OCTOBER 02, 2007


Atlanta Police DUI Task Force Ranks Tops in the State

The Atlanta Police Department (APD) DUI Task Force was given top honors in individual and group categories for successfully reducing alcohol-related driving incidents at the 2007 Governor’s Challenge Awards
Presented by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), the Awards recognize the outstanding performance and dedication of Georgia’s public safety officers. Last month, more than 600 public safety officers from around the state gathered at the Georgia International Convention Center for the seventh annual ceremony.

APD won third place for its 2006 DUI enforcement programs, which include the successful Operation Zero Tolerance. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Georgia has the lowest percentage of alcohol-related crashes among the southeastern states. In 2006, APD received the GOHS “Agency of the Year” Award.

Top awards also went to individual APD officers. Officer Alvin Rodriguez was awarded the HEAT (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) Officer of the Year Award for making 218 impaired driving arrests in 2006. Officer Adam Wright was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for arresting over 1,000 impaired drivers. Sgt. Ron Miniatis was recognized for his leadership in coordinating law enforcement traffic safety efforts throughout metro Atlanta.

APD has been recognized by public and private organizations for its dedicated efforts to ensure the safety of Georgia drivers. In March 2007, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Georgia chapter, awarded the APD DUI Task Force the 2006 DUI Hero Agency Award for making 1,268 drunk driving arrests in 2006.

Media are invited to “ride-a-long” with the APD DUI Task Force Tuesday – Saturday, from 10:30 pm – 6:30 am. To schedule a ride-a-long, contact Judy Pal at 404.817.6906 or jpal@atlantaga.gov.

Atlanta Police Department (APD) DUI Task Force members accept top honors at the 2007 Governor’s Challenge Awards


Clean Water Atlanta Continues to Complete Projects Ahead of Schedule

The Department of Watershed Management (DWM) has announced that the Greensferry Sewer Separation project was substantially complete on September 24, three days ahead of the Consent Decree’s September 27 deadline.

The project involved separation of the previously combined sewer system with construction of new pipes to handle the sewage that previously flowed through the combined sewer pipes. The old pipes will continue to handle the stormwater.

The project will help eliminate sewer overflows in the West End and Atlanta University Center communities. The early completion means that the City has met every Consent Decree deadline to date on time and is on track to meet the 55 Consent Decree milestones on schedule.

“Like the Stockade and McDaniel sewer separation projects that were completed ahead of schedule earlier this month, the Greensferry project is a critical step forward in Atlanta’s efforts to meet our Consent Decree deadlines,” said Rob Hunter, DWM commissioner.

During the $79.6 million project, the City constructed about 57,000 feet of new sanitary sewer and 381 manholes. While construction was underway, the City used the opportunity to replace 48,000 feet of drinking water mains in the area. Over the next six months, the City will repair damaged streets, curbs and landscaping in the sewer separation areas.


Thank You 2007 Mayor’s Bowl Sponsors!

Last Tuesday, the City of Atlanta raised over $50,000 for Camp Best Friends, the City’s premier summer program for youth ages 6-16, at the Mayor’s Bowl fundraiser.

The Mayor’s Bowl, a bowling tournament, was held at Ten Pin Alley in Atlantic Station. For 11 consecutive years, City fundraisers have contributed more than $1 million to the Camp Best Friends endowment. Camp Best Friends has been serving Atlanta parents and youth for over 30 years with best-in-class recreational and cultural programs as well as specialty and leadership camps.

“This year’s departure from a golf tournament to a bowling tournament was a fun and successful one,” said Mayor Shirley Franklin. “We thank our public and private partners for continuing to support Atlanta programs – like Camp Best Friends – with your time, money and dedication.”

2007 Mayor’s Bowl Sponsors (in alphabetical order):

  • Arby’s Restaurant Group (ARG)
  • Arcadis/ Brindley Pieters and Associates (a Joint Venture)
  • Atlanta Housing Authority
  • B. Lawrence Watkins & Associates
  • BB&T
  • C.D. Moody Construction
  • Chin Chao Corporation
  • Coca Cola Enterprises
  • Comcast
  • Compliance Envirosystems
  • GA Pacific
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Huntley Partners, Inc.
  • ING
  • MWH/ Khafra Engineering Consultants (a Joint Venture)
  • PGA Superstore
  • Ruth W. Woodling
  • S.L. King and Associates, Inc.
  • The Honorable John H. Guillory
  • The Paradies Shops
  • UPS

Mayor’s Bowl 2007: Mayor Shirley Franklin joins representatives from Arcadis/BPA (Joint Venture), a global project management, consultant and engineering services firm.

Mayor’s Bowl 2007: Mayor Shirley Franklin joins representatives from MWH-Khafra (a Joint Venture), a project management firm.

Mayor’s Bowl 2007: Mayor Shirley Franklin joins UPS representatives.

Mayor’s Bowl 2007: Mayor Shirley Franklin and Atlanta artist, Monica Tookes

Mayor’s Bowl 2007: Phillip Shin, Nutrition Naturally, ‘Strikes for Camp Best Friends’ at the 2007 Mayor’s Bowl.


GO ARTS: Explore Georgia’s Cultural Side this Month

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) has partnered with Atlanta Performs, the Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and MARTA to designate October as Georgia Open Arts (GO ARTS) Month.

All month long, GO ARTS will offer theater, music, dance, visual art, cultural exhibits and more at free and discounted rates. There are over 100 different opportunities to explore Georgia’s vibrant cultural arts scene in venues throughout Atlanta and the state.

Highlights include:

  • MARTA Mondays. Each week, a MARTA station will host live music at a different location from 11:30 am – 1 pm, and 4:30 – 6 pm.
  • Free Night of Theatre. On Thursday October 4, GO ARTS will partner with the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) to provide 2,000 free tickets to performances at venues across greater Atlanta. All tickets will be given away online at www.freenightoftheater.net beginning at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 4.
  • Atlanta Celebrates Photography. On Monday October 8, the annual Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival returns.
  • City Gallery East. The City’s premier gallery will feature 25 images (also on display on 25 MARTA buses) on exhibit from October 19 through November 23. For more information, visit http://www.ocaatlanta.com/.
  • StreetStage Atlanta. Friday October 19-Sunday October 21, performing artists from around the globe will converge on Atlanta streets for one-of-a-kind performances. Performances will be held at Woodruff Park (Peachtree Street) and Auburn Avenue.

Click [http://www.atlantaga.gov/media/nr_goarts_100107.aspx] for a detailed calendar of events. For more information, contact Dorian McDuffie at 404.817.6980.


Video On Demand:
City of Atlanta Launches New TV Program

City of Atlanta Channel 26 is proud to launch ‘Fact Finder,’ a new show that answers questions important to Atlanta residents and stakeholders. Click here to go to our VOD page where you can watch this program.


Rave Reviews!

  • The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (DPRCA) need stakeholder involvement in preserving its $6 million investment to improve the City’s athletic fields. Funded by the 2005 Atlanta City Council approved Opportunity Bond, DPRCA recently completed major renovations, recovery and irrigation system installment in 45 ball fields throughout Atlanta. Most fields have been re-opened, with the remainder opening in March 2008. DPRCA Athletic Field Policies and Procedures are available online. Please review the policies and share them with others in an effort to help maintain this investment in our ball fields. Visit here to see the policies, or call 404.817.6788 for more information.


Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

  • The Atlanta Police Foundation (APF) will host the Atlanta Housing Fair in the City Hall Atrium, 55 Trinity Ave, on Thursday, October 18 from 12-5 pm. Find out more about the City of Atlanta affordable homeownership programs. For more information, visit here.


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