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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.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank Goes Solar

The Atlanta Community Food Bank Goes Solar

System Design and Install by Radiance Solar

The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) and Radiance Solar have announced the completion of a state-of-the-art photovoltaic solar array at the Food Bank’s midtown headquarters. The ACFB has distributed food and grocery products to partner nonprofits throughout metro Atlanta and North Georgia for nearly 32 years, and is now poised to be an important partner in the fight against rising energy costs.

The Food Bank’s solar system, Powered by Suniva™, is one of the largest roof-mounted PV arrays in the state of Georgia.  The array consists of over 174 high-powered solar panels manufactured by Norcross-based Suniva. The 42kW solar array is expected to produce 58,000 kWh every year, all of which will be fed back into Georgia Power’s electric-grid as a part of their Green Energy Buyback Program.

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

The City of Atlanta Office of Planning is preparing to launch Round 3 of community meetings for the 2011 Comphrehensive Development Plan (CDP).  Share your thoughts, your insight, your vision for Atlanta's future and your neighborhood. 

Atlanta non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses are invited to attend the various community meetings planned in locations throughout the city. 

All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Can't attend?  You can also email your comments to us at cdp2011comments@atlantaga.gov.

Councilmember Hall hosts H4WP Walking Tours, March 19th

Councilmember Hall hosts H4WP Walking Tours, March 19th

ATLANTA -- Be sure to join City Councilmember Kwanza Hall and City Watershed Commissioner Dexter White for coffee, donuts and walking tours of Phase I of Historic Fourth Ward Park on Saturday, March 19th at 10AM.  

Neighbors should meet at the Dallas Street entrance to the park, near the AMLI Old Fourth Ward Apartments, which are located at 525 Glen Iris Drive. Coffee and donuts will be donated by Sublime Doughnuts.

For more information follow Kwanza Hall on Twitter at: @District2ATL

Mark your calendar for meeting to address Zone 6 Beat Redesign

Mark your calendar for meeting to address Zone 6 Beat Redesign

ATLANTA – Per the Atlanta Police Department, please note the Atlanta Police Department’s Zone 6 Beat Redesign Informational Meeting planned March 31st for the East Atlanta Library has changed locations.

The new location is the Entrepreneurium, 1599-A Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta 30317. The meeting still will be held at 7PM.

5% Day at All Metro Atlanta Whole Foods Stores

5% Day at All Metro Atlanta Whole Foods Stores

ATLANTA – Tomorrow, March 9th, all Metro Atlanta Whole Foods stores will be offering five percent off sales.  

This week, all proceeds from the five percent of sales of Whole Foods will be donated to the Wheat Street Urban Gardens. The Wheat Street Urban Garden is an eight acre self sustained organic farm/park and agriculture training center near the Old 4th Ward.

For more information on the Wheat Street Urban Garden visit www.trulylivingwell.com

Participate in One of Five Atlanta BeltLine Study Groups: Transit Implementation Strategy

Participate in One of Five Atlanta BeltLine Study Groups: Transit Implementation Strategy

ATLANTA – (submitted by the Atlanta Beltline) Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is developing a strategy to implement transit for the Atlanta BeltLine. In 2012, voters in the Atlanta region will be given the opportunity to approve a 1% sales tax for transit and transportation projects. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.