After a meeting described as “contentious” last week, the board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans voted in favor of a plan for the 2014-15 school year to allow 33 4-year-old students paying tuition in the pre-kindergarten program automatic admission into the public kindergarten, followed by a lottery for 72 more seats with preference to children considered at risk, according to a report by Della Hasselle of The Lens. The board also voted to eliminate paid preschool for 3-year-olds, but outcry from parents led the board to amend their vote on the 3-year-old class to “undecided.”
Just as the repaving of Freret Street comes to an end, the city is planning to return to the commercial corridor’s much-maligned corner bumpouts and sidewalks from November until the spring.
Dress your dog up for a Halloween parade, participate in a pet blessing, and learn about the city’s new pet laws Saturday at Coliseum Square park’s “Dog Bowl,” presented by City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A woman who received a red-light ticket for a car she didn’t own was determined to have been driving a rental at the time, city officials said, making her responsible for the ticket.
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.
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.
After a tugboat capsized near the Louisiana Avenue wharf Tuesday morning, all five people aboard it were rescued from the Mississippi River, according to our partners at WWL-TV.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alumni of the AmeriCorps program in New Orleans completed repairs to a Freret homeowner’s ceiling this weekend, and dedicated to the project to the memory of Joseph Massenburg, the 18-year-old AmeriCorps volunteer shot to death in April, reports Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.
The two judicial seats on Saturday’s ballot will head to a runoff next month, whittling the eight-candidate field down to Stephen Jupiter and Clint Smith in Traffic Court and eliminating one person for a runoff between Harry Cantrell and Mark Vicknair for Magistrate.