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Morningside/Johnson Estates: 1681 Noble Drive. Brick Residence in Superb, Quiet Location Just Steps to Noble Park. 10+ Open Floor Plan, Master on Main, Great Upstairs with 4 Generous Bedrooms plus Wonderful Bonus/Play Space. Home Also Offers Finished Basement Plus Rare, Detached Coach House with Finished Space Above 2-Car Garage. 6BR/4BA $1,295,000


Morningside: 1243 Stillwood Drive. Truly Special Home with Outdoor Oasis Featuring Walk Out, Level Backyard, Heated Pool, Covered $1,369,000 Patio & More. 4BR/4.5BA

Morningside: 1677 Lenox Road. Dramatic Morningside Residence Loaded with Charm, Large Rooms, Deluxe Master with Covered Porch, Level Backyd. 5BR/5.5 BA $1,199,000

Morningside: 1598 West Sussex Road. Exceptional Mediterranean Residence with Heated Pool and Spa, Gourmet Kitchen, Striking Master Suite 5BR/5.5BA $1,995,000

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Morningside: 973 Wildwood Road. Sleek Modern Vibe, High Ceilings & Abundant Natural Light. Top-of-the-Line Chef’s Kitchen & Dining Room Open to Deck and Resort-Like Pool. Luxurious Upstairs Master with Private Deck Overlooking Pool. 3BR/3.5BA $1,295,000

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Morningside: 1028 Amsterdam Avenue. Expanded & Renovated with Open Floor Plan, Chef’s Kitchen, Screened Porch, Deluxe Master with Private Deck & Luxurious Bath, Finished Basement with Bonus Space, Bath & Possible 6th BR. 3rd Level Bonus/Play Space. 5BR/5BA $1,195,000

Morningside: 1600 Johnson Road. Classic Tudor Bugalow with 4BR including Oversized Master, Gourmet Kitchen, Glistening Hardwood Floors and a 4-Hole Putting Green. 4BR/3BA $799,000

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January 2019

The Neighborhood

Editorial Collin Kelley INtown Editor collin@atlantaintownpaper.com (404) 917-2200, ext. 102

6 } Transportation Plan 6 } Special Election 7 } PATH 400 10 } MLK Day Events

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10 } News Roundup 10 } Super Bowl Preparations 11 } Runcations 12 } TimmyDaddy 12 } Pets 14 } A Look Back




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Celebrating INtown’s 25th anniversary Yes, you read that headline correctly: Atlanta INtown turns 25 this year. That’s a quarter of a century, folks. Along the way, we have watched the city grow into its “international city” moniker starting with the 1996 Summer Olympics and having the busiest airport in the world to the creation of the Atlanta BeltLine and the explosive growth in the business and technology sectors. For those of you who are newcomers to the magazine, INtown actually began as a seriously hyperlocal publication called Atlanta 30306, named after founder Chris Schroder’s zip code in Morningside. There would eventually be separate publications called 30305, Atlanta Downtown and Atlanta Real Estate before consolidating under the name Atlanta INtown in 1997. INtown has survived and thrived the onslaught of the Internet Collin Kelley and the economic downturn, and we continue to evolve in how we collin@atlantaintown- cover and bring you our special blend of local news and features. paper.com Our monthly print publication is augmented by our website at AtlantaINtownPaper.com, which is updated daily, and our busy social media hubs on Facebook and Twitter. Later this year, INtown will roll out its first podcasts offering fun and informative takes on arts, culture, food, real estate, sustainability and more. We’re gearing up for a launch in April to coincide with our annual “Green Issue,” so stay tuned. And while our 25th anniversary doesn’t technically roll around until November (watch for a very special issue that month!), we’re celebrating all year long with the revival of Ann Taylor Boutwell’s A Look Back column. Boutwell, who passed away at age 81 this past August, was INtown’s longtime historian and columnist. We couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute to Ann and INtown’s legacy than to bring back her beloved snapshot of the city’s history. We hope you enjoy it. Happy New Year!


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The Neighborhood News & Features

Transportation Blueprint By Collin Kelley


he Atlanta City Council approved a new transportation plan at its Dec. 3 meeting designed to connect communities and offer more options, but some residents are concerned the blueprint doesn’t go far enough. The Atlanta Transportation Plan (ATP), prepared by the City Planning Department, outlines a vision for a walkable city by increasing the number of sidewalks, public spaces, safe intersections, growing the city’s bike lane network and bike share program. The plan also calls for expanded public transportation options to connect more communities and offer driving alternatives on increasingly congested roads.

“Enjoying Life It’s a community of active adults.”


Atlanta City Council approves plan for more walkable Intown However, students from Grady High School and residents who live along DeKalb Avenue questioned the council about its dedication to the “Complete Streets” program, which was created to address safety, congestion and walkability on major Intown thoroughfares. Grady students were particularly upset since little has been done to the busy 10th Street, Monroe Drive and Atlanta BeltLine intersection where student Alexia Hyneman, 14, was killed crossing the intersection on her bicycle in 2016. The Atlanta Regional Commission forecasts that the Metro Atlanta region will grow to 8 million people by the year 2040—adding more than 2.5 million people and 1 million jobs. Recent approvals for transportation funding through Renew Atlanta, TSPLOST, and More MARTA, and the formation of the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL), all underscore the importance of transportation planning and the availing of resources needed to reset Atlanta’s streets. Shortly after the city council adopted the transportation plan, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the appointment of Jacob Tzegaegbe as the newly created Senior Transportation Policy Advisor to help usher ATP projects to completion. A graduate of Georgia Tech with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in civil engineering, Tzegaegbe previously worked for McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant for public sector, transportation, and logistics organizations around the world.

Special election called to fill city council seat

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A special election to fill the seat of the unexpired term of District 3 Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young Jr. will be held on March 19, 2019. Young passed away last month after a battle with cancer. Qualifying to run for the seat will take place Wednesday, Jan. 23 through Friday, Jan. 25 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Municipal Clerk’s Office. The qualifying fee is $1,809. For more information, contact the Office of the Municipal Clerk at (404) 330-6031 or email fwebb@ atlantaga.gov. The Municipal Clerk’s Office is located at 55 Trinity Avenue, SW Suite 2700. The election was approved by the Atlanta City Council during a called session on Nov. 28. During the meeting, the Council Staff Director was authorized to provide administrative supervision to the District 3 staff until the special election results are certified. – Collin Kelley At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Livable Buckhead staff members Scott Cantrell, left, and Kip Dunlap stroll on a future segment of the PATH400 multiuse trail along Ga. 400 during a Nov. 30 tour of the construction site led by Denise Starling, the nonprofit’s executive director. The overall PATH400 project may lose $11.7 million in funding due to city funding shortfalls, Starling said.

By John Ruch With completion of Buckhead’s PATH400 multiuse trail at risk due to city funding shortfalls, recent behind-the-scenes tours gave a sneak peek of its newest section and what could be delayed or lost. Livable Buckhead, the nonprofit overseeing PATH400, led the construction-site tours on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The new segment runs along Ga. 400 between Sidney Marcus Boulevard and the Gordon Bynum pedestrian bridge, and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. The future pathway includes dramatic views of woodland, overpasses, skyscrapers and MARTA trains. It also accesses a little-known wetland that Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling says would be a good spot for a walkway and outdoor classroom. But PATH400 is now among the projects in Buckhead and citywide threatened by unexpected shortfalls of roughly $410 million in the Renew Atlanta bond and TSPLOST programs. Starling says PATH400 has $5 million in TSPLOST funding “completely at risk,” and another $6.7 million in federal funds that would be lost without the city’s share. “Obviously, a lot of my time in the next few months is going to be spent trying to secure the funding!” she said in an email. The city is now going through a process of prioritizing projects in both programs to see what continues to get funding and what might be reduced or eliminated. As part of the process, the city is accepting public comments through Dec. 31 via the Renew Atlanta website. The city has said that projects already in the pipeline can continue at their current phase with money from the Renew Atlanta and TSPLOST programs, but not necessarily move to another phase that requires more funding. For example, a project in the The PATH400 construction site tour group walks through a wooddesign phase could finish ed area. The segment under construction will run between Sidney up, but not move into construction unless it ends up Marcus Boulevard and the Gordon Bynum pedestrian bridge. on that list. What counts as a phase may be part of the prioritization issue. Starling argues for a bigpicture view. PATH400 already has several segments open; another one under construction; and an additional branch all the way up to Sandy Springs in the conceptual design stage. “The city is indicating that PATH400 is not considered ‘safe’ and is, therefore, on the chopping block,” said Starling. “… A lot of the city’s determination of what is considered ‘safe’ is based upon progress on the project. They clearly do not have all of the information about the progress — we have 50 percent built and with this new segment that is under construction, [it] will take us to 75 percent completion!” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Events planned to mark MLK Day on Jan. 21



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Atlanta Police Department officers got their pay increases just in time for Christmas, according to the city. Beginning Dec. 21, all police personnel at the Police Officer rank saw an increase in their pay and overall compensation— which brings them to the competitive benchmark for their tier. Other ranks will begin to see adjustments to reach the competitive benchmark beginning July 2019. Rideshare competitors Uber and Lyft have entered Intown’s crowded scooter market, joining Bird and Lime to offer the dockless electric devices. The Atlanta City Council is considering regulations after residents have expressed concern about the proliferation of scooters crowding local sidewalks. Atlanta City Councilmember Amir Farokhi has introduced legislation that would amend the city charter to fund participatory budgeting (PB) in Atlanta. With PB programs, residents propose capital projects for their communities, create a ballot of the best ideas and vote on which projects to implement free of government interference. Farokhi hopes to get funding for his pilot as part of the fiscal year 2020 budget. Work is underway on a renovation of the pedestrian bridges at the Inman Park/ Reynoldstown MARTA station. The pedestrian bridge from the DeKalb Avenue side of the station has already closed along with the parking lot and riders are being shuttled to the Seaboard Avenue entrance to access that station. Parking is available on the Seaboard side. Zipcars have been temporarily removed while renovations continue. Renovations are expected to last until Spring 2019 to be followed by work on the Seaboard pedestrian bridge. The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously to place greater regulations on the car booting industry, including stricter background checks and clear identification for booting companies as well as more easy-to-read signage.

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Visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Center for Civil and Human Rights are top destinations to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Jan. 21. Here are some other events you won’t want to miss. The King Center The annual commemorative service will take place on Monday, Jan. 21, starting at 10 a.m. in the Horizon Sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The King Center will also host the annual “Salute To Greatness” gala on Jan. 19 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown and other events leading up to the holiday. For a full schedule and more information, visit TheKingCenter.org. The MLK March & Rally The King Day March, also set for Monday, Jan. 21, will begin at 1:45 p.m. The march will begin at Peachtree Street and Baker Street before heading south on Peachtree to Auburn Avenue and on to Jackson Street. Leading up to the event, the MLK March Committee will observe King Week from Jan. 13 to 21 with a series of worship services, a youth conference and more. See the full schedule at mlkmarchcommittee.com. Children’s Museum of Atlanta The Downtown museum will mark the King Holiday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with events including a reader’s theater, science show, storytime, art studio and build-it lab. Visit childrensmuseumofatlanta.org for full details. MLK Day 5K The annual walk/run will be held Jan. 21 starting at 8:45 a.m. in

Piedmont Park with the start and finish at 10th Street near Park Tavern. The USATF certified course and Peachtree Road Race qualifier will be run on grass, road, gravel, wooden bridge and dirt paths through the park. There will also be a 3.1-mile drumline all along the racecourse starting at 8 a.m., so come early to enjoy the music. To register and for more information, visit mlkday5k.com. Atlanta History Center There will be free admission to the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead and the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Among the highlights will be a 1 p.m. screening of Frederick Lewis’ documentary “Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask,” about the life and legacy of the first African American writer to achieve national and international fame, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker. Another highlight is a 3:30pm talk by Adam Parker, author of “Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers Jr.” For the full schedule of events and activities, visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com.

Super Bowl LIII

Championship game causes excitement, headaches for Atlanta By Collin Kelley and John Ruch While there’s always plenty of excitement surrounding a Super Bowl, the championship game has caused consternation and headaches for local officials and, perhaps more unexpectedly, music fans. At this writing, rock band Maroon 5 is rumored to be the headliners for the half-time show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but music fans and musicians themselves have expressed their disappointment at the choice since Atlanta is rife with local superstars. The Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee has announced plans for Super Bowl LIVE, a multi-day festival featuring events, activities and music. Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown will be the site of the free festival leading up to Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3. Confirmed musical acts include DJ Smurf, Waka Flocka, Goodie Mob, Yin Yang Twins, YFN Lucci, Tag Team and DJ Holiday. While fans are concerned with the match-up and fun quotient, residents are concerned that the Super Bowl may take traffic cops off local streets and there’s talk of putting the General Assembly session on hold as out-of-town lawmakers struggle to find hotel rooms. The Buckhead Community Improvement District, which hires off-duty police officers to direct commuters, is bracing for what its chairman called “horrific” traffic for the week of festivities prior to the game. Those officers likely will be on Super Bowl security duty, BCID officials say. Meanwhile, at the Gold Dome, there is early talk of suspending the General Assembly’s session during the Super Bowl period, said state Rep. Deborah Silcox (R-Sandy Springs). “They won’t delay the [start of the] session,” which is scheduled to begin Jan. 14, Silcox said. The early word from the legislature’s leadership, she said, was “more like a generic, ‘we may take a couple days off’ kind of thing.” The legislature has “got the lodging to consider as well as just the issue of traffic given the proximity of the Capitol to the event sites,” said Kaleb McMichen, a spokesperson for House Speaker David Ralston. “The Super Bowl has a series of ancillary events taking place the entire week leading up to the game itself, so that adds to the considerations when it comes to traffic.” Jim Sprouse, executive director of the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association, confirmed that Atlanta hotels are filling up with Super Bowl guest bookings, which will have an impact on the availability of rooms for politicians. McMichen said no decision will be made on how to handle Super Bowl-related “special logistical challenges” until the session calendar is set by a joint House and Senate resolution sometime after the session begins Jan. 14. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Hit the Road

Runners are combining vacation time to take “runcations” on Atlanta’s streets and the BeltLine


By Grace Huseth Atlanta already has an international reputation for being runner-friendly thanks to the annual Peachtree Road Race, but now the city is becoming a destination for those who want to keep fit while going on vacation. Yes, “runcations” are now a thing and companies are sprinting to meet the demands of “runcation” travelers. City Running Tours, offered in fourteen major North American cities including Atlanta, use a casual jog pace to cover more sightseeing ground than traditional walking tours. And Westin Hotels and Resorts has partnered with New Balance to create a workout gear lending service for impromptu training while traveling. Atlanta company Big Peach Running Co. hosts group runs from their seven locations throughout the city. Marketing director Dave Martinez credits Atlanta’s runnable streets for encouraging him to lace his sneakers up 10 years ago after a long hiatus. Now “Dolomite Dave,” Martinez’s stage name for The RUNATL Podcast, is a Good Form Running instructor for Big Peach Running Co. and couldn’t live without his meditative daily jogs. “Especially in the mornings, when there aren’t a lot of people on the streets, you get to enjoy the city while it’s quiet and just getting started— and you get to see the sunrise and skyline,” he said. Martinez, a marathon runner and triathlete, knows some of the best routes in the city. Sticking to the sidewalks is his number one piece of advice for inner city runs, but he also recommends exploring neighborhoods for residential routes. Silver Lake, nestled behind Oglethorpe University, is Martinez’s best-kept secret running route. He particularly likes Inman Drive, known for its twists and turns with a backdrop of elegant homes. “It’s a very challenging run because it’s hilly, but it has lots of trees and plenty of shade. It’s quiet and secluded and you feel like you are in north Georgia, but you’re still inside the city,” Martinez said. Curious which routes attract those on “runcations?”


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Iconic Atlanta: See many of Atlanta’s most popular spots on a running loop totaling only 3 miles. Start at Centennial Olympic Park and run south down Marietta Street. Turn right on Centennial Olympic Park Drive to see CNN Center and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Another right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Drive takes joggers past Underground Atlanta and on to the Georgia State Capitol. Tracking back, runners can see the city from a different perspective, as well as snap a photo of the Skyview Ferris Wheel. Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail: Explore some of the city’s cultural hubs with a longer run from Piedmont Park to Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market and the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. Starting at Piedmont Park, run south along the Atlanta BeltLine past Ponce City Market and on to Krog Street Market, clocking in 2.5 miles. Turn right onto Irwin Street for a one-mile jog over to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic. Circle back, but first take a pit stop at the Atlanta BeltLine Center for more information on the popular trail. Two Miles in Midtown: From Piedmont Park’s entrance at 12th Street, run south to 10th Street along Piedmont Avenue. Take the rainbow crosswalk to run west to the Margaret Mitchell House. Next, run north on Peachtree Street for .5 mile to Colony Square, turning right down 14th Street to circle back to Piedmont Park. End with a run through tranquility in Piedmont Park’s Six Springs Wetlands. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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The Holiday Flu It’s the week before Christmas and I have the flu. I feel like one of those inflatable lawn ornaments looks during the daytime, listless and pathetic. Kristen suggested I better get to Urgent Care so they could prescribe Tamiflu and shorten the duration. I thought – does she NOT see how miserable I am? How could I possibly drive all the way to Urgent Care? What if they ask me to fill out forms? But I went. The doctor said, “you should stay By Tim Sullivan away from people Tim Sullivan grew up until Friday… at in a large family in the Northeast and now lives least.” There was an Ebola-esque vibe with his small family in Oakhurst. He can to his instructions be reached at tim@ that at first was sullivanfinerugs.com. frightening and then oddly liberating. The week before Christmas usually entails the mother of all to-do lists. But somehow, there isn’t all that much to be done so I might enjoy this little sabbatical. Kristen came out of the Christmas gate strong this year. The Monday after Thanksgiving she email-

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arts@tech professional artists series The End of TV by Manual Cinema Saturday, January 12, 8 pm Set in a post-industrial Rust Belt city in the 1990s, The End of TV explores the quest to find meaning amidst a constant barrage of commercial images. The presentation features cinematic shadow puppetry and lo-fi live video, with music performed live by a five-piece band.

Komansé Dance Theater: Skid Friday, January 25, 8 pm Saturday, January 26, 8 pm Skid is a celebration of the vulnerability and strength of humanity. Komansé Dance Theater, led by Georgia Tech student Raianna Brown, takes a provocative look at homelessness and gentrification in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. Using an innovative set design and featuring 3D printed costuming, this production brings together dance and technological innovation to embody the human connection between art and social justice.

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from home, she could probably show him a thing or two. We hosted Kristen’s work party

on Dec. 13. Weeks out I feared that by volunteering our house we were adding extra stress to the most hectic of seasons. But everyone was very nice and interesting. I only heard the term “Masters degree” three times so it wasn’t too intimidating and the dessert spread was over the top. It’s sort of unfair that all these big-brained Public Health types are also good at baking, right? A fortunate byproduct of the party was that since we worked ourselves silly in getting the house decorated and cleaned, we’re already in good shape for hosting dinner on Christmas Day. As a bonus, we have so much more wine now than before the party that I don’t even need to go to the store. I have plenty of time for Christmas movies too. “The Santa Claus” is a terrible film, with the only funny thing being Judge Reinhold’s sweaters. As usual, we watched “Elf,” and despite Will Ferrell being slammed by conservatives for supporting Stacey Abrams, you’d be hard-pressed to find a Hollywood-type who proclaims “Merry Christmas” more emphatically than Will. Kristen and I convinced the kids to watch “Love, Actually” figuring it would be something we could all enjoy. But we forgot some scenes weren’t so appropriate for kids, actually. Margo covered her eyes: “Just tell me when the naked people are gone, ok?” Happy New Year, all.


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Jan. 9, 1967: Six black ministers boarded a Downtown bus at Mitchell and Whitehall streets and took seats at the front of the bus instead of the back. This was the first move to desegregate city buses as part of the Triple L (Love, Law and Liberation) movement led by Rev. William Holmes Borders in the wake of the successful boycott in Montgomery, Ala. started by Rosa Parks.

Jan. 10, 1870: The 1870 session of the Georgia General Assembly convened at the Kimball Opera House on Marietta Street. The ornate hall served as the temporary state capitol from 1869 to 1889 while the Gold Dome was under construction. The Kimball was destroyed by fire in 1894.

Jan. 27, 1965: A formal dinner honoring Nobel Peach Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr. took place at the Dinkler Plaza Hotel in Downtown. The event was organized by city leaders including Mayor Ivan Allen, Rabbi Jacob Rothschild of The Temple, Roman Catholic Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan, Atlanta Constitution publisher Ralph McGill and Morehouse College President Dr. Benjamin Mays.

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Year Up

Nonprofit teaches skills, helps young people find jobs Year Up’s July 2018 graduting class.

By Clare S. Richie In today’s economy, businesses struggle to fill positions due to the lack of qualified candidates. Meanwhile, talented under-served young adults lack access to education and work experience needed to change their career trajectory. That’s where Year Up Greater Atlanta comes in. For 10 years, the nonprofit has prepared thousands of under-served 18-24 year olds from Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties and empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. “Millions of young adults are disconnected from a career path and Year Up is a program that will connect them to opportunities that will change their lives,” Year Up Development Manager Taisia Grissom shared. The one-year program includes: six months of classroom learning in coursework eligible for college credit, a six month internship, a bi-weekly stipend, and wraparound support from staff,

Norfolk Southern to get new Midtown headquarters Railroad shipping giant Norfolk Southern formally announced in December that is will relocate its corporate headquarters from Norfolk, VA to Midtown. Norfolk Southern is in the process of purchasing property at West Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue for the new building, expected to cost $575 million. The new headquarters, which will be developed by Cousins Properties, is expected to create 850 new jobs. Around 2,000 employees will move to the new building from office space already located in Midtown. Norfolk Southern also recently sold property at The Gulch in Downtown for $115 million to CIM Group, which plans to build a $5 billion mixed-use development on the site, according to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The company’s plan to relocate was an ill-kept secret, but had a code name – Project Fusion – as it worked its way through official channels, including the Midtown Development Review Committee (DRC). According to a DRC report, the new headquarters is organized around two towers with up to 856,000 square feet of office space and additional uses such as a childcare facility, technology innovation center and café at the ground level. The campus will have a direct connection to the North Avenue MARTA Station located across the street. – Collin Kelley

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mentors and alumni. The program has two locations – one in Midtown just blocks from the Fox Theater and on the Atlanta Technical College campus. “We teach hard and soft skills. Everyone receives entry-level IT skills and then specialize,” Grissom said. “Other tracks include desktop support, project management, and software development.” Soft skills focus on personal and professional development. Year Up sets professional norms and core values – Strive to Learn, Be Accountable, Build Trust Be Honest, Respect and Value Others, Engage and Embrace Diversity, and Work Hard and Have Fun – for participants to follow. If they repeatedly don’t meet expectations, such as turning assignments in late or not coming to class, they risk “exiting themselves out of the program.” Many participants experience “outside stressors,” like unstable housing, food insecurities or taking care of children, siblings and/or parents. Despite these challenges, they push themselves to complete the program in order to secure a better future. “I will use myself as an example because I am a minority and my family comes from hardships, not having the luxury to afford college or even a car,” student Margarita Alfaro said. “Year Up gives us the resources, support and experiences to actually intern and make a name for ourselves.” Alfaro, a cyber security student, commutes to Year Up by MARTA bus and train, which takes two hours each way. “A lot of students go through this program from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and then they work another job to make ends meet,” Grissom added. Year Up conducts outreach at high schools, job fairs, MARTA ads and on social media, but program graduates are their most effective ambassadors. “We have over 1,200 alumni. When a new learning community starts in March and September, approximately 80 percent are there because of word of mouth,” Grissom said. Every six months the program welcomes 220 new students who are placed into five learning communities, of approximately 45 students each. The alumni network is strong. They come back as speakers, and mentors and they host events, like their annual holiday toy and book drive for students/alumni with children. Margarita’s sister, Paulina, entered the program first and is nearly finished with her software development internship at Cox Automotive. Others intern at one of Year Up’s 50-plus other corporate partners, including Bank of America, Equifax and Kaiser Permanente, which also offers free health insurance to every program participant. “I saw her [Paulina] go through it – how much she grew, how much she learned and how well she is doing. I wanted to try it to see where I’d end up and I really love the program,” Margarita said. Both sisters have a reason to be optimistic. Within four months of completing the program, nearly 95 percent of the July 2018 graduating class were employed and earning a livable wage and/or enrolled in postsecondary school. Perhaps, the greatest challenge Year Up faces in the decade ahead is keeping up with the demand. “We receive thousands of applications and can only serve 440 each year. There is a great need,” Grissom said. “Every six months we onboard a new class, a class goes out on internship and a class graduates. You can see lives being changed. If you are passionate about life transformation this is an organization that you would want to get involved with.” For more information about the program, visit yearup.org. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m







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BUSINESS BRIEFS MARTA’s board of directors voted to advance plans to create 22 miles of commuter rail from East Point station to Lovejoy in Clayton County and bus rapid transit (BRT) along state routes 85 and 139 to connect College Park, Riverdale and Morrow. Both plans will advance to the federally required environmental study phase. An initiative from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to create a career apprenticeship program for human trafficking survivors has been approved by the Atlanta City Council. The program establishes a formal partnership between the City of Atlanta and Wellspring Living’s Women’s Academy where women can receive 10 weeks of career training, followed by a 12-week paid apprenticeship. When a participating woman successfully completes the apprenticeship, she will be considered for full employment, one of the final steps towards independence from a life of trafficking. For more information, visit www.endhumantraffickingATL.org.

Cushman & Wakefield has arranged a 102,320-square-foot lease at 1105 West Peachtree in Midtown submarket for Smith, Gambrell, & Russell, a 125-year-old Atlanta-based law firm with locations throughout the world. Smith, Gambrell, & Russell will occupy four floors, nine through 12, and the ninth floor will include a one-acre Sky Plaza with green space as part of the Marriott Autograph Collection hotel, featuring a rooftop bar, restaurant, pool and more. Spanning a city block, the nearly 3.6-acre site will feature a 660,000-square-foot office tower; a 178-room full-service Marriott Autograph Collection hotel; and 64 luxury residential units. Construction is slated to begin this month.

Accenture Atlanta Innovation Hub is now open at Technology Square in Midtown. The global consulting firm will use the hub, which features stateof-the-art virtual and augmented reality suites, to help clients solve challenges and develop new products. The company plans to add 800 jobs as it continues to expand. Online jewelry shop Nica Life has opened its first retail location at The Beacon development in Grant Park. Inspired by the laid back style found on Nicaragua’s beaches, all the jewelry is created by Nicaraguan artists. For each piece of jewelry purchased, a portion of the proceeds is donated towards education programs in Nicaragua. For more information, visit nicalifeproject.com.

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced the establishment of the Center for Workforce Innovation, a jobs training program focused on outcomesbased education for high-demand careers. The Center, which will be housed at Atlanta Technical College, is the result of a public-private partnership with the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Committee for Progress and Atlanta Technical College. Initial funding for the Center was provided by Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, SunTrust, Intercontinental Exchange, and Georgia Power, with additional support from McKinsey & Co. and other Atlanta-based institutions. The Center’s five partnering corporations will collectively invest an initial $2 million to pilot three career tracks including aircraft technical skills, information technology, and skilled trades such as carpentry and electrical construction and maintenance. The Dilweg Companies has announced new leases for the 101 Marietta Street building in Downtown including Dino Bones Productions, National Business At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Pet supply retailer Hollywood Feed recently opened at 1575 Church Street, Suite 220, adjacent to the Decatur’s new Whole Foods Market 365. The shop offers dog and cat food brands, along with toys, pet beds and treats, and other pet accessories. For more, visit facebook.com/ hollywoodfeeddecatur.



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Kindred Spirits

Estheticians become entrepreneurs at new studio at Larkin on Memorial in Grant Park

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Between Kindred Studio’s sleek shelves of little jars and dropper bottles sits a vintage, golden scale. It’s simple, elegant and balanced, just like Kindred’s approach to skincare. The new studio at Larkin on Memorial in Grant Park is owned and operated by estheticians Kelly Painter and Amy Tecosky, who know a thing or two about equilibrium – for both skin and business. “Everything for us is about balance,” Tecosky said, “We saw that scale when we were in an antique store and it was an impulse purchase, but it symbolizes everything. There was like a golden halo around it.” Painter and Tecosky first bonded as estheticians at Aviary Beauty Collective. When they discovered they had the same vision of opening their own studio, and that their opposing earth and water signs made for a strong team, they took the plunge and became esthetician entrepreneurs. “We always laugh because we are opposites in so many ways, but when we put our minds together, the compromises we come up with and what we create is the most perfect combination,” Painter said. In just one week last summer, they flipped two small studio spaces into a warm reception area that leads into a cozy facial room. In the first months of business, the beauty entrepreneurs have seen many people come in for their first facial ever. Kindred’s personal approach to an initial consultation addresses skincare concerns and needs before the customer slides into fluffy blankets (atop a heated table!) for a facial customized to their skin type. “Living in Georgia, we can see what our true skin type is in the fall and winter,” Painter said. “You can see what kind of skin you truly have when it’s not irritated and puffy due to and humidity and you can pinpoint what’s going on with the skin because you don’t have prickly heat and allergies.” For girls reaching for serums and toners, Kindred has created the “Teenybopper” as an introductory facial that paves the way for a healthy and empowered skincare routine. “If I could go back in time and give myself a ‘Teenybopper,’ the amount of stress and pain through my teens and twenties would have been so significantly different,” Painter said. Every service on Kindred’s menu is accommodated to the client’s skin type, age and skin needs. The signature service “The Kin” (90 minutes, $170) is recommended for first time clients. Clients can bring in current products, discuss skin concerns and create a home plan with product recommendations. “The ‘Ol Faithful” (60 minutes, $110) is a customizable facial with extractions, masque and ultrasonic cleansing. Those interested in professional microdermabrasion can try “The Game Changer” (60 minutes, $160) to increase collage production. “Oxygen Treatment” (30 minutes, $150) uses therapeutic oxygen under pressure to infuse a unique serum of hyaluronic acid, essential vitamins and antioxidants into the skin for a facial that looks fresh for nearly a week. “It’s not just performing frivolous services, it’s about educating people and letting them take information home with them, not holding on to any secrets,” Painter said. “Going into the science behind what we’re doing lets people feel they are getting the most bang for their buck,” Tecosky echoed. For more information, visit kindredstudioatl.com. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Home & Real Estate

Trends � Development � City Living

Stabilizing Market

Intown real estate agents discuss housing trends for 2019 By Kathy Dean


he real estate market in Atlanta’s Intown neighborhoods may have seemed to cool at the end of last year—at least from a seller’s perspective. But if you ask homebuyers, they’re likely to say it was all getting a bit too hot to handle. We checked with some of the city’s top real estate professionals to get a clearer view of what to expect in 2019. They reported that things are stabilizing while staying strong. “The market has been self-correcting for the past few months—returning to more normal price/value conditions,” said Christopher Burell, Managing Broker and Christoper Burell Chief Motivation Officer, Ansley Atlanta Real Estate, “and we anticipate the wild spikes in home values we’ve seen to continue to level out in 2019.” He explained that while some Intown neighborhoods have still experienced 8 to 12 percent increases, the metro Atlanta area overall has experienced an 8.7 percent increase in sales price, according to the November numbers provided by the Atlanta Realtors Association. As far as inventory goes, Burell said, “A steady stream of new condominium developments around the BeltLine corridor will certainly help fill the inventory void in the coming months.” However, he said he feels there will continue to be inventory challenges in many Intown neighborhoods through the beginning of 2020, though some suburban metro markets probably will see a quicker increase in supply to meet the market’s demands by the end of 2019. “I think inventory is going to level off, which may sound like a negative, but this is not a bad thing to have happen. It means we’re getting back to a balanced market,” said Lisa Johnson, Senior Vice President and Managing Broker, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, Intown Office. “We can expect to see properties staying on the market longer than we have in the last few years,” she continued. “Although it’s a Lisa Johnson change from what we’ve experienced of late, we’re simply returning to what we consider a normal market and not such a robust market.” She noted that people had gotten used to a home selling immediately or within days of being listed on the open market. “That’s simply not a sustainable market in the long term,” Lisa Johnson said, adding that she expects 2019 will bring a balanced market with the potential to see a small increase in property values. Valerie Levin, Managing Broker, Senior Vice President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Georgia Properties, Midtown Office, is optimistic, too. “I think 2019 will be an outstanding year in home sales. That being said, the market is normalizing, and wellpriced, staged homes will sell in a reasonable time frame...30 to 60 days.” She also stressed that what had been “normal” the last few years for Intown homes—three offers in one day—is not a normal market. “Over the next year, 2019 will probably remain a seller’s market in most segments,” said Leslie Johnson, Managing Broker, Harry Norman Intown Office. Intown neighborhoods and properties nearest to suburban town centers are well positioned,

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he added, because there’s such a strong preference to be in walkable neighborhoods. “Demand will remain high in core Intown neighborhoods,” he said, though he expects that inventory will remain on the low side. “Condo conversions would put a lot of inventory on the market at once, which will help to normalize the market.” Scott Askew, Owner, Engel & Volkers Intown Atlanta and Engel & Volkers Brookhaven Atlanta said that in the late summer and early fall of 2018, the market saw a slight decline in number of sales as compared to the same period a year earlier, and a bit of softening of prices. “But do not mistake this ‘softening of prices’ as sellers losing money on their investments,” he said. Valerie Levin “They’re just making less of a positive return.” He believes there’ll be a leveling of many price ranges, especially for the $1.2 million and higher properties. “Sellers need to decrease their expectations...but again, they’ll still

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be making money, just, perhaps, a bit less than hoped for,” Askew said. Homes in the $200,000s to $700,000s will continue to rise at a good pace, he predicted, with homes in the $800,000s to $1.2 million range experiencing an increase, but slightly less than last year’s increases. There’s good news after all—Intown homeowners can still expect their properties to increase in value. Of course, some locations attract more homebuyers than others, and the growing BeltLine and planned park on the Westside continue to be big draws. Askew said that properties along the BeltLine continue to be well received. “Decatur, Lake Claire, Candler Park, Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, Grant Park and Morningside have been—and should At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

continue to be—crowd favorites,” he said. “Midtown, Kirkwood, Adair Park, Ormewood Park and the Westside— especially within close proximity of the old quarry that will soon be home to a large, beautiful park—should be hot for 2019.” He also believes that for many Intown communities, inventory this year will be greater than what was seen in 2018. The reason is that single-family new construction is increasing, Askew said. Also, sellers who’d been sitting on their homes because they couldn’t find their perfect replacement home up to now, are placing their properties on the market. “Additionally, there are a ton of cranes Leslie Johnson filing the Midtown airspace,” Askew said. “As units in newly constructed high-rise buildings become available, we’ll see sellers of units in ‘older’ buildings want to move into the shiny new buildings and, therefore, become more aggressive with offering good values.” And that, he explained, will lead to the rather hot market in the attached home market continuing. “Neighborhoods around the BeltLine will continue to resonate with buyers, but I also anticipate areas on the Westside to grow in popularity,” said Lisa Johnson. She noted that the up-and-coming neighborhoods of the Westside offer affordability and an endless opportunity to renovate, along with “that great Intown vibe and a location convenient to everything you need.” The need for townhomes is increasing, Lisa Johnson explained, and pointed to two communities in Druid Hills that she predicts will be hot this year. The first is 1200 Ponce, with 51 distinctive flats and condos at the intersection of Briarcliff Road and Ponce de Leon Avenue. The other, Sophia, offers 12 flats and 12 townhomes on Briarcliff Road. “The flats are a cool, unique concept and this project is generating a lot of interest, especially now that you can walk in and see it coming to life,” she said. With the BeltLine’s new Southside Trail on the horizon, “we anticipate a surge in activity and interest in the south Atlanta neighborhoods adjacent to the trail, similar to the wave of development Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods are experiencing,” Burell said. He noted that there’s already healthy activity occurring in some historic neighborhoods, like West End, Adair Park, Pittsburgh and areas around the future Westend Reservoir Park. “Many home renovators are already bringing newly renovated properties online in these neighborhoods,” he said. “I also believe Summerhill will be a neighborhood to

continue to watch in 2019.” Georgia State University is continuing their projects in the area and private development is starting to take shape as well, he said. He predicts that this neighborhood will be a vital piece, joining the historic neighborhoods of Grant Park and East Atlanta with neighborhoods like Pittsburgh and Adair Park. Burell also expects more townhome projects to develop in both the east and west Intown neighborhoods. “This product seems to meet consumer needs and is oftentimes the highest and best use of land for Intown neighborhoods,” he said. “I also believe you will begin to see more single-family homes being built in some of our Intown neighborhoods both south and west of downtown Atlanta.” Leslie Johnson foresees BeltLine neighborhoods continuing to develop along with BeltLine progress, not only because it’s a desirable park amenity, but it’s also taking shape as a real transportation alternative. “Transit plans are solidifying for the BeltLine, and there is a funding source,” he said. “People realize that the BeltLine will be an important option as the city becomes more dense.” He also predicted that historic home renovation and increasing home values will continue in neighborhoods further south and west, such as Grant Park to the south and eventually Grove Park to the west. “Over the next few years we’ll see these neighborhoods becoming luxury markets,” he said, “because they have the same fundamentals as Ansley Park, Morningside and Virginia Highland: historic housing stock and good street layout.” While the beginning of 2018 saw hot demand for condos, it has slowed a bit, probably due to the rise in interest rates last fall, Leslie Johnson reported. “There is some new condo inventory under construction, and we may see some apartment buildings convert to condos in 2019,” he added, noting that an increase in inventory will provide more options and reduce the pressure on buyers. Levin anticipates Glenwood Park, Edgewood, West End and Cabbagetown to be the up-and-coming neighborhoods. While the single-family bungalow and cottages were the properties most in demand last year, “we sell a large volume of condos in the in-town market and I don’t see that slowing down any time soon,” she said. In fact, she believes luxury high-rises with rare air concierge services like Opus will be the product in demand in 2019. Burell predicts a bright future. “Atlanta continues to attract companies to the metro area,” he said. “As those companies move their employees here and current companies expand their staffing, we’ll continue to see an increase in population.” With the increase in population, there’s an increase in the need for housing, he explained. “Even with pockets of increased home availability, overall demand continues to outpace inventory, keeping most Intown neighborhoods firmly in a sellers’ market,” Burell said. Levin agreed. “The market is normalizing which will free up some inventory.” But sellers shouldn’t worry, because, as she said, “Great homes in great locations will always appreciate!”



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REAL ESTATE BRIEFS Harry Norman, Realtors has launched a commercial real estate department to provide buyer, seller, landlord and tenant representation for all commercial segments including office, retail, multi-family, land and more. Leading the new department is Executive Vice President Chris Norris. Prior to this position, Norris was the owner of Jackson & King Agency, Inc., a real estate firm that represented buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants in both residential and commercial real estate. To learn more, visit HarryNorman.com/ Commercial. Miller Lowery Developments and Engel & Völkers Atlanta have announced a new 15-unit townhome to be called The Felix West Midtown. Located off Huff Road, the community will be comprised of 15 three and four story homes ranging from 2,500 to 3,000 square feet. Each unit will feature modern architectural design in a flatiron style, a customizable floorplan and exclusive rooftop terrace. Prices will start in the low $800s. For more information, visit felixwestmidtown.com.

2022. The Flats will offer 39 residences in a five-story building with a variety of floor plans ranging from 1,600-3,000 square feet. The Villas will consist of three buildings, each with four to five residences, ranging from 2,000-3,000 square feet. The City of Atlanta has granted a special use permit to add a commercial component to the forthcoming luxury condo building, No2 Opus Place, in Midtown. The development surpassed its presale mark in October and is now close to 35 percent sold out, according to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CITY HAUS. For more information, visit opusplaceatlanta.com. SRS Real Estate Partners has welcomed Carol Spann Joyner as vice president in the Atlanta office. A 25-year industry veteran, she joins the tenant representation team and will focus on multi-market expansion programs for retailers. She joins SRS from her own company, Joyner Retail Services, whose mission was to assist both retailers and landlords refine and execute their growth plans.

Audubon Communities has acquired KRC Vista, a 250-unit apartment community in Decatur. Comprised of 250 two-bedroom apartments on 20 acres, the community has been renamed The Dexter at Decatur. The complex is located on Valley Brook Drive and offers convenient access to Emory University, the CDC and downtown Decatur. Buckhead senior community Lenbrook is planning a $100 million expansion called Kingsboro at Lenbrook with 53 new residences. The development will feature independent residences called Flats and Villas, which will be ready for occupancy in early

Tenth Street Ventures will transform the Park at Peachtree Memorial in Buckhead from apartments into luxury condos. Built in 1924, the property is located at 128 Peachtree Memorial Drive NW, on a quiet, park-like property. Construction has begun on Ashley I at Scholars Landing, a 135-unit development near Atlanta University Center that is phase one of the housing component funded by a $30 million Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the City of Atlanta. With a total of 54 affordable units reserved for families earning less than 60 percent of area median income ($31,440 – $52,080, based on a family size of one to six, respectively) and 54 workforce units for residents earning 80 to 120 percent of area median income, Ashley I at Scholars Landing is Choice Neighborhood’s first multifamily development. The community is being developed in partnership with Integral Development and support from the City of Atlanta, HUD and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Michael Kriethe of Harry Norman, Realtors congratulates Travis Reed, right, for being named one of Atlanta’s most influential and charitable philanthropists.

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The Atlantan magazine recently honored Harry Norman, Realtors Luxury Realtor Travis Reed as one of Atlanta’s most influential and charitable philanthropists and supporters at a reception at the Fox Theatre’s elegant Marquee Club. Reed has supported Andee’s Army, the Atlanta History Center, Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, Forward Arts Foundation and other significant Atlanta institutions and charities.

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Sustainability Recycling • Resources • Lifestyle

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or 20 years, I was a registered lobbyist at the Georgia State Capitol, the Georgia General Assembly. Representing more than 250,000 Georgians, advocating for the protection of the Chattahoochee River and all this coalition has secured a number of major successes, since its establishment waterways in the state. Seven and a half of those years, I also served on sixteen years ago. the Georgia Board of Natural Resources, appointed in 1999 by Roy Trust Fund Honesty: Under the Georgia Constitution, legislators can Barnes, the last pro-environment governor. adopt laws that establish fees to fund state programs; the Solid and Hazardous I endured 20 legislative sessions and more than seven dozen meetings Waste Funds were created in the early 1990s to clean up hazardous sites and of the board that makes important decisions about our air, land and water: all illegal tire dumps. Since that time, more than $200 million in fees have been intense, too often frustrating, and occasionally successful, experiences that left diverted to pay for general budget expenses. The remedy is a Constitutional me informed, but cynical about environmental politics in our state. Follow the amendment that gives legislators the authority to transparently dedicate money was, and remains, the most instructive advice. Still, my colleagues and fee revenues, while providing them flexibility in the event of an economic I soldiered on, despite the odds. Then, I retired four years ago and, thankfully, downturn. As a member of the Georgia House, our new lieutenant governor passed this activity on to talented, younger folks and a few diehards. co-sponsored the amendment bill last year; however, it did not pass because This month, major changes will take place in state leadership, as Brian Casey Cagle did not allow it to come to the Senate floor for a vote. Advocates Kemp (R-Athens) becomes Governor and Geoff Duncan (R-Cumming) believe that there’s a real chance for this measure to pass this year. Lt. Governor. There are signs that both of these new state officials may be significantly better than their immediate predecessors on environmental issues. Coal Ash Pollution: While Georgia Power is closing old, unlined coal While he supported the recently-passed Georgia Outdoor Stewardship ash storage ponds, proven to contaminate surface and groundwater, a new Act, former Gov. Nathan Deal (R-Gainesville) will not be remembered for loophole in Georgia law may alter this positive direction. Beginning in July, environmental leadership. During his eight years in office, Deal appointed local governments will charge landfill operators $2.50 (as a “host-fee” for individuals to the Board of Natural Resources with no experience or training allowing the landfill within their boundaries) for every ton of household in environmental issues: white men, primarily, in real estate development, garbage collected, but only $1 per ton for coal ash – an incentive for power property management, lobbying, insurance and agriculture, most of whom utilities to dispose their coal ash in municipal landfills. Worse, this loophole contributed to his campaigns. By Sally Bethea means that Georgia will be more attractive as a dumping ground for out-ofThere was also the lengthy, and highly creative, but ultimately unsuccessful, Sally Bethea is the state coal ash. Legislators must close this loophole during the 2019 session; attempt by Gov. Deal and friends to use state money to dam a tributary to the retired executive directhey may be helped by Gov. Kemp who has said that he doesn’t want our state Chattahoochee River in his home county (Hall) to build a purported water tor of Chattahoochee to “become a dumping ground for coal ash.” supply reservoir. In fact, it would have been an amenity lake for a massive real Riverkeeper and curestate development, paid for by taxpayers, and it would also have harmed the rent board president of Stream Buffer Protection: Scientific studies have concluded that natural, Chattahoochee watershed by withholding water from Lake Lanier, among Chattahoochee Parks vegetated buffers along waterways can serve multiple economic benefits – from other impacts. Conservancy whose water quality and wildlife habitat to flood attenuation. Whatever the width Former Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle presided over the State Senate for 16 long mission is to build a of the buffer, the point at which the measurement is taken is critical. Current years, during which he stopped every common sense environmental initiative community of support state law is not clear on this matter for all types of waterways. Legislators must proposed. Cagle was also the reason I was removed from the Board of Natural for the Chattahoochee clarify the language using a more suitable marker, such as the “ordinary high Resources 10 years ago – after having been reappointed by then-Gov. Sonny River National Recrewater mark” or “the bank of the stream”. This would help ensure protection Perdue – when a Senate committee failed to confirm my reappointment. ation Area. from soil erosion and loss of tree shade for the rivers, lakes and creeks that Will Brian Kemp and Geoff Duncan be any better on the decisions that provide our drinking water and much more. affect the health and safety of our communities and natural environment? Only time will tell. We are always hopeful. Learn more about these issues at garivers.org. To find your legislators and contact The Georgia Water Coalition has chosen three priority issues for the 2019 session of them, see: openstates.org/find_your_legislator.

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Waterworks Greenspace reopens after 20 years After being closed for more than 20 years, The Waterworks Greenspace on the Upper Westside has re-opened to the public. The Friends of Atlanta Waterworks and the Upper Westside Improvement District hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and community celebration for Photos by Natalie Fields the opening of From left, Atlanta Commissioner of Parks and Recreation John Dargle Jr., the Waterworks Elizabeth Hollister, Executive Director, Upper Westside Improvement District; Greenspace on Friends of Atlanta Waterworks members Chris LeCraw, George Koulouris, Dwight Glover and Chris Palmer and former Atlanta City Council Member Dec. 2. Yolanda Adrean. The park, adjacent to the City of Atlanta Waterworks facility at the corner of Northside Drive and 17th Street, is the first phase of a years-long grassroots effort to reopen the greenspace around the Atlanta Waterworks facility. The parkland was closed before the 1996 Sumer Olympics for safety concerns. Upper Westside Improvement District, the Department of Watershed Management and the Friends of Atlanta Waterworks have cleaned out the overgrowth and opened the area to the public. When complete the new 4.5-acre space will provide the neighborhood with much-needed greenspace featuring walking trails, benches, and views of the skyline.

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Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Buckhead recently received a $30,000 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for urban wetlands restoration. The total conservation impact of the grant will be $71,000 including Blue Heron’s restoration partnership contributions.

Southface, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability policies and practices throughout the Southeast, has named Stephanie Stuckey as its new Director of Sustainability Services. Stuckey joins Southface from her role as Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Atlanta. “I am so excited to be joining the Southface team,” Stuckey said. “I have long supported their nationally recognized efforts to innovate sustainable building and urban community best practices. My own work has been focused on creating victories in environmental resilience and social equity, and I am thrilled to join forces with the Southface powerhouse.”

Woodruff Park in Downtown is the recipient of a $125,000 grant, made available through the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program. Woodruff Park partnered with Spark Corps, a local design firm focused on social impact, to engage students from Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, The New School, Leap Year, and Georgia State University in co-design activities. During a six-week co-design workshop, students focused on ideas to improve community engagement in the park.

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District has awarded Atlanta with the 2018 STREAM Award for demonstrating leadership and innovation in stormwater management. Atlanta was recognized for being a regional leader in green infrastructure innovation. The city has developed a plan to incorporate “green infrastructure” into all city

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) has announced that it will embark on its first installation of solar panels, in cooperation with Solarize Atlanta and its partner Hannah Solar. This effort is made possible by the MJCCA’s continued relationship with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and its ongoing support of the MJCCA’s green initiatives. The solar panels will be installed on the roof of the MJCCA’s Besser Gymnastics Pavilion.

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Food Forethought: Guy Wong

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By Megan Volpert hef Guy Wong is the creator of such well-known restaurants as Ton Ton ramen bar and the recently opened Miso Ko sushi bar at Ponce City Market. He’s also gained a following on Instagram (@ guywongatl and @bodyofachef ), where he’s been chronicling his fitness journey.


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first, but I do now. And that has become my advice to others that I help get started on their workout routine. I had worked out when I was younger so I had a feeling what I wanted to do. I also have a good friend who is really into fitness – Jessica-Kim Danh – and she helped me out at the beginning. I did not use a personal trainer at the start – but when I hit a plateau I did use a trainer to help me change up my routine. Q: Which do you think will ultimately be more difficult: reaching your goal weight or maintaining it? A: Reaching my goal is definitely the hard part. I hope that by the time I get there, I will have all these great habits that will allow me to maintain my goal. Q: A lot of chefs are runners, but you prefer going to the gym. What do you think about during your hour-long morning workout? A: My morning workout is the time I use to plan my day. I schedule what I know needs to be done during the day, but there is always something unexpected that comes up so at least I know what needs to be done when I get to work. Q: You have a wide variety of experience with Asian cuisine, but is there any part of you that longs to open a pizza place or greasy breakfast diner or something? Is there any food you make for yourself that would surprise your customers? A: I love cooking Italian food, but I would never open an Italian restaurant. I think my customers would be surprised that I make simple American noodles with butter and oyster sauce for my 7-year-old son, Aidan. Q: You’ve had restaurants in stand-alone building and newer ones that operate in food halls. What are the logistical differences between running a place like Le Fat in West Midtown versus a place like Miso Ko in Ponce City Market? A: Much easier to run a restaurant in a stand-alone building! Not so much due to logistical differences but when you operate in a food hall you don’t have the same autonomy that you do in a stand-alone location. You have to adhere to their hours of operations, delivery procedures and other things mandated by Ponce City Market. When you have so many restaurants operating in the same place, it makes sense and makes the operation in total run more smoothly. Q: Do you have pretty good people-watching opportunities inside Ponce City Market? A: Absolutely! In addition to being a favorite among Atlanta residents, Ponce City Market has become a favorite destination for people visiting Atlanta so there is a tremendous diversity in the people that come to Ponce City Market. It does make for some interesting people-watching. Q: I happened to grab some of your ramen at Ton Ton on Halloween and all the servers were in awesome costumes. What does a good service environment mean to you? Is it important for servers to feel like a family, to have some fun, to get education about new dishes, etc? A: A good service environment means that the customers are happy. I want the servers and the rest of the staff to feel that they are part of the team, so I guess we are one big dysfunction family. I want them to have fun, but first and foremost I want them to be professional and represent Ton Ton well. I always make sure that the staff knows about any new dishes or specials that are on the menu. Q: Ramen broth can takes several days to make, while sashimi might take just one minute. Do you prefer long cooking times, or short? A: Cooking time really depends on the ingredient. I could not make a good ramen broth in a minute. At a restaurant, short cooking times allow for more table turns and more guests, which ultimately allows us to make more money. However, the many hours it takes to make our flavorful ramen broth is well worth it. Q: Every magazine round-up of secret essentials for my kitchen seems to mention fish sauce. What are the best things to do with fish sauce at home? A: Fish sauce makes a great dipping sauce – add some fresh lemon juice and crushed Thai peppers. Great with any kind of protein. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m






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Whole Foods Market 365 opens two Intown locations Whole Foods Market 365 opened two locations – in Buckhead and Decatur – in mid-December. The Decatur store is located at 1555 Church St., while the Buckhead store is at 3535 Northside Parkway. The Atlanta stores are the eleventh and twelfth Whole Foods Market 365 locations in the country. “We’re excited to introduce the Decatur and Northside Buckhead communities to the Whole Foods Market 365 concept, offering the very best quality food at low prices. We have taken all we have learned about combining convenience and customer experience and created what we believe are two of our most exciting stores,” said Jeff Turnas, President of Whole Foods Market 365. The smaller Whole Foods concept stores offer meats, seafood, freshly prepared grab-andgo items, a huge produce selection (including a large organic mix), a variety of special diet options and a vast floral selection with prices starting at $5. The Decatur store will house the fourth location for homegrown Atlanta-based dtox juice with a menu of juices, smoothies, acai, matcha and dragon fruit bowls, nut-based yogurt, plant-based salads, as well as detoxifying cleanses made with organic and local ingredients. Sublime Tree – another local Atlanta business – will open their second location in the Buckhead store with a focus on organic smoothies, cold-pressed juices, smoothie bowls and superfood eats. Coming in early 2019, both the Decatur and Buckhead stores will feature an onsite authentic Mexican cuisine-focused restaurant, Loteria Grill, from Chef Jimmy Shaw. The in-store eateries will serve as the first locations for the Los Angeles-based restaurant in the Atlanta area offering a menu of appetizers, tacos, enchiladas and a rotating array of seasonal specials; including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The beverage menu will feature a full coffee bar as well as beer, wine and cocktails. Inspired by Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Avenue, shoppers in the Decatur store will also experience Pour de Leon – a beverage, dining and gathering venue featuring free classic arcade games. The space will offer a selection of locally and nationally sourced beers, wines and ciders all on tap, as well as a menu of savory hot bar bites with dipping sauces and graband-go prepared foods.


QUICK BITES The 3rd annual Atlanta Winter Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at City Winery with two sessions: noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. There will be more than 50 wines as well as a selection of beer and cider to choose from. There will also be a live band, DJ Q-tip, and food will be available for purchase. Tickets are now on sale for $45 in advance, $50 after Jan. 10, and $60 at the door. More details and the link to tickets can be found at atlantawinefestivals.com/winter. A new American gastropub called City Tap is slated to open soon in Midtown at 848 Peachtree St. City Tap will serve varying beer styles including many picks from local breweries like Monday Night Brewing, Orpheus Brewing, Wild Heaven Beer, SweetWater Brewery, New Realm Brewing, and many more. With over 60 beers on tap, a selection of national and international offerings will also be poured, including German lagers, Belgian ales, and other European varieties. The food menu will feature local and international inspired dishes. For more information, visit citytap.com. Athens, Georgia-based chocolate company Condor Chocolates has opened Condor Chocolates + Picture Show at Westside Provisions Distirct. The pop-up will sell chocolates and treats and screen seasonal movies. The shop is open through the end of February, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, visit condorchocolates.com. Fox Bros. BBQ and Taqueria del Sol will team up for the second annual Foxeria del Sol Golf Tournament on Friday, March 15, at North Fulton Golf Course. The event will benefit Hogs for the Cause, which raises money for pediatric brain cancer research. To register and get more information, search for the event at bigtickets.com. Lazy Betty, the forthcoming restaurant from Executive Chef Ron Hsu and Chef de Cuisine/Partner Aaron Phillips, will open its brick-and-mortar location at 1530 DeKalb Ave. early this year in the space formerly occupied by Radial Cafe. The restaurant will offer both tasting menu and à la carte options featuring seasonal fare.

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The Gift of Music Atlanta music icon Beverly “Guitar” Watkins keeps on playing for others

By Joe Earle The way Beverly “Guitar” Watkins tells it, her association with the musical instrument that’s become a part of her name goes back to the 1940s. She was a young girl then, living with her grandparents in a farming community outside Commerce, Ga. Watkins had been born in 1939 in Atlanta, a “Grady baby,” but after the death of her mother when Beverly was about 8, her grandparents took her in and “raised me down in the country.” Her grandfather, like many of his neighbors, was a sharecropper. Beverly walked to school and remembers that the family hitched the “Sunday horse” to a wagon to go to church. “Everywhere my granddad would go, I’d go with him,” she said. “He’d go rabbit hunting, I’d be right there with him. Fishing. … I was like a tomboy because I was around my granddaddy all the time.” Most of their neighbors kept some kind of musical instrument in their homes, whether a guitar or a fiddle or an old upright piano, and played for their own entertainment, she said. The community held dances. “Back then, we’d call it a ‘barn dance.’ We call it a party now,” she said. Her grandfather played banjo. When Beverly was about 9, one of her aunts gave her a guitar for Christmas. Beverly learned some songs, mostly country songs, she said. She returned to Atlanta as a teenager and lived with her aunt. Watkins enrolled in high school and learned to play trumpet and to play guitar as part of a band. Her training paid off. She’s made a long career of playing blues and rhythm-and-blues in metro Atlanta, has toured internationally, recorded a CD and been honored as a “Georgia Music Legend” by the Atlanta Blues Society. And, at age 79, she’s still playing. In November, during a ceremony at the Atlanta History Center, Watkins was named the 2018 recipient of the Positive Aging Icon Award from LeadingAge Georgia, an association of not-for-profit organizations focused on providing housing, healthcare and community-based services for seniors. She is the seventh recipient of the award. Past honorees have included former Atlanta mayors Andrew Young and Sam Massell, 1968 Olympian Dr. Mel Pender and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and retired Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz. “Ms. Watkins’ talent, longevity and spirit is a shining example of positive aging. She sets the stage for others by showing that age doesn’t have to slow you down or keep you from doing

what you love … and providing joy to others,” Jacquelyn Thornton, senior vice president of LeadingAge Georgia, said in a press release announcing the award. Watkins’ electric guitar playing has made her a fixture on the Atlanta blues scene. She joined her first band while she was in high school, she said, and played in clubs around town. In the late 1950s and the 1960s, she performed with Willie “Piano Red” Perryman in several of his bands, playing with him on records including his hit, “Right String, But the Wrong Yo-Yo.” One Perryman-led band she played in was called Dr. Feelgood and the Interns and the Nurse. Watkins says she was “The Nurse” in the group, which wore medical-themed clothing onstage. “I didn’t wear the shoes,” she said. “I wore the nurse’s suit, and the hat, but I wouldn’t wear those ugly shoes.” Over the decades, Watkins has played in a string of different bands. She played for tips at Underground Atlanta during the entertainment district’s heyday and, in 1999, recorded her first CD, titled “Back in Business.” And, as she likes to say, “things rock on” with her music. She still appears in clubs and now performs at senior centers, too. She said she also regularly performs gospel music in churches on Sunday mornings. One rainy afternoon in November, Watkins showed a group at Clairmont Oaks, a senior residence in Decatur, that at 79, she’s still rolling along. Accompanied by drummer Arthur Johnson, she sang and played a string of familiar blues and rhythm-and-blues tunes during a luncheon marking the center director’s retirement. “We’re going to party, y’all,” Watkins told the crowd as she kicked off a set of songs that ranged from “Summertime” to “You Send Me” to “Rock Me, Baby.” As Watkins played, Clairmont Oaks resident Gloria Monroe-Drummond clapped along and danced in her seat. “I think she’s great. I love it,” Monroe-Drummond said. “I love the music and she’s a senior. That’s making it even better.” Watkins says she has no plans to slow down any time soon. Playing guitar is her gift, she said. “It’s a gift from God,” she said. “This is my gift and I’m giving it back to the community. And I enjoy what I do. It’s hard, but God, he’s always there. I want to keep doing it until he says, ‘Well done, my child.’ It keeps me going. It’s something to look forward to. Maybe I’ll be playing in the heavenly band someday.”

Tickets on sale Jan. 28 for Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Tickets for the 19th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) go on sale Jan. 28, and moviegoers can expect a broad selection of genres and themes over the 21-day event. This year, the AJFF will kick off Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre with the Atlanta premiere of the Israeli dramedy “Shoelaces.” Nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, this tender family story follows the complicated relationship between an irascible father and his special-needs son. Another highlight will be the Feb. 16 premiere of “Leona” at the Woodruff Art Center. The night begins with a pre-screening party at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the film at 8 p.m. Making the transition into adulthood, a young woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her Syrian-Jewish family and a forbidden love, in this delicate, melancholic romance. The festival closes with a screening of “Chewdaism: A Taste of Montreal” on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Byers Theater at City Springs. In this “nosh-umentary,” Canadian funnymen and best friends Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman return to their hometown to explore their heritage by eating their way across the city. The full lineup for the festival will be announced on Jan. 10 at AJFF.org. “Shoelaces”

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Rock of Ages: Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood. Jan. 3-4. $30.25-$105.25. foxtheatre.org

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2019 Atlanta Biennial - A thousand tomorrows: This exhibition aims to address complexities and deep vernacular traditions of the Southeast continues the longstanding efforts to present new artists from around the region. Jan. 17-April 17. Free. thecontemporary.org

An Octoroon: In this play trouble has been brewing at the Terrebonne Plantation since Judge Peyton died. Money is running out, an evil overseer is up to no good. Jan. 26-Feb. 24. $20-$40. actors-express.com

end up. Jan. 12. $29.50-$39.50. tabernacleatl.com The Last Night of Ballyhoo: Winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, the story is set in the upper class German-Jewish community living in Atlanta, in December 1939. Jan. 25-Feb. 17. $15-$33. stagedoorplayers.net

Shostakovich Shock and Awe: The “spellbinding” cellist (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Johannes Moser tackles Bernstein’s Three Meditations from MASS. Jan. 17. $22-$98. atlantasymphony.org Smokey Robinson: Berry Gordy founded Motown Records, but one could argue that Robinson was the on who first pushed the iconic label toward greatness. Jan. 26. $55.50-$150. foxtheatre.org Swan Lake – National Ballet Theatre Of Odessa: This full-scale production of Swan Lake, set to the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend. Jan. 13. $45.25-$75.25. foxtheatre.org The Beach Boys: Beginning their career as the most popular surf band in the nation, this classic band emerged as America’s preeminent pop group. Jan. 20. $47$120. cobbenergycentre. com

Ballet Hispánico: Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, this Latin dance company has grown into a renowned world-class institution and a leader in the U.S. Jan. 26. $31.45-$63. rialto.gsu.edu

Design for Good - Architecture for Everyone: This exhibition captures character-driven, real-world stories from across the globe about design that fosters a sense of belonging and dignity. Closes. Jan. 20. Free-$10 museumofdesign.org Roswell Fine Arts Alliance Juried Art Show: In this exhibit a group of painters, collagists, and mixed media 2-D artists showcase their talents. Jan. 26-March 30. rfaa.org Stories without An End - Women in African Art: Mehta Collection includes a selection of 50 classically carved wooden sculptures and masks drawn from the collection of Dileep and Martha Mehta. Jan. 18-April 21. Free-$5. museum.oglethorpe.edu The Gallery – Natalie Twigg and Todd Alexander: This exhibit is a poignantly beautiful story of searching and renewal, as layer upon layer of the tale weaves within Twigg’s evocative music and original works by Alexander. Closes Jan. 6. Free! differenttrainsgallery.com

Chinese Acrobats of Hebei: This is a “must see” production that combines Chinese traditions, incredible acrobatics, stunning costumes, Chinese props, and beautiful music soundtrack. Jan. 24. $17$47. cobbenergycentre.com Greensky Bluegrass: Approaching classic Americana styles with an exploratory and progressive spirit, this is a string band with a big, expansive sound. Jan. 12. $27.50-$157.50. tabernacleatl.com Gregory Alan Isakov: Influenced by the rural blue-collar lyricism of artists like Bruce Springsteen, it wasn’t long before this singer’s own sound began turning heads. Jan. 16. $35.50. thebuckheadtheatre.com Isabelle Demers, Organist: The Redeemer Concert series presents Demers in concert playing the church’s 73 rank Létourneau pipe organ. Jan. 13. Free! redeemer.org Kane Brown: This Tennessee’s contemporary country singer and songwriter is blessed with a rich baritone voice. Jan. 10. $123. infiniteenergycenter. com

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Tomáš Kubínek - Miracle Man: This comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian, and all-round charmer will give audiences an utterly joyous experience they’ll remember for a lifetime. Jan. 19. $31.45$63. rialto.gsu.edu






Where Serpents Change Their Skin: Krean artists Jiha Moon’s gestural paintings, mixed media, ceramic sculpture and installation explore fluid identities and the global movement of people. Closes Jan. 5 Free. alanaveryartcompany.com Winter Wonderland: Prepare to ooh and aah over two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees showcasing celebrations around the world in this enchanting exhibition. Closes Jan. 6. Free!-$20. fernbankmuseum.org

Moonlight & Magnolias: Take a peek behind the camera as David O. Selznick, Victor Fleming, and Ben Hecht lock themselves in an office to solve the neardisaster of Gone With the Wind. Jan.1027. $24-$38. get.org

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Honoring students who give back to the community

senior a Mays High School, Aniyah’s passion is working with animals, and that shows in the countless hours she has volunteered at local humane society shelters and with the Detroit Zoo. She’s also been involved with the Project Engage Program facilitated by Benjamin E Atlanta Public . Mays High School Schools and Georgia Tech spending four and five days a week in a laboratory on a research project on using micro-needles to prevent blindness. At the end of the summer, Aniyah won first place with her research presentation board at Georgia. She plans to study animal science and pursue a career in veterinary medicine. “One of my favorite things about volunteering at the humane society is the amount of time I get to spend with the dogs. I’ve been trying harder to make a dog’s day brighter by spending a little more time and giving a little more affection. I love to volunteer at the shelter because I like making a difference in those animals’ lives.”


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he same question arises every year as we consider the nominations: how do these students find the time to give back to the community? As you will see, our 11th annual 20 Under 20 is filled with youth who somehow manage to juggle their busy lives with doing extraordinary things to make Intown and the world a better place to live. As in previous years, we asked public and private schools along with service organizations and the general public to nominate students who have been active volunteers in their communities. These 20 students have accumulated thousands of hours of volunteer time, traveled to other countries, created nonprofits and worked with the underprivileged as part of their service. This year, we noticed a trend among many of the honorees – their interest and passion for social justice causes. You’ll see that many of the students’ passion lies with working with refugees and underserved minority communities around the city. Picking just 20 honorees becomes more difficult every year, so this year’s runners-up list has 26 names who we feel deserved recognition for their hard work in the community. We hope these uplifting stories will inspire you to find ways to give back to the community. And, as always, thanks to the businesses and schools whose advertising support makes this section possible every year.


liza volunteers weekly with Friendship Circle where she works with a developmentally delayed young adult, visiting her at home, taking her on outings and engaging in her favorite activities. Aliza also volunteers with Friends of Refugees, tutoring elementary aged refugee children in English, math and social studies in Clarkston. She serves on the advisory board of Peace by Piece, an interfaith alliance connecting Muslim, Catholic and Jewish high school students in Atlanta. She also leads workshops for her peers about sexuality and body image. Aliza recounts a story of seeing three women weighted down with groceries waiting for the bus in the cold: “I popped the trunk and I handed a sweater of mine to one of the women who The Weber School was wearing only a t-shirt. Driving home, I began to process what had just happened and recognized that I could have, if only for a moment, bridged the gap of inequality that I had just witnessed. I turned around and came back to the three women and drove them each home, losing an hour of study time but gaining an immeasurable understanding of community, growth, and God.”


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oshni serves on the My Mind Matters leadership board, an organization that helps high school students that are struggling with mental challenges, and volunteers regularly with The Nicholas House, which provides dinners to women who are domestically abused, and at Northside Hospital. For the past four years, Roshni has worked with Blessings in a Backpack, which provides meals to underprivileged children. She also makes time for the local Indian community, teaching culture and dance to young Indian children. “My most memorable moments come during my time at The Nicholas House and as a volunteer at Northside Hospital. The Nicholas House gives me an opportunity to have a small impact and help the women and children there with something as simple as cooking and serving dinner. At Northside Hospital, my job was simply to transport patients out of the hospital. Although from an outside perspective it seems like a routine task, it gave me the opportunity to talk to the patients and brighten their day in any way possible.” y Woodward Academ


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annah began her service work in the seventh grade when she raised money to purchase soccer nets for a girls soccer tournament in Zambia. Once in high school, she began a scholarship fund for high school students in Lusaka, Zambia raising $3,000 in the first year to cover tuition costs for 18 students. During the past two years, Hannah has raised over $5,000 to pay tuition for 22 students. She has also been active in helping to feed and provide necessities for the homeless and with Family Promise, an organization that houses homeless families in religious communities until they can get back on their feet. “My most memorable moment was when I got to meet the first graduate of the scholarship program for high school students in Lusaka, Zambia. He just received a full ride scholarship for college and started his own clothing line. His name is Steven and he is an incredible artist and very nice.”




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emple is the creator of STEM Girl Swag where she advocates for girls and minorities to gain exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics relatedfields. At age 9, she created a website (justtemple. com) to encourage her friends, especially girls, to get involved. She volunteers at schools and community events by speaking and conducting science demonstrations. In 2017, she won the Georgia Science Teachers Association’s STEM-Talk Competition where she had the opportunity to go to UGA and speak to science teachers across the state of Georgia about filling the gap in STEM. She also held a book drive and collected 2,500 books for Columbia Elementary School and Sheltering Arms – East Lake. Temple was recently selected out of 38,000 Girl Scouts in Metro Atlanta to deliver the keynote speech at their Second Century Luncheon. “A memorable moment for me was when I spoke at E. Rivers Elementary School. I was the keynote speaker for their S.T.E.A.M. Day. When I came in on my hover board, the students and staff all cheered. They were just as excited when I shared with them my story in science, boundaries that I want to break and limitations that I am already exceeding. I loved showing my peers that you don’t have to be an adult to make a difference, but you can make a difference at a young age and start now.”


or the past two years, Charlestavious has been an ambassador for L.E.A.D. (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct), an organization created to empower at-risk youth to lead and transform the City of Atlanta. He has completed over 150 hours of community service with a focus on poverty and homelessness. In the future, he wants to invest in homeless shelters, schools, and hospitals for the community. “My most memorable moment of volunteerism was when L.E.A.D. Ambassadors and I served food and shared life stories with homeless and disabled men that are in recovery from drugs and alcohol who live at Trinity House. I want to solve homelessness, School gh Hi s las ug so making the connection with the men at Trinity House Do ick er Fred made we aware of the circumstances that caused their current state, how it could have been prevented and how I can help solve it for millions of people in the future.”


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ast fall, Bailey earned her Girl Scout Gold Award for her Edgy Veggie project, where she led workshops around Buckhead for kids, teens, and adults about healthy eating and body image. Through fundraising, she was able to distribute printed reusable canvas bags to encourage environmental sustainability with her workshop attendees. She created a Clean Eating Club at North Atlanta High School and used leftover funds raised to donate to the Peachtree Road Farmers Market for supplies from their wish list. Bailey was honored as a 2018 Teen Volunteer of the Year by the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the

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Association of Fundraising Professionals during National Philanthropy Day. “Throughout my Girl Scout Gold Award Project, I taught people about the importance of eating healthy food and treating your body right, and hearing about the way people were impacted was very meaningful to me. On more than one occasion, people shared that they were struggling with eating issues and that my workshops helped them to develop a new mindset. Hearing that I had struck a chord with these people had a definite impact on me, and I’m so thankful that I could give back to them through volunteering.”

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hese three Westminster juniors created START, Inc. (Science to Action Road Trips), a nonprofit that offers experiential learning opportunities to students who might not otherwise receive them. Instead of the traditional method of teaching, Anup, Daven, and Zander embrace hands-on learning and ask kids to connect math and science with their own lives, building positive connections between science and fun in their brains. Last year, they took 70 students at Scott Elementary to Sky Zone where they bounced on the trampolines and embraced Newton’s laws of physics. The group looks to build on that success this year with five field trips – involving more 320 elementary school students – to places like SkyZone and iFly, making science come to life for the students they work with. Daven said it has been “heartwarming” to see how excited the young students are to connect having fun with learning about science. “The fact that kids can learn for fun fascinated and continued to drive my passion for my volunteering,” Zander said. Anup described meeting a mischievous student at Scott Elementary who had trouble with tests, but was passionate about learning. Anup recognized that the student’s desire to learn was being squashed by punishment and said it gave him a clear view of the current educational system he hopes to correct.

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mother successfully battled breast cancer in 2014, Caroline decided she wanted to do something to help others facing the same challenge. She paired with SharSheret, a Jewish organization that provides support to women Atlanta Jew ish Academ with breast y and ovarian cancer, and their families. Caroline co-chaired Pink Day, a nationwide two-day event designed to raise awareness and funding for SharSheret. She also started start a health-conscious food drive at her school to provide healthier options for people in need. After the food drive showed great success, she decided to continue this project into her senior year, and paired with a Jewish Food Donation Organization, continuing her efforts to bring healthy food to those in need. “After the end of my first food drive, as I started packing the food into bags for each family, I was so incredibly happy. I had spent countless hours planning the drive and hoping loads of healthy food would be donated, and my dream came true. Each bag was packed with a healthy meal and a fun greeting card. As I passed out the bags, I felt an extreme happiness, and I knew I had to continue doing this!”



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n avid soccer player, Carson realized that many talented and deserving children couldn’t afford the fees associated with club soccer teams, and he set out to change that. Building on a partnership The Lovett School has with Agape Youth and Family Center, Carson created the Golden Goal Soccer Camp. He has run the camp for three years, pulling together volunteers, resources, and equipment to provide students ages 8-11 with soccer clinics that teach fundamentals, teamwork, and character. He has also established a plan for the camp to continue after he graduates from Lovett. Carson was recently honored as a Teen Volunteer of the Year Award by the Atlanta chapter of the Association of Fundraising The Lovett School Professionals. Carson recounts working with a young student at the camp who hadn’t been involved, but then managed to score the game-winning goal. “She had the biggest smile on her face and you could see how much it meant to her. You could tell that she’d be telling everyone she knew about that goal for weeks. It was really incredible to see such a small thing made everybody so happy, and it capped off a fantastic end to the week and was a fitting conclusion to an incredible three-year journey for me with the camp.”


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ulia has successfully channeled her love of art into creating and directing Art for Art, a nonprofit that supports the arts in both developed and underdeveloped communities. Julia raised money by selling her own art and partnered with an international charity to provide art classes for over 100 children in underserved


ofia has positively impacted young students through her work with Aprendiendo Inglés Solido, an organization that reaches out to support underserved Latinx and Hispanic students. As one of the largest student service organizations at Atlanta International School, Sofia coordinates a group of 50-plus tutors and their work with local public school students. She also works as a counselor at TEC Camp, offering attendees an introduction to technology, engineering and computing. Sofia was instrumental in bringing in female engineering professors to talk to AIS’ middle school students about the disparity between men and women in STEM fields. “The reason why I love leading the Aprendiendo Inglés Sólido service group alongside my peers at my school is because I get to witness the impact that a connection makes for the students that we tutor. I believe that everyone, no matter their background, should have access to a high-quality education; by volunteering for this group, I have the opportunity to share my knowledge and excitement about education with other students.”


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communities in Africa. A strong environmentalist, Julia also founded Action for Clean Tap Water in America (ACTWA.org) to address the health threat posed by specific chromium levels in tap water that impacts millions of Americans. Julia has gained recognition from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and the U.S. President’s National Volunteer Service Awards programs. “In creating Art For Art, I hoped to use my love of the arts to help communities in need around the world. I am very proud of the work we have done and the funding we have been able to provide for positive, esteem-building art classes for children who live in poverty in communities without running water, electricity, or sanitation.”

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iah works with ARROW as a teen advisor to provide education and opportunity to combat racism in society to high school students. Working with Exceptional Kids Athletics Inc. has allowed her to work with disabled children teaching motor skill and social skills to those who do not have adults in their lives to assist with those skills. Continuing her work with children, she also volunteers at Urban City Fresh, a farm to fork lunch and afterschool program for low-income kids, and is the founder and president of the American Sign Language Club at the school. She uses the media to amplify young voices by developing social media content, blog posts, and activism activities for youth through AMP Global Youth. She plans to become a civil justice lawyer. “My most memorable moment as a volunteer has been working with Exceptional Kids Athletics. A mother thanked me for helping engage her daughter and show her that she could trust someone else other than her parents. It really meant a lot to me and geared me to the life of helping others. Not that I needed any acknowledgment, but just knowing how much of an impact on this girl and her family’s life was a phenomenal feeling.”


va participates in the Hope Education Project that connects high school students to the refugee community. For the third year in a row, she works every Sunday with refugee children, helping them with school work and making them feel welcome. She also holds a leadership role in the Green School Initiative, where she works with a group of students on energy conservation, and participates in the Global Nomads Program, which connects students around the world through video conferencing. Recently, Ava founded the school’s news blog (The New Street Journal) and acts as chief editor. This past summer, Ava volunteered at the nonprofit Mountain Learning and Retreat Center in North Carolina, where she did everything from farm work to helping ks Oa children. “When people take the time to help others, they Academe of the discover something that’s so much more rewarding. Through the volunteering that I do, I’ve realized how helping one another is bigger than a couple hours from my Sunday.”


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or her Girl Scout Gold Award, Regina chose to address problems with self-image and selfesteem in young Latina girls. She created the program En La Amistad Nos Encontramos, or In Friendship We Stand, that offered 12 classes to middle-school-aged girls, focused on health, beauty, and professional development. Regina hopes to keep the program going once she graduates. “I was very blessed to have worked with these girls because they taught me to appreciate what and who I have in my life. At the final meeting, one of the girls proudly told me that she had stopped inflicting self-harm and that she was in a happier place in her life. Another girl, who had been shy from the beginning, hugged me and thanked me for helping her move on from depression. These girls will forever hold a special place in my heart. My goal for my project was to help these girls avoid depression and not become another story on the news. After completing my project, I have a sense of how much can be accomplished by helping others, individually and in a community setting, and I will move forward in life knowing that I have the power to create social change.”


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AHALYA RAMGOPAL, 17 halya has been a tireless advocate for refugees in the Atlanta community since she was 14 when she began volunteering at the International Rescue Committee. As a volunteer, she teaches English, civics and history to newly arrived refugees to help prepare them for the citizenship test. During her junior year, she interned in the IRC Communications Department, working on social media advocacy and marketing. As the only high-school intern, she won the Intern fundraising competition at the end of the fall semester, raising over $750. In total, she has worked over the 500 hours for the IRC. She also volunteered for the Jon Ossoff campaign to try and enact change through Congress. “During my first summer volunteering with the IRC, I worked with a young man in his 20s from Iraq. We worked together through the class for two-and-a-half hours; I taught him new words through drawing photos on the whiteboard or acting them out. When the verb singing came up, he told me that he in fact, was a winner of Arab Idol!”


sabelle’s personal commitment to social justice and service to others has culminated with the creation of her own nonprofit called Cycle of Change, which is responsible for raising money to purchase bicycles for the low-income children at Tongabezi Trust School in Livingstone, Zambia who have to walk for hours to get an education. She also started a new service project – Books to Prison – at AGS to collect books and school supplies for inmates and children of inmates at the Arrendale Women’s Prison. “For me, the most memorable moment of giving back to my community was delivering over 400 books and coloring sets to the Arrendale Women’s Prison for the inmates and their children. I have always been passionate about criminal justice reform and this was an amazing way to put a face to an issue that has meant a lot to me.”

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imone’s goal is to showcase the importance of swimming as a life skill, not just a sport. As a lifeguard and competitive swimmer at Galloway, she started a group called A Swimmer in Every Goal to help girls ages 10 to 18 have a support system and resources to get the basic skills of a swimmer. Last fall, she helped girls begin the year-long training session with her swim team, and Learn to Swim participants receive private lessons at a reduced rate. She does a monthly session to help prepare girls to transition into the swimming world. Simone plans to change the social norms of swimming “one ol ho Sc y The Gallowa stroke at a time.” Simone is also active in volunteering for other causes, having earned a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for service at Hands on Atlanta, Action Ministries, Social Change Foundation, Atlanta Community Food Bank and other volunteer organizations. Simone says a volunteer event with Action Ministries stands out when they were collecting food for Feed the Hungry. “The atmosphere of everyone wanting to give back to their community was uplifting. This was the time when I truly became invested in giving back and helping others in any way.”


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he seniors can’t escape the pull of the Dominican Republic city of Puerto Plata and an organization called Project Esperanza, which serves the city’s Haitian immigrant population, providing education, Pace Academy social aid and community development. Abigail and Davis participated in study tours there in 2015 and 2016, and were so taken that they planned their own summer camp session in 2017 to teach vocabulary and music. They remained connected to Project Esperanza throughout the school year by sponsoring a student through the organization, and they returned once again in 2018, this time incorporating STEAM and robotics into their camp’s curriculum. “Our time with the children in Puerto Plata has broadened our horizons, helped to put our lives into a global perspective and taught us to better understand cultural differences,” they say.


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20 Under 20 Runners-Up Baird Kazazian, 18: A senior at The Westminster Schools, Baird founded the Atlanta Junior Chapter of The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief, serves on the executive committee of the UNICEF Southeast Youth Board and received the Congressional Gold Medal for his volunteer efforts in 2018. Alana Mermin-Bunnell, 17: The Paidea senior is a peer tutor, has traveled to Uganda to teach English and art, and volunteers at the Frazier Center and helped support research for a lab at Emory addressing racial disparities in the kidney transplant process. Alex Allen, 17: An active volunteer at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Pace Academy senior helped lead the creation of

new teen programming at the facility. Nathan Posner, 18: Nathan serves as a volunteer photographer for the Human Rights Campaign and Atlanta Pride to document events and program. The Weber School senior has also worked on anti-bullying efforts at the school. Elye Robinovitz, 18: He started the Weber Vols, a student volunteer organization to engage in service projects around Atlanta. He’s also worked with Breast Cancer Awareness, the Anti Defamation League and volunteered at Aurora Day Camp. Brooke Stevens, 17: A junior at The Westminster Schools, Brooke started a chapter of Play Unified, a national organization through Special Olympics that encourages people to work with those who have disabilities. Olivia Kovacs, 17: The Grady High School senior is passionate about theatre and has not only worked building sets for

student productions, but also at the Center for Puppetry Arts. She’s also volunteered to help feed the hungry and with her church community on various projects. Alex Burgess, 18: Alex has been instrumental in shaping Woodward Academy’s Service Leadership Board, a select group of students who are chosen to design, market, and implement the service projects. He’s also worked with Habitat for Humanity and traveled to Zambia to work with Woodward’s sister school, The Terranova School. Mary Elizabeth Marquardt, 18: Passionate about social justice, the Atlanta Girls’ School senior logged 330 hours campaigning for Stacey Abrams, interviewed Sen. Cory Booker for Facebook Live and is cofounder of the school’s Committee For Social Justice and Equity. Travis Harper II, 17: He has volunteered much of his time as Mock Trial Team Captain at Atlanta International School to recruit, mentor and coach younger members. He’s

also been on the Student Council since 9th grade and currently serves as co-president. Christian Porter, 17: Christian is a leader within student government and Atlanta International School organizations like the Student Culture Club and Science Olympiad. He is co-captain of the varsity swim team, serves as an acolyte in his church, and teaches local children how to swim. Katherine Atkinson, 17: An actress, singer and director, the North Atlanta High School senior works with Sutton Middle School students on theatrical productions, including co-directing a recent production of “Mamma Mia!” Thuan Tran, 18: The Paideia School senior has spent more than 250 hours coaching and judging debate students, registered voters as part of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, has built homes in Nicaragua, and volunteers in the lab at Emory University on a neurosystems study. Continued on page 48

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duo teaches about Latin and Greek language, mythology, and culture to students age 4 to 15.

Craig Love II, 15: The Grady High ninth grader is passionate about sports and works with younger children in the community to bring athletics to the community. He recently volunteered at a football camp in Tennessee and will be coaching basketball this spring.

Colette Blackmon, 18: The Atlanta Girls’ School senior teaches aerial dance and choreography and uses her talent to raise money for local organizations such as Grant Park Conservancy, Paint Love and Horizon Theatre.

William Schulman, 15, and Christian Rubio, 15: William and Christian created the Classics Club at Centro Catolico, a subsect of Holy Spirit Catholic Church that serves the Latino communities in Sandy Springs. The

Elinor ‘Ellie’ Munson, 18: The Atlanta Girls’ School senior has traveled to Honduras for the past five years to help doctors with medical exams and volunteered with the Georgia Epilepsy Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Children’s Healthcare


Explorer’s Program and Decatur Youth Council. Albert Liang, 17: The Westminster student created Chess Buddies Foundation, a nonprofit that teaches the game in both English and Spanish. He’s also traveled to Guatemala to build homes and regularly volunteers to help tutor and mentor in Spanish. Malini Desai, 18: The Galloway School senior has logged hundreds of hours volunteering at Zoo Atlanta and local veterinarian practices, is a counselor for the Girl Scouts horseback riding program, and is also a mentor and tutor with several programs at school. Kendall Seefried, 17: The Paideia senior has volunteered with Meals on Wheels, American Red Cross, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and taught autism education at Hirsch Academy. Aaron Yu, 16: The Westminster sophomore has volunteered with Meals on Wheels, tutors in mathematics, performs music at local retirement homes, and helped students hone their debate skills. Jessica Lao, 17: She co-directs the student-run nonprofit Circle of Women at Westminster that increases access for secondary education for girls around the world. She served as director of fundraising last year and helped the organization collect $15,000.


Isabella ‘Isa’ Williams, 17: The Lovett senior created a mentoring program for girls transitioning to middle school at Agape Youth

and Family Center. The program proved successful, so she translated it into Spanish for five schools in Latin America to reach the international Latinx community. Sydney Pargman, 17: The Riverwood senior received the Princeton Prize in Race Relations in 2018 for his RALI (Race Across Lines Initiative) Project. His goal was to better understand and ultimately improve race relations. Trinity Lewis, 16: After starting a No Place for Hate club at Grady High, Trinity was invited to serve on the Atlanta Public Schools Equity Board because of her passion for equality within the school system. She also leads a small group Bible study before school each week. Nadera Herbert-Bey, 17: The Atlanta International School senior works with A Better Chance (ABC), a national leadership program that places and supports high performing students of color in independent schools. She mentored prospective ABC students while she was in grades 9 and 10, and was selected to be a leader this year with ABC New Student Orientation. Yannie Tan, 17: A gifted pianist, the Atlanta International School student has performed at multiple benefit concerts, including one to support the children of St. Jude’s Hospital. She also uses her music talent to give motivational speeches hoping to inspire students to appreciate classical music. She has spoken at many different conferences and music camps in the United States and Europe, reaching over 10,000 students and counting.

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By Grace Huseth Like most music programs, Atlanta Music Project was hard at work the months leading up to their holiday concert. They rehearsed every Saturday morning, arriving as early as 9 a.m. with voices and violins, trombones and trumpets. But AMP students are exposed to an assortment of music, as vibrantly diverse as the musicians amongst them, all year long. AMP empowers under served youth to help them realize their potential through music. The tuition-free program goes to neighborhoods where families either don’t have access or funds to attend music academies to build youth choirs and

orchestras. “If there are students interested in getting high quality music training, they generally have to travel or pay. Those are barriers that block out many of the families we are here for. So instead, we bring everything to them by going into the neighborhood with our teaching artists, instruments and unique performance opportunities, all at no cost to the families,” said AMP co-founder and director Aisha Moody. “We know what we are doing: we are a community of artists and educators. We grew up in the music world and it’s a part of us. We know that if you can just get here, we’ll do the rest of the work.” AMP uses an immersion approach modeled after a program founded in Venezuela called El Sistema, and uses music At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

as a tool for social change. Students first learn to play melodies and enjoy creating music before reading music and theory. Most of the kids in the orchestra program had never touched an instrument before joining AMP. Through instrument “petting zoos,” they were able to test out instruments to see what they liked best, while staff might help nudge children in a certain direction to help build the sound of the orchestras. “Sometimes the need of the orchestra dictates an instrument,” said Brian Kellum, director of orchestral programs and projects. “There are certain instrument families that are more needed than others, so we might gently nudge a child in that direction or go out into the community and look for a talented young artist.” Since its inception in 2010, AMP has remained free for all musicians, but there is a strict attendance policy. Tuesday afternoons are reserved for wind instrument practice, Wednesday afternoons for string instruments, and all musicians stagger groggy into Sylvan Hills Middle School on Saturday mornings for full rehearsals. “[Parents] take it very seriously and see the work that goes in. There is a lot of trust in what we are doing. They know that if they do make those sacrifices as parents, their kids will benefit in the end.” Kellum said. Corey Jones, a junior at Charles R. Drew Charter School, said AMP gives him the challenges he was seeking. The trombonist, pianist and production student has attended summer programming with AMP for three years and joined the project’s new All Star Senior Orchestra last fall. “It feels good to be in a room full of people who want to play music, want to sound good, and do sound good,” Jones said. Jones does not toot his own horn, or at least outside of the orchestra. A trombone teaching artist from AMP first taught the students the importance of teamwork amongst musicians. “Sometimes it can be confusing to understand your role in a team. Everyone wants to shine, but some people are meant to just support. Though my instrument is the second most powerful instrument in the band, it’s really a supporting instrument,” Jones said. The All Star Youth Orchestra and Choir started last fall with four new ensembles: a Junior Youth Orchestra and Junior Youth Choir for middle school students, and a Senior Youth Orchestra and Senior Youth Choir based on musical skill. For the first time, AMP decided to ask for a registration fee for the program – a one-time $25 administration cost. Cricket Wireless made a $125,000 donation to AMP, which will go toward giving 100 students full scholarships to participate in the organization’s new ensembles. AMP’s dream is to consolidate its rehearsal, offices and storage space in one location. The team dreams of a headquarters in south Atlanta complete with private practice rooms, large classrooms, office spaces and a performance hall to host smaller concerts. For Moody, the future AMP home must reflect the musical mission. “Excellence is the standard here. They are insanely talented and very driven, so all they need are the right people to give them the right tools.” For more information about Atlanta Music Project and upcoming concerts, visit atlantamusicproject.org. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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2467 MELINDA DRIVE NE Atlanta $464,900

2627 HOWELL MILL ROAD Atlanta $1,886,000

2710 MARGARET MITCHELL DR. NW Atlanta $624,990

2005 INNWOOD DRIVE NE Atlanta $385,000

Sally Alcock 404-664-9443

David Goodrowe 404-333-3190

Ahmad Jamil 404-348-3925

Harrison Thornhill 404-908-3291

2890 MEADOWVIEW DRIVE SE Atlanta $219,900

1095 NAPIER STREET Atlanta $284,900

20 10TH STREET NW #803 Atlanta $899,900

400 17TH STREET NW UNIT#1121 Atlanta $183,500

Leslie Erickson 404-642-2227

Jodi Patterson 404-786-5632

Jose Vazquez 404-218-2820

Mark Camp 404-786-5400


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COLDWELL BANKER CABBAGETOWN - Unbelievably spacious newer home in Cabbagetown with covered parking! Hardwoods through-out, Elfa shelving in master closets, screened back porch, private deck off upstairs master suite. 4Bed/3Bath $669,500 FMLS: 6097187 John Petrou 404.444.5323

DECATUR - Cape Cod bungalow featuring new windows, driveway/walkway replacement, refinished hardwoods, freshly painted exterior, one car garage, stairs to finished attic space, screen porch. Walk to Westchester Elementary. 3Bed/1Bath $424,900 FMLS: 6093698 Kathleen Sickeler 404.368.3234

MORNINGSIDE - Upgrade your Intown living in this freshly painted home featuring oak hardwoods throughout, original fireplace and moldings, eat-in kitchen w/SS appliances. Back patio great for entertaining. Tons of storage in lrg unfinished bsmnt. 3Bed/2Bath $650,000 FMLS: 6099185 Joan Arkins 404.661.2500

WOODLAND HILLS - Wonderful bungalow with large living room, separate dining room, spacious kitchen with lots of counter space, hardwoods, renovated tile bath, 2 car garage addition, covered deck overlooking fenced backyard. 3Bed/1Bath $369,000 FMLS: 6090562 Mike Kondalski 404.234.9379

INMAN PARK - Rare opportunity in Inman Park. 1910 home loaded with period details - hardwood floors, decorative fireplaces and original oversized windows. Main home has 3Bed/1.5Bath and cottage in back has 1Bed/1Bath. $550,000 FMLS: 6088181 Ed Woods 404.759.9680

DECATUR - Outstanding new construction Craftsman home from Parclife Homes. Well designed spaces, gorgeous master suite, large secondary bedrooms, kitchen with breakfast area & butlers pantry, 2 car garage. 5Bed/5Bath $1,109,000 FMLS: 6096180 Kathleen Sickeler 404.368.3234

REYNOLDSTOWN - Located just a short distance to The Beltline and Inman Park. Tons of natural light, open floor plan. Quality finishes include solid oak hardwoods, quartz countertop in kit & baths, spacious master w/huge closet. 3 Bed/2.5 Bath $550,000 FMLS: 6061162 Joan Arkins 404.661.2500

MORNINGSIDE - Move in ready! This 2 bdrm condo is across the street from Piedmont Park, near the Beltline, Ansley Mall, & many restaurants. Enjoy your favorite cup of coffee in the large sunroom with sliding glass windows overlooking wooded area. 2Bed/2 Bath $250,000 FMLS: 6103074 Helen Nicole 404.610.3535

OLD FOURTH WARD - Gorgeous new construction with outdoor living space on each level that nearly doubles the amount of living space. Features roof top terrace, hardwood floors, designer kitchen, open floor plan, 2 car garage. 4Bed/3.5Bath $850,000 FMLS: 6060819 Joan Arkins 404.661.2500

REYNOLDSTOWN - Gorgeous NEW Construction in HOT Reynoldstown/Edgewood! Bright, open floorplan features outdoor living space on each level. Enjoy living 1/2 mile from the Beltline and an easy walk to the Inman Park Marta station. 2 car garage. 3 Bed/2.5 Bath $575,000 FMLS: 6105291 Joan Arkins 404.661.2500

DRUID HILLS - Well maintained home w/tons of square footage. Recent kit renovation, newer roof, newer HVAC systems, incredible insulation, fresh paint through-out. Hardwoods, sep dining rm, tile floor in sunroom with built-ins. 5Bed/3Bath $599,000 FMLS: 6104038 Sally Westmoreland 404.354.4845

SCOTTDALE - New construction from Stoney River Homes. Large closets in all bedrooms, full sized laundry room, built-ins, complete appliance package, screened porch overlooking fenced backyard, 2-10 builder warranty. 5Bed/3Bath $489,900 FMLS: 6101026 Kathleen Sickeler 404.368.3234

COLLEGE PARK - This gorgeous craftsman style home is practically on Woodward Academy’s campus in Historic College Park. This custom build has hardwoods, beautiful custom cabinetry and detailed woodwork throughout. 4Bed/3.5Bath $479,999 FMLS: 6100648 David Brown 917.705.6387

BROOKHAVEN - Luxury townhouse in gated community with fully upgraded kitchen, master bedroom with spa-like bathroom, walk-in closets, lower-level guest suite with full bathroom, bonus room and tons of storage. 4Bed/3.5Bath $434,900 FMLS: 6081992 David Brown 917.705.6387

MORNINGSIDE - Renovated 1 level home on cul-desac. Features 2 car garage, kit with quartz counters, SS appls, tons of cabinets. Family rom with trey ceilings, French doors open to private deck. Walk-in closet in master. 5Bed/3Bath $799,000 FMLS: 6088468 Mike Kondalski 404.234.9379

EAST LAKE - Amazing new construction from Stoney River Homes. Situated on gorgeous fenced lot w/ beautiful open kitchen w/large island, screened porch, 2 car garage, hardwood floors, built-ins, great finishes. 2-10 Builder Warranty. 5Bed/3Bath $549,900 FMLS: 6109457 Kathleen Sickeler 404.368.3234

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