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recalled. “Doraville Library Director Tammy Henry approached me about an email she had received from Arcadia Publishing seeking someone to edit such a book and I thought, ‘I could do that!’ so I responded to Arcadia and started the ball rolling. I thought it would be something the citizens of Doraville would find interesting and that would boost local civic pride.” Kelley calls himself a history buff and said he has enjoyed reading history from his childhood, adding, “At 61, I have experienced a lot of our generation’s most famous history from Kennedy’s assassination to landing a man on the moon to the advent of cell phones and highend computers.” A native of Claremore, Okla., who moved to Georgia more than 30 years ago, Kelley said he didn’t know much about Doraville until he moved there 10 years ago. “Of course I knew about the GM plant and that there were a lot of good ethnic restaurants there, but that was about it,” he said. Kelley said that once he decided to take on the project, the major hurdle was getting buy-in from local residents. “People were reluctant to

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This article is the first in a series looking into the rise and fall of former Georgia Perimeter College president Anthony Tricoli. by Andrew Cauthen n 2006, Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) boasted 20,000 students, 389 faculty and six campuses. That was before Anthony Tricoli became president of the institution, founded in 1958. When the 33-year veteran of higher education was dismissed in May, the state’s largest two-year college had a roster of 27,000 students, more than 500 faculty members and one fewer campus. The college also had a $16 million deficit. “It’s a wonderful institution,” said Tricoli during an interview with The Champion late August. “It’s one of the best two-year colleges in the country.” “I enjoyed every minute of the work…until the last month. I enjoyed all except the last two weeks.” The last two weeks

rom a pre-Civil War farming community to one of America’s many busy small towns growing up beside the nation’s railroad lines, Doraville has reinvented itself many times during the past 200 years. It has seen a giant automobile manufacturing facility come and go, had the Olympic torch pass through its streets and made business history as the site of Georgia’s first McDonald’s. It was the home of former astronaut John Casper and the training site of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield. These stories and many more are told in the newly released book on Doraville that is part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. Written by local resident Bob Kelley, Doraville—Images of America explores the events large and small that have made Doraville the city it is today. Even those who are not especially interested in Doraville are likely to enjoy this portrait of small town America through the 19th, 20th and into the 21st century. “I had often seen the Images of America books at a local Barnes & Noble but never dreamed I would one day author one,” Kelley

Above, writer Bob Kelley holds copies of his new book on Doraville’s history. Below, two images of the city’s past include a 1955 beauty pageant and the training site of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield. Kelley photo by Ed St. Amour, others provided





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Grandmother arrested for allegedly beating 3-year-old to death
by Daniel Beauregard Selena Rivera, 42, was arrested and held without bond Sept. 10 for allegedly beating her 3-year-old granddaughter to death with a pipe. Police responded Aug. 21 to a call at Rivera’s residence at 4532 Golf Vista Circle in Decatur referencing a “3-year-old female, unconscious and not breathing.” According to a police report, Rivera told police that she was in bed with the victim reading the Bible when she noticed the victim’s hand turning blue, eyes glossy and rolling back into her head and white foam coming from her nose. The victim was transported to Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta where she was later pronounced dead. Rivera told the police that on Aug. 8, the victim had a seizure in the shower and had slipped and hit her forehead and had to go to the hospital. However, medical officials ruled the death a homicide and an arrest warrant states the victim’s 8-year-old sister later told police Rivera was “beating the victim with a silver pipe on the day she died and shoved the victim in a closet.” The arrest warrant also states that during the victim’s autopsy officials found extensive blunt force trauma from her head to her calves.

The Mayor and City Council of the City of Chamblee, Georgia will hold a public hearing on  Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA  30341 at 6:00 p.m. to receive public comments regarding the following zoning matters:      1)  A variance to Appendix A, Zoning Ordinance, Section 907.A.4.c., Storefront  Requirements. The subject property is 5130 Peachtree Boulevard.  The applicant  requests window heights begin at 7 feet.   

Proposed Substantial Amendment to the 2008-2012 Consolidated Plan, including the 2008 Annual Action Plan For the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1
The DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department is proposing a substantial amendment to the 2008-2012 Consolidated Plan, including the 2008 Annual Action Plan. This substantial amendment will amend the budget of Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1 (NSP1) Application submitted to HUD in 2008. In accordance with the Housing and Economic Recovery Act 2008, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated $18,545,013 in emergency funding for assistance with the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed properties. The purpose of this amendment is to revise the budget to show the planned use of additional program income and any subsequent changes that may be necessary on the use of NSP1 funds. The budget categories include acquisition, rehabilitation and disposition of foreclosed homes; establishment of land banks; demolition of blighted structures; redevelopment of vacant properties; and, complying with all Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1 (NSP-1) requirements. All citizens are invited to review the Proposed Substantial Amendment to the 2008-2012 Consolidated Plan, including the 2008 Annual Action Plan for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1 from September 13, 2012 – September 28, 2012 on the DeKalb County website,, and at the location identified below.

Brick dedications at three library branches leave lasting legacy
At brick dedications on Aug. 25, families and other community members saw for the first time their engraved bricks that were placed at three DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL) branches: Hairston Crossing, Salem-Panola and Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library. Seventy-nine commemorative bricks were installed for the dedications with engraved messages such as “READ and QUERY All Your Lives,” “READING CHANGES LIVES,” “avid reader and teacher,” and “DCPL Staff is the Best.” Donations for the bricks raised nearly $8,000 for the DeKalb Library Foundation to benefit the library system. Those who had bricks installed at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library included District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon, Library Director Alison Weissinger, DeKalb Library Foundation Treasurer Bill Harshman and Friends Alliance President Janis Jones. Pauline Sawadogo remembered her mother Iwaoga F. Nikiema, who never had the chance to learn to read, with an engraved brick. Sawadogo and her family moved to the area from West Africa three years ago and they regularly use the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer branch. At the library, she uses GED test preparation materials, her sixth grade son chooses reading materials and her husband, who teaches English, can find adult learning materials. Bricks also commemorate business and civic groups. Among them are Mainstreet Tucker Alliance founder Charlton Allen, Tucker Times, Leadership DeKalb, The Champion newspaper and CrossRoads News. Several book clubs honored members with a brick, including Tucker Monday Book Club member Nancy Krawitz. CD Moody Construction Company, which built both the Hairston Crossing and SalemPanola Library branches, generously donated the entire brick installation at the Salem-Panola Library as well as several engraved bricks. Congressman Hank Johnson spoke at the Salem-Panola Library dedication and honored his mother, a former teacher, with an engraved brick. Bricks also are available at the new Stonecrest Library until Nov. 1. For more information, call (404) 3708450, ext. 2238 or email foundation@dekalblibrary. org.

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Accrediting agency to investigate DeKalb schools
AdvancED has decided to appoint a special review team to perform an on-site School accrediting agen- investigation Oct. 17-19. Since her hiring less than cy AdvancED will invesa year ago, Atkinson said tigate the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) af- she has listened to those concerns from ter concerns that board members, the the school discommunity, stutrict may not be dents and staff and meeting several responded to them accreditation by implementing standards. a number of initiaIn the Aug. tives, which are 28 letter to listed in the letter. School SuperinAdvancED actendent Cheryl knowledged the Atkinson from initiatives Atkinson AdvancED, had started but the accrediting Atkinson said in a statement, agency stated it has received numerous com- “The concerns described in the letter of correspondence plaints about the manageto you could have signifiment of the school district. cant…negative impact on “It was from a broad the capacity of the school base of the community— from parents, taxpayers and system to realize the many improvements that are the staff, to public officials,” said Mark Elgart, president focus of these initiatives.” Changes listed in the of AdvancED. “We’ve seen letter include initiating a foa continued pattern of conrensic audit of the district’s cern.” financial records, impleAdvancED’s letter asks menting a zero-based budthe district to answer algeting process, restructuring legations that the DeKalb the central office, developCounty school board has ing an E-Book technology managed the district’s budprogram, and implementing get over the past five years. a new curriculum with quarThe letter also lists other terly assessments. concerns such as undue Currently, DCSD has an influence by the board in “on advisement” status with the hiring of personnel, inAdvancED, which means terference with budgeting procedures and accounting, the accreditation agency releasing confidential infor- has given the district a list of concerns to address. Elmation leaked from executive sessions and undermin- gart said since the last AdvancED assessment, the dising the authority of school trict hasn’t made adequate administrators and supervisors throughout the system. progress on addressing those concerns. “The district acknowlAccording to the stateedges challenges from the ment from the accrediting past and is committed to agency, the purpose of the continuing to address and comply with all AdvancED/ investigation is to “afford SACS standards,” Atkinson all parties the opportunity states in the letter. “Progress to provide information and is ongoing and we have not evidence related to the stated concerns so that an stopped working on any informed decision can be concerns. Some issues take made as to the validity and longer than others to reextent of alleged violations solve.” However, since it has re- relating to the Standards of ceived Atkinson’s response, Accreditation.” by Daniel Beauregard

Teenager shot to death near Lithonia Sept. 11

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was arrested in Fulton County for violating his probation. He was being transported by DeKalb Sheriff’s Office deputies who stopped at the South Fulton Municipal Regional Jail in Union City to pick up several inmates. The man collapsed outside the Union City facility at approximately 2:20 a.m. on the way to the men’s room. Union City police and emergency medical technicians tried to revive the inmate who was transported to South Fulton Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:35 a.m. The cause of death is not yet known. Permit program may reduce home construction A new DeKalb County pilot program is designed to expedite the permitting process for partially constructed homes abandoned as a result of bankruptcies in the building industry. The program, which runs through Dec. 28, allows for a builder who proposes to complete construction of previously permitted, but incomplete, homes on which work has been suspended for more than 90 days to apply for a new building permit for the structure. Many partially constructed homes have been bought recently “as is” by homebuilders who wish to complete the construction, receive a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) and place them on the market. Currently, a residential building permit fee of $1,500 – $2,000 is assessed for the completion of partially constructed homes where previously issued building permits have expired or the scope of necessary work to complete the homes is unclear. The “Building Permit for a Previously Permitted Residential Structure” provides for special building permit procedures and fees tailored to the condition of each home and sets the fees at amounts proportionate to the work needed to complete each home. If upon initial inspection it is determined that the existing structure is so incomplete or deteriorated that it would fail an initial struc-

A man whom police say shot to death a teenager near Lithonia Sept. 11 was arrested three days later. “Investigators from the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad cornered and arrested 18-year-old Haenok Temesgen Tesfaye [Sept. 14] around 10 p.m. at Memorial Drive and I-285,” according to a media release from Sgt. Adrion Bell, a spokesman for the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office. Tesfaye is being charged for the murder of 16-year-old Frederick English. According to Mekka Parish, DeKalb Police spokeswoman, police officers were called to 5922 Heritage Walk at 7:40 p.m. Sept. 11 in reference to a shooting. English and two other people were walking along Heritage Walk when a black car approached, according to detectives. An occupant of the car got out and fired multiple shots at the group, striking English, who ran a short distance to another street and then collapsed in the front yard of a home, according to detectives. Someone at that home drove the English, who had been struck in the face, to the hospital before officers arrived. English later died at the hospital. According to the warrant, English had been involved in an earlier confrontation with Tesfaye. A separate warrant against Tesfaye also accuses him of armed robbery on Sept. 4. Tesfaye is accused of pulling a handgun on a man and taking an Apple iPod and $280. Tesfaye was arrested without incident and is being held in the DeKalb County Jail. Inmate dies en route to DeKalb County jail An inmate died Sept. 13 on the way to the DeKalb County jail, according to DeKalb Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adrion Bell. The male inmate, whose name has not been released,

tural inspection, the builder would then be required to submit for a full building permit for a new residential structure, starting with an initial structural inspection. For more information, call David Moss, senior inspector, at (770) 572-4830. DeKalb County to hold job fair Sept. 21 The DeKalb County Workforce Development Department will hold its seventh annual Workforce Development Day job fair Sept. 21, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur. The event offers job seekers the opportunity to meet with representatives from various departments and companies, including One DeKalb Works contractors and private sector employers. Recruiting companies including Comcast, Sears, TJ Maxx, All (n)1 Security, Walmart, Life House Partners, Inc., Manpower, and DeKalb County’s public safety department have reported new hires in the area of communication technicians, forklift operators, police officers, E911 dispatchers, security guards, sales associates, cashiers, marketing coordinators and facility directors with salaries ranging from $16,000 to $85,000 per year. The upcoming job fair will give job seekers the opportunity to meet with industry professionals who will critique resumes, provide interviewing and networking tips, and explain why personal branding and marketing is beneficial to their job search. Job seekers also will have the opportunity to visit the county’s mobile career unit to apply for positions, construct a resume and meet with a workforce professional. Jobseekers interested in participating in the job fair should register online at For more information, contact Brent Sharperson, business relations specialist, at (404) 687-2771 or

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The president and the governor: character lessons
famy. The GOP gathering was mostly wealthy White men, a sprinkling of Hispanics and 22 Black delegates out of the hundreds in attendance. Republicans failed miserably in laying out any specific proposals; they just bashed the president. The prevailing attitude was it is all Obama’s fault. We’re the only true Americans. I’ve got mine. Get yours and if you can’t borrow it from Mom and Dad. The once Grand Old Party also committed a grave error by not mentioning or giving credit to the incredible contributions of our men and women in the military. Probably trying hard to avoid giving credit to the president for bringing down Osama Bin Laden. But, it was a textbook case of an error of omission. Mitt Romney would later say that he couldn’t run down a whole “laundry list” and that he had to prioritize his remarks. He never once apologized and essentially relegated our brave men and women to a “laundry list.” A horrible choice of words, but out of the mouth, the heart speaks. The Democratic Convention on the other hand was lively and upbeat. It looked like America. The Democrats brought everyday people to make their case. They even brought in President Bill Clinton who weighed in heavily and long with a classic collegiate tutorial of “Obama Progress 101.” The Dems carefully orchestrated the case for the president’s re-election with the progress being made in jobs creation and millions of jobs saved in the auto industry, affordable health care, energy, immigration and the need to safeguard women’s reproductive rights. What amounted to a 21-gun salute was given to our military men and women who have fought bravely—some making the supreme sacrifice others maimed and mortally wounded mentally. Now here comes the character lesson from the two weeks that were. President Obama fell on the sword a bit just as he said he had fallen on his knees allowing as how he would want to see us further along in economic recovery. Despite his sterling speech before the nation and the world, the president was probably in a bit of hot water when he got back to the White House. He—like the Republicans had a colossal faux pas, but one of a personal nature. The president didn’t recognize his mother-in-law, in his opening remarks. Not a small thing. There Mrs. Robinson sat, right in front of him with the first lady and first daughters for whom Mrs. Robinson provides care and he didn’t even mention her name. The president’s failure to mention his mother-in-law is tantamount to Romney not mentioning our troops, a huge boo-boo. President Obama will no doubt admit his error and seek forgiveness from the first lady and Mrs. Robinson. Few would believe former President George W. Bush intentionally got us into the mess we’re in. But when faced with the reality of inheriting a surplus budget and driving this nation into trillions of dollars debt with an ill-conceived war and putting us on the verge of financial collapse the past eight years, Republicans prefer to act as if it never happened. They place the blame elsewhere and heaven forbid they would seek forgiveness from the American people. It takes courage and backbone to admit a wrong and seek forgiveness whether it’s troops, budgets or mothers-in-law. Cowardice is afraid to admit an error lest their weakness becomes more apparent. It is a matter of character. Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Miles at

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The 2012 Democratic and Republican conventions are history. We now move to the debates and the decision as to which candidate is better to bring us out of the economic quagmire we’re bogged down in and move the nation forward. Republican Mitt Romney or four more years with the Democratic President Barack Obama? If the election hinges on courage, vision, inclusion, integrity and proven leadership, President Obama should win by a landslide. The case is made on the conventions and a little something noted during the president’s convention speech pointing to the character difference between the two men. Read on. The two conventions were a tale of two cities. One was exclusive, the other inclusive. The Republican convention was boring, save for the comedic relief provided by Clint Eastwood and his empty chair which will live on in in-

Falcons’ home should stay in the Dome
2006, the Dome received a $300-million renovation and those bonds on the Dome, owned by the state of Georgia and managed by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, are still being paid by operating revenues and concessions as well as a portion of Atlanta’s hotel/motel taxes and car rental junk fees from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The latest number being floated for building a new open-air stadium, on one of a handful of sites downtown is a breath-taking $1.2 billion. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who supports construction of the new venue, shared that the figure is not for just the stadium, but includes parking decks, sidewalks and other infrastructure improvements required to support a structure the size of another stadium. The Georgia Dome is only 20 years old, and still retiring the nearly half-abillion in public and bond funds that built it. It remains the largest indoor sporting venue in the world, and the second largest dome, behind only London’s Millennium dome. I’m not a particularly a fan of the cushy suites that generate a disproportionate share of the revenues for sports franchise owners and season ticket holders—and whether high school, college or pro, I’ve always preferred my football outdoors. With all due respect to the Falcons, the NFL and the improvements that owner Arthur Blank has made to the franchise, the Falcons rarely sell out the Georgia Dome. The attendance record for the Dome was set at an SEC Championship game, not a Falcons home game, play-off or either of the two Super Bowls previously hosted there. Blank, is an excellent corporate citizen, entrepreneur and booster of Atlanta. So if the Falcons need to move, why not instead purchase Alonzo Herndon Stadium from Morris Brown College at the Atlanta University Center? Herndon Stadium was expanded for the Centennial Olympic Games to 18,000 seats in two sets of stands, and already sits above the MARTA East-West Rail Line. In much the same way that Sanford Stadium, Bobby Dodd Field and Jordan Hare Stadium at Auburn University added seating capacity, it would be reasonably easy to double or triple the seating at Herndon by enclosing the circle (Sanford Stadium), or adding suites and upper decks on the two existing sets of stands (earlier additions at Jordan Hare). Falcon fans are already heavy MARTA users and tailgaters, which could also bring a much-needed economic boost to the West End and Atlanta University communities. The venue successfully previously hosted Olympic field hockey in 1996, the Atlanta Beat women’s soccer club and served as a stand-in for the no longer standing Fairfield Stadium in Huntington, W. V., during filming of the movie We Are Marshall in 2006. If Blank is insistent that the Dome isn’t in the Falcons’ long term plans, and a more public minded option like Herndon Stadium is also dismissed, then I suggest that the Falcons and its owners follow the example of Ted Turner, who co-funded the retro-fit of the former Centennial Olympic Stadium to renovate and create The Ted, or even the finer example of Mr. Blank’s former business partner Bernie Marcus, who paid for the Georgia Aquarium himself as a gift to Atlanta, and arguably the world, without significant taxpayer subsidy or support. But most of all I just think our Falcons should stay put in the comfy nest we built for them only 20 years ago. Bill Crane also serves as a political analyst and commentator for Channel 2’s Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM, as well as a columnist for The Champion, Champion Free Press and Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb native and business owner, living in Scottdale. You can reach him or comment on a column at

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“How does it feel, To be without a home? Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone?” –lyrics by Bob Dylan, “Like a Rolling Stone.” My grandmother Mary Crane was a die-hard Atlanta Falcons fan. She had season tickets for most of the last 20 plus years of her life—on the 50 yard line, in the very top row of the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. That venue was a dual purpose home, first to the Atlanta Braves and then the Atlanta Falcons. On the rare occasion that the Braves season lasted into late fall, the baseball diamond remained in place on the football field. The old stadium was completed in 1965 for $18 million, and it had an architectural twin in Cincinnati—Riverfront Stadium (completed in 1968 for under $50 million). The Falcons were upgraded to the air-conditioned and plush Georgia Dome in 1993 (completed in 1992 for $214 million). In

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receive a response. As the year went on, we began to see more and more “official statements” from Georgia PTA. Many Ivy Prep parents began pushing to change our PTA to a PTO. At this point, we have three “sister schools.” One has a PTO and two have PTAs. When our school opened the year with a PTA, I refused to join. Since then, our PTA group has asked the GA PTA to rescind our membership, but they have refused. Public school education reform is a key issue in America. It doesn’t matter whether we are Democrats or Republicans. We want our children to have the best education possible. When our children are attending an area school that is not serving their needs we want other viable options. That’s right, we want choice! This year, the Georgia General Assembly worked tirelessly to pass HR 1162 and HB 797. HR 1162 gives the state the authority to approve (not run!) qualified charter schools that are denied by local school boards. HB 797 controls the funding that

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Georgia charter school mom speaks out on Georgia PTA
by Rae Anne Harkness I am a parent of two children who attend school in south DeKalb County. I have always paid my PTA dues, blindly believing that it was part of being an engaged parent. Last year I had the difficult choice of deciding where to send my daughter for middle school. I liked the local middle school magnet program, but was hesitant to send her there because of schoolwide discipline issues. I worried even more because at 11 years old my daughter (who is a gymnast) is very physically fit, but also fully developed and subject to inappropriate comments from older boys. Our home middle school and high school have even more discipline problems. The high school has the lowest graduation rate in the county. To add to my worries, I also had a 5-year-old son ready to start kindergarten. How could I keep him from entering a system destined to fail him as well? After a summer filled with worry, I saw a story on television about two new charter schools about to open—Ivy Preparatory Academy for Girls and Ivy Preparatory Academy for Boys. I did some additional research and was so impressed by the school that I enrolled both my children and immediately paid my PTA membership fees as well. The first year of PTA at Ivy Prep began well, but in January of 2012, I began to question the mission of the PTA. A friend up in north Fulton received an email message from his PTA, urging him to vote against HR 1162, a resolution that would allow the state to authorize charter schools denied by local school boards. He was furious and complained to his school PTA. Our PTA President received the same email from Georgia PTA and wrote to them: “HR 1162 is actually supported by some of your members. I am the president of the PTSA at Ivy Prep Academy and we are rallying for this resolution to pass. We are members of Georgia PTA and have paid dues. Please stop sending messages to “oppose” a bill that would actually assist your members.” Of course, we did not will go to these schools and mandates that no local funds will be diverted to these schools. Both measures passed with bi-partisan support. In a recent change of policy, National PTA not only reaffirmed that charter schools offer meaningful choices for parents and families, they also supported the creation of multiple charter school authorizers, not just local school districts. Yet Georgia PTA refused to adopt their position. They act like recalcitrant children, refusing to follow their parent organization’s guidelines. The “facts” the Georgia PTA presents are not just misleading, but false. If Georgia PTA refuses to align itself with National PTA, then the Georgia PTA leaders need to be excused from their duties. The National PTA web site states that it is the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation and it provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child. To me that means “Every Child, One Voice,” not “Every Child, One Choice.”

Vote ‘No’ on charter amendment to keep Georgia public schools in the hands of local taxpayers
by Dr. Eugene Walker dren who were Black went to a “separate but equal” school. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in While most of us are going about our daily lives Brown vs. the Board of Education that “separate eduin our normal routines, there are a handful of folks at cational facilities are inherently unequal.” I could have the state Capitol who have been up to no good. With told them that, because I was in school then. our economy still in tatters and our home values still at You see, public schools are constitutionally manhistoric lows, these lawmakers approved a referendum dated to educate all children. Charter schools can that will appear on the November ballot that would pick and choose. Since the measure of success of all have devastating effects on the DeKalb County School schools is test scores, charter schools have their pick of District and the children we are charged with educating. the brightest students who often are from households If the bill’s passed in November, a governing orga- of comfortable affluence. Now as long as all of the nization would be created, called the Georgia Charter children remain under the control of a single, locally Commission. Although the words “Georgia Charter controlled school system, there is stability of the fundCommission” won’t appear anywhere on your ballot, ing mechanism for all of the students regardless of their this seemingly well-intended and well-worded question means. would put the State of Georgia in the local school busiIt goes without saying that in our current economy, ness and created a new bureaucratic umbrella. Local local school systems cannot take a $430 million hit residents would have no control over this new commis- from the get-go, and be able to continue to provide a sion, yet the system would cause these same taxpayers quality education for all students. The children of the to shoulder more of the tax burden for schools than rich will always be able to afford to go to any lengths to they do now. attend the best schools. Children of lesser means will be To be clear, this has nothing to do with the whole trapped into the underfunded remains of a once-great charter school debate. DeKalb County has 13 charter school system. This referendum places us back on the schools, and the DeKalb Board of Education believes path to separate and very unequal educational system. in them and supports their work. No, children won’t be divided on the pure basis of race, This would be yet another new state entity which but on the basis of economic class. would suddenly erect and operate new charter schools The referendum before voters is, in short, the bein areas that already have charter schools or public ginning of the end of universal free public education, schools, or both. Funding for the students that end up and the decline of the control of local residents to conat the new state schools would follow the students. It trol their own school systems. It would be turning back is estimated that this would amount to $430 million in the clock to pre-1954 segregation, and we must fight to state funding alone. Who would end up shouldering keep this from happening. this $430 million tax shift into the duplicate school sysIt is often said that “those who do not study history tem? Local taxpayers, of course. are bound to repeat it.” I find it ironic and heartbreaking It’s easy to point out the enormous and obvious cost that this phrase now applies to people who call themof this new behemoth, but the sinister is always more selves educators. subtle, and much more dangerous. Separate school systems used to be the norm in Dr. Walker, a former educator and state legislator, America. Prior to 1954, in many parts of the country serves as chairman of the DeKalb County Board of children who were White went to one school, and chil- Education.

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Chicago and the psychology of teacher bashing
In a deeply unequal society, the affluent will always sneer at public services and the men and women who provide them.
by Sam Pizzigati Columnist

Last year, state lawmakers in Illinois did their best to make a Chicago teacher strike impossible. They passed a new law that required at least 75 percent of the city’s teachers to OK any walkout in advance. How did Chicago teachers respond? In advance balloting, 92 percent of the city’s teachers voted, and 98 percent of those voted to strike if contract negotiations broke down. This near-total teacher support for the walkout, which began Sept. 10, shows just how intensely frustrated Chicago teachers have become. They’ve been teaching for years in schools woefully ill-equipped to serve the city’s students. The vast majority of these students, 87 percent, are “low income.” Many have no books in their homes and no quiet place to study. Some — more than 15,000 — have no homes at all. Yet Chicago’s political officials haven’t done nearly enough to help teachers help these students learn. More than 160 Chicago schools have no library. To help homeless and other children in unstable family situations, the 350,000-student Chicago schools have only 370 social workers. Teachers have consistently called for more resources. But Chicago school officials have bought into a reform agenda that dismisses concerns about inadequate student support. Schools don’t need better resources. They need, proclaim Chicago’s selfstyled reformers, better teachers. This “reform” agenda pushes endless standardized testing to identify “low-performing” schools. For more than a decade now, Chicago officials have been closing down schools they deem as “failing” and replacing them with privately run charter schools. The Chicago school chief who initially led this charter surge now serves as the U.S. secretary of education, and Arne Duncan’s test-heavy approach has become the conventional education reform wisdom within both Republican and Democratic elite policy circles — despite a clear absence of evidence that it actually works for kids. “If we really wanted to improve schools,” analyst Melinda Henne-

berger quipped in The Washington Post, “we’d do what education powerhouse Finland does — fund schools equally, value teachers more, and administer standardized testing almost never.” America’s affluent don’t want to hear that. In cocktail party circles, as The New Yorker recently noted, “a certain casual demonization of teachers has become sufficiently culturally prevalent that it passes for uncontroversial.” The well-heeled talk about breaking teacher unions “with the same kind of social enthusiasm” they usually reserve for recommending “a new Zumba class.” This teacher bashing has been spreading for several decades now, ever since American inequality started to take off back in the 1980s. No surprise here. These two trends — a rich growing richer and a rich growing more hostile to public services and the people who provide them — have always gone hand in hand. Wealthy people, after all, don’t typically rely on public services. They belong to private country clubs, send their kids to private schools, and royally resent having to pay taxes to support public services they don’t use. These well-to-do need rationalizations for this resentment. Bashing teachers gives them one. We don’t need to “throw money” at troubled schools, the affluent contend. We just have to find and fire all those lousy teachers. Interestingly, back in the much more equal United States of the 1950s, we did “throw money” at schools — and plenty of it. In 1958, after the shock of the Soviet Sputnik launch, lawmakers didn’t bash teachers. They appropriated billions, through the National Defense Education Act, to strengthen science education. A half-dozen years later, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act vastly expanded funding for lowincome students. “Blaming teachers for the failure of schools,” as The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead puts it, may be as absurd as “blaming doctors for the diseases they are seeking to treat.” But bashing educators makes sense to the rich. And in a plutocracy, the rich drive the debate — until the rest of us rise up and change the conversation. In Chicago, teachers have now done just that. OtherWords columnist Sam Pizzigati edits Too Much, the Institute for Policy Studies’ weekly newsletter on excess and inequality.

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DCSD bus drivers demand health and retirement benefits
They should be thankful they have a job and leave it at that. –Hook posted this on 9/14/12 at 10:37 p.m. They should go on strike. Then, they won’t be taken for granted. –Curtis posted this on 9/14/12 at 8:23 a.m.

Stone Mountain Walmart expected to open August 2013
When will the DeKalb County Commissioners stop voting for projects that their residents don’t want?. How many Walmarts in DeKalb County is enough? They surely don’t help the image of the County. Walmart has approximately 3,900 stores in the United States. Walmarts prices are no lower than anyone elses when compared to a typical families weekly purchases. What happened to BUY AMERICAN? 92% OF EVERYTHING WALMART SELLS COMES FROM CHINA. – Southside Senior posted this on 9/14/12 at 1:08 p.m.

CSD considers barring unhealthy foods from menu
Chocolate milk = desert. What is this: the Reagan administration saying that ketchup = a vegetable. Why did you pick Mayfield? The Mayfield chocolate milk that I see in the stores contains high fructose corn syrup. I wouldn’t feed that to anything. If chocolate milk is a way for kids to get the nutrients that they need, so be it. The omission of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, and fried foods will go much furhter than eliminating chocolate milk. How about chocolate almond milk instead? –Michasel posted this on 9/16/12 at 5:04 a.m.

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FAMU claims drum major ultimately responsible for his own death
by Daniel Beauregard Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) claims it isn’t responsible for the death of drum major Robert Champion, who died in November 2011 as a result of a hazing incident. FAMU filed court documents Sept. 10, that Champion state that Champion, a graduate of Southwest DeKalb High School, was a 26-year-old “grown” adult who willingly participated in the hazing incident that ended his life. The documents also state that Champion knew the dangers of hazing and that it was against Florida law because he signed a written “Hazing and Harassment Agreement” with the university. “As a 26-year-old adult and leader in FAMU’s band, Mr. Champion should have refused to participate in the planned hazing event and reported it to law enforcement or university administrators,” the documents state. The university also asks for the court to dismiss the complaint against FAMU and said, “Florida’s taxpayers should not be held financially liable to Mr. Champion’s estate for the ultimate result of his own imprudent, avoidable and tragic decision and death.” “To get a paper that says, ‘Well, he’s responsible for his own death,’ as a mother, I have to wonder what kind of people are we entrusting our students to,” Champion’s mother, Pamela Champion, said at a news conference Sept. 13. “All he wanted to do was to go to FAMU and be in that band and perform. By blaming our son Robert for his own death, they have made it nearly impossible to eradicate the culture of hazing at the university.” Attorney Christopher Chestnut, who filed the suit against FAMU on behalf of Champion’s parents, said the aim of the lawsuit wasn’t “jackpot justice” but to restore accountability at FAMU. “I am deeply saddened by these 30 pages of denial,” Chestnut said. “Robert Champion can’t be a drum major this season—that was taken from him—but he can be a drum major for justice now.” Champion’s death was ruled a homicide by Orange County officials on Dec. 16, 2011. In the medical report, officials concluded “the death of Robert Champion, a 26-year-old male, is the result of hemorrhagic shock due to a soft tissue hemorrhage, incurred by blunt force trauma sustained during a hazing incident.” The Champion newspaper was provided with a sworn statement from Lanauze Keon Hollis, one of Champion’s friends who participated in the hazing ritual held on a bus chartered from Fabulous Coach Lines. The bus company is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which was initially filed in February. Hollis said the hazing incident occurred after the Florida Classic game, a yearly game between FAMU and Bethune-Cookman University held in Orlando. Both Hollis and Champion participated in a hazing ritual known among band members as “Crossing Bus C.” “Robert asked me if I were going to cross the bus, and I told him ‘yes.’ Then he stated to me that he was going to cross as well. I asked him if he were sure he wanted to do it and he stated ‘Yea, I just want to get it over with,’” Hollis stated. Hollis said when they arrived at the bus it was running and parked in a dark area in the back of the hotel parking lot. In his statement Hollis describes the hazing ritual. Both he and Champion were “prepped,” which is when “someone repeatedly slaps you across your body with both hands using full force.” Then the initiates were forced to walk down the darkened aisle of the bus while band members “punched and kicked” them multiple times, in some cases even hitting them with “drum mallets and sticks.” After Champion and Hollis finished the exercise, they rested for a moment. Hollis said he then began walking back to the hotel but stopped when he noticed Champion wasn’t behind him. Hollis’ friend went back onto the bus to check on Champion. As Hollis waited outside he began to vomit and went back to his room to rest. While in his room Hollis was told by a fellow band member Champion wasn’t breathing and had been taken to the hospital by an ambulance. “Then we just stayed in the room until we got the call about the hospital giving Robert his time of death,” Hollis’ statement concluded. Several days after Champion’s death, FAMU Band Director Julian White was fired. In a press release, FAMU President James Ammons said White was dismissed for “alleged misconduct and incompetence involving confirmed reports and allegations of hazing.” Ammons has since retired. The Florida State Attorney’s Office has arrested and charged 13 individuals in connection with Champion’s death. Of the 13 individuals charged, 11 are charged with felony hazing resulting in death and the rest are charged with a hazing misdemeanor. Among those arrested was Aaron Golson, which marks his second time being arrested for a hazing incident involving a member of FAMU’s marching band. Several weeks following Champion’s death another band member and Southwest DeKalb graduate, Bria Shante Hunter, came forward alleging band members beat her so badly she suffered a cracked thighbone and had to be taken to the hospital. This incident allegedly occurred several weeks before the death of Champion. According to reports, Golson and two others were arrested and charged with assaulting Hunter. Both Hunter and Champion were members of a group within the band called the “Red Dawg Order,” made up of strictly members from Atlanta.

Kimberly Cameron
income families, the two entities would have never thought to establish a win-win partnership,” Toddle commented. Cameron also recently completed a six-year term as president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Decatur/ DeKalb chapter. The organization provides mentoring to DeKalb County high school girls and health initiatives for women, a program the coalition says is especially important in light of high rates of HIV infection in America’s large cities. In another successful partnering of organizations she’s involved in, Cameron initiated a Coalition of 100 Black Women effort to build a playhouse as part of a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser. The “Butterfly House” won HFHD’s “Most Kid Friendly” award. Although she stays busy earning a living at an agency that provides affordable housing and is the mother of a 4-yearold girl, Cameron also serves on the board of the League of Women Voters DeKalb and helps to host voter registration drives. “I’m sure my daughter will grow up to be involved in the community, too, because I take her with me when I go to volunteer,” she said. “When I see a good cause, I want to give my time, my talent and my 10th,” Cameron said, referencing a Biblical command to give a 10th of one’s goods to God’s work.

Champion of the Week

Kimberly Cameron has been a community volunteer since she was 14 years old. “It’s just part of who I am,” explained Cameron, who recalls volunteering during her years as a Girl Scout. “I believe in the old saying, ‘From those to whom much has been given, much is expected.’” Cameron has been on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity DeKalb (HFHD) since 2007 and in 2009 became the board president. Under her leadership, “a record 15 families were handed the keys to their new homes in DeKalb County, allowing them to start building wealth in their families and delivering them from substandard housing. This would not have been possible without…Kim’s leadership,” said Kia Toddle, who nominated Cameron. She also orchestrated a partnership between HFHD and Partnership for Community Action that enabled the agencies to provide energy retrofits of older homes in low-income neighborhoods. “Although both non-profits are located in DeKalb and serve low-

If you would like to nominate someone to be considered as a future Champion of the Week, please contact Kathy Mitchell at or at (404) 373-7779, ext. 104.

The Champion Free Press, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012

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Georgia Perimeter College’s Decatur campus, off Panthersville Road, is home to a botanical garden and fern garden, which consists of more than 300 ferns from around the world. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

GPC home to extensive fern gardens
by Daniel Beauregard Nestled behind Georgia Perimeter College’s (GPC) Decatur campus sits a shady pine forest, the ground almost entirely covered with ferns from around the world. At first glance it looks almost prehistoric. George Sanko, CEO of the GPC Native Plant Botanical Garden and the Ferns of the World Garden, has been working for GPC since the 1960s. He started as a biology teacher but in 1991 he gave up teaching full-time and moved from the college’s campus in Clarkston to develop the botanical garden, which is located right behind GPC’s Decatur campus and adjacent to the fern garden. The botanical garden consists of plants and flowers that are native to Georgia, including varieties of carnivorous pitcher plants, larkspur, yucca, hydrangeas, azaleas and hundreds of other shrubs, vines, ferns and perennials. It was completed in 1994. Sanko said he had been working in the botanical garden for around 10 years before he wandered into the pine forest behind it one day in 2001. In the pine forest, Sanko found two giant boulders that were covered in ferns and different types of moss. “I was shocked these rocks were there,” Sanko said. After that he began developing the Ferns of the World Garden, which contains more than 300 varieties of ferns from places such as China, Japan, South America and South Africa. “We have a collection from just about every country and a few European countries, but the nicest ferns in the world are from Asia,” Sanko said. Throughout the year, Sanko said, students studying biology and botany use both gardens for projects. Most of the rare ferns are located far back in the pine forest to protect them from flooding. “To maintain the garden we have to constantly buy new plants—we lose some plants or add to the collection—the fern collection I would say is the best in the United States,” Sanko said. Five days a week an employee comes to hand water each and every plant, both in the botanical garden and the fern garden. Sanko say this is backbreaking work that takes approximately four to five hours each day. Many of the plants throughout both gardens can be purchased from the nursery adjacent to the botanical garden. Sanko and volunteers host a plant sale twice a year, during spring and fall, to fund the upkeep of the gardens. Currently, those who wish to purchase plants can do so every Friday through October. Additionally, visitors can attend a free plant walk hosted by a volunteer as well as a free class about plants, with a different theme each week. For more information please visit or call (678) 891-2668.

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Tiny wearable video cameras help police fight crime
by Andrew Cauthen The DeKalb County Police Department has a new crime-fighting tool. It’s a 2-inch tall, 2 gigabyte, MUVI ultra-compact digital camcorder that officers can clip onto the shirt pocket of uniforms. With a click of a button, officers can now record video or sound or both wherever they are. “It gives us a chance to look at exactly what’s going on at a traffic stop or pened on a traffic stop, if the officer was right in what he did and we can make that determination a lot faster by looking at the video,” Mears said. The videos also provide the department with opportunities for training, Mears said. “When we see a traffic stop, if we see something that’s wrong we’re able to correct it,” Mears said. “It’s not so much telling you how to do something, you get to see how to do it. Or if somebody does an outstanding job, we’re able to go back and show [it].” Currently, use of the cameras is encouraged but not mandated, Mears said. There are policies in place about how the cameras are to be used and what is to be done with the videos. “We’re in the infancy in using them,” said DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish. “We’re letting officers get comfortable with them.” Officers determine on a case-by-case basis whether video they have taken needs to be downloaded and preserved, said DeKalb Police Sgt. A. Weaver. Officers have the capability to download videos to computers in their squad cars. The videos are then transferred wirelessly to police department servers. Video that is downloaded for evidence must be burned to a disk and placed in the department’s evidence room. Mears said, “When people know they’re being recorded, they tend to…be a little more professional, a little more courteous.” The cameras protect the public, Mears said. “It protects the officers and it gives us an opportunity to get better as a police department because we’re able to go back and correct anything that we see that’s wrong or improve on something that was done well. It’s actually going to help us later on as we start using this in court as evidence. “It’s really going to move DeKalb to the forefront of policing,” he said. “This is a sign of DeKalb County being progressive—trying to get ahead of the game, not be reactive. We’re trying to take policing to the next level.”

‘It gives us a chance to look at exactly what’s going on at a traffic stop or domestic [violence call] or wherever they go.’
Capt. A.T. Mears

domestic [violence call] or wherever they go,” said Capt. A.T. Mears, about the cameras, which have been in use by the department since May. “What we like about it is it preserves evidence and statements,” Mears said. “If a woman says, ‘My husband hit me and that’s how I got this black eye,’ but six months later when she goes to court, when he’s brought her roses…and everything’s fine, she can’t recant her story and say, ‘I didn’t say that.’ We now have [her story]. We can download it and preserve it.” Video from the devices has not been used as evidence in court yet, but the department has used them for training and internal investigations. “One of the great things is if somebody comes in and makes a statement—‘The officer has done such and such’—we can go back and look at it,” Mears said. The tool allows the department to “decipher a lot more quickly what hap-

DeKalb County Police officers have been issued a new weapon in fight for justice: a two-inch tall, wearable video camera. Officials say recordings from the cameras, which clip onto shirt pockets, will eventually be used in court cases. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

The Champion Free Press, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012

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Brookhaven residents packed the Atrium at St. Martin’s Episcopal School Sept. 13 for the first meeting of the Brookhaven Commission. Top right, Brookhaven Commission Chairman Ben Vinson, second from right, leads the session. Commissioners pictured are, from left, Todd Lantier of District 2, Jed Beardsley, District 3, and J. D Clockadale, District 1. Bottom right, District 4 Commissioner Kim Gökçe greets residents after the Brookhaven meeting. Photos by Alice Murray

Governor’s commission moves forward with city of Brookhaven establishment
by Alice Murray The labor pains preceding the birth of Georgia’s newest city began with the appointment of a pro bono city attorney and will continue at 8 p.m. Sept. 20, at the second meeting of a five-member Brookhaven Commission appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal. The commission’s first official actions were to appoint William F. Riley Jr. of the Marietta firm Riley McLendon LLC as its pro bono legal representative and to authorize commission Chairman Ben Vinson to establish committees and appoint committee co-chairs. Vinson, an attorney at McKenna, Long & Aldridge, said Riley has assisted every governor’s commission establishing new city governments since Sandy Springs was founded in 2005. Riley is currently acting city attorney for Peachtree Corners, and he and three members of his firm staff the Johns Creek city attorney’s office. The commissioners, including a representative for each of the city’s four districts, agreed to meet every Thursday at 8 p.m. until the general election on Nov. 6, when a mayor and four city council members will be held on the ballot. A run-off election, if necessary, will be Dec. 4. The all-volunteer commission will be dissolved when the elected officials take office and the city officially opens for business Dec. 17. District 3 Commissioner Jed Beardsley said the appointees on the commission brought with them “no egos and no agendas. We are just volunteers who are willing to work as hard as we can to do the work given to us.” The commission has two roles as set by the statute establishing the new city. With the help of the Georgia Municipal Association and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, the group will conduct a seminar for all qualified candidates for mayor and city council on the duties, responsibilities, obligations and laws regarding service on a municipal governing authority. The commissioners are also required to produce a written report for the new city’s elected officials to cover three specific areas: backgrounds and qualifications of possible candidates for the positions of city manager, city attorney, city clerk, and city accountant; a proposed plan for privatizing the delivery of as many city services as practicable based upon the best practices of other municipalities; and possible locations and pricing for leased city office facilities. “We have no actual authority and no money,” Vinson said. “Our role as volunteers is to channel all the resources we can find to the mayor and council members when they take over.” He said he would announce committees and their co-chairs in the very near future. District 1 Commissioner J.D. Clockadale said that the committees “will be the best way and the most effective way to be involved” in the work of the commission. Beardsley added that there is “a lot of organizational work to be done, and we need volunteers.” The new city of Brookhaven covers 12 square miles in the northwest section of DeKalb County south of Dunwoody and north of Interstate 85. Population of the area is approximately 49,000. While plans call for the location of tof the Sept. 20 meeting to be the Atrium of St. Martin’s Episcopal School at 3110-A Ashford Dunwoody Road N.E., future sessions may be moved to a larger facility because of a standing-room-only crowd at the first meeting. All meetings of the commission will be open to the public. Updates regarding the meeting location will be posted online at http:// brookhavencommission. com/wordpress/?page_id=2, on Facebook at https://www., and on Twitter at BrookhavenComm, according to District 4 Commissioner Kim Gökçe, who is handling technology for the group.

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis reminds you of the Best Practices for Proper Disposal of


(Fats, Oils, and Grease)
F.O.G. enters plumbing through garbage disposals, sinks and toilets. It coats the inside of plumbing pipes and also empties into DeKalb County’s sewer system. Here are three simple guidelines to help keep F.O.G. out of our pipes and sewers:


POUR fats, oils or grease into a sealable container, allow it to cool and throw it in the trash. Do not pour down the drain or toilet.



plates and cookware before washing. Do not throw scraps of any kind down the drain. Instead, place them in waste containers or garbage bags.


excess grease from all plates, pots, pans, utensils, and surfaces with a paper towel before washing. Throw the greasy paper towels away.

Plumbing and sanitary sewer systems are simply not designed to handle the F.O.G. that accumulates in pipes. When it gets into the pipes and hardens, blockages occur and cause sewage to backup and overflow out of manholes or into homes. This is expensive for you, and for the County. The damages caused by fats, oils and grease in the sewer system are costly to repair. Over time, they increase the costs of our water and sewer services.

F.O.G. directly impacts your wallet!
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The Champion Free Press, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012

DeKalb County Board of Health receives first 2012 reports of human West Nile virus cases
The DeKalb County ucts containing permethrin • Make sure window and Board of Health has reaccording to label instrucdoor screens fit tightly. ceived its first reports this tions. • The Board of Health’s year of human cases of West • Wear long-sleeved shirts, Division of EnvironmenNile virus infection. They long pants and socks when tal Health routinely traps are an 84-year-old Doraville outdoors, particularly at mosquitoes throughout the man and a 63-year-old dawn and dusk and in areas county and tests them for woman who lives in central with lots of mosquitoes. the virus. In addition, the DeKalb. Both are recover• Eliminate standing water on Board of Health places ing at home. your property. Dump the larvicide in such sources Additionally, a routine water weekly from outdoor of standing water as storm screening found West Nile containers such as planters, drains. This keeps young virus in the blood of a toys, wheelbarrows, recymosquitoes from becoming 25-year-old man who also cling bins and tires. Keep flying, biting adults. The lives in central DeKalb gutters clear. agency also provides inforcontact the DeKalb County County. He has not had • Trim tall grass, weeds and mation door to door. Board of Health at (404) west-nile-virus/. symptoms. Instead, he was vines. For more information, 508-7871 or visit http://www. identified through a routine screening of blood he had donated. His donation did not get into the blood supDeKalb County Wants to Hear From You ply. Regarding the Proposed Franchise Agreement Renewal Only 20 percent of people who become infected with Comcast Cable Communications with West Nile virus have Send your comments and/or concerns regarding Comcast’s current performance under any symptoms at all. Mild symptoms of an infection the current franchise agreement and/or the future cable-related needs and interests of are fever, headache, body your community to aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph The Champion Weather Sept. 20, 2012 glands or a rash on the Weather History Seven Day Forecast In-Depth Local Forecast Today's Regional Map chest, stomach and back. Today we will see sunny skies with a high Sept. 20, 1967 - Hurricane These can last from a few THURSDAY temperature of 78º, humidity of 64%. Northeast Beulah moved into south Texas days to several weeks. Sunny wind 5 to 10 mph. The record high temperature for and its torrential rains turned the Dunwoody High: 78 Low: 62 Less than 1 percent of today is 97º set in 1954. Expect mostly clear skies rich agricultural areas of south Lilburn 76/61 tonight with an overnight low of 62º. The record Texas into a large lake. infected individuals develop Smyrna Doraville 77/62 FRIDAY low for tonight is 48º set in 1981. Hurricane Beulah also spawned 77/62 severe illness. Severe symp77/62 Mostly Sunny Snellville a record 115 tornadoes. Decatur toms of an infection are a *Last Week’s Almanac High: 81 Low: 62 78/62 Atlanta 78/62 high fever, neck stiffness, Hi Lo Normals Precip Date 78/62 Sept. 21, 1988 - Thunderstorms Tuesday 82 62 84/66 0.00" SATURDAY Lithonia disorientation, tremors, College Park produced high winds and locally Wednesday 81 61 83/66 0.00" Mostly Sunny 79/62 muscle weakness and numb79/62 heavy rain in the southwestern Thursday 80 61 83/65 0.00" High: 83 Low: 59 Morrow ness. These symptoms may United States. One thunderstorm Friday 83 67 83/65 0.00" 79/62 last several weeks and the Union City in west Texas produced wind Saturday 85 65 83/65 0.00" SUNDAY 79/62 effects can be permanent. gusts to 86 mph at Dell City, Sunday 86 65 82/65 0.13" Sunny destroying an airport hangar. Monday 81 68 82/64 0.41" High: 77 Low: 55 “It is very unfortunate Hampton Rainfall . . . . . . .0.54" Average temp . .73.4 One aircraft in the hangar was that any of our DeKalb resi80/63 Normal rainfall . .0.98" Average normal 74.0 flipped over and snapped in two. MONDAY dents have developed a West Departure . . . . .-0.44" Departure . . . . .-0.6 Sunny Nile virus infection. I hope *Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport High: 77 Low: 54 this reminds everyone to Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week Tonight's Planets TUESDAY continue using precautions Day Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset Rise Set Mostly Sunny First Last Thursday 7:24 a.m. 7:36 p.m. 12:25 p.m. 10:55 p.m. to avoid mosquito bites, Mercury 8:04 a.m. 8:00 p.m. High: 76 Low: 54 9/22 10/8 Friday 7:25 a.m. 7:35 p.m. 1:28 p.m. 11:52 p.m. since mosquitoes can carry Venus 4:02 a.m. 5:35 p.m. Saturday 7:25 a.m. 7:33 p.m. 2:26 p.m. Next Day Mars 11:28 a.m. 9:53 p.m. the virus,” said S. Elizabeth WEDNESDAY Sunday 7:26 a.m. 7:32 p.m. 3:17 p.m. 12:54 a.m. Jupiter 11:30 p.m. 1:42 p.m. Ford, M.D., M.B.A., disSunny Monday 7:27 a.m. 7:31 p.m. 4:03 p.m. 1:57 a.m. New Full Saturn 9:47 a.m. 9:03 p.m. High: 79 Low: 58 trict health director of the Tuesday 7:27 a.m. 7:29 p.m. 4:43 p.m. 3:00 a.m. 10/15 9/29 Uranus 7:54 p.m. 8:13 a.m. Wednesday 7:28 a.m. 7:28 p.m. 5:20 p.m. 4:02 a.m. DeKalb County Board of Health. Local UV Index National Weather Summary This Week Weather Trivia The Board of Health The Northeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with isolated showers In weather terms, “La recommends the following today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 82º in Stockton, Md. Nina” refers to? 0 - 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+ The Southeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with a few thunderfor area residents to protect storms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 93º in Ft. Myers, Fla. The Answer: A cooling of coastal themselves and the comUV Index Northwest will see mostly clear skies today through Friday, with the highest temperature of 91º waters off of Pacific Peru and 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, munity: Ecuador. in Ellensburg, Wash. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today through Friday, with the 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High • Reduce outdoor exposure 11+: Extreme Exposure highest temperature of 106º in Bullhead City, Ariz. at dawn and dusk, when StarWatch By Gary Becker - Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall the mosquitoes that transAs much as I hate to admit it, autumn is not just around the corner, but it officially arrives on Saturday, September 22, at 10:47 a.m. Already I have seen that first big push mit West Nile virus are of cooler, drier air heralding the fall season invade the mid-Atlantic. Saturated turquoise skies by day have given way to crisp, chilly evenings after sundown. Astronomically, most active. we are in the biggest downward shift of the year with the sun headed southward at an accelerated pace causing the days to shorten and the nights to lengthen at their fastest rate. Depending upon where you live in the continental US, the amount of daytime lost since the high solstice sun of June 20 has been between two and three hours. Currently • Use an insect repellent at the autumnal equinox, when the days and night are of equal length, we are in the middle of that downward spiral with another two to three hours of sun to lose before the long nights containing DEET, picarisurrounding the time of the winter solstice on December 21. My Moravian College students are watching this transition right now, by climbing to the third floor rooftop observatory of the din, oil of lemon eucalypCollier Hall of Science and watching the sun set against the jagged horizon of trees visible from that vantage point. What they are noticing is a sun that is setting ever farther to the south in a relentless march towards the other extreme of winter solstice when the sun touches the zenith along the Tropic of Capricorn. In June the sun strode over the Tropic of Cancer, 23.5 tus or IR3535. Apply degrees north of the equator. Now it is on the equator, and six months from now, Sol will be over the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.5 degrees south latitude. That is a 47 degree change in the according to label instrucposition of the sun over the course of a year, a condition attributable to the 23.5 degree axial tilt of our planet’s axis to the perpendicular of its orbital plane. So say goodbye to summer and tions. hello to fall, and just for the record, I’m not looking forward to the winter’s snows. • Spray clothing with prod-

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Healthy Aging Month tips offered to seniors
September is Healthy Aging Month, an opportunity to acknowledge the positives of aging and for senior adults to improve their physical and mental health. As individuals age, it’s essential that they take charge of their own health, stay active and maintain their independence. TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight-loss support organization, offers tips for adults to keep their bodies and minds healthy. Physical activity According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one-third of adults older than 65 experience at least one fall each year. Muscle strength, reaction time and stability can decline dramatically after the age of 50. With these age-related factors, it’s essential that senior adults remain active to maintain their mobility, prevent falls and make everyday tasks easier. Senior adults should focus on these four areas of exercise: • Endurance – The National Institute on Aging (NIA) suggests that senior adults participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity that increases their heart rate, such as walking, jogging, biking, swimming or raking, every day. Those who don’t have a 30-minute time frame to spare or are just starting to exercise, can can break their workouts into 10-minute increments. • Strength – It’s also essential that older adults continue working their muscles, so they can easily get up from a chair, climb stairs, carry groceries and perform other daily tasks. According to the NIA, senior adults should exercise their major muscle groups at least two days per week for 30 minutes. Weights, resistance bands and other common objects, such as soup cans, can be used to train muscles. Those who are new to weightlifting, should start light and gradually increase the amount of weight. • Balance – Improving balance can reduce the risk of falling. Those who are starting out may need to use a chair or wall as support. Balance exercises, such as standing on one foot, walking heel-to-toe and practicing standing up and sitting down without using your hands, can be done anytime and anywhere. • Flexibility – Stretching is important to being able to move freely and maintain a range of motion. Having and maintaining flexibility makes tying shoes, reaching items on a shelf and other actions easier. The NIA recommends that older adults stretch three to five

times each workout session, slowly stretching to a position and holding it for 10 to 30 seconds. Healthy eating Healthy eating is essential to maintain proper nutrition as you age. MyPlate, a plan introduced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is a reminder to fill half of the plate with fruits and vegetables and the remainder with lean protein and grains. Here are some tips for balanced meals from • Vegetables – Vegetables should have a large presence on your plate because they provide vitamins and minerals. There are many options to make sure you consume enough servings each day – fresh or frozen vegetables, vegetable soup, and canned vegetables labeled “low sodium” or “no salt added.” • Fruits – Fruits offer essential nutrients, including potassium, fiber, vitamin C and folic acid. To incorporate more fruits into your diet, keep a bowl of fruit on the counter, purchase dried or frozen fruits, top your cereal with bananas, peaches or strawberries or toss some with a salad. • Whole grains – Choose whole

grains such as barley, popcorn, quinoa, pilaf, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta and bulgur. When purchasing products, select options that include whole grain first on the ingredient list. • Fat-free or low-fat dairy – Pair meals with skim or 1 percent milk. These options offer calcium, vitamin D, potassium and more. Individuals can include more low-fat dairy in their diets by substituting ingredients – plain yogurt instead of sour cream, fat-free milk instead of cream and ricotta cheese instead of cream cheese. • Protein – Choose proteins, such as lean beef and pork, chicken, turkey, nuts, eggs, beans, peas and soy products. Prepare a seafood meal twice a week. • Water – It’s essential for older adults to be conscious of how much water they’re consuming. The NIA explains that as people age, they begin to experience a loss of the thirst sensation. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to have a drink. Incorporate water into your daily diet. Consume foods that increase water intake – soup, oranges, watermelon, tomatoes and leafy, green vegetables. Take a bottle of water with you when you leave home. Drink before and during workouts.

Mind matters There are many activities that older adults can do to keep their minds sharp. Here are some ideas: • Stay mentally active. Play games that challenge your mind – Sudoku, crossword puzzles, chess, cards and memory games. Continue your education by taking classes, learning a new hobby, attending lectures and more. Stray from the norm by reading a new section in the newspaper or taking an alternative route to a familiar location. • Keep a journal. An effective way to boost your memory is to write down the things you want to remember. • Get enough sleep. The NIA suggests that older adults get seven to nine hours of sleep each night to increase alertness and boost brain function. • Be social. According to the Mayo Clinic, social interaction can help fend off depression and stress, which can contribute to memory loss. Look for opportunities to spend time with others – go for lunch, volunteer, join a social group and participate in other shared activities.

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most rewarding thing was the people I got to meet and know that I otherwise may have never met. Doraville’s historic tapestry is made up of a wonderful collection of personalities and warmhearted folks. “Since I didn’t know that much about Doraville’s history, every gem I uncovered was a pleasant surprise. During the course of my research, I discovered John Portman had designed a couple of schools here early in his career. And of course, Doraville was the birthplace and home base at one time for the Southern rock band Atlanta Rhythm Section. I definitely

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place their personal, treasured photos into my possession because they really didn’t know me,” he said. “I tried to get the photos scanned and back to each person within two to three days. This made others feel more comfortable. “Once people started participating, I had an enlarging network of people willing to share their photos. People came forward with possible contact names and phone numbers or told their friends to contact me,” he recalled. He said the other challenge was researching the information to go with the photos. “I often had to rely on memories of people in their 70s and

80s and had to do a lot of cross-checking for accuracy,” he said. Kelley signed the contract in July 2011 and had a nine-month window until the April 1 deadline. “I finished the book about a week ahead of schedule,” he said. The rewards of such a project go beyond pride in completing a book and getting it published, according to Kelley. “I got to know a lot more about Doraville and its past. The city was a virtual Mayberry-esque place where people knew each other, helped each other and worked toward a clear vision for their little town. The other

learned as I went along,” he continued. Kelley admitted that not every moment working on the book was a pleasant one. “When I was a month away from final deadline, it was discovered that all of my photos had been scanned incorrectly—more than 200 of them! Since they had all been returned to their owners, I had to go back to everyone, retrieve the photos and rescan them. Talk about panic! Fortunately, most of the contributors were able to get the photos to me quickly and I was able to have them all rescanned within two weeks—near disaster averted!”

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Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia (USG). “You need to look at this,” wrote Wrigley, USG’s executive vice chancellor for administration. “Shows last three years GPC ran deficits if I understand it.” Two days later, Wrigley emailed the Board of Regents about the “significant financial shortfall.” At first thought to be approximately $8 million, “It appears the shortfall could be around $16 million,” Wrigley wrote. On May 7, Huckaby announced via email to GPC employees that a $16 million budget shortfall had been discovered at the college and that “in light of the need for a fresh approach, President Anthony Tricoli has stepped down.” “I want to thank President Tricoli for his dedication to GPC’s students and his leadership,” Huckaby wrote, adding that Tricoli would be moved to the USG office to “assist with initiatives distance education, adult degree completion, and leaning support programs.” Less than an hour after that announcement, Tricoli emailed the chancellor stating, “I never agreed to ‘step down.’” “I did agree to accept your offer to move to the system office to assist you on several important initiatives,” he wrote. “I ask that you please retract the two words ‘step down’ as it is extremely detrimental to my career, and it does not reflect what we agreed [to], nor the facts.” Three days later, Tricoli was informed in a letter from Huckaby that his contract for fiscal year 2013 was not renewed by the Board of Regents. “Your employment with the University System of Georgia will, therefore, end on June 30, 2012,” Huckaby wrote. “Thank you for your service to the University System of Georgia.” Many proud moments Tricoli said there were several moments in his GPC tenure that were among his proudest. “Early on, my proudest moment was working with the faculty, staff and administration on what could have been devastating”—the closure of the Lawrenceville campus, he said. Tricoli said he helped to saved 350 jobs in 2007 when the Board of Regents closed GPC’s Lawrenceville campus. The jobs were saved when the college “not only maintained enrollment when the 7,000-plus student campus closed, but [my] actions increased the [college’s overall] enrollment,” Tricoli said. “So, while enrollment was expected to drop to 13,900; instead, it rose to 20,000 plus,” he said. “We were able to work together and come up with creative…solutions which resulted in an enrollment increase instead of decrease. “There was no loss in revenue [and] not a single person lost their job,” Tricoli said. “[We did] what some people thought would be absolutely impossible.” Tricoli said another highlight during his GPC years occurred when he “presided over the greatest increase in tenure-track faculty members in the college’s history.” The college hired approximately 125 new fulltime faculty in five years. “Strengthening faculty ranks…is something that most presidents would love to do,” Tricoli said. The increase was possible because “we were fortunate to be able to keep our enrollment up.” After forming a task force in 2008 to review the future of distance learning at the college, Tricoli said he “worked with the faculty to strengthen academic standards by online faculty and create new goals for the distance learning program.” “Ultimately the college experienced its greatest growth—an explosion of growth—from online courses, which grew from 1,600 students enrolled online in 2006 to more than 10,000 students enrolled online in 2011,” Tricoli said. “The focus on distance learning was really one that opened the doors to students,” Tricoli said. Tricoli said he also created transferred admissions guarantees (TAG) with 50 four-year colleges and universities in Georgia and around the country “to allow for seamless transfer pathways for GPC’s graduates.” “That was one of the most defining moments” for the college, Tricoli said. “It directly served our students.” His background Tricoli was named president of GPC by the Board of Regents upon the recommendation of then-USG Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. He took the helm of the college after former GPC president Jacquelyn Belcher retired in July 2005. At the announcement of Tricoli’s hiring, then-USG Chief of Staff Rob Watts, who served as the institution’s interim president until Tricoli was hired, said, “Dr. Tricoli’s experience, leadership skills and track record in getting results make him a perfect match for Georgia Perimeter College. He is very attuned to diversity, developing partnerships and connecting with the community.” Watts again is interim president of GPC. Before arriving at GPC, Tricoli was the president of West Hills College from 2002-2006. The college was the flagship institution of the West Hills Community College District, which served the rural, Hispanic community of Coalinga, Calif. While Tricoli was there, West Hills College was honored by the MetLife Foundation as the most outstanding community college in the nation at serving disadvantaged students. Tricoli was also in charge in 2005 when Campus Compact recognized West Hills with five “Best Practice Awards” in the categories of institutional culture, administrative and academic leadership, student voice, communitycampus exchange and external resource allocations. From 1997-2002, Tricoli worked in the Ventura Community College District as an associate vice chancellor and then executive vice president for student learning. He was a dean at San Joaquin Delta College from 1990-1997 and an assistant to the vice president for instruction and student services at Monterey Peninsula College where he worked from 1988-1990. Tricoli earned his doctorate in college leadership and administration from Pepperdine University in 1984, a master of arts degree in education/counseling from the University of Redlands in 1979 and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whittier College in 1978. What others said In a June 2007 letter obtained by The Champion, then-chancellor Davis thanked Tricoli for his “hard work and leadership during this past year.” “Your efforts are especially critical during these challenging times as we continue our momentum toward excellence,” Davis wrote. “I appreciate all your fine efforts.” In April 2009, in a letter informing Tricoli of his reappointment as president of GPC for the next year, Davis scribbled, “We all remain impressed with what you have done at GPC. Keep it up!” A month later, the National Academic Advising Association, published an article by Tricoli titled “Reflections from a College President: When Access is Not Enough, or The Significance of Academic Advising.” The organization wrote to Davis stating, “Dr. Tricoli’s contribution indicates his commitment to providing quality of advising for the students at Georgia Perimeter as well as demonstrates his dedication to the academic success of all students in the University System of Georgia. We are very proud of Dr. Tricoli and know that you are as well.” On May 10, 2011, Davis told Tricoli: “Your impact on GPC has been profound. Good luck on your expanded mission.” Exactly one year later, Chancellor Huckaby informed Tricoli that his contract was not renewed. A strong, marketable skillset So what’s next for Tricoli? Tricoli said he has “developed a skill set focused on strategy, problem resolution, team building, customer service and translating vision into action.” Because these skills are transferable between education, business and health care, Tricoli said he envisions himself in a leadership role in one of these arenas. In the meantime, Tricoli has developed his own consulting firm “focused on education, leadership training and organizational development locally and abroad.”

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The International Community School recently moved into the old Medlock Elementary facility. Principal Laurent Ditmann said the location boasts 10 acres and has a playground, garden and cafeteria, and is a big step up for the school, which used to be housed in modular units. Photos provided

New ICS facility the difference between ‘night and day’
by Daniel Beauregard The International Community School (ICS) recently moved into a new facility in Decatur and Principal Laurent Ditmann said the students have made it their own “in no time flat.” “As usual, follow the lead of the kids and they’ll show you what to do,” Ditmann said. In Dec. 2011, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) renewed ICS’s charter status and allowed the school to move into the old Medlock Elementary building, which was closed in 2011 under then interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson’s redistricting plan. The agreement with DCSD allows ICS to use the facility rent-free but the school is responsible for maintenance. “We signed the lease for this place in December of last year but we didn’t have access to the building, plus the funds to renovate it, until much later,” Ditmann said. Ditmann said a grant from The Woodruff Foundation for $500,000 enabled ICS to complete the renovations so the school could open Aug. 13. “The game changer was the grant from The Woodruff Foundation—for us that made the difference,” Ditmann said. “I don’t even want to think about what would have happened if we didn’t get the grant.” Currently, ICS has 370 students and serves grades K-5. The school opened in 2002 in modular units behind Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church in Avondale Estates. As ICS expanded, it opened another location in Stone Mountain, which housed fifth and sixth graders. Since then the school has reduced to a K-5 and now all students are housed in ICS’s new facility. “It has an absolutely unique mission,” Ditmann said of ICS. “It’s sometimes hard to quantify but there is no doubt that the mission, in and of itself, is totally unique.” Ditmann, who has been the principal since 2008, said the idea for the school was born out of the need to address the presence of large numbers of refugees within the school system. “The Clarkston area was chosen as a refugee resettlement site about 20 years ago. So, the school system had to deal with this massive influx of refugee kids with no real framework to do that,” Ditmann said. The founders of the school wanted to create a learning environment consisting of both refugee and American children in the community. Now, Ditmann said the school’s enrollment consists of around 47 percent refugees. To get the new facility up to code, Ditmann said families and community members helped paint and renovated the garden behind the school. Ditmann equated being in the new building to the difference between “night and day.” Each classroom at ICS’s new location is approximately 750 square feet, whereas at the church the classrooms where only 40 square feet. “We have a gym and we have 10 acres. There’s a baseball/soccer field, a science room, a large media center and a cafetorium,” Ditmann said. Since the location has 10 acres of space, Ditmann said within the next three or four years there is the possibility of ICS expanding and developing a charter middle school. “With 10 acres it’s something that’s probably negotiable with the school system,” Ditmann said. “It’s a really great thing. The whole makeshift thing—it was time to get over that because it was killing us—but now we’re open for new possibilities.” The first experience ICS students had with the facility was in April, when the school held its annual field day. Although the students weren’t able to go inside to see the building, Ditmann said he was amazed at how well the children adapted to the place and the idea of moving into a new building. “One thing that has been very critical to our moving in is the support of the community—they want us here,” Ditmann said. “They wanted the neighborhood to be alive and for there to be a school here.”

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Bridal path winds through Candler Park
by Kathy Mitchell cation didn’t hurt us at all,” Hobbs said. “In fact, this is the busiest year we’ve ever had.” While many commercial Hobbs said she can’t say the strips within established neigh- business has not been affected borhoods feature pubs, eateries by a slump in the economy and specialty shops, there’s one since she did experience a on Candler Park’s McClendon slight dip in business in 2009. Avenue with something unex“But I had a baby that year and pected—a bridal boutique. was a little less involved in the “When I first opened here, business—that might in part some of my friends thought I explain it. We’ve continued was crazy,” said Kelly Hobbs, to stay busy and I haven’t had owner of Kelly’s Closet. “But to lower prices, but I have noI love this area. I’ve lived here ticed that people are a bit more for 18 years and I can walk to methodical in their shopping. work.” Before they might pick a dress On her website, Hobbs dein two visits; now it might take scribes the decision to open the four visits before they make shop this way: “I live for the a final decision. ” Still, she AH-HA moments, when things said, weddings are very special just line up. I bought this store for people—they want to celin one of those moments. I ebrate. woke up one morning, and Those who shop at Kelly’s over a bowl of cereal told my Closet find dresses that aren’t husband I was going to open a available anywhere else in the store right here, on this block. Atlanta area; some are unavail(Never worked in a store or able elsewhere in the region. wanted to own one before, but “I have customers come from this day was different)….So, North Carolina or Alabama that is it. An AH-HA moment. because they see something You don’t question them; you online and want to try it on. No just do as they say.” one else in the area has it,” she Now in her 11th year as said. a shop owner, Hobbs comThe shop features non-tradimented, “It’s worked out really tion styles that Hobbs said are well. There’s a lot of foot trafpopular with many of today’s fic—people going to eat at The brides. “My customers tend to Flying Biscuit or just strolling be artistic people or women through the neighborhood— who have a strong sense of and they notice us.” The busithemselves. They don’t want to ness, Hobbs said, started with wear a dress that a lot of other “just me,” but now has a staff brides will be wearing.” While of six and offers alterations some are planning the tradiand other services in addition tional church or synagogue to selling dresses for brides, wedding, many of Hobbs cusbridesmaids, mothers of the tomers opt for outdoor or desbride and others in the wedding tination weddings. “We have party. gowns that fit that type of wedIf fact, it’s been such a suc- ding perfectly,” she said. cess that Hobbs moved out for Hobbs, who worked for an three months this summer so independent record label beshe could renovate, convertfore opening the shop, said aning two side-by-side storeother reason for the success of fronts into a shop with a large Kelly’s Closet is “people have showroom. On Sept. 15, she a good experience here.” She held what she called a “grand said she develops relationships re-opening,” even though the with brides, family members shop didn’t close during the and members of the wedding renovation. Instead it moved parties. into the conference room of a “I’ve always been interested neighboring business. “That’s in fashion,” Hobbs said, “but another thing I love about this in the wedding attire business, area, people are so supportive you develop relationships. of each other,” she said. Often my customers become The next day, the shop was friends.” Kelly’s Closet has a again teeming with brides to list of rules on its website. Rule be, their mothers and bridesNo. 1 is “We have fun!” maids. “The temporary relo-

Kelly Hobbs provides customers traditional and non-tradition choices in wedding attire and accessories. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

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Emory’s Rare Books Library gets new director Rosemary M. Magee, vice president and secretary of Emory University, has been named director of the university’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), which acquires, preserves and makes available rare and unique materials of permanent research value. “Rosemary Magee brings a deep knowledge of Emory, a strong understanding of MARBL’s centrality, willingness to work with stakeholders and a love for the mission,” said Emory Provost Earl Lewis. “Under her tutelage, MARBL will be positioned for even greater leadership in the manuscripts, archives and rare books world.” Magee has conducted “Creativity Conversations” on the origins and nature of the creative process with a wide range of international literary figures, including Salman Rushdie and Seamus Heaney, both of whose papers are at MARBL, Umberto Eco, Philip Glass, Edward Albee, Dan Gioia and Margaret Atwood, among others. Church to hold Fun Day in the Park Living Waters Bible Church is sponsoring “Fun Day in the Park” on Saturday, Oct. 6, noon - 4 p.m. at Brownwood Park and Recreation Center, 602 Brownwood Ave., SE, Atlanta. The event will include games for all ages, music and food. Organizations will be on hand to provide health screenings and voter registration. There will be an opportunity to donate canned goods. The goal is to raise 1,000 items—canned goods and non-perishable foods—for families in need. The church is located at 750 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta. For more information, visit www.livingwatersbc. org. ber of tasting spoons will be available at the gate for $5. Judges will announce winners at 2 p.m. Chef judges will include Joey Riley of Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub, Brian Traufd of There, Robert Adamo of Pub 71, Javier Biera of Diva, Kevin Clark of Homegrown and Jason Apple of Kitchen Man Can. Live entertainment starts at noon with bands and a DJ. The festival will also feature a kidzone area, cornhole tournament, food trucks, local restaurants plus college football on the big screen. The event, which benefits the Brookhaven Arts Alliance, will be held at 2740 Apple Valley Road, Atlanta, just north of Dresden Drive within walking distance of the Brookhaven MARTA Station. For more information, visit BrookhavenChiliCookOff. com. ple, this month will be Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 - 8 p.m., at Café Lily in Decatur. The book to be discussed is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. For more information and to RSVP, call (404) 370-8450, ext. 2257. Cafe Lily is located at 308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. Decatur library holds recycling program The Decatur Library, located at 215 Sycamore Street in Decatur, will host the “Recycling Crash Course,” a program sponsored by the DeKalb County Public Library, city of Decatur and the Wylde Center. The program will be held Sept. 25, 7-8 p.m. Those attending the event will be taught about the city of Decatur’s “Pay as You Throw” system for landfill waste and other recycling tips and economic incentives. Attendees will also be told what types of items can be recycled and what happens to the materials after they are picked up by the city. The program is part of a yearlong series, “Living the Green Life,” which aims to promote and educate residents about a green, sustainable lifestyle. For more information, call (404) 370-3070. Literary Alliance hosts annual 5K run/walk The Literary Alliance of Metro Atlanta is holding its second annual 5K Run/Walk for Literacy on Sept. 29 in Decatur. The event will include prize giveaways and the race will take place throughout downtown Decatur. For more information visit Those interested in participating in the race may register online. Proceeds from the race support literacy programming and initiatives throughout metro Atlanta. DeKalb library celebrates Black Native Americans A daylong series of programs titled “When Tribes Meet: The History of Black Native Americans” will be held Oct. 6 at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library, located at 2861 Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur. The programs will explore the history of Black Native Americans through book discussions, storytelling, crafts and cultural activities for the entire family. The event will be led by staff members Mia Buggs and Veronica Winley, who were awarded the 2012 Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grant for $1,000 from Kent State University to produce the program. Christian center to hold fish fry/ BBQ event The Rock Christian Center is hosting a fish fry/BBQ fundraiser, a free mini-concert and an evangelistic community outreach on Saturday, Sept. 29, noon - 6 p.m. There will be a special guest performance by Gospel rapper Jamal Bullock, aka “J-South,” youth pastor at Amazing Grace World Outreach Church in Forest Park. Seating is limited and those attending should bring lawn chairs. Among the items for sale will be catfish, tilapia and whiting fish plates, fish sandwiches, barbecued ribs and chicken, hot wings and many sides. There will also be soft drinks, juices, bottled water and various desserts for sale. All proceeds will go toward the center’s annual trip in October to the Holy Land Tour in Orlando, Fla. The trip is open to the public; however, bus seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Rock Christian Center is located at 7173 E. Covington Hwy., Lithonia (corner of Evans Mill Road and East Covington Highway). Natalie Lipede is the pastor. For additional information, call (206) 666-7986 or email

DeKalb Voter Registration Office offers ID cards Free voter identification cards are available at the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Election Office at 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, Decatur. For office hours and additional information call (404) 298-4020. DeKalb residents may contact the DeKalb Democratic Party at (678) 886-5805 to arrange for transportation to and from the voter registration office. Active Aging Week events announced The Regency House, an independent senior living community in Decatur, is inviting area seniors to participate in its free national Active Aging Week events Sept. 21-23. Active Aging Week, founded by the International Council on Active Aging (www.icaa. cc), promotes healthy lifestyles for seniors through a variety of enriching, educational, and inspiring events. The 2012 theme is “Many journeys, many destinations” and will be held throughout the country in late September. Events at The Regency House include trivia night with light refreshments on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.; display cooking on healthy eating with chef-prepared appetizers on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m.; and bean bag baseball with game day refreshments on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. The Regency House, is located at 341 Winn Way, Decatur. To RSVP or to learn more, call The Regency House at (404) 296-1152 or visit Book discussion to be held at café The Decatur Library’s Pub Fiction program, an opportunity for readers to socialize with other like-minded peo-

Teen stress class offered The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) has announced a Stress and Anxiety in Teens course on Sept. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. This course for parents of teens covers stress and anxiety facts, signs of anxiety and stress, common causes, warning signs, how to manage, and includes a Q&A session. MJCCA at Zaban Park is located at 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. For information, contact

Brookhaven to hold Fall Chili Cook-off Brookhaven will hold its inaugural Fall Chili Cook off on Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. This free neighborhood festival will feature more than 50 restaurant and amateur teams plus a few local area businesses competing for bragging rights, plaques, medals, prizes and more. In addition to Best Restaurant Chili and Best Amateur Chili, winners will be chosen in the Most Spirited Team and the People’s Choice Award divisions. Each team will be cooking five pounds or more of a variety of hot and cold chili that can be tasted by festival goers starting at noon. A limited num-

Family Fun Day announced Trinidad and Tobago Association of GA Inc. is holding its annual Family Fun Day Saturday, Sept. 22, 2-8 p.m. at Wade Walker Park, 5585 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain. There will be music, races and games, including soccer, cricket and netball. There also will be food for sale. For more information, email or call (404) 210-9493, (404) 931-6602 or (678) 318-1460.

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Clarkston High School running back Khalif Harper ran for two touchdowns and threw for one as he led his team to a 34-6 victory over Towers High School. Both teams came into the Sept. 14 game playing for their first win, but the Angoras of Clarkston were not going to let another game slip away from them after losing a close one to Strong Rock Christian School Sept. 7. “We lost 14-6 and I felt like that was a game we should have won, but we didn’t pull it out,” Clarkston head coach Gary Wansley said. “I told these guys [afterwards] ‘Let’s just work hard, keep fighting and keep working hard and [a win] is going to come.’” Clarkston got off to a fast start with Harper working out of the wildcat formation. On the first score, Harper took a direct snap and scored a 1-yard touchdown. The Angoras’ second score came on a 6-yard pass from Harper to wide receiver Laquan Odom, which gave Clarkston a 14-0 lead. Quarterback Noah Harrell lengthened his team’s lead to 20-0 on a quarterback sneak, which came after Towers’ quarterback Andre Brown fumbled inside their 20-yard line. Towers’ Titans struggled with holding onto the ball the entire game. They had a total of four fumbles, which were all

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Clarkston gets first win of the season, Towers falls to 0-3
recovered by Clarkston linebacker Jarrod Carter. Carter returned one of the fumbles for a touchdown, bringing the score to 27-0. Clarkston’s defense held Towers to only 54 total yards on offense. Harper scored on another rushing touchdown in the third quarter. He finished the game with 13 rushes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Towers finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass from Brown to wide receiver Daemyon Hassell. Towers head coach Marvin Jones said his team was missing “some key players” due to injuries, which caused them to be out of sync. Clarkston also struggled with holding onto the ball with three fumbles of its own. “I coach the running backs and I’ll take heart to that and keep working on those ball handling skills,” he said. “You’re not going to be able to win consistently [fumbling the ball].” Clarkston will try to continue its winning streak Sept. 21 against Decatur High School at Hallford Stadium at 5:15 p.m. Towers will try to get its first win during its homecoming game against Douglass Sept. 21 at Avondale Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Khalif Harper runs to the end zone for one of his two touchdowns of the game.

Big plays by Stephenson lead to win over Dunwoody
The Stephenson Jaguars were hanging onto a two-score lead in the third quarter and losing momentum to the Dunwoody Wildcats until running back Evan Jones broke loose for a 75-yard touchdown run. More big plays after that led to a 40-7 win for the No. 4 Jaguars Sept. 15, bringing their record to 2-0, while Dunwoody fell to 0-3. Despite the Jaguars slow start in the beginning of the game, head coach Ron Gartrell said he was pleased with his team’s overall play. “A lot of people don’t realize that we haven’t played a football game before today in like 28 days,” he said. “So we felt like we’d be a little rusty but we got it going.” Stephenson didn’t play its first game of the season until Sept. 7. The Jaguars were scheduled to open their season Sept. 1 against Pine Forest High School of Pensacola, Fla., in the National High School Gridiron Challenge at North Gwinnett High School, but Pine Forest had to pull out because of Hurricane Isaac. On Stephenson’s first scoring drive, the Jaguars had to settle for a field goal after failing to score a touchdown while in the red zone. Dunwoody added to Stephenson’s score after a high snap on the Wildcat’s punt attempt sent the ball into the back of the end zone, giving Stephenson two points on a safety. Dunwoody had issues with high when Gaines threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Aaron Alexander. Afterwards, the Wildcats attempted an onside kick and were successful. Dunwoody tried to use that momentum to get more points on the board but the Stephenson defense stopped the Wildcats and continued to get after Gaines, making it hard for him to throw the ball down the field. After Jones’ 75-yard touchdown, the Jaguars’ special team blocked Dunwoody’s punt and Tucker returned it for a touchdown. The Jaguars’ special team added more points to the scoreboard after running back Khalil Ladler scored on a 49-yard punt return. Despite the loss, Showfety said he was proud of his team’s effort. “I thought our kids played extremely hard and we were missing a few players, but the kids that were out there did a really good job,” he said. “I think we really made improvements over the last two games and hopefully we’ll keep it going. But we’ve got a tough battle on out hands.” Dunwoody’s battle will continue Sept. 21 when it faces No. 2 Tucker High School at North DeKalb Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Stephenson will try to spoil Lakeside High School’s homecoming by getting another win Sept. 21 at Adams Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Evan Jones finds a seam.

snaps throughout the game. Head coach Jim Showfety said the team was without its long snapper. “We had to do a gimmicking punt situation, but it has really worked well for us this year,” he said. The Jaguars’ offense got going when Jones scored a rushing touchdown, increasing Stephenson’s score to 12-0. Jones finished the game with 11 rushes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Stephenson had a chance to

score again before halftime but a fumble in the red zone negated the scoring opportunity. Dunwoody’s opening drive in the third quarter was stalled when Stephenson cornerback Jared Tucker picked off Dunwoody’s quarterback Ryan Gaines. That led to a rushing touchdown by Stephenson’s quarterback Justin Holman, who finished the game with four passes completed on 13 attempts for 139 yards. Dunwoody made it a game

The Champion Free Press, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012

21-21 behind a 4-yard touchdown by Deonte Boyland with 3:36 to play. Khari Rosier put the game into overtime as the Bulldogs came in from the left side to block a 28-yard field goal attempt by the Spartans as the clock ticked down to seven seconds. The Spartans (3-1) were forced into a 30-yard field goal by Brando Holzgrefe in overtime to take

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Bulldogs improve to 3-0 with overtime victory against GAC
by Mark Brock Running back Dezmin Reed scored on a fourth and goal at the Greater Atlanta Christian oneyard line in overtime to propel the Chamblee Bulldogs to a 27-24 victory over the Spartans at Adams Stadium on Sept. 13. The win gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 record for the first time since a 7-0 start to their 2007 season on the way to the Class AAA semifinals and school record 12 wins (12-2). The Spartans rallied from a 14-0 halftime deficit with 21 points in the second half to take a 21-14 lead on a Kyle Scales 4-yard touchdown run with 7:31 to play. The Bulldogs regrouped and answered the go-ahead score by driving 80 yards to tie the game at a 24-21 lead as the Bulldogs got their chance in the extra period. Chamblee called a timeout facing the fourth and goal at the one and went to running back Reed who bulled through an opening for the score and the victory. Chamblee had jumped to an early 14-0 lead in the first half behind a 17-yard pass from Jordan Branch to Davin Bellamy and a six-yard run by Bellamy.

Ranked teams try to remain undefeated in Week 5
by Mark Brock Three DeKalb County teams hold three of the Top 4 spots in the Class AAAAA high school football poll as the 2012 football season moves into its fifth week of play. Tucker (No. 2), Martin Luther King Jr. (No. 3) and Stephenson (No. 4) are all undefeated heading into this week’s games. The No. 2 ranked Tigers (30) take on Dunwoody (0-3) in a 7:30 p.m. game at North DeKalb Stadium on Sept. 21. Tucker shut out Arabia Mountain in the second half Sept. 14 on the way to a 3920 victory to remain undefeated and extend its winning streak to 18 games. Dunwoody is coming off a tough 28-14 loss to Lakeside. The No. 3 ranked Lions of M.L. King (3-0) try to win their 14th consecutive regular season game as they face off with winless North Atlanta at Grady Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The Lions are 2-0 in Region 6-AAAAA action following their comeback victory over Mays Sept. 14 at Hallford Stadium. The Lakeside Vikings (1-2) host No. 4 ranked Stephenson (2-0) in the Vikings’ homecoming game at Adams Stadium on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Stephenson is 2-0 in Region 6-AAAAA following a 40-7 win over Dunwoody last Sept. 15. Lakeside is coming off a 46-21 loss to Southwest DeKalb. Southwest DeKalb (2-1, 1-1) travels to Lakewood Stadium to take on Mays (1-2, 1-1) in a mustwin game for both teams early in the Region 6-AAAAA schedule. The winner stays in solid contention for a playoff berth in Class AAAAA. A matchup of undefeated teams is set up for Sept. 22 as the surprising Chamblee Bulldogs (3-0) travel to Lakewood Stadium with a 4 p.m. date against undefeated South Atlanta (3-0).

Week 5 Schedule
Thursday, Sept. 20 Friday, Sept. 21
Lithonia (0-3) vs. Grady (3-0), Grady, 7:30 p.m. Decatur (2-1) vs. Clarkston (1-2), Hallford, 5:15 p.m. Columbia (2-1) vs. Carver-Atlanta (3-0), Lakewood, 5:30 p.m. Miller Grove (2-1) vs. Arabia Mountain (1-2), Panthersville, 7:30 p.m. Tucker (3-0) vs. Dunwoody (0-3), North DeKalb, 7:30 p.m. Stephenson (2-0) vs. Lakeside (1-2), Adams, 7:30 p.m. (HC) Redan (1-2) at Banneker (1-2), 7:30 p.m. Douglass (0-3) vs. Towers (0-3), Avondale, 7:30 p.m. (HC) SW DeKalb (2-1) vs. Mays (1-2), Lakewood, 8 p.m. Washington (3-0) vs. Stone Mountain (1-2), Hallford, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Chamblee (3-0) vs. South Atlanta (3-0), Lakewood, 4 p.m. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (1-1) vs. Cross Keys (0-2), Adams, 7:30 p.m. M.L. King (3-0) vs. North Atlanta (0-3), Grady, 7:30 p.m. BEST Academy (1-1) vs. McNair (2-1), Panthersville, 7:30 p.m. (HC) OPEN: Cedar Grove (2-2), Druid Hills (2-1) (HC) – Homecoming

The Champion Free Press, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012


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MLK’s Hector Stanback and Carlos Garrett (36) double team Eric Farley (32).

Demarquis Polite (10) catches a Monquavious Johnson pass in the end zone before halftime.

M.L. King 29, Mays 23
The No. 3 ranked Martin Luther King Jr. Lions (3-0) rallied from an early deficit to Mays (1-2) to remain undefeated at 2-0 in Region 6-AAAAA. Mays took the early lead, but the Lions rallied for the victory. Photos by Travis Hudgons

MLK Band director Travis Kimble, right, looks on as his band prepares to take the field.