Nov 232016
 
A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday's meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday’s meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

Lower Garden District residents have mixed emotions about the 211-unit apartment complex proposed to replace a former grocery store, but some are just appreciative it’s not a big-box retail store. Continue reading »

Nov 222016
 
Tippy Tippens of Goods That Matter

Tippy Tippens of Goods That Matter

What is there not to love about Goods That Matter? The shop offers an incredible selection of philanthropic and environmentally conscious products that will have you feeling all of the good-feels knowing your dollar is not only supporting local talent, but also going to support local humanitarian endeavors. They’re conveniently located above Church Alley Coffee, so grab your favorite cup of grinds and make your way up to the shop.

Locally owned businesses infuse New Orleans neighborhoods with their unique character, and are a big part of why we want to live, work, eat and shop here. The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners. Continue reading »

Nov 222016
 

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InspireNOLA Charter Schools achieved impressive academic results for the 2015-2016 school year at all three of the schools that it operates, continuing its status as the highest performing open-admissions charter network in New Orleans and Louisiana.

InspireNOLA’s two foundation schools, Alice M. Harte Charter School and Edna Karr High School, both achieved A letter grades for the second year in a row. Alice Harte’s school performance score (SPS) rose to a 104.3, with 45% of students scoring mastery or advanced on state assessments – far surpassing the district and state averages of 27% and 33%, respectively. Continue reading »

Nov 212016
 

By Dannielle Garcia, Loyola Student News Service

Kyle Huling, the vice president of Urban South, serves beers to a line of customers. On Friday Nov. 11, Urban South Brewery celebrated the expansion of their brewery after being in business for just 7 months (Photo by Dannielle Garcia).

Kyle Huling, the vice president of Urban South, serves beers to a line of customers. On Friday Nov. 11, Urban South Brewery celebrated the expansion of their brewery after being in business for just 7 months (Photo by Dannielle Garcia).

Before the prohibition era, New Orleans prided itself on being the “Beer Capitol of the South.” Now, with five breweries and more on the way, those days may be returning.

Urban South, open for only seven months, just celebrated its expansion. The brewery had a ribbon cutting ceremony for new tanks in their Tchoupitoulas Street home on Friday, Nov. 11. Continue reading »

Nov 212016
 
Breaux Mart’s Mirliiton Shrimp Dressing and Oyster Dressing (Kristine Froeba)

Breaux Mart’s Mirliton Shrimp Dressing and Oyster Dressing (Kristine Froeba)

Each November, the American Thanksgiving tradition is celebrated over a meal of Turkey and Stuffing. There are an endless variety of regional bread stuffings across the country to choose from. The Southern tradition calls for a Corn Bread Stuffing.

That may indeed be the South, even the Deep South. But, this is New Orleans, and the two are not to be confused. The Creoles did not cook with cornbread nor did they use Saltines. Rice as filler. Yes. Meat. On occasion. But no cornbread. Continue reading »

Nov 212016
 
Letter-grade increases highlighted in blue; decreases in orange. (chart by UptownMessenger.com, source: Louisiana Department of Education)

Letter-grade increases highlighted in blue; decreases in orange. (chart by UptownMessenger.com, source: Louisiana Department of Education)

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans became the latest Uptown charter school to receive an ‘A’ rating from the state, and Sophie B. Wright rose to a ‘B,’ according to the latest School Performance Scores released late last week.

But three schools in the College Prep network all struggled this year — Cohen fell a grade level from a B to a C, Crocker saw its score fall, and Sylvanie Williams remained at a D. Continue reading »

Nov 212016
 

Two people were robbed of their vehicle at gunpoint early Sunday morning on Adams Street in Carrollton, New Orleans police said.

The victims, a 29-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, were in the 2100 block of Adams Street (between Panola and Sycamore) around 5 a.m., when two men approached, according to the initial NOPD report.

“The subjects stole the victim’s keys, cell phones, wallets and drove off in their vehicle,” the report states. “The vehicle was later recovered.”

Further details were not immediately available. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD Second District station at 658-6020 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

Nov 212016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

The owners of the erstwhile New Orleans Zephyrs have earned our gratitude. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, which pitted friends and family against each other, New Orleanians needed a common enemy – a foil so blatantly awful that it would distract from divisive partisan politics and give time to heal the wounds.

The “New Orleans Baby Cakes” will serve that role. Continue reading »

Nov 182016
 
Panelist speak on criminal-justice reform Thursday evening at Tulane University. (Della Hasselle, UptownMessenger.com)

Panelist speak on criminal-justice reform Thursday evening at Tulane University. (Della Hasselle, UptownMessenger.com)

More de-escalation training, a renewed focus on New Orleans youth and better programming to help the indigent could be integral to reforming the criminal justice system in Louisiana, according to key members of the system in Orleans Parish.

Those were some of many topics raised during a panel discussion held by The Press Club of New Orleans in collaboration with Tulane University’s Criminal Law Clinic on Thursday night. Other subjects included the crafting and enforcement of laws, the city’s history of mass incarceration, and ways to better implement rehabilitation within state and federal facilities.

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Nov 182016
 

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Freret Street businesses will play host to Timberland and Brooklyn Brewery as they end their nine-city MASH tour, which have featured pop-up shops and bars, concerts, beer festivals, and more. #NOLAMASH ends with “Freret Street Neighborhood Immersion” on Sunday, November 20 at 1 p.m. and will include a pop-up bar, lunch coupons, “VIP hookups”, and more. Continue reading »

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Nov 182016
 

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Let’s cut to the chase. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM & MOONLIGHT open this week and we all know how excited everyone is to see both of them. There’s not much in common with these two films except the number of phone calls and emails we’ve received about them. Your voices have been heard and we expect this weekend to break all sorts of attendance records.

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Nov 172016
 
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser speaks Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University's new ByWater Institute fellowship program. (photo by Paula Burch-Centano, courtesy of Tulane University)

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser speaks Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University’s new ByWater Institute fellowship program. (photo by Paula Burch-Centano, courtesy of Tulane University)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Speaking Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University’s new ByWater Institute fellowship program, Lt. Governor Billy Nungessser said that President-Elect Donald Trump will create jobs and economic opportunities in Louisiana, especially in the oil and gas industry. “President Trump is going to be good for business in Louisiana,” said Nungesser. Continue reading »

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Nov 162016
 
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd speaks at Tulane University on Wednesday, Nov. 16. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd speaks at Tulane University on Wednesday, Nov. 16. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The entire life of Donald J. Trump has been a study in shifting character — from the New York playboy and brash investor who rose to fame in the 1980s, to the wizened, demanding businessman who dominated The Apprentice, to the rabble-rousing ideologue who captured the Republican nomination.

Now that Trump has been elected President, said New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd to a packed audience at Tulane on Wednesday night, no one really has any idea what kind of character he will assume next. Continue reading »

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