From a writer for the Shepherd Center Magazine who originally posted this comment to the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association listserv. Reprinted with permission: In November 1998, Georgia voters approved a constitutional amendment to create the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission for Georgians who had sustained traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. It is funded by a surcharge on DUI fines and provides grants to those injured to help defray the costs of transportation, home modifications, equipment and needed services.
From Emory's Clifton Community Partnership and Office of Sustainability Initiatives: Emory University Earns STARS Gold Rating; Innovative Water Reclamation Facility Under Construction; Fleet Services: making moves to a greener fleet; Launched: The Green Office Pilot Program; Emory to ban bee-harming pesticides to protect pollinators; Climate@Emory: Interview with Dr. Eri Saikawa
From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Early/Sunday Voting; Stone Mt Pumpkin Festival; Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain; DeKalb Neighborhood Summit; Dekalb legislators' town hall; Animal Services "Fall in Love" special.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: District 2 BOC Agenda for October 28th; Low cost pet vaccinations.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association (MANA): Please join us for a Community Meeting OCTOBER 27 (Monday) | 7PM at North Decatur Presbyterian Church The agenda will include --- * Representative Mary Margaret Oliver will discuss legislative issues involved with cityhood and annexation and Brian McKinley joins us from Laurel Ridge. * Updates on schools and zoning
From the Fernbank Science Center: FREE ! Saturday, 10-25-2014, 12 - 3 pm. Do you have younger students who enjoy hands-on science demonstrations? How about chemistry and candy? Plan to attend Fernbank Science Center's annual Chemistry Week celebration this weekend. This year's theme is "The Sweet Side of Chemistry: Candy." It will feature exhibits, activities, and demonstrations suitable for all ages to help spread knowledge about the importance and usefulness of chemistry in our everyday lives. We hope to see you there! Address: 156 Heaton Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Please see our web site for additional information.
From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: Last night's DeKalb delegation public meeting drew a good number of representatives and 1 senator, plus an audience that didn't overwhelm the Maloof but didn't look skimpy either. There were more questions & statements (some "speechifying") than the two hour window could hold. There were prickly moments especially between legislators, a fair amount of support for the Blueprints recommendations, and a wide variety of issues being raised with a fair amount of emphasis on whether or not the Druid Hills cluster was going to maintained within one city or not. My notes are attached, if you're interested. BethN -- North Briarcliff area; parks activist; Blueprints activist
From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Get out and vote! The contested elections for the Nov. 4 General Election are outlined below, followed by Early Voting Locations and Dates.
From Emory's Carlos Museum: Sunday, October 26, 4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three. The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the Carlos Museum present Jean de Brunhoff's classic tale, Babar the Elephant, set to music by Poulenc, performed by pianist Elena Cholakova and narrated by WABE 90.1's Lois Reitzes. Family Concerts are designed with young listeners in mind but are perfect for audiences of any age! The concert is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on the weekends in both the Fishburne and Oxford Road decks.
From CHCA president Michael Dowling: The greater portion of the Clairmont Heights neighborhood appears on the Atlanta annexation petition map proposed recently by the Druid Hills Civic Association. DHCA's annexation committee used elementary school attendance zones for Briar Vista ES and Fernbank ES as the basis for their map. Clairmont Heights Civic Association was not involved in its creation, but the board will actively follow the process to ensure that neighborhoods interests are represented accurately. In an effort to keep the greater Fernbank ES community informed about this process, the Fernbank PTA invited CHCA officers and neighborhood residents from Clairmont Heights and Druid HIlls to attend their general membership meeting on Wednesday evening, 10-22-2014, where a panel addressed the issue. Notes from the meeting can be found here.
From Keep DeKalb Beautiful: Electronics Recycling 8-12:00; Document Shredding 9-2:00. Northlake Mall Parking Lot, 4800 Briarcliff Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30345. Please donate at least one pair of shoes when you come to participate in the electronics recycling or paper shredding event. Please tie the shoe strings together or place a rubber band around the shoes.
From the county CEO's office: Get Connected DeKalb. Workshops, Exhibits, Curbside Consulting, Networking. Tucker High School, 5036 La Vista Road, Tucker, GA 30084. Workshops include one on water bills and one on cityhood and annexation.
From District 82 rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: Voting reminders; Ballot guide; Cityhood updates.
The Druid Hills Civic Association, in preparation for a survey of its residents, has posted a letter with information about the options they face. ".... Many residents have expressed concerns about three major factors. These are: (1) property taxes, (2) the public schools that serve geographic areas within the DHCA’s stated boundaries (specifically Fernbank Elementary, Briar Vista Elementary, and Druid Hills High School), and (3) Emory University’s position...." [Read more.]
From our District 84 rep. Rahn Mayo: 2014 Proposed constitutional amendments and ballot questions.
From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Early Voting and Sunday Voting; Household Hazardous Waste Recycling; International Food and Music Festival; Legislators Town Halls; Animal services "Fall in love" adoption special; BOC agenda.
From Dan Wright via the Civic Association Network: "Fellow DeKalb Citizens: Please devote some time to catch up on the ongoing debate about how to improve DeKalb County Government. Detailed meeting notes and presentations from the latest OTF (Operations Task Force) meeting (and all of the other ones) can be found here.
From our District 84 rep. Rahn Mayo: MY CURRENT POSITION ON CITYHOOD AND ANNEXATION PROPOSALS IN DEKALB COUNTY
Generally speaking I support a community in pursuit of self determination. My reluctance to supporting additional new cities in DeKalb County is based on the lack of cohesiveness with which new cities are often created. In the past, there has been a tremendous disconnect between DeKalb citizens, and political leaders driving cityhood efforts. In my opinion, cityhood plans have provided very little concern for the impact on the DeKalb County as a whole.