Sep 262015
 

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

Families who live in the Lusher Charter School enrollment district will receive admissions preference to the school for one final year before the system is discontinued, but the school will continue to reserve seats for Tulane-affiliated families afterward, officials say. Continue reading »

Sep 262015
 
Police search a teen suspect arrested on a gun charge Friday night on Milan Street near St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police search a teen suspect arrested on a gun charge Friday night on Milan Street near St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A teenager on a bicycle with a gun was arrested on Milan Street on Friday night as investigators patrolled the area investigating a recent spree of five robberies nearby, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 252015
 

Surveillance photo provided to Uptown Messenger.

Surveillance photo provided to Uptown Messenger.

The man believed to be responsible for five separate robberies around Napoleon and Prytania streets is concealing his shotgun in a bag normally used for a camping-style chair as he rides a bicycle around the neighborhood, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

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Sep 252015
 
The houses at 1020 and 1032 Upperline Street. (Graphic by UptownMessenger.com, images via nola.gov)

The houses at 1020 and 1032 Upperline Street. (Graphic by UptownMessenger.com, images via nola.gov)

After the City Council approved the demolition of a pair of Upperline Street homes last week, a group of neighbors are hoping to find more ways both to monitor demolition requests and hopefully to help owners preserve historic houses before they succumb to neglect. Continue reading »

Sep 252015
 
New Orleans Chess Fest

(via New Orleans Chess Fest)

 

The New Orleans Chess Fest is an all day free event open to the public at Rosa Keller Library to promote the playing and learning of chess. The event is seeking donations on Kickstarter to pay for special guest seven-time US Women’s Chess Champion Irina Kush and US blitz chess champ and Chess Fest favorite Robbie Rasmussen. Last year, more than 250 kids and adults attended. Continue reading »

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Sep 242015
 
Milton H. Latter Memorial Library during the First Annual Children's Book Festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Milton H. Latter Memorial Library during the First Annual Children’s Book Festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

By Ben Myers for UptownMessenger.com

The Milton H. Latter branch library on St. Charles Avenue will close for about three months for the second half of a two-phase renovation project, officials said, possibly leaving New Orleanians short two libraries at the same time. Continue reading »

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Sep 242015
 

Oak wine bar

An Evening of Cabaret is a fundraising event being held this Monday, Sept. 28 to benefit The Kristin Brooks Hopeline and its program VET2VET, a veteran crisis hotline that puts veterans in touch with trained veteran peer counselors to help them obtain mental health support and navigate the V.A. system.

The event will feature performances by actors such as Kerry Cahill, Leslie Castay, Mandi Zirkenback, John Biguenet, and more. There will also be hors d’oeuvres in addition to a silent auction and raffle drawing.  Continue reading »

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Sep 242015
 
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards descends from the stage at a recent political forum. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards descends from the stage at a recent political forum. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

At recent political events, consultants have been talking about how the Fund for Louisiana’s Future, a Super PAC supporting David Vitter, has turned the governor’s race into a nasty mix of negative ads which constantly bash Vitter’s opponents. With millions remaining in the kitty of several PACs, these kinds of ads will surely continue until the election – now just 30 days away. That negativity has also brushed off on Vitter himself who will be fighting off more personal attacks.

According to a new poll released today by Public Policy Polling, Vitter has “a very good chance” of being defeated in a runoff election because of his high personal negatives among the voters, now pegged at 51%. His previously strong lead has eroded as opponents focus more on his shortcomings and Democratic support gels behind John Bel Edwards. Even former governor Edwin Edwards, a distant relative of John Bel’s, now says that PSC Commissioner Scott Angelle could slide past Vitter and face Edwards in the runoff. The PPP, a Democratic-leaning firm, shows Edwards clearly in the lead. Continue reading »

Sep 232015
 
Two NOPD patrol units confer on Milan Street after speaking to witnesses near the Milan Lounge. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two NOPD patrol units confer on Milan Street after speaking to witnesses near the Milan Lounge. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

The two robberies on Milan Street on Tuesday night bring the total number of cases to five associated with a suspect wielding a double-barreled shotgun in the blocks around Napoleon Avenue and Prytania Street, New Orleans police said Wednesday. Continue reading »

Sep 232015
 
Tipitina's 4th annual Rhythm & Blues 5k

(via Tipitina’s Foundation)

 

 

Tipitina’s Foundation will host its 4th annual Rhythm & Blues 5k run this Saturday, September 26. The event will feature five school marching bands performing for race participants and a post-run festival outside Tipitina’s. Proceeds from the run will benefit Tipitina’s Foundation. Continue reading »

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Sep 222015
 
Police investigate an armed robbery in the 900 block of Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate an armed robbery in the 900 block of Milan Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two people were robbed within moments of one another Tuesday night in nearby blocks of Milan Street, in what appears to be the third night in a week’s time in which the suspect was armed with a shotgun, witnesses and New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 222015
 
A rendering of the condo building proposed at 225 State Street. (rendering by Harry Baker Smith architects, via nola.gov)

A rendering of the condo building proposed at 225 State Street. (rendering by Harry Baker Smith architects, via nola.gov)

A new condo building on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District received approval from city planners on Tuesday, but a larger condo project intended to replace an apartment complex at State Street and Tchoupitoulas was recommended for denial — and city officials are still waiting on more information about the redevelopment of the former Sara Mayo hospital in the Irish Channel and another development at the major intersection of Washington and South Jeff Davis in Gert Town.

All together, the projects represent 500 new condo and apartment units in neighborhoods around the Uptown area.

Architect John Williams discusses a condo proposed for 2400 St. Charles Avenue before the City Planning Commission. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Architect John Williams discusses a condo proposed for 2400 St. Charles Avenue before the City Planning Commission. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 222015
 
A rendering of the proposed redevelopment of the Audubon Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. (image by Coleman Partners Archictects, via audubonstcharles.com)

A rendering of the proposed redevelopment of the Audubon Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. (image by Coleman Partners Archictects, via audubonstcharles.com)

The redevelopment wave across the Lower Garden District is continuing quickly, as residents heard plans Monday night for a new hotel on St. Charles Avenue, a new restaurant space on Constance Street and two new condo projects on Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue. Continue reading »