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Park improvements moving forward

The Avondale Estates Board of Mayor and Commissioners voted Aug. 24 to move forward with renovations. The city said there will be a meeting between city staff and contractors to discuss scheduling and logistics. The city said construction should begin in September and last approximately five months. Efforts will be made to keep The Museum School accessible during renovations for students and their families. For more information, visit


City adds money to reserve

Brookhaven will add more than $600,000 to its reserve following the city council’s approval of its midyear budget adjustment on Aug. 25. According to city manager Marie Garrett, a budget adjustment became necessary when the city council adopted a lower millage rate earlier this year. The city said it is receiving higher-than-expected revenues in parts of the 2015 budget, including the tax digest, and currently has about $4 million in reserve.


Annual Taste of Chamblee set for Sept. 12

The ninth annual Taste of Chamblee returns to downtown Chamblee on Sept. 12, from 3 to 9 p.m.
This year’s cuisines will range from Italian to Indian and celebrate the diverse restaurant community in Chamblee. Beginning with an antique car show at noon, the event will feature food, an art walk, live music and a family-friendly kid zone.
This year’s Taste of Chamblee is hosted by the city of Chamblee to benefit one of the city’s largest local nonprofits, the Georgia Lions Lighthouse.
Admission to the event is free, and tickets for tastings will be sold for $1. Tickets may be redeemed at participating restaurant booths for a wide selection of tastings that will range from $1 to $5 per sample.
The band GLOW will be the headliner for the evening’s concert and local acts will perform throughout the day.
For more information, visit


PAWS Atlanta to host fundraising party

On Sept. 19 from 6:30 to 10 p.m., PAWS Atlanta will entertain guest with blues and BBQ, a silent auction, craft beer tastings and a brewery tour at Red Brick Brewing Company at 2323 Defoor Hills Road, Atlanta.
Since 1966 PAWS Atlanta has found loving, permanent homes for more than 45,000 homeless animals in Metro Atlanta.
Tickets for the event are $85 per person. To RSVP or make a donation to the not-for-profit shelter visit

DeKalb County CASA to hold informational meeting

The public is invited to attend a volunteer information meeting hosted by DeKalb County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center, 4309 Memorial Drive, Decatur.
This session will provide an overview of the program for those interested in becoming CASA volunteers. The next training class will be held 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays from Oct. 1 to Nov. 5.
DeKalb County CASA is a nonprofit organization that recruits, screens and trains community volunteers who are appointed by a juvenile court judge to advocate for the best interests of an abused or neglected child placed in foster care. DeKalb County CASA volunteers work with the DeKalb County Juvenile Court and Division of Family and Children Services to ensure that all the necessary information is collected and presented to the court allowing the judge to make the best decision possible regarding placement of the child.
The DeKalb County CASA Program is designed to give abused and neglected children in foster care a voice.
For more information regarding this event or to RSVP, call (404) 378-0038 or email or

Fraternity to hold Kotton Club fundraiser

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.’s Decatur alumni chapter, presents The Kappa Kotton Club on Saturday, Sept. 12. It includes a private VIP reception with exclusive access from 7 to 8 p.m. and general admission from 8 p.m. to midnight.
“Come join us as we journey back in time to the 1920s in Harlem, N.Y., the height of the Harlem Renaissance,” states an announcement about the event. “You will be immersed in the culture that gave birth to jazz, blues and other genres of music.”
The event will feature a live band, DJ, casino tables, dancing and more. Roaring 20s attire is encouraged; yet, formal/semiformal attire is requested.
VIP tickets are $75. General admission tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through or in person at 4522 Flat Shoals Parkway, between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by Sept. 9.
Partial proceeds will be used for scholarships and to benefit the Kappa Guide Right young men’s mentoring program.
For more information, or to become a sponsor for this event please contact Samuel Patterson, (404) 702-9814.

Church breaks ground on new buildings

Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur broke ground Aug. 23 for a new youth and education building.
The building will replace the 1950s youth building, which will be demolished, and will provide an additional 20,000 square feet of educational space. The building will connect the church’s main building to the old sanctuary and education building that stands at the corner of Fair Oaks Road and Oak Grove Road.
The $10 million price tag for the building program will be paid through contributions.
The new building will meet the needs of the church’s large youth and children’s ministry as well as update the existing educational wing, which was built in 1969.
“This has been a dream of the congregation since it built the sanctuary in 1969,” said Rev. Glenn Ethridge, senior pastor. “For some of our long-term members, they have seen the master plan for over 40 years, and now that dream is coming to fruition. There is an incredible amount of life and energy around the building program.”
The church plans to occupy the new ministry space in the summer of 2016.


Food truck rally continues in Doraville

“It’s not a bad idea to spend a summer day enjoying music with family and friends and binging on food truck treats,” states an announcement an upcoming food truck event.
On Sept. 9 from 5 to 9 p.m., the city of Doraville will present its Doraville Food Truck Rally on Park Avenue.
The event will be held in partnership with the Atlanta Street Food Coalition and will continue to be held on the second Wednesday of each month.
The event will give residents the chance to meet elected officials and enjoy food, fun and fellowship with friends and neighbors.


DeKalb solicits residents to serve on audit oversight committee

In the interest of fostering accountability at all levels of the organization, DeKalb County Government is creating an Audit Oversight Committee (AOC) as authorized by the Georgia General Assembly in House Bill 599 (signed into law May 12).  This committee will function independently in conducting performance and finance-related audits for all departments, offices, agencies, and programs of the County. The objective is to ensure county programs are effectively achieving the purpose for which they were authorized and funded. 
County residents interested in volunteering to serve on the five-member committee are invited to submit their resumes to
To be eligible for service on the committee, applicants must reside in DeKalb; possess expertise conducting performance or financial audits; have a minimum  five years of experience and certification as one of the following—public accountant,  internal or performance auditor, or management accountant; or 10 years relevant professional experience.
Committee members will serve a one- or four-year term.
Résumés will be accepted through Sept. 11.

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