Jack Halpern named Smyrna, Ga.’s “Citizen of the Year”

Mayor Max Bacon (l) presents Jack Halpern (r) with the Smyrna Citizen of the Year award.

Mayor Max Bacon (l) presents Jack Halpern (r) with the Smyrna Citizen of the Year award.

After taking a leading role in transforming an area of Smyrna, Ga. with the new Belmont mixed-use development, Jack Halpern takes great pride in giving residents “a sense of identity and a connection to others,” he says.

And Smyrna recently said “thank you” to Jack, the Chairman of Halpern Enterprises, by naming him the 2015 Smyrna Citizen of the Year.

At the heart of the new Belmont development is Smyrna Elementary School, a state-of-the-art facility that now anchors a new community that will feature single-family homes, luxury apartments and retail. Halpern Enterprises played a key role in encouraging the Cobb County Board of Education to build a school on the site.

For his part, Jack credits Smyrna leaders with having the vision to work with Halpern Enterprises to transform a location that was once the site of the old Belmont Hills Shopping Center, at one time the largest center in the Southeast.

“Smyrna has been blessed with fiscally responsible, visionary leaders,” Jack says.

For more on the award, read Jack’s profile in the Cobb Business Journal.

Halpern’s centers set themselves apart with a Halloween tradition

As part of a longstanding tradition that shows our commitment to giving back to the communities we serve, Halpern is again treating shopping center shoppers with candy this Halloween.

For 12 years, Halpern has purchased Halloween treats for trick-or-treating in three of its Georgia shopping centers: Old Orchard Square in Ellijay, North Griffin Square in Griffin, and Newton Plaza in Covington.

This ties into the need to do interesting things at shopping centers for the holidays, both to entice potential visitors and to keep centers relevant and at the forefront with regular customers.

“We like to plan unique events and holiday traditions at our shopping centers,” said Carolyn Oppenheimer, Executive Vice President at Halpern. “These types of traditions not only attract visitors and create a positive experience for shoppers, but also help increase customer traffic to our tenants. These events help to solidify our reputation as a committed, caring partner in the communities where we do business.”

Halpern family donates $10,000 to Doraville Police Department

Halpern family makes generous donation to city police department

by Robert Kelley, Doraville Insight

(L-R) Jack Halpern, Carolyn Halpern Oppenheimer, and Chief John King. photo credit: Robert Kelley

(L-R) Jack Halpern, Carolyn Halpern Oppenheimer, and Chief John King. Photo credit: Robert Kelley

Local businessman Jack Halpern and his sister, Carolyn Halpern Oppenheimer, were recently recognized at a city council meeting by Mayor Donna Pittman and Doraville Police Chief John King for a generous gift to the Doraville Police Department (DPD). Halpern and his sister made a $10,000 donation to the DPD in memory of their parents, Halpern Enterprises founder Bernard Halpern and his wife, Shirley.

Halpern Enterprises, based in Doraville, is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most experienced shopping center development and management companies.

Chief King noted that the donation was used to purchase two significant pieces of equipment for each officer. One was Officer Survival Packs, that every patrol officer will have in his or her patrol car.

These packs are compact and loaded with the following contents: 1-OSS Combat Compression Dressing; 2-Hemostatic Gauze Packs; 1-Swat-T Tactical Wrap Tourniquet; 2-Sterile 3 inch Gauze Rolls; 6-Sterile 4×4 Gauze Sponges; 1-12 ply 5×9 Sterile Trauma Pad; 1-3×9 Petrolatum Non Adherent Dressing; 1-Set of Rescue Shears; 1-1 inch Cloth Medical tape; and 2 pairs of Black OSS Nitrile Gloves.

This Rip Away Patrol Pack is a two-part Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (M.O.L.L.E.) system. The back-plate is designed to be affixed to any M.O.L.L.E. component with the pouch being affixed to the backplate with a Velcro backing. This is a tri-pouch compartment that will fit any blowout kit with extra room for additional squad support items or medical supplies.

The kit allows officers to provide immediate first aid on trauma victims awaiting medical assistance.

“Also purchased with the donation were top-of-the-line reflective vests that our officers can wear while they’re on the freeway, especially useful in meeting new Depart of Transportation requirements,” said Chief King. “The roads are pretty dangerous for our officers, especially at night, and the new vests should provide additional protection.

The donation was at the bequest of Shirley Halpern before her recent passing. “This was such a gracious thing for her to do, to think of our police department,” said Mayor Pittman. “She loved the police department and this equipment will be much used and appreciated.”

Reprinted with permission of the Doraville Insight (Vol. 2, Issue 2, Spring 2015).