Mar 152014
 

An illustration of problems with the steel beams at Audubon's Broadway campus. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

An illustration of problems with the steel beams at Audubon’s Broadway campus. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Audubon Charter School’s return to its Broadway Street campus has been pushed back a year to 2015 as school officials continue investigation construction issues there, the school board learned Saturday morning. Continue reading »

Mar 142014
 
Police examine a shotgun recovered from the scene of a fatal shooting on South Claiborne Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police examine a shotgun recovered from the scene of a fatal shooting on South Claiborne Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A man wielding a shotgun was shot to death Friday night, police said, outside from a South Claiborne Avenue bar at Louisiana Avenue that has been the site of deadly shootings at least twice before in recent memory. Continue reading »

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Mar 142014
 
A rider in the 2012 St. Patrick's Day parade prepares to throw a cabbage to the crowd. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A rider in the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day parade prepares to throw a cabbage to the crowd. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

(via stpatricksdayneworleans.com)

(via stpatricksdayneworleans.com)

The Irish Channel will throw its biggest party of the year Saturday, when the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade rolls and long-standing block parties hit the streets. Continue reading »

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Mar 142014
 
(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Tracy Hosler (via opcso.org)

Tracy Hosler (via opcso.org)

Jimmy Rogers (via opcso.org)

Jimmy Rogers (via opcso.org)

A fugitive from Tennessee on an alleged robbery spree in New Orleans last weekend that ended with his capture by a Gentilly store clerk is suspected in two robbery attempts in Uptown, one on the upper end of Magazine Street and the other in the Garden District, authorities said. Continue reading »

Mar 142014
 
(By Jean-Paul Villere)

(By Jean-Paul Villere)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Digesting a maladjusted observation by new New Orleanian Tara Elders in a recent New York Times piece regarding her new city’s supposed lack of cosmopolitan sensibility and its apparent lack of kale requires equal parts restraint and forgiveness.  Questions surface.  Who is she?  Who cares.  Why the kerfuffle?  In short, New Orleanians take pride in themselves and this comment plays as a slight, however one frames it.  Adding this misfire into the whole of its missive stirs up other unsettlingly obtuse observations the article makes, but for brevity’s sake permit me to sum it up in a quote of one ex pat’s (though presently a New Yorker) Facebook update “I defy you to read this article and not want to set something on fire.” 

Indeed. Continue reading »

Mar 142014
 

By Brooke Duncan III

It’s unfortunate that some have taken to social and other media to bash Audubon, one of the truly great success stories of local government in our time. The millage started out at 4.2 but was reduced a few years ago as a result of a state-wide reassessment of property values when values declined following Katrina. Without getting bogged down in semantics, the tax has been in place for a long time and the proposal returns the millage to its prior level. The difference for a home valued at $200,000 has been reported to be around $12 a year. The current taxes will end in 2021-2022. This is an effort to establish the taxes at the former millage; this is not a new tax in addition to the existing tax. Continue reading »

Mar 132014
 
Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets, where there people were injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets, where there people were injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two women were each shot several times and a man was shot in the foot Thursday afternoon on South Saratoga Street in the Milan neighborhood, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Mar 132014
 

The International School of Louisiana'a Camp Street campus.

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

In a conversation that will be very familiar to parents, the International School of Louisiana is again exploring a wide range of options to ease the overcrowding at its Camp Street campus — from reducing the number of students it accepts each year to leaving the site altogether.

“[Facilities] is one of our biggest issues, as it is for many other charter schools,” said ISL board chair Matthew Amoss during the school’s monthly board meeting Wednesday. “We’re always cramped for space, and we always have way too many people wanting to come to ISL, more than we have spots.” Continue reading »

Mar 132014
 
An image of the suspect in an armed robbery at American Apparel last week on Magazine Street. (via NOPD)

An image of the suspect in an armed robbery at American Apparel last week on Magazine Street. (via NOPD)

An image of a robbery suspect from the Denver Police Department. (via NOPD)

An image of a robbery suspect from the Denver Police Department. (via NOPD)

A man who robbed the American Apparel on Magazine Street last week bears a striking resemblance to the suspect in robberies at two of the companies other stores in San Francisco and Denver, New Orleans police say, and may have robbed a Walmart in Kenner afterward. Continue reading »

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Mar 122014
 

By Clark Thompson

If you live in Uptown New Orleans, you’ve probably had the misfortune of driving on Octavia street in the past few months. The US Army Corp’s SELA project effectively closes Jefferson Avenue, and ends up sending lots of traffic onto Octavia, and the wear and tear of additional use is destroying the street. And the street is destroying cars, but that’s already been covered. Continue reading »

Mar 122014
 

Darren K. Holmes (via NOPD)

Darren K. Holmes (via NOPD)

Joshua Hogan

Joshua Hogan

Timothy Hartford

Timothy Hartford

One of the suspects in the gang rape of a home-health nurse in Central City was sentenced to 40 years on a guilty plea; two men convicted of looting during Hurricane Isaac received 20-year sentences, and the jury deadlocked in the manslaughter trial of a man accused of stabbing his lover to death, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

Mar 122014
 
Lindsay Hellwig, a co-owner of the Courtyard Brewery, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon.

Lindsay Hellwig, a co-owner of the Courtyard Brewery, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

courtyard brewery logoAfter fielding detailed questions about parking, floor plans, dumpsters, gates, curb cuts, trees, sidewalks and deliveries on Tuesday, the owners of the Courtyard Brewery received approval for a new “nanobrewery” in the Lower Garden District from the City Planning Commission, with the outdoor seating allowed that the name implies.

The commission did not give the Courtyard Brewery permission for live music, however, so they hope to make the case for that when their request heads to the City Council in the next month. Continue reading »

Mar 112014
 
John Fogerty and Lori Wingate of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ron Spooner and Robert Jackson of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans field questions from a crowd of 100 people about the next leg of the Napoleon Avenue drainage project on Tuesday.

John Fogerty and Lori Wingate of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ron Spooner and Robert Jackson of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans field questions from a crowd of 100 people about the next leg of the Napoleon Avenue drainage project on Tuesday.

Construction on the massive new drainage canal under Napoleon Avenue will soon begin moving toward the river, and sections of the neutral ground will likely be inaccessible to parade-goers during Mardi Gras next year, New Orleans officials said Tuesday night. Continue reading »