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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.

Dikembe Mutombo to address North Fulton Chamber

Dikembe Mutombo to address North Fulton Chamber

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo will be the keynote speaker at the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce's next Eggs & Enterprise breakfast.

Mutombo, a former center for the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks, has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for people in his native Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has won USA Weekend's Most Caring Athlete Award and was named the most generous athlete in the world by FOXSports.com.

Additionally, Mutombo has worked for international relief agency CARE and was actively involved with the Strong STARTS (Schools Taking Action to Reach Troubled Students) program when he played for the Hawks. He was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 2007.

School board announces May community meetings

School board announces May community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for May:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Monday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Crabapple Middle (10700 Crabapple Road, Roswell)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Friday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Summit Hill Elementary (13855 Providence Road, Milton)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
Thursday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Heards Ferry Elementary (1050 Heards Ferry Road, Sandy Springs)

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Campbell Elementary (91 Elder Street, Fairburn)

Tri-Cities HS principal named Fulton 'Principal of the Year'

Tri-Cities HS principal named Fulton 'Principal of the Year'

EAST POINT, Ga. -- The first-ever Fulton County Principal of the Year honor has been bestowed upon Dan Sims of Tri-Cities High School.

Sims was chosen from nearly 100 principals for the title and says he is humbled by it.

"We do it for the kids," he said during the school system's latest meeting of principals and central office administrators, upon learning he'd won. "At the end of the day, it's all about the children and what we can do to help them achieve and create a better world. This is an award not only for me, but also for Tri-Cities High School."

An East Point native, Sims began his academic career as a math teacher. He has worked at Tri-Cities High and Paul D. West Middle School as both a teacher and an administrator. He holds B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Georgia State University and is currently working on his doctoral degree. Sims is also a proud cancer survivor.

Eagle Scout performs service project at Sweet Apple ES

Eagle Scout performs service project at Sweet Apple ES

ROSWELL, Ga. -- A local Eagle Scout used his required service project to do some good for Roswell's Sweet Apple Elementary School.

Mack Farr recruited more than 20 friends to help him build two double-sided covered benches for the school's play area. He raised money to fund the project, and put the leftover donations into a check, which he then presented to school principal Natalie Richman.

To show their gratitude for his project, all 780 students and 100 staff members at Sweet Apple Elementary invited him to a kindergarten performance. Richman also gave him a special plaque.

Farr is a freshman at Milton High School, where he plays lacrosse and earns excellent grades.

Fulton County to Celebrate Older Americans Month

Fulton County to Celebrate Older Americans Month

 

Atlanta Braves recognize that you’re “Never too Old to Play” through the donation of 200 tickets to Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facilities

The month of May is when the nation honors older Americans and the theme for 2012 —Never Too Old to Play!— recognizes the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities through spirited participation in social and faith groups, service organizations, and other activities. Throughout May, Fulton County will shine the spotlight on the important role older adults play in our community.  The celebration officially begins May 2, when the Fulton County Board of Commissioners issues a proclamation honoring senior adults living in Fulton County.

North Fulton Chamber to hold Chairman's Gala on Apr. 28

North Fulton Chamber to hold Chairman's Gala on Apr. 28

ATLANTA -- The 39th annual Chairman's Gala for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce will be held Saturday, Apr. 28 at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a presentation from key Chamber speakers at 7:30 p.m.

"We are pleased to have such a distinguished list of guests for this year's Chairman's Gala," Chamber president and CEO Brandon Beach said in a statement. "Among those who will be joining us are U.S. Congressman Tom Price, Georgia State Senator John Albers, Georgia State Representative Lynne Riley and Fulton County Commissioners Rob Pitts and Liz Hausmann."

Tickets for the event are $175 each; it costs $1,750 to buy a table.

For more information, visit www.gnfccgala.com.