Will Fay boost fortunes of Atlanta Pride Festival?


Will the remnants of Fay help boost the fortunes of the Atlanta Pride Committee?

The festival, mired in debt and without its top two paid staff members, suffered in part from its move out of Piedmont Park during the three-day event in July. City and park officials booted all large-scale festivals out of Piedmont in January over concerns about the state's lingering drought.

But as the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay drench Atlanta and the Southeast, the steady rainfall is dealing a blow to the drought, according to weather experts. It's also meant more water for Lake Lanier, which feeds the region's water supply.    READ MORE »

Atlanta Pride issues plea for financial support

The Atlanta Pride Committee emailed supporters today asking for their financial help to prepare for the 2009 festival.

The committee is reeling in the wake of the three-day Atlanta Pride Festival, which moved to the civic center and shifted to early July. Attendance dropped, income was reduced and the cost to rent the facility for the long weekend also helped break the event's budget.    READ MORE »

Cobb courts a steamy place

A former Superior Court administrator in Cobb County so enjoyed his job that he didn't want to leave -- at least for sex. That's the result of a report issued Tuesday concerning allegations leveled at Howard Chesshire, who left his job in February after the allegations began surfacing.

Sex in a judge's chambers, trysts at local hotels during business hours, obscene phone calls to female workers and a desire to see lesbian sex are among the many accounts of what was going on with the top Superior Court official in Cobb County for the past two decades.

The report says Chessire denied all of the allegations.    READ MORE »

Piedmont digs a wishing well

The possible return of sports leagues and Atlanta Pride to Piedmont Park took another hit as park caretakers announced their efforts to dig a well failed.

Now the Piedmont Park Conservancy will try again, drilling a second time beginning Wednesday. If they can hit water, the park hopes it would be enough to irrigate the park and skirt the drought-related regulations that prompted the booting of sports and large-scale festivals from the area earlier this year.

Without a well, the conservancy says, the park won't be inviting its former inhabitants bak anytime soon.    READ MORE »

Action Cycling delivers big number


With the final numbers crunched, Action Cycling 200 announced its fund-raising tally on Sunday: $106,000.

The amount surpassed the $100,000 goal organizers of the annual event set for themselves this year, and far exceeded fund-raising totals from past years. Since its inception in 2003, the event has raised more than $400,000 for the Emory Vaccine Center, a facility that researches vaccines for AIDS and other infectious diseases.

The announcement came Sunday during Action Cycling’s closing event in the Sky Lounge at MidCity Lofts in Midtown, where riders, volunteers and officials with the vaccine center joined to toast the event, celebrate its fund-raising prowess and display an over-sized, six-figure check.

Some 65 riders gathered about an hour after sunrise on May 17 for the event, which is a two-day, 200-mile journey from Decatur to Eatonton and back.

To see photos from the ride, go here. For a gallery of photos from Sunday's closing event, go here.    READ MORE »

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