Tomorrow afternoon, Saturday March 29, Parkway Partners ReLeaf New Orleans program will gather at 2448 N. Villere St. in the St. Roch neighborhood to plant trees along St. Roch from St. Claude to N. Johnson. Beginning at noon, residents and local volunteers from all parts of the city will gather together to replant the St. Roch corridor and help restore the vitality of this once-thriving community. A neighborhood deeply impacted by the construction of the railroad and I10 decades ago, St. Roch has continually struggled to recover from its transformation into a major transportation artery, according to Parkway Partners.
A new weekly farmer's market is coming to Mid-City, taking over the same space and being held on essentially the same schedule as a market operated here before Katrina.
The Mid-City Green Market is set to make its debut April 17 in the parking lot of the American Can Apartments, at 3700 Orleans Ave. near Bayou St. John. It will be held each Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., says market founder and local wine merchant Jon Smith.
Before the storm, the Loyola University-based nonprofit MarketUmbrella.org ran one of its three Crescent City Farmers Markets at the same spot each Thursday. Following the storm, the group's Uptown and Warehouse District markets reopened but the Mid-City market was put on hold indefinitely.
By Alejandro de los Rios
I don't know what's better: the way Birdman jumps off the bench like someone lit a firecracker in his pants or the surprise in the color guy's voice when he realizes Birdman's coming into the game.
He also played last night in the Hornets win over the Cavaliers making Birdman's stat-line after two games: 3 points on 100% shooting (OK, 1-for-1 from the field and a foul shot) and 6 minutes, 26 seconds a game.
Hey, it's a start.
Seeing as how the Hornets are on a season-long six-game road trip, what better time than now to talk about home fans? Hornets fan attendance has been much maligned for most the of the year; before the All-Star Break, the Hornets had sold out just two games despite being in first for much of the season. With a recently signed deal that lets the team opt-out of its lease if it doesn't average 14,735, some wondered if the team would even be back in two years.
(Full disclosure: I spent the better part of two weeks trying to convince my editors to run a story inquiring as to whether the lagging attendance was a sign of something more and that maybe basketball can't succeed in New Orleans, no matter how good the team. Shows what I know.)
by Alejandro de los Rios
This right here is the site where Peja's Courts for Kids project will be building a basketball court, in the heart of New Orleans' Iberville projects. Doesn't look like much right now in fact, it isn't anything right now but thanks to the $45K raised at Peja's Stojakovic's CharitaBowl, plus Peja's matching contribution, this should end up being a pretty spiffy $90K basketball court.
I've been talking to Alex Dimitrijevic (try saying that five times fast or once, for that matter) the Managing Director of Peja's charitable foundation and he said that the next step in the process is taking bids from contractors and picking the one that's the most economically feasible. Unfortunately, that means we won't be able to tell when even construction will take place on the court or when it will open.
What we do know is that the Boys and Girls Club center in Iberville will have its grand opening on April 12th. Darrell Guy, Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana was kind enough to take me through the center, which is in its final stages of construction. Guy said that the center hopes to service 100 kids a day, ages 6 to 18 and should be open during the school year from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during summer vacation.
by Sam Winston
Congressman Bill Jefferson has a new book out and you can buy it directly from him.
Check or Money Order -
Mail to: 1922 Marengo Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
Make payable to William J. Jefferson
Wonder what he'll use the money for?
by Sam Winston
The latest potential wrinkle in Senator Vitter's sex scandal has drawn interest from some interesting circles.
I spoke with a reporter from Politico who was curious to know more about it, particularly in sorting out what was local blog material and what was newspaper material. He was eager on the story but his editor wanted more hard info before putting anything up.
New Orleans is getting noticed by the fashionistas of the publishing world this month.
W Magazine's photographer Bruce Weber and stylist Karl Temper created a gorgeous 60 page spread headlined "Come on Down Nawlins" on location featuring notable locations like the Soniat House and NOCCA.
Also, in the April issue of Men's Vogue, Chris Paul is profiled as the "most electric NBA player you haven't heard of".
Of course monthly in CUE, you can check out true local New Orleans style and see where to shop to upgrade your spring wardrobe..
As some of you may know from Gambit Weeklys recent article, Yours, Mine and Ours, Feb., 12, the New Orleans Food Co-op is recruiting founding members, to reach a goal of 300 by May 1st. For those of you not yet sure if youd like to join, heres an encouraging update:
As of March 21 the food co-op had a current total of 162 founding members, with 24 new members having joined that previous week alone.
You can now join the co-op online via PayPal at www.nolafoodcoop.org; and
Entergy has officially granted the group $25,000 for things like a market study and developing a business plan
For those interested in joining, as well as current members, there will be another monthly informational meeting held TONIGHT in the Treme neighborhood at the Holy Faith Temple Baptist Church, 1325 Gov. Nicholls, 6:30 pm
by Sam Winston
Senator Larry Craig of Idaho will not seek re-election. That leaves Senator Vitter alone in the spotlight of national politicians remaining in office following a sex scandal. Calls for Vitter's resignation were renewed last week when Governor Eliot Spitzer stepped down, also putting Governor Jindal in a rather awkward position for his contradiction on the two affairs.
But there's more. Senator Vitter's assumed public defense was that he never admitted to a crime (avoiding comparisons to Craig), but that may no longer be valid. The "state-lines" offense that threatened Spitzer with being charged with a more serious crime may also threaten Vitter and his involvement with the DC Madame Jean Palfrey, according to Bayoubuzz's latest analysis of a Newsweek article. The statute of limitations on Vitter's admitted offense is still valid (10 years according to the reports cited), meaning he could still be charged for a crime.
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