U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson Newsletter 3/11/11

From rep. Hank Johnson's newsletter: Oil, Arts, Vets, Floods, Egg Roll, Constituents

Dear Friends,   I've heard from many of you about high gas prices. America’s reliance on oil makes for a heavy burden on all Americans and small businesses. This is especially true in the Atlanta area, where getting around by car is often the only option.

County CEO on budget savings

From the CEO's office: Dear Neighbors,  It’s true. Since becoming your CEO, DeKalb County has cut more in spending than any other local government in the Atlanta metro region.  I made that statement on February 22. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution decided to put my statement to the Truth-O-Meter test. By comparing our budgets to other local governments, the AJC found that DeKalb County has cut $107 million since I became CEO. That’s a 17% decrease in spending. Click here to the read the AJC Truth-O-Meter article.

Tibet week at Emory open to public

Event Date and Time: 
03/28/2011 (All day) - 04/02/2011 (All day)

From the Emory Tibet Partnership: The Emory-Tibet Partnership is pleased to announce Emory’s 11th Annual Tibet Week: March 28th – April 2nd, 2011.  Please review the attached poster for a complete list of events. This year, highlights include: Mandala Sand Painting and Traditional Tibetan Butter Sculpture, Buddhism and Science “Debate Night”, a panel on the Middle Way Approach to the Tibet issue, and a musical performance of “Tibetan Love and Freedom Songs” by Techung.

Medlock Area Neighborhood Association March 2011 E-Bulletin

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: March 28 - MANA Community Meeting; March 7 - Board Votes to Redistrict Medlock Elementary; March 12 - MANA Helps Clean Melton Trail, April 30 is Medlock Spring Clean-up Date; May 21 - Save the Date for MANA Senior Dinner; Medlock Community Garden Welcomes Spring

New park planned for Emory Village

From Emory Report: by David Payne. An oasis is taking shape amid the ongoing construction related to the Emory Village roundabout and streetscape improvements. The roadway for the new roundabout will open space that is currently covered in asphalt for a new "pocket park" adjacent to the Chevron gas station and North Oxford Road. The small park -- approximately 8,300 square feet –- will be one of the newly created public spaces in the revitalized Village.

Grand Opening for new Mason Mill Playground

Event Date and Time: 
03/20/2011 - 1:00pm

From commissioner Jeff Rader: Sunday - Grand Opening for new Mason Mill Playground! There will be a ribbon cutting for the beautiful new playground at Mason Mill Park on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm. Please join the community and Commissioner Jeff Rader for this special event!

Workshop: Community Economic Development: Understanding and Creating Wealth

Event Date and Time: 
03/26/2011 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

From the county CEO's OneDeKalb office:  There is so much that can be done to bring jobs and services to our communities and economic development is the way to achieve these goals. This fun and interactive workshop will explain what economic development is, why communities should be involved, and what role residents can play.  Topics include:

  • How you can bring jobs to your area.
  • How you can attract more stores and businesses.
  • Things you can do to help improve your area.
  • Ways to ensure quality of life along with economic development.

Civil Discourse: Gossip, Bullying and the Digital Age

Event Date and Time: 
04/05/2011 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

From Emory's Office of Community and Diversity: Civil Discourse: Gossip, Bullying and the Digital Age. Emory University, Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 5:30 to 7:30pm. Tull Auditorium, Emory University School of Law.  A dialogue not a debate.

The panel will consider the following:
·         questions of speech and responsibility;
·         recent events of bullying and gossip;
·         the impact of new technology on society; and
·         ways of mediating and managing gossip and bullying

State rep. Mike Jacobs on Cityhood option

From his newsletter [Note that rep. Jacobs represents the Brookhaven area. This is just fyi.]: Cityhood = Greater Efficiency, Same or Lower TaxesI received almost 100 e-mails in response to the message I sent out last week regarding House Bill 428 (click for more information), a bill that would create a “path to annexation” for the neighborhoods around Murphey Candler Park, West Nancy Creek Drive, and Silver Lake to join either Chamblee or Dunwoody.  Such an annexation would require a resolution of the city council and a referendum of the voters who reside in the area proposed to be annexed.

Emory Village traffic advisory

From Emory's Communications office: To the Emory Community: The next phase of DeKalb County’s construction for the roundabout in Emory Village is scheduled to begin this Thursday, March 17 and will have several traffic implications.

·         Dowman Drive will re-open to traffic entering Emory’s campus.

Guns in Mason Mill Park

Sunday, two Sagamore Hill neighbors encountered three young men walking along the CSX railway from Mason Mill Park toward North Druid Hills Road carrying some kind of rifles.  The neighbors called a CHCA board member who called 911 and the police arrived within minutes and accosted the young men.  No details were reported on what kind of guns they had, but the police thanked the neighbors for calling it in.  County ordinance prohibits firing any weapons within 1500 feet of any residence, and there is no location within Mason Mill Park that is not within 1500 feet of residences. County ordinance also prohibits paint "in any form" within any park. That should include paint ball as well as the spray paint used by vandals, both of which have also been seen in the park. We recommend calling 911  if you see or hear guns in the park or if you see people with paint.

Night hike at nature preserve

Event Date and Time: 
03/12/2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

This Saturday, March 12, 7-9pm, a local Decatur outfitter will lead a night hike at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Preserve. For more details, go to http://www.surefootadventures.com/upcoming-trips/day-hikes/#4 or http://www.meetup.com/surefoot/

Decatur Electronics Recycling Day

Event Date and Time: 
03/19/2011 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Decatur High School Parking Lot (Corner of N. McDonough Street and Howard Avenue)  Early drop offs are not possible. TVs will be recycled for $10 cash only with exact change.  Don't throw away that old cell phone, camera or PC component! Save it and recycle it on Saturday, March 19 at Decatur's Spring Electronics Recycling event. This semi-annual event has been hugely successful at diverting electronic equipment from landfills, where they may contaminate soil and water. Batteries will be accepted.

DeKalb History talk: Presidential Visits to Georgia

Event Date and Time: 
03/15/2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

 From the DeKalb History Center: 

DeKalb schools finalize redistricting plan

 From the county: DEKALB SCHOOLS FINALIZES REDISTRICTING & CONSOLIDATION PLAN. The DeKalb County School System announced today a final vote to amend and adopt Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson’s recommendation regarding the 2011 Redistricting and Consolidation plan. The recommendation presented to the Board of Education for its consideration during the February 7th Board meeting was approved today with the following adjustments:

•No change to current attendance lines for Flat Rock Elementary School and Bouie Theme School
•Modifications to the initial recommended attendance lines for Austin ES, Vanderlyn ES, Chesnut ES, Sagamore Hills ES, Laurel Ridge ES, Avondale ES, Druid Hills Cluster, and Livsey ES

[For more, see attached or go to http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/newsroom/press/pdf/2011-03-07.2011-03-14.DeKalb_Schools_Finalizes_Redistricting_and_Consolidation_Plan.pdf]

County Transportation Projects input

From district 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: The meetings with regard to the Transportation Investment Act are on the calendar beginning this week. If you are unable to attend the meetings, please submit by email your project requests to:

Gordon Burkette

Emory quarterly meeting with neighbors

Event Date and Time: 
03/22/2011 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

From Emory: Greetings to all: Our next quarterly community meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, from 6:30-8:00 PM., in room 155 of the North Decatur Road Building.  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.

Movies in the Park

Event Date and Time: 
05/21/2011 - 8:30pm

From the Laurel Ridge neighborhood listserv: Movies In The Park. Opening Saturday, May 21, 2011 at W.D. Thompson Park located on 1760 Mason Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30329 Movie starts @ 8:30 p.m.  Free admission for all ages. Call (404) 371-2990 Tuesday's before show date for movie titles!

County Park services

From the Laurel Ridge neighborhood newsletter: Q. Who do I call if there are any maintenance issues in the park?  A. Contact Edward Venson, Park Services - (404) 294-2872.  Q. Who do I call if trash needs to be picked up at a park? A. Park Services - (404) 294-2872

Touch a Truck for kids

Event Date and Time: 
03/05/2011 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

From Decatur Active Living via the Laurel Ridge neighborhood newsletter:  "Touch A Truck" - An event for children and families! Saturday, March 5th, 120 West Trinity Place, Decatur.  Join Decatur Active Living on Saturday, March 5th for the annual Touch A Truck event. This fun community event gives children of all ages a chance to touch, explore and see their favorite truck or equipment on wheels. The City of Decatur and DeKalb County will have fire trucks, dump trucks, tractors, police cars and motorcycles, bicycles and many other vehicles on display.

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