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Domestic abuse knows no ethnic and socio- economic boundaries

by Ricky Riley

Rainey Allison Karr and her boyfriend were host- ing a celebratory get together with some friends. Karr was cooking the food. When she finished, her partner wanted something different than what she had prepared but Karr refused to cook anything else. Out of anger, he grabbed a cast iron skillet full of hot grease from the stove and threw it at her. The handle hit Karr in the mouth, knocking out a few teeth. The hot grease splashed on her torso area and left a burn on her stomach. Her friends stepped in and saved her from further abuse that night. That was six months ago. To keep away from her attacker, Karr, 32 at the time, stayed in safe houses for five months provided by the Partnership against Do- mestic Violence (PADV) in Fulton County and Women’s Resource Center for Domes- tic Violence (WRCDV) in DeKalb County. Karr, a resident of DeKalb County, said she had panic attacks and lived in constant fear in the months after the attack. “The police brought me to the safe house,” Karr said. “PADV helped me get a re- straining order against my

boyfriend. It’s kind of scary at first [living at a safe house].

It takes time to get used to.

They welcomed me. I learn

a lot from [the organization].

[PADV] made me understand what abuse was.” She hopes to volunteer with PADV to help others who have experienced do- mestic abuse. PADV primari- ly serves Fulton and Gwinnett

mestic abuse. PADV primari- ly serves Fulton and Gwinnett The Child Within is by American artist

The Child Within is by American artist Jaune “Quick-to-see” Smith. He painted this piece to show anger, despair and pos- sible change concerning domestic violence victims. This paint- ing is part of the Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women, and Art at Global Health Odyssey Museum at the CDC of Atlanta which continues through . Photo by Ricky Riley

counties. The agency oper- ates two safe houses and pro- vides resources for victims. DeKalb County has one of the highest rates of fatali- ties associated with domestic violence, according to Nicole Lesser, executive director of The Georgia Coalition

against Domestic Violence. The coalition serves the metro Atlanta area and works closely with safe houses such as the WRCDV and PADV. They intend to increase public awareness, achieve legislation to protect do- mestic violence victims and

gather more state-funding for domestic violence programs, according to Lesser. “Domestic violence is a major issue that crosses economic, social, and racial demographics,” Lesser said. One of her goals, she said, is for society to become more aware and take action against it.

Recent state cuts have led to a $3 million cut from the coalition’s budget. The program’s budget dropped from $4 million annually to $1 million last year. In the wake of reduced

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Page 2A The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Noisy neighbor a never-ending nuisance by

Noisy neighbor a never-ending nuisance

by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com

Lithonia resident Elea- sea Allen said a tough, new noise ordinance that went into effect this year is not working for her. “It’s a joke,” Allen said. “It’s really a joke. “We went to a new noise ordinance, and here we are dealing with the same thing,” Allen said. Allen and her husband Nathan said they have been aggravated by an ex- tremely noisy neighbor for 18 months. The couple has placed more than 100 calls to emergency 911, obtained a restraining order and have recorded more than 100 CDs of their neighbor’s noise. The couple has even teamed up with four other neighbors in filing lawsuits against the tenant, Sharell Smith, of 6117 Dana Court in Lithonia; and David Jor- dan, who was the landlord/ owner of the house. On June 22, a magis- trate judge ruled that Smith and Jordan were in con- tempt of court for willful violation of a restraining order. The two defendants were each ordered to pay the Allens $5,000. The couple has not re- ceived a penny from the judgment and the noise has not stopped. “We don’t care about the money,” Allen said. “We just want some peace back in the house.” No one the Allens have contacted has been able to solve their noisy problem. Not the county’s CEO, commissioners or police. They have contacted state elected officials and the White House. “I know people are laughing about the White House,” Allen said. The couple even hired a private investigator to re- cord and witness the noise levels in her house. Allen said her neighbor has been cited three times for violating the noise ordi- nance, but there are no real consequences. He has not even shown up for any of the court proceedings, Al- len said. The noise ordinance makes it unlawful for any- one to make any sound that

is “plainly audible any- where within the interior of a sealed” single-family dwelling between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. For multi-family dwellings, the sounds can- not extend into the common areas of the residential area including hallways, stair-

wells, lobbies, parking lots and recreational areas. The ordinance also states that any police of- ficer who is invited into a home can determine if a sound is “plainly audible.” This means it “can be heard or detected by the unaided

or unimpaired human ear,” even if the words are not discernable, the ordinance states. But Allen said that when an officer came to her house after midnight when the noise usually occurs, the officer said department

policy does not allow of- ficers to go into a home at night. Mekka Parish, public information officer for the DeKalb County Police De-

go into a home at night. Mekka Parish , public information officer for the DeKalb County

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go into a home at night. Mekka Parish , public information officer for the DeKalb County

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Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Local News Page 3A Doraville to cut police department staff,

Doraville to cut police department staff, council members’ pay

by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com

Faced with across-the-board budget cuts, including furlough days and police staff reductions, Doraville City Council members are leading the way by slicing their own compensation. The council will soon be vot- ing on an amendment to the city charter to cut councilmembers’ pay from $1,200 per month to $700 per month. That is a $6,000 drop from their current annual compensation of $14,400. This cut will save the city $36,000, beginning in 2012. Luke Howe, Doraville’s may- or’s assistant, said the council is “looking at cuts across the board that include personnel adjustments

and furlough days.” “The council wanted to lead by example,” said Howe, whose own job, at one point, was under consid- eration for elimination by the coun- cil. “They cut their salaries first.” The proposed ordinance amend- ment was on the council’s agenda for July 18 and a public hearing on the matter has been set for Aug.15. Last month, to help counter a shortfall, the city council voted to set the tax millage rate at 9 mills, which is a 3.28 percent tax increase. The council has mandated that all city employees be furloughed for five days by the end the year. This action is expected to save the city $80,000. The city’s department heads have been directed to sched- ule the furlough days to have the least impact on city services.

Under the plan, Doraville’s li- brary will be closed during the week of Dec. 19 to furlough library work-

ers. A motion was approved to restrict the taking home of city vehicles to a 15-mile radius from employee offices for all workers except department heads, K-9 of- ficers and on-call officers beginning in October. This is expected to save approximately $4,000. From the city’s police depart- ment, the council eliminated 12 non-patrol employees and one code enforcement officer. The depart- ment’s fuel budget was reduced from $200,000 to $170,000. Police Chief John King said the department is analyzing its opera- tions to determine which employees can be cut without adversely affect-

ing police services. “It’s a major impact—cutting 16 percent of your workforce,” King said. “There’s going to be an im- pact. I just don’t know how much. “The bottom line is the city doesn’t have the revenue it has had in the past,” King said. The council also approved the elimination of two public works po- sitions and one other position from any city department. All position eliminations are effective Oct. 1. Other cuts include: travel and training budget, $47,500; governing body professional services, $28,500; and planning department, $15,000. Employee life insurance is now an optional benefit with the employee paying the premiums, according to the budget.

Former police officer indicted on teen sex charges

by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com

A former DeKalb County

Police officer, who was indicted and arraigned on 16 charges related to the alleged rape of a 15-year-old female, has pleaded not guilty. Quevius Orion Thornton of Glendale Drive, is accused of five counts of statutory rape, four counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes; four counts of aggravated child mo- lestation, simple battery, con- tributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. The incidents allegedly oc- curred between October 2010 and January 2011. According to the indictment, Thornton is accused of engag- ing in sexual intercourse with

Thornton is accused of engag- ing in sexual intercourse with Quevius Orion Thornton the minor in

Quevius Orion Thornton

the minor in his vehicle in the parking lot of Dunaire Elemen- tary School on Oct. 22, 2010. Three days later, he allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sex with the child at Shoal Creek Park on Glenwood Road.

Thornton also allegedly took the girl to his residence 4116 Ward Lake Trail and to the parking lot of Panola Way El- ementary School. The former police officer is also accused of giving marijua- na to the girl and slapping her. Thornton also is alleged to have engaged in sexual inter- course and oral sex with another female, age 16, on Jan. 1, 2011. According to court docu- ments, some of the crimes took place while another child was present. Thornton, who was arrested on Jan. 4, has been incarcerated since in the DeKalb County jail. He resigned from the police department shortly after his ar- rest. Prior to joining the force in 2008, Thornton worked in pri- vate security.

DeKalb DA begins investigation of school cheaters

by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com

DeKalb District Attorney Robert James said his office has begun an investigation of those named in the Atlanta Public School cheating report released by Gov. Nathan Deal’s office earlier this month. Several of the schools named in the scandal are located in DeKalb County and James said he and his office have been reviewing the find- ings of the report and have spoken with state investigators. “The one thing that you should know is that this investigation is of the utmost importance in our office and we take these disturbing al- legations very seriously because they affect children,” James said. James said that his office will soon begin interviewing witnesses and those allegedly involved in cheating on the 2009 Criterion Ref- erenced Competency Tests. Among the schools located in DeKalb named in the report are East Lake Elementary, Toomer Elementary, Whitefoord Elementary, Coan Middle School and Crim High School.

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partment, said the department is “working intimately with [Allen] to solve her prob- lem.” And DeKalb officers have entered the Allen home several times and witnessed the noise, Parish said. “We have done everything we can do

within the confines of the law and the or- dinance,” Parish said. But Allen said she will not be satisfied until the noise stops.

“I am very upset,” Allen said. “We

pay our property taxes and we can’t get the services. We shouldn’t have to leave our own house because of him.”

pay our property taxes and we can’t get the services. We shouldn’t have to leave our

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Friday, July 29, 2011 O p i n i o n Page 4A The Newslady Amy
Friday, July 29, 2011 O p i n i o n Page 4A The Newslady Amy
Friday, July 29, 2011 O p i n i o n Page 4A The Newslady Amy

The Newslady

Amy Winehouse R.I.P.

i n i o n Page 4A The Newslady Amy Winehouse R.I.P. Death from drug abuse

Death from drug abuse is a scourge of the world. The latest headliner grabber in the entertainment world occurred last weekend with the death of Grammy-award winning soul jazz singer Amy Winehouse. While an exact cause of death has yet to be determined, a drug overdose or bad ecstasy is suspected to be the cause. An autopsy was being performed this week and by the time you read this, an exact cause might be made public. Winehouse was an extremely talented young woman whose untimely death is a tragic mirror of her short 27 years. Her mother even predicted her daughter’s days were numbered when she last saw Amy a few days before she was found dead in her north London apartment.

Winehouse has struggled with an admitted drug addiction for years and reportedly was last in rehab last May. Sadly, she finally succumbed to her demons. Amy joins a long list of young, talented performers who died tragically from drugs or violence before their 30th birthdays. Other 27-year-olds included musicians Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Rapper Tupac Shakur was only 22 and so was Notorious B.I.G who also went by the moniker Biggie Smalls. They were both killed in the violence that plagued the hip hop industry in the last decade. More recently, 28-year-old actor Heath Ledger and 25-year-old Brad Renfro both died from drug overdoses. Drugs and alcohol played prominent roles in the deaths of most of the aforementioned. All lived in the fast lane seemingly without direction and all ended in a fatal collision with the inevitable. Listening and reading the comments on the airwaves and reading the posts in the social media about Winehouse, I was saddened and dismayed with the callousness with which her death was viewed. There was just too

much trivialization and just too many jokes for my liking. Anytime anyone tragically leaves this earth at a young age no matter the circumstances or their station in life it is something to be mourned, especially for their survivors. It was obvious that the malingerers were blessed to never have a drug addicted loved one. It can be some of the worst anguish when you can only helplessly watch the vicious cycles of rehab and relapse and shame and pain in their eyes. All you can do is hope and pray that they find themselves. Janis Winehouse saw death in her daughter’s eyes and could do nothing to prevent it. This plague of drug abuse is world wide. Somehow we must convey to young artists that their incredible gifts should be cherished and used to uplift and that abuse of drugs and alcohol only leads to destruction. Meth, ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, crack cocaine and others out there that I am not aware of are the bane of our existence. The toll it takes on the individual addicts is one thing. But drug abuse ravages families and leaves far too many widows and children.

The death of Amy Winehouse will be discussed at length for the next couple weeks, particularly when results of the autopsy come in. But soon after we’ll then turn our attention to the next titillating “item du jour.” In the meantime, drug- addicted homeless will continue to roam our streets, the drug dealer will keep on pushing, the prisons will continue to fill to overflowing, children are neglected, the suburban housewife looks for her next “hit” from prescription drugs and a teenager smokes a little pot, thought of as harmless until that habit becomes boring and they graduate to something stronger. We’ll pause momentarily when the next “star” plummets. We’ll sigh for the moment and lament the tragic passing only to go on with life as we know it. Yes, drug abuse is the scourge of this world whether from a dark alley or a bright store counter.

Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Geor- gia state senator. Contact Steen Mi- lies at Steen@dekalbchamp.com.

Power plays

It’s too late to move energy over into the public sector, but we can do a whole lot better on subsidies, permits, and regulations

by William A. Collins

Flip on that switch, Who cares the source; We’ll get gouged For it, of course. Energy production is too vital to be left to private industry’s tender mercies. Therefore, sensible na- tions run that sector of the economy themselves. Unfortunately, there aren’t many sensible nations, and those that are often get invaded. Hence, the International Mon- etary Fund (IMF) just made Greece sell off its government-owned elec- tric utility, the Public Power Corp. Consequently, the private misuse of Greek energy will now further destroy both the world’s economy and its environment. To wit locally: coal is a key cause of climate change, but coal companies still succeed in squeez- ing out environmental exemptions and federal subsidies. That’s be- cause oil is identified ever more plainly as a main cause of both wars and climate disruption. Oil compa-

nies nevertheless continue to muscle through subsidies and pipeline per- mits. And, even as the links between natural gas “fracking” and grievous water pollution grow clearer, gas companies are spreading their drill- ing operations like kudzu around the world. And, as the dangers posed by the world’s aging nuclear reactors are becoming better known… Well, you get the picture. In the United States, even though we have now identified some major renewable solutions for energy, there are no appealing prof- its in them and no big corporations lobbying to get them built. Wind and solar power are commonly rec- ognized answers to climate change, but there’s little money to be made exploiting them. No lucrative mines or wells are required, for example. What those sustainable solu- tions desperately need are permits and transmission lines. To get these requires expensive lobbying and strong government support, both of which are lacking today. Coal, oil, and gas control Congress. Nuclear

power is the darling of the White House. Then add to this corporate ener- gy cartel the classic American-style monopoly of electricity. It makes an interesting case. Back when street- lights first became feasible 100 years ago some municipalities un- dertook that task themselves. Others fobbed it off to newly formed light- ing companies. Over time, most of those municipal departments grew to provide cheap, reliable power to their towns. The corporations, conversely, grew to become monster monopolies. Public utilities com- missions struggle, generally unsuc- cessfully, to regulate them. Power companies still do what all monopo- lies do–overcharge. As a result of leaving most energy to the pillage of the private sector, coal mines devastate the environment and society from West Virginia to Bangladesh; oil extrac- tion defiles life from Louisiana to Alberta and Nigeria; natural gas fracking destroys water tables in Pennsylvania, New York, and Colo-

rado, and uranium quietly poisons Western Indian reservations and other poor spots around the globe. Yes, it’s a bit late to correct this catastrophic public policy mistake and move energy into the public sector. We couldn’t afford it. But we can do a whole lot better on subsidies, permits, and regulations. President Barack Obama is surely better at this than President George W. Bush, but still tragically wimpy. And since Congress is effec- tively paralyzed on energy issues, it’s unfortunately left to the White House to promote wind, solar, geo- thermal, and tide energy. But there are no tasty profits looming from any of these technologies, so don’t hold your breath.

OtherWords columnist William A. Collins is a former state repre- sentative and a former mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut. www.other- words.org

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Letters to the editor:

Friday, July 29, 2011 Page 5A Letters to the editor: DeKalb County CEO responds to Bill
Friday, July 29, 2011 Page 5A Letters to the editor: DeKalb County CEO responds to Bill
Friday, July 29, 2011 Page 5A Letters to the editor: DeKalb County CEO responds to Bill

DeKalb County CEO responds to Bill Crane column

There were glaring errors in the column “Wake Up Call for the CEO” on page 5A in the July 22 edition. Mr. Crane opines that I don’t return phone calls or e-mails. In truth, nearly all phone calls and emails to my office are returned either by myself or someone I have assigned to the task. The vast majority of those are addressed within 24 hours. Furthermore, the allegation that I left Emory University waiting in the lobby is an urban myth. It never happened, and the assertion is dead wrong. I am surprised it was reported as fact by an author of Mr. Crane’s stature and published by The Champion as such. In reality, since I have been CEO I have met with Dr. James Wagner, but I have always extended

the courtesy of meeting him in his offices, and those meetings have always started on time. Dr. Wagner and I will meet again in September when he serves as host on behalf of DeKalb in our annual meeting of university and college presidents. The balance of the article offers me advice, suggesting I should stay in my office at all times, without any security measures, and refrain from any intellectual conversation or analysis. While everyone is entitled to an opinion, I don’t feel that I can adequately manage and represent the county in that manner. I would love to attend every ribbon cutting, open house and networking opportunity in DeKalb County. It’s the best part of the job. But there are serious matters at

stake, not the least of which involves legislation at the state and federal level that affects everyone who lives, works or travels through DeKalb County. In order to ensure the best outcomes for DeKalb County residents and taxpayers, it is most prudent for me to go to the state capitol or the nation’s capitol to represent DeKalb, rather than trying to convince them to come to us. While I am sure that not everyone will agree with everything I do, I want all citizens to know that they can always count on me every day to devote myself to serving their best interest.

Burrell Ellis DeKalb County CEO

Dear Editor:

Let me be clear, I highly respect Bill Crane’s political analysis and advice, but his recommendations regarding security in government buildings do not rise to that level of appreciation. I’ve been in a lot of state and federal government buildings as well as other county buildings and DeKalb’s security is not nearly as intrusive or obstructive. We need to look no further that the Brian Nichols/Fulton County Courthouse tragedy or the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to know that we live in a world where security should be a priority in public places. Clearly given the tenor of the times and the senseless attacks of public officials, I not only support tighter security measures for the CEO’s office, but also for judges, the DA, county commissioners and other elected officials. I continue to believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure.

Respectfully,

Dr. Eugene P. Walker DeKalb School Board

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Champion, Thursday, July 29 - Aug. 3, 2011 Opinion Page 6A Injustice department Using drugs to

Injustice department

Using drugs to let you play a game better isn’t the equivalent of selling crack cocaine to a teenager

the equivalent of selling crack cocaine to a teenager It isn’t so much that I’m against

It isn’t so much that I’m against balancing the budget. It’s that I think firing public employees is a lousy way to create jobs. I’ll say this for that strategy though: it beats throwing grandma from the train, which is the other big budget-cut- ting plan Republicans have in store for us. If you insist on getting rid of some dead weight in the federal budget, however, this is the way to do it: Cut the Justice Department’s budget. Recent events show that the department has more money than it needs and way too much time on its hands. It’s bad enough that they’ve spent an estimated $6 million prov- ing that Barry Bonds was evasive about his steroid use to a federal grand jury once upon a time. Think about that. They couldn’t prove that he’d actually lied about it, just that he was evasive. Bad Barry, bad Barry. Go in the corner and write “I will not be evasive” 100 times on the blackboard. Goodbye, $6 million. Now they have attempted to prosecute Roger Clemens, another baseball legend, for lying to Con- gress about his alleged steroid use. Lying to Congress! I didn’t know that was a crime. I thought Congress was a no-fault zone when it came to lying. If Mitch McCon- nell were to be held accountable for every time he lied in the halls of Congress, he’d be serving five con- secutive life sentences by now. I don’t know how much the Clemens trial, investigation and so forth will cost. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial on July 14 and it’s not clear wheth- er prosecutors can try again. Even worse, there are reports of our Feds meeting with French officials to see if they can nail seven-time Tour de France cham- pion Lance Armstrong for using steroids and lying about it. That tops the Bonds fiasco:

The government going after an au- thentic American hero — one who survived the direst of cancers —

because he may have cheated in a bicycle race. In France. What’s next, a federal strike

force aimed at cleaning up profes- sional wrestling in Bulgaria? This has got to stop. Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t condone steroid use or any other performance-enhancing drug.

I take my drugs on the rocks and

they don’t enhance performance. They simply make my drinks more enjoyable. But come on. Using drugs to help you play a game better isn’t the equivalent of selling crack co- caine to a teenager. Athletes have always tried to “enhance” their per- formance by means fair or foul. Do

you think all those football players got to weigh 300 or 350 pounds eat- ing Cheerios? Ever hear of “greenies,” the stimulants of choice for baseball players of the 1970s and 1980s? There are even rumors that Tiger Woods might have bulked up with steroids or human growth hor- mones. And he’s a golfer, for crying out loud. And the dirty little secret we share is that almost all of us would do as athletes do if we had the chance. Oh you wouldn’t? Suppose you’re an accountant earning in the high four figures at a big corpora- tion and a guy wearing a cape with

a red silk lining walks up and offers

you a pill that will make you into a Bill Gates. Would you take it, even though it would give you an unfair competitive advantage over the other accountants in the shop? You bet your sweet patootie you would. Unfair advantage is what capitalism is all about. Are performance-enhancing drugs bad for you? I’m sure they are. So make them illegal and match the penalty to the crime. But don’t spend millions trying to catch athletes exercising their Fifth Amendment right against self- incrimination. And don’t forget to cut the Jus- tice Department’s budget. It might focus the lawyers there more clear- ly on the Wall Street brigands who stole billions from us.

OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. www.otherwords.org

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Water therapy: Paideia teen gives back after
overcoming rare form of cancer
Katherine
You are an inspiration
– Tammie posted this on 7/23/11 at 3:37 p.m.
It is so great to see young children understanding the importance
of giving back and using their talents at such an early age to help
others. This is a great, inspiring post
– John Evan Miller posted this on 7/22/11 at 4:32 p.m.
DeKalb Schools improvement slower than
other systems on CRCT
How Many Times Must I Say It :
DeKalb County = A County in Crisis from The School House To The
Court House To The Government House !
Bloated and Dumbed Down = And It’s Citizens Re-Elect The SAME
OLE LOSERS !!!
– JerryMyer Jackson Jr posted this on 7/21/11 at 9:20 p.m.
DCSS needs a major culture change. The leadership is reactive
rather than proactive and forward-thinking. Every school year,
there is a scramble to implement a new plan or program to improve
test scores and add ‘rigor’ (popular buzz word) to the curriculum.
Interestingly, pressure is ALWAYS put on Special Education to bear
responsibility for the entire school to make AYP. Special Ed teachers
are frequently told if Special Education doesn’t make AYP, then
neither will the school. DCSS is not as callous and outrageous as
APS, but the intimidation and threats, though more subtle, have
always been the same. Surely, there are some very nervous people
in DCSS now. DCSS employs lots of instructional coaches, but
based on a drop in the system’s ranking this year, the coaches are
highly ineffective. Now Morcease is trying to come up with a new
scheme to justify their existence. Learning cannot be enhanced
by mere classroom observation and a legion of coaches and
administrators. Good teachers are going to leave the system. WHAT
VALUE HAS MORCEASE BEASELY BROUGHT TO DCSS?
– Teacher posted this on 7/21/11 at 4:02 p.m.

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Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Local News Page 7A Couple contributes major gift for Parkinson’s

Couple contributes major gift for Parkinson’s research at Emory

Jean and Paul Amos of Columbus, Ga., have committed $4 million to name the Movement Disorders Research Pro- gram within Emory University School of Medicine. The fund will be used to launch innovative research and clinical trials, re- cruit scientists and train fellows. Mahlon DeLong, M.D., William Tim- mie professor of neurology and one of the nation’s foremost experts on Parkinson’s and movement disorders, has treated Paul Amos for many years. “The gift from the Amos family will give us the resources to help support ongo- ing research and to initiate new research programs for Parkinson’s disease,” DeLong said. “In these difficult times, philanthropic support such as this is absolutely vital for research to continue and to further develop Emory’s Parkinson’s disease program. We

are most grateful to the Amos family mem- bers for their generous support.” “Dr. DeLong has been wonderful and has been on the forefront of everything regarding research and clinical care,” Jean Amos said. According to Emory officials, the gift will help recruit top-notch researchers in neuroimaging, neurogenetics and neuropa- thology – three areas that are key to these advances. “Research has helped improve Paul’s quality of life over the years, and both of us want to see that research continue and ultimately lead to a cure for Parkinson’s,” Jean Amos said. “We made this gift in hopes that it will benefit others suffering from Parkinson’s and encourage others to give for Parkinson’s research.”

Former court clerk gets chance to regain job

by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com

Former DeKalb Superior Court Clerk Linda Carter will have her day in court to try to get her job back. Carter, who claims she inadvertently signed a prepared resignation letter during a period of dementia, will have her case heard beginning on Oct. 17. According to a lawsuit, Carter claims that Debra DeBerry, Carter’s chief deputy clerk who took over after Carter, ordered a deputy clerk to have Carter sign the resig- nation letter. Superior Court Judge Daniel Coursey heard several motions on July 26, includ- ing one to expedite the trial. “I do think we need to move this along,” Coursey said. “That’s why I didn’t

want y’all to continue this ‘til Aug. 15. I think the public has an interest in whoever the proper clerk is.” Coursey also granted a motion to dis- miss Gov. Nathan Deal from the lawsuit. Even if Carter’s attorneys convince a jury that the resignation letter was invalid, there is the possibility for Carter to be re- moved from office if she is proven to be incapacitated. But Carter’s attorney, Lee Parks, said that accidentally signing her resignation letter does not prove she is incapable of holding her office. “I send e-mails to the wrong people every day,” Parks said. “That’s my lack of technology and …attention; not incapacity.” Carter signed a thousand pieces of pa- per a day and could not know what each item was, Parks said.

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Champion of the Week Mona Harty Mona Harty has a passion for helping im- prove
Champion of
the Week
Mona Harty
Mona Harty has a
passion for helping im-
prove the lives of foster
children. For the past 10
years, Harty has been a
great contributor to the
Giving Tree of Atlanta,
board member. Howev-
er, in the past she has
given donations.
As a board member
she is a problem solver
who brings in resources
for the organization.
Being a board mem-
ber is a demanding and
highly rewarding posi-
tion but she does much
more for the small orga-
nization.
“I measure my [suc-
cess] by how many kids
are placed in homes,”
she said.
“My number one
goal is to put kids in a
loving [family].”
a non-profit adoption
agency that recruits and
trains families to pro-
vide permanent homes
for children in the foster
care system.
Since its inception in
1997, The Giving Tree
has recruited families to
provide homes for fos-
ter children. The organi-
zation has placed more
than 250 former foster
children into adoptive
families and supported
thousands of individu-
als through its Adoption
Support Program.
“My job is to provide
homes for children who
don’t have them,” said
Harty.
Her duties include
coordinating events and
fundraising. She hopes
to increase awareness
about the plight of foster
children and increase
the volunteer base.
“It is a small local
organization and must
have volunteers to keep
Harty has business
experience that gives
the board and the orga-
nization different strate-
gies to handle financial
problems as well as at-
tract more volunteers to
help their cause.
Recruiting the right
family is important to
the adoption process.
Sometimes the process
is easy; other times it
is hard, according to
Harty.
“The hardest mo-
ment is when you think
you have the right
match for a family and
the kids and family don’t
make a connection.”
Becoming a mem-
ber of the board is not
easy. Board members
start off as volunteers
then they serve on a
committee. Eventually,
they have to become a
chair of a committee be-
fore becoming a board
member.
Harty plans to con-
it running.
It is hard not to want
to be part of this organi-
zation,” said Harty.
She now supports
the Giving Tree as a
tinue her work with the
Giving Tree. She is cur-
rently the president and
chief services officer
for PSR Associates in
Atlanta.
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Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Local News Page 8A Peachtree Hope pulls charter application by

Peachtree Hope pulls charter application

by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com

Peachtree Hope Charter School has withdrawn its charter applica- tion and more than 600 students will be placed back into the DeKalb County School System. With the first day of school a few weeks away, officials for Peachtree Hope Charter School were expected to make a last-minute bid for a charter at a special school board meeting on July 19. Instead, Deputy Chief Superintendent Rob- ert Moseley informed the board that the school had changed its mind. “They requested that their peti- tions be withdrawn. They didn’t state the reason why but the effect is that there will be no charter for this upcoming school year,” said Mose-

ley. Board Chairman Thomas Bow-

en said it was his understanding that the system’s charter review commit- tee had some concerns with the ap- plication and the school decided to withdraw it rather than submit it and have it possibly denied. “It’s unfortunate because the charter was trying to target an area [where] they felt like there was a lot of need for what they were trying to do,” Bowen said. On June 13, both the Peachtree Hope Charter School, located off Memorial Drive, and the Museum School of Avondale Estates were granted a waiver to allow the schools to continue operating for a year while they prepared an applica- tion for a five-year charter. However, that waiver was later withdrawn from Peachtree Hope because the school fired its manage- ment company, SABIS. “I’m both real frustrated and

disappointed in these people,” board member Eugene Walker said of Peachtree Hope officials. “Certainly if they met the guidelines set by both the state and the county, I was prepared to vote for them. I don’t like the way they did this, and I’m worried about those children.” The only other option for the school was to submit a petition to the state board of education for ap- proval to become a state-special charter school. However, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Louis Erste, the school did not submit an application by the deadline it was given. Now, the children who were expecting to attend Peachtree Hope in August will instead be enrolled in the school located within their atten- dance zone. “We have a database of their ad- dresses and the school they would

attend and we’ve prepared an indi- vidual letter for each one of them that welcomes them back to the DeKalb School System. It tells them which school they will return to and gives them the principal’s telephone number and email address and all the [information] that they need to go and register,” Moseley said. Moseley also said that all of the principals who will be receiving the students have been notified. “We’re e-mailing all the princi- pals that are going to receive these students and asking them to extend themselves that extra mile and make sure that these children are brought back into the school system with all due consideration,” Moseley said. Officials from Peachtree Hope were contacted for comment but did not return repeated phone calls.

Budget, GM plant priorites for new Doraville mayor

by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com

With Doraville facing across- the-board budget cuts, the city’s new mayor said she has a big responsibil- ity to fulfill. Former Doraville City Council- woman Donna Pittman, who won a runoff election on July 19 to become the city’s new mayor, said she is elated about the opportunity granted by Doraville voters. “I’m very excited,” said Pittman, who served as acting mayor for a few months until resigning to run for the mayor’s position. “I’m excited about

moving the city forward.” Pittman said her priorities as mayor will be the redevelopment of the GM facility and addressing the

shortfall of the city’s budget, includ- ing possible employee layoffs. “It would be wonderful if we didn’t have to go down that road,” Pittman said. Approximately 550 Doraville vot- ers went to the polls to give Pittman

52.8 percent of their votes while po-

litical rookie Carol Gilman received

47.2 percent. Gilman spent 30 years

in the business world in accounting, auditing, banking, internal consulting and business consulting before retir-

ing a few years ago. “I am very humbled by the confi- dence that the Doraville voters put in me,” said Gilman, who lost by just 31 votes. “I was committed to running a positive and issue-based compaign.” “It was a close one,” said Gilman, who was running against a candidate who was a longtime resident and had greater name recognition in Doraville. “We knew it was an uphill battle.” “This was not the outcome we had all worked so hard for,” said Gilman, who plans to run again in November. “The city of Doraville de- serves better.” Although Gilman forced the run-

off election after being endorsed by three of the five Doraville City Coun- cil members, Pittman said she looks forward to working with the council. “We’ve worked together for sev- eral years,” Pittman said. “We’re all professionals. We’re working for the same common goal.” Doraville held the election to fill the remaining term of former mayor Ray Jenkins, who died in February. Because Pittman’s term expires at the end of the year, she will be up for re-election in November. When asked if she would run again in November, Pittman replied with one word: “Absolutely.”

November, Pittman replied with one word: “Absolutely.” CITY OF CHAMBLEE Public Notice of General Election and

CITY OF CHAMBLEE Public Notice of General Election and Candidate Qualification

Notice is hereby given that a General Election for the City of Chamblee will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 for the following offices:

City Council District - #2 (Residency required):

4-year term beginning 01/01/2012 and ending

12/31/2015

City Council District - #3 (Residency required):

4-year term beginning 01/01/2012 and ending

12/31/2015

City Council District - Seat-at-Large:

4-year term beginning 01/01/2012 and ending

12/31/2015

In order to qualify for election to fill the office, the person shall be at least 25 years of age, shall be qualified to vote for members of the general assembly of the State of Georgia, shall have been an actual bona fide resident of the City of Chamblee for at least one (1) year before offering for election, and shall be a qualified voter in city elections. Those wishing to seek office must file notice of their candidacy with Nancy Williams, Election Superintendent at Chamblee City Hall, 5468 Peachtree Road, Chamblee, GA. Qualifying dates are Tuesday, August 30, 2011 through

Thursday, September 1, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day.

qualifying fee is $216.00 (fee is 3% of the annual salary). The last day to register and be eligible to vote in this election will be October 11, 2011. The polls will be open on November 8, 2011 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Absentee Voting and Advance Voting will be at the DeKalb County Board of Registrations and Elections facility at 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA Monday, October 17th through Friday, November 4 th , 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Absentee ballot applications and voter registration forms may be obtained by contacting the DeKalb elections office at 404-298-4020 or www.co.dekalb.ga.us. Nancy Williams – Chamblee City Clerk/Municipal Elections Superintendent

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Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Local News Page 9A After school music program promotes positivity

After school music program promotes positivity

by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com

T homas Demer- ritte has been involved in the hip-hop scene

for many years, and he has watched the industry grow and evolve into one of the most popular and profitable forms of music in the world. However, Demerritte said that sometimes the music doesn’t always have a positive impact on its young listeners. “With a whole lot of kids, the lyrical content was destructive and it just wasn’t doing anything for them. I really try to help them realize that those same hot beats and hot tracks can be used to do things to promote their community and help each other instead of trying to tear each other down,” Demerritte said. That’s what made De- merritte decide to start ADMIT, a free, non-profit after school music busi- ness and technology train- ing program established in 2003. Demerritte said that he has seen hip hop evolve into something that’s very aggressive, and for him that is troublesome. He said he is not sure if soci- ety has become more ag- gressive or just the style of music. Regardless, he said that young people have the ability to spread positivity. “The social impact of music is really what we’re trying to address. We try to get the kids to feel that they are ambas-

sadors and their job is to make a positive influence on the other kids out there in the world,” Demerritte said. The program, which stands for Alternative Di- rections Music Industry Training, was started in Miami and is geared to- ward kids 12 to 18 years old. Demerritte said that he decided to branch out to Atlanta because he felt the city had more of a surging media market. “The real focus of the program is to really let the kids’ messages be more of an influence on each other. Kids cannot have as much of an influ- ence in Miami as they can up here,” Demerritte said. The new ADMIT stu- dio is located off Coving- ton Highway and features 12 music computer work- stations with professional music production soft- ware, as well as a com- plete recording studio. There is also an area for youth to conduct video interviews and a worksta- tion with video editing software. In addition to being a place to promote positiv- ity, ADMIT is structured so that students can learn as much as possible about the music industry and its career paths. “They will be trained from a music industry textbook about all the different facets of the mu- sic industry and then, of course, if they get a good beat they can come into the recording studio and record a song,” Demer- ritte said. Before starting the

program, Demerritte was

a producer, songwriter

and engineer. He also said he ran a record label for

a while. Throughout his

time in the music industry he found that most young rappers would just lay down their tracks and that was that. “A lot of young kids would come to the studio but they didn’t seem to realize that there were a lot of other jobs and ca- reers available to them other than just being a singer or a rapper. I just felt that we needed to teach that kind of stuff,” Demerritte said. At the end of each quarter, program partici- pants will have the chance to record their own CDs and videos, which De- merritte said are released during highly publicized showcases. Students also perform their songs and deliver their messages by signing and passing out their CDs to attendees. Additional copies of the CD are then made available to schools and other programs through grants. Demerritte said past song subjects have included going green, violence and drug pre- vention, self awareness, school and test perfor- mance, teen abstinence, gang avoidance, brother- hood and sisterhood, and civic pride. “We let them be the stars and let them real- ize that even [with] their young age and their lack of funds, they have some- thing going for them- selves too,” Demerritte said.

NOTICE of PUBLIC HEARING

The City of Chamblee will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA 30341 regarding amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of the public hearing is to present the Short Term Work Program and Report of Accomplishments to the public and receive public comment regarding these documents in order to consider transmittal of them to the Department of Community Affairs for review and approval. The hearing will also provide an opportunity for the City to present results to date on other components of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment.

Nancy Williams, City Clerk

“NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF DORAVILLE, GEORGIA:

“Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 36-35-3, notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Doraville, Georgia will be reviewing an Amendment to the City Charter by Ordinance to revise Section 2.12 of the Charter to eliminate the hearing appeal rights for employee terminations. The Doraville City Council will hold a public hearing on August 15,2011 to allow the citizens to voice their opinion regarding this proposed amendment prior to its adoption on that date. A copy of this proposed amendment is on file in the office of the Clerk of the City of Doraville, Georgia and in the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court of DeKalb County, Georgia for the purpose of examination and inspection by the public.”

the purpose of examination and inspection by the public.” ADMIT founder Thomas Demerritte stands in front

ADMIT founder Thomas Demerritte stands in front of several computer work stations at the programs new facility located off of Covington Highway. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

several computer work stations at the programs new facility located off of Covington Highway. Photos by
several computer work stations at the programs new facility located off of Covington Highway. Photos by

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Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Local News Page 10A A chicken sits in the shade
A chicken sits in the shade at the Oakhurst Community Garden. Chicks in the city:
A chicken sits in the
shade at the Oakhurst
Community Garden.
Chicks in the city:
Raising urban chickens
is a growing trend

by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com

S ounds of the city are ev- erywhere in Oakhurst— car horns honking, a train whistling in the distance, a dog barking at passers-

by…and the crowing of a rooster. Over the past several years metro Atlanta has seen a growing trend of people raising chickens in their backyards. Stephanie Van Parys, executive director of the Oakhurst Community Garden, said that people raise them for a variety of reasons, including for eggs. “We have a dozen here,” Van Parys said of the chickens at the garden. “We use them for eggs, and what happens is we have a group of volunteers that get eggs in exchange for taking care of the chickens.” Van Parys, who has had chick- ens at her house for the past 10 years, said that she first began rais- ing chickens because she didn’t know where the eggs she was buy- ing came from or how old they were. She also uses their manure for her garden. “When I had kids and saw how

much wasted food there was, just being able to give that to the chick- ens and have it turn into manure and a fresh egg was great,” Van Parys said. Van Parys said that she has def- initely seen the number of people raising chickens at home grow over the past years, especially in her area because they are easy to take care of, a sustainable food sup- ply, it complements the local food movement and, most importantly, they are fun. “The Oakhurst Garden started offering classes for chickens in 2004. We offered maybe three classes per year with eight to 10 folks attending. Over the last few years, the classes are now being offered nine to 10 times per year with 15-20 participants,” Van Parys said. There are at least 30 coops in the Oakhurst/Decatur area by Van Parys’ estimate and she said that Decatur has had its chicken ordi- nance on the books for a long time. The garden also hosts a sympo- sium each year called “Chicks in the City” to teach residents how to take care of chickens, how to build a safe house and how to raise meat

birds, among other things. This year’s symposium had 75 participants, up 25 people from the year before. “More folks are definitely keep- ing chickens,” Van Parys said. Suzanne Elbon attended one of the garden’s classes around six months ago and said that was what

got her interested in raising chick- ens. Elbon, who is now a member of “Team Chicken,” the group of volunteers who take care of the chickens at the garden, said that soil was also an important factor in her decision to build her own coop at home. “I started reading about sus- tainability, and I went from that to wanting to turn my front yard into

a garden. When I started thinking

about that, soil became a really im- portant thing,” Elbon said. Elbon, who is not a vegetarian, said that doing this has also made her more aware of different farm- ing practices and a lot more con- scious of eating meat. “My background is in nutrition,

I have a Ph.D. in nutrition. Healthy food comes from healthy soil and a healthy environment,” Elbon said.

This year, the garden is also sponsoring its fourth annual Urban Coop Tour on Sept. 24-25. The tour will feature 30 different coops in the metro-Atlanta area and is a fundraiser for Georgia Organics. The tour is a chance for people to see different coops and how they were built and get general advice on raising urban chickens. Tickets for the tour are $15 for Oakhurst Community Garden Members, $20 in advance and $25 at the door (coop?). Chris and Sharie Stephens, who live in Decatur, had not heard about the coop tour, but if any- body’s chicken coop should be part of it, it should be theirs. They have 15 chickens, two ducks and are thinking about getting goats. The Stephenses, who raised their chicks from birth, now have five roosters, one of which they said is annoying their neighbor with its crowing. “We have a plethora of roosters and we’re contemplating butcher- ing one of them, just to see if we can do it,” Chris said. Sharie quick- ly added, “It’s different though

just to see if we can do it,” Chris said. Sharie quick- ly added, “It’s different

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Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Local News Page 11A Chickens Continued From Page 10A because

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because we raised them since they were babies, it’s not like we were just raising them for meat and knew we were going to eat them.” In fact, the Stephens have developed a close re- lationship with each chick- en and given them names based on their personali- ties like Chicken Tender, a chicken that eventually died after Chris nursed it back to health. “That small fluffy white one is Blue Plate because he’s special,” said Sharie, explaining that when they first got the chicken they thought he was blind but now they think he is just a little slow. Chris, a computer pro- grammer who works in Dunwoody, spent several months building the hen house and coop while the baby chicks were still too small to live outside. He said he just wanted to see what it was like to raise chickens. “If I had the opportu- nity I would just leave the city and go start a farm but it’s kind of hard to do that without start-up capital. So, I’m kind of simulat- ing it and seeing if I really want to do it,” Chris said. The Stephenses also wound up with two ducks, which are full grown now and take dips in a silver wash bin in a separate area added to the coop. “They were an impulse buy,” Sharie said. “We got our ducks at a poultry show and we forgot to ask what they were.” “If you had seen these baby ducks you would have bought them too,” Chris said. The Stephenses have yet to get the payoff of a single egg from all their hard work. When the chickens do start producing eggs, the Stephenses will have eggs with blue layers, dark brown layers, light brown and cream colored, be- cause of the wide variety of hens they have. “They’re about 20 weeks old and we’re ex- pecting them any day now. We’re actually thinking about putting some golf balls in their roost,” Sharie said, “Just to maybe help get them started.”

Sharie said, “Just to maybe help get them started.” Chickens keep watch over the coop; volunteers
Sharie said, “Just to maybe help get them started.” Chickens keep watch over the coop; volunteers
Sharie said, “Just to maybe help get them started.” Chickens keep watch over the coop; volunteers

Chickens keep watch over the coop; volunteers at the Oakhurst garden take turns taking care of the chickens and get to take the eggs home with them when they're done. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

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Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Local News Page 12A Photo by Andrew Cauthen 2008 Unforgettable
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Lithonia amphitheater gets new life

by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com

After a two-year hiatus, the Lithonia Amphitheater is coming back to life. Concert producer Jason Lary has been awarded a management contract for the amphitheater from the city of Lithonia. Lary received a $50,000 DeKalb County community block develop- ment grant through the city of Li- thonia. The grant will be used to up-

grade the electrical systems, install permanent restrooms and improve the concrete seating, Lary said. “In 2012, we start a full concert series,” Lary said. There may even be an event in September, he said. One difference in the op- erations is that the venue will be opened up for concerts by promot- ers other than Lary. Currently, Lary is soliciting bids for the construction phase of the amphitheater’s renewal and expects the project to start in 30-45 days.

The last concert in the amphi- theater was by the Stylistics in 2009. From 2004-09, Jason Lary Presents sponsored 66 concerts by such acts as George Duke, Mi- chael Franks, Jonathan Butler and Little Richard. “And I never had a rainout,” said Lary, who worked as the mar- keting and promotional manager at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center until his contract ended earlier this year. “We were the No. 3 revenue

producer for the city of Lithonia,” Lary said. “No. 1 was our taxes and No. 2 was police revenues.” “This cultural arts initiative was based on raising money for the city,” Lary said. “Strong money was raised for the community.” Lary said each concert also supported various community health initiatives such as breast cancer and high blood pressure awareness. “And we gave some great con- certs,” Lary said.

initiatives such as breast cancer and high blood pressure awareness. “And we gave some great con-

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Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Local News Page 13A Jewish communities in DeKalb adapt to

Jewish communities in DeKalb adapt to suburban life

by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com

It took Rabbi Ariel Asa several months to get the hang of it: driving while carefully checking each utility pole he passed to make sure that none were damaged. At first glance, one might mistake Asa—in his small orange reflective vest—for a Georgia Pow- er employee as he occa- sionally stepped out of his car to check that the silver metal medallion was still screwed into the pole and the wires were intact. In fact, he was check- ing the boundary markers for an eruv—an area with- in a Jewish community in which those practicing the faith are permitted to carry objects that Jewish law would otherwise for- bid them to carry on the Sabbath. The metro Atlanta area is home to approximately 119,800 Jewish people and has the 11th largest Jewish population in the United States, many of them Orthodox and Con- servative Jews who prac- tice strict adherence to scriptural law. “There were 39 acts of labor that were involved in building the tabernacle and those 39 acts are what specifically the Bible says, when it comes to the Sabbath, you can’t do,” Asa said. One of these areas is carrying, which can make it particularly difficult to get around on a Saturday especially for Jewish fam- ilies with small children. “Carrying in a public domain is one of those [forbidden] acts. So, streets like this, even though they’re not tech- nically a public domain, certainly they can be con- fused as one,” Asa said as he pulled his car onto a side street. “Therefore, [the rabbi] said, “If you are going to carry in these areas you need to set up something to remind yourself, to en- circle this area and make it a private domain.” So, many Jewish com- munities throughout the United States built eruvs to allow them to carry

the United States built eruvs to allow them to carry See Eruv on Page 15A Rabbi

See Eruv on Page 15A

built eruvs to allow them to carry See Eruv on Page 15A Rabbi Ariel Asa stands
built eruvs to allow them to carry See Eruv on Page 15A Rabbi Ariel Asa stands

Rabbi Ariel Asa stands on a hill to inspect the eruv, which creates a symbolic circle using utility poles, bits of string, fences, walls and in some cases the bank of a creek. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

DeKalb County Wants to Hear From You Regarding the Proposed Franchise Agreement Renewal with Comcast

DeKalb County Wants to Hear From You Regarding the Proposed Franchise Agreement Renewal with Comcast Cable Communications

Send your comments and/or concerns regarding Comcast’s current performance under the current franchise agreement and/or the future cable-related needs and interests of your community to cable@co.dekalb.ga.us.

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Yellow River Game Ranch

Continued From Page 1A

by Kathy Mitchell kathy@dekalbchamp.com

When my daughter the animal lover told me that she wanted me to join her and a few friends on her birthday trip to Yellow River Game Ranch, I was less than

excited. I anticipated spending a hot late spring day in the company of smelly animals. We jokingly referred to the upcoming outing as “the goat party.”

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the day. The

walking paths at Yellow River Game Ranch—on Highway 78 East just on the Gwinnett side of the DeKalb/Gwinnett county line—are mostly shaded by a canopy of trees, making a stroll through the animal preserve pleasant even

on a warm day. In addition to walking along the dirt paths, visitors can climb into viewing stands and cross catwalks to see animals from a number of interesting angles.

I wasn’t much bothered by animal smells either. I don’t

recommend standing downwind of the bison, the largest herd east of the Mississippi, or getting too close to the mules, but the smaller animals—even the goats—aren’t really unpleasant to be around. In fact, the kids—the baby goats—were playful and fun. I have a new understanding of why children are sometimes called kids. As visitors pay for tickets, they have the opportunity to purchase food for the animals. There also are little gumball-machine-type containers at some of the enclosures with food for the animals. Others have signs indicating which foods an animal likes and in some cases that an animal has a special diet and shouldn’t be fed by visitors. We bought saltines, graham crackers, carrots and dried corn that can be cut from the cob using a neat little gadget at the entrance to the animal area. There are animals roaming the property freely and others that are enclosed for their safety and the safety of humans and other animals. It’s possible to interact with, and in some cases even feed, animals inside and outside enclosures. The entire experience is a much more intimate animal encounter than one finds at most zoos. Where visitors can’t come to the fence and offer food, there are tubes through which the food can be dropped. Many of the animals such as the peafowl—especially the males, the peacocks—are fun to look at. Most are comfortable with the steady stream of human visitors and interact playfully with them, even eating out of human hands. Those who treat the animals with kindness and respect will find them gentle and harmless. The game ranch’s website notes that the bunny area is one of its most popular spots. It’s OK to come inside the fence and get a close look at the furry little critters, but signs warn that those who chase the rabbits or try to pick them up will be asked to leave. We encountered a hog with a fondness for graham crackers that had learned how to let folks know this is his favorite food. We dropped other edibles through his tube without getting him excited, but when we dropped graham crackers he ate them then used his snout to bang his feeding tube loudly against the fence, calling out for more. The 24-acre site has more than 600 types of animals— from white-tailed deer to ducks to black bears—all indigenous to Georgia. Signs around the property explain that the creatures at the ranch are rescue animals and that although some may have scars and other indications of earlier injuries, all are healthy. It’s my guess that such signs are a response to some bloggers saying they feel sorry for the animals or that some animals appeared to be sick. Yellow River Game Ranch’s most famous resident is V.I.G. (Very Important Groundhog) Gen. Beauregard Lee. While every Feb. 2 Punxsutawney Phil, a Pennsylvania resident, predicts how early spring will come in the North, Beau, as he’s known to his friends, makes the official call for the South. The Groundhog Day event usually draws large crowds with many waving “Go, Beau!” signs. Yellow River Game Ranch is open seven days a week except on Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Summer hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day) are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and the rest of the year hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for those 12 and older, $7 for children 2 through 11, and there’s no charge for children younger than 2. Ticket sales end an hour before closing. For more information, visit www. yellowrivergameranch.com.

For more information, visit www. yellowrivergameranch.com. “Hidden in the radiant green, a man waits. In hate-blinded

“Hidden in the radiant green, a man waits. In hate-blinded hands, darkness waits” is by American Artist Patri- cia Evans and is composed of 25 black and white photos. Photos by Ricky Riley

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funding, fatalities from domestic violence continue to escalate and the number of safe houses is shrinking. “Women with the highest number of obstacles have a greater need for the safe houses,” said WRCDV director of develop- ment Amber Harris. Approximately 94 percent of the women in the safe house are African American, and most range in age from 20-45, Harris said. They may have children and they possibly can’t find anywhere else to go, she said. There are 32 beds available at the safe house. However, if a family gets turned away, WRCDV will help them get bus passes, hotel rooms and clothing if the need arises, Harris said. S. Barber stayed at the WRCDV safe house for about two months last year. After being in an emotionally abusive relationship with her husband, she decided that she had to get to a safe place. “I decided to be proactive and find a safe

house to rest comfortably [at night],” Barber said. “The room I stayed in [originally] was

a four-bed suite. The first thing I noticed was how clean and orderly everything was. The administration was very welcoming. [Later on] I shifted to a two-bed suite.” According to Barber, the safe house was

filled to capacity. She said she felt fortunate to get in. “A lot of women needed the ser- vices,” she said. Barber’s advice to women in an abusive relationship is to get help. “I definitely tell women to learn the signs of a domestic relationship and get out. [Do- mestic violence] goes beyond education and [class]. In my case, my partner was male and

I was female. However, it is a phenomenon that is genderless.”

female. However, it is a phenomenon that is genderless.” Rose Petals is by Niklas Alm and

Rose Petals is by Niklas Alm and others. This piece was done for Amnesty Sweden Campaign.

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Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Local News Page 15A Eruv Continued From Page 13A on

Eruv Continued From Page 13A

on the Sabbath. The eruv, meaning “to combine” in Hebrew, is an idea that, ac- cording to Asa, has been around thousands of years. It is mentioned in The Tal- mud, a nearly 2,000-year- old document. Asa has been waking up early once a week for the past 10 years to drive, hike through the woods and ride his bicycle around the Toco Hills area in DeKalb, to make sure that symbolic circle of the eruv remains intact. The medallion that Asa is checking says that “this pole has a special ground- system neutral arrangement. Please report any movement or attachment to the pole.” Below the message is a tele- phone number for the line- men who work on the poles to call, which Asa said they don’t always do. The eruv throughout the Toco Hills area, officially called the Atlanta Eruv, was first developed in the early 1980s and was engineered by Dr. Joseph Tate. There are five synagogues lo- cated within the eruv and it stretches nearly 6.8 miles in a circle. “I think the Atlanta Scholars Kollel was the impetus behind it. It’s a group of rabbis that study and teach; they felt it would be a way of expanding the community and attracting people,” Asa said. When the eruv was first developed, the engineers approached Georgia Power Co. and the company agreed to let them use the utility poles and the wires to be part of their symbolic circle. Now, in the past 10 years, eruvim (the plural for eruv) have also been built in the Virginia-Highlands area, Dunwoody and Savannah. However, the eruv is not only made up of utility poles. In certain areas, the eruv is marked by pieces of black string strung through trees lining the side of the road. “I think today in any Jewish community, if they want to attract young fami- lies with children or any- thing like that, an eruv is sort of essential,” Asa said. Asa, who has been working as a mohel for the past 21 years, said that the job to check the eruv just fell into his lap one day when his predecessor’s schedule changed. “I had done a few back-

ups for him when he was on vacation and my sched- ule changed a bit and his schedule changed so I had more time to do it,” Asa said.

Most weeks, the in- spection is relatively smooth going and Asa said he can manage to finish in around four hours unless a pole is down or a string is

broken. Part of the eruv in the Emory area goes through the forest for nearly a mile, and for this Asa dons work gloves and a baseball cap.

Underneath his orange vest one can just barely make out the tassels of his tzitzit,

a baseball cap. Underneath his orange vest one can just barely make out the tassels of

See Eruv on Page 16A

a baseball cap. Underneath his orange vest one can just barely make out the tassels of

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Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Local News Page 16A Rabbi Asa hikes through the woods
Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Local News Page 16A Rabbi Asa hikes through the woods

Rabbi Asa hikes through the woods near Emory village and stops by a wall to make sure the eruv remains intact.

Eruv Continued From Page 15A

a traditional four-cornered Jewish garment Asa wears

daily. “Several weeks ago I got to see a water moccasin. Those guys are scary,” Asa said. As Asa walked he followed the string, which was several feet above his head, winding its way through the trees. At one point, the string dipped down and was attached to a large fallen branch overlooking a creek. “The tree fell so we had to attach it to this branch temporarily; it looks like it held. We’ll put something more stable in place soon but this works for now,” Asa said. The boundary of the eruv then became the stone wall running along the creek for several hundred feet. Then, a bit of string came up from the wall, ran through the tree tops and was tied to a fence. Asa explained that, technically, the eruv only needs to be approximately 40 inches so they didn’t always have to use tall utility poles. In some cases the eruv even uses a riverbank as a boundary marker. Eruvs have enabled the Jewish community in At- lanta to expand and now people can carry things on the Sabbath that will also enhance their social life and the growing community, such as a dish to a dinner party. Asa, who gets a small stipend for inspecting the eruv once a week, said that he would do it even if he didn’t get paid, just maybe a bit less frequently. He

also said that if there is a problem, they can usually get

it fixed before the Sabbath.

“Other times we rely on the fact that it was good up to now so it should continue to be good; if we don’t know, then we don’t know. We’re not held liable for something we don’t know about,” Asa said. In the Atlanta Eruv’s history, there have not been any sure signs of vandalism. Asa said that when the eruv is disturbed it is usually just a downed tree or bro- ken pieces of string. Sometimes, especially in the for- est, Asa thinks that people might take a piece of string to use it, not knowing what it is there for. One time, Asa said that they thought someone was vandalizing the eruv because each week the string would be broken in the same area. “It was funny because they had the police do a stakeout and they caught the guy. His story was that he thought that the strings were being set up as bird traps or something. They agreed not to press charges as long as he agreed to pay for all the weeks it took to repair,” Asa said as he emerged from the woods. Asa said that he would continue to inspect the eruv for as long as he could and eventually, as it did with him, the responsibility will most likely fall into some- one else’s lap, he is just happy to be serving his com- munity. “There has definitely been a lot of growth,” Asa said.

“There has definitely been a lot of growth,” Asa said. A map shows the boundaries of
“There has definitely been a lot of growth,” Asa said. A map shows the boundaries of

A map shows the boundaries of the eruv.

N O T I C E

* * * * * Pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 80-1-1 of the Rules of the Department of Banking and Finance, notice is hereby given that Community & Southern Bank, Carrollton, Carroll County, Georgia, has filed an application for approval to establish a branch office. The proposed branch office will be located at 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, DeKalb County, Georgia. Any person wishing to comment on and/or protest the application filed with the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation may do so by filing written notice with the Department of Banking and Finance, State of Georgia, 2990 Brandywine Road, Suite 200, Atlanta, Georgia 30341-5565, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 10 Tenth Street, NE, Suite 800, Atlanta, Georgia 30309-3906, by the 15th day following the date of this publication. The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance will accept and take official constructive notice of all written comments and notices timely filed with the Federal Regulator also. Nonconfidential portions of the application filed with the Department and the FDIC are available for review in the offices of the Department or the FDIC during regular business hours. Photocopies of the nonconfidential portion of the application file will be made available upon request. Costs associated with reproduction of records and formal hearings shall be borne by those persons requesting such information or hearings.

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Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 H e a l t h Page 17A Salt diet dangers

Salt diet dangers may be influenced by potassium

by Mike Stobbe

ATLANTA (AP) The debate about the dangers of eating too much salt has gained a new wrin- kle: A federal study suggests that the people most at risk are those who also get too little potassium. Potassium-rich foods, including fruits and vegetables, have long been recommended as a dietary defense against heart disease and other chronic illnesses. The new re- search is one of the first and largest U.S. studies to look at the relation- ship of salt, potassium and heart disease deaths. “If you have too much sodium and too little potassium, it’s worse than either one on its own,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City’s health commissioner, who has led efforts to get the public to eat less salt. He co-wrote a com- mentary published with the study in the July 11 Archives of Internal Medicine. Potassium may neutralize the heart-damaging effects of salt, said Dr. Elena Kuklina, one of the study’s authors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sodium increases the risk of high blood pressure, a major cause of heart disease and stroke. Salt—or sodium chloride—is the main source of sodium for most people. The research found people who eat a lot of salt and very little po- tassium were more than twice as likely to die from a heart attack as those who ate about equal amounts of both nutrients. Such a dietary imbalance posed a greater risk than simply eating too much salt, ac- cording to the study. Exactly how potassium and salt interact is not understood, and no one believes that simply taking a potassium pill will protect someone against the dangers of a high-salt diet. Instead, the take-home message is what health officials have been saying for years: Eat a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and other potas- sium-rich foods, and eat less salty, processed foods. Health officials say no one should eat more than 2,300 mil- ligrams of sodium a day, equal to about a teaspoon of salt. Certain people, such as those with high blood pressure, should eat even less. But it’s not just a matter of putting down the salt shaker. More than three-quarters of the sodium in the U.S. diet is in processed foods, and only one in 10 Americans meet the teaspoon guideline. Americans aren’t much better at getting enough potassium. The recommended amount is 4,700 mil- ligrams a day. The average woman gets only about half that; the aver-

age man gets slightly more. Spinach, bananas, broccoli and prunes are among the foods known as good potassium sources. In the new study, researchers surveyed more than 12,000 U.S. adults ages 20 and older, asking them what they ate the previous day, and calculating their daily consumption of sodium and potas- sium. The participants were fol- lowed for 14 years, and 433 died from heart attacks. In addition to the increased risk of high sodium and low potassium, the study also found ill effects from high sodium alone. People who consumed 5 grams a day had nearly twice the risk of dying from a heart attack as people who ate 2 grams a day during the follow-up period. Some experts found the results interesting, but also noted several limitations of the study. Results are based on what peo- ple said they ate on just one day of their life. That day may not have been typical and it may not be rep-

resentative of their diet in the years since, noted Dr. Robert Eckel, a University of Colorado heart ex- pert. Also, it’s an observational study that shows an apparent link, not the kind of rigorous scientific study used to prove cause and effect, he added. Health officials have increas- ingly pushed the public to reduce their salt intake, but the CDC study comes in the midst of some sci- entific back and forth over how dangerous dietary salt is. In a re- view published last week of seven, smaller studies, other research- ers found no strong evidence that people with high or normal blood pressure reduce their risk of death by reducing sodium consumption. That review, by the Cochrane Col- laboration, had limitations because of its size. Still, it prompted the Salt Insti- tute—an industry group—to call government policy on reducing salt consumption ill-advised. “In light of this, and other recent research, it is time for the govern- ment to cease its costly and waste- ful efforts to reduce salt consump- tion until it can conclusively prove

a tangible benefit for all consum-

ers. This can only be done through

a large-scale clinical trial on the

impact of dietary salt reduction on health outcomes,” said Lori Ro- man, the Salt Institute’s president, said in a statement. Alice Lichtenstein, a Tufts Uni- versity nutrition scientist, said the attention on salt has created a lot of backlash. The CDC study “is a confirmation that dietary salt does matter, and all these public health efforts and the dietary guidelines are appropriate,” she said.

and the dietary guidelines are appropriate,” she said. Emory: Possible link between obesity and rare health

Emory: Possible link between obesity and rare health condition

I n a study published in the journal Acta Oto-Laryngologica, Emory University researchers found that there may be a link between elevated body mass index (BMI) and a rare condition called temporal bone encephalocele or leakage of the cerebral spinal fluid

(CFS) through the ear. An encephalocele is a sac-like protrusion of the brain through openings in the skull. In some cases, CSF can leak through these openings. The condition can remain undetected, or may cause symptoms such as hearing loss, leakage of clear fluid from the nose, meningitis and epidural or brain inflammation. According to Douglas Mattox, M.D., senior author of the study, and chair in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Emory, there has been some controversy with regard to the development of temporal bone encephaloceles and CSF leaks. While experts agree that encephaloceles can be the result of a birth defect or such things as chronic ear infection or trauma, some believe that obesity may also play a role. To examine that theory, the researchers looked at follow-up results of 56 cases of successful encephalocele repairs, and BMI was calculated for all 56 patients. The mean BMI of patients with spontaneous CSF leaks was found to be 35; whereas, that of patients with CSF leaks due to identifiable causes was found to be less, at 29. “The majority of the patients in our study presented with spontaneous CSF leaks prior to surgery,” Mattox said. “The BMI in those patients was significantly greater than that of patients with CSF leaks with some other identifiable cause. While the BMI in both groups was above normal, a BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight, a BMI of greater than 30 is considered obese.” The researchers advise that this data provides evidence of yet another health risk for patients who have problems with obesity, and that doctors should be alert for symptoms in their overweight populations. Elina Kari, M.D., administrative chief resident, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, also was an investigator in the study.

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Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Business Page 18A News and events of the DEKALB CHAMBER
Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Business Page 18A News and events of the DEKALB CHAMBER

News and events of the

DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

100 Crescent Center Pkwy, Suite 680, Tucker, GA 30084 • 404.378.8000• www.DeKalbchamberofcommerce.org

GA 30084 • 404.378.8000• www.DeKalbchamberofcommerce.org Mayor Kasim Reed to keynote the DeKalb Chamber August

Mayor Kasim Reed to keynote the DeKalb Chamber August luncheon

Each month, the DeKalb Chamber of Com- merce (Chamber) brings in esteemed leaders to discuss topics of interest to the business community. The month of August is certainly no different and in fact features one of At- lanta’s most influential leaders. Kasim Reed, the city of Atlanta’s 59th mayor will highlight the August speaker series slated for Monday, Aug. 15, at Villa Christina. Reed, who has been mayor since 2010 has made an indelible mark on the city of Atlanta and the region. The Mayor has shown himself to be a strong pro- ponent of regionalism and a champion of the Transportation Investment Act which will afford voters the opportunity to tax themselves one penny for various transportation road projects and congestion improvements. Mayor Reed’s remarks will largely center on the importance

of the transportation vote to the region’s eco- nomic development efforts and its ability to at- tract and retain jobs. Since becoming mayor, Reed has hired more than 200 police officers, improved fire- rescue response times, re-opened all of the city’s recreation centers and improved the service delivery of city departments such as Sanitation and Public Works. During his first year in office, he increased the city’s reserves from $7.4 to $56 million and initiated a series of reforms to address the city’s unfunded pen- sion fund liability.

For more information on the First Monday Lunch Speaker Series and to register to attend luncheon, interested persons should visit www. dekalbchamber.org or call 404-378-8000.

should visit www. dekalbchamber.org or call 404-378-8000. Chambers of Commerce: Working on things many think just
Chambers of Commerce: Working on things many think just happen By Leonardo McClarty O ften
Chambers of Commerce: Working on things many think just happen
By Leonardo McClarty
O ften when businesses come into contact
with their local chamber of commerce,
it is through a social function such as
a networking event, a luncheon, dinner, golf
tournament or festival. In other times, it is
through a media announcement or ribbon cut-
ting. While these are noteworthy components
of any chamber, they provide only a snippet of
the value we provide and our role within the
community. Chambers are often the facilitator to
solutions that require collaboration and coopera-
tion between parties of mutual but often varied
interests. Chambers consistently work doggedly
behind the scenes for months and years prior
to a public announcement. It is in the role of
convener that the work of chambers can often go
unnoticed.
Things are no different in DeKalb where we
often work along side County staff, elected of-
ficials, civic leaders and other business profes-
sionals seeking solutions to local and regional
issues. As of late, the DeKalb Chamber has
delved into education policy, regional transporta-
tion, local infrastructure needs, and other local
issues that threaten economic development in
the county. Of particular importance is that of
transportation.
Over the past four years, the DeKalb Cham-
ber has been working alongside multiple busi-
ness groups and chamber’s to find remedies the
region’s transportation woes. In the 2012, these
efforts will come to a head residents within the
Atlanta region will decide whether they want to
tax themselves one additional penny for trans-
portation improvements. The Transportation In-
vestment Act divides the state into 12 regions for
the purpose of voting on a one percent sales tax
to fund transportation projects in that region. All
revenues collected in a region stay in that region.
In the Atlanta region, 15 percent of funds are
sent directly to local governments to fund local
transportation projects, while 85 percent of funds
support a list of regional projects created by local
elected officials. To date, much uncertainty re-
mains in regards to projects selected, impact on
MARTA, and transit governance. However, one
certainly holds true and that is this is the largest
sum of funds potentially to come to the Atlanta
region and state in a long time. Failure to pass
this referendum threatens both economic devel-
opment recruitment and industry retention.
In the days ahead, voters will be inundated
with information and data and this will not be by
chance but intentional. The DeKalb Chamber
and other chambers of commerce are working
diligently to make sure that voters are able to
make informed and educated decisions. For
more information, I invite you to visit www.atlan-
taregionalroundtable.com.Atlanta Mayor Kasim
Reed to Keynote the DeKalb Chamber August
Luncheon

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Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Business Page 19A Mixed-use development under way for Emory area

Mixed-use development under way for Emory area

Cousins Properties and Gables Residential have started construction on the $250 mil- lion Emory Point mixed-used development on Clifton Road. The development will be the first new retail project built in the trade area in 20 years; the largest private development started inside the perimeter in more than three years; and the first partnership between Cous- ins and Gables – two Atlanta-based develop- ment companies, according to the developers. “We’re very excited about Emory Point and are glad to see a development of this magnitude move forward,” said Larry Geller- stedt, Cousins president and CEO. “This project represents an incredible infill oppor- tunity in a supply constrained submarket with high demand. We’re fortunate to have an ex- ceptional partner in Gables and are grateful for our strong relationship with Emory University, which trusted us with leading this opportu- nity.” Located in the Clifton Corridor, adjacent to the Centers for Disease Control and Preven- tion and in close proximity to Emory Univer- sity and Emory Healthcare, Emory Point is a vertically integrated mixed-use development. Phase I will include more than 80,000 square feet of retail space and 443 luxury apartments. Under the DeKalb County zoning plan for Emory Point, 25 acres of densely wooded land behind the development, approximately half of the site, will be protected as undevelopable under Emory’s land classification plan. Prior to the rezoning, those woodlands were not protected. The development site is also reg-

istered for EarthCraft Communities certifica- tion, while the apartment component is regis- tered for EarthCraft Multifamily certification. In addition, retail portions of the development have been designed to meet EarthCraft stan- dards. “Emory Point sets the new standard for the Emory community because it blends pe- destrian-friendly retail with luxury apartment living, all while being an environmentally conscious development,” said David Fitch, Gables Residential president and CEO. “There is tremendous pent-up housing demand in this neighborhood, making Emory Point a bright spot in an otherwise challenging market.” The more than $100 million Phase I of the project began construction earlier this month and is expected to be complete by fall 2012. The second and third phases of the project will be developed according to market demand in the area. Emory University, which includes Emory Healthcare, is the largest employer in DeKalb County and the third-largest employer in metro Atlanta. “The proximity of Emory Point to our campus will enhance the social and intellec- tual vibrancy at Emory by providing housing, dining and retail venues for faculty, staff and students,” said Mike Mandl, executive vice president for finance and administration, Emo- ry University. “This type of mixed-use devel- opment was envisioned during the creation of the Clifton Community Partnership five years ago, and it is gratifying to see it coming to fruition.”

ago, and it is gratifying to see it coming to fruition.” Celebrating the groundbreaking for Emory

Celebrating the groundbreaking for Emory Point are, from left, Mike Mandl, executive vice president for Finance and Admin- istration of Emory University; Larry Gellerstedt, president and chief executive officer of Cousins Properties; and David Fitch, president and chief executive officer of Gables Residential.

president and chief executive officer of Gables Residential. An artist’s rendering shows what the completed project

An artist’s rendering shows what the completed project is expected to look like.

shows what the completed project is expected to look like. Two neighboring Dunwoody businesses celebrated their

Two neighboring Dunwoody businesses celebrated their openings earlier this month with ribbon cuttings. Canvas By U!, a step-by-step adult can- vas painting studio on Chamblee Dunwoody Road, held its grand opening with the help of its artists, friends and staff. With the motto Inspiring Your Inner Artist, Canvas By U! invites patrons to bring a favorite beverage or a bottle of wine to drink while instructors show them, step-by-step, how to produce a painting they can take home that same evening. Classes are taught Monday through Saturday evenings. Visit www.can- vasbyu.com for details. Just across the parkway Dunwoody

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Canvas By U!, left, and Dunwoody Pediatrics recently opened new locations in the same area of Dunwoody.

Neighboring businesses hold ribbon cuttings in Dunwoody

Pediatrics, a Dunwoody institution for 33 years, moved into a new location on Dun- woody Village Parkway. Julius Sherwinter, M.D. opened the practice as a one-doctor office and today heads a medical staff that includes seven doctors, a nurse practitioner and covers two offices, the second located in Alpharetta. At the event, Sherwinter said, “We feel blessed to have been entrusted with the care of the second generation – the children of our previous patients. We want to thank the Dunwoody community for its support all these years. Our doors are always open if you need us. We are proud to say, Dun- woody is our home.”

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Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Education Page 20A Teachers pack GPC in Clarkston for job

Teachers pack GPC in Clarkston for job fair

Page 20A Teachers pack GPC in Clarkston for job fair More than 700 teachers from all

More than 700 teachers from all over the state attended the 12th annual Teacher Job Fair at Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston Campus. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com

More than 700 teachers squeezed into the gymnasium at Georgia Perimeter Col- lege’s (GPC) Clarkston Campus for the school’s annual Teacher Job Fair. The fair, held on July 22 in conjunc- tion with Teach Georgia, was a chance for teachers, new or old, to meet face-to-face with representatives of five school districts throughout the metro Atlanta area. Fiona Simmons, a Brooklyn native who relocated to Conyers, taught 10 years in the Atlanta Public School System before taking a year off to have a baby. As she waited in line at the entrance of the gym, Simmons said that she was really only there to see the jobs that the DeKalb Coun- ty School System had to offer. “It’s like you’re going shopping or waiting in line at an amusement park…but I have an open mind and I think it’s going to be good,” Simmons said. Simmons, who is ESL certified and has always taught elementary school, said that she discussed taking another year off with her husband but decided against it. “My husband works for UPS, so it’s one of those [situations] where, it’s OK now, but what if it’s not that way next week? His job is not guaranteed, he didn’t sign a contract,” Simmons said. After she had waited in line for nearly 20 minutes it was finally Simmons’ turn to speak to the elementary school representa- tive for DeKalb County. “I feel kind of like I’m in a swap shop,” Simmons said. By the time Simmons was able to speak to someone, around 10:30 a.m., only half an hour after the fair began, she was told that they were no longer interviewing el- ementary school teachers.

Simmons, who applied for a job with DeKalb online, said she was frustrated be- cause when it was her turn the representa- tive asked her for her teaching certificate. “Online it told me just to bring your resume; they didn’t tell me to bring my cer- tificate. If I registered with the job fair then they should have my information already. They have no laptops here to check any- thing,” Simmons said. Beryle Baker, an education and psy- chology professor at GPC, started the job fair nearly 12 years ago as a way for her students interested in becoming teachers to see what the real job market was like and volunteer at the fair first-hand. “I wanted students to see what [hap- pens] in education. So, they get to inter- view people and they work at the check-in sheets. They see what’s happening here and they get to meet representatives,” Baker said. At past fairs, Baker said they had any- where from 15 to 40 counties from around the state participate but during the past few years the number has dropped. Baker said that fewer systems are hiring new teachers because of stress on the economy. “One year we had 1,200 [people] show up and it stopped the traffic on Memorial Drive,” Baker said. Baker said that the traditional advice given to those looking for a position always works but one thing she would add would be to not give up if things don’t go right the first time. She also said that face-to-face meetings are important but teachers look- ing for jobs need to also make sure their resume is in good shape. “A new employer always meets you on paper first, so make sure your resume is in order. People have to have persistence and faith,” Baker said, stressing that there are jobs to be had.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF DORAVILLE, GEORGIA:

“Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 36353, notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Doraville, Georgia will be reviewing an Amendment to the City Charter by Ordinance to revise Section 2.07 of the Charter to decrease the compensation for City Councilmember’s from $1,200 per month to $700 per month effective on January 1, 2012. The Doraville City Council will hold a public hearing on August 15,2011 to allow the citizens to voice their opinion regarding this proposed amendment prior to its adoption on that date. A copy of this proposed amendment is on file in the office of the Clerk of the City of Doraville, Georgia and in the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court of DeKalb County, Georgia for the purpose of examination and inspection by the public.”

the purpose of examination and inspection by the public.” Teacher Fiona Simmons meets with a representative

Teacher Fiona Simmons meets with a representative of DeKalb County Schools.

CITY OF CHAMBLEE – PUBLIC NOTICE Special Election for Sunday Sales Alcohol Referendum

Notice is hereby given that the City of Chamblee will hold a Special Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 for the purpose of submitting the question of Sunday package sales by retailers of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits to

the electors of the City of Chamblee for approval or rejection. the ballot will read as follows:

The question on

(

) Yes Shall the governing authority of Chamblee be authorized to permit and

(

) No

regulate package sales by retailers of malt beverages, wine, and distilled spirits on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.?

The last day to register and be eligible to vote in these elections will be October 11, 2011. The polls will be open on November 8, 2011 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Absentee Voting and Advance Voting will be at the DeKalb County Board of Registrations and Elections facility at 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA Monday, October 17th through Friday, November 4 th , 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Absentee ballot applications and voter registration forms may be obtained by contacting the DeKalb elections office at 404-298-4020 or www.co.dekalb.ga.us . Nancy Williams – Chamblee City Clerk/Municipal Elections Superintendent

PUBLIC NOTICE

DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS OF DISABLED STUDENTS

The DeKalb County School System, Department of Special Education, announces its intention to destroy records that were developed to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in DeKalb County Schools. This notice is in compliance with the federal, state and local policy.

Records will be destroyed on October 1, 2011 based on the following criteria:

Students who graduated with a high school diploma in 2010.

Students who became twenty-two (22) years old between June 1, 2009 and June 1, 2010.

Students with disabilities born during 1986 who graduated with a Transition Diploma, Certificate of Performance or reached maximum age of 22.

Students who became deceased between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.

These records will be destroyed as they are no longer needed for educational planning purposes.

The parent, legal guardian or the student (18 years old or older) may request records prior to destruction by contacting the Special Education Records Office at 678-676-1802. You will be required to produce identification or provide verification data to acquire these records.

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Page 21A The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 AROUND DEKALB ATLANTA Southeastern Liturgical Music
AROUND DEKALB ATLANTA Southeastern Liturgical Music Symposium announced The Southeastern Liturgical Music Symposium
AROUND
DEKALB
ATLANTA
Southeastern Liturgical Music
Symposium announced
The Southeastern Liturgical Music
Symposium will be held Aug. 19-20 at
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in
Atlanta. It will focus on the opportunities and
challenges presented to liturgical musicians as
implementation of the new translation of the
Roman Missal begins this Advent.
This year’s symposium will offer two new
features – a concert of sacred music held on
Friday evening, and a roundtable discussion
featuring all of the presenters. “This is an exciting
time for Catholic liturgical music. We will soon
implement the new translation of the mass, which
will not only recapture the richness of the mass
but make clearer some biblical allusions. It is an
opportunity to explore the new possibilities in
Catholic music,” commented Father Theodore
Book, Atlanta’s director of the Office of Divine
Worship and Pastor of St. Peter’s in LaGrange.
The Atlanta Archdiocesan Festival Choir will
perform at the opening concert, and a keynote
address will be given by Father Douglas Martis,
director of the Liturgical Institute and chair of the
Worship Department at Mundelein Seminary of
the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
is located at 2855 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta.
For more information, visit archatl.com/slms.,
or contact the Office of Divine Worship of the
Archdiocese of Atlanta at (404) 920-7335 or at
odw@archatl.com.
sports world had on the Civil Rights Movement
and their struggle to be recognized for the impact
of their achievements on society.
Former NFL player Pellom McDaniels III,
who is MARBL’s consultant curator for the collec-
tion, says many African American athletes were
instrumental in the civil rights movement, includ-
ing Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, Jesse Ow-
ens, Jackie Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,
Curt Flood, and 1968 Olympic track and field
medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos.
McDaniels, who earned master’s and Ph.D.
degrees in American studies from Emory’s Grad-
uate Institute of Liberal Arts, is also an author and
an assistant professor of history and American
studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
The new collecting focus was sparked by
the spring 2010 acquisition of the William Clyde
“Doc” Partin Sr. collection.
according to an announcement from Eddie’s
Attic that describes the book as “like America for
Dummies – with a spoonful of humor to make
the information go down.” The book provides
insight into the American electoral system, the
world economy, the role religion plays in world
conflicts and America’s place in world. The final
chapter provides information about how to get
involved. Eddie’s Attic is located at 515-B North
McDonough St., Decatur.
LITHONIA
Open house to focus on high
school completion
CLARKSTON
Friends of Friendship Forest work
day scheduled
Friends of Friendship Forest are holding an-
other volunteer workday in the forest on July 30
from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are requested
to bring pruning shears, gloves, insect spray,
water and sunscreen. Wide brim hats are also
suggested. Activities scheduled for the work day
include killing privet hedge and picking up trash.
For more information visit Friends of Friendship
Forest’s Facebook page.
Judah Urban Outreach Inc., under the direc-
tion of Dr. Ruby Tatum-Wallace, will hold a free
open house to discuss a new online high school
completion program for adults or older teens
who never finished high school. The event is
Saturday, Aug. 6, 11 - noon at 1544 Wellborn
Road, Suite 3, Lithonia. The program is online,
accredited and offers various curriculums such as
criminal justice and entrepreneurship. Students
who satisfactorily complete the program may be
eligible to apply for the Hope Scholarship, Hope
Grant or Zell Miller Scholarship. The event is free,
but participants must register. To register, visit
www.victorychristian.biz or call (762) 233-8223.
TUCKER
Church announces health events
DECATUR
August ‘Give An Hour’ to help
Idlewood Elementary
The Health Ministry of Saint Philip AME
Church will hold its second annual Stroke Aware-
ness 5K Run/Walk and seventh annual free
Wellness Festival to benefit the National Stroke
Association on Saturday, Aug. 6, on the Saint
Philip campus. The 5K Run/Walk will start at 8
a.m. at 1605 Richard Allen Drive and will pro-
DeKalb Rape Crisis Center seeks
hotline volunteers
ceed through the White Oaks community.
The
Wellness Festival will start at 8 a.m. also and
run concurrently during the run/walk inside the
Saint Philip Family Life Center’s Marcia Moss
Fellowship Hall. A cash prize will be given to the
organization with the largest number of partici-
pants in the run/walk as well as trophies/awards
for the top winners in each age group category.
Registration fee for the 5K Run/Walk is $15 on
or before July 31 and $20 after July 31, including
the day of the run/walk. Saint Philip is located on
the corner of Candler and Memorial Drive at 240
Candler Road, SE, Atlanta. For more information
or to register online visit www.active.com or call
(404) 371-0749.
The DeKalb Rape Crisis Center (DRCC) is
looking for volunteers to staff a 24-hour crisis ho-
tline and serve as hospital companions to survi-
vors of sexual assault. Volunteers provide critical
services to survivors in need and save DRCC an
average of $300 per day.
Volunteer training begins on Sept. 15 from 6
to 9 p.m. and occurs twice each week for seven
weeks. For more information or to sign up for
training, contact Jamaila Winn at (404) 377-1429
(ext. 4) or jamaila@dekalbrapecrisiscenter.org.
Additional information can also be found at www.
dekalbrapecrisiscenter.org.
Writer takes a humorous,
informative look at America
African Americans in sports focus
of Emory Libraries Collection
Former Creative Loafing columnist Andisheh
Nouraee will be discussing and signing his book
Americapedia at Eddie’s Attic on Saturday, Aug.
6, 4 p.m. Aimed at teens who want to know more
about the day-to-day workings of the U.S. govern-
ment, “this unique blend of humor and informa-
tion is a cross between a textbook and a satire,”

Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) has a new collecting focus: African Americans in sports. The collection brings to light the effect athletes and others in the

Tucker Civic Association has chosen Idle- wood Elementary School for its “Give An Hour” community service project for August. Volunteers will spruce up the grounds at 9:30 a.m. on Satur- day, Aug. 6, in advance of classes the following Monday. The school is located at 1484 Idlewood Road. TCA is also promoting a fundraiser to acquire agenda books for students. Agenda books are carried by students in first through fifth grades and used to write down homework assignments and reminders. Teachers often write notes to parents in the calendar section of the books. These are vital tools for teaching students to keep up with their assignments, and for communicat- ing with parents. Idlewood Elementary does not have the funds to purchase agenda books for all students. TCA members and Tucker residents can help Idlewood students and teachers by providing an agenda book for a student. Each agenda book costs $5. Those who can donate money for one or two or more agenda books should make a check out to the Tucker Civic Association and include “Idlewood Agenda Books” on the memo line, and mail to Tucker Civic Association, P.O. Box 1916, Tucker GA 30085, or checks can be dropped off at the Aug. 6 “Give An Hour.” For more information, contact TCA’s District 3 Representative Randy Shepley at district3@ tuckercivic.org.

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Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Sports Page 23A All-star game nominees await decision Eight

All-star game nominees await decision

Eight high school football players in DeKalb County will find out in a few months if they will be selected to play in the 2012 U.S. Army All American Bowl. The game, which features the top high school senior foot- ball players in the country, will be played in January in San Antonio, Texas. Two Stephenson defensive linemen—Jarontay Jones and Jafar Mann—are among the eight DeKalb nominees. Other nominees from schools in the county are Josh Dawson, defen- sive end, Tucker; Ukeme Eligwe, linebacker, Stone Mountain; Brandon Greene, offensive lineman, Cedar Grove; Joe Har- ris, offensive lineman, Lithonia; Keno Loyal, running back, Co- lumbia; and Geno Smith, defen- sive back, St. Pius. Loyal was the top rusher among public school players in the county with 1,460 yards and 15 touchdowns in nine games. He averaged 162 yards per game. Defensively, Eligwe was the county’s top tackler with 95 solo

Eligwe was the county’s top tackler with 95 solo Josh Dawson stops and 121 total tackles.

Josh Dawson

stops and 121 total tackles. Daw- son had 13.5 quarterback sacks and Jones had 13, second and third in the county, respectively.

Jones had 13, second and third in the county, respectively. Ukeme Eligwe Jafar Mann P h

Ukeme Eligwe

second and third in the county, respectively. Ukeme Eligwe Jafar Mann P h o t o

Jafar Mann

Photos by Travis Hudgons

Many of the nominees already have committed to college schol- arships: Eligwe, Florida State; Greene, Alabama; Dawson, Van-

derbilt; Mann, Florida; and Jones, Virginia Tech. Finals selections will be made in late fall.

Virginia Tech. Finals selections will be made in late fall. Scottdale in Little League state tournament

Scottdale in Little League state tournament

The 12-and-under Scottdale Hornets recently won the Little League Georgia District 3 tournament and earned a berth in the state tournament in Cartersville, which ended July 27. The Hornets entered the district tournament with a 14-0 record. The team is coached by Ronald Everson, and assistant coaches are Ken Hicks and Artis Benson. Lopez Heath is the team mascot. Team members are DeAngelo Julio, Dontravious Huff, Artez Benson, Ahmad O’Neal, James Parris, Justin Benjamin, Tylan Bailey, Eric Lott, Delrick Franklin and Roderick Harper Jr.

Ahmad O’Neal , James Parris , Justin Benjamin , Tylan Bailey , Eric Lott, Delrick Franklin

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Page 24A The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Clarkston job has special meaning for

Clarkston job has special meaning for Wansley

by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com

The job of head football coach

at Clarkston High School is about

more than wins and losses for Gary Wansley. The job for the eight-year resi-

dent of Clarkston is a chance to in- still pride in a community through the football program. “My wife and I bought a house

in the city limits and we’re proud

of the community,” Wansley said.

“I don’t plan on going anywhere. I

want the football program to be the

glowing spirit that it once was here

in Clarkston. I think this program

definitely has a chance for success.” Wansley took over in April after former coach Jay Rollerson was

fired after four seasons at the school. Although this is Wansley’s first head coaching job, he has been around winning programs both as a player and a coach. He played at Class

A power Buford and graduated in

1995, then spent several seasons as an assistant coach there. He was the linebackers coach and assistant head coach at M.L. King last season under Mike Carson, although he taught in the Gwinnett County school system last year.

The Angoras were 4-36 under Rollerson and the team has not won more than four games in a season since 1998. That also was the last time the Angoras went to the play- offs in football. During a 13-year stretch from 1986-98, the Angoras qualified for the state playoffs eight times. Clarkston posted its best re- cord in 1993 at 12-1 and advanced to the state semifinals before losing to Winder-Barrow in the third round. A large number of refugee and immigrant students has made it chal- lenging to produce a winning foot- ball program on a regular basis. “The long-term goal is to have a respectable program,” Wansley said. “We want to build a tradition of excellence with a discipline mindset. We want to change the culture of the program.” Wansley said the most difficult thing will be to get his players to buy into his plan. “The toughest battle will be getting the team to trust you and to know that you’re for them,” Wansley said. “Kids don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care about them. [Clarkston] has been on the losing side for a long time and we want to change things and not waver from

it. I do believe the community has something special to offer.” Wansley, first cousin to former University of Georgia player Tim Wansley, played running back and linebacker at Buford and went on to play football at Fort Valley State, where he earned his bachelor’s de- gree. Since his family has lived in the area for a long time, Wansley said he

believes that will help him get and maintain support from the commu- nity. “Spring training was productive even though I wasn’t in the build- ing during school because I was still teaching at Gwinnett,” Wansley said. “We spent time setting and under- standing expectations. We were able to start building relationships with the kids.”

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