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News from CEO Burrell Ellis, April 2012

From county CEO Burrell Ellis: National County Government Month; Auto Czar Visit; Childhood Obesity Roundtable; DCTV Wins Again; Animal Services Task Force Findings

Commissioner Kathie Gannon: BOC Agenda & District 6 Happenings

From commissioner Kathie Gannon: Jobs Fair; Parks Cleanups; Earth Day.

Rep. Hank Johnson : HomeSafe foreclosure prevention event April 28

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: on Saturday, April 28, I'm hosting a community event to help struggling homeowners learn more about HomeSafe.
HomeSafe provides up to an 18-month mortgage-payment bridge to Georgia homeowners who have suffered a substantial income loss due to involuntary unemployment or underemployment and who are able and willing to work. Report - car theft at Clairmont Circle

From DeKalb Police via

DHHS Shoebox Project

From: DHHS Class of 2012 On Behalf Of Druid Hills High School PTA, Thursday, March 29, 2012: Dear Parents and Guardians,  My name is Elshadai Desta, a senior at Druid Hills and I am participating in a community service project called the Shoebox Project. The purpose of the project is to put toiletry items in a  decorated shoebox and donate them to homeless women and their children so that they can receive a little box of happiness for mother's day. It would greatly be appreciated if I could have help from the school and PTSA.

If anyone is able to donate any shoeboxes, unused toiletry items, or both please bring them to the school by Tuesday May 1, 2012 so that I can pick them up and pack them to deliver to the United Way of Atlanta. If you have any questions please feel free to email at

Commissioner Gannon's District 6 Spring Update

From commissioner Kathie Gannon: Community Garden Workshop; Household Hazardous Waste; Budget; Women's History Month; Animal Services; Food Drive; Electronic Petition websites; Code Red; CERT course; April events.

Commissioner Jeff Rader update: BOC Agenda & Other District 2 Events

From commissioner Jeff Rader: Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative Announces Locally Preferred Alternative; Household Hazardous waste round-up; Community Garden workshop; Mary Scott Nature Park guided walk.

Lost dog ... Found

Today, Sunday, March 25, the owner reported the dog was found with thanks to this post and other helpful neighbors. 
Saturday, March 24, 2012 , George Eckard sent a message : We saw a dog running loose on Desmond Drive near Superior Saturday afternoon at about 3:30. We followed it and tried to catch it through the neighborhood all the way into the Clyde Shepard Nature Preserve. It was a reddish brown and approximately 75 lbs. with a 6 inch bobbed tail. It may be a Chesapeake or a Rhodesian ridgeback.

March Update - MANA E-Newsletter - Community Meeting

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association:

Update: Proposed PDK Land-Use Changes DEFERRED

From Larry Foster, PDK Watch March 24, 2012: Dear Concerned Citizens, This is a follow-up message to yesterday's PDK ACTION ALERT that dealt with a proposed land-use change for 14.98 acres of buyout land adjacent to PDK Airport.  That land-use case--which is listed on the Agenda for the March 27 meeting of the Board of Commissioners--will be DEFERRED to a later meeting, I have been assured.That deferral will allow the proposed land-use change and its ramifications to be more fully and carefully investigated and considered. I want to thank the Commissioners very much for supporting the deferral of this case.And I also want to thank those of you who may have written your Commissioners.

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver newsletter 3/23/12

From rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: March 23, 2012, 2012  –  40 Day Session Completes Day 37. FRIEND ME ON FACEBOOK TO RECEIVE DAILY POSTINGS FROM THE 2012 SESSION!  Link:

This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s sixth email newsletter for the 2012 General Assembly Session which convened January 9, 2012, and has now completed 37 days of the 40 day session.  HOME STRETCH---Thank you for your interest!  In each previous newsletter this Session, I have asked how you would vote on a pending bill or budget item. I am very grateful for your thoughtful responses and I personally read all your answers.   THE FOLLOWING IS HOW YOU VOTED:

County Clean up of South Fork Peachtree Creek

From: Sharon VerBeek <> of Tucker via the North Druid Valley Homeowners Association:  I attended a neighborhood meeting hosted by DeKalb county on March 12th.   This was one of 3 community meetings to be held to obtain comments and input regarding a Stream Cleanup Project which will involve South Fork Peachtree, Snapfinger and South river.  Basically Dekalb County was sued by the US EPA and GA DNR for dumping sewage in waterways.  As part of the settlement, they have to spend $660,000 on a one-time trash clean up of three creeks (including tributaries) that were involved in the dumping (South Fork Peachtree Creek is one of the three.  In order to determine the areas most in need of clean up, they are asking for citizen input via a survey distributed through a series of public meetings as well as through direct contact with neighborhood associations. 

Commissioner Kathie Gannon: BOC Agenda & Community Events

From commissioner Kathie Gannon: DeKalb History center celbration; CAN Embrace our Green Space Race; DeKalb Library fundraiser; Community Garden workshop; Hazardous household waste roundup.

GPC Spring 2012 Plant Sales, Lunch and Wildfower Series and Trillium Walk

For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College native plant garden:



Trillium Walk and Sale
Tuesday, March 27, 11:00 - 1:00

Azalea and Trillium Madness Sale
March 24, March 30, 31
Hours: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm



Traffic Alert: AGL Pipeline Project

From Emory: Atlanta Gas Light is undertaking a pipeline replacement project through August---a non-Emory project that will produce one-lane closures in the Emory area including Clifton, Houston Mill and North Decatur roads. Replacement work will occur during daytime and evening hours and, where possible, AGL will install the pipe outside of the roadway along the public right-of-way. Any work requiring a lane closure will follow DeKalb County traffic control guidelines with signage, cones and flaggers to assist traffic flow. AGL is coordinating with the Emory to minimize inconveniences to commuters and to avoid work during commencement activities. 

MANA E-Newsletter - March News and Events

From: Medlock Area Neighborhood Association : Community Meeting; Coyotes.

DeKalb News and Events

From the CEO's office: DeKalb TV; Probate 101; Affordable Care Act; Landscaping to Reduce Neighborhood Crime.

Rep. Hank Johnson’s E-Newsletter for March 16, 2012

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Fighting foreclosures; Rare earths; Mr. Payne; Super PACs; Humane Society; Artists; Women; Conyers; Judge; ADAP; FEMA Corps; Scholarships; Affordable care.

County Workshop: Community Gardening Sat. 3/31 9-2:30

From: ONE DeKalb - Office of Neighborhood Empowerment (

Rep. Benfield: Vote for the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper!

From: Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield ( Please support UCR and help them win a $25,000 "LUV Grant" from Southwest Airlines! Between now and March 18, you can vote daily for the video, "The Chattahoochee River Runs Through All of Us"

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