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June 2011 “Creating a Vibrant Community” Volume 2 Issue 5 8 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 5 Our West End Newsletter Councilmember Cleta Winslow 404-330-6047 City Hall Information 404-330-6000 Sanitary Services 404-330-6333 Code Enforcement 404-330-6190 Housing Programs 404-330-6390 Sewer Operations 404-624-0750 Traffic & Transportation 404-330-6501 Crime Stoppers Tip Line 404-577-TIPS Narcotics 404-546-4245 Drug Hotline 404-546-2650 Police Zone 1 404-799-4287 Police Zone 4 404-756-1903 Councilmember Cleta Winslow Presents: Important City Hall Numbers Get Up, Get Out, and Do Something in West End By Sawyer Gosnell In case you hadn't heard, May was National Bike Month. Hopefully, some of you found the time to get out and enjoy pedaling around the neighborhood; the West End is very well situated to for biking, due to the many options available for traveling within the neighborhood and from the West End to the rest of Atlanta. Our side streets work well for finding your way throughout the community. Oglethorpe has some slight hills, but is a very scenic ride. If you choose to go down RDA, it is easier to bike west than to bike east. Keep an eye out for potholes and storm drains with grates oriented parallel to your wheels; these can pinch your tires, causing an accident. The Beltline trail is another good way to make your way through the West End, especially if you are a novice cyclist. It runs roughly parallel to White St before crossing RDA, and then works its way north before heading west on Westview St. The trail stops across the street from Westview Cemetery, and as tempting as those rolling hills may be, please remember that it is an active cemetery and there may be a funeral in progress. Don't forget that biking isn't just limited to our community. If you are already a confident cyclist, it is easy to get to downtown Atlanta by following Peters Street out to Spring Street. To return, follow Centennial Olympic Drive to Walker which becomes Peters Street in Castleberry Hill. There are many other bike routes throughout the city, and many dedicated bike lanes and paths. The Atlanta Bike Coalition maintains maps of suitable roads and trails, plus a listing of events that are biker oriented. For help planning your route, try the A-Train route mapper, which does a much better job of suggesting bike routes than Google Maps. Novice cyclists should familiarize themselves with Atlanta's bike laws. The Atlanta Bike Coalition provides a list, but here are a few to note: You are required to have front and rear reflectors, and if you plan on riding at night, you are required to have front and rear lights. Riders 16 and under are legally required to wear a helmet. Bikes are legally vehicles; unless you are under the age of 12, you must ride in the roadway, not on the sidewalks (HB101 was just passed to help secure your spot on the road; motor vehicles are now legally required to leave three feet of space around you when passing.) Of course, as a vehicle, you are obligated to follow the rules of traffic, signal your intentions, and stop for all traffic lights and stop signs. Helpful webistes: http://www.beltline.org/ http://www.atlantabike.org/ http://www.trip.atltransit.com/ BANNER OF CULTURE Only $50 Make purchasing inquiries to WENDChat@yahoogroups.com They are Selling Fast, so Pick Yours Up Before West Fest. “Add Some Vibrant Color to Your Porch” HISTORIC STREET TOPPERS Only $45 “Show Your Historic Pride” Make purchasing inquiries to WENDChat@yahoogroups.com They are Selling Fast so Pick Yours Up Now. 6/25 07/16 6/18 The newsletter is published monthly. 1000 copies were printed in June 2011. Copies are hand-delivered to all residents in the Historic West End neighborhood. Copies are also available at West End Library and West End Print Shop. Our volunteers: Brent Brewer, Denise Blake, Sawyer Gosnell, Leesa Kellam, Beth McBee, Dan Popovic, Paulette Richards and Debbie Zimmerman and our many neighborhood distributors. To advertise, submit stories or distribute, contact Brent Brewer at 404.447.0282 or firstname.lastname@example.org. About The Newsletter On The Cover 1: On June 18th, Sawyer Gosnell represented the Historic West End in a bike ride from Piedmont Park to Brown Middle School. (See Cover Story for More Info About Bike Riding) 2: Eugene IV was a stand out performer at this years’ West Fest. 3: This Saturday, June 25th, West End Families plan to have a wonderful day filled with fun/ sun/ community love at Westview Summer Solstice at KIPP Strive Academy 4: Followed by camping under the stars at the Great American Backyard Celebration at OAC (entrance at 1442 Richland Rd SW). Register immediately spaces are filling fast (see story on page 4). 5: Let us congratulate Beth McBee and Family on the new addition to their family, Daniel D. Now let us hope that she starts back up the Saturday jump rope class in the park :) 6: Save the Date for Atlanta Beltline Southwest 5K Run/ Walk: July 16 (see story on page 5). 3 4 6 2 1 3 5 I only let my bike tracks, talk dirt behind my back. 530 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd Atlanta, GA 30314 404.758.2221 Look us up on Facebook! Food worth traveling For! Bringing Jamaica Right to You! 2 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 5 Our West End Newsletter 7 When our Beltline stretch was under-construction, I often imagined enjoying the remaining day’s sunlight outdoors instead of behind the steering wheel after I left work. I mused that: I’d leave my downtown office at 5 PM (peak of rush hour). Take the MARTA train southbound two stations to West End Station (approximately 5 minutes). Walk three blocks to Historic West End’s Rose Circle Community Garden to stretch (<5 minutes). Walk 50 feet to the City’s Rose Circle Park (<1 minute), the start- ing point for the intown trail, that will connect the park with the Historic Westview Cemetery. Walk or run two-miles (30 to 40 minutes). Cool down in the shade of the Rose Circle Community Garden’s mature oak trees. Harvest organically-grown zucchini, cherry to- matoes, herbs, green beans or peppers from my own garden plot for my dinner’s garden salad (5 minutes). Hop in the car and drive home (2 minutes). Walking home is optional (additional 10 minutes). Total time elapsed: <1 hour This perk of living in the City can be experienced in the same amount of time as the average Atlanta commute to homes outside the perime- ter. And still I have yet to make this dream a reality. This summer I am going to get out there and take advantage of this unique gift. I will walk it out at the Atlanta Beltline Southwest 5k Run/ Walk on July 16th. I plan to train on the Southwest course throughout the year. I will run a Kindezi School-sponsored Westside Beltline 5K Run/ Walk in spring 2012. Brent Brewer Get Up, Get Out and Do Something Defining Ourselves Determining Our Destiny www.mutana.com email@example.com 1388 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd Atlanta, GA 30310 WE Print: Our Neighborhood Staple We Keep Our Prices Lower Than the Big Three ... But Ralph’s next corporate gig never came. And his instincts told him he'd get more foot-traffic on the main business strip than tucked inside the campus environment. He put out his shingle as the owner/operator of the West End Print Shop on Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. “It’s the best thing that ever happened,” he says. And the community agrees. So much so that he’s recently had to double his square footage. Today, thanks to the West End Print Shop, the community can get all its stationery needs met Monday-Friday, from 9:oo a.m until 9:00 p.m. Saturday's hours are generous too; they're open from 9:00 until 5:00. These hours were expanded because Ralph actively listens and responds to his customer base. Great hours aren't the West End Print Shop’s only positive differentiator. "We keep our prices lower than the Big Three (Kinkos, Office Max, and Office Depot),” promises Ralph. “And if you ask us for something that we just can’t handle, we’ll find a way to satisfy you.” Word-of mouth is Ralph’s marketing strategy. And it has been for the last five years for him and his staff of six. What’s next for him? With the entrepreneur spirit running through his veins, Ralph is checking out other under-served communities in Southwest Atlanta that need printing, faxing, scanning, but most of all attentive service. By Leesa Kellam I remember it well. Six years ago. I was hosting an evening business meeting at my house. As usual, up to my last- minute tricks: trying to get me, my home and my project ready. With just an hour to go, I realized I needed eight color copies of my proposal to distribute. So I scoured the West End, from the Mall to Kroger City Center, for a business that could make them. Nothing. Not after 7 p.m. Rats. It was just that lack of basic service that lured Ralph Gourdin to the West End and into the print business in February 2006. The prior 20 years he’d been earning his keep working in the IT industry as an independent contractor for Fortune 500 companies. His first thought was just to invest in a print shop while waiting for his next corporate assignment. A friend of his, employed by Xerox, put the idea in his head by telling him about all the opportunities in the Atlanta University Center. Students. Papers. Professors. Syllabi. 1120 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, SW Atlanta, Georgia 30310 404-758-2881 404-758-0315 (Fax) Miss Ya Mama’s Cookin..? Come on Down to Q-Time! Q-Time Restaurant “We Cater For: Special Events, Reunions, Weddings & Parties” Come out on June 25th, 2-8pm and join us for a day of music, food, vendors, and more. Rain or shine! Westview Summer Solstice KIPP STRIVE Academy, 1444 Lucile Free food, music, entertainment, and vendors.Grill competition: $5 for a taste and drink. How you can help: Volunteer: We need persons to help run the grill competition, manage the free food grill, run kids games, set-up, and clean-up. If you are available please come to KIPP by 1 pm to help set-up. Monetary Donations: Checks and cash accepted. Donate directly through paypal at: www.westviewatlanta.com. Donations go towards the cost of food and other items. Food Donations: hot dogs, chips, coolers and wash tubs/coolers Tell Your Friends! Publisher’s Corner Celebrating five years in business in Historic West End. Thanks Ralph and WE Print Staff! 6 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 5 Our West End Newsletter 3 May Peace Take Root Here The Rose Circle Community Garden celebrated Earth Day by erecting a Peace Pole. The phrase “May Peace Take Root Here” is printed on the peace pole in Spanish, Twi, Choctaw, and English. Founded in the West End five years ago, the Garden describes itself as "a peaceful place where West End families can grow wholesome, safe, organic food for their families." The garden’s founder Debbie Zimmerman explained peace poles, which combine the Native American tradition of prayer cairns made of stone piles with a tradition begun in Japan after Hiroshima, whereby poles are erected with "May peace prevail on earth" written on them in different languages. Often they are erected in response to a traumatic or violent event that brings a community together to make a statement in favor of peace. Visitors to peace poles may place a stone at the base of the pole and offer a prayer for peace. Debbie spoke briefly about English, the third most prevalent language in the world. Like a community garden, an English cottage garden incorporates different elements - fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs, beehives and livestock - to create a cohesive and sustainable whole. The English language can be seen as a glue bringing together people of diverse cultures, allowing them to communicate freely and share the best of their different worlds. Our nearest neighbors to the U.S. speak Spanish, and many Spanish-speaking people live in Georgia. West End neighbor Carolyn Rodriguez Monden spoke about her own connection to farming before pronouncing "Let Peace Take Root Here" in Spanish and helping everyone speak the phrase in that language. Spanish is the second most prevalent language in the world, and many of our favorite foods (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, squash) originated in South America or Mexico. Ben Byrd, Debbie Zimmerman’s son, shared the history of the Choctaws, a peaceful group of farmers who were the first to be forced from their land on the infamous Trail of Tears. Ben pronounced the phrase in the Choctaw language, the language of his grandfather. Ben quoted John Hollow Horn, an Oglala Lakota, who said in 1932: “Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies, you too, will die.” Garden member Oni Holley spoke about the African language, Twi, from Ghana. Many of the garden’s members and West End neighbors are connected to Ghana through family or recent reconnections. Oni reminded us that one tragic after-effect of slavery and forced separation from one's homeland is that future generations cannot know what land or language informs their personal history. Yet all share common goals and aspirations, including the desire to be in touch with the earth. Oni led the group in saying “Let Peace Take Root Here” in Twi. She reminded everyone that “the elders are watching what we do here today.” Then the garden’s peace pole was placed in the ground, everyone placed a stone at its base and joined hands, and offered a collective prayer for peace in the garden, our community, and the world. A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Urban Housing and Development through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. NOW LEASING EARTH CRAFT CERTIFIED HOMES IN THE HISTORIC WEST END AREA. RENT STARTING AT $625 FOR 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS AND $845 FOR 3 BEDROOM HOMES. **CALL SCOTT @ 678.596.7429 FOR MORE INFO OR EMAIL TO SCOTT@POHLREALESTATE.NET ~providing affordable housing since 1988~ 4 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 5 Our West End Newsletter 5 Atlanta Beltline Southwest 5k Run/Walk The Atlanta BeltLine Running Series announces its second event, the Atlanta BeltLine Southwest 5K. A Run/Walk along the Atlanta BeltLine Southwest Trail and through the historic West End and Westview neighborhoods, the Southwest 5K race course is a great way to explore local parks, connect with Atlanta BeltLine communities, and experience a ¾-mile off- road jaunt within the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. The second of three runs in the Atlanta BeltLine's 2011 Running Series, the Atlanta BeltLine Southwest 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will feature post-race activities, memorable medals, prizes, and gift certificates for winners, and a fun media category. An exciting addition to this race, Atlanta Police and Fire Departments will participate in a friendly competition as well. "We are looking forward to building on the momentum gained from our first race, where approximately 375 runners participated," said Atlanta BeltLine Executive Director Valarie Wilson. "The Southwest 5K stands to attract an even larger turnout of runners and Atlanta BeltLine supporters who are interested in enjoying a vigorous run or walk while taking in this unique view of the historic West End and Westview neighborhoods." Adding to the local flavor and fun of the event: The shirt design will highlight the landmarks of the area Students from SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, have designed the age-category awards See who will win in our Media Category! Will Northside 5K winner Katie Brace from CBS Atlanta be challenged? Meet Chef Joe Rickerson, famed chef and manager for Clarence Fosters, Abby, The Mansion, La Tour and more, as he prepares some exciting post-race food stations at Space Atlanta Exciting post-race activities and fun Strollers and dogs are welcome Registration is open and additional information is available at Run.BeltLine.org. Join the Great Neighborhood Backyard Campout “You ever notice how quiet you get when you go in the woods?” --Richard Pryor Wanted Today childhood has largely moved indoors in front of electronic entertainment media, and the average boy or girl spends only 4-7 minutes outdoors every day. As a result, this generation of youth is disconnected from the freedoms of exploring the outdoors and may never experience the wonder of watching a wild creature in its natural habitat, which Pryor so vividly evoked in his 1978 hilarious pantomime of a timid deer drinking. You may want to wait a few years to share Pryor’s “Things in the Woods” with your children, but families can reconnect with nature, take advantage of the associated health benefits, and create lasting memories of the outdoors by participating in the National Wildlife Federation’s annual Great American Backyard Campout® on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Atlanta families will come together under the stars for a unique shared-camping experience at the Outdoor Activity Center (OAC) in Southwest Atlanta, joining approximately 100,000 people across the nation gathering in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks. Studies show that outdoor time helps children grow lean and strong, enhances creativity and attention spans, decreases aggression, and boosts classroom performance so John Hammond, NWF Regional Executive Director sees the Great American Backyard Campout® as a perfect opportunity for all families to get outdoors. The overnight event will host up to 50 families on the 26-acre urban forest preserve in Atlanta’s backyard. NWF, its partners and experienced outdoor enthusiasts, will lead hikes and activities, provide dinner and breakfast, and teach participants basic camping skills such as pitching tents, reading maps and compasses, campfire safety, and other outdoor etiquette. Great American Backyard Campout® national sponsor and outdoor gear supplier, REI, will be providing tents and sleeping bags to registered participants. If, like Pryor’s imaginary lady friend, you’re worried about the lack of restroom facilities or encountering hazards like snakes, you can enjoy the Nature in Your Neighborhood festival from 1-5 p.m. at the OAC and learn more about nature without having to stay overnight. The festival will include a live remote broadcast with Radio Disney, guided hikes along the OAC trails, games and other interactive activities. To register for the Great American Backyard Campout®, visit http://www.nwf.org/southeast or contact Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, Manager of Education and Advocacy Programs at 678-436-5074. You are encouraged to register quickly due to limited space. 11 Running Series, the Atlanta BeltLine Southwest 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will feature post-race activities, memorable medals, prizes, and gift certificates for winners, and a fun media category. An exciting addition to this race, Atlanta Police and Fire Departments will participate in a friendly competition as well. "We are looking forward to building on the momentum gained from our first race, where approximately 375 runners participated," said Atlanta BeltLine Executive Director Valarie Wilson. "The Southwest 5K stands to attract an even larger turnout of runners and Atlanta BeltLine supporters who are interested in enjoying a vigorous run or walk while taking in this unique view of the historic West End and Westview neighborhoods." Adding to the local flavor and fun of the event: The shirt design will highlight the landmarks of the area Students from SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, have designed the age-category awards See who will win in our Media Category! Will Northside 5K winner Katie Brace from CBS Atlanta be challenged? Meet Chef Joe Rickerson, famed chef and manager for Clarence Fosters, Abby, The Mansion, La Tour and more, as he prepares some exciting post-race food stations at Space Atlanta Exciting post-race activities and fun Strollers and dogs are welcome Registration is open and additional information is available at Run.BeltLine.org. Join the Great Neighborhood Backyar