Candy count for Halloween in Jefferson Park

And in case you are interested, the candy drive for the Halloween extravaganza on Bryan Avenue numbers:

-14,350 pieces of candy (Thursday, Oct. 23, published on Facebook)

To drop off candy, go to 1355 Bryan Ave.

New stores in East Point revitalize Cleveland Ave.

East Point – Cleveland Avenue once was home to an abandoned housing project. Today, new stores replace the eyesore as the parcel has been revitalized into a multimillion retail center, anchored by a Walmart Supercenter.

The Atlanta Daily World covered the grand opening, including with a photo gallery.

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“This means everything for this (Cleveland) corridor. We haven’t had this type of growth in this area for quite a long time. This is good to see,” East Point Mayor Jannquell Peters told the news organization.

A blight on Cleveland Avenue

Cleveland Avenue is a main artery of East Point, with easy access to I-85. It also is home to a hospital, a campus of the Atlanta Medical Center. But a blight on the road was the former apartment complex, where buildings were boarded up with plywood and covered with graffiti.

The site’s 60 apartments looked like this in 2012, before renovations began:

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And then the construction started:


Click here to see a video from the opening, with the marching band from TriCities High School. The video was posted by John Henry Eaves, the Fulton County Commissioners chairman

Outdoor movie in East Point to entertain families (UPDATED)


Slight chance of rain tonight. But temperatures we be great, high 70s.

(Edited to correct the date.)

East Point residents prepare to watch a movie outdoors and beneath the stars.

“HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2″ will be the feature attraction in East Point on Friday, Sept. 19, as movie goers can unroll blankets and lawn chairs to watch the animated PG film on a large screen.

The community event takes place in downtown East Point. There is no fee to watch the film.

Critics review is positive

Rotten Tomatoes critics gave the movie a 92 percent approval. According to the website:

Movie Info

DreamWorks Animation returns to the world of dragons and Vikings in this sequel to their successful 2010 outing How to Train Your Dragon. The original film followed the exploits of a Viking chief’s son, who must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

When is the outdoor movie?

The show begins on dusk on the grassy lawn on East Point Street, opposite the fire department.  The outdoor movie can be cancelled with bad weather, so pay attention to the weather reports on the day in September.

Learn more details at the East Point Main Street Association.