Monday, October 9, 2017

Y@ Speak: out past curfew

Posted By on Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Sean Payton learns about guns, Hurricane Nate brushes past New Orleans, and everyone makes plans for the pallets of soup and bottled water sitting on the kitchen counter.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Mandatory curfew kicks in Saturday night in New Orleans as Nate approaches

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 4:45 PM

Nate's forecast as of 4 p.m. Oct. 6 - NOAA/NWS
  • Nate's forecast as of 4 p.m. Oct. 6
Update: City Hall and NOPD clarified the start of the curfew will be moved up from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a curfew for New Orleans residents to stay off the streets from 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 through Sunday morning — and possibly later — to avoid potential wind damage and floodwaters from Tropical Storm Nate, which is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane over the weekend. "Do the best you can to stay off the streets," Landrieu said at a City Hall press conference Oct. 6.

New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) will enforce that curfew; NOPD Chief Michael Harrison urged residents to "adhere to that curfew."

At that time, NOPD will set up barricades and close all underpasses. City officials told residents to find alternate routes. NOPD announced that officers will take "strong enforcement action against anyone found circumventing barricades or found in violation of curfew." Once winds go above 35 mph, the city will suspend public transit.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

State of emergency issued for New Orleans as Tropical Storm Nate prepares to enter Gulf of Mexico

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 6:40 PM

Tropical Storm Nate's trajectory as of 4 p.m. Oct. 5. - NOAA/NWS
  • Tropical Storm Nate's trajectory as of 4 p.m. Oct. 5.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has declared a state of emergency for New Orleans, which could endure heavy rains and winds as Tropical Storm Nate moves into the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane.

By early Saturday morning, Nate is expected to move into the Gulf, where the National Weather Service (NWS) expects the storm will strengthen to Category 1 hurricane before it makes landfall on Sunday.

City officials expect the storm to bring 3 to 6 inches of rain over the weekend, and the NWS warns "the threat of direct impacts from wind, storm surge and heavy rainfall is increasing from Louisiana through the Florida panhandle." A hurricane watch and storm surge watch will likely be issued Friday.

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Weekend cancellations due to Nate

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 5:10 PM


UPDATE: Mayor Mitch Landrieu has announced a mandatory citywide curfew from 6 p.m. on Saturday through "Sunday morning."

With tropical weather expected this weekend in New Orleans (really, Nate, really?) , we're starting to get word of cancellations and postponements. Here's a current list, which will be continuously updated.

• All branches of the New Orleans Public Library will close at 5 p.m. today and stay closed through the weekend.

• The Historic New Orleans Collection will close at 2 p.m. Friday and remain closed Saturday.

• The second annual Beignet Fest at New Orleans City Park, scheduled for this weekend, has been moved to Dec. 2.

Gentilly Festival? On for Friday, off for Saturday and Sunday. And the Gentilly Bicycle Second Line, which was set for Sunday, now is off as well.

Algiers Fest? Canceled.

• The Contemporary Arts Center's Art for Art's Sake has been "postponed until further notice, and the Magazine Street Merchants Association also has postponed and will reschedule.

Oktoberfest at Deutsches Haus? On for Friday night, off for Saturday.

The Ponderosa Stomp wrote in a tweet that the festival — at the Orpheum Theater Friday and Saturday nights — still is on. (This would be affected by the mandatory citywide curfew.) The Saturday night portion of the Stomp has been canceled, but Friday will go on.

• The New Orleans Opera's Sunday performance of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci has been cancelled.

• The New Orleans Jazz Museum's "Pennies From Heaven" patron party and gala, set for Saturday night, will be rescheduled sometime in March.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Gov. John Bel Edwards' office organizing donation drive to help Puerto Rico: how you can help

Posted By on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 5:28 PM

Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. - COURTESY PUERTO RICO NATIONAL GUARD
  • Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is organizing a donation drive to help the people of Puerto Rico, who are just starting to recover from Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that flooded the island and knocked out primary infrastructure.

The only donations being accepted are diapers, non-perishable baby formula, baby wipes, baby bottles and nipples and feminine hygiene products. In Orleans, donations can be made at 2218 Elysian Fields Ave.; 5403 Read Blvd.; and 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. In Jefferson, donations can be made at 920 David Drive in Metairie and 5001 Westbank Expressway in Marrero. There are dropoff locations in every parish; a complete list of collection sites can be found here.

The Louisiana Army National Guard will gather items and transport them to Puerto Rico. The drive runs through Oct. 11, and may be extended.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Barman's Fund of Louisiana to hold Harvey relief benefit at House of Blues Sept. 17

Posted By on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 12:49 PM

The Bucktown Allstars.
  • The Bucktown Allstars.

Our cover story this week is all about how you can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and we've got something new to add: On Sun. Sept. 17, the Barman's Fund of Louisiana will team up with House of Blues for a concert with 100 percent of the sales from tickets being donated directly to the Houston Food Bank, Saint Bernard Project and Live Nation’s Taking Care of our Own Employee Relief fund. Donations also will be collected for Second Harvest, the local partner of the Houston Food Bank.

Big Freedia, Fred LeBlanc, John “Papa” Gros, Shannon McNally, Irvin Mayfield, Bucktown Allstars and DJ Raj Smoove will be on the mainstage, with performances in the Voodoo Garden by Ponyspace, Alex McMurray, Kim Carson, Lynn Drury, Susan Cowsill and Carson Station.

General admission is $25, with VIP packages available for $200. Tickets are on sale now.
Location Details House of Blues
House of Blues
225 Decatur St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA
(504) 310-4999
Music & Food, Bar and Wedding, Party & Reception Venues

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Friday, September 8, 2017

'We deserve better': New Orleans residents demand transparency at Sewerage & Water Board

Posted By on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Flooding in Mid-City Aug. 5. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • Flooding in Mid-City Aug. 5.

New Orleans residents from Algiers, Gentilly, Pontchartrain Park and New Orleans East sent a letter to the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB) requesting guided tours of pumping stations in each neighborhood following revelations of downed pumps, broken power supplies and dysfunction throughout the agency and flood response at City Hall.

Pontchartrain Park resident Jerome Wilson’s car was flooded during Aug. 5 floods. “We have serious concerns about the functionality of pumps and drains in our neighborhoods and want to obtain a better understanding of the problems and solutions as the Sewerage & Water Board works to restore pumping/drainage capacity and mend relations with citizens,” he said in a statement.

"Had we taken the time to look at the pumps, I don't think it would've happened," New Orleans East resident Gladies Hamilton told Gambit. "It's happened too often."

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Y@ Speak: Harvey

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Louisiana braces for Hurricane Harvey (no longer what I call myself on the way to Pho Bang) and reaches out a helping hand. Plus: Hurricane Katrina, 12 years later, and Southern Decadence and the Fight For $15 in an extended post-Labor Day edition.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

An open letter to Houston: Hope and the kindness of strangers

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts. - TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD/CAPT. MARTHA NIGRELLE
  • TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD/Capt. Martha Nigrelle
  • Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts.

Southeast Louisiana may have escaped the worst of Hurricane Harvey, but we’ll never shake the memory of Katrina and its aftermath. That’s why so many have Louisianans have rushed to repay the debt we owe Houston. In times of greatest need, we all depend on the kindness of strangers. And neighbors.

In the days, weeks and months ahead, Houston will need even more help. In addition to our dollars, we must offer hope and comfort where we can. In that spirit, I’m reprinting portions of a column I wrote last year — almost exactly a year ago, in fact — as an open letter to flood victims in Louisiana. The lessons we learned from Katrina still apply.

This time the letter goes to our neighbors in Houston:

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Rodrigue Foundation reissuing Katrina Blue Dog print to raise money for schools affected by Hurricane Harvey

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 5:03 PM

A detail from We Will Rise Again.
  • A detail from We Will Rise Again.

In 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, the late artist George Rodrigue produced a "Blue Dog" painting showing the familiar canine with a red cross on its chest, floating on an American flag in a sea of water. Sales from that silkscreen print, We Will Rise Again, raised $700,000 for disaster relief, according to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA).

Today the GRFA and the Rodrigue family announced it will be re-releasing We Will Rise Again in a 2017 edition, with sales going to schools in Texas and Louisiana that have been damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

"We Will Rise Again shows the American flag covered with water," Rodrigue explained in 2005. "The blue dog is partly submerged, and its eyes, normally yellow, are red with a broken heart. Like a ship's SOS, the red cross on the dog's chest calls out for help."

The 27"x18" silkscreen prints will sell for $500. To learn more, visit the Rodrigue Foundation website.

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