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ROTC program leads to Army career for Maj. Rob James
by Carla Parker deployment was in January 2003 to Kuwait for training,

and he participated in
uring his junior year “Operation Iraqi Freedom”
at Stone Mountain in March. He served for 13
High School, Rob months in Iraq and said the
James was looking for experience was good.
“something to do.” “We actually got to apply
That same year, the what we trained to do,” he
Junior ROTC program was said. “We were trained to fight
established at Stone Mountain [in] wars, among other things.
and James decided to join the In that nature, I enjoyed the
program. experience. It wasn’t the best
“The uniforms seemed cool conditions, but being able to
and it was something to do,” actually execute what you
James said. “I did it my first were trained to do was very
year and I wanted to excel, so rewarding—to see that our
I stayed in it.” training paid off.”
Years later, James is a After his years of combat,
major in the Army. James, he taught systems engineering
39, is in his 17th year in the at West Point from 2008 to
Army. The former basketball 2011. He met his wife, an
player and track and field high Army captain, during his three
jumper graduated from Stone years of service in South
Mountain High School in 1996. Korea.
He received a scholarship James now serves as the
from the United States Military executive officer to a senior
Academy at West Point in Army civilian in the Army
West Point, New York. James, Marketing and Research
Maj. Rob James joined the army after his experience with the Junior ROTC at Stone
who was a commander of the Mountain High School. Group. The group is the
Junior ROTC, said he did not Army’s national marketing,
know much about the military research and analysis
before joining the ROTC organization.
and that being a part of the “We go out and try to show
program sparked his interest the Army for what it truly is,”
in serving in the military. James said.
“[It was] the exposure to James moved to Stone
[the military]. I didn’t have very Mountain from New York in the
much exposure to the military summer of 1992, before he
growing up,” James said. “It started his freshman year of
gave me that exposure to the high school. He comes back
structure, the traditions and to DeKalb County from time to
a lot of the comradery in the time to visit relatives. James
military. It made [the military] said he hasn’t been back
an option.” to visit his old high school
James said he received a because he isn’t in the area
scholarship offer from Shorter during the school year, but he
College and a couple of other loves talking to high school
colleges in the area, but going students about the Army and
to West Point was a no-brainer had special message for his
Maj. Rob James (no. 40) was a member of the Stone Mountain basketball team his
he said. senior year. fellow Stone Mountain Pirates.
“To me it was an easy “My message to them
decision just based on all of an opportunity to return to engineering. He later earned would be to work hard for
the factors,” he said. “I wanted his home state and serve his a master of science degree whatever their goals are and
to study engineering for a long country. in industrial engineering keep their options open for
time and they have a great James graduated from North Carolina State whatever opportunities there
engineering school.” from West Point in 2000 University. might be to lead them to their
He is a native of New York, with a degree in systems His first combat goals,” he said.
so going to West Point was

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Doraville increases tax rate
Officials cite county transfers as main reason
BY R. SCOTT BELZER street construction and property tax—would allow street maintenance… By expenditures to outpace
incorporating the 0.58 mills, revenues by $1.5 million in
[Doraville] is effectively 2019 and $3 million within five
Doraville adopted an shifting the property tax years.
increased millage rate of revenue from one jurisdiction According to Doraville’s
8.951—approximately a 16 to another and is necessary proposed 2018 budget,
percent property tax increase— to provide the resources to property tax revenue will
on June 19 following three support these services.” increase by approximately
public hearings. $993,000 with the millage rate
A millage rate is defined increase and the growth of its
as dollars of tax per thousand tax digest.
dollars of assessed value. If a ‘As part of the Jill Chambers, a
house is valued at $100,000, representative from Oasis
under a rate of 5 mills, tax
on such property would be
2016 revision, Good Time Emporium,
said she opposes the tax rate Doraville City Council voted to increase its millage rate to make up for taxes
formely levied by DeKalb County for road improvements and construction.
$500—$5 for every $1,000 the increase because the city of
property is worth. DeKalb County Doraville has not accepted
Champion file photo.

When property value $300,000 in tax checks sent
increases, typically, property
tax increases when a millage
transferred the by the business because of
ongoing litigation.
rate is maintained. “While the city council
The adopted millage rate service delivery debates on whether to raise
taxes on homeowners, please
is a 0.58 mills increase from
Doraville’s previous rate of
8.371, according to city officials for street be aware you have plenty of
checks across the hallway,”
who state the increase was Chambers said.
made to replace street services
previously delivered by DeKalb
construction Resident Leah Flyer said
Doraville homeowners will be
“During 2016, DeKalb and street protected under homestead
County revised its Service “If we were really throwing
Delivery Strategy (SDS),
[which] outlines which local
maintenance.’ a lot of money away, I could
see the opposition to raising
governments will provide taxes but we’re not,” Flyer said.
which services,” reads a ‘We have a lot of very good
statement from Doraville. infrastructure projects that
“As part of the 2016 revision, Officials state adopting a will enhance the city... If it’s a
DeKalb County transferred rollback millage rate—a rate minor increase, which it is, it’s
the service delivery for adopted to avoid increases in justified.”
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 23, 2017 • Page 3

Donations will be accepted for the
Decatur Youth Fund but the event will be
two science and math focused events for
children ages 6 to 12 on July 7 and July 28
free to the public. Participants are asked to from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
bring water and mats. Known as STEM-Night-Out, the
City to unveil monument For more, information contact events are part of a summer science series focusing on science, technology,
Brookhaven will unveil a monument engineering and mathematics, otherwise
that recognizes the dangers and injustices known as STEM disciplines.
of human trafficking worldwide June
30 at Blackburn II Park at 10 a.m. The DUNWOODY On July 7, children can participate
in “Physics is Fun,” and on July 28,
memorial for what were referred to as participants will engage in “Biology
comfort women of World War II,” named is Brainy.” According to event officials,
Young Girl’s Statue for Peace, will be
Actor to speak at Jewish community sessions will be facilitated by qualified
Brookhaven’s latest endeavor into historic center science teachers and feature hands-on
and educational awareness of the global activities, including how to make slime,
Actor and best-selling author Alan Alda use LEGOs, build bridges and examine
tragedy of the human sex trade. The park will be speaking and signing copies of his bacteria.
is located at 3509 Blair Circle. book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Each session costs $30 per student. For
Look on my Face? on June 27 at 7:30 p.m. at more information, visit theprowriterstudio.
the Marcus Jewish Community Center of com.

DECATUR Atlanta (MJCCA), located at 5342 Tilly Mill
According to event officials, Alda will City to host music event
New trail coming to Mason Mill Park speak with CNN journalist Holly Firfer
about the book, which serves as “an Delta Moon will perform June 30 at
On June 24 at 10 a.m., DeKalb County indispensable guide to communicating Stone Mountain’s Tunes By The Tracks
Department of Recreation, Parks and better,” based on his experience in the event in the municipal parking lot, next
Cultural Affairs will hold an opening and entertainment industry. to the Gazebo. Attendees can bring their
ribbon-cutting ceremony for the county’s Prices to attend are $33 for MJCCA lawn chairs. The two-hour concert begins
newest path, South Peachtree Creek Trail. members and $37 for non-members. at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.
The ceremony will be held near the Admission price includes a copy of Alda’s
entrance of the Mason Mill Park tennis book.
court at 1340 McConnell Drive in Decatur. For more information, contact the
MJCCA box office at (678) 812-4005 or visit
DeKalb County and PATH Foundation
have partnered to develop the trail.
Plans include expanding the trail to
Emory University and providing bike and

pedestrian access directly to the campus. Nonprofit seeks translators and
The public is invited to join county
officials, parks staff and PATH Foundation interpreters
representatives at the ceremony.
DeKalb County nonprofit We Love
Immediately after the ribbon-cutting, Farmers market opens BuHi is seeking volunteer translators and
Super District 6 Commissioner Kathie
Gannon will invite attendees to interpreters as part of a Emory University’s
Lithonia will host its weekly farmers social change program.
participate in a group walk on the new market June 24 behind city hall from noon
trail. According to We Love BuHi director
to 4 p.m. The market will feature fresh Mrian Liou, Emory students KT Grace,
For more information, contact food, music, food demonstrations and
LaShanda Davis, Recreation, and Parks Dillon Wu and Monica Riefkohl are
more. The farmers market will open every conducting a survey of Buford Highway
and Cultural Affairs public relations Sunday until Sept. 18, except on July 2.
specialist at, (404)-371-3643 or lsdavis@ business owners to learn more about their
City hall is located at 6920 Main St. needs and challenges.
“Due to language barriers, our
[students] are seeking volunteers who are
Yoga practice for summer
conversational in Vietnamese, Korean or
Mandarin and are willing to walk around
Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Buford Highway,” states a release.

Cheryl Burnette and Mamie Mabery at Volunteers will need to be available
the annual Summer Solstice Yoga practice from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through
on June 24 at 9 a.m. Thursday. For more information, contact
The event will be held in the courtyard
at Beacon Municipal Center, 420 W. Trinity Church to host STEM nights Liou at
Place in Decatur. If it rains on June 24,
the location will change to Ebster Gym in Grace Church for All Nations, located at
Decatur. 650 Rowland Road, is scheduled to host
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 23, 2017 • Page 4

Clarkston mayor kicks off
reelection campaign
a ceremonial figurehead,”
BY R. SCOTT BELZER Terry said. “After a five- hour city council meeting in
January, where many residents
showed up and voiced their
Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry
concerns and objections to the
kicked off a crowd-funded
unprecedented charter changes
campaign page on June 8,
being made, the council
announcing his continued
proceeded with a vote anyways,
commitment to what many
effectively removing most of
refer to as the most ethnically
the remaining authority of the
diverse square mile community
mayoral position.”
in America via Facebook.
Terry said this opposition is
“It’s hard to believe it’s
counterintuitive to Clarkston’s
been four years since I
goal as a city and his mission as
announced my run for mayor
of Clarkston,” Terry wrote. “It
“I will keep fighting for
was an uphill climb, running
what’s right–whether that
as a young mayor in the most Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry kicked off is defending our vulnerable
ethnically diverse square mile his reelection campaign June 8 via
Facebook. Photo submitted. community of refugees
community in America, but
being assailed by the Federal
we worked hard, and thanks
Government, or pushing back
to the time, money and hours City Council “put the future against a council that wants to
you devoted, we won. Since progress in doubt.” silence your voice and stymies
then we led the way, showing He referenced contested progress, but I need your help,” Clarkston councilman Dean Moore called Terry’s characterizations of city
Georgia and the nation what city charter amendments made council denigrating and unhinged. Photo submitted.
Terry said.
a true model for compassion, in January and February that Terry’s post concludes with
innovation and progress looks eliminated unilateral abilities a link to his campaign page,
like.” held by the Clarkston mayor, and to [Terry].” representing the city’s interests.
which asks for $2,000 in total
Terry referenced the city’s including calling a special- Moore referenced the In April, Moore said the
campaign contributions.
welcoming of native and called meeting, taking part in revision of 17 city ordinances, council will continue to work
Councilman Dean Moore
foreign-born residents, growth, reviewing a budget outside of 52 resolutions and numerous with Terry and “continue
said Terry’s comments
industrial expansion as well council and placing items on proclamations within the to support good ideas that
regarding council are out of
as its commitment to the agendas without the support of calendar year that support benefit the public, regardless of
environment and cityscape as two council members. the Clarkston community origin.”
“Being an election year, [the
the highlights of his time in “Over the last 12 months, as evidence of council
mayor] is prepared to pull out
office. there have been concerted all of the stops to denigrate
“Clarkston has thrived for efforts to relegate the position everyone around him,” Moore
the past four years,” Terry said. of the mayor, the only said. “He’s never played well
Terry said such success is majority-elected position with others. I think it is
under threat because recent in the city of Clarkston, to detrimental to our community
actions taken by Clarkston
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 23, 2017 • Page 5

Dancing Granny a treat for young and old
by Kathy Mitchell

What are the best ways to get young
children excited about theater? Bright colors,
high-energy dancing and a simple fun story
with lots of audience interaction seem to turn
the trick with The Dancing Granny. When
this production held its world premiere June
10 at Conant Performing Arts Center at
Oglethorpe University, children elementary
school age and younger—perhaps a fourth
of the audience—appeared totally engaged,
squealing, laughing and shouting answers to
the cast members’ questions.
The adults who brought them seemed
to be having a good time, too, as Sun
(Akumba Bynum-Roberson)—who speaks
only through his drum—and dancers Wind
(Chani Maisonet) and Earth (Breanna
Ross) help tell the story of Granny Anika
(Ameenah Kaplan), who’s trying to harvest
her vegetable garden, but comes up against
interference from a tricky spider.
The production is based on a children’s
book by 2017 Newbery Honor recipient
Ashley Bryan, whose presence is felt even
before the curtain opens. Artwork on the
panels includes some of Bryan’s sketches of
his West Indian grandmother Sarah Bryan,
leaping spinning shimmying and sashaying.
Sarah Bryan was one inspiration for
the story. Another was the 1936 Antiguan
trickster tale—based on African folklore—
He Sings to Make the Old Woman Dance,
according to the playbill notes.
Ashley Bryan, the 94-year-old author,
is suggested on stage by a narrator listed
in the playbill as Old Man and played by
Eugene H. Russell IV.
Adapted for the stage by Jireh Breon
Holder, the story is of Ananse, a spider that
has his origins in African folklore, that tries
to trick Granny by starting her dancing—
because “the music sweet me so!”—until
she’s far enough from her garden that he
can steal her vegetables. Program notes
explain that Ananse, a cunning spider, is
one of the most popular characters in West
African folklore. “The stories of Ananse
derive from the Ashanti tribe in Ghana,”
the notes state. “As the son of Nyame, an
Ashanti Supreme Being, Ananse created the
sun, moon and stars. His cleverness led to together, in this case dancing, makes the American experiences….This exhibition
mischief, however, causing Nyame to punish task more pleasant and rewarding.” showcases the breadth and depth of Bryan’s
him by turning him into a spider. As a spider, Those who are interested in seeing creative output.”
Ananse retained his power and became ‘The more of Ashley Bryan’s work will find it at The exhibit will be at High Museum
Keeper of all Stories.’” High Museum of Art, which like the Alliance through Jan. 21, 2018.
In this story, ultimately, Granny turns the Theatre is part of the Woodruff Arts Center As the Alliance Theatre’s main stage is
trick on Ananse and teaches some lessons. at 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. being renovated this season its productions
Alliance Theatre Lifetime Director Linda According to the High Museum website, are being held at venues around the Atlanta
Davidson notes in a playbill article, “This “Artist, author, and educator Ashley Bryan area. The Dancing Granny remained at
folktale from West Africa by way of the says he can’t remember a time when he Conant Performing Arts Center through June
Caribbean has an important message for all was not drawing and painting. His unending 18, and opens June 24 at The Galloway
of us, particularly for children. Even when creative zeal has fueled a long and prolific School, 215 West Wieuca Road, NW,
someone mistreats you, a gentle response career. Atlanta, where it will remain until July 2. On
may win their friendship. Granny wins over “At a young age, Bryan noticed the lack July 8, it opens on the Spelman College
Spider Ananse through patience and dance of children’s books with African American campus, 350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta, where
rather than through anger. The spider learns characters. Bryan is committed to filling that it will be through July 16. For tickets or more
one must work for food, not just take it! He void in Black representation by creating information, call (404) 733-5000 or visit
also learns another lesson: Doing something books about the African and African
OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 23, 2017 • Page 6

Curbing our aggressive driving habits
Why has driving become driving after an encounter with another
such an anger-provoking • 37 percent of aggressive on Highway 78.
experience? driving incidents involve a All of us who take to the
Psychologists might offer a firearm roadways as drivers and
range of explanations, but the • Half of drivers who are on the passengers should think
reasons for it is something us Gale Horton Gay receiving end of an aggressive about our own behavior when
average Joes and Janes should behavior, such as horn traveling. How do we react to
ask ourselves. honking, a rude gesture, or others’ bad driving actions?
On June 5, a 33-year-old tailgating admit to responding Do we personally drive in
Stone Mountain man was and 12,610 injuries were with aggressive behavior an aggressive or threatening
shot and killed on I-285 by a attributed to road rage. The themselves. manner? What can we do to
39-year-old Decatur man after site indicates that the following The families and friends of lessen the possibility of a tragic
the two had what police are statistics compiled from the these two men are suffering outcome when an encounter
calling a road rage incident. The National Highway Traffic unimaginable loss, heartbreak happens?
victim’s Lexus and the shooter’s Safety Administration and the and worry. Consideration of No doubt more of these tragic
Dodge pickup were involved Auto Vantage auto club show “what if” are likely nonstop and situations will occur, but we
in a fender-bender accident, that aggressive driving and painful for their loved ones. encourage our readers to strive
according to police. road rage are causing serious The June road rage incident for greater calm and more self-
On’s problems on our roads: is just the latest. In March, control when driving. Arriving
website it’s noted that over a • 66 percent of traffic fatalities police cite road rage as what alive should be our most
seven-year-period, 218 murders are caused by aggressive caused the death of one driver important goal.

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With Trump on this one
“Today we’re proposing to would continue to manage And like your successful
take American air travel into aviation and air traffic control Supreme Court justice
the future...finally,” President ‘One Man’s oversight, as well as numerous appointment, it would
Donald J. Trump on June 5, Opinion’ other aspects of aviation security be another substantive
2017, during a press briefing at on the ground. accomplishment involving
Cincinnati International Airport, Bill Crane So again Mr. President, I’m more than just the executive
discussing plans to update and with you on this one, improved branch of government. Wishing
replace parts of the U.S. air operations, enhanced safety you luck in this one gaining
traffic control system. and speed of landings and take- momentum and some wind
and guiding aviation traffic offs with fewer delays. During under the wings...and if you are
Though it becomes during inclement weather when inclement weather, the new successful, is there someone
increasingly difficult to envision pilot visibility is challenged and system (satellite-based), would on your team I could chat with
President Trump moving conditions in the air are fluid. be less prone to weather-related about the TSA?
successfully forward with much Better technology, via satellite, service interruptions. And the
of his domestic agenda—largely has been available for decades, best part is there are virtually no
stumped or slowed by his own and is accessible to most every new costs for the taxpayers. This Bill Crane also serves
Tweeting, mismanagement and consumer with a GPS or GPS one is a smart, business-focused as a political analyst and
miscommunication with his own mapping system in their phone. win/win.  commentator for Channel 2’s
team—there is a recent agenda Trump wants to create, Now if you can only get out Action News, WSB-AM News/
item and project the president or sell the right to manage, of your own way long enough to Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM,
has proposed that is worthy of a satellite-based system to a start building support beyond a as well as a columnist for The
our consideration and support. private enterprise.  single press conference during Champion, DeKalb Free Press
The president wants Fees for funding this new “Infrastructure Week.” and Georgia Trend. Crane is
to upgrade and basically equipment, technology and a If you can get this one off a DeKalb native and business
reconstruct our current domestic vastly improved system would the ground, there will be more owner, living in Scottdale. You
air traffic control system, which come from the airlines and columns in support such as can reach him or comment on a
manages the landing and take- private aviation. This system this one. It is a technological column at bill.csicrane@gmail.
off of dozens of thousands of would be similar to existing upgrade long overdue.  com.
commercial and civil aviation private sector ownership of our
flights each day.  utility grids (excluding municipal
When the Federal Aviation power systems), cell phone
Administration’s (F.A.A.) towers and virtually all wireless
thousands of Air Traffic network infrastructure as well as
Controllers voted to unionize cable, Wi-Fi and satellite dish,
in July of 1981, then-President radio systems and networks in
Ronald Reagan fired all air your home or automobile. All
traffic controllers excluding those systems are privately
managers and temporary staff. owned and operated. A similar
He brought in formerly retired system is already in place in
and military controllers from Canada, where on-time arrivals
the Defense Department to and departures are much more
block formation of the union commonplace.
while managing air traffic until There is also plenty of
new traffic controllers could be precedent elsewhere within our
trained and brought into the national security infrastructure
system.  of using private sector vendors
That was 36 years ago. The and contractors. Virtually every
current system runs on ground- weapons system, ship, fighter
based radar and main frame jet and tank is manufactured by
computer systems no longer the private sector, and then sold
manufactured. And that old to the Pentagon and various
equipment (some dating back to branches of service.
World War II), as well as those The president also indicated
anachronistic platforms are the that the new company would hire
backbone of the only system the existing air traffic controllers
preventing mid-air collisions and accept its union. The F.A.A.

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Workers plead with DeKalb County School District officials on June 12, marking the fourth consecutive month laborers requested fair wages and opportunities for raises. Photo by R. Scott Belzer.

Employee discontent continues at DCSD
Workers plead with school district
BY R. SCOTT BELZER raises and others don’t. We had 328 auxiliary workers, Harrison and others to detail numerous conversations with
don’t come before [the board] which declined to 236 by 2012. how they feel a 3 percent raise Chief Operations Officer complaining, but simply asking In May, Hampton, Burdette in 11 years—what workers have Joshua Williams but is told the
why?” and Dean were joined by received—is unfair.
For the fourth month in Floyd said maintenance DCSD employee Jamie Hampton said he has had See DCSD on Page 14A
a row, more than 20 DeKalb department employees in other
County School District counties are making $20,000-
(DCSD) employees attended $30,000 more than DeKalb
DCSD’s public input session to County counterparts.
deliver a message to the board “Some of us have been
of education. here for years, some of us have
“Me and my fellow taken steps to become certified
employees in the fleet, and perform our jobs more
maintenance, kitchen and effectively,” Floyd said. “So
administration feel that our the question arises again, why
service is very important to the haven’t we gotten a raise? Many
[district] and we feel we’re not of us are the sole providers of
receiving the compensation we our family. Some of us hope to
deserve,” said DCSD HVAC become homeowners one day.
department employee Victor Some simply want to be able
Floyd. to pay their bills without being
Floyd’s message echoes broke.”
those heard in March, April Floyd said DCSD auxiliary
and May, when workers and operations workers love
representing DCSD technicians what they do to help children
and manual laborers demanded receive a quality education,
a return to receiving raises, the including cleaning rooms,
rehiring of laid-off workers and preparing meals, driving buses
the elimination of vendors. and changing lights.
“Many of us work numerous “We haven’t received a raise
hours and overtime without in years,” Floyd said. “Don’t you
complaining,” Floyd said. think it’s time?”
“Other departments have In March, DCSD employees
gotten raises as well as other Robert Hampton, Michael
[benefits]. We can’t help but Burdette and Andrew Dean
wonder why some receive spoke about DCSD’s 89 in-
house workers. In 2008, DCSD
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 23, 2017 • Page 9

More arrests made
in prostitution ring
Dunwoody Police Department Crenshaw Blalock

provide update on sex sting
Dunwoody Police Department announced 13 more men were
More than 60 people have well as George Moore in arrested in connection to a prostitution ring broken up in
Maloney Serrano January. Photo by R. Scott Belzer
been arrested in connection to January for keeping a place
two “high-end” sex trafficking of prostitution, pimping and
and escort service businesses, racketeering.
according to a recent release There were 29 unnamed
from Dunwoody Police women and 24 men also
Department. arrested in connection to
Dunwoody police Atlanta Gold Club and
announced 13 additional Lipstick & Shoes, including
arrests have been made Gwinnett County Assistant
involving Atlanta Gold Club District Attorney Christopher Key Huang Ross Koh
and Lipstick & Shoes escort Quinn.
services. The department Gold Club Atlanta had a
announced more than 50 Facebook page and message
arrests in January as a result of board advertising “models”
an investigation that began in with blurred faces. Both
fall 2016. websites date back to 2011 and
Men from Atlanta, advertised that the company
Norcross, Winder, Cumming, was based out of Dunwoody.
Suwanee, Athens, Roswell, Lipstick & Shoes also had a
Ball Ground, Smyrna, website complete with phone Pearson Norris Krokey Wang
Marietta, Duluth and Macon number. Its location is listed
are being charged with as Dunwoody.
misdemeanor pandering as An anonymous tip led
well as felony racketeering. police to Savannah at Park
According to DeKalb County’s Place, an apartment complex
online judicial system, the near the Dunwoody Police
men were booked in mid-May. Department on Perimeter
They include: Richard Center East. In January,
Ross (Atlanta), David Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Friedman Moore Crenshaw Portman
Wang (Cumming), Scott Grogan said investigators
Friedman (Atlanta), Robert believe another unnamed
Blalock (Winder), Jin Dunwoody apartment
Huang (Norcross), Matthew complex was involved in the
Key (Cumming), Eugene operation in addition to two
Koh (Suwanee), Michael Atlanta apartment complexes.
Maloney (Roswell), Michael “There is no dispute that
Krokey (Athens), Jason this was a criminal enterprise
Norris (Ball Ground), Todd for commercial sex operating
Pearson (Smyrna), Andrew here in Dunwoody,” Grogan
Portman (Marietta), Victor said in January. “It was a
Serrano (Duluth) and Clifton prolonged investigation
Montcrief (Macon). but the detectives did a
Koh was also arrested in good job… Whether it was
November 2015 for pandering happening in [a nearby]
to minors. apartment complex or three
“Investigators have miles down the road, it was
identified numerous other still happening. It concerns us
individuals involved in and it concerns the quality of
this criminal organization life in Dunwoody.”
and additional arrests are Georgia residents are
forthcoming,” state police. encouraged to contact the
Dunwoody Police, in Dunwoody Police Department
partnership with departments regarding any sex trafficking
from Atlanta, Cobb County, supplier or buyer in the metro
Clayton County, and Sandy Atlanta area at (678) 382-
Springs, arrested Sam and 6900.
Darliene Crenshaw as

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Children at Dunwoody Nature Center’s summer camp program react to a live bullfrog on June 14. Photo submitted

Magnolia Room in Tucker celebrated its ribbon cutting June 13. Photo from the city of Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur received new brewing equipment on June 14 following increasing de-
Tucker mand for craft beer in Atlanta. Photos submitted.

Have you created programming you’d like to air on TV?
Do you have an interest in Public Access TV in DeKalb County?
Submit your show to DeKalb County’s Public Access channel, DeKalb 25.
Drop off DVD or USB copies to the Manuel J. Maloof Center at
1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030, or upload your content via the internet.

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Brookhaven moves forward with
Peachtree Creek Greenway project
May invoke eminent domain

Brookhaven will move forward with plans to complete the
Peachtree Creek Greenway, city officials announced June 10.
The Peachtree Creek Greenway will become a 2.98-mile
multi-purpose linear park along the North Fork of Peachtree
Creek to connect to the Atlanta Beltline and Path400 for a
regional tourism product. Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill
575 into law May 8 to increase the hotel/motel tax in Brookhaven
to 8 percent, which aligns with DeKalb County’s hotel/motel tax.
Brookhaven lobbied for the increase to fund the Peachtree Creek
The project’s master plan outlines a series of nature trails,
Following the passage of an amended ordinance allowing chicken ownership in Dunwoody, the United States paved multi-purpose and promenade trails that will connect
Department of Agriculture and Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) has offered tips to new poultry Brookhaven’s portion into the 12.3-mile Peachtree Creek
owners. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Trail project from Mercer University in DeKalb County to the
PATH400 trail, the South Fork Conservancy Trails and the

Tips for new Dunwoody chicken owners Atlanta Beltline. The greenway also will provide connectivity
to other areas as part of a larger network of multi-use trails to
residences, offices, restaurants, bike rental stands, coffee shops
and picnic areas, according to city officials.
changing out food and water recommends reporting sick The greenway, a High Performance Public Spaces (HPPS)
BY R. SCOTT BELZER as well as regularly disinfecting birds as soon as possible. Calls initiative, is similar to the Silver Comet Trail in Cobb County, are daily steps that can be can be made to the DeKalb according to the city.
taken to keep healthy birds, County Cooperative Extension City officials said an easement acquisition has been taking
Following an approved according to the agency. Office, a veterinarian or the place for several months, and the city is proceeding on its first
amended ordinance in “Germs can be spread USDA directly. major land acquisition in support of the initiative by beginning
Dunwoody allowing the quickly and easily,” Borrello For more information, a condemnation process on a 19-acre tract at the trailhead near
ownership of backyard said. contact USDA-APHIS at Buford Highway and Briarwood Drive. More than 83 percent of
chickens, the United States Similary, USDA-APHIS 1-866-536-7593. More this tract is in a floodplain and unbuildable, according to the city.
Department of Agriculture recommends avoiding bringing information can be found “We’ve been trying to negotiate a fair and equitable transfer
and Animal & Plant Health germs home by cleaning at APHIS’s Biosecurity for of this property for over a year to avoid using eminent domain
Inspection Service (USDA- vehicles and other equipment Birds program at www.aphis. but we are at an impasse,” Brookhaven City Manager Christian
APHIS) has offered tips to new that may have come in contact Sigman said. “With the funding for the [Peachtree Creek
poultry owners. with feed stores, poultry shows, animalhealth/animal-disease- Greenway] now in place, we are left with no other option in
“Avian Influenza can affect fairs and more. In the same information/avian-influenza- order to proceed.”
all poultry, and it can be way, newer birds should be disease/birdbiosecurity. By law, Brookhaven will be required to compensate the
transmitted by wild birds that kept separate from the flock for current owners for a fair market value for the property.
will be actively migrating,” said at least 30 days.
Emily Borrello on behalf of “Wherever you travel, the
USDA-APHIS. “Not only is germs follow,” Borrello said.
“Cleaning equipment and 2017 Mobile Market Stops
this important for individual
flocks, but also for collectively vehicles are simple ways to June - September

protecting birds in the U.S. prevent spread of disease.” FRESH ON DEK
from devastating disease.” USDA-APHIS officials also
Cash, Credit, SNAP/EBT Cards Accepted
Borello said six biosecurity recommend not contacting DEKALB COUNTY
steps can prevent flocks neighboring farmers. Sharing
from contracting disease and lawn tools, garden equipment
maintain health. and other poultry supplies
First, the government from fellow bird owners
increases the risk of disease, Tuesday 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Clifton Springs Health Center, 3110 Clifton Springs Rd., Decatur 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
agency recommends keeping Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Rd., Lithonia
distance. This includes officials say. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Tadda’s Fitness Center, 2615 Park Central Blvd., Decatur
restricting access to property The national agency
containing birds, fencing off recommends educating oneself
areas where birds are kept, on warning signs of infectious Wednesday 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Watershed Management, 1580 Roadhaven Dr., Stone Mountain
restricting contact to those disease. These include sudden 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Austin Drive Community at Bethesda Cathedral, 1989 Austin Dr., Decatur
deaths, sneezing, gasping, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Mainstreet Community Association, 5001 Mainstreet Park Dr., Stone Mountain
who care for the birds, and
eliminating contact between nasal discharge, watery stool,
the flock and game birds or lack of energy, poor appetite,
reduction in egg production, Thursday 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. DeKalb County Division of Family and Children Services, 178 Sams St., Decatur
waterfowl, such as ducks or 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Scott Candler Library, 1917 Candler Rd., Decatur (Alternating Thursdays starting June 8, 2017)
geese. swelling around the eyes, neck 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Redan-Trotti Library, 1569 Wellborn Rd., Lithonia (Alternating Thursdays starting June 15, 2017)
“Wild birds can carry or head, purple discoloration 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Redan High School, 5247 Redan Rd., Stone Mountain
disease to [an owner’s] flock,” of wattles, combs and legs,
Borrello said. “Restricting as well as tremors, drooping
access to flocks and property wings, and lack of movement.
“Early detection of sickness Friday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. DeKalb County Extension, 4380 Memorial Dr., Ste. 200, Decatur
can keep them healthy.”
Second, owners can keep in a flock is critical,” Borrello
things clean. Wearing clean said. “Knowing the signs of a
clothes, scrubbing shoes, sick bird can save the others.”
washing hands, cleaning cages, Lastly, the USDA For more info, call (404) 298-4080 or go to
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 23, 2017 • Page 13

Residents, first responders eager for pay increases

For the second consecutive
board of commissioners
meeting, members of the
public and first responders
of DeKalb County urged the
commission for a 20 percent
pay increase for police and
Travis Pinson, DeKalb
County firefighter since
2007, said his children grow David Light, a member of the Kirkwood Neighborhood Association, stands with
DeKalb County resident Don Roman raised $50,000 with his “roast” event in DeKalb County fire and rescue personnel during a commission meeting June 13.
Atlanta for Students Without Mothers.
up knowing “their daddy
protects them” and he feels
his paycheck should reflect and 2016.   balanced budget in fiscal
the sacrifice many firefighters David Light, a member of year 2018,” Thurmond said

make every day.  the Kirkwood Neighborhood in a statement. “We are able
“The small pay adjustments Association, said it’s time to redirect existing funds to
have not kept up with the commissioners heed residents’ address two other priorities,
increased cost of living. We request to pay first responders including salary adjustments
used to be the premier place to more.   for public safety personnel and
“I spoke to the board in continuing our fight against
DeKalb man helps students work for firefighters,” Pinson
said.   2016 and the topic was the blight.”
without mothers Members of the DeKalb
County Fire and Rescue
same. The problem is an
attrition rate of 13 percent
 More than $7.2 million
of existing funding will be
Department and DeKalb annually. An attrition rate of redirected to other operational
BY HORACE HOLLOMAN County Police Department 13 percent is unacceptable needs and to fund public safety
were in attendance to show by any department. We’re pay packages, according to losing talented individuals county officials. Roughly $1.6
support for a pay increase.
“I am hoping to make a in the metro area. They need million will be dedicated to
DeKalb County’s Don Hatchett. a 20 percent raise for public the first phase of addressing
Roman knows firsthand the  According to the statement to the BOC, I hope
they will see that we are a safety,” Light said. public safety employee
pain of losing a loved one at an organization, Students  On June 12, DeKalb compensation.
early age. That’s why Roman Without Mothers has provided department of professional,
highly trained, and dedicated County CEO Michael “We came here today to
is dedicating his time and 63 students with four-year Thurmond sent ask for immediate help for
resources to help others in scholarships in the amount of individuals and do something
about the compression, merit commissioners his proposal our police officers, firemen
similar situations.   $4,000 each. Roughly $1,000 is for mid-year adjustments. and sanitation workers,” said
Roman, 69, of Stone disbursed annually as long as raises, and the attrition that
we are experiencing,” Pinson Thurmond said he wants to John Evans, former president
Mountain, is the board chair the students continue to meet redirect existing funds to of DeKalb County NAACP
for the nonprofit group the requirements to remain in wrote on Facebook.
 During the board of address salary adjustments for chapter. “When it comes time
Students Without Mothers. The the program.   public safety personnel. to make good for the people
organization, founded by Mary Roman said the commissioners meeting
June 13, Pinson said the  “Our number one priority that work here, we don’t do
Williams in 2004, provides scholarships are not based on is to reduce the deficit anything.”
scholarships to students who academics, but rather on the department has lost a total of
290 employees between 2011 so that we can propose a
have lost their mothers.  students’ needs.  
In part, Roman got involved “I tell [students] to continue
with the organization because to dream. Continue to strive
of his personal experience. At and be the best that they can
age 12, his mother died while be. Don’t let this tragedy define
giving birth. The experience the rest of your life,” Roman
was life-changing, he said. said. “It’s one of the worst
 “It was very traumatic experiences that you can go
frankly. My mother was through, but it doesn’t have to
really the foundation for my rob you of your future.” 
family. She was a single parent Roman said Students
raising five children,” Roman Without Mothers still
said. “She died in childbirth has room to grow. The
delivering a sixth child. My organization can only accept
siblings and I were really cast a fraction of the applicants
adrift without that anchor.”  they receive, he said. The
Roman said that portion organization receives roughly
of his life was “emotionally 30-40 applications each year.  
draining.” Without the support Scholarship winners are
of teachers and community also required to participate in
members Roman said his the organization’s life coaching
life could have turned out program. The program is
differently.  geared toward helping students
In April, Roman held a make the “best choices” as they
scholarship fundraiser in plan for the future. 
Atlanta. It raised more than “The need is so great and
$50,000 for Students Without we have to find a way to grow
Mothers. The event was a it,” Roman said. “It’s my belief
“roast” celebrating Roman’s that if we bring exposure
retirement with guests such as to this organization, people
former DeKalb County CEO would support it.”
Burrell Ellis and judge Glenda  
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 23, 2017 • Page 14

Brother and sister now both alumni of United States Naval Academy
“There’s a constant gaze on opportunities come up.”
BY R. SCOTT BELZER you,” Seals said. “You’re always Seals’ mother and father, being trained and it’s very Bernadette and Isaac IV,
demanding—all in addition to said seeing their children’s
a new college course load.” transformation into adults has
For former Decatur High
Seals said her brother, who been awe inspiring.
School student Jeanelle
started at the Naval Academy “I’m very proud of both
Seals, choosing the United
three years earlier, made life of them for choosing this
States Naval Academy over
easier. She said she quickly route,” Bernadette Seals said.
such prestigious schools as
adapted. “It’s great to see them grow as
Georgetown or Cornell was
“There’s a strength given leaders and into young leaders
not an easy choice.
to you—there’s something to serving the country. You
“Georgetown was my
do every day,” Seals said. “I notice how seriously they take
dream school,” Seals said. “I
made lifelong friends because responsibility.”
got into Georgetown, Cornell
of those challenges and “It’s been an awesome
and a few other schools—it was
quickly figured out that it’s all ride for us,” Isaac Seals IV
one of the hardest decisions of
about organization and time said. “You know your child
my life. It came down to the
management. After that, it’s isn’t attending a normal
college but not college at the university—it’s a little more.”
Four years later, Seals, now
same time.” The Seals family said they
commissioned as an ensign for
Now that she is graduated, want more people to learn
the Navy following graduation
Seals said she will relocate of opportunities outside of
in May, describes her overall
to San Diego to join the USS traditional universities, but
experience as one filled with
John P. Murtha, an amphibious that should not suggest it’s for
ship specializing in supporting everyone.
“Each summer I was given
Marines. She said she plans to “You have to want to take
the opportunity to go on a
again take advantage of any that step,” Jeanelle Seals said.
surface cruise for four weeks to
opportunity given. “You have to be willing to give
see what it’s like to be enlisted,”
“I’m qualified as an officer up that time for friends to
Seals said. “I went to Bahrain.
in a number of departments,” serve something greater than
I’ve been to Kuwait. One
Seals said. “I’ll see what yourself.”
summer I went to San Diego.
I’ve spent a week on a ship,
a week on a sub and a week
studying aviation. Before that, I
had an internship at the Office
of Naval Intelligence and the
Pentagon, all before I went to Jeanelle Seals and Isaac Seals V are brother-sister graduates of the United
Israel and Morocco… If I had States Naval Academy in May. Photo by Arthur Ratliff
to use one word to describe it,
it would be incredible.” a 1st Lieutenant Amphibious participating in a weeklong
Seals said she was fortunate Assault Vehicle Commander program that gives you a
to be able to take advantage in the Marines, changed her taste of the life, I knew. In the
of programs at Decatur High priorities. end, I knew I wanted to study
School, including student Isaac was also a high Arabic and join the intelligence
government, marching school stand-out and served community.”
band, concert band, lacrosse as inspiration for many of Seals said the first year
and more. Success in such Jeanelle’s pursuits. He excelled at the academy was taxing
programs—in addition to in lacrosse and the classroom because she was a freshman
stand-out grades—allowed and began training for the student, or what’s called a
her to choose any college she Naval Academy in ninth grade. plebe. As a plebe, she was
wanted, she said. “My brother has forged a forced to wake earlier than
Seeing the opportunities path for me my entire life,” upperclassmen, participate in
for travel and life experience Seals said. “After seeing the extra morning workouts, feed
given to her brother Isaac opportunities he was afforded, upperclassmen and pay her
Seals V, another Navy knowing I wanted to be in the dues as a new student.
Academy graduate and now Washington, D.C. area and

DCSD Continued From Page 8A
matter is out of Williams’ hands. “DCSD appreciates the contributions of
In August 2016, district spokesmen said its auxiliary workers in support of student
there is approximately $1 billion in deferred achievement and we want to ensure they are
maintenance needed, according to a 2015 treated equally,” officials said. “We are currently
facilities condition assessment. At the time, the developing our budget for the 2017-2018 school
district had 105 full-time employees responsible year, and anticipate continuing our trend of a
for 1,700 work orders per month. strong fund balance. If that financial outlook
DCSD officials stated they would consider continues, we will seek to apply some surplus
suggestions from any worker in developing a funds to additional compensation for those
budget and that a strong fund balance trend workers—whatever we do will be done to ensure
would ensure additional compensation. fiscal responsibility and stability.”
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 23, 2017 • Page 15

A member of the Organization of DeKalb Educators addresses Southwest DeKalb teacher Daniel Sobczak addresses the DCSD Lisa Morgan speaks to the DCSD board of education regarding the
concerns regarding class sizes and certified teachers, requesting board of education, requesting resources for smaller class approved 2018 tentative budget. Photo submitted.
the board of education address such concerns in the tentative sizes. Photo submitted.
budget for 2018. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

DeKalb schools expected to pass $1.74 billion budget
Public weighs in on funding for achievement
program at $4.2 million; a 30. I’m lucky that my class a certified teacher in every approval on June 13, DCSD
BY R. SCOTT BELZER $2 million summer school sizes are small enough this classroom and resources encouraged the public to come program, $7.5 million for semester, but last semester I to reduce class sizes, fund to its next two millage rate
textbooks; the reinstitution of had classes of 34 or 35.” technology and allow raises hearings on June 27 at 11:30
nurses for all middle and high “We have to keep class for all school staff. a.m. and 6:15 p.m.
DeKalb County School
schools costing $1.8 million; sizes small enough to use the Resident Willie Pringle “The budget process
District (DCSD) approved a
special education teachers resources provided,” he said. said the tax dollars he pays started in March 2017 and
tentative $1.74 billion budget
costing $3.5 million; a $3.1 On June 12, more residents to DCSD are not being used the action by the board of
for the 2017-2018 fiscal year
million contingency account; spoke about needs in the transparently. His concerns education is just one step in
on June 12.
more than $1.7 million for classroom. were echoed by Kirk Lunde, the budgetary process,” said
According to budget
the CIA2 program; and $18.2 Two individuals from who said the budget should DCSD spokesmen. “Between
documents, the $1.74 billion
million for DCSD’s regional the Organization of DeKalb have been made public earlier. now and June 27, there could
is made up of an anticipated
support initiative. Educators again requested Following the budget’s be changes to the budget.”
$611.7 million in local tax
DCSD officials began the
revenue; $21.7 million in local
budget process on March 20
source funding; $569.1 million
and continued the process
in state funding; $73.2 million
with a series of public
in federal funding; and $18.7
meetings in April and May.
in funding classified as “other.”
The first public budget
Approximately $41.6
hearing took place on May 15.
million will be transferred
Two DeKalb County residents
from other funds, totaling $1.3
voiced their opinion at the
billion. This will be combined
to DCSD’s anticipated fund
Lisa Morgan of the
balance of $405 million to
Organization of DeKalb
create the $1.74 billion budget.
Educators gave DCSD’s board
In addition to daily
her wish list for the FY2018
operations, the $1.74 billion
budget, requesting a certified
will help fund increases in the
teacher for every classroom
offices of the superintendent,
and a reduction in class sizes.
regional superintendents,
“I know we have teachers
communications and
retiring, I know we have
community relations,
teachers moving on to other
curriculum and instruction,
opportunities,” Morgan said.
finance, information
“We need teachers before we
technology, legal affairs,
return on July 31… We’ve
student support and
been under a class size waiver
intervention, charter schools
for five years.”
and the schools themselves.
Southwest DeKalb High
According to DCSD
teacher Daniel Sobczak also
officials, considerations for
spoke about class sizes.
increases include annual pay
“Let’s talk logistics,”
raises exceeding $31 million;
Sobczak said. “Computer
retirement increases of more
labs aren’t designed for class
than $14 million; health
sizes of over 28. Mobile carts
insurance increases totaling
aren’t designed for classes over
$1.8 million; a 403b match
EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 23, 2017 • Page 16

DeKalb County School District announced the purchase of Shallowford Gardens Apartments for $8.2 million on June 13, which will cause more than 100 Buford Highway families to relocate. Photo submitted.

Apartment property in Doraville purchased for elementary school
More than 100 families to relocate as DeKalb County School District finalizes sales agreement
the district and constituents. in the intergovernmental
BY R. SCOTT BELZER She said, given the current agreement,” Morris said. “There decision, she would have liked are also older industrial/
DeKalb County School to have seen DCSD participate commercial properties that
District (DCSD) announced in the Doraville tax allocation could have been utilized, but,
the purchase of 9.7 acres on district (TAD) proposal to for whatever reason, those
Shallowford Road in Doraville speed along development at the options weren’t pursued far
on June 13 for the purpose Assembly. enough.”
of building a 900-seat Cross “Instead, the district Board member Stan Jester,
Keys-area elementary school, leadership took a very short- who posted about the purchase
garnering mixed responses sighted approach with its on his blog, suggested the
from the public. refusal to participate in the apartment complex was having
““We are excited to add a TAD and now it is destroying financial difficulties and that
state-of-the-art elementary the homes of the very people it’s possible the property was
school that will get our students they were ostensibly ‘helping’ already on the verge of being
out of portable units and by declining to participate sold and torn down.
into permanent classrooms,
which is always our aim,” said
Superintendent R. Stephen complex offering one- and two- have children enrolled in our
Green. bedroom units ranging from schools,” Green said. “We plan
According to district 626 to 825 square feet. The to be good neighbors through
officials, DCSD’s board of majority of residents are served this delicate process.”
education approved $8.2 by DCSD’s Cary Reynolds Former Cross Keys High
million for the purchase of the Elementary, Sequoyah Middle teacher Rebekah Morris wrote
property. DCSD will begin and Cross Keys High schools. a blog post about the purchase
construction in 2018 with an The apartment complex is on June 13 shortly after the
estimated completion and located less than a mile from announcement.
opening date of fall 2020. a MARTA station and serves Morris wrote that DCSD
DCSD officials said the new a population typical of Buford had neglected the Cross
campus will provide relief to Highway, many of whom are Keys cluster for more than a
Dresden and Cary Reynolds low-income and non-English decade, by “corralling”students
elementary schools, which are speaking. into close to 100 portables,
“overcapacity and reliant of As of press time, the redistricting students and
portable units” for classroom property manager and owner described its proposed
space. In total, the two schools at Shallowford Gardens displacement as “adding insult
have 42 portable classrooms on Apartments did not respond to injury.”
school grounds. for comment. “I simply don’t understand,”
While the new school will According to DCSD Morris said. “This is what I see,
address overcrowding in the officials, tenants at Shallowford and maybe someone else can
Cross Keys cluster—a problem Gardens will be provided help me process this.”
in DeKalb County for more financial incentives by the Morris said she would
than a decade—some residents district as well as apartment prefer to see DCSD work
feel it’s the wrong location for a complex owners to help with with the city of Doraville,
school. relocation. DeKalb County board of
The property is currently “We are mindful of the commissioners and leaders
the site of Shallowford Gardens impact this work will have of the Assembly project to
Apartments, a 104-unit on families, many of whom negotiate an attractive deal for
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Watts new? Kirkwood shop offers high-tech electric bikes
BY KATHY MITCHELL the only local shop that from 100 bikes at 22 stations to
assembles its electric bicycles 500 bikes at 65 stations.
Freelance Reporter in-house—start to finish.  Atlanta City Council
Electric bicycles are not member Natalyn Archibong,
Ryan Hersh didn’t set out new. The website www. who was on hand June 10 for
to start a business. Initially, shows the grand opening of Edison
he was just trying to get to electric bicycle patents going Electric Bike Company,
work. “I work at Emory, back to 1891. What makes commented, “I am proud
which is in the heart of the Hersh’s creation stand out to have such a sustainable
Clifton Corridor, one of the is its compact energy unit. product assembled in the heart
most congested traffic areas “Five years ago, we wouldn’t of Kirkwood.”
in the country,” he explained. be having this conversation, “As our city, and the
Within the Clifton Corridor but we’ve seen iPhones and world for that matter, grows
are Emory University, Emory other such electronics pack increasingly conscious of our
University Hospital, The a lot of energy into a small environment and the impact
Centers for Disease Control space. Obviously, it wouldn’t fossil fuels, it’s nice to have
and Prevention, Children’s be practical to try to carry a a way of getting around our Ryan Hersh founded Edison Electric Bike Company, the only local business that
Healthcare, Veteran’s assembles electric bicycles in-house start to finish.
motor and battery like those communities in a way that
Administration Hospital and in a car on a bicycle, but with produces no gas emissions.
other large employers—a short current technology those can Electric bicycles allow riders because of hills, distance or with relative ease,” she said.
distance from each other. be carried in a much smaller who might not normally ride physical ability to get around
For many getting to work unit.”
each day in a heavy traffic area The final product is not
can be a challenge, Hersh said. cheap, according to Hersh, but
“Some days it would take me he says it may seem expensive
an hour to get to work and I only when compared to other
only live four miles from my bicycles. “The components
office.” He decided bicycling aren’t cheap, and I wanted
to work would be fast and quality so sourced the
efficient, but it wasn’t a perfect world’s best components,” he
solution. “There are a lot explained, noting that prices
of hills in this area and the start at about the cost of a
exertion of pedaling uphill can high-quality mountain bike,
leave you pretty sweaty. I didn’t plus 80 percent.
want to arrive at work covered Hersh said the Edison
in sweat.” Electric Bike shouldn’t be
Hersh, who said he’s always compared with traditional
been a tinkerer, wondered bicycles. “I even thought about
whether the batteries and whether to call it a bicycle at
motor for a bicycle could be all. Many people buy bicycles
compacted into a small, light for recreation and exercise.
device that could be easily If that’s what you want you
attached to a bike. shouldn’t buy my product—it’s
He said he wanted to build strictly for transportation.”
an electric bike that could go Hersh, who grew up in
farther, faster and keep him Atlanta, said he’s pleased
fresh along the way. Eventually that the city has made an
he found a way to integrate effort to make Atlanta bicycle
the battery into the body of friendly with designated bike
the bike as he “obsessed over paths. Earlier this year, the
every detail—the bead pattern city expanded its nonelectric
of the frame welds, the gage of bicycle share program, Relay,
the wheel spokes, and even the
material the brake pads were
made of.”
The battery pack charger,
he said, looks like a laptop
charger, adding that one charge
“will take a rider 20 to 30
miles. It takes four hours to
recharge and costs a dime in
Hersh built an electric
bike for his own use and soon
people were offering to pay
him to build models for them.
He turned his living room into
a bicycle parts and assembly
shop where he attached battery
packs and motors to a variety
of standard bicycle frames.
He recalled, “My wife was not
happy with that arrangement.”
In time he found a space
on Hosea Williams Drive,
the main artery through
Kirkwood. There he opened
Edison Electric Bike Company,
SPORTS DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 23, 2017• Page 19

Emory swimmers earn
NCAA postgraduate
Emory University senior in 2017, a second team
swimmers Marcela Sanchez- honoree in 2016 and a three-
Aizcorbe and Andrew Wilson time College Swimming
have been awarded NCAA Coaches Association of
postgraduate scholarships, America (CSCAA) scholar
presented to student-athletes all-American. A native of
who excel academically and Nacogdoches, Texas, Sanchez-
athletically, while serving as Aizcorbe completed degrees in
leaders in the community. finance and political science. DeKalb County Announces the Human Services Grant Application Period
The two will each receive a Wilson, a Bethesda, Md. Public Information Meeting to be held June 28, 2017 at 10 a.m.
$7,500 scholarship to be used native, returned to Emory
for postgraduate study within in the fall after spending a DECATUR, Ga. – The DeKalb County Human Services Department announces the beginning of its 2017-
three years. Emory has now year training for the 2016 Rio 2018 Human Services Grant Cycle. Eligible non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for the
been awarded 106 postgraduate Olympics and led the Eagles opportunity to be awarded a grant funded with County General Fund and Victim Assistance funds.
scholarships during the to their first-ever NCAA DIII Agencies that receive Victim Assistance grant funds, must meet the County’s eligibility criteria and must
school’s history, and 89 since team title in March. He was also be certified to provide victim assistance programming through the State of Georgia Criminal Justice
2000—second only to Stanford named the CSCAA swimmer Coordinating Council.
University for the highest total of the year after winning The purpose of the Human Services Grant Program is to provide opportunities for community
by any NCAA member. national titles in five events— partnership with local organizations that can successfully address identified needs of the citizens of
Sanchez-Aizcorbe played the 100-meter breaststroke DeKalb County, Georgia.
a key role for the Eagles (50.94), 200-meter breaststroke
in her career, leading the (1:50.80), 200-meter individual The Human Services Grant Program is competitive and the total amount of awards allotted each year is
team to four of its eight medley (1:44.18), 200-meter based on the availability of funds. Funding from this grant program is designed to supplement existing
consecutive national team medley relay (1:26.14) and programs and activities.
titles. At the 2017 national 400-meter medley relay
meet in Shenandoah, Texas, (3:10.51) with all five times Examples of appropriate service areas for the Human Service Grant Program include, but are not limited
she was part of four national setting new national records. to, prevention and intervention of violence against women, youth development (to include addressing
safety and/or risky behaviors, education needs, homelessness and economic well-being), building family
championship winning relay During his college career, unity and sustainability, supporting individuals with disabilities and/or senior adults to live inclusive lives
teams, helping set three new Wilson became Emory’s within their communities, homeless intervention/prevention and cultural arts/ historic preservation.
Division III records—200- first two-time CoSIDA DIII
meter medley (1:40.83), academic all-American of A Public Information Meeting scheduled for June 28, 2017 will provide the specifics regarding the
200-meter freestyle (1:30.52 the year in any sport and Human Services Grant Cycle application process. The venue will be the DeKalb County Extension Office
- DIII record), 400-meter was a two-time CoSIDA Auditorium, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032.
medley (3:39.57 - DIII record) academic all-America first
and the 400-meter freestyle team selection. He was a Completed applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 28, 2017, to be considered for
(3:19.56 - DIII record). two-time CSCAA national fiscal year 2017-2018 funding.
Sanchez-Aizcorbe added swimmer of the year, 10-time
individual All-America honors national champion, 17-time For more information, call Ms. Lisa Thomas, Grants Coordinator at 404-270-1180 in the Human Services
Department. For information on obtaining Victim Assistance Program Certification, contact the State of
in both the 100-meter butterfly all-American, two-time UAA Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council at 404-657-1961.
and 100-meter freestyle events swimmer of the year, 15-time
and was an honorable mention UAA champion, 20-time All-
All-American in the 50-meter UAA finisher, 14-time UAA
freestyle. athlete of the week honoree
During her four-year and a three-time CSCAA
career, she was an eight- scholar all-American.
time national champion, a The Emory University
16-time All-American, a swimming and diving
five-time honorable mention teams have now seen 49 of
All-American, a six-time its members awarded the
University Athletic Association scholarship, including 27
(UAA) champion, an eight- winners during the last 10
time all-UAA performer, years. Since 2000, the men’s
a first team College Sports and women’s swimming and
Information Directors of diving programs have garnered
America (CoSIDA) academic 45 NCAA postgraduate
all-America selection scholarships.


LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS Friday, June 23, 2017 • Page 20

Tucker-Northlake CID president to step down
Ann Rosenthal, who has and residential areas and the community by leveraging robust economic development
served as president of the identified potential quality of business and government and provide a clean, attractive
Tucker-Northlake Community life and beautification projects. investment in the district to and safe community for all
Improvement District (CID) The CID’s mission is to mprove accessibility, connect who live, work and play in the
since its inception in 2013, increase economic value in people and places, facilitate Tucker-Northlake area.
announced she will step down
effective June 30.
Matthew Lee, a training
specialist for Southeastrans,
Inc., has been named the first
full-time executive director
of the CID and will assume
responsibilities July 1. Rosenthal
Rosenthal, a Tucker resident,
was a founding member of the governments to implement
Tucker Formation Committee numerous transportation and
and author of the legislative public safety projects.
strategic plan that created “I have served the CID as
the Tucker CID in 2013. She a consultant, and thanks to
later led the effort to bring the its growth, the organization is
Northlake Business District ready for a full-time executive
into the organization, which director, Rosenthal added. “I
eventually became the Tucker- am confident Matthew Lee
Northlake CID. will build on what we have
“It has been a privilege accomplished so far and lead
to serve my community the CID into its next phase of
as president of the Tucker growth.”
Northlake CID for the past Under Rosenthal’s
four years,” Rosenthal said. leadership, the CID guided
“Thanks to the support of the the development of a strategic
business community, local master Plan for the area—
government and residents, the which outlined a vision for
CID has grown from an idea transportation infrastructure
into an influential organization and land use—provided
that has built partnerships recommendations for improved
with and leveraged funding multi-modal transportation and
from local, regional and federal connectivity between business