Jan 202018
 

Children dance during morning meeting at Lusher Charter School in December 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

After cancelling school for three days in a row, Lusher Charter School officials are trying to decide how to make up for the lost instructional time prior to crucial upcoming state and college-entrance testing. Continue reading »

Jan 192018
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and New Orleans city officials provide an update on the water system Friday morning. (via City of New Orleans)

The water pressure in New Orleans rose enough overnight that officials are able to begin testing it for contamination, but residents should continue to boil water and drink bottled water until that testing process is complete, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said late Friday morning. Continue reading »

Jan 192018
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Republicans in Louisiana and around the country are in a celebratory mood this week as they applaud what they see as President Donald Trump’s many successes and look to the future. Ardent supporters call Trump’s America First policy “forceful and transactional” and declare 2017 was the best first year ever for a U.S. president.

Local Republican elected officials including members of the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee celebrated at OPREC’s annual fundraiser Thursday night at the American Sector. Former RNC Chairman and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is the special guest at Saturday’s Louisiana Elephant Gala where Congressman Steve Scalise will be honored. Finally, President Trump and First Lady Melania are also celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary this weekend. Continue reading »

Jan 192018
 

Mardi Gras and festival season are right around the corner, which means you need an outfit that makes a statement. Whether you’re walking down the parade routes on St. Charles Avenue or navigating the food stands at Jazz Fest, it’s always important to stand out from the crowd. 1 of 1 Blazers creates custom, hand-painted suits, ties, and blazers for all your party needs.

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Jan 182018
 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans city officials and Jefferson Parish officials speak about strain on the water system Thursday morning. (via City of New Orleans)

The unusual period of freezing weather in New Orleans has put so much strain on the New Orleans water system that residents need to refrain from using water when it all possible until the emergency boil water notice can be lifted, though the electrical system is expected to be able to handle the load, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials said late Thursday morning. Continue reading »

Jan 182018
 

5,000 students to attend rally to decrease youth violence and promote higher academic outcomes. Speakers include: Congressman Cedric Richmond, Mayor-Elect Latoya Cantrell, and Angela Yee of the Breakfast Club.

On February 2, 2018, Dr. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, will keynote the “Project LIVE & Achieve” Rally for Excellence, where 5,000 students from local schools across the New Orleans area will attend.

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Jan 182018
 

The Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB) has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for the entire East Bank of New Orleans due to a further drop in water pressure Thursday morning, Jan. 18.

This is an expansion of the advisory issued Wednesday for areas east of the Industrial Canal, including Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine and Irish Bayou. Neither advisory applies to the West Bank.

Boil Water Advisory map (via S&WB)

Safety Tips

Don’t consume tap water

  • Use bottled or boiled water to drink, cook, brush teeth, and mix baby formula.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables with bottled or boiled water.
  • Don’t use ice from ice trays or ice makers. Make new ice with bottled or boiled water.
  • To be safe, give your pets bottled or boiled water.

Be careful bathing

  • If you’re a healthy adult, you can bathe or shower with tap water. Be careful not to swallow any water.
  • Give babies and young children a sponge bath or use boiled water to bathe.
  • If you have open wounds or a weakened immune system, use boiled water to bathe.
  • Use hand sanitizer after washing hands.

Take care cleaning

  • Wash countertops and tables with boiled water.
  • Use a rinse temperature of 150° F or a sanitize cycle on your dishwasher.
  • Wash dishes by hand as usual. Then soak in mixture of 1 gallon of water and 1 teaspoon of bleach for 1 minute.
  • Do laundry as usual.

Boil water safely

  1. Heat water until large bubbles come from the bottom to the top of the pot.
  2. Let the water boil for at least 1 minute.
  3. Turn off the stove and let the water cool.
  4. Store the water in a clean container with a cover.
  5. Add a pinch of salt and shake to improve the taste.
Plan for a boil water advisory: http://ready.nola.gov/plan/boil-water/
Jan 172018
 

The freezing weather that covered much of New Orleans in a thin layer of crunchy ice overnight continued Wednesday morning, and officials urged residents to minimize their driving and take other precautions as schools and businesses remained closed.

(image via National Weather Service New Orleans)

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