Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Also: legislator says only GOP cityhood bills will be considered; local actor plays convicted cop; question time for DeKalb school board; Academy Theater needs new home.
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A massive two-mile-wide tornado touched down near Oklahoma City on Monday, killing dozens--including schoolchildren--while destroying homes and businesses in its path.
This post was written by Patch Local Editor Renee Schiavone. In the wake of a terrible tornado that ripped through America's heartland Monday— killing dozens— many people are wondering what they can do to help those affected by the disaster in Oklahoma. The tornado, with winds estimated at 200 mph-plus, tore through the area of the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday afternoon. The Red Cross Red Cross officials say the best way to help is to donate money to relief efforts. According to the agency, the public can contribute to their Disaster Relief Fund "...which helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma..." One of the easiest ways is to simply text the word …
Can the Clermont Lounge, home to grandmotherly strippers, coexist with a boutique hotel?
The Clermont Lounge is now something of an Atlanta institution, but the Clermont Hotel above it has sat empty for several years. That's going to change. A developer plans to turn the brick building on Ponce de Leon Avenue into a boutique hotel, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The ABC says, “It’s going to happen — we are definitely protecting a landmark building and participating in the revitalization of the corridor,” said Michael Gamble, principal of G+G Architects. The Midtown Atlanta architecture firm, founded in 1992, is a key part of design team. Other members will be announced. After nearly being condemned and falling into foreclosure in 2009, the circa-1924 Clermont Hotel sold in January for $2.25 million to Clermont …
What kind of business would you like to see move into this space in Virginia Highland?
Key Lime Pie Salon occupied a spot in Virginia Highland for two decades. A few weeks ago the salon closed at that location, creating one more empty storefront on this stretch of Highland Avenue. A sign on the door said Key Lime Pie would reopen elsewhere. What are those spots on North Highland so hard to fill? And what kind of business would you like to see move in?
Here are five ways ways you can give back in Virginia Highland, Druid Hills and other places in Atlanta.
1. Ten Thousand Villages. This store at 1056 St. Charles Ave. NE is, according to its website, "a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe." Volunteers will greet and interact with customers, unpack orders, assist with displays and operate the cash register. A four-hour shift per month is requested. 2. Wellspring. This group helps survivors of childhood sexual abuse and has a second-hand shop at 784 North Highland Ave. NE. 3. Open Hand. Based in Buckhead, this nonprofit says it "helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through Comprehensive Nutrition Care™, which combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education as a means to reinforce the connection …
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DeKalb county wants to know residents' thoughts about the zoning code update. The update "is to implement the policies of the DeKalb County 2015 Comprehensive Plan. Its goal is to create a user-friendly document and to balance greater design standards," the DeKalb County Planning and Sustainability website states. According to the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association, the DeKalb Board of Commissioners will vote on the update on May 28, and it goes into effect August 2013. Commissioners Jeff Rader, Elaine Boyer and Kathie Gannon represent portions of Chamblee Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Decatur and north Atlanta. There is plenty to review about the update on the site, from public drafts to proposed districts and more. You can leave a comment …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Also: ducks, geese have Dunwoody cops on the move; Obama rocks Morehouse; East Atlanta overnight robbery; Georgia Tech's massive online degree program; Sunday Funday highlights.
Patch's top headlnes for Monday, May 20, 2013.
On Monday, May 20 from 5 – 6 p.m.
(The following is an announcement submitted by the office of Atlanta City Council) Major crime in Atlanta is down 18 percent since 2010. However, the recent rash of petty thefts, including iPhone thefts or "Apple picking", has created the perception that crime is worse than ever. On Monday, May 20from 5 – 6 p.m., Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell will host his first “Twitter Chat” to hear the public’s opinions and ideas on how best to combat crime in the city. Monday’s chat is an invitation from the Council President for anyone on Twitter to participate in an open exchange about crime in Atlanta and to share ideas on solutions to continue the decline. Questions addressed during the Twitter Chat will be selected both in …
As we head into Memorial Day, there's plenty to do this week in and around Virginia Highland and Druid Hills.
Here are five things to know about the coming week in and around Virginia Highland and Druid Hills. For a full list of things to do, check the Patch calendar of events. 1. Exhibit of SCLC materials at Emory. This exhibition runs through Dec. 1 at the Robert W. Woodruff Library and highlights the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's efforts to achieve positive social change after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Free and open to the public. 2. Storytime on Wednesdays. Bring your toddlers to the library at 980 Ponce de Leon Ave. at 10 a.m., preschoolers at 10:45 a.m. Both free. 3. Decatur Arts Festival. This art festivals is a good way to kick off Memorial Day weekend. Free. 4. CPR, first aid and AED certification. Learn …
Zone 6 crimes reported for the week ended April 27.
These are the most recent crime incident reports in APD Zone 6, which includes parts of the area covered by Virginia-Highland—Druid Hills Patch as well as Grant Park, East Lake, Kirkwood, Old Fourth Ward, Candler Park and Inman Park. For the full report of crimes from that week in Zone 6, please click on the attached PDF. Beating. Victim said three men beat him with a stick as he slept outside the Georgia Power transformer.