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Awesome Real Estate Deal

Awesome Real Estate Deal

from Finding Florida by T.D. Allman. Spain was the owner of the vast Louisiana territory in 1800, but then the Spanish king traded it to Napoleon in exchange for a small kingdom in Italy for his kinsman, the Duke of Parma. At first, Napoleon had visions of using it to restore France’s empire in the Americas, but then quickly decided to sell it: he needed the cash and his possessions in the New World were … Read entire article »

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Greenway Update

Greenway Update

Placement of the asphalt portion of the Lafitte Greenway bicycle and pedestrian path is now 75% complete in Areas 2, 3, 4, and 5. The Department of Public Works construction contractor, Durr Heavy Construction, has completed installing most of the trail lighting fixtures in Areas 3 and 4, and continues installation of trail lighting in Areas 2 and 5. Lighting wiring will be installed toward the end of the project construction, when the … Read entire article »

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New Marshland Created

New Marshland Created

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation has recently completed construction on a wetland creation project at the mouth of Bayou St. John.  Over half an acre of marsh has been created and planted using dredge spoil from the channel dredging project for the Bayou St. John sector gates.  The wetland is now thriving with numerous fish and birds spotted within the lush plants. The Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation is holding a formal dedication of the wetland … Read entire article »

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Low Power FM in Faubourg St. John

Low Power FM in Faubourg St. John

by Charlie London At last night’s meeting at the Fair Grounds, it was announced that a low power FM station will be located in Faubourg St. John at 1138 North Dupre. During daytime hours, a small staff of volunteers and programming technicians will be in the North Dupre office. During the evening hours, the station will switch from talk radio to local music. This programming will be transmitted via software operations from a home computer or … Read entire article »

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Tivoli Amusement Park

Tivoli Amusement Park

1850 lithograph by Xavier Magny Tivoli Garden, a commercial ‘pleasure garden’ along the Carondelet Canal pictured in the 1850s, was ‘thickly planted with choice trees and shrubbery beneath which were benches and tables, and amid which were latticed bowers and arbors,’ according to the New Orleans Picayune of Oct. 30, 1849. ‘There were buildings for barrooms, ice cream cakes, coffee, etc. … Musicians poured forth German waltzes, to which couples danced for a half dime each ten … Read entire article »

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Memorial Museum Has Notable Neighbor on Board

Memorial Museum Has Notable Neighbor on Board

article by Charlie London | photos by Charlie London except as noted *** People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest. ~George Matthew Allen *** You may know Richard Angelico as the investigative reporter whose face was on television for years. Or you may know Richard as the guy who used those same investigative talents after retiring from television to help the Metropolitan Crime Commission. Or, you may know Richard Angelico as that guy who marches through … Read entire article »

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LOCAL FOODS LOCAL PLACES

LOCAL FOODS LOCAL PLACES

Communities are invited to apply for assistance from Local Foods, Local Places, a new program supported by EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to help create more livable places by promoting local foods. Together, the agencies are investing $650,000 in the Local Foods, Local Places program, which aims to: Boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, and foster entrepreneurship; · Improve access to … Read entire article »

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CITY BREAKS GROUND ON LAFITTE GREENWAY

CITY BREAKS GROUND ON LAFITTE GREENWAY

CITY BREAKS GROUND ON LAFITTE GREENWAY BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PATH 2.6 mile Linear Park Will Stretch from French Quarter to Mid-City NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined City Councilmembers, City Officials, and community stakeholders to break ground on the $9.1 million Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path. Stretching 2.6 miles, the Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path will be a multi-use trail and linear park connecting six historic neighborhoods from the French Quarter to … Read entire article »

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Senator Landrieu Banned from Russia

Senator Landrieu Banned from Russia

20 Mar. 14 Dear Friend- Earlier today, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin banned nine U.S. Officials from entry to Russia because of their efforts to promote democracy and freedom. I was one of them. I want you to hear it from me first: I wear these sanctions by Putin as a badge of honor. It will not stop me from using my power as chair of the Energy Committee to promote America as an energy superpower and help increase energy exports … Read entire article »

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Greenway Construction Should Start Soon

Greenway Construction Should Start Soon

CITY OF NEW ORLEANS SELECTS CONTRACTOR FOR CONSTRUCTION OF LAFITTE GREENWAY, SETS PUBLIC MEETING DATE The construction of the long-awaited Lafitte Greenway, overseen by the City’s Department of Public Works, will be completed by Durr Heavy Construction, LLC.  New Orleans, LA – February 24, 2014  The City of New Orleans has officially awarded the construction of the Lafitte Greenway, a 2.4-mile linear park and bike path to be built from Mid-City to Treme, to Harahan-based Durr Heavy Construction, … Read entire article »

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Historic Preservation Excellence

Historic Preservation Excellence

Louisiana Landmarks Society Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation LLS announces the inaugural Louisiana Landmarks Society Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation. These awards will honor projects completed in Orleans Parish (outside of the French Quarter) in 2012 or 2013 that represent outstanding examples of restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings, as well as new construction in a historic district.Nominations for the 2014 Awards may be submitted from individuals, companies, or organizations. Nominations should be submitted via … Read entire article »

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RESTORE THE BAYOU CANOPY

RESTORE THE BAYOU CANOPY

  http://tinyurl.com/TICKETS-FOR-TREES   The Bayou is Our Oyster | Hosted by MotherShip Foundation   Browse the gift certificates which will be available at the silent auction on November 14. http://tinyurl.com/SILENT-AUCTION-NOV14-FOR-TREES Every year in May, MotherShip Foundation brings 30,000 people to the banks of Bayou St. John for the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Music and Arts Festival. But have you ever wondered what MotherShip Foundation does after Bayou Boogaloo? Well, for the past year MotherShip has been establishing partnerships, securing sponsors, and raising over … Read entire article »

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Abandoned Boats Litter Bayou

Abandoned Boats Litter Bayou

September 27, 2013 UPDATE Unfortunately, yet another of the “floats” hides like a troll underneath the Desaix Avenue bridge over Bayou St. John. It is decorated with diagonal green stripes and still has the flag pole folded over on the deck of the float supported by barrels. The platform float was moved by the Magnolia Bridge where it languished for months. No one objects to the fun, frivolity and debauchery of the parade. As Frank Davis says, … Read entire article »

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New Orleans Tomato Company

New Orleans Tomato Company

UPDATE: July 1, 2013 WGNO’s News with a Twist will do a segment on the New Orleans Tomato Company. … Read entire article »

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Celebrate Construction Completion

Celebrate Construction Completion

photo courtesy Bike Easy Posted on June 24, 2013 at 6:31 AM Updated today at 6:41 AM WWLTV.com | Email: webteam@wwltv.com | Twitter: @WWLTV NEW ORLEANS – Another round of street repairs officially came to an end on Monday. Work has been underway on Esplanade Avenue and City Park Avenue since March. The $5 million project focused on City Park Avenue from Canal Boulevard to Orleans Avenue and on Esplanade Avenue from Moss Street to Claiborne Avenue. The … Read entire article »

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Headwashing Ceremony June 23rd

Headwashing Ceremony June 23rd

Sunday, June 23rd,2013 | 7 pm on the footbridge (Magnolia Bridge) over Bayou St John. Sallie Ann Glassman and La Source Ancienne Ounfo celebrate St. John’s Eve with their annual Headwashing Ceremony (form of Vodou baptism) dedicated to Marie Laveau Wear all white and bring a white scarf or rag for your head (It will get dirty) Bring an offering for Marie Laveau. She likes flowers, blue and white candles, Creole foods, hair ribbons and hair dressing … Read entire article »

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Name that Famous Neighbor

Name that Famous Neighbor

(by Robert Thompson & Dean Burridge) Born in 1914 she lived modestly with her mother and step father at 2652 Lepage. Until she started school, French was the only language she could speak. She became the first “Miss New Orleans.” After winning the initial competition in a bathing suit, she sailed through the finals in a blue linen dress that cost all of $2.98. The annual pageant continues to this day. She began her career in the 1930s … Read entire article »

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Pierre Dewey LaFontaine, Jr.

Pierre Dewey LaFontaine, Jr.

sent in by Dean Burridge His name was originally Pierre Dewey LaFontaine, Jr., and he was born on N. White Street between Dumaine and St. Ann in a small Creole French frame house that sat right on the street in New Orleans. His father later changed his own name, and Junior followed suit. He started playing clarinet as a child at McDonogh 28 City Park Academy on Esplanade Avenue. As a child he was very sickly, … Read entire article »

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Go Ride the Streetcar

Go Ride the Streetcar

Riding the St. Charles streetcar down its historic line is a great opportunity to see different areas of New Orleans, including the mansion lined Garden District and oak tree canopied university area of Uptown. A single ride is $1.25, or purchase a day pass for $3for unlimited rides. GoNOLA TV is a regular video segment on New Orleans food, music, shopping and nightlife. Visit http://www.gonola.com for all the best places to eat, drink, shop and play … Read entire article »

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