Oct 222012

Article by Marta Jewson, for UptownMessenger.com

An undated image of the building at the corner of Leonidas and Willow from Google Maps.

The owner of a building at the corner of Leonidas and Willow is proposing to change its zoning from residential to neighborhood business for a contractor-training office and community space, raising some questions among surrounding neighbors. Continue reading »

Oct 222012

Police surround a yard in the 1700 block of General Ogden where a vehicle stolen in a carjacking on Willow Street was found Monday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A gold SUV that was stolen in a Willow Street carjacking can barely be seen from the road where it was stashed behind a home on General Ogden. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman’s SUV was stolen from her at gunpoint Monday afternoon on Willow Street in Central Carrollton, but police located the vehicle shortly afterward stashed behind a home on General Ogden Street. Continue reading »

Oct 222012

Owen Courreges

D.J. Luddite is no more.

Some explanation is required.  My day-to-day persona is that of Owen Courreges, Attorney at Law.   However, on Thursday evenings I have been breaking out my 1923 Brunswick suitcase phonograph at the Bayou Bar in the Hotel Pontchartrain.  There, I play 78 rpm records as my alter ego – D.J. Luddite (because D.J. Luddite eschews modern technology).

It’s kind of like Garth Brooks and his rock alter ego Chris Gaines, only far less lame and pretentious.  Well, at least less pretentious.

However, for the past few weeks I’ve been absent.  Music has been silenced at Bayou Bar.  This is regrettable, because Bayou Bar has a storied history in the music community.  Reportedly Cole Porter played here somewhat inconsistently on weekends for about twelve years.  Frank Sinatra and Frankie Lane used Bayou Bar as their watering hole, and are even rumored to have performed on occasion. Continue reading »

Oct 202012

In this photo from Aug. 31, the preliminary demolition work at the rear of Audubon Charter’s Broadway campus is visible after Hurricane Isaac knocked down a the construction screen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School has been approved to start construction on its Broadway campus expansion after nearly a year of uncertainty surrounding a lawsuit filed by neighbors, school officials said Saturday morning.

“We’re happy, happy people,” said Alisa Dupre, the school operation and facilities manager. “We’re ready to be occupants of the building again.” Continue reading »

Oct 202012

Craig Giesecke

I was at work the other day and a friend came in to get a few items. We were talking in front of the chef case, where all the gorgeous stuffed pork loin, herb-crusted salmon and other stuff is displayed. He commented on how great it all looked, but then asked me, “Don’t you get bored making the same stuff every day?”

Well, yes and no. Continue reading »

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Oct 192012

The Men and Ladies of Class will start their 2012 second line Sunday at 1 p.m. at The Yacht Club, 540 South Broad Street, make a long loop through Central City, and end up back where it started four hours later, according to Big Red Cotton’s post at Gambit.

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Oct 192012

Article by Marta Jewson, for UptownMessenger.com

Errol Raymond (via opcso.org)

One man with an alleged propensity for stealing alcohol from area drug stores and another believed to target video poker machines at local bars were both arrested in separate cases over the last week, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 192012

The organization surrounding alleged crime lord Telly Hankton in Central City “murdered rival drug dealers, intimidated witnesses, attempted to obstruct the state criminal justice system by having associates provide false alibi testimony in state court, and murdered a witness’ family member in an effort to obstruct justice,” writes Brendan McCarthy of our partners at WWL-TV in a report on the family’s federal indictment Friday afternoon. Members of his family, including his mother, were detained in an early morning roundup in the 1900 block of Josephine, McCarthy reports.

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Oct 192012

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Everyone at some point gets that dreaded little letter in the mail, with two words stamped on the front in unmistakable red letters: JURY SUMMONS.  Having never been called to serve jury duty until this past month, a string of expletives left my mouth when I found that little love note from Orleans Parish in the mailbox. It couldn’t have come at a worse time: October is absolutely the busiest month of the year for me. There’s New Orleans Fashion Week to attend, Halloween costumes to sew, and given I work in a retail store that sells costumes, we are really damn busy. Like “curl into the fetal position under the bathroom sink after the shift” type of busy.  But instead of trying to lie and weasel my way out of it, I chalked it up to my civic duty, sucked it up, and went. Continue reading »

Oct 192012

The deaths this week in Gert Town of two small children allegedly at the hands of their mother, 23-year-old Chelsea Thornton, continues to reflect on the treatment of the mentally ill in New Orleans, as family members described the woman as bipolar and schizophrenic but recently off her medication, according to a report by Scott Satchfield and our partners at WWL-TV.

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Oct 192012

Thousands attend the First Annual Children’s Book Festival at Milton H. Latter Memorial Library in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Uptown New Orleans festival calendar is crowded this weekend with compelling options that include the Children’s Book Festival at Latter Library, the Seventh Annual Broadmoor Festival and the annual Fall Fête at Audubon Charter School. Continue reading »

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Oct 192012

Boo at the Zoo, the annual Halloween celebration that runs this Friday and Saturday and next weekend, will feature a replica cruise ship built from more than one thousand pumpkins carved by a local sculptor, according to this sneak preview by our partners at WWL-TV:

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Oct 192012

By Dana Kaplan

New Orleans is a unique city in many ways, one of which is the way our city government and representation is structured. Cities much smaller than New Orleans have twice as many City Council members, which allows them to specialize on different issues. The relatively small number of New Orleans City Council members requires each member to have a broad-based knowledge on nearly every issue from education to infrastructure, blight and ethics to job creation.

That’s why I’ve released a comprehensive platform on my website www.danakaplannola.com. I want voters and residents of District B to know how I intend to address the multitude of challenges and issues facing our city. Continue reading »