Oct 032013
 

Sandy Kaynor, the attorney who was critically wounded a year ago in a carjacking in the driveway of his home in the Touro neighborhood, had temporarily made it home and was relearning to speak, but infection has set in and he has returned to intensive care, his wife tells Meg Farris and our partners at WWL-TV. As his family copes with his continuing struggle, they also trying to find more ways to steer troubled teens off the path of violence, Farris reports.

Oct 032013
 

Tropical Storm Karen is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane tracking toward the central Gulf Coast this weekend. (map via the National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Karen is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane tracking toward the central Gulf Coast this weekend. (map via the National Hurricane Center)

New Orleanians should begin preparing their homes for possible high winds this weekend after the formation Thursday morning of Tropical Storm Karen in the southern Gulf of Mexico, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service. Continue reading »

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Oct 032013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Even Tulane alum Allan Katz thinks that Mike Perlstein of WWL and Gordon Russell of the Advocate certainly did a bang up job on their first-rate investigation regarding Tulane’s century-old scholarship program.  Like many old habits in New Orleans, there is an aversion to change.  But change is definitely necessary for this program. Continue reading »

Oct 032013
 

Dominica chef Alon Shaya chats with a neighbor of the proposed Magazine Street expansion at an open house in August. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Dominica chef Alon Shaya chats with a neighbor of the proposed Magazine Street expansion at an open house in August. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The chef and owners of John Besh’s popular Domenica restaurant told a supportive neighborhood association to “start getting hungry” for their family-oriented Magazine Street expansion as they approach a hearing before the City Council next week, despite initial resistance from the City Planning Commission. Continue reading »

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Oct 022013
 

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum act in a scene being filmed Tuesday for "22 Jump Street" on the Tulane University campus. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano/Tulane University, reprinted courtesy of New Wave)

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum act in a scene being filmed Tuesday for “22 Jump Street” on the Tulane University campus. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano/Tulane University, reprinted courtesy of New Wave)

Tulane University will be making another appearance on the big screen, this time in the upcoming movie “22 Jump Street,” a sequel to last year’s “21 Jump Street” (itself a continuation of sorts of the 1980s TV show of the same name), according to a report on the New Wave university news site. Tulane will serve as the fictional “MC State” college where undercover cops played by actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will enroll, New Wave reports.

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Oct 022013
 
My kids' bare feet at the playspot (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

My kids’ bare feet at the playspot (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

I brought my kids to the park yesterday.  As the temps are getting cooler and it’s a little overcast and drizzly this week, their boundless energy seems more so, and invariably the question arises: “Daddy, can I take my shoes off?”  Okay, they’re 2 and 4, and yes, they should be asking “may I,” but no matter how hard you try, such corrective linguistic preferences breeze in and out of tiny ears, especially when all they want is to get toes to ground.  I almost always answer “yes.” Continue reading »

Oct 022013
 

A pint-sized soldier marches in front of the ReNEW Reed Elementary middle school dance team on Napoleon Avenue during Mardi Gras 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A pint-sized soldier marches in front of the ReNEW Reed Elementary middle school dance team on Napoleon Avenue during Mardi Gras 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

An evening of cocktails and small plates, jazz and a silent auction Friday at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy will raise money to send students from across one of the city’s largest charter networks on college visits. Continue reading »

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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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