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Fulton County Announces Family Voting Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Saturday, July 21, 2012, the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections invites registered voters to participate in Family Voting Day.

Fulton County’s Family Voting Day offers registered voters the opportunity to cast their ballots prior to the General Primary Election and on a day that may be more convenient for their schedules.

Family Voting Day will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at three locations:

Local Couple Sows Seeds of Gardening and Healthy Eating for Kids

Local Couple Sows Seeds of Gardening and Healthy Eating for Kids

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- With childhood obesity rates on the rise and consumers becoming more disconnected from where their food originates from, the outlook is bleak for a healthy and self-sustaining next generation. A ray of hope shines through with a charming new book teaching children that gardening, eating healthy, and spending quality time with family are not only good for you, but also enjoyable!

From the beginning of time, parents have passed down knowledge to children about how to prepare, plant, pick, preserve, and cook their own food. Unfortunately, that lineage has waned significantly. With the popularity of fast food restaurants, microwave dinners, and processed foods, our kids' waistlines have increased and healthy diet education has gone down.

Alpharetta family relocates to Africa to serve poor children, Heart for Africa

Alpharetta family relocates to Africa to serve poor children, Heart for Africa

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Janine Maxwell brings hope to people.  That is what she has been doing for the past six years, and the objective of her nonprofit aid organization, Heart for Africa –to deliver hope to the poor and vulnerable.

But the marketing exec turned humanitarian, professes that she struggled with living in Alpharetta—the affluent and picturesque community, she, husband Ian and two children (daughter Chloe –now 16, son Spencer –now 18) relocated to from Canada, in order to raise awareness and support for the organization.    

 “Beautiful but very different,” she best summarizes it, Maxwell felt uprooted trading the securities of her CEO-standard, Canadian lifestyle –and free healthcare, for the South; however it was a move that was both necessary and favorable.

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

North Fulton Residents Invited to Fulton County Community Open House – Saturday, June 16

North Fulton Residents Invited to Fulton County Community Open House – Saturday, June 16

The North Fulton community is invited to join Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann (District 3) and Fulton County departments and other nonprofit partners for a North Fulton Community Open House on Saturday, June 16.  This family-friendly event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with an official ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m.

The Open House will take place outside of Commissioner Hausmann’s new District Office, located at 3155 Royal Drive, Alpharetta, GA, 30022, in the same complex with North Fulton Health Center and offices of the Fulton County Tax Commissioner and Tax Assessors.

The day’s activities will include information and activities, including a performance by the Johns Creek Symphony, arts activities with the Printmakers Studio, the Atlanta-Fulton County Bookmobile, library card sign-up and story time, environmental craft activities with the Department of Water Resources, and much more. 

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy has made the grade.

The state's first free virtual charter school received very positive feedback from the parents of its students during the 2011-12 school year.

Almost 90 percent of the parents who responded to a survey gave the school a grade of either A or B, and 92 percent they would recommend GACA to other parents. Eighty-five percent of parents said they were more satisfied with GACA than with their children's previous schools.

About 52 percent of the school's 610 families responded to the survey, according to GACA officials.

"Our parent satisfaction survey really illustrates our commitment to accountability," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We value this parent feedback and use it to help make our virtual school program better. I am very pleased with the results, in particular the positive feedback about our teachers and the curriculum."

Fulton Commissioners Vote to Accept $25,000 State Grant to Support the Teen DADS Program

Fulton Commissioners Vote to Accept $25,000 State Grant to Support the Teen DADS Program

The state administered federally funded Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) educates youth on both abstinence and contraception

Fulton County Commissioners voted today to direct the Housing and Human Services Department to apply for and accept a $25,000 grant from the State of Georgia, Department of Human Services.  The vote came during the regular June 6, 2012, meeting of the Board of Commissioners.