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Mosquito Warning from DeKalb County BOH

The DeKalb County Board of Health is advising everyone to take steps to prevent mosquito bites this fall.  Individuals should take particular care when doing yard work, such as raking and gardening.  Mosquitoes will continue to bite, even when, temperatures go as low as 50 degrees.

Five DeKalb residents have been diagnosed with West Nile virus this year.

Midtown and Decatur Residents Reflect on Blogged Travels of Water-Life-Hope in Haiti

Atlanta residents Edward Buckley and John Beasley traveled to Haiti, Sept. 13-15, with the nonprofit Food For The Poor to visit remote communities in desperate need of clean, safe drinking water. During the trip, daily blog entries and photos were posted online at http://www.waterlifehope.blogspot.com/ in an effort to bring Haiti’s reality to the comfort of Atlanta residents’ homes.

“The image from our trip to Haiti that I can vividly picture happened while driving through a relatively upscale community,” said Buckley. “A man, completely naked, suddenly leaped out of a storm sewer dripping wet – and ran to hide in the bush. To our horror, he had been bathing in the sewer. Imagine the indignity of having to bathe in front of the world. Millions of people in Haiti literally have nothing.

Lani Wong to Replace William Flippin

DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announced his appointment of Lani Wong to a two-year term on the board of the Development Authority of DeKalb County following confirmation by the Board of Commissioners.  Ms. Wong will finish William Flippin’s term. Flippin resigned earlier this year.

Making DeKalb Beautiful One Volunteer at a Time

DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer, Keep DeKalb Beautiful program and board members recently acknowledged community volunteers with a volunteer appreciation luncheon.

This year’s theme, Making DeKalb Beautiful One Volunteer at a Time, celebrated the volunteers’ true commitment and dedication to the development of the Keep DeKalb Beautiful Program.  

This year, more than 4,000 Keep DeKalb Beautiful volunteers spent more than 14,500 hours cleaning and maintaining 207 miles of DeKalb County.  A total of 53,040 pounds of litter and 356 tires were collected by KDB volunteers and dedicated adoption groups.  Every volunteer group was honored with a certificate for their achievements.

This year’s first place award winners were: Adopt A Road, Individual Volunteer Service, Adopt A MARTA Bus Stop, Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, The Parkview Civic Club, The Kiwanis Club of Northlake, Mrs.

Decatur Widow Wins $20,000

A Decatur widow is celebrating her Georgia Lottery win. Wilma Arnold, 73, entered the Georgia Lottery’s World Poker Tour Second Chance Promotion and won a World Poker Tour tournament trip.

Arnold opted to receive the cash value of the trip – approximately $20,114.

“I’m going to do some things around the house, get a flat screen TV to hang on the wall in my bedroom and put the rest back for emergencies,” she said. Arnold also plans to take a vacation with her son.

 

New Crosswalk on Candler Road

Safely crossing the street on Candler Road just became an easier feat thanks to the HAWK System.

Candler Road is ranked third in DeKalb County as “Most Deadly Corridors for Pedestrians” with Buford Highway and Glenwood Road being first and second.

On Wednesday, September 22nd at 8:30 a.m., The HAWK System: High Intensity Activated Crosswalk will be activated at 1944 Candler Road at the intersection of Candler and McAfee.

The activation of the HAWK system will assist pedestrians in crossing the busy Candler Road/SR155.

 

 

Girl Scouts to install Browns Mill Community Garden

As a part of the Weight Watchers, Lose For Good national campaign; Weight Watchers, Share Our Strength, and Action against Hunger, in conjunction with DeKalb County Parks and Recreation will partner to install a community garden at Browns Mill Recreation Center (5101 Browns Mill Rd.) on Sept. 22 at 3:30 p.m.