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Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

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Protesters block intersection on Peachtree St. near Lenox entrance


ATLANTA -- Protesters took to Peachtree Street in front of the entrance to Lenox Mall Saturday afternoon.

In all, there were about 10 protesters, who formed a a circle on the ground while linking themselves together. The protesters were shouting "No justice, no peace."

The protest caused major delays in and around the intersection between Lenox and Phipps Plaza on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Morgan Stanley honors Medal of Honor recipient

Morgan Stanley honors Medal of Honor recipient

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley’s Southeast Region was proud to honor 2014 Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Kyle J. White on Dec. 2 during an evening event at the Atlanta History Center.

White, a former active duty army sergeant, received his honor earlier this year from President Barack Obama for acts of gallantry and intrepidity during the Nov. 9, 2007 Battle of Aranas in Afghanistan. White currently resides with his fiancé outside Charlotte, N.C.

The Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor while in military service, was created in 1861 during the American Civil War under President Abraham Lincoln. Today, there are 79 living Medal of Honor recipients of which Sgt. White is one of the youngest.

Morgan Stanley is proud to sponsor the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation which pays tribute to living recipients.

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Atlanta Police Department gains 24 new officers

Atlanta Police Department gains 24 new officers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department will graduate Class #237 Tuesday evening.

The class of brand new officers consists of 21 men and three women. All 24 graduates concluded 22 weeks of training at the Atlanta Police Academy -- including arrest techniques, physical fitness and classroom courses -- and 12 weeks of field training with veteran officers.

They will officially become members of the Atlanta Police Department during a ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Atlanta City Hall Atrium. Robin Loudermilk Jr., CEO of the Loudermilk Companies, will be the keynote speaker.

Three of the graduates have military backgrounds, while nine have college degrees, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

Aries Viera named Master Model Builder For LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta

Aries Viera named Master Model Builder For LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta

ATLANTA -- LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta named Aries Viera as the attraction’s new Master Model Builder at its Brick Factor Competition hosted in late November.

Viera stood out among the nine finalists as a strategic and creative LEGO® brick builder, a role model to the panel of kid judges and a perfect fit for the full-time position. As Master Model Builder, Viera will be the new face of LEGOLAND Discovery Center within the attraction and at community events. He will also be in charge of creating new and innovative LEGO builds for guests to enjoy as well as training the other Model Builders and maintaining all brick-related attractions such as MINILAND and the Model Builder Academy. 

Fulton County Fire Rescue provides guidelines to prevent holiday fire hazards

Fulton County Fire Rescue provides guidelines to prevent holiday fire hazards

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As residents string up the lights and ignite the candles, the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department encourages everyone to keep fire safety in mind.

According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), fires involving Christmas trees caused more than $16 million in property damage per year between 2004 and 2008. Holiday lights and other decorative lighting caused more than $8 million dollars in property damage per year over that same time period.