A concrete-batching plant under construction on a lot about a block from the South Broad Street overpass has been halted temporarily amid opposition from residents of the Zion City neighborhood; rapidly rising home prices in the Irish Channel made the area the focus for a recent case study of post-Katrina gentrification; and the dramatic reduction in appraised value of an assisted-living center on Magazine Street is being questioned, according to recent reports.
Kristin Gisleson-Palmer had to make a tough decision this week about her future on the New Orleans City Council — a decision she may not have been planning to make even days before. Kristin thought she was doing a good job. She enjoyed the support of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and had carried some of his key legislation — especially Mitch’s ideas about changes in the taxicab industry — but also made enemies along the way.
Then came retired Judge Nadine Ramsey and the realities of the changing demographics in Algiers. Still, Kristin was carrying around a new poll from a nationally recognized Democratic pollster that showed her with a healthy lead over Nadine. Some insiders doubted the numbers but that didn’t stop Kristin from showing it to heavy hitters.
On Saturday, December 7, the Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) will celebrate the continued rebirth of New Orleans by holding its annual 5K race along Freret Street. JLNO’s Freret 5K and half-mile fun run showcase this vibrant and growing economic corridor, promotes family fitness, and raises funds for JLNO’s community projects and volunteer efforts. These community projects include Bayou District, Judgment Call, Kids in the Kitchen, Lafayette School Support, Lemonade Day University, Rebuilding Together, Safe Sitter, and Senior League.
The renovation project is being coordinated by the Recovery School District and includes replacing the roof, repairing cracks in the outside walls and repairing or replacing the windows and doors to seal the building from water intrusion during rainstorms, among other items, said Aviva Le, the facilities director at the International School. During heavy rains, Le has to set up “irrigation systems” in certain classrooms to control the water coming in, she said.
It’s the first week of December in New Orleans, and for the next five days the median high temperature will be an almost unbelievable 70 degrees. Forehead meet palm. This, while the city has already experienced a chilly (for these parts) 35-degree Thanksgiving eve last week. Citizens of the Crescent City presently trim their homes with holiday cheer often adorning themselves in flip flops and shorts, all the while knowing the reality of the temperature outdoors remains a relative in-constant. For let me ask you, as you read this, is perhaps your AC running? If even the whisper of a yes or even a possibly maybe passed synaptically just now, my gut says you fully understand the season upon us is less known as ‘winter’ so much as ‘the layering time.’
Freret Street will host two different rallies tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 4), a Christmas-themed roundup of food trucks at Dat Dog, and a $50-per-person fundraiser for Mayor Mitch Landrieu at Publiq House headlined by the Brass-A-Holics.
Wonderful pieces of Newcomb and George Ohr pottery, Russian icons (including one depicting Jesus from around 1910, plus a rare 18th century example) and Part 2 of the John Scheffler collection of Mardi Gras items are just a few of the 1,239 items that will come up for bid at a major two-day estates auction slated for Dec. 7-8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery.
The event will be held in the firm’s New Orleans gallery, located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue. Categories will feature original artworks (including oil paintings by renowned regional artists), period American and European furniture, decorative accessories, pottery, estate jewelry, Persian rugs, Asian objects (including carved ivory figures) and Angela Gregory plaster figures.
The new riverfront coastal-science lab planned by Tulane University will not displace Mardi Gras World from its current location, officials from both entities announced Tuesday.
Terrance Osborne, the New Orleans painter 2012 Jazz Fest poster was described by Times-Picayune art critic Doug MacCash as “an explosively colored clarion call to Crescent City music lovers and art lovers alike … [and] among the best of the long-running series,” will open a new exhibit of his art at the Isidore Newman School at a reception Wednesday evening.
Three Uptown elementary schools — Green Charter, Lafayette Academy and Singleton — have been granted multi-year renewals of their charters, and three other formerly-failing schools are being recommended for one-year extensions.
Meanwhile, Eleanor McMain Secondary School admitted nearly a quarter of this year’s freshmen class after telling OneApp applicants it was full, KIPP Schools are making news for a pricey employee retreat in Las Vegas, and New Orleans College Prep is willing to pay $10,000 help for finding a new elementary principal, according to recent reports.
Israeli and New Orleans experts are convening this week to discuss topics relating to disaster preparation and response, culminating in lectures open to the public Tuesday evening at Ochsner Medical Center and Wednesday evening at Tulane University.
The Exodus Place Community Center — which coordinates job training and placement, educational and housing opportunities in an effort to treat the causes of violent crime — will celebrate the grand opening of its building at Fourth and Dryades on Wednesday (Dec. 4).
Darkness to Light, a national child-abuse prevention organization, will present its training film “Stewards of Children” in a special screening at Children’s Hospital tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 3) at Children’s Hospital, hosted by the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center.
The developers of the new Magnolia Marketplace are holding an information session at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, Dec. 3) for a wide range of prospective contractors and suppliers from minority- and women-owned businesses, New Orleans officials said.
The Prytania Theatre is inviting local college and university students and faculty to a free screening of the new movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” starring Idris Elba in a film version of the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary’s autobiography, on Tuesday evening in a red-carpet event with refreshments and prizes sponsored by Coca-Cola.