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Dunwoody’s ‘Everything Will Be OK’ yard-sign fundraiser expands nationwide

The program to support artists through the pandemic shutdowns by selling yard signs of Dunwoody’s iconic “Everything Will Be OK” mural is expanding nationwide and already has sales from as far away as Michigan and Arizona, according to organizers. The effort has raised $40,000 since its March 22 launch, according to Lorna Sherwinter, president of the public-art nonprofit CREATE Dunwoody. Her group is organizing the effort along with the Spruill Center for the Arts and Custom Signs Today. “Create Dunwoody is excited to grow this campaign nationwide and continue to care for the artists who so enrich our lives...

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‘Overreach’ or ‘action’?: The politics of local shelter-in-place orders

The shelter-in-place and business closure orders issued by local cities in response to the coronavirus pandemic are increasingly politicized along familiar Georgia lines: rural/urban, Democratic/Republican and state/local. Some local cities and Democratic state legislators have been pushing Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order. Kemp has issued some broad orders — including a statewide shuttering of bars and nightclubs — but otherwise declined, saying it should be up to local control. But his chief of staff ignited controversy by blasting such orders on social media as “overreacting” by governments with “judgment clouded by power” — comments...

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Fundraiser buys meals to help restaurants help hospitals, first responders and grocery workers

A new Brookhaven-based fundraiser aims to help local restaurants help healthcare workers, first responders and grocery workers. The plan: buy meals from eateries struggling from pandemic shutdowns, then deliver the food to those who are out working in it. Dubbed “We Got Your Six,” the effort is organized by the Collette McDonald & Associates real estate agency. Since it started on March 18, it has delivered meals to Emory Saint Joseph’s and Northside hospitals in Sandy Springs, serving food from the Brookhaven restaurants There and Bua Thai + Sushi and its Midtown sister restaurant Mali. “It’s a hand up,...

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Community collective mobilizes to make protective masks for healthcare works in pandemic shortage

Atlanta, like the rest of the country, is facing a drastic shortage of masks and other personal protective equipment for healthcare personnel fighting COVID-19. To address the local shortfall, a community collective – Sewing Masks for Atlanta Hospitals – formed late last week. “We are a group of five admins and two businesses who wanted to use our resources and contacts in the Atlanta healthcare industry to mobilize making masks as a stop-gap for the local healthcare workers on the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said administrator Kirsten Hawkins. They are joined by more than 500 volunteer professionals...

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‘Brookhaven Strong’ event aims to unite community with national anthem sing-along

Residents sheltering in place through the coronavirus pandemic will be invited to unite in a “Brookhaven Strong” flag-raising and virtual sing-along of the national anthem led by a local opera singer. City Councilmember Linley Jones is organizing the event, which is scheduled for April 2, 6 p.m. She said she was inspired by the older generation that is among those most at risk for the COVID-19 disease, and by stories of people in isolation in Italy joining in groups singing from apartment balconies. “Obviously, [the] mayor and council are hard at work on substantive measures to protect the community...

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Brookhaven orders residents to shelter in place, sets curfew; asks governor for statewide version

The Brookhaven City Council has ordered residents to shelter in place through April 15 and declared a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew — both with various exceptions — in response to the coronavirus pandemic. And it called on Gov. Brian Kemp to issue a similar statwide shelter-in-place order. “So everyone stay the heck at home,” said Mayor John Ernst upon passage of the emergency ordinance at a March 24 meeting held by teleconference and livestreamed on Facebook for safety. The pandemic has been personal to Brookhaven, where a City Hall employee fell ill with the COVID-19 disease about...

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Atlanta mayor issues stay-at-home and business shutdown order with broad exemptions

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is ordering residents to stay at home and many businesses to shutter for 14 days in a pandemic emergency order that contains many exemptions, ranging from grocery trips to walking in parks to restaurants offering delivery and carry-out.  The order, which takes effect at midnight March 24, is intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus and its COVID-19 disease. It came the same day as an emergency order from Gov. Brian Kemp that put restrictions on some individuals, businesses and groups, but the Atlanta version is generally more restrictive. It adds to what...

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Locals adjust to shutdowns, distancing

In a blink of an eye, residents had to adjust to a new lifestyle of “social distancing” and shutdowns for the coronavirus pandemic, with no definite end in sight. The Reporter asked some of them how their lives have changed. Sally Silver, aide to Atlanta City Councilmember Howard Shook “It’s taken me several days for this to kind of sink in. … You look out the window and it looks like the same place you were yesterday.” She has one socializing idea she’d like to run past a doctor friend. “Just for fun, I’m thinking maybe we should institute...

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Iconic Dunwoody mural becomes yard signs to support artists during pandemic

Dunwoody’s iconic “Everything Will Be OK” mural is now available in the form of yard signs sold as a fundraiser to help artists and art teachers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Spruill Center for the Arts, in partnership with the public-art nonprofit CREATE Dunwoody and Custom Signs Today, is selling the signs for $20, with $15 going to the assistance fund. “After receiving nearly a hundred phone calls, emails and social media requests for home versions of the message, we decided to do something to satisfy the request and help artists in need at the same time,” said...

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Sandy Springs limits restaurants, bars to take-out, delivery; closes many other businesses

The Sandy Springs City Council is limiting restaurants and bars to take-out, drive-thru and delivery service, and shuttering many other types of businesses, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, effective March 20 at midnight.  The ordinance, which came at a March 20 special-called meeting, closes all bars and nightclubs that do not serve food; gyms and fitness centers; movie theaters; live performance venues; bowling alleys; arcades; and private social clubs. “The only thing that’s more important than the survival of our businesses in this community is public health,” said Mayor Rusty Paul. Cafeterias in hospitals, nursing homes, or similar...

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Atlanta mayor halts dine-in restaurants, shutters many types of businesses

In a sweeping response to the coronavirus pandemic, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has ordered a shutdown of many types of businesses — from nightclubs to gyms — and restricted restaurants to take-out or delivery only. The duration of the order, which was to take effect at midnight, was not immediately clear. “The fate of cities across the globe will be upon soon if we do not follow recommendations on ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus,” said Bottoms on social media in announcing the March 19 order. The order follows her pattern of progressively tighter restrictions on...

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Dunwoody restaurants, bars closed to dine-in service; take-out, delivery OK

Dunwoody restaurants and bars and even the food court at Perimeter Mall will be prohibited from serving dine-in customers for 30 days starting March 20 to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Take-out and delivery options are still allowed. City leaders say while they know their local businesses are suffering, federal regulations require them to put public safety first as the pandemic continues to spread throughout the state and across the globe. “We are in the middle of a public health crisis … and we need to discourage people from gathering,” Mayor Lynn Deutsch said during a...

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