Druid Hills 7th grader places well at State Spelling Bee

Burnette Elementary School student Abhiram Kapaganty won the 56th Annual Georgia Association of Educators State Spelling Bee and a place at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland in May, representing Georgia. Also pictured, Sid Chapman of Georgia Association of Educators. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “nisi” as “taking effect at a specified time unless previously modified or avoided by cause shown, further proceedings, or a condition fulfilled.” The word has Latin roots and its first recorded use dates back to 1738. On March 17, it became known as the word that eliminated Druid Hills Middle […]

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Puppets conclude Stone Mill afterschool program

Jeff Domke with the Center for Puppetry Arts visited Stone Mill Elementary’s afterschool homework center to celebrate the end of the year on March 17. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

Thirty Stone Mill Elementary students received a two-hour lesson on puppetry on March 16 as part of the school’s homework-centered afterschool program. Paticipants in Stone Mill’s SCANA Energy-sponsored homework center were visited by WSBTV’s Rikki Klaus and Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts education coordinator Jeff Domke as part of a puppet building workshop celebrating the […]

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Drew Charter receives $2.5 million grant

Drew Charter School and the East Lake Foundation were named the recipient of a five-year $2.5 million grant courtesy of the James M. Cox Foundation, which will be used for the school’s Pre-K and early childhood education program. Photos submitted.

  Charles R. Drew Charter School—located at 301 E Lake Blvd SE—was announced as the recipient of a five-year $2.5 million grant by way of the East Lake Foundation and the James M. Cox Foundation on March 13. The funds will contribute to research-based professional development classes and e-coaching for early childhood teachers, according to […]

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Dunwoody Jewish Community Center victim of bomb threat

Scare marks the second in 2017

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA)—located at 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody—was the victim of a bomb threat on March 14. According to Officer Mark Stevens of the Dunwoody Police Department, the threat was found to be “non-credible” as no explosives were found. Stevens said the threat came from an email sent […]

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Doraville denies dry cleaning business

Doraville City Council denied a rezoning request of a former automotive repair location on the grounds of environment and traffic concerns, marking the second denial in as many months. Photos courtesy of Doraville.

Despite support from city staff, approval from the planning and zoning commission and completing a public hearing with a 59-page presentation, business owner Chris Cho was denied permission to operate a dry cleaning and laundry establishment in Doraville by city council on March 6. “I think we’re doing the applicant an injustice,” said Councilwoman Pam […]

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Third annual Atlanta Science Fiction and Fantasy Expo brings together artists, fandom, gamers

Event organizer Antonio “Tony” Cade said the event grew from hosting local authors three years ago to a full-blown weekend festival through word-of-mouth and a growing appreciation of some for all things science fiction and fantasy. Photo by Travis Hudgons

On March 11 and 12, it was not unusual to see comic book charters such as Deadpool, Storm or Luke Cage casually strolling at North DeKalb Mall. For the third year in a row, the Atlanta Science Fiction and Fantasy Expo gave metro Atlanta residents, artists, creators and vendors a space to share their products, […]

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Westchester hosts Battle of the Bands

Westchester Elementary School hosted its annual Battle of the Bands fundraiser event on March 10 at Avondale Towne Cinema. Rick Beato and Friends opened the event with a mix of classic rock. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

    PTA holds annual fundraiser at Avondale’s Towne Cinema, raises more than $15,000 On the evening of March 10, Towne Cinema in Avondale Estates transformed into a haven for good times, rock-n-roll and the epicenter of school fundraising. Westchester Elementary School—located at 758 Scott Boulevard in Decatur—hosted its third annual Battle of the Bands, […]

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A different complexion

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  DeKalb County Online Judicial System classifies Asian man’s skin as ‘yellow’     Merriam-Webster dictionary defines complexion in four different ways.  One definition is “the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body.” A second is “an individual complex of ways of […]

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