Apr 272016
 
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks at Tulane University while a projector screen displays the faces of victims of violence in the city. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks at Tulane University while a projector screen displays the faces of victims of violence in the city. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A host of city initiatives and reforms are pushing crime in New Orleans to historic lows, but such gains are impossible to celebrate when homicide rates in the city remain four times the national average, said Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday night as he laid out the many ways he believes the city, its residents, and its state and federal partners can continue to push the progress forward. Continue reading »

Apr 272016
 
J.P. France, Tulane redshirt sophomore pitcher, throws the ball in the first inning of their game against LSU at Turchin stadium. The Green Wave beat the Tigers 4-1.

J.P. France, Tulane redshirt sophomore pitcher, throws the ball in the first inning of their game against LSU at Turchin stadium. The Green Wave beat the Tigers 4-1.

By Lindsay Caton for Uptown Messenger

Tulane played strong defense Tuesday night against a top 15 ranked LSU team to come up with a big 4-1 victory over the Tigers. Continue reading »

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Apr 262016
 
Students from Sylvanie Williams College Prep marching band perform in the 2016 Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Students from Sylvanie Williams College Prep marching band perform in the 2016 Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lawrence Crocker and Sylvanie Williams — the two Uptown elementary schools in the New Orleans College Prep charter network — will add tuition-based seats to their preschool programs in the fall, part of a broader long-term strategy to create a completely new early-learning center in New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Apr 262016
 

Join The Historic New Orleans Collection as it toasts its 50th anniversary at Soirée d’Or, a black-tie gala on Wednesday, May 4. A museum, research center, and publisher, THNOC is hosting anniversary events throughout 2016, and the gala presents a unique opportunity to celebrate in style with live, local music and with food from an iconic New Orleans restaurateur, all at the beautifully renovated Orpheum Theater.

French Opera House, interior (detail); 1902; photograph by John N. Teunisson; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1999.60.12

French Opera House, interior (detail); 1902; photograph by John N. Teunisson; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1999.60.12

Guests will enjoy performances by the Preservation Hall All-Stars, JMO – The Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra and Joe Lastie Jr. and the Lastie Family Gospel as well as menu selections from Ralph Brennan Catering. Continue reading »

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Apr 252016
 
Holly Elwell of the Trust for Public Land describes the Climate-Smart Cities initiative at the Propeller entrepreneurship incubator on Monday, April 25. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Holly Elwell of the Trust for Public Land describes the Climate-Smart Cities initiative at the Propeller entrepreneurship incubator on Monday, April 25. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A new mapping tool that collects and visualizes environmental data down to the neighborhood-, street- and property-level will help New Orleans improve the planning of its “green infrastructure” — to cool the city off, manage stormwater runoff, increase bicycle transportation and even protect against storm surge, officials said. Continue reading »

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Apr 252016
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A man was killed and a woman was injured in a shooting overnight on Louisiana Avenue Parkway, and their attempt to drive away from the shooting scene ended with a crash into an empty lot a few blocks away, New Orleans police said Monday morning. Continue reading »

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Apr 252016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Perhaps the most crucial skill a citizen can have when viewing the myriad policies proposed by politicians is knowing the difference between that which is substantive, and that which panders. The electorate should know when a politician is genuinely trying to make the world better, as opposed to merely looking like they’re trying to make the world better.

Alas, New Orleanians were exposed to the latter this past Friday, when Mayor Mitch Landrieu, flanked by Councilmembers Jason Williams and James Gray, proposed a five-part ordinance “aimed at promoting gun safety in New Orleans.” Continue reading »

Apr 252016
 

Instruments A Comin' 2016

Tipitina’s will host a family-friendly, free outdoor block party, as well as an indoor concert, this Monday, April 25 for their annual benefit and community festival event Instruments A Comin’. The outdoor block party will include performances by Donald Harrison, Jr. & The Tips Interns, The Roots of Music, Mary D. Coghill Charter School, and a battle of the marching bands featuring Edna Karr High School and Sophie B. Wright Charter School. Continue reading »

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Apr 252016
 

Superior Honda Image for Both Messengers

Superior Honda is a family owned car dealership located on the New Orleans Westbank that has been proudly serving New Orleans and the surrounding communities for over 40 years. We have enjoyed getting to know our customers on a personal level and seeing generations of Honda buyers come through our doors and drive off in their new vehicles. If you are searching for a new vehicle and are frustrated with your car buying experience, then head over to Superior Honda in Harvey on Westbank Expressway to see what quality customer care really looks like.

Superior Honda first opened in 1973 and is one of the first Honda dealerships in the country. Since our opening, we have been proud to offer New Orleans residents reliable automotive advice, quality Honda parts and a wide selection of vehicles. Superior Honda is currently offering amazing deals on new and leased vehicles to get you ready for the summer in a brand new car. Continue reading »

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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 »

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