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WWW.CHAMPIONNEWSPAPER.COM • FRIDAY,
NOV. 2
, 2012 • VOL. 15, NO. 32 FREE
REE 
RESS 
• A PUBLICATION OF ACE III COMMUNICATIONS •
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Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
Concrete Jungle celebrates end of year with cider festival
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.com
E
ach year in October,DeKalb CountyPark Ranger 
RobbyAstrove
and hisfriends celebrate the year’shaul of fresh fruit donations by making cider out of the bruised and broken fruit theywere unable to donate.For the past four yearsAstrove and friends
CraigDurkin
and
Aubrey Daniels
have been picking neglectedfruit and veggies from areasall over metro Atlanta under the moniker Concrete Jungle.The organization is run byvolunteers and donates allof the produce picked on itsexcursions to local homelessshelters and food banks.Since its inception in2009, Astrove said the orga-nization has donated morethan 10,000 pounds of freshfruit and vegetables. Thisyear, the group held its cider festival at the Arabia Moun-tain Nature Preserve Oct. 20and camped out under thestars.“Nothing goes to wasteat Concrete Jungle,” Astrovesaid. “All the apples and pears that aren’t suitable for donation—we keep all of those in freezers until Oc-tober and we just do a hugefree public cider fest.”Astrove said he and agroup of volunteers taketurns grinding the applesand pears using a bicycleoperated grinder and then press the fruit into juice.Using the bicycle operatedgrinder is a way for those inConcrete Jungle to practicesustainability and this year,Astrove said, they gave allof the leftover apple mash(juiced fruit) to horses at the park.“Part of the joy of Cider-fest is kind of getting back to our roots and doing some-thing old timey,” Astrovesaid. “People will ask wherethe fruit comes from and weget to explain the mission of Concrete Jungle.”In addition to the freshcider, Astrove said the eventhad live music and “a bunchof trampolines” for attendeesto jump on.Astrove said ConcreteJungle’s mission has grownsince its inception. The orga-nization originated becausethe group began picking upneglected fruit that had fallenoff Atlanta’s wealth of fruittrees—rather than have it goto waste they collected anddonated it. Concrete Junglethen began hosting picks atlocations throughout the city.More recently, the orga-nization opened Dog HeadFarms, located in the SylvanHills neighborhood of South-west Atlanta. Astrove saidthe mission of the farm is totailor the food they grow tothe requests they have got-ten from various shelters andfood banks over the years.“We’re only picking fruitfrom April to November butDoghead gives us a chanceto pick year-round,” Astrovesaid. “The farm is a great wayto keep people engaged anddo more education.”Additionally, ConcreteJungle wants to expand itsreach throughout the city bycreating community orchardsin needy areas in Atlanta thatdon’t have easy access tofresh food. Astrove, who livesin the East Atlanta neighbor-hood, said the idea is sim- ple—create gardens or planttrees in unused public spacessuch as medians or fields be-hind abandoned buildings.“It could be two trees or it could be 10 trees. We wantto plant a variety of thingswhere the harvest season isgoing to be wide so that itwill keep on feeding peoplethroughout the year,” Astrovesaid.“Concrete Jungle defi-nitely has a role in this andwe just have a really uniqueniche in the hunger battle inthe city.”For more information onthe organization or DogheadFarms visit www.concrete- jungle.org.
 
Local nonprofit Concrete Jungle picks and donates fruit to homeless shelters and food banks in Atlanta. At the end of each year, membershold a public cider fest to celebrate the year’s haul. Photos by Devon HayesRobby Astrove is a DeKalbCounty Park Ranger at ArabiaMountain and a member of Concrete Jungle.
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The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 Page 2A
Local News
County sanitationworkers want union
See Union on Page 3A
114 New Street, Suite E, Decatur, GA 30030 • 404.373.7779 • www.ChampionNewspaper.com
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The Champion Newspaper
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comDeKalb County sanita-tion workers say they needtheir voices to be heard.That’s why they want to berepresented by the Team-sters union.During the two most re-cent Board of Commission-ers meetings, a few sanita-tion workers have askedcommissioners to recognizeTeamsters Local 728.“We haven’t had a raisein over six years,” said
Oc-tavius Saunders
, a countysanitation worker for 12years. “It’s not getting any better.”Saunders said workers’ bottom line is driving themovement to unionize.“They’re getting morerevenue,” Saunders saidabout the county. “Theygenerate money but thendon’t want to give us [more]money. We have familiestoo.”Saunders said employees’ pension contribution andmedical insurance premiumsare increasing.
“This isn’t the rst time
they’ve gone up on our pen-sion and insurance,” he said.“I got a 5 percent raise [twoyears ago] when I becamea driver, but I didn’t see theraise because they went upon the pension.”Saunders said sanitationworkers have been in talkswith the Teamsters for ap- proximately three months.“We’ve talked to theTeamsters about them work-ing to get us more money,”Saunders said. “They saidthey would not take moneyout of our checks [for fees]until they get us more mon-ey.”A December 2011 execu-tive order by DeKalb Coun-ty CEO
Burrell
 
Ellis
estab-lished a county “policy onunions and organized em- ployee groups where depart-ment heads and cabinet staff are directed not to conductthemselves or communicatein a negative, derogatory or demeaning nature about aunion or employee efforts toorganize.”Ellis’ policy directs de- partment heads and cabinetstaff to remain neutral dur-ing employee unionizationefforts and allows employ-ees to hold meetings to dis-cuss union representation oncounty property during work hours with prior approvalfrom the human resourcesdirector.“Management is not sup- posed to impede or obstruct”talks between county work-ers and union representa-tives, said
Burke
 
Brennan
,the county’s chief com-
munications ofcer. “Man-
agement’s been told not tointerfere.”
The county has re and
 police personnel who are al-ready represented by unions.
Ben Speight
, organizingdirector for Teamsters Local728, said Ellis’ executive or-der “gives workers a level of  protection” and “recognizesworkers’ rights.”“With that memo, it lev-
eled the playing eld,” Spei-
ght said.In 1997 there was an ef-fort to organize the workers but that was unsuccessful,he said.Teamsters Local 728 has7,500 members and repre-sents UPS workers; GeorgiaState, Kennesaw State andEmory University bus driv-ers; and O’Reilly Auto Partsand Lithonia Lighting truck drivers. The union also rep-resents Republic Services, a private waste managementcompany.Speight said the sanita-tion workers would not berepresented through a col-lective bargaining process.Instead, it would be a “meetand confer” process inwhich union representativeswould meet with manage-ment to resolve outstandingissues.In addition to their pay,sanitation workers are con-cerned about safety. Eachsanitation truck is supposedto be manned by a driver and two helpers, Speightsaid.“Oftentimes now, thereis only one helper,” he said.“There are a number of safe-ty issues with that.”Workers handle needles, broken glass, dead animalsand heavy equipment andmust hold onto the back of the trucks while working inthe elements, he said.“The workers want re-spect,” Speight said.Speight said sanitationworkers around the country
Some county sanitation workers say they want to be represented by the Teamsters union. Late lastyear, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis signed an executive order directing county department heads to remainneutral during all union organizing efforts. Photo by Andrew Cauthen
 
Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
Unique L’Arche community opens doors in Oakhurst
Paideia janitor accused of puttingcameras in student bathrooms
Help complete your child’s future by encouraging them to geta college degree. Call the Hispanic Scholarship Fund today at
 
1-877-HSF-INFO or visit
 YourWordsToday.org 
 to learn more.
Their tomorrow depends on your words today.
My child is goingto college at
.
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.com
Laura Wells
, boardco-president of L’ArcheAtlanta, said not many people have heard of L’Arche but the idea behind the group of international communitiesis very simple—buildinga place where people withand without intellectualdisabilities share in life fullytogether.“In our society, peoplewith disabilities are oftenregarded as not havingmuch to give, but in truth,each person has veryimportant gifts of the heartto share,” Wells said.
The rst L’Arche
community in Georgiaopened its doors Oct. 27 inOakhurst. It is located ina house that was donatedto L’Arche by another 
nonprot for the homeless.
Wells said the organizationhas let L’Arche Atlanta usethe property for the next 10years.“The great thing aboutOakhurst and Decatur isthat it’s such a walkablearea and part of what makesL’Arche so successful is just being a part of a larger, opencommunity,” Wells said.Wells said she and agroup of approximately15 others had been tryingto establish a L’Archecommunity in metro Atlantasince 2003.“I fell in love withL’Arche in college due tomy mentor and campusminister,
David Jenkins
,who had lived in L’Archeand spoke so eloquentlyabout how it changed hislife,” Wells said.During a spring break when Wells was in collegeshe visited a community inHonduras, then later decidedto spend a year living inL’Arche in Scotland in1993.L’Arche Communitieswas founded by
JeanVanier
in France in 1964when he invited two menfrom a psychiatric instituteto come stay with him andhis family.“The idea is that peoplewith disabilities shouldn’t be shut inside institutions,”Wells said. Now, Wells said, thereare numerous L’Archecommunities throughoutthe world and 18 in theUnited States. Wells saidthe typical living situation isapproximately three or four  people without intellectualdisabilities and severalwith intellectual disabilitiesliving together.“The idea is that you’renot employees or staff,”Wells said. “People feel acalling to this kind of work and typically assistants cango to any community inthe world as long as theycommit to staying there for several years.”Wells said the average
community is three to ve
homes, which L’ArcheAtlanta plans to have in the
next ve years. Right now,
the only home is the one inOakhurst.In the early planningstages of L’Arche Atlanta,Wells said, there were only15 people who attendedits meetings. Now thecommunity has garneredmore than 1,500 supportersand 60-80 people attend thegroup’s monthly events,which include bowling,dancing and bingo nights.“What’s really at theheart of L’Arche is justto be included and have
meaningful and fullling
activities and relationshipsin life and for everyoneto have a chance to seethe gifts that people of allabilities have,” Wells said.For more informationabout L’Arche Atlanta, visitwww.larcheatlanta.org.have had a history of mis-treatment and low wages.“In 1968, Dr. King was as-sassinated supporting sanita-tion workers,” he said.Since September, morethan 80 percent of thecounty’s approximately 450sanitation workers havesigned petitions saying theywant the union to be recog-nized by the county, Speightsaid. “That’s a clear super-majority.”“The workers in sanita-tion are the face of DeKalbCounty,” Speight said. “Twodays a week at least, you’llsee sanitation workers com-ing down you street.“Sanitation workers, asDr. King noted, protect the public’s health,” Speightsaid. “Without sanitationworkers, you have a messon your hands, literally.”
Robert Pruitt
, 20-year sanitation truck driver, said,“We need a union in there because we’re not beingtreated right.“We haven’t had a raise
in about ve years,” he said.
“Everything is steady go-ing up and our checks aresteady going down. It’s toomuch.“Teamsters hopefully canhelp,” Pruitt said.
Union
Continued From Page 2A 
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comA janitor at the PaideiaSchool in Atlanta has been
red after he was accused
of putting cameras in thehigh school girls and boys bathrooms.The U.S. Postal Service began investigating analleged child pornographyvideo production companyin 2010. During theinvestigation Paideiaemployee
Josh Ensley
’sname turned up in the production company’srecords.Investigators found thatEnsley, a 51-year-old Tucker resident, had purchasedmore than 50 DVDs fromthe company.On Oct. 25 postalinspectors and law
enforcement ofcials
executed a search warrantof Ensley’s home, whichcontained the DVDs orderedfrom the company. During
the search ofcials also
located videos of childrenusing the restroom.During questioningEnsley admitted tovideotaping the childrenat Paideia and a criminal
complaint led in U.S.
District Court details howhe did it.“Josh Ensley said hewould hide the camerain a hollowed out air freshener and place it bythe boys’ urinals and on a broom handle in the girls’handicapped bathroomstall,” the complaint states.In a letter sent home to parents Oct. 25, Paideia
ofcials said Ensley is
currently in the custody of federal authorities and is nolonger an employee at theschool. The letter also statesthat investigators have told
school ofcials that there
is no evidence of Ensleyhaving any physical contactwith any of the studentsor that he distributed thevideos to anyone.“We believe the highschool students will be asshocked and stunned aswe are,” the letter states.“All of us at Paideia— teachers, counselorsand administrators—areavailable to you if you havequestions about how thismay affect your child. Wewill continue to share any pertinent information we
receive as we nd out more
about this situation.”
Atlanta’s rst L’Arche community recently opened in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood. L’Arche Com
-munities, founded by Jean Vanier in France in 1964, bring together people, some with developmentaldisabilities and some without, who choose to share their lives by living together in faith-based com-munities. Photo provided

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