CHCA members, renewing members, and wannabe members are invited to join the current board at Melton's App & Tap, Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. for our annual meeting. We are meeting at Melton's in part to support them as a local business, so we encourage attendees to order food and drinks while there. The nachos will be on us, though. The only required meeting agenda item is a vote for a new or renewed CHCA Board for 2013-2014. In addition, we invite members to help us shed light on neighborhood issues -- schools, development, cityhood, parks, crime, communications, etc.. Al Fowler, the new public education specialist for the county police, will be there to answer questions. We will also graciously accept annual dues, still only $10. The current board encourages others to take their place. The load is very light, but some of us on the current board have been on duty probably way too long. The offices and incumbents are as follows:
From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network on the May 20, 2013 meeting: Many Thanks to Commissioners Rader & Gannon and their staff for putting together last night's briefing & Q&A on the proposed Zoning Code Re-Write !! Presenting the plan and answering questions were Andrew Baker (Associate Director, recommended as Planning Director), Marian Eisenberg (Zoning Administrator), and Michele Alexander (from Pond & Co, outside consultants). I didn't count noses around t
From rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: May 6 Town Hall on DeKalb Cityhood Report and Survey Results. Thank you to all who attended the May 6 Town hall on DeKalb Cityhood issues at Clairmont Hills Baptist Church, and for participating in a positive community discussion. Below is a summary of the meeting, and results of the survey that so many of you answered before you left. Thank you again to Clairmont Hills Baptist Church for begin such a good host for us!
From Al Fowler, Center Precinct Public Education Specialist, who by the way will be at the CHCA annual meeting Thursday, May 30, at Melton's App & Tap: Our officers and supervisors are conducting safety checks daily within most of the neighborhoods in Center Precinct. These areas are targeted due to increased home burglary, car break-ins and other property crimes. We track these crimes hourly/daily and move our resources accordingly. These safety checks are approved daily by command personnel and are constitutionally legal tactics for police to target specific crimes.
For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College native plant garden: Spring Lunch and Wildflower Series and Plant Sales. "Waterwise Gardening" Friday, May 24. "Xeric Gardening: Playing in the Sand" Friday, May 31. Plant Sales: 15% Discount on Plants. Friday, May 24 and 31, Saturday, May 25. Hours: 10:00 - 2:00
From District 1 commissioner Elaine Boyer: LifeLine is up to five adoption events a week, and could really use some extra help! Weather permitting, each week they are attempted to schedule a minimum of one Friday event in the late afternoon, and two late morning/early afternoon events on both Saturdays and Sundays. The locations and times are tweaked a bit from week to week, so if your schedule doesn't work out one week, it very well might the next! Event volunteers help setup on site, walk pups, and speak to potential adopters about specific dogs.
From Emory: Georgia Power Co. will be installing a duct bank for power lines to support the Emory University Hospital bed tower project and the new substation being built to the north of the North Decatur Building. Work is scheduled to begin on the evening of Monday, May 20 and will take place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night and every other weekend.
From the Decatur Arts Festival website: 1. What are the hours of the Decatur Arts Festival? The ArtWalk opens the festival on Friday evening at 5 pm. The festival hours are Saturday, 10 am-6 pm, and Sunday, 11 am-5 pm.
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:
From Jonathan Cribbs in the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: ".... If a bill for the creation of a new city in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area is to be considered by the state legislature next year, it's likely going to be the one written and submitted on behalf of the Lakeside City Alliance, a Dunwoody legislator said Monday night. And that bill's Republican support will be key, said Dunwoody state Rep. Tom Taylor....." [Read more.]
From Dekalb Police via CrimeMapping.com. Clairmont Circle is part of Emory Woods.
The county seeks public input on proposed changes. MANA has a good summary here.
From the Decatur BBQ Festival website via the Decatur - Avondale Estates Patch: Mark your calendar for August 17, 2013, and don’t miss the 13th Annual Decatur Barbeque, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival, at Harmony Park in Decatur. The gates open at 4:00pm and there will be live music until 10:00pm. Kids 10 and under admitted free. ...
From Deisha Oliver-Millar in the Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch: "On Saturday, May 18th, Twain’s will host the fifth annual SpringFest, benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). The doors open at 2:30pm this year with music beginning promptly at 3:00pm until midnight.
From Ralph Ellis in the Decatur - Avondale Estates Patch: "...Decatur police issued this alert Wednesday afternoon. The Decatur Police Department is investigating the theft of catalytic converters from (7) vehicles in the past 72 hours. All of these thefts occurred during the overnight hours. Six of the thefts were from Honda Elements and one was from a Honda CRV. These thefts occurred
MANA's Neighborhood Watch has set up a "NextDoor Medlock Park" network. it's like a private Facebook for neighbors only. The geographic boundaries include streets in both MANA and CHCA since we share common concerns. If you click to join, the program will ask for your real street address to verify that you live within the boundaries. You can edit your profile, however, to show only the street and not the house number. In fact, you can choose to share only your name and street. From MANA: "Our neighborhood is using a private online network called Nextdoor Medlock Park, and we think you'll benefit from joining us. On our Nextdoor site, neighbors share community events, recommendations, items for sale/free, crime/safety concerns, ideas about how to make our neighborhood better, and more. Please join us to build a better neighborhood!
The market takes place Wednesdays and Saturdays: Wednesdays 4-7 p.m. 163 Clairmont Ave.,the corner of Commerce Avenue and Church Street. Saturdays 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. the corner of N. McDonough and Trinity streets, near the high school. It is transitioning to new management. Here's their news for this week.
For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College Native Plant Garden: Lunch panel Friday; Plant sale Saturday.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: Kirkwood Spring Fling; Oak Groove Festival; Movies in the Park; Parklet winners.