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  • NorthAve

    North Ave. in Midtown to Become Smart Road

    We’ve heard of the mind boggling technology of driverless cars, and Atlanta is one of the first cities in the U.S. to prepare for them in the future. The $3 million North Avenue Smart Corridor Project—covering a 2.3 mile stretch from the Coca Cola main office tower and Georgia Tech to Ponce City Market, where nearly 29,000 vehicles pass on some days—will have high-tech features. They’ll include adaptive traffic signals, high definition cameras, video surveillance and other technology to enhance safety while picking up traffic pace along North Avenue.


    Georgia already leads the nation with 300 adaptive traffic signals. Monitoring traffic flow by making real-time adjustments in timing as needed, they work with video surveillance. Signals can wait a little long-er to turn green to give pedestrians time to make crossings. “Connected vehicle systems” alert drivers to slow down in school zones and allow emergency vehicles to preempt traffic signals and speed through intersections.


    Traffic technologies are becoming state of the art in Atlanta, a city needing them. Technolog   Read more...
  • 50MillionGift

    Oglethorpe Receives $50 Million Gift

    In late September as fall 2017 was underway, Oglethorpe University, the landmark campus on 4484 Peachtree in Brookhaven, made a blockbuster announcement of a $50 million bequest. It’s the largest gift ever for the University, founded in 1835. Alumnus Q. William “Bill” Hammack of the class of 1973 made the gift to establish a new School of Business, slated to open at Oglethorpe in fall 2019.


    “As I reflect back upon my professional career,” said Hammack, recently retired as CEO of C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., “ I can directly attribute it to the leadership, communication and critical thinking skills I learned by attending a liberal arts institution.” It’s a legacy moment for both Oglethorpe and Bill Hammack. “By making this gift to Oglethorpe,” he added, “I hope to help a new generation of business leaders to find their own success.”


    Bill Hammack and his wife Diane have established a foundation to administer the bequest. The first portion will go toward starting the Q. William Hammack Jr. School of Business at Oglethorpe, and a search for a Dean is in its   Read more...
  • 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...

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