Jul 282011
 

Chef Shane Pritchett's Fat Hen Grocery opens Thursday evening on St Charles Avenue and Cherokee St. Pritchett, a former chef at Emeril's Delmonico, now has two Fat Hen locations. One in Harahan and one at 7457 St Charles Avenue. Fat Hen Grocery has all the benefits of Fat Hen Grill in Harahan with the addition of a deli and a retail store. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jul 282011
 

Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging knows that summertime is the peak time for taking photos – but you don’t want to be caught out with a dead battery. Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging is offering a special discount on the purchase of all new cameras from now until Labor Day. For all cameras in stock, buy any new camera and get a second rechargeable battery half-off.

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Jul 272011
 

Although Jefferson Parish is only in the early stages of creating a new charter school, officials at the International School of Louisiana reaffirmed their intent Wednesday to apply for a language-immersion school there for the 2012-13 school year.

In a meeting earlier this month, the Jefferson Parish board voted to accept a state grant to begin developing a process to review charter applications, said ISL development director Pam Stewart. Board member Mark Jacobs has been advocating for a language-immersion school similar to ISL for Jefferson Parish, and although discussions at that meeting about the state grant and about language-immersion became intertwined, the board’s vote did not have anything to do with the creation of any new schools. Continue reading »

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Jul 272011
 

Lusher Charter School intensified its cries for basic building renovations and Sophie B. Wright supporters made a full-court press for a gym Tuesday night at the second town-hall meeting Uptown on the allocation of federal money for New Orleans schools.

As in previous meetings around the city, state and local school officials divided the audience of about 200 people at Dryades YMCA into three groups for free-ranging public-comment session. Each of those three groups Tuesday night was dominated by a vocal contingent of Lusher teachers, parents and administrators who insisted that their school’s buildings need critical repairs to the roofs, windows and air-conditioning systems that are ignored by the current master plan. Continue reading »

Jul 272011
 

Wings served with celery and ranch or bleu cheese at Tracey's. The perfect food for watching any baseball or football game. Wings are 6 for $4, 12 for $6, or 18 for $8. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Baseball and football season is just around the corner and Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar is the perfect place to watch your favorite team win with some great appetizers and a cold beer.  Tracey’s has 18 plasma TVs and serves wings, cheese fries, boudin balls and even salads.  There really is something for everyone on game day.

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Jul 272011
 

Slowly, craft beer has carved out a noticeable niche in an industry once dominated by “big box” beer: the Bud, Miller and Coors that for the longest time ran the beer game.  Then came a shift.  Like all industries, there’s an evolution that must take place, a course that is followed whereby ideas are born, tried, and either die away or begin to thrive. It’s the evolution of business.  Successful, stable businesses really only remain successful and stable for so long, until competition forces their improvement or sounds their death knell.  (OK, maybe it isn’t that dramatic.)

So it went with beer.  Locally, over 20 years ago Abita Brewing tested the waters of craft, and look where they are today.  Other communities around the country have similar stories.  Today, craft is just hitting its stride, with new breweries popping up in an unprecedented fashion.  From a beer lover’s point of view, it’s nothing short of amazing.  Locally, in the last few years we’ve seen the rise of Lazy Magnolia, Heiner Brau, NOLA, Bayou Teche, and Covington brews.  The latest is Tin Roof.  Maybe you’ve heard of it.  And if you haven’t, now you will. Continue reading »

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Jul 262011
 

Despite requests from several neighborhoods for more time to become familiar with the Isidore Newman School’s proposed land-use changes, the City Planning Commission gave the school’s plans a favorable recommendation Tuesday to the City Council with very little discussion.

The school plans to build an early-childhood education center on Loyola Avenue by combining two houses on the street with a third home to be moved from elsewhere on campus, officials have said. Newman is also seeking official “school use” designation for several other buildings it owns, including the old Autopaint building on Danneel Street currently used for storage and the proposed headmaster’s house at 1803 Jefferson. Continue reading »

Jul 262011
 

The Kupcake Factory is more than just cupcakes. The Kupcake Factory specializes in custom wedding cakes for your special day: with a range of batters and icings, from its famous red velvet to its delicious fresh buttercream frosting, the Kupcake Factory has the perfect cake for you. Of course, if you prefer to have a tower of mouth-watering cupcakes instead of  a traditional wedding cake, the Kupcake Factory has a range of flavors and styles to suit you.

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Jul 262011
 

Uptown-based Orleans Parish School Board districts 5 and 6

State and local school officials return Uptown this week to continue their listening tour about plans for school buildings across New Orleans with a Tuesday evening meeting focused on schools in Uptown, the Garden District and Central City.

Discussion at previous meetings has centered on finding a balance between supporting the needs of existing, high-performing schools and rebuilding schools in neighborhoods that have gone without a campus for years.In School Board District 5, the plans largely call for renovations, with Sophie B. Wright and Samuel J. Green scheduled for federal money, but the Fortier High School building used by Lusher Charter School or Benjamin Franklin Elementary in need of repairs without a funding stream identified. Continue reading »

Jul 262011
 

The Isidore Newman School’s plan to build an early-childhood center on Loyola Street and rezone several other buildings it owns for general school use will be heard by the City Planning Commission in a meeting set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 26). Continue reading »

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Jul 252011
 

A Chevrolet Trailblazer sits on Danneel Street at the edge of the Newman School campus where it was abandoned Monday night in an attempt by its occupants to escape from police. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A group of teenagers fleeing police in an allegedly stolen SUV with a pistol in the back abandoned their vehicle at the edge of the Isidore Newman School campus in Uptown New Orleans, and two were caught moments later hiding in a Newman warehouse, authorities said. Continue reading »

Jul 252011
 

Telly Hankton (via opcso.org)

Telly Hankton, 35, is accused of chasing Darnell Stewart down South Claiborne Avenue, pistol-whipping him and shooting him in the face, then while on bail in 2009 killing an accomplice of Stewart on Terpsichore — all in revenge for the murder of Hankton’s cousin, authorities say. Hankton and his cousin “controlled most of the dope and hits in the Uptown area and in jail,” according to a police report quoted in the Times-Picayune.

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