Plant sale Discounts, Upcoming Talks - GPC Native Garden

For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College native plant garden: We are having 15% off all Plant Sales in October. Plant Sales are held on Wednesdays and Fridays through October from 10:30 - 2:00. In addition, we are open Saturday, October 29. Saturday hours are 10:00 - 2:00. Report 10/15 Theft from vehicle on Harrington Dr.

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Parks Bond Advisory Committee meeting notes

Note from Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: *DeKalb Parks Bond Advisory Committee meeting, Oct 12, 2011, Chapel Hill Park (30034). Joint meeting with Green DeKalb Advisory Council. See info on Mason Mill senior center at bottom.  Attached: October 2011 report on 2001 & 2006 Bond Status, Land Acquisition Funds. Report 10/15 threats on Willivee

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October 2011 MANA E-Newsletter

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Community meeting; Halloween; Other events.

Nature Preserve Harvest Festival

Event Date and Time: 
10/22/2011 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

From Chris Beck, president: Join us Saturday, October 22 from 4-8pm for the 12th annual Harvest Festival at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. Enjoy food, crafts for the kids, nature walks, live music, a campfire, and smores. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us. $5 donation. We will also accept tools to replace those lost in the shed fire.

Rep. Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for Oct. 14, 2011

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Jobs; Small Businesses; Military pay; Vet homelessness; Access to care; Fighting discrimination; Medicare; Fall Festivals.

Suburban Plaza redevelopment proposal includes Walmart

At a county community council meeting earlier this week, Scott Selig, the owner of Suburban Plaza, presented to the neighborhood representatives a redevelopment plan.  Suburban Plaza sits between Church St. and Medlock Rd. on N Decatur Rd.  See map here.  The plan has WalMart as an anchor.  Other retailers were approached, but Walmart was apparently the only one with funding and interest.  Walmart has offered to place underground all of their parking spaces and to add extensive landscaping.  The county has expressed interest in making the N Decatur/Scott/Medlock intersection more pedestrian friendly.  Further discussions are proposed, and details will be added here as they emerge.  See June posting on DecaturMetro blog here and July report in North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch here.

Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative final public meeting

From the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative: Final open house, Tuesday, October 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Silverbell Pavilion, Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329. Please give input on the recommended transit route and technology connecting the Lindbergh MARTA Station, Emory, CDC, Avondale MARTA station, and points between.

MANA Watch Alert October

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Watch: Report on the recent meeting. At the meeting we discussed the fact that Eddie Moore seems to be preying on our community again. Eddie may approach you to do yard work, clean your gutters etc. He is very intimidating and has done work that was not asked for and then demands money. He has also been seen near sites of several crimes, one being two air conditioner units stolen from vacant homes. Please call 911 if you see his Dark Blue Dodge Ram pickup truck license number BUG 1683. He usually has lawn mowers visible in the back. One of our neighbors contacted Dekalb County about Solicitors. Anyone going door to door collecting money must have a Dekalb County "Solicitation Permit." with photo, printed on white paper. The police department conducts a background check on each individual. At the meeting, there was a discussion about voluntary patrolling and/or pay patrolling. Several volunteers are looking into the cost and details about hiring off duty officers to patrol. We will have more info about this soon.... Report - Burglary on Willivee 10/7/11

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Commissioner Rader: Smoking Vote a Disappointment

From district 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: The primary mission of government is to protect the “health, safety and welfare” of its constituents, so the good health of DeKalb County’s citizens should be one of the Board of Commissioners’ (BOC) highest priorities. That’s what makes the BOC’s September 13, 2011 decision to vote down a proposal to ban smoking in all public places, including parks and all businesses, disheartening.

Workday in Ira B Melton Park

Event Date and Time: 
10/16/2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

From Valerie Boss: Come join your neighbors for a workday at Ira B Melton Park on Sunday, Oct 16 from 1-3pm. We’ll be spreading mulch and refining the new section of trail. As always folks are welcome to pull privet and clean up trash. Trash bags will be provided. Please bring work gloves, water, and any tools you think you might need, such as shovels, pitch forks, rakes and clippers.

Commissioner Kathie Gannon update

Contents: Redistricting, Green Commission Expo and Neighborhood Summit; Plant 10,000 Trees; SW DeKalb Planning; Fischer Mansion; Proposed city of Brookhaven; Memorial Drive clean-up.

SPLOST and Medlock School

From Amy Power via DHHS and local residents, info on SPLOST vote November 8 and its impact on local schools and an update on a proposal to lease Medlock School to the International Community School, a charter school:  "Thank you to Amy Power for preparing the following information about the important SPLOST vote on November 8.  If you are planning to be out of town (or otherwise can’t make it to the polls), but still want to vote, PLEASE apply for your Absentee Ballot for Dekalb.  It’s a (surprisingly) very easy process!  Here is the link:

What is happening with Medlock's school building?

CHCA MANA yard sale

Event Date and Time: 
10/01/2011 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

It's here - the long awaited, much anticipated and now HUGE 60 + location - MANA / CHCA Yard Sale. So come on out, meet your neighbors and find some great buys. 68 potential stops to thoroughly satisfy your browsing and shopping needs!  That's right, folks, the CHCA / MANA Yard sale features 68 households and a trunk sale too (at the North Decatur Presbyterian Church at the corner of Medlock and Lawrenceville Hwy.).  As an added treat, there will be coffee and doughnuts from 9:00 - 12:00 at North Decatur Presbyterian Church - the location of the trunk sale. The best way to get a good list of the locations and a good readable map is to click this link  for the CHCA locations or go to the MANA website - - to see locations in both the CHCA and Medlock neighborhoods.  So - see you Saturday !

Nature Preserve Volunteer Day, Saturday October 1

Event Date and Time: 
10/01/2011 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for a volunteer day this Saturday from 9am-noon. This fall, we will be installing a new kiosk and pavilion at the front of the Preserve. To help prepare the site, we will be clearing brush. We may also mulch trails and remove ivy from trees.  We are still accepting donations of tools. We are especially in need of pruning shears, loppers, and a pruning saw.

Chris Beck
President, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
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. For complete directions and for more information, visit, leave a detailed message at 678-951-0105, or email us at

Ring found at Medlock Park

The ring was found the evening of September 23.  Please email Jennie with description to claim it.

Bluegrass & BBQ at Emory Presbyterian

Event Date and Time: 
10/01/2011 - 11:30am - 6:30pm

From the Medlock Neighbors Facebook group: FALL FESTIVAL Community Event – This Saturday, October 1, 11:30-6
Enjoy Bluegrass & BBQ on a cool fall day outdoors on the lawn at Emory Presbyterian Church – 1886 N Decatur Rd. adjacent to Druid Hills HS. FREE (except the food) Family Fun for all! Music & “Jambing” provided by SouthEastern Bluegrass Association. Kids’ activities & Bake Sale.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson on Affordable Care Act

Dear Friends, One year after the Patient’s Bill of Rights in the Affordable Care Act went into effect, millions of Americans are already benefiting from the law. In fact, September 23rd was First Anniversary of Patient’s Bill of Rights in the Affordable Care Act, and millions of Americans are benefiting from the improved coverage and lower costs provided by the law.

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