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  • AIDSWalk

    28th Annual AIDS Walk/Run at Piedmont Park Oct. 21

    Atlanta in the Metro has a long public caring commitment to its citizens who endure HIV/AIDS, dating back to the first walk/run in 1990 to raise awareness for a disease that most people did not then understand. And in 2018, for the 28th consecutive year, there will be another annual event in Piedmont Park, continuing one of the great humanitarian traditions in Atlanta. This year’s edition of the AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K run will take place Sunday Oct. 21, 10 am-5 pm at Piedmont Park in the area near Park Tavern. The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display.


    Executive director of AID Atlanta, Nicole Roebuck, says that HIV/AIDS is “the most significant health emergency in the state. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,381 adults and adolescents were diagnosed with HIV in Georgia, making Georgia’s numbers the fifth-highest in the U.S. That’s why AIDS Atlanta is so proactive about the problem and fundraising is always an important key.


    “We are always unsure about future government support,” said Roebuck, “so this walk/run is a way we can all c   Read more...
  • Olympian

    An Olympian in Atlanta

    In the summer of 1996, the city of Atlanta was given the honor to host the 26th Olympic Games. Since then, our ever-growing metropolis has become the home for countless American and even international Olympic athletes. One Olympian in particular, World Champion Fencer: Iosif Vitebskiy, can actually be found right here in the Buckhead area.


    Born in Kiev, Ukraine of the U.S.S.R. in January 1938, Iosif lived in a small Jewish community within the city. He began fencing at the age of 14 while attending Technical School. During this time, Losif left school to work in a manufacturing factory in order to provide for his family. However, with the support of his work-manager, Losif was allowed to leave early so that he could continue his training. “While most boys trained three or four times a week, I trained seven times,” explained Losif.


    In the sport of fencing, there are three types of weapons: a foil, épée, and sabre. Each blade has its own separate event and different techniques. Losif trained as an “épée fencer” which is the only of the three to allow the entire bod   Read more...
  • TylerPerry

    Tyler Perry Mansion for Sale: Big Bucks in Buckhead

    Standing at 4110 Paces Ferry Road in upscale Buckhead is a fantastic estate with perhaps the most compelling private residence ever offered on the real estate market in Atlanta. Though he doesn’t own it any more, the property is popularly known as the Tyler Perry Mansion. Built in 2007 for an estimated $40 million by the famous Atlanta entertainment mogul, it was his main residence for about 9 years. Conveniently situated only 3.5 miles from Buckhead Village and 15 miles from DeKalb Peachtree Airport near Chamblee, it’s on a beautiful 17-acre wooded site off the banks of the Chattahoochee River.


    With a huge French provincial manor house, the estate has amenities aplenty across its spacious grounds and is pictured in our headline photo. In 2016 Tyler Perry sold the property—originally priced at $25 million, later dropped to $17.5 million—complete with custom furnishings, to televangelist and entrepreneur David Turner. Presently Turner has the property listed again for sale, at $25 million. It matches the highest asking price ever for a private residence in Atlanta, originally set   Read more...
  • GolfWorld

    Golf World Converges on DeKalb County

    The greatest professional golfers in the world and their legions of fans will descend on DeKalb County in late September. According to PR representative for the event Becca Meyer, East Lake Country Club and the Professional Golf Association [PGA] is well prepared. For the fourteenth year in a row, the top 30 golfers vying for the Fedex Cup will converge on the historic East Lake Country Club for the prestigious Tour Championship sponsored by the Southern Company and Coca Cola.


    The Tour Championship tourney is the last event in the PGA’s year. It doubles as the final tournament in the year-long race for the Fedex Cup. Only the world’s top 30 golfers based on their accumulated points earned in previous competitions can compete at East Lake. The Tour Championship purse is about $8,750,000 [last year’s amount] with the winner receiving $1,575,000 in 2017. One of the top five or six players [based on Fedex points] usually wins the coveted Fedex Cup and its additional $10 million. It is not always the same person as happened last year, so there can be two major winners in late September.   Read more...
  • PublicArt

    Public Art Enhances the Old Fourth Ward

    The Old Fourth Ward is booming. New housing and restoration/renovation of older structures into modernized single family homes, apartments and industrial style condos, along with the proliferation of restaurants, bars and small shops of all kinds has meant a huge increase in pedestrian “traffic.” Accompanying that growth has been a community awareness of the importance of public art.


    The bridge over Freedom Parkway at Highland is a delightful case in point. The concrete pedestrian wall is covered in a bright, lively blue paint and further adorned with folk art style figures, animals and flowers. This artwork cannot help but bring a smile even to the most disgruntled of people passing by.


    The intersection is also fortunate to have a massive “sculpture” by noted artist Sol LeWitt [1928-2007]. “54 Columns” is a minimalist creation of concrete block pillars of varying heights referencing the city’s skyline. It was erected in a spacious greenspace of trees and grass but has an industrial feel that always provokes thoughts about meaning/significance. This is especially   Read more...
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