Feb 262016
 
(via nolachili.com)

(via nolachili.com)

The 3rd Annual Chili In The Channel cook-off competition & celebration takes place this Saturday February 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ReNEW SciTech Academy in the Irish Channel. Tickets for the event will be sold at the front gate, and proceeds will support programs for ReNEW Schools students. Continue reading »

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Feb 252016
 
Ohio Gov. John Kasich meets with Louisiana voters at a town hall in Metairie. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich meets with Louisiana voters at a town hall in Metairie. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

It was almost comforting listening to presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich yesterday at a Metairie forum attended by almost 200 people. There was no bombast oratory, no inflammatory swipes at the other candidates, no threats of hell and damnation. Instead, attendees heard a sincere, even-keeled centrist who had some pretty good ideas about how to fix many of America’s problems. Continue reading »

Feb 252016
 
A chart showing the proposed "weights" for per-pupil funding under the new formula. (via Louisiana Department of Education)

A chart showing the proposed “weights” for per-pupil funding under the new formula. (via Louisiana Department of Education)

The task force charged with creating a new formula for distributing state education funding to New Orleans schools announced its final recommendations Wednesday, with a vote scheduled for early next month by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Continue reading »

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Feb 232016
 

By Chunlin Leonhard

The Act 467 Working Group has recently proposed to revamp New Orleans public school funding formulas intending to increase funding for children with special needs. While this is a laudable goal, the proposed new formula takes desperately needed funds away from schools serving children from middle class families of all races. The proposed funding formula threatens to undo recent progress in making high quality public schools a realistic and viable option for middle class parents of all races. Taking desperately needed funds away from schools such as Audubon Charter School, Warren Easton, Ben Franklin, Edward Hynes, Lusher, McMain, and McDonogh #35 Academy, will only serve to weaken public school education overall by forcing middle class parents out of the New Orleans public school system. Continue reading »

Feb 232016
 

Original artworks—many by renowned New Orleans painters and other regional artists—and over 225 lots of stunning estate jewelry pieces, to include diamonds, rubies, sapphires, tanzanites and more, are just part of a two-day estates auction slated for Feb. 27–28 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.

Pair of rare French Gothic Revival bronze 12-light chandeliers, 65 inches tall and made circa 1900 (est. $6,000-$12,000).

Pair of rare French Gothic Revival bronze 12-light chandeliers, 65 inches tall and made circa 1900 (est. $6,000-$12,000).

In all, more than 1,400 lots will come up for bid, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. The auction will feature Part 2 of fine jewelry items from Peacock’s Estate Jewelry–the iconic and longstanding fine jewelry store on Royal Street in the New Orleans French Quarter–plus French furniture, clocks, lamps and lighting and other items from numerous local and Southern estates. Continue reading »

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Feb 222016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

I’m a big fan of Judge Dredd comics. The dystopian, post-apocalyptic future that Judge Dredd inhabits renders him simultaneously both hero and villain, as the same Judge/Cop hybrid who takes down dangerous criminals who prey on innocent citizens also often turns the innocent into criminals themselves.

Thus, you will often see Judge Dredd take down an armed mugger, only to arrest the victim of the mugging for incitement. After all, the victim was wearing expensive jewelry in a bad neighborhood at night! That makes him responsible!

We would like to think that in our more justice-minded society, we are above such victim-blaming, if not informally than at least under our body of criminal law. Alas, a forthcoming proposal by Councilman James Gray harkens more towards the world of Dredd than to loftier ideals. Continue reading »

Feb 222016
 

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Hi everyone! This is Tina Tran, formerly of Elegant Nails & Spa at 3134 Calhoun Street. Due to an unexpected situation that wasn’t intended, my sisters, mother and I are no longer at that location.

But you’re in luck! We’re now in business at Pinky’s Nail Salon, 1861 Rousseau Street, New Orleans, 70130.

 

 

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Feb 202016
 

Lusher logoLusher Charter School could be as close to a week away to decision whether to file a lawsuit over a proposed change to state education funding formulas, even after a leading advocate for New Orleans charter schools called the information Lusher is providing to the public “incomplete and wrong.” Continue reading »

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Feb 182016
 
Dark green and dark blue lines show proposed boundaries. (via City of New Orleans; click for enlarged PDF)

Dark green and dark blue lines show proposed boundaries. (via City of New Orleans; click for enlarged PDF)

Most of Uptown New Orleans between South Claiborne Avenue or Earhart Boulevard and the river should receive historic-district protection against demolitions — with much stricter standards on St. Charles and Carrollton avenues, according to a unanimous recommendation Wednesday night by a committee of residents appointed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Continue reading »

Feb 182016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

In the summer of 1987, Felicia Kahn offered several younger activists a ride to the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta to campaign against the reelection of George H.W. Bush. She wanted to ensure these younger women understood their voices were necessary to help bring change. Almost 30 years later Kahn is still speaking out – this time to support the presidential candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton. “Hillary has earned the votes of women,” Kahn said. Continue reading »

Feb 182016
 

Do you like classic and custom cars and bikes? Join us this Saturday as we view luxury cars customized by Hi Class Customs and the luxurious fleet for sale at Carbine Motors. We’ll have dozens of custom, exotic, and classic cars & bikes on display.

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Feb 172016
 
A resident asks the City Council for a compromise location for the proposed Carrollton Boosters sports complex as members of the Audubon Commission and Carrollton Boosters listen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A resident asks the City Council for a compromise location for the proposed Carrollton Boosters sports complex as members of the Audubon Commission and Carrollton Boosters listen. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than three hours of impassioned arguments by neighbors Wednesday against the Carrollton Boosters’ proposed new soccer complex on The Fly garnered little more from the New Orleans City Council than a promise to provide better advance notice in the future and a scolding for the tenor of some of the complaints about it. Continue reading »