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Reporter’s Notebook: APS teacher wins Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl award, Atlanta Design Festival kicks off this weekend, “Railtalk-Re-Connect” at MARTA

The week in local news.

Atlanta’s Bobby Jones became the first and only golfer to win the Grand Slam — the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the British Amateur — 92 years ago this week. Jones learned to play at the East Lake Country Club, and from 1923 to 1930, he won thirteen major championships. 

On to other news from the week:

APS teacher receives award from Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Last week, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Foundation’s “Extra Yard for Teachers” event celebrated dedicated educators from across the country. 

Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy teacher Kimie Briem received $1,000 from the football playoff foundation. Briem, who teaches Japanese is a robotics club advisor, was surprised by representatives from the organization and Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring.   

The money she received from the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will go toward a project Briem is working on for her robotics students. 

— Allison Joyner

Atlanta Design Festival kicks off this weekend

The annual Atlanta Design Festival is back, with over 60 events packed into 10 days.

From Oct. 1 to 9, folks can check out exhibitions, go on architecture tours in Atlanta and Serenbe and attend talks where experts use design as a lens to examine our relationship with nature, culture’s impact on the built infrastructure and more.

The Atlanta festival will also host the 2022 Design is Human Conference, a two-day event that brings together design-minded leaders across different disciplines to explore how design can transform business, the environment and culture. 

Throughout the 10-day event, the team expects visitors from 38 states and 16 countries. 

Click here for a complete list of events for the Atlanta Design Festival next week. Some events are ticketed and others are free of charge, so be sure to check ahead of time as spots are limited. 

— Hannah E. Jones

Watch the video below for a sneak peak of the upcoming Atlanta and Serenbe architecture tours.

Bouke Bruins and Wouter Corvers. (Photo courtesy of Flux Projects.)

“Railtalk-Re-Connect,” a social installation in MARTA stations 

In June, Dutch design collaborators Bouke Bruins and Wouter Corvers put thousands of magnetic letters throughout seven MARTA stations. The installation, called “Railtalk-Re-Connect,” was born from the after-effects of the pandemic, when we were collectively unsure how to rejoin the outside world. 

Through this project, MARTA riders are encouraged to leave their messages and, ultimately, reconnect with their neighbor.

“We strive to promote as much interaction as possible between all layers of society, the more diverse the better,” the artists said.

On Friday, Oct. 7, the design duo is back to discuss what they learned from their interactive installation and the different ways that riders expressed themselves station to station. 

The initiative — presented by Flux Projects in collaboration with MARTA Artbound and the Atlanta Design Festival — runs until Oct. 9, so keep your eyes open for hidden messages in your local train station. Click here for more information about the free artist talk.

— Hannah E. Jones 

Atlanta’s TrapKing Humane receives grant for trap-neuter-return program 

The U.S is home to an estimated 60 to 100 million stray cats, and these felines are responsible for the extinction of about 63 species of birds, small rodents and reptiles. To combat this challenge with our feisty furry friends, Mars Petcare awarded grants to six pet wellness organizations around the country, including Tucker’s TrapKing Humane. 

TrapKing Humane is a cat wellness nonprofit founded in 2015. Founder Sterling Davis travels in a mobile home to humanely trap, neuter and release stray cats, while also supporting the rehoming of adoptable cats. The funding will support the nonprofit’s trap-neuter-return education program. 

“I am passionate about serving communities and will continue to advocate for cats everywhere,” Davis said in a press release. “Through ongoing collaboration across shelters and organizations, we can implement programming in cities to support community cats and prevent overpopulation. Having the backing and support of a company like Mars Petcare will help me and many others who are focused on this issue expand our critical work even further.” 

Mars Petcare also released its new Community Cat Toolkit, offering resources for cities and residents to humanely address stray cat populations.

— Hannah E. Jones

This weekend marks Nigeria’s 62nd year of independence from British rule. (Photo by Emmanuel Ikwuegbu, Unsplash.)

Atlanta celebrates Nigeria Independence Day with two-day festivities

This weekend, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will commemorate the country’s 62nd year of independence from British rule with a grand celebration.

Activities will begin with a Celebration Walk on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8:30 a.m. in front of City Hall. Participants will be led by traditional Nigerian dance troops and drums to Grady Hospital to show appreciation for the frontline workers in healthcare that brought us through the pandemic. 

An outdoor Nigerian art and culture festival will be at the Millennium Gate in Atlantic Station on Sunday, Oct. 2 from noon to 6 p.m. Vendors will be selling traditional Nigerian goods such as clothing, arts, crafts, jewelry and food. 

For more information, contact the Nigerian Office of Consul General at 404-932-1925.

— Allison Joyner

Cardholders can set spend limits to their virtual card and connect them to Google and Apple Pay accounts. (Graphic courtesy of Capital on Tap.)

New Capital on Tap virtual cards made for small business owners

Capital on Tap, a financial tech company headquartered in Atlanta and the UK, introduced virtual cards that offer nearly immediate access to funds for small businesses. The virtual card supports the company’s mission to make running a business easier and more efficient. 

Most applicants receive a decision within 24 hours, meaning approved cardholders can make purchases within one day of submitting their application. The virtual cards are also more secure, allowing cardholders whose information has been compromised to void their card and instantly generate a new one. 

“For busy small business owners, the virtual card is a true game changer,” Co-founder and CEO David Luck said. “Having immediate access to funds is critical for success in this challenging business climate that often requires quick decisions and multiple strategic pivots.”

— Hannah E. Jones

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Hannah E. Jones

Hannah Jones is an Atlanta native and Georgia State University graduate, with a major in journalism and minor in public policy. She began studying journalism in high school and has since served as a reporter and editor for two newspapers. Hannah managed the Arts and Living section of The Signal, Georgia State’s independent award-winning newspaper. She has a passion for environmental issues, urban life and telling a good story. Hannah can be reached at hannah@saportareport.com.

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