Sep 22


Saturday Oct. 18, 2014
3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Whittier Mill Park 

The annual Parktoberfest event is west side Atlanta’s premier fall festival, showcasing local flavor and talent all while helping preserve historic Whittier Mill Park.

Situated along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Whittier Mill Park is a 22-acre neighborhood park that was dedicated by the city in 2003. Once the site of the 18th century Whittier Textile Mill, some of the original structures are still standing.

Today, Parktoberfest is the largest fundraiser benefiting the park. Proceeds go to help maintain, preserve and refurbish the Atlanta treasure.

Come out and enjoy what promises to be a great fall day. Bring a blanket and listen to music and enjoy great food and beer. Be sure to check out our silent auction for terrific items that in years past have ranged from tickets to Atlanta-area events and memberships to art and vacation rentals.

There is a Bocce court in the Park, and we will have a lot of kids’ activities throughout the park.

Bring cash to pay for your food, so that we can avoid long lines at the food trucks. We will accept cash or checks for the entry fees ($20 for beer and entry, $5 for entry only) and we can take credit cards for the Silent Auction and merchandise!

2014 festival-goers can look forward to several food options from three local vendors: Freckled and Blue, Westside Bar & Cafe, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cram. Bring cash to pay for your food, so that we can avoid long lines at the food trucks. We will accept cash or checks for the entry fees (see below) and we can take credit cards for the Silent Auction and merchandise!

The band Line-Up IS:
4:00pm – 5:45pm (1:45 set time) – Rolling Nowhere

6:15pm – 7:45pm (1:30 set time) – Great Peacock

8:15pm – 10:00pm (1:45 set time) – Banditos

$20 gets adults entry to the festival and a commemorative cup that can be filled with beers from three local breweries. For those not partaking in libation, the entrance is $5 and children under 12 are FREE.

Saturday Oct. 18, 2014
3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Whittier Mill Park 

Mar 09

Riverside_Runs_HollywoodThe sponsors and racers started gathering at 9 am the morning of March 8th for the first annual Riverside Runs Hollywood 5K.

The registration turnout leading up to the race was remarkable but by 10:30 am when the runners took their marks, the number of people signed up to participate had reached 200!!

Without a doubt, the race and the day can be considered a HUGE success. It was a wonderful way to bring neighbors together, raise money for some great causes, and showcase the wonderful neighborhood that is Riverside.

We didn’t hire a professional photographer but that means we can share our “amateur” photos with you for free. Please browse, download, and share the photos that were taken at the event here:



We hope to see you next year!


Dec 13

Perry Homes Branch Library
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System



Reading with Ringling Bros.

Reading with Ringling Bros.

Library Reading Program Allows Kids to DREAM BIG and Earn Circus Tickets!

Kids, are you interested in reading some cool library books? Are you interested in earning a circus ticket at the same time? Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and area libraries will be hosting some serious fun with Reading with Ringling Bros! Perry Homes Branch located at 2011 Bolton Road, NW Suite 100, will be participating in the program.

The reading program is easy and fun for kids to participate. The best part is that kids can earn a Ringling Bros. circus ticket by simply doing their library reading! Children from ages two to 12 simply need to enroll with the librarian, who will give kids everything to start their library reading. This unique library reading program will encourage children not only to read, but also to discover, dream and learn! For more, visit

Want to learn what it takes to soar on the flying trapeze or just what goes into those cream pies that the clowns throw? Or maybe learn some fun facts about one of the more than 100 cities the mile-long circus train visits or how to teach your old dog a new trick? It’s easy! Just visit your local library and enjoy the magic of reading.

Program runs until February 17, 2014.

Nov 21

Courtesy of

Monday, November 18, 2013, by Josh Green

Just west of Buckhead, a potential riverside park, large-scale reclamation project and citywide amenity has taken a significant step forward. The“Riverwalk Atlanta” project would be a 100-plus-acre park on the Chattahoochee River, with the derelict Hartsfield Incinerator site perched at the main entrance like a reminder of Atlanta’s industrial past. What’s more, the site could one day connect to the Atlanta Beltline. Screen%20Shot%202013-11-17%20at%2010.32.30%20PM.pngOn Friday, officials with the project announced The National Park Service Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance group (phew!) has chosen Atlanta to receive Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program pilot funding and technical assistance to develop the project throughGroundwork USA, a national network of non-profit programs. The incinerator site includes property along the river owned by Georgia Power, which has already granted a conservancy easement, officials said in a press release.

The project, which is in initial phases, was first pitched as the “Chattahoochee Riverway Project” in 1997 by the American Society of Landscape Architects. A group called Riverwalk Atlanta Inc. has been working to advance that vision since 2011. Plans include an amphitheater and activity area at the incinerator site, as well as the “Chattahoochee River Trail” first envisioned by the PATH Foundation in 1992. Officials said that trail would be the backbone of Riverwalk Atlanta and the connection between the Atlanta Beltline and Silver Comet Trail in Cobb County.

As for the money, the grant totals $275,000 over three years, including matching funds of $75,000 total from the city of Atlanta. The initial grant phase will cover an “intense feasibility study in historic northwest Atlanta” to plan for the development of a localized group called Groundwork Atlanta.

To that point, officials added: “The study will identify short- and long-term projects that integrate environmental education and job training while reclaiming derelict lands for parks and recreation. The funding also will provide for organization building, allowing Groundwork Atlanta to collaborate with stakeholders and attract funding for project implementation, management, design and construction, fundraising and support for maintenance.”

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Oct 14

Alpine Financial

Whether you’re looking to buy a new home or are already a veteran homeowner in Atlanta’s Upper West Side, there’s no better time to talk with a mortgage specialist. …And who better than Vinings on the Chattahoochee’s (VOC) own Jonnene Nagel, mortgage specialist and owner of Alpine Financial.

A Michigan State Alum, and former resident of Florida, Jonnene started Alpine Financial in 2005, six years after moving to the area. Since then, she has closed 56 loans in VOC, 38 in Riverside, and 18 in Whittier Mill Village. She is licensed in GA, FL, and MI.

Alpine Financial stands out above the rest because they work with around 20 different lenders. This partnership will benefit you, the customer, because Jonnene can work to get the most competitive rate through the wide array of product offerings. For example, many of her customers have learned about and took advantage of lender-paid mortgage insurance whereby you can put less than 20% down in exchange for a slightly higher interest rate but no PMI! Most banks don’t offer this program but Jonnene has found it and it helps save her customers a lot of money over the term of their mortgage.

Jonnene is community-minded to Atlanta’s Upper West Side, both as a business owner and resident. Over the years she has been a regular financial contributor to the Bolton Academy PTA, various Riverside causes, Collins-Spink and Whittier Mill parks, Riverfest, and Parktoberfest. Jonnene was the first in line to sign up to be Riverside’s Spotlight Business and in exchange, will also be supporting the Riverside Security Patrol to help make the neighborhood as safer place for all of us!

Her love of the community extends to other local business owners as well. She works with several local realtors including Kelly Galloway, Keith Sharp, and Cindy Dennis; she purchased products to renovate her basement from Gina Ragsdale at the Deconstructed House on Bolton Rd.; and Jonnene is a regular supporter of Kyle Vaughn’s Hottie Hawgs on Main St. Her greatest sense of community support comes from fostering hundreds of dogs and cats from Atlanta Pet Rescue on South Atlanta Road over the years, as well as help lead the charge to raise thousands of dollars volunteering with their annual Paws in the Park event.

Call Jonnene now at  to hear about current rates for:

  • Purchase
  • Refinance
  • Construction
  • Home Equity Lines

You can also reach her at or on the web at


If you’d like for your business to be featured as Riverside’s Spotlight Business, please contact

Jul 24

ATLANTA – On July 3, 2013, The Georgia Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of John Sherman and Christopher Eichler filed after the Hon. Alford Dempsey overruled their objections to the validation mooresmillproceeding. The Superior Court again has full jurisdiction over this case. Its previous order validating the Perry Bolton TAD bonds and rejecting the Sherman appeal is now final, and the bond issuance process may now move forward.

The issuance of the Perry Bolton TAD bonds will secure the funding needed for the redevelopment of the Moores Mill Shopping Center with a new Publix, as well as the other approved projects including construction of the Moores Mill Road Extention, demolition of the current shopping center and ground breaking for the new construction.

Council woman Felicia Moore has had recent conversations with Invest Atlanta and others regarding the timeline for issuance to the Perry Bolton TAD bonds. All parties are moving ahead and it is expected that the bonds will be issued, barring any delays, before the end of 2013.

publixPlease join the NPU-D on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Agape center on Bolton Rd. to ask questions about the Moore’s Mill development and to hear about other exciting projects expected in Atlanta’s Upper West Side!

Jul 23

Coutresy of Rodney Ho,
and Bray Entertainment


NEW YORK, NY – Lifetime has just announced new docu-series Catering Wars to air Tuesday July 16, 2013 at 10pm following network mainstay Dance Moms.

Catering Wars follows four of Atlanta’s top catering companies as they attempt to outwit and outbid one another in hopes of becoming the best catering outfit in Georgia.

In order to find gigs, catering companies have turned to the website This nationwide service allows people having events to post them online and local catering companies to bid for jobs.

The moment an event is posted on, the battle between the show’s caterers is on. Bids fly in from all directions. In a split second, caterers must assess how much they can do the job for and if they can do it for less than the current lowest bid. As time ticks down, the bidding is fast and furious. When the clock runs out one company is awarded the job and that’s when the real work begins…

One of the four companies involved in the Catering Wars is Riverside’s Own BBQ titan Hottie Hawg’s headed up by the eccentric white tuxedo wearing Boss Hawg aka Kyle Vaughn.

Vaughn is the only one of the four companies who also has a restaurant. He said he came in third at the Atlanta Barbecue Festival and has won awards three years running at the Taste of Marietta. But he says his chefs can also cook other styles of cuisine beyond just barbecue. On the reality show, he said you’ll see his 35-foot barbecue “squealer” rig and mobile kitchen with plasma TV screens and air conditioning.

See the trailer here:

Jul 23

Posted: Jul 22, 2013 5:56 PM EDT
Courtesy of Ben Schultz, Intern,

The newly-renovated Spink-Collins Park in west Atlanta opened on Monday.

City officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Collins Park neighborhood.

The renovations include state-of-the-art playground equipment and a handicap-accessible sidewalk.

It is now one of Atlanta’s sustainable parks, with exercise equipment, 22 acres of trails and a landscape element designed to remove silt and pollution.

The renovations were made possible by grants, park improvement funds and volunteers.

Dec 17

The Supreme Court has given us Monday, January 7, 2013 as an oral argument date in the Perry/Bolton TAD appeal.  It will take place on the 6th Floor of the State Judicial Building at the corner of Mitchell and Washington (take a right out of the elevators and the Courtroom is on the right).  Members of the community who are available should attend to show our support.  Unfortunately, I will be in our first Council meeting of the year and unable to attend.  

If you are unable to attend as well, you can watch oral arguments live via the web by logging onto .  A link is available on the website.

The case is on the morning calendar which begins at 10:00 am. There is no way to know when the case will be argued that morning since the Court sets the order of arguments based on the parties’ estimate of time required. Our case will take the full time and is already the next to last case so it is unlikely that we would argue at 10:00 am, but there is simply no way to know.

Felicia A. Moore
Atlanta City Council, District 9

Nov 17

The Riverside Neighborhood Association has elected the following officers for 2013:

President – Ashley Rivera
VP/Security Patrol – Trevor Boylan
Treasurer – Don Penovi
Secretary – Kate Ryan
NPU-D Rep – Keith Sharp

Thanks to our 2012 Officers for the great work they’ve done this year! Please come out and welcome the new officers on January 15th, 2013 at the new fire station’s community meeting room.

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