Category: People & Places

$3K grant supports Eagle Scout’s cleanup work at Buckhead’s Mountain Way Common

Buckhead’s Mountain Way Common park has received a $3,000 grant that will support ongoing cleanup and reforestation work led by a local Eagle Scout. Matthew Keagle of Troop 370, sponsored by St. James United Methodist Church, has been working on the 13-acre park at 4134 North Ivy Road since 2016, amassing over 1,100 volunteer hours, according to park partner group Livable Buckhead. He and the parks’ friends group have now received a total of $12,000 in grant funds for reforestation. The $3,000 Restoration and Resilience Grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation will help them plant 100 trees, plus...

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Exceptional Educator: Lucretia Gant of Chamblee Charter High’s robotics program

Lucretia Gant is working to grow the robotics program at Chamblee Charter High, a school that serves Brookhaven students, helping it win a state championship in February. Gant, who teaches engineering and started at Chamblee Charter in 2010, has been involved in leading the program since 2013, working to get more students to participate and making sure they have the resources to explore robotics. The school’s team has won several tournaments and qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship in the past two years. VEX Robotics, which runs competitions for elementary through university students worldwide, held the Georgia state...

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How Dunwoody shaped a famous TV woodworker: Q&A with Clint Harp

For those who believe there are no coincidences in life, we give you Dunwoody’s Clint Harp and two occasions when his life took a fortuitous turn. You might know about the first one, when Harp bumped into Chip Gaines at a gas station in Waco, Texas, seven years ago. At the time, Harp was broke and trying to make a go of his passion for custom furniture-making. One thing led to another, and within months the woodworker and Chip and Joanna Gaines were filming a pilot for “Fixer Upper,” which became a hit show for HGTV, airing for five...

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Around Town: An Olympics champion finds a home at the MJCCA

When gymnast Liliyah Podkopayeva came to America more than two decades ago, she was just a teenager and the United States seemed “far, far, far, far away” from her home country, Ukraine. “The United States,” she said, “was like a different planet.” Here, everyone spoke English, a language Podkopayeva didn’t then understand. Everyone needed a car to get around. They had new computers. All sorts of things just seemed strange. Plus, she was a gifted young athlete at the top of international competition. She had taken top honors in the all-around competition at the 1995 World Championships. Then, in...

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Emory’s wastewater recycling greenhouse is a model for Buckhead, advocates say

Imagine a group of Buckhead’s new office towers or apartment buildings fronted by a greenhouse full of banana trees and ginger plants, like a miniature Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Now imagine that the greenhouse is not just pretty plants, but also a facility that recycles sewage or stormwater into semi-clean, lower-cost water for the buildings’ heating, cooling and toilet systems. That’s the dream that the nonprofit Livable Buckhead hopes to bring to major properties and the future park capping Ga. 400. And it’s already a reality at Emory University, where a facility called the WaterHub provides nearly 100 percent of...

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A TV comedy pioneer joins a movie theater’s new era

Bill Tush became one of Atlanta’s beloved cult personalities in the 1970s with a late-night newscast that became the prototype for such shows as “The Daily Show” and launched the careers of such comedy stars as Jan Hooks. Tush (the name rhymes with “rush”) now is a manager at Springs Cinema & Taphouse in Sandy Springs, where he helped usher in a complete transformation of the former Lefont art house theater. Luxury, heated recliners have replaced beaten up and stained traditional movie seating. A full bar with a wide selection of craft beer and menu items including chicken fingers...

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Springs Cinema & Taphouse renovation gets rave reviews

At a Feb. 7 VIP reception, more than 100 people gathered to see for the first time the extensive renovations to Springs Cinema & Taphouse movie theater, formerly the Lefont. Plenty of “oohs” and “ahs” were expressed at everything from the new rug in the lobby area, the tasty food, bartenders slinging cocktails and such details as movie reel fixtures throughout the lobby. Attendees were able to catch a free screening of now Best Picture Oscar-winner “Green Book” while checking out seats that heat up or extend into recliners with a push of a button. “This theater is important...

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Maxine Rock, former North Buckhead Civic Association president, dies at 78

Maxine A. Rock, 78, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully on Feb. 19. Rock was born in New York City on April 29, 1940 to parents Jean and Louis Hochman. She graduated from New York University in 1961 and from the University of Michigan in June 1963 with a graduate degree in journalism. She was a journalist and writer who authored numerous articles and books on medicine, environment, human relations and science. Her favorite book was the one she wrote with her grandchildren titled, “Adventures in Faun Forest.” She was a founder and President of the North Buckhead Civic Association...

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Sandy Springs panel to feature GSU president, leaders from UPS, Cox

Leadership Sandy Springs’ annual “Live Learn Lead” event will this year feature the president of Georgia State University and leaders from UPS and Cox Enterprises, two corporations headquartered in the city. The fifth annual event will be held for the second time at Cox Enterprises, 6225 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs, on Feb. 21. Networking begins at 5 p.m., the dinner at 6 p.m. and the panel at 7 p.m. The panelists will be Dr. Mark Becker, the president of Georgia State University; Andrea Lawson, the vice president of talent and organization management at Cox Enterprises; and Scott Price, the...

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Sandy Springs’ namesake spring redesign to be completed in 2020

Heritage Sandy Springs hopes to complete reconstruction of the city’s namesake spring by the end of 2020. The elaborate redesign was originally planned to be finished in early 2018, but was been delayed by permitting issues. The historic spring on Heritage Green, a park between Blue Stone Road and Sandy Springs Circle, is currently hidden under a metal grate and wooden pavilion. The new design would let the spring bubble up as a small, glass-enclosed fountain under an abstract canopy surrounded by seating. Carol Thompson, the executive director, said they are launching a fundraising effort to raise the final...

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Parents of Dunwoody woman killed in shooting to attend State of the Union with McBath

Jeff and Margaret Binkley of Dunwoody, whose daughter was recently killed in a mass shooting at a yoga studio in Florida, will be the guests of U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Marietta) at President Trump’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 5. Maura Binkley, 21, was killed Nov. 2 when a man came into the yoga studio and started shooting, according to media reports. Also killed was Nancy Van Vessem, 61. Four others were injured. The gunman killed himself. Binkley graduated from Dunwoody High School in 2015 and was attending Florida State University. McBath emerged on...

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Around Town: Local player goes from Brookhaven’s soccer fields to the Women’s World Cup

Giselle Washington can’t remember a time in her life without soccer. The soft-spoken 17-year-old said she’s been playing the game since she “was about 3.” She’s tried other sports, but always came back to soccer. She felt a special connection to the game. “I love it,” Giselle said as she sat in her Brookhaven home one recent afternoon. “I just like everything about it. Honestly. I love team sports, just competing …” She paused for beat. “… and winning.” She learned her sport playing on Y teams and while working her way up through the ranks of Concorde Fire...

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