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.

OneDekalb workshop: Sustainability - The Green Scene, Urban Gardening

From the county CEO's office: Saturday, April 30, 9:00-12:00. What is a Community Garden? What is needed to start a Garden? Food Gardens. Flora/Fauna Gardens. Community Garden perspectives. Mini-Fair of gardens, vendors, and external resources.

Wesley Woods Plant Sale

Name of Event: Wesley Woods Plant Sale

Day and Date: Friday, April 22, 2011

Time: 3 pm

Location: Wesley Woods Hospital HT – Greenhouse Lawn (Rain Location - 1st floor hallway- outside of the cafeteria.)

Description: Come and purchase organically grown Veggies, Herbs, and Tropicals, all grown in the Horticultural Therapy Program

Contact: Kirk Hines,

Neighbor comment on Desmond Drive utility poles

From a neighbor commenting on structural issues regarding neighborhood utility poles, and recent power outage: Angel Medina, emeritus Ga. State. Ga. Tech. Report on the problems that we have had with our electric service, Comcast, etc.

The last storm and consequent tree uprooting was only the last among several in the past few years.  I became aware in those years that there was a critical zone were the loss of power comes from. Because of the work of electricity personnel in the stretch between Park lane and North Superior in most of those occasions, I realized that the problem was damage  in the lines because of their weight and the wind, or transformers being hit by lightning, directly or nearby, or stress being transmitted to the power station(s), or perhaps for other reasons harder to establish. When a tree from Ira Melton Park fell on a fence and a pole the last time, I first thought that the broken pole that GaPower replaced was too weak to withstand the force of the fallen tree and the wind.

Emory Point mixed-use project takes shape

From the Emory Report, April 13, 2011:

An artist rendering of the Emory Point development.
An artist rendering of the Emory Point development.

By David Payne

Beginning this summer, the northern edge of Emory's campus will take new form as construction gets under way at Emory Point.  The project, a mixed-use development by Cousins Properties, will transform the fenced area next to the Emory Inn, across from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The site was originally planned for development in 2008 and 2009, but plans were put on hold following the economic downturn.

"Our first phase of development will include 440 luxury apartments, and approximately 80,000 square feet of retail space," says Jason Frost, vice president for development, Cousins Properties, Inc.  "The first phase generally is the same as contemplated before the downturn, but now has a slightly smaller retail space than was originally planned, and fewer housing units." [Read More]

Hike and Bike Greenspace Tour rescheduled

Event Date and Time: 
05/14/2011 - 9:00am

From the office of county CEO Burrell Ellis:

Due to expected inclement weather, the CEO's Hike and Bike Greenspace Tour has been postponed until Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m. at Arabia Mountain High School (staging area), 6610 Browns Mill Road in Lithonia. The event had been scheduled for this weekend Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m.

Workday at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

Event Date and Time: 
04/16/2011 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Come celebrate Earth Day at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve by volunteering to help maintain the Preserve, Saturday, April 16, 9am-noon. We will be removing invasive plants, working on our boardwalks, and mulching trails. Also, it is a great time to see the spring wildflowers blooming in the native plant garden and observe the tadpoles in the ponds.

To get to the Nature Preserve take Medlock Road north to Medlock Elementary School. Turn right onto Wood Trail Lane and follow to the preserve entrance. For complete directions and for more information, visit, leave a detailed message at 678-951-0105, or email us at Report 4/15/11

From DeKalb Police via larceny on Wood Trail Ln

Trillium Walk and Sale Sunday

For our gardeners: Georgia Perimeter College, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur. Sunday, April 17, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Civil War materials

As recommended by Emory librarians, some local and national sources to help remember the start of the Civil War 150 years ago this week. 

From Emory libraries: Coverage of the start of the Civil War by the Illustrated London News.

From the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries: "Civil War in the American South"

From the non-profit Civil War Trust’s sesquicentennial site. Includes links to state websites, including one for Georgia: Civil War 150th Anniversary

From the Washington Post Timeline of the War (part of their Civil War 150 page): Civil War Timeline: Fury Unleashed  

From the New York Times: Disunion Report 4/13/11

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping. com: a larceny on Willivee Dr

Pony Rides at Little Creek Farm

Event Date and Time: 
04/16/2011 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

From Little Creek Farm Conservancy: Pony Rides at Little Creek Farm sponsored by the Little Creek Farm Conservancy - Saturday, April 16, 1-4 pm.  Please bring your children out for Pony Rides at Little Creek Farm  located at 2057 Lawrenceville Hwy across from the QT.  Rides are $5 donation and will be held in the indoor riding ring .  Concessions and Little Creek Conservancy merchandise will be sold as well.  Please follow the signs for parking and entrance to the barn. .  See attached flyer ....

Emory World Music Concert April 17, 7pm

From Emory (free and open to the public): Emory World Music Program presents: ECHOES OF ASIA with performances of · Carnatic and Hindustani music · Korean percussion and zither · Sudanese gamelan degung · Chinese traditional music with special guest · Techung, Tibetan singer-songwriter* and introducing · Emory Tibetan Music Ensemble 7pm, Sunday, April 17, 2011 Performing Arts Studies 1804 North Decatur Road The program is free and open to the public. *Techung is currently completing a six-week musical residency at Emory University through the generous financial support of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.

Laurel Ridge Elementary Summit 4/14

From the Laurel Ridge School Council: Community Summit, APRIL 14th @ 7 pm. Laurel Ridge Elementary School, 1215 Balsam Drive.  The Laurel Ridge community is a wonderful place to live, work and learn. We invite you, as individuals and nonprofit organizations, to come share knowledge and abilities that can make it even better. Let's see what we can do together!

The summit has several objectives:

Ø Understand the impact of redistricting for Laurel Ridge and learn what lies ahead with BOE member Don McChesney

SOPO's Broken Hearts and Bicycle Parts fundraiser

Event Date and Time: 
05/06/2011 (All day) - 05/08/2011 (All day)

For our cyclists:  Sopo Bicycle Cooperative is proud to announce the seventh annual Broken Hearts and Bicycle Parts fundraiser the weekend of May 7th.  “Broken Hearts and Bicyle Parts 7: Backroads and Lightloads,” Sopo Bicycle Cooperative’s seventh annual fundraiser is slated for a weekend of fun, May 6-8th. Advance registration can be done now online at  Those with smartphones can quickly link to the registration page via QR code from any of the posters or fliers around town.  Friday, 6th is set to be a low-key welcoming event for both travelling participants as well as new cyclists to town; including a group ride, cookout and dance party. We hope that this relaxing start to the weekend will encourage good friendly relations in the community and allow a positive competitive spirit to grow between participants.

Heritage Education Workshop for Teachers!

From the DeKalb History Center: "The DeKalb History Center is excited to offer our third annual Talking Walls program which will introduce teachers to DeKalb's rich history through visits to historic sites, examination of primary documents from our Archives and lectures by prominent local historians."

Parks Bond & Green DeKalb combined meeting

Event Date and Time: 
04/13/2011 - 5:30pm

From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: *DeKalb Parks Bond Advisory Committee* and *Initiative for a Green DeKalb Advisory Council* Combined Meeting. The DeKalb Parks Bond Advisory Committee and Initiative for a Green DeKalb Advisory Council will visit *Mason Mill Park* located 1400 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30030 on *Wednesday, April 13, 2010, at 5:30 p.m*.  More info .. Mamie M Ellis, Administrative Assistant, Natural Resources

Ira B Melton Park Workday

Event Date and Time: 
04/17/2011 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

From Ira B. Melton Park work days coordinator Valerie Boss (vboss AT The next workday at Ira B Melton Park is Sunday April 17 from 1-4 p.m. All are welcome. We’ll be improving the trailhead at the park entrance, removing trash, and continuing to re-route the trail where it is eroding the creek bank. Please bring gloves and plenty of water. We can also use shovels, loppers and clippers.  For an overview of the trail project, see this mission statement and map.  Meet at the front of the park on Desmond Drive.  Thanks on behalf of the Clairmont Heights Civic Association, Medlock Area Neighborhood Association, and the South Fork Conservancy. Report 4/7/11

From DeKalb police via

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