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Smoking sections could become slimmer in DeKalb County

Smoking sections could become slimmer in DeKalb County

DECATUR, Ga. – Are you ready for a smoke-free DeKalb County? If so, you could get your wish. Last month, the DeKalb County Board of Health voted to amend the county’s current Clean Indoor Air Ordinance. If adopted, the suggested revisions would make the county’s businesses, parks and facilities completely smoke-free.

According to the DeKalb County Board of Health, the currently ordinance:

 “Allows smoking at free-standing bars, adult entertainment establishments and outdoor venues, including parks”.

This amendment would ban smoking in those places, playgrounds, entrances and exits to buildings, outdoor entertainment venues and outdoor service lines and would decreases the number of rooms a hotel can designate for smoking from 25 percent to 10 percent.

The amended ordinance has been submitted to the Board of Commissioners for their consideration and adoption.

Job Market Improving for Emory Seniors

Job Market Improving for Emory Seniors

Emory University seniors are finding the path to the workforce much smoother than in the past several years. Roughly 60 percent of business school job seekers have been placed, up from 45 percent in 2009. Andy Rabitoy, BBA Career Management Center director, expects about 90 percent of job-seeking BBA students to find work by the end of the summer, a nearly 10 percent increase from last year.

The outlook is just as positive in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences. More companies came to career fairs this year, including companies that never came before like Google, Microsoft and Apple. Official numbers won’t come out until the summer, but Britney Fields, associate director of alumni and employer relations, says she has seen a 10 percent increase in on-campus interviews. She’s expecting about half of their job seekers to be employed.

BBA senior Alex Reynolds says the positive outlook has allowed him to enjoy his final semester on campus.

Emory Advantage

Emory Advantage

Emory Advantage is a financial aid program that allows low- and middle-income students the chance to afford an Emory education.  It provides full tuition, room and board to some and caps loans at $15,000 for others.  The program started in 2007.  Senior Kyle Black and his twin brother, Courtney, came to Emory as part of that first class, and now they're preparing for graduation.  

“This has literally been the best four years of my life.  I don’t know how it can get any better," Kyle says.

Nearly 1300 Emory students have received Emory Advantage support since it began four years ago.  And, about 11% of the entire student body receives this support.  

"Any great university needs a mixture of students," says Lynn Zimmerman, senior vice provost for external academic affairs.

Celebrate the earth with Keep DeKalb Beautiful

Celebrate the earth with Keep DeKalb Beautiful

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Every year, Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) participates in the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup initiative.

In these difficult economic times, it is even more important that volunteers contribute toward efforts to sustain beautiful, healthy, thriving communities.

Throughout the month of April, local residents helped beautify DeKalb by cleaning up dirty streets, waterways and illegal dumpsites, as well as greening up parks, schoolyards, MARTA bus stops and other public spaces.

On Saturday, Apr. 30 from 9 a.m.

Dining Out for Life

Dining Out for Life

If you ever wanted an excuse to eat out, it would be to support the efforts of Dining Out for Life, an annual community fundraising event involving the generous support and participation of corporate sponsors, restaurant communities nationwide, dedicated community volunteers, and the thousands of citizens that will dine out on Wednesday April 27, 2011 at participating restaurants. 

The 19th Annual Dining Out for Life in Atlanta will benefit Open Hand a non-profit organization that helps to deliver over 5,400 nutritious meals daily to men, women and children who are living below the federal poverty level and strives to empower our neighbors to live healthy, independent lives.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Wind down at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX event on Friday, April 22. This weekly event usually draws a healthy sized crowd. Most cocktails are about $8 each and tickets to each actual IMAX movie are about $12. Come join Atlanta’s cosmopolitan crowd at this event.

Swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s resident whale shark on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to swim at the surface, with an air supply. The aquarium will provide a mask, air, booties and a wetsuit. All of this comes with a $224.95 price tag, talk about a nice Earth Day gift.

Arguably the best center in the NBA, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard journeys home to Atlanta for game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

City of Decatur hosts Easter Egg Hunt on Square

City of Decatur hosts Easter Egg Hunt on Square

DECATUR, Ga. – The City of Decatur will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on April 16 on Decatur Square. The city is urging people to bring their Easter Baskets out to welcome the Easter Bunny and his friends.

The egg hunts will begin at 11AM and children will be organized into age groups. Groups will span from babies to fifth graders.

The Decatur Square is located off of North McDonough Street in Downtown Decatur.