Flooding doesn't deter Medlock Community Gardeners

From the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff PATH via resident/author Michelle Hiskey: The county's Garden in the Parks program helped this low spot flourish as a model for others. by Michelle Hiskey.  A low-lying hollow on the backside of Medlock Park suffered such severe flooding the federal government bought a house there and leveled it. Today on that spot at Willivee Drive and Scott Circle, local gardeners–aided by the DeKalb County government–have built a thriving garden. When the flooding returned, they dug deep for resourcefulness and perseverance to produce flowers, crops and a model of community renaissance for passersby on the PATH boardwalk.  Flooding soaked the acreage so much that “we joked about planting rice, and one garden member did,” said Sharon Johnson, a garden founder who lives on Gaylemont. “And it worked!”  [Read More]

Melton Park Trail Walk

Event Date and Time: 
02/20/2011 - 3:00pm

From the CHCA and MANA boards: You are invited to join us in Melton Park this Sunday, February 20, at 3:00 p.m. to walk some trails marked for your review.  Meet us at the Desmond Drive entrance.  Download map handout here (pdf, 7MB).  More info below. Here’s a rough map showing the park location and approximate boundaries of the park and courses of the three creeks.  South Fork Peachtree flows down from the upper right, Burnt Fork connects from the upper center, and Glen Creek enters from the bottom of the map.  See also the Melton Park section of the 2010 Mason Mill Park Master Plan and the boundaries from the 2002 sign at Desmond Drive announcing the new park.

Frequently Asked Questions About the 2011 Budget

From county CEO Ellis:  Thank you for letting me hear your voices regarding the 2011 DeKalb County Budget. Many of you have either attended our community get-togethers or written, and have shared good questions, comments and ideas about our county's future. I am listening and working to ensure that your priorities are the priority of our county government. As a result of your input, I have compiled a listing of Frequently Asked Questions about the 2011 Budget. I hope you will find it useful.

DeKalb Extension Gardening Events

From UGA Extension service for DeKalb: DeKalb Cooperative Extension announces it's First 2011 Homeowner's Series "ENHANCING LIFE THROUGH GARDENING". These classes are taught by skilled Master Gardeners, County Extension Agents and experts in the field of horticulture.

GPC Native Plant Garden talks and sales

For our gardeners:

Native Plant Botanical Garden - Georgia Perimeter College, Decatur Campus
3251 Panthersville Road    Decatur, GA   Phone: 678-891-2668

2011 Winter Talks and Plant Sales

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson Newsletter 2/11/11

From his newsletter: Dear Friends, We are well into the New Year and the 112th Congress. In the coming weeks, we’re going to be discussing proposed budget cuts – some drastic. I will do everything in my power to protect and defend the necessary services and regulations that ensure public safety, economic development, job creation, health care and an enhanced quality of life. We know there will be some tough choices and battles ahead. Please stay tuned here for updates. We have much to discuss, so let’s jump right in.

State rep. Mary Margaret Oliver newsletter 2/14/11

From her newsletter: February 14, 2011–2011 Session Completes Day 13! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY. This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s third email newsletter for the 2011 General Assembly Session which convened January 10, 2011, and has completed thirteen days of the 40 day Session.... In each newsletter, I ask how you would vote on a pending bill or budget item. I am very grateful for your thoughtful responses and I personally read all your answers. Thank you for your interest and opinions!  Third newsletter question: What legislation, if any, do you support relating to immigration reform? Numerous bills have been introduced to tighten or enforce federal immigration laws under Georgia law, and require more efforts by Georgia law enforcement. Which do you support?

Information Security Awareness - Social Networking and Privacy

Of possible interest from Emory's IT division: While websites designed for social networking are not new, they have continued to grow and change over time. They help people not only keep in touch with each other, but also with organizations and activities that interest them. They have also become a new ground for scams and stalkers.

Watch your privacy

State rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield update February 2011

Contents: Have A Heart-Yappy Hour; Atlanta Progressive News; Elections Advisory Council Website; American Red Cross Request for Blood; Kids Eat Free; GA House Democratic Caucus Legislative Agenda; GA Equality Lobby Training; Georgia Aidswatch Lobby Day; Leadership DeKalb; Dems Respond to GA Tax Council Recommendations; Community Events

County commissioner Kathie Gannon on county budget

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Happy New Year. The year is moving all too quickly with its own unique challenges including an unprecedented ice storm and even more budget woes then last year.  The CEO presented his budget right before the holidays so being house bound during the freeze allowed for time to evaluate the numbers and the enormity of the impact.  The budget process continues until the BOC meeting on the last Tuesday in February, at which time we are required to adopt a 2011 budget.

Schools Superintendent recommends CH stay in Fernbank, Medlock ES close

See the Superintendent’s Recommendation Executive Summary February 8, 2011 "School Consolidations and Closures" on the County's Redistricting website posted Feb. 7, 2011.  Here is a snapshot from the Attendance Areas for Elementary Schools map (12MB pdf).

DeKalb CEO approves natural gas facility

From the AJC: By Megan Matteucci ,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 6:18 p.m. Tuesday, February 8, 2011. After a brief political standoff, DeKalb County voted Tuesday to turn its trash into compressed natural gas. A $7.8 million federal Department of Energy stimulus grant will help pay for a portion of the alternative fuel station to be built at the Seminole Landfill in Ellenwood. CEO Burrell Ellis cast the deciding vote after the county commission split on approving the plant. This marked the first time since he was elected in 2008 that Ellis has had to vote. Commissioners Jeff Rader, Kathie Gannon and Stan Watson voted in support of the project, while Commissioners Elaine Boyer, Lee May and Sharon Barnes Sutton voted against it. Commissioner Larry Johnson abstained. .... [Read more]

Fernbank Art Auction

From Fernbank Foundation: ART UNDER THE STARS AUCTION COMING SOON. The countdown has begun!!!  Less than one month to the online auction and just six weeks to the live event!  We realize there have been a lot of distractions between the snow storm and the redistricting proposals.  Unfortunately that has stalled  our donations from families and businesses.  PLEASE PLEASE if you are planning on making a donation, this is the time!  We need to get everything in by Friday.  If you have a local business and would either like to make a donation of services or place an ad in the auction catalog, now is the time.  Or if you have been meaning to get that family donation item, meal, service, GC, etc. in, now is the time.   Please drop things off at the office or contact one of us, e-mails below and we  will pick anything up!

Nature Preserve Workday

Event Date and Time: 
02/05/2011 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

From the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve: Saturday Workday: Please join us at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve on this Saturday, February 5th. Volunteers will be at the Preserve between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. We will be completing the new creek loop trail and working on the boardwalks. Because of the number of volunteers that we are expecting, please bring work gloves, hand tools (like pruning sheers, shovels, and rakes), wheel barrows, and water bottles, if you have them.

Clifton Community Partnership Update February 2011

From Emory University-Clifton Community Partnership: Commissioner Rader to Host Public Budget Meeting; Post-Holiday Savings in Emory Village ; Emory Declares Its Regret for Historic Slavery Involvement; Improvements Continue to Emory Village Streetscape; Mythic Creatures Soon to be Sighted in Clifton Community; Three Emory Professors Named 2010 AAAS Fellows; Clearing the Air: Study Examines Why People Light Up; Lecture Series Explores 'Simple Living'; Symposium Explores Urban Chicken Farming; Summer Cancer Research Program Engages HS Students

County CEO on budget

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.

Storm spotter training class

Event Date and Time: 
03/02/2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

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.

Severe weather awareness week

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)


Medlock and Livsey Schools

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.

State rep. Mike Jacobs on Redistricting

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.

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