Join the Messenger for our Iowa caucuses watch party

The Uptown Messenger crew is inviting our readers, neighbors and any political enthusiasts to come and watch the Iowa Caucus results on Monday 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Urban South, 1645 Tchoupitoulas St. Political junkies of any affiliation are welcome, and the venue is kid-friendly. The Southerns popup, famous for its chicken sandwiches, will be available from 5 p.m. until sold out. Messenger merchandise will be available, and drink sales will help support our own coverage of local elections in 2020. Onsite donations are welcome as well.

Uptown Public School Series: Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans

From the Classroom to the Zoo:
Why Learning at Lycée is Right for our Child
By Leslie Compton Johnson and Bruce Johnson 
In the eighth installment of our ten-essay series by parents of students at public schools Uptown, Leslie and Bruce write about their son’s experience at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans. Like New Orleans as a whole, Uptown has many public school options for families—from college preparatory schools, to three different language immersion programs, to a Montessori program, to a technology career pathway school. In this series, we hear from families themselves on why their child’s school is right for them. Our son Shannon is in the third grade at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans. He enjoys his school, but this year, he’s spent a full month away from campus: he and his class were at the zoo.

Uptown Public School Series: Booker T. Washington High School

A Proud Legacy and a Proud Grandmother:
Why My Grandson and I Love Booker T.
by Dorothy Bowens
In the seventh installment of our ten-essay series by parents of students at public schools Uptown, Dorothy Bowens writes about her grandchild’s experience at Booker T. Washington High School. Like New Orleans as a whole, Uptown has many public school options for families—from college preparatory schools, to three different language immersion programs, to a Montessori program, to a technology career pathway school. In this series, we hear from families themselves on why their child’s school is right for them. Booker T. Washington High School has a strong legacy in New Orleans. The school was built in 1942, and its alumni have been leaders in our community since then.

Beloved barber ‘Mr. Chill’ dies at 51

Wilbert “Mr. Chill” Wilson, Uptown’s own barber and businessman, died on Thursday, Dec. 26, at the age of 51, as reported by WGNO. Wilson’s reported cause of death was pancreatic cancer. Wilson was best known in the city as an entrepreneur. He owned Mr. Chill’s First Class Cuts (2736 S. Carrollton Ave.) and Mr. Chill’s First Class Hot Dogs & Sweet’s Pastries (575 S. Carrollton Ave.).

Repairs to begin on Lafayette Cemetery in early 2020, Mayor’s Office announces

The city’s Department of Property Management is set to begin revitalizing and restoring Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, one of the city’s most treasured historic resting places and a popular tourist attraction. The DPM will work alongside District B City Councilman Jay Banks, representatives from other city departments, as well as local historic preservationists to plan and complete the repairs, a city press release states. Graves at the site date back to the 1830s. “We are excited about the opportunity to complete these much-needed repairs for our residents and for the many tourists who come to appreciate the cemetery’s history,” said Ramsey Green, Deputy CAO for Infrastructure.

Uptown Public School Series: Sophie B. Wright High School

From College Classes to the Basketball Court:
Why My Son and I Love Sophie B. Wright
By Craig Victor
In the sixth installment of this ten-essay series by parents of students at public schools Uptown, Craig Victor writes about his son’s experience at Sophie B. Wright Charter High School. Like New Orleans as a whole, Uptown has many public school options for families—from college preparatory schools, to three different language immersion programs, to a Montessori program, to a technology career pathway school. In this series, we hear from parents themselves on why their child’s school is right for them. Anyone who makes my kid smile on a daily basis is a winner in my book. Sharon Clark is one of those people; she’s the principal of Sophie B. Wright, where my son Coi is a junior.

Video: Ghost Manor lights up the October night

by Andres Fuentes

At the corner of Magazine and Second Streets, lit-up pumpkins, skulls, and spiderwebs provide a spooky spectacular for your evening stroll and, on Halloween, trick-or-treating. The Ghost Manor annual Halloween display has a bit more flare this year—21 more pumpkins were added to the front lawn, fitted with lights that flare to the sounds of haunting music. “I think it just really puts you in the spirit of Halloween,” neighbor and spectator Lyndsey Edwards said. “It’s super fun to see all the pumpkins and all the lights.”

The Queen Anne-style Victorian home was purchased in 2011 by its current owners, David Gentry and Jessica Douglas, and they thought their home was the perfect place for their spooky dreams to come true. Since 2012, the owners have been growing the display with new props, updated technology, and even animatronics.

Uptown Public School Series: Education for the Whole Child

How Audubon Charter School Nurtures
My Two Very Different Children
By Donishia S. Dorsey
In the fifth of our ten-essay series by parents of students at public schools Uptown, Donishia Dorsey writes about her children’s experience at Audubon Charter School Uptown. Like New Orleans as a whole, Uptown has many public school options for families—from college preparatory schools, to three different language immersion programs, to a Montessori program, to a technology career pathway school. In this series, we hear from parents themselves on why their child’s school is right for them. My two children, Jackson and Chloe, are very different from one another. Chloe is in fifth grade, and she has a personality that doesn’t fit in a single room.

Uptown Public School Series: Excellence, Rigor, and Diversity of Options

“The Teachers Are My Favorite Part”: Why Our Family Loves Samuel J. Green Charter School
By Antonio and Revonda Darensbourg
In the fourth of our ten-essay series by parents of students at public schools Uptown, Antonio and Revonda Darensbourg write about their children’s experience at Samuel J. Green Charter School. Uptown, like New Orleans as a whole, has many public school options for families—from college preparatory schools, to three different language immersion programs, to a Montessori program, to a technology career pathway school. In this series, we hear from parents themselves on why their child’s school is right for them. In 2012, we sent our first child, Antonio, to school at Samuel J. Green Charter School. The first day naturally brought tears, both from him and from us, as we parted ways for the day.

Uptown Public School Series: Excellence, Rigor, and Diversity of Options

In the third part of our ten-essay series by parents of students at public schools Uptown, Celeste Sparks writes about her children’s experience at Andrew H. Wilson Charter School. Uptown, like New Orleans as a whole, has many public school options for families—from college preparatory schools to three different language immersion programs, from a Montessori program to a technology career pathway school. In this series, we hear from parents themselves on why their child’s school is right for them. Part of the Family: Why My Children and I Love Andrew H. Wilson Charter School
By Celeste Sparks, Parent

I have three children and I love them so much. Trinity, the oldest, is in fourth grade.