Nov 132015
 
The Walter L. Cohen High School marching band performs during the Krewe of Mid-CIty parade in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Walter L. Cohen High School marching band performs during the Krewe of Mid-City parade in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The former Walter L. Cohen High School — which only a few years ago was a bottom-barrel F-rated school labeled one of the most dangerous in America — is on the precipice of scoring a B rating, officials with New Orleans College Prep charter organization said Thursday, a crucial step towards alumni goal of restoring it to the glory of decades past.

But Sylvanie Williams elementary, the same organization’s first charter school, saw its scores slip again last year as state charter-renewal deadlines loom ever closer. Continue reading »

Nov 132015
 

St. Katharine Drexel Prep will host Prep Fest on Magazine this Saturday as part of their 100-year celebration. The fest will feature dance performances, musical performances, local cuisine and art, and games for children. Continue reading »

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Nov 122015
 
A Sept. 9, 2015, surveillance photo shows Zachary Winfield stealing a package in the 3700 block of Octavia Street, police say. (image via New Orleans Police Department)

A Sept. 9, 2015, surveillance photo shows Zachary Winfield stealing a package in the 3700 block of Octavia Street, police say. (image via New Orleans Police Department)

Zachary D. Winfield (via opcso.org)

Zachary D. Winfield (via opcso.org)

If Santa Claus can’t make it down your chimney, you may want to leave him a note not to drop this year’s Christmas presents outside your front door.

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for three alleged Grinches who have swiped packages from in front of Uptown homes — one of whom who has been jailed numerous times on similar charges — and despite their efforts, they say it’s a problem that’s only likely to continue as the holidays approach. Continue reading »

Nov 122015
 

The MAX (St. Mary’s Academy, St. Augustine High School, and Xavier University Preparatory, now St. Katharine Drexel Prep) will unite for a joint mixer this Thursday, Nov. 12, followed by St. Katharine’s centennial homecoming celebration, Nov. 16-21. The homecoming theme is “Masquerade on Magazine”, and all listed events are free to the public. Continue reading »

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Nov 122015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Are voters of Louisiana ready to forgive David Vitter? We’re not so sure.

Vitter is now openly discussing ‘the worst mistake of his life.’ We believe in the power of forgiveness and the opportunity for people to atone for their sins in order to rebuild their lives. Let’s face it: adultery is more common that many people like to admit. Even the number of extramarital relationships sought by women is rising.

But we’re not sure the public can forgive him enough to elect him as Louisiana’s next governor. Continue reading »

Nov 122015
 
Police said a 36-year-old woman was victim of an aggravated rape Wednesday in the 1600 block of Foucher Street (NOPD).

Police said a 36-year-old woman was victim of an aggravated rape Wednesday in the 1600 block of Foucher Street (NOPD).

An aggravated rape was reported Wednesday evening on Foucher Street, in the Milan neighborhood of Uptown, New Orleans police said in an initial report. Continue reading »

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Nov 112015
 
American-born Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi courtesy of New Orleans Jewish Community Center)

Author/Journalist Yossi Klein Halevi (Courtesy of New Orleans Jewish Community Center)

 

 

American-born Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi will speak at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Uptown tonight as part of the Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Month. He will discuss his book, “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation”, and its themes. The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading »

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Nov 112015
 

The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will host its annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon this Thursday, Nov. 12. Honorees include David Fennelly for Outstanding Philanthropy and Fred H. Meyers for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser.

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Nov 112015
 
Charlotte Gill

Charlotte Gill

By Charlotte Gill

There’s a new sport in town, and it’s figuring out how to avoid road construction as you navigate across the city. As frustrating as it is for drivers trying to get from point A to point B every day, it is a matter of grave economic concern for New Orleans’ local independent retailers that live and die by the amount of foot traffic that walks through their doors, particularly over the holiday season. Continue reading »

Nov 112015
 

11947990_10153092667530233_7269681781419200435_oNow open for dinner every Wednesday thru Friday– BYOB!

Freret Street Poboys offers quality southern food and New Orleans classics right in the neighborhood. If you want the comfort of a home-cooked meal without the hassle of cooking it yourself, we’ve got you covered. We provide meal packs for families of four and dinner for all until 7 p.m. every Wednesday to Friday. Continue reading »

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Nov 102015
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A Honda Accord taken Saturday evening in a carjacking on Race Street in the Lower Garden District was used in a robbery Monday afternoon in the St. Claude area, leading to a short police chase that ended when the stolen car crashed, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Nov 092015
 
The Allen School building on Loyola Avenue, currently used by Sci High. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The Allen School building on Loyola Avenue, currently used by Sci High. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Less than two months ago, the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School had all but given up on their years-long quest to find a home in the city’s burgeoning downtown biomedical district, citing exorbitant costs there.

On Monday night, however, Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent Henderson Lewis announced that he has taken up the cause, and is in talks over a parcel downtown to build a campus modeled after a similar nationally-ranked school for health science in Houston. Continue reading »

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Nov 092015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Though not depicted that way in movies and other popular media, the truth is that the human body is extremely fragile.

It’s a common trope. Action heroes crash cars in spectacular ways and keep on fighting; they don’t have muscle strains, slipped discs, or pinched nerves as one would expect when being jerked around suddenly at high speeds. The hero can take down several of his opponents by simply rendering them unconscious; none of them die or lapse into comas as one would expect where a person is knocked out for more than a few minutes.

The reality is that injury-causing events, even relatively simple ones, can easily have dire consequences. Such consequences were felt on Oct. 15, on Frenchman Street, when Doug David, a tourist visiting from California, was punched in the street by local resident Christopher Smith. David fell onto the pavement, snapping his neck. He was left paralyzed from the neck down. Continue reading »

Nov 092015
 

Alcide Hebert (via opcso.org)

Alcide Hebert (via opcso.org)

A 23-year-old man and 15-year-old boy have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery on Elba Street in Broadmoor and a robbery attempt that involved gunfire on Robert Street in the Freret neighborhood last week, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Nov 092015
 
Admission Open House is this Wednesday, November 11, at 9 a.m.

TRANSITIONS
The period from infancy to high school is a crucial time of transition for every young person. It is a time when they come to own their personal values, to define their lives’ priorities, and to develop habits of hard work, resiliency, and integrity. It is, quite simply, when character is forged.

At Trinity Episcopal School, we take very seriously our role as mentors to children on the journey of growing up.

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Nov 082015
 

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OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr., PhD, and District 5 School Board member Seth Bloom will host a town hall meeting for the parents, teachers, administrators and community members of District 5 on Monday, Nov. 9.

The meeting is for community members to give input on student achievement, governance, organization structure, community & public relations, and operations & finance.
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Nov 072015
 

Community Commitment Education Center

The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill will host a fundraiser this Sunday, Nov. 8, to support the Community Commitment Education Center, which provides resources, programs, and weekly classes to the Leonidas neighborhood. Donation includes dinner at The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill and a preview showing of the Community Commitment Education Center’s new video produced by So-Called Media. Continue reading »

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