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

Flu activity takes a dip but continues to be at high level in Georgia
 Flu activity has declined but remains high in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health said 5.5 percent of patient visits to doctors were for the flu during the week ending Jan. 5, down from 7.4 percent of visits the week before, according to the most recent report released on Friday. Concerns about the flu are well-founded. Since...

Posted: 4 days ago

Flu activity has declined but remains high in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health said 5.5 percent of patient visits to doctors were for the flu during the week ending Jan. 5, down from 7.4 percent of visits the week before, according to the most recent report released on Friday. Concerns about the flu are well-founded. Since...
Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan speaks at upcoming Atlanta event 
 Marion Blumenthal Lazan was born in Bremen, Germany in 1934. Following Hitler’s rise to power, she and her family fled to the Netherlands, hoping to escape to the United States.  But after the Nazi invasion of Holland, they were forced to live for the next six and half years in refugee, transit, and prison camps which included...

Posted: 8 days ago

Marion Blumenthal Lazan was born in Bremen, Germany in 1934. Following Hitler’s rise to power, she and her family fled to the Netherlands, hoping to escape to the United States.  But after the Nazi invasion of Holland, they were forced to live for the next six and half years in refugee, transit, and prison camps which included...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Jan. 8
 It may be early in the week, but here are some ways to enjoy your Tuesday: Advance tickets for Infinity Mirrors have sold out, but approximately 100 walk-up tickets are available at the Museum daily through February 17. Walk-up ticket sales begin one hour before the Museum opens (museum opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday), but lines form much earlier...

Posted: 8 days ago

It may be early in the week, but here are some ways to enjoy your Tuesday: Advance tickets for Infinity Mirrors have sold out, but approximately 100 walk-up tickets are available at the Museum daily through February 17. Walk-up ticket sales begin one hour before the Museum opens (museum opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday), but lines form much earlier...
Things to do in an around Atlanta on Monday, Dec. 31
 Monday is not just a Monday but New Year’s Eve. Here are a few ways to ring in the new year: The acclaimed improv comedy theater group continues its new era on New Year’s Eve. The ensemble of off-the-cuff actors and actresses will perform its third new year’s show in its “forever home” in a former church in the...

Posted: 16 days ago

Monday is not just a Monday but New Year’s Eve. Here are a few ways to ring in the new year: The acclaimed improv comedy theater group continues its new era on New Year’s Eve. The ensemble of off-the-cuff actors and actresses will perform its third new year’s show in its “forever home” in a former church in the...
LOOKING AHEAD: Atlanta rain settles in for the new year
 It’s raining. It’s probably going to rain again. And again. Three rounds of storms are expected to dump 3 to 6 inches of rain over several days across water-logged metro Atlanta, according to Channel 2 Action News, bringing high winds followed by flash flooding through the New Year. “At this point, New Year’s Eve at...

Posted: 20 days ago

It’s raining. It’s probably going to rain again. And again. Three rounds of storms are expected to dump 3 to 6 inches of rain over several days across water-logged metro Atlanta, according to Channel 2 Action News, bringing high winds followed by flash flooding through the New Year. “At this point, New Year’s Eve at...
Children’s first therapy dog retires
 Casper, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s first therapy dog, has recently retired after 9 years of service.  He began his career at Children’s in September 2009 as the hospital’s first four-legged employee. Alongside his handler, Lisa Kinsel, volunteer services manager at Children’s Scottish Rite, Casper...

Posted: 20 days ago

Casper, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s first therapy dog, has recently retired after 9 years of service.  He began his career at Children’s in September 2009 as the hospital’s first four-legged employee. Alongside his handler, Lisa Kinsel, volunteer services manager at Children’s Scottish Rite, Casper...
Flu activity across Georgia on the rise
 Flu activity continues to be on the rise in Georgia, and health officials urge caution over the holidays, and recommend everyone get their flu shot if they haven’t done so already.  The Georgia Department of Public Health said 5.3 percent of patient visits to doctors were for the flu during the week ending Dec. 15, up from 4 percent...

Posted: 21 days ago

Flu activity continues to be on the rise in Georgia, and health officials urge caution over the holidays, and recommend everyone get their flu shot if they haven’t done so already.  The Georgia Department of Public Health said 5.3 percent of patient visits to doctors were for the flu during the week ending Dec. 15, up from 4 percent...
Atlanta’s homeless find a church home
 Under crisp blue skies, the Very Rev. Monica Mainwaring smiles broadly Monday afternoon at a special Christmas Eve worship service at a park in downtown Atlanta. Once again in Woodruff Park, the Church of the Common Ground, an Episcopal parish for the homeless, held a special Christmas celebration Monday. The sun shone. Pigeons...

Posted: 23 days ago

Under crisp blue skies, the Very Rev. Monica Mainwaring smiles broadly Monday afternoon at a special Christmas Eve worship service at a park in downtown Atlanta. Once again in Woodruff Park, the Church of the Common Ground, an Episcopal parish for the homeless, held a special Christmas celebration Monday. The sun shone. Pigeons...
Things to do on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25
 Whether you want to usher in Christmas with lights or a wonderful performance of a “Christmas Carol,” there are plenty of festive ways to celebrate this special time of year. Here are some ideas for Christmas Eve and Christmas 2018: David de Vries returns in the role of miser Ebenezer Scrooge, following in the footsteps of such...

Posted: 23 days ago

Whether you want to usher in Christmas with lights or a wonderful performance of a “Christmas Carol,” there are plenty of festive ways to celebrate this special time of year. Here are some ideas for Christmas Eve and Christmas 2018: David de Vries returns in the role of miser Ebenezer Scrooge, following in the footsteps of such...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Dec. 18
 Make your holidays brighter and more fun by enjoying festive lights and music. Here’s a few ideas for your Tuesday: Already stunningly beautiful, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights, Holiday Nights wows visitors even more during the holiday season with new displays and a twist on last year’s towering three-dimensional...

Posted: 29 days ago

Make your holidays brighter and more fun by enjoying festive lights and music. Here’s a few ideas for your Tuesday: Already stunningly beautiful, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights, Holiday Nights wows visitors even more during the holiday season with new displays and a twist on last year’s towering three-dimensional...
A Santa for everyone
 T. Jackson Bedford dressed up in a red Santa suit during a Christmas party for a lark back in the  1980s. The trial attorney donned a simple Santa costume with cotton beard. During the party, a friend’s wife said there was a little boy next door who had never seen Santa. It was a moment that changed everything. “The moment he...

Posted: 30 days ago

T. Jackson Bedford dressed up in a red Santa suit during a Christmas party for a lark back in the 1980s. The trial attorney donned a simple Santa costume with cotton beard. During the party, a friend’s wife said there was a little boy next door who had never seen Santa. It was a moment that changed everything. “The moment he...