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  • SisterSaves

    Chamblee Girl’s Quick Action Saves Sister

    When 10-year-old Jayla Dallis saw her little sister Kali in trouble at their Chamblee apartment complex swimming pool she jumped in to save her without hesitation. Grabbing Kali by the hair and around the waist, Jayla lifted her up and over the side of the pool. Kali, 3, had jumped in the pools shallow end with an inflatable float around her waist. When she hit the water she flipped upside down. Kali struggled and slipped out of the float, gasping for air. After Jayla pulled her from the water the girls aunt and property manager Anthony Swint immediately began performing CPR.

     

    A few miles down the road Sgt. Ed Lyons was checking reports in his car behind the Chamblee police station. It had been a rou-tine day for Lyons and when he heard the call come in for a drowning it immediately caught his attention. “That’s a call you don’t hear very often,” said Lyons. “I just took off straight up the boulevard (Peachtree Boulevard) lights and sirens.” The first emergency worker on the scene, Lyons was met by a maintenance man and the two ran to the pool where Lyons took over CPR from   Read more...
  • WONDER PARK

    Fun Ways To Inspire Kids’ Imaginations

    According to numerous studies, imaginative play in childhood can be critical to cognitive and social development. Re-search suggests that make-believe games can increase language usage, help with self-regulation, let children express a range of emotions, and teach them to think creatively. In addition, keeping kids’ brains active and engaged can help prevent a decline in academic skills during school breaks. So with all of these benefits, how can you encourage more imaginative play? One idea is to create a prop box filled with items to spark imagination. Objects such as stuffed animals, cardboard boxes, fun clothes, and foreign coins can all inspire kids to pretend.

     

    You can also encourage games and imaginative play that incorporate intellectual challenges. Some examples include designing the best paper airplane, coming up with new games using only a ball and basket, or creating an imaginary place with building toys. To see some of these ideas brought to life, check out the delightful animated adventure “Wonder Park.” The film fol-lows June, a girl with a BIG imagination who uses   Read more...
  • BuckheadLibrary

    Buckhead Library: Avant Garde Architecture in the Village

    We're into the dog days of summer and when I was a kid in the early 1960s, usually in July I invariably started to miss school as a place to go. Whenever I felt that way, I’d visit a library. I would have absolutely loved a cool looking public library as spectacular as the one that’s currently in Buckhead. Though it’s more or less standard size (22,000 square feet) and sturdy with cast-in-place concrete walls, this unconventional urban structure pops with post-modernism. I wouldn’t have known that, but I know I would have liked the looks of this library. Covered with slate siding, it’s framed with structural steel beams that rise and fall, often at sharp angles. There’s something special about Buckhead Library.

     

    After its opening in 1989, peer professionals and the press appreciated with gusto the wow factor generated by this styl-ish building designed by an ATL firm, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects (and another colleague named Bray was with them then). It won local accolades from the Urban Design Commission and the Georgia AIA Award of Excellence (both 1990) and then Nat   Read more...
  • TrainHorns

    Those Train Horns We Hear in the Metro

    One of the most familiar aural or sound images we hear nearly every day in hometowns throughout the ATL are train horns. I grew up in the Metro and my earliest memories of train horns date back to when I was about age 5 or so. I could hear the sounds permeate the air waves of Brookhaven and Chamblee when the old Southern Railroad, freight or passenger, used to come rolling through on what railroad people call the Main Line, that one parallel to Peachtree Road.

     

    Train horns were a kind of soundtrack to my youth. When I was up close to the tracks, if I was on Peachtree at Brookhaven when it was a quaint village in the early 1960s, or hanging out in Old Chamblee, the sound was blaring, at first too loud. But that was cool because the blast matched the visual, rushing image of the locomotive and the train cars, making the total sight and sound package fascinating to me. Long before today’s Amtrack, the passenger line I saw was the old Southern Crescent. (My mom explained to me the crescent described an arc: New Orleans, Atlanta and Washington D.C., connecting to NYC, and then returning in o   Read more...
  • LegalPigs

    Pot-bellied Pigs Now Legal Pets in Brookhaven

    This past April news surfaced that Brookhaven City Council has made pot-bellied pigs—domesticated versions of clas-sic animals such as those on Old McDonald’s farm—legal as pets. City Council duly posted that its decision was by unanimous vote.

     

    There are some other restrictions, however. Only one pot-bellied porker is allowed as a pet-in-residence. And the home of a pot-bellied pig must be a single-family house or a detached-residential unit. Also, pot-bellied pig pets cannot blimp up to more than 200 pounds, so one must monitor overfeeding. (As cute as the little pot-bellied piglet posers in our headline pho-to are, they grow at astounding rates.) The new Brookhaven city ordinance regulating legal pot-bellied pigs also states they must be neutered and vaccinated, a reasonable restriction that pertains to other pets.

     

    Overall Brookhaven is more permissive than many cities in its list of creatures that are legally allowed. For examples, bee hives and egg-producing chickens, both of which have become increasingly popular in our own times as models of sus-tainability, are legal in   Read more...
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