Oct 272010

The wave of burglaries across Uptown neighborhoods has hit a welcome lull of late after the arrest of a handful of repeat offenders, police said Wednesday.

What had been more than a dozen burglaries a week in September has quieted down to just two or three this week and last, statistics for NOPD’s Uptown-based Second District show. Two suspects in particular, Nathan McDaniel and Keith Warner, are each believed to have been involved in a number of break-ins, investigators said at the district’s weekly meeting Wednesday. Continue reading »

Oct 272010

Scope of the Uptown drainage projects: yellow lines are complete; red are forthcoming. (Via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Massive drainage projects slated to begin in six months should alleviate some of the Uptown’s flooding woes, and new construction technology should make the work on Jefferson, Napoleon, Louisiana and South Claiborne avenues less damaging to surrounding homes than previous projects, engineers and officials said Tuesday evening. Continue reading »

Oct 262010

In addition to the proposal to raise utility taxes that UptownMessenger.com reported on, the beginning of the city budget hearings Monday covered a wide swath of other topics.

Many of the more significant policy proposals spread out rather neatly in other media outlets’ coverage of the hearings. As hearings continue today about recreation issues, here’s a look back at some other angles being discussed:

For up to date coverage of the hearings, The Lens has been continuously updating its Twitter feed.

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Oct 262010

Police and residents walk together during September's anti-crime march in the Fontainebleau neighborhood.

The New Orleans Police Department’s effort to reconnect with individual communities will bring it to two different Uptown neighborhoods Wednesday night, with anti-crime marches planned for both the university area and the Irish Channel. Continue reading »

Oct 252010

Officers and investigators confer after a crash (at left) near the corner of Fig and Dublin streets in Carrollton. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Three people crashed just off Carrollton Avenue in car that police were chasing shortly after a deadly shooting in Central City, police said Monday night. (Updated 9:14 a.m. Tuesday.) Continue reading »

Oct 252010

"We've got some fabulous properties that are subject to 'zero' property taxes in the city of New Orleans," Councilwoman Stacy Head said at Monday's budget hearing.

The idea of increasing the tax applied to electric bills in New Orleans resurfaced Monday during the first city council hearing on next year’s budget, suggested as a possible route to lessen the amount that property taxes will have to be raised to pay for expanded city services next year.

District B Councilwoman Stacy Head told the rest of the council that her idea is not yet a fully-formed proposal, but that placing part of next year’s tax increase on Entergy customers – rather than property owners – could spread the burden of next year’s budget among a far wider swath of people in New Orleans. Such a tax increase would reach not only renters, Head said, but also nonprofits, churches, universities and other institutions that pay no property tax but do pay electric bills.

“This is a way that every store, every rental, every homeowner, every church, every educational institution — everyone uses utilites, and this is a way to have the hook in everyone, as opposed to a small subset of the city of New Orleans,” Head said (See video of the budget hearing; utility tax discussion begins 2 hours, 56 minutes into video). “It seems more equitable — should it be possible — to me.” Continue reading »

Oct 252010

The Lower Garden District-based charter school, which fully immerses K-8 students in French or Spanish and instructs them in Chinese, sees a West Bank location as a logical place to expand next year, it announced last week.

The expansion will increase next year’s kindergarten class size by up to 92 students, though the location has yet to be chosen, according to the school’s website.

Applications will be accepted beginning today. A meeting of the charter school’s board is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the campus (1400 Camp St.), and an open house will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, see reporting by Cindy Chang of The Times-Picayune.

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Oct 242010

Rebecca Schattman sits next to Duncan Blake-Finley and throws her arm up in the air in disappointment as she watches the Saints vs. Cleveland Browns game at Madigan's Bar on S Carrollton Ave. Sunday afternoon. Cleveland Browns won 30-17.

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Oct 242010

Hillary Street will host its fourth annual Halloween block party from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

The Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association will close off the 300 to 500 blocks of Hillary Street to give the kids a safe area for trick-or-treating. For information, call Linda at 606-7315 or email Linda@BaynhamEnvironmental.com.

Oct 212010

The Original Four S&P Club will parade Sunday from Armstrong Park to Uptown, crossing through the Milan neighborhood and ending on Tchoupitoulas.

The latter portion of the parade is primarily on Louisiana Avenue. Stops along the route include the Ash Cultural Arts Center on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Silkey’s on Magnolia Street, The Other Place on Foucher Street, LeRoux on Louisiana Avenue, ending at the Rock Bottom Lounge on Tchoupitoulas.

The second line is slated to begin at 1 p.m.