unspecified-1MARTA will hold public hearings on the Fiscal Year 2017 Operating and Capital Budgets and proposed bus service modifications on May 16 at the Fulton County Government Center (141 Pryor Street) and May 19 at the Maloof Administration Building (1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur). At 6 p.m., an hour prior to each hearing, MARTA staff will be available to answer the public’s questions. The hearings begin promptly at 7 p.m. The FY 2017 proposed net operating expense budget is $453.3 million. The FY 2017 proposed capital expense budget is $439 million, which includes $146.9 million for debt service and $292.1 million for the capital improvement program. The Board will vote to adopt the final budget on June 2. Budget highlights include: no fare increase, complete implementation of bus service in Clayton County, wi-fi on buses and in rail stations, and purchase of new buses.

Covenant House Georgia held a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 11 to celebrate the opening of its Community Service Center at 1159 Johnson Road. “Thanks to the Cathedral Antiques Show, we have opened a center for homeless, runaway and trafficked youth to access needed services such as Case Management, GED classes, career workshops, and utilize our computer lab,” said Executive Director Allison Ashe. The Community Service Center will allow youth ages 16 – 24 to access a place to take a shower, wash their clothes and get new clothes, a bagged lunch and services mentioned above. For more, visit covenanthousega.org.

The LGBT Institute at the Center for Civil and Human Rights and Georgia State University have announced a partnership aimed at connecting academic researchers with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates to tell the stories of some of those most marginalized – LGBT Southerners – through data. A team of researchers will examine three priority areas identified by the LGBT Institute’s programming board and supported by stakeholder groups made up of LGBT community leaders: Education and Employment, Criminal Justice and Safety, and Public Health and Wellness. The partnership also will enable the LGBT Institute to conduct a first-of-its-kind longitudinal survey of LGBT Southerners this fall followed by an academic symposium in November. Research findings will inform programming at the Center for Civil and Human Rights and be accessible to the public via lgbtinstitute.org/research.

Kroger’s Atlanta Division will host a job fair to fill more than 1,300 open positions for its 186 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and Eastern Alabama. Positions are available for the deli and bakery departments, as well as baggers, cashiers and clerks. The one-day event on Saturday, May 14, is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all metro stores.  Applicants should apply at www.jobs.kroger.com prior to attending the job fair.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.