Oct 242014

These two suspects are wanted for shoplifting a store in Mid-City (NOPD).

New Orleans police are asking the public to help find three suspects wanted for shoplifting in two different incidents at a Dollar General Store in Mid-City. Both incidents took place Tuesday inside of the store, located at 230 North Broad Street.

The first incident happened at approximately 9:45 a.m., police said. Two suspects entered the store, walked to an aisle and filled bags with merchandise. They then both exited the store without paying.  Continue reading »

Oct 242014

The new ReFresh Community Garden as part of a Broad Street revitalization project (Della Hasselle, Mid-City Messenger).

A new community farm built by the ReFresh Project on Broad Street in Mid-City is the latest part of a revitalization effort turning blighted and vacant property into a vibrant hub focused on health and well-being.

The official debut of the ReFresh Community Farm is slated for Saturday, but organizers there have been working for months to make a healthy lifestyle just a little bit more accessible for those living in the traditionally underserved neighborhood. The new farm, which will be celebrated during a grand opening on site, will offer gardening classes, an edible orchard, and plots available for community members.

According to Jeff Schwartz, the founding director of the Main Street organization overseeing the project, the new farm is exciting because it will break down backyard gardening basics for residents who want to eat better, but don’t know much about growing fresh food. Continue reading »

Oct 232014

Muse performs at Voodoo Fest (Andrew Goetz, worshipthemusic.com)

Voodoo Fest organizers will be giving away free bottles of water to festival attendees, according to a news brief released Thursday. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the festival, planned for Halloween weekend.

The complete list of local and regional restaurants and food vendors who will be part of the festival’s marketplace was also announced Thursday. Rusty Pelican, Jacques-Imo’s, Papa’s Roux House and several others made the cut.

For more information, read the release below: Continue reading »

Oct 232014

The Mid-City Neighborhood Organization will soon be reimbursing neighborhood residents for anti-crime cameras, thanks to a donation from the neighborhood’s local security district. 

The $9,500 in funds, donated by the Mid-City Security District, will be distributed evenly to residents across the neighborhood association’s 13 zones, according to officials. Neighbors will get the money for public cameras if they choose to have one installed outside their house or property.

Some of the program’s details are still being hammered out, according to Mid-City Neighborhood Organization President Jennifer Farwell, but board members have voted on the matter already. Those who want to take advantage of the program will be reimbursed on a first-come, first serve basis, as long as funding for each zone lasts, according to board member Bonnie Garrigan. Continue reading »

Oct 222014

Educators at Pierre A. Capdau celebrate the school’s jump from an “F” score to a “B” (Della Hasselle, Mid-City Messenger).

As New Orleans schools finished out the first year of Common Core testing, the city’s public school performance  remained exactly the same as last year, according to new data released this week. Counting the Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School Board altogether, the city averaged a “C” grade.

Schools located in or near Mid-City seemed to reflect the citywide trend. Two jumped a letter grade and two dropped a letter grade, and others remained pretty much the same.

That is, with one exception. Pierre A. Capdau Charter School, governed by New Beginnings Schools Foundation, made the substantial leap from an “F” to a “B” school in just a year’s time. Altogether, the score soared from a 48.8 to an 89.9. Continue reading »

Oct 212014

The New Orleans Police Department will hold its monthly Community Anti-Crime Walks across the city Tuesday.

The walks, led by District Commanders, are held in targeted areas of each of the eight police districts in Orleans Parish. They’re designed to bring the community and police together to more effectively lower crime in the neighborhoods.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to participate in the walks, starting at 6 p.m.  Continue reading »

Oct 212014


Police are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a carjacking that happened early Tuesday morning in the 700 block of South Dorgenois Street.

A 23-year-old man told police he was in the area about 2:20 a.m., getting ready to enter his vehicle, when he was approached by an armed man.

The armed man placed an unknown object into the victim’s back and demanded the keys to the car. When the victim complied, the man fled eastbound on South Dorgenois Street and northbound on Tulane Avenue, police said. Continue reading »

Oct 212014

For rapper Arnold Burks, Mid-City New Orleans will always have special significance. After all, it’s where he was born, and it’s almost where he died. 

“I got rescued off the roof during Katrina there,” Burks recently recalled. “I almost died there. I’ll never forget — I had to leave my house with my father and brother and we swam to where the Whole Foods now is at Bienville. We had to go. There was four feet of water.”

During Hurricane Katrina, Burks was living on the corner of North White and Iberville streets, just a couple of blocks from Warren Easton Charter High School. It was the last time he lived in the neighborhood, and he remembers it like it was yesterday. Continue reading »

Oct 212014

Residents and Visitors Alike Invited to Join the “Strolling Halloween Celebration”

On October 24, 2014, the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization (MCNO) will be hosting its yearly fundraiser, the sixth annual Mid-City Porch Crawl. This delightfully eccentric, adult-oriented Halloween celebration, which helps MCNO fund its neighborhood improvement initiatives will begin at the Evangeline Lounge (4501 Toulouse St) at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available online at mcno.org/about/calendar/porch-crawl and at Evangeline Lounge. Continue reading »