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 attached] How many trains are scheduled to run on the line each day? ...." [Read more]
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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.
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
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
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...
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.
From the Emory LaVista Parent Council: Join us at 9:15 am (refreshments begin at 8:45 am), Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at Henderson Middle School, 2830 Henderson Mill Road, Chamblee, Georgia 30341. Our guest speaker Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, Superintendent for DeKalb County Schools, presents the State of the System.
From the state's Adopt-A-Stream program: One of our rarer workshops, Amphibian Monitoring, is taking place this month on Friday September 30th in Atlanta from 6:30-9pm. Details are below, and If you are interested, please RSVP to this email (email@example.com) or call Tara at 404-675-1625 by September 28th.
From the Clairemont Great Lakes neighborhood association: Urban Coop Tour. September 24 and 25, noon-5 p.m. both days. The Oakhurst Community Garden Project <http://oakhurstgarden.org/> and Georgia Organics <http://www.georgiaorganics.org/home.aspx> are teaming
up again to present the 4th annual tour of 28 urban coops in: Decatur, Grant Park/Ormewood Park, Virginia-Highlands/Morningside/Inman Park
From eduKALB: With great hope and anticipation, we welcome our new DeKalb County School System Superintendent, Cheryl Atkinson. On September 15, Dr. Atkinson will begin her mission to help every child in DCSS succeed. Dr. Atkinson will come to DeKalb from the Lorain, Ohio school district. People from that district have reported that they are sorry to see Dr. Atkinson leave. She has implemented academic reform, invested in new technology, and juggled complex financial issues. We look forward to working with her in DeKalb.
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From Jennifer Ceraso for Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Neighborhood Watch meeting on September 19, at 7 pm at the Presbyterian Church at Medlock Road. We specifically will be discussing the Voluntary Patrolling plan, with the hopes of getting it started as soon as possible. Please take this opportunity to band together with your community and get to know your neighbors better as we take the Watch to the next level.
From Emory Report: The new roundabout in Emory Village is allowing vehicular traffic to flow slowly but smoothly through the busy North Decatur Road, Oxford Road and Dowman Drive intersection, which was once a five-point intersection and lengthy traffic light. But the new traffic patterns – for motorists, cyclists or pedestrians – have raised questions about who yields to whom, and who has the right of way. With pedestrian safety in mind, Emory is sharing safety tips for navigating a roundabout (PDF) from PEDS, an Atlanta-based pedestrian advocacy organization. [Read more]
From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Monday Sept 19th, at 7:00 pm, we will have a Watch meeting at North Decatur Presbyterian Church - 611 Medlock Road
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:
The county mailed out new voter registration cards for our precinct this week. Our polling place is still named "Medlock Elem," but the polling location has changed from Medlock Elementary School to North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Rd. The cards also indicate the current voting districts for most of Clairmont Heights as follows. The state congressional districts may be different in other parts of the general MANA/CHCA area and are subject to change under the new redistricting law in process. Incumbents are listed in parentheses. To confirm the data for your specific address, go to the County's Voter Registration website or the Georgia Secretary of State website.
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From the Civic Association Network: Good Morning CAN members! Those who participated in last year's First Embrace Our Green Space Race know that despite a spring shower (that helped wash the pollen out of the air), we had a very successful event! The participants enjoyed it, the police escort for runners and cyclists was fantastic- the cars had to stop for them(!), the food was above and beyond expectations, and we were able to give almost $200 to each of our 4 local parks! Due to our success and all the positive feedback, we are going to have the 2nd annual Embrace Our Green Space Race on March 24th, 2012. We will once again operate out of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church parking lot. We are asking CAN member groups to forward this note to your association members to SAVE THE DATE of March 24th. We will have a 2K walk for seniors and kids, a 5K run/walk, a 10K run and 10K skate, and 20K bike ride. The cyclists will start at 10AM, followed immediately by the skaters, then the 10K runners, 5K and 2K. All participants should be finished by shortly after 11AM. All events are non-competitive, and everyone that signs up will get a tee shirt. We will have online registration through Active.com set up by January- we will send out a follow-up note with the registration information.
From the CEO's office: 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony; COPS Grant; Sprite Spark Parks; Strategic Planning Meeting; CBC Jobs Forum; National Urban League Conference; CEA 1st Vice President