Rep. Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for April 1, 2011

Contents:Atlanta; DC; Artists; Vets; Unemployed; Rare Earth; Health Fair; Animal rights; Healthy foods.

Sustainability & Clifton Community Partnership Update

From Emory's Clifton Community Partnership.  Contents: Welcome to the Sustainability & Clifton Community Partnership Update; Month-Long Celebrations for Mother Earth; Generating Ideas to Reduce Carbon Footprint; Sustainability Update: How is Emory Doing?;Additional Effort Underway to Achieve Sustainability Goal;'Green' Conference Focuses on Health Care; Reused Trees Serve as Kiosks in Lullwater Preserve; Students 'Get Hands Dirty' with Placed-Based Learning

Tibet Week events for Friday and Saturday @ the Carlos Museum

From the Emory-Tibet Partnership and Carlos Museum: Remaining Tibet Week events.

Benfield Beat March 28, 2011

From State Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield. Contents: American Red Cross Request for Blood;; Job Acts Tour; Reps. Benfield and Bell at Ride to the Capitol Event; Get the Lead Out Event; GA Legislature Reaches Crossover Day; Tax Reform Summary; Fundraiser for Decatur Officers

MANA Community Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
03/28/2011 - 7:00pm

From MANA: Greetings Neighbors, Just a quick reminder to please join us THIS Monday at 7pm for our first 2011 MANA Community Meeting. We hope to see you there.

The MANA Board
MANA Community Meeting
Monday, March 28, 2011, 7:00 pm
North Decatur Presbyterian Church (Scott Blvd and Medlock Road)

Embrace our Green Space Race confirmed

Event Date and Time: 
03/26/2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

[New update from organizer Ted Daniel: Embrace Our Green Space Race to benefit local parks (including Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve) is ON for March 26th.  Walk up registration is welcome!  Please sign in by 9:30 as the 20K bike ride will start promptly at 10AM, followed shortly by the 10K skate, then the 10K run, then the 5K run, and lastly the 2K walk.  Snacks available after the race provided by local restaurants.

Breakthrough Agreement with DeKalb County/PDK Airport

From Larry Foster, Open DeKalb: Open DeKalb Inc. Announces Breakthrough Agreement with DeKalb County/PDK Airport.  On January 25, 2011, after almost a year of extensive discussion and information sharing regarding the proposed new PDK Airport Layout Plan (ALP), the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement betweeen Open DeKalb and the County regarding two important points.

Local police incident reports

From DeKalb police via  No other details available.

Description Case # Location Date Map It
DISORDERLY CONDUCT 16-49 11-031314 800 BLOCK GAYLEMONT CIR` 3/22/2011 5:24:00 PM Map It
ENTERING AN AUTOMOBILE 16-8-18 11-031270 600 BLOCK MEDLOCK RD 3/20/2011 6:00:00 PM Map It
LARCENY 11-031339 2400 BLOCK Hunting Valley DR 3/15/2011 6:07:00 PM Map It
LARCENY FREE TEXT (ATTEMPT) 11-030845 2400 BLOCK WOOD TRAIL LN 3/21/2011 3:30:00 PM Map It
FRAUD - IMPERSONATION 11-032216 1000 BLOCK WILLIVEE DR 3/13/2011 2:00:00 PM Map It

GPC Native Plant Garden sales

Event Date and Time: 
03/26/2011 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College:

Native Azalea and Trillium Madness Sales

Native Azalea and Trillium Madness Sales

This coming Saturday, March 26, we start our Native Plant Sales. We are featuring native Azaleas and 8-10 year old Trilliums which were grown from seed. This is a great opportunity to purchase for planting this spring. Sales continue on Wednesday, March 30, with the start of our Spring 2011 Lunch and Wildflower Series. We also have a great selection of other native plants available. Come see us this Saturday, March 26, 10am to 2pm, and enjoy the garden while you are here.

Emory Tibet week events for kids

From Emory's Carlos Museum: Sand Mandala Workshop for Children; Children's meditation workshop; Family concert.

State rep. Mary Margaret Oliver newsletter 3/18/11

March 18, 2011–2011 Session Completes Day 30! HAPPY SPRING! This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s fourth email newsletter for the 2011 General Assembly Session which convened January 10, 2011, and has completed 30 days of the 40 day Session. In each newsletter, I ask 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. Thank you for your interest and opinions!

Ira B. Melton Park Workday success

The Ira B. Melton Park workday last Saturday was a great success, thanks -- apart from the nice weather -- to coordinators Valerie Boss and Marianne Skeen, to the MANA and CHCA boards for their material and financial support, to Catherine Larson for the signs, to Sally Sears, Paul Weathersby, and Warner McConaughey from the South Fork Conservancy for starting the ball rolling, to Charles Myrick and Brook Smith from the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association for their advice on trail building, to Mike Gerke from Bicycle South for information on the bike trail, to the scouts and leaders of Troop 534 for their hard work (consider helping them by going to their car wash on Saturday March 19), to Dave Butler for his liaisonship with the County to get approval and to arrange trash pickup, and to neighbor worker bees like those pictured below standing in front of the mountain of invasive privet pulled from the park.  A county public works sanitation truck was there on Monday in the rain picking up all the privet as well as the many piles of trash and debris neatly stacked at the curb by volunteers. 

Scout troop 534 fundraiser car wash

Event Date and Time: 
03/19/2011 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

From the troop that helped clean up Ira B. Melton Park March 12: "The parents of Troop 534 only pay $10 for each campout to cover the Scouts meals, the rest of the money for camping and other equipment comes from fundraisers that the boys plan.  Our next one is a Car Wash this Saturday, March 19 from 10am-3pm.  I always make some donuts for Scouts or customers and cook hot dogs, served with chips and lemonade.  Boys will work for food!  The car wash will be at Briarcliff United Methodist Church, the pumpkin church, it is where Shallowford dead ends into Briarcliff.  4105 Briarcliff Road  Atlanta  30345." Thanks! Mrs. Nelson, Scoutmaster, Troop 534

Traffic advisory: Georgia Marathon Sunday

The Georgia Marathon starts at 7am on Sunday morning and it runs through the Clairmont/N Decatur Rd intersection. 


State rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield newsletter March 2011

From her newsletter: American Red Cross Request for Blood; Kids Eat Free; GA General Assembly Nears Crossover Day; 6th Annual Georgia Rides to the Capitol Bicycle Ride; Take Action for Healthy Food; Dems Shape HOPE legislation

Decatur Old House Fair

Event Date and Time: 
03/19/2011 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Reminder from CHCA neighbor Dr. Dave Crass who runs the GA Historic Preservation Division in DNR: "Again this year we are co-sponsoring the Decatur Old House Fair on Saturday 19 March. This year we focus on ranch houses and practical advice for maintaining and upgrading them. I thought folks in the CHCA might be interested (I live at 636 Densley). ..."

From the DeKalb History CenterDiscover, Shop, and Learn at the 3rd Annual Decatur Old House Fair-- December 2010 – On Saturday, March 19, 2011, the City of Decatur, in partnership with the Georgia Historic Preservation Division and the DeKalb History Center, will hold the third annual Decatur Old House Fair. This day-long celebration features new ideas, practical advice, innovative materials, and quality services for owners of older homes. Homeowners attend how-to seminars and workshops on restoring old windows, historic landscapes, researching an old house, kitchen and bath ideas, energy efficiency, and much more.  The Fair also includes a large exhibit hall of professionals, retailers, and suppliers specializing in home improvement, historic preservation, and interior furnishings.

Global Health and Humanity Summit

Event Date and Time: 
04/01/2011 (All day) - 04/03/2011 (All day)

From neighbor Neil Shuman: A Global Movement for Change: More than a single happening, this is the creation of a movement to recruit volunteers and resources, network people doing good works, and to ignite similar events around the globe. You’ve heard of the World Economic Summit… this event is the Global Humanitarian Summit! This is neither an academic nor a monetizing venture. It is simply an effort to show that regardless of where one is from, how famous or unknown, and how rich or poor, compassionate action is the secret to a joyous life. We hope to collectively foster and harness the tremendous human potential to do good!


New Decatur Bicycle Club

From the Clairemont/Great Lakes Neighborhood Association newsletter: Neighbors, A few Decatur residents are starting a Bike Club with an inaugural Atlanta to Athens Ride May 21 – 22, 2011 supporting Multiple Sclerosis. Details are  provided below. Jerseys need to be ordered soon and a team party is scheduled for March 19. Who's in? Join

Personal Care Homes Public Information Meetings

From the county CEO's OneDekalb Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: The purpose of these meetings is to assist in the regulation of personal care homes, allow for the provision thereof, alleviate potential over concentration, and enhance the quality of life in DeKalb County neighborhoods.  Meetings on March 22, 24, 29, 31.

DeKalb History Center auction fundraiser

Event Date and Time: 
03/25/2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

From the DeKalb History Center: Enjoy an evening of food, wine, beer and music while bidding on fantastic items donated by generous local businesses. Silent auction packages include event tickets, golf, dinners, art, jewelry, hotel stays, special tours, books, children's activities, fitness opportunities and more.

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