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Environmental Impact Statement on I-75/575 Projects Presented at Public Open Houses

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, has completed a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Northwest Corridor managed lane project on Interstate Highways 75 and 575 in Cobb and Cherokee Counties.

Two public hearing open houses on the plan, at which interested persons may learn details of the proposed project and offer comments, are scheduled for October:

* Thursday, Oct. 21, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Woodstock High School cafeteria (2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive, Woodstock, 30189)
* Tuesday, Oct. 26, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel ballroom (2055 South Park Place, Atlanta, 30339)

The Northwest Corridor project starts at Akers Mill Road at the northern end of the existing I-75 HOV system. The project will tie the existing system to the reversible system, which starts at I-285.

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Introducing the 24-Hour Opera Project

In celebration of OPERA America’s National Opera Week, The Atlanta Opera, Georgia State University School of Music, Clark Atlanta University, and University of West Georgia will be hosting a 24-Hour Opera Project on Saturday, November 6 & Sunday, November 7, 2010, in the on-campus facilities of the Georgia State University School of Music.

Participants will have 24 hours to compose, rehearse, and perform an opera with strangers. Non-cash prizes will be awarded following a showcase-concert that will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 7, 2010, in the Florence Kopleff Recital Hall, located in the Arts & Humanities Building at the corner of Gilmer Street and Peachtree Center Avenue.

2010 Atlanta Home Show Offers the Latest Products, Innovations

ATLANTA, GA -- The 27th annual Fall Atlanta Home Show will bring ideas, innovations and experts in the home improvement and remodeling industries to Atlanta's Cobb Galleria Centre (2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339) from Sept. 24 to 26.

The show will feature exhibits from over 300 local home improvement companies, as well as seminars on a variety of topics. Guest speakers and hands-on demonstrations will provide attendees with tips and advice on home remodeling and repair, gardening and landscaping, energy savings, cooking, decorating, outdoor living and more.

Keep Cobb Beautiful Hosts Document Shredding Day

MARIETTA, GA -- Keep Cobb Beautiful, in partnership with Keep Marietta Beautiful and Keep Smyrna Beautiful, will offer a county Document Shredding Day on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cobb residents can take this opportunity to securely shred household papers at no cost. Each household will be limited to 100 pounds of paper. Plastics, CDs, floppy discs, electronics, cardboard and binders with metal clips will not be accepted.

The shredding will take place at three locations:

City of Marietta Lot
591 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta, 30060

Piedmont Church
570 Piedmont Road, Marietta, 30066

Smyrna City Hall
2000 King Street, Smyrna, 30080

For more information, visit the Keep Cobb Beautiful website.

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Atlanta Opera to Present High-Definition Porgy & Bess

ATLANTA, GA -- The Atlanta's Opera's 2011 presentation of George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess will be a new production using an innovative high-definition projection technology developed by the University of Kentucky's Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments. The technology, originally developed for a non-theatrical use, incorporates projections and screen units that will take the place of traditional scenery and sets.

Here's a sneak peek of the technology being used in the production.

The Atlanta Opera's new Porgy & Bess is a co-production with University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. This collaboration marks the second time the Atlanta Opera has partnered with an academic institution to create a new production.

Vinings Schools team up with High Museum for Arts Program

In an effort to improve their visual arts programs, The Lovett School and The Westminster Schools have joined the High Museum of Art in a three-year alliance to share resources and integrate elements of visual arts into their educational curricula.            

“We are delighted to collaborate with Lovett and Westminster to establish our first affiliate agreement with P–12 schools,” says Patricia Rodewald, Eleanor McDonald Storza Director of Education. “Building on our mutual commitment to the integration of the arts into education, this affiliation will deepen our relationship with Lovett and Westminster and engage their communities with great art and programming.”

During this union, Lovett and Westminster students and chaperones will receive free admission to the High’s special exhibitions and permanent collection for school-sponsored field trips.

53 Cobb Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Fifty-three seniors from nine Cobb County high schools are among the 16,000 semifinalists for the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students now have the opportunity to compete for the 8,400 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in the Spring of 2011.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, a student must maintain high grades throughout high school, earn a high score on the SAT and receive a recommendation from his or her principal. Each semifinalist must meet with a school guidance counselor to complete an application that includes a written essay and details about the student's involvement in the school and the community.

Cobb's finalists are:

Allatoona High School, Acworth
Jason S. Johnston

Campbell High School, Smyrna
Joan K. Bedinger
Gabriel D. Denis
Connie M.