Sep 112015
 

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

The end may be in sight for Lusher Charter School’s neighborhood-based admissions district, after the Orleans Parish School Board unanimously passed a new set of charter-school policies Thursday that will also bring about an end to individual admissions lotteries at Lusher and Audubon. Continue reading »

Sep 112015
 
Firefighters look for hot spots in a house in the 2500 block of Palmer Street after a fire there early Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters look for hot spots in a house in the 2500 block of Palmer Street after a fire there early Friday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A home on Palmer Street in the university area caught fire overnight, temporarily trapping a group Tulane students inside the burning house and leaving them without a home afterward, officials said. Continue reading »

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Sep 102015
 
(via www.southernrep.com)

(via www.southernrep.com)

Southern Rep Theatre’s “Stage Kiss” is a romantic comedy by playwright Sarah Ruhl about how love can happen on and off stage. “Stage Kiss” will be performed from Sept. 16 to Oct. 10 at Ashé Power House and will offer a variety of ticket prices and special events. Continue reading »

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Sep 102015
 
The building at Magnolia and Cadiz is slated for renovation next year into the Alder Hotel next to the Ochsner Baptist campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building at Magnolia and Cadiz is slated for renovation next year into the Alder Hotel next to the Ochsner Baptist campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A developer who has quietly spearheaded the redevelopment of many of Freret Street’s most prominent commercial buildings and a French Quarter hotelier are teaming up to transform a vacant building next to Ochsner Baptist into a new 10-story hotel, they announced to neighbors this week. Continue reading »

Sep 102015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

If the response at last week’s gubernatorial forum sponsored by GNO Inc. and its two sister organizations is any indication, Louisiana might not get anyone “better” than David Vitter as our next governor. The “Louisiana Can Do Better Than David Vitter” mantra from the new anti-Vitter PAC probably won’t resonate with enough voters to make a difference, since and other anti-Vitter groups haven’t uncovered any new sins or identify a candidate the majority of voters can better relate to. Continue reading »

Sep 092015
 
Nola BlueDoo Run

(via Tulane Cancer Center)

 

Tulane’s Second Annual NOLA Bluedoo Party/Walk/Run is a 2-mile run that will be held this Saturday, September 12 at Tulane’s campus and will feature “The Young & the Restless” star and Tulane alumnus Christian LeBlanc. Participants are encouraged to costume in blue, the official color of prostate cancer awareness. Continue reading »

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Sep 082015
 
Matthew Brichetto and Stan Norwood (from left) count ballots while Alba Sanabria watches, and Glenis Scott speaks to Richard and Jane Dimitry at the end of the Freret Neighbors United meeting. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Matthew Brichetto and Stan Norwood (from left) count ballots while Alba Sanabria watches, and Glenis Scott speaks to Richard and Jane Dimitry at the end of the Freret Neighbors United meeting. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An overflow crowd at the monthly meeting of the Freret Neighbors United group voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night in favor of letting the Supermercado Las Acacias sell single beers, potentially setting the stage to lift a restriction set in place four years ago at a dramatically different point in the corridor’s redevelopment. Continue reading »

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Sep 082015
 

DSCN0611_179Free homebuyer fair provides information on how to buy and renovate a New Orleans home

The Great Neighborhood SELLabration is an annual homebuyer fair that promotes homeownership in New Orleans neighborhoods by providing prospective homebuyers with the tools they need to find, purchase and renovate a home. The homebuyer fair, presented by the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans (PRC), will be complete with refreshments for purchase from Bratz Y’all and Petite Rouge: Café Camionette. Free Snoballs from Plum Street will also be provided, courtesy of Gardner Realtors.

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Sep 072015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Today is Labor Day. Of course, with it being Labor Day, I started out writing this column with a single question boring into the recesses of my mind.

“Do I really need to write a column for Labor Day?”

The answer, of course, is no. That would be work, and today celebrates the backbone of the American system, the American worker. As all of us toil away our lives, squandering our precious dreams on jobs we probably don’t enjoy, we need a moment to celebrate both our shared sacrifices and creeping miseries. Continue reading »

Sep 042015
 
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Firebolt Creations will be in booth 83 at Saturday’s Freret Market. Be sure to stop by their booth and peruse their fun hand sewn gifts!

 

Meet us at the corner of Freret and Napoleon on Saturday, September 5th, for our monthly Freret Market. The market will feature 90 Vendors (Art, Flea, Farmer, Food), pet adoptions, The Big Easy Roller Girls, and free live music!

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Sep 042015
 

Carlius Jarvis (via NOPD)

Carlius Jarvis (via NOPD)

The suspect in three robberies in the Carrollton area from April and May — whom detectives have been looking for since then — was arrested by a fugitive squad Thursday at a New Orleans East apartment building, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 042015
 
Tulane wide receiver Terren Encalade jukes a would-be tackler in the season opening game against Duke. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane wide receiver Terren Encalade jukes a would-be tackler in the season opening game against Duke. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Tulane lost their home opener 37-7 versus Duke University. Tulane’s defense struggled, giving up 531 yards of total offense including 289 yards passing from junior quarterback Thomas Skirk. Quarterback Tanner Lee struggled, only throwing his first and only touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, the team’s only score.

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Sep 032015
 
The Rising Tide X transportation panel: Dan Favre of Bike Easy, Jeff Januszek of Fix My Streets, Rachel Heiligman of Ride New Orleans, and resident Amanda Soprano. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Rising Tide X transportation panel: Dan Favre of Bike Easy, Jeff Januszek of Fix My Streets, Rachel Heiligman of Ride New Orleans, and resident Amanda Soprano. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A map of the current Freret bus line (via norta.com)

A map of the current Freret bus line (via norta.com)

After the new Loyola Avenue streetcar opened in 2013 just before the Super Bowl, the Regional Transit Authority clipped the end of the popular “Freret jet” bus line — in what public-transit activists describe as a prime example of the city’s increasing post-Katrina emphasis on transportation for tourists rather than residents. Continue reading »