May 232011
 

Owen Courrèges

Recently, the New Orleans City Council has identified yet another public scourge demanding immediate action: the proliferation of “dollar” stores – medium-sized discount variety stores that sell diverse consumer goods at set prices.

Councilman Jon Johnson and Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell have led the charge. Hedge Morrell argues that the growth of dollar stores, particularly Family Dollar and Dollar General, “is defeating the purpose of us trying to get retail back into the East, back into the city.”

“The community,” says Hedge-Morrell, “is adamant that they do not want another Dollar General, another Family Dollar within a five-block radius.”

Of course, if the “community” really disfavored dollar stores, they wouldn’t patronize them and they would quickly fail. No smart business moves into a market where they are truly unwanted. Accordingly, what Hedge-Morrell really means is that certain like-minded community activists – primarily the well-to-do – oppose new dollar stores. Continue reading »

May 222011
 

Sunday morning's shooting victim was found on South Saratoga near Jena, very close to three robberies that took place on Wednesday evening.

Police found a man inside his truck on an Uptown street suffering from two gunshot wounds early Sunday morning, apparently the latest victim in a rash of robberies at gunpoint. Continue reading »

May 222011
 

Alba Sanabria, operator of Supermercado Las Acacias on Freret, holds the door for a customer in this file photo from March. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A Freret corner store’s request for permission to sell alcohol and a proposal to allow conversion of a Lower Garden District warehouse into a film studio — two ideas that had drawn wary interest from their respective neighborhood groups — were both approved this week by the City Council. Continue reading »

May 222011
 

No explanation was given by the contractor, and the schedule for resuming the repair project is unclear because “the surety company that posted the bond on behalf of Smith Railway has until next month to propose a way to do the work or else offer the RTA a cash settlement,” reports Frank Donze of The Times-Picayune.

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May 212011
 

Attendees sample Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss, vegan frozen desserts, at the 2011 NOLA Veggie Fest at the Zeitgeist Multi- Disciplinary Arts Center Saturday afternoon. The 2011 Nola Veggie Fest consisted of speakers, vendors and entertainment. It was organized by group of local vegans and vegetarians who want to spread the word about food choices. The festival continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the Zeitgeist Multi- Disciplinary Arts Center at 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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May 212011
 

Father’s Day is coming up next month, June 19th, and it’s never too early to start getting gift ideas. With a brand-new range of menswear in stock, Essence Fashions has the perfect gift for the father in your family, no matter his age, size, build, or taste, and prices to beat anywhere else in town. See below for details of the new shirts, watches, and accessories that are sure to show your Dad how much you love him.

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May 202011
 

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center on O.C. Haley Boulevard

This weekend brings an unusual entry to the festival calendar: a celebration of vegetables at the NOLA Veggie Fest on O.C. Haley Boulevard. The festival will feature live music, belly dancing, film screenings, cooking demonstrations, discussions and even a body builder — all promoting and exploring the vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.

The weekend also brings the final run of “Reflections,” the popular play by former City Councilman Oliver Thomas at Anthony Bean Community Theatre on Carrollton. The show runs Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon.

Other events of note are a brunch to raise money to feed the hungry, Lusher Charter School’s high school graduation, a parenting workshop, a prostate cancer seminar, and the usual assortment of literary events. For more details and links to these and other events, see our calendar listings below. Continue reading »

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May 202011
 

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May 192011
 

Area of South Carrollton to be affected by water-line repairs

Water-line repairs will cause low water pressure along South Carrollton from Spruce to Palm, and on one block of Apricot from Carrollton to Dublin, for about six hours beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, according to the Sewerage and Water Board.

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May 192011
 

French Quarter Fest, Crawfest, and Jazzfest, move out of the way. KittenFest is here at Zeus’ Place, and it’s about to send all those other Fests slinking off with their tails between their legs. Zeus’ Place, “Your Pet’s Home Away From Home,” has just received new litters of kittens and they can be yours today. Click below for more details about KittenFest 2011.

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May 182011
 

Current NOPD district boundaries (via nopd.com)

The NOPD Sixth District is likely to expand its boundaries soon, stretching beyond its current coverage of the Garden District, Irish Channel and Central City to include more neighborhoods either upriver or downriver, Commander Bob Bardy predicted Wednesday evening. Continue reading »

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May 182011
 

Robberies around the NOPD Second District in the last two weeks. Red markers denote cases in the last week; yellow markers are older cases.

The rash of armed robberies across Uptown New Orleans has continued into another week, no longer believed to be the work of a single gunman targeting lone victims on the street, now involving multiple apparently-unrelated incidents of groups of robbers attacking a restaurant manager, barging into an unlocked home and forcing a man to give up his car in front of his home.

For the most part, the robberies do not appear to be related, said Lt. Mike Montalbano of the NOPD Second District investigative unit. Most were conducted in such different circumstances – using different methods in varying locations – that they appear to be conducted by unrelated groups of people, he said. Continue reading »

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May 182011
 

The City Council is scheduled to come to a final decision Thursday on a request to sell alcohol at a corner store on Freret Street and a zoning change to allow a film studio in the Lower Garden District.

Meanwhile, the Film-O-Rama festival at Prytania Theatre has its final two days of showings.

For more information and links on these and other events around Uptown New Orleans, see our full calendar listings below. Continue reading »

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