Sep 162013
 

SharedHousingShared Housing of New Orleans is a program to help elderly and/or disabled adults, who do not need to be in Nursing Homes, remain in their own homes by matching them with people looking for a place to live. All Shared Housing services are free, and we are seeking new referrals! Applicants are carefully interviewed and evaluated by experienced registered nurses; they also undergo a police check and, in some cases, a medical history.
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Sep 152013
 
The casket  of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles is carried into the back of a hearse at the Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ on Willow St. Saturday. Gayles was shot multiple times, including in the head, after gunmen opened fire on a house in the 1300 block of General Ogden Street on Labor Day Weekend.  Two others were shot, but their injuries were not life threatening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The casket of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles is carried into the back of a hearse at the Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ on Willow St. Saturday afternoon. Gayles was shot multiple times, including in the head, after gunmen opened fire on a house in the 1300 block of General Ogden Street on Labor Day Weekend. Two others were shot,  including her 11-year-old cousin, but they both survived. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Ashley Moffet, mother of Arabian Gayles, arrives at the Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ for her daughters funeral Saturday morning.  (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Ashley Moffet, mother of Arabian Gayles, arrives at the Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ for her daughter’s funeral Saturday morning. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 142013
 
(From left) Christopher Davis, Joseph Davis and Sheldon Jefferson (via opcso.org)

(From left) Christopher Davis, Joseph Davis and Sheldon Jefferson (via opcso.org)

Christopher Davis, 18, was sentenced to 35 years in prison and Sheldon Jefferson, 16, was sentenced to 30 years for their roles after pleading guilty this week in the February rape and kidnapping of a woman from in front of her Garden District home, according to a report by Mike Perlstein of our partners at WWL-TV. The third defendant, 17-year-old Joseph Davis, is set to be in court on Monday. Continue reading »

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Sep 142013
 
4609 Freret, the new home of Villere Realty, Du Mois Gallery and now Uptown Messenger. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

4609 Freret, the new home of Villere Realty, Du Mois Gallery and now Uptown Messenger. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Uptown Messenger and Mid-City Messenger have moved into the new location of the Du Mois gallery and Villere Realty at 4609 Freret, and the space will have its grand opening from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight (Saturday, Sept. 14) for the premiere of a new show at the gallery, “Bathworks,” featuring the art of Brett Reif and Arlyn Jimenez.

Come by, see our beautiful new home (right in the middle of the block with our great neighbors at Zeus’ Place, the Freret Neighborhood Center, Dennis Barber Shop and Bloomin’ Deals and across from Company Burger), enjoy some drinks and some live music. Hope to see you there!

Sep 132013
 

Marta Jewson

Marta Jewson of our sister site at Mid-City Messenger will be speaking about her work covering charter schools Saturday morning at the Rising Tide conference on new media and the future of New Orleans. The panel discussion, “Charter School Access and Accountability,” begins at 11:30 a.m. and will be moderated by attorney Scott Sternberg, who has also represented Uptown Messenger.

See Mid-City Messenger for a discussion with Jewson about the charter-school system.

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Sep 132013
 
The former Frank's Steakhouse site on Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Frank’s Steakhouse site on Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The possibility that an upscale student-housing development may be planned for the large block of Freret Street where the former Frank’s Steakhouse still remains a shuttered landmark is being met with concern and questions by people in the neighborhood. Continue reading »

Sep 132013
 
Graduates of Crew 26 line up. (photo by Timothy D. Ray for UptownMessenger.com)

Graduates of Crew 26 line up. (photo by Timothy D. Ray for UptownMessenger.com)

Sheriff Marlin Gusman speaks at the graduation ceremony. (photo by Timothy D. Ray for UptownMessenger.com)

Sheriff Marlin Gusman speaks at the graduation ceremony. (photo by Timothy D. Ray for UptownMessenger.com)

By Timothy D. Ray, J.D., for Uptown Messenger

A crowd of almost 300 relatives of soon-to-be released inmates gathered at Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s office to celebrate their family members’ (known collectively as ‘Crew 26’) completion of a re-entry program designed to cut the recidivism rate of former O.P.P. inmates.  In its third year, Gusman’s re-entry program has brought the recidivism rate of inmates who’ve completed the program down to 13.6 percent compared with 25.6 percent for inmates that do not complete the program, compared to a national average between 40 percent to 50 percent. Continue reading »

Sep 132013
 
jewel bush

jewel bush

Uptown Messenger columnist jewel bush, founder of the MelaNated Writers Collective, will be speaking at 10 a.m. Saturday as part of a panel discussion on “Creating Community for Writers of Color” at the Rising Tide new media conference on the future of New Orleans at Xavier University. Below, find a short series of questions and answers with Bush:

How did the MelaNated Writers Collective get started?

I was in newspapers for 6 years, and when I left to begin doing communications and marketing for nonprofits and various organizations, I missed the camaraderie of the newsroom. I freelanced for awhile, but it’s not the same as being in a space with other writers. Around this time, I started to take my creative writing seriously and began attending literary workshops around the country like VONA (Voices of our Nation) the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color, co-founded by the Pultizer-prize winning author Junot Diaz and Callaloo when it was at Texas A&M. Spending time with other writers, talking shop with them was amazing. It was what I needed and as close as I could get to the newsroom energy without being in the newsroom. In fact, it was a little bit better, because this bunch of creatives weren’t as jaded or cynical as newsies can often be. They were motivated and psyched about writing.

After I did Callaloo and did VONA for the first time, I knew a week here or two weeks there of this was great, but it wasn’t enough. I knew I wanted and needed this year round at home. I knew I needed to recreate this here; and that’s what I did. I began talking to other writers, poets, bloggers, MFA students/graduates, journalists, teachers about this idea; and from there, the writers I knew introduced me to writers they knew and before you knew it there were nearly 20 people in my living room talking about their work and what it meant to be a writer of color living in New Orleans. Continue reading »

Sep 132013
 

Surveillance image of a car believed to have been used in the shooting death of an 11-year-old girl in west-Carrollton. (via NOPD)

Surveillance image of a car believed to have been used in the shooting death of an 11-year-old girl in west-Carrollton. (via NOPD)

A showroom model of a 2013 Volkswagen CC Sport, for illustration purposes (via NOPD)

A showroom model of a 2013 Volkswagen CC Sport, for illustration purposes (via NOPD)

Investigators are looking for a white, 2013 Volkswagen CC Sport that was allegedly used in the shooting that killed 11-year-old Arabian Gayles in west-Carrollton, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 122013
 

Competing sets of proposals for a new ordinance outlining how sound and noise issues should be enforced in New Orleans were discussed Thursday evening before a Carrollton neighborhood group, but the presentations from each group were so gently put that neighbors wondered where the actual controversy lies. Continue reading »

Sep 122013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

In our opinion, C. Ray Nagin was the worst mayor of our lifetimes. It is entirely possible that Nagin was the worst mayor in New Orleans’ 295-year history, going all the way back to the French and Spanish chief executives whom Danae has been studying recently.

However, being a terrible mayor is not of itself a crime. Later this month, a jury will be convened in federal court to consider whether accepting some $200,000 in cash and gifts, along with several truckloads of free granite, is indeed a federal crime. The jurors will presumably hear Nagin’s Chief Administrative Officer Greg Meffert and big-time vendor Mark St. Pierre, both of whom are currently doing time in the federal pen. Continue reading »

Sep 122013
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell (center) grasps hands with Andrea Samuels and Keion Reed on Sept. 1, the day after their 1-year-old baby was killed in Central City gunfire. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell (center) grasps hands with Andrea Samuels and Keion Reed on Sept. 1, the day after their 1-year-old baby daughter was killed in Central City gunfire. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

In a city where the pace of new anti-crime programs is matched year-for-year with funerals for children slain by stray bullets, a large group of New Orleans city council members and state lawmakers are now discussing ways to determine whether any of the efforts underway are actually working.

The creation of “Save Our Sons,” “NOLA For Life” and the Multi-Agency Gang Unit each year have been hopscotched by the deaths of 2-year-old Jeremy Galmon in 2010, 23-month-old Keira Holmes in 2011, 5-year-old Briana Allen last year and, shockingly, the deaths of 1-year-old Londyn Samuels and 11-year-old Arabiana Gayles just days apart at the end of this summer, all struck down by cruelly careless gunfire.

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell had only been in elected office nine months when Samuels was killed in her district. Within days, she convened a summit of other City Council members, state lawmakers, judges and law-enforcement officials to discuss what more can be done on the violence issue. A common theme emerged, that more oversight is needed everywhere — of the New Orleans Police Department and its leadership, of the anti-crime programs in place, of the budgets for those entities and of the state law-enforcement agencies that also play crucial roles.

“Historically, the council has been really hands off on the police in general,” said state Sen. J.P. Morrell, one of the participants in Cantrell’s summit. “Both on the state and local level, we have to get more invested in the nuts and bolts of the different crime-fighting tools available to us.” Continue reading »

Sep 112013
 
Renderings of the riverfront National Slave Ship Museum presented at City Council on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Renderings of the riverfront National Slave Ship Museum presented at City Council on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lloyd Lazard, center, speaks to the City Council Economic Development committee. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lloyd Lazard, center, speaks to the City Council Economic Development committee. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Described as a dream decades in the making with a vision that spans millennia, a museum built around a full-size replica of a slave ship is being planned for a site in the Lower Garden District riverfront near the former Entergy substation. Continue reading »

Sep 112013
 
The house at 1016 North Roman in Treme had already been bid to 1 percent halfway through the first day of the three-day auction. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

The house at 1016 North Roman in Treme had already been bid to 1 percent halfway through the first day of the three-day auction. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Whether you realize it or not, now - right now – and through Thursday evening at 8 PM, the almost annual Orleans Parish Tax Sale is taking place via CivicSource.com.  It’s a big deal for many reasons, but also it can be rather fascinating if you’re a fan of Crescent City dwellings as well as archaic governmental proceedings.  Here’s why: you bid down.

It’s the same dollar amount to all bidders, but you bid down percentage of ownership.  Therefore conceivably one willing to purchase 1% of any given property’s tax year(s) becomes the de facto winning bidder and cannot be outbid, however they are settling for the smallest possible amount of ownership.  Very New Orleans, right? Continue reading »

Sep 102013
 

After the New Orleans Saints prevailed over the rival Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, the team’s new defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, celebrated at Ms. Mae’s bar by buying a $100 round of drinks for everyone — an amount that goes a long way in the Magazine Street dive bar of legend, reports Emma Boyce of NOLA Defender.

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Sep 102013
 
Cherice Harrison-Nelson and Blenda Robertson participate in the Poems and Pink Ribbons workshop. (photo courtesy of Kelly Harris)

Cherice Harrison-Nelson and Blenda Robertson participate in the Poems and Pink Ribbons workshop. (photo courtesy of Poems and Pink Ribbons)

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Sharon Carter Sheridan lost both of her parents to cancer – lung and colon. Barely in her teens, Sheridan’s sister died of uterine cancer at the age of 13 in 1951. Two of her brothers died of cancer – lung and pancreatic. And, she herself has been breast cancer free for 17 years.

But it wasn’t until her sister, her dearest friend and confidant died from the disease that Sheridan became incensed.

“Cancer didn’t make me angry until my older sister was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. That’s when I got mad,” said the New Orleans woman. “A lot of people around me have died from cancer – friends, cousins, family – but it was just something about my sister getting it that I just didn’t think was fair, and I’ve been angry ever since.” Continue reading »