Jul 062011

City Planning Director Yolanda Rodriguez holds an example of the new signs that will be required for any property requesting a land-use change. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

Facing a crowd of well more than 100 mostly-angry neighborhood residents in January, City Councilwoman Susan Guidry had little to assuage their ire. The owners of the Romney Pilates studio under construction on Magazine Street obtained permission to build legally, she said, even if very few neighbors knew about it until it was too late.

Guidry pledged, however, to correct the city procedures that allowed such a major project to be approved without neighbors’ knowledge and permitted the owners to begin construction on a building that bore little resemblance to at least one of the designs they showed the city. The bad memory of the Romney Pilates experience has haunted nearly every subsequent Uptown land-use issue this year, but Guidry unveiled a package of solutions to it Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

Jul 062011

As fireworks lit up the sky on Monday in celebration of our nation’s independence, take a moment to consider a different cause for celebration: the growing movement towards American independence from foreign oil. More and more people want to help America establish energy independence, and have realized that solar energy is a viable option for every homeowner in America. The solar industry doubled in size in 2010 nationwide, and has continued to stimulate the economy and create American jobs this year.

In light of the disastrous BP oil spill and the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, it is clear that the time has come for our nation to end our addiction to fossil fuels. As we reflect on the historical day in which our Founding Fathers courageously declared independence, we invite you to join us in the movement toward an energy-independent America.

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Jul 062011

Jean-Paul Villere

Growing up I had oodles of summer jobs.  As a kid, my across-the-street neighbor Brian Hebert and I would mow the occasional neighborhood lawn.  I also recall a lemonade stand or two.  You know, the usual stuff.  When I was old enough to almost be legal – thirteen – I worked as a “greensmaster assistant” on a local golf course.  Basically I schlepped range balls, washed golf carts, and emptied garbage cans all in the soupy humidity of Southeast Texas.  Glamorous?  No.  Productive?  Of course!  For $2/hr and a free lunch you couldn’t beat it as a young teen.  Nonetheless over the course of years I yearned for legality.  I did tire of enduring drunken rants from less-than-talented golfer-like patrons.  Too, when the range picker broke down – and it did – picking up the driving range by hand had its hazards.  I once took a Titleist to the shoulder on the fly.  That smarted.  So in short order, I got legit and graduated to – – – the mall! Continue reading »

Jul 052011

The old caretaker's cottage at 5700 Annunciation (via latterblum.com)

Overgrown and vermin-infested, the old school caretaker’s cottage at Annunciation and Arabella becomes more of a nuisance and a danger to its neighborhood with each passing year of neglect, one frustrated neighbor said, prompting the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association to pledge Tuesday evening to find out why the local school board appears to be letting it rot.

“It’s blight,” said Terry Gay, who lives on the same block as the caretaker’s cottage. “I’m not taking a position on whether they should tear it down or restore it. I just want them to do something.” Continue reading »

Jul 052011

4121 Willow (via blog.prcno.org)

Several clusters of homes in the Milan neighborhood — including 4121 Willow, 4121 Clara, 2824 Milan, 3500 S. Robertson, 3600 S. Saratoga, 2742 Amelia — are up for demolition hearings on Tuesday’s Neighborhood Conservation District Committee agenda, as is one in the Touro neighborhood, 3822 Camp.

For images of each property, see the Preservation Resource Center’s “Preservation in the Present” blog.

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Jul 052011

Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New Orleans is hosting a house concert with acclaimed singer/songwriter Bill Mallonee this Thursday, July 7th! Paste Magazine has called Mallonee one of the top 100 singer-songwriters in the country; he is the author of 9 full-length albums and one EP. He’ll be playing at 1320 Henry Clay from 7-9pm. More information about Bill Mallonee is available on his website, at http://volsounds.com. The concert is free with a suggested donation of $10.

For more information about Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, visit RedeemerNola.com or attend one of the weekly Sunday morning worship services. Worship begins at 10am, led by Rev. Dr. Ray Cannata and Rev. Shane Gibson. Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New Orleans: Celebrating Christ, Serving New Orleans.

Jul 052011

Admiral Security Services provides customized security programs and services for a wide range of sectors, businesses, and events across the Gulf South. For over 15 years, Admiral Security Services has provided quality protection for conventions, exhibits, commercial and industrial sites, film sets, and private events such as weddings, receptions, and parties.

Whether you’re a homeowner looking to host an event this summer, a business owner looking to secure your investment, or a hotelier or convention organizer looking to safeguard your facility, Admiral Security Services provides you more than just protection: it provides you total peace of mind.

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Jul 022011

The New Deal is where you go when you want to experience talent and a true desire to make you happy with your hair. Randy Spitler, a native New Orleanian, has been in the same spot on Freret Street for over twenty years, and his results prove it. The New Deal Hair Salon is where you receive all the luxury and personalized attention of a private salon without the price tag that comes attached to it. Featuring a full range of services, including a specialty in Framesi color and coloration, in a quiet, elegant interior, at the New Deal Hair Salon, you’ll be the only client in the salon.

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Jun 302011

Say hello to July! This month, Bee Sweet Cupcakes is rolling out its soon-to-be-world-famous St Joe’s Blueberry Mojito cupcake, after the already-world-famous drink of the same name at St Joe’s Tavern. Featuring Bee Sweet’s famous rum cake topped with blueberry-mint frosting, this cupcake is a tribute to St Joe’s and all things cool and delicious for summer, and will be available Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout July. Cupcakes are $3 each (tax included), as always, so come on in and get yours today.

Bee Sweet Cupcakes is located at 5706 Magazine Street. Pay no attention to the road works currently taking place on Magazine Street: Bee Sweet Cupcakes is open Monday-Saturday from 11-6. Or call ahead to reserve your cakes at 504.891.8333.

In honor of Independence Day, Bee Sweet Cupcakes will NOT be open on Monday, July 4.