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Our Sole Support

By Henry Bryant While The Porch Press is sponsored by the three neighborhood groups in Neighborhood Planning Unit-W (NPU-W), we are supported financially only by advertisers. Most newspapers depend on advertising even though they may have subscriptions and many charge something for their papers as well. We do not have subscriptions, but our paper is mailed for free to every household of record within the geographic boundaries of NPU-W. We are a Georgia non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors made up of members from our all-volunteer staff who are nominated by the neighborhood organizations in Grant Park, East Atlanta, [read more...]

W-Underdogs Celebrates Innovative Design to Help Kids and Animals in Need

By Lyn Hillman The W-Underdogs program helps underserved youth from the Peoplestown neighborhood gain leadership, life skills, and compassion as they use teamwork to train and care for animals. They become empowered to make positive changes at school, home, and in their community. It all began three years ago with building dog houses from recycled materials to give more adequate shelter to local pets. The youth learn valuable skills in project planning, construction, and math – and the dogs love their cozy new homes. Projects like these teach kids not only compassion for animals, but also labor skills, a sense of discipline, [read more...]

More BATL Tours

By Henry Bryant BATL, the organization formed to commemorate the Battle of Atlanta is continuing its schedule of tours throughout the year in 2016. The tour in January was postponed due to threatening weather, and ticket holders were offered tickets to a later tour. More tours are being added each month as the schedule is being confirmed. The updated schedule is posted at www.batlevent.org. A Frontlines tour was scheduled for February 13. On March 6, BATL will offer a special Tour of the Trenches as part of The Atlanta Preservation Center’s annual Phoenix Flies. This tour will explore East Atlanta Village with [read more...]

Grant Park Conservancy Awarded $95K Legacy Grant

By Alisa Chambers The Grant Park Conservancy has been awarded a $95,000 Park Pride Legacy Grant to support the restoration of the Milledge Triangle, one of the park's most treasured landmarks. “We are so excited and appreciative of Park Pride for supporting our organization and recognizing the importance of renovating the wonderful Milledge Triangle for our community and the city as a whole,” said Michelle Blackmon, executive director of the Grant Park Conservancy. “At Park Pride, we believe that great parks have the power to bring a community together, and the revitalization of Grant Park's Milledge Triangle is proof that this is true,” [read more...]

Glenwood Realignment Project Is Alive

By Paul Gardner At long last, the much anticipated Glenwood/Moreland Realignment Project is getting underway. After many public forums and many revisions of the project, it has finally progressed to the advanced stages of development. The city of Atlanta Project Manager and DOT are making the last adjustments to the final design, and the right-of-way acquisitions will begin on the next calendar. If you are new to the area or have been out of the loop on the details, the project will solve several issues at this intersection. One of the problems is the traffic bottleneck trying to navigate across Moreland coming [read more...]

Dance 411Celebrates the Season

By Justin Draper The children and young adults in the Dance 411 Kids Progressive program have been hard at work since August preparing for their “Celebrate the Holidays” Showcase on December 12. From ballet to breakdance and beyond, all forms of dance are offered at this award-winning studio. In fact, the seasonal showcase is such a large production that only the biggest and best theaters around are able to house all the costumes, props, staff, and dancers. Anyone interested in this fantastically festive show or other early-learning Dance 411 programs can find out more online at www.KidsDance411.com. Dance 411 Studios and the [read more...]

Front Page News
  • Our Sole Support By Henry Bryant While The Porch Press is sponsored by the three neighborhood groups in Neighborhood Planning Unit-W (NPU-W), we are supported financially only by advertisers. Most newspapers depend on advertising even though they may have subscriptions and many charge something for their papers as well. We do not have subscriptions, ...
  • W-Underdogs Celebrates Innovative Design to Help Kids and Animals in Need By Lyn Hillman The W-Underdogs program helps underserved youth from the Peoplestown neighborhood gain leadership, life skills, and compassion as they use teamwork to train and care for animals. They become empowered to make positive changes at school, home, and in their community. It all began three years ago with building dog ...
  • More BATL Tours By Henry Bryant BATL, the organization formed to commemorate the Battle of Atlanta is continuing its schedule of tours throughout the year in 2016. The tour in January was postponed due to threatening weather, and ticket holders were offered tickets to a later tour. More tours are being added each month ...
  • Grant Park Conservancy Awarded $95K Legacy Grant By Alisa Chambers The Grant Park Conservancy has been awarded a $95,000 Park Pride Legacy Grant to support the restoration of the Milledge Triangle, one of the park’s most treasured landmarks. “We are so excited and appreciative of Park Pride for supporting our organization and recognizing the importance of renovating the wonderful ...
  • Glenwood Realignment Project Is Alive By Paul Gardner At long last, the much anticipated Glenwood/Moreland Realignment Project is getting underway. After many public forums and many revisions of the project, it has finally progressed to the advanced stages of development. The city of Atlanta Project Manager and DOT are making the last adjustments to the final ...
  • Dance 411Celebrates the Season By Justin Draper The children and young adults in the Dance 411 Kids Progressive program have been hard at work since August preparing for their “Celebrate the Holidays” Showcase on December 12. From ballet to breakdance and beyond, all forms of dance are offered at this award-winning studio. In fact, the ...
  • Candlelight Tour December 12-13 By Jessica Harlan In December 1980, Magnum P.I. premiered on TV; the Pac-Man video game became a craze at arcades across America; and the Rubik’s Cube (price: $1.99) was on every kid’s Christmas wish list. Also in 1980, a holiday tour of decorated Grant Park homes was held to benefit a local ...
People and Places
  • East Atlanta Community Association 2015 Highlights By Lewis Cartee and Tony Crump The East Atlanta Community Association (EACA) works on behalf of our members to increase the quality of life in our neighborhood. Sponsoring community activities, programs and events that contribute toward the association’s mission, this all-volunteer organization has been serving our neighborhood for more than 32 ...
  • Your Voice, Your Vote By Carol Seeger American storyteller Louis L’Amour once said, “To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.” For those of you too young to remember the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by President ...
  • Neighbor in Need Looking Forward to 2016 By Marc Takacs and Nancy Carpenter In 2015, Neighbor in Need East Atlanta helped senior homeowners in nine homes receive more than $19,000 in home repairs. This program does emergency repairs for senior homeowners in East Atlanta Village in an effort to keep them in safe and functional homes. This helps ...
  • May Avenue Parking By Joe Peery For some years residents of May Avenue have expressed safety concerns about their street. In particular, cars parked on both sides of the street make it narrow and difficult for emergency vehicles to access. Increased parking that stems from weekend evenings as well as the East Atlanta Farmers ...
  • Free Trees in February from the Arbor Day Foundation By Carlen Hultgren With the recent cold temperatures and snow, it’s hard to think about spring, let alone getting outside and planting. But joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting as well as supporting a good cause. Anyone from Georgia who ...
  • Evans Elected Chairman of Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors By Rachel Davis Andrew “Drew” W. Evans, CEO of the Atlanta-based Fortune 500 Company AGL Resources Inc., has been elected the new chairman of the Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors. Evans was elected for a one-year term effective January 1. “We are very excited to announce Drew Evans as chair of the ...
  • Calling All East Atlanta Businesses By Carlen Hultgren The East Atlanta Community Association (EACA) is currently looking for business to partner with in the 2016 EACA Rewards program. Over 500 local residents and potential new customers are currently members of EACA. By joining this program, businesses offer an incentive or discount to EACA members. These same ...
Schools and Children
  • 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 ...
  • New Parkside Stride Peachtree Qualifier By Rebecca Wallace On March 19, the PTA of Parkside Elementary School, which serves Grant Park, Summerhill, Boulevard Heights, Ormewood Park, and Cabbagetown, will welcome all runners in the Southeast Atlanta area and beyond to the inaugural Parkside Stride 5K and 1-mile race. “The Parkside Stride is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier, ...
  • News from Maynard Jackson High School By Carlen Hultgren The Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP) announced Stephanie Johnson, Ed.S, principal of Maynard H. Jackson High School (MHJHJ), as a finalist for this year’s Principal of the Year. “This is an honor to be named as a finalist among such an illustrious group of candidates,” Johnson said. ...
  • ANCS Wonder Ball Auction March 5 By Lori Howard The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School’s (ANCS) Wonder Ball will again be held at the Georgia Freight Depot at 65 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Saturday, March 5, from 5:00pm to11:00pm. The auction is the largest fundraiser of the year for ANCS, and the school welcomes members of the ...
  • Congratulations Principal Johnson By Henry Bryant Stephanie Johnson, principal of Maynard Jackson High School (MJHS), an Atlanta public school in The Porch Press area, has been named one of six finalists by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals for Principal of the Year. All of the candidates are being interviewed, and by the ...
  • Grant Park Cooperative Preschool Furball Auction Grant Park Cooperative Preschool’s annual auction will be held February 27 at Zoo Atlanta. Befitting the venue, the auction’s theme is “The Furball”! The event is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to dress up in costume as a way to show off their favorite animals. You can ...
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 ...