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Starr's Mill Student becomes Instant Sensation among peers

Starr’s Mill junior Ikenna Kamalu, was a star for a day at the Fayette County Special Olympics Basketball Tournament

After a recent awe-inspiring performance of the National Anthem during the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament held at Starr’s Mill High on October 21 and 22, Kamalu, who goes by Ike said, “I liked singing the National Anthem.

Free Diabetes Solutions Day Clinics at Rite Aid

It’s finally November, which means Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. Most people will be able to bask in the goodness of these holidays but, for some, Granny’s Turkey, Dressing, veggies and smorgasbord of desserts will create extra poundage and usher in possible health problems.

As a part of their annual focus on Diabetes Management, the good folks at Rite Aid are holding “Free Diabetes Solutions Day Clinics” around the city from November 2nd-4th. The Free Diabetes clinic will offer blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings plus information on diabetes care.  

There are few health conditions more widespread than diabetes, which touches one out of every two Americans either directly or indirectly. Yet diabetes is equally hidden in America, where 5.7 million people don't even know they have it and another 57 million live with pre-diabetes. Diabetes costs our country $174 billion annually.

Free Scary Face Pancake Day at IHOP, October 29th

IHOP restaurants around the Atlanta area are gearing up for Halloween with their “No Tricks-Just Treats” Free Scary Face Pancake Day on October 29th. IHOP is offering kids 12 years old and under a FREE Scary Face Pancake as part of a national program which aims to help kids celebrate Halloween in a safe environment, inside the International House of Pancakes, of course.  

The “design-your-own” Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcake. 

The Scary Face Pancake will be offered throughout October and, like all IHOP kids menu items, is less than 600 calories.  Participating Local IHOP Locations are listed below:

  • 3122 Peachtree Road, N.E.

Curriculum Night at Hood Avenue Primary School

Parents of students at Hood Avenue Primary School were invited to a special Curriculum Night on October 23rd. Over 200 families were in attendance as critical information about school policies, goals, and progress was shared.

Administration and staff discussed the importance of student attendance and parental involvement.Parents were introduced to the school’s Family Literacy Center.

The Family Literacy Center provides parents with learning materials to assist them with educating their children at home, resource materials to help tackle discipline, support for learning disabilities, and resources for personal and economic development. Parents also received information on the school curriculum and the Georgia Performance Standards.

Fraud Seminar at Sam's Auditorium, October 26th

The Fayette County Police Department, in conjunction with the United States Secret Service will be conducting a fraud seminar at the Sam’s Auditorium at the LaFayette Educational Center (205 LaFayette Avenue, Fayetteville) on October 26, 2010 at 6:00 PM.

The purpose of the seminar is to provide information on current fraud schemes, ways to protect personal information and what to do if you become a victim.

This event is being sponsored by the Southern Federal Credit Union and the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.

Admission is free, there will be information handed out, a short presentation, a question and answer session and promotional giveaways. All Fayette residents are invited and encouraged to attend.

For additional information about the seminar, contact Fayetteville Police Department Detective Mike Whitlow at 770-719-4222.

Gang Awareness Resource for Parents

Local Fayette County law enforcement agencies have launched a useful web resource for parents around the county, the new Fayette Gang Website.

The website, www.fayettegangs.org, is being used to educate citizens on the different aspects of gang lifestyle and its effects on the community. The website contains a description and picture of the hand signals of the major gangs in the area. And gives parents and citizens signs to look for when dealing with their children or the children of the neighborhood, along with prevention tips and a place to report incidents believed to be gang related or report graffiti found in the community. 

The website is a partnership among the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, Fayetteville Police Department, Peachtree City Police Department, Tyrone Police Department, and the Marshal's Office.

Lights on Afterschool in Fayette County

In an effort to raise awareness, the Afterschool Alliance are asking drivers to burn their car’s headlights on October 21 to support “Lights on Afterschool” and the nearly 1,400 elementary-aged students and their families who rely on the Fayette County Public School System’s After School Program (ASP) for a safe alternative to staying at home alone.