I have no problem with the language skills of the average New Orleanian. If anything I fully embrace it, however I have to confess it often leaves me scratching my head if only because more often than not the word, syntax, and otherwise grammar choices made seem to be born out of sheer whim rather than deference to text. Mostly I might chalk this up to New Orleanians’ frequent disregard for accuracy (and this might include driving habits, but another column for another day). Generally, we all understand one another well enough, so what’s the difference, right? For example, do quotation marks “really” have to be placed appropriately? If it’s me, then “yes,” they do; but if it’s your favorite po-boy spot’s menu “board” detailing specials, “then” no, not so much.
Reflecting its evolution into a “one of the leading developers of high-quality affordable homes in Central City,” the New Orleans Neighborhood Development Collaborative will be changing its name to Harmony Neighborhood Development beginning in June, officials announced Tuesday night.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking public input on the upcoming renovation and expansion of Audubon Charter School’s historic Broadway Street campus.
Jason Jaume, owner of the Hangar bar at 1511 S. Rendon St., was charged with 38 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor based on each person under age 18 found inside during a May 4 raid by state agents of a wrestling event marketed to families, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. The bar’s management has said the minors were all supervised by their parents and that none were drinking alcohol.
The NOPD Second District is planning its monthly anti-crime march on Freret Street tonight, and neighborhood groups are urging residents and business owners to come out and support the event.
The committee that organized a recent gun buyback at an Earhart Boulevard church needs to raise $13,000 to reimburse 173 gun owners who turned in weapons after the event ran out of money, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. A total of 400 guns were surrendered, and committee member Rafael Goyeneche says that if even one violent crime was averted, the $23,000 event still cost less than a single emergency room visit.
“Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration has agreed to spend $2 million on street and sidewalk repairs, new traffic signal and other infrastructure upgrades. The administration will reimburse Costco for costs linked to meeting flood mitigation requirements,” writes Jennifer Larino of New Orleans City Business in a blog post about Hollygrove neighbors’ hopes that a requirement the Costco hire locally be included in the deal.
The International School of Louisiana governing board will meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, May 23) at 1400 Camp Street to discuss the results of its recent state testing, the reconfiguration of the Camp Street campus, and further expansion plans, officials said.
The well-received new French restaurant on Magazine Street had everything in place for an alcohol permit — the owners just need the City Council to return to work, according to reporting by Monica Herndandez and our partners at WWL-TV.
A Saratoga Street home in Central City was gutted by fire early Monday morning, witnesses said.
Roving reporter TimG here… I want to let everyone know how City Hall’s recent street light press conference went, which included an unintentional demonstration of the challenges facing the administration’s new approach to street light repairs.
The annual meeting tonight of one of Central City’s nonprofit redevelopers will celebrate the neighborhood’s recent past by honoring the work of its founding board members, while unveiling its own reinvention for the future.
The governing board of ENCORE Academy has released the agenda for its meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, May 22) in the second floor conference room of Andrew Wilson Charter School, 3617 General Pershing Street.
In hopes of reining in the worst-behaved dogs without making a prominent Uptown park hostile to responsible pet owners, the Coliseum Square Association plans to begin exploring new signs that will encourage better sharing of the space.
The Carrollton Riverbend Neighborhood Association will discuss ongoing community issues with representatives from the City Councilwoman Susan Guidry’s office and the NOPD Second District, as well as hear updates on the work of the neighborhood association during an annual membership meeting Tuesday evening.
We keep on hearing it again and again, like a bad refrain: “If you don’t want a traffic camera ticket, don’t break the law.”
I’ve written so many columns criticizing the traffic camera program in New Orleans that I’ve frankly lost count. Every time I write one, somebody implies that the only people with anything to fear are those who speed or run red lights. Only scofflaws oppose the cameras, we’re told.
A woman was robbed of her car at gunpoint Friday night in the Milan neighborhood and an armed robbery was also attempted on Magazine Street on Saturday evening, police said.
At their monthly meeting Monday evening, the Coliseum Square Association will revisit the perennial topic of whether leash laws should be enforced more aggressively in Coliseum Square.
Touting dramatic gains in two years at two of the lowest-performing elementary campuses in Uptown New Orleans, officials with ReNEW Schools hope to pull the programs at the former Laurel and Live Oak sites in the Irish Channel out of “failing” status next year.
ReNEW will also begin operating its third Uptown campus, creating an accelerated high school for older students at the former Bauduit site in the 3600 block of Laurel, complete with a preschool for children they may have.