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Avondale Elementary School raising funds for new playground from national non-profit

Posted by Ellie Ritter August 17, 2018

Avondale Elementary School has been awarded a new playground from KaBoom!, a national non-profit that encourages active play for children, according to the city’s newsletter. In order to show community support, the Avondale Elementary School Education Foundation must raise $9,000 in matching funds, the city said. General Motors, the funding partner for the playground, will pay for the rest, and […]

Registration now open for Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby

Posted by Ellie Ritter August 15, 2018

Registration is now open for the eighth annual Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby, which is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 6. Every year, the Soapbox Derby donates 98 percent of its funds raised to local organizations. According to a press release from the derby’s organizers, the event has raised around $130 thousand for local charities over […]

Group of local mothers will host fundraiser for immigrant children advocacy group

Posted by Ellie Ritter August 14, 2018

A group of local mothers has banded together to host a fundraiser for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Atlanta, an organization that helps and protects unaccompanied child immigrants. The group of moms says they are taking a stance against family separation and deportation of immigrants. The group of mothers includes Han Pham, Jessica Palumbo, Michelle […]

Decatur City Commission approves updated Community Transportation Plan

Posted by Ellie Ritter August 9, 2018

At its Aug. 6 meeting, the Decatur City Commission unanimously adopted an updated Community Transportation Plan, capping a 10-month process of public meetings, online surveys and a Wikimap allowing for geo-specific input. To review the adopted plan, click here. According to the city’s Decatur Next website, roughly 1,250 residents gave feedback, providing around 4,000 ideas […]

DeKalb becomes first county in Georgia to adopt new crime-fighting technology

Posted by Ellie Ritter August 8, 2018

The DeKalb County Office of Public Safety has become one of the first major law enforcement jurisdictions in Georgia to join FirstNet, a nationwide public safety broadband network connecting first responders to crucial information, according to a county press release.  The network is being built by AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder […]

Decatur Parents Network to host meeting about new student center at Decatur High

Posted by Ellie Ritter August 8, 2018

The Decatur Parents Network will host a meeting informing local parents about a new student center. The center will be located at Decatur High. The students have a dedicated space for the center at the DHS Career Academy. The meeting will take place Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Decatur High School media […]

Former city of Decatur engineer transforms dead trees into beautiful bowls

Posted by Ellie Ritter August 7, 2018

For local woodturner John Madajewski, big hunks of wood are far more than just kindling: they’re an opportunity for art. Madajewski, who was the senior engineer for the city of Decatur until he retired two years ago, first started woodturning in 1998. “I’ve only taken two classes,” he said. “I really enjoyed it right away […]

Doctor at Children’s Medical Group in Decatur is a former CMG patient

Posted by Ellie Ritter August 6, 2018

For some children and families, doctor visits aren’t anything special. But for Ashley Bufe, a pediatric doctor at the Children’s Medical Group in Decatur, her childhood trips to the pediatrician are exactly why she went into medicine. Bufe, an Atlanta resident and a native of Tucker, started working with CMG in January 2017. Her first […]

LifeLine Animal Shelter hosting “Cinderella Ball” cat adoption event

Posted by Ellie Ritter August 1, 2018

This Saturday, LifeLine Animal Project will host a “Cinderella Ball” Patty to celebrate their longest-term resident cat, Fairy Godmother. Along with cake and tiaras, the event will feature fee-waived cat and kitten adoptions. According to LifeLine, the fee-waived adoptions will last through August 12. The event will take place Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. until […]

Reminder: Avondale Estates accepting applications for Art Council

Posted by Ellie Ritter July 31, 2018

Avondale Estates is forming an Arts Council and is looking for community stakeholders “who can bring a variety of strengths and skills in the start-up phase of council development,” the city has announced. The initial focus of the council will be to create a framework and plan to include the vision, mission, values and strategic […]

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