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  • CityWithinCity

    City Within a City Underway At Site of Old GM Plant

    We’ve got great news to report in often overlooked Doraville, surrounded in DeKalb by Brookhaven, Chamblee and Dunwoody. Redevelopers from The Integral Group are presently building a kind of ‘mini-city’ in Doraville off Motors Industrial Way, a connector between Peachtree Industrial Blvd. and Buford Highway. For years it’s been the site of the shuttered old General Motors (GM) Assembly plant. Now Doraville has underway one of the largest redevelopment efforts in the Metro. It’s to be a mixed-use project—named with a thoughtful nod to the past as Assembly—to occupy space on a new 165-acre campus.


    Serta Simmons Bedding, the nation’s largest mattress company, began in April to move its HQ to a 250,000 square foot building at Assembly this spring, along with 500 employees. They include personnel in Beautyrest brand offices in Dunwoody and a research and innovation office in Norcross. The company also offered jobs in Doraville to 120 employees from Serta brand offices in Hoffman Estates, IL. The Integral Group is to develop 750 multifamily housing units as well as 300,000 squa   Read more...
  • AdamKlein

    Singer/Songwriter Adam Klein Pays Homage to His New Hometown

    Singer/songwriter and troubadour, Adam Klein’s music touches on Americana, rustic country folk, folk-rock and West African Mande music. He performs in a variety of settings – either solo/duo, with his band, Adam Klein & The Wild Fires, or occasionally with his American roots-meets-West-African-roots project under his Peace Corps name in Mali, Lassine Kouyate. Hailing from Athens, Georgia, he has traveled the world, never staying put in one place for very long, but for now Klein, his wife Judith and two-year-old daughter Elinor call Doraville home.


    “My then-girlfriend, now wife and I were looking to be in the same city since we’d been doing some distance and each traveling for a while,” said Klein. “She grew up in Norcross and came back to Atlanta after school to start working as a flutist in the music scene. I had been in Athens so I just moved down to the other end of 316. We found a place in Doraville and are still here. It was just more affordable than Intown or Decatur but in a pretty good location to get to wherever it is we’re going. We like the diversity and of co   Read more...
  • Tailgating

    Tooth-Friendly Tailgating

    Throughout the season, for many football fans, the real game is played on an entirely different field of play: the park-ing lot. Tailgating in Wisconsin is taken as seriously as the game itself, often featuring an assortment of brats, hamburgers, pulled pork, chili, chips, cookies, cake, beer and whatever intricate recipe an ambitious parking lot cook can concoct. Likely absent are such foods as apples, carrots and milk that can help your oral health. Here are some tips for prioritizing good oral health and food options at your next tailgate. Don’t Punt on Appetizers No tailgate is complete without a platter of appetizers, including chips, dips, chicken wings and cheese. Small changes to the menu can make for a big difference in oral health. When it comes to dips, opt for those low in acidity, such as hummus or black bean dip. Acid from food weakens enam-el, resulting in tooth decay. Chips might seem like the perfect dipping mate, but carrots, cauliflower and celery offer health-ful alternatives that still pack a crunch. Another easy option is a fresh apple salsa that combines appl   Read more...

  • PHOTO CAPTION_DSC_Mrs. Barbara Spivey

    Remembering the First Easter Sun-rise Service Atop Stone Mountain

    Each year thousands of worshippers make the pilgrimage to Stone Mountain Park for the annual Easter Sunrise Service celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Christian tradition began on a much smaller scale 75 years ago when Lucille Lanford, a member of Stone Mountain United Methodist Church led a group of church youth to the top of the mountain to worship. It was April 9, 1944, and among the young people from Ms. Lanford’s United Methodist Youth Fellowship group that morning was Barbara Spivey, then Barbara Arrington, a ninth-grader at Stone Mountain High School.


    A lifelong member of Stone Mountain United Methodist Church, Mrs. Spivey, 88, who lived on Main Street “In the third house up from the lumber yard” she said. “We met before sunrise. It was cold and it was real windy on top. By the time we got to the top you could hardly stand up.” She recalled the wind was so strong the girl’s scarves were blowing off their heads. “Some of the boys looked around and found a place where we could be shielded from the wind. That’s where we had our service, a little bit do   Read more...
  • FoodBank

    Atlanta Community Food Bank Is Building New Headquarters

    Back in late January one of the great humanitarian institutions in the extended metro area, Atlanta Community Food Bank, broke ground for a new headquarters. Founded in 1979 by Georgia Tech alumnus Bill Bolling, the Food Bank is legendary for fulfilling its mission “to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community.” For years the institution’s main facility has been at 732 Joseph E. Lowry Blvd. Atlanta 30318. It’s grown so much in its good work that a second building next door at 970 Jefferson Street expanded the operations. Presently work is underway for a needed new Food Bank HQ at the intersection of Redwine Road and Desert Drive in East Point. It will be easily accessible through MARTA bus routes and I-285. The new building is expected to open this summer or spring 2020 at the latest. It will mark the start of a new chapter for Atlanta Community Food Bank, huge in its out-reach and continuing to grow.


    Atlanta Food Bank is respected as the backbone of the extended metro area’s nonprofit hunger relief system. With more than 600 partner agencies—food pan   Read more...
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