Jan 222013

Parcels and Post has special king cake boxes and your choice of carrier rates to fit your time frame and budget.  Visit your favorite local bakery then come in to ship Mardi Gras for your special out-of-towners. Anyone who mentions Uptown Messenger will receive 15% off the cost of shipping during Mardi Gras – and not just for king cakes! Continue reading »

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Jan 222013

About a half hour after the Martin Luther King Day parade passed, a occupants of a car passing Martin Luther King Boulevard and LaSalle Street opened fire, wounding five teens at a corner store there, according to reports from our partners at WWL-TV. Residents were dismayed by the callous nature of the shooting on a day dedicated to peace efforts, but said it was symptomatic of the apathy of those regularly involved in street violence, and NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas lamented that “young men do not heed the words of Dr. Martin Luther King,” according to a report by Tania Dall of WWL-TV:

Jan 222013

Members of the Jewish Community Relations Council carry a sign quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. — “I have a dream” — during Monday’s parade through Central City. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. passed up the Central City boulevard named in his memory on Monday, with community and school groups from around New Orleans marching in support of his legacy.

Supporters of Project Ceasefire carry banners in Monday’s Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 212013

Owen Courreges

A lot of you probably have questions concerning the recent indictment of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.  Now I know it’s frighteningly easy in our corruption-riddled state to become blasé about the latest federal indictment against a former (or current) elected official, but Nagin was supposed to be different.

Accordingly, I offer you, the dedicated readers of Uptown Messenger, the following frequently asked questions, phrased by a 1950’s stereotype, regarding the Nagin indictment: Continue reading »

Jan 192013

The Jefferson City Buzzards dance in the street during their “dress rehearsal” in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The Jefferson City Buzzards, whose ceremonial Fat Tuesday march through Uptown New Orleans dates back 120 years, will “dress up” to rehearse their walk Sunday afternoon with stops at a number of neighborhood watering holes. Continue reading »

Jan 182013

The start of a new year is always full of expectations and good feelings. It’s a chance to start all over, to change what we don’t like, to leave the old behind to make room for the new… At Cote d’Azur we understand how important it is to start the year with the right foot; that’s why we are very happy to introduce our brand new service:

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Jan 182013

Craig Giesecke

It has been reinforced on me several times, over the past week or so, just how much the restaurant business is just like any other business – you make money or you close. It has nothing to do with the quality of your product.

Of course, a quality product is supposed to help draw customers and therefore help you make money. But unless the cost of inventory, labor and other overhead remains at a certain level, the place won’t make it for very long. We tend to forget this as Carnival, Super Bowl and our Festival seasons appear before us. Everyone’s having a good time and the food and drink are selling so well that many owners think it will just continue that way after Memorial Day.

Nope. Continue reading »

Jan 172013

Police officers look for evidence near the corner of Annunciation and Washington after two men were shot there Nov. 26, 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Irish Channel neighbors are worried that more violence may be lurking just beneath the surface at the notoriously troubled corner of Washington Avenue and Annunciation Street, despite a series of arrests in the wake of a double shooting there last November. Continue reading »