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FreePress 4-11-14

FreePress 4-11-14

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Weekly newspaper and legal organ for DeKalb County, GA. Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
Weekly newspaper and legal organ for DeKalb County, GA. Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.

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Shaq tells Arabia Mountain High students to drive responsibly
Business ........................17AClassified .......................21AEducation ..............18-19ASports ......................21-23A
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CLARKSTON PLUGS PUBLIC ARTFATHERS DISCUSS FATHERHOOD
LOCAL, 11ALOCAL, 9ALOCAL, 12A
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA SINGS TO THE HEART
by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comIn the 1800s, author and East Atlanta resident
Henry Bryant
said the area he now calls home more resembled the Wild West than the com-mercial and residential district it is today. Bryant, along with co-author
Katina Van-Cronkhite
, recently released
Images of America: East Atlanta
, part of the Images of America se-ries that chronicles the histories of small towns and cities across America. “The image on the front of the book looks like the Wild West,” Bryant said, “like something out of Deadwood, but it’s the post office in East Atlanta.” The image of the post office is just one of many included in the book to give a detailed  visual description of the history of East Atlanta, and what life was like during the past several hundred years. Other metro areas and neighborhoods such as Inman Park, Avondale Estates and Ansley Park have been featured in the Images of Ameri-ca series. Bryant said the books are sold at many national parks and historic sites, as well as visi-tors’ centers throughout Georgia. Bryant said the book begins several hundred years ago, when Native Americans traveled what is now considered Flat Shoals Road as a trade route and the surrounding valley as hunting grounds. Additionally, Bryant said the book uses
Authors discuss images of East Atlanta, its role in Civil War
Retired professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal visits Arabia Mountain High School to urge students to resist driv-ing while intoxicated or distracted. Photos by Andrew Cauthen. See story on page 15A.
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 FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014 VOL. 17, NO. 3 •
FREE
• A PUBLICATION OF ACE III COMMUNICATIONS • 
Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
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See Civil War on page 15A
Author and East Atlanta resident Henry Bryant holds a poster detailing the Battle of Atlanta. Bryant, and co-author Katina VanCronkhite recently released
Images of America: East Atlanta,
 which details the history of the area.Shaq dances with students after his talk on distracted driving.
 
THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014 PAGE 2A
LOCAL NEWS
by Marta Garciamarta@dekalbchamp.comFor
Erin Vilines
 helping others is a rewarding and fun undertaking.This Decatur resident vol-unteers for four organizations and works as a senior associ-ate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy, a charitable environmen-tal organization that works in more than 30 countries around the world, including all 50 states of the United States, with the mission to protect the lands and waters.“We all depend on nature, and the conservancy’s work to protect natural resources is critical to our future,” Vilines said. “I am always so inspired by what our organization can accomplish and leave the office every day so thankful to be a small part of it. It’s amazing how small sensible changes can lead to positive results for both nature and people.”For Vilines, 33, volun-teering is also a great way to further a cause, support an organization, and make a dif-ference in one’s community.At the Refugee Resettle-ment and Immigration Services of Atlanta, Vilines serves by teaching English to refugees, asylums, victims of human trafficking and low-income immigrants.“I taught English overseas for two years in the Czech Republic and wanted to lend these skills to serve a recog-nized need in Atlanta. Hav-ing experienced firsthand the difficulties of adapting to a new culture and language, I wanted to help these guests in Atlanta feel welcome and to aid their transition,” she said.For Camp Twin Lakes, Vilines serves as a volunteer helping children with seri-ous illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges. “These kids are so incred-ible. They face severe chal-lenges on a daily basis with such strength, and Camp Twin Lakes gives them the opportunity to be kids for a week,” she said. “The Spin for Kids bike ride plays a big role in this, and I am on the planning committee to help make the day a huge success for the organization. As a cyclist and a camp supporter, it’s a rewarding experience.”She serves children at Share Our Strength, an orga-nization committed to end-ing childhood hunger in the United States. “I have served on com-mittees for several events that raise critical funds for their work in Georgia,” she said.Vilines is involved in an upcoming event called Taste of the Nation Atlanta that will be held on May 8 at the Georgia Aquarium and will bring together talented chefs from across the metro area for a culinary evening to ben-efit the Share Our Strength’s mission.And she also helps chil-dren making their dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Georgia, an organization that grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical
Meet a Decatur resident with a loving heart
See Resident on Page 10A
Get to know the candidates for DeKalb County
Sherif 
Mon. April 28 DeKalb History Center 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Candidate Forum
All candidates for the oce of sheri will be invited to parcipate. Audience members will be allowed to suggest quesons to candidates.
 
Candidates conrmed to parcipate
are Dale Bernard Collins, Ted Golden, R. “Tony” Hughes,
Melody Maddox, Jef Mann,
Melvin Mitchell and LaSalle Smith, Sr.
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 Be an informed voter; know the candidates!
Decatur resident Erin Vilines works
as a senior associate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy and volunteers for four organizations.
 
THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014 PAGE 3A
Car seat safety inspections save lives
by Marta Garciamarta@dekalbchamp.comFor more than two hours,
Howie Parker
 struggled to securely install two rear-facing car seats in his mini- van.he Dunwoody resident and his wife
Caroline
 are expecting twins by the end of June, and they want to be ready. He drove to the Dun-woody fire station located on Phipps Boulevard where one of the firemen helped him install them. “I thought I got it, but after I came in here, they said. No, it’s wrong,” Parker said. he majority of parents believe that their child’s car seat is properly installed, but according to the Na-tional Highway raffic Safety Ad-ministration (NHSA), seven out of 10 car seats are installed incorrectly. “Parents and caregivers should not assume their car seat is installed correctly and get their seat checked by a certified technician. hor-oughly read the car seat manual and  vehicle owner’s manual, and if you aren’t sure seek out a certified tech-nician. Installing a car seat is not an easy task and must be done properly to insure a child’s safety,” said
K.C. Tate
, a certified car seat technician with the Dunwoody Police.According to the NHSA, four of every 10 children under 6 years old who die or are seriously injured in auto accidents were unrestrained or improperly restrained. However, when car seats are used correctly, they are 71 percent effective in pre- venting injury among infants and 54 percent effective with children ages 1 to 4. he Dunwoody Police Depart-ment will help residents install their children safety seat at no charge on April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kingswood United Methodist Church parking lot, 5015 illy Mill Road in Dunwoody. “Installing a car seat incorrectly could mean serious injury, or worse death for child involved in a crash,” ate said.he Dunwoody certified car seat technician said that parents and caregivers should keep a child rear facing until they are 2 years old and children under the age of 13 should not sit in the front seat. “In July 2011 Georgia passed a new law where a child must remain in an approved car seat or booster seat until they reach the age of 8. Weight and height are not factors, only age.According to ate, the Dun-woody Police Department of-fers free child safety seat checks to the public several times throughout the year. For free installation and inspection, residents can send an email to carseatcheck@dunwood-yga.gov or call (678) 382-6900 to schedule an appointment.
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