Mar 062014
 

Blight on Simon Bolivar (Uptown Messenger stock photo).

A new “lot maintenance program” passed by New Orleans City Council will allow the city to cut grass on blighted private property, recording the cost on that property owner’s tax bill.

The program, created as part of an amendment to an existing ordinance, allows the city to cut overgrowth, remove debris and perform routine maintenance on a private lot if the grass or growth is over 18 inches, there is trash or debris and/or if there is “noxious” growth, such as poison ivy, according to a presentation given by city administration in a Housing and Human Needs committee last month. Continue reading »

Mar 062014
 

rouse1Dear Voters,

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I established a disaster medical clinic on Canal Street, treating citizens and the first responders who were rescuing them. We are almost ten years out from the waters of Katrina, and still there is much work to be done. Our criminal justice system is undergoing its greatest transformation ever, and it is time for that change to come to the Coroner’s Office as well.

I’m running for Coroner to bring compassion, transparency, and modernization to the Coroner’s office. As the current Chief Deputy Coroner of Orleans Parish, I know exactly where we can improve. I’ll hit the ground running. Continue reading »

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Mar 052014
 
The Loyola University Jesuit Center Lenten lectures will be held on Wednesday nights in March and April to observe the season of Lent.  Each of the events are free and will take place on Loyola’s main campus in the Ignatius Chapel (via loyno.edu)

The Loyola University Jesuit Center Lenten lecture series will be held on Wednesday nights in March and April to observe the season of Lent. Each of the events are free and will take place on Loyola’s main campus in the Ignatius Chapel (via loyno.edu)

Take part in Jesuit spiritual exercises with experts from Loyola University examining the Lenten season in March and April, starting with an introduction to “The Heart of Ignatian Spirituality: The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 12). Continue reading »

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Mar 052014
 

nopd2 featIn a “day in the life” glimpse into the perspective of police officers on the parade route, Naomi Martin of The Times-Picayune profiles the efforts of the NOPD’s Uptown-based Second District to use tact to keep the peace rather than the force of their legal authority.

“In a city where the police department is constantly under scrutiny for its problems, Carnival provides a time for officers to make a positive impression with citizens,” Martin writes. “The New Orleans Police Department has turned keeping order amid drunken revelry into an art form.” Continue reading »

Mar 052014
 
Revelers awaiting Rex on Mardi Gras Day underneath the bus stop at Freret and Napoleon fuel their fire in an effort to keep warm. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Revelers awaiting Rex on Mardi Gras Day underneath the bus stop at Freret and Napoleon fuel their fire in an effort to keep warm. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

It was the best of Carnivals, it was the worst of Carnivals, it was the time of bare masking, it was the time of warmth sought, it was the suspension of disbelief, it was the veritable cold reality, it was a season of sunscreen, it was a season of wool stockings, it was the glimmer of spring, it was the end of our disparate winter, we had baubles thrown to us, we had rainsoaked remnants, we were heading to heaven, and we were all surely going to hell — in short, the 2014 Mardi Gras season gave us everything and in the end took it all away.  Maybe in a way no one would expect especially given the late date: foiled by the longest, weirdest winter the Big Easy hopefully will ever know and never repeat. Continue reading »

Mar 052014
 

A panel of leaders from different congregations across New Orleans — including Temple Sinai, St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church — will convene next week to discuss issues of sexuality and family planning during an interfaith perspective forum at Trinity Episcopal Church on (Monday) March 10. Continue reading »

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Mar 042014
 
(Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Zulu marches on Jackson Avenue. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Zulu King Garren Mims. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Zulu King Garren Mims. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Mardi Gras day, the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure club celebrated the late South African president Nelson Mandela. Continue reading »

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Mar 032014
 
The Krewe of Proteus (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Proteus rolls with a float called The Great Work on Napoleon Avenue (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

On the final evening before Fat Tuesday, Proteus rolled with 20 floats themed “Ancient Elements of Alchemy,” followed by the Krewe of Orpheus’ 32 floats themed “Orpheus — The Enchanted World.”

Quentin Tarantino rides in the Krewe of Orpheus. (UptownMessenger.com)

Director Quentin Tarantino rides in the Krewe of Orpheus on St. Charles Avenue. (UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 032014
 
Bacchus Explores Sportsman's Paradise (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Bacchus Explores our Sportsman’s Paradise (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor/Musician Hugh Laurie reigned as King Bacchus XLVI. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor/Musician Hugh Laurie threw signature doubloons to the packed Napoleon street crowd. Laurie reigned as King Bacchus XLVI. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Krewe of Bacchus 2014 explored Louisiana’s “Sportsman’s Paradise” slogan found on the state’s license plates. This year’s parade featured actor/musician Hugh Laurie from the television program House and New Orleans Saints’ all-pro defensive end Cameron Jordan. Continue reading »

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Mar 022014
 
A Thoth rider prepares a throw. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Krewe of Thoth prepares a throw for the crowd on Henry Clay Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Okeanos rolled on Sunday with a theme celebrating the holidays, the Krewe of Mid-City presented its distinctive floats in “Fifty Shades of Green,” and the Krewe of Thoth nodded toward Sunday’s Oscars with a movie-themed parade.

The Krewe of Mid-City's "Green Hornet" float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Mid-City’s “Green Hornet” float rolls on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 012014
 
Riders on the Krewe of Iris "Rock of Ages" float throw to the Napoleon Avenue crowds. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders on the Krewe of Iris “Rock of Ages” float throw to the Napoleon Avenue crowds. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The all-female Krewe of Iris entertained Uptown crowds with a series of puns on the theme “Iris Rocks” on Saturday, while the Krewe of Tucks “Sporting Life” floats presented their namesake engaging in wordplay of a bawdier nature.

Riders toss beads from the Krewe of Tucks "Bat 'Er Up" float, featuring the double entendres throughout their "Sporting Life" theme. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders toss beads from the Krewe of Tucks “Bat ‘Er Up” float, featuring the double entendres throughout their “Sporting Life” theme. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 282014
 
A flying monkey perches on the Hermes "1974: The Wizard of Oz" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A flying monkey perches on the Hermes “1974: The Wizard of Oz” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes presented a theme of “The Diamond Jubilee;” Le Krewe d’Etat skewered local and national public figures as “Under the Influence;” and the Krewe of Morpheus rolled with a theme of “Morpheus Cruises the Streets of New Orleans” on the Uptown parade route Friday evening.

A member of the Krewe d'Etat greets a child in the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A member of the Krewe d’Etat greets a child in the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Morpheus pays tribute Jefferson Ave. with a giant Thomas Jefferson.

Morpheus pays tribute Jefferson Ave. with a giant Thomas Jefferson.

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