Oct 022013
 

AD_GOB_UptownMessengerMany nonprofit organizations working hard to improve our region are facing enormous challenges and are seeking energetic, talented and qualified leaders to help them achieve their mission. The Get on Board training program prepares individuals to serve as board members for nonprofit organizations. Continue reading »

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Oct 012013
 

Redbull SKOn Thursday evening at the Prytania Theatre, musician Glen David Andrews will host a free screening of the “Red Bull Street Kings” documentary about the 2010 competition between The Stooges, The Free Agents, To Be Continued and Soul Rebels brass bands.

See the news release below for details:

Glen David Andrews to Host Viewing of 2010 Brass Band Competition Film, “Red Bull Street Kings”

WHO: Glen David Andrews will host a documentary screening of the “Red Bull Street Kings” 2010 film followed by a Q&A session with members from the 2010 Red Bull Street Kings winning band, The Stooges.

WHAT: Red Bull Street Kings returns to New Orleans this October to find the city’s best brass bands and crown a new street king. It all goes down during the biggest brass band blowout of the year for round two under the Claiborne Bridge on Oct. 26, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Red Bull Street Kings last crowned a street king in 2010; now the search is on again.

In 2010, more than 5,000 spectators came out to watch The Free Agents, The Stooges, To Be Continued and Soul Rebels brass bands battle it out under the bridge. Red Bull Street Kings crowned The Stooges brass band kings and sent them to the Red Bull Studios Los Angeles where they spent three days recording with Mannie Fresh.

WHEN: October 3rd, 2013
Doors at 7:30 pm

WHERE: Prytania Theater
5339 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

COST: FREE TO VIEW – Seats are limited
Please click here to RSVP: http://win.gs/rbskdoc

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Oct 012013
 
(map via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

(map via U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Boh Brothers Construction Co., the contractor currently installing a drainage canal on Napoleon Avenue between Claiborne Avenue and Carondelet Street, won the contract last week for the final phase of extending that canal down to Constance Street, authorities said. Continue reading »

Oct 012013
 

Dean Kelly (via opcso.org)

Dean Kelly (via opcso.org)

Dean Kelly, the actor who once represented youthful abandon alongside Alicia Silverstone in an Aerosmith video, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of sexual battery and one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile in a deal that lets him out of jail with credit for the 22 months served, a 10-year suspended sentence, five years of probation and a requirement to register as sex offender, according to a report by Katie Moore of our partners at WWL-TV. Kelly maintained his innocence and said he was only pleading to avoid further jail time, but one victim’s attorney and Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said the conviction will spare the victims the ordeal of a trial while imposing serious consequences on Kelly, Moore said.

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Oct 012013
 

Shared Housing is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation that helps elderly and/or disabled adults remain in their homes by matching them with people who need a place to stay. These “homeseekers” provide light housekeeping and companionship. In exchange for their services, the homeowner provides free room and board. Shared Housing carefully screens applicants, facilitates appropriate matches, then formalizes each match in a rental contract.

Homeowner Dorothy and Homeseeker Joann

Homeowner Dorothy and Homeseeker Joann

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Sep 302013
 

Teredevon Frith (via DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

Teredevon Frith (via DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

After allegedly making off with $31,000 in cash from a woman in Uptown New Orleans, a 29-year-old man was arrested for shoplifting a $13 bottle of vitamins at an Atlanta-area Walmart — with most of the stolen cash still stuffed into his pockets and shoes, police said. Continue reading »

Sep 302013
 

Overview map of repaving projects on Freret, Nashville and Fontainebleau. (via pavinglaroads.com)

Overview map of repaving projects on Freret, Nashville and Fontainebleau. (via pavinglaroads.com)

The ongoing repaving of Freret Street will reduce traffic to one lane and prohibit parking down the commercial corridor for most of the next month, officials said as the work begins Monday. Continue reading »

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Sep 302013
 

Owen Courreges

A few weeks ago I ventured forth into the world and viewed a glorious sight – the road markings on St. Charles Avenue have been redone!   

Then I felt sad, realizing just how horribly low my expectations of city government must be for this to be perceived as such a triumph. Continue reading »

Sep 302013
 

536The Prytania Theatre will host a free screening at 8 p.m. tonight (Monday, Sept. 30) of “Gasland II,” a documentary about “the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil,” followed by a question-and-answer session with the director. Continue reading »

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Sep 292013
 

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel (right) presents the family of Officer Rodney Thomas with a silver pendant at a fundraiser at Tipitina's in August. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel (right) presents the family of Officer Rodney Thomas with a silver pendant at a fundraiser at Tipitina’s in August. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Dominique’s on Magazine will host a fundraiser featuring gourmet tacos, NOLA Brewing’s beer, NOPD horses and a silent auction to raise money for the family of NOPD Officer Rodney Thomas, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in July. Continue reading »

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Sep 272013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We were pleased to hear Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s remarks yesterday in Washington. The epidemic of youth committing crimes is a national problem that every city faces. New Orleans and many American cities are strapped for cash and don’t have the available resources to implement clear solutions. It would be great if Congress allocated funds to create innovative programs that would address the problem.

But we think the real issue lies in economic equity for young African Americans. With the unemployment rate of African-Americans in New Orleans reaching almost 50%, it is quite easy to see why young men (and young women) commit crimes every day. The future does not seem bright for them. Excellent programs like Each One Save One and the new male mentoring program at McDonogh #35 High School can and do address the problem. But much more is needed – jobs are needed for adult black males and females and for their children. Continue reading »

Sep 262013
 
The owners of Sylvain restaurant in the French Quarter are looking at the former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street for an Uptown expansion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The owners of Sylvain restaurant in the French Quarter are looking at the former Duke Morgan spa on Magazine Street for an Uptown expansion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The owners of Sylvain, the French Quarter gastropub that has drawn national accolades since opening in 2010, are looking at a location on Magazine Street for their next restaurant, they told neighbors this week, becoming the third proprietors of popular New Orleans downtown restaurants to announce an Uptown expansion in recent months. Continue reading »

Sep 252013
 
The NOPD Second District holds its monthly anti-crime march through west Carrollton on Wednesday evening. The Uptown-based district has one of the lowest numbers of officers in the city. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The NOPD Second District holds its monthly anti-crime march through west Carrollton on Wednesday evening. The Uptown-based district has one of the lowest numbers of officers in the city. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans has lost 300 more officers than it hired since 2010 amid what some city leaders are calling a staffing crisis, officials said Wednesday. Even with new recruitment efforts finally underway and the promise of hiring 100 new officers over the next year, the City Council is looking for new ways to put more police on the streets faster. Continue reading »