Urban Coop Tour 9/24-25

From the Clairemont Great Lakes neighborhood association: Urban Coop Tour. September 24 and 25, noon-5 p.m. both days. The Oakhurst Community Garden Project <http://oakhurstgarden.org/> and Georgia Organics <http://www.georgiaorganics.org/home.aspx> are teaming
up again to present the 4th annual tour of 28 urban coops in: Decatur, Grant Park/Ormewood Park, Virginia-Highlands/Morningside/Inman Park

eduKALB welcomes Dr. Cheryl Atkinston to DeKalb County Schools

From eduKALB: With great hope and anticipation, we welcome our new DeKalb County School System Superintendent, Cheryl Atkinson. On September 15, Dr. Atkinson will begin her mission to help every child in DCSS succeed. Dr. Atkinson will come to DeKalb from the Lorain, Ohio school district. People from that district have reported that they are sorry to see Dr. Atkinson leave. She has implemented academic reform, invested in new technology, and juggled complex financial issues. We look forward to working with her in DeKalb.

CrimeMapping.com Report - theft on Clairmont Circle 9/2/11

From the DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:

MANA Neighborhood Watch meeting

Event Date and Time: 
09/19/2011 - 7:00pm

From Jennifer Ceraso for Medlock Area Neighborhood Association:  Neighborhood Watch meeting on September 19, at 7 pm at the Presbyterian Church at Medlock Road. We specifically will be discussing the Voluntary Patrolling plan, with the hopes of getting it started as soon as possible. Please take this opportunity to band together with your community and get to know your neighbors better as we take the Watch to the next level.

New Emory Village roundabout safety tips

From Emory Report: The new roundabout in Emory Village is allowing vehicular traffic to flow slowly but smoothly through the busy North Decatur Road, Oxford Road and Dowman Drive intersection, which was once a five-point intersection and lengthy traffic light.  But the new traffic patterns – for motorists, cyclists or pedestrians – have raised questions about who yields to whom, and who has the right of way.  With pedestrian safety in mind, Emory is sharing safety tips for navigating a roundabout (PDF) from PEDS, an Atlanta-based pedestrian advocacy organization.  [Read more]

MANA Watch Alert

From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Monday Sept 19th, at 7:00 pm, we will have a Watch meeting at North Decatur Presbyterian Church - 611 Medlock Road

CrimeMapping.com Report - 8/26 burglary on Medlock Rd

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:

New voter registration precinct cards

The county mailed out new voter registration cards for our precinct this week.  Our polling place is still named "Medlock Elem," but the polling location has changed from Medlock Elementary School to North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Rd.  The cards also indicate the current voting districts for most of Clairmont Heights as follows. The state congressional districts may be different in other parts of the general MANA/CHCA area and are subject to change under the new redistricting law in process.  Incumbents are listed in parentheses.  To confirm the data for your specific address, go to the County's Voter Registration website or the Georgia Secretary of State website.

CrimeMapping.com Report - Larceny from vehicle (Medlock Park)

From DeKalb police via CrimeMapping.com

Embrace Our Green Space Race March 2012

From the Civic Association Network: Good Morning CAN members! Those who participated in last year's First Embrace Our Green Space Race know that despite a spring shower (that helped wash the pollen out of the air), we had a very successful event! The participants enjoyed it, the police escort for runners and cyclists was fantastic- the cars had to stop for them(!), the food was above and beyond expectations, and we were able to give almost $200 to each of our 4 local parks!  Due to our success and all the positive feedback, we are going to have the 2nd annual Embrace Our Green Space Race on March 24th, 2012. We will once again operate out of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church parking lot. We are asking CAN member groups to forward this note to your association members to SAVE THE DATE of March 24th. We will have a 2K walk for seniors and kids, a 5K run/walk, a 10K run and 10K skate, and 20K bike ride. The cyclists will start at 10AM, followed immediately by the skaters, then the 10K runners, 5K and 2K. All participants should be finished by shortly after 11AM. All events are non-competitive, and everyone that signs up will get a tee shirt. We will have online registration through Active.com set up by January- we will send out a follow-up note with the registration information.

News from CEO Burrell Ellis

From the CEO's office: 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony; COPS Grant; Sprite Spark Parks; Strategic Planning Meeting; CBC Jobs Forum; National Urban League Conference; CEA 1st Vice President

Car break-in at Medlock Park

From a local resident, reported the morning of Friday, September 9: "After a walk on the PATH at the park, came back to the parking lot and another mom who was out walking had just had her car window smashed and her purse and work bag stolen. Hide your valuables and be careful out there. It was the middle of the morning, with people around, there were yard guys mowing the fields that didn't see anything. "

Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Tour

Event Date and Time: 
09/10/2011 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

From the Atlanta Audubon Society:

The weather Saturday is going to be terrific.  Attend the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Tour.  You can meet two Georgia authors and tour six sanctuaries in fewer than 36 miles on this year's tour and see how others are providing food, shelter and nesting sites for the birds we enjoy so much. 

Tickets are $15 and all children under age 12 with adults are free.

Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative Information Available Online.

From the Clifton Corridor Initiative: Information presented at the Clifton Corridor Station Area Planning and Alignment Workshop on August 10 is online.  Please review and take the survey.

Bicycle South Community News September 2011

For our cyclists from our local bike store and Bike Emory partner: Bicycle South Stone Mountain Ride - Sunday, Sept. 11th. 9 AM; Decatur Bike/Ped Workshop. Sept. 26th ; Georgia Bike Summit - Athens, GA - October 7-9th.

Meet the new superintendent of Dekalb County Schools.

From Druid Hills High School principal Mindee Adamson: Emory LaVista Parent Council Meeting: State of the System Address by Dr. Atkinson, our newly elected Superintendent.  Wednesday, September 21st, Henderson Middle School, Refreshments begin at 8:45am

Fernbank Elementary clean up day 10/29/11

From Clairmont Heights resident Don Sprinkle: The Fernbank Elementary Clean-up Day for this year will be 10/29/11 from 8am to 5pm. All volunteers are welcome.  The day will have many activities that just about everyone can share in:  picking up trash, cutting brush, mowing, trimming, sweeping, etc.  But also, we really need cash donations to afford the cost of new mulch for the play area.  See our draft donation letter (attached).  Donations can be made to the Fernbank PTA c/o Donald Sprinkle - all donors will receive a 'contribution letter' in return for their 2011 taxes.  Please call me if you have any questions.

September Clifton Community Partnership Update

From Emory University: Transit for the Clifton Corridor?; New Bed Tower For Emory University Hospital; Emory Village Update; Tobacco Free Campus; Runners, Walkers Take Your Mark!; Watergate Reflections; Theater Emory Kicks Off its 2011-2012 Season; Hollywood Discovers Emory' Tour Campus with Architects

Nature Preserve Volunteer and Tool Donation Day, Saturday Sept 10

Join us this Saturday for our regular volunteer day from 9am to noon. We will also be accepting donations of new and used tools to replace those lost in the shed fire.

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver newsletter

From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: SEPTEMBER 2, 2011-2011 Special Session Adjourns! MMO Legislative Newsletter


The 2011 General Assembly Special Session convened at the call of Governor Nathan Deal on August 15, 2011, and adjourned August 31, 2011.    The Special Session was called by the Governor for the General Assembly to draw new political districts for180  Georgia House seats, 56 Georgia Senate seats,  and 14 Congressional Districts based on new census data acquired during the 2010 Census count. Georgia grew in population over 18% between 2000 and 2010, and therefore "earned" a new Congressional District.  By contrast to the state growth, DeKalb County only grew a little over 3% in the same time period.

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