News Briefs: Midtown crime; chief bicycle officer; Carrie Fisher in ATL

Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher

Some Midtown homeowners are talking about creating neighborhood night patrols after a spike in crime. According to CBS46, residential burglaries have gone up 17 percent and aggravated assaults have gone up 20 percent since July. A neighborhood meeting is planned for today, Oct. 7, at 5:30 p.m. 834 Charles Allen Drive.

Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that Becky Katz has been named Chief Bicycle Officer and will join the administration on Oct. 14. Her appointment, a first for the City of Atlanta, will support Atlanta’s efforts to achieve national recognition as a Bicycle Friendly Community and to become a top ten city in the U.S. for cycling. In her role, Katz will be responsible for a wide range of activities related to bicycle transportation, including planning bicycle projects to completion, public outreach, project development, grant writing, implementation of the city’s bike share program and ensuring new development is consistent with Cycle Atlanta and the Connect Atlanta plan. She brings more than 10 years of experience and currently serves as project manager at Park Pride

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) will hold its 19th annual Numbers Too Big To Ignore luncheon on Nov. 5 at noon at the Georgia World Congress Center. The annual fundraiser brings together key leaders and supporters from the greater Atlanta business and nonprofit communities to recognize those who support AWF’s efforts to build a better future for Atlanta’s women and girls. This year’s featured speaker is mental health advocate, actress and author Carrie Fisher. Individual tickets for the luncheon are available for $150 and tables of 10 are $1,500. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.atlantawomen.org.

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