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Northshore Focus
6:33 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Mandeville Night Air Filled With Music From Historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall

The Dew Drop Jazz Hall is located in a residential area in Mandeville just three blocks from Lake Pontchartrain.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Preservationists and music lovers in Mandeville are working to create a new seasonal tradition — enjoying jazz music in an open-air, historic jazz hall. Cars lined a back street in a Mandeville neighborhood on a recent Friday, as soft Christmas lights and the sound of jazz lit up the warm autumn air.

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Latest News
5:15 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Tammany Trace Celebrates 20 Years With A Two-Day Festival

Twentieth anniversary celebrations for the Tammany Trace recreation path begin Saturday morning in Covington.
David Schexnaydre Flickr

The Tammany Trace — the popular paved cycling and hiking path that follows a narrow, asphalt ribbon through St. Tammany Parish — will celebrate its 20th anniversary this weekend with a two-day festival.

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Community Impact
3:25 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

New Orleans Women's Shelter Gives Families A Home

Ciara models her princess dress and her new tiara.
Eve Abrams WWNO

The New Orleans Women’s Shelter doesn’t just provide a roof, a warm bed and a meal. They work with clients and residents to address their individual and family needs, equipping them with the tools they need to move into independent living in their own homes.

The New Orleans Women’s Shelter doesn’t just provide a roof, a warm bed and a meal. They work with clients and residents to address their individual and family needs, equipping them with the tools they need to move into independent living in their own homes.

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Education
4:17 am
Sun October 26, 2014

A New Orleans Family's Lives Changed In An Instant

Five-year-old Kyle Romain sits on the lap of his grandmother, Barbara Romain, at a football game. Kyle lost his sight when he was hit by a stray bullet two months ago.
Eric Westervelt/NPR

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 3:38 pm

NPR Ed is reporting this year on the extraordinary changes in the New Orleans schools.

I was in New Orleans to report on how the city's nearly all-charter school system is handling children with disabilities and special needs.

An old friend, a veteran New Orleans reporter, told me about a family — a mother and her two youngest sons — who'd been badly wounded in a drive-by shooting just days into the new school year.

I met up with Alanna Romain at a recreation league football game at City Park. She has five children. Her oldest boy plays football.

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Technology
2:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Innovator Profile: Community Plates of New Orleans

Community Plates of New Orleans uses technology and local volunteers to deliver food to the hungry.
Billy Brown Flickr

As New Orleans continues to build its reputation as a hub for innovation and new technologies, WWNO’s Technology Desk seeks to highlight innovators who are finding novel solutions to some of the city’s most important issues.

Innovations Reporter Janaya Williams recently spoke with Lauren Rudzis of Community Plates, a nonprofit that is tapping into the resources of the food and restaurant community in New Orleans to find a new system to deliver food to the hungry.

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Community
7:17 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Playworks Keeps Play In School

Kids from Edgar P. Harney Academy ride in a tricycle relay race at recess.
Eve Abrams

Playworks helps create playgrounds where everyone plays, belongs, and contributes to the game. Coaches encourage kids to bring out the best in themselves and each other, and kids learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They also learn to become leaders.

Recess has been disappearing in schools. 

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Community
10:25 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Water Symposium Offers Free Public Forum For Coastal Issues

The Water Symposium, October 18 at New Orleans Healing Center, explores future river navigation, among other water management topics for New Orleans and the region.
USDA

Saturday, October 18, the New Orleans Healing Center hosts its third annual Water Symposium, a daytime addition to the evening's Anba Dlo Halloween music, costume and arts festival.

The Water Symposium includes three panel discussions, from 12-4 p.m. at Café Istanbul. Topics include the future of Louisiana's coast, a look at the state's Master Plan and other large coastal engineering proposals, and a discussion of how to fund large coastal initiatives of any kind. The event is free and open to the public.

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Coastal Desk
9:29 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Tale Of Two Coastal Towns Part 2: Plaquemines Parish

Braithwaite, Louisiana, a town on the East Bank of Plaquemines Parish
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

For the first 50 years of his life Donald Stokes lived happily in Braithwaite, a town of a few hundred residents in Plaquemines Parish. In 2006 he and his wife decided to leave.

Stokes says it was such a painful departure that it took him two years to actually complete the move. “Slowly but surely I put stuff on a trailer, came back, put stuff on a trailer, came back. It wasn't easy. It felt like I was uprooting my life.”

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Community Impact
7:16 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Harmony Neighborhood Development Revitalizes The La Salle Corridor

The Dew Drop is the heartbeat of La Salle
Eve Abrams

Harmony Neighborhood Development focuses on the revitalization of Central City New Orleans. By eliminating blight, constructing high-quality homes, providing homeownership services, and developing small-scale commercial areas, Harmony partners with residents in the development of a vibrant Central City.  The La Salle Corridor is a key site of community empowerment, economic inclusion, and collaboration.

Edward Woods has had a barbershop on La Salle Street since 1971.

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Arts & Culture
7:34 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Exhibit Opening Features Guns As Art

"Mourn" by Paul Villinski
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

An exhibit opening Saturday features the repurposing of guns into art. It’s also a fundraiser for police to buy back guns and get them off the streets.

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