U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson Newsletter 5/14/10

From Fourth District U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson:

Recycle your Life

Event Date and Time: 
06/05/2010 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

From Beth Bond, Civic Association Network: "Remember that event where you could basically recycle almost everything you ever wanted to? And then it snowed. Well I dare it to snow to snow on June 5th : ) In fact if it does, we will never plan it again ; ) We've brought in some new vendors and are waiting on a couple more to get back to us so make sure you check the list so you know what we are taking.

New Urbanism: Rx For Healthy Places, David Byrne May 19th 8pm

Event Date and Time: 
05/19/2010 - 8:00pm

From Clairemont/Great Lakes listserv: Just wanted to let your members know about a talk that David Byrne (Talking Heads) is taking part in on May 19th at 8:00 PM at the Tabernacle to kick off the Congress of New Urbanism conference in Atlanta. Announcement below and ticket info to this lecture linked here.

Healthier Circulation: the Future of Getting Around : An evening with David Byrne, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Charles Brewer and Scotty Greene

State Rep. Mike Jacobs update May 2010

Contents: Brookhaven Bolt; Property Tax reductions and reforms.

Trees Atlanta's City in the Arboretum Conference

Event Date and Time: 
05/22/2010 - 8:30am - 2:30pm
If you care about trees and how they shape our communities, then join Trees Atlanta for an exciting and educational day of professional lectures, arboretum tours and tree giveaways as we embrace "Bringing the Arboretum Home" at our second annual City in the Arboretum conference. The program will build on information shared at our 2009 conference about establishing a neighborhood arboretum, but this year's gathering will appeal to new and old attendees alike.

Commissioner Kathie Gannon Update May 2010

From commissioner Kathie Gannon: May 2010 Important Mid-Quarter Update.  Contents: Green Commission workshop; District 6 Executive Assistant /Projects Manager Position; Library Card Art Contest; DeKalb County Parks Summer Job Opportunities.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Re-imagining the Shallowford Corridor

Event Date and Time: 
05/22/2010 - 8:30am - 12:30pm

From commissioner Jeff Rader and the TABASCO coalition: "Since the intersection of I-85 and Shallowford Road is defined in DeKalb’s Comprehensive Plan as a “Neighborhood Center”, why doesn’t it function that way? What can we do to ensure an appropriate Neighborhood Center for the future? The TABASCO coalition is working with Commissioner Jeff Rader’s office to create a collective vision (residents, institutions and businesses) about the look and functioning of our ideal Neighborhood Center.

Brew at the Zoo

Event Date and Time: 
05/29/2010 - 5:30pm - 9:30pm

From a neighbor in Leafmore who works at Zoo Atlanta: "I wanted to share information about a wonderful event coming up over Memorial Day Weekend.  If you're going to be in town...this is a wonderful event...that's for a good cause, as it's a fundraiser for the Zoo!  Get your friends and neighbors together, get a sitter and get out to Brew at the Zoo and Wine too!   This is one of just a couple annual fundraisers for Zoo Atlanta....and an event near & dear to my heart.  I pour hours and hours of time, energy and hard work into this event...as do many of

Gardening with Tropical Plants

Event Date and Time: 
05/18/2010 - 7:00pm
Dr. Bodie Pennisi, Extension Floraculture Specialist in Griffin
4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, Ga

Free Emory talk on Memory Loss

Event Date and Time: 
05/15/2010 - 10:00am - 11:30am

On Saturday, May 15, Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center presents “Memory Loss: Searching for the Cause, Searching for the Cure,” a free community education event for people interested in the latest research on aging, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease. This event will take place at 10:00am in Nell Hodgson School of Nursing, Room 101. For more information, click here.

DeKalb Green Commission Energy Efficiency Workshop

Event Date and Time: 
05/15/2010 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Come join us Saturday from 9am to 1pm at GA Perimeter College, Clarkston campus. Learn how to save energy and dollars from: GA Power, Southface, Reznick Group, GEFA, The Hoots Group, OneWorld Sustainable, Radiance Solar and many others!

Commissioner Rader Digest May 10, 2010

Staffing Study Cites Inefficiencies in County Government By Jeff Rader: "That's the way we've always done it."  The above is a popular refrain in organizations and businesses.  It’s a way to justify operational methods, usually based on organizational culture or a manager's instincts, in the absence of concrete data.

State rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield update May 7, 2010

Newsletter and Legislative wrap-up: "The Benfield Beat is a weekly, nonpartisan publication featuring state and local government news and community events.  A "job postings" feature has also been added to help people find employment during these tough economic times.  Internship and scholarship opportunities for students and recent graduates are also listed.  I welcome submissions for news stories, community listings, or employment postings.  Submissions

Senate District 42 Special Election info

Event Date and Time: 
05/11/2010 - 7:00am - 7:00pm

This election is to replace David Adelman who was appointed ambassador to Singapore.  Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the regular poll locations.  Enter your name at this site to confirm your poll location and voting district: http://www.sos.georgia.gov/MVP/Login.aspx

Sample ballot here: http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/voter/pdf/SB05112010.pdf

List of qualifying candidates here: http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections/SD42.htm

Their websites:

Little Creek Farm Pony Ride Day

Event Date and Time: 
05/15/2010 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Little Creek Farm, 2057 Lawrenceville Hwy sponsored by the Little Creek Farm Conservancy.  Rides are $5 per ride and funds raised will be used to revitalize our current outdoor arena.  See attached flyer for details.

N Decatur Rd to be repaved 5/11-13

A local resident received notice in their mail box that N. Decatur Road between Scott Blvd and Claremont/Clairmont Rd will be repaved on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday May 11-13. "The notice reports that the road will be practically blocked and they will be using black tar as an asphalt adhesive which can damage cars if driven through."  The resident called the City of Decatur Public Works department, who confirmed that this work would be done (weather permitting).  This might cause a spike in cut-through commuter traffic.

Bicycle South Stone Mountain Ride - Sunday, May 16th- 9 AM

Event Date and Time: 
05/16/2010 - 9:00am

From Bicycle South: Join us for our third shop ride of the season. A nice, relaxed family/group style ride out to Stone Mountain & back. We take the PATH trail out and back - a route made up of both street and trail segments. Free refreshments after the ride. Helmets required. No ride if raining. This is a great ride for friends and family so grab a group and come join us.  Call the store for more details. 404-636-4444

DeKalb County House Delegation Update May 2010

From Howard Mosby, Chair.

Gang activity in nearby neighborhood

From the Emory Grove neighborhood, which centers on Princeton Way and Westminster Way off North Decatur Road west of Clairmont: "April 28, 2010: DeKalb County Gang Task Force .... contacts at the police department ... have indicated that they have concern that there is “gang” activity in and around our neighborhood specifically related to the buying and selling of drugs in and around our parks.

CHCA Annual Meeting & Block Party

Event Date and Time: 
05/29/2010 - 3:00pm

[Note: start time has changed from 4 to 3:00] The Clairmont Heights Civic Association will hold its annual meeting and block party Saturday, May 29, at the corner of Woodmoor and Densley, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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