Jan 312011

The Uptowner, 438 Henry Clay Avenue (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Public meetings dominate the Uptown calendar for the next two days.

Monday, EngageNOLA hosts NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas in a discussion about NOPD’s history and recent activities, and a question-and-answer session from the public.

Tuesday night, the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association will discuss the Uptowner restaurant at its monthly meeting, and the Alliance for Good Government will hold a public meeting to discuss the potential impacts of upcoming electoral redistricting, featuring current and former members of state government.

See below for details of these meetings and more.

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Jan 292011

Contemporary painter Tony Nozero stands by his artwork at the first Arts Market of New Orleans of 2011 in Palmer Park Saturday morning. The Arts Market celebrated what would have been Jackson Pollock's 99th birthday. About 100 artists displayed jewelry, paintings, ceramics, metal work, printmaking and mosaics - many which were inspired by the abstract movement. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 292011

The Lady Jetsetters parade will parade through Central City on Saturday.

Two second lines will parade through areas of Uptown New Orleans this weekend, one running the length of Central City on Saturday and another looping through the neighborhoods around Louisiana Avenue on Sunday. Continue reading »

Jan 282011

The Ladies and Men of Unity Fifth Anniversary parade. The parade begins and ends at the Rock Bottom Lounge, 3801 Tchoupitoulas.

Marches and music are present every day this weekend Uptown. The Silence is Violence coalition sponsors a Central City Peace March to City Hall in memory of Magnolia  Shorty, Jeremy Galmon, and Ja’Shawn Powell, beginning at Washington and LaSalle and ending at City Hall (marchers are requested to wear red and camouflage attire). Tomorrow the Arts Market of New Orleans returns to Palmer Park, and Xavier Prep holds a gala fundraiser and concert. Sunday the Ladies and Men of Unity will celebrate their fifth anniversary with a parade, and Armand St. Martin will close out January’s concert series at Trinity Episcopal. See below for details of these events and more Uptown.

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Jan 272011

Computer sketch of burglary suspect (via NOPD)

A man walking in the lower end of Magazine Street was robbed at gunpoint earlier this week, police said Thursday afternoon. They also released a sketch of a suspected burglar from the same area during the NOPD Sixth District’s weekly meeting. Continue reading »

Jan 272011

Milan residents make a statement against crime as they walk alongside police carrying colorful posters during the Milan anti-crime walk Wednesday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A rash of recent violent crime and tragedy, coupled with the energetic organizing of a new neighborhood group, led to the largest turnout yet for a NOPD Second District anti-crime march as police and residents paraded through the streets of Milan.

“Ever since the New Year there has been this explosion of crime. Errol Meeks’ shooting,” said Veronica Sharkey of the Milan Focus Group, who helped organize the anti-crime march. “There was a drive by last Wednesday … less than a block from my house. There was the robbery at the Freret Neighborhood Center. There was another armed robbery on Freret last week. There was a drug bust on Milan,  a gun battle on Freret, all within a space of about three weeks. I don’t know what on earth is going on or why all of a sudden there is this explosion of crime, but I think we really just need to bring awareness to it.” Continue reading »

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Jan 272011

Sections of both east- and westbound Claiborne Avenue through Uptown New Orleans remain under construction this week, according to the state Department of Transportation and Development.

The right lane of each direction will be closed for construction on a variety of sections between the U.S. 90 overpass and Jefferson Parish for the remainder of this week, according to the department’s website. The westbound construction is scheduled until Friday afternoon, while the eastbound road work will last well into next week.

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Jan 262011

The Holy Name of Mary campus in Algiers (Photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans, via Wikimedia Commons)

The International School of Louisiana stepped forward Wednesday on its expansion to the Holy Name of Mary campus in Algiers, authorizing a potential lease agreement that allow the workers to begin in February preparing for the next school year. Continue reading »

Jan 262011

William Baham (OPCSO booking photo)

Even with the accused shooter behind bars, retaliatory violence after a fatal shooting last week on Freret Street is still such a concern that police are trying to identify and find a man said to be out for revenge. Continue reading »

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Jan 262011

Major crimes reported so far this week in the New Orleans Police Department’s Sixth District include two residential burglaries in the Irish Channel, an armed robbery on Magazine Street and a murder in Central City.

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Jan 262011

The January anti-crime march in the NOPD Second District will begin and end at the Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center, 4025 S. Saratoga, pausing along the way to honor crash victim Mariah Woods.

In response to recent violent incidents in these areas, the New Orleans Police Department hosts its monthly anti-crime walks in the Milan and the River Gardens neighborhoods tonight. Both marches start at 5pm. Weekly NOPD COMSTAT meetings for both the Second and Sixth Districts will also take place today and tomorrow, as will two City Council meetings and city’s next Blightstat meeting. Tomorrow night the Claiborne-University Neighborhood Association will meet, featuring a representative from the NOPD Second District. See below for details of everything happening Uptown.

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Jan 262011

Former ambassador Joe Wilson and former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson answer questions in McAlister Auditorium at Tulane University Tuesday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

“You have no idea what it is like to lose your privacy until it is gone, when you have photographers outside your door taking pictures of your toddlers,” said Valerie Plame Wilson, speaking to an audience whose younger members were in 8th grade when her CIA operative cover was blown in 2006. “I felt like I had fallen in to Alice’s rabbit hole, where white is black.” Continue reading »

Jan 262011

A map of lot clearings in New Orleans in late December and early January shows a concentration downtown, but none in City Council districts B or E.

A city program to clear unkempt vacant lots has been on hold across a wide swath of Uptown New Orleans because of contract disputes, but the program should resume in the coming weeks, officials said. Continue reading »

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