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WWW.CHAMPIONNEWSPAPER.COM • FRIDAY,
AUG. 10
, 2012 • VOL. 15, NO. 20 FREE
REE 
RESS 
• A PUBLICATION OF ACE III COMMUNICATIONS •
Avondale Estates resident makes theFrench connection—frequently
 by Kathy Mitchell
Jane del Monte
’sdaughter called to ask her a rather routine question,“What are you doing NewYear’s Eve?” The follow-up question, however, wascompletely unexpected:“How would you like tospend it in Paris?”That was a few yearsago and del Monte, whowas living in Washington,D.C., at the time, recallsnot being especially ex-cited, but thought, “It beatsanything I might be doinghere at home.”Weeks later, as shewalked down a Paris streetshe was struck suddenlyand forcefully by a feel-ing. “It was like being hit by cupid’s arrow, exceptI fell in love with a city. Iknew this was where I be-longed,” she recalled.Her attraction to Pariswas so strong that soonafter she returned to theUnited States she startedtaking French lessons andlooking for opportuni-ties to work in the City of Lights. The former owner of a stained glass studio,del Monte already had a background in the arts.She took a job in Pariswith an international auc-tion house, whose trainingsharpened her knowledgeof antiques and art pieces.In Paris, del Monteearned a postgraduate di- ploma in French Fine Artsand Decorative Arts fromthe Renaissance to the 20thCentury from Christie’sEducation, Paris, in col-laboration with the Univer-sity of Cambridge. After completing that program,she remained in Paris andcontinued her studies indecorative arts at DruoutFormation, the UniversitéParis – Sorbonne, and theMusée des Arts Décoratifs.
She is now qualified to
advise clients on the pur-chase of art.Today, del Monte lives part-time in Paris and part-time in Avondale Estates.She uses her extensiveknowledge of Paris to ar-range custom tours for those who want to visitthe French city, especiallythose who want to focuson its rich arts heritage. Asdirector of Arts in Paris,del Monte offers personal-ized tours with à la carteoptions, accompanied toursto purchase art, antiquesand collectibles, access todocents who are special-
ists in their fields, off-the-
 beaten-path itineraries andaccess to sites and eventsnormally closed to the public.She also offers travel planning and conciergeservices for independenttravelers. “Many peopleare so accustomed to in-ternational travel that theydon’t need their handsheld. They just need aknowledgeable person to
arrange the specific things
they want to do.”Del Monte said thatalthough she specializesin arts-related tours, her tours are customized tothe client’s interests. “If someone wants to go see
a battlefield, that’s OK,”
she said, noting that Parishas such a vast and variedarray of points of interestthat it’s impossible to runout of things to do. “The problem is narrowing your list down to the thing youreally want to do. As manytimes as I have gone toParis, there’s still a lot Ihaven’t seen.”Her current venture is amid-September trip for theBiennale des Antiquaires,a biennial antique dealers’fair she said is “a gatheringof the greatest French andforeign antique dealers,decorators, jewelers and book store owners.”
The exhibition, first
held more than 50 yearsago, is “a venue whereelegance, prestige, andcelebration would await ahost of art lovers and col-lectors,” she said. Thisyear’s creative director isdesigner 
Karl Lagerfeld
.She promises that theschedule includes am- ple opportunity for thoseon the tour to experienceFrance’s highest art form — 
l’art de vivre
(the art of 
 
living).
Jane del Monte
Paris on New Year’s EveA florist shop near a Paris Metro station
 
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Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
 
Page 2A The Champion Free Press, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012
New Scott Candler Library opens Aug. 20
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.com
Another new library willsoon be open in DeKalbCounty.The 12,000-square-footScott Candler Library isscheduled to open Aug. 20following a grand openingceremony Aug. 18 at 10 a.m.The library, located at1917 Candler Road, willhave a 30,000-volume inven-tory, a 90-seat meeting room,designated areas for childrenand teens, 27 public accesscomputers and self-checkoutstations.“This is a great achieve-ment for the community andI am pleased to have voted toapprove the construction of this state-of-the-art facility,”said Commissioner 
LarryJohnson
.
Designed by the Size-more Group architectural
rm, the new branch is part
of a mixed-use developmentthat also will eventuallyinclude a new senior center and senior housing.
The con-tract for the construction of the new senior center is ex- pected to be up for review bythe Board of Commissionersat the Aug. 14 meeting.Operating hours for thenew facility will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesdayand 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednes-day-Saturday.
The Scott Candler Li- brary will be the seventhnew library facility con-structed since 2009. Threelibraries opened last year including facilities at Stone-crest, Salem Panola andHairston Crossing.The funding for the li- brary construction comesfrom a $230 million bondreferendum passed bycounty residents in Novem- ber 2005. Of that revenue,approximately $54.5 millionwas allocated for libraryconstruction and improve-ments while the remainder was set aside for transpor-tation improvements and parks and greenspace acqui-sition.
The library is part of John-son’s renaissance initiativefor the revitalization of Can-dler Road.So far, the area has a com- pleted streetscape projectwith benches, sidewalks and pedestrian-friendly lighting.A McDonald’s restaurant,located on the corner of Can-dler and McAfee roads, was built to conform with theoverlay district standards inthe area.
COMBINED NOTICENOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENTAND NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
August 9, 2012DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330Decatur, Georgia 30030Telephone (404) 286-3308TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:e DeKalb County Hunman and Community Development Department gives notice that it will submit a request for release of grant funds and an environmental certication pertaining to the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 15 days following this publication. e request and certication relate to the following projects. 
Project:
HOME Program: Brookside Apartments
Location:
3661 North Decatur Road, Decatur GA 30032 
Purpose:
e purpose of the project is to acquire and demolish the existing vacant and abandoned Brookside Apartment complex, located at 3661 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30032.Once the existing development is demolished, the property will be redeveloped as a passive recreational park containing green and open space, walks, benches, play areas, possible canopies, and trails. eproject will remove an abandoned, dilapidated, and blighted apartment complex and create green space and recreational opportunities that will serve the local community.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (FONSI)
 
It has been determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action signicantly aecting the quality of the human environment and, accordingly, DeKalb County has decided not to prepare EnvironmentalImpact Statements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-190).e reasons for such decision not to prepare such Statements are as follows:An Environmental Assessment has been made for the project which concludes that all adverse eects will be minor, and any short-term impacts will be mitigated by either the requirements of the construction contract docu-ments or by the requirements of applicable local, state or federal permits and environmental ordinances. e positive eects of providing activities that augment and substantially improve the County’s eorts towards support-ing aordable senior housing in the targeted areas of the County outweigh any potential negative impacts. is project is consistent with the goals and objectives of the DeKalb County Community Development Department,approved Consolidated Plan.e Environmental Review Records, respecting the proposed projects, have been made by DeKalb County which documents the environmental review of the projects and fully sets forth the reasons why such EnvironmentalImpact Statements are not required.e Environmental Review Records are on le at the DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department, 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia 30030 and is available for public examinationand copying upon request between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.No further environmental reviews of the subject project are proposed to be conducted prior to the request for release of Federal funds.
Public Comments on FONSI
All interested agencies, groups, and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by DeKalb County to the Human and Community Development Director. Written com-ments will be received at 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia on or before August 24, 2012. All comments received will be considered and DeKalb County will not request the release of Federal funds or takeany administrative action on the proposed projects prior to the date specied in the preceding sentence.
 
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS (NOI/RROF)
At least one day aer the termination of the public comment period for the FONSI, but not before comments on the FONSI have been considered and resolved, DeKalb County will submit a Request for Release of Funds(RROF) and certication to HUD. By so doing DeKalb County will ask HUD to allow it to commit funds to these projects, certifying that (1) it has performed the environmental reviews prescribed by HUD regulations (“En- vironmental Review Procedures for Title I Community Development Block Grant Program” - 24 CFR part 58), and (2) the Certifying O cer, Chris Morris, Director, DeKalb County Human and Community DevelopmentDepartment, consents to accept and enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental reviews or resulting decision-making and action. e legal eect of the certication is that by approving it, HUD will have satised itsresponsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act, thus allowing DeKalb County to commit CDBG funds to these projects.
 
Objection to Release of Funds
HUD will accept objections to its approval of the release of funds and the certication only if it is on one of the following basis: (a) that the certication was not in fact executed by the Certifying O cer; or (b) that the applicant’sEnvironmental Review Record for the project indicated omission of a required decision, funding, or step applicable to the project in the environmental review process. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordanceto HUD at the Regional Environmental Branch, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 40 Marietta Street N.W., 15th oor, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-9812.Objections to the release of funds on basis other than those stated above will not be considered by HUD. No objection received aer September 10, 2012 will be considered by HUD.
Chris H. Morris, Director DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia 30030
Date of Publication and Dissemination of Notice August 9, 2012
The old Scott Candler Library in south DeKalb has been replaced with a 12,000-square-foot facility that will house 30,000 volumes. The library is set to open Aug. 20. Photosby Andrew Cauthen
 
Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012
Judge gives high-school girls
rsthand glimpse at legal system
Lithonia girl wins Olympictrip with handmade pillows
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comHomemade pillowsfor hospitalized kids haveearned a Lithonia teen a tripto London this summer.
Moriah
 
Wilson
, 15, of Lithonia, has earned thedistinction of being nameda McDonald’s Champion of Play Junior Ambassador for the 2012 Summer Olympicsin London.Wilson, a student at PaceAcademy, was recognizedwith a proclamation by theDeKalb County Board of Commissioners July 24 for her award.Wilson won an all-expenses paid trip throughthe Julie Foudy “Choose ToMatter” contest for her com-munity service project of making and distributing the pillows in 2011.The idea for the pillowsstarted seven years agowhen Wilson and her sister 
Victoria
founded Lil Hearts
of Love, a nonprot orga-
nization to make handmade pillows for hospitalizedchildren.“We used to make heart-shaped pillows with mes-sages on them,” Wilsonsaid. “This time I decidedto do square-shaped pillowswith a handle and a pocketin them with a board book.”With the help of the her family, Wilson made 175 pillows and distributed themto children at Children’sHealthcare of Atlanta atEgleston, Grady MemorialHospital, Scottish Rite andSt. Jude’s hospitals.“It was to provide acomfort item to the kids inthe hospitals,” Wilson said.“They could be…a distrac-tion.”Commissioner 
Lee May
 said, “This prayerfully,gives them some level of comfort while they’re go-ing through their issues asthey’re in the hospital.”Wilson said she and her sister have “always been in-volved in volunteering anddoing service.”“This was a way to dosomething in our home andto affect lots of different people,” Wilson said.“I’m very proud of bothof them,” said
Freddie Wil-son
, their father. They reallyenjoy community service sowe have tried to point themin that direction. We’re real proud of what they’ve ac-complished.“They have always beenreal passionate about help-ing people,” Freddie Wilsonsaid. “We saw that in them,so we started getting theminvolved with volunteer work.”Accompanied by mother 
Ruth
, Moriah will be inLondon Aug. 8-12 to attendan Olympic event and tour Olympic venues and other  parts of the city.“You just have to bethere for your kids at alltimes and just see that theycan be dedicated to some-thing positive,” Ruth Wilsonsaid. “Always impress onthem to go the extra mile inwhatever that they are do-ing academically, politically,[or] whatever they like tofocus on.”Moriah Wilson, who isconsidering becoming a pe-diatrician after college, saidstudents interested in vol-unteerism should “get outthere and just try differentthings and eventually you’ll
nd something that you’re
really passionate about.” by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comSouthwest DeKalb HighSchool student
Bria Coo-per
said her favorite thingabout DeKalb County Judge
Stacey Hydrick 
’s mentor-ing program was visiting theGeorgia Bureau of Investi-gation (GBI) crime lab.Cooper, who will be a se-nior this fall, is interested inscience and even though shedoesn’t want to be a lawyer,she decided to enroll in the judge’s program anyway.“My friend just told meabout it,” Cooper said. “Iwas kind of hesitant becauseI’m not going into law or anything like that. When Ireally think about it though Ido kind of like the law.”
This is the rst year Hy-
drick has held the program,which was attended by 10high school girls, ages 14-18. Hydrick said she fash-ioned her program muchlike the Leadership DeKalb program, which focuses on bringing together diverseleaders from throughoutDeKalb County.“They got a behind-the-scenes process and look atthe system that they never would have gotten other-wise,” Hydrick said.Throughout the six-week  program, which was heldeach Friday, the girls vis-ited, or were introduced to,a variety of departments and people working within theDeKalb County court sys-tem such as District Attor-ney
Robert James
, Solicitor General
Sherry Boston
,
and ofcials from the GBI,medical examiner’s ofce,
and county social workers.“We accomplished a lotin six weeks,” Hydrick said.She explained that in addi-tion to having guest speak-ers, the group also went on
eld trips to the DeKalb
County Jail and to theDeKalb County Magistrateand Juvenile courts.Hydrick said the ideacame to her after she spokeat Voices of Faith Church inStone Mountain. She said agroup of young girls wantedher to speak about bullyingand afterward, many of thegirls’ parents asked if shehad any type of mentoring program in place.“No, but that doesn’tmean I can’t,” Hydrick toldthem.Soon after she startedSMILE, which stands for Summer Mentoring Initia-tive in Legal Education, andHydrick said she is goingto do it every summer. Nextyear, those interested in at-tending the program will be
required to ll out applica-
tions and have letters of rec-ommendation.“I’m going to have aGPA requirement and makeit a little competitive,” Hy-drick said.Cooper’s mother 
Sandra
 said the program was en-lightening for her daughter.She also said it exposedCooper to aspects of thecriminal justice professionshe hadn’t thought about before, such as forensics and prosecution.Hydrick also requiredthe girls to read
CupcakeBrown
’s memoir 
 A Pieceof Cake
, which Sandra saidwas inspiring to Cooper. The book details Brown’s strug-gle with her mother’s earlydeath. Brown was forced tolive in foster homes, whereshe suffered both physicaland mental abuse. The novelalso describes Brown’s later life as a prostitute livingon the streets and how sheovercame drug addiction,graduated from law schooland became a top prosecutor at one of California’s largest
law rms.
“It was a very inspiringstory to Bria,” Sandra said.
Fifteen-year-old Moriah Wilson is flanked by family members and the DeKalb Board of Commissioners
which recognized her community service during a July 24 board meeting. Photo by Andrew CauthenMoriah Wilson

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