Two separate armed robbers in separate Uptown neighborhoods each appears to have struck a second time, continuing a two-week pattern of holdups into a second weekend, police said.
Officers from Uptown New Orleans’ two police districts, the Second and the Sixth, each gave their time and money this weekend to ensure that poor children from Uptown neighborhoods received some Christmas cheer. Second District officers donated money to buy and distribute toys to area schoolchildren Friday, and the Sixth District held its annual “Christmas in the Sixth” holiday party.
The holiday spirit continues this week, with more Christmas-themed events across Uptown. The Crescent City Farmers Market returns to Tulane Square for last-minute holiday shopping, and more parties dot the calendar — including, for those who have reached their limit of holly-decked halls and jingling bells, pit bull caroling.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church New Orleans will celebrate Christmas Eve with a 7 p.m. jazz concert featuring two acclaimed New Orleans musicians.
Tim LaCrosse is a local artist who has been hand carving jewelry for the last 10 years in the New Orleans area. LaCrosse’s designs vary from traditional fleur-de-lis jewelry, to more unique organic pieces that express the beauty of Louisiana.
LaCrosse will be featuring his latest line of jewelry, which is Louisiana sunken cypress hand inlaid in sterling silver at Palmer Park Arts Market this Saturday. The cypress used in LaCrosse’s jewelry was sunken in the local bayou for over 100 years.
Here’s a snapshot of different community and public events taking place over the next few days Uptown. Markets, meetings, and music workshops dominate the schedule; residents should take note of tomorrow’s City Planning Commission meeting at City Hall, at which applications for alcoholic beverage licenses at three Uptown restaurants, including the Uptowner, will be discussed before the council.
The sky was streaked with dark clouds over Hollygrove’s Conrad Park on Saturday morning, but it was heavy machinery and work trucks – not thunder – rumbling in the distance, the background music to urban renewal.
As volunteers in green shirts and bright plastic gloves walked the blocks around the park carrying huge black bags of freshly gathered trash, Hollygrove resident Louella Hill arrived to help with her two grandchildren, 4-year-old Jayla Miller and 2-year-old Shamar Bridges, and her neighbor, Mildred Price. She was happy to join, she said, because the city’s “Fight the Blight” volunteer effort will do more than beautify the neighborhood – it will also make it safer from crime.
“You don’t have to worry about nobody hiding behind all that trash,” Hill said.
Children who live in a small Carrollton neighborhood will still get automatic admission to Lusher Charter School next year, but only if they enter as kindergartners, based on a policy the board voted Saturday to extend to the 2011-2012 school year. Exactly much how longer that option will exist, however, remains uncertain.
“For this year, what we’re going to do is accept in-district neighborhood students in kindergarten,” said Lusher CEO Kathy Riedlinger. “Beyond kindergarten, there’s no guarantee.”
Attend a Christmas bash, catch up on shopping at the market, or belt out Handel’s Messiah — there’s no shortage of options to get into the holiday spirit this weekend. See below for a snapshot of what’s going on Uptown.