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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 »

Sep 122016
 
Police said a Shell gas station on Esplanade Avenue was robbed at knifepoint on Saturday (NOPD).

Police said a Shell gas station on Esplanade Avenue was robbed at knifepoint on Saturday (NOPD).

The Shell gas station in the 3400 block of Esplanade Avenue, across from New Orleans City Park, was robbed at knifepoint over the weekend, the New Orleans Police Department said in a preliminary report.

Police said on Saturday evening shortly after 6:15 p.m., a “male juvenile” armed with a knife walked into the back of the store and put on a ski mask. Continue reading »

Sep 012016
 
Coast Guardsmen rescue stranded residents from high water during severe flooding around Baton Rouge, LA on Aug. 14, 2016. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles (courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture).

Coast Guardsmen rescue stranded residents from high water during severe flooding around Baton Rouge, LA on Aug. 14, 2016. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles (courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture).

It reads almost like a script, doesn’t it?

Something awful happens. Maybe there was some warning, maybe not. First responders arrive on the scene and begin doing what they can to save lives and help people get away from the danger. They’ve trained for endless hours, gone through all the exercises, sat through interminable meetings considering what to do in worst case scenario situations.

Patrick Armstrong

Patrick Armstrong

At some point, a realization sets in that this is beyond the worst case scenario that was planned for, and this information starts getting communicated back to the folks in the command center. Folks in the command center start working on finding more responders and activating protocols to find additional resources. The scale of the problem starts becoming apparent: resources are hours or days away; additional responders are either already engaged with this beyond-the-worst-case-scenario or are hours and days away themselves. Continue reading »

Jul 292016
 

Libertarian candidate Samuel Davenport is running for the 2nd District congressional seat for the U.S. House of Representatives again this year, after losing to incumbent Cedric Richmond, a Democrat, in 2014. 10660158_1468968313391249_1456261845350821816_n 2

As part of a push to appeal to “every day people,” Davenport appeared at a Tulane-Canal Neighborhood Association meeting to tell residents about his grassroots campaign, and some things he would do differently were he to get elected this time around. Continue reading »

Jul 092016
 
Caroline Helm, left, and Kara St. Clair, right, dance to Harmonouche at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Caroline Helm, left, and Kara St. Clair, right, dance to Harmonouche at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Residents gathered off of Esplanade avenue in Mid City to celebrate Bastille Day, a French holiday that honors the storming of the Bastille which happened in 1798.

Harmonouche performs at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Harmonouche performs at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Locals celebrated Bastille day during a festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Locals celebrated Bastille day during a festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Swirl sold wine at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Swirl sold wine at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Artwork, including hats, were for sale at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Artwork, including hats, were for sale at the annual Bastille Day festival off of Esplanade avenue. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Mar 142016
 

New Orleans City Park will present it’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, geared for children under 8 years old, on Saturday.

City Park's annual Easter Egg hunt will this year feature more than 36,000 eggs (New Orleans City Park).

City Park’s annual Easter Egg hunt will this year feature more than 36,000 eggs (New Orleans City Park).

Called the “Egg Scramble,” the hunt is presented by “The Angry Birds Movie,” slated to appear in theaters on May 20, according to park officials. The event will feature more than 36,000 eggs for kids to find, as well as music, face painters, a magician, the Easter Bunny, storybook characters, and a balloon artist. Continue reading »

Mar 142016
 

“The Labryinth,” a classic film by Jim Henson, featuring David Bowie, will be shown on the rooftop of the Whole Foods in Mid-City on Saturday, March 26, as part of a free family fun night. MovieNight_Labyrinth (2)

Presented by the Whole Foods Market and the Refresh Project, the event will also include face painting, a bounce house, a magician making balloon animals and more. Continue reading »