Dec 162013
 

Owen Courreges

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.” 

That’s apparently the motto of the First Spanish American Baptist Church (FSABC), which owns the dilapidated wood-frame building located at 1824 Sophie Wright Place in the Lower Garden District.  Their latest application to demolish the structure was rejected this past Thursday by the Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC). Continue reading »

Dec 162013
 

Ashley Machen, Owner and Travel Specialist at Treasure Travel, is launching the first in a series of unique wine & spirits tours called “Adventures by the Glass”.

The inaugural 6-day “Exclusive Napa/Sonoma Wine Tour” will begin May 31, 2014 and will bring the traveler to specially selected wineries off-the-beaten-path, in addition to some notable Napa and Sonoma highlights.

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Dec 142013
 

Announcer Andrew Ward holds up "Market Money" at the 2011 Freretstivus market on Freret Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Announcer Andrew Ward holds up “Market Money” at the 2011 Freretstivus market on Freret Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Freret Market’s “Freretstivus” winter shopping bazaar is opening shop at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 14) under a sunny sky, in spite of earlier predictions of rain.

After the market, the Freret Clay Center will have a new opening featuring two ceramics artists. Continue reading »

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Dec 132013
 

Stephen Gordon

Stephen Gordon

Reid Stone

Reid Stone

An advocate for Lakeview street repairs and a marketing entrepreneur bring the field of candidates vying for Susan Guidry’s seat on the New Orleans City Council to six when qualifying closed Friday afternoon, but Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell drew no opponents. Continue reading »

Dec 132013
 

UPDATE: Saturday’s event has been canceled and rescheduled for Jan. 11.

At a "Fight the Blight" event in March 2011, Mayor Mitch Landrieu paints a gate around the pool at Taylor Park in Hoffman Triangle with Laquinn Huey, who was 8 at the time. NOLA For Life Day, a continuation of those efforts, will be held Saturday at A.L. Davis Park in Central City. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

At a “Fight the Blight” event in March 2011, Mayor Mitch Landrieu paints a gate around the pool at Taylor Park in Hoffman Triangle with Laquinn Huey, who was 8 at the time. NOLA For Life Day, a continuation of those efforts, will be held Saturday at A.L. Davis Park in Central City. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The city of New Orleans will bring a host of governmental agencies and nonprofits to A.L. Davis Playground in Central City on Saturday for the sixth “NOLA For Life” Day in an effort to reduce crime in the city through improving quality of life. Continue reading »

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Dec 132013
 

Jason Coleman

Jason Coleman

David Capasso

David Capasso

What had appeared to be a quiet re-election campaign for District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry is heating up, with the unexpected entry of two more candidates: Jason Coleman, a Democratic activist and member of the Coleman Cab Company family, and David Capasso, an attorney active in progressive causes. Continue reading »

Dec 122013
 
The First Spanish-American Baptist Church building at 1824 Sophie Wright Place. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The First Spanish-American Baptist Church building at 1824 Sophie Wright Place. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The latest request to demolish the First Spanish-American Baptist Church building in the Lower Garden District — listed in 2011 as one of the most endangered historic structures in New Orleans — was denied with more stern words from city officials Thursday, but the fate of the structure remains uncertain as it continues to decay. Continue reading »

Dec 122013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We are not fans of racial divisiveness. But lots of time in politics, voting occurs along racial lines. This election cycle may be a prime example of that.

Danae drove to Judge Michael Bagneris’ home early this morning because she wanted to be among the first to show her support for the Bagneris For Mayor Campaign. Actually, Danae should have gone yesterday evening when a small crowd gathered on Bagneris’ doorstep. In light of Bagneris’ resignation yesterday from his long-time post at Civil District Court, chances are very strong that he will qualify prior to the 4:30 p.m. Friday cutoff. Continue reading »

Dec 122013
 

Are you worried about making loan payments on your house? Have you fallen behind, and are struggling to get back on track? Or are you preparing to buy, but unsure how you’ll finance every penny of your new home? Neighborhood Housing Services New Orleans announces its new, federally-sponsored Making Home Affordable loan program for homeowners just like you. Secure, confidential, and comprehensive!

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Dec 112013
 

(map via DOTD)

(map via DOTD)

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry called a proposal to reroute freight trains from Old Metairie to Hollygrove “totally unacceptable” before an audience in Mid-City on Monday evening, and Hollygrove residents formed a new committee called “We Won’t Be Railroaded” to fight the project Tuesday, according to a report by Della Hasselle at our sister publication, Mid-City Messenger. In addition to the environmental and quality-of-life concerns, there may also be civil-rights issues involved in the use of federal money on a project that would widen the disparity in property values between the two communities, Mid-City Messenger reports.

Dec 112013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

I woke up yesterday morning to social media posts that Frank Davis had passed, and I kind of sunk.  While I did not personally know Mr. Davis, we — you and I – as a collective viewing audience certainly knew him, or at least his highly personalized way of storytelling over the decades.  As a species, I think we can easily take for granted the things and people around us that populate our visual landscape, presuming they’ll always be in sight.  Except they never are.  And when the periphery changes and we lose one of our voices, it’s hard not to pause and reflect on what we’ll be missing. Continue reading »