Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Atlanta Police Department remembers those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The Atlanta Police Department lost three of its members last year and honored them Tuesday in a memorial service at Atlanta City Hall. The service was held in advance of next week's annual Police Memorial Week in Washington, D.C. where the names of those three officers, Gail D. Thomas, Richard Halford and Shawn Smiley, will be placed on the National Police Memorial Wall. Senior Officer Gail D. Thomas of Austell, 46, was struck by a vehicle while assisting another officer at a traffic accident on the Brookwood Interchange ramp in between Midtown and Buckhead. A sworn police officer for 15 years, she died at the scene. She is survived by her daughter, father, brothers and extended family. Officer Richard J. Halford of Lithia Springs, age 48…
Friday, February 15, 2013
'Her passion for food never allowed her to settle and accept "good enough."
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Friday, February 15
Editor's note: Charlotte Nelson, the head chef at Fox. Bros. Bar-B-Q, died last week following her fight with stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer. One of her colleagues wrote the following tribute to let the greater East Atlanta Patch community know about her and what she meant to all who knew her and her love of cooking. by Bill Schoonmaker CANDLER PARK — She was always so damn proud of what was coming out of those smokers. She was always looking for a way to make a great product better, but Charlotte's true passion was making sausage. It was almost a love-hate relationship because what we all thought was outstanding, she always tried going a little further. I remember fishing in Islamorada last April and getting a text from her about a …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Charlotte Nelson was 37.
CANDLER PARK — Charlotte Nelson, the beloved head chef of Fox. Bros. Bar-B-Q, has died. Ms. Nelson, 37, passed away Saturday night, a little more than two months after discovering she had stage four inflammatory breast cancer. Funeral arrangements are pending. Her friends and family had planned a fundraiser Feb. 26, and that will continue as a celebration of her life, a Fox Bros. spokeswoman told East Atlanta Patch Monday. That event, Charlotte’s Web…Cancer Touches Us All, is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the SweetWater Brewery, 195 Ottley Drive NE. Tickets are $100 and proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, as 92 percent of donations there go to directly back to research. Born in Fresno, Calif., June 21, 1975, Ms…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The funeral for Lillian Lewis, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
The funeral for Lillian Lewis, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 407 Auburn Ave., Atlanta. Mrs. Lewis, 73, died Monday at Emory University Hospital. She and Rep. Lewis, whose 5th District includes Decatur and most of the city of Atlanta, had been married 44 years. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said, Flowers may be sent to Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home, 1003 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta, until Sunday. After that day, flowers should be sent to Ebenezer Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lillian Lewis’ name can be sent to the American Kidney Fund Headquarters, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852. Please note in your …
Cecil Houston: A legacy remembered.
Cecil Houston was more than a band instructor. He was a mentor. He was a counselor. He was the rare soul every parent hopes will touch the life of his or her child in school. Not only because he was a dedicated teacher, but because he also taught them and guided them through those life lessons that would make those children grow into solid, productive adults. Mr. Houston, 36, was the band leader at Jackson High School. He died Dec. 30 after collapsing at a friend's home. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Fantara; four sons, Cecil III, 10; Christian, 9; Cahron, 6, and Colin, 5. He also is survived by his parents, Cecil Houston Sr. and Loretta Houston, and three sisters, Ramona, Rhonda and Rhesa Houston. A native of Brownwood, Texas, …
Cecil Houston: A legacy remembered.
Thursday, January 3
Cecil Houston, the band leader at Jackson High School who died this week, had his students recite the marching band creed every day and before each game: Music is our Love From the heavens to the ground Through the roar of the Jaguar We are "The Soul-full Sound" The Baton is our Sword To do as it's told To honor the power of crimson, black and gold These instruments are our weapons The music is our ammunition We are the Treble-Maker, Bass-Takers For the love of music For greater bands of Maynard H Jackson We stand together as one We strive for the highest And are second to NONE Admire the movement of the auxiliary So graceful and free Feel the thundering drums Coming down the street Hear the cry of the whirling woodwinds And the howl of …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Band leader at Jackson High School passed away this week.
Cecil Houston, the beloved band leader at Jackson High School, passed away this week. The 36-year-old is survived by his wife and children. "The 5th Quarter" — the Wake — will be held at Clark Atlanta University's Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center at the corner of James P. Brawley Dr. SW and Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard, on Monday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. The Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 4245 Cascade Road SW. Mr. Houston, who left a legacy at Jackson and Clark Atlanta University is remembered as a dedicated and devoted person to his family, school and community. Richard Williams, the Engineering & Early College Academy Leader at Jackson, told East Atlanta Patch …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
'Ivan is a symbol of the evolution of zoos and the movement to provide naturalistic, socially appropriate habitats for animals in zoological settings.'
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
by Patch Staff Ivan, a 50-year-old male western lowland gorilla, has died, Zoo Atlanta said Tuesday. The death followed a recent decline in the geriatric ape’s health and behavior, the Grant Park-based zoo said. The Animal Management and Veterinary Teams chose to perform a diagnostic assessment under general anesthesia on August 20, but Ivan never regained consciousness following the procedure. “The Veterinary Team had been observing Ivan carefully in recent weeks following weight loss, apparent lack of appetite, and a respiratory illness. When it became obvious that our efforts to modify his diet and his existing medication regimen were not resulting in significant improvement, it was necessary to perform a diagnostic procedure to …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Grant Park resident left his his mark on the community.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Editor's note: David McReynolds, 54, was shot and in killed last week in the Grant Park neighborhood. His killer or killers remain at large. Jackon Faw, a resident of neighboring Peoplestown, wrote the following tribute to his neighbor that he shared on the neighborhood's Facebook page this week. David McReynolds was one of our neighbors. He walked down our street every day to the small grocery store at the corner of Ormond and Martin to buy his “numbers.” David was friendly to the granddaughters of our neighbor, Josephine, whose two girls sit in the front yard every day and know the names of everyone’s dog that walks by their house. David was 54 years old and lived on Augusta Street in Grant Park, two blocks from the park. He was a kind …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Victim said she was getting groceries from her SUV when two robbers accosted her.
A Woodland Avenue resident was mugged by two men in her driveway just before 5 p.m. Monday, Atlanta police said. The 58-year-old Ormewood Park woman, who lives in Woodland's 1000 block, told police she had had just pulled into her driveway and was collecting the grocery bags from the trunk of her SUV when she was accosted by two teens. The bandits, who were between 16 and 18 years of age, ran up to her and grabbed her hands, demanding her car keys. The victim screamed for help and clutched her keys while kicking her attackers. After a brief struggle, the two robbers fled, but not before taking her Coach purse, which contained a credit card, driver's license, house keys and cash. The robbers ran toward a four-door, black Chevrolet pickup …