Mar 102015
 
The former Rachel Sims Baptist Mission on Second Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Rachel Sims Baptist Mission on Second Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The City Planning Commission gave its nod Tuesday to a developer’s plan to convert the former Rachel Sims Baptist Mission in the Irish Channel into condominiums, but required that he provide off-street parking behind the building. Continue reading »

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Mar 102015
 
An image from the trailer for the documentary "Little White Lie," screening Wednesday evening at the Jewish Community Center. (via littlewhiteliethefilm.com)

An image from the trailer for the documentary “Little White Lie,” screening Wednesday evening at the Jewish Community Center. (via littlewhiteliethefilm.com)

The Jewish Community Center will present a series of three free documentary screenings this month, starting with showing Wednesday evening of “Little White Lie,” a Jewish woman who unexpectedly discovers her African-American heritage. Continue reading »

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Mar 102015
 
Broken glass sits in the street near the scene of a shooting overnight on South Robertson Street in the Freret neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Broken glass sits in the street near the scene of a shooting overnight on South Robertson Street in the Freret neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The 5100 block of South Robertson. (map via NOPD)

The 5100 block of South Robertson. (map via NOPD)

One woman was killed and another woman was injured in a shooting overnight on South Robertson Street in the Freret neighborhood, New Orleans police said Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

Mar 092015
 

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

Under a new mandate from the state education board, a number of charter schools are expected to begin providing daily transportation for the majority of their students by 2018 — a piece of the public-education puzzle that has largely been left up to individual schools in New Orleans over the past decade, with wildly varying results.

At one of the schools that will be affected, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, school leaders said Monday night that they were already planning a pilot program to provide buses to one target neighborhood, and now anticipate phasing in other neighborhoods over the next three years. Continue reading »

Mar 092015
 
The former Rachel Sims Baptist Mission on Second Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The former Rachel Sims Baptist Mission on Second Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A century-old Baptist mission center in the Irish Channel that closed in 2010 is slated to become 10 condominiums in a redevelopment that is drawing praise from historic preservationists and neighborhood leaders but less enthusiasm from city planners. Continue reading »

Mar 092015
 

Owen Courreges

If there’s anything that probably deserves government attention, it’s preventing children from getting mowed down while they get to and from school. No politician has ever, to my knowledge, run on a platform of exposing children to the greater risk from Mr. Distracted McNeglient’s murder-mobile.

Thus, if you’ve been reading The Lens lately, you’ve been understandably disturbed by a series of articles regarding the operation (or rather, the lack thereof) of New Orleans’ school zone lights. The first article detailed the results of a Lens survey performed this January which revealed that “[s]ix out of 10 — 87 out of 147 in active school zones — were malfunctioning.” Continue reading »

Mar 092015
 
Via Mercy Endeavors Senior Center

(Photo via Mercy Endeavors Senior Center)

The Mercy Endeavors Senior Center is one step closer to moving out of the old St. Alphonsus convent and into a new home, after recently breaking ground on the new facility on Jackson Avenue.  Continue reading »

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Mar 082015
 

The Spirit of Carrollton 2015 photo contest

The Nix Public Library and Carrollton Area Network (CAN) are inviting all amateur shutterbugs to submit photos that capture the “Spirit of Carrollton” for their 2015 photo contest. Continue reading »

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Mar 082015
 

Bernard Noble, a 49-year-old father of seven children, is serving a 13-year sentence after an arrest for about two joints’ worth of marijuana, and Broadmoor residents rallied with New Orleans City Councilwoman Susan Guidry on Saturday on behalf of his release, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. Noble’s lengthy sentence is the result of habitual-offender enhancements on drug charges dating back to the 1990s, even though Orleans judges had urged a lower sentence, rally organizers say.

Mar 082015
 
Lusher Charter School Street’s Faculty Advisor Brad Richard with Student Editor Helene Lovett.

Lusher Charter School Street’s Faculty Advisor Brad Richard with Student Editor Helene Lovett

Lusher Charter School’s literary magazine Street — which includes students’ creative writing, artwork, photography, and graphic design — has received Louisiana’s highest award from the National Council of Teachers in English for 2014. Continue reading »

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Mar 072015
 
Attendees held up "I Stand with Planned Parenthood" fans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Attendees held up “I Stand with Planned Parenthood” fans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, Planned Parenthood held the “Stand with Louisiana Women Rally” at the First Presbyterian Church on Claiborne and Jefferson Avenue. At the rally, city councilwomen LaToya Cantrell and Susan Guidry, doctors, student activists, religious leaders and Planned Parenthood leaders all discussed the benefits a Planned Parenthood center would provide for the New Orleans community and the opposition the center and the organization faces amongst other topics. Continue reading »

Mar 072015
 

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Academics and artists alike will gather on Saturday afternoon at Tulane University to celebrate the life of the New Orleans-born “Queen of Gospel,” Mahalia Jackson, with panel discussions and a concert in her honor featuring some of the city’s most celebrated musicians. Continue reading »

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Mar 072015
 

uptown sounds topper

freret market feat

The Freret Market will make its annual spring reappearance Saturday afternoon, and it will be followed by a showcase of music, art and film at a variety of venues along the corridor into Saturday evening. Continue reading »

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Mar 072015
 

Michelle Bufkin (via NOPD)

Michelle Bufkin (via NOPD)

New Orleans police are seeking he public’s help locating a woman who allegedly stole $900 in cash from the safe of the dermatology clinic on Prytania Street where she worked in early December, authorities said. Continue reading »

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