The Brookhaven Connection, a new organization of businesses and residents who live or work in Brookhaven, heard former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, the president and a founder of the Buckhead Coalition, at its first board meeting April 14.

The purpose of the Brookhaven Connection is to bring awareness to the community and create a buzz about Brookhaven by connecting those working and living in the area. Massell shared his insights, thoughts and personal experiences regarding the formation of similar organizations.

The Brookhaven group was launched April 1.

Lynda Martin Rule and her father, Albert Lynn Martin Jr., from The Goodwin House ( will be the speakers at the next meeting of the Brookhaven Connection, May 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the Hudson Grille, 4046 Peachtree Road.

Martin, who has lived in Brookhaven for more than 70 years, and his daughter will be speak on the history of Brookhaven. The Goodwin House is the oldest surviving house in DeKalb County, dating to the 1830s. The house is open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month, and a family member is usually there to serve as a guide.

The Brookhaven Connection will meet the second Tuesday morning of every month at Hudson Grille from 8:30 to 10. For more information, contact Kelly Brantley at 404-846-8378 or