Aug 102016
 
The current site plan for the Lycee Francais renovations of the Priestley campus in Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The current site plan for the Lycee Francais renovations of the Priestley campus in Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Acknowledging that the plan is “ambitious,” Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans officials believe they can renovate the former Priestley school campus in Carrollton in time to move in by January 2019, they told neighbors on Wednesday night. Continue reading »

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Aug 102016
 
The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone's Market, opening in fall 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone’s Market, opening in fall 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Simone Reggie, co-owner of Simone's Market planned for Oak Street, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (via City of New Orleans)

Simone Reggie, co-owner of Simone’s Market planned for Oak Street, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (via City of New Orleans)

Simone’s Market, the new grocery store slated to open on Oak Street this fall, easily won approval to include packaged alcohol among its aisles Tuesday evening from the City Planning Commission. Continue reading »

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Aug 102016
 

The NOPD and McDonald’s restaurant owners will host “Coffee with Cops” event across all eight police districts on Saturday, August 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. At each location, community members will get the chance to meet the officers who serve their neighborhood with a free cup of coffee. Continue reading »

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Aug 092016
 

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inspire2According to recently released scores, Andrew H. Wilson students made the largest academic gains in New Orleans during the 2015-2016 school year. Wilson saw a 19% “basic or above” increase on ELA and Math LEAP tests, the highest growth of any elementary school in the city and far exceeding the state average of 2%.

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Aug 092016
 
(via nola.gov)

(via nola.gov)

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) will host two Back to School Fall Expos on Saturday, August 13, where families can learn more about NORDC Fall programming, activities and upcoming events such as Athletics, Youth and Teen Programs, Fitness, Dance, Arts, and more. The Fall Expo for the Uptown area will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lyons Recreation Center, 624 Louisiana Avenue, and it is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Aug 082016
 
Jim McPhaille examines the Priestley gym during a walk-through by Lycee Francais officials in June 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Jim McPhaille examines the Priestley gym during a walk-through by Lycee Francais officials in June 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

School leaders at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans have decided to renovate the old gym at the Priestley campus in Carrollton rather than demolish it, and are even considering returning it to use even prior to the rest of the campus, they said Monday evening as they prepare to meet with neighbors about their plans on Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Aug 082016
 

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Now offering classes for Uptown and Marigny

¡Qué calor!  It’s hot out there but learning Spanish is cool and not as difficult as you might think. Spanish is one of the easiest foreign languages to learn. Much of its vocabulary is similar to English, and written Spanish is almost completely phonetic: look at almost any Spanish word and you can tell how it is pronounced.

Casa de España’s classes are small, focus on communication, and consist of adults only. Why not start (or continue) your Spanish education this summer? We offer classes for everyone, from absolute beginners to advanced speakers. Your first class is risk free.

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Aug 082016
 
The Pikachu statue stands guard over Terpsichore Street, in the same block as the "Birth of the Muse" statue on Prytania. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Pikachu statue stands guard over Terpsichore Street, in the same block as the “Birth of the Muse” statue on Prytania. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

The Pokemonument that mysteriously appeared earlier this week inside a defunct fountain in the neutral ground on Terpsichore Street in the Lower Garden District (my stomping grounds) has certainly captured the popular imagination. It seems everyone I know has visited at least once.

I certainly wasn’t immune, having made my own trek over to the fiberglass creation a couple of days after it appeared. I’m not ashamed to say that I snapped a selfie. Heck, although I was technically too old for it, I will confess to having watched a bit of the original Pokemon cartoon series back in the 90’s. The show was a bit of innocuous camp, and the statue, a heaping bowl of warm nostalgia. Continue reading »

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Aug 062016
 

High-concept sandwich shop Turkey and the Wolf opens today on Jackson Avenue; Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine has opened on Freret Street, where the “Freret Beer Room” is planned for later in the year, and the Magazine Street restaurant Saveur has closed and reopened under the new name Tryst. Continue reading »

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Aug 052016
 
University of Vermont freshman Stephen Tonra contemplates Pecan Pie (Kristine Froeba)

University of Vermont freshman Stephen Tonra contemplates Pecan Pie (Kristine Froeba)

Some things never change, and thankfully Camellia Grill on South Carrollton is (mostly) one of them.

Friend and legislator Neil Abramson’s first New Orleans post-Hurricane Isaac meal was at the diner’s famous Riverbend lunch counter. Neil’s usual, two cheeseburgers with onions. Both on one plate, same time, he doesn’t mess around. He and his son Parrish also insist on Vanilla Freezes. I prefer the Cherry Chocolate. The Orange Freeze is unique and worth a try if you miss Orange Julius. Continue reading »

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Aug 042016
 
Ben Kleban (center) discusses his plans for his remaining months at New Orleans College Prep with members of the administration and board at a meeting on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Ben Kleban (center) discusses his plans for his remaining months at New Orleans College Prep with members of the administration and board at a meeting on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans College Prep founder Ben Kleban will depart from the charter organization before the end of the year to avoid a conflict of interest when his term on the Orleans Parish School Board begins in 2017, but plans to focus in part on adding another Uptown school to the organization’s portfolio before he leaves. Continue reading »

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Aug 042016
 

The Organ Grinders (OG) with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) will host their 3rd Annual Summer Blood Drive for the community to donate blood in response to this summer’s ongoing violence. The Hawaiian-themed drive, titled “Everybody Gets Lei’d”, takes place this Sunday, August 7,  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rock ‘N’ Bowl, located at 3000 S. Carrollton Ave. Continue reading »

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Aug 042016
 
The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone's Market, opening in fall 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone’s Market, opening in October 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Simone’s Market, a new specialty neighborhood grocery store focusing on Louisiana products, is planned to open in October in a vacant building on Oak Street, and the owners will appear before the city next week seeking permission to sell packaged alcohol there. Continue reading »

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Aug 042016
 
Former Louisiana Govs. Buddy Roemer, Kathleen Blanco and Edwin Edwards share a laugh during one of the lighter moments during Wednesday night's panel discussion at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Former Louisiana Govs. Buddy Roemer, Kathleen Blanco and Edwin Edwards share a laugh during one of the lighter moments during a March 2014 panel discussion at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

More than a year ago while addressing the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana’s colorful, powerful and legendary 50th governor Edwin Washington Edwards said that Donald J. Trump would ultimately “wear himself out.” And so he has.

Trump just can’t seem to help himself. No matter how hard he tries to convince voters that he has the judgment and discipline to lead the world’s greatest democracy, Trump continues to spew bombast rhetoric that is embarrassing Republican leaders and mainstream voters across the nation — many, like Newt Gingrich, who are now having second thoughts about his electability. Continue reading »

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Aug 022016
 
Ben Kleban (left), founder of NOLA College Prep, and Jamar McKneely, CEO of Inspire NOLA charter schools, share a laugh during an April 20 forum on school unification hosted by 100 Black Men of New Orleans. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Ben Kleban (left), founder of NOLA College Prep, and Jamar McKneely, CEO of Inspire NOLA charter schools, share a laugh during an April 20 forum on school unification hosted by 100 Black Men of New Orleans. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Ben Kleban, the founder of the New Orleans College Prep network of charter schools, is now the unopposed candidate for the open Uptown-based District 5 seat on the Orleans Parish School Board after his lone opponent withdrew from the race. Continue reading »

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