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Becca J. G. Godwin

Becca Godwin covers hyperlocal development. She holds an M.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia State University and a B.S. in Communication from Florida International University. She joined the AJC in 2016.

Latest from Becca J. G. Godwin

This new 5K in Atlanta will benefit families trying to adopt children
 An inaugural race to raise money for families who want to adopt children will soon be held in Grant Park.  The Adopted By You 5K & Fun Run was developed by friends Doug Spicer, of Marietta, and Kecia Tomlin, of Atlanta.  The idea came to Spicer after he adopted a baby boy with his partner, a process during which he...

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An inaugural race to raise money for families who want to adopt children will soon be held in Grant Park.  The Adopted By You 5K & Fun Run was developed by friends Doug Spicer, of Marietta, and Kecia Tomlin, of Atlanta.  The idea came to Spicer after he adopted a baby boy with his partner, a process during which he...
Is this dish worth $50K? West Egg chef competes in national contest
 An Atlanta pastry chef has a shot at winning $50,000 in a nationwide contest from a major food company. West Egg Cafe is one of three restaurants competing in the third annual Neighborhood to Nation Recipe contest, General Mills announced Tuesday. The contest calls for original recipes from independent family or neighborhood restaurants...

Posted: 16 hours ago

An Atlanta pastry chef has a shot at winning $50,000 in a nationwide contest from a major food company. West Egg Cafe is one of three restaurants competing in the third annual Neighborhood to Nation Recipe contest, General Mills announced Tuesday. The contest calls for original recipes from independent family or neighborhood restaurants...
An Atlanta college is growing its own food inside a shipping container
 Georgia State University students will soon have regular access to organic produce grown right on campus.  This might sound a little strange, considering the public college is sprawled across the heart of downtown Atlanta — an area not exactly conducive to high-volume farming.  But that’s where the school&rsquo...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Georgia State University students will soon have regular access to organic produce grown right on campus.  This might sound a little strange, considering the public college is sprawled across the heart of downtown Atlanta — an area not exactly conducive to high-volume farming.  But that’s where the school&rsquo...
These dogs have $0 adoption fees until Memorial Day in Fulton County
 The Atlanta Humane Society thinks you need a lake buddy this Memorial Day weekend, and the nonprofit is trying to make it easier for you to get one.  Adoption fees will be waived for all of its dogs who weigh 40 pounds or more through Sunday. Nearly 90 dogs were available on the website — which is updated in real...

Posted: 20 hours ago

The Atlanta Humane Society thinks you need a lake buddy this Memorial Day weekend, and the nonprofit is trying to make it easier for you to get one.  Adoption fees will be waived for all of its dogs who weigh 40 pounds or more through Sunday. Nearly 90 dogs were available on the website — which is updated in real...
How to watch the National Spelling Bee
 The 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. is coming up, and people all over the country are expected to watch the contest.  But residents from metro Atlanta have an extra reason to watch: one of the contenders is an elementary student from Gwinnett. Burnette Elementary’s Abhiram Kapaganty beat...

Posted: a day ago

The 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. is coming up, and people all over the country are expected to watch the contest.  But residents from metro Atlanta have an extra reason to watch: one of the contenders is an elementary student from Gwinnett. Burnette Elementary’s Abhiram Kapaganty beat...
See who won best taco, margarita at the Atlanta Margarita + Taco Fest
 Dozens of food vendors and 10 margarita bars battled it out at Food-O-Rama's inaugural Atlanta Margarita + Taco Festival last weekend, and two of them came away as the winners. About 22,000 people attended the event, a spokeswoman said, with guests voting for their favorite food and beverages from the establishments on...

Posted: a day ago

Dozens of food vendors and 10 margarita bars battled it out at Food-O-Rama's inaugural Atlanta Margarita + Taco Festival last weekend, and two of them came away as the winners. About 22,000 people attended the event, a spokeswoman said, with guests voting for their favorite food and beverages from the establishments on...
Atlanta Jazz Festival cancels one of its events due to bad forecast 
 The Atlanta Jazz Festival has canceled one of its upcoming events. The Kona Pool Party will not take place due to a forecast of heavy rain, organizers announced Monday. The event was scheduled for Thursday.  The pool party, sponsored by Kona Brewing, will not be rescheduled. Tickets will be refunded. The festival’s Neighborhood...

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The Atlanta Jazz Festival has canceled one of its upcoming events. The Kona Pool Party will not take place due to a forecast of heavy rain, organizers announced Monday. The event was scheduled for Thursday.  The pool party, sponsored by Kona Brewing, will not be rescheduled. Tickets will be refunded. The festival’s Neighborhood...
Watch live: Zebra shark could be born any day now at Georgia Aquarium
 The Georgia Aquarium has launched a new live webcam showing a zebra shark pup inside an egg case.  The pup can be seen moving about inside what is also called a mermaid’s purse. The dark spot near the bottom  is the yolk sac, where the pup gets its nourishment.  “This pup (egg) was laid back in December...

Posted: a day ago

The Georgia Aquarium has launched a new live webcam showing a zebra shark pup inside an egg case.  The pup can be seen moving about inside what is also called a mermaid’s purse. The dark spot near the bottom is the yolk sac, where the pup gets its nourishment.  “This pup (egg) was laid back in December...
5 things to know about the Virginia-Highland Summerfest
 When a neighborhood festival has taken place for 34 years, you might assume you know all there is to know about it.  But then again, you might be wrong. Whether this is your first time going to the Virginia-Highland Summerfest or you’re a loyal attendee, here are five things  to keep in your back pocket as this year&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

When a neighborhood festival has taken place for 34 years, you might assume you know all there is to know about it.  But then again, you might be wrong. Whether this is your first time going to the Virginia-Highland Summerfest or you’re a loyal attendee, here are five things to keep in your back pocket as this year&rsquo...
4 metro Atlanta Mexican restaurants will temporarily close this summer
 A major Mexican restaurant chain will temporarily close four  metro Atlanta locations in order to renovate this summer.   On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina will give locations in Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett  counties a remodeled look that includes wall murals, beer- and tequila-bottle chandeliers and an open layout with...

Posted: 4 days ago

A major Mexican restaurant chain will temporarily close four metro Atlanta locations in order to renovate this summer.   On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina will give locations in Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett counties a remodeled look that includes wall murals, beer- and tequila-bottle chandeliers and an open layout with...
I-85 contractor donates $10,000 to camp for kids with special needs
 The construction company that rebuilt the I-85 bridge in six weeks will donate a portion of its incentive money to a Georgia nonprofit. Marietta-based C.W. Matthews will give $10,000 to the building and development of Camp Hooray, a summer camp built specifically for children with special needs, the company announced Thursday...

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The construction company that rebuilt the I-85 bridge in six weeks will donate a portion of its incentive money to a Georgia nonprofit. Marietta-based C.W. Matthews will give $10,000 to the building and development of Camp Hooray, a summer camp built specifically for children with special needs, the company announced Thursday...