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    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...
  • ChildrenDentalHealth

    Children’s Dental Health

    Healthy teeth are an important part of your child’s overall well-being, so make sure you are doing all you can to protect their teeth and gums. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease in children, though it is almost entirely preventable,” said Walter Lucio, DDS, MPH, a dental consultant for Smile, Califor-nia, Medi-Cal Dental’s campaign to improve oral health among its members.Daily brushing and flossing are important to help your child have a healthy smile, and so are regular dental check-ups.


    “Children should start seeing the dentist when their first tooth appears and every six months thereafter,” explains Dr. Lucio. “Parents who set this routine early will help their child with a lifetime of good oral health.” While free dental exams are provided with Medi-Cal—and most insurance plans—less than half of children enrolled in the program have been to the dentist.


    To help, Smile, California aims to increase dental utilization among all 13.5 million members, especially children. This includes   Read more...
  • AdoptASweetheart

    Adopt a Sweetheart was the Theme for Gwinnett Animal Welfare Valentine’s 2019

    I missed this one back in February and I’m sorry I did. In an inspired promotion, Gwinnett Animal Welfare at 844 Winder Highway, Lawrenceville 30045 hosted its Adopt a Sweetheart Valentines special. The memorable occasion was held during the dates surrounding Valentine’s Day 2019 in the February 11-16 window. There were specially discounted adoption rates for sweetheart cats and dogs. Keeping the 2/14 date in mind, the fee was only $2.14 for each dog and cat adopted.


    February 16 was the high point of the Sweetheart Special, and an array of vendors were there. Various gifts were avail-able and there were adorable photo backdrops, as featured in our headline photo. Newly adopted cats and dogs were excit-ed to depart the shelter to start a new chapter in their lives at forever homes with families of humans. (The dogs displayed their excitement more than did the cats, who were more quietly grateful.)


    Things have returned more or less back to normal at Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and pet adoption fees are back to their everyday rates of $45 for dogs and $20 for cats. It’s still a   Read more...
  • EvaDavis

    Eva Davis Honored with Street Name

    Hometown News celebrates Black History Month with a look at Eva Belle Favors Davis, honored this past October with the name change of old East Lake Blvd., when Atlanta decided to call it Eva Davis Way. Eva was in 1971 among the earliest residents of old East Lake Meadows—now known as the Villages of East Lake—when it was a crime-ridden project of the Atlanta Housing Authority.


    Elected president of her local tenants association, Eva led rent strikes for major improvements: better lighting, more sidewalks and a day care center. The neighborhood had almost turned into a drug war zone, infamously known as “Little Vietnam.” But Eva Davis was undaunted.


    Starting with the Civil Rights Movement in the 1970s, Davis helped the Rev. Joseph Boone with Voter Registration drives. She lent her direct action community support to Jimmy Carter, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, and Atlanta Mayors Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young.


    A turning point for the East Lake community was in 1996, when at a tenant meeting Eva Davis courageously rallied fellow citizens in favor of redevelopment—this in spite   Read more...
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