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n the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2013 is the year of the snake and Charlene Fang has told her son to always keep something red on his person: a tie, a red piece of paper, anything containing the color, which symbolizes good fortune. Fang, whose son was born in 1977, said there are superstitions about the year one is born in and it is customary in Chinese culture to wear or carry something that is thought to bring luck. “It’s just a superstition; the same as if I went to a funeral I would put something red in my pocket, something lucky to protect myself,” Fang said. Although this year is the year of the snake, Fang said many like to call it the year of the “little dragon.” The Chinese New Year celebration—referred to in Chinese as “Spring Festival”—is the most important of all Chinese holidays. When Fang was younger, she said, each Chinese New Year began with she and her siblings having a breakfast of dumplings and rice cakes, some which contained money hidden inside. Fang said her family still has this traditional meal
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DeKalb leaders make state’s power list
by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com Thirteen people with strong ties to DeKalb County have been named to Georgia Trend’s annual Power List. The list recognizes 100 of the most powerful and influential Georgians who affect the lives and livelihoods of all state residents. “I worked my tail off and made things happen and worked with people,” said Emory Morsberger, 57, president of the Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID), who made the list. “As a leading developer and redeveloper of communities, Morsberger has brought new beauty to aging neighborhoods from downtown Lawrenceville to downtown Atlanta,” according to Georgia Trend. Morsberger’s current goal is to create 2,000 new jobs in Stone Mountain by bringing new companies to fill three million square feet of empty space in the CID. DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis made the list after he “captured 60 percent of the popular vote in DeKalb County to secure a second term as CEO and was elected president of County Executives of America,” according to the magazine. “I am honored to receive this recognition, and I am proud to share it with the citizens of DeKalb County,” Ellis said. “It is with their trust and support that I am able to lead one of Georgia’s great communities.” Congressman Hank Johnson (D-4), who also made the list, said, “I’m humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as my fellow awardees. Serving the people of the Fourth District is a singular honor. As long as I’m in office, I will give citizens of the Fourth everything I’ve got.” at GCA, including a move to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, putting the arts at the table in conversations about the state’s economic development vision,” according to Georgia Trend. • Alicia Philipp, of Decatur, president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, “one of the largest and fastest-growing philanthropic organizations in the nation,” according to Georgia Trend. • Natasha Trethewey of Decatur, Robert W. Woodruff professor of English and creative writing at Emory University and a U.S. poet laureate. Trethewey, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is also serving as Mississippi’s poet laureate. • James Wagner, Emory University’s president. • Yvonne D. Williams, president of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts. “Williams leads the ongoing initiative to improve transportation and accessibility in one of Metro Atlanta’s busiest office markets and one of the region’s largest employment centers,” Georgia Trend stated.
Other DeKalb leaders and residents on the list include: • State Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-89), minority leader for the state House of Representatives and the first Black to hold that position. • State Sen. Jason Carter (D-42), grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. • Alan Essig of Decatur, executive director of Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, a group that analyzes the state Legislature’s budget and tax proposals. • Carol W. Hunstein of Decatur, Georgia Supreme Court chief justice, who is only the second woman to serve as a permanent member of the court. • Congressman John Lewis (D-5), a leader in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and the state’s longestserving congressman. • Karen Paty of Decatur, director of the Georgia Council for the Arts. “Paty is guiding a shift in culture, outlook and function
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Police, nurse team to tackle crises
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org It was the evening of Nov. 14, 2012, and a 47-year-old wheelchairbound grandmother was hit by a vehicle on Covington Highway. Reportedly her 3-year-old granddaughter was riding on the rear of the chair as they crossed the street. The first police car to respond to the accident just happened to be driving by. It was the Mobile Crisis Unit, a partnership between the DeKalb Police Department and the DeKalb Community Service Board. “We pulled up first on [the] accident on Covington highway,” said Vicki Jacobs, one of two registered nurses with the Mobile Crisis Unit. “The grandmother was in a wheelchair. You couldn’t even tell her wheelchair was a wheelchair.” Jacobs said she immediately started addressing the grandmother’s injuries. “Then somebody said, ‘What about the baby?’” Jacobs said. The child died at the scene and the grandmother died Dec. 1. “It’s hard,” Jacobs said. Initiated in 1994, the Mobile Crisis Unit teams a registered nurse with a police officer to respond to crises involving mental health, substance abuse, suicides, domestic violence and events “where people are so upset the police can’t handle them— where children have drowned or been hit by cars,” Jacobs said. “The Mobile Crisis Unit is really the only one of its kind in the nation that we know of where there is a seasoned psychiatric nurse who jail, the police are sensitized and knowledgeable about the fact, with our nurse, that this really an illness. Those people are not taken to jail, so there’s less incarceration of people who are ill.” Jacobs said, “We try our best not to have to take them anywhere, not to remove them from the home. We try to resolve the crisis for safety then and try to get them connected with services as soon as we can. We try to get them into care without hospitalization.” Some of the calls the unit receives are for “people with chronic mental illness who are off their medicines— that’s a big one for us—and people who have never been diagnosed,” Jacobs said. “We’re kind of like detectives,” Jacobs said. “We get called out because someone’s acting funny. This is the importance of having a nurse on the unit when that happens because somebody might have a blood sugar that’s over 500. The police or EMS just think they’re acting weird.” Cibulas said, “Every single neighborhood has families and individuals who are in need. Lots of times, that is only noticed when they rise to the situation to some type of a public infraction. “If we can support the police by opening up options and choices then we see better outcomes for families, for care providers and for our DeKalb police officers as well as area emergency rooms,” Cibulas said.
Bob Sevick is one of two nurses that work with police officers in the Mobile Crisis Unit, a partnership between the DeKalb County Police Department and DeKalb Community Service Board. Below, Sevick answers one of the 200 monthly calls the unit receives about crises involving mental health, substance abuse and other problems. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
rides with a police officer seven days a week,” said Brenda Cibulas, chief clinical officer, with the DeKalb Community Service Board. “The reason that this model is so efficient is because you have the psychiatric knowledge on board, you have the medical knowledge on board, you have the public safety knowledge on board and because of its configuration. That unit can really effectively respond to serious community concerns and crises,” Cibulas said. “Right there in the house, on the road, in the woods—wherever [the crisis] is happening, they’re able to assess it for needs, for danger, for whatever is necessary and because
they have all these resources… they’re able to act very expediently,” Cibulas said. The unit handles approximately 200 calls per month from E911, the DeKalb County crisis line, Georgia Crisis & Access Line and referrals from various private providers and clinics. Cibulas said the unit is able to keep approximately 90 percent of the people with mental issues in the community and out of emergency rooms and jails. “The police are given more options on what to do,” Cibulas said. “If somebody is really ill or in need of care…and maybe their behavior would cause them to be taken to
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Sister love: Hail Mary!
and dependable with the ability to sometimes put her in check to the amusement of family members. “She was an inspiration to so many people and a motivator to me. She was the little sister that I dearly love.” Jackie’s daughter, Dr. Herschelle Adams, said unlike her “talkative” mother, her Aunt Mary was quiet, but when she spoke, they all listened. She described her aunt and soror as a God-fearing woman with an abundance of patience along with a quiet grace and though Mary was Herschelle’s aunt, she was more like a second mother. Speaking for her brothers, Attorney Herbert Adams Jr. and Michael S. Adams, M.D., and herself, she said, “I thank God for our time together.” Mary loved being a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord and served as an usher from the time she was a young girl in Moultrie. Her love of being a greeter continued into adulthood and Mary started the youth ushers at the historic Ebenezer Church in Atlanta where she was a member for nearly 50 years. DeKalb teacher Imani Bailey was one of Mary’s youth ushers at Ebenezer. “Mrs. Glenn loved us, but made sure we were decent and in order and at all times following protocol. I thank God for all of my years with her,” Bailey said A dietitian by training, Mary was a proud graduate of Savannah State University and earned a master’s of medical science degree in dietetics from Emory University. She was Emory’s first Black student to enroll in and graduate from that program. She served on countless boards and volunteered her time to numerous efforts in metro Atlanta, including the DeKalb County Extension Service. She was the regional coordinator for the Delta Sigma Theta Habitat for Humanity collaboration and was appointed to the State Board of Dietitians by former Gov. Joe Frank Harris. In her final days it was her unfaltering faith in God, her family and her beloved sorority that sustained her. Meticulous and detailed to the end, Mary provided last wishes and instructions that sister Jackie dutifully recorded in a journal. It is oft repeated that we write our own eulogy as we live. Son Jim said his mother lived a life of love and service. “Mom was always giving, always putting others before herself and always lending a helping hand. She loved the Lord, loved her family and her sorority.” Congratulations Mary Glenn. You crossed over February 1, 2013, in grand style. Hail Mary! The Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Feb. 9. It will begin at noon with the Delta Sigma Theta Service, which is open to the public. The regular funeral service will be at 1 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, GA 30312. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Vera Hollis Blackshear Education Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 371566, Decatur, Ga. 30037-1566. Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Miles at Steen@dekalbchamp.com.
Longtime DeKalb resident Mary Glenn transitioned Friday, Feb. 1, succumbing to a long battle with breast cancer. Mary’s name is perhaps not known to the masses but certainly to many. She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted son, Jim Glenn Jr., and loving daughter, Mary Jenese Glenn Turner, an employee of this newspaper, and one delightful grandson. Mary’s transition also leaves a huge void with her only remaining sibling, Ozie “Jackie” Adams and dozens of other sisters in her beloved sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., which is celebrating its centennial this year—100 years of service and sisterhood. Mary was a member of the DST Decatur Alumnae Chapter for almost 40 years. Her love of God, family and community is noteworthy. You see, Mary epitomized what I’d like to call Sister Love. It was not often that you saw Mary without Jackie or Jackie without Mary. They were inseparable and could be seen at various community and sorority functions over the decades. They even made history as the only sisters ever to serve as presidents of the Decatur Alumnae Chapter of the Deltas. Both were driving forces in the establishment of the Delta Sigma The-
ta and Kappa Alpha Psi Community Achievement Center in south DeKalb. Jackie is the elder and is now the remaining sister of three. The baby sister, Vera died 37 years ago. The family hailed from Moultrie, Ga., as Jackie put it, Moultrie is “on the way to Florida.” Their mother’s blind sister, Mrs. Virginia King, raised the three girls after their mother died at a young age. That sisterly love that was modeled by Jackie and Mary seems to be a common thread in the family. Jackie rarely left her sister’s side during her illness. An impish smile plays at her lips and her eyes twinkle as Jackie calls up memories of her lifelong sister/friend/soror. She deftly sidesteps the question about Mary’s age, something Mary preferred not to discuss. Jackie, the admitted talkative one, describes her younger sister as quiet, reserved, orderly, loving, giving, supportive
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A better deal, but still a bad one
urging the Falcons to put another $100 million in their offer toward construction, and another $60 million toward debt service retirement. This would bring the Falcons’ commitment toward their own stadium to nearing $900 million. Though our Georgia Dome was originally constructed in 1992 for $200 million, we still owe $98 million. The city of Atlanta, via its public/ private Invest Atlanta Authority, is expected to take a more active role, as well as put some skin into the game. Though the GWCCA would still own the stadium, Atlanta is expected to issue bonds for up to $200 million toward public investment in the facility. This is a better deal for taxpayers, though still a bad one. I in no way begrudge Arthur Blank his many successes. I applaud the work that he and Bernie Marcus did in co-founding Home Depot, creating thousands of jobs, thousands of millionaires (who bought their stock early) as well as the millions in charitable and civic donations and contributions which the pair have generously made. Here is a better deal Instead of tearing down the Georgia Dome, and creating a huge debt load and a big hole in the ground, sell the Georgia Dome to the Falcons for $200 million (which is what the state spent building the facility in 1992) and pay off the remaining debt on the facility ($98 million). This leaves the GWCCA and the state of Georgia with a profit of $102 million. If the state wants to be viewed as a “partner,” purchase the preferred site (which the GWCCA still does not own) for a new stadium, and gift that to the Falcons. The Falcons could probably acquire Alonzo Herndon Stadium from the Atlanta University Center for $50 million or less. This would give the Birds an outdoor arena for any number of home games that they choose, and another venue less than a mile from the Dome and its existing parking and related infrastructure. For another $50 million, the Falcons could add sky boxes and a huge onsite Tailgate Falcons Fan Fest space at the Atlanta University Center. Total price tag for two stadiums, $300 million—plus the Falcons are given a comp site for perhaps building a third venue during better times. The original Home Depot was put into a building originally constructed as a Treasure Island on Memorial Drive, directly across the street from the current location of the DeKalb County Jail. As the company was formed with limited cash flow, Blank and Marcus admit that they often lined stores shelves with the empty boxes of merchandise already
“Whatever Lola wants, Lola GETS!”—originally sung by Gwen Verdon on Broadway in 1955 from the show Damn Yankees!, set against the backdrop of Major League Baseball and a struggling team, the Washington Senators. Well, actually, in that case, Lola didn’t get, and neither did the devil. Both wanted the soul of old Joe Boyd, a “wanna be” baseball fan, who got to spend a season in the Big Leagues in exchange for his everlasting soul. You are probably aware that our Atlanta Falcons are seeking to build a new nest, as well as to receive all sources of income stream in and around the roost. Tickets, concessions, parking, merchandising, etc. The state of Georgia, represented by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), and the Falcons have been haggling for well over a year. Bowing to growing winds of public opposition, exceeding 70 percent in most polling, Gov. Nathan Deal has been quietly
on display, until sales and cash flow caught up, and allowed them to purchase more merchandise, as well as hire more employees. As they are quite familiar with this operating model, Mr. Blank should certainly understand that now is not the time for the state of Georgia or the city of Atlanta to be cutting blank checks to billionaires, no matter how worthy their sports franchise. At the end of Damn Yankees, and that Washington Senators pennant game, young Joe Hardy morphed back into old Joe Boyd mid-game, yet he still pulled out a clutch play and saved the day, while maintaining the good sense to leave the field, save his soul in the process, and return home to his wife Meg. Let’s hope our leaders cut a final deal that makes some similar common $ense, without giving up the farm in the process. There is still a lot of red-penning to do for our governor and Atlanta’s mayor before we get there.
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 billcrane@ earthlink.net.
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Mayor proposes $15.7 million budget
by Carla Parker email@example.com Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis is proposing a $15 million budget for the 2013 fiscal year. In a memorandum sent to city council on Jan. 25, Davis said the budget anticipates enough revenue to support a responsive and transparent organization and provides economic stability to create a well-maintained, safe and financially sound city. The proposed budget includes funds that will be used for such service enhancements as parks and recreation, community development, public works, and the start of the police force in 2013, which is expected to be budgeted at $2.25 million. The budget also recommends remaining within the 3.35 millage rate cap. “Our financial health reflects our city’s overall strength, and we must strive to be fiscally healthy,” Davis said. “The 2013 Brookhaven budget recommendation represents a concerted effort to present a balanced budget, containing no surprises, helping us create a vibrant and service‐oriented city.” The city expects to get its revenue source and anticipated funds from taxes ($13.8 million), licenses and permits ($635,000), charges for services ($370,000), fines and forfeitures ($800,000), and miscellaneous revenue ($50,000). The city approved a $5.4 million tax anticipation Note for the budget at an interest rate of 0.06 percent to address cash flow needs. The funds are expected to help the city responsibly deliver services quickly without having to wait on tax revenues to begin flowing, David said. “We understand and anticipate our revenues will be lower in our first year,” Davis said. “Our proposed budget is in line with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Feasibility Study for Brookhaven figures for year one. We will closely monitor both revenues and expenses throughout our first year, setting ourselves up for success in the years to come as all revenues due to the City are scheduled to be received starting in 2014. It demonstrates our focus on accessibility, transparency and provision of the level of services our residents deserve.” The city council will review the budget recommendations and will hold a public hearing on the budget Feb. 26. Council members will discuss budget items and address any questions from residents about the budget recommendations. For more information, visit www.brookhavenga.gov or call (404) 637-0500.
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disease progression and complications that lead to costly interventions, hospital stays, and even disabilities.” Physicians’ Care Clinic is a community outreach initiative of the DeKalb Medical Society. Dr. Kenneth Hoose, a longtime volunteer with the clinic, oversees patient care at the clinic and also sees some cardiology patients himself. The volunteer health professionals provide primary health care services, medications, diagnostic testing and health education. In January, Hoose was awarded the Julius McCurdy Award from the DeKalb Medical Society. The award, established in 1973 in honor of the founder of Decatur Federal Savings and Loan Association, recognizes outstanding community service by a DeKalb County physician. Approximately 40 physicians volunteer on a rotating basis at the clinic, which addresses
the medical concerns of patients who must qualify before receiving an appointment to be seen. Another 70 specialists see patients in their offices on a volunteer basis. Approximately 75 nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and front desk receptionists also donate their time to care for the patients. “He’s a great volunteer,” said Carole Fortenberry, a nurse administrator for Physicians’ Care Clinic, about Hoose. Last year, Hoose raised approximately $7,000 for the clinic through a dinner and wine-tasting fundraiser. “He’s a connoisseur of fine wines,” Fortenberry said. Hoose is “very caring and a great friend,” Fortenberry said. He is also low-key, private and a “great philanthropist. “He’s a blessing to the clinic,” Fortenberry said.
Twice a week in DeKalb County, residents who are uninsured or underinsured and are in need of medical attention can receive care by physicians who volunteer their time. Founded in 1992, Physicians’ Care Clinic “provides a medical home and health safety net for almost 600 adults annually who previously had no access to regular health care,” according to a media release. “Many have delayed care because of cost, which increases their risk of
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city’s website. The list include ordinances for alcoholic beverages, building regulation, municipal courts, elections, licenses and permits, zoning, taxation and more. For more information, visit www.broohavenga.gov.
Heart experts to lead all-day ‘boot camp’ event Experts from the Emory Heart and Vascular Center and Saint Joseph’s Hospital are teaming up on Saturday, Feb. 9, in observance of American Heart Month, for an all-day event aimed at educating the public on how to manage and lower risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke. The Emory HeartWise Prevention Bootcamp will feature sessions on a variety of topics including nutrition, women and heart disease, foot care, yoga, computer applications, healthy weight loss, starting an exercise program and a cooking demonstration. Physicians and other health care providers will lead each presentation. February was first proclaimed National Heart Month by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Even though great advances in diagnosing and treating heart disease have been made over the last 50 years, it remains the leading cause of death for both men and women each year. The event will be held at Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. with continental breakfast. The $25 fee covers the costs of the educational program, handouts, parking, breakfast and lunch. For more information or to register visit http://advancingyourhealth.org/ heartblog/2013/01/22/atlantaheart-disease-bootcamp/ or call (404) 778-7777. Space is limited. Callanwolde to hold Fairy Tale Tea Fairy tales come to life at the Callanwolde Mansion as the Callanwolde Dance Ensemble presents Fairy Tale Tea Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. According to an announcement from Callanwolde, the event will be “a delightful afternoon of delicious treats and music while visiting with Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Rapunzel and many other characters from beloved storybooks.” The fine arts center promotes it as “a wonderful opportunity for a father-daughter(s) or grandparents outing.” Tickets are $25 per person by advance reservation only and can be purchased online at Ticketleap.
DeKalb County libraries hold literacy fundraiser During February, the DeKalb Library Foundation is holding a fundraiser to support library literacy programs for underserved adults and children in DeKalb County. Those interested can donate $1 at their home library branch or online at www.dekalblibrary. org/foundation. Participants will then receive a sticker of a heart, which will be posted at their local DeKalb County Library branch. According to a press release, literacy statistics indicate that one-fifth of adults in DeKalb County have difficulty with the English language and basic literacy skills. County wants residents’ input on transportation plan The transportation division of the DeKalb County Department of Public Works is seeking input from residents on the future of the county’s transportation plan. The division will hold a series of public meetings in February to share the procedure, vision and goals for updating the current transportation plan, and inform citizens how to stay involved throughout the process. Residents are encouraged to share their ideas about potential updates to the transportation plan at the following upcoming meetings listed below: Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:30-8 p.m., Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Road, Lithonia; Saturday, Feb. 9, 9:30-11 a.m., Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur; Monday, Feb. 11, 6:308 p.m., Exchange Park Multipurpose Room, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur; and Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30-8 p.m., Doraville Civic Center, 3770 Central Ave., Doraville. For more information, please visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/ transportationplan2014 or call Cristina Pastore at (404) 4198700.
event will be Feb. 12, from 5-7 p.m., in the cafeteria of Midway Elementary, 3318 Midway Road, Decatur.
Police alliance seeks sponsors for fundraiser The DeKalb Police Alliance, an independent nonprofit organization that supports law enforcement throughout the county, is seeking sponsors for its gala fundraising reception scheduled for Friday, March 22. Proceeds from the event will provide $100,000 life and dismemberment policies for the beneficiaries of fallen officers, at no cost to them, their departments or families. For sponsorship information, contact DeKalb Police Alliance, P.O. Box 886, Tucker, GA 30085-0886, visit www.dekalbpolicealliance.org or email email@example.com.
Center to host food and wellness day The Clarkston Community Center, along with Global Growers Network and Refugee Organizing in Action Collaborative will host Food, Agriculture and Wellness Resource Day on Feb. 16. The free event will include presentations on finding land, marketing local foods, starting a first garden, container gardening, and food safety. The noon4 p.m. event will also include hands-on demonstrations with cold weather growing and composting and community garden tours. Attendees will also receive information on transportation, driver’s license, and public safety; farmer training, free seeds, county compost, health screenings and more. The Clarkston Community Center is at 3701 College Avenue. For more information, visit www.cityofclarkston.com. City to host Arbor Day celebration The City of Clarkston will be holding its annual Arbor Day celebration at Friendship Forest Nature Preserve on Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. As a part of the celebration, the city is inviting local volunteers to participate in a large-scale tree planting scheduled in conjunction with Trees Atlanta. The day will also recognize the city’s recent accomplishments made in enhancing wildlife habitat, building trails and restoring the health of its urban forest preserve. In April 2012, Clarkston adopted a resolution to designate its Arbor Day in the middle of February, an international day of celebration uniquely reflecting the character of the City’s residents. Many of Clarkston’s ongoing efforts have been sponsored by grant-funded projects with partners, including the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, DeKalb County Community Development, and the Georgia Forestry Commission. Friendship Forest Nature Preserve is located at 4380 East Ponce de Leon Ave., Clarkston. Individuals or groups wishing to volunteer to support the largescale tree planting effort are encouraged to contact Clarkston City Hall at (404) 296-6489.
among elementary, middle and high school students. Competing students should create a project on a story board and present it before the meeting between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Winners will be allowed to make 10-minute presentations on their projects during the 4 p.m. meeting and receive a gift. Projects will be judged on content, accuracy and creativity. The meeting will be Sunday, Feb. 17, at 215 Tiburon Drive, Lithonia, 4-6 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or joanneTJones@hotmail.com.
340‐335443 2/7,2/14wg PUBLIC SALE In accordance with the provisions of State Law, there being due and unpaid charges for which the undersigned is entitled to satisfy an owner and/or manager's lien of the goods hereinafter described and stored at the Uncle Bob's Self Storage location(s) listed below. And, due notice having been given, to the owner of said property and all parties known to claim an interest therein, and the time specified in such notice for payment of such having expired, the goods will be sold at public auction at the below stated location(s) to the highest bidder or otherwise disposed of on Friday ++February 22, 2013++ at 9:30AM, 2910 N. Decatur, Rd., Decatur, GA 30033 Phone: (404) 292‐0666 Space No. Customer Name Inventory 2H10 Khalil I. Muhammad Bike, Misc. Boxes and totes 3D09 Michael Pluckhahn Household Goods, furniture, and appliances 4E07 Tyrone Howard Household goods, furniture, boxes 4E17 Giselle McCoy Household goods, furniture, boxes 5B02 LaDawn Brooks Household goods, furniture, boxes, trunks & toys 5C05 Andrea Cornelius Household goods, furniture, boxes, sporting goods, tv’s or stereo equipment, office furniture, office machines/equip, account records, other
City commemorates history with art, music The city of Lithonia has been working with the visual mythologist Lynne MarshallLinnemeier, for the past year to capture some of the history of Lithonia. Redressing the Stone brings together Lithonia residents as they collaborate with MarshallLinnemeier to create an Agan, a masquerade costume that is used in an Egungun masquerade in Nigeria. Egungun means bones or ancestors. Through a series of hands-on workshops and other activities, members of the community have collaborated to create this sacred cloth. Lithonians will honor the memory of their ancestors through a contemporary African and American ceremony conducted by writer Ralph “Cheo” Thurman, who will be joined by ministers and choirs from Lithonia. The final community art project will be unveiled during the ceremony Saturday, Feb. 9, 3-5 p.m. at the Lithonia Woman’s Club, 2564 Wiggins Street. Since space is limited, RSVP by calling the Lithonia City Hall at (770) 482-8136 or email@example.com. Trinbagoian to hold student Black history competition Trinidad & Tobago Association of Georgia at its February monthly meeting will celebrate Black History Month under the theme Trinbagoians in America. The event will include a Black History Month competition
Midway Elementary School’s 1st Annual Art Showcase Midway Elementary School PTA in conjunction with Callanwolde Arts Center and Artomie will host a fundraiser to benefit the Midway Visual Arts Program. The event will feature framed artwork from all Midway Elementary students, with music and poetry performances by the Wildcat Choir and various student soloists. All framed artwork is $25. There will be prizes and refreshments provided by Callanwolde Arts Center. The free
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Callanwolde announces new director
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center announced that Peggy Still Johnson has been named its executive director as of Feb. 4. She fills the position previously held by Samuel Goldman, who died Sept. 10. As executive director, Johnson will be responsible for the leadership and management of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and oversee the preservation and Johnson development of the Callanwolde Estate. Johnson said that she is passionately dedicated to the arts, which touch the lives and souls of the community as a whole. “Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is the destination that all my life’s experiences have brought me to. The beautiful mansion and estate is something I feel passionate about preserving and promoting. The fine arts program offers a variety of classes for all ages in the literary, visual and performing arts. Having worked in arts education for over 20 years, I am very excited to continue the growth of Callanwolde’s fine arts program and also develop outreach programs for those in need in our community. Callanwolde is part of Atlanta history – and I am honored to be a part of Callanwolde,” Johnson said. An entrepreneur and an accomplished piano and vocal performer, composer, arranger, and arts educator, Johnson founded the Peggy Still School of Music in 1988 and built the program to an enrollment of more than 600 students and 45 degreed instructors. She sold all three metro locations in 2011. Johnson is currently on the Advisory Boards of the Georgia State University School of Music, the Recording Academy (Grammy Organization,) and the Atlanta Film Festival. She is a member of Leadership Atlanta (Class of 2013) and has worked with Atlanta Music Project (executive board,) Dallas Austin Foundation, Buckhead Club, Mainstreet Woodstock (executive board,) and the Fulton County Arts Council. The founder of Peggy Johnson Productions and Talent, she has been active in the film and recording industry as a composer, music supervisor, casting agent and coach. She has performed all over the world and has worked with many widely known artists, including Stephen King, John Mellencamp, Mickey Thomas and T Bone Burnett and on films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Big Momma’s House 3, and Parental Guidance.
Extra money could mean lower county tax increase
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org DeKalb County has an extra $12.9 million to work with in 2013. That’s what DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said when he delivered his amended 2013 budget recommendation to the Board of Commissioners’ finance, audit and budget committee on Jan. 31. Ellis’ amended budget recommendation includes a millage increase of 0.64 mills. That would mean the owner of a $200,000 home would have a tax increase of $18.37 per year, or $1.53 per month. The original budget recommendation in December contained a 1.69 mill increase, or $48.48 per year on $200,000 home. Ellis’ budget recommendation “remains $562.7 million,” said Burke Brennan, the county’s chief communications officer. “It just takes less of a millage increase…to get there.” “This represents a reduction of over 1 mill in the recommended millage rate and appropriately balances the county’s financial resources with our need to deliver services,” Ellis said. “It also funds our four critical priorities: 1) funding for more police officers, 2) streamlining the permits and licensing operations, 3) building a new animal shelter, and 4) providing a 3 percent pay increase to the lowest paid county workers, earning less than a livable wage.” In a letter to commissioners, Ellis said the change in his proposed budget was due to “the success of the fiscal and budgetary controls implemented during 2012,” Ellis stated. These controls “produced a significant improvement in the county’s tax fund year-end fund balance” to the tune of approximately $8.75 million in savings, he said. The $8.75 million is “carryover savings from 2012,” Brennan said. “We instructed department heads to restrain from spending as much as possible, and they did.” Another adjustment to the budget came after “an in-depth review of the county’s revenue anticipations for 2013…concluded that the 2013 anticipations may be increased by approximately”
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis delivered his amended 2013 budget recommendation to the finance committee of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners. Photo provided
$4.22 million, mainly in the category of public utility taxes, Ellis stated. “The $4.2 million is additional anticipated revenue from the public utility tax, which was billed late from the state of Georgia,” Brennan said. “So the revenue that was supposed to arrive in 2012 will be remitted in 2013 instead. There has been a change in state law to prevent this from happening again.” “In considering these developments, I have taken into account our current economic climate, our critical priorities as outlined in our strategic plan, and the need to reduce the burden on the county’s citizens as much as possible while maintaining service delivery levels by the county,” Ellis said. The Board of Commissioners must adopt the county’s budget by the end of February. The Board of Commissioners’ finance, audit & budget Committee will hold a town hall on the proposed 2013 budget in the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Dr., Decatur on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m.
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Victim recovered during sex trafficking arrests
Dunwoody resident finds burglar in home
The Dunwoody Police Department has arrested 22-year-old H. T. Smith Feb. 4 for burglary after a homeowner found the suspect burglarizing her home. Officers were dispatched to 4909 Hidden Branches Drive after receiving a call about a burglary in progress, according Smith to a media release. “The homeowner woke up and found the back door open with electronics staged by the door,” according to a media release. “The victim saw a silhouette of the perpetrator inside of her home but remained calm and walked to the bedroom to call 911.” When officers arrived, the suspect fled on foot from the home, but was arrested without incident after officers quickly surrounded the area and located the suspect. Smith was transported to the DeKalb County Jail. The Dunwoody Police Department is currently investigating to determine if the suspect has committed any other burglaries or thefts inside the city. Anyone with further information regarding this case can contact Det. Robert Bentivegna at (678) 382-6911.
Two men have been arrested and face multiple charges for their roles in trafficking and exploiting teens for sex. DeKalb County Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Benjamin detectives, SWAT, and north precinct uniform officers executed a search warrant at 3214 Valley Bluff Dr. #317 on Jan. 30 in response to an investigation into the trafficking of juveniles for sexual servitude, Means according to a media release. Detectives arrested 28-year-old Kamau Benjamin and 22-year-old Anthony Means. Both men are charged with trafficking persons for sexual servitude, rape, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and false imprisonment. The investigation revealed the suspects were trafficking a 16-year-old and 18-year-old female. Detectives said the 18-year-old has been exploited by the men since she was 16. They also believe the two victims were physically abused, raped, forced to engage in prostitution, deprived of food and were regularly provided narcotics. The victims were initially targeted because they were runaways and then groomed and forced into sex trafficking. Both teens are receiving specialized treatment for their prolonged exploitation. The investigation into this case continues as detectives focus on identifying the men who paid to have sex with the teens. Detectives also continue to identify additional victims.
An off-duty DeKalb Sheriff’s deputy shot Eric D. Roberts at Capital City Bank and Trust at 5674 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, after Roberts refused to drop his gun during an attempted robbery. Roberts attempted to flee from the bank but his wounds caused him to collapse in the bank parking lot. Roberts later died. Roberts has been connected to five other bank robberies in DeKalb, according to a media release. According to police reports, Roberts first attempted to rob the Bank of America, 1272 Columbia Drive, Decatur June 30, 2012. Roberts, on Sept. 18, made a similar attempt at the Wells Fargo at 6756 Covington Highway, Lithonia. According to witnesses Roberts did not show any weapons during the first two attempts but made demands using a note that he gave to the bank tellers. Roberts’ third attempt on Oct. 26 led to a $3,498 loss for the Best Bank inside the Kroger at 6678 Covington Highway, Lithonia. Witnesses reported that Roberts used a gun during this robbery and demanded large bills from the teller.
An alert teller complied but gave him money along with a dye pack to help identify the robber, according to a media release. Roberts robbed the Best Bank inside the Walmart at 5401 Fairington Road, Lithonia, on Nov. 14. According to witnesses, he took $5,287 and threatened the teller’s life, ordering her not to put dye packs in the bag. On Nov. 24, Roberts returned to the Best Bank inside Kroger at 6678 Covington Highway and made the same threat. He got away with $1,240, according to a media release. The Dec. 28 robbery would have been Roberts’ sixth robbery in a string of felonies that yielded the suspect a little more than $10,000. The veteran sheriff’s deputy, whose name will not be released, said he was just doing what he was sworn to do as an officer, according to the media release.
Former teacher sentenced for rape, child molestation
A former Tucker Middle School teacher recently pleaded guilty to several
counts, including child molestation, statutory rape, sexual battery and invasion of privacy, according to a media release from the DeKalb District Attorney’s office. Almarcus Thomas was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Gail Flake to 30 years with 20 years in custody. Thomas pleaded guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old student while employed at Tucker Middle School. The incidents involving the student occurred from February through August 2011, according to the indictment. “These alleged crimes involve a man who preyed on a minor while in a position of authority and respect as an educator,” said District Attorney Robert James. “This plea reflects the acts of a monster who molested, abused and took advantage of women and children in DeKalb County. We hope this begins the healing process for all individuals and families affected by these heinous crimes.” Thomas has been in jail since February 2012.
CITY OF CHAMBLEE, GA. PUBLIC NOTICE The City of Chamblee is scheduled to meet on February 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM to, among other purposes, discuss (increasing) salaries for Mayor and City Council Members for the terms of office beginning January 2014.
The Mayor and City Council of the City of Chamblee, Georgia will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 14, 2013, 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) Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance,” Section 1307, “Signs allowed by zoning district”. The subject property is located at 5925 Peachtree Boulevard. The applicant is requesting a variance to allow an additional monument sign on the property. 2) Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance,” Section 207, “Planned unit development procedure”. The subject property is Turnbury Gates subdivision, located at 2401 Johnson Ferry Road. The applicant is requesting an amendment to the Planned Unit Development.
Report: December shooting by deputy stops serial robber
Investigators Feb. 1 revealed that an officerinvolved shooting on Dec. 28 ended a string of bank robberies, according Roberts to a media release.
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Decatur High’s Mollie-Emma O’Neil gives her closing statements in the second round of the regional mock trial competition Feb. 2.
DSA wins regional mock trial competition
by Carla Parker email@example.com DeKalb School of the Arts won the regional mock trial competition on Feb. 2 at the DeKalb County Courthouse, by defeating Decatur High School in the final round of the competition. The event, sponsored by the State Bar of Georgia, brought together approximately 150 youth from seven DeKalb and metro Atlanta schools to compete for the regional title. Other schools that competed were Centennial, Chamblee, The Galloway School, Lakeside and Southwest DeKalb. The event included two rounds of competition, a championship round and an award ceremony. Chief Assistant District Attorney Nicole Marchand Golden, who has served as organizer of the mock trial competition for seven years, said she was excited about the opportunity to work with talented students for this year’s competition. “We have students from across the county coming together to compete,” she said. “Hopefully, this platform will not only inspire spirited debated among our young people but will also encourage those participating to pursue a career in law.” Hunter Archer, a senior at The Galloway School, said being on the mock trial team for four years has largely influenced him to possibly become a lawyer. “If I do [go into law] it will be largely a part of what I’ve done here at mock trial,” he said. Hunter, who will attend Brown University in the fall, said he devel-
Decatur High School mock trial team faces The Galloway School team Hunter Archer from The Galloway School give his in the second round of the competition. Photos by Carla Parker closing statements in the second round of the competition.
oped skills such as public speaking, organization and confidence as a member of the mock trial team. “Faking confidence can be one of the most important skills in life because you can get confidence,” he said. DeKalb School of the Arts will move on to the state mock trial competition, which will be held March 16-17 in Lawrenceville. The winner of the state finals will move on to the national competition in Indianapolis, Ind.
Supreme Court hears appeal from abortion doctor accused of Medicaid fraud
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org The Georgia Supreme Court heard an appeal of a pre-trial ruling involving a DeKalb County doctor who was accused of illegally using Medicaid funds to perform services associated with elective abortions. Dr. Tyrone Malloy was indicted in 2011 by a DeKalb County grand jury for two counts of Medicaid fraud in violation of state law. The indictment alleges that from 2007-2010, Malloy accepted $131,615 in Medicaid payments to which he wasn’t entitled “because such services were associated with the performance of elective abortions.” The second count alleges that in the same period, Malloy then fraudulently accepted $255,024 in Medicaid payments for “detailed” ultrasounds which had not been performed. According to court documents, Malloy filed for dismissal three times, claiming that the state law under which he was being charged was unconstitutional and that the indictment’s language was “prejudicial.” A DeKalb Superior Court judge denied all three motions, Malloy then requested a certificate from the trial court allowing him to file an appeal with the state Supreme Court, which was also denied. Malloy then appealed directly to the Supreme Court Feb. 4. In 2010, the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Program Integrity Unit conducted a review of Malloy’s Old National Gynecology clinic looking for violations of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for elective abortions. After its review, the department instituted a “withhold of Medicaid number,” suspending Medicaid reimbursements to Malloy. However, Malloy later requested an administrative review of the department’s findings and an administrative law judge concluded that Malloy had not done anything wrong and the Medicaid funds that were withheld from him were released. The Georgia attorney general then filed criminal charges against Malloy for the money he had allegedly billed the Medicaid program and the additional funds that he collected after they were released to him. During the Feb. 4 appeal, Malloy’s attorneys argued that the state was using its influence to further a political agenda. His attorneys also said that the trial court failed to protect Malloy from double jeopardy because the state was allowed to appeal the administrative law judge’s ruling, which it chose not to. “Three witnesses testified before the administrative law judge that his procedures were proper,” attorney Katherine Durant testified. “The state also indicted Malloy for accepting the very funds that were released to him.” Durant also said that the statute that Malloy was being charged with violating was deliberately vague. The state contends that Malloy illegally applied for payment for procedures that were “associated” with elective abortions and are therefore not eligible for Medicaid reimbursement. “Nowhere in the statute or policy manual is there a distinction made between reimbursement for these diagnostic services for patients who elect to terminate pregnancy and those who do not,” state attorneys argued. Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias said that a “very heavy majority of courts nationwide” hold that an administrative ruling is not double jeopardy. Malloy has practiced medicine in Georgia since 1981. He received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is medical director of the Atlanta SurgiCenter, where he has been providing abortion services for 20 years. Additionally, Malloy is on the faculty of Emory University’s School of Medicine. His primary practice, Metropolitan Atlanta ObGyn, is located in Decatur. He has another clinic, Old National Gynecology, in College Park. If convicted, Malloy could be sentenced to a $10,000 fine or up to 10 years in prison. A ruling on Malloy’s appeal to the state Supreme Court is expected in the next several months.
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late August 2011 of the alleged child molestation of a 6-year-old boy. Evidence recovered during the investigation led to the issuance of criminal warrants Westerman against the defendants on Oct. 9, 2011. Both suspects surrendered on the charges and were lodged in the DeKalb County Jail. Lindsey was the deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office at the CDC. Prior to that, she was the senior health scientist in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, which oversaw the allocation process for $1.5 billion in terrorism preparedness. In her 12 years at the CDC, Lindsey has received
CDC employees indicted for alleged molestation of 6-year-old
by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com Two former employees for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been indicted for child molestation by a DeKalb County grand jury. Thomas Joseph Westerman, 42, and Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, 44, were arrested in 2011. Each was recently charged with two counts of child molestation. According to the indictment, Westerman and Lindsey asked the child to “spank the buttocks” of the partially nude Lindsey while Westerman watched. Additionally, the indictment states that Westerman forced the child to use a sex toy on Lindsey. The abuse allegedly took place JanuaryAugust 2011, and DeKalb Police Lindsey said detectives were notified by a medical professional in numerous awards for outstanding performance on projects and programs, according to her profile on Emory University’s Biological and Biomedical Sciences website. Lindsey earned her doctorate in immunology and molecular pathogenesis from the university in 1998. A LinkedIn page for Westerman lists him as having been a watch officer at the CDC from 2009-10.
DeKalb County Wants to Hear From You Regarding the Proposed Franchise Agreement Renewal with Comcast Cable Communications
Send your comments and/or concerns regarding Comcast’s current performance under the current franchise agreement and/or the future cable-related needs and interests of your community to www.dekalbcountyga.gov.
Sen. Ronald Ramsey elected chairman of county senate delegation
Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Lithonia) has been elected chairman of the DeKalb County senate delegation. The Senate delegation plays an integral role in the decision-making process when determining what local legislation goes forward for a vote in the Senate chamber. “I look forward to working more collaboratively with the members of the Senate delegation as well as House Chairman Howard Mosby and the members of the House delegation,” Ramsey said. “I remain devoted to serving each and every constituent of DeKalb County and addressing their needs and concerns through our delegation.” Sen. Jason Carter (DDecatur) was elected vice chairman and Sen. Gloria Butler (D-Stone Mountain) was elected secretary. Ramsey has appointed Carter to serve as the special chairman of all education related issues and concerns in DeKalb County. The Senate delegation is made up of seven members while the House delegation is made of 16 members of the Georgia General Assembly. DeKalb delegation members will meet monthly to discuss local and statewide legislation that directly affects the residents of DeKalb County.
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Seven Day Forecast
Rain Likely High: 56 Low: 45 Isolated Rain High: 63 Low: 43 Partly Cloudy High: 61 Low: 43 Mostly Cloudy High: 60 Low: 46 Scat'd Rain High: 64 Low: 51 Mostly Cloudy High: 61 Low: 45
Feb. 7, 2013
Today’s Regional Map
Dunwoody 54/44 Smyrna 55/45 Doraville 55/45 Atlanta 56/45 College Park 57/45 Union City 57/45
Detailed Local Forecast
Today we will see cloudy skies with an 80% chance of rain, high temperature of 56º, humidity of 76%. East wind 5 to 10 mph. The record high temperature for today is 72º set in 1937. Expect cloudy skies tonight with a 70% chance of rain, overnight low of 45º. Date Hi Lo Normals Precip Tuesday 72 45 53/34 0.03" Wednesday 69 41 53/34 2.04" Thursday 47 33 53/34 0.00" Friday 41 27 54/34 0.00" Saturday 52 21 54/34 0.19" Sunday 55 33 54/34 0.00" Monday 50 29 54/35 0.00" Rainfall. . . . . . . . 2.26" Average temp. . 43.9 Normal rainfall. . 1.19" Average normal 43.9 Departure . . . . . +1.07" Departure . . . . . . 0.0 Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 7:29 a.m. 7:28 a.m. 7:27 a.m. 7:26 a.m. 7:25 a.m. 7:24 a.m. 7:23 a.m.
Feb. 7, 1978 - The worst winter storm of record struck coastal New England. The storm produced 27.5 inches of snow at Boston and nearly 50 inches in northeastern Rhode Island. The 14-foot tide at Portland, Maine was probably the highest tide of the century. Feb. 8, 1987 - A powerful storm hit the Great Lakes region. North winds of 50 to 70 mph raised the water level of southern Lake Michigan two feet and produced waves 12 to 18 feet high, causing seven million dollars damage along the Chicago area shoreline.
Last Week's Local Almanac
Decatur Snellville 56/45 56/45 Lithonia 57/45 Morrow 57/45
Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Sunset 6:14 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 6:16 p.m. 6:17 p.m. 6:18 p.m. 6:19 p.m. 6:20 p.m.
New 2/10 First 2/17
Partly Cloudy High: 60 Low: 42
Moonrise Moonset 5:03 a.m. 3:41 p.m. 5:53 a.m. 4:49 p.m. 6:38 a.m. 5:56 p.m. 7:19 a.m. 7:02 p.m. 7:56 a.m. 8:06 p.m. 8:31 a.m. 9:08 p.m. 9:06 a.m. 10:08 p.m.
Full 2/25 Last 3/4 Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 8:16 a.m. 7:22 p.m. 6:55 a.m. 5:13 p.m. 8:19 a.m. 7:25 p.m. 12:42 p.m. 2:47 a.m. 12:39 a.m. 11:32 a.m. 9:41 a.m. 9:54 p.m.
Local UV Index
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National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see partly cloudy to cloudy skies with a few snow showers today, scattered rain and snow Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 46º in Germantown, Md. The Southeast will experience isolated showers and thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 83º in Ft. Myers, Fla. In the Northwest, there will be scattered rain and snow today, mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with isolated snow Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 45º in Medford, Ore. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today, scattered showers Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 75º in Yuma, Ariz.
What is keraunophobia?
StarWatch By Gary Becker - Planets Meet in West this Week
Mercury appears in the WSW during dusk late in the week, but before the Messenger God gets his due, a curious, almost invisible conjunction (meeting) takes place on Monday between Mars and Neptune, very low in the WSW, three quarters of an hour after sundown. Mars and Neptune will be separated by less than a half degree on Feb. 4 and by less than one degree on the day before and after that date. You will need very transparent sky conditions as well as binoculars to spot Mars, and a small telescope if you want to include Neptune which is much fainter. An alternate way of seeing the two would be to capture the scene with a digital camera mounted on a tripod. A much easier conjunction between Mercury and Mars takes place from Feb. 7 to the 9, low in the WSW about 45 minutes after sunset. The sweet date is Sunday the eighth, when Messenger and Warrior are distanced by only one third degree. That’s an angular separation only 2/3rds the size of the full moon. On the day before and after February 8, Mars and Mercury are separated by about one degree. Again, clear sky conditions will be necessary along with a good WSW horizon, free from any trees or buildings to obscure the view. Be at your observing post no later than 6:15 p.m., about 45 minutes after sundown. Binoculars will easily reveal Mercury, and if another starlike, but fainter object is spotted near the Messenger God, that will be Mars. As the minutes roll by revealing a darker sky, Mercury should become visible to the unaided eye. During the weeks of February 10 and the 17, Mercury will be visible low in the WSW after sundown. The best evening for viewing just Mercury will be the 16th when the Messenger God stands nearly a fist, held at arm’s length, high above the WSW horizon. While you’re scouring the skies for Mercury, don’t forget Jupiter, brilliant and high in the south. www.astronomy.org
Answer: The fear of lightning.
UV Index 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High, 11+: Extreme Exposure
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DeKalb school administrator resigns after being accused of plagiarism
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org A DeKalb County School District (DCSD) administrator has resigned several weeks after admitting that he copied other people’s work off the Internet for a report the district paid him for to write. Ralph Taylor submitted his resignation to the district Jan. 28. DeKalb schools spokeswoman Lillian Govus said Taylor is also required to reimburse the district the $10,000 he was paid for an audit addressing school safety. In December 2011, Taylor was hired by Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson as the associate superintendent for support services. In mid-January the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that more than a third of Taylor’s report had been copied from other sources. Several days after the faulty report was brought to DCSD’s attention, Taylor issued a statement saying that he had made an “inexcusable mistake” in not attributing portions of his report. In his statement Taylor also denied being a plagiarist and said “plagiarism was not my intent.” At that time Jeff DickerCOMBINED NOTICE NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330 Decatur, Georgia 30030 Telephone (404) 286-3308 TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS: Project #1: Location: Purpose:
son, a spokesman for Atkinson, said Taylor’s employment with the district would be unaffected because the report was written while he was a consultant. Govus said state employees such as Taylor are granted safeguards against wrongful termination, so the district couldn’t hold Taylor accountable for an infraction he committed as a contractor. “What Dickerson was try-
ing to get to with that statement was not that Taylor’s employment status wouldn’t be affected, but that we were certain to follow the right procedure and protocol,” Govus said. Govus said Taylor would not receive a severance package. Atkinson and Taylor both previously worked for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
February 7, 2013
The DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department gives notice that it will submit a request for release of grant funds and an environmental certification pertaining to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 15 days following this publication. The request and certification relate to the following projects.
Construction of a new Fire Station No. 3 to replace the existing outdated structure. Existing Fire and Rescue Services will be maintained at a temporary location until a Certificate of Occupancy is received upon completion of construction. The new facility will be constructed on an approximately 1.1 acre site that includes the property of the existing Fire Station (24 N. Clarendon Ave) and the adjacent lot (100 N. Clarendon Ave). The new facility will have two entrances to improve emergency response and vehicular flow. The new station will be capable of housing personnel and modern firefighting and emergency rescue equipment in such a manner as to quickly respond to calls for emergency assistance. The new facility will have the ability to hold up to the anticipated capacity of 10 Fire Department personnel to meet the demands of their service area. The new facility will provide separate male and female dormitory style restrooms/shower facilities, partitioned sleeping quarters, larger dining and food preparation areas, dayroom/office facilities, a fitness area, and administrative office area. The new Fire Station No.3 will offer more storage facilities and an increase in the size of the engine bays to allow access for larger and more up to date equipment to better serve the surrounding community and citizens of DeKalb County. The County has consulted with the State Historic Preservation Office throughout the planning process to ensure that the future Fire Station will minimize any adverse affect to the adjacent Avondale Estates National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) District. A memorandum of agreement has been created and will be adhered to throughout construction. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-117) provided the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with Economic Development Initiative (EDI) funds for certain special projects specified in the Conference Report accompanying the Act (H.R. 111-366). The Ellenwood Community Center is an integral part of the Overall Fork Creek Mountain Park Master Plan that was prepared under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department. DeKalb County has invested significant funds to develop this project, including the original purchase of 35 acres, the additional acquisition of 20 acres in 2001 through a Greenspace Bond, and the development of a site evaluation and Master Plan Report in 2009. The Master Plan recommends implementing the project in multiple phases to accommodate limited funding. This Grant will provide the funds to construct Phase One of this project. Due to the limited initial funding, Phase One will focus on upgrades and improvements to the existing park facilities and “setting the stage” for future phases as additional funding is allocated. Phase One Improvements will include Playground Area Improvements, Existing parking area Improvements, New Park Signage, and Existing Equipment Replacement. This project provides an excellent opportunity to provide a “Green”, eco-friendly, natural preserve that will promote and enhance the educational, historical and cultural values of the property and also provide passive recreational benefits to the community. It has been determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and, accordingly, DeKalb County has decided not to prepare Environmental Impact Statements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-190). The reasons for such decision not to prepare such Statements are as follows: An Environmental Assessment has been made for the project which concludes that all adverse effects will be minor, short-term impacts will be mitigated by either the requirements of the construction contract documents or by the requirements of applicable local, state or federal permits and environmental ordinances. The positive effects of eliminating public health hazards and improving environmental conditions for low and moderate-income families outweigh any potential negative impacts. This project is consistent with the goals and objectives of DeKalb County Government and the Community Development Department. The Environmental Review Record, respecting the proposed project, has been made by DeKalb County which documents the environmental review of the project and fully sets forth the reasons why such Environmental Impact Statements are not required. The Environmental Review Record is on file at the DeKalb County Community Development Department, 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia 30030 and is available for public examination and copying upon request between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. No further environmental reviews of the subject project are proposed to be conducted prior to the request for release of Federal funds. All interested agencies, groups, and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by DeKalb County to the Human and Community Development Director. Written comments will be received at 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia on or before February 22, 2013. All comments received will be considered and DeKalb County will not request the release of Federal funds or take any administrative action on the proposed projects prior to the date specified in the preceding sentence. At least one day after the termination of the public comment period for the FONSI, but not before comments on the FONSI have been considered and resolved, DeKalb County will submit a Request for Release of Funds (RROF) and certification to HUD. By so doing DeKalb County will ask HUD to allow it to commit funds to this project, certifying that (1) it has performed the environmental reviews prescribed by HUD regulations ("Environmental Review Procedures for Title I Community Development Block Grant Program" - 24 CFR part 58), and (2) the Certifying Officer, Chris Morris, Director, DeKalb County Community Development Department, consents to accept and enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental reviews or resulting decision-making and action. The legal effect of the certification is that by approving it, HUD will have satisfied its responsibilities under the National Environmental Act, thus allowing DeKalb County to commit CDBG funds to this project. HUD will accept objections to its approval of the release of funds and the certification only if it is on one of the following basis: (a) that the certification was not in fact executed by the Certifying Officer; or (b) that the applicant's Environmental Review Record for the project indicated omission of a required decision, funding, or step applicable to the project in the environmental review process. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance to HUD at the Regional Environmental Branch, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 40 Marietta Street N.W., 15th floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-9812. Objections to the release of funds on basis other than those stated above will not be considered by HUD. No objection received after March 11, 2013 will be considered by HUD.
DeKalb County – Fire Station No.3 Construction (including demolition) 24 North Clarendon Avenue and 100 North Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Project #2: Location: Purpose:
DeKalb County – Fork Creek Mountain Park Preservation and Community Center Construction 2892 River Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294
Project #1 and #2 - FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (FONSI)
Public Comments on FONSI
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS (NOI/RROF)
Objection to Release of Funds
Chris H. Morris, Director DeKalb County Community Development Department 150 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330 Decatur, Georgia 30030
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Fly is a theater production to make audience spirits soar
by Kathy Mitchell email@example.com he story of the Tuskegee Airmen has been told many times, including in the 2012 George Lucas movie Red Tails. Fly, a musical now on the stage of the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, is the compelling story told through the experiences of four recruits—J. Allen, Oscar, Chet and W.W. More than the historical account of a group of men cutting a new path in American history, Fly is a celebration of the triumph of the human spirit. These young Black men were determined to succeed in the segregated South of the 1940s in spite of getting little support from those around them—including many of their instructors—who said the “experiment” in which Black men were being trained as pilots was doomed to failure and a waste of government resources that were much need in World War II. One of the instructors tells the Black recruits, “If you had any patriotism, you’d go ahead and wash out.” Each of the young men has his own reason for wanting to be in the Tuskegee program. Oscar, for example, is “a race man,” eager to prove that Black people are as smart, brave, skilled and loyal as other Americans, while W.W. just wants to impress the ladies. They all are fighting two wars, one against racism in their own country and other with the Nazis. In the end, they become skilled pilots, often requested as escorts by American bombers in Europe. The men are not portrayed as super human. Indeed, they are very
human with fears, weaknesses, rivalry within the group and abiding concern for their loved ones left at home. Interspersed with the familiar story are wonderful song and dance sequences that feature tap and other dance styles as well as marvelous renditions of such World War II favorites as Lulu’s Back in Town. Several of the numbers prompted thunderous applause from the audience. The cast also features a character known as “the Tap Griot.” A griot, as the program notes explain, is “a member of a class of traveling poets, musicians and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa.” The Tap Griot, masterfully played by Fenner Eaddy, enters from time to time with dance solos that interconnect the play’s vignettes. The story flashes back from the 2009 swearing-in of the first Black U.S. president, at which surviving Tuskegee Airmen were honored guests. In fact, one of the Tuskegee Airmen, Val Archer, who served as a consultant to the production, was present in the theater for opening night. The delightful cast includes John E. Doyle as J. Allen, Joel Ishman as Oscar, Eric J. Little as Chet and Doc Waller as W.W. as well as Brian Kurlander and J. C. Long, playing various White men with whom the main characters interact. Fly is a perfect way to celebrate Black History Month, the tenacity of the human spirit or astounding possibilities of the theater. Fly is at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, through Feb. 24.
Eric J. Little as Chet, who learned to fly at a small airfield on Long Island, N.Y.
From left, Little, Doc Waller as W.W. and Joel Ishman as Oscar, the Tuskegee Airmen in Fly.
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IHM student’s grandmother collects beverage can tabs
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School (IHM) in Atlanta collects beverage can pull tabs year-round to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities. When student Olivia Bily’s grandmother, Helen Makowski, learned that IHM collected the tabs for charity she asked all of her neighbors to collect their tabs. Makowski then packed up the tabs and shipped them to Olivia from her home in New York. Makowski was able to collect more than 10 pounds of tabs, IHM’s Director of Faith Formation Carmen Graciaa delivered them to the Ronald McDonald House.
A new bilingual charter school will open up in the Druid Hills area this August. GLOBE Academy will be located at the old Heritage Elementary School site, which was decommissioned several years ago. Photo provided
First bilingual charter school in DeKalb County opening
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org said. Because the school will be a public charter school, Kenner said the students Brand Kenner, co-founder of GLOBE have to be randomly assigned a second Academy, said she first got the idea to language. Parents are able to note their open the school while her child was atpreference but there’s no guarantee their tending Little Linguists International Pre- child will be placed in that language school in Atlanta. group. Kenner was working with Jackie GLOBE Academy will follow the Ubiles to open Little Linguists; she said Georgia Common Core and Performance they both had young children at the time. Standards outlined by the Georgia De“We were amazed at the way our kids partment of Education. Kenner said each were so readily able to grasp the second teacher will have a lot of autonomy under languages,” Kenner said. the school’s teaching framework but there When Kenner’s children were getare broader theme’s they’re also required ting ready to leave preschool she worried to follow. about what their options were. She wanted Instruction at GLOBE Academy is them to continue their bilingual educabased on children’s natural inclination tion but she said the only other school for inquiry and discovery according to with a curriculum similar to that of Little Kenner. She said students will engage Linguists was the Atlanta International in workshop-based learning for reading, School, a private school that was out of language arts and math, and project-based her price range. learning for social studies and science. “We were literally sitting on my livChildren will also participate in physical ing room couch discussing options one education, music, art and other classes night,” Kenner said. each week. That night in 2009, Kenner decided The GLOBE Academy will open in to start a nonprofit board and begin the August and will be housed in the old process of petitioning the DeKalb County Heritage Center school facility, located School District (DCSD) to open a charter on the corner of Briarcliff and Clairmont school. The board submitted a charter ap- roads. The facility was decommissioned plication to DCSD in May 2012, and it several years ago during redistricting. was accepted. Kenner said DCSD is now letting GLOBE “We were a little bit surprised but we Academy move in and occupy the buildalso worked very closely with the Georgia ing rent-free. Charter Schools Association and we knew “We do have plans to make capital imwe were going into the process with a lot provements but we’ll actually be able to of strong support,” Kenner said. use the building as it is for the first year,” GLOBE is an acronym for Global Kenner said. Learning opportunities through Balanced Kenner said the majority of improveEducation. The curriculum at the academy ments on the building will be to enable will include core academic content in the school’s enrollment to grow. Class both English and a second world language size will be limited to 22 students. How(French, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish). ever, the students will be supported by Kenner said it is important for parents two teachers in every classroom—includto know that learning a second language is ing a native speaker of the targeted second just a small part of the overall focus of the language—the student/teacher ratio will school. She said the main goal is to create be 11:1. “global citizens.” The GLOBE Academy expects to “That is really the broader picture; to open with approximately 350 to 400 stucreate 21st century learners who are emdents in its first year and will grow to appathetic and communicate with people proximately 1,100 students in six years. and cultures around the world,” Kenner
Student selected to attend Grammy Foundation Camp
DeKalb School of the Arts senior Cameron Capers has been selected to attend the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy Camp Jazz Session program Feb. 1-11 in Los Angeles. Capers is one of 31 students from across the nation to be selected. The camp attendees are eligible for more than $2 million in college scholarships made possible through the foundation’s college partners: Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and USC Thornton School of Music.
Chamblee Middle School literary magazine receives award
The Chamblee Middle School 2012 literary magazine, Inside Out: Mirrors of the Mind, was ranked “excellent” by the 2012 National Council of Teachers of English. A total of 417 schools around the state entered the 2012 competition. Chamblee was the only public middle school in the state to receive this honor.
DeKalb school district, PTAs to host and Education Resource college fair for special needs students
The DeKalb County School District and the DeKalb Council of PTAs will host an education, resources and college fair for students with special needs Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the DeKalb County Administrative and Industrial Complex. The fair will feature information about employment, staffing services, career exploration, college and vocational programs, family support and more. For more information, contact Ron Brown, chairman of family engagement and special needs, at email@example.com.
The Museum School enrollment underway
Student enrollment for The Museum School’s 2013-14 year runs from Feb. 1- 15. Children who will be in grades K-6 in the next school year are eligible to apply. In the coming year, The Museum School will serve 354 students and begin a middle-school program that will include grades six, seven and eight by 2015. Additionally, the school will also be adding a second sixth-grade class this August, pending approval from the DeKalb County School District. More information and student applications are available at www. themuseumschool.org. Applications and supporting documentation should be delivered or postmarked by Feb. 15 to the school at 923 Forrest Blvd., Decatur, GA 30030. Enrollment priority is given to children living in Focus Area 1, which follows the attendance lines for Avondale, Knollwood and Midway elementary schools, as those lines were drawn for the 2011-12 school year. If space allows, enrollment is opened to children living in Focus Area 2, which is the remainder of the DeKalb County School District, excluding the cities of Decatur and Atlanta. If The Museum School receives more student applications than available spots for any grade level or program, it will conduct a public lottery, using a random selection process, on Feb. 19, 2013.
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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE FOR PHASING OUT OF INSTRUCTIONAL FACILITIES
Public Hearings, 6:30 – 8:00 PM at: February 19, 2013 at AIC Auditorium 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd Stone Mountain, GA 30083 February 26, 2013 at AIC Auditorium 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd Stone Mountain, GA 30083
In accordance with SPLOST IV and the 2011, ten-year master facility plan*, the DeKalb County School District proposes to phase-out twelve (12) instructional facilities over the next five years: 1) Austin Elementary Facility, 2) Avondale High Facility, 3) Clifton Elementary Facility, 4) DESA/Terry Mill Facility 5) Fernbank Elementary Facility, 6) Meadowview Elementary Facility, 7) Midway Elementary Facility, 8) Ronald McNair Middle Facility, 9) Pleasantdale Elementary Facility, 10) Rockbridge Elementary Facility, 11) Smoke Rise Elementary Facility and 12) Wadsworth Elementary Facility. Students from these schools will return back to their schools after construction as listed in Table 1 and Table 2. The date of phase-out, date of last instruction, and proposed use for each affected building is also listed below in Table 1. In Table 2, please note that Peachcrest ES and Gresham Park ES are two, new, 900-seat schools. It is envisioned that students from Clifton ES and Meadowview ES schools will move into the new Gresham Park ES. Students from Knollwood ES and Midway ES will move into the new Peachcrest ES. Any attendance lines adjustments for any receiving schools and their adjacent schools in order to accommodate the relocated students within each school’s capacity limits will be discussed the year prior to phase out. Fernbank ES is presently scheduled to occupy Avondale MS during the construction period. References: Ten-year Facility Master Plan (http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/documents/vision-2020/master-plan.pdf) Table 1. Instructional Facilities to be Phased-out Instructional Facility Austin Elementary Facility Avondale High Facility Clifton Elementary Facility DESA/Terry Mill Elementary Facility Fernbank Elementary Facility Meadowview Elementary Facility Midway Elementary Facility Ronald McNair Middle Facility Pleasantdale Elementary Facility Rockbridge Elementary Facility Smoke Rise Elementary Facility Wadsworth Elementary Facility Facility Address 5435 Roberts Drive Dunwoody, GA 30338 1192 Clarendon Ave Avondale Estates, GA 30002 3132 Clifton Church Rd Atlanta, GA 30316 797 Fayetteville Rd Atlanta, GA 30316 157 Heaton Park Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30307 1879 Wee Kirk Rd Atlanta, GA 30316 3318 Midway Rd Decatur, GA 30032 2190 Wallingford Dr. Decatur, GA 30032 3695 Northlake Drive Doraville, GA 30340 445 Halwick Way Stone Mountain, GA 30083 1991 Silver Hill Road Stone Mountain, GA 30087 2084 Green Forrest Dr. Decatur, GA 30032 Date of Last Instruction at Facility and Date of Phase Out June, 2018 June, 2016 June, 2015 June, 2016 June, 2013 Resident Students Transferred and Where All students to attend replacement Austin ES facility All students to attend new Comprehensive Arts Magnet School at Avondale MS facility All students to attend new Gresham Park ES facility All students to attend new Comprehensive Arts Magnet School at Avondale MS facility All students to attend Avondale MS during construction and then return to replacement Fernbank ES facility in Fall 2015 All students to attend new Gresham Park ES facility All students to attend new Peachcrest ES facility Future Use of Facility Torn down and replaced by new facility Declared surplus and possible reuse or disposal Declared surplus and possible reuse or disposal Declared surplus and possible reuse or disposal Torn down and replaced by new facility
June, 2015 June, 2015
Declared surplus and possible reuse or disposal Declared surplus and possible reuse or disposal
June, 2018 June, 2018 June, 2018 June, 2018 June, 2015
All students to attend replacement McNair MS facility All students to attend replacement Pleasantdale ES facility All students to attend replacement Rockbridge ES replacement All students to attend replacement Smoke Rise ES facility All students to be housed at Knollwood ES facility
Torn down and replaced by new facility Torn down and replaced by new facility Torn down and replaced by new facility Torn down and replaced by new facility Declared surplus and possible reuse or disposal
Table 2. Receiving Instructional Facility, Proposed Size, Grade Configuration, and Cost Receiving Instructional Facility Arts School at Avondale Middle Facility Austin Elementary Facility McNair Middle Facility Fernbank Elementary Facility Gresham Park Elementary Facility Knollwood Elementary Facility Peachcrest Elementary Facility Pleasantdale Elementary Facility Rockbridge Elementary Facility Smoke Rise Elementary Facility Address 3131 Old Rockbridge Rd 5435 Roberts Dr 2190 Wallingford Dr. 157 Heaton Park Drive NE 1848 Vicki Ln 3039 Santa Monica Dr. 1530 Joy Ln 3695 Northlake Drive 445 Halwick Way 1991 Silver Hill Road Avondale Estates, GA 30002 Dunwoody, GA 30338 Decatur, GA 30032 Atlanta, GA 30307 Atlanta, GA 30316 Decatur, GA 30032 Decatur, GA 30032 Doraville, GA 30340 Stone Mountain, GA 30083 Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Prop. Facility Capacity (Students) 1,100 900 1,200 900 900 650 900 900 900 600
Grade Configuration K-12 PK-5 6-8 PK-5 PK-5 4-6 PK-5 PK-5 PK-5 PK-5
Expansion, Cost, and Funding Source Add auditorium, $4.0 million, SPLOST IV Rebuild 900 seat school, $18.4 million, SPLOST IV Rebuild 1200 seat school, $34.6 million, SPLOST IV Rebuild 900 seat school, $18.4 million, SPLOST IV Rebuild 900 seat school, $18.4 million, SPLOST IV No expansion necessary Rebuild 900 seat school, $18.4 million, SPLOST IV Rebuild 900 seat school, $18.4 million, SPLOST IV Rebuild 900 seat school, $18.4 million, SPLOST IV Rebuild 600 seat school, $18.4 million, SPLOST IV*
* Cost for 600-seat school pending review.
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Jasmine Shedid, registered dietitian, offers food made from fresh local ingredients to Golden LivingCenter resident Sabrina Dye.
occasion at Designer Styles, located in an 7,339-square-foot store on the upper level across from Kohl’s. The retailer offers fashion apparel and a variety of accessories, including designer inspired handbags, evening clutches, belts and more. Shoppers looking for a cultural connection can stop by African Art. A variety of products including African masks, clothing, jewelry, vases, baskets, pictures and more can be found in the 2,006-square-foot store on the upper level near the main entrance. H&R Block recently joined Northlake Mall’s retail mix with a new 892-square-foot store. H&R Block, one of the world’s largest tax services providers, will be open through April on the lower level adjacent to Kohl’s. Scheduled to open in mid-February, T2I Entertainment will provide talent, music and media production services, as well as a variety of classes in the performing arts. The 3,423-square-foot venue will offer music, dance and acting classes for students ages 5-24, in addition to image consulting, choreography, production and entertainment marketing to build personal brands. It will be located on the upper level adjacent to Sears.
to actually get to know our clients–to genuinely understand their financial aspirations and then work together to help them reach their goals.” According to DeWitt, Resurgens Bank is now the only community bank serving the Oak Grove/Lakeside/North Briarcliff corridor. He attributes the bank’s success to “a personal approach that’s both creative and flexible.” “Plus, we invest back into the community— so banking here is a win-win for everyone in the neighborhood,” he added.
T.G.I. Friday’s opens at Stonecrest
The newest T.G.I. Friday’s location opened Jan. 31 on Stonecrest Circle at Stonecrest Mall in Lithonia. The location is owned and operated by Atlanta Restaurant Partners/Jackmont Hospitality and is the company’s 20th location. “Locals have been anxiously awaiting the restaurant’s opening,” said Charles Fleming, director of operations for Jackmont Hospitality, “and we’re thrilled to finally let everyone come on in and celebrate that ‘Friday feeling.’ The new location will accommodate 278 guests and features 2,500 square feet of dining space on two levels, private dining rooms, and upstairs and downstairs bars. The Stonecrest Mall T.G.I. Friday’s expects to employ 175 people from the surrounding area.
Home & Garden Design receives customer satisfaction award
Chef Darin Leonardson, Golden Living’s director of hospitality and dining, dishes up food in keeping with Golden Living’s philosophy that food matters, enjoyment matters, experience matters.
Senior center introduces menu of fresh, seasonally inspired foods
Golden LivingCenter - Dunwoody on Meridian Mark Road recently introduced its new Golden Bistro Dining experience, Golden Bistro dining menus, and seasonally inspired appetizers at a community meet and greet event. Community members and residents toured the recently renovated LivingCenter and new dining room.
Resurgens Bank moves to new Northlake location
After opening five years ago on Henderson Mill Road, Resurgens Bank has moved its Northlake location to LaVista Road in the Northlake Festival Shopping Center. “Stop by and visit us,” said branch Manager Melanie Hulsey. “You’ll find an inviting atmosphere, coffee bar, refreshments and, of course, the same friendly faces and service we’ve become known for. Most of all, though, you’ll enjoy a fresh new approach to banking.” “We’re very different from the mega-banks in the neighborhood,” added Resurgens president and long-time North Briarcliff resident Charles DeWitt. “We really do know our clients by name. But it goes deeper than that. We take the time
Northlake Mall announces several new stores
Northlake Mall recently announced the addition of Crush, Designer Styles, African Art, H&R Block and T2I Entertainment to its list of retail stores. These additions join the recently opened Fork in the Road restaurant and Elevenup Shoes store. Now open in a 2,596-square-foot store, Crush offers an exclusive selection of cutting edge accessories from around the world. Crush is located in the lower level center court. Women can shop for fashions for any
DeKalb County-based Home & Garden Design Inc. has been awarded “Best of Houzz”: 2013 Customer Satisfaction award by Houzz, an online platform for residential remodeling and design. Home & Garden Design was founded in 1988 by Danna and Conrad Cain, and the design-build landscape architecture firm was chosen to receive this award by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: customer satisfaction and design. Customer satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from landscape architects and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals. “We are so honored with this national recognition, especially because it is based solely on our clients’ satisfaction,” noted Danna Cain, ASLA. “We carefully listen to our clients and then help them select the best possible solution for their personalized outdoor living area, be it an organic vegetable and herb garden or a major landscape and hardscape renovation. Creating a beautiful and functional outdoor space is a thoughtful process that requires both artistry and technical knowledge. We truly love what we do.”
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Cedar Grove bounces back after rebuilding season
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org he Cedar Grove boys basketball team finished the 2011-2012 season with a 4-14 record. Some would consider that a losing season, but head coach James Martin didn’t. “We didn’t look at it as being horrible,” he said. “We looked at it as a part of our development.” After the down season, the Cedar Grove Saints have developed into a winning team this year. The Saints are 18-4 on the season and were on an 11 game winning streak before losing 49-44 to Woodward Academy on Jan. 29. That winning streak moved Cedar Grove into the No. 7 spot in Class AAA by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and No. 6 in the
MaxPrep.com poll. Martin said the team came together during the offseason and put in the work and time to get better. He added that the key to the team’s success is the trust they have in one another. “They trust me and I trust them,” he said. “They trust their coaches.” Martin said he also had to “eliminate the bad elements” that he thought was poisoning the team atmosphere. “We don’t have, in my mind, any bad attitude kids,” he said. “They work hard and they believe in what we are doing. We get good support from [the players] and great support from their parents.”
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Head Coach James A. Martin, right, gives instruction against St. Pius X. Photo by Annette D. Ford Photos by Travis Hudgons
A dunk by Raylon Richardson.
James Walker shoots over two Mays defenders.
Aniefiok Udofia gets the rebound and takes a shot.
Klarissa Weaver battles for the ball.
Miller Grove wins battle of AAAA top teams over Mays
by Mark Brock Four Miller Grove Wolverines hit double figures and the No. 1 ranked team in Class AAAAA downed No. 2 ranked Mays 64-49 to seal the No. 1 seed in the 6BAAAAA sub region on senior and alumni night at Miller Grove. Miller Grove (21-3) dominated by pulling down 34 rebounds to 20 by the Mays Raiders (16-5) with Kyre’ Hamer (11 points) contributing early for a pair of open threepoint shots to get the Wolverines out front to stay. Earl Bryant took over in the final 2:30 of the second quarter scoring six points, including two free throws with 25 seconds left to give Miller Grove a 20-11 advantage. Bryant then had a pair of crowd-pleasing dunks on fast breaks as the lead ballooned to 33-15 with 2:26 to play in the first half. Raylon Richardson had a dunk and hit four free throws as the Wolverines took a 37-24 halftime lead. Mays’ Ayinde Russell scored eight of his 11 points in the second half to help the Raiders get within nine points on three different occasions. James Walker hit back-to-back layups on passes from Bryant and Alterique Gilbert to push a 49-40 fourth quarter lead back out to 13 (53-40) with 5:17 to play. Mays would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way as Gilbert, a freshman guard averaging almost five assists a game, hit on seven of nine free throws down the stretch. Bryant finished with 15 points, Gilbert with 13, Walker with 12 and eight rebounds and Hamer with 11 points to lead the Wolverines. Russell was joined in double figures for Mays by Lundy Luqman with 13 points. (Girls) Miller Grove 66, Mays 43 Miller Grove made a sweep on the night as the No. 3 ranked Lady Wolverines had a 20-rebound advantage (44-24) on the way to a 66-43 victory in the girls’ game to start the night. Leading with a 6-4 advantage, senior Tashi Thompson started a 10-0 run with a three-pointer with 1:51 left in the first quarter and Miller Grove (19-4) was up against the Lady Raiders (13-9). Thompson followed with an unconventional three-point play after missing the second of two free throws she rebounded her miss for a layup. Katie Hunt added a drive into the lane for a layup and Thompson followed with a steal on the full court press for another easy basket to give Miller Grove a 16-4 lead heading into the second quarter. Catika Brown had five points in another 10-0 run early in the second quarter as Miller Grove pulled out to a 28-8 lead with 3:46 to play in the half. Mays cut the lead to 15 at the half trailing 31-16. Miller Grove put the game away with a 12-2 run to start the second half with Thompson contributing six of the points and Chrystal Ezechukwu put in four more as the lead ballooned to 43-18. Miller Grove cruised the rest of the way to the 66-43 win. Thompson finished with 16 points leading all scorers while teammates Klarissa Weaver added 11 points and Ezechukwu had 10 points. Mays was led by Javonne Brown with 15 points and Harlyn Wyatt with 10. Other Basketball Scores Feb. 1 Boys Cedar Grove 34, Blessed Trinity 31 Decatur 69, Cross Keys 22 Marist 55, Chamblee 38 Stephenson 42, North Atlanta 32 Stone Mountain 53, Lithonia 49 Tucker 58, Clarkston 38 Girls Decatur 59, Cross Keys 2 Marist 50, Chamblee 23 Redan 64, Columbia 62 St. Pius X 63,Woodward 50 Stephenson 64, North Atlanta 38 Stone Mountain 43, Lithonia 38 Tucker 47, Clarkston 3 Feb. 2 Boys Tucker 69, Stockbridge 47 Girls Cedar Grove 54, Brainerd TN 44
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Hill honored at Homecoming F
by Travis Hudgons ormer Miller Grove football, basketball and track star and current New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill was honored Feb. 1, at halftime of the Miller Grove/Mays game. Both his basketball and football jerseys were retired during Miller Grove’s senior night activities. “I’m happy to be here and support these guys,” Hill said. He was a member of the Wolverines’ first AAAA basketball state title team in 2009. After graduating from Miller Grove, Hill attended and played wide receiver at Georgia Tech. Hill announced he would forgo his senior year at Tech to enter the NLF draft. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round. Hill made his professional debut on Sept. 9, against division rival Buffalo Bills. He recorded five receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns. “I didn’t even know I had scored. It was really exciting. But coach said, ‘You need to hurry up and get back in because you need to score another one.’”
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Team and coaches come together in a spirit huddle to start every game. Photo by Annette D. Ford
New York Jets receiver and Miller Grove alum Stephen Hill was honored Feb. 1 with a jersey retirement ceremony. Photos by Travis Hudgons
Southwest DeKalb wins Area 6-AAAAA title
performance from Diego Bautista at 132-pound as four Tigers qualified for sectionals. Alema Favors led four Arabia Mountain sectional qualifiers by winning the gold in the 126-pound division. He also won the 126-pound class at county and it is his second consecutive area gold medal after winning the 113-pound division in 2012 before taking fourth place in Class AAA last year. Dunwoody’s Sunny Sharma was second in county and first in area a year ago in the 106-pound weight class and upped his performance by winning both county and area titles in the 113-pound weight class. Dunwoody qualified four for sectionals. Clarkston put four into the sectionals and Martin Luther King Jr. place two in sectionals led by Brian Wilson who took gold at 220 pounds. DeKalb County participants will compete in the West Sectional at Allatoona Feb. 8-9.
by Mark Brock The Southwest DeKalb Panthers were the only DeKalb County team to win a traditional area wrestling title as they took the Area 6-AAAAA title over Lakeside at Dunwoody High School on Feb. 2. Despite no other team titles, DeKalb is sending 101 wrestlers on to the State Sectionals in the final step for qualifying for the GHSA Traditional State Wrestling Championships set for Macon Feb. 14-16 at the Macon Centreplex. The Panthers won five individual area gold medal title matches on the way to compiling a 250-point total followed by Lakeside with 165.5; Stephenson, 148; Miller Grove, 119 and Tucker, 95. Muadh As-Siddiq opened the Southwest run with a victory over Said Banks of Stephenson in the 106 pound division. Southwest DeKalb’s Corey Strickland won the 145 pound division in 2012 and claimed the 138-pound class
this year for back-to-back Area gold medals. Donnell Smith (120), Abdur-Rahman Yasir (145) and Quantez Tyre (160) also claimed gold medals for the Panthers. Southwest DeKalb had 12 wrestlers qualify for the Class AAAAA State Sectionals this weekend out of 53 from Area 6-AAAAA. Alex LaRotta (182) led Lakeside’s second place finish by winning the 182-pound weight class gold over Jamaal Jones of Miller Grove to be the only Viking to take a gold medal. Three other Vikings picked up bronze medals as Lakeside qualified 10 total for the sectional Stephenson had a pair of gold medal perform-
ers in Darian Perry (170) and Stephen Wylie (152). Perry pulled another double this year with gold at the DeKalb County Championships and at Area. He won the 160-pound division at both a year ago. Stephenson also had three silver medalists to aid its third place finish overall. Stephenson had seven wrestlers place in the top four to move on to the sectionals. Miller Grove’s fourth place finish was on the backs of wins by Wesley Williams (195) and Thaddeus Nelson (285) as they won their respective weight classes. Miller Grove qualified six wrestlers for sectionals. Tucker got a gold medal
Cedar Grove is averaging 57.1 points per game, but it’s the team’s defense that is carrying the team, according to Martin. They are allowing just 42.1 points per game. “There isn’t a day that goes by when we don’t practice defense,” Martin said. “Our defensive philosophy is so intense and so physical that we beat each other up. Some days we have kids that may walk off because of the physical toughness that it takes to do what we do on defense.” Their physical defense helped them come back from a 14-point deficit to defeat St. Pius X 48-45 on Jan. 18. “They really put their hearts on the floor playing defense and we held [St. Pius X] to three points, as we got off on a 15-point run,” he said. “That’s what we’re known for, is our transition [defense].” Martin said the team’s basketball IQ also improved this season. He said the team plays by one motto: “We don’t play opponents, we play the game.” “With that we don’t worry about preparation for anybody else,” he said. “We keep working on getting better on ourselves.” The Saints is a young team with five sophomores and three freshmen. Sophomore Christopher Fredrick is currently leading the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game. Even with a young team, Martin believes his team has gained momentum at the right time to make a run in the state playoffs. “That’s the way we built it from the beginning,” he said. “We really truly feel that with the young guys we had last year, that once we cleaned the program out, we can make a run in the state [playoffs].”
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Earl Bryant, Miller Grove (basketball): The senior guard led the Wolverines in scoring with 15 points in the 64-49 win over Mays on Feb. 1. Bryant is averaging 14.0 points per game FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Kierra Edge, Decatur (basketball): The freshman forward led the Bulldogs in scoring with 11 points in the 59-2 win over Cross Keys on Feb. 1.
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