Oct 142011
 

Daniel Galindo, 5, Nicholas Scandurro, 5, and Anthony Scandurro, 3, play in front of Latter Library during the First Annual Children's Book Festival in 2010. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Uptown New Orleans abounds with festival offerings this weekend, including New Orleans Film Festival screenings at the Prytania Theatre, a children’s book festival and Friday night symphony at Latter Library, the Gert Town festival, and a number of more specific celebrations. Continue reading »

Oct 142011
 

One of the buildings on the old DePaul campus, viewed from outside the fence along Henry Clay Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A proposed change in the zoning of the DePaul medical campus owned by Children’s Hospital could greatly expand the possibilities for commercial development in the middle of an Audubon Park neighborhood, drawing the attention and concern of neighbors and their City Councilwoman. Continue reading »

Oct 072011
 

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park earlier this week. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Colby Wilson, for UptownMessenger.com

Nearly six months after the startling disappearance of a large population of birds from Audubon Park’s Bird Island, the rookery has yet to recover, and local birdwatchers are still feeling its loss.

“Our park patrons have a lot of personal and emotional investments in Bird Island,” said Sarah Burnette of the Audubon Institute. “The primary negative impact isn’t necessarily on the wildlife. It’s on the people.” Continue reading »

Aug 082011
 

Volunteers work in June on a KaBOOM! playground at Palmer Park. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

With a KaBOOM! playground on the way to its Claiborne Avenue campus, the new French-immersion charter school opening this month in Uptown New Orleans is set to discuss longer-term planning for a home for its students at a meeting Monday. Continue reading »

Jul 202011
 

Three robberies were reported in Uptown New Orleans this week.

Three armed robberies have been reported in Uptown New Orleans in as many days, but police have made arrests in one, linked it to the second, and identified a separate suspect in the third, authorities said Wednesday. Continue reading »

May 102011
 

As floodwaters make their way down the Mississippi, officials are concerned about potentially devastating levee breaches in New Orleans that could inundate Uptown if the Morganza spillway is not opened, according to reporting by Mark Schleifstein of the Times-Picayune.

“We have a good bit of experience dealing with seepage and sand boils, saturated soil conditions when the river stages are around 17 feet,” Bob Turner, executive director of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, told the newspaper. “Once the river gets over 17.5 feet, I don’t know that we’ve got a lot of experience dealing with those same issues. Seepage and sand boils, that uncertainty gives us some concern. My gut is if it gets higher, it’s going to be more difficult to keep those things under control.” Continue reading »

Mar 112011
 

Kermit Ruffins

Audubon Zoo’s Soul Fest will feature Kermit Ruffins and a number of other jazz, hip-hop, gospel and R&B performers as well as soul food and cultural displays Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Last year’s festival drew an estimated 21,000 attendees, according to the park.

See below for a complete lineup of performers each day. Continue reading »

Feb 192011
 

Minister Aaron Evans (front), from the SMBC Mime Ministry in Gretna, performs at the end of the third annual "Get Yah Praise On" in celebration of Black History Month at Audubon Zoo Saturday afternoon. "It was outreaching not only to those who came for the performance but those who came out to the park," said Minister Evans. Internationally acclaimed gospel artist Bishop Paul S. Morton along with praise teams from local African American churches performed at the gospel concert. "I thought it was phenomenal. There was a heavy anointing in the atmosphere. Everything worked together, even the weather," said M.C. Loretta Petit, of AMen 940, WYLD. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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