Mar 012016
 
Kay Charbonnet of Kay's on Magazine Street

Kay Charbonnet of Kay’s on Magazine Street

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

Another reason for us to band together is coming to a road near you! We will be facing drainage system improvements and road construction for the next five years. Funds from FEMA as well as our Department of Public Works have been designated and projects have been mapped through 2019 and we need to stay flexible (as we do) in the name of long-term infrastructure improvements! Continue reading »

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Feb 292016
 
8405 Jeanette Street (via Google Maps)

8405 Jeanette Street (via Google Maps)

The committee overseeing demolition requests across most of Uptown New Orleans balked at a mortgage company’s recent request to tear down a single-story Carrollton home amid protests from the Preservation Resource Center and confusion over what the bank intends to do with the property. Continue reading »

Feb 292016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand made some interesting remarks at the Metropolitan Crime Commission’s annual awards luncheon this past week. Taken at face value, they were downright surreal.

“You want us out of the drug business? We’re out,” Normand sputtered. “But I guarantee you this: More policemen will live and more of you will die. Bank on it.” Continue reading »

Feb 272016
 

By Della Hasselle and Robert Morris

lusherLusher Charter School’s governing board voted unanimously Saturday to seek a court order against a new school funding formula, on the grounds that the Louisiana constitution specifically prohibits funding schools different from parish to parish.

The Audubon Charter School board also voted Saturday to continue exploring similar legal action, though school administrators will return to the board before making a final decision. Continue reading »

Feb 272016
 
Firefighters look for hotspots in the attic of 1019 Louisiana Avenue on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters look for hotspots in the attic of 1019 Louisiana Avenue on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two homes on Louisiana Avenue at the edge of the Irish Channel were heavily damaged in a fire that broke out overnight, killing four pets, New Orleans authorities said Saturday morning.

A four-alarm fire set off early Saturday morning. The fire damaged severely two homes on Louisiana avenue near Constance Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A four-alarm fire set off early Saturday morning. The fire damaged severely two homes on Louisiana avenue near Constance Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 262016
 
The "SC" icons refer to simple rapes; the gray mask icons represent burglaries. (map via NOPD)

The “SC” icons refer to simple rapes; the gray mask icons represent burglaries. (map via NOPD)

Oliver Jerde (via opcso.org)

Oliver Jerde (via opcso.org)

The man charged in a series of home-invasions last month in the university area — and a suspect in two sexual assaults — has been removed from electronic monitoring and allowed to leave the state, according to court records. Continue reading »

Feb 262016
 
Tartine’s Daily Quiche Special with Fruit Salade (Kristine Froeba)

Tartine’s Daily Quiche Special with Fruit Salade (Kristine Froeba)

Tartines, Croque Madame, Rillettes, Rustic Pate’, Croque Monsieur, Quiche,
Brioche, Crepes and … AebelSkivers!

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

AebelSkivers! Danish puffed breakfast pancakes. On Laurel Street no less. Have you tried them? If so, you know the only place in town that serves warm, round, puffed Lemon Curd, Maple Syrup, Caramel, Chocolate, or Nutella-filled Danish Pancakes. That’s Toast on Laurel. A sister restaurant of sorts to the Francophile breakfast and lunch bistro Tartine, located on Perrier. On whichever side of the park you live or seek a unique petit-déjeuner, these two cafés deliver. Continue reading »

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Feb 262016
 
(via nolachili.com)

(via nolachili.com)

The 3rd Annual Chili In The Channel cook-off competition & celebration takes place this Saturday February 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ReNEW SciTech Academy in the Irish Channel. Tickets for the event will be sold at the front gate, and proceeds will support programs for ReNEW Schools students. Continue reading »

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Feb 252016
 
Ohio Gov. John Kasich meets with Louisiana voters at a town hall in Metairie. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich meets with Louisiana voters at a town hall in Metairie. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

It was almost comforting listening to presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich yesterday at a Metairie forum attended by almost 200 people. There was no bombast oratory, no inflammatory swipes at the other candidates, no threats of hell and damnation. Instead, attendees heard a sincere, even-keeled centrist who had some pretty good ideas about how to fix many of America’s problems. Continue reading »

Feb 252016
 
A chart showing the proposed "weights" for per-pupil funding under the new formula. (via Louisiana Department of Education)

A chart showing the proposed “weights” for per-pupil funding under the new formula. (via Louisiana Department of Education)

The task force charged with creating a new formula for distributing state education funding to New Orleans schools announced its final recommendations Wednesday, with a vote scheduled for early next month by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Continue reading »

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Feb 232016
 

By Chunlin Leonhard

The Act 467 Working Group has recently proposed to revamp New Orleans public school funding formulas intending to increase funding for children with special needs. While this is a laudable goal, the proposed new formula takes desperately needed funds away from schools serving children from middle class families of all races. The proposed funding formula threatens to undo recent progress in making high quality public schools a realistic and viable option for middle class parents of all races. Taking desperately needed funds away from schools such as Audubon Charter School, Warren Easton, Ben Franklin, Edward Hynes, Lusher, McMain, and McDonogh #35 Academy, will only serve to weaken public school education overall by forcing middle class parents out of the New Orleans public school system. Continue reading »

Feb 232016
 

Original artworks—many by renowned New Orleans painters and other regional artists—and over 225 lots of stunning estate jewelry pieces, to include diamonds, rubies, sapphires, tanzanites and more, are just part of a two-day estates auction slated for Feb. 27–28 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.

Pair of rare French Gothic Revival bronze 12-light chandeliers, 65 inches tall and made circa 1900 (est. $6,000-$12,000).

Pair of rare French Gothic Revival bronze 12-light chandeliers, 65 inches tall and made circa 1900 (est. $6,000-$12,000).

In all, more than 1,400 lots will come up for bid, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. The auction will feature Part 2 of fine jewelry items from Peacock’s Estate Jewelry–the iconic and longstanding fine jewelry store on Royal Street in the New Orleans French Quarter–plus French furniture, clocks, lamps and lighting and other items from numerous local and Southern estates. Continue reading »

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Feb 222016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

I’m a big fan of Judge Dredd comics. The dystopian, post-apocalyptic future that Judge Dredd inhabits renders him simultaneously both hero and villain, as the same Judge/Cop hybrid who takes down dangerous criminals who prey on innocent citizens also often turns the innocent into criminals themselves.

Thus, you will often see Judge Dredd take down an armed mugger, only to arrest the victim of the mugging for incitement. After all, the victim was wearing expensive jewelry in a bad neighborhood at night! That makes him responsible!

We would like to think that in our more justice-minded society, we are above such victim-blaming, if not informally than at least under our body of criminal law. Alas, a forthcoming proposal by Councilman James Gray harkens more towards the world of Dredd than to loftier ideals. Continue reading »