From the county CEO Burrell Ellis: Dear Neighbors, Since the beginning of the year, I have been busy meeting with our citizens to talk about our 2011 budget and the future of our county. These are tough times, but I continue to believe that our future will be bright if we act responsibly and forthrightly today. The recession continues to impact us with rising costs, and record levels of unemployment and home foreclosures. Each of us has been affected in some way. As a county resident, parent and taxpaying citizen, I am affected, too. We are in this together.
From the county CEO's office: SKYWARN® STORM SPOTTER TRAINING CLASS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 7:00P.M. - 10:00P.M. Learn how to recognize severe weather as it is forming! The DeKalb Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the National Weather Service, have come together to offer a SKYWARN® storm spotter class.
From the county CEO's office: Severe Weather Awareness Week February 7 - 11. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency's (GEMA) Ready Georgia campaign helps residents prepare for a variety of natural disasters by offering tools needed to create emergency supply kits, develop a communications plan and stay informed about potential threats.
Monday, Feb. 7 Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day
Tuesday, Feb. 8 Thunderstorm Safety
Wednesday, Feb. 9 Tornado Safety (Statewide Tornado Drill)
A letter from CHCA neighbor Bob Lewis to the school board, published with permission: Since I turned 80 last May, and my children are now 44, 42, and 39, I don't suppose that I should be concerned about school closings. However, my parents, neither of whom was a high school graduate, taught me that good schools are an asset to the community, regardless of whether or not your children attend them.
From state rep. Mike Jacobs' newsletter: Decentralized Redistricting Saves Taxpayers More: Tonight, Sunday, January 30, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline to complete the DeKalb County School System’s online survey regarding the “centralized” and “decentralized” plans for school redistricting. Click here to take the survey. If you miss this deadline, you also can e-mail the members of the DeKalb County Board of Education with your thoughts about the two proposals. In fact, you should consider doing this whether or not you have completed the survey. The Board of Education will make the final decision about redistricting.
From the MANA board: Greetings Neighbors, We have provided a survey link from DeKalb County School System and an updated letter and position statement based on recent data and information collected by our task force. Please fill out the survey TODAY and use the updated letter to call and e-mail the school board members ASAP. Sincerely, The MANA Board and The Medlock PTA
From Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver's newsletter: January 28, 2011–2011 Session Completes Day 6! This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s second email newsletter for the 2011 General Assembly Session which convened January 10, 2011, and has completed six days of the 40 day Session.
PLEASE JOIN MMO AT A TOWNHALL MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVE STEPHANIE STUCKEY BENFIELD, REPRESENTATIVE STACY ABRAMS, SENATOR JASON CARTER, and MAYOR BILL FLOYD!
From Creativity & Arts at Emory [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Enrollment for membership in Medlock Park Community Garden's 2011 season is now open. Join your neighbors in making the corner of Willivee Drive and Scott Circle a beautiful thriving garden. Plot holder membership is $60, Supporting membership is free. Please email email@example.com for details.
From the county CEO's office: The Neighborhood Fund announces its 2011 grant calendar. Community groups have three opportunities to apply for funding this year. The first deadline for 2011 is Monday, March 7. Upcoming Orientation Session. Groups interested in funding and support are encouraged to attend the upcoming orientation session.
From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield: The State of Georgia, DeKalb County, and the Tom Scott Family are collaborating to develop a small garden in Tom's name at the corner of Memorial Drive and Northern Avenue. To help fund the completion and ongoing maintenance of the Tom Scott Memorial Garden, you are invited to a fundraiser at Parker's on Ponce in Decatur for light appetizers and a cash bar.
From Emory Report: "Construction around campus on the rise and on the go." by David Payne
From commissioner Jeff Rader: Administration's Proposal a Step Forward by Commissioner Jeff Rader. One of my recurring themes has been the need to improve the process, not just the outcome, for preparing the county's annual operating budget. Last month, I discussed a resolution passed by the Board of Commissioners outlining its priorities for the 2011 budget.
From commissioner Jeff Rader: Please join us for a TOWN HALL MEETING ANNOUNCING THE CENTRAL DEKALB SENIOR CENTER. SHARE YOUR IDEAS FOR PROGRAMMING IN THE CENTER. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM OR 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
THE MACK LOVE CENTER AT MASON MILL PARK
1340 McCONNELL DRIVE
DECATUR, GA 30033
Please plan on attending only one of the two meetings based on the time that best fits your schedule.
From commissioner Jeff Rader: Come share your concerns on the Proposed 2011 Budget. LOCATION: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Annunciation
2500 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30329
(Commissioner Jeff Rader represents District Two on DeKalb County's Board of Commissioners. He was reelected in November of 2010 for another four-year term.)
From: Raymond, Jeff (CEI-Atlanta) [mailto:Jeff.Raymond@coxinc.com] via Clairemont/Great Lakes neighborhood newsletter: Hi Softball Families, There are just a couple of more weeks for open registration (prior to late registration).
Reminder from Bike South owner Fred Boykin via the Clairemont/Great Lakes neighborhood association newsletter: I wanted to let folks know that the 6th annual Georgia Rides To The Capitol bicycle ride is coming up on Tuesday, March 22nd. We'd love to have you join
us! Please visit www.GeorgiaRidesToTheCapitol.org for details and (free) registration. There is an easy paced Decatur ride from the East Lake MARTA station that leaves at 10:45 am. We meet up downtown with a group riding from Roswell. Last year we had over 1,500 cyclists at the Capitol.
From DeKalb county CEO's office: OneDeKalb - Neighborhood Capacity Building Training Institute
Purchasing & Contracting 101: Overview of DeKalb County's Purchasing and Contracting Procedures
Kelvin Walton, Chief Procurement Officer, will discuss the overall procurement process and how to do business with DeKalb County.
From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield:
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com. No other details published.