From Civic Association Network: It's time to find a home for all that junk in your house that you know doesn't belong in the landfill. Recycle Your Life, the massive recycling day, at First Baptist Church Decatur is back! This Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm bring household items, clothing, shoes, tennis balls, electronics, toilets, phone books, books and paint. Paint is a dollar a can but will be recycled by Williams Painting and will not end up in the landfill. So join FBCD for a chance to do something with all that Spring cleaning! [Read more]
From U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson, 4th District of Georgia: Consumers; Rare Earths Act; Drug costs; Students; Insurance; Graduations; Vets; Art grants; Taxes simplified; Women's health; Homesafe; Storms; Passports.
From: OneDeKalb - Neighborhood Capacity Building Training Institute<firstname.lastname@example.org>: June 11, 9-12 p.m. Neighborhoods in DeKalb County have experienced a large number of investors and renters as well as a significant number of foreclosures and abandoned homes. It has become home to a large number of Section 8 residents. The effect has been declining home values in some areas within the county. This workshop will discuss these issues with the intent of finding solutions. Presenters include the DeKalb Housing Authority and the Director of the Atlanta-Fulton LandBank Authority.
From DeKalb police via CrimeMapping.com
MANA is beginning to plan a yard sale event and has inquired whether Clairmont Heights would be interested in coordinating a combined event. Let us know if you're interested or come to the block party this Sunday. Contact: info AT clairmontheights.org
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com: theft of articles from vehicle on Willivee
Please join us at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve on this Saturday, May 14th. Volunteers will be at the Preserve between 9:00 AM and Noon.We will be removing ivy from trees and keeping the kudzu at bay. Remember to bring a water bottle and work gloves. If you have an extra pair of pruning sheers or loppers, bring those as well.
DIRECTIONS 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.
From: DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis <Burrell@burrellellis.com>: Dear Neighbors, The recent coverage by the news media of uncollected accounts receivable in DeKalb County is both incorrect and misleading. The coverage distorts the facts and falsely states that there is a substantial amount of recoverable debt. The facts of the matter are as follows:
From: OneDeKalb - Office of Neighborhood Empowerment <email@example.com>: Hike and Bike tour; Stonecrest Farmers Market
From: OneDeKalb - Office of Neighborhood Empowerment <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Land Bank Public Information Meeting Thursday, May 19 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Clark Harrison Bldg. Conference Room A 330 W Ponce de Leon Ave Decatur 30030 The perspective of residents and neighborhood leaders is important as the land bank is considered by elected officials. A short presentation will be followed by a public question and comment period. The housing and economic crises has had a negative impact throughout DeKalb County. A land bank is a tool that can be used to address the effects these properties have on public safety, code enforcement, and property values. Many of Georgia's counties and cities, including Atlanta, have utilized land banks for decades, and DeKalb is currently considering establishing its own. Come learn more about how a DeKalb land bank could work!
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: DeKalb Co. School Board: Can you hear me now? The following recap/editorial of the May 11 meeting is not an official statement from the MANA board. It was volunteered by a long-time neighbor and MANA member. "Representatives from T-Mobile; DeKalb Co. Board of Education member Donald McChesney (District 2 representative, which covers Medlock Elementary); and Steve Donahue (Executive Director of Plant Services, Dekalb Co. County Schools) were at hand last evening to hear what the MANA community had to say about the proposed construction of a cell phone tower at Medlock Elementary. Close to 100 neighbors attended...." Read More.
For our cyclists from Bike Emory: Today Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed HB101, the “Better Bicycling Bill,” into law modernizing outdated laws and implementing safety improvements for motorists and bicyclists. Georgia now joins 16 other states with the implementation of a 3-foot passing law. Overtaking vehicles have always been legally required to provide a safe passing distance, but the new law defines 3 feet as a safe passing distance. Other changes included in HB101:
• Bicyclists right-of-way in dedicated bike lanes is now recognized
• Minimum design guidelines are established for bicycle lanes
• Circumstances in which a cyclist may take the full travel lane have been clarified (sect 40-62-294)
• Recumbent and clipless pedals can now legally be sold and used in GA
• Cyclists can signal right turns with his or her right arm and hand extended horizontally or with his or her left hand and arm extended upward.
From OneDeKalb : The DeKalb Animal Task Force and DeKalb Animal Services & Enforcement wants to hear your ideas on how to improve the quality of life and reduce the number of animals euthanized in DeKalb County. 6:30 p.m. at Dunwoody High School, 5035 Vermack Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338
From First Baptist Church, Decatur, via Sagamore Hills neighborhood newsletter:
Medlock Area Neighborhood Association | 2387 Eastway Road | Decatur | GA | 30033
From DeKalb County : Community meetings will be held at the locations listed below for members of the community to be informed of the proposal to locate cell phone towers in various areas of DeKalb County to improve the communication service in DeKalb. The presentation will be made by representatives of T-Mobile. Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 6:00 p.m., Medlock Elementary School . www.dekalb.k12.ga.us
From: CEO Burrell Ellis <email@example.com>: National County Government Month; CEO Salutes 2011 Heroes; Community Development Director wins Golden Hammer; Watershed wins Water Award.
From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association (May 10): Please help us find "Tully" a small tri-colored border collie mix. She is about 35 pounds and is black, brown and white and very friendly. She got out about 4:00pm this afternoon (Monday) from Willivee Drive. Please contact Bryan Peter, 1184 Willivee Drive at 404-295-4323 or 404-295-4439 with any information or sightings. Her family misses her dearly. Thank you!
Apparently a county employee didn't get the memo about not mowing the grassland around the South Peachtree Creek Trail. Inquiries are being made to re-educate the workers. Here are photos including photos of unmowed areas nearby to show what was lost -- native flowers and wildlife habitat.