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Meet the students who have gone above and beyond to give back to the community Meet our seventh annual 20 Under 20 honorees. We asked public and privates schools along with universities and service organizations to nominate students who have gone above and beyond to give back to the community. We think you will agree this is a diverse, exceptional list of students, who have traveled to distant countries, founded nonprofit organizations and given hundreds of hours of their personal time. The students range in age from 9 to 19. We had nearly 70 nominees, so narrowing down the winners was tough. So much so, that for the first time we also selected five finalists. In the following pages, you’ll meet two brothers who started a foundation to collect laptops, books and other supplies for fellow students in third world countries; a young woman who single-handedly raised $20,000 for juvenile diabetes research; an elementary school student who started picking up discarded pencils and created a movement across Atlanta Public Schools to help needy children here and abroad; and a young woman whose love of acting led her to create a theatre program for middle school students who weren’t getting enough arts education. Those are just some of the uplifting stories you’ll read and we hope the dedication of these Intown students will inspire you to give back to the community. Thank you to the businesses and schools whose advertising support makes this section possible. – Collin Kelley, Editor

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The Westminster Schools The brothers founded an educational nonprofit organization called Brothers 4 Literacy & Life in memory of their great grandmother, who died of breast cancer in 2012 and also loved to serve her community. The organization’s mission is to equip underserved young people around the globe with reading, learning and life resources that will ensure them success for years to come. Last March, the brothers visited Manchester, Jamaica and brought donations of laptops, used books, clothes, shoes, school supplies and monetary resources to help fulfill a “needs list” for the local elementary school, Robin’s Hall. Edward recalled meeting the students at Robin’s Hall: “At first it was a little awkward, but moments later they started giving us hugs, smiles and high fives and it felt like we were surrounded by family.” Xavier said: “My brother and I were able to help make a difference in the lives of a few hundred children that we will never forget all while carrying on my grandmother’s legacy.” Brothers 4 Literacy & Life also plans to reach out to several other schools in Ghana, Argentina and Guatemala.


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Lela Johnson, 18 Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Along with Maria Crosswell, Lela co-founded the Change a Life Club to support the children of Sandy Springs Mission, a nonprofit, after-school academic enrichment program founded in 1999. The goal of the Sandy Springs Mission is to help students (who do not speak English as a primary language) to graduate and pursue higher education. The club mentors at-risk students, hosting events, organizing assistance from other groups, delivering snacks, and raising funds. Club members can mentor, help host events and parties, deliver snacks, and contribute to donation drives. “I am honored to have pursued their every need for the better parts of my junior and senior years,” Johnson says. “Needless to say, each of these inspiring, inquisitive young students shaped my life more than I ever could have anticipated, and for that I am forever grateful.”

Maria Crosswell, 18 Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School In addition to co-founding the Change a Life Club with fellow honoree Lela Johnson, Maria has been a junior board member on for Andee’s Army, a group that organizes walk/runs every year to raise money for Andee Poulos, a former Holy Innocents’ student with a non-traumatic brain injury, as well as other children with this injury. Maria has helped raise more than $4,000 in three years. Maria also volunteers at the Agape Community Center, a safe, after-school program for at-risk students and Georgia Homeless Pets. She traveled to Peru last summer to volunteer in a children’s hospital for destitute children experiencing serious medical disabilities. “As I walked into the [Sandy Springs] Mission, a handful of first-grade girls ran up and welcomed me with a huge embrace,” Maria said about the beginnings of the Change a Life Club. “It was in that moment and immediate connection that sparked a light in me and I knew that I had to be a part of this special place.”

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Bailey Lyles, 19

Vanessa Rodriguez-Badillo, 17

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In the eighth grade, Bailey learned about Wellspring Living in Atlanta and the organization’s work with survivors of child sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Four years later, when Bailey was in the Program for Global Citizenship at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School she launched a Global capstone project called “Moving with Angels,” designed to help heal these victims’ minds, bodies and souls. Bailey is now renovating an abandoned building in Downtown Atlanta to provide activities such as dance and yoga therapy for Wellspring Living’s clients. Since beginning her project, Bailey has raised significant funds and awareness, spoken to groups and individual donors to raise awareness about this problem, and helped design and renovate the space that will soon house activities for a special group of women and girls. “One of my most memorable moments of giving back to the community would be when I created a dance/exercise studio for the women and girls on site at Wellspring Living,” Bailey said. “These girls have been victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking and the dance/exercise studio gives them a place to have an outlet for self expression as well as improve their physical health.”

Vanessa already has her future mapped out: she plans to become a physician specializing in oncology. The medical field inspired her to volunteer at Family Health Enterprise, using her bilingual skills to interpret, communicate, and help serve pediatricians during procedures. Vanessa is currently the President of Carver School of the Arts and will be valedictorian of the class of 2015. As class president, she began holding meetings with the student population and inquiring about their needs and desires for academic success. Using that data, Vanessa developed a free ACT prep program. “I felt a sense of satisfaction and victory when the program began to exhibit success,” Vanessa says. “This experience has enabled me to develop a deeper understanding of the importance to give back to others.”


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Gibby Heiser 10 Morningside Elementary School Gibby is the founder of The Pencil Orphanage, which “rescues” pencils destined for the trash, sorts and packages them, then distributes them to children in need. Founded last March at Morningside Elementary, Gibby started collecting pencils off the floor of the school with the help of other students, custodians and staff. More than 2,700 pencils have been collected, packaged and sent to locations as far afield as Kenya, South Africa, India and Malawi as well as to schools in Georgia. The Pencil Orphanage has grown to include a board of 13 girls from seven elementary and middle schools who have spent over 90 combined volunteer hours packaging pencils since last March. The board is working to place Pencil Orphanages in elementary schools across Atlanta. “I remember when I had my first Pencil Orphanage board meeting,” Gibby recalls. “It was wonderful seeing my determined friends work so hard as they packaged pencils. They really are what made my vision possible. It feels good to know that we’re making a difference.”



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Caroline Carr Grant, 16 The Lovett School Caroline Carr has served 100 hours over the last three years at the Agape Youth & Family Center. As part of a volunteer summer internship with Agape, she was given the task of creating a six-week summer reading program for 30 rising first and second grade children. She was asked to develop curriculum, collect books, organize volunteers, and facilitate the reading program during the summer. She organized a book drive and collected 700 books for Agape to use for the summer reading program and to be added to the Agape library for years to come. “When we started the program, I realized that many of these children were struggling to recite the alphabet, recognize letters, and read basic words, yet they were enthusiastic and happy to try,” Caroline Carr remembers. “I was inspired to create a reading program that would continue throughout the school year, so these hardworking kids could continue to develop their reading skills as well as build their self-confidence as readers and as students.”

Anna Kampfe, 18 Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Not every student can say they raised $20,000 in one year for a charitable project, but Anna can. She was a key factor in helping Holy Innocents’ become the top fundraising school in America for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Fall Walk for six straight years. A Type 1 diabetic herself, Anna says, “I volunteer and fundraise because I believe that a single dollar could lead to curing millions of children who cannot eat without having to be their own doctors.” She says she was overwhelmed by the generosity of her fellow students this past year. “It let me know that I am not alone, and that people understand that a cure can happen.” Anna is also an artist and recently had one of her pieces selected for exhibition at the High Museum of Art.

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Quanterya Y. Hoard, 17 West End Academy As president of the Future Business Leaders of America Organization (FBLA) for 2014-2015, Quanterya has made a significant impact through her leadership and commitment in planning and recruitment of members to the organization. She implemented her first community service learning project for the FBLA, “Get Covered America,” which was in conjunction with the Morehouse School of Medicine Health Fair. Her efforts provided the opportunity for health fair attendees to be educated in making choices for the Affordable Care Act. “These memorable experiences have contributed to my growth, not only as a student, but as an individual whose responsibilities lies within the community,” Quanterya says.


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Which Test: SAT or ACT? As founder of Applerouth Tutoring, I often help parents navigate the complicated world of college admissions testing. Parents know the ACT is an alternative to the SAT, but they often do not know how to help their student choose between the two tests. Recently announced changes to the tests have contributed to the uncertainty. Students tend to feel more comfortable with one test format over the other. Over the past thirteen years, I’ve seen time and time again how that extra comfort can translate into a significantly higher score to send to colleges. It’s important to make as informed a decision as possible about your student’s test preparation.

Shayann Hendricks, 16

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Atlanta International School Shayann is a leader of Atlanta International School Against Human Trafficking. She was trained as a student ambassador with YouthSpark, the nonprofit that works to end child sex trafficking, and leads sessions to train others on the issues. Shayann also organized trips to the state capitol last year, lobbying for bills to pass to help trafficking victims. This past summer, she traveled to Colombia to volunteer with Colombianitos, an organization that keeps kids off the streets and in after-school tutoring and playing soccer, in a town outside of Bogota. Shayann also volunteers for Street Grace, which provides bags of food to kids who are at risk for trafficking. She has vivid memories of her first meeting with YouthSpark: “I was amazed by the level to which people were willing to commit involvement once PreschlAd_InTownEdGd_Dec2014KG_HI1.pdf 1 12/8/14 10:12their AM they understood the issue, and became aware of the problem.”

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Allison Hunter, 10

Ben Franklin Academy

Gideons Elementary

Connor attends school in the morning and then heads to a lab at Georgia Tech in the afternoons for an internship at the Global Center for Medical Innovations (GCMI). There he works with researchers designing medical devices that will enable surgeons to perform operations on babies and older patients in areas of the body that surgeons haven’t been able to reach before. Connor has helped the engineers design and manufacture these devices using 3-D printers. He also teaches sailing and water safety to younger children at Lake Lanier one day a week and on weekends. Connor is also a member of Georgia Trailriders, an organization of Jeep owners with a mission to help others in need. During last year’s snow and ice storms, he helped pull out dozens of trapped vehicles, offered rides home and helped people jumpstart their cars. “I will always remember how great it felt to aid others in a time of need,” Connor says.

Allison’s family owns a restaurant, so that has already given her a leg up in learning about business and marketing. While most students Allison’s age are consumed with social media, Allison was thinking of ways to that technology could help prepare students for the new Georgia Milestones test. Allison encouraged administrators and teachers to allow students more time on educational technology devices, including keyboarding, and use of educational apps to help prepare for the new test. She is also applying for grants to help the school obtain books, pencils, notebooks and other school supplies for students who can’t afford them. Allison has also been helping to raise money to keep the Bethlehem Senior Center open, since her grandmother goes there regularly, including making jewelry. “Our senior citizens deserve our attention and you would be surprised at how doing little things mean so much to them,” Allison says. “Just taking a little time to listen to them can make a big difference in their day.”




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Rachel Hamilton, 18 Ben Franklin Academy Rachel has been actively volunteering in the community for years, including Girl Talk, MZ Stageworks, Marcus Jewish Community Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Warren T. Jackson Primary School. Girl Talk, a nonprofit where high school girls mentor middle school girls to help build self-esteem, communication skills, and recognize the value of community service, has been part of Rachel’s life for more than four years. She has served on their National Teen Advisory Board for 9th-12th grades and has been a volunteer counselor for their summer camps and many of their community outreach programs. She channeled her passion for musical theater into

creating the “Mommy & Me Princess Tea” fundraiser for Girl Talk. Rachel arranged the entire show from casting and musical arrangement to soliciting donations and arranging sponsorships. The first event raised more than $10,000 and she’s actively planning a second one. While the fundraiser was memorable, the cast visit to Egleston Children’s Hospitals to perform and meet the sick kids was a standout moment. “Being able to bring magic and joy to these kids who were struggling with so much made all of the effort and energy we had put into that day even more rewarding,” she says.

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Amoriah Shaw, 18 Druid Hills High School Amoriah began giving back at the age of 5 when she donated her hair to Locks of Love for her friend diagnosed with leukemia. She has gone on to found Druid Hills High School chapter of MDJunior, a medical mentorship and service outreach program. She also went on a medical mission trip to Honduras with MDJunior leaders from around the country. Amoriah also served as a production assistant for Spectrum, an organization that provides support, education and resources to children and adults with autism. “I met so many families with incredible stories of their struggle to maintain a healthy life and was inspired by the amount of determination they possessed,” Amoriah says of her trip to Honduras with MDJunior. “I learned so many valuable life lessons through this process, ones that I hope to carry with me throughout my life.”

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Salome Araya, 17

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Salome have been actively involved in 21st Century Leaders, a nonprofit organization that advocates volunteerism and helps students create their own leadership projects. She has volunteered with children through the Atlanta Arts Festival; is heavily involved in Atlanta MedShare, and is the community service chair for Skills USA. Salome recalls her first time volunteering as a freshman: “Christmas break had just begun and the church was serving homeless women and children breakfast as my sister and I were working with children in the arts section. I was fortunate enough to experience how close the community was brought together. It was a room filled with such positive energy and allowed me to understand the good volunteerism could bring in my community.”

Amadou is a Project Engage Research Scholar at Georgia Tech, where he has conducted research on tissue regeneration and vascular remodeling for cardiovascular disease therapies. He has also contributed to increase voting in low socioeconomic communities, where people were initially uncomfortable or unaware of voting or its importance. He has volunteered at Grady Hospital for different shifts of medicine from Ob/GYN, internal medicine, orthopedics, and the emergency room. He has participated in feeding the homeless through the Hosea Williams Feed the Homeless Program. On service trips to Panama, Nicaragua and Guatemala, he has offered tutoring, motivational speaking and helping to clean up villages. Amadou is currently helping develop a curriculum to help minority students perform better on the ACT standardized test.

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Parker Whitlow, 18 North Atlanta High School If you’re a theatergoer, you might have seen Parker on stage at Fabrefaction in shows like Legally Blonde and Hairspray. In addition to acting, she has dedicated the past three years to the theatre program she created at Sutton Middle School where she had been a student. The program was a sophomore year requirement, but it changed the students’ lives so immensely that she knew she had to continue. This program gives middle school students opportunities that they would not have otherwise, and has also allowed high school students to learn from leadership positions. She has spent over 700 hours on these shows over the last three years, and the program will continue even as she moves on to college. “I knew how much the arts could impact students, so I made it my mission to go back and start a theatre program for Sutton students so they could have the opportunities that I couldn’t have,” Parker says. “I am proud to say that it has changed my life and I am now pursing studying directing in college next year.”

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Alexis Wilkinson, 17 Holy Spirit Preparatory School Alexis created her own handmade jewelry business to help sponsor underprivileged children at Camp Friendship, a social skills camp for children with special needs, where she volunteers in the summer. She is also the only student on the governing board of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, where she mentors girls and assists the youth choir director. Alexis says one of her most memorable experiences was at Camp Friendship, when she mentored a young girl who had such extreme anxiety that she normally cannot speak. “One day, she and I were sitting at the art table and I asked her if she wanted to learn how to make a lanyard. She nodded, and so we began. As we worked, I started telling her about myself and asking her questions about herself. Soon, I learned she loved science, had a sister, and loved her puppy. In that hour, she talked more than I had witnessed that week. Getting to know her and seeing her come out of her shell was an incredible experience I will never forget.”

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Morgan Baker, 17

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Pace Academy

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During her freshman year, Morgan began volunteering with My Sister’s House, the Atlanta Mission’s women’s and children’s shelter. During her time there, Morgan noticed that the shelter was always in need of toiletries to satisfy the basic needs of its 250 residents. In November 2013, she organized a toiletry drive and created a webpage to raise additional funds. Through online, phone and face-to-face solicitations, Morgan raised more than $1,400. She also contacted a variety of national personal product manufacturers, local youth soccer clubs, dentists and orthodontists. As a result of the drive, Morgan donated more than 5,000 personal items to the shelter. But Morgan wasn’t done. She also noticed a need amongst the homeless children she encountered for shoes that fit. So, in March 2014, Morgan founded the Atlanta Shoe Bank. She created a website and process for shelters to request shoes for their children. She began the collection process by contacting local athletic shoes stores and now has more than $18,000 in inventory. She also volunteers with Second Helping, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes surplus food that would otherwise have been thrown away. Morgan recalls spending weeks trying to get her first donations for the Atlanta Shoe Bank: “I finally got in touch with Sports Authority, which gave me 100 free pairs of brand new Nikes. After receiving this generous donation, I gave these shoes to the boys and girls of the Covenant house, a local foster home in Atlanta.”

Imani bonded with Dobbs Principal Charnita West over the death of their mothers from breast cancer. Her brother was also diagnosed with leukemia, but is now in remission. Imani had already raised money for the Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk in Centennial Park and said she wanted to do more for women with breast cancer. West asked Imani to be the student ambassador for the health committee for Relay for Life at the school. She is already working with fellow students to raise funds for the 2015 Relay for Life efforts. Imani also carries an American Cancer Society money collection can everywhere she goes. She also wants to help the homeless and has volunteered with her great-aunt to give out food. “If I had a lot of money I would give the homeless people a place to stay and food and help them fix their lives,” Imani says.

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Kaija M. Pack Mays High School Kaija has turned her birthday into an opportunity to give back to others by creating the “Feed the Need” project. She recruited over 25 volunteers and they headed to Downtown Atlanta and provided over 400 meals and gave away clothing to those in need. In lieu of receiving birthday gifts, Kaija requested that everyone bring food for the “Feed the Need” celebration. She and the volunteers set up a grill for hot food, a snack stand and drink station. Kaija plans take “Feed the Need” to other communities in Georgia and other cities across the country, including Detroit and Washington D.C. “This experience brought me one step closer to starting a nonprofit organization. The project we created made me realize, although I’m young, I have the power and capability to bring people together and change the world. My goal does not end with metro Atlanta, I plan to make a difference in all urban areas in America.”

Runners Up Samantha Humphrey, 13 Woodward Academy Samantha has served as an active volunteer and fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta. A volunteer since the age of 8, Samantha has raised more than $10,000 during that time. She was recently named the 2014 Teen Volunteer of the Year by the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Jacauri Jones, 13 Crawford Long Middle School Jacauri participates in the annual “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser to raise monies for the Lymphoma and Cancer Society, local feed the homelss campaigns and clothing drives with the Salvation Army. He also works in the school garden and was honored by the Captain Planet Food Corp. He’s also worked on a number of anti-bullying campaigns. Taylin-Destiny Morris, 16 Woodward Academy Taylin volunteers for Hosea Feed the Hungry, The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and the Atlanta Humane Society. Taylin also is the spokesperson for the 300m Girls Rise Up Project that addresses child trafficking and kidnapping.

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Sarah Caswell, 17 The Westminster Schools Sarah works with the National Charity League, where she has poured hundreds of hours into the Agape Center, small dog rescue, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Shepherd Center, to name a few. She is also an active member in an organization that raises awareness in teenage drivers called Steersmart. Tess Clemens, 14 The Galloway School Tess organized a Middle Learning student club called “Lift Her Up” at Galloway last year, which raised money to help a woman in Uganda attend college. She and the group also brought a screening of the documentary Girl Rising to Galloway. Tess spoke to each level of the school about the importance of women’s education around the world and put on several fundraisers to support her group’s goals. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Student Activities Top left: Kate’s Club, the local nonprofit that supports children and teens after the death of a parent or sibling, held its 3rd annual Memory Walk to give kids the chance to remember their loved ones. Top right: The Decatur Rotary Club collaborated with the Vilnius Rotary Club in Lithuania and four Decatur-area students to attended Camp Vasara near Vilnius. From left, L’jaaz Kingston, Agnes Scott College; Lyndsay Morrow, Decatur High School; Celeste Whitman, Agnes Scott College; Nico, a Lithuanian Jesuit Gymnasium high school student; Vito Antinozzi, Decatur High School; and Alina, another Jesuit Gymnasium high school student. Bottom left: Students got to spend time with Falcons players Jon Asamoah and Justin Blalock at the MLK Library when the Falcons and Verizon teamed up to present $15,000 to local family organizations Partnership Against Domestic Violence, The Center for WorkingFamilies and International Women’s House. Bottom right: Laura Jordan’s 3rd grade class at Lovett celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a surprise visit from legendary golfer Nancy Lopez. The students made their own video remix of Iggy Azalea’s song “Fancy” to celebrate Lopez’s career, changing the refrain in the song to “I’m so Nancy.” Lopez saw the video and arranged the visit. The students performed their version of “I’m so Nancy” live for Lopez when she arrived.

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Fernbank Museum announces big expansion plans The Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Druid Hills has announced significant expansion plans, which includes the 75-acre Fernbank Forest. The new outdoor adventure experience will occupy the 10 acres of mature woodlands behind the Museum’s terrace overlook. Experiences will include tree pods, play areas, ground trails, sensory stations, adventure nets, hands-on water cycle activities, a restored wetland and “floating” walkways. It’s expected to open in the summer of 2016. “We are thrilled to expand our offerings with this new outdoor attraction. This is a rare opportunity to connect our visitors with a truly authentic nature experience, right here inside the city,” said Susan Neugent, Fernbank president and CEO. “This is the most significant development at

Fernbank since the Museum opened, and we can’t wait for our visitors to experience this fun and invigorating encounter with nature.” The new permanent feature highlights Fernbank’s extraordinary environmental legacy, which began 75 years ago when Trustees organized to preserve Fernbank Forest, one of America’s largest old-growth urban forests. The outdoor adventure area will open in conjunction with increased access to the 65-acre forest. Construction for the outdoor adventure area will not impact Fernbank Forest, where the Museum is currently leading a research-based restoration that includes removal of more than 45 harmful invasive species and restoration of many native species that have largely disappeared. Special The Fernbank Museum of Natural History released these renderings of the planned expansion including a new outdoor adventure area for students and children (above), floating walkway between the trees (far left) and more access to the Fernbank Forest, one of the country’s largest old-growth urban forests.

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Katrina Burch, a Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy high school senior, recently took her first plane ride to present her research findings at the American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting, thanks to Georgia Tech’s Project ENGAGES (Engaging New Generations at Georgia Tech through Engineering and Science). Many minority high school students with an interest and aptitude for science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) are not aware of the education and career paths available to them. “Efforts to increase under-represented students in STEM universities must reach students in grades K-12,” explained Georgia Tech professor Dr. Robert Nerem, who founded Project ENGAGES with colleague Dr. Manu Platt in 2013. The seed of the idea for Project ENGAGES was likely planted more than a decade ago. In 2000, Nerem invited then Morehouse College senior, Manu Platt to work in his Georgia Tech research lab. Manu was already interested in biomedical engineering, but this experience led him to complete his PhD and become a Georgia Tech professor. “I didn’t know this path existed,” Platt said, crediting Nerem’s mentorship for opening his eyes to different possibilities. Hands-on lab experience and mentorship are key to Project ENGAGES’ efforts to expose students under-represented in STEM fields to the possibilities of the STEM world. The program is a partnership between Georgia Tech and three Atlanta Public Schools (APS), Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy, B.E.S.T Academy and KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, whose students are predominantly African American and receive either free or reduced lunches. With partial funding from the National Science Foundation Center for Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS), the program provides hands-on research, enhanced science classroom experiences, an after-school club, and teacher training. The most unique component of the Project ENGAGES is paid student research. With mentoring from Georgia Tech graduate students or postdoctoral researchers, high school juniors and seniors conduct a 12-month research project presenting their progress several times throughout the year, and competing in the Atlanta science fair. The student selection process is rigorous, including an application, letters of recommendation, transcript, resume, essay, parental consent and panel interview. The schedule is also demanding. Starting in the summer, students learn research skills, soft skills (like diversity/ inclusion awareness, time management, and oral presentations), and work in the lab full-time. During the school year, students like returning senior Jade

Special APS student Jade works in the lab.

Johnson, attend class in the morning at their high school, spend the afternoon in the Georgia Tech lab, head back to their high school for clubs or sports practice and hit the books at night. In less than two years, Project ENGAGES can already boast strong results. Of the 12 students who started in June 2013, 10 completed the year-long research project, eight advanced from the Atlanta science fair to the Georgia science fair, and two participated in the 2014 Intel International Engineering and Science Fair held in Los Angeles. The five graduating seniors all started college studying STEM fields. For 2014-2015, the paid research program has nearly doubled, including returning seniors like Jade. This year, Jade is working with breast cancer cells to figure out how to stop them from spreading. “We’re high school students doing things college students do – we’re getting a better advantage and exposure to college,” Jade said. She also credits the program with helping her “open up to public speaking”. In fact, she agreed to speak at the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Project ENGAGES even follows its students beyond high school. “We stay in touch with them and want them to be successful in life,” Platt said. And over time, students who participated can also become peer mentors to the new students. The influence of this effort extends beyond the participating students. “Long-term this program is also having a positive impact on Georgia Tech faculty and community.” By interacting with African American APS high school students, Georgia Tech scientists and students experience the value of diversity in the lab and on campus. What’s next for this innovative program? According to Nerem, “Expansion at Georgia Tech depends mainly on additional resources.” Another hope is that other research universities will adopt the Project ENGAGES model on their campus. Collectively, these efforts could bring more underrepresented students into STEM fields and put them on a path for high achievement and success. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Education Briefs Phil & Jeanne Oneacre

Phil and Jeanne Oneacre have committed a $1 million planned gift to Georgia State University to support of scholarships for the Department of Athletics, Honors College and J. Mack Robinson College of Business. The Oneacres have been generous benefactors to the Panther athletics program in the past. Previously, the couple has endowed a scholarship for men’s basketball to assist the needs of building a championship program. The Atlanta Braves partnered with Academy Sports + Outdoors to host a holiday party for 30 deserving fifth grade students at D.H. Stanton Elementary School. During the party, the students were surprised with bikes and helmets courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors to celebrate their good behavior and promote an active lifestyle. Special guests at the event were Braves first base coach Terry Pendleton, pitching coach Roger McDowell and Braves alumni Phil Niekro, Jim Nash and Alejandro Pena. Paideia senior Avery Yang has been named a semifinalist in the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. The Siemens Foundation established the competition in 1999 to promote science research and encourage students to undertake individual or team research projects. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $100,000. Avery is one of only 408 students named semifinalists out of the 4,500 students who submitted projects.

During its December meeting, the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to authorize expansion of The Kindezi Schools to a second campus in the Old Fourth Ward. The new school, opening August 2015, will join the first Kindezi School by educating students in familysized classes of just six to eight students. The Kindezi Schools have operated a single grassroots, nonprofit charter elementary and middle school on the west side of Atlanta for five years. Applications for enrollment at The Kindezi School - Old Fourth Ward will be accepted beginning in February of 2015. In the meantime, interested families can visit www.kindezi.org or connect with the school on Facebook. Charles R. Drew Charter School has been named one of three winners of the “Dispelling the Myth Award,” presented by The Education Trust. This award recognizes schools that have demonstrated success in creating high academic achievement among low-income or minority students, effectively closing the achievement gap plaguing public schools across the nation. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) recently announced a new endowed scholarship fund, established through a donation from Storefloors, a national leader in customized commercial flooring solutions. The Atlanta-based company made an initial gift of over $25,000 to create the Storefloors Advancement in Retail Design Scholarship (STAR) endowment in celebration of its 20th anniversary. By establishing the scholarship, Storefloors hopes to encourage and support the study of interior design and service design at SCAD.

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Underground Atlanta to become apartments, retail development By Collin Kelley

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raised one-and-a-half stories by the end of the 1920s. Underground was rediscovered in the 1960s and the original store fronts, brick streets and gas lamps were renovated and turned into a restaurant and nightclub district in 1969, including the original Dante’s Down the Hatch. The heyday was short-lived and Underground became home to vagrants until the late 80s, when it was resurrected again in 1989. The second heyday didn’t last long either as the upscale retailers and restaurants fled and were replaced by small shops, chain stores and fast-food restaurants. With the influx of Georgia State University students and residents into lofts and apartments, a grocery store has often topped local polls as the most needed amenity in Downtown.



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The city has sold Underground Atlanta to a developer who plans to transform the Downtown attraction into apartments and retail with a grocery store as an anchor tenant. Mayor Kasim Reed announced on Dec. 17 that the 12-acre property had been sold for $25.75 million to South Carolina-based real estate investment firm WRS, Inc., whose portfolio is filled with retail center developments. The purchase ends seven months of search and negotiation with potential buyers after the city bought out the remainder of an 88-year lease with the project’s former operating partner for $8.8 million. There have been previous proposals to turn Underground into a gambling casino, a museum or an arts district. The retail and entertainment district, best known for hosting the annual Peach Drop on New Year’s Eve, was created after the Civil War as bridges and viaducts were built over Downtown’s railroad tracks. The five-block section, containing about 12-acres, was eventually covered and forgotten as the street level was


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KING HOLIDAY Parade, dinner and special events honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015 (Jan. 19) will be marked with a series of events around Intown, including a parade, awards dinner and much more. Here are some of the activities: Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference This year’s conference will be held Jan. 15–19 in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. Established to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the accomplishments of the civil rights movement, this multi-ethnic, multi-gender and intergenerational conference is specifically inclusive of people of color, young people, LGBTQ people, women and immigrants. There will be workshops, panels and more. For more information, visit aflcio.org. MLK Day 5K This 5K walk/run will take place entirely in Piedmont Park on Jan. 17, starting at 8 a.m. The Peachtree Road Race qualifier will be run on grass, road, gravel, wooden bridge and dirt paths through the park. There will be a 3.1 mile drumline along the race course to encourage participants. To register, visit active.com. The King Center Details for this year’s observance at The King Center on Auburn Avenue in the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District were still being planned at press time. Expect a range of performances, lectures and charitable workshops. Visit thekingcenter.org for more information. MLK Annual Commemorative Service The Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service will be held on Jan. 19 at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue. The service is an ecumenical endeavor, engaging members of various religious traditions, and state national and international governments. Visit historicebenezer.org for more details on this year’s service. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service On Jan. 19, Hands On Atlanta will host “A Day On Not a Day Off ” and will provide opportunities for community improvement at five local schools including local community cleanup. There will also be as an essay challenge in which each school will select the winner of a MLK essay contest to read at the service site on MLK Day. The essay topic will demonstrate ways that Dr. King’s Speech in 1963 still resonates in the challenges we face today. Hands On Atlanta is also hosting a “Sunday Supper” on Jan. 18 with the theme “Our Greatest Resource: Youth in Service to Build a Better Community.” For more details visit, handsonatlanta.org/mlkday2015. Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner The King Center will recognize President Bill Clinton for his work with The Clinton Foundation, including his bi-partisan efforts with the Clinton Global Initiative, by presenting him with one of the Center’s highest honors, the Salute to Greatness Award. The dinner will take place on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The 2015 corporate honoree is Kaiser Permanente, and the award will be accepted by CEO Bernard J. Tyson. The King Center will also present two Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. (“Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership”) Awards to Aidan Thomas Hornaday, 13, founder of Aidan Cares, for his commitment to helping those in need through philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, and to the Tangelo Park Program, established by Harris Rosen. For tickets and information, visit thekingcenter.org. MLK Parade and Rally The DeKalb NAACP branch will sponsor its 13th annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Rally on Jan. 19. The parade will step off at 12:30 p.m. from the parking lot of Green Pastures Christian Ministries, 5455 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur, turn right on Snapfinger Road and end at MLK Jr. High School. The rally will begin immediately after the parade in the school’s auditorium. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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DeKalb Medical Stroke Center in Decatur recently received the Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The achievement recognizes the hospital’s overall efforts to provide comprehensive evidence based stroke care. “This is a great certification not only for our stroke program, but also our community,” said Chika Odioemene, DeKalb Medical Stroke Coordinator Nurse Practioner. “As the leading hospital in DeKalb County and surrounding areas – we want to ensure that we can provide the best possible care to all of our patients.” DeKalb Medical has also garnered accolades from The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for achieving at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Achievement Indicators to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

The Atlanta Track Club has hired Amy Begley, a 2008 US Olympian, as the first full-time head coach in the Club’s 50-year history. Begley, a 15-time All-American and two-time NCAA national champion while competing for the University of Arkansas, made the 2008 Olympic team at 10,000 meters with a dramatic last lap, racing the clock to beat the required “A” time standard for inclusion. In 2009, she finished sixth at the IAAF World Championships at the same distance in a personal best 31:13.78, making her the eighth-fastest American woman Amy Begley in history. She finished her professional career with six national titles, four of them – at 3000m indoors and 10,000 meters on the track and at 5K and 15K on the roads – in 2009. Among Atlanta Track Club’s stated goals is to develop at least one male and one female Olympian by 2020.

More than 7,000 participants gathered in Piedmont Park recently for the 24th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run and raised nearly $1 million. The event kicked off with the opening ceremony, featuring Mistress of Ceremonies comedian Sandra Bernhard. Other notable speakers included Andria Lavine Photography AID Atlanta’s CEO Dr. Jose Diaz-Rodriguez The 2015 Event Host Committee, from left, and HIV activist Hydeia Broadbent. “We are Pam Murphy, Stephanie Boswell, Bonnie grateful for the longtime community support Leadbetter, Laura Buoch, Greg Embry, Patricia around AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run,” says Terwilliger, Anita Patterson, Rebecca King and Dr. Diaz. “The funds raised at this year’s event Tracy Dean.

Verizon Wireless announced it has donated more than $800,000 to domestic violence advocacy organizations across the state of Georgia in 2014, including $10,000 from its HopeLine phone recycling program to the Atlanta Mission to support the organization’s Thanksgiving holiday meal in November. The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia will present its signature fundraising gala the Taste of Love on Feb. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. The black-tie will be emceed by comedian Jonathan Slocum. There will also be a gourmet dinner, live music and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $300 each and available at epilepsyga.org.

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Public Safety Briefs The Buckhead Hotel Council has donated 50 trauma kits to the Atlanta Police Department. The kits provide the necessary life-saving equipment for police officers to assist citizens and their own teams during trauma situations. Items in the kit include hemostatic gauze, SWAT-T Tactical Wrap Tourniquet, OSS Combat Compression Dressing, a pair of tactical nitrile gloves and a field application card. The community is also invited to join in these efforts by donating $50, the price of one kit, to The Atlanta Police Foundation. Checks can be made out to The Atlanta Police Department and mailed to State Bank and Trust Company at 3399 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1900, Atlanta, GA 30326. Four Atlanta Fire Rescue Department firefighters who risked their own safety to rescue a comrade who was trapped beneath debris in a burning building earned the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s highest honor at the recent Breakfast with our Braves Awards Ceremony. Sgt. Tyler Mallory and Firefighter Kevin Samuels from Engine 6; Sgt. Lemuel Mullins from Truck 15; and Lt. Sherwin Brown from Truck 12 rescued firefighter Clark Glass, who had been trapped and injured when a ceiling collapsed as he attempted to battle the flames in a March residential fire. Captain David Ware, Truck 15, earned an Award of Merit for his role in directing Glass’s rescue from a ladder placed against a window of the burning house. The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department honored restaurateur Rich Chey in November with its 2014 Citizen Award of Honor. Chey, owner of Doc Chey’s, Osteria 832 and Dragon Bowl, has supported the department for 17 years by hosting the Morningside Mile race/ block party and Breakfast With Santa. All proceeds from the events have been donated to the AFRD. The events have raised more than $66,000.

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When the afternoon sunlight hits Shammy’s eyes, you’d better bar the door and hang onto your heart! She becomes the prettiest dog in Georgia. Shammy is an excellent listener. You can tell her your secrets. You can lean on her when you need a friend. She’ll just cock her head to the side and look at you like you’re the best thing in this world. And to her, you could be. Shammy is pretty low energy, and she likes other dogs. To adopt Shammy or any of the other available dogs and cats searching for a home, visit pawsatlanta.org or stop by the shelter at 5287 Covington Highway in Decatur.


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Corrina’s Corner, a Decatur-based raw and natural pet food kitchen, is offering online ordering and delivery for its line of homemade formulas made from humangrade animal proteins such as turkey, beef, pork, duck and chicken. Licensed and regulated by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and FDA, ingredients at Corrina’s Corner are locally sourced, raised in the U.S., and processed and packaged in the company’s on-site commercial kitchen. To place an order, visit corrinascorner.com. Rehabilitating inmates at the Fulton County Jail and dogs from the Fulton County Animal Shelter is the goal of nonprofit Canine Cellmates. The organization takes dogs from the shelter who are about to be euthanized and places them into a program at the jail where they are rehabilitated by inmates. These inmates are selected especially for the program, and the dogs are required to graduate from a training program before they can be adopted. Requirements include learning all basic commands, leash training and being housebroken. For more about the program, visit caninecellmates.org. The Atlanta Humane Society offers a Grief Group for Pet Loss at the Howell Mill Campus on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon. Come share your story with group members experiencing similar loss and emotions. The session is led by Linda Ehlers, who holds a master’s degree in community counseling and education from Georgia Sate University. Ehlers is also available for individual counseling. The main objective of the group is to generate mutual support and comfort to one another. No appointment is necessary, and the cost is $5. For more information, visit atlantahumane.org or call the AHS Education Department at (404) 974-2899.

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Jan. 11, 1955: Georgia’s former governor John Marshall Slaton died today. He served two non-consecutive terms, 1911-12 and 1913-15. He was also a lawyer, state representative and state senator. Slaton’s still remembered for commuting Leo Frank’s death sentence in 1915 to life imprisonment. Frank had been convicted in the murder of Mary Phagan during a sensational trial on questionable evidence, and Gov. Slaton’s courageous act ended his political career and threatened his life. Jan. 14, 1867: Laura Askew Haygood, founder and principal of the McDonough Street Female Academy in southeast Atlanta, placed a notice in the Atlanta Intelligencer. Terms were $5 a month in advance. Music and piano were 80 cents a lesson. In January 1872, when Girl’s High, Atlanta’s first

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public female high school opened, she closed her school and began teaching there. In the summer of 1877, she was named principal. In 2000, Haygood was inducted into the Georgia Women of Achievement. Jan. 19, 1973: The Wheat Street Towers located at 375 Auburn Ave.was dedicated. The $3.7 million, 14-story, 210 unit high-rise, was built by the Wheat Street Charitable Foundation to provide a home for low-income elderly and persons with physical challenges. During the 1960s, Rev. William Holmes Border, Sr. of Wheat Street Baptist Church was known for initiating effective urban development in the Old Fourth Ward. He established the nation’s first federally subsidized, church-operated housing project. Jan. 19, 1951: The two-story Gulf Oil Refining building at 131 Ponce de Leon formally opened. The minimalist building in Midtown was designed by architect I.M. Pei, perhaps best known for designing the Louvre’s courtyard pyramid in Paris. From 1961 to 1978, Crawford & Company, an Atlanta risk-management service firm occupied the site, followed by various other tenants. The building was dismantled in early 2013 and removed from the site to make way for the 131 Ponce apartment complex. Portions of the building were reassembled on the site to create office space. January 28, 1928: Blanchard Brothers undertaking establishment at 1088 Peachtree Street burned that Saturday afternoon. The building was a vintage two-story foursquare house. Live sparks from the chimney caused the fire, detected by the manager of the gas station across the street. Estimated damage was $20,000. Today 1010 Midtown stands on the site. Ann Taylor Boutwell is an Atlanta historian, tour guide and docent at the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum. Email her at annboutwell@bellsouth.net. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

TimmyDaddy By Tim Sullivan

Reunions are nervy, emotional twitchfests that just enough people relish for them to be organized in the first place and at my age you almost can’t avoid them. Somebody, somewhere, that I spent a chunk of time with at some point is just itching to get the old crew back together. If my buddy Hugh’s collarbone heals correctly then maybe I’ll recount the recent reunion with my post-college Winnebago travel buddies with next month’s column. But first let’s make sure that we all still agree it was a fun weekend… It’s a lot easier to go to someone else’s reunion. My wife Kristen went to Lehigh University in Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s and their football rival is Lafayette College. The two schools carry the banner of being the most played college rivalry ever and marked this by playing the 150th meeting in Yankee Stadium on Nov. 21. It was a major event. The game sold out in seven seconds or something like that. Flights were booked. Blocks of hotel rooms were reserved. The Empire State building was to be lit up and most importantly, old familiar faces would be seen. An alumni party was planned where people were (genuinely) encouraged to dig deep into their closets to “find their old drinking shoes.” The entire bar was rented out and unless the party drank a certain amount the organizer would be on

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the hook, so seriously, drink up, already. Thankfully the turnout was tremendous and many of the revelers looked as if their old drinking shoes had never been packed away. Several explained to me that they were supposed to be class of ’94 or ’95 but wound up finishing in ’97 or ’98. I’m going to guess the minimum tab was never in doubt. On the way to the party, Kristen mused that people wouldn’t recognize her but they would think they remembered me. She was right. It became something of a phenomenon for the two day trip. One guy was like, “dude, I have lost too many brain cells and I cannot remember your name but I know I know you.” I let him down easy, but he persisted by asking where I was from, what I do for a living, yada yada… Then he nailed it: “Do you like live music?” I said that I did and asked him if he was in a band. He said no but that he really liked live music so maybe he saw me at a show one time. I agreed that that must have been what happened. A few times I literally worked the crowd. I would see someone 15 feet away who I could tell thought they knew me and I’d give a little snap and a point as if to say, “Hey brother! Good to see you too! So crowded!” I’d slink away embarrassed that I’d just become something of a snap and point guy, but then again it wasn’t really me

so it didn’t matter much. Another guy said he wasn’t sure if he remembered me from college or if I just looked a lot like his cousin Greg. That was essentially a lob serve for drinking-shoes Kristen to tell this guy and five other strangers that people have actually mistaken me for the guy who played Greg Brady on the Brady Bunch. I wonder how Barry Williams/Greg Brady/ Johnny Bravo would react if while at a high school reunion someone blurted, “Hey, anybody ever tell you that you look like that Timmydaddy guy?” He’d probably be all unnerved Special like, “ I’m Barry-friggin’From left, Aria Friedman, Angela Schonberg, Kristen Sullivan and Williams, ok?” Darlene Liebman, Lehigh University class of 1997. When we were at Yankee Stadium, I’m pretty sure that I saw my sister-in-law Suzanne’s Tim Sullivan grew up in a large brother, Eddie. I was in line for a hot pretzel family in the Northeast and now lives and he was on another line to get into the with his small family in Oakhurst. He Jim Beam bar. I thought about trying to get can be reached at tim@sullivanfinerugs. his attention but being so out of context I com. didn’t think he’d recognize me.

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Shepherd Center offers compassion, state-of-the-art rehabilitation By Collin Kelley The patients at the Shepherd Center in Buckhead have survived life-changing incidents: car accidents, strokes, swimming mishaps, sports injuries, combat injuries or a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). The rehabilitation facility could easily be drab and full of despair, but instead it’s infused with an air of hominess, compassion and, most importantly, hope. Founded in 1975 by Harold and Alana Shepherd after their son, James, was injuring in a surfing accident, the Shepherd Center has grown into the largest spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation center in the world. It also leads in MS research and the Shepherd Pain Institute provides care and management for those living with chronic pain. The nonprofit fundraising Shepherd Center Foundation is wrapping up a $20 million capital campaign for a new sate-of-the-art MRI, pharmacy and laboratory for the facility, according to J. Tyler “Ty” Tippett, Senior Director for Planned Gifts. “We receive no government grants, so the Shepherd Center relies on the generosity of the community,” Tippett said. Willie Myers has been on the receiving end of that generosity and the caring attitude that permeates Shepherd. Myers was a member of diplomatic security on assignment in Tel Aviv. On a day off, he went for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea and a wave threw him to the ocean floor. Myers was barely able to speak and had no movement about his waist. That was in September. Today, Myers has regained movement, his speech and is progressing daily with his rehabilitation. He sums up his experience at Shepherd succinctly: “This is an awesome place.” Another part of the awesomeness is the support for family members of patients. Shepherd has 84 apartments on its Peachtree Road campus that are offered free for up to 30 days. Tippett said it allows loved ones to be fully immersed in the rehabilitating process. “Training of family is just as important as training the patients to adapt and reintegrate,” Tippett said. Along with physical rehabilitation – such as sessions in the gym and Shepherd’s large, heated indoor pool – there’s also the process of learning to become selfsufficient (including cooking and driving) and the use of technology which many take for granted. The facility’s tech department helps patients with limited mobility learn to use computers, tablets and cell phones. In conjunction with Georgia Tech, new ways to communicate are also being developed including the “tongue drive,” a magnetic tongue stud that helps those who have lost the use of their arms and legs access computers or maneuver their wheelchairs. For those who have sustained injuries during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center is a comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for service men and women who have sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury and PTSD. Tippett said with patients coming from around the state, the country and the world for treatment at Shepherd, the ongoing mission is to provide care and atmosphere of optimism. “When someone says, ‘Shepherd doesn’t feel like a hospital,’ I know we’re making a difference,” Tippett said. For more about the Shepherd Center, visit shepherd. org.

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Top left: John Bowders practices going over bumps in his wheelchair. Top right, Exercise Specialist Kelly White talks to visitors about the work patients do in the Shepherd gym. Middle right: Terrill Estabrook is assisted by an employee in the gym. Middle left: Visitor Sara Lowe looks down into the heated swimming pool. Bottom left: Shepherd Center’s Ty Tippett talks with patient Willie Myers. Photos by Isadora Pennington

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Business & Retail Briefs The Kroger supermarket at 725 Ponce de Leon Ave. hopes to finally shake its “Murder Kroger” nickname with the unveiling of a new pedestrian/bike ramp to the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, a colorful new mural and other revamps to the store. The unfortunate nickname has stuck to the store since a homicide in the parking lot more than 20 years ago. A recent grand re-opening event gave BeltLine Kroger the chance to show off its extensive interior and exterior revamp, including installation of a bike repair station, bike racks, doggy watering station, new sidewalks, landscaping, installation of a water quality pond and repaved parking lot. A colorful mural depicting the history and continued evolution of the area surrounding the Eastside Trail has also been created by Savannah College of Art and Design students Jing Li, Hannah Li and Sena Kwon. The price tag for the new Atlanta Falcons and soccer stadium has gone up again, this time by $200 million. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority board announced in December that the price of the retractable-roof had increased bringing the total budget for the Downtown stadium to $1.4 billion. An Atlanta developer wants to build new hotel and office space at Technology Square in Midtown, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Bob Voyles, principal and CEO of Seven Oaks Co., envisions a mid-rise urban campus at Centergy North, a roughly 4-acre site at Spring and 8th streets the company has owned in a joint venture since 2005. Plans include 8- to 10-story buildings with up to 1.5 million square feet of office, hotel and potentially retail space to serve the city’s booming startup community. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership has appointed Chuck Meadows, right, as the organization’s new executive director. Meadows grew up in Washington Park, an Atlanta BeltLine Westside neighborhood before graduating from Morehouse College and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He will step down from his post as President of Jim Adams LLC, an urban agriculture social enterprise, and become chairman of the board. Meadows has also served at the Metro Atlanta Chamber as vice president for public policy. The SkyView Ferris Wheel will be around for at least Chuck Meadows another year following a vote by the Atlanta City Council in December. The council voted unanimously to renew the agreement that allows the 20-story Ferris wheel to operate in Downtown across from Centennial Olympic Park through Dec. 31, 2015.




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Stoddard’s, a shooting range and retail store, is now open at 485 Bishop St. near Atlantic Station. Owned by former real estate attorneys Michael Halbreich and Ken Baye, the 34,000 square foot facility includes 24 shooting lanes, 6,500 square foot firearms store, 1,000 square foot Beretta-branded store and an on-site training classroom. The Atlanta City Council approved $1.5 million from the Economic Opportunity Fund to bring payment technology company Worldpay to the city. The relocation of the company headquarters is expected to create an estimated 1,266 new jobs. Students from Georgia Tech presented a final report on their revitalization plan for the Memorial Drive corridor in December at city hall. The students in Mike Dobbins’ urban design class spent the fall semester studying the road, which stretches from Downtown to Stone Mountain. Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong, who championed the work being done by the Tech students, hopes the report will be approved as a Living Centers Initiative, a program of the Atlanta Regional Commission. The “Imagine Memorial” project looks at ways to improve traffic flow, pedestrian use, safety and selected potential properties for demolition or purchase that could be used as park space or as traffic solutions. Comcast has announced it will offer “gigabit Internet” – or ultra-fast Internet service – for businesses in metro Atlanta. The announcement comes on the heels of both AT&T and Google committing to offering faster Internet service in the area. Sarah Cyrus Home, a marketplace of consignments, is now open at 1194 Huff Road. The 6,000 square foot showroom combines rare antiques and designer brand names at a fraction of the retail price. For more, visit sarahcyrus.com. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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DOWNTOWN RECYCLES Office buildings participate in collection drive

Downtown Green Source, a program of Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, recently joined efforts with the Downtown office community for a successful collection drive that generated 7.563 tons of recycled office supplies. Downtown Green Source partnered with LiveThriveAtlanta, Recycling Management Resources, and Five Star Shredding to host a “Clean Out Your Office” recycling drive. Seven property management companies offered 12 locations in nine buildings for the drive. Partnering property management companies include Parkway Realty Services, Boxer Property, Cousins Properties Incorporated, Fairlead Commercial Real Estate, Jones Lang LaSalle, RB Management Services and Lincoln Property Company. “We had so much participation from our 260|270 Peachtree Tenants. Some offices held internal competitions, cleaned out storage areas, and truly took advantage of the on-site shredding truck services,” said Leslie Pigue, Marketing Director with RB Management Services, Inc. at 260|270 Peachtree. The nine participating Downtown office buildings included Peachtree Center, The Hurt Building, One Ninety One Peachtree Tower, American Cancer Society Center, M. Rich Building, Woodruff Volunteer Center, The Loudermilk Center, 260|270 Peachtree and 55 Allen Plaza. Recycling Management Resources placed bins at various locations throughout the office buildings for the collection of non-secure office supplies. Five Star Shredding was on-site to securely recycle documents. “We’re pleased with the impressive results of the Downtown recycling drive,” said A.J. Robinson, CAP/ADID President. “The Downtown community has proven once again that it can accomplish a great deal through collaboration, and we are grateful to our project partners, property management companies and Downtown property owners for their commitment to sustainability.”

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The Wylde Center needs winter volunteers for its public greenspaces in Decatur and East Atlanta. Regular garden work days are posted on the Wylde Center’s website, wyldecenter.org. All ages are welcome, but everyone is asked to let the Center know in advance when they plan to volunteer by emailing jc@wyldecenter.org so the staff can match the volunteers to the available projects. Groups of five or more may also sign up in advance. “When the leaves are off the trees and many plants are dormant, it’s a great time evaluate the ‘bones’ of the garden and do clean-up, hardscaping and planning,” said Stephanie Van Parys, executive director of the Wylde Center. “We appreciate our volunteers who join us to rake leaves, tidy up the grounds, build or repair structures like walls and fences, and handle other winter season garden tasks. We have a lot of fun together and it’s great to be outdoors no matter the time of year,” she said.

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Toilet paper without the cardboard tube? Scott Naturals has introduced “tube-free” bath tissue in Atlanta, and the company says it will help with the city’s sustainability efforts. Scott said in a media release that Atlantans waste 27 million toilet paper tubes annually. The concept of tubeless toilet paper has already caught on in other parts of the world, including the United Kingdom. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and partner organizations have announced the top performers of 2014 at its Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge. Those recognized at the event represent participants whose efforts produced the highest levels of energy and water savings during the year. Outstanding Achievement Awards went to The Georgia Trust–Rhodes Hall (water saving); St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Energy Star Award); Fox Theatre (outstanding energy project); Bank of America Plaza (outstanding water project); and Hines Property Management (tenant engagement award). To date, the Atlanta BBC encompasses more than 228 buildings in Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead, totaling more than 73 million square feet. To see the full list of honorees, visit atlantabbc.com.

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Atlanta Jewish Film Festival to screen more than 100 movies By Collin Kelley and Martha Nodar The 15th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival kicks off Jan. 28 at participating local theatres and runs through Feb. 19 with more than movies on the schedule. The festival will open with Above and Beyond, a gripping documentary produced by Nancy Spielberg (Steven’s sister) about the creation of the Israeli Air Force. Another anticipated film will be 24 Days, a harrowing tale of the kidnapping, torture and murder of a young Frenchman by a youth gang in Paris. The closing night film will be Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem, a portrait of the beloved actor and performer. Gabriel Wardell, film evaluation co-chair for the festival, described the quality of this year’s films as “very high.” “There was plenty of heated discussion and passion about the films among the committee,” Wardell said. “I think the slate we have is interesting and engaging.” Special Wardell said the committee of more than a dozen people started watching Above, Ruth Halimi (Zabou Breitman) searches for her kidnapped son in Paris in 24 Days; movies in May and watched hundreds Right, Above and Beyond chronicles the creation of the Israeli Air Force; Below, audience at of films to narrow down this year’s one of last year’s Atlanta Jewish Film Festival screenings. festival, which is the second largest in the country. Another sellout is expected, so film lovers are encouraged to buy their tickets early when they go on sale Jan. 11. “I’m excited,” said Sandy Springs resident Gail Cohn. “This festival is a fantastic event with films that focus on subjects of human interest, educate the public about cultural issues, art, cinema – the panorama of life.” Cohn is one of the festival volunteers involved in this year’s guest programming committee responsible for identifying the appropriate guest speakers who introduce the films to the audience. These speakers attempt to create an interest in the film by sharing with the audience some details about the movie without giving away the plot, she said. Ellen Stein, also of Sandy Springs said having a presenter introduce each film helps to enhance the movie experience. “I was very impressed with the quality and variety of the films last year,” she said. “I went to 20 movies. That was the first time I had participated so fully in the AJFF.” Stein’s friend and Midtown resident Phyllis Abramson said she tries to attend the festival every year and typically goes to places near her such as the Tara Cinema and the theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center. ”The festival offers a great diversity of movies focusing on themes of humanity, not only on Jewish subjects, but tap into areas of interest to the community at large,” she said. For ticket information, film lineup and venues visit ajff.org.

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renovation in the theater’s history. The improvements in the Alliance spaces are phase one of a long-term plan to improve the public and performance spaces of the Memorial Arts Building. “We are so grateful to the Woodruff Foundation Trustees for this incredibly important investment to strengthen the Arts Center,” said Virginia Hepner, president and chief executive officer of The Woodruff Arts Center. “The Foundation’s generosity has been instrumental to our success for nearly 50 years, and this added support will help all of our arts partners continue to adapt and thrive for decades to come for the benefit of our community.”

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Your family’s most comprehensive online guide to arts and cultural entertainment Visit AtlantaPlanIt.com for more upcoming events. Visual Arts New Takes: Peter Bahouth and Matthew Gamber explore charming, new and rewired methods of making a picture in this Hagedorn Foundation Gallery exhibit. Closes January 10. Free. hagedornfoundationgallery.org


Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures: This acclaimed children’s exhibition at The Breman Museum is an engaging multi-media exhibition featuring the famed “chicken soup” slide, a dress up area, and activity stations where children can let out their inner Wild Things. Sunday through Friday. $6 to 12. thebreman.org

Outside the Box: Encourage kids to go “outside the box” at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s exhibit inspired by the potential of cardboard boxes. Closes January 25. $12.75. childrensmuseumatlanta.org

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GYRE: The Plastic Ocean: The David J. Sencer CDC Museum looks at the relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption in this unique art and science exhibition. Opens January 26. Free. cdc.gov/museum

The Merry Wives of Windsor: The lecherous Sir John Falstaff sets his sights on the wives of Windsor, setting off an evening of side-splitting mischief and schemes. Opens January 1. $15 to $39. shakespearetavern.com

American Sabor: Latinos in Popular U.S. Music: The Atlanta History Center explores how Latin music genres have profoundly influenced American popular music, from the 1940s to the present. Daily. $11 to $16.50. atlantahistorycenter.com

Winston Churchill’s death, The Millennium Gate Museum brings together more than 30 of Churchill’s paintings, photographs, letters, films and personal belongings. Daily. $10 to $12. Churchill-atlanta.com

The Art of Diplomacy – Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting: In honor of the 50th anniversary of Sir

Gordon Parks: Segregation Story: The High Museum of Art presents more than 40 rarely seen color prints by trailblazing


light on the little-known practice of leasing African-American convicts to private individuals and corporations. Daily. $8.50 to $13. atlantahistorycener.com/mmh

African-American artist and filmmaker Gordon Parks. Tuesday through Sunday. $10 to $19.50. high.org Slavery by Another Name: Paintings and Assemblages by Robert Claiborne Morris: The Margaret Mitchell House presents a mixed-media art exhibit inspired by the Pulitzer-Prize winning book that shed

Shen Yun Performing Arts: With classical Chinese dance, a live orchestra, dazzling costumes and animated backdrops, Shen Yun transports audience members to another world. January 2 through 4. $67.45 to $221.70. cobbenergycentre.com Asher Fisch Conducts Liszt And Strauss; Daniil Trifonov Makes ASO Debut: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs works by Franz Liszt (who was the ultimate “rock star” of his day), Rachmaninov’s last piece for orchestra and piano, as well as Strauss’ symphonic nod to heroism. January 8 and 10. $24 to $99. atlantasymphony.org The Stinky Cheese Man: Based on the wildly popular children’s book, Jack (of Beanstalk fame) guides the audience through this hilarious collection of fairy tale parodies. Closes January 11. $16.50. puppet.org Conductor Marin Alsop Returns to the ASO: The first female conductor of a major U.S. orchestra leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring works by Barber and Tchaikovsky’s final symphony. January 15 and 17. $24 to $99. atlantasymphony.org Rain Pryor: Fried Chicken & Latkes: Rain Pryor shares her experience growing up the daughter of famed comic Richard Pryor and Shelley R. Bonis, a Jewish go-go dancer, in this one-woman show featuring a live jazz band. January 15 through 17. truecolorstheatre.org Private Lives: A comedy of manners and marriage, this show at Stage Door Players follows two ex-lovers who find themselves both honeymooning with their

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new spouses at the same hotel. Opens January 16. $15 to $30. stagedoorplayers. net Newsies: Direct from Broadway to the Fox Theatre, this smash-hit Disney musical is a high-energy show of song and dance based on the true story of New York’s paper boy strike in 1899. January 20 through 25. $25 to $95. broadwayinatlanta.com

A Weekend with Scott Adsit: “30 Rock” and Second City alum Scott Adsit joins Dad’s Garage for two nights of improve jams. January 23 and 24. $21 to $28. dadsgarage.com


Atlanta Community Choral Festival: Atlanta Master Chorale hosts this annual concert at Emory’s Schwartz Center featuring the special guests Chattanooga Boys Choir and two additional choirs

from metro Atlanta. January 24. Free! atlantamasterchorale.rog Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature: After retiring from the New York City Ballet this fall after 25 years, Wendy Whelan presents this new show of duets with upand-coming choreographers. January 27. $48 to $76. rialtocenter.org

Bad Jews: This savagely funny battle royale over a cherished family artifact returns to Atlanta after a critically acclaimed run in New York City. Opens January 21. $20 to $32. actors-express.com

Arlo Guthrie: For the first time in a decade, folk icon Arlo Guthrie brings to the stage the entire blues song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” in honor of its 40th anniversary. January 31. $39 to $49. ferstcenter.gatech.edu

Tuck Everlasting: A young girl dreaming of adventure meets a family with a fascinating secret, and their chance encounter will change them all forever in this Alliance Theatre production. January 21 through 31. $21 to $60. alliancetheatre. org

Connor Christian & Southern Gothic: This unconventional contemporary country band has opened for everyone from Tim McGraw to ZZ Top and traveled globally. Also featuring Davin McCoy and The Deadfields. January 31. $15 to $18. thebuckheadtheatre.com

Keep on Singing: Atlanta Women’s Chorus begins its second season with a concert of personal stories interwoven with music that honors heroines. January 23 and 24. voicesofnote.org/awc

Urban Bush Women: Since 1984, these women have used movement as a movement, their art confronting social issues and imploring civic action. January 31. $40 to $66. rialtocenter.org


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Yelp recommends great tea and coffee houses to keep you warm this winter By Benjamin Getz Don’t let the cold air chill your bones during these wintery months! Atlanta is no stranger to seasonal beverages that will warm body and soul, plus an opportunity to get some work done on your laptop or table. This month, your pals at Yelp have a list of local spots for coffee and tea that will turn you into a regular faster than you can say “espresso.”

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Poncey-Highland Don’t be fooled by the name, coffee-lovers; these guys are as local as they come. They roast their own and have some of the coziest chairs around. Pro Tip: Be sure to ask for the Wi-Fi password upon your arrival. 676 N. Highland Ave. NE. Photo by Will P.

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Taproom Coffee Kirkwood Coffee, Tea, Draught Beer. Not much else you could possibly need to combat a cool breeze or rainy, winter day. Drop in for the great coffee from Counter Culture Coffee, stay for local brews. 1963 Hosea L Williams Drive, Suite R106. Photo by Trevor W.

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East Atlanta Village Equal parts gallery space, coffee house, brunch spot, and purveyor of local knickknacks, Hodgepodge is a glorious spot for a day on the laptop or for a cup of joe with a close friend. Don’t miss the Paleo Brownie. It’ll change your life. 720 Moreland Ave.

Old Fourth Ward Dialed-in shots of espresso or a craftily made craft cocktail, this spot on the corner of Freedom and Boulevard boasts fantastic potations as well as splendid views of Downtown from the patio. 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Suite 100.

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Downtown One of the most diverse coffee menus around and some of the coolest uses of space as well. You step into what feels like your trendy friend’s loft, but the coffee is even better. Cool weather drink choice: The Cortado. 16 Park Place. Photo by Dona N.

Inman Park Intelligentsia Coffee, Jake’s Ice Cream, local brews at the bar, plenty of seating for a winter weather refuge, and just off of the BeltLine. There’s no denying this spot as a beacon for all things wonderful in Inman Park. 240 N. Highland Ave.

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Poncey-Highland When you’re at the end of a long workday and it’s time to close the computer and pack up, it’s nice to have a glass of wine or three at the ready. That makes Java Vino pretty much the coziest and most loung-y workspaces in the city. 579 N. Highland Ave.

Downtown Just off of Auburn Avenue awaits your next loose-leaf tea experience. Step into this darling space and peruse their assortment of local teas, honey, and baked goods. Grab your tea to-go or stay for a while in one of their cozy chairs. 171 Auburn Ave. Photo by Michelle T.

Sweet Hut Bakery Midtown Grab some tea or coffee, hot or cold, and don’t miss out on a welcoming atmosphere with more baked goods and sweets than your dentist would like to hear about. 935 Peachtree St. NE. Photo by Daniel B.

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Candler Park Not only can these guys tout the coolest name, but they have something you probably don’t have in your home – daily high tea service. Reserve ahead of time or just head in for a spot of tea, a scone, and a warm atmosphere. 645 McLendon Ave. NE.

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TASTING INTOWN: Café Sababa By Art Huckabee There are close to 10,000 restaurants in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Most fly under the radar relying on word of mouth or online “review” sites like Yelp or Trip Advisor for their advertising and clientele. It’s our goal in 2015, to visit more of these “mom and pop” places, particularly those that are in the communities that the INtown and Reporter Newspapers serve. If you know of a restaurant in your community that you’d like us to visit, send an email to TastingIntown@AtlantaINtownPaper. com. We kicked off our New Year’s quest with lunch at Café Sababa. Located in an easily overlooked strip shopping center in Dunwoody, Café Sababa has been open since 2010. “Sababa” is a slang term in Hebrew and Arabic that loosely means “no worries” or “it’s all good” or “cool.” The small, rectangular, tile-floored space is done in earth tones with local, “for sale” artwork adorning the walls. It’s a popular place and there’s often a wait, but our timing was good and we immediately snagged a table. A server quickly brought menus, recited the day’s specials and took our drink orders. It’s a family run operation that’s friendly, fast and efficient. Sababa specializes in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Chef/owner

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Doni Tamli is a native of Israel and has over 25 years in the restaurant and catering business. We started with an appetizer of Falafel and hummus. The ground chickpea balls were hot and crispy with a soft center. They were served with a side of tehina sauce, which is the Middle Eastern name for what we call tahini, a mixture of tahini, which is sesame paste, along with garlic and lemon juice. The hummus, another riff on the venerable garbanzo bean, was creamy smooth with a generous pore of olive oil in the center. Warm pita wedges served as the perfect utensils to get every last morsel. The daily special appetizer was Potato Latkes laced with dill and served with a tzatziki sauce. They were an interesting play on the classic Hanukkah dish although the “latke purist” in our party did not care for the dill. We ordered the Lamb Burger, the Chicken Shawarma Wrap and the Gyro

Platter. The freshly ground Lamb Burger was served on a grilled ciabatta roll with lettuce and tomato. A roasted red pepper and garlic aioli accompanied the burger and made the dish, supplying just enough flavor and moisture to shore up the slightly dry, yet tasty, burger. The side of tabouleh salad was the right ratio of parsley to bulgur wheat with the parsley playing the starring role. Mint and lemon made the dish quite refreshing. The Chicken Shawarma Wrap was a pita filled with tender, well-seasoned chicken, lettuce, cucumber, tomato and tehina sauce. “Shawarma” typically refers to the method of cooking on a vertical rotating spit. While this version had avoided a spit, its preparation still resulted in a juicy and flavorful bird. Shawarma devotees might miss the lack of garlic sauce in this version but it was still very good. A small Greek salad with

lots of Feta cheese accompanied the wrap. The Gyro Platter was a generous portion of Gyro-style lamb served with warm pita wedges. The meat was moist, tender and nicely spiced. It also came with a salad of Romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomato and Feta cheese. Tzatziki sauce was on the side; Sababa’s version is thicker than most. How was Café Sababa? It was sababa, dude! Café Sababa is located at 4639-D N. Shallowford Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338. (678) 705-8268 or cafesababa. net. Art Huckabee is one of Yelp’s Elite Reviewers, as well as a pilot and food lover. Send feedback to TastingIntown@ AtlantaINtownPaper.com.

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Alpharetta. $2,100,000 8885 Old Southwick Pass 6BR/6Full 3half BA FMLS: 5349939 Aly Marshall 404.229.3136

Brookhaven. $189,900 1260 Druid Knoll Drive 2BR/1.5BA FMLS: 5369580 Heyward Young 404.784.7063 Kelli Meier 404.644.3146

Brookhaven. $599,900 1055 Westbrooke Way NE 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5366678 Stacy Galan 404.861.6500

Brookhaven. $629,000 2564 Camille Drive NE 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5356129 Michelle Wing 404.217.6764

Buckhead. $1,150,000 3629 Habersham Road 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5363429 Annie Boland 404.449.1179

Buckhead. $1,245,000 4450 Harris Trail 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5302005 Jackie Sanford 404.406.0771

Buckhead. $1,595,000 68 N Muscogee Avenue NW 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5368960 Jim Getzinger 404.991.7700

Buckhead. $1,675,000 2976 Sequoyah Drive NW 5BR/5.5BA FMLS: 5316906 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

Buckhead. $238,500 2255 Peachtree Road NE, No. 820 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5366555 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233 Scott Hannah 404.670.4560

Buckhead. $3,400,000 1126 E Beechwood Drive NW 6BR/6Full 2half BA FMLS: 5316340 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

Buckhead. $335,000 250 Pharr Road NE, No. 1913 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5343695 Erika Eaton 404.246.9330

Buckhead. $575,000 4705 Lake Forrest Drive 3BR/3BA FMLS: 5367301 Stacy Galan 404.861.6500

Buckhead. $644,000 2210 Northside Drive NW 4BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5369615 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

Buckhead. $699,900 58 Sheridan Drive 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5363201 Tom Hicks 404.307.4488

Castleberry Hill. $2,699,000 229 Bradberry Street SW 3BR/3Full 2half BA FMLS: 5320025 Eydie Koonin 404.697.8215

Cumming. $5,070,000 7155 Flowery Branch Road 64+/- Acres FMLS: 5340810 Donna Murphy 770.312.5776 Ann Sander 678.234.9855

Druid Hills. $289,500 11 Lullwater Place NE 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5368456 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

East Atlanta. $330,000 1581 Eastland Road SE 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5363844 Charles Gerrick 404.218.8993

Intown. $295,000 660 Glen Iris Drive NE, No. 306 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5366325 Chase Horner 404.754.4133

Locust Grove. $299,000 800 Lester Mill Road 4BR/3BA FMLS: 5352783 Jay Bailey 678.557.6971

Marietta. $1,025,000 4027 River Ridge Chase 5BR/3Full 2half BA FMLS: 5328560 Lynn Horner Baker 770.579.4060

Midtown. $162,000 955 Juniper Street NE, No. 2329 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5371941 Blaine Palmer 229.400.3674 Wilmot Irvin 704.776.8313

Sandy Springs. $859,900 6323 Mountain Brook Way 4BR/3Full 2half BA FMLS: 5370993 Tom Hicks 404.307.4488

Serenbe. $525,000 441 Selborne Way 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5362965 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558

Virginia Highland. $999,000 1360 Chalmette Drive NE 5BR/4BA FMLS: 5367097 Chrissie Kallio 404.295.2068

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Intown ~ 404.874.0300

North Atlanta ~ 770.442.7300

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An up close and personal look at West Midtown’s Cooks & Soldiers By Megan Volpert



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Full disclosure: the entire Castellucci family is very near and dear to my personal heart. However, they earned their way in–as did I into theirs. What the Castelluccis do best is know their clientele – feeding, comforting and entertaining you accordingly, with tailored consideration to detail. They’ve thought about what West Midtown needs and they’ve delivered Cooks & Soldiers on 14th Street. At the helm in the kitchen, two young men of extraordinary potential: Landon Thompson and John, the youngest of the three Castellucci siblings and the only one of them trained in cuisine instead of management. John spent a long while in San Sebastian picking up everything about Basque cookery, and then a long time in Atlanta with Castellucci Hospitality Group vet chef Landon, filtering traditional comfort cookery through their thoroughly modern sense of plate and unceasingly playful sense of recipe. They do have a tightly controlled interest in molecular gastronomy that peeks out of many dishes. The Megan Volpert result of Landon and John’s From the top: Bruleed fig, marmitako hot pot and chocolate collaboration is unerringly and corn for dessert. lovely to look at, thrilling well-balanced alternative bite. to the mouth, and often something worth reflection. Bruleed fig: Cana de Cabra, Bayonne The menu has three main sections: ham, 25-year sherry vinegar, torn mint. tradiciones, which are all four-bite Three plates deep now, I see how expert toasts of house-made sourdough they’re toasting this bread. Fork or topped with various accoutrements, fingers, whatever suits you. The bread especiales, which are larger tapas plates holds firm against the weight of what’s on or small entrees, and the asador, which top, but it tears apart with ease when you are huge grill dishes to share between bite into it. The contrasting crunches of several people. I ordered eleven dishes fig and toast on this one, plus the smooth for a party of three, and we all got finish of the cheese, made this bite an totally food drunk. You really can’t go instant topic of discussion at the table. wrong with any of the options, or as our friendly server put it, “just do you Tartare: cured tomatoes, traditional cause it’s all gonna be delicious.” accompaniments, carrot ‘yolk.’ This is the showstopper, and I will likely order it Tradicionales every time. The beef is actually tomato. The yolk is actually carrot. It just works. Cana y frutas: apple, bruleed queso It looks familiar on the plate but is de Cabra, mango, blackberry. Looks like totally unfamiliar in the mouth, and it is it had caviar on top, but those are spheres seriously tasty. Vegetarians will rave and of blackberry gel. You expect salt and carnivores will not be disappointed. you get tart, a cool surprise that doesn’t overwhelm. Not a super big personality Especiales in the taste, but bright and refreshing. A good option for a palate cleanser between Chistorra in a blanket: Chistorra bigger plates. sausage, croissant, cider glaze, maplemustard allioli. Crust is flaky but still Boquerones: white anchovy, blood holds up well under the knife. The real orange marmalade, apple-serrano salad. gem here is the dipping sauce, some kind This is a killer salty plus sweet bite, of maple-mustard miracle that is neither though the heat from the serrano is too sweet nor too burning. If they wanted likely a little bit too far forward for some to bottle it and sell it at the bar, I’d buy palates. Just avoid the one pepper on top, enough to take a bath. and you’re in the clear with an equally

Huevos revueltos: soft scrambled eggs, wood grilled local mushrooms, truffle, toast. This one is still a work in progress. One challenge of tapas is remembering to prioritize dishes likely to get cold more quickly. Alas, our table faltered. This dish positively reeks of truffles, and the warmth emanating from that scent lulled us into a false sense of security about how long it would stay at peak deliciousness. The mushrooms were terrific, but the eggs didn’t hold up too well. Pulpo: grilled Spanish octopus, charcoal potatoes, piquillo emulsion, rosemary. These guys really know how to do octopus. The piquillo pepper sauce comes in a plastic dropper, which is speared into one of the tentacles. The plate arrives precariously at the table, and then you get to pull out the dropped to sauce it yourself. The meat is delicious, and the pitch-black charcoal potatoes are a strangle feast for the eyes. Bikini: White American, Jamon Iberico, black truffle, white bread. Another superstar on the menu. How can you resist ordering a bikini? It’s a cracked-out version of grilled cheese. Gooey without being stringy or drippy, just enough ham, a hit of truffle more in scent than on palate. They should be fielding this dish for the next Taste of Atlanta, and give their own Iberian Pig pork cheek tacos a run for their money as best hand-held in the city. Asador Marmitako hot-pot: grilled tuna, Iberico broth, piperade, chorizo peppers, garlic-parsley pistou. Fans of Double Zero’s l’arrosto will recognize the situation here. It’s a build your own, very communal, same type of hearty flavor palate. Almost like a Basque version of pho, this broth is designed to cure what ails you. The tuna was seared so perfectly it was almost a shame to pour the broth on top of it, but it did cook to a perfect medium-rare, and continued to shapeshift as I added various accents from the four options provided. Dessert Chocolate and corn: chocolate tarte, corn gelato, aerated horchata. A great combination of sweetness, pairing the traditional flavor with the more thoughtful flavor. And of course, the CHG restos all have excellent homemade gelato, and the corn flavor warmed my Midwestern heart. This dish was hard outside, soft inside, and came to the table in a majestically tall pillar that only looked better as the gelato began to melt down. Fruity pebbles: cereal croquetas, goat’s milk gelato, marshmallow. You will not forget this. The plate is huge, the croquetas are surprisingly warm, and the goat’s milk gelato covered in crushed fruity pebbles and marshmallows is…well, just eat it. It made me feel like a kid again. Megan Volpert occasionally writes food features and reviews for our website. Check out more at AtlantaINtownPaper.com. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Quick Bites Ponce City Market has announced the addition of four new food retailars that will be opening in the Central Food Hall in the spring. Bellina, a gourmet Italian market, will offer fresh ingredients and slow-cooked foods for guests to dine-in or take away. Strippaggio, the Atlanta-based purveyor of small-batch extra virgin olive oils, vinegars, gourmet salts, spices and culinary serving accessories will open its second location PCM. Ton Ton by restaurateur Guy Wong will offer Japanese ramen, sushi and noodles. Farm to Ladle will be a café and farmstand selling a selection of locally sourced products including raw vegetables, fresh herbs and spices. The café will offer soups, salads and sandwiches. For more, visit poncecitymarket.com After a successful dinner service launch at Buckhead Atlanta, Le Bilboquet continues to expand its offering of traditional French cuisine with lunch service, available now, and Sunday brunch coming before year’s end. The new menu will include some dinner items as well as croque monsieur, beef paillard and halibut Riviera. Buckhead Tavern is set to open in the Eclipse Buckhead Condominium development on Dec.18. Founded by the son of Johnny’s Hideaway owner, Johnny Esposito, Jr., and restaurateur Ron Barber, the restaurant and sports lounge will offer tavern fare, cocktails, beer and wine and live entertainment Thursday through Sunday. Buckhead Tavern is located at 264 Pharr Road. GRAIN (grain-bar.com) is now open on the groundfloor of MidCity Lofts in Midtown, 670 West Peachtree St., featuring a big cocktail menu and “bar bites.” The restaurant is the latest concept from Bill Streck, coowner of Cypress Street Pint and Plate.

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A new restaurant called Community Smith, headed by Executive Chef Micah Willix, is slated to open this at 866 West Peachtree Street. The menu will feature ingredientdriven, seasonal food composed of sharable plates and a la carte offerings in a communal dining room. There will also be cocktails, boutique wines and craft beers.

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Chef and caterer Deborah VanTrece has taken over the Decatur space previously home to Marbar at 314 East Howard Ave. to open Twisted Soul Kitchen + Bar. The menu will be “farm-to-table Southern fusion” with cocoa-crusted rack of lamb, shrimp and crab fritters, barbecue chicken spring rolls and Southern friend chicken. Child, vegetarian and gluten free offerings will also be served. For more visit, twistedsoulkitchenandbar.com.

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Hop City opens at Krog Street Market

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Hop City opened its more than 2,400-square-foot location in the Inman Park food and retail hall just before the holidays. This is the third location in the city offering a wide selection of craft beer, wine and growlers. Above left, Matt McDaniel looks at wine selection; Middle bottom, owner Kraig Torres works with new employee Alston Jones.

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Krog Street Market opens The old iron works building (and former home to Tyler Perry’s studio) at the corner of Krog Street and Lake Avenue has been transformed into a foodie paradise -- with a touch of retail, too -- called Krog Street Market. Pictured clockwise from top left: Goodies at the Little Tart Bakeshop; customers line up to try Middle Eastern food from Yalla; Jason Rich and his daughter Peyton check out the Krog Market scene; The Spotted Trotter is offering up charcuterie; Mama Bath and Body has handmade soaps, bath salts and relaxation products; French Market Flowers owners John and Ciny Tarrant work on some arrangements; and a close up look at some of The Spotted Trotter’s sausages. More restaurants and retail will be opening in the new year. For more information, visit krogstreetmarket.com. Photos by Isadora Pennington

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Home & Real Estate City Living | Neighborhoods | Development


Local realtors make their predictions about the 2015 market By Kathy Dean The economic picture is brightening all across the country, and with it, the real estate market is seeing welcome gains. Encouraging predictions for 2015 in Freddie Mac’s U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook last November included a 20 percent rise in homebuilding, home prices remaining in the affordable range and a slight rise in mortgage rates to five percent by the end of the year. However, Dale Modica, Senior Vice President/Managing Broker in the Midtown Office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, said that he expects local interest rates will likely remain at historic lows for most of the upcoming year. This is all good news, and there’s even better news for Intown. According to the latest Dale Modica housing report from realtor. com, there are 10 metro areas in the country that are particularly “ready for significant acceleration across housing metrics” in 2015. Topping the list is Atlanta and Sandy Springs. “Intown Atlanta is going to continue to be a relatively strong market area,” David Boehmig, President and Co-Founder of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty confirmed. “As appreciation continues to manifest itself and more homes emerge from being ‘underwater,’ there will more homes eligible to be sold, bringing needed inventory to market.” David Boehmig While real estate sales will likely remain flat or inch up slightly across the country, home sales inside Atlanta’s perimeter will see a 10 to 12 percent increase. Similarly, prices are expected to rise 3 to 6 percent in the U.S., and Intown housing will be at the high end of that range. Dac Carver, Vice President and Managing Broker at Beacham & Company Realtors, noted that there’s an expectation that the area’s housing inventory and sales will continue to rise at a steady pace, if not in tandem. “Inventory has risen significantly in the past year, but the months supply of inventory, which is measured against home sales, is actually down, which Dac Carver shows the market is absorbing inventory as fast as we put it on the market,” Carver explained. “We also expect to see home price appreciation to moderate next year as another product of rising inventory. This will help keep housing affordable for first-time buyers who are under-represented in the market, compared to historical norms.” Prices are much higher than last year, but the rate at which they’re rising is slowing down. Vic Miller, Managing Broker at the Coldwell Banker Intown Office supplied some details: the median sales price was $200,000 in November 2014, up 16.3 percent over the previous November ($172,000), and up 38 percent over November 2012 when it was $145,000. The average sales

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price in November 2014 was $259,557, up 13 percent from $230,000 in November 2013. “While we’ve moved to a more balanced buyer/seller market, many homeowners think we’re in a seller’s market and are a bit overzealous on their prices – and homes that are not priced appropriately are not selling,” Miller said. “Competitively priced homes are seeing great activity Vic Miller and, at times, multiple offers. The market always adjusts to what buyers are willing to pay.” There’s no doubt that the biggest trend in real estate is the migration to Intown neighborhoods, and there’s also no doubt that the trend will continue. Realtors list a variety of reasons for the surge. “Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen the desire of homebuyers to live closer to work. This hasn’t happened just in Atlanta, but around the country,” Carver reported. “We also see more empty nesters deciding to stay or move Intown for lifestyle reasons.” Carver stated that the trend is accelerating because Intown has so much more to offer than just 10 years ago. Today, there’s a greater concentration of retail stores and restaurants, along with amenities like the Beltline. Modica also commented on the influx of Intown

homebuyers, saying that he expects it to increase in 2015, due mainly to the increased buying power of millennials, a generation that is health and eco-conscious. “Many choose to walk or bike to work,” he said. “The millennial generation doesn’t want to spend time on a long commute, either to work or to entertainment after work. They want to live close to where they work and play.” Boehmig chalked up the popularity of Intown housing to the lifestyle priorities of buyers. According to him, homebuyers move here to be close to the arts, the dog friendly nature of the area, the many mid to upper end restaurants, the parks, access to MARTA and the wide range of architectural styles that are so inviting. From a national perspective, Atlanta is still one of the most affordable major cities in the U.S. for firsttime homebuyers, Miller said. “The average sales price in Atlanta buys you a really nice home, even a fourbedroom in the suburbs. In other markets, such as the suburbs of Washington, D.C., a similar home would cost close to $1 million. So it’s no surprise Atlanta is a very young city and a great place for young professionals, fueled by the low cost of living and number of colleges in the area.” Miller also advised buyers to take advantage of the historically low rates now, since the recovering economy will affect them. Rising interest rates usually signify an overall improvement in the economy, which signals more job opportunities, raises and promotions. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

THE BIG PICTURE 2015 trends in home buying By Denise Pajak PrivatePLUS Mortgage While economic forecasts and yearend reviews spout ratios, percentages, numbers and analyses of what happened in 2014 and what’s in store for 2015, what really matters to a homebuyer is the big picture. Is 2015 the year to sell or buy a home? Let’s look at some trends that may impact your decision.

Neighborhood Revitalization

After seeing a drastic jump in in the summer of 2013, home prices for Intown Atlanta continued to rise in 2014. Many homeowners who were underwater started to see their equity return, and with that, the opportunity Denise Pajak to sell for a profit. Home prices for Intown are projected to continue to rise, and with money in their pocket, buyers are perched to make the move. Investor rehabs and new construction in desirable neighborhoods and around the Beltline should continue to be strong into 2015. By renovating the outreaches of hip neighborhoods such as Old

Fourth Ward and Grant Park, homes are becoming available that offer a more affordable way to live the Intown lifestyle. Lenders were more willing to extend construction loans, so many homeowners purchased fixer-uppers and created their dream home, often resulting in instant equity. For 2015, renovating will continue to be an impetus for increasing home values. Rob Smith, Realtor with Keller Williams Realty says that now is the time to buy fixer-uppers. But he cautions people to talk to two different people before they begin. “Talk to a Realtor about the future value of the renovated house so you don’t make decisions in a vacuum,” Smith advises, because the features that will bring value are sometimes neighborhood specific. “What people want in Brookhaven is different from what people want in Grant Park, so talk to a designer to design the home to appeal to that market and stand the test of time based on your Realtor’s feedback.”

Buy or Hold

When considering whether to stay

and let your home appreciate or to sell, focus on the second step – the purchase. Most people upsize, so a three to five percent increase in the price of the more expensive new home will exceed the increase in profit you may get on your old home. Therefore, selling now makes sense. Furthermore, with the surge in renovations, the homes that demand the highest price are usually upgraded. Rob Smith warns “If you’ve been in your house for 25 years and haven’t upgraded it, your home stays constant in price compared to your renovated neighbors.” So even if you are downsizing, your new place will most likely increase in value, while your old home is slower to appreciate,” Smith says. With time, your major systems age and your granite countertops looked dated. What was hot eight years ago is so “eight years ago.”

More Competition and Bidding Wars

Fannie Mae is helping create more buyers by expanding lending guidelines to encourage home buying, especially among first timers. The three percent down payment program is back, rivaling

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the FHA loan. A plethora of low down payment programs, even on jumbo loans, is attracting young families to buy large homes in highly sought after school districts. Bidding wars are common and having a pre-approval letter is key. More competition and Atlanta’s growth is sure to make 2015 an exciting year in real estate. Denise Pajak is vice president and a mortgage banker at PrivatePLUS Mortgage, a division of Private Bank of Decatur and Buckhead.

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Real Estate Briefs

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The Loudermilk Companies was slated to begin construction at the end of December on Seventh Midtown, which will include 20 luxury condominiums and ground-floor retail space, at the end of the month. Located at 7th and Peachtree Streets, Lord Aeck Sargent designed the 9-story building, which will feature two and three bedroom condominiums from 1,800 to over 2,800 square feet. Prices begin in the $700,000s and top out at just under $1.7 million for the largest penthouse residences. Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty will market the property. For more about the project visit seventhmidtown.com.

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Developer Wood Partners LLC is planning a 22-story, 220-unit residential tower overlooking Piedmont Park. Wood Partners and architect Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio presented the project at last month’s Midtown Development Review Committee. The $80 million project called Alta at the Park would rise on a small tract along the south side of 12th Street across from the Luxe condo building. Ennis Antoine, the new president of the Atlanta Board of Realtors (ABR), was installed along with other officers during the organization’s Annual Business Meeting in December. Antoine is the first African American president of the organization. It might have been Engel & Volkers Intown Atlanta’s first time at The Chili Cook Special Off, but they went home From left, newly installed Atlanta Board of Realtors President Ennis winners. The real estate Antoine, Fulton County Commission Chairman John H. Eaves and company took home lobbyist Lennie Shewmaker at the recent ABR annual meeting. first place for their chili pies. The Cook Off is an annual Atlanta Board of Realtor's fundraising event and the award was decided by votes from the attending guests. Harry Norman, Realtors held multiple events throughout the company in 2014 to raise cash to benefit the local charity Kate's Club. Harry Norman agents and staff raised over $25,000 to help support the work Kate's Club does helping children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Local markets dominate top metro ZIPs for three-year average home prices ZIP Code 30327 30306 30342 30305 30307 30319 30005 30338 30097 30068

Average Home Price 2012-2014 Sandy Springs, Buckhead Intown Sandy Springs, Buckhead Buckhead Intown Brookhaven Alpharetta Dunwoody Duluth East Cobb

$691,467 $459,331 $401,971 $382,318 $364,287 $356,302 $340,178 $334,763 $319,268 $313,067

This map shows the top 10 metro Atlanta ZIP codes with the highest 36-month home price average, (2012 – 2014). Source: Atlanta Regional Commission

Cathedral Antique Show returns Feb. 1-8 The Cathedral Antique Show sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of the Cathedral of St. Philip returns Feb. 1-8 with a busy schedule including lectures, home tours and, of course, antiques. This year’s event will benefit Covenant House, a nonprofit residential crisis shelter serving homeless, runaway, and trafficked youth ages 18 to 21. The show has raised more than $4 million for area nonprofits since its inception in 1969. The antique show itself will be held Feb. 6-7 at the cathedral in

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Buckhead. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. More than two dozen selected dealers of period furniture, jewelry, art, and accessories ranging from 17th-century antiques to iconic mid-century modern pieces will be on hand. The “First Place Passion Tour” will be held Feb. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring five homes owned by young professionals in the Collier Hills neighborhood. The regular Tour of Homes will be held Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

when five of Atlanta's most beautiful private residences are opened to the public for just one day. Returning this year will be Inspiration Avenue, where local interior and floral designers collaborate to create spaces inside the cathedral for those looking for decorating ideas. Book signings and lectures include: Norman Askins (Inspired by Traditions: The Architecture of Norman Davenport Askins) and Timothy Corrigan (An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé: Decorating a Great French Country House on Feb. 5. James Farmer (Dinner

on the Grounds: Southern Suppers and Soirées) and Jill Helmer and John Grady Burns (Collections: Sharing the Passion) will speak and sign books on Feb. 6. On Feb. 7, Brandy Culp, curator of Historic Charleston Foundation, and Spalding Nix, an Atlanta antiques dealer and appraiser, will give a lighthearted talk called Antiques 101. The Flower Festival will run Feb. 5-7 with spaces throughout the show adorned with the work of area flower guilds and garden clubs. For a complete schedule of events and tickets, visit cathedralantiques.org. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Parting Shots

Braves’s Vision The Atlanta Braves recently released a new set of colorful renderings of the new stadium complex in Cobb County. At right, the stadium glows in the background while the mixeduse entertainment complex that will surround it looks busy. The stadium is set to open for the 2017 season. Special


Council honors former Falcon

Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Bond honored former Atlanta Falcon defense player Claude Humphrey with a reception and proclamation at City Hall for his outstanding community service. Humphrey earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in his first season in 1968. During his 10 years with the Falcons, Humphrey received first or second-team All-NFL or All-Pro honors eight times. He was also named first or second-team All-NFC seven times and was selected to play in six Pro Bowls, tying a Falcons club record. Humphrey is the Falcons all-time leader in sacks with 94.5.

Root City Market pops up

Local vendors and crafters displayed their wares at the Root City Holiday Pop-Up Market at the Stove Works in Inman Park during the recent shopping season. Isadora Pennington

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OAKHURST - New Stoney River Home ready July 2015! Premium street, stroll down to Oakhurst Village or over to McKoy Park! 5Bed/4Bath $899,900 FMLS: 5369263 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234

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BUCKHEAD – Metropolitan @ Phipps - Featuring eleven, 4-story town homes designed by award winning architects Smith Dalia & constructed by Cablik Enterprises. 3Bed/3.5Bath $999,900 FMLS: 5182846 Allen Snow 404-931-1176

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DOWNTOWN - Sophisticated City Home. Turn-Key Opportunity. Completely Furnished! Walls of Windows. Hotel Amenities w/ Unrivaled Finishes Throughout. 2Bed/2.5Bath $599,000 FMLS: 5327908 Marc Castillo 404-449-6862

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brick home. Like new condition. 4 finished levels. Wood floors. 10’ ceilings. Enormous level fenced-in back yard. Walking distance to Noble Park. 5Bed/6.5Bath $997,500 FMLS: 5370488 Marc Castillo 404-449-6862

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bungalow in Morningside School Dist. Kitchen features marble, stainless appl & finished terrace level. 5Bed/3Bath $849,000 FMLS: 5373250 Bradford Smith 404-210-4141

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