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Historic Oakland Foundation Marks 40th Anniversary with New Tour Offerings

By Pamela Henman Kicking off its 40th anniversary celebration, Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) opened its 2016 tour season with an updated version of its popular “Sights, Symbols, and Stories of Oakland” guided overview tour, as well as new additions to its tour program. Historic Oakland Cemetery’s full tour season opened on March 19, with “Sights, Symbols, and Stories” offered at 10:00am, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays, followed by a rotating lineup of over 15 special topic tours offered at 6:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The 90-minute “Sights, Symbols, and Stories” tour covers Oakland’s Victorian-era gardens, remarkable architecture, and some of [read more...]

First Parkside Stride a Success

By Rebecca Wallace Five thousand dollars in sponsorships; $550 in individual donations; 350 bottles of water; 400 bananas and granola bars; 300 registered runners; hundreds of families warming up together; $100 worth of coupons in the goodie bags; 13 moms in Principal Sims’ walking “Mom Squad;” 12 balloons; $5 discounted fee for Parkside students; at least three tough hills and one FALSE START! These are some of the numbers that added up to a fantastic and fun first Parkside Stride on March 19. With Mother Nature cooperating, the school’s first 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run were a huge success. The [read more...]

Run With the Wolves 5K and 1 Mile around the Corner

By Michelle Bowers Saturday, April 30, is approaching fast, but runners and walkers can still join the wolf pack for the 5th annual Run with the Wolves 5K and 1 Mile. Participants can sign up for the race at www.atlncs.org/5k/registration. Pre-registration is open until April 27. Register by April 22 and receive a specially designed short-sleeve shirt. The 5K entry fee is $25, and the 1 Mile fee is $20. On race day, the 5K entry fee is $30, and the 1 Mile is $25. Race day registration is open 7:15 to 8:05am. Anyone can also support a student runner by [read more...]

FEAL Hosts Reception for Award-Winning Author Ravi Howard

By Gina Root The Friends of East Atlanta Library (FEAL) will be hosting a book signing and reception for award-winning author Ravi Howard on Saturday, April 30, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the East Atlanta Branch Library. Howard is a local author of two nationally acclaimed fiction books that explore race and class in America. Like Trees, Walking is a fictionalized account based on true events, the 1981 lynching of a black teenager in Mobile, Alabama.  Driving the King is a novel told through the fictionalized experiences of the great Nat King Cole and his driver, Nat Weary, exploring race and [read more...]

Friends of East Atlanta Library Hosts Artist Exhibit

By Gina Root An award-winning photo documentary show about a tragic event and its healing aftermath is now on display in the East Atlanta Branch Library meeting room. The collective of photographs, sponsored by the Friends of East Atlanta Library (FEAL), is entitled “For the Love of Romeo: Urban Peace.” It documents one family’s experience in the aftermath of urban gun violence. FEAL will host a reception for the collection and the exhibitors on Saturday, April 2, from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. During the reception the show’s curator, Sandra Alexander, along [read more...]

Voter Registration Deadline

By Carol Seeger April 26 is the deadline to register to vote before the General Primary/Non-Partisan/Special Election and Runoff Election to be held on May 24. Online registration is quick and easy with a valid Georgia Driver's License at https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov. If you prefer to register in person, Dekalb residents may do so at the Dekalb County Government Office at 4380 Memorial Drive. Fulton County residents may register at the Fulton County Government Center at 141 Pryor Street #4075, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Check with Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office for acceptable forms of identification. Absentee ballot information and sample ballots for [read more...]

Front Page News
  • Historic Oakland Foundation Marks 40th Anniversary with New Tour Offerings By Pamela Henman Kicking off its 40th anniversary celebration, Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) opened its 2016 tour season with an updated version of its popular “Sights, Symbols, and Stories of Oakland” guided overview tour, as well as new additions to its tour program. Historic Oakland Cemetery’s full tour season opened on March ...
  • First Parkside Stride a Success By Rebecca Wallace Five thousand dollars in sponsorships; $550 in individual donations; 350 bottles of water; 400 bananas and granola bars; 300 registered runners; hundreds of families warming up together; $100 worth of coupons in the goodie bags; 13 moms in Principal Sims’ walking “Mom Squad;” 12 balloons; $5 discounted fee ...
  • Run With the Wolves 5K and 1 Mile around the Corner By Michelle Bowers Saturday, April 30, is approaching fast, but runners and walkers can still join the wolf pack for the 5th annual Run with the Wolves 5K and 1 Mile. Participants can sign up for the race at www.atlncs.org/5k/registration. Pre-registration is open until April 27. Register by April 22 and ...
  • FEAL Hosts Reception for Award-Winning Author Ravi Howard By Gina Root The Friends of East Atlanta Library (FEAL) will be hosting a book signing and reception for award-winning author Ravi Howard on Saturday, April 30, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the East Atlanta Branch Library. Howard is a local author of two nationally acclaimed fiction books that explore race ...
  • Friends of East Atlanta Library Hosts Artist Exhibit By Gina Root An award-winning photo documentary show about a tragic event and its healing aftermath is now on display in the East Atlanta Branch Library meeting room. The collective of photographs, sponsored by the Friends of East Atlanta Library (FEAL), is entitled “For the Love of Romeo: Urban Peace.” It ...
  • Voter Registration Deadline By Carol Seeger April 26 is the deadline to register to vote before the General Primary/Non-Partisan/Special Election and Runoff Election to be held on May 24. Online registration is quick and easy with a valid Georgia Driver’s License at https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov. If you prefer to register in person, Dekalb residents may do ...
  • City Recycling Clarified By Henry Bryant Recently a rumor has been circulating about the City of Atlanta discontinuing the recycling of glass at curbside. That seems to be just that, only a rumor. Here is a list of things that are still being recycled from your curbside bins: Aluminum cans Brochures, reams Cardboard boxes, dry and broken ...
People and Places
  • Beastly Feast to Benefit Zoo Atlanta The Beastly Feast, one of Atlanta’s most anticipated black tie galas, returns on Saturday, May 7. Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, serves as the event’s Presenting Sponsor, marking 31 years of consecutive support from the company. The Beastly Feast, which has raised millions in operating ...
  • World-Famous Mother of Five Could Have Sixth Cub in 2016 By Rachel Davis The Animal Management and Veterinary Teams at Zoo Atlanta performed artificial insemination (AI) on Lun Lun, an 18-year-old female giant panda, in March. The teams opted to employ AI when hormonal and behavioral indicators suggested that Lun Lun had entered her species’ critically brief window of fertility. Female giant ...
  • Scoop the Poop By Carol Seeger Cleaning up after your dog is the right thing to do but many don’t. Here are a few good reasons why everyone should scoop their dog’s poop each time Fido does his business. One gram of dog feces contains millions of fecal bacteria.  Transferred through the water system, ...
  • Register Vacant Property: It’s The Law By Susanne Forte In an effort to keep Atlanta beautiful, Atlanta’s Code Enforcement Section is urging vacant property owners to register those properties with the City. Under Article VI of the Housing Code, The City of Atlanta’s Code Enforcement Section of the Atlanta Police Department requires that all vacant properties be registered. ...
  • Neighbor in Need Big Winner in Poker Tournament By Carlen Hultgren March 26 was a big day for Neighbor in Need, a fundraising tournament held at the Midway Pub. The biannual Neighbor in Need Poker Tournament began mid-morning and by the end of the day there were many winners. The Midway, along with the Atlanta Poker Club/Poker with a Purpose ...
  • Matilda the Eastern Bongo Is Expecting By Rachel Davis Matilda, a 7-year-old eastern bongo, is expecting a calf. The new arrival, estimated to arrive in June, will be the fifth offspring of Matilda and her mate, 7-year-old Tambo. The pregnancy was confirmed via ultrasound in late March. A large African antelope known for its long, curving horns and ...
  • NPU-W Moves Meeting Location By Carlen Hultgren The Neighborhood Planning Unit-W (NPU-W) has moved its meetings to a new location to better provide parking and be more centrally located in the NPU.  The new location is: Beulah University 892 Berne Street, Atlanta, GA 30316 www.beulah.edu Meetings remain on the fourth Wednesday of the month (except November and December, which ...
Schools and Children
  • Kick off Father’s Day Weekend with Father/Child Self Defense Seminar at Kick Start Martial Arts By Betsy Helgager Hughes Renard Beaty, Kick Start Martial Arts owner and 4th-degree Tang Soo Do black belt instructor and father to two girls, will host a unique Father’s Day event to help area fathers work with their children to learn self-defense techniques. The event will take place at Kick Start ...
  • Beat the Heat and Move Your Feet By ZaStosha Bonds The blazing sun has given us the reminder that summer is near. Soaring temperatures bring about many ways to cool off from the heat. Now that the pollen has been washed away by April showers and the May flowers are starting to bloom, it’s time to shake up ...
  • Zoo Atlanta to Host Zoos Go Blue Event Individuals affected by autism will have a unique opportunity to experience Zoo Atlanta before regular opening hours on Sunday, April 17. In support of Autism Awareness Month, Zoo Atlanta partners with Autism Speaks to host Zoos Go Blue, exclusively sponsored by Northside Hospital. The Zoo will open early at 9:00am for families ...
  • The Nest Nursery School Relocating, Expanding to Grant Park By Heather Corrigan In August 2016, The Nest Nursery School will relocate to a larger facility in the Grant Park community, allowing the school to grow to serve 64 children and their families. Since opening in August 2011 in a small house on Moreland Avenue in Ormewood Park, the Reggio Emilia-inspired ...
  • 5th Annual Run with the Wolves By Michelle Bowers The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS) invites runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to join the wolf pack for the 5th annual Run with the Wolves 5K and 1-Mile on Saturday, April 30. The 5K and 1-Mile race course starts and finishes behind the ANCS Middle ...
  • Local Seniors Named 2016 Posse Foundation Scholars By Kimberly Willis Green Nine seniors from Atlanta Public Schools (APS) were awarded four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships worth approximately $100,000 each, by The Posse Foundation, Inc. to attend some of the finest colleges and universities in the country. The Foundation named the scholarship recipients during a formal ceremony on December 16 ...
  • ANCS Awarded Improvement Grant and Earns ENERGY STAR Certification By Carlen Hultgren In December, the Georgia Department of Education approved a nearly $200,000 facilities grant to the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS). A portion of these funds will be used to cover mortgage payments for the middle school building, while the bulk of the grant award will go towards aesthetic ...
Rocking Chair Reflections
  • 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 ...
  • The Flu Poem By Bob Titus If you’ve got a cold And fever too Then you know What you must do Don’t go to work Don’t go to school For if you do, you are a fool Get snuggled up in your bed And take something strong for your head The flu makes doctors and others rich And you can make others really sick So ...
  • Want to Make a Difference? By CJ Clark Do you want to give back to your neediest neighbors? Would you like to serve your community without opening your wallet? Yes? Me too! The idea is to find the neediest and the most at-risk home owners and perform basic repairs or tasks that they are not able ...
  • An Open Letter from Maynard Jackson High School’s Principal By Stephanie Johnson It is with pride that I want our community to share the celebrations, accomplishments and goals for 2015 and beyond as we work to create a school community that provides multiple opportunities for student achievement through globally competitive academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, and service. I want to begin ...
  • EAV Prison Farm  By Rich McKay Atlanta environmentalist Scott Petersen says that dangers lurk about 1.3 miles from East Atlanta Village on property that he says should be a park. About a half dozen run-down buildings on the old Atlanta Prison Farm off the Moreland Avenue corridor, are attractive nuisances attracting so called “urban explorers” ...
  • Yoga, Friendship, and Mental Illness By Danny Szemple   When I first began my internship at Holy Comforter’s Friendship Center I had only ever done yoga twice in my life, both times with the gentle “prompting” of a girlfriend in college. While I would probably never admit this to her at the time, the truth is I ...