Nov 182010

A burglary similar to last week’s home invasion in Fontainbleau – in which armed men shut off a house’s electricity in order to lure the elderly occupant outside for a robbery – was also reported in the Garden District a few days earlier, police officials said Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Nov 172010

Undercover police officers trying to bring an end to a string of gunpoint robberies in the Broadmoor area were ambushed and fired upon Tuesday night, police said Wednesday.

In the past week or so, at least four armed robberies in various locations have been reported, including that of an elderly woman lured out of her home late at night by robbers who shut off her electricity, police said. Continue reading »

Nov 172010

The New Orleans Police Department’s Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, November 19, 2010, in the Uptown Area. The checkpoint will begin at approximately 9:00 P.M. and will conclude at about 5:00 A.M.  Motorists will experience minimal delays and should have proper documentation, such as proof of insurance or driver’s license, available if requested.

Superintendent of Police Ronal Serpas said, “I would like to remind all drivers to always drink responsibly and use a designated driver.”

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Nov 172010

The 2010 New Orleans Po-Boy Festival Preservation Festival (photo gallery here) has posted the results of the po-boy judging contest on its website. The winners in the seven categories included G.W. Fins, Grand Isle Restaurant, Sammy’s Deli on Elysian Fields, and Redfish Grill. The “People’s Choice Award” went to Coquette Bistro and Wine Bar on Magazine Street in the Uptown, for their homemade hot sausage po-boy.
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Nov 172010

Deputy city attorney (from left) Dan MacNamara and Erica Williams listen to testimony from Friar Tuck's owner Jason Blitch.

On the last day of the NBA finals this summer, two men walked into a crowded Uptown bar, ordered a pitcher of beer, sat down and began surveying the crowd.

After about 45 minutes, one of the men made a phone call, and police suddenly stormed the place, separating patrons by their age: over 21, 18 to 20, and under 18. That last group of underage teens was too much for the Alcohol Beverage Control Board to bear on Tuesday, as they decided to suspend the license of Friar Tuck’s on Freret Street for 30 days starting in mid-January.

“What about the nine 17-year-olds, 10 percent or more of the entire crowd at the time this raid was conducted?” asked board chair Rodney Seydel after a lengthy description of the bar’s procedures to check customers’ ages. “How and why were they allowed into this facility?” Continue reading »

Nov 152010

The inaugural St Catherinettes Hat Parade will take place on Sunday, November 21st, beginning at 10.30am at the corner of St Charles Avenue and Pleasant Street.

The parade, which is inspired by an event of the same name that takes place each year in Paris, will make several right turns along Washington Avenue, Magazine Street, and Louisiana Avenue before returning to its starting point.

Paraders are instructed to meet at the departure location at 10am and to “wear a hat, any hat.” The Parade is open to women and girls only (though men and boys, according to the Parade web site, may tag along). For more information, contact Claudia Lynch at 440-503-6951.

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Nov 152010

The Jewish Community Center of New Orleans have released the program for the 11th annual “People of the Book” Festival, highlighting Jewish authors and book s with Jewish content. The Festival also features the revival of the New Orleans Jewish Film Festival, with special screenings of films addressing themes and events in Jewish history and culture.

The festival, which runs from November 14-21, will take place at the Jewish Community Center Uptown building, located at 5432 St Charles Avenue. A full program of events and ticketing information can be found at the Festival’s website.

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Nov 152010

The New Orleans Middle East Film Festival, presented by Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, has released its program for the 2010 Festival.

Featuring 54 films shown over 10 nights along with Middle Eastern food, music, dance, and other events, the Festival runs from November 26 – December 5. The 2nd International Muslim Artists Exhibition, featuring 19 contemporary Muslim artists representing 5 countries, will run in conjunction with the Film Festival.

All events of both the Film Festival and the Artists Exhibition will take place at Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 OC Haley Boulevard. A full program of events and ticketing information can be found at the Festival’s website. For more information contact Rene Broussard at

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Nov 132010

Patrick Kadow and Greg Ensslen pull a tree out of the back of a yellow truck to plant at the cemetery at Soniat and Loyola Sunday morning. The tree planting was the November service project for Neighbors United. Parkway Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to beautifying New Orleans, donated 16 trees to Neighbors United. A dozen trees were planted on the road along St. Vincent's Cemetery. "We are just trying to beautify the area," said Kadow, who organized the event. Photo by Sabree Hill (

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Nov 132010

The fate of the former site of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts remains uncertain after Lusher Charter School has decided not to purchase it.. (Sabree Hill,

Renovating the old New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts school into a third campus has proven too expensive an idea for Lusher Charter School amid the present uncertainty about public school funding, so school officials are restarting their search for a new Uptown location. Continue reading »

Nov 122010

The Irish Channel Neighborhood Association is continuing its efforts to clean up properties owned by a troubled nonprofit by taking members’ concerns about crime and neglect to the mayor’s office. Continue reading »

Nov 112010

Computer sketch of kidnapping suspect (via NOPD)

A would-be kidnapper tried to grab a woman off the sidewalk and force her into her car as she walked to work last week a block off of St. Charles, police said.

A man also had his wallet forcibly stolen on Magazine Street as he walked home from a bar early Saturday morning, but other than those incidents, police have seen a remarkable recent lull in crime in the NOPD Sixth District, which covers the Garden District, Irish Channel and Central City. Continue reading »