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October 24 - 30, 2013
CARE and Atlanta Celebrate 20 Years Lorraine C. Miller named of Helping the World Together NAACP Interim President Special to ADW
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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People named Lorraine C. Miller Interim President and CEO during its board of directors meeting last week in Las Vegas, Nev. She will serve as interim president and CEO while the 104-yearold organization conducts a search for a new president to replace the outgoing chief, Benjamin Todd Jealous, said NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. The search committee will be chaired by the Rev. Theresa Dear of Bartlett, Ill., with Lamell McMorris of Washington, D.C. as vice chair. “This is a moment of great change and great opportunity for the NAACP,” Brock said. “We are excited to work with Lorraine C. Lorraine C. Miller Miller during this time of transition. We are confident that Lorraine will serve the association with a steady and experienced hand as we continue the search for the next president and CEO.” Within the NAACP, Miller served as president of the Washington, D.C. NAACP Branch for six years, and has been a member of the National NAACP board of directors since 2008. On the board of directors, she serves as a member of the Executive Committee and as chair of the Advocacy and Policy Committee, and she played a significant role in the creation of the NAACP’s Game Changers. Miller will begin her role as interim president and CEO and assume day-to-day responsibility for the association on Nov. 1, according to the transition plan approved by the national board of directors. “I am honored to have been selected for this venerable role,” stated Miller. “I look forward to continuing the path forged by Chairman Brock and President Jealous in the months ahead. These are important times, and the important work of the NAACP will go on.” Jealous was equal in his praise for Miller. “Lorraine is a natural fit as interim president of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization,” said Jealous. “She comes into this position with two decades of experience working for the U.S. House of Representatives and an even longer career in civil rights advocacy and policy. She will have the honor of leading the dynamic staff of this great organization.” Newly elected Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson also shared praise for the choice of Miller. “The NAACP is a grassroots advocacy organization and that work begins in the more than 1,700 branches and units across the country. President Miller knows her way around Capitol Hill and a NAACP branch meeting as a former branch president,” Johnson said. “I am hopeful that Miller will do for branches and units what Jealous did for the national organization in terms of fitting it for 21st Century advocacy.” Miller is also a commercial real estate broker who served as the first African-American clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011, and previously worked for former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi, Tom Foley and Jim Wright, as well as U.S. Rep. John Lewis. She also worked in the Clinton White House, as bureau chief at the Federal Communications Commission and as director of Congressional Relations for the Federal Trade Commission. Additionally, she worked at the American Federation of Teachers. She is a faithful member of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Powered by Real Times Media
Photo by Areya Simmons Dr. Helene Gayle welcomes guests to the 20th anniversary celebration of CARE being headquartered in Atlanta on Oct. 17 at the Atlanta History Center. CARE, the global poverty-fighting organization celebrated its 20th anniversary of moving its headquarters to Atlanta last Friday night at the Atlanta History Center, “You name a challenge that is being faced in a developing part of the world and typically CARE is there,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a video tribute that premiered at the event. “And, by extension, the city of Atlanta is there.” Before a crowd of more than 400 people, Reed presented CARE with the distinguished Phoenix Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the city. Ceasar C. Mitchell, president of the Atlanta City Council, read aloud a proclamation declaring Oct. 11 as CARE Day in Atlanta. CARE President and CEO Helene Gayle noted that the day is particularly significant to CARE, which fights extreme poverty by empowering women and girls, because Oct. 11 is also International Day of the Girl. Since moving to Atlanta in 1993, CARE has expanded its operations from 71 countries to 84 countries. The number of people around the world CARE reaches every year with its poverty-fighting programs has grown from 30 million then to 83 million last year. Gayle said Atlanta is the perfect base for transformative work, given that the city is home to global leaders, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, CNN and the Carter Presidential Center. “It has truly been great to be part of bringing the world to Atlanta,” said Gayle, who spent 20 years at the CDC, most of it in Atlanta. “For me personally, it is also a great source of pride to see CARE becoming ever more a part of the fabric of Atlanta.” The audience at the Atlanta History Center also heard from Muhtar Kent, chairman of the board and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, as well as Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. Emceed by CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, the gala featured entertainment by the Burundi Drummers of Atlanta, Harmony: Atlanta’s International Youth Chorus, and musicians Jill Dexter and Zap Mama. Sen. Johnny
Isakson, Rep. John Lewis and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, were among the distinguished guests in attendance. Bono, lead singer of U2 and co-founder of ONE and (RED), said in the video tribute that CARE’s move to the hometown of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was meant to be. “It is no accident that you’re in Atlanta, the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement,” Bono said. “This is the same journey. This is about equality and justice. On the 20th anniversary of that move it’s fitting that we have the 50th Anniversary of King’s talk of a dream.” Former First Lady Laura Bush echoed those sentiments. “CARE and Atlanta are a great match, sharing a commitment to social justice, human rights and the dignity of people worldwide,” she said in the video. Maria Esther Landa Chiroque, who grew up poor on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, told those gathered for Friday’s celebration about a CARE program that trained her and other young women in vocational skills, normally the domain of men and boys. Launched shortly after CARE moved to Atlanta, the program taught Landa Chiroque how to weld. Later, through a CARE microfinance program, she received a small loan to start her business. Today her welding and metal scaffolding company employs 10 people. She recently built her own factory, where she mentors other young entrepreneurs. “With the support of organizations like CARE, we are reducing poverty in our country,” she said. “I know that CARE will continue with this extraordinary work in the next 20 years and beyond.” Atlanta-area corporations joined CARE’s celebration as sponsors, including The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and UPS. Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. To learn more, visit www.care.org.
October 24 - 30, 2013
Chef Duane Nutter Makes His Debut at Taste of Atlanta’s 12th Anniversary
By Diane Larche’ For ADW
This weekend marks the 12th anniversary of Taste of Atlanta, offering culinary samplings from more than 90 restaurants in the metro Atlanta area, along with music, cooking demos and classes. The food fest takes over the streets at Tech Square near 5th and Spring streets with a block party Friday night and full days on Saturday and Sunday. Making his debut is Duane Nutter, executive chef at One Flew South, an upscale restaurant at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s Terminal E. The Morgan City, La., native who grew up in Renton, Wash., near Seattle, will be featured on Sunday at his restaurant’s booth. It’s hard to miss Chef Nutter with his 6’6” frame and his white chef coat and hat. He chuckles as he relates a story about the ad for One Flew South on the city channel running in hotel rooms. “They don’t realize we are really in the terminal, and the only way you can dine with us is if you are here to catch a plane,” said Nutter, who once set out to be a comedian. One Flew South bills itself as “The first upscale dining experience at the world’s busiest airport.” Where else in an airport can you
get roasted pork belly, grouper, salmon bruschetta, lamb sausage, shrimp and grits and sushi? While the fast food fare might be the choice for those on the run, the traveler with a little more time to dine -- like those on international flights who have longer layovers between flights or east coast fliers on their way to the west coast -- feel right at home at the restaurant, he said. There are regulars who come in every week, business travelers who know the menu so well they call ahead with their selections and sit in the same seat on every visit. Or they trust the chef so much they say, “Okay, make me something special,” Nutter said. It’s not uncommon for a huge Air Korea Airbus international flight with 400-plus passengers to come through the airport, and the restaurant becomes packed with travelers from the airbus. In addition to Southern classic food, the restaurant also has a sushi bar. The decor is Japanese marble. “We operate two concepts in one place,” he says. As executive chef, it’s his job to create the menu and handle many aspects of the restaurant. He not only makes sure the food is Southern cuisine, the spirits have to be home grown, too. “I felt it was my duty to showcase the entire Southeast,” he said. “When you land here, you’ll get to taste not only Georgia food, but you get the Southeast.” He gets the bacon from Tennessee and meats and other foods from Kentucky, Texas and the Carolinas.
APS Names Rita Simmons Teacher Of The Year Special to ADW
Photo by Scott C. King, APS Atlanta Public Schools 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year Rita Simmons stands with APS Supt. Erroll B. Davis Jr. at the Oct. 17 celebration at Benjamin Mays High School. Rita Simmons, gifted and talented teacher of students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Cleveland Avenue Elementary School, was named the Atlanta Public Schools 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year during an awards ceremony Oct. 17 at Benjamin E. Mays High School. Simmons will go on to compete for the Georgia 2015 Teacher of the Year next spring. Atlanta Public Schools is home to 2012 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Dr. Jadun McCarthy; 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalist, Elisha Gray; and 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalist Tamika N. Ball. Simmons received her Bachelor of Arts in
Education from Florida A&M State University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in instructional technology from Georgia Southern University. Simmons’ career in education began in Chicago at Westside Preparatory School. After relocating to Atlanta, Simmons decided to continue her love for teaching by starting a consulting business specializing in school-reform-model professional development for teachers. She has taught in Cobb County as a fifthgrade teacher and transitioned in 2005 as a language arts and social studies teacher at World Changers Academy. An advocate for children, Simmons is also the founder and CEO of a mentoring organization for girls. She is a passionate educator and visionary, and is committed to making a difference beyond the walls of her classroom. Simmons believes that teachers embody the very essence of what it means to educate children. Finalists for this year’s award included Nathaniel Snyder, Middle School Teacher of the Year from KIPP Ways Academy and Danielle Gilley Costarides, High School Teacher of the Year from North Atlanta High School. Candidates for APS Teacher of the Year are nominated by their respective schools. APS then selects an elementary, middle school and high school teacher of the year from a list of semi-finalists to compete for the districtwide honor. To see the photo gallery from this year’s ceremony, visit http://www.apsk12.org/media/index.html.
Nutter came to Atlanta after seeing his idol, Chef Darryl Evans, on television. Evans was the first African-American chef in the Olympics. Once Nutter completed culinary school, he moved here and had the opportunity to work with Evans at various restaurants. That was 20 years ago, and he and Evans remain friends today. In fact Nutter still communicates on facebook with his high school teacher who convinced him culinary school would be a great move for him and actually drove him to visit the school. Also participating in the event is Morelli’s Icecream with their 300 flavors of ice cream owned by David Sargent and Clarissa Morelli. They have three locations, two in East Atlanta and one in Dunwoody, and they are considering opening a new location in the Atlanta airport. The flavors of ice cream change daily, so there is an element of surprise for customers. Could be creative flavors like, Krispy Kremier, Smurfette Chocolate Chip, Breakfast in Bed, Key Lime Pie (with crust), Honey and Prunes, Black Rasberry Chip or old-time favorites strawberry, butter pecan and vanilla. The Taste of Atlanta block party runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is $70 in advance and $130 on site. The fest runs from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27. It is $30 in advance and $40 on site for general admission. For more information on VIP tickets and a list of participating restaurants, visit www. tasteofatlanta.com.
Rising Star Booker Wins U.S. Senate Seat in N.J. Rising Democratic star Cory Booker, the high-profile mayor of New Jersey’s biggest city, will become just the second African American currently in the Senate after winning a special election last week. Booker, appearing last Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,’’ said he was able to help turn around the long-struggling city of Newark and could help channel Americans’ frustration with Washington into something positive after a long, bitter fiscal feud. The Oct. 16 agreement in Washington to re-open the federal government and avert a default overshadowed Booker’s victory over conservative Republican Steven Lonegan in New Jersey. The 44-year-old Booker has long been touted as a member of a new generation of Black politicians, like Barack Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who can win statewide elections. Booker was a prominent supporter of Obama during the president’s 2012 re-election campaign. Booker was elected to complete the 15 months remaining on the term of Frank Lautenberg, whose death in June at age 89 gave rise to an unusual and abbreviated campaign. If Booker wants to keep the seat for a full six-year term -- and all indications are that he does -- he will be on the ballot again in November 2014. Booker was raised in the suburbs as the son of two of the first Black IBM executives. He graduated from Stanford University and Yale Univesity’s law school, with a stint in between as a Rhodes Scholar before moving to one of Newark’s toughest neighborhoods. He’s a former college football player and a vegetarian with a Twitter following of 1.4 million -- or five times the population of Newark. With dwindling state funding, he has used private fundraising, including a $100 million pledge from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, to run programs in Newark, a strategy that has brought his city resources and him both fame and criticism. Booker will join Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina as the only Black members of the 100-seat U.S. Senate. Scott was appointed by the state’s governor to fill a vacancy, meaning Booker is the first African American to win a Senate seat since Obama did in 2004.
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West End Medical Center Changes its Name Special to ADW
West End Medical Centers officially changed its name to The Family Health Centers of Georgia, CEO and President Michael Brooks announced Monday. “West End refers to a location. It no longer describes our level or service or the diverse community of patients we serve all over metro Atlanta,” Dr. Brooks said. The new ID immediately lets anyone who sees it know there is more than one location in the system. The Family Health Centers of Georgia added locations to serve patients outside the radius of its original address as part of a strategic long-term plan. The goal was always to bring quality healthcare to areas where it was most needed, he said. The system’s newest location at Lake Forest Elementary School, has made history as being the first school-based health center for Fulton County. In addition to fixed offices, The Family Health Centers of Georgia has a 41-ft. stateof-the-art mobile medical and dental unit that provides care within 50 miles of any one of its center locations. Residents in Bartow and Douglas counties have benefited from this. The Family Health Centers of Georgia has
The GMSDC Announces The 2013 Spirit Of Alliance Award Winners Special to ADW
benefited from a partnership with GE. In 2010, GE welcomed FHCGA to its Healthymagination program (http:// www.healthymagination.com/GE/.) This groundbreaking endeavor gave the community-based health center an infusion of volunteers, leadership development and logistical support. GE Foundation awarded The Family Health Centers of Georgia $850,000 in grants to continue its mission to provide quality, affordable healthcare to the under-insured and uninsured. FHCGA has done such a good job of fulfilling its mission, during its 38 years of operation, that it became the first community health center in Georgia to earn the Primary Care Medical Home gold medal ranking by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is the most recognized healthcare accrediting agency in the country. FHCGA is only the second community health center in the Southeast operating with standards high enough to deserve this gold medal designation. The Family Health Centers of Georgia Inc. corporate headquarters is still located at 868 York Street in Atlanta’s West End.
Nationally Acclaimed Architect Unveils ‘Tell All’ Book on the Look of Atlanta Nationally acclaimed architect Oscar Harris tells what went on behind closed doors as he played a key role in shaping the iconic structures that gave the city of Atlanta its modern-day look. In his new book, Oscar: Memoirs of a Master Architect, Harris speaks out for the first time about the key role the late Mayor Maynard Jackson, Ambassador Andrew Young and former Mayor Shirley Franklin played in opening the necessary doors for him to make his contribution to what has become a worldclass city. Harris recently hosted a hugely successful book launch that packed a room with some of the top government and business leaders from across the country. When you look over the skyline of Atlanta, Georgia…you see Oscar. When you walk through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport…you see Oscar. When you travel through Metropolitan Atlanta’s Rapid Transit Authority stations, including the world’s tallest escalator…you see Oscar. When you see the springing rings of water and sparkles of light from Centennial Olympic Park…you see Oscar. All of this, and much more, represent the vision, dream and accomplishments of one of the greatest architects in modern history, Oscar L. Harris Jr.
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Oscar tells all of his more than 40 years of experience in a field where few, particularly African Americans, have succeeded. Oscar frankly explains how he went from a rambunctious child to a pioneer creator of some of the most prominent works of architecture in the country. Many of the stories are not pretty and hard to take, but reflect the passion, aspirations and determination of a true artist who turned his creative energies into tangible works of beauty and substance. Oscar gives you the behind-the-scenes frankness of what it took to make it in an era and a time when African Americans were denied and insulted. He tells how he built his business, Turner Associates, from nothing to perhaps the most successful and diverse firms in America. Oscar lays it all on the table as he gives insight into what it took to revitalize Underground Atlanta, re-build major government buildings and justice centers, retail centers, create “the look” of the 1996 Olympic Games and so much more. But it doesn’t end there. Oscar reveals what he envisions for the future and what it is going to take to get us there. He offers revolutionary solutions that are offered with compassion and understanding. For more information on the accomplishments of Oscar Harris, go to www.sugartoppublishing.co.
Special photo Business icon Thomas W. Dortch Jr. accepts the 2013 Blue Legend Award at the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council’s 31st Annual Spirit of Alliance Awards. He is flanked by Michael Russell (from left), CEO of H.J. Russell and Company and the son of last year’s Blue Legend Herman Russell; Gregory Baranco, president of Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead and 2010 Blue Legend; GMSDC President and CEO Stacey Key and Board Chairman Ken Huff. The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, the state of Georgia’s leading advocacy organization for small business development and supplier diversity, celebrated its 31th annual Spirit of Alliance Awards gala recently at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. “We applaud the efforts of all of our 2013 honorees,” said GMSDC President and CEO Stacey Key. “The Spirit of Alliance Awards are our way of saying ‘thank you’ for the hard work and dedication of everybody in the supplier diversity community. We take pride in shining a spotlight on those who are making a difference all across the great state of Georgia.” Atlanta entrepreneur and community advocate Thomas W. Dortch Jr. was chosen for the Blue Legend Award, given to a trailblazer who has overcome significant challenges yet demonstrated a lifelong commitment to supplier diversity. He joins a distinguished group of past Blue Legend winners including Mayor Maynard Jackson, Sen. Sam Nunn, Congressman John Lewis and Herman J. Russell. Created to recognize excellence in supplier diversity and minority small business development, the event showcases the best of the best in Georgia’s business community, honoring high achievement in a segment with more than $30 billion in revenues each year. The GMSDC honors the corporations,
minority business enterprises (MBEs) and governmental procurement liaisons that are setting the standard in creating opportunity for minority-owned business entities and exceeding expectations in their business performance. The theme for the 2013 gala was “Moving Forward…Together,” as the GMSDC continues to create jobs and stimulate economic growth in Georgia through a comprehensive array of collaborative programs and initiatives. Wells Fargo & Company received the evening’s highest honor – 2013 Corporation of the Year – symbolic of the corporate partner whose supplier diversity commitment is unmatched in the category. The award considers the company’s small business development programs, its level of engagement with diverse vendors, and its performance against annual targets for diverse spending. The Corporation of the Year exemplifies most fully what the GMSDC is all about – to certify, develop and connect MBE firms to business opportunities. Other honorees from the corporate sector included The Coca-Cola Company (The Crystal Award and Executive of the Year Ron Lewis) and UPS (Advocate of the Year Kathy Homeyer). The annual gala also serves as a showcase for the accomplishments of the more than 700 MBE firms that are certified members of the GMSDC. For more information on all honorees, visit www.gmsdc.org.
October 24 - 30, 2013
Arsenio Hall’s Warm Welcome Back to Late Night TV
Take 6 Takes Time to Celebrate 25th Anniversary
Apparently it is true that absence makes the heart grow fonder, at least in some cases. Just ask Arsenio Hall, who -- according to ratings organizations -- has been warmly welcomed back to television with “The Arsenio Hall Show.” It had been nearly two decades since the first incarnation of the program, which added a new flavor to late-night television. The show ran for six years from 1989 to 1994. Hall, now 57, said, “I know I did the right thing by taking time off to raise my son, but it came with a price. I turned down many opportunities over the years because I didn’t want to leave him for long periods of time. And in Hollywood, as in any business, the calls stop coming when you don’t answer.” Although he is happy to be back on the air with receptive audiences, some things have changed — and not necessarily for the better. “There are so many cooks in the (expletive deleted) Hollywood kitchen now, so much micromanagement” he said during a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine. “It’s a calculated, computerized demographers’ world out there. “There’s such a grind to it now, such a hurry-up-and-win mentality, and the landscape’s so crowded that there’s going to be less opportunity for the fun and spontaneous parts of it.” He also noted that some of “the suits” have been speculating on whether or not the new show is “too Black.” To which his response is, “I can only be Arsenio.” Hall, who has described himself as reclusive, was the first Black man in the United States to host and produce his own talk show.
When it comes to tight four-part harmony, it is doubtful that any group could surpass Take 6, the a capella group that is in the midst of celebrating their 25th anniversary. “Incredible,” “extraordinary” and “awesome” are among the adjectives that have been chosen to describe them. Take 6 was formed on the campus of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala. The group’s members are Alvin Chea, Mark Kibble, Claude McKnight (brother of Brian McKnight), Joey Kibble, David Thomas and Khristian Dently. The two former members are Mervyn Warren and Cedric Dent. The dynamic sextet, who sing jazz, gospel, pop and much more, has been honored many times, including 10 Grammy Awards
and two NAACP Image Awards. Take 6 is unique, which is a rarity. In a recent interview, McKnight said, “What happens a lot of times is that people hear something and try to do something similar. Do what is uniquely yours. Do something that identifies you so that when people hear you, they don’t say you sound like so and so. You sound like you.” The Take 6 discography includes the albums Take 6 (1988), So Much 2 Say (1991), Join the Band (1994), Best of Take 6 (1995), Brothers (1996), So Cool (1998), Greatest Hits (1999), Tonight: Live (2000), Beautiful World (2002), Feels Good (2006), The Standard (2008) and One (2012).
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The Clark Atlanta University family on Sunday began mourning the loss of former CAU Head Football Coach Daryl McNeill Sr., who passed away on Oct. 19 in his hometown of Seneca, S.C. McNeill served three seasons (2010-2012) at the helm of Clark Atlanta’s football program, and posted a 4-22 record. In 2011, he guided the Panthers to three NCAA II defensive rankings in pass defense (No.1), tackles for losses (No. 2) and total defense (No. 11). With over 20 years of coaching experience, he had amassed a record of 40-72 in 11 years as a collegiate head coach. A South Carolina State University graduate, McNeill was affectionately known as “Brick” by many of his college teammates. He is surThe Georgia basketball teamDaryl recently captured the 2013 AAU 7th Grade National vived by his United children Tiffany and Jr., his Championship in Memphis, Tenn. The two-time defending State AAU champions went 8-0 to grandson Jayden, and a host of other family win week-long competition featuring 87 Division I teams. Pictured are (bottom row, from and the friends. left)Funeral Travis Anderson II, Mandarius Dickerson; services were held on Friday, Oct. Chase Fiddler, Rodney Lewis Jr., Myles Beleyu, Kennedy MalikMethodist McClain, Church Realus George Jr., Corderius Hastings, Eric Ross II, 25, at theMinx-Rogers, St. Mark’s United James Lewis, Daviyon Dennis, Rapheal Rogers, in Seneca, S.C. Arrangements were made by Gavin Lewis, and coaches Tee Cofer, Rodney Lewis, Scott BeleyuHome and Eric Ross. Gilbert’s Funeral in Seneca.
The Georgia United basketball team recently captured the 2013 AAU 7th Grade National Championship in Memphis, Tenn. The two-time defending State AAU champions went 8-0 to win the week-long competition featuring 87 Division I teams. Pictured are (bottom row, from left) Travis Anderson II, Mandarius Dickerson; Chase Fiddler, Rodney Lewis Jr., Myles Beleyu, Kennedy Minx-Rogers, Malik McClain, Realus George Jr., Corderius Hastings, Eric Ross II, James Lewis, Daviyon Dennis, Rapheal Rogers, Gavin Lewis, and coaches Tee Cofer, Rodney Lewis, Scott Beleyu and Eric Ross.
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Shift your career into high gear at Avis Budget Group! We’re currently seeking friendly, energetic and passionate professionals to work with us in Atlanta. Visit our website to learn more about our current openings for: Preferred Service Representatives assist all customers throughout the Avis Budget Group Rental Experience while maintaining the Avis Budget Group quality and customer service standards. Rental Sales Associates are on the front lines and work to ensure a positive customer experience, while promoting our additional products and services. Operations Manager Trainees are the heart and soul of our airport operations. They influence customer satisfaction and ensure operational efficiency and quality that ultimately contributes to financial profitability. PT Concierge assist with greeting customers, processing car exchanges, walking customers to vehicles, and any other duties as necessary while maintaining the Avis quality assurance standards. Vehicle Service Attendants impact customer satisfaction by maintaining the cleanliness of our rental fleet. Vehicle Return Associates assist in the conclusion of the rental process of our valued customers. In exchange for your talents, we provide a flexible schedule for PT opportunities, competitive compensation with benefits, a fun family-friendly culture and the training and opportunities to maximize your full potential. Ready to make a move toward a rewarding career? GO: www.avisbudget.greatjob.net | Media Code: AXZ | Job Code: GAZW
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TIBCO Software Inc. has an opening in Atlanta, GA for a Principal Consultant (Software Engineer) to deliver system architecture & hardware/software specification consulting project activities. Must have unrestricted U.S. work authorization. Mail resumes to Att: D. Dzapo, HR, Ref#AGA3, 3307 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304. Cooper Green Mercy Health Services Birmingham, AL NOW HIRING Internal Medicine/Family Practice Physician Excellent opportunity to work in a developing multi-speciality medical practice located in the city’s expanding medical and research community. The successful candidate will be joining an organization that is supported by one of the most outstanding clinical sub-speciality groups in America. This position is a part-time contract position for physician services for an out-patient clinic, no hospital coverage, no on-call, no weekends, no site rotation, no evenings and no holidays. Must have M.D. or D.O., completion of U.S. Residency Program and Board Certified or Board eligible. Three years practicing medicine preferred. If interested, e-mail resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and include on the subject line, “Physician Resume”. RFQ - Program Management Services for Atlanta BeltLine Transportation Program and Atlanta Sreetcar Extensions Environmental Assessments/Design Engineering Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Request for Qualifications (RFQ) of experienced Program Management firm to provide staff resources to comprehensively manage, coordinate, and control work efforts of consultant teams associated with the Atlanta BeltLine Transportation Program. The FULL text of the RFQ is found at: http://beltline.org/about/work-with-us/rfps-and-rfgs/ Inquiries should be directed to: Kwadwo A. Atta Senior Transit Project Manager Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. 86 Pryor Street SW, Suite 300Atlanta, GA 30303 E-Mail: Katta@atlbeltline.org Facsimile: 404/477-3606
FOR rent Apt for Rent Southwest near Marta. 1 Bdrm; 1 1/2 Baths; Den; furnished Kitchen and Sunroom. $450 @ month + deposit. Call 404-691-5656 Furnished Room 404-758-6902 For rent 4-room duplex. NW Atlanta. Nr. MARTA/school Call 404-344-5884
PROPERTY FOR SALE Property For Sale – 1921 Cummings Dr. S.W., Atlanta 30311 Contact trustee 404-353-6222. Best Offer/Highest Bidder Contact: Barbara Cullings P.O. Box 5043 • Atlanta, GA 30302 (404) 353-6222
CLASSIFIEDS Senior Java Developer (Atlanta, GA): Participate in formal development lifecycle and release control process. Interpret written application requirements and apply sound programming practices to develop applications for large volume online services. Develop robust and secure web-based tools, products, processes, and web services. Develop Java core applications on UNIX operating systems with LDAP & Relational Database connectivity. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Computer Engineering and 5 years of experience required. Must be proficient in Java, UNIX operating systems and relational databases (Oracle, MySQL), Spring framework, JSP or JSF Servlets, Java applications on a Glassfish or WebLogic platform, Eclipse or Netbeans IDE, Selenium suite, and XML markup and data structures. Must have detailed understanding of SDLC. Mail resume to: Cedar Document Technologies, Inc., Attn: HR, 1 Ravinia Drive, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30346 Mechanical Engineer in Duluth, GA is needed to design & optimize mechanical components for automotive powertrain systems including shafts, couplings, flanges, housings; to read & interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics & computer-generated reports; to analyze the mechanical systems, including finite element analysis of structural, fatigue, thermal & vibration. Proficiency in Pro-Engineer, AutoCAD and GD& T. Req. BS deg. or foreign equivalent in Mechanical Engineering w/ 5 yrs of progressive experience in job offered or Design Engineer. 40hr/wk, 9-5. Send resume to Soft Source, Inc., 3883 Rogers Bridge Rd., Ste. 404B, Duluth, GA 30097.
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The City of College Park is accepting Sealed Proposals from qualified vendors for EXTERNAL LED DIGITAL DISPLAY SYSTEM for GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER. Sealed proposals will be received no later than _3:00PM on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the City of College Park Purchasing Department, 3667 Main Street, College Park Georgia, 30337 at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud. Bids received after the above date and time, or in any other location other than the Purchasing Department will not be considered. A bid packet may be obtained from the City of College Park Purchasing Department, 3667 Main Street, College Park, Georgia 30337, or from www.collegeparkga.com. A Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will be held at 10:00AM on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, Executive Offices Conference Room, College Park, GA 30337. A Site Visit will immediately follow this meeting. Bids will not be accepted from any vendor not attending this Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting. Any questions or clarification arising after this Pre-Bid Meeting should be directed via email only to bgregory@ collegeparkga.com by COB on November 19, 2013. An Addendum listing all Q&A, clarifications, etc. will be posted on the City’s website on or about COB December 2, 2013. It is always the vendor’s responsibility to check the City’s website for any/all Addenda. As a requirement of this bid, a Bid Bond of ten percent (10%) shall be required with the submitted proposal. Also please note that the successful bidder shall be required to submit a Performance and Payment Bond of one hundred percent (100%) prior to execution of contract. The City of College Park reserves the right to reject any or all bids based on past performance and to waive technicalities and informalities and re-advertise. All Minority, Woman and Small Businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. Only responsive proposals that are determined to meet the requirements and criteria set forth by the City of College Park will be considered. Request for Proposal from Experienced Qualified Firms to construct “The Gateway” project for ABI The FULL text of the RFP is found at: http://beltline.org/about/work-with-us/rfps-and-rfqs-2/ Inquiries should be directed to: Kevin W. Burke, Sr. Project Manager Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. 86 Pryor Street SW, Suite 300 • Atlanta, GA 30303 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Facsimile: 404/477-3604
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Notice of Incorporation Notice is given that article of incorporation, which incorporates Martinez Contractors, Inc. has been delivered to the Secretary of State for filiing in accordance with the Georgia Business Corporation Code. The initial regisered agent at said address is Maximo Martinez. Notice is given that Articles of Incorporation which will incorporate “DENIM GARAGE, Incorporated, INCORPORATED,” will be delivered to the Secretary of State for filing in accordance with the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code (O.C.G.A. $14-3-202). The initial registered office of the corporation will be located at 2916 Brookfield Lane SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331 and its initial reigstered agent at such address is JOSHUA C. LEWIS
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Mayor, Others Campaign for Votes By Dion Rabouin ADW Digital Editor
Atlantans will make their choices for mayor, as well as city council, municipal court judges and school board representatives on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Many of the elections are citywide contests, while others will be played out exclusively in individual districts around the city. Around the city, polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., and voters within the City of Atlanta, who registered by Oct.7, will have the opportunity to vote. On this year’s docket, incumbent Mayor Kasim Reed is facing challenges from Al Bartell, Fraser Duke and Glenn S. Wrightson. Reed has raised more than $2.5 million for his campaign, according to the AJC, and is a heavy favorite in the race. While many in the Atlanta political community expect Reed to win handily, the mayor appeared publicly in the same room as Bartell, Duke and Wrightson at an election-related event last week for the first time in the campaign season, a person close to the Bartell camp told the Daily World. As for the Atlanta City Council, each of the 12 Atlanta City Council seats will be voted upon, though not every candidate will be opposed. City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell is taking on Rachele Fruit, a factory worker who has not previously held political office. Mitchell has served as City Council president since 2010 and as a councilman since 2001. Two of the three at-large city council races will likely be competitive, particularly the race for the Post 3 At-Large seat currently occupied by H. Lamar Willis, who is seeking reelection against challenger Andre Dickens. Dickens has enlisted the support of former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, who criticized Willis’ professional record after he was disbarred by the Georgia Supreme Court this month. Willis fired back, and all three parties have since been embroiled in
a bit of back-and-forth mudslinging. The race for Post 2 At-Large features incumbent Aaron Watson against former councilwoman and 2009 Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood. Norwood vacated the Post 2 At-Large seat to run for mayor in 2009 and lost to Reed by about 700 votes. Councilman Michael Julian Bond is running unopposed to retain his position as the Post 1 At-Large representative. In district elections, incumbent Carla Smith is running against Robert Welsh and Bill Powell in District 1; Kwanza Hall is running unopposed to maintain his District 2 seat; Councilman Ivory Young is facing a challenge from the Rev. Darrion Fletcher, a Vine City activist who also ran against Young in 2009, and Patricia Harris Crayton; Cleta Winslow faces off against Toriel “Torry” Lewis, a Clark Atlanta Ph.D. candidate in District 4; District 5 Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong faces off against four challengers: Christian Enterkin, Jon Jones, John Paul Michalik and Matt Rinker; Alex Wan will fight for his seat against challengers Mike Boyle and Tracey Austin; incumbent Howard Shook is up against Bobby Montgomery and Abid Haque in District 7; Yolanda Adams is running unopposed in District 8; Felicia Moore, in District 9, will face a challenge from first-time council candidate Duwon Robinson, who also ran for mayor in 2009, and Ricardo Mosby; Clarence “C.T.” Martin is running unopposed for his District 10 seat; Keisha Lance Bottoms is up against Ron Shakir in District 11; and Joyce M. Sheperd is unopposed in the race for her District 12 seat. Also up for election are seats on the Atlanta Board of Education, including two open at-large seats in District 5 and District 6. The races for school board feature the following candidates,
including three open seats: Board of Education Member, District 1: incumbent Brenda J. Muhammad against Leslie Grant. Board of Education Member, District 2: Byron D. Amos is unopposed. Board of Education Member, District 3: Matt Westmoreland is unopposed. Board of Education Member, District 4: incumbent Nancy M. Meister against Taryn Chilivis Bowman. Board of Education Member, District 5: (open seat) features Steven Lee, Charles Lawrence, Mary L. Palmer, Raynard Johnson and Kathy Green. Board of Education Member, District 6: (open seat) features Eshe’ Collins, Anne Wofford McKenzie, Dell Byrd and Shawnna Hayes-Tavares. Board of Education Member, District 7: At Large: incumbent Courtney D. English faces former board member Nisha Simama. Board of Education Member, District 8: At Large: incumbent Reuben McDaniel faces Dave Walker, Tom Tidwell, Cynthia Briscoe Brown and Mark B. Riley. A run-off election will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, if the race for any particular seat(s) results in no single candidate receiving at least 50 percent plus one (1) vote. Should a runoff election be necessary, only the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes for each office will compete. Voters will also decide whether Atlanta Municipal Court Judges Barbara A. Harris, Elaine Carlisle, Calvin Graves, Gary Jackson, Crystal Gaines, Christopher Ward and Terrinee Gundy will be retained.
“ We’ve turned our economy around, hired more than 750 police officers, built the largest police force in the city’s history, reduced violent crimes by more than 17 percent, fully staffed our fire department and grown our cash reserve from 7.4 million dollars to more than 126 million dollars in less than 4 years. We have also reopened our once closed recreation centers and are turning them into Centers of Hope for children and seniors. Working together, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish for Atlanta.” - Mayor Kasim Reed
This November 5th as you make your way to the voting polls, I ask that you give close and careful consideration to your vote for Atlanta City Council. When you do, I am confident you will join me in re-electing Mary Norwood as our City-Wide Post 2 Independent Voice. Atlanta has changed since 1969 when I first entered public service. From my days as an Alderman to City Council President to my judicial duties, I have proudly watched our city grow, prosper, evolve, and thrive as an international presence. I take a great deal of pride in my small contribution to our success, and remain confident our progress will continue.
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Through her eight years of service on City Council, Mary Norwood has also been an active partner in Atlanta’s success. I have known Mary for many years and know her to be a good woman of integrity, honesty, and action. As she has amply demonstrated, she is a problem solver; reaching out to neighborhoods and communities across Atlanta to address concerns and issues; always inclusive, always concerned. Mary is an independent voice with no agenda except to serve Atlanta and make our city the very best place to call home. This November 5th, please join me in re-electing Mary Norwood to City Council. She is an open book; ready to serve; ready to work. Without a doubt, with Mary Norwood on City Council, you will know who represents you, what she’s doing, and what she plans to do. Mary Norwood is there for you, for me, for Atlanta. I’d bet my bow tie on it. Sincerely,
Judge Marvin Arrington (ret.)
The League of Women Voters of Georgia Release Online Voter Guide
Candidate, Atlanta Board of Education District 9 At Large As former Atlanta Area Deming Study Group president, Ed Johnson exercises a deep, abiding advocacy for continual quality improvement of K-12 public education for sustaining and advancing civil, moral, ethical, and democratic ideals. For Ed, quality means a way of life, that a sustainable Atlanta Public Schools requires deeper insight, understanding, compassion, redemption, and boldly facing some common paradigms. Ed graduated Clark College, Atlanta, followed by employment with U.S. National Security Agency, Morehouse College (part-time instructor), and Federal Reserve Bank. Today, Ed consults as his company, Quality Information Solutions, Inc. (www.qisincorp.com).
of acceptable photo identification is available at the Secretary Ed is a Viet Nam War Era veteran, with U.S. Army Securiof State’s office. (www.sos.ga.gov) ty Agency (ASA) leadership service at ASA field stations The League of Women Voters of Georgia is a non-partisan in the Far East and Middle East. He is from small-town organization that has promoted citizens’ education and active Georgia, where he graduated high school. involvement in government since 1920. The league contin- 12:06:54Greensboro, AW_Ad_BW.ai 1 10/17/2013 PM ues its dedication to empowering voters through education E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: (404) 505-8176. initiatives and partnerships with organizations that are also Web: www.edjohnsoninseat9.com. committed to educating Georgia voters.
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The League of Women Voters of Georgia, in cooperation with The Atlanta-Journal Constitution and WSB-TV, has published a non-partisan online voter guide. The 2013 Voter Guide includes information on candidates for mayor, city council, local board of education, and county ballot referendums. In addition to Atlanta, coverage areas include: Alpharetta, Auburn, Austell, Avondale Estates, Berekley Lakes, Canton, Carrollton, Chamblee, Chattahoochee Hills, Clarkston, College Park, Dacula, Dalton, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Fairburn, Forest Park, Gainesville, Grayson, Johns Creek, Jonesboro, Kennesaw, Lake City, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Marietta, Morrow, Norcross, Palmetto, Peachtree Corners, Pine Lake, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Snellville, Union City, and Woodstock. In addition to this year’s municipal elections, the 2013 Voter Guide includes information on special elections for the state legislature: House District 100, House District 104, House District 127 and Senate District 14. The 2013 Voter Guide is easy to use: enter your address and zip code to view information provided by the candidates. Citizens may access the Voter Guide by visiting: www.lwvga.org. All voters should carry an acceptable photo I.D. to the polls. Information on Voter Photo ID Cards and the full list
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Obama’s Showdown with ‘Teapublicans’ is Just Beginning Believe it or not, President Obama’s decision to finally stand up to Teapublicans – a Republican Party hijacked by Right-wing Tea Party zealots – in the latest standoff over the Affordable Care Act and the debt ceiling was the easy part. Next comes the real fireworks over the budget. And, judging from the past, the Democrats are likely to wave the white flag of surrender, even before the first shot is fired. Don’t forget that although Obama campaigned on the promise of extending the Bush tax cuts only for individuals earning less than $200,000 and couples making less than $250,000, which would cover 98 percent of all taxpayers, he eventually capitulated under Republican pressure, extending the Bush-era rates on incomes below $450,000 for families and $400,000 for individuals. And in his unsuccessful effort to reach a grand bargain with House Speaker John Boehner in 2011, according to leaked confidential documents, Obama expressed a willingness to support cuts to TRICARE, the health insurance program for the military and military retirees; Social Security, Medicare, housing, nutritional assistance and other social programs. Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explained why he, too, feels Obama will cave in to Republican demands. “He’s already put on the table a way to reduce future Social Security payments by altering the way costof-living adjustments are made – using the so-called ‘chained’ consumer price index, which assumes that when prices rise, people economize by switching to cheaper alternatives. This makes no sense for seniors, who already spend a disproportionate share of their income on prescription drugs, home healthcare, and medical devices – the prices of which have been rising faster than inflation. Besides, Social Security isn’t responsible for our budget deficits. Quite the opposite: For years its surpluses have been used to fund everything else the government does. “The President has also suggested ‘means-testing’ Medicare – that is, providing less of it to higher-income seniors. This might be sensible. The danger is it becomes the start of a slippery slope that eventually turns Medicare into another type of Medicaid, a program perceived to be for the poor and therefore vulnerable to budget cuts. “But why even suggest cutting Medicare at all, when the program isn’t responsible for the large budget deficits projected a decade or more from now? Medicare itself is enormously efficient; its administrative costs are far lower than commercial health insurance.” Equally troubling are the signals the president is already sending on the budget. “Keep in mind that the budget that we are going to pass under any deal is going to be the Republican budget. It will have cuts that are much more substantial than Democrats would prefer,” Obama said in an inter-
view with New York’s WABC-TV two days before the government reopened. “The Democrats have not asked for anything to reopen the government. The Democrats haven’t asked for anything for paying our bills on time.” The last time I checked, the Senate and the executive branch were controlled by Democrats. Republicans control only the House. And the only reason they control the House is because of gerrymandered congressional districts. In the last election, House Democrats received more votes than House Republicans. So why does President Obama feel that the nation will be stuck with a “Republican budget”? Second, Obama correctly noted that Democrats have not asked for anything to reopen the government or raise the debt ceiling. And, as Congressman Gregory W. Meeks of New York observed, that is the problem. Meeks told Politico, “At no point have we said what our demands are. All you’ve heard was what their demands are. Maybe we should put down what our demands are of what we need and what we want because there’s things that are important and dear to us also, and then the negotiations start from there.” The tragedy is that Democrats usually won’t stand firm, even when public opinion is on their side. The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted a survey in March asking: What is more important, taking steps to reduce the national debt or keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are? According to Pew, 55 percent favored keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are, 34 percent preferred taking steps to reduce the national debt, and 11 percent said both are equally important. Yet, Obama is willing to make concessions on Social Security and Medicare. With no demands on the table, it’s impossible to know what, if anything, is important to the Democratic Party anymore. That’s not the case with the Teapublicans. Love or hate them, they have clearly and forcefully stated they want to privatize Social Security, turn Medicare into a voucher system, and want deep cuts in social programs. They have not only articulated their priorities, they have demonstrated with the shutdown how far they are willing to go to fight for their misguided beliefs. What are Democrats willing to fight to the end for? If you find out, please let me know. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator and media coach. Curry can be reached through his website, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook.
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What You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act With nearly 2 million uninsured people in the state of Georgia, it is important to get the facts about the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact your family. Oct. 1 kicked off of the Open Enrollment period that allows you to now get “affordable” healthcare. ACA is projected to save lives and reduce health care costs. Healthcare spending in the U.S. is unsustainable and in spite of high spending, the nation’s health outcomes are still poor. With a host of health disparities that exist among various population groups, and a healthcare system that emphasizes treatment instead of prevention, there was a major need to develop a multi-level solution that would address the nation’s toughest health care issues. The goal of the Affordable Care Act is to expand and improve access to healthcare in four main areas: I. Individual Mandate – requires most U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase a “qualifying” health plan. These plans are designed to provide you with a variety of options and various levels of affordability and many individuals and families will qualify for “premium credits” provided by the Federal Government that will make premiums more affordable. Individuals without coverage by March 31, 2014 will have to pay a tax penalty. Tax Penalty Timeline 2014 - $95 2015 - $325 2016 - $695 After 2016 – It will be increased annually based on the current cost of living adjustment. II. Medicaid Expansion – The ACA offers states the opportunity to expand the eligibility for Medicaid to adults without children based on their incomes if they make up to 138 percent of federal poverty (less than $15,282 a year). Medicaid Expansion in Georgia would result in health care coverage for an additional Page Two – Affordable Care Act estimated 640,000 uninsured Georgians who are exempted from the Individual Mandate for health insurance coverage. The state of Georgia however has not elected to expand Medicaid. As a result, Georgia citizens that cannot afford coverage and that are not subject to the individual mandate will not have access to insurance through the state’s Medicaid program. III. Health Insurance Marketplace – is a U.S. government web-based portal that will help you make comparisons between available health insurance plans to select the one that is best for you and your budget. The Family and Individual Marketplace will help with enrollment in private health insurance, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Go to www.Healthcare.gov and a navigator (person trained to assist) will guide you through your options and the process. IV. Employer Requirements – As of Jan. 2015, employers with 50 or more full-time employees will be
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required to offer qualified health insurance coverage. Employers that do not offer coverage will be assessed a penalty fee of $2,000 per full-time employee. Employers with 50 or more full-time employees, that offer coverage that does not meet the minimum federal requirements, will have to pay the lesser of $3,000 for each employee receiving a premium credit or $2,000 for each full-time employee. Employers with less than 200 employees can purchase affordable insurance from the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP was developed to aide businesses in purchasing health insurance for their employees and receive tax-credits to assist with the cost of insurance). While not required for businesses with less than 50 employees, the mandate states that if an employer pays at least 50 percent of their full-time employees’ premium costs, you will receive a tax credit for the remaining 50 percent (35 percent for tax-exempt employees). Affordable Care Act -Important Dates for You to Remember •Oct. 1 – Open enrollment for the uninsured began. •March 31, 2014 – Open enrollment closes. •After March 31, 2014, when open enrollment closes, you can only get insurance for 2014 through a special open enrollment period for a qualifying life event -- a job loss, birth, or divorce. If you do not secure coverage by March 31, 2014, you will have to pay a tax penalty. Effective Dates of Healthcare Coverage •If you get health insurance Oct. 1 through Dec. 15, 2013, your coverage will start on Jan. 1, 2014. •Dec. 16, 2013 to March 31, 2014 – If you enroll during this period and pay your monthly premium between the 1st through the 15th, your coverage starts the first day of the next month (Example: Pay premium on Feb. 10, coverage begins March 1). •If you enroll between the 16th and the end of the month, your coverage will begin the first day of the second month after you pay your premium (Example: Pay for coverage on Feb. 16. It is effective April 1). If it all still seems a little confusing, don’t be afraid to ask questions by visiting the www.Healthcare.gov website. To speak with someone directly, call Healthcare. gov at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) 24 hours a day/7 days a week to speak with someone directly. For additional information, call the Urban League of Greater Atlanta at 404-659-1150 or Morehouse School of Medicine at 404-752-1500. Nancy Flake Johnson is president & CEO of The Urban League of Greater Atlanta. The League and Morehouse School of Medicine are collaborating to educate Georgians about the Affordable Care Act and the new way to purchase health insurance for individuals, families and businesses. The goal is to ultimately improve health disparities and outcomes for all.
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October 24 - 30, 2013
Brian McKissick (from left), CEO of Backstory Entertainment, enjoys the reception for the 20th anniversary of CARE in Atlanta with Muhtar Kent, CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, and Congressman John Lewis on Oct. 17 at the Atlanta History Center.
Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE, enjoys hosting the celebration with fellow physician Stephen Keith.
Alexander B. Cummings Jr., executive vice president and CAO of The Coca-Cola Company, and his wife enjoy the CARE reception.
Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, enjoys the CARE reception with Laura Turner Seydel, chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, and Beatriz R. Perez, chief sustainability officer of The Coca-Cola Company.
Jane Smith, executive director of the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at Spelman College, enjoys the CARE reception with Thomas W. Dortch Jr., president and CEO at TWD Inc., and Kai Williamson, executive director, Yes Inc.
Sonji Jacobs Dade, director of leadership communications at Cox Enterprises, enjoys the CARE reception with Egbert L. J. Perry, founder and CEO of The Integral Group, and his wife Reneeâ€™. Around Town Photos By M. Alexis Scott
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