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Welcome Newcomers and Neighbors
Regardless of the reasons that brought you to DeKalb County, we’re mighty pleased you’ve decided to call this community home. Tremendous opportunities exist here—employment, education, recreation, commerce and quality of life. Throughout Pine Lake, Stone Mountain, Clarkston, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Decatur, Avondale Estates, Doraville, Chamblee and that sliver of Atlanta located in DeKalb County as well as unincorporated DeKalb, you’ll find a wealth of things to do and places to go that are unique. However, it’s the people you’ll meet and get to know who are at the heart of what makes living here special. In this guide, we’ve packaged information to make it easier to find many of the essential services and their providers as well as other destinations that you’ll likely come to love as much as the rest of us have. And inside this guide we also introduce you to a few of your new neighbors whose resiliency, determination and can-do attitude inspire us all. They are shining examples of the kind of folks who you’ll meet as you settle in here. Again, welcome to DeKalb County. We certainly hope that you and your family come to enjoy this community in every way.
The Champion Newspaper Staff
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DeKalb County is divided into ﬁve districts with one commissioner serving each district. It is also split into two super districts, each represented by one commissioner.
Super Commission Districts
District 6: Kathie Gannon District 7: Connie Stokes*
District 1: Elaine Boyer District 2: Jeff Rader District 3: Larry Johnson District 5: Lee May
District 4: Sharon Barnes-Sutton
DeKalb County Government
1300 Commerce Drive Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 371-2886
District 3 – larry Johnson (404) 371-2425
ceo Burrell ellis (404) 371-2881
District 4 – Sharon BarnesSutton (404) 371-4907
District 5 – lee may (404) 371-4745
commissioners District 1 - elaine Boyer (404) 371-2844 District 2 – Jeff Rader (404) 371-2863
District 6 – Kathie Gannon (404) 371-4909
District 7 – connie Stokes* (404) 371-3053 email@example.com
*Connie Stokes concludes her term of ofﬁce Dec. 31, after which Stan Watson becomes District 7 commissioner.
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won awards for its well-caredfor trees. Today, about 2,800 people call Avondale Estates home.
city Hall: 55 Trinity Ave. (404) 330-6000 www.atlantaga.gov Kasim Reed, mayor
developers, wire and cable manufacturers and biotech companies. It is also the home of DeKalb Technical College and one of Georgia Perimeter College’s campuses. The city’s more than 5,500 residents are just a short distance from numerous antiques shops, textile shops and a charming blend of one-of-a-kind retail shops.
city Hall: 41 Perimeter center east, Suite 250 (678) 382-6700 www.dunwoodyga.gov Ken Wright, mayor
city Hall: 5468 Peachtree Road (770) 986-5010 www.chambleega.com eric clarkson, mayor
Although most of the city of Atlanta is in Fulton County, some of its most intriguing communities are in DeKalb. For example, the rapidly growing mixed-use communities around Perimeter Mall bring a mix of upscale restaurants and retail stores in close proximity to sleek, modern condominiums. A similar wave of development is taking place along Moreland Avenue near Little Five Points. The older, elegant communities in the Druid Hills area near Emory University also represent Atlanta at its ﬁnest.
Chamblee is a truly international city with one of the most ethnically diverse populations of any municipality in the Southeast. Incorporated in 1908, Chamblee has a population of roughly 9,500 people within its 3.5 square miles. Chamblee also is home to Antiques Row, a collection of shops that are favorites with antiques lovers. The city is known for its international shopping and dining as well as its small-town hospitality. From DeKalb Peachtree Airport to the neighborhoods of loft-style condominiums springing up around the city, it’s easy to see why Chamblee has adopted the slogan “a city on the right track.”
city Hall: 509 N. mcDonough St. (404) 370-4100 www.decaturga.com Bill Floyd, mayor
Dunwoody has only been incorporated as a city since Dec. 1, 2008, though some of its residents have historically considered themselves separate from other county residents. While it might be the county’s newest city, Dunwoody abounds in tradition, history and nature with the Spruill Center for the Arts, the Donaldson Chesnut 1886 farmhouse, the Dunwoody Nature Center and Brook Run Park, home to metro Atlanta’s newest and most cutting-edge skate park.
city Hall: 21 N. Avondale Plaza (404) 294-5400 www.avondaleestates.org ed Rieker, mayor
Fast-growing Decatur is the second oldest municipality in the Atlanta metropolitan area. It is the county seat with county and city government ofﬁces as neighbors in the Decatur downtown area. Decatur’s population of more than 18,000 people swells to more than 24,000 during the day. It is home to Agnes Scott College as well as a number of other venerable institutions. Decatur has its own police and ﬁre departments and is especially proud of its small and well-respected school system. Decatur was incorporated in 1823 and named after Stephen Decatur, a U.S. naval hero.
city Hall: 2614 max cleland Blvd. (770) 482-8136 Tonya Peterson, mayor
Avondale Estates, one of the earliest planned communities in the South, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Construction began in 1927, creating a commercial area resembling an English Tudor village. The city is named for the Avon River, near which William Shakespeare lived and wrote. Avondale Estates sits on a picturesque body of water, and the tree-lined town has
Doraville was founded in 1871. Today, it has a population of Clarkston was developed on land nearly 10,000 and is located owned by the Georgia Railroad. aside several major transportaIn 1882, the city was named for tion routes. It has attracted a W.W. Clark, a director of the rail- large segment of DeKalb’s interroad. Noted for its ethnic diversity, national community and is home Clarkston is home to a wide range to a number of large manufacof businesses, including software turing and retail facilities.
city Hall: 3921 church St. (404) 296-6489 www.cityofclarkston.com Howard Tygrett, mayor city Hall: 3725 Park Ave. (770) 451-8745 www.doravillega.us Ray Jenkins, mayor
Founded in 1856, Lithonia derives its name from the Greek word “lithos,” meaning stone. Located near an outcropping of granite, the city has three quarries that still produce thousands of tons of granite daily. Lithonia today, with a population of about 1,200, is home to scores of growing businesses and is a popular community for commuters. The opening of The Mall at Stonecrest in 2001 prompted a revitalization that has attracted dozens of restaurants and retail shops.
city Hall: 459 Pine Drive (404) 292-4250 www.pinelakega.com Greg Zarus, mayor
Picturesque Pine Lake at twotenths of a square mile is the smallest of DeKalb’s municipalities and is known for its scenic neighborhoods. Pine Lake was founded in 1937 and named for the lake in the center of town. It began as a cluster of cottages
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used as summer homes by Atlanta residents seeking to escape the heat of the city. Today, its population is around 600.
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centers for Disease control and Prevention (404) 639-3286 www.cdc.gov DeKalb county Board of Health (404) 294-3700 www.dekalbhealth.net
city Hall: 922 main St. (770) 498-8984 www.stonemountaincity.org Patricia Wheeler, mayor
South DeKalb Health center 3110 Clifton Springs Road Decatur, GA 30034 (404) 244-2200 east DeKalb Health center 2277 S. Stn. Mn.-Lithonia Road Lithonia, GA 30058 (770) 484-2600 central DeKalb Health center T.O. Vinson Health Center 440 Winn Way Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 294-3762 Kirkwood Health center 30 Warren St. Atlanta, GA 30317 (404) 370-7360
Dial 911 for ﬁre, medical and police emergencies
Women’s Resource center to end Domestic Violence (404) 688-9436 www.wrcdv.org Georgia Poison control center/Hotline (404) 616-9000 www.georgiapoisoncenter.org DeKalb Rape crisis center (404) 377-1428 www.dekalbrapecrisiscenter.org DeKalb community Service Board crisis center (404) 294-0499 www.dekcsb.org (404) 294-0499
The city of Stone Mountain sits in the shadow of the geological phenomenon whose name it bears. The giant granite rock attracts visitors from all over and features the largest relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving. The city, incorporated in 1839, covers 1.6 square miles and has a population of more than 7,000. The village of Stone Mountain is the site of quaint retail shops, restaurants and even an esteemed theater.
Public Health Centers
The DeKalb Board of Health operates ﬁve health centers in the county. For more information on their services, visit www.dekalbhealth.net. North DeKalb Health center 3807 Clairmont Road, NE Chamblee, GA 30341 (770) 454-1144
children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at egleston 1405 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30322 (404) 785-6000 www.choa.org
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DeKalb County is home to the kind of attractions that keep visitors completely enthralled and returning to metro Atlanta to soak in history and a top-rated museum, science center, recreational activities and other one-of-a-kind experiences. Residing here means all this is close at hand for residents as well. So don’t wait until company comes to town; get out there and check out the many attractions that are part of the community. For updated information, visit the Web site of DeKalb Convention and Visitors Bureau at www. dcvb.org.
Dunwoody Nature Center
Fernbank Science Center
156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta 30307 (678) 874-7102 www.fernbank.edu Fernbank Science Center is home to one of the nation’s largest planetariums. There is also an observatory, exhibit hall and the 65-acre Fernbank Forest with 1½ miles (2½ kilometers) of trails. The exhibit hall is open Monday-Wednesday, noon-5 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, noon-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Sunday. The forest is open Monday-Friday, 2-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Sunday.
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody 30338 (770) 394-3322 www.dunwoodynature.org The 22-acre park features a wetland, boardwalk, woodland and streamside trails, display gardens, a picnic meadow and a shaded playground. The park is open sun-up to sundown, seven days a week, free of charge. The Dunwoody Nature Center ofﬁce is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and some Saturdays, to provide programs for children and adults.
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980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, 30306 (404) 872-5338 www.callanwolde.org Callanwolde is housed in a Gothic-Tudor style mansion on a 12.5-acre estate and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Classes and workshops for all ages are offered in visual, literary and performing arts. Special performances and gallery exhibits also are presented throughout the year. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sunday unless for special events.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
571 South Kilgo Street, Atlanta 30322 (404) 727-4282 www.carlos.emory.edu
Explore the world thro
DeKalb History Center
767 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 929-6300 www.fernbank.edu/museum
In an expanded facility designed by Michael Graves, the Southeast’s largest archaeological museum offers a diverse series of exhibitions, from ancient to modern. The museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; closed major holidays
Visitors can discover the natural beauty of Georgia and the development of the Earth Old Courthouse on the Square in the main theme exhibit, “A Walk Through 101 E. Court Square, Decatur 30030 Time in Georgia.” Other permanent fea(404) 373-1088 tures include: Reﬂections of Culture, Giwww.dekalbhistory.org ants of the Mesozoic and Sensing Nature. Excellent temporary exhibits are always Housed in the Old Courthouse on the on display. The IMAX Theater features Square, the DeKalb History Center con- big-format ﬁlms every hour on the hour. sists of the Society, the McCurdy Family Visitor amenities include a museum store Research Center and the Jim Cherry Mu- and restaurant that features light meals. seum. Guided tours by appointment. Open Open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Sunday, noon. - 5 p.m.
Sophie Hirsh Srochi Jewish Discovery Museum
5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody 30338 (678) 812-4171 • www.atlantajcc.org The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Sophie Hirsh Srochi Jewish Discovery Museum is designed to engage children under the age of 12. The museum focuses on integrating Judaic values, traditions and education through creatively
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crafted exhibits that are fun and encourage meaningful and interactive play. The museum is popular as a destination for a day of play or ﬁeld trips. Open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, 2-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30-4:30 p.m.
Stone Mountain Park
laser show presented nightly in the summer and on weekends during the spring and fall. There are numerous festivals at the park throughout the year including the Yellow Daisy Festival. Other attractions include a skylift to the mountaintop, Sky Hike adventure course, golf course, scenic railroad, paddlewheel riverboat, antique car and treasure museum, and the “Discovering Stone Mountain Museum.” Hours vary, but basic attractions are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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DeKalb medical center – Downtown Decatur campus 450 N. Candler St. Decatur, GA 30033 (404) 501-6260 www.dekalbmedicalcenter.org DeKalb medical center – North Decatur campus 2701 N. Decatur Road Decatur, GA 30033 (404) 501-1000 www.dekalbmedicalcenter.org DeKalb medical center – Hillandale campus 2801 DeKalb Medical Parkway Lithonia, GA 30058 (404) 501-8000 www.dekalbmedicalcenter.org emory University Hospital 1364 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30322 (404) 712-2000 www.emoryhealthcare.org Atlanta Veterans Affairs medical center 1670 Clairmont Road Decatur, GA 30033 (404) 321-6111 www.va.gov
Historic Stone Mountain Village
U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8, Stone Mountain 30087 (770) 498-5690 www.stonemountainpark.com The world’s largest high-relief sculpture is located in this 3,200-acre park. The carving is the backdrop for an exciting 927A Main Street Stone Mountain, 30083 (770) 879-1709 www.stonemountainvillage.com With more than 60 specialty shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and a cultural arts center, a walk down Main Street offers something for everyone. Open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon- 5 p.m.
We are a historic community of good neighbors who make for a great City. Diverse in every way, we value our traditions while embracing new opportunities for growth. Our residents enjoy the closeness of a “small town-in town” and businesses enjoy our historic downtown that is the nucleus of our City.
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ISAbEl HOlSTON’S blood
by Gale Horton Gay
Competition is in
ack when she was a student at Tennessee State University, Isabel Daniels was a member of the Tiger Belles Track Team and in 1956 she competed in the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia, winning a bronze medal in the relay that she ran along with teammate Wilma Rudolph. She’s now in her 70s and in the summer of 2010 Isabel Daniels, now married and known as Isabel Holston, competed in her fifth , DeKalb Senior Olympics in track and field—in the shot put, discus and long jump. And she took first place in all three in her age group. “I don’t try to win, I just compete,” said Holston, who was inducted in to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. But winning seems to come easily to Holston, who has scores of medals from the DeKalb games, Gwinnett Senior Golden Games and even some from the Georgia Golden Olympics. In 2009, Holston traveled to San Francisco for the National Senior Olympics and said that though she didn’t win anything, she had a good time. Holston has shared her love of athletics and competing with local children, working as a physical education teacher as well as a girls track coach. Asked what she thinks about the DeKalb Senior Olympics, Holston commented, “It’s great. It keeps you focused.” Held annually, the DeKalb Senior Olympics brings together men and women 50 years of age and older who compete in more than 30 athletic and recreation events. Holston, a mother of four and grandmother of seven, also participates in Atlanta Track Club events and walks a mile or two each day at a local mall. “I know if you stay active in physical activities you improve your health,” said the Decatur resident.
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Advocating Excellence in DeKalb Public Schools
DeKalb School System
1701 Mountain Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (678) 676-1200 www.dekalb.k12.ga.us Ramona Tyson, Ph.D., Interim Superintendent The system serves more than 102,000 students in 145 schools and centers.
862 Columbia Drive Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 373-8746 www.friendsschoolatlanta.org Greenforest-mccalep christian Academic center 3250 Rainbow Dr. Decatur, GA 30034 (404) 486-6737 www.greenforestacademy.org Horizons School 1900 DeKalb Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 378-2219 www.horizonsschool.com Immaculate Heart of mary catholic School 2855 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 (404) 636-4488 www.ihmschool.org marist School 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road Atlanta, GA 30319 (770) 457-7201 www.marist.com New Birth christian Academy 6400 Woodrow Road Lithonia, GA 30038 (770) 696-9678 www.newbirth.org Paideia 1509 Ponce de Leon Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 377-3491 www.paideiaschool.org St. martin’s episcopal School 3110A Ashford Dunwoody Road Atlanta, GA 30319 (404) 237-4260 www.stmartinschool.org
Over 4,600 members strong
Community Outreach Programs
Levi A. Simon III Scholarship Program Read With Me DeKalb Family, School, Community Partnerships Megaskills PeachSeed Storytelling Festival for Young Tellers Through the Arts We Teach Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Towers High School Cluster Back to School Rally DeKalb County Public Libraries DeKalb County School System systemwide partner DeKalb Partners in Education Foundation Family Support Center, Inc. House Districts 90/91 Community Cabinet Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia Leadership DeKalb Pioneering innovative Leaders of Tomorrow Southern Order of Storytellers Towers High School cluster schools 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Dr. Ralph Simpson Dr. Yvonne Butler Roberta Walker Dr. Bernetta Jordan Dr. Marc Boston Judge Gregory Adams Sandy Purkett Dr. Gary McGiboney Police Chief Tony Scipio Robert James Larry Johnson Stan Watson David Schutten Nicole H. Duff, Lithonia MS Lisa A. Morgan, Midway ES Shirley Weldon, Towers HS Helen Zappia, Retired Paulette Jones, Gresham Park ES Daniel Sobzcak, SWD HS Trina Knox, Henderson MS Judith Polacek, Midvale ES
Organization of DeKalb Educators
city Schools of Decatur
785 Scott Blvd. Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 370-4400 www.csdecatur.net
Phyllis A. Edwards, Ed.D, Superintendent Although the city of Decatur is only four square miles, it has its own school system. The system has an enrollment of about 2,900 students in one early childhood learning center, four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
ODE Administrators of the Year ODE Community Service Awards Recipients 2010-2012 ODE Officers
Here are a few of the many private schools in DeKalb County: Academe of the oaks 146 New St. Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 405-2173 www.academeatlanta.org Ben Franklin Academy 1585 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30329 (404) 633-7404 www.benfranklinacademy.org The Friends School of Atlanta
President 1st Vice President 2nd Vice President Secretary Treasurer Asst. Treasurer Parliamentarian MS Rep. to the Ex. Bd. ES Rep. to the Ex. Bd.
www. odegaenea. org
Organization of DeKalb Educators 100 Crescent Centre Pkwy. , Ste. 290 Tucker, GA 30084 678-837-1170 (office) 678-837-1178 (fax)
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the time we ate nothing but snow.” Besser endured for several years. Ironically, on the day he was released, he feared he was going to be killed. “We were marching to Camp Flossenburg, but we never made it,” Besser said. “The Nazi guards marched us into the woods and I thought they were going to shoot every one of us. But then they took out civilian clothes and started marching back. They told us to march toward the village.” When Besser and the other prisoners reached the village they were met by American troops. “The first thing we did was kiss the top of the tanks,” Besser said. “I knew we were safe there.”
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“One thing I want to be remembered is what happened to the Jewish people in ost of us know about the World War II,” said Besser, who along Holocaust from reading with his wife are longtime members of the about it in history books. MJCC. “When Hitler invaded Poland, he Abe Besser is a living his- took everything away from the Jews for tory book. no reason. I wanted to leave something to remember what happened to us.” The 84-year-old DeKalb resident survived the Holocaust as a teenager after he and His parents, three brothers and four sisters his family were forced out of their home were split up. His parents and brothers in Poland. He will never forget the ordeal did not survive the Holocaust, but all four and wants to make sure future generations sisters did. understand so it will never happen again. Besser still has no trouble remembering the To help make that happen, Besser and atrocities he endured after being taken to his wife Marlene Gelernter Besser, have his first concentration camp at age 16. sponsored the Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden at the Marcus Jewish Community “I saw bodies stacked sky high,” Besser Center in DeKalb County that was dedi- said. “They marched us out of one camp cated in April 2010. in the winter, and we had no food. Most of
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Temima: The Richard and Jean Katz High School for Girls 1985-B LaVista Road Atlanta, GA 30329 (404) 315-0507 www.temima.org
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DeVry University One West Court Square Suite 100 Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 270-2700 www.atl.devry.edu
We need to hear your voice to work toward a healthier DeKalb County.
Colleges and Universities
Agnes Scott college 141 E. College Avenue Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 471-6000 www.agnesscott.edu American Intercontinental University 6600 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road 500 Embassy Row Atlanta, GA 30328 (404) 965-6500 www.aiuniv.edu The Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur One West Court Square, Suite 110 Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 942-1800 www.artinstitutes.edu/decatur columbia Theological Seminary 701 S. Columbia Drive Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 378-8821 www.ctsnet.edu DeKalb Technical college 495 North Indian Creek Drive Clarkston, Georgia 30021 (404) 297-9522 www.dekalbtech.edu www.championnewspaper.com
emory University 201 Dowman Drive Atlanta, GA 30322 (404) 727-6123 www.emory.edu Georgia Perimeter college 555 N. Indian Creek Drive Clarkston, GA 30321 (678) 891-3200 www.gpc.edu Gupton-Jones college of Funeral Service 5141 Snapﬁnger Woods Drive Decatur, GA 30035 (770) 593-2257 www.gupton-jones.edu le cordon Bleu college of culinary Arts 1927 Lakeside Parkway Tucker , GA 30084 (770) 938-4711 www.lecordonbleuschoolusa. com mercer University 3001 Mercer University Drive Atlanta, GA 30341 (770) 986-3400 www.mercer.edu oglethorpe University 4484 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30319 (404) 261-1441 www.oglethorpe.edu
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• Identifying what health issues are important in your community • Understanding how these issues affect your family’s health • Developing action plans to improve the health and well-being of residents • Developing partnerships to work together to find solutions
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Just south of Ponce de Leon Avenue at Clifton Road and McClendon Avenue www.candlerpark.org
everything from burgers and sandwiches to sushi and Peruvian tapas.
Macy’s, Sears, JCPenney, Kohl’s and 100 specialty stores, services and eateries.
Candler Park is a quaint block of shops and restaurants. Walk through the neighborhood’s namesake park, along the streets lined One of Atlanta’s hippest shopping, dining with renovated early 1900s bungalows, or play and entertainment districts is East Atlanta nine holes at the Candler Park Golf Course. Village. It is in the midst of a renaissance and is home to several eclectic shops, restaurants, bars and nightspots, as well as one of Atlanta’s most popular live music venues, the EARL. Discover vintage clothing, African drums, jewelry, kitschy gift items and more Broad Street & Peachtree Industrial Blvd. along Flat Shoals Road and Glenwood (770) 458-6316 • www.antiquerow.com Avenue.
East Atlanta Village Old Mill Moreland Avenue and I-20 Antiques Village
3240 East Ponce de Leon Ave., Scottdale (404) 292-0223 Antiques are the specialty in this restored Georgia textile village located minutes from downtown Decatur.
Chamblee’s Antique Row
4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta (770) 394-4270 • www.perimetermall.com Home of the Southeast’s ﬁrst Nordstrom’s department store, Perimeter Mall also features Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Dillard’s, 200 specialty shops, a large food court, retail kiosks and six restaurants.
Antique Row is located just 1.5 miles inside I-285 in historic Chamblee. More than 200 antique dealers operate in this neighborhood where shops are located in homes, 2050 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur (404) 320-7960 • www.northdekalbmall.com churches and stores.
North DeKalb Mall
Located in Decatur, this mall features Macy’s, Burlington Coat Factory, Ross Dress for Less, K&L Furniture, 85 specialty stores, AMC-16 theaters with stadium seating, food court and one full-service restaurant.
(404) 371-8386 • www.decaturga.com Shops and restaurants surround the historic Old DeKalb Courthouse and line the adjacent streets. Browse the art galleries, clothing boutiques, home décor and antiques stores and specialty shops that offer handmade crafts. There are some 50 or so restaurants in Decatur and the nearby historic Oakhurst district, offering
The Gallery at South DeKalb
2801 Candler Road, Decatur (404) 241-2431 www.southdekalbmall.com The Gallery at South DeKalb is anchored by Macy’s and features more than 100 stores (many offering Afrocentric merchandise), a food court and a 12-auditorium theater.
2050 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur (770) 938-5483 • www.northlakemall.com Easily accessible from I-285 and close to several area hotels, Northlake Mall boasts
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The Mall at Stonecrest
2929 Turner Hill Road, Lithonia (678) 526-9880 www.mallatstonecrest.com Opened in 2001, The Mall at Stonecrest is a regional shopping mecca featuring Macy’s, Sears, JCPenney, Kohl’s and Dilllard’s, numerous specialty stores, an extensive food court, restaurants and a 16-screen movie theater.
Your DeKalb Farmers Market
3000 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur (404) 377-6400 www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com Discover aisles of fruits and vegetables, an international array of cheeses, spices, meats, seafood and poultry, baked goods, extensive selections of wine and beer, a deli, fresh ﬂowers, fresh ground international coffees and grocery items. The market is staffed by people from all over the world who wear tags with their name, country of origin and the languages they speak.
Asian Square 5150 Buford Highway Doraville (770) 458-8955 Atlanta chinatown 5379 New Peachtree Road Chamblee (770) 458-4624 las Americas 3652 Shallowford Road Doraville (770) 458-7962 Plaza Fiesta 4166 Buford Highway NE Atlanta (404) 982-9138 Search no more for authentic Asian, Mexican and South American cuisine, clothing and home décor. The international corridor in Doraville, Chamblee and Atlanta is the place for businesses that cater to Atlanta’s burgeoning international community.
Village of Stone Mountain
Main Street, Stone Mountain (770) 879-4971 www.stonemountainvillage.com Just beyond the west entrance to Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park lies quaint Stone Mountain Village with shops specializing in antiques, collectibles, jewelry, baked goods, teas and coffees, crafts, etc. Catch a play at ART Station or spend the night in one of the village’s bed & breakfast inns. For information, visit the Village of Stone Mountain Visitors Center in the red caboose near the railroad tracks.
Buford Highway Farmers Market
5600 Buford Highway NE, Doraville (770) 455-0770 www.aofwc.com Ingredients from around the world can be found at this farmers market including vegetables, fruits, seafood, herbs and seasonings, beer, baked goods and freshly prepared hot foods. Market is staffed by an international staff.
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FACES of DeKalb
by Kathy Mitchell
Among the most rewarding volunteer experiences she recalls is as a member of eth Jansa said she finds the spirit a citizen review panel, working with the of volunteerism in DeKalb County juvenile court. Another is her work with inspiring. During the 12 years she Hagar’s House, a program of the Decaworked for the county Parks and tur Cooperative Ministry that provides Recreation Department she was impressed emergency shelter and support services with the number of dedicated volunteers for women with children. she met. “Really, that’s what prompted me to get more involved in the community,” “You get to meet phenomenal people she said. and network with folks from all across the county,” she said. Being involved in Since leaving her county job, Jansa has a number of nonprofits, Jansa said, she worked for a number of nonprofit orga- has met many like-minded community nizations, including the DeKalb History volunteers—people who lend their time Center, the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center and and expertise to a variety of nonprofits. A Leadership DeKalb. Again, she noted that native of Illinois, Jansa said she’s struck volunteer support made it possible for the by DeKalb’s active volunteer community. organizations to do far more than they “It’s refreshing that so many people concould with limited budgets. tribute their leadership in overlapping volunteer opportunities.” Jansa, who is raising three children of her own, said that one of her first volunteer Every organization is struggling these jobs was with Kate’s Club, a support days, Jansa noted. “They’re all working group for children who have lost a parent three times as hard for their fundraising or a sibling. She noted that a good deal of dollars. When people get involved beyond her volunteer time these days goes to the their jobs, it makes it possible for these PTA at Henderson Mill Elementary, where vital community organizations to carry her 6-year-old daughter is a student. out their missions.”
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Terra Elan McVoy
by Jonathan Cribbs
investigates the plight of the teenager in Decatur
Instead, she chose Decatur. “Decatur is way more happening. Don’t tell my hometown that,” she said. “I know a lot of teenagers from here and they help me with my writing.” Pure, which was about four teenagers’ commitment to abstinence before marriage (and what happens when one of them breaks it), was published by Simon & Schuster last year. McVoy, a Clarkston resident, released her second novel, After the Kiss, which details the fallout of a teenage love triangle, in May, and she said she’s working on her third novel to be published next year. McVoy moved to the Atlanta area six years ago from New York, where she had been working in publishing. A writer since the age of 11, she quickly got a job at Decatur’s Little Shop of Stories, where she was eventually named manager. As young adult literature exploded in the early 2000s, McVoy said she didn’t see her teenage years properly represented in the varied debaucheries of wildly popular teen series such as Gossip Girls. “This is exciting stuff to read, but I don’t know anyone who grew up living in a penthouse apartment,” she said. So, McVoy set out to write about her own teen experience–the boys, the clothes, the excitement of driving and being a person of faith, she said. “Being a teenager is complicated enough but when you throw the rules of the Bible or the Koran into that it makes it extra complicated,” McVoy said. Pure’s paperback version is already in its fourth printing, she said. She is no longer employed at the book store and works part time for the Decatur Book Festival so she can focus on her writing–the start of a series of young adult novels regionally set in Decatur and the greater metropolitan region. “Nobody wants to read about Tallahassee in 1987 anyway,” she said.
erra Elan McVoy grew up in Tallahassee. When it came time for her first young adult novel, Pure, to be written she might have set it there. After all, McVoy knew what it was to survive the terrible teens in northwestern Florida.
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Here are a few of the parks located in the city of Decatur and DeKalb County:
Gresham Recreation CenterRoad, Atlanta 3113 Gresham
A 126-acre park with areas for baseball, softball, football as well as a multi-use ﬁeld, swimming pool, recreation center, playground, picnic area and trails.
Pleasantdale Park 3650 Pleasantdale Road, Doraville
Baseball, softball, football, multi-use ﬁeld, multi-use court, playground, picnic area and trails are located at this 24-acre park.
Blackburn Road, Atlanta Center Tennis 3493 Ashford Dunwoody
Softball, soccer, multi-use ﬁeld, tennis courts, picnic area and trails can be found at this 49-acre park.
Sugar Creek Golf and Tennis Center 2706 Bouldercrest Road, Atlanta
Golf and tennis enthusiasts will be right at home at this 231 acres golf and tennis center, which also includes picnic areas.
Forty Oaks Nature Preserve 3790 Market St., Clarkston
This 10-acre nature preserve also has a multi-use ﬁeld and trails.
AdairDecatur Park Adair Street,
A four-acre park is adjacent to the historic Mary Gay House, Swanton House and log cabin where Decatur’s annual Heritage Festival is held. The park has picnic tables and a playground area. An off-leash area is provided for Decatur residents whose dogs obey voice commands.
Mystery Valley Golf Course Road, Lithonia 6100 Shadowrock
Located on 265 acres, this par 72 golf course is nestled among Georgia pines along with a picnic area and lake.
Hidden Cove Park 758 Scott Boulevard, Decatur
A three-acre park offering a place for a walk or some quiet time. The Westchester community has worked hard to preserve and beautify the park with native plants and a nature trail along the creek. For a complete listing of city of Decatur parks, visit www.decaturga.com/cgs_citysvcs_rec_parks.aspx. For a complete listing of DeKalb County parks and recreations sites, visit www.co.dekalb.ga.us/parks
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DEKAlb Public Libraries
Throughout DeKalb County, there are 20 libraries offering a range of services, including books, magazines, reference materials, videocassettes, audiobooks, multimedia PCs, Internet access, English as a second
Briarcliff library 2775 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta (404) 679-4400 Brookhaven library 1242 N. Druid Hills Road, Atlanta (404) 848-7140 chamblee library 4115 Clairmont Road, Chamblee (770) 936-1380 clarkston library 951 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston (404) 508-7175 covington library 3500 Covington Highway, Decatur (404) 508-7180 Decatur library 215 Sycamore St., Decatur (404) 370-3070 Doraville library 3748 Central Ave., Doraville (770) 936-3852 Dunwoody library 5339 ChambleeDunwoody Road, Dunwoody (770) 512-4640 embry Hills library 3733 ChambleeTucker Road, Chamblee (770) 270-8230
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language programs, adult literacy programs and special collections. For more detailed information on the library branches listed below and their special services, visit www.dekalblibary.org.
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Get around in DeKalb County by cruising on some of the 57 miles of interstate highways and 750 miles of U.S. and state highways as well as local streets and roads. Transportation routes cut through the county and provide access to interstate highways stretching in every direction: I-85 on the north, I-20 and US 78 on the east, I-285 that circles Atlanta, and I-675, which leads to I-75 on the south.
The metro Atlanta rapid transit system is MARTA, which provides bus and train service throughout DeKalb and Fulton counties with links to other transportation systems in Clayton, Cobb and Gwinnett counties. Nine MARTA rail stations and more than 50 bus routes are located in DeKalb, connecting residents and visitors to work, shopping, attractions, educational institutions and neighborhoods. For more information, go to www. itsmarta.com or call (404) 848-5000.
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DeKalb Peachtree Airport
The second-busiest airport in Georgia for operations is located in northeast DeKalb County. DeKalb Peachtree Airport averages 230,000 ﬂights annually. This is no small operation—nearly 600 aircraft are based there, including corporate jets and more than 100 aviationrelated tenants as well as several ﬂight schools. Situated on 765 acres, DeKalb Peachtree Airport has four runways and more than 100 hangars. For more information, visit www. pdk.airport.org.
DEKAlb Public Libraries
Flat Shoals library 4022 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur (404) 244-4370 Gresham library 2418 Gresham Road, Atlanta (404) 244-4374 Hairston crossing library 4911 Redan Road, Stone Mountain (404) 508-7170 lithonia-Davidson library 6821 Church St., Lithonia (770) 482-3820 Redan-Trotti library 1569 Wellborn Road, Lithonia (770) 482-3821 Salem-Panola library 5137 Salem Road, Lithonia (770) 987-6900
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Scott candler library 2644 McAfee Road, Decatur (404) 286-6986 Scottdale Tobie Grant library 644 Parkdale Drive, Scottdale (404) 508-7174 Stone mountain-Sue Kellogg library 952 Leon St., Stone Mountain (770) 413-2020 Tucker-Reid H. cofer library 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker (770) 270-8234 Wesley chapel-William c. Brown library 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur (404) 286-6980
One of the trendiest ways of getting around is renting a car by the hour or by the day. Zipcars, which operate on this system, have more than 10 reserved parking locations in downtown Decatur and the Emory University area. A Zipcar is a vehicle that motorists reserve for a ﬂat hourly or daily rate, which includes gas, insurance, mileage and reserved parking. For more information, visit www.zipcar.com.
With three of the state’s largest employers—Emory University, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Veterans Administration all in close proximity in west-central DeKalb County, the number of vehicles in the area could create environmental and other problems. To help address the situation, the Clifton Community Partnership, a community initiative between Emory and its surrounding neighborhoods, established the Cliff shuttle buses. Cliff shuttles run throughout Emory’s campus, and connect the campus with other transit sites, including the MARTA rail station in Decatur. The Cliff system includes two Park-n-Ride lots, located at North DeKalb and South DeKalb malls, allow commuters to come in and out of the area without driving. The Cliff ﬂeet is 100 percent alternatively fueled, and includes shuttles powered by electricity, compressed natural gas and biodiesel (a blend of Emory’s cooking grease and diesel fuel).
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DEKAlb Business Associations
Avondale estates Business Association 84 North Avondale Road Avondale Estates, GA 30002 (404) 931-7785 www.avondaleestatesbiz.com clarkston Business Association P.O. Box 1046 Clarkston, GA 30021 (404) 299-2029 www.clarkstonbusiness.org Decatur Business Association P.O. Box 220 Decatur, GA 30031 (404) 370-4100 www.decaturdba.com DeKalb chamber of commerce 100 Crescent Centre Pkwy, Suite 680 Tucker, GA 30084 (404) 378-8000 www.dekalbchamberofcommerce.org Dunwoody chamber of commerce 5518 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Dunwoody, GA 30338 (678) 244-9700 www.dunwoodycommerce.org Georgia Indo-American chamber of commerce 4780 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Suite A-276 Atlanta, GA 30338 (678) 230-3283 www.giacc.org Georgia Black chamber of commerce 1599-A Memorial Drive SE, Suite 130 Atlanta, GA 30317 (404) 329-4504 www.gbcc-online.org Greater lithonia chamber of commerce P. O. Box 57 Lithonia, GA 30058 (770) 482-1808 www.lithoniachamber.com
International Business Associations
latin American Association 2750 Buford Highway Atlanta, GA 30324-3208 (404) 638-1800 www.latinamericanassoc.org The Latin American Association is a nonproﬁt organization that provides comprehensive transitional services for Latinos as they strive for self-sufﬁciency and an enhanced quality of life. The center for Pan Asian community Services 3760 Park Ave., Doraville, GA 30340 (770) 936-0969 The Center for Pan Asian Community Services Inc. is a private, non-proﬁt organization whose mission is to create and deliver culturally competent and comprehensive social and health services to counteract problems faced by immigrants, refugees and racial-ethnic minorities. International Rescue committee 4151 Memorial Drive Suite 201-C Decatur, GA 30032 (404) 292-7731 www.theIRC.org/atlanta
The IRC provides a wide range of services to refugees in all stages of resettlement and seeks to promote each refugee family’s search for self-sufﬁciency. World Relief 655 Village Square Drive Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (404) 294-4352 www.atlanta.wr.org Provides services to refugees who have been resettled in metro Atlanta. Refugee Resettlement and immigration Services of Atlanta 4151 Memorial Drive, Suite 205-D Decatur, GA 30032 (404) 622-2235 www.rrisa.org Provides services to refugees who have been resettled in metro Atlanta as well as people who have immigrated to the area. Refugee Family Services 5561-H Memorial Drive Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (404) 299-6217 www.refugeefamilyservices.org Provides services to refugees who have been resettled in metro Atlanta.
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metro Atlanta chamber of commerce 235 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 586-8499 www.metroatlantachamber.com South DeKalb Business Association 925 Main Street 50-27 Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (678) 476-3727 www.sdba-inc.org Stone mountain Village Business Association P.O. Box 667 Stone Mountain, GA 30086-0667 (770) 879-4971 www.stonemountainvillage.com Stone mountain Industrial Park Association P.O. Box 2463 Tucker, GA 30085 www.smipa.org Tucker Business Association P.O. Box 1338 Tucker, GA 30085 www.tuckerbiz.org
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Three great consignment stores!
Furniture, Art, Decor 2753 East College Ave.
Women’s & Men’s Clothing, Shoes & More 84 North Avondale Rd.
Women’s Designer Clothing & More 2130 North Decatur Rd.
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ArTS and Entertainment
an extensive and diverse program of classes, a professional artist exhibition series and outreach programs for seniors, youth and audiences with special needs through the year.
Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts
5616 Memorial Drive Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (404) 298-4222 www.tasf.org
Here is a listing of some of the local arts and entertainment options:
5384 Manor Drive Stone Mountain, GA 30083 (770) 469-1105 www.artstation.org Housed in the old trolley station in the heart of Stone Mountain Village, this non-proﬁt center explores, teaches and shares the arts with people throughout the Atlanta area. Here the visual, literary and performing arts make every day special. Professional theater is performed September through May. The Gallery and gift shop are open year-round.
Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center
3181 Rainbow Drive Decatur, GA 30334 (404) 286-7262 www.codekalb.ga.us/portersanford
The mission of Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts is to provide training and support for students who aspire to enhance their creative talents. The center provides an environment that encourages freedom of expression, serves as a resource for families, and empowers via education. A broad range of training is offered via the Annual Performing Arts Day Camp. Disciplines include creative writing, vocal technique, acting, stage set design, dance, poetry and spoken word and the business of entertainment.
Beacon Dance 410 West Trinity Place Decatur, GA 30330 – (404) 377-2929 conservatory of Dance and Fine Arts 2520 Park Central Blvd. Decatur, GA 30035 – (770) 593-4600 Decatur School of Ballet 102 Church Street Decatur, GA 30030 – (404) 378-3388 Several Dancers core 133 Sycamore Street Decatur, GA 30030 – (404) 373-4154 Academy of the Arts 4819 Rockbridge Road, Ste. 16 Stone Mountain, GA 30088 – (404) 294-9403
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
980 Briarcliff Road NE Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 872-5338 www.callanwolde.org
When the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center was built in 2008 adjacent to Wonderland Gardens, the environment theme established at the gardens continued. The building, which includes a 500-seat auditorium, a 104seat “black-box” theater, a community room, a large lobby that often is used for receptions and display space for visual arts, was build to meet LEED certiﬁcation standards and is home to community meetings, arts performances, community events and more.
Spruill Center for the Arts
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Dunwoody, GA 30338 www.spruillarts.org
This is the magniﬁcent Tudor-style mansion once belonging to the son of CocaCola founder Asa G. Candler. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Callanwolde is now one of the most unusual art centers in the country, bringing the visual, literary and performing arts to the public year-round.
Georgia Shakespeare Festival Established in 1975, the Spruill Center 4484 Peachtree Road NE for the Arts is a private, non-proﬁt orAtlanta, GA 30319 ganization whose mission is to foster (404) 264-0020 understanding and appreciation of the visual and performing arts by offering
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center Theatre at the mJccA 5342 Tilly Mill Road Dunwoody, GA 30338 ((678) 812-4008 Neighborhood Playhouse 430 West Trinity Place Decatur, GA 30030 – (404) 373-3904 PushPush Theatre 121 New Street, #4 Decatur, GA 30030 – (404) 377-6332 Stage Door Players 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Dunwoody, GA 30338 (770) 396-1726
North Druid Hills Road and Lawrenceville Highway Decatur, GA – (404) 816-4AMC Regal cinemas Hollywood 24 3265 Northeast Expressway NE Chamblee, GA 30341 – (770) 936-5737 Amc Stonecrest 16 2929 Turner Hill Road Lithonia, GA (404) 816-4262 Northlake Festival movie Tavern 4043 LaVista Road Tucker, GA - (678) 680-5787
Galaxy South DeKalb Funplex 12 2801 Candler Road Decatur, GA 30034 – (404) 243-3605 Fernbank museum ImAX 767 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30307 – (404) 929-6400 Amc North DeKalb mall 16
Redwall Art Studio Gallery 1428 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE Atlanta, GA – (404) 371-9383 Sprull center Gallery 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road Dunwoody, GA – (770) 394-4019 Decatur market and Gallery 153 Ponce de Leon Place Decatur, GA 30030 – (404) 377-0755
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