In a vote on Tuesday, February 21, the Choice Foundation Board of Directors opted to transfer oversight of two schools to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) ahead of the 2018 legal mandate. The OPSB’s oversight of Lafayette Academy in Uptown and Esperanza Charter in Mid-City will begin in the 2017-18 school year.
The Historic Carver Theater will ring in 2017 with an array of live music, free shows, and local cuisine—all under an $8 million renovated roof.
Representatives announced new programming for 2017 that includes free Saturday shows and weekday music, with food trucks to boot.
Several local and national organizations have put a call out to request donations and volunteers in the wake of Louisiana’s historic flooding, which has so far killed six, according to the Weather Channel, and forced rescues of 20,000 more.
A local non-profit, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, received unanimous approval by City Council for plans to bring a coffee shop and office space to St. Ann Street.
Citing controversy over the issue, The City Park Board of Commissioners has yet to make a decision about whether or not people will be allowed to smoke in the park in the future.
An ad hoc committee was appointed last month to make a decision about a potential ban, according to Susan Hess, president of the board. But at a monthly meeting held Tuesday, she said the process has been more difficult than she anticipated.
Candidates for the State Senate District 4 election discussed their positions and potential actions they would take on Mid-City and citywide issues with neighbors at a candidates’ forum last week at the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization.
Early Saturday morning, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, other local, state and national officials and local musicians and playwrights led a wreath-laying ceremony at the Greenwood Cemetery. The cemetery is home to a memorial for those bodies found after Katrina and were not claimed.
The photos projected onto the wall of The Cannery on Toulouse Street once again retold the familiar Katrina story — building after building with floodwater nearly ceiling high, what could have easily been the end for the multi-generational New Orleans businesses inside.
Against the backdrop of a devastation that even in retrospect still looks insurmountable, however, the triumphant faces of the Mid-City business owners on Thursday night told the inspiring second chapter of that ongoing story, about how their determination and love for their neighborhood allowed them to succeed and now thrive against those impossible odds.
The Louisiana Himalaya Association is sponsoring a community-based effort event this Wednesday in City Park’s Botanical Gardens to help the people of Nepal recover from earthquakes. The New Orleans to Nepal fundraising event will feature local musicians and restaurants, a cash bar and a live auction.
An old historic mansion from the 1920’s is threatened for demolition.
The Louisiana Landmarks Society recently released the New Orleans Nine Most Endangered Sites and of them was the Smith Wendell Green Mansion located at 2501 Banks Street.
Smith Wendell Green was the son of a former slave and had the mansion constructed in 1928, according to the Louisiana Landmarks Society.