February 2012


Proposed Super Wal-Mart Meets Opposition from Resi-dents, Business Owners


At a recent public forum, Decatur residents expressed their fears and concerns about a proposed plan to build a Super Wal-Mart in the Suburban Plaza, located on North Decatur Road between Church Street and Medlock Road. Residents who live in the area are concerned about the parking problems and the increased traffic that the discount retail store will bring to an already congested area. Other residents fear what a Super Wal-Mart will do to businesses in the area.


Celebrating 30 Years of Storytelling in the Southeast


Southern Order of Storytellers (SOS) presents its 30th annual Winter Storytelling Festival featuring 13 events on Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18 in downtown Decatur. Headlining the two-day, family-friendly festival is Bill Harley, a two-time Grammy award-winning musician and NPR commentator.


Old Town Flowers & Gifts


Lilburn resident Nikki Fields has been making floral arrangements since she was a teenager, learning the business from her mother Inez Fields who owned a flower shop in Tucker. Four years ago Nikki opened her own shop, Old Town Flowers & Gifts on Main Street in Old Town Lilburn and she says. “God opened this door for me, and it’s been wonderful,” she says.


Daniel Kamman Achieves Rank of Eagle Scout


Daniel C. Kamman earned the rank of Eagle Scout on January 8. Daniel, a Brookhaven resident, is a member of BSA Troop 77, chartered to Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur. He has been an active Scout since 2001 and a member of Troop 77 since 2005.


Chamblee MARTA Station


Opened in 1987 and then the northern tip of the rapid transit line running south to Atlanta, the Chamblee MARTA Station is bounded by New Peachtree and Peachtree Roads on the east and west, and Chamblee Tucker Road to the south. Rail stations such as this, which are serviced by bus routes, are vital cogs in MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority)—the ninth-largest of the county’s interurban transit systems designed to alleviate traffic congestion.


Company J Presents The Boychick Affair


Company J at the MJCCA continues its inaugural mainstage season with an interactive dinner theater event, The Boychick Affair, a Bar Mitzvah that puts the ‘funk’ in ‘dysfunctional’ (think Tony & Tina’s Wedding meets Agatha’s Mystery Dinner), running February 9, 11, and 12.


Arbor Day Comes Early to Norcross


Arbor Day is on the 27th of April in 2012 nationally. However, Arbor Day will be celebrated in Norcross on February 17th. As part of Arbor Day celebration in Norcross, a young tree will be planted on city property near the city’s welcome center and winners of an Arbor Day poster contest at Norcross Elementary School will be presented with their awards. A speaker from the community will also be part of the celebration. This early celebration is scheduled to take advantage of the better planting conditions in February.


Donation Expands College’s Bioscience Technology Pro-gram


AGCO Corporation has donated $75,000 to Gwinnett Tech’s Legacy of Lives Campaign to support expansion of the college’s Bioscience Technology program. The funds will be used to underwrite a second, full-time Bioscience faculty member, making it possible to increase enrollment in this program. This faculty member will also play a vital role as a liaison to the region’s growing bioscience and environmental sustainability communities.


One Writer’s Garden


The Cherokee Garden Library will present “One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place,” a lecture by Susan Haltom, Preservation and Maintenance Coordinator of the Eudora Welty Garden in Jackson, MS, on Wednesday, February 22, 7 p.m. “One Writer’s Garden” tells the story of one of the South’s greatest writers and her deep ties to the natural world through her garden and the development of American gardening and the trends in early 20th century American life.


Five Pruning Tips


Every few years, remove a third of the branches. Pruning shrubs helps produce new and healthier growth plus keeps them at a manageable size. Here are Five Pruning Tips to help you…

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