Jun 182015
 

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is hosting a Party for the Coast on June 25, 2015 at Generations Hall. Complimentary beer and food will be provided for guests, and The Brass-A-Holics will headline the event.

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Jun 182015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Obviously hungry for new leaders at the state level, New Orleans voters had three opportunities yesterday to hear from various candidates for state-wide office, now that campaign season is ramping up after the conclusion of the 2015 legislative session.

State Rep. John Bel Edwards, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, and PSC Commissioner Scott Angelle were generally congenial and complimentary of each other as they addressed a group of 1,000 predominately Westbank voters at the Alario Center very early yesterday morning. Continue reading »

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Jun 172015
 

Shawn Pollard (via Gretna Police Department)

Shawn Pollard (via Gretna Police Department)

Carlius Jarvis (via NOPD)

Carlius Jarvis (via NOPD)

Investigators have identified a suspect in an armed robbery from May in the university area and are pursuing strong leads in the late-April robbery of a popular Uptown pharmacy, New Orleans police announced Wednesday.

Meanwhile, they are continuing to investigate the armed robbery of a woman in Broadmoor, a purse-snatching on South Carrollton Avenue, and a late-night incident where a man’s wallet was taken on Constance Street. Continue reading »

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Jun 172015
 
The contents of this home at 3711 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans – the former residence of world-famous author Anne Rice – will be part of the auction.

The contents of this home at 3711 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans – the former residence of world-famous author Anne Rice – will be part of the auction.

New Orleans history and lore will be front and center at Crescent City Auction Gallery’s two-day estates auction slated for June 20-21, in the firm’s gallery at 1330 St. Charles Avenue. Offered will be five artworks each from the legendary New Orleans painters Clementine Hunter and Alexander Drysdale, plus items from a home once owned by Anne Rice.

Anne Rice (b. 1941), still a resident of New Orleans, is the author best known for her series of novels The Vampire Chronicles, two of which were made into major motion pictures. She lived for a time at 3711 St. Charles Avenue, and the contents of that home will come up for bid. Also sold will be hundreds of quality items from prominent local and Southern estates and collections. Continue reading »

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Jun 162015
 
The house at 536 Octavia Street, photographed in May 2014 (via Google Maps).

The house at 536 Octavia Street, photographed in May 2014 (via Google Maps).

An architect’s plan to tear down an Octavia Street house he uses as a rental property and replace it with a home for himself that he described as more in keeping with the neighborhood drew mixed reviews Monday from the city’s demolition panel, who sent it with a split vote to the New Orleans City Council for a final decision. Continue reading »

Jun 162015
 

The very best selection of Father’s Day gifts is at Aidan Gill For Men. We have an array of men’s cologne, shaving kits, ties, bow ties, watches, cuff links, and much more, available at both of our shop locations and online. Avoid the rush this weekend, and shop local.

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Jun 152015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

One of the chief headaches one gets from monitoring the news cycle relates to the fact that it isn’t self-correcting.  A tiny seed of disinformation grows to become a sturdy tree of conventional wisdom.

This is what happened with the so-called “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) laws following the shooting of Treyvon Martin in Florida by George Zimmerman.  Most recently, it was criticized in a recent column by Jarvis DeBerry after being invoked by Algiers Pastor W.L.T. Littleton, who is accused of shooting a fleeing copper thief in the back of the head. Continue reading »

Jun 122015
 
The Children's Hospital master plan, with buildings to be saved marked in blue, and new buildings in orange. (via City of New Orleans)

The Children’s Hospital master plan, with buildings to be saved marked in blue, and new buildings in orange. (via City of New Orleans)

The collection of nine former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital buildings acquired by Children’s Hospital will receive landmark protection, but the rest of the 17-acre site will not, a city panel ruled Thursday — effectively allowing the demolition of six dilapidated NOAH buildings in the near future and defining the path ahead for the expansion of Children’s Hospital. Continue reading »

Jun 102015
 
A crack is visible in a foundation that attorney Michael Whitaker says is only 9 years old in the 2500 block of Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A crack is visible in a foundation that attorney Michael Whitaker says is only 9 years old in the 2500 block of Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Attorney Michael Whitaker (left) listens as the Rev. Tom Watson describes damage to Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries on Napoleon Avenue during a news conference Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Attorney Michael Whitaker (left) listens as the Rev. Tom Watson describes damage to Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries on Napoleon Avenue during a news conference Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A total of 74 plaintiffs have now joined the lawsuit alleging that their homes have been damaged by construction of new drainage canals under major thoroughfares through Uptown New Orleans, but their attorney says the costs of repairing these houses is already built into the project and won’t increase the costs for the Sewerage & Water Board. Continue reading »

Jun 102015
 
A scene from Audubon's  "Dinner and a ZOOvie" series in June 2014. (photo courtesy Audubon Institute)

A scene from Audubon’s
“Dinner and a ZOOvie” series in June 2014. (photo courtesy Audubon Institute)

A screening of Disney’s smash hit “Frozen” and an evening at the Cool Zoo attraction will open Audubon Zoo’s “Dinner and a Zoovie” series on Friday. Continue reading »

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Jun 092015
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell raises a question with officials from the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Regional Transit Authority on Tuesday evening at First Presbyterian Church. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell raises a question with officials from the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Regional Transit Authority on Tuesday evening at First Presbyterian Church. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The road gets repaved, and then it’s dug up again to fix a broken pipe underneath. The streetcar tracks get replaced, then torn out again for a new drainage canal. Power lines are being replaced over a road about to be repaved, instead of buried underneath it.

“There seems to be no comprehensive oversight,” said a man in the audience at New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s town hall on Uptown road construction. “There seems to be no brain center in the apparatus,” he said.

Is he right? Will the roads in New Orleans ever work? Continue reading »

Jun 092015
 

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell has assembled a full lineup of representatives from the governmental agencies responsible for the many ongoing public works projects around Uptown New Orleans — drainage canals, road repaving, electrical upgrades and others — for a town hall meeting that begins at 6 p.m. today (Tuesday, June 9). Continue reading »

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Jun 082015
 
Valmont Investments' rendering of one of the homes planned for 4224 Fontainebleau Drive. (via City of New Orleans)

Valmont Investments’ rendering of one of the homes planned for 4224 Fontainebleau Drive. (via City of New Orleans)

A developer’s plan to build two houses at a long-vacant site on Fontainebleau Drive drew opposition Monday morning from a number of neighbors in Broadmoor who said a single house would better fit the character of the historic residential thoroughfare. Continue reading »