After 25 Years of ADA, our sense of service dogs isn’t fixed 

Service dogs like Chevy and Bobby, who live in Tucker and help their owner with PTSD, are a topic of great interest this week in Atlanta at the National ADA Symposium, which marks the 25th anniversary of the nation’s landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. More people are taking animals of all kinds on planes and into public spaces—for comfort more than service—because the accessibility laws can be confusing.

Simply abundant paper valentines and a bestselling author’s broken heart

Sending happiness and love on Feb. 14 begins for many of us in elementary school with decorated shoeboxes and signed valentines—sometimes handmade. Early this month, at a modest ranch house in Tucker, adult friends gathered —as they have many times since 1998—to make fun, one-of-a-kind valentines from sparkles and scraps. Inspired by the 1995 book, “Simple Abundance” (whose author had her own bad romance), the party is a throwback to turning paper and glue into a little something special, especially in the digital age.

Champs, chumps elude chomps in zombie escape teambuilding game

No matter how loud I sang about “the little silhouetto of a man, scaramouche scaramouche,” every five minutes the chain holding back the zombie loosened another foot. We were playing “Trapped in a Room with a Zombie,” and we were working (and singing) frantically with eight strangers to solve puzzles to find the key and escape the hollow-eyed monster, while locked in an otherwise nondescript office in a Tucker industrial park.

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From CHOA to the White House, via NASCAR

Andrew Childers nearly died playing high school football in Atlanta in 2002 and appeared far removed from the sports fame that earns the highest national accolades. And yet this year he and his team were guests at the White House, where President Obama complimented his team’s athleticism.

Childers got to the White House using his strength and speed from football to help change tires as the jack man for 2013 NASCAR champion driver Jimmie Johnson.

Tucker-Northlake business leaders to add walk, bike paths as part of planned renewal of an early suburb

Business leaders near Tucker and Northlake Mall in north DeKalb County have expanded their effort to strengthen their historic commercial center and make it more friendly for walking and bicycling.

As of last week, more than 67 commercial properties in the Northlake business district formally joined the existing Tucker Community Improvement District. The goal is to uplift the region in ways that are beyond the scope of local government.

“All you have to do is look at Perimeter and Cumberland to see the success of CIDs,” said Ann Rosenthal, president of the newly minted Tucker-Northlake CID.