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Volume 19, Number 27

Donna Edler, warrior for all of DeKalb County’s children Former District 7 School Board member Donna Edler, who died of cancer on Oct. 29, was scheduled to appear at a Nov. 19 court hearing to challenge her removal.

March 13, 1961 – Oct. 29, 2013 By Jennifer Ffrench Parker and Ken Watts

“She captured the hearts of a lot of people,” Copelin-Wood said. Edler’s husband of 25 years, Darryl, said she fought cancer to the end. “We gave this disease a good fight,” he said. “She looks so peaceful now.” Edler passed away at her Stone Mountain home surrounded by family and friends. Her homegoing service was scheduled for Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. at Covenant Church, 1700 Corey Blvd. in Decatur. Edler, a certified public accountant, was born March 13, 1961, in Detroit to Wendell

Donna Gail Edler, who fought cancer while running for the DeKalb School Board District 7 seat in 2010, succumbed to the disease on Oct. 29. Edler, 52, was on the School Board for only two years and a month, but in that short time, colleagues, constituents and friends said her passion for children shone through. Sarah Copelin-Wood, who served on the School Board with Edler, said she was a hard worker who served her district well. Please see EDLER, page 4

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Educators promote ‘disruption’ in the classroom

Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Jabari Simama, host of the summit, said the k-12 model is outdated.

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Participants at the Oct. 30-31 summit at Georgia Piedmont discussed ways to bring U.S. education into the 21st century.

Forward-thinking summit explores new models that embrace technology By Ken Watts

Teachers hate disruptions in the classroom, but more than 100 college presidents, superintendents and other leaders in education found out this week that disruption can be a good thing. Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Jabari Simama, who hosted the Oct. 30-31 Southern K-14 Education Innovation Summit, said the goal is to foster discussions, partnerships and new models that create better educational outcomes for students. “Let us disrupt what is not working and embrace new strategies,” Simama said as he welcomed participants from 10 states, including California, Alabama, the Carolinas, Tennessee and Florida. The educators were at GPTC’s Clarkston

campus to explore ways to bring American education into the 21st century by shaking up the old order and fully embracing technology. Simama challenged the group to put aside comfortable assumptions. “We think that the k-12 model is outdated and that we should be thinking about pre-k through 14,” Simama said. “We don’t see any reason why students shouldn’t graduate, not only with a high school diploma, but with a technical certificate or a technical degree.” Simama said that dream can be achieved through partnerships between technical colleges and high schools similar to one between Georgia Perimeter College and DeKalb Early College Academy. DECA students take courses at the GPC campus in addition to their high school curriculum, and if they earn enough credits,

they graduate from high school not just with a diploma but with an associate degree. Erin Dwyer, who helped facilitate the summit, said pre-k to 14 education is a viable option for students not interested in or prepared for a four-year college path but who might find highpaying careers through early exposure to technical education. Erin Dwyer She said that tech firm employers complain that they often have a hard time filling critical jobs because of a skills gap among job candidates. “Getting content that is digital and getting students using 21st century skills that are linked to the common core subjects will help a lot of companies that are in crisis right

now in finding work force-ready candidates,” said Dwyer, who is the national conference director at the Center for Digital Education in Sacramento, Calif. Dr. Curtis Johnson, a former community college president and the conference’s keynote speaker on Oct. 30, said the entire education system needs to convert to a technology platform. He described what he sees as Curtis Johnson a mismatch between the traditional operating model of education at all levels and the way today’s generation of tech-savvy students learn with their tablets and smartphones. Please see SUMMIT, page 6




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“The whole thing is to get the message out to people that care about the community and have them join a strong team.”

Big turnout for launch of South DeKalb Improvement group By Ken Watts

The South DeKalb Improvement Association took flight on Oct. 26 with more than 90 enthusiastic supporters showing up for its kickoff meeting. The newly formed group, which is seeking to improve the area’s quality of life and economic development, hopes to help reverse the decline brought on by the recent foreclosure crisis, the economic recession and neglect. Board Chairman David George said they hope to mobilize dissatisfied residents to achieve real and permanent improvement. “The whole thing is to get the message out to concerned people that David George care about the community and have them join a strong team,” he told the crowd at Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain. “That’s our aim. That’s what we want to accomplish.” Dr. Kathryn Rice, the group’s founder and past president of the Hidden Hills Civic Association, said they are “very determined” to make a change in the community. “It’s been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result,” she said. “We’re not going to do the same thing that’s been tried before.” Attendees had plenty of questions about how the SDIA plans to improve South DeKalb’s quality of life. Rice said its methods will differ from previous efforts in three ways with ZIP code and topic captains and by being involved for the long haul.

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More than 90 residents turned out for the Oct. 26 launch of the South DeKalb Improvement Association at Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain.

She said it will divide South DeKalb into ZIP codes and each one will have a captain. “We call them ‘ZIP captains,’” she said. “They’ll be the liaison between the SDIA and the people who live there and they’ll be responsible for reporting on the problems and needs of their areas.” The SDIA will appoint “topic captains” who will attend government meetings and monitor government activities so that information about impending decisions by the Board of Commissioners and other agencies can be shared with residents before they have been approved.

Rice said community groups often fall by the wayside because there’s usually one or two people who are doing everything and they get burned out. “The way that we’ve decided to fix that is by paying money, a stipend, to our ZIP captains and our topic captains,” Rice said. “They’re the ones that we need to have, so they’re our priority.” A premium $5 annual membership is available to individuals and $50 to $250 memberships for community and civic groups. The SDIA also will seek corporate donations and foundation grants.

The SDIA’s target list will focus on abandoned and foreclosed properties; improving educational standards; public safety; code enforcement and compliance; and economic development in an area extending from Clarkston to Moreland Avenue to Lithonia. George said the SDIA will work with county government to turn things around. “We want to collaborate with them by mobilizing the community,” he said. P.J. Lemuel, who lives in the Snapfinger Lake subdivision in Decatur, signed up for the premium membership at the meeting. She said she knows firsthand what persistent activism can accomplish. In 2011, Lemuel and her neighbors blocked the Georgia Department of Transportation from building a road through their subdivision to carry truck traffic to a neighboring business. “With coverage from CrossRoadsNews we were able to get DOT to reverse the decision that they made to do an illegal road into our subdivision that would have allowed 18-wheelers to drive through our community, and now we have a beautiful neighborhood,” Lemuel said. Others who’ve seen South DeKalb improvement efforts come and go said the new group will need broad-based support. Nicole Madhere, a retired registered nurse who lives in the Stratton Hills subdivision in Decatur, said she was planning to sell her house and move when the housing market rebounded. Now she is encouraged. “I’ve been here for 26 years and have seen the decline,” she said. “I think the [SDIA] is a very dynamic group of people. I think they can get it done, but they can’t do it alone. We have to be involved. It’s gonna take all of us.”


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Share ideas on transportation plan Residents and stakeholders can learn more about the DeKalb Comprehensive Transportation Plan draft recommendations and share their ideas at a series of community workshops starting Nov. 7 in Chamblee. Registration also is under way at www for a Nov. 14 interactive online meeting, which takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Department of Planning and Sustainability is studying ways to identify goals, needs and priorities for the transportation system covering the full range of modes in the county from rapid transit and rail freight to streets, roads and highways. The plan when completed will need to be adopted by the county commissioners and the CEO and will be implemented by the various county departments, cities and



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transit agencies. The community workshops are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Nov. 7 event will be at the Interactive College of Technology, Roberts Hall, 5227 New Peachtree Road in Chamblee. On Nov. 12, the workshop comes to the Stonecrest Fairfield Inn & Suites, 7850 Stonecrest Square in Lithonia, and on Nov. 18, it will be at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive in Decatur. The final workshop takes place at the DeKalb Neighborhood Summit on Nov. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel-Downtown Decatur, 130 Clairemont Ave. For more information and registration, visit

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Mountain Industrial gets a face lift Crews from the DeKalb County Public Works Department are repairing one of the most heavily traveled roads in the Stone Mountain Community Improvement District. All four lanes of Mountain Industrial Boulevard from Tuckerstone Parkway to North Royal Drive are being repaved. CID Chairman Larry Callahan said the businesses along the heavily traveled corridor are grateful for the improvements. “Our business and commercial prop-

erty owners greatly appreciate the efforts of DeKalb County Public Works to address problems on the Mountain Industrial corridor,” Callahan said. In addition to the paving, 24 LED signs now illuminate intersections along Mountain Industrial Boulevard and at the Hugh Howell-Tucker Industrial Road intersection. The CID and State Road & Tollway Authority funded the sign project. More information about ongoing projects is available at

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“As a tireless champion for all children, her legacy will live on in her many accomplishments in education.”

Activist fought to regain seat on School Board EDLER,

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James and Ida M. Smitherman. A month after she was diagnosed with cancer in May 2010, friends Dr. Kathryn Rice and Donata Renfrow approached her about running for the District 7 seat. Rice, who was her neighbor and served with her on the Hidden Hills Civic Association’s board where she was treasurer, said that despite her illness, Edler considered their request and qualified for the race. Days later, the doctor removed her cancerous right breast. She won the seat with 72 percent of the vote in a November 2010 runoff with longtime incumbent Zepora Roberts. She was still undergoing chemotherapy on Jan. 3, 2011, when she took the oath of office and her seat on the DeKalb School Board and quickly became a warrior for children. On the School Board, Edler was a fierce debater, a consensus builder and an advocate for common-sense approaches to resolving issues. Rice said she cared about all the children and her compassion permeated everything she did. “She tried to be a moderate voice, and a respectful voice,” Rice said. “She not only put the kids first, she was very professional, and she tried to do the right thing.” Former DeKalb School Board Chair Eugene Walker called Edler a great individual and a consummate public servant. “She was dedicated to her family and the people she served and was a great role model,” he said. Edler was one of six board members removed from office by Gov. Nathan Deal in February after the district was placed on accreditation probation by its accrediting agency. She fought and appealed her removal and was scheduled to appear at a Nov. 19 hearing in Fulton County Superior Court to challenge Deal’s decision. Her pastor of 15 years, the Rev. Mark Lomax, said Edler felt she was wrongfully removed from the board. “For her, it was a voting rights issue,” said Lomax, pastor of First Afrikan Presbyterian Church in Lithonia. “She felt that the governor subverted the rights of the voters.” In December 2012, Edler told the community at an Environmental Protection Division hearing that her cancer had returned, metasta-

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Donna Edler took the oath of office for the School Board on Jan. 3, 2011 while undergoing chemotherapy.

“She tried to be a moderate voice, and a respectful voice. She not only put the kids first, she was very professional, and she tried to do the right thing.” Dr. Kathryn Rice

sizing in her spine. Copelin-Wood said that fighting their removal from the board was stressful for everyone, especially for Edler. “But she took it like a champ and she never stopped trying,” she said. Lomax, who was set to deliver the eulogy at her homegoing service being held at the larger Covenant Church, said he will remember Edler for her inquisitiveness about God and her struggle for clarity about being a person of faith. “In the end, she accepted that by faith, you know God, and that you don’t have to figure it out,” he said. Just like she never gave up fighting for reinstatement to the School Board, Lomax said Edler never gave up fighting her illness. But he said that she was also very pragmatic. A week ago, they talked about her funeral arrangements. “In my 35 years of being a pastor, I have never had such a frank conversation with a church mem-

ber,” he said. “She knew what she wanted.” Walker said Edler battled cancer like a true champion. “There’s no doubt in my mind that being removed from office without doing anything wrong added to her stress,” he said. “I share the family’s sorrow, but Donna’s children can be truly proud that their mother served the community extremely well.” Jesse “Jay” Cunningham, the former District 5 School Board representative, said that Edler was a strong woman who cared about DeKalb kids, those in her district and children throughout the school system. “She was a consistent advocate for equal access to quality education for all students and she fought against the closure of schools during redistricting,” Cunningham said. “She was not a quitter. She stood up for district employees, including bus drivers and cafeteria workers.”

In an Oct. 31 statement, the nine School Board members, six of whom who were appointed by Deal, expressed “great sorrow over the death of our friend and former colleague.” They said her passion and commitment to the children and taxpayers of DeKalb County was evident. “In her short term of service on the board, she never wavered in her commitment to improving education for DeKalb’s students, or in her support of the DeKalb County School District,” the statement said. “As a tireless champion for all children, her legacy of great care and concern will live on in her many accomplishments in education.” Survivors include sons Darryl Jr., 23, and Christopher, 19; daughter Rachel, 14; her parents, Wendell James and Ida M. Smitherman; and siblings Wendell Smitherman Jr. (Jackie), Kevin Smitherman and Sheila Smitherman. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the American Educational Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 681, Stone Mountain, GA 30086. Darryl Edler said they established the fund in 2004 to provide college scholarships.

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“A lot of adults see this as a fad that maybe will pass. This is probably not going to pass.”

Thanksgiving DeKalb County to salutes veterans, activists on Nov. 7 County’s 12th Annual Veterans Foundation for Distinguished Service to ghanistan Veterans of America will follow the donors needed DayDeKalb Program on Nov. 7 at the Maloof Audi- Veterans; Navy Reserve Petty Officer Chris program, which is led by Dr. Wayman Duane The Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program will be feeding families impacted by domestic violence at its third annual Thanksgiving Dinner, but it needs help to make it happen. On Nov. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m., the nonprofit will provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey and all the trimmings to 140 mothers and children in partnership with This Is It BBQ & Seafood and Empowering Success Today Inc. Roderick Cunningham, the group’s executive director, says they depend on donations to help support the families. “All sponsorships R. Cunningham and donations are taxdeductible,” he said. The outreach program is named for his mother, who was shot to death by his stepfather and her husband of 10 years, Leroy Brown, on Oct. 27, 2009. Cunningham and brother Demetrius were in the home when their mother was shot in the head while lying in bed. He says she endured years of mental and verbal abuse before her husband killed her. He founded the nonprofit in July 2010 to provide individual and group counseling and advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence and to offer an outlet for youth who are at risk of becoming victims of violence and substance abuse. Donations can be made at http://bcop .org/3rd-annual-thanksgiving-dinner. For more information, visit or call 404-771-2247.

torium will honor activists and institutions that make a difference in the lives of veterans and service members. Fourth District U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson will be the keynote speaker at the program, which begins at 11 a.m. Veteran’s Day is Nov. 11, an honorees include retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Smalls, Department of Georgia commander for the Disabled American Veterans Inc., for Lifetime Achievement; the Home Depot

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Williams, IAVA Leadership Fellow (Georgia) and chairman of the Veterans Affairs Advisory Board of Georgia, and Super District 7 DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson. The Veterans Affairs Advisory Board, raises funds for maintaining memorials to veterans. The Maloof Auditorium is at 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. Visit

Antioch AME opens office to aid veterans, families Veterans can now get help at Antioch AME’s Veterans Information Referral Office in Stone Mountain. The church is kicking off its Veterans Day weekend on Nov. 9 with the launch of a new community service for veterans and their families. It takes place from 10 a.m.

to noon. The national observance is Nov. 11. Antioch is partnering with Veterans Affairs for the program. Church representative Vonshurii S. Wrighten said many veterans returning from deployment have difficulty navigating the

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you’ve given for 25 straight years,” he said. Johnson admits this kind of “disruption education” will be a tough sell to many educators who are used to doing things the established way. “A lot of adults see this as a fad that maybe will pass,” he said. “This is probably not going to pass.” Johnson predicts the tech platform will not become standard in education through pressure from the top down but will occur gradually from school to school and department to department.



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“I am as frustrated and angry as anyone, ao let me say directly to these Americans, you deserve better.”

Feds promise fixes to by end of November Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologized for enrollment Web site failures at a congressional hearing this week.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is promising fixes by the end of November to for consumers frustrated with the registration process for the new federal Healthcare Marketplace. At a congressional hearing this week, Kathleen Sebelius, HHS secretary, apologized for the web site’s failures that have thwarted consumers seeking to enroll for affordable health insurance, scheduled to go into effect in January. “I am as frustrated and angry as anyone,” Sebelius told lawmakers. “So let me say directly to these Americans, you deserve better.” Enrollment, which opened Oct. 1, continues through March 31. The department said on Oct. 29 that it continues each week to improve the overall user experience at and that the site will be functioning smoothly for the vast majority of users by the end of November. HHS said it can now process nearly 17,000 account registrants per hour – or five per second – with an error rate near zero and is moving through a punch list to make more performance and functionality improvements.

report shows 46 percent of the single young adults eligible for the Health Insurance Marketplace can get coverage for $50 or less. Sebelius said the findings demonstrate that the health care law is making health insurance more affordable for young adults, a group most likely to be without insurance. “The health care law is delivering the quality, affordable coverage people are looking for,” she said. “Through the Health Insurance Marketplace, young adults can purchase quality, affordable coverage and get lower costs on monthly premiums through Low-cost coverage for young adults tax credits.” The HHS also said this week that a new The report examines data from the 34

Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces and found that out of 2.9 million single young adults 18 to 34 who may be eligible for coverage, 1.3 million could purchase a bronze plan for $50 per month or less after tax credits.

In the 34 states, a total of 1.9 million young adults, representing 66 percent of the marketplace-eligible uninsured adults 18 to 34, may be able to pay $100 or less for coverage in 2014. It found that an additional 1 million young adults may qualify for Medicaid in the states that have opted to expand the program in 2014. The report also shows that if the 34 states expanded their Medicaid program, the proportion of young adults who could obtain low-cost coverage would be even greater. and 4.9 million uninsured single young adults would be eligible for Medicaid. States can receive 100 percent federal funding in 2014 to expand their Medicaid programs to cover people with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. That’s about $15,800 a year for an individual or about $32,500 for a family of four. To read the report, visit http://aspe.hhs .gov/health/reports/2013/UninsuredYoung Adults/rb_uninsuredyoungadults.pdf.

Youth lured by flavored little cigars Flavored little cigars and cigarettes are attracting students in middle and high schools, and health officials say they present the same health hazards as other tobacco products. More than 40 percent of middle and high schoolers who smoke flavored cigars and cigarettes are less likely to think about quitting tobacco, and CDC Director Tom Frieden says health care experts, schools, parents and communities need to take comprehensive steps to reduce all tobacco use for all youth. “Flavored or not, cigars cause cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and many other health problems,” he said in an Oct. 22 statement. “Flavored little cigars appeal to youth and the use of these tobacco products may lead to disTom Frieden figurement, disability, and premature death.” The rising use of flavored little cigars and cigarettes among students was identified by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. It used data from the 2011 National Youth Tobacco Survey to measure how many youth are using the flavored products. Among youth cigar smokers, the report found that almost 60 percent of those who smoke flavored tobacco are not thinking about quitting, compared with just over 49 percent among all other cigar smokers. It also found that 35.4 percent of current youth smokers reported using flavored cigarettes, including menthol cigarettes.

In 2009, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was enacted and prohibits the use of flavors, except menthol, in cigarettes. However, flavored little cigars are still manufactured and sold with candy and fruit flavorings. Dr. Tim McAfee, who directs the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, says the products contain the same toxic and cancercausing ingredients found in cigarettes and are not a safe alternative. “Many flavored little cigars appear virtually in- Tim McAfee distinguishable from cigarettes with similar sizes, shapes, filters, and packaging.” Little cigars and cigarettes, which are taxed at a lower rate than cigarettes at the state level, have become more popular in recent years. Between 1997 and 2007, sales increased 240 percent. Ninety-nine percent of smokers start before age 26. Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Health consequences include heart disease, cancer, pulmonary disease, adverse reproductive effects, and the exacerbation of chronic health conditions. Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke kill an estimated 443,000 Americans each year. It costs an estimated $193 billion annually in direct health care expenses and lost productivity. For every one death, there are 20 people suffering from a smoking-related disease.

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Paintings, photos, and crafts created by library employees are for sale at the Decatur Library.

Fund-raising arts and craft at library Fans of the library can start their holiday shopping at the Decatur Library and make off with one-of-kind photographs, paintings, and arts and crafts in the library system’s annual Employee Art Expo. All the items available for purchase were created or made by library employees. The sale, in its third year, raises money to offset budget cuts. Items are on display in the circulation room. To purchase items, inquire at the Circulation Desk. Proceeds will go to the DeKalb Library Foundation. The Decatur Library is at 215 Sycamore St. in downtown Decatur.

Priscilla the Pink Pig is back in town, so the holiday season must be under way. Starting Nov. 2, the train ride, a 50-year tradition among Atlanta families, will be chugging through life-sized storybook scenes that include a pink tunnel, a forest of Christmas trees, and walls of mirrors. The Pink Pig train will make trips daily starting at 10 a.m. under its signature 1950s-themed, 170-square-foot Pink Pig Tent in the upper-level parking deck near Macy’s at Lenox Square. As part of the grand-opening day festivities, kids can bring a DVD and receive a complimentary ride. All DVDs will be donated to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals. DVDs can be new or used and rated G or PG. Macy’s Pink Pig ride debuted in the ’50s as a children’s ride at the downtown Rich’s store, which was acquired by Macy’s. On Oct. 30, 4-year-old Jeremiah Truesdale of Stone Mountain, a Children’s Healthcare patient, got the first ride of the season. Jeremiah, who was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy when he was a year old and suffered a stroke in May 2013, was picked for the annual first ride, reserved for patients of the children’s hospital. Each year, part of the proceeds of the Pink Pig rides benefits the hospital. To date, Macy’s has donated more than $470,000 to the not-for-profit children’s hospital. Priscilla – the original Pink Pig – began as a monorail along the ceiling of Rich’s, giving children the experience of “flying over” the toy department. Later, another pig – Percival – was added and they became known as the Pink Pig monorail twins. Years later, the monorail was relocated to the roof of the department store

Priscilla the Pink Pig, a 50-year tradition among Atlanta families, rides again on Nov. 2 near Macy’s at Lenox Square.

and the monorail twins took passengers on rooftop rides viewing downtown Atlanta and circling the Great Tree. In 2003, Priscilla the Pink Pig was reintroduced to a new generation. The $3 ride remains open through Jan. 5. It is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. There are discounts for multiple rides. Macy’s at Lenox Square is at 3393 Peachtree Road N.E. in Atlanta. For the full schedule, including hours of operation, visit .com/pinkpig.

Beatles vs. Stones author to discuss book at library event

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“Smoking Typewriters” author John McMillian will discuss his newest book, “Beatles vs. Stones,” on Nov. 4 at the Decatur Library. The book, his second, explores the multifaceted rivalry between the lovable Beatles and the bad-boy Rolling Stones. McMillian, an assistant professor of history at Georgia State University, deftly navigates the role of historian, journalist and fan and reveals how music managers

helped to construct the Beatles-Stones rivalry as they set out to engineer moneymaking empires. He explores how the bands’ public images were created and marketed despite being incongruous with their upbringing and how those images changed over time. His talk, at 7 p.m., is part of the library’s Festival of Writers. The library is at 215 Sycamore St. in downtown Decatur. For more information, call 404-370-3070.

Authors take on civil rights crimes at home and abroad Johnson is YMCA’s Civil rights history buffs can get a behindthe-scenes look at a familiar 1963 hate crime and a Nazi-era love story when authors T.K. Thorne and Jim T. Barfield discuss their books at a Nov. 10 Southern Writers Show- T.K. Thorne case at MJCCA-Zaban Park in Dunwoody. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former AJC Managing Editor Hank Klibanoff will moderate the conversations, presented

by Canterbury Press and the Atlanta Writers Academy. Thorne’s book, “Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers,” Jim T. Barfield draws from years of research into the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed four black girls after their Sunday school class. It depicts the inside story of one of the

most famous crimes of the civil rights era, told by Thorne, a former Alabama police officer and the first Jewish officer in the Birmingham Police Department. Thorne believes it’s possible that people other than the three Klansmen who were convicted knew or possibly helped in the bombing. Barfield, a Juvenile Court associate judge, will talk about his World War II-era romance, “Boxcars,” that tells the story of a Jewish teenager and promising concert violinist on the run from the Nazis in May 1944 and a teenage prisoner who escapes Auschwitz and a Nazi medical experiment. Their lives become desperately entangled as they struggle to survive the Holocaust. MJCCA-Zaban Park is at 5342 Tilly Mill Road. For tickets, visit www.atlanta Ishtar Designs, LLC presents

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“Many refugee learners have had limited exposure to print literacy and have experienced interruptions in their formal education.”

Congressman praises teen in House Lithonia teen Mary-Pat Hector got accolades on the floor of the U.S. House on Oct. 30 when her congressman, Hank Johnson, lauded her for her campaign to combat gun violence. Johnson praised Mary-Pat for receiving a $50,000 inaugural Peace First Prize for her “Think Twice” Mary-Pat Hector campaign. The two-year fellowship was one of 10 awarded Oct. 6 to activists ages 10 to 22 nationwide. Johnson called Mary-Pat an “everyday hero” and said he is proud of her achievements and glad to have the privilege of representing her. “Mary-Patricia refused to sit idly by while children died in playgrounds, funerals outnumbered graduation ceremonies, and violence begot more violence,” John-

son said. “Her campaign encourages youth to think twice before picking up guns.” Mary-Pat, who is home schooled, launched her Think Twice campaign in April 2013 after the senseless shooting deaths of a 14-year-old Grayson High School student in Loganville and a 15-year-old student in Chicago. Hank Johnson She said she will use some of the funds to improve, purchase public announcements, and travel to schools spreading her message of peace. Peace First, a national nonprofit based in Boston, seeks to create the next generation of peacemakers. Winners of the Peace First Prize were chosen based on the criteria of courage, compassion and the ability to create collaborative change. Visit

Rivers-Cannon nabs Social Worker of Year award Dr. Terriyln Rivers-Cannon is Georgia’s Social Worker of the Year for 2013. Rivers-Cannon, who works with the Atlanta Public School System, was presented with the award at the Social Work Awards Luncheon during the NASW Georgia National Conference on Oct. 4. T. Rivers-Cannon The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional professional qualities that make her or him stand out beyond the

expectations of her/his job. Qualifications include demonstrating leadership qualities of an exceptional nature, effectively integrating experience with education in an outstanding effort to help people, taking risks and enlisting public support for improved social service, and contributing to the public’s knowledge of social work. Rivers-Cannon, who was a 2012 candidate for the DeKalb School Board District 6 seat, holds a Master of Social Work and doctorate in Educational Leadership. The Snellville resident is active on the local, state and national level and is PTSA District 11 membership chair.

Pelissero is head of school at Global Village Project Amy Pelissero is the new head of school at the Decatur-based Global Village Project Inc., which serves female refugee students with an accredited, independent, privately funded school. Pelissero said the project, which began in 2009, is off to a great fifth year of providing a quality education. An average of 2,208 refugees have been resettled per year in Georgia since 1981, and DeKalb County, primarily Clarkston, receives the greatest number of resettled refugees in the state, Studies show that refugee learners often fail Amy Pelissero in public schools and on standardized tests. Pelissero said that they drop out of high school in high numbers, are underemployed, and live in poverty. “Many refugee learners have had limited exposure to print literacy and have experienced interruptions and gaps in their formal education,” she said. “Since Georgia has one of the largest refugee settlement communities in the country, you might be proud to learn that the Global Village Project has accepted the challenge and believes the rewards far outweigh the risks.” Pelissero, who is completing her Ph.D. dissertation on the subject of refugee women’s literacy and education, has extensive expertise in the field of language and literacy, years of experience teaching middle school students, and spent many years working as a refugee family literacy volunteer in Clarkston. Students attend the school free of charge and get transportation and lunch through a community of supporters. The school is seeking volunteers and donations to educate refugee girls and help them develop the life skills needed to become productive citizens. For more information, visit

Terrell Coleman was ‘the kind of guy who lit up a room’ By Ken Watts

Miller Grove High small forward Terrell Coleman was a phenomenal basketball player and an even better person. So his sudden death after playing in an Oct. 27 game hit his family, teammates and other students hard. Coach Sharman White said he was “a remarkable young man” who was absolutely passionate about basketball. “He made it his business to live the game he loved,” White said. “He was just oozing with talent and was a hard worker.” The 15-year-old freshman was playing in an Atlanta Celtics Amateur Athletic Union all-star game at Action Sports Academy on Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain when he

stepped away to sit on the bench. AAU coach Chris Anderson said shortly after that, he suffered seizures and did not respond to CPR administered by his father, William, and two nurses. The exact cause of death is not known. His mother, Rashones Coleman, told WSB-TV that she knows that her Lord and Savior has a better purpose for her son. “I’m holding on because I can remember the smile – his smile keeps me strong,” she said. “He would want everyone to be happy, and he would want everyone to be strong, especially the Miller Grove basketball team.” Terrell’s homegoing service takes place on Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia.

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Civil Action # ++13CV9294-3++ Brenda D. Logan Plaintiff Vs. Albert B. Logan Defendant TO: Albert B. Logan 690 Aurora Ave St Paul, MN 55104 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated October 7, 2013, you are hereby notified that on September 4, 2013, the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce. You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Brenda D. Logan, 7284 Wood Hollow Way, Stone Mountain, GA 30087. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, October 7, 2013. Witness the Honorable Clarence

Seeliger Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 8th day of October, 2013.

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Civil Action # ++13CV7660-4++ Marsha A. Clark Plaintiff Vs. Jeffery L. Clark Defendant TO: Jeffery Clark 3331 Fannin Ct Lithonia, GA 30038 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated October 21,2013 you are hereby notified that on June 18,2013 the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon

the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Marsha A. Clark 3331Fannin Ct Lithonia, Ga 30088. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, October 21, 2013. Witness the Honorable Gail C. Flake Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 16th day of October, 2013. 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++13CV11271-1++ Timka LaShaye Burson Plaintiff Vs. William Paul Burson III Defendant TO: William Paul Burson III 69 Maypop Lane Decatur, Ga 30035 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated October 15,2013 you are hereby notified that on October 19,2013 the above-named Plaintiff filed

The 6-foot-5 Terrell had a heart murmur, but his coaches said he was cleared to play in the league where he was a good shooter and excellent rebounder. Scouts from Florida State were scheduled to watch him work out on Oct. 28, and basketball recruiting web site Future150 .com had ranked him 13th nationally for the 2017 class and had projected that he would end up at a high-major college as a shooting guard. White said Terrell had an “amazing effect” on his school. “He was the kind of guy who lit up a room when he walked into it with that infectious smile,” he said. “He spoke to everyone – students, teachers, cafeteria workers, police officers. He was friends with everyone.” Terrell Coleman

suit against you for: Divorce You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is Timka Burson 5605 Tree Hills Pkwy Stone Mountain, Ga 30088. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, October 15, 2013. Witness the Honorable Courtney L. Johnson Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 15th day of October, 2013. 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++13CV11193-10++ Karon Houpt Plaintiff Vs. John Houpt Defendant TO: John Houpt 250 Al Henderson Blvd Savannah, Ga 31419 By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated October 15,2013 you are hereby notified that on October 7,2013 the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Divorce You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and

address is Karon Houpt 989 Forest Path Stone Mountain, Ga 30088. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, October 15, 2013. Witness the Honorable Tangela M. Barrie Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 15th day of October, 2013. 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

Notice of Petition to Change Name of Adult in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number: ++ 13CV11423-8++ Emma Earline Shinault filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on October 8, 2013 to change the name from: Emma Earline Shinault to Emma Earline Gooden. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within 30 days after the petition was filed. Dated: October 8, 2013 Emma Gooden Petitioner, Pro se 38 Pine Tree Cir Decatur, Ga 30032 (770) 866-9296 Asha F. Jackson 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16

Notice of Petition to Change Name(s) of Minor Child(ren) in the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action Case Number:

++ 13CV11422-2++ Donte Stanley filed a petition in the DeKalb County Superior Court on October 9,2013 to change the name(s) of the following minor child(ren) from: Dacori Aquanas Stanley to Dacori Aquanas Jeter. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within 30 days after the petition was filed. Dated: October 9, 2013 Donte Stanley Petitioner, Pro se c/o Donte Stanley, Esq. 3513 Waldrop Ridge Ln Decatur, Ga 30034 11/02, 11/09, 11/16, 11/23

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In the Superior Court of DeKalb County State of Georgia

Civil Action # ++13CV11421-2++ Jessica Howard-Foster Plaintiff Vs. Quovadas O. Foster Defendant By Order of the Court service for service by publication dated October 28,2013 you are hereby notified that on October 12,2013 the above-named Plaintiff filed suit against you for: Compliant for Divorce without Minor Children You are required to file with the Clerk of Superior Court, and to serve upon the plaintiff’s attorney whose name and address is N/A. Answer in writing within sixty (60) days of, October 28, 2013. Witness the Honorable Asha F. Jackson Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court. This the 28th day of October, 2013.



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Donna Gail Edler was granted her angel wings on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 after a valiant three year battle with breast cancer. She was 52.While Edler’s life was far too short, those who she touched understand that the quality of her existence far exceeds the quantity of her time on earth. Born March 13, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan to Wendell James and Ida M. Smitherman, Edler attended and graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1979. She attended the University of Kansas on a track and field scholarship, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. In 1988, she earned a Master of Science Degree in Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Edler was a Certified Public Accountant. She held positions with Arthur Anderson, the FDIC, and the Resolution Trust Corporation. Edler was committed and dedicated to the improvement of her community and making other people’s lives better. She became active in her neighborhood and served tirelessly as the Treasurer of the Hidden Hills Civic Association In 2008, Edler volunteered with the Campaign for Change to elect Barack Obama. She earned the “Golden Clipboard” award for registering the most new voters in the entire State of Georgia. While undergoing cancer treatment in 2010, Edler ran a campaign for the DeKalb County School Board, 7th District. She won the seat upsetting the incumbent in a landslide run-off election. As a board member, Edler was a fierce debater, a consensus builder and an advocate for common sense approaches to resolving issues. Donna Edler leaves to cherish her memory: husband, Darryl; children, Darryl, Jr., Christopher and Rachel; parents Wendell James and Ida M. Smitherman; siblings, Wendell Smitherman, Jr. (Jackie), Kevin Smitherman and Sheila Smitherman, and a community of friends, colleagues and constituents who loved and adored her. Celebration of Life Service Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 11 a.m at Covenant Ministries, 1700 Corey Blvd, Decatur, GA 30032. Rev. Dr. Mark A. Lomax, Senior Pastor of First Afrikan Church, Eulogist; Bishop Quincy L. Carswell, Pastor. Repast will be held at Willie A. Watkins Special Event Center, 5843 Redan Rd, Lithonia, GA 30058. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Educational Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 681, Stone Mountain, GA 30086.   Willie A. Watkins Historic West End Chapel. 404-758-1731.



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CrossRoadsNews, November 2, 2013