Without fuss or fanfare the Oak St Ace Hardware depleted its remaining inventory over April and closed its doors permanently. Forever. Gone. Kaput. No mas. The corner fixture that united neighbors and brought inexpensive solutions to the 21st century world of buying in bulk, automated key duplicating machines, and the like became another memory, the end result of a society that more often chooses convenience over customer service and cost over care. I, for one, was a fan and truly shopped there as often as I could, and I am more than a little sad if only because I can see the future. Effectively our consuming buying patterns and the all too nearby Lowe’s spelled the demise for this little gem.
In 2011, east Carrollton residents complained of a treacherous hump in Lowerline Street next to Lusher Elementary school that was scraping the bottom of some vehicles or causing others to swerve dangerously around it with children in the area. In December of that year, the “Lusher lump” was fixed to great rejoicing — until now, when a scarily similar lump on Joseph Street is ensnaring drivers next to Lusher High School.
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell laid out a holistic vision for stronger neighborhoods with more opportunities for young people and healthier residents with better jobs, but said she will need the support of her entire district to bring it to reality.
“I wanted to truly bring our district together, much how we did in Broadmoor. We subdivided to figure out our needs, but we came together as a neighborhood,” Cantrell said. “Tonight, I want us to come together as a district. With your help, we can truly build a District B that we can believe in.”
Matthew Stone, a sex offender convicted on five counts of indecent solicitation of a minor in Illinois with an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failing to register when he moved to New Orleans, was placed in a Tulane University apartment with three undergraduates in January 2011 when he enrolled in the School of Continuing Studies, which does not request incoming students’ criminal history, according to a lengthy account by Maggie Herman of the Tulane Hullabaloo student newspaper. Stone later moved to New York, served time on forgery charges pressed by a girlfriend from New Orleans, and is now back in prison in Illinois serving a four-year sentence for failing to register as a sex offender, the Hullabaloo reports.
In their first year participating in the growing OneApp enrollment process for New Orleans public schools, Ben Franklin Elementary was the most popular choice for young students and Eleanor McMain Secondary School was the most sought-after for high school students, according to an article by Danielle Dreilinger of The Times-Picayune. All direct-run Orleans Parish School Board campuses joined the process this year, including both of the B-rated Uptown schools that proved so popular.
Charters authorized through the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education — including the International School of Louisiana and Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans — will join the OneApp process in the next year, state officials previously decided. Orleans Parish charters, such as Lusher and Audubon, are not likely to be required to join until their current charters are renewed several years down the road.
After merchants and residents aired their frustrations last month about the long delays in upgrades to O.C. Haley Boulevard, city officials will present the most current plans for the project tonight (at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30) at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center.
Marching bands from four New Orleans schools — Martin Behrman, Eleanor McMain, McDonogh 35 and the St. Augustine “Marching 100″ — performed for crowds packing Napoleon Avenue on Monday night to kick off Tipitina’s annual Instruments A Comin’ benefit, raising money to buy instruments that will be placed in other area schools.
Bricolage Academy, the new Orleans Parish charter school borne out of the efforts of the 4.0 Schools education think tank, will spend its first year at Touro Synagogue on St. Charles Avenue, officials announced.
“The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the only legitimate object of good government.”
– Thomas Jefferson, 1809
“Good government is practically applying the principles which make a man a good citizen.”
– Theodore Roosevelt, 1902
“We are trying to resolve this behind closed doors cause that is good government.”
– Jackie Clarkson, 2013
How does that old Sesame Street tune go? “One of these things is not like the others…”
Aite Tinga, a harpist from Switzerland, will perform music from her latest release, “Where the Windrose Seeds,” in a free performance at Nix Library at 6 p.m. tonight (Friday, April 26).
I mentioned in last week’s column some of my ideas about pairing various beers, wines and foods together, and already I’ve gotten a few questions. They mainly involve how someone knows certain things go together before they spend a fair amount of money during a trip to the store. Pretty much anyone who cooks even semi-regularly is willing to experiment and improve, and I’m one who has been lucky enough to make a fair living doing so.
White powder in a letter sent to Touro Infirmary earlier this month — just a few days before the Boston Marathon bombings and a series of envelopes containing the toxin ricin were sent to federal officials — has been deemed harmless by investigators, officials said.
The Jewish Community Center annual art show and sale will open tonight (Thursday, April 25) with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and the art will remain on display through May 10.
When three officers from the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District opened a donut shop in Mid-City, they thought they heard every cop-and-donut gag in the book.
Now that they’re planning a new location on Tchoupitoulas — much closer to the station where they all worked — they know to expect a whole new round of jokes.
For many years, the 33-story World Trade Center overlooking the Mississippi River was one of New Orleans’ most important centers of business.
Powerful people, companies and government agencies including the Port of New Orleans occupied suites at the WTC. The 30th floor restaurant, the Plimsoll Club, was usually packed. You needed a reservation to get a table. The World Trade Center suite on the 29th floor was often the site of important civic press conferences and educational seminars. Located at the foot of the Mississippi River at the end of Canal Street, the WTC offered incredible views of the river, especially from the Plimsoll Club. At the top of the building a revolving bar called the Top of the Mart was an important social spot. During her years as a lobbyist for the Dock Board, Danae worked at the WTC Building and enjoyed it. She, along with her colleagues, thought the Plimsoll Club was a neat place for lunch.
Now, the primary question left to answer is how long the modulars will stay on the Magazine Street side of the campus — two years, five, or much longer?