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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Jan 092012
 

The creation of a new drainage canal under the neutral ground along South Claiborne is expected to take the next two years.

The construction of a $27 million new drainage canal under the South Claiborne neutral ground in the Carrollton area is slated to begin within a few weeks and last until July 2014, officials said. Continue reading »

Jan 082012
 

Charlotte Meyn, 3, and Lola Meyn, 6, look at books in a Montessori classroom at Audubon Charter School's open house at its new temporary campus at the old Jean Gordon site in Gentilly Saturday afternoon. The open house gave parents of current students a look at classrooms before their children return to school Monday. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 082012
 

Benjamin Morris

Technology has revolutionized the way we read and write. Never before has more information been more readily available at such speed, whether from the producing end — publishing, posting, blogging, or tweeting — or the consuming end. Undoubtedly, more access yields many benefits to our society: greater transparency and accountability in government, more routes to literacy, and sure, more options for entertainment. Caught up in this whirlwind transformation, however, are the civic institutions which are responsible for the basic care and stewardship of our reading experience: libraries.

Believe it or not, there’s a great way to support your local library amid all this change: buy more books.

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Jan 062012
 

An entryway at the old LaSalle school. (photo courtesy of David J. L'Hoste, djlphoto.com)

In November, after months of negotiations with Orleans Parish School Board, developer Jim MacPhaille finally completed his purchase of the century-old LaSalle school on Perrier Street.

Later that month, MacPhaille met again with neighbors to the property, who have been enthusiastic about his latest plans to redevelop the building into a handful of spacious condos.

Then, sometime over the holidays, a crew of professional thieves showed up and stole what MacPhaille estimates as $100,000 worth of copper out of the building. Continue reading »

Jan 062012
 

Outages clustered along the South Carrollton corridor shortly before noon. (map via Entergy.com)

The theft of copper wiring at an Entergy substation in the Uptown area led to the loss of power to thousands of customers in the Carrollton and university areas at mid-day Friday, officials said.

According to early reports, “Somebody stole copper wire from a substation and basically took out the entire substation,” said Entergy spokesman Philip Allison. Continue reading »

Jan 062012
 

Attendees gather at the opening and reception for "Southern Writers and Other Assorted Images,” a photography collection by David G. Spielman presented by the Reynolds Ryan Art Gallery at Isidore Newman School Thursday night. Spielman's book, Southern Writers, is an intimate glimpse into the creative process of Eudora Welty, Pat Conroy, Anne Rice and 69 other authors. The exhibit is open to the public from 10 am - 4 pm Monday thru Friday. Contact Gallery Director Kathryn Scurlock to arrange a visit. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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