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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Fund for resident cyclist run over in June

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: "This is for our neighbor Greg! Please go to to make a donation. On the evening of June 9, while cycling home from work, Greg was viciously, intentionally run down by a driver and left for dead.

PDK Airline service

From Bob Pepalis in the Reporter Newspapers: "Call it a modern air traveler’s fantasy: A short drive to the airport followed by free parking, no bag fees and no long security lines.  Southern Airways Express promises to deliver on that fantasy. And it sees that promise as the reason frequent fliers should skip bookings on big-name airlines and head to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport when they’re taking short flights to Florida beaches or to Memphis...." [Read more.]

State sales tax holiday August 1-2

From the Reporter Newspapers: Georgia’s sales tax holiday is back just in time, as school bells begin to ring on Aug. 4. This year’s tax holiday is Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2.  Here are items that are exempt:

Community Garden at N DeKalb Mall

From Greg Hambrick in the Patch: "A fresh produce stand will be open this summer at North DeKalb Mall in Decatur following another successful growing season for the mall’s Community Gardenproject. The produce stand will be open on Tuesdays from 3 pm to 7 pm through Sept. 2. It will be located outside between Bank of America and Macy’s Auto Center on the southeast side of the mall. All transactions will be cash only. ..." [Read more.]

Interim CEO Community Report 2013-2014

A report on his first year in office from interim CEO Lee May:  Public safety; Police services; Fire services; Disaster response; Infrastructure; Sustainable communities; Development; Leadership (ethics reform); Youth services.  [Read more.]

DeKalb Police: burglary on Webster 7/25/14

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