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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.

Enough is Enough! Community Rally

Atlanta, GA--  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!  COMMUNITY RALLY

WHO:             Commissioner Larry L. Johnson, District 3 Commissioner

WHAT:           As part of Commissioner Johnson’s Renaissance Initiative, the Enough Is Enough! initiative to ‘take back the community’ has been launched.  Community engagement is needed to help combat crime.

WHEN:           Thursday, September 23, 2010 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:          I-285/Glenwood Flea Market march from this location to the Derwin Brown Bridge (4525 Glenwood Road)

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.

Atlanta Track Club Unveils Updated Website and Blog for All Runners

Atlanta, GA--  The Atlanta Track Club (ATC) unveiled a new look and feel for its web site, atlantatrackclub.org, to better serve Atlanta Track Club members as well as the Atlanta running community.  The revamped web site features easy-to-find information on upcoming ATC races and past events as well as the latest in Atlanta Track Club news and membership information.  As part of the redesign, enhanced site navigation and a keyword search function were added to help visitors easily find the information they need. 

Along with the recent web site facelift, Atlanta Track Club has found its place in the blogosphere with the Atlanta Runner’s Blog, the ATC’s forum to share training tips, information on runner’s health, stories of inspiration as well as insights on events and running routes with Atlanta runners and fitness enthusiasts.  The new blog,

"Fourth Fridays" Art Walk in the Old 4th Ward takes place Tomorrow at StudioPlex

Atlanta, GA--  On Friday, September 24 from 6-9 p.m., Studioplex, the live/work community in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward, will host its next ‘Fourth Fridays’ monthly Art Walk www.Studioplexlofts.com.

Every last Friday of the month, art lovers and collectors are invited to Art Walk to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and discover exciting new artists in the heart of Atlanta. This month, Art Walk guests are invited to join ERSLA (Emergency Response Services for Latin America www.ersla.org) at a special fundraiser featuring art, live music and dance exhibitions highlighting the diversity in Latin America culture. 

At this free ERSLA event, ERSLA hopes to raise awareness about the need for simple ceramic water filter systems for families who currently do not have safe drinking water.