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Local Prizes Up for Grabs in Final Weeks of BeltLine Membership Drive

By John Becker The 2016 Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP) Membership Drive is in its final weeks and will culminate with three lucky individuals receiving three unique prizes that BeltLine lovers will appreciate. The drive’s purpose is to encourage new ABP memberships, with funds going toward enabling construction of new trails, engaging the community, and empowering residents. If you’ve noticed the whimsical, six-inch-tall doors that dot the city, you’re familiar with the first reward: a custom-commissioned Tiny Door from local artist Karen Anderson of Tiny Doors ATL. The first installation was in the Krog Street tunnel and there are several others scattered on [read more...]

Battle Tours Ring in the New Year in East Atlanta Village

By Henry Bryant On December 31, take a break from the holiday hubbub and go on a walking tour through an important piece of American history in East Atlanta. It’s an easy walk along the Union Army’s front lines and in the surrounding area where the Confederates tried for a surprise attack. You may know the outcome but find out how it happened and learn about the men who fought and died here on a very hot day in July 1864. Hear about the interesting history of this unique part of Atlanta from before and after the Civil War. You’ll have [read more...]

Suspect in Alexan Murder Arrested

By Carlen Hultgren Police have arrested a man allegedly behind an East Atlanta Village burglary turned killing, which has rocked the community. The Atlanta Police Fugitive Unit arrested Jeffries Anderson, 36, on a murder charge in the death of Alex Newton, 30, on November 23. He was connected to the crime by DNA and through Crime Stoppers tips, police said. Police said he may be responsible for other burglaries in the area and that he had served 12 years in prison for manslaughter. Investigators don't believe Anderson was after anything in particular at Newton's apartment. On Monday, October 31, Alex Newton, returned [read more...]

Bring In New Year’s Eve with a Boom in EAV

From the people that give us the Beerfest every spring, the East Atlanta Foundation (EAF) is now hosting the first annual New Year's Eve Public Fireworks Display and Fundraiser. Join your neighbors and friends on the last day of the year, from 9:00pm to 1:00am for yet another fun neighborhood event. The pyromusical fireworks will be held at midnight in the parking lot at 1321 Glenwood Avenue. There will be a partial street closure on Glenwood Avenue to Patterson Avenue for approximately three hours during the event. The fireworks will last 10 to 12 minutes. More details and associated events in [read more...]

A Huge Community Thanks for a Successful Gala

" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]By Andy Cleary, Nancy Carpenter, and Betsy Frasier Neighbor in Need (NIN) and EACA would like to extend a HUGE “Thank You”, to all sponsors, both financial and in-kind, for the generous donations to the October fundraiser, Under the Harvest Moon Gala, which was a magical evening. It included a cooperative sky with a full moon, delicious Mediterranean cuisine, themed beverages, lively music, a range of silent auction items, and tours of the beautiful Zuber-Jarrell House, made possible by generous hosts, Mark Dobiecki and Jenny Murray, current owners of the home. The East Atlanta community came out [read more...]

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  • Local Prizes Up for Grabs in Final Weeks of BeltLine Membership Drive By John Becker The 2016 Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP) Membership Drive is in its final weeks and will culminate with three lucky individuals receiving three unique prizes that BeltLine lovers will appreciate. The drive’s purpose is to encourage new ABP memberships, with funds going toward enabling construction of new trails, engaging ...
  • Battle Tours Ring in the New Year in East Atlanta Village By Henry Bryant On December 31, take a break from the holiday hubbub and go on a walking tour through an important piece of American history in East Atlanta. It’s an easy walk along the Union Army’s front lines and in the surrounding area where the Confederates tried for a surprise ...
  • Suspect in Alexan Murder Arrested By Carlen Hultgren Police have arrested a man allegedly behind an East Atlanta Village burglary turned killing, which has rocked the community. The Atlanta Police Fugitive Unit arrested Jeffries Anderson, 36, on a murder charge in the death of Alex Newton, 30, on November 23. He was connected to the crime ...
  • Bring In New Year’s Eve with a Boom in EAV From the people that give us the Beerfest every spring, the East Atlanta Foundation (EAF) is now hosting the first annual New Year’s Eve Public Fireworks Display and Fundraiser. Join your neighbors and friends on the last day of the year, from 9:00pm to 1:00am for yet another fun neighborhood ...
  • A Huge Community Thanks for a Successful Gala ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]By Andy Cleary, Nancy Carpenter, and Betsy Frasier Neighbor in Need (NIN) and EACA would like to extend a HUGE “Thank You”, to all sponsors, both financial and in-kind, for the generous donations to the October fundraiser, Under the Harvest Moon Gala, which was a magical evening. ...
  • 6th Annual Giving Thanks Potluck Dinner at EAV Farmers Market ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]By Carlen Hultgren For the last five years, the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market (EAVFM) has celebrated the winter market season and farmers market community with a potluck dinner before Thanksgiving. The event features meals from local chefs, farmers, and community members. This year, the 6th annual ...
People and Places
  • Carl Hall, 1951-2016 By Henry Bryant For years and many Porch Press deadlines, I had thought that I should  walk two doors down to interview my friend and neighbor Carl Hall. His “job” was an interesting and important one and would have made a good story. Now almost a year after his unexpected death ...
  • Historic Oakland Foundation Halloween Tours Win Georgia Historical Society Award   By Pam Henman On November 9, the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) recognized Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) with an award honoring the organization’s historic programming event, Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours. During a private ceremony at historic Oakland Cemetery, GHS presented HOF with the Roger K. Warlick Local History Achievement Award. ...
  • East Atlanta Security Patrol Is Here to Help By Myron Polster For those not familiar with the service, the East Atlanta Security Patrol (EASP) is available to all East Atlanta neighbors. The EASP is an effort to enhance public safety in East Atlanta. Off-duty, Zone Six police officers are hired to perform ...
  • EAV Farmers Market Coming to a Close for the Season By Carlen Hultgren The last day of the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market (EAVFM) for this season is Thursday, December 22. And while the market will close for a few months, the farmers are still producing local and fresh food throughout the winter. You will be able to find sustainably grown ...
  • Grant Park Farmers Market Last Day of Season By Bang Tran The Grant Park Farmers Market is open throughout December, and our farmers are still producing local and fresh food through the winter. Join us in Grant Park for the South’s fall abundance: winter greens, turnips, carrots, radishes, beets, lettuces, meats, eggs, bread, and dairy, all locally and sustainably ...
  • Historic Oakland Foundation Announces Official Mobile App for Oakland Cemetery By Pamela Henman It’s now easier than ever to connect with Atlanta’s history, as Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) debuts its official mobile app for Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s oldest public burial ground. Available now in the App Store and Google Play Store, the Historic Oakland Cemetery app features 65 points of interest throughout ...
  • East Atlanta Gets First Taste ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]By Carlen Hultgren Sushi Burritos and Poke Bowls hit East Atlanta Village, in a big way at Sushi Burri in the We Suki Suki food court and collective. All the big cities have them, and, now, so does Atlanta, right here in EAV. Manned by Seven Chan ...
Schools and Children
  • Community Events Boast Success for Kids By Jean Hallman Dance 411 thanks the community for the tremendous support of Behind The Movement (BTM) in October. The showcase was a night of dance and art designed by creative director Jeremy Green to encourage community involvement and support of the Dance 411 Performance Company. The event was a huge ...
  • Parkside Welcomes New Interim Principal Rebecca Pruitt ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  By Holly Wilhelm Parkside Elementary has undergone a transition in leadership this fall. Our beloved former principal, Caitlin Sims, was given the opportunity to influence education across the state in a new position with the Georgia Department of Education. “Principal Sims will be forever credited for righting our ...
  • The Children’s Garden Holiday Faire ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]By Amanda White The sixth annual Holiday Faire at the Children’s Garden Preschool will be held on Saturday, December 10 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at 486 Park Avenue in Grant Park. The Holiday Faire is a community event focusing on sharing the magic and wonder of the ...
  • Newly Constructed Playground Vision of Local Teacher By Carlen Hultgren Emily Max, teacher at Fred Armon Toomer Elementary School, was awarded one of six $100,000 grants from Farmers Insurance Dream Big Teacher Challenge. With the funds, Max envisioned the creation of an all-inclusive playground accessible for the school’s special needs students. Last month, the school hosted the ribbon-cutting ...
  • Update on Burgess-Peterson Academy By Henry Bryant Burgess-Peterson Academy (BPA), located at Clifton Avenue and Glenwood Avenue recently began another school year serving East Atlanta families. It is an Atlanta public school and part of the Maynard Jackson High School cluster. Currently, it serves 380 students and can hold around 170 more. It offers instruction ...
  • Maynard Jackson High School Zombie Apocalypse 5K Fall Fundraiser By Sara Blake Smith Maynard Jackson High School’s (MJHS) inaugural Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse 5K: Run for Your Life! will be held on Saturday, October 29, at 8:00am. You will run, walk or scream your way to the finish line for a good cause. All along the course through Historic Grant Park ...
  • It’s Fall Festival Time at Parkside Elementary By Rebecca Wallace With fall weather finally upon us, folks in the Porch Press neighborhoods can’t wait to get outside. Everyone is invited to the 12th Annual Parkside PTA Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29, from 10:00am to 2:00pm on the grounds of Parkside Elementary. All students from Parkside, which serves ...
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 ...