Jan 292015
Josh Densen of Bricolage Academy speaks at an open house at the Touro Synagogue campus on Jan. 29. Bricolage is moving out of Touro this year, and Cypress Academy is moving in. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Josh Densen of Bricolage Academy speaks at an open house at the Touro Synagogue campus on Jan. 29. Bricolage is moving to the Our Lady of the Rosary campus in Mid-City in the fall. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Bricolage Academy, an Orleans Parish charter school that opened two years ago, will move this fall into the Our Lady of the Rosary campus recently vacated by Morris Jeff Community School, while Cypress Academy — one of the newest OPSB charter schools — will open next year in the Touro Synagogue on St. Charles Avenue that Bricolage is leaving. Continue reading »

Jan 292015

Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall’s upcoming film “When the Bough Breaks” is filming in New Orleans (photos from IMBd).

By Madeleine Ho

Special to Mid-City Messenger

Central Casting Louisiana is looking for movie extras for Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall’s upcoming film “When the Bough Breaks,” filming in New Orleans. Continue reading »

Jan 292015

The Humane Society of Louisiana is asking Mid-City residents to keep a close watch on pets after receiving reports that cat food had been soaked in bleach in the 2400 block of Bienville Street, according to a news report by WDSU.

The bleach was reportedly put in the Mid-City block to discourage a man from feeding neighborhood cats, according to the article.

Anyone with information can call the Humane Society at 866-648-6263.

Jan 282015
Cypress Academy, a recently approved OPSB charter school, will open in August with their inaugural kindergarten class.

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Cypress Academy combines academics and social and emotional development with a learning community that encourages critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and intellectual risk-taking. At Cypress, we believe that all students can achieve great success and enjoy learning, regardless of their learning style.

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Jan 282015

The Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office will host the first 1st Quarterly Neighborhood Leadership Roundtable of 2015 this Saturday (Jan. 31), in order speak on the topic of public safety. The event is invite-only for neighborhood association leadership, so those who cannot attend can send one representative in a leadership position from the organization. Continue reading »

Jan 272015

The new building for Morris Jeff Community School (Alicia Serrano, Mid-City Messenger).

Morris Jeff Community School leaders will celebrate the move into a new school building with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Jan. 29th.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the new building located on 211 South Lopez Street, and representatives from The Recovery School District and city government will attend.

Even though the school is celebrating its new home, there is still work to be done, according to Principal Patricia Perkins. For instance, a parking lot for staff and teachers is still being paved. Continue reading »

Jan 272015

Grow Dat Farm Shares, a form of community supported agriculture, includes a weekly farm stand and gives consumers a chance to invest in the farm (Topher Balfer, Mid-City Messenger).

By Topher Balfer

Special to MidCity Messenger

It’s not always possible to know where food has been before it ends up on your plate, but with the efforts of a local organization, New Orleanians could spend less time wondering and more time snacking.

Situated on a seven-acre plot in City Park is the Grow Dat Youth Farm, a place where New Orleans teens come together to grow, harvest and handle fresh, chemical-free produce.

The food grown there is passed directly from the hands of the youth into the hands of the customers, an act that Grow Dat founder and executive director Johanna Gilligan said is second to none and “much more fun than going to the grocery store.”

“It can be hard to start new markets because the way people shop is very habitually ingrained in them,” Gilligan said. “But the farm offers an amazing place not just to get your food, but to get a chance to see young people and talk with them about growing food, to tour the farm itself and see all of the beneficial insects that have come to live there. It’s an experience kids are excited to have.” Continue reading »