Opened in 1979 as part of the rapid transit line running to Atlanta, the Decatur MARTA Station was a joint venture of the architectural firms of Edwards and Kelsey of Newark, New Jersey and Stevens and Wilkinson of Atlanta. Stations such as this, which are serviced by bus routes, are vital cogs in MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority)—the ninth-largest of the county’s interurban transit systems designed to alleviate traffic congestion.
When former Georgia native and Army Special Forces Sergeant-Major Jack Nevils wanted to show his appreciation to those in his home state for supporting his fellow fallen and wounded Special Operations troops and to welcome Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal and first lady Sandra Deal to the Capitol, he carried a flag on a Special Forces mission and then flew it in honor of Georgia’s Governor on his Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Iraq.
“And Yours Will be Smiling As Well!” promises Limerick Junction’s Web site, as Atlanta’s oldest Irish pub gears up for its 25th annual St’ Patrick’s Day celebration! Of course, the Virginia-Highland institution gets its Irish up all the time, but it will no doubt pull out all the stops to commemorate the quarter century. Limerick Junction usually features a full day of festivities with a block party in the rear of the pub and live Irish music inside. Since St Patty’s falls on a Saturday this year (March 17), one can expect the fine fellowship and revelry to be kicked up several notches!
Three years ago, Anna Huthmaker, of Huthmaker Violins, heard that due to budget cuts, the police department quietly decided that instead of cutting any amount from a service to the community, they would do away with their annual awards banquet. This was unacceptable to her. From there, Anna decided she wanted to do something, and now in its third year, has officially titled her efforts, Project Appreciation. The goal is to raise enough money to give the police a nice awards banquet.
The annual Winter Luncheon of the 2011 Buckhead Girls Club was highlighted by inspirational remarks by guest speaker Ashley Smith Robinson, author of Unlikely Angel, and the presentation of the Buckhead Girls Club ‘Woman of the Year’ Award to Atlanta volunteer leader Sarah Kennedy. Chaired by Jenny Pruitt, founder of the Club whose membership includes women graduates of Buckhead and Northside high schools or area residents for 20 years or more, the event was held at the Cherokee Town Club.
Renfroe Middle School, located in Decatur, will become the first middle school from Georgia to compete in the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C., April 26-30. Four young students earned their spot by winning the Georgia Middle School Science Bowl on January 21, at Woodstock High School, an event coordinated by Armstrong Atlantic State University physics professor Donna Mullenax.
Lilburn Teen Idol winner Jenna Bass is a finalist in the Variety Stars of Tomorrow charity competition and will compete for the top spot in a variety show in the Fox Theater’s Egyptian Ballroom on March 11. Bass is a 17-year-old junior at Parkview High School in Lilburn. She was crowned Lilburn Teen Idol last summer and placed first in the Broadway Rising Star vocal competition in New York City. Bass has performed the National Anthem at local events such as Gwinnett Braves games, pageants and school athletic events.
The American Craft Council is honoring Hellena Huntley Tidwell along with other arts-forward Atlantans as “Style Makers” during the American Craft Council Atlanta Show, March 9-11 at the Cobb Galleria. The Brookhaven resident will be featured at the Show and in American Craft Magazine, paired with her favorite genre of craft.
At a recent public forum, Decatur residents expressed their fears and concerns about a proposed plan to build a Super Wal-Mart in the Suburban Plaza, located on North Decatur Road between Church Street and Medlock Road. Residents who live in the area are concerned about the parking problems and the increased traffic that the discount retail store will bring to an already congested area. Other residents fear what a Super Wal-Mart will do to businesses in the area.
Southern Order of Storytellers (SOS) presents its 30th annual Winter Storytelling Festival featuring 13 events on Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18 in downtown Decatur. Headlining the two-day, family-friendly festival is Bill Harley, a two-time Grammy award-winning musician and NPR commentator.