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November 9, 2013

“Off the court, he was equally impactful as a family man, a leader in the community, mentor and friend to many.”

Annual Tree of Love seeks donors to spread holiday joy Santa’s helpers are needed for the annual Tree of Love campaign that collects gifts for disadvantaged children. The campaign, which is in its 15th year, kicks off Nov. 16 at the Gallery at South DeKalb in Decatur. District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson, who started it in 1999, is encouraging individuals and families to drop by at noon to select children’s names and purchase toys, clothes and other gifts for them. Wrapped gifts are due back on Dec. 14 when the annual Tree of Love Christmas Program takes place at the mall.

Santa helpers can pick the names of children at the Tree of Love campaign kickoff on Nov. 16 and buy them Christmas gifts.

Johnson said that sharing is what Christmas is all about. “The holiday season is a great time for people to give back to the community and help someone in need,” he said. Since its launch, the Tree of Love has benefited more than 7,000 children. Children are identified by the DeKalb Department of Family and Children Services. The mall is at 2801 Candler Road. For more information and to sign up to perform at the Tree of Love Christmas Program, call 404-964-4936.

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Walt Bellamy, NBA great and community activist By Ken Watts P. O. Box 362092 • Decatur, GA 30036

A Black-Tie Red Carpet Event Nov. 16, 2013 • 6pm (Red Carpet Rollout at 5:15 p.m.)

The Colonnade Room

8010 Rockbridge Road • Lithonia, GA. Please join Clatheo & Derhyl Middleton for the celebration of their 50th birthday and the launch of the non-profit Project Zephyr Foundation, Inc. to mentor and provide scholarships for disadvantaged students and to Support the H.E.A.L. Community Clinic.

Everyone is invited.

Host MC Siman Baby Tickets $25 per person. To purchase tickets, call 770-873-6448 Email

Basketball fans will celebrate the life of the legendary NBA Hall of Famer Walt Bellamy at a Nov. 9 homegoing service at Shaw Temple AME Zion Church in Smyrna. Bellamy, who played center during the formative years of the National Basketball Association, died Nov. 2 at his College Park home. He was 74. The service takes place at 10 a.m. During his career, Bellamy played for the Atlanta Hawks and several other teams and earned respect around the league for his remarkable consistency averaging 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds per game in 14 seasons in the NBA. Before going pro, the 6-foot-11 Bellamy was a star player at Indiana University. He won a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics and was the first overall pick by the Chicago Packers in 1961, where he was named Rookie of the Year in 1962 averaging 31.6 points and 19 rebounds. Bellamy, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993, also played for the Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks, Detroit

In the spirit of Thanksgiving! Truth Tabernacle is giving a helping hand to DeKalb County Residents for the Thanksgiving Holidays. Gift cards will be available for guests attending the 11am service on Sunday, November 24, 2013. The gift cards will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. For more information contact Truth Tabernacle @ 770 322-9950. The church is at 5268 Snapfinger Woods Drive Decatur, GA 30035

NBA Hall of Famer Walt Bellamy served as chairman of Commissioner Stan Watson’s annual Father’s Day Golf Tournament for 15 years.

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Pistons, and New Orleans Jazz. He played in four All-Star games. He played for several seasons with the Hawks and finished his career with New Orleans in 1974. He was at the Hawks home opener Nov. 1, the night before his passing. In a statement on his death, the Hawks said their family and the NBA have lost a giant. “His on-court accomplishments were overwhelming,” the statement said. “Off the court, he was equally impactful as a family man, a leader in the community, mentor and

friend to many.” Bellamy was a devoted activist in the Atlanta civil rights community since 1970, the year the Pistons traded him to the Hawks. After he retired, he remained active with the NAACP, the Urban League and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He also served as chairman of Commissioner Stan Watson’s annual Father’s Day Friday Golf Tournament for 15 years. Shaw Temple is at 775 Hurt Road S.W. Interment follows at South View Cemetery, 1990 Jonesboro Road in Atlanta.

Fashion show benefits Miller Grove students Miller Grove High students will be strutting fashions by Dr. Sherrie Bohler and from a number of local stores at a Nov. 16 fashion show at the Lithonia school. The 15th annual fundraising show takes place at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Proceeds benefit students’ community projects and will be used to purchase sup-

plies and materials and cover travel and hotel expenses to state competitions. The fashions will be available for sale after the show, and vendors will offer unique items perfect for holiday gift-giving. The school is at 2645 DeKalb Medical Parkway. For more information, call Zakia Al-Ghuiyy at 404-668-4608.


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Enjoy holiday deals at Natural Body Spa, Ariel La Boutique, The Bakery at Cakes & Ale and 25 other shops in Decatur during Terrific Thursdays. Get the inside scoop at our friendly Visitors Center at 113 Clairemont Ave. 11/5/13 11:02 AM

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