When I entered the 5th grade in 1984 I had just turned 10, the Summer Olympics had wrapped in Los Angeles, and President Reagan was stumping for re-election. Today 28 years later my almost 10 year old daughter enters the 5th grade, the Summer Olympics have just wrapped in London, and President Obama is stumping for re-election. The year is 2012. We don’t drive flying cars, the inequities of the world have yet to be balanced (nor are we post-apocalyptic Mad Max style), but I can Facetime on my iPhone which is kind of like a wrist watch, so we might say the world is a little more Dick Tracy than not (*however don’t tell that to Warren Beatty). But things honestly haven’t changed that much – have they?
Civics is hard, Mayor Mitch Landrieu told a packed room of hundreds of Uptown residents on Monday night, after hearing their calls for better roads, less blight, lower taxes, improvements to Gert Town, and full staffing of the fire department and city planning offices.
All those issues are undeniably crucial to the city’s future, Landrieu said in a sort of pregame show for the budget he will unveil after a series of community meetings around the city. How to allocate a limited amount of money to each of those priorities is where the real difficulty comes in. Take the firefighters, for example.
“I have great respect for them, [but] they are just like everybody else when it comes to budget,” Landrieu said. “When you spend a dollar on them, you can’t spend that dollar on anybody else.”
Freret Neighbors United plans to conclude a long-running conversation about alcohol permits on Freret Street at its monthly meeting tonight, as well as to receive an update on the school opening in the Our Lady of Lourdes now that Sojourner Truth Academy has closed.
Dana Kaplan, one of three announced candidates for the open Uptown-based District B seat on the City Council, will hold her campaign kickoff party tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 14), her staff announced.
The 26-unit Fern apartment building at 7904 St. Charles caught fire shortly after noon Monday, killing one dog though a number of others were rescued, fire officials told our reporting partners at WWL-TV.
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Police found a 34-year-old man shot to death inside his home in Hollygrove on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and District B City Councilwoman Diana Bajoie will host a meeting at the Jewish Community Center on St. Charles Avenue this evening to discuss the 2013 city budget.
Shared Housing of New Orleans — a program to help elderly and/or disabled adults remain in their homes by matching them with people looking for a place to live — is seeking new referrals for homeowners or ‘homeseekers.’ These ‘homeseekers’ provide light housekeeping and companionship in exchange for room and board. Shared Housing carefully screens applicants, facilitates appropriate matches, then formalizes each match in a contract.
Thankfully, mercifully, live music has returned to Circle Bar. As I noted in last week’s column, the Circle Bar was among the most noteworthy establishments caught up in Mayor Landrieu’s senseless crackdown on live music venues, typically bars that have been operating for several years or more with live music and no complaints.
Apparently, Circle Bar had allowed its permit to lapse in 2004, and was rebuffed when it initially reapplied. After some wrangling with the city and a very brief blackout, Circle Bar has received its permit and live music has resumed.
While our inadvertent Era Of Austerity extends longer than expected, we’ve been scouring our local grocery emporiums for the best deals possible on stuff we can extend as long as possible. We’re finding a fair amount of success and, with three chefs in the house, it always manages to turn out pretty well.
With memory after memory Friday morning, laughter broke through the tears of nearly 100 mourning members of the Loyola University community as they remembered a carefree student, fiercely devoted to his loved ones, whose life was cut unexpectedly short last month in a fatal crash on St. Charles Avenue.
“Look around. Look at your friends,” said Andy Scott at a memorial service for 23-year-old Matthew Chuey. “How many did Chuey introduce you to? Everyone loved him. He made friends everywhere that he went.”
Seated on milk crates on the Adams Street sidewalk, Maple Street Patisserie owner Ziggy Cichowski and Babylon Cafe owner Alexander Sakla cheered on the arrival of large yellow Sewerage and Water Board trucks around noon Friday, even as water along the stretch was being shut off in preparation of repairs to leaks gushing in the street.
“Faster, faster!” Cichowski cried out as the trucks rolled up, to laughter from a number of onlookers.
There’s an old joke that eventually, people start to resemble their dogs. I got a greyhound about two years ago, and while I’m still waiting to be tall and skinny like her, I’ve grown content to share personality traits with my retired athlete instead: We both like long walks, yogurt, and hogging space in the bed.
Article by Craig Giesecke, for UptownMessenger.com
The Irish Channel Neighborhood Association wants a lot more information before deciding whether to recommend establishment of private security patrols throughout the neighborhood.
A new Japanese bistro is looking forward to opening later this month on Maple Street after winning City Council’s enthusiastic approval Thursday for its transformation of a previously problematic college bar.
Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux, in the building at the corner of Hillary Street that was formerly the Doors bar, will offer a traditional Japanese menu of sushi, sashimi and hot dishes, said Toan Tran, one of its owners. The name is a Japanese term for something “awesome” or “cool,” he said.
Well after the rain cleared on Thursday afternoon, a group of gushing leaks erupted from a series of cracks in the pavement on Adams Street, sending streams of water pouring over the pavement just a few feet away from a busy commercial stretch of Maple Street.
The yellow-stucco mansion at the corner of Valence Street and St. Charles Avenue is the subject of a demolition request by Baton Rouge-based Crescent Road LLC, scheduled to be heard at 2 p.m. Aug. 20 by the Neighborhood Conservation District Committee, according to Karen Gadbois on her “Squandered Heritage” blog at The Lens.
Sno Dog, the year-round snowball and frozen custard stand in the former Dat Dog location that last year brought lines of waiting patrons to the Freret Street sidewalk, opens today (Thursday, Aug. 9), reports NOLA Defender.