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LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- According to The Advocate, the U.S. based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, Atlanta holds the title of “America’s gayest city” and Gay Atlanta, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Atlanta is the “epicenter of the LGBT South” but according to Phillip Rafshoon of Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta is just a “progressive city in a conservative state, that’s in a conservative region of the United States. The city serves as a place where people from small, southern towns can come to be who they want to be” which is why the LGBT community loves to call this city, home.

In the nook that is Tenth Street and Piedmont Road, Outwrite Bookstore has been a staple in the Atlanta LGBT community for about 18 years.

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best lookout points in the metro-area to view the Atlanta skyline.

The prominent Atlanta Skyline is marked with midrise and high-rise buildings similar to those one would find in a larger city like New York City or Los Angeles. The Bank of America Plaza formally known as the NationsBank Building is one of the most prominent buildings in the Atlanta skyline and is the 42nd tallest building in the world, is the largest building in the Western Hemisphere outside of Chicago and New York and is Georgia’s tallest building.

Other buildings included in the Atlanta Skyline are the SunTrust Plaza, One Atlantic Center, 191 Peachtree Tower, the Georgia-Pacific Tower, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Two Peachtree Building and the Promenade II.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Midnight Basketball, Spring Cleanup and Coin Collectors

WEEKEND EVENTS: Midnight Basketball, Spring Cleanup and Coin Collectors

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – 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.

Come out to the Aberdeen Village Center on Saturday, May 7, for Opening Day of the Peachtree City Farmers Market. The market which was formally known as, Fresh South Market will open at 9:00 a.m. and will close at 2:00 p.m. Aberdeen Village is located at 202 Northlake Drive in Peachtree City.

The city of Peachtree City will host their Annual PTC Spring Cleanup at the Peachtree City Recycling Center. According to the Peachtree City Updates newsletter, “PTC residents can drop off unwanted appliances (Freon removed), furniture, and other junk at the Recycling Center on Rockaway Road. The Recycling Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

LOCAL PROFILE: Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site

LOCAL PROFILE: Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site

WARM SPRINGS, Ga. – In other interesting news, the Former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has a home in Georgia and its still standing. Now, Roosevelt’s Little White House is a historic site and it attracts visitors from all over the United States.

Roosevelt built the house while he was governor of New York, as a getaway of sorts. He first came to Warm Springs ten years previously looking for a cure for polio and found relief in the 88-degree spring waters of Warm Springs. Some say, the New Deal was developed based on his experiences in the town.

According to Georgia State Parks, “Visitors can tour FDR’s home, which has been carefully preserved very much as he left it, the servants and guest quarters, and the nearby pools complex that first brought the future president to Warm Springs.”

The site is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Earth Day and Easter Eggs

WEEKEND EVENTS: Earth Day and Easter Eggs

SOUTH METRO AREA – 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.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Riverdale Town Centre from 5:00 to 9:00p p.m. on Friday, April 22. The event will showcase different local vendors and actives that will enhance the environment.

Join the Peactreee City Community for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event will be held on Saturday, April 23 at Shakerag Knoll on McIntosh Trail. Everyone will be admitted for free, to this event. Fire trucks will be on display and children will be able to partake in games, face painting and jumping in the moonwalk. Festivities began at 9:00 a.m.

The Main Street Academy in College Park will host their Spring Festival on Saturday, also. This outdoor festival includes karaoke, moonwalks, carnival games, food, a silent auction and prizes. Tickets to this event costs $10 and every ticket includes unlimited play.

Homeowners: Be Green and Save Green This Summer

Homeowners: Be Green and Save Green This Summer

As we head into summer, hard pressed consumers need to save on energy costs while they keep their homes comfortable during hot weather. Here are some simple and effective ways to reduce summer energy bills from the weatherization experts at NRGSVRS (www.nrgsvrs.com):

 

1. Seal the deal. Inspect the areas around your doors, between the crown molding and ceiling, inside closets and at the seams around your floors. If you see light coming from the outside or feel any air seeping through these areas, it is time for sealing those drafts! Weather stripping and caulking or using spray foam (be careful: it expands) can significantly cut down on wasted, cooled air in your home!

 

2. Bring out the blankets. It’s summer, so do we need blankets? We are talking about blankets of insulation!