Mar 112014
 
John Fogerty and Lori Wingate of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ron Spooner and Robert Jackson of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans field questions from a crowd of 100 people about the next leg of the Napoleon Avenue drainage project on Tuesday.

John Fogerty and Lori Wingate of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ron Spooner and Robert Jackson of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans field questions from a crowd of 100 people about the next leg of the Napoleon Avenue drainage project on Tuesday.

Construction on the massive new drainage canal under Napoleon Avenue will soon begin moving toward the river, and sections of the neutral ground will likely be inaccessible to parade-goers during Mardi Gras next year, New Orleans officials said Tuesday night. Continue reading »

Mar 112014
 
Volunteers plant a tree while children play behind them at Wisner Playground in November 2010.  (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Volunteers plant a tree while children play behind them at Wisner Playground in November 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

By Ramsey Green and Sam Winston, members of Friends of Wisner Park

On Saturday, New Orleanians will vote on whether to approve a new 50-year tax increase with all revenue exclusively designated for the Audubon Institute. You should vote “No” – especially if you value having more functional green spaces in the city like the beautiful Audubon Park. Continue reading »

Mar 112014
 

Ashé Cultural Arts Center  (via www.ashecac.org)

Ashé Cultural Arts Center (via www.ashecac.org)

A stage production of “Four Little Girls: Birmingham, 1963″ starting Friday and the third annual Redd Linen Night art show and performance fundraiser at the end of the month are among the March events that also include films and education sessions at Ashé Cultural Arts Center on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. Continue reading »

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Mar 112014
 

RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard stands outside a school bus on Napoleon Avenue in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard stands outside a school bus on Napoleon Avenue in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The distance that New Orleans children ride the bus to school each day has risen to 3.5 miles in the city’s fragmented charter-school system, nearly double the 1.8 miles they traveled before Hurricane Katrina, according to a report by Della Hasselle of our sister site at MidCityMessenger.com. After the traffic death of a first-grader waiting for the bus last month, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and other city officials are looking into ways to make the busing system safer and more efficient across the city, Hasselle reports.

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Mar 112014
 

State Rep. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, is sponsoring a bill supported by Mayor Mitch Landrieu that would allow the city of New Orleans to hold an election asking voters whether the property taxes dedicated specifically to police and fire services should be raised, according to an article by Charles Maldonado of The Lens. The property tax increase would increase spending on emergency services by about $6 million, the article states.

Mar 112014
 
A festival-goer dances in the street in front of Dat Dog during the 2012 Freret Street Festival. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A festival-goer dances in the street in front of Dat Dog during the 2012 Freret Street Festival. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Crowds fill Freret Street between the vendor tents during the Freret Street Festival in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Crowds fill Freret Street between the vendor tents during the Freret Street Festival in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Although the Freret Street Festival is now in its 17th year, its growth in recent years has mirrored the rapid redevelopment of the commercial corridor — and this year, the April 5 event will stretch all the way to Jefferson Avenue for the first time, adding a fifth music stage to its lineup, organizers said. Continue reading »

Mar 112014
 
Torence "Lil Boosie" Hatch speaks at a news conference Monday. (via boosiespeaks.com)

Torence “Lil Boosie” Hatch speaks at a news conference Monday. (via boosiespeaks.com)

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The fanfare surrounding 31-year-old Torence “Lil Boosie” Hatch’s release from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola after a four-year sentence on drug charges has been surreal.

A video of his daughter, a wide-eyed girl in ponytails and bows, feverishly expressing her anticipation over her dad coming home went viral. The clip, sweet at heart, was highly problematic though, because of the little girl’s repeated and casual use of the N-word — and it embodies the contradictions in this whole story. Continue reading »

Mar 112014
 

ISL5kTo promote Health & Wellness the International School of Louisiana is excited to Kick Off the New Year with the ISL 5K – Spring Shuffle taking place Saturday, March 15, 2014 at LaSalle Park – 6600 Airline Dr. Metairie, LA 70003.

The event features a 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run.  The post-race party will include food, refreshments, music, and fun for the whole family, including Mini Zumba and Yoga classes, Nutrition Expert Advice, and family-friendly activities like Face Painting, Unicycle Races, Chinese Yo-Yo competitions, Circus Arts Juggling workshops, and more! Continue reading »

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Mar 102014
 

Owen Courreges

Ron Forman makes over $700,000 per year, yet he’s acting like a beggar.  And the worst part is, he’s not even an honest one.

Forman, the president and CEO of the Audubon Nature Institution (and erstwhile mayoral candidate), is seeking a new property tax millage.  It would be of 50 years duration at a rate of 4.2 mills.  Although the new millage would replace the existing 3.31 mills dedicated to the Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas, it is not a renewal.  It is a new millage. Continue reading »

Mar 102014
 
(courtesy of The Audubon Nature Institute)

(photo via The Audubon Nature Institute)

On Saturday (March 15), Orleans Parish voters will decide on more than just runoff races for City Council seats. A property tax worth up to $11.9 million a year is up for vote for the Audubon Nature Institute, the organization that supports the Uptown-located Audubon Zoo, as well as the Aquarium downtown and other sites around the city.

Supporters of the millage say it is a renewal of an already-existing tax. But dissenters say that it’s a new tax, because it could mark an increase in funds for the Institute for a period of 50 years. Continue reading »

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Mar 082014
 
Chautauqua New Orleans offers a variety of classes, lectures and workshops for adult members (via nolachautauqua.com).

Chautauqua New Orleans offers a variety of classes, lectures and workshops for adult members (via nolachautauqua.com).

Accentuate your knowledge on Shakespeare to Mark Twain, to evolution and the human spirit, to even Libertarianism and Kinetic sculpture with this spring’s Chautauqua classes. All classes are under $40 and open to all Chautauqua members, classes begin on March 31. Continue reading »

Mar 072014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

For those of us whose memories go back a long ways, one of the all-time great New Orleans stories is the transformation of the Audubon Park Zoo from an “animal ghetto” to a world-class zoo that is considered an American gem.

It all started in the 1970s when then-Mayor Moon Landrieu, irate about complaints that the zoo was a vile-smelling, dirty place where the animals suffered from a lack of care, sent a promising young administrative assistant Ron Forman to the Uptown outpost to see what if anything could be done. Continue reading »