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Children in Need get Help from the 11th Annual 'Tree of Love' Program

Children in Need get Help from the 11th Annual 'Tree of Love' Program

Atlanta, GA--  The Tree of Love is a holiday celebration to assist children  living in DeKalb who because of their circumstances --- foster care, single-parent low income household, etc.,  may not have a Merry Christmas.  This is the 11th year that Commissioner Larry Johnson, DeKalb District 3, has sponsored this initiative.   Commissioner Johnson is quoted as saying: “This is what Christmas is all about, helping and giving to others.

Dekalb County CEO Ellis Joined Community Partners to Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to Needy Families

Atlanta, GA--  DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis, along with local community partners, distributed food to families today through Project Take Charge and "Family House”, two programs run by Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM), a community-based nonprofit organization that sponsors programs and services to prevent and alleviate homelessness among families. 

DCM’s Project Take Charge program assists DeKalb County residents in imminent danger of losing their home or utility service, and operates as an emergency food pantry and food cooperative for low-income households; “Family House”, DCM’s transitional housing program, provides interim housing and support to assists families with children move from homelessness to self-reliance.

“Government can’t do it alone, community organizations and the private sector cannot do it alone, but when we pool our resources, we can accomplish great things to help our community,” said CEO Ellis.


County Commissioners Vote Down building of a Controversial Crematory in a Tucker Neighborhood

Atlanta, GA-- (AP) Earlier this month, dozens of neighborhood residents cheered the Gwinnett County planning commission's rejection of the proposed crematory. The Bill Head Funeral Home applied for a special-use permit that would allow the business to construct a 436-square-foot incinerator that would sit about 100 feet from several homes and within a half-mile of 17 subdivisions.


Residents told the panel that they were concerned about the potential odor and that they feared a crematory would negatively affect their property values and emit toxins. Some experts have said such fears are unfounded.

The county's planning department has also recommended denial of the application.

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)




Visit the Green Products EXPO, in conjunction with One DeKalb Neighborhood Summit, on 11/17

Atlanta, GA--  The Green Commission of DeKalb County and Commissioner Kathie Gannon invite all citizens to join them at a Green Products EXPO, in conjunction with One DeKalb Neighborhood Summit, on Saturday, Nov 13, 2010, 9am – 12:00pm, at Georgia Perimeter College – Clarkston campus.

The Green Expo is an opportunity for DeKalb County residents to learn the latest information about environmentally friendly products and services.  Twenty seven local companies and non-profit organizations that help consumers save energy, conserve natural resources and use recycled materials will demonstrate their products and services. There will also be a document shredder on site for the public.

Keep DeKalb Beautiful Places First in Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Program

Atlanta, GA--  Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) brought home two first place awards from the Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Luncheon for its continuous efforts to provide DeKalb County residents quality programs and environmental stewardship.  The Georgia Department of Community Affairs, through its Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards program, honored KDB with first place awards in the Community Improvement and overall best Affiliate Award categories.

Diwali and Hindu New Year Celebrated at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn

Atlanta, GA--  People of all age groups eagerly look forward to Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Diwali is the most widely celebrated Hindu festival, marking the victory of good over evil and the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is a time when Hindus throughout the world go to Mandir and pray for both forgiveness and success in the coming year.  People illuminate their homes with colorful lights, wear new and traditional clothes, share sweets, and send well wishes to family and friends.

The scene was no different at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn. Buzzing with joy and excitement, visitors were greeted with rangoli, a beautiful floor design made with colored rice and powder, as they entered the brightly glowing Mandir.

Stone Mountain Family is a Finalist in the Parenting Magazine Road Trip Contest, But Needs Your Vote

Atlanta, GA--  Parenting Magazine's annual Family Road Trip sweepstakes has a Stone Mountain family as one of its finalists!!! Between now and November 15th all of us in America have the chance to vote for the family we think should win an all-expense paid road trip through several states while blogging about their experiences on Parenting.com. 

The Edmunds family consists of Mom Kristin and Dad Tim, who are childhood sweethearts who grew up with great road trip memories. They are hoping that winning the Family Road Trip will give them the opportunity to take their 4 year-old Brooke and 2 year-old Lauren on a family trip that will give their daughters the same sort memories, and they could use our Local Hometwon help to send them on their way.

We encourage all Atlantans and especially Stone Mountainites to go to Parenting.com and vote for their nieghbors and to send the Edmunds family a little holiday joy.