Jan 082012
 

Charlotte Meyn, 3, and Lola Meyn, 6, look at books in a Montessori classroom at Audubon Charter School's open house at its new temporary campus at the old Jean Gordon site in Gentilly Saturday afternoon. The open house gave parents of current students a look at classrooms before their children return to school Monday. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 082012
 

Benjamin Morris

Technology has revolutionized the way we read and write. Never before has more information been more readily available at such speed, whether from the producing end — publishing, posting, blogging, or tweeting — or the consuming end. Undoubtedly, more access yields many benefits to our society: greater transparency and accountability in government, more routes to literacy, and sure, more options for entertainment. Caught up in this whirlwind transformation, however, are the civic institutions which are responsible for the basic care and stewardship of our reading experience: libraries.

Believe it or not, there’s a great way to support your local library amid all this change: buy more books.

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Jan 062012
 

An entryway at the old LaSalle school. (photo courtesy of David J. L'Hoste, djlphoto.com)

In November, after months of negotiations with Orleans Parish School Board, developer Jim MacPhaille finally completed his purchase of the century-old LaSalle school on Perrier Street.

Later that month, MacPhaille met again with neighbors to the property, who have been enthusiastic about his latest plans to redevelop the building into a handful of spacious condos.

Then, sometime over the holidays, a crew of professional thieves showed up and stole what MacPhaille estimates as $100,000 worth of copper out of the building. Continue reading »

Jan 062012
 

Audubon Charter School is planning an open house Saturday at its new temporary campus at the old Jean Gordon site in Gentilly, so that parents of current students can get a look at their children’s classrooms before they return to school Monday. Continue reading »

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Jan 062012
 

Outages clustered along the South Carrollton corridor shortly before noon. (map via Entergy.com)

The theft of copper wiring at an Entergy substation in the Uptown area led to the loss of power to thousands of customers in the Carrollton and university areas at mid-day Friday, officials said.

According to early reports, “Somebody stole copper wire from a substation and basically took out the entire substation,” said Entergy spokesman Philip Allison. Continue reading »

Jan 062012
 

Attendees gather at the opening and reception for "Southern Writers and Other Assorted Images,” a photography collection by David G. Spielman presented by the Reynolds Ryan Art Gallery at Isidore Newman School Thursday night. Spielman's book, Southern Writers, is an intimate glimpse into the creative process of Eudora Welty, Pat Conroy, Anne Rice and 69 other authors. The exhibit is open to the public from 10 am - 4 pm Monday thru Friday. Contact Gallery Director Kathryn Scurlock to arrange a visit. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 062012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Anytime I go out to eat, I look up reviews of a restaurant. Be it a professional critic or an amateur foodie, I like getting a preview of what to expect before I plop a linen napkin onto my lap. Of course, you don’t need to be a member of the press to dole out your opinion, at least online. With sites such as Urban Spoon and Yelp, you can share your own thoughts on last night’s fried chicken dinner or find out what Fred thought of his coq au vin just by doing some quick research. Continue reading »

Jan 052012
 

The Phunny Phorty Phellows gather on Twelfth Night in 2011. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Just as the Christmas season comes to an end, the Carnival season is getting ready to roll, starting with the Phunny Phorty Phellows’ annual Twelfth Night streetcar ride. Continue reading »

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Jan 052012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

With former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney taking a major step at the Iowa caucuses toward the Republican Presidential nomination, it’s only a matter of time until the national media begins the buzz speculating on the possibility of Romney picking Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal as his running mate. Continue reading »

Jan 052012
 

The International School of Louisiana hopes to hire a principal for the new school it will be opening this fall in Jefferson Parish as quickly as possible, and may add more upper-grade classes to its Algiers campus to accommodate an influx of new families, school leaders said Wednesday.

“We have a lot of moving parts over the coming weeks and months,” said ISL Head of Schools Sean Wilson. Continue reading »