April Hunt in the AJC follows up on its original report on a new staff position being charged to the Parks Department. Although this practice predates Ellis' tenure, three more jobs were discovered to be charged against other departments, and te Chief Operating Officer pledged to bring the charges back to the CEO's budget. [Read more]
From the county CEO's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: WHAT IS Go-Betweener® Mentoring Program? A mentoring program for school age youth (ages 7 - 17) - first or second generation immigrants. MENTOR PROFILE: Speaks the same home language; Shares a similar culture; Shares the "go-betweener" experience.
From the Floraphile blog via Beth Nathan on the Civic Association Network: "The Atlanta Botanical Garden recently played host to a mini-film festival. The filmmakers were Georgia Tech students enrolled in Dr.
From the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment of the county CEO: Neighborhood cleanup day; Easter events; Zoning update; Green Expo; Culture connect (mentoring immigrants); Hazardous waste day; Adopt a pet; Race for the arts; Mobile career center.
From DeKalb County: DeKalb County Hosts Household Hazardous Waste Event. DeKalb County welcomes county residents to participate in the 2013 Spring Household Hazardous Waste Event on Saturday, April 6th, 8 a.m. – noon at the DeKalb County Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive, Decatur, GA 30030. The event, sponsored by Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) and the DeKalb County Sanitation Division, in partnership county residents an opportunity to dispose of their household hazardous wastes properly free of charge.
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
From district 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC and Zoning summaries; Call for clean up volunteers.
From Gordon Draves, an Ira B. Melton Park volunteer: On March 30 and April 6, I will be leading a nature hike in Connally Nature Park, Mulberry Court off Connally Drive, East Point, from 10 AM. If interested, please E-mail me. For this and other Metro Atlanta Group, Georgia Chapter, Sierra Club events, see: http://georgia.sierraclub.org/atlanta
Two YouTube videos on Connally Nature Park: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhzs-Bide6I and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA-ZMzFhqRk
From Valerie Boss: Friends of Ira B Melton Park will host a workday on Saturday, April 6 from 10am-noon. We'll be doing trail maintenance, pulling ivy, and cleaning up trash. Please supply your own water and work gloves, and wear shoes appropriate for muddy conditions. Wheelbarrows, shovels, and hand pruners are needed if you have them. All are welcome. The park entrance is on Desmond Drive, across from Park Lane.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: MANA Neighborhood Watch - March 2013.
Neighborhood Watch Meeting April 24, 2013, 7:00 pm at North Decatur Presbyterian Church. Major Tracy, who is now in charge of Center precinct (the precinct we live in) will be speaking and answering questions. Please email us at email@example.com with questions prior to the meeting. Thank you Dawn Forman for setting this meeting up for our neighborhoods!
The Neighborhood Watch Team have been working hard to update the Watch List. Some of the information on the list is very outdated. Many of you sent us corrections after we sent the E-letter in February. Please continue to email us with corrections and be patient with us as we go through this transition.
The Medlock/MANA Watch receives watch information from over eight different communities around us. We are starting to include this information in our e-letters. These reports are not meant to scare anyone but to keep everyone informed. Our Neighborhood Watch is only as good as the neighbors who participate. We need more coordinators for the 61 grids that make up our Medlock Watch. Please contact us and get involved! firstname.lastname@example.org
From Dawn Forman in neighboring Laurel Ridge: Update on the attempted break-in on Willivee: The home that was attempted to be burglarized last week on Willivee had a van drive around to the back door. There is no fence on one side of the yard, which made it easy for the men attempting to get in to drive their van around back. These people were most likely going to try and clean the home out. This is from a neighboring Community off Lavista: I spoke with the detective regarding our break-in as well as the other 5 break-ins that have occurred over the past few weeks.
For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College native plant garden. Spring Series and Plant Sales start Friday, Mar. 29.
Second update from Rep. Gardner: Monday, March 25, is the 38th legislative day of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly. We will also be in session Tuesday, March 26, for Day 39 and Thursday, March 28, for the 40th and final day of the session. [Gun legislation; Foreclosure assistance; Boating safety; etc.]
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver filed a bill to enable residents in the Druid Hills and Briarcliff areas to discuss the pros and cons of cityhood over the next year, according to the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch. According to another article in the Patch, Rep. Fran Millar filed a bill for the Lakeside City Alliance to do the same for their area.
From the Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch: "Decatur's plan to annex two commercial areas died in the General Assembly.
From district 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: “Pop-up Parks" and "Parklets" are relatively new terms which describe outdoor temporary installations at community/business locations. These small recreational spots or gathering places create a sense of ‘place’ within a community or business. Sometimes called "tactical urbanism", the use of imaginative small-scale, inexpensive outside additions has become a catalyst for positive change in the built environment. The DeKalb County District #2 competition is intended to provide both the County as well as metro Atlanta with new ideas for how communities and retail shopping areas can begin to consider creative approaches for the installation of small, relaxing low cost parks.
The Little Creek Farm Conservancy (LCFC) will be hosting their Annual Pony Ride Day next Saturday, March 30th from 12-3PM at Little Creek Horse Farm, 2057 Lawrenceville Hwy. Decatur. Admission is free and each ride is $5 (cash or check only). Concessions (hotdogs, veggie burgers, homemade baked goods, etc) and merchandise will also be sold so bring a little extra cash! All proceeds go to benefit LCFC and their efforts to renovate the farm's outdoor riding arena.
From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: March 23, 2013 – MMO LEGISLATIVE NEWSLETTER. 2013 GENERAL DOWN TO FINAL THREE DAYS! This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s SIXTH email newsletter for the 2013 General Assembly Session which convened January 14, 2013 and has completed 37 of its forty days of work. .... In each newsletter, I ask how you would vote on a pending bill or budget item. Thank you for your opinions and guidance! SIXTH newsletter question: Would you support funding a Venture Capital fund from Tobacco settlement payments for investors to come to Georgia to start high tech companies?
From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Budget; Arts competition; Miller Grove B-ball; Presidential medal; Taxes; Academy Day; Healthcare; Covington; Resources; Gwinnett meeting; Rare act; Mobile privacy; VA medical center parking.
From district 6 commissioner Kathie Gannon: Green Expo; Zoning update briefing; South Fork Conservancy Friendraiser; Household hazardous waste event; South River at Constitution Lakes cleanup.