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ondon Bridge eventually had to fall, and so does Homewood’s historic Bridges Home, it appears. The Homewood Planning Commission on June 5 paved the way for the historic home, built in 1921, to be torn down to make way for newer houses. Developer Pat O’ Sullivan, who owns the property, plans to subdivide six lots at 214 Edgewood Boulevard to accommodate five new houses, but not for at least another year, he told commissioners. Residents interested in preserving the historic home and those who appreciate the lush garden that surrounds it sought to delay the vote, but to no avail. Commissioners voting in favor of O’Sullivan’s request said that, despite their

‘If anybody wants to get with us between now and the end of January 2019, we’ll be happy to sit down and talk about any other issues or possibilities. If somebody wants to buy it from us, we would certainly entertain any kind of offer.’ DEVELOPER PAT O’ SULLIVAN

Bringing Down the House

Journal photo by William C. Singleton III

sympathy, O’Sullivan met all the rules and regulations required to move forward with his plans. Because the case was a subdivision of property, it doesn’t have to go before the City Council for approval. The pink stucco home admirers say reminds them of an Italian villa originally belonged to Georges and Eleanor Bridges, artists who roamed through Europe in the ‘20s before settling down with their daughter, Mary Eleanor, who was called “London.” During those days, the house played host to prominent American writers such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald alongside Birmingham’s socialites. Georges was known for his sculptures, including statues of Brother Bryan and Thomas Jefferson that have become local landmarks. Eleanor was a prolific painter who

Historic Homewood Residence Likely to Be Torn Down By William C. Singleton III


FOURTH OF JULY FUN Details on Independence Day celebrations around Birmingham PAGE 8

FATHER’S DAY For the Humphrey kids, Bobby was just ‘Dad,’ but they followed in his footsteps. PAGE 12

FROM THE MAGIC CITY TO THE MAGIC KINGDOM Over the Mountain bride weds fellow software engineer at Walt Disney World PAGE 23

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BHEC to Host Picnic and Storytelling Ceremony at Anne Frank Tree

To celebrate what would have been the 89th birthday of Anne Frank, the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute have come together to host a picnic at Kelly Ingram Park on June 12 at 11:30 a.m. The event will take place by the Anne Frank Tree, dedicated in 2010, which is located near the corner of 17th St. and 6th Ave. S. According to the BHEC, obtaining and planting the tree was possible through a collaborative initiative by the BHEC, BCRI, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham Public Library and the Birmingham Jewish Federation. At the picnic, the center will share the story of how the tree came to Kelly Ingram Park. The tree is the only symbol in the park not directly related to the Civil Rights movement. The Anne Frank Tree is a horse chestnut tree, similar to the one Anne could see from the annex she hid in with her family and wrote about often, the last time saying, “Our chestnut tree is in full bloom. It’s covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year.” In the event of inclement weather, the picnic will be moved to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Commons, located on 16th St. N. across from the park. For more information, contact Kendall Chew, BHEC Outreach Coordinator at or 795-4181 and 410-9422.

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June 14, 2018 JOU RNAL Publisher & Editor: Maury Wald Copy Editor: Virginia Martin Features Writer: Donna Cornelius Staff Writers: Sarah Kuper, Emily Williams Editorial Assistant: Stacie Galbraith Sports: Blake Ells, Rubin E. Grant Contributors: Susan Murphy, Jordan Wald, June Mathews, William C. Singleton III, Emil Wald, Marvin Gentry, Lee Walls Jr., Bryan Bunch Sam Prickett Advertising Sales: Suzanne Wald, Julie Trammell Edwards, Tommy Wald, Laura Lane Vol. 27, No. 22

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Royal Wedding: Notes for Next Time

demonstrated poor judgment, but all nce again, I was not invited to of the groom’s wayward and disthe royal wedding. Sadly, I graced family members got to come. was relegated to sitting on my They dutifully filed in as scheduled couch watching the pageantry on TV but spent most of their time fiddling wearing my Snoopy bathrobe, having with their hats and handbags. tea and scones that I bought myself. I Of course, all of that stopped with didn’t have to watch the show in my the arrival of the Queen. I do love bathrobe, but it was 5:00 in the mornthat woman. She is the picture of ing and I didn’t want to miss anything unruffled grace, always dresses to be while I was in the shower.  seen, and if one of the Rolls Royces With all the media hoopla, you’d had broken down on the way to the think they would have staged the chapel, she could have used her event during prime time. The netWWII training to replace the fan belt works could have asked Super Bowl or ungunk a gasket or whatever you prices for the TV spots. I’m not saydo to fix a car. I don’t know … but ing they should have interrupted the Sue Murphy ceremony. That would be crass. But she does.       during the red carpet portion of the The ceremony was beautiful and When you invite Oprah touching program, an official could have and full of pleasant, jumped into the walkway, waved a unstuffy surprises. The young celand Serena Williams red flag and halted the action until about took my breath away and and George Clooney, list the tea cozy or spray-on tan purthe minister who delivered the cerveyors made their point, then emony remarks would have gotten for goodness sakes, stepped back out signaling time to spontaneous “Amen” from any you can’t be sure that acongregation stateside. The choir? resume play. “OK, Ms. Winfrey, Well, it doesn’t get better than that. you may carry on.”  everyone’s eyes will The happy couple left the chapel to Which is another reason I be on you, even if you a joyful chorus of “This Little should have been invited. First of all, I’m short, so I would not have did spend $350,000 on Light of Mine.” It’s a new day, my blocked anyone’s view, or the camfriends. your dress.    era’s view of anyone, but most of The best part, though, was that all because I would have posed no the vows were traditional. It’s comcelebrity threat to the bride whatsoforting to think that, whether prince or pauper, when you get married, you’re still asked to ever. I don’t know what she was thinking. When you promise to love and honor and cherish till death do invite Oprah and Serena Williams and George you part. Sometimes it doesn’t work, but you only hit Clooney, for goodness sakes, you can’t be sure that everyone’s eyes will be on you, even if you did spend what you aim at.   $350,000 on your dress.    I would have loved to have attended the wedding in person, but alas, I am more Downstairs than I’ll tell you one thing, if I had received an invitaUpstairs and that will have to do. Who knows where tion, I would have quietly seated myself next to the bride’s mother. I know there were a limited number of I’ll be by the time the next round of royals gets marinvitations, but it wasn’t fair to leave her alone to tear ried? I’ll hang onto my teacup just in case, but I’ll up by herself. The poor woman should have been probably have to get a new bathrobe. I’m thinking allowed a plus one. Sure, some of her relatives had royal blue.  ❖


What’s the best Father’s Day gift you ever received? “Every Father’s Day, my son watches the final round of the U.S. Open with me.” Chris Lang Birmingham “All of the gifts that my kids used to make for me when they were younger - things out of popsicle sticks and macaroni.” Bill Jacka Vestavia Hills

“I get breakfast in bed twice every year - on Father’s Day and my birthday.” Chris Ragusa Homewood Looking for some memorable gifts for Father’s Day? See our gift guide beginning on page 12



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The Grandview Cancer Center is about to open its doors, bringing this community an important new resource for cancer care. A full range of care, from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up, will be available right here. Services will be provided by a team of cancer care specialists using advanced technology and cancer treatment options. Jennifer De Los Santos, M.D., is the Cancer Center Director. She is a renowned radiation oncologist whose research in breast cancer treatment has gained international attention. She joins more than 20 board-certified physicians and a dedicated staff who will provide our patients with personalized care. To learn more, visit

Jennifer De Los Santos, M.D. Cancer Center Director Independent Member of the Medical Staff at Grandview Medical Center.

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of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. The event features Alabama artisans, artists and vendors. Food trucks including Big Spoon Creamery, City Bowls and Red Mountain Crawfish will be onsite, and a series of live musical performances will entertain onstage. When: 5 p.m. Where: Alys Stephens Center’s Engel Plaza Website:

JUNE 14 - 28 Thurs., June 14 The AbiliTEE Golf Classic

What: The Junior Board of United Ability is returning to the daytime with its golf tournament in support of children and adults with disabilities. All players receive 2 Mulligans, player gift bag, breakfast, snacks, lunch and beverages. When: 7 a.m. registration and an 8 a.m. shotgun start Where: Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley Golf Course Website:

What: This fundraiser presented by Vulcan Value Partners features samples of select brews and wine from Avondale Brewing Company, food, a silent auction and live music. Proceeds benefit Camp Fire Alabama. When: 6-9 p.m. Where: Avondale Brewing Co. Website:

June 18 & 19 Iron City Chef 2018 - Sat., July 14

June 14, 21 and 28 Sounds of Summer - A Live Music Event

What: The Summit continues its free live music series featuring snacks and beverages from Taco Mama, sweet treats from Nothing Bundt Cakes, balloon art, complimentary henna tattoos from The Gypsy Leaf (6/21), a braid bar with Big Hair Hannah (6/14, 6/28) and more. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner (or put in a to-go order with Cowfish). When: 6:30-9 p.m. Where: Saks Plaza at the Summit Website:

June 15-24 “Sand Mountain Saturday Nite”

What: The Virginia Samford Theatre Arts Collective shares the VST stage with the Birmingham arts community. “Sand Mountain Saturday Nite”, written and directed by Norton Dill, features the original cast of six actor/musicians who play 24 different characters and a slew of instruments. A show for the entire family with old time string band music, a variety of characters and twists and turns in the storyline. When: Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Where: Virginia Samford Theatre Mainstage Website:

Sat., June 16

Journal file photo by Jordan Wald

Ability Academy 2018

What: Football lovers ages 7 and up who have an intellectual or developmental disability will have a chance to participate in a half-day, minicamp teaching football ability beyond their disability. They will be exposed to fundamentals such as offense, defense, scoring and football terms. Volunteer coaches from college teams and the NFL will work on skill basics. A post-camp team lunch will follow. When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

What: Enjoy drinks from over a dozen breweries from all over Alabama and the southeast as well as other libations, including wines and nonalcoholic beverages. Attendees will enjoy dinner provided by Full Moon Bar-B-Que and music by Union Road Band, animal greetings and walkabouts, train and carousel rides, special kids activities and more. When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Where: Birmingham Zoo Website:

Photo courtesy Vestavia Hills Rotary Club

S’mores & Pours

Zoo, Brews & Full Moon Bar-B-Que

What: The Vestavia Hills Rotary Club presents an event where top chefs face off Iron Chef Style. Guests will enjoy a signature dish from each chef and vote for their top choice while enjoying and entertaining and appetizing evening for charity. The top two chefs will then compete for the title of Iron City Chef 2018. When: 5:30 p.m. silent auction opens, 6 p.m. doors open Where: Jeff State Community College Website: Where: UAB Legacy Pavilion Website:

Lego Day at McWane

What: Celebrate all things LEGO. Explore amazing LEGO displays and take on LEGO challenges and building activities throughout the Adventure Halls. When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: McWane Science Center Website:

Annual Fern Show and Sale

What: The Birmingham Fern Society presents their annual fern show and sale. All public entries are welcomed. When: Entries accepted from 8-10

a.m., viewing between 1-4 p.m., sale open to the public from 1-5 p.m. Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Website:

The Original Makers Festival

What: Celebrate the opening weekend of the Birmingham Museum of Art’s new exhibition, The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection. Enjoy a day at the museum, featuring live music by The Cedric Burnside Project and demonstrations by Blackbelt Treasures, art-making activities and face painting. When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Birmingham Museum of Art Website:

Chef Sean Butler, center, will defend his 2017 Iron City Chef title against other local chefs in the tenth anniversary of this popular event. With Butler are, left, Joseph Mitchell, Director Hospitality/ Culinary Management, Jefferson State Community College; and Kent Howard, Vestavia Hills Rotary Club Iron City Chef chair.

Funky Food Truck Festival

What: AIDS Alabama hosts a food truck festival including Eugene’s Hot Chicken, Lazy Boy BBQ, Taco Morro Loco, NOLA, Cahaba brews and Fetch - A Treat Truck for Dogs for your four legged friends. The Greater Birmingham Humane Society will be on site with adoptable dogs. Donations benefit AIDS Alabama’s programs and the suggested donation is $5. When: 1-6 p.m. Where: Cahaba Brewing Company Website:

LOCAL 2018

What: A free celebration of Alabama’s best, presented by the University

SliceFest - Sat., June 16

What: SliceFest 2018 celebrates its seventh anniversary as Birmingham’s largest food and music block party hosted by Slice Pizza & Brewhouse. The event includes local and regional music talent paired with local craft beer and specialty pizzas. Proceeds benefit the Suki Foundation. When: Gates open at 1 p.m. Where: 29th Street in the Lakeview District Website:

Sarah Mason, Henley Gant, Alice and Liam Mason keeping cool at last year’s SliceFest.

2018 Southern League All-Star Game

What: The Birmingham Barons in partnership with Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, Wetumpka and the Southern League, will put on multiple events to welcome the Southern League to the Magic City. June 18 will kick off the festivities with a gala featuring live music, casino games, food, drinks and an award ceremony for the players participating. The events continue on June 19 with the Southern League All-Star Luncheon, Home Run Derby, All-Star Game and post game party featuring food, drinks and more. When: June 18, gala from 6-10 p.m., June 19, luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Where: June 18, gala, Good People Brewing Co. June 19, luncheon, Diamonds Direct Ballroom at Regions Field, followed by the All-Star game and post party. Website: “2018 Southern League AllStar Game” Facebook page”

Tues., June 19 West Homewood Farmers Market

What: The West Homewood Farmer’s Market continues its 8th season with live music, 10+ local farmers, arts and crafts vendors and food trucks. When: Every Tuesday - June thru first Tuesday of August 5-8 p.m Where: 160 Oxmoor Rd. Website:

Thurs., June 21 Magic City Chocolate Challenge

What: Disability Rights & Resources will host a cooking competition centered around chocolate benefitting the organization’s mission to support individuals with disabilities. The event includes unlimited samples, live musical entertainment and a silent auction. When: 5:30-8 p.m. Where: Regions Field Diamonds Direct Ballroom Website:



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Fri., June 22

Music Feeds the Soul Gala

What: The Dannon Project presents a musical voyage lead by The Clutch Band and DJ Chris Coleman while tasting soulful delights from Ruth’s Café featuring signature drinks, Southern Comfort food, a desert bar, silent auction and more. All funds raised will be used to support the reentry programs and services of The Dannon Project. When: 8 p.m. - midnight Where: The Purpose Center at Dannon Website: “The Dannon Project” Facebook page

Birmingham Art Crawl at the Village

What: The final night of the summer series will showcase dozens of artist booths, live music by Live Wire, tasty treats from the Bendy’s Cookies & Cream truck. Complimentary balloon twisting by Magic City Face Art and more. When: 5-9 p.m. Where: On the sidewalks and inside Brookwood Village Website: “Birmingham Art Crawl at the Village” Facebook page

Wed., June 27

Funky Monkey

June 22-23 CHEF of Alabama Home Education Convention and Curriculum Fair

What: Christian Home Education Fellowship (CHEF) celebrates 30 years of ministry to the Alabama homeschool community. Take advantage of exciting youth programs for children and teens while choosing form a variety of workshops to attend, listen to inspiring speakers, visit the exhibit hall or shop the used book sale. When: Attendee Registration is Friday June 22 at 8 a.m. and Saturday June 23 at 4 p.m. Where: Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church Website:

Alys Stephens Center Original Series: Sessions

What: Discover and get to know artists in the Center’s new original concert series Sessions. This series will showcase the best singer-songwriters

Movies Under the Moon

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What: Smile-A-Mile’s Junior Board of Directors presents its annual summer fundraiser featuring a silent auction, complimentary beer and wine, heavy hor d’oeuvres, cash bar, live auction, music by The Toddfather and a photo booth. When: 6 p.m. Where: Regions Field Banquet Hall Website:



Sloss Music & Arts Festival - July 14-15

What: This premier music experience features two days of music from around 44 renowned headliners and emerging artists on 4 stages plus craft beer and creative cocktails, arts and crafts, live iron pouring demonstrations and more. When: Gates open at 12:30 p.m., music begins at 1:30 p.m. and concludes at approximately 11:30 p.m. Where: Sloss Furnaces Website:

this area has to offer. Enjoy cocktails, bites and inspiring performances. When: June 22, Nora Jane Struthers, 8 p.m., June 23, Lindsay Lou, 8 p.m. Where: Odess Theater Website:

Sat., June 23 Brenda Ladun Decade Dash and Block Party

What: Break out your hipster threads, disco shoes, poodle skirts and any other favorite 50’s - 90’s attire in support

Nashville based Moon Taxi, above, scheduled to perform at the Sloss Music & Arts Festival includes two band members from Vestavia Hills, Trevor Terndrup, far right and Tommy Putnam, second from left.

of the American Cancer Society. The event will kick off with a 1 mile color fun run followed by a 5k and block party featuring a kid’s zone, live music, food and tent beverages. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed in male, female and family categories. When: 1 mile color fun run at 5:30 p.m., 5k at 6 p.m. followed by the block party Where: St. Vincent’s One Nineteen Health & Wellness in Hoover Website: “American Cancer Society Birmingham” Facebook page


What: Vulcan Park and Museum continues to celebrate Alabama’s legacy in auto racing with the Southern Thunder racing exhibit and a screening of Smokey and the Bandit, presented by Express Oil Change. Enjoy premovie activities such as the Dixie Vintage Antique Car Show, 70’s music by DJ Larry Huff and the Racing for Children pit Crew. Food by Birmingham area food trucks and movie-style concessions will be available for purchase. When: 5 p.m. car show and 70’s music, 5-7 p.m. Racing for Children Pit Crew Demonstration and 8 p.m. movie. Where: Vulcan Park and Museum Website


July 12-29 Magic City Theatre Festival “Three Musketeers”

What: The second installment of the Magic City Theatre Festival, presented by Children’s Theatre, features Ken Ludwig’s “The Three Musketeers” adapted from the novel by Alexander Dumas. Bringing together the talents of Birmingham’s area youth, director Kasaundra Couch will be composing The Green Show, in Shakespearean fashion, a free performance held on the green surrounding the theatre combining theatre, song and dance to entertain waiting audiences. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Where: Brookwood Village Website:

Sat., July 14 Diabetes Walk for Camp Seale Harris

Sat., June 30 Birmingham Taco Festival

What: Bare Hands Gallery presents their second annual taco competition fundraiser. Vote for Birmingham’s best taco and enjoy cold beverages, Margaritas, live music, a kid’s area and more. The event benefits the Dia De Los Muertos Festival and the Art Club Program. When: Noon-5 p.m. Where: Avondale Brewery and in the streets of Avondale Website:

July 10-28 Magic City Theatre Festival “Jack and the Beanstalk”

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What: Birmingham Children’s Theatre kicks off the inaugural Magic City Theatre Festival with “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Randy Marsh, formerly of the Alabama School of Fine Arts and the Birmingham Festival Theatre. Recommended for ages 2-8. When: Tuesdays -Saturdays at 10 a.m. Where: BJCC Website:

What: The Diabetes Walk for Camp Seale Harris is a family friendly Walk/ Run raising awareness of diabetes, and an opportunity for participant fundraising efforts to make if possible for kids to attend Camp Seale Harris for kids and families living with diabetes. When: 9 a.m. Where: Veterans Park Website:

July 14-15 McWane’s 20th Birthday Bash

What: McWane Science Center opened its doors July 11, 20 years ago. The center will celebrate with a party Saturday and Sunday featuring` educational shows, live entertainment and birthday cake. When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. check the website for updates Where: McWane Science Center Website:

Wed., July 18 Flicks Among the Flowers

What: The Gardens presents “Jaws”. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged which benefits educational programming at the Gardens. Make it a date night. Bring a blanket. No pets or alcoholic beverages. When: 6 p.m. Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens in the formal garden in front of the Conservatory. Website: ❖


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Folk Art from the Cargo Collection




The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection has been made possible by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation, Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alabama Power Foundation, and The Lydia Eustis Rogers Fund. We also extend our gratitude to the City of Birmingham for their sustained support for the Museum and its mission.

Fred Webster, American, Fayette County, Alabama, 1911–1998, Fayette County, Alabama, Angel Choir with Director (detail), and Devil Band with Director (detail), 1983–1987, painted wood; Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Robert Cargo Folk Art Collection; Gift of Caroline Cargo, AFI.237.2013.1–.4, AFI.239.2013.1–.3a–g

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An American Tradition

Rehab Reality... By Judy and Julie Butler



OLS Knights of Columbus and Congregation Prep for 69th Annual Fourth of July Festival

“My father is an alcoholic” is a very familiar statement from our clients. Many times we find that addictive behavior begins with the father. This totally makes sense since it’s generally the father who has the responsibility of providing for the family, which can sometimes be very stressful. Likewise as generations are passed down the genetic behavior is passed on – or is it really? Is it genetic or learned behavior? These are questions that will be pondered for years to come. Children observe more than we realize which begs to answer why some who live with chronic alcoholism will never touch the stuff and others take on the behavior of the parent and therefore become alcoholics themselves. The majority of our clients have been male and had families. Hence fathers with addiction. Their choice has been alcohol and their reasons are generally trying to escape. This is why it so important to get individual treatment to beat the addiction. Rather than going from one 12-step meeting to another our clients receive about 30 hours a week of counseling. The Life Skills portion of our program covers life challenges such as relationships, irrational thinking, money management, etc. Clients bring their cell phone and laptop and are able to stay in touch with family and work. We allow this because many times it helps us identify some of the stress factors the clients endure and address it with them. Before choosing a big box rehab for your dad, loved one or yourself compare everything. Bayshore Retreat’s small home environment is different and it makes a difference.

Knights of Columbus #4304 members Bill Jacka and Chris Ragusa with Grand Knight Chris Lang, Fourth of July Festival chair, smoke a slew of Boston Butts on Our Lady of Sorrow Catholic Church’s 40-foot smoker as they prepare for the church’s 69th annual Fourth of July Festival.

In addition to serving up more than 1,600 plates of food on the day of the festival, the Knights of Columbus sell a portion of the meat to people who take it out and make it part of their own celebrations. “We see some of the same faces each year and it is great to welcome them back,” Lang said. “It is wonderful to greet new people, as well, and make them feel welcome at our event.”

Party Prep

According to Lang, after nearly 70 years, the OLS community works much like a well-oiled machine, with plenty of traditions and protocols in place to ensure that things run smoothly. “Planning starts right after the event and really ramps up six months prior to the festival,” he said.  In mid-May, things really get going, with the Trash and Treasure shelving going up as the church begins collecting donated items.  After each year, the planning team evaluates what worked and what could use a little more attention, from games and food options to raffles and prizes.  Lang noted that the furniture area of the rummage sale “used to be under a tent and was prone to weather issues. A few years ago, the furniture

and art items were moved under the parking garage.” The team has since added lighting and temporary walls to protect the furniture area. The festival is one of the ways the church gives back to its surrounding community, opening its doors to the entire Homewood and greater Birmingham area for a day of food, fun and celebrations of Independence Day. It regularly raises tens of thousands of dollars, which benefit the church, OLS Catholic School and local charities the church supports. This year’s festival will take place July 4 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., with food served at $10 a plate, raffle tickets available for $5 each or $20 for a book and dozens of games available to play with the purchase of a wrist band.  The Trash and Treasure sale is taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For $5, the first 400 people in line will be able to enter an hour early. Additionally, a half-price sale of the remaining items will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on July 5.  Those who wish to pre-order bulk meat and side dishes can do so and pick up their orders at the cafeteria behind the church July 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For updates and more information, visit the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Facebook page. ❖


Sun., July 1

I Love America Night

What: Vestavia Hills 37th celebration of America features a children’s area hosted by Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, a Pops in the Park concert by Shades Mountain Baptist Church Orchestra and a family movie. Due to unexpected pool renovations, free swimming will not be available this year. When: Children’s area available from 6-8 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. and movie at 8:15 p.m. Where: Wald Park Website:

Fire on the Water Oak Mountain State Park Journal file photo by Jordan Wald

Happy Father’s Day - Unhappy in Addiction

More than 240 years ago, the rocket’s red glare, bombs bursting in air and the votes of 12 colonies sealed the creation of our country – on July 4, 1776. One year later, that date was celebrated with parades, official congressional dinners and music, finished off with fireworks, a tradition that still stands today.  Among the celebrations marking the Fourth of July throughout the Over the Mountain communities, Our Lady of Sorrows’ stands tall.  According to church officials, the OLS Fourth of July Festival is celebrating its 69th year, making it Alabama’s longest-running barbecue festival. The festival has grown over the years to become what it is today, but it remains a family affair, organized and executed by church parishioners and their families.  Bill Lang, a member of the church’s Knights of Columbus chapter 4304 and media chair for the festival, said he and his wife made the festival a family tradition, and their children continue it to this day. “Over the years, both of my children have volunteered as part of their service hours at John Carroll Catholic High School and they have continued during college and beyond. … This has become a great tradition in our family,” Lang said. “We celebrate our freedom while helping others in the process.” Lang has been volunteering for the festival for the past decade. He began by manning the game booths along with his wife and two children.  “Our daughter went to the Our Lady of Sorrows School and it was a fun way to volunteer together while raising money for local charities,” he said.  Over the years, Lang and his wife grew more and more involved in the event, helping organize the Trash and Treasure sale and greeting those first visitors on the day of the sale.  “From greeting people to selling furniture and artwork, it is a great way to interact with people while working for a greater cause,” he said. “This year I hope (to) be getting more involved in the grilling aspect, but plan to be a greeter again to welcome the community to Our Lady of Sorrows and this historic festival.” The hallmark of the festival includes the cooking and preparation of 6,500 pounds of slow-cooked barbecue – that includes pork butts, ribs, chicken, brats and sausages – which has earned it recognition among The Birmingham News’ “Birmingham’s Top 28 Food Festivals.” On top of grilling and smoking a veritable truckload of meat, the festival includes games, a more than 10,000-item rummage sale and a raffle that doles out a total of $12,000 dollars to winners. 

Journal photo by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams

From left, Erica Keeton, Samantha Newcomb, Caitlin King, Lindsay Andrews and Lisa Altamirano at last year’s I Love America Night event in Vestavia.

What: The Park will host its fourth annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks show. Regular entrance fees apply. The event features Blaze Entertainment, food trucks, Alabama Wildlife Center, Oak Mountain Interpretive Center and more. Flipside Watersports will be on the water providing wake boarding entertainment. Bring your own chairs and blankets for the fire works show. When: Park opens at 7 a.m., food trucks set up for lunch and dinner at 10


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a.m., Fireworks at 9 p.m. Where: Oak Mountain State Park Website: “Oak Mountain State Park” Facebook page

July 2-5 Star Spangled Science

What: McWane Science Center is celebrating the 4th of July with science wonder. Experience the science of fireworks in a star-spangled live combustion show and participate in patriotic demonstrations including red, white and blue slime and a liquid firework display. When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: McWane Science Center Website: Journal file photo by Jordan Wald

Tues., July 3 Red, White and Brew Food Truck Fest

What: Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC presents the the second annual food truck festival benefitting Birmingham Education Foundation. The event features some of the best food trucks in Birmingham, cold beer, and live music from Legal Limit and Heath Green & The Makeshifters. When: 4-9 p.m. Where: Avondale Brewing Company Website: “Red, White and Brew! Food Truck Fest” Facebook page

Wed., July 4 The Rick Melanson Peavine Falls Run

What: Serving as the third race in the BTC (Birmingham Track Club) Race series, this event is a 4th of July tradition in Central Alabama featuring an 8.2 mile out-and -back run. For the first time the race will be chip-timed and awards will be given to top ten male and top ten females. When: Walkers begin at 6:30 a.m. and runners begin at 7 a.m. Where: Oak Mountain State Park Dogwood Pavilion Website:

American Village Independence Day 1776

Homewood July 4th Festival

What: Two blocks of 18th St. S. and one block of 29th Ave. S. will be blocked for pedestrian traffic and a free holiday fair.

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What: Enjoy historical vignettes, music and dancing, the Battle of the Redcoats and Patriots, salutes to veterans, hands-on children’s activities, over a dozen food options and more. Activities culminate with fireworks at twilights’s last gleaming. When: Gates open at 11 a.m. Where: American Village Website:

Rain D July ate: 2*

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Hannah and Alexandria Collins enjoying the fun at last year’s OLS Fourth of July Festival. The event will include a combination of inflatables, amusement rides, music and a view of the Thunder on the Mountain fireworks display. Unlimited access to event attractions can be purchased for $10. When: 5-9 p.m. Where: Downtown Homewood Website:

Thunder on the Mountain

What: Thunder on the Mountain 2018 will once again illuminate the skies above Birmingham’s beloved iron man, Vulcan. Free to the public, this years show will last approximately 20 minutes and will feature a variety of firework shells that will brighten the sky with new colors and patterns. The show will be choreographed to a music soundtrack that will feature a mix of patriotic favorites and popular music. When: 9-9:30 p.m. Where: In the skies above Vulcan Website: ❖

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New Cancer Center Opens at Grandview Medical Center

By Emily Williams

Road to its current location and stateof-the-art facility in fall 2015. Construction of the cancer center began in April 2017 Mason notes that Grandview Medical Center is located in one of the fastest-growing corridors and ZIP codes in Alabama. With that growth came the need for more accessible health care. “Our goal was never to be just a community hospital,” he said. “We are recruiting physicians and developing programs and services that will position us to be a highly sophisticated medical center for not only Alabama, but the Southeast.” The cancer center is one of the ways in which the facility not only better serves its geographic community, but also the healthcare community through cancer research and patient care, Mason said. According to Mason, the design of the facility – conceived by Earl Swensson Associates and built by Brasfield and Gorrie – puts the needs of the patient first.

Grandview Medical Center officials and community members celebrated the grand opening of the facility’s newest addition, the Grandview Cancer Center, on May 31. Officially opened to patients this month, the two-story, free-standing facility includes 26,000 square feet devoted to oncology treatment and research. Grandview CEO Drew Mason and cancer center Director Dr. Jennifer De Los Santos helped cut a ribbon and present what both believe is a big step, not only for the vision of Grandview, but the health of the surrounding community. “Prior to our relocation to the 280 corridor, we had big dreams for Grandview,” Mason said. “We have been aware of the need for healthcare and access in this area for a long time. We take this responsibility to serve our market very seriously.” Formerly Trinity Medical Center, Grandview moved from Montclair

would ride all over.” In her ‘80s, Eleanor painted a life-size horse on a canvas in the home, Jones said. After Eleanor’s death in 1987, Eric and Diana Hansen purchased the home in 1988 and have lived there ever since. However, in 2004, the Hansens sold the home to O’Sullivan because they needed money for a family medical crisis, Diana Hansen said at the commission meeting. O’Sullivan has let the Hansens stay in the home, and they’ve been caretakers of the garden. “We knew a time like this might come,” Diana Hansen said. “There’s

HISTORIC HOME painted the official portrait for the late-Gov. Lurleen Wallace and the portraits of two First Dogs, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier, Fala, and Gerald Ford’s golden retriever, Liberty. She also designed the famed gardens at her home. The formal terraced gardens are surrounded by boxwoods, as are the walkways. The entire property is encompassed by an assortment of native flora – fir, wax leaf legumstrum, mahonia, hibiscus – all intertwined with wisteria to shield the house from prying eyes. “You Google Eleanor Bridges in Birmingham and read about her,” said Martha Wustele Jones, president of the Homewood Historical Society. “She was a fascinating woman.” The couple returned to Birmingham in 1928 intending to go back overseas. But when the Great Depression hit, the couple took in children who had been abandoned in the mining areas around Birmingham. They expanded their home and raised the children there. In addition to their house and gardens, the Bridges had a stable for their horses on the property. “In the 1920s, there were very few houses and the roads were dirt,” Jones said. “They had horses that


Grandview CEO Drew Mason, center, and cancer center Director Dr. Jennifer De Los Santos, right, helped cut a ribbon and present what both believe is a big step, not only for the vision of Grandview, but the health of the surrounding community.

“We have designed a center focused on the patient,” he said. “The facility is free-standing, with surface parking, and combines all of the essential cancer center components under one roof. The clinical team is accessible, and the center is designed to facilitate connected care through the oncology care continuum.” In terms of ground-breaking healthcare, Santos’ personal vision is to use Grandview’s modern and cutting-edge technological pieces, such as a linear accelerator, chemotherapy infusion bays and PET/CT technology, while

also working toward a more personalized treatment process for each patient. “In addition to advanced medical technologies, the comprehensive approach of the facility will include personalized treatment,” Santos said. “This personalized treatment will be based on the latest molecular diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in cancer care and will be implementing team-based approaches to care that include interdisciplinary clinics and research.” Santos’ position as director was announced in May. She joins the

Cancer Center from her previous position as medical director of The Kirklin Clinic on Acton Road. She is a nationally renowned radiation oncologist who specializes in breast cancer and has, for five years in a row, been named on the Best Doctors in America list. “We have worked tirelessly to build the sophistication of our physician network, services and technology to enhance the footprint of our system for the future,” said Mason. “Grandview intends to provide for a broader set of patient needs to further enhance our brand in the community and region.” ❖

not really anything we can do about it. … If we get $5 million, we could buy it back.” The Hansens did not want to comment further after the meeting. More than 10 residents spoke in favor of preserving the home for history’s sake. They also said that adding five more houses to the community would increase traffic on the streets, put a burden on the sewer system and create runoff problems as more asphalt replaces greenspace. Residents asked for a delay so they could speak with O’Sullivan about his plans and possibly offer solutions in lieu of removing the historic

home. “It’s the last historic estate in Homewood,” Jones said. “If this is torn down, it’s an estate that can never be replaced.” Melanie Geer, who previously lived catty corner to the Bridges House and still lives in the neighborhood, praised the work the Hansens have done maintaining the garden. They’ve “been tending the botanical gardens there at the property for over 30 years,” she said. “The neighbors in the area are at a loss for words that we would be willing to consider tearing this history down in our neighborhood. We are all so shocked.” O’Sullivan said the home desperately needs repair and would cost too much to restore. “It would be very, very expensive

“We’re not going to touch it until they move out,” he said. “If anybody wants to get with us between now and the end of January 2019, we’ll be happy to sit down and talk about any other issues or possibilities. If somebody wants to buy it from us, we would certainly entertain any kind of offer.” O’Sullivan said his original plan was to build six houses on the property. He has since reduced the number to five. O’Sullivan said he hasn’t hired a firm to design plans for the houses. “If someone comes up to buy a lot for a certain price, we would probably sell it to them,” he said. O’Sullivan said he hasn’t initiated a traffic study to determine how the extra houses would affect neighborhood traffic. O’Sullivan said this project shouldn’t come as a shock to the Hansens or the neighborhood. “When we bought from the Hansens, it was clear in their understanding, our understanding and everybody else’s that this was going to be developed at some point,” he said. O’Sullivan said he has compromised to accommodate the neighborhood by reducing the number of houses. “With the way Homewood has grown and developed over the years, we felt six is too many.” Five homes would provide more room for bigger, nicer houses and would be “better for the neighborhood, so that’s why we’re sacrificing a lot to get five bigger lots,” O’Sullivan said. ❖

During 1920s, the house played host to prominent American writers such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald alongside Birmingham’s socialites.

Journal photo by William C. Singleton III

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Residents in favor of preserving the Bridges Home attend the June 5 Homewood Planning Commission meeting.

to repair the house,” he said. “That was never our intention. It was always to have multiple properties there.” O’Sullivan said he has extended the Hansens’ lease until the end of January 2019.


Hoover Names Schools Available for Race-Based Transfers

The Hoover City Schools system recently released a list of the schools that will be subject to a May 22 federal court order allowing transfers based on racial desegregation issues. The transfers will be allowed beginning with the 2018-19 school year. According to a letter recently released by Dr. Kathy Murphy, superintendent of the schools, the court order will allow students to apply to transfer to schools other than those for which they are zoned. The reasoning for transfers will be limited to racial desegregation, hardship and employee transfers.  “It’s not only an expectation of the Court that our schools continue to reflect the rich diversity that is Hoover, it’s our own personal expectation for our schools,” Murphy wrote. “We have a large, dynamic, growing community that continually evolves.” Schools that are eligible for the Racial Desegregation Transfer process are Bluff Park Elementary School, Bumpus Middle School, Deer Valley Elementary School, Green Valley Elementary School, Greystone Elementary School, Simmons Middle School and Trace Crossings Elementary School. The process and eligibility requirements for each transfer situation are outlined on the schools’ website:  Paper copies of the transfer application must be submitted by a parent or custodial parent to the Department of Student Services on or before June 18. “We always strive to create safe, fun, collaborative environments for our children,” Murphy wrote. “Part of the experience includes the richness of our diversity. We are proud that our schools reflect the rich diversity of our community.” 

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NEWS vestaviahillscityschools. In each option, Cahaba Heights will transfer five students to Gresham Elementary School. In option one, East will move 14 students to Cahaba Heights and 501 to Gresham; and West students will move 132 students to East and 234 to Gresham.  Within option two, East will move 14 students to Cahaba Heights and 501 to Gresham; and West will move 116 students to East and 234 to Gresham.  In option three, East will move 14 students to Cahaba Heights and 511

to Gresham; and West will move 119 students to East and 234 to Gresham. The rezoning options are available for public review and comment through June 22 at rezoning.

Two Hoover Writers Win National Communications Awards

Solomon Crenshaw Jr. and Donna Francavilla, both of Hoover, won awards in the National Federation of Press Women’s 2018

photography and videos for clients. Francavilla won second place for a prepared report for radio, third place for a radio or TV interview, and an honorable mention for writing for the web. She is a CBS radio and television journalist and founder of Frankly Speaking Communications. The National Federation of Press Women is an organization of women and men who are pursuing careers in communications. The NFPW will present the awards during its September convention in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. ❖

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The Vestavia Hills Board of Education in an open work session May 31 announced three options for the school’s elementary rezoning, which will take place in the fall of 2019. Following the recent purchase of Gresham Elementary School, the school system is beginning its rezoning plans for kindergarten through fifth-graders.  According to a letter by Superintendent Todd Freeman, comments collected earlier this year from focus groups and more than 65 stakeholders and community leaders were taken into account during the development of the rezoning options. Regardless of the options, Cahaba Heights and Liberty Park elementary schools will feed into Liberty Park Middle School, and East, West and Gresham elementary schools will feed into Pizitz Middle School.  Freeman will make his rezoning recommendation during a board meeting July 10.  Residents can look up their home’s position within each zoning option at

Communications Contest. They qualified for the NFPW awards after winning first-place honors in the 2017 Alabama Media Professionals communications contest, according to a statement from AMP. Crenshaw placed second in the sports articles category and got an honorable mention in the healthrelated specialty articles category. He is a veteran journalist who worked nearly 40 years for the Birmingham News and He now works in multiple platforms, providing content,

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Humph Day

For the Humphrey Kids, He Was Just ‘Dad,’ But They Followed in His Footsteps




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Athletic Offspring

Living in the Highland Crest community in Hoover, the Humphreys wanted to be like any other suburban couple raising a family. Bobby had a few business endeavors, and he now is vice president of business development at Bryant Bank. Barbara, a former track star at Jackson-Olin High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, works for Renaissance Man Ford Services, owned by Herschel Walker, and serves on the University of Alabama System board of trustees. Given their athletic background, it wasn’t a surprise that their five children became athletes, beginning with Maudrecus and Breona, then followed by Marlon, Brittley and Marion. Each of them became star athletes at Hoover High School, making names for themselves in football, basketball and track. All but Breona were recognized as Birmingham Kiwanis Club Athletes of the Year while at Hoover. “Both of our parents were humble about who they were,” Breona said. “They never pushed us into sports. We used to hear stories about how they would get us up at 6 in the morning and make us work out, but that never happened. We all had a passion for athletics and we wanted to be successful.” Bobby more or less let them gravitate into sports on their own. “I didn’t know who was going to play sports,” he said. “But once they started, I realized they had

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her illustrious track career at Hoover and just finished her sophomore year on the LSU track team. Marion, 18, just graduated from Hoover in May after starring in basketball and track. He plans to attend Taylor Made Prep Academy in Pensacola, Florida, before deciding on a college.

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As a child, Breona Humphrey didn’t realize her dad was famous, but her friends certainly did. “He was never one to brag,” Breona said of her dad, football star Bobby Humphrey. “We saw the pictures, but we never considered the magnitude of how great he was and that he was a celebrity. “When our friends came over and saw him, they would go crazy, and we were like, ‘What in the world?’ He was just dad to us. We slowly came to realize that our dad was a big deal,” Breona said, reflecting on her father’s legacy as Father’s Day approaches. Breona is the second of Bobby and Barbara Humphrey’s five children. Maudrecus, the oldest, was the first to discover his dad’s celebrity. When Maudrecus was in the fourth grade, Bobby visited his school for lunch one day. After school, Maudrecus was bursting with excitement. “Maudrecus came home and was really excited,” Barbara recalled. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, what happened?’ And he said, ‘All the teachers and the lunchroom ladies wanted daddy’s autograph like he was famous.’” Humphrey did, indeed, make a name for himself on the football field as a running back at Glenn High School in Birmingham in the early 1980s, as a two-time All-American at the University of Alabama and in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. He played in the 1990 Super Bowl with the Broncos. But his children had no clue. “When he left the NFL, he totally got away from football,” Barbara said. “They didn’t even know he played.”

End of an Era

Former college and NFL standout Bobby Humphrey is now vice president of business development at Bryant Bank.

skills and ability. They had their mom’s speed and my go-get-it attitude.” Maudrecus, a receiver, and Marlon, a defensive back, became star football players for the Bucs. Maudrecus went to Arkansas, then transferred to UAB. He’s now 26, lives in Birmingham and is about to receive his real estate license. Marlon, 21, followed in his dad’s footsteps and went to Alabama, and now he is about to enter his second season in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens. Maudrecus, not his dad, actually influenced Marlon’s decision to play football. “It’s something I wanted to do,” Marlon said. “My brother played before me, so it was just the trickle-down effect.” Marlon also made the decision to go to Alabama without much prodding from his dad. “He said he wouldn’t try to persuade me one way or another,” Marlon said. “He left the decision up to me. Looking back, after going to Alabama, I wanted to do better than the legacy he made. And I wore the same jersey number (26) because he was my idol.” Breona, 23, ran track at UAB and now lives in Los Angeles, pursuing an acting career. Brittley, 20, was a 12-time Alabama state champion during

With Marion’s graduation, the Humphrey athletic train has made its last run at Hoover, though it was a bittersweet moment for Bobby. “We were excited about him being the last one,” Bobby said. “It was good to see him walk across that stage and get his diploma, but it’s sad that there are no more Humphreys playing sports at Hoover High School.” Hoover track coach Devon Hind had the privilege of coaching each of the Humphrey children. Bobby and Barbara let him do just that, even though both of them had coaching experience, Bobby with the Birmingham Steeldogs in arena football and Barbara with Speed City Summer Track Club, which she founded, and as track coach at Simmons Middle School. “Their parents couldn’t have been better,” Hind said. “They both took a hands-off approach and trusted me. They were very supportive. They were model parents. “The only problem is they stopped at five (children),” he added with a hearty laugh. “They have been great to have as part of our program.” Bobby hasn’t had time to reflect on the Humphrey legacy at Hoover. He’s been too busy keeping up with his children, who are still competing. On their 28th wedding anniversary, on June 2, Bobby and Barbara were at an elite track meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico. On Father’s Day, they will be at a track meet in Oxford. “I hadn’t had a chance to relax and reminisce because they’re all still doing stuff with Brittley at LSU and Marlon in the NFL, and Marion trying to decide what he wants to do,” Bobby said. “I enjoyed watching them at Hoover. I enjoyed the whole experience.” ❖

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From left, Jesse Struggs, Walter Jones, Andy Jordan, Patrick McClusky and Steve Dabney.

Exceptional Foundation Continues Winning Streak Against Homewood City Council

On May 18, the Exceptional Foundation and members of the Homewood City Council met on the court for their annual basketball game, with council members hoping to break from tradition and earn their first win. Their efforts were strong, but in the end the Exceptional Foundation’s basketball team beat the council’s 43-40. Council member Walter Jones noted that his team doesn’t get a whole lot of time to practice, especially with City Council meetings every other Monday. Additionally, they are up against a team that is a part of the only competitive special needs basketball league in the nation, according to the foundation. So, it’s no wonder the team beats them annually. “We do enjoy the game but have to substitute very often as we all get tired trying to keep up the Exceptional Foundation team,” Jones said. Jones has served as a council member for Ward 3, which is the Edgewood area, since 1996 and currently is the council’s chairman of finance. “I was on the City Council when they (the Exceptional Foundation leadership) decided to build their own facility in 1999 and they have grown every year,” he said. “They serve many Homewood residents, and the programs mean so much to the participants as well as their families. It is a special place where the participants are able to dream big and accomplish many things. “One of those things is a continued domination of the City Council in basketball every year and it means so much to them and it is such an important event for us,” Jones added. The annual basketball game is just one of the ways the council puts a priority on helping create organizations such as the Exceptional Foundation, as well as continuing to support special needs programming in the area. “We believe all municipalities in the greater Birmingham area should look to support this organization in their own budgets because the Exceptional Foundation has participants in each of these cities,” Jones said. “We are so blessed to have this organization headquartered in Homewood but it reaches far beyond our borders. The Exceptional Foundation is working with other centers to model this program throughout the country.  I am so happy to have been a part of the beginning of the program and I am so proud to see it flourish!” ❖

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time period, not necessarily a value system. For that reason, he believes interest in the collection would be wide. Salant has put some feelers out around the area to see if civic spaces or museums might be interested in an exhibit, but so far logistics and timing have gotten in the way. By showing the collection at Chabad of Birmingham, he hoped to

Collector Turned Curator

Salant is the great-greatgreat grandson of Rabbi Shmuel Salant, who was the chief rabbi of Jerusalem from 1840 to 1909.

Over the Mountain Man Showed Collection of Ancient Middle Eastern Artifacts

dinnerware from the Last Supper, but his collection includes items from that time period.

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In recent years, Salant has turned from casual collector to aspiring curator. “These things are in six safe deposit boxes. It is sad, they need to be on display in a museum but I figured it was a pipe dream,” he said. Salant said the collection as a whole is not centered on one religion or another. The pieces represent a Smathers & Branson

get a feel for what people may gain from seeing the pieces and how difficult it is to transport and display them. In addition to being an avid antiquities collector, Salant was commissioner of the Middle Atlantic Conference and then commissioner of the Gulf South Conference for more than 20 years. He’s authored two books on baseball and continues to travel to Jerusalem. ❖

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“The pieces are an example of what an average person would have used in those days, something Abraham, Isaac and Jacob could have eaten off of; they weren’t made of precious metals. These men were nomads and shepherds. We have these ideas that important men and kings had gold plates,” Salant said. Salant jokes about the Indiana Jones plot line in which the protagonist comes to the realization that the Holy Grail was likely a simple wooden cup rather than a gold chalice. He doesn’t claim to have any


tion of 92 ceramics, four stone items from the Second Temple, a silver half-shekel from the Second Temple and the blade of a weapon with ancient Hebrew on it. He has collected many early Christian coins and Jewish coins from the era of the Maccabean and Herodian revolts against Rome. “People wonder, how do you know how old something is? You look at what else it was found with, what coins, what sort of tools were used to make it, even the color of paint,” Salant said. He describes the collection as a historic archeologic collection.

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A priest, a rabbi and a Syrian Aramaic Christian. It might sound like the beginning of a cliché joke, but for Bronx native Nathan Salant, these individuals are responsible for encouraging his passion for collecting pre-Biblical, Biblical and postBiblical antiquities. Salant has lived in the Over the Mountain area for more than 20 years, but it is his upbringing and ancestry that led him to collect and to show his collection June 12 at Chabad of Birmingham. Salant is the great-great-great grandson of Rabbi Shmuel Salant, who was the chief rabbi of Jerusalem from 1840 to 1909. Being a direct descendant of a man so important to the history of Jerusalem made Salant eager to learn as much about the ancient middle eastern world as possible. In 2003, he began making trips to the Old City of Jerusalem, which is where he met the Irish Catholic priest who would lead Salant to a rich collection of ancient artifacts. “I was visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre when I happened to see a man dressed like a Catholic priest. He looked so out of place and then he began speaking in an Irish accent,” Salant said. Brother Michael, as Salant came to know him, told Salant that he was sitting outside of a store to protect it from vandals who may take issue with the religious nature of the stores’ wares. Inside the shop was a man named Joseph, a Syrian Aramaic Christian who was licensed by the government of Israel to sell authentic artifacts from the days of Abraham through the time of Jesus and beyond. Salant looked closely into Joseph’s collection and saw documents of authenticity. Feeling confident that he wasn’t being “had,” Salant began a years-long relationship with the antiquities dealer. After at least 15 visits to Jerusalem, Salant now has a collec-

Nick Salant, left, holds a granite bowl which is believed to have been used in the Second Temple because it is impervious, so it could not become “ritually unclean.” It was made between 100 BCE (BC) and 35 CE (AD). On the lower shelf, from left to right, a water pitcher from the Davidic Kingdom, a document holder, a chalice from the Davidic Kingdom, a drinking cup and an urn. On the middle shelf, a bowl from the Davidic Kingdom, three Herodian-Era oil lamps, the seal of a King of Ancient Israel (Judah) or the seal of a High Priest of the Temple, a wine pourer from the time of the Patriarchs and a bowl also from the time of the Patriarchs. The third shelf up has a cooking jug from the time of the Patriarchs, a very rare “Jewish Mountain” container, a container for human tears, a perfume jug and a serving bowl.

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Arrow of Light recipients, from left with parents behind them, Aiden Ticola, Andrew Camp and Dominic Lang with cubmaster Eric O’Neal, far left, and troop leader Skip Ford, far right. Not pictured, Ricky DeFilippo.

Troop 326 Honors Arrow of Light Recipients

During Cub Scout Pack 326’s annual Blue and Gold banquet and Boy Scout Troop 226’s Court of Honor ceremony, four Pack 326 Webelos were awarded Cub Scouts highest award, the Arrow of Light. To earn the Arrow of Light, Webelos cub scouts must demonstrate a yearlong commitment to scouting; learn and be guided in their daily lives by the Scout promise “be prepared” and slogan “do a good turn daily;” and master skills in service to God, citizenship, outdoorsmanship, preparedness and five elective skills. Completion of the Arrow of Light requirements prepares a Webelos scout for advancement into Boy Scouts. Webelos scouts Andrew Camp,

Ricky DeFilippo, Dominic Lang and Aiden Ticola were ceremoniously awarded the Arrow of Light and crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. Cub Scout Pack 326 meets at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Hoover.

Mountain Brook’s Jinnette Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Steven Winfield Jinnette of Mountain Brook recently achieved Boy Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. Jinnette, 17, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 53, sponsored by St. Peter’s Anglican Church under the leadership of scoutmaster George Elliot. He became a Tenderfoot Scout in 2011 and a Second-Class Scout and a First-Class Scout in 2013, and he

earned the rank of Star and Life in 2014. For his Eagle project, Jinnette directed a crew of Scouts last year in dismantling and replacing old bamboo with bamboo and rope fencing in the Japanese Gardens at the Botanical Gardens. Steven Winfield Steven is a Jinnette rising senior at Mountain Brook High School. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping and working on antique cars. He is the son of Steve and Jennifer Jinnette of Mountain Brook.


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Ballet Guild of Birmingham hosts the 58th Annual Ball of Roses

he 58th annual Ball of Roses, benefitting the Alabama Ballet, took place June 2 at The Country Club of Birmingham. Guests entered into a garden of coral and pink flowers accented with boxwood topiaries, designed by Carole Sullivan of Lagniappe Designs. The evening commenced with the debut of more than 75 presentees in a seated dinner for members and guests of the Men’s Committee, private patrons of the Ballet Guild of Birmingham, and culminated in an additional presentation followed by dancing into the night for guild members and family and friends of the presentees. Mrs. Emory Richardson Ratliff is the 2018 Ball of Roses chairwoman. Mrs. Mackin McKinney Thompson co-chaired the ball. Mrs. Frances Ellen Byrd Morris planned the Men’s Committee Dinner and Mrs. Virginia Hazelrig coordinated the gathering of greenery from private gardens of homeowners around the Mountain Brook and greater Birmingham area. Mrs. Carlton Posey Fountain is the 2018 president of the Ballet Guild. Among those in attendance that evening were: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bentley III, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Noble, Mr. and Mrs. Reaves Crabtree, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Phillips, Mr. Lathrop Smith and Mrs. Lindsey Puckett,  Mr. and Mrs. William Fountain Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Thornton Ratliff, Mr. and Mrs. George Thompson, Dr. and Mrs. J. Patrick Druhan, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. David Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Forrester DeBuys III, Mr. and Mrs. James Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. James Henderson and Mr. and Mrs. Allen Weatherford. ❖

Buffy Allen with Mary Evelyn, Bebe and Theresa Sprain.

Thornton and Emory Ratliff with Carlton and Will Fountain.

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Front, from left, Phillip Stutts, Madelyn Hereford, Patricia Stutts and Mac Hereford. Back, Will and Laurie Hereford, Phil and Genie Stutts, Emmie Stutts, Patty Faulkner, and Nancy and David Faulkner.

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Alys Stephens Junior Patrons Host Americana Installment of ARTasting Members of UAB’s Alys Stephens Center Junior Patrons board hosted an installment of its new ARTasting series June 1 at the center’s ARTPlay space. This month’s event included an Americana theme, featuring music and a DJ set by Michael Warren, an International Wines and Craft Beer wine tasting, a themed menu and various art activities. The event was organized by board members Justin Hill, chair; Brett Clockwise from above left, from left, Andrew Jenkins, Cathryn Snow and Mary Elizabeth Whitley; Elyse and West Dickens; Kyle and Chelsea Hayes; Foster Hyde and Lauren Bates; and Allison and Matt Savela.


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Service Guild Takes to the Dance Floor for Its 30th Annual Gala


Black-ties and gorgeous gowns graced The Club on April 7 as the Service Guild of Birmingham celebrated its 30th annual Guild Gala, organized by Gala Chair Maggie O’Connor. The event raises funds for The Bell Center for Early Intervention and its programs for hundreds of young children who are at risk for developmental delays. The guild, led by President Blair Crabtree, kicked off the event with a cocktail reception that took advantage of the sunset views from the venue atop Red Mountain, followed by a seated dinner. A live auction emceed by Bob Straka gave guests a chance to snag big-ticket items including trips to Iceland, Costa Rica and Tuscany, Italy. Festivities concluded on The Club’s famous light-up dance floor, which inspired the floor in Saturday Night Fever, with tunes provided by the ‘80s band The Breakfast Club. Members of the guild’s board include Deidra Booker, Jennifer Chadha, Blair Crabtree, Julie Herring, Emily Israel, Jennifer Jackson, Ashley Kimball, Grace Kipp, Alexa McElroy, Blaire Middleton, Robin Nix and Rachel Waters. ❖

Erin Donohoo, Eva Gonzalez, Emily Israel, Carlye Dudgeon and Julie Mizerany.

Maggie O’Connor and Blair Crabtree.





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emcee, told guests that, “By sharing your time, talents, and resources with us today, you have already given hope to children and families in our community.” Attendees were invited to get more involved by Jason Bryant, senior vice president of commercial banking for National Bank of Commerce and Childcare Resources board member. “There are things I’ve taken for granted all my life. Going to bed with a full stomach; having a roof over my head; taking my children to daycare

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each day,” said Bryant. “For so many families in our community, none of these are a given, and their only hope for assistance is Childcare Resources. Supporting this agency is critical.” ❖ Margie Curry and Deak Rushton.

Pat Rumore, Charlotte Conaway, Carol Butler and Joan Wright.

Breakfast of Champions

‘Champions for Children’ Breakfast Creates Brighter Futures for Children During the one-hour breakfast program, attendees learned about the history and works of Childcare Resources. They also heard the story of Katherine and her son, Cristian, just one of more than 18,000 working families in Central Alabama who struggle to afford child care. These individuals make too much to qualify for government assistance, but they still struggle to afford basic housing or food because of the rising cost of child care. Veronique Zimmerman-Brown, board member for Childcare Resources and the morning’s event

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

Nearly 250 business professionals and community members came together May 3 at The Florentine for the first Champions for Children Charity Breakfast. The fundraiser was hosted by Childcare Resources, a non-profit organization in Birmingham that works to make quality child care happen by providing information, education and assistance to families, providers of child care and the community. Nearly $100,000 in one-time gifts and multi-year pledges was raised for Childcare Resources.

From left, Catherine Shepherd, Barbara and Winfield Baird.

No Snow Day

Harlequin Dance Club Hosts Spring Brunch The remedy for a snowed-out December party was a spring brunch for the Harlequins Dance Club. Held in April at the Country Club of Birmingham, the event was planned by Johnie Gieger, Lynn Ault, Nina Crumbaugh and Ruth Pitts. Members in attendance were Joyce Ratliff with Bayard Tynes, Paula and Francis Crockard, Liz Hoffman, Bette Ann and Charlton Bargeron, Marjorie Forney, Ellen and Hobart McWhorter, Dorothy and Al Naughton, Sue Alford,

Astrid and Billy Smyer, Jeanie and Buzzy Matthews, Ann and Goodloe Rutland, Helen and Walter Gay Pittman, Betty Higgins, Hettie and Howard Hall, Valerie and Tom Pankey, Henrietta Emack, Ann Hillhouse, Eve Holloway, Barbara and Winfield Baird, Carol Sandner, Lois Poe, Sue Newton, Cheryl Williams, Sally Wall, Doris White and Joe McCracken, Mary Carolyn and Mel Cleveland, Betty Jo Cowin, Catherine Sheperd, Sharon Vines, Elaine Smith and Eleanor and Gene Cushman. ❖

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Stepping Out

Committee Presents the 2018 Hoover Belles

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From the Magic City to the Magic Kingdom Over the Mountain Bride Weds Fellow Software Engineer at Walt Disney World

By Sarah Kuper

There is only one place in the world where a couple can marry in Japan, take newlywed photos in Morocco and celebrate with fireworks in France – Walt Disney World Resort’s Epcot theme park. A Disney fan all her life, Mountain Brook native Tatum Clanton Kang was working in San Fransisco in computational media and game design when she met Kevin Kang. The two worked at Zynga, a social game developer known for online and mobile games such as Words with Friends and FarmVille. “They became engaged and Kang started to ponder the idea of a Disney wedding. “Me and my mom have always been Disney fans. We’ve been on many, many trips,” Kang said, “As I’ve gotten older, I love it more for different reasons. The food and wine festival, the flower festival ... all the best food is in Epcot.” The notion of Disney with its princesses and animated sidekicks was only part of what had the couple excited about getting married in the “most magical place on earth”. Kingdom Hearts is a video game developed by Square Enix and a partnership with Disney. The couple wanted to personalize the wedding by giving a nod to one of their favorite virtual See MAGIC KINGDOM, page 28

Clockwise from above: Tatum wore Vera Wang and her father wore a custom Scottish kilt to honor the family’s roots. The newlyweds are showered with red and white flower petals after the ceremony at Epcot’s Japan Pavilion. Mickey and Minnie Mouse stopped by to help the couple cut the wedding cake. Tatum and Kevin Kang exchange vows in front of a traditional Japanese pergola with Epcot’s iconic geodesic sphere in the background.

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The Birmingham Museum of Art The Birmingham Museum of Art is an elegant and modern venue, suited to host any wedding event, such as engagement parties, bridal luncheons, teas and showers down to the ceremony and reception. ”If you choose the Museum for your wedding, you can utilize all of our event spaces – Oscars Café with the dramatic spiral staircase; the 8th Ave Lobby, which has the Dale Chihuly colorful blown glass adorning the wall; and the multi-level Charles Ireland Sculpture Garden outside,” said Special Events Manager Jestina Howard, above. “All of the galleries in the Museum will also be open during your event, which gives your


WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS guests - who may have never been to the Museum - a chance to see our wonderful collections. “We only book one event per evening, so you and your guests will have the entire Museum to yourselves,” Howard added. ”I have been an event planner for 19 years, managing and executing everything from corporate events to weddings. I have a level of experience that gives total confidence to my clients and allows them to relax and not worry that things will be handled. I’m passionate about what I do and strive to deliver the best experience to my clients so that they will book our venue again for another special event. Howard’s four tips for planning include: ”One: Hire an experienced wedding planner. They can make the process of planning a wedding stress free and you won’t have to worry that all of the details will be taken care of on your special day. ”Two: Make sure all of your outside vendors such as florists, musicians, decorators etc. get a copy of the venue’s facility policies so they know what’s allowed and not allowed, how to load in, setup and load out of the venue so nothing is damaged. ”Three: Take 5-10 minutes to eat a bite and enjoy your new spouses’ company in private before greeting your guests at the reception. ”Four: Think about the age range of the guests you’ll invite to your wedding for seating purposes. Make sure you have tables and chairs or lounge areas if you have an older crowd because they don’t like to stand for very long periods of time. If you have a younger crowd you can utilize more hi-boy tables because they will probably dance more and not sit as much.” Birmingham Museum of Art is located at 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., 254-2681.


The Blue Willow The Blue Willow is the ultimate one-stop shop for those who want to add a touch of Southern charm to their life and home, said Anna Barnes, owner, above. From home décor and gifts to jewelry and unique baby items, The Blue Willow has some of the area’s most fabulous finds and well-known product lines, she said. ”It’s the perfect place to find a heartfelt gift for any wedding, birthday, baby shower, hostess gift or when you might just want a little something special for yourself,” she said. The Blue Willow offers monogramming, etching, engraving and personalization to transform a gift into something extraordinary.   ”Knowing that a bride’s wedding day is one of the most important days in her life, The Blue Willow strives to make it even more memorable,” she said. ”Our bridal consultants are there every step of the way.” The Blue Willow makes registering a piece of cake and offers brides a wide selection of pottery, unique accessories to coordinate with place settings and one-of-a-kind home decor pieces to personalize the couple’s new home, Barnes said. ”We also offer 10 percent off all hostess/bridesmaids’ gifts and items left on a registry after the wedding, free gift wrapping for purchased gifts and a $25 Blue Willow gift card for bride referrals.” The Blue Willow, is located at 3930 Crosshaven Dr., 968-0909.

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”We are Alabama’s oldest business,” said Ricky Bromberg, above. ”We have been retailers since 1836. One could say we have more experience in the engagement ring and bridal registry business than anyone else around today. ”From the world’s most perfectly cut dia-


monds by Hearts on Fire to the alluring optical delights of our full line up of engagement and wedding rings, we offer the finest quality bridal jewelry collections to suit everyone’s taste,” Bromberg added. ”Best of all, our inhouse Master Jeweler Philip Flenniken can create a one-of-a-kind design that you will treasure forever. ”We showcase the largest and finest selection of china, crystal and silver in the Southeast, and so much more. We offer brides many incentives such as our gift card system and completion program, discounts on wedding bands and attendants’ gifts and a free gift when you register. And that’s not all—when a bride receives or purchases seven place settings they get the eighth one free!” Bromberg’s is located at 2800 Cahaba Rd. in Mountain Brook, 871-3276; and 131 Summit Blvd. at The Summit, 969-1776.

Clubhouse on Highland Nestled in the Highland Park Historic District, Clubhouse on Highland is a fine Arts and Crafts-style event venue fit to accomodate a variety of occasions, from fundraisers and seminars to rehearsal dinners and weddings. ”Established in 1947 as a clubhouse, it was built in 1910 as the finest home in Birmingham,” said Director Bob McKenna, pictured above, center. The venue boasts chandeliers, beveled crystal windows, a grand central staircase, a wrap-around porch and a European-style courtyard. ”A place where good things happen, supporting groups and individuals who are making Birmingham and the world a better place, our mission is to create more love and consciousness in our community and promote sustainable

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practices to be good stewards of our environment,” McKenna said. The venue is fully furnished with a state-of-the-art sound system, tables, chairs, linens and is open to all catering and other vendors. ”We have been working with brides and grooms for the past 70 years,” McKenna said. ”Since the full renovation 12 years ago, we have been working with brides and grooms who desire old-world charm with all of the modern conveniences.” The venue can accommodate intimate dinners of up to 300 throughout most seasons and up to 150 during the winter. ”When planning your wedding, focus on the love and the relationship,” McKenna said. ”Have fun and enjoy the whole experience of creating a wedding and weaving your two families together.” Clubhouse on Highland is located at 2908 Highland Ave. S., 324-9633.

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Whether it is a diamond engagement ring, anniversary earrings or a special piece for your day, JB & CO can help you collect your heirloom.


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JB & CO is a jewelry boutique owned and operated by John Bromberg, above. His boutique honors a return to an old-world artisan approach to fine jewelry. In an industry that is increasingly focused on mass production, JB & CO chooses instead to focus on the unique with specialties that include bridal, custom and estate jewelry. John Bromberg personally works with his clients to select or create just the right piece for the occasion, always adhering to your style and budget.  Whether it is a diamond engagement ring, anniversary earrings or a special piece for your day, JB & CO can help you collect your heirloom. His selection of jewelry comes from destinations far and wide, from the finest houses such as Bulgari, Cartier, Hermes and Tiffany, as well as designers Elizabeth Locke, Raymond Yard, Lalaounis, Judith Ripka, Mikimoto, David Yurman, John Hardy, Rolex and more.   John Bromberg, a sixth-generation jeweler, with decades of extensive experience and longstanding relationships, offers the unique opportunity for his clients to purchase fine jewelry at an exceptional value. ”Collect with us,” said John Bromberg.

Wild Things is more than just a floral retailer. It’s a place where the confluence of tradition and trend comes alive through creative work-

JB & Co. is located at 1 Office Park Circle, Ste. 201, 478-0455.


shops, eclectic merchandise, private gatherings, event and wedding design, editorial styling and floral delivery, all curated and crafted by artist and owner Carolyn Harbert, above. Harbert’s unique background in graphic design, floral design and studio art lend inspiration to all aspects of the multi-faceted business.

From the conceptualization and teaching of unique workshops to curating vintage and antique pieces for the storefront, Wild Things aims for clients to walk in curious and leave inspired. “I attended Auburn University where I worked part time at a flower store which was when I had the opportunity to begin designing and exploring my own style and building my own identity as a florist,” said Harbert. When guiding clients who are planning their big day Harbert likes to offer some straightforward advice. “Stay true to yourself. A wedding is the perfect expression of a couple’s personality. Don’t try to be trendy and don’t over think it - make it yours!” Wild Things is located at 2815 B 18th St. S in Homewood, 703-8821.






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Shay’s Jewelers Shay and Steve Morgan founded Shay’s Jewelers more than 11 years ago and quickly established themselves as Hoover’s choice for fine diamonds, brilliant gemstones and jewelry, treasured gifts, elegant watches and expert jewelry repairs. Being a Graduate Gemologist with over 24 years experience in the industry, Shay’s knowledge and personalized service has built a foundation of confidence with customers who come back time and again. They provide expert advice on custom design options, appraisals, and professional opinions about watch and jewelry repairs. Shay’s Jewelers is an excellent source for brides and grooms to get all of the necessary wedding essentials in one place. They are happy to assist in choosing accessories for

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bridesmaids, as well as gift options for groomsmen. “We want brides looking their absolute best,” said Shay Morgan. “That’s why we encourage our brides to come by a few days before the wedding for a thorough jewelry cleaning that will make them sparkle!” Shay’s has a wide variety of anniversary and special occasion jewelry. Their unique inventory includes fashionable designs that will keep you up to date with the latest styles and trends, as well as timeless designs that will one day be heirlooms passed down for generations. “We pride ourselves in offering only the highest quality loose diamonds at competitive prices, paired with impeccable customer service,” said Morgan. Shay’s Jewelers is located at 3301 Lorna Rd., Ste. 1, in Hoover, 978-5880,

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Aldridge Gardens

Aldridge Gardens is a 30-acre public garden nestled in the heart of Hoover featuring beautiful woods, gardens, walking trails and a serene five-acre lake. The site also features nine picturesque ceremony sites and two reception facilities. “As the director of sales, I am here to ensure that each couple’s day is special and expertly executed from start to finish,” said Amanda Baker, pictured. Ceremonies may be held at a garden site or in the pavilion - both will accommodate up to 200 guests. The arbor, shade garden lawn and pavilion are located at the front of Aldridge House and provide a beautiful backdrop of hydrangeas, azaleas and seasonal plants and shrubs for weddings. Lakeside, woodland stream and patio wedding sites offer the sights and sounds of water, hydrangeas and seasonal plants and shrubs. The Kay and Eddie Aldridge Art and Historical Museum and the Pavilion are both perfect reception venues. The museum opens to a large brick patio and offers a spectacular view of the lake. The art gallery features artworks of noted local and national artists and is the home of a large collection of Frank Fleming sculptures. The Pavilion is a covered, open-air facility with lighting, fans and a small amphitheater to provide additional seating. A catering kitchen and public restrooms are located nearby. “Weddings can be inherently stressful but they don’t have to be. Surround yourself with wonderful event professionals and consider hiring a wedding planner to aid in the process. Be yourself and make sure to include details that you specifically enjoy.” Baker said. Aldridge Gardens is located at 3530 Lorna Rd., Hoover, 682-8019.


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so he wears his kilt whenever he gets a chance,” Kang said. After the ceremony, in which the couple exchanged personalized vows, the wedding party and guests traveled to the France pavilion for fireworks and desserts. Naturally, Mickey and Minnie Mouse stopped by for a dance or two. While the wedding day took place in Epcot, the couple also was able to get photos that placed them on the sets of some favorite movies and Disney attractions. “We were able to do a separate photo shoot on a separate day at Hollywood Studios,” Kang said. After the wedding in Orlando last spring, the couple returned to their San Fransisco lives as husband and wife. They plan to live happily ever after. ❖

worlds. “There is a lot of Disney stuff in the game. We tried to keep it vague and not too cheesy,” Kang said. While a destination wedding may seem complicated, the wedding professionals at Disney put the Over the Mountain family at ease. “Disney basically has weddings down to a science,” Kang said, “Mom and I set up an appointment; they took us a bunch of different places and we picked the Japanese pavilion.” Kang said then-fiancé Kevin was on board. “He thought it was a little unconventional but said it sounded cool. He also really likes Epcot but he’s not as much into the Magic Kingdom,” she said. Kang wouldn’t describe herself as someone who had Alabama Wild pottery by Earthborn. always dreamed of a fairytale wedding with a big Perfect for bridal registry. poofy dress, but once she decided to get married at Disney, things started to change. “I had always said I wasn’t going to spend a ton of money on a wedding dress, but I tried one on. It was Vera Wang and it was worth it,” Kang said. The wedding was planned for spring, but Kang describes her wedding colors 2933 18th Street South as a more of an autumnal Homewood, AL 35209 palette of dark reds and ples. On a brisk spring day, the men wore tuxedoes and the bridesmaids wore royal purple Vera Wang dresses. “My niece was the flower girl. She got to wear a super poofy tulle dress,” Kang said. Of course, no Disney wedding would be complete without a horse-drawn carriage. Unique “We had a horse-drawn carriage bring me and myand dad in. I rode horses for 11 Unforgettable years, so it was really neat to have a horse in my wedding,” she said. Towels $20 The bride’s father chose to forego the tuxedo in favor 2841 Cahaba Road of a different kind of formal Mtn. Brook Village • 205-879-5277 wear. M-F 10-5 • Sat 10-4 “My dad is super proud 205.682.8019 • 3530 LORNA ROAD HOOVER of our ScottishALDRIDGEGARDENS.COM heritage and

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Amy Snyder and Egan Ray were married April 27 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. The ceremony was officiated by Mari Beth Poor. A reception followed at the hotel. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Snyder of Vestavia Hills. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Ray of St. Augustine, Florida.  Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a Justin Alexander wedding gown from Bella Couture.  She was attended by Jessica Zambie of Huntsville as matron of honor and Morgan Ray, sister of the groom, of Pensacola as maid of honor.  Groomsmen were the father of the groom and Nick Miles of Mountain Brook. The couple reside in Pelham.


Mr. and Mrs. James H. Pressler of Hoover announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Jean Pressler, to Geoffrey Paul Aaron, son of Dr. and Mrs. David J. Aaron of Marion, Indiana. The bride-elect is a magna cum laude graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in education. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Miss Pressler is attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s physician assistant studies program. The prospective groom studied at the Indiana University School of Medicine, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He completed his otolaryngology residency and pediatric fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat of Atlanta. The wedding will be Aug. 18.


It’s not news that a good school system is an asset to its community. With that idea, officials with the Hoover School System have rolled out an initiative to infuse more community involvement into each school and strengthen the connection between student and city. At the May 8 Hoover Board of Education meeting, board Vice-President Deanna Bamman formally introduced the new Hoover Rise program. Rise is an acronym for Redefining Involvement to Strengthen Education. The purpose of the program is to develop a community outreach initiative that will allow members of the community to have a stronger presence in the school system and offer opportunities for citizens to use their expertise to help students. The goal for students is to maximize both academic achievement and their sense of belonging, according to Bamman. Hoover Rise consists of what she called five pillars, new programs on Mentoring, Talking Books, Transitioning New Families, Homework Help and the Spirit Closet. According to Bamman, each pillar has an objective, strategies for implementing the program and a vision for what kinds of community members would best serve as volunteers. The first pillar, mentoring, is in its first phase of development. It will involve bringing together a group of community volunteers to serve as mentors for local students, meeting at the school and in the community. “This is to provide behavioral, emotional and

Vestavia Hills High School’s Sarah Zhao, a recent graduate, and Michael Sinnott, an English teacher, have been awarded presidential awards by the U.S. Department of Education. According to a press release, Zhao was named to the 54th Class of U.S. Sarah Zhao Presidential Scholars by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. She is one of 161 students nationwide, including just two in Alabama, to receive the Presidential Scholar distinction this year. Recipients are selected based on academic success, artistic excellence and essays, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and commitment to high ideals. As a Presidential Scholar, Zhao will travel to Washington this month to meet her fellow award recipients and receive the Presidential Scholar Medallion from DeVos. “It’s something that’s once in a lifetime,” Zhao said, in a statement released by Vestavia Hills High School. “I’m looking forward to being part of the Presidential Scholar family and being mentored by some of the past scholars who are all at different stages of their lives.” Students who receive the Presidential Scholars award also have the opportunity to name a teacher to receive the Presidential Distinguished Teachers Award. Zhao named Michael

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Hoover School Board Introduces Communitywide Rise Program academic support,” Bamman said. “The strategy behind this is that each counselor will match each mentee with a mentor based on specific goals.” Mentors will be matched with students based on their mutual experiences. Students and mentors will submit applications. “For example, it could be someone who has been through parents divorcing, lost a parent, lost a sibling, drug abuse, bullying. And then they will take the mentor and match up with the mentee who is actually going through that now,” Bamman said. The school system is looking for mentors, which Bamman noted should be people who have enough free time to devote to their mentee. The pair will meet regularly, so she sees empty nesters and members of the Hoover Senior Center as the schools’ target market for mentors. The program is going to be tested out in the fall, with a few pilot programs beginning in some of the elementary schools before it’s taken districtwide. Also currently being developed is the second pillar program, Talking Books, which will provide younger students with videos of people reading books in the hope that a familiar face will serve as another level of connection to the community.

Sinnott to receive the award. “Mr. Sinnott has been really influential for me, not just in helping me to be a better writer, but also by giving me a greater appreciation for English and Youth Legislature,” Zhao said. Sinnott said he was Michael Sinnott honored to receive the award. “I’m honored most of all that the award comes from the most important voice in the district: that of a student,” Sinnott said. He said Zhao “embodies excellence.”

MBJH’s Lancaster Named President-Elect of Counselor Group

Mountain Brook Junior High eighthgrade counselor Casey Lancaster has been named the Alabama School Counselor Association’s president-elect for the 2020-2021 school year. Lancaster has been a counselor at MBJH since 2005 and holds certifications as a critical incident debriefing leader and a bereavement support facilitator, according to a statement from the schools. Lancaster has been a counselor for

“The idea with this is to put a personal touch on reading to students. … They will introduce themselves and then turn around and read the book so that the student can see the book as it’s being read.” This is a program that pretty much any community member can take part in. Bamman added that the school system has and will continue to host reading stations where anyone can walk up and read a book. In the Homework Help objective, the goal is to create a districtwide tutoring program that also includes a community connection. According to Bamman, Berry, Bumpus and Simmons middle schools as well as Hoover and Spain Park high schools have their own tutoring programs available to students who are looking for a little extra help. What the districtwide program will do is get community volunteers more involved in helping out with certain subjects. “So, what we’re wanting to do is mobilize homework help and take it out into the community for our kids,” she said.

The Welcome Wagon

A cornerstone of the new program is the effort to give students a stronger sense of community, especially those who are new to Hoover. For that reason, two of its pillars are specifi-

20 years, having earned a bachelor’s degree in human development from the University of Alabama in 1996 and a master’s in agency counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1998. According to school officials, she has worked in community counseling agencies, Casey Lancaster including an adolescent drug rehabilitation program, adolescent residential program, grief counseling agencies and mental health facilities. She is co-chairperson of the Professional Recognition Committee for the Alabama School Counselor Association and was the historian for the Chapter IV division of the Alabama Counseling Association in 2016.

cally geared toward making not just new students, but new families feel welcome. A Spirit Closet program has been developing in the schools to allow people to donate their gently used Hoover City Schools gear and garments, as well as “spirit” items such as sports equipment. Those items will be distributed to new students as they are needed. On a larger scale, the Transitioning new Families objective builds on the success of each school’s ability to introduce new students to their new schools. “Our schools do a great job of acclimating new students to school,” Bamman said. “We have peer helpers that sit with their students for lunch and they have a lot of activities; they tour them around. They do a really good job of acclimating new students to the school. But let’s go a step further and acclimate our families as well so they feel more comfortable in the city right away.” She added that the school is hoping to reach out to the Hoover Chamber of Commerce to create welcome packets for new families that include information about the city as well as something special from each school. “When you move to a new place, you don’t know anybody. You don’t know the best dentist or doctor or those different things that are important to you,” Bamman said. “If we can connect parents together it will help transition the entire family.” Families, students and community members interested in getting involved in Hoover Rise may visit and download the sign-up form. ❖

program allows them to participate in various educational enrichment opportunities, according to a statement from POP. In addition to qualifying for Duke TIP, Stoutamire is one of 4 percent


Prince of Peace Honors Duke TIP Scholars

Prince of Peace Catholic School students Stanley Stoutamire, Laurel Pack, Amelia Massa and Carys Gonzales have qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program. To be recognized, students must earn ACT or SAT scores at or above the national high school average. The

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of participants singled out for grand recognition because he scored above 90 percent of recent high school graduates. He plans to attend a recognition ceremony at Duke University. ❖



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Vestavia Hills Senior, Teacher Earn Presidential Awards

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FIRST BASE: Sonny DiChiara - Hoover Wesley Helms - Briarwood

FIRST BASE: Caroline Wooley - Spain Park

SECOND BASE: Peyton Wilson - Hoover Carson Eddy - Briarwood

Journal photo by Marvin Gentry

THIRD BASE: Preston Moore - Hoover Ben Teel - Homewood Sam Dozier - Spain Park SHORTSTOP: Caleb Ragland - Oak Mountain Nolan Hammonds - Hoover CATCHER: Clay Stearns - Mountain Brook Parker Scott - Briarwood

Merritt Cahoon, Vestavia Hills

percent of the offense. When you looked at it on paper, you could say we had a long way to go. But I knew we were going into it with 12 seniors, who sold out and bought into everything we were doing and made it a fun season. “Starting off with the schedule we had, I knew it would be tough early and with the inexperience we had we would take our lumps. But after we got through our first five, six, seven games, we started gaining confidence. We went beyond what I expected us to do.” He said being named the OTMJ Coach of the Year was a blessing. “I have won some awards, but this one is the most special because I get to share it with Josh,” coach Hall said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling.” Josh Hall had a similar response. “With this being my last year, to share this honor with him is pretty special,” he said. ❖


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base percentage of .613 with 30 walks and only 12 strikeouts. He also put together a 24-game hitting streak, and in 40 games he was hitless in only three games. Hall, who will play college baseball at Ole Miss, helped lead Homewood to the most regular season wins, 25, and the most overall wins, 29, in school history. For his marvelous season, Hall is the Over the Mountain Journal’s Co-Player of the Year, along with Hoover’s Sonny DiChiara. Lee Hall is the OTMJ Coach of the Year. “I don’t think I could have written a better storybook script for the year Josh had and not just on the field, but the acceptance of his teammates and classmates as well as living in the Homewood community and going to Homewood High School,” Lee Hall said. “He told me it was the best move of his life and he finally had a place to call home.” Josh Hall described the move to Homewood in similar terms. “It’s the best year of my life,” he said. “My teammates made it very enjoyable, playing with a group of guys who love each other and will do anything for each other. When I think back on my high school career, I will think about this year.” Josh Hall embraced the challenge of performing at a bigger school, jumping from Class 4A at Randolph in 2017 to Class 6A Homewood. “I surprised myself a little bit,” he said. “Going from 4A to 6A wasn’t that big of a deal because I played against really good competition during the summer. But I didn’t expect to have the year I had.”

His dad didn’t expect the Patriots to have the kind of season they had, either, reaching the Class 6A quarterfinals before being eliminated by perennial power Cullman. “When we came in, looking at the numbers, I knew they had had a good season the year before,” Lee Hall said. “But we had only 13 innings coming back on the mound and just 8

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Dad’s Year Wasn’t Bad, Either

Josh Hall, Homewood


PITCHER: Jackson Kimbrell - Oak Mountain Gene Hurst - Oak Mountain Colton Lewis - Vestavia Hills Scott Elgin - Hoover Aaron Shiflet - Mountain Brook Griffin Lape - Hoover OUTFIELD: Josh Hall - Homewood John Marks - Mountain Brook Colton Ledbetter - Spain Park Hudson Hartsfield - Briarwood Andrew Knight - Vestavia Chris Dugas - Vestavia Malcom Russell - John Carroll DESIGNATED HITTER: Colton Yeager - Mountain Brook Lando Cato - Oak Mountain PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sonny DiChiara - Hoover Josh Hall - Homewood COACH OF THE YEAR: Lee Hall - Homewood

SECOND BASE: Pepper Nichols - Hoover Lindsey Best - Mountain Brook THIRD BASE: Alexis Anderson - Spain Park Maddie Ketona - Oak Mountain SHORTSTOP: Merritt Cahoon - Vestavia Hills Bailey Bowers - Spain Park CATCHER: Lindsay Parker - Spain Park Gwynnie Hornibrook - Vestavia Hills Devon Grace Boyd - John Carroll Cassidy Greenwood - Oak Mountain PITCHER: Macey Ogle - John Carroll Annabelle Widra - Spain Park Kate Campbell - Spain Park Lacy Marty - Oak Mountain OUTFIELD: Maddie Majors - Spain Park Harper Niblet - Hoover Emma Bauer - John Carroll DESIGNATED HITTER: Torie Denkers - Oak Mountain PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Annabelle Widra - Spain Park COACH OF THE YEAR: C.J. Hawkins - Spain Park

Members of the OTMJ All-OTM baseball and softball teams are selected by votes cast by the head coaches at Briarwood, Homewood, Hoover, John Carroll, Mountain Brook, Oak Mountain, Spain Park and Vestavia.


Spain Park’s Hawkins Earns Coach of the Year Honors, Again

By Blake Ells

Coach C.J. Hawkins took her young Spain Park softball team all the way to the state championships before falling this year, securing her own place as the Over the Mountain Journal’s Coach of the Year. “I’m very grateful for my players,” Hawkins said. “My parents. Our community. They all work really hard and we all have a vision. Any time that you can make it to that level, it’s a big C.J. Hawkins deal. What this team did without having any seniors is a credit to my assistant coaches and our parents and players.” Hawkins was named Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive year, chosen by an exclusive poll of the eight Over the Mountain high school softball coaches. The Jaguars won their area championship, one of the state’s toughest. They split six games with one of the area’s toughest foes, Oak Mountain, then managed to avoid the Eagles in the state tournament. The Spartans haven’t defeated the Eagles at Oak Mountain in six seasons. “We had solid defense and great pitching and we played well together,” said Hawkins. “We out hit a lot of teams. We were hot at the beginning of the season and we hit what I call the ‘spring break and prom’ wall. Then we cranked it up toward the end of the regular season and our postseason was pretty magical.” Oklahoma State commitment Annabelle Widra and Kate Campbell led the Jaguars on the mound. The former finished the season with a 23-8 record and six saves, while the latter posted a 15-3 record with one save. An Auburn commitment, center fielder Maddie Majors, was .477 at the plate this season with 73 hits, 47 RBIs and nine homeruns. “We had a lot of consistent kids,” Hawkins said. Hawkins had high praise for her area competitors this year. “I have a lot of respect for all of the coaches in this area, and we’re all working really hard,” she continued. “All of these coaches want the best for all of these players and we all feel very passionate (about) how great this sport has become and how exciting it is. Look at all of the DI and DII and NAIA teams in Alabama that are successful. It’s a hotbed. it’s a great sport for Alabama and it can be spectacular.” Expectations will be high for her team in 2019, with the entire Jaguars roster returning. “I feel like we’ll be very strong,” Hawkins said. “But we switched areas and it’s going to be just as tough, if not tougher. It’s all about who’s hot and who’s healthy.” ❖

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Relaxed Approach Enabled Hoover’s DiChiara to Reach His Potential

Sonny DiChiara, Hoover

he handles it the right way. Because of that, it makes him a great leader and competitor.” The Bucs finished 35-10 after being eliminated in the third game of their best-of-3 firstround playoff series against eventual Class 7A runner-up Hewitt-Trussville. “Even though we didn’t win, both teams fought hard to the end,” DiChiara said. “We lost to the runners-up for the state championship, so you can’t be too upset about that.” This summer, DiChiara is playing travel ball before heading to Samford University to play collegiately. “I am going to go to Samford and continue to work hard to become a better player,” he said. Moseley believes DiChiara has a bright future. “I think he’ll step right in and compete for a job,” Moseley said. “He’s a special talent. For him to be in the mix coming in as a freshman says a lot about him as a player.” Samford coach Casey Dunn certainly is glad to have DiChiara as a part of the Bulldogs’ program. “Sonny is someone I have known for a long time,” Dunn said at the time of DiChiara’s signing. “He is the guy you want at the plate or on the mound with the game on the line. “We expect Sonny to be someone we can count on to finish games on the mound and provide a powerful right-handed bat at the plate. Playing for coach Moseley and coach (Ehren) Wassermann, who is a Samford alum, I know he will be ready to contribute early.” ❖

After winning the region, Mountain Brook’s baseball team caught some of its stiffest competition of the season in the first round of the state playoffs and ended the season early with a loss to James Clemens of Madison. Despite that disappointment, catcher Clay Stearns was a near-unanimous selection to this year’s All-Over the Mountain Team. “Hats off to James Clemens, they had a Clay Stearns, heck of a series,” said Mountain Stearns. “I think they Brook had something like seven runs. They just hit the ball. Sometimes you get outmatched a little bit, and that happened. It wasn’t because we didn’t play well, they just played a little bit better.” Mountain Brook’s area was a grueling test of its own, one of the state’s toughest. Winning that championship was quite a feat. “This is one of the most close-knit baseball teams I’ve played on in my entire life,” Stearns said. “We had 18 seniors this year, and we’d go to the ends of the earth for each other. Every day we loved coming to the baseball field, practicing and playing. Starting with the spring break tournament, we got hot quick.” The Spartans posted a 14-2 record leading into the postseason, a run that gave the Spartans much optimism for a bigger finish. A two-sport star in high school, Stearns will continue his career in baseball. As a tight end, he was named to OTMJ’s All-Over the Mountain football team and the All-State team by the Alabama High School Athletic Association, and he

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Annabelle Widra, Spain Park

three years. I just want to get better.” Named OTMJ’s Coach of the Year this season, C.J. Hawkins also has played a major role in Widra’s development and the success of Spain Park’s program. “She’s fun to be around,” said Widra. “She loves to put a smile on all of our faces. She pumps us up and she’s always there for us. She’s very, very important to this program.” Widra already is committed to play college softball for Kenny Gajewski at Oklahoma State. “Coach G” has had his eye on Widra’s talent for a long time. “It was a really long process, and it was really stressful at the end,” she said. “But I’ve known Coach G since I was 11. When he moved to Oklahoma State, he asked me to come up there, and I’ve been building a

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Sonny DiChiara’s senior baseball season didn’t end with another state championship, but it was satisfying, nonetheless. “It was really a more relaxed year, coming off a state championship,” DiChiara said. “I played loose and was having fun with it.” For DiChiara, having fun equaled a productive season as a first baseman and pitcher. At the plate, He batted .472 (51 of 108) with 10 home runs, 11 doubles and 46 runs batted in, helping the Bucs reach the Class 7A state playoffs. On the mound, he had a 2-1 record with seven saves, a 1.67 earned-run average and 39 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched. His performance has earned him the Over the Mountain Journal’s 2018 Co-Baseball Player of the Year along with Homewood’s senior center fielder Josh Hall. “That’s awesome,” DiChiara said of the honor. “I think I had a successful year.” Hoover coach Adam Moseley agreed. “I thought he reached his potential because he was healthy. He had a full offseason of throwing and hitting,” Moseley said. During the Bucs’ 2017 championship season, DiChiara was relegated to being the team’s designated hitter because of offseason Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. “With that behind me this year is why I just wanted to relax and not put any pressure on myself and just have fun,” he said. “He’s a fun-loving guy,” Moseley said, “but

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was selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. Next year, he’ll be a catcher at Snead State Community College in Boaz. “Coach (Casey) Underwood at Snead State called me one day and said, ‘Hey, we want you to come down and visit,’” Stearns said. “And I was excited; I’d played a couple of summer ball tournaments there and I knew a lot of the people that are currently on the team that were (high school) seniors last year. When I went down there, I knew it was an immediate fit. The coaches are awesome. They really like helping guys get to the next level and get better every day at baseball. It’s a great atmosphere, and I really like all of the guys on the team.”

A Tough Choice

But he’ll miss football. It was a choice that was so difficult, he found himself hanging around spring practice because he didn’t know what to do without it. “There were several times this spring that I’d go out there just to watch,” he said. “I’ve always played football. It’s been really weird not having that season to play next. But I had an unbelievable high school career. I’ve made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. My dad’s a coach, so I still get all the updates.” A lot of young players on the baseball team that he leaves behind will have to step up if the Spartans are to maintain that success next season. With 18 players graduating, coach Lee Gann faces quite a challenge, “One of the big things that we wanted to do as a senior class, because of our size and how close we are, we wanted to set a standard for Mountain Brook baseball,” said Stearns. “In the past couple of years, we’ve lost a game here or there that has decided the season. We wanted to spend a lot of time and work hard on setting a standard for years to come. We’re losing a lot of seniors, but I have a lot of faith in these coaches. There’s a lot of unbelievable talent coming through Mountain Brook right now. They’ll be fine.” ❖

good relationship with him. He’s a great guy and a great coach. Oklahoma State is beautiful. It’s a beautiful campus, and I felt like that was a good decision for me.”

Everyone returns.

There were no seniors on this year’s team, which fell to Fairhope in two games at the state championship in Montgomery. There’s cause for high expectations as these girls return.

“I expect us to be back in the state finals,” Widra said. “No one’s leaving. I think the way that it ended, it’s just going to motivate us more to win it. We came up short this year and two years ago, my eighth-grade year. I think that’s just going to motivate us (to) want to get back there and to win it. “Our upcoming seniors are going to really want it. I want it. This will push us and give us the drive to get back.” ❖

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By Blake Ells While Spain Park’s season didn’t end the way the Jaguars had hoped, accolades continue to roll in for freshman pitcher Annabelle Widra. After breaking her own school record with 264 strikeouts this season, she is Over the Mountain Journal’s Player of the Year. “My older brother has a great work ethic, and I feel like I’ve gotten that from him,” she said. Her brother, Tristan, won a state championship with Spain Park’s baseball team in 2014 and now plays for Samford University. “I think travel ball has also helped me a lot.” She began playing softball with the Birmingham Thunderbolts travel team at the age of 12, when she was surrounded by 18-year-olds. Facing the region’s best talent at a young age helped propel her to what already has been a stellar high school career, a career that has three years remaining in it. This season, Widra posted a 23-8 record as a starter and added six saves. She recorded 10 shutouts and had a no-hitter. She helped her own cause, batting .453 and adding a school record 38 steals. “I give a lot of credit to my pitching coach,” Widra said. Kerri Foster has been privately coaching Widra since the age of 8. “Not only do we work on how to pitch, we work on the mental side. And a lot of credit goes to my dad; my dad has helped me a lot. Setting the record is just going to push me harder next year and the next See WIDRA, page 31

Halls’ Move to Homewood Turned out Splendidly for Father and Son

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Jag’s Annabelle Widra Named OTMJ Player of the Year – as a Freshman

By Rubin E. Grant

Members of the 2018 All-Over the Mountain baseball team include, first row, from left: Colton Ledbetter, Spain Park; Malcom Russell, John Carroll; Chris Dugas, Vestavia; Andrew Knight, Vestavia; and Colton Lewis, Vestavia Hills. Second row: Sam Dozier, Spain Park; Parker Scott, Briarwood; Carson Eddy, Briarwood; Ben Teel, Homewood; and Josh Hall, Homewood. Third row: Coach Lee Hall, Homewood; Peyton Wilson, Hoover; Scott Elgin, Hoover; Griffin Lape, Hoover; Preston Moore, Hoover; and John Marks, Mountain Brook. Fourth row: Sonny DiChiara, Hoover; Gene Hurst, Oak Mountain; Clay Stearns, Mountain Brook; Aaron Shiflet, Mountain Brook; and Colton Yeager, Mountain Brook. Not pictured: Wesley Helms, Hudson Hartsfield, Briarwood; Nolan Hammonds, Hoover; Caleb Ragland, Jackson Kimbrell and Lando Cato, Oak Mountain.

Members of the 2018 All-Over the Mountain softball team include, above, front, from left: Bailey Bowers, Spain Park; Alexis Anderson, Spain Park; Macey Ogle, John Carroll; Kate Campbell, Spain Park; Maddie Majors, Spain Park; and Emma Bauer, John Carroll. Back: Coach C.J. Hawkins, Spain Park; Devon Grace Boyd, John Carroll; Lacy Marty, Oak Mountain; Torie Denkers, Oak Mountain; Cassidy Greenwood, Oak Mountain; Lindsay Parker, Spain Park; Annabelle Widra, Spain Park; and Caroline Wooley, Spain Park. Right: Maddie Ketona, Oak Mountain; Pepper Nichols, Hoover; Merritt Cahoon, Vestavia Hills; Harper Niblet, Hoover; and Gwynnie Hornibrook, Vestavia Hills. Not pictured: Lindsey Best, Mountain Brook.

A year ago, Lee Hall had his doubts about accepting the Homewood baseball coaching job. It wasn’t because he didn’t think it was a good opportunity, but because of his son Josh. Lee Hall had been the head coach at Randolph High in Huntsville and Josh had been a standout center fielder on the team for three seasons. “I had my reservations about uprooting him for his senior year,” coach Hall said. Hall, who formerly coached at Briarwood Christian, eventually decided it was a worthwhile move, and Josh’s one season at Homewood turned out magnificently. They younger Hall broke two state records and a national record this spring. He broke the Alabama High School Athletic Association singleseason stolen base record with 82 (in 84 attempts), eclipsing his own record of 81, set in 2016. He broke the AHSAA career record with 224 steals, shattering the old record of 164 set by Slocumb’s Scottie Burdeshaw from 2005-10. And, finally, he broke the national record of 211 steals that previously was held by Haddon McIntosh of Norman Community School in Oklahoma, who played from 2013-2016. “It’s pretty cool,” Josh Hall said of owning the national record. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound lefty swinging Hall hit .500 (57 of 114) with four home runs and 26 RBIs from the lead-off spot. He had an onSee HALL, page 30