Jun 062011
 

Detectives have deemed the report of an armed robbery at Marengo and Perrier that they received early Sunday morning as “unfounded” after being unable to reach the victims to continue the investigation, police said.

“The reporting persons could not be located after several attempts by both platoon patrol and DIU,” according to a news release from the NOPD Second District on Monday. “As for now, it has to be marked up unfounded until the reporting persons can be reached.”

Jun 062011
 

Two new restaurants by celebrated chef Adolfo Garcia and his partners will open tonight on Freret Street, according to The New Freret website: “The High Hat Café, a casual Southern restaurant located at 5100 Freret and Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria next door, which will serve pizza pies cooked in a wood-fired oven.”

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Jun 062011
 

Owen Courrèges

New Orleans is synonymous with many positive things: jazz, daiquiris, Victorian architecture, Mardi Gras. In the popular perception, unfortunately, it is also synonymous with crime. A recent spurt of rapes and armed robberies in Uptown continue to feed the perception that crime is uniquely prevalent in New Orleans, worse than most urban areas.

This perception is entirely false. New Orleans does have a crime problem, and our homicide rate in particular is disturbing. However, our overall crime victimization rate is actually decent given size and demographics. Continue reading »

Jun 062011
 

Volunteers work on building the new KaBOOM! playground at Palmer Park Sunday morning. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After years of hopes and prayers, the angels finally descended this weekend on Palmer Park, hundreds of them — and they were wearing fatigues, tool belts and mouse ears.

Neighbors from Carrollton and around Uptown New Orleans joined with volunteers from Disney and a nonprofit known as KaBOOM! all converged to give the park a total makeover with a large new playground as a centerpiece. Continue reading »

Jun 052011
 

Map of robberies since May reported within a mile of Sunday morning's report at Marengo and Perrier (shown by the red marker in the center). (via NOPD.com)

Another armed robbery was reported early Sunday morning in an area of Uptown that has been plagued by holdups over the last month, though investigators are having difficulty following up with the victims, they said. Continue reading »

Jun 042011
 

Sunday marks a long-awaited milestone for Carrollton-area families, the “Build Day” for Palmer Park’s new KaBoom playground.

After years of planning, more than 200 volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne. Sponsored in part by Disney, the project extends beyond play equipment to include benches, landscaping and a facelift for the archway.

For more information and to see a few photos from the project’s “Prep Day” on Friday, see the Friends of Palmer Park page on Facebook.

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Jun 042011
 

Abby Smith, 12, paints a Carver Playground sign during the City's third "Fight the Blight" Volunteer Day. Blight eradication and volunteer efforts were targeted within a five-block radius of open schools, playgrounds, and high-traffic commercial corridors Saturday. The sites were George Carver Park, Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Corridor, St. Roch Playground, Union Playspot and Di Benedetto Playground. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jun 042011
 

Attention produce box lovers! Hollygrove Market and Farm is offering a June special on produce, this month only — 10% off all produce, including the weekly produce box. That’s a full box of fresh, local produce, with enough food for two adults, at just $22.50. Just mention the Uptown Messenger with your purchase to receive your discount. Today’s box includes fresh strawberries, blueberries, squash, tomatoes, peaches, peppers, and more — for a full list of what you’ll receive visit the Hollygrove Market and Farm website.

Market hours are 12pm-6pm Tuesdays, and 10am-2pm Saturdays. Cash, check, credit and debit cards, and EBT are all accepted. Hollygrove Market and Farm is located at 8301 Olive Street in Hollygrove, two blocks off S. Carrollton. For more information visit http://www.hollygrovemarket.com.

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Jun 042011
 

A park in the Black Pearl and the O.C. Haley corridor will be two centers of the city’s quarterly “Fight the Blight” cleanup efforts today, and volunteers are encouraged to help clean up the neighborhood while city officials sweep the surrounding blocks for code violations. Continue reading »

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Jun 032011
 

NOPD officer Matthew Robinson Sr. walks out of the NOPD DWI Bat Mobile, the department's s newest tool to take drunk drivers off the road, after an unveiling at the Special Operations Division Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas St. Friday afternoon. The Bat Mobile was purchased through a Louisiana Highway Safety Commission grant for$350,000.00. It is 38 feet long and 12 feet wide. Two officers can test a driver's sobriety in the rear of the vehicle, while as many as 4 other drivers can wait to be tested in the front of the vehicle. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jun 032011
 

Heather Elizabeth Designs is pleased to announce its series of June shows, featuring appearances at Wednesdays at the Square and the Arts Market of New Orleans. Father’s Day is coming up soon, and new designs are now available, perfect for gifts. Click below for details on these appearances, new merchandise, and more.

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