By Liz Jurey, Freret Neighborhood Center
Have you ever wondered what happens in that yellow and red double shotgun house on Freret Street? You might be surprised to learn about the incredible work being done behind those blue doors! The Freret Neighborhood Center helps to offer resources to the Uptown / Central City area by providing access to a computer lab that is open to the public, conducting an afterschool program, organizing neighborhood clean-up efforts, and much more! We engage approximately 1,200 people, including residents, children, university students, as well as local and visiting volunteers.
This is a unique space where people from all walks of life are able to gather and work towards the betterment of this region. Show your support and celebrate our accomplishments by coming out this Thursday for an exciting event in our honor!
Add some new items to your collection of holiday decorations and help raise money for the New Orleans Ladies of Charity at fundraiser sale Saturday morning on Nashville Avenue.
Sophie B. Wright’s return to its renovated home on Napoleon Avenue has been delayed by the discovery of more termite damage; two employees of the former Xavier University Preparatory School have been charged with embezzlement, middle-school grades are shifting between Crocker and Cohen College Prep, and a new principal is on the way to De La Salle, according to recent reports.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman won 40,068 votes in Saturday’s runoff election against Charles Foti — only about 500 fewer than he won in the Feb. 1 primary despite a dramatic decrease in turnout, suggesting that voters who chose other candidates initially and even some of Foti’s supporters simply stayed home.
What do you say to someone who has spent 10,950 days — 3 decades and his last 30 birthdays — wondering if today would be the day he would be put to death for a crime he did not commit?
“They give you a $20 debit card and say, ‘I’ll be waiting on you,’ ” said John Thompson, who spent 18 years in prison, 14 of them on death row, wrongfully convicted of murder.
On March 11, Thompson welcomed home fellow exoneree Glenn Ford, Louisiana’s longest-serving death row prisoner. Ford was released from death row and exonerated after an informant told police that the real killer — one of the original suspects — confessed to the 1983 murder.
A 31-year-old man shot a woman in the shoulder following an argument in Central City, New Orleans police said.
The Roly Poly restaurant on Tchoupitoulas Street is slated be torn down and replaced with a new Regions Bank at the corner of Jefferson Avenue, according to a demolition request pending before the city.
Contractors working on the massive Uptown drainage projects along Jefferson, Napoleon and soon Louisiana avenues plan to fit their work crossing the St. Charles Avenue streetcar tracks from June to August of this year, and during those months, St. Charles Avenue will be reduced to two lanes of traffic, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.
One of the world’s leading scholars, Professor Russell Hittinger, will discuss the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI from the standpoint of philosophy, law and theology Tuesday (March 18) at 6:30 p.m. at the Loyola College of Law.
All 12 condominium units in the former LaSalle School building on Perrier street have sold out at prices up to $3 million before the development even opens, showing the strength of the market for luxury homes in Uptown New Orleans, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. “The average home price in New Orleans increased by 15% this January compared to a year ago,” the report notes, and in 2012, fully 8 percent of the city’s population had been here less than a year.
Should the powers of New Orleans Municipal Court be expanded? It’s already happening. You just probably didn’t realizing it was going on.
It began a couple of years ago, in late January 2012. Mayor Mitch Landrieu dispatched letters to the judges of Criminal District Court and Municipal Court asking them to impose higher bonds for release in gun cases. Landrieu specifically pointed to a program initiated by Judge John Garvey in St. Louis, who began automatically requiring a $30,000 cash-only bond for youths arrested for illegally possessing firearms.
Author Angela Carll will sign her book, “Where Writers Wrote in New Orleans” — an exploration of how New Orleans attracted creative minds throughout history — at the Tulane University Book Store at 29 McAlister Drive from noon to 2 p.m. Friday (March 21).
The Lower Garden District watering hole Bridge Lounge will become the “Barrel Proof” bar next month under new ownership, the new Carrollton Market restaurant in the Riverbend is slated to open this week, and the Popeyes on Magazine and Artz Bagels have both closed unexpectedly, in recent dining news.
Learn about Jewish tradition by attending the Jewish Community Center question-and-answer session Monday morning (March 17) at the Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Avenue.
In Saturday’s runoffs, Jason Williams won the At-Large seat on the City Council and Sheriff Marlin Gusman was also re-elected, each winning with roughly two-thirds of the vote, and in the closest race of the evening, Jeff Rouse was elected coroner.
Meanwhile, the controversial tax for the Audubon Nature Institute was rejected by voters by a two-to-one margin.
On Saturday, the annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade rolled Uptown. Crowds lined the streets of Uptown hoping for flowers and cabbages.