Sep 252011
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

If you live in New Orleans proper, chances are you or someone you know might suffer from being ‘hood bound. You know the type, the friend that you who won’t meet you for happy hour because they’d have to make a 10-minute drive. Or what about the guy who complains about how much of a trek the Bywater is from Uptown? People become restricted to their neighborhood for a number of reasons. Transportation issues, sheer laziness, or just the convenience factor are all factors that play into turning into a hyper-local. I’m definitely all too familiar with the n‘hood rat mentality because I suffer from periodic bouts of it myself. Continue reading »

Sep 242011
 

Only the roof of a house on South Saratoga Street is visible after its collapse Friday morning, a day before the Fight the Blight effort. (Nicole Harvey for UptownMessenger.com)

Xavier student Brandon Webster paints a trashcan with classmates. (Nicole Harvey for UptownMessenger.com)

For weeks, Freret and Milan residents have been enthusiastically planning for Saturday’s “Fight the Blight” day around Samuel Square. But on Friday morning, the combined forces of nature and neglect made a preemptive strike when a derelict house slated for demolition collapsed on South Saratoga Street.

“It sounded like an explosion,” said Elma Bridges, looking over her balcony to the flattened roof partially buried under 10-foot tall weeds across the street. “Look at that forest they have here, and all that mess is still here.” Continue reading »

Sep 242011
 

Sculptress Kim Bernadas unveils her latest work "Birth of a Muse," in the Terpsichore finger park near Prytania. After Hurricane Katrina, the Percent for Art program focused on restoration of public art, and "Birth of a Muse" is the first new work commissioned since then. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 232011
 

This year’s parade begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association Hall, 2101 South Liberty Street, then loops over to Louisiana Avenue, down South Claiborne and Martin Luther King Boulevard, before ending where it started. The full route, via the Backstreet Cultural Museum, is below: Continue reading »

Sep 232011
 

Patrols by off-duty NOPD officers around F&M Patio Bar and Grill near Tchoupitoulas and Lyons have been canceled while the department determine if its policy against officers working for bars has been violated, Brendan McCarthy of the Times-Picayune reports. F&M attorney Justin Schmidt told the newspaper that the officers are not associated with the bar and have already been exonerated, though that has not been confirmed.

The bars are already operating under a consent decree with the city over problems in past years.

Sep 232011
 

Telly Hankton (via opcso.org)

“New Orleans is a safer city tonight because Telly Hankton is off the streets,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas after the verdict, according to our partners at WWL-TV.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro cautioned that the fight against crime in Uptown New Orleans is still far from over, however.

“Hankton’s been in jail for several years now, and there is still a lot of violence that’s going on in this community, so his removal from that Uptown area has really not stopped the violence,” Cannizzaro said. “We’re going to take him off the streets for the rest of his life, but there are other people out there, there are other people that are still involved in the guns and violence.”

Sep 232011
 

TODAY, Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New Orleans in partnership with International Justice Mission & Louisiana IJM Advocacy Group invite you to attend a special presentation on the global sex trafficking and human slave trade and “What It Means to Be a Modern Day Abolitionist.” Sat, Sept 24, 1 – 3pm, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 616 Eleonore Street, Uptown, (enter on Patton Street).

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Sep 232011
 

Applying to some of the highest-performing charter schools in New Orleans will be a little easier for parents this year, now that 10 schools will be using the same application forms and admission dates. Continue reading »

Sep 232011
 

Jerry E. Yates (via opsco.org)

A house burglar police dubbed the “Refrigerator Bandit” for his penchant for snacking during break-ins was given a 20-year prison sentence for his lengthy record of convictions, court records show. Continue reading »

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Sep 232011
 

Detail from "Let the Good Times Roll" by artist Darrin Butler

The Arts Market of New Orleans will host 115 visual artists as well as the usual assortment of food and drink vendors, live music and children’s activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Palmer Park, at the corner of South Claiborne and Carrollton. Continue reading »

Sep 232011
 

A Sojourner Truth Academy student paints at Taylor Park in Central City during March's "Fight the Blight" day. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday morning, two of the Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods that have been most energetic in seeking their own revitalization will receive a shot in the arm from the city and hopefully hundreds of volunteers on “Fight the Blight” day at Samuel Square park. Continue reading »