From district 6 commissioner Kathie Gannon: Green Expo; Transportation meetings.
Forwarded from several Dekalb rescue groups via the Sagamore Hills neighborhood listserv: WE ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING ALL FUNDING FOR THE NEW SHELTER. Please read the info below. Sonali, who is on the Advisory Board has taken the time to write a very informative summary. We have worked tooooooo long and come this far to lose at the 11th hour. It does not take much time to send an email to the commissioners. At the last BOC meeting, very poorly attended by Advocates, the vote on this was deferred.
The Board will vote on the issue next Tuesday morning, April 9th.
From Dawn Forman: "There was a burglary this morning on Medlock near the school. It took place between 7:30 and 8 am. The burglars entered through a side door and took mostly jewelry. Someone remembers a suspicious white van sitting near the home yesterday in the afternoon around noon. PLEASE CALL 911 whenever you see/think/feel that a vehicle is suspicious, especially if it's a white van or a pickup truck or van parked in a driveway of a person that you know is not home. Today's burglary was quick. They were in and out in a matter of minutes...." From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:
From district 57 rep. Pat Gardner: The 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly came to an end at midnight March 28, with the House of Representatives and the Senate reaching final agreement on landmark ethics legislation and a $19.9 billion state budget for fiscal year 2014. This report covers action during the final week of the session. I will provide a comprehensive wrap-up of the entire session next week.
From Stacey Abrams, House minority leader and rep. for district 89 which includes Druid Hills: The General Assembly has completed its 40-day session for 2013. Legislation that has passed both the House and the Senate is now before Governor Nathan Deal for signature. Bills that failed to receive passage are dead for the year, but may be introduced in 2014. Legislation that did not receive a vote remains eligible for consideration next year. Below is a sampling of bills that have received action.
From Jonathan Cribbs in the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "The Druid Hills Charter Cluster is now a nonprofit and is accepting donations.
This is Dana Borda on N. Superior Ave. I would like to let our neighborhood know about some changes coming to Fernbank Elementary (this is from our Principal, Mr. Jason Marshall): "It's official . . . we're moving! Our school will transition to Avondale Middle School over the next few months. May 31, 2013 is the last day the Fernbank building will be open to staff, students and parents. Construction on the new Fernbank Elementary building is scheduled to begin later in 2013 and we anticipate being in our temporary home of Avondale Middle School for 18-24 months.
From Jonathan Cribbs in the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: Tucker-based groups upset with the LCA cityhood proposal threatened to boycott the restaurant where the event had been scheduled. [Read more]
For our gardeners: Join us for our annual Spring Native Plant Sale where CNC will offer plants for every garden...from full sun to full shade! The CNC Greenhouse is
From the City of Decatur: Decatur Visitors Center grand opening; Sidewalk Art event begins. "This April, May and June, the City of Decatur sponsors a street-side celebration of the arts in downtown Decatur and Oakhurst's Harmony Park. This pop-up art program features a select mix of artists, singers, musicians, dancers and performers who will entertain and delight all who happen by. Performances take place on Saturday afternoons from 3 to 6 pm, beginning April 6 and continuing until mid-June. "
[Update 3/28/13: According to the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch, the April 1 meeting has been cancelled, and the event has been postponed until the organizers can find a larger venue.] From Lakeside City Alliance (h/t Jonathan Cribbs in the Patch) [Note that this proposal, unlike the Briarcliff City proposal, does not include CHCA, but education about the process could be helpful.]: April 1, 2013 – 7-8:30 pm - Lakeside City Alliance will hold a community meeting to discuss the proposed [cityhood] study on Monday, April 1 at Clairmont Presbyterian Church. The church is located at 1994 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033. This meeting was originally scheduled for 3/26/13, but has been rescheduled so it will not conflict with Passover. Apologies for any confusion.
From district 6 commissioner Kathie Gannon: Green Expo; Trash to gas fuel stations; Tobacco restrictions; Park replacing derelict building; Recycling fees eliminated; Senior center; New staff member; Food drive; Budget 2013.
From a resident in the 700 block of N Superior: "I think that people who let their cats go outside should definitely be made aware that cats are a preferred food of the coyotes that are definitely in our neighborhood. We have seen them while walking our dogs at least twice. Both times it was on N. Superior near the intersection with Woodmoor Ln. Coyotes can/will also jump a fence and take small dogs. My niece lives in Colorado and has witnessed this first-hand (twice).
From a resident on the 700 block of N Superior, March 29, 2013: "there were at least 5 cars that were entered in the 700 block of N. Superior. I actually found a car ashtray in the street and walked around until I found the right car/owner. Although I don't know of anything taken from our mailbox, I am convinced that this is not a coincidence. Last night when I walked my dogs there were about 5 or 6 houses in a row with their mailbox doors opened, including ours. Then it was less consistent but the homeowners may have shut some of them after returning from work.
April Hunt in the AJC follows up on its original report on a new staff position being charged to the Parks Department. Although this practice predates Ellis' tenure, three more jobs were discovered to be charged against other departments, and te Chief Operating Officer pledged to bring the charges back to the CEO's budget. [Read more]
From the county CEO's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: WHAT IS Go-Betweener® Mentoring Program? A mentoring program for school age youth (ages 7 - 17) - first or second generation immigrants. MENTOR PROFILE: Speaks the same home language; Shares a similar culture; Shares the "go-betweener" experience.
From the Floraphile blog via Beth Nathan on the Civic Association Network: "The Atlanta Botanical Garden recently played host to a mini-film festival. The filmmakers were Georgia Tech students enrolled in Dr.
From the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment of the county CEO: Neighborhood cleanup day; Easter events; Zoning update; Green Expo; Culture connect (mentoring immigrants); Hazardous waste day; Adopt a pet; Race for the arts; Mobile career center.
From DeKalb County: DeKalb County Hosts Household Hazardous Waste Event. DeKalb County welcomes county residents to participate in the 2013 Spring Household Hazardous Waste Event on Saturday, April 6th, 8 a.m. – noon at the DeKalb County Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive, Decatur, GA 30030. The event, sponsored by Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) and the DeKalb County Sanitation Division, in partnership county residents an opportunity to dispose of their household hazardous wastes properly free of charge.
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com