Dec 122015
 

audubon symbolShould the schools under the control of the Orleans Parish School Board be funded more like those in the Recovery School District, or more like those in other parishes across the rest of the state?

That’s the question Audubon Charter School officials hope the public will consider as a proposed redistribution of state education money could cut as much as $750,000 from its budget, as well as that of other Orleans Parish schools.

“What we want is for OPSB schools to have the same funding formula as every other district in the state,” said Alisa Dupre, operations manager at Audubon Charter School. “We should not be the exception to the rule.” Continue reading »

Dec 122015
 
A shopper at the Frereststivus market in December 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

A shopper at the Frereststivus market in December 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The corner of Freret and Napoleon will once again become a hub of holiday shopping and free music today with the annual Freretstivus sale. The gift market will take place from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature 96 vendors and 2 bands. Continue reading »

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Dec 112015
 
Baba Ganoush and Labneh (photo by Kristine Froeba)

Baba Ganoush and Labneh (photo by Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Chef Alon Shaya has been taking the restaurant scene by storm, and not just the local scene. We’re actually talking about the country. His namesake restaurant Shaya was recently voted Best Restaurant in America by Esquire Magazine. Chef Shaya was already well known for bringing his cuisine to both Domenica, at the Roosevelt Hotel, and Pizza Domenica, but now he has become a national celebrity with the success of Shaya’s “Modern Israeli Cuisine”. Not bad for a restaurant that only opened in February.

The accolades are many, and they continue to grow. Chef Shaya racked up a James Beard award in May for Domenica, while Shaya was listed in August’s Bon Appetite Magazine’s Best 50 Restaurants in America. Middle Eastern-influenced Shaya was even singled out in the latest issue of Garden & Gun Magazine, a magazine that showcases the very best of the South. Continue reading »

Dec 102015
 
6th through 8th grade students of the International School of Louisiana will be moved to occupy the John Dibert school building on Orleans Avenue due to campus renovations. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

6th through 8th grade students of the International School of Louisiana will be moved to occupy the John Dibert school building on Orleans Avenue due to campus renovations. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

Upcoming renovations to the International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street building will require the school to move its middle-school grades to the John Dibert school building on Orleans Avenue — starting in January, officials announced this week, prompting concerns from parents about transportation between the two sites. Continue reading »

Dec 102015
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks during a campaign event in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks during a campaign event in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

As the New Orleans City Council prepares to move into what was expected to be the final round of discussions on a plan to remove three monuments to Confederate leaders and one to a white-supremacist uprising against the Reconstruction government, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell announced that she will oppose the plan because it was “thrust upon the city” from above. Continue reading »

Dec 102015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

On the fourth day of the ancient Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, President Barack Obama told an audience of 500 people that freedom can prevail over tyranny. Hope can triumph over despair. Light can prevail over darkness.

Today we are seeking the light in two divisive issues, Donald Trump’s controversial call to block the entry of all Muslim refugees to the United States, and the best solution on our very own monument controversy. Though very different, both issues are bringing out the best and worst in people and reminding us of dark times in our past. Continue reading »

Dec 102015
 
(via irishnetworkneworleans.org)

(via irishnetworkneworleans.org)

The St. Alphonsus Catholic Church will host an Irish Christmas party presented by the Irish Network New Orleans (IN-NOLA) this Saturday, December 12. The event is free for IN-NOLA members and children, and members  may bring guests for $10 per guest. Continue reading »

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Dec 092015
 
(photo via Google)

(photo via Google)

The sale of alcoholic beverages at a neighborhood café on Panola Street and outdoor seating for a fast-food fried chicken restaurant on St. Charles Avenue were both granted initial approval by city planning officials on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Dec 092015
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

The man who was shot during his Saturday night rampage on Annunciation Street is still hospitalized for his injuries and faces several charges on his release, but no charges are expected against the man who shot him, New Orleans police said.

Meanwhile, police are on the lookout for an intruder who was discovered in a Broadmoor girl’s bedroom last week, they said. Continue reading »

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Dec 092015
 

The total liquidation of Peacock’s Estate Jewelry, plus part 2 of Twin Oaks,
will headline Crescent City’s Dec. 12-13 sale
The two-day, 1,000-lot auction event will be held at
Crescent City Auction Gallery’s showroom.

Items from the liquidation of Peacock's Estate Jewelry in New Orleans will include wristwatches by Rolex, Cartier and others.

Items from the liquidation of Peacock’s Estate Jewelry in New Orleans will include wristwatches by Rolex, Cartier and others.

The complete liquidation of Peacock’s Estate Jewelers – the iconic fine jewelry store on Royal Street in the New Orleans French Quarter – plus Part 2 of items from Twin Oaks – the one-time home of author Robert Penn Warren in Prairieville, La. – will headline a massive two-day auction event slated for December 12th-13th by Crescent City Auction Gallery.

The sale will be held in Crescent City’s gallery, at 1330 St. Charles Avenue, starting at 10 a.m. both days. Lots 1-650 will be sold on Saturday, lots 651-1,000 on Sunday. Featured will be French and American period furniture, original artworks (some of them by noted regional artists), Newcomb College pottery, bronze pieces, antique clocks and more. Continue reading »

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Dec 082015
 
St. Paul's UCC christmas concert

(via St. Paul’s United Church of Christ )

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will host a free Christmas concert this Saturday, Dec. 12, featuring performances by The Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, pianist Mark Coleman, and guitarist Todd Duke. The concert will be free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Dec 082015
 
(photo via nola.gov)

The house at 4018 Laurel Street (photo via nola.gov)

A request to demolish part of a Laurel Street home to prepare for an addition was rejected by city officials on Monday afternoon, but requests regarding two homes on Toledano and Amelia streets were approved. Continue reading »

Dec 082015
 

stormwater

 

On Thursday, December 10th, LCI Workers’ Comp and its Membership Arm, LCIA—along with the Urban Conservancy, Dana Brown & Associates, and the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative —will host “Stormwater Management: A Guide for Contractors” at the BioInnovation Center on Canal Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The six-hour class will introduce the concept of stormwater management, as well as its importance to Southeast Louisiana.

 

Presenters—who include a landscape architect, a city planner, and a representative from the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board—will also discuss green building materials, city regulations, and the business opportunities surrounding green construction.
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Dec 072015
 
Gloria Steinem speaks at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Gloria Steinem speaks at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

While violence against women is clearly repulsive on its own, its causes may also provide a window into the United States’ ongoing struggles with issues of mass shootings, police violence and even terrorist threats, said renowned feminist Gloria Steinem in an address in New Orleans on Sunday.

“The single biggest determinant of whether a country is violent inside itself or will be willing to use military violence against another country is not poverty,” Steinem said. “It’s not access to natural resources, not religion or even degree of democracy. It’s violence against females.” Continue reading »

Dec 072015
 

Gloria Steinem speaks at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Gloria Steinem speaks at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

While most of Gloria Steinem’s discussion on Sunday focused on broad issues of society and justice, the feminist author dived straight into current events when one questioner asked her about the Presidential election — mocking Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in a sarcastic monologue and expressing a touch of apprehension at the struggles ahead for Hillary Clinton. Continue reading »