Thursday, February 14, 2013
'US EPA and Georgia EPD should focus on making sure Atlanta is prepared to meet the next level of air pollution requirements, rather than spending time on the paperwork exercise for the 1997 standard.'
Thursday, February 14
by Colleen Kiernan Breathing smog is like getting a sunburn on your lungs. It inflames your airways, making it more difficult to breathe. Smog is especially tough on kids, who pound-for-pound breathe more air in their developing lungs than adults. For many years, smog was thought to just impact people who already had respiratory conditions, but more recent studies have shown that it can cause respiratory disease and impair lung function in otherwise healthy people. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is charged with establishing safe levels of ambient air quality for a variety of pollutants, and revisit them periodically to make sure they are consistent with the latest scientific research about what levels of those pollutants are …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Eyesore property in the neighborhood? Let the city know.
Got garbage? Neighborhoods across the city have the eyesore property — you know, the run down home or trash-heaped lawn. So when we saw this mess at 905 Moreland Ave. SE in Ormewood Park, we had to stop. (That it's for sale makes it even more tragically comedic.) Neighborhood meeting after neighborhood meeting we've heard from city officials who stress they want to hear from residents about problem properties before they get out of control. So we reached out to City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong's office and an aide promised code enforcement would take care of it. The aide also advised that anyone with an issue or complaint should contact the city: Some neighborhoods, like Reynoldstown and Old Fourth Ward, are particularly aggressive …
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Lulu tries to start the new year on a positive note by paying it forward for pets.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Happy New Year, Everyone! With 2011 in my rearview mirror, I’m ready to grab life by the paws and have a really good time. Mom likes to begin each year setting goals for growth and improvement, so I gave her a list of things she could do better this year. (I want more treats, longer walks, and more belly rubs.) Those suggestions didn't go over too well. Evidently, I was supposed to set goals for myself. Since she brings home the kibble, I made the following resolutions for 2012. Upcoming pet events: Jan. 7: Cat adoption fair. If you have room for a feline addition, LifeLine Animal Project may have the fur kid for you. Visit PetSmart (875 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Lawrenceville, Ga. 30043) all week to check out adoptable kittens and cats…
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Looking inside CHRIS Kids' TransitionZ program and Summit Trail housing
“When I needed my real mom the most, she wasn’t there for me. I go to bed every night just thinking about her. It’s tough,” said Tracy Joachim, a 21-year-old Atlantan who spent his childhood in the city’s foster care system. Joachim’s story is painful, but things have been looking up for him since he entered the CHRIS Kids’ TransitionZ program and moved into Summit Trail, the EarthCraft-certified apartment complex in East Atlanta where the young adults in the program live. While CHRIS Kids has been helping heal children, strengthen families and build community for the past 30 years, the TransitionZ program and Summit Trail housing began in April 2010 and has already impacted a number of young folks in need. The 1- and 2-bedroom apartments …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Catering chef Tscharner Dickerson makes 'Proposal Cheese'
Can cheese really make someone propose? We busted into Grant Park's beloved Stone Soup Kitchen after hours to find out. The cafe is known for its delicious soups, sandwiches and breakfast, but they also cater, so we asked catering chef Tscharner Dickerson to whip up one of her favorite items. Try this simple recipe for yourself and you may just get propositioned. Proposal Cheese Yields: about 3 packed cups Serves: 6-12 (if served with crackers), 3-4 if served as sandwiches Time: 10 minutes (including shredding) Ingredients: 2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese 2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1/4 c. diced roasted red peppers 1/4 c. diced pickled jalapenos 1/2 c. sour cream For best results, shred the cheese rather than buying it pre-…
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Investigators search for a third suspect
Atlanta police arrested two men Wednsesday, charging them with armed robbery, kidnapping and aggravated assault following two weekend carjackings of taxi drivers in Downtown. The men, whom police declined to name because they are looking for a third man in connection to the crimes, also face similar charges in DeKalb County. Seven livery drivers reported being robbed in recent weeks. In the Atlanta cases, drivers recounted the same scenario: The men hailed cabs only to rob and beat the drivers. The men were identified via still photographs taken from surveillance video near one of the crime scenes, police said.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The nonprofit publication is artist advocacy at its best
Atlanta’s art scene is inspiring, unique, flourishing and ever-changing. Yet, some city dwellers aren’t quite sure how to experience it or look deeper beyond gallery exhibit openings and the occasional review in the Journal-Constitution. Burnaway, an online arts publication (and 501c3) headquartered in Grant Park, launched in 2008 with the purpose of educating and engaging the community. “It’s an entry point that’s wide enough for people to get involved and not be intimidated,” said editor-in-chief and co-founder Jeremy Abernathy. “Our mission is to provide access to the arts, but to always challenge people. To be exciting enough for people to want to be challenged.” In the publication, you might find an article on the Four Coats …