Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Cabbagetown non-profit aims to help refugee women gain new skills and job opportunities through the sewing trade and a movement called social entrepreneurship capitalism.
CLARKSTON — The vast warehouse in the Church Street office park here is silent, but for the choo-ka, choo-ka, choo-ka rhythmic hum of the sewing machines. The eight women behind the machines are all refugees from Burma and are part of work training program designed to give them a skill and trade to help them become self-sufficient. They're part of a nearly two-year-old Billboard Bags program, which was created by Plywood People, a Cabbagetown-based non-profit whose main mission is to help find solutions to lead people out of poverty. "I love finding dignified ways of lifting people out of poverty," Jeff Shinabarger, Plywood People's founder, told East Atlanta Patch. "It's sustainable, it's celebrating them as human beings and it's not just…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A tuba player provides the soundtrack to Cabbagetown's main street.
CABBAGETOWN — Streetside musicians are part of a neighborhood's identity, and reflect its character. So when we spied Larkin Taylor-Parker playing her tuba on Carroll Street, it had us thinking of the street players we've come accross over the years, from New Orleans' French Quarter to New York's Times Square to Paris' Monmartre District. Taylor-Parker, a history major at Agnes Scott College, told us she often comes Carroll Street to play her tuba, the instument she's studied for eight years.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Six people suspected of committing carjackings in and around Atlanta have been arrested. Police say the group is linked to crimes including two carjackings in East Atlanta and one in Cabbagetown.
Atlanta Police announced Friday that they had arrested six suspected carjackers and charged them in a string of incidents across the city and neighboring communities. "These are significant arrests, because carjacking is a violent crime that often leads to even more dangerous crimes," said Lt. Paul Guerrucci. "Getting these men off the streets will make Atlanta, and the metro area, a safer place, without question." Police were cautious about releasing details."This is an active investigation," Guerrucci said. Officials said the suspects are responsible for at least six carjackings, and all of the vehicles have been recovered at this point. APD would not discuss details about the state of the recovered cars or whether they were sold to …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Victim was headed to his car when two men fired at him, hitting him in the abdomen.
A man leaving the 97 Estoria bar was shot in the abdomen early Friday morning as he was entering his vehicle, Atlanta police said. It's not immediately clear what sparked the shooting, which occurred around 3 a.m. The victim is a local musician, Daniel Scoggins, who is known as "Cousin Dan." Scoggins, who was taken to the Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment, was later released. In an e-mail to East Atlanta Patch, he said he is fine, considering the circumstances. Scoggins gave police the following account: He left the Cabbagetown bar and was walked to his car parked in the lot when he saw two men walking on the opposite side of Estoria. Suspecting something was wrong, he walked hurriedly to his car. As he opened his driver's side door, …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Aguide to the 10th annual festival for chili bragging rights, 5K and beer.
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Friday, November 2, 2012
Welcome to our 10th annual Chomp & Stomp Festival on Nov. 3. We have been working hard for the past 10 years to perfect our little neighborhood fundraiser and boy have we grown in the process. Just to show you have far we have come, our first Chili Cook-off had 20 individual chilis with about 900 attendees. Last year we had 100 individual chilis, 30 restaurants chilis, 75 artists, 30 food vendors, 15 celebrity judges, and between 19,000 and 22,000 attendees. Where is it?: Cabbagetown Park, 200 Tye St. What to expect?: A typical Chomp Festival includes a romp through Cabbagetown, described as an easy, flat, 5K followed up with beer for breakfast for the hardy. Find that perfect spot at one of our three music stages for some bodacious …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Incident raise calls from parents to be aware and careful.
It's been quite a busy week crimewise, with carjackings, assaults and armed robberies in our East Atlanta Patch neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the criminals are taking advantage of any and every opportunity. The Grant Park Parents Network issued warning regarding an incident in Glenwood Park Monday. Three teens robbed a man near the pond in the park area of the Glenwood Park neighborhood. Following the brazen, noontime robbery, the teens escaped in a tan-colored car with the victim's wallet and mobile phone. The victim was unharmed. Bottom line: be aware of anyone and every around you. Separately, GPPN posted an alert regarding what may have been an armed incident in Cabbagetown Park on Tuesday. But Sam Gris, public safety chairman of the …
Monday, August 6, 2012
UDC is next step in line of reviews for $45 million Inman Park mega-project.
The Atlanta Urban Design Commission is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday, Aug. 8 on the $45 million development project at 280 Elizabeth St. in Inman Park. The hearing — schueduled for 4 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 55 Trinity Ave. — is over several variance requests to increase building heights for the project and lot consolidation: The project, spearheaded through a partnership between Atlanta developers South City Partners and JPX Works LLC, calls for the construction of 204 rental units, between 38,000 and 39,000 square feet of retail, and a 570-space parking deck. The 3.4-acre lot is bounded by Elizabeth Street, North Highland and Lake avenues and the Inman Park Village. Though controversial — some Inman Park residents were …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Police still looking for remaining robbers.
Hours after releasing bank surveillance video of one of the armed suspects in a July 3 Cabbagetown armed robbery and kidnapping, Atlanta police have him in custody. The teen in the video, 15, was turned in by his parents who saw the video, Atlanta police said. The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, is charged with robbery and kidnapping and is the custody of juvenile authorities. The investigation continues, APD spokesman Carlos Campos said. The kidnapping victim was one of several men sitting on an Estoria Street porch when several men rushed the porch and forced everyone in at gunpoint. He was taken around to several bank ATMs to withdraw money before the gunmen released him on Memorial Drive about two hours later. …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Victim was taken to area ATMs to withdraw money at gunpoint.
The Atlanta Police Department released bank surveillance video of one of the men wanted in connection with the July 3 armed robbery and kidnapping from an Estoria Street home in Cabbagetown. The kidnapping victim, was taken around to several bank ATMs to withdraw money before the gunmen released him on Memorial Drive about two hours later. Anyone with information about him or the other suspects is urged to call 911 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404.577.TIPS (8477).
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Armed gunmen rob four in Estoria Street home and take a fifth at gunpoint to area ATMs.
Atlanta police are looking for three armed gunmen who robbed four people in the 100 block of Estoria Street late July 3. They stole mobile phones, wallets and a television from the home, CBS Atlanta reported. A fifth victim was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to withdraw money from nearby ATMs. He returned two hours later. None of the victims were injured. The kidnapping comes little more than two months after two women were kidnapped at gunpoint in Reynoldstown and Edgewood. Police are investigating to see if the incidents are related, CBS said. Officer John Chafee, an Atlanta Police Department spokesman, gave the following account: On July 3, around 11 p.m., officers responded to the robbery and kidnapping call on Estoria Street. Upon …