Decatur Garden Tour this weekend!

Event Date and Time: 
09/25/2010 (All day) - 09/26/2010 (All day)

From Oakhurst Garden director via Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association:  THIS WEEKEND – 9/25 & 26! Step "behind the fence" to explore 16 extraordinary private and community gardens in charming Decatur, GA, featuring fall color, native plants, serene water features, edible gardens and stylish outdoor living areas.

Reminder re. County curbside recycling

In case people might have begun to forget what goes where, here's a refresher from the county's website:

What to Recycle
Mixed papers and commingled containers (Plastic, Glass & Food Containers) can be recycled.  Mixed papers should be placed in the county provided Blue Bin.  All other items should be placed in the County issued semi-transparent blue bag.

School Scores Can Sink Or Swim Your Property Values

From Brookhaven realtor Collette McDonald's newsletter: If you do or do not have children that are school aged, it is still important that you are involved in local school developments. Educate yourselves to understand how your property values rise, or fall as school scores trend. This was a recent article posted on Collette's Blog that will give you empirical data to support this.

The South Fork Conservancy Fall Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
10/05/2010 - 7:00pm

From SFC member Sally Sears: The South Fork Conservancy Fall Meeting, Tuesday, October 5, 2010,  7 pm  Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Come share your vision for improving the South Fork of Peachtree Creek.  Hear some new ideas for protecting and connecting the green spaces along the banks.  Meet your neighbors who care about the creek and trails beside it.   What is up with Zonolite? Please come, and forward this invitation to other members of your neighborhood groups.

Neighboring neighborhood website

Our neighborhood association to the south, Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association now has a website:

Wanted: Photographs of the Nature Preserve

From Nature Preserve pres. Chris Beck: You’ve taken some great shots at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. Now is your chance to share them with others who also value the Preserve. We are putting together a fall newsletter and are in need of photos from the Preserve. If you have some that you are willing to share and have published in the newsletter, please send them to by October 1.
Christopher Beck
President, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

Explanation of Health Reform from the Kaiser Foundation

From district 57 state rep. Pat Gardner: Take a look at this explanation of Health Reform from the Kaiser Foundation.

$50 MM Sports Complex May Replace DeKalb's Defunct PDK Development

Posted by request of author Tom Doolittle from his blog: A youthful Tuskegee University alumni and former Air Force “brat” born in Taiwan, is proposing to develop a 28-acre property across the street from PDK Airport that Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkston once viewed as crucial to the city’s economic future.


From eduKALB : Dear Neighbor: For decades our DeKalb County Public Schools were a source of community pride, and often set the standard in the state. Our children, as well as our teachers set examples that were often the envy of the region. eduKALB is working to help put us on a path back to those days of glory...and just in case you can't remember them, we have done your homework for you.

Vandalism on Scott Circle

From DeKalb County police via

Description Case # Location Agency Date Map It
Vandalism. DAMAGE TO PROPERTY - PRIVATE 10-112112 900 BLOCK SCOTT CIR DeKalb County Police 9/21/2010 11:40:00 PM Map It

Electronics Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Posted on the Civic Association Network listserv : The "ecoDepot Collection" is on Saturday, Sept 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will collect a number of standard electronics for recycling as well as household hazardous waste such as paint, paint thinners,  insecticides, lighter fluid and medicines for disposal. More details from their website are below as well as a link to the complete list of items that will/will not be accepted.

Code Enforcement Public meetings 9/23, 10/7, 10/19

Posted via our neighboring neighborhood Laurel Ridge listserv: DECATUR – DeKalb County Code Enforcement Task Force will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Stonecrest Library located at 3123 Klondike Rd. in Lithonia. The task force will identify and assist in the implementation of solution-driven recommendations to address code enforcement issues affecting communities throughout DeKalb.

Clifton Corridor Transportation Alternatives Analysis

From the fact sheet: "The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has launched the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative to develop transit options connecting the Lindbergh Center area in Atlanta with Emory University, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), VA Hospital, Decatur, and other points in west-central DeKalb County. The area features the highest concentration of employment within metropolitan Atlanta without direct access to the existing heavy rail system.

Judicial Candidates Forum

Event Date and Time: 
09/21/2010 - 6:00pm

From Civic Association Network: Meet Your Judicial Candidates For highly Contested Judicial Races in Cobb, DeKalb, and fulton Counties. Join us and hear from candidates appearing on the november 2 ballot.  Tuesday, September 21, 2010.

reception: 6:00 p.m.

judicial forum: 6:45 p.m.

Free to the public

Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

Moderated by Lisa Rayam, Fox5 News Anchor

Participating candidates:

DeKalb Police Trunk or Treat

Event Date and Time: 
10/30/2010 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

2nd ANNUAL DEKALB POLICE DEPARTMENT TRUNK OR TREAT: Put on your favorite costume and bring your family for a day of fun at the DeKalb Police Department Center Precinct. Trunk-or-Treat around the police cars, get your face painted, or just come to mingle and form bonds with your ICP officers. This is a free event and is our way of promoting a positive connection between the police, community, and children.

MANA's 1st Neighborhood Yard Sale

Event Date and Time: 
10/02/2010 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association:  Medlock is having a neighborhood-wide yard sale on Saturday from 9 - 2.  There will be 16 locations with multiple families participating at some locations.  Find a map to the participating homes at and there will be signs and balloons around to point you in the right direction.  Come out and find some great bargains and meet your Medlock Park neighbors!

MANA Community Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
09/20/2009 - 7:00pm

From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: MANA Community Meeting, Monday, September 20, 2010, 7pm North Decatur Presbyterian Church (corner of Scott Blvd/Medlock).  Please plan to attend one of just three all-community meetings we will hold this year. This will be a great forum to get the latest updates and details on our Yard Sale and Halloween events as well as a chance to learn what MANA can do to help our local schools. There is also a good chance to meet some local political candidates who should be "out and about" campaigning for the November elections.

Decatur Square Events for September

From MANA:Concerts on the Square:Sept. 11, 18, 25, 7PM to 9:30PM. Spread out a blanket and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment Saturday nights in September, featuring a variety of bands. Sponsored by Wachovia Bank of Georgia. Free.

Blue Sky Concerts: Decatur Square Community Bandstand, Sept. 15 22, 29, NOON to 1PM. Enjoy a mid-week lunchtime music break every Wednesday in September. Bring your lunch or purchase a special to-go lunch from a nearby restaurant. Sponsored by SunTrust Bank. Free. 

Native Plant Sale

Event Date and Time: 
09/18/2010 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Native Plant Botanical Garden - Georgia Perimeter College, Decatur Campus
3251 Panthersville Road    Decatur, GA   Phone: 678-891-2668

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson newsletter September 14, 2010

From U.S. rep. Hank Johnson: Fight Foreclosures, Jobs Site, One Dekalb, Childhood Obesity, Be Prepared, Fema Funds, Weatherization, Back To Work, Energy Grant, Events

Dear Friends, Thanks to everyone who made the past month such a productive time in the District. I always enjoy seeing everyone and like you, spending some much-needed time with family. Here’s a brief review and a look forward at some upcoming events you and your family might like to attend. 

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