In #nola, the answer to almost any question can be answered with "alright"
— ablulu (@ablulu) June 6, 2013
This week, Y@ Speak revisits the inaugural #twitterprom and its graceful champions and also-rans, as well as the last gasps of the 2013 legislative session, punctuated by colorful and unnecessary signage, poor grammar, and a writer's return.
Transit advocacy group Ride New Orleans (formerly Transport for NOLA) holds the "By Boat or by Float" second line tonight to boost awareness of the Algiers ferry.
With no private operators in line to run the ferries once its public funds run out June 30 (following the dissolve of the Crescent City Connection tolls, which powered the ferries), lawmakers have come up with some solutions to keep them running — State Sen. David Heitmeier, D-New Orleans, has a bill to put the ferry's control under a municipal authority, like the Regional Transit Authority, with funding from the state's Department of Transportation and Development. The bill passed the House yesterday.
The second line begins at the Canal Street ferry terminal and continues on the Algiers ferry and into Algiers Point where it meets the Wednesdays on the Point event. Participants are encouraged to wear innertubes, lifejackets, arm floaties, goggles, snorkles and other water gear in an effort to show "just how many people will have to cross the river by [floating] ... if they cannot cross the river by boat."
The rally gathers at 5:30 p.m. and the second line begins at 5:45 p.m.
After last year's fire that took down the mighty pie factory, New Orleans City Planning Commission approved Hubig's plans to rebuild on Press Street.
The plan would move its operations from the former Marigny site at 2417 Dauphine St. — which opened in 1921 — to what's now a vacant lot owned by the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. As Bruce Eggler reports, the tentative plans must be approved by NOCCA, and the city still has to give final approval on a request for a conditional use permit to build the factory.
In a 2009 Gambit cover story on the beloved local company, Katie Van Syckle reports on Hubig's dedication to tradition and New Orleans.
At Hubig's, "sustainable" is not a corporate buzzword, and the pies are not branded so the all-natural set can feel better about eating them. But unlike most items available at grocery and convenience stores, Hubig's Pies have traveled less than an hour to reach the consumer. The company makes pie filling with strawberries, sweet potatoes and other fruit from local farmers, depending on when fresh produce is available. Whenever possible, the company buys flour and shortening from local vendors. The recipes haven't changed in decades; only four ingredients are preservatives, two of which are considered natural. This has nothing to do with ecological footprints; it's the way Hubig's has always operated.
Meanwhile, there's still eBay.
Two enormous bloodmobiles — one in neon chartreuse, the other, well, blood-red — stretched down Frenchmen Street from the Apple Barrel to the Spotted Cat this afternoon. The event was called “Frenchmen Street: Roll Up Your Sleeves,” and it was a replacement blood drive for the 19 victims of the Mother’s Day second line shooting in the 7th Ward.
More than 100 people had preregistered to give blood between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to Amanda Chittenden, the Blood Center’s public relations manager. “But the first 12 people we got were all walkups,” said Erica Dudas of the New Orleans Musicians' Assistance Foundation, the group that staged the blood drive.
The event — held in the concrete pad that’s home to the Frenchmen Art Market — was busy from the kickoff, with would-be donors lining up and musicians David and Roselyn serenading the crowd with a song appropriately called “Kiss It and Make It Better.”
“New Orleans has given us a lot,” said Roselyn. “Helping other musicians is just what you do.”
The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a stolen statue of a pig in a chef’s outfit. The statue was stolen on the morning of May 1, 2013 during Jazz Fest weekend.
Possible scenario: Swept up in the reverie of a musical weekend, the thieves stumbled upon their new pig friend and invited it to their Hawaiian shirt and straw fedora Bacchanalia. Or, a hooded Chik-Fil-A employee removed the statue as a message — the consequence of slogan copywright infringement. Or, the pig was a witness. To what? We may never know.
Anyone with information as to the location of the pig is asked to notify Detective Robert Stoltz, First District Investigations, 504-658-6012, email@example.com, 911, or Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll free at 1-877-903-7867.
In his commentary tonight on WWL-TV, Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos discussed the New Orleans Mother's Day shootings and Thursday night's benefit for "The 19 Fund," which will benefit the victims. Donald Harrison, Jr. and The Congo Square Nation, Hot 8 Brass Band, Bonerama, Stooges Brass Band and others will perform.
The blood drive will be held Wed., May 22 from 3 to 9 p.m. at 617 Frenchmen St. (the site of the Frenchmen Art Market). The Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club, which held the second line near where the shootings took place, will be in attendance, and Erica Dudas of the Musicians' Clinic said there will be live music at the event.
The Spotted Cat, d.b.a. and Snug Harbor are assisting with the event, OffBeat is sponsoring and clubs along Frenchmen Street will be open to give donors a place to wait out of the sun.
Donors are particularly needed from 6-9 p.m., according to Dudas. If you want to donate blood, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: 1) full name 2) full address 3) phone number and 4) preferred donation time.
"Our goal is 50 pints of blood," Dudas told Gambit this morning, "but now we're hoping for more."
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