Commissioner Rader on County Budget

From commissioner Jeff Rader: Administration's Proposal a Step Forward by Commissioner Jeff Rader. One of my recurring themes has been the need to improve the process, not just the outcome, for preparing the county's annual operating budget.  Last month, I discussed a resolution passed by the Board of Commissioners outlining its priorities for the 2011 budget.

Central DeKalb Senior Center town hall

Event Date and Time: 
01/26/2011 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm



Please plan on attending only one of the two meetings based on the time that best fits your schedule.

District 2 Budget Town Hall Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
02/01/2011 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

From commissioner Jeff Rader: Come share your concerns on the Proposed 2011 Budget. LOCATION: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Annunciation
2500 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30329

(Commissioner Jeff Rader represents District Two on DeKalb County's Board of Commissioners. He was reelected in November of 2010 for another four-year term.)

Atlanta Rough Riders Girls Softball registration

From: Raymond, Jeff (CEI-Atlanta) [] via Clairemont/Great Lakes neighborhood newsletter: Hi Softball Families, There are just a couple of more weeks for open registration (prior to late registration).

Georgia Rides To The Capitol

Event Date and Time: 
03/22/2011 (All day)

Reminder from Bike South owner Fred Boykin via the Clairemont/Great Lakes neighborhood association newsletter:  I wanted to let folks know that the 6th annual Georgia Rides To The Capitol bicycle ride is coming up on Tuesday, March 22nd. We'd love to have you join
us! Please visit for details and (free) registration. There is an easy paced Decatur ride from the East Lake MARTA station that leaves at 10:45 am. We meet up downtown with a group riding from Roswell. Last year we had over 1,500 cyclists at the Capitol.

Purchasing & Contracting 101: How To Do Business With DeKalb County

Event Date and Time: 
02/03/2011 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

From DeKalb county CEO's office: OneDeKalb - Neighborhood Capacity Building Training Institute

Purchasing & Contracting 101: Overview of DeKalb County's Purchasing and Contracting Procedures
Kelvin Walton, Chief Procurement Officer, will discuss the overall procurement process and how to do business with DeKalb County.

Topics include:

Tom Scott Memorial Garden Fundraiser and County Delegations Public Meeting

From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield: 

Assault/Battery on Park Lane

From DeKalb Police via  No other details published.

Preschool At The Heights open house

Event Date and Time: 
01/25/2011 - 9:30am - 11:30am

From Laurel Ridge neighborhood listserv: You're Invited!!! Preschool At The Heights (P.A.T.H.) invites you to our Open House, Tuesday, January 25th or Wednesday, January 26th.  9:30am to 11:30am.  Come by for a tour, pick up a registration packet, & see what your
community preschool can offer you. Freddie the Firetruck is calling you to come play...come check us out!

*If these dates are not convienent, call for time that works for you*

Community Registration begins Monday, February 7th at 9:15am

County may close Mason Mill center

From the AJC via Laurel Ridge listserv: ".... The county also is looking to close five of the 12 recreation centers: Tobie Grant in Scottdale, Briarwood in Atlanta, Mason Mill in Decatur, N.H. Scott in Decatur and Lucious Sanders in Lithonia....." Read more.

Volunteers Needed To Assist With The 2011 Homeless Census

Event Date and Time: 
01/25/2011 - 11:30am - 4:30pm

From the county CEO's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: 

OneDeKalb News: CEO's speech, county meetings

From the county CEO's office:

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson re. Healthcare debate

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Dear Friends, As you know, the House is debating repeal of health care reform that Congress and the President passed last year. Many provisions of reform have already been implemented. I want everyone to be aware of those provisions, because they directly impact you and your family.

County asking input re. $5.2 million fund for neighborhood stabilization

From the county CEO's office: DeKalb County Community Development Department Neighborhood Stabilization Program - NSP3



State rep. Mike Jacobs on Redistricting, MARTA

From state rep. Mike Jacobs' newsletter, Jan. 19, 2011: 

MLK Workday at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

Event Date and Time: 
01/17/2011 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Please join us at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve on Martin Luther King,  Jr. Day for a Volunteer Day of Service.  Volunteers will be at the Preserve between 9am and 1pm on Monday, January 17.  We will be mulching trails, removing ivy from trees, and repairing boardwalks.  Because of the large 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.  To get to the Nature Preserve take Medlock Road north to Medlock Elementary School.

Reasons to keep Medlock School open

From local neighbor Zoe Haugo: Thank you CHCA for your role in the Medlock School outreach. We appreciate all the dedicated CHCA members for all your community advocacy!!!  These are the reasons I would be very sorry to see Medlock School close: Medlock Elementary School has a long history of being prevented from closure by the dedication of the community it serves. One only has to walk through the hallways to experience what a special place it has become as a result of this.

County services resume Thursday 1/13/11

From DeKalb County website: JANUARY 12, 2011. DeKalb County resumes normal operations Thursday.  DECATUR – All DeKalb County offices under the Supervision of Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis will return to normal operations on Thursday. “I want to thank all of our DeKalb County employees who came into work every day this week to serve the citizens of DeKalb County,” said CEO Ellis.

County CEO Burrell Ellis neighborhood meeting

Event Date and Time: 
01/18/2011 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From Beth Nathan, Civic Association Network: DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis is speaking at series of neighborhood gatherings throughout the county, focusing on the county budget. The format is a short presentation (10 minutes) by CEO Ellis, then entirely Q&A.  The Civic Association Network (CAN) has arranged for one of those meetings to be Tuesday, January 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Leafmore Creek Park Clubhouse, 1373 Altamont Drive

See for a full list of Neighborhood Gatherings.

State rep. Mary Margaret Oliver newsletter 1/13/11

From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: January 13, 2011–2011 40 Day Session Convenes! This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s first email newsletter for the 2011 General Assembly Session which convened January 10, 2011, and because of the snow storm, has started slowly and completed only two 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.

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