Help Beautify our Clairmont Heights Entrances

From the CHCA Board: Help Beautify our Clairmont Heights Entrances!  Donations requested to purchase plants.  We need your help to ensure our entrances reflect the pride of our neighborhood.  You may have noticed that the Desmond entrance has a frame and no sign; and both entrances (N. Superior and Desmond) could use a little TLC.   CH resident Ainsley Waken of Awaken Landscape Designs has put together a plan. We need donated plants or $$ to purchase plants.  

Tibetan Festival

Event Date and Time: 
11/02/2014 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
From Drepung Loseling Institute: Are you ready for another fantastic celebration of Tibetan arts, food and culture?  
Join us as we celebrate our annual Tibetan Festival with a day-long schedule of events!  We will have the Loseling Dolls Exhibit and docent tours, Tibetan food, music & dance, a Tibetan Bazaar, games, children's arts & crafts, and more.  
Hundreds of visitors have enjoyed the previous six festivals and we promise this year’s program will be just as fun!  
Please bring your family and friends and join us for this celebration of Tibetan culture.  You can find the full schedule, a list of activities, parking instructions and more through our website link below.

DeKalb Neighborhood Summit

Event Date and Time: 
11/01/2014 - 8:00am - 12:30pm

From the county CEO's office: Get Connected DeKalb. Workshops, Exhibits, Curbside Consulting, Networking. Tucker High School, 5036 La Vista Road, Tucker, GA 30084.  Workshops include one on water bills and one on cityhood and annexation.

Annexation tribulations of another unincorporated neighborhood

Katie Kerr is a neighborhood in unincorporated DeKalb located between the cities of Avondale and Decatur.  Dan Whisenhunt in his Decaturish blog summarizes their experiences with the politics of the annexation process. ".... [State rep.] Drenner spoke to a few dozen representatives of the approximately 150 homes in Katie Kerr. .... Commissioners did not approve a resolution in favor of the last annexation bill that Drenner introduced. .... Drenner said when she introduced the bill, she believed it had been vetted. But it caught many residents off guard, leading to a contentious Oct. 1 meeting between residents and city officials. Ed Rieker resigned as mayor the next day ...." [Read more.]

Annexation by referendum vs. annexation by petition

A recent court ruling suggests annexation by referendum approved by legislature trumps an annexation by petition approved by a municipality.  See this summary by Dan Whisenhunt on the Decaturish blog: "In 2013, Chamblee and Brookhaven both annexed the same area, the 100 acres of Century Center property located off I-85 at Clairmont Road.  The question of which city’s annexation would be legally enforceable has percolated in the background as Decatur, Avondale Estates and Atlanta consider adding territory to their boundaries...." [Read more.]

Halloween on "Callanwolde Mountain"

Event Date and Time: 
10/31/2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

From Callanwolde Fine Arts Center: "Callanwolde is excited to announce HALLOWEEN NIGHT ON CALLANWOLDE MOUNTAIN. A night of family fun for both kids and adults. Join us with LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER  in celebrating this Halloween adventure. CALLANWOLDE CONCERT BAND with special guest MATTHEW KAMINSKI,organist for the Atlanta Braves, for a musical program featuring selections from Night on Bald Mountain, Phantom of the Opera, and Pirates of the Caribbean. There will be trick or treating throughout the estate and a family friendly costume contest with big prizes!...." [Read more.]

Civil War Walking Tours

From the Dekalb History Center: Join us for guided Civil War walking tours in downtown Decatur. The hour-long tour begins in the Lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse and complements our new exhibit, Tears and Curses: A Human Perspective on the Civil War. You will learn about the early history of the county, the effects of the war on the civilian population in DeKalb, the Atlanta campaign, and the Battle of Decatur.  Various Dates and Times (click here for complete list):

Laurel Ridge Town Hall on proposed Atlanta Annexation

Event Date and Time: 
11/05/2014 - 7:00pm

From the Laurel Ridge Neighborhood Yahoo Group: Laurel Ridge Elementary School PTA Invites you to join us for a very important TOWN HALL MEETING TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED ANNEXATION OF DRUID HILLS INTO THE CITY OF ATLANTA, Wednesday, November 5, 7:00 PM, University Heights United Methodist Church, 1267 Balsam Dr, Decatur, GA 30033.  There are growing efforts in the Fernbank and Briar Vista attendance zones to annex the Druid Hills community into the City of Atlanta. These efforts include efforts to annex Fernbank Elementary, Briar Vista Elementary and Druid Hills High Schools into the City of Atlanta Public Schools. Confirmed guests include : 

Arts at Emory November 2014

For our culture mavens: Theater; Film; Music; Dance; Museum events.

MANA, CHCA, DHCA annexation efforts compared

Summarized in the Decatur Metro blog 10/29/14, with lots of comments from readers: ".... Between Medlock and Druid Hills sits Clairemont Heights [sic], which has been relatively silent on annexation preference up until now.  However, this past week the Clairmont Heights Civic Association blog noted that some residents of the neighborhood had recently filed a petition with the city of Decatur requesting annexation.  The petition claims the support of “at least 68% of homes” in Clairmont Heights, though some discussion on the Association’s Facebook page about how widely the petition was circulated. Of note, if Clairmont were to incorporate into Decatur, it would eliminate an Atlanta annexation from Medlock’s array of choices, since it would have no way of being congruent to the Atlanta city limit...." [Read more.]

MANA community meeting 10/27/14 summary

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: "We had a great meeting and very well attended: around 135 people showed up to hear about our schools, zoning and yes, annexation....." [Read more.]

Annexation Petition to City of Decatur for Clairmont Heights area

Authors of a petition to annex the greater portion of the Clairmont Heights neighborhood into the City of Decatur informed CHCA officers that they submitted their petition this week to the City Manager. The petition organizers had requested that we wait several days to allow city officials to read and discuss the letter and petition information prior to distributing it to the community at large.

Constitutional Amendment II background

From a writer for the Shepherd Center Magazine who originally posted this comment to the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association listserv. Reprinted with permission:  In November 1998, Georgia voters approved a constitutional amendment to create the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission for Georgians who had sustained traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. It is funded by a surcharge on DUI fines and provides grants to those injured to help defray the costs of transportation, home modifications, equipment and needed services.

Emory Sustainability+Clifton Community update 10/24/14

From Emory's Clifton Community Partnership and Office of Sustainability Initiatives: Emory University Earns STARS Gold Rating; Innovative Water Reclamation Facility Under Construction;  Fleet Services: making moves to a greener fleet;  Launched: The Green Office Pilot Program; Emory to ban bee-harming pesticides to protect pollinators;  Climate@Emory: Interview with Dr. Eri Saikawa

Commissioner Gannon update 10/24/14

From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Early/Sunday Voting; Stone Mt Pumpkin Festival; Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain; DeKalb Neighborhood Summit; Dekalb legislators' town hall; Animal Services "Fall in Love" special.

Commissioner Rader update 10/24/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: District 2 BOC Agenda for October 28th; Low cost pet vaccinations.

MANA Community Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
10/27/2014 - 7:00pm

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association (MANA): Please join us for a Community Meeting OCTOBER 27 (Monday) | 7PM at North Decatur Presbyterian Church  The agenda will include --- * Representative Mary Margaret Oliver will discuss legislative issues involved with cityhood and annexation and Brian McKinley joins us from Laurel Ridge.  * Updates on schools and zoning

Chemistry Day Event at Fernbank Science Center

Event Date and Time: 
10/25/2014 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

From the Fernbank Science Center: FREE ! Saturday, 10-25-2014, 12 - 3 pm.  Do you have younger students who enjoy hands-on science demonstrations? How about chemistry and candy? Plan to attend Fernbank Science Center's annual Chemistry Week celebration this weekend. This year's theme is "The Sweet Side of Chemistry: Candy." It will feature exhibits, activities, and demonstrations suitable for all ages to help spread knowledge about the importance and usefulness of chemistry in our everyday lives. We hope to see you there! Address: 156 Heaton Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Please see our web site for additional information.

DeKalb Delegation public meeting notes 10/22/14

From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: Last night's DeKalb delegation public meeting drew a good number of representatives and 1 senator, plus an audience that didn't overwhelm the Maloof but didn't look skimpy either.  There were more questions & statements (some "speechifying") than the two hour window could hold.  There were prickly moments especially between legislators, a fair amount of support for the Blueprints recommendations, and a wide variety of issues being raised with a fair amount of emphasis on whether or not the Druid Hills cluster was going to maintained within one city or not. My notes are attached, if you're interested.  BethN -- North Briarcliff area; parks activist; Blueprints activist

Nov 4 General Election Candidates & Voting Locations

From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Get out and vote!  The contested elections for the Nov. 4 General Election are outlined below, followed by Early Voting Locations and Dates.   

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