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Oak Street construction begins today

Oak Street construction begins today

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Construction on the Oak Street Streetscape in Roswell will begin Wednesday, June 22, weather permitting.

CP Richards Construction will add five foot brick paver sidewalks to the north side of Oak Street and a multiuse trail on the south side. The project should take approximately 120 days.

Drivers may experience delays in the area, as flagmen will control some lane closures, but Oak Street will still be functional during construction.

For more information on transportation projects in Roswell, visit the Cone Zone website.

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

ShredFest 2011 scheduled for Saturday

ShredFest 2011 scheduled for Saturday

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell residents will be able to securely dispose of personal documents this weekend.

On Saturday, May 21, the city will host ShredFest 2011 from 8 a.m. until noon, or whenever the truck fills up.

This free event at the Roswell Public Works facility (1810 Hembree Road, 30076) allows document destruction viewing to ensure safe disposal and peace of mind for participants.

Examples of sensitive documents include:

* Old tax returns
* Junk mail with personal information
* Dated documents with personal information
* Dated pay stubs with personal information

There is a limit of five boxes or 200 pounds of paper per vehicle.

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun.

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun with that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

City of Atlanta

City pools open on Memorial Day at 11:00 a.m. Daily rates are $4 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. Facilities include:

Grant Park is located at 25 Park Avenue in Atlanta.

Powell Park is located at 1690 M.L. King Drive in Atlanta.

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Compost bins, rain barrels for sale

Compost bins, rain barrels for sale

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Keep Roswell Beautiful, in conjunction with the cities of Roswell and Alpharetta, will host a backyard compost bin and rain barrel truckload sale on Saturday, May 14 in the parking lot of Roswell City Hall (38 Hill Street, 30075).

Rain barrels are $55, while compost bins are $45. They will be sold from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Norseman Environmental will be bringing more than 900 rain barrels and compost bins to the event.

All sales are final; cash, check, and Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Atlanta Gives Back, Pet Parade, Dead Prez

WEEKEND EVENTS: Atlanta Gives Back, Pet Parade, Dead Prez

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Join 11Alive and the Atlanta Humane Society for the 21st Annual Pet Parade on Saturday, May 7. The parade starts at Piedmont Park at 11:00 a.m. and features 11Alive’s own, John Gerard and Chesley McNeil as the Grand Marshalls. Registration for pets starts at 9:00 a.m. and the event ends around 1:00 p.m. Registration for a pet and a parent is $35, on Saturday morning. Piedmont Park is located at 1071 Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta.

Revolutionary hip-hop duo, Dead Prez will headline a concert at Masquerade on Friday, May 6. The two-some, composed of stic.man and M-1 are known for their “raw” and “in-your-face” style of lyricism.

LOCAL PROFILE: Piedmont Park

LOCAL PROFILE: Piedmont Park

ATLANTA, Ga. – Often called the quintessential city park, Piedmont Park, has something for everyone. Situated in the middle of the city, this park offers fishing, playgrounds, swimming, tennis, skating and even movie viewings.

Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, the park is the destination for “ITP” residents or city dwellers, every weekend. The main green or The Meadow is the main area for congregation; dogs and their owners or groups of friends playing ball games, usually, use this area for their activities.

Grilling isn’t allowed in the park; however, there are designated areas for people who want to use them. Park goers can fish in Clara Meer, which was created for the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition; the lake is filled with many of the local common species. The park features basketball courts and tennis courts, also.