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Free Press 4-27-12

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DeKalb County Community Newspaper: serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
DeKalb County Community Newspaper: serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.

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, 2012 • VOL. 15, NO. 5 FREE
 by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.com
a sunny Sat-urday morn-ing residentsand volun-teers crowded into the WyldeCenter’s garden. It was EarthDay weekend and people busied themselves weeding plants, and building garden beds and picnic tables.The Wylde Center, for-merly known as the OakhurstCommunity Garden Project,was getting ready for its bigEarth Day celebration the nextday. In addition to helping thecenter prepare for its celebra-tion, 40 volunteers from ICFInternational and the Decatur Farm to School Initiative wereworking on projects for localelementary schools.“We’re building garden beds for the 4/5 Academy,which doesn’t have a gardenyet. We’ll be having a follow-up day to install them in thegarden at the school, and work with some kids to put in thedirt and plant some things,”said
Katherine Falen
, one of the founders of the Decatur Farm to School Initiative andan employee of ICF Interna-tional.The Decatur Farm toSchool Initiative is an organi-zation led by parents, teach-ers, school administratorsand community members.The initiative works to con-nect schools with local farms,serve healthful meals inschool cafeterias and improvestudent nutrition. Decatur Farm to School works hand-in-hand with City Schools of Decatur (CSD).Falen said volunteers werealso building picnic tables for the 4/5 Academy, a schoolserving all fourth and fifthgraders in the CSD system.Every year around Earth Day,Falen said, ICF has a corpo-rate volunteer day, and sinceshe was one of the founders of Decatur Farm to School Initia-tive, associates decided to vol-unteer with her at the WyldeCenter.
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Serving East Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Tucker and Stone Mountain.
Forty volunteers filled the grounds of the Wylde Center (formerly Oakhurst Community Garden Project)April 21 to celebrate Earth Day. The volunteers, from the Decatur Farm to School Initiative and ICF Inter-national, built picnic tables and raised garden beds to donate to City Schools of Decatur’s 4/5 Academy.Additionally, volunteers helped out around the Wylde Center weeding invasive plants and turning compost.Photos by Daniel Beauregard
See Farm on Page 13A
Volunteers come together to support sustainability, farm to school initiatives
Page 2A The Champion Free Press, Friday, April 27, 2012
Emory University to focus on renewing two communities
Accused rapist pleads not guilty, awaits trial
• Individuals who are compleng a teacher preparaon program by August 1, 2012 and havepassed all GACE assessment tests• Individuals who hold dual/mulple teaching content cercaons (i.e. Middle Grades L/A andSocial Studies)District-wide pre-screening interviews will only be oered to cered teachers who meet the aboverequirements.Please bring copies of your resume, ocial transcripts, GACE scores, and/or a copy of yourprofessional cercate. YOU MUST HAVE A COPY OF YOUR DOCUMENTS TO INTERVIEW.The DeKalb County School District is seeking Highly Qualied CERTIFIED Teachers.This Cered Teacher Career Fair is open to those individuals who meet the following requirements…• Individuals who hold a professional teaching cercate in specied content areas
DeKalb County School District2012 Cered Teacher Career Fair
Lithonia High School • 2440 Phillips Road • Lithonia, GA 30058May 5, 2012 • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
If you aended a previous job fair in Spring, 2012 and received a pre-screening interview, youdo not need to aend this Cered Teacher Career Fair.Early Childhood (P-5)Gied EndorsementEarly ChildhoodMiddle GradesMath (4-8)Science (4-8)High SchoolMath (6-12)Science (6-12)Family & Con. Science (6-12)Tech. Ed. (6-12)K-12ArtESOLMusicSpanishSpecial Ed (w/content)
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comSince 1975, DeKalb County has used federalfunding for various neighborhood projects suchas constructing swimming pools, paving streets,home renovation and constructing senior hous-ing, and community and recreation centers.These are great uses of the funding from theU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Devel-opment (HUD) to develop viable urban commu-nities, said
, DeKalb’s human andcommunity development director.But the county needs to do something differ-ently, she told community leaders April 19.“Why aren’t these neighborhoods revital-ized?” Morris asked. “Why don’t we havestronger neighborhoods everywhere in DeKalbCounty?“When you drive through our neighborhoods,do you see strong, sustainable neighborhoodsconsistently all over DeKalb County?” Morrisasked. “I am hoping everyone realizes we needto do something a little differently in order tohave a greater impact with our neighborhoods.”Morris introduced the DeKalb Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (DSNI), a pilot pro-gram that will foster a collaborative, community- based approach to improving the quality of life inDeKalb neighborhoods.Morris said the initiative, once approved by the
Board of Commissioners, will be part of the ve-
year plan, the county submits to HUD.The county’s department of human and commu-nity development and its partner, the Emory Uni-
versity Ofce of University-Community Partner-ships, has identied seven candidate areas for the
 pilot program: Clarkston, Columbia, Cross Keys,Lithonia, McNair, Stone Mountain and Towers.These areas, based on county school district
clusters, were identied because of their eligibil-
ity to use resources available through the county’sHUD-funded programs, Morris said.These communities will be narrowed down totwo areas that will participate in the pilot program.
The nalists will be selected based on their ability
to leverage their community assets and collaboratewith businesses, agencies and organizations thatshare an interest in the community to develop acomprehensive approach for improving their neigh- borhoods.To vie for a spot in the pilot program, candidatecommunities must prepare a letter of intent.
Michael Rich
director of the Emory University
Ofce of University-Community Partnerships, said
the letter is not a formal proposal, but a narrativedocument that describes the community’s com-mitment, its leadership team, top three pressingneighborhood issues and a proposed “early action” project that demonstrates the community’s ability towork together.
The letters of intent are due May 10 and the -
nalists will be selected later that month.Rich
said the current way that many commu-nities address community development is with a“multiplicity of programs that are focused on asingle issue.”“We see a problem, we convene a task force andwe create a program,” Rich said. “You have all this particularized fragmentation that makes it very dif-
cult to pull the resources together to holistically
address a problem.“The new paradigm… of collective impact isrecognition that, if we are holistically going to ad-dress our communities and make them stronger,we need to work together, we need to have a com-mon vision, we need to draw on the strengths of theneighborhoods,” Rich said.“This is not a study,” Morris said. “We want todevelop plans that we can actually work with. Wewant to be able to leverage all the funds that we canto make a difference.“We can always do projects and initiatives,”Morris said. “We’re trying to have a greater im- pact.” by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comA Decatur man chargedwith raping three women andassaulting two others late lastyear waived arraignment incourt April 19. His attorneywill file mo-tions in thecase beforeApril 29.
, 35,of Decatur,was indicted by a grand jury in Feb-ruary on three counts of rape,two counts of aggravated as-sault, four counts of armed
robbery, ve counts of false
imprisonment, two counts of aggravated sexual battery andone count each of burglary,robbery and aggravated sod-omy.Mincey allegedly stalked
his victims at a Publix gro-
cery store and at nightclubs,according to the county dis-trict attorney’s office.“Gary Mincey pleaded notguilty and waived arraign-ment at today’s hearing,” saidDeKalb District Attorney
Robert James
. “My ofce
will diligently work to bring justice for all the victimsinvolved in these heinouscrimes.”Mincey was arrested by
DeKalb County Police De-
 partment officers on Dec. 1,2011, after detectives inves-tigating the crimes observeda car fitting the descriptionof the suspect’s vehicle near Flakes Mill Road.According to the indict-ment, Mincey allegedly as-saulted or raped five women between Oct. 16 and Nov.29, robbing them of money, jewelry, keys, cell phones andother electronics.Mincey allegedly used aknife, Taser or handgun ineach of the crimes.According to a police de- partment statement, Minceyfollowed a woman from
the Publix grocery store on
Flakes Mill Road to her homenear Columbia Drive.According to the investi-gation, as the victim unloadedher groceries from the car,Mincey entered her homethrough the garage and thensexually assaulted and robbedher of personal belongingsincluding a cellphone and
laptop.Following the assault, hefled in a dark SUV and thevictim contacted the police,according to the police state-ment.
Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, April 27, 2012
County to savemoney by turningtrash to gas to cash
 by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comDeKalb County bolstered itsclaim of being “the greenest urbancounty in America” with the openingApril 16 of its $9 million renewablefuels facility at the county’s landfill.“We’re a little bit greener,” saidDeKalb CEO
Burrell Ellis
.The facility, which took less thansix months to construct, converts thegases that build up during the aging process of a landfill into renewablenatural gas. Some of this gas will beturned into compressed natural gas(CNG) which will be used to fuelCNG vehicles.“For years we’ve been burningmost of this gas in generators andwe’ve been sending the resulting
electricity over to Georgia Power,”
Ellis said.Initially, the county’s sanitationdepartment will convert 70 vehiclesto run on renewable natural gas(RNG) produced by the renewableenergy facility. The county’s goal is
to replace or convert the entire eet
of 306 sanitation vehicles to run onnatural gas.“There will be reduced emissionshere at Seminole and everywherethese vehicles are on the road,” Ellissaid.The yearly environmental im- pact to air quality will be the sameas taking 30,000 passenger cars off the road, said
, thecounty’s chief communications of-ficer.The project is funded in part bya $7.8 million U.S. Department of Energy grant made to Clean CitiesAtlanta through the AmericanRecovery and Reinvestment Actfederal stimulus program.“There are already facilities inour country that convert landfill gasto fuel and pump it into vehicles onsite. There are also facilities that provide landfill gas and pump it intonatural gas pipelines for consumer use. In DeKalb County, we’re thefirst…to do both,” according to Ellis.Ellis said that once the facilityis fully operational in six to eightweeks, DeKalb County would havethe capacity to process more landfillgas than any other county in Georgiaand the facility will help the countyto reduce the rising cost of fuelingcounty vehicles.The county estimates that $3million will be saved over the nexteight years and the county will makemoney from the CNG it sells to thegeneral public, Ellis said.
Ted Photakis
, a senior accountexecutive with Energy SystemsGroup, the company that designedand will operate the facility, saidthat since the landfill is permittedthrough 2091, “there could be a 100-year supply of methane fuel.”“As long as this plant is run-ning—it’ll be running 24/7—it’lleither be saving the county moneyon fuel costs or it’ll be bringing in
additional revenue,” Photakis said.
“Renewable energy creates jobsand a green, sustainable infrastruc-ture,” Ellis said. “Renewable energyreduces our dependence on foreignoil. Renewable energy is, in fact, theenergy of the future. There may be atime when we might run out of oil, but we are not going to be runningout of renewable energy.”Renewable energy “is safer for our environment, it is moreeconomical and, therefore, puttingmoney back into the pockets of ordinary, middle-class Americansand it is decreasing our dependenceon foreign oil,” said
Gwen KeyesFleming
, regional administrator for 
the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency’s southeast region.
Don Francis
, executive director 
of Clean Cities Atlanta, said, “Proj
-ects like this and attitudes like this inDeKalb County have turned the cor-ner, and we are on our way to energysecurity in the United States.” 
DeKalb leaders open a $9 million renewable fuels facility in south DeKalb that will
convert landll gas to renewable natural gas, which will be used to power countysanitation vehicle. “We’re a little bit greener,” said DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.Photos by Andrew Cauthen

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