Dec 072011
 

Stacy Head

Stacy Head, who represents much of Uptown in her District B seat on the New Orleans City Council, was among the first candidates to formally sign up to run in the March 24 election for the open at-large seat vacated by the retirement of former Councilman Arnie Fielkow, state records show. Continue reading »

Dec 072011
 

Brandon A. Cooks Sr. (via opcso.org)

A man found guilty of possession of cocaine after a drug deal in the Carrollton area now faces up to 10 years in prison without parole or probation if he is sentenced as a habitual offender, according to the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office. Continue reading »

Dec 072011
 

“In honor of men in armed services, World War 2, 13th Ward 4th Precinct, Erected on Dec. 19, 1943,” reads a disregarded memorial at Laurel and Leontine that long ago lost its flagpole, according to an article by Brendan McCarthy of The Times-Picayune.

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Dec 072011
 

Six robberies and one home-invasion at gunpoint reported in the blocks around South Claiborne since Nov. 29. (via NOPD.com)

Seven armed robberies — including two carjackings and a home invasion — have been reported within sight of South Claiborne Avenue in the university area over the last week, pitting Uptown residents who ventured outside to put out the trash, repair a car, wait for a shuttle or make a cell phone call against gun-carrying muggers on almost a nightly basis. Continue reading »

Dec 072011
 

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans will be accepting applications from December 1, 2011 through January 9, 2012 for the 2012 – 2013 academic year. Lycée Français is a type 2 public charter school open to all residents of Louisiana. Applications may be submitted in one of three ways: by USPS – download and print the application from the website, www.lfno.org, and mail to Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, 5500 Prytania Street, P.O. Box 424, New Orleans, LA 70115, in person on Monday, December 5th and Thursday, December 8th from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at 5401 S. Claiborne, New Orleans 70125, or by email – instructions are available at www.lfno.org. Continue reading »

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Dec 072011
 

Jean-Paul Villere

What’s with this Travel & Leisure readers poll slapping yet another label on the residents of the Crescent City?  Now we’re “the strangest.”  Really!?  The strangest?  That’s just how I want to raise my kids and have them self-identify their home and rearing.  “Don’t feel bad about not being like all the other 21st century American children, we’re just stranger than everyone else.”  Um, no.  I’ll accept most distinctive, most resilient, and / or most fun to be around, but I for one veto strange, at least insofar as defined by most. Continue reading »

Dec 062011
 

The most recent rendering of plans for the redevelopment of the old American Legion hall on Magazine Street into a new Walgreens store.

Renovations began Monday that will convert the former American Legion hall on Magazine Street into a new Walgreens pharmacy, after the developer of the project finalized its purchase of the building late last month. Continue reading »

Dec 062011
 

An #OccupyNOLA protester is led out of Duncan Plaza in plastic cuffs. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With an unspoken understanding between police and protesters that no one wanted a violent confrontation, the OccupyNOLA encampment in front of City Hall was disbanded early Tuesday morning in a pre-dawn sweep that led to only one arrest. Continue reading »

Dec 062011
 

[Publisher’s note: This column was written, edited and scheduled for publication today last week and over the weekend, without any knowledge that the OccupyNOLA gathering would be dispersed this morning. It has not been altered since then. For live coverage of the eviction of the #OccupyNOLA group from Duncan Plaza, see this article.]

Cecile Tebo

Catching wind last week that the OccupyNOLA group was about to get a visit from City Hall officials with a message to disband the Duncan Plaza area, I wanted a quick venture in before the message was delivered. I had been curious to see for myself who these folks living in our park were, as the reports I had heard were conflicting. Continue reading »

Dec 052011
 

4920 Freret Street (courtesy of Reid Martin)

Seeking to enhance the entertainment offerings for those already attracted to the fast-growing restaurant scene on Freret Street, a new venue called Sunhouse is proposed as one of the newest new businesses on the corridor. Continue reading »

Dec 052011
 

For a purely local twist on seasonal fare, NOLA Locavores and Hollygrove Market and Farm are teaming up with pop-up chef Matthew Kopfler of PPX Dinner Club for a holiday meal created entirely out of ingredients from within 100 miles of New Orleans. The event is Sunday evening in the Riverbend, and tickets for the intriguing meal (that includes, for example, “Chevre, Herb, Bowfin Caviar Canape” among its appetizers) can be found at the PPX website, ppxneworleans.com. Continue reading »

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Dec 052011
 

After quietly taking down a large sign that created controversy in September with its depiction of the President in diapers, Calhoun Street homeowner Timothy Reily now has a new billboard that portrays Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder both as fairy-tale character Pinocchio, whose nose grows when he lies. “Liar, liar,” the sign reads, according to a new report by our partners at WWL-TV, while the cartoon Holder tells the president, “Your pants are on fire.”

Dec 052011
 

Artist Devin Meyers' works on a mural at 4609 Freret Street, the old Jefferson's restaurant, on Saturday during the Freret Market. Meyers has worked on the mural about 40 hours so far and still has a few more days of painting until it is complete. The mural is based on a photograph that Meyers took in West Africa that has stuck with him. "I would like there to be more murals in New Orleans and this was a good opportunity to put one up." (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Patrick Rafferty, for UptownMessenger.com

With po-boys, pizza, hamburgers, Southern cuisine and sushi now on the Freret Street menu, the owners of two new ventures believe it’s time for dessert, or even a late-night snack. Continue reading »

Dec 052011
 

David Sedaris, bestselling author of the memoir Me Talk Pretty One Day, will read from his new collection of animal fables Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania Street. Tickets are required but included with purchase of Sedaris’ book. Continue reading »

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