Midtown Messenger - April 2018 - page 1

Midtown Messenger
Covering Peachtree, Piedmont & Surrounding Areas
• LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS
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Volume 3, No. 4 •
APRIL 2018
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PRICELESS ISSUE!
April 22nd
For Green Streets and
Clean Streams
Ingenious and seemingly simple: Streetscape planters
infiltrate and clean stormwater runoff. (ajc.com)
Chattahoochee Riverkeepers and Trees Atlanta, two
of the Metro’s most popular nature-oriented nonprofits,
have joined forces in an innovative initiative. It at once
addresses ongoing needs to replenish our tree canopy
in the ATL while also contributing to improvement of
urban stormwater management. There’s a kind of rhyth-
mic poetry in the name of this ecological project: Green
Streets and Clean Streams.
The Green Streets and Clean Streams initiative is
fairly straightforward and illustrated with our headline
photo. The concept is based on using tree installations
in street-side planters. Inside them are water sensors
to provide useful data needed to collect water runoff.
Continued on page 5
Coffee Cart Looks to Spread
Joy in Atlanta Area
‘Joyrista’s’ Hannah Baird (l) and Megan McCutcheon.
Java Joy “Joyrista’s” brought some joy to Midtown
when they set up their coffee cart in front of Colony
Square on National Muffin Day and offered free muffins
and a hug to passing pedestrians. The muffins were a hit
and the Joyrista’s enthusiasm was contagious.
This was the first visit to Atlanta for Java Joy, a non-
profit coffee cart and bakery run by adults with develop-
mental disabilities. “We give them practical job training
and life skills,” said Jake Sapp, Coordinator of Program
Operations for Extra Special People (ESP,) an organiza-
tion that creates opportunities for individuals of all ages
and abilities. Sapp also manages Java Joy.
Java Joy is based in Athens and Sapp said they are
looking for more opportunities to come into Atlanta.
“We have a mobile cart as well as a van so we can
pretty much go anywhere.” Said Sapp. “We would love
to get out in Atlanta.” Java Joy serves coffee and baked
goods but Sapp said they are willing to be creative.
“If an event calls for something else we are definitely
open to some different experiences and opportunities.”
To find out more about Java Joy or book them for
your next event visit: javajoy.org.
– Story & Photo by Dean Hesse
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