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Circus Camp more than just clowning around

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by Robert Naddra robert@dekalbchamp.com Two red silk ribbons hang 20 feet from ceiling to floor at Circus Camp in Decatur. The trick for acrobats is to climb the silks, strategically wrap the ribbons around one’s body, then twist downward, the silks unfurling along the way until the participant stops just a few feet above the floor. Nine-year-old Helen Stephens used the silks to conquer her fears. Participating in her fifth circus camp this summer, Helen said the silks and aerial activities such as trapeze are her favorite activities there. “There were some scary things to learn and they helped me overcome my fears,” Helen said. “The drops were kind of scary and I kept telling myself, ‘don’t fall, don’t fall.’” She did fall once, but with the help of a camp counselor got right back up and has been confident with the silks ever since. “My confidence has been built up a lot because of the activities I do here and it helps me focus,” Helen said. “I get my work done better at school and my report cards are better.” Building self-esteem is just one of the things camp owner Tim Dwyer tries to accomplish. Dwyer is in his 10th year as owner of the camp, which is celebrating its 20th year in the metro Atlanta area. Boys and girls ages 5 to 18 are taught juggling, magic, clown techniques, costume and set design, and aerial tricks done on several different apparatus. “Our philosophy is building the self-esteem of children through the magic of the circus,” Dwyer said. “It doesn’t matter what skill level someone has. There’s something for everybody.” Circus Camp, which also is held in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, is composed of eight one-week sessions. There were 130 participants at the most recent Decatur camp, which celebrated the end of the session with a performance June 29. The unique part of the camp is
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Circus Camp aerial director Jacosa Kato helps a camper on one piece of aerial apparatus, above, while campers and a counselor work on the trapeze and the silks at the Decatur camp. Photos by Robert Naddra

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Dunwoody councilwoman files ethics complaint
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com Dunwoody City Councilwoman Adrian Bonser filed an ethics complaint June 21 against Mayor Mike Davis and the rest of the city council, alleging that several meetings held over the past six months Bonser were held illegally. Bonser, who is also facing an ethics investigation, alleges the city council held an illegal meeting Feb. 3 to discuss a real estate deal, then again in May when it met to discuss the ethics charges pending against her. An investigation report released May 21 states that Dunwoody City Attorney Brian Anderson and Bonser were responsible for alleged leaks from an executive session about a complex land transaction involving the sale of portions of a 16-acre farm known as the PVC Farm to purchase a 19-acre parcel of property in an area known as Georgetown. The report also alleges Bonser leaked information to a source who gave blogger Bob Lundsten details regarding the Feb. 3 executive session. When Bonser was interviewed by investigators, the report states, she “was not truthful in her responses.” As a result of the investigation Anderson settled with the city and was awarded a severance package of two months’ salary and benefits, totaling approximately $29,000. Dunwoody spokesman Bob Mullen said the city spent $25,000 on the investigation and it expects another invoice from the firm that performed it, but could not speculate on the amount of the bill. Bonser claims she never leaked any information and alleges a violation for holding the executive sessions in question. “I haven’t leaked any information ever during the three years I’ve been on the city council,” Bonser said. “The investigation was a waste of taxpayer money and sloppy at best and politically motivated at worst.” At a council meeting June 26, Bonser said, the council voted to appoint attorney Richard Carothers to lead the investigation into her ethics complaint. Bonser said before his appointment Carothers was vetted by Dunwoody City Manager Warren Hutmacher, which she said was a clear conflict of interest since Hutmacher is named in her complaint. Bonser’s ethics complaint also accuses Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis of asking her to resign from the council for “using taxpayer funds to misuse the Board of Ethics and Code of Ethics for his political agenda,” before the investigative report was complete.

John Russell Carver of Atlanta, who pleaded guilty to the rape and assault of a church worker, wanted to return to prison where he has spent much of his life, his attorney said. Photo by Andrew Cauthem

Church rapist pleads guilty, sentenced to life in prison
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com An 51-year-old Atlanta man will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to the brutal rape in a church of a DeKalb County woman. John Russell Carver was sentenced by Judge Asha Jackson to two consecutive life sentences plus 115 years behind bars. On June 29, Carver pled guilty to 10 counts, including rape, armed robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, burglary and possession of a knife during commission of a felony. DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James called the crime “heinous.” “I don’t really have words and it’s not often that I don’t have words to describe something,” James said. “I don’t really have words to describe how bad that it is. “It’s terrible,” he said. “It’s tragic. It is such a violation of the sanctity of a place of worship whether you’re talking about a church or a temple or a synagogue.” According a police report, the then 53-year-old female victim was working in a church office around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, when she answered a knock at an exterior office door. She slightly cracked the door…because [she thought] she was going to open the door and help a homeless person out,” James said. When the door was opened, Carver forced his way into the building. “He immediately started
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Faulty fire department air pack causes ‘near miss’
by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com A DeKalb County firefighter was forced to jump out of a two-story building after his air pack malfunctioned during a fire. According to DeKalb County Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Norman Augustin, the firefighter was on a call at Woody Court at 9:45 p.m. on June 25. The fireman “had an issue with his air pack,” Augustin said. “That’s our lifeline in a fire.” When “he suddenly stopped receiving air, he bailed out of a window,” Augustin said. The firefighter was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for cuts and minor smoke inhalation and released, Augustin said. Augustin said the incident was considered serious. “We’re classifying it as a near miss,” Augustin said. “Thankfully he was not seriously injured,” Augustin said. Approximately 15-20 percent of the house was burned by the fire, which was quickly stopped in the room in which it started, Augustin said. Called a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), the air packs are worn by fire rescue personnel to provide breathable air during fires and other emergency situations. Problems with the air packs came to light earlier this year during the county’s budget process when fire rescue officials said they needed to replace its inventory of 325 SCBAs at a cost of $2 million. Many of the devices have had to be sent back to the manufacturer for repair because of problems with their quick-release connections for the pressurized air bottles and battery connections, among other problems. Fire rescue officials said that since 2009 when DeKalb Fire Rescue started using the air packs, there have been numerous potentially dangerous problems. The devices have malfunctioned during emergencies 29 times, according to fire rescue officials. “We have numerous kinks [in the devices],” said county fire Chief Eddie O’Brien in February. “A lot of them are potentially catastrophic.” The county is in the process of writing a request for a proposal to replace the air packs, O’Brien said. “It’s our top priority,” O’Brien said. Until the request for proposal passes the purchasing department and Board of Commissioners, certified technicians in the fire rescue department are doing their best to keep the SCBAs in “top shape,” O’Brien said.

Art enthusiasts showed their support for local art during the Decatur Arts Festival held in downtown Decatur in May. Photos by Daniel Beauregard

Advocates asked for input regarding arts community in DeKalb
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com To better understand the needs of the arts community in DeKalb County, CEO Burrell Ellis has tasked a group of arts advocates, leaders and stakeholders to weigh in on the future of the arts in the county. Ellis formed the DeKalb Creative Industries Task Force to undertake a comprehensive study of DeKalb’s creative and cultural industry. The task force is also charged with developing a plan to shape the cultural and artistic future of the county. There are four surveys available online designed to glean feedback from artists, art and cultural organizations, faith-based institutions and residents. The results will be used to develop a framework to foster a healthy arts and culture community, and support artistic endeavors in the county. Jan Selman co-chairs the task force with Mereda Davis Johnson, wife of Congressman Hank Johnson. She said the task force was created a little more than a year ago after the arts department created by former CEO Vernon Jones’ administration was deemed ineffective. “The task force was really charged with doing an assessment of the arts in DeKalb and since there hadn’t been an assessment in so long, you can’t recommend what the county should do if you don’t know what there is,” Selman said about the decision to create a survey. “We wanted to know what resources we have but also what resources people want…What resources are in each area of the county.” Selman, previously the executive director of the now defunct DeKalb Council for the Arts and at one time the chairman of the Georgia Council for the Arts, said each of the four surveys is geared to a different segment of the community. “Then we’ll hire a professional to assess the data that we get and help us read what it means,” Selman said. “We’ll have a comprehensive report— the good, the bad and the ugly—to present to the CEO.” Selman said the reach of the task force is intended to have a broad view and includes representatives from Callanwolde, Spruill, ART Station and Porter Sanford Performing Arts & Community Center, and community members such as Sara Fountain, executive director of Leadership DeKalb and Betty Willis from Emory University’s community affairs office. “I’ve been on this committee with Jan Selman and the reason why the CEO asked us to do this to begin with, is to come back to the county and show what the needs are aside from funding,” said David Thomas, president and artistic director of ART Station in Stone Mountain. Thomas said ART Station is a nonprofit arts center whose main funding source is private fundraising. ART Station recently signed a new lease agreement with DeKalb County that allows the organization to use the facility rent-free and the county pays the utilities. “This was a big change for us,” Thomas said. “When we went through the recession it was very scary but CEO Ellis was very amenable to it and was able to convince the commissioners.” Thomas said Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, on Briarcliff Road in Atlanta, has a similar agreement with the county. ART Station has been operating for 28 years with an annual budget of approximately $1 million; the organization receives approximately $75,000 in funding from DeKalb County, $12,000 from the city of Stone Mountain and $6,000 from the state; the balance comes from private donors and the revenue generated by ticket sales from ART Station’s theater. Thomas said he thinks an important benefit the county can do for the arts community, aside from funding, is to help centers similar to his with marketing and promote how success in the arts can lead to positive influences on the community. “I think DeKalb could help by email blasting our activities, those kinds of things that really don’t cost anything,” Thomas said. “Social media is our biggest focus right now and our staff has been through two workshops on how to use it for marketing. We’re trying to develop a younger audience.” Angie Macon, director of the Decatur Arts Alliance, said she isn’t on the task force but thinks it’s a great idea. “It would be wonderful for the county to put more emphasis on the arts and I think a task force is a great way to start,” Macon said. “As we come out of the recession it will be easier for arts organizations to receive support.” Macon said she considers herself lucky to be a Decatur resident because the city and community are supportive of the arts. However, she said not enough grants are available for nonprofit organizations such as hers. “When they dissolved the DeKalb Council for the Arts there was less funding from the county and the Georgia Council for the Arts has reduced its funding—that has pushed more of the arts nonprofits to have to look harder for grants and corporate sponsorships,” Macon said. Selman echoed Macon and said one of the problems DeKalb County faced in the past was that it didn’t offer grants competitive with those Fulton County and the city of Atlanta offer. “Many times we heard of an arts organization that wanted to relocate, and I would go try and recruit them to relocate to DeKalb County, but they wouldn’t because Fulton County and the city of Atlanta give really nice grants to organizations,” Selman said. “It has kept us from being competitive in the past. Those attractions are the kind of things that keep people here.”

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SCOTUS upholds affordable health care act
“welfare queen.” She was a small businesswoman, a photographer, who struggled to make ends meet in a failing economy brought on by the greed and corruption President Obama is trying valiantly to correct. Because she was proud and hard-working when times got hard she felt she had nowhere to turn to get the medical attention she desperately needed. Through no fault of her own, she simply could not afford the trips to the doctor, expensive prescriptions and the battery of vital tests. Her brain tumor might have been detected earlier. She might have been able to have surgery. She might have survived if she could have afforded insurance—so many what ifs. I am amazed at the heartlessness of people who sit in the comfort of cushy positions and enjoy lives of privilege made possible by the working and middle class. Many of us have been blessed to live lives of relative ease. But some of us know the devastation of being unemployed or underemployed and getting sick without being able to afford expensive health care premiums or being denied coverage because of “preexisting” conditions. Picture being unemployed, savings wiped out, too young to collect Social Security and denied disability after going through exhaustive hours of examinations, mounds of paperwork and seemingly endless red tape. It is a demoralizing experience that sends self-respect and dignity plummeting, finances notwithstanding. Credit is ruined as one drowns in a sea of medical bills that mount up with each new procedure or test. The quickest route to bankruptcy today is a catastrophic illness. Most people have worked hard over a lifetime and paid handsomely into a system that would deny basic care; not a handout, but earned benefits. A reminder of what this important Affordable Health Care Act does:
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Adults will no longer be denied health insurance due to a preexisting condition, effective in 2014. Health insurance providers can no longer cancel your policy because you get sick. There can no longer be annual limits to health coverage. If your illness is expensive, you won’t have to worry about reaching a limit to what your insurance company will pay.

Some days it is just grand to be an American in this land of the free and home of the brave. Thanks to the brave men and women of the Supreme Court of the United States for upholding President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act, his signature legislation some derisively call Obamacare. Many hold the Affordable Health Care Act in disdain and will perhaps use the Supreme Court ruling as yet another election-year wedge issue and fundraising tool. I wish however they could see from a different set of eyes. I wish they could have had an opportunity to get to know a wonderful young woman who died recently mainly because she could not afford the health care she needed. No one who knew Denise Gray would describe her as a

Children will no longer be denied health insurance due to a pre-existing condition, effective immediately. Young adults can stay on their parents’ health insurance policy until age 26.

There is no reason that one of the richest countries in the world should have people sick and dying without the ability to get affordable health care. We all deserve it and the SCOTUS ruling brings that lofty ideal closer to reality. Thank God for Barack Obama. Thank God for the highest court in the land, the final arbiter of legal disputes. Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Milies at Steen@dekalbchamp.com.

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by Hilary Matfess

age go bankrupt or have trouble paying their medical bills when they or I may have lupus, but I’m lucky. their relatives get sick. When I was 13 and growing The conservative attack on up in Augusta, Ga., I began to exthe Affordable Care Act features perience the same symptoms of a groundless claims that it would chronic inflammatory disease that usher in some kind of socialist sysmy mother was diagnosed with in tem. Yet the simple fact is that the her early 30s. A group of capable 2010 health care reform will mean doctors identified the problems and that 82 million Americans will have developed a course of observation access to the doctors, treatments and and treatment. The health insurance medicine they need to be the best offered by my dad’s job as a hotel students, parents, employees and manager, in addition to the love and community members they can be. care of my wonderful parents, made Undoubtedly, the Affordable it possible for me to become the rea- Care Act isn’t perfect. But I’m still sonably healthy college student that celebrating the Supreme Court’s rulI am today. ing as a promising sign that AmeriBut millions haven’t been as cans are on the brink of adopting a lucky. More than 50 million Amerihealth care system based on a sense cans lack health insurance altogether of community, not luck. and 29 million adults are underinFor me, the Affordable Care Act sured. That’s one in four Americans means that when I graduate from who, if confronted with anything college, I won’t have to take a job from a cold to cancer, can’t get ade- that I hate to get the health care that quate treatment at a reasonable price. I need because of the increase in opMany of the Affordable Care tions this act creates. For many peoAct’s opponents say that people who ple, however, it’s something much lack coverage chose to be that way. bigger — a monumental opportunity But that’s overwhelmingly not the to better their lives by obtaining acsituation. Millions of Americans cess to healthcare. with pre-existing conditions, what insurers call past health complications, are denied coverage. Hilary Matfess is an Institute for The truth is that for most Ameri- Policy Studies intern and a Johns can adults, if their or their spouses’ Hopkins University student. For jobs don’t provide affordable health more information about lupus, visit insurance, they’ve got little choice the Lupus Foundation of America’s but to remain uninsured. And milwebsite at lupus.org Distributed via lions of people who do have coverOtherWords (OtherWords.org)

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The author celebrates the Affordable Care Act ruling outside the Supreme Court. Photo courtesy of Slate’s Dave Weigel.

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Save austerity measures HunGER for the next boom
Obama should reject the conservative mantra that equates government and family spending.
ritates the heck out of conservatives. That is to say, he speaks sense. But not “common sense.” Common sense is on the budget-cutters’ side. When your family has run up a lot of debt, cutting back on spending seems self-evidently the right thing to do. Why are governments different? There are two competing theories Krugman answers that as well and on how to pull us out of the economic succinctly as anyone I’ve read. slump we’re in, but you’d hardly “An economy is not like an indebtknow it from the debate going on in ed family,” he wrote a few weeks ago. Washington. Conservatives, who want “Our debt is mostly money we owe us to cut our way to prosperity, keep to each other; even more important, drowning out those who think we our income mostly comes from selling should be pumping money into the things to each other. Your spending is economy by spending more on teachers, research, roads, bridges and other my income, and my spending is your income. So what happens if everyone public works. simultaneously slashes spending in an The small-government, budgetattempt to pay down debt? The answer cutting “austerity” advocates speak 1 in 6 AmERicAns income falls … and, as is everyone’s in strident, confident voices, while our incomes plunge, our debt problem the proponents of more governsTRuGGlEs WiTH HunGER. gets worse, not better.” ment spending — the people called “When the private sector is franti“Keynesians” (after the 20th-century cally trying to pay down debt,” he British economist, John Maynard adds, “the public sector should do the Keynes) — speak in apologetic, barely audible tones, as though they’re opposite, spending when the private sector can’t or won’t. By all means afraid of offending someone. let’s balance our budget once the President Barack Obama is the economy has recovered — but not latter. He sounds defensive when now. The boom, not the slump, is the he puts forward one of his anemic “stimulus” plans and is always careful right time for austerity.” Sounds good to me, but they were to balance expenditures with money still teaching Keynes when I was in from a tax increase for the rich. school. He’s even gone so far as to bring In Europe today, apparently not so out the stale comparison equating a much. But there’s some indication that government in debt with families that the hardliners are backing off from live beyond their means. There’s only their most draconian prescriptions. one solution for indebted households Not all conservatives are stupid, and nations, conservatives say — beltyou know. The intelligent ones fear tightening. that more deficit spending in the face And that’s pretty much what of a huge national debt will trigger inObama said last year: We’ve run up flation that, in the long run, will mean too much debt, and now we have to start tightening our belts. It was a shot ruination. It’s better to let the economy crash and rebuild it from the ground into every Keynesian’s heart. up, they say. “No, no,” I wanted to shout. Personally, I prefer to delay what“That’s their argument, not yours.” ever long-term medicine we might Fortunately, I didn’t shout it. (When need, because it’s entirely possible you start yelling at the television set, you’re only one step away from wear- that we’re able to make things better now without government austerity. ing a tag with your name and address As Keynes, a witty man, once said of on it, so when you go out, you can economists who counseled the long find your way back home.) view: New York Times columnist Paul “In the long run, we are all dead.” Krugman is a Keynesian, but not of OtherWords columnist Donald the shrinking-violet variety. He’s a Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Nobel-Prize-winning economist who otherwords.org speaks in a loud, clear voice that ir-

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County questions finances of proposed Brookhaven
Oh, this is a tough one! Lee May is asking Brookhaven residents to choose whether they believe a study conducted by those notoriously incompentent dolts in the county finance department or one conducted by an independent third party who has no interest in the vote? May, Ellis and the rest of the county gubmint are doing whatever they can to scare Brookhaven residents into voting no. – Jay posted this on 6/28/12 at 5:42 p.m. Of course, what would you expect the county to say? “We believe the proposed City of Brookhaven will provide better and more responsive services than DeKalb County as the County has continued to ignore Brookhaven due to its priority in supporting DIVERSITY ! in South Dekalb.” –Trevor posted this on 6/27/12 at 11:39 p.m.

Basketball camp a long-standing tradition in DeKalb
Mike, has and been doing great work and we at StirredUp Ministries, Inc. are very proud of what his orgazation is doing. –Darrell jones posted this on 6/23/12 at 10:46 a.m.

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fender, Ruth McMullin. “This case is why we have a recidivist statute in Georgia,” James said. “This is the case that it was made for. Once you commit two dangerous felonies, on your third one, it’s like a two-strikes law. “On that next one, you don’t get to come home again,” James said. “It’s life without parole. “Someone like [Carver] should not have been out of jail in the first place, frankly,” James said.

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attacking her,” James said. During the attack, Carver choked the victim with his hands until she lost consciousness, according to the indictment. He stomped her head; and hit and kicked her face until her eyes were swollen shut. And all of this was done while brandishing a knife with a 3-inch blade. The charges against Carver were made on March 16 after DNA evidence in the case was processed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and detectives were able to identify Carver as a suspect, according to a press release. When arrested by DeKalb officers, Carver was already in custody at the Fulton County Jail after an arrest on March 7 for violating his parole. “To break into [a church] is one thing,” James said. “But to break in that place and to assault an individual that’s there—to rape someone that’s in the church—and to steal from the church is terrible.” At the time of the crime, Carver was on parole for a 1991 armed robbery case, according to Carver’s public de-

Champion of the Week

Maureen Foster
people in Atlanta living in the streets and asked if she would come with her to see how they could help. The women have been doing what they can for homeless men and women ever since. Before she came to Georgia, Foster lived in Rochester, N.Y., where she was a volunteer host of a monthly television talk show. “The format was community driven and covered issues such as suicide, landlord-tenant issues, domestic violence, education and many other topics chosen to enlighten and uplift the community,” she said. At the same time she volunteered at a community hospital, taking toiletries to patients and spending time with those who had no visitors. Over the years she has volunteered in soup kitchens, worked with neighborhood anti-crime groups, and joined in neighborhood clean-up days in her DeKalb community. She also has volunteered with Hands on Atlanta, putting packets together for hurricane victims. A mother of three, Foster said she desires to promote the mental, spiritual and emotional well-being of others. “Physical changes are not as important as mental changes. What good is it to be physically fit and emotionally poor? Life is about balance, alliance and reliance as we deal with the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual aspects of our being,” she said.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 2013 DeKalb County Human Services Grant (General Fund and Victim Assistance Fund) DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is pleased to announce that the DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department is accepting 2013 Human Services Grant applications for General Fund and Victim Assistance Fund. Starting July 12, applications will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the William T. White Building, 39 Rogers Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30317. Applications will also be available electronically by visiting www.dekalbcountyga.gov/humanserv. An Information Briefing will be held on Thursday, July 12, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030. Only applications from incorporated non-profit organizations with a minimum of two years of service provision in DeKalb County will be considered. These organizations must also meet other guideline criteria for consideration. Considered applicants must have a prevention or early intervention focus and meet an urgent community need. Services provided must address issues related to economically disadvantaged individuals, families, children, youth or senior adults, including under-served and difficult-to-serve populations. Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 10 in order to be considered for 2013 funding. Absolutely no applications will be accepted after the deadline. Applications are subject to the availability of 2013 DeKalb County funding for the Human Services Grant program. For more information, call Lisa Thomas at 404-270-1180 in the DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department. For information on obtaining victim assistance program certification, contact the State of Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council at 404-657-1961.

Maureen Foster has been volunteering for more than 40 years, starting when she was 15 years old and newly arrived from Jamaica. “I remember donating a small amount of money to an organization when I was a teen and I got such a nice letter back thanking me it inspired me to keep wanting to do for others. I realized that even small things you do for others can mean so much to them,” said Foster, who now lives in Lithonia. She and three other volunteers visit neighborhoods in the metro Atlanta area where there are many homeless people and take them food, clothing, water, toiletries and other items. “We ask them what they need and we try to get it for them,” she said. “I really have a heart for the less fortunate because they are more like us than they are different from us. So many of us are just one paycheck away from being homeless ourselves.” She said one member of her volunteer group, a co-worker at the time, mentioned that were so many

If you would like to nominate someone to be considered as a future Champion of the Week, please contact Kathy Mitchell at kathy@DeKalbchamp.com or at 404-373-7779, ext. 104.

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DeKalb legislators, experts weigh in on Supreme Court’s health care decision
by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com The United States Supreme Court voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act June 28, a decision that DeKalb legislators and experts said will serve as a milestone for many Americans. “After decades of choosing between buying medications and putting food on the table, after decades of living in fear of bankruptcy caused by an unexpected illness, Americans are entering a new era of reliable access to quality, affordable health care,” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) said. The act, which was upheld with a 5-4 vote, was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2012. Seen by some as controversial legislation, more than 20 states, including Georgia, filed actions in federal court challenging its constitutionality. “President Obama and Congress took the lead and did what no other administration has been able to do—put health insurance in reach for the more than 50 million uninsured Americans and make it more affordable for everyone,” Johnson said. State Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick (D-94) said she is delighted by the court’s ruling. Kendrick said the court could have bent to corporate and Republican pressure but didn’t. Kendrick said the vote is a “clear and final” ruling of law, which would provide security to middle class Americans. “Insurance companies will no longer be able to arbitrarily deny coverage to sick patients when they need it most and charge women more than men,” Kendrick said. “Instead of focusing on repealing what the Supreme Court has clearly and definitely stated is constitutional, Congress should instead focus on creating jobs and on the economy. Georgia has one of the highest unemployment rates and highest foreclosure rates.” One of the more highly debated aspects of the law was whether the federal government, under the commerce clause, could require individuals to purchase health insurance or face a penalty. Additionally, the law calls for an expansion of the Medicaid program but the court found that the federal government cannot threaten states with the loss of all Medicaid funding if they choose not to participate. Emory University law professor William Buzbee is director of the Emory Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and a director of Emory’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. Buzbee said the court voted ultimately to uphold the law but also opened the door for new constitutional arguments. “Probably the most novel part of the decision was that four justices on the losing side came up with a new view of the commerce power of the United States,” Buzbee said. Additionally, Buzbee said Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion and was also the critical fifth “swing vote,” did something unusual and weighed in on the individual mandate as it related to the Commerce Clause. “He drafted parts of an opinion on the losing side, saying that the individual mandate could not be justified under the commerce clause, and the four justices on the losing side agreed with him,” Buzbee said. “That opinion will influence further cases but since the law was upheld it wasn’t needed.” David Howard, an associate professor of health policy and management at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, said the Affordable Care Act will allow millions of people who are uninsured to gain health insurance, but said the Medicare expansion would be costly. “Some states, perhaps Georgia, might decide not to expand Medicaid in accordance with the affordable care act,” Howard said. “It
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Struggling adults increasingly returning to the nest
by Nigel Roberts things like depression in their adult children, parents must For generations, parents be willing to say, ‘look, we have gone through the empty understand. This is not about nest experience. This genera- you doing anything wrong.”’ tion of parents, however, is Emmanuel has counseled going through a unique situa- many families in her career. tion. Increasingly, their adult She highly recommends children are returning to the “having a frank discussion at nest—often creating chalthe beginning about guidelenges that require creative lines and boundaries.” solutions. Most experts agree with A Pew Research Center Emmanuel. A survey of the survey released last Derapidly accumulating literacember reports that nearly ture on this topic yields comone-third of parents with mon issues for parents and grown adult children said the adult children to discuss. economic recession, coupled For one thing, parents with high unemployment should not allow their adult rates, has forced their adult children to become idle at child to move back home. home. Instead, give them Most of these so-called booresponsibilities around the merang kids range in age home. They are not too old to from 25 to 34. perform chores, such as cut“It’s a tough situation,” ting the lawn or cleaning the said Barbara Emmanuel, a gutters, which could defray psychotherapist who conducts the cost of hiring someone to family counseling at her prac- do those tasks. tice in Decatur. “Parents have It is often important to to make big adjustments.” establish a deadline when the Often they have to tell them- new living arrangement will selves ‘this is just temporary,’ end. It is easy for adult chilshe added. dren to get stuck in a comIt is also difficult for adult fortable situation at home. children who have become So, setting a timeline can be accustomed to living on their an effective motivational tool. own. To ease the transition, “Parents and adult chilEmmanuel recommends “nor- dren must have direct commalizing the situation.” Adult munication about things such children returning home is as paying rent,” Emmanuel happening across the country emphasized. in large numbers. So, there Some experts go as far as is no longer a huge stigma recommending that parent associated with young adults and child sign some type of moving back in with mom written agreement about rent. and dad. Demanding an affordable “After all, these young level of rent establishes some adults are not failures or bad semblance of reality, contribpeople but victims of the utes to household expenses, economy,” said Emmanuel, and could feed a savings who serves as president of account that could become the Georgia Society for Clini- a down payment on an apartcal Social Work. “To prevent ment when the adult child is ready to move out. Indeed, finances are a major concern for both parents, saving for their retirement, and adult children, who may be returning home with student loan or credit card debts. But returning home could become a golden opportunity for grown children to sort out their financial challenges. Income from a part-time job could pay down student loans and other debts. Several personal finance professionals also advise parents to do what they can to maintain health insurance for their struggling adult child who has returned home. After recognizing the pitfalls and taking steps to address them, boomerang children moving back into the nest could be a positive experience, Emmanuel said. Not only can parents help their adult children build a solid financial foundation, but they can also get the chance to reconnect. “Neither parent nor child wants this situation, but this could be an opportunity to get to know each other as adults,” she said. “This situation could have long term positive consequences.”

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will expand coverage but it’s not cheap.” Howard said the two main components of the act are the expansion of the Medicare program and offering subsidies for people who are within income levels of 100-400 percent of the poverty level to purchase health insurance. He said the recent Supreme Court ruling, which ruled that the federal government couldn’t force states to expand their Medicare programs, may put some of the perceived benefits in doubt. However, Howard said even if Georgia decides not to expand Medicare, the Affordable Care Act will still make a number of changes. The act calls for employers to provide health insurance or face a penalty and he said the individual mandate will bring healthier people into the insurance market, which will lower insurance premiums. “Yeah it’s a huge act,” Howard said. “Health reform is going to be unfolding over a long time.”

Daughter gives unique Father’s Day gift
by Matt Amato Father’s Day isn’t synonymous with an outpouring of sacrificial generosity. Golf balls, socks, ties, after shave, slippers–they’re patriarchic acknowledgements available at most drug stores, not tokens of limitless family love. But as Stewart Reese Jr. recovers from the discomfort of post-operative major surgery, he is aware of his daughter’s unique gift. When the pain subsides, that reminder will remain in the form of a scar across his torso. As it will for Bernita Ann Reese, whose missing kidney is actively keeping her father free from lifehampering dialysis treatment. Stewart Reese Jr. can look forward to an active lifestyle free from the torment of waiting lists and results for matching donors–a reality befalling the 90,000 Americans who suffer from kidney failure, as Reese did for more than a year. “I found myself very weak and tired out,” he remembered, adding that his energy levels had vanished. As the founder and senior pastor of Bethesda Cathedral, Stewart Reese, who has preached for 53 years, was visibly active in the community. However, in 2010, he was diagnosed with failing kidneys, and a year later was strongly advised to begin dialysis. He initially looked elsewhere, believing a miracle was out there. Medical specialists explored other options, including, as wife Navoria Reese remembered, “an aggressive drug protocol.” But there was no change. That left dialysis, and with it, the inevitability of a life consumed by hours spent in sterile rooms and dictated by the availability of machinery. This news was relayed last December at the DaVita Dialysis Center, a meeting in which the family would undergo a spectrum of emotions. Bernita, who learned of her father’s ailment last summer, was there to understand more about the condition and for support. Initially, things started undergo a five-month dialysis regimen to prepare for the May operation. When the day came, both patients had a team of surgeons. “It was quite a procedure, I’ll tell you that,” said Stewart Reese. “She was in one room and I was in the other. They carried it [the kidney] over to the room I was in.” For Navoria Reese, seeing a daughter of 46 years and husband of 55 years in surgery at the same time was somewhat unnerving. “I’m human, and quite naturally there were some moments of concern,” she said. “It was awesome: he gave her life, and to think she’s come along 46 years later [to do the same] – it was just so amazing.” Both Reese patients were successfully discharged in late May, and have been recovering steadily since. The change in Stewart Reese has already been noticeable. From scaling back public appearances, he’s been active in the church – Stewart Reese and intends to resume more preaching engagements. “I feel that I can do that without any problems at all,” he said. on a somber note. Stewart “I’m getting more strength Reese was plainly told that every day.” further avoidance of dialysis Seeing her father’s spirits would prevent him from lifted has made the experieven becoming a transplant ence fulfilling, said Bernita, candidate. whose donated kidney was That’s when Bernita said, the talking point of a family “I will give my dad one of gathering for Father’s Day. my kidneys.” The room fell “He says he’s 100 percent silent for a moment. and is looking forward to “I could hardly believe the days to come,” she said. it,” remembered Stewart Re- “It’s very gratifying – he’s ese. “I just shook my head. doing well, healthy and back She didn’t hesitate one bit in the swing of things.” – she wanted to give me her As for what next year’s kidney.” Father’s Day gift might be? A week later, the results “Let’s just say a shirt, tie came back a positive match, or robe – something that he and Stewart Reese would needs,” she said.

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WHYIS“ SHE SO HAPPY ?
“I could hardly believe it. I just shook my head. She didn’t hesitate one bit – she wanted to give me her kidney.’

Bernita Ann Reese and her father Stewart Reese Jr. Photo provided

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Summit offers help for women veterans
by Kathy Mitchell kathy@dekalbchamp.com Often when Americans think of problems that military veterans may face such as post-traumatic stress disorder, homelessness or joblessness, they are inclined to think of men. But experts in health care and related fields say that women who have served in the military must deal with these as well. Psychological disorders resulting from military service may present themselves differently in women than in men, but are just as real and just as disabling, said Katherine Sharpe Jones, military sexual trauma coordinator at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center. Jones was the keynote speaker at the Women Veterans Resource Summit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau June 28 on Georgia Perimeter College’s Decatur campus. The purpose of the summit was to provide women veterans, service providers and employers with comprehensive information and resource tools related to the effective treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma. Discussing what she called “the darker side of military service,” Jones said that 22 to 23 percent of women who served in the military report having been victims of sexual trauma while serving. She added that because sexual trauma often is unreported, actual figures may be much higher. “Many just find it too difficult and painful to come forward and admit that they have been sexually abused.” Jones said that veterans’ caregivers today are dealing with psychological disturbances that had not been identified in the 1970s. “Soldiers coming home from Vietnam obviously were having problems, but until the 1980s post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD didn’t have a name.” She said the magnitude of sexual abuse within the military also was not recognized 40 years ago. Because they can significantly impair a person’s ability to function, Jones said, psychological disorders must be treated effectively before a person returning from the military can hold a job or have healthy, normal relationships. Symptoms may include nightmares and flashbacks, sleep disturbances, excessive safety concerns, emotional numbing—especially blocking out pleasant emotions—and avoidance of people or situations that bring back unpleasant memories. “Women who have been sexually abused, for example, may avoid men altogether even to the point of refusing to get on an elevator with a man,” Jones said, adding that ironically inappropriate sexual behavior may also be a symptom of sexual abuse. Jones told the representatives of organizations that serve veterans that it is especially important that they understand these symptom because they may interfere with the veteran’s ability to receive treatment. “It’s necessary to have an environment where the veteran can feel safe and comfortable so she will be willing and able to come in for the care she needs.” Although the Veterans Administration has been at the forefront of finding appropriate treatment for combat related illnesses—physical and psychological— Jones said, the number of veterans needing treatment is great so the VA wants other agencies to know as much as possible about the best ways to serve them. Paulette Norvel Lewis, regional administrator of the Women’s Bureau, introduced the agency’s new guide, Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness, which is designed to assist service providers in delivering more effective services to women veterans. Lewis said female veterans assaulted in the military are nine times more likely than other veterans to exhibit PTSD symptoms, are more likely to have problems with drugs and alcohol, have lower economic and educational outcomes, experience difficulty maintaining relationships, housing and employment. Women are often the ones expected to care for children and other family members, Lewis said, but those struggling with the effects of trauma must become healthy before they can be effective mothers, wives and adult children of elderly parents. “You know how in the airplane safety briefing they tell you to put your own oxygen mask on before assisting someone else? It’s the same in life; you have to get yourself straight before you can help someone else.”

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Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Isolated T-storms High: 96 Low: 75

July 5, 2012
Today's Regional Map Weather History
July 5, 1937 - The temperature at Medicine Lake, Mont. soared to 117 degrees to establish a state record. Midale and Yellow Grass in Saskatchewan hit 113 degrees to establish an all-time record high for Canada that same day. July 6, 1893 - A violent tornado killed 71 people on its 40-mile track across northwestern Iowa. Forty-nine people were killed near Pomeroy, where 80 percent of the buildings were destroyed and most leveled to the ground. Photos showed most of the town without a wall or tree standing. Dunwoody 94/74 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 95/75 95/75 95/75 Snellville Decatur 96/75 Atlanta 96/75 96/75 Lithonia College Park 97/75 97/75 Morrow 97/75 Union City 97/75 Hampton 98/76

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see partly cloudy skies with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, near record high of 96º, humidity of 49%. The record high for today is 99º set in 1948. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, overnight low of 75º.

FRIDAY
Isolated T-storms High: 94 Low: 74

*Last Week’s Almanac
Hi Lo Normals Precip Date Monday 93 71 88/69 0.00" Tuesday 89 71 88/69 0.00" Wednesday 89 63 88/69 0.00" Thursday 99 63 88/69 0.00" Friday 103 75 89/69 0.00" Saturday 104 72 89/69 0.00" Sunday 105 78 89/70 0.00" Rainfall . . . . . . .0.00" Average temp . .83.9 Normal rainfall . .0.98" Average normal 78.8 Departure . . . . .-0.98" Departure . . . . .+5.1
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

SATURDAY
Isolated T-storms High: 93 Low: 74

SUNDAY
Isolated T-storms High: 93 Low: 73

MONDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 94 Low: 72

TUESDAY
Partly Cloudy High: 92 Low: 71 Last 7/10

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 6:32 a.m. 6:33 a.m. 6:33 a.m. 6:33 a.m. 6:34 a.m. 6:35 a.m. 6:35 a.m. Sunset 8:52 p.m. 8:51 p.m. 8:51 p.m. 8:51 p.m. 8:51 p.m. 8:50 p.m. 8:50 p.m. Moonrise 10:16 p.m. 10:52 p.m. 11:25 p.m. 11:57 p.m. No Rise 12:28 a.m. 1:00 a.m. Moonset 8:36 a.m. 9:41 a.m. 10:43 a.m. 11:42 a.m. 12:40 p.m. 1:36 p.m. 2:31 p.m. First 7/26

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 8:36 a.m. 10:16 p.m. 4:21 a.m. 6:02 p.m. 12:43 p.m.12:49 a.m. 3:55 a.m. 5:55 p.m. 2:24 p.m. 1:56 a.m. 1:05 a.m. 1:23 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 93 Low: 71 New 7/18

Full 8/1

Local UV Index

National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see scattered thunderstorms today, mostly clear skies with isolated thunderstorms Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 100º in Marion, Ill. The Southeast will see scattered thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 101º in Dyersburg, Tenn. The Northwest will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 93º in Mountain Home, Idaho. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies with isolated thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 105º in Blythe, Calif.

Weather Trivia
What was the greatest amount of snowfall in one day?

0 - 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+

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UV Index 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High 11+: Extreme Exposure

Answer: 75.8 inches in Silver Lake, Colorado on April 14-15, 1921.

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StarWatch By Gary Becker - Hot Summer, Distant Sun
Astronomy and alcohol, there has got to be an affiliation. I’m joking, of course, but when giving a constellation program, it almost seems natural to consider that the ancients must have been under the influence of an herb or a brew when they charted some of the weird arrangement of stars that create our 88 modern constellations. And that’s not considering the dozens of patterns in the southern sky that were “forged” from the technological minds of early European explorers. So when Jesse Leayman and I ventured into Aztec, NM last month to pick up supplies while exploring the ruins of Chaco Culture, Jesse thought it appropriate to test this theory by picking up a bottle of Dewar’s to comfort us under the stars of our campsite. Jesse noted that a good scotch should be sipped slowly over ice from fine crystal glasses. Obviously, we had none of that at Chaco, but we did have the Dewar’s, two confiscated plastic cups from a Holiday Inn Express, and a sturdy wood-like picnic table which faced southward over North Mesa to some of the more obscure spring constellations. It was good enough for the experiment. Jesse poured. We sipped unhurriedly in the cooling night air, imagining the Dewar’s cut by cubes of glistening ice. Pleasantly the Dewar’s sky emerged plainly in front of us. There was the long sinuous body of Hydra the Water Serpent, the largest constellation of them all. On his back was balanced Crater the Cup which held the clear spring waters from Apollo’s favorite lake, and to Crater’s left, Corvus, the crow who defied the Sun God and was forever banished to the Snake’s back. To Hydra’s left were the difficult to understand patterns of Centaurus the Centaur and Lupus the Wolf, but to their left rose the magnificent Scorpion along with the Milky Way. Honestly, the Dewar’s didn’t help a bit, but it sure provided us with a pleasant night’s rest and some sweet, sweet dreams. astronomy.org

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Walgreen’s pharmacy manager Sarah Freedman stands in her store in Washington. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a $1.2 million pilot project to offer free rapid HIV tests at pharmacies and clinics in 24 cities and rural communities. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

CDC trying out free rapid AIDS test at drugstores
by Mike Stobbe for a preliminary result. If the test is mended that all Americans ages 13 positive, customers will be referred to 64 get tested at least once, not just ATLANTA (AP) Would you go to to a local health department or other those considered at highest risk: gay a drugstore to get tested for AIDS? health-care providers for a blood test men and intravenous drug users. Health officials want to know, to confirm the results, counseling On special occasions, health and they’ve set up a pilot program to and treatment. organizations have sent workers to find out. When the project ends next sum- some drugstores to offer HIV testThe $1.2 million program will mer, CDC officials will analyze ing. This week, Walgreens—the naoffer free rapid HIV tests at pharmacies and in-store clinics in 24 cities—including Lithonia—and rural communities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ‘We believe we can reach more people by makannounced June 26. ing testing more accessible and reduce the Drugstores now offer blood pressure checks, flu shots and a few stigma associated with HIV.’ other types of health services. Officials are hoping testing for the AIDS – Dr. Kevin Fenton virus will become another routine service. “By bringing HIV testing into pharmacies, we believe we can reach more people by making testwhat worked well and what didn’t, tion’s largest chain of pharmacies— ing more accessible and reduce the said Paul Weidle, the epidemiolois teaming with local health departstigma associated with HIV,” CDC’s gist who is heading up the project. ments and AIDS groups to offer free Dr. Kevin Fenton said in a stateAn estimated 1.1 million AmeriHIV testing at stores in 20 cities. ment. He oversees the agency’s HIV cans are infected with HIV, but as But this CDC pilot program is prevention programs. many as 20 percent of them don’t different: It’s an effort to train staff The tests are already available at know they carry the virus, according at the pharmacies to do the testing seven places, and the CDC will soon to the CDC. It can take a decade or themselves, and perhaps make it a pick 17 more locations. more for an infection to cause symp- permanent service. The HIV test is a swab inside the toms and illness. “I’m excited. It’s such a new mouth and takes about 20 minutes Since 2006, the CDC has recom- and novel thing for us,” said Sarah Freedman, who manages a Walgreens in Washington, D.C., that is participating in the pilot program. At her pharmacy, the testing is done in a private room. They’ve also taken steps to make sure that a customer can very quietly request the test. For example, they’ve put out stacks of special test request cards— they look like business cards—at George Washington University and other nearby businesses. Anyone seeking a test can simply hand the card to the clerk, she said. Only three or four customers have gone through with a test in the first few weeks. “We get a lot of questions,” she said. “Usually they get the information and they go and sit on it and think about it.” There’s a second Walgreens in Washington offering the test, as well as branches in Chicago and Lithonia. Other test sites: East Pines Pharmacy in Riverdale, Md., Mike’s Pharmacy in Oakland, Calif. and a federal Indian Health Service location in Billings, Mont. Each of the locations will get enough tests to check 200 to 300 people.

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Circus Camp at The Friends School in Decatur is celebrating its 20th year this summer. Tim Dwyer has owned the camp, which also has locations in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, for 10 years. Photos by Robert Naddra

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that campers decide the activities they participate in. “The kids can pick and choose what they want to do and make it their own experience,” Dwyer said. Many campers, Dwyer said, come every year and eventually become counselors in training (CIT), counselors and even directors. Campers ages 13 to 15 are eligible to become CITs, and then at 16 are eligible to become junior counselors. Activities director Kay Rosenbloom has been involved with the camp since it began. “I remember riding my bike by and thinking this would be fun,” Rosenbloom said. One day she went in and inquired about a job and was hired as a counselor. Rosenbloom has been a vibrant part of the camp ever since, whether she is painting sets or helping the campers with their performances. Jacosa Kato has been part of the camp for at least one week every summer since it began, starting out as a camper at the age of 8. Before the camp started, she took classes from the previous owner beginning at 4 years old. The Grant Park resident has been the camp’s aerial director for the past 10 years. “It’s really family oriented; most Camp for five years. Like Helen Stephens, Eleanor’s favorite activities are aerial and the silks. “I like doing the drops on the silks; falling is fun, as long as it’s safe falling,” said Eleanor, who added that she wants to become a CIT when she is eligible next year.” Camp counselor Brian Regan, a 2008 graduate of Paideia, is participating in his final Circus Camp. The New York University graduate said he plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in scriptwriting. But he said he has a lot of fun memories he will take with him. Regan started attending as a camper at the age of 8 and worked his way through the ranks. He is teaching juggling this summer. “I still like to learn new things and have fun here,” Regan said. “I’ll get on the trapeze and learn something new; it’s a good workout too.” Regan makes sure his campers leave every summer with new skills and accomplishments. “Everybody works at different speeds and I encourage them to keep working at it until they get it,” Regan said. “It’s rewarding to see when someone finally does get it; I remember feeling that way when I was a camper.”

of the people involved have grown up here,” Kato said. “I really have a passion for it. It’s so fun to introduce kids to something like the trapeze for the first time. “Some kids don’t even want to touch the trapeze, but by the end

of the week they’re standing up on it,” she said. “To see kids literally change before your eyes and develop self-esteem is something.” Eleanor Iskander, a 12-yearold student at DeKalb School of the Arts has been attending Circus

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DeKalb County students attended CNN’s annual Leadership Unplugged conference held at Georgia Tech June 25-29. Students, from left, Lydia Briggs from Arabia Mountain High School; Kobi Warner from Chamblee Charter High School; and Xan-Rhea Bilal from Redan High School, said having the chance to get up-close and personal with CNN executives was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Photo by David Holloway, CNN

DeKalb students come face-to-face with CNN executives, journalists
experience,” Warner said. The presentations and workshops that Bilal, Warner and Briggs attended ranged from topRedan High School student Xan-Rhea Bilal, ics such as diversity, ethics in media and show 16, said she found out about CNN’s seventh anproduction. Panelists for the conference included nual Leadership Unplugged conference by walk- Bill Galvin, senior vice president of business ing into the right place at the right time. development and sports programming for CNN “I happened to walk into a teacher’s classInternational; Christi Paul, anchorwoman for room and she had the details about it on her HLN and In Session on truTV; and Parisa Khossmart board,” Bilal said. “Literally on the last ravi, senior vice president for CNN Worldwide. two days before the deadline I rushed and got all Bilal said many of the journalists she met told my stuff together and I’m here now.” her she, and her fellow students, were getting a Bilal, along with Arabia Mountain High rare opportunity to meet in-person with execuSchool student Lydia Briggs, 17, and Chamblee tives, a chance even they didn’t have on a regular Charter High School student Kobi Warner, 16, basis. attended the annual conference June 25-29 at “I really loved the panels,” Bilal said. She atGeorgia Tech. tended a panel discussion where Khosravi spoke This year, 75 students were chosen from more about her struggles to become a journalist—Bilal than 700 applicants to participate in the conferwas inspired by her words. ence, which engages students in a week-long se“She was saying that her teacher told her she ries of training sessions and discussions focused couldn’t do this and look where she is today— on media skills. Throughout the week the stuI get that a lot,” Bilal said. “[Khosravi] said, dents attended hands-on workshops led by CNN ‘Don’t listen to them and follow your dreams— executives and journalists. you got here so who says you can’t go the whole Warner said his counselor encouraged him to way.’ That really stuck with me.” apply for the conference because she knew he Briggs, who was on the fence about what caliked a challenge—75 out of 700 sounded like reer she wanted to pursue before the conference, pretty tough odds to him so he applied. said she is interested in both broadcast journal“I’m a car enthusiast and I like to read car re- ism and medicine. However, after spending sevviews. That might be my job one day, writing for eral days at Leadership Unplugged she made up a car magazine, so I thought this would be a great her mind. opportunity to network and get some hands-on “Listening to everyone’s day-to-day stories by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com

and how much they like working for CNN has really helped me realize that being a broadcast journalist is my field…they love what they do,” Briggs said. Warner, who is interested in criminal justice, said some of the most valuable advice he received was from a CNN News producer who had obtained theology and sociology degrees in college. “You don’t have to major in journalism. You can major in something that you’re passionate about and use it to your advantage in your job,” Warner said. “I’m going to study criminal justice.” Bilal, who plans on majoring in international studies and Arabic in college, said one thing she never thought of before is the impact the news can have in the United States and abroad. She said she never realized how some of the decisions the producers of CNN make can affect national security. “There are big decisions they have to make like at CNN International, whether or not they’re going to send a reporter into a war zone. I didn’t realize how much these big decisions they make on a daily basis can affect people,” Bilal said. “But I’m sure I want to be a journalist and I’m grateful to CNN for this opportunity. It kind of boggles my mind—we got to live on Georgia Tech’s campus for five days and meet people we wouldn’t ever dream of speaking to.”

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Leadership DeKalb wins IKEA’s office makeover contest
by Kathy Mitchell kathy@dekalbchamp.com Leadership DeKalb in its 26-year history has been involved in makeovers of a sort. By training and inspiring community leaders, the organization has transformed communities in which these leaders work and volunteer. Earlier this month Leadership DeKalb was on the receiving end of a more tangible makeover. The organization received $10,000 in-kind from IKEA Atlanta to refurnish its Decatur office space as part of the national IKEA Life Improvement Challenge. An international company with stores in 38 countries, IKEA focuses on “furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them,” according to its press materials. Its local presence is a 34,000-square-foot store in Atlanta’s Atlantic Station. The first local winner, Leadership DeKalb was nominated by a group of IKEA employees and voted on in an online survey. Leadership DeKalb members were urged to vote in support of the proposal and enough did to secure the prize. “We had five volunteer teams of passionate co-workers that wanted to carry out the IKEA vision to create a better everyday life for deserving organizations here in Atlanta,” said Jim Anastos, store manager of IKEA Atlanta. “Leadership DeKalb won the voting and we are very excited to partner with them.” Among the transformations was a space that was large for a single office but not large enough—or so it seemed—to be two. By creating back-to-back work stations, the IKEA designers were able to make the space comfortable for two employees. Space efficiency is a specialty at Sweden-based IKEA, which, according to its website takes the Swedish approach to design, which involves “making the best possible use of the limited resources they have.” Another office at Leadership DeKalb doubles as a storage area for a large amount of printed material. Installing a floor-to-ceiling curtain in front of the shelves on which the material is stored created a cleaner look while keeping the material easily accessible. “We are appreciative of the valuable contribution IKEA Atlanta has made for our office makeover. IKEA is turning our office into a more effective work space as well as a more engaging environment for community leaders to gather,” said Sara Fountain, executive director of Leadership DeKalb. “By not spending our funds on this redesign and office improvement, we can continue to focus our resources on our mission toward transforming our local community for the greater good through leadership development for adults and youth.” Fountain, who was the only person to come into the office the day of the makeover, said watching the transformation was fun. She pointed out art pieces and other details that help give the offices their sleek new look. “We framed some of the pictures we’ve taken of Leadership DeKalb classes over the years and chose some interesting pictures from the store.” She said that visitors seemed especially intrigued by a photo in the conference room of a rope bridge over a space that fades into fog; it seems to reflect the risktaking aspects of leadership.

A team from IKEA, headed by Deidra Cunningham, far left, redesigned Leadership DeKalb’s offices for efficiency and attractiveness.

Pictures of Leadership DeKalb activities over the years were framed and neatly displayed.

A photo in the foreground shows what the office looked like before the makeover.

With the clever use of furnishings, one office was converted so it could be used by two people. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

Small touches such as plants and art pieces contribute to the new look.

Katherine Mason is all smiles as she shows off the new look of her office.

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Candidates’ fair to be in meet-and-greet format A candidates’ fair in a meetand-greet format will be held Monday, July 9, 7-9 p.m., at the Hellenic Community Center/Greek Orthodox Cathedral 2500 Clairmont Road, NE, Atlanta. Voters are invited to come at any time, meet candidates one-on-one, ask questions or express a point of view. All candidates appearing on July 31 election ballots in central DeKalb precincts have been invited, including partisan and non-partisan offices at federal, state and local levels. Candidate RSVPs are available at www.can-dk.org. forming Arts Center will feature the visual artwork of master quilter Patricia Montgomery of San Francisco (www.dragonartplace.com) and host classes by master quilter Hollis Chatelain (www.hollisart. com). The exhibition, titled Out of the Box – Art Quilt, will be on display Thursday, July 19, through Sunday, July 22. It is free and open to the public. There will be a ticketed opening reception at 7 p.m. July 19 at which Montgomery’s quilts will be showcased during her artist talk and trunk show. She also will conduct an all-day thread painting class to provide instruction in her technique on Friday, July 20. In her influences of Africa presentation, Hollis will share how her many years of living in Africa influence and cultivate her artwork. It will be among the lectures, workshops and classes offered throughout weekend. This year’s Ebony Stitchers exhibition will provide an opportunity to meet and take classes with professional quilt masters. Classes will be conducted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – including beginner as well as advanced classes. The exhibition will also host the guild’s general exhibition with a special exhibit titled “Men Quilt Also,” featuring male quilters, curated by Ray Barreras. For more information, visit www.ebonystitchersquiltguild.org. Self-defense class offered DeKalb Rape Crisis Center supporters are invited to attend a complimentary self-defense class at Agnes Scott College. This opportunity to learn techniques to fend off a potential attack is being offered Wednesday, July 11, and Monday, July 23. Both classes meet 7:30-9 p.m. above the ASC Public Safety office. Parking is available in the deck at N. McDonough and E. College Avenue. The college recommends parking on the second floor for best access to the class space and suggests that participants dress comfortably as the class will be doing some basic strikes and the room is not air conditioned. Plan to go barefoot or wear socks in class. The class will be taught by Glenn Hill and Nicole Makely. Hill teaches self-defense classes at Agnes Scott and runs a local Taekwondo school. He is a seconddegree black belt in Taekwondo, first degree black belt in Laido and an advanced belt in Tang Soo Do So. Makely is an Agnes Scott alumnae who has been training in martial arts and self-defense for almost two years. Space is limited. To register, email Makely at nicolemarie.makely@gmail.com. name and company to powerlunch@gachamber.com and insert “DEKALB” in the subject line to reserve a seat. Conservation program set for Arabia Mountain The first in a series of summer programs at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve is July 7 at the nature center. The AdoptA-Stream water quality monitoring program will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 3787 Klondike Road in Lithonia. DeKalb County Adopt-A-Stream Coordinator Michael O’Shield and members of the South River Watershed Alliance will discuss how to monitor water quality in neighborhood streams and rivers. For more information and registration, email msoshield@dekalbcountyga.gov.

DUNWOODY
Book discussion announced The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh will be the subject of a book discussion at the Dunwoody Library Tuesday, July 10, 6:45 - 8 p.m. The Dunwoody Library is located at 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. For more information, call (770) 512-4640.

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Library to show Dolphin Tale The July 13 selection in the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library Friday Movie series will be Dolphin Tale, starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd. The 2012 movie is rated PG and runs 119 minutes. A mix of new releases and old favorites, movies in this series are shown 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. When available, they are presented with closed captioning to assist the hearing impaired. Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library is located at 1282 McConnell Drive, Decatur. For more information, call (404) 679-4404. Soil and water meeting scheduled The DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District monthly meeting will be held on Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m. at the Clark Harrison Building, 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. in downtown Decatur. For additional information call (770) 761-3020. Quilt exhibition coming to Sanford Center The Ebony Stitchers Quilt Exhibition at the Porter Sanford Per-

STONE MOUNTAIN
Stone Mountain road closure extended to August South Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road, between Marbut and Chapman roads, will remain closed until Sunday, Aug. 5, at 9 p.m. The closure extension is required to complete sewer main replacement. Existing road closure signs will remain in place to advise motorists of construction work and local traffic restrictions around the area.

LITHONIA
Regional chamber lunch to be held The Georgia Chamber is continuing its tradition of traveling across the state and hosting its Power Lunch series in partnership with local chambers. A Power Lunch will be held Monday, July 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 7890 Mall Ring Road, Lithonia The event will feature speakers Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark and 2012 Board Chair Edward Heys on issues important to the business community and Georgia’s competitiveness. The Regional Power Lunch held in DeKalb County is for Clayton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties. The power lunch series is complimentary, but those attending must register. To RSVP, email your

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Miller Grove foursome leads Dugout Club list
by Robert Naddra Robert@dekalbchamp.com Miller Grove leads the way with four players on the first team of the DeKalb County Dugout Club’s allcounty team. The 19 players selected to the first team come from nine schools. Dunwoody and Redan, which qualified for the Class AAAA state playoffs, each had three players chosen. Miller Grove did not make the playoffs despite posting a 15-8 record. Players from all public schools in DeKalb County, including Decatur, were eligible to be selected. DeKalb private school teams Marist and St. Pius do not participate in the Dugout Club. The Wolverines had three of the top hitters in the county this past season. Senior Sean Charleston hit .531 with 23 RBIs; junior James Moody led the county with 39 stolen bases and batted .436; and senior Jabari Gayle hit .407 with three home runs. Moody leads a strong group of underclassmen who made the team. Eleven of the 19 players chosen to the first team were freshmen, sophomores or juniors. Miller Grove pitcher Trey Nelson was one of two sophomores to make the team. Two freshmen—Dexter Neal of Stephenson and Trenton Nash of Columbia—were selected to the team. Nash led all freshmen in the county with a batting average of .530, fifth-best overall. He also drove in 31 runs and had 12 doubles. Neal helped Stephenson post a team earned run average of 2.80 for the season. The top underclassmen to make the team were Wesley Jones of Redan and Patrick Gaulden of Chamblee. Jones, who pitched and played outfield, batted .553 with 34 RBIs and a county-high 42 hits. He also led public school pitchers with a 1.58 ERA. Gaulden went 9-2 and set a school-record for wins. He also had a 1.63 ERA with 38 strikeouts.

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Locals back on U.S. Olympic track team
by Robert Naddra Robert@dekalbchamp.com eKalb County has produced numerous top track and field athletes over the years and two of them will be competing in the 2012 London Olympics. Dee Dee Trotter, a 2001 graduate of Cedar Grove, and Angelo Taylor, a Southwest DeKalb graduate, will continue their Olympic legacy this summer. Taylor placed second in the men’s 400 hurdles with a time of 48.57 seconds July 1 at the Trials to earn a spot on the Olympic team for the fourth time. Taylor, a two-time gold medalist in the 400 hurdles, is trying to become the first man to win three gold medals in the event. He won the event in the 2000 and 2008 Olympics, and participated in the 2004 Olympics. Taylor’s time in the finals was the fastest he has run the event this season. Taylor’s personal best in the event is 47.25 seconds in the 2008 Olympics. After graduating from Southwest DeKalb, Taylor went on to star at Georgia Tech. In addition to his two gold medals in the hurdles, Taylor was also a part of

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the gold medal-winning U.S. 4x400 relay team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Taylor also helped the United States win gold medals in the 4x400 relay event in the World Championships in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Trotter finished second in the women’s 400 meters June 24 at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Beaverton, Ore., with a time of 50.02 seconds to qualify for her third Olympics. She ran in the 400 in the 2004 Olympics. The time in the finals was more than one second faster than her qualifying time a day earlier in the semifinals. Two other athletes with DeKalb County ties participated in the Olympic Trials but did not make the Olympic team. Emory University rising senior Miller Douglas was the first Eagle swimmer to participate in the Trials. He placed eighth in his heat in the 200 butterfly. Also, St. Pius graduate and Stone Mountain resident Shelby Ashe participated in the women’s hammer throw in the Trials. Ashe entered the competition as the top American junior in the event, but did not score after fouling on her first three attempts.

DeKalb Dugout Club All-County Team
Player Kyle Newsome Jared Martin Wesley Jones Yannick Williams Jerric Johnson Deion Sellers Jabari Gayle Sean Charleston Joseph Graves James Moody
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by Matt Amato

Summer swim league brings communities together

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wimmers from across the area converged on Emory University’s Woodruff PE Center June 30 - July 1 for the DeKalb County Swim League Championship Meet. Spanning two days, the event was a chance for members of the area’s 22 swimming clubs to compete across a spectrum of heats. “It’s a competitive meet,” said Jabari King, a veteran swimming coach with Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Kids, Atlanta Sharks, one of clubs represented at the event. “It really helps make swimming a success.” Boys and girls competitors ranged from 4 to18 years old and were required to qualify throughout the weekend before Sunday’s finals. The competitive nature of the event, though, didn’t mean a sense of fun was lost for its participants. “I like going fast, and my favorite stroke is breast stroke,” said 6-yearold Zahir Harrison, part of a victorious trio who captured the 6 and under 100-yard freestyle relay title. “I like the part when I feel the cold water.” Harrison’s coach, King, feels that the championship meet is a great way to promote an often overlooked sport within the area. “I use the summer league to get interested in swimming,” he said. “They can get introduced to it, have a lot of fun—and with these sprint races, they have a chance to have success in the sport.” For Jordan Williams, a 15-yearold sprint swimmer with the Avondale Swim Team, competing within the summer league is a great way to stay focused throughout the year. “I’ve been swimming for three years; I like the racing,” he said. “I swim for my high school, and one of my friends told me [about it]. I’ve been involved for a couple of months.” With many coaches working as volunteers, keeping the sport going often requires community effort, said Sabir Muhammad, who coaches the Atlanta Sharks. “This is going to be my fourth year coaching,” said the former American record holder and NCAA Division II champion who attended Stanford University on a scholarship. “We practice four times a week for about an hour and have meets.” Muhammad said the clubs within summer leagues are a great way for kids in less affluent neighborhoods to have access to swimming facilities and coaching. “Over the course of the past couple of days, the city of Atlanta has opened up all public pools for a free swim [because of the heat wave],” he said. “Otherwise kids would have to come up with a dollar. And not a lot of kids have that extra dollar to go to the pool, so access is an issue.”

Jackson Ford of the Clairmont Cudas swims in the 18-under breaststroke event. Photo by David DiCristina

Photo by Matt Amato

Photo by Matt Amato

A total of 23 county summer league swim teams participated June 29-July 1 at Emory University in the DeKalb County swimming championships. The top swimmers from the event qualified for the upcoming state meet. Photo by David DiCristina

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DeKalb Fire Rescue distributes free box fans
The public education unit of DeKalb County Fire Rescue has received a donation of box fans and will distribute them free of charge to county residents to help them beat the summer heat. Fans can be picked up at fire rescue headquarters, located at 1950 West Exchange Place, Tucker, or one of the following fire stations: • Station 15- 2107 Flightway Drive, Chamblee • Station 17- 900 Evans Mill Road,

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Lithonia • Station 20- 2919 Warren Road, Lithonia • Station 22- 1859 Montreal Road, Tucker • Station 23- 1265 Brockett Road, Clarkston Proof of DeKalb County residency (driver’s license or utility bill) is required to receive a fan and priority will be given to senior citizens. For more information, contact Fire Rescue Public Education Unit at (678) 4067735.

Dunwoody Police make homicide arrest
The Dunwoody Police Department has arrested 20-year-old Christopher Williams of Stone Mountain for the murder of Roberto Calderon-Guzman. The homicide happened at the Peachtree Place Apartments at 4612-B Peachtree Place Parkway June 22. The 28-year-old victim was shot inside his apartment. He was transported to Northside Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Williams has been charged with one count of felony murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He is being held at the DeKalb County Jail. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Det. Andrew Thompson at (678) 382-6921 or at andrew.thompson@dunwoodyga.gov. Anonymous crime tips can be submitted at SUBMIT A CRIME TIP on the left side of our web page at www.dunwoodypolice.com, or submit a text message to C-R-I-M-E-S (2 7 4 - 6 3 7). Use the key word DPDTIPS at the start of your message.

Domestic dispute leads to shooting by officer
A man was shot June 28 by a DeKalb County Police officer responding to a domestic dispute at an apartment complex. Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said officers responded to a call at approximately 10:30 p.m. at the Bryton Hill Apartments located off Skyland Drive near Clairmont Road. “Once inside the apartment the subject appeared with a weapon initially pointed at his head and the officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect,” Parish said. Parish said the suspect subsequently pointed the weapon at the officers and one of them discharged his weapon “striking the subject multiple times.” Parish said the suspect is in critical condition and the officer has been placed on administrative leave as a matter of procedure.

Reminiscent of the iconic 1958 photo called “A Great Day in Harlem” featuring a plethora of living jazz legends gathered in front of a Brownstone in Harlem, the AJC Decatur Book Festival paid homage to those influential artists by creating its own version. The above photo, taken June 29 at the old courthouse in Decatur, features published authors with a Decatur zip code. Among the authors are current Poet Laureate of the United States Natasha Trethewey, Kyle Williams, Joshilyn Jackson, Mickey Baskett, Amy Benson Brown, Joe Crespino, James Dean, Amber Dermont, Elizabeth Dulemba, Ken Foskett, Tony Martin, Terra Elan McVoy, Andisheh Nouraee, Susan Puckett, Josh Russell, Allen Tullos and Kevin Young. Photo by Kristin Munson

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