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.   

Babar the Elephant Family Concert

Event Date and Time: 
10/26/2014 - 4:00pm

From Emory's Carlos Museum: Sunday, October 26, 4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three. The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and the Carlos Museum present Jean de Brunhoff's classic tale, Babar the Elephant, set to music by Poulenc, performed by pianist Elena Cholakova and narrated by WABE 90.1's Lois Reitzes.  Family Concerts are designed with young listeners in mind but are perfect for audiences of any age!  The concert is free and open to the public.  Free parking is available on the weekends in both the Fishburne and Oxford Road decks.

Notes from Annexation Panel at Fernbank PTA meeting 10/22/2014

From CHCA president Michael Dowling:  The greater portion of the Clairmont Heights neighborhood appears on the Atlanta annexation petition map proposed recently by the Druid Hills Civic Association. DHCA's annexation committee used elementary school attendance zones for Briar Vista ES and Fernbank ES as the basis for their map. Clairmont Heights Civic Association was not involved in its creation, but the board will actively follow the process to ensure that neighborhoods interests are represented accurately.  In an effort to keep the greater Fernbank ES community informed about this process, the Fernbank PTA invited CHCA officers and neighborhood residents from Clairmont Heights and Druid HIlls to attend their general membership meeting on Wednesday evening, 10-22-2014, where a panel addressed the issue. Notes from the meeting can be found here

Electronics, Shoe Recycling and Paper Shredding

Event Date and Time: 
11/15/2014 - 8:00am - 2:00pm

From Keep DeKalb Beautiful: Electronics Recycling 8-12:00; Document Shredding 9-2:00.  Northlake Mall Parking Lot, 4800 Briarcliff Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30345.  Please donate at least one pair of shoes when you come to participate in the electronics recycling or paper shredding event.  Please tie the shoe strings together or place a rubber band around the shoes.

Rep. Oliver update 10/17/14

From District 82 rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: Voting reminders; Ballot guide; Cityhood updates.

DeKalb History Center's History Adventure School Days

Event Date and Time: 
10/21/2014 (All day) - 10/24/2014 (All day)

From the DeKalb History Center: the DeKalb History Center's HISTORY ADVENTURE School Days, Oct. 21-24, 2014. 404-373-1088 ext 20  www.dekalbhistory.org

Druid Hills letter on cityhood and annexation 10/15/14

The Druid Hills Civic Association, in preparation for a survey of its residents, has posted a letter with information about the options they face. ".... Many residents have expressed concerns about three major factors. These are: (1) property taxes, (2) the public schools that serve geographic areas within the DHCA’s stated boundaries (specifically Fernbank Elementary, Briar Vista Elementary, and Druid Hills High School), and (3) Emory University’s position...."  [Read more.]

DeKalb Legislators public meeting notes 10/13/14

[From CHCA Board president Michael Dowling.] Interesting perspectives from meeting of the DeKalb Legislative Delegation on October 13, 2014.  Legislators from DeKalb County's delegation recently held an open meeting as they prepare for the upcoming 2015 legislative session. Clairmont Heights residents may be interested to see how various parties perceive issues (annexation and cityhood) that we have discussed at our recent public meetings. Our local House member, Rahn Mayo, was not present. Mary Margaret Oliver is the House member for both Druid Hills and portions of Decatur. She has also served our community in the past when boundaries were different. The notes are an unofficial record from interested county resident Beth Nathan. "Last night the legislators were particularly interactive ... lots of opinions, some prickly back-and-forth ... discussion of parochialism vs regionalism, info that efforts to merge Briarcliff/Lakeside are proceeding fairly well, hints that Blueprints recommendations are being taken seriously, some statements that someone might want to hold officials feet to..."

Rep. Mayo's November Ballot Guide

From our District 84 rep. Rahn Mayo: 2014 Proposed constitutional amendments and ballot questions. 

Commissioner Gannon update 10/10/14

From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Early Voting and Sunday Voting; Household Hazardous Waste Recycling; International Food and Music Festival; Legislators Town Halls; Animal services "Fall in love" adoption special; BOC agenda.

Operations Task Force meeting notes 10/11/14

From Dan Wright via the Civic Association Network: "Fellow DeKalb Citizens:  Please devote some time to catch up on the ongoing debate about how to improve DeKalb County Government. Detailed meeting notes and presentations from the latest OTF (Operations Task Force) meeting (and all of the other ones) can be found here.

Rep. Mayo on Cityhood/Annexation 10/13/14

From our District 84 rep. Rahn Mayo: MY CURRENT POSITION ON CITYHOOD AND ANNEXATION PROPOSALS IN DEKALB COUNTY

Generally speaking I support a community in pursuit of self determination. My reluctance to supporting additional new cities in DeKalb County is based on the lack of cohesiveness with which new cities are often created. In the past, there has been a tremendous disconnect between DeKalb citizens, and political leaders driving cityhood efforts. In my opinion, cityhood plans have provided very little concern for the impact on the DeKalb County as a whole.

Commissioner Rader update 10/14/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: International Food and Music Festival 10/18; Conversation with county police 10/29.

Rep. Johnson update 10/14/14

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Health Services grants; Supporting police; Ebola info; Economic needs of women; Medicare open enrollment; Hispanic heritage; Civil Rights.

Fernbank PTA meeting

Event Date and Time: 
10/22/2014 - 6:00pm

From PTA co-Presidents Laura Disque (CHCA neighbor) and Melissa Fishbein: Please join us for out General PTA Meeting on Wednesday, October 22nd, 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  Annexation will be a top agenda item. We will have informed individuals on a panel to share information and answer questions.  

2014 Voter Guide

From the League of Women Voters, AJC, and WSB: "The 2014 Online Voter Guide is a non-partisan resource for voters in the metropolitan area. The questions are a product of the work of the League of Women Voters of Georgia and AJC staff. The League, the AJC, and WSB-TV do not endorse candidates and thoroughly believe that voters should judge candidates based on their own merits, ideas and platform. We work very hard to provide an intelligent, equitable forum where that can occur.

CHCA seeks website/newsletter editor and website administrator

From the CHCA Board: The CHCA board is seeking a volunteer or volunteers to replace retiring CHCA website/newsletter editor and website administrator Tim Bryson.  A content editor for the website and newsletter finds relevant news, posts it on the website, and distributes a digest of those posts weekly via Mailchimp.  They also administer CHCA's Facebook and Twitter accounts.  This takes on average about an hour a week.

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