May 132013
 

Lycee Francais board members (from left) Ben Castoriano, Alysson Mills, Catherine MacPhaille, Erin Greenwald, Paige Saleun and Jean Montes at Monday night’s board meeting. Also present (but not pictured) were Jacqueline Simon, Tim Gray and Dan Henderson. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board accepted three new members Monday night — one of whom will be seated immediately — and voted to begin contract negotiations with a San Francisco educator to become the school’s new leader. Continue reading »

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May 132013
 

Oil on board by Charles Camion (Fr., 1879-1965), titled Village Street Scene (est. $15,000-$25,000).

A huge two-day estate auction featuring over 1,650 lots in a rainbow of categories will be held the weekend of May 18-19 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue. Lots 1-850 will be sold Saturday, May 18, and lots 851-1,651 will be sold Sunday, May 19. Start times both days will be 9 a.m. (CST).

Featured will be property from an Alabama gentleman collector, Part 2 of the estate of Charles Frank, and numerous prominent local and Southern estates. Offered will be original works of art (much of it by noted, listed artists), period American and European furniture, antique lamps and clocks, antique Chinese objects, estate jewelry and decorative accessories. Continue reading »

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May 132013
 

Owen Courreges

This past Tuesday, Senator Mary Landrieu proposed an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act that would stop the implementation of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) premium increases that Congress imposed last year.  Senator David Vitter is co-sponsoring the amendment.

However, both agree that the NFIP needs to be self-sustaining.  Thus, Louisiana’s Senators are agreed first, that the NFIP should pay for itself, and secondly, that this should not result in massive premium increases that spur voters to kick their keisters out of office.

At first blush, it sounds like Louisiana’s Senators are saying that chocolate should taste good but shouldn’t make you get fat.  That’s not quite the case. Continue reading »

May 122013
 

A trench dug in early March to replace an underground pipe prior to the repaving of Broadway Street led to a power failure in the streetlights in the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Broadway, and the long wait for the streetlights to be repaired has frustrated even City Councilwoman Susan Guidry, according to a report by Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.

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May 122013
 

Five or six teachers from Sylvanie Williams Elementary will join the six teachers remaining at Crocker Elementary next year, leaving only two faculty positions for the New Orleans College Prep administration to fill for the coming year, reports Joshua Johnston of The Lens. School leader Ben Kleban says the NOCP campuses — at Williams, Crocker and Walter L. Cohen High School — are diversifying away from young teachers from organizations like Teach for America, Johnston reports.

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May 112013
 

Walter L. Cohen High School has run a budget deficit since it was taken over by the Future Is Now charter network that also operates John McDonogh High School, and whether Future Is Now will continue running it depends on the financial contribution that the Recovery School District will agree to, according to a report by Della Hasselle of The Lens.

May 112013
 

The Camellia Grill, the white-colonnaded diner on South Carrollton, may lose its name and need substantive changes to its exterior after a judge’s decision in a licensing dispute over the shape of the building’s sign and a missing $200 royalty check, reports Richard Webster of The Times-Picayune. Owner Hichamm Khodr reopened the Camellia Grill in 2007 following Hurricane Katrina after buying it from Michael Schwartz, but was bound by a strict licensing agreement that permitted no changes to any aspect of the building’s logo, Webster reports.

If Khodr’s appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court fails, he will have to change every aspect of the business that resembles the original Camellia Grill, including the name, appearance of the building and the servers’ uniforms, Webster reports.

May 112013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Doug Hammel was the clear favorite in political circles in the May 4 runoff election for a Juvenile Court judgeship but Yolanda King and her volunteers had a big surprise for him. In an election where the turnout was just about five percent, King won 54 percent of the vote.

As is almost always the case in New Orleans politics, race was a major factor. King, who is an African-American, was making her fifth race for a judgeship and was considered by some to be a perennial candidate. She spent just $7,750 on her campaign. Hammel, who is white, spent more than $125,000 and, in the view of many of his advisors, didn’t spend enough. Continue reading »

May 102013
 

Craig Giesecke

I was fortunate enough during JazzFest to do what I love most (at least professionally) — work in a creative kitchen with other inventive folks, tweaking the menu a little each night and leaving room for whatever inspiration happened to hit. While I was limited mainly to pantry work (salads, saucing and desserts), there was still plenty of back-and-forth about what might work and we could each throw out ideas for possible use. The creative spigot was wide open, even more so when things got busy. It was delightful. Continue reading »

May 092013
 

A street gang known as the 110′ers — an umbrella organization of smaller neighborhood groups in the 10th and 11th wards — is responsible for 10 murders, authorities say, and 15 members of it have been charged in a 51-count indictment hailed Thursday as the “most sweeping street gang indictment” in the city’s history. Continue reading »