New Orleans College Prep, the charter school that manages Walter L. Cohen High School, may have to dip into its reserves to cover a $300,000 gap between expenses and revenues in its $11.2 million budget for the coming year, if fundraisers and donations cannot fill the shortfall, according to a report by Yomi Akinyemi for The Lens. The budget hole comes from the expiration of previous startup grants and College Prep’s increasing portion of the costs of the Cohen building.
No, I’m not going to write about the Chick-Fil-A thing just because this is a food column.
That said, I‘ve been having a fair amount of contact over the past week or so with various high-volume food and hotel chains. This is because I’ve had to include them in the very wide net I’ve had to cast in this job hunt. Ideal? No. But a dollar is a dollar these days and one can’t be too picky.
This isn’t to say I’m looking down my nose at the big chains. Actually, some of them do a remarkable job at introducing many people to variations of cuisine they might not ordinarily try. Olive Garden continually shifts its specials and, gotta admit, their endless salad/soup/breadstick offering is nearly impossible to beat when watching the budget and/or if you’re in search of something light (or feels that way).
A 57-year-old woman was found dead inside an apartment that caught fire around 5 a.m. in the 8100 block of Apricot, just a few blocks from the busy intersection of Carrollton and Claiborne, according to our partners at WWL-TV. Police and fire investigators are awaiting an autopsy on the woman, said Officer Frank Robertson, an NOPD spokesman.
A new crop of college freshmen will infiltrate our city soon, calling New Orleans home. Whether it’s one semester or the next four years, the 2012 crew will be looking for jobs, be it for extra spending money or to work their way through school.
As a decision maker in the hiring process, I’m often befuddled by some of the things I see on job applications. Granted, I’m not talking about hiring to fill an upper management position. This is entry-level retail we’re talking about, but I deeply question if people really want a job given their tendency not to present their best selves.
Five years ago, City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson gave Eric Strachan his first job in City Hall. At a Thursday night election launch party, she gave him his first major endorsement as he seeks a seat alongside join her on the council.
In a separate case, investigators have also arrested a burglar who has been wanted for months for a number of home break-ins along the Napoleon Avenue corridor, police said.
A robbery victim in the Broadmoor area was beaten and stripped of his pants by his attackers this weekend, but police have very little evidence to base an investigation on, authorities said.
With the 2013 Super Bowl scheduled for New Orleans next January and the ever growing list of conventions coming to the Crescent City, it is no surprise that Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council recently passed a package of 23 mandatory upgrades for the taxi cab industry.
The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will discuss the process for transferring RSD schools back to the control of the Orleans Parish School Board in a meeting at Walter L. Cohen High School, 3520 Dryades Street, at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 1).
The other evening, without thinking and in passing, I addressed a colleague who I’m guessing is a few years my senior with a “Miss” and her last name — let’s call her Jane Doe. We ran into each other on Magazine Street, and I was trying to keep track of my 4 girls when she walked by. Frankly I didn’t think she had recognized me as, much to my wife’s dislike, I’d recently trimmed my beard down to a fu manchu, and let’s be honest, a fu manchu makes a face present differently (and debatably embraced). So here I was keeping count of my brood when after she passed she turns and says with a smile “Oh, hello!” To which I, admittedly somewhat distracted while actively parenting, utter an “Oh, hello Miss Doe – - -”
She stopped, and her jaw dropped.
Low water pressure will persist around Leonidas and Claiborne through Thursday because of ongoing construction in the area, officials said.
A man was shot in the arm and had a graze wound to the face around 10 p.m. Tuesday evening in the 2600 block of Delachaise Street, police said.
“Sno Dog” will operate almost year-round from Dat Dog’s original location on Freret and offer snow balls made from a 1930s-era Snow Wizard machine as well as frozen custard, Dat Dog’s Skip Murray tells Brad Rhines of NOLA Defender.
The New Orleans College Prep governing board — which operates Sylvanie Williams elementary in Central City and Walter L. Cohen High School — has decided to apply to run a third school, and took action on the application after a three-hour closed-door meeting that appears to have run afoul of the state’s open-meetings laws, reports Joshua Johnston of The Lens.
Laurel Street homeowner Alex Brown literally ran to the NOPD Second District station on Magazine Street to get help when he couldn’t reach a 911 operator as a shed behind his house caught fire last week. New Orleans Fire Department District Chief Terry Hardy says Brown and another neighbor hung up after waiting on hold for about 34 seconds, according to a follow-up report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV, and that 911 operators were taking numerous other calls about the incident.
Punk music enthusiast and TV food personality Anthony Bourdain swept through Uptown New Orleans for an episode of his Travel Channel show “The Layover,” tweeting praise and random thoughts (between discussions of mob trivia) about institutions such as the Kingpin bar, Taceaux Loceaux, Company Burger and, somehow fittingly, Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge. Bourdain also stopped in at the R Bar in the Marigny, where NOLA Defender ran into him.
Ryan Holiday, the perpetrator of recent journalism hoaxes that led to his being quoted as an expert on numerous topics he knew nothing about (but who insists he was telling the truth to Times Picayune about his alleged $1,000 in speeding tickets from the Jackson Avenue traffic camera), will sign his new book “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator” at 6 p.m. tonight at Octavia Books. Holiday also discussed his dark view of a click-driven journalism culture with Alex Rawls of MySpiltMilk.com in an article published Monday.