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Domestic abuse knows
no ethnic and socio-
economic boundaries
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
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
fnished, 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 fve 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
frst [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
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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See Noise on Page 3A
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 fling 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 offcials 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-
fcer 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 offcer came to her
house after midnight when
the noise usually occurs,
the offcer said department
policy does not allow of-
fcers to go into a home at
night.
Mekka Parish, public
information offcer for the
DeKalb County Police De-
Noisy neighbor a never-ending nuisance
The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Page 3A
Local News
Noise
Continued From Page 2A
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 frst.”
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 fve 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 offces for all workers
except department heads, K-9 of-
fcers and on-call offcers 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 offcer. 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 beneft with the employee
paying the premiums, according to
the budget.
Doraville to cut police department staff, council members’ pay
Former police offcer
indicted on teen sex charges
partment, said the department is “working
intimately with [Allen] to solve her prob-
lem.”
And DeKalb offcers have entered the
Allen home several times and witnessed
the noise, Parish said.
“We have done everything we can do
within the confnes of the law and the or-
dinance,” Parish said.
But Allen said she will not be satisfed
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.”
by Andrew Cauthen
andrew@dekalbchamp.com
A former DeKalb County
Police offcer, 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 fve 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
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 offcer 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 offce has begun an investigation of those
named in the Atlanta Public School cheating
report released by Gov. Nathan Deal’s offce
earlier this month.
Several of the schools named in the scandal
are located in DeKalb County and James said
he and his offce have been reviewing the fnd-
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 offce and we take these disturbing al-
legations very seriously because they affect
children,” James said.
James said that his offce 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.
Quevius Orion Thornton
The Newslady
Amy Winehouse R.I.P.
Power plays
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.
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
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
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The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Page 5A Opinion
DeKalb County CEO responds to
Bill Crane column
Letters to the editor:
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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It isn’t so much that I’m against
balancing the budget. It’s that I
think fring 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 fve 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
offcials 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 fasco:
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 fgures 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
Injustice department
Using drugs to let you play a game better isn’t the
equivalent of selling crack cocaine to a teenager
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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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,
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
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
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].”
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-
tinue her work with the
Giving Tree. She is cur-
rently the president and
chief services officer
for PSR Associates in
Atlanta.
Couple contributes major gift for
Parkinson’s research at Emory
Former court clerk gets
chance to regain job
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 diffcult 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 offcials, 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 beneft others suffering
from Parkinson’s and encourage others to
give for Parkinson’s research.”
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 offce 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 offce.
“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.
The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Page 8A
Local News
Peachtree Hope pulls charter application
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. The
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



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 frst day of school
a few weeks away, offcials 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 fve-year charter.
However, that waiver was later
withdrawn from Peachtree Hope
because the school fred its manage-
ment company, SABIS.
“I’m both real frustrated and
disappointed in these people,” board
member Eugene Walker said of
Peachtree Hope offcials. “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 notifed.
“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.
Offcials 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 fulfll.
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 conf-
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 fve 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 fll
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.”
The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Page 9A
Local News
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 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.”

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

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
The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Page 10A
Local News
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 frst 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 defnitely 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
fve 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
See Chickens on Page 11A
A chicken sits in the
shade at the Oakhurst
Community Garden.
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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 fuffy
white one is Blue Plate
because he’s special,” said
Sharie, explaining that
when they frst 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.”
Chickens
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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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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.
2008 Unforgettable Soul Concert. Photo by Travis Hudgons Photo by Andrew Cauthen
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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
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 frst glance, one
might mistake Asa—in
his small orange refective
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
specifcally 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 diffcult 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
See Eruv on Page 15A
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.
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Violence
Continued From Page 1A
Rose Petals is by Niklas Alm and others. This piece was
done for Amnesty Sweden Campaign.
“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
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 fnd 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 fnd a safe
house to rest comfortably [at night],” Barber
said. “The room I stayed in [originally] was
a four-bed suite. The frst 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
flled 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 defnitely 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.”
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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, offcially
called the Atlanta Eruv, was
frst developed in the early
1980s and was engineered
by Dr. Joseph Tate. There
are fve 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 frst
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-
Eruv Continued From Page 13A
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 fnish 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,
See Eruv on Page 16A
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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 fxed 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 defnitely been a lot of growth,” Asa
said.
Eruv Continued From Page 15A
Rabbi Asa hikes through the woods near Emory village and
stops by a wall to make sure the eruv remains intact.
A map shows the boundaries of the eruv.
The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Page 17A Health
Salt diet dangers may be infuenced 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.
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 fuid
(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 fuid from the nose,
meningitis and epidural or brain infammation.
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 identifable 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 signifcantly greater than that of patients with CSF
leaks with some other identifable 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.
The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Page 18A Business
Chambers of Commerce: Working on things many think just happen
Mayor Kasim Reed to keynote the DeKalb Chamber August luncheon
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August 17th – Network DeKalb Leads Group – DeKalb Tech
August 19th – Government Affairs Meetng – Keynote:
Jonathan Weintraub
August 26th – DeKalb Chamber moves to Decatur, GA
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.
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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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
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 offce and today
heads a medical staff that includes seven
doctors, a nurse practitioner and covers two
offces, 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.”
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
frst 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 frst 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 infll 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 classifcation plan. Prior
to the rezoning, those woodlands were not
protected. The development site is also reg-
istered for EarthCraft Communities certifca-
tion, while the apartment component is regis-
tered for EarthCraft Multifamily certifcation.
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 fnance and administration, Emo-
ry University. “This type of mixed-use devel-
opment was envisioned during the creation of
the Clifton Community Partnership fve years
ago, and it is gratifying to see it coming to
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Mixed-use development under way for Emory area
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 offcer of Cousins Properties; and David Fitch,
president and chief executive offcer of Gables Residential.

An artist’s rendering shows what the completed project is
expected to look like.
Canvas By U!, left, and Dunwoody Pediatrics recently opened new locations in the same area of Dunwoody.
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Education

REVISED June 2011

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.


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 question on
the ballot will read as follows:

( ) 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

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 2.07 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.”


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 fve 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 certifed 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 fnally 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 certifcate.
“Online it told me just to bring your
resume; they didn’t tell me to bring my cer-
tifcate. 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 frst-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 traffc 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
frst 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 frst, 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.
Teachers pack GPC in Clarkston for job fair
Teacher Fiona Simmons meets with a representative of DeKalb
County Schools.

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
Page 21A The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011
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.
Church announces health events
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-
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.
African Americans in sports focus
of Emory Libraries Collection
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
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.
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.
DECATUR
DeKalb Rape Crisis Center seeks
hotline volunteers
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
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,”
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
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
August ‘Give An Hour’ to help
Idlewood Elementary
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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The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011 Page 23A
Sports
Eight high school football
players in DeKalb County will
fnd 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
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.
All-star game nominees await decision
stops and 121 total tackles. Daw-
son had 13.5 quarterback sacks
and Jones had 13, second and
third in the county, respectively.
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.
Josh Dawson Ukeme Eligwe Jafar Mann
Photos by Travis Hudgons
Page 24A The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 29, 2011
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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
defnitely has a chance for success.”
Wansley took over in April after
former coach Jay Rollerson was
fred after four seasons at the school.
Although this is Wansley’s frst 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
qualifed for the state playoffs eight
times. Clarkston posted its best re-
cord in 1993 at 12-1 and advanced to
the state semifnals 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 diffcult
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, frst 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.”
Clarkston job has special meaning for Wansley