U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson on Affordable Care Act

Dear Friends, One year after the Patient’s Bill of Rights in the Affordable Care Act went into effect, millions of Americans are already benefiting from the law. In fact, September 23rd was First Anniversary of Patient’s Bill of Rights in the Affordable Care Act, and millions of Americans are benefiting from the improved coverage and lower costs provided by the law.

Tibetan Festival

From Drepung Loseling Monastery, Dresden Drive. FREE for Emory students, faculty, and staff, and for kids under 12. Saturday October 22, 2011, 10 AM - 4 PM

Melton Park work day success 9/24/11

From Marianne Skeen: Thanks to some great help from a group of scouts from Troop 534, we were able to clear a new section of trail in Ira B. Melton park on September 24. The scouts pulled out privet, clipped branches and sawed overhanging limbs to move the path away from the eroding creek bank. Several neighbors joined the fun to swell the ranks to a total of 14 volunteers. At the end of the day, there were 14 bags of trash, 4 bags of recyclables, 2 large piles of privet, a heap of old construction rubble, and 14 tires that had been pulled from the creek earlier in the week waiting for pick-up by the DeKalb County Parks Department!! Thanks to all who helped out.  Photos attached below.

Pumpkins for Sale: The scouts of Troop 534 who have helped us on two work days in Ira B. Melton Park are selling pumpkins during the month of October as a fundraiser. Pumpkins are available in the parking lot of the Briarcliff United Methodist Church at the corner of Briarcliff and Shallowford Roads. Let’s return the favor and help them with their project.

Cyclist meets Law

For our cyclists from Dateline Decatur blog with h/t to Jim Smith: Under Georgia law, bicycles are considered vehicles and bicyclists must adhere to the same rules of the road as drivers. When police officers observe violations, like my failure to stop at the intersection of Oakview Road and Adams Street, they are required to enforce the code. It doesn’t matter that I was wearing a helmet or that I am a Decatur resident who pays Decatur taxes. I broke the law in Decatur and I am now $212.50 poorer because of it.  [Read more]

Hazardous Waste Recycling Event

Event Date and Time: 
10/01/2011 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

DeKalb County is having a Hazardous Waste Recycling Event at the Central Transfer Station (3720 Leroy Scott Dr 30030) on Saturday October 1st from 8a to Noon. Get rid of paint, pesticides and other hazardous wastes easily. It's open to DeKalb residents only.

What are household hazardous wastes?


Household hazardous wastes are products that contain potentially dangerous chemicals and are no longer in use. These items should not be disposed of in your regular trash because of its potentially harmful effects on our environment. This event will offer our County residents the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous wastes in a proper manner free of charge.

AARP Tax-Aide seeks volunteers for 2012

From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: FYI, my husband did this last year and will do it again this year. AARP Tax-Aide, the nation's largest free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service is now seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome; you do not need to be an AARP member to volunteer nor do you need to be a retiree.

Community Engagement Survey for DeKalb County School System

From the Druid Hills High School PTA: The DeKalb County School System is re-establishing a strategic planning process and invites you to participate! We want to hear from you regarding what you want your public schools to provide for students, what the schools are doing well, and what challenges the schools and students face. The input that you provide on this survey will be used to revise the district’s strategic plan for approval by the Board of Education in February 2012. All survey responses are anonymous. Thank you for lending your voice to public education in DeKalb County School System! The survey is being administered by the Georgia School Boards Association. The survey will be live through midnight on September 30, 2011. You can access the survey at the link:  http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22CSGKB2U3D

State Rep. Mike Jacobs: Ash-Dun Meeting, Silver Lake Centennial, Redistricting Report

Of possible interest from state rep. Mike Jacobs, 80th district, Brookhaven area: Ash-Dun Meeting; Silver Lake Centennial; Redistricting Report

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

From U.S. rep. Hank Johnson: Transportation; Protecting women; Human trafficking; Grants; Defending justice; Helping business; Fuel cells; Powering GA.

Atlanta BBQ festival

Event Date and Time: 
09/30/2011 - 2:00pm - 10/01/2011 - 8:00pm

From Bob Herndon via the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood neighborhood: Hi All,   The 3rd annual Atlanta BBQ fest is happening at Atlantic Station on Sept 30th 4-10 and Oct. 1st Noon to 8PM.  We'll have a kids area, bands-including Robert Cray as our headliner for Sat., BBQ contest and 10 BBQ vendors to choose from.  Part of the proceeds benefit Oakhurst Recovery Program for homeless men.  Tickets are $6 advance, $10 day of.  http://www.atlbbqfest.com for tickets and all other info.  Thanks, Bob Herndon

Ferntastic Week, Plant Sales, Upcoming Talks - GPC Native Garden

For our gardeners from the Native Plant Botanical Garden at Georgia Perimeter College:

Glenn School Clothing Sale

Event Date and Time: 
09/23/2011 - 9:30am - 09/24/2011 - 2:30pm

From the Glenn Memorial Church School parents via Medlock Neighbors Facebook group: You can find everything your baby and child needs at the Glenn Children’s Clothing Sale, one of the largest and longest running consignment sales of its kind!
The sale has more than 54,000 items including:
·        Seasonal clothes for girls & boys infant through size 14
·        Children’s shoes and accessories
·        Baby equipment such as strollers, cribs, car seats and carriers
·        Toys, books, games and CDs
The average item costs only $3!

MANA E-Newsletter September 2011

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Items for your Calendar; Next Community Meeting; Pet Lovers - Registry; Great Offer from Dave Butler; Halloween; $$$ for Laurel Ridge

Freight train freight train

Info on the CSX line that runs through Mason Mill Park by Bob Ballou from the East Lake Neighborhood with a h/t to Druid Hills Civic Association: ".... There are many names for the CSX line that runs through our neighborhood. On the deeds of houses nearby, it’s referred to as Seaboard or Seaboard Airline. It’s also seen on various maps as the Inman Belt, Park Line, and Belt Line. Our line connects Kirkwood Junction, which is where a southbound train bends west toward Atlanta, on the south side of Dekalb Ave., with Belt Junction, which is behind the Starvine parking deck at Emory’s Clairmont Campus.  The CSX operational people – engineers, train masters, dispatchers – often refer to the line as “the scenic route.”  For a map of the entire Atlanta rail system, go to http://www.dot.state.ga.us/maps/documents/railroad/metro_atlanta_rail_ma... [also see attachedHow many trains are scheduled to run on the line each day? ...." [Read more]

CrimeMapping.com Report - auto theft on Webster 9/15

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:

Rally for Clifton Transit Project 9/28/11

From Emory's Sustainability Office: Rally for Rail Now!  As the deadline fast approaches for the final vote on the transportation project list, it is critically important to continue to contact the ARC Regional Roundtable officials to ensure the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative (CCTI) remains on the final list of transportation projects at the recommended $700 million level.  The full Roundtable will vote on October 13 to approve the final list that will then become the projects to receive funding if the Transportation Investment Act passes next year.

Public Meeting on Transportation Projects

From the county CEO's office: Next year, residents of the Atlanta region will have the opportunity to generate new transportation funding by voting for a penny sales tax. Local elected officials have worked with residents to develop a draft list of priority projects in DeKalb County and throughout the region that would be funded with the new revenue. Now, they need additional input from you before they deliver the final list on October 15. You can participate in person: Wednesday, September 28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Manuel Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur

Old map showing Stone Mt Freeway through CHCA/MANA

From Greg Germani via the Facebook Group Medlock Park Neighbors: Of probable interest to Medlock Park residents: there was once a plan to extend the Stone Mtn Freeway right through the heart of the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve and Medlock Park in general in an effort to get motorists to and from I-485, which was never built. A larger version of this map can be seen here: http://www.facebook.com/l/KAQA1bKrKAQB7LGx0NXGJiaqxE880u5S9nd4KgKsBiIS5Lw/bit.ly/pILhkk

Ira B. Melton Park Workday Sat. Sept. 24

Event Date and Time: 
09/24/2011 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

From Valerie Boss: There will be a workday at Ira B Melton Park (entrance on Desmond Road across from Park Lane) on Sat, Sept 24 9:30-12:30. We'll be clearing a section of trail, pulling privet, and cleaning up trash along the creek. Please bring work gloves and plenty of water. We could also use shovels, wheelbarrows, and clippers. If anyone has ropes or chains, please bring them. We may want to pull a few tires out of the creek.  Thanks, by the way, to Kieran Reynolds who pulled a bunch of tires out last week and hauled them up to the Desmond trailhead for pickup.  Photos of some of the work done so far...

Career Fair on Friday, September 16

From the county CEO's office: In recognition of Workforce Development Month, DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces the DeKalb Workforce Development Department, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Labor, will host its 6th annual Workforce Development Day: 5 Steps to Success on Sept. 16, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. Representatives from local companies, schools and community partners are expected to attend the career fair. All events are free and open to the public.

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