Helena Oliviero

staff writer

Helena Oliviero grew up in Vermont and graduated from the University of San Francisco. She writes compelling feature stories with health, relationship and lifestyle themes. She lives in Decatur with her husband Brian and two daughters.

Latest from Helena Oliviero

Marietta child remembers snake bite every year with nice deed  
 Levi Fisher of Marietta was bit by a copperhead on August 3, 2014. Just two years old at the time, he was rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where he spent four days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). He was treated with 24 vials of antivenom.  Every year, as the date approaches, his mom has...

Posted: 20 hours ago

Levi Fisher of Marietta was bit by a copperhead on August 3, 2014. Just two years old at the time, he was rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where he spent four days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). He was treated with 24 vials of antivenom.  Every year, as the date approaches, his mom has...
Updated: Local teacher donates kidney to student 
 A Paulding County teacher is giving the gift of life to one of his students. Kaden Koebcke, 12, has needed a new kidney for most of his life.  Tuesday, Kaden underwent a transplant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. The donor is William Wilkinson – Kaden’s 6th grade technology teacher at Grace Christian...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Paulding County teacher is giving the gift of life to one of his students. Kaden Koebcke, 12, has needed a new kidney for most of his life.  Tuesday, Kaden underwent a transplant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. The donor is William Wilkinson – Kaden’s 6th grade technology teacher at Grace Christian...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 14
 Live music, comedy, a cats exhibit. Here’s three ideas for your Tuesday. ‘DIVINE FELINES: CATS OF ANCIENT EGYPT’ AT MICHAEL C. CARLOS MUSEUM From domesticated pets to mythic symbols of divinities, felines played an important role in ancient Egypt for thousands of years. The Carlos Museum will present Divine Felines: Cats...

Posted: 4 days ago

Live music, comedy, a cats exhibit. Here’s three ideas for your Tuesday. ‘DIVINE FELINES: CATS OF ANCIENT EGYPT’ AT MICHAEL C. CARLOS MUSEUM From domesticated pets to mythic symbols of divinities, felines played an important role in ancient Egypt for thousands of years. The Carlos Museum will present Divine Felines: Cats...
Aunt-niece duo win Kent Bazemore’s UNO Tournament 
 An aunt-niece duo won Kent Bazemore’s third annual celebrity UNO and golf tournament Saturday night to benefit his ARMS Foundation. After several rounds of UNO, Jessica Woghiren and her 8-year-old niece, Success Lawani, were victorious.  “It was a lot of fun and I never thought we would win the tournament,&rdquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

An aunt-niece duo won Kent Bazemore’s third annual celebrity UNO and golf tournament Saturday night to benefit his ARMS Foundation. After several rounds of UNO, Jessica Woghiren and her 8-year-old niece, Success Lawani, were victorious.  “It was a lot of fun and I never thought we would win the tournament,&rdquo...
How to play in Kent Bazemore’s UNO tournament Saturday 
 Atlanta Hawks’ Kent Bazemore will host his third annual celebrity UNO and golf tournament Saturday night in Atlanta to benefit his ARMS Foundation.  The evening -- which promises to be fun, festive and filled with competitive UNO games (against dozens of competitors including professional NBA players) -- is open to the public....

Posted: 7 days ago

Atlanta Hawks’ Kent Bazemore will host his third annual celebrity UNO and golf tournament Saturday night in Atlanta to benefit his ARMS Foundation.  The evening -- which promises to be fun, festive and filled with competitive UNO games (against dozens of competitors including professional NBA players) -- is open to the public....
West Nile cases in mosquitoes on the rise in metro Atlanta
 On a scorching summer afternoon, Callie Pierce, wearing jeans, red T-shirt, and closed-toe shoes (along with plenty of bug spray), checks on a mosquito surveillance trap along the edge of Brookside Park in DeKalb County. Dozens of mosquitoes, fluttering inside a plastic container, will soon be shipped to a lab and be tested for West Nile...

Posted: 7 days ago

On a scorching summer afternoon, Callie Pierce, wearing jeans, red T-shirt, and closed-toe shoes (along with plenty of bug spray), checks on a mosquito surveillance trap along the edge of Brookside Park in DeKalb County. Dozens of mosquitoes, fluttering inside a plastic container, will soon be shipped to a lab and be tested for West Nile...
Bronco returns to camp, joins football team
 Bronco Reese could hardly wait for a new school year to begin. The Woodstock middle schooler couldn’t wait to see his friends and teachers after the summer break. And there was something else fueling the enthusiasm for seventh grade — football. On the first day of school at Mill Creek Middle School, 12-year-old Bronco, wearing...

Posted: 9 days ago

Bronco Reese could hardly wait for a new school year to begin. The Woodstock middle schooler couldn’t wait to see his friends and teachers after the summer break. And there was something else fueling the enthusiasm for seventh grade — football. On the first day of school at Mill Creek Middle School, 12-year-old Bronco, wearing...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 7
 Enjoy your Tuesday by checking out an art exhibit at Georgia Tech, visit colorful sculptures that transmit sound or stroll around the Georgia Aquarium at a reduced price. Here are more details on ways to make the most of your Tuesday. ‘GOLDEN LEGACY: ORIGINAL ART FROM 75 YEARS OF GOLDEN BOOKS’ AT GEORGIA TECH This exhibition includes...

Posted: 11 days ago

Enjoy your Tuesday by checking out an art exhibit at Georgia Tech, visit colorful sculptures that transmit sound or stroll around the Georgia Aquarium at a reduced price. Here are more details on ways to make the most of your Tuesday. ‘GOLDEN LEGACY: ORIGINAL ART FROM 75 YEARS OF GOLDEN BOOKS’ AT GEORGIA TECH This exhibition includes...
How to jazz up a boring school lunch (while keeping it healthy, too)
 You want to pack a healthy, appealing lunch for your kids every day. Problem is, it’s easy to fall into a lunch rut. Who hasn’t eaten the same turkey sandwich every day for a week? Rachel Brandeis, an Atlanta registered dietitian, works with several families seeking healthy lunches that will also entice their kids to eat. She...

Posted: 13 days ago

You want to pack a healthy, appealing lunch for your kids every day. Problem is, it’s easy to fall into a lunch rut. Who hasn’t eaten the same turkey sandwich every day for a week? Rachel Brandeis, an Atlanta registered dietitian, works with several families seeking healthy lunches that will also entice their kids to eat. She...
Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Corteo’ comes to Duluth for only seven shows 
 “Corteo,” the latest Cirque du Soleil’s arena production, will perform at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth for only five days beginning in late August.  This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005, will be in Duluth from August 29 to Sept. 2...

Posted: 14 days ago

“Corteo,” the latest Cirque du Soleil’s arena production, will perform at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth for only five days beginning in late August.  This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005, will be in Duluth from August 29 to Sept. 2...