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Blue and Gray Together

Gathered in Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood at the MG James B. McPherson monument, 1400 McPherson Avenue are, from left, John McGilvray, of River Overlook in Lawrenceville, David L. Floyd, of Kellogg Dr. in Lilburn, Samuel R. Alston of Valley Green Dr. in north Atlanta, , and Allan Bright, of Russell Avenue in Decatur. The Battle of Atlanta Commemorative Organization conducted tours of the McPherson monument and one honoring MG William H.T. Walker at the intersection of Wilkinson Dr. and Glenwood Avenue on July 23. His was 152 years and a day since McPherson, commanding the Union Army of Tennessee, and Walker, [read more...]

The East Atlanta Strut: Best Street Festival Around!

By Carlen Hultgren It’s that time again, time to get out your costumes and makeup and show your quirky side, time to march and dance and enjoy your neighborhood with wild abandon. It’s STRUT time again and this year’s festival promises to be full of all the things everyone loves about this annual, FREE one-day extravaganza that showcases the hottest in-town neighborhood in Atlanta. On Saturday, September 24, from 11:00am to 9:00pm, the 19th annual East Atlanta Strut comes to the village with all the fun and comradery it is known for. The footprint, as usual, is in the heart of East [read more...]

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...]

Front Page News
  • Blue and Gray Together Gathered in Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood at the MG James B. McPherson monument, 1400 McPherson Avenue are, from left, John McGilvray, of River Overlook in Lawrenceville, David L. Floyd, of Kellogg Dr. in Lilburn, Samuel R. Alston of Valley Green Dr. in north Atlanta, , and Allan Bright, of Russell Avenue ...
  • The East Atlanta Strut: Best Street Festival Around! By Carlen Hultgren It’s that time again, time to get out your costumes and makeup and show your quirky side, time to march and dance and enjoy your neighborhood with wild abandon. It’s STRUT time again and this year’s festival promises to be full of all the things everyone loves about ...
  • 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 ...
People and Places
  • Friends of East Atlanta Library’s Annual Strut Book Sale Slated By Carlen Hultgren Friends of East Atlanta Library (FEAL) will once again participate in the East Atlanta Strut, with their fabulous fall book sale on the day of the festival, Saturday, September 24, outside the library at 400 Flat Shoals Avenue. The hours will be in the middle of the festivities ...
  • Third Annual EAV RunFest Returns on Labor Day Weekend By Carlen Hultgren After an incredible second year with over 500 participants, huge cash prizes and over $6,000 raised for Burgess-Peterson Academy, the EAV RunFest returns with all of your favorite features and this year adding so much more. Get ready for a full evening of racing and active fun. With a ...
  • Local Film Group Celebrating Eleven Years Recruiting New Members By Carlen Hultgren For those who enjoy exceptional films, genial company and of course good food, there is place for you in the Southeast side of Atlanta, one Saturday a month. It is the delightful film group Life is Too Short to Watch Lousy Movies, which is now looking for some ...
  • 2016 East Atlanta Twilight Criterium Returns for Fifth Year Wes Parrish The Litespeed-BMW Cycling Team is pleased to announce the return to East Atlanta Village for the 5th annual East Atlanta Twilight Criterium. Open to all adult categories, the event will take place on August 20. Racing starts at 1:00pm with the lower categories and races continuing throughout the afternoon and ...
  • 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 ...
Schools and Children
  • Even a Couch Potato Can Dance By Jean Hallman If you have a dancer in your house, a couch potato, or any child age three to seventeen, Kids Dance 411 has a fantastic after school opportunity for your family. Dance can provide the opportunity for your child, or grandchild, to learn life skills including discipline, self-respect, self-confidence, and ...
  • Jewish Kids Groups Provides Experiential Education to Atlanta Students By Karen Isenberg Jones The exponential growth of metro Atlanta’s population has brought waves of new families planting roots in Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods. This has made Atlanta one of the most wonderfully diverse cities of America, not just ethnically, but religiously as well. Jewish Kids Groups (JKG), Atlanta’s only private Jewish Hebrew ...
  • East Atlanta Library Holds Summer Reading Finale Party The East Atlanta Library had a party on Saturday, July 30 to celebrate the end of their summer reading program. Kids age 3 and up blew all previous summer reading records out of the water! Over 200 kids turned in a completed reading log! Because the kids reached their goal, ...
  • Martin Luther King Middle School Reopens By Nancy Leighton At the June 22 Neighborhood Planning Unit W (NPU-W) meeting District I school board representative Leslie Grant announced that the Martin Luther King Middle School will reopen this fall. The newly updated school building is covered with nearly white coating. Bigger vertical openings have been cut into the exterior ...
  • 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 ...
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 ...