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GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

ATLANTA -- Whether you're taking children trick-or-treating or simply trying to get home at the end of a long workday, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants you to be safe this Halloween.

GDOT is offering advice for both drivers and pedestrians as the streets fill with young ghosts and goblins this evening.

Drivers are asked to slow down when entering neighborhoods and school zones. Reduce the number of distractions in the car, like phones and music, and take an extra second to look for children on medians and curbs.

GDOT also recommends driving with headlights on; that makes it easier to spot children from far away.

Young trick-or-treaters should look left, right and left again while trying to cross the street. They should also always stay on sidewalks or paths, and should not dart into the road or try to cross it from between parked cars.

It is recommended that children wear reflective tape or apply it to their trick-or-treat bags.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Newtown Park playgrounds to be replaced

Newtown Park playgrounds to be replaced

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The playgrounds at Newtown Park will temporarily close Wednesday.

They will be replaced by two new playgrounds -- one for children ages 8 and younger, and one for kids ages 9-14.

A list of the features of both playgrounds can be found at johnscreekga.gov.

The playgrounds will be closed for about two weeks.

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Super CPR Saturday returns in February

Super CPR Saturday returns in February

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Achieve your new year's goal of learning CPR with Johns Creek's Super CPR Saturday, which will return on Feb. 18.

The CPR classes are part of the city's Heart Ready program, which provides CPR and AED training to citizens.

Choose between 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. CPR classes -- all options are free. Classes are held at the Newtown Community Clubhouse next to Newtown Park.

The CPR class is appropriate for Johns Creek residents aged 10 and older. For more information or to sign up, call 678-512-3221.

Fulton County schools set hardship transfer application deadline

Fulton County schools set hardship transfer application deadline

FULTON COUNTY -- For parents planning to apply for a 2013-14 hardship transfer, or to renew current hardship to another elementary, middle or high school in Fulton County, applications will be available January 4, with the deadline for submitting them on February 15, by 4:30 p.m. 

Forms are available online, on the Fulton County School's "Parents" page. Here, parents can print off the form and sign it, then deliver it to the Fulton County Schools' Student Assignment Office, c/o Meadows Operations Center at 5270 Northfield Blvd. College Park, GA 30349. The form can be faxed to the same address at (404) 763-5547.

Police department holding women's self-defense class

Police department holding women's self-defense class

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- The Johns Creek Police Department will offer a self-defense class for women in the new year.

The free class will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. at the police department's headquarters.

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Registration is limited to 15 women, so those who are interested are encouraged to sign up soon.

To sign up or learn more, send a note to debra.kalish@johnscreekga.gov.