Jun 062013
 

Newsflash: “Neighbors and nightclub clash over live music.” It sounds like a headline from any given day’s report from the City Council chambers, but it’s actually a story that’s nearly as old as New Orleans.

Whether New Orleans properly takes care of its musicians and other artists is another never-ending saga — but one that may finally be showing some improvement, according a panel discussion held at Tulane University on Thursday evening. Continue reading »

Jun 062013
 

New Orleans Firefighter Ross Lunz cuts a pair of shoes off the power lines above Evans Park on Thursday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The year-round Mardi Gras beads that decorate the New Orleans skyline are probably still safe, but the tennis shoes that hang cryptically from neighborhood power lines have a new nemesis — NOPD Sgt. Byron Francois, the quality-of-life officer who removed dozens of the odd decorations Thursday afternoon from around the Uptown-based Second District with the help of the New Orleans Fire Department. Continue reading »

Jun 062013
 

Timothy Hartford

Joshua Hogan

Timothy Hartford, 28, and Joshua Hogan, 24, were found guilty on accusations of breaking into the Uptown Meat Market at 7th and Danneel streets amid ankle-deep floodwaters in Central City on Aug. 28 during Hurricane Isaac, according to a report by Claire Galofaro of The Advocate. Hartford and Hogan are the first of 42 people charged with Isaac looting to be convicted by jury, and will be sentenced on their attempted-looting convictions next month, Galofaro reports.

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Jun 062013
 

Test scores at Sophie B. Wright Charter School in 2012-13 “showed marked improvements almost across the board from last year’s numbers,” with 74 seniors graduating and accepted into college, according to a recent presentation reported on by April Siese of The Lens. Meanwhile, the school is preparing to make its move to the Johnson swing space campus in July during the two-year renovations and construction of a new gym, Siese reports.

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Jun 062013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

There is no question that reforms are needed at the Orleans Parish Prison and the New Orleans Police Department. The voters know it, the Federal government knows it, the City Council knows it and even Mayor Landrieu. But where is the money to fund both decrees (ostensibly at the same time) going to come from?

We need a compromise with the Federal government and we need it now. The cost of the consent decrees is far beyond the city’s means and might mean bankruptcy. Is that the goal? Let’s hope not. Perhaps the city could agree to a consent decree governing Parish Prison now. After OPP has been straightened out, perhaps there could be another consent decree governing the NOPD. Continue reading »

Jun 052013
 

The Future Is Now charter management organization that operates John McDonogh High School will no longer govern the final graduating class of Walter L. Cohen High School, returning the remaining students to the Recovery School District next year until the transition to New Orleans College Prep (under the new name Cohen College Prep) is complete in 2014-15, reports Della Hasselle of The Lens.

Last fall, Cohen faculty were abruptly fired when the RSD passed management of the direct-run school to Future Is Now for what at the time was expected to be two years. The move led to a student walkout and protests over the disruption.

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Jun 052013
 

How the economy surrounding the culture of New Orleans can lead to gentrification — possibly threatening the authenticity of the culture for the future — will be debated by jazz musicians Ellis Marsalis and Shamarr Allen, as well as professor Richard Campanella, journalist Katy Reckdahl and business owner Mike Valentino in a forum Thursday at Tulane University’s Hillel Center. Continue reading »

Jun 052013
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Last week during a home inspection I attended, the inspector – whether he knew it or not – endlessly whistled Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.”  At first it was amusing, which led to mild irritation and then it got downright invasive.  You see, a 10-year-old girl wasn’t doing the home inspection, a 40-year-old man was.  And it’s summer, Adele was so last year (and overplayed), but music reminds you of things.  So now that song will further tie together my oldest daughter to a top 40 hit to one particular real estate professional.  And let’s just say it’s stuck with me enough to write about it.  Why?  Two words: movie themes. Continue reading »

Jun 042013
 

Three years ago, Uptown Messenger was just a crazy idea about how local news should be reported. Now, as we’ve grown into two sites covering breaking news, civic affairs, local schools and public events in two neighborhoods of New Orleans, we are clearly in need of a workspace where we can collaborate with one another in person and meet with our readers, sources and supporters. Continue reading »

Jun 032013
 

Lusher Charter School approved a $16 million budget on Monday night that includes a $641,000 deficit, but school officials hope to reduce the burden on the school’s reserves by more than half that sum when the state repays public schools for money improperly used to fund Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher program. Continue reading »

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Jun 032013
 

As the Crocker Arts and Technology school prepared for its final day of classes before New Orleans College Prep takes over the campus next year, the charter school’s leaders looked back on its founding in 2008, its journey from Gentilly to the former Free School in Uptown, followed by an emergency move to the former McDonogh 7 building on Milan Street before landing at the rebuilt campus on Marengo Street this past school year, reports Erin Krall of The Lens.

Last month, the board named several areas of the new school after its founders: “The gymnasium, library, black box theater and cafeteria were named in honor of the following: Alfred Saulny II, founding board member, Glenda Sawyer, board treasurer 2006 to 2008, Anthony Correro III, board member, and Thomas Arceneaux Sr., RSD project manager and director of building commissioning and energy management,” Krall reports.

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