Mar 312014
 
NOPD Lt. Shaun Ferguson (second from right) marches in an anti-crime march through west Carrollton in September 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

NOPD Lt. Shaun Ferguson (second from right) marches in an anti-crime march through west Carrollton in September 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

New Orleans Police Lt. Shaun Ferguson — essentially second-in-command in the Uptown-based Second District — was promoted to commander of the Algiers-based Fourth District over the weekend, departmental officials said. Continue reading »

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Mar 312014
 

Residents of the City Council District B — which spans most of Uptown and the Central Business District from Jefferson Avenue to Canal Street, and also includes part of Mid-City — are invited to a hospitality tent at Wednesdays at the Square this week, hosted by Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and featuring food by John Besh’s restaurant Luke. Continue reading »

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Mar 312014
 
(images via WWNlive.com)

(images via WWNlive.com)

Yes, WWE Wrestlemania XXX will be taking over the Superdome this weekend. But Uptown New Orleans will also get its dose of pro wrestling action from the World Wrestling Network, featuring six events at Tulane University that include tag-team competitions, female championship wrestling and a monster spectacle called the “Kaiju Big Battel.” Continue reading »

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Mar 312014
 

Owen Courreges

This week, I spotted two pieces of news that become quite unnerving when placed together.

First, this legislative session, no fewer than four lawmakers have filed bills seeking to authorize off-duty police officers to carry firearms in bars.  The move comes in reaction to an opinion issued last summer by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in which he advised that the practice is technically illegal under an existing Louisiana statute.

Secondly, former 6th District New Orleans police officer Desmond Pratt was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery and one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Pratt owed his light sentence to the reluctance of the victims to testify, a common factor in rape and incest cases. Continue reading »

Mar 312014
 

the big issueHas post-Katrina rebuilding really created a new city out of New Orleans, or is the “boom” more of an artificial economic bubble that is bound to burst? This question will drive the next installment of Tulane Hillel’s occasional series of “The Big Issue” discussions, set for Thursday evening with the title “New Orleans 2.0: Fact or Fiction?” Continue reading »

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Mar 302014
 
Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday 2014. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday 2014. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

After two rain delays, Mardi Gras Indians from across the city congregated at A.L. Davis park on the corner of LaSalle and Washington on Sunday for the annual Super Sunday. Aside from the Indians, food from local vendors and music were bountiful. Continue reading »

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Mar 292014
 

Raising Cane’s now plans a total of three Uptown locations; a new ice-cream shop is opening on Freret Street; a new building on Magazine Street will host a location of the upscale Brick & Spoon chain; and Pizza Domenica is on track for an April opening, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Mar 282014
 
The former Uptowner banquet hall at 438 Henry Clay Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Uptowner banquet hall at 438 Henry Clay Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign at the Uptowner alerting neighbors of a proposed prisoner re-entry program. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign at the Uptowner alerting neighbors of a proposed prisoner re-entry program. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

For years, chef Greg Sonnier fought to reopen his old Mid-City restaurant Gabrielle in a banquet hall on Henry Clay Avenue known as the Uptowner, but neighbors eventually convinced the New Orleans City Council to keep the building zoned residential, and Sonnier moved on to become executive chef at the new French Quarter restaurant Kingfish.

Now, Sonnier says he has a plan for The Uptowner that will suit both him and the building’s residential zoning: The Orleans Parish Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative. Local and state corrections officials, however, say they are not involved in or aware of the project. Continue reading »

Mar 282014
 
The artwork of folk artist Simon Hardeveld reads "We Speak French" at   Fete Francaise Saturday afternoon.  (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The artwork of folk artist Simon Hardeveld reads “We Speak French” at Fete Francaise Saturday afternoon, April 1, 2012. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The 15th annual “Fête Française” at Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans on April 5 will showcase Francophone heritage and cuisine and a music roster that includes a number of French-language performers and local favorites including the Soul Rebels, Sweet Crude, Helen Gillet and Madd Wikkid. Continue reading »

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Mar 272014
 
A drawing of the proposed community center included in city documents.

A drawing of the proposed community center included in city documents.

A long-promised community center slated for west Carrollton received another extension from the New Orleans City Council Thursday afternoon, but the years-old controversy over its management flared again amid traded accusations of secret agendas. Continue reading »

Mar 272014
 

LCI Uptown Messenger AdSo you know how to bake an amazing cake, but do you know how to get the word out about your delicious red velvet? So you’re a contractor who remodels historical homes like no other. Do you have a website that displays your projects? LCI Workers’ Comp is putting on a small business workshop for you.

Join us for The Every Hat Entrepreneur Series: Build Your Image and Online Presence Friday, March 28 from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Irish House on St. Charles Ave.

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Mar 272014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

In the last 50 years, there have been many Directors of Aviation at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport but few about whom there was any urgency to retain them. But the current Director of Aviation, Iftikhar Ahmad, is one of the hottest guys in the nation in his field of work and the New Orleans Aviation Board is giving him a $35,000 a year raise that he didn’t ask for because they want to keep him here.

Restaurateur Ti Martin, a member of the Aviation Board, says, “He has come to have a lot of affection for New Orleans and the region and we need to lock him to finish what he has started.” Continue reading »