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 http://www.burrellellis.com/?uid=f5cef0ec0033a99a8fa51bac684ad340 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.

Medlock Elementary Outreach

From the MANA board: Greetings Neighbors, Medlock PTA members, parents, teachers, concerned community citizens, and leaders of MANA have been planning a strategy for keeping Medlock open since we came together at the PTA meeting last week. Based on that meeting, MANA helped to create a survey gathering more current data on our families to show how closing Medlock is not to the benefit of the students, the community, our neighboring schools, or the district. We have also been advised that one crucially important tactic is to get in front of the school board with emails and calls.

County meetings rescheduled

From the county CEO's office: The following meetings that were scheduled for this evening, January 11 have been re-scheduled.  1. DeKalb County School System's Public Input Workshop that was scheduled for this evening at 6:30 p.m. at Miller Grove High School has been re-scheduled for January 24. See below in red. 2. CEO 2011 Neighborhood Gathering that was scheduled for this evening at 7:00 p.m. on Northbrook Drive has been re-scheduled for January 27. See below in red. 

County Meetings Rescheduled Due To Weather Conditions

From commissioner Jeff Rader: Please be advised that the Regular BOC Meeting has once again been rescheduled. The meeting is now scheduled for Friday, January 14, 2011 beginning at 1:00 pm.  The town hall meeting announcing The Central DeKalb Senior Center meeting for Wednesday, January 12, 2011 is postponed until further notice. Please check our calendar for other changes that may occur for the rest of this week.


Thank you -

Plant sale

Event Date and Time: 
01/22/2011 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

From The Atlanta Local Food Initiative: On January 22, 2011 from 9 am to noon, Atlanta Local Food Initiative and Georgia Organics present the second annual Incredible, Edible, Grow-It-Yourself Fruit Tree, Vine, and Berry Bush Sale at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The sale features 40 tasty varieties of native, antique, and hardy fruits, selected to grow in Georgia’s climate using sustainable methods. Delicious blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, persimmons, pomegranates, muscadines, figs, plums, and more for your home garden. Online presale from January 3-17.

County schedule changes, road closings

From commissioner Jeff Rader: DECATUR –The regularly scheduled board meeting for the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, will be postponed until Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.  DeKalb County Schools will be closed January 11, 2011.

There will be a meeting of the Budget & Finance Committee of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 3 p.m. The location will be Maloof Administrative Building, 5th Floor, Multi-Purpose Room, 1300 Commerce Dr, Decatur GA 30030.

Medlock Demographic Survey

From the MANA board: Greetings Neighbors, As you might be aware, Medlock Elementary School is on the list of schools to potentially be closed by DeKalb County. We have become aware that 2000 Census data was used by the consultants to create their recommendations. In an effort to offer more current data and an alternative solution, MANA is partnering with the Medlock PTA to collect information on the number of children in this community today.

Senior Center Town Hall Meeting

From commissioner Jeff Rader: Announcing the Central DeKalb Senior Center Public Meeting!  Share your ideas for programming in the center.  Wednesday, January 12, 2011 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm OR 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.  Please plan on attending only one of the two meetings based on the time that best fits your schedule.

Location: The Mack Love Center At Mason Mill Park, 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033

Please email confirmation to Debbie Schneider, Dkschneider@dekalbcountyga.gov
Policy Advisor, District #2, Commissioner Jeff Rader

County's MLK Celebration

Event Date and Time: 
01/14/2011 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

From the office of the county CEO.  Features Congressman John Lewis and TV news personality Brenda Wood.

Public meetings on school redistricting

From the principal of Druid Hills High School, Mindee Adamson,  MINDEE_G_ADAMSON@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us: For Your Information - There will be six Public Input Workshops where members of the DeKalb community will be able to hear discussions on the 2020 Vision Redistricting and School Consolidation options that the Superintendent presented to the Board of Education on January 3, 2011.


The meeting dates are given below:


• Miller Grove High School, Tuesday, January 11th at 6:30 PM

Urban Chickens Symposium

Event Date and Time: 
02/26/2011 - 8:30am - 3:30pm

From "stephanie" director@oakhurstgarden.org : Urban Chickens Symposium in Downtown Decatur February 26.  On the wings of Oakhurst Garden's wildly popular "Chicks in the City" classes comes the full day of urban poultry-keeping. On February 26 the second annual Chicks in the City Symposium offers attendees a full plate of essentials on backyard chickens. Taught by local experts, the five sessions highlight how-to's from coop design to breeds and from chicken first aid to getting started with backyard poultry.

Shred Fest at Toco Hills Jan. 22

Event Date and Time: 
01/22/2011 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

From the Sagamore Hills neighborhood listserv: Shred Fest 2011 - January 22nd, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Toco Hill Shopping Center. A Free Community Paper Shredding "shred-fest", sponsored by professional organizers Linda Lanier and Michelle Cooper of Put-it-There and real estate agents Tammy Martin and Joan Kaplan of Drake Realty will be held on Saturday January 22, 2011 between 9 am- noon at the new Marshall Berch & Associates office of Drake Realty in the Toco Hills Shopping Center at 2899-A North Druid Hills.

A/C theft on N Druid Hills

From the Laurel Ridge listserve: The owner of the Health Springs business (at the corner of N. Druid Hills and N. Druid Woods) asked me to let the neighborhood know that someone stole the heat pump/air cond. unit from the back of her building last Tues. night or Wed. early morning (Dec 28 or 29). She said it weighed approx 2 tons, so assume it took a big truck and several professional thieves.

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