Tucker Times -January 2019

Tucker Times Covering Tuck r, Northlake, & Stone Mountain • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Volume 29, No. 1 • JANUARY 2019 PRICELESS ISSUE! City of Tucker, Northlake CID, Kick Off Downtown Master Plan Study Tucker Master Plan Study Area, bisected by landmark Main Street, has clearly defined boundaries as seen on map. It’s a cooperative venture that’s a natural: The City of Tucker and the Northlake Community Improvement District (CID) have joined forces to launch the Tucker Downtown Master Plan Process. The plan had its kickoff in an historic moment in a meeting in the Fellowship Hall of Tucker First Baptist Church on Nov. 27 as 2018 drew to a close. Tucker as a cohesive railroad community dates back to 1892, and for many decades has enjoyed a downtown on Main Street where people shop, buy services, attend special events and dine. There’s something compel- ling about the look and feel of Main Street Tucker that compels people to return. It’s a given that a Master Plan would use Main Street as a kind of axis while seeking to enlarge the surrounding area with new growth and opportunities. “This is a bigopportunity,” emphasizesTucker’sDirector of Community and Economic Development John McHenry, “especially from an economic development standpoint.” Continued on page 5 St. Vincent de Paul Georgia Brings Hope to People in Need Since 1903, the St. Vincent de Paul (SDVP) mission was to provide help to the most vulnerable chil- dren, individuals and fami- lies in Georgia. More spe- cifically, this organization has a food pantry, provides financial assistance, educa- tion and access to various resources. For example, they have a computer lab, thrift stores and budgeting, nutri- tion and couponing classes. One of the unique aspects of SVDP is that indi- viduals and families can shop for food items they are most needed, like fresh meats, produce or dried goods. If someone needs financial assistance, they offer a range of assistance to include, rent and housing, utilities, medical, prescriptions, counseling or transportation, to name a few. The organization is always looking for donations or volunteers. Donations can include monetary gifts, valued stocks, bonds or mutual funds, vehicles or clothing. Volun- teers are the driving force of the organization and provide hope to the countless number of families in need. They help deliver food, stock the food pantry, sort donated clothing and so much more. If you would like to lend a helping hand or request assistance, please visit their website at https://www. svdpgeorgia.org/ or call 678-892-6163. –Angela K. Walker HAPPY NEW YEAR!