Danae arrived in Arkansas just in time for the annual Thanksgiving dinner at The Brookfield, where Vera, her 88-year old mother, resides. A place card on the table proclaimed “I am thankful for Vera.” It made her also reflect on the many things in New Orleans we are thankful for this year.
An unidentified woman was found stabbed to death Wednesday afternoon in a garbage can in an alleyway that runs behind several homes on Danneel Street in Central City, New Orleans police say.
My 11-year-old son used his allowance to purchase a BB gun at Academy Sports & Outdoors on a shopping trip with his grandfather a few weeks ago.
Needless to say, I wasn’t happy about it. My father, who grew up in Rosa, a rural agricultural community in St. Landry Parish, thought nothing of it. He grew up hunting deer, rabbit and whatever else was in season along with his eight brothers and scores of cousins. Back in his day, as kids, they handled real shotguns, not replicas, and missed weeks at a time of school to help his father in the fields.
About 7:15 p.m., the suspect entered a Metro PCS located in the 4100 block of Washington Avenue and pointed a gun at the cashier, according to an initial police report.
The Soul Rebels, students from the Trombone Shorty Academy, and a Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will play a free concert at Tulane’s McAlister Auditorium next week, with a suggested donation of a new toy that will be given to children from the Treme neighborhood during the holiday season.
Fresh cut, Frasier fir Christmas trees, wreaths and fresh garland arrive this week at First UU Church located at 5212 Claiborne Ave. (at Jefferson). This holiday tradition goes back over 25 years in Uptown New Orleans. All proceeds go to support First UU Church and its various social justice and community service programs.
Aldous Huxley once wrote that “a fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.” This helps explain the bizarrely-detailed 25 page anti-smoking ordinance proposed this past Thursday by Councilwomen Latoya Cantrell and Susan Guidry.
Even I didn’t predict the staggering scope of the ordinance. Instead of being content to simply ban most indoor smoking, already a contentious proposal, the bill seeks to ban most outdoor smoking as well and treats electronic cigarettes, which produce no smoke, the same way as traditional cigarettes. It contains no exceptions for hookah lounges or cigar bars.
On Sunday afternoon, people packed Oak street gill to gill for po-boys from over 50 different vendors, restaurants and food trucks. Live music from Rebirth Brass Band, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and others played on various stages on and off of Oak street. Art galleries and shops along Oak street also had their work on display.
On Saturday, the 6th annual Second District Blues festival was held in Palmer Park, on the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne. Its a festival benefiting COPS 2, Citizens Organization for Police Support 2. The festival featured music by Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste Jr., Mia Borders, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and the Stooges Brass Band. There were many dining options including the Praline Connection, Ms. Linda’s Yakamein and Crepes A la Carte. Different arts and crafts were available for purchase as well. One of the more unique things about Saturday’s festival was its association with the LASPCA and other dog adoption groups like the Louisiana Boxer Group.
The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission volleyball season starts this Saturday, but registration remains open through Dec. 1, and boys and girls basketball registration will be open through Jan. 15.
Construction on Napoleon Avenue may have cost Uptown’s annual blues festival both its Magazine Street location and its name this year, but the rechristened Second District Blues Fest still maintains its lineup of top local performers and its purpose of supporting Uptown police officers.
This Sunday’s annual Oak Street Po-boy Festival will honor a beloved New Orleans food tradition for the 8th year in a row.
The festival, which features more than 30 food vendors and five music stages, includes both traditional poboys and eclectic variations on the theme.
A sloppy hot roast beef poboy, for example, is available from Gattuso’s for $10, while The New Orleans Hot Dogs features a bacon fried hot dog poboy for $6.
Seafood options include a fried green tomato and shrimp remoulade poboy from Jacques-Imos for $8, and a Lake Pontchartrain soft shell crab poboy from Jack Dempsey’s for $10.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is family friendly, and includes an event put on by St. Andrews Episcopal School.
Less than two months ago, the weeds in the vacant lot the corner of Foucher and South Saratoga Street grew as high as the shoulders of the police officers who gathered there for an anti-crime march following the second of three fatal shootings there this year.
Today, the overgrowth is gone, replaced by construction workers preparing the site for a collection of new homes that will be placed on the market early next year for approximately $2 million. The developer of the property, Bo Pennington, and the long-suffering neighbors hope for an even more dramatic transformation: that of one of Uptown New Orleans’ most violent spots into a new nexus for neighborhood revitalization.
Excitement spread quickly among well-heeled Democrats that the great performer Stevie Wonder would be the special guest for an “Intimate Evening” at the Windsor Court to benefit Senator Mary Landrieu on Dec. 1, but we’re not sure that even a visit by the famed Stevie Wonder will help energize voters enough to carry Mary over the top.
First, the Democrats pulled away a $12 Million advertising budget previously designated for Landrieu. Now, Republicans have decided they don’t even need to run third-party attack ads against Landrieu next week. Despite a re-energized campaign, Team Landrieu continues to face an uphill battle and time is running out.
After eluding police for more than a year, the suspect in an execution-style murder on Prytania Street was arrested late last month on the highway in rural Georgia.
The most recent in a rash of robberies at businesses along South Claiborne Avenue hit the new Subway restaurant on Tuesday evening, New Orleans police said.
Members of the Faubourg Avart Neighborhood Association will meet Thursday evening to discuss issues relating to drainage, streets and the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, organizers announced.
Rich’s Wash Dat is a new locally owned business set to open Wednesday, November 19th. Rich’s features the largest conveyor-run express car wash in the New Orleans area and has 28 shaded vacuum lanes for customer use. The main wash feature is NOLA’s first “Buff n Dry” polishing system. Pure Simoniz Carnauba wax is applied during the wash process and is “buffed” by spinning polishing brushes leaving your car with an unbelievable shine.
NOPD Commander Paul Noel — who led the NOPD Special Victims Unit prior to his appointment to the Uptown-based Second District — has been named the leader of a task force to re-investigate sex cases ignored by detectives since his departure and recommend new policies to reform the unit, officials announced Tuesday.