Nov 072014
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Presently there is a billboard that slaps you in the face as you travel southbound on I-55 away from Ponchatoula at the turn, before the stretch over the Maurepas. Quite simply, it reads, “Eat Louisiana Sweet Potatoes.” When I first saw it, I was getting ready for a potluck a few days later. I immediately considered the command and thought, “Okay.” Next trip to Rouses?  Sweet potatoes acquisition.  Served at the potluck?  Super tasty sweet potato casserole with a touch of cayenne and crunchy, melty marshmallow topping.  Ah!  The power of advertising!  Pat yourself on the back, powers that be. Continue reading »

Nov 072014
 
A damaged blue Saturn sits in the 2000 block of Foucher, after a fatally wounded woman was found in a Mercedes that crashed into it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A damaged blue Saturn sits in the 2000 block of Foucher, after a fatally wounded woman was found in a Mercedes that crashed into it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Friday morning's fatal shooting in the 2000 block of Foucher has yet to be loaded into the NOPD crime maps, but a homicide marker shows where a victim was found a block away in September. (map via NOPD)

Friday morning’s fatal shooting in the 2000 block of Foucher has yet to be loaded into the NOPD crime maps, but a homicide marker shows where a victim was found a block away in September. (map via NOPD)

One of Uptown New Orleans’ most persistently violent intersections — Foucher Street near South Saratoga — was the site of another homicide investigation overnight after a woman was found fatally shot inside a Mercedes sedan that crashed there, authorities said Friday morning. Continue reading »

Nov 062014
 
State and local investigators examine the remains of a car parked in a driveway off Constantinople at the corner of Pyrtania Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

State and local investigators examine the remains of a car parked in a driveway off Constantinople at the corner of Pyrtania Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A well-known New Orleans political consultant’s home was heavily damaged by a fire that apparently started in a car parked in his driveway off Prytania Street early Thursday morning, displacing his family and a neighbor.

New Orleans fire officials have deemed the blaze a possible arson as a host of state and federal agents join the investigation, and a chorus of elected officials condemned the attack’s apparent political motivations. Continue reading »

Nov 062014
 
Allan Katz poses with Seymour D'Fair, portrayed by Mark Romig. (photo courtesy of Allan Katz)

Allan Katz poses with Seymour D’Fair, portrayed by Mark Romig. (photo courtesy of Allan Katz)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

As we mark the 30th Anniversary of the 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair, the memories come flooding back.
It was underfunded and always in crisis, and for those who were part of the World’s Fair team it was a six-month roller coaster ride with near spills every day. Continue reading »

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Nov 062014
 
The Roots of Music brass band performs on Napoleon Avenue during the Krewe of Proteus parade in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Roots of Music brass band performs on Napoleon Avenue during the Krewe of Proteus parade in 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

image001Big Sam’s Funky Nation will headline a fundraising celebration Friday night at NOLA Brewing for The Roots of Music, an educational project that trains New Orleans schoolchildren to play the city’s traditional music. Continue reading »

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Nov 052014
 
Lusher Charter School operations director Frank Israel checks on a classroom under renovation at the Freret campus in late October. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School operations director Frank Israel checks on a classroom under renovation at the Freret campus in late October. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With the major U.S. midterm elections now in the rearview mirror, school officials around New Orleans are now looking to the Dec. 6 runoff.

While Louisiana decides between Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu for U.S. Senator, New Orleans voters will also decide whether to renew a property tax that will begin building a citywide fund to maintain school buildings in Orleans Parish — which some school leaders say is crucial to ending the decades-long cycle of neglect and deterioration at city school buildings. Continue reading »

Nov 042014
 

2014 Urban Heroes Gala

The Urban Conservancy, a non-profit organization in New Orleans, is having their 2014 annual Urban Heroes Gala Saturday, Nov. 15, to celebrate three visionaries recognized by The Urban Conservancy and StayLocal, a non-profit organization that is the Greater New Orleans area’s independent business alliance. The event will feature food, drink and The Laissez Boys and Camel Toe Lady Steppers. Continue reading »

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Nov 042014
 

jewel bush

By 10:30 a.m. yesterday, the eve of the 2014 mid-term elections, I had already received three political campaign calls.

When my cell rang for the third time in an hour with a call from yet another unfamiliar phone number, I was beyond perturbed. I heard President Barack Obama’s voice and immediately hung up.

Yes, I hung up on the leader of the Free World. Continue reading »

Nov 032014
 

Owen Courreges

Election day is tomorrow.  If you’re like me, you’re relishing in the opportunity to vote for a smattering of ill-considered proposals and lackluster candidates in the vain, fleeting hope of actually making this city a better place.

However, I am also aware that there are those of you who are just short of hopelessly ignorant when it comes to the proposed state constitutional amendments.   Usually, constitutional amendments are for matters of great public import; in Louisiana, though, they tend to be a bunch of random crap.

With this in mind, I have created the following voters guide to the proposed Louisiana constitutional amendments, together with my recommendations (spoiler alert: I hate pretty much all of them). Continue reading »

Nov 032014
 

Annunciation Street intersects Calliope underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway. (The homicide there had not yet been marked on NOPD crime maps Monday morning.)

Annunciation Street intersects Calliope underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway. (The homicide there had not yet been marked on NOPD crime maps Monday morning.)

A 25-year-old man was shot to death inside a SUV near the Pontchartrain Expressway at the edge of the Warehouse District and Lower Garden District, New Orleans police said Monday morning. Continue reading »

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Nov 032014
 

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TRANSITIONS

The period from infancy to high school is a crucial time of transition for every young person.

It is a time when they come to own their personal values, to define their lives’ priorities,

and to develop habits of hard work, resiliency, and integrity.

It is, quite simply, when character is forged.

At Trinity Episcopal School, we take very seriously our role as mentors to children on the journey of growing up.

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