Apr 192016
 
The LaFon Fountain in its prime, in a photo dating to the 1970s. (courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon Fountain in a photo dating to the 1970s. (courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

Members of the Coliseum Square Association are planning a fundraising push to better service the parks and fountains throughout the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Apr 192016
 
Evie Poitevent of Feet First

Evie Poitevent of Feet First

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!

Along with those experiencing personal inconveniences and dissatisfactions, our local businesses on these routes are taking a hard economic hit. New Orleans’ businesses need to feel our support and the impact of local dollars now at this critical time of business disruption because they are the backbone of our city’s culture, economy and character. Continue reading »

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Apr 192016
 

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Tamashii is the Japanese word for Spirit or Heart. At King Lam’s Tamashii Karate and Tai Chi Center, it’s our goal to improve your mind, body, and spirit by way of the martial arts so you can excel in all endeavors of life.

Registration is now open for our six-week Qi Gong course for seniors. Build strength, improve mental alertness, and more starting May 4.

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Apr 182016
 
Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

Two men were robbed at gunpoint Saturday night just off the Tulane campus, and two delivery drivers were robbed the following night within a few blocks of the universities as well, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 182016
 

Ursuline Academy students will celebrate the arts at their second annual Ursuline Arts Festival this Wednesday, April 20 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The student-led festival will offer audiences the opportunity to stroll through the Academy’s 11.5-acre Uptown campus to experience diverse expressions of music, visual arts and performing arts. The festival is free and open to the public.

(via Ursuline Academy of New Orleans)

(via Ursuline Academy of New Orleans)

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Apr 162016
 
The Lusher Charter School governing board listens to comments from a crowd of nearly 100 people on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher Charter School governing board listens to comments from a crowd of nearly 100 people on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The vast majority of the crowd of nearly 100 people packed into the Lusher Charter School board meeting on Saturday bore some sort of insignia. Some wore white ‘UTL’ buttons with the logo of the United Teachers of Lusher; others carried handmade signs with slogans like “No Union;” and most on both sides had some variation of the Lusher logo on T-shirts in the school’s signature deep blue.

Many of them — again, on both sides — also had questions, mostly when they will get to air their views on whether and how the school leadership should recognize efforts to form a teachers’ union. The board gave them little in the way of answers on Saturday morning, but promised not to make a decision before hearing from them in the very near future. Continue reading »

Apr 162016
 

The 4100 block of Tchoupitoulas is between Marengo and Milan. (map via NOPD)

The 4100 block of Tchoupitoulas is between Marengo and Milan. (map via NOPD)

A woman asleep in her home woke up early Saturday morning to find an intruder in her home demanding her purse, but he took it and left without harming her, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 152016
 
Police investigate a fatal shooting on Monroe Street half a block from Johnson Elementary School in November 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Police investigate a fatal shooting on Monroe Street half a block from Johnson Elementary School in November 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Crime in New Orleans never ceases to become more shocking, as tragically shown again this weekend in the road-rage shooting death of beloved former Saints player Will Smith on Sophie Wright Place in the Lower Garden District that continues to make national headlines.

But 2016 could be quietly returning the overall downward trend in murders seen in the last few years — down 33 percent from 2015 — but also slightly down from the numbers in 2014, which were touted as the lowest number of murders New Orleans had recorded in decades. Continue reading »

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Apr 152016
 
The pothole on Maple Street filled with oyster shells in March. Tulane professor Richard Campanella said he believes it was an expression of frustration from a driver tired of hitting potholes. (photo submitted by Emily Branan)

The pothole on Maple Street filled with oyster shells in March. Tulane professor Richard Campanella said he believes it was an expression of frustration from a driver tired of hitting potholes. (photo submitted by Emily Branan)

Article by Emily Branan, video by Lawson Box

Richard Campanella was on his way to get his morning cup of coffee when he noticed an interesting addition to the Maple Street landscape: oyster shells.

Campanella, geographer and senior professor of practice at the Tulane School of Architecture, said he enjoys studying urban cityscapes and thought the pothole filled with oyster shells made an interesting subject to study. Continue reading »

Apr 152016
 
The weapon confiscated in the traffic stop (via NOPD)

The Glock 9-mm and 50-round magazine confiscated in the traffic stop (via NOPD)

Darnell Thomas (via NOPD)

Darnell Thomas (via NOPD)

Terrell Thompson (via NOPD)

Terrell Thompson (via NOPD)

New Orleans police confiscated a 9-mm handgun with a 50-round magazine from two men with previous felony drug convictions Monday night during a traffic stop on Danneel Street in Central City, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 152016
 

Daily Brunch, Goat Cheese Enchiladas, and Mirlitons in a French Country Setting

The Standard. Did you ever stumble upon a restaurant so delightful you immediately wanted to text all of your friends, but also wanted to keep it all to yourself? I found one on Wednesday. The Standard. It was one of those cool rain drenched days in New Orleans–the kind where you can’t decide if outside is worth the effort.

Lump Crab, Crawfish, Mirliton, and Alligator Andouille Sausage Gumbo (Kristine Froeba)

Lump Crab, Crawfish, Mirliton, and Alligator Andouille Sausage Gumbo (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Wellie-clad, I peered through the window of the new place across from Magasin Café. I saw a roaring fire. I was sold. Provencal décor at its most simple and elegant. Reclaimed wood. It looked expensive. It wasn’t. It should be. Continue reading »

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Apr 142016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

The voters’ rejection of Mayor Landrieu’s tax proposal to fund additional police officers and pay firefighters’ back pensions was not a vote against the need for the tax but a clear sign of voter dissatisfaction and mistrust of Mayor Landrieu’s public safety policies and leadership. While the mayor obviously needs to address that anger, new sources of funding are still desperately needed if devastating cuts are to be avoided.

Landrieu and the City Council could shore up our tax base by ensuring New Orleans becomes the next American city to enact a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. A “sin tax” on the purchase of carbonated soft drinks is on the books in many countries around the world including France, Barbados and Mexico, where consumption of sodas declined after the tax was enacted. Continue reading »

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Apr 142016
 

Alma Peters Park Maintenance

Alma Peters Park area residents who maintain the park will be painting and cleaning the park this Saturday, April 16, and for their maintenance projects this year, area residents are looking for donations for equipment and supplies, as well as volunteers. The park will not be available for use on this maintenance day and possibly longer, so the paint can dry.

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Apr 132016
 
Investigators gather on Sophie Wright Place after the fatal shooting of former Saints player Will Smith. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators gather on Sophie Wright Place after the fatal shooting of former Saints player Will Smith. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Seven of the bullets that killed former Saints player Will Smith on Saturday night entered through his back, and one entered through the side of his chest, Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse announced Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Apr 122016
 
From left,  Imam Mubasher Ahmed of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, and  Jeffery Sallet, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New Orleans, all spoke Tuesday night at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

From left, Imam Mubasher Ahmed of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, and Jeffery Sallet, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New Orleans, all spoke Tuesday night at Loyola University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The terrorists who call themselves the “Islamic State” are abusing the name of a religion that teaches peace and tolerance, creating a cycle of misunderstanding and fear that only feeds the violence, Muslim leaders and federal law enforcement officials said in a forum Tuesday night at Loyola University. Continue reading »