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the DeKalb FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019 • VOL. 24, NO.

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SERVING EAST ATLANTA, AVONDALE ESTATES, BROOKHAVEN, CHAMBLEE, CLARKSTON, DECATUR, DORAVILLE, DUNWOODY, LITHONIA, PINE LAKE, STONE MOUNTAIN, STONECREST AND TUCKER • A PUBLICATION OF ACE III COMMUNICATIONS

Safety tips for


Black Friday and
holiday shopping
BY TAYLOR ROBINS
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com

T
he holiday season is here, which could mean that
some of the year’s busiest shopping days are
looming─such as Black Friday.
During the holiday season, crime rates usually spike
with theft incidents.
For residents who choose to brave the crowds of people
looking for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers, here are
tips to stay safe while taking advantage of the seasonal
deals:

Shop with someone


Travel and shop in numbers for safety while in malls and
outlets. Once inside stores, feel free to separate from each
other to grab door buster deals. However, when it’s time
to load the car with newly bought goodies make sure to
regroup.

Park in well-lit areas


If shopping after dark, make sure to park near lighting and
preferably in parking lots with cameras. Also, when exiting
a building, shoppers should have keys in-hand before
approaching their car.

Don’t keep belongings in a car


Belongings such as purses and electronics should not be
left visible in a car, at home or in a public parking lot. If
belongings are to be left in a car, place such items in the
glove compartment, trunk or under a seat. Also, make sure
to lock all cars.

Don’t carry oversize items


Big purses can be a hassle. Shoppers should travel with
lighter bags such as a crossbody purse. A crossbody purse
can make purse theft more complicated, as the strap of a
crossbody goes around the owner’s body.

Use one form of card payment


Shoppers should consider one form of payment when
holiday shopping. Cash can be stolen or lost; a credit
or debit card can be frozen or canceled if lost or stolen.

See SHOPPING on page 9

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DECATUR

Woodlands Garden slated to reopen in 2020


Upgrades and expansion expected to make for a better visitor experience
BY GALE HORTON GAY of Georgia Piedmont native surrounding the corner,”
FREELANCE REPORTER plants. states garden’s website.
The property was “Visitors will enjoy a safer
Decatur’s Woodlands originally the home of the experience while exploring
Garden has been closed late Eugenia and Chester the garden as vehicle traffic
since March, but an official Morse. Chester Morse was will be re-directed from the
of the nonprofit public an internal medicine doctor core of the garden to the new
garden promises that once who practiced in Decatur parking area.”
it re-opens in a few months, for 45 years. The couple Enhancements to the
it will have been worth the and their family decided entrances and parking areas
wait. to give the property to the also will allow for school
The garden has been community as a public buses to access the property,
undergoing a $1.2 million greenspace and left an according to McAlpin.
renovation and upgrade and endowment to sustain it. “We have always been
when it re-opens sometime “We are very grounded open for school groups. Now
in the first quarter of 2020, in the mission to preserve we are able to have school
it will be enlarged from 7 to this green space and foster buses on the grounds. We
8 acres, have two entrances appreciation of native think of it [Woodlands] as an
on Scott Boulevard and plants,” said Kate McAlpin, outdoor classroom.”
Clairemont Road, enhanced executive director of Garden officials
signage, increased parking, Woodlands Garden. purchased the residential
ADA accessible sidewalks “Passers-by will see new Kate McAlpin, left, Woodlands Garden executive director, with Genia Cayce, co-chair
and ramps and the addition pollinator-friendly gardens SEE GARDEN ON PAGE 5 of the garden’s capital campaign. Photo provided

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Alaskan
Salmon in season now!

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OPINION DEKALB FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019 • PAGE 4

Everyone should be a little more cautious


November has been a concerning then park in parking lots waiting for go running again without fearing that
month for the safety of women in the me to pass by again. I was concerned something bad would happen to me.
Atlanta area. Two incidents happened that the driver would possibly follow But, I worked up the courage; I started
within miles of my home that have me home. Once I noticed this pattern, running again and never saw the car
me paying extra attention to my I immediately stopped running, went again. And I always wave hello to my
surroundings and the people who TAYLOR ROBINS inside a convenience store and took out neighbor who probably scared off the
surround me. Taylor@dekalbchamp.com my phone to call the police. The car driver of the car.
Alexis Crawford, a Clark Atlanta vanished. Something similar happened to a
University student, was found dead The next day, I thought maybe friend who lives in Brookhaven. While
in Decatur’s Exchange Park after her her. After being drugged in the van, I had overreacted and decided to go she was driving to pick up food, a car
family reported her missing. According she woke up in a hotel room with the running again. But, being careful, I took full of men followed her to a restaurant.
to reports, Crawford’s roommate and men who raped and abused her and a different running route and started an When she got inside the restaurant, she
the roommate’s boyfriend allegedly forced her to have sex with other men hour earlier. When I had almost finished noticed one of the men had come inside
strangled Crawford after a physical for money. The woman was allegedly running the route, I spotted the same car behind her. After rushing back to her car
altercation occurred in their off-campus forced to do this for two weeks without the hubcaps. I was around the with her food, she made random turns
apartment. A few days prior to the until undercover police saved her. corner from my house. I immediately to lose the men who she thought were
incident, Crawford filed a police report Unfortunately, according to the woman, became upset that I had gone running trying to follow her home.
saying the roommate’s boyfriend had the men have not been captured. again. I was the girl some scream at in This message is not just for women;
sexually assaulted her, according to Although Atlanta is stained with sex scary movies. I was immediately more incidents such as this can and do happen
reports. Crawford and the roommate trafficking, stories like these may seem upset with myself that I let this man to men as well. Everyone should be
were considered to be best friends. like an urban legend to some, but not for repeat his process and follow me so careful. It’s sad that we live in a world
While attending college, I had a me. close to home without noticing. Luckily where we not only have to watch
roommate who had a boyfriend and was I love to workout in the morning. a man who lives in my neighborhood strangers, but the people around us as
a roommate with a boyfriend. I can’t One morning, in the spring of 2018, I was outside gardening and noticed the well─the people we call friends or the
imagine what type of situation could began a two-mile run along Flat Shoals car had been driving back and forth people we may think care about us. It’s
occur that would end up in murder. Road in Decatur. It’s a busy street with along the street. My neighbor was with sad that we can’t attend college, leave
Crawford’s story is truly heartbreaking. plenty of people to serve as witnesses, a few of his friends. So I remained work, get food or go for a run without
A few days before Crawford was so I usually feel safe. But this particular in my neighbor’s front yard until the being concerned that something bad
reported as missing; I saw an Instagram morning, I kept seeing the same car car passed by again. I was able to get may happen.
video of a young woman telling her that didn’t have hubcaps pass me pictures of the car, and called police. If concerned about a situation, call
story of being sex trafficked. The while running. At first I thought the The car didn’t pass by again that day the police. Make sure that you are safe
woman, who didn’t reveal her name, driver of the car was lost, causing it to and I eventually went home. I don’t and are able to see your loved ones at
said she was leaving Red Lobster on continue driving back and forth along want to think about what that man in the end of the day.
Candler Road when a group of men Flat Shoals. I later noticed the car being that car may have wanted. Rest in peace, Alexis Crawford.
jumped out of a van and kidnapped driven past me while I was running and It took a very long time for me to

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So much to be thankful for


Yes, it is one of those columns, for taking the chance that One  Younger sibling Olivia has
but I will attempt to avoid the
cliche of a laundry list of my
‘One Man’s Man’s Opinion might more than
occasionally inform and possibly
been flourishing at Oak Grove
Elementary, particularly under the
many blessings in life. This year, Opinion’ even entertain their readers. And tutelage of a gifted special education
as I conduct the inventory, has I guess, at least in small measure, teacher, Mark Manganello. Middle
been a challenging one on several Bill Crane I should thank President Donald school and the “mean girls” years
fronts. My first serious bout with bill.csicrane@gmail.com Trump for the job security he loom, but we have faith that Olivia’s
extended illness, the shrinking world provides political analysts of all persistence and sunny disposition
and declining health of our mother, stripe. will serve her well there as
the loss of more friends and their reversing to its position of a decade  Happiness - Perhaps the most well. Again, thankful.
parents, or family members than I ago and my prognosis greatly elusive of the triumvirate of life  Yes, this world and our nation
care to recount. improved. measurements, there are days when have a few real challenges ahead
A good growth year for the At the same time, peers from I note how much better things of us. But I continue to believe
business, matched by a large lagging childhood to the workplace are might be with a lady to share all and will work toward solutions
receivable from an otherwise losing siblings and/or attending this with. Still looking of course, and improving on what we
reputable client, but all our vendors funerals of their parents, but finding rewards in the lives have. However and wherever you
and contractors got paid–and we did experiencing a variety of cancer of my daughters, career and other spend your Thanksgiving holiday,
not. A mixed bag, but again proof of diagnoses—all much more severe distractions while cheering on my know that you are in our thoughts
the old Freidrich Nietzche maxim, than the inconveniences which Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta United and wishes for another great year,
“What does not kill me makes me I experienced—have become an and assisting with the good works of and that when those bumps in the
stronger.” almost weekly occurrence.  several charities and nonprofits.    road arrive (and they will), we and
It has been a year of strength The medical gatekeeper in our My first born graduated from others are here to help and assist you. 
building.   family, sister Tanya, is a skilled Auburn several springs ago and Happy Thanksgiving.
Health - Thankfully, I’m nurse practitioner. Her knowledge, married not very long after that. As
reasonably well-insured, and have ongoing training and calm demeanor she moved into her lovely and Bill Crane also serves as a
been seeking through a series of have been a god-send as we assist warm second home near Snellville political analyst and commentator
clinical trials, a treatment regimen our aging parents. Mom, a 50-plus recently, I was again comforted that for Channel 2’s Action News, WSB-
to deal with a longtime and chronic years smoker, is on oxygen round the her life plan has all come together AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5
illness. As Memorial Day was clock these days, as her world has very nicely. Daughter Barclay and FM, as well as a columnist for The
approaching, I somehow came shrunk to the length of that tether. It son-in-law Cody Carson have also Champion, DeKalb Free Press and
down with salmonella poisoning, is obviously more frustrating for her found loving neighbors nearby as if Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb
atop my background malady. The than anyone, but as we prepare to they have lived there for years.  They native and business owner, living
combination hit me with a powerful gather in a few days to give thanks, have this “adulting thing” down and in Scottdale. You can reach him
and initially undiagnosed wallop. A I am again reminded how few of will be starting a family of their own or comment on a column at bill.
brief hospital stay and weeks of my peers still can spend that day in no time.   csicrane@gmail.com. 
staying near plumbing followed. On with both of their parents. Again...,
the plus side, I dropped about 20 thankful.
pounds. Wealth - The business had grown
Recovery was slow, but nicely and as we crossed the decade
steady. As I built back strength, I mark last year, we are within a small
resumed a daily regimen of CBD subset of small businesses which
oil, several supplements and a yoga survive that benchmark. We are very
practice of four to five days a week. grateful for both our longtime stable
Monthly infusions of Entyvio, of project clients and particularly tip
through the wonders of biologics our hats to those on retainer, a few
and modern pharmacology, began of whom have been with us since the
to get my disease under control. But beginning.   
this introduction to phrases such as The columns and commentary
“colon removal,” was more than a continue to expand across this great
bit eye-opening. Suddenly at least state. I’m very thankful for friends
for me, my own mortality was a and publishers such as Dr. Earl
potential concept on the not long and Carolyn Glenn (publishers of
horizon. Thankfully, a combination The Champion and DeKalb Free
of factors across the six months Press), Ryan Sauers of Our Town
which followed changed all that. A magazines (east DeKalb, Gwinnett
recent colonoscopy (they really are and Walton counties), Buff Leavy
not that scary, and the knock-out (fourth generation publisher of
drugs are great), found my illness The Brunswick News) and others

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AVONDALE ESTATES

Brewery boasts its food


is on par with its beers
BY GALE HORTON GAY something different comes
FREELANCE REPORTER up,” she said. “People like the
variety, like knowing there’s
What began as Stacia something new to try.”
Familo-Hopek’s decision Familo-Hopek said the
to reinvent herself is now a brewery’s food—small plate
brewery and restaurant in shareables—is on par with the
Avondale Estates. quality of its beers.
The Lost Druid Brewery, Among the offerings:
Taproom and Kitchen opened flatbreads, smoked wings,
this summer on Washington vegan chalupa, shrimp and
Street in the Rail Arts grits, chicken and waffles
District and is the result of made with spent grain and
Familo-Hopek’s leaving a lechon tropical tacos. Stacia Familo-Hopek and her husband Rob are the owners of Lost Druid Brewery, Taproom and Kitchen. Photos by Gale Horton
20-plus-year career guiding Lost Druid chef Chantel Gay
corporations in executive Mines explained that she
succession planning, tries to create dishes that will
leadership development make patrons thirsty and pair
and performance to find well with the brewery’s beers.
fulfillment in a new endeavor. Many of the menu items
She and husband, Rob include beer as one of their
Hopek, designed and built ingredients.
the establishment from the “I try to make things that
ground up. The two-story are versatile,” said Mines,
6,684-square-foot building noting that the selection of
features an outdoor dining beer changes often.
patio, indoor dining space, In addition to the menu
brewery and upstairs event items, Mines said she
space. Furnishings and comes up with four to seven
designs are modern with four specialties each week.
large garage doors that can be Mines describes her
opened during fair weather. culinary style as Spanish/
“I think we are a hidden Southern fusion. She said
gem,” she said. “We put out a living in Santiago, Chile
really great product with our for five years and sampling
beer…and our food is equally her grandmother’s flavors
good.” influenced how she cooks.
Familo-Hopek explained Mines also has undergone
that her husband had been a transformation. Chef Chantel Mines creates dishes to keep patrons thirsty and satisfied.
dappling in home brewing for The Baltimore native was
years and had a technology once a paralegal who disliked
company with clients in the her career and reinvented
beer and hospitality industry. herself as a chef by attending
While looking for a space classes, getting certified and
to rent, she came across a learning the ins and outs of
property for sale in Avondale the culinary world from a
Estates and decided to go all Maryland chef. She credits
in. chef Jeff Keeny, who took
The brewery currently her under his wing, with
produces eight craft beers instilling in her passion and
on tap, including Of Myth dedication.
and Legend, a Kentucky Mines recently took part
common; The Fire of Beltane, in a cooking demonstration at
an American IPA, and Natural the Georgia Seafood Festival
Remedy, a rye pale ale. The in Atlanta. She also placed
couple is planning to offer second in the Mason Dixon
as many as 21 beers. Hopek Master Chef competition.
is the establishment's brew In addition to food and
master. drink, The Lost Druid offers
Familo-Hopek explained live music on Saturdays, trivia
that their brewery doesn’t on Wednesdays, and comedy
have flagship beers that performances three times a
patrons can expect to order month.
every time they visit. For more information, go
“Once a beer empties, to lostdruid.com.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019 • PAGE 7

WEEK in PICTURES... As seen on DCTV

DCTV Director Diamond Lewis conducts exclusive interviews with the DeKalb Police Chief Mirtha Ramos and Sheriff Melody Maddox. Both are the first women to hold these top positions in the history of DeKalb law
enforcement.

DeKalb County demolished the 82nd residential property this year, located on Hilton Ridge Road in Lithonia. The county
is on track to exceed its demolition goal for 2019.

DCTV is working with the DeKalb County Police Department to create traffic safety PSAs,to help keep the citizens of DeKalb
County safe. The DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department recently conducted drills in a high rise building.

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EDUCATION DEKALB FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019 • PAGE 8

COUNTYWIDE EDUCATION BRIEFS


by Taylor Robins • Taylor@dekalbchamp.com

Shields accepted into BFA


program
Coastal Carolina University has
accepted 40 students into its bachelor
of fine arts (BFA) theater program this
fall.
Among the students accepted into
the program is Aidan Gates Shields, a
theater arts B.F.A. major from Tucker.
The BFA program is competitive
and by audition only, and it is divided
into four concentrations: musical
theater; design and production, acting
and physical theater.
The acting program is for students
who commit to structured, intensive,
studio-based training and are searching
to become a part of a company of
actors, singers, designers, directors and
technicians.
Coastal Carolina University is
a liberal arts institution located in
Job Share teacher Frances Abercrombie, left, Bob Mathis Principal Dawn Blackwell, center, and Job Share teacher Rubbie Baker, left, celebrate the launch of Conway S.C.
DCSD’s Job Share program. Photo by Taylor Robins.
DCSD CCRPI scores

Teachers share jobs to aid in shortage increase


The DeKalb County School
BY TAYLOR ROBINS “They are seeing the same District’s (DCSD) schools at the
education students and they know
teacher for the same amount of elementary, middle and high school
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com the needs of the special education
time each day,” said Woodard. levels progressed in how schools are
student,” said Elizabeth Andrews
Amid what DeKalb County performing as measured by Georgia’s
High School Principal Merlon “It’s still consistent like middle
School District (DCSD) is calling accountability system, College and
Jones. “So they hit the ground and high school class periods.”
a “nationwide shortage” of special Job Share will be a long term Career Ready Performance Index
running because they’re not
education teachers, DCSD created solution for the district, according (CCRPI).
inexperienced. They come to us
Job Share–a program which uses to Woodard. “It’s not a quick fix All three school levels increased
ready to teach and serve students.”
part time retired teachers to fill its for us. This is something that CCRPI overall scores this past year
“We’re getting a lot of bang
vacancies. we’re really going to nurture so with the most significant growth
for our buck because retirees can
“We’re putting a lot of effort we can use it over the years,” said occurring at the elementary level
serve as mentors to unretired
into getting quality teachers for Woodard. with a 7.1 point gain, followed by
teachers,” said Woodard.
our special education students,” “I don’t think I ever got the middle with 6.0 points, and high
Along with filling vacancies,
said DCSD Human Resources teaching out of my system,” school with 2.1 points.
the program is a cost effective
Chief Linda Woodard. “We have said Job Share teacher Frances The 2019 CCRPI scores were
measure for the district. Part-time
a shortage of special education Abercrombie. “[Six months] after released in October by the Georgia
employees can only work 19.5
teachers so we had to get creative I retired, my husband asked why I Department of Education.
hours and do not receive health
in how we’re going to get these retired because I love teaching.”
insurance benefits, which saves
vacancies filled and get certified Abercrombie retired from UNG students complete fall
DCSD $11,000 per employee
teachers in front of our special
education students.”
each year. The district also does DCSD’s Rainbow Elementary 2019 FROG Week
not have to pay into Teachers School in 2007. After coming back
According to Woodard, DCSD to DCSD to tutor not long after
Retirement System of Georgia Approximately 190 students
started its 2019-2020 school retirement, Abercrombie started as
(TRSGA) for the part-time transitioned from civilians to cadets at
year with 170 vacancies in its a Job Share teacher at Bob Mathis
teachers, which is 21 percent Freshman Orientation Group (FROG)
special education department. Elementary School in October.
of a teacher’s annual salary, Week at the University of North
As of November, DCSD has 35 “This opportunity allows me to
according to Woodard. Since Georgia (UNG) Aug. 11-17.
vacancies after the launch of the continue doing what I love,” said
the district is hiring certified Area students recently enrolled at
district’s Job Share program.
teachers, the district gets Quality Abercrombie. UNG include Jaden Harrison and
Instead of hiring full-time Rubbie Baker is
Basic Education (QBE) funding, Marty Smith of Decatur and Stephen
employees, DCSD is hiring retired
according to Woodard. Abercrombie’s Job Share partner. Lee of Stone Mountain.
teachers to work as part-time Part-time returning teachers do
With two teachers sharing one
special education teachers. The require training from the DCSD
position, one can teach during Lehigh University welcomes
Job Share program replaces one central office to update them on
mornings and the other during
full-time teacher with two part-
afternoons. Part-time teachers can new technologies.
class of 2023
time teachers in a class. Since Woodard said due to a lack of
work two full days and rotate the
its launch in October, DCSD has Lehigh University officially
remaining school day. According feedback the program is being well
hired 65 Job Share employees. welcomed the class of 2023 in
to Woodard, two rotating teachers received by the parents. “If it was
“They are teachers with years August. Dean Colton of Brookhaven
does not disrupt the students’ not a good thing, we’d hear from
of experience so they have the was among the group of incoming
process of learning. the parents.”
experience of working with special freshmen.
LOCAL DEKALB FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019 • PAGE 9

COUNTYWIDE
SHOPPING
Measles returns as public health
Continued From Page 1

By using one form of

threat as some opt against vaccination


card payment, multiple
transactions would be logged
on one account, making it
easy to spot a fraudulent
transaction.
BY KATHY MITCHELL person once was, according to public
FREELANCE REPORTER
health officials. “Measles is so Consider leaving children
contagious that if one person has it, at home
up to 90 percent of the people around If it’s possible to leave
Americans born before 1957 him or her will also become infected small children at home,
probably had measles as children, if they are not vaccinated,” the DPH it could be a good thing.
according to Georgia Department release states. Shopping without children
of Public Health (DPH). The once The MMR vaccine is safe and could reduce shopping time
common illness became rare when effective, according to CDC, which and keep adults focused
an effective vaccine was introduced recommends children receive their on staying vigilant. Large
in the 1950s; however, according to first dose of MMR vaccine between crowds of people could
Georgia DPH, the highly contagious, 12-15 months of age and a second increase the chance of a child
often serious disease has resurfaced dose between 4 and 6 years old. More becoming lost.
in the state. than 95 percent of the people who
Among recent confirmed measles receive a single dose of MMR will Don’t wear expensive
cases in Georgia, some patients were develop immunity to all three viruses, jewelry
found to be unvaccinated and vac- the federal public heath institute Wearing expensive jewelry
cination histories were unclear in reports, adding that a second dose could attract thieves. Jewelry
others. boosts immunity, typically enhancing can also be lost while trying
An article in the Journal of Pedi- protection to 98 percent. on clothes in the fitting room.
atric Pharmacology and Therapeutics Older people who had mea- Consider leaving such items
commented on situations in which sles before the vaccine was available at home while shopping.
parents decide against vaccinating are probably immune and do not need
their children. “Parental refusal of the vaccine, Georgia DPH states. The Stay home
vaccines is a growing a concern for state agency recommends that adults A great way to avoid theft,
the increased occurrence of vaccine who are unsure of their measles lines and crowds during the
Commissioner Kathleen E. Toomey, immunity consult their health care
preventable diseases in children,” the M.D., in a news release “Vaccination holiday season is to shop
article states. “A number of stud- providers, adding that receiving the online. Most stores have an
is strongly advised for individuals MMR vaccine will not harm those
ies have looked into the reasons that not only to protect themselves, but to online store as well.
parents refuse, delay, or are hesitant who are already immune.
protect vulnerable populations such Georgia DPH states that people
to vaccinate their child(ren). These as infants who are too young to be Be mindful of online stores
reasons vary widely between parents, with symptoms of measles should While online shopping is
vaccinated and those who cannot be contact their health care provider
but they can be encompassed in four vaccinated for medical reasons.” convenient and easy, make
overarching categories. The four cate- immediately. “Measles starts with sure personal and debit/credit
An unvaccinated child can get fever. Soon after, it causes a cough,
gories are religious reasons, personal measles when traveling abroad or card information submitted
beliefs or philosophical reasons, runny nose and red eyes. Then a rash is secure with a URL that
even in the United States. Two doses of tiny, red spots breaks out. It starts
safety concerns, and a desire for more of MMR vaccine provide the best begins with “https.”
information from healthcare provid- at the head and spreads to the rest of
protection against measles for a child, the body. Do not go to the doctor’s
ers…. Education is a key player in according to the federal Centers Consider where to have
equipping parents with the necessary office, the hospital, or a public health packages delivered
for Disease Control and Prevention clinic without first calling to let
information so that they can make (CDC). During the holiday season,
responsible immunization decisions them know about your symptoms. porch pirates steal delivered
Material released by Georgia Health care providers who suspect
for their children.” DPH states the measles spreads when packages from front porches,
“Cases of measles should be measles in a patient should notify where delivery services
an infected person coughs or sneezes. public health immediately,” the DPH
highly concerning for anyone who is Droplets from the nose or mouth usually place them. When
not vaccinated with MMR [measles, advisory states. DPH urges health ordering online, shoppers
become airborne, or land on surfaces care providers to maintain heightened
mumps, rubella vaccine.] Measles where they can live for two hours. should consider having
is a serious disease, one which can awareness for patients with measles. packages delivered to their
People may be infected by simply
lead to dangerous complications, being in a room where an infected work place, if they’re not
even death,” said Georgia DPH at home during the day.
Shoppers should consider
picking up packages from
delivery services directly

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CLARKSTON

Indian Creek Elementary gets new beginning


BY TAYLOR ROBINS officials, the new Indian the current building is now
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com Creek school will be the overcrowded like many
district’s largest elementary schools in the district─like
DeKalb County School school in square footage and Dunwoody High School.
District (DCSD) held capacity. The school will The old Indian Creek
groundbreaking ceremony have 151,000 square feet building will be demolished
for the new Indian Creek and will hold 1,200 students. after the new building is
Elementary School building There will be an improved complete and play fields
Nov. 13. playground, courtyard and will be constructed at that
“We are the dream gymnasium. The estimated location. DCSD officials break ground for the new Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston
catchers,” Indian Creek cost for the new building is “We are especially Nov. 13. Photo provided by Diijon DaCosta Instagram page.
Principal Stephanie $43 million. excited about this new school
Brown-Bryant said. “I “When you walk into a because hundreds of students specifically referencing above and beyond for this
am confident that this new building, the walls and colors can walk to class,” Interim “21st-century” technology community and are breaking
facility will foster the growth make a difference in the Superintendent Ramona that could improve learning. down barriers for academic
and development of our way children learn,” DCSD Tyson said. “Not only is DCSD Regional success.”
students.” District 7 Board Member walking healthy, it allows the Superintendent Michelle DCSD is currently
The new building will be Joyce Morley said. “The children to connect with the Jones, Clarkston Mayor building five replacement
located at the same address building needs to match what community.” Ted Terry and DCSD board schools: Austin Elementary
as the current building─724 is expected of the children; Tyson described the members attended the event. School, Doraville United,
North Indian Creek Drive it needs to make them feel Indian Creek community as “The students at Indian Indian Creek Elementary,
in Clarkston. The school is important.” beautiful and diverse. She Creek have made many Pleasantdale Elementary
projected to open in 2021, The original Indian emphasized the impact the academic improvements,” School and Smoke Rise
during the 2020-2021 school Creek Elementary School new school will have on said Jones. “Our teachers Elementary.
year. According to DCSD opened in 1961. However, the Clarkston community, and staff members go

BROOKHAVEN DECATUR

Alcohol license renewal Students attacked by teens while on school bus


denied for two nightclubs BY TAYLOR ROBINS
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com
investigated, according to
DCSD officials. The two
middle school students
Four teenagers are were arrested and taken to
BY TAYLOR ROBINS “It’s unfortunate that juvenile intake and warrants
it had to come to this, but accused of attacking a
Taylor@dekalbchamp.com Snapfinger Elementary were obtained for the high
we have a responsibility school student and the
to all taxpayers, especially School students in Decatur
Two nightclubs the morning of Nov. 18. 18-year-old suspect.
in Brookhaven will the businesses who are The middle school
reporting and paying their According to DeKalb
not have their alcohol County School District students’ involvement and
licenses renewed in 2020, fair share, to collect taxes Tiffany Henderson, photos provided identities have not been
equitably across the board,” (DCSD) officials, while
Brookhaven officials the elementary students released by DCSD officials.
announced Nov. 20. Brookhaven CFO Steve Curtis Henderson
Chapman said in April. were on a school bus, two
Medusa─3375 middle school students, one was charged with battery,
Buford Highway─and XS “If we were remiss in our interference with the
responsibility, it would high school student and an
Restaurant & Lounge─3337 18-year-old non-student operation of a school bus,
Buford Highway NE─ place a disproportionate first-degree cruelty to
burden on those very attacked the elementary
learned that they owe students on Hollyhock children, second-degree
thousands of dollars to the businesses who do play by cruelty to children and
the rules.” Terrace. Hollyhock Terrace
city after a December 2018 is less than a mile from contributing to delinquency
excise tax audit. Among In a Nov. 20 letter, of a minor, according to
Brookhaven Finance Snapfinger Elementary.
other businesses that were The high school student DeKalb County Jail records.
notified were Hudson Director Aleksandar Curtis Henderson Tiffany Henderson was
Dimov said the city is not has been identified as
Grille, Josephine’s Lounge, Curtis Henderson and charged with contributing to
Pink Pony Gentlemen’s renewing the license for the delinquency of a minor
the 18-year-old has been sibling, Curtis and Tiffany
Club and Rusty Nail Pub. XS Restaurant & Lounge and interfering with the
identified as Tiffany confronted the elementary
Owners of Medusa were “based on a pattern of operation of a school bus,
Henderson, according to student at the bus’s
notified April 5 that the misconduct and repeated according to DeKalb County
DCSD officials. The two are Hollyhock Terrace stop.
club’s alcohol license was failure to timely file and Jail records.
siblings. According to the bus’s
suspended April 26 pending pay excise tax returns as The Hendersons, both
The attack resulted in surveillance video, Curtis
payment of $32,240.29 in required…” A similar letter Decatur residents, have not
one 10-year-old boy being kicked and hit the student
back taxes. XS Resturant & sent to the license holder been released, as of Nov. 25.
transported to Children’s while Tiffany encouraged
Lounge owed $18,443.88 to for Medusa Restaurant DCSD has not provided
Healthcare of Atlanta. the incident.
the city of Brookhaven in & Lounge referenced “a any updates on the student
After a prior altercation DeKalb County
April. with the 10-year-old and School District Police who was transported to the
SEE DENIED ON PAGE 12 the Henderson’s younger responded to the scene and hospital.
BUSINESS DEKALB FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019 • PAGE 11

Early holiday shopping has expanded beyond Black Friday


are offering the same price period, more than half (53
BY KATHY MITCHELL
reductions as early as a week percent) say something could
FREELANCE REPORTER
before Thanksgiving. “Also, convince them to do so.
online sales have become Survey respondents indicated
For many Americans, more common, so people can that they might change their
Thanksgiving weekend is choose the way they prefer minds if they found a sale
more than a time to gather to shop. There’s no one-size- or discount on an item they
with family and friends for fits-all strategy for holiday want (26 percent), if a family
food, football and festivities, shopping. Consumers can member or friend invites
it is the kickoff of the holiday save a lot of money if they them to shop (12 percent), if
shopping season, which, research sales.” they could be sure the items
according to the National Of those planning to they want are available (11
Retail Federation (NRF) is shop Thanksgiving weekend, percent) or if there is a free
consistently the largest retail there is an almost even split shipping offer (11 percent).
shopping event of the year. of people who plan to start Smith cautioned that
Washington, D.C.-based their shopping in-store (47 even when great bargains
NRF, is a more than 100-year- percent) compared with are available consumers
old retail trade association those who plan to start online would be wise to spend no
that, according to its online (41 percent), according to more than they can afford.
description, “passionately the NRF survey, which also “American consumers tend
advocates for the people, reports that those younger to overspend—and not just
brands, policies and ideas that than 25 are even more likely during the holiday season,”
help retail thrive.” to start shopping in-store (52 he said. “The average
Because Thanksgiving percent). American has less than $500
Day always falls on a Those surveyed by in savings. Consumers would
Thursday, many workers are NRF indicated their top do well to consider their
given—or take— reasons for Thanksgiving overall financial situations
the following Friday off weekend shopping are: the before spending heavily
and use it to start holiday deals are too good to pass during the holidays or at any
shopping. Reports differ as up (65 percent), it’s part of other time.”
to when this day came to their tradition (28 percent), NRF’s annual forecast
indicates that 39.6 million consumer habits have it’s when they like to start estimates that holiday retail
be known as Black Friday,
consumers said they plan changed now that there are their holiday shopping (22 sales in November and
but International Council
to shop on Thanksgiving more options. “There still percent), it’s something to do December will be up between
of Shopping Centers says
Day, 114.6 million on Black are people standing in line over the holiday (21 percent) 3.8 percent and 4.2 percent
the term—which refers to
Friday, 66.6 million on Small in the early hours of the day and it’s a group activity with over 2018 for a total of
retailers operating “in the
Business Saturday and 33.3 after Thanksgiving waiting friends or family (17 percent). between $727.9 billion and
black,” or profitably–has been
million on the Sunday after for stores to open offering Among consumers $730.7 billion nationally.
in use nationally for decades.
Thanksgiving. The shopping exceptional bargains,” he who say they do not plan to
NRF notes that what
weekend will wrap up on said, adding that some stores shop during the busy retail
was once one day of heavy
Cyber Monday, when 68.7
shopping has grown to a
million consumers are
five-day event that includes

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expected to shop online.
the holiday itself, when some
NRF President and
retailers either stay open or
CEO Matthew Shay said
open in the evening; Black
in a news release, “Even
Friday; Small Business
as people are starting to
Saturday; and Cyber Monday,
purchase gifts earlier in the
when many take advantage of
online bargains.
Nationally, an estimated
season, consumers still enjoy
finding good Thanksgiving
deals and passing time
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John Youngblood Jr., left, and Gerald Campbell, right, are the Former DeKalb County Superior Court Judge J.P. Boulee hands Gerald Campbell his DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Mark Scott, right, speaks
first two graduates of the DeKalb County Veterans Treatment certificate of completion for the DeKalb County Veterans Treatment Court (DCVTC) about the DeKalb County Veterans Treatment Court program
Court program. DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Mark program. Campbell is accompanied by DCVTC presiding Judge Mark Scott, second during the program’s first graduation ceremony Nov. 22.
Scott, center, has presided over the two-year program in recent from left, and his mother, far right. Photos by Asia Ashley
months.

Veterans recover from substance abuse


DeKalb County’s first veterans treatment court
graduate during the program’s first the line,” said Boulee as he thanked time, we all mess up. From time to
BY ASIA ASHLEY graduation ceremony held Nov. 22 Scott and DCVTC staff. time, we all fall out of line and we
Asia@dekalbchamp.com in DeKalb County Superior Court Scott said the concept of the all need help getting back in line.
Judge Mark Scott’s courtroom of accountability courts was hard There is no shame in that.”
When Gerald Campbell was the DeKalb County Courthouse. to embrace initially, since judges Campbell and Youngblood
discharged from United States Youngblood, who’d been using often send offenders to jail as received certificates of completion
Marine Corps more than 35 years drugs for 30 years, described the punishment; he credits the DCVTC for the DCVTC program and had
ago, he was heartbroken. He was program as “stringent and tedious.” staff for changing his perception on their criminal charges, which landed
discharged after sustaining a back During the two-year program, how to handle substance abuse and them in the program, dropped.
injury from an explosion. veterans must attend individual mental health cases. They both plan to help others in the
“That’s what made me turn to and group counseling, obtain a “That was hard for me to learn community with substance abuse
drugs. Because I was mad, because veteran mentor, submit to random because that’s what judges do. ‘You issues by participating in recovery
I could no longer do what I loved to drug screens and appear weekly don’t pay attention, we put you in programs. Campbell said though he
do,” he said. in court in front of the designated jail.’” he explained. “But we have graduated from DCVTC program,
Campbell had been using drugs judge overseeing the program. learned that this disease, it doesn’t he will still be involved.
since his discharge until he entered They receive services while in stop. They [staff] taught us, and “I haven’t completed the
the DeKalb County Veterans the program such as psychiatric taught me, that we shouldn’t be just program yet, I’m ready to come
Treatment Court program (DCVTC) support, food, housing, job putting people in jail, we should back to be a mentor. I’m just getting
more than two and a half years ago. placement, transportation, family find better ways to treat them.” started. I have to make sure the
DCVTC is modeled from counseling sessions, trauma District 4 DeKalb County others make it through,” he said.
statewide accountability courts support services and medication Commissioner Steve Bradshaw, The program is funded through
programs meant to reduce the maintenance and adherence. an Army veteran himself, was the a $116,946 grant from the Council
prison population. The program is Scott took over as presiding keynote speaker for the Nov. 22 of Accountability Court Judges
a two-year supervised treatment judge of DCVTC after former milestone event. He previously (CACJ); DeKalb County Superior
program designed to assist high- superior court judge J.P. Boulee donated some of his district’s funds Court provided an additional
risk felony-level, veteran offenders took on his new role as judge for toward the DCVTC program. $12,994 in matching funds,
who suffer from substance use and/ the United States District Court for “Getting through this program according to the county website.
or mental health disorders that have the Northern District of Georgia has not been easy. I’m sure at times, Enrollment into the program is
led them into the criminal justice earlier this year. you’ve had to rely on the discipline ongoing.
system. “Words can’t describe how that you learned while in uniform to
Army veteran John Thomas thankful I am that when I left for get you through it,” said Bradshaw
Youngblood Jr. was the only other my new job, this court didn’t die on to the two graduates. “From time to

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pattern of misconduct, failure to cooperate with In December 2018, Brookhaven officials their taxes, or made arrangements to make
law enforcement officers, and repeated failure conducted an excise tax audit of its 77 payments.
to timely file and pay excise tax returns as establishments licensed for on-premises alcohol In the letter to Medusa Restaurant & Lounge,
required.” consumption between January 2016 and March Dimov stated the establishment reported no
The issue of non-payment of excise taxes 2018. Of those, 13 were initially found to alcohol sales at all between February and July
dates back years, according to Brookhaven have underpaid their taxes. After notifying the 2019, even though alcohol distributors reported
officials. businesses of the discrepancy, all of them paid purchases by the nightclub in the same time