Mar 112013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

When it all got started, the idea of New Orleans entering into voluntary consent decrees with our good friends in the federal government seemed brilliant. After all, the management of the New Orleans Police Department and the Criminal Sheriff’s Office (Parish Prison) had been a shambles for years. Surely, a cooperative arrangement with the feds in both instances would lead to more professional and effective administration of both the cops and the prison. Continue reading »

Mar 112013
 

Metal Instruction

For the 26th year, The New Orleans School of GlassWorks & Printmaking Studio offers a summer workshop for young adults.  This hands-on glassblowing, metal sculpture, scientific glass torch-working, stained glass, copper enameling, paper engineering, printmaking and book-binding. Students gain artistic, technical knowledge and oral competency in all studios offered. Continue reading »

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Mar 082013
 

Princess Lydia Benson struts her stuff with the Lady Rollers. (Submitted photo by Kim Welsh)

A Saturday afternoon second-line from Audubon Park to the Milan Lounge for a block party with Dancing Man 504 and a Harlem Shake contest will benefit a member of the Lady Rollers and former president of the Pussyfooters who is now fighting cancer. Continue reading »

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Mar 082013
 

Craig Giesecke

We’ve been doing a little grocery shopping over the past week or so, getting product samples from some suppliers and putting them through the various tests in the kitchen and comparing prices and quality like anyone would at home. Except it’s on a larger scale.

I’m in a unique position these days, working at a major regional grocery operation while also setting up a commercial kitchen. Really, except for the tonnage of things being ordered, it’s no different than what any of us do when it’s time to make groceries. You have in mind the amount you want to spend and you try to squeeze the most you can out of it, while keeping in mind various limitations of available equipment and how long everything has to last until you can make another trip. Continue reading »

Mar 082013
 

Two Warehouse District neighborhood associations along with other surrounding residents are speaking out against the proposed 16-story Tracage condo development at the edge of the Warehouse District. The Board of Zoning Adjustments will hear Tracage’s application for several waivers on Monday, March 11 at 10 a.m. in the City Council Chambers. Continue reading »

Mar 072013
 

With Uptown New Orleans residents worried about robberies, shootings and other attacks that have taken place between the victims’ front doors and their cars, they frequently ask police officials how to make the front of their homes safer.

District commanders and crime-prevention officers usually suggest that one important step residents can take is to make their home a less appealing target for opportunistic criminals — by cutting back any shrubbery that offers a hiding place, for example, and particularly by increasing the amount of lighting.

In a city that can take years to repair its broken streetlights, an Entergy representative at a recent community meeting where that suggestion was made spoke offered his own solution: For a monthly fee, Entergy will install and maintain what it calls a security light to illuminate any dark areas in front of a customer’s home. Continue reading »

Mar 072013
 

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

The terms of all current members of the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governing board should end by June 30, and any current members who want to stay on past that date should have to re-apply with a newly-named nominating committee of mostly parents and outsiders over the course of the next month, a group of school officials recommended Thursday evening.

“It’s basically like we’re hitting the reset button and starting from zero,” said Raphael Gang, chief of staff of the Office of Portfolio at the Louisiana Department of Education. Continue reading »

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Mar 072013
 

Kappa Sigma, the Tulane fraternity where narcotics officers arrested two members last week on charges related to the alleged discovery of a cornucopia of drugs with a street value of $10,000, has been suspended by its organization’s national office, meaning that parties and events must stop but members can continue living there, reports John Pope of The Times-Picayune. Both the international office and the university are investigating, with one possible outcome the closure of the Kappa Sigma house on Broadway, Pope reports.

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Mar 072013
 

The newly-formed Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governance and CEO-search committees will hold their first meetings Thursday evening, school officials announced, a day after prosecutors dropped criminal trespassing charges against a former employee and the state Superintendent of Education personally appealed to the school’s French teachers to remain for another year. Continue reading »

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Mar 072013
 

Don’t miss acclaimed jazz band Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band when they perform in two concerts Saturday, March 9 as part of the 44th Annual Jazz Festival at Loyola University New Orleans. Held in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located on Loyola’s main campus, the two-day festival includes a free performance by the Loyola Faculty Jazz Septet Friday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Roussel Hall. Continue reading »

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Mar 062013
 

Police confer on Milan Street on Monday evening after a woman was shot in the 800 block there. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Police have not yet determined why an unknown man shot a 36-year-old woman in the neck on Milan Street on Monday evening in an attack neighbors now say may have been “random,” but the victim is recovering and investigators are redoubling their own efforts, authorities said Wednesday. Continue reading »

Mar 062013
 

Letter to the editor by Edwin Holmes Jr., New Orleans Fire Department

I am writing to clarify remarks made by New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) Assistant Superintendent Tim McConnell during an Uptown community meeting on Tuesday, which you attended, and referenced in your article on The Uptown Messenger website. At no time did Chief McConnell say that any fire company was being closed due to budget cuts. He did state that the City of New Orleans was fortunate to have received the “Staffing for Adequate Fire Emergency and Response” (SAFER) grant that allowed the department to hire firefighters in 2010 however; through attrition the department’s numbers have decreased back to the 2010 levels. The fact is the administration increased the amount of funding placed in the NOFD 2013 General Fund budget by more than $1.8 Million dollars. Continue reading »