Forum to explore open-space, parks and recreation planning

New Orleans officials have been rethinking how the city’s parks, recreation and greenspace are organized and managed. To inform New Orleanians of the whys, hows and whats of citywide master park and recreation planning, Parks For All is sponsoring a forum, “Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Planning: International Best Practices and their Application to New [...]

New Orleans police to conduct driver sobriety checks tonight

The NOPD’s Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location beginning at 9 p.m. today, Thursday, March 21, and ending at 5 a.m. on Friday, March 22. Motorists who encounter this checkpoint will experience minimal delays and should have the proper documentation available if requested: proof of insurance, driver’s license and vehicle [...]

Danae Columbus: Daughters of Charity still serve the community’s most vulnerable

There are many excellent health care providers in the New Orleans area. One stands out for its almost 200-year commitment and unique wrap-around services – the Daughters of Charity. First at the now-shuttered Charity Hospital and today through 10 neighborhood health centers including one located at 3201 S. Carrollton, the Daughters of Charity Services of [...]

Firefighters battling huge blaze in Broadmoor area

A fire erupted at Washington and South White Street after the building was hit by speeding vehicle Wednesday around 8:30 p.m., Annette Sisco of The New Orleans Advocate reported. Firetrucks were on the scene, and police were attempting to help residents escape with a ladder before firefighters arrived, Sisco reported. Check back for updates on [...]

Shotgun House Tour explores innovative renovations of Uptown homes

Shotgun houses are a beloved part of New Orleans’ historic architecture, but can they accommodate the needs of a modern family? This weekend, March 23-24, the Preservation Resource Center’s annual Shotgun House Tour will show off seven Uptown shotgun homes chosen for their smart, innovative renovations. The tour highlights the livability and versatility of these [...]

Photos: Uptown celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph

Locations across Uptown hosted public St. Joseph’s altars on March 19, the Feast Day of St. Joseph. The Catholic tradition was brought to New Orleans by Sicilian immigrants. The altars celebrate how St. Joseph helped Sicilians in a time of famine. Here are scenes from the altars at Loyola University, De La Salle High School [...]

Kingsley House to host free health and resource fair

Kingsley House in the Lower Garden District will host a Health and Resource Fair this Friday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will feature more than 36 vendors and will offer health screenings & resources, STD testing, exercise classes, line dancing, 40-foot obstacle course, music, food, raffles and prizes. The event [...]

At Bean Madness tourney, you decide who makes the best red beans and rice in town

The Krewe of Red Beans & Dead Beans kicks off its third annual “Road to the Final Fork,” a Bean Madness within March Madness, on Wednesday. The Carnival walking krewe with the artistic bean-decorated costumes organizes the culinary competition styled after the NCAA March Madness. Thirty-two New Orleans’ restaurants and chefs compete over a three-week, [...]

Where to find St. Joseph’s altars Uptown

The St. Joseph’s altar is one of those Catholic traditions, in this case a Sicilian Catholic tradition, that, through some very creative adaption, south Louisiana has made its own. Among all the breads and cakes shaped into religious symbols — a monstrance, chalice, cross, heart, dove, Bible — it’s not unusual to find an alligator. [...]