Decatur Dispatch -January 2019

• LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Volume 29, No. 1 • JANUARY 2019 Decatur Dispatch Covering De atur, Druid Hills, Emory, Sage Hill, Toco Hill, & Avondale Estates PRICELESS ISSUE! Dogs Immortalized by Decatur Artist Barry Gregg Decatur is lucky to have a resident artist like Barry Gregg. Even luckier are all our canine friends immor- talized in his works. At his Clay Works Studio just off Columbia Drive, he turns out award winning clay sculp- tures [and much more] that often showcase the whimsical, funny and touching canines which are a part of so many human lives. “Man’s Best Friend” has no champion in the arts greater than Barry Gregg. I first became familiar with Gregg’s work several years ago. Annually, he holds a number of “studio sales” where visitors meet him in person [as well as his inspira- tional dogs like Bella] and see all his various types of cre- ations. His “totems” of stacked clay sculptures are always fascinating and sometimes made in the form of practical and unique lamps. Better yet, you can select the various clay works to create your own personalized piece of art. There are also plenty of other possibilities. These range from candleholders to ornaments, vases and deco- rative objects intended to bring a smile to your face even on the dreariest of days. Some of my favorite Gregg cre- ations are the wagons, boats or other “containers” filled with five or more singing doggies that are so charming you can almost hear their yips, barks or howls. Continued on page 8 Non-Profit with a Heart – The DDD Foundation In recent years, the vital link between good oral/den- tal care and overall physical health has become clearly established. Even so, access to dental care for many peo- ple with developmental dis- abilities has been virtually non-existent. The DDD Foun- dation, Inc. [Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled] of Atlanta is a true “non-profit with a heart” and the only private dental clinic in Georgia with professionals exclu- sively serving patients with developmental disabilities. When the only local state facility for persons with intellectual disabilities closed down in 1997, Dr. Deidra Rondeno recognized the desperate need for these services. She was one of the few [then and now] dentists who had spe- cialized training in this area. She founded the DDD Foun- dation in 1999 as a non-profit to fill the growing service gap. Its mission over the past twenty years has been to “offer accessible, comprehensive dental treatment to patients with developmental disabilities.” This includes both children and adults. With a dedicated staff, they see up to 20 patients a day and around 4,603 annually. Those seeking service come from 83 Georgia counties, often entailing long travel time and the necessity to stay overnight in Atlanta. Whether young or older, developmentally disabled patients can be non-verbal about their dental problems and perhaps both disoriented and frightened. Significant dental problems and their solutions can be daunting even for patients without disabilities. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Continued on page 10