DeKalb County News from CEO Burrell Ellis

From: CEO Burrell Ellis <>: National County Government Month; CEO Salutes 2011 Heroes; Community Development Director wins Golden Hammer; Watershed wins Water Award.


From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association (May 10):   Please help us find "Tully" a small tri-colored border collie mix. She is about 35 pounds and is black, brown and white and very friendly. She got out about 4:00pm this afternoon (Monday) from Willivee Drive. Please contact Bryan Peter, 1184 Willivee Drive at 404-295-4323 or 404-295-4439 with any information or sightings. Her family misses her dearly.  Thank you! 

Mowing gone wild in Medlock Park

Apparently a county employee didn't get the memo about not mowing the grassland around the South Peachtree Creek Trail.  Inquiries are being made to re-educate  the workers.  Here are photos including photos of unmowed areas nearby to show what was lost -- native flowers and wildlife habitat.

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Mother's Day appeal for Meals on Wheels from OneDeKalb

From: OneDeKalb - Office of Neighborhood Empowerment <>

Decatur Farmers Market Wednesday 4p-7p and Saturday 9a-1p

From the Clairemont Great Lakes neighborhood listserv : Posted by: "Greg Coleson": Just a reminder that Decatur Farmers Market is open year-round now. Wednesday from 4p -7p in the Bank of America parking lot. At 163 Clairemont Ave. between Clairemont and Church St. one block north of the Decatur Marta station and Ponce de Leon Ave. AND  Saturday from 9a-1p at the corner of N. McDonough St. and E. Trinity Place 1 block south of the square next to Decatur High School. Plenty of free parking in the Calloway Building lot at the corner of Trinity Place and Commerce Dr. The entrance is off Commerce Dr. If you would like an email reminder of what is available the day before each
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Green Fest Event & Concert on the Square this Saturday

Event Date and Time: 
05/07/2011 - 3:00pm - 9:30pm

From the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood listserv: Posted by: "Greg Coleson": Neighbors, The Concerts on the Square series kicks off this Saturday in conjunction with Green Fest in downtown Decatur. The below is info from the Green Fest site and their press materials. 

Be sure to stop by the City’s Environmental Sustainability Board table for eco themed tattoos for the kids (we are happy to apply these to the adults too!) as well to learn about all that you can recycle in your curb side bins, and more. There will also be information on the City’s DecaturWISE energy efficiency rebate program.

The third annual Decatur Green Fest—hosted by the Dogwood Alliance—will kick off the Decatur Business Association’s Concerts on the Square series on Saturday, May 7 with a FREE, festival featuring live music, green tasting of local organic produce and food, beer, a showcase of equal exchange and other fairly-traded products, green organizations and vendors, art featuring recycled materials, and a children’s activity area. The event runs from 3 – 9:30 PM and benefits the Dogwood Alliance and the Decatur Preservation Alliance.

County workshop: Police, VIP, & ICP

From the county's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: "Be My Neighbor Part 1" provided information on how to launch effective neighborhood watch programs. In part 2 of this workshop, you will learn ways to manage and ways to connect your neighborhood watch programs with DeKalb County resources and services. Topics: Effective ways to address escalating issues; What do criminals look for? What is VIP and ICP? Disaster preparedness techniques and procedures; Utilizing agency resources. Report 4/30/11

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Criminal Justice 101: DA talks about the criminal justice system in DeKalb County

From County CEO Burrell Ellis' Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: "The District Attorney's office will walk you through the steps of the criminal justice process from the point of arrest to final disposition."

Ellis: County Finances – Difficult News Requires Swift Action

From DeKalb county CEO Burrell Ellis:  Dear Neighbors,  For several months now, I have been writing and meeting with you about the difficult choices we must make in order to protect and preserve our quality of life.  We have discussed the necessity of taking action without delay. Since taking office, I have restructured government by consolidating departments, downsizing staff, eliminating non-essential services, and reducing our overall spending by more than $100 million. At the same time, I have pushed for the completion of new recreation centers, libraries and infrastructure projects to create jobs and lay the framework for a robust economic recovery. Still, as our revenues have continued to decline and costs have risen, we must do even more to put ourselves on a sound financial footing.

MANA Neighborhood Watch April 2011

From MANA: There have been several thefts and break ins this past month that are summarized in the report below.  MANA Neighborhood Watch Meeting. May 16th, 7:00 pm at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.

Sewage spill upstream of Mason Mill Park

From AJC via Laurel Ridge neighborhood newsletter: Sewage Spill reported in Decatur,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12:06 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011. "Raw sewage spilled into at least one DeKalb County waterway Saturday, according to the watershed management department. County water reports show a 1,260-gallon spill into Burnt Fork Creek from the 1500 block of Country Squire Court in Decatur.  In December, the federal Environmental Protection Agency mandated the county upgrade its sewage system after more than 800 spills were reported in five years.  Read more.

Benfield Beat - Legislative Wrap Up

From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield

Keep DeKalb Beautiful's "Great American Cleanup"

From: OneDeKalb - Office of Neighborhood Empowerment  [You can participate by joining the cleanup led by MANA]: Report 4/29/11

From DeKalb Police via Burglary on Blackmon Dr.

Emory LaVista Parent Council Meeting on Redistricting

Rrom Emory Lavista Parent Council: Join us at 9:15 am (refreshments begin at 8:45 am)  Wednesday, May 4, 2011,  Druid Hills Middle School (Formerly Shamrock Middle School), 3100 Mount Olive Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30033.  Lessons Learned from Redistricting… Impact of a United Voice on DeKalb’s Educational Future Report 4/27 larceny on Hunting Valley

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Medlock School Celebration

From Medlock School PTA: Medlock Elementary School would like to invite students, faculty, parents, alumni, friends and the community at large to join in a celebration of its history and impact! Medlock has been a vital part of the Dekalb County School System for almost 60 years, but will be closing its doors at the end of May 2011.   The celebration will be hosted at Medlock on Saturday, May 7th from 12 to 4.

Decatur Garden Tour 2011

Event Date and Time: 
05/14/2011 (All day) - 05/15/2011 (All day)

From Decatur Garden Tour via Clairemont/Great Lakes Neighborhood Association: Springtime in Decatur. This year the Decatur Garden Tour returns to the spring and adds a new dimension for participants with the theme “Outdoor Spaces. Entertaining Places.” Some of the gardeners will open part of their homes to demonstrate the flow between indoor living areas and patios, decks, and the garden for relaxation and entertaining. Report 4/21 - 2 local incidents reported

From DeKalb Police via Theft on Hunting Valley Dr; Property damage on Desmond Dr.

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