December 2015 Around Town

Tour Success

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) and a committee of committed volunteers hosted the 18th Historic Brookhaven Candlelight Tour of Homes. More than $60,000 was raised at the event for the Charity to support their mission to nurture the health and wellbeing of children and families. The 2015 Tour was presented by Beacham & Company Realtors and The Skogstad-Sodemann Team.  Five of historic Brookhaven’s most impressive and beautifully decorated homes were featured on the Tour. This year’s event also included an elegant luncheon and fashion show presented by TOOTSIES. “All proceeds from the Tour will help provide temporary housing and support services to families of ill and injured children treated at local hospitals, fulfilling the primary mission of ARMHC,” says Tour Committee Co-Chair, Dawn Anderson. ARMHC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization with the mission to nurture the health and well-being of children and families. The two Atlanta Houses have provided a home away from home to more than 46,000 families since the first House opened in 1979. BuckHaven Lifestyle was the proud media sponsor.

Nature Plan

As the Blue Heron Nature Preserve celebrates its 15th birthday this year, a new Master Plan for the 30-acre urban greenspace has been unveiled.  The new plan will guide the valuable property’s future growth and direction. “From our original seven acres, we’ve now stitched together 30 adjacent acres – and we’re still stitching,” says director Nancy Jones. The master plan wisely uses a light-handed approach, avoiding paved trails while clearly envisioning a connected network of soft surfaced trails that will connect the entire 30 acres. Named Beaver Tail Trail, new additions will easily connect to Sarah Smith Elementary School, easements between homeowners and eventually tie into the newPATH400 trail, the BeltLine and extend to Chastain Park. A three-year Strategic Plan will soon be finalized to determine which of the Top 20 priority elements of the Master Plan will be built first, always relying on private, tax-deductible donations.  The land is owned by the City of Atlanta and managed by the Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s staff and board. Blue Heron Nature Preserve is a haven of majestic trees, nature trails, a 10,000-square-foot education and arts center, and a wildlife sanctuary adjoining busy Roswell Road.


To protect against the risk of tree damage to persons or property, Georgia Power has moved into emergency mode on the first three troubled trees on the Buckhead Coalition list, according to Coalition President Sam Massell (pictured below, left).  This is measured against the neighborhood data computer-fed for the Partnership with Georgia Power. One tree in a commercial area, at 3579 Piedmont Road was removed and two on Old Ivy were taken down. The latest action included an oak tree estimated to be 125 feet tall.  This procedure was a preamble to the Partnership jointly announced by the Coalition and Georgia Power.  Initial arrangements provided for the program to start several months from now, but these three trees were in need of immediate attention. Massell praised the skilled workmen in this crew, each having a specialty service to provide and each performed with care to protect the surrounding area and care for the safety of the participants. “There will be tremendous activity when the full effort gets underway, with five-dozen trees currently having been catalogued,” he says. When an ailing tree is pruned or removed, it protects against the damage falling parts can cause, both concerning potential problems with real estate, and with breach of electrical wiring and other utilities such as telephone and cable service.  Report troubling trees to Georgia Power or the Buckhead Coalition office.

Woo So Generous

Woo Cosmetics at West Paces Ferry teamed up with the Atlanta Speech School Guild to raise awareness and funds for the 42nd annual Atlanta Speech School’s Language & Literacy Gala. Moms from all over Atlanta participated in the “Mom’s Night Out” event, and Woo Cosmetics donated ticket sales plus a percentage of the evening’s sales totaling nearly $2,500 to the 2015 Gala fundraiser, which directly benefits the Atlanta Speech School’s financial aid program.

Pacesetter Recognized

Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, has named Pace Academy’s Pacesetter a 2015 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The designation recognizes “engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st-century skills.” The Pacesetter staff, one of only five in Georgia to receive the award, achieved the defined criteria in each of three following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement and successfully managing the yearbook creation process.  Pictured is the 2014-2015 Pace Academy yearbook staff. Back Row (left to right): Haley Epstein, Emma Laura Gash, Molly Marks, Cadie Schiffer, Carolyn Propst, Katie Nelson, Caroline Hardison, Nicole Shafer, Caolyne Eith and Mr. Ryan Vihlen; Front Row: Erica Kahn, Quin Waldrop, Hannah Kelly, Lacey O’Sullivan, Carly Shoulberg and Samantha Moreland

Natural Sleep of Georgia has opened its doors at the corner of Martina Drive and Piedmont Road NE in Buckhead. The store offers luxurious mattress offerings certified to be free of harmful chemicals by third party organizations such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), Greenguard and Oeko-Tex.  The owner spent the last decade working in the mattress industry, helping stores transition their offerings to include natural beds that ultimately last longer and provide better support for customers. For his new store in Buckhead, he selected only the finest and purest mattresses and linens. The showroom offers many brands to choose from and the quiet and relaxing atmosphere creates an environment that allows ample space for customers to try out the many natural and organic options. Natural and organic mattresses provide luxurious comfort, excellent support, health benefits and superior durability. The use of natural latex, wool, cotton and bamboo fabric provide an unparalleled sleeping surface. Because of the quality of the materials and the care that is put into making these beds, they last for many years without sagging or degrading. A 20-year warranty is typical. 
3129 Piedmont Rd NE.

Delta Direct

Delta has announced imminent flights to the Bahamas Out Islands Exuma, Abaco and Eleuthera for the 2015/16 Bahamas winter peak season. Swim with Pigs in the Bahamas, with one easy connection to Exuma Island. Experience the beautiful, awesome, raging, dark blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean with a narrow strip of road dividing it from the calm, crystal clear and gentle, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea in Eleuthera.  Eleuthera’s Harbor Island is also where one will find the beautiful pink sand beaches. Abaco Island is considered the boating capital of The Bahamas,  and visitors to its main Islands of Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay can take a boat ride at any time of day to visit neighboring Islands and Cays in the chain, such as Guana Cay, Man O War Cay, Elbow Cay, or Hope Town. The three islands that have been chosen by Delta are also notable as places where the rich and famous have chosen to live and build homes. Famous homeowners of these islands include Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Johnny Deep and David Copperfield just to name a few.

 Lifesaving Starts Here

MedShare, a national non-profit organization based in Atlanta that works to strengthen health systems in the developing world and to improve the environment through the efficient collection and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment, welcomed more than 200 supporters to their 2nd Annual Talk & Taste fundraising event. The event was presented by Halyard Health and highlighted the organization’s effective responses to global disasters. Guests listened to impactful stories about humanitarian efforts after various disasters. MedShare improves the quality of life of people and the planet by collecting perfectly usable surplus medical supplies and equipment that would otherwise wind up in landfills, and delivering it to health providers around the world. Since its inception, MedShare has shipped over 1,150 containers of lifesaving medical supplies and equipment to 96 countries, equipped over 2,500 medical mission teams, supported 110 local safety net clinics and diverted over 2 million cubic feet from landfills. MedShare appreciates the generous support of Talk & Taste sponsors including, Emory Healthcare, Angie Fife, King & Spalding and Northside Hospital.