Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The new Main Street Stone Mountain executive director envisions more art, restaurants and funky shops coming to Stone Mountain Village in the future. But first, finding funding for various initiatives is key.
Susan Ryles, the new executive director of Main Street Stone Mountain, recently shared her vision, hopes and goals for Stone Mountain Village with Patch: Q. What are your top three goals as the new executive director of Main Street Stone Mountain (MSSM)? A. Top 3 Goals 1. Find Funding 2. Find Funding 3. Find Funding It's like in real estate, they always say the 3 most important things are location, location, location. For Main Street and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) it's funding, funding, funding. We in the Village are not short on ideas to improve our fair little Village. Most of those ideas however, require funding which is in short supply. We will be exploring at a variety of funding options for Main Street and the …
Friday, July 13, 2012
The "Undercover Boss" and president and CEO of the company that operates Stone Mountain Park talks about the principles he outlines in his new book, "Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles For Effective Leaders."
Joel Manby, president and CEO of the company that operates Stone Mountain Park, has been an "Undercover Boss" on the CBS show, getting hands-on experience of certain jobs at Herschend Family Entertainment properties. Now Manby is also an author. His recently published book is “Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles For Effective Leaders." "It's not love the emotion," he explained. "It's not how you feel. It's love the verb. It’s how you behave toward somebody." The book royalties have been assigned to the company's Share It Forward program which helps employees in need, he said. He said the Bible passage from 1 Cor:13 provides a foundation for leadership. Being patient, kind, truthful, unselfish, trusting, forgiving and dedicated can go a …
Monday, July 2, 2012
The Evermore Community Improvement District is seeing growth.
Before long, there will be a new work out spot and another place to buy clothes and home decor along U.S. 78. L.A. Fitness and Burlington are moving into the Evermore Community Improvement District (CID). And that's not all. The grand opening of Stone Mountain Toyota's renovation is coming up in July, road improvements are continuing and other projects are on tap, said CID executive director Jim Brooks. Here's a rundown of some of the projects and changes in the district, which runs 7.5 miles starting from the Gwinnett-DeKalb line, has more than 1,600 businesses and 508 property owners: “We have known for quite some time that redevelopment and reuse and rebranding would be part of our corridor," Brooks said. "A great example is the old …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Victory for the World Church pastor Kenneth Samuel talks to Patch about his hopes for the Summit on Youth Violence and Prayer Vigil Wednesday night, nearly two weeks after a shoot-out in the church parking lot that left two people dead.
It was a tragedy that Kenneth Samuel said he'd never before witnessed in some 30 years of pastoring: police say two men fatally shot each other, and two others were injured, in the parking lot of Victory for the World Church after a funeral earlier this month. "We have reached an all-time low when people open fire in the sacred space of the church," Samuel told Stone Mountain-Redan Patch Tuesday. On Wednesday, June 20, Samuel hopes for community healing and solutions from faith leaders, elected officials and concerned citizens during the Summit on Youth Violence and Prayer Vigil at the church, from 7-9 p.m. "We've got to capture and help to guide the thinking of young people in regard to what options are available to them, and provide …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Harry Patel and his wife Sunita own Kids R Kids #10 in Stone Mountain-Gwinnett.
Last March, Patch ran a poll asking readers for the best preschool in Stone Mountain. Though it received glowing comments from parents and a healthy number of votes, Kids R Kids #10 on Old Tucker Road came in second place behind the preschool at Mount Carmel Christian Church. Owner Harry Patel actually took the time to write a comment on that article, very graciously congratulating Mount Carmel. Patch had to meet him. Little minds are getting prepared in a big way for further education inside Kids R Kids #10, just few steps away from Kroger. Patch recently took a tour of the center and got Harry Patel, who owns and operates the business with his wife Sunita, to share their experiences as owners of the franchise location. Patch: How long …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Rev. Elward Ellis of Crossroads Presbyterian Church died May 12 from a car accident.
There will be a memorial service for Rev. Elward D. Ellis of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain at Fairfield Baptist Church on June 2, 2 p.m. Fairfield is located 6133 Redan Road in Lithonia. Ellis left behind a wife and son, an article in Intervarsity Christian Fellowship reported. According to an obituary in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Rev. Ellis was 63. His vehicle crossed the center line of North Druid Hills Road and had a head-on crash with a truck, the obituary said. If you have memories of Rev. Ellis, please feel free to leave a comment at the end of this article. Related article: Crossroads Presbyterian's Pastor Ellis Dies