Report 6/27/11

From DeKalb police via Burglary, auto theft at Emory Oaks.

County PAL Free One Day Football Camp

Saturday June 25. Clarkston.

Police Athletic League summer camp

For kids 8-16. Football, Cheerleader, Basketball, Baseball, Softball camps.  Week One starts June 27.  Stone Mountain.

Walmart coming to Suburban Plaza?

From CHCA president Suzan Rowe: Earlier this month a blog posting reported that Selig Enterprises had reached a deal with Dekalb County to re-develop Suburban Plaza and build a Wal-Mart on the site. Upon hearing of the report, the CHCA board checked in with our District Commissioner, Jeff Rader. The board expressed concern that the developer had not sought comment from the surrounding neighborhoods regarding the nature and possible impacts of the development.

June 2011 MANA E-Newsletter

Contents: Time to Renew Your MANA Membership; MANA Community Meeting June 27; MANA Watch Meeting; Cell Phone Tower; Developments at Surburban Plaza; Yard Sale; Senior Dinner

Mary Scott Nature Park nature walks

A Walk in the Park.  Get to know the new 'Lady' in the neighborhood and all her attributes. Mary Scott Nature Park, our new DeKalb County Park at 4150 Briarcliff Road (just north of Shallowford Road and behind the Shallowford Presbyterian Church) has recently scheduled a series of Saturday Morning Walks with a guides/experts. The walks will have different emphasis in different months. All will be an hour or less in length. It is recommended that you wear good walking shoes and especially in hot weather, bring water. To join the FREE walk (no reservations are necessary) assemble at the parking lot entrance just off Briarcliff Road at 9 am. Length of Walk- 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the needs and interests of the people in the group. People will be allowed to explore MSNP on their own if they get bored or become interested in something they want to explore more fully away from the group. All ages are welcome. These walks are subject to change as guides availability may shift.

County Meeting: Accessible Transportation in DeKalb County and Beyond

Thursday June 30th, 2011 at The Conference Center @ DeKalb Technical College, 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Georgia 30021. 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Commissioner Kathie Gannon's District 6 Happenings

From commissioner Kathie Gannon: Parks, Pools, MARTA, Public Safety, Budget, Sewer Spills

Rep. Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for June 24, 2011

Contents: Saving homes; Jobs; Equal rights; Seniors; Medicare; Foreign Affairs; Afghanistan; 4th in the Fourth; Passports, Alert, Transportation.

Summer Clifton Community Partnership Update

From Clifton Community Partnership : New Research Facility on Haygood Drive; Roundabout Circles to Completion; Emory's Continuing Education Division Changes Name;Emory Point Mixed-Use Project Takes Shape;Commencement Marks Milestone for Graduates; Emory Hospitals Take Top Spots in Rankings;Social Ridesharing Service Links Drivers & Passengers;175 Years of Emory

Lost Cat... Found

From MANA: "We just received word that the elderly cat that was lost in area of Brengare came back home  and is safe.  Lynn and Greg want to thank all who responded to their request for help."


We lost a cat overnight. Our air conditioner was not working and she pushed through the screen. We brought her here from SC yesterday due to her owner having died. She is a large long hair mostly white cat with black spots. She has a black stripe down her nose. She has no ears due to surgery for cancer last year. She is about 14 years old and is shy of people. If seen or found, please call Lynn or Greg van Liew at 404-329-8573. We live at 2289 Brengare Drive. Thank you.

Emory Community meeting and new hospital proposal

Event Date and Time: 
06/21/2011 - 6:30pm
From Emory Community Affairs: I am writing to let you know that Emory will be applying for a modification to the site plan approved in 2008 by DeKalb County for a Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) for a new hospital and clinic. The SLUP was required because the building heights exceed five stories. The proposed modification would entail swapping the clinic and hospital sites, but importantly, the building heights for each site will not change.

Sidewalk repair

The county is finally repairing the sidewalk at the corner of Reckle and Desmond... thanks to CHCA board emails to the county and the assistance of commissioner Jeff Rader's office.

New county greenspaces possible in our district

From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network listserv: DeKalb Greenspace has options on two properties in District 2. If they go to closure, they will be new additions to the county parks system.

June 4 workday at Nature Preserve cancelled

Dear Supporters of the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, Our Volunteer Day for June 4 will be canceled. Please join us for our next volunteer day on July 10 at 8am.

Break-ins in North Druid Valley

Several reports of break-ins last Friday night from the North Druid Valley Homeowners Association on our neighborhood's northern boundary: "mostly from unlocked/partially locked cars in driveways and on the street." Taken were "loose change & small amounts of cash, tech gadgets, CD's, and 2 laptop computers.  In two cases, victims were actively in-and-out-of  their own cars during Friday afternoon and apparently left them   unlocked. One car was on the street; the rest were in driveways."  

Traffic alerts: N Decatur Rd, Lullwater Rd

From Emory's Communications office: To the Emory Community:  The following two non-Emory projects have implications for those driving to and from campus. Please plan your travel accordingly.

1.       DeKalb County continues repairing and repaving North Decatur Road between Clifton Road and Emory Village.  Lanes will remain open but delays are likely.  This project includes milling off the top surface of the road, patching the existing roadway, and repaving this section of North Decatur Road, including the roundabout in Emory Village. It is expected to be complete in approximately two weeks.

2.       Next Wednesday through Friday, June 8-10, Lullwater Road will be closed in the evening (6:00 p.m. until approximately 8:00 a.m.) between Ponce de Leon Avenue and North Decatur Road for a movie shoot.   DeKalb County will have officers and signage on site during the closure.

Medlock Park Pool hours

From commissioner Jeff Rader: Medlock Pool Hours May 28 - August 5th: Mon-Sat 12-6pm, Sun 1-6pm

Melton Park workday III success

As you'll see when you pass by, the entrance to Ira B. Melton Park is a lot more open and inviting.   Less obvious is a lot of work also done in the interior cleaning out privet and the walking trail.  Thanks to Marianne, Valerie, Don, Charlie, Catherine, Tim, Angela, Ben, and others who helped.  We'll probably wait till cool weather returns for the next workday but a kiosk is now in the design phase and plans for small bridges over the steeper gullies are also being considered.  Thanks on behalf of the Clairmont Heights Civic Association, Medlock Area Neighborhood Association, and the South Fork Conservancy.

A more open and inviting entrance

Young hawks on South Peachtree Creek Trail

Slightly shaky video taken from the rusty steel bridge near Willivee Drive shows two young hawks in the nest.  If anyone has better photos or videos to share, email info AT

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