Electronics, Shoe Recycling and Paper Shredding

Event Date and Time: 
11/15/2014 - 8:00am - 2:00pm

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.

DeKalb Neighborhood Summit

Event Date and Time: 
11/01/2014 - 8:00am - 12:30pm

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.

Rep. Oliver update 10/17/14

From District 82 rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: Voting reminders; Ballot guide; Cityhood updates.

DeKalb History Center's History Adventure School Days

Event Date and Time: 
10/21/2014 (All day) - 10/24/2014 (All day)

From the DeKalb History Center: the DeKalb History Center's HISTORY ADVENTURE School Days, Oct. 21-24, 2014. 404-373-1088 ext 20  www.dekalbhistory.org

Druid Hills letter on cityhood and annexation 10/15/14

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.]

DeKalb Legislators public meeting notes 10/13/14

[From CHCA Board president Michael Dowling.] Interesting perspectives from meeting of the DeKalb Legislative Delegation on October 13, 2014.  Legislators from DeKalb County's delegation recently held an open meeting as they prepare for the upcoming 2015 legislative session. Clairmont Heights residents may be interested to see how various parties perceive issues (annexation and cityhood) that we have discussed at our recent public meetings. Our local House member, Rahn Mayo, was not present. Mary Margaret Oliver is the House member for both Druid Hills and portions of Decatur. She has also served our community in the past when boundaries were different. The notes are an unofficial record from interested county resident Beth Nathan. "Last night the legislators were particularly interactive ... lots of opinions, some prickly back-and-forth ... discussion of parochialism vs regionalism, info that efforts to merge Briarcliff/Lakeside are proceeding fairly well, hints that Blueprints recommendations are being taken seriously, some statements that someone might want to hold officials feet to..."

Rep. Mayo's November Ballot Guide

From our District 84 rep. Rahn Mayo: 2014 Proposed constitutional amendments and ballot questions. 

Commissioner Gannon update 10/10/14

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.

Operations Task Force meeting notes 10/11/14

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.

Rep. Mayo on Cityhood/Annexation 10/13/14


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.

Commissioner Rader update 10/14/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: International Food and Music Festival 10/18; Conversation with county police 10/29.

Rep. Johnson update 10/14/14

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Health Services grants; Supporting police; Ebola info; Economic needs of women; Medicare open enrollment; Hispanic heritage; Civil Rights.

Fernbank PTA meeting

Event Date and Time: 
10/22/2014 - 6:00pm

From PTA co-Presidents Laura Disque (CHCA neighbor) and Melissa Fishbein: Please join us for out General PTA Meeting on Wednesday, October 22nd, 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  Annexation will be a top agenda item. We will have informed individuals on a panel to share information and answer questions.  

2014 Voter Guide

From the League of Women Voters, AJC, and WSB: "The 2014 Online Voter Guide is a non-partisan resource for voters in the metropolitan area. The questions are a product of the work of the League of Women Voters of Georgia and AJC staff. The League, the AJC, and WSB-TV do not endorse candidates and thoroughly believe that voters should judge candidates based on their own merits, ideas and platform. We work very hard to provide an intelligent, equitable forum where that can occur.

CHCA seeks website/newsletter editor and website administrator

From the CHCA Board: The CHCA board is seeking a volunteer or volunteers to replace retiring CHCA website/newsletter editor and website administrator Tim Bryson.  A content editor for the website and newsletter finds relevant news, posts it on the website, and distributes a digest of those posts weekly via Mailchimp.  They also administer CHCA's Facebook and Twitter accounts.  This takes on average about an hour a week.

Emory lecture on Thomas Hardy, Seamus Heaney

Event Date and Time: 
10/21/2014 - 6:30pm

For our literary residents, a free lecture open to the public, from Emory:  Ron Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor of English Emeritus at Emory University, will give a lecture titled “Into the Heartland of the Ordinary: Seamus Heaney, Thomas Hardy, and the Divided Tradition of Modern and Contemporary Poetry” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room at Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library.

DeKalb legislators town halls October 2014

From Mark Niesse in the AJC: "DeKalb County’s state representatives are holding a series of three town hall meetings in October. The meetings will be open to the public, and the most of the 16-member DeKalb House Delegation is expected to attend. The events will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Maloof Auditorium in Decatur and Oct.

Briarcliff and Lakeside agree on boundaries

From Joe Earle in Altanta Intown and Reporter Newspapers: ".... “We have agreed on boundaries that we can both live with,” said Mary Kay Woodworth, co-chair of LakesideYES.

Nature Preserve Harvest Festival

Event Date and Time: 
10/19/2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

From the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve Join us at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve for our annual harvest festival onSunday, October 19 from 4-7pm for food, kids’ activities, music, and s'mores by the bonfire. A local girl scout troop will be holding a bake sale and we will have hot dogs, drinks, and fixings available as well. We will also be joined by Cutie the sheep, who is part of flock who will be grazing our English ivy later this winter.

New cities, annexations, and unincorporated islands

From Tom Doolittle in the Brookhaven Post: ".... On Monday, Herman Lorenz, representing Briarcliff attempted to show ... why he projected no action, annexation or inclusion into a new city, would be taken by the General Assembly in 2015.  Lorenz explained that the opportunity to add the Farmers Market area to a large new city map will have to wait until legislation determines Decatur annexations or Emory/Druid Hills disposition with the City of Atlanta.

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