County workshop: Police, VIP, & ICP

From the county's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: "Be My Neighbor Part 1" provided information on how to launch effective neighborhood watch programs. In part 2 of this workshop, you will learn ways to manage and ways to connect your neighborhood watch programs with DeKalb County resources and services. Topics: Effective ways to address escalating issues; What do criminals look for? What is VIP and ICP? Disaster preparedness techniques and procedures; Utilizing agency resources. Report 4/30/11

From DeKalb Police via

Criminal Justice 101: DA talks about the criminal justice system in DeKalb County

From County CEO Burrell Ellis' Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: "The District Attorney's office will walk you through the steps of the criminal justice process from the point of arrest to final disposition."

Ellis: County Finances – Difficult News Requires Swift Action

From DeKalb county CEO Burrell Ellis:  Dear Neighbors,  For several months now, I have been writing and meeting with you about the difficult choices we must make in order to protect and preserve our quality of life.  We have discussed the necessity of taking action without delay. Since taking office, I have restructured government by consolidating departments, downsizing staff, eliminating non-essential services, and reducing our overall spending by more than $100 million. At the same time, I have pushed for the completion of new recreation centers, libraries and infrastructure projects to create jobs and lay the framework for a robust economic recovery. Still, as our revenues have continued to decline and costs have risen, we must do even more to put ourselves on a sound financial footing.

MANA Neighborhood Watch April 2011

From MANA: There have been several thefts and break ins this past month that are summarized in the report below.  MANA Neighborhood Watch Meeting. May 16th, 7:00 pm at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.

Sewage spill upstream of Mason Mill Park

From AJC via Laurel Ridge neighborhood newsletter: Sewage Spill reported in Decatur,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12:06 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011. "Raw sewage spilled into at least one DeKalb County waterway Saturday, according to the watershed management department. County water reports show a 1,260-gallon spill into Burnt Fork Creek from the 1500 block of Country Squire Court in Decatur.  In December, the federal Environmental Protection Agency mandated the county upgrade its sewage system after more than 800 spills were reported in five years.  Read more.

Benfield Beat - Legislative Wrap Up

From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield

Keep DeKalb Beautiful's "Great American Cleanup"

From: OneDeKalb - Office of Neighborhood Empowerment  [You can participate by joining the cleanup led by MANA]: Report 4/29/11

From DeKalb Police via Burglary on Blackmon Dr.

Emory LaVista Parent Council Meeting on Redistricting

Rrom Emory Lavista Parent Council: Join us at 9:15 am (refreshments begin at 8:45 am)  Wednesday, May 4, 2011,  Druid Hills Middle School (Formerly Shamrock Middle School), 3100 Mount Olive Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30033.  Lessons Learned from Redistricting… Impact of a United Voice on DeKalb’s Educational Future Report 4/27 larceny on Hunting Valley

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Medlock School Celebration

From Medlock School PTA: Medlock Elementary School would like to invite students, faculty, parents, alumni, friends and the community at large to join in a celebration of its history and impact! Medlock has been a vital part of the Dekalb County School System for almost 60 years, but will be closing its doors at the end of May 2011.   The celebration will be hosted at Medlock on Saturday, May 7th from 12 to 4.

Decatur Garden Tour 2011

Event Date and Time: 
05/14/2011 (All day) - 05/15/2011 (All day)

From Decatur Garden Tour via Clairemont/Great Lakes Neighborhood Association: Springtime in Decatur. This year the Decatur Garden Tour returns to the spring and adds a new dimension for participants with the theme “Outdoor Spaces. Entertaining Places.” Some of the gardeners will open part of their homes to demonstrate the flow between indoor living areas and patios, decks, and the garden for relaxation and entertaining. Report 4/21 - 2 local incidents reported

From DeKalb Police via Theft on Hunting Valley Dr; Property damage on Desmond Dr.

April 2011 MANA E-Newsletter

From MANA, Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: April 30th - Annual Community Clean Up Day; May 7 - ALL Community Celebration - Medlock Elementary Day; June 27 - MANA Community Meeting; Pool Party Volunteers NEEDED!

Ira B Melton Park Workday II success

Thanks to coordinator Valerie Boss and the twelve neighbors who came out last Sunday -- including Don, Nancy, Alex, Tim, Catherine, Judy, Huey, Sally, Connie, and Joe -- the Ira B. Melton entrance and walking trail are looking better and better.  Next workday is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 22.  By then we hope to have a pile of wood chips ready to spread on the trail.

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Foreclosure prevention workshop

From the county CEO's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: Whether you're in foreclosure now, worried about it in the future, or know someone who is facing foreclosure, we have information that can help. HUD staff will provide an overview of FHA's Loss Mitigation Programs and other tools you can use to avoid foreclosure. Representatives from HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agencies, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, VA, USDA-Rural Development, and Georgia Department of Community Affairs will be available to provide you with information and resources.
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Monday, April 25
9:30 am - noon
or 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Get a Ticket to the Druid Hills Tour of Homes!

From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield: The Druid Hills Civic Association needs volunteers for its upcoming home tour (April 29, 30, & May 1) to serve as docents for 4 hour shifts.

Each volunteer will receive a free ticket to the tour (valued at $20). If you work 2 shifts, you get 2 tickets to the tour, plus an invitation to the appreciation party at Everybody's Pizza.

Email or call (404) 849-5114 to sign up for a volunteer shift.

Rep. Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter (April 21, 2011)

From Rep. Hank Johnson. Contents: Vets Expo; Fight foreclosures; PCA in action; Arts; Internships; Grants; Dangerous weather; Shoes.

Next Emory community meeting

From Emory:  Spring Greetings to all: Our next quarterly community meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, from 6:30-8:00 PM., in room 155 of the North Decatur Road Building.  Please mark your calendars now as this will be a special meeting to discuss plans for Emory’s new hospital on Clifton Road.  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. I have attached directions to the Lowergate South parking deck, which has a walkway from the deck onto the second floor of the North Decatur Road building. Room 155 is on the first floor.

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