Warren Bruno Memorial Bike Ride

The VHCA joins in those supporting the first annual Warren Bruno Memorial Ride to honor the legacy of a man who enriched the lives of so many in our community.

As the owner of flagship VaHi restaurant Atkins Park, Warren was one of the founders of Summerfest, and there’s no way we’d be having a 30th anniversary festival without his incredible support through the years. Warren was also an avid cyclist, so this tribute is fitting for a man who never missed a chance to bring family, friends and community together.

The ride will take place the morning of Sunday June 2 and start at the New Highland Park (corner of N. Highland Ave. & St. Charles Pl., across the street and just south of Atkins Park). Riders should sign in at 6:45 AM, the ride will start at 8 AM.

Registration is required. Register at http://wbmemorialridesummerfest.eventbrite.com/. When registering, donations may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Association in Warren Bruno’s name.

Ride on, Warren!

VaHi to Host Atlanta Christmas 5K Race

The Atlanta Christmas 5K road race will take place in Virginia-Highland from 8:00 – 9:30 AM on Saturday December 22. Registration is closed but you should be aware that traffic will be impacted during the race.

The race starts at Fire Station #19 on N. Highland Avenue, runs through VaHi and Morningside, and finishes up at Morningside Presbyterian Church.

Click here for a map showing the course route and streets effected. A street-by-street course route follows below:

• Race starts at Fire Station #19 (1063 N. Highland Ave)

• West on Los Angeles, Pass Crestridge Drive

• Turn Left on Elkmont Drive

• Turn Right on Park Drive

• Turn Right on Orme Circle

• Turn Right on Elkmont (Orme Circle merges to Elkmont)

• Turn Left on Brookridge Drive

• Turn Left on Amsterdam Ave – Amsterdam merges into Courtenay

• Turn Right on San Antonio Ave

• Turn Left on Amsterdam Ave

• Turn Left on Kings Court

• Bear Right on San Antonio – follow to Courtenay Ave

• Turn Right on Courtenay Ave

• Turn Left on Greenland Ave – stay right on Greenland – merges to Hillpine

• Turn Right on Wayne Ave

• Turn Left on Courtenay Ave

• Turn Left on North Highland Ave and proceed 90 yards to North Morningside Dr

• Turn Left on North Morningside Drive.

• Go 1/10th mile and turn Right into Morningside Presbyterian Church lot to the Finish Area.

Save the Date – Inman Frosty 5K!

Inman Middle School’s annual Frosty 5K Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 AM. Sprinters, runners, joggers, and walkers are all welcome both for the race – which runs mostly along the BeltLine – and the post-race festivities. You can do it! Register now at www.InmanFrosty5K.com.

Thanks to Whole Foods on Ponce, Phidippides, Judi Weber Designs, Midtown Bowl, Silver Smiles Orthodontics, The Maxim Law Firm, Southwest Rink at Park Tavern, FIG Partners, Epps Aviation, Fifth Group Restaurants, Rapid Signs and FitWit for stepping up to sponsor this year’s Fun Run. If you or someone you know has a business that might be interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Adrienne Maxim at adrienne.maxim@gmail.com or Beth Downes at bethdownes@msn.com. And please let our sponsors know we appreciate them by patronizing them when you can!

Interested in helping out with the run as a volunteer? Come help, have fun, and get a t-shirt without breaking a sweat! Sign up today at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084AACAC292-inman.

BeltLine Eastside 10K run

From the Atlanta BeltLine the VHCA has received the following information:

Atlanta BeltLine Running Series Opens Registration for Eastside 10K 

December 1 Event Features First Official Run on New Eastside Trail and Exciting Tailgate and Neighborhood Challenges

 ATLANTA (Aug. 23, 2012) The Atlanta BeltLine Running Series announces its second annual Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K on Saturday, December 1, kicking off at Stoveworks (112 Krog Street Northeast  Atlanta, GA 30307) at 10 a.m. This first official run/walk on the new Eastside Trail winds through the Inman Park, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Poncey Highland, and VirginiaHighland neighborhoods.  Participants will pass by the new Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skate Park, take in beautiful vistas of downtown and midtown Atlanta, travel an off-road stretch of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, and enjoy a jaunt through Piedmont Park.

“We are so excited to get out and get active on the new Eastside Trail with the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director Valarie Wilson.  ”We encourage Atlantans to take advantage of this awesome new trail and this exciting event to show their team spirit and get moving!”

Coinciding with the day of the SEC Championship and Championship Saturday, the Eastside 10K features an exciting Tailgate Challenge that encourages college football fans to represent their schools and enjoy a rigorous run before heading into the evening’s football programming. Teams are forming quickly, including representatives from Agnes Scott University, Auburn University, Georgia State University, Georgia College and State University, Kansas State University, University of Georgia, and Vanderbilt University, with more to come.

The race also features a Neighborhood Challenge, in which neighborhood associations will compete for a $1,000 cash purse to be awarded to the fastest, largest, and most spirited neighborhood teams.  “We are very excited to give Atlanta’s neighborhood associations the opportunity to compete for BeltLine bragging rights and potentially win some cash to support their community,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Program Director, Rob Brawner.

More details about the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series – including the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K, challenges and other races, can be found at http://run.beltline.org

Participants are encouraged to register by November 28th, when registration will increase from $38 to $45. Proceeds benefit the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.

Special amenities offered to Eastside 10K participants include:

o   Tailgate Challenge including exciting prizes such as happy hour events from several local venues, the ability to setup your tailgate tent along the race route!

o   Neighborhood Challenge featuring a cash purse of $1,000 to be awarded to the neighborhood associations fielding the largest,, fastest and most spirited teams. The winning neighborhoods will get featured in Atlanta Intown

o   Great new start and finish location: Stoveworks

o   Long-sleeved technical shirts, thanks to Nike

o   Unique medals

o   Points earned toward Atlanta BeltLine Running Series Challenge prizes

o   AND, proceeds from the race support the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership! 

Registration is open and additional information is available at http://Run.BeltLine.org.

 About the Atlanta BeltLine

The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments.

About the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine, working with the community and partners to raise general awareness and support, and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to address social concerns.  For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit www.BeltLine.org.

Komen 3-Day Walk Begins Friday, Will Pass Through Virginia-Highland

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure kicks off a 60-mile walk Friday that will start in Stone Mountain and, over the course of the weekend, take participants through Decatur, Virginia-Highland, Midtown, Candler Park and eventually to Turner Field.

Walkers will pass through VaHi on Sunday morning and early afternoon. From 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. John Howell Park will be the site of an official cheering station where residents can gather as a group to support the walkers. We’ve received no notice of any road closures in connection with this event.

Click here to read a Patch article about the 3-day walk or here to visit the event’s website.

Atlanta Marathon Coming Through VaHi; Expect Road Closures

This year’s Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay will be held October 28 and the course will bring runners right through the heart of Virginia-Highland.

Mile 14 brings runners up N. Highland Avenue from Poncey-Highland where they will eventually turn left on Virginia Avenue. Runners will then turn right on Park Drive where Mile 15 continues on into Piedmont Park. Click here to view the complete route map.

Expect full or partial road closures. The right hand side only of northbound N. Highland Avenue will be closed from approx. 7:50 a.m. until approx. 10:45 a.m. The right hand side only of westbound Virginia Avenue will be closed from approx. 8:00 a.m. until approx. 10:50 a.m. All of Park Drive will be closed from approx. 8:05 a.m. until approx. 11:00 a.m. Click here for a complete list of road closures.

For more information on the Atlanta Marathon, visit http://atlantamarathon.org/marathon.

BeltLine Northside 5K

 

“The 2012 Atlanta BeltLine Running Series presented by Internal Data Resources (IDR) will consist of three running/walking events located at three separate locations on the Atlanta BeltLine. Registered participants will receive a technical tee, enjoy a fun post-race environment, and connect with diverse communities through Atlanta’s first and only in-town running series. Proceeds from the races go to The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership to continue their efforts to raise awareness for the Atlanta BeltLine.”

More info at Atlanta BeltLine site

Publix Georgia Marathon 3/18 (street closures)

The Publix Georgia Marathon, which will run through our neighborhood on 3/18/2012. Check on routes, times, etc at www.georgiamarathon.com then click on “community” for info.

The marathon will affect streets in a wide swathe from Downtown to Decatur — here are the main streets in our immediate neighborhood that are affected, but see also full road closure info on Georgia Marathon site:

  • Ponce De Leon – There is always at least 1 eastbound and 1 westbound lane on Ponce De Leon between Peachtree St and N Highland Ave and between N Highland and Decatur Square. The intersection of Ponce De Leon at N Highland is closed during approximately 7:13 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. but reopens to traffic at approximately 9:30 a.m., after which Ponce is open to 2-way traffic from Peachtree St to Decatur Square.
  • North Ave – Until 11:00 a.m., eastbound traffic on North Ave is detoured off North Ave from Luckie St to Fowler St to North Ave. Including this detour, there is always at least 1 eastbound and 1 westbound traffic lane on North Ave between Northside Dr and Freedom Pkwy. The intersection of North Ave and N Highland is closed during approximately 7:09am-9:30am but reopens to traffic at approximately 9:30am.
  • Boulevard/Monroe Dr – During the race, Boulevard/Monroe Dr is open to traffic from Auburn Ave to Park Dr. After Auburn Ave reopens to traffic at approximately 8:30am, Boulevard/Monroe Dr is open to traffic from south of I-20 to Park Dr. Monroe & Park Dr are closed to traffic during approximately 8:35am-1:00pm.
  • N Highland Ave – N Highland Ave from North Ave to Virginia Ave is part of the course during approximately 7:13am-9:30am. After approximately 9:30am, N Highland Ave is open to traffic from Baker-Highland Connector to Los Angeles Ave. N Highland & Virginia is closed to traffic during approximately 7:13am-9:30am. N Highland & Los Angeles is closed to traffic during approximately 8:30am-12:45pm.
  • Briarcliff Rd – Briarcliff Rd from Stillwood Dr to The By Way is part of the course during approximately 8:25am-12:30pm. During the race, Briarcliff Rd is open to 2-way traffic south of Stillwood Dr and north of The By Way.

Neighborhood Races and Festivals

  • The Intown10 Race on 3/4/2012 news at – http://intownten.com/news/pics/map/ for times of street closings.
  • The Publix Georgia Marathon on 3/18/2012 news at – http://georgiamarathon.com/road_closure.htm for times of street closings.
  • The proposed Streets Alive festival plans slated for 5/20/2012 will be presented and discussed at the next VaHi Civic Association meeting on 3/12/2012 at 7 at the PDL Avenue library.

Intown 10K

Get ready for the inaugural running of The Intown Ten Road Race, a 10k on Sunday March 4th, 2012 through the streets of Virginia-Highland and Morningside. The race is the only USATF certified 10k in Northeast Atlanta, and all proceeds will benefit John Howell Park at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Barnett Street. The race is chip-timed and is one of your last opportunities for a qualifying time prior to the Peachtree Road Race application period.

The race will commence at 8am, and registration at Active.com is $35 until February 1st and $40 thereafter. The run is brought to you by the Intown Neighbors, a community group headed by Rob Glancy and focused on grass roots activism, progress, and beautification in Atlanta.

The 10K is open to all. The course was designed for both speed and ease. So whether you’re a competitive runner or a neighborhood resident who wants to gather friends and push a stroller to help the community, we have you in mind. Prizes will be awarded in each age group, both male and female.

Registration closes February 23rd and is limited to 1000 participants and there is no race day registration available. In-store registration is at Phidippides Ansley Mall.

All registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt designed by renowned artist Flournoy Holmes, who designed the album covers for such notable records as The Allman Brothers Eat a Peach and Dr. John In the Right Place.

The race will begin and end near John Howell Park. Please visit our website at intownten.com for additional details, including the course map and sponsorship information, and by all means like us on Facebook.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to be active, which in turn will raise funds for John Howell Park. We look forward to seeing you on race day!

Intown 10K run

Get ready for the inaugural running of The Intown Ten Road Race, a 10k on Sunday March 4th, 2012 through the streets of Virginia-Highland and Morningside. The race is the only USATF certified 10k in Northeast Atlanta, and all proceeds will benefit John Howell Park at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Barnett Street. The race is chip-timed and is one of your last opportunities for a qualifying time prior to the Peachtree Road Race application period.

The race will commence at 8am, and registration at Active.com is $35 until February 1st and $40 thereafter. The run is brought to you by the Intown Neighbors, a community group headed by Rob Glancy and focused on grass roots activism, progress, and beautification in Atlanta.

The 10K is open to all. The course was designed for both speed and ease. So whether you’re a competitive runner or a neighborhood resident who wants to gather friends and push a stroller to help the community, we have you in mind. Prizes will be awarded in each age group, both male and female.

Registration closes February 23rd and is limited to 1000 participants and there is no race day registration available. In-store registration is at Phidippides Ansley Mall.

All registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt designed by renowned artist Flournoy Holmes, who designed the album covers for such notable records as The Allman Brothers Eat a Peach and Dr. John In the Right Place.

The race will begin and end near John Howell Park. Please visit our website at intownten.com for additional details, including the course map and sponsorship information, and by all means like us on Facebook.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to be active, which in turn will raise funds for John Howell Park. We look forward to seeing you on race day!

Traffic/Races

Traffic Alerts

There is to be an outdoor festival in the Mix parking lot on North Highland Avenue @ Briarcliff Place on Saturday10/22 from 2 til 10 http://xorbia.com/e/festivalofexcellence/ A reminder to festival patrons that the streets in this area have resident only parking after 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Non-resident parkers on these marked streets are subject to being towed by PARKatlanta. These are the three Saint named streets in Atkins Park as well as Briarcliff Place and Arlington Place.

The Atlanta Marathon will be going thru VaHi on 10/30. Route info at www.atlantamarathon.org click on event info then click on spectator info to get to street closings. Plan ahead!

The Susan G. Komen Cancer Walk will also be coming thru VaHi on Sunday morning 10/23, with a cheering section in John Howell Park on Virginia Avenue from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Limited route info is at http://www.the3day.org/site/pageserver?pagename=AT_spectator The Sunday morning time should not cause too many traffic problems, except for the attendees of Virginia Highland Church on Virginia Avenue. Hope the walk folks have been in contact with the church to make plans.

The Park Drive bridge entrance to Piedmont Park is scheduled for renovations/repairs thru 11/15 with limited usage at times and limited access to the dog park.

Upcoming Races to Register For

Atlanta’s Finest 5K Race on August 7th to benefit the Atlanta Police Foundation – info at http://www.atlantapolicefoundation.org/AtlantasFinest5K.aspx The new Morningside Mile Race to benefit our AFR Station 19′s planned renovation efforts on September 19th – register at www.active.com or www.Running4Fitness.com Also don’t forget Station # 19′s neat new t-shirts on sale at the Station house.

The ING Marathon

This race will be going through VaHi again this year on Sunday, March 21st. The full marathon will have the same route as in previous years, but the half-marathon will be on a different route, freeing up North Highland Avenue earlier for businesses to have access for their patrons. Go to www.IngGeorgiaMarathon.com and click on “community” to see the map for this year. Be prepared.

Safety Team Report Special Report 6/20/09

Zone 6 Strikes Again!!

Just in case you are not aware of all the break-ins that happened to the beleagured Urban Body Fitness Studios on PDL Place the past couple of weeks – read the AJC story.

Now – just tonite I got the following narrative from our Major Propes as to the capture of the persistant thief, Donald Rayfield.

“Two outstanding members of our Zone 6 team conducted the undercover surveillance of the business. Officers Heckenkamp and Levine work the Morning Watch (11p.m. to 7 a.m.). They are our “go to it ” guys. They routinely are responsible for nabbing the bad guy! This time they concealed themselves at the location and watched as Mr. Rayfield attempted to kick in the door. They called in the uniform support and caught him in the act!

These two officers are also the ones that went in the burning house back in 2007 and rescued the two women from the burning house in the Inman Park area. The State Bar Association recognized them as Officers of the Year for that act of heroism. They were also the two officers that caught Andre Grier the last time he was arrested for breaking into a car in Inman Park. They are good! The furloughs haven’t stopped them!”

They also, I might add, were the ones that caught Roger Corley here in VaHi after he burglarized a residence on Orme Circle and left a stolen Jeep on Crestridge Drive. We are lucky to have these two gentlemen on duty here in the middle of the night. Thank you Major for this report.

Hopefully there will be a CourtWatch opportunity when Rayfield comes to court. We need to ask for him to be banned from the entire PDL Avenue corridor neighborhoods when he gets out of jail again, since this is where he seems to like to do his dirty work.

Traffic Alert!!

Tenth Street will be closed next Tuesday evening from 8 til 11 p.m. from Argonne Avenue to Monroe Drive for a trial run of a Soap Box Derby race to be actually held August 29th. If you will be traveling east on Tenth – you will be able to use Argonne Avenue to get to Monroe and then on to your destination. You might be better off that evening just using PDL Avenue and stay away from the congestion in the Tenth Street corridor.

Major Propes assures me there will be plenty of officers to handle the traffic diversion. Plan your Tuesday nite trips accordingly.

Job Opening

Our long-time and dedicated NPU “F” liquor license chair, Liz Coyle, has resigned to make her run for our City Council District 6 seat. This is a fascinating and vital job for our NPU and offers a chance for someone to really get involved in our local scene. I’m sure Liz will make herself available for assistance and giudance and I’ll be glad to assist also. Contact our NPU chair, Dianne Olansky at dianneolansky@gmail.com, if you would like to see how this whole process works and help your neighbors at the same time.

Speaking of liquor licenses

Club Eros on Monroe Drive has a new manager who was at our recent NPU meeting and offered his cell phone number for a contact – it is 404-840-4682. If you live in Piedmont Heights and are bothered by excessive noise from this club – don’t be shy about calling him to complain.

Stolen Driver’s Licenses

This tip about replacing a stolen driver’s license comes from Johanna Chapin who posted this info on the vhlist a while ago. She states – the DMV will only issue a replacement license with the same #, and not invalidate the old #, unless you have a police report that specifically says that your driver’s license was stolen. With another valid copy of your drivers license out there, someone could take that and cause a lot of identity theft damage. Bring the police report with you to the DMV and be prepared to rattle some cages (so she says) to get a license with a new # on it. Thanx Johanna, for posting this vital info. As an aside, the DMV office downtown in the stadium area is very easy to reach and is very well organized. I recently renwed my license there and was amazed at how smoothly and quickly their operation goes.

Two Interesting Websites

This web site – EveryBlock not only has houses for sale – but pin points crime locations. You can change zip codes for different info. And, if you are wondering about how many registered sex offenders are in our midst – go to http://services.georgia.gov/gbi/gbisor/SORSearch.jsp

Speaking of sex offenders

the Fulton County Jail web site says that Kenneth Lamb was released from Rice Street on 5/26. I haven’t heard of any sightings of him yet. Remember – he was the shoeless beggar who frequented shopping areas on PDL Avenue and Monroe Drive. Midtown’s MPSA chief investigator says he has a registered address in ATL 30318 – living with 4 other registered sex offenders.

Be alert and stay safe!!

John

Voice – Summer 1992

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- Letter to the editor from Douglas W. Jones, president of the Ponce de Leon Corridor Association, urging action to oppose Grady Hospital from expanding onto Ponce
- Rep rap, by Rep. Jim Martin
- Reduce, reuse and recycle: participating streets, by Nan Hunter
- New parking committee comes to life, by Elmo Colburn
- Col. Mustard review of Mid City Fish
- Update on Murphy’s move, by Jeni Evans
- Ponce Task Force focuses on reducing risk to investors, by Jett Marks, VaHi rep to PTF
- Piedmont Park Conservancy by city councilmember Mary Davis
- John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright
- Plan to save your life in case of fire, by Ken Lavine
- School update
- Crime graphs and statistics
- Composting comes home, by Nan Hunter
- Summerfest ’92
- Danny’s Run 5K and fun run

Voice – Spring 1990

- Preservationists Karin Huebner (Urban Design Atlanta) and Ann Farrisee (Atlanta Preservation Center) to speak March 7th
- Profile of Nyna Gentry, chairman VHCA Preservation Committee and St. Charles Greenwood rep
- The VOICE says “Preservation”
- VaHi: Atlanta’s bungalow neighborhood, by Tim Crimmins
- More of everything at the new VaHi library, by Kathy Couch
- Support your neighborhood schools – CINS, by Barbara Van Dyke
- John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright: sidewalk replacement
- VaHi’s annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race
- Things are picking up (recycling), by Nan Hunter
- Volleyball, heads up!
- A letter from Rep. Jim Martin (on privacy, abortion, state budget)
- No parking? By Burn Sears
- Crime stats for VaHi (beat 610)

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Voice – Winter 1989

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- Adair Ave. residents led by Nan Hunter help raise awareness of recycling
- Voice starts publishing again after two year hiatus
- Council of Intown neighborhoods and schools (CINS), by Barbara Van Dyke
- First annual VaHi Christmas 5K run
- Update on John Howell Park: parkland dedicated, within City parks system, plan being developed
- Preserving VaHi’s character; possible historic district designation
- Wanted: nosy neighbors: neighborhood watch, SCGNA enters into PAC with police Zone
- Report from Highland View neighborhood watch