Oct 242011

Shootings, gunplay and a homicide along a few blocks of Annunciation in June, August and October in an otherwise tranquil Uptown neighborhood. (via nopd.com)

A persistent pocket of violence along Annunciation Street flared again this weekend, when a man fleeing a shootout in the 3700 block was struck in the foot by gunfire, police said. Continue reading »

Oct 242011

Owen Courrèges

It’s downright un-American.  When it comes to being unpatriotic, it’s on par with burning the American flag, kicking the President’s dog and muttering disparaging remarks about Abraham Lincoln’s mother.

I’m speaking, of course, of eating chicken wings without a brewski.  Drinkin’ and eatin’ wings is a quintessential part of the American experience. Continue reading »

Oct 232011

The details of an upcoming project to upgrade signage, sidewalks, curbs, streetlights and trees along Freret Street will be described by city officials Monday during a 6 p.m. meeting at the Neighborhood Housing Services building at 4528 Freret St. Continue reading »

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Oct 232011

State Rep. Neil Abramson

The only Uptown New Orleans-based lawmaker to draw a challenger in Saturday’s election easily defeated his opponent by a 3-1 margin on Thursday evening, but races for the state school board and civil district court are headed to runoffs next month, according to complete but unofficial results. Continue reading »

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Oct 222011

UPDATE: The second line has been canceled, according to Red Cotton on Twitter.

The Original Four Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s second line parade will start at Louis Armstrong Park at 1 p.m. Sunday and travel all the way through Central City to an end in Milan, according to Red Cotton’s post on the Gambit’s Blog of New Orleans.

Original Four S&P 2011 route via bestofneworleans.com; map by UptownMessenger.com.

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Oct 222011

City officials returned on Friday to Jazz Daiquiri — where 61-year-old Curtis Matthews was gunned down in what may have been retaliation for his brother’s testimony to help convict Telly Hankton of a 2008 murder — to declare a “small victory in an epic battle” and a “line in the sand” against violence with the surrender of Walter Porter that morning, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. J.C. Lawrence, Porter’s attorney, counters that their is no connection between Porter and Hankton, and that his client turned himself in at the jail to comply with the arrest warrant.

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Oct 222011

Chun Nin Chan was attempting to cross Magazine Street at Milan around 7 a.m. Monday when he was hit by a car that didn’t stop, and he died that evening, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. The vehicle is described as a four-door, white Nissan, and anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.

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Oct 212011

After nearly a year of discussions and negotiations with neighbors and the city, Whole Foods Arabella Station will now be able to stay open an hour later on Sundays and display plants for sale on its front patio, with the official approval Thursday of only the least controversial of its requested changes to its operating agreement with the city. Continue reading »

Oct 212011

Walter Porter (via opcso.org)

The morning after investigators identified the gunman they believe killed a 61-year-old man in retaliation for his brother’s testimony in a recent murder trial, he turned himself in for arrest on a second-degree murder charge, police said.

Walter Porter, 35, was identified after numerous tips from concerned citizens, said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas in a Thursday evening news conference. Porter is accused of shooting Curtis Matthews on Saturday evening outside the Jazz Daiquiri shop on South Claiborne owned by Matthews’ brother, a key witness in the recent murder trial of alleged drug kingpin Telly Hankton. Continue reading »

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Oct 202011

Scott Wolfe, an Uptown resident whose businesses include Uptown Insurance on Prytania Street, pledged Wednesday to match the $10,000 reward offered by Mayor Mitch Landrieu for information leading to an arrest in this weekend’s killing of the brother of a key witness in a recent murder trial. Continue reading »

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Oct 202011

A rendering of Costco Wholesale store proposed for New Orleans by MulvannyG2 Architecture of Seattle.

Over the past six years, the Carrollton-Hollygrove Community Development Corporation has been involved in countless meetings focused on the fate of the large empty lot on South Carrollton near the interstate.

On Wednesday evening, surrounded by drawings and renderings of the Costco Wholesale store proposed for the site, CDC member Joe Sherman told store officials he has high hopes for their plans.

“You guys have addressed all of the concerns that came out,” Sherman said during a community meeting with Costco representatives and architects. “I just want to congratulate y’all on a job well done.” Continue reading »

Oct 202011

Among the many challenges of living in New Orleans, little-to-no closet or attic space and the difficulty of climate control can make finding the right place for your stuff nearly impossible. Here are 10 reasons to call a professional organizer: Continue reading »

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Oct 192011

A request for for alcohol sales at a new CVS Pharmacy on South Claiborne Avenue, a handful of modifications to the Whole Foods operating agreement and the addition of a new building at the Poydras Home retirement community are all returning to the City Council agenda on Thursday. Continue reading »