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    Atlanta Christmas in 1914

    Christmas means different things to different people. For many it is a time of great religious significance or a season of parties, gift giving and feasting. For Tom Daley and Hiram Lepper, Christmas day in 1914 Atlanta meant freedom. These two inmates of the Federal Penitentiary took advantage of the relaxed holiday security by escaping from the even less secure “tuberculosis camp” inside the walls. They built a ladder from their iron beds and scrap wood to get over the barbed wire and the prison’s outer wall. A heavy mist on Christmas Day helped and the “break” for this post office burglar, Daley, and counterfeiter, Lepper, was not discovered until the next day.


    Meanwhile, most Atlantans indulged in “having fun” during the holiday week. As one local reporter said, “Parties galore have been planned by members of every age and set, and the social calendar for the season is overflowing.” Atlanta was the great party town in 1914 for locals as well as throngs of visitors.


    Eggnog parties were held at private homes throughout the city and the fraternity ho   Read more...

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    Citizens Get Connected at 2014 DeKalb Neighborhood Summit

    Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May summed up the 2014 DeKalb Neighborhood Summit by saying, “We literally have hundreds of DeKalb County constituents here that are really energized to move DeKalb County forward. I’m really excited about the energy I’m feeling.”


    This was the sixth year for the summit, which was held at Tucker High School Nov. 1. The summit featured workshops on topics ranging from public safety, environmental sustainability, increasing property values, elimi-nating blight in your neighborhood and more. Cash awards were presented to several neighborhood initiatives for the work they are doing and representatives from DeKalb’s various departments were on had to answer questions. Of interest to many is the recent situation with water bills and representatives from DeKalb County Watershed Management were on hand to listen to customer concerns. There were several neighborhood initia-tive organizations on hand such as the South DeKalb Improvement Association and the Cross Keys Sustain-able Neighborhoods Initiative, signing up people and sharing information on   Read more...

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    Working Toward a Bicycle Friendly Brookhaven

    When Brookhaven resident Michael Clifford retired, he began riding his bicycle every other day. He summed up his experience riding on Brookhaven’s major thoroughfares by saying, “They’re not habitable for bicycling.” Bill Cox, also from Brookhaven, described the 4-mile bicycle commute to his office as “dicey.”


    On Oct. 22 Brookhaven took a step toward changing those scenarios when it hosted a public pres-entation and Q&A by Bicycle Friendly Community Specialist Steve Clark from the League of American Bicyclists. Clark travels the country offering advice and resources to communities interested in becoming more bike-friendly. Before his presentation at City Hall, Clark and a dozen or so others including City Council Represen-tatives Joe Gebbia (Dist. 4), Bates Mattison (Dist. 3) and Brookhaven resident Christian Cherniak, who organized the event got on their bikes and took to the the streets of Brookhaven.


    During a water break after the ride, Cherniak said, “There is a big interest in forms of transportation other than cars. How do you implement that, how do   Read more...

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    The Elegant Elf Marketplace Rings in the 2014 Holiday Shop-ping Season

    The fourth annual Elegant Elf Marketplace, presented by the Sandy Springs Society, will showcase more than 75 local and regional vendors presenting distinctive gifts and creations in jewelry, handcrafted fashions, fine crafts, home and garden, handbags, toys, and gourmet delights on Nov. 15-16 at 5920 Sandy Springs Circle.


    Now in its fourth year, the stylish and festive high-end gift market is a destination event for hundreds of dis-cerning shoppers eager to jumpstart their holiday lists with the two-day shopping extravaganza. Shoppers can also treat themselves to a signature lunch at the Polar Express Café, purchase tickets for festive raffle packages, and enjoy seasonal music as they shop.


    New this year is an expanded week-long community celebration themed “The Week of the Elf.” The Sandy Springs Society will kick off the festivities on Nov. 8 with an Elegant Elf Evening Extravaganza at Heri-tage Hall. In addition, dozens of local restaurants will commemorate the treasured event with a Savor Sandy Springs Restaurant Week offering special Elegant Elf menu items   Read more...

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