Jun 132013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It’s no secret that Sheriff Marlin Gusman is embattled. Escapes, deaths, and many normal prison problems have plagued his term. Gusman has even admitted that the pricy new jail does not have the special facilities needed to best treat sick and mentally-ill patients in this phase. Let’s not forget that Orleans Parish sheriffs have traditionally kept their finances close to the vest and not readily available for full scrutiny by mayor and council. There’s not much transparency at the prison these days.

Black voters could make Gusman’s reelection a cause and turn out in record numbers to keep their sheriff. Standing in the wings might be one of two strong women who could set the sheriff’s office straight: Dana Kaplan or Stacy Head. There has never been a female sheriff in New Orleans or even a credible female candidate for sheriff. Continue reading »

Jun 122013
 

The former New Orleans Free School on Camp Street, photographed in October.

While neighbors of the former New Orleans Free School on Camp Street say they look forward to its redevelopment, they are concerned that 25 apartments there will be too many, they told city officials on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Jun 122013
 

A dove painted on Eagle Street marks the place where Joseph Massenburg was shot to death on April 1, 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A memorial service honoring Joseph Massenburg, the AmeriCorps worker fatally shot April 1 in west Carrollton, will be held at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, June 12) at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church at 8817 Hickory Street. Continue reading »

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Jun 122013
 

(map via NOPD)

A man was shot several times but managed to take his assailant’s gun, he told police; another man shot at and attacked some house sitters at his neighbor’s home, and a mother and son are both wanted after a dispute with a father following a trio of weekend altercations and gunplay along the South Claiborne Avenue corridor from Louisiana Avenue to Carrollton. Continue reading »

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Jun 122013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

I’m a sucker for a late movie.  I’m also a sucker for a premiere.  Throw the two together and BAM! check please!  And my preferred venue?  Of course none other that little Uptown icon, the Prytania.  Keep it in the parish, y’all!

One of my most favorite post Katrina discoveries in New Orleans actually remains the midnight show here.  You see, only in recent years did the petite movie house give it a go as a late-night destination.  A couple of summers ago it threw together a smattering of classics including The Shining and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure among others, and well, it kind of stuck.  Since then a healthy rotation of eventful fare has surfaced, some in high rotation; I mean, c’mon Prytania, how many times are you going to show The Room?  No, I haven’t seen it, but do I really need to?  I am sad to have missed Blue Velvet this round; hoping that gets another shot soon. Continue reading »

Jun 112013
 

Brandon Isbell (via opcso.org)

A 30-year-old man was arrested on a charge of trying to rob a store cashier at knifepoint on South Claiborne Avenue on Sunday evening, and a woman had her cell-phone stolen out of her hand Saturday afternoon on Freret Street, authorities said. Continue reading »

Jun 112013
 

The former Louisiana Seafood at 2900 LaSalle. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A new restaurant by the owner of Cowbell slated for a busy Central City commercial corridor won a favorable recommendation from city planners on Tuesday afternoon, as did commercial rezoning for a pair of buildings on a central stretch of Magazine Street. Continue reading »

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Jun 112013
 

jewel bush

The case of Terrilyn Monette has sparked discussion regarding the rules of engagement for a night out on the town with friends and has caused groups of gal pals to establish a code.

One of the things that drew us to this incident is that so many of us could identify with Monette. She was one of us; a professional woman out celebrating an accomplishment, her Teacher of the Year nod. She could have been a member of our girl posse. Or on any given night we could have been Monette. Continue reading »

Jun 102013
 

Lycee board members (from far left) Ann Meese, Ben Castoriano, Courtney Garrett, Erin Greenwald, Jacquelyn Simon, Paige Saleun, Jean Montes, interim director Gisele Schexnider, and Catherine MacPhaille. Also present Monday night were Tim Gray, Tessa Jackson and Elizabeth Rhodes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans leaders hope to have an interim CEO identified by the end of the month and hired before the next school year begins, as they wrap up the year looking at a slight budget surplus and a continued changing of the guard among board members. Continue reading »

Jun 102013
 

Bricolage Academy expects to spend about $1.4 million — with roughly half from state per-pupil funding, and half from a major startup grant it was awarded — to educate its first 75 kindergarten students in the coming school year, according to a draft budget examined by the new charter school’s governing board Monday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Jun 102013
 

The Hubig’s Pie bakery could be reborn Uptown in partnership with the Lighthouse for the Deaf and Blind; the owners of Gautreau’s are planning a new cocktail lounge with small plates in the former location of Vizard’s on Magazine; and the Noodle & Pie restaurant slated for the old Reginelli’s location at Magazine and State hopes to open next month. Continue reading »

Jun 102013
 

(map via NOPD)

A 24-year-old man is wanted on charges of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house on Loyola Avenue in the university area this weekend and attacking her and another woman, authorities said.

Clearance Burkett III allegedly jumped a fence in the 5500 block of Loyola Avenue around 1 a.m. Sunday and broke a window to get into his ex-girlfriend’s home, where she and another woman both in their 20s were inside, according to initial police reports. Burkett then attacked both of them, the report states.

Burkett has not been arrested, according to jail records, but a warrant has been issued for his arrest, said NOPD Officer Garry Flot.

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Jun 102013
 

Owen Courreges

As of this weekend, New Orleans is awash in twenty-something girls wearing hot pink t-shirts.  They’re advocating for Planned Parenthood, which is facing significant push-back from its latest opus – a proposed 7,000 square foot clinic on South Claiborne Avenue.

Planned Parenthood is absolutely hell-bent on seeing this clinic completed. A ceremony was held late last month to kick off the 4.2 million dollar construction project, the completion of which is slated for late 2014 or early 2015. Supporters opined that the clinic will be built “no matter what” because “women in Louisiana desperately need Planned Parenthood.”

The show of solidarity has engendered a strong reaction from pro-life advocates, which, though a rare breed in New Orleans proper, are a dime a dozen throughout the rest of Louisiana.  Planned Parenthood has made no bones about the fact that it will, in fact, be performing abortions at the Claiborne clinic, a first for Planned Parenthood in Louisiana.  Abortion, you may have heard, is a sore subject in this country. Continue reading »

Jun 102013
 

The nonprofit Family Center of Hope — which since 2007 has been building a $2.7 million community center at Washington and Broad where contractor disputes are blamed for no construction in more than a year — has received $40,000 from the city’s NOLA for Life fund for a separate mentoring program for Juvenile Court referrals, according to a report by Charles Maldonado of The Lens.

Jun 082013
 

Craig Giesecke

One of my hobbies, I guess you could call it, is going online to take a look at the various reviews of various restaurants and other businesses I know on social media and review sites like Yelp!, Urbanspoon and TripAdvisor. It’s not that I use these guides so much for choosing where I want to go, since I’m entirely capable of determining that for myself based on personal experience. It’s just that some of the amateur reviews are so beautifully written (“the place has the ambiance of the Arizona Dept. of Corrections”),  while others bear witness to what can be the sheer cluelessness of the reviewer. Continue reading »