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Stevi B's hosts week-long benefit for Woodstock family

Stevi B's hosts week-long benefit for Woodstock family

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Stevi B's Pizza Buffet in Canton and Woodstock are once again coming to the aid of a local family in need.

Cherokee HS teacher starts book drive for Okla.

Cherokee HS teacher starts book drive for Okla.

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Joseph Stewart, owner of the Book Browser bookstore in Woodstock, has started a book drive for public schools hit by severe tornadoes in Oklahoma.

The drive is in need of books for children of all ages, from picture books to young adult novels to the classics.

Stewart, a career/tech teacher at Cherokee High School in Canton, said the books will fill classroom and media center shelves in Moore, Okla., and will also be distributed to children whose homes were destroyed.

Book Browser is located at 295 Molly Lane, Suite 130. Learn more at mybookbrowser.com.

Woodstock restaurant owner becomes U.S. citizen

Woodstock restaurant owner becomes U.S. citizen

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Biagio "Gino" Schiano-Moriello, owner of Taste of Italy on Highway 92, became a citizen of the United Sates on June 7.

Schiano-Moriello lives in Woodstock with his wife Giovanna, who became a US citizen in 2012, and their twins, Giorgio and Francesca. Gino has lived in the United States for the past twenty-five years and has been a resident of Cherokee County since 2007; Schiano-Moriello opened the current Highway 92 location of Taste of Italy in 2008 and has been an active part of the local community.

"Congratulations! It is always wonderful to know that the new citizen, and generations of his descendants, will sow and reap the incredible rewards of living in this great FREE country," Taste of Italy customer Beverly Groneck said. "God bless Gino and his new country, America!"

Random Acts of Kindness: Connie Law

Random Acts of Kindness: Connie Law

ATLANTA -- In honor of Mother's Day, we are recognizing special moms that go above and beyond every morning this week with a Random Act of Kindness. 

Today's Random Act is for Connie Law from Woodstock. 

For years Connie has been taking care of her husband, who was a Cobb County police officer for 28 years before suffering a massive stroke. 

With no reliable transportation, Connie relies on her daughter Denise and friends to get him back and forth from doctor appointments. 

Thanks to a news tip from Connie and Caring Man In A Van, 11Alive was able to help.

Atlanta DEA takes on sixth annual Drug Take-Back Day

Atlanta DEA takes on sixth annual Drug Take-Back Day

(ATLANTA) -- The Drug Enforcement Office of Atlanta is holding the sixth annual nationwide prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at several area locations.

The drug take-back service is free and open to the public. It follows a "no questions asked" theme according to Special Agent Chuvalo Truesdell.

He says the opportunity to get rid of pill abuse and theft by having all people bring their expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions to the event is something embraced by all. Since September 2010, law enforcement agencies in thousands of American communities have teamed with the DEA to take in over 2 million pounds, almost 1,018 of prescriptions.

There will be numerous sites set up on Saturday to accept drugs from Georgia residents - all in an effort the increase public safety and public health.

Caribou Coffee to close Woodstock location

Caribou Coffee to close Woodstock location

 

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- After approximately 7 years in Woodstock, Caribou Coffee will be closing the Highway 92 location as of Wednesday, March 27th at 10pm.  Caribou Coffee, the second largest coffee chain, is located near the Target and Steak and Shake on Highway 92 near Interstate 575.  

Carmel Elementary students help maintain safety

Carmel Elementary students help maintain safety

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Carmel Elementary School's Safety Patrollers have done a fantastic job this year keeping the school safe and orderly according to school counselor and faculty sponsor, Jason Himstedt.   He added, "These students are conscientious and responsible. They are leaders on campus and set a positive example for others, keeping all students safe."  Each morning, the students help monitor assigned stations in the hallways around the school.  In the afternoons, they help during bus loading.  Safety patrol members also provide students with directions or other assistance they might need.  Himstedt said, "We want to recognize them and thank them for all their hard work!"