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Shake It Up for Health Law Partnership
by Neighbor Staff
April 27, 2015 07:05 PM | 311 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The third annual Shake It Up for Health Law Partnership (HeLP) will be held Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough LLP law firm, 201 17th St., 18th floor, in Atlantic Station.
HeLP is a medical-legal collaboration among Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and the Georgia State University College of Law to assist low-income children and their families with legal matters that affect health and well-being.
The event will feature heavy hors d'oeurves, cocktail and drink stations and live and silent auctions, on an open deck with a view of downtown Atlanta.
Tickets are $55 for adults and $35 for students.
Information and registration: http://conta.cc/1GBMF8s

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Hiram nears opening of dog park next to Silver Comet Trail
by Neighbor Staff
April 27, 2015 05:31 PM | 275 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city of Hiram is set to open its newest amenity, the Hiram Hounds Dog Park, May 9 at 9 a.m. The dog park is located inside Homer Leggett Park next to the Hiram Silver Comet Trailhead on Seaboard Avenue. It consists of three separate areas specifically designed for different sized breeds. Each area is completely fenced in with five-foot, plastic coated, commercial grade fencing. The entrances to each area are double-gated such that those dogs already engaged in open play inside cannot escape. One of the three areas for open play is 14,500 square feet and is for any size breed. However, the pet owner or handler must use his or her discretion as dogs of any size are permitted. There are also two other separate areas that are designated for large and small breeds each separately fenced. The small breed area is open to dogs that are 35 pounds and under and is approximately 3,850 square feet. The large breed area is open to dogs that are 35 pounds and larger and is approximately 5,456 square feet. Each area will be identified with signs and have rules posted for the usage, City Manager Robbie Rokovitz said. “Please understand that the rules that are put in place are for the safety of the pets and those who accompany them,” he said. “These rules are not codified and not enforced under any city ordinance. So there is some self-policing that needs to take place. “Yet, those found behaving in a reckless and less safe manner can be subject to other violations such as disorderly conduct and be issued criminal trespass warnings banning them from future park use,” he said. The grounds within the small and large breed areas currently are not fully prepared and will not be open to the general public at the grand opening. However, city staff members are working to prepare these areas so the city’s “four-legged citizens” may enjoy a safe, fun play environment in the near future, Rokovitz said. The city is seeking sponsors and benevolent people to help make this park more interactive for the pets and their owners or handlers, he said. “We would eventually like to have some water features, agility structures, benches and anything else to make the experience more enjoyable,” he said. Those interested in donating items or volunteering time and services to make the dog park even better can call Hiram City Hall at (770) 913-3726.
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Fulton district not giving up southern schools
by Margot Carvallo
April 27, 2015 04:07 PM | 348 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The petition for three communities in south Fulton County District to be annexed to the city of Atlanta will have to wait.

The petition states, “The city of Atlanta wants to annex the unincorporated communities of South Oaks, Loch Lomond and Sandtown part of Fulton County School [System] including 64 students from Randolph Elementary School, 51 from Sandtown Middle School, two from Tri-Cities High School and 83 from Westlake High School, to be become part of the city.” If annexation were successful, the schools would become part of the Atlanta Public Schools district.

At its meeting Thursday at Holmes Elementary School in East Point, the Fulton Board of Education discussed this petition and how it would affect students if it is approved.

These schools are part the Fulton district and the city of Atlanta never properly communicated to the board its wishes of an annexation.

“The city did not inform us of this process. There has not been communication on this,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa.

Yngrid Huff, executive director of the district’s operation planning department, said, “We will have 1,800 students displaced,” she said, not 200.

Existing facilities cannot accommodate student placement to house the students this annexation will leave out, she said, adding it will created a domino effect.

Huff also elaborated on the fact that these schools have several programs in place, including those for moderate to severely disabled students, that will be lost if the city takes over those properties.

Avossa also said, “These are the schools that have had the greatest improvement. We have invested millions in them.”

Linda Bryant, board vice president and District 4 board member, requested the school district’s attorney to analyze this matter further and to help the board members understand the process and deadlines for this annexation.

The board also adopted a resolution to exercise eminent domain properties located at 4631 Dobson Road in Union City, needed for the educational needs of the district in connection with the construction of the new Gullatt Elementary School replacement.

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