Feb 102011

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

Freret Street Boxing Gym has rescheduled Friday Night Fights winter wonderland show, featuring Frosty the Snowman, from Feb. 11, 2011 until after Mardi Gras due to concerns about the cold weather. The outdoor fight, sanctioned by USA Amateur Boxing, includes boxing, live entertainment and ring girls.

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Feb 102011

Heather Elizabeth is a fifth-generation New Orleanian. Her experiences as a French Quarter walking-tour guide gave her a deep appreciation of New Orleans’ rich history and culture. Inspired by the city around her, she created Heather Elizabeth Designs in 2002.  She handcrafts her New Orleans photographs into jewelry and accessories for the home. Since 2002, Heather Elizabeth has gained a loyal following of locals and non-locals alike that collect her work. For any occasion, her line of merchandise makes great a gift for the lover of all things New Orleans.

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Feb 102011

Sen. Karen Carter Peterson

Population loss following Hurricane Katrina will likely result in the removal of at least one state Senate district from New Orleans during legislative redistricting, possibly setting up a re-election battle between two sitting incumbents this year.

Each of the four Senate districts mostly contained in New Orleans is about 30 to 40 percent short of the population it needs to satisfy population requirements, according to 2010 Census figures. Even the seeming inevitability of dividing one of those four among the other three still leaves a significant shortfall, meaning the remaining New Orleans-based districts would have to grow outside the city limits. Continue reading »

Feb 082011

Stephanie Bruno, "StreetWalker" columnist for the Times-Picayune, answers questions about her new book New Orleans Streets: A Walker's Guide to Neighborhood Architecture at Octavia Books Tuesday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Architectural historian, preservation consultant, and popular columnist for the Times-Picayune Stephanie Bruno presented her new book New Orleans Streets: A Walker’s Guide to Neighborhood Architecture at Octavia Books Tuesday evening.  Bruno has been a columnist for the Times-Picayune since October 2007, writing her “StreetWalker” column with descriptions and photo colleges of individual New Orleans city blocks.  Prior to her column she worked at the Preservation Resource Center. Continue reading »

Feb 082011

A rebuilt streetscape, a host of new restaurants opening and a reinvigorated street party all slated for the coming months are accelerating the excitement and sense of renewal along the Freret corridor, residents said Tuesday night.

“By next year, we’re going to see a whole lot more people using Freret Street for all the right reasons,” said business owner Greg Ensslen at a meeting of Freret Neighbors United. Continue reading »

Feb 082011

Dean Kelly (via opcso.org)

The NOPD sex-crimes unit arrested a New Orleans man Monday on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman at his St. Charles Avenue residence in November, police said.

Dean E. Kelly, 39, was charged with forcible rape, police said. He is accused of bringing a female acquaintance to his residence in the 4000 block of St. Charles Avenue, plying her with alcohol and then sexually assaulting her, investigators said in a news release.

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Feb 082011

The Michigan-based construction company working on the 11-month Magazine Street repaving project said it leased a parking lot in the 1300 block of Magazine for its heavy equipment not knowing the land’s zoning prohibited such an industrial use, according to WVUE.

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Feb 082011

Cameron Henry

The Jefferson-based Republican opted not to run for Jefferson Parish assessor after surveying the field, he told Richard Rainey of The Times-Picayune. Cameron Henry’s district in the state House of Representatives currently includes the Black Pearl area of Carrollton, a neighborhood which could be moved into a New Orleans-based district after legislative redistricting.

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Feb 082011

A string of business burglaries hits Maple Street, but the sting is particularly painful when first editions of Confederacy of Dunces and Infinite Jest are stolen, reports WWL.

“A crackhead is not going to steal Confederacy of Dunces,” NOPD Sgt. Marc Amos tells reporter Katie Moore. “That doesn’t feed his need.”

Feb 072011

Nicholas Washington, 4, wears his new astronaut costume in front of the Freret Neighborhood Center. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger)

Still recovering from a spate of recent violent crime but looking forward to a makeover of its commercial corridor later this year, the Freret neighborhood will have its bimonthly meeting Tuesday night.

Freret Neighbors United will meet at 6 p.m.

See below for details of this meeting and more.

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