Dec 142016
 
Hoffman campus director Ebony Walker (left) and College Prep CEO Ben Kleban lead a tour of the new Hoffman campus in October 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Hoffman campus director Ebony Walker (left) and College Prep CEO Ben Kleban lead a tour of the new Hoffman campus in October 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In hopes of attracting as broad a cross-section of the city’s families as possible, the New Orleans College Prep charter network has released the new income-based sliding scale for tuition at the expanded preschool site officials intend to launch at the Hoffman site next year. Continue reading »

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Dec 132016
 
Firefighters' pension tax results, by precinct: Precinct 14-26 (in red) was the only Uptown precinct to vote against the tax. Five others (in yellow) voted yes but with narrow margins of 50 to 55 percent. Everywhere else (in green) the tax passed easily. (map by UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters’ pension tax results, by precinct: Precinct 14-26 (in red) was the only Uptown precinct to vote against the tax. Five others (in yellow) voted yes but with narrow margins of 50 to 55 percent. Everywhere else (in green) the tax passed easily. (map by UptownMessenger.com)

In the weeks leading up to Saturday’s vote to renew a property tax that funds one-third of the city’s drainage operations, Sewerage & Water Board general superintendent Joe Becker spoke openly about his fear that this year’s seemingly anti-establishment mood could scuttle the tax, leading to deep cuts for the agency.

“We’re very concerned that people are just going to walk into the booth, see ‘Taxes’ and vote no,” Becker said in November, barely a week after Donald Trump’s Electoral College upset shocked the nation.

It turns out, Becker had little reason to be concerned. Bolstered by support from nearly every public official and watchdog agency in the city, the drainage tax renewal passed easily. Meanwhile, a smaller new property tax to restore funding to the firefighters’ pension fund was not as popular, but still managed to pass. Continue reading »

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Dec 132016
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

New Orleans police have released a surveillance photo in the investigation of an armed robbery early Friday near a gate to the Uptown university campuses, and another robbery was reported Monday night on the Xavier campus, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Dec 132016
 
Patrick Brady of Brady’s Wine Warehouse

Patrick Brady of Brady’s Wine Warehouse

Get a different take on wine—one that feels more like a party—at Brady’s Wine Warehouse. They’re committed to offering an outstanding selection of products, the best prices, and the most raucous tastings around. From newcomers to enthusiasts, they’ve got something for everyone. So come on by, take a look, and be paired with something new and exciting!

Locally owned businesses infuse New Orleans neighborhoods with their unique character, and are a big part of why we want to live, work, eat and shop here. The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners.
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Dec 122016
 

A couple was robbed of their vehicle at gunpoint out of the parking lot of a St. Charles Avenue restaurant Saturday evening, and man was shot the same night on Jackson Avenue, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Dec 122016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Loyola University received more bad publicity this past week when it was accused of discriminating against one of their students on the basis of his profession. He was a cop.

It occurred this past Wednesday when Sergeant Josh Collins of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office attended a class in “Law and Morality” dressed in SWAT fatigues. He’d been attending classes there in criminal justice for eight years and normally wore plainclothes but didn’t that day because he was too busy to change. He was also openly wearing his sidearm. Continue reading »

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Dec 122016
 
Lusher Charter School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher Charter School governing board voted Monday morning to dismiss its lawsuit over the new school funding formula — unless the formula is changed to reduce Lusher’s funding significantly in the future. Continue reading »

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Dec 092016
 
Artisan Breads from Breads on Oak (Kristine Froeba)

Artisan Breads from Breads on Oak (Kristine Froeba)

The Oak Street renaissance continues unabated. Like many older and abandoned shopping districts, the Oak Street Corridor has seen a shift back to commerce. Gentrification, new housing, and an influx of small businesses are flourishing on the new Oak. And, as this is New Orleans, restaurants and food hubs are the neighborhood anchors.

Breads on Oak, which opened in 2012, was one of the first of the new guard to plant itself on Oak. The European-style bakery has since grown from supplying restaurants to being a neighborhood hub, and locals can be seen walking through the doors at a brisk pace on any given day. Continue reading »

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Dec 092016
 
Author Michael Tisserand reads from his new book "Krazy" at Octavia Books on Tuesday, Dec. 6. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Author Michael Tisserand reads from his new book “Krazy” at Octavia Books on Tuesday, Dec. 6. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Even at the height of his acclaim in the 1920s and 30s, the mixed-up little black cartoon feline known as “Krazy Kat” could hardly be called popular, ranking at the bottom of readers’ polls in the newspapers in which he and his surrealist world regularly appeared.

Nearly a century later, however, the unusual comic and the complex life of its New Orleans born author are enjoying an improbable moment in the spotlight, thanks to a new biography receiving glowing reviews in national publications like the Washington Post and an outpouring of love and enthusiasm here in New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Dec 092016
 

Housed in a home-like setting, Mathilde Hall provides a visually rich and stimulating environment for one, two and three year olds in McGehee School’s early childhood program, Little Gate. Designed to inspire learning and spark the imaginations of both students and faculty, Mathilde Hall opened its doors in August in the architecturally rich setting of this historic St. Charles Avenue home. Mathilde Hall is at the heart of Little Gate, a local leader in early childhood education.

L to R: McGehee Headmistress Eileen Powers, Richard Currence, George Young, Mathilde Villere Currence

L to R: McGehee Headmistress Eileen Powers, Richard Currence, George Young, Mathilde Villere Currence

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Dec 082016
 
The Leo Benewell play spot at Pleasant and Tchoupitoulas is under consideration for conversion into a dog park, though some residents and city officials said they would prefer a larger space farther away. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Leo Benewell play spot at Pleasant and Tchoupitoulas is under consideration for conversion into a dog park, though some residents and city officials said they would prefer a larger space farther away. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nearly three years after the opening of a dedicated “dog run” at Wisner Park, the city of New Orleans is launching a new round of discussions about potential locations for another dog park — partly in hopes of reducing some of the unauthorized off-leash use of other major parks around the Irish Channel and Lower Garden District by dog owners. Continue reading »

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Dec 082016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Dear President-elect Trump,

Thank you for including Louisiana on your victory tour.

While the majority of Louisiana’s citizens cast their votes for you, the voters of New Orleans did not. We’re a little different because of our unique history and culture. Yet, we’ve got lots of needs we hope you will address. Continue reading »

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Dec 082016
 

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The holiday season has arrived, and Magazine Street has all that you need for decorating, shopping, pampering and entertaining. From the CBD to Audubon Park, New Orleans’ historic Magazine Street offers six miles of shopping, dining, art, activities and entertainment for all ages!

This year, Merriment on Magazine runs from the day after Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday through Christmas Eve and includes special activities for the season:

  • Santa’s coming to town for the FREE Santa photo booth for kids, pets or adults visiting Magazine Street! Continue reading »
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Dec 072016
 
The Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, located at 1307 Louisiana Avenue, presents “A Garden District Christmas Concert 2016” on “Gaudete” Sunday, December 11. The concert begins at 4 p.m. and will feature The Good Shepherd Choir and a mixed repertoire of familiar and unfamiliar music.

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Dec 072016
 
Ross and Ria Turnbull smile next to the gelato counter at Piccola Gelateria. (Photo by Caroline Gonzalez)

Ross and Ria Turnbull smile next to the gelato counter at Piccola Gelateria. (Photo by Caroline Gonzalez)

By Caroline Gonzalez, Loyola Student News Service

“Welcome to our living room,” is what customers hear when being greeted by Ross and Ria Turnbull, the owners of the new Freret Street dessert destination, Piccola Gelateria. Continue reading »

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