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Retiring leader honored
From left, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed recently honored Latin American Association Executive Director Jeffrey Tapia with the Phoenix Award, the city’s highest honor for an individual, during a ceremony at the association’s headquarters in Brookhaven. Tapia, who retired earlier this month, has spent more than 30 years helping people in Atlanta’s Latin community, including 14 with the association. ‘Her commitment to human rights has left an indelible mark not only on Atlanta, but our country as well,’ Reed said. (Special Photo)
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Summer BBQ Festival
Andee’s Army, a nonprofit that raises funds for children and youth recovering from brain and spinal cord injuries, recently hosted its inaugural Summer BBQ Festival at American Legion Post 140 at Chastain Park in Buckhead. The event welcomed almost 400 participants, sponsors, volunteers and softball players, with the festival and corresponding softball tournament raising close to $30,000 for Andee’s Army. As part of its mission, Andee’s Army partners with Shepherd Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and provides both acute and long-term grants to support children and youth on their long road of rehabilitation from brain and spinal cord injuries. Nine teams competed for awards in both pork and ribs while a lineup of live bands provided music all afternoon. The event also included celebrity judges and a 50/50 and Big Green Egg raffle. From left, American Legion Post 140 members Ron Mountford (team captain) of Sandy Springs, Dr. Hal Raper of Chastain Park and Herb Sanders of Lavista Hills participated as part of the Legiondary BBQ team. (Special Photo)
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One Museum Place Construction Celebration
Developer and home builder John Wieland entertained special guests and home purchasers of his new luxury condominium, One Museum Place, at a cocktail buffet supper reception at the High Museum of Art’s Stent Wing Atrium in Midtown. The development, one of Atlanta’s first ultra-luxury high-rise homes built since 2007, has broken ground with construction started across Peachtree Street from the High. The evening, called the Construction Celebration, heralded the rising of the new five-story residences, designed by architects Merrill Elam and Mack Scogin. Price points range from $900,000 to $3.5 million and spaces range from 1,600 to 5,300 square feet. Construction by Brasfield & Gorrie is currently under way. As of July 22 nearly 50 percent of its 44 units had been presold, a total of more than $30 million. From left, Anne Schwall, vice president of the Skyrise Group of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, and John Wieland stand next to the model of One Museum Place, now under construction behind them and across Peachtree Street from the High Museum of Art. (Special / Kim Link)
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Georgia Commute Options issues Code Orange smog alert
by Neighbor Staff
July 27, 2015 07:27 PM | 215 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia Commute Options, a program of the Georgia Department of Transportation, Monday announced it has issued a Code Orange smog alert for Tuesday.
A Code Orange alert means the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups, like older adults, children and those who suffer from heart or lung conditions (including asthma). This is metro Atlanta’s third Code Orange for the 2015 smog season.
Smog alerts are color-coded based on the Air Quality Index which categorizes air quality in Green, Yellow, Orange, Red and Purple based on concentration of pollutants. Georgia Commute Options provides smog alerts on days when there’s a forecast for air pollution to reach unhealthy concentration levels — Code Orange or higher. Metro Atlanta residents can subscribe to these at In 2014, there were 11 smog alerts — nine Code Orange alerts and two Code Purple (very unhealthy) alerts.
How can one help prevent smog alerts?
There are three main types of pollution: Nitrogen Oxides (NOXs), particulate matter/particle pollution, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These are all mostly man-made and come from vehicle emissions. When VOCs and NOXs are combined with heat and sunlight (mostly during the summer), it creates ground-level ozone. When ground-level ozone is mixed with particulate matter, it creates smog. The majority of air pollution comes from tailpipes, so when one chooses to share the ride, one is helping everyone breathe a little easier.
Georgia Commute Options, a program funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation, helps commuters, employers and property managers take advantage of alternatives to driving alone to and from work. Georgia Commute Options reports that every day in metro Atlanta, the use of commute alternatives such as carpooling and transit results in 1.1 million vehicle miles not traveled and 550 tons of pollution kept out of the air.
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Members Guild celebrates 25 years
The Atlanta History Center’s Members Guild in Buckhead recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a cocktail party. Center President and CEO Sheffield Hale provided an exclusive look at plans for the completion of the museum’s expansion, the addition of a café and the relocation of the Cyclorama’s ‘Battle of Atlanta’ painting to a new edifice on the center’s campus. Outgoing Members Guild president Cecilia Wright passed the gavel to incoming president Lisa Fuller, and founding president Mary Patton was honored. From left, Members Guild benefactor Cynthia Widner Wall of year-long sponsor PNC Wealth Management, Wright, Patton and Fuller. (Special / Kim Link)
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