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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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
From: Mike Jacobs [email@example.com]: E-SPLOST; Brookhaven Fundraising; Brookhaven Boundaries
From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson:
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.
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
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.
From DeKalb Policy via CrimeMapping.com:
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Community meeting; Halloween; Other events.
From Chris Beck, president: Join us Saturday, October 22 from 4-8pm for the 12th annual Harvest Festival at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. Enjoy food, crafts for the kids, nature walks, live music, a campfire, and smores. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us. $5 donation. We will also accept tools to replace those lost in the shed fire.
From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Jobs; Small Businesses; Military pay; Vet homelessness; Access to care; Fighting discrimination; Medicare; Fall Festivals.
At a county community council meeting earlier this week, Scott Selig, the owner of Suburban Plaza, presented to the neighborhood representatives a redevelopment plan. Suburban Plaza sits between Church St. and Medlock Rd. on N Decatur Rd. See map here. The plan has WalMart as an anchor. Other retailers were approached, but Walmart was apparently the only one with funding and interest. Walmart has offered to place underground all of their parking spaces and to add extensive landscaping. The county has expressed interest in making the N Decatur/Scott/Medlock intersection more pedestrian friendly. Further discussions are proposed, and details will be added here as they emerge. See June posting on DecaturMetro blog here and July report in North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch here.
From the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative: Final open house, Tuesday, October 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Silverbell Pavilion, Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329. Please give input on the recommended transit route and technology connecting the Lindbergh MARTA Station, Emory, CDC, Avondale MARTA station, and points between.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Watch: Report on the recent meeting. At the meeting we discussed the fact that Eddie Moore seems to be preying on our community again. Eddie may approach you to do yard work, clean your gutters etc. He is very intimidating and has done work that was not asked for and then demands money. He has also been seen near sites of several crimes, one being two air conditioner units stolen from vacant homes. Please call 911 if you see his Dark Blue Dodge Ram pickup truck license number BUG 1683. He usually has lawn mowers visible in the back. One of our neighbors contacted Dekalb County about Solicitors. Anyone going door to door collecting money must have a Dekalb County "Solicitation Permit." with photo, printed on white paper. The police department conducts a background check on each individual. At the meeting, there was a discussion about voluntary patrolling and/or pay patrolling. Several volunteers are looking into the cost and details about hiring off duty officers to patrol. We will have more info about this soon....
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
From district 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: The primary mission of government is to protect the “health, safety and welfare” of its constituents, so the good health of DeKalb County’s citizens should be one of the Board of Commissioners’ (BOC) highest priorities. That’s what makes the BOC’s September 13, 2011 decision to vote down a proposal to ban smoking in all public places, including parks and all businesses, disheartening.
From Valerie Boss: Come join your neighbors for a workday at Ira B Melton Park on Sunday, Oct 16 from 1-3pm. We’ll be spreading mulch and refining the new section of trail. As always folks are welcome to pull privet and clean up trash. Trash bags will be provided. Please bring work gloves, water, and any tools you think you might need, such as shovels, pitch forks, rakes and clippers.
Contents: Redistricting, Green Commission Expo and Neighborhood Summit; Plant 10,000 Trees; SW DeKalb Planning; Fischer Mansion; Proposed city of Brookhaven; Memorial Drive clean-up.
From Amy Power via DHHS and local residents, info on SPLOST vote November 8 and its impact on local schools and an update on a proposal to lease Medlock School to the International Community School, a charter school: "Thank you to Amy Power for preparing the following information about the important SPLOST vote on November 8. If you are planning to be out of town (or otherwise can’t make it to the polls), but still want to vote, PLEASE apply for your Absentee Ballot for Dekalb. It’s a (surprisingly) very easy process! Here is the link: http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/Voter/pdf/absentee.pdf
What is happening with Medlock's school building?