Historic Fire Station 17

Coffee House at Historic Fire Station 17

Historic Fire Station 17 at the corner of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd and Cascade Avenue will soon house a West End neighbor-run coffee house. Please see the information directly from them:

People of the Way of Jesus will offer a COFFEE HOUSE as a community service. We are renting the old Firehouse #17 at 1384 Ralph David Abernathy, and will offer coffee (bold, medium and DCaf), tea, some wrapped pastries and WiFi on a DONATION basis.

At the present time, we will be open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 9pm, so you can stop in for that quick cup on your way home, on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm for that relaxing weekend wakeup carefully and slowly cup and on Sundays from 9am to Noon for that “easy like Sunday morning” cup with your paper.

Our People of the Way Worship will still be held at 3pm on Sundays there, with our Agape Meal.

We also plan to offer FIRST FRIDAYS from 7 to 9pm, with Movie Nights, Spoken Word nights, live local musician nights and other activities.

We will not serve food, but you can pick some up and bring it in to enjoy (We recommend D’s Café down the street, Q Time, Soul Vegetarian, Bakari Pizza and other locally owned restaurants). We will not offer “to go” cups, but will be glad to fill your travel mug for you. It is all on a donation basis, and your donations will provide the rent, utilities, insurance, HVAC costs, WiFi and supplies to keep this going. We will not make profit on this, but will invest all donations into it, and expand it as those donations dictate ability to do so. It will be a community effort.

We will have our GRAND OPENING on Saturday, October 24th from 9am to 3pm, with a dedication ceremony at 11am. Rev. Jacqui and Pastor Jamie open our hearts and this coffee house to you!

If you have comfy chairs, area rugs, bookshelves or children’s chairs and tables, or children’s books you would like to donate toward this community service, or anyone who has a PowerPoint projector on which to show movies, that we can BORROW periodically… please contact Jamie at 404-353-0387.

BeltLine at Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd.

$5 Million Private Donation Towards BeltLine Westside Trail

The $43 million Westside BeltLine Trail project is one step closer to its private funding goal thanks to the generous commitment of a $5 million donation from the philanthropic James M. Cox Foundation. The Atlanta BeltLine’s fundraising arm, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, has a goal of receiving commitments of $10 million in private funds by July 2014. It is in large counting on donations from Atlanta’s business community, and as such the James M. Cox Foundation is setting the precedent for other philanthropic groups.

To learn more about this story read the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s article “Business leaders launch new $10 million fundraising campaign for Beltline.”

The Atlanta BeltLine is turning in its trail application to the Georgia Department of Transportation in June 2014, in July 2014 a contractor will be selected, and construction of the trail is scheduled to start around September 2014 with a completion timeframe, set by the federal government, of 2016. The Westview portion of the trail marks the middle of the path, with one end of the trail being marked by Washington Park and the other end of the trail being marked by Adair Park.

Westview Community Garden Chicken Coop

Chicken Coop

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, neighbors met at the Westview Community Garden on South Gordon Street to weed some garden beds, but more excitingly to put together a chicken coop acquired thanks to a donation by Random Acts. Children and adults worked together to put everything together. Next step – chickens!

Overall the community garden is looking at a promising year with three households starting seeds for the garden, the nearly completed garden shed that will double for a rain catchment purposes, and surrounding businesses eager to use spare vegetables grown in the garden. Volunteers are always welcome to help keep up the garden; community members meet up nearly every Saturday morning to work on the garden.

To view photos of the gardening day check out the photo gallery below or visit the Westview Facebook page.

Thanksgiving Food Baskets

Thanksgiving Food Baskets

Every year the Westview Community Organization strives to help those in need around Thanksgiving time. For last year’s Thanksgiving neighbors donated personal care items that were given to a women’s shelter. In years prior to that the organization participated in providing food for a Thanksgiving meal for the seniors at The Atrium at CollegeTown.

This year the Westview Community Organization partnered with The Big Apple Inn to put together Thanksgiving food baskets for those in need of a helping hand. Thanks to all the generous donations four boxes of food items were collected and will be distributed via the Youth of Westview program.

The Westview Community Organization and The Big Apple Inn would like to thank all the neighbors, good Samaritans, and Westview businesses who donated towards this cause.

5th/3rd Bank Grand Opening

A Bank That Cares About Community

When 5th/3rd Bank decided to open a branch in the Kroger CitiCenter shopping complex they did not simply renovate and start work, they actually came to the community. Future 5th/3rd bank manager Shaylah Richburg attended Westview Community Organization meetings months before the store was set to open and immediately asked “How can 5th/3rd Bank contribute in the community?” Shaylah continued to attend meetings and brought a ham to the annual Holiday Luncheon at Fire Station 17, mingling with the community like a committed neighbor. Through her attendance and communication with residents she soon found an issue that has become close to the heart for many residents in the past year – the work Pat and John Perdew have done with neighborhood children. The Perdew’s have opened their home to children where they can be in a loving, encouraging environment, where neighbors stop by to help the kids with homework after school, and where the kids can work together to cook a family meal. For their grand opening 5th/3rd Bank wanted to once again show their commitment to the surrounding area and chose the Perdew’s “Youth of Westview” children as the organization they would like to support. We are therefore proud to announce that the “Youth of Westview” were awarded $500 through fiscal agent “Next Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program” (from neighboring Beecher-Donnelly) to help fund future projects for the children.

Westview can be excited to have gained such a community-based bank at a time when most banks leave a bad taste in people’s mouths. Welcome to the neighborhood Shaylah and 5th/3rd Bank!

To view more photos of the 5th/3rd Bank grand opening please visit our Westview Facebook page.

Thanksgiving Basket

Thanksgiving Basket Donation

The Westview Community Organization is partnering with NPU-T and Morehouse College to make Thanksgiving baskets for those in need. Rather than the usual food baskets, Westview members have committed to creating toiletry baskets for a nearby shelter.

Residents came together to donate shampoo, detergent, toothbrushes, lotion, and more. The contributions have been fantastic, and the WCO would like to thank all those neighbors who contributed and helped to make this holiday season a more memorable one for those in need.

WCO Giving for the Holidays

The Westview Community Organization is sponsoring two holiday-related events in the next few weeks:

What: Volunteer Day at Hosea Feed the Hungry
When: Saturday, November 13th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Hosea Feed the Hungry, 1035 Donnelly Ave, Atlanta, GA 30310
Details: We are asking friends and neighbors to help make this a successful day. Hosea Feed the Hungry needs the following:

  • Clothing and shoes in good condition – all sizes, male and female
  • Personal hygience items
  • Non-perishable food
  • Toys
  • Check donations made out to Hosea Feed the Hungry
  • Cash donations can be given directly to Hosea Feed the Hungry during that time

Contact Ms. Mary Green at maryam11@att.net for more information.

What: Senior Thanksgiving Dinner
When: Thursday, November 18th
Location: Veranda at Atrium Senior Center
Details: The Westview Community Organization has sponsored green beans for the senior dinner at the Verdana at Atrium (formerly John O. Chiles) for a number of years. The organization has volunteered to sponsor green beans again this year. Please inform Scott Smith at scottsingsbari@aol.com or 404.752.6423 if you are willing to donate a large can of beans.

June 27th Cookout Help

Hi all,

We are less than two weeks away to our June 27th cookout! Thanks SO much for all the neighboors who really have been helping to get this together (see your shout out below). We do still need volunteers for some upcoming things. There are a lot of ways you can support, and the cookout will not be succesful without it, so please help where you can!


1. Donations
We are really short on donations. Last year neighbors provided most of the items needed. Right now we don’t have enough donations or money to pull of the cookout. Please contribute what you can.

– Cash Donations (checks can be made out to “Westview Community Organization” OR donate online via Paypal)
– Food: Hot Dogs (20 packages), Chips (5+ bags), Hamburgers (5 packages), Bottled Water, Cans of soda, desert, vegetables, beans, any food you like
– Other: Paper plates, napkins, burners and stenos

2. June 20 Clean-up
You can also contribute your time. We are cleaning up Ontario Park this Saturday, June 20. If you can come out to help, please do so. The park is where East & West Ontario and Stokes Avenues come together. The WCO will supply trash bags but we ask you to bring your own gloves, shovels, and any other tools you might want. We will decide on exactly what areas to tackle at the day of the event. If we have a lot of volunteers, we’ll get more areas cleaned up. For more info, please contact Scott at 404-752-6423.

3. Pass Out Fliers
We need to pass out fliers to the neighborhood this weekend. We will start passing them out after the clean-up on Saturday, about 10:30 am. If you want fliers for your street, just contact me and I can drop them off.

4. Help Pickup Furniture Day Of
Firestation #17 and other neighbors are gracious enough to donate chairs and tables. We need neighbors with pickup trucks who can help collect the furniture and deliver to Ontario Park on June 27.

5. Got a Tent?
It may rain that day, and we would like to get a tent for backup.

5. Setup Day Of
We need neighbors who will help setup the food, tables, and chairs on the morning of June 27. We will do setup from 8:00 – 11:00 am.

6. Clean Up Day Of
We need neighbors who will help clean-up after the event. It ends at 4 pm.

Shout Outs – Thanks to all neighbors who have been helping out
Tonyel – Met with Major Perdue of Zone 4 to get police presence, helping to plan everything, volunteered to cook and prepare food.
Patrick and Steffi – Got donations from CT martin, designed the fliers, found the house for electrical POWER.
Scott – Volunteering to cook and prepare food, asking for donations from politicians, volunteering his grill.
Shawnika – Volunteering to cook and prepare food, volunteering her grill, donating food.
Juliet J. – First neighbor to donate a pack of hot dogs!
Mr. Park – Getting donations from Kroger.
Kapp – Volunteering her house to provide electrical.
You – ???? :-)

Ontario Park Cookout – June 27th

The Westview Neighborhood Cookout is just three weeks away! It is time for us to ensure we have everything we need to make it a success.

So, how can you help? In two ways:

1) Donate money or items! No amount of $$ is too small. Having monetary donations will allow us to buy the items we need.

If not, please see the list below and decide what you can bring.

Donation List
– Cash Donations (Checks can be made out to “Westview Community Organization” or pay via PayPal)
– Hot Dogs (20 packages)
– Chips (5+ bags)
– Hamburgers (5 packages)
– Bottled Water
– Cans of Soda / Coke
– Paper Plates
– Napkins
– Folding Tables
– Tents

2) Visit a local business and ask them to donate money OR items. Download a donation letter that you can print and take to businesses. Please contact me, Ayana at 404-345-3209, if you visit a business.

Don’t know where to go? Checkout the list of local businesses below:

– Kroger, 590 Casacde – I will be going here this week. Any neighbors who would like to come along?
– Crazy Cajun Restaurant, 1540 RDA
– SPACE, 1310 White St.
– Precious Peices, 1535 RDA
– The Barber Loft, 1538 RDA
– Sweet Teez/Studio J. Boutique, 1539 RDA
– Pam’s Boutique and Accessories, 1534 RDA
– Fried Rice King, 1372 RDA

Thanks for all your efforts!

– Ayana