Commissioner Rader Digest May 2010

From commissioner Jeff Rader: Here are some topics of interest from recent DeKalb County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meetings: Mason Mill Park; Roofs Replacement; Sidewalk Funds; Sign Ordinance;
Mason Mill Park
The county has officially selected a contractor for construction to improve the day-use area of Mason Mill Park (30033).  The construction costs, not to exceed $2.1 million, will be funded by the county parks bond. Read More.

Trees Atlanta Celebrates 25 Years of Planting and Conserving Trees

Event Date and Time: 
06/25/2010 (All day)

From Trees Atlanta via Druid Hills Civic Association: Trees Atlanta announced today that it will celebrate twenty-five years of planting and conserving trees in Atlanta, GA with a celebration on the evening of Friday, June 25, 2010. The event is open to the public and citizens who have supported Trees Atlanta over the years as well as those who are new to the non-profit organization are invited to attend. Trees Atlanta will direct a portion of the evening's proceeds toward tree planting and education efforts.

Clairemont School Spring Movie Night

Event Date and Time: 
05/21/2010 - 6:00pm

From the Clairemont/Great Lakes neighborhood listserv.  The Clairemont Spring Movie Night is this Friday, and we would love for you and your whole family to be there! Bring your blankets and a picnic
dinner and join your friends and neighbors for a picnic on the back lawn followed by a Choral Concert and our feature presentation, "Shorts", in the Clairemont auditorium.

Beware of foxes

Report is from Fayette County but foxes do live in our area and rabid feral cats and raccoons were found in our area a few years ago, so this is a cautionary reminder.  From AJC via Civic Association Network: "Fox attacks 3 men in Fayette County, By Mike Morris, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5:34 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2010.  Three men were bitten by a fox in Fayette County Monday afternoon before a Tyrone police officer shot the animal...." Read more.

Emory's Quarterly Meeting with Communities

Event Date and Time: 
06/08/2010 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

From Emory's Community Affairs office:  Greetings to all: I hope this finds everyone well and about to embark on summer vacations.  Our next quarterly community meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 8, from 6:30-8:00 PM., in the 1599 Clifton Road Building, conference room 1.432 (first floor) 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.

Decatur Farmers Market

From Clairement Great Lakes and Sagamore Hills neighborhood listservs: Saturday Year-Round 9am - 12pm.  Trinity Place and N. McDonough Street (across from Chick-Fil-A in downtown Decatur). Please come out to the Decatur Farmers Market and support your local farmers. Available fresh local produce will include potatoes, carrots, lettuce, greens, green garlic, peas, turnips and beets, as well as specialty foods such as organic coffee, pastries, cheese and salsa.

Discouraging after-hours use of CSNP

From Chris Beck, president: Dear Supporters of Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, As you may be aware, we sometimes have problems with teens using the Nature Preserve after dusk, especially after school lets out.  Druid Hills High graduates on Friday and Decatur High on the following Friday.  The Board of the Preserve is trying to make a concerted effort to discourage this, as it has led to trash and graffiti in the Preserve.  The Board will be going by the Preserve on a regular basis and recording the license plate numbers of cars parked outside the Preserve after

New ARC GIS tool maps %Subprime Mortages and charts % with jobs vs. population change

GIS and public data fans might like this new tool from the Atlanta Regional Commission.  It shows a map of metro Atlanta divided into census tracts on the left side panel and on the right is a chart.  The following data is shown for each census tract: %Subprime Mortgages, % Residents with jobs earning less than $1200/month, and population change 2000-2009.  Our neighborhood tract lies just above the northernmost Decatur tract if you can recognize the boundary pattern. Here's the link:

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson Newsletter 5/14/10

From Fourth District U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson:

Recycle your Life

Event Date and Time: 
06/05/2010 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

From Beth Bond, Civic Association Network: "Remember that event where you could basically recycle almost everything you ever wanted to? And then it snowed. Well I dare it to snow to snow on June 5th : ) In fact if it does, we will never plan it again ; ) We've brought in some new vendors and are waiting on a couple more to get back to us so make sure you check the list so you know what we are taking.

New Urbanism: Rx For Healthy Places, David Byrne May 19th 8pm

Event Date and Time: 
05/19/2010 - 8:00pm

From Clairemont/Great Lakes listserv: Just wanted to let your members know about a talk that David Byrne (Talking Heads) is taking part in on May 19th at 8:00 PM at the Tabernacle to kick off the Congress of New Urbanism conference in Atlanta. Announcement below and ticket info to this lecture linked here.

Healthier Circulation: the Future of Getting Around : An evening with David Byrne, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Charles Brewer and Scotty Greene

State Rep. Mike Jacobs update May 2010

Contents: Brookhaven Bolt; Property Tax reductions and reforms.

Trees Atlanta's City in the Arboretum Conference

Event Date and Time: 
05/22/2010 - 8:30am - 2:30pm
If you care about trees and how they shape our communities, then join Trees Atlanta for an exciting and educational day of professional lectures, arboretum tours and tree giveaways as we embrace "Bringing the Arboretum Home" at our second annual City in the Arboretum conference. The program will build on information shared at our 2009 conference about establishing a neighborhood arboretum, but this year's gathering will appeal to new and old attendees alike.

Commissioner Kathie Gannon Update May 2010

From commissioner Kathie Gannon: May 2010 Important Mid-Quarter Update.  Contents: Green Commission workshop; District 6 Executive Assistant /Projects Manager Position; Library Card Art Contest; DeKalb County Parks Summer Job Opportunities.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Re-imagining the Shallowford Corridor

Event Date and Time: 
05/22/2010 - 8:30am - 12:30pm

From commissioner Jeff Rader and the TABASCO coalition: "Since the intersection of I-85 and Shallowford Road is defined in DeKalb’s Comprehensive Plan as a “Neighborhood Center”, why doesn’t it function that way? What can we do to ensure an appropriate Neighborhood Center for the future? The TABASCO coalition is working with Commissioner Jeff Rader’s office to create a collective vision (residents, institutions and businesses) about the look and functioning of our ideal Neighborhood Center.

Brew at the Zoo

Event Date and Time: 
05/29/2010 - 5:30pm - 9:30pm

From a neighbor in Leafmore who works at Zoo Atlanta: "I wanted to share information about a wonderful event coming up over Memorial Day Weekend.  If you're going to be in town...this is a wonderful event...that's for a good cause, as it's a fundraiser for the Zoo!  Get your friends and neighbors together, get a sitter and get out to Brew at the Zoo and Wine too!   This is one of just a couple annual fundraisers for Zoo Atlanta....and an event near & dear to my heart.  I pour hours and hours of time, energy and hard work into this do many of

Gardening with Tropical Plants

Event Date and Time: 
05/18/2010 - 7:00pm
Dr. Bodie Pennisi, Extension Floraculture Specialist in Griffin
4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, Ga

Free Emory talk on Memory Loss

Event Date and Time: 
05/15/2010 - 10:00am - 11:30am

On Saturday, May 15, Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center presents “Memory Loss: Searching for the Cause, Searching for the Cure,” a free community education event for people interested in the latest research on aging, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease. This event will take place at 10:00am in Nell Hodgson School of Nursing, Room 101. For more information, click here.

DeKalb Green Commission Energy Efficiency Workshop

Event Date and Time: 
05/15/2010 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Come join us Saturday from 9am to 1pm at GA Perimeter College, Clarkston campus. Learn how to save energy and dollars from: GA Power, Southface, Reznick Group, GEFA, The Hoots Group, OneWorld Sustainable, Radiance Solar and many others!

Commissioner Rader Digest May 10, 2010

Staffing Study Cites Inefficiencies in County Government By Jeff Rader: "That's the way we've always done it."  The above is a popular refrain in organizations and businesses.  It’s a way to justify operational methods, usually based on organizational culture or a manager's instincts, in the absence of concrete data.

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