Healthy eating starts young at Decatur early childhood center

Students at City Schools of Decatur’s College Heights Early Childhood Learning Academy plant vegetables for fall harvest at the school garden. Photo provided

Kids from age 2 to pre-kindergarten get a taste for vegetables at City Schools of Decatur’s College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center. The school has a 16-bed garden located near its playground, in easy access for children to wander, play, grow and explore. Principal Suzanne Kennedy said the school’s PTA approached her nine years ago […]

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Students serve in Lithuanian summer camp

Students marching in a parade with the Rotary Summer Camp flag are, from left, L’jaaz Kingston, Agnes Scott College; Lyndsay Morrow, Decatur High School; Celeste Whitman, Agnes Scott College; Nico, a Lithuanian Jesuit  Gymnasium high school student;  Vito Antinozzi, Decatur High School; and Alina, another Jesuit Gymnasium high school student from Vilnius, Lithuania. The Jesuit Gymnasium, which has a highly regarded school, rented the conference site for the Rotary project and the summer camp. Photo provided

Lithuania has had a long and storied history. Once a large empire, it was ravaged by the Holocaust, subsumed under the USSR, then a satellite nation and is now a free member of NATO. Its economy is expanding, and there’s more opportunity than ever in this Baltic country. However, the economy hasn’t affected everyone equally. […]

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Chamblee offers electric vehicle drivers place to fill up

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In December 2013, Chamblee made national news, and not in a good way. A Chamblee resident was arrested and charged with stealing $10-15 worth of electricity from a local school. He had plugged in his all-electric Nissan Leaf to an outlet at Chamblee Middle School. It turns out that after charging the car for only […]

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Movement conveys message

Anne Zimmerman, shown here interpreting at the GPC convocation, said studying sign language at the college led her to “the best job ever.” Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

Speaking American Sign Language, or ASL, isn’t like speaking American English. For one, you’re not speaking with your mouth and vocal chords, but rather your hands, face and body all at once. And, while the languages are related, they’re not the same. That’s where sign language interpreting takes over. Interpreters bridge the gap between spoken […]

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Georgia Perimeter College turns 50

Georgia Perimeter College interim president Rob Watts addresses the crowd, aided by a sign language interpreter, at GPC’s 50th convocation. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

    Overcoming financial hurdles, the college is now on the right track Fifty years ago, Ron Shaw stepped onto campus at then DeKalb College for the first time. He is a native of DeKalb County and had just graduated from Clarkston High School. He was looking for an affordable place to begin his secondary […]

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Doraville stream clean-up tackles pollution

Volunteers picked through tons of trash in Nancy Creek in Doraville on Sept. 20 for the city’s annual stream cleanup. Photo provided

All streams lead to the sea. Along the way, some of them take stops in the Chattahoochee River, source of Atlanta and DeKalb’s drinking water. Nancy Creek is one of those waterways and needs periodic cleaning, according to Steven Strickland, storm water inspector for Doraville. “There will be, from my experience, a majority of plastic […]

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Habitat for Humanity: ‘A Godsend’

Carol Hill, a Clarkston resident, had her home repaired by Habitat for Humanity. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

Carol Hill lives in a sky-blue bungalow in one of Clarkston’s central neighborhoods, just a few steps away from the Clarkston Community Center. She has lived in the same home since 1976. Her late husband, Joe, was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the DeKalb County Police. So when Officer Nathaniel Lucas came by […]

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Air quality smarts for smog season


The Georgia Clean Air Force, established in 1996, is familiar to anyone in DeKalb who drives a car. As one of the counties that has to undergo emissions inspections for all cars produced since then, once a year metro Atlantans make sure their cars aren’t spewing toxic chemicals into the air. But how well are […]

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