Decaur Dispatch - June 2019

• LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Volume 29, No. 6 • JUNE 2019 Decatur Dispatch Covering De atur, Druid Hills, Emory, Sage Hill, Toco Hill, & Avondale Estates PRICELESS ISSUE! Former Clarkston Cross Country Runner Fulfilling Long Time Dream Woodlands Garden Decatur Undergoes Renovation, Expansion Standing at 932 Scott Boulevard Decatur in the 30030 is a forested, urban sanctuary with a remarkable sense of place. Known simply as Woodlands Garden, its preservation dates back to 1946 in the immediate post WW II era. It was a time of great material and social promise when the world, our country, the southern region and the ATL were all being remade anew. But somehow this particular land was to keep its raw beauty as of old. Scott Boulevard was a red dirt country road back in that day. Dr. Chet Morse and his wife Gene settled on what was then the rural outskirts of Decatur in a beautiful 7-acre pristine parcel with more than several hundred tree species. The Morse family duly christened it Woodlands, a glorious place with the aromas of wood and rich earth, as it must have been for centuries before. Dr. Morse had a productive, 45-year career in internal medicine, commuting to practice in the city of Decatur. It grew up and outward, radi- ating out to what became commercial and residential Scott Boulevard, in the environs surrounding the Morse property. The pure sylvan beauty of this forested land, tucked away off Scott Boulevard, is already breathtaking. By year’s end it will become more accessible. Continued on page 4 Continued on page 5 Cross Country Runner Bineyam Tumbo Growing up in Clarkston with his parents back in his native Ethiopia former Clarkston High cross country runner and soccer player Bineyam Tumbo remembers playing in the streets with orphans and other parentless kids as the time he decided he was going to find a way to help orphans and kids like himself when he got older. As a sophomore business major and cross country runner at Division III Earl- ham College in Richmond, Indiana he is beginning to make that dream come true. “I grew up with my Mom and Dad working three jobs in Ethiopia to send us to Atlanta with an opportunity to succeed,” June 16th