Jul 132011

A black car sits in the bushes outside the Magnolia Discount store where it was abandoned Wednesday night after a traffic stop that led to an officer firing on a suspect, police said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A New Orleans police officer fired at a man who pulled a gun out during a traffic stop and threatened him with it Wednesday night, leading to a large search for the suspect just off South Carrollton in Gert Town, police said. Continue reading »

Jul 132011

This screen shot shows a white SUV believed to be a newer model Dodge Durango linked to several robberies around New Orleans, including at least one Uptown. (via NOPD)

New Orleans police have released surveillance video imagery of a white SUV they believe may have been used in four recent armed robberies from Uptown to the French Quarter. Continue reading »

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Jul 132011

Barman Nick Detrich of Cure. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

If you have a pulse and you live in New Orleans, you are probably well aware that in the last little while cocktail couture has experienced a celebrated return.  “And why?” you may wonder to yourself.  I’m glad you asked.  I myself am a curious type of fellow so I enquired with some one in the know.  Going straight to the source, I recently exchanged pleasantries with of the local players in the business.

This is what transpired:

JP: So who are you?  Where do you work?  What’s your title?  And how long have you been doing this?

ND: My name is Nick Detrich, and I’ve been a barman at Cure for a year and a half now. Continue reading »

Jul 122011

This design, labeled "Option 3," represents the direction that developers said they are heading for the new Walgreens on Magazine.

Developers of a new Walgreens proposed for the old American Legion Hall on Magazine Street presented three renovation designs concepts to a crowd of Uptown residents Tuesday evening, saying that they are moving away from the more modern storefront design that initially bothered some neighbors. Continue reading »

Jul 122011

The old Priestley campus, photographed in January (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Like parents, educators and community members at so many schools around the city, supporters of James Weldon Johnson Elementary in Carrollton are increasingly frustrated with the latest plans for their campus.

The public school system is embarking on a $2 billion three-phase to improve school facilities across New Orleans, and over the next month will be finalizing plans on how to distribute the money across the city. On Saturday, the latest version of these plans were presented at a public meeting at Xavier University, and among the new information was that renovations are no longer planned at the long-vacant Priestley High School site. Continue reading »

Jul 112011

The July meeting of the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans originally scheduled for tonight has been canceled, school officials said.

“We held our last meeting only two weeks ago, and there simply isn’t enough new business to conduct to warrant holding another meeting so soon,” interim board president Tom Klingler explained in an email.

The board’s June meeting was primarily focused on reports from staff members about their efforts to prepare for the Aug. 15 first day of school.

The board’s meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, and the next is set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the school campus, 5401 S. Claiborne (the First Presbyterian Church).

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Jul 112011

Similar to New Orleans Music, St. Jude Community Center embodies a passion for the people, from the people, touching the lives and hearts of thousands every year. The center serves breakfast and lunch on weekdays; houses homeless working women; provides adult basic education; works with Second Harvest Food Bank to distibute food; houses volunteers staying in the city to help re-build post-Katrina; collaborates with Responsibility House in serving addicts, and so much more. This Saturday, July 16, 2011 Sounds of New Orleans presents a benefit concert for the St. Jude Community Center featuring Irma Thomas, Gina Brown, Michael Baptiste, Jo “Cool” Davis, Judy Spellman, Chris Billiot and Random Access, The Passion Band, Naydja Cole, Ceasar Elloie, Sharon Martin, Clark Knighten, Brass-A_Holics Brass Band, The Mystics, Miles Berry Quartet (Students from NOCCA). The Master of Ceremonies is News Anchor Karen Swenson.

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Jul 112011

Owen Courrèges

A Wal-Mart in the French Quarter. There, I said it.

Don’t fret, dear readers. To my knowledge, Wal-Mart has no designs on the French Quarter, and perhaps never will. In fact, it stands to reason that Wal-Mart is content with its hard-fought Tchoupitoulas location in the Lower Garden District. Honestly, why would Wal-Mart pick such a fight? Continue reading »

Jul 102011

The school board removed years of overgrowth from an old caretaker's cottage at Annunciation and Arabella this week after neighbors complained about it. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

For at least a decade, Harris Martinez has watched from his home every night as the rats scurry out from under the dense foilage shrouding the crumbling cottage across Arabella Street. When cats and dogs get involved, the melee can become such a nuisance that Martinez has to call animal-control officers.

Long an eyesore, the cottage’s condition was aired Tuesday night at a meeting of the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association and reported on UptownMessenger.com, followed by a story Wednesday by WWL-TV. On Thursday, for the first time since Martinez can remember, a phalanx of workers descended on the house and removed all the trees and overgrowth where the possums nest. Continue reading »

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Jul 092011

Priests, supporters of St. Henry's and community members gather for the 22nd Annual Feast of St. Henry Mass and Reunion on General Pershing Saturday afternoon. "Our reunions are for anyone who went to St. Henry's School, lived in St. Henry's Parish, attended St. Henry's Church, knew someone named Henry, or can spell Henry," according to a Friends of St. Henry flyer. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jul 082011

Christy Lorio

I’ve lived in the same neighborhood off and on for the past 10 years, but I only really started meeting the neighbors when I got a dog. Last year, my husband and I decided to welcome a retired athlete into our home. Her name is Nadia, a brindle greyhound rescued from a race track in Alabama. Greyhounds have been bred for speed for centuries, often running up to 40 miles per hour. That said, her new life with us is split between lazily lounging around the house or sprinting in the yard like a maniac. I’m waiting for her to take down the wooden gate one day just from momentum alone. Continue reading »

Jul 082011

The death of Bill Long Jr. during the robbery of Long’s Bakery in 1987 began the exodus of business from Freret Street until the corridor’s recent revival, but the man convicted of killing Long continues to maintain his innocence, according to The Times-Picayune.

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