Brookhaven Buzz - October 2018

BrookhavenBuzz Covering Brookhaven, Buckhead, Chamblee, Dunwoody & Doraville • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 10 • OCTOBER 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! 28th Annual AIDS Walk/Run at Piedmont Park Oct. 21 Marion Lenz walks and raises high the Rainbow Flag on the grassy grounds of Piedmont Park at last year’s AIDS Atlanta event. (Steve Schaefer, Special to the AJC). Atlanta in the Metro has a long public caring com- mitment to its citizens who endure HIV/AIDS, dating back to the first walk/run in 1990 to raise awareness for a disease that most people did not then understand. And in 2018, for the 28th consecutive year, there will be another annual event in Piedmont Park, continuing one of the great humanitarian traditions in Atlanta. This year’s edition of the AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K run will take place Sunday Oct. 21, 10 am-5 pm at Piedmont Park in the area near Park Tavern. The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display. Executive director of AID Atlanta, Nicole Roebuck, says that HIV/AIDS is “the most significant health emer- gency in the state. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,381 adults and adolescents were diagnosed with HIV in Georgia, making Georgia’s num- bers the fifth-highest in the U.S. That’s why AIDS Atlanta is so proactive about the problem and fundraising is always an important key. “We are always unsure about future government sup- port,” said Roebuck, “so this walk/run is a way we can all come together and raise funds.” Indeed, for those affected by or at risk for AIDS the situation remains dire for many. Continued on page 10 Brookhaven Approves ‘World Class’ Dog Park Canines in the community smile at prospects for new playground. (Flickr) Dog lovers (and dogs themselves, as in our headline photo) in Brookhaven are excited about a plan officially approved by City Council. Announced in mid-August, it boldly calls for a new city-sponsored “world class” dog park. The location: Brookhaven Park, at 4158 Peachtree Road in the heart of town, where many folks currently take their dogs to open greenspace. Brookhaven has approved a contract not to exceed $50,000 for the new dog park. “The designated area will be in the northwest corner of the park,” says Brian Borden, Brookhaven Parks & Recreation director. “It will feature a dog-friendly double-gated entry system designed to keep dogs within the designated area. There will be at least 2 entries: one on the northeast side and on the south-facing side of the area.” City planners compromised and collaborated with 2 citizen groups, Brookhaven Park Conservancy and Brookhaven Park Association, for creative solutions. Continued on page 5