Aug 122014
 
The former day care at 1800 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard has been bought by New Orleans chef Adolfo Garcia and his partners. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former day care at 1800 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard has been bought by New Orleans chef Adolfo Garcia and his partners. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Adolfo Garcia speaks Monday before the New Orleans Board of Zoning Adjustments. (via nola.gov)

Adolfo Garcia speaks Monday before the New Orleans Board of Zoning Adjustments. (via nola.gov)

Celebrated New Orleans restaurateur Adolfo Garcia — whose High Hat Cafe and Ancora Pizzeria helped jumpstart the commercial revitalization of Freret Street — has bought a building on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard for his next venture.

Demonstrating the degree to which the redevelopment of O.C. Haley Boulevard has taken off, city officials on Monday compared the Central City corridor to busy Magazine Street as they discussed the need for parking they expect in the very near future. Continue reading »

Aug 112014
 
An architect's sketch of the renovations planned for the VFW post on Lyons Street. (submitted image)

An architect’s sketch of the renovations planned for the VFW post on Lyons Street. (submitted image)

 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post logoAfter successfully rebuilding their membership over the past few years, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in New Orleans is working towards renovating their meeting hall on Lyons Street with a pair of fundraisers this week at nearby bars. Continue reading »

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Aug 112014
 
(Cartoon by Owen Courreges)

(Cartoon by Owen Courreges)

Owen Courreges

A ban on smoking in bars and casinos in the City of New Orleans is beginning to appear increasingly inevitable.  Although a concerted campaign to enact a statewide ban has failed repeatedly in past years, the insidious anti-smoking forces are now focusing on smaller-scale efforts.

In New Orleans, these forces have found a political surrogate in District B City Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell, who plans to introduce a smoking ban this fall.

“This is not an attack, this is about healthier environments for all people: those who work in these environments, musicians, employees,” Cantrell said recently. ”But the majority of the people now within our city and even state, close to 80 percent are non-smokers.”

Cantrell attempts an artful dodge, but the truth is that this is an attack — an attack on a market choice. Continue reading »

Aug 102014
 
A still image from the video of Monday's robbery. (via NOPD)

A still image from the video of Monday’s robbery. (via NOPD)

Last week’s brazen armed robbery at a business on South Carrollton Avenue does not appear to be linked to a similar incident earlier this summer in the same strip mall, but police are urging businesses to take whatever precautions they can to keep their employees safe. Continue reading »

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Aug 092014
 

Ernest Gaskin Jr. (via opcso.org)

Ernest Gaskin Jr. (via opcso.org)

After an alleged heroin dealer whom police say was operating at one of the Irish Channel’s most notoriously violent corners was arrested last week and released from jail a day later, he is now back in jail again on a $500,000 bond following his indictment by a grand jury, documents show. Continue reading »

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Aug 082014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

While it’s very early in the competition to see who the Presidential nominees will be in 2016, we’ve been impressed by the energy and drive of U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky.

Senator Paul recently accepted an invitation to speak to an Urban League convention in Florida. Unfortunately, most of the delegates to the convention thought that inviting an arch-conservative like Senator Paul was a mistake and stayed away from the session where he spoke. Continue reading »

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Aug 072014
 
The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School (photographed in 2011) will eventually be refurbished and assigned to KIPP Believe Primary under a new configuration for Carrollton public schools announced Thursday morning. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School (photographed in 2011) will eventually be refurbished and assigned to KIPP Believe Primary under a new configuration for Carrollton public schools announced Thursday morning. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The school options for Carrollton families will expand in the coming years as the Recovery School District announced a long-term plan Thursday morning to assign KIPP Believe and the operator Lafayette Academy to two campuses each along the Carrollton corridor. Continue reading »

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Aug 072014
 
A rendering of the proposed football stadium on Tulane's Uptown campus. (via TulaneStadium.com)

A rendering of the proposed football stadium on Tulane’s Uptown campus. (via TulaneStadium.com)

As Tulane’s first on-campus football season in years approaches, a trio of women’s groups at Tulane University are hosting a pre-season high tea and silent auction Sunday honoring alumni football wives. Continue reading »

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