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  • First2018Baby

    First 2018 ATL Baby Born, First Clock Stroke of New Year

    The first baby born in the Metro in 2018 made arrival precisely at the stroke of midnight leading into Jan 1, just as the New Year was beginning. The perfect timing and healthy birth took place at Emory Mid-town Hospital, according to officials there. Baby Luca, a boy, came into the world weighing 6 pounds and 11 ounces.


    The official time for Little Luca’s birth was 12:00:00, according to Emory Healthcare spokeswoman Janet Christenbury. There had been a countdown in the delivery room and Baby Luca showed exactly when the countdown ended, at midnight and just getting into Jan. 1, 2018. Meanwhile, residents of the Metro were ringing in their New Year’s celebrations.


    Christenbury said the hospital identifies newborns and parents by only first names for safety reasons, and omits hometowns. The parents, Jillian and Antonio, were thrilled. Jillian and Luca were doing just fine. It turned out that a few hours later on Jan. 1, at 4:18 am, there was another newborn in the Emory Healthcare network, and Christenbury also announced the birth of Baby Stella at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.


  • SixTipsManageScreen

    Six Tips To Help You Manage Kids’ Screen Time

    If any of the nearly 51 million schoolchildren in America today is someone you care about, you may find this information on kids and the internet quite intriguing.


    To help your young students make the most of the online world while staying safe, heed these hints: 1. Share Space: Have a shared family computer in a common space. This lets you supervise your kids’ online time without hovering. 2. Limit Time: The length of an online session should match your child’s natural attention span. School-age kids’ brains can focus for about 30 minutes at a time, so they won’t really get much from ses-sions longer than that. A good idea is to set a schedule of computer time with dinner acting as a halftime. 3. Increase Freedom: Gradually give your children freedom to decide how to use the internet as they grow into teenagers. They will probably push for more freedom, a natural part of preparing for adulthood. Trust your teens to make good decisions and appropriately manage time online. 4. Turn To Technology: Everyone has preferred shows or spaces online and can watch anywhere via tablets   Read more...
  • AlchemySkyGrant

    Alchemy Sky Receives Imlay Foundation Grant

    The Alchemy Sky Foundation recently received an imporant grant from the Imlay Foundation. The money will help Alchemy continue and expand its program offering music therapy to elderly and/or disa-bled veterans in Georgia.


    Jaye Budd, executive director of Alchemy Sky, stated that with “this additional support, we can double our current programming for our military service men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.” ASF hires board certified music therapists to lead their therapy sessions. These sessions average fourteen veterans and last for about an hour.


    Budd started Alchemy Sky because there is no funding for musical therapy aimed at veterans. The therapists perform but also do much more. Veterans join in on percussion instruments, tell stories, sing and interact with other residents and nursing facility and VA Hospital staffs.


    “We are grateful for the support of the Imlay Foundation,” concluded Budd. ASF continues its mission of partnering with “organizations in the community as well as a broad based network of music and health professionals to create   Read more...
  • PoliceSaves

    Brookhaven Police Officer Saved Man’s Life

    As the 2017 winter holidays commenced last year, news surfaced how on Nov. 21 Brookhaven Police Officer Sarah Miller saved the life of a construction worker, Carlos Moran. While he and Miguel Zabaleta worked at a site near the Kroger on Johnson Ferry Rd., an accident spun things out of control. Atfer they placed scaffolding against a building, a metal pole slipped, hit a power line, and caused an explosion, electrocuting them both.


    Officer Sarah Miller, on patrol nearby, heard and saw the explosion, rushing to the scene. Zabaleta was stunned but breathing, but Moran was unconscious. As co-workers attempted CPR, it was apparent that Carlos had stopped breathing. Taking charge, Officer Miller said CPR should continue, and meanwhile she seized her city-issued AED (automated external defibulator).


    She then used it to literally shock Moran back into consciousness and into life. “She got (Moran) breathing again and his heart beating again,” Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandina later said in a public statement.


    Officials transported both men to Grady Memorial Hospital, which ex   Read more...
  • DecodingPlay

    Decoding Play: Why Variety Is Key To Raising Successful Kids

    Have you ever watched a child during playtime switch between building blocks, putting together a puzzle, and talking with their stuffed animals? Through each of these unique types of play, kids are build-ing strong developmental skills that will no doubt come in handy later in life.


    According to experts at The Genius of Play, a national movement to bring more play into kids’ lives, children learn through both structured and unstructured play, with different types of play honing various abilities and behaviors. Just as kids need to study a variety of school subjects to stimulate distinct parts of the brain, engaging in diverse types of play will create a more well-rounded individual, ready to tackle life with all the skills they have learned early on.


    To ensure that your child is getting a balanced mix of play, check out these toy examples and their developmental benefits: Games & Puzzles Build Mental Agility. Brainteasers, puzzles and strategy-based games strengthen critical thinking skills by facilitating a child’s ability to strategize and focus. They can also sharpen thei   Read more...
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