Sep 042011

A passer-by looks at a fallen oak tree Sunday on Maple Street. (Sabree Hill,

Although New Orleans was spared Tropical Storm Lee’s worst rain and winds, Uptown neighborhoods reported isolated damage, street flooding and power outages Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading »

Sep 022011

The officer involved in a high-speed chase down Milan Street that led to the death of a college student home for the holidays in January was fired from the NOPD this week for lying about the case, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Sep 022011

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

These days you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t participate in at least one form of social media. Social networking is whatever you put in to it. For some loquacious users it can be a platform to voice their opinion or, for others, just a way to keep up with friends. Whatever the use, it is a powerful tool when used correctly so it’s important to represent yourself in the best way you can. Personally, I’m the most active on Twitter and will browse through my Facebook on a daily basis. Twitter is a great resource both for individuals and businesses alike: At this point, I’ve made so many business connections on Twitter that sending my resume just seems so 2005. Continue reading »

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Sep 022011

The results are in: Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging is ranked among the Top Local Camera Shops in Gambit Weekly’s Best of New Orleans 2011 poll. To celebrate this, Moldaner’s is offering a special deal on video transfer services. Video transfer is a perfect way to archive your home videos and movies– archiving old formats such as VHS, VHS-C, mini-DV, 8mm video and Hi-8 videotapes into modern formats on DVDs.

Here’s the deal: with any new video transfer, mention the Uptown Messenger and receive a free second DVD with your order. That’s a $15 value, and an extra disc to give away to family, friends, and loved ones.

Call 504-866-6757 today to learn more about what Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging can do for you, or email for a free consultation. Or visit the Moldaner’s website at or their Facebook page for more information.

Sep 012011

Dat Dog is expanding! In advance of its move to its new location across the street, which will feature a beautiful, European-style beer garden, the Dogs have already opened up a new outdoor seating area, all the more room in which to enjoy your freshly-prepared dog. Come and check it out, and put a smile on your face with Dat Dog.

Dogs start at just $5 and sides at $3. Dat Dog is located at 5031 Freret, and is open Tues-Thurs from 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat from 11am-10pm, and Sunday from noon to 6pm. (Mondays Dat Dog is closed; even good dogs have to rest.) Check Dat Dog out on their website and on Facebook.

"Dat Dog is expanding! In advance of its move to its new location across the street, which will feature a beautiful, European-style beer garden, the Dogs have already opened up a new outdoor seating area, all the more room in which to enjoy your freshly-prepared dog. Come and check it out, and put a smile on your face with Dat Dog.
Aug 312011

Jean-Paul Villere

Sad but true: consistently blight attracts campaign signs. Why? Free and unregulated use of space. That’s why. If a property owner doesn’t care enough about the blight, then they surely won’t care if a campaign sign (or six!) get placed on it, right? Yuck. That’s wrong and disgusting. Aren’t our elected officials supposed to give a damn about blight!? Not adorn it to their own ends. Doesn’t this speak volumes about who we are electing, voting for, and expecting to enforce law? Or is The City that Care Forgot ultimately and only that? I’d like to think not. I’m guessing you’d like to think not also. I’d like to believe there’s some level of enforcement out there that punishes the offending. What about the Alliance for Good Government? Perhaps they only endorse candidates. Continue reading »

Aug 312011

The site plan for the additions to the Isidore Newman School.

The Isidore Newman School is working on additional restrictions to its expansion plans in order to address the concerns of its neighbors, the school attorney told members of the surrounding neighborhoods Tuesday night.

The school is asking for land-use changes on three sides of its campus. An early-childhood center is planned across Loyola Avenue, a home on the corner of Jefferson and Danneel is being renovated for a headmaster’s house, and the old AutoPaint building at Danneel and Robert, currently used for storage, could one day become a classroom facility of some kind, said attorney Justin Schmidt. Continue reading »

Aug 312011

This August, Temple Gym is offering a special summer discount on personal training sessions. All month long, buy one training session (just $40) and get TWO free — that’s a 3-for-1 offer. Keep reading for more details on Temple Gym and how you can take advantage of this special deal.

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Aug 302011

The Thomy Lafon School on Monday afternoon. (Robert Morris,

A historic modernist school in Central City is soon to be but a memory as demolition of the building is now well underway.

The Thomy Lafon School, listed in the 2008 “New Orleans’ Nine Most Endangered Sites” by the Louisiana Landmarks Society, sat in the middle of the Magnolia housing projects that have been redeveloped as Harmony Oaks. The school building sat on raised piers that kept it from flooding, but the school was never reopened after Hurricane Katrina, historians have said. Continue reading »

Aug 302011

Two groups of young men were robbed at gunpoint within minutes of each other early Saturday morning on Lowerline Street, authorities said.

The first robbery took place about 1:49 a.m. at Maple and Lowerline, and the victims were a group of four men aged 18 to 20. About 10 minutes later, three men in their early 20s were robbed about four blocks away, in the 1200 block of Lowerline. In each case, the victims were approached by a pair of men, one with a gun, who took their belongings and left on foot, police said. Continue reading »

Aug 302011

Investigators are looking for surveillance video footage on the streets in the area around the shooting this weekend that killed a teenager and wounded another man on Annunciation Street, authorities said.

Anyone on Peniston Street between Tchoupitoulas and Magazine, or in the 3800 or 3900 blocks of Annunciation, who had security video recording between 6:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, is urged to call Detective Elizabeth Garcia at 658-5300 or 915-9240.

Aug 292011

The current Orleans Parish School Board boundaries. (Click to enlarge)

Redistricting the seven-member Orleans Parish School Board could produce more dramatic changes than the recent reshuffling of the New Orleans City Council, even though the same population shifts are being accounted for, officials said Monday. Continue reading »

Aug 292011

Now that redistricting of the city council and state legislature is complete, next up is the Orleans Parish School Board, and the process has begun with public meetings in each school board district.

District 5, which covers much of Uptown New Orleans from roughly Felicity Street to Jefferson Avenue and is represented by Seth Bloom, will have its town hall meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at Mahalia Jackson Elementary School, 2101 Freret. Continue reading »

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