Sep 092013
 
The brick "bumpout" corners installed last year on Freret Street are all scheduled to be replaced this fall, officials said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The brick “bumpout” corners installed last year on Freret Street are all scheduled to be replaced this fall, officials said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The streetscape project that caused Freret Street businesses so much pain in 2012 will be repeated this fall as the city rebuilds each of those “bumpout” corners, but officials promise a quicker and smoother process this time around. Continue reading »

Sep 092013
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A woman stopped at a traffic signal on Washington Avenue in Broadmoor was robbed at gunpoint Saturday afternoon by a man on a bicycle, and an armed-robbery attempt was reported Sunday night at a business on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 092013
 

Owen Courreges

On August 29, 2013, Londyn Samuels, a one year old child, was shot and murdered in Central City.

Her murder was not an aberration.  Three other children 5 years old or younger have been murdered in Central City during the past three years.  Mayor Mitch Landrieu calls it “a drumbeat of death that is taking the precious from us.”

Naturally, these tragedies have increased calls for the police to do something.  Times-Picayune columnist James Varney recently discussed using more aggressive policing tactics such as the controversial “stop-and-frisk” that has been notably employed in New York City, ultimately expressing “ambivalence” over whether it should, or even could, be successfully adopted here. Continue reading »

Sep 072013
 
"I was there for her first steps. It hurts so much. The hurt won't stop. But she was a bundle of joy. She wouldn't want to see us cry," said  Keion Reed, while speaking at the funeral of his 1 year-old daughter Londyn Samuels at New Hope Baptist Church Saturday morning.  Samuel's was shot to death in her babysitterÕs arms on Saratoga Street on Thursday, August 29, 2013. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

“I was there for her first steps. It hurts so much. The hurt won’t stop. But she was a bundle of joy. She wouldn’t want to see us cry,” said Keion Reed, while speaking at the funeral of his 1 year-old daughter Londyn Samuels at New Hope Baptist Church Saturday morning. Samuels was shot to death in her babysitter’s arms on Saratoga Street on Thursday, August 29, 2013. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The funeral for Londyn Samuels, the 1-year-old who was shot to death last week while in her babysitter’s arms, was held Saturday morning at New Hope Baptist Church on LaSalle Street.

Andrea Samuels (far right), mother of Londyn Samuels, cries as she looks at her daughter in her casket at the funeral Saturday morning. "She was extraordinary," said Samuels about her daughter. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Andrea Samuels (far right), mother of Londyn Samuels, cries as she looks at her daughter in her casket. “She was extraordinary,” said Samuels about her daughter. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 072013
 
Lusher has bought two homes on the corner of its Willow Street campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher has bought two homes on the corner of its Willow Street campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School has purchased two houses on the corner of its Willow Street campus in a strategic move to complete ownership of the block, but no specific plans for the new space have been determined, officials said.

“We know space is going to be at a premium, even though we haven’t decided on an exact use for that space,” said Blaine LeCesne, president of the school’s governing board. “Completing that square was important to us.” Continue reading »

Sep 062013
 
Freret Street Po-Boy and Donut Shop boasts its new extended hours on a recent afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Freret Street Po-Boy and Donut Shop boasts its new hours on a recent afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After getting some national exposure on the Travel Channel, the bright blue Freret Street Po-Boy and Donut shop has begun serving its traditional New Orleans homecooking into the evening hours — but owner Troy Rhodies is quick to point out it has nothing to do with the TV show host’s teasing during the episode.
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Sep 062013
 
(photo courtesy Jacques Morial)

(photo courtesy of Jacques Morial)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

In a few weeks, civil rights advocates from across the nation will come to New Orleans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the city’s largest civil rights march that took place on September 30, 1963.

At the time, Allan was a first-year reporter at the States-Item, New Orleans’ afternoon paper. The editorial pages of The Times-Picayune and States-Item were adamantly opposed to the civil-rights movement then gaining steam throughout the South. The newspapers’ opposition to civil rights was based on the theory of “States Rights,” which held that the federal government had no right to impose an end to segregation on the sovereign states of the United States. Today, we all know how that has turned out in the last 50 years but, at that time, it was legal linchpin to the fight conducted in the courts by segregationist entities. Continue reading »

Sep 062013
 

Darnell Ramee (via NOPD)

Darnell Ramee (via NOPD)

A 19-year-old described as the gunman in the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old baby in Central City last week has been arrested on murder charges, New Orleans police said.

In the separate fatal shooting of a sleeping 11-year-old girl in west Carrollton, a man police believed was on the scene showed up to talk to investigators, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Sep 052013
 
Reginald Cannon serves a fish entree to a customer at Cafe Reconcile's Central City facility on Thursday afternoon. CafŽ Reconcile works to resolve the deeply ingrained social ills of poverty, violence, and neglect by providing at-risk young people, ages 16 to 22, with the skills and confidence necessary to get and retain career-track jobs in New OrleansÕ thriving hospitality sector.  (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Reginald Cannon serves a fish entree to a customer at Cafe Reconcile’s Central City facility on Thursday afternoon. CafeŽ Reconcile works to resolve the deeply ingrained social ills of poverty, violence, and neglect by providing at-risk young people, ages 16 to 22, with the skills and confidence necessary to get and retain career-track jobs in New Orleans thriving hospitality sector. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

On Thursday morning, Cafe Reconcile celebrated the completion of the renovations and expansion of its building on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard with a dedication and blessing ceremony, attended by the top city officials, the program’s founders, and the at-risk young people who work there.

Ryan Dalton, a 2009 graduate of the Cafe Reconcile job training program, speaks at the building dedication and blessing. Dalton was shot three times his first week in the Cafe Reconcile job training program. Today he serves on the Mayor's team as the NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball coordinator for the City of New Orleans. "Invest in a young person and see what their potential is," said Dalton. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Ryan Dalton, a 2009 graduate of the Cafe Reconcile job training program, speaks at the building dedication and blessing. Dalton was shot three times his first week in the Cafe Reconcile job training program. Today he serves on the Mayor’s team as the NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball coordinator for the City of New Orleans. “Invest in a young person and see what their potential is,” said Dalton. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 052013
 

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks at a town hall meeting in Carrollton in February 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks at a town hall meeting in Carrollton in February 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

District A is one of the more volatile seats on the New Orleans City Council — the last four elections have yielded four different winners — but the field of potential challengers to incumbent Councilwoman Susan Guidry is largely quiet as she completes her first term.

An internal poll from earlier in the summer may partly explain why. Two-thirds of likely voters in the district said they have a favorable opinion of her, a tall barrier for any potential challenger to overcome. Continue reading »

Sep 052013
 

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in our annual Academy of the Sacred Heart Father’s Club Golf Tournament on Friday, September 13, 2013 at Audubon Park Golf Course, 11:30 AM registration and tee time at 1:00PM.  

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The tournament committee has been working hard to make sure this year’s event is our best year ever!  With the mega prize table, giveaways, and more, you won’t want to miss this great afternoon of friends, food, and golf. Continue reading »

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Sep 042013
 

Keelen Armstrong (via NOPD)

Keelen Armstrong (via NOPD)

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on murder charges in connection with last week’s fatal shooting of a 1-year-old girl in Central City, and a 33-year-old man is wanted for questioning in connection with Monday’s slaying of an 11-year-old girl in west Carrollton, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 042013
 
A table included in Lycee Francais's charter contract calls for eighth and ninth grades to be added next fall. (image via lfno.org)

A table included in Lycee Francais’s charter contract calls for eighth and ninth grades to be added next fall. (image via lfno.org)

The original plan for the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans calls for the charter school — which currently has students up to grade 3 — to suddenly add both the eighth and ninth grades next year, essentially leaping forward into both middle school and high school at once.

Now, the school’s new leadership is reconsidering that plan. Continue reading »

Sep 042013
 
Power lines emerge from a thicket of branches as an Entergy worker repairs the broken power line. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Power lines emerge from a thicket of branches as an Entergy worker repairs the broken power line. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

New Orleans: if you live here, you’re married to it.  Along with the betrothed come all the perks of city government with assorted departments therein, and Parks & Parkways, I’m looking at you.  This is me, index and middle fingers extended, pointing horizontally into my eyes and singularly redirecting index finger in your general direction, P & P Music Factory.  I.  Am watching.  You.  You have 32 weeks to trim the tree across the street from me.  Do it before and I’ll give you a gold star and curse less over the amount of property tax I pay annually.  Do it a day later than yesterday, I will channel the spirit of Pulp Fiction‘s Sam Jackson’s Jules before he had his religious awakening, and I will figuratively eat your Big Kahuna burger.  Why?  Because of the time frame you conjured, a turnaround time of supposedly and approximately 7 1/2 months before an issue gains resolution.  Only I won’t be saying “This is a tasty burger!” Continue reading »

Sep 042013
 
Pair of large mid-20th century African ivory elephant tusks, 60 inches tall and 79 ½ inches long.

Pair of large mid-20th century African ivory elephant tusks, 60 inches tall and 79 ½ inches long.

A pair of enormous mid-20th century African ivory elephant tusks, a large and unusual Peruvian silver box weighing a staggering 12 pounds, and a pair of 18th century Russian icons will all share top billing at a two-day multi-estate auction planned for Sept. 7-8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s showroom at 1330 St. Charles Avenue.

Start times both days will be 9 a.m. (CST). Around 1,250 lots will be offered, that will include Chinese and Russian objects, silver, furniture (American, English, French and continental), antique lighting, estate jewelry, Southern art, Oriental rugs and more. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken. Continue reading »

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