Things to know in metro Albany for the week of Sept. 9-15, 2013

Here are some things you should know for the week of Sept. 9-15.


CHARTER SCHOOL APPEAL: Supporters of the proposed River School for Children STEM Academy will take their case to the state Charter School Commission in Atlanta after the Dougherty County School Board denied the charter school application in a deadlocked vote last month. One member of the commission and commission staff will give the petitions for the school an hour to make their case, followed by 20 minutes for School Board representatives to explain their denial.

DOUGHERTY COUNTY COMMISSION: The County Commission meets at 10 a.m. in the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. It is the first of the board’s two business meetings this month.

LEE SCHOOL BOARD: The Lee County School Board conducts its monthly business meeting at 5:30 p.m. in its boardroom, 126 Starksville Ave. North.

DOUGHERTY SCHOOL BOARD: The board normally meets on the second Monday night, but has rescheduled this meeting for 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at the School Administration Building, 200 Pine Ave. The pre-meeting briefing starts at 5 p.m. that day.


RISE N SHINE BREAKFAST: Albany Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast recognizes the chamber’s Strive2Thrive program that battles poverty. The event starts with networking at 7:30 a.m., meal and program at 8 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn on Front Street. Cost is $25, chamber members; $30, non-members.

GEORGIA FIRE SERVICE CONFERENCE: The state conference for Georgia firefighters starts today at the Albany Civic Center and continues through Sunday.

LEE COUNTY COMMISSION: The commission meets in its monthly work session at 6 p.m. in the T. Page Tharp Governmental Building, 102 Starksville Ave. North.


PATRIOT DAY: Patriot Day and the National Day of remembrance and service marks the 12th anniversary of the terrorists’ attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and the failed attempt to hit the U.S. Capitol with United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to regain control of the plane from terrorists. Many Americans observe a moment of silence in memory of the 2,977 who were killed that day at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first jetliner slammed into the World Trade Center north tower. Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany is honoring public safety personnel in Dougherty and Lee counties with a free spaghetti dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.

WG&L BOARD: The Water, Gas & Light Commission meets at 8:30 a.m. at the WG&L headquarters on Pine Avenue.

ADICA BOARD: The board of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority meets at 5 p.m. in room 120 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave.

ALBANY CITY COMMISSION: The Albany City Commission, which was not scheduled to meet this week, is expected to have a called session at noon at the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. The topic of discussion is expected to be the city’s health insurance plan for the current fiscal year, which was tabled from a called meeting last week.

AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR: The renowned African Children’s Choir, which has performed for presidents, heads of state and most recently as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee, will perform at a free concert at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, located at 307 Flint Ave. The choir will present its program of children’s songs, traditional spiritual and gospel favorites, and lively African songs and dances. There’s no admission charge.


GOV. NATHAN DEAL: Gov. Nathan Deal is in town to make remarks at the Georgia Fire Service Conference at 9:30 a.m. at the Albany Civic Center, 100 W Oglethorpe Blvd.


YOM KIPPUR: The Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, begins at sunset and continues through sunset Saturday.


ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful will conduct a collection of unwanted electronics for recycling 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Albany Civic Center. There is usually a small charge for accepting televisions.


MISS AMERICA: Leesburg's Carly Mathis, the reigning Miss Georgia, is competing in the biggest of the pageants, Miss America in Atlantic City. Can she win the crown? The pageant will be televised at 9 p.m. on ABC.