Apr 252016
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A man was killed and a woman was injured in a shooting overnight on Louisiana Avenue Parkway, and their attempt to drive away from the shooting scene ended with a crash into an empty lot a few blocks away, New Orleans police said Monday morning. Continue reading »

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Apr 252016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Perhaps the most crucial skill a citizen can have when viewing the myriad policies proposed by politicians is knowing the difference between that which is substantive, and that which panders. The electorate should know when a politician is genuinely trying to make the world better, as opposed to merely looking like they’re trying to make the world better.

Alas, New Orleanians were exposed to the latter this past Friday, when Mayor Mitch Landrieu, flanked by Councilmembers Jason Williams and James Gray, proposed a five-part ordinance “aimed at promoting gun safety in New Orleans.” Continue reading »

Apr 252016
 

Instruments A Comin' 2016

Tipitina’s will host a family-friendly, free outdoor block party, as well as an indoor concert, this Monday, April 25 for their annual benefit and community festival event Instruments A Comin’. The outdoor block party will include performances by Donald Harrison, Jr. & The Tips Interns, The Roots of Music, Mary D. Coghill Charter School, and a battle of the marching bands featuring Edna Karr High School and Sophie B. Wright Charter School. Continue reading »

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Apr 252016
 

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Superior Honda is a family owned car dealership located on the New Orleans Westbank that has been proudly serving New Orleans and the surrounding communities for over 40 years. We have enjoyed getting to know our customers on a personal level and seeing generations of Honda buyers come through our doors and drive off in their new vehicles. If you are searching for a new vehicle and are frustrated with your car buying experience, then head over to Superior Honda in Harvey on Westbank Expressway to see what quality customer care really looks like.

Superior Honda first opened in 1973 and is one of the first Honda dealerships in the country. Since our opening, we have been proud to offer New Orleans residents reliable automotive advice, quality Honda parts and a wide selection of vehicles. Superior Honda is currently offering amazing deals on new and leased vehicles to get you ready for the summer in a brand new car. Continue reading »

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Apr 232016
 
Lusher Charter School board chair Blaine LeCesne speaks in favor of recognizing a teachers' union at the school. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School board chair Blaine LeCesne speaks in favor of recognizing a teachers’ union at the school. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher Charter School governing board voted 6-5 on Saturday morning against recognizing a petition for collective bargaining by the newly-formed United Teachers of Lusher, likely triggering a schoolwide election on the question in the coming weeks. Continue reading »

Apr 212016
 
OPSB Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. (left) speaks on a panel with Thelma French, Deidre Johnson-Burel, Jamar McKneely and Ben Kleban on Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

OPSB Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. (left) speaks on a panel with Thelma French, Deidre Johnson-Burel, Jamar McKneely and Ben Kleban on Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The rapidly evolving plan to return all schools in New Orleans to local control by 2018 — effectively ending the 10-year reign of the state’s Recovery School District — was hailed as a vitally important milestone in the rebuilding of the city’s school system, school leaders and education activists said Tuesday night at a forum on the the process of re-unifying the school district hosted by the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans.

Their comments were greeted, however, with questions ranging from the skeptical to almost hostile from the audience, underscoring the degree to which many residents remain unconvinced that 10 years of publicly celebrated reforms have made any substantive differences in their neighborhoods. Continue reading »

Apr 212016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Charter schools are big business in New Orleans. They basically operate in their own world and are answerable not to the voters but only to their individual boards, each of which is like a mini OPSB.

Charter school organizations can hire whomever they want, pay whatever salaries they want, and purchase supplies and equipment from vendors of their own choosing. As the more successful charter school organizations get the opportunity to start up (or take over) additional schools, their fiefdom grows. Continue reading »

Apr 212016
 

Tipitina’s foundation is holding their 15th annual Instruments A Comin’ benefit on Monday, April 25th at Tipitina’s uptown. All of this year’s proceeds will be used to purchase new instruments for school marching band programs in the Greater New Orleans area. The outdoor portion of the event is free and open to the public and will include a silent auction as well as a performances by Donald Harrison Jr. and the Tipitina’s Interns,  Roots of Music, Mary D Coghill, and a battle of the bands performance by Edna Karr and Sophie B. Wright.

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Tickets are still available for purchase to attend the indoor portion of the event which will include performances by Galactic, Honey Island Swamp Band, and more! The family-friendly event starts at 6 p.m. Monday, April 25 at Tipitina’s on 501 Napoleon Avenue. General Admissions tickets and VIP experience passes are still available for purchase. Join us! Continue reading »

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Apr 202016
 

Willie Hughes (via NOPD)

Willie Hughes (via NOPD)

A 60-year-old man who has been in and out of jail on home-invasion charges since the 1970s was arrested over the weekend after allegedly showing up in a woman’s bedroom on Tchoupitoulas Street and robbing her of her purse, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 202016
 
Informational pamphlets passed out by members of the United Teachers of Lusher union on Tuesday night at a meeting with parents. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Informational pamphlets passed out by members of the United Teachers of Lusher union on Tuesday night at a meeting with parents. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A meeting called by Lusher teachers on Tuesday evening to explain why they see a need to organize a union turned into the first public airing of sharply conflicting views over the issue. Some parents voiced support for the teachers’ right to make the decision themselves, others expressed concern for what the change will mean for the culture of the school, and the conversation dovetailed with national debates about the role of organized labor in public education and the past and future of the New Orleans school system. Continue reading »

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Apr 202016
 

poseidon-sushiWe at Poseidon Oyster & Sushi Bar have extended our menu offers to include not only our New Orleans-style seafood and sushi, but also a variety of Asian foods from the kitchen of AJ&J Bistro, formerly on Magazine Street.

We also offer our Party Rooms for large parties and special events like:

  • Karaoke
  • Business meetings & luncheons
  • Watch parties for sports
  • And general celebrations

Take a virtual tour of the restaurant below!

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Apr 202016
 

The Irish community and organizations of New Orleans—including the Ancient Order of Hibernians Louisiana, Emerald Society, and the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club—will host a ceremony on Saturday, April 23 to commemorate 100 years since Irish protesters marched into Dublin in an effort to declare independence from English rule.

The commemoration will begin with mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church at 12 p.m. and continue with food, drinks, and Irish music at the St. Alphonsus Cultural Center.
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Apr 192016
 
Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

In the first case, two Metairie men drinking at a university frat house brawled with two armed robbers, New Orleans police said. In the second robbery of the weekend, a delivery driver was confronted by a lone gunman on Octavia Street, while the third robbery took place mere moments later far enough away that a connection seems unlikely, investigators say.

All three cases remain under investigation, detectives in the Uptown-based Second District said on Tuesday, and while all possibilities remain on the table, the three robberies around the university area from this weekend appear to have taken place under circumstances too different to be connected. Continue reading »

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Apr 192016
 
Children dance during a performance at Lusher Charter School's morning meeting in December 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Children dance during a performance at Lusher Charter School’s morning meeting in December 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

By Jana K. Lipman

I am writing to support Lusher teachers, and I want to share my thoughts as a labor historian, a teacher, a former union member, and a parent of two children at Lusher.

Many friends and fellow parents have said they are normally pro-union or progressive, but that teachers, and particularly Lusher teachers, do not need a union.  This is for Lusher teachers to decide themselves.  Parents can support or not support unionization efforts (clearly, I am also taking a side), but ultimately this is a decision for the teachers to make. Continue reading »

Apr 192016
 
The LaFon Fountain in its prime, in a photo dating to the 1970s. (courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon Fountain in a photo dating to the 1970s. (courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

Members of the Coliseum Square Association are planning a fundraising push to better service the parks and fountains throughout the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Apr 192016
 
Evie Poitevent of Feet First

Evie Poitevent of Feet First

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

Another reason for us to band together is coming to a road near you! We will be facing drainage system improvements and road construction for the next five years. Funds from FEMA as well as our Department of Public Works have been designated and projects have been mapped through 2019 and we need to stay flexible (as we do) in the name of long-term infrastructure improvements!

Along with those experiencing personal inconveniences and dissatisfactions, our local businesses on these routes are taking a hard economic hit. New Orleans’ businesses need to feel our support and the impact of local dollars now at this critical time of business disruption because they are the backbone of our city’s culture, economy and character. Continue reading »

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