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Upcoming Seminars at DeKalb Medical
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uesday, May 20, 2014 6:00–7:00 p.m. Community Room at DeKalb Medical – Hillandale campus
Join Massey Arrington, sleep disorder specialist, and learn the keys to proper diagnosis and treatment of chronic sleep problems.
Expert Advice on Strokes
Tursday, May 29, 2014 6:00–7:00 p.m. Private Dining Room at DeKalb Medical – Hillandale campus
May is Stroke Awareness Month and we have assembled an expert panel to advise you on preventing stroke, recognizing possible signs of stroke and available treatment for strokes.
by Carla Parkercarla@dekalbchamp.comhe Lithonia City Coun-cil approved a revised zon-ing ordinance May 5 that would allow the city to add a orm-based code to add more development to the city.According to city o-icials, the Lithonia orm-based code will provide spe-ciic regulations to develop a “ully” integrated, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented en- vironment with traditional residential neighborhoods and a traditional downtown with buildings containing commercial, residential and oice space.“It will be easier to do development under a orm-based code,” said Lithonia Mayor
.he orm-based code was established or the historic area o Lithonia, the down-town district and the perim-eter, which is the transition between the downtown and the residential area that makes up the rest o Litho-nia. In the perimeter area, the code will allow smaller scale commercial develop-ments and commercial de- velopments in residentially styled buildings to ease the transition between the single amily houses and downtown, according to city oicials.City oicials also said the orm-based district will create a “synergy” o uses within the downtown area, supporting economic devel-opment and redevelopment. It will calm traic, create a more pedestrian-riendly environment, and prevent less driving in the area.he code will allow the city to regulate building height and placement to achieve appropriate scale along streets, and establish clear control on build-ing orm and placement to rame a “well-deined public realm comprised o human-scale streets,” neigh-borhoods and public spaces according to oicials.
Lithonia revises zoning ordinance
Congressman announces 2014 Congressional Arts Competition winners
(GA-04) announced the winners of his 2014 Congressional Arts Competition and awarded four college scholarships worth $29,500 on April 26 at the Lou Walker Senior Center.More than 15 high school students from DeKalb, Rock-dale, Gwinnett and Newton counties submitted artwork competing for the four college scholarships.
Bo Shi Shi
, who attends Clarkston High School, won a $12,000 scholarship from Savannah College of Art and Design for “Petrichor.” Shi Shi will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to see his art dis-played in the Capitol, where it will hang with other award winners for a year. Shi Shi also won two roundtrip airline tickets to Washington, D.C., for the national recognition ceremony.
from Miller Grove High School won a $10,000 scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta with her piece, “Two Little Girls and Umbrellas.”Since 2007, Congressman Johnson has awarded more than $250,000 in arts scholar-ships to Fourth District stu-dents.
New principal named for International Community School
has been named principal of the Inter-national Community School in Decatur, a charter school in DeKalb County for grades K-5.With more than 30 years of experience as a teacher and educational administrator, Mi-randa was most recently the principal of the Anglo-American School of Sofia, Bulgaria. He has also worked as a principal in the Rochester (N.Y.) City School District and Hempstead (N.Y.) Union Free School District. Additionally, Miranda has served as director of The Xe-rox Center for Multicultural Education, and director of bilingual education for Roch-ester (N.Y.) School District. “Not only does Edgar Mi-randa have exceptional experi-ence as a teacher and admin-istrator for elementary school children, but he has worked extensively with non-English speaking students,” said
, chairman of the board of International Community School. “Our students and teachers will benefit greatly from his insight, experience, wisdom and leadership.”
Civil Rights activist to give address graduates at Georgia Piedmont Technical College
a 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom award recipient and Civil Rights activist, will give the commencement address during Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s (GPTC) spring commencement cere-mony May 31 at 10 a.m. at The House of Hope Atlanta, 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur.“We are honored to have an American hero such as Dr. Vivian give our commence-ment address. There are few who can as eloquently and passionately inflame the hearts and minds of our students as they embark on the next phase of their academic and profes-sional careers,” said Dr.
, GPTC’s president. Vivian is best known as a champion for civil and hu-man rights, working alongside Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr
. during the Civil Rights Move-ment. Vivian is also an advo-cate for education and youth leadership development. He has served as national presi-dent of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and provided counsel to five U.S. presidents.More than 2,600 GPTC students are expected to grad-uate with a degree, diploma or certificate during the cer-emony.
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