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Jason Alexander to headline fifth Symphony Gala
by Staff Reports
December 22, 2014 01:38 PM | 201 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Monday announced it will host its fifth annual Symphony Gala March 7 at the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown. The black-tie evening will include a performance by Broadway star, comedian and actor Jason Alexander with the orchestra. Proceeds will benefit the orchestra and its education and community engagement programs.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-concert cocktail reception in the Stent Atrium at the High Museum of Art.
At 7:30 p.m., Alexander will give a special performance with the orchestra. The multi-talented Alexander, who may best be known for his starring role as George Costanza on “Seinfeld,” has an equally respectable Broadway career. He has starred in shows ranging from Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim’s musical, “Merrily We Roll Along,” to his Tony Award-winning performance in Jerome Robbins’ “Broadway.”
Following the concert, patron guests will enjoy a seated dinner in the Taylor Lobby of the High. Throughout the evening, patrons will have the opportunity to bid on luxury items at a silent auction. After dinner, the lounge-style after party in the Stent Atrium will feature desserts and dancing to conclude the evening.
Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday at www.atlantasymphony.org. Gala ticket packages, starting at $1,000, and single concert tickets, starting at $39, also can be bought starting Monday.
For tickets and information, call (404) 733-5000 or visit www.aso.org/gala or www.atlantasymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the center’s box office.
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DeKalb police: Suspect dead after standoff
by Associated Press
December 22, 2014 01:17 PM | 134 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police said a suspect who at times during a standoff in southern DeKalb County fired on officers and civilians has been killed. Capt. Stephen Fore said DeKalb County police received a 911 call around 9 p.m. Sunday reporting an armed, suicidal male alone inside a home in a subdivision. Fore said the man fired at responding officers and at neighbors who were being evacuated from their homes. No one was injured. A SWAT team arrived and attempted negotiations. Fore said the suspect fired on SWAT officers, who returned fire. Interim Chief of Police James Conroy said officers believe the suspect was struck by one of the SWAT members. Officers made entry around 1 a.m. Monday and found the suspect dead. The suspect wasn't immediately identified, pending notification of family.
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Strong storms predicted on Christmas Eve across Georgia
by The Associated Press
December 22, 2014 12:58 PM | 317 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Forecasters say strong storms, some with the potential for isolated tornadoes, are possible over large parts of Georgia on Christmas Eve. The National Weather Service said the storms will form along and ahead of a cold front that's expected to move across north and central Georgia on Wednesday. Forecasters say the storms are expected to strike areas in west Georgia from 6 a.m. through noon Wednesday; and from noon to 8 p.m. in areas east of Atlanta. The weather service said the storms could cause damaging wind gusts and locally heavy rain, which could reduce visibility on roads and cause ponding of water in low-lying areas.

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Former Falcon Mathis speaks to DeKalb football stars
by Maurice Dixon
December 22, 2014 12:36 PM | 77 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Maurice Dixon<br>Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis was the special guest speaker at the DeKalb Year-End Awards Banquet on Dec. 16.
Staff / Maurice Dixon
Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis was the special guest speaker at the DeKalb Year-End Awards Banquet on Dec. 16.
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On Dec. 16 during the DeKalb Year-End Awards Banquet at Georgia Piedmont College, many of the county’s best football players enjoyed one more chance to laugh at each other and applaud one another. Then after certificates were handed out to certain players and bigger plaques for others, guest speaker and former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis let those in attendance know that there is more business that needs to be handled and more work to be done. First Mathis informed everyone of how he was constantly doubted before he did great things on the field at Hallford Stadium for the Redan Raiders. “There are people who will say you cannot but you can’t fall into that,” Mathis said. “You can’t believe that--separate yourself from those people. “They are trying to keep you in a box and when you are in a box, they can control that box,” Mathis said. “Keep that box closed. Put a lid on that box. Stand on that box. Think outside of the box. Be different.” Then Mathis told the players who will become the young guys on another team next year that they will have to be more responsible than before. “When you get to college you have to make a sacrifice,” Mathis said. “Am I going to hang out with the boys or am I going to study and get ready for practice the next day? Am I going to be like everybody else or am I going to be better? Mathis also encouraged the players to be selfish in the right manner. “You always here there is no ‘I’ in team and that is true but there are individuals who make up the team,” Mathis said. “Your challenge is to be the best position player on your team. That is not being selfish because I believe in every meeting room no matter what the position is if there is a lead dog everyone will follow.” In closing, Mathis also told the athletes to be good role models despite their age and be great in the classroom, community and society.
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Paideia athletes sign with Rhodes College
by Maurice Dixon
December 22, 2014 12:24 PM | 42 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Maurice Dixon<br>From left, Paideia seniors Ben Siegel, Hannah McCarthy and Patrick Wilkerson.
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From left, Paideia seniors Ben Siegel, Hannah McCarthy and Patrick Wilkerson.
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Paideia will be represented in three different sports next year at Rhodes College. On Dec. 15, Paideia seniors Patrick Wilkerson, Hannah McCarthy and Ben Siegel all signed athletic scholarships to the liberal arts college in Memphis. “I thought coach Andy Marcinko was a really good guy and a very qualified coach,” said Wilkerson, who plays goalie for the soccer team. “The school is in the south which I also liked.” “I liked that Rhodes was closer to home and a lot of the other schools I was looking at were in the middle of nowhere,” said McCarthy, who plays volleyball. “Rhodes was in a bigger city and that is what I’m accustomed to.” Siegel accepted a scholarship to play short stop at Rhodes. “I really liked my visit,” Siegel said. “I visited a couple of other schools but the coaches seemed like they wanted me from the start more so than any other place.” With half of the school year over, McCarthy will continue to prepare herself for volleyball on the next level while Wilkerson and Siegel get ready for their final seasons on the field. “Obviously, we would like to win state again,” said Wilkerson, who has helped the Pythons win back-to-back titles. “We will have a completely different team again, having to rebuild some so it may take us a little while to get our bearings but I think once we get the guys together and start training hard, we can take a shot at state again.” “I just want to play solid defense and hit well,” said Siegel, who plays short stop. “We are going to try to make a run for state. We haven’t been able to make the playoffs since my freshman year.” Siegel said he plans to major in business or political science but Wilkerson and McCarthy were still unsure about the degree they will pursue.
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