Author: Evelyn Andrews

Parent raises money for Dunwoody High teacher who lost house in fire

Parents of a Dunwoody High School student have raised over $9,000 so far to help Jermaine Searles, a coach and teacher at the school who lost his house in an April 27 fire. “We are absolutely thrilled to see the Dunwoody community rally around Coach Searles and his family. I believe it’s times like these when community really shines,” said Katie Phillips, who started the fundraiser. The online campaign surpassed its $5,000 goal in less than 24 hours. “Well, you see how fast the word spread and we’ve been receiving donations from all over the city, even from people...

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Buckhead’s Powers Ferry bridge replacement subject of lawsuit, safety concerns

While most residents near the upcoming Powers Ferry Road closure have accepted that their commutes will temporarily be disrupted for the bridge replacement, one homeowner couple is suing the city of Atlanta over proposed changes to their property. The Chastain Park Conservancy expressed safety concerns and is working with the city to install a temporary fence to prevent pedestrians from bypassing the closure through the golf course. “It’s going to jam us up, but it’s got to be done. We’re just glad to live here,” resident Cindy Mendenhall said at a May 15 open house meeting held at the...

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Free camp for children with cancer opens at Davis Academy

A free camp for children with cancer and their siblings has launched at The Davis Academy in Sandy Springs. The school held a ribbon-cutting for the Aurora Day Camp April 26, which includes a campsite featuring sports fields, nature center, a new playground, theatre and indoor play areas. The camp will be run by the Sunrise Association, an organization runs free day camps, year-round programs and recreational activities. The day camp will begin June 11 and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The school is located at 8105 Roberts Drive. For registration information, visit auroradaycamp.org. This article was updated...

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CHOA executive to keynote Buckhead Business luncheon

A Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta executive will give the keynote address at the Buckhead Business Association’s annual summer luncheon May 31. The speech will be given by Patrick Frias, the chief operating officer of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which is building a massive hospital complex in Brookhaven. The Signature Luncheon also includes the presentation of public safety awards to members of the Atlanta Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. It will be held May 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Road. For more information or to...

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Standout Student: Max Rubenstein, The Galloway School

To help cheer up children in local hospitals, Galloway School senior Max Rubinstein started a nonprofit to collect and donate video games. Game Givers has so far collected hundreds of games and donated them through a partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This spring, Max was recognized as a top youth volunteer in Georgia in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which is awarded with $1,000, an engraved silver medal and a trip to Washington, D.C. for four days of events. Max wanted a way to continue the legacy of his grandmother, who also loved video games and died...

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