Decatur BBQ, Blues, and Bluegrass festival

Event Date and Time: 
08/16/2014 - 12:00pm - 8:00pm

From the festival website: Mark your calendar for August 16, 2014, and don’t miss the 14th Annual Decatur Barbeque, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival, at Harmony Park in Decatur.  Please note that no outside coolers will be permitted on the site.  Decatur’s 14the Annual Decatur Barbeque, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival is brought to you by: the Community Center of the South Decatur and the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association. All proceeds of the festival directly into the Decatur community.  

County Operations Task Force meeting schedule

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb Government Operations Task Force Meeting Schedule Announced

DECATUR, Ga. – The Task Force on DeKalb County Operations (the Operations Task Force) has announced its calendar of meeting dates for the remainder of 2014.  All meetings will occur at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030 at 6 p.m. at the following dates:

District 2 update 8/14/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC agenda summary; Sanitation pilot.

County youth fall cross-country and soccer registration

From the county interim CEO's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: 

Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs Youth Fall Cross Country Registration
Youth Fall Cross County is for ages 5-14 and will include four track meets, which will be held on October 4, 11, 18, and 25 at a charge of $30 per participant. To access online registration, visit and click the "Register Online" button on the department's homepage, or you may register in person at the center of your choice.

Lost cat

This is a notice about a lost cat in the neighborhood. Home address and contact info as below. NAME: Billie BREED: Maine Coon COLOR: Tabby SEX: Female (spayed) AGE: 6 years WEIGHT: c. 10 lbs (small for a Maine Coon) MARKS: Black spot on nose COLLAR: None — slipped MICROCHIP: HomeAgain #4A1A770968 LAST SEEN: Willivee Drive between Desmond and North Decatur on Monday 7/29/14 REWARD: Yes! Rex D. Matthews 705 Willivee Drive Decatur, GA 30033 Tel: 404-325-2692

Druid Hills annexation impact on Clairmont Heights

From local resident Jane Ayres: How would we be affected if Atlanta annexed Druid Hills? Our neighbors are discussing it, and the Clairmont Heights Civic Association needs to be speaking for us. Please follow and contribute to the conversation on the Clairmont Heights Neighbors Facebook page:

Common Core: views from both sides

From Reporter Newspapers: "The set of national education standards known as Common Core are in place in Georgia schools. But they have faced steady attack from some education critics and in the state Legislature.

DeKalb and Fulton animal shelter adoption deals

From Collin Kelley in the Reporter Newspapers: The number of animals coming into Fulton County Animal Services (FCAS) and DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS) has reached its maximum, and the shelters are full.  To encourage the community to adopt pets and save lives, the shelters are offering a ‘Tail End of Summer’ promotion.

DeKalb Police: Burglary on Desmond 8/7/14

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District 2 Update 8/8/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC meeting/agenda; Park Pride Grant Workshop; Animal Adoption Event; Emory Village Open Streets event.

County Operations Task Force

From Beth Nathan on the Civic Association Network: ".... My personal notes from this Work Session plus scans of slide hand-outs from the previous 2 subcommittee meetings (not yet published on OTF's website) have just been added to CAN's website, on the page under the heading "2014 Operations Task Force".  Brief Synopsis: As one participant noted, there are probably 15 different opinions around the table about what the OTF needs to do/accomplish.  Many of those opinions were expressed; after an hour of discussion the group did seem closer to jelling.  A lot of variation on (a) whether form of government is a critical topic or not, (b) why cityhoods are happening and how best to deal with what remains of the unincorporated county; (c) where to find the info necessary for fruitful discussions.  Areas that to me felt closest to consensus were the need for ethics and transparency improvements (includes audits) and maybe the need for improved cost efficiency in county government.  ...." [Read more.]

Exotic bird -- returned to owner

[Update 8/10/14: the bird has been returned to its owner.  Thanks all for your calls and offers of help.] From residents on N Superior Ave 8/7/14: A multi-colored bird/parrot [Sun Conure or Sun Parakeet perhaps?] stayed around our deck on N. Superior Avenue for several hours this afternoon (Thursday 8-7.)  It seems very friendly and very lost.  We bought a cage, put the bird in it, and we are keeping it until we find an owner.  Hopefully a relieved, happy owner will give us a call.  Our number is 404.636.4605.  Photo attached.

Druid Hills considers Atlanta annexation

From Katie Leslie and Mark Niesse in the AJC [pay access]: "Residents in the Druid Hills neighborhood, one of the oldest and wealthiest communities in the Atlanta area, will soon consider a key question about their future: Should they stay or go? .... About 4,500 Druid Hills households will be mailed informational materials about their options in the next two or three weeks.

DeKalb School Board progress noted

From Ann Marie Quill in the Reporter Newspapers: "The DeKalb County School District appears to be on the way to mending the problems that resulted in it being placed on academic probation in 2012 by the agency that accredits the district.

Kids stuff yard sale

Event Date and Time: 
08/16/2014 - 8:00am - 2:00pm

From Julie Seckman: Kids Stuff Yard Sale Saturday, August 16, 8 am – 2 pm.  Toys / Books / Clothes / Baby Equipment / Furniture / Maternity.  The School At North Decatur, N. Decatur United Methodist Church, 1523 Church Street, Corner of N. Decatur Rd. & Church St..  All proceeds benefit SAND Preschool

Fernbank School Update

Event Date and Time: 
08/07/2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

From Druid Hills Civic Association: The DeKalb County School District staff will convene a meeting to provide the Fernbank community and neighbors with an update on the new school construction project next Thursday August 7, from 4:00 to 6:00 (as necessary) at the Fernbank Science Center.

District 2 update 8/2/14

From commissioner Jeff Rader: National night out; North DeKalb Mall produce stand; Park Pride grant writing workshop; County permit improvement project; DeKalb animal services.

DeKalb Police: auto theft on Harrington 7/30/14

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DeKalb Animal Shelter update

From Wardell Castles via the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association: Some of you have asked what is happening with the efforts to build a new DeKalb County Animal Shelter. There is still more work to be done. However the members of the DeKalb Animal Services Advisory Board is pleased with how the County is proceeding. 

DeKalb Police: Burglary on Willivee 7/30/14

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