Jan 122016
 

A kitchen fire in a second-floor apartment spread to a neighboring apartment and three Magazine Street businesses below Monday night, but everyone escaped the three-alarm blaze without injury, New Orleans firefighters said. Continue reading »

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Jan 122016
 

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) will host its 9th annual Fit For a King Conference in honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this Thursday, Jan. 15. This year’s conference theme is “Bringing Justice Home: Fair Housing in an Era of Displacement and Growing Inequality”, and acclaimed civil rights activist Angela Davis will be the keynote speaker. Continue reading »

Jan 112016
 
A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The state education board’s recent recommendation to extend the charter for Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans by an additional seven years will play a crucial role as the young school seeks financing to renovate the former Priestley school in Carrollton for its upper grades, officials said Monday night. Continue reading »

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Jan 112016
 

St. George'sSt. George’s Episcopal School will host Open Houses for students from age 1 year to 8th grade on January 14th and 21st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at 923 Napoleon Avenue, the school has been a leader in New Orleans education since 1969. With the ongoing expansion of the Early Childhood Center and the continued success of Lower and Middle School students, St. George’s is committed to continuing its legacy of excellent education.


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Jan 112016
 

A 49-year-old man was shot Friday on the corner of First Street and Claiborne Avenue, according to New Orleans police.

Police said he was approached by a man armed with a black handgun shortly before 2 p.m.

He was taken to a local hospital after the man shot him.

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Jan 112016
 
Former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

Former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

City Planning officials are set to discuss the proposal of an apartment building located at the former Our Lady of Good Counsel School at a City Planning Commission meeting Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

Jan 112016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

We’ve long come to expect bizarrely poor public transit in New Orleans. Nothing runs on time, streetcars are useless following a modest fender-bender, and virtually half of bus service still hasn’t been restored after Katrina.

Meanwhile, tourist lines soak up the lion’s share of capital dollars while residents who live paycheck-to-paycheck wonder whether they’ll actually be able to get to work the next day. In short, transit is a basket case.

In the midst of all of this inefficient blundering, one would at least expect that RTA could get one thing right – using technology. Continue reading »

Jan 112016
 

Get on BoardCould you or someone you know benefit from a training program designed to develop and enhance leadership skills? Are you affiliated with an organization that needs qualified leaders on its Board of Directors?

The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) is once again bringing its award-winning Get On Board training program to energetic individuals who want to improve Metropolitan New Orleans.
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Jan 102016
 
Photos from the Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou pauses in front of the Balcony Bar on Magazine Street during its inaugural march through the Irish Channel on Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With a costumes ranging from the satirical to the fantastic to just plain hairy, the Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou made its inaugural march through the Irish Channel on Saturday afternoon, delighting onlookers and raising money to improve the neighborhood.

Photos from the Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A costumed Cruella De Vil, part of the “Shady Characters” marching group in the Krewe of Loup Garou, calls for Disney hero Aladdin to be deported. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 082016
 
(Courtesy of Lynne Hempe)

(Courtesy of Lynne Hempe)

 

On a sleepy stretch of Millaudon St. in the Black Pearl, barely out of the shadow of Loyola’s Law School, rests an unassuming sky blue two-story home with a handsome vegetable patch of a front yard, also known as the Sunshine School. A daycare during the week, once a year this coming Saturday morning from 10 to noon, the garden will host the school’s Farmer’s Market and sell homegrown veggies, baked goods, and small plants that Lynne Hempe and her students have propagated. All of the proceeds will be donated to charity. As a father of one of Ms. Lynne’s preschoolers, a story about this now annual boutique event and her squad are frankly too good to pass.

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

As bleary-eyed returnee parents seeking childcare for our two oldest in the still drying out terrain of the Crescent City, my wife and I first met Ms. Lynne at CDP (Child Development Program on Claiborne Ave) 10 years ago and have had the privilege of having all four of our children spend their preschool experience with her. Reflecting on this recently, and being reminded of the 2016 market, I wanted to share a little insight to her world and the contributions she makes to our community. So we did a little Q & A:

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Jan 082016
 
The apartments at State and Tchoupitoulas, photographed in August 2011. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The apartments at State and Tchoupitoulas, photographed in August 2011. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The cluster of brick apartment buildings at State and Tchoupitoulas got initial approval for demolition this week to make way for a new condo building, while city officials also considered requests to tear down homes on Jena, Laurel and Coliseum streets. Continue reading »

Jan 082016
 

Craft Cocktails, Boutique Wine Pours, & Southern Comfort with Style!

Red Dog Diner’s Roasted Duck Waffle with Duck Crackling, Slaw, and Five Spice Maple Syrup (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Red Dog Diner opened only two months ago, but they are making their mark with the breakfast and brunch crowd. The “Kitchen Sink Bloody Mary” lists “everything in the kitchen sink. Tell ya mom an Dem!” They aren’t kidding.

“Everything fresh and made from scratch” isn’t a bad way to start. Another unique attribute is that Red Dog plans to serve brunch seven days a week until 2 p.m. Currently, it’s Tuesday through Saturday. New Orleanians love breakfast, and long lines at most Uptown breakfast spots attest to that. Unlike most of those other favorite breakfast spots, Red Dog also serves dinner. Continue reading »

Jan 072016
 
The streetcar carrying the Phunny Phorty Phellows leaves the Willow Street streetcar barn on Thursday night. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The streetcar carrying the Phunny Phorty Phellows leaves the Willow Street streetcar barn on Wednesday night. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Wednesday, Jan 6 the Phunny Phorty Phellows Carnival krewe welcomed in Carnival season 2016. The annual event signals the beginning of Carnival season which concludes with Mardi Gras day on Feb 9. The Phellows are a krewe that dates back to 1898 and this streetcar tradition dates back to 1981.

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Jan 072016
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

When the New Orleans City Council chose to honor retiring Criminal Court Judge Frank Marullo today, they did so because “we owe (him) a continuous debt of gratitude and appreciation…for his commitment and dedication.” Having first taken the bench in September, 1974 and continuously being reelected for forty years, we don’t believe any other elected official in Louisiana can make that longevity claim. Continue reading »

Jan 072016
 

Grow Dat is a youth leadership program and farm in City Park that nurtures teenagers through the meaningful work of growing food. In its fourth year, our Farm Share program is a way for customers to enjoy chemical-free, fresh produce while investing in our farm and youth leadership program.

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Sign up for our Spring Farm Share to receive a box of fresh, local produce each week for 23 weeks.

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