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Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgia parents are buying sparklers for their children this Fourth of July, thinking they are a safe way to celebrate. But, as a Georgia eye expert warns, sparklers heat up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit -- hot enough to melt some metals -- and are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

Members of the Georgia Optometric Association are urging parents to leave all the fireworks to the professionals and avoid fireworks that may cause serious eye injuries when used inappropriately. Some of the most common fireworks injuries are eye abrasions, lacerations, contusions and foreign matter in the eye. The majority of these cases are related to the use of sparklers.

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."

Smoking banned at Sandy Springs parks

Smoking banned at Sandy Springs parks

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs has passed a ban on smoking at city parks.

The city council voted Tuesday night to disallow use of tobacco products inside the parks..

"Our parks are public spaces. Everyone, in particular our children, should have the opportunity to enjoy these outdoor natural areas without worry of taking in second-hand smoke," Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said in a release.

The new ordinance takes effect immediately and applies to all forms of tobacco, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco.

Stress control, mental health discussions planned for senior facilities

Stress control, mental health discussions planned for senior facilities

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Stress management and mental health discussions are planned during the first week in June at two Fulton County senior multipurpose facilities.

The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex will host a mental health workshop sponsored by the Renaissance on Peachtree on Thursday, June 5. The discussion will be facilitated by Leslie Sessley, a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with the Link Counseling Center. The two-hour presentation begins at 10 a.m.  The Benson Multipurpose Complex is located at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive in Sandy Springs.  For more information about this event, citizens should contact Lila Womack, Life Enrichment Coordinator at 404-613-4900.

Thomas Eye Group celebrates 40 years

Thomas Eye Group celebrates 40 years
ATLANTA -- Thomas Eye Group, a leading metro Atlanta eye care provider offering comprehensive services including LASIK and medical, surgical and cosmetic eye care, has announced that it is celebrating 40 years as one of the region’s most preferred ophthalmology practices.

“We are very grateful for the patients and communities that have entrusted us with their eye care for the past 40 years,” said CEO Rod Roeser. “Reaching this milestone is a credit to the compassionate care and commitment of our doctors and staff.”

Founded by W. Kevin Thomas, M.D. and Stephen B. Levine, M.D., Thomas Eye Group has served the metro Atlanta community since 1974. The company began as a general ophthalmology practice in Sandy Springs with Dr. Kevin Thomas seeing adult patients and Dr. Stephen Levine, a pediatric ophthalmologist, treating pediatric patients.

Seniors enjoy water aerobics at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

Seniors enjoy water aerobics at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

Fulton County seniors enjoy getting fit during a water aerobics class at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex, which is located at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive in Sandy Springs, GA.  Benson, along with the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility, the Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility and the Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility offer a variety of classes including:

• Water aerobics
• Fitness classes
• Health and chronic disease management classes 
• Arts classes such as painting, ceramics and jewelry making
• Computer courses
• Financial planning

For information on classes offered at the senior multipurpose facilities, please call the STARline at 404-613-6000.

Andee's Army 5K helps kids with non-traumatic brain injuries

Andee's Army 5K helps kids with non-traumatic brain injuries

SANDY SPRING, Ga. -- Andee’s Army, Inc.,  invites runners and fitness enthusiasts to register for the third annual Andee’s Army 5K Run/Walk event to be held March 22, 8:30 a.m., at Riverwood High School. The event started three years ago in honor of 17-year-old Andee Poulos of Sandy Springs, then a student at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, and supports children and their families who are receiving medical treatment for non‐traumatic brain injuries.

This year’s event will start and finish on Raider Drive after a popular two-year run on Mount Vernon at Holy Innocents'l. Organizers hope a change of course will prove popular with competitors at both the HIES and Riverwood communities. “The course change reflects the positive partnership between our private and public school communities in Sandy Springs. Both schools are overflowing with enthusiasm to provide volunteers and recruit runners to support Andee’s Army,” said Lisa Kennedy, board chairman of Andee’s Army.