TONIGHT: Unity-1 fundraiser at Propeller

Tonight (April 15th), Propeller will host a fundraiser for Unity-1 Salon and Beauty School to aid the rebuilding efforts of their owners, Beverly and John Smith. The night will include catered refreshments and live music by New Orleans musicians. Unity-1, a landmark in the South Broad area for 30+ years, caught fire after a car crashed into the building, destroying everything and taking the life of a client. This special event takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Propeller (4035 Washington Ave.) and will benefit Unity-1 as they rebuild their business. There will be a number of caterers at the event, including Fruit Wizard, Price is Right Catering, Chef Reggie, Simply Sandwiches, Sweet Legacy, New Orleans Seafood Connection, and Denise Catering. Bands will include Tyra Alexander and other local New Orleans musicians. 

The event begins with a patron reception form 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The standard reception runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Standard tickets are $100, and patron tickets begin at $250.

Broadmoor Community Church to ‘party in the park’ this Sunday

Broadmoor Community Church will host an event this Sunday, April 14, that will feature free food, music, games for kids, an easter egg hunt, and more. This “Party in the Park” takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Broadmoor Play Spot, 2021 S. Dupre. The free event is open to the public and will also include a gift card raffle and clothing giveaway. For more information, call (504) 822-7229.

Broadmoor’s EATmoor festival needs volunteers, sponsors

The Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA) is searching for vendors, sponsors, and volunteers to join their EATmoor! Spring Festival on Tuesday, May 7. BIA says the event will feature local food trucks, local restaurants and caterers “to raise awareness around bringing healthy and affordable food options for needy families in our community.” Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items to support the Broadmoor Food Pantry. The Broadmoor Food Pantry provides over 600 meals each month to families in need. EATmoor!

Unity-1 Salon gets $10,000 donation to help rebuild

The Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show came to New Orleans last weekend, and it didn’t leave without supporting a local shop after tragedy. According to reports, the show director James Bronner and CEO of Kalaidescope Hair, Jesseca Dupart, raised $10,000 for Unity-1 Beauty Supply and Hair Salon. The Broadmoor shop was the site of a car crash and three-alarm fire on March 20 which caused several fatalities, injuries and extensive property damage. Unity-1 has asked for support and have been raising funds to help them rebuild. According to WDSU, Bronner and Dupart both raised $5,000 each for John and Dr. Beverly Smith, the owners of Unity-1. “The Bronner Brothers are a perfect example of what it looks like when community and philanthropy come together,” said the Broadmoor Improvement Association in a newsletter.

Police seeking suspects in car burglaries

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking assistance in locating and identifying subjects linked to separate vehicle burglary incidents in Uptown locations. The first incident took place in Broadmoor on Oct. 31. On Nov. 1, multiple car burglaries were reported in the Sixth and Second districts.

‘Metamorphosis’ celebrates Broadmoor’s community transformation for fourth year

Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA) will host its 4th
Annual Metamorphosis Fundraiser this Friday, November 3 at the Rosa F. Keller Library, 4300 S. Broad Street. The community fundraiser takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. with a patron party starting featuring live music by Phil Melancon at 6 p.m. Local sponsors include Bayou Hot Wings, Inspire Charter Schools, Roulaison Distilling Company, Midway Pizza, and more. General admission tickets start at $75, and 100% of the funds raised from Metamorphosis will benefit initiatives led by the BIA Arts and Wellness Center. See the full press release from BIA below:
Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA) will host its 4th Annual Fundraiser Metamorphosis Friday, November 3rd, 5-8pm at the Rosa F. Keller Library, 4300 South Broad Street New Orleans Louisiana. The community fundraiser will have a patron party starting at 6:00pm with live music by Phil Melancon.

Broadmoor withdraws support from effort to strengthen noise ordinance

The Broadmoor Improvement Association is withdrawing its name from a list of groups supporting an effort to strengthen the city’s noise ordinance, because its original inclusion was the result of a misunderstanding, an association official said. Broadmoor was originally listed among the four Uptown groups out of 13 citywide in support of “seven essential items to make the noise ordinance work,” but association spokesman David Winkler-Schmit said that was based on a conversation between an individual Broadmoor board member and an organizer for the noise-ordinance effort. That was a misunderstanding, Winkler-Schmit said, but the board hasn’t voted, and so the association is not taking a position. “We always try to build consensus in the neighborhood, and we never take a position without a vote of the board,” Winkler-Schmit said.

Broadmoor to detail plans neighborhood anti-crime cameras

The Broadmoor Improvement Association will present its plans for a network of surveillance cameras to aid police in making arrests and prevent crime at a meeting tonight. For details on the meeting, see the following announcement by association member David Winkler-Schmidt:

As evidenced by recent news stories, crime cameras capture the act and that can lead to arrests and convictions. The BIA Crime Watch committee has been working on its own crime camera project and plans to unveil it at Monday’s General Meeting (7pm, May 20 at Wilson School, 3617 General Pershing Street). BIA commissioner and committee chair, Jeff Gardner, says that residents should consider buying their own camera(s) because the cameras are a one-time cost, considerably increasing home security and peace of mind. Gardner speaks from experience–a thief recently stole a headlamp from a car parked in his driveway–and there have been at least three other incidents near Gardner’s South Prieur Street home in the past three months.

Robbery, carjacking reported Thursday evening in Broadmoor

An armed robbery and a carjacking were reported three blocks away from one another in a 10-minute time span Thursday night in Broadmoor, according to initial police reports. In the first case, reported at 8:17 p.m., a man was getting something out of his vehicle in the 5500 block of South Rocheblave when he was approached by an armed robber who demanded his keys and cell phone, the report states. The second case was reported at 8:27 p.m., when a woman parking her car in the 3700 block of Cadiz was approached by two armed men who demanded her keys, police said. Investigators believe the two robberies were committed by the same suspects, said NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel. A rash of carjacking attempts were also reported in a similar area in early May, but Noel said Thursday’s attacks do not appear to be related to any earlier set.

Police make arrests in Broadmoor carjacking, Gert Town shooting

Investigators from the Uptown-based NOPD Second District made two arrests Monday in violent crimes reported last week, a carjacking in the Broadmoor neighborhood and a shooting in Gert Town. In the carjacking — in which a man who pulled over near General Taylor and South Rocheblave had his car taken at gunpoint Thursday evening by a group of people he knew — police identified 20-year-old Carl Tate Jr. as “the suspect believed to be responsible,” according to a news release issued Wednesday. Tate was arrested on a charge of carjacking (which carries a mandatory sentence of two to 20 years) as well as two outstanding warrants and a parole violation, jail records show. The shooting, which also took place Tuesday during the day, involved two men in their 20s being shot in the legs from a white vehicle in the 8000 block of Olive Street, according to the original police report. Michael Nickerson, 37, was identified as a suspect in the case and arrested on charges of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated battery and illegal use of a weapon, according to jail records.