Mar 242016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis sent a letter to central office staff this week who were not eliminated in the first round of staff changes last summer advising them that more cuts were on the way but that they could apply for jobs remaining, if they were qualified. Even the current principals were told that their re-employment was not certain. Staff members are bracing for these inevitable changes, which will likely occur during the summer months. Continue reading »

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Mar 242016
 

I’m writing this in the hopes of solving a mystery I have noticed in my neighborhood. After finishing another delicious dinner at Rum House on Magazine Street, I decided a little gelato would be the perfect way to end my evening. As I left Sucre with a cupful of delicious pistachio gelato, I noticed something on The Orphanage Building across the street. Being projected on the wall of the historic apartment building was a light display showing the phrase “#BeSentimental”.

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Mar 232016
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks before a neighborhood group in August 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks before a neighborhood group in August 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A temporary site for a centrally located “low barrier” shelter for the homeless in New Orleans that would provide protection from the elements and access to public services could be open as soon as October, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said this week. Continue reading »

Mar 232016
 
A March 15 photo from the oyster bar area of the Dryades Public Market. (via Facebook)

A March 15 photo from the oyster bar area of the Dryades Public Market. (via Facebook)

Daniel Momont of Dryades Public Market speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, March 22. (via City of New Orleans)

Daniel Momont of Dryades Public Market speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, March 22. (via City of New Orleans)

The new Dryades Public Market received tentative approval from city officials to add retail alcohol sales to its other offerings, as it prepares for its official grand opening next month. Continue reading »

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Mar 222016
 
A member of the Barq family plans to open an ice cream and liquor store on 1302 Magazine Street (Google Maps).

A member of the Barq family plans to open an ice cream and liquor store on 1302 Magazine Street (Google Maps).

Hillary Barq, a member of the family that invented Barq’s root beer, is planning to open a combination ice cream parlor, high-end wine and liquor store and café on Magazine Street, she announced at a Coliseum Square Association meeting Monday.

Some say Barq’s dream is delicious, but it could also be a pie in the sky, according to several neighbors. First, as she explained, she must convince the city to grant permission for her to sell off-premise packaged liquor. Continue reading »

Mar 212016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

“You’re an idiot.”

It wasn’t much of an argument. These were the words written to me by Taylor Huckaby, a social media spokesman for Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the regional transit agency serving the San Francisco Bay area. Clearly, he didn’t like to be challenged. Continue reading »

Mar 182016
 

Industry-Insights_badge-2-color-revOn Wednesday, March 23, LCIA is hosting an Industry Insights lunch for the transportation industry, “The BASICs of the CSA.” We will be joined by guest presenter Coastal Truck Driving School, who will discuss safety guidelines put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

This workshop is for anyone with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), anyone employed in the transportation industry, and managers at companies that employ individuals with CDLs. Lunch will be served at this event.

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Mar 172016
 
People sleeping in the doorway of a Royal Street business this past weekend. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

People sleeping in the doorway of a Royal Street business this past weekend. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Sunday morning during an early walk through the CBD and French Quarter, I encountered more than two dozen homeless men and women sleeping in the doorways of some of our city’s most fashionable establishments. While I paused to shoot a photograph on Royal Street, a State Police cruiser passed right by, unfazed. Whether people are sleeping (or eating or anything even more personal) in a vestibule, outside the Cabildo, or along the Moonwalk, it’s an unsightly, unsanitary situation that negatively impacts tourism and everyone’s quality of life. Continue reading »

Mar 172016
 

hpkTamashii 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 open for six-week Yoga courses for both adults and children. We also have Karate classes for adult and children, and Tai Chi for adults only. Continue reading »

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Mar 162016
 
Construction equipment chews through the old structure on the Amelia Street side on April 20, 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Construction equipment chews through the old structure on the Amelia Street side on April 20, 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The church pastor who owned an apartment building that dramatically collapsed on Amelia Street is seeking federal money to rebuild more affordable housing on the site, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell told neighbors on Tuesday evening. Continue reading »

Mar 162016
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A Valence Street resident found an unwanted intruder came home this weekend to find a stranger asleep on his sofa, and after the man tried to fight him, the homeowner subdued the intruder with a shotgun, New Orleans police said.

The resident, who lives in the 500 block of Valence, returned home around 3 a.m. Saturday, March 12, to find 29-year-old Kyle Anderson asleep on his sofa, according to a NOPD news release. When he woke Anderson up, a fight began and led outside the home, the report states.

“The victim ran back into his residence, armed himself with a shotgun and told the intruder to leave,” the report states. “Anderson then charged the victim and another physical altercation began. The victim was then able to subdue the suspect until Second District officers arrived and arrested Anderson without further incident.”

The case is classified as an aggravated burglary, and the investigation is ongoing, the report states. 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.

Mar 162016
 
(via jungneworleans.org)

(via jungneworleans.org)

The premiere performance of “Visions of Genius: Jung, Joyce and Lucia”, a play written by Jungian Analyst Del McNeely, will take place this Friday, March 18. Tickets for the performance are $20 each and will benefit the C. G. Jung Society of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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