From Staci Abrams Melton 5:52am Dec 26: ANNOUNCEMENT (From Melton's): At long last, barring any last minute glitches, Melton's will be REOPENING at 4:00 p.m. on this Friday, December 30. Please join us this weekend, including New Years' Eve. Thanks for all of your support!!
From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Tax cuts; Seniors; Iraq; Vets; Unemployment insurance; Jobs.
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Re-posted with permission from commissioner Kathie Gannon. These comments were originally sent in response to an inquiry from the Emory Grove neighborhood: "Thank you for writing Commissioner Gannon regarding the Wal-Mart parking variance. This issue will be brought before the Board of Zoning Appeals on December 14th at 1 PM in the Maloof Auditorium. Neither Commissioner Gannon nor the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners will have an opportunity to vote on the request. The decision is being made by a group of 7 DeKalb County citizens that serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals. This Board meets monthly to consider requests for special exceptions and variances. The zoning ordinance specifies the criteria that the Board of Zoning Appeals must apply to determine the merits of the request.
Re-posted with permission. From Michelle Page-Rivera via Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association. "I attended the Walmart hearing today out of general curiosity. Hearing was related to Seligs request for a variance to reduce the current number of parking spaces at the future Walmart location. Parking would be split between surface parking and underground parking. After much heated discussion among the Board, the request was approved.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Dear neighbors,Earlier today, the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved Selig Enterprises' special exception to reduce parking; this vote clears the way for the next stage in the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza. It was a very contentious meeting as many people felt it was their only venue for stating how they feel about Walmart. As noted elsewhere, Suburban Plaza is already zoned for a big box store with Walmart's specs and the ZBA could only vote to do one of three things: accept the request, reject it, or defer it for later consideration. The ZBA voted to accept the request with conditions (see below).
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association. CHCA is working with MANA on this.
From: Clifton Community Partnership: Clifton Corridor Transit Project Approved for Vote; A Holiday Transformation at Callanwolde; Accolades for Emory Conference Center Hotel; Emory Village Recollections; Temporary Tobacco Zones Identified; Emory Boards Approve Next Steps in Hospital Bed Tower Project; Rooted in History, Calhoun Oak Comes Down; Yerkes Research Center Continues Excellence
From Chris Beck: Take a break from the holiday rush and join us this Sunday, December 11, from 1-3pm for a volunteer day at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. Check out the progress on the new kiosk/pavilion and then help us maintain trails and continue habitat restoration after the privet removal.
From Druid Hills High School PTA: Support our local high school, Druid Hills, with the purchase of your holiday tree this year! Beautiful fresh trees are on sale now, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, at Suburban Plaza at the corner of N. Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard. Pay by check to DHHS PTA and a portion of the purchase will be directed to the PTA Enrichment Fund to support excellence in academics and arts at DHHS. Only purchases paid by check will benefit Druid Hills High School.
From Emory: Greetings to all: Please mark your calendars for our next quarterly community meeting scheduled forTuesday, December 13, from 6:30-8:00 PM., in conference room 5-C, in the 1599 Clifton Road Building. As you know, these informal quarterly meetings are an opportunity to share information and discuss any particular issues of interest or concern to you with Mike Mandl, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration. Please extend this invitation to others in your neighborhood who may want to participate. To access the 1599 Building, you will turn off Clifton Road into the same entrance to the Emory Conference Center Hotel and the 1599 Building will be the first building on the right, with parking in the rear. Please park on the visitor level and enter into the main lobby from that level. Take the elevator to the fifth floor and look for signs for 5-C.
From the county CEO's office: What is a Community Council? When's the next meeting. [We're in district 2.]
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
From the DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: