Emory pool community membership info

From Emory's Student Activity & Academic Center websiteCommunity Membership - Emory University is proud to be one of the few campus recreation facilities in the country to offer memberships to those in the surrounding Emory community and Metro Atlanta. Summer Memberships are valid from May 15th through Labor Day. It provides access to the entire Student Activity & Academic Center amenities during the summer season. Membership Options:

Decatur Arts Festival

Event Date and Time: 
05/28/2011 - 10:00am - 05/29/2011 - 6:00pm

From the Decatur Arts Alliance: "The Artists Market features more than 160 artists selected through a competitive jury process. The market is known for its high quality of artwork and attracts artists from all over the southeast and beyond. Welcome back your favorite artists and visit the many new artists who have joined us this year. Look for the Official Booth numbers on all of our juried artists’ tents."

Ira B Melton Park Workday

Event Date and Time: 
05/22/2011 - 9:00am - 11:00am

Marianne Skeen and Valerie Boss (vboss AT comcast.net) would like to facilitate a workday at Ira B. Melton Park on Sunday, May 22 from 9-11am. We're keeping this one short because there's a second neighborhood event--CHCA party/elections--in the afternoon.  We plan to focus on the trailhead/entrance. If enough folks show up, we'll do some work on the back part of the trail, too. For this workday, we're asking everyone to bring their own gloves, tools, and water.  For an overview of the trail project, see this mission statement and map.  Meet at the front of the park on Desmond Drive.  Thanks on behalf of the Clairmont Heights Civic Association, Medlock Area Neighborhood Association, and the South Fork Conservancy.

Recycle your life

Event Date and Time: 
05/21/2011 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

From Civic Association Network: It's time to find a home for all that junk in your house that you know doesn't belong in the landfill. Recycle Your Life, the massive recycling day, at First Baptist Church Decatur is back! This Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm bring household items, clothing, shoes, tennis balls, electronics, toilets, phone books, books and paint. Paint is a dollar a can but will be recycled by Williams Painting and will not end up in the landfill. So join FBCD for a chance to do something with all that Spring cleaning!  [Read more]

Rep. Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for May 18, 2011

From U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson, 4th District of Georgia: Consumers; Rare Earths Act; Drug costs; Students; Insurance; Graduations; Vets; Art grants; Taxes simplified; Women's health; Homesafe; Storms; Passports.

County workshop: Absentee Investors & Vacant, Abandoned, Foreclosed Homes

From: OneDeKalb - Neighborhood Capacity Building Training Institute<onedekalb@dekalbcountyga.gov>: June 11, 9-12 p.m.   Neighborhoods in DeKalb County have experienced a large number of investors and renters as well as a significant number of foreclosures and abandoned homes. It has become home to a large number of Section 8 residents. The effect has been declining home values in some areas within the county.   This workshop will discuss these issues with the intent of finding solutions. Presenters include the DeKalb Housing Authority and the Director of the Atlanta-Fulton LandBank Authority.

CrimeMapping.com Report 5/17/11: burglary on Sanford Rd.

From DeKalb police via CrimeMapping.com

Call for volunteer to work with MANA on Yard Sale

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

CrimeMapping.com Report 5/14/11

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com: theft of articles from vehicle on Willivee

Nature Preserve workday Saturday, May 14th, 9am-noon

Please join us at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve on this Saturday, May 14th. Volunteers will be at the Preserve between 9:00 AM and Noon.We will be removing ivy from trees and keeping the kudzu at bay. Remember to bring a water bottle and work gloves. If you have an extra pair of pruning sheers or loppers, bring those as well.

DIRECTIONS To get to the Nature Preserve take Medlock Road north to Medlock Elementary School. Turn right onto Wood Trail Lane and follow to the preserve entrance.

CEO Ellis: pursuing an aggressive accounts receivable policy

From: DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis <Burrell@burrellellis.com>: Dear Neighbors, The recent coverage by the news media of uncollected accounts receivable in DeKalb County is both incorrect and misleading. The coverage distorts the facts and falsely states that there is a substantial amount of recoverable debt. The facts of the matter are as follows:

OneDeKalb Saturday events

From: OneDeKalb - Office of Neighborhood Empowerment <onedekalb@dekalbcountyga.gov>: Hike and Bike tour; Stonecrest Farmers Market

OneDeKalb: What is a LAND BANK and How Can It Reverse the Effects of Deteriorated Properties in DeKalb County?

From: OneDeKalb - Office of Neighborhood Empowerment <onedekalb@dekalbcountyga.gov>: Land Bank Public Information Meeting Thursday, May 19 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Clark Harrison Bldg. Conference Room A 330 W Ponce de Leon Ave Decatur 30030 The perspective of residents and neighborhood leaders is important as the land bank is considered by elected officials. A short presentation will be followed by a public question and comment period. The housing and economic crises has had a negative impact throughout DeKalb County. A land bank is a tool that can be used to address the effects these properties have on public safety, code enforcement, and property values. Many of Georgia's counties and cities, including Atlanta, have utilized land banks for decades, and DeKalb is currently considering establishing its own. Come learn more about how a DeKalb land bank could work!

ARC Transportation Survey

From Emory's Clifton Community Partnership director:  Please see the link below to a very important survey from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).  The ARC is asking citizens who reside in the 10-county ARC region to take this survey to provide their input on transportation projects they would like to see funded through the Transportation Investment Act referendum, which will be voted on in 2012.  As many of you know, legislation passed in 2010 by the Georgia General Assembly, divided the State into 12 regions, each charged with providing a list of projects that would benefit that specific region, to be included on the 2012 ballot.  The ARC region, in which most if not all of you reside, will approve a final list of projects in October 2011, which will be the ones voters will hopefully approve in 2012.  The final (constrained) project  list will be determined by the 21 member ARC Roundtable, which consists of the 10 county commission chairs (in DeKalb’s case, CEO Ellis), one mayor from each county and Atlanta Mayor Reed.  Each of the 10 counties have submitted their unconstrained projects  (“wish list”) to Todd Long, Planning Director of GDOT, who will work with the ARC Roundtable members over the next month or so to whittle down the large unconstrained list and determine which projects will ultimately be included on the final (constrained) list in October.  While there is specific criteria for a project to be considered for the final list, citizen support for a project will also factor into the decisions.

Report on proposed cellphone tower at Medlock School

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association:  DeKalb Co. School Board: Can you hear me now? The following recap/editorial of the May 11 meeting is not an official statement from the MANA board. It was volunteered by a long-time neighbor and MANA member. "Representatives from T-Mobile; DeKalb Co. Board of Education member Donald McChesney (District 2 representative, which covers Medlock Elementary); and Steve Donahue (Executive Director of Plant Services, Dekalb Co. County Schools) were at hand last evening to hear what the MANA community had to say about the proposed construction of a cell phone tower at Medlock Elementary. Close to 100 neighbors attended...." Read More.

Cycling bill signed into law

For our cyclists from Bike Emory: Today Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed HB101, the “Better Bicycling Bill,” into law modernizing outdated laws and implementing safety improvements for motorists and bicyclists. Georgia now joins 16 other states with the implementation of a 3-foot passing law. Overtaking vehicles have always been legally required to provide a safe passing distance, but the new law defines 3 feet as a safe passing distance. Other changes included in HB101:

• Bicyclists right-of-way in dedicated bike lanes is now recognized
• Minimum design guidelines are established for bicycle lanes
• Circumstances in which a cyclist may take the full travel lane have been clarified (sect 40-62-294)
• Recumbent and clipless pedals can now legally be sold and used in GA
• Cyclists can signal right turns with his or her right arm and hand extended horizontally or with his or her left hand and arm extended upward.

Final Public Meeting on Animal Care Tonight (May 12)

From OneDeKalb : The DeKalb Animal Task Force and DeKalb Animal Services & Enforcement wants to hear your ideas on how to improve the quality of life and reduce the number of animals euthanized in DeKalb County. 6:30 p.m. at Dunwoody High School, 5035 Vermack Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338

Recycle your life

Event Date and Time: 
05/21/2011 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

From First Baptist Church, Decatur, via Sagamore Hills neighborhood newsletter:

May 2011 MANA E-Newsletter

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: May 11 - Cell Phone Tower Proposals Info Meeting; May 16 - MANA Neighborhood Watch Meeting; June 27 - MANA Community Meeting

Medlock Area Neighborhood Association
May 2011 E-News
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In This Issue
May 11 - Cell Phone Tower Proposals Info Meeting
May 16 - MANA Neighborhood Watch Meeting
June 27 - MANA Community Meeting
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Visit Our Medlock Community Garden!
Greetings Neighbors, 
Seems the warmer days are signs of the summer to come already! Hard to believe. Please note the upcoming Medlock events and happenings below and participate in all you can. Each one of us can make a difference and help show the unique committment and strength of our Medlock Community.

See you soon,
The MANA Board
DeKalb County Schools Hosting Meeting on Cell Phone Tower Proposals
Wednesday, May 11th, 6pm
Medlock Elementary

This is one of several meetings being hosted by the County and T-Mobile at school locations. Click on the link below to see the communication we received about these meetings:



We know there has already been a lot of "hum" about this meeting on our Medlock Neighbors Facebook group and Yahoo Groups. We encourage all members of the MANA community to attend to learn more about these proposals.
MANA Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Monday, May 16th, 7pm
North Decatur Presbyterian Church

Please come learn more about our MANA Neighborhood Watch and join us to discuss what we can do to continue to strengthen awareness and communication efforts to protect our neighborhood from crime.   
Save the Date: MANA Community Meeting and Business EXPO
Monday, June 27, 2011, 7:00 pm
North Decatur Presbyterian Church (Scott Blvd and Medlock Road)

Please join us at the next MANA Community Meeting where you'll have an easy opportunity to renew your support for MANA for the 2011-2012 membership year, get updates on MANA activities and Medlock Elementary Committee discussions, as well as attend the first annual MANA Community Business EXPO. 

The EXPO will showcase local businesses by invite only (many of whom are advertisers and sponsors of MANA). Be sure to mark your calendars and come out to learn more about how you can benefit AND support our local economy!

Send an e-mail to medlockassoc@gmail.com if you'd like to recommend a local business (particularly home improvement focused) for the EXPO.


Check out our new Web site and download a membership form at: www.medlockpark.org

The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association Board

Medlock Area Neighborhood Association | 2387 Eastway Road | Decatur | GA | 30033

Cell Phone Tower Proposal Community Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
05/11/2011 - 6:00pm

From DeKalb County : Community meetings will be held at the locations listed below for members of the community to be informed of the proposal to locate cell phone towers in various areas of DeKalb County to improve the communication service in DeKalb. The presentation will be made by representatives of T-Mobile.  Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 6:00 p.m., Medlock Elementary School . www.dekalb.k12.ga.us

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