Nov 102014
 
The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The front door of the Priestley school building in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans officials expect to sign a purchase agreement with the Orleans Parish School Board for the old Priestley campus in west Carrollton within a week or two, launching a 90-day evaluation period before the sale becomes final. Continue reading »

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Nov 102014
 
Tulane professor Charles Figely interviews retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore at the School of Social Work on Monday, Nov. 10. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane professor Charles Figely interviews retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore at the School of Social Work on Monday, Nov. 10. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The United States enjoys the freedoms it does today because of the sacrifices of soldiers in previous generations, and the best way to honor them is by continuing to make the country a better place by learning first aid, or teaching a kid to read, retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore told a Tulane class on Monday afternoon Continue reading »

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Nov 102014
 
An April 2014 image of the building at 8837 Willow, slated for redevelopment into the Carrollton Commissary commercial kitchen. (via Google Maps)

An April 2014 image of the building at 8837 Willow, slated for redevelopment into the Carrollton Commissary commercial kitchen. (via Google Maps)

A proposed commercial kitchen on Willow Street dubbed the “Carrollton Commissary” will return to the City Planning Commission this week, after city officials suggested two weeks ago that the business owners needed more time to discuss the project with neighbors who vocally opposed it. Continue reading »

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Nov 092014
 
People filled the Trinity Episcopal Church to hear the Orchestra's Tribute. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People filled the Trinity Episcopal Church to hear the Orchestra’s Tribute. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People filled in the Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday afternoon to hear the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra pay tribute to trumpeter Lionel Ferbos. Ferbos passed away in July at 103 years old. Ferbos joined the Ragtime Orchestra in the 1970s. Continue reading »

Nov 092014
 
(image via nojcc.org)

(image via nojcc.org)

A screening tonight of “Run Boy Run,” a film set during the Nazi occupation of Poland, will kick off a month of free cultural events at the Jewish Community Center on St. Charles Avenue, including a talk by columnist Ari Shavit, presentations by biographer Walter Isaacson and novelist Tova Mirvis, and concluding in December with a Channukah celebration featuring Israeli musician David Broza. Continue reading »

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Nov 092014
 
A suspect is arrested after trying to hide on the rooftop of a South Carrollton restaurant following a police pursuit that began in Jefferson Parish. (image via WWL-TV)

A suspect is arrested after trying to hide on the rooftop of a South Carrollton restaurant following a police pursuit that began in Jefferson Parish. (image via WWL-TV)

A man allegedly fleeing from Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies in a stolen vehicle Saturday evening crashed into two other vehicles on South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans, then tried to hide on the rooftop of a nearby restaurant before he was arrested, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Nov 072014
 
Investigators surround one of the cars that burned across the street from the house. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators surround one of the cars that burned across the street from the house. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A number of fundraisers have been created to help the family apparently targeted by Thursday morning’s firebombing just off Prytania Street, many of which have been organized by the many community groups they belong to. Continue reading »

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Nov 072014
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Presently there is a billboard that slaps you in the face as you travel southbound on I-55 away from Ponchatoula at the turn, before the stretch over the Maurepas. Quite simply, it reads, “Eat Louisiana Sweet Potatoes.” When I first saw it, I was getting ready for a potluck a few days later. I immediately considered the command and thought, “Okay.” Next trip to Rouses?  Sweet potatoes acquisition.  Served at the potluck?  Super tasty sweet potato casserole with a touch of cayenne and crunchy, melty marshmallow topping.  Ah!  The power of advertising!  Pat yourself on the back, powers that be. Continue reading »

Nov 072014
 
A damaged blue Saturn sits in the 2000 block of Foucher, after a fatally wounded woman was found in a Mercedes that crashed into it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A damaged blue Saturn sits in the 2000 block of Foucher, after a fatally wounded woman was found in a Mercedes that crashed into it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Friday morning's fatal shooting in the 2000 block of Foucher has yet to be loaded into the NOPD crime maps, but a homicide marker shows where a victim was found a block away in September. (map via NOPD)

Friday morning’s fatal shooting in the 2000 block of Foucher has yet to be loaded into the NOPD crime maps, but a homicide marker shows where a victim was found a block away in September. (map via NOPD)

One of Uptown New Orleans’ most persistently violent intersections — Foucher Street near South Saratoga — was the site of another homicide investigation overnight after a woman was found fatally shot inside a Mercedes sedan that crashed there, authorities said Friday morning. Continue reading »