Apr 302013
 

A NOPD officer keeps drivers away from a road hazard on Joseph Street that snared several vehicles on Tuesday, waiting for city workers to bring barricades to keep drivers away from it until it can be repaired. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In 2011, east Carrollton residents complained of a treacherous hump in Lowerline Street next to Lusher Elementary school that was scraping the bottom of some vehicles or causing others to swerve dangerously around it with children in the area. In December of that year, the “Lusher lump” was fixed to great rejoicing — until now, when a scarily similar lump on Joseph Street is ensnaring drivers next to Lusher High School. Continue reading »

Apr 302013
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell delivers her “State of District B” address Tuesday night at City Hall. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell laid out a holistic vision for stronger neighborhoods with more opportunities for young people and healthier residents with better jobs, but said she will need the support of her entire district to bring it to reality.

“I wanted to truly bring our district together, much how we did in Broadmoor. We subdivided to figure out our needs, but we came together as a neighborhood,” Cantrell said. “Tonight, I want us to come together as a district. With your help, we can truly build a District B that we can believe in.” Continue reading »

Apr 302013
 

Matthew Stone, a sex offender convicted on five counts of indecent solicitation of a minor in Illinois with an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failing to register when he moved to New Orleans, was placed in a Tulane University apartment with three undergraduates in January 2011 when he enrolled in the School of Continuing Studies, which does not request incoming students’ criminal history, according to a lengthy account by Maggie Herman of the Tulane Hullabaloo student newspaper. Stone later moved to New York, served time on forgery charges pressed by a girlfriend from New Orleans, and is now back in prison in Illinois serving a four-year sentence for failing to register as a sex offender, the Hullabaloo reports.

Apr 302013
 

In their first year participating in the growing OneApp enrollment process for New Orleans public schools, Ben Franklin Elementary was the most popular choice for young students and Eleanor McMain Secondary School was the most sought-after for high school students, according to an article by Danielle Dreilinger of The Times-Picayune. All direct-run Orleans Parish School Board campuses joined the process this year, including both of the B-rated Uptown schools that proved so popular.

Charters authorized through the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education — including the International School of Louisiana and Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans — will join the OneApp process in the next year, state officials previously decided. Orleans Parish charters, such as Lusher and Audubon, are not likely to be required to join until their current charters are renewed several years down the road.

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Apr 302013
 

A project rendering by the city of New Orleans.

After merchants and residents aired their frustrations last month about the long delays in upgrades to O.C. Haley Boulevard, city officials will present the most current plans for the project tonight (at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30) at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center. Continue reading »

Apr 302013
 

Students from Eleanor McMain Secondary School perform at Tipitina’s Instruments A Comin’ benefit Monday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Marching bands from four New Orleans schools — Martin Behrman, Eleanor McMain, McDonogh 35 and the St. Augustine “Marching 100″ — performed for crowds packing Napoleon Avenue on Monday night to kick off Tipitina’s annual Instruments A Comin’ benefit, raising money to buy instruments that will be placed in other area schools. Continue reading »

Apr 302013
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks to the Bouligny Improvement Association in February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

After several months attending meetings of nearly every neighborhood group she represents — and holding a few community meetings of her own — City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell will present her findings and her goals for District B in an address this evening (6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30) at City Hall. Continue reading »

Apr 292013
 

(cartoon by Owen Courreges for UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courreges

“The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the only legitimate object of good government.”

– Thomas Jefferson, 1809

“Good government is practically applying the principles which make a man a good citizen.”

– Theodore Roosevelt, 1902

“We are trying to resolve this behind closed doors cause that is good government.”

– Jackie Clarkson, 2013

How does that old Sesame Street tune go? “One of these things is not like the others…” Continue reading »

Apr 292013
 

A member of the St. Augustine Marching 100 plays in the Battle of the Bands for the Instruments A-Comin’ benefit at Tipitina’s in April 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

A street party featuring a performances by some of the New Orleans’ most-celebrated high-school marching band and a concert of Jazzfest favorites at Tipitina’s tonight (Monday, April 29) will raise money to buy instruments for local school music programs. Continue reading »

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Apr 262013
 

Devante Billy (via opcso.org)

Byron J. Johnson (via opcso.org)

A 12-count indictment against the suspects in an October shooting and carjacking that left an Uptown attorney critically wounded links them to a number of other acts of violence, including several robberies and the death of a UNO student in New Orleans East. Continue reading »

Apr 262013
 

Craig Giesecke

I mentioned in last week’s column some of my ideas about pairing various beers, wines and foods together, and already I’ve gotten a few questions. They mainly involve how someone knows certain things go together before they spend a fair amount of money during a trip to the store. Pretty much anyone who cooks even semi-regularly is willing to experiment and improve, and I’m one who has been lucky enough to make a fair living doing so. Continue reading »

Apr 252013
 

A banner on a house at the corner of Bellecastle and Tchoupitoulas proclaims the future expansion of Blue Dot Donuts, the popular Mid-City shop started by three police officers. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

When three officers from the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District opened a donut shop in Mid-City, they thought they heard every cop-and-donut gag in the book.

Now that they’re planning a new location on Tchoupitoulas — much closer to the station where they all worked — they know to expect a whole new round of jokes. Continue reading »

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Apr 252013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

For many years, the 33-story World Trade Center overlooking the Mississippi River was one of New Orleans’ most important centers of business.

Powerful people, companies and government agencies including the Port of New Orleans occupied suites at the WTC. The 30th floor restaurant, the Plimsoll Club, was usually packed. You needed a reservation to get a table. The World Trade Center suite on the 29th floor was often the site of important civic press conferences and educational seminars. Located at the foot of the Mississippi River at the end of Canal Street, the WTC offered incredible views of the river, especially from the Plimsoll Club. At the top of the building a revolving bar called the Top of the Mart was an important social spot. During her years as a lobbyist for the Dock Board, Danae worked at the WTC Building and enjoyed it. She, along with her colleagues, thought the Plimsoll Club was a neat place for lunch. Continue reading »

Apr 242013
 

An aerial view of the ISL campus. The modular classrooms are planned for the grass-and-dirt area on the Magazine Street side of the school, a field currently used for soccer and other sports. (image via Google Maps)

Neither the leaders of the International School of Louisiana nor their closest neighbors are particularly happy about the decision, but modular buildings appear to be the only available solution remaining to ease the overcrowding expected at the Camp Street campus next year.

Now, the primary question left to answer is how long the modulars will stay on the Magazine Street side of the campus — two years, five, or much longer? Continue reading »

Apr 242013
 

State Reps. Neil Abramson and Helena Moreno speak before the Natural Resources and Environment Committee in this image from the live feed Wednesday morning.

In an apparent conclusion to the negotiations over the future of the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital, Children’s Hospital will be allowed to purchase the property in exchange for expanded mental-health services, a group of New Orleans-area legislators announced Wednesday morning. Continue reading »

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