From the Civic Association Network: Good Morning CAN members! Those who participated in last year's First Embrace Our Green Space Race know that despite a spring shower (that helped wash the pollen out of the air), we had a very successful event! The participants enjoyed it, the police escort for runners and cyclists was fantastic- the cars had to stop for them(!), the food was above and beyond expectations, and we were able to give almost $200 to each of our 4 local parks! Due to our success and all the positive feedback, we are going to have the 2nd annual Embrace Our Green Space Race on March 24th, 2012. We will once again operate out of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church parking lot. We are asking CAN member groups to forward this note to your association members to SAVE THE DATE of March 24th. We will have a 2K walk for seniors and kids, a 5K run/walk, a 10K run and 10K skate, and 20K bike ride. The cyclists will start at 10AM, followed immediately by the skaters, then the 10K runners, 5K and 2K. All participants should be finished by shortly after 11AM. All events are non-competitive, and everyone that signs up will get a tee shirt. We will have online registration through Active.com set up by January- we will send out a follow-up note with the registration information.
From the CEO's office: 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony; COPS Grant; Sprite Spark Parks; Strategic Planning Meeting; CBC Jobs Forum; National Urban League Conference; CEA 1st Vice President
From a local resident, reported the morning of Friday, September 9: "After a walk on the PATH at the park, came back to the parking lot and another mom who was out walking had just had her car window smashed and her purse and work bag stolen. Hide your valuables and be careful out there. It was the middle of the morning, with people around, there were yard guys mowing the fields that didn't see anything. "
From the Atlanta Audubon Society:
The weather Saturday is going to be terrific. Attend the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Tour. You can meet two Georgia authors and tour six sanctuaries in fewer than 36 miles on this year's tour and see how others are providing food, shelter and nesting sites for the birds we enjoy so much.
From the Clifton Corridor Initiative: Information presented at the Clifton Corridor Station Area Planning and Alignment Workshop on August 10 is online. Please review and take the survey.
For our cyclists from our local bike store and Bike Emory partner: Bicycle South Stone Mountain Ride - Sunday, Sept. 11th. 9 AM; Decatur Bike/Ped Workshop. Sept. 26th ; Georgia Bike Summit - Athens, GA - October 7-9th.
From Clairmont Heights resident Don Sprinkle: The Fernbank Elementary Clean-up Day for this year will be 10/29/11 from 8am to 5pm. All volunteers are welcome. The day will have many activities that just about everyone can share in: picking up trash, cutting brush, mowing, trimming, sweeping, etc. But also, we really need cash donations to afford the cost of new mulch for the play area. See our draft donation letter (attached). Donations can be made to the Fernbank PTA c/o Donald Sprinkle - all donors will receive a 'contribution letter' in return for their 2011 taxes. Please call me if you have any questions.
From Emory University: Transit for the Clifton Corridor?; New Bed Tower For Emory University Hospital; Emory Village Update; Tobacco Free Campus; Runners, Walkers Take Your Mark!; Watergate Reflections; Theater Emory Kicks Off its 2011-2012 Season; Hollywood Discovers Emory' Tour Campus with Architects
From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: SEPTEMBER 2, 2011-2011 Special Session Adjourns! MMO Legislative Newsletter
ENJOY THE DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND!!
The 2011 General Assembly Special Session convened at the call of Governor Nathan Deal on August 15, 2011, and adjourned August 31, 2011. The Special Session was called by the Governor for the General Assembly to draw new political districts for180 Georgia House seats, 56 Georgia Senate seats, and 14 Congressional Districts based on new census data acquired during the 2010 Census count. Georgia grew in population over 18% between 2000 and 2010, and therefore "earned" a new Congressional District. By contrast to the state growth, DeKalb County only grew a little over 3% in the same time period.
From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: As many of you know, there have been numerous possible sightings of a man called Eddie. In 2009, Eddie was arrested in Medlock for outstanding felony warrants. The vehicle in question is a Dark Blue Dodge pickup truck. If you see this truck,
please call 911 immediately. In 2009 the description of the truck was: The truck is a dark blue pick-up, RAM 1500, tinted windows, license plate number AGK 0200 (2009 info) Below are accounts of what this man is doing in our n'hood:
For our gardeners: Announcing our 2011 Fall Lunch and Wildflower Series starting Wednesday, September 7. In addition, our Plant Sales start the same day, so come to the garden and enjoy. We are doing something new this fall as some of our talks will be held on Friday. Our first talk will be "The Fabulous World of Ferns" by Eleanor Craig on Wednesday, September 7. If it rains, the talk will be held at 11:30 instead of 12:00. Eleanor has a nursery in Alabama - Fern Ridge Farms. Following Eleanor will be Dave Funderburk on Friday, September 16, with "Native Trees, Shrubs, and Wildflowers in Fall". You may follow Dave on facebook The times for the walks and talks have also changed. Walks will start at 11:00 and talks will start at noon. In addition, we will have Plant Sales on both Wednesdays and Fridays.
For our cyclists and cycling supporters, September 1, 2011 -- “Sopo Art Bike Show 2011” Sopo Bicycle Cooperative has commissioned the painting of more than a dozen bicycle frames by local artists for its second Art Bike Show. These artists, including familiar names such as Evereman, Charlie Smith and Olabad have been asked to use the bicycle frame is their canvas and create unique, buildable and rideable art.
Quoting Stacy Isbell <email@example.com>, 9/2/11: I wanted to inform the neighborhood, there was an attempted break in at our house. They didn't get in. A window in the basement was broken, after they couldn't pry the window open with a crowbar. The window is a two panel glass window, so that may have scared them off too. The outside of the window was broken, but not the inside. We assume, they were suprised by us returning home. Please let everyone in the neighborhood know for safety reasons, as well as watching out for their homes and neighbors. My name is Stacy Isbell. Our address is 560 N Superior Ave Decatur, GA 30033. Email me if you have any questions.
From U.S. rep. Hank Johnson: Seniors; Kids; JAG; Mentors; Rate hikes; Clean fuel; DOJ grants; Pillars; Let's move; Women; Reeve; 9-11; Passports.
According to local resident and state archaeologist Dr. David Crass: WSB will be airing a segment on ranch houses in our neighborhood at 4:45 today (August 31), with shorter versions to follow at 5 and 6.
From the DeKalb Board of Health via the Emory Grove neighborhood listserv: DeKalb County Board of Health has been notified of its first human case this year of West Nile virus (WNV). This has been a busy year for West Nile virus activity. Surveillance has shown an abundance of the mosquito species that can carry the virus. In fact, more mosquitoes have been collected and tested positive for the virus than in previous years.
From Emory: Join us for the inaugural dialogue of this community forum that aims to highlight diverse ideas and perspectives on the most significant issues and events shaping our time. CNN Dialogues is a place where we address shared challenges and concerns to foster a dialogue of learning, understanding and hope. Proceeds support the James Weldon Johnson Institute of Emory University and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Panelists: Wolf Blitzer, moderator and Senior Correspondent for CNN; Edward James Olmos, actor and activist; Yul Kwon, Host of PBS’ America Revealed; Kris Marsh, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland at College Park; Dana F. White, Goodrich C. White Professor of Urban Studies at Emory University; Heidi W. Durrow, author of the debut novel The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
From MANA: Announcing the upcoming 2nd Annual DeKalb Co. Preparedness Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 AM – 3 PM. This year the festival will be located behind the First Baptist Church of Tucker at 5073 LaVista Road, Tucker. There will be food, music, children's activities, and displays by the professional and volunteer organizations who respond in a disaster. You’ll find information on fire safety, crime prevention, disaster preparedness, and pet and large animal crisis care. This festival is presented by DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and the DeKalb Emergency Management Agency (DEMA). For more info: http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/public-safety/dema-current-news.html