Jun 052013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Last week during a home inspection I attended, the inspector – whether he knew it or not – endlessly whistled Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.”  At first it was amusing, which led to mild irritation and then it got downright invasive.  You see, a 10-year-old girl wasn’t doing the home inspection, a 40-year-old man was.  And it’s summer, Adele was so last year (and overplayed), but music reminds you of things.  So now that song will further tie together my oldest daughter to a top 40 hit to one particular real estate professional.  And let’s just say it’s stuck with me enough to write about it.  Why?  Two words: movie themes. Continue reading »

Jun 042013
 

Three years ago, Uptown Messenger was just a crazy idea about how local news should be reported. Now, as we’ve grown into two sites covering breaking news, civic affairs, local schools and public events in two neighborhoods of New Orleans, we are clearly in need of a workspace where we can collaborate with one another in person and meet with our readers, sources and supporters. Continue reading »

Jun 032013
 

Lusher Charter School approved a $16 million budget on Monday night that includes a $641,000 deficit, but school officials hope to reduce the burden on the school’s reserves by more than half that sum when the state repays public schools for money improperly used to fund Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher program. Continue reading »

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Jun 032013
 

As the Crocker Arts and Technology school prepared for its final day of classes before New Orleans College Prep takes over the campus next year, the charter school’s leaders looked back on its founding in 2008, its journey from Gentilly to the former Free School in Uptown, followed by an emergency move to the former McDonogh 7 building on Milan Street before landing at the rebuilt campus on Marengo Street this past school year, reports Erin Krall of The Lens.

Last month, the board named several areas of the new school after its founders: “The gymnasium, library, black box theater and cafeteria were named in honor of the following: Alfred Saulny II, founding board member, Glenda Sawyer, board treasurer 2006 to 2008, Anthony Correro III, board member, and Thomas Arceneaux Sr., RSD project manager and director of building commissioning and energy management,” Krall reports.

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Jun 032013
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu joins hands with several children to jump into the pool at the Lyons Center after a grand re-opening ceremony Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Irish Channel Neighborhood Association president Kara Morgan gestures to indicate the wide range of communities that use the Lyons Center at its re-opening celebration Monday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the crowds of city and neighborhood officials with him had a nearly perfect soundtrack of every step of their way through the newly reopened Lyons Center in the Irish Channel on Monday morning.

In the lobby, it was the tinkling of an electric piano as ballet dancers rehearsed in a studio behind the news conference podium. In the gym, it was a group of musicians performing the Harlem Globetrotters theme “Sweet Georgia Brown” as Landrieu shot a few baskets. They kept up the music out by the pool, but were hard to hear over the squeals and splashing as the mayor gently dunked some of his youngest constituents.

Even the background chatter was on message, as the kindergarten-aged “Bears” group of day campers lined up in a hallway and gawked at the TV cameras passing by.

“You’re going to be on the news!” instructor Valencia Delair whispered, a stern smile on her face as she kept the 5-year-olds corralled. “You are super-stars. You are going to be on the news — for all the right reasons!” Continue reading »

Jun 032013
 

Owen Courreges

The Times-Picayune has adopted a new crusade – renter’s rights.

It started with a series of pieces from Times-Pic staff writer Richard Webster regarding the limited rights tenants have in Louisiana.  Webster noted that housing advocates are pushing for Louisiana to adopt the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act of 1972, which has only been adopted in a minority of states with significant variations (hence, it isn’t very “uniform”). Continue reading »

Jun 032013
 

Loyola Alumni College attendees can also take special tours, including a visit to Irish Channel churches and a look at the Sicilian side of New Orleans.

For one weekend only at Loyola University New Orleans this June, the public is invited to go back to college to experience classes on sculpture, Mardi Gras history, cybercriminals, millennialism, terrorism, global climate change and many other topics. Attendees can also take special tours, including a visit to Irish Channel churches and a look at the Sicilian side of New Orleans, and hear a special performance of the music of Chopin. Continue reading »

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Jun 012013
 

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans board member Erin Greenwald will join the committee searching for a new CEO after the previous nominee rejected an offer from the school, according to a report by The Lens. Meanwhile, board member Dan Henderson has resigned as he had suggested he would at the board’s last regular meeting, opening the spot for another of the new members to be seated, the report states.

Jun 012013
 

Jurors will be able to hear statements to police by Sheldon Jefferson, 15, and Christopher Davis, 18, allegedly confessing to their roles in the violent carjacking and rape of a Garden District resident in February, when the case goes to trial in July, based on a court ruling Friday by Judge Franz Zibilich reported on by Claire Galofaro of The Advocate. The third suspect, 17-year-old Joseph Davis, did not speak to investigators, and attorney Robert Jenkins is requesting that he be tried separately — though Zibilich says he will still finish the trial by summer’s end, Galofaro reports.

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Jun 012013
 

Sen. Karen Carter Peterson

State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson — who represents much of Uptown New Orleans and chairs the state Democratic Party — attributed racist motivations to opponents of expanding Medicaid health care coverage to the state’s estimated 400,000 uninsured residents, and both Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Republican Party chair Roger Villere have denounced her remarks, according to a report by Paul Murphy and our partners at WWL-TV:

Jun 012013
 

The Future is Now charter organization — tasked by the Recovery School District last year with overseeing the final two years of Walter L. Cohen High School as New Orleans College Prep takes over the campus one year at a time — is now having second thoughts about that commitment, according to a report by Della Hasselle of The Lens. Cohen is a burden on the budget for Future is Now, which also governs John McDonogh High School, charter officials have said, and they are meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss dropping Cohen in the coming year, Hasselle reports.

May 312013
 

Map of areas that New Orleans Fire Department ladder trucks can reach within eight minutes presented at Thursday’s meeting.

Removal of a ladder truck from the fire station on Arabella Street will reduce the safety of the surrounding Uptown neighborhood and represents a dangerous trend of reducing the size of the New Orleans Fire Department, the president of the firefighters’ union said Thursday night in the latest round of debate over the issue.

City officials countered that the entire neighborhood will still be protected by the most important firefighting equipment — a pumper truck — and that the redeployment set to go into effect later this summer represents the best use of the city’s resources. But residents remained unconvinced, and are continuing their effort to keep the ladder truck in service.
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