OPINION: Our immigration nation

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“But today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it…It’s been this way for decades. And for decades, we haven’t done much about it,”–President Barack Obama, Nov. 19, 2014. Other than the Native Americans who greeted those first Pilgrims and their predecessors “discovering” the Americas, most everyone here got here from somewhere else. Part of […]

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‘Sleep Out’ provides glimpse into youth homelessness

Volunteers and youth at Covenant House prepare for Sleep Out 2014. Photos provided.

  On one of the coldest nights of the year, C. David Moody wasn’t sleeping comfortably in bed at his Lithonia home, he was outside in a sleeping bag with a piece of cardboard for a layer of insulation. For about seven hours, Moody had a firsthand experience of what it’s like to be homeless. […]

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Helping those who help homeless

Volunteers from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s Professional Women in Building Chapter participate in the HomeAid’s “HomeAid Care Day” at United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur in September.

  HomeAid Atlanta in Tucker has helped many organizations with their missions to end homelessness. HomeAid Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds and renovates multi-unit transitional housing facilities used by agencies serving homeless families and individuals in nine counties in the metro Atlanta area. The organization is the designated charity of the Greater […]

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BlazeSports: Helping those with physical disabilities through sports

BlazeSports has a range of programs for youth and veterans from swimming to wheelchair basketball.

BlazeSports America, located in downtown Decatur near city hall, is often confused for a sports or athletic gear store. However, it is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides children and adults with physical disabilities the chance to play sports and live healthy, active lives. BlazeSports has been in Decatur since the summer of 2010. […]

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Compressed natural gas facility to serve bulk fuel hauling market

Corporate and government officials cut the ribbon officially opening Mansfield Clean Energy Partners in Doraville. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

An unassuming industrial facility in Doraville is showcasing what may be the future of America’s trucking industry, according to officials of Mansfield Clean Energy Partners (MCEP), which recently opened its first card-lock compressed natural gas station, designed to support heavy duty natural gas tractor-trailers. MCEP is a joint venture of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and […]

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Woman found dead in Decatur

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Decatur police are investigating the murder a woman who was found dead near a parking area Dec. 6. Decatur police spokesperson Sgt. Jennifer Ross said police responded to a deceased person call around 10:55 p.m. in the 100 block of East Ponce de Leon Avenue. “Witnesses reported noticing the victim lying on the ground as […]

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CHRIS Kids serves youth who fall into society’s gaps

Kathy Colbenson, right, and Troy Fleet stand in front of artwork that depicts one of CHRIS Kids’ core values—respect. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

  Troy Fleet has been in and out of temporary housing situations since he was 7 years old. Now 20, Fleet said CHRIS Kids—a nonprofit organization that serves homeless youth—“is like a dream come true.” “For the first time in my life I feel safe and protected. I feel that I’m surrounded by family,” he […]

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Jewish book festival supports reading

From left Project Give co-chairwomen Kim Urbach, Susie Sommer and Ellen Chalef. Photo courtesy of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

Through Project GIVE, a community action project coordinated at the Marcus Jewish Community Center’s annual book festival, more than 1,000 gently used books were provided to metro-area students, according to a recent press release. Project Give co-chairwoman Ellen Chalef said, “We are so appreciative to the members of the community who have participated in this […]

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