Help for the elderly women of the fourth quarter + Decatur Top Bike-Friendly City

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Here are the top 5 stories from today’s Atlanta:

  1. An initiative called “In Her Hands” will soon give more than 600 low-income black women $ 850 a month for two years. Created through a partnership between the Georgia Resilience and Opportunity Fund and Give directly, the program is designed to help Georgians most affected by poverty by examining how a guaranteed income can improve a person’s life, provide stability and translate these findings into policies. Funded by private donations, “In Her Hands” will initially be available to black women living in Old Fourth Ward, the Atlanta neighborhood Martin Luther King Jr. once called home, which has the highest concentration of housing in section 8 in the southeast. Give Directly is expected to start accepting applications for the program in early 2022. (CBS46 News Atlanta)
  2. The Biden administration recently appointed Reese McCranie, responsible for the city of Atlanta, as senior adviser for the public affairs office of US Customs & Border Protection. Prior to his appointment, McCranie worked for the City of Atlanta for 12 years, most recently as Deputy Director of Equity for Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. McCranie, who is gay, helped establish Atlanta’s first-ever Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Regarding his new appointment, McCranie said, “It is a tremendous honor to work alongside the more than 60,000 dedicated people of US Customs and Border Protection. (Project Q Atlanta)
  3. According to a national cycling organization, the most bicycle friendly community in Georgia is in the Atlanta subway. Decatur was the first and only city in the state to achieve the group’s Silver designation. Alpharetta, Atlanta, Columbus, Peachtree City, Roswell, and Savannah are other cities in Georgia that achieve Bronze level recognition for their cycling infrastructure. (Free:; Subscription: The Atlanta Journal Constitution)
  4. One arrest was made in a fatal double stabbing at an Atlanta apartment in November. Stefhon Hamilton, 21, was taken into police custody in northwest Atlanta on Wednesday and charged with two counts of felony murder, police said. On November 22, officers responded to reports of a stabbing person in a Jackson Street apartment, finding Daniel Aaron, 31, and Kristen McDevitt, 30, dead from stabbing at the scene. Surveillance video of the suspect was then released by police, showing him outside the door closest to the victims’ apartment, then running down the hall with a large safe and surgical gloves. (BMS Atlanta)
  5. American News and World Report took out his inaugural list of the best hospitals for maternity care this week, and four of the 237 recognized hospitals across the country are in Georgia. In addition to Emory Midtown Teaching Hospital in Atlanta, other Georgia hospitals offering high performing maternity care include Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Johns Creek; Emory Decatur Hospital, Decatur; and South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta. (Atlanta Crest)

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Today in Atlanta:

  • Blood drive in cafe at the Little Five Points Center for Arts and Community (10:00 am)
  • Pop-up Christmas cocktail bar Miracle on Monroe at Tapa Tapa (5:00 p.m.)
  • Pop-up Christmas cocktail bar Sipping Santa Claus at Bon Ton Atlanta (5:00 p.m.)
  • Buckhead Heritage Annual Party at the binding of the National Historical Library (6.30 p.m.)
  • A very vintage Christmas, performed Ansley Stewart and Friends, at Napoleon’s (8:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • the last day of home school of the year at Atlanta History Center begins today at 10:30 am Students will explore how Christmas was celebrated in the past, from Smith Farm of the 1860s to Swan House of the 1930s and beyond. (Facebook)
  • Sometimes the animal just chose you, as Sarah recently experienced. Although she lives on a tight budget and has never considered owning a pet, Sarah fell in love with a community cat she named Mr. Fluffy Cat. When injured, Sarah turned to the Atlanta Humane Society Resource Center for help, inquiring about affordable visits to sick animals at the organization’s veterinary center. (Facebook)
  • 🎶 On the second day of Christmas, APD sent me… 🎶 useful information when shopping and in crowded places. When shopping, carry your bag over your shoulder, make sure it is well placed under your arm and never leave your bag in the cart. If someone bumps into you, check to see if your valuables are still there. Be vigilant, especially in crowded spaces or when people are invading your personal space. (Facebook)
  • Calling all Atlanta BeltLine Run clubbers! Join us tonight at Monday Night Garage for a fun 2- or 4-mile run or walk the Westside Trail. This will be the last running club meeting of 2021, so don this party costume and show up by 6:15 p.m. for the race starting at 6:30 p.m. Runners, walkers and strollers of all levels are welcome. The race is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary, so come on. (Facebook)
  • Everything is 20% off at both Atlanta Habitat for Humanity & ReStore locations this entire week! Come celebrate our 20th anniversary with us! (Facebook)

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