MANA Lost/Found Pet eBulletin - Found Dog

From MANA: "found a dog walking along Willivee near the Ball Park, coming from the direction of Hunting Valley/N. Druid Hills.... She has no collar, and was very thirsty. After a little coaxing, she got in my backseat. I know she's someone's pet. No luck looking for her owners, but she seems to be used to people, easily found the back door to my house, and made herself at home. ... She looks healthy, she's friendly, didn't mind a bath, and likes my 2 dogs. Part Chow, maybe Shepherd. Fluffy thick coat, black with brown head, front and back quarters...."

MANA Neighborhood Watch June - July 2011

From MANA: attempted burglary, auto thefts, suspicious credit cards.

County property tax increase

From the AJC: "Taxes, and savings fund, going up in DeKalb By April Hunt. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 3:04 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Halfway into its year, DeKalb County finally has a 2011 budget, but as part of the deal, the property tax rate is going up 26 percent. Tuesday’s 4-3 County Commission vote means a 4.35 millage increase for the 2011 budget -- and also money into savings to help the county improve its credit rating. The move will generate about $50 million more in revenue, $5 million of it into reserves." About $93 increase on average home per AJC.   [Read more]

County "Knowledgeable Neighbors On Watch" program

From the county CEO's OneDeKalb office: Saturday, July 16, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Doors open at 9:30 am. Discussion Topics: Volunteers In Police Services Program (new)! Volunteer In Patrol (revamped program)! Animal Control: Summer Pet Safety; Crime Awareness: Watch Maintenance. You must RSVP, due to limited seating! Contact the Precinct Education Specialists below to reserve your seat(s). Janean Hightower:, 770-724-7616

Rep. Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for July 12, 2011

From U.S. rep. Hank Johnson: Job Fair, Debt ceiling, Safety net, Cops, Unemployed, China, Clean cities, Clean buses, Workers' rights, Sudan, Intern, Facebook. Report 7/4/11: auto theft on Webster

From DeKalb county police via

Ira B. Melton Park Workday IV success

Thanks to Valerie and Marianne for organizing and leading the work, to Dave Butler for arranging with the county to get mulch, to Tim and Catherine for signs, and to worker bees Judy, Steve P, Steve R, Don, Tim, and Catherine for all the hard work on a warm and humid July morning.  We were able to spread about half of the big mulch pile along about one third of the loop trail before we ran out of time and energy.  We also rescued a turtle that was buried deep in the mulch.  See photos below.

July 2011 MANA E-Newsletter

From MANA: Cell Tower; Yard Sale; Pool Party.

Proposed MARTA Lindbergh to Emory line up for vote

From the AJC: "Proposal would cut transportation wish list in half. By Johnny Edwards. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 8:39 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Metro Atlanta is in for another cold reality check Thursday when the Atlanta Regional Commission shows how to chop the region's $22.9 billion wish list of transportation projects in half.... MARTA’s Lindbergh to Emory line (Clifton Corridor). Cost: $1.1 billion. Description: A new MARTA line from the existing Lindbergh Center station to Emory University, and on to Clairmont Avenue and North Decatur Road. A new Armour Yard connection would link to MARTA’s red and gold lines, giving access to Doraville, North Springs and the trains at Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Possible pieces? Running the line as far as Emory would cost $685 million. Without the Armour Yard airport link, it would cost $838 million...."  [Read More] Report 7/7/11: Auto theft on Wineleas Rd.

From DeKalb Police via

Copper theft on Clairmont Road

From: Robin Davis []
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2011 11:27 AM
Subject: Major Copper Theft at Global Health Action
Please circulate this email to all of our neighbors in the MMCA and especially those along McConnell Drive and Claremont.

Decatur fireworks rescheduled for September 24

From the AJC: ".... The city will have its fireworks show immediately following a concert on the square on Saturday, Sept. 24. The fireworks show should begin about 9:30 p.m. ...."

Found Kitten and Golden Retriever

From MANA: From a neighbor - Hi, we found a small gray and white kitten over at Medlock Park tonight. He was undernourished so we took him home. .... If you are missing a kitten or know someone who is missing a small gray and white kitten, you may respond to or email me at

Golden Retriever - [see photo below] - This pretty boy was found this am on Scott Circle. Kathryn Branch will have him for today and is attempting to contact the golden retriever rescue group in the meantime. The cell number for Kathryn Branch is 1-843-455-3247.

South Fork Peachtree Creek community garden initiative

From South Fork Conservancy: July 11, 7 p.m. at QuickShot Firing Range, 1199 Zonolite Rd.  Learn more about a possible community garden on public land at Zonolite. Contamination cleanup expected. What comes next? Help shape neighborhood efforts to restore this important, environmentally sensitive floodplain. EPA and county leaders present. Bring your own chair.

3 Foot Safe Passing Bill now Law

From Bicycle South: It's Official! 3 Foot Safe Passing Bill Became The Law On July 1st!  Georgia Bikes! and other bicycle advocacy groups were successful this past Georgia Legislative Sesson in getting a Safe Passing Law that requires motorists to maintain at least 3 feet of distance when passing cyclists. Previously, drivers were only required to keep "a safe distance." Bicycle South owner Fred Boykin is a Georgia Bikes! board member and the Event Director for the Georgia Rides To The Capitol event - an annual ride that brings over 1,500 cyclists to the State Captiol in support of legislation like this. Report - Auto theft on Myrtle 7/1/11

From Dekalb Police via

Type Description Case # Location Agency Date Map It
Motor Vehicle Theft THEFT OF AUTOMOBILE 11-074459 2100 BLOCK MYRTLE LN DeKalb County Police 7/1/2011 5:00:00 PM Map It


Mason Mill Park Water Works construction

Photos July 4, 2011 of construction around old water works district of Mason Mill Park.  Part of stormwater mitigation project in Mason Mill Park master plan.


Benfield Beat - Happy Fourth of July!

From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield: New Booster Seat Law; City of Decatur July 4th Pied Piper Parade; Public Hearings on Proposed County Millage Rate Increase

Nature Preserve shed clearing party

Event Date and Time: 
07/10/2011 - 2:00pm

From Chris Beck, President of the CSNP: Dear Supporters of the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, On the night of Sunday, June 26th, the shed at the Preserve was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. The entire contents of the shed and materials around the shed are a complete loss. You can see a video of the fire at . If you are on Facebook, you can see a picture of what remains of the shed at .  Although some surrounding trees were scorched, we hope that there is not lasting damage. We are beginning to make plans to rebuild the shed and get new tools so that we can continue to maintain the Preserve for education and enjoyment of neighbors and visitors.

County recycling Q&A

From Commissioner Jeff Rader's office via Civic Association Network newsletter, responses to questions raised at a CAN meeting June 27: 1). Has the county ever discussed "free" or no fee recycling?  2). Can citizens use recycling buckets and not bags? 3). What is happening with discussions about reducing sanitation / recycling/yard waste pick up days?  Commissioner Rader forwareded the questions to the county's Public Works Assistant director Billy Malone and here are his responses.

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