Dec 152014
 
The old Hubert building at 4401 South Broad Street. (via Google maps)

The old Hubert building at 4401 South Broad Street. (via Google maps)

Lindsey McLellan, a chef at Lola's restaurant who plans a new restaurant in Broadmoor called El Pavo Real, speaks to the New Orleans City council on Thursday, Dec. 11. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

Lindsey McLellan, a chef at Lola’s restaurant who plans a new restaurant in Broadmoor called El Pavo Real, speaks to the New Orleans City council on Thursday, Dec. 11. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

Citing the landlord’s extensive negotiations with neighbors, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell cleared the way last week for a new restaurant in a Broadmoor building with a controversial history. Continue reading »

Dec 152014
 
(illustration by Owen Courreges)

(illustration by Owen Courreges)

Owen Courreges

Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell is set to preview the next installment in her cavalcade of “progressive” policies enacted by other cities. This past week, she announced her intention to introduce a non-binding “Welcoming Resolution” early next year that will include a laundry list of policies proposed by immigrant rights groups.

Don’t get me wrong – some of the policies being suggested are perfectly reasonable. I can hardly dispute the need for multi-language signs and forms at City Hall, or for hiring more Spanish-speakers in the NOPD and in government offices.  We’re relatively close to the Mexican border, and we do need to accommodate the needs of Spanish-speakers.

However, Cantrell’s brief tenure thus far has shown that she has never been one to stop with reasonable policies.  Thus, she also announced that she wants to create a system of municipal identification cards, ostensibly so that illegal immigrants can have photographic identification and proof of residence. Continue reading »

Dec 142014
 

St. Stephen Church will be holding a Christmas concert today featuring acclaimed performers Phyllis Treigle and Melissa Brocato; mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Evans; tenors Kevin Rouchell and Bart Folse; the Good Shepherd Choir; and organist Brian Morgan (Director of Music at St Stephen’s). Admission is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted. Continue reading »

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Dec 132014
 

Pay 2 Play

New Orleans Anti-Corruption Coalition is a new bipartisan organization that is working to raise local awareness of the large influence of money in political campaigns, after the most expensive Senate election in Louisiana history. The coalition is launching today with a free screening of the new film “Pay2Play: Democracy’s High Stakes” at the First Universalist United Church Auditorium. Continue reading »

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Dec 132014
 
Tulane Police confer at the intersection of Willow and Pine streets following a robbery nearby. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane Police confer at the intersection of Willow and Pine streets following a robbery nearby. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two college students were robbed at gunpoint on Willow Street in the university area late Friday night, and their assailants fired a shot as they were fleeing, the victims and neighbors nearby said afterward. Continue reading »

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Dec 122014
 
Cedric Martin welcomes visitors to Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cedric Martin welcomes visitors to Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street on Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With the holiday bows on the railings, the shelves stocked and well-wishers gathered on the sidewalk Friday morning, Cedric Martin noticed one last detail amiss.

“Turn on the ‘open’ sign,” Martin laughed and then officially welcomed New Orleans back to the original Baronne Street location of Martin Wine Cellar. “It’s a very special day, and we’ve waited a long time for this. … It’s great to be home.” Continue reading »

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Dec 112014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Congressman Bill Cassidy’s strong win against Sen. Mary Landrieu last week and Sen. David Vitter’s role as chief strategist has set up a powerful Cassidy/Vitter connection that will put an imprint on Louisiana for years to come.  Together they will also be a powerful force in Washington as Vitter uses his clout in the Republican Party to help better position Cassidy, who could quickly find himself Louisiana’s senior senator if Vitter becomes our next governor. Continue reading »

Dec 102014
 
Charmaine Baker Fox leads a prayer in honor of Betty Daigre, a 66-year-old housing organizer who died this week after being found incoherent outside her St. Mary Street home Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Charmaine Baker Fox leads a prayer in honor of Betty Daigre, a 66-year-old housing organizer who died this week after being found incoherent outside her St. Mary Street home Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A memorial photo of Betty Daigre hung on the porch of her home Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A memorial photo of Betty Daigre hung on the porch of her home Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman widely known as “Ms. Betty,” a selfless community servant who fought for years to put roofs over many heads, was discovered last week outside her River Garden home, speaking incoherently and suffering mysterious injuries, neighbors say.

After her unexplained death Tuesday following a week in the hospital, both the police and those that Betty Daigre helped are struggling to understand whether foul play could have led to her sudden loss.

“What really needs to happen is that there needs to be exposure on this case,” said Ronald McCoy. “It’s as if it never happened. But it happened, it’s real, and it happened in such a tragic way to a lady in the safety of her own home.”

A mourner places a candle at Betty Daigre's doorstep. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A mourner places a candle at Betty Daigre’s doorstep. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 102014
 
Halpern's Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Halpern’s Furnishing Store on St. Charles Avenue, photographed in June. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The micro-distillery aspect of the proposed Lula restaurant that is slated to replace the Halpern furniture store on St. Charles Avenue easily won the approval of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, despite some concerns from neighbors about the impact of larger development plans for the block. Continue reading »

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