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

The empire the Elf built
 Inside an Atlanta high-rise office building, an elevator opens up to “the North Pole.” It’s not only what employees call the local headquarters of Elf on the Shelf, but it’s the place that seems to live and breathe Christmas — and stay busy developing new products for the annual holiday shopping season....

Posted: a day ago

Inside an Atlanta high-rise office building, an elevator opens up to “the North Pole.” It’s not only what employees call the local headquarters of Elf on the Shelf, but it’s the place that seems to live and breathe Christmas — and stay busy developing new products for the annual holiday shopping season....
New generation of older people embraces ‘Golden Girls’ communal living
 Beth Hogan and Debbie Aschemeier are both in their early 60s, divorced and working in the medical field. They both love gardening. And they love living in the small town of Mableton. Strangers until recently, they’re now roommates and close friends — for reasons both social and financial. “From the moment we met, we hit...

Posted: a day ago

Beth Hogan and Debbie Aschemeier are both in their early 60s, divorced and working in the medical field. They both love gardening. And they love living in the small town of Mableton. Strangers until recently, they’re now roommates and close friends — for reasons both social and financial. “From the moment we met, we hit...
Peachtree City student makes finals of ‘Jeopardy!’ Teen Tournament 
 Maya Wright, a senior from Peachtree City, won the semifinal match in Jeopardy!’ Teen Tournament Thursday evening, and she now moves on to the two-day finals starting Monday. Maya is a senior at East Coweta High School.  She is one of 15 students between the ages of 14-17 competing over the course of the two-week event...

Posted: a day ago

Maya Wright, a senior from Peachtree City, won the semifinal match in Jeopardy!’ Teen Tournament Thursday evening, and she now moves on to the two-day finals starting Monday. Maya is a senior at East Coweta High School.  She is one of 15 students between the ages of 14-17 competing over the course of the two-week event...
Trip to Peru brings comfort to sister of teen who died in 1970 crash
 On a warm, sunny September afternoon, Paula Ashmore finally arrives at a towering cross in the countryside of Cusco, Peru. Protected by an awning, the stone cross, about 10 feet tall, is surrounded by red potted flowers. A string of triangular flags flutters in a gentle breeze. This special memorial in the San Jeronimo district of Cusco includes...

Posted: 4 days ago

On a warm, sunny September afternoon, Paula Ashmore finally arrives at a towering cross in the countryside of Cusco, Peru. Protected by an awning, the stone cross, about 10 feet tall, is surrounded by red potted flowers. A string of triangular flags flutters in a gentle breeze. This special memorial in the San Jeronimo district of Cusco includes...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Nov. 13
 Give your Tuesday a boost of fun and inspiration by considering an evening with a beloved cook Ina Garten, or checking out a spectacular film about the journey of monarch butterflies. Here are some more details on ways to enjoy your Tuesday: A food network star, Ina Garten comes to Atlanta in celebration of her her newest cookbook, &ldquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Give your Tuesday a boost of fun and inspiration by considering an evening with a beloved cook Ina Garten, or checking out a spectacular film about the journey of monarch butterflies. Here are some more details on ways to enjoy your Tuesday: A food network star, Ina Garten comes to Atlanta in celebration of her her newest cookbook, &ldquo...
Happy Pawlidays: shelter dogs celebrate Thanksgiving in Atlanta area homes 
 Ken Hood wasn’t sure he was ready to adopt another dog. His dog of 14 years - a sweet terrier mix, Cookie, had passed away months earlier. But he knew he could open his home to a shelter dog during Thanksgiving week. So last year, Hood participated in LifeLine Animal Project’s “Home for the Pawlidays,” a...

Posted: 5 days ago

Ken Hood wasn’t sure he was ready to adopt another dog. His dog of 14 years - a sweet terrier mix, Cookie, had passed away months earlier. But he knew he could open his home to a shelter dog during Thanksgiving week. So last year, Hood participated in LifeLine Animal Project’s “Home for the Pawlidays,” a...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Monday, Nov. 12
 Enjoy fall days with a stroll or take in a new exhibit at the Bremen Museum. Here are some ideas to start your week: There are more than two miles of path in the 65-acre Fernbank Forest. Enjoy views of the natural landscape while listening to songbirds and watching for animals. Fernbank Forest has some rugged and steep areas but can accommodate...

Posted: 6 days ago

Enjoy fall days with a stroll or take in a new exhibit at the Bremen Museum. Here are some ideas to start your week: There are more than two miles of path in the 65-acre Fernbank Forest. Enjoy views of the natural landscape while listening to songbirds and watching for animals. Fernbank Forest has some rugged and steep areas but can accommodate...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Nov. 6
 As part of a regular feature, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlights fun things to do around town. But first things first. Tuesday is Election Day. So on this Tuesday, we will begin with a guide to voting in metro Atlanta. We’ll offer several other ways to enjoy your Tuesday — after you vote. HOW TO VOTE TUESDAY IN GEORGIA...

Posted: 12 days ago

As part of a regular feature, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlights fun things to do around town. But first things first. Tuesday is Election Day. So on this Tuesday, we will begin with a guide to voting in metro Atlanta. We’ll offer several other ways to enjoy your Tuesday — after you vote. HOW TO VOTE TUESDAY IN GEORGIA...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Monday, Nov. 5
 The unusually warm fall has resulted in more muted colors this fall across the southeast, but vibrant colors are starting to emerge and now is a good time to see fall colors in north Georgia. Here are some great places where you can go on a hike and see fall colors today. For those looking for something inside, consider the return of the...

Posted: 13 days ago

The unusually warm fall has resulted in more muted colors this fall across the southeast, but vibrant colors are starting to emerge and now is a good time to see fall colors in north Georgia. Here are some great places where you can go on a hike and see fall colors today. For those looking for something inside, consider the return of the...
This Peachtree City student to compete in ‘Jeopardy!’ Teen Tournament 
 Generation Z, meet JEOPARDY!: the Teen Tournament is back, and Maya Wright, a senior from Peachtree City is set to compete. Starting Wednesday (Nov. 7), 15 students between the ages of 14-17 will compete over the course of the two-week event. The winner will be competing for major bragging rights --and a $100,000 grand prize.  Maya...

Posted: 15 days ago

Generation Z, meet JEOPARDY!: the Teen Tournament is back, and Maya Wright, a senior from Peachtree City is set to compete. Starting Wednesday (Nov. 7), 15 students between the ages of 14-17 will compete over the course of the two-week event. The winner will be competing for major bragging rights --and a $100,000 grand prize.  Maya...