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The Neighborhood

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

6 } The Gulch Project 8 } BeltLine Acquisitions 9 } Pet Pick 10 } The TOUR Championship 11 } Atlanta Streets Alive 12 } Doggy Con 14 } TimmyDaddy 16 } The Race

Contributors Sally Bethea, Danielle Clockel, Kathy Dean, Grace Huseth, Mark Wallace Maguire, Asep Mawardi, Clare Richie, Paige Sullivan, Tim Sullivan, Megan Volpert Submissions Article queries and calendar submissions should be emailed to collin@ atlantaintownpaper.com.

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Remembering Ann Boutwell The first phone call I received as editor of Atlanta INtown way back in 2002 was from Ann Taylor Boutwell. I had, literally, been at my desk for an hour when she rang to introduce herself and ask if I planned to keep publishing her monthly history column called “A Look Back.” I assured her that “A Look Back” would stay put, although I planned to change everything else about the look and tone of the magazine. After I told her I was an Atlanta native and history buff, we became fast friends. That friendship endured until Ann passed away on Aug. 13 at the age of 81 after a long battle with cancer. When her son called to tell me the news, I tried to be stoic and keep the stiff upper lip passed on to me by British ancestors, but I couldn’t help but shed tears. Although Ann had retired her column after INtown’s 20th anniversary and eventually left Atlanta to return to her hometown of Fairhope, Alabama, we stayed in contact through email and phone calls. I spoke to her about two weeks before she died, and she was as witty, cheerful and curious as ever about what was happening in Atlanta. “It’s always good to talk to you,” she said. “Love you.” And I loved her. Everyone who met Ann fell in love with her. She was a longtime docent at the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown and appeared in the GPB documentary “American Rebel” about the “Gone With the Wind” author. Her knowledge and insight about Mitchell and the “big book” were unparalleled. Ann was also a tour guide for the city, regularly taking busloads of tourists and special guests to historic sites like Oakland Cemetery and the Cyclorama Collin Kelley collin@atlantaintown- when it was in Grant Park. She could have a dry, sarcastic sense paper.com of humor and she did not believe in sugarcoating history, about Mitchell or her beloved adopted city. You never knew what Ann might say next, and that made her even more delightful. Ann and I had a great working relationship, but we also became good friends away from the office. We had many Saturday lunches at The Colonnade (she loved the fried chicken), saw “Gone With the Wind” at The Fox, and took a couple of road trips to Athens and down where I grew up in Fayetteville. Margaret Mitchell helped found the library there and her family is buried in the city cemetery. Ann was, as you might guess, thrilled to extend her knowledge of the author. When Ann decided to move back to Alabama, I went and helped clean out her Midtown apartment. She gifted me a stack of books about “Gone With the Wind” and the city’s history, which I will always cherish. To paraphrase a line from the film “Fried Green Tomatoes,” Ann was a great lady, and a lady always knows when to leave. She fought the cancer until the very end, enjoyed her life and surrounded herself with friends and family. I am grateful to have been her colleague and friend. Love you.

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The Neighborhood News & Features

The Gulch

City may use public financing to get Downtown project off the ground By Collin Kelley

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he City of Atlanta has floated the idea of using public financing to redevelop The Gulch, a warren of below street-level parking lots and viaducts adjacent to Philips Arena and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Downtown. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained a document last month outlining a plan to use public financing via bonds to get the $3.5 billion project off the ground. Development firm CIM Group wants to transform the property into a massive mixeduse development with 9 million square feet of office space, 1,000 residences, 1,500 hotel rooms and 1 million square feet of retail space. The site has also been touted as a location for Amazon’s second headquarters, dubbed HQ2. “At roughly the equivalent of thirty football fields, this will be the largest development of its kind in Atlanta’s history and in the entire Southeast,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement. Bond money generated for the project could reach upwards of $1 billion and would primarily come from two sources: the Westside Tax Allocation District (TAD) and the Enterprise Zone Bond (EZ Bond). Last year, the Georgia Legislature passed a bill which stipulates that any urban redevelopment project in excess of $400 million can qualify for a sales tax exemption. The EZ bonds would allow CIM to use roughly five cents of the city’s 8.9-cent sales tax to help fund the project. Eighty percent of that money would come from the state’s share of the sales tax with the remaining 20 percent from Fulton County’s local option sales tax. The city’s municipal option sales tax would remain untouched, according to the city. With the approval of the Atlanta City Council, the lifespan of the Westside TAD would be extended a decade to 2048 to help pay off the city’s commitment to the development. The city would not pledge any portion of its general fund to the project. Once The Gulch project is complete, 20 percent of the TAD bond proceeds generated within its boundaries would be applied toward other projects in the neighborhoods within and to the west of the Empowerment Zone. The city has also pledged that at least 20 percent of the development will be reserved for affordable housing, with a minimum of 200 units. However, members of the City Council expressed concerns about the cost of services to the new development, including fire and police coverage. City Council President Felicia Moore said the city’s general fund would evenutally be impacted by the project even if public financing is used. She called for transparency on any deal with CIM Group.

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BeltLine Acquisitions

Two property purchases bring transit corridor closer to completion

ON THE AGENDA MEETINGS The Atlanta City Council meets Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. at City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. For agendas and more information, visit citycouncil.atlantaga.gov. NPU-E, which represents Midtown, Ansley Park, Home Park and Loring Heights, meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree St. The Decatur City Commission meets in open session on the first and third Mondays of each month at City Hall, 509 North McDonough Street, at 7:30 p.m. NEWS Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms directed city staff to explore selling the city jail, known as the Atlanta City Detention Center. The inmate population has dropped dramatically, while costs to operate the facility have increased. Freedom Parkway has been renamed John Lewis Freedom Parkway in honor of the congressman and Civil Rights icon. Winter Johnson Group was been awarded the $44.2 million contract to renovate Atlanta-Fulton County Library System’s Central Library in Downtown. Clyde Higg has been named interim Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Councilmember Carla Smith has introduced legislation to rename Confederate Avenue, East Confederate Avenue and Confederate Court in southeast Atlanta to remove connections to perceived white supremacy and racism.

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By Collin Kelley Two recent property purchases mean that the Atlanta BeltLine and City of Atlanta control approximately 80 percent of the corridor needed to construct the 22-mile trail and transit loop.

Westside Rail Corridor Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) recently purchased 1.8 miles of old rail corridor on the Westside, which will allow access to the Bankhead MARTA station, Maddox Park, the future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry, as well as a future link to the newly opened Proctor Creek Greenway. The property also creates the opportunity for potential spur trails that would connect the neighborhoods of Bankhead, English Avenue, Knight Park and Howell Station. Over the next six months, CSX will be removing the rails. ABI will evaluate next steps regarding converting the corridor to an interim trail. The public is prohibited from using the corridor until ABI announces that it has been brought to a safe standard. The $6.3 million purchase was funded by the extra sales tax approved by voters in 2016 for special local transportation projects.

Murphy Crossing ABI also acquired 2.5 acres of property from the Georgia Building Authority adjacent to the future Murphy Crossing development on the Westside Trail. The price tag: $2.1 million. Located at 1089 Allene Ave, the property is the former site of the Archives and History Warehouse and is adjacent to a larger ABI-controlled tract that was once home to the State Farmers Market. The acquisition brings the Murphy Crossing site to 20 acres. “This is another acquisition that signifies that the city is serious about development south of I-20,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a statement. “The Atlanta BeltLine will provide opportunities for connectivity, housing and jobs, and this site will be key to ensuring economic equity in all parts of the corridor, keeping BeltLine neighborhoods on pace with our vision of One Atlanta.” ABI’s next step will be to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) later this year seeking a developer to activate the Murphy Crossing site based on specific housing and job goals for the area. “We are so excited about this purchase because it increases our flexibility with the Murphy Crossing site,” said Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. CEO Brian McGowan. “This is a chance for development in southwest Atlanta to reflect the existing community’s wants and needs, while positioning the area to benefit from the Atlanta BeltLine’s jobs and housing goals and the city’s larger equity and affordability goals.”

This is a chance for development in southwest Atlanta to reflect the existing community’s wants and needs, while positioning the area to benefit from the Atlanta BeltLine’s jobs and housing goals and the city’s larger equity and affordability goals. – Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. CEO Brian McGowan

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The final Atlanta Streets Alive of 2018 is set for Sunday, Sept. 30 along the city’s most famous thoroughfare – Peachtree Street. A 3.1-mile stretch from Mitchell Street in South Downtown to 17th Street in Midtown will be closed to motorized vehicles and open to people on foot, bike and skates. Organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, the event will kick off with the Bicycle Parade at 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Mitchell and Peachtree streets in South Downtown. Peachtree will be closed until 6 p.m. along the route. For more information about the event, visit atlantastreetsalive.com. – 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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The Sullivans in Vacationland Lately Kristen has demonstrated a problematic case of wanderlust. She makes sure I take note of any pictures posted by friends of exotic travel, particularly if it is with the whole family. “Did you see all of the Paynes are in Sweden? Looks amazing.” She gets automated notifications of good flight deals to various locales. But I tend to freeze up when she texts things like Spring By Tim Sullivan Break in Ireland? Only $450 per! I’m not entirely uninterested in expanding our vacation portfolio, particularly if it is to the motherland of all Sullivans, but we aren’t ready for international Tim Sullivan grew up travel. This is a in a large family in the Northeast and now lives foursome that with his small family failed Chattanooga. in Oakhurst. He can Mercifully, our be reached at tim@ Outer Banks sullivanfinerugs.com. trip each year is predictable. There are cousins, a beach, a pool, and no need to plan much else. It’s not the type of thing most would feel guilty about, but Kristen does. Maybe guilty is the wrong word. Unfulfilled? Or bored?

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Whatever it is, she is itching to expand our horizons beyond beach trips and I can’t fault her. We took a semi-adventurous trip to Maine in July. My brother Mike and sister Cathleen joined us in a beautifully renovated condo in historic downtown Belfast. The drag was the chasm between what we adults thought would constitute a great trip to Maine versus whatever videos YouTube had to offer that day. I mean, why travel so far when you could simply pick up your phone and watch a satisfying video of someone playing with glitter slime? We think scenic drives and they think carsickness. We think lobster rolls and they think…gross. Vacationland. That’s what it says right on the license plates in Maine and sure enough, everything looked like a postcard. Cute-as-a-button little towns nestle around gorgeous harbors and stunning mountains. Dry humor dots the roadsides: a car lot called Mainely Used Cars, a restaurant called Chow Maine and a 15-foot- high mailbox marked for Bills. I, for one, was immediately sold on it. So when the plan called for Acadia National Park or a kayak tour of Camden Harbor, we didn’t want to hear groans from the back seat. But over and over, we did. The general mood of the week was, “This is going to be fun, dammit!” Which begs the question – is it worth the aggravation? I’m trying to think that there is a millimeter of growth with each struggle. And forced

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and encouraged us to check out their area because it may be better suited for kids. So we spent a couple hours of our last day in the Bayside neighborhood. Smallish, Victorian cottages were clustered around the harbor, which was teeming with kids jumping off the docks, taking kayaks out and looking for crabs. These people probably took all the same day trips we did. They just had the anchor of a setting kids loved coming back to. I cringed a little as I saw Elliott and Margo having the kind of fun we had wished for all week. But it gave me hope that we may be able to compromise our way to a happier trip next time. And by next time I might mean 10 years from now.

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The Race

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A group photo following a race at Dean Rusk Park in West End.

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By Clare S. Richie Two thousand runners will pound the pavement through historically black neighborhoods in Southwest Atlanta like West End, Adair Park and Sylvan Hills at The Race, a half-marathon and 5K presented by The Unity Collective. The Race is a weekend experience that kicks off with a health and wellness expo on Friday, Oct. 12, which is open to the public. Held at the Impact Event Center, the expo will feature locally black owned business vendor opportunities plus a speaker series and a fitness series. Saturday, Oct. 13 is the half-marathon/5K and the community celebration concludes on Sunday, Oct. 14 with a day of service. “We are seeking to put on a grand scale event that highlights everything that is beautiful about running to this local community and everything that is beautiful and amazing about this local community to runners,” said The Unity Collective co-Founder and The Race visionary, Da’Rel Patterson. Understanding through personal experience how running can be transformative both

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physically and mentally, The Unity Collective wanted to show Southwest Atlanta what a world class running event looks like. And “knowing The Race is going to have a broad reach – we also want to expose runners to a part of town that they are not familiar with,” Patterson said. The Unity Collective is comprised of leaders in the black running groups who Patterson had interviewed individually on his Real Runners of Atlanta podcast. Patterson asked these leaders to come together to share their stories about being runners of color and filling voids in the running community. It evolved from a panel discussion, to a monthly conversation and ultimately to The Race presented by The Unity Collective. Last summer, The Unity Collective co-founder Tes Sobomehin Marshall, who already organizes seven runningnerds races annually, put together a plan and budget based on the group’s vision. Marshall said The Race would be a legacy event that everyone could be proud of and participate in each year. “We put the event on Kickstarter to get major running groups and local businesses to back it in advance,” Marshall said, noting that the campaign of $60,000 was exceeded by Jan. 1. Another critical part of the legacy of The Race is to make a real impact in the community. Each month, The Unity Collective hosts monthly runs on a portion of the course followed by a service project. “You see an early preview of some portion of the course. And the community can see that we’re not just an in-and-out operation. We are all truly vested,” said Patterson, who is also a resident of Southwest Atlanta. At New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Sylvan Hills, runners cleaned and reorganized its library that had fallen into disuse. “We also wanted to work with local organizations that operated in or served the community we were running through that would truly benefit from what we could contribute,” Patterson said. Five dollars from every race registration fee will be put into a Charitable Impact Fund distributed to three local charities: Carrie Steele-Pitts Home that provides communitybased child welfare services, Leading Initiatives for the Less Fortunate Together (L.I.F.T.) and the Westside Future Fund, committed to revitalizing and growing the area. In turn, these partners have registered to run or volunteer at The Race. “Our goal is 1,500 to 2,000 runners and we are on track. We are already well over half of registrants but we miss an opportunity if we don’t support this race in mass numbers in Atlanta. We need everyone to come and support this event,” Marshall said. The Race welcomes all races, creeds, paces and speeds. “We want to show what Southwest Atlanta can do and to show Southwest Atlanta what running can do,” Patterson urged. To register for The Race, visit theraceuc.com. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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Grant Park spa offers meditation combined with dry salt therapy By Grace Huseth While a walk on the beach may not be possible in Atlanta, there’s a new spa that brings the healing and calming benefits of the salty air to Grant Park. Six thousand pounds of Himalayan salt – found in bricks, stones, coarse salt and mists – are incorporated into the decor at Intown Salt Room on Memorial Drive. The spa is the first stand-alone facility inside the Perimeter to offer both dry salt therapy (halotherapy) and sound therapy. Owner Carrie Wright decided to open Intown Salt Room after seeking a place to simply sit and breathe. After discovering dry salt therapy, she knew others would want to experience it as well. “The dry salt therapy in the breathing room is calming. I wanted to create a place for anyone to unplug and help with the stress of life, and that’s what attracted me to salt rooms and dry salt therapy years ago,” Wright said. “It’s not only calming, but if you are seeking a natural treatment, it’s available. Everyone is here for their own purpose.” The “Just Breathe” room has a halogenerator that diffuses a precise dry salt aerosol into the space. With deep breathing, the dry salt aids in opening and expanding airways and allows for more oxygen to replenish the body. The therapy is also used to alleviate stress, anxiety and fatigue, reduce snoring and sleeping problems, help with overall skin health and skin conditions, such as acne and psoriasis, and improve allergies, asthma and sinus

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Dream Warriors

Facebook group turns into nonprofit foundation

#LOOKUP By Annie Kinnett Nichols My favorite club in Atlanta is not the Clermont Lounge or Sister Louisa’s Church – it’s Dream Warriors. At this club there’s a wonderful group of eclectic, joyful powerhouses dealing with real life issues. To get in this club you must be interested in supporting “a community of like-minded women, femme-identifying and non-binary individuals” that want to inspire a stronger, more innovative local economy. Dream Warriors began as a Facebook page for women to support each other’s dreams, lives, professions, personal lives – you name it. This grew over the years into a grassroots movement that is dedicated to helping others thrive. By joining the club, your membership goes straight to funding grants for others. All monies are dedicated to supporting tangible projects that help Atlanta locals and its economy. For example, the Spark Grant offers $2,500 to help an individual getting out of sticky situations, completing personal growth projects, advancing ones career and more. Once a year, Dream Warriors will award the $15,000 Big Idea Grant to help a local startup business with mentorship, marketing and networking support. When Allie Bashuk started the Facebook page she had no idea it would turn into a foundation. Once she met Haley Carson (both are co-directors), they knew they had an amazing group to work with. Women’s clubs are not new, but the niche that they are filling with like-minded, femme-identifying and non-binary individuals is. When you become a member, your fee goes to help others and you join a directory where you can find anything from a like-minded florist to car repair so that your money can go into the pockets of small businesses. There’s also an online magazine with helpful features and you get discounts and entry to educational panels. To become a member or find out more about Dream Warriors, visit dreamwarriorsfoundation.org.

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BUSINESS BRIEFS Atlanta-based tech startup RealMenBuyFlowers.com has launched and is offering flower delivery for anniversaries, birthdays and other events at three price points: $59, $79 and $99. Shipping is $10 or there’s free shipping if you sign up for a subscription plan. Alala is now open at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, offering luxury activewear for men and women. For more information, visit alalastyle.com.

The Georgia World Congress Center in Downtown has broken ground on a new 100,000 square foot “Connector” between the existing convention halls B and C. Fentress Architects designed the space so that GWCC will have more than one million square feet of contiguous exhibit space.

The City of Atlanta will join the City Accelerator program, an initiative of the Citi Foundation and Living Cities, to foster innovation and promote collaboration between urban leaders to address pressing issues cities face today. Atlanta will join four other cities in this latest City Accelerator cohort – El Paso, Long Beach, Newark and Rochester – which will work together over the next year to pursue a range of projects that support the growth of local minority-owned businesses and the creation of additional jobs in each community. Kroger Ship launched in August 2018 in Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville and Nashville, and is now available in Atlanta. Customers can shop from a selection of more than 50,000 groceries and household essentials and get free delivery for orders over $35 or $4.99 per order. To place an order, visit ship.kroger.com.

The newly renovated Bank of America Plaza in Midtown has announced three new tenants to the 55-story building. Revel Systems, a San Francisco-based tech firm, signed a 25,547-square-foot full-floor lease on the building’s 38th floor and will move into upgraded, loft-style offices that are part of the tower’s expanding spec suite program. Groundfloor, a real estate lending marketplace, will occupy 7,746 square feet and Florence Healthcare, which handles clinical trial data, will move into 4,106 square feet. Bridge Investment Group has acquired one of the five buildings that comprise Buckhead’s 32-acre Lenox Park office campus. Bridge plans to renovate the recently vacated 1277 Lenox Park Blvd., a seven-story, 153,093-square-foot building. Continued on page 22

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outreach program for both public art and building artwork. The building will also feature a 4,000-square-foot west-facing art wall. To ease the flow of traffic, there will be a realignment of Howell Mill Road and Marietta Street that will provide convenient vehicular and bicycle access to the Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry and a public gathering plaza connected to the 8West lobby. Similarly, the planned completion of the Tech Parkway Trail will link Georgia Tech’s campus to 8West, offering safe access by foot or bike. Development company Toll Brothers also announced in August that it will build a 319-luxury apartment mixed-use community at the corner of 10th Street and Howell Mill Road in West Midtown. Called Osprey, the development will have 13,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, while the apartments will offer skyline views and upper-level penthouses. Other amenities will include a resort-style pool, fitness center, juice bar, gear garage, fitness-on-demand studio and a sky lounge with a community bar, co-working space and demonstration kitchen. The pet-friendly community will also offer a pet spa and a dog park. The community will break ground this summer and move-ins will begin in early 2020.

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Very Vintage

Form and function make these pieces timeless

Tete-a-Tete Sofa

Born in the Victorian era of manners and modesty, the tete-a-tete sofa pushed the boundaries a bit. It was a way for would-be lovers to sit close together (how scandalous!) while still maintaining proper decorum. Nowadays, it’s a sculptural and statement-making lounge piece that fosters conversation.

By Danielle Clockel Balance Design While some things are best left in the past (like Aquanet hair spray, or wall-to-wall brown carpet), every now and then there’s a design innovation that stands the test of time due to its form and function. While we love staying on the cutting edge of new design trends and innovations, we think it’s important to examine existing pieces to see their potential. Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s time to toss it! Look at function as well as form, and you might just realize you’ve got a gem on your hands. Here are a few vintage interior pieces that we think are still pretty darn cool.

Telephone Seats

Popular in the 1960’s, mid-century modern telephone seats may seem pretty useless in the digital age, but let’s rethink that. You’ve got a nice little sitting perch with an attached side table for storage. Pop a table lamp on top instead of a rotary phone and pull over a small pouf or ottoman, and you’ve got a sweet reading area to fit almost any size abode.

Pocket Doors

Secretary Desk

Who doesn’t love pocket doors? They’ve been around since the mid 1800’s, but their drama stands the test of time. Whether smooth and modern or embellished with moulding, you never have to worry about swing clearance in a room with these guys. In fact, they save an average of 10 square feet of floor space.

The secretary desk’s simple yet genius design is a space saver and the precursor to modern standing desks. Plus, it’s the perfect secret weapon for cleaning procrastinators. No time to tidy up your workspace? No problem! Just close up shop – we won’t tell anyone.

Danielle Clockel is the operations manger for Candler Park-based Balance Design. For more information, visit balancedesignatlanta.com.

Little Wonders

Decatur Tiny House Festival returns Sept. 29-30

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If you’re ready to seriously downsize your home, then be sure to check out the Decatur Tiny House Festival on Sept. 29 - 30. Organized by TinyHouse Atlanta, MicroLife Institute and the City of Decatur, the third annual event will feature more than 20 tiny homes to explore on Electric Avenue in downtown Decatur. There will also be food trucks (tiny restaurants!), local and national vendors, guest speakers, games and an interactive kid’s area. Three of last year’s favorites, BIGHEART Tiny House Co., Hummingbird Tiny Housing and Mustard Seed Tiny Homes will be back with stunning examples of high-end tiny living. Wind RiverTiny Homes will bring a sample of living small from Chattanooga, Lighthouse Tiny Homes will present DIY possibilities, and Lamon Lutherwill be onsite to display a tiny house outfitted with the company’s own handcrafted furniture. In the Tiny Travel section, attendees can tour mobile vacation options like two models from sCAMPer Van, a camping concierge service that provides the campervan and all of the gear, and the 2018 nüCamp 320s teardrop RV. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Advance tickets are $20 for each day or $35 for a weekend pass. A one-day early access VIP ticket is $45 and includes entry starting at 9 a.m., t-shirt and six-month membership to MicroLife Institute. Organizers are encouraging visitors to use MARTA or take advantage of free bicycle parking at the site. Tickets are available at tinyhousefestival.com. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


REAL ESTATE BRIEFS In collaboration with Atlanta Luxury Rentals, FLATS at Ponce City Market has announced the availability of short-term rentals for fully furnished, luxury apartments inside the mixed-use development. Guests can rent studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and threebedroom apartments for a minimum of three days or up to several months. The FLATS, which normally start at $1,800 a month, can be booked for shortterm stays starting at $180 per night. Short-termers get 24-hour personal concierge service, valet dry cleaning, two fitness centers equipped with Wi-Fi, controlled access covered parking and more. All the apartments are pet-friendly and there’s also private access to the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. For more details about the rentals, visit poncecitymarketrentals.com. Foyer Urban has completed the model unit at its new development Views at O4W at 626 Parkway Drive, Atlanta, in the Old Fourth Ward. Two units have already been presold and walk-throughs are available, with Phase 1 ready to sell. Interested parties can schedule a tour by emailing views@foyerhomes.com or ViewsAtO4W. com. Phase 1 includes the first 10 of the 27 townhomes in the community starting at $599,900. The Allen Morris Company and Juneau Construction Company have broken ground in West Midtown for Star Metals Residences, the $130 million residential

project as part of the mixed-use Start Metals development. Located at 1050 Howell Mill Road, the luxury residences will feature modern living spaces, private dog run, a library, rooftop bar and lounge, fitness center, pool terrace and much more. For more information, visit starmetalsatlanta.com. Mark Jones has been named CEO and Team Leader of Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta, part of the Keller Williams Realty Heart of Atlanta Group, which owns six offices with 1300+ agents, and is one of the highest-volume Keller Williams franchises in the Southeast Region. Jones previously co-founded Dwellings Real Estate, was the Managing Broker of RE/MAX Metro Atlanta and was a cofounder of a successful Palm Springs, California-based marketing and public relations firm. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) recently feted its executives, brokers, agents, and clients at the grand opening of its Midtown office at 11 14th Street. Valerie Levin, BHHS Senior Vice President and Managing Broker of the Midtown Office, said Valerie Levin, BHHS Midtown Managing Broker; Matt Levin; Linda Torres, Associate that she is excited to have Broker; Chris Cosenza; and Randall Valverde, BHHS Creative Director. a beautiful, new stateof-the-art office in the center of Midtown. “Midtown is the pulse and epicenter of culture in our city. I envision our Midtown Office as a part of the artistic and creative community in Midtown. Our team will assure a concierge level of service to our clients,” said Levin.

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Sustainability Recycling • Resources • Lifestyle

We can all breathe easier in Atlanta

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tlanta’s efforts to grapple with the quality of the air breathed by its citizens is a story with many chapters unfolding over at least four decades. Luckily, it is a tale with a happy ending that reveals how science, regulation and, ultimately, collaboration can lead to a healthier and more prosperous region. In 1999, then-governor Roy Barnes appointed me to the Georgia Board of Natural Resources, the board with statewide responsibilities for the management and conservation of Georgia’s natural resources. Gov. Barnes had campaigned on the promise to appoint individuals with environmental credentials and experience to serve on this board and I was one of several individuals chosen to fulfill that commitment. When I joined the Board of Natural Resources, one of the most important issues under consideration was Atlanta’s poor air quality. Despite several decades of effort to improve the air – following the metro region’s designation as a “nonattainment” area in 1978 under federal clean air regulations – the pollution and accompanying health problems were getting worse. According to an analysis of state data by Georgia Tech, only thirtyfour percent of the summer days in 1999 were “safe” for outside activities by children, the elderly, outdoor workers, and people of all ages with respiratory conditions. The culprit: ground-level ozone. Ozone exists naturally in the atmosphere miles above Earth and plays an important protective role. But, at ground level, where it is created by the reaction of sunlight on emissions from vehicles, power plants and other sources, ozone is unhealthy for living things. Created by chemical reactions between oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), ozone can be transported long distances by wind.

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ABOVE THE WATER LINE

On a recent August afternoon, I met Dr. Michael Chang, Deputy Director of Georgia Tech’s Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, at the Tech Square Starbucks near campus. Michael and I had not seen each other for many years, my orbit having centered on all things water and his on air and other issues. I wanted to hear Michael’s perspective on the city’s air quality today; I knew from previous experience that he was the right person to give me an honest assessment. Michael was a graduate student at Georgia Tech in the 1990s, working on his doctorate in atmospheric chemistry, an interest that developed during his years in smoggy Los Angeles. At that time, in Atlanta, most efforts to control ozone were concentrated on reducing VOCs, using strategies developed in western landscapes like LA that focused on reducing vehicle emissions. This approach was not working in our tree-covered city because trees are a natural source for large volumes of VOCs. In order to improve air quality in Atlanta and meet federal requirements, scientists began to realize that the primary focus needed to be on emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx), a byproduct of the combustion process. Power plants and other industrial facilities could burn less or install expensive control technologies. Before the electric utilities were willing to make large By Sally Bethea investments, they wanted proof that the control measures would Sally Bethea is the work. Michael and his colleagues at Georgia Tech embarked on a retired executive directen-year study which concluded in 2000 that, without a doubt, tor of Chattahoochee the only way to clean up the Atlanta region’s air was to control Riverkeeper and curNOx at power plants and similar facilities in the region – and rent board president of even those impacting the city’s air quality from some distance Chattahoochee Parks away. Conservancy whose When elected officials and business leaders learned that no mission is to build a federal transportation funds could be spent in the Atlanta region community of support until it complied with clean air laws, the seriousness of the for the Chattahoochee situation finally hit home and things started happening – fast. The River National Recreplayers were suddenly willing to make concessions; a new regional ation Area. transportation agency was created; and scrubbers were installed on power plants. The fact that newer cars were getting more miles per gallon and lower emissions per mile also helped. In 2017, monitoring data showed that ozone levels met the national standard on ninety-four percent of summer days, meaning that it was “safe” for the young, elderly and those with respiratory problems to go outside. Another study documented fewer emergency room visits for asthma and other lung problems over the fifteen year period, thanks to improvements in air quality. At the Tech Square Starbucks on a summer afternoon under clear blue skies, Michael Chang is smiling. He’s seen real measurable progress in his career and he’s been a key part of the solution. In fact, he’d like to organize a party to celebrate the good news and thank all the players. He said: “It’s one of the few visible environmental success stories in our time. It was the right scale, the right moment in time, the right use of scientific data and the right personal relationships.” We both know that there is still much to be done, including continued air quality monitoring and opposition to proposed rollbacks to the environmental laws that made this success possible. In the meantime, it feels good to celebrate. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


Second Chance

Orphaned bikes donated for community use

ECO BRIEFS Have you been contemplating a new trail or network of trails for your park, or could your current trails use an upgrade? Part lecture, part workday, join Park Pride and MTB Atlanta at the Building Sustainable Trails Workshop on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn about building, maintaining and improving recreational trails from veteran trail builder and educator, Walt Bready. Cost is $5 per person. Visit parkpride.org to sign up.

Courtesy CAP Bike rental company ofo donated its fleet to Central Atlanta Progress when it closed the business.

By Paige Sullivan Central Atlanta Progress When the dockless bike share company ofo dissolved much of its U.S. operations, including Atlanta’s, in late July, the company donated its assets to Central Atlanta Progress/ Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (CAP/ADID) and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to distribute to bike-minded organizations. Through strategic partnerships, CAP and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition ensured that these 188 working bikes got a second chance at community use. Among the organizations benefitting from the donations is Bearings Bike Shop, located in Adair Park along the Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail. Bearings will use approximately 40 of the yellow bikes in their youth development program that helps children and teens acquire bike maintenance skills, earning a bike of their own upon program completion. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s Shifting Gears program, which provides Atlanta Public Schools students, teachers and parents with bicycle safety training and access to bikes, will also receive nearly 100 bikes to augment this health and wellness programming and curriculum. Free Bikes 4 Kidz, a nonprofit organization helping kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need, is assisting with logistics. First Step Staffing, a nonprofit workforce development organization focused on sustainable employment for individuals transitioning out of homelessness, including veterans and returning citizens, who will benefit from 20 new bikes that clients can use to commute to nearby job opportunities. “Lack of transportation is often one of the greatest barriers our clients have to obtaining and retaining employment,” said First Step Director of Staffing At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Operations Naomi Maisel. “Making transportation easier helps these individuals get a job and permanently transition out of homelessness.” As First Step client and bicycle recipient Kalan stated, “This is truly a blessing for me, and the timing could not be better. I can improve my ability to get to work and take care of my family.” The community also contributed to an Amazon Wish List recently created by First Step to provide helmets and locks to their clients. For CAP/ADID, the opportunity

Eagle Scout Robert Weimar built benches for Zonolite Park.

Atlanta Audubon has been awarded a $99,980 gift from a private Atlanta family foundation to build and grow its educational programs, including the hiring of an education program coordinator. Since 2014, South Fork Conservancy has been working with community partners to restore the woods and waterways of Zonolite Park, a former industrial site surrounding part of Peachtree Creek. Now the Conservancy has helped to bring another addition to the park: three cedar benches that offer views of the creek and meadow. Built by Eagle Scout Robert Weimar, the benches are located at key points throughout the park. According to Commercial Café real estate blog, Atlanta ranks 20th in its list of cities with the highest number of EV charging stations in the country.

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News You Can Eat Restaurants � Reviews � Events

New Restaurant Roundup What’s open and coming soon around Intown

Bazati ►

By Collin Kelley You’ll never go hungry in Atlanta, that’s for sure. Since our last new restaurant roundup in June, a whole slate of new restaurants have opened or are close to serving up their first meals. Here’s the latest:

The Barrelhouse ►

After a seven-year run at Tech Square in Midtown, The Barrelhouse will soon reopen on the groundfloor of Highland Walk, 701 Highland Ave., in the Old Fourth Ward. After Cast Iron suddenly closed earlier in the summer, it wasn’t long before The Barrelhouse took the space for “a casual pub atmosphere with signature burgers, local beers and a notable bourbon program.” For updates on the opening, visit barrelhouseatl.com.

Field Day Café and Everyday Market

Across Highland Avenue from The Barrelhouse’s new home will be another café/market concept on the heels of Mexican restaurant Across The Street closing earlier this year. The concepts at 668-670 Highland are the brainchild of Rob Bouton, who operates the century-old Queen City Market in Charleston, SC. Everything on the café’s menu will be $10 or less and is expected to feature all-day breakfast sandwiches, crepes and coffees served up inside or on a dog-friendly patio. The market will focus on local products and other necessities for the busy Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. Both café and market were expected to be open in early September.

◄ Full Commission

The new eatery at Larkin on Memorial in Grant Park is now open all day serving a limited breakfast menu, lunch and dinner. Focusing on Southern gastropub fare, Full Commission also offers weekend brunch and craft cocktails For more, visit fullcommissionatl.com.

Located inside the Common Ground development the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, the 7,000-square-foot space housed inside a 1940s industrial warehouse is now open for lounging, sipping, shopping, reading and dining. The Brasserie, evoking 1920s Paris, will offer breakfast pastries, coffee and classic brasserie fare for lunch and dinner like steak frites, quiche Lorraine and duck confit. To drink, there will be a selection of French wines and a cocktail program rooted in Paris’ années folles era (think French 75s and Boulevardiers). Chef Remi Granger, formerly of Bread & Butterfly, will helm the kitchen. There’s also two bars (including one on the roof ) and a big BeltLine-facing patio for al fresco dining. If you’re in a shopping mood, Bazati will also offer stylish gifts such as flowers, books, textiles, leather goods and more. Common Ground is at 550 Somerset Terrace. For more, visit bazatiatl.com.

Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza

The Buckhead shopping malls have announced a slate of new eateries. Revelator Coffee Company will offer coffee, tea and food at locations in both malls starting in November. Da Vinci’s Donuts is set to serve up light and tender donuts with a slightly crunchy exterior at Lenox Square in September, while a second outpost of European-inspired Ecco is slated to open in a new freestanding space outside Phipps in November.

Velvet Taco ►

Popular Dallas-based taco has announced it will open its first Georgia location at Buckhead Market Place on West Paces Ferry next March. Chances are you’ve never had a spicy tikka chicken taco or a Cuban pig taco or shrimp and grits taco, so prepare your taste buds. For more information, visit velvettaco.com.

Casi Cielo

Helmed by Executive Chef Juan Ruiz, the menu features Oaxacan cuisine (cheese, mezcal, grasshoppers and chocolate) and dishes like sous-vide and charcoal baked octopus and lobster, Mexican foie-gras meatballs with tenderloin tartar, duck croquettes, chocolate lava cake with guajillo chili and, of course, mole sauce. The restaurant is at 6125 Roswell Road.

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The breakfast-focused eatery serving pancakes, sandwiches, bowls, fresh juices, coffee and more will open this winter at Ponce City Market. The 150-seat restaurant will offer both indoor and outdoor dining and will be located near the North Avenue entrance next to Mountain High Outfitters.

◄ Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

You might have noticed the crowds outside the converted gas station at 229 Moreland Ave. in Little Five Points lined up for a taste of this Nashville staple. Offering six levels of heat – including “Damn Hot!!” and “Shut the Cluck Up!!!” – the chicken comes in sandwiches and as plates with various sides. See the menu at hattieb.com.

Flower Child

This healthy, fast-casual concept is now open at Shops Around Lenox (and will open a second outpost at the City Springs development in Sandy Springs this fall) offering bowls, wraps and salads. If you’re organic, gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian or vegan, then this place will be up your alley. For more information, visit iamaflowerchild.com. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


Ansley Park. $1,149,000 29 Avery Drive NE 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 6038026 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Brookhaven. $2,995,000 2799 Mabry Road NE 6BR/5.5BA FMLS: 6022662 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

Brookhaven. $4,350,000 3936 Club Drive 6BR/6BA/2HBA FMLS: 6043351 Kim Boyd 404.520.6095 Kathryn Crabtree 404.545.2297

Buckhead. $1,145,000 3036 Greendale Drive NW 5BR/4BA FMLS: 6028023 Betsy Meagher 404.414.8440

Buckhead. $1,400,000 3344 Peachtree Road NE, No. 3703 2BR/2BA FMLS: 6012488 Burma Weller 404.735.6666 Kevin McBride 404.626.6884

Buckhead. $1,699,000 3344 Peachtree Road NE, No. 4004 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 6029727 Kevin Grieco 404.822.4156

Buckhead. $2,900,000 3206 Arden Road NW 8BR/6BA/3HBA FMLS: 6046217 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

Buckhead. $449,900 325 E. Paces Ferry Road NE 2BR/2BA FMLS: 6034291 Chase Mizell 770.289.2780

Chamblee. $514,000 3340 Turngate Court 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 6055383 Rachael Blatt 404.285.9059

Chattahoochee Hills. $121,100 0 Whiteside Road 12.11+/- Acres FMLS: 6018002 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558 Evan McKinney 770.527.0128

Chattahoochee Hills. $2,250,000 0 Water Works Road 150.27+/- Acres FMLS: 6012221 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558 Evan McKinney 770.527.0128

Cumming. $489,000 6965 Bucks Road 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 6045866 Jay Bailey 678.557.6971

Decatur. $749,900 1962 Hollidon Road 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 6004338 Becky Geheren 678.525.2991

Edgewood. $555,690 215 Arizona Avenue 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 6040206 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Fayetteville. $200,000 115 Turnberry Circle BR/BA/HBA FMLS: 6029666 Clay Henderson 770.652.1890 Haden Henderson 678.787.9226

Flowery Branch. $399,000 7444 Shady Glen Drive 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 6050712 Anne Fuller 678.662.5750

Kirkwood. $479,900 2029 Memorial Drive 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5992772 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Lake Lanier. $1,550,000 1225 Timber Lake Trail 6BR/4.5BA FMLS: 6029770 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233 Jason Hatcher 404.550.3090

Midtown. $1,195,000 805 Peachtree Street NE, No. 504 3BR/3BA FMLS: 6045806 Chase Mizell 770.289.2780

Midtown. $1,395,000 744 Penn Avenue NE 4BR/3BA FMLS: 5952681 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Midtown. $1,850,000 905 Juniper Street NE, No. 814 3BR/3BA FMLS: 6022375 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Midtown. $814,900 905 Juniper Street NE, No. 705 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 6019231 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Midtown. $850,000 30 5th Street NE, No. 1001 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5947234 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Midtown. $999,500 222 12th Street NE, No. 1703 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5966987 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Milton. $1,675,000 925 Foxhollow Run 6BR/7BA/3HBA FMLS: 5998361 Kim Spiezio 678.873.6299

Morningside. $1,199,000 1544 N. Morningside Drive NE 5BR/3BA FMLS: 6045938 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Morningside. $1,295,000 1329 Berwick Avenue NE 5BR/4BA/2HBA FMLS: 6045579 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Morningside. $1,400,000 1692 N. Pelham Road NE 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 6046166 Jay Bailey 678.557.6971

Morningside. $1,595,000 1300 Northview Avenue NE 5BR/4BA/2HBA FMLS: 5849807 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Morningside. $2,199,000 738 Wildwood Road NE 6BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5981499 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Morningside. $2,295,000 968 Wildwood Road NE 6BR/5.5BA FMLS: 5918561 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Morningside. $659,999 1662 N. Pelham Road NE 3BR/2BA FMLS: 6026550 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Morningside. $689,000 664 Courtenay Drive NE 4BR/3BA FMLS: 6052513 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233 Jen Metzger 404.218.0468

Morningside. $789,000 1073 Reeder Circle NE 5BR/3BA FMLS: 6033041 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Old Fourth Ward. $609,900 504 Rankin Street NE 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5995614 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Peoplestown. $399,500 147 Atlanta Avenue 3BR/2BA FMLS: 6058663 Kris Perkins 404.433.1898

Sandy Springs. $889,000 660 River Chase Ridge 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 6029247 Tom Hicks 404.307.4488 Lori Hicks 404.277.1012

Serenbe. $659,000 425 Selborne Way 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 6038069 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558 Evan McKinney 770.527.0128

Virginia-Highland. $1,589,000 1029 Drewry Street NE 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 6038114 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Virginia-Highland. $1,795,000 654 Park Drive NE 6BR/5BA FMLS: 5950786 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Virginia-Highland. $899,900 630 Orme Circle NE 5BR/5BA FMLS: 6026596 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233 Jason Hatcher 404.550.3090

Virginia-Highland. $975,000 1145 Lanier Boulevard 4BR/3BA FMLS: 6033825 Carmen Pope 404.625.4134

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Food Forethought: Jackson Smith, Honeysuckle Gelato you keep something so delicious hidden away for so long?

Jackson Smith

Q: After two years as a food truck, you got a brick and mortar location. Is there anything you miss about the food truck life, or is it as hard to manage as everyone says?

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and ice cream? Why were you called to make gelato, instead of ice cream, sorbet or popsicles? A: Gelato has a lower fat content and less air whipped into it, so it has a smoother texture and bigger, brighter flavors. Although I can’t imagine my life away from gelato, my introduction to it was not as purposeful as you’d imagine. At the time, I had chased my high school sweetheart to NYC to try to work things out, and found myself in need of work of the paying variety. Out of the hundreds of resumés I sent out, Jon Snyder at Il Laboratorio Del Gelato was literally the only one to write back. I talked him into hiring me, fell in love with the process, and then married that young lady. Q: You learned from the best—Jon Snyder was the original founder of Ciao Bella in New York City, which most of us have seen at the grocery store. How does Honeysuckle stay true to what you learned, and how does your operation differ from the one that raised you? A: He was a stickler for doing everything the right way, and letting the individual flavors shine. The Lab was a bit of a different setup in that most of our gelato ended up being scooped back of house by some of the best chefs in NYC. As such, most of our creations were single-note flavors that the chefs could dress up as they saw fit. With no other flavors or inclusions to hide behind, every ounce of gelato had to represent exactly what was on the label or it wouldn’t leave the shop. I honestly greatly appreciate his approach, but it is a little more buttoned-up than I am by nature. It’s taken me nearly a decade to deprogram a bit, and my approach now is to have the same expectation of quality, but I have to keep telling myself, “This is gelato. Let’s go have some fun with it.” Q: How long can I truly keep a pint of gelato in my freezer before it needs to go in the trash? A: FDA says 12 months, but keep it sealed and frozen and you’re good to go for 18 months. The better question is, why would

A: There was a period of time when we had taken the truck off the street and Ponce City Market hadn’t opened up that I really missed the face-to-face interactions with customers. But food trucking is a hard life. You spend more of your time trying to figure out how to get in front of customers than you do on making something delicious for them. If you can use it as a stepping stone to something bigger, it can work, but my advice is to go work on one for a few months before you start shopping for a truck. Q: You won DailyCandy’s “Start Small, Go Big” entrepreneurship competition with a plan to grow from food truck and local catering into a national wholesale and retail operation. What’s been the impact of DailyCandy’s mentorship and how are the national plans coming along? A: When we won “Start Small, Go Big” I think the three of us were like, “whew, we made it.” Then about a year later, Daily Candy folded. I won’t say that winning didn’t have any material benefits to us. It was a huge shot in the arm at the time, and I think it did open some doors for us, but the most important lesson I took from it was that there’s no finish line when you’re building a business. Q: A lot of folks don’t know that five percent of Honeysuckles profits are donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. How did you settle on ACFB for your mission to give back? A: It’s shameful that so many people, particularly children and the elderly, go hungry in this country. Our contribution is a drop in a bucket, but one we feel compelled to make. To date we’ve helped to provide close to 200,000 meals to those in need through ACFB. We’re honored to be partnered with an organization that does such thankless work so well, and grateful to every single customer of ours for their support. Q: Are you personally a scoop guy or a sandwich guy? A: Sandwich. Because gelato has been my focus for so long, I enjoy and appreciate it, but I don’t crave it, if that makes sense. Now, if you take that same gelato and slap a brownie on either side, it becomes hard to say no. We’re just starting to roll the sandwiches out in stores, so I know they’re

not as easy to find as our pints, but if there’s anything you take away from this interview, you need to get your hands on our Salted Caramel Brownie gelato sandwich. Q: Kitchens are an intense atmosphere. What does your kitchen sound like? Is it deadly silent, does somebody pick a radio station or playlist or do you just fling witty banter? A: Our equipment is fairly loud, so radios are not really doable. Most of our kitchen staff works with one headphone in, one out, and I think most of us are listening to podcasts at this point. We do have a little game of trying to implant ridiculous songs in each other’s heads. If I were to, say, whistle the first four notes of the Sanford and Son theme song, it would probably be in your head all day. Q: What’s the difference between how you make gelato at home versus at work? Are there flavors you make for yourself at home? Do you use your own kitchen as a lab, or save experiments for the Honeysuckle kitchen? A: There was a time when I would experiment at home all the time. My wife and I just had our third child, though, so these days I am only permitted to bring gelato home in its physical form, not conceptual. Q: Where do you get flavor inspiration? Do you continue to study Ciao Bella, check out Instagram, certain books or magazines? A: I try to stay away from looking at what other gelato/ice cream outfits are doing. A lot of the new flavor inspiration comes from working with local chefs to create a gelato flavor for their menu. We’ve made hundreds of individual flavors at this point, so our real work is trying to find the ideal pairing for each.

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The Atlanta History Center will host the annual Back on the Farm fundraiser on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. with Kevin Gillespie (Gunshow, Revival) serving as executive chef of the event. Gillespie will lead a group of the Southeast’s best chefs and pit masters, including Sam Jones of Skylight Inn BBQ in Ayden, N.C., Suzanne Vizethann of Kevin Gillespie Atlanta’s Buttermilk Kitchen, and Seni Alabi-Isama of Statesboro’s SmoQue Pit. Mercedes O’Brien, curator of all things cocktails at Gunshow, is in charge of specialty drinks. Back on the Farm provides support for Smith Family Farm and its unique educational programming that tens of thousands of school children experience each year. Tickets start at $225 each and are available at atlantahistorycenter.com/backonthefarm. The Veggie Taste is set for Sept. 15 from noon to 6 p.m. on the ground of the Kipp Strive Academy, 1444 Lucille Ave. SW. Featuring speakers, over 50 vendors/exhibitors, vegan food, live entertainment, and activities for children and families, the event offers a diverse experience for all to learn about healthy, compassionate, and sustainable living. Admission is free and taste tickets are $5 each. For more information, visit TheVeggieTaste.com. The Cheese Fest will be held Sept. 28 at Historic Fourth Ward Park. The farmer’s market-style event will feature tastings from more than 100 artisan cheese and specialty food vendors, educational classes, grilled cheese competition with local chefs, and more. Proceeds benefit The Giving Kitchen, the nonprofit that provides emergency assistance to restaurant workers. For tickets, visit thecheesefest.com. Meals on Wheels Atlanta will host its annual Power Luncheon on Sept. 27 at Flourish Atlanta. This years luncheon will feature a discussion with legendary Vogue editor André Leon Talley moderated by Paula Wallace the president and founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Individual reservations are available at $800. For more information, visit visitmealsonwheelsatlanta.org/powerluncheon2018

Tickets are now on sale for the 17th annual Taste of Atlanta on Oct. 19-21 showcasing local restaurants, craft beer, wine and spirits. The event will be held at Historic Fourth Ward Park. For tickets and information, visit tasteofatlanta.com.

Black Restaurant Week will showcase city’s best Atlanta’s African American-owned restaurants, farms and culinary-related businesses will be showcased Sept. 4-16 during the second annual Black Restaurant Week. The event is set to offer a diverse selection of African, Caribbean, Creole, Cajun, Vegetarian, Seafood, Southern and BBQ cuisine. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Family Agriculture Resource Management Service (F.A.R.M.S.) food bank program which purchases produce from small farmers to be donated to food bank and local food shelters. For the entire run of BRW, diners will enjoy pre-fixe fine dining menus for just $35 - $45 per person or casual dining menus for $15 - $25 per person from participating restaurants. The list of restaurants was still being organized at press time, so be sure to visit atlbrw.com for details. Other highlights will include panel discussions on restaurant, catering and food truck ownership, a pop up dinner with Google executive chef Jarvis Belton, a bartending competition and a mini food truck festival. For more information about the upcoming events or ticket information, visit atlbrw.com.

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Art on the BeltLine Sculptures, murals, photography and the Lantern Parade return By Collin Kelley

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rt on the Atlanta BeltLine is back and bigger than ever, with sculptures, murals, special exhibitions, live entertainment and the annual Lantern Parade. Since its beginning in 2010, Art on the BeltLine has become the largest temporary outdoor art exhibition in the south that is completely free to the public. The exhibition includes “Inertia,” the sculpture component of this year’s festival featuring large and small creations by local and nationally-known artists, while “BeltLine Walls” showcases colorful, thought-provoking murals painted along the trails. “Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1944-1968,” curated by historian Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, is an exhibition of photos of the era across four miles of the Eastside and Westside Trails. There will also be special live events by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre, The Atlanta Opera and more. On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival will be held along the Eastside Trail with live music, food, kid’s play area and an opportunity to make a lantern for that evening’s Lantern Parade. The Lantern Parade, which grew to a whopping 70,000 participants and viewers last year, lines up at 7:15 p.m. where the Eastside Trail crosses at Irwin Street and will continue on to Piedmont Park. Participants are encouraged to make colorful lanterns and dress in costumes. For a full list of events and activities, visit art.beltline.org.

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The Center for Puppetry Arts has opened a new exhibition, “Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic,” in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. The exhibit explores how Henson, Brian Froud, Frank Oz and others created the mythical world of Thra, as well as take a look at the cult film’s impact and legacy over the years. With more than 50 items on display, the exhibit includes several prototypes and early versions of iconic characters, as well as actual puppets used in the film. Visitors will see many fan-favorite characters, including Jen; SkeKung, commander of the Garthim; UrAc the Scribe; a Mystic; and Loretta, a Podling. Other creatures such as glass spiders, a feather cricket, Toad and a landstrider will also be on display, along with puppet props and costumes. In addition, visitors will find behind-the-scenes photos from film production and Froud’s original concept art. The exhibit will conclude with a look at the legacy of “The Dark Crystal,” including its modern-day fandom and fan stories, its influence on Jim Henson’s subsequent film “Labyrinth,” the upcoming Netflix series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” and more. Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased online at puppet.org or by calling (404) 873-3391. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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Bastiaan Woudt: Mukono: Travelling to Mukono, Uganda, to photograph the water resources in a region with limited access to safe water, Bastiaan Woudt transforms a documentary project into a visual poem at Jackson Fine Art. Closes Sept. 7. Free. jacksonfineart.com

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Sublime: “Sublime” brings dynamic abstract paintings on resin, plexiglass, and paper into the Kai Lin Art gallery in addition to the uniquely collectible sculptures by Blockhead. Closes Sept. 21. Free. kailinart.com Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit: Visit Children’s Museum of Atlanta to play, sing, explore, and pretend in some favorite and familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Opens Sept. 22. $12.95 to $18.95. childrensmuseumatlanta.org Buckhead Fine Arts Festival: This festival in Buckhead Village features approximately 100 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more! Sept. 22 and 23. Free! buckheadartsfestival.com

Golden Legacy: 75 Years of Original Art from Golden Books: Sixty-five masterpieces of original illustration art — chosen from the vast Random House archive — are featured in this exhibition at Georgia Tech’s Robert C. Williams Paper Museum. Closes Sept. 7. Free. ipst. gatech.edu/amp

Design for Good: Architecture for Everyone: Visit Museum of Design Atlanta to see people-driven, real-world stories about buildings that are designed and created with and for the people who use them. Opens Sept. 23. Free to $10. museumofdesign.org Fall Festival in Candler Park: The Fall Festival boasts a 5K race and fun run, eclectic artist market, specialty food and beverage trucks, live music all day, and a Sunday afternoon Tour of Homes. Sept. 29 and 30. Free. fallfest.candlerpark.org Imaginary Worlds: “Imaginary Worlds” returns this spring with a menagerie of all-new giant living plant sculptures sure to bring a smile as they take visitors on a fantasy journey throughout the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Tuesday through Sunday. Free to $21.95. atlantabg.org Larry Walker Retrospective: The Later Years: Following a retrospective of his early works, this exhibit at MOCA GA explores highly acclaimed visual artist, art professor, and mentor Larry M. Walker’s later works. Tuesday through Saturday. Free! mocaga.org Outliers and American Vanguard Art: The High Museum of Art’s exhibit examines the shifting identity of American self-taught artists and offers an unprecedented overview of their profound impact on the evolution of modern and contemporary art. Tuesday through Sunday. Free to $14.50. high.org Pierre Cardin Exhibit: SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film features the designs of the legendary fashion futurist Pierre Cardin in a major retrospective exhibition. Tuesday through Sunday. Free to $10. scadfash.org

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Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens: Through photographs, postcards, landscape plans, and manuscripts, “Seeking Eden” at Atlanta History Center highlights the importance of historic gardens in Georgia’s past as well as their value and meaning within the state’s 21st-century communities. Daily. Free to $21.50. atlantahistorycenter.com The DeKalb History Center: This museum features permanent and temporary exhibits relating to all aspects of the County’s history, including the Civil War, ranch-style houses, the Davidson Quarries of Arabia Mountain and more. Monday through Friday. Free. dekalbhistory.org

Performing Arts

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last Of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour: See Lynyrd Skynyrd with Hank Williams Jr., the Marshall Tucker Band and Blackberry Smoke at Lakewood Amphitheatre. Sept. 1. $45 to $425. thelakewoodamphitheater.com A Midsummer Night’s Dream: In a setting that even Shakespeare himself couldn’t have imagined, the Alliance Theatre will produce a whimsical, outdoor production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Opens Sept. 5. $19.18 to $54.18. alliancetheatre.org Liz Phair: Liz Phair is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter whose debut album, “Exile In Guyville,” is considered by music critics to be a landmark of indie rock. See her at Variety Playhouse. Sept. 6. $20 to $40. variety-playhouse.com

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Aladdin: Visit the Fox Theatre to see this extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Sept. 12-23. $30 to $111. atlanta.broadway.com

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Continued from page 38 Return to Fall: This Atlanta Ballet show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre features “Return to a Strange Land” by Jiří Kylián, a world premiere by Ricardo Amarante and a special guest performance by the Czech National Ballet. Sept. 14-16. $20 to $130. atlantaballet.com 42nd Street: Featuring a score of standards such as “We’re in the Money,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “42nd Street,” this splashy Broadway musical by City Springs Theatre Company performed at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center’s Byers Theatre will have you tapping in the aisles and humming right along! Sept. 14-23. $30 to $62. cityspringstheatre.com 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: This show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park draws from Prince’s extensive music catalog and features many of the hits that captivated generations of fans, alongside lesser known gems — all interpreted and performed via a world class symphony orchestra. Sept. 15. $29 to $99. atlantasymphony.org Sting & Shaggy – The 44/876 Tour: See Sting and Shaggy in concert at The Tabernacle. Sept. 17. $80.50 to $174.50. tabernacleatl.com Nomad Motel: Horizon Theatre presents this play about motel kids and parachute kids raising themselves and living without a safety net in a land of plenty. Opens Sept. 21. $25 to $35. horizontheatre.com Sandy Springs Festival: The 33rd Annual Sandy Springs Festival offers two exciting days of art, live music, cultural performances, a pet parade, Chalk Walk Art Competition, 10K and 5K races, children’s programming, classic rides, gourmet and festival food options, and much more. Sept. 22 and 23. Free! heritagesandysprings.org

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The David T. Howard School on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward is undergoing a dramatic revitalization to become a new middle school in the Grady Cluster.

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onstruction has begun to rehabilitate and renovate the David T. Howard School by August 2020 into Grady High School cluster’s middle school. The $46 million project, funded by the 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), will revive Martin Luther King Jr.’s alma mater more than four decades after it closed. “Any time you can bring a building back online, especially one with historical context, it’s exciting for APS and the City,” Atlanta Public Schools Facilities Services Executive Director Alvah Hardy II said. The refurbished and new classrooms, instructional support spaces and common spaces will raise student capacity from 825 students to 1,375 students, assuming 25 students per classroom. Over the next two years, the scope of work will also include construction of an addition for that extra space, improved pedestrian access and flow with comprehensive ADA accessibility, parking for staff and visitors, carpool areas, landscaping, a new athletic field and more. “I am thrilled that APS finally is re-opening the Howard building for the Grady High School cluster’s students. This building has been largely under-used (or vacant) for decades, and it’s re-opening will bring a whole neighborhood block back to life. It will be a great addition to the Old Fourth Ward and our larger community,” Grady High School Cluster parent Gail Price said. David T. Howard, a former slave who founded Atlanta’s first black-owned bank, donated the 7.5 acres at 551 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., for an elementary school that opened in 1923 bearing his name. In 1948, the school became a high school that educated some legendary alumni until it closed in 1976. “Hopefully students have a strong understanding of the distinguished alumni who graced the halls before them and are inspired to achieve their dreams standing on the shoulders of these giants – which include Atlanta’s first African-American mayor, Maynard Jackson; NBA star and basketball hall of famer, Walt “Clyde” Frazier; the only U.S. woman to win gold in the 1956 Olympics, high jumper, Mildred McDaniel Singleton; Martin Luther King Jr., to name a few,” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Atlanta Board of Education Member (District 3) Michelle Olympiadis shared. The Howard Middle School promises to be both a nod to the past and a beacon for the future. The project calls for preserving the gym, where Clyde Frazier played high school ball in the early 1960s, by restoring the windows and refinishing the old bleachers. Display cases inside the front door will also memorialize the school’s cherished past. Modernization will come from a new cafeteria, media center and auditorium. The re-launch of a modern school within many original walls “says a lot about the way that Atlanta thinks about its past and its history. It’s also exciting given the revitalization in the area,” Hardy said. So far, construction is on track. As of early August, the construction team had already demolished three buildings, erected the exterior scaffolding, begun site work grading, continued installing temporary electrical power and more. “We are pleased the building was in pretty good shape. It just needs some stabilization and not as much brick removal as anticipated. We’re starting on the west side first because that’s where the addition will go. Things are going well,” Hardy said. As the Howard Middle School opens in August 2020, Inman Middle School will return to it origins by housing Morningside Elementary School students, while that school undergoes extensive repair. Inman Middle School principal Dr. Kevin Maxwell, who will guide the Grady High School cluster middle school community, including his son, through the move from Inman to Howard, is eager to embrace this significant transition. “The David T. Howard building is more than a school, it is a cultural and historical center. I am honored, as an educator, to have the opportunity to work in a school whose history is a testament to the great character, tenacity and integrity of its famous alumni who overcame tremendous obstacles and made history. The lessons of their lives will resonate with the staff, students and families we serve and be at the very core of the identity of our school,” Maxwell said. You can find detailed weekly construction updates on APS website atlantapublicschools.us, or you could just walk or drive by and see history in the making.

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A rule in most classrooms is that cellphones are not allowed during instruction time. Yet as some kids go back to school, they are surprised to find teachers encouraging them to use mobile devices as tools for learning. Instead of just using app development in a STEM or technology class, Atlanta-based MADlearn is bringing mobile app development to all subjects. Teachers from a variety of disciplines have found that the app building program engages students drawn to technology. Put down your pen, because book reports can now be created using an interactive app. Clunky tri-fold poster board for science projects is a thing of the past as a sleek app shows charts and data. Goodbye, building with construction paper, there’s an app for that, too. Kimberley Bynoe, vice president of sales, says MAD-learn gives students access to customizable templates for creating their own mobile apps. While coding is the hot new skill to learn, the complexities of learning coding language often deters kids from dabbling in app technology. In mobile app development, the focus is on design thinking and ideation, mind mapping and the process of testing and editing, rather than coding. Bynoe has been in educational technology for nearly 25 years and got her start as a second grade teacher in College Park. She recalls the mid90s when teachers reacted to the idea of computers in the classroom with resistance, mostly out of intimidation of the technology. Today, she has found teachers who echo a similar hesitation to smartphone apps until they use MAD-learn’s user-friendly format. “Being able to present something that has a cool factor, while still delivering your content, is ideal for teachers and kids grab onto it,” Bynoe said. In an age when students can Google anything, she said teachers are now praised for creatively engaging students and teaching them how to process the wealth of knowledge at their fingertips. “Teachers have to partner with the student to see what you can MAD-learn helps students develop their own apps, which learn together,” Bynoe said. “The are made available in a special online store. sharpest teachers today need to have the ability to find out the information, analyze the information and then use the information.” Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can create an original app using MAD-learn’s design thinking process. MAD-learn has 20 templates to choose from and new, more advanced templates are developed nearly every six weeks so students can stretch their skills. Once completed, students can publish their own apps inside MAD-learn’s app store. They have the option of proudly showing off their app to friends or keeping homework assignments and projects private. The free MAD-learn app has three years worth of apps to browse through. One of the best-designed apps is called “2 Voices” and is an interactive, educational adventure about the Holocaust. Within the app, viewers use a choose-your-own-adventure format to see experiences of victims and survivors. MAD-learn’s goal is to encourage entrepreneurs, or “appreneurs,” to use their budding skills to build their own career paths. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


Horizons Atlanta continues to expand on eve of 20th anniversary celebration By Mark Wallace Maguire Leslie Torenz was surprised. Her reading level in fourth grade was not where it was projected to be. It was higher. Much higher. And she knew where the escalation in her reading skills came from: Horizons Atlanta. “I didn’t know if [Horizons Atlanta] was helpful for me until the teachers showed me the score and I had improved a lot,” she said. The nonprofit works to close the opportunity gap through high quality academics in an engaging learning environment that features classes throughout the year and an intensive sixweek summer course. The summer program features scholastic engagement as well as activities such as swimming. As part of their mission, the program wants participants to be able to read proficiently by the third grade, graduate from high school, receive higher education and become, “globally competitive professionals.”

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Leslie has been affiliated with the program as a student since she was in kindergarten. She is now engaged with Broader Horizons, a one to two week after school program that focuses on ACT and SAT prep for former Horizon students at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. The 16-year-old junior at Riverwood High School embodies the principals of the program. Ask her what she wants to do for a career after college, and her aspirations are strong: International Business. Horizons Atlanta launched in the city in 1999 when Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church and Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School formed a partnership to bring the program to the city. The organization now has several program sites throughout the city with Holy Innocents’ as the flagship. Here’s how it works: Students are eligible to enroll in Horizons the summer after kindergarten and participate through eighth grade, specifically targeting those who need help the most. By design, more than 60 percent of the students perform below grade level when they first enroll. All students who are eligible also must receive free or reduced lunch, come from public schools and need academic support. And the support is not lip service. The summer learning programs are based on a 5:1 student-teacher ratio, which provides opportunities for in-depth teaching and one-on-one interventions. The program also uses statistics and metrics to actively measure academic growth. Alex Wan was named executive director of the program in May. The former Atlanta City Council member and longtime community advocate said while he expected to be impressed with the program, he still found himself surprised at the vitality of the students. “I knew it would be exiting to see them and interact with them, but I was surprised the level of enthusiasm these kids have for being in school during the summer,” he said. In addition to the educational facet, Wan said the integration of swimming and water skills with the program is a strong complement to the scholastic part. “I didn’t expect kids that were terrified of the water one day, would be comfortable the next,” he said. “Then it struck me that facing your fears translates to the classroom and beyond the classroom and life in general.” One of the critical points Horizons makes is how the poverty rate affects opportunity and, in particular, how the poverty rate in Fulton County mirrors the U.S. childhood rate at 24 percent. While many in metro Atlanta may think of pockets of poverty, this number is shocking to many the first time they hear it. The numbers even struck Wan. “You knew the problem was there, but not to the extent it was happening,” he said.

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Horizons Atlanta continues to expand Continued from page 43

The bulk of children served come from Fulton County, the City of Atlanta and, recently, a small percentage from Paulding County. Horizons’ success has brought exponential growth. They continue to add more sites, such as colleges and private schools, and since 2013 their enrollment has almost tripled from 330 students to 820 in 2018. If you want evidence that Horizons Atlanta has got community buy-in, don’t look farther than their website. The list of nonprofits, educational institutions and companies that partner with the group reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of Atlanta. More than ten learning institutions and universities, several foundations and countless individuals donate time, money and space for the program including such luminaries as The Arthur Blank Foundation, Georgia Tech, Woodward Academy and, the school where it all began, Holy Innocents. In 2019, Horizons Atlanta hits an important milestone. The year not only marks the program’s 20th anniversary of programming, but they also plan on serving 1,000 students next summer alone.

New Leadership

APS welcomes eight new principals Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen appointed eight new principals for the 20182019 school year. Collectively, the group has more than 100 years of academic and administrative experience. Jay Bland is the new interim principal at Morris Brandon Elementary School in Northwest Atlanta. Bland joins Brandon Elementary after spending three years as the assistant principal of Morningside Elementary School. Emily Boatright is the new principal at Sarah Smith Elementary School in Northeast Atlanta. Boatright most recently served as dean of academics for grades three through six at Westside Atlanta Charter School, where she led efforts to close achievement gaps and ensure equity for all students. She spent three years at APS’ Inman Middle School as assistant principal and interim principal. Octavius Harris is the new principal of Ralph J. Bunche Middle School in Southwest Atlanta. A veteran member of the Charger family, Harris taught mathematics at Bunche from 2006 to 2012. For the past four academic years, Harris served as assistant principal at APS’ D.M. Therrell High School. Anita Lawrence is the new principal of Bolton Academy in Northwest Atlanta. She most recently served as Primary Years Program principal at Wesley International Academy, an APS charter school where students

receive daily lessons in Mandarin. Tiffany Momon is the new principal of Cascade Elementary School in Southwest Atlanta. An APS alumna, Momon most recently served as program administrator at Morris Brandon Elementary School, where she co-led the Attendance Committee initiatives that improved overall school attendance rates, ranking second place in the district for the past two years. Ernest Sessoms Jr. is the new principal at Dunbar Elementary School in Southwest Atlanta. For the past three years, he has served as Boyd Elementary School’s assistant principal, where he was awarded APS District 2017-2018 Assistant Principal of the Year. At Boyd, Sessoms helped to increase the school’s College and Career Ready Performance Index scores by two points in the 20152016 academic year and by 11 points in the 2016/2017 academic year.

Kara Stimpson is the new principal at Jean Childs Young Middle School in Southwest Atlanta. For the past four years, she has been principal at Morris Brandon Elementary School, where she moved the school from good to great by increasing its College and Career Ready Performance Index score from 92.4 to 98.8, with gains in all four years. Yolanda Weems is the new principal at Tuskegee Airmen Global (TAG) Academy in Southwest Atlanta. For the past two years, she has served as TAG Academy’s assistant principal, strengthening support and performance of struggling students through reduced class sizes and increased instructional aide.

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“Science is a through-line of our daily existence,” said Meisa Salaita, cofounder of Science ATL and co-director of Atlanta Science Festival. “Atlanta is truly a science city – home to tremendous learning opportunities and a variety of

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BEYOND EXPECTATIONS At Galloway, students (age 3-grade 12) are inspired to be fearless learners, to embrace challenges, and to discover more about themselves and the world around them.

STEM careers. Honoring this culture of innovation, we are expanding the spirit of Atlanta Science Festival throughout the entire year.” The nonprofit Science ATL will launch this fall with an interactive website and programs. The Science Scene Calendar: Want to keep tabs on scientific fun taking place throughout the city? Visit the online calendar at scienceatl.org. Georgia Chief Science Officers: This program develops a group of middle and high school students as STEM leaders in their schools and communities, giving them the opportunity to meet with legislators, school board members, STEM industry mentors and businesses. Science ATL Communication Training: This fellowship trains scientists on how to better communicate with a range of public audiences, and gives them the opportunity to develop and execute at least two public engagement activities. Science ATL Passport: Students use these passports to document science in their everyday lives, creating a living record of how they engage with STEM outside the classroom. Science ATL Events: Beginning summer 2019, Science ATL will curate its own quarterly events similar to those found at Atlanta Science Festival. Think scientific superstars, live demonstrations, hands-on engagement and more. “Atlanta Science Festival is working with fantastic partners to enrich the STEM community in Atlanta,” said Salaita. “For Science ATL to succeed in branding Atlanta as a science city, we need to rally even more likeminded supporters of science, technology, engineering and math.” The Atlanta Science Festival itself will return next March.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS The American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees Local 1644 (AFSCME) and the Georgia Federation of Public Service Employees (GFPSE) recently presented Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen with the 2018 Georgia Superintendent of the Year Award. “Her leadership is bold and inclusive,” said Demetric Bishop, Executive Director of GFPSE. “Dr. Carstarphen is the best Superintendent in the state of Georgia and our students and community are blessed to have her.” The Howard School hopes to raise $14.3 million by the end of the year to support the building of a new high school, multi-purpose building with kitchen, cafeteria and physical education space. The capital campaign, “Opening Doors,” is the largest in the school’s 68-year history and the first large-scale fundraising effort since the school moved to its present location on the Westside. For more information, visit howardschool.org.

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Primrose School of Midtown has renewed its lease and expanded at Colony Square. In August, the private school moved from a 13,000-square-foot space to a 22,960-squarefoot space, opening just in time for the new school year to begin. The new location on the main level adds classroom space, a conference room, multipurpose room, playground and library nook. Tables, chairs, bookshelves and other equipment from the old space was donated to nonprofit City of Refuge for use in the organization’s community programs. The Relay Graduate School of Education – a national, accredited, nonprofit institution that educates teachers and school leaders – has partnered with Atlanta Public Schools and KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools to increase the number of new teachers in the area. “Each year, there is a need for qualified and diverse teachers in our schools,” said Jondré Pryor, Head of Schools at KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools. “I’m excited for Relay’s work in preparing teachers, but also for our school leaders to take part in programs to improve their skills. There’s always room for improvement.” For more information, visit relay.edu. Six seniors from Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School recently graduated after successfully completing their internship at Lenbrook senior living community. Between 2015-2018, Annessa Lipford, Melanie Mata, Monica Epps, Autumn Smith, Zaire Williamson and Sandra Noumadji were a part of student teams of four who worked closely with Lenbrook’s associates in the marketing, human resources, concierge and enrichment departments, and with associates in the health center over a school year. In addition to providing business experiences, Lenbrook added “Mentoring Mondays” to the interns’ schedules: each student was paired with a resident to get to know each other over lunch and talk about career choices and life experiences. The internship was part of the school’s unique Corporate Work Study Program, which helps economically challenged students offset the cost of their tuition.

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN Each January, we feature students from Intown’s public schools, private schools and colleges who have given back to their community in a significant way. Over the last ten years, we’ve featured students who have created their own nonprofits, have given up summer vacation to work domestically and abroad to help the less fortunate and one even helped build a library by collecting books. The 11th annual 20 Under 20 will appear in our January 2019 issue and we are now seeking nominations of students ages 19 and younger who have committed themselves to service to the community. Nominations are welcome from teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, siblings, fellow students or community leaders. Here’s the information we need: • • •

Nominator (name, relationship to nominee and contact information) Nominee (Name, age, grade, school, parent or guardian names, contact information) Characteristics and service: Please provide a paragraph describing why this nominee deserves recognition. Include service projects, goals, interests and areas of interest to help illustrate your point.

The deadline for nominations is Nov. 16. Please email your nominations to editor Collin Kelley at collin@atlantaintownpaper.com.

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GRANT PARK - Incredible opportunity to live in new construction on The Beltline! Features kit w/lrg island perfect for gatherings, open floor plan, fireplace in living rm with French Doors open to covered porch. 2nd covered porch upstairs. 3Bed/2.5Bath $525,000 FMLS: 6050215 Jan Arkins 404.661.2500

LAVISTA PARK - Situated on large private corner lot, this home features private master suite with spa-like bath and huge walk-in closet. Relaxing private courtyard with custom stonework. Newer 50 year roof, tankless water heater, 2 car garage. 4Bed/3.5Bath $649,000 FMLS: 6011292 Mike Gunsallus 404.569.8048

EDGEWOOD - Cape Cod home with large and flowing floor plan. Updated kitchen with granite counter-tops, SS appls & 11’ vaulted ceiling. Master on main with en-suite bathroom, original hardwoods, massive unfinished basement with tons of storage. 4Bed/3Bath $475,000 FMLS: 6053811 Mike Gunsallus 404.569.8048

HERITAGE HILLS - Wonderful traditional home close to Emory/CDC, hardwood floors & carpet, freshly painted with many updates, large eat-in kitchen, full basement perfect for in-law suite, 2 car garage. 5Bed/3.5Bath $549,000 FMLS: 5984105 Ann Hudson 404.307.9902

SMYRNA - Gorgeous architectural features throughout, master on main, granite c-tops & SS appls, breakfast bar and lovely eat-in kitchen, hardwoods, high ceilings. Gated community with swimming pool/ clubhouse. 4Bed/3.5Bath $415,000 FMLS: 6005746 Mike Kondalski 404.234.9379

EAST POINT - Renovated home featuring 2 master suites, high ceilings, hardwood floors and tons of space. Brand new spacious kitchen with SS appls, tile backsplash. Just minutes away from Historic College Park. 4Bed/3Bath $324,900 FMLS: 6046018 Steven Barlow 404.732.3541

SUNRISE ESTATES - Classic 1960’s solid, well built, well maintained home featuring beautiful new baths, high efficiency HVAC, tankless water heater, granite c-tops, hardwoods, new sun room with wooded vaulted ceiling. 4Bed/3Bath $400,000 FMLS: 6056442 Clarke Weeks 404.932.0391

BROOKHAVEN - Immaculate new construction walking distance to shops/restaurants. Open floor plan, top of the line kitchen, sep dining rm, beautiful oversized deck off family rm, master with tray ceilings and spalike bath. 6Bed/6Bath $1,150,000 FMLS: 6016195 Inna Eidelman 404.932.3330 SET Group

BROOKHAVEN - New construction home with all the modern finishings. Thoughtfully designed for functionality and style, this home has it all. Bright open layout, amazing chef’s kitchen, grand master bedroom. 7Bed/6.5Bath $1,300,000 FMLS: 6039514 Inna Eidelman 404.932.3330 SET Group

BROOKHAVEN - Gorgeous new home with bright open floor plan, chef’s kit with floor to ceiling cabinets, family rm with built-ins, covered deck perfect for entertaining, master with cozy fireplace, finished terrace level. 6Bed/6Bath $1,075,000 FMLS: 6050639 Inna Eidelman 404.932.3330 SET Group

ASHFORD PARK - Top quality new construction with high-end finishes through-out. Gourmet kitchen with Cambria c-tops, custom backsplash & SS appls, master with walk-in closets w/custom shelving, large backyard. 5Bed/5.5Bath $975,000 FMLS: 6031177 David Sirzyk 404.932.3330 SET Group

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