A two-family home on Fontainebleau Drive was heavily damaged by fire Saturday morning — forcing one resident to jump from a second-story window to safety — and an 18-unit apartment building was scorched in a separate blaze early Monday morning, New Orleans fire officials said.
The city of New Orleans has never been very good at doing things, although it has consistently shown a remarkable ability to publicize those few things it actually does.
It’s like a child who draws crude stick figures and insists on displaying them prominently on the fridge. Were they older, the self-promotion would seem ridiculous, but because of lowered expectations afforded to children onlookers are expected to feign awe and admiration.
These thoughts came to mind when I heard about the city’s new website, RoadWork (http://roadwork.nola.gov), a joint project between the Department of Public Works and the Sewerage & Water Board designed “to inform citizens about past, current, and future road work projects that affect their daily lives.”
Two people were injured Sunday night in a shooting on Third Street in Central City, New Orleans police said.
During every parade of Carnival season, thousands throng the sidewalks and neutral grounds of St. Charles Avenue, lured by the promise of thrown beads, the blaring bands or the spectacle of the floats. Within that chaotic revelry, however, also lurks the threat of deadly violence in the form of concealed handguns.
The elite New Orleans Police Department officers specifically tasked with finding those guns do not see much of the floats. Instead, they are hyper attentive to parade-goers’ hands, looking for anxious fingers unconsciously seeking reassurance from heavy metal held in a waistband. Or, the officers evaluate gazes – looking for the one young man walking just a little faster than his friends, his eyes straight forward, more intent than the others on reaching his destination because of the dangerous cargo he has in tow.
Loyola University will host Tulane University anthropology professor Christopher Rodning for a lecture called “Fort San Juan: (1568) and Found (2013).”
Loyola University will be holding an invitational band festival today, with Colonel John Bourgeois joining the Loyola University Wind Ensemble at 3 p.m. for a free, public concert.
A single draft study from a well-recognized mouthpiece for monopoly utilities, lacking any expert peer review, public comment or input from the targeted Louisiana solar industry threatens to destroy approximately 200 small businesses and 3,600 jobs.
An 18-year-old suffered two possible broken legs after he was pinned between two cars in a dramatic crash Friday morning on South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans police said.
The Junior Committee of the Women’s Guild for the New Orleans Opera Association will host a spring party for children.
On Thursday, churches across the greater New Orleans area celebrated St. Joseph’s Day. A celebration originated in New Orleans’ Sicilian community, the day pays homage to St. Joseph who, according to legend, saved Sicily from famine during the Middle Ages. St. Stephen’s church on Napoleon avenue had an elaborate altar while also serving free food outside the church.
As Children’s Hospital finalizes its plans to expand across Henry Clay Avenue onto the site of the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital campus, the city Historic District Landmarks Commission has nominated most of the NOAH site as a landmark.
The motion exempts six of the 15 buildings on the site and the Henry Clay Avenue portion of the wall (separating the two campuses) from landmark status, acknowledging negotiations thus far between Children’s Hospital and preservationists about the demolition of those structures. But if the remainder of the site is formally designated as a landmark at a subsequent HDLC meeting, Children’s Hospital will subject to HDLC review of any future construction on the NOAH site.
Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans will host its wildly popular fundraising street party, the 16th annual Fête Française, on Saturday, featuring various musical performances and restaurants providing food and drink with a French flair.
New Orleans streetcars are our version of light rail transit, and they have made living in the city’s core more attractive.
We know of a one-car family on Carrollton Avenue. The wife uses the SUV to ferry the three kids back and forth and handle the other daily necessities of life. The man of the house only needs to look as far as his neighborhood streetcar to give him access to downtown New Orleans.
Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Law will partner this weekend with the ABA Journal and the Louisiana State Bar Association to host “Hackcess to Justice Louisiana 2015: A Social Justice Hackathon.”
As a part of its Biever Lecture Series, Loyola University is hosting a talk Thursday called “The Environment’s Challenge to Religion” given by philosophy professor Robert McKim.
My wife and I celebrated 17 years of marital bliss this past Saturday, Pi Day of Pi Days, 10 years more than that well-tread, betrothed bauble: the Seven Year Itch. How do we do it? Maybe the question is why? Better, does it matter to the world at large? Answer: I don’t know, maybe, and kinda. A pearl I’ll toss in your general direction is this: never stop being on your honeymoon. Sage advice? The credit goes to the wise Carl Hampton, a native New Orleanian I met years ago who — without being prompted as I recall — wised me to what makes a marriage last.
The Mercy Endeavors Senior Center will host their 3rd annual “Jazzin’ on Jackson” benefit Thursday evening at St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center. The gala will feature live music by Philip Manuel and special guests, food from local restaurants, and a silent auction. Funds from Jazzin’ on Jackson will go toward providing programs and services for the seniors of Mercy Endeavors Senior Center.
O’Henry’s Food and Sprits on South Carrollton agreed to pay the city a $500 fine Tuesday after allegedly selling beer to a teenager last month, and Avery’s Place on Willow Street was warned by the city alcohol board to be on its best behavior while awaiting a hearing on noise complaints.
After its sale last year, the former Zara’s location on Prytania Street in the Lower Garden District will be dramatically renovated into a new, full-service Garden District Grocery, the property owners told neighbors on Monday.