Actress Keke Palmer is helping spread the word that a healthy breakfast can help give black girls the edge every day. 7
Christmas trees from the Great Tree atop Macy’s at Lenox Square to Main Street in Stone Mountain will be lighting up this week. 8
Commissioner Larry Johnson’s annual Christmas toy collection drive kicks off Nov. 27 at the Gallery at South DeKalb mall. 9
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Tree of Love returns
Volume 16, Number 31
Berean fits love into boxes of food By Carla Parker
Kay Parks drove from Conyers to Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain to pick up a turkey and a box of food items. But the food was not for her. It was for an elderly member of Poplar Spring Baptist Church in Ellenwood. “I’m giving the food to her because she needs it,” Parks said. “I’m here to help someone else just like a lot of people are here to help others.” Parks stood in line with hundreds of people who got frozen turkeys and a Thanksgiving “Box of Love” laden with
cans of collard greens, corn, green beans and yams, and rolls, cake mixes, and tea bags. Parks said she was impressed at how Berean reaches out to the community in different ways. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a member of the church or not,” she said. She brought along her 14-year-old son Dré to get him in the spirit of giving. “It’s a good way for him to see how to help others in this economy,” Parks said. For its 2010 Community Holiday Food Basket Giveaway, Berean partnered with a number of churches, busi-
nesses and organizations to distribute 1,200 boxes on Nov. 20 at its campus on Young Road. This year’s partners include Caring Hands Inc., First Afrikan Presbyterian Church, DeKalb County Office of Neighborhood Empowerment, Goodwill of North Georgia, Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, Overcomers Cathedral Tabernacle of Prayer, Partnership for Community Action, Publix Grocery Stores, RBC Bank, Rain Outreach Ministries, Raising the Bar Carla Parker / CrossRoadsNews International, Shepherds House, and Mildred Sims carries a box full of food for Thanksgiving that she Please see BEREAN, page 3
received at Berean Christian Church’s Community Holiday Food Basket Giveaway on Saturday.
Our Thanksgiving story: Community answers the call Alanna Gardner (second from right) and students from Southwest DeKalb High School help fold some of the 26,000 Wal-Mart circulars that are inserted in this week’s edition of CrossRoadsNews.
Outpouring of support resolves holiday dilemma By Jennifer Parker
It was 5 p.m. on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and our office on Candler Road was teeming with people. Among them were friends, family, and seniors from Southwest DeKalb High School; East Lake Terrace President Brenda Pace; community advocate Joe Arrington; retired state Rep. JoAnn McClinton and her Jennifer Parker daughter, former state Sen. Steen Miles; and Chase Vice President Beverly Dabney. Some were sitting at desks and tables, some in folding chairs, and all were folding circulars that were to be inserted into this paper – our 2010 Thanksgiving issue. It was a heartfelt moment, and a day I will not forget. Why is this a story of thankfulness? Because people cared enough to drop what they were doing to come and help us in a moment of need. And the best part was, many came not because we asked, but because others called on our behalf. Let me back up. In the 15 years that my husband, Curtis, and I have been publishing CrossRoadsNews, none has been harder and more difficult than the last two. When the bottom fell out of the economy in 2008, much of our local advertising base – our bread-and-butter, if you will – disappeared, along with nearly 48 percent of our staff, whom we had to lay off. Since then we have been putting in long hours every week, never knowing for sure if
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we would be able to publish the next issue. But through the grace of God, we have managed to keep going; we’ve only missed one issue during this trying period, in a week when there was just not enough advertising to cover the cost of publication. Over the decade and a half that we have served this community, we have worked hard to attract advertising from the many large corporations that do business in our community. Last year Macy’s, which has four stores in our coverage area, came on board as a regular advertiser. Through relationships with third-party agencies, we’ve also garnered advertising from national companies like Chase and Wal-Mart. This year, for the first time, Wal-Mart is inserting its Black Friday circular in all 26,000 copies of our newspaper. Ironically, that circular is at the center of our story of thankfulness.
When the circulars arrived at our printer last week, we got a call saying they were too big to be inserted and would have to be folded. The cost of folding them was prohibitive – almost twice the amount Wal-Mart is paying us to insert them into our newspapers. With the holiday deadline fast approaching, our attempts to rent or purchase a machine to fold the circulars came up empty. On Friday, we got busy doing it by hand. To complete the task, the five of us at CrossRoadsNews would have to fold 5,200 circulars each. And that’s on top of reporting, writing, editing, designing and proofing the paper and getting it to the press three days earlier than usual because of the Thanksgiving holiday. By late Friday night – with the help of our daughter Jami, home from college for Thanksgiving; my best friend’s daughter Alanna; Lithonia City Council member
Deborah Jackson, a new acquaintance who has been unemployed for nine months and a homeless couple with two children, whom we were paying to help – we had completed 10,000. With 16,000 circulars to go, Alanna started calling classmates who needed volunteer hours for their college applications, and on Saturday morning, six kids showed up. Brenda Pace from East Lake Terrace answered my call for help and showed up Saturday morning with a friend. But at 2 p.m., there were still thousands of circulars to be folded. At wit’s end, I began dialing more friends and family members, but most of the calls were going to voice-mail. That’s when Joe Bembry – South DeKalb’s best-known perennial candidate – called to talk, as he is prone to do. Please see THANKS, page 2
“Joe made the call, Jennifer, but people came because they love you and they love CrossRoadsNews.”
Two local races to be decided in Nov. 30 runoff South DeKalb voters will return to the polls on Nov. 30 to pick a judge for DeKalb Superior Court and the District 7 representative on the DeKalb School Board. All polling precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the runoff election. Former senior assistant district Donna Edler attorney Courtney Johnson is fac- Courtney Johnson M. Rothenberg ing Decatur attorney Michael Rothenberg the polls. for the seat being vacated by Judge Robert Johnson has secured the endorsements of Castellani, who retired on Dec. 31. Yvonne Hawks and Denise Warner, who also In the Nov. 2 general election, Johnson competed in the Nov. 2 election. If elected, got 36.7 percent of the vote to Rothenberg’s she will be the fifth woman and sixth African26.1 percent. In a weekend telephone calls American on the 10-member bench. to voters, Johnson encouraged voters to In the School Board race, accountant vote and said that her opponent is banking Donna Edler is seeking to unseat two-term on South DeKalb voters not returning to incumbent Zepora Roberts, who was cap-
tured on tape threatening to slug a television reporter trying to question her about her two daughters’ jobs with the school district. In the four-person race on Nov. 2, Roberts received 37.4 percent of the vote and Edler got
30.7 percent. Also on the ballot are runoffs for the Georgia Supreme Court and for the Court of Appeals. Attorney Tammy Lynn Adkins is seeking to unseat incumbent Supreme Court Judge David Nahmias. On the Court of Appeals, Antoinette “Toni” Davis and Chris McFadden are battling to succeed Edward H. Johnson.
Abrams to lead House Democrats State Rep. Stacey Abrams will lead the House Democrats when the Georgia General Assembly resumes in January. House Democrats elected Abrams, a tax attorney, on Nov. 10. The first AfricanAmerican to lead a House caucus, she is one of three DeKalb Democrats who are assuming leadership Stacey Abrams positions in the next General Assembly. Rep. Billy Mitchell was elected deputy whip and Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, treasurer. Abrams represents House District 84.
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“Joe,” I said, “I can only talk to you today if you come to my office and help me fold some circulars. Then you can talk to me while you’re folding.” Joe said he was sick and couldn’t come out, but he promised to call a friend. Then the phone started ringing. All the conversations started: “Joe Bembr y just Joe Bembry called me and said you needed some help. What do you need me to do?” Within a couple of hours, a “folding party” of more than 20 people was in full swing. It was a beautiful thing to behold.
Some of the people who answered the call to help fold 26,000 circulars over the weekend. Here they pose for a photo after the task was finished late Saturday afternoon.
At 6:30 p.m., the task was completed. At about 5:30 p.m., I was in tears – tears of joy that people cared enough to help us out in our time of need. At that point Brenda Pace said to me, “Joe made the call, Jennifer, but people came because they love you and they love CrossRoadsNews. They appreciate what you do for this community.” So, please know that this issue of CrossRoadsNews is brought to you with the love of a lot of people. As you head to the stores for your holiday shopping this week, know that the enclosed Wal-Mart circulars were folded by some of your neighbors. Also know that we are deeply touched by this gesture from the community we’ve worked so hard to serve. So, from our house to yours, this issue comes to you with hearts full of thanks.
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“You were a law enforcement officer entrusted with so many responsibilities, but we can’t go back and change the verdict.”
Ex-sheriff ’s deputy sentenced to 65 years in killings of wife, laborer Derrick Yancey is gone to prison for 65 years for the double murder of his wife, Linda Yancey, and day laborer Marcial Cax Puluc on June 9, 2008. D e Ka l b Su p e r i o r Court Judge Linda Warren Hunter sentenced the former DeKalb Sheriff ’s Derrick Yancey employee on Nov. 19 for the murders that took place in the basement of the couple’s Stone Mountain home. During the trial, prosecutors told jurors that Yancey, 51, shot his wife several times in the chest and once in the neck before pumping a final shot into her chest that blew her heart apart. The sentence followed a Nov. 3 guilty verdict against Yancey.
Yancey, who will not be eligible for parole until he has served 60 years, showed no emotions as the verdict was handed down. During his 18-year career with the Sheriff ’s Office, Yancey was assigned Linda Yancey to secure court rooms, including the one in which he was sentenced. Linda Yancey also worked at the DeKalb Sheriff ’s Office, as a detention officer. In handing down the sentence, Hunter said that she had known Yancey for a long time. “June 9, 2008, an officer fell that day,” she said. “Ms. Yancey, she was an officer. Today an officer has fallen. You were a law enforcement officer entrusted with so many
responsibilities, but we can’t go back and change the verdict.” A DeKalb County jury deliberated for three days before returning four guilty verdicts – two counts of murder and two counts of weapon possession – against Yancey, who was accused of staging a robbery to explain away the murders. During the investigation, Yancey told police that Cax Puluc killed his 44-year-old wife during a robbery and that he killed him, but prosecutors said he staged the scene to look like the 20-year-old day laborer from Guatemala had robbed his wife. Yancey often picked up Hispanic day laborers to do work at his home in the Southland subdivision. Prosecutors said he used two different guns for the killings and placed one of them near Cax Puluc’s left hand as he lay bleeding
on the floor. The laborer was right-handed. While on house arrest at his mother’s Jonesboro home, Yancey cut his ankle monitor on April 4, 2009, and fled on a Greyhound bus. He was on the lam for five months before he was captured in Belize, South America, and returned to jail on Sept. 26, 2009. Yancey and his wife were high school sweethearts. They were married for 17 years and had two sons, now 11 and 20 years old. During the trial, there was little talk about a motive in the shootings other than that the Yanceys were having marital troubles. Prosecutors say the couple was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and Yancey had a $700,000 life insurance policy on his wife. The couple’s 20-year-old son, Karron, testified that his parents argued a lot and that his father had talked of divorce.
Former chief Graham laid to rest Former DeKalb Police Chief Louis Graham was laid to rest on Nov. 20 at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church in Atlanta. Graham, 71, died from complications of multiple myeloma on Nov. 15 at a Riverdale hospice. Before coming to DeKalb as Chief Deputy of the DeKalb Sheiff ’s Office, Graham was Fulton’s County first black police Louis Graham chief in 1991. He joined that county’s police force in 1964 at a time when black police officers could not arrest a white person. He served as Fulton County’s police chief for eight years before retiring. In September 2004, he was tapped by then-CEO Vernon Jones to become acting
chief on Chief Eddie Moody’s retirement. He was later appointed to the position and served 18 months before resigning in May 2006 following the release of a taped, profanity-laced conversation discussing plans to fire an officer who was a leader in the police union. Thomas Brown, who was DeKalb’s Public Safety Director before he became DeKalb Sheriff, said the law enforcement community lost a giant when it lost Louis Graham. “It was Louis Graham that helped me to navigate the treacherous waters of managing a large police department when I was first appointed public safety director,” he said. “In my opinion, he was a true professional and a valued friend who I will miss greatly.” Graham was interred at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in College Park. Carla Parker / CrossRoadsNews
Christmas giveaway planned Dec. 18 BEREAN,
Swift Transportation. The church plans a Christmas giveaway for 800 families on Dec. 18. Monique Thomas, a Berean member and team leader for the giveaway project, said the Community Outreach Ministry took in about 3,000 applications from people needing food for the holidays.
Mildred Sims, who is a member of Hamilton Community Center in Scottdale, said she was invited to get food for Thanksgiving from Berean even though she is not a member of the church. “Berean members are always at the senior center volunteering,” said Sims, who said she will share the food with others. “I’ll cook it and share it with family and strangers,” she said.
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giving holiday period is one of the deadliest driving times all year. In 2008, more than half of Georgians killed in car crashes were not wearing seat belts. To encourage people to do the right thing, Georgia police officers will be cracking down on non-seat belt users during the Thanksgiving holiday with a “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign. Through Nov. 28, the state’s law enforcement agencies will be engaged in high-visibility safety belt checkpoints and concentrated patrol activity. During the Thanksgiving travel period, seatbelt violators will be ticketed on the first offense. For more information, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.
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Motorists and passengers who don’t click it during the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel period will be ticketed. Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Bob Dallas said wearing seat belts is easy and can save lives. “Buckling your safety belt takes two seconds, but the consequences of riding unbuckled can last a lifetime,” Dallas said. “This Thanksgiving, start a year-round family seat belt tradition to pass on for generations to come.” When lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent. Because of low seat-belt use, the Thanks-
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Hundreds of people lined up to receive a turkey and box of food during Berean Christian Church’s annual Thanksgiving giveaway on NOv. 20 at its Stone Mountain campus.
In 2001, commissioners increased the sanitation tax to $39 annually simply because it was the lowest in the metro area. What a brilliant justification!
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The opinion expressed by Ron Gilliam in his Nov. 6, 2010 Forum letter “Droput rate is puzzling” highlighted data that conflicted with the graduation data as reported by the Georgia Department of Education. While the DeKalb County School System is working to improve our graduation rate, we ask that you highlight the following graduation data for DeKalb County Schools. The DeKalb County School System graduation and dropout rate statistics are reported by and
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Blacks only for high schools located in South DeKalb are as follows: School Rate (%) Cedar Grove 77.8 Columbia 85.7 Lithonia 79.7 M L King 79.9 McNair 73.2 Miller Grove 81.5 Redan 87.8 Southwest DeKalb 83.5 Stephenson 84.8 Towers 69.0 Additionally, as of December 2009, the DeKalb County School System dropout rate for blacks is 5.4 percent and the dropout rate for all males of all races is 6.1 percent.
The dropout rates for blacks and all males of high schools in South DeKalb are as follows: Males Only Blacks (All Races) Cedar Grove 3.1 4.0 Columbia 3.9 5.4 Lithonia 5.0 5.8 M L King 5.0 5.9 McNair 3.9 4.8 Miller Grove 3.8 4.7 Redan 2.8 3.5 SW DeKalb 3.6 5.0 Stephenson 2.0 2.7 Towers 6.0 7.7 Dr. Morcease J. Beasley is interim deputy superintendent for Teaching and Learning.
Commissioners rolling out yet another water/sewer tax? By Bob Miles
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obtained from t h e G e or g i a Department of Education. In October 2010, the state DOE reported that DeKalb Morcease Beasley County School System’s graduation rate is 79.2 percent and the DeKalb County School System graduation rate for all blacks is 77.4 percent. The graduation rate data reported in the AYP portal is not disaggregated by gender. As of October 2010, the graduation rates of
It is most unfortunate for us that the insatiable tax appetite of our DeKalb County Commissioners is again raising taxes to upgrade our water and sewer system. A couple days ago, I read that this illustrious body of Bob Miles self-servants has authorized issuing water, sewer bonds in the amount of $28.4 million. We the taxpayers can expect to pay as much as 6.5 percent interest for these bonds. This water and sewer upgrade tax scheme has been played over
and over by our self-proclaimed honest, truthful and frugal commissioners during the past 12 years. n In 1999, our commissioners increased our taxes $58.20 annually per $150,000 home. This was to pay for infrastructure upgrades to include water/sewer systems. We were told that the new tax would generate an additional $26 million a year. The projects were estimated at a cost of $304 million and that it would take about 11.69 years to pay off the project. It has been 12 years; therefore the projects should have been completed and paid. The tax has not been rescinded. So, where is the $26 million a year being spent? n In 2001, commissioners in-
creased the sanitation tax to $39 annually simply because it was the lowest in the metro area. What a brilliant justification! n In 2002, commissioners raised the water tax 16 percent and the sewer tax 29 percent. This was more tax to pay for infrastructure upgrades and maintenance including water/sewer. n In 2004, commissioners raised taxes to pay for infrastructure to include water/sewer. n In 2005, commissioners again created a scheme to add more water/sewer and infrastructure tax calling it a “Storm Water Utility Fee.” This slick tax is costing us a minimum of $48 annually. n In 2008, we were again hoodwinked. Our commissioners raised
water/sewer tax $8 monthly to cover operating cost. Remember, the county borrowed millions before to build a new water plant and other facilities. At this time our water/sewer system and other infrastructure should have met the highest standard. Now in 2010, these commissioners have the audacity to authorize issuing $28.4 million in federal bonds to pay for water system improvements? It appears to me that our Commissioners view us as financial cowards. As a result, they continue to run behind us to take every penny they can as we cower down. Bob Miles lives in Decatur. He has been a resident of DeKalb County for 31 years.
FDA shouldn’t wait to implement graphic cigarette labels The FDA is kick-starting good efforts to control tobacco use, but the graphic cigarette label requirement is delayed much too long. The White House Blog announced the great intentions of Secretary Sebelius with a beginning date of 2012. Putting this program into force in six months would have been a better deal for the health and wealth of Americans.
The United States was the first nation to have warnings, but now other nations have had pictorial warnings for years. A good example of delay is the reason we observed Nov. 11 as Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day. The politicians declared an armistice for 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 to end the First World War. Sources
report that glory-hungry generals ordered attacks that morning and 10,000 more men died in the few hours before 11 a.m. Every delay in tobacco control programs means more people will fall ill and thousands will die from their smoking and from other people’s smoke. However, people can help save a life by encouraging others to quit
by using the free Georgia Tobacco Quit Line: 1-877-270-STOP (7867) or en Espanol: 1-877-2NO-FUME (266-3863). D. Gordon Draves is president of GASP – Georgians Against Smoking Pollution, and the Tobacco Action Group Co-Chair with Live Healthy DeKalb Coalition, and Legislative Chair for HEART Coalition of Fulton County.
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South DeKalb voters will return to the polls on Nov. 30 to pick a judge for DeKalb Superior Court and the District 7 representative on the DeKalb School Board.
A new branch of the Atlanta Postal Credit Union has opened in the Gallery at South DeKalb.
The holiday season gets into full swing this week with tree lightings in town squares across east metro Atlanta.
Ex-sheriff’s deputy sentenced in killings of wife, laborer 3 Derrick Yancey is gone to prison for 65 years for the double murder of his wife, Linda Yancey, and day laborer Marcial Cax Puluc on June 9, 2008.
Holiday crackdown on seat belt use 3 Motorists and passengers who don’t click it during the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel period will be ticketed. Circulation Audited By
School system to transfer case Macy’s tree lights up to federal court 6 Thanksgiving A federal judge will hear the DeKalb County School System’s $100 million lawsuit against construction manager Heery/ Mitchell.
For many, the Christmas holiday does not officially begin until young Aflac Cancer Center patients flip the switch on Macy’s Great Christmas Tree atop Lenox Mall.
Tips for fighting crime offered Tree of Love kicks off 6 Nov. 27 DeKalb business owners can learn crime prevention measures for the holiday season at a “Crime & Coffee” workshop on Dec. 2 in Atlanta.
DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson will be kicking off his 11th annual Tree of Love toy collection drive on Nov. 27 at the Gallery at South DeKalb.
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Credit union opens Gallery branch The Atlanta Postal Credit A new branch of the Atlanta Union is the oldest credit union Postal Credit Union has opened in in Georgia and the largest postal the Gallery at South DeKalb. credit union in the nation with Don DeCinque, president and assets in excess of $1.9 billion CEO of APCU, said the branch that and more than 99,000 members. opened this month is its seventh. It also has a branch at 520 W. “The number of members we Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur. have in and around DeKalb County The Gallery at South DeKalb has grown over the years, so we Don DeCinque branch is at 2801 Candler Road, were thrilled when the opportunity to obtain another location in the community Suite 81. For more information, visit www .apcu.com. became available,” he said.
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School system elects to transfer construction case to federal court A federal judge will hear the DeKalb County School System’s $100 million lawsuit against construction manager Heery/ Mitchell. The school board said Monday it will transfer the lawsuit it filed in 2007 from DeKalb County Superior Court to federal court. School Board Chairman Thomas Bowen said that the lawsuit involves serious charges of fraud and mismanagement that need to be addressed. “The school system has elected to move this case to a federal court in order to expedite the proceedings and ensure that the taxpayers of DeKalb County will get their day in court,” he said. The school district hired the joint venture of Heery International and E.R. Mitchell and Co. to manage 16 projects with budgets
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Free HIV testing, quilt panels to celebrate World AIDS Day By Brenda Camp Yarbrough
Free HIV/AIDS testing, awareness programs and Quilt on the Quad at Emory are part of metro Atlanta’s observance of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 and throughout the weekend. Nationally, more than a million Americans and an estimated 33 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS. Although minorities, including AfricanAmericans, account for about 13 percent of the U.S. population, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they account for 49 percent of the people who contract HIV/AIDS. Because of barriers to health care, they suffer the worst outcomes. The DeKalb NAACP in collaboration with the DeKalb Board of Health is offering free rapid HIV testing on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Board of Health’s T.O. Vinson Center, 440 Winn Way in Decatur. Lunch will be served. For more information, call 404-626-8505 or contact Jacqueline Lee or Vickie Elisa at 404-294-3829.
Emory students will again be displaying hundreds of panels of the AIDS quilt to create awareness about the disease.
STAND Inc. is offer free testing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec.1 at 3423 Covington Drive in the Midway Plaza. Volunteers, will be helping administer the OraQuick Advance, a rapid oral swab test. For more information, call 404-284-9878. This year, Emory University’s annual AIDS Day observance will take place on McDonough Field. More than 600 panels of AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display. The opening ceremonies will start at 10:30 a.m., followed by the reading of the
names of the people who have died from AIDS at 4 p.m. Ben Sperling, Quilt on the Quad co-chair and a member of Emory’s class of 2012, said two of the speakers – Dan Sperling and Haley Rosengarten – are activists with Emory connections. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the world’s largest piece of ongoing community art. It began in San Francisco in 1987 with a single panel. Today, it has more than 47,000 individual 3-by-6-foot panels, each commemo-
rating the life of an AIDS victim. In the event of rain, the Quilt on the Quad observance will be held inside and around the Dobbs University Center. Emory University’s McDonough Field is at 600 Asbury Circle in Atlanta. For more information, contact Ben Sperling at firstname.lastname@example.org. On Dec. 3, the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta is hosting a Family Fun Skate Night fund-raiser to benefit AID Atlanta and Doctors Without Borders. It takes place 6 to 11 p.m. at the Golden Glide Skating Rink, 2750 Wesley Chapel Road. Participants arriving before 8 p.m. will get a $1 discount if they say “Delta Red.” For more information, call 404-288-7773. The sorority also is hosting “Stop AIDS Keep the Promise: Bridging the Gap While Empowering Our Community” on Dec. 4 at Bethune Middle School in Decatur. It takes place 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bethune Middle School is at 5200 Covington Highway. For more information, visit www.smlacdst.org.
10-year study says healthy breakfast particularly important for teen girls Eating a healthy breakfast each day is particularly important for African-American teenage girls, but 38 percent skip breakfast on any given day, a national study shows. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s 10-year Growth and Health Study followed the diets of 2,379 girls who, at the beginning of the study between 1987 and 1997, were between 9 and 10 years old. The study was partly funded by General Mills Bell Institute Studies have found that teenage girls who eat a fortified of Health and Nutrition.General breakfast have better health outcomes. Mills is one of the nation’s largest producer “As we look at the results of the study, of breakfast cereals. it’s important to communicate three priFifty-one percent or 1,213 of the girls mary points with girls and their parents or were African-American and 1,166 were guardians,” Crockett said. “First, breakfast Caucasian. They lived in Berkeley, Calif., is a must for better health. Second, choose Cincinnati and Washington. foods that will nourish your body and help Based on analysis of the girls’ food dia- jump-start your day. Third, fortiﬁed cereal is ries, breakfast cereal eaters tended to have a convenient, wholesome choice.” lower waist-to-height ratios, an indicator of Actress Keke Palmer, a I <3 BKFST healthy body weight, lower total cholesterol campaign spokeswoman, and lower LDL cholesterol. emphasized the need to One of the healthiest breakfast choices in communicate the message the study was fortiﬁed ready-to-eat cereal, to black teenage girls. which helped boost the nutrient content in “About half, or apthe girls’ diets. proximately 51 percent, of Study results indicated that tweens and girls followed in the study teen girls who regularly ate cereal for breakwere African-American, fast – relative to 24 other reported breakfast so there is a real purpose foods – were less likely to be overweight Keke Palmer for reaching out directly and had healthier body weights and lower to teen black girls to help them understand cholesterol. A recent report indicates that 24 the beneﬁts that come with having breakfast,” percent of African-American girls ages 12 to Palmer said. 17, are overweight, compared to 15 percent I<3BKFST, translated I HEART BREAKof white girls. FAST, borrows its name from the popular Susan Crockett, General Mills Bell Insti- text symbol for love – <3. tute of Health and Nutrition vice president Palmer is encouraging youth ages 14 to and senior technology ofﬁcer, said parents 17 to visit www.facebook.com/IHEARTBand guardians need to have a heart-to-heart KFST. Teens who “like” the IHEARTBKFST discussion with girls about nutrition. Facebook page can pledge to eat breakfast
Support for long-term caregivers Families and caregivers of patients at DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care can get answers to their questions and share their experiences through the LTAC Family Support Group, The group meets 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. first Tuesdays monthly and 5:30 p.m..-7 p.m. on third Tuesdays at the Decatur hospital in downtown Decatur, and includes an educational component and an open forum for participants to share their experiences. LTAC staff members created the support group to help families and caregivers cope
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“The lighting of the Macy’s Great Tree has been a special part of Atlanta’s holiday celebrations for more than 60 years.” The 62-foot white pine atop Macy’s at Lenox Square weighs in at about 12,000 pounds and will be bathed in light from 4,000 bulbs, 50 flashing strobe lights, and 400 internally lit ornaments.
Festivities highlight tree lightings The holiday season gets into full swing this week with tree lightings in town squares across east metro Atlanta. Carolers will be singing yuletide cheer while kids and adults hug cups of hot chocolate and cider and welcome Santa’s arrival in the village of Stone Mountain and the cities of Lithonia, Avondale Estates and Decatur.
Stone Mountain The tree outside City Hall on Main Street in Stone Mountain will be lit on Nov. 26. The festivities kick off at 5:15 p.m. with live music while visitors roast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate and cider. Santa will march in with the parade, then tell Christmas stories to kids at the courthouse. Fireworks will top off the event at 7:30. For more information, call Jocelyn Lewis at 770-498-7334.
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Avondale Estates Avondale Estates is lighting its Christmas tree at the intersection of Clarendon Avenue and South Avondale Road on Nov. 29. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with Boy Scout Troop 6 serving beef hot dog dinners. Avondale First Baptist Church members will sing Christmas carols at 6:30 p.m., and the tree will be lit at 7 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive in a fire engine to officially ring in the Christmas season. For more information, call 404-294-5400. Decatur Santa will light the city of Decatur’s Christmas tree on Dec. 2. The tree-lighting ceremony will include Christmas carolers, snacks and hot chocolate. Santa will count down and light the Chr istmas tree atop the roof of the Little Shop of Stories in East Court Square at 7 p.m. For more information, call 404370-4100.
Lithonia The city of Lithonia will light its Christmas tree in Kelly Park on Nov. 28, starting at 5 p.m. Christmas caroling and light refreshments will be available at the Greater Heights Christian Church, 7302 Conyers St., after the tree lighting. Kelly Park is located between Main Street and Max Cleland
Conyers party, parade mark holiday Christmas is coming to Conyers on Dec. 3 with the Olde Town Christmas Party and on Dec. 4 with the annual Hometown Holiday Parade and Community Tree Lighting. The Olde Tow n Christmas Party, sponsored by the Conyers Main Street Program, takes place 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Families can visit and take photos with The Hometown Holiday Parade will travel from Rockdale County Santa in the Conyers High to Main Street to mark the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Depot/Conyers Welcome Center at 901 Railroad St. There will the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Conyers Mayor Randy Mills said they be complimentary refreshments and hot are teaming up with Rockdale County to chocolate. The Rockdale County Historical Society offer the parade and tree lighting. “The Hometown Holiday Parade is the is hosting a Secret Santa Shop in the Depot’s warehouse for children up to 10 years of ideal way for families and neighbors to age. Gifts are priced from 50 cents to $5, come together and celebrate the holiday including gift wrapping. After shopping season in our community,” he said. The annual tree lighting celebration and visiting with Santa, visitors can take a carriage or train ride through the streets begins at 6 p.m. at the Rockdale County of Olde Town and participate in other free Courthouse, immediately following the activities. Restaurants and shops will be open parade. Ice skating will be open in the Olde for visitors. On Dec. 4, more than 70 groups and Town Pavilion on Dec. 4. Skating is $7 per organizations will parade from Rockdale person. Rental skates are available for $2. For more information, call 770-602County High School on Pine Log Road to Main Street in the annual parade that heralds 2606 or visit www.conyersga.com.
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Macy’s tree lights up Thanksgiving For many metro Atlantans, the Christmas holiday does not officially begin until young Aflac Cancer Center patients flip the switch on Macy’s Great Christmas Tree atop Lenox Square. This year’s honorary tree lighters are Audrey Arrowood and Pharaoh Halley. This is the sixth year that patients from Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have served as the honorary tree-lighters. The annual Thanksgiving tradition kicks off at 7 p.m. on Nov. 25. The stars headlining this year’s performances include “American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee, country singer-songwriter Chuck Wicks, platinumselling R&B artist Bobby V, Atlanta native Austin Renfroe, and the Macy’s All Star Choir and All Star Cheer Squad. The entertainers will perform before the evening’s biggest star – a 62-foot white pine tipping the scales at about 12,000 pounds – is bathed in light from 4,000 bulbs, 50 flashing strobe lights, 400 internally lit ornaments, and topped with a spectacular color-changing Macy’s star. The tree also will be adorned with 100 Macy’s stars, 100 white snowflakes and 1,200 multicolored, metallic basketball-sized ornaments. Michael Krauter, Macy’s president and regional director of stores, said the tree lighting is a perfect way to kick off the season. “The lighting of the Macy’s Great Tree has been a special part of Atlanta’s holiday celebrations for more than 60 years,” he said. “This year’s event promises to be a spectacular evening filled with great performances and the spirit of the holidays.” McPhee, who wowed Season 5 “Idol” fans with her take on “Over the Rainbow,” released her third album, “Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You,” in October. It features classic Christmas songs as well as an original composition she wrote. Delaware native Wicks, who quickly became a fan favorite with his Top 5 hit “Stealing Cinderella,” has been on the radio and video airwaves with “Hold That Thought.” The song, which he co-wrote, is the first taste of new music from his upcoming second album, set for release next year. Bobby V, who encourages people to value and pursue higher education through his Bobby V Foundation, has released his fourth album, “Fly on the Wall.” He has racked up No. 1 singles and platinum and gold albums. Renfroe, a songwriter, performer and producer, has garnered critical and fan acclaim as well as thousands of downloads on iTunes. He recently released the upbeat original tune “Brand New Christmas” and followed his 2008 debut album, “Stuck in
Performers at the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting include (from top) Katharine McPhee, Bobby V, Chuck Wicks (left) and Austin Renfroe.
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“The holiday season is a great time for people to give back to the community and help someone in need.” Commissioner Larry Johnson’s annual Tree of Love campaign collects toys for children in foster care and those living in low-income, single-parent homes.
Tree of Love kicks off Nov. 27 DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson will be kicking off his 11th annual Tree of Love toy collection drive on Nov. 27 at the Gallery at South DeKalb. The holiday campaign collects toys for children in foster care and those living in low-income, single-parent homes. Johnson says the event 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.
During the kickoff, which starts at noon, supporters can pick the names of children from the Tree of Love and purchase Christmas gifts for them. The wrapped gifts are due back at the mall on Dec. 18. Individuals or groups who would like to perform at that event should contact Johnson’s office at 404-371-2988. The Gallery at South DeKalb is at I-20 and Candler Road. For more information, call, 404-3712988.
Glee clubs to perform in concert The SpelmanMorehouse Christmas Carol Concert will offer a mix of new selections and traditional favorites.
The combined voices of Spelman College and Morehouse College Glee Clubs will be singing holiday favorites at their annual Christmas concerts Dec. 3-5. The 84th annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert will be at Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on Dec. 3 and 5. On Dec. 4, it will move to the Sisters Chapel at Spelman. The 100 singers will perform a mixture of new selections and traditional favorites. Two of the holiday favorites featured annually in the concert are “We Are Christmas” and “Betelemehu.” The Spelman College Glee Club will perform “We Are Christmas,” which is written by Kevin Johnson, chair of Spelman’s music department, and Sarah Stephens. The Morehouse College Glee Club
will perform “Betelemehu,” a rousing Nigerian Christmas Carol, under the leadership of Morehouse music department director David Morrow. The Spelman-Morehouse concert, recognized around the country as one of the foremost Christmas performances, is attended annually by more than 6,500 supporters. The Dec. 3 and 4 performances start at 8 p.m. and are free, but tickets are required for the Dec. 4 performance at Spelman. To reserve a free ticket, visit www.ticketalternative.com/Venues/480.aspx. The concerts also will be webcast live at www.spelman.edu. The Dec. 5 performance takes place at 6 p.m. Morehouse College is at 830 Westview Drive S.W., Atlanta. For more information, call 404-681-2800. Spelman College is at 350 Spelman Lane S.W., Atlanta. For more information, call 404-681-3643.
Letter drive benefits Make-a-Wish Dear Santa letters that are mailed in Santa Mail boxes in Macy’s will help raise up to $1 million for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Through Dec. 24, Macy’s is donating $1 to the foundation for every letter stamped and addressed to Santa at the North Pole that is dropped in the Santa Mail letterbox at any Macy’s store. The funds will be used to grant the wishes of children with lifethreatening medical conditions. The letter-writing campaign is part of Macy’s holiday “Believe” campaign, in its third year. This year’s campaign kicked off Nov. 7. It is inspired by the New York Sun’s famous 1897 “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus” editorial. It features letter-writing “Believe Stations” in Macy’s stores across the country. On Dec. 10, Macy’s celebrates the second annual National Believe Day to honor the spirit of the season and to inspire kindness and generosity. CBS will air the “Yes, Virginia” animated holiday special on Dec. 17. To support the campaign, fans can purchase “Yes, Virginia” holiday ornaments and a snow globe exclusively at Macy’s and Macys.com. Ten percent of the sale price for each item also will go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief marketing officer, said the Macy’s Believe campaign continues to inspire people nationwide to celebrate the season’s spirit of generosity and goodwill. “Last year, we collected more than 1 million letters and hit our $1 million goal for the Make-a-Wish Foundation,” he said. “But more important, we saw an outpouring of support by schools and communities coordinating letter drives to help support this effort or to come out to meet Macy’s famous Santa on his whirlwind bus tour.” David Williams, the Make-a-Wish Foundation’s president and CEO, said the Believe campaign ties in with the foundation’s mission. “It inspires people to embrace the generosity of the season and think hopefully about the future,” he said. The campaign also comes with an activity guide, a downloadable online toolkit at macys.com/believe. The toolkit can help teachers and schools who would like to use the Believe campaign as a writing lesson or activity during the holiday season. To drop off letters, look for the Believe Stations in your local Macy’s, featuring a Believe Meter, letter-writing station and an official R.H. Macy’s Santa Mail letterbox.
Agency for homeless seeks winter gear Winter is fast approaching and the Task Force for the Homeless needs blankets, sleeping bags, warm coats, hats, gloves, and water and toiletries for the city’s homeless people. The nonprofit agency says the need for donations is ongoing. It serves 800 to 1,000 people daily, helping them to secure shelter, transportation, health care, recovery coun-
seling and permanent housing. It also offers a 24-hour homeless assistance hotline, Day Service Center, transitional housing and Emergency Overflow Shelter. The Task Force is at 477 Peachtree St. in Atlanta. The shelter hotline is 404-447-3678. For more information, call 404-230-5000 or visit www.homelesstaskforce.org.
‘Big Event’ aids mentoring programs Urban Legends DJ Tron and recording artists Millie Pedersen and Winston Warrior will perform at Big Brothers Big Sisters’ “The Big Event” on Dec. 7. The live music and silent auction at Ten Pin Alley in Atlantic Millie Pedersen Station features a red-carpet entrance, an open bar from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and hors d’oeuvres. Advance tickets are $35 each and $65
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