U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson Newsletter 1/5/10

From Hank Johnson's newsletter : Dear Friends,  As the 112th Congress gets underway and we kick off the new year, let's take a moment to look back at the 111th Congress.  In two years, we worked hard to move America forward, create jobs, and end the recession – investing in recovery to rebuild the worst economy in 60 years. There is much left to do, but we made important strides forward.  We fought for working Americans in the face of relentless opposition by Wall Street, Big Oil, and the health insurance industry.

Redistricting Maps

From Nicki Sinkler, Laurel Ridge PTA Co-President, via the Laurel Ridge neighborhood listserv: .... I have attached maps of both proposals. One is called Centralized and the other is called De-Centralized. One set of maps is for Elementary schools and the other is for Middle and High Schools combined. You can not see the full [countywide] map, but I am including the link to the Dekalb Co. website where you can see the full map for the entire county. The last item attached is the power point presentation given at the Board Meeting.

Traffic advisory Clifton Corridor

From Emory: TRAFFIC ADVISORY - THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2011. Expect occasional, intermittent traffic delays/congestion on Clifton Road on Thursday, January 6, between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM for a motion picture film and production crew working on and around the CDC campus.  DeKalb County Police will be working with the production crew to block Clifton Road at certain points during the filming, presently expected to be between 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM.

Foreclosure Intervention Workshops

From the office of the county CEO: Foreclosure Intervention Weekend! Friday and Saturday, January 21 and 22.  Workshops are designed to assist you with: Safe financial options; Confidential foreclosure prevention advice; Real lender solutions; Private face-to-face meetings with your lender.

Friday, January 21, 2011
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Salem Bible Church
5460 Hillandale Church
Lithonia, GA 30058


Saturday, January 22, 2011
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Salem Bible Church
2283 Baker Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

MANA meeting on Future of Medlock Elementary

Event Date and Time: 
01/06/2011 - 6:30pm

From MANA: Greetings Neighbors, Hope everyone had a very happy holiday season and wishing you all the best for a wonderful 2011 year! As many of you have probably heard, Medlock Elementary has been placed on a list for schools that the DeKalb County School Board is considering for closure this next year. Please read the following bulletin and attend this community-wide meeting Thursday evening to learn more and show your support for our neighborhood school.

More 2011 events and information will be provided in another e-news later this month.

School board recommends closing Medlock

Mana would go to Laurel Ridge.  Clairmont Heights would stay in Fernbank district.  From the AJC: 14 DeKalb schools on proposed closure list By Megan Matteucci, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12:24 a.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2011.  Fourteen DeKalb County schools could face closure next year.  On Monday night, the school board unveiled a comprehensive redistricting proposal that calls for 12 elementary schools to close: Livsey, Medlock, Rock Chapel, Bob Mathis, Atherton, Glen Haven, Gresham Park, Sky Haven, Toney, Peachcrest, Wadsworth and Kittredge.

Clifton Community Partnership Update January 2011

From Emory University-Clifton Community Partnership, 1762 Clifton Road, Plaza 1000, Atlanta, GA 30322.: Charity Care Increases at Local Hospitals; Emory Village Update; Many Voices Tell Emory's History; Opportunities for Life Enrichment Increase; Courtesy Rules for Safety; Goizueta Ranks 22nd in Businessweek Ranking; Five Questions: Terri Montague

Charity Care Increases at Local Hospitals

Curbside Recycle Xmas trees

From the county's CEO office:  Keep DeKalb Beautiful to Host 20th Annual "Bring One for the Chipper" Event. Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) and the DeKalb County Sanitation Division will celebrate the 20th Annual "Bring One for the Chipper" event in January 2011. KDB asks that DeKalb County residents recycle their Christmas trees after the holidays through DeKalb County Sanitation Division's Curbside Recycling Program. DeKalb residents receiving sanitation services can place their tree at the curb for pick-up on regular yard waste collection day [Thursday in CHCA].

Upcoming county events

From OneDeKalb out of the CEO's office: 

Emory Village Coupon Book

From Alliance to Improve Emory Village: Gift Idea to Save on Dining, Shopping and Playing in the Village.  Here’s an idea for a stocking stuffer during the holidays that will last all year long. The Alliance to Improve Emory Village (AIEV) has partnered with village businesses to create a coupon book filled with discounts on dining, shopping, and playing at 16 Emory Village businesses. With discounts ranging on items from food to clothing to pottery to cleaning, you’ll stretch your dollar with a gift that will keep on giving during 2011. In addition to supporting Emory Village businesses during construction, the coupon book will help AIEV raise funds to enhance parks development in and adjacent to Emory Village.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson Newsletter 12/21/10

Dear Friends, In the Fourth Congressional District, we pride ourselves on our incredible diversity – in thought, faith and culture.

It is with great happiness that I wish everyone a joyous holiday season, whatever your tradition, religion, culture or spiritual home.

Stray cat

From a neighbor: I've attached a photo of a cat that has been hanging around our neighbor's house.  He is a big orange tabby and can be petted and will talk to you and has obviously been someone's pet.  A different neighbor is trying to trap him and take him to the pound, where he'll be euthanized, so I'm trying to find his owner before that happens.  If anyone knows who owns this cat please contact Tvonne Reeves McNeil, phone 404-423-7860.

Commissioner Rader Digest December 2010 Part II

From commissioner Jeff Rader's newsletter: Here are some topics of interest from recent DeKalb County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meetings: Hotel/Motel Tax; Noise Ordinance

New Redistricting Meeting Dates

From the Fernbank PTA via a local neighbor: Dear Fernbank Families and Stakeholders,  In addition to the January 3rd Board of Education meeting (1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd, 6:00pm), at which our Interim Superintendent will present preliminary recommendations for school redistricting and consolidation, please see her e-mail below for additional public meeting dates and locations.

Important Dates Dekalb Redistricting and Consolidation

From Laurel Ridge neighborhood listserv:
January 3, 2011: Board Meeting: Superintendent presents preliminary recommendations

January 10, 2011 Board Meeting: Approve Attendance Area Policy

January 11, 13, & 18, 20: Workshop and Public Input

January 31, 2011: Superintendent present redistricting & consolidation plan

February 22, 24: Public Hearings

February 28, 2011: Board votes on final redistricting and consolidation recommendations

DeKalb School Redistricting Survey Results

From the DHHS PTA: "....The results of an online survey addressing people's opinions on the priorities for closing or conslidating schools is now available from DCSS. You may read about the process at the first of the URLs listed below, and see the survey results at the second...."





Volunteer park renewal model

From Beth Nathan via Civic Association network, perhaps a model for what can happen in our neighborhood.  "Dearborn Park, near Decatur, has been holding annual park clean-up days. Someone explains to the assembled force what they're going to be doing and does instruction on good plants (do not damage) and bad plants (to be removed). Workers pre-organize themselves into teams. Each team is assigned (by random drawing) a roped off equivalent-size, equivalent-difficulty area to clean up. At the end, there is a judging of how well the teams did, with monetary prizes being awarded.

Walk places, meet people and build social capital

From Spinger Publishers, December 7th, 2010: Abstract: People who live in walkable communities are more civicly involved and have greater levels of trust than those who live in less walkable neighborhoods. And this increase in so-called 'social capital' is associated with higher quality of life, according to Shannon Rogers and her team from the University of New Hampshire in the US. Their research, looking at the social benefits of walkability in communities, is published online in Springer's journal Applied Research in Quality of Life.

South Fork Conservancy Update

From: Sally Sears [willsb@bellsouth.net] for South Fork Conservancy, Sent: Friday, December 10, 2010 6:27 PM. Subject: Zonolite Site News.  The US Environmental Protection Agency  announced test results for asbestos contamination of public land along the South Fork of Peachtree Creek Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. The news encouraged green space supporters hoping to build trails for public use near the creek.

Happy Holidays from the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

From Chris Beck, Nature Preserve president: As 2010 draws to a close and I reflect on all of the work that you have made possible this year at the Preserve, I am amazed. Through the dedication of volunteers during our monthly work days and the efforts of larger groups on MLK Day, Earth Day, and Hands-On Atlanta Day, we have maintained miles of trails, removed armfuls of English ivy and kudzu, put boardwalks back on their footings and secured them, and made many other improvements to the Preserve. We have also had continued support of groups from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory, Emory University as a whole, and the Environmental Law Society at Georgia State, among others. Our native plant garden at the entrance to the Preserve has been reborn through the efforts of several Master Gardeners.

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