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City to host prescription drug take back day

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is designed to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means for people to dispose of prescription drugs and learn about the potential for abuse of medications. Avondale Estates Police Department officers will be outside city hall’s rear entrance on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. collecting unused and unwanted prescription drugs and helping residents safely rid their homes of these medications. AEPD also accepts pet medications and medical devices, including syringes. City hall is located at 21 North Avondale Plaza. For more information, visit

Junior pageant and talent show scheduled

Lynwood Park will host its annual Junior Miss Pageant April 30 at Lynwood Community Center from 4 to 7 p.m. Children ages 4 to 13 can participate. Refreshments and finger foods will be on hand. Participants will get to show off their favorite talent or skill for the chance to win prizes and a trophy, and all participants will get to ride in the Brookhaven Community Day Parade the following week. The event cost is $10 per entry. For more information, call (404) 637-0512.

City honors officer Nam Le

The city of Clarkston honored one of its police officers during a regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
Clarkston Police Chief Christine Hudson and Assistant Chief T.D. Brown presented officer Nam Le with recognition of outstanding service following an incident in early March.
On March 5, Le encountered a vehicle with an erratic driver. The driver appeared to be nervous, fidgety and altogether nervous around the police officer. Le conducted a plate check on the vehicle and found the driver wanted in DeKalb County on felony murder charges. A felony traffic stop procedure was conducted and the warrant was appropriately served.
“We’d like to honor officer Le for his keen policing, ability to partner with other agencies, and overall, bring that family suffering through that loss some sort of closure through an arrest,” Brown said. “Although this is just one opportunity to recognize officer Le, it’s important to note he performs at this level consistently.”
In addition, Le was commended by DeKalb County for his professionalism throughout the incident.


Anti-underage drug and alcohol meeting set

The Decatur Prevention Initiative will host a town hall style meeting April 28, 7 p.m., Ebster Recreation Center, 404 W Trinity Place, Decatur. The theme ‘How Do I Impact Underage Drinking and Drug Use?’ aims to promote a healthy Decatur community, free of the negative effects of alcohol and other drugs on youth and families. The public is invited along with local representation from law enforcement, schools and parents, to engage in a solution-focused discussion. For more information, contact Terrie Moore (770) 843-9698 or email

City council and mayor host State of the City 2016

Those looking to engage with public officials, hear news about their community and give their own insight into the economic and social state of Doraville should plan to beat Doraville City Hall on Thursday, April 21.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Mayor Donna Pittman will share last year’s accomplishments and discuss upcoming projects in Doraville. The Dunwoody High School color guard will present and demonstrate colors for the event while Frank Lisco provides entertainment. Pastries and desserts will be provided by local businesses White Windmill and Hong Kong Bakery.
Doraville City Hall is located at 3725 Park Ave. in downtown Doraville

Earth Day activities scheduled

Dunwoody will be celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, by opening the city’s newest park along North Shallowford Road.
Beginning at 4 p.m., Dunwoody city council and mayor Denis Shortal will host a ribbon cutting, bike-walk, soccer festivities, community yoga, star-gazing and public movie viewing at Park at Pernoshal Court, located at 4575 North Shallowford Road. The event will last until approximately 10 p.m.
The following day, community members are invited to return to the park at 9 a.m. for a stream cleanup at the Nancy Creek tributary adjacent to the new park. The event will last until approximately 11 a.m.
Dunwoody Nature Center, in partnership with the Earth Day events, will also host a paint recycling event at 5343 Roberts Drive. This is the third annual recycling event where old paint is recycled and used again. Residents will be charged $1 per gallon of paint.
For more information, contact Bob Mullen at (678) 382-6700.

Opportunity School District community event scheduled

Marbut Traditional Theme and Arabia Mountain High School PTA/PTSA Legislative Committees will host a stand for Something Community Empowerment Rally on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and will be held at Marbut Elementary Traditional Theme School, 5776 Marbut Road, Lithonia. An announcement encourages the community to “come learn about the Opportunity School District and meet your local state representatives”. There will also be free health screenings, free concessions, give-a-ways, a fun zone for kids, music, performances and more. Attendees will also have an opportunity to register to vote in the November election. For more information, to volunteer, or to become a vendor; send an email to or call: (404) 981-3893.

Parent group to host family resource expo

DeKalb County School District Parent and Family Engagement and Joseph’s Network will host a free Family Resource Expo April 30 at Miller Grove High School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include representatives from more than 40 agency providers and community organizations. The school is located at 2645 DeKalb Medical Parkway in Lithonia. For more information, contact Tamesha Favors at (678) 676-3238 or email; or contact Demetria Purkett Brown (678) 874-1842 or email



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