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Helping Neighbors in Need

By Bill Gould

One of the oak trees on the Bivins property. Credit: Bill Gould

East Atlanta’s volunteer Neighbor in Need group which, for over a decade has raised funds and organized emergency home repairs for East Atlanta’s low income and special needs seniors, is embarking on an entirely new challenge. While the organization is often tasked with roof and structural repairs related to falling trees and limbs, for the first time they are helping to organize a dead tree removal BEFORE it can cause any damage.

Mrs. Dorothy Bivins, an Octogenarian, has two magnificent white oaks towering some 75 feet above her East Atlanta home. She has lived under the shade of these twin trees for over 50 years. Unfortunately, one of them, possibly over 100 years old, has lived out its time and now needs to be removed by professionals. Neighbor In Need has rallied for additional partners to help the Bivins family orchestrate this highly challenging and costly operation.

Atlanta City Councilperson, Liliana Bakhtiari and others including the Mayor’s Office, are supporting the cause, and assisting with the required street closing and traffic control. Georgia Power officials have pledged the timely scheduling of necessary line work crews, and Gunnison Tree Service has offered discounted fees to provide an experienced arborist, heavy crane operator, and crew to safely cut the tree. Removal of this single massive oak is expected to take up to seven hours. Donations are still needed to help keep Mrs. Bivens and other seniors secure in their homes, and are being accepted thru the non-profit East Atlanta Community Association website at:

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