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Biz Bits: Atlanta Hawks donate shoes at Decatur YMCA, local businesses win awards

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Jaylen Adams of the Atlanta Hawks was one of several players to distribute shoes to children in the Decatur Family YMCA's after-school program. © Kat Goduco Photo


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Atlanta Hawks, Shoes That Fit donate shoes to kids at Decatur Family YMCA 

“On Wednesday, Mar 20th during NBA FIT Week, Shoes That Fit partnered with the Atlanta Hawks and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta to provide new athletic shoes to 65 kids in the after-school program at the Decatur Family YMCA,” the Hawks said in a press release. “NBA FIT Week engages players, partners and community organizations to highlight the importance of leading a healthy life through mind, body, and spirit.

“This event was made possible by generous funding from the Atlanta Hawks. On hand to help distribute the shoes were Hawks players Jaylen Adams, DeAndre’ Bembry and Dewayne Dedmon. Members of the Lady Hawks, which are made up of the wives, mothers and significant others of the Hawks players and basketball operations staff, had a fitness station to engage the youth in games and Emory Healthcare provided healthy nutritional tips and samples of fruits and vegetables.

“Prior to the start of the 2018-19 season, the Hawks committed to making an impact on 50,000 lives through 50 community events in honor of their 50th year in Atlanta. To learn more about the Hawks’ work in the community, visit hawks.com/community.”

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Local businesses win awards at UGA’s Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest

Two local businesses were recently honored by the University of Georgia.

“Aubrey Lenyard, of Aubs Company, and Rusty Bowers, of Pine Street Market, took home top honors Tuesday from the University of Georgia’s 2019 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest,” a press release from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences says. “The annual contest, conducted by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products.

“A team of food industry experts and grocery buyers chose Pine Street Market’s Bacon Jam as the best condiment or salsa product in the contest. Attendees at the Flavor of Georgia Reception voted Lenyard’s Aub Sauce, a spicy peach barbecue sauce, the people’s choice favorite. Both products were chosen to compete as finalists from a list of more than 130 entries. Judges rated the products on qualities including innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor.”

CAES Dean and Director Sam Pardue congratulates Aubrey Lenyard after Aubs Sauce was awarded the People’s Choice Award at UGA’s 2019 Flavor of Georgia contest. Photo provided to Decaturish.

CAES Dean and Director Sam Pardue congratulates the Pine Street Market team after their Bacon Jam won best condiment or salsa at UGA’s 2019 Flavor or Georgia contest. Photo provided to Decaturish

Saint Thomas More Catholic School hosts 4th Annual Meeting of Jesuit Parish Schools

“Engaged representatives, including Jesuit pastors, school administrators and teachers, from 14 Jesuit parish elementary schools from all over the nation came together last week to share ideas about Ignatian spirituality and to solidify their name and purpose,” Saint Thomas More Catholic School said in a recent press release. “The conference was hosted by Saint Thomas More Catholic School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition. Saint Thomas More Catholic School and parish participants were Principal Jerry Raymond, Assistant Principal Yvette McNett, Director of Religious Education, Brian Christopherson, Middle School Religion teacher, Andy Scantlebury and Father Mark Horak.

“The fourth annual meeting titled ‘Ignatitan Spirituality as a Key Practice of Jesuit Parish Schools’ was held at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center and focused discussions on how to best infuse Ignatian spirituality into the daily practices at school.”

Photo of participants from 14 Jesuit parish elementary schools from across the nation. Photo provided to Decaturish.

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“Qualified Quacks” provide house calls

If you’ve seen a doctor make a house call, you were probably watching a movie. One local business wants to make it a real thing here in Atlanta.

Qualified Quacks, a mobile medical practice, offers metro Atlanta patients something most believe to be a concept of the past; the convenience of house calls,” the company said in a press release. “Qualified Quacks is a 100 percent house-call based medical practice. Patients can receive both Primary and Urgent care services, everything from an annual physical to stitches, in the comfort of their homes.”

Qualified Quacks’ members include Board Certified medical director, Moshe Usadi, MD, nurse practitioner Katie Edelstein, FNP/CNM, and founder/clinical director Adrienne Botos Clark, BSN, RN.

Emory Healthcare Board of Directors gets two new members 

“Catherine M. Bonk, MD and Gregory B. Levett, Sr. have been named to the Emory Healthcare Board of Directors,” a press release from EMORY Health Sciences News says. “Bonk is a Decatur-based obstetrician and gynecologist and is managing partner of Atlanta GYN&OB and Decatur Midwifery. Levett is the founder and CEO of Levett and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematories in Gwinnett, DeKalb and Rockdale counties.  Both serve on the board of Emory Decatur Hospital, Emory Hillandale Hospital and Emory Long Term Acute Care, formerly known as DeKalb Medical.

“The appointments provide for representation from the former DeKalb Medical organization which became part of Emory Healthcare on September 1, 2018.”

Catherine M. Bonk, MD, left, and Gregory B. Levett Sr., right.

Decatur resident launches cyber security business

Wardell Castles has launched a new cyber security business under his “white hat” hacker name, red7en.

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Decatur homeowners, Teresa Dau and Amanda McMillan, featured in “This Old House” magazine 

“This Old House” magazine recently featured the home of Teresa Dau and Amanda McMillan. The home was remodeled by Alair Homes Decatur.

“The heart has its reasons, as they say, so best not to overthink another home buyer’s surprising infatuation,” the article says. “In Teresa Dau and Amanda McMillan’s case, it started with a certain neighborhood in Decatur, Georgia—steps from schools, public transit, the library, the playground, and old-timey Decatur Square—and culminated in a rash gamble on a carved-up bungalow that had idled on the market for months.”

To read the full story, click here.

Photo provided by Alair Homes Decatur

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