Oct 262015
 
The Thomy Lafon School on Monday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Thomy Lafon School was demolished in August 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Halloween is approaching, and thus our minds venture to the spooky and weird – to goblins, witches, ghouls, vampires … and ghosts. Especially ghosts.

As American cities go, New Orleans is an old one, and so ghosts have long been a component of local lore. Ghost tours pepper the French Quarter, with throngs of tourists being treated to tales such as the Ax Man of New Orleans and the horrors of the LaLaurie House. Continue reading »

Oct 232015
 
The Our Lady of Lourdes building, viewed from the Holy Rosary Academy parking lot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Our Lady of Lourdes building, viewed from the Holy Rosary Academy parking lot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A request to separate the lot that houses the closed Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Napoleon Avenue from the school on the same block was unanimously approved by the City Planning Commission last week. Continue reading »

Oct 232015
 

SWBSeveral blocks of the river-bound side of Broadway Street in the university area will close this weekend so that workers can begin repaving there, in anticipation of bad weather next week, the Sewerage & Water Board announced.

Pavement restoration will begin 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and continue through 6 p.m. Sunday in the riverbound lanes of Broadway from Willow to Plum streets, as well was from Green to Birch, according to the S&WB announcement. The final roadway restoration is scheduled to take place Monday morning, the announcement states.

“Contractors working for the Sewerage and Water Board will perform surface restorations to last week’s water line repairs,” the announcement states. “Remaining work includes street surface removal and asphalt overlay. Full lane closures on the riverbound side of Broadway Street will expedite the restoration process in anticipation of inclement weather next week.”

Oct 232015
 
(graphic via New Orleans Redevelopment Authority)

(graphic via New Orleans Redevelopment Authority)

By Mary Beth Romig

In response to the recent opinion from Owen Courreges in the October 19, 2015 issue of Uptown Messenger, I would like the opportunity to share good news about what the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) has accomplished in terms of commercial revitalization and affordable housing, specifically in the two neighborhoods Courreges mentions. Continue reading »

Oct 232015
 

Alvin Gentry (via opcso.org)

Alvin Gentry (via opcso.org)

A 26-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with Wednesday’s shooting on Fourth Street in Central City, and a 20-year-old man was charged with obstruction of justice in the same case, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Oct 222015
 
Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore (center) and other advocates discuss contamination in the soil at the former Booker T. Washington site in front of what remains of the former school in September 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore (center) and other advocates discuss contamination in the soil at the former Booker T. Washington site in front of what remains of the former school in September 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Ending a plan that was controversial on numerous levels, officials announced this week that Walter L. Cohen school will be rebuilt on its traditional site in the Milan neighborhood, while control of the Booker T. Washington site will be given to the KIPP network once the campus is rebuilt. Continue reading »

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Oct 222015
 

P&P-storefrontnew4Why fight construction and traffic between your home and the Post Office when you can drop by Parcels and Post? We offer a full range of postal options including way cool stamps, International Mail, Priority Mail and Priority Express.

Need a tracking number? We can add tracking to any mail piece to prove you sent the item. Come on in and take a look at our new selection of locally made and local themed gifts, cards, mugs, jewelry, magnets and bumper stickers. Continue reading »

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Oct 222015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

What has happened to our candidates in Louisiana and the U.S.? In the old days, qualifying for public office was a sacred vow people took (men only for so many years) when they put themselves on the line for the public good.

Unfortunately, in our modern election cycle we have candidates who have no qualms lying about where they live, whether their taxes are properly filed and paid, and what their sexual habits might be. More than a few elected officials also commit crimes while in office and end up in jail. Continue reading »

Oct 222015
 

(map by Uptown Messenger via Google Maps)

(map by Uptown Messenger via Google Maps)

Low water pressure is expected on parts of Chestnut and Felicity streets in the Lower Garden District on Friday for work in the area, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans announced.

The streets that will have low water pressure are Chestnut (from St. Andrew to Felicity and Orange) and Felicity (from Chestnut to St. Charles Avenue). The work will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, so that fire service to the area can be improved.

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Oct 212015
 
6th Annual NAMI Second Line

(via NAMI New Orleans)

 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is holding a second line in Audubon Park this Saturday, Oct. 24 to raise funds and awareness for mental illness. NAMI will be accepting donations of gently used and new shoes to send to developing nations as well. Continue reading »

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Oct 212015
 
(images via NOPD)

Suspects in the September robbery of the gas station on South Carrollton. (images via NOPD)

Investigators have released photos of two men suspected in an armed robbery in September of a South Carrollton Avenue gas station, and detectives are looking for more surveillance video related to three other armed robberies over the last week. Continue reading »

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Oct 212015
 

The 5th Annual Strike for STEM will be a night of bowling, cocktails, food, and live music by The Benchwarmers. The fundraiser will take place this Saturday, Oct. 24 at Rock n’ Bowl and will benefit Core Element, a non-profit organization promoting quality teaching in STEM–– science, technology, engineering and math–– across the Greater New Orleans area. Continue reading »

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