Medlock Elementary Outreach

From the MANA board: Greetings Neighbors, Medlock PTA members, parents, teachers, concerned community citizens, and leaders of MANA have been planning a strategy for keeping Medlock open since we came together at the PTA meeting last week. Based on that meeting, MANA helped to create a survey gathering more current data on our families to show how closing Medlock is not to the benefit of the students, the community, our neighboring schools, or the district. We have also been advised that one crucially important tactic is to get in front of the school board with emails and calls.

County meetings rescheduled

From the county CEO's office: The following meetings that were scheduled for this evening, January 11 have been re-scheduled.  1. DeKalb County School System's Public Input Workshop that was scheduled for this evening at 6:30 p.m. at Miller Grove High School has been re-scheduled for January 24. See below in red. 2. CEO 2011 Neighborhood Gathering that was scheduled for this evening at 7:00 p.m. on Northbrook Drive has been re-scheduled for January 27. See below in red. 

County Meetings Rescheduled Due To Weather Conditions

From commissioner Jeff Rader: Please be advised that the Regular BOC Meeting has once again been rescheduled. The meeting is now scheduled for Friday, January 14, 2011 beginning at 1:00 pm.  The town hall meeting announcing The Central DeKalb Senior Center meeting for Wednesday, January 12, 2011 is postponed until further notice. Please check our calendar for other changes that may occur for the rest of this week.

http://www.commissionerrader.com/calendar.html

Thank you -

Plant sale

Event Date and Time: 
01/22/2011 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

From The Atlanta Local Food Initiative: On January 22, 2011 from 9 am to noon, Atlanta Local Food Initiative and Georgia Organics present the second annual Incredible, Edible, Grow-It-Yourself Fruit Tree, Vine, and Berry Bush Sale at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The sale features 40 tasty varieties of native, antique, and hardy fruits, selected to grow in Georgia’s climate using sustainable methods. Delicious blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, persimmons, pomegranates, muscadines, figs, plums, and more for your home garden. Online presale from January 3-17.

County schedule changes, road closings

From commissioner Jeff Rader: DECATUR –The regularly scheduled board meeting for the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, will be postponed until Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.  DeKalb County Schools will be closed January 11, 2011.

There will be a meeting of the Budget & Finance Committee of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 3 p.m. The location will be Maloof Administrative Building, 5th Floor, Multi-Purpose Room, 1300 Commerce Dr, Decatur GA 30030.

Medlock Demographic Survey

From the MANA board: Greetings Neighbors, As you might be aware, Medlock Elementary School is on the list of schools to potentially be closed by DeKalb County. We have become aware that 2000 Census data was used by the consultants to create their recommendations. In an effort to offer more current data and an alternative solution, MANA is partnering with the Medlock PTA to collect information on the number of children in this community today.

Senior Center Town Hall Meeting

From commissioner Jeff Rader: Announcing the Central DeKalb Senior Center Public Meeting!  Share your ideas for programming in the center.  Wednesday, January 12, 2011 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm OR 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.  Please plan on attending only one of the two meetings based on the time that best fits your schedule.

Location: The Mack Love Center At Mason Mill Park, 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033

Please email confirmation to Debbie Schneider, Dkschneider@dekalbcountyga.gov
Policy Advisor, District #2, Commissioner Jeff Rader

County's MLK Celebration

Event Date and Time: 
01/14/2011 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

From the office of the county CEO.  Features Congressman John Lewis and TV news personality Brenda Wood.

Public meetings on school redistricting

From the principal of Druid Hills High School, Mindee Adamson,  MINDEE_G_ADAMSON@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us: For Your Information - There will be six Public Input Workshops where members of the DeKalb community will be able to hear discussions on the 2020 Vision Redistricting and School Consolidation options that the Superintendent presented to the Board of Education on January 3, 2011.

 

The meeting dates are given below:

 

• Miller Grove High School, Tuesday, January 11th at 6:30 PM

Urban Chickens Symposium

Event Date and Time: 
02/26/2011 - 8:30am - 3:30pm

From "stephanie" director@oakhurstgarden.org : Urban Chickens Symposium in Downtown Decatur February 26.  On the wings of Oakhurst Garden's wildly popular "Chicks in the City" classes comes the full day of urban poultry-keeping. On February 26 the second annual Chicks in the City Symposium offers attendees a full plate of essentials on backyard chickens. Taught by local experts, the five sessions highlight how-to's from coop design to breeds and from chicken first aid to getting started with backyard poultry.

Shred Fest at Toco Hills Jan. 22

Event Date and Time: 
01/22/2011 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

From the Sagamore Hills neighborhood listserv: Shred Fest 2011 - January 22nd, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Toco Hill Shopping Center. A Free Community Paper Shredding "shred-fest", sponsored by professional organizers Linda Lanier and Michelle Cooper of Put-it-There and real estate agents Tammy Martin and Joan Kaplan of Drake Realty will be held on Saturday January 22, 2011 between 9 am- noon at the new Marshall Berch & Associates office of Drake Realty in the Toco Hills Shopping Center at 2899-A North Druid Hills.

A/C theft on N Druid Hills

From the Laurel Ridge listserve: The owner of the Health Springs business (at the corner of N. Druid Hills and N. Druid Woods) asked me to let the neighborhood know that someone stole the heat pump/air cond. unit from the back of her building last Tues. night or Wed. early morning (Dec 28 or 29). She said it weighed approx 2 tons, so assume it took a big truck and several professional thieves.

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

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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].

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