May 032013

Newman students Catherine Sillars and Jules Vetter act in a scene from “Lend Me a Tenor.” (submitted photo)

The Theatre Department at the Isidore Newman School will continue its production of “Lend Me a Tenor” with shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday (May 3-4) in the Henson Auditorium, 5333 Danneel Street. Tickets to the Tony Award-winning two-act comedy are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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Apr 092013

A wild monk parakeet pulls a twig from a tree outside the Newman Greenie House on Monday afternoon to add to its nest in a nearby stadium light. (Robert Morris,

Trees have been removed from the Jefferson Avenue neutral ground from Magazine to Danneel Street, and the clearing will continue later this year as preparations continue for the next phase of a major drainage project. (Robert Morris,

When officials announced last month that a major new drainage project on Jefferson Avenue would begin in April, many Uptown residents worried about the effects on traffic, parking, rainwater drainage during the actual construction, and the removal of trees in the neutral ground.

But some residents who live closest to the avenue had a slightly more exotic concern: What would become of the little green monk parakeets that have colonized the palms along Jefferson Avenue?
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Nov 152012

Will Schwalbe

Will Schwalbe, author of “The End of Your Life Book Club,” will speak at the Bernard Hirsch Herman Memorial Lecutre at the Isidore Newman School on Friday morning (Nov. 16). Continue reading »

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Nov 142012

Dale Smith, associate head of school at Newman, listens to a question about a sketch of the new L-shaped preschool building planned for the corner of Soniat and Danneel at a Tuesday night meeting of the Freret Neighbors United. (Robert Morris,

Officials from the Isidore Newman School envision a new, larger preschool building on the Soniat Street side of campus to open in 2014, as well as the renovations to athletic and science facilities farther down the road, they told the Freret Neighbors United group Tuesday evening.

Members of the association, meanwhile, are continuing preliminary discussions about creating a security district to increase the number of officers patrolling the area. Continue reading »

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Nov 132012

After withdrawing plans last year to convert a cluster of houses on Loyola Avenue into a new early childhood education center, the Isidore Newman School is now planning a new facility for its preschool students on the Soniat Street side of campus, officials say. Continue reading »

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Jan 062012

Attendees gather at the opening and reception for "Southern Writers and Other Assorted Images,” a photography collection by David G. Spielman presented by the Reynolds Ryan Art Gallery at Isidore Newman School Thursday night. Spielman's book, Southern Writers, is an intimate glimpse into the creative process of Eudora Welty, Pat Conroy, Anne Rice and 69 other authors. The exhibit is open to the public from 10 am - 4 pm Monday thru Friday. Contact Gallery Director Kathryn Scurlock to arrange a visit. (Sabree Hill,

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Nov 222011

Clarence Givens of New Orleans Private Patrol smiles as he works in front of Newman School. (Sabree Hill,

Whether driving to work, dropping the kids at school or eating at a favorite lunch spot, we all have faces we encounter on a regular basis in our daily journey. A few of my regulars have become part of the fabric of my life — even though I may have never met or had a conversation with them, their faces, warm smiles or simple presences are always consistent and expected in my daily trek. I wonder about the stories behind these faces, who these people are, what their lives are all about, how they became part of my world and perhaps yours as well.

One of those faces belongs to Clarence Givens. Anyone who travels Jefferson Avenue past Newman School in the mornings has had the opportunity to see Clarence Givens. An officer with New Orleans Private Patrol, Clarence has been detailed to Newman School for the past 8 years. What is remarkable about Clarence is his amazingly wide, bright smile, a gift to those who pass him each and every morning. Whether the day is sweltering heat, rain or freezing, that smile is always a given. Continue reading »

Oct 102011

This Loyola Avenue house was slated for conversion into an early childhood center for the Newman school, but will remain untouched for the coming year after the school withdrew its plans. (Robert Morris,

After spending the summer meeting with neighbors and city officials, the Isidore Newman School has decided to withdraw a zoning request that would have allowed an expanded preschool facility for the coming year. Continue reading »

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Sep 222011

After the appointment of interim Councilman Eric Granderson, a lengthy presentation on energy rates and a two-hour battle over the height of a Canal Street redevelopment project, the New Orleans City Council decided to postpone four Uptown property-use matters Thursday. Continue reading »

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Sep 212011

Although the selection of a temporary member of the City Council to serve for the next six months will likely dominate Thursday’s council meeting, a number of Uptown-based land-use issues are on the agenda as well. Continue reading »

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Aug 312011

The site plan for the additions to the Isidore Newman School.

The Isidore Newman School is working on additional restrictions to its expansion plans in order to address the concerns of its neighbors, the school attorney told members of the surrounding neighborhoods Tuesday night.

The school is asking for land-use changes on three sides of its campus. An early-childhood center is planned across Loyola Avenue, a home on the corner of Jefferson and Danneel is being renovated for a headmaster’s house, and the old AutoPaint building at Danneel and Robert, currently used for storage, could one day become a classroom facility of some kind, said attorney Justin Schmidt. Continue reading »