SPLOST summary from county school site

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.

Early Voting for Countywide E-SPLOST and Municipal Elections

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:

Benfield Beat - Weekend Events & More!

From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield: Green Expo; Electronics recycling; Halloween health pledge; DeKalb house delegation public hearing.

Clifton Corridor transportation meeting report

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.]

MANA E Bulletin - Meetings on Walmart, SPLOST

From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: public meetings on Walmart (11/2), SPLOST (11/14)

Mary Scott Nature Park's "Walks in the Park" this Saturday

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.

Sunday Traffic Alert: Atlanta Marathon Street Closings

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:

CrimeMapping.com Report - 10/25 Theft on Myrtle Ln

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com

Suburban Plaza and Walmart

Event Date and Time: 
11/02/2011 - 7:00pm

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:

CrimeMapping.com Report - 10/24 attempted burglary on Eastway

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com

DeKalb Neighborhood Summit and Green Commission's Expo

Event Date and Time: 
10/29/2011 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

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

Rain barrel workshop

Event Date and Time: 
10/27/2011 (All day)

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 atpennie@dekalbcountyga.gov.

Electronics recycling day

Event Date and Time: 
10/29/2011 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

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 Fall Festival

Event Date and Time: 
10/22/2011 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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

GA Rep. Mike Jacobs : E-SPLOST Election & Brookhaven Boundaries

From: Mike Jacobs [repjacobs@comcast.net]: E-SPLOST; Brookhaven Fundraising; Brookhaven Boundaries

Social Security Benefits to Increase

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson:

Plant sale Discounts, Upcoming Talks - GPC Native Garden

For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College native plant garden: We are having 15% off all Plant Sales in October. Plant Sales are held on Wednesdays and Fridays through October from 10:30 - 2:00. In addition, we are open Saturday, October 29. Saturday hours are 10:00 - 2:00.

CrimeMapping.com Report 10/15 Theft from vehicle on Harrington Dr.

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com

Parks Bond Advisory Committee meeting notes

Note from Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: *DeKalb Parks Bond Advisory Committee meeting, Oct 12, 2011, Chapel Hill Park (30034). Joint meeting with Green DeKalb Advisory Council. See info on Mason Mill senior center at bottom.  Attached: October 2011 report on 2001 & 2006 Bond Status, Land Acquisition Funds.

CrimeMapping.com Report 10/15 threats on Willivee

From DeKalb Policy via CrimeMapping.com:

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