Oct 152015
 
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Today is International Credit Union Day! You might think Credit Unions are just another kind of banks, but you’d be very wrong. Credit Unions are members of our local community, and work very differently than the large banks you might be familiar with. In 2014 alone, Louisiana credit unions provided more than 282,000 consumer loans and over $180 million in business loans.
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Oct 142015
 
Two NOPD officers stand in the closed intersection of South Saratoga and General Taylor streets on Wednesday afternoon following what neighbors describe as a shooting. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two NOPD officers stand in the closed intersection of South Saratoga and General Taylor streets on Wednesday afternoon following what neighbors describe as a shooting. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In the last five years, the 2100 block of General Taylor Street has seen the highs and the lows of violent crime in New Orleans, as well as whatever you can call the city today.

On the afternoon of Easter Sunday in 2010, a man named Eric Everett was shot and killed in his driveway in the block while washing his car. As shootings continued, neighbors banded together to demand more attention from police, and by the following year, they were celebrating a dramatic reduction in crime. Then, on Wednesday afternoon, for the first time in years, the shots rang out again — but this time, police were able to announce an arrest in the shooting shortly afterward. Continue reading »

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Oct 142015
 

The City of New Orleans has issued a traffic advisory to temporarily close portions of Drexel Drive and Washington Avenue near Xavier University in Gert Town. On Wednesday, Oct. 14, Washington Avenue between South Carrollton and Short streets will be closed to through traffic from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Continue reading »

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Oct 132015
 
Chelsea Clinton speaks to middle-school students in the gym at Lusher Charter School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Chelsea Clinton speaks to middle-school students in the gym at Lusher Charter School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Like many of the people who get a chance to talk to Chelsea Clinton, the first questions that students at Lusher Charter School asked the former First Daughter on Tuesday afternoon was about life in the White House and her own future political aspirations.

But Clinton — author of a new book, “It’s Your World,” aimed at inspiring young teens to think globally — wasn’t there to talk about herself. Instead, she redirected the students to focus on themselves. Continue reading »

Oct 132015
 
Crowds gather at the Night Out Against Crime at Laurence Square in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Crowds gather at the Night Out Against Crime at Laurence Square in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

 

Tonight will feature many neighborhoods, churches, and businesses across Uptown hosting block parties to celebrate the National Night Out Against Crime. Some of the biggest celebrations include a park party at the Lawrence Square Basketball Court and 24 Magazine street businesses holding sales and Crime Stoppers give-a-ways. Continue reading »

Oct 122015
 
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(via Children’s Hospital New Orleans)

 

The School Fair is an annual open house event that provides information on kindergarten and prekindergarten schools for parents of preschool-aged children. Representatives from over 25 schools will have information tables at The School Fair held in the Children’s Hospital Auditorium this Tuesday, Oct. 13. Continue reading »

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Oct 122015
 
Homeowners of 1823 Cadiz St. cut the ribbon to their new wheelchair ramp built by volunteers from Shell and Junior League of New Orleans.

Homeowners of 1823 Cadiz St. cut the ribbon to their new wheelchair ramp built by volunteers from Shell and Junior League of New Orleans. Courtesy of Gambel Communications

This past Friday, Oct. 9, Rebuilding Together New Orleans completed the rebuilding of its 500th home since Hurricane Katrina. Through RTNO, over 500 volunteers worked on 14 home repair projects for disabled, elderly and military veteran homeowners over the first two weekends of October. Continue reading »

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The Coliseum Square Association is hosting its annual house tour of houses in the Lower Garden District. The tour will visit five architecturally unique houses Sunday, Oct. 18, and Coliseum Square will have food trucks, as well as exhibit and sell paintings and photographs inspired by the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

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Oct 092015
 
Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe (via Google Maps)

Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe (via Google Maps)

Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe, the corner brunch spot in Carrollton, is seeking the city’s permission to add mimosas and bloody marys to its menu — drawing concern from some neighbors who worry about what growth at the restaurant could mean in terms of parking, litter and noise. Continue reading »

Oct 092015
 
(via Ashé Cultural Arts Center)

(via Ashé Cultural Arts Center)

 

Ashé Cultural Arts Center, in partnership with Chakula cha Jua Theater, bring back to the stage “Ritual Murder”, a one-act play that focuses on the issue of black on black violence. Directed by Chakula cha Jua, this year marks the company’s 30th year of continuous community theater.
The show premieres tonight, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

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Oct 082015
 
Project NOLA founder Bryan Lagarde (far right) answers question about his private security-camera system, while (both standing) NOPD Sixth District Lt. Nick Gernon and Cafe Atchafalaya owner Tony Tocco listen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Project NOLA founder Bryan Lagarde (far right) answers question about his private security-camera system, while (both standing) NOPD Sixth District Lt. Nick Gernon and Cafe Atchafalaya owner Tony Tocco listen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police say their investigation into the brazen recent robberies of three Uptown restaurants and their patrons is continuing to follow multiple leads, while neighborhood groups and business owners continue to discuss ways to improve their own safety. Continue reading »

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