Four reports so far: MANA, Patch, Dean Tarrell's Tweets, Jim Smith's notes.
1.) From MANA:
A.) Re: our November 2 meeting, we are typing up our notes about the meeting and will share those in the very near future. Thank you all for a great meeting! If you have questions or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org [See their blog for] a few images shared by the Selig and Walmart representatives who attended the meeting. Click to enlarge. Please note that these are concepts and not finalized versions. Your feedback is welcome.
From their website: The DeKalb County Board of Health is now offering to the public - free of charge - access to Health Inspections and Sanitation Grades for all Restaurants, Hotels, Pools and other Food Service Establishments in the County.
This cub scout pack includes members from Clairmont Heights: From:Branden Lisi [mailto:email@example.com]
Subject: Pack Six Cub Scout Fall Yard Raking Fundraiser
Good afternoon, I am reaching out to you to see if you’d support our Cub Scout Pack by hiring our group to rake your yard. As before, the cost is $100/yard for yards under ½ acre and our families will take care of everything: raking, blowing, and bagging. We are scheduling our Raking day for Saturday November 12 in the AM to early PM. Please respond to me directly if you’re interested in supporting scouting again this year! And, if you know anybody else in the neighborhood that would enjoy helping scouts, please forward this along.
Yours in scouting,
Via Civic Association Network, Posted by: "Beth Nathan" firstname.lastname@example.org, Mon Oct 31, 2011: FYI. Below are my notes from last week's Parks/Rec/Cultural Affairs Citizens Advisory Board meeting. Beth Nathan
CAB: Parks/Rec/Cultural Affairs, Oct 25, 2011
No citizens present in the audience.
Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) will host a “SHRED & TREAD” Recycling Event to emphasize recycling and eco-friendly activities on nationally recognized America Recycles Day (ARD). ARD is a day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. DeKalb citizens are invited to bring their sensitive documents for free on-site shredding.
Our volunteer day for this weekend has been rescheduled to November 12 at 1pm. Join us and a group of volunteers from Emory to help with trail maintenance, English ivy removal, and other tasks. Chris Beck, President, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
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 http://www.cshepherdpreserve.org, leave a detailed message at 678-951-0105, or email us at email@example.com.
From DeKalb County Schools: This special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) is an opportunity for the voters in DeKalb County to continue the one-cent sales tax for school improvements that was approved by voters in 2007. This sales tax extension is limited to sixty months.
If the continuation of the one cent tax is approved on November 8, 2011, school improvements will be funded by everyone who buys goods in the county, regardless of where they live.
From commissioner Jeff Rader: On Tuesday, November 8th, voters will have the opportunity to vote to renew the Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST). The educational special purpose local option sales tax (E-SPLOST) is to continue a 1 per cent sales tax for educational purposes for the DeKalb, Atlanta and Decatur school systems. This 1 per cent tax has been collected since 1997 and must be voted on every five years to continue. In addition to the E-SPLOST, each municipality in DeKalb is conducting elections to elect city officials, approve Sunday liquor sales, and to approve special referendums. Please come out and cast your vote. Early voting for all DeKalb County voters has begun for the municipal and countywide special elections that will be conducted on November 8th. The voting will continue weekdays through Friday, November 4 from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM. The location is the Voter Registration office at 4380 Memorial Drive. There will be no voting on Monday, November 7. For more details on the E-SPLOST, go to the following websites:
From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield: Green Expo; Electronics recycling; Halloween health pledge; DeKalb house delegation public hearing.
From North Druid Hills Patch: Residents packed a conference room at the Emory Conference Center Hotel Tuesday night to have one final discussion about transportation options in the Clifton Corridor area. Although MARTA project manager Jason Morgan said the end of the public input process is “the end of the beginning,” residents were eager to study the three options that would bring rail or bus service — or a combination of both — from Lindbergh Center in Buckhead to Cheshire Bridge Road, Emory University, and the Centers for Disease Control.... [Read more.]
From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: public meetings on Walmart (11/2), SPLOST (11/14)
From the Sagamore Hills newsletter: 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 expanded the schedule of Saturday Morning Walks with a guide/expert because of the success of the summer Walks. The FREE 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 bring water. To join the walk (no reservations are necessary) assemble at the parking lot entrance just off Briarcliff Road at 10 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. October 29, 2011, Peter Jenkins, tree climber and certified arborist, will conduct a walk this morning giving more information about the trees growing in our Mary Scott Nature Park. Peter will talk about how to tell if a tree is healthy or not as well as entertain us with stories related to the wooded areas of our neighborhood.
From Emory communications office: On the morning of Sunday, Oct. 30 the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay course will pass through the Emory area affecting traffic from approximately 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The streets and intersections that will be affected include:
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Location: N. Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Rd. This meeting is open to all. We expect representatives from Suburban Plaza, Walmart, and local government. We ask that folks refrain from parking in the lot across the street from the N. Decatur Presbyterian Church (i.e., Relish Salon, Natural Buzz, etc.) as this interferes with their business. Thank you in advance for being neighborly :)
MANA representatives (as well as other stakeholders in the area) have met with Suburban Plaza representatives. Here are the highlights of what we know so far:
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
From commissioner Jeff Rader: The Third Annual Neighborhood Summit & Green Expo, Saturday October 29, 2011, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Decatur High School Performing Arts & Sports Center, 310 N. McDonough Street, Decatur, GA 30030. Neighborhood Workshop topics include: strengthening your neighborhood association, economic development opportunities, understanding zoning in your neighborhood, volunteer code compliance program, engaging youth in neighborhood change. Register at http://www.onedekalb.com For more information (pdf) please click link : http://gallery.mailchimp.com/a804613b8cccee6286d4bfc9f/files/DeKalb_Green_Expo_Flyer1.1.pdf
From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Monday, September 26, 2011: "A workshop to encourage DeKalb County residents to use rain barrels will be held in the evening hours of Oct. 27 at the Tucker Recreation Center. The county Watershed Management department will host the event, which will help residents make their own barrels. The barrels collect rainwater to help conserve water and reduce water bills. Cost is $30 and includes all materials needed to make a rain barrel. The workshop is limited to 20 people, with registration ending Oct. 21. Register at http://www.dekalbwatershed.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From City of Decatur: Don't throw away that old cell phone, camera or PC component! Save it and recycle it on Saturday, October 29th, 2011 at Decatur's Electronics Recycling event. This semi-annual event has been hugely successful at diverting electronic equipment from landfills, where they may contaminate soil and water. The event takes place Saturday, October 29th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Decatur High School Parking lot, on the corner of N. McDonough St. and W. Howard Avenue. Electronics dropped off that day will be sorted and disassembled into raw materials or cleaned for re use. TV's will be recycled for a minimal fee of $10 cash only per TV set with exact change. There is no charge to recycle other items. Any metro area resident can participate. Early drop offs are not possible. [Read more]
Little Creek Farm Conservancy is sponsoring their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22, 12-4 pm. Great fun for the whole family. Enjoy pony rides, kids crafts/ carnival games, silent auction, riding demonstrations, live bluegrass band, chili, beer & refreshments along with access to the barn. Cover charge is $10 adults, $5 kids 12-18 and children under 12 are free. Little Creek Farm, a Dekalb County owned park is located at 2015 Lawrenceville Hwy in Decatur across from North Dekalb Mall. All proceeds will benefit the refurbishing of our riding arenas. Cash/checks only for events & silent auctions. For more information, go to www.littlecreekfarmconservancy.org