DeKalb restricts parking in Emory Village

From the AJC: By April Hunt, Tuesday, November 15, 2011: DeKalb County is installing hourly parking near Emory Village in a bid to encourage more visitors in the area. The county will restrict parking to one hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays on North Decatur and Oxford roads near the commercial strip. Signs detailing the change will be up soon. The restrictions come just months after the county installed a traffic roundabout in the area, to ease traffic around the busy intersections.  Read More.

Melton's App & Tap

Some news reports on the closure and local appeals for help.

From the North Druid Hills Patch: "Local restaurant and hangout Melton’s App & Tap has been closed since Nov. 6 due to a rat infestation that owner Aaron Melton said began in July with an invasion stemming from the Pet Supermarket next door. .... There are some ways to help Melton’s. First: Raise awareness. Tell your family, friends, coworkers and everyone else you know about what is happening.  Second: Contact the restaurant’s landlord to express your support. His name is Larry Wilensky. His office is at 1801 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 340, Atlanta, GA 30309. Or you can call him at 404-351-8803. If you contact him, be polite but show that you want Melton’s to reopen as soon as possible.  Third: If you’re on Facebook, like Melton’s page and the related Keep Melton’s Open page. Both are busy with many Melton’s patrons showing their support....."  Read more.

From the AJC: ".... “We’ve been open for 17 years and never had a rodent problem until this thing exploded right next to us in early July,” said Aaron Melton, owner of Melton’s App & Tap. “We already took the proper precautions, and always took the proper safeguards. … Now we’re shut down and don’t know if we’ll ever be able to reopen.”...." Read more.

Walmart in Suburban Plaza? tell us your concerns

We will be representing CHCA at a meeting with our commissioner.  If you have any concerns, comments, or questions regarding Walmart moving into Suburban Plaza, please email us at info AT

As an example, North Decatur Heights recently published this list on their website. Report - Assault on Willivee Pl 11/12/11

From DeKalb police via
Type Description Case # Location Agency Date Map It
Assault ASSAULT/BATTERY OFFENSE FREE TEXT 11-127855 2200 BLOCK WILLIVEE PL DeKalb County Police 11/12/2011 11:15:00 PM Map It

County Workshop: Wills and Advance Directives

From the county CEO's office: Last Things First: Making Sense of Wills and Advance Directives, Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 pm, Community Achievement Center, 4522 Flat Shoals Pkwy, Decatur, GA 30034. Hosted by: Decatur Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Terri M. Hall or Cynthia Williams at:

Kidical Mass - a safe and fun bike ride kids & families in Grant Park November 20th

For our cyclists and pre-cyclists from SOPO and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition: The 2nd Kidical Mass Atlanta is coming to Grant Park for the last Farmer's Market of the season on Sunday, November 20th at 10 a.m.  Kidical Mass is a family-friendly, law-abiding bike ride. The purpose is to teach kids, parents and caregivers safety skills and provide a ride in which to practice them. Organizers from the Sopo Bicycle Co-op and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition hope to build awareness of the growing presence of kids and families on bikes, as well as the need for all road users to respect others.  Kidical Mass brings together families who bike to build a supportive bicycling community. and are comfortable for families just starting out and biking on city streets for the first time but don’t completely avoid traffic. There is safety in numbers, not just on a group ride like this but also in the day to day world of riding in the city.  This ride helps families experience that comfort, and hopes participants will grow to incorporate biking into their transportation menus in the future.

MANA E-Newsletter 11/10/11

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Clyde Shepherd workday; Transportation SPLOST meeting; Alternative Gift market.

Hawks attack puppy

Caveat pet owners: The Medlock Neighbor group on Facebook reports that two young red shouldered hawks tried to kidnap a Beagle puppy last weekend.  The puppy wriggled free unharmed.  And a local resident reports seeing a coyote crossing Desmond around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. 

Remember to vote today: DeKalb ballot

From state rep Pat Gardner,  Note that the DeKalb will not include the Sunday Alcohol Sales question.  According to the AJC, the board of commissioners decided to add it to the March primary ballot to save money.

Walmart meeting reports

Four reports so far: MANA, Patch, Dean Tarrell's Tweets, Jim Smith's notes.

1.) From MANA:

A.) Re: our November 2 meeting, we are typing up our notes about the meeting and will share those in the very near future.  Thank you all for a great meeting!  If you have questions or comments, please email  [See their blog for]  a few images shared by the Selig and Walmart representatives who attended the meeting. Click to enlarge. Please note that these are concepts and not finalized versions. Your feedback is welcome.

B.) Where are we on the Suburban Plaza Development Plan?

Free online: county health inspection grades for restaurants, hotels, pools

From their website: The DeKalb County Board of Health is now offering to the public - free of charge - access to Health Inspections and Sanitation Grades for all Restaurants, Hotels, Pools and other Food Service Establishments in the County.


Cub Scout raking day

Event Date and Time: 
11/12/2011 (All day)

This cub scout pack includes members from Clairmont Heights: From:Branden Lisi []

Subject: Pack Six Cub Scout Fall Yard Raking Fundraiser

Good afternoon,  I am reaching out to you to see if you’d support our Cub Scout Pack by hiring our group to rake your yard. As before, the cost is $100/yard for yards under ½ acre and our families will take care of everything: raking, blowing, and bagging.  We are scheduling our Raking day for Saturday November 12 in the AM to early PM. Please respond to me directly if you’re interested in supporting scouting again this year!  And, if you know anybody else in the neighborhood that would enjoy helping scouts, please forward this along.

Yours in scouting,

Branden Lisi

Notes from Parks/Rec/Cultural Affairs Citizens Advisory Board meeting

Via Civic Association Network, Posted by: "Beth Nathan", Mon Oct 31, 2011:  FYI. Below are my notes from last week's Parks/Rec/Cultural Affairs Citizens Advisory Board meeting. Beth Nathan
CAB: Parks/Rec/Cultural Affairs, Oct 25, 2011

No citizens present in the audience.

County Shred and Tread recycling

Event Date and Time: 
11/19/2011 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) will host a “SHRED & TREAD” Recycling Event to emphasize recycling and eco-friendly activities on nationally recognized America Recycles Day (ARD). ARD is a day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products.  DeKalb citizens are invited to bring their sensitive documents for free on-site shredding.

Nature Preserve volunteer day rescheduled

Event Date and Time: 
11/12/2011 - 1:00pm

Our volunteer day for this weekend has been rescheduled to November 12 at 1pm.  Join us and a group of volunteers from Emory to help with trail maintenance, English ivy removal, and other tasks.  Chris Beck, President, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve


To get to the Nature Preserve take Medlock Road north to Medlock Elementary School. Turn right onto Wood Trail Lane and follow to the preserve entrance. For complete directions and for more information, visit, leave a detailed message at 678-951-0105, or email us at

SPLOST summary from county school site

From DeKalb County Schools:  This special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) is an opportunity for the voters in DeKalb County to continue the one-cent sales tax for school improvements that was approved by voters in 2007. This sales tax extension is limited to sixty months.

If the continuation of the one cent tax is approved on November 8, 2011, school improvements will be funded by everyone who buys goods in the county, regardless of where they live.

Early Voting for Countywide E-SPLOST and Municipal Elections

From commissioner Jeff Rader: On Tuesday, November 8th, voters will have the opportunity to vote to renew the Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST). The educational special purpose local option sales tax (E-SPLOST) is to continue a 1 per cent sales tax for educational purposes for the DeKalb, Atlanta and Decatur school systems. This 1 per cent tax has been collected since 1997 and must be voted on every five years to continue. In addition to the E-SPLOST, each municipality in DeKalb is conducting elections to elect city officials, approve Sunday liquor sales, and to approve special referendums. Please come out and cast your vote. Early voting for all DeKalb County voters has begun for the municipal and countywide special elections that will be conducted on November 8th. The voting will continue weekdays through Friday, November 4 from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM. The location is the Voter Registration office at 4380 Memorial Drive. There will be no voting on Monday, November 7. For more details on the E-SPLOST, go to the following websites:

Benfield Beat - Weekend Events & More!

From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield: Green Expo; Electronics recycling; Halloween health pledge; DeKalb house delegation public hearing.

Clifton Corridor transportation meeting report

From North Druid Hills Patch: Residents packed a conference room at the Emory Conference Center Hotel Tuesday night to have one final discussion about transportation options in the Clifton Corridor area.  Although MARTA project manager Jason Morgan said the end of the public input process is “the end of the beginning,” residents were eager to study the three options that would bring rail or bus service — or a combination of both — from Lindbergh Center in Buckhead to Cheshire Bridge Road, Emory University, and the Centers for Disease Control.... [Read more.]

MANA E Bulletin - Meetings on Walmart, SPLOST

From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: public meetings on Walmart (11/2), SPLOST (11/14)

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