Newman School wins recommendation from planning commission for early-childhood center and land-use changes

Despite requests from several neighborhoods for more time to become familiar with the Isidore Newman School’s proposed land-use changes, the City Planning Commission gave the school’s plans a favorable recommendation Tuesday to the City Council with very little discussion. The school plans to build an early-childhood education center on Loyola Avenue by combining two houses on the street with a third home to be moved from elsewhere on campus, officials have said. Newman is also seeking official “school use” designation for several other buildings it owns, including the old Autopaint building on Danneel Street currently used for storage and the proposed headmaster’s house at 1803 Jefferson. While the pre-school project generally wins neighbors’ praise, a perception that “school use” is an overly vague land-use designation troubles some neighbors. Several wrote letters to the planning commission asking for a 30-day deferral on the vote, and nearby Baronne Street Neighborhood Assocation president Lynn Alline was among those who appeared Tuesday to make that request in person.

Goodfellas Fourth Annual Second Line

The Goodfellas Fourth Annual Second Line proceeded through Central City and the Milan neighborhood on Sunday. Below are photos from near their second stop, the Turning Point bar at the corner of Washington and Baronne Streets. The Goodfellas Fourth Annual Second Line goes down Baronne Street. [/caption]

Alleged tool thief arrested after auto break-ins in Milan

An alleged tool thief was arrested with the spoils of his crimes still in his hands after two early Friday auto burglaries in the Milan neighborhood, police said.Officers on patrol spotted Henry D. Foster, 47, bleeding from the hand and carrying tool boxes as he walked in the 3400 block of Baronne Street shortly after 3 a.m. Friday, and stopped him for questioning, according to a NOPD email alert. They determined the tool boxes came from two different auto burglaries that had just happened, one in the 1900 block of General Pershing and one in the 4000 block of Baronne, the alert said. Foster is charged with two counts each of simple burglary and illegal possession of stolen things, according to the Orleans Parish sheriff’s office. He remained in jail Monday in lieu of a total $60,000 bond.