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Marigny Fetes for a Cause

The Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association will let them eat cake, and storm the Bastille this weekend. Fete Marigny is returning to Washington Square Park on Sunday, October 26, for a day of Revolution-era festivities. Along with your own enjoyment, the daylong celebration will also contribute to some needed maintenance at the park on Frenchmen and Royal.

Parking Parade Remade

Behind the City's New Meters

Lovely Rita’s business is getting a makeover for modern times. Last month installation began on 1,361 new parking meters around the city. The city will be replacing 950 single-post meters, and 311 multi-box meters with a modern box. The new-fangled machines will be solar powered and touch screen enabled and will have replaced the old ones by the end of the year. 

Two More NOLA Area Persons Monitored for Ebola

On Thursday (10.23), a New Orleans area man became the second person in Louisiana placed under Ebola monitoring. Today, the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) announced that a third and fourth NOLA area individuals are also under Ebola monitoring due to an “abundance of caution.”

New Orleans Area Man Under Ebola Quarantine

State health officials confirmed that an individual in the GNO area is now under observation for signs of Ebola. The move to monitor was also implemented with a Baton Rouge man last week. Neither individual is considered a likely victim.

Casting their Lot: Finalists Announced in Vacant Land Contest

New Orleans is nine years removed from the Federal Flood, but there are still questions of vacant lots and land use that remain. The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) and the Van Alen Institute teamed up to tackle a small part of the problem with their Future Grounds Project. On Wednesday (10.23), 3 multi-disciplinary teams were awarded 15,000 dollars each to develop unique strategies for using vacant lands. 

That Voodoo that You Do: FSJ Fests on the Bayou

By Ashley Larsen

Before Halloween hits, there will some magic in Mid City. This Saturday (10.25), New Orleanians will dance the night away at Voodoo on the Bayou. The costume gala, will start swinging at 8:30p.m. and will have food, entertainment, and a silent auction.  

Gleason Gras Trades Melts the Ice this Friday

By Ashley Larsen

Put down the ice bucket and grab your Saints’ gear, the 4th annual Gleason Gras is coming on Friday (10.24). Gleason Gras is a musical festival held yearly at Champion Square, in support of Steve Gleason’s foundation. Gleason, a former Saints’ safety beloved for his block of Atlanta punt in the Dome re-opening, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2011 and has raised awareness of the disease ever since. 

Today in NOLA: 10.23.14

With Prospect.3 about to descend upon New Orleans, Thursday is the perfect night to go visit some of the local museums in the area. Tulane University will host a gallery reception at the Newcomb Art Gallery this evening, and Ogden After Hours features a fais do-do with Ike Marr and Martin Shears. The Delta Saints will bring their “Bourbon-fueld bayou rock” to Publiq House, and Julian Benasis will bring electro- house grooves to Republic. On this day in Louisiana history, Wilson “Boozoo” Chavis was born in Lake Charles (1930). 

Cover-Up: Clothes No Longer Optional at The Country Club

By Ashley Rouen

NOLA’s favorite (and only) clothing optional pool will require its patrons to wear proper swim attire. Carefree, nudie days and nights swimming at the Bywater’s Country Club are over after complaints from neighbors and a rape allegation. Though local customers have expressed their continued support of the venue via Facebook the new rules were effective Tuesday (10.21). 

Royal Crush

French Quarter Building Collapse in Photos

A three story building partially collapsed at 808 Royal Street near the corner of St. Ann Street on the afternoon of Oct. 21. Water spewed from broken pipes as onlookers stood aghast at the historic facade's demise. The Fire Department and NOPD blocked off the street to control the scene. Remarkably, no one was hurt.

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