Sep 172015
 
(image via LouisianaAveAssoc70115 on Facebook)

(image via LouisianaAveAssoc70115 on Facebook)

With construction of a major new drainage canal on Louisiana Avenue slated to last at least until 2018, neighbors are rallying with a new online association dedicated to monitoring and reporting safety problems up and down the corridor. Continue reading »

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Sep 172015
 
A family photo taken in Smyrna prior to the 1922 evacuation. (courtesy of Danae Columbus)

A family photo taken in Smyrna prior to the 1922 evacuation. (courtesy of Danae Columbus)

Ninety-three years ago this week in an historical event known as the “Catastrophe of Smyrna,” several hundred thousand Greek and Armenian refugees were driven from their historic homes. Smyrna, now Izmir, was an idyllic, multi-cultural gem city on the Turkish Aegean where Muslims and Christians had lived side by side for thousands of years. Mustafa Kemal’s loyalists deliberately set a massive fire in an effort to facilitate the Christians’ departure and create a Muslim stronghold which still exists today. Jewish and Muslim homes and businesses were left untouched. Continue reading »

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Sep 172015
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

The suspect whose home investigators searched Tuesday night following an armed robbery involving a shotgun-wielding assailant at Laurence Square park has been cleared in that case, but he was booked on other warrants, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 162015
 
A woman and child walk through Laurence Square park on Wednesday morning, about 12 hours after a robbery was reported there Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman and child walk through Laurence Square park on Wednesday morning, about 12 hours after a robbery was reported there Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel and NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble discuss the investigation into the latest Uptown armed robbery on Wednesday morning in front of the district station. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel and NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble discuss the investigation into the latest Uptown armed robbery on Wednesday morning in front of the district station. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Barely an hour after the conclusion of a meeting Tuesday night about armed robberies in the Uptown area, three teens were robbed by a man with a shotgun in a park on Napoleon Avenue — and investigators have already identified a suspect and seized a gun during a search of his home, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 152015
 
NOPD Commander Paul Noel gestures toward City Councilwoman Susan Guidry and NOPD Chief Michael Harrison during an anti-crime meeting Tuesday night at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Commander Paul Noel gestures toward City Councilwoman Susan Guidry and NOPD Chief Michael Harrison during an anti-crime meeting Tuesday night at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After an August that brought a number of armed robberies virtually unprecedented in recent years to the Uptown area, New Orleans police officials discussed a number of common-sense reforms they say will help prevent violent crime — but forcefully rejected recent calls for a return to a more aggressive “stop and frisk” style of policing. Continue reading »

Sep 152015
 

Sixth Annual Salon de Jeanne d'Arc

The Sixth Annual Salon Jeanne d’Arc will feature two free workshops led by guest author and arts therapist Dr. Janet Lynn Roseman, along with Dr. Amanda Helm, an Assistant Professor of Sales and Marketing at Xavier University , and Lori Walsh-Van Wey, an editor and designer for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. A slideshow of Alex Labry’s photography book Personal Reflections of Joan of Arc and a networking reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Sep 152015
 

(map by UptownMessenger.com via Google Maps)

(map by UptownMessenger.com via Google Maps)

Several blocks of Jefferson Avenue and side streets are expected to have low water pressure on Thursday while contractors work on the installation of the new drainage canal, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.

B&K Construction will be tying in a new water main as part of the SELA Orleans Jefferson Avenue drainage canal construction, causing low water pressure from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, the SWB report states. The areas affected include Jefferson Avenue (from Loyola Avenue to South Claiborne), Willow Street (from Jefferson to State Street) and Magnolia and South Robertson streets (both from Jefferson to Octavia), the release states.

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Sep 152015
 
The Wild Magnolias play at Bayou Boogaloo 2015 (Photo courtesy of Karen Lozinski)

The Wild Magnolias play at Bayou Boogaloo 2015 (Photo courtesy of Karen Lozinski)

The 6th Annual Black and Gold Kickoff Party event serves to raise money for the Bo Dollis, Sr. Memorial Fund and will feature the following performers and special guests: The Wild Magnolias, The 79rs Gang, The Creole Hunters, Mystikal, Kermit Ruffins, “Big Sam” Williams, Mia X, and The Pinettess Brass Band. The event, scheduled for this Saturday, September 19, will also feature a silent auction. Continue reading »

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Sep 142015
 
The Allen School building on Loyola Avenue, currently used by Sci High. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The Allen School building on Loyola Avenue, currently used by Sci High. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Students Casey Diehl and Miles Jordan address the Orleans Parish School Board on behalf of Sci High. (image via opsb.us)

Students Casey Diehl and Miles Jordan address the Orleans Parish School Board on behalf of Sci High. (image via opsb.us)

After years of fruitlessly searching for a permanent location in the celebrated BioDistrict, New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School has been given a $35 million in support to find a new home elsewhere in the city. Continue reading »

Sep 142015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

I think, by this point, I’ve managed to establish myself as a critic of the current mayoral administration. If Mayor Landrieu has an official fan club, I am not a member. I find his usual gaggle of sycophants and hangers-on downright nauseating.

That being said, one would think that I am clapping my hands with glee with the recent announcement that Judge Kern Reese held Landrieu in contempt and sentenced him to house arrest in the decades-old lawsuit regarding firefighters’ longevity raises. However, I am not. Continue reading »

Sep 112015
 

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

The end may be in sight for Lusher Charter School’s neighborhood-based admissions district, after the Orleans Parish School Board unanimously passed a new set of charter-school policies Thursday that will also bring about an end to individual admissions lotteries at Lusher and Audubon. Continue reading »

Sep 112015
 
Firefighters look for hot spots in a house in the 2500 block of Palmer Street after a fire there early Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters look for hot spots in a house in the 2500 block of Palmer Street after a fire there early Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A home on Palmer Street in the university area caught fire overnight, temporarily trapping a group Tulane students inside the burning house and leaving them without a home afterward, officials said. Continue reading »

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Sep 102015
 
(via www.southernrep.com)

(via www.southernrep.com)

Southern Rep Theatre’s “Stage Kiss” is a romantic comedy by playwright Sarah Ruhl about how love can happen on and off stage. “Stage Kiss” will be performed from Sept. 16 to Oct. 10 at Ashé Power House and will offer a variety of ticket prices and special events. Continue reading »

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Sep 102015
 
The building at Magnolia and Cadiz is slated for renovation next year into the Alder Hotel next to the Ochsner Baptist campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building at Magnolia and Cadiz is slated for renovation next year into the Alder Hotel next to the Ochsner Baptist campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A developer who has quietly spearheaded the redevelopment of many of Freret Street’s most prominent commercial buildings and a French Quarter hotelier are teaming up to transform a vacant building next to Ochsner Baptist into a new 10-story hotel, they announced to neighbors this week. Continue reading »

Sep 102015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

If the response at last week’s gubernatorial forum sponsored by GNO Inc. and its two sister organizations is any indication, Louisiana might not get anyone “better” than David Vitter as our next governor. The “Louisiana Can Do Better Than David Vitter” mantra from the new anti-Vitter PAC probably won’t resonate with enough voters to make a difference, since and other anti-Vitter groups haven’t uncovered any new sins or identify a candidate the majority of voters can better relate to. Continue reading »