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Keep DeKalb Beautiful says proper recycling of electronic items reduces hazardous material entering the Seminole Landfill.

Abrams to host Johnson to discuss bill Electronic Fourth District Congressman Hank community meet recycling day Johnson will discuss the American Recovery State Rep. Stacey Abrams is hosting a March 7 Community Meeting at McNair Middle School. Abrams who represents House District 84, will discuss the proposed $18.9 billion state budget, Senate Bill 31 that is seeking nuclear power financing for Georgia Power, Stacey Abrams and transportation issues at the 10 a.m. to noon meeting. McNair Middle School is at 2190 Wallingford Drive in Decatur. For more information, call Jazmine Smalley at 404656-0220.

and Reinvestment Act on March 7 at Stan Watson’s Community Cabinet meeting. President Barack Obama signed the act, also known as the Stimulus Bill, into law on Feb. 17. The 4th Congressional District, which includes portions of DeKalb, Rockdale and Hank Johnson Gwinnett counties, will get 7,900 jobs from the $787 billion package, which will create or save 3.5 million jobs nationwide. Georgia is slated to get $1 billion in infrastructure spending for highways, bridges, transit, clean water projects and fixed guideway modernization from the package. The community meeting is co-hosted by state Reps. Pam Stephenson, Howard Mosby and Robbin Shipp and Commissioner Larry Johnson. It starts at 9:30 a.m. at New Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur.

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Johnson said the Dunwoody effect on the budget amounted to $16 million and that they were able to neutralize it by transferring $10 million from HOST funds that will not be available for sidewalks and roads. Still, Stokes said she was proud that the board was able to beef up public safety without increasing taxes. “We listened to the people,” she said. “We had 20 community meetings and every where we went, people said public safety is the number one priority.” Johnson, whose District 3 has seen an increase in crime, said people kept telling them that they want more police on the street. “We need a surge on the streets. That’s what they kept telling us,” Johnson said. Stokes, who represents Super District 7, said the county will

“During these harsh economic times, we have to employ long-term thinking to help keep DeKalb solvent. Making an effort to fund a position on retail recruitment in our Economic Development Department will certainly give us a leg up in helping stimulate DeKalb’s economy.”

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provide funding for the Meals on Wheels Program, which was not included in the CEO’s budget because of the loss of state funding for it. With the adopted budget, the commissioners decided that the county will assume the $195,662 funding for the program that provides hot meals to house-bound seniors across the county. On the retail position, which will cost $65,976, Johnson said

DeKalb County residents can help reduce landfill waste by recycling old electronics on March 7. The 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. event at the Memorial Drive Wal-Mart Supercenter in Decatur is sponsored by Keep DeKalb Beautiful. Volunteers will collect computers, keyboards, scanners, cables, typewriters, projectors, telephones, radios, disc players, microwave ovens, computers, disk drives and floppy drives in front of the store’s gardening section. Television sets will be accepted with a $10 charge. Keep DeKalb Beautiful says proper recycling of electronic items reduces hazardous material entering Seminole Landfill and leaching into the county’s ground water. The groups says an estimated 4.4 million PCs and 8 million television sets in 3 million Georgia households will eventually become 334,800 tons of e-waste in our landfills. The Wal-Mart is at 3580 Memorial Drive in Decatur. For more information, call 404-371-2654.

the recruitment of more retail will increase DeKalb’s commercial tax base and provide jobs. “During these harsh economic times, we have to employ longterm thinking to help keep DeKalb solvent,” he said. “Making an effort to fund a position focused on retail recruitment in our Economic Development Department will certainly give us a leg up in helping stimulate DeKalb’s economy.”

Residents in the Greater Towers Community will be cleaning up the streets on March 7. The 9 a.m. to noon cleanup will take place in the areas surrounding Towers High School and Austin and West Austin drives. Brenda Swinney, the Greater Towers Community Association’s publicity chairperson, said the cleanups will be held monthly. Volunteers will meet at Towers High School, 3919 Brookcrest Circle. For more information, call Brenda Swinney at 404-284-2317.

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Candler Road project enters Fraternal groups to perform 7 Students donate shoes for second phase 3 11 Black fraternities and sororities will take children in Ghana The second phase of the Candler Road Streetscape Project is under way. Work crews began burying lines for utility lighting last week along the project.

center stage at ARThink DeKalb’s Feb. 28 black history month celebration at Miller Grove High School.

Financial expert and author Glinda Bridgforth was in town last week to help launch Wal-Mart’s “Operation Main Street: Money Makeover Day.”

stage this weekend at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center.

Since the start of this school year, DeKalb students have donated more than 1,000 pairs of new and gently worn shoes to students in Ghana, West Africa.

Arts Center staging play about Money makeover plan includes tragic singer 7 Path improves park access 12 discount on prepaid card 5 The story of impresario Sam Cooke is on Come May 23, getting to Shoal Creek

Credit unions offer car deals 5 CDC FCU members can save up to 4.5 percent off MSRP or $1,000 cash back on a new vehicle through March.

Park is going to be a lot easier for residents of the Belvedere/Line Street community.

16 DeKalb teams join quest to First Afrikan presenting AIDS bring home trophies 10 awareness programs 13 16 boys and girls teams from central and south DeKalb will be among teams competing for a state basketball title.

A community-wide HIV/AIDS education seminar on March 7 at First Afrikan Presbyterian Church will help celebrate Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.

Three to play in GACA All-Star Authors to sign books at Mall game 10 Saint Philip to screen film by at Stonecrest 6 Albany-based ministry 13 Miller Grove’s Mfon Udofia, Tucker’s Circulation Audited By

Actress Adilah Barnes and bestselling author Charlotte Hughes are coming to Borders Books and Music at Stonecrest.

Manny Atkins and Redan’s Kenny Hall will be suiting up for the GACA North/South Basketball All-Star Classic in Savannah.

The action-packed inspirational film “Fireproof” will be screened March 7 at Saint Philip AME Church in Atlanta.

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