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Parkside Makes Big Gains on State CCRPI Measure

By Rebecca Wallace The recently released results of the state’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) are outstanding for Parkside Elementary. A great indicator of a school’s annual performance, particularly its improvements, the Georgia Department of Education released the 2015 CCRPI results on May 3. Parkside earned a score of 69.3, which is the highest ever for the Title 1 school, and 9.4 points over the previous year’s score. But to better understand what the score means, Atlanta Public Schools published a report on its data blog, apsgraphs.blogspot.com, comparing APS schools with the rest of the state regarding the CCRPI. Parkside’s [read more...]

Late Reminder for Battle Tour and Ceremonies

By Henry Bryant There are several programs and activities planned for this year’s Commemoration of the Battle of Atlanta on July 23 a day after the anniversary of the historic battle. The BATL organization will be featuring wreath-laying ceremonies at 10:00am and 10:45am. The Old Guard of Atlanta will be on hand at the Walker Monument and the McPherson and Elias Moon Camps of the Sons of Union Veterans will be at General McPherson’s Monument. A new BATL tour, “Civil War to Civil Rights,” will premier in the afternoon. The tour includes several Civil Rights sites important to the history of Atlanta [read more...]

Upcoming BATL Tour and More

By Henry Bryant You probably just missed the Battle of Atlanta Tour on June 11, but there is another one coming up on July 23. The one in July will be a new tour that will be a Civil War to Civil Rights tour. The tour takes about an hour and a half in an easy walk along past several Civil Rights sites on our side of town and will also visit the place where the Union Army was encamped and where the Historic Battle of Atlanta started on July 22, 1864. Visitors will hear stories of the men who fought [read more...]

Kick Start Martial Arts to Hold Free Back To School Self Defense Clinic

In an effort to prepare the children who walk to and from school, bus stops or come home to a house without an adult after school, 4th degree Tang Soo Do black belt master instructor and owner of Kick Start Martial Arts (KSMA), Renard Beaty, is offering the community free introductory seminars to introduce children to self defense and awareness techniques. The skills shared are designed to help children defend themselves against acts of violence or abduction. “One of the greatest gifts parents can give their child is the ability to protect him/herself when they are not around,” said Beaty. “Although [read more...]

Glenwood Park Job Fair

By Nancy Leighton The new Kroger Market Place and other new businesses in the Glenwood Park area will have a Job Fair on May 21 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm for local residents seeking full-time or part-time employment, including high school students. The goal of the businesses is to have the employees trained and in place for their grand opening. The commercial area is located at 800 Glenwood Avenue with an entrance across the street from Maynard Jackson High [read more...]

Historic Oakland Foundation Tunes from the Tombs Lineup

By Pamela Henman Historic Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s most unique music venue, brings a day packed with music and family-friendly fun at the sixth annual Tunes from the Tombs music festival coming Saturday, June 18. Last year’s Tunes from the Tombs marked the first time in the festival’s history that all performers hailed from Georgia. The all-local lineup continues in 2016, with over a dozen bands accompanying two-time Grammy winning headliner Arrested Development for a day of music and spirits benefitting historic Oakland Cemetery. Leading up to the headlining performance, HeaveN Beatbox, James Hall, Adron, Rod Hamdallah, and Atlanta Funk Society take the MailChimp [read more...]

Front Page News
  • Parkside Makes Big Gains on State CCRPI Measure By Rebecca Wallace The recently released results of the state’s College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) are outstanding for Parkside Elementary. A great indicator of a school’s annual performance, particularly its improvements, the Georgia Department of Education released the 2015 CCRPI results on May 3. Parkside earned a score of ...
  • Late Reminder for Battle Tour and Ceremonies By Henry Bryant There are several programs and activities planned for this year’s Commemoration of the Battle of Atlanta on July 23 a day after the anniversary of the historic battle. The BATL organization will be featuring wreath-laying ceremonies at 10:00am and 10:45am. The Old Guard of Atlanta will be on ...
  • Upcoming BATL Tour and More By Henry Bryant You probably just missed the Battle of Atlanta Tour on June 11, but there is another one coming up on July 23. The one in July will be a new tour that will be a Civil War to Civil Rights tour. The tour takes about an hour and ...
  • Kick Start Martial Arts to Hold Free Back To School Self Defense Clinic In an effort to prepare the children who walk to and from school, bus stops or come home to a house without an adult after school, 4th degree Tang Soo Do black belt master instructor and owner of Kick Start Martial Arts (KSMA), Renard Beaty, is offering the community free ...
  • Glenwood Park Job Fair By Nancy Leighton The new Kroger Market Place and other new businesses in the Glenwood Park area will have a Job Fair on May 21 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm for local residents seeking full-time or part-time employment, including high school students. The goal of the businesses is to have the employees ...
  • Historic Oakland Foundation Tunes from the Tombs Lineup By Pamela Henman Historic Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s most unique music venue, brings a day packed with music and family-friendly fun at the sixth annual Tunes from the Tombs music festival coming Saturday, June 18. Last year’s Tunes from the Tombs marked the first time in the festival’s history that all performers hailed ...
  • East Atlanta Craft Beer Festival Returns to Brownwood Park By Carlen Hultgren The 13th Annual East Atlanta Craft Beer Festival (EACBF) returns to East Atlanta’s Brownwood Park, on May 21, and it looks to be better than ever. From a great beer selection to early access VIP entry to rocking music, this is an event not to be missed! Proceeds from ...
People and Places
  • New Ormond-Grant Park Looks Great and Getting Better By Annie Jackson The weekend of Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 was especially exciting for neighborhood residents and businesses in southwest Grant Park and Peoplestown as they celebrated the reopening of the playground at Ormond-Grant Park. The City of Atlanta’s official ribbon cutting on Friday was followed by a ...
  • BATL Gets Donation for Monument Restoration By John Ottley, Jr. John A. Dietrichs, Atlanta, (left), and David L. Floyd, Lilburn, (right) commandant and treasurer respectively of the Old Guard of the Gate City Guard, present a $5,000 Old Guard donation to Henry Bryant, Executive Director of the Battle of Atlanta Commemoration Organization (BATL). BATL is restoring monuments ...
  • Unmarked Burials in Oakland Cemetery’s African-American Grounds Identified By Pamela Henman Preparing for its next phase of restoration, Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) recently conducted a geophysical survey of the African-American section in Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s oldest municipal burial ground. “HOF is spending a large part of 2016 researching and preparing to work in the African-American section next year,” said Neale ...
  • Friends of East Atlanta Library Seeking New Leadership By Gina Root Over the past four years, the Friends of East Atlanta Library has been very successful raising funds and providing programming for our local library. Our yearly earnings from book sales, membership and business sponsorships totals near $10,000 or more. These earnings are the result of the hard work ...
  • Community Garden in North Grant Park By Jeanne Morrison Neighbors in the northeast section of Grant Park are banding together to create a new community garden in the cul de sac at Bryan Street and Park Avenue. The Round Place, a local name, was formerly an I-20 on-ramp, but was sidelined when the highway was expanded back ...
  • Rain Barrel and Composting Workshops By Carlen Hultgren Summer is upon us and while most of the planting is done (or should be), an important part of the long term gardening and yard maintenance process begins, the most basic part of this being watering. A great enhancement to your garden, with the added benefit of ‘recycling’ ...
  • Zoo Atlanta Quarters for Conservation By Rachel Davis Zoo Atlanta announces Quarters for Conservation, a new effort to #changetheworld by contributing 25 cents of every general admission ticket to field conservation programs for wildlife, empowering guests to make a direct impact on animal species and their habitats with each Zoo visit. The program will increase the ...
Schools and Children
  • Back to School Means More Dancing By Jean Hallman August is back to school month and along with school comes many after school opportunities. Dance 411 offers year round quality dance training for children ages 3 to 17 and their weekly progressive dance program starts back with the school year. This sought-after program will be holding an annual ...
  • Zoo Atlanta Offers First Safari Day Camp Scholarship Program By Rachel Davis In summer 2016, Zoo Atlanta will offer unprecedented access to one of its most popular seasonal opportunities with the launch of a new Safari Day Camp Scholarship Program for underprivileged children in the community. As part of the program – a first for Zoo Atlanta – 60 children ...
  • Grant Park Cooperative Preschool to Participate in USDA Sponsored Food By Gina Root The Grant Park Cooperative Preschool, located at 501 Grant Street in Grant Park and 177 Estoria Street in Cabbagetown, is proud to announce their application for sponsorship from the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. The Grant will allow the Preschool to deliver ...
  • New Drew Charter School Policy to Affect Porch Press Area Enrollment… Eventually By Valerie Molyneaux In June, Drew Charter School’s head of school, Mr. Don Doran, notified parents and other stakeholders of proposed changes to Drew’s educational charter, due for renewal this year. He scheduled a series of community meetings in East Lake, Kirkwood, and at the school itself. Among other less sweeping ...
  • Maynard Jackson Hangs Tough Defending Class 3A State Title By Russell Thomas The Jaguars repeated as State Champs, but it wasn’t without a challenge, as they only had a 5 point lead going into the 4×400 relay. Maynard Jackson had alot of work to do on Saturday, as they were not on the old scoreboard yet, with only 14.2 points. ...
  • Coding from Kindergarten: Why Programming Is Important for Our Children By 21st Century STEM Academy “We all depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It’s important for kids, right now… to read and write code. – will.i.am Without a doubt, programming dictates the world we live in today. Almost everything ...
  • Maynard Jackson High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian By Melanie Regnier Class of 2016’s Taylor Dalton and Delfina Booth have been awarded valedictorian and salutatorian at Maynard Jackson High School (MJHS). Both students have excelled at MJHS and are looking forward to starting college in the fall. Taylor Dalton dreamed of going to college like her parents, who met while students ...
Rocking Chair Reflections
  • Why Don’t They Speak? By Riki and Paul Bolster Each day they go by my house. Some jog, others walk with intent, often led by their dogs; or their attention is on their phone, conversation or music. Babies gurgle by in their carriages, toddlers ride on their parents’ bikes; older children get their first biking instructions on my street. But they don’t speak ...
  • Let’s Fix Our Sidewalks By Paul Bolster I went to a recent SAND meeting and commented on the condition of our sidewalks. I had noticed on my walks around the neighborhood that in some places our trees and shrubs are obstructing the sidewalk path. My comment drew an informal suggestion that I could be the ...
  • Progress or Fallacy? By Glenn S. Wrightson Wow – have we progressed – or have we? Joni Mitchell reveals, “They paved paradise to put up a parking lot.” I remember when the Hyatt Regency’s opaque dome (we called it the Blue Hamburger) was the tallest building in town – and now it is overgrown. We ...
  • New Neighbors Will Move in Soon By Nancy Leighton The new Alexan EAV apartment building on Metropolitan Avenue is now complete and read for leasing. Other new buildings in the Glenwood/I-20/Memorial Drive corridor will soon be finished and ready for occupancy. These new buildings will provide hundreds of new housing units to our community. We all will ...
  • Discovering Carver Market By Bob Titus There is some nice stuff happening in south Atlanta, specifically at 1297 Jonesboro Road where it intersects with McDonough Boulevard. There is a nice coffee shop called Middle Ground along with a community bicycle shop, and a multi-use space that serves as a community focal point which has ...
  • Smooth Driving By Nancy Leighton What a pleasure it is to drive on newly laid asphalt on our neighborhood streets. Recently Robinson Street and Mead Street were repaved on both the east side and west side of Boulevard in Grant Park. Flat Shoals Avenue south of Glenwood Avenue in the East Atlanta Village ...
  • Ruminations About Teacher Pay Duke Bradley, III, Ph.D. As Executive Director of Atlanta’s Wesley International Academy, I am often asked about our school’s approach to teacher pay. Although a casual redirection to our salary scale would probably answer the question that most people want to know, “How much will I make?,” spreadsheets full of numbers ...