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News - City Council votes on panhandling ban

Neighborhood Agenda

Atlanta City Council is expected to vote Mon., Aug. 15, on a controversial ordinance that would ban panhandling in a designated area downtown. The proposed ordinance has support from the city's convention and tourism industries, but homeless advocates say it would serve to criminalize poverty and stifle first amendment rights. Under the ban, a person caught asking for money in the downtown "tourist triangle" would face possible jail time and a fine. The public will have an opportunity to speak for or against the ordinance at the Council meeting.

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. in council chambers at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. For more info, call 404-330-6004 or visit www.atlantaga.gov.

· BUCKHEAD BUSINESS: The Buckhead Business Association meets Thursday mornings for breakfast at Anthony's Restaurant, 3109 Piedmont Road. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 11. For more info, visit www.buckheadbusiness.org.

· BERKELEY PARKERS: The Berkeley Park Neighborhood Association, on Atlanta's west side, meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Atlanta Senior Citizens Services Center, 1705 Commerce Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.berkeleypark.org.

· VA-HIGHLANDERS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-F, which includes Virginia-Highland, meets the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, call 404-885-9846.

· CANDLER PARKERS: The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization meets the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 15. For more info, visit www.candlerpark.org.

· BROOKHAVEN ALLIANCE: The Brookhaven Homeowners & Neighborhood Business Alliance Association meets the third Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Tues., Aug. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club, 1330 N. Druid Hills Road. For more info, call 404-921-7983, or e-mail Kevin_HughleyBHNA@yahoo.com.

· PONCEY-HIGHLAND PEEPS: The Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association gets together the third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Wed., Aug. 17. For more info, visit www.ponceyhighland.com.

· LAKE CLAIRE CITIZENS: The Lake Claire Neighbors group meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Frazer Center, 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 18. For more info, e-mail comm@lakeclaire.org.

· YOUNG BUCKHEADERS: Buckhead Rotaract, a community service organization for professionals in their 20s and 30s, meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at La Madeleine, 35 W. Paces Ferry Road. The next meeting will be Mon., Aug. 22. For more info, visit www.buckheadrotaract.org.

· MIDTOWN NEIGHBORS: The Midtown Neighbors Association meets every fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Metropolis, 943 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 25. For more info, visit www.midtownatlanta.org.

· INMAN INITIATIVE: Neighborhood Planning Unit-N, which covers Inman Park, gets together the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. The next meeting will be Thurs., Aug. 25. For more info, call 404-523-9922.

· PINE HILL RESIDENTS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-B, which covers the 'hood that stretches from Pine Hill to north Buckhead, meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 6. For more info, call 404-233-1355.

· ANSLEY PARK MEETS: Neighborhood Planning Unit-E, which covers Ansley Park, meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Peachtree Branch Library, 1315 Peachtree St. The next meeting will be Wed., Sept. 7. For more info, call 404-330-6911.

· MORNINGSIDERS: The Morningside/Lenox Park Association meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 Morningside Drive. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 12. For more info, visit www.mlpa.org.

· REYNOLDSTOWN RESIDENTS: The Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Lang Carson Community Center, 100 Flat Shoals Ave. The next meeting will be Mon., Sept. 12. For more info, call 404-525-4130, ext. 16.

· BUCKHEAD GREENSPACE: The North Buckhead Civic Association, which is trying to expand the community's greenspace and protect parts of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve along Nancy Creek, will hold its next meeting Tues., Sept. 13, 7 p.m., at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, 3626 Peachtree Road. For more info, visit www.nbca.org.

· HOME PARK CONVENES: The Home Park Community Improvement Association meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 10th Street United Methodist Church, 425 10th St. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 13. Topics include updates on the Atlantic Station project. For more info, visit www.homepark.org.

· DOWNTOWN ATLANTANS: The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, in the heart of Atlanta, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square. The next meeting will be Tues., Sept. 13. For more info, e-mail downtownatl@hotmail.com.

· VA-HIGHLAND GOES CIVIC: The Virginia-Highland Civic Association meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Ponce de Leon Library, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave. Because of the Labor Day holiday, the next meeting will be Mon., Oct. 3. For more info, visit www.vahi.org.

Want to publicize neighborhood news from Brookhaven to Inman Park? E-mail neighborhoodagenda@creativeloafing.com.



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