Mar 212013

After City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell pledged to dedicate a $5,000 grant to installing anti-crime cameras around the intersection of Washington and Broad earlier this week, business owners held their own anti-crime forum Thursday morning at Rhodes Pavilion, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.

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Mar 212013

Neil Abramson

Four years after the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital was closed by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration, Children’s Hospital has agreed to reopen the Tchoupitoulas Street facility to serve mentally ill children once again, state Rep. Neil Abramson told the City Council on Thursday morning, according to our partners at WWL-TV.

Mar 212013

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

While neither Danae (Greek Orthodox) or Allan (Jewish) happens to be Catholic, both of us have just been amazed and pleased by the aura of optimism and good feelings that have surrounded the rise of the new Pope, Francis I.

Our friends, regardless of their religious faith, have been almost unanimous in expressing their positive reactions to the naming of Francis I, the way that he has handled his brand-new papacy and his initial comments. Continue reading »

Mar 212013

Easter is a huge chocolate and candy holiday. Everyone is ending their Lenten observance, and ready to enjoy Spring time. It’s a holiday with “sweet appeal” and has been so in many cultures and for a long long time, perhaps dating back hundreds of years,  with the tradition of sweet Hot Cross Buns.

At Blue Frog Chocolates, we’re ready to keep everyone from “being a basket case” at Easter. Make like a Bunny and Hop On In for Chocolate Bunnies, Eggs and Lambs, Jelly Bellys, old fashioned panorama sugar eggs, chocolate crosses, and way more. Continue reading »

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Mar 212013

State school officials have discovered termite damage to the Sophie B. Wright cafeteria and auditorium that is so extensive that those areas must be closed off immediately, creating a “public emergency” that must be fixed immediately — starting at an emergency meeting of the Orleans Parish School Board at 10 a.m. Thursday. Continue reading »

Mar 202013

The rear yard of the McDonogh 7 building is the preferred location for four modular classrooms when Audubon moves in, but will require a city variance, school officials say. (Robert Morris,

The Audubon Charter School community expressed some relief Wednesday night at the upcoming possibility of finally leaving the old Carrollton Courthouse building that is literally falling down around them, but parents and staff members were also frustrated that the McDonogh 7 building on Milan Street being offered to them still will not fill their space or programming needs and is considered another “temporary” fix.

Orleans Parish Deputy Superintendent Kathy Padian said a permanent resolution may be only three years away, but in the short-term, moving out of the Carrollton building is a must.

“I completely agree that a temporary solution is not a great solution, but it’s what we have right now,” Padian said. Continue reading »

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Mar 202013

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans has secured commitments to return from at least 10 of its 18 teachers, meeting a threshold set by CODOFIL for the statewide agency to continue recruiting educators from France for the school, officials announced this week. Continue reading »

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Mar 202013

(Illustration by Jean-Paul Villere)

Jean-Paul Villere

I woke up Saturday morning to the news story that John Georges plans to acquire The Advocate, and my head began swimming with the cinematic wonder of Citizen Kane.  My oh my, how art and life can imitate each other some times. Continue reading »

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Mar 202013

Maximilien Luce (French, 1858-1941), “Soleil Couchant Honfleur,” 1929, oil on canvas, signed and dated l.l., titled verso on stretcher, label verso from “Les Cadres, Rue Bonaparte”, stenciled artist plaque on frame, H.- 18 1/8 in., W.- 21 3/4 in.

Crescent City Auction Gallery is currently accepting consignments for the Estates Auction on May 18th & 19th, 2013. Call us and see how much your items may be worth! Continue reading »

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Mar 192013

A member of the Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians grins at the crowd on Washington Avenue on St. Joseph’s night. (Robert Morris,

Every year, Mardi Gras Indians from all over the city make a mysterious pilgrimage into Central City on the night of St. Joseph’s feast.

A spectator near A.L. Davis Park on LaSalle admires a Mardi Gras Indian’s suit on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris,

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