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Concrete Jungle celebrates end ofyear with cider festival
by Daniel [email protected]
Each year in October,DeKalb CountyPark RangerRobbyAstrove and
friends celebrate the yearshaul of fresh fruit donationsby
making cider out of thebruised and broken fruit theywere unable to
For the past four yearsAstrove and friends CraigDurkin and
Aubrey Danielshave been picking neglectedfruit and veggies from
areasall over metro Atlanta underhe moniker Concrete Jungle.
The organization is run byvolunteers and donates allof the
produce picked on itsxcursions to local homelesshelters and food
Since its inception in2009, Astrove said the orga-nization has
donated morehan 10,000 pounds of fresh
fruit and vegetables. Thisyear, the group held its ciderfestival
at the Arabia Moun-
ain Nature Preserve Oct. 20and camped out under thetars.
Nothing goes to wasteat Concrete Jungle, Astroveaid. All the
pears that arent suitable fordonationwe keep all ofhose in
freezers until Oc-ober and we just do a huge
free public cider fest.Astrove said he and a
group of volunteers takeurns grinding the apples
and pears using a bicycleoperated grinder and thenpress the
fruit into juice.
Using the bicycle operatedgrinder is a way for those inConcrete
Jungle to practicesustainability and this year,Astrove said, they
gave allof the leftover apple mash(juiced fruit) to horses at
park.Part of the joy of Cider-
fest is kind of getting backto our roots and doing some-thing
old timey, Astrovesaid. People will ask wherethe fruit comes from
and weget to explain the mission ofConcrete Jungle.
In addition to the freshcider, Astrove said the eventhad live
music and a bunchof trampolines for attendeesto jump on.
Astrove said ConcreteJungles mission has grown
since its inception. The orga-nization originated becausethe
group began picking upneglected fruit that had fallenoff Atlantas
wealth of fruittreesrather than have it goto waste they collected
anddonated it. Concrete Junglethen began hosting picks atlocations
throughout the city.
More recently, the orga-nization opened Dog HeadFarms, located
in the SylvanHills neighborhood of South-west Atlanta. Astrove
saidthe mission of the farm is totailor the food they grow to
the requests they have got-ten from various shelters andfood
banks over the years.
Were only picking fruitfrom April to November butDoghead gives
us a chanceto pick year-round, Astrovesaid. The farm is a great
wayto keep people engaged anddo more education.
Additionally, ConcreteJungle wants to expand itsreach throughout
the city bycreating community orchardsin needy areas in Atlanta
thatdont have easy access tofresh food. Astrove, who livesin the
East Atlanta neighbor-hood, said the idea is sim-
plecreate gardens or planttrees in unused public spacessuch as
medians or fields be-hind abandoned buildings.
It could be two trees orit could be 10 trees. We wantto plant a
variety of thingswhere the harvest season isgoing to be wide so
that itwill keep on feeding peoplethroughout the year,
Concrete Jungle defi-nitely has a role in this andwe just have a
really uniqueniche in the hunger battle inthe city.
For more information onthe organization or DogheadFarms visit
Local nonprofit Concrete Jungle picks and donates fruit to
homeless shelters and food banks in Atlanta. At the end of each
year, membershold a public cider fest to celebrate the years haul.
Photos by Devon Hayes
Robby Astrove is a DeKalb
County Park Ranger at ArabiaMountain and a member ofConcrete
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DeKalb County sanita-ion workers say they needheir voices to be
Thats why they want to beepresented by the Team-ters union.
During the two most re-cent Board of Commission-ers meetings, a
few sanita-ion workers have asked
commissioners to recognizeTeamsters Local 728.
We havent had a raisen over six years, said Oc-avius Saunders, a
countyanitation worker for 12
years. Its not getting anybetter.
Saunders said workersbottom line is driving themovement to
Theyre getting moreevenue, Saunders said
about the county. Theygenerate money but thendont want to give
us [more]money. We have familiesoo.
Saunders said employeespension contribution andmedical insurance
This isnt the rst timeheyve gone up on our pen-ion and
insurance, he said.
I got a 5 percent raise [twoyears ago] when I becamea driver,
but I didnt see theaise because they went up
on the pension.Saunders said sanitation
workers have been in talkswith the Teamsters for ap-proximately
Weve talked to theTeamsters about them work-ng to get us more
Saunders said. They saidhey would not take money
out of our checks [for fees]until they get us more mon-
ey.A December 2011 execu-ive order by DeKalb Coun-y CEO
BurrellEllis estab-ished a county policy on
unions and organized em-ployee groups where depart-ment heads
and cabinet staffare directed not to conducthemselves or
communicaten a negative, derogatory or
demeaning nature about aunion or employee efforts
Ellis policy directs de-partment heads and cabinettaff to remain
neutral dur-ng employee unionization
efforts and allows employ-
ees to hold meetings to dis-cuss union representation oncounty
property during workhours with prior approvalfrom the human
Management is not sup-posed to impede or obstructtalks between
county work-ers and union representa-tives, said BurkeBrennan,the
countys chief com-munications ofcer. Man-agements been told not
The county has re andpolice personnel who are al-ready
represented by unions.
Ben Speight, organizingdirector for Teamsters Local728, said
Ellis executive or-
der gives workers a level ofprotection and recognizesworkers
With that memo, it lev-eled the playing eld, Spei-ght said.
In 1997 there was an ef-fort to organize the workersbut that was
Teamsters Local 728 has7,500 members and repre-sents UPS
workers; GeorgiaState, Kennesaw State andEmory University bus
driv-ers; and OReilly Auto Partsand Lithonia Lighting truckdrivers.
The union also rep-resents Republic Services, aprivate waste
Speight said the sanita-tion workers would not berepresented
through a col-lective bargaining process.Instead, it would be a
meetand confer process inwhich union representativeswould meet with
manage-ment to resolve outstandingissues.
In addition to their pay,sanitation workers are con-
cerned about safety. Eachsanitation truck is supposedto be
manned by a driverand two helpers, Speightsaid.
Oftentimes now, thereis only one helper, he said.There are a
number of safe-ty issues with that.
Workers handle needles,broken glass, dead animalsand heavy
equipment andmust hold onto the back ofthe trucks while working
inthe elements, he said.
The workers want re-spect, Speight said.
Speight said sanitationworkers around the country
Some county sanitation workers say they want to be represented
by the Teamsters union. Late lastyear, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis
signed an executive order directing county department heads to
remainneutral during all union organizing efforts. Photo by Andrew
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Unique LArche community opens doors in Oakhurst
Paideia janitor accused of puttingcameras in student
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Laura Wells, boardco-president of LArche
Atlanta, said not manypeople have heard ofLArche but the
ideabehind the group ofnternational communitiess very
a place where people withand without intellectualdisabilities
share in life fullyogether.
In our society, peoplewith disabilities are oftenregarded as not
havingmuch to give, but in truth,each person has verymportant gifts
of the hearto share, Wells said.
The rst LArchecommunity in Georgiaopened its doors Oct. 27
inOakhurst. It is located ina house that was donatedo LArche by
nonprot for the homeless.Wells said the organizationhas let
LArche Atlanta usehe property for the next 10
years.The great thing about
Oakhurst and Decatur ishat its such a walkable
area and part of what makesLArche so successful is just
being a part of a larger, opencommunity, Wells said.Wells said
she and a
group of approximately15 others had been tryingo establish a
community in metro Atlantasince 2003.
I fell in love withLArche in college due tomy mentor and
campusminister, David Jenkins,who had lived in LArcheand spoke so
eloquentlyabout how it changed hisife, Wells said.
During a spring break
when Wells was in collegeshe visited a community inHonduras,
then later decidedo spend a year living in
LArche in Scotland in1993.
LArche Communitieswas founded by JeanVanier in France in
1964when he invited two menfrom a psychiatric institute
to come stay with him andhis family.The idea is that people
with disabilities shouldntbe shut inside institutions,Wells
Now, Wells said, thereare numerous LArchecommunities
throughoutthe world and 18 in theUnited States. Wells saidthe
typical living situation isapproximately three or fourpeople
without intellectualdisabilities and severalwith intellectual
The idea is that yourenot employees or staff,Wells said. People
feel acalling to this kind of workand typically assistants cango to
any community inthe world as long as theycommit to staying there
Wells said the averagecommunity is three to vehomes, which
LArcheAtlanta plans to have in thenext ve years. Right now,the only
home is the one inOakhurst.
In the early planningstages of LArche Atlanta,Wells said, there
were only15 people who attendedits meetings. Now thecommunity has
garneredmore than 1,500 supportersand 60-80 people attend thegroups
monthly events,which include bowling,dancing and bingo nights.
Whats really at theheart of LArche is justto be included and
havemeaningful and fulllingactivities and relationshipsin life and
to have a chance to seethe gifts that people of allabilities
have, Wells said.
For more informationabout LArche Atlanta,
have had a history of mis-treatment and low wages.In 1968, Dr.
King was as-sassinated supporting sanita-tion workers, he said.
Since September, morethan 80 percent of thecountys approximately
sanitation workers havesigned petitions saying theywant the
union to be recog-nized by the county, Speightsaid. Thats a clear
majority.The workers in sanita-
tion are the face of DeKalbCounty, Speight said. Twodays a week
at least, youllsee sanitation workers com-ing down you street.
Sanitation workers, as
Dr. King noted, protect thepublics health, Speightsaid. Without
sanitationworkers, you have a messon your hands, literally.
Robert Pruitt, 20-yearsanitation truck driver, said,We need a
union in therebecause were not beingtreated right.
We havent had a raisein about ve years, he said.Everything is
ing up and our checks aresteady going down. Its toomuch.
Teamsters hopefully canhelp, Pruitt said.
Union Continued From Page 2A
by Daniel [email protected]
A janitor at the PaideiaSchool in Atlanta has beenred after he
of putting cameras in thehigh school girls and
The U.S. Postal Servicebegan investigating analleged child
pornographyvideo production companyin 2010. During theinvestigation
Paideiaemployee Josh Ensleysname turned up in theproduction
Investigators found thatEnsley, a 51-year-old Tuckerresident,
more than 50 DVDs fromthe company.On Oct. 25 postal
inspectors and law
enforcement ofcialsexecuted a search warrantof Ensleys home,
whichcontained the DVDs orderedfrom the company. Duringthe search
located videos of childrenusing the restroom.
During questioningEnsley admitted tovideotaping the childrenat
Paideia and a criminalcomplaint led in U.S.District Court details
howhe did it.
Josh Ensley said hewould hide the camerain a hollowed out
airfreshener and place it bythe boys urinals and on abroom handle
in the girlshandicapped bathroom
stall, the complaint states.In a letter sent home toparents Oct.
25, Paideiaofcials said Ensley is
currently in the custody offederal authorities and is nolonger
an employee at theschool. The letter also statesthat investigators
have toldschool ofcials that there
is no evidence of Ensleyhaving any physical contactwith any of
the studentsor that he distributed thevideos to anyone.
We believe the highschool students will be asshocked and stunned
aswe are, the letter states.All of us at Paideiateachers,
counselorsand administratorsareavailable to you if you
havequestions about how thismay affect your child. Wewill continue
to share any
pertinent information wereceive as we nd out moreabout this
Atlantas rst LArche community recently opened in Decaturs
Oakhurst neighborhood. LArche Com-munities, founded by Jean Vanier
in France in 1964, bring together people, some with
developmentaldisabilities and some without, who choose to share
their lives by living together in faith-based com-munities. Photo
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I do not take credit for the titlef this article, Dignity
Revolution.t comes from a young lady named
Susannah whom I read about inhe District 5 Newsletter from
DeKalb County CommissionerLee May. She says she got theerm from
a speech she heard re-ently given by Special Olympics
head Tim Shriver.Susannah is a 17-year-old se-
nior at Paideia School in Atlanta.
Her battleground in the fight fordignity is through a film
serieshat she has put together called the
Dignity RevolutionFilm Festival.For Susannah a dignity
revolu-ion means all of us in education,
healthcare, government, sports,nd local communities
promotingcceptance and advocating for the
dignity of every individual regard-ess of his or her
Susannahs younger sister
Mary Clara has what Susannahcalls diffabilities but is a Goldand
Silver medal Special Olym-pian in swimming. Susannah spenther young
years volunteering in
various special needs organiza-tions. As a result, this fall
shestarted a Diffabilities ClubatPaideia. The film festival grew
outof project for the Girl Scouts andpremieres Saturday, Nov. 10,
withthe express purpose of promotingawareness about people
withdiffa-bili ties and their role in todayssociety.
I was particularly struck bySusannahs story especially com-ing
on the heels of meeting somereally wonderful young people atDeKalbs
MLK High School lastThursday night for their commu-
nity network mixer. Just as Su-sannah was inspired by the
adultTim Shriver, young people likeChristina Collins, Amola
Mox-ley, Kenishia Scotland, Kourt-ney Butcher, Regina
Donaldson,Jasmine Hill, Tiani Yarbrough,Andre and Anthony, whose
lastnames I did not get, are inspiredby several adults I had the
plea-sure of meetingchief amongthem MLK Principal Vivian Terry
and instructorTinia Ellison, whoextended the invitation for
I was so impressed by theaforementioned students. Amola
and Christina in particular aremembers of the MLK Peer Es-sence
Club which promotes excel-lence in education, self-respectand
self-esteem. The club wasstarted by coach Harry Sapp.
Itsinteresting that this girls club isheaded by a man, because men
areoften missing in the homes of somany of our teens.
Amola and Christina say theirbiggest challenge is staying
fo-cused on academics and combat-ing negative peer pressure
whilemodeling good leadership andcharacter. These young people
engaged in their own dignity revo-lution amid daily challenges
mostof us cannot begin to fathom.
I chatted with parents such asMrs. Hill and Miss Vanessa
andinstructors like Febra ClarkandRuth Grant Kelsey, who give
somuch of themselves to their youngcharges. DavidSchutten of
theOrganization of DeKalb Educa-tors was greeted like a rock star
bymany of the students and instruc-
tors because of his constant, un-publicized support.
Susannah was inspired on oneoccasion by one man, Tim Shriver,to
do her film. Can you imagine
the positive impact we adultscan have on our young people
byfrequent interaction? Many of ushave made a conscious effort
overthe years to mentor young peoplethrough various groups and
orga-nization. But it is students at MLKand others like Susannah
whoremind us how impactful our pres-ence can be by even one
chancemeeting. We never know who iswatching, listening and yes
Let us arm ourselves dailywith understanding,
tolerance,inclusion and equal treatment as a
matter of course. Lets support Su-sannahs film festival and the
PeerEssence students at MLK. Theirmotto is straight from a Dr.
Kingquote: Intelligence plus characterthat is the goal of true
Steen Miles, The Newslady, is aretired journalist and former
Geor-gia state senator. Contact SteenMiles at
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While most of the global econ-omy continues to struggle througha
recession, not every countryisawaiting its downward spiral into
amorass of debt. Iceland, Ireland andour neighbor to the north,
Canada,are among those who have alreadywallowed some painful
medicine onheir road to recovery.
Canada began its treatment andcure nearing 20 years ago while
Can-adas Liberal Party was at the wheel.By 1994, Canadas debt to
grossdomestic product ratio was nearing80 percent and consuming
almost afull third of government revenue toervice the debt. Former
Prime MinisterPaul Martin (Lib-eral Party, minister of finance,
1993-2002 and prime minister, 2003-2004)ecently warned U.S.
eaders that delaying treatment herewill only make the inevitable
adjust-ments even more painful.
To pull out of Canadas explod-ing debt spending spiral,
Martinreduced all government spending,excluding interest payments,
percent over two years. Canadassingle payer health care
systemweathered substantial cuts. The cen-tral Canadian government
turnedover its poverty assistance and socialsafety net programs and
funding tothe provincial governments as blockgrants, allowing them
full controlover how those Canadian dollarswould be spent.
In the 1997 elections, Liberalsincreased their majority in
Canadasparliament, despite implementationof the painful cuts. Then
in 1998, andagain in 2000, the Liberal govern-ment cut tax rates,
including the larg-est cuts in corporate and personal taxrates in
the nations history.
The global recession of the early1990s had badly coincided with
rapidexpansion of Canadian governmentservices and spending,
particularlyon national health care. The ill-timedcollapse of the
Mexican peso, notlong after ratification of the NorthAmerican Free
Trade Agreement(NAFTA) in 1994, further added toCanadian economic
woes. Concernsover Canadian spending had drivendown market demand
and requiredsubstantial hikes to Canadian bondinterest rates to
finance its debt. ByFebruary 1995, the Canadian Trea-
sury Department was paying interestrates to bondholders of 7.8
And the impacts of the cuts and
budget cliff became quickly quitereal. In the New Democratic
Partycontrolled province of Saskatchewanin 1993, the finance
was Janice McKinnon.In one budget we closed 52
hospitals, many schools and thou-sands of people lost their
jobs. Butwe knew we had no choice, and wecouldnt look back,
McKinnonsaid recently at a conference by theAmerican Enterprise
The U.S. Federal Reserve Bankbought 77 percent of U.S. debt
lastyear, as low interest payments andour ever expanding debt
profilemake U.S. bonds less attractive tothe financial markets as
well as ourlong-time value buyers in China andthe Middle East. The
day may soonarrive that the United States hasto double or triple
interest rates onthe bonds, simply to lure in buyers.Such a shift
would have an immedi-ate and crippling impact on most allsectors of
our domestic economy.
Canada as well as Latin America,two of our most stable trading
part-ners and allies, are quite duly con-cerned about U.S. debt.
The oftensaid maxim is that when the U.S.economy catches a cold,
Latin Amer-icaand sometimes Canadagetspneumonia. Our economies,
particu-larly since NAFTA, have becomeinexorably linked. If our
Canadianneighbors can weather those winters,
make lasting cuts in federal govern-ment spending and make their
taxcode more attractive for capital in-
vestment than our own, perhaps it istime that we follow their
President John Fitzgerald Ken-nedy (1917-1963), a Democrat,
his 1963 State of the Union addressproposed substantial tax
reform andthe reduction of income tax rates,which then ranged from
20-90 per-cent, down to ranges of 14-65 per-cent. Congress did not
act and adoptthe rate cuts until after his death in1964, but that
Congress, as well asPresident Lyndon Johnson, presidedover a solid
economic recovery, inpart catalyzed by those cuts in taxrates.
Our only plea is that if you starttackling it before you hit the
crisisstage, its going to be a heckuva alot easier. The longer you
wait, theworse it gets. former Saskatch-ewan Finance Minister
* acknowledgment ofWall StreetJournalAmericas columnistMary
OGrady for inspiring thiscolumn
Bill Crane also serves as a po-litical analyst and commentator
forChannel 2s Action News, WSB-AM
News/Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM, aswell as a columnist forThe
Champi-on, Champion Free Press andGeorgiaTrend. Crane is a DeKalb
business owner, living in Scottdale.You can reach him or comment
on acolumn at [email protected]
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Where's Joe the Plumberwhen you need him?Without someone at
least ranting about
sharing the wealth, no one's talking aboutsharing the
The following comments are pulled straight from our website and
arenot edited for content or grammar.
DeKalb Rape Crisis Centerin jeopardy of closingMaybe if they
change the name to Legimate Rape
Crisis Center they can get funding. The Republicans
do not believe Rape really happens.
Responsible Party posted this on 10/24/12 at 6:47 p.m.
DeKalb police searching for shooter of teen
The Leadership of the DeKalb County Police Depthave done one
thing and one thing only, they
showed up for a paycheck. Other than that, you tell
Gold Badges do what ? posted this on 10/26/12 at 9:55 a.m.
Thanks to a do-nothing DPD South Precinct. Ellis,
Johnson and Gannon and this do-nothing DeKalb
Police Dept do nothing to protect the cizens of East
and South DeKalb. The DeKalb Police Dept is evident-
ly unable to funcon as a deterrent to crime. Thereis no pro-acve
police work going on in East or South
DeKalb. Want to know where the crime and big deals
are, look for DeKalb Police working the doors of
Sleazy Bars, that is a good clue. Terrell Bolton made
DeKalb safer than what we have now for a Command
The Wild Wild West posted this on 10/22/12 at 5:32 p.m.
by Sam PizzigatiColumnist
Four years ago, a chance encoun-er between Barack Obama and
Samuel Joe the Plumber Wurzel-bacher injected inequality right
intohe heart of the 2008 presidential race.
Obama explained to the then-unknown Wurzelbacher that whenyou
spread the wealth around, itsgood for everybody. GOP nomineeJohn
McCain immediately jumpedon Obamas remark, suddenly mak-ng wealth
redistribution one of thatampaigns hottest issues.
Joe the Plumber has since largelyaded from view. Hes running
aackluster campaign for Congress asconservative Republican. And
ssue that lent him celebrity status hasmore or less disappeared.
In the 2012presidential debates, weve had notone mention of
op-heavy distribution of income andwealth.President Obama, to be
alked about taxing the rich back toClinton-era levels. But those
Clintonates didnt stop the concentrating
of Americas wealth. Our rich haveeen their fortunes soar for
decades now.And where do we stand right
now with this concentration? Onetunning answer has just come
fromesearchers at Credit Suisse, the Swiss
banking giant. Americas rich arentust pulling away from the rest
America, the Credit Suisse Researchnstitutes new Global Wealth
details. Theyre pulling away from theest of the worlds rich.
Between the middle of 2011 andhe middle of 2012, nearly 1.8
mil-ion European millionaires lost their
millionaire status. But Americanmillionaires have actually
expandedheir ranks. Americans now make upstunning 39 percent of all
households worth at least $1 million.Among deep pockets worth
east $50 million, the U.S. globalwealth dominance becomes
evenmore pronounced. Of these 84,500global super rich, 45 percent
hail fromhe United States.
Joe the Plumber and other fansof great fortune dont have much
ofproblem with this huge concentra-
tion of wealth. Should the rest of us?Would our lives be
somewhat moresecure if we did more in the UnitedStates to share the
The researchers at Credit Suissehave crunched all the numbers
weneed to answer this question. Three oftodays most important
developed na-tions, their data show, turn out to havealmost
identical quantities of wealthper adult.
If you add up the total wealth in
each of these three countries theUnited States, France, and
Japan and then divide that wealth by adultpopulation, you get
virtually the sameaverage wealth: $262,351 per adult inthe United
States, $265,463 in France,and $269,708 in Japan.
In real life, of course, we dontdivide wealth equally. Some of
ushave more wealth than others. But thedegree of inequality, the
new CreditSuisse data remind us, varies enor-mously among nations.
In the UnitedStates, most wealth rests near thetop. In France and
Japan, much morewealth rests around the middle.
How much of a difference tothe typical person do these
dif-ferences in inequality make? A greatdeal. To be more specific:
over$100,000 worth of difference.
In the grossly unequal UnitedStates, our most typical median
adult now holds $38,786 worth ofwealth. Half of American adults
havemore than $38,786, half have less.
Japans most typical adults havea net worth of $141,410. In
France,a nation more equal than the UnitedStates but not as equal
as Japan, thetypical adult holds $81,274.
In other words, a typical Japanesehousehold today sports more
triple the wealth of a typical U.S.household, and typical French
house-holds have twice as much.
Average Japanese or Frenchpeople dont work any harder
thanaverage people in the United States.They just live in societies
that do amuch better job of sharing the wealththat their work
Maybe one day Americans willlive in a society that shares.
Maybeone day our presidential candidateswill even talk about
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the Week, please contactKathy Mitchellat [email protected]
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The human touch andsupport makes a differencefor anybody,
saidJoy Kil-lum, a volunteer at DeKalbMedical Center who
enjoysholding and comforting new-borns in the NeonatologyIntensive
Care Unit (NICU).
Killum also likes to read,talk, interact and contributeto their
healing processwith the newborn patientswho might need to
Killum, who had a babywho spent time in the in-tensive care
unit, has been a
volunteer with the DeKalbMedical Auxiliary VolunteerProgram for
I knew that I wouldmake time for duty in theNICU at DeKalb after
havingbenefitted from the caringdedication of the NICU staffmore
than 26 years ago,Killum said. Since that time,I always said that I
wouldmake time to comfort andhold the babies in this spe-cial
nursery. I knew that Iwas in the right place whenon the first day
of serviceI held a newborn with mysame first name.
She recently attendedher first Council of AuxiliaryVolunteers
conference andis a newly installed auxiliaryboard member in which
shehas been elected the secondvice president.
As a volunteer, Killumprepares materials for eye
exams, answers phones,picks up and delivers materi-als
throughout the hospitaland helps out just in anyway they deem is
But her favorite part ofvolunteering is to hold theprecious
babies, she said.Its just a source of greatjoy.
Babies are the evidenceof the miracle of life, Killumsaid. I
want to be whateversource of comfort I can be.
A Stone Mountain resi-dent, Killum is a retired edu-cator after
with more than30 years of experience. Sheearned a bachelors
degreein history from Stetson Uni-versity, a masters degree
inhistory and a doctorate ineducational leadership andsupervision
from GeorgiaState University.
She spent most of herprofessional career work-ing as a high
school socialstudies teacher, assistantprincipal, principal, and
in-structional coordinator foralternative schools.
Killum also worked forthe Georgia Department ofEducation and has
workedan adjunct professor of edu-cation at Kennesaw
Killum said, There aremany ways that individualscan be helpful
in ways thatwill enhance the quality oflife in the area where
As a former DeKalbeducator, I have long pro-posed that parents
couldtake even a half day of vaca-tion time and give back totheir
children by makingthemselves available to assistwith school
supervision andoffering careers focus andinsight.
The necessity of givingback to support the environ-ment, the
community andthose less fortunate shouldbe instilled in the youth
ofthe community, Killum said.
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DeKalb County Com-munity ProsecutorSonjaBrown said a new
courtwatch program gives resi-dents the opportunity to gaina better
understanding ofhow the court system worksand how it affects their
We want them to haveinput in the process and wethink it helps to
increase ac-countability and representthe community interest inthe
justice system, Brownsaid.
Brown said the residentswho recently graduated the
program monitored a caseof particular interest to
theircommunitythe trial of arepeat offender who wascurrently out on
probationand had been charged withgiving a false name
andobstructing a police ofcer.Brown said he is considereda nuisance
in his neighbor-hood.
Hopefully offenderswill see that if people arecoming to court
and payingattention, they will realize
that people arent going toaccept it in their communityanymore,
Each year a countywidetraining session will be heldfor those
interested in beinginvolved in the program.Additionally, Brown said
ifthere are 20 or more resi-dents located in a speciccommunity who
are inter-ested in the program, shewill offer a personal
mini-training session to them.
What I continue to dois monitor cases and issuesas I go out to
communitymeetings and speak withresidents and businesses andadd
them to the list, Brownsaid.
Before coming to workfor DeKalb County, Brownwas an assistant
district at-torney for Fulton Countyfor ve years and servedas a
community prosecutorfor the South Fulton area.DeKalb County
SolicitorGeneral Sherry Boston saidshe hired Brown specicallyfor
her experience as a com-munity prosecutor.
Community prosecutionis the new national modelfor attacking
crime and its
a model that originated inNew York a few years ago,Boston said.
The courtwatch program is just apart of that but thats whyI worked
so hard to bringSonja Brown to our ofce.
Boston said the presenceof the residents in the court-room also
holds the judgesaccountable in addition tothe defendants.
It makes it more dif-cult for judges to ignorehow different
types ofcriminals are affecting theneighborhood, especially
inmisdemeanor court wherejudges think these crimesare victimless
and theyrenot, Boston said.
In addition to the courtwatch program, Boston saidher ofce is
working withlocal businesses, homeown-ers and county ofcials tocome
up with unique waysto reduce crime in commu-nities throughout
This is all about engag-ing and working togetherIcant do it all,
Boston said.Community prosecution re-ally is the future of
ghtingcrime in our country.
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DeKalb Countygets 21 new copsby Andrew
A nearly ve-month train-ng session has resulted inhe graduation
of 21 DeKalb
County Police ofcers fromhe countys 95th police acad-emy.
They started out with aarger bunch than this, said
DeKalb County Police ChiefWilliam OBrien during theofcers
graduation ceremonyOct. 26. They whittle downa little bit because
some folksrealize this line of work is aittle more than they
up for.Expressing pride in the
new ofcers, OBrien said,Were proud of you. Youveworked very hard
to getwhere you are today, butmore importantly youve goto continue
to work hard ev-
ery day.OBrien encouraged the
new ofcers to take pride intheir jobs.
The sad part is, some-where along the line, manyofcers let that
pride wearoff, OBrien said. They
make poor decisions that re-sult in embarrassing momentsfor
themselves, their families,this county and this profes-sion.
Theres nothing moreaggravating to a true pro-fessional law
enforcementofcer than another ofcerthat tarnishes this badge
orembarrasses this profession,OBrien said. For some rea-son we see
it over and overagain no matter how muchwe preach about ethics in
OBrien told the new of-cers to step aside if they everfeel they
can no longer abideby their oath of ofce.
Do not be the person thatis seen in the news embar-
rassing all of us, he said.DeKalb County CEO
BurrellEllis told the ofcersthat they had answered thenoblest of
As I am now putting
together our 2013 countybudget, at a time when ourcounty has
never been morescally challenged, I am re-minded each and every
daythat public safety remains ournumber one priority,
William Z. Miller, thecountys public safety direc-tor, told the
ofcers to standup for an ideal. Do somethingto improve the lives of
others.Strike out against injustice.
Every day someone iswatching what you do andhow you carry
yourselves,Miller said. There are chil-dren who want to grow upto
be just like you. Neverlet anyone down, especiallythose
Graduates from DeKalb Countys 95th police academy are on the
streets after a special ceremony Oct. 26 during whichhey received
their badges and took their oath of ofce. Photos by Andrew
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Two amendments on ballot for Novemberby Daniel
Residents will have the op-portunity to vote on two
con-stitutional amendments duringthe November election,
oneinvolving public education atthe state level and the
otherinvolving long-term leaseagreements.
Amendment 1 asks voterswhether they want to allowthe state the
authority to es-tablish special state charterschools. This isnt the
rsttime voters have been facedwith this issue; in 2008 theGeorgia
Commission (GCSC) was cre-ated to grant the state to estab-lish
charter schools that had
been denied charters by localschool boards.
In 2011, the GeorgiaSupreme Court voted thatHB881, which created
thecommission, was unconstitu-tional stating that it took awaylocal
control. Now, voters willdecide whether they want tohave a
secondary authorizerfor charter schools.
Proponents of Amendment1 said the issue is about al-lowing
parents the choice tosend their children to a schoolwhere they can
excel, regard-less of nancial standing orlocations. Many
opponentsof the amendment said the
state cannot afford to fund theschools that might be createdif
the GCSC is reestablished.
Also on the ballot isAmendment 2, which would
allow state entities, such asthe State Properties Commis-sion,
the Board of Regentsof the University System ofGeorgia and the
Georgia De-partment of Labor, to enterinto multiyear lease
agree-ments in an effort to cut downon operating costs.
Chris Clark,president ofthe Georgia Chamber of Com-merce, said
the amendmentwill allow the state govern-ment to save money on
itslease agreements by beingable to negotiate for lowerrental rates
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALSfor the
City of BrookhavenMunicipal General Government Services
The Governors Commission on Brookhaven is seeking proposals from
vendorsto provide Municipal General Government Services in the
Communications and Community Engagement
Community Development Financial and Administrative Services
Information Technology Services
Municipal Court Services
Recreation and Parks
The City will accept questions and comments until 12:00 PM, EST
on Friday,November 16, 2012. Questions must be submitted in writing
[email protected] Please note that this email is for
proposalquestions ONLY and not for submission of actual proposals.
Verbal questionswill not be accepted.
Bids must be submitted by 3:00 PM on Friday, November 23, 2012.
Informationconcerning this solicitation can be found at
www.brookhavencommission.com.Offerors are encouraged to check this
site daily for updates, amendments andquestions and answers.
Voters faced withnumerous choices
In DeKalb County, voters arebeing asked to indicate their
prefer-ences in a number of races in theupcoming election in
addition tohe presidential race. Heres what
voters will fnd on the Nov. 6 bal-ot. In some instances, voters
willbe offered choices only within theirpolitical districts. A
separate articlecovers Georgia Constitution amend-ments on the
Public Service CommissionTo succeed Chuck Eaton)
Republican - Chuck Eaton*Democrat Stephen OppenheimerLibertarian
Brad PloegerTo succeed Stan Wise)
Republican Stan Wise*Libertarian David Staples
U. S. CongressDistrict 4Democrat Henry C. Hank John-
son Jr.*Republican J. Chris VaughnDistrict 5Democrat John
Lewis*Republican Howard StopeckDistrict 6Republican Tom Price
*Democrat Jeff Kazanow
State Senate0th District
Democrat Emanuel D. Jones*40th DistrictRepublican Fran
Millar*41st DistrictDemocrat Steve Henson*42ndDistrictDemocrat
Jason Carter*Republican Kenneth BrettQuarter-man
43rd DistrictDemocrat Ronald B. Ramsey Sr.*44th DistrictDemocrat
Gail Paulette Davenport*55th DistrictDemocrat Gloria Butler*
State House ofRepresentatives79th DistrictRepublican Tom
Taylor*80th DistrictRepublican Mike Jacobs*81st DistrictRepublican
Chris BoedekerDemocrat Scott Holcumb*82nd DistrictDemocrat Mary
Margaret Oliver*83rd DistrictDemocrat Howard Mosby*84th
DistrictDemocrat Rahn Mayo*85th DistrictDemocrat Karla Drenner*86th
DistrictRepublican Lisa Y. KinnemoreDemocrat Michele Henson*87th
DistrictDemocrat Earnest Coach Wil-iams*88th DistrictDemocrat Billy
Mitchell*89th DistrictDemocrat Stacey Abrams*90th DistrictDemocrat
Pam S. Stephenson*91st DistrictDemocrat Dee Dawkins-Haigler*92nd
Democrat Tonya P. Anderson93rd DistrictRepublican Christine Tina
HofferDemocrat DarShun N. Kendrick*94th DistrictDemocrat Karen
District Attorney, StoneMountain Judicial CircuitDemocrat Robert
Clerk of Superior Court DeKalb
CountyDemocrat Debra DeBerry*
SheriffDemocrat Thomas E. Brown*
Tax CommissionerDemocrat Claudia G. Lawson*
Chief MagistrateDemocrat Berryl A. Anderson*
Solicitor General of DeKalbCountyDemocrat Sherry Boston*
Chief Executive OfcerDemocrat Burrell Ellis*
District 1Republican Elaine Boyer*District 4Democrat - Sharon
Barnes-Sutton*District 5Democrat Lee May*District 6Democrat Kathie
DeKalb County Soil and WaterConservation District
Supervi-sor(Vote for two)Doug Denton*Dell MacGregor*City of
MayorLarry DaneseJ. Max DavisSandy MurrayThom Shepard
Council memberDistrict 1Alan ColeMichelle ConlonKevin D.
Fitzpatrick Jr.Kevin MeadersRebecca Chase Williams
Council memberDistrict 2Jim EyreLarry HurstRussell Mitchell
Council memberDistrict 3Deborah AnthonyHope BawcomBates
MattisonBridget ODonnellBen PodgorKevin QuirkJulia RussoGaye L.
Council memberDistrict 4Joe GebbiaKaren LordKerry Witt
City of Chamblee Special Elec-tion
Shall the Act be approved which an-nexes certain land onto the
City ofChamblee?Yes No
An opponent of the charter school amendment holds a sign near an
early voting precinct. Photo byAndrew Cauthen
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Arnold Schwarzenegger lms movie in DeKalb
Movie trailers are set up in the parking lot of Clairmont
Presbyterian Church in Decatur. Actor Ar-
nold Schwarzenegger was in DeKalb County lming a new movie
calledTen. Photo by Carla Parker
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by Carla [email protected]
The Terminator made avisit to DeKalb County. Actorand former
California gover-norArnold Schwarzeneggerwas in DeKalb County
Oct.16-26 lming scenes for a newmovie called Ten.
Productions crews were setup in Tucker at Brockett Walk,near
Lawrenceville Highway,and in Decatur at ClairmontPresbyterian
The movie, which is set tobe released in 2013, is aboutfederal
Drug EnforcementAdministrator agents who roba drug cartels safe
house andhen nd themselves beingaken down one by one be-
cause of that robbery. Schwar-
zenegger toldEmpire maga-zine that the lm will be veryike a new
Its a team around meand they get knocked off untilheres only me
zenegger said. Except in thiscase there will be a differentwist
to the whole thing in-
stead of some alien monster.The movie also stars Sam
Worthington, Terrence How-ard and Dawn Olivieri.
Productions crews were atBrockett Walk on Oct. 23 and24.
Residents were informedof the project in a letter and
old that crews will be in thearea with trucks and equip-ment
during the week leadingup to Oct. 23. The crews thenmoved their
trucks and equip-ment to Clairmont Presbyte-ian Church on Oct. 25
andeft Oct. 26.
Several movies have beenlmed in DeKalb Countysince the county
was deemedcamera ready for TV andmovie projects in 2010 byGeorgias
Film, Music &Digital Entertainment Ofce.DeKalb County
spokesmanBurke Brennan said cam-
era ready is a partnershipbetween the county and thestate
More than 336 projectswere lmed in Georgia in thescal year
ending June 30,2011, with an economic in-vestment of more than
Movies lmed in DeKalbCounty include Vampire Dia-ries, American
Reunion, SteeleMagnolias remake, and manyothers. Brennan said there
areseveral movies that are shoot-ng in the county now.
We do encourage thisas much as possible becausets an economic
ment driver, he said. It putspeople to work and of course
when these production com-panies come in theyre buyinglocal,
theyre hiring local and ofcourse we support that.
Brennan said the county hasa lot of vacant
manufacturingwarehouse space that is beingused for lming. He said
thecounty has indirectly benetedfrom the lm industry with li-censes
and fees for occupancyand permits.
But I think the bigger valueis the direct benet, he said.They
hire extras, they hire localelectricians, and they hire
locallighting, sound and visual crews.They hire all these people
andthey pay wages and these peoplewith the money spend the moneyin
DeKalb County, generatingsale taxes and stuff like that.
The Northeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with
today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 80 in
Germantown, Md. The
Southeast will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday,
with the highest
temperature of 84 in Ft. Myers, Fla. The Northwest will see
scattered showers today, mostly clear
to partly cloudy skies with a few showers Friday and Saturday,
with the highest temperature of 72
in Torrington, Wyo. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies
today through Saturday, with the
highest temperature of 91 in Gila Bend, Ariz.
High: 61 Low: 43
The Champion Weather Nov. 1, 2012Seven Day Forecast
Local UV Index
High: 69 Low: 45
High: 64 Low: 42
High: 67 Low: 44
High: 70 Low: 47
High: 68 Low: 45
High: 65 Low: 45
In-Depth Local Forecast Today's Regional Map
7:57 a.m.7:58 a.m.
6:44 p.m.6:43 p.m.
11:12 a.m.11:58 a.m.
9:35 p.m.10:27 p.m.
Nov. 1, 1861 - Ahurricane near
Cape Hatteras, N.C. battered a
Union fleet of ships that wasattacking Carolina ports. The
hurricane produced high tides
and high winds in New York
state and New England.
What is a front?
Answer: A boundary zone between
two air masses of different density.
National Weather Summary This Week
Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
StarWatch By Gary Becker - Sungrazing Comet on its Way
Today we will see sunny skies with a high
temperature of 61, humidity of 51%. West wind
5 to 15 mph. The record high temperature fortoday is 81 set in
1950. Expect mostly clear skies
tonight with an overnight low of 43. The record
low for tonight is 30 set in 1993.
Nov. 2, 1989 - Squalls in the
Upper Great Lakes region the
first three days of the month
buried Ironwood, Mich. under
46 inches of snow and produced
40 inches at Hurley, Wis. Arctic
cold invaded the Southern Plains
region. Midland, Texas reported
a record low of 22 degrees.
Heads up! If you remember Comet Hale-Bopp (1997), the brightest
comet seen for the longest period of time in recorded history, or
bright Comet Hyakutake (1996), with
its blue fluorescent tail next to the stars of the Dig Dipper,
then get ready for perhaps another barnburner, Comet C/2012 S1
(ISON). The brightnesses of comets are one of
the most difficult predictions that astronomers make and ISON
will be challenging. Comets are composed of a mixture of icy
materials, mostly water, dust, and some rock.
The ratios of ice to dust vary greatly among members. These
gatecrashers first head toward the sun from the outposts of our
solar system, then over millions of years get
snagged by the planets into shorter and shorter orbital paths.
Many are also expelled from the solar system. Comet ISON has
similar characteristics to the Great Comet of 1680, and if that
is the case, when it passes 1.1 million miles from the sun on
November 28, 2013, it could produce a wonderfully large tail
visible for several months starting in mid-November. Thats very
exciting news. On the other hand, ISON could simply disintegrate
in the suns heat and strong gravity and be lost. Currently still
beyond Jupiters orbit, ISON is much brighter than expect-
ed for its distance from the sun, and this should be sounding a
warning to astronomers to be careful. Comet Kohoutek, C/1973 E1,
was also discovered beyond the orbit of Jupiter, and was
similarly brighter than it should have been. Kohouteks initial
brightness fooled astronomers into thinking that here was the m
other of all comets. Instead, Kohoutek was coming to us from
the rockier Kuiper Belt with an excess of volatiles on its
surface but not that much ice underneath. When it rounded the sun
in December of 1973, the ices were gone, and the comet flubbed
big time. At least lets keep our hopes high that Comet ISON will
be respectable. www.astronomy.org
Mercury 9:56 a.m. 7:46 p.m.
Venus 5:11 a.m. 5:14 p.m.Mars 11:07 a.m. 8:55 p.m.
Jupiter 8:41 p.m. 10:53 a.m.
Saturn 7:25 a .m. 6:32 p.m.
Uranus 5:05 p.m. 5:20 a.m.
3 50 - 2 4 6 8 107 9 11+
0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate,
6-7: High, 8-10: Very High
11+: Extreme Exposure
*Last Weeks Almanac
Date Hi Lo Normals Precip
Tuesday 78 48 71/50 0.00"
Wednesday 79 48 70/50 0.01"
Thursday 80 52 70/50 0.00"
Friday 80 57 70/49 0.00"
Saturday 67 51 69/49 0.00"
Sunday 54 46 69/49 0.00"
Monday 55 44 69/48 0.00"Rainfall . . . . . . .0.01" Average temp
Normal rainfall . .0.72" Average normal 59.5
Departure . . . . .-0.71" Departure . . . . .+0.4*Data as
reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport
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Bands will make them dance
See Bands on Page 13A
Stephenson drum majors wait to go on the eld for thebands
by Carla [email protected]
When the game clock hits 00:00n the fourth quarter of a high
football game, the game is over for theeams, but not for the
They have one more quarter to play:he fth quarter.
Its all about the music, saidDeKalb County School District
musiccoordinatorDon Roberts. Its notabout the marching; its not
about thedancing; its not about who has the bestmoves. Its about
The fth quarter, originally startedby Historically Black
Colleges andUniversities marching bands, is whenhe two bands battle
each other through
music. After one band nishes play-ng a song the other band
plays. Andt goes back and forth until one of the
bands runs out of music or they areforced to stop playing.
Weve been out there as long as anhour and a half after the game
is over,said Travis Kimber, band directorat Martin Luther King, Jr.
High and a1992 Southwest DeKalb High Schoolgraduate. Kimber said
M.L Kings lon-gest fth quarter battle came againstStephenson. Weve
been escorted outby police on a couple of occasions;ights cut off
on us on a couple of oc-
casions.The stadium lights have been cut off
on fth quarter sessions between theStephenson and Redan bands
severalimes as well.
It got to the point where the ambu-
lance pulled right in front of the bandsand shined its lights up
in the stadium
just to give us a little extra light, said
Stephenson High School band directorQuentin Goins.
A year-round sport
Marching band is similar to sportsin DeKalb County. While the
othersports have seasons that last for a fewmonths, band
seasonwhich includessymphonic band, jazz band, solo andensemble
groupsis year-round. Bandmembers practice long hours afterschool
and sometimes on weekendsto become better musicians and betterthan
The bands perform at football
games, parades, band competitions andspecial events. DeKalb
marching bandshave won numerous awards and per-formed all over the
world. The MartinLuther King Marching Jr. Lions, alsoknown as The
Kings of Halftime,have performed at the Cotton Bowl inDallas,
Texas, and traveled to SouthAfrica in 2006.
The Stephenson Marching Jaguars,also known as the Sonic Sound,
performed in the National MemorialDay Parade in Washington D.C.,
theMacys Thanksgiving Day Parade in
New York City and Tournament ofRoses Parade in Pasadena,
The Southwest DeKalb MarchingPanthers, who consider
themselvesthe best band in the land, have per-formed at the Macys
Day Parade, the Carnival of Flowersin Nice, France, and the
Tournamentof Roses Parade in 2006 and 2011.
Theyve also performed for two U.S.presidents and for the opening
cer-emony of the 1996 Centennial OlympicGames in Atlanta. They were
also fea-tured in the movieDrumline.
Redan Highs Blue ThunderMarching Band has a long list ofawards
that includes winning the Na-tional VH1 Save the Music Battle ofthe
Bands twice. In May, Towers HighSchool band won $5,500 and a
Gram-my award from the Grammy Foun-dation. Clarkston High School
bandreceived instruments worth $46,150from a Mr. Hollands Opus
Best bands in the land
DeKalb County is known for havingsome of the top band programs
We like to think of DeKalb Countylike the [Southeastern
Conference] forhigh school bands, Roberts said. TheSEC is the upper
echelon for collegefootball in the country and we like tothink of
DeKalb County as the up-
per echelon for high school bands inAmerica.
Roberts began his career in DeKalbin 1986 as a band director at
McNairMiddle School. During that time, theMcNair High School
marching bandwas considered the best in DeKalb andit was the rst
band to reach 200 mem-
bers.Before McNair, Columbia High
School was the top band in the late
80s, Kimber said.Southwest DeKalb became the
head honcho in DeKalb in the 1990s.Roberts served as band
director atSouthwest DeKalb from 1990-96 andthen served as band
director and musiccoordinator from 1998-2003.
Roberts said DeKalb County is thebest in the band world because
of thetalented students and teachers.
We just recruit good teachers andone of the things I learned as
musiccoordinator was that the key to chang-ing a child or changing
a program isthrough the teacher, he said.
The recruitment of those good banddirectors, most of them DeKalb
Countygraduates, started the rivalry amongthe bands in the county,
When I rst came to SouthwestDeKalb, Southwest somewhat ruled
band world by themselves for a longtime, he said. But then we
got banddirectors in here who werent satisedwith that. They wanted
some of the ac-colades; they wanted to be the best.
Competitions form friendships
Those band directors includedRedan High School band
directorLo-renzo Moore and former StephensonHigh School band
director Dr. MarvinPryor, who led Stephensons bandwhen the school
opened in 1996.
A Southwest DeKalb drum major dances during the bands dance
routine. Photos by Travis Hudgons
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Bands Continued From Page 12AMoore, a 1984 Southwest
DeKalb graduate, was namedRedans band director in 1996.Redans
band, which wasa core style marching bandbefore Moores tenure,
tran-itioned to the high-stepping,how-style that is popular
Black marching bands.Moore said he thinks band
ivalries are created by the stu-dents.
They know one anotherand theyre always talking backand forth on
Facebook saying,Our band is better, he said.But one thing that
band out is the [Metro Atlanta]Precision Band Camp everyummer.
They get together andhey challenge each other on
playing scales and then whenhey get together at the games itust
increases the competition.
Kimber, who has been thedirector at M.L. King since thechool
opened in 2001, saidivalries are usually formed
when there are two strong bandprograms.
Typically, if the competi-ion is one-sided and one bands very
large and the other is
very small, or one is very goodand the other is not so good,you
really dont have a rivalry,he said.
Stephensons Goins, a 1997Redan graduate, also said ri-valries
are formed through out-tanding band programs.
The students feed off theuccess of others, he said. If
youre successful then some-body else wants to be success-ul.
Goins said rivalries betweenbands can also be formedhrough the
rivalries of thechools.
I wouldnt say its just aivalry between the bands, butts a
rivalry between the twochools, he said. The cheer-eaders, the
football team, the
bands, everything.Stephenson and M.L. King
have become one of the topivalries in the county. Whenhe two
football teams meet,he game always attracts a largerowd and has
also become a
battle between the bands andchools.
Although the word rivalrys sometimes connected with
hostility, Roberts and the otherdirectors said hatred band
Its a healthy rivalry be-
ause these guys like eachother so much, Roberts said.They
compete against each
other on Friday nights but onSunday theyre at my house
watching the football games.Were watching the foot-
ball games, watching bandtapes, comparing the differentdrills
and that kind of thing,Moore said. We learn fromone another in
We knew each other be-fore we were band directors,Kimber said.
Some of us arefraternity brothers.
We were friends in highschool and in college, Goinssaid. Me and
the director atMiller Grove High School[Keven Shepherd] go back
They may be friends, but ongame day, the friendship is puton
If were not playing South-west DeKalb this week I maycall Mr.
[James] Seda and we
may go out and have lunchtogether. But the week of thegame we
cut all of that off,Kimber said. Were not go-ing to talk that week
Friendships form betweenthe band students as well.
They see each other in the[district] honor band, the all-state
program, solo and ensem-
ble, Roberts said. Theyrevery competitive, but they likeeach
The band directors and stu-dents all want their bands to
beconsidered the best band inthe land, but the ultimate goalis to
transform the studentsinto successful musicians. Inthe past decade,
DeKalb bandstudents have earned more than$100 million in band
scholar-ships and some have gone on to
become successful musiciansor band directors.
From the competitive per-spective, they want to be the
best, Roberts said. And thedirectors push the kids. Some
people say, Well, you push thekids too hard. All I can say
islook at the results. Look at the
number of scholarships overthe years. Millions and millionsof
scholarships because theseguys are preparing our stu-dents not to
be marching bandstudents but to be total musi-cians.
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Two Decatur Town Center, 125 Clairemont Ave., Suite 235,
Decatur, GA 30030
The Voice of Business in DeKalb CountyDeKalb Chamber of
Private Bank of Decatur is open for businessPrivate Bank of
opened its doors Oct. 22n the One Decatur Town
Center development at 150East Ponce de Leon Ave.corner of Church
East Ponce). Led by vet-ran Decatur bankerJudyTurner, the bank,
a divisionof Private Bank of Buck-head, offers the security
andoundness of a solid exist-ng community bank with apecial focus
on the Decaturommunity, according to the
banks officials.Earlier this year the bank
gained state approval forhe expansion and received
FDIC approval on June 13.Turner and her teamwhichncludes several
other bank-rs already familiar to the
Decatur markethave sincebeen busy opening accountsand overseeing
the gut reno-vation of its center-of-townocation.
Charter customers of thebank have been discoveringhat our name
our approach: We believehat all customers should
benefit from the privatebanking approach otherbanks reserve for
a certainfew, said Turner, who hasbeen in banking in metroAtlanta
for more than 45
years. We have team mem-bers with deep roots bothpersonally and
professionallyn Decatur, and new team
members who are joining uspecifically to serve Decatur.
Many will be familiar to cus-omers and are certainly fa-
miliar with the community.The bank plans several
ommunity-oriented kick-offvents, including a week-ong, drop-in
celebration.Were asking folks to join
us any day Tuesday, Nov. 13,hrough Friday, Nov. 16, 2-4
p.m., Turner said. Wellbe offering refreshmentsand primarily
getting to sayhello to anyone who has not
had a chance to stop by in thepreceding weeks. One daywasnt
enough, so were say-ng thank you for a whole
week to Decatur for welcom-ng us.
Along with a more tai-ored, hands-on banking
approach, she said, PrivateBank of Decatur also of-fers the
latest in technology,ncluding online and mo-
bile deposit capabilities, aswell as smart phone apps,which
enable customersto view account balances,transfer funds, pay bills
andmore. She also said the bank
provides free ATM usage. Itdoes not charge ATM feesof its own
and refunds thosethat other institutions charge.
From the beginning,Private Bank of Buckheadhas served both
individualsand businesses beyond itsnamesake community, so
itsstrategy, service and commu-nity service already take
intoaccount customers beyondthe borders that that namemay imply,
Turner said.Now, through Private Bankof Decatur and its location
inmy home community, I amhappy to again be serving myfriends and
neighbors, andbringing them a true commu-nity bank.
Two bankers who previ-ously worked with Turner atDecatur First
Bank, MelanieFunkand Jamie Ensley,have been part of the teamfor
months now. More re-cently added were SeniorLending OfficerGreg
Rus-sell and Personal BankersJoAnn Ellis and JuanitaMarzette. Also
on site inDecatur is Greg Wood, cred-
it portfolio manager. Turnersaid other team members willbe added
as customer needdemands and as other sea-soned bankers are
Turner started her careerwith Citizens & SouthernNational
Bank. In fact, sheworked at the Private Bankof Decatur site when it
was aC&S bank. She is currentlypresident of the DecaturBook
Festival, chair of theDevelopment Authority ofDeKalb County,
trustee ofthe DeKalb History Center,treasurer of Seniors
HelpingSeniors and is on the boardof the DeKalb Medical
Foun-dation. She also served onthe boards of the CommunityBankers
Association and theGeorgia Bankers Associa-tion.
Since the launch of Pri-vate Bank of Buckhead, wehave said that
our strategymight eventually includephysical expansion intoother
markets, said Char-lie Crawford, president,CEO and chairman of
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis reminds youof the Best Practices
for Proper Disposal of
Plumbing and sanitary sewer systems are simply not designed to
handle the F.O.G. that accumulatesin pipes. When it gets into the
pipes and hardens, blockages occur and cause sewage to backup
andoverow out of manholes or into homes. This is expensive for you,
and for the County.The damages caused by fats, oils and grease in
the sewer system are costly to repair. Over time,they increase the
costs of our water and sewer services.
F.O.G. enters plumbing through garbage disposals, sinks and
toilets. It coats the inside of plumbingpipes and also empties into
DeKalb Countys sewer system. Here are three simple guidelines to
helpkeep F.O.G. out of our pipes and sewers:
POURfats, oils or grease into a sealable container, allow it to
cool and throw it
in the trash. Do not pour down the drain or toilet.
SCRAPEplates and cookware before washing. Do not throw scraps of
any kinddown the drain. Instead, place them in waste containers or
WIPEexcess grease from all plates, pots, pans, utensils, and
surfaces with apaper towel before washing. Throw the greasy paper
Buckhead bank, and thisexpansion is driven by theavailability of
great bankingtalent. That is a great fit forus strategically, a
continuedopportunity for these talented
Decatur bankers to serve thecommunity they know andlove, and, we
think, a greatopportunity to introduce abroader marketthe peopleof
Decaturto a successful
high-touch service model.Those familiar with Turn-
er may be pleased to knowthat, yes, Private Bank ofDecatur
includes a popcornmachine in the lobby.
Greg Russell, senior lending ofcer, and Judy Turner, president,
are among the ofcers ready toserve customers at the newly opened
Private Bank of Decatur. Photo provided
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Archives visitors limited to two-hour appointmentsATLANTA
Starting in November,most visitors to the Geor-gia Archives in
Morrowwill have to make anappointment to do their
esearch in two-hourblocks.
In mid-October, Sec-etary of State Brian
Kemp released thechedule that will be in
effect Nov. 1. The ar-chives will be open byappointment only
onThursdays, Fridays andSaturdays during thefirst and second weekof
each month. It willbe closed to the publicentirely during the
thirdand fourth weeks of each
month.Jared Thomas, a
pokesman for the sec-etary of state, said the
archives center is layingoff seven of its 10 work-ers as part of
a statewidedirective from Gov. Na-han Deal to cut costs.
Kemp said in the newselease that he will work
with the governor andawmakers to eventuallyestore funding to
archives so that it couldagain open to the public.
The secretary of stateoversees the archives,which had been
openfrom 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.on Fridays and Satur-days. Kemp has
believes the moves willmake the Georgia Ar-chives the only one
inthe country without regu-lar public hours. Oppo-nents have warned
suchcuts will stifle researchand conservation efforts.
Deal has ordered ev-ery state office to reducespending by 3
percentfor the remainder ofthe current budget year,which runs
through June30, 2013, and again inthe following year. That
totals almost $733,000for Kemps office.
The archives houseshistorical records com-monly used for
every-thing from scholarlyresearch to family trees.Employees also
preserve important docu-ments ranging from mapsto books.
The plan will allowfor 288 visitorsnearlythe same number
thearchives accommodateseach month. However,
most will be limited totwo hours, while sometwo-and-a-half-hour
pointments are availablein the original documents
the Open Documents Re-search Area will have totell staff what
when they make the ap-pointment so that the re-cords can be
pulled andwaiting for them whenthey arrive.
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IHM students surprise staffwith random act of kindness
by Daniel [email protected]
Immaculate Heart ofMary Catholic SchoolStudents
AnnaliseOConnell, Sofa Arboleda,and Bailey Apgar all share
a birthday in October. Thisyear, instead of having a
birthday party and gettingpresents from their friends,they were
inspired to dosomething different.
The three girls, who arein the same second gradeclass, were
inspired to give
by the story ofMaggie LeeHenson who passed awayat a young age
several yearsago. Bailey Apgars motherCindy Apgar said the
threegirls asked their friends todonate toys and books to theschool
library rather thangive them presents.
Maggie Lee Hensonwas a vibrant 12-year-oldgirl, Cindy Apgar
said.Her generous heart andcompassion for others often
prompted her to reach out tostrangers and those in need.For
example, she wouldoften make her mom pullover to buy a hamburger
ifshe saw a homeless person.
On the way to youthcamp, the bus transportingthe First Baptist
YouthGroup had a tire blow out
and Maggie Lee Hensonsustained a traumatic braininjury and
remained in a
coma for three weeks beforedying Aug. 2, 2009. CindyApgar said
Maggie LeeHensons motherJinnyHenson is a close friend ofhers.
Soon after Maggie LeeHensons death, Cindy
Apgar said Jinny Hensonstarted a Facebook groupand website
called MaggieLee for Good. Family andfriends of Maggie Lee
pledged to get 1,300 peopleto sign up via the websiteand commit
to one randomact of kindness or good deedon October 29, 2009,
inhonor of what would have
been Maggie Lees 13thbirthday.
This story inspired thethree girls to ask theirfriends to give
to the libraryin Maggie Lee Hensonsname.
I was surprised andoverwhelmed by Annalise,Bailey, and
Soasgenerosity, said IHMLibrarian Sandy Wilson hasworked for the
school for 25years. One basket was lledwith beautiful hardback
paperback books. The othertwo baskets were lled withitems for my
treasure chestand included everythingfrom stuffed animals
andnotepads to a fantasticassortment of toys.
Cindy Apgar said Wilsongoes above and beyond togive to her
ASU student from Decatur speaks at sym-posium
Albany State University seniorBreannaPerson of Decatur was
curious about the im-ages of Black women portrayed on
television.This interest led to a research project titled
Im Not Fat, Im Thick: The Effects of Me-dia on African American
College Women.Person made an oral presentation about
he methodology, sample and ndings of theproject at the 2012
Regional UndergraduateResearch Symposium Oct. 25
My research is about how African-Amer-can women do not accept
the media images
displayed on television. Black women feelhat models seen on
television of gold dig-
gers, video vixens and Jezebels do not rep-esent the positive
African-American womenhat they are, Person said.
Kiwanis give away books at ICM
The Kiwanis Club of Decatur has part-nered with the
International CommunitySchool (ICS) for the past three years in
aproject to support literacy among the young-st students ICMs.
Kiwanis volunteers go to
he school three times a year to distribute freebooks to all
kindergarten and rst grade stu-dents.
Kiwanis members Joey Charles andLatoya Smith presented the books
Oct. 19 toCS students and talked about how Kiwanis isnvolved in the
Atlantas Candler family story told in newbook by Emory
Ann Uhry Abrams, author and alumnusof Emorys Laney Graduate
School, will givean illustrated author talk about her new bookon
the Candler family of Atlanta titledFor-mula for Fortune: How Asa
Candler Discov-ered Coca-Cola and Turned It into the WealthHis
The free event will be held Nov. 12 at6:30 p.m. in the Jones
Room on level three ofEmorys Robert W. Woodruff Library.
Abrams book tells the story of how Asa
Griggs Candler acquired the secret formulafrom pharmacist and
Coca-Cola inventorJohn Pemberton and turned it into a popularsoft
drink when he founded the Coca-ColaCompany, through which he made
his for-tune. That fortune shaped not only his life andhis
familyswife Lucy Elizabeth and chil-dren Howard, Lucy, Asa Jr.,
Walter, andWilliambut also the future of Emory andthe city of
Dunwoody Elementary student wins artcontest, celebrates at
Last year, fth-grade student Carol Zhoufrom Dunwoody Elementary
School, wonsecond place nationally in the Coastal Ameri-ca Art
Contest, which was facilitated througha relationship with the
Students ranging from kindergartenthrough college were
recognized as winnersin the national contest to create artwork
thatbest illustrated one of the seven essentialprinciples of ocean
literacy. The winningstudents were invited to Washington, D.C.,
toparticipate in a special awards ceremony andseries of ocean
Their artwork was also on display in anexhibition at the
Department of Commerce,the National Oceanic and Atmosphere
Ad-ministration, the Ronald Reagan InternationalTrade Center, the
National Geographic Soci-ety, and The Smithsonian Institution
duringthe 2012 Capitol Hill Ocean Week.
Zhou was unable to attend the ceremoniesin Washington D.C., so
the Georgia Aquariumhosted their own celebration and invited Zhouto
accept her award from Coastal America.Carol and her art teacher at
DES, LauraFleury-Bell, also got a backstage tour of
Oglethorpe breaks ground on campuscenter
Oglethorpe University held a groundbreak-ing ceremony Oct. 26
for its new campuscenter.
The university raised more than $15 mil-lion to build the
center, which will be con-structed on the site of the former
EmersonStudent Center. The new building is scheduledto open in fall
The new campus center will offer a designthat is modern but
still aesthetically consistentwith Oglethorpes Gothic revival
architec-ture, according to a release. The facility willprovide
multipurpose spaces to meet, studyand play, including a dining
hall, coffee shop,bookstore and outdoor patios.
For more information about constructionprojects on the
Oglethorpe University cam-pus, visit www.progress.oglethorpe.edu.
See IHM on Page 17A
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School students Annalise
OConnell, Bailey Apgar and Soa Arboleda share a birthday in
Oc-tober. The three girls decided to ask their friends to donate
booksand toys to librarian Sandy Wilson as an act of kindness.
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The DeKalb County School Districtis having the
Involvement Policy MeetingThursday, November 8, 20125:00 pm -
DeKalb County Board Room
1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd.
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083
All Parents of Title l Students are invited
to come and provide input, suggestions
For additional information or questions contact:
Dr. Sherry Everett, Executive Director, Ofice of FederalPrograms
at 678.676.0257 or Brenda Williams,Title l
Coordinator at 678.676.0312
El distrito escolar del Condado
DeKalb est teniendo la reunin de
poltica de participacin de padres
de todo el distrito jueves, 08 deNoviembre de 2012
DeKalb County Board Room
1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd.
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083
Todos los padres de ttulo l estudiantes
estn invitados a venir y proporcionar
entrada, sugerencias e ideas.
Para preguntas o informacin adicional pngase en contactocon: Dr.
Sherry Everett, Director Ejecutivo, Oicina de
programas federales en 678-676-0257 o Brenda Williams,
ttulo l Coordinator en 678-676-0312
Attention All Title I Parents!!! Atencin todos los ttulo I
IHMContinued From Page 16A
tocking her treasure chestfull of toys to motivatehildren to
read throughouthe year.
Shes gured outompelling ways to motivate
kids to visit the library inhe summer, Cindy Apgaraid. Its quite
and fascinating to hear mydaughter in the middle of theummer
say, Can I please goo the library today? We are
grateful to her for all she doeso instill a love of readingn our
childrenfor a love
of reading at an early ageprovides a solid foundationfor success
in school and inife.
Wilson said the books thegirls donated will be placed inhe
library and the toys will be
used for her accelerated readerprogram. The three girls saidhe
main reason behind the
donation was to give back toheir librarian in hopes thatomeone
would notice and doomething similar.
I like presents, but I likemaking somebody happy evenmore,
In June 2012, the DeKalb County School Dis-trict (DCSD) invited
members of the public tovolunteer their services for a 12-member
CitizensSPLOST Oversight Committee. The advisorycommittee will hold
its rst meeting in the up-coming weeks to begin providing citizen
reviewof the voter-approved SPLOST project list.
The SPLOST Oversight Committee consists ofmembers with
experience in accounting, architec-ture, auditing, construction,
engineering, nance,K-12 education, law planning, project
manage-ment and real estate.
The SPLOST Oversight Committee consists ofresidents Christine
Avers, Paul Baisier, CathyBlakeney, Wyvern Budram, Narwanna D.
el-Shabazz, B.R. Billy Ray Jones, KimberlyMitchell, Kirk A. Nooks,
Charles Rogers,Kerry Williams, A. E. Gene Wise and
Fernbank Science Centerrobotics team wins rst place
DCSD announces 12-personSPLOST oversight committee
The Fernbank Science CentersLINKS Robotics Team wonrst place in
Georgias BESTRobotics Competition Oct. 20.
BEST, which stands forboosting engineering, scienceand
technology, is a roboticscompetition for middle andhigh school
students. Thisyears competition was heldat Southern
PolytechnicUniversity and requiredstudents to design, constructand
drive a robot that acts likea space elevator.
Students had six weeks toproduce the most innovativeand
successful robot possible.This year, the competitionfeatured 22
middle and high
school teams from around thestate.
Fernbank Science Centersteam included students from
Arabia Mountain, Chamblee,Druid Hills, Lakeside, Lithonia,and M.
L. King Jr. HighSchools, competed in BESTfor the ninth
consecutiveyear. Debi Huffman, whohas been the teams instructorand
mentor since its founding,was also honored with theinaugural Glenn
Allen Awardfor outstanding mentors inrecognition of her
contributionsto the LINKS team and toFernbank and the DeKalbCounty
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DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCETwo Decatur Town Center, 125
Clairemont Ave. Suite 235, Decatur, GA, 30030 404.378.8000
Brought to you in partnership with:
by Leonardo McClarty
The DeKalb ChamberLegislave Preview Fo-rum: Fusing Policy
Business growth andprosperityare oen fu-eled by ahost of
fac-tors supe-rior productor service,customerloyalty, mar-ket
condi-ons, lead-ership andculture justto name afew. Another factor
thates into business suc-cess is polical climateand the regulatory
Whether a small busi-ness or an internaonalcorporaon, policies
en-acted by our local, state,and federal offi cials of-ten impact
the boomline of the private sector.
As such, businesses andorganizaons like theDeKalb Chamber
spendinordinate amounts ofme culvang relaonswith elected offi cials
inorder to advance the
cause of com-merce.
It is in therole of busi-ness advocateand providerof substan-ve
informa-on that theDeKalb Cham-ber will hostits secondannual
Breakfast and Forum onTuesday, November 13.Working in
collaboraonwith Leadership DeKalband the DeKalb Leagueof Women
Voters, theDeKalb Chamber willpresent a public forumwhereby
business andcivic leaders can hearfirst hand from selectmembers of
Delegaon on the billsbeing considered in2013. Confirmed
par-cipants include SenatorJason Carter, SenatorFran Millar,
SenatorEmanuel Jones, Rep-resentave HowardMosby and Representa-ve
Mike Jacobs. Theforum will be moderatedby journalist and SouthFork
Conservancy Execu-ve Director Sally Sears.
Some of the issuesto be discussed are po-tenal creaon of a
Cityof DeKalb, transit gov-ernance, MARTA, andoverall
transportaonfunding, healthcare, thestate budget, and educa-on.
The forum promisesto be informave andenlightening. Ticketsare
$35 for Chambermembers and $45 fornon-members and canbe purchased
by visit-ing the DeKalb Chamberwebsite at
The DeKalb Chamber Legislative PreviewForum-Fusing Policy and