Mar 212013
 

Neil Abramson

Four years after the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital was closed by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration, Children’s Hospital has agreed to reopen the Tchoupitoulas Street facility to serve mentally ill children once again, state Rep. Neil Abramson told the City Council on Thursday morning, according to our partners at WWL-TV.

Mar 212013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

While neither Danae (Greek Orthodox) or Allan (Jewish) happens to be Catholic, both of us have just been amazed and pleased by the aura of optimism and good feelings that have surrounded the rise of the new Pope, Francis I.

Our friends, regardless of their religious faith, have been almost unanimous in expressing their positive reactions to the naming of Francis I, the way that he has handled his brand-new papacy and his initial comments. Continue reading »

Mar 212013
 

Easter is a huge chocolate and candy holiday. Everyone is ending their Lenten observance, and ready to enjoy Spring time. It’s a holiday with “sweet appeal” and has been so in many cultures and for a long long time, perhaps dating back hundreds of years,  with the tradition of sweet Hot Cross Buns.

At Blue Frog Chocolates, we’re ready to keep everyone from “being a basket case” at Easter. Make like a Bunny and Hop On In for Chocolate Bunnies, Eggs and Lambs, Jelly Bellys, old fashioned panorama sugar eggs, chocolate crosses, and way more. Continue reading »

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Mar 212013
 

State school officials have discovered termite damage to the Sophie B. Wright cafeteria and auditorium that is so extensive that those areas must be closed off immediately, creating a “public emergency” that must be fixed immediately — starting at an emergency meeting of the Orleans Parish School Board at 10 a.m. Thursday. Continue reading »

Mar 202013
 

The rear yard of the McDonogh 7 building is the preferred location for four modular classrooms when Audubon moves in, but will require a city variance, school officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Audubon Charter School community expressed some relief Wednesday night at the upcoming possibility of finally leaving the old Carrollton Courthouse building that is literally falling down around them, but parents and staff members were also frustrated that the McDonogh 7 building on Milan Street being offered to them still will not fill their space or programming needs and is considered another “temporary” fix.

Orleans Parish Deputy Superintendent Kathy Padian said a permanent resolution may be only three years away, but in the short-term, moving out of the Carrollton building is a must.

“I completely agree that a temporary solution is not a great solution, but it’s what we have right now,” Padian said. Continue reading »

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Mar 202013
 

Maximilien Luce (French, 1858-1941), “Soleil Couchant Honfleur,” 1929, oil on canvas, signed and dated l.l., titled verso on stretcher, label verso from “Les Cadres, Rue Bonaparte”, stenciled artist plaque on frame, H.- 18 1/8 in., W.- 21 3/4 in.

Crescent City Auction Gallery is currently accepting consignments for the Estates Auction on May 18th & 19th, 2013. Call us and see how much your items may be worth! Continue reading »

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Mar 192013
 

A member of the Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians grins at the crowd on Washington Avenue on St. Joseph’s night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Every year, Mardi Gras Indians from all over the city make a mysterious pilgrimage into Central City on the night of St. Joseph’s feast.

A spectator near A.L. Davis Park on LaSalle admires a Mardi Gras Indian’s suit on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 192013
 

Support Growing Across the City for More Compact Development

The Board of Directors and membership of the Lengsfield Lofts Condominium Association, the adjoining property owners to the proposed 16-story, 187-foot tall Tracage condominium project in the Historic Warehouse District Area, voted unanimously on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, to withhold their support for any project on that site that exceeds the 125 feet height limit recommended in the draft comprehensive zoning ordinance created to accompany the city’s new master plan.

Tracage Development appeared before the City’s Board of Zoning Adjustments on March 11 seeking an extension of time to “allow us to have some additional runway to ensure that we appease our neighbors,” according to Stephen King, Spectrum Capital vice president. The BZA granted their request. But neighbors are far from happy. Continue reading »

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Mar 192013
 

Myron Miller (via Facebook)

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Last summer, New Orleans teenager Myron Miller traveled to the Highlander Center in Tennessee. Derided by segregationists as the “Communist Training School,” burned down and forced to close multiple times by racists over the years, the educational facility in the shadow of the Smokey Mountains has a long tradition of training activists including such historical figures as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. There, in the Seeds of Fire youth camp, Miller learned the language and methodologies to describe years of work he had already been doing in the city – organizing his community in an emotional and controversial battle to save Sarah T. Reed High School.

“I never knew what an organizer was, but I was actually already doing it,” Miller said. “It was a life changing experience for me to attend Highlander. Dr. King and Rosa Parks studied there. When I got that knowledge from Highlander, I knew it was time to go back home and do some nonviolent direct action.” Continue reading »