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4th Annual Chanukah Celebration & Grand Menorah Lighting

4th Annual Chanukah Celebration & Grand Menorah Lighting


Chanukah -The Festival of Lights- for many of us brings back fond memories of childhood years and serves to renew our sense of identity. The Chanukah lights provide us with warmth, joy, strength and inspiration. Such is the purpose of a community-wide celebration to be held at the Downtown Woodstock Park this Chanukah.  The universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness shines at this special holiday time.

The Chabad Jewish Center along with Jewish business leaders invites the entire community to celebrate the Festival of Lights at the 4th annual public Menorah lighting ceremony. The grand Chanukah celebration will begin at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 20, in the Downtown Woodstock Park with the lighting of the ten-foot menorah followed by music and delicious, hot latkes.

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WEEKEND EVENTS: Zombie Santa, Gavin DeGraw and Hawks

WEEKEND EVENTS: Zombie Santa, Gavin DeGraw and Hawks

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.

Pop singer, Gavin DeGraw will be performing at Atlantic Station’s “Winter Wonder Jam series. Atlantic Station will host a free concert series, which will conclude on December 23. The series has featured popular acts like: Sister Hazel and Citizen Cope, over the past couple of weeks. Attendees can text JAM to 57682 the week of each show to find out who plays next. The concert will be held at Atlantic Station’s Central Park.

The Atlanta Hawks will be holding an Open Scrimmage on Friday night from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Highlight Factory.

Electronics in her heart, dancing on her mind

ATLANTA -- It's the time of the season for feel-good song-and-dance.

On Thursday, Gabee Thomas and her high school show choir performed at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

For Gabee, it was a thank you for the hospital's help when this lively singer and dancer was in danger of losing her life.

"She was never tired, always full of energy," recalled her father, John. "So we were really surprised when the cardiologist told us she had something really serious, and she needed surgery."

Gabee has been dancing since she was a toddler, but that young age is also when she began battling a partial AV block in her heart.

Then she turned 11, and the partial block became a complete one.

Gabee would need three surgeries, and doctors at Egleston would have to install a pacemaker. All of this was extremely dire, but Gabee had another concern: as part of her recovery, she wouldn't be able to dance for a year.

Local citizens helping to ban sex offenders from Facebook

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA - Official Facebook policy bans registered sex offenders from membership.

Yet there still could be hundreds if not thousands of them on the social networking site anyway.

This week a dozen Cherokee County residents launched a campaign to help the company shut down those offenders' pages.

"We realized that there's a lot of people that don't realize how many sexual offenders were in this area," the founder of GA Safe Kids told 11Alive News on Thursday.

Right now he and those working with him want to remain anonymous, to protect their campaign.

But they've launched a GA SafeKids Facebook page to recruit others in their crusade.

They were inspired by the recent brutal rape and murder of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera at her Canton apartment complex.

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

Georgia 9th graders will have to choose career paths

ATLANTA -- Here's a question: Did you know what career you wanted to pursure in night grade?

Next fall, all high school freshman in Georgia public schools will have to determine a career path and take classes tailored to that goal.

"The governor signed house bill 187 into law this past session, which mandates that we have career pathways for all students beginning in the fall of 2012," said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. "It's a national model. Many states are already using career clusters and career pathways."

There are 17 careers clusters and each one has a core of subjects students must take. The process is similar to working on a major in college. Students will have the opportunity to switch career pathways throughout their time in high school.

MARIETTA | GDOT withdraws Cobb, Cherokee toll lanes plan

MARIETTA | GDOT withdraws Cobb, Cherokee toll lanes plan

ATLANTA -- The state Department of Transportation's board has withdrawn a plan to add optional toll lanes alongside interstate highways in Cobb and Cherokee counties north of Atlanta.

Board member Brandon Beach said Wednesday the department would look at other methods for building the billion-dollar project, the Georgia DOT said in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon.

The project would have built two reversible toll lanes alongside Interstate Highway 75 from I-285 to I-575 and one reversible toll lane each along I-75 up to Hickory Grove Road and along I-575 up to Sixes Road.

The toll price was to fluctuate with congestion in the main lanes to keep the toll lane free-flowing. Unlike the HOT lane on I-85, it was to be financed and built by private companies, who would be repaid by toll revenues.