FROM: Viola Davis, Founder of Restore DeKalb: People’s Forum II: Increase Property Value and Avoid Overpaying Property Taxes. Suspect you’re overpaying property taxes and/or asking if you should appeal your property tax assessment? Appealed your property taxes and do not understand the process? Have you asked for ways to increase your property value and address violations that decrease your property value?
Contents: De-militarization of police; Historic church; Health care grants; Constitution Day; Helping veterans; Doing biz in Africa; Medicare; STEM in schools; Hispanic heritage.
From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: In the wake of swirling charges of corruption, a group of engaged DeKalb citizens is bringing forth recommendations to reform DeKalb County government. The diverse group of neighborhood leaders has been working since February on recommendations to give guidance to the Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb County. The Blueprint is a framework for reform - it addresses: procurement process, ethics, transparency, and rebuilding trust in our county government. The Blueprints Leadership team has called a public meeting on September 30th [6:30 p.m. at Maloof Auditorium, Decatur] and launched a website, www.BlueprintDeKalb.
From Al Fowler: Conversation With A Cop. In order to better serve and protect citizens, DeKalb County Police Department North Central Precinct is conducting on going Community Conversations with residents of the county. We invite all who live, work, and play in DeKalb to attend. Meet and greet, questions and answers with Precinct Command Staff. Monday, September 29, 2014, Briarcliff United Methodist Church, 4150 Briarcliff Road, 6:30pm. September discussion topic: Sexual Assault.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: "Many people in the Medlock neighborhood have expressed interest in, and in some cases hope for, being annexed by the City of Decatur. On September 21 MANA Board members met at our request with Decatur Mayor Jim Basket, Commissioner Fred Boykin and City Manager Peggy Merris to discuss the City of Decatur's expanded annexation map....
From Greg Coleson of the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood: Saturday and Sunday Oct 4-5 Maker Faire Atlanta will take place in downtown Decatur on N. McDonough St and in the Callaway Building Parking lot. Maker Faire http://www.makerfaire.com/ is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.
From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: GOT DRUGS? Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. Saturday, September 27th, 2014, 10am – 2pm. DROP OFF LOCATIONS: ANY DEKALB COUNTY POLICE PRECINCT. See attached flyer.
From MANA Watch: Attached is the September Watch E-letter- There have been several attempted child abductions, please be aware and educate your children about strangers.
To benefit the Dekalb History Center:
From the county CEO's office: Neighborhood summit; Operations Task Force meetings; International Food and Music Festival; Household Hazardous Waste event.
From WABE: "The City of Decatur has mapped out its latest annexation plans, but the cityhood movement in DeKalb County could mean this is Decatur’s last shot at growing its borders....." [Read more.] See also Decatur's annexation map on MANA's blog.
Update with notes from MANA: " An update was posted by the Druid Hills Charter Cluster initiative earlier this week. Although state law requires that the refiled petition be taken up by the DeKalb County school board for their vote on approval or non-approval, agendas for [the] board ... over the past several months have noticeably avoided this task. So... what to do? ...." [Read more.]
From MANA: "MANA community meeting with Councilman Alex Wan, Atlanta District 6, September 17, 2014. ... This meeting is part of a series of meetings where MANA is reaching out to public officials to better understand how our neighborhood may be impacted by annexations or by new cities that include us or happen close enough to impact us....." [Read more.]
From District 2 Commisioner Jeff Rader: Sunday Voting; Early voting; Conversation with a cop.
DeKalb Operations Task Force Meetings:Subcommittee on Governance, September 24; working meeting, October 1; full task force meeting,October 8. All meetings start at 6pm at Maloof Auditorium in Decatur. For more information:http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/OperationsTaskForce2014/index.html. h/t Druid Hills Civic Association.
From Emory: Dear Neighbors: Please mark your calendars for our next quarterly community meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 23, from 6:30-8:00 PM, in room E160 in the Health Sciences Research Building (HSRB). The HSRB is on Haygood Drive, next to Druid Hills High School and parking is available on Andrews Drive adjacent to the building.
From Little Creek Conservancy: Come out and support the Little Creek Conservancy at HorseFest on Saturday, September 20th from 12-4pm. Equestrian Demonstrations, Horse and Rider Costume Contest, Pony Rides, Vendors, Crafts, Food Beer, Farrier Demonstration. Cost: $5 General Admission. Children ages 5 and under are free. Certain activities cost extra.
Via the Druid Hills Civic Association: Emory Events: Win the Fight Winship 5K Run will start and end at McDonough Field, September 20, 8:30am; for more information:http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1100098. Also: Curious George Meet & Greet & Cookie Social, Barnes & Noble, September 20, 11am. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Druid Hills Civic Association: Open Streets Emory Village returns on Sunday, September 21, 3-7pm.. Come and enjoy performance, instruction, strolling & much more with food and drink provided by village restaurants. Toast to Emory Village supporters & dedication of plaza, fountain, and plaques: 5pm. For more information: www.openstreetsdekalb.org.
From Fernbank Science Center: Fall Plant Sale, Saturday September 20, 2014, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Available for Purchase: A wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowering perennials. Many of the plants are native species that are often difficult to find elsewhere! Click here for a sample list of plants