Thursday, March 28, 2013
Brandon Hayes and his team, "Keep Kickin," is raising money in a campaign to advance the LLS' mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Thursday, March 28
by Tracy Manning Brandon Hayes of Atlanta’s historic Reynoldstown neighborhood has been named as a candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign. Brandon joins other community leaders to see who can raise the most money for the organization within a 10-week time period beginning March 28th. Money raised during the campaign will advance the LLS' mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. He is vice president and a private CFO at oXYGen Financial, a money management and advisory firm. He and his team “Keep Kickin,” are participating in this year’s campaign in honor of his best friend who went through a battle with non-…
Monday, March 18, 2013
'Those, like me, who have been here for decades remember when couples who had children had to move when a kid turned four, because they had to live in an area that had good, decent schools.'
Another meeting? Although I go to a lot of 'em — SAND, NPU, PTSA, LSC, etc. etc. etc. — I am not a "meetings" person. I rarely see the significance, certainly not the amount of time spent talking rather than doing, although I understand communicating and planning are important. That said, there is an incredibly important 7 p.m. meeting coming up Thursday, March 21, at Maynard H. Jackson High School (at the temporary location: Coan Middle School, 1550 Hosea Williams Drive), organized by the Southeast Communities for Schools (http://seacs.weebly.com/): "SEACS is delighted to announce a very special meeting. Join us as Jackson's visionary new principal Stephanie Johnson gives her vision for the future. This meeting is for anyone whose child …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Watch the video of this behind-the-scenes view of the Maynard Jackson High School construction site.
GRANT PARK — As Maynard Jackson High School nears its December 2013 completion date for its $45 million overhaul, school officials invited East Atlanta Patch to come in for an exclusive look at what what's been done so far. The renovations at Jackson, among the last of Atlanta Public Schools' secondary institutions to get an overhaul, come amid several changes affecting it. Stephanie S. Johnson was named principal Nov. 1 and has received high marks from parents, so far. And after years of what appeared to be lukewarm relations with its feeder neighborhoods, Jackson leaders also have been making more efforts at outreach to those communities, which, besides Grant Park, include East Atlanta, Ormewood Park, Cabbagetown and Summerhill, among …
Friday, March 8, 2013
'I hate booting and I thought it a bit unreasonable that the guy couldn't see he was just there for a few minutes using the ATM and grabbing a coffee.'
by Chris Fogg It's been a bit difficult for me since I took over the slightly worn out SunTrust building in East Atlanta. I feel a lot of people think we are the evil parking empire and I want to clear the air of a couple things. At the moment the parking is for 514 Flat Shoals Ave. only and for customers, employees or clients of 514 Flat Shoals Ave. We have something like 30-38 parking spots. We have over 40 employees upstairs every day not including SunTrust, LIT Realty or any of our respective clients and customers. If you add it up there isn't enough room in the parking lot for the building employees. I have been in the process of fixing up an old, unmanaged building, renovations, growing a company, moving and raising a nine-month-old …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The parking lot behind the Flat Shoals Avenue SunTrust Bank is for customers. Bank customer David Adams parked in the lot Saturday to conduct a financial transaction at the SunTrust ATM and got a cup of coffee at Joe's next door. His car was booted.
EAST ATLANTA — Booting of cars in lots around the Village, the neighborhood's central business district, has always been a contentious issue between lot owners and the patrons of area retailers and restaurants. The owner of the lot behind SunTrust Banks Inc.'s East Atlanta branch at 514 Flat Shoals Ave., received several complaints from the bank about its customers not being able to park in bank-designated spaces because they were routinely snapped up by non-bank customers. So much so, that in 2012, he informed the East Atlanta Community Association that booting of non-customers would be enforced. In this Patch Voices editorial, David Adams, an East Atlanta resident and SunTrust customer, recounts how a March 2 trip to that bank branch's …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
A review of the Acid Freaks-Dino Boys-The Biters show in Little Five Points.
by Eric Antell The Acid Freaks opened their recent Atlanta show at the Star Community Bar with a loud set. It was reminiscent of early 80s West Coast Punk, such as Black Flag (My War era), Aggression or the Accused. The Dinos Boys followed up, with an original, yet snotty, sound. One song, early in the set, sounded like Rick Springfield had taken a turbo train to a "Punk Rock Sleazeville." The Dinos Boys seem to have perfected and run away with an early punk sound heard on their earlier records or the late 90ss band from Seattle — the Briefs. The middle of the set took a stand up comedy turn, in a quick, big way (spearheaded by Chase Noles). But, after 3½ minutes of jokes and antics, the band quickly changed course & played from the soul…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Broken infrastructure decreases quality of life.
Wednesday, February 27
CANDLER PARK — Like many desirable, historic, intown Atlanta communities, this neighborhood is characterized by grand homes, leafy, tree-lined streets and an active residents' association. But Candler Park, like other communities including Ormewood Park and Grant Park, among others, suffers from broken sidewalks. Much of the discussion in recent weeks has centered around whose responsibility it is to repair city sidewalks. In this Patch Voices editorial, Bonnie Palter, a longtime Candler Park resident and recording secretary of the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization, explains the real impact that the city's broken pedestrian infrastructure has on walkers/runners, parents pushing strollers and most especially, those with physical …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Ex-board chairman Eugene Walker responds to Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to suspend six members of the DeKalb Board of Education.
Tuesday, February 26
by Eugene P. Walker The Governor is wrong in his decision to suspend members of the DeKalb County Board of Education. The DeKalb School District has been placed on probation by a private accrediting institution called SACS which holds considerable sway in the education community. SACS has made a multitude of allegations, some of which I agree with, but all of them were developed unilaterally in a shrouded process. SACS' leadership is not elected by the public, does not have to conform to open meetings and open records laws, and is not subject to constitutional due process as it sits in judgment of public institutions and elected officials. The DeKalb Board of Education, like all school boards, is a public institution. We have open meetings…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Streets in Grant Park have the same problem.
Wednesday, February 20
Dear Editor: I live in Grant Park and this morning I read your article (Broken Sidewalks Build Pathways to Controversy, Feb. 8, 2013) about sidewalks in Ormewood Park — Grant Park's close neighbor — that the neighborhood association posted to its Facebook page. Ironically, this is an issue that my friends have heard me complaining about a lot in the last week. On Feb. 5, I tweeted Mayor Reed and posted pictures of the sidewalk on my street. I asked him why we are funding a new Falcon's stadium when I watch women with babies in strollers walk my street every day to bypass the horrific sidewalk. His response was that there are separate city funds for this type of repair. I was horrified to read that the city is sending certified letters to …
'Many cities across the nation are becoming bicycle-friendly and the City of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed are committed to joining their ranks.'
Wednesday, February 20
by Rebecca Serna At the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s Blinkie Awards earlier this month, Mayor Kasim Reed made a commitment of $50,000 to help bring Atlanta Streets Alive to Peachtree Street. As the executive director of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, I cannot tell you how much this means, not only to members of our organization but to our city as a whole. Atlanta Streets Alive is an open streets initiative that the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition organizes for our community. Atlanta Streets Alive creates a vibrant experience of city streets for people on foot and on bike. This year, Peachtree Street will be opened to people and temporarily closed to cars, to celebrate human powered amusement and transportation. We are so excited to traverse Atlanta’s…