CHCA members, renewing members, and wannabe members are invited to join the current board at Melton's App & Tap, Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. for our annual meeting. We are meeting at Melton's in part to support them as a local business, so we encourage attendees to order food and drinks while there. The nachos will be on us, though. The only required meeting agenda item is a vote for a new or renewed CHCA Board for 2013-2014. In addition, we invite members to help us shed light on neighborhood issues -- schools, development, cityhood, parks, crime, communications, etc.. We will also graciously accept annual dues, still only $10. The current board encourages others to take their place. The load is very light, but some of us on the current board have been on duty probably way too long. The offices and incumbents are as follows:
Of possible interest from Harvard professor Robert Sampson in the Discover Magazine: ".... If you let loose a kid who appears to be lost on a street, will an anonymous stranger ask, “Can I help you? Are you lost?” If a stamped, addressed envelope is found on the street—something we actually tested—will someone pick it up and put it in a mailbox? A neighborhood that does these things works, because its people are willing to help one another.
From CHCA and MANA board members who attended recent presentations. MANA and CHCA neighbors are exploring the opportunity to develop an Aging in Place Village. Karl Williams from DeKalb’s Office of Senior Affairs spoke at an October 26 neighborhood meeting to introduce the concept and determine interest within the community. The county is offering grant money to "seed" the project.
About 25 CHCA members met with the board at Melton's App & Tap, Wednesday, May 30. After the current board reported on the year's activities and issues, they were voted back into office for another year with no objections. We also heard from Dave Butler about upcoming Mason Mill Park improvements and from Valerie Boss about upcoming Melton Park improvements. Finally, district 6 commissioner Kathie Gannon gave us an overview of county wide issues. More details forthcoming.
From congressman Hank Johnson, 4th District of Georgia: Seniors; Veterans' COLA; Vets' homes; Jobs; Stocks; Gabby; Class; Transportation; RWJF; Heroes; Back on their feet; Conyers; Health fair.
From CHCA president Suzan Rowe: Earlier this month a blog posting reported that Selig Enterprises had reached a deal with Dekalb County to re-develop Suburban Plaza and build a Wal-Mart on the site. Upon hearing of the report, the CHCA board checked in with our District Commissioner, Jeff Rader. The board expressed concern that the developer had not sought comment from the surrounding neighborhoods regarding the nature and possible impacts of the development.
Thanks to all who came to mingle, munch, and vote at last Sunday's CHCA annual meeting. As a result of the election, the new 2011-2012 board consists of the following members:
President: Suzan Rowe
Vice President: Charlie Bleau
Corresponding Secretary: Nancy Ciliax
Treasurer: Catherine Larson
Recording Secretary: Tim Bryson
MANA is beginning to plan a yard sale event and has inquired whether Clairmont Heights would be interested in coordinating a combined event. Let us know if you're interested or come to the block party this Sunday. Contact: info AT clairmontheights.org
From a neighbor: Regarding a tricycle that was removed from along Vistamont Drive on Sunday morning, Oct 17, around 10:00 am - it may have been picked up by someone who thought it was out for disposal (although it was definately not next to the curb). It is a red
"classic" RadioFlyer tricycle, and the two-year old rider would very much like to have it back home. If you inadvertently picked it up on the way through the neighborhood, please return to where it was found.