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Lakeside graduate getting a head start in business ownership
by Carla Parker

Lakeside High School
graduate Jonathon Hollis
received the opportunity of a
lifetime and is looking to bring
high school students and other
college students on the journey
with him.
Hollis, who graduated from
Lakeside in 2014, is now a
student at Georgia Southern
University and an intern with
Young Entrepreneurs Across
America. The organization
is designed to help teach
students how to run a small
business, and help them develop
communication and business
skills through a summer of real-
world business experiences.
When recruiters came to
speak at one of Hollis’ classes, he
decided joining the program was
an opportunity he could not pass
“I was really intrigued
because entrepreneurship is
something I see in my future
and for the longest time I wanted
to get involved,” he said. “I’ve
been reading and studying on
[entrepreneurship], but I didn’t
know where to start. When
they came and talked about
having the opportunity to run
Jonathon Hollis, center, will oversee a student-run painting business this summer and will employ local high school and college
[my] own business, [oversee] students.
hiring, marketing, production and
all those things it was so very to hire as his paint crews. After State and Georgia Southern as generation of men in my family
interesting to me. I’m curious the school semester ends, the marketers. The students help who paint.”
about professional development students Hollis hires will go Hollis distribute flyers to help Hollis, who is majoring in
and that’s one of the big focal through paint training provided by promote his business. information systems, said he
points of the program. This Sherwin-Williams. “They go around to talk to doesn’t plan to go into painting
program was perfect for me.” “They will be professionally homeowners in the area about as a career, but will use this
Hollis interviewed with Young trained and from there we’ll start my painting services and about business to gain the skills needed
Entrepreneurs Across America, painting,” he said. my business and what we’re to run his own business in the
was awarded an internship and Student Painters is fully doing,” he said. future.
appointed to run the Atlanta licensed and insured. The Hollis said he gained “Where I’m going to be going,
branch of Student Painters in the students will get paid for their experience in painting after it’s going to require business
Lakeside/Briarcliff area. Hollis work, and Hollis is hoping to build helping his father paint their know-how,” he said. “This is why
has been working on building his a large clientele so his painters house. Painting is also a family this internship is so big for me
business since February to roll it can make enough money to help craft. because it has a lot to do with
out in May. pay their way through college. “The other interesting thing professional development and
“I’ll schedule estimates or call “I really want to get more is that when [my father] was learning.”
customers while I’m at school and houses done, more jobs done— my age, he and my grandfather Students who are
[do] things there,” he said. “Every so they can have more money for would go around painting interesting in working with
weekend, I drive up to Atlanta and their tuition,” he said. houses too,” he said. “He had Hollis this summer, can contact
I work on my business.” He has already hired five a little business, so it’s almost him at (678) 983-2626 or
Hollis is currently looking for students from Chamblee and generational. So, it’s fitting that jonathonhollisstudentpainters@
high school and college students Lakeside high schools, Georgia I’m doing this now, the third

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Doraville takes emergency MARTA measures
by R. Scott Belzer can be made between the car at no cost or risk to the city and dealership, AT&T and MARTA. that full liability will fall with
MARTA’s Doraville station MARTA.
currently offers two parking Doraville resident Tom
Doraville City Council decks for patrons. Following Hart stressed the situation
took emergency measures to the collapse of I-85, both decks demonstrates the need to keep
accommodate an increase in have regularly exceeded capacity. arterial roads in Doraville
MARTA patrons in the wake of MARTA’s increase in ridership the way they are, criticizing
the I-85 collapse on March 30. has been estimated as high as city council’s past discussions
On April 10, Doraville 76 percent by transportation involving narrowing major
officials unanimously approved officials. thoroughfares.
a resolution allowing MARTA MARTA officials have said “With the closing of I-85,
Doraville City Council unanimously approved measures to allow MARTA patrons to park at the former they are working on public- it shows you how important
parking at the Assembly development site following an increase in rider- General Motors assembly plant
ship. Photo by R. Scott Belzer private partnerships, such as the major arterials such as Buford
site, now known as Assembly, Doraville resolution, to ensure Highway, Peachtree Industrial
until a nearby 650-space parking parking is available. are, and how important
area becomes available. “We all know that we Peachtree Road is in terms of
The area, owned by AT&T, had an emergency…and it’s access to the MARTA station,”
currently houses inventory from caused traffic nightmares,” Hart said. “There’s no need to
a nearby car dealership. said Doraville Mayor Donna narrow those roads into side
While the city hopes the Pittman. “A lot of people are streets of Atlanta.”
AT&T deck will become riding MARTA and we’ve run Following approval, the
the main option to address out of parking spaces.” Doraville resolution will be
overcrowding—called “Plan A” Pittman said Gov. Nathan in effect until I-85 reopens.
by council members—the city Deal has asked Georgia cities to According to the Georgia
approved a “Plan B” provision to do all they can to accommodate Department of Transportation,
allow MARTA patron parking at the increase in MARTA the arterial interstate is
the Assembly development. ridership. scheduled to reopen in June
According to city manager Pittman said Assembly 2017.
Shawn Gillen, “Plan B” has parking will also offer a shuttle
been discussed as an alternative to and from the MARTA station
City manager Shawn Gillen said the emergency resolution will alleviate
until an official arrangement
full parking decks housed at the Doraville MARTA station. Photo submit-

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AVONDALE ESTATES Rail Trail Makers Festival will highlight makers and
artisans who use old and new technologies to craft
useful creations.”
Festivities will include chalk art, mural painting,
Farmers market returns live music, drone racing, food trucks, craft beer and Miller Grove to host Family Empowerment Day
theatrical performances. A separate “arts alley” will
The Avondale Estates Farmers Market returns also line the Rail Trail for local artists to sell their Miller Grove High School—located at 2645
April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot wares. Dekalb Medical Pkwy.—will host a Region IV
of My Parents’ Basement. The market will be open Proceeds from the event will go toward the Family Empowerment Day on April 22 from 10 a.m.
every Sunday until October and will feature local creation of a new city mural in Chamblee. to 1 p.m.
produce and goods. My Parents’ Basement is located For more information, contact Brian Crowe at According to event officials, the goal of the
at 22 North Avondale Road. For more information, IDEA Chamblee at (404) 227-0231. event is to connect families with educational
visit opportunities, job placement, legal guidance and
community resources. The primary focuses will be
Drug take back scheduled academic and educational support; job readiness;

Avondale Estates Police Department has part- COUNTYWIDE health and wellness; social and emotional support;
community and career enhancement resources; as
nered with the Drug Enforcement Agency to host well as summer enrichment.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April Though DeKalb County School District’s Region
29 at city hall. The purpose of this event is to safely Ethics board meeting scheduled IV includes Arabia Mountain, Lithonia, MLK Jr.,
dispose of unused, outdated and unwanted medica- Miller Grove and Southwest DeKalb high schools,
tions and related paraphernalia. Those who can’t The DeKalb County Board of Ethics will conduct the general public is invited to attend.
make the event but would like to drop off unwanted a regular board meeting April 20 at 4 p.m., at Emory Community agencies such as Georgia Piedmont
medications, can do so at city hall year-round during Center for Ethics, Room 162, 1531 Dickey Drive, Technical College, the DeKalb Department of
regular office hours. City hall is located at 21 North Atlanta. Human Services, Atlanta Metropolitan State College,
Avondale Plaza. For more information, call (404) The ethics board will report on complaints filed DeKalb Workforce Development, Labor Read,
294-5400. against former DeKalb County Commissioner YMCA, Georgia Student Finance Commission,
Sharon Barnes Sutton, Kelvin Walton, Nina Hall, Upward Bound, DeKalb Parks and Recreation
developer Vaughn Irons and former DeKalb County and the DeKalb County Public Library will be in
Commissioner Stan Watson. attendance.
CLARKSTON There will also be time for public comment
during the meeting.
For more information, contact Region IV Family
Engagement Facilitator Tamesha Favors at (678)
Pet Wellness Day announced City to host gospel event
Clarkston city council approved April 29 as a DECATUR Lithonia will host Praise in the Park April 29 at the
citywide celebration of Pet Wellness Day at its most Lithonia Amphitheater from 4 to 6 p.m. Attendees can
recent meeting on April 4. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy music and community spirit. The amphitheater is
attendees will have the opportunity for pet vaccina- Under the Bridge Art Party located at 2515 Parkway Drive. For more information,
tions, neutering, advice from dog trainers, therapy call (770) 482-8136.
dog sessions and workshops. The Decatur Arts Alliance will host an under the
“If you know someone who has a pet, this is an bridge art party April 23 from 4 to 6 p.m.
excellent come out and get vaccinated,” said council- The art party will be held at West Trinity Place at
woman and event organizer Beverly Burks. Atlanta Avenue. The party will feature art activities
For more information about Pet Wellness Day,
join the volunteer Facebook group at https://www.
with Milagros artists, ice cream, cookies, lemonade,
a bounce house, music and music. STONE MOUNTAIN The Decatur Arts Alliance is a nonprofit
partnership of artist and business owners that Georgia Military College to host Spring Fling event
support art in the city of Decatur.
Georgia Military College’s Stone Mountain
CHAMBLEE Volunteer Appreciation Banquet campus—located at 5325 Manor Drive—will host its
annual Spring Fling event on April 28 from 11 a.m.
DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann to 2 p.m.
will host his third annual Volunteer Appreciation According to officials, the event allows students
City hosts first Rail Trail Makers Festival Banquet April 20 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the to invite friends to the college. Friends who apply
DeKalb County Jail on Memorial Drive in Decatur.  for admission to the college have all application fees
The city of Chamblee will host the first Rail Trail The event honors the individuals and waived. Food and games will also be provided for
Makers Festival on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. organizations that provide voluntary services to the attendees.
and April 23 from noon to 5 p.m. at the intersection sheriff’s headquarters and the DeKalb County Jail In addition to Stone Mountain, Georgia Military
of Keswick Park and the Chamblee Rail Trail along each year.  Among the honorees are members of College has campuses in Milledgeville, Columbus,
Peachtree Boulevard. the Chaplaincy, the Sheriff’s Office Reserves Unit, Dublin, Eastman, Fairburn, Fayetteville, Madison,
Festival officials state the purpose of the festival is and professionals representing agencies conducting Sandersville, Valdosta and Warner Robins.
to bring together the Chamblee community in a free, recreational, educational and rehabilitative programs For more information, contact the college’s public
fun, family-oriented environment. for inmates at the DeKalb County Jail. affairs coordinator, Shannon Alisha Wiggins, at
“A ‘makers’ festival celebrates arts, crafts,
engineering [and] science projects and the do-it-
yourself mindset,” officials said. “The Chamblee
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Cross Keys High’s Unify
BuHi celebrates inaugural
identify potential leaders.
by R. Scott Belzer “We’re taking a long-term viewpoint,” Morris said.
Sophomore and Buford
Approximately one year ago, Highway resident Dinamis
on March 30, 2016, a group of Roblero Lopez said the efforts
students from Cross Keys High began as a “simple class project”
School went to Plaza Fiesta— but turned into something more
located at 4166 Buford Highway after grabbing media attention in
NE—to engage with local 2016.
citizens about infrastructure “We’re showing what we want
improvements, government Buford Highway to improve on,”
engagement and affordable Lopez said. “Bus lanes, bike lanes
housing. and the safety of people around
“We are trying to find and here—we focused on the people
show people better ways to that live here.”
improve Buford Highway so Lopez said she wants to see
we can appreciate it more,” more bike lanes along Buford
said then-freshman Jennifer Highway to help curb pollution
Monzon. “We’re trying to find and allow her community to
better ways to improve our travel safely.
community.” Unify BuHi’s efforts are
On April 13, the group, which currently in the process of being
now goes by Unify BuHi under documented by Georgia Tech
the guidance of Rebekah Cohen students Priya Gupta and Ben
Morris, returned to Plaza Fiesta Morse under the direction of
to celebrate and showcase the professor Juan Rodriguez.
club’s progress. “It’s been great—we volunteer
“This is a celebration of the with students, have them share
hard work we’ve been doing,” their stories and go back to
Morris said. “It’s a way to honor share them with the Georgia
our students and their families.” Tech community,” Gupta said.
Morris said she saw the “It’s an untapped area. Not a
club’s biggest success in guerilla lot of people know about these
gardening efforts throughout organizations that are right at
Buford Highway. The club the heart of high schools. It’s
takes materials such as used interesting to see how students
tires and transforms them into so young can make such a large
aesthetically pleasing gardens at change.”
random locations along Buford Rodriguez said Unify BuHi
Highway. and Los Vecinos are two of the
Morris said greater most interesting grassroots
achievements involved organizations working today to
community organizations improve the Buford Highway
engaging with Cross Keys High community.
students, which resulted in joint “It’s a great place—it’s a very
partnerships. This included diverse place,” Rodriguez said.
parent and civic organizations “We should definitely try to
in Chamblee, Doraville, Ashford preserve the essence of Buford
Park, apartment complexes and Highway, which is diversity, good
other locations. food and affordbale housing.
“[We’ve learned] about It is also a place that has its
things you wouldn’t normally challenges, particularly when
learn about, learning about we talk about transportation
each other, and learning about and security, but it’s a great
the community,” Morris said. opportunity for educators, people
“We’ve gotten 100 percent in the city and urban developers
support. People hear about kids to integrate socially without
wanting to do something in the patterns of urban displacement.”
community and want to help.” Morris said Unify BuHi plans
One of the byproducts this to linguistically map businesses
year is Los Vecinos de Buford and organizations along Buford
Highway, an apartment residents’ Highway and continue to work
association developed by Unify alongside Atlanta universities
BuHi through which neighbors to better the region for all
come together to share a meal, communities. Students from Cross Keys High School’s Unify BuHi program came together April 113 at Plaza Fiesta to celebrate its
talk about civic issues and yearly accomplishments. Photos by R. Scott Belzer
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Theology professor urges Christians to rethink weddings
by Kathy Mitchell

When Kimberly Bracken
Long, associate professor of
worship at Columbia Theological
Seminary in Decatur, was
preparing to teach a course
designed to ready ministers
to serve at events such as
weddings, funerals and
ordinations, she discovered that
there was little source material
on the minister’s role at a
She decided to write the
book that she was unable to
find. The result was From This
Day Forward: Rethinking the
Christian Wedding, released in
In the book, she notes,
“When I began in ordained
ministry, I quickly discovered
how woefully unprepared I was
to talk to anyone about getting
married, or being married, or
whether to keep being married.
After gamely subjecting couples
to the requisite premarital
counseling, I would wonder what
in the world I was doing and who
decided that this should be part
Kimberly Bracken Long shares her views in From This Day Forward: Rethinking the Christian Wedding.
of my job. Although I could not
have articulated it at the time,
I realize now that I had plenty
of therapeutic resources at my wedding expo where she was seem to be about everything but wedding reaches beyond the
disposal, but few theological surprised to find that there were the heart of the faith.” couple being married,” she
ones, for talking about the not only vendors who provided Part of her preparation states in the book.
meaning of marriage.” flowers, catering and limo for writing the book involved While Long said she wrote
Long researched her book services, but mortgage brokers. research into the history of the book for ministers, she said
by interviewing pastors across “They weren’t there to help the weddings. “Many people would many ministers who have read it
the country from a wide range couple finance a house; they be surprised to learn that for the are urging couples approaching
of communities and contexts. were there to help them finance first 1,000 years of the Christian marriage to read it as well.
“Their stories sounded very the wedding. religion it was not involved in The key when two Christians
much the same,” she said. “In addition to belying our weddings—they were purely are marrying is to return to
“Ministers were frustrated Christian obligation to be good secular events. My early impulse scripture, she said. “There are
that they were left feeling like stewards of our resources— was to return to this. Maybe scriptures that are traditionally
functionaries, just another including our money—having churches should just get out of associated with weddings,
service provider like the limo such an elaborate affair moves the wedding business. but there are others that are
driver or the florist—cogs in a the focus from the exchange “As I thought this through, I applicable as well,” Long said.
wedding machine that is so big of sacred vows to the creation realized there are a lot of gray “It’s hard to improve on this
it barely acknowledges their of a pageant,” Long continued. areas. Who is to decide who’s passage from Colossians 3, for
presence. “Some ministers are left feeling a committed Christian?” Long example: ‘As God’s own, clothe
“Almost all couples go for more like wedding planners than asked. yourselves with compassion,
counseling with the minister at clergy, and they’re getting fed “I’m not trying to lecture kindness, and patience, forgiving
least once before the wedding, up.” people about how they should each other as the Lord has
but for some it’s just another box She said there’s a popular approach their weddings. I think forgiven you, and crown all these
to check on their list,” she said. saying among ministers that marriage is an occasion that things with love, which binds
“The wedding industry has they would rather perform 10 should be celebrated. I just want everything together in perfect
exploded in recent years. People funerals than one wedding. “That the couple to think about what’s harmony.’”
are creating elaborate theme seems counterintuitive. Why really going on—what role the In From This Day Forward—
weddings, asking guests to would anyone prefer a season of church and even those attending Rethinking the Christian
dress in keeping with a 1920s mourning over one of joy? The play in this event,” she said. Wedding, Long states: “maybe
or even a pirate theme. The answer is always the same: at a A marriage, Long said, is the church should step back
average cost of a wedding in funeral, you proclaim what is at not just about the two people; from the wedding business but
America today is about $27,000. the heart of the faith, the ultimate it’s about the community that stay wrapped up in the holy work
Few families can afford this depth and wonder of the gospel. surrounds them and how they of marriage. To do so, we need
without going into debt,” Long At a wedding—well, not so as a married couple will relate to to seek clarity about what we are
said. much. These days, weddings— that community. doing, why we are doing it, and
She recalled attending a even church weddings—can “An unabashedly Christian how we might do it better.”
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 21, 2017 • Page 6

Letter to the Editor
Transforming downtown Avondale should start with a plan
The city of Avondale Estates has spur development, increase real estate Century Avondale, was formed over two
an incredible opportunity to define and values and support retail success. They can years ago in response to what we saw as
revitalize its downtown area. The 93-year- confer a unique, distinguishing identity to an an incomplete Downtown Master Plan and
old city stands at a junction of decisions area that offers a competitive edge. Quality a stalled process. Thankfully, recent efforts
and development that will shape it for public spaces have been shown to promote by the city indicate it is re-engaging in the
the next 100 years to come. Much of the community cohesion, improve quality of life, process. While this is encouraging, there
downtown area is an undeveloped blank and increase the attachment of residents to has been no indication that a comprehensive
slate, including four acres owned by the city their city. public realm plan will be developed. Second
itself. How can the city make the most of this Avondale Estates’ identity has been, Century Avondale will continue to urge
opportunity and build a unique, competitive, until recently, largely defined by its historic our city officials to think more boldly and
and viable downtown for the long term? residential district. Founder George Willis transformatively and to take the necessary
According to development experts, the and his team thoughtfully envisioned and steps to complete a well-thought-out public
answer depends in large part on one thing: planned an area of intimate scale with realm framework plan that encompasses
the public realm. a public network of tree-lined streets, the entire downtown area from Clarendon
The public realm is the infrastructure that sidewalks, paths, plazas, parks and civic Avenue to Sam’s Crossing. This process
promotes economic exchange, connectivity, gathering places. should also engage the public meaningfully
social gatherings and cultural offerings— In recent years, Avondale Estates has and deliberately; broad community support
the very aspects that create a viable and compiled and updated visioning documents is crucial.
dynamic downtown. It encompasses such as its Downtown Master Plan. These Avondale Estates has a unique and
walkable blocks, streets, sidewalks, parks, documents, crafted with community input, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform its
plazas, civic spaces, parking and even outline a vison for a revitalized downtown downtown into a vibrant, attractive, uniquely
well designed storm water infrastructure. that reflects and carries forward the “Avondale,” walkable urban neighborhood.
City planning experts recommend that a character of the historic planned residential It is critically important that the community
city focus on establishing a high quality, district. However, the planning process complete the process and develop a plan for
functional public realm instead of the is yet to be completed. A clear plan is a robust public realm.
buildings that fill in the blocks. The buildings absolutely essential to funding exploration
and businesses can and will vary over time and implementation. Without such a plan Second Century Avondale Founding
– unlike the basic framework of the public Avondale is not adequately prepared to Group
realm. talk with developers or to commit to public Second Century Avondale is a citizen
Studies have shown that well planned infrastructure projects. advocacy group promoting vision driven
public spaces are economic engines that Our citizen advocacy group, Second development in Avondale Estates.

Changing face of DeKalb County
One would have to be blind business owners, outlets for greater financial commitment for
not to see just how much the employment, new places to maintenance.
county is changing. live and shop for residents, As these projects move
The heart of Decatur’s skyline and more. However, there are from announcement to
is dotted with construction also the obvious—and not-so- groundbreaking to completion,
cranes; orange cones and heavy Gale Horton Gay obvious—potential negative let’s keep an eye on their
equipment are signs of the impacts—traffic congestion, anticipated impact on our
transformation of the eastern crime and oversaturation. communities and alert parties
edge of I-285; the old General Change is a constant in life involved, officials and our
Motors plant doesn’t resemble scheduled to be built alongside and in real estate. Many of representatives when we
what it used to be as retail, hotel, the Mall at Stonecrest. our communities today bear perceive a negative impact that
residences and entertainment Throughout the county, major little resemblance to what they requires attention.
studios are underway; and a and minor projects are changing were 10, 20, 30 years ago. In In five years, DeKalb County
plethora of other developments this place we call home. some ways, progress has been may look markedly different from
of various size and scope The potential is great that positive, bringing services and the county we know today. Let’s
progress toward completion. The these developments will bring improvements to areas that do all we can to ensure it’s a
latest mega-project that’s likely economic improvements in sorely need it. The flip side, place that we will still love to call
to transform our community any number of ways to our of course, is that sometimes home.
is a giant sports complex with communities in revenue for “progress” means displacement,
a 15,000-seat stadium that is the county, opportunities for unexpected challenges and

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OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 21, 2017 • Page 7

Boundaries, borders and empires—oh my!
“There is no more sagacious  Iceland’s government the region. And though size still
animal than the Icelandic horse. ‘One Man’s quickly began operational matters, this is another case and
He is stopped by neither snow, subsidies of its two primary reminder that it is often more
nor storm, nor impassable roads, Opinion’ airlines, Icelandair and later important what you do with what
nor rocks, glaciers, or anything. WOW (a Virgin Airline-aimed you’ve got.
He is courageous, sober, and Bill Crane discount carrier), to bring in  As I gleaned years ago on
surefooted. He never makes a tourists primarily from the United my first visit to Aruba, another
false step, never shies. If there is Kingdom and United States who impressive island nation, one
a river or fjord to cross (and we still had cash in their pockets. can learn large life lessons from
shall meet with many) you will temperate and mild. But drive Hoteliers joined the gambit, small countries. My Iceland trek
see him plunge in at once, just 20-30 minutes inland and north, packaging up their inventory, and well reminded me of the mind-
as if he were amphibious, and or to the base of one of the adding a nice hot breakfast, to and soul-charging benefits of
gain the opposite bank.” Author/ island nation’s many glaciers or lure travelers with a comparative learning more intimately about
scientist Jules Verne, from his active volcanoes and the place bargain to most any other the history and cultures of other
novel, Journey to the Center of takes on an almost other-worldly European destination. countries, peoples and empires.
the Earth. feeling.     From burst bubble, Iceland And if approached correctly and
And though it was the Vikings is back to booming. Construction with an open mind, just another
 Having recently returned who discovered and originally cranes dot downtown Reykjavik, friendship or ally waiting to be
from the land of fire and settled Iceland, the island later as well as new hotels and formed.
ice, I can vouch for Vernes’ became a territory of Norway, related developments near
bold declarations about and still later Denmark. The the small nation’s wealth of
the comparatively compact Danes did not allow Iceland historic and native cultural Bill Crane also serves
Icelandic horse. But much like sovereignty until World War I, sites. Demand for employees as a political analyst and
its homeland—don’t let size fool and Iceland did not gain full in the tourism industry, now commentator for Channel 2’s
you. This hardy, small Norse independence until the closing the nation’s largest, has also Action News, WSB-AM News/
horse, packs quite a punch. days of World War II. Iceland, created a significant surge in Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM,
 And so can the plucky like many parts of Scandinavia, immigration.   as well as a columnist for The
people of Iceland. The country’s remained neutral during the  Iceland’s two-ship Coast Champion, DeKalb Free Press
name implies an inhospitable great war, though troops from Guard helped win the long and Georgia Trend. Crane is
frozen tundra, but Iceland is the United Kingdom occupied fought “Cod Wars” over fishing- a DeKalb native and business
far from being either. Icelandic their northern neighbor to rights in the North Atlantic with owner, living in Scottdale. You
pride also will have some prevent an invasion or takeover Great Britain. Though Britain is can reach him or comment on a
quickly pointing out that Viking by the Germans. a long way from the days of its column at bill.csicrane@gmail.
explorer Leif Erickson, born in  An economic hot spot of own far-flung empire, it remains com.
Iceland, is credited with being the 1990s and first decade a major economic influence in
the first European to land on and of the current century, the
discover North America, at the Icelandic economic bubble
northern tip of Newfoundland, burst in 2008, as a significant
Canada. As Erickson died at side casualty of the collapse
age 49 or 50 in A.D. 1020, he of American financial markets
beat Christopher Columbus’ and institutions. Well over-
more widely heralded landing in extended Icelandic banks
1492 by nearly 500 years. The imploded overnight, and the
United States gifted an nation’s government chose
impressive statue of Erickson to not to step in. By the next
the people of Iceland near their day, the kronar, the Icelandic
capital’s city hall.  currency, became valueless.
Although a remote island, The International Monetary Fund
located inside the Arctic Circle, (IMF) provided more than $2
Iceland, nearly due north of billion in emergency loans, but
Great Britain, is surrounded an island nation, which imports
by the vast Atlantic Ocean and most everything other than
along with Ireland, Scotland and fish and geothermal energy,
Norway–is affected by the Gulf had to develop other access
Stream–keeping the southern to increasing foreign capital
parts of Iceland surprisingly investment—and fast.

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For more than two hours on April 13, Lakeside High School Latin students competed for bragging rights. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Lakeside Latin Olympiad challenges speed, knowledge
for a corresponding Latin above the slogan “Get fresh.” Latin to knowing Hebrew. April 13, the team Caecilius is
by R. Scott Belzer word. For example, Krugman Certain teams donned Roman- The tournament victor is in the Garden—made of juniors will ask “Quis habet ‘sword’?” style togas made from plastic awarded a trophy depicting a and sophomores Tedy Dasher,
and students will search— bags. hand with a vocabulary card Kathleen Hoover, Sara Carr,
Lakeside High School’s sometimes frantically—for the Team Fresh member, senior reading “Victores,” as well as Caroline Bowers and James
media center became a Latin Latin word gladius. and Latin Club president a picture of the winners. On Hummel—claimed the trophy.
language battle ground on April Krugman said all levels of Isabella Cantor said the game
13. Latin students, ranging from is a great way to win bragging
For the past decade, introductory to Advanced rights at Lakeside High.
Lakeside Latin instructor Terry Placement courses, take part in “It’s a fun way to show
Krugman has put his students the Olympiad. everyone that you’re good at
to the test in the International “A student thought of the Latin and that you have fast
‘Quis Habet?’ Olympiad—a idea,” Krugman said. “We do reflexes; it’s a good balance
vocabulary tournament gauging this sometimes in class, so a of competition and academic
knowledge, reaction time and student asked, ‘Why not have a knowledge,” Cantor said. “We
teamwork. tournament?’ It’s low tech but plan for about two months in
In Latin, “Quis habet?” it’s a lot of fun.” advance. Mr. Krugman tells all
means, “Who has it?”—a Some teams take the of his classes about it so they
question students are asked competition as far as to wear know to study and to form
hundreds of times throughout matching team uniforms. One teams. This year we have eight
the Olympiad. Upon hearing team, Roman Lightning, wore teams.”
“Quis habet?”—and an English matching “greaser” outfits. Cantor, who came to
translation—students search Another, Team Fresh, wore Lakeside from a Jewish day
through 30 pieces of paper T-shirts with images of fruits school, compares knowing

LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 21, 2017 • Page 9

Business contests Clarkston ordinance
City unlikely to allow variance
“We’re here to throw
ourselves at the mercy of
the council with regards to
obtaining a beer and wine
These are the words of
Michele Battle, an attorney
representing A Lee Investment
Company LLC, which owns the
property under construction
at 1051 Montreal Road in
Clarkston. The incoming
business will be a gas station.
According to Battle, who
spoke to city council on April
4, Clarkston’s ordinance halting
the issuance of alcohol licenses
to anyone other than growler
shops, specialty wine stores
and grocery stores—passed in
December 2016—has left out
businesses under construction.
“This property was
acquired in November 2014
with the expectation they
were going to be able to
build a [convenience] store,”
Battle said. “[The owners]
went to the planning and
zoning department to verify
that use was permissible Owners of a gas station under construction at 1051 Montreal Road have retained the legal services of Michele Battle in an effort to obtain an alcohol license in
on the property. They Clarkston. Photo by R. Scott Belzer
obtained building permits in
August 2015. Construction
commenced in August 2016, business. In the legal world, a right now, we’re looking for tobacco and have gambling No phone calls were
before [city council] passed vested rights argument states more business diversity,” Terry machines. It’s up to them to returned from Battle as of press
the ordinance prohibiting a landowner has “proceeded said. “They can still operate decide how to operate their time.
the issuance of beer and wine sufficiently far down the path a convenience store and sell business.”
licenses to convenience stores.” of development of their land
Before the ordinance was that the local government
officially approved, Clarkston should not be allowed to
city council temporarily enforce newly enacted zoning
halted the issuance of alcohol
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According to city attorney Clarkston mayor Ted Terry
Stephen Quinn, the city said the incoming business did
currently has 15 businesses not perform its due diligence
selling alcohol, which he says is in contacting him or Clarkston
“more than enough.” city council members.
“There will be no new “We have a high density of
licenses for distilled spirits or gas stations,” Terry said. “Quite
liquor under this ordinance,” frankly, the [main sources] of
Quinn said in December revenue from gas stations are
2016. “For beer and wine, alcohol, tobacco and gambling
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Indian Creek Elementary’s soccer field hosted young players after school until a recent incident involving an alleged fight. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Soccer players seek help
Indian Creek soccer fields no longer an option
by R. Scott Belzer District (DCSD) officials said from trouble.” Radio, asked for any help create more opportunities for there are no plans to allow Another player, Basquiat Clarkston City Council could soccer.
access to the field following Guzman, said players— provide and vouched for the “At the end of the day, it’s
the incident and that the including his younger character of one player who the property of the DeKalb
A group of Clarkston youth players—who are typically high brothers—have been forced volunteered for the radio County School District,” Terry
are seeking support after being school age—are better suited to to play in apartment complex station. said. “The principal wants to
banned from Indian Creek Clarkston High School’s field, parking lots, which poses a Mayor Terry said the city is keep people safe. If they believe
Elementary School’s soccer which is less than half a mile danger to players and windows. in the process of working with it’s not safe, they have the right
fields. away. Husein Mohamed, director the county commission and the to do as they wish with the
Players, a coach and Terry said the players of the Clarkston-based Sagal DCSD board of education to property.”
community members spoke were offered Milam Park as a
at a Clarkston City Council second alternative and that he
meeting April 4, pleading with
June 5 -
P olice Athletic League
supports youth activity to stave dekalb county p.a.l.
local officials to do anything off the “idle hands” paradigm.
possible to regain access to the “Soccer is a game for a lot July 28
central athletic field. of our immigrant children Lithonia Middle
Lyndon Naipaul, a
Dunwoody dentist, said he
in Clarkston,” Terry said. “It
helps relieve stress. It gets out
summer academy School
travels to Clarkston on a
regular basis to act as a coach
frustrations. It helps create
opportunities for college.”
Ages 7-14
and mentor to players. He said Naipaul said the two fields’
soccer is more than just a game demographics and distance—
to those who play in Clarkston, as the case with Milam Park—
as many of them are foreign to from the Indian Creek area
the United States and have no makes such options difficult.
other social outlet. He said playing on a regular
“There [are] a lot of talented ACTIVITIES
basis is crucial for some of the Art, career exploration, community
young kids,” Naipaul said. players, especially with regards
“They live their dreams on that service, fitness fieldtrips, guest
to college. speakers, sports workshops,
field. That was recently taken Mohamed Timbadu, a
away from them, and now swimming, tutorial and more!
player originally from west
most of them don’t do anything Africa, said he has been
at all, they tell me they just sit Call now to
practicing at Indian Creek
at home and watch TV.” reserve space
Elementary for three years and
According to Naipaul,
Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry
that he has never seen anyone
fight at the field.
and DeKalb County School
“That’s where we go—we
District officials, the players practice a little bit and go
were banned from Indian home,” Timbadu said. “It keeps
Creek Elementary’s soccer field per week
us out of trouble. Four of our
following an alleged fighting friends have already gone to
incident. jail because they have nothing
DeKalb County School to do. We want to stay away
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Dunwoody Police Department’s training week was April 10 through 14
and included range shooting with officers’ primary firearm, backup fire-
arm, rifle and electric weapon.. Photo submitted.

Henderson Mill Elementary School celebrated the conclusion of its March Mania fundraiser by announcing the school has
raised more than $57,000. Photo submitted.

Bouie Elementary School placed well at the most recent DeKalb County
School District technology fair. Photo submitted.

A newly installed play area under the MARTA tracks at West Trinity Place in Decatur. The Decatur Arts Alliance will host an Javon Harris-Matthews scored five goals in Southwest DeKalb’s 10-9 win
under the bridge art party on April 23. Photo by John Hewitt over Druid Hills April 11. Photo by Mark Brock

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Petition rehashes Clarkston conflicts
by R. Scott Belzer the mayor position.” conversation with Clarkston’s got the chance to vote for the The petition concludes incoming charter review original charter change. What
with six proposed changes commission. He said many I’m trying to propose is more
to Clarkston’s city charter: Clarkston residents didn’t citizen involvement and to
According to an online require the mayor to appoint know about the charter give the people of Clarkston
petition, it isn’t too late for the city manager and conduct changes or what they meant a clearer voice in the matter
the public to weigh in on an evaluation process on for government in the city, but of how their mayor is elected
a controversial Clarkston an annual basis; require the that they can have a say when and how the balance of power
City Council ruling made in annual budget to be reviewed the committee is formed. exists. That’s all I’m asking for.”
January. and submitted by the mayor “Part of getting public As of press time on April Clarkston mayor Ted Terry
Titled “Restore Checks and with city manager input; comment is starting it 18, the petition had collected launched an online petition
Balances to Clarkston”, the require the agenda of the city yourself,” Terry said. “The 78 signatures showing support. pushing for city charter changes council to be set and approved people of Clarkston never granting more mayoral power in
by the mayor; require a government. Photos submitted.
petition—penned by Clarkston
Mayor Ted Terry—outlines a supermajority of five votes to
number of grievances related override a veto; require the . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
to city charter amendments mayor to appoint committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
that shifted mayoral and chairs; and require the mayor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
council powers throughout to appoint city officers such as . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2016. the city clerk, court clerk, city . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The online petition was attorney, judge and solicitor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
linked by the Clarkston “In each of these changes, . ANNUAL
. . . . . . . . . .
Georgia Sentinel Facebook the city council would be & EXHIBITS
. . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . . .
page on April 10. The Sentinel required to give final approval . . . . .
advertises itself as news and of every decision,” the petition
opinions about Clarkston. concludes. “This provides a
“Several years ago the city check and balance within the
charter was changed to wrest city of Clarkston’s charter.”
power away from an accidental According to councilman
mayor,” the post states. “Our and vice mayor Dean Moore,
current mayor would like to the mayor’s ceremonial
see some powers returned to ambassador position is nothing
the mayor’s office. How do you new. He said the city amended
feel about this issue?” its charter in 2010, when
The petition specifically
references a five-hour Jan. 3
mismanagement by the mayor
and council rendered the city Atlanta Hosts the
council meeting where the
council voted to eliminate
nearly bankrupt.
“Up until the charter
change and hiring a city
2017 NRA Annual
Meetings & Exhibits!
unilateral abilities held by
Terry. The eliminated abilities manager, there had been
include calling a special- zero improvements to the
called meeting, taking part in city in years due to feuding April 27-30, 2017 • Georgia World Congress Center
reviewing a budget outside of personalities on council and
council or placing items on the mayor’s [lack of training] in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
city council agendas without public administration,” Moore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
council’s support. said. “Even the swimming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The adopted charter also pool had been condemned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
limits the mayor’s say in the with no agreement on how to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
city manager’s contract and move forward. This current . . . . . . . . . Wayne
. . . LaPierre,
. . . . . .
compensation as well as his or administration does not Chris W. Cox,
. . . . . . . . . . .Vice
NRA Executive . President
. . . . . . . . . . . . .NRA-ILA
. . .Executive Director
her ability to investigate public suffer their fate. To reverse
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
figures and administrators, also the charter to put the future
success of Clarkston in the . . . . . . . . . . . .
known as ombudsman.
While Terry vetoed the hands of one sounds…utterly . . . . . . . .
charter changes Jan. 4, the unproductive as well as . . . . . . . . . . .
council voted to override his counterintuitive.” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
decision. Moore said Terry was . . . . . . . In Concert:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Special . . Guests:
. . . . .
“Over the last 12 months, aware of the mayor’s role in . . . . . . Hank
. . .Williams Jr. . . . . . . .Dana
. . Loesch
. . . . . . . . . .
there [have] been concerted Clarkston when he was elected . . . . . . . &. Lee
. .Brice
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . & Colion Noir
efforts to relegate the only in 2013. He said the council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
majority-elected position will continue working with . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
+ 600,000 sq. ft. of firearms displays plus high-tech shooting
in the city of Clarkston, the the mayor and “continue to . . . . . . . . . . and . hunting
. . . accessories
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
mayor, to a ceremonial head,” support good ideas that benefit . . . .firearms
+ The world’s foremost . . . and . outdoor
. . . brands
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
the petition states. “In January, the public, regardless of the . . . . . . . . . +. Performances
. . . . . by. Hank. . Williams
. . .special
Jr. and . . guests
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
at a five hour city council origin.” . . . . . . . . . +. Speeches. . . .from. our
. . nation’s
. . . top . Second
. . . Amendment
. . . . .leaders
. . . . . . . . . . . .
meeting where 90 percent “I think I’m correct in . . . . . . . + Banquets, auctions, seminars . .and. much . . more
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
of residents who showed up saying we have had a great . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
voiced concern and objected year passing groundbreaking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Ruby Kaufman sorts through her fundraising tshirts at the Rally Foundation headquarters in Atlanta. Photo by Horace Recently, Decatur’s Ruby Kaufman raised more than $68,000 for childhood
Holloman cancer research.

Decatur girl dances for cancer cure
by Horace Holloman “The event was amazing,” Kaufman proton radiation, more than 150 days our passion is. We’ve learned so much said. “There were a lot of lights and in the hospital and three surgeries. about how this horrific, underfunded
a lot of cool groups came. It almost The proceeds from Ruby’s childhood cancer world is,” Kaufman
looked like a bat mitzvah party. We fundraiser went to the Rally said. “We met a lot of people that didn’t
Decatur’s Ruby Kaufman, 12, had an amazing DJ. It was a really great Foundation for Childhood Cancer have the family and friend support that
loves to dance. Perhaps it’s her love of day.” Research, a nonprofit organization we have. We met people that didn’t
dancing that powered her through a Kaufman’s event raised $65,481 for that uses volunteers to raise money have the financial means to support
tough battle after she was diagnosed childhood cancer research and received for cancer research and seeks to find themselves. It was really hard to see.”
April 17, 2015 with soft-tissue cancer in more than $2,000 in donations after treatments with fewer long-term side A portion of the funds Ruby has
her sinuses. the event’s conclusion. More than 200 effects and cures, according to the raised for the Rally Foundation will be
It’s also because of her love of people registered for the Dance ‘Til you organization’s website. used to support Dr. Eleanor Chen’s
dancing that Kaufman helps other Drop fundraiser. “When [Ruby] first met research on rhabdomyosarcoma. Chen,
children battling the same form of Despite the size of Kaufman’s [representatives of] Rally, she was doing research at the University of
cancer she once had. Mitzvah—or good deed—she said it’s introduced to the fundraising world. It’s Washington, titled her research project
Kaufman was diagnosed with the thought that’s important. something she didn’t really understand “Epigenetic Silencing of Myogenesis in
rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of “It doesn’t really matter what you as a 10-year-old,” Christine said. “This Rhabdomyosarcoma.”
cancer in the soft tissue. do. Every mitzvah matters compared to was her first introduction to charity Ruby said she will not turn Ruby’s
As part of her bat mitzvah, Kaufman all the other ones,” Kaufman said. “It’s work.” Dance ‘Til You Drop fundraiser into
hosted a dancing fundraiser event. not about the size of it.” Christine said watching her an annual event. She does, however,
Initially, the goal was to raise $50,000 Christine Kaufman, Ruby’s mother, daughter battle cancer was difficult. plan to continue fundraising through
for childhood cancer research, she said she was amazed to see how much Watching other families battle the Rally organization along with her
said. But when all was said and done, the Decatur community supported her childhood cancer is what caused mother.
Kaufman raised more than $68,000 for daughter. Christine said Ruby wanted Christine to concentrate her time and “To know your child has cancer is
rhabdomyosarcoma research. to host a fundraising event two months money to help find a cure, she said. one of the hardest things you can go
Ruby’s Dance ‘Till You Drop into treatment. “This is a testament to our through. That’s one of the reasons me
fundraiser, held at The Temple in Ruby’s treatment included 12 community. We wanted to focus on and my husband continue to donate,”
Atlanta, came with donated food, face rounds of chemotherapy, 28 days of childhood cancer because that’s where Christine said.
painting stations and a live DJ.

Police department appoints veteran as animal control officer
Doraville Police Department welcomed Patrick an animal lover,” said John King, chief of Doraville Georgia National Guard.
Quinn to the force as an animal control officer in Police Department. “He is excited to begin his Quinn will attend six weeks’ of animal control
early April. career protecting animals and serving the citizens of officer training with DeKalb County Animal Services
According to a release, Quinn’s duties will include Doraville.” in May. He will then complete the first of three
management of animal-related issues such as barking Quinn, 36, is a Snellville native who served national certification courses for animal control and
dogs, dog bites, strays, animals in need, animal cruelty as a sergeant in the United States Army. He has animal cruelty.
and other animal-related issues. been deployed twice—once to Iraq and once to For more information, contact Doraville Police
“Patrick grew up with animals and has always been Afghanistan. He has also served for seven years in the Department at (770) 455-1000.
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 21, 2017 • Page 14

Spanish language program under threat of reduction
City Schools of Decatur considers fewer instruction hours
by R. Scott Belzer

Despite serving as a
reference for education
professionals, opposition from
parents and concern from
board members, City Schools
of Decatur (CSD) may proceed
with reducing its Foreign
Language in Elementary
Schools (FLES) program in
grades K-3.
“You have such a spotlight
in your Spanish program,”
said Georgia State University
researcher Paula Garrett-
Rucks. “When I was a graduate
student at the University of
Wisconsin, we studied [City
Schools of Decatur]. This
program dispelled myths that
‘unintelligent’ people couldn’t
learn foreign languages. The
idea of cutting a program
designed for 150 minutes to 90
minutes—[students] are not
going to be able to maintain
what they learn from that
The CSD board of
education discussed the
program—which focuses on
Spanish—with parents, district
officials and principals on April
11. Discussion stemmed from
a recent proposal to cut the City Schools of Decatur discussed reducing its Spanish program at its April 11 meeting. Photo by R. Scott Belzer
program from 120 minutes
to 90 minutes per week shifting priorities, schools’ importance of students kept 90 minutes of Spanish program, stating one of his
beginning in the 2017-2018 short school days and lack learning a foreign language instruction to ensure the children is fluent in Spanish
school year. CSD last cut its of funding have made in elementary school and we program maintains its high and was in Cuba at the time
FLES program—established incorporating the district’s vehemently support FLES quality. of the meeting because of the
in 1998—from 150 minutes to 120-minute-per-week program as innovative and “There’s a difference district’s program.
120 minutes in 2009. requirement difficult. best practices,” Lofstrand between going from 120 “Our Spanish program is
CSD parents joined Garrett- Lofstrand said the current said. “However, we also have minutes to 90 minutes and a real leader—it’s one of the
Rucks in voicing opposition to FLES program will call for strategic objectives in reading going from 120 minutes to zero things I’m most proud about
the potential decision. three additional staff members and math that we are held minutes,” Dude said. “We are our school system,” Jones
Emory professor and CSD for the 2017-2018 school year accountable for achieving absolutely committed to that said. “It opens doors in ways
parent Tonio Andrade called and cost the district $250,000. and there’s a need to reduce 90 minutes and making sure many other things that we do
CSD’s FLES program the jewel She said it will also require six the amount of time students we don’t go below that. This is don’t. It’s an opportunity that’s
of the district and brought a additional Spanish teachers receive Spanish instruction to not a decision that was made missed if we don’t deliver it.
petition from more than 250 that will cost approximately 90 minutes a week.” lightly.” This is not something we want
other parents. Portions of the $500,000. According to Lofstrand, Dude said there is no lost in the shuffle. Consistency
letter voiced opposition and Lofstrand also said the such strategic objectives real way to measure the and exposure to [Spanish]
requested CSD leadership six-and-a-half-hour day is not include CSD’s aid to dyslexic FLES program’s success makes a big difference and
explore options to maintain enough time to also include, students through Orton- or effectiveness under the there’s a level you can lower
the program under its current in addition to CSD’s FLES Gillingham-based instruction. current model, but also stated that exposure to where it won’t
model. program, 60 minutes per week Karen Newton principal of 4/5 the district would look into stick.”
Andrade was joined by for art, physical education Academy at Fifth Avenue also gauging such measures in Board chairman Annie
other parents, who called the and music; one hour each for mentioned the district’s fight to the upcoming year—after the Caiola suggested looking into
FLES program a precursor reading, writing and math each end racial disproportionality in possible reduction. accommodating the program
to CSD’s International day; 30 minutes of phonics student success. Dude said the board could through budget or the school
Baccalaureates program that instruction; 30 minutes for “We have to do something look into investing funds and day before making final
focuses on foreign language. lunch; 20 minutes for recess; different,” Newton said. “If kids an extended school day should decisions, based on Spanish
According to Rochelle and 90 minutes for science, can’t read or do basic math, to those successes be found to be aiding CSD’s mission of
Lofstrand, principal at social studies and special me, that’s the highest priority.” indispensable. building global citizens.
Westchester Elementary, programs. CSD superintendent David Board member Lewis Jones
and other K-3 leaders, CSD’s “We all understand the Dude said district officials lauded CSD’s current FLES
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 21, 2017 • Page 15

Drew Charter School InvenTeam teacher lead Beth White
says it will take at least $12,000 to fund a trip to MIT.
Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Drew Charter School’s InvenTeam includes Jeffrey Barber, Xavier Brown, Jalil Spearman, Jordan Wilson, Kenise Neal, Blake For more than a year, Drew Charter School’s InvenTeam
Turpeau, Jurnee Miller, Noa Holloway, Tai Rivers, Kendall Bean, Simone Obleton, Krystina Bennett, India Girault, Naomi Ray and has worked to invent a car alarm preventing hot-car
Elijah McKinnie. Photo submitted. deaths. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

About 1,000 miles and $12k away
Drew Charter’s InvenTeam raises funds for trip to MIT
by R. Scott Belzer GPS coordinates to let them know Isakson. team raised more than $4,800 with
the location,” said Naomi Ray, an While the invention is in its final donations ranging as high as $250. InvenTeam member. stages, financial planning for the Bennett and Ray called the trip
According to team member trip—shipping materials, transporting a great opportunity to travel outside
To ensure a memorable trip to Krystina Bennett, the team selected students and ensuring a memorable the Atlanta, visit world-class colleges
one of the nation’s most prestigious the invention because of the infamous experience—is a different story. and represent engineering students in
technology colleges for Drew Charter Justin Ross Harris trial, which took “We still have to raise another Georgia.
School’s InvenTeam, it’s going to take place in the aftermath of the hot-car $12,000 at a minimum. The fundraising “After this experience, I may look
more than brains, collaboration and death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris. is a challenge,” said teacher Beth White, into going to school [in Boston],
innovation—it’s also going to take She said the team also considered a who supervises the InvenTeam at Drew especially because I want to be an
about 1,000 miles in travel and more robotic crossing guard and a device to Charter. “We’ve had our nose to the engineer,” Bennett said.
than $12,000. prevent break-ins. grindstone in getting our invention “We want to take a few college tours
For more than a year, Drew Volunteer and Drew Charter parent functioning, and here we are. It’s time while we’re up there,” said Ray.
Charter’s engineering students have Eric Ayers said the project affords him to start booking flights; it’s time to start For White, the entire InvenTeam
worked toward attending EurekaFest, an opportunity to help develop future securing lodging.” experience has granted students a
a showcase of 15 high school-made engineers. Still, White said it is exciting to be chance to see how real-world businesses
inventions from around the country. “I want to see more students go awarded InvenTeam status and that develop world-changing products.
The festival takes place annually at the into technical fields,” Ayers said. “We every achievement has been completely “In the real world, there aren’t
Massachusetts Institute of Technology need new people coming in. We need deserved and sourced by students. 15 people sitting in the same room
(MIT) in Cambridge, Mass. people from all backgrounds coming She said the classroom runs the doing the same thing,” White said.
Attending EurekaFest begins with in. We need people with differing life same way a corporation would, with “There are people who specialize. You
an application for the Lemelson-MIT experiences to come in and contribute.” communication leads, social media get a specialized skill set and work
InvenTeam grant, which awards 15 Ayers said he has been managers and technology heads. with people who complement that
teams in the United States $10,000 impressed with the team’s practice “They’ve developed their skill set. This classroom runs exactly
to invent “a patentable solution to a presentations—a “sell”—and that he engineering and design skill set like industry. Not to mention, these
community problem.” knows the team will represent their so that MIT knew we could make students have the opportunity to save
In 2016, Drew Charter was the only invention well at MIT. He urged [this invention] happen,” White lives.”
school in Georgia awarded the grant. members of the InvenTeam to consider said. “Making it happen is a huge To donate to Drew Charter’s
Since spring 2016, the team—made a career in technology because of their undertaking.” InvenTeam and help them get to
up of 15 juniors and seniors, a teacher aptitude in the field. The $12,000 figure should not MIT by June, visit their GoFundMe
and a community volunteer—has been Ray and Bennett said other parents suggest the team hasn’t been trying. page at
working on an alarm system to prevent have congratulated the team’s efforts— Bennett said the team sells snacks drew-design-teams-inventeams-trip-
hot car deaths. which have included staying after after school, sells past inventions, sends 2v5kk3g?utm_source=internal&utm_
“It’s a three-tier alarm system—a school, writing blogs on the team’s letters to parents and guardians, writes medium=email&utm_
text message alert to the owner, a progress and coming in on weekends— local businesses and engages in social content=campaign_link_t&utm_
vicinity alarm to notfy people around and that the team has received a letter media campaigns in an effort to raise campaign=welcome.
the car and a signal to the police with of congratulations from Sen. Johnny money for the trip. As of April 11, the
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 21, 2017 • Page 16

News Briefs
Brookhaven City Hall can
remain in place through 2024
Brookhaven City Hall will remain in place for now.
Brookhaven City Manager Christian Sigman negotiated a
lease extension with Delta Life Insurance Company, the owner of
the site at 4362 Peachtree Road.
“This lease extension ensures stability of service for city
residents and a stable working environment for city employees,”
Sigman said. “It also affords the city favorable lease terms until
such time when it is prudent to invest in a permanent city hall.”
The lease extension prolongs all current lease terms until
December 2024, including current lease payments. 

Doraville amends city code
Tucker City Council voted to annex the Masters Inn on Montreal Road.

for 911, alcohol, media
Doraville City Council Bernard Halpern Park will
Masters Inn now in the city
Tucker is continuing to residential neighborhood, a perks like free Wi-Fi and coffee
voted to amend the city code allow alcohol during city- expand its borders. Shell gas station and Pleasant service.
to accommodate emergency sponsored events. The Tucker City Council Hill Baptist Church. Owners Rocky and Sam
responders, alcohol exceptions Doraville City Council also voted April 10 to grant the The hotel, which is located Patel petitioned the city for
and media regulation during approved a policy regulating annexation request of the at 1435 Montreal Road annexation in March, saying
its meeting on April 10. media and photography within Masters Inn. This is the fourth near I-285, was remodeled, they wanted the benefits of
Council completed a city limits. According to city annexation request the city according to the city. It now having their hotel in a small
second read of an amendment documents, the purpose of has approved since December. features 105 rooms with new town that was also business-
requiring gated communities the ordinance is to make it The city previously approved beds, mattresses and flat- friendly, according to the city.
to allow fast access for first easier for film companies to the annexation requests of a screen televisions, as well as
responders. The amendment operate in Doraville while
will require gated communities also preventing nuisances and NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
to install triggers for threats to the public wellbeing.
emergency responders that will Following the adoption, The Mayor and City Council of the City of Chamblee, Georgia will hold a
open the gate “without delay,” media production companies public hearing on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540
according to the ordinance. and commercial photographers Broad Street, Chamblee, GA 30341 at 6:00 p.m. to receive public comments
City council completed will be required to obtain regarding the following matters:
the first read of an ordinance a permit before working • PZ-2017-083: Applicant: Julie Sellers; Owner: Talon DN Investments,
allowing alcohol in public within city limits, should such LLC. The applicant requests approval of a variance from the City of Chamblee
parks during certain events. activities as staging take longer Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Unified Development Ordinance, Sec. 230-
The amendment will allow than 10 minutes and shooting 30 to allow a drive through restaurant on a storefront street. The property is
guests and patrons attending exceed two hours. located at 3979 Buford Hwy, NE (Tax Parcel 18-236-05-017).
city-sponsored events to Reporters, photographers
consume alcoholic beverages and camera operators—as • PZ-2017-084: Applicant: Taylor Smith; Owner: Richard & Marti Michell.
such as beer, wine and liquor, well as hobbyists and personal The applicant requests approval of variances from the City of Chamblee Code
as long as such beverages are photographers–are exempt of Ordinances, Appendix A, Unified Development Ordinance, including: Sec.
not in glass containers. from the adopted ordinance, as 230-2 (a) for impervious surface and rear setback; Sec. 230-2 (b) for minimum
Should the amendment are nonprofits and students. open space; Sec. 230-6 (a)(2) for automobile parking in the front yard; Sec.
pass a second read, Doraville’s Doraville City Council 230-9 for minimum building separation; Sec. 230-27 (c)(1) for landscape zone
Autumn Park, Brook Park, meets twice monthly at 3725 requirements; Sec. 230-27 (c)(2) for sidewalk clear zone; Sec. 230-30 (b)(1) for
Chicopee Park, English Park Avenue at 6:30 p.m. first floor minimum height; Sec. 230-30(b) for fenestration requirements; Sec.
Oak Park, Flowers Park and 250-2 for minimum number of parking spaces; Sec. 250-7 (a)(1) for automobile
parking in the front yard; Sec. 250-7 (a)(4) for number of compact spaces; Sec.
250-22 for a dumpster enclosure; and Sec. 250-22 (b) for dumpster distance
from property line. The property is located at 5502 Peachtree Rd (Tax Parcel
JOB OPENING 18-309-11-003).
The City of Stone Mountain is accepting
applications for the position of Deputy Court
Clerk. This is a full time position. Benefits • PZ-2017-085: Applicant: Taylor Smith; Owner: Terminus Rusted,
include medical insurance, paid holidays, LLC. The applicant requests approval of an amendment to conditions of a
vacation leave, sick leave, short term disability variance approved on February 16, 2016 from the City of Chamblee Code of
insurance and retirement. Compensation will be Ordinances, Appendix A, Unified Development Ordinance, Sec. 250-2(a) to
based on qualifications. Candidates must have a eliminate a condition of approval requiring off-site parking. The property is
high school diploma and a valid Georgia driver’s located at 5486 Peachtree Rd (Tax Parcel 18-309-11-068).
license. To apply: Interested candidates may
email a résumé to manager@stonemountaincity. • 2017TA-002: The City of Chamblee, Georgia proposes to amend the
org no later than Monday, May 8, 2017. Job Official City Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Unified Development Ordinance,
description and additional requirements
can be found on the city’s website at www. Title 1, “Administration”, and Title 2, “Land Use and Zoning”, Chapter 200, The City of Stone “General Provisions” to address inconsistencies, to add, modify and eliminate
Mountain is an equal opportunity employer. certain requirements and other purposes.
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SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 21, 2017 • Page 18

Tucker junior Miles Grayson hits a homerun.

Stephenson pitcher Ga’von Wray throws to shortstop Shane Daley, who was
unable to tag out Tucker’s Christian Webb.

Stephenson head baseball coach Marco Jackson became the 28th DeKalb County baseball coach to reach 100 wins.
Photos by Carla Parker

REACHES 100 WINS Stephenson first baseman Anthony Nelson misses the tag on Tucker’s Makai

by Carla Parker or the year before that came
back and made a big difference, statistic-wise. They’ve been
Stephenson head coach showing up and I wasn’t
Marco Jackson became the counting on them.”
28th DeKalb County baseball The Jaguars started the
coach to reach 100 wins. season 2-7, but Jackson said his
Jackson’s 100th win came players figured out what they
after a 10-1 victory over needed to win and went on a
Lovejoy March 27. Jackson, 12-game winning streak.
who is in his eighth season as “They’ve made it work,” he
said. Tucker pitcher Emory Willis throws a pitch. Photos by Carla Parker
head coach of the Stephenson
Jaguars baseball team, said Jackson said he thinks his
reaching 100 wins felt good team could go as far as to the
third round in the playoffs
considering where he started
during his first two seasons at because the players play well as
a team.
Sweet 16 in 2015. Jackson said “[We’re] not overly- The Tucker Tigers remain lead. Senior Louis Davenport
“The first two years I was
he thinks he has done a good talented, but they play like a undefeated in region play after gave Tucker a 2-0 lead with a
[8-41],” he said. “We had two
job building the program. team,” he said. “They do some beating previously undefeated RBI single.
or three winning seasons, two
“We have four teams now— of the small things. If we get a region rival Stephenson 3-2 on Stephenson responded in
really good years [where] we
we have a middle school team little luck and some things to April 14. the fifth inning when Anthony
went to the Elite Eight and
for sixth and seventh graders, fall in order than we can go a The win improved the Johnson hit a home run off the
Sweet 16. That helped [get me
we have a ninth-grade team little further.” Tigers record to 15-0 in region first pitch, cutting the score to
to 100].”
with eighth and ninth graders Jackson’s 100th win puts 4-AAAAAA and to a 22-6 2-1. Senior Anthony Nelson
Jackson took over the
and the JV and varsity teams,” him on the same list as the overall record. Stephenson fell tied the score with an RBI
program in 2010 after former
he said. legendary coaches he assisted to 12-1 in the region—second double, sending Miles Bowens
coach Eric Hoxie was hired at
Just as his 2014 and earlier in his career—Columbia place—and 15-9 overall. home. Bowens reached home
Arabia Mountain. He said he
2015 teams exceeded his coach Steve Dennis, who is The first three and a half plate on an error during the
wrote a five-year plan of where
expectations, the 2017 team closing in on his 400th win, innings of the game were a play.
he wanted the program to be
is out-performing Jackson’s DeKalb County leader in wins defensive battle between the Tucker regained back the
by 2015. He accomplished his
expectations as well. Marvin Pruitt (447-252) and two teams and a pitching lead in the bottom of the fifth
goal in four years.
“I thought we would be former Redan coach Greg duel between Stephenson inning on a home run by
“Ironically, we got there a
really young because I only Goodwin. All three are in the sophomore Ga’von Wray and junior Miles Grayson, giving
year ahead,” he said. “I wasn’t
have four returning players Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Tucker senior Emory Willis. the Tigers a 3-2 lead.
expecting to go to the Elite
[seniors], he said. “I have no Fame. The offense broke through for Stephenson got two men
Eight—it was supposed to be
juniors in the program, just “I kind of took a little bit Tucker in the bottom of the on base in the final inning
the [following] year. From
sophomores, ninth graders and from everybody to what I do fourth inning. but could not score as Tucker
there we’ve been pretty good;
eighth graders. What happened as a coach, he said. “You learn Willis hit an RBI single to defense held on to get three
can’t complain.”
is, ironically, I had three something different from all of send senior Makai Holloway outs to seal the win.
The Jaguars reached the
seniors who were cut last year them.” home, giving the Tigers a 1-0
Elite Eight in 2014 and the
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 21, 2017 • Page 19
The 2016 Clarkston boys’ cross county team show off their state championship rings. Photos by Carla Parker

Clarkston boys’ cross country team receives third state championship ring
at the end of the day it was worth it.
by Carla Parker We finished second my freshman year, and it didn’t seem that hard.
We started training more and the
Three members of the Clarkston last three years we haven’t lost a
High School boys’ cross country state championship, and I hope [the
senior class will graduate with three underclassmen] that I’m leaving are
state championship rings on their going to continue the tradition.”
fingers. Head coach Wesley Etienne
The cross country team received said he never imagined winning
their state championship rings April consecutive state titles when he came
13 during a ring ceremony at the to the program in 2012.
school. The Clarkston Angoras won “I truthfully said that I wanted
their third consecutive Class AAAAA us to continue to work hard and
state title in November 2016. build character, because that was
With a team-average time of important,” Etienne said. “Our main
17:44.97, they outran Starr’s Mill to goal is to build character. We always
a 97-120 win. Clarkston was led by talk about how it is important that
senior Bineyam Tumbo, who finished 10 years down the road, whether the
seventh with a time of 17:12.86. Senior jewelry is there or not, it’s you that
Bosco Hakuzimana finished 12th stands in front of people, and what do
overall with a time of 17:25.61 and you stand for?”
sophomore Thomas Weldemichael The team also honored three
former members, who are called
the godfathers for the work they
put in to help build a championship
Senior Bineyam Tumbo wears his 2014 ring, left, 2016 ring and 2015 ring. program. The three members—
Muhozi Aimable, Leiso Tumbo and
Hussen Sadik—were seniors when the
an “a” made of Mohamed and Gamada Fayiso were program finished runner-up in 2013,
green gemstones to on all three state championship teams. and never won a state championship
represent the school’s Tumbo and Fayiso were freshmen on before graduating. The team gave
mascot. The “a” is the 2013 team that finished runner-up them rings as well
surrounded by silver at the state meet. Tumbo said leaving “The first green stone represents
and yellow gemstones the program with three championship state runner-up [title] that the
with the words “state rings is the greatest feeling. godfathers helped us [win] and taught
champions” on the “I didn’t know I was going to walk us how to be champions,” Etienne.
outside. One side of out with three, but hard work pays “They didn’t receive [a ring before
the ring has the team off,” Tumbo said. graduating]. They got a chance to
member’s last name Tumbo and his older brother see, after they left, the team build up
and recognizes the 2016 decided to join the cross country team and win championships three years
Coach Wesley Etienne talks about the team’s journey to winning championship, while to do something together other than
three consecutive state titles. in a row. It was only fair that we pay
the other side has “3- soccer. Tumbo said he and his brother homage to them with that green stone
peat” at the top and trained during the summer before his representing state runner-up.”
below it a green stone freshman year, and by the end of the When asked if Clarkston could
also finished in the top 20 in 16th that represents the state runner-up summer they had run nearly 1,000 extend its dynasty and win more
place (17:44.71). title followed by three yellow stones, miles. championships, Etienne said the plan
The rings feature 45 diamonds, which represents the three state titles. “I didn’t know we ran that much,” is “to be as good as we are this year or
with the center of the ring being Tumbo along with seniors Suheib he said. “My back was killing me, but better.”
BUSINESS DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, April 21, 2017 • Page 20

Perdue expresses support for Trump, deregulation, term limits
by Kathy Mitchell believes the nation’s problems the intersection of solving our Glynn County resident is a graduate of Georgia Tech
can be solved. “I didn’t come national debt crisis and global Perdue, elected in 2014, is with a degree in operations
Brookhaven Chamber of to Washington to work inside security.” Georgia’s junior senator. He research.
Commerce wanted to take a broken system; I came to fix
advantage of the opportunity the system,” he said.
to host U.S. Sen. David Perdue The only member of
but was concerned that as Congress who also is CEO
a relatively new and small of a Fortune 500 company,
chamber it might not have the Perdue expressed support for
resources to host what was President Donald Trump’s
likely to become a large event. rollback of what he called
“We called several possible “punitive and overreaching”
partners, but were not able federal regulation of business.
to work it out until we called “We have a person in the
Katerina [Taylor, president White House who’s not afraid
and CEO of the DeKalb to break some eggs,” he said,
Chamber of Commerce],” reflecting a political quote that
recalled Alan Goodman, “to make an omelet you have
president of the Brookhaven break a few eggs.”
Chamber of Commerce. “I Dismissing Trump behavior
didn’t even finish the sentence that some have criticized as
when she asked, ‘How can we unethical or immoral, Purdue
help?’” said, “We know he’s no choir
The two chambers cohosted boy, but he gets things done.”
the general membership Perdue describes himself
meeting and business luncheon as “an early supporter of
April 11 at the Atlanta Marriott President Donald Trump” who
Century Center with more “continues to be one of the
than 260 in attendance. A third president’s closest allies in the
chamber became involved U. S. Senate.”
when the U. S. Chamber of “Nobody wants to have no
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Perdue has stirred controversy “Republicans made the same at
by reminding the audience that mistake Democrats made
“this is a professional event. We in not including those on
ask that everyone show respect both sides of the aisle in
for our speaker.” At the entry the conversation,” he said.
to the Century Center complex “Healthcare reform is not
there were demonstrators dead.”
with picket signs. Some were He cited the national debt
expressing support for a as another issue in urgent need
Democratic candidate in the of attention. “When people
upcoming 6th congressional look at reducing the national
district race and others were debt, they consider one of
demanding that Perdue hold a three solutions: cut spending,
town hall meeting. raise taxes or grow the
At a press conference economy. I believe it’s going to
following the meeting, Perdue take all three.”
responded to a question Perdue listed among his
concerning his not scheduling major initiatives promoting
town hall meetings during the term limits for Congress,
congressional recess. “Town stating that “much of what is
hall meetings are one way to wrong with Washington today
hear from constituents, but is a direct result of career
they’re not the only way,” he politicians focusing on their
said, declaring that he hears reelection instead of doing
from constituents—including what is right.” On his website,
those who disagree with him— Perdue promises to support
on a regular basis. a constitutional amendment
During his speech, Perdue limiting service in the House of
said holding political office Representatives to three terms
was not what he and his wife and Senate to two terms.
envisioned, but because in his Perdue has held executive
opinion “the world has never positions at Reebok, Sara Lee,
been in a more dangerous Dollar General and other
situation,” he decided to run. national companies In the U.S.
Stating that the country Senate, he serves on the armed
is in “the worst crisis in services, banking, agriculture
American history,” Perdue said and budget committees,
he’s “not Chicken Little” and which he says puts him “at