CHCA elects new board, discusses future of schools and government

Last Friday, August 29, over 100 members of the CHCA community met at the North Decatur Presbyterian Church to elect a new board and discuss issues centering on the future of our schools, esp. Fernbank and Druid Hills High School.  Members of the new board are the following.

Noah's Ark for children at Emory's Carlos Museum

Event Date and Time: 
09/13/2014 - 10:00am

From Emory's Carlos Museum: Noah’s Ark: Storytelling & art at the Carlos Museum, September 13 at 10am. Ages 3-5 with accompanying adults. 10 am, Works on Paper Gallery, Level One.  Noah’s Ark by Jerry Pinkney, a Caldecott Honor Book, illustrates the biblical story of Noah and the great good.

Fernbank Forest guided tour

Event Date and Time: 
09/06/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Fernbank Forest Guided Tour: Join museum educators to learn about the forest ecosystem,September 6, 10am-noon. Ages 12 & up; tour included with museum admission and free for members. Space is limited to 20 participants and advance reservations are required at 404-929-6400.

GPC plant sales

For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College native plant garden:  Our 2014 Fall Lunch and Wildflower Series and Ferntastic Plant Sale start Sept. 5.

DeKalb Animal adoptions September 2014

From Wardell Castles via Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association: If you thought that it's time to to adopt a new friend and save a life, then September is the month to do it.  The DeKalb Animal Shelter's "FALL in love" promotion has the adoption fee WAIVED for all puppies, kittens, cats, and dogs for the month of September. That's right, $0.00 (Standard adoption qualification still applies).  These are all healthy pets looking for a new home. All have been spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, and fully vaccinated. Try to get that kind of deal at your local pet store. Ha!!

County CEO at DHHS

Event Date and Time: 
09/04/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From Druid Hills Civic Association: Join DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May in a community conversation, Thursday, September 4, 7- 8:30pm at Druid Hills High School. Topics are sure to include government ethics, cityhood options for Druid Hills, and Clifton Ridge. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions directly to Mr. May, so we encourage everyone to come. DHHS is located at 1798 Haygood Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.

Emory LaVista Parent Council letter 9/2/14

From the Emory LaVista Parent Council to school superintendent Michael Thurmond, registering disappointment with a perceived lack of transparency on the part of a school district representative sent to a public meeting to address the Druid Hills Charter Cluster issue: ".... There is much discussion of potential changes in our county and schools. Cityhood movements abound. Annexation looms. DCSD has indicated that they hope to obtain charter system status in the future. As parents and stakeholders, we would like to be able to work with DCSD in addressing these challenging issues. When parents perceive DCSD as being evasive or opaque, the option of all stakeholders working together seems less likely. ..." [Read more.]

Sanitation schedule this week 9/1-9/5

From the county's sanitation calendar flyer: All collection services will run one day late.  Regular garbage collection schedule will resume on Thursday, 9/4. Blue box and yard trimming recycling will run one day late thru Friday, 9/5

AJC on DeKalb corruption

From Johnny Edwards and Mark Niesse in the AJC: ".... Now, under public pressure, county leaders have revived the dormant ethics board, authorized an audit of purchase card expenses and strengthened rules on contracting. But that’s not enough to create the kinds of financial accountability that can protect taxpayers, the AJC found. And some top officials seem to still be focused on the hits to the county’s reputation. They’ve talked so much about getting past the perception that DeKalb has a culture of corruption that it’s hard to tell at times what concerns them more: A politician pilfering public money, or all the outside scrutiny now aimed their way...." [Read more.]  See also Bill Torpy's article on the race issue (behind the AJC paywall).  

Cityhood news mentions CHCA, MANA, DHCA

From Lisa George on WABE: ".... For Medlock Park, annexation by Atlanta would put it at the tail end of other areas that would have to be annexed. That includes Medlock’s next-door neighborhood, Clairmont Heights, another group of DeKalb residents now listening closely to the cityhood discussion.  Part of Druid Hills is already in the City of Atlanta, but Critz thinks there is another issue. “Schools are probably, you know the linchpin on this, I think even more so than taxes.” He points to Fernbank Elementary, a DeKalb County school that draws people to the neighborhood...."  [Read more.]

Decatur Book Festival

Event Date and Time: 
08/29/2014 - 2:00pm - 08/31/2014 - 5:45pm

Keynote events feature Joyce Carol Oates and Pat Conroy.  Here is the website FAQ and the schedule.  Here is an overview from their FAQ page.

What happens at a book festival?

A lot. Every book festival is a little different, but at most festivals you can expect:

District 2 update 8/28/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC agenda; MARTA survey; Bike ride for childrens' advocacy; Emory Village Open Streets.

Voter Education and Outreach Training for Community Organizations

Event Date and Time: 
09/03/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

From the county CEO's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment (OneDeKalb): Wednesday, September 3 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm DeKalb County Registration & Elections Office, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur GA 30032. Learn the when, why, and how of voting. This training will provide information on the following topics:   

Cityhood candidates given November deadline

From Mark Niesse in the AJC: "Georgia representatives are giving three DeKalb cityhood movements until Nov. 15 to agree on boundaries. If they don’t, state lawmakers will do it for them...."  [Read more.] See also this Decaturish blog post summarizing the situation for our area.  

District 6 update 8/22/14

From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Bike Rodeo; MARTA survey; Sanitation pilot update; Animal services adoption special.

Annexation meeting notes from 8/21/14

From CHCA resident representative Jim Smith and Mark Knowles on meeting with Druid Hills Civic Association [See also the notes from MANA representatives.]: Impressions and notes from 8/21/2014 meeting at Fraser Center.

1. Annexation of DHCA into the City of Atlanta is not imminent, but is actively under consideration. They plan to survey their residents (4400 homes) with final results by Thanksgiving. This has to be completed before they can either petition the city to annex them (rarely done because the requirements under state law are very tough to meet) or get legislation drawn and submitted at the capitol during the next legislative session that would allow for an annexation referendum.

MANA statement on Druid Hills/Atlanta annexation issue

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association e-bulletin: As many of you know, the Druid Hills neighborhood has been considering annexation into the City of Atlanta.  MANA representatives have been talking with some of the people involved and will continue to follow these issues closely to ensure that our voices are heard and our questions are answered; we will be meeting with representatives of neighborhood associations in interested/involved areas and some representatives of the City of Atlanta this week.  We're urging you to send to any questions you have to medlockassoc@gmail.com by Thursday morning.  We can't guarantee answers, but we'll try to present  as many questions as we can.

MARTA survey

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: In an effort to transform MARTA for future growth in the Atlanta region, the Authority is in the midst of investigating ways to improve access to bus, rail and Mobility (paratransit) services. Dubbed the Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COA), this initiative involves feedback from employees, current customers and the general public.  Please take a moment to complete a short online survey on what improvements you’d like to see in MARTA’s rail and bus service. 

Cityhood informational meeting

Event Date and Time: 
08/28/2014 - 7:00pm

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: The City of Briarcliff  Initiative has scheduled an informational meeting for Medlock and Clairmont Heights at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road [

CHCA Community Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
08/29/2014 - 7:00pm

Notice of CHCA Community Meeting to elect new officers, discuss annexation issues.

When: Friday, August 29 at 7 p.m.

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