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Fulton County Fire Rescue advises residents to maintain smoke alarms

Fulton County Fire Rescue advises residents to maintain smoke alarms

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the first thing in a home that can alert families to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Whether you're awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke,” says Fire Chief Larry Few of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “As firefighters, we continually remind residents to check their smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly.”

The NFPA offers the following tips to help residents safeguard their homes from home fires:

Where do I put smoke alarms in my home?

Fulton County’s after school program begins August 11

Fulton County’s after school program begins August 11

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County parents or guardians searching for after school programs can take advantage of the after school program offered by Fulton County Parks and Recreation. Registration is now open for the program, which begins Monday, August 11 at four recreation centers located in unincorporated South Fulton.

The Parks and Recreation Afterschool Program will be open from 2:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. on weekdays when school is in session. The program services children between the ages of 5 and 12. The cost is $40 per child per week for unincorporated Fulton County residents, with a one-time registration fee of $15 per child. Space is limited, so interested parents or guardians are urged to register now.

The after school program locations include:

Burdett Park
2945 Burdett Road
College Park, 30349
Phone: 770-996-9145

Cliftondale Park
4645 Butner Road
College Park, 30349
Phone:  404-613-3061

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 5, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton County Arts and Culture, will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center (ACCC) on Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

The grand opening celebration will kick off three days of activities organized to introduce the new facility to the community and increase awareness of the center, its programming and activities. 

The center is located at 3900 Aviation Circle, Atlanta on the grounds of Fulton County Airport – Brown Field.  It is designed as a community gathering place and will focus on the following types of programming:

Fulton County kicks off Older Americans Month with Community Days

Fulton County kicks off Older Americans Month with Community Days

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facilities will host Community Days in May in observance of Older Americans Month 2014.

Community Days are designed for adults and children of all ages and feature games, entertainment, refreshments and information regarding services available for seniors through the Fulton County Office of Aging. Event dates include the following:

H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility
Saturday, May 3
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2885 Church Street
East Point, 30344
404-762-4821

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
Saturday, May 10, 2014. 
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
677 Fairburn Road NW
Atlanta, 30331
4040-613-8580

Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex
Saturday, May 17, 2014
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
6500 Vernon Woods Drive
Sandy Springs, 30328
404-613-4900

Gardening Tips Available at Fulton County Extension Offices

Gardening Tips Available at Fulton County Extension Offices

Spring is the optimum time for planting a variety of shrubs, trees, annuals, perennials and seeds but, before tilling the earth, it is important to consider your specific plant needs and your area's climate. Fulton County Cooperative Extension Agents are available to provide guidance to assist residents with growing successful gardens and beautifying their yards.

The University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (UGA CAES) provide helpful tips on line to help you get started.

“Spring is one of our favorite seasons simply because we get to help budding gardeners achieve their dreams of producing a successful garden,” states Menia, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Whether it’s a flower garden or vegetable garden, our extension agents are able to provide expert guidance to county residents.”