education guide Winter 2013 pageS 13 - 28
Road block Bridge repairs close Deering Road commuNitY 2
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JAn. 11 — JAn. 24, 2013 • VoL. 7 — no. 1
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Keeping it light before show time
long-stalled development hints at progress commuNitY 3
poised to run Three Buckhead council members want to run again commuNitY 4
party on synagogue celebrates 125th anniversary faitH 6
Street feet Group brings warmth, love to homeless maKiNg a diffeReNce 8
tough talk Gun control discussion needed now commeNtaRY 11
unplain Jane literary society reveres novelist austen commuNitY 32
from left, ivan tiaseca, fatima Biviano, Lauren fitz and Karime Soriano seem loose and relaxed before their roles in “pastorela de cristo Rey,” a christmas play performed during the three Kings day celebration at the atlanta History center on Jan. 6 in Buckhead. the festivities, presented by the mexican consulate, included traditional music and dance. more photos on page 30.
fulton county legislators focusing on state issues By Dan WHisenHUnT
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ga. 400 trail plans 30 percent complete By Dan WHisenHUnT
Members of Fulton County’s state legislative delegation said they are going into this year’s session with a big-picture agenda. Ethics, schools and transportation are among the broad range of topics they intend to tackle this year. The legislature convenes on Jan. 14. Rep. Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta, is promoting his “parent trigger” bill that will make it easier for moms and dads to form charter schools, publically-funded schools that are more independent from the school district than traditional schools. While that’s the bill that’s generating the most discussion in light of controversies at the Atlanta and DeKalb public school districts, Lindsey said he also wants to focus on water management and transportation issues.
It’s not particularly glamorous work signing agreements, submitting plans and conducting studies for a planned trail, Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling said. But Starling and other backers of a planned 5-mile trail along Ga. 400 knew it would take time. That patience and attention to detail may also be gaining them some support from neighbors living alongside the project. The path will connect pedestrians, cyclists, skaters, Buckhead’s businesses, parks and schools to the Atlanta BeltLine. Starling said planners presented 30 percent drawings to the public in October and November, renderings that give an idea of what the finished product will look like. The public’s response? So far, so good, she said.
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