May 112011
 

The governing board of Lusher Charter School met with an attorney for an hour and a half in closed session Monday evening, coordinating strategies with other charter boards regarding the Orleans Parish School Board’s operating-agreement renewal process. Continue reading »

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May 112011
 

Two Uptown neighborhood associations and a charter school board are all scheduled to have their monthly meetings on Thursday.

The ReNEW Charter Management Organization board – which oversees Batiste Cultural Arts Academy at Live Oak and SciTech Academy at Laurel, both in the Irish Channel – will meet Thursday afternoon. That evening, the Irish Channel and Carrollton-Riverbend neighborhood associations are scheduled to have their May monthly meetings.

For further details and links to these and other events, see our full calendar listings below. Continue reading »

May 112011
 

The Zest Fest continues at Bee Sweet Cupcakes during the month of May, which keeps rolling out tray after tray of its mouth-watering lemon zest cupcakes. Made with a lemon pound cake topped with lemon zest buttercream frosting, they’re like a little ray of sunshine on your tongue.

Lemon zest cupcakes are $3 each, tax included. Only a limited number of cupcakes are available each day, so Bee Sweet Cupcakes invites you to come in early and get them while they’re hot. Bee Sweet Cupcakes is located at 5706 Magazine Street, and is open Monday-Saturday from 11-6. Or call ahead to reserve your cakes at 504.891.8333.

May 112011
 

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Movie lovers unite! Your season is upon you! With school almost out for everyone, summer movie mania is about to set in. And each year it’s whiz bang this and ginormous budget that. This season’s crop promises no exception. Sequels, prequels, threequels, whatever you want to call them, they’re unavoidable, but what is it with reboots? It’s like going on a bad first date for the second time, kinda. It’s never a good idea. At least within the same decade. Sure some franchises span generations but some can’t stop mis-stepping. Hulk, anyone? And yet, later in summer, there will another Planet of the Apes movie. I love the original, and Tim Burton’s retelling with Marky Mark was passable. But c’mon. Another? Continue reading »

May 102011
 

As floodwaters make their way down the Mississippi, officials are concerned about potentially devastating levee breaches in New Orleans that could inundate Uptown if the Morganza spillway is not opened, according to reporting by Mark Schleifstein of the Times-Picayune.

“We have a good bit of experience dealing with seepage and sand boils, saturated soil conditions when the river stages are around 17 feet,” Bob Turner, executive director of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, told the newspaper. “Once the river gets over 17.5 feet, I don’t know that we’ve got a lot of experience dealing with those same issues. Seepage and sand boils, that uncertainty gives us some concern. My gut is if it gets higher, it’s going to be more difficult to keep those things under control.” Continue reading »

May 102011
 

With relatively minor opposition, both a corner store’s request to reopen on Jackson Avenue in the Irish Channel and the conversion of a residentially-zoned building on General Pershing into the childcare center for Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans received the approval of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

May 102011
 

Robberies have been reported all over Uptown New Orleans over the weekend. Numbers on the markers indicate the date of the robbery.

Robberies were reported at eight different addresses around Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods over the weekend — four in the Riverbend area, two in the Hurstville neighborhoods near Audubon Park, and one each in the Freret and Touro neighborhoods. Police deemed the spree “very unusual” and encouraged anyone with information about any of the incidents to call either the Second District at 658-6020, or, to leave an anonymous tip that is eligible for a cash reward, call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.

See below for a full list of the robberies. Continue reading »

May 102011
 

Bernadette Gildspinel, owner of LaBelle Galerie, hosts Congressman Cedric Richmond's Congressional Art Competition "An Artistic Discovery" while standing next to a slide show of students work at the George & Leah McKenna Museum Monday evening. The 1st Place winner of the art competition will have their winning artwork hung in the U.S. Capitol's Cannon Tunnel, a path tread by many visitors and Members of Congress as they make their way to the U.S. Capitol, for the next year. All U.S. Congressman had an oppourtunity to have an art competition for the U.S. Capitol's Cannon Tunnel in their area. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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May 092011
 

Map of the three phases of the streetcar expansion (via NORTA.com)

Streetcars are an iconic fixture in New Orleans, a reflection of our city’s connection to the past.  Although the technology is old and often inefficient, we cling to these aging steel transports because of their beauty, craftsmanship and history. Continue reading »

May 092011
 

A city planning hearing on an Irish Channel corner store, the final meeting of the year for the Lusher Charter School board and an arts forum sponsored by a Congressman are among the meetings and events of interest on deck in Uptown New Orleans. Continue reading »

May 092011
 

Summertime is here and the Hollygrove Market and Farm, “The Home of the $25 Weekly Produce Box,” is welcoming it with open arms – and open boxes. There’s a new variety of seasonal produce from local growers now available at the market, featuring both old favorites and new surprises, and a range of community events taking place from the Hollygrove Livable Communities Project to an upcoming fundraiser on May 16 featuring live music and delicious cuisine from an array of local restaurants.

See below for more details of what’s going on in Hollygrove.

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May 062011
 

Round card girl Katie Budge holds up a card before walking on the ring at December's Friday Night Fights. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Friday evening brings the return of Freret Street’s celebrated monthly outdoor boxing matches and tailgating party, and Saturday morning several Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods invite you to join them for a walk. Continue reading »