Apr 062017

The South Course features several lagoons and historic oak trees that once lined the former City Park golf courses destroyed by Katrina (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

City Park’s newest golf course includes a host of brand new designs, greens and features, while incorporating a few features from the two courses destroyed by Katrina.

Bayou Oaks South, which opens to the public April 21, plays in a returning 9-hole routing that runs south toward Harrison Avenue, then returning north to the clubhouse. The back 9 plays along the routing that used to define the back 9 of City Park West golf course, which was severely damaged in the hurricane.

Twelve holes include natural bayous, just like the historic courses, and 100-year-old oak trees line each hole around the 72-par course. Continue reading »

Mar 232017

By Claire Byun

The number of armed robbery and assault incidents around Mid-City dropped dramatically in February, which lowered the total number of crimes overall.

Armed robberies dropped from nine in January to just three last month, according to numbers from the Mid-City Security District. No murders, rapes or assaults were reported last month, and simple robbery incidents dropped by one. Continue reading »

Feb 252017

The “Musco Andromena” float rolls down Canal street on Saturday, Feb. 25 2017. Endymion rolled with the theme “Endymion’s Constellations” this year. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Endymion rolled on Saturday night in Mid City. Each float was themed with one of the 88 Constellations. New Orleans-based surgeon Parker Velargo reigned as the Krewe’s 51st King.

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Feb 202017

Warren Easton Charter High School (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

By Claire Byun

As the future of education in New Orleans continues to shift toward a unified school district, some charter schools have the option to branch from Orleans Parish School Board oversight.

Warren Easton Charter High School won’t be taking that step – at least this year. Continue reading »

Feb 082017

Joseph Shelby was last seen on Jan. 5 (via NOPD)

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man missing since early January.

The reporting person advised that her friend, Joseph Shelby (DOB: 10-16-1962) was last seen on Jan. 5 at their residence in the 4200 block of Buchanan Street. Shelby is known to disappear for long periods of time and suffers from multiple physical and psychological conditions, police said. Continue reading »

Jan 312017

The Ohm Well’s Valerie McMillan leads Hot Yoga class last year (via Friends of Lafitte Greenway).

By Claire Byun

Friends of Lafitte Greenway has an abundance of goals for 2017, and most revolve around improving the safety of the greenspace and growing community programs. Continue reading »

Jan 172017
Patrick Armstrong

Patrick Armstrong

In one of the episodes in HBO’s Treme, there’s a scene where Clark Peter’s character Albert “Big Chief” Lambreaux emerges from a darkened street in full Mardi Gras Indian Chief regalia. I think it is a beautiful scene, because out of the desolate landscape emerges something beautiful, overwhelming, and completely unexpected. It marks an important and iconic scene in the show – the character Lambreaux is doing this as a protest to the way things are, and a demonstration of the promise of the way things should be. Continue reading »

Dec 082016
Students and educators at Bricolage (Bricolage.com)

Students and educators at Bricolage (Bricolage.com)

Bricolage Academy staff are now operating under a three-year strategic plan that includes a new facility, a full endowment and lofty student achievement goals.

Bricolage’s Board of Directors approved a three-year strategic plan that’ll run into 2020 and features five imperatives, ranging from student achievement to growing its foundation. The board met Wednesday afternoon to go over the new plan after staff met with stakeholders and the board director earlier this year.

The plan only covers three years – as opposed to a more traditional 10-year plan – because Bricolage is only four years old. Continue reading »