Dec 172015
 
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu celebrates his re-election with supporters on Feb. 2, 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu celebrates his re-election with supporters on Feb. 2, 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

A former member of the New Orleans City Council, a high ranking NOPD officer and several uptown residents are among those who have told us that they were polled last weekend regarding Mayor Landrieu’s favorabilty and a possible third term campaign. Based on poll results, which have not been released, could Landrieu test the “3T” waters after the City Council’s expected vote today to remove several monuments? Continue reading »

Dec 162015
 

SWBA number of road closures and low water-pressure advisories have been issued this week for the areas around the drainage canal projects on Louisiana, Napoleon and Jefferson Avenues, according to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Dec 162015
 
Meredith Cherney

Meredith Cherney

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better shop small, I’m telling you why!

By Meredith Cherney

New Orleans is unlike any other city in the world, and shopping locally keeps it that way. You help maintain New Orleans’ diversity and distinctive flavor while building stronger neighborhoods by supporting local economies. With the proliferation of corporate chain stores and online shopping, the excitement of choosing the perfect gift in a local store and interacting with the owner is a shopping experience that is becoming increasingly rare. Continue reading »

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Dec 162015
 

Grow Dat is a youth leadership program and farm in City Park that nurtures teenagers through the meaningful work of growing food. In its fourth year, our Farm Share program is a way for customers to enjoy chemical-free, fresh produce while investing in our farm and youth leadership program.

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Sign up for our Spring Farm Share to receive a box of fresh, local produce each week for 23 weeks.

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Dec 152015
 
Third Annual Calvin Johnson christmas concert

(courtesy of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity)

 

Trinity Episcopal Church will host the third annual Christmas concert for local sax player and bandleader Calvin Johnson, this Sunday, December 20. The Christmas concert titled “Calvin Johnson with Strings Winter Wonder Jam: a Benefit for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity” is free and will feature special guests Glen David Andrews and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Continue reading »

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Dec 152015
 
The shade structure at Palmer Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The shade structure at Palmer Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Choir members of Mater Dolorosa and Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ will lead the Carrollton Area Network’s annual holiday caroling at Palmer Park this Sunday, Dec. 20, with free eggnog, hot chocolate, popcorn and other snacks in an effort to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Continue reading »

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Dec 142015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

If there is any justice in this world, Mayor Scrooge McLandrieu will be visited this Christmas by three ghosts to help reform him of his callous ways. A recent event certainly evinces a “bah humbug” attitude on the part of our nefarious chief executive.

On Friday, the city began a regular sweep of the homeless encampment beneath the Pontchartrain Expressway. The city removes trash and debris weekly, rectifying code violations. On this occasion a homeless man, “John,” had placed a Christmas tree next to his tent and other belongings. City workers unceremoniously hurled it into a garbage truck as trash. Continue reading »

Dec 132015
 

Sugar Plum celebration Rosa F. Keller

The Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center in Broadmoor will feature “Sugar Plum Celebration” this Saturday, Dec. 19, free children’s and teen’s books with holiday treats and activities.  Continue reading »

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Dec 122015
 

audubon symbolShould the schools under the control of the Orleans Parish School Board be funded more like those in the Recovery School District, or more like those in other parishes across the rest of the state?

That’s the question Audubon Charter School officials hope the public will consider as a proposed redistribution of state education money could cut as much as $750,000 from its budget, as well as that of other Orleans Parish schools.

“What we want is for OPSB schools to have the same funding formula as every other district in the state,” said Alisa Dupre, operations manager at Audubon Charter School. “We should not be the exception to the rule.” Continue reading »

Dec 122015
 
A shopper at the Frereststivus market in December 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

A shopper at the Frereststivus market in December 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The corner of Freret and Napoleon will once again become a hub of holiday shopping and free music today with the annual Freretstivus sale. The gift market will take place from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature 96 vendors and 2 bands. Continue reading »

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Dec 112015
 
Baba Ganoush and Labneh (photo by Kristine Froeba)

Baba Ganoush and Labneh (photo by Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Chef Alon Shaya has been taking the restaurant scene by storm, and not just the local scene. We’re actually talking about the country. His namesake restaurant Shaya was recently voted Best Restaurant in America by Esquire Magazine. Chef Shaya was already well known for bringing his cuisine to both Domenica, at the Roosevelt Hotel, and Pizza Domenica, but now he has become a national celebrity with the success of Shaya’s “Modern Israeli Cuisine”. Not bad for a restaurant that only opened in February.

The accolades are many, and they continue to grow. Chef Shaya racked up a James Beard award in May for Domenica, while Shaya was listed in August’s Bon Appetite Magazine’s Best 50 Restaurants in America. Middle Eastern-influenced Shaya was even singled out in the latest issue of Garden & Gun Magazine, a magazine that showcases the very best of the South. Continue reading »

Dec 102015
 
6th through 8th grade students of the International School of Louisiana will be moved to occupy the John Dibert school building on Orleans Avenue due to campus renovations. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

6th through 8th grade students of the International School of Louisiana will be moved to occupy the John Dibert school building on Orleans Avenue due to campus renovations. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

Upcoming renovations to the International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street building will require the school to move its middle-school grades to the John Dibert school building on Orleans Avenue — starting in January, officials announced this week, prompting concerns from parents about transportation between the two sites. Continue reading »

Dec 102015
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks during a campaign event in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks during a campaign event in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

As the New Orleans City Council prepares to move into what was expected to be the final round of discussions on a plan to remove three monuments to Confederate leaders and one to a white-supremacist uprising against the Reconstruction government, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell announced that she will oppose the plan because it was “thrust upon the city” from above. Continue reading »