Fete Marigny

Fete

The FMIA will host its first annual festival on October 21, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Washington Square Park. The French-themed “Fête Marigny” will combine with our annual fall Walking Tour and the FMIA’s 40th anniversary festivities to offer a complete day of entertainment, education and fun.

Download the“Fête Marigny Poster.

As a neighborhood festival, which we hope will become a big annual fundraiser for the FMIA, activities will include a silent auction, a raffle, French food and beverages, a costume contest, artist booths, live music, children’s activities, petanque (French lawn bowling), and more.

We are still accepting contributions of bottles of wine for the raffle’s grand prize: “Wine Cellar”. Please bring your wine donations to the FMIA general meeting on the third Monday of each month or contact Marshall at marshallg@faubourgmarigny.org for pick-up.

Any Napoleons out there? Marie-Antoinettes? Louis the XIV? Anyone interested in participating in the costume contest or knowing someone who would like to be a contestant is encouraged to contact Marshall prior to the event although walk-ins will be welcome (limp-ins for you hunchbacks of Notre Dame).

Volunteers meet every Friday evening at 6:30 to 7:30 +/- at 624 St. Roch Ave. Anyone interested in working on the festival is free to attend the meetings. Contact Marshall Gries at marshallg@faubourgmarigny.org

Vive le Marigny!

News You Can Use

Magical Mystery Tour (continues every Wednesday)
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/magical-mystery-tour-31/

BlightStat Gets National Recognition
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/blightstat-gets-national-recognition/

Blight Status Available October 11th
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/blight-status/

Councilperson Encourages Citizen Involvement
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/councilperson-encourages-citizens-to-get-involved/

Police Encourage Calm
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/police-encourage-calm-after-drive-by-shooting/

Demolition Begins at 1264 Moss
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/1264-moss/

Movie about Bayou St. John
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/harding-and-moss/

Postcard from Home (every Sunday)
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/postcard-from-home-42/

Desmare Playground
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/desmare-saturday-september-22nd/

Lafitte Corridor Gets Green Room Funding
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/lafitte-corridor-gets-green-room-funding/

City Updates Website
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/new-nola-dot-gov/

HUNGRY FAMILIES NEED YOU
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/hungry-families-need-you/

ICONIC SIGN PROJECT ON BROAD
http://fsjna.org/2012/08/iconic-sign-project-on-broad/

STREETLIGHT OUT?
http://fsjna.org/2012/08/get-your-streetlight-right-here/

SEPTEMBER 28th
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/love-in-the-garden/

SEPTEMBER 29th
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/city-park-fishing-rodeo-september-29th/

SEPTEMBER 29th
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/black-white-and-read-all-over/

Meeting October 8th
http://fsjna.org/fsjna-meetings-and-more/calendar-2/

OCTOBER 11th
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/morris-jeff-gala/

OCTOBER 17th
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/neighbor-shows-work-october-17th/

OCTOBER 18th
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/city-park-october-18-630-pm/

OCTOBER 25th
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/landscape-leader-to-be-honored-october-25th/

OCTOBER 27th
Voodoo on the Bayou – Treme Brass Band to play
http://voodooonthebayou.com

NOVEMBER 6th
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/school-board-election-november-6th/

DECEMBER 1st
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/party-for-the-bridges/

ESPLANADE TO GET UPGRADE
http://fsjna.org/2012/07/esplanade-to-get-upgrade-in-december/

MORNING CALL IN CITY PARK
http://fsjna.org/2012/08/morning-call-to-locate-in-city-park/

MINIATURE GOLF IN CITY PARK
http://fsjna.org/2012/08/breaking-ground-on-miniature-golf-in-city-park/

REBRIDGE FUNDRAISER PHOTOS

photos and video by Charlie London

CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE TO SEE ALL THE PHOTOS FROM THE 1st ANNUAL REBRIDGE FUNDRAISER

http://www.viddler.com/explore/katrinafilm/videos/213/

The Creole String Beans put on quite a show for the 1st annual REBRIDGE Fundraiser held November 18, 2011. Click on the link above to see them in action.

Gala guests gathered to support the rehabilitation of two historic bridges while enjoying delicious cuisine from Commander’s Palace and dancing to the throw-down tunes of the Creole String Beans. Bubbles flowed — champagne and ice-cold beer — and wine.

For more information call Re-Bridge’s chair, Rachel Dangermond, 504.309.2116 within normal business hours.

Occupy This

by Charlie London

This man did not want his identity revealed but indicated he had recently arrived from the “Occupy Denver” protest.

WWOZ had a short interview with two “Occupy New Orleans” protesters who indicated that the event has morphed into a festival of sorts. I was in my car when I heard the discussion but was not able to get all the details. I called WWOZ but the DJ was unable to provide more info. The interview took place on the previous shift.

What I do remember about the interview is that the folks being interviewed said a small stage has been set up and various musicians will be performing this evening. It should be an interesting free show. The stage is pictured on the left.

Curious about the stage, I stopped by the Occupy New Orleans venue. The folks were friendly and eager to talk about the stage.

The assembled group indicated that they set up the stage last week. A group of gutter punks arrived and played music well into the night. The police came by about 2 a.m., not to harass anyone but to ask them to turn it down a bit.

They also said an engineer from the City came by and indicated that the stage needed a permit. That’s not an unreasonable request as the permit is to insure the safety of the occupants of the stage. I’m not an engineer but the stage looked reasonably well built.

The man just in from the “Occupy Denver” protest indicated that “the union” has supplied many of the tents. One might wonder why “the union” did not also get the necessary permits for the stage. It’s a small price to pay to insure the safety of the performers.

I was impressed with how clean and well organized the area occupied by the protesters was. That may be an indication of why city officials have not cleared the area… yet.

I indicated to the assembled group that the city would, at some point, have to take action. They understood that and indicated that the city has been extremely patient so far but knew at some point the situation would have to be addressed.

I know the city will eventually have to remove the protesters. Hopefully, the removal process will go smoothly with cooperation from everyone involved.

The assembled group did indeed fit the profile that has been presented by some in the media. It was 3 o’clock in the afternoon and the majority of the group I spoke with appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or some other substance.

And, as indicated by some in the media, these were not folks down on their luck or anyone who had missed a meal. They all appeared to be well dressed and well fed.

Be that as it may, the people occupying the area were all friendly and almost businesslike in their possession of the area. It is a peaceful, well organized event.

New Orleans is different. The difference is we accept anyone and everyone regardless of their views or station in life. That’s why people love this place.

Let’s hope the “Occupy New Orleans”
protest ends as peacefully as it began.

Party on the Bayou THIS Friday

Gala guests will gather to support the rehabilitation of two historic bridges, while enjoying delicious cuisine from Commander’s Palace and dancing to the throw-down tunes of the Creole String Beans. Bubbles will be served — champagne and ice-cold beer — and wine.

The Gala is to raise awareness and funds for rehabilitating the Magnolia and Walter Parker Memorial (aka Dumaine) Bridges that cross Bayou St. John, a community effort led by the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association in collaboration with the Re‐Bridge organization. The Magnolia Bridge is considered the oldest in New Orleans and was recently named one of Louisiana Landmarks Society’s “New Orleans Nine.” The Sanctuary is a private residence, once Walter Parker’s home, who helped transform the squalid bayou and surrounds into the wonderful neighborhood it is today. Re-Bridge is continuing the vision that Mr. Parker initiated 80 years ago.

The Gala is open to the public (cocktail attire) and tickets are available now at www.rebridge.org. The tickets are $75 each with all proceeds going to Re-Bridge to raise matching funds for city and state funding. Commander’s Palace graciously donated the cuisine and Tommy Lewis has generously sponsored the Creole String Beans. The Gala will also include an incredibly eclectic silent auction featuring getaway trips, fine art, spa, world-class musical talent for private entertainment, spiritual/garden/foreign language master services, dining packages and more!

For more information call Re-Bridge’s chair, Rachel Dangermond, 504.309.2116 within normal business hours.

Don’t Trash DAT

“Don’t Trash DAT” is the City of New Orleans new slogan to remind folks to keep litter off of city streets.

Look for the bumper sticker above to start showing up on vehicles around the city. If this new anti-litter campaign doesn’t make you feel like dancing then click on the bumper sticker for some inspiration!

French Quarter Graffiti Eradication Campaign

French Quarter Graffiti Eradication Campaign
WHEN: Nov 15th – 19th
WHERE: Jackson Square and the French Quarter

“With recent legislation it is now a FELONY to deface historic buildings in the French Quarter! A press event in Jackson Square at 10 AM on Tuesday, November 15th kicks off Graffiti Awareness Week. Volunteers are asked to join the effort at a French Quarter Graffiti Cleanup Day on Saturday, November 19th at 10 AM in Jackson Square. For more information visit FQBA.org

New Orleans, LA- As many are aware, the French Quarter Business Association (FQBA), along with other prominent French Quarter groups, implemented an effort in 2010 dubbed Vieux Carre Graffiti Abatement Program or VC-GAP . Our effort is solely a community action plan to eradicate graffiti from the Vieux Carre. This is a multifaceted program hoping to help property owners that have been wrongfully “tagged” as well as punish those defacing the property.

Tuesday, November 15th VC-GAP will host a press event in Jackson Square at 10:00 AM. We are asking the city administration, the police department, and the district attorney to “crack down” on the crime of graffiti in the French Quarter with the aid of the recent state law authored by Juan LaFonta which makes defacing a historic district building a felony offense punishable by up to 2 years at hard labor and up to $1,000.00 fine. (La. R.S. 14.56.5)

Among those expected to speak are State Representative Juan LaFonta, Superintendent Ronal Serpas, and Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer. Each will speak to how their office is playing an active role in this community movement to rid the Quarter of illegal graffiti.

Following the press conference, the group plans to spend the week spreading the word about the campaign and signing up volunteers for a Saturday, November 19th community-wide graffiti cleanup.

Volunteers are being called to action. All those passionate about making the French Quarter graffiti-free should sign up and be a part of a fun and worthwhile event. This neighborhood beautification effort is just one of the commitments VC-GAP is making the community. There are opportunities as group leaders as well as hands-on workers to participate. Volunteers receive a work t-shirt (while supplies last) and all cleaning products and tools for the cleanup. With the tools and instructions in hand, volunteers spread out through the quarter and remove as many marks as possible.

With this campaign, VC-GAP hopes to eradicate the structures in the French Quarter of the illegal graffiti. The graffiti problem is not as insurmountable as once presumed and VC-GAP is working to help those victimized by offering information and solutions. The group is also working to with law enforcement agencies to prosecute those defacing our historic landmark buildings with the full penalties of the law, which is punishable as a felony.

It is a real community issue that businesses, activists, residents, and volunteers are willing to face head on. Please join VC-GAP the week of November 15th – 19th in the fight against illegal graffiti and the eradication campaign!

To volunteer or donate contact the FQBA office at 504.309.1423 or email graffiti@fqba.org

For more information, please visit our website www.fqba.org . Donations to the
effort are also graciously appreciated. Everyone can help!

The French Quarter Business Association is an organization of business owners and associates located in and around the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our purpose is to assist in the development and success of business in the Vieux Carre while protecting the integrity of this historic and cultural district.

Property Auctions | Nov 8 | Nov 15

OVER 50 BLIGHTED PROPERTIES
TO BE AUCTIONED IN NOVEMBER


Part of Strategy to Eliminate
10,000 Blighted Properties in 3 Years

NEW ORLEANS, LA—In keeping with Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s commitment to eradicate 10,000 blighted or vacant properties by 2014, over 50 blighted properties will be sold at sheriff’s sale auctions this month on two dates—Tuesday, November 8, 2011, and Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Both auctions will take place at 12 noon in the first floor lobby of CivilDistrict Court.

The Landrieu administration has prioritized code lien foreclosure sheriff’s sale auctions in its blight eradication strategy as it is the most cost-effective way to seize and then return blighted properties back into commerce. Unlike tax sales, sheriff’s sales have no redemptive period. The Administration has filed over 1000 code lien foreclosures since October 2010.

The starting bid for each property is generally two-thirds of its appraised value. Upon successfully bidding on the property, the successful bidder must immediately provide the sheriff’s office ten percent (10%) of the purchase price paid in cash, money order, official, cashiers or certified check (no personal checks are accepted), plus their name, address, phone number, marital status and social security number.

“We are making great progress in our fight against blight,” said Mayor Landrieu. “Sheriff’s sales are really important tool for us in both bringing properties back into commerce and for collecting blight liens.”

It has been one year since Mayor Landrieu announced a new, aggressive blight strategy aimed at reducing blighted properties by 10,000 by 2014. Since then, the City has conducted 25,662 inspections, demolished 1,997 blighted units, moved over 1000 properties to code lien foreclosure, and collected over $1.4 million in blight liens and fines. As of last Thursday, the City has also held 25 BlightStat performance management meetings.

For more questions about the sheriff’s sale process and photos of the properties (when available), please visit www.civilsheriff.com or call 504-679-6390.

The list of available properties at each auction is below.

November 8, 2011:

Click here to view a PDF of the auction properties
by neighborhood and council district


2724 EDNA STREET | 923 FORSTALL STREET | 839-41 SIXTH STREET | 2846 LAUREL STREET | 325 MOUTON STREET | 3721 S. ROMAN STREET | 4122 FRERET STREET | 1417 MANDEVILLE STREET | 717 TECHE STREET | 3503 DANNEEL STREET | 1601-03 ST. ANN STREET | 5501 WOODLAWN PLACE | 5449 WEST END BOULEVARD | 3025-27 AUDUBON STREET | 4972 MILES DRIVE | 5139-39 1/2 BURGUNDY STREET | 1729 BIENVILLE STREET | 8333-8335 JEANNETTE STREET | 5661 NORGATE DRIVE | 5541 PAULINE DRIVE | 4317 PERLITA STREET | 14729 BEEKMAN ROAD | 3727-29 CONSTANCE STREET | 1532 S. JEFFERSON DAVIS PARKWAY | 405-07 SLIDELL STREET

Click on the map for a better view of the location of the properties available in the Nov 8th auction.

November 15, 2011:

Click here to view a PDF of the auction properties
by neighborhood and council district


4236 S. MIRO STREET | 1515 ORETHA CASTLE HALEY BLVD | 1267 MILTON STREET | 5236-38 BURGUNDY STREET | 2828-30 UPPERLINE STREET | 8730 STROELITZ STREET | 3419 LANCASTER STREET | 2337 JOSEPHINE STREET | 6024-26 MARIGNY STREET | 2813 ORLEANS AVENUE | 4522 CITRUS DRIVE | 1874 DUELS STREET | 3614 GENERAL OGDEN STREET | 4534 CAMELOT DRIVE |
4715 PECAN STREET | 4534 DODT AVENUE | 4720-22 LYNHUBER DRIVE | 723 ALINE STREET | 4718 LONGFELLOW DRIVE | 7813 OLIVE STREET | 2327 GOVERNOR NICHOLLS STREET | 9020 OLEANDER STREET | 4766 CAMELOT DRIVE | 2130-32 LAUREL STREET | 4701 GOOD DRIVE | 2120TUPELO STREET | 4214 RAYNE DRIVE | 1009-11 N. CLAIBORNE AVENUE | 3227 EAGLE STREET | 5343 ST. ANTHONY STREET | 6660 MILNE BOULEVARD | 1537-39 LESSEPS STREET |
7527 DOMINIQUE PLACE

Click on the map for a better view of the location of the properties available in the Nov 15th auction.

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