaurant operators are looking at their calendars and bank accounts and thinking, “Hmmm…”
A Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant proposed for Oak Street garnered the initial support of the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association this week, although they took issue with a plan to convert some of the corridor’s scarce off-street parking into an outdoor dining area.
A wave of shootings in the Irish Channel that may be connected to an attack on a school bus last month and another outbreak of gun violence in the Central City area led to a joint operation of more than 40 officers being deployed to find the shooters and suppress the gunfire, authorities said this week.
Three of Uptown’s iconic commercial corridors — Magazine, Oak and Freret streets — all have events planned for Saturday, and they all expect to brave the prospect of bad weather as best they can.
Amazing food, great music, local luminaries, even kids in hot dog suits — the grand opening of the new Dat Dog II on Freret was a smashing success! Now open at 5030 Freret Street, and bigger and better than ever, Dat Dog is proud to serve the finest gourmet hot dogs in New Orleans.
See below for photos of the event.
My husband and I have two vehicles, which aren’t spectacular or inspiring. They’re old, but not in a cool, classic-car kind of way. However, our class of 1999 Honda and Nissan are paid for, run well, and get us where we need to go safely and without worry. While we didn’t purchase them in their birth years, we’ve had them for a long time. I’ve taken my truck cross country twice, slept in the back of it on camping trips, survived two highway blowouts, and have taken care of it like it’s one of my cats.
You grow attached to your vehicle, and nine years is a long time to hold on to something. Much like an elderly family member, we are mentally preparing ourselves for when they won’t be around any more. Since we both have a measly 10-minute commute, we’ve decided to become a single-vehicle household and get scooters to supplement our bicycles. While we’ve thought about upgrading, in reality we will probably get something sensible, like another Honda. You see, we have a long history of buying moderately priced cars and driving them into the ground, sometimes literally.
The design of the new Paul L. Dunbar school building in Hollygrove, slated to become the new home for the Benjamin Banneker Elementary School program currently in the Riverbend, will be discussed at a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday (May 15) at Cypress Manor Community Center, 3613 Cambronne St. The meeting is open to the public.
The Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association will meet tonight to discuss a good-neighbor agreement with the proposed Mellow Mushroom and other new restaurants on Oak Street, while the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association will hear from several local nonprofits at their monthly meeting tonight.