Do you think Uptown Messenger columnist Owen Courreges is sometimes a little wordy? Apparently, so do the makers of the 150-year-old Merriam-Webster dictionary.
New Orleans-area Teach For American director Kira Orange Jones, who was elected to a seat on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in November, may face a conflict of interest because BESE signs contracts with Teach For America, according to an opinion being considered by the state Ethics Board reported by The Lens. The board will consider whether Orange-Jones must choose between her employment and her elected position, or if she can simply recuse herself from votes about the TFA conflict, at a meeting in July.
An overnight film shoot at 925 Jackson Avenue on Saturday evening and early Sunday morning will restrict parking in the surrounding blocks and include simulated gunfire, city officials announced.
The meeting of the Audubon Charter School governing board scheduled for Saturday has been canceled, according to an email from school operations manager Alisa Dupre. The school website will be updated when the meeting is rescheduled.
Happy parishioners returned to St. Henry’s for daily mass Friday morning, the first since the church closed three years ago amid major protests, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV:
Don’t get me wrong, I can tear into a fried shrimp po-boy with the best of them, but eating like that everyday is the equivalent of putting your name on a high cholesterol waiting list. As much as I adore Southern cooking, I attempt to eat healthy at home — that way all bets are off when dining out.
The topic of live music at the Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant will be discussed by the Carrollton Riverbend Neighborhood Association at their monthly meeting tonight, as neighbors also hear about a “future of Oak Street” visioning project.
New Orleans, which has survived the worst hurricanes, yellow fever epidemics, a terrible Oil Bust, military occupation and corruption, once again has to endure the unendurable as it watches the dismemberment of its daily newspaper that served the community for 175 years.
The SUV stolen Monday night in the violent carjacking of an elderly couple on State Street was used the following day in a similar robbery on Fontainebleau, then later found abandoned in the Milan neighborhood, police said.
While they continue looking for suspects in that case, investigators have made an arrest in a robbery two weeks ago on Chestnut Street, and caught a man they said may have been breaking into a number of cars in the Carrollton area.
The New Jazz School at the Isidore Newman School, comprised of 19 students from around New Orleans and led by Donald Harrison Jr., will culminate in a free performance Friday evening.
As part of the ongoing celebrations of Louisiana’s Bicentennial, the Nix Branch Library (1401 S Carrollton Ave.) will present a program of jazz and blues at 6 p.m. Friday featuring Estelle Campagne and the Uptown Beaux, with Dr. Guitar on guitar, Spike Perkins on bass and Dave Thomas on percussion.
The Recovery School District and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans will release “The Ultimate Guide to Summer” and discuss options for children in New Orleans during a public meeting Thursday evening at the Dryades YMCA on O.C. Haley Boulevard.
About dozen Uptown restaurants will join a citywide effort Thursday night to support animal welfare by contributing 20 percent of their revenue to the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
A 44-year-old man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he was seen masturbating near the pool at Audubon Park, police said.
The City Planning Commission’s 6-2 vote in favor of the proposed Costco on South Carrollton wasn’t for any lack of support for the project. In fact, the two dissenting votes were from members who said the city’s recommendations don’t support Costco enough.
A neighbor returned from a road trip last week, and their first text to me upon being back in New Orleans said, “What’s with the hack job on the oak trees on Napoleon between Freret and St Charles???” Indeed.
The law that allows Tulane to build a football stadium on campus without any oversight from city leaders may be out of date, and the construction project may raise serious issues that need more scrutiny, but the university ought not to be made to follow regulations that are not yet on the books, the city planning commission ruled on Tuesday.
By a 7-1 vote, the commissioners will recommend against creating an interim zoning district that would require universities to seek city permission for large construction projects. What remains to be seen is whether Tulane’s victory Tuesday is fleeting — as the same City Council members who voted to begin the IZD process can ignore the recommendation and vote to approve it — or if it provides a spark of momentum that builds into a win before the City Council as well.