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Local business owner turns a trick into a profession
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org “You have a six and a jack. For a cup of coffee, which one goes behind my back?” Eddie’s Trick Shop owner Bob McKinnon said, demonstrating the first magic trick he learned. In the 1970s, McKinnon was a salesman for an industrial chemical company and he used his card tricks as an ice breaker when he spoke to prospective clients. At the time, McKinnon said there were more than 100 industrial chemical businesses in Atlanta. “I went into a magic shop one day and bought a little card trick. Soon, I bought a batch of them and that became my calling card,” McKinnon said. McKinnon would introduce himself and when someone asked him for a card he’d go into the routine then give them the cards and teach them how to do the trick. “When I went back the second time to these customers they’d say, ‘Gee, my kid has been pestering the life out of me, why don’t you come up with another trick?’” McKinnon said. Soon, McKinnon began developing more tricks so that each time he went to see a customer he had a new trick to show them. He then began packaging the tricks he did and selling them to magic shops. One of the places he sold his card tricks to was Eddie’s Trick Shop in Marietta.
See Tricks on page 13A
Bob McKinnon, owner of Eddie’s Trick Shop in Avondale Estates, demonstrates how to do various magic tricks for customer Turner Kurzweg. Photos by Daniel Beauregard
The Champion, Thursday, July 25-31, 2013
DeKalb elementary students show improvements on CRCT
by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com Students in DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) third, fourth and fifth grades made improvements in 11 out of 15 content tests on the 2012 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). Decreases were seen in thirdgrade language arts, math and science, and fifth-grade science. Of those areas, the biggest decrease was in third grade science, which dropped from 70 percent of students meeting or exceeding the standards in 2010, to 65.1 percent in 2012. “We know that there are some areas for growth and we want to focus on those areas and we plan on continuing to show improvements as we’ve done in the past,” said Trenton Arnold, a regional superintendent for DCSD. “The unique thing about DeKalb is we’ve got schools all over the district that are doing extremely well,” Arnold said. “We just want to highlight those and focus on how…we replicate that in all of our schools.” Third grade In DeKalb County, 85.6 percent of third-graders met or exceeded standards for reading. In English/ language arts the percentage was 79.8; math, 65.1; science, 65.1; and social studies, 73.1. For third-grade reading, all DCSD schools had more than 62 percent of their students meeting or exceeding the CRCT’s standards. The percentages ranged from 62.3 percent at Indian Creek to 100 perTest Score 3rd Grade 14.4 85.6 20.2 79.8 34.9 65.1 34.9 65.1 26.9 73.1 4th Grade 13.1 86.9 17.7 82.3 30.0 70.0 31.0 69.0 31.9 68.1 5th Grade 13.5 86.5 11.7 88.3 20.8 79.2 36.8 63.2 33.8 66.2
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cent at Ashford Park, Leadership Preparatory Academy and Vanderlyn. In addition to the three schools with perfect scores, 28 schools had 90 percent or more students meeting or exceeding the standard. All schools had at least 57 percent of their third-grade students meeting or exceeding the English/ language arts portion of the assessment test, except Meadowview Elementary. At that school, 49.2 percent of the third-graders met or exceeded the standards. All 41 of the Museum School’s third-graders who took the test met or exceeded the standards. In third-grade math, 16 DeKalb County schools had less than 50 percent of its students meeting or exceeding the CRCT standards for math. The five lowest performing el-
ementary schools for third-grade math were Stoneview, with 39.3 percent of third-graders meeting or exceeding the standard; Knollwood and Bob Mathis, 36.8 percent; Panola Way, 36 percent; and Meadowview, 32.2 percent. The five top-performing schools for third-grade math were Vanderlyn, 96.4 percent; Dunwoody, 95.9 percent; Austin and Ashford, 93.3 percent; and Fernbank, 92.2 percent. Fourteen schools had less than 50 percent of its third-graders meeting or exceeding the science standard. The lowest performing were Indian Creek, 39.5 percent; Meadowview, 39 percent; Panola Way, 38.7 percent; Snapfinger, 38.5 percent; and Knollwood, 15.9 percent. Eight schools had 90 percent or more students that met or exceeded
the science standards, with the top schools being Fernbank, 96.9; Vanderlyn, 96.4; Oak Grove, 95.1; Austin, 94.3; and Montgomery, 94.2. For third-grade science, the percentage of students failing to meet the standards increased from 29.9 percent in 2010 to 34.9 percent in 2012. The number of students that met or exceeded the standards for math dropped from 69.9 percent in 2010 to 65.1 in 2012. In science, the number meeting the standards dropped 5 percent from 2010 to 65.1 percent. Eight schools had 90 percent or more of their students meet or exceed the standards for all tests. Those schools include Vanderlyn, Austin, Dunwoody, The Museum School, Leadership PR, Fernbank, Oak Grove and Montgomery. Panola Way, Knollwood, Meadowview and Snapfinger had less than 50 percent of its students meeting or exceeding the CRCT standards for three tests. Fourth grade For fourth-graders, 86.9 percent met or exceeded standards for reading. The percent was 82.3 percent for English/language arts; math, 70; science, 69; and social studies, 68.1. All DCSD elementary schools had at least 62 percent of their students to meet or exceed the standards for reading. For reading, the top-performing schools were Vanderlyn, Dunwoody, The Museum School, Kittredge Magnet, Wadsworth Magnet and Oak Grove, each with 100
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The Champion, Thursday, July 25-31, 2013
MARTA riders are holding protests at various MARTA stations and at the transit system’s headquarters in an attempt to urge officials to open the staff-only restrooms to the public. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
MARTA riders want restrooms open
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org E. Holmes, Indian Creek, Lindbergh, North Springs. Restrooms at the Five Points “If…Rev. Martin Luther station are open from 6 a.m.King Jr. went to the King 10 p.m. while the other eight [MARTA] station today, [he] restrooms are open from 6 could not use the restroom in a.m.- 7 p.m. For security reathe same station named after sons, access to the restrooms him,” said Nathan Knight, is provided by a station agent. president of the DeKalb Knight said all restrooms chapter of the Southern should be open during Christian Leadership Confer- MARTA’s operational hours. ence (SCLC). He also said patrons should Knight was at the Decanot have to find a MARTA tur MARTA station July 18 worker with a restroom key protesting MARTA’s policy to open the facilities. that has kept most of its bathTo address the restroom rooms closed since Septemissue, MARTA announced ber 2010. in June that it has budgeted Since July 2, protestors $1.325 million annually behave gathered twice daily—at ginning in fiscal year 2015 the MARTA headquarters 11 to open and operate the resta.m.-2 p.m. and later at a dif- rooms. ferent MARTA station—to MARTA spokesman Lyle urge the transit system’s ofHarris, said the “restrooms ficials to open the restrooms were never designed as pubto the public. lic restrooms with the excepKnight said the protests tion of Five Points. These were organized after a meetother restrooms were staff ing with Keith Parker, the restrooms.” transit system’s general manWhen the Olympics were ager, two months ago did not in Atlanta in 1996, MARTA result in the opening of the opened the staff restrooms, restrooms. which are located in employOn his way to meeting ee-only areas of the stations, with a MARTA official on to the public, Harris said. another occasion, Knight said “These were not public he met a “young lady that had restrooms,” Harris said. “Unto use the restroom. She was less you have personnel… in a wheelchair.” to walk the customer to the That’s when he decided restroom and wait for the the talks were over. customer to finish and escort In September 2010, MAR- them back, there’s no way we TA announced the restrooms can secure the restrooms. The would only be open to the first priority we have to have public at the nine transfer and is the security and safety of end-of-line stations includour passengers.” ing Bankhead, College Park, Harris said the restrooms Doraville, Edgewood/Candler were closed due to budget Park, Five Points, Hamilton cuts in 2010. “One of the things we cut were the station agents…who basically served as bathroom attendants,” Harris said. “We don’t have the staff to do that anymore.” MARTA officials are trying to come up with a feasible plan for opening at least some of the restrooms, he said. “Until we do, we’re sympathetic and understanding, but…it is a safety issue more than it is a cost issue,” Harris said. “We just cannot have areas that are unsecure and where our customers are not safe.” Knight said he talked with MARTA’s general manager and was told that the timeline for addressing the restroom issue would be up to a year. “The people in DeKalb County and Atlanta, Ga., and Fulton County cannot wait a year to use the restrooms,” Knight said. “They will not wait a year to use the restrooms. [Parker] needs to do something now to make those restrooms open to all the citizens in the community. “We are asking MARTA to do the humane thing and open the bathrooms,” Knight said. “We’re asking MARTA to stop sitting up there in the comforts of 2424 Piedmont Road [MARTA’s headquarters] and not address the issue.” Joining the SCLC in the campaign to reopen the restrooms are Operation Lead and metro Atlanta labor organizations, Knight said. “This is intolerable,” he said. “This is unacceptable. This is a human rights cause.” MARTA patron Thomas Ali Aquell, 62, of Decatur, said he has been riding MARTA for two years. Aquell said MARTA officials should “think about their mother, their children, their family. Think about themselves if they weren’t working at MARTA and had access to a bathroom that only the MARTA workers can use. It’s not right.” “I want to ask them to do what God wants them to do, to use their God conscience in the right way,” Aquell said. “If they use their God conscience in the right way, then they’ll open the bathroom doors for everybody.”
Pet of the Week
Name: Echo • Female Adult • Spayed
Echo is an adult, medium sized Border Collie/ German Shepherd mix and is approximately 3 years old. She’s black and white and has the cutest white markings on her front paws which makes her look as if she is wearing socks. Sweet Echo was abandoned by her previous owners and now she is at the shelter in desperate need of a new home and looking for a family who will show her the love she deserves. Echo would make a wonderful companion for anyone. At the Shelter she is kenneled with other dogs and gets along fine with them. She could be a great playmate for a pet you may already have. Echo is such a sweetie. If given a chance she will show you all the love she has to share. If you would like to meet Echo please hurry to the shelter; she desperately needs to find a new family that will care for and love her. I’m sure her gentleness will win your heart.
If interested in adopting Echo, send an email to both addresses below for a prompt reply Jamie Martinez Jsmartinez@dekalbcountyga.gov Christine Kaczynski Ckaczynski@dekalbcountyga.gov
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The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 26, 2013
A tree fell
tending that race doesn’t matter. It does. The question is what are we going to do about it? From a historical standpoint, young Trayvon Martin violated a law that has long been in place. As a young girl in the early ’60s, I witnessed enforcement of these laws when we would travel from Indiana to Mississippi to visit Old rumination: If a tree falls family. Police would invariably in the forest and no one hears stop us and demand to know it, did it make a sound? No one where we were going. I was alwitnessed what happened when ways outraged because we clearly George Zimmerman shot and were not violating the written laws killed Trayvon Martin. We do of speeding, etc. But the unwritknow that Zimmerman saw a young Black man in his neighbor- ten law that was equally enforced hood and declared him in violation is that police needed to know of being in space where he did not where African Americans were gobelong, hunted him down and shot ing, who they were going to see and for what reason. him dead. A little like slaves having The tree fell on Saturday to carry papers when out on the July 13, 2013, when a jury of six roads so that they could be acwomen decided Zimmerman was counted for. Trayvon Martin broke not guilty of second degree murthose unwritten laws. He couldn’t der or manslaughter. When that tree came crashing down, the loud be accounted for and apparently protested when being followed for thud reverberated from the White no apparent reason. His indignaHouse to the Waffle House. Here tion was real, just like mine a couin the United States in 2013 a ple generations before him. The grown man can gun down an unarmed teenager walking home and difference is I had my father to protect me. Trayvon was all alone. walk free. President Obama was so on The news was devastating to point when he said Trayvon was most but expected by many who, him a few years ago. Any young despite holding out hope for a Black man can give you chapter different outcome, knew that the state failed to prove its case. From and verse of being followed, having people clutch their purses, a strictly legal point of view, the lock their doors and cross the jury has spoken. From a moral street, not to mention driving standpoint what does that say while Black. Because of popular about us? It says that we are still media and the sad reality of una nation of racial intolerance and bridled violence, many young Afdouble standards. We should stop burying our heads in the sand pre- rican American males are feared.
The president also asked a profound question when commenting on the jury verdict. What would the jury have done if Trayvon was armed and shot Zimmerman in fear of his life? My answer is that it is a sure bet the verdict would have been decidedly different. University of Iowa professor Stephanie Jones-Rogers wrote a very compelling article recently about the history of Black males being deemed criminals for simply moving around in what she called “White space.” The article was called If Only Trayvon Had Freedom Papers. In it the professor wrote in part, “Southern laws defined Black movement through space as a criminal act. Southern laws defined Black bodies merely existing in space as a criminal act and empowered and emboldened every White person to survey, police, and punish Black bodies without cause and without impunity. This is the legacy that we must consider as we reckon with George Zimmerman’s decision to kill Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. This is why Zimmerman could imagine Trayvon being “up to something” simply because he was moving through space. This is what underlay Zimmerman’s decision to identify Trayvon Martin as a threat to White safety, hunt him down and shoot him dead.” The tree came crashing down, but this time it has forced us to take a real hard, critical look at ourselves, all of us. There is always hope. In the midst of all the talk about racial discord, I received a “thinking of you” card
from a friend since kindergarten. That would be well over a half century ago. My lifelong friend is a Polish Catholic who just felt a need to reach out to me. She avoided the elephant in the room and perhaps not knowing what else to say, her card described in great detail how the neighbor’s tree fell and broke the fence in her yard, narrowly missing her home. My daughter was with me as I read the note. I just howled with laughter and remarked how really “old” we are when an entire card describes a tree falling with branches and bark strewn all over and how they had to hire a “tree man” to clean it all up. Then my friend went on about the sweltering heat. I read in between the lines. My friend does not understand racism. She has not practiced it nor has she had to live with it. She merely wanted me to know that our friendship remains intact. What a beautiful world this would be if more people, like two old women of faith – a Polish Catholic and a Black Baptist – had only to lament a tree failing down on a fence and the weather, not people killing each other because of fear and ignorance, not overflowing prisons, children dying, hunger, homelessness, greed or corruption. A tree fell and we know it. So let us speak in great detail about the work to clean it up. Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Miles at Steen@dekalbchamp.com.
The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 26, 2013
There ought to be a better law
The Trayvon Martin verdict shows that with “Stand Your Ground” laws, it’s your word against theirs and they’re dead
his funky detective skills in Florida. Only two people know what really went down that night, and one of them is unable to tell his version of the events. Zimmerman made sure of that. His story is that he saw Martin, a Black teenager, acting suspiciously in a community where Zimmerman was trolling for miscreants. He followed the kid for a while, reporting the youngster to the 911 operator. Then, acting against the advice of the operator, he got out of his car and started to follow the young man on foot. Eventually, Zimmerman said, he stopped and began walking back to his car. At which point, the defendant claimed, Martin jumped out from some bushes and attacked him, knocking him down and repeatedly beating Zimmerman’s head against the sidewalk. Fearing for his life, Zimmerman pulled out a gun he’d been carrying all this time and shot Martin, killing him. That was his story. The jury bought it, though I can’t imagine why. (Actually, I can imagine why, but I’m not going to say it. It might start a riot.) This is a cockamamie story from start to finish. In the first place, Martin was a skinny kid and Zimmerman’s an older, burly guy. If they got in a fight, you’d bet on the bigger fellow, particularly if he fancied himself a kind of cop. In the second place, there were no bushes for Martin to jump out of. Pictures show the site to be clear of foliage. In the third place, an examining doctor said that Zimmerman’s head wound looked as though it were the result of a single blow, not repeated bashing. In other words, at every point that could be checked, Zimmerman lied. In addition, he lied to the judge about his resources at his bail hearing, for which he was jailed again. Yet the jury seemed to believe him. This is what I think happened: Zimmerman got out of his car to follow Martin more closely and, perhaps, harass him. Martin, nervous (wouldn’t you be?), turned to confront him. Maybe Zimmerman accosted the young man, maybe he didn’t. In any case, thinking he was acting in self-defense, Martin popped the bigger man, knocking him down, all the while yelling for help. Zimmerman, panicked now, pulled out his gun and shot his assailant. Then he called the cops again. I think that plays. However, it’s no more than a fiction, a work of the imagination. Were I a juror, I would not act on the assumptions I made there. As a matter of fact, I would not vote for a guilty verdict on the charge of murder. By Florida law, the evidence did not prove “beyond the shadow of a doubt” that Zimmerman murdered Martin. It’s a really stupid law. Given the opportunity, I might vote for a manslaughter verdict (getting out of the car against expert advice puts him somewhat at blame for what happened later). But the prosecution was so lame I doubt I’d get the opportunity. As President Barack Obama pointed out, we are a nation of laws. Justice has nothing to do with it. OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. OtherWords.org
I wasn’t too surprised when do-it-yourself vigilante George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. The trial took place in Florida, after all. You have to be pretty stupid or reckless or both to be found guilty of murder in Florida. If you want to kill someone in the Sunshine State, all you have to do is get him or her alone and then provoke them into threatening you. At that point, you can pull out a gun and shoot them dead, later saying that you felt your life was in danger. And if you get them really alone, you don’t even have to provoke a threat. You can just say you were threatened. It’s your word against theirs and they’re dead. Perfect crime. Remember Columbo, the quirky and long-running TV mystery series starring Peter Falk? Columbo would have been out of a job if he tried to exercise
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City of Briarcliff Initiative raises money to begin cityhood study
by Carla Parker email@example.com The City of Briarcliff Initiative has raised $30,000 for a study that will determine whether the area is feasible to support city services. The group made the announcement on its website and said that more than 98 percent of the donations came from private residents and neighborhood associations, including the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association, which donated $1,000. Under Georgia law there must be a study of the possibility of any new city to provide the services it requires and pay for them. This study costs $30,000 and must be conducted by a recognized organization such as the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia. The group will use the Carl Vinson Institute to conduct the study. According to its website, the Carl Vinson Institute “provides education, assistance, research, policy analysis, and publications to assist public officials in serving citizens in Georgia and throughout the world.” The proposed city of Briarcliff would include most of unincorporated DeKalb County inside I-285, I-85, and borders the city limits of Decatur and Atlanta. The city overlaps much of the proposed map of the Lakeside City Alliance, which also raised $30,000 for its study last month, but adds neighborhoods and sections left excluded in the Lakeside proposal. According to its website, the City of Briarcliff Initiative was organized by neighborhood residents to look into establishing a new city government in central DeKalb County as a means of improving governance and promoting the quality of life in the community. The group said they are now seeking additional funding for continuing operations such as promotions, printed materials and yard signs. To donate, visit www.briarcliffga.org/donate-now.
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it could be. I believe very strongly in that and I believe in carrying it forward.” The Athens native is an Atlanta Civic League member, board member of the Atlanta chapter of People to People and is a 2000 graduate of Leadership DeKalb and 2003 graduate of Leadership Georgia. She has served on the YMCA national governmental affairs committee, 2005-2007; and the DeKalb County community relations commission. Rosenthal is a former Emory University collegiate adviser. She is a member of the Black-Jewish Coalition, a program through the American Jewish Committee, which hold s “a retreat every two years to get African Americans and the Jewish community in a room,” Rosenthal said. “Especially now, with all the things that are going on in society around race, it’s important to have this dialogue,” she said. “The Black and Jewish communities have an awful lot in common.” For fun, Rosenthal said she loves “to travel, play tennis, golf, explore, go on new adventures and play with our loveable little 3-year-old dachshund.” Rosenthal and husband Dudley Blevins have been married four years. She has lived in Tucker for four and a half years and in DeKalb for more than 20 years. “It’s very important that we get engaged and get involved in the community so that we can play an active role in shaping our community, shaping our young people so that we can make it a better place,” Rosenthal said. “Our society is so passive and everybody wants to complain about something, but very few people want to do something about it,” she said. “That’s probably one of my biggest pet peeves. “I used to have a friend that would say, ‘Don’t come to me with a problem. Come to me with a problem and then have…your recommendations for solving it,’” Rosenthal said. “I believe wholeheartedly in that and that’s how I try to deal with the challenges both in my work and in my community.”
“Giving back to the community is very important,” said Ann Rosenthal, president of the newly formed Tucker Community Improvement District (DIC) and of her own consulting company. Although the position leading the Tucker CID is a paid job, Rosenthal was a volunteer member of the Tucker CID formation committee before the organization was founded. Volunteerism is “something that was instilled in me as child,” Rosenthal said. “Both my father and my grandparents were very involved in the community. While they didn’t hold elected offices, they were very involved in ensuring that our community was the best that
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niversary of National Night Out on Aug. 6 at Milam Park from 7-9 p.m. National Night Out is a nationwide event that brings residents, businesses and civic and neighborhood organizations together to support local anti-crime programs and to strengthen police and community partnerships. The event will include activities for children, free food, public safety vehicle displays, a Bat-mobile, Sponge Bob and a free school supply giveaway. Milam Park is located at 3867 Norman Road.
DeKalb Choral Guild to hold auditions The DeKalb Choral Guild is holding auditions for all voice parts Aug. 12 and 19. Led by new music director/conductor Donald A. Milton, the Avondale Estates-based chorus will offer several concerts this season, including the Georgia Young Composer’s Festival finale concert. To schedule an audition, call (678) 318-1362 or email info@dekalbchoralguild. org. Auditions will be held at Avondale Estates Baptist Church, 47 Covington Hwy., Avondale Estates. This venue is also the chorus’ rehearsal and concert home. For more information about the DCG visit www. dekalbchoralguild.org.
Back-to-school health fair announced NAACP DeKalb County Branch and DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson are sponsoring a Back-to-School Health Fair Saturday, Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The health fair will be held at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall, 2801 Candler Road, Decatur. For more information, call (404) 2418006 or email naacpdek@ comcast.net. Readers invited to talk about favorite books The Decatur Library is holding its annual Readers Choice session Wednesday, July 31, 7-8:30 p.m. Library patrons are invited to talk about books they have enjoyed reading during the last year and would recommend to others. The Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur. For more information, call (404) 370-3070. Shade Brigade aims to help seniors weather heat With summer heating up, an effort is under way to assist those who are among the most susceptible to its dangers. Emeritus at Decatur is deploying its Shade Brigade to help local seniors weather the high temperatures in coming weeks. The Shade Brigade, composed of Emeritus staff, will
Registration for Murphey Candler girls softball open Fall 2013 registration for the Murphey Candler Girls Softball Association is now open for old and new players. Registration closes July 28 and all payments are due July 29. The cost is $175 for 8U, 10U and 12U leagues. There is $10 fee per additional child, a $20 DeKalb County nonresident fee and a $25 late fee. Fees cover all costs to run each league, including field operations and maintenance, umpires and uniforms (visor, jersey and socks). A $25 nonrefundable registration fee is included in the league fees. Teams will be selected Aug. 10 and practice will begin the same day. For information about payment, email treasurer@ mcgsa.com.
visit seniors’ homes to bring coolers filled with water, popsicles, fruit and juice. The team will also check on the seniors’ wellbeing, provide heat-related safety tips and invite the seniors to Emeritus at Decatur for a free meal and time to cool off in the air conditioning. “The heat of summer can be more than unpleasant; it could be deadly,” said Emeritus at Decatur Executive Director Jenny Dobbs. “We want to do what we can to help as the temperatures rise.” People 65 and older are more prone to heat stress for several reasons, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are less able to adjust to sudden temperature changes, more likely to have a chronic medical condition that affects how the body responds to heat, and more likely to be taking medications that affect the body’s ability to regulate temperature or perspire. “The Shade Brigade reflects Emeritus’ Safely Somewhere philosophy, in which we do our best to ensure that seniors are living in safe, purposeful environments whether they reside with us or elsewhere,” Dobbs said. Along with Emeritus at Decatur, Emeritus Senior Living communities nationwide are taking part in the Shade Brigade, with the goal of assisting more than 5,000 seniors in coming weeks. Emeritus at Decatur is located at 475 Irvin Court, Decatur. To suggest a senior for a visit by the Shade Brigade, contact Emeritus at Decatur at (404) 2996600 or by e-mail at Decatur-ED@emeritus.com. Let’s Move DeKalb Expo to address obesity The third annual Let’s Move! DeKalb, cosponsored by Commissioner Larry Johnson and C.H.O.I.C.E.S., is scheduled for Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Let’s Move! DeKalb Expo is children’s nutrition
education and physical activity event designed to help raise awareness of childhood obesity. The theme of the event is a “Back To School Fitness.” The expo consists of learning labs that reinforce the message of making healthy choices every day. The event will demonstrate back to school routines that are healthy and affordable enough to be sustain yearround. The expo will feature fitness activities for every age, onstage musical performances, and health and fitness exhibits. Children will also receive school supplies. This event, which is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s national Let’s Move! Campaign, is free and will be held at Exchange Park Intergenerational Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur. Additional sponsors include the DeKalb County Department of Health, Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, Stepp Stewart’s Active 8 and Kids & Teens Primary Healthcare. This annual event is part of DeKalb County’s ongoing efforts to build healthier communities by getting residents moving. Library to host book discussion Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library will host a discussion of the book When the Thrill Is Gone by Walter Mosley Tuesday, July 30, 6-8 p.m. Funding for the program is provided by the Friends of the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library. Wesley ChapelWilliam C. Brown Library is located at 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur. For more information, call (404) 286-6980.
of children with autism and other special needs, will meet at the Redan-Trotti Library Saturday, July 27, 10-11:30 a.m. The RedanTrotti Library is located at 1569 Wellborn Road, Lithonia. For more information, call (770) 482-3821. Church announces Monday enrichment series In its four-week Marvelous Mondays Enrichment Hour series, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church has announced its schedule of visiting pastors for its Monday evening services beginning Aug. 5. In order of appearance, they are Pastor Jerry Black of Beulah Baptist Church in Decatur; Pastor Marvin Sapp of Lighthouse Full Life Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Pastor Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple Church in Baltimore, Md., and Bishop Paul S. Morton of Changing A Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atlanta. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. services. Seating is limited and there is no registration. The public is invited. Mount Pleasant Baptist Church is located at 3600 Snapfinger Road, Lithonia. Clinton McFarland is the pastor. For more information, visit www.mtpleasantatl.org.
Subdivision to hold yard sale Greystone Woods subdivision is having a yard sale Aug. 3, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The sale will feature furniture, gently worn clothing and more. To get to the sale from Stephenson Road, turn at Old Greystone Drive and left at Old Greystone Court to arrive at the subdivision of 141 units. The yard sale will be on Old Greystone Court, Kala, Alice and Rice Square.
Police to host National Night Out Clarkston Police Department will host the 30th an-
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Judge halts Century Center annexation
by Carla Parker email@example.com A DeKalb County Superior Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the city of Brookhaven a day before the city council was scheduled to vote on the proposed annexation of Century Center. Chamblee’s acting City Manager Marc Johnson confirmed July 23 that Judge Courtney L. Johnson issued the temporary restraining order and a hearing will take place “no less than 20 and no more than 30 days” from July 22. “Until the results of the next hearing [the Brookhaven City Council is] allowed to discuss it but not take any vote,” he said. The city was scheduled to vote July 23 on the annexation after the Brookhaven Planning Commission voted July 18 in support of rezoning the Century Center office complex into the city. On June 21, Highwoods Properties filed an application with Brookhaven for Century Center to be annexed into the newly created city. According to Jim Bacchetta, vice president of Highwoods Atlanta Division, the annexation request was based on the “quality of the services available.” The planning commission’s vote came a week after two citizen groups, the Citizens for Chamblee Committee and Dresden East Civic Association, set up a petition against the annexation. According to the petition, if Brookhaven annexes Century Center, Chamblee will be unable to provide some services to more than 11,000 residents. “The entire Dresden East and Clairmont area and surrounding neighborhoods will be left without a commercial tax base to support them,” the petition read. “The negative impacts will be felt in Chamblee, Doraville, Brookhaven and all of the surrounding neighborhoods. This will be bad for all of DeKalb County.” Chamblee residents will vote in a scheduled referendum on their annexation of Century Center in November. Johnson said a bill that was passed states that Century Center would be a part of Chamblee. “We had been trying to work and send notices to Brookhaven to wait until after the election to try and annex Century Center but they seem intent on doing it,” he said. Brookhaven Community Development Director Susan Canon said the planning commission voted in support of rezoning the Century Center property with an additional condition after reviewing a staff report from the city and holding a public hearing. “The condition was in addition to several conditions recommended by the city,” she said. According to the planning commission’s recommendation, “any change in roadway pattern, building footprint or any deviation in proportions of residential, commercial or retail space in deviation from what is required in the PC-3 District ordinance is to be considered a substantial change that must require approval by the Planning Commission and City Council.” Canon said the potential rezoning will recognize the existing development and includes a master plan for future development. “It also gives the city control to ensure that the development fits into the city’s comprehensive plan,” she said. The property is bound by Clairmont Road, Century Boulevard, Century Parkway and Interstate 85 South. Highwoods Properties’ application requests to annex about 120 acres into Brookhaven.
In East Atlanta corridor, ‘crime knows no boundaries’
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org DeKalb County Police Department spokeswoman Mekka Parish said a recent outcry from residents has caused DeKalb County Police to begin a coordinated effort to combat crime in the East Atlanta area. Recently, police have seen an uptick in crime in what they call the “East Atlanta corridor,” consisting of neighborhoods such as the East Atlanta Village, Oak Village, East Lake Terrace, East End, Kirkwood, East Side Walk, as well as the areas near Gresham, Fayetteville and Bouldercrest Roads. More than 300 residents attended a July 15 meeting about crime in the area. In response to the meeting, Parish said DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander has added an additional 25 officers to work with the Atlanta Police Department and develop a more visible presence in the area. “Crime knows no boundaries,” Parish said. Parish said police have already seen nearly a 43 percent drop in crime in the areas. Many of the crimes being committed in the DeKalb County area are burglaries, Parish said. However, areas in East Atlanta located a stone’s throw away from the county line have seen more violent crimes. Recently, a resident was robbed by two men, one brandishing an AK-47style assault rifle and the other a pistol, while walking home from East Atlanta Village. Additionally, there have been three killings in the East Atlanta area in the past few months. Patrick Cotrona was shot and killed while walking with some friends to a bar May 25. Atlanta Police officials said Cotrona, 33, was shot in the abdomen as he and two of his friends walked along May Avenue at approximately 11 p.m. One of Cotrona’s friends was also shot in the leg. According to police, the gunman then jumped into the passenger side of a waiting car and sped away. The suspects are also believed to be connected to other crimes in the area. Police said the two other killings appear to be robberies gone wrong. Several months ago Grant Park resident Saman Balkhanian, 22, was shot while walking home from an Atlanta Braves game. Balkhanian, who was walking down Grant Street, said he noticed two people following him while he walked and didn’t think anything was unusual until one of them pulled out a gun and shot him in the face. “They just looked like some kids,” Balkhanian said. Police Chief Alexander said that many of the less violent property crimes are being committed by young teens between the ages of 13-19. “Some of them belong to fragmented kinds of groups that some refer to as gangs. We arrest them and they get right back out,” Alexander said. “We’re making the arrests but it’s almost like a revolving door where we just try to stay as vigilant as we can.” Alexander said he sent in several officers to spend more time doing “high-visibility” patrols, especially in neighborhoods with reported burglaries and violent crimes. “We’re just going to continue to be vigilant on our part and make sure that the people who live in those communities get the police protection that they deserve,” Alexander said. “We’ve seen some dramatic drop in some of our property crimes.”
Gang leaders convicted of committing ‘brutal’ crimes in DeKalb, Gwinnett counties
by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com Four members of the international gang known as MS-13 were convicted in federal court July 16 of multiple murders, attempted murders, armed robberies and firearms offenses in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. “The defendants were the leaders of MS-13, an international gang known for its gratuitous murders,” U. S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said. “They spread fear throughout the community by killing suspected rival gang members and others who cross their path.” Miguel Alvarado-Linares, Ernesto Escobar and Dimas Alfaro-Granados were convicted of Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization (RICO) conspiracy involving murder, which carries a sentence of life in prison. The three were also convicted of committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering, which also carries a mandatory life sentence. Jairo Reyna-Ozuna was convicted of RICO conspiracy, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years. All of the defendants were convicted of firearms offenses. According to Yates, MS-13 is an international gang that has operated in Atlanta since 2005. During the course of the investigation, which ended in 2010, more than 75 gang members were arrested, charged, and/or deported. Yates said the MS-13 members were organized into “cliques.” Each clique had a leader who conducted weekly meetings where members discussed their crimes against rival gang members and their plans to retaliate against their rivals. The leader also collected money from gang members to buy guns and post bail for jailed members. Yates said some of that money was also sent back to gang leaders in El Salvador and Honduras. The gang members also sold cocaine, court documents state. During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that linked the four leaders to a host of crimes. In December 2006, when another MS-13 gang member wanted to quit the gang, Alvarado-Linares and Alfaro-Granados ordered him to kill a rival gang member as a condition of leaving. On Christmas Eve 2006 that gang member, following orders, shot at a car on Highway 316 that he believed contained rival gang members. The passenger, Angel Gonzalez, 20, was killed. Although the shooting took place in Gwinnett, police believe the gang member began following the car in DeKalb County. Additionally, although it’s not charged as a substantive count but listed as an overt act in the RICO charges, Escobar was arrested in DeKalb County June 9, 2008, in possession of two firearms (one which was stolen) and marijuana. The sentencing for AlvaradoLinares, Escobar, Alfaro-Granados and Reyna-Ozuna will be scheduled at a later date before U.S. District Judge Richard W. Story.
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Realtor interrupts copper theft in Smoke Rise
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org Two men stealing copper pipes from a house in the Smoke Rise community were interrupted July 13 when a real estate agent stopped by to show the house to prospective buyers. The men took some copper and did approximately $3,000 in damage to the new air conditioning and heating unit, said Dianne R. Dougherty, a Realtor with Realty Associates of Atlanta, who surprised the burglars. “I was going to show a house and meet a client there,” Dougherty said. “I arrived about five minutes early, so I went to the back door where the lockbox is, opened up the back door and could hear a lot of noises going on in the basement.” Dougherty did not go into the house. Instead, she went around to the side to look through a basement door. She noticed a truck parked in the yard. “Then the next thing I know, two for homeowners that are just trying to sell.” The Smoke Rise house was part of an estate sale of a two-time WWII Purple Heart recipient. “It just makes it harder on the family when they’ve just had the father pass and now they’ve got to put up with this,” Dougherty said. Dougherty said burglars are not getting much money for the copper. “It’s just senseless stupidity,” Dougherty said about the incident, which was the third one in Smoke Rise in the past few weeks. This was not the first –Dianne R. Dougherty time Dougherty has encountered a crime in progress as a real estate White males in their early 20s with agent. slim build and dark hair, drove a In 2009, after Dougherty and her beige, later model Ford F150, in husband sold a house in Gwinnett good condition. County, they went to the house after Dougherty said, “It’s just rethe closing to retrieve the lockbox. ally unfortunate that we have so When the couple got out of their many empty houses that are getting vehicle, two men with a gun ran out the copper taken out of them. [The of the garage, Dougherty said. Althieves are] causing more problems though the Doughertys did not know guys are running out to the truck and jumping in it and taking off,” Dougherty said. “I was trying to yell at them, but…sanity hit and said, ‘They may have a gun.’ So I… ducked behind the fence when they pealed out of there.” The suspects, described as two it at the time, the men had kidnapped a girl and were keeping her in the house. “They knocked me over the head and both of them attacked [my husband],” Dougherty said. “He put up a struggle but they pistol whipped him and he went unconscious.” The men took Dougherty to the front room of the house. “They kept kicking me and pointing the gun in my face,” she said. The men eventually left the couple alone in the house. “That incident taught us we need to be safer,” Dougherty said, adding that now she never goes to show a house without her husband. “Realtors need to be careful and people who are renting houses and [are] meeting a tenant, they really need to be careful and have someone with them,” Doughtery said. “We’re all as Realtors trying to think of a way that we might notify the police when there is an empty house so that they would have it on a list and somehow we can get the police to watch them more,” she said. “When we do have homes in a neighborhood that are for sale, I think that the neighbors need to be aware and be on the watch out.”
‘I was trying to yell at them, but…sanity hit and said, “They may have a gun.”’
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Dunwoody to host grand opening of Brook Run Trail Phase 1
by Carla Parker email@example.com Dunwoody will celebrate the grand opening of Phase I of the Brook Run Park multi-use trail with a “Wheel-a-Palooza and Pedal Parade” on Aug. 3. Phase I is 0.7 miles of the 12-foot-wide and 3.3 mile concrete trail. The trail, which is behind the playground and skate park inside Brook Run Park, is designed as a recreational facility to promote connectivity between city parks, neighborhoods and area businesses. “This loop around Brook Run Park will be a part of a larger trail that we’re building that will connect Brook Run Park to the new parks in the Georgetown area that we’re also constructing right now,” said Brent Walker, Dunwoody’s Parks and Recreation manager. “When all of that is completed, the trail will run from North Peachtree Road through Brook Run Park, all the way across Shallowford Road and then over to ChambleeDunwoody Road for a total of three to three and a half miles of trail.” The trail will include park benches, trash cans, bridges, guard rails and help locators, which will be four digit numbers that will be spaced out along the trail. Walker said help locators takes it down to the creek. So we diverted all that storm water to go around their homes.” The department was also able to preserve a third of the 337 trees identified for removal in its construction plan. The city plans to partner with Trees Atlanta to help plant 300 trees in city parks. Construction for Phase II of the trail will begin sometime in the future. The city also plans to add basketball and tennis courts, a sand volleyball facility, event lawn and several pavilions throughout the park. Brook Run Park is the largest park in Dunwoody with a total of 102 acres and an estimated 60 acres of wooded park space, including an estimated 12,000 trees. The grand opening event, which will begin at 10 a.m., will be held at the trail entrance located between the playground and skate park. The event will include a bike and vehicle decorating contest, parade competition followed by prizes, giveaways and frozen treats provided by King of Pops. The decorative wheel parade and contest is open to both children and adults and trophies will be awarded in
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Phase I of the Brook Run Park multi-use trail will open Aug. 3. Photo by Carla Parker
will have a specific number that will not be duplicated on future trails in the city. “If someone is feeling bad or gets injured they can call 911 and the police will have maps that show where all of those are on the trail,” Walker said. “So if someone has to call 911 they can tell the operator what number they are near and EMS can find them immediately.” The parks and recreation department will also build a new dog park. The dog park is currently in the back of the park and will be relocated to the front of the park. “We’ll have a connector trail for people to take their dogs to the open play area,” Walker said. “There will also be a restroom facility in
the dog park.” There is also a ditch near the trail to control storm water. Last year, more than 20 residents from the Lakeview Oaks subdivision, which is west of Brook Run Park, filed a restraining order, saying water runoff from the trail would threaten their property. On Feb. 4, Superior Court Judge Tangela Barrie lifted an injunction she placed on the project Dec. 13, 2012, a few days before city crews were scheduled to clear trees to make room for the trail. “The water from the area was flowing to that neighborhood,” Walker said. “So what we did is put in this ditch. So now it collects water coming off the trail and
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Tavern. Robert is the joy.” Robert Maloof, who attended Marist High School and Georgia University, served in the 48th Division of the Georgia National Guard. He was a member at St. John’s Melkite Catholic Church and later of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, both in Atlanta. Maloof founded several charity golf tournaments and was a member of the St. Pius High School Athletic Association. After retiring, Maloof and his wife of 48 years, Carol Murray Maloof, relocated to the North Georgia Mountains. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons Jeffrey Robert Maloof and wife, Joann, of Marietta, and Stephen Murray Maloof and his wife, Karen, of Atlanta; four grandchildren; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews. Hundreds of friends and patrons commented about Robert Maloof on the Manuel’s Tavern Facebook page. Tammy Rakestraw Pyrdum wrote that she has “such very fond memories of a kind and gentle giant.” “I worked at the bank where Manuel’s did business many years ago,” she wrote. “It was always the highlight of our day when Robert came to make the deposit. He brightened the lobby with his smile and kindness. He was funny, kind and always made everyone feel special. We as
Robert Maloof, brother of first county CEO, dies
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org “There would be no Manuel’s Tavern if there was no Robert.” That’s what Brian Maloof, owner of Manuel’s Tavern on North Highland Avenue, wrote in a Facebook post about his uncle, Robert Maloof, 76, who died July 19. Robert Maloof “fell gravely ill while on vacation in Florida. He was taken to the hospital where it was discovered through exploratory surgery that he has a massive infection that has compromised him greatly,” Brian Maloof wrote in a July 19 Facebook post. Robert Maloof passed away while Brian was waiting for permission from his uncle’s family to post the announcement about the illness. Brian’s father, Manuel Maloof, DeKalb County’s first CEO, asked Robert to work with him at Manuel’s in 1957. “Manuel and Robert were the odd couple of business owners,” Brian wrote. “Their differences prevented extremes; they balanced each other and kept Manuel’s running. They argued about prices, trendy fern stuff, fancy menu items and music in the bar. “On any business decision they usually had opposite opinions but somehow worked things out,” Brian wrote. “The one thing they always agreed on was to have a place of comfort and rest for the customers, a smoky sanctuary of relief, a living room of peace. Their brotherly love and bickering made Manuel’s the place it is to this day.” During Manuel’s political career Robert ran Manuel’s fulltime. “Robert is the fun that Manuel was not,” Brian said about his uncle. “He is the happy handshake and smile. He is the one that asks ‘how you doing’ and really cares about the answer. He is the caring, softer side of Manuel’s a group frequented the Tavern many an afternoon. My husband and I met there many years ago. Robert always made everyone feel welcome. And oh the stories he could tell. Rest in peace, Robert. You were loved by so many.” The memorial service for Robert Maloof will be July 29 at The Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. The tavern will be closed during the day and reopened at 6 p.m. for regular business. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to IHM Catholic Church, attention IHM Capital Campaign Fund, P.O. Box 546, Murphy, N.C. 28906.
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Isolated T-storms High: 89 Low: 71 Isolated T-storms High: 90 Low: 71 Scat'd T-storms High: 86 Low: 70 Scat'd T-storms High: 87 Low: 69 Mostly Sunny High: 88 Low: 70 Sunny High: 91 Low: 72
July 25, 2013
Today’s Regional Map
Dunwoody 87/70 Smyrna 88/71 Doraville 88/71 Atlanta 89/71 College Park 90/71 Union City 90/71
Detailed Local Forecast
Today we will see mostly sunny skies with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high of 89º, humidity of 58%. Northwest wind 5 mph. The record high for today is 102º set in 1995. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Date Hi Lo Normals Precip Tuesday 88 71 90/71 0.00" Wednesday 91 67 90/71 3.39" Thursday 88 67 90/71 0.04" Friday 90 71 90/71 0.00" Saturday 85 68 90/71 1.01" Sunday 88 71 90/71 0.27" Monday 85 70 90/71 0.23" Rainfall. . . . . . . . 4.94" Average temp . . 78.6 Normal rainfall. . 1.20" Average normal 80.5 Departure . . . . . +3.74" Departure . . . . . -1.9 Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 6:44 a.m. 6:45 a.m. 6:46 a.m. 6:47 a.m. 6:47 a.m. 6:48 a.m. 6:49 a.m.
July 25, 1956 - The Andrea Dora sank in dense fog near Nantucket Lightship, Mass. The Swedish-American liner, Stockholm, rammed the ship 45 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. Fifty-two people lost their lives. July 26, 1987 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced hail two inches in diameter in McHenry County, Ill. and wind gusts to 70 mph at Auburn, Maine. A wind gust of 90 mph was recorded at Blairstown, N.J. before the anemometer broke.
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Decatur Snellville 89/71 89/71 Lithonia 90/71 Morrow 90/71
StarWatch By Gary Becker - Two Gems in Sagittarius
Two weeks ago, I spoke about Scorpius the Scorpion, with its reddish heart star, Antares, dominating the southern sky around 11 p.m. Far off to the right of Antares is Saturn in the SW. Follow the body of the Scorpion as it curves to the left to form the tail and stinger. To Scorpius’ left lies Sagittarius the Archer. If you witness a centaur, resplendent with bow and arrow drawn to kill Scorpius, may I suggest therapy; however, if you see a really cool teapot complete with handle, lid, and spout, you’ll be visualizing something which is considerably easier to see. A map is available at the URL below. One of my favorite open clusters of the heavens, M7, is located between the tail of the Scorpion and the spout of the teapot. If dark enough skies prevail, it is an easy naked eye target, especially if viewed with averted vision. The problem is its closeness to the horizon, only 15 degrees at its highest point (40 degrees N. latitude). View at 11 p.m. Often M7 goes unnoticed behind trees and buildings, or blends with pockets of horizon hugging light pollution and haze. Binoculars will reveal this gem with its stars splattered over a region nearly six times the area of the full moon. Its size is certainly a function of its closeness to the Earth, only 1000 light years distant. M7’s age has been estimated to be about 220 million years. You cannot view M7 without taking in the beauty of its slightly fainter neighbor, M6, above and to the right. At a distance of 1500 light years, M6 is a more concentrated grouping of stars than M7. It is also about half of M7’s age. Open clusters are sites where star generation has occurred. They differ from the older, larger globular clusters which formed in galaxies during the rough and tumble early days of the universe. Some astronomers believe that globulars were actually the first galaxies to form, and then were cannibalized into the larger galactic structures that we see today. www.astronomy.org
select categories for the top non-motorized decorated wheeled vehicles. Children ages 12 and younger are invited to decorate their bikes, wagons, scooters or wheelchairs to compete for the top prize in the following children’s categories: Most Colorful, Most Creative and Best Theme. Teens and adults can also join in the competition and an award for the Most Creative entry in this age group will be given. The decorative wheel competition is free to enter and participants in both age groups must register onsite or by emailing parks@ dunwoodyga.gov prior to the event. For more information, rules and a detailed schedule of events, visit www.dunwoodyga.gov or contact Edie Damann, marketing and PR manager, at (678) 382-6712 or email@example.com.
Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Sunset 8:42 p.m. 8:41 p.m. 8:41 p.m. 8:40 p.m. 8:39 p.m. 8:38 p.m. 8:37 p.m.
Last 7/29 New 8/6
Partly Cloudy High: 89 Low: 71
Moonrise Moonset 10:37 p.m. 10:01 a.m. 11:13 p.m. 11:05 a.m. 11:48 p.m. 12:07 p.m. No Rise 1:06 p.m. 12:25 a.m. 2:04 p.m. 1:03 a.m. 3:00 p.m. 1:43 a.m. 3:53 p.m.
First 8/14 Full 8/20 Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 5:27 a.m. 7:22 p.m. 9:14 a.m. 10:22 p.m. 4:47 a.m. 7:10 p.m. 4:43 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 2:04 p.m. 1:12 a.m. 11:54 p.m.12:24 p.m.
Local UV Index
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National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 87º in Salisbury, Md. The Southeast will experience mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 97º in Vicksburg, Miss. In the Northwest, there will be mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 102º in Lewiston, Idaho. The Southwest will see mostly clear to partly coudy skies with a few thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 110º in Bullhead City, Ariz.
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UV Index 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High, 11+: Extreme Exposure
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percent of their test takers meeting or exceeding the standards. For the English/language arts portion of the test, all schools had at least 50 percent of their students to meet or exceed the standards. Several schools had a perfect score: Vanderlyn, Dunwoody, The Museum School, Kittredge Magnet, Wadsworth Magnet, Fernbank and Oak Grove Seven schools had less than 50 percent of their students meeting or exceeding the math standards. They include Redan, 49.4; Toney, 47.6; Meadowview, 47.5; Indian Creek, 44; Stoneview, 43.2; Flat Shoals, 41.8; and Midway, 40.7. The top schools for fourth-grade science were The Museum School, Kittredge and Wadsworth, each at 100 percent; Vanderlyn, 99.1; and Dunwoody, 97.5. Ten schools had less than 50 percent meeting or exceeding the science standards. Among them were Knollwood, 35.2; Toney, 38.1; Snapfinger, 40.7; Indian Creek, 40.8; and Columbia, 44.8. Fourth-graders made big gains in social studies. The percentage of students who met or exceeded the standards jumped 7 percentage points to 68.1 percent from 2010 to 2012. Nine schools had 90 percent or more of their students meet or exceed the standards for all tests. Those schools include Vanderlyn, Austin, Dunwoody, The Museum School, Kittredge, Wadsworth, Robert Shaw, Fernbank and Oak Grove. Toney Elementary had less than 50 percent of its students meeting or exceeding the CRCT standards for three tests. Fifth grade Similar gains were made in fifth-grade math and social studies. In math, 79.2 percent of students met or exceeded the standards in 2012, compared to 71.8 in 2010. All DCSD elementary schools had more than 50 percent of their students meeting or exceeding the standards. The Museum School, Kittredge and Wadsworth each were at 100 percent. Vanderlyn had 99 percent that met or exceeded the standards and Dunwoody, 96.4. In social studies, there was a 10 percent gain from 2010 to 2012 in the number of students who met or exceeded the standards, up to 66.2 percent. At 100 percent were The Museum School, Kittredge and Wadsworth. Also in the top five for social studies were Austin, 98.9; and Vanderlyn, 97.9. Eighteen schools had less than 50 percent meeting or exceeding the social studies standards. Among them were Indian Creek, 28; Panola, 32.5; Meadowview, 33.3; Idlewood, 37.7; and Redan, 40.7. There were also 18 schools with less than 50 percent meeting or exceeding the science standards. The five lowest-performing schools were Midway, 27.1; Indian Creek, 27.3; Flat Shoals, 32.8, Meadowview, 33.3; and Columbia, 36.5. The top-performing schools for science were The Museum School, Kittredge and Wadsworth, each at 100 percent; Austin, 98.9; and Vanderlyn, 96.9. Five schools had 100 percent meeting or exceeding the standards for reading: Austin, The Museum School, Kittredge, Wadsworth and DeKalb Academy. Only one school had less than 50 percent of its students meeting the reading standards: Indian Creek, 47.3. The top schools for fifthgrade English/language arts were The Museum School, Kittredge and Wadsworth, each at 100 percent; Dunwoody, 99.1 and Vanderlyn, 99. No school had less than 50 percent of its students meeting the English/language arts standards. Eight schools had 90 percent or more of their students meet or exceed the standards for all tests. Those schools include Vanderlyn, Austin, Dunwoody, The Museum School, Kittredge, Wadsworth, DeKalb Academy and Fernbank. Indian Creek had less than 50 percent of its students meeting or exceeding the CRCT standards for three tests. Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series looking at the results of the 2012 CRCT. The next installment, focusing on grades six-eight, will be in the Aug. 1 issue of The Champion.
Bill Rosenfeld, front row center, president of Rosenfeld Jewelry LTD in Tucker, was elected chairman of the Tucker CID. The Tucker CID introduced its board of directors and its preliminary agenda on July 17.
Tucker CID announces new board members
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org The Tucker Community Improvement District (CID) introduced its board of directors and its preliminary agenda on July 17. Bill Rosenfeld, president of Rosenfeld Jewelry LTD in Tucker, was elected chairman and John Martin, owner of State Farm Insurance agency in Tucker, was elected vice chairman. Other board members elected are general civil practice attorney Will Arroyo, Harold Smith of Handy Ace Hardware, Trust Properties owner Lou Brown, Bank of North Georgia Vice President and Branch Manager Michele Weston and Taggart’s Driving School President/owner Barry Schrenk. In its first business meeting, ARC Inc. President Ann Rosenthal was elected president of the Tucker CID. Annie Gibson Ervin from Kaiser will serve as treasurer and Luanne Smith from the Bank of North Georgia will serve as secretary. Ervin and Smith are serving the organization as volunteers. The Tucker CID officially launched on Feb. 27. A CID is district in which commercial property owners vote to tax themselves to raise funds for various community improvement projects. Along with electing the new board members, the group also adopted its 2013 millage rate at 3 mills. “This is typically lower than other rates set by other area CIDs,” Rosenfeld said. “We firmly believe that the Tucker CID will give us the funding source needed to change our area into a thriving activity center that provides positive economic development and supports the lifelong community that is Tucker.” Tucker CID’s preliminary goals include a study of Lawrenceville Highway from I-285 to Hugh Howell Road for beautification and streetscape improvements; producing a punch list of road and signage improvements needed as well as clean-up efforts within the CID; and expanding the CID. “Great things are happening here in Tucker,” Rosenthal said. “From the Livable Community Initiative, Main Street renovation and the Lifelong Communities, the Tucker CID will not only enhance but enrich what is already taking place here in Tucker.” Four months after the Tucker CID kicked off, some Tucker residents launched the “City of Tucker 2014,” a website supporting the mission of turning Tucker into an incorporated city. Rosenthal said the cityhood initiative will not have any impact on the CID. “We work well with the county and should the cityhood initiative come to fruition then we will work well with the city,” she said. “The two work hand and hand.” The Tucker CID is also seeking volunteers to serve on its beautification committee, economic development and stakeholder CID expansion recruitment committee, public safety committee and transportation committee. To volunteer, call Ann Rosenthal at (404) 2453584 or visit www.tuckercid.com.
DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS OF DISABLED STUDENTS
The DeKalb County School District, Department of Special Education, announces its intention to destroy records that were developed to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in DeKalb County Schools. This notice is in compliance with the federal, state and local policy. Records will be destroyed on October 1, 2013 based on the following criteria: Students who graduated with a high school diploma in 2012. Students who became twenty-two (22) years old between June 1, 2011 and June 1, 2012. Special Ed. Students born during 1988 who graduated with a Transition Diploma, Certificate of Performance or reached maximum age of 22. Students who became deceased between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. These records will be destroyed as they are no longer needed for educational planning purposes. The parent, legal guardian or the student (18 years old or older) may request records prior to destruction by contacting the Special Education Records Office at 678-676-1802. You will be required to produce identification or provide verification data to acquire these records.
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he summer is almost gone and families will soon be returning to their daily work and school routines, but don’t worry, there are still plenty of fun things left to do around the county. Here is a list of movie nights, festivals and a book fair for your enjoyment. And with back to school shopping nearing, these events are easy on the pockets. BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival - Aug. 17 Decatur’s 13th Annual Festival will open at 4 p.m. with live music until 10 p.m. Kids 10 and younger are admitted free; and 11 & older cost $10 in advance ($15 at the gate day of festival. Note that no outside coolers will be permitted on the site. Harmony Park in the Oakhurst Community is located on East Lake Drive and Oakview Road, Decatur. www.decaturbbqfestival.com Candler Park Movie Nights - Aug. 10, Aug. 24 Candler Park Movie Nights are free and take place in Candler Park at dusk. Upcoming movie night features are: Aug. 10 The Lorax, Aug. 24 Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Sept. 7 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sept. 21 Field of Dreams Movie night is produced by Friends of Candler Park. www.candlerpark.org
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DockDogs World Championship Qualiﬁer July 26 - 28 DockDogs is the world’s premier canine aquatics competition; it will take place at Stone Mountain Park. Participate with your dog or sit back and enjoy the dock jumping canine competition. On-site registration is limited and the cost is $30 per team. www.stonemountainpark.com AJC Decatur Book Festival - Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 This Labor Day Weekend, mingle with 300 authors, attend a reading or book signing, listen to live music and poetry, enjoy cooking demonstrations and ﬁne wine, and participate in fun activities for the entire family. The festival takes place from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily in downtown Decatur at 101 E. Court Square. www.decaturbookfestival.com
Yellow Daisy Festival - Sept. 5 - 8 The Yellow Daisy Festival is an arts and crafts festival held in Stone Mountain, which features bands, food and crafts. Stone Mountain Park’s entrance fee is $10 per car and the event is free. The festival hours are Friday, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Take Exit 39B off I-285 and travel east on Hwy 78 to Exit 8 to Stone Mountain Park. www.stonemountainpark.com
Eddie’s Trick Shop has comical Nixon masks, fake poo and everything in between. Photos by Daniel Beauregard
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“After going there a few times the owner said he was looking to retire and his wife wanted to move to Florida,” McKinnon said. In 1978, McKinnon bought Eddie’s Trick Shop, which at the time was little more than a small room on the Marietta Square. It has since grown into a 9,000-square-foot establishment that sells everything from theatrical makeup (it is the largest supplier of theatrical makeup in the county) to fake poo. Inside the warehouse in Avondale Estates, which also boasts a retail area, the walls are lined with masks: President Barack Obama, Chewbacca the wookie from Star Wars and the infamous mask depicting former President Richard Nixon with a comical, oversized nose. Behind the counter near the cash register is a wall dedicated to all the card tricks McKinnon has developed over the years. The shop also has clothing, pendants and scarves from all of the houses in J.K. Rowling’s famous Harry Potter series. McKinnon said getting into the magic business was a gamble, especially because he didn’t know anything about it, but that “all in all it worked out pretty well.” His children Michael, Kathy and Frank all help run the stores and warehouse and McKinnon also teaches magic in his spare time. As Naomi Kurzweg and her son Turner walk into the store, McKinnon energetically asks, “Do you do ball and square?” Turner nods and tells McKinnon that he forgot his wand when he came into the shop yesterday. “He’s been in here every day this week buying new tricks,” Naomi said. “He’s got a bunch of the rope ones and the balls and the cards.” Naomi said her son shows the tricks to all his friends. While chatting, McKinnon casually mentions that he teaches magic and sometimes, it can be just what a child needs to come out of their shell. “This one man came in with his daughter and she was only 7. He said, “Can you help my daughter, she’s so shy.” By the end of the magic course the students get up and do a show for their parents and friends. She was fantastic, you couldn’t believe it was the same girl, it really brought her out—she could do something nobody else could do and it made her special,” McKinnon said.
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The Chamblee City Council announced during a recent meeting that it lost confidence in Ford as they voted to end his contract during last month’s council meeting. Johnson has been named acting city manager, a position he held before Ford was hired in 2011. Earlier this month, Ford, who was suspended with pay, appealed the council’s decision to end his contract. At the June 18 meeting at which Ford was suspended, council members also reportedly stated that they had lost confidence in Ford’s leadership abilities. Councilman Dan Zanger wouldn’t go into detail about the reasons Ford’s contract was being terminated. “Dr. Ford is a good man for whom I have a great deal of respect. I am very sorry that we [have] to deal with our current situation,” Zanger said.
Chamblee City Council accepts city manager’s resignation
by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com The Chamblee City Council voted unanimously July 22 to accept the resignation of its former City Manager Niles Ford. According to acting City Manager and Police Chief Marc Johnson, the city council voted to accept Ford’s resignation and give him eight months’ severance pay. Before becoming city manager, Ford served as the fire chief for the city of Lincoln, Neb., for four years. Prior to that he was the deputy fire chief of Fulton County, Georgia from 2003-07. Johnson said he doesn’t know when the city will begin searching for a new city manager and he will remain acting city manager until the mayor and city council hire a new one.
DeKalb County detention officers leave in wake of investigation
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org Seven DeKalb County Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) officers have left their jobs after a three-week investigation found they violated security measures while working the night shift. The Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles announced the conclusion of the investigation July 16. While the investigation was underway, the six corrections officers and their supervisor were suspended with pay. Before the conclusion of the investigation, three of those officers resigned. The remaining four were dismissed. According to Niles, the corrections staff failed to enforce the center’s security policies and allowed the incarcerated youths to roam about their units at night. “The shift supervisor and several of these night shift officers actually watched the youths enter and exit the detention center housing units at-will and without staff supervision after lights-out,” Niles said. “Our officers are entrusted with ensuring our youth receive their meals, health care and education in a secure environment so they can successfully transition back to schools or employment in their community.” Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) officials said the investigation was the result of evidence brought to light by Department of Corrections (DOC) investigators working on an unrelated case at the facility. “The DOC Investigators determined the case they were originally assigned at DeKalb RYDC was unfounded and unsubstantiated,” said Niles. “But by being alert and thorough in their observations, the investigations team uncovered evidence of a night shift staff security problem which required immediate examination.” All DJJ youth were accounted for at the DeKalb RYDC. A replacement corrections staff was immediately assigned. There were no incidents and no injuries reported as a result of the security violation.
County seeks comments on North Indian Creek Drive Improvements
DeKalb County is inviting residents to review and comment on its tentative plans to improve nearly 1.6 miles of North Indian Creek Drive. A public information meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 1, from 4-8 p.m., at the Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave., Clarkston. The project includes the addition of center-left turn lanes and bicycle lanes with improved pedestrian crossings on North Indian Creek Drive between Rockbridge Road/North Decatur Road and Church Street. To accommodate these improvements, the two through lanes will be changed to a single through lane in each direction. Detailed information about the project will be on display and available to the public. The display will also be available for review for 10 days after the meeting at DeKalb County Public Works, Transportation Division, 1950 West Exchange Place, Fourth Floor, Tucker. Representatives will be present to answer questions. Residents can complete and leave a comment card or mail written comments about the project to Nikki Reutlinger, PE., Atkins, 1600 River Edge Parkway, Suite 600, Atlanta, Ga. 30328.
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Mall to host back-to-school event
Northlake Mall is hosting a Back-to-School Party for all Kidgits Club members on Saturday, Aug. 3. Families can see the latest back-to-school trends on the runway, play school trivia games and more in the mall’s center court Saturday, Aug. 3, 2-5 p.m. The event is free for Kidgit Club members. Others can pay $5 and get a one-year membership and a T-shirt. During the Back-to-School celebration, Simon Kidgits Club will host a Kidgits Face of Northlake competition for children ages 18 months to 10 years. Three winners—one from each age category—will be chosen to participate in mall activities throughout the year, act as spokespeople at Simon Kidgits events at Northlake and have their picture on display in the mall for a year. Winners will also receive at $25 gift card to one of the mall’s department stores and a photo shoot for the displays. Contest details are at http://bit. ly/FaceofNorthlake. Northlake Mall is located at 4800 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta.
Pano Koulouris says the restaurant’s Dunwoody location is doing well. Photo by Kathy Mitchell
Grecian Gyro opens Dunwoody location
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Grecian Gyro’s fifth Atlanta location officially opened on Dunwoody’s Chamblee Dunwoody Road in early July. An Atlanta-based fast-casual restaurant, Grecian Gyro, describes itself as specializing in “freshly made gyro wrap sandwiches, salads and sides prepared in authentic Greek culinary tradition.” “We have been trying to find a location in this area for years,” said Pano Koulouris, one of the owners. “We live in Tucker and come to Dunwoody quite a bit. I knew this would be a great place to be. When I saw that this location was available, we jumped on it.” He said the restaurant already has a strong customer base because of the other locations, and sales have been brisk at the Dunwoody location since it opened. Founder Nick Koulouris opened the first Grecian Gyro in 1982 in Hapeville “with $50 in his pocket, a dream in his heart and his family’s secret sauce recipe locked tightly in his head. His goal was to deliver the best gyros and Grecian fare reminiscent of what he grew up eating and cooking as a young man in Kalamata, Greece,” according to material published by the restaurant. During his 30 years in business, Koulouris, along with his two sons George and Pano, has expanded Grecian Gyro to locations in Forest Park and Tucker in addition to the original Hapeville location. The restaurant has been voted “Atlanta’s Best Gyro,” in Atlanta magazine’s readership survey. In addition to its classic gyro, the restaurant offers a selection of made-to-order wraps from traditional grilled chicken and souvlaki to veggie wraps and its recently introduced Grecian-style tuna salad. The sandwiches feature Nick’s Grecian Sauce, which is described as “a delicious alternative to the typical cucumber-yogurt dressing”…made from a “secret family recipe with a tangy blend of Mediterranean herbs and spices.” The menu also includes vegetarian dishes, traditional sides such as dolmades and hummus, Greek salads, and hand-cut Grecian potatoes. In 2009, the Koulouris brothers announced plans to again grow their operation further and have negotiated franchise agreements within the Georgia market and are looking at opportunities “to broaden their reach to a variety of areas in the state.” Their first franchise store opened recently in Johns Creek. Owners say the franchise restaurants will offer “the same dedication to quality food and service that Nick Koulouris has instilled within the company for the past 30 years.” The interior décor of the 1,400-square-foot Dunwoody location is unique in that the Koulouris family has built the dining tables themselves and the chairs have been designed to encompass the feel of an old world Grecian café. The one-of-a-kind wall décor includes a photo by Terry Stephens of the original Grecian Gyro sign in Hapeville, old barn windows that frame a photo of Athens, Greece and more. Pano Koulouris said the city of Dunwoody has been welcoming and supportive. “The day we opened, the mayor came by and had lunch with us. He wanted to know if there was anything they could do for us. People here have been just great.”
Seminar to focus on staffing and leadership
DeKalb County Public Library, in partnership with The Leadership Academy, is offering a series of classes, titled The Entrepreneur Endeavor, on starting and running a successful and profitable limited liability company or corporation. The classes are designed to provide support to individuals interested in starting their own business as well as current entrepreneurs seeking ways to enhance their business. The final session in the current series, Staffing and Leadership, is being offered Saturday, July 27, 2:303:30 p.m., at Stonecrest Library. Call or visit the branch to register. Stonecrest Library is located at 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia. For more information, call (770) 482-3828.
DeKalb County School Board is selling two of its properties as‐is through a competitive sealed bid process. The two properties are located at: Freeman Admin. Building A/B (office) 3770 North Decatur Rd Decatur, Georgia 30032 81,000 square feet of office space 9.3 acres Hooper Alexander (school) 3414 Memorial Drive Decatur, Georgia 30032 68,900 square feet of school facility 8.1 acres
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Sealed Bids, from Bidders, will be received by the DeKalb County Board of Education (the “Owner”) at the Sam A. Moss Service Center, 1780 Montreal Road, Tucker, Georgia 30084, until 12:00 Noon local time on Thursday, August 1, 2013 for all labor, materials and services necessary for both projects. Bidding Documents may be obtained by Bidders at: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/solicitations/ All questions about this Advertisement for Bids must be directed in writing to Stephen Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer not later than Tuesday, July 23th, 2013 at 12:00 Noon. Contact Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Sam Moss Center, 1780 Montreal Road, Tucker, Georgia 30084.; email: dcsd‐ops‐bid‐firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax 678.676.1350. Except as expressly provided in, or permitted by, the Bidding Documents, from the date of issuance of the Advertisement for Bids until final Owner action of approval of contract award, the Bidder shall not initiate any communication or discussion concerning the Project or the Bidder’s Bid or any part thereof with any employee, agent, or representative of the Owner. Any violation of this restriction may result in the rejection of the Bidder’s Bid. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, and to waive technicalities and informalities. Site visits Hooper Alexander School are scheduled for July 11th, 2013 and July 18th, 2013 at 9:00 am. Site visits for Freeman Administrative Buildings A& B are scheduled for July 10th, 2013 and July 17th, 2013 at 9:00 am
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From top left, Sang-Chan Kim and Sam Wiley, both students at Lakeside High, work on Samsung tablet computers that they were able to keep after a two-day app camp at Georgia Tech. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
Two Lakeside High juniors develop apps, earn tablets at camp
by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com Receiving a tablet computer was like getting paid to go to summer camp. “That’s very cool,” said 16-year-old Sang-Chan Kim, a rising junior at Lakeside High School, about his new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, given to each of the 30 metro Atlanta high school students who participated in a two-day Samsung Mobile App Academy at Georgia Tech July 10-11. In its second year, the mobile application academies, held around the country, are free for eligible high school juniors and seniors interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “The camp tries to focus on the design/creative side of designing apps, for example, brainstorming, getting ideas from other apps,” Kim said. “And they try to teach you to go through the whole procedure of creating apps. You have to draw wireframes and things like that.” Kim said before the camp he had “designed some apps as a small-scale personal project, but I haven’t really concentrated on the things that go before programming—the design aspect. So it’s a good opportunity to experience all sides of the creation process of an app.” Kim said one day when he’s working for a company he hopes designing apps is going to be really useful for him. A member of the Fernbank Science Center’s robotics team and leader of a computer science club at Lakeside High, Kim learned of the camp through his math and computer science teacher. The camp application was a simple procedure, Kim said. The application asked for extracurricular and academic information. Potential participants also had to briefly tell why they wanted to attend the camp. During the camp, Lakeside High rising junior Sam Wiley, 16, said he was “learning about the extra things that need to go into the design and marketing of an app before you actually go into the coding and production.” “Before I thought you have an idea and you go straight to it. But we’re learning you have to have a problem and a set audience that you’re designing it for,” said Wiley, a member of his school’s math team and chorus, and a bass clarinetist in the marching band. “There’s extra psychological things that go into it like a mood that you’re trying to make the audience have when they’re using the app. I’m learning about brainstorming processes and how you design it before you start any of the coding.” In the camp, the participants are divided into teams that are given an objective to solve. “Our problem is that there’s not enough interest in soccer in America,” Wiley said. “We’re trying to design an app that creates more interest in soccer, so we’re trying to make watching soccer more interactive and interesting to gain a wider audience for it.” The Lakeside students said the tablet computers were very helpful during the camp. “We’re basically just using the [tablet] to brainstorm,” Kim said. “It’s a good tool to draw out stuff and then share files with each other.” Wiley said the device is “very useful for collaboration.” “We can send files to the group and share them and edit each other’s. It’s just very helpful for the collaboration,” he said. The camp is sponsored by Samsung Telecommunications America, which will award $35,000 in scholarships for the students who create winning app ideas. The academies expose students to the growing social and educational possibilities of mobile application development and give them the opportunity to create apps that are interesting and culturally relevant to them and their communities. “Samsung Mobile App Academies aim to positively influence and inspire the next generation of mobile application developers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America, in media statement. “By expanding our program to six cities nationwide, we have the opportunity to further connect with and further empower top performing high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.” Kim said the camp was a “very good opportunity.” “Not a lot of big companies…have as many big camps focused on high school students. It’s a very good thing that Samsung decided to do,” he said.
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Agnes Scott basketball players invited to play in international basketball tour
Agnes Scott’s Genefine Sapateh and Arielle Register were selected by the American International Sports Teams to represent the United States in an international basketball tour in Italy this summer. The U.S. team will consist of 10 players from NCAA DI, DII, DIII, junior colleges and NAIA schools. There will be two female teams and one male team. The teams will play four to five games over a period of 10 days. Players are selected based on season statistics, coach nominations or through scouting. Over the past four years, Sapateh has been Agnes Scott’s leading scorer each year with a season high of 387 points during her sophomore season. Sapateh has been the team’s leading rebounder for the past three years with a season high of 250 rebounds her sophomore year. She holds the school record for career total rebounds with 866 and career points with 1,300. Sapateh has been named to the GSAC All-Conference team four consecutive years and became the second Agnes Scott player to reach 1,000 career points. Register has been the second leading scorer each of her four years at Agnes Scott with a career high of 269 points this past season. She has also been the team leader in steals each year with a season high of 61 her sophomore year. In addition, she has been the team leader in assists for the past three years and holds the school record for steals with 227 total and assists with 321 total. Register became the third Agnes Scott player to reach the 1,000 career points and was named to the GSAC AllConference team. Sapateh graduated in May with a bachelor of arts in chemistry and Register graduated with a bachelor of arts in economics.
Football coaches and players from DeKalb’s 22 high schools talked about the upcoming season at the county’s annual Media Day on July 17. Photo by Travis Hudgons
DeKalb football teams gearing up for 2013 season
by Carla Parker email@example.com Coaches and players from DeKalb County’s 22 high schools, including Decatur, Marist and St. Pius X, convened at James R. Hallford Stadium on July 17 for the annual DeKalb County Football Media Day. The coaches got an opportunity to introduce some of their top players and talk about their excitement and expectations for the upcoming season, which kicks off on Aug. 23. The 2013 season will be a season of first-time experiences for new head coaches and starting players. Nine schools are entering the season with new head coaches. Stanley Pritchett takes over at Arabia Mountain. Cedar Grove’s new coach is Jermaine Smith. Scott Jackson was promoted to head coach at Decatur. Druid Hills hired Mark Adams. Heath Hinton takes over at Lakeside. Cortez Allen returned to Martin Luther King to lead the football program. McNair promoted Shelton Carleton from assistant to head coach, Michael Tanks became Southwest DeKalb’s first new head coach in 30 years, and James Holloway moves up from the middle school level to the high school level at Towers. Allen, who was an assistant coach at M. L. King from 2002 to 2004, said coming back to take over the M. L. King football program is an outstanding opportunity for him. “My number one goal this year is to restore order,” he said. “We want to go back to the way MLK was established from its beginning roots. And that’s through order and discipline.” M. L. King and Stephenson will open their seasons in the Chick-fil-A Battle of the Borders High School Showdown against teams from Florida. M. L. King will take on Ely High School from Pompano, Fla., and Stephenson will face off against Norland High School from Miami. Many DeKalb football teams will also feature firsttime starters, specifically at the quarterback position. Marist head coach Alan Chadwick had high praises for his new starting senior quarterback Chase Martenson. “He is a very fine athlete,” Chadwick said. “He’s big, strong, got big strong legs and quick feet. He’s very tough and a very physical runner for us in the opSee Football on Page 19A
GPC to host men’s soccer tryouts for new students
The 2013 fall men’s soccer tryouts for Georgia Perimeter College new students will be held Aug. 5 at the Dunwoody Campus soccer field, 2101 Womack Road. All students trying out must bring a current doctor’s physical report to be able to participate. For the mandatory first team meeting and academic information, visit the men’s soccer home page and look under announcements. For further information, contact assistant coach Ron Moore at (678) 642-4967.
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Marist defensive tackle Kendall Baker, who suffered an ACL injury two years ago, recently committed to the University of Georgia. Adams
Decatur’s new head coach Scott Jackson introduces some of his players.
Tucker head coach Bryan Lamar talks about his expectations for the upcoming season. Holloway
Stephenson head coach Ron Gartrell talks about changes in his defense.
tion attack.” Tucker is replacing former quarterback Juwaan Williams with former running back Joseph Farrar. Farrar finished the 2012 season with 478 rushing yards on 68 attempts and scored six touchdowns. He also completed one pass on a 48yard touchdown. Tucker head coach Bryan Lamar said he feels good about Farrar leading the offense this year. “He’s a good player. Extremely intelligent,” he said. “He has a good arm and he’s a heck of a runner. So we’re excited about him.” For Stephenson, the quarterback position is still a toss-up between juniors DeWann Ford and Giovonni Weekley. “They’re doing a good job [in practice],” head coach Ron Gartrell said. “We can go with either one of them but I think right now Ford has the edge.” Stephenson is also trying to some depth at the linebacker position. Gartrell said seniors Malik Ricks and Dale Warren are great prospects. The question is whether they can stay healthy during the season. “If something were to happen to one of those guys it might create some problems for us,” he said. “We’ve got to find some linebackers.” The 2012 Dunwoody Wildcats team had mostly sophomores as starters and the young team finished the season with a 1-9 record. Head coach Jim Showfety believes the experience from last year will be beneficial for the returning starters this season. “I think just a year’s experience in our region [6-AAAAA] will do a lot of good for our players this year,” he said. “A lot of sophomores last year were probably kind of forced into playing a little bit prematurely but I think by the end of last season the experience really paid off for them. “They’ve done a great job in the off season and we got some key seniors to complete those rising juniors and we think we can get things turned around this year,” Showfety said.
Stone Mountain players listen intently at Media Day. Photos by Travis Hudgons
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it isn’t his decision to determine whether DeKalb County needs to call a special election to replace May’s seat on the board of commissioners. “The county attorney has submitted an opinion Deal said he understood the difficult situation DeKalb County is in—he recently had to replace six of nine DeKalb County school board members. “I felt that commission had given due consideration to all the manifestations of the accusations in the indictment and…I felt I should accept their recommendation,” Deal said. “Any time that you have these kinds of situations arise, it’s certainly somethat we all Lee May thing have to take very seriously.” Although DeKalb County has had troubles recently, Deal said he doesn’t think it represents a larger systemic problem with government in the state. “These things happen from time to time,” Deal said. “Just as the school board situation was disruptive to the school system,
Governor, interim CEO discuss what’s next for DeKalb County
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org DeKalb County Commissioner and Interim CEO Lee May said he’s excited to work with his fellow commissioners “in unison and harmony” to move the county forward. “I’m humbled by the opportunity to act in this position,” May said. May said there are still a lot of unanswered questions but he and his fellow commissioners are on the same page and “will take each day as it comes.” Since May served as the presiding officer of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, it is unclear as to whether he will have to resign his seat on the board or if he can remain as a nonvoting member. If May does have to leave the board, the county will schedule a special election to fill his seat. Currently, Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton has taken over as presiding officer. Gov. Nathan Deal suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis July 16 after a panel recommended that an indictment handed down earlier in the year would adversely affect his job running the county. this will be disruptive to the general county government.” During a news conference given after his swearing in, May said that “some people are congratulating me and some are giving me condolences.” May, 37, became the youngest person elected to the DeKalb County Commission when he ran and won at age 30 in 2006. “What I’ll ask our [residents] of DeKalb County is to stay strong, be confident that we are working together. We were elected to work on your behalf and that’s what we’re going to do,” May said. “DeKalb County, we are battle-tested, we’ve come through an economy where unemployment has been a historic high, where foreclosures have been through the roof. We’ve seen our county budget diminish and have had incorporations and annexations that hit us hard but we’ve stood the test of time,” he said.
‘What I’ll ask our [residents] of DeKalb County is to stay strong, be confident that we are working together.’
Ellis is suspended with pay until the outcome of the trial in DeKalb County Superior Court or until his term of office expires in 2016. His arraignment is scheduled for July 29. During a news conference announcing Ellis’ suspension, Deal said that that would indicate the attorney does not believe that is the case,” Deal said. “He would simply be a nonvoting member on the commission itself. There may be other interpretations but again that’s something that addresses itself to the local jurisdiction.”
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