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April 2011 “Creating a Vibrant Community” Volume 2 Issue 3 8 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 3 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 The newsletter is published monthly. 1400 copies were printed in April 2011. Copies are hand- delivered to all residents in the Historic West End neighborhood. Copies are also available at West End Library, West End Print Shop and Mutana Marketplace and Healthcare. Our volunteers: Denise Blake, Laura Gosnell, Jamie Kaufman, Beth McBee, Paulette Richards, Mary Rindlesbach and Debbie Zimmerman and our many neighborhood distributors. To advertise, submit stories or distribute, contact Brent at 404.447.0282 or email@example.com. About The Newsletter Walkable West 2011 By Paulette Richards About three days into the great freeze last January I bundled up, grabbed a shovel, and gingerly made my way down RDA to Kroger. Although the walk took three times longer than it normally would, I gained a new appreciation for the advantages of living in a walkable community. With my driveway a solid sheet of ice, there was no question of moving my car. Still I was able to replenish my larder without mishap. Now that spring is here, the upcoming West Fest offers an opportunity to experience walkable community under the most favorable conditions. Kicking off with “Porch Night” on Thursday May 5th, neighbors will gather on their porches at dusk for food, libation, and fellowship, demonstrating one of the key benefits of walkable communities in the process – residents who travel through their neighborhood on foot get to know each other far better than suburbanites who merely wave from across the cul de sac while driving in and out of the garage. “Footmobiles’ are of course a zero pollution mode of transportation so you won’t need any carbon credits to tour the historic homes in West End on Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th. West End was one of the first street car suburbs in Atlanta and notable residents such as J.C. Harris, and E.P. Howell, a former mayor and owner of the Atlanta Constitution often took the streetcar rather than their own private carriages to work just as many residents today choose an invigorating walk and a short ride on MARTA over commuting by car. E.P. Howell donated part of his estate to form the park adjacent to Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard which now bears his name. Indeed, West End and Westview are well -endowed with intimate neighborhood parks, several of which are now some of the first gems in the “emerald necklace” that will ultimately encircle the city when the Beltline is complete. The first segment of the Beltline bike and walking trail now extends from West End to Westview and on Saturday May 7th a Dog parade along the Beltline starting in Rose Circle Park at 11am promises fun and fitness for the whole family, including the canine members. The dog parade will end in Gordon White Park where vendors and entertainers will enliven an Arts Festival from 12-6pm, thereby illustrating how walkable community builds strong local businesses. The picturesque brick sidewalks and grid layout of West End create a walkable infrastructure with many scenic routes, but destinations are what make a community truly walkable and the shops, eateries, banks, and other services give West End and Westview residents many reasons to step out of the house and interact with neighbors. Above all, however, West Fest celebrates the “blocks of culture” which enrich the community so the highlight of the weekend will be a concert under the stars at 7pm on Friday May 6th in the Wren’s Nest amphitheater. Visit www.atlantawestfest.com to order your tickets. BANNER OF CULTURE Only $50 Make purchasing inquiries to WENDChat@yahoogroup.com They’re 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@yahoogroup.com They are Selling Fast so Pick Yours Up Now. PUBLISHER’S CORNER West Fest 2011 This issue is dedicated to our neighboring neighborhoods. In this issue, we hope to give you a taste of what makes West End such a vibrant community: urban gardening, economic development, growing population of preschool-aged children and abundant cultural activities. We hope that you’re intrigued enough to check out our neighborhood festival West Fest May 6th through 8th. In addition to being hand-delivered to all Historic West End residents, 400 copies of the April issue will be distributed at NPU/ Neighborhood Association meetings in South/ Southwest and Northwest Atlanta. Volunteers can sign up at www.atlantawestfest.com. At the website, vending tables can also be purchased (tables available for only $50). – Brent Brewer, Managing Editor 2 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 3 Our West End Newsletter 7 During a recent WEND Economic Development meeting an idea came about to collect receipts from our neighbors and see where we are spending our money outside of the neighborhood. The goal is to allow us to actively solicit some of the businesses where you are purchasing these goods or services and invite them to set up shop in the West End. It’s also a way to show the existing businesses that there are money and people willing to pay for these things if they are offered here in the West End. Please bring your receipts to the next WEND meeting where they will be calculated and the results shared. If you know anyone who won't be able to attend the next WEND meeting, please let them know and collect their receipts and bring them with you. Some examples of what we are looking for: Supermarkets - (Dekalb Farmers Market, Trader Joe's) Home Improvement - (Home Depot, Lowes) Pet Groomers/Pet Stores Gas Stations - QuikTrip Coffee Houses - (Urban Grind, Octane Coffee, Aurora Coffee) Gyms - (LA Fitness, Knuckle Up) Restaurants - (Mellow Mushroom, Slice, 5 Guys) Bars - Corner Tavern Car Washes -Cactus Car Wash Specialty Beer/Wine Shops -Hop City Beer In case you missed the February WEND meeting ... Economic Development Committee Report The Benefits of Bitter Herbs By Debbie Zimmerman It’s said that 70 percent of the human immune system is in the gut. Studies have shown that inflammation starting there leads to disease. We overload our digestive systems with toxins, medications, bacterial imbalance, and highly processed foods, and our stressful lifestyle adds to the problem. Good digestive health begins with eating healthy food. The best way to make sure that the food you eat is clean and safe is to grow it yourself; the next best thing is to know the farmer who grows your food, visit the farm or garden where it’s grown, and see or even participate in it being grown. But growing your own food can be a daunting prospect. So I suggest you start small. Did you know that herbs can be very beneficial to bodily functions? Herbs are easy to grow at home, and the strong smells and flavor of most herbs tell us that they are full of what’s known as "volatile oils." The volatile oils in herbs support the immune system, have anti- inflammatory action, and even suppress cancer cells. Specific herbs can reduce pain, help eliminate toxins or mucus, ease muscle tension, and soothe tissues. The flavor of an herb often determines what action it has on the body. Bitter flavored herbs and foods improve digestion by stimulating saliva from the moment we taste them. The resulting flow of digestive juices improves appetite and digestion, and supports healthy intestinal function. Bitter herbs are an essential part of the diet in many parts of the world; for example, Traditional Chinese Medicine has included them for thousands of years. You can easily make your own herbal teas that include bitter flavored herbs known to improve digestion (and thus, reduce inflammation in the digestive system and help prevent disease) including ginger, turmeric, hops, dandelion, beet leaf, orange peel, and goldenseal. The bitter herbs can be combined with sweeter-tasting, and also healing, herbs like fennel, cardamom, anise, or peppermint to make a tastier tea. Some bitter herbs like dandelion and beet leaf are growing outside now, in early spring. Look for small tender leaves at the center of the plant, and make certain that any dandelion leaf you pick has not been sprayed with herbicides or other chemical sprays. Fennel and peppermint are also in season now locally. You can grow these herbs yourself in your own home garden or in pots if available garden space is limited. A fresh herbal tea made from herbs you have grown yourself or harvested from the wild can be a wonderful spring tonic. Moreover, an hour or so spent in your garden, tending to plants specifically chosen to enhance your health, will relieve stress and help you bring your life back into balance. Gardening Page presents ... 1120 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, SW Atlanta, Georgia 30310 404-758-2881 404-758-0315 (Fax) www.q-timerestaurant.com Miss Ya Mama’s Cookin..? Come on Down to Q-Time! Q-Time Restaurant “We Cater For: Special Events, Reunions, Weddings & Parties” Our Neighborhood Gas Station Come inside for cold drinks and ice cream, delicious snacks and lottery tickets. Manager, Bobby (Pictured Left) “Committed to Better Customer Service.” Located I-20 West @ Joseph El Lowery 404.456.4118 firstname.lastname@example.org Real estate investment renovation and general contracting All American Construction Belita Hamilton 2010-2011 Atlanta Public Schools Teacher of the Year Brown Middle School Congratulations! 6 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 3 Educated Couple Reopen Gateway Franchise By Brent Brewer Approximately one year ago, the Quiznos Sub Shop at the gateway to the Historic West End shuttered its doors. Now it’s back, thanks to the efforts of Gordon and Sonia Rolle. This smart couple did their homework before re-opening Quiznos. In addition to the extensive franchise training, they also spoke to the previous owners. Gordon says frankly, "The shop was profitable. It just got away from the previous owners." This first-time franchise owner explains the relentless attention required to run a shop. There are daily cash flow/cost reports to manage, supplies from vendors to schedule, many different vendors to pay on time, employees – affectionately called "the kids" – to nurture, and, above all, a passion for making sandwiches. If one of these things is neglected, such as paying your vegetable vendor on-time, customers won’t be able to order their favorite sandwiches or salads. It's hard to catch up when something like that happens. Sonia, soon to be Dr. Sonia Rolle, Ed.D., has experience needed to handle all those details. Sonia agrees that, "You have to stay on top of your business." For example, this past weekend an unannounced health fair flooded the shop with hungry customers. She changed her plans on the spot and brought in two additional employees to handle the four-hour rush. Percy Stith, former owner of neighborhood favorite The Coffee Grounds at SkyLofts and an entrepreneur with plenty of facetime in the community, provided some sage advice for the store owners, "Get out there [in the community] instead of being another fast food place. Neighbors were our most consistent customers. They were there every morning." Gordon, a natural conversationalist with an affable smile, is ready to meet the challenge of getting out in the community. He’s already attended one West End Neighborhood Development and West End Merchant Coalition meeting and he’s had his employees pass out coupons at the Atlanta University Center. Gordon and Sonia also have plans to construct fenced in patio seating, just in time for summer weather. Come and meet the new owners Gordon and Sonia Rolle! Brent Brewer has lived on Oglethorpe for over seven years. He is proud of his daughter , Sole’ s focused effort at Kindezi School. Our West End Newsletter 3 Business Alive and Well in the West End ... There is Always Something Going on at Hammonds Exhibition Opening April 24 - Daniel Minter - A Heavy Grace, A Shallow Home Looking for something special to do on a Sunday afternoon where you can view wonderful art, meet the artist, enjoy a wine reception, and mingle with friends? Join us at Hammonds House Museum for an exhibition opening. Our next opening will feature Daniel Minter, Hammonds House Museum’s 2010 Art Auction Merit Award recipient, on Sunday, April 24 from 2-5pm with his artist talk at 3pm. This will be a great way to pass time between your Easter celebration and the dinner hour. The exhibition titled Daniel Minter-A Heavy Grace, A Shallow Home is a study of memory communicated through the artist’s diverse mix of prints, paintings and sculpture pieces. His creativity depicts the interconnection of time that contains the essence of what memory has left behind. Using archetypes, symbols, icons and folklore steeped in the context of African-American and African-Diasporic culture, Minter creates an intriguing visual vocabulary. The exhibition runs to June 6. Visit www.hammondshouse.org for tickets and information ... Oxala—16x24 acrylic on canvas Celebrating the Atlanta Jazz Festival and West Fest May 7, 2011 • 7-10 pm - Luckie Street Band Concert Spring Art Auction on April 30, 2011 • 7-10 pm - A great way for novice as well as experienced collectors to purchase original art. Join in the excitement as Hammonds House Museum celebrates 10 years of bringing a diverse collection of original artworks each spring to Atlanta on Saturday, April 30 from 7-10 pm. You don’t want to miss the silent and live auctions featuring high quality works of art by national and local artists displayed in the exquisite, multi-level Bill Lowe Gallery located at 1555 Peachtree Street. Enjoy music by DJ 6five as you savor complimentary culinary creations by top Atlanta restaurants. Advance purchase and member tickets are only $25. Tickets at the door - $30. For more information and to purchase tickets visit: www.artatl.org <http://www.artatl.org> / email email@example.com / or call 404-612-0500. All proceeds benefit Hammonds House Museum’s exhibition and educational programs. GRAND OPENING Come in today to the SkyLofts location. New Co-Owner Available Now: Call-In Orders for Pick-Up. 4 Our West End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 3 Our West End Newsletter 5 Third Annual Easter Egg Hunt Youth & Poetry Page... By Mary Harshaw Rindlesbach A few years ago, I lived in a small community in East Point. My son was only 18 months old when we received notification of a neighborhood egg hunt the Saturday before Easter. It was planned during his naptime, so we didn’t attend, but the idea of an egg hunt was already planted in my mind. After moving to West End, I made it one of my missions to make sure that my kids would attend an egg hunt, even if I had to do it myself. I liked the idea of a community-wide egg hunt because, let’s face it, it’s no fun to egg hunt alone, and the West End had a growing population of preschool-aged children who also needed one! With the help of Friends of the West End Park and WEND, I organized a small-scale community egg hunt and while the turnout was small, both the children and grownups had a great time and there were more than enough eggs for everyone to enter into a self-induced sugar coma. Last year, at the ‘second annual’ West End Egg Hunt, over fifty children arrived to hunt more than 800 stuffed eggs. This year marks the third annual egg hunt and thanks to the generosity of community members, there will be over a thousand eggs scattered and hidden all over West End Park on the morning of Saturday, April 23rd. Hunting begins promptly at 10 AM and begins in ‘start waves’ based on age. All children up to age ten are welcome; please bring a grownup and your own basket. We also offer a ‘candy incentive’ to those who recycle their plastic eggs for use at next year’s egg hunt. If you are interested in donating plastic eggs or wrapped candy, please contact Mary Rindlesbach at firstname.lastname@example.org. Life Management Service LLC “We help you manage your life through decluttering, smart storage solutions for historic homes & paper management systems” www.lifemanagementservice.com L. Danielle Carney PO Box 50086 Atlanta, GA 678 590-1567 By Asher McBee Shadow! Shadow! Where are you? I’m behind the clouds. Where are you? I’m on the ground. Why don’t you come down? I cannot come. The sun will not let me. Asher McBee lives on Oak Street with his parents, Beth and Joel, and his brothers Ezra and newborn Daniel Dean . Shadow! Shadow! Let’s hope for no shadows or rain on April 23rd! People’s Church on Peeples Street By Reverend Jamie Kaufman (email@example.com) I’m gonna treat my neighbor right, I’m gonna treat my neighbor right, I’m gonna treat my neighbor right ‘til I die. -Spiritual Song at People’s Church People’s Church meets Sundays at 6pm on Peeples Street. at the residence of Rev. Jacqui Pinkney, a neighbor since April 2009. Rev. Pinckney started the church with Rev. Jamie Kaufman to address a need for people to build community around faith, and act in that community. The participants resemble the First century followers of Jesus-“The People of the Way of Jesus” -who worshipped in homes and strove to follow the teachings and examples of Jesus in how they lived in the world. On Sunday evenings, a group of clergy and spiritual- seeking souls meet in Rev. Pinkney’s home to worship and study in that informal, intimate and inclusive setting. After the sermon, the message is discussed while sharing in an Agape Meal, designed not just to provide food but also to build community. After the meal, discussion resumes about what was preached, and other spiritual questions and concerns are shared. Near the close of worship, Holy Communion is received by all. Joanne Rhone, a Historic West End pioneer, attended worship at the People’s Church for the first time Sunday and highly recommends the church. Joanne expounds that “rarely do you have the opportunity to discuss your point of view on religion and how it applies to your life now.” Worship is open to anyone who may be new to the faith and to those who have belonged to a church for years. Worship Schedule: April 21 Pesach– Passover/ Maundy April 22 Good Friday April 24 Easter Sunday est End Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 3 Our West End Newsletter 5 Third Annual Easter Egg Hunt Youth & Poetry Page... By Mary Harshaw Rindlesbach A few years ago, I lived in a small community in East Point. My son was only 18 months old when we received notification of a neighborhood egg hunt the Saturday before Easter. It was planned during his naptime, so we didn’t attend, but the idea of an egg hunt was already planted in my mind. After moving to West End, I made it one of my missions to make sure that my kids would attend an egg hunt, even if I had to do it myself. I liked the idea of a community-wide egg hunt because, let’s face it, it’s no fun to egg hunt alone, and the West End had a growing population of preschool-aged children who also needed one! With the help of Friends of the West End Park and WEND, I organized a small-scale community egg hunt and while the turnout was small, both the children and grownups had a great time and there were more than enough eggs for everyone to enter into a self-induced sugar coma. Last year, at the ‘second annual’ West End Egg Hunt, over fifty children arrived to hunt more than 800 stuffed eggs. This year marks the third annual egg hunt and thanks to the generosity of community members, there will be over a thousand eggs scattered and hidden all over West End Park on the morning of Saturday,