Dec 202010
 

Toys purchased by the men and women of the Second District. Officers donated money towards the purchase of toys for needy kids distributed them last Friday. (Photo courtesy of NOPD Second District)

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.

Children build frames and other items with wood supplied by the local Home Depot at the Sixth District station in Central City. (Photo by NOPD Sgt. Walter Powers Jr.)

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Dec 152010
 

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.

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Dec 132010
 

The Uptowner, 438 Henry Clay

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.

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Dec 132010
 

Matt McPayne picks up trash on an empty lot in Hollygrove at Fight the Blight Voluteer Day Saturday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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.

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Dec 122010
 

The New Generation Social Aid and Pleasure Club has released the route for its 10th anniversary second-line today. The parade begins at noon and rolls throughout Central City and part of Uptown, with Queen Desimarie Des Labry presiding.

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Dec 122010
 

Boundaries of Lusher Charter School district

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.

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Dec 112010
 

Attendees discuss the Photo Nola exhibit "Into the Flatlands" by Kathleen Robbins at the opening at DuMois Gallery on Freret St. Saturday night. Robbins, who is from the Mississipi Delta, explains "Into the Flatlands" as an exploration of familial obligation and the conflicted relationship with "home". (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 112010
 

Dressed in the Christmas spirit Freret Market announcer Andrew Ward dances with singer Margie Perez at Freretstivus Market Saturday afternoon. Freret Market added an additional shopping day to its usual once a month schedule this month. There were over 140 vendors and 6 different bands. "It really is a Christmas revolution. We don't want to go to the mall in Metarie. We want to shop locally," said Ward. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 112010
 

Attendees of the 35th annual Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans Holiday Home Tour wait to view the home of Nan & Ed deMontluzin at 2714 St. Charles Avenue Saturday afternoon. Seven historic Garden District homes and the Opera Guild Home were included in the self-guided tour. The Holiday Home Tour continues Sunday, December 12, 2010. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 102010
 

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.

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