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:
From Decatur Tour of Homes: Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, 5:30-9:30 pm. Decatur’s Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes features seven homes decorated for the holidays and three points of interest around the City of Decatur. Read more.
From Jazzercise Decatur: JAZZERCISE KICKS OFF 10TH ANNIVERSAY FUND RAISER FOR KOMEN ATLANTA Pink Palooza Holiday Bazaar – Friday, December 9th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 111 New Street at East Decatur Station Decatur, GA 30030 DECATUR, GA— Team Decatur Jazzercise will host a Pink Palooza Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 9th from 5:30 pm- 8:30 pm at East Decatur Station located on New Street. Local vendors will be there to sell their products for visitors to stop by for some wine, hors d'oeuvre and one stop local shopping for Holiday gifts. A percentage of the sales proceeds will benefit the Atlanta affiliate of Komen for the Cure Jazzerthon. Last year the Team Decatur Jazzercise raised $10,000and they hope to double that this year!. So don’t miss out and join us for Pink Palooza Holiday Bazaar. Nearly twenty local vendors will participate so come and see what they have to offer. Vendors include, Jazzercise Decatur, Better Dress Vintage, Debbie's Bead Designs, Junebug Children’s Clothes, Little Bird Blue Designer Jeans Consignment, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Oak Tree Salon, Organogold Organic Coffee, Plan to Plate, Pilly Pops and Hankdawanks, Phineas and Stout Curious Remedies, Posh Spa Boutique, Scentsy Wickless, SL Hayes Design, Stella & Dot Jewelry, Tastefully Simple and more to come… we hope to see you there!
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association:
From the AJC: Decatur-area restaurant plagued by rats from pet store to reopen, By Fran Jeffries and David Ibata, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "The owner of a Decatur-area restaurant has decided to reopen his eatery after closing it three weeks ago because rats that were traced to a pet store next door had invaded his place...." Read more.
In light of recent reports of potential predators like coyotes, owls, and hawks, we're reprinting this by permission from Wardell Castles which was originally posted to the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association listserv: "If you have a outdoors cat and you want to protect him/her from these coyotes (and cars and dogs, etc), here's an article that offers some advice.
Trust me, it can be done. Kay and I've converted two previously outdoor stray cats to perfectly content inside cats. After all, what animal in their right mind would rather be outside in cold rainy weather being stalked by larger predators as opposed to living the life of luxury indoors being well fed, warm, and cared for.
From the county CEO's office: Chapel Hill Middle School, 3535 Dogwood Farms Rd, Decatur, GA. Saturday, December 3, 9-11 a.m. Saturday's Guests Include: Congressman Hank Johnson's Office of Constituent Services; The Salvation Army's Programs and Resources; Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Stone Mountain Park -A Stone Mountain Christmas; Atlanta Community Food Bank. Please bring a canned good item ! We will be donating items to help our neighbors in need to the Atlanta Community Food Bank! Since 1997, Commissioner Stan Watson has utilized this platform to connect elected and appointed officials, public safety representatives, DeKalb County services and resources and the community together. His purpose is to educate, inform, and inspire community-wide opportunities to work together. There is never a charge to attend and it is open to the public.
From DeKalb county police via CrimeMapping.com