Apr 232016
 
Lusher Charter School board chair Blaine LeCesne speaks in favor of recognizing a teachers' union at the school. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School board chair Blaine LeCesne speaks in favor of recognizing a teachers’ union at the school. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher Charter School governing board voted 6-5 on Saturday morning against recognizing a petition for collective bargaining by the newly-formed United Teachers of Lusher, likely triggering a schoolwide election on the question in the coming weeks. Continue reading »

Apr 212016
 
OPSB Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. (left) speaks on a panel with Thelma French, Deidre Johnson-Burel, Jamar McKneely and Ben Kleban on Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

OPSB Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. (left) speaks on a panel with Thelma French, Deidre Johnson-Burel, Jamar McKneely and Ben Kleban on Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The rapidly evolving plan to return all schools in New Orleans to local control by 2018 — effectively ending the 10-year reign of the state’s Recovery School District — was hailed as a vitally important milestone in the rebuilding of the city’s school system, school leaders and education activists said Tuesday night at a forum on the the process of re-unifying the school district hosted by the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans.

Their comments were greeted, however, with questions ranging from the skeptical to almost hostile from the audience, underscoring the degree to which many residents remain unconvinced that 10 years of publicly celebrated reforms have made any substantive differences in their neighborhoods. Continue reading »

Apr 212016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Charter schools are big business in New Orleans. They basically operate in their own world and are answerable not to the voters but only to their individual boards, each of which is like a mini OPSB.

Charter school organizations can hire whomever they want, pay whatever salaries they want, and purchase supplies and equipment from vendors of their own choosing. As the more successful charter school organizations get the opportunity to start up (or take over) additional schools, their fiefdom grows. Continue reading »

Apr 212016
 

Tipitina’s foundation is holding their 15th annual Instruments A Comin’ benefit on Monday, April 25th at Tipitina’s uptown. All of this year’s proceeds will be used to purchase new instruments for school marching band programs in the Greater New Orleans area. The outdoor portion of the event is free and open to the public and will include a silent auction as well as a performances by Donald Harrison Jr. and the Tipitina’s Interns,  Roots of Music, Mary D Coghill, and a battle of the bands performance by Edna Karr and Sophie B. Wright.

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Tickets are still available for purchase to attend the indoor portion of the event which will include performances by Galactic, Honey Island Swamp Band, and more! The family-friendly event starts at 6 p.m. Monday, April 25 at Tipitina’s on 501 Napoleon Avenue. General Admissions tickets and VIP experience passes are still available for purchase. Join us! Continue reading »

Apr 202016
 

Willie Hughes (via NOPD)

Willie Hughes (via NOPD)

A 60-year-old man who has been in and out of jail on home-invasion charges since the 1970s was arrested over the weekend after allegedly showing up in a woman’s bedroom on Tchoupitoulas Street and robbing her of her purse, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Apr 202016
 
Informational pamphlets passed out by members of the United Teachers of Lusher union on Tuesday night at a meeting with parents. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Informational pamphlets passed out by members of the United Teachers of Lusher union on Tuesday night at a meeting with parents. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A meeting called by Lusher teachers on Tuesday evening to explain why they see a need to organize a union turned into the first public airing of sharply conflicting views over the issue. Some parents voiced support for the teachers’ right to make the decision themselves, others expressed concern for what the change will mean for the culture of the school, and the conversation dovetailed with national debates about the role of organized labor in public education and the past and future of the New Orleans school system. Continue reading »

Apr 202016
 

poseidon-sushiWe at Poseidon Oyster & Sushi Bar have extended our menu offers to include not only our New Orleans-style seafood and sushi, but also a variety of Asian foods from the kitchen of AJ&J Bistro, formerly on Magazine Street.

We also offer our Party Rooms for large parties and special events like:

  • Karaoke
  • Business meetings & luncheons
  • Watch parties for sports
  • And general celebrations

Take a virtual tour of the restaurant below!

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Apr 202016
 

The Irish community and organizations of New Orleans—including the Ancient Order of Hibernians Louisiana, Emerald Society, and the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club—will host a ceremony on Saturday, April 23 to commemorate 100 years since Irish protesters marched into Dublin in an effort to declare independence from English rule.

The commemoration will begin with mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church at 12 p.m. and continue with food, drinks, and Irish music at the St. Alphonsus Cultural Center.
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Apr 192016
 
Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

In the first case, two Metairie men drinking at a university frat house brawled with two armed robbers, New Orleans police said. In the second robbery of the weekend, a delivery driver was confronted by a lone gunman on Octavia Street, while the third robbery took place mere moments later far enough away that a connection seems unlikely, investigators say.

All three cases remain under investigation, detectives in the Uptown-based Second District said on Tuesday, and while all possibilities remain on the table, the three robberies around the university area from this weekend appear to have taken place under circumstances too different to be connected. Continue reading »

Apr 192016
 
Children dance during a performance at Lusher Charter School's morning meeting in December 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Children dance during a performance at Lusher Charter School’s morning meeting in December 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

By Jana K. Lipman

I am writing to support Lusher teachers, and I want to share my thoughts as a labor historian, a teacher, a former union member, and a parent of two children at Lusher.

Many friends and fellow parents have said they are normally pro-union or progressive, but that teachers, and particularly Lusher teachers, do not need a union.  This is for Lusher teachers to decide themselves.  Parents can support or not support unionization efforts (clearly, I am also taking a side), but ultimately this is a decision for the teachers to make. Continue reading »

Apr 192016
 
The LaFon Fountain in its prime, in a photo dating to the 1970s. (courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon Fountain in a photo dating to the 1970s. (courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

Members of the Coliseum Square Association are planning a fundraising push to better service the parks and fountains throughout the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Apr 192016
 
Evie Poitevent of Feet First

Evie Poitevent of Feet First

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

Another reason for us to band together is coming to a road near you! We will be facing drainage system improvements and road construction for the next five years. Funds from FEMA as well as our Department of Public Works have been designated and projects have been mapped through 2019 and we need to stay flexible (as we do) in the name of long-term infrastructure improvements!

Along with those experiencing personal inconveniences and dissatisfactions, our local businesses on these routes are taking a hard economic hit. New Orleans’ businesses need to feel our support and the impact of local dollars now at this critical time of business disruption because they are the backbone of our city’s culture, economy and character. Continue reading »

Apr 192016
 

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Tamashii is the Japanese word for Spirit or Heart. At King Lam’s Tamashii Karate and Tai Chi Center, it’s our goal to improve your mind, body, and spirit by way of the martial arts so you can excel in all endeavors of life.

Registration is now open for our six-week Qi Gong course for seniors. Build strength, improve mental alertness, and more starting May 4.

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Apr 182016
 

Ursuline Academy students will celebrate the arts at their second annual Ursuline Arts Festival this Wednesday, April 20 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The student-led festival will offer audiences the opportunity to stroll through the Academy’s 11.5-acre Uptown campus to experience diverse expressions of music, visual arts and performing arts. The festival is free and open to the public.

(via Ursuline Academy of New Orleans)

(via Ursuline Academy of New Orleans)

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Apr 162016
 
The Lusher Charter School governing board listens to comments from a crowd of nearly 100 people on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher Charter School governing board listens to comments from a crowd of nearly 100 people on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The vast majority of the crowd of nearly 100 people packed into the Lusher Charter School board meeting on Saturday bore some sort of insignia. Some wore white ‘UTL’ buttons with the logo of the United Teachers of Lusher; others carried handmade signs with slogans like “No Union;” and most on both sides had some variation of the Lusher logo on T-shirts in the school’s signature deep blue.

Many of them — again, on both sides — also had questions, mostly when they will get to air their views on whether and how the school leadership should recognize efforts to form a teachers’ union. The board gave them little in the way of answers on Saturday morning, but promised not to make a decision before hearing from them in the very near future. Continue reading »