Ashview Heights Castleberry Hills Community English Avenue Uncategorized Vine City Washington Park 

Historic Westside News Call for Submissions

Historic Westside News The “Total Submission” checklist New skills for our writers and editors! Historic Westside News (HWN) covers news and events to ensure the connectivity of Atlanta’s westside communities and create a space for uncensored community voices. We focus on bringing the news to the community  online daily and publish a print version bi-monthly. HWN is delivered door to door and available in many newsstands in the area or online. Are you interested in writing for us? Email Us Your Submission! The 8-point checklist: Write story (may supply suggested…

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Education 

APS School Board not renewing superintendent’s contract

According to the above letter, Atlanta Public Schools has confirmed they will not be renewing Dr. Meria Carstarphen’s contract as superintendent. The Atlanta Board of Education called a special meeting on Monday morning where members met in executive session to discuss her future with Atlanta Public Schools The school board decided in July not renew Carstarphen’s contract, but delayed making it public inorder to have a smooth opening of the 2019 school year. Many board members were against renewing her contract, despite being confronted by parents about who were for…

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Community Community Organizations Education Vine City Youth 

Community Voices by Historic Westside Legacy Keepers

Community Voices: In the spirit of Sankofa-Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” -Historic Westside News Legacy Keepers Program sought to capture the remembered past of those who experienced the “Westside story,” that is, the social context leading up to, including, and following the Civil Rights movement and how it affected residents. The Interviews available here showcase the unique memories of residents…

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Community Politics 

March 19, 2019 District 3 Special Election For City Council Representative

On Tuesday March 19,2019 there will be a Special Election held for the Atlanta City Council District 3 seat vacated by the pass- ing of Councilmen Ivory Lee Young Jr.Ten candidates have filed declarations of intent to run to complete Young’s remain- ing 3-year term: Byron Amos, Matthew Charles Cardinale, Greg Clay, Patricia“Granny P” Crayton, Shalise Steele-Young, Ricky Brown, Erika Estrada, Antonio Brown, Mesha Mainor, and former District 3 City Councilman Jabari Simama. Should none of the candidates receive a majority of the votes in the March 19th election there…

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Ashview Heights Castleberry Hills Community Education English Avenue Uncategorized Vine City Washington Park 

Historic Westside News Launches Legacy Keeper Program

By Colette Haywood How much do you know about the rich history of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods? The people who used to live here? Events that may have happened here? The businesses? The schools? Historic Westside News is pleased to announce that we are the recipients of Choice Neighborhood Atlanta’s Microgrant 4.0 for the launch of the Historic Westside Legacy Keeper Program. In the program, 10 high school students will pair with college students to work with institutions and organizations to document the rich heritage of the 5 neighborhoods served by Historic…

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Business & Finance House & Home Local Governmet 

Affordable Housing Units for Legacy Renters

ATLANTA , February 2, 2018 – Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced today another step forward in mitigating the displacement of legacy renters in Atlanta’s Historic Westside, one of the City’s most vulnerable communities. In support of her $1 billion public-private Affordable Housing Initiative, Mayor Bottoms, with the Westside Future Fund (WFF), announced that 51 new and soon-to-be renovated housing units will be available to legacy renters, particularly those who are most at-risk and currently underserved in the market – such as senior citizens on fixed-incomes and full-time low wage earners.…

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Politics Youth 

Make America Pray Again!

By Topaz Bryant As a Millennial, I understand the importance of prayer. When I was bullied at school, I hit rock bottom. My grades slipped, my self-esteem plummeted, and my courage vanished due to not feeling safe in school. I included prayer in the morning before school started to break the cycle of fear. When I found prayer, I decided to make it my first priority and not my last resort. As a result, I walked with my head high, and had more pep in my step. My teachers even…

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Entertainment Uncategorized 

Podcast Broadcasts Live from English Avenue

English Avenue resident, Melissa Harper, broadcast Funny Talk With Real People a podcast in which you will definitely here some real stuff, but with a funny twist! Funny Talk With Real People was created in 2016 by comedian Damien “Mr. Inappropriate” Clarke.  Meka and Melissa joined as weekly co-hosts in February 2017.The three effortlessly connected and have since been bringing the laughs and the realness. Ozzie Van Egbert and Tyger Escobar are the newest additions to the show completing this five member cast of robust personalities. These five give a…

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Business & Finance Community Vine City 

CEOs Come Together to Show Commitment to Westside

On Wednesday, January 17, a group of nearly 30 CEOs and civic leaders came together on Atlanta’s Westside to discuss how they can help restore and uplift the historic community. The setting? Chick-fil-A’s new restaurant on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard in Vine City. As Chick-fil-A’s first Westside location, the structure signals both a continued revitalization of the corridor as well as an outward expression of Chick-fil-A’s ongoing commitment to the children and families in the surrounding neighborhoods. Chick-fil-A at Vine City has already provided 90 jobs, with 70 percent of those going…

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