Oct 182013
 
The members of "Helping Mothers Heal" gather in a prayer circle at one of their weekly meetings on September 26, 2013. Helping Mothers Heal is a group of mothers who have lost a child to violence. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The members of “Helping Mothers Heal” gather in a prayer circle at one of their weekly meetings on September 26, 2013. Helping Mothers Heal is a group of mothers who have lost a child to violence. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The grief that follows the loss of a child to violence is one of the most unbearable burdens life can impose on a mother. It is one of life’s mysteries, then, that by gathering a dozen such heavy souls in one room, the burden on all of them becomes lighter.

“It hurts deeply to lose a kid, and you just don’t know why,” said Ann Dimes, a member of the “Helping Mothers Heal” group at the Watson Teaching Ministries on St. Charles Avenue. “So you reach out to another mother, another sister … because life is precious. Life will continue to go on.” Continue reading »

Oct 172013
 

Four armed robberies and a simple robbery over the last two weeks around the Garden District. (map via NOPD.com)

Four armed robberies and a simple robbery over the last two weeks around the Garden District. (map via NOPD.com)

Tuesday evening’s dramatic armed robbery of a Magazine Street restaurant during dinner — about which police are releasing little new information — is one of a handful of recent holdups around the Garden District area that New Orleans police are investigating, even as the overall number of robberies remains down for the year, authorities said this week. Continue reading »

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Oct 172013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It’s election season in New Orleans and we couldn’t be more excited!

Danatus King, a lawyer and nine-year president of the New Orleans chapter of the NAACP, announced his candidacy for Mayor last Sunday to members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.  It was a perfect place to start, in the heart of the black community which still hasn’t fully recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading »

Oct 172013
 

The westbound lanes of Earhart and the side streets will be closed Thursday and Friday. (via Google maps)

The westbound lanes of Earhart and the side streets will be closed Thursday and Friday. (via Google maps)

The westbound lanes of Earhart Boulevard will be closed Thursday and Friday around the former B.W. Cooper development (now called Marrero Commons) for filming, New Orleans officials said. Continue reading »

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Oct 162013
 

Santa Fe Tapas on St. Charles Avenue (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Santa Fe Tapas on St. Charles Avenue (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After months of negotiations, New Orleans city attorneys finally reached an operating agreement with Santa Fe Tapas on Tuesday — but only after an 11th-hour dispute over the use of go cups at the establishment nearly brought the matter to trial. Continue reading »

Oct 162013
 
The former Dreamboat. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

The former Dreamboat. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

On a sleepy stretch at Loyola and Third in the heart of Central City amid a myriad of churches (some with an active congregation, some not so much), there sits a veritable historic housing preservationist’s dream, a 19th Century relic in what would otherwise appear to might have been a corner grocery or barroom.  But not so fast, judges of book by covers!  Look closer at the empirical data and ask some of the older area locals, and this hiding-in-plain-sight wood frame structure was by all accounts (or those willing to provide accounts) once upon a time a place unequivocally identified as the neighborhood brothel, dba The Dream Boat Inn. Continue reading »

Oct 152013
 
The SWAT Team marches on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The NOPD SWAT Team marches on Magazine Street during a robbery investigation. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD officers closed Magazine Street for several blocks around Byblos after an armed robbery Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD officers closed Magazine Street for several blocks around Byblos after an armed robbery Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After a Magazine Street restaurant was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening, a manhunt for the suspect put neighboring establishments on lockdown with no one allowed to enter or leave, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Oct 152013
 

jewel bush

Over the last year, I’ve met dozens of incredible people both personally and professionally, and I’ve followed up most of these encounters with some sort of thank you — digital, but more often tangible.

I’ve sent greeting cards and handwritten notes, which are no easy task being that my penmanship has never been even mediocre and the physical act of writing sometimes pains me. Not only have I sent notes to the new folks who have entered my life, but I’ve also mailed a variety of correspondence to my old friends and colleagues as well to remind them how amazing I believe they are. Continue reading »