Oct 212010

New Orleans police officers (from left) Edgar Staehle, Wilfred Eddington and two officers from the neighborhood's off-duty patrol address crime issues at the Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association meeting.

A series of shootings on Hillary Street periodically brings renewed fear and violence to what is otherwise one of the safer neighborhoods in New Orleans, police and residents said Wednesday night at a meeting of the Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association.

Four gun battles were reported on the street between June 2009 and June 2010, with dozens of rounds fired in total and only good fortune to thank that no one has been injured, said John Stockmeyer, the neighborhood association president. In one incident, even the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers building was sprayed by bullets, Stockmeyer said. Continue reading »

Oct 202010

Preserving Uptown’s historic neighborhoods during the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Program’s upcoming drainage work will be the subject of a public meeting next week of the Sewerage and Water Board, Army Corps of Engineers and the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, City Councilwoman Susan Guidry announced.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the second-floor auditorium of Loyola University’s Roussel Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave. On-campus parking is available. For more information, call 585-2450.

Oct 202010

Police found at least 15 spent rounds in Milan Street after a shooting Friday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Tired of the fear of being caught by a stray bullet in their neighborhood, a group of Milan residents who have recently begun working together to reduce the number of shootings on their streets asked the New Orleans Police Department for more attention Tuesday night.

The neighbors feel they’ve grown apart, driven indoors by crime – and more specifically by the gunfire they hear so frequently from their homes. The newly formed group has met twice and now comprises about two dozen people, and they expect to continue growing as word gets out, said member Jennifer Holden.

At the group’s first meeting, “I was surprised how frightened and isolated people feel,” said Eva Sohl of the Freret Neighborhood Center, which has been helping the Milan residents get organized. Continue reading »

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Oct 192010

Irby Hall at night (courtesy of Tulane University)

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A New Orleans City Council committee rejected a proposal to generate significant amounts of electricity from solar panels on the roofs of Tulane University dorms, saying in a Tuesday morning meeting that the city first needs a better overall system for regulating new, independent sources of energy.

Current regulations allow two different levels of power generation from solar panels: 25 kilowatts from residential customers, and 300 kilowatts from commercial structures, said Matthew Fraser, legislative director for District A Councilmember Susan Guidry. If each room in Tulane’s dorms were to be classified as an independent residential unit for the purposes of solar power generation, that would far exceed the current limits, and a new designation would be needed. Continue reading »

Oct 182010

The facade of Audubon Charter School's Broadway campus will remain essentially unchanged after renovations, which will add 10,000 square feet of new space to the rear of the building.

Upcoming renovations to Audubon Charter School’s Broadway campus will add substantially to the building’s size, and the unsettled question of exactly how that addition will be configured was the subject of vigorous discussion Monday night at the school.

The school’s 10,000-square-foot expansion will be situated toward the rear of the campus, leaving the view of the historic school building nearly unaffected from Broadway Street, said architect Ron Blitch of Blitch/Knevel architects. The new portion will mostly face Pine Street and could be either a primarily one- or two-story building, a choice that dominated most of the evening’s discussion. Continue reading »

Oct 182010

Michael Dunaway interviews Ray Cannata during filming for the documentary "The Man Who Ate New Orleans," at Cafe Nino. Cannata is on a mission to eat at every one of the 600+ non-chain restaurants within the city limits. ( Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

In the back booth of Cafe Nino on South Carrollton, Michael Dunaway sat down for yet another meal with Ray Cannata. Hovering just over Dunaway’s shoulders were the cameras and microphones that have followed them all over the city, and crew members were delicately dabbing beads of sweat from the hot lights off Cannata’s brow.

Everything seemed ready to go until they noticed Cannata’s gray shirt. All wrong, they decided, but the only nearby substitute was the yellow shirt Dunaway was wearing, so the two similarly sized men stood up and stripped down to white tank-top undershirts. Cannata discarded his shirt and donned Dunaway’s, and they sat back down to film the meal.

“You know how they say, if you’re nervous, picture everybody in their underwear?” Cannata quipped before they cameras began to roll. “I’m actually getting interviewed by somebody in his underwear.” Continue reading »

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Oct 172010

On Octavia Books’ 10th anniversary (Oct. 16, 2010), the Uptown New Orleans bookstore announced a partnership with WWNO public radio to launch a new program, “The Reading Life,” hosted by former Times-Picayune books editor Susan Larson.

Octavia Books and WWNO announce “The Reading Life” with Susan Larson from Robert Morris on Vimeo.

Oct 162010

The Men of Class and Sportsman’s Ladies Parade will begin at 2709 Valence St. in the Freret neighborhood at 1 p.m. Sunday before heading into Central City.

From the Miss Men of Class House on Valence Street, the parade will head up to Clara, over to Upperline, and up to Claiborne, then over to its first stop Jazzy Daiquiris at the corner of Claiborne and Louisiana.

For full directions and a video from last year, see Red Cotton’s post at Gambit’s website.

Full route

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Oct 162010

The post office on Louisiana Avenue is now the Roy Rondeno Sr. Post Office Building in honor of a letter carrier who died of injuries from a freak car crash on St. Charles Avenue.

Nola.com reported on Friday’s ceremony, and WVUE has video:

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Oct 162010

Tyler Brown of Professional Service Industries Inc. takes boring samples from the ground behind Audubon Charter School's Broadway campus in preparation for a two-year renovation projects.

Site work has begun at Audubon Charter School’s Broadway Street campus even as the school continues planning for two-year project and awaiting word on where students will attend classes during its duration.

Engineering workers could be heard retrieving at Saturday morning’s meeting of the charter school board even as principal Janice Dupuy described the project.

“It is a total renovation,” Dupuy said. “We’re tearing out the walls and starting over.” Continue reading »

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Oct 152010

Police mark off bullet casings in the intersection of Milan and Clara streets after a Friday evening shooting. (Photos by Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A man survived a burst of gunfire on Milan Street early Friday evening with only a bullet wound to the leg, police and witnesses said. Continue reading »

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Oct 152010

“Treme” creators David Simon and Eric Overmeyer and actor Clarke Peters (who portrays “Albert Lambeaux”) will join a panel of Tulane professors for a discussion of the HBO series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.

” ‘Treme’ follows musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians and ordinary New Orleanians as they try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane and levee failure that caused the near-death of an American city,” the university writes in the event announcement. ” ‘Treme’ is being used by some Tulane professors to enhance their curricula and provide students with a contemporary supplement that is a springboard for class discussion.”

The discussion will be held at 213 Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life.

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