Hello, my name is Luca Alessandrini, founder of New Orleans Originals. I don’t want to bore you with some emotional story of my life and the creation of the business, so here is what we’re all about. The idea for New Orleans Originals came from my realization that local artisans in our city create many truly amazing products. I wanted to create a central location to find all that is originally New Orleans: created in our city, by the people of our city.
Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell is set to preview the next installment in her cavalcade of “progressive” policies enacted by other cities. This past week, she announced her intention to introduce a non-binding “Welcoming Resolution” early next year that will include a laundry list of policies proposed by immigrant rights groups.
Don’t get me wrong – some of the policies being suggested are perfectly reasonable. I can hardly dispute the need for multi-language signs and forms at City Hall, or for hiring more Spanish-speakers in the NOPD and in government offices. We’re relatively close to the Mexican border, and we do need to accommodate the needs of Spanish-speakers.
However, Cantrell’s brief tenure thus far has shown that she has never been one to stop with reasonable policies. Thus, she also announced that she wants to create a system of municipal identification cards, ostensibly so that illegal immigrants can have photographic identification and proof of residence.
The New Orleans Jewish Community Center will hold its annual Community Chanukah Celebration today, (Sunday, Dec. 14). The celebration will feature a free, family-friendly concert by international star David Broza.
St. Stephen Church will be holding a Christmas concert today featuring acclaimed performers Phyllis Treigle and Melissa Brocato; mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Evans; tenors Kevin Rouchell and Bart Folse; the Good Shepherd Choir; and organist Brian Morgan (Director of Music at St Stephen’s). Admission is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted.
An 8-year-old boy was shot in the leg Saturday afternoon when gunfire broke out while he was playing football on South Rendon Street, New Orleans police said.
New Orleans Anti-Corruption Coalition is a new bipartisan organization that is working to raise local awareness of the large influence of money in political campaigns, after the most expensive Senate election in Louisiana history. The coalition is launching today with a free screening of the new film “Pay2Play: Democracy’s High Stakes” at the First Universalist United Church Auditorium.
The governing board of Lusher Charter School held a brief public meeting Saturday morning, hearing a few updates on the ongoing construction at both campuses before conducting a lengthy closed session on a student disciplinary matter.
Two college students were robbed at gunpoint on Willow Street in the university area late Friday night, and their assailants fired a shot as they were fleeing, the victims and neighbors nearby said afterward.
With the holiday bows on the railings, the shelves stocked and well-wishers gathered on the sidewalk Friday morning, Cedric Martin noticed one last detail amiss.
“Turn on the ‘open’ sign,” Martin laughed and then officially welcomed New Orleans back to the original Baronne Street location of Martin Wine Cellar. “It’s a very special day, and we’ve waited a long time for this. … It’s great to be home.”
Families are invited to come learn to make traditional sugar cookies Saturday at the Southern Food and Beverage museum, with free admission for Louisiana residents.
Congressman Bill Cassidy’s strong win against Sen. Mary Landrieu last week and Sen. David Vitter’s role as chief strategist has set up a powerful Cassidy/Vitter connection that will put an imprint on Louisiana for years to come. Together they will also be a powerful force in Washington as Vitter uses his clout in the Republican Party to help better position Cassidy, who could quickly find himself Louisiana’s senior senator if Vitter becomes our next governor.