Dear Friends, Nearly a century after Theodore Roosevelt first proposed national health reform, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law historic legislation this week that will free the American people from fear of unnecessary death or destitution due to a lack of health coverage.
From MANA: Medlock Elementary Still on List for Consideration of Closure - Please Send E-mail Today!
Medlock Elementary School is included on a list of 14 DeKalb area schools "being considered" for closure by the DeKalb School District attempting to reduce a $115 deficit. 62 were on the initial list considered by the Task Force and four will be selected for final recommendation to the school board next month.
We've seen pileateds in the neighborhood and in Mason Mill Park but this is the first time it showed up in our yard when we had a camera handy. You can click on the video to see two more on the Flickr site. Videos by Tim Bryson and Catherine Larson.
Flickr slideshow by Tim Bryson and Catherine Larson
Contents: Census, Green Commission, Transportation Funding, PDK airport update, Walk Georgia, Job Opportunities, Keep DeKalb Beautiful, Fruit Trees in County Parks.
Please mark the date on your calendar and plan to attend one of just three MANA community meetings for 2010! Attendance for just an hour or so three times a year is the best way to stay informed of local happenings and connect with neighbors and friends to improve our community. Members and non-members are welcome. The agenda will include:
* Introduction of Candidates for Special Election of District 42 State Senator (to replace Senator David Adelman). For more info visit:
March 21, 2010 –27 Days of 40 Day Session Completed! This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s fourth email newsletter for the 2010 General Assembly Session which convened January 11, 2010 and has completed 27 days of the 40 day Session. If you do not want to receive this email newsletter please visit my web-site at http://www.marymargaretoliver.org/www.marymargaretoliver.org to unsubscribe.
Dear Friends, On Friday the United States Senate voted to confirm my nomination to serve as Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore. I am honored by the confidence President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have in my ability to represent our country in this very important part of the world.
From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield,
From MANA newsletter: Medlock Elementary Still on List for Consideration of Closure Due to School District Budget Deficits. Some of you may already be aware that as of March 18th, Medlock Elementary School has been put on a list of 21 DeKalb area schools "being considered" for closure by the DeKalb School District attempting to reduce a $115 deficit. 62 were on the initial list considered by the Task Force and four will be selected for final recommendation to the school board next month.
Azalea Madness Sale, Georgial Perimeter College Native Plant Botanical Garden, 3251 Panthersville Road Decatur, GA Phone: 678-891-2668. March 27, April 7, 10, 17. Hours: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event: May 10-20, 2010
Register: March 22 - April 19
Fee: $10 per person (fee includes 2 sports and souvenir shirt)
Making Difficult Choices by Commissioner Jeff Rader: The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a tentative 2010 budget of $565 million. That is a $17 million reduction from the budget proposed by the county CEO. The approved budget does not propose an increase in the millage rate, which is used to calculate property tax.
From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, March 15, 2010
From Bicycle South founder and Decatur commissioner Fred Boykin: The 2010 Georgia Rides To The Capitol bicycle event is coming up on Tuesday, March 23rd. All the details are on the event site www.GeorgiaRidesToTheCapitol.org and there are two flyer pdf files at the bottom of the home page if you want to print a poster.
Dan is also our Laurel Ridge neighbor who has helped CHCA and MANA often on park issues. From Decatur News Online via CommunityRadar.com: "Dan Magee, Director of Decatur, Gerogia's Active Living department, is leaving his post at the end of March to take on the role of Supervisor of Parks for Athens-Clarke County. "It's an incredible opportunity," he says. Magee continues, "It is very, very, very difficult to leave the City of Decatur. " Magee started with the City two-and-a-half years ago.
From Ben Smith for the Reporter Newspaper via CommunityRadar.com: "DeKalb County have greenlighted a plan by Marist School to expand the campus. The Board of Commissioners approved the plan Tuesday, March 16, over the objections of Kathie Gannon, the super-district commissioner who represents the area, and neighborhood residents who argue that the plan could be bad for the environment." Read More.
Emory confirmed these events are free and open to the general public, except that the kids’s workshop requires registration and the performance on Saturday night requires purchase of tickets. The Emory-Tibet Partnership Celebrates Emory’s 10th Annual Tibet Week, March 22-27, 2010. All events are held in the Reception Hall, Carlos Museum, except as noted.
Monday, March 22