MANA Neighborhood Watch newsletter May 2014

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Dawn Forman from Laurel Ridge Neighborhood and I sat down with an officer from Dekalb County to ask questions about hiring an off duty Dekalb Officer to patrol Medlock.  It was decided that the two neighborhoods should proceed separately as Medlock already has over 1200 homes.  Below are the notes from the meeting taken by Dawn.  At this point we are only looking into who would be interested in participating with a patrol please fill out the survey at:

Fernbank Forest walks

Fernbank Forest Walks: Join Fernbank scientists for a Night Walk, May 9, 7:30-9:30pm; and Guided Tour, May 18, 1-3pm (ages 8 and up). For more information about these and other Fernbank events, please visit:

GPC Garden talks and plant sales 5/14

For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College native plant garden: Our Spring 2014 Lunch and Wildflower Series. Azalea Madness Sale Continues:  Friday, May 9 & 16; Saturday, May 17, 10:00 - 2:00.

Pet adoption special for May


From DeKalb Animal Services: $20 per dog adoption; $10 per cat.  Throughout May.

Zoning code update

Event Date and Time: 
05/15/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

From District 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: Zoning Code Update. Thursday, May 15th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA  30034.  The purpose of this forum is to provide an opportunity for the public to discuss the final draft of the Zoning Code Update prior to the Board Of Commissioners public hearing scheduled for May 27, 2014.  The October draft has been amended to include many of the ideas suggestions from the community.

Early voting and primary election info

From the county CEO's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: VOTE EARLY NOW!  CLICK HERE FOR EARLY VOTING SITES AND TIMES. 2014 Candidates Forum, Thursday, May 8 | 7:00 - 9:30 pm, Community Achievement Center,  4522 Flat Shoals Parkway | Decatur, GA 30034. 

Traffic alert: Emory commencement 5/12/14

Events begin 5/8/14 but traffic will be heaviest around Emory on Monday morning.  Here is the full schedule.

National Astronomy Day at Fernbank

Event Date and Time: 
05/10/2014 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Fernbank Science Center will host a celebration of National Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 10th from 11 AM until 3 PM. This event is open to the public and geared toward all ages. It will feature informational literature, family activities, a chance to win a telescope, and an array of planetarium shows.

Suspicious persons

From Dawn Forman in the Laurel Ridge Neighborhood group: I just wanted to inform you of happenings in Medlock and close by Decatur, so that we can be alert here.

Rep. Johnson update 5/1/14

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Foreclosure help; Grants; Other government info/services.

Primary election info

From state rep. Mike Jacobs: DeKalb early voting locations; Sample ballots and Voter's Guides.

Older Americans Month

From the interim county CEO's office: Dancing; Senior Olympics.

School board candidates

From a MANA resident: Early voting is open for the May 20 election. Among other things, this election includes the primary for state school superintendent and the race for DeKalb County school board candidates (we are in District 2). Great info about candidates for school board is available here:

Suburban Plaza redevelopment resumes

From Selig Enterprises: "Selig Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to announce that after an almost two year legal delay over the redevelopment of Suburban Plaza, all litigation between Good Growth Dekalb (GGD) and Dekalb County has been resolved and the redevelopment can resume.  During lengthy discussions with GGD, Selig was able to address most of GGD’s concerns in a manner that will only improve our planned redevelopment of Suburban Plaza, including agreeing to the installation of additional sidewalks along Medlock Road, as well other improvements such as landscaping and fence repair next to the neighborhood of homes located directly to the rear of the shopping center. 

Storm preparedness info from the county

From the interim CEO's office: Videos for the hearing-impaired; CodeRed.

DeKalb Police: Burglary on Willivee 4/25/14

From DeKalb Police via

DeKalb Police: Public indecency on Desmond Dr. 4/26/14

From DeKalb police via

Clairmont Rd redevelopment proposal

Event Date and Time: 
05/07/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

From a local resident who sent us a photo of a flyer left at her home.  The meeting may have been organized by the developer in order to gauge community support or resistance before submitting formal applications to the county.  This area sits between Emory's Clairmont Campus and the Gable Montclair townhome/apartment complex and between the boundaries of the Druid Hills Civic Association and the Clairmont Heights Civic Association.

Neighborhood clean-up day

Event Date and Time: 
04/26/2014 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Hi Neighbors!  MANA has signed up for this year's "Keep Dekalb Beautiful Neighborhood Cleanup Day" which takes place Saturday, April 26 from 9AM to 1 PM. We'd love to have more folks participate this year! My fam did curb & sign cleaning here on Willivee Place last year and it was pretty amazing what a big difference a few hours made.  If we all share ideas for areas in the neighborhood that need some extra TLC we can round up small groups to tackle some of the bigger stuff together.

Fernbank spring events

From the Fernbank Science Center: Birds and butterflies; Planetarium music and light show; Science Kid, Science Day, Astronomy Day.

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