County Workshop: Wills and Advance Directives

From the county CEO's office: Last Things First: Making Sense of Wills and Advance Directives, Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 pm, Community Achievement Center, 4522 Flat Shoals Pkwy, Decatur, GA 30034. Hosted by: Decatur Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Terri M. Hall or Cynthia Williams at:

Kidical Mass - a safe and fun bike ride kids & families in Grant Park November 20th

For our cyclists and pre-cyclists from SOPO and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition: The 2nd Kidical Mass Atlanta is coming to Grant Park for the last Farmer's Market of the season on Sunday, November 20th at 10 a.m.  Kidical Mass is a family-friendly, law-abiding bike ride. The purpose is to teach kids, parents and caregivers safety skills and provide a ride in which to practice them. Organizers from the Sopo Bicycle Co-op and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition hope to build awareness of the growing presence of kids and families on bikes, as well as the need for all road users to respect others.  Kidical Mass brings together families who bike to build a supportive bicycling community. and are comfortable for families just starting out and biking on city streets for the first time but don’t completely avoid traffic. There is safety in numbers, not just on a group ride like this but also in the day to day world of riding in the city.  This ride helps families experience that comfort, and hopes participants will grow to incorporate biking into their transportation menus in the future.

MANA E-Newsletter 11/10/11

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Clyde Shepherd workday; Transportation SPLOST meeting; Alternative Gift market.

Hawks attack puppy

Caveat pet owners: The Medlock Neighbor group on Facebook reports that two young red shouldered hawks tried to kidnap a Beagle puppy last weekend.  The puppy wriggled free unharmed.  And a local resident reports seeing a coyote crossing Desmond around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. 

Remember to vote today: DeKalb ballot

From state rep Pat Gardner,  Note that the DeKalb will not include the Sunday Alcohol Sales question.  According to the AJC, the board of commissioners decided to add it to the March primary ballot to save money.

Walmart meeting reports

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  [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.

B.) Where are we on the Suburban Plaza Development Plan?

Free online: county health inspection grades for restaurants, hotels, pools

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.


Cub Scout raking day

Event Date and Time: 
11/12/2011 (All day)

This cub scout pack includes members from Clairmont Heights: From:Branden Lisi []

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,

Branden Lisi

Notes from Parks/Rec/Cultural Affairs Citizens Advisory Board meeting

Via Civic Association Network, Posted by: "Beth Nathan", 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.

County Shred and Tread recycling

Event Date and Time: 
11/19/2011 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

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.

Nature Preserve volunteer day rescheduled

Event Date and Time: 
11/12/2011 - 1:00pm

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, leave a detailed message at 678-951-0105, or email us at

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: Report - 10/25 Theft on Myrtle Ln

From DeKalb Police via

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:

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