COVID-19 opinion

Viewpoint: New wave of Covid infections to hit New Orleans soon

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist While New Orleanians are currently enjoying glorious fall weather and the loosening of mask mandates, don’t think for one minute that the next wave of the virus won’t be heading this way with the cooler temperatures and the influx of tourists during the holiday season.   Stubborn unvaccinated people continue to Read More…

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Viewpoint: Don’t rush to hire a lawyer to help with your insurance claim

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Many members of the legal community are aggressively marketing their services in the wake of Hurricane Ida to assist businesses or homeowners and renters with getting the money they deserve from insurance companies. After all, most of us pay thousands of dollars annually for coverage and should be compensated whenever Read More…

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Xavier students return with shots in their arms, masks on their faces

By Daniel Schwalm and Domonique Tolliver Classes began at Xavier University of Louisiana on Aug. 16 amid a citywide surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the delta variant. Between Aug. 7 and 13, Xavier reported three new positive Covid cases. Two students tested positive along with one employee. In the past year, 153 Xavier students Read More…

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How Swirl Wine Bar & Market survived and even thrived during the pandemic

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger When Beth Ribblet opened the Swirl Wine Bar and Market 15 years ago in Faubourg St. John, she probably never realized that the “market” part of the business would help keep the doors open during a future disaster. Owning a wine shop and bar was Ribblet’s long-term plan in 2005, Read More…

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Displaced hospitality workers can learn medical-industry skills through Goodwill

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Like many New Orleanians, Tiffany Turner has been having a tough time during the pandemic.  She was eager to train for a different career when she saw a Facebook post about Goodwill Technical College’s new Hospitality to Healthcare program for displaced tourism industry workers.

COVID-19 Mardi Gras opinion

Viewpoint: Sealing off the French Quarter won’t stop COVID-19 infections during Carnival

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Mayor LaToya Cantrell is caught between a rock and a hard spot.   By her own admission, the citizens and businesses of New Orleans have done a pretty good job of following the city’s ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions. Tourists, on the other hand, come to New Orleans to party — and party Read More…

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All that glitters: NOLA Craft Culture is riding out the year of no parades

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger “You can’t keep a good New Orleanian out of a costume or from glittering,” said Lisette Constantin, co-owner of NOLA Craft Culture. Now in its second year, the shop is nestled in a Mid-City residential neighborhood. The house where NOLA Craft Culture is located on South Solomon Street just off Read More…

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Pagoda Café opening its doors after 10-month hiatus

  By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger Pagoda Café, the breakfast, lunch and coffee hot spot on Bayou Road and Dorgenois Street, is set to reopen on Thursday (Jan. 21). The 7th Ward café has been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Owner and manager Shana Sassoon made the difficult decision to temporarily shut Read More…

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Hope floats: Festival cancellations almost killed Stronghold Studios. Then house floats offered a lifeline.

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger The pandemic nearly shut down Stronghold Studios in Mid-City. As the sub-contracted art department of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Stronghold was in mid-production for the 2020 festival when the COVID-19 restrictions hit. The 25-year-old company makes the façades for the Jazz Fest food booths, the stage headers Read More…