Years ago, a friend of mine told me that it is within the crisis that we grow, and that when it is resolved, we can rest. At age 52, I have been blessed with a great deal of resting time, but when the crisis does occur, the growing pains can be immense.
After an explosive meeting of the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board on Monday evening that included an unsuccessful effort to remove one member over a “derogatory” email, the member who led that effort resigned from the board Tuesday morning.
The tumult comes amid a transition in the school’s administrative leadership that drew a number of concerned parents to the meeting Monday, and exposes a number of issues that apparently divide the board but have had relatively little discussion in public until now.
A lockdown two weeks ago at Banneker Elementary in the Riverbend was caused by a call from a man threatening to kill a female student there, likening her fate to that of two students from KIPP Believe College Prep on South Carrollton who were each shot to death the previous weekend, writes Jarvis DeBarry of the Times-Picayune. A perceived influx of more “belligerent,” violent transfer students is changing the culture at the school and leading better students astray to defend themselves, DeBarry says as he contemplates the problem of children “directly confronted by evil.“
A project to keep guns out of criminals’ hands by buying them from their rightful owners at an Earhart Boulevard church this weekend went through $10,000 in donated cash in an hour and a half, swapping $75 for each working handgun and $200 for assault rifles, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV.
Three men in their 20s were robbed at gunpoint as they left a Maple Street bar on Saturday evening, and what police believe to be single gunman committed two armed robberies on Magazine and St. Charles, authorities said.
The public comment period ends Thursday on Tulane’s proposal to demolish two buildings on Zimpel Street for use as construction-staging areas for the FEMA-funded rooftop expansion of the Howard Tilton Library, according to the website for the project.
Tickets are still available until 5 p.m. at the Hollygrove Market & Farm website (and afterward at the door) for the third annual Party in the Garden, which will showcase the talents of chefs from some of New Orleans’ most acclaimed restaurants. The event begins at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday, May 14) at the farm, 8301 Olive St.
Submitted for your approval, a young, mild-mannered New Orleans female who manages a store on Magazine Street. She lives happily in an apartment in the rear of her shop, interacting with neighbors and contributing to the fabric of one of New Orleans’ great commercial corridors.
Alas, this poor girl is about to come face to face with a place where reason and good manners have are given no quarter, a place we call…. The “Passive-Aggressive Neighbor Zone.”
The governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at 5401 S. Claiborne Avenue.
We talk a lot about culture here in New Orleans. We should: we’re fortunate to have one of the most vibrant, eclectic, and most thrilling cultures in the United States, if not the world. The mélange of histories, geographies, ethnicities, and styles that defines this city challenges us no end, revealing its innovation and dynamism each time we encounter it. Residents and visitors alike discuss the culture in reverent terms, exploring its origins, composition, and value – and how we have nearly lost it on so many occasions.
In my last column for UptownMessenger.com, I’d like to explore a slightly different question. I ask not what is New Orleans’ culture, but where?
Lusher Charter School is likely to reduce the number of incoming kindergarten students from 150 to 100 in the coming year, halting the expansion it began two years ago because it has run out of room at its satellite campus at the Jewish Community Center and been unable to find more space elsewhere.
Now that JazzFest 2012 is in the books and we’re looking down the summer corridor toward next fall, most of the city’s restaurant operators are looking at their calendars and bank accounts and thinking, “Hmmm…”
A Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant proposed for Oak Street garnered the initial support of the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association this week, although they took issue with a plan to convert some of the corridor’s scarce off-street parking into an outdoor dining area.
A wave of shootings in the Irish Channel that may be connected to an attack on a school bus last month and another outbreak of gun violence in the Central City area led to a joint operation of more than 40 officers being deployed to find the shooters and suppress the gunfire, authorities said this week.