From Maureen Downey in the AJC: In a contentious 5-4 vote tonight, the DeKalb County Board of Education rejected the Druid Hills Charter Cluster petition.... The charter petition would have put Druid Hills High School and six feeder schools under the management of a nonprofit organization and freed them from the reach of the central office. ...
From the Church of the Epiphany in Decatur on Ponce and East Lake: For the eighteenth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of over 300 nativity scenes from around the world on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 and from Wednesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 8. Many of the nativities are accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Admission: $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free.
From the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "Representatives from the City of Briarcliff Initiative (COBI) made their case for cityhood Thursday night in a presentation at First Baptist Church in Avondale Estates. However, COBI heard a lot of concerns from two state legislators and the audience not about their proposal as much as the lack of coordination and discussion between cityhood groups, neighboring cities and the county about the issues potential cityho
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From coordinator Valerie Boss: Greetings! Come join cub scouts and neighbors on Saturday, Nov 23. from noon-2pm for a workday at Ira B Melton Park (hosted by Friends of Ira B Melton Park). We will mainly pick up trash deposited by the summer flooding. There's also gravel to move and privet to pull if folks are interested. Please bring your own water and gloves. Trash bags and tools will be provided.
From the county CEO's office: Progress DeKalb: A Conversation to Move DeKalb Forward. Thursday, November 14 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
From Herman Lorenz in the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "We are a big residential area with several pockets of retail; some offices and even a little industrial business. The Atlanta Regional Commission tells us we’re 58% non-Hispanic white; 16% Black; 11% Asian: 8% Hispanic; and the rest a mix of combinations. But they also point out that those elements are very fluid in our area.
From the county CEO's office: 2014 Transportation Plan Community Meetings. You told us what we could do to improve transportation in DeKalb and we listened! Now we need your input on some draft solutions. Please join us at one of the community workshops, at the DeKalb Neighborhood Summit or participate in an interactive online meeting to learn more about the plan and to share your ideas.
From District 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: On Our Form of Government. With the indictment of Burrell Ellis, new calls have come for a shift to a Commission/Manager form of government in DeKalb County. As with the CEO form, there is no standard structure in Georgia enabling legislation, so the “devil is in the details” on exactly what this means. To make a judgement, it is important to look at all the mechanics of the “Organizational Act” or Charter, identifying deficiencies and options for improvement. Neither form is invulnerable to manipulation by elected or appointed officials, so the real test is what’s in a Charter that informs the public on government operations and makes it accountable to voters and taxpayers.
From Paideia School: " The Paideia School's 31st Annual Fine Art & Craft Sale, Saturday, November 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 17, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Art Lobby & Practice Gym (Near the corner of Oakdale and South Ponce de Leon).
From the Alliance to Improve Emory Village: One Year Celebration of Village Plaza. The Alliance to Improve Emory Village (www.emoryvillage.org) invites the community to come to Emory Village on Thursday, November 7, between 6 and 9pm, to celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of the Emory Village Plaza. Local businesses and restaurants will be offering specials, and we will have live music in the plaza, along with a brief program at 7:30pm. Please make plans to bring your family and meet friends on this special night in Emory Village!
From Melissa Forgey of the DeKalb History Center: The Assassination of a President. This Lunch and Learn reflects on a grim anniversary. Historian Jennifer Richardson will guide you through the events of November 22 - 25 from the assassination to the funeral of President John F. Kennedy. One fact is undisputed: on November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was killed. What else do you know about that day? Along the way, you will learn about the Warren Commission, the magic bullet theory, the hundreds of books written on the subject in the last 50 years, Oliver Stone's movie, and the scores of reasonable and ludicrous conspiracy theories. Finally, what have we learned about the impact on our society by the assassination from a perspective of 50 years? Bring your memories and bring your questions. Leave with a fuller understanding of one of the most tragic events in the twentieth century. The lecture will take place at noon. Come an hour earlier (11:00 a.m.) to view Richardson's extensive collection of assassination memorabilia.
From Al Fowler: 1. Day Watch Bravo Team officers recently arrested a burglary suspect. Officers responded to the area of Monticello Place regarding a Burglary-In-Progress call. The suspect fled the location and was later located on Carter Rd by Bravo Team Officers. The suspect was arrested and later lodged in jail. North Central Detectives responded for further investigation.
2. Over the weekend, Evening Watch Delta Team officers arrested a suspect in the Randolph Estates area suspected of committing recent Burglaries off Randolph Rd. North Central Detectives followed up and determined the suspect may be involved in many more burglaries. He is believed to be responsible for recent Burglaries in additional surrounding areas including Springcreek, Leafmore, and Shamrock subdivisions.
From Al Fowler: Around 8am, 11-5-2013, Day Watch Bravo Team officers responded to a Robbery-In-Progress call at the CVS Pharmacy at 2586 Lawrenceville Hwy. An adult female was taken into custody inside the location by responding officers. The DeKalb Robbery Unit responded for follow-up investigation.
From Scott Selig Enterprises of Suburban Plaza, with permission: "Yesterday, a DeKalb County Superior Court judge ruled that Good Growth DeKalb does not have standing to appeal DeKalb County’s decision to issue Selig a building permit to construct a Walmart at Suburban Plaza. Good Growth DeKalb had claimed that it had standing to appeal DeKalb County’s issuance of Walmart’s building permit. The Court disagreed. As a result, the building permit is valid and the project is now cleared to move forward.
From Emory University News : "The life and legacy of boxing great Joe Louis will be told through a traveling exhibit based on photographs, periodicals and archival materials from Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), with his son, Joe Louis Barrow Jr., scheduled to speak at an opening event on Nov.
From Emory news: "The next phase of Emory Point [the mixed-use development on Clifton Road] is in full swing—construction has begun on the $70 million project that is expected to bring an additional 40,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 307 luxury apartment homes to the Clifton Corridor area.
From the Reporter Newspapers: "A study says “Walkable Urban Places” in the Atlanta region offer a harbinger of things to come across the country as urban sprawl ends and more pedestrian-friendly communities emerge. The report, authored by Chris Leinberger of the George Washington University School of Business, says that walkable places, which he called “WalkUPs,” will drive tomorrow’s national real estate industry and the economy, turning
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From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Affordable Care Act; Social Security cost-of-living increase; Tax season pushed back; Consumer privacy on mobile devices; Know your rights if stopped by police; NEA grants; SNAP cuts; Disaster Relief; Gun control.