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Commissioner Stan Watson to Address Issues Impacting Black DeKalb

DECATUR – In recognition of Black History Month, DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson is pleased to present to the citizens of DeKalb County the “State of Black DeKalb” - How Far Have We Come?  The event will feature a series of panel guests in a discussion to share insight on issues that impact critical quality of life issues.

Topics covered in the “State of Black DeKalb” include:

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Community Partnerships and Resources
  • Political Aspects
  • Faith-Based Community
  • Future of DeKalb

The event will be held at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the main theatre.

Bing.com: "Let the Construction Begin!" at GHA

Bing.com: "Let the Construction Begin!" at GHA

ATLANTA -- We first brought you the story of Greenfield Hebrew Academy and its quest for a new roof last September.

Thanks to the hard work and heartfelt votes of countless students, parents, teachers and community members, GHA won the $100,000 grand prize in the Bing.com Our School Needs contest.

Now, with that $100,000 check in hand, it's time for the real fun to begin.

Representatives from Bing presented Head of School Rabbi Lee Buckman with the prize money last week. Bing has documented the school's journey and wants to see the roof construction completed in record time.

"The time has come to give new life to our building and begin construction on our new roof," said Rabbi Buckman.

WXIA-TV Names Joe Seidel Class Act Teacher

WXIA-TV Names Joe Seidel Class Act Teacher

Joe Seidel, First Montessori School of Atlanta's music teacher and director of parent relations, has been named a WXIA-TV Class Act Teacher. The station selects roughly 35 teachers each year from more than 300 nominations. Honorees are chosen based on various criteria, including love of teaching, knowledge of the subject, empathy, positive attitude and ability to meet the needs of individual students.

Seidel has more than 30 years of classroom experience. Prior to his current position, he served as head of school at First Montessori School of Atlanta. Located at 5750 Long Island Drive, FMSA is the Southeast's oldest Montessori School and serves the needs of students ages 18 months to 14 years.

Seidel earned a bachelor's degree in music performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master's degree in music performance from Yale University.

"My goal in teaching is to instill a lifelong love of music in children," Seidel said.

DeKalb County Appoints new Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director

DeKalb County Appoints new Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director

DECATUR – DeKalb County has named appointments to fill vacancies in two county departments. Joel Gottlieb was named Chief Financial Officer and Benita Ransom was named Director of Human Resources.

Gottlieb has extensive experience in the finance field as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Queens College, a master’s in Public Administration from Ohio State University and a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Ohio State University. He has also served as Assistant Director of Finance for DeKalb County since 1996 and most recently as Interim Chief Financial Officer for the county.

Ransom has extensive experience in the human resources field as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Fisk University and a master’s in Business Administration (Management) from Boston University.

Blood Donations Needed; Lifesouth Opens 3 Locations today

Blood Donations Needed; Lifesouth Opens 3 Locations today

Atlanta, GA--  According to LifeSouth, the inclement weather has increased the need for all types of blood and blood platelets at local hospitals in metro Atlanta.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers usually supplies these hospitals with blood and the Gift of Life, but like the rest of the metro area they have been unable to open to collect nor deliver the blood. 

Now that the ice and snow has begun to melt, the mission continues and needs your help by coming to a center and donating blood.

The Gainesville, McDonough, and Dunwoody centers are expected to open today (Wednesday).

You can call 404-329-1994 or check the website at www.lifesouth.org to verify opening times and to get driving directions.

Help 11Alive Support Curing Kids Cancer

Help 11Alive Support Curing Kids Cancer

ATLANTA -- Every day, thousands of kids fight a brave battle against childhood cancer.

Many doctors and researchers devote their lives and careers to treating and finding a cure for these devastating diseases.

Want to help? Join 11Alive's mission to raise money for Curing Kids Cancer.

On Friday, Jan. 7, we will be hosting an all-day telethon for this excellent cause. Tune in to 11Alive from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to find out how to donate.

Curing Kids Cancer is a local group started by parents who lost their son to childhood leukemia.

Happy New Year from Where U Live!

Happy New Year from Where U Live!

It's hard to believe that Where U Live is less than six months old. We've come so far in such a short amount of time.

And the sites are only going to get bigger and better in 2011.

I'd like to take the opportunity to give a heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who has helped us build Where U Live. We are overwhelmed and extremely grateful at the positive and enthusiastic response we've received so far. Keep the story ideas, community events and "good news" coming!

Have a safe, happy and healthy new year. See you in 2011Alive!

Beth
esawicki@wxia.gannett.com