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  • BearSpotted

    Bears Spotted in Gwinnett and What to Do

    This summer there began multiple sightings in Gwinnett County of black bears roaming around. It could well continue until November and the onset of cold weather when their hibernation cycles begin. Black bears in our part of the state typically live in the North Georgia Mountains, but searches for food sometimes lures them into the metro, where they are totally out of their natural habitats.


    Bears have seemingly been showing up at random, affording brief glimpses by astonished people and then leaving before authorities can come to the scene. One report was that a bear was in the warehouse district near Jimmy Carter Boulevard and I-85 but ran into some nearby woods.


    In another incident citizens called Duluth Police earlier this summer when a bear appeared in their yard off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard near Howell Ferry Road, and this one got away too. Bears love to snack, aren’t very particular and will eat many things, and this one wanted bird seed in an accessible feeder. Some-times folks who see bears don’t know what to do. A general rule is don’t panic, and c   Read more...

  • LionheartAwards

    Lionheart Theatre Wins Eight MAT Awards, “Raisin in the Sun” Nominated In All Categories

    Roswell--Lionheart Theatre Company of Norcross had a huge day at the Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Awards (MAT), taking home eight wins for its production of “A Raisin in the Sun.” The 11th annual MAT ceremony gathered at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center to recognize the actors, directors, designers, and theaters for their contributions to the performing arts in community and non-union theatres in the metro Atlanta.

    Lionheart’s production of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” directed by Joan McElroy, won: • Best Overall Performance of a Play • Best Ensemble in a Play • Best Leading Actress, Celeste Campbell as “Lena Young” • The Moira Thornett’s Best Director Award for a Play, Joan McElroy and Assistant Director Ken Crease • Best Major Supporting Actress in a Play, Jessica Wise as “Beneatha Younger” • Best Sound Design of a Play, Robert Peterson • Youth Award in Play, Christian Gamble as “Travis Younger” • Best Set of a Play, Tanya Moore


    Lionheart was nominated in all categories. Also honored in   Read more...
  • BuffordHWY

    Cultivating Community Along the Buford Highway Corridor

    When Rebekah Morris was teaching English and Journalism to ninth-graders at Cross Keys High School, she challenged her students to take an active part in their community through a school project called Unify BuHi.


    The students wrote out proposals and solutions to address their concerns and presented their ideas dur-ing an exhibit at Plaza Fiesta. They attended community meetings and events and took part in beautification projects along the Buford Highway Corridor. “We would talk about why are we the only people who live in apartments at these community meetings. “ Said Morris, who has since left teaching to work full time as a community organizer.


    From those conversations Morris came up with the initial idea for Los Vecinos De Buford Highway (The Neighbors of Buford Highway.) ”From my experience living in working class neighborhoods with a lot of low income people, a lot of immigrants, I saw the disconnect between those communities and schools trying to get news out by social media, Eblasts or newspapers about a meeting or grade reports or volunteer opportuni   Read more...

  • Handwriting

    How I Became an Analyst, Author, Teacher and Entertainer Using Handwriting and Signature Analysis

    On October 23, 1972, while on crew rest on an Air Force mission, I was in the lobby of the Hilton Ho-tel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I sat down at a table with Florry Nadall, author of Pen in Hand: A Simplified Guide to “Instant” Handwriting Analysis. From my handwriting and signature, she proceeded to tell me how I relate to others and my dominate personality traits. For example if angry I burn rather than ex-plode. I’m energetic, enthusiastic and I empathize with others. Her insights were impressive. I bought her book and learned she was known world-wide and had analyzed personalities such as President John Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline, New York City Mayor Robert Wagner, Cardinal Francis Spellman, Hollywood actors and numerous others.


    Months later I took an Eight Basic Steps course in Sandy Springs, Georgia, given by Myna Bentley of the International Graphoanalysis Society. In spite of my active-reserve duty in the Air National Guard, John Hancock Life and Health Insurance business and the arrival of a fourth child, I studied and became a Certified Graphoanalyst in 1   Read more...

  • MetroTrails

    Some Metro Trails with Shade to Beat the Heat

    Now that the Peachtree Road Race is over, Hometown readers who run or walk distances may be looking for different, cooler places to do their miles. All of these public routes provide shady tree shelter with forest canopies, many with picturesque bridges over creeks and stream-filled marshlands. They’re scenic and flat or gently rolling terrain. These trails are mostly short, lending themselves to an early finish or an extra lap. Three of the best run/walk trails follow.


    South Peachtree Creek Trail (2 mi), 874 Gaylemont Circle at Medlock Park in Decatur 30033 is perhaps the most unique, as pictured in our headline photo. Murphey Candler Trail (2 mi.), 1551 W. Nancy Creek Dr. is beside the lake at Murphey Candler Park in Brookhaven 30219. Tribble Mill Park Trail (2.8 mi.), 2125 Trib-ble Mill Pkwy. in Lawrenceville 30045 winds around Azora Lake.


    All these shady trails alleviate the summer heat we still have and are great to taper training until cooler weather comes this fall. It’s worthwhile to drive to them. Your mileage may vary! For more information, go to atlantat   Read more...

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