Melton's reopening Friday 12/30/11

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!!

County offers to Recycle Your Christmas Tree After The Holidays

DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces the return of Keep DeKalb Beautiful's (KDB) "Bring One for the Chipper" event Monday, Jan. 2 - Saturday, Jan. 7.

Suburban Plaza redevelopment moves forward

From the Patch: "With Variance Approval, Suburban Plaza Redevelopment Moves Forward. Selig Enterprises, the center's owner, now moves into the planning and engineering process, though no timetable has been set, a Selig senior vice president said...." [Read more]

Rep. Hank Johnson’s E-Newsletter for Dec. 20, 2011

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Tax cuts; Seniors; Iraq; Vets; Unemployment insurance; Jobs. Report - simple battery on Willivee 12/19/11

From DeKalb County Police via

Commissioner Gannon on Walmart

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.

Notes on Walmart variance hearing 12/14/11

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.

MANA E-Newsletter - 12/15 Update on Suburban Plaza

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).

December MANA E-Newsletter - Suburban Plaza

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association.  CHCA is working with MANA on this. 

Winter Clifton Community Partnership Update

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

Nature Preserve volunteer day

Event Date and Time: 
12/11/2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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.

Xmas tree sale benefits DHHS

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.

Emory community meeting

Event Date and Time: 
12/13/2011 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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.

Community Council Meetings

From the county CEO's office: What is a Community Council?  When's the next meeting.  [We're in district 2.] Report - Burglary on Blackmon, Car theft on McCurdy

From DeKalb Police via Report - Burglary on Powell 12/3

From the DeKalb Police via

MANA Lost Pet - Siam

From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association:

Decatur residents' meeting re: Walmart at Suburban Plaza

From North Druid Hills Patch: "Decatur Residents Question Walmart, Suburban Plaza Developers.  Developers say Walmart would be "Decatur funky" in style...." Read more.

Decatur’s Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes

Event Date and Time: 
12/02/2011 (All day) - 12/03/2011 (All day)

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.

Komen fundraiser and holiday bazaar

Event Date and Time: 
12/09/2011 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

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!

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