Oct 242013
 
The citywide satisfaction with the New Orleans Police Department is holding steady at 58 percent, according to the latest survey.

The citywide satisfaction with the New Orleans Police Department is holding steady at 58 percent, according to the latest survey.

Between March and August of this year, satisfaction with the New Orleans Police Department held steady at 58 percent, according to the results of the most recent independent survey of 600 city residents.

But during that same six-month stretch, satisfaction of residents in the Uptown-based Second District appears to have plunged by 10 percent, but soared by 12 percent in the Sixth District, right across Napoleon Avenue, according to the survey results. How much those widely divergent results actually reflect the attitudes of Uptown residents, however, is hard to ascertain because of the relatively small sample sizes in each individual district.
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Oct 242013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

A crowd of almost 200 people packed the Lakewood Country Club last night for retired judge and former mayoral candidate Nadine Ramsey’s kick-off for the City Council District C race against incumbent Councilmember Kristin Gisleson-Palmer.

Ramsey’s strong turnout, especially by the faith-based community who laid hands on Ramsey, sets the stage for a tough race at a time when African-American voters in Algiers feel empowered by their recent big victories including newly elected Algiers Constable Ed Shorty, Algiers Clerk of Court Darren Lombard and Second City Court Judge Teena Andersen. They say it is time for Algiers white elected officials to step aside. If District C African-American voters embrace Ramsey, not just in Algiers but in the French Quarter, Treme, the Marigny and Bywater, Gisleson-Palmer will have her hands full. Continue reading »

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Oct 242013
 

mahonyslogoMahony’s Po-Boy Shop, located at 3454 Magazine Street, has re-opened after a one week hiatus.

The lrish Channel favorite, known for its root beer glazed Chisesi’s ham & cheese and Peacemaker po-boys, had been closed since October 14th in order to make kitchen improvements designed to decrease ticket to table times. Mahony’s has also begun table service for an enhanced customer experience. Continue reading »

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Oct 232013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

One of the earliest memories I have of my father remains a wrestling match with a Christmas tree, trying to persuade it to stand just so.  Come to think of it, that was actually an annual event.  Flying nettles, sweaty brows, and errant gruntled pseudo-curses on par with A Christmas Story Darren McGavin battles with the home boiler.  Years go by, decades really, a couple of kids get raised, a couple of marriages pass on, and in 2010 the world of medicine gave my pop a terminal diagnosis, only he proved them wrong.  He’ll tell you he should be dead, but today he turns 73. Continue reading »

Oct 222013
 

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

When ENCORE Academy leaders made their most recent tour last week of their new site at the former Shaw elementary school in Gentilly, the condition of the building appeared sound enough that renovation will be the best option, rather than demolition and rebuilding. Continue reading »

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Oct 222013
 
The planned location of the "Red Dog Diner" next to Rum House on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The planned location of the “Red Dog Diner” next to Rum House on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The owners of the Rum House on Magazine Street plan to open a new restaurant next door, the “Red Dog Diner,” serving a wine-country comfort food in a casual Old World atmosphere, they said Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Oct 222013
 

Robbery in Central City, stabbing on Delachaise Street. (via NOPD)

Robbery in Central City, stabbing on Delachaise Street. (via NOPD)

One man was stabbed multiple times with a box cutter in an Uptown riverside neighborhoood on Friday evening, another man sitting in his car was robbed at gunpoint in Central City, and New Orleans police are looking for a teen who allegedly brandished a gun at a Central City convenience store, according to weekend crime reports. Continue reading »

Oct 222013
 
Water View-BayBridge Fest 2012 (Photo by Ellis Anderson)

Water View-BayBridge Fest 2012 (Photo by Ellis Anderson)

Bay BridgeFest music festival returns to downtown Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, October 25-27.  A total of 20 bands will play on three stages, and many of the artists are mainstays of the popular New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This year’s lineup features The Revivalists, Dumpstaphunk, Amanda Shaw, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, Honey Island Swamp Band, Walter Wolfman Washington, Johnny Sansone, Cedric Burnside Project, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Gravy, Rochelle Harper Band and Sista Jazz. Continue reading »

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Oct 212013
 
The building at 1020 Erato, currently used by the French Truck coffee company, is slated to become the home of The Courtyard Brewery. (submitted photo)

The building at 1020 Erato, currently used by the French Truck coffee company, is slated to become the home of The Courtyard Brewery. (submitted photo)

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The Courtyard Brewery, a new “nano” brewery with a small taproom, is planned for a warehouse on Erato Street in the Lower Garden District, its founders told neighbors Monday night. Continue reading »

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Oct 212013
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Marlon "10th Ward Buck" Horton -- appearing at right in the video for his song "St. Thomas" -- is the lone challenger to have announced thus far against Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Marlon “10th Ward Buck” Horton — appearing in the video for his song “St. Thomas” — is the lone challenger to have announced thus far against Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As speculation heats up about possible candidates in the upcoming New Orleans city elections, Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell so far faces only one announced challenger in her first bid for re-election: bounce artist Marlon “10th Ward Buck” Horton. Continue reading »

Oct 212013
 

Owen Courreges

This past week, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal ordered the reinstatement of yet another New Orleans police officer on grounds that the NOPD violated the “Police Officer’s Bill of Rights” by taking too long to investigate his misconduct.

Thomas McMasters illegally arrested two women in 2009 for prostitution loitering, which requires a conviction for prostitution within the previous year.  McMasters, however, failed to check for a previous conviction and neither woman had one.  Since women don’t appreciate being mislabeled as whores (imagine!), they filed complaints.  McMasters admitted during the investigation that he knew the law but simply didn’t follow it. Continue reading »