Car break-in at Emory Woods

From DeKalb Police via  No other details given.

Yahoo discussion group forming for Fernbank Elementary Neighborhoods

From the Fernbankd Elementary PTA: Dear Parents,  Some of you may be aware that the DeKalb County Board of Education and Interim Superintendent have stated that they intend to conduct a county-wide redistricting and school consolidation, to be effective next school year.  The main goal of the plan is to redistribute, or “right-size,” the student population to relieve overcrowding and potentially close under-attended schools.  The state will only fully fund elementary schools that have 450 students or more.   

Redistricting Meetings


From the Fernbank Elementary PTA: 
The best way for the school community to be involved at this stage is to attend the Emory LaVista Parent Council Meeting on October 20, at 9:15am, to be held at Briarlake Elementary (  The subject of that meeting will be the process of redistricting (as opposed to content -- there is no content, to our knowledge -- i.e. no proposal on the table), and speaking at that meeting will be Dan Drake, the demographer for DeKalb County Schools who is leading the redistricting plan effort, if one does come to fruition. 

County strategic plan online survey extended

From DeKalb County: FOCUSS DeKalb Online Survey Extended!

State rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield update 10/7/10

From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Oct. 7, 2010: Exhibit Night for the Museum School of Avondale Estates; Kids Eat Free; DeKalb Board of Education Candidate Forum; School Superintendent Forum; Enough is Enough Campaign; Vote Yes to Amendment 4; DeKalb County Early Voting Campaign; Community Events

Online Demographic Maps

The Emory Libraries Electronic Data Center has made available an interactive map of the metro Atlanta area which allows you to zoom in on our area and look at such layers as median age, median income, population change, median home value, unemployment rate, and average household size.

DeKalb's permanent electronic recycling site

From Keep DeKalb Beautiful: Keep DeKalb Beautiful offers residents of DeKalb County the opportunity to recycle their old electronic items properly and reduce the environmental liability of hazardous material entering Seminole Road Landfill.

It's estimated that there are at least 4.4 million PCs and 8 million Televisions in 3 million households in Georgia. This e-waste will eventually become 334,800 tons of e-waste that will end up in our landfills.

Clifton Community Partnership October Newsletter

Contents: Stream Cleaning; Cars on Clifton Make Room for Bicycles; Update on Emory Village Roadwork; Luminaries Participate in Program with Dalai Lama at Emory; Emory Launches Mobile Suite of Apps; Relief Work Displayed in CDC Photo Essay; Georgia's School Superintendent Candidates Debate; Freshman Class at Emory is Diverse and Talented; Attorney General Debate Held at Emory; Faculty-Taught QUEST Courses Open; Blazing a New Path for Development Work; Awash with Fun at Fernbank!

DeKalb Cleanup projects

From CEO Ellis' office:

Shamrock Middle School Name Change

From the Laurel Ridge neighborhood listserv:  Here is further explanation of the proposed Shamrock Middle School name change that I got from one of the committee members, Lisa Gordon. 

Emory village roundabout groundbreaking ceremony

Event Date and Time: 
10/06/2010 - 11:00am

Public Invited to Groundbreaking for Emory Village Roundabout.  Join Emory Village neighbors, business owners and university faculty and staff at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 6, 20101, for groundbreaking ceremonies for the Emory Village roundabout and streetscape construction project.  DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, county commissioners Kathy Gannon and Jeff Rader and representatives from AIEV will turn symbolic shovels of dirt at the site of the future roundabout at the intersection of North Decatur and Oxford roads near the Emory entrance.

Locals "act out" "To kill a mockingbird" onstage

From a neighbor who says "Several of our neighbors/former neighbors are involved in the production": The Drama Action Team of Decatur First United Methodist Church Presents Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning story "To Kill a Mockingbird" Adapted for stage by Christopher Sergel. Directed by Sharon Brewer.  Join us for this powerful story of tolerance set in the South during the Depression that displays both the best and worst of folks in a small, poor Alabama town just trying to make their way.

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

From 4th district U.S. Rep Hank Johnson: Helping businesses; U.S. jobs; Lilburn 100; Doraveille, Neglected diseases; Bill of Rights; Seniors; Medicare; Fighting HIV; DUI courts; Teens; Flood funds; Frame.

Dekalb CEO newsletter 10/1/10

From county CEO Burrell Ellis:  Cooperative Agreement; Neighborhood Summit; Vote DeKalb; Code Enforcement; Stogner named COO.  "Dear Neighbor: We are excited about the many changes in our county since the first issue of our CEO newsletter.

Voting info for general election

From state rep. Mike Jacobs:   Early voting for the 2010 general election that will be held on November 2 is currently underway at the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections headquarters at 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032, near the Memorial Drive exit on I-285.  Voting is available every Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beginning on October 25, additional advance voting locations will be open, including one at the Chamblee Civic Center. Right now, however, you can go to the county election headquarters and cast your ballot early without needing an excuse to do so.


Atlanta Greek Festival this weekend

Event Date and Time: 
09/30/2010 - 11:00am - 10/03/2010 - 7:00pm

From the North Druid Hills Residents Association: Atlanta Greek Festival takes place Sept. 30 - Oct. 3.  The annual event is a wonderful time to experience Greek culture: delicious food, scrumptious pastries, and live music and dancing.  It is located at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Clairmont Road, with free parking at Century Center office park next to Sam's Club.  Please remember that there is no parking on Fama Drive. For information:

School Superintendent Forum on Thursday October 14th

Event Date and Time: 
10/14/2010 - 7:30pm

From the Emory LaVista Parent Council: On Thursday October 14 at 7:30 PM Druid Hills Presbyterian will host a forum of the candidates for Georgia School Superintendent. All three candidates , John Barge, Joe Martin, and Kira Willis will attend the forum which will be moderated by WABE journalist Dennis O'Hayer. Education has been a hot topic recently and there is no issue more important to our state's future. This forum offers the opportunity to learn about the candidates for Georgia's top post in that area.

Candidate forum

Event Date and Time: 
10/07/2010 - 6:30pm

From eduKALB : Dear Neighbor: eduKALB is holding three candidate forums, in partnership with several well-established and highly regarded organizations with deep roots in DeKalb County in south, central and North DeKalb.  Forums have already taken place in south DeKalb at the Community Action Center, co-sponsored and hosted by the Decatur alumnae chapters o

Saturday Workday at the Nature Preserve

Event Date and Time: 
10/02/2010 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

From the Nature Preserve: Fall is finally here.  Come enjoy cool morning weather at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve by participating in our monthly volunteer day this Saturday, October 2 from 9am - noon. We will be reconstructing the bamboo arbor by the native plant garden, mulching trails, and removing ivy. So, grab your gloves and water bottle and join us.  

River Clean Up Day

Event Date and Time: 
10/02/2010 - 8:30am - 11:30am

Call to help clean up Burnt Fork Creek which runs through Mason Mill Park, from Rivers Alive via Civic Association Network. 

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