News Briefs: Java Monkey closes permanently; Kirkwood Library to reopen; new bus chief

Java Monkey before the fire (Photo courtesy Decaturish)

The owners of Java Monkey Coffee House in Decatur have decided to close the business permanently after last fall’s alleged arson attack by a disgruntled former employee. According to Decaturish, the owners said the public had not supported changes made at the coffee house to make it profitable. Java Monkey had become widely known for its Sunday poetry open mic. The open mic hosted by Theresa Davis continues, under the name Java Speaks, every Sunday night at Ammazza Pizza in Decatur.

The grand re-opening of the newly renovated Kirkwood Library, located at 11 Kirkwood Road, is set for Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m. The celebration will include a program in the library’s new community meeting room, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the new library, as well as light refreshments for guests.

Collie Greenwood, formerly the chief service officer with the Toronto Transit Commission, has joined MARTA as chief of bus operations. In his role, Greenwood will be responsible for daily operations and maintenance of MARTA’s bus system, which includes a fleet of 532 buses and paratransit vans.

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