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Wheel on Over to the 10th Annual Brownwood Bike Rally

          By Jill Sieder   Fearing no rain or flat tires, the 2014 Brownwood Bike Rally is set to roll out on Saturday, September 6 at beautiful Brownwood Park in East Atlanta. Join the East Atlanta Kids Club (EAKC) in celebrating 10 years of cycling, fitness, and fun.   The East Atlanta Kids Club launched the Brownwood Bike Rally in 2003 to promote youth fitness through a fun biking event that is free for all children. Each year the event has grown, drawing more youth and adult participants who compete in bike races, bike agility activities, and other fun fitness challenges in and around Brownwood [read more...]

Unexpected Traffic Jam

By Nancy Leighton When the new Cook-Out restaurant opened in late April, East Atlanta experienced something not really seen in our area before: a big traffic jam. The parking lot at the corner of Faith Street and Moreland Avenue was full, the drive-thru was wrapped around the building, and the cars were backed up out on to Moreland Avenue. Cook Out lovers from all over the Atlanta metro area had to be in on the big opening. The Cook-Out company from North Carolina did considerable reconstruction of the old Mrs. Winners building to bring their restaurant to the Atlanta area. When Mrs. [read more...]

150 Years After the Battle: The biggest BATL Ever

by Henry Bryant Can you say Sesquicentennial? The folks at the BATL event have been practicing for 10 years to get it right! By the time you read this this year’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial) of the historic Battle of Atlanta will be in full swing with the big day of events coming on Saturday July 19th. Other fun will fill out the week. This is your last reminder before the final weekend.  If you have attended before, you know that there is too much to do in one day or even one weekend and much of it is [read more...]

12th Annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival Announced 

By Carrie Whitney Everyone’s favorite summer festival will be back August 23 and 24 with a full weekend of music, food and fun. New this year, festival attendees will get a chance to enjoy a South of the Border fiesta at Taquerias & Tequilas, a ticketed event that will be held each afternoon during the festival. The weekend of events kicks off with the Adams Realtors 5K Run for the Park on Saturday morning, allowing runners and walkers to enjoy the historic neighborhood on foot. The festival officially opens at 10 am with tons of art, the Carla Smith Kids Zone, live [read more...]

A New Proposal for Moreland Avenue Retail 

By Carlen Hultgren A proposal has been brought to the neighborhood associations for discussion regarding the development of the property on the southwest corner of Glenwood and Moreland Avenues. The proposed project is a mixed use development by The Sembler Company, the business that also developed the Edgewood Shopping District.  It would  include a nationally recognized pharmacy, which would be the largest tenant and is the driving force for this project, along with additional retail space with residential units above.  It includes the option to purchase the old Masonic Lodge, Buffalo China, the parking lot in between, two houses on Glenwood [read more...]

BATL Gala

  One of our neighborhood’s “don’t miss social events” of the year brings together city council members, presidents, and people who just like to eat, dance and socialize. The BATL Gala at the East Lake Golf Club is a fundraiser for battlefield monument restoration and the BATL event. This year on Saturday night July 12th, it will again feature Motown sounds from Nat George and his band. It is hard to say what attendees like more: the dance music, the food, the silent auction or the good company. Tickets are $65 each or neighbors can get a table of 10 friends [read more...]

Front Page News
  • Wheel on Over to the 10th Annual Brownwood Bike Rally           By Jill Sieder   Fearing no rain or flat tires, the 2014 Brownwood Bike Rally is set to roll out on Saturday, September 6 at beautiful Brownwood Park in East Atlanta. Join the East Atlanta Kids Club (EAKC) in celebrating 10 years of cycling, fitness, and fun.   The East Atlanta Kids Club launched ...
  • Unexpected Traffic Jam By Nancy Leighton When the new Cook-Out restaurant opened in late April, East Atlanta experienced something not really seen in our area before: a big traffic jam. The parking lot at the corner of Faith Street and Moreland Avenue was full, the drive-thru was wrapped around the building, and the cars ...
  • 150 Years After the Battle: The biggest BATL Ever by Henry Bryant Can you say Sesquicentennial? The folks at the BATL event have been practicing for 10 years to get it right! By the time you read this this year’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial) of the historic Battle of Atlanta will be in full swing with the big ...
  • 12th Annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival Announced  By Carrie Whitney Everyone’s favorite summer festival will be back August 23 and 24 with a full weekend of music, food and fun. New this year, festival attendees will get a chance to enjoy a South of the Border fiesta at Taquerias & Tequilas, a ticketed event that will be held ...
  • A New Proposal for Moreland Avenue Retail  By Carlen Hultgren A proposal has been brought to the neighborhood associations for discussion regarding the development of the property on the southwest corner of Glenwood and Moreland Avenues. The proposed project is a mixed use development by The Sembler Company, the business that also developed the Edgewood Shopping District.  It ...
  • BATL Gala   One of our neighborhood’s “don’t miss social events” of the year brings together city council members, presidents, and people who just like to eat, dance and socialize. The BATL Gala at the East Lake Golf Club is a fundraiser for battlefield monument restoration and the BATL event. This year on ...
  • Fortifications of Atlanta Map There will be a tours and a whole battle event (July12-20). Note that this map was signed by L.P.Grant who designed the fortifications of the city of Atlanta. It shows the City of Atlanta in 1864 which is what downtown Atlanta is today. The City Limits are indicated by the ...
People and Places
  • Friends of East Atlanta Library Strut Book Sale September 27 By Gina Root The Friends of East Atlanta Library will hold their quarterly book sale Saturday, September 27th from noon to 4:00pm during the East Atlanta Strut. The book sale will take place on the plaza on the south side the East Atlanta Library Branch located at 400 Flat Shoals Avenue. ...
  • BATL Battle of Atlanta Sesquicentennial Tours This year on July 19th there will be two different van tours that cover different aspects of the battle and the battle neighborhoods as well as the frontlines walking tour (seen in the photo) in the East Atlanta Village area. There will also be a Battle of Atlanta bike tour ...
  • BATL Civil War To Civil Rights Living History by Henry Bryant The BATL organization has taught the rest of Atlanta about the relationship between the American Civil War and America’s Civil Rights movement. This year we are commemorating both the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. We live in ...
  • Senior Citizens Get Emission Waiver By Nancy Leighton Baby boomers born in the late 1940s are turning 65 old or will soon do so. Some of these senior citizens will be eligible for an exemption from the emissions inspection on their motor vehicle. In order to get the emissions wavier, certain requirements must be met: the ...
  • The Atlanta Beltline Southwest 5k by Jennifer Jezyk The Atlanta Beltline Running Series announces its fourth annual Atlanta Beltline Southwest 5k that will take place on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. at Gordon White Park, 1350 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA, 30310, along the Atlanta BeltLine Southwest Trail and through the Historic West End ...
  • Friends of East Atlanta Library host book signing with local author of Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests. By Gina Root The Friends of East Atlanta Library (FEAL) wrap up a busy summer and move into the fall with several more exciting events. The events include a book signing with local author, Jonah McDonald, the fall book sale and new art on display in the East Atlanta Library meeting ...
  • Habitat ReStore Needs Volunteers  By Drew McGuffin   The Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore is looking for volunteers. The ReStore is a discount outlet store that sells new and gently used home improvement materials, home accessories and other building supplies. All net proceeds support Atlanta Habitat’s mission to build affordable, green homes with working families. The ReStore is open ...
Schools and Children
  • Story Fest to Feature Scarlet, Fiddler, Abe and Critters By Henry Bryant The 2014 BATL Frontlines Story Fest will take place at two different locations on the Battlefield throughout the day on Saturday July 19th in the East Atlanta Library and near Gilliam Park in Kirkwood. The fest features professional storytellers and living history actors. The Wrens Nest Ramblers and ...
  • New Board Members at the Ferst Foundation for Literacy  by Elizabeth Sprouse The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy is making 2014 a banner year when it comes to advancing the life of children through increased literacy. This fall, the organization will mail its 4 millionth book! Four new board members – Kathy B. Ashe, Scott Campbell, Ali Gant and Colin ...
  • Premier Organizations Serving Homeless Children Merge   By Sarah Fedota Our House and Genesis Shelter, two metro Atlanta organizations that fill a compelling need helping homeless children and families, will combine operations on July 1. Our House opened its doors to children in 1988 and is a full-day, year-round, nationally accredited early childhood education center. It serves up to ...
  • Southeast Atlanta’s Middle School Challenge (part two) Lewis Cartee As the Atlanta Public School (APS) system began to reach the end of another academic school year as well as the final days of the current superintendent, Errol Davis, there was one question that many parents in southeast Atlanta needed answered: to merge or not to merge? During the 2013-2014 ...
  • Story Fest to Feature Scarlet, Fiddler, Abe and Critters By Henry Bryant The 2014 BATL Frontlines Story Fest will take place at two different locations on the Battlefield throughout the day on Saturday July 19th in the East Atlanta Library and near Gilliam Park in Kirkwood. The fest features professional storytellers and living history actors. The Wrens Nest Ramblers and ...
  • New Board Members at the Ferst Foundation for Literacy  by Elizabeth Sprouse The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy is making 2014 a banner year when it comes to advancing the life of children through increased literacy. This fall, the organization will mail its 4 millionth book! Four new board members – Kathy B. Ashe, Scott Campbell, Ali Gant and Colin ...
  • Premier Organizations Serving Homeless Children Merge By Sarah Fedota Our House and Genesis Shelter, two metro Atlanta organizations that fill a compelling need helping homeless children and families, will combine operations on July 1. Our House opened its doors to children in 1988 and is a full-day, year-round, nationally accredited early childhood education center. It serves up to ...
Rocking Chair Reflections
  • 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 ...
  • 2014 Legislative Session Update  by Senator Nan Orrock, District 36 I am honored to serve my neighborhood of Ormewood Park, Grant Park, Benteen Park, Glenwood Park, and all of District 36, a vast sweep of Atlanta, since my 2006 election to the Georgia Senate. As your voice in the Senate, I urge you to contact ...
  • 27 Years of Bring One for the Chipper By Henry Bryant On January 5, the wood chipper and hundreds of Christmas trees returned to Grant Park for its 27th year of post-season Christmas tree recycling. The Grant Park Conservancy sponsored the event in the park, where the Atlanta Parks Department chipper ...
  • 755 Hank Aaron Drive By Tracey Long After taking a few days to digest the news of our beloved Atlanta Braves moving 12 miles north to Cobb County, many things have become apparent to me. The biggest one is that things are not always what they seem. I live in Summerhill, the small, forgotten neighborhood ...
  • Restaurant Makeover By Paul Zucca and John Newcomb The El Mexicano restaurant has had a complete makeover and is under new management. Gone are the dusty old serapes draped over every window so nobody could see in or out. The grimy windows are all cleaned up. A completely new paint job has freshened ...
  • Love Locks Inspire Curiosity   By Rene Esler I admit that I am a curious individual. More frequently than not, my curiosity bends toward topics involving science, math, or engineering, and while I wish I could say I am a philosopher, I think I am too dense to understand the depth of most philosophies. Nevertheless, I am ...