Sep 112013
 
Renderings of the riverfront National Slave Ship Museum presented at City Council on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Renderings of the riverfront National Slave Ship Museum presented at City Council on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lloyd Lazard, center, speaks to the City Council Economic Development committee. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lloyd Lazard, center, speaks to the City Council Economic Development committee. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Described as a dream decades in the making with a vision that spans millennia, a museum built around a full-size replica of a slave ship is being planned for a site in the Lower Garden District riverfront near the former Entergy substation. Continue reading »

Sep 112013
 
The house at 1016 North Roman in Treme had already been bid to 1 percent halfway through the first day of the three-day auction. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

The house at 1016 North Roman in Treme had already been bid to 1 percent halfway through the first day of the three-day auction. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

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Whether you realize it or not, now - right now – and through Thursday evening at 8 PM, the almost annual Orleans Parish Tax Sale is taking place via CivicSource.com.  It’s a big deal for many reasons, but also it can be rather fascinating if you’re a fan of Crescent City dwellings as well as archaic governmental proceedings.  Here’s why: you bid down.

It’s the same dollar amount to all bidders, but you bid down percentage of ownership.  Therefore conceivably one willing to purchase 1% of any given property’s tax year(s) becomes the de facto winning bidder and cannot be outbid, however they are settling for the smallest possible amount of ownership.  Very New Orleans, right? Continue reading »

Sep 102013
 

After the New Orleans Saints prevailed over the rival Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, the team’s new defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, celebrated at Ms. Mae’s bar by buying a $100 round of drinks for everyone — an amount that goes a long way in the Magazine Street dive bar of legend, reports Emma Boyce of NOLA Defender.

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Sep 102013
 
Cherice Harrison-Nelson and Blenda Robertson participate in the Poems and Pink Ribbons workshop. (photo courtesy of Kelly Harris)

Cherice Harrison-Nelson and Blenda Robertson participate in the Poems and Pink Ribbons workshop. (photo courtesy of Poems and Pink Ribbons)

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Sharon Carter Sheridan lost both of her parents to cancer – lung and colon. Barely in her teens, Sheridan’s sister died of uterine cancer at the age of 13 in 1951. Two of her brothers died of cancer – lung and pancreatic. And, she herself has been breast cancer free for 17 years.

But it wasn’t until her sister, her dearest friend and confidant died from the disease that Sheridan became incensed.

“Cancer didn’t make me angry until my older sister was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. That’s when I got mad,” said the New Orleans woman. “A lot of people around me have died from cancer – friends, cousins, family – but it was just something about my sister getting it that I just didn’t think was fair, and I’ve been angry ever since.” Continue reading »

Sep 092013
 
The brick "bumpout" corners installed last year on Freret Street are all scheduled to be replaced this fall, officials said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The brick “bumpout” corners installed last year on Freret Street are all scheduled to be replaced this fall, officials said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The streetscape project that caused Freret Street businesses so much pain in 2012 will be repeated this fall as the city rebuilds each of those “bumpout” corners, but officials promise a quicker and smoother process this time around. Continue reading »

Sep 092013
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A woman stopped at a traffic signal on Washington Avenue in Broadmoor was robbed at gunpoint Saturday afternoon by a man on a bicycle, and an armed-robbery attempt was reported Sunday night at a business on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 092013
 

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On August 29, 2013, Londyn Samuels, a one year old child, was shot and murdered in Central City.

Her murder was not an aberration.  Three other children 5 years old or younger have been murdered in Central City during the past three years.  Mayor Mitch Landrieu calls it “a drumbeat of death that is taking the precious from us.”

Naturally, these tragedies have increased calls for the police to do something.  Times-Picayune columnist James Varney recently discussed using more aggressive policing tactics such as the controversial “stop-and-frisk” that has been notably employed in New York City, ultimately expressing “ambivalence” over whether it should, or even could, be successfully adopted here. Continue reading »

Sep 072013
 
"I was there for her first steps. It hurts so much. The hurt won't stop. But she was a bundle of joy. She wouldn't want to see us cry," said  Keion Reed, while speaking at the funeral of his 1 year-old daughter Londyn Samuels at New Hope Baptist Church Saturday morning.  Samuel's was shot to death in her babysitterÕs arms on Saratoga Street on Thursday, August 29, 2013. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

“I was there for her first steps. It hurts so much. The hurt won’t stop. But she was a bundle of joy. She wouldn’t want to see us cry,” said Keion Reed, while speaking at the funeral of his 1 year-old daughter Londyn Samuels at New Hope Baptist Church Saturday morning. Samuels was shot to death in her babysitter’s arms on Saratoga Street on Thursday, August 29, 2013. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The funeral for Londyn Samuels, the 1-year-old who was shot to death last week while in her babysitter’s arms, was held Saturday morning at New Hope Baptist Church on LaSalle Street.

Andrea Samuels (far right), mother of Londyn Samuels, cries as she looks at her daughter in her casket at the funeral Saturday morning. "She was extraordinary," said Samuels about her daughter. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Andrea Samuels (far right), mother of Londyn Samuels, cries as she looks at her daughter in her casket. “She was extraordinary,” said Samuels about her daughter. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 072013
 
Lusher has bought two homes on the corner of its Willow Street campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher has bought two homes on the corner of its Willow Street campus. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School has purchased two houses on the corner of its Willow Street campus in a strategic move to complete ownership of the block, but no specific plans for the new space have been determined, officials said.

“We know space is going to be at a premium, even though we haven’t decided on an exact use for that space,” said Blaine LeCesne, president of the school’s governing board. “Completing that square was important to us.” Continue reading »

Sep 062013
 
Freret Street Po-Boy and Donut Shop boasts its new extended hours on a recent afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Freret Street Po-Boy and Donut Shop boasts its new hours on a recent afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After getting some national exposure on the Travel Channel, the bright blue Freret Street Po-Boy and Donut shop has begun serving its traditional New Orleans homecooking into the evening hours — but owner Troy Rhodies is quick to point out it has nothing to do with the TV show host’s teasing during the episode.
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Sep 062013
 
(photo courtesy Jacques Morial)

(photo courtesy of Jacques Morial)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

In a few weeks, civil rights advocates from across the nation will come to New Orleans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the city’s largest civil rights march that took place on September 30, 1963.

At the time, Allan was a first-year reporter at the States-Item, New Orleans’ afternoon paper. The editorial pages of The Times-Picayune and States-Item were adamantly opposed to the civil-rights movement then gaining steam throughout the South. The newspapers’ opposition to civil rights was based on the theory of “States Rights,” which held that the federal government had no right to impose an end to segregation on the sovereign states of the United States. Today, we all know how that has turned out in the last 50 years but, at that time, it was legal linchpin to the fight conducted in the courts by segregationist entities. Continue reading »

Sep 062013
 

Darnell Ramee (via NOPD)

Darnell Ramee (via NOPD)

A 19-year-old described as the gunman in the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old baby in Central City last week has been arrested on murder charges, New Orleans police said.

In the separate fatal shooting of a sleeping 11-year-old girl in west Carrollton, a man police believed was on the scene showed up to talk to investigators, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Sep 052013
 
Reginald Cannon serves a fish entree to a customer at Cafe Reconcile's Central City facility on Thursday afternoon. CafŽ Reconcile works to resolve the deeply ingrained social ills of poverty, violence, and neglect by providing at-risk young people, ages 16 to 22, with the skills and confidence necessary to get and retain career-track jobs in New OrleansÕ thriving hospitality sector.  (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Reginald Cannon serves a fish entree to a customer at Cafe Reconcile’s Central City facility on Thursday afternoon. CafeŽ Reconcile works to resolve the deeply ingrained social ills of poverty, violence, and neglect by providing at-risk young people, ages 16 to 22, with the skills and confidence necessary to get and retain career-track jobs in New Orleans thriving hospitality sector. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

On Thursday morning, Cafe Reconcile celebrated the completion of the renovations and expansion of its building on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard with a dedication and blessing ceremony, attended by the top city officials, the program’s founders, and the at-risk young people who work there.

Ryan Dalton, a 2009 graduate of the Cafe Reconcile job training program, speaks at the building dedication and blessing. Dalton was shot three times his first week in the Cafe Reconcile job training program. Today he serves on the Mayor's team as the NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball coordinator for the City of New Orleans. "Invest in a young person and see what their potential is," said Dalton. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Ryan Dalton, a 2009 graduate of the Cafe Reconcile job training program, speaks at the building dedication and blessing. Dalton was shot three times his first week in the Cafe Reconcile job training program. Today he serves on the Mayor’s team as the NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball coordinator for the City of New Orleans. “Invest in a young person and see what their potential is,” said Dalton. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 052013
 

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks at a town hall meeting in Carrollton in February 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks at a town hall meeting in Carrollton in February 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

District A is one of the more volatile seats on the New Orleans City Council — the last four elections have yielded four different winners — but the field of potential challengers to incumbent Councilwoman Susan Guidry is largely quiet as she completes her first term.

An internal poll from earlier in the summer may partly explain why. Two-thirds of likely voters in the district said they have a favorable opinion of her, a tall barrier for any potential challenger to overcome. Continue reading »

Sep 052013
 

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in our annual Academy of the Sacred Heart Father’s Club Golf Tournament on Friday, September 13, 2013 at Audubon Park Golf Course, 11:30 AM registration and tee time at 1:00PM.  

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The tournament committee has been working hard to make sure this year’s event is our best year ever!  With the mega prize table, giveaways, and more, you won’t want to miss this great afternoon of friends, food, and golf. Continue reading »

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