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									 July 2009         Newsletter of The Lake Claire Neighbors • A Neighborhood Association •                         V. 16, #07

Follow the Signs to
the Hearth
“Over here will be the children’s
garden. That will be a beach
area on this side of the pond.”
Standing in an uneven field of
red-brown dirt and mud only a
few weeks ago, Shannon Smith
pointed out the different features
that would soon be the Hearth’s
Located on Nelms Avenue, ad-
jacent to the Lake Claire Land
Trust and previously called the
“Amada,” Shannon Smith ac-
quired the buildings and land
in 2008 and began transform-
ing the site and its purpose. She
changed its name to better fit
its new function: “The Hearth”
is named and established to
provide the community with a
meeting place. Its mission is “to
cultivate communication, cre-
ativity and sustainability within
our community.”
 “Things are changing so much
day to day. It is really coming
together,” Smith says with pride
as she takes a break from work-
ing alongside a troop of faithful
volunteers. For those of us who
are not gifted visionaries, it’s
easy to raise an eyebrow of sus-
picion at such a statement when
looking across land dug up and
rutted out by rain and a backhoe.
On the other hand, it is hard not
to be drawn in by Smith’s exu-
berance and the poetic vision of
the Hearth.
Even before its landscape began
to take its shape and fill in, the
Hearth has been making its mark      dancing and art classes are held    of the city, a place where people
on the community: neighbors          on week nights and reservations     can slow down, appreciate and
bring over their children to visit   are coming in for parties, forums   interact with nature, play and
the resident chickens and pigmy      and fundraisers. People are dis-    talk with their neighbors, attend
goats, gardeners tend their plots    covering the Hearth as an es-       classes and celebrate life. And
in the community garden, belly       cape from the hustle and bustle     this fits exactly with Smith’s vi-     What’s Inside?
                                                                         Children, moreover play a special      2 July 4 Cook Off
                                                                         role in the Hearth’s vision. Smith     3 Lake Claire Officers/
                                                                         is also the owner of SoulShine              Newsletter Staff
                                                                         Children’s Studio, which will
                                                                         run a children’s summer camp
                                                                                                                 4   Advertising in LC
                                                                         from the Hearth and will provide        5   Summer Break
                                                                         after school classes there next         6   Bread and Puppet Show
                                                                         school year. As a long time child
                                                                         care provider, Smith has come to
                                                                                                                 7   GI Rights Hotline
                                                                         subscribe to the philosophy that        8   Donations, Dues, Help
                                                                         children grow and thrive best          8    Looking for an Editor
                                                                         when they have the support of a
                                                                         community. This rather ancient
                                                                                                                 9   MusicFest 5K
                                                                         philosophy is summed up on a           10   Kickin’ Off Summer
                                                                         sign that stands in front of her       11   Hope to the Homeless
                                                                         garden: “it takes a village to raise
                                                                         a child.”
                                                                                                                12   Classified Ads
                                                                         In truth, you get the sense the             THE CLARION IS PRINTED
                                                                                                                      ON RECYCLED PAPER.
                                                                         Hearth - Continued on page 2
                                                                                                   Lake Claire Clarion @                                                                                          July 2009

              Claire’s List                                                                                                                                            Candler Park Market – A Good Neighbor
              Do you have a service or item that someone else might want? Some-
                                                                                                                                                                       I am writing to express my gratitude to the helpful employees at
              thing that perhaps can add to your income or be a thrifty option for
                                                                                                                                                                       The Candler Park Market. Having briefly left it on the counter, my
              a neighbor? Let’s help each other out through these tough times. We
                                                                                                                                                                       wallet was stolen by the person in line behind me. We were able to
              now have a list of home-based services and merchandise for sale, rent,
                                                                                                                                                                       identify the person who committed the crime with the closed circuit
              loan, wanted, barter or free locally. Add your home-based services
                                                                                                                                                                       video at the store. After being confronted with the video (or, more
              and items for FREE! Deadline: 15th of the month prior to publication.
                                                                                                                                                                       specifically, the fact of the video) the culprit “found” the wallet and
              Email submissions to
                                                                                                                                                                       returned it. Thank you to Greg, Denise, and Bobby for your help and
              Ebony Grand Piano in excellent condition. Beautiful lyrical sound!                                                                                       support. Even though they do not reside in the Lake Claire / Candler
              Maker is Knabe, first piano of The Metropolitan Opera Company.                                                                                           Park area, they are true assets of our community.
              Matching bench. 404.370.0882 for details.                                                                                                                Thanks.
                                                                                                                                                                       Daniel S. Wright, Esq.
              Barter in-home personal training services. Fun Fitness, Inc.                                                                                             Neal & Wright LLC
              would like to barter in-home personal training services, participation                                                                                   Lake Claire Resident
              into group fitness programs or cardiovascular training. Ten years
              of professional experience with great results. Visit www.funfitnes-
              sonline. Contact Jaye Crawford at 404.378.5775 or jaye@funfitnes-                                                                                        Annual Fourth of July Cook-off
     Barter wish list: admin / girl Friday, errands, children’s                                                                                  at the Land Trust
              piano or violin instruction, lawn care, thai chi instruction, general
                                                                                                                                                                       This year’s theme is ‘Blueberries’ and the fun takes place under the
              home fix-it care.
                                                                                                                                                                       Land Trust gazebo.
              Need firewood? Will swap logs cut to fireplace size for help pulling                                                                                     If you have not participated before, here’s how it works.
              backyard kudzu. Alice Bliss, 404-373-8169.                                                                                                               Contestants prepare a dish of their choice that contains blueberries.
                                                                                                                                                                       The blueberry dishes are dropped off at the gazebo at 3;45. “Judges”
              Bookkeeping Service Lilith Management Inc. is a bookkeeping ser-                                                                                         [i.e., anyone who wants to sample the dishes] pay $1.00 and the con-
              vice located in Atlanta, Georgia. Both virtual and on site services are                                                                                  test begins at 4:00. In addition to the blueberry dishes, everyone
              provided. Small to medium size businesses are our specialty. More                                                                                        contributes a potluck item (no blueberries required). The grill will
              than 25 years experience. Call 404-                                                                                         be running as well, but if you have a specific grill desire, bring your
              377-1502.                                                                                                                                                own meat and our grill meister will grill it up for you. Lemonade and
                                                                                                                                                                       tea will be provided and folks are invited to bring their own drinks
              Need help with your resume? Need a second pair of eyes to look
                                                                                                                                                                       as well.
              over a paper you’re writing? Let a seasoned professional writer/proof-
                                                                                                                                                                       Votes are tallied for the best blueberry entry and the remaining blue-
              reader help! Call Susan at 404.371.1229.
                                                                                                                                                                       berry dishes as well as the potluck items are shared. Kids games
              Looking for employment Hello friends, I am looking for employ-                                                                                           follow.
              ment. Below is a list of my specialties, please forward this to all your                                                                                 Following the cook-off (and the loosening of belts) everyone can pro-
              contacts. Thank you. Melissa Bell. “Helping                                                                                                              ceed to see their favorite city fireworks. Upon return, pyro masters of
              Hands”: * Thorough house cleaning * Child or elderly care * Garden-                                                                                      the ‘hood will perform their own fireworks show at the Land Trust.
              ing * Girl Friday; mature woman; references, own vehicle.                                                                                                For questions, e-mail Liliane at
              Pet Sitting - Over 10 years vet & pet care experience. References
                                                                                                                                                                       HGTV’s “House Hunters” is coming to Atlanta
              available. Call Tina Smith 404.247.0914.                                                                                                                 HGTV’s hit TV series, “House Hunters,” is coming to Atlanta and sur-
                                                                                                                                                                       rounding areas this summer and we’re looking for homebuyers and
              Got used gutters? I’m looking for gutter scraps to cover about 25                                                                                        real estate agents who want to appear on the show!
              feet. 404-377-2288.                                                                                                                                      “House Hunters” follows buyers and their agents on the hunt as they
              Wood for art projects – throwing away perfectly good, old wood in                                                                                        find just the right house for them—and every story is different. If
              renovations? I’m looking for old heart pine or other seasoned wood for                                                                                   you’re an energetic and outgoing homebuyer currently working with
              frames for art and other handmade stuff.                                                                                           a real estate agent, we’d love to hear from you.
                                                                                                                                                                       We are currently looking for homebuyers who are:
                                                                                                                                                                       • Closing within the next 1-2 months, this includes buyers who are
                                                                                                                                                                       actively bidding on a home or newly under contract
                                                                                                                                                                       • Fun, enthusiastic, and have a great story to tell
                                                                                                                                                                       • Purchasing within a 90 minute drive of downtown Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                                       House Hunters airs weeknights at 9/8c on HGTV and is produced
                                                                                                                                                                       by High Noon Entertainment. To learn more about the show visit
                                                                                                                                                              To apply, contact Lexy Kohake, Associate
                                                                                                                                                                       Producer at (303)712-13207 or HouseHunters@highnoonentertain-

                                                                                                                                                                       Hearth (cont’d from page 1)
                                                                                                                                            Hearth building was created especially for children. Reminiscent of
                                                                                                          A Special Offer For Lake Claire Residents! 
                                                                                                                                            a tree house, its light wood throughout, winding staircase, sun-filled
                                                                                                                                            loft, nooks and wide open studio space entreats everyone who enters
                                                                                                               $8.99 Haircut                                                    to explore with the eagerness of
                                                                                                   Offer Good at Edgewood Retail Shopping Center Only
                                                                                                                                                                                a child. No doubt the Swiss Fam-
                                                                                                 Regular Price $13 Adult & $11 Child (10 and under)/Senior                      ily Robinson would feel right at
                                                                                                                                                                                home here – and so will kids.
                                                                                                          Lake Claire resident children will receive a
                                                                                 All Lake Claire resident children will receive a Great Clips coloring book and complimentary   With so much to offer the com-
                                                                                                                        lollipop! (while supplies last) 
                                                                                 Great Clips coloring book and complimentary lollipop! (while supplies last)                    munity, Smith is eager to get
                                     A Special Offer For Lake Claire Residents!                                  Your friendly neighborhood hair salon!                         the message out about this new
                                                                                                       Edgewood Retail Shopping Center (Kroger, Target, Lowes)                  community center. Besides the
                                            A Special Offer For                                                           1245 Caroline St., Atlanta 
                                                                                                                                                                                summer camp, she hopes to add
                          $8.99 Haircut  Lake Claire Residents!                                                                 404­477­1056 
                                                                                                                       Hours 9­9M­F, Sat 8­7, Sun 10­6                          a number of community classes

                        Offer Good at Edgewood Retail Shopping Center Only                                                                                                      regarding emotional and inter-
                                                                                                                                                                                personal health, green living
                                                                                                                                                                                Memorial Drive
                                                                                                                           Caroline Street

                                                                                                                 Lowes                                   Target
                  Regular Price $13 Adult & $11 Child (10 and under)/Senior
                                                                                                                                                                                and healthy lifestyles.

                                                                                                                                             Bed, Bath
                                                                                                                                             & Beyond



 All Lake Claire resident children will receive a Great Clips coloring book and complimentary                     Little
                                                                                                                               GREAT CLIPS
                                                                                                                                                                                To learn more about the Hearth
                                                                                                                                                                                and all it offers, please visit
                                                                                                                5 Points
                                              lollipop! (while supplies last)                                                   Moreland Avenue
                        Your friendly neighborhood hair salon!                                                                                                      
                  Edgewood Retail Shopping Center (Kroger, Target, Lowes) 
                                1245 Caroline St., Atlanta 
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  Next LCN Meeting                      Lake Claire Officers for 2009                                 Newsletter Staff
                                                                                                      Guest Editor: Diane Moore -
 Thursday July 16                       President: Diane Moore -
                                                                                                      Advertising: Emily Veazey -
 Lake Claire Neighbors meets ev-        VP-Zoning: Dan White -
                                                                                                      Layout: Tish Ganey -
 ery third Thursday of the month.       VP-Finance: Cara Stevens -           Distribution: Rose Goff -
 Social Time begins at 6:30 pm;         VP-Environment: Kathy Evans -
 Meeting begins at 7 pm. at the                                                                       Webmaster: Glenn Frankel -
 Frazer Center. Meetings are open       VP-Safety: Sheila Finciguerra -
                                                                                                      The Clarion is published monthly. The deadline for
 to all. Past months’ newsletters       VP-Communications - Glenn Frankel -
                                                                                                      advertising and editorial consideration is the 15th
 and updates to agenda can be           NPU Rep: Jennifer Sams -                   of the month preceding each published edition.
 found at

                                    Lake Claire resident Marcus Veazey           Lake Claire Softball Fans (from left to right): Bridget Stevens, Evan
                                                                                 Fisher, Hazel Brady, Sam Fisher
   Lake Claire Softball
   Lake Claire Softball Schedule
   Date Time             Opponent              Location
   6/28    4:00 pm       Ormewood              Coan Park                         The “Lake Claire Lager Affair,” launched its first season in May.
   7/12    5:30 pm       Reynoldstown          Coan Park                         Whether it’s on the field or at the pub, this team means business.
   7/19    4:00 pm       East Atlanta          East Lake Park                    Check out the photos from the stunning 25-8 victory over Virginia
   7/26    4:00 pm       Kirkwood              East Lake Park                    Highland! A big thank you to Fox Brothers BBQ, the team sponsor
   8/2     5:30 pm       Edgewood              East Lake Park                    which is located on DeKalb Avenue. Remaining games are listed on
   7/12    5:30 pm       Reynoldstown          Coan Park                         the schedule at the left. Come out and cheer for the home team! For

                                                          Candler Park!
                                                                                 more info contact Coach Kent Fisher at
   8/9     5:30 pm       Va Highlands
   Playoffs 8/16, 8/23, and 8/30              Now in
                                               East Lake Park

                                                              Jump Start You
                                                                                        — JOIN NOW
                                                                         Fitness Levels
                                                            amps For All
                                                                    7- IT N .cW
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                                       30 Day Fitnes

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                                                       operationOver 25 Atlanta Locations
Cecily Stevens
                                                 Lake Claire Clarion @                                       July 2009

The Scoop on Advertising in Lake Claire
Advertise in our Email Newscast
This is a terrific way to get Lake Claire residents to jump directly to your web-site. For sponsorship
opportunities with our Newscasts, please contact advertising at
Advertise in The Clarion newsletter
Classified ads: $3 per line for business ads
Claire’s List: FREE to Lake Claire residents
Display Ads (see chart below):
Steps to advertise in The Clarion:
                                                                                                         Mark Your Calendar
1. Decide what type of ad you would like to run (Classified or Display ad), the size of Display ads      July 2 Thurs. Recycling Pickup
(see table below), and the number of issues in which you would like it to run (discount for 3 or more
months). View previously-placed ads by looking at online copies of The Clarion.                          July 4 Sat. Independence Day!
2. Email your ad order, including the ad copy, to
                                                                                                         July 9 Thurs. Yard Waste Pickup
Attach the image file. Most graphic file formats accepted (jpg, tiff, bmp, pdf). Image(s) must be 150
dpi minimum. We do not accept ads in Word or MS Publisher.                                               July 16 Thurs.Recycling Pickup
If using a graphic artist, please include their contact information.
3. Once we receive your email, we will reply to finalize your ad, including payment options. You         July 16 Thurs. LCNA Meeting,
can pay online using a credit card or checking account.                                                     7 pm at Frazer Center

It’s that simple!                                                                                        July 23 Thurs. Yard Waste Pickup
Our deadline is the 15th of the month prior to publication. For questions, please contact us at We look forward to working with you.                                          July 30 Thurs. Recycling Pickup

Pay your Ad Bill Online                                                                                  August 10 Mon. Atlanta Public
If you’ve received an invoice from Lake Claire Neighbors to pay for an advertisement, pay online         Schools First day of school ‘09-
with a credit card or from a checking account.                                                           10

Clarion Display Advertising Rates                                                                        Every Tuesday - Pot Luck Din-
                                                                                                         ner. The Lake Claire Community
Type                                               Run               Run                  Run            Land Trust has a community pot
                      Width x Height             1 Month           3 Months            6 Months          luck every month until Tuesday,
                                                                                                         October 20. Check out their web-
                                                 (Prepaid)         (Prepaid)           (Prepaid)         site for dates and
Business 1               3.625 x 2                  $30               $75                 $150           information about this and other
                                                                                                         activites at the Land Trust.
Business 2             4.875 x 2.75                 $30               $75                 $150
Strip Ad               7.4375 x 2.5                 $60              $150                 $300           Through February 1, 2010 The
                                                                                                         Fernbank Museum of Natural
Medium 1              3.625 x 4.4375                $60              $150                 $300           History has launched a new ex-
Medium 2                3.625 x 6.5                 $60              $150                 $300           hibition that showcases a collec-
                                                                                                         tion of “My Favorite Things”, all
Large                 7.4375 x 4.25                $120              $300                 $600           selected by staff members from
Half Page             9.9375 x 6.75                $150              $390                 $780           each of the Museum’s depart-
                                                                                                         ments. “My Favorite Things” is
Full Page             9.9375 x 13.5                $325              $900                $1800           included with Museum admis-
* Custom sizes are available and will be priced based on size in square inches.                          sion and will be on view through
                                                                                                         February 1, 2010. Tickets can be
                                                                                                         purchased at fernbankmuseum.
                                                                                                         org or at 404.929.6400.

                                                                                                         (Save the Date) October 5,
                                                                                                         Mon. - 15th Annual Park Pride
                                                                                                         Golf Classic Held at Druid Hills
                                                                                                         Golf Course. Contact Allison@
                                                                                                or Abigail@park-
                                                                                                if your company is in-
                                                                                                         terested in participating. Spon-
                                                                                                         sorships start at $1,500. For
                                                                                                         more information about upcom-
                                                                                                         ing events to the Park Pride’s
                                                                                                         brand new online calendar to see
                                                                                                         all events & deadlines! Are you a
                                                                                                         fan of Park Pride? Join us on fa-
                                                                                                         cebook today

                                                                                                         Need 911 from
                                                                                                         a Cell Phone?
                                                                                                         Do not dial 911 from your cell
                                                                                                         phone. Instead, to contact the
                                                                                                         Atlanta Police Department, add
                                                                                                         this number to your cell phone:
July 2009                                          Lake Claire Clarion @

Summer Break for Your Kids and Yourself                                  diverse developmental curriculum Monday through Thursday from
                                                                         9:00am to 1:00pm. Our daughter comes home happy, stimulated and
As we grew up, there were few things in life more exciting then the
last day of school each year. The exhilaration grew with each tick of    exhausted. She naps for another few hours and we’ve only the af-
the clock… 3, 2, 1… Summer Vacation! The word “freedom” always           ternoon to plan . . . .
came to my mind as I contemplated almost three months of life with-      Perfect!
out school. Those memories have faded over the years, replaced by        The bottom line is
work and the endless semester. As my wife and I became parents,          when dealing with
little did we know those thoughts would return so quickly. This time,    young children, the
however, the word “panic” came to mind. What are we going to do with     summer need not be
our daughter all summer?                                                 any different than
Keeping our daughter entertained throughout the summer has proved        the school year. A
a less daunting task than first imagined. We have stumbled into a        little bit of planning
well rounded, and manageable, daily schedule and thought we’d share      and scheduling goes a
some of our findings. Our daughter is just under two, so I focused on    long way for an enjoy-
activities that are appropriate for all ages.                            able summer for both
Our first discovery was that the most enjoyable regular outings were     parent and child.
convenient and nearby. We roll without the in-car DVD player so longer   Good luck to all you
car trips are out. Fortunately, Atlanta is host to many child-friendly   parents, and we look
destinations. Obvious choices include Georgia Aquarium and Atlanta       forward to seeing you
Children’s Museum. Both offer memberships that pay for themselves        at the park!
in fewer than three visits, and both provide refuge from the heat and    Cliff Edelmann,
humidity. The aquarium practically empties out after 3pm on week-        his wife Lindsey,
days, so a late afternoon visit provides a wonderful opportunity to      and daughter Ame-
explore without crowds. The Fernbank Museum is also close, and we        lia are Lake Claire
have heard many wonderful things about their offerings. Our favorite     residents. Cliff works
outside destination is Zoo Atlanta, which also provides a great mem-     from home and
bership price. Any visit to the zoo during the summer should occur in    maintains the title,
the AM (they open at 9:30 am), as the afternoon heat also affects the    Parent-in-Charge,
animals. Your child’s interest is directly correlated to the movement    Monday-Friday. He
of the animals: no movement equals no interest.                          welcomes any sugges-
We are also fortunate to have a plethora of parks and playgrounds        tions for activities:
nearby. Lake Claire Park, Candler Park, Adair Park, and the new          cedelmann@esqmar-
Freedom Park playground are all extremely close and            
provide a wonderful environment for our children to
hone their burgeoning physical and social skills. We like
to rotate our visits to each park to keep things interest-
ing. If the weather interferes, indoor playgrounds such
as Leapin’ Lizards in Decatur offer a solution. Trips to
the park in the mid-morning, or late afternoon, followed
by lunch or dinner, results in one sleepy child (and one
happy parent). Park visits are also a great way for par-
ents and children to make new friends. While meeting
new groups of parents, why not organize regular play-
groups? Playgroups help children and adults develop
relationships, and both will begin to look forward to the
weekly gatherings. You can let the kids simply play, or
you may organize arts and crafts projects. Great craft
suggestions can be found at
Lastly, who says school is out for summer? Most pre-
schools and parent’s morning out programs offer summer
programs, many with space still available. For example,
Smart Toddlers ( maintains a

Join the Girls Health Sounding Board
The HHS Office on Women’s Health
is expanding its
Sounding Board and is looking for
girls between the ages of 9 and 14
who are outgoing, passionate, and
active in school or their commu-
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ing applications and ask that you
consider telling girls you know to
enter. Being part of the Sounding
Board gives girls the opportunity
to share their opinions on anything
from their favorite Web sites to the
issues concerning their peers. Plus,
as a member of the Sounding Board,
girls will get free promotional ma-
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and baseball hats for participating
in the discussion! The complete
contest and application package
can be viewed using the link below.
The deadline to apply is August
31, 2009. Sounding
Board application package: www.
                                                   Lake Claire Clarion @                                           July 2009

Bread and Puppet Theater
Submitted by Kathy Evans

Art should be as basic to life as bread according to Bread and Puppet, the theater troupe that stopped over in Atlanta (and Lake Claire) in May.
Historically known for sharing fresh home-made bread with their audiences as a means of creating community, members of the troupe broke
bread in Lake Claire with several volunteers who housed them on their recent visit to Atlanta.
The troupe was founded in NYC in 1963 by sculptor and puppeteer Peter Schumann. Known for its pageantry, over-sized puppets, and themes
of politics and peace, Bread and Puppet is one of the oldest non-profit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country. Now based in Ver-
mont, they regularly tour the U.S. and internationally.
While in Atlanta, the group held performances at Eyedrum gallery and the Lake Claire Land Trust. Eight performers, commanded puppets,
sang, danced, and played instruments while they explored themes ranging from the luxury of automobiles to war and peace and the “public
execution of money.”
An act not to be missed if they’re in your neighborhood again!
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ExPand Band,
Sedition, Fairies, Fun,
and GIs?
On Saturday, May 9, the Lake
Claire Land Trust hosted another
great night of fun for a cause. The
Benefit for the GI Rights Hotline
featured The Atlanta Sedition Or-
chestra, Kodac Harrison, the Ex-
Pand Band and a special Grate-
ful Gluttons Fairy House Tour of
Homes. For more information see,      www. and
At right: Bill Fleming with the Ex-
Pand Band. Below L to R: Alisia
Zagarra, Aliza Fleming. Photos by
Kathy Evans and Logan Casey.
                                                      Lake Claire Clarion @                                              July 2009

Lake Claire Needs                     Teach Your Child to                    Donations Needed                      Neighborhood Dues
Editor for The Clarion                be a Wild Thing in the                 Clifton Sanctuary Ministries:
                                                                             Every month CSM posts a list of
                                                                                                                   By Dan White
Have you ever considered edit-
ing? I, your fearless editor, need
                                      Garden                                 needed items on the marquee
                                      Oakhurst Community Garden                                                    Where does LCNA’s money go
a break! It has been a genuine                                               at the corner of McLendon and
                                      Project is offering July classes for                                         and why do we choose to spend
pleasure to work with all the                                                Connecticut. A BIG THANKS
                                      children. Classes are designed         to the neighbors who have been        it on what we do? Several peo-
wonderful neighbors who help          for two- and three-year-olds ac-                                             ple have asked that question as
make it happen, If you’re inter-                                             dropping off donations.
                                      companied by their parent[s] or        Lutheran Services of Geor-            of late and I hope this response
ested or have questions please        guardian[s]; four- and five-year-                                            will assure folks that the money
contact Diane Moore at presi-                                                gia is currently working with
                                      olds on their own; and six- and        85 refugees and their families to     is spent wisely and mindful of                   seven-year olds on their own. For                                            the best interests of the neigh-
Gay Arnieri, editor                                                          provide resources for rent, food
                                      more info on these classes and         and employment. These families        borhood and the quality of life
Note from Diane: Under Gay’s          others, go to: oakhurstgarden.                                               it provides. The
editorship The Clarion has trans-                                            are living in apartments without
                                      org/classes.html#children or give      any type of furniture. The cur-       executive
formed its look, content and even     OCG a call: (678) 642-4977                                                   committee
gone green! Advertising revenues                                             rent economic crisis and budget
                                                                             cuts from government sources          is charged
have increased as well. Kudos to
this super-talented neighbor who
                                      Visit                   have created a drastic increase       each
                                      Catch up on The Clarion news-          in the demand for social services     year with
has contributed so much to the
                                      letter, find advertising info, sign-   - not only from those typically in    bringing
                                      up for the Lake Claire Email           need, but also from those newly       recommen-
                                      newscast, pay your dues, pay for       at risk of poverty. If you are able   dations to the
Fenced Dog Park in                    your ads, download variance pro-       to donate any type of furniture,      membership         on       expen-
Lake Claire?                          cedures, take the security patrol      pots and pans, etc, then please       ditures exceeding $500 subject
By Colleen Bittinger                  survey, sign up for lakeclaire-        contact Robert Jackson, Associ-       to approval by popular vote of
In response to C. Stevens con-,           ate Director of Development, Lu-      those in attendance at the No-
cerns over unleashed dogs in the      see the schedule of monthly            theran Services of Georgia, 1330      vember meeting of each year.
park (Dogs on the Run), I think       LCNA meetings and NPU meet-            West Peachtree St. Suite 300,         For the past six years of my in-
that a fenced dog park would be a     ings, find info on City of Atlanta     Atlanta. (678) 686-9602 or rjack-     volvement with LCNA the exec
great solution. I also had my dog     recycling and trash pick-up and,                          committee has recommended
attacked while walking through        well, you get the picture.             Help the Fugees Bike to               funding to non-profits based in
Lake Claire Park, by a dog whose                                             Camp. This summer the Fugees          Lake Claire or adjoining neigh-
owner rushed over to say “he has      Host Families Needed                   are attending a six-week Aca-         borhoods. The revenue to fund
never done that before!” Fortu-       for International Stu-                 demic Boot Camp at Agnes Scott        this charitable giving is largely
nately my dog was not injured,                                               College. Their mode of transpor-
but I can’t imagine a child being
                                      dents Visiting in July                 tation? Bikes. Yes, boys between
                                                                                                                   derived from advertising rev-
                                      This summer 40 high school stu-                                              enues generated by The Clarion
in that situation. Though I love                                             the ages of 14-18 are biking about    Newspaper - whose volunteer ed-
                                      dents will be arriving in Atlanta      12 miles a day from Clarkston
to let my dogs run off-leash, I                                                                                    itor, graphic artist, advertising
                                      from Beijing. Approximately ten        to Decatur. Do you have a road
strongly agree it is not appropri-                                                                                 co-coordinator, and distributors
                                      families are needed to host stu-       bike that you can donate? If so,
ate in public areas. I have been                                                                                   provide countless hours of time
                                      dents for a one-day homestay           please contact Jessie Virdi, 404
making the long drive to Brook                                                                                     to this excellent publication. Due
                                      and cross-cultural immersion           519-2104 or Jessie@fugeesfam-
Run dog park (Dekalb County)
                                      program. The homestay program                               to our affluent neighborhood
where the dogs and I can exercise
                                      is sponsored by Nacel Open Door        The Fugees Family is the only         demographics, advertising rev-
without leashes. It is a beautiful
                                      ATL. Nacel is a full-service edu-      organization in Georgia that pro-     enue has steadily increased al-
example of a well-run, volunteer-
                                      cational organization focusing on      vides programming specifically        lowing LCNA to provide a broad
maintained, and county-support-
                                      international education by pre-        for refugee boys. By tapping into     array of services directly to the
ed dog park. I would love to see
                                      paring students to be successful       soccer, the most popular sport        neighborhood and non-profits.
such a facility here in our neigh-
                                      in cross-national endeavors. If        in the world, the Fugees Family       Fully 90% of LCNA’s revenues
                                      you are interested in hosting a        undertakes its mission to level       come from advertisers. When
Note:        contact president@
                                      student please contact Joan M.         the playing field and give our        people speak of dues as a major
lakeclaire,org if you are interest-
                                      Roberts, Atlanta Area Director,        kids the same chance at being         revenue source for LCNA, they
ed in exploring a fenced dog park
                                      Asian Education Programs, 404-         successful as everyone else’s. For    are sadly misinformed.
in Lake Claire.
                                      520-0511.                              info, go to:        The past six years has seen a
                                                                                                                   consistent pattern to LCNA
                                                                                                                   year end giving. The following
                                                                                                                   entities or activities have been
                                                                                                                   funded based on Lake Claire’s
                                                                                                                   residents’ approval (usually
                                                                                                                   The Frazer Center and Forest
                                                                                                                   Clifton Sanctuary Ministries
                                                                                                                   Freedom Park Conservancy
                                                                                                                   Harold Ave Green space
                                                                                                                   Lake Claire Park
                                                                                                                      Land Acquisition
                                                                                                                   Lake Claire Clarion Newspaper
                                                                                                                   Lake Claire Website
                                                                                                                   Annual Halloween Parade
                                                                                                                   Mary Lin Foundation

                                                                                                                   The executive committee wel-
                                                                                                                   comes your suggestions for this
                                                                                                                   year funding grants. Contact
July 2009                                                Lake Claire Clarion @

Crime Watch Block Captains:                                                      MidSummer MusicFest 5K a Big Hit for the Kids
Atlanta Police - Zone 6 (our zone) Ruby Naylor, Block Captain Liaison                                                            Though the temperatures were approaching the boiling point by 10 am,
                                                                                 over 350 runners started from Mary Lin Elementary to take on the Mid-
404-371-5002                                                                     Summer MusicFest 5K
Adolphus Ave Cecily                                       on June 20 before the
Arizona Ave Chris                                               big concert in the park.
Clifton Road Sheila -                                 The route took run-
Clifton Road Scott -                                ners along Freedom
Connecticut Ave Josh -                                     Parkway up to More-
Connecticut Ave Kay -                                      land, back by Candler
Delaware Ave Alicia -                                     Park golf course, up
Delaware Ave Beth -                                           the treacherous Clif-
Gordon Ave Cynthia -                                           ton Terrace hill, down
Hardendorf Ave Robert -                                  Clifton, Page and to
Harold Ave Sarah -                                            the finish line on Ter-
Harold Ave Gay -                                        race Avenue. Phrases
Harold Ave Kathy -                                      like “hottest race ever”
Howard Circle Karla -                                              and “that hill was a Lake Claire residents Daniel Steppe, Em-
Indiana Ave Priscilla -                                 killer” were heard as ily Veazey and Boyd Baker shown here with
Lakeshore Drive David -                                racers cooled off in Foundation President Cherie King
Leonardo Ave Tim -                                      the grass by the Can-
Leonardo Ave John -                                    dler Park playground.
Matthews Ave David -                                       Volunteers from the
McLendon Ave Denessa -                                    school and community
McLendon Ave Cheri -                                     cheered racers on and
Nelms Ave Amy -                                                made sure that every-
New York Ave Reuben -                                    thing went off without
Oxford Place Covered by Southerland Terrace Captains?                            a hitch.
Palifox Drive Kent -                                    The race was orga-
Palifox Drive Brandon -                               nized by the Mary Lin
Ridgecrest Road David -                                      Education Foundation
Ridgewood Road Anyone? Bueller?                                                  as a way to support the
Southerland Terrace Ted -                                     teachers and students
Sutherland Place - Any volunteers? Contact Sheila                                at Mary Lin. Local Mary Lin teachers Michelle Partridge, Ash-
Tuxedo Ave - Any volunteers? Contact Sheila                                      sponsors Little 5 Cor- ley Kulik, Jennifer Fisher and volunteer Ben
If interested in volunteering, email Sheila at             ner Tavern, Candler Rogers helped keep the racers on course and
                                                                                 Park Market, Opera- hydrated
Lake Claire Security Patrol?                                                     tion Boot Camp, Red
By Jennifer Horn                                                                 Level      Renovations,
With crime continuing to escalate and the economy still struggling,              Spot for Dogs, The
the Atlanta Police Department is doing the best it can with the bud-             Flying Biscuit, Great
get shortfalls and the current furlough. We have seen our neighbor-              Clips at Edgewood,
hood take action with the Yahoo Groups Neighborhood watch, and                   The Renovation Com-
the block captain strategy. Unfortunately we believe we may need to              pany, The Porter Beer
take more action. At the last association meeting in May we discussed            Bar, LiveOakEvents.
                                           what other neighborhoods in our       com, and The Moog
                                           vicinity are doing such as Grant      Gallery made it a ter-
New Amazing Tacos!                         Park, Morningside-Lenox, West
                                           End, East Lake, and Inman
                                                                                 rific community race
                                                                                 and helped raise a few
                                           Park. They have all initiated a       thousand dollars for
                                           Security Patrol that is supported     the school. Thanks to
                                           with separate funds from the ho-      everyone who came out Lake Claire residents Maizy and Traci Swit-
                                           meowners who “belong” to a se-        and made it a tremen- zer helped ML teacher Kerri Mercer hand
                                           curity patrol and have tasteful       dous day!                 out water at the finish line
                                           yard signs indicating their par-
                                           ticipation. The security patrol is
                                           a marked car (either owned such
                                           as Inman Park or utilize a Secu-
                                                                                        Come Grow with Us!
                                           rity Patrol magnet on officer’s car
                                           such as Grant Park). The marked               Explore what Oakhurst Cooperative
                                           cars are manned with off duty
                                           Atlanta officers who carry the                Preschool can offer your family . . .
                Est 1996              Free
                                           APD radio so they are aware of
 Huge Garden Patio!               Parking  emergency and non-emergency
                                                                                        • Morning classes five days a week for children 2 – 4 years •
                                Beside our calls in the neighborhood while
   16 Beers                    Huge Patio! they are patrolling the streets of                • Everyday hands-on environmental education •
     on Tap                                the neighborhood. The police are
                                                                                          • Commitment to parental involvement in education •
     Great Margaritas!                     armed and have the authority
   $4.95 Frozen Raging                     to make arrests. The shifts they                           • Nature-centered curriculum •
 Rita Sweetwater Pints
 $2.75 Pints Sun. to Wed.                  work are randomized through-
          Mon. to Wed.                     out the week. We are currently
                                           looking for interest in participa-                   To schedule a tour, contact us at
    Buy one Taco Plate,
     Get a 2nd entree                      tion of a similar type of security     or call 404.474.7255

                                           patrol for Lake Claire.
                                           Please take a few minutes to
        up to $5, one per table            take our quick survey. Access
           Expires 11/15/07
                                           the survey by going to lakeclaire.
  141 Sycamore St. |Decatur                org or lakeclaireneighborwatch@
                                                  Lake Claire Clarion @       July 2009


Kickin’ Off Summer in the Neighborhood
The Second Annual New York Avenue (and many friends) Memorial
Day potluck helped kick off summer in Lake Claire. The party is or-
ganized by the good folks of New York Ave. but included neighbors of
all ages from all around.

1. Chris and Brooke Schembri, Shirelle Andrews, and Louis Calderon
2. Sidewalk compadres including (but not limited to) Cole Chanler,
Devon Haller, Ian McKenna, Micah Eisen.
3. Charlie Shober
4. Abigail Hitch
5. Robert Poels and Brynan Hadaway


July 2009                                                      Lake Claire Clarion @

Aided by The Mercantile,                                                                    ing environmental education to
                                                                                            young children in a way that en-
                                                                                                                                       ing environment that synthe-
                                                                                                                                       sizes the best practices in early
Lake Clarions Declare Independence!                                                         gages them, intrigues them, and            childhood education with the
By Susan Drake                                 Chef Samantha and her team                   creates an empathy and respect             talents of a creative professional
Yes, the cooks of Lake Claire                  contribute to our community                  for all living things and their            staff and focuses on integrating
have spoken—we’ve voted to let                 life by sponsoring such offerings            habitats.                                  family and community into that
Chef Samantha of The Mercan-                   as cookbook signings by award-               OCP hopes to provide even our              environment.
tile do the cooking, whipping up               winning chef-authors; demon-                 youngest children – many as                If you would like more informa-
culinary delights for our families’            strations of good eats such as               young as 2 years old - not only            tion about OCP, our green phi-
dining pleasure! And now that                  strawberries dipped in choco-                with a gentle awareness of their           losophy of living and learning,
The Mercantile is open seven                   late; special holiday events for             impact on the world around them,           and our nature-based curricu-
days a week, these lunch and                   children; and samplings of such              but also an understanding of how           lum, please visit www.oakhurst-
dinner specials are even easier                delicacies as toasted spiced pe-             they can make a positive differ-  Enrollment for the
to come by.                                    cans, hummus, and seasoning                  ence. To accomplish this, OCP’s            school year 2009-2010 is happen-
Located at the corner of Clif-                 blends for your grill.                       Green Committee and Curricu-               ing now!
ton Road and DeKalb Avenue,                    Yes, it’s Independence Day in                lum Committee work constant-
The Mercantile has served Lake                 Lake Claire. Drop by The Mer-                ly with parents and teachers to
                                                                                            expand and improve the green
                                                                                                                                       Come to the next
Claire and Candler Park since                  cantile and join the culinary
2008. And Chef Samantha and                    revolution!                                  curriculum and strengthen the              LCN Meeting and
her crew make dining with them                                                              underpinnings of the preschool’s           help your neighbors!
as effortless as possible. Lake                Oakhurst Coopera-                            core mission and values. Through
                                                                                            conscious choices in the class-
                                                                                                                                       Next Lake Claire Meeting – July
Clarions need only visit www.                                                                                                          16. Social time is 6:30 and meet- and sign                  tive Preschool -                             room such as recycling, compost-           ing starts at 7:00. HERE’S AN
up to receive a weekly email                   Going Green with                             ing, and reusing of materials,             OPPORUNITY TO HELP YOUR
                                                                                            OCP reduces its impact on the
describing the week’s offerings.
Then relax, sit back, and antici-
                                               Young Children                               earth’s resources and hopefully
                                                                                                                                       NEIGHBORS - We are ask-
                                                                                                                                       ing neighbors to donate canned
                                               By Denessa Munsterman, OCP
pate notification that dishes such                                                          has begun a lifelong appreciation          goods and other items to the men
                                               Parent and Lake Claire Neighbor
as Mom’s meat lasagna, Pad thai,                                                            of sustainability for its children         at the shelter sponsored by Clif-
and The Mercantile’s own Local                                                              and their families.                        ton Sanctuary Ministries located
                                               While many private and public
veggie plate are waiting for you!                                                           The Oakhurst Cooperative Pre-              on McLendon and Connecticut in
                                               kindergarten classes are begin-
While you’re picking up dinner,                                                             school (OCP) is a non-profit, par-         Lake Claire. Donations will be
                                               ning to introduce environmen-
The Mercantile now offers you                                                               ent cooperative overseen by a              collected at each monthly meet-
                                               tal awareness into their curri-
the perfect pairing of wine. Hav-                                                           board of parent volunteers. The            ing. Thank you for your generos-
                                               cula, few programs start earlier;
ing secured their alcohol license                                                           school was founded in 2005 with            ity! –LCNA Officers
                                               preschoolers are not commonly
just in time for summer enter-                                                              the goal of creating an ethnically,
                                               thought of as an easy age group
                                                                                            culturally and economically di-
taining, the eatery also features
beer from the local Sweetwater
                                               to start teaching the importance
                                                                                            verse community that is united
                                                                                                                                       Giving Hope to
Brewery. All wines are priced
                                               of taking care of their planet. But
                                                                                            through its commitment to pa-              the Homeless
                                               Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool                                                          Excerpted from an article by Ju-
under $15 a bottle and wine tast-                                                           rental involvement in children’s
                                               (OCP)’s parents and teachers                                                            lie Bawden Davis with permis-
ings are scheduled weekly.                                                                  learning and development. OCP
                                               aim to do just that, by introduc-                                                       sion from Toastmaster magazine,
                                                                                            strives to create a dynamic learn-
                                                                                                                                       April 2009
                                                                                                                                       When Jeannine Jean-Pierre
     TOUGH MARKET                                                                                                                      discovered a Toastmasters club
                                                                                                                                       composed of homeless men in her
      TOUGH AGENT                                                                                                                      territory, the new area governor
                                                                                                                                       at first had misconceptions about
YOUR REALTOR, YOUR NEIGHBOR FOR OVER 10 YEARS                                                                                          the members and was reluctant
                                                                                                                                       to visit. “When I got there and
                                Michael                                                                                      heard their stories, though, I re-
                                                                                                                                       alized I had misjudged them and
                                   404-402-4643                                                                                        they were just people who have
                                                                                                                                       a lot to offer but ended up home-
                                                                                                                                       less because of circumstances.”
                                                                                                                                       The members of Clifton Sanc-
                                                                                                                                       tuary Ministries Toastmasters
                                                                                                    Neal & Wright LLC                  meet at the shelter where many
                                           Are You                                                   Your Family... Your Business...   are residents. The club was char-
                                                                                                                                       tered in 2007 by Meredith Turn-
                                                                                                             Your Firm!

                                           reAdY To                                                                                    er, a longtime Toastmaster who
                                                                                                                                       initially visited Clifton as a vol-
                                                                                                                                       unteer. “I got a really good feeling
                                           Be on The                                                                                   from the men at the shelter and
                                                                                                                                       thought starting a club would be
                                           Sold liST?             * Adoption
                                                                  * Commercial
                                                                                    * Corporate
                                                                                      & LLC
                                                                                                                                       good for their self-esteem and
                                                                                                                                       could help them in the world,”
                                                                    Real Estate       Formation                                        says Turner.
                                                                                                                                       Clifton provides year-round over-
                   YOUR NAME                                      * Wills & Estate YOUR NAME
                                                                                    * Other
                                                                    Planning                                                           night and transitional housing.
                                                                                      Business Legal                                   It cares for 30 men a day and has
  CALL KEN PRICE TODAY                                            * Probate           Services
                                                                                                                                       served more than 9,000 since
                                                                                                                                       1979. Alice Jenkins, Exec. Direc-
      404-347-3099                                                                                         Visit our Web site at
              1234 MAIN STREET ANYTOWN, STATE 54321                             1234 MAIN STREET ANYTOWN, STATE 54321
                                                                                                                                       tor, is thrilled with the addition
                        WWW.APPLE.COM                                                     WWW.APPLE.COM
                                                                   Sherry V. Neal, J.D. NO_REPLY@APPLE.COM                             of the club, saying its effective-
        Price Sells!!!NO_REPLY@APPLE.COM

                          T 123-456-7890
                                                                   (678) 596-3207
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                                                                                                                                       ness has exceeded her expecta-
                          F 123-456-7891                  123-456-7891
                                                                                          F                           P.O. Box 5207    tions. “Initially, the men’s self-
                                                                                                                  Atlanta, GA 31107    esteem is very low,” she says.
                                                                   Daniel S. Wright, J.D.                                              “Learning to speak makes them
                                                                   (678) 613-7850                                                      feel better about themselves and
                                                                                                 We’re in the neighborhood!
                  Greater Atlanta                        

                  YOUR NAME                                                           YOUR NAME                                        Homeless continued on page 12

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Business Classifieds
                                                                                 gives them the courage to go out and interview for jobs and advocate
Business classified ads ONLY $3 per line prepaid! Get info at newsletter@                                                                   for themselves.”
                                                                                 The club’s current president, Prince Davies-Venn, is chaplain and
Lighthall’s Cleaning, est. 1989, one time or regular service, great prices and
                                                                                 case manager at Clifton. He has seen dramatic transformations in
references, earth friendly products. Also offer in-home pet services. Debbie
Lighthall, owner/operator (404)893-9308 East Atlanta resident.                   club members. “They come to see that homelessness is not hopeless-
                                                                                 ness and disability is not inability,” he says. “Those involved with
NOOK AND CRANNY MAID SERVICE 404-688-3766 “Let Us Do Your
                                                                                 Toastmasters often find jobs more quickly than others; the club’s sup-
Dirty Work!” Est. 1990 Dependable, personalized service, weekly, bi-weekly,
monthly, one-time. Move-in/Move-outs, Spring cleanings-homes/offices. Li-        portive atmosphere gives them enthusiasm and energy necessary to
censed, bonded, and insured.                                                     do what needs to be done.”
ABOVE THE HEDGES Hot’lanta Summer and livin’ should be EASY! Sip a
Mint Julep and let us make cool work of landscape chores. Design, Instal-           Members of the Clifton club have inspiring stories to share:
lations, or Maintenance. Ask about our bi-weekly deal-nice on your budget!          Keith Pinder
Free Estimates--Licensed & Insured ADMIRATION GUARENTEED! 770-                      Keith Pinder says he was at the lowest point of his life when he
621-(YARD) 9273                                                                     walked into Toastmasters at Clifton. “The club allowed me to keep my
PIANO TUNING, REPAIR, REBUILDING, SALES Jane Purtzer 404-378-                       head up and my mind off my troubles and focus on something greater
8310.                                                                               than myself,” says the former Baltimore resident. “When you speak
THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE by licensed therapist. A graduate of the Atlan-                 and people say you did a good job, that boosts your self-esteem and
ta School of Massage and the Florida School of Massage. Located in Lake             gives you fuel to do something better,” he says. “I’ve learned to chan-
Claire. Charles Haver, LMT, CMT at (678)938-3053.                                   nel my energy and thoughts into something productive.” As a result
SPANISH TUTOR All levels. Pablo Aspe 404.771.7341 p_aspe@yahoo.                     of the contacts he made in Toastmasters, Pinder found work and is
com                                                                                 now opening his own staffing business with his wife, Nadira Adama,
                                                                                    whom he married last April.
HOLDEN’S LANDSCAPE & TREE CARE 770-912-9844 Certified Arborist/
Master Gardener. Tree/Shrub plantings, Hazardous tree evaluation, Tree
                                                                                    Greg Ellis
Maintenance, Lawn maintenance and installation by Quentin Holden.                   Greg Ellis never imagined he’d be using the skills he learned in Toast-
                                                                                    masters so soon after joining. “I liked the club the first time I attended,
PETS/BABYSITTING Mature teenage girls can provide babysitting and pet
cares. Call Selena 404-378-5683 or Emily 404-377-4569.
                                                                                    but I didn’t see how it was going to help me. Then I got a job as a tutor
                                                                                    and they asked me to do what amounted to an Ice Breaker,” he says.
                                                                                    Ellis formerly worked as a forklift operator until he lost his job be-
                                                                                                                            cause of a company relocation.
                                                                                                                            He then attended school to be
                                                                                                                            a dialysis technician, but found
                                                                                                                            that he didn’t like working with
                                                                                                                            blood. “I tried to find another
                                                                                                                            job, but couldn’t and eventually
                                                                                                                            ended up on the street,” he says.
                                                                                                                            When seeking work, he fell and
                                                                                                                            broke his wrist, which turned
                                                                                                                            out to be a blessing in disguise.
                                                                                                                            “The only job I could find with a
                                                                                                                            broken wrist was as a tutor, and
                                                                                                                            it turns out I love the work,” he
                                                                                                                           says. “Just as Toastmasters has
                                                              For a limited time Mary Lin Elementary is accepting ads      done for me, I try to give the kids
                                                                 for our 2009-2010 School Directory. Advertise and         the gift of self-esteem.”
                                                                    become a Community Partner with Mary Lin!              Edward Underwood
                                                                                                                           Edward Underwood came full
                                                              Reach more than 400 parents, teachers and staff and          circle when he arrived at Clif-
                                                              support our neighborhood school. Rates start at $75.         ton. He and his mother attended
                                                              For details, contact         church there when Underwood
                                                                                                                           was a child and lived down the
                                                                                                                           street in low-income housing. “I
                                                                                                                           used to play basketball in the
                                                                                                                           Sanctuary’s parking lot and rake
                                                                                                                           leaves to earn money for school
                                                                                                                            clothes,” says Underwood, who
                                                                                                                            has fond memories of those
                                                                                                                            days, before he got involved with
                                                                                                                            drugs and alcohol.
                                                                                                                            After battling a 23-year addic-
                                                                                                                            tion and separating from his
                                                                                                                            wife, he found Clifton and was
                                                                                                                            attending Toastmasters a week
                                                                                                                            later. “Seeing what the program
                                                                                                                            has to offer was exciting to me
                                                                                                                            because I’ve always thought
                                                                                                                            that I’d like to go into minis-
                                                                                                                            try,” says Underwood. “My Ice
                                                                                                                            Breaker went well and brought
                                                                                                                            up a lot of emotions that made
                                                                                                                            me realize that I have a lot to
                                                                                                                            share. Toastmasters has really
                                                                                                                            inspired me and increased my
                                                                                                                            desire to make a difference.”
                                                                                                                            Clifton Toastmasters is open to
                                                                                                                            all and meets at 369 Connecticut
                                                                                                                            Ave. at 3 PM, the first and third
                                                                                                                            Sunday of each month. Contact
                                                                                                                            Prince Davies-Vinn for informa-
                                                                                                                            tion at404-373-3253, ext. 7.

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