Jun 292011

The NOPD Sixth District will hold its weekly Comstat meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the district station at 1930 Martin Luther King Boulevard, officials said. The meeting is open to the public.

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Jun 292011

A “shooting response” will be held by the Solutions Not Shootings activist group at 6 p.m. Thursday (June 30) at the intersection of Clara and Felicity streets, where a man was shot Sunday.

“Citizens and city leaders must stand together and state that the violence is not an acceptable behavior,” the group wrote in its announcement. “If people remain silent and do not declare that violence is not normal, the city’s highest risk population will continue to seek solutions with violence.”

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Jun 292011

As this 4th of July fast approaches I am reminded of many things apart from celebrating our independence, and they mostly have to do with gunpowder, matches, gasoline and other accelerants.  As a boy fireworks were, of course, fascinating.  Living in the city limits we would sometimes feel brazen enough to set off a few firecrackers at odd hours but never a full-on display.  Plus, your stash was something you coveted.  Were you really going to blow up all your M-80s in one go?  No way!  As such, we’d often find ourselves pulled over to the side of a farm road overlooking a ditch or some other waterway just, well, blowing things up.  One such evening, as the sun had just slipped over the horizon, I was with my brother and his friends, and something ’bout the moon wasn’t right.  Nonetheless someone cranked up Van Halen’s “Running with the Devil” and an array of explosions ensued.  We all walked away with all digits intact, that day.  But this one time… Continue reading »

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Jun 292011

Picture this: there’s a storm coming, you’re getting ready to leave the house, and the first things you realize you’ve forgotten to pack are your photographs on the mantle. Your albums in the attic. Your boxes full of dusty prints. Imagine, though, if you didn’t have to — if all you had to pack on your way out of town was a couple of DVDs or a portable hard drive, thanks to the batch print scanning order you had done weeks ago. For over 45 years, Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging — formerly on City Park Avenue across from Delgado, now on Maple Street Uptown — has served the greater New Orleans area for all its photographic, digital, and archiving needs. Now that hurricane season has arrived, let Moldaner’s provide you the peace of mind you need.

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Jun 282011

An ISL student circles answers in a Spanish language workbook. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana plans to approach the Jefferson Parish School Board next week about the possibility of opening a new language-immersion campus, based on the strong interest in foreign-language education recently demonstrated by parents there.

Jefferson Parish officials had planned this spring to cut the language-immersion programs operating at a handful of campuses to stave off next year’s budget shortfall, but earlier this month decided to restore the program for one year. School board members there have since expressed some interest in creating a single full-immersion charter school in the parish, which creates an opportunity for ISL to partner with them, said ISL Head of School Sean Wilson on Tuesday evening. Continue reading »

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Jun 282011

James Leeming, who died Sunday, opened Coulis on Prytania after decades spent in celebrated New Orleans restaurants, including Commander’s Palace and others.

“He’d cajole and encourage and joke and give me the freedom to make mistakes,” recalls Craig Giesecke of J’anitas, who worked with Leeming at Dick and Jenny’s immediately after Hurricane Katrina. “He taught me to trust my instincts and to go off-road if it got us to where we needed to be.”

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Jun 282011

The NOPD Second District’s monthly march against crime is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday (June 28) in the Freret neighborhood, and this time, the police are hoping for a little help from some new friends.

Building on an idea from the “Cops, Clergy and Community” meeting earlier this month, the police are seeking not only a strong turnout for the march itself from neighborhoods across Uptown, but they also hope the night of the march can become a catalyst for better neighborhood integration. If you don’t attend the march itself, then the coalition of pastors and officers ask that you spend that same hour, from 6 to 7 p.m., on your own front porch or in your front yard, getting to know your neighbors. Continue reading »

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Jun 272011

The governing board of the International School of Louisiana will meet Tuesday evening to receive updates on continuing projects such as the Westbank campus renovation and to consider broader expansion plans over the coming year, according to the agenda. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday (June 28) at the Eastbank campus at 1400 Camp Street.

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Jun 272011

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans, a new French-immersion charter school in Uptown New Orleans, will meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday, June 27) at 5401 South Claiborne Avenue for updates on hiring employees, the school building, and other issues, according to the agenda.

Jun 272011

Owen Courrèges

When I first moved to New Orleans, I lived in one side of a shotgun double on Conery Street in the Garden District. Every now and again, a small, sweet dog named “Charlie” would escape from the Favrot house nearby on Prytania, and my wife and I would manage to catch and return him. That’s how I came to meet, in passing, the late Thomas Favrot. Continue reading »