“That’s when I realized that we’ve gotta give ourselves a break or permission to say dumb things and keep moving.”
Groups provide Thanksgiving meals Families from DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton counties will find hot meals at the J.A.M. Community Development Center on Nov. 22 and A.R. “Gus” Barksdale Boys and Girls Club on Nov. 26. The Nov. 22 event is the fourth annual Thanksgiving giveaway held by J.A.M. Worldwide Ministries Christian Church. This year, it is joined in the venture by former NBA player Dion Glover. Recipients will get baskets loaded with whole turkeys and nonperishable items for their holiday dinner. Lorenzo G. Johnson Jr., senior pastor, said the giveaway allows them to serve families who have limited resources and are in need. “Our goal is to ensure that families are fed both spiritually and physically,” he said. The giveaway, which starts at 5 p.m.,
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includes a Gospel Expo with local artists performing rhythm and gospel, holy hiphop, and soul music. The J.A.M. Community Development Center is at 1419 Old McDonough Highway, Conyers. For more information, visit www .jamchurch.org or call 1-888-495-4056.
Thanksgiving Day dinner On Thanksgiving Day, New Life Family Christian Center is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community. The meal will be served at 1 p.m. at the A.R. “Gus” Barksdale Boys and Girls Club, 1015 O’Kelly St. in Conyers. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. To register or for more information, call 678-342-9117.
‘View’ co-host to discuss new book encourage women to give Sherri Shepherd, the themselves a break. She ebullient co-host of ABC’s came to that realization “The View,” will be at the after causing a media hysDecatur Recreation Center teria during her first week on Nov. 21 to talk about her on “The View.” During a life and her intriguing new discussion on evolution, book, “Permission Slips: she told Goldberg she Every Woman’s Guide to didn’t know if the world Giving Herself a Break.” was flat or round and Shepherd, an actress, never thought about it comedian and sitcom star, and set off a frenzy of hate is always opinionated on e-mails that crashed her “The View,” where she Web site. co-hosts with Whoopi “That’s when I reGoldberg, Barbara Walters, alized that we’ve gotta Joy Behar and Elisabeth give ourselves a break or Hasselbeck. Sherri Shepherd will sign copies of permission to say dumb Fans of the show know her book on Nov. 21. things and keep moving,” her as a dynamic, energetic personality, and her book exudes those same she told Time magazine. “I know what a lot of other women are going through. You try qualities. Shepherd’s new Lifetime series “Sherri” was to be perfect for everybody. We’ve gotta give the most-watched original comedy premiere on ourselves a break.” Shepherd will sign copies of the book the network in more than a decade. The new show, which centers around a after her talk. Because of the anticipated large crowd, newly single mom, paralegal and part-time comedian/actress who tries to get back into additional parking will be available at the the dating scene and move on with her DeKalb County Parking Deck at the corner life after divorcing her cheating husband, of Trinity and Commerce streets. The event is sponsored by the Georgia nearly doubled the average viewership of the previous four-week time period. The comedy Center for the Book at the DeKalb Public Library. For more information, call 404airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Shepherd says she wrote the book to 370-8450.
Drivers face seat belt crackdown The state is cracking down on The dual enforcement strategy is people who drive without seat designed to reduce high-fatality belts during the heavily traveled crash-counts during the deadly Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving travel period. The holiday, which will be celLast year, Georgians had 3,815 ebrated Nov. 26 this year, is known crashes during the November as one of the most dangerous and holiday. Statistics indicate that deadliest times of the year to drive many people died in those crashes because of low safety belt use. because they didn’t buckle up. Bob Dallas The Governor’s Office of Last Thanksgiving, 19 GeorHighway Safety, which launched Click It gians died during 102 hours on the road. or Ticket on Nov. 16, says law enforcement Another 1,457 were injured. will be looking out for Georgia motorists Nationwide, 40 percent of all traffic who violate the law and threaten their crash victims killed during the Thanksgivsafety during the Thanksgiving travel pe- ing holiday travel period were not wearing riod, Nov. 25 through Nov. 29. their safety belts. This year AAA projects that 982,000 Bob Dallas, the Governor’s Office of Georgians will drive 50 miles or more this Highway Safety director, says it is just so Thanksgiving to visit relatives. Those num- clear that safety belts save lives. bers are up 3 percent from last year, when “And yet day or night, unbuckled drivhigh gas prices kept many people home. ers and their passengers continue to pay the Concentrated patrols will be checking price with their lives,” he said. for seat belt violators on interstate highways “That’s why we always need to buckle up. by day and seat belt road checks will take Otherwise, it’s just a never-ending formula place on state and county roads at night. for fatalities.”
AAA: More motorists for holiday With a cautious eye on economic recovery, more Americans will be traveling this Thanksgiving to visit family, and a growing number of them will be driving to their destination. AAA projects 38.4 million Americans will travel a distance of 50 miles or more away from home throughout Thanksgiving weekend, a 1.4 percent increase over last year when 37.8 million traveled for the holiday. In Georgia, 1.2 million will be going somewhere; 982,000 of them will drive while 77,000 will fly to their destination, 3 percent higher than in 2008. Kevin Bakewell, senior vice president of AAA Auto Club South, said they take the projected increase as a sign that economic recovery may finally be taking root. “We believe many Americans certainly share the same hope,” Bakewell said. Overall, the numbers show an even greater number of people who plan on driving – 86 percent of all travelers – which AAA says reflects a growing public dissatisfaction with air travel. This holiday, higher costs for airfare, frequent delays and increased fees
have a record number of Americans opting for other means of travel. Only 6 percent of travelers said they will travel by air, a 10-year trend in which air travel accounts for a declining percentage of total Thanksgiving travel. Since 2000, the number of air travelers during Thanksgiving weekend has dropped by 62 percent. With so many motorists expected on the roadways, Bakewell recommends that everyone avoid distractions such as cellphones and texting as well as “driver fatigue.” He suggested that motorists do not attempt a long drive home at night, especially if there’s any drowsiness after enjoying a hearty Thanksgiving dinner. “It’s much better to stay put rather than place yourself and others at risk,” Bakewell added. “A fresh start in the morning after you’ve rested makes a world of difference.” AAA’s holiday travel projections are based on a national survey of 1,350 U.S. adults conducted by IHS Global Insight and D.K. Shifflet Associates. The complete Thanksgiving holiday forecast is available at www.AAA.com/news.
CrossRoadsNews, November 21, 2009