Jan 222013
 

Members of the Jewish Community Relations Council carry a sign quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. — “I have a dream” — during Monday’s parade through Central City. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. passed up the Central City boulevard named in his memory on Monday, with community and school groups from around New Orleans marching in support of his legacy.

Supporters of Project Ceasefire carry banners in Monday’s Martin Luther King Day parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 212013
 

Owen Courreges

A lot of you probably have questions concerning the recent indictment of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.  Now I know it’s frighteningly easy in our corruption-riddled state to become blasé about the latest federal indictment against a former (or current) elected official, but Nagin was supposed to be different.

Accordingly, I offer you, the dedicated readers of Uptown Messenger, the following frequently asked questions, phrased by a 1950’s stereotype, regarding the Nagin indictment: Continue reading »

Jan 192013
 

The Jefferson City Buzzards dance in the street during their “dress rehearsal” in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The Jefferson City Buzzards, whose ceremonial Fat Tuesday march through Uptown New Orleans dates back 120 years, will “dress up” to rehearse their walk Sunday afternoon with stops at a number of neighborhood watering holes. Continue reading »

Jan 182013
 

The start of a new year is always full of expectations and good feelings. It’s a chance to start all over, to change what we don’t like, to leave the old behind to make room for the new… At Cote d’Azur we understand how important it is to start the year with the right foot; that’s why we are very happy to introduce our brand new service:

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Jan 182013
 

Craig Giesecke

It has been reinforced on me several times, over the past week or so, just how much the restaurant business is just like any other business – you make money or you close. It has nothing to do with the quality of your product.

Of course, a quality product is supposed to help draw customers and therefore help you make money. But unless the cost of inventory, labor and other overhead remains at a certain level, the place won’t make it for very long. We tend to forget this as Carnival, Super Bowl and our Festival seasons appear before us. Everyone’s having a good time and the food and drink are selling so well that many owners think it will just continue that way after Memorial Day.

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Jan 172013
 

Police officers look for evidence near the corner of Annunciation and Washington after two men were shot there Nov. 26, 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Irish Channel neighbors are worried that more violence may be lurking just beneath the surface at the notoriously troubled corner of Washington Avenue and Annunciation Street, despite a series of arrests in the wake of a double shooting there last November. Continue reading »

Jan 172013
 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell might want to send some buddies for takeout while he’s in New Orleans for the Super Bowl next weekend, based on the signs popping up at Creole Creamery, Midway Pizza, and other restaurants around Uptown and the rest of the city, according to a report by Monica Hernandez and our partners at WWL-TV:

Jan 172013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

James E. Fitzmorris, Jr. is getting ready to celebrate his 90th birthday and the remarkable life that he has led.

He’s a former New Orleans city councilman and was a superb Lieutenant Governor for Louisiana. He ran for mayor twice, losing narrowly both times. He also ran for governor, just missing the runoff that was won by his friend, the late Dave Treen. For the last 32 years, Fitzmorris has been one of Louisiana’s best lobbyists. Even today, he is still at his desk at 8:15 a.m. and if you have a bill that you’d like to see passed in Baton Rouge, it’s a good idea to pay Fitzmorris a visit. Continue reading »

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Jan 162013
 



The building in the 1500 block of Thalia being considered as a satellite site for the International School of Louisiana. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana is set to begin negotiating a lease for a building on Thalia Street that could create 10 classes for its fourth- and fifth-grade students next year, easing overcrowding at its main Camp Street campus for the foreseeable future and ending a controversy that three months ago had many parents considering leaving the school. Continue reading »