Jan 232014
 

The New Orleans City Council is scheduled to discuss the proposed changes to the laws surrounding Mardi Gras parades, including a six-foot setback between ladders and the curb and a prohibition on roping off the neutral ground.

See below for live coverage.

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Jan 232014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

While several of the candidates for mayor are talking what we think is the truth about the economic inequities that still divide New Orleans, it’s a fact that the New Orleans economy is in better shape today than it has been in years and that New Orleans has sprung back quicker after Katrina than many cities have since the financial markets’ collapse. But that does not mean our economic picture is rosy across the board.

The maritime industry is on an upswing under the capable leadership of Gary LaGrange. The tourism industry under Greg Rusovich, Mark Romig, Mavis Early, Bob Johnson and others is working hard to compete with glitzier marketing budgets and state-of-the-art convention centers across the country. Too many of our tourism industry jobs are low-paying and the opportunities for advancement – especially by undereducated and unskilled African-Americans workers stuck in minimum wage jobs – are minimal. Continue reading »

Jan 232014
 

Dear District A Residents, If you are tired of:

  • unsafe neighborhoods because of poor support for vital services like our Fire and Police depts.,
  • the unfair traffic cameras negatively impacting you and your friends,
  • streets that damage your car, even though you call and call with no response,
  • rogue city operatives, like the Taxi Cab Bureau and street musician patrol,
  • our city constantly depleting resources to engage in protracted legal battles,
  • and worst of all, most of our residents unable to obtain a job at a living wage…

…then it’s time to bring in a proven coalition builder. Continue reading »

Jan 222014
 

The New Orleans Fire Department will speak about fire safety and vacant property safety at the Livaudais Neighborhood Association meeting Thursday night.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the First Street Peck Wesley United Methodist Church on 2309 Dryades St.

See the agenda below for more information: Continue reading »

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Jan 222014
 

Bricolage Academy and the Bricolage Community Association, a parent-teacher organization, will host the new school’s first fundraiser this Thursday.

“Drinkolage for Bricolage” will benefit students of Bricolage Academy, which just opened its doors to kindergarteners in the 2013-14 school year. Twenty percent of the event’s proceeds will go directly to the school, according to a release issued by the academy’s CEO, Josh Densen.

The fundraiser, to be held at the Rusty Nail on 1100 Constance Street from 4-8 p.m., will feature the local funk band Sticky Wig, according to the release.

 

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Jan 222014
 
The site of the former Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street is still surrounded by chain-link fence, but the new roof on the old New Orleans Bicycle Club building can be seen behind it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The site of the former Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street is still surrounded by chain-link fence, but the new roof on the old New Orleans Bicycle Club building can be seen behind it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Although the site of the former Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street remains a quiet concrete foundation, neighbors have been cheered by the sounds of construction at the old New Orleans Bicycle Club building next door, and owner Cedric Martin says rebuilding his beloved grocery remains on track to begin in March and finish six months later. Continue reading »

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Jan 222014
 
(photo by Gus Bennett, used with permission of Kelly Love Jones)

(photo by Gus Bennett, used with permission of Kelly Love Jones)

Jean-Paul Villere

As a younger man I delivered flowers for a neighborhood florist, and one of our regular passersby was an older blind man that would often stop and listen to the conversations amongst staff and clientele.  Invariably he would chime in with this phrase “Conceive it, believe it, achieve it.” 

I hadn’t thought about him for a long time, and then recently I met the New Orleans musician Kelly Love Jones. Continue reading »

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Jan 222014
 

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The most difficult part about being away from New Orleans during Mardi Gras is missing our world famous king cake. There’s nothing like a king cake made fresh in New Orleans to bring back fond memories. Be sure to send a slice of love and ship them your choice of king cake this season through Parcels & Post.

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Jan 212014
 

The owner of Carrollton Station, Michael Miller, was arrested on a charge on attempted-arson Monday after the owners of The Willow (the new name of the former Jimmy’s Music Club) recorded surveillance video of Miller placing a lit earwax-candle in their building’s door, reports Monica Hernandez of WWL-TV. Miller describes the incident as a joke, while The Willow’s owner, Jimmy Anselmo, is also in the middle of a disagreement with neighbors over the operations of his club, Hernandez reports. Continue reading »

Jan 212014
 

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Looking for something unique for your home? On January 24-26, New Orleans Auction Galleries will hold its semi-annual Cakebread Decorative Arts & Design auction, a series with an eclectic and extensive selection of over 1,600 lots of antique to contemporary furniture, accessories, jewelry, clocks, silver and fine and decorative arts. Continue reading »

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Jan 202014
 
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (far right) gives his final remarks alongside Archbishop Gregory Aymond (left) and City Councilwoman Susan Guidry (middle) after a wreath was brought to the MLK Memorial on Claiborne Ave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (far right) gives his final remarks alongside Archbishop Gregory Aymond (left) and City Councilwoman Susan Guidry (middle) after a wreath was brought to the King memorial on Claiborne Ave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Onlookers hold up commemorative signs in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Onlookers hold up commemorative signs in honor of MLK Jr. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Though the work is hard and much still remains, New Orleans is moving ever closer in tangible ways to becoming more like the community that Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned for America, city officials said Monday morning.

“Each generation for a moment grips the arc of history and bends it one way or another, but it does not bend on its own,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu on the steps of City Hall. “Here in New Orleans, there is no doubt we are moving forward together.” Continue reading »

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Jan 202014
 

Owen Courreges

If I ever become a judge, I think I’ll issue an injunction requiring a party not to speak about politics or religion and mandating that he quarter American soldiers in his house.  I’ll also tack on a provision stating that he not go near any polling station (so that he can’t vote in elections) and another requiring him to issue statements that incriminate himself.  If he violates it, I’ll send him to jail.

Apparently judges can do that.  Their power over the parties before them trumps the Constitution itself. Continue reading »

Jan 202014
 
Raw oysters from Woody’s Fish Tacos were a crowd favorite at the first annual Freret Street Oyster Jam. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Raw oysters from Woody’s Fish Tacos were a crowd favorite at the first annual Freret Street Oyster Jam. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Oysters in abundance, clear weather and live music drew more than 1,300 people to the first Freret Oyster Jam on Sunday, organizers said.

Keyboardist and organist John Gros plays with the newest New Orleans super group Raw Oyster Cult.The Cult is made up of Gros, former Radiators guitarists Camile Baudoin and Tom Malone and drummer Frank Bua Jr. and bassist Dave Pomerleau from Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Keyboardist and organist John Gros plays with the newest New Orleans super group Raw Oyster Cult.The Cult is made up of Gros, former Radiators guitarists Camile Baudoin and Tom Malone and drummer Frank Bua Jr. and bassist Dave Pomerleau from Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 182014
 
Drew Ward (from left), David Capasso, Stephen Gordon, Jason Coleman and Susan Guidry speak at the Alliance for Good Government candidates forum Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Drew Ward (from left), David Capasso, Stephen Gordon, Jason Coleman and Susan Guidry speak at the Alliance for Good Government candidates forum Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry stands by her record as she seeks a second term, but challenger Jason Coleman thinks New Orleans should be doing better. David Capasso would focus on raising workers’ wages, Stephen Gordon wants city government to run more like a small business, and Drew Ward thinks that New Orleans is being rebuilt in the wrong way.

These were the pitches the five candidates for the District A seat on the City Council made to the Alliance for Good Government this week, as they also debated issues such as how to fix the streets in Lakeview, a proposed railroad through Hollygrove and Mid-City, the behavior of corner stores and, of course, crime. Continue reading »