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.
Lilburn resident Nikki Fields has been making floral arrangements since she was a teenager, learning the business from her mother Inez Fields who owned a flower shop in Tucker. Four years ago Nikki opened her own shop, Old Town Flowers & Gifts on Main Street in Old Town Lilburn and she says. “God opened this door for me, and it’s been wonderful,” she says.
Daniel C. Kamman earned the rank of Eagle Scout on January 8. Daniel, a Brookhaven resident, is a member of BSA Troop 77, chartered to Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur. He has been an active Scout since 2001 and a member of Troop 77 since 2005.
Opened in 1987 and then the northern tip of the rapid transit line running south to Atlanta, the Chamblee MARTA Station is bounded by New Peachtree and Peachtree Roads on the east and west, and Chamblee Tucker Road to the south. Rail 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.