Nov 132012

The Upper Hurstville Residents’ Association and Security District boards will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 909 Eleonore Street to approve the security district fee and 2013 budget, as well as to discuss bylaw revisions for the resident’s association and plan the annual membership meeting, according to the association website.

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Nov 132012

After withdrawing plans last year to convert a cluster of houses on Loyola Avenue into a new early childhood education center, the Isidore Newman School is now planning a new facility for its preschool students on the Soniat Street side of campus, officials say. Continue reading »

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Nov 122012

As a cafeteria full of concerned parents listened closely, the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board approved $200,000 in cuts to the current year’s budget Monday night to make up for more spending and less revenue than expected just a few months ago, and hopefully restore the school to a path toward solvency by the end of the school year.

Left unresolved, however, was the school’s leadership issue. General Director Jean-Jacques Grandiere did not attend the meeting or the board’s 45-minute closed-door session about his status, and board chair Jean Montes suggested that “other options” to lead the school are being explored during Grandiere’s absence.

[Update: For a copy of the revised budget, click here.]
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Nov 122012

Palace Cafe’s Oyster Rockefeller po-boy at the 2011 Oak St. Po-Boy Festival. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival returns this weekend for its sixth year, inviting the city’s best restaurants to show their appreciation for the New Orleans’ signature sandwich — often by reinventing it completely. In addition to the dozens of vendors, live music, history discussions and children’s areas, the festival has again modified its layout on the street to better accommodate the thousands of po-boy enthusiasts. Continue reading »

Nov 122012

Two photos of 14-year-old Audrey Raiford, missing from her Lower Garden District home since last week. (via NOPD)

A 14-year-old girl who lives in the Lower Garden District and has a history of mental illness has been missing since early last week, and police are now seeking the public’s help finding her. Continue reading »

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Nov 122012

The former assisted living center at 2101 Louisiana Avenue will reopen next summer as a 42-unit apartment building next summer, half of which wiil be transitional housing for the homeless with on-site case management, and the other half will be for low-income renters, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.

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Nov 122012

A popular travel website called lists hundreds of rooms for short-term rent in private homes — including at least 150 listings around Uptown New Orleans — even though it is against city ordinance to rent rooms for less than 30 days without a license, reports Maria Clark of New Orleans City Business in an article distributed by the Associated Press.

Nov 122012

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The Innocence Project New Orleans will host a “Rent is Too Damn High” fundraiser for a new office building Thursday (Nov. 15) at the Octavia Art Gallery on Magazine Street with special guests, including Treme star Khandi Alexander. Continue reading »

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Nov 122012

James Weldon Johnson Elementary School.

Concerned about a dwindling number of public-school options in the Carrollton area and the ever-shifting plans of the Recovery School District, a group of Carrollton neighbors plan to confront state officials yet again about the future of the James Weldon Johnson Elementary School and the old Priestly site on Leonidas. Continue reading »

Nov 122012

Computer sketch of the suspect via NOPD.

A man who is said to be homeless and living under the overpass is wanted on a rape charge after an alleged sexual assault on one woman and an alleged attempt on another Sunday evening, police said. Continue reading »

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Nov 122012

(Cartoon by Owen Courreges)

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Last week, another salvo in the seemingly never-ending battle between New Orleans and the U.S. Constitution was lobbed by Mayor Landrieu.  This time Landrieu has proposed an ordinance with its sights on Jackson Square, the iconic public space at the heart of the city.

Now technically the target isn’t actually the square, but the surrounding streets and sidewalks (i.e., public rights of way) that the city has come to dub the “Jackson Square Pedestrian Mall.”  Through Councilwoman Palmer, whose district includes the French Quarter, Landrieu has proposed an ordinance for the mall that would:  1) mandate “clear lanes;” and, 2) provide “closing times” between  1 a.m. and 5 a.m. to persons “stopping, standing, or loitering.”

Both parts of the proposed ordinance are problematic, but the latter is blatantly unconstitutional. Continue reading »

Nov 122012

Two weeks after they were separated by a carjacker near Claiborne Avenue in the Carrollton area, an 11-year-old Chihuahua named Skeeter and his owner were reunited Sunday, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. Skeeter ran up to a family walking their own dog near the site of the original crime, and they are slated to receive the $4,000 reward, Hernandez reports:

A “Welcome Back Skeeter” party is planned by the victim and the Humane Society for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine Street.

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