Mason Mill playground now open

From Laurel Ridge neighborhood newsletter: The new playground at Mason Mill Park is now open. It is a very large playground for ages 2 through 12, and it is the first new amenity in a Commission 2 county park in years! Please spread the word to families in your association. There are also some new picnic shelters.  FYI: Be warned that at least for today, the restrooms were locked, the water fountain was not working, trash was overflowing from the trash cans, and there are no recycling cans.

Clifton Community Partnership Update March 2011

From Emory's Office of Community Partnerships: Celebrate the Landmark Completion of Olmsted Linear Park;
121-Foot Taco Lands at Emory; Let the 'Gains' Begin, Annual Auction Returns; Rushdie Returns, Public Invited to Events; Ready, Set, Go!;
Illustration of African Art in Divine Intervention; Five Questions: Terry Lawler

Tour of United Methodist Children's Home

Event Date and Time: 
03/12/2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

From the DeKalb History Center: 

Behind the Scenes Tour of the United Methodist Children's Home
Leslie Borger,
Heritage Education Coordinator,
DeKalb History Center
404.373.1088  ext. 20

March 12, 2011 
11:00 a.m. - Noon
500 S. Columbia Dr
Decatur GA 30030

Members: Free
Non-Members: $5.00
Reservations Required
DeKalb History Center
101 East Court Square
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Originally called the Methodist Orphans' Home, it was established in 1871 to care for those orphaned during the Civil War. The Home moved from Norcross to its current Decatur location in 1873 and has continued to serve children since. The Campus was at one time almost completely self sufficient with its own church, school, water system and farm. The tour will include a visit to the historic Moore Chapel and Atlanta cottage that once served as a home to many orphans over the years. Don't miss this rare opportunity to peek inside the beautiful historic buildings and learn more of the Children's Home's long history!

RSVP required - Please contact Leslie Borger for additional information.

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GSCA Employment Fair

Event Date and Time: 
03/15/2011 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

From the Georgia Sustainable Communities Alliance via the county CEO's OneDeKalb office: GSCA Employment Fair at Downtown Decatur Holiday Inn Conference Center, 130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030. Attire: Professional. Confirmed employwers: BB&T, Enterprise, Regions Bank, Xerox. Resume writing and salary negotiating workshops free of charge.  Contact: Derold McIver

Commissioner Kathie Gannon Info and Meetings

From "super district 6" county commissioner Kathie Gannon: Important Information and Upcoming Public Meetings

Board of Commissioners Meeting
The next regular Board of Commissioners meeting will be on Tuesday March 15, 2011, the change in date is to due to the National Association of Counties annual legislation conference.

North DeKalb Senior Center Public Meetings
There will be 2 public meetings to discuss the North DeKalb Senior Center. Your ideas and comments for the center building and programming are needed. Please plan to attend one of the meetings.

Workday at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

Event Date and Time: 
03/06/2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Please join us this Sunday, March 6, from 2-4pm for our monthly volunteer day at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. NOTE THE TIME CHANGE. We will be planting tree seedlings to start revegetating areas where the privet has died back. All you need is a water bottle and a pair of work gloves. See you there.

CHCA Board

Clairmont Heights Civic Association Board

Ira B. Melton Park Workday

Event Date and Time: 
03/12/2011 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Help us begin to clean up the park and establish a walking trail (more details on the trail plan here).  We will be mostly collecting trash and pulling privet.  A small group of scouts has already offered to help.  Workday coordinators are local residents Marianne Skeen and Valerie Boss  Please bring gloves and water for yourself, and be prepared for mud or wet sand

Effective Neighborhood Watch Programs

Event Date and Time: 
03/12/2011 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

From the OneDeKalb initiative of the county's CEO: Be My Neighbor! Effective Neighborhood Watch Programs. Neighborhood watch groups are effective because they decrease opportunities for criminals to commit crime. The added bonus is the cohesiveness it provides between members of your community.   This workshop will educate you on the most effective ways of identifying and reporting suspicious activity and mobilizing your neighborhood watch program:


Give input on county transportation projects

From the office of the county CEO: Are there deteriorated roads and streets in your area? Have you been thinking how nice it would be to have a bike and pedestrian pathway? What about bridges in need of repair? DeKalb County is asking for YOUR input on upcoming transportation projects!

School Redistricting Public Hearings March 1 and 3

From the Druid Hills High School PTA:  On Tuesday, March 1, 2011 and Thursday, March 3, 2011, DeKalb County School System will host public hearings regarding the Superintendent’s Recommendations (February 7, 2011) for the Proposed 2011-12 School Year Redistricting and Consolidation plan. The public hearings will be held both days at 6:30 pm at the Administrative and Instructional Complex Board
Room, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA 30083.

Ira B. Melton Park Trail Project

Out of last Sunday's trail walk, a trails project is emerging and we solicit your input.  About a dozen people showed up.  They were mostly residents of the Clairmont Heights and Medlock Area neighborhoods and there were also a few from nearby Mason Mill and Druid Hills neighborhoods.  Some were members of the CHCA and MANA boards and a few were representatives from the South Fork Conservancy.  Since most of the colored ribbons set out by CH resident Marianne Skeen and SFC member Paul Weathersby earlier last week to mark a proposed walking route were almost immediately removed by unknown hands for unknown reasons, Paul generously returned to the park to lead the walkers along the proposed route. 

Rain Barrel Workshop

Event Date and Time: 
03/12/2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

From the county's Dept of Watershed Mgt via the Civic Association Network listserv: DWM to Host Rain Barrel Workshop. DECATUR - The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) will host a rain barrel workshop for DeKalb citizens on Saturday, March 12, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 Lavista Road in Tucker.  Collecting rainwater in rain barrels for use during dry months is an excellent way to conserve water and reduce water bills. During the workshop, citizens will be instructed on rain barrel maintenance and water conservation landscaping.

Town Hall meeting on Hope Scholarship

Event Date and Time: 
02/24/2011 - 7:00pm

From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield: 

Nature preserve closed Thurs-Fri (updated 2/25)

Update 2/25/11: Dear Supporters of the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, The Preserve will re-open Saturday morning for normal use. Thank you for your patience as we work to remove invasive plant species and reintroduce native plants to the Preserve. As you go through the Preserve, you may notice that some of the larger privet bushes have blue coloration around the trunk. These larger bushes were treated with a basal bark application of herbicide. This approach minimizes the amount of herbicide that needs to be used. The herbicide soaks into the trunk and slowly kills the privet. Please note that all of the herbicides that were used have no known negative effects on people or other mammals. They are formulated to only affect biological processes that occur in plants.

Water Usage Calculator

Reposted with permission of author Wardell Castles from the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association newsletter: I found this page -- -- at the US Geological Survey site you can use to get a 'stab in the dark' ballpark estimate of your water usage. You might be inclined to use that estimate and compare it to your water bill. 

Tour the Cofer Collection of antique cars

Event Date and Time: 
02/26/2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

From the DeKalb History Center: Join us for curator guided tour of "The Cofer Collection" a Stable of Thoroughbreds. This collection was started in the 1950s by Gene Cofer and is considered a work in progress. The first car Gene and Neta, his wife, bought was a 1926 Buick. The Cofer's soon added a 1930 Oldsmobile and a 1928 Lincoln, and as they say, "the rest is history".

Commissioner Rader on county budget

From commissioner Jeff Rader: February 2011 Debating the Millage Rate By Commissioner Jeff Rader.  The county's budget process, as discussed in recent updates, has made incremental improvements this year. The process is still a work in progress in order to become transparent and responsive to DeKalb County citizens.  In the short term, the county Board of Commissioners (BOC) is grappling with the CEO's proposed 2011 budget, which must be approved by the BOC by March 1 in accordance with the county's organizational act.

Flooding doesn't deter Medlock Community Gardeners

From the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff PATH via resident/author Michelle Hiskey: The county's Garden in the Parks program helped this low spot flourish as a model for others. by Michelle Hiskey.  A low-lying hollow on the backside of Medlock Park suffered such severe flooding the federal government bought a house there and leveled it. Today on that spot at Willivee Drive and Scott Circle, local gardeners–aided by the DeKalb County government–have built a thriving garden. When the flooding returned, they dug deep for resourcefulness and perseverance to produce flowers, crops and a model of community renaissance for passersby on the PATH boardwalk.  Flooding soaked the acreage so much that “we joked about planting rice, and one garden member did,” said Sharon Johnson, a garden founder who lives on Gaylemont. “And it worked!”  [Read More]

Melton Park Trail Walk

Event Date and Time: 
02/20/2011 - 3:00pm

From the CHCA and MANA boards: You are invited to join us in Melton Park this Sunday, February 20, at 3:00 p.m. to walk some trails marked for your review.  Meet us at the Desmond Drive entrance.  Download map handout here (pdf, 7MB).  More info below. Here’s a rough map showing the park location and approximate boundaries of the park and courses of the three creeks.  South Fork Peachtree flows down from the upper right, Burnt Fork connects from the upper center, and Glen Creek enters from the bottom of the map.  See also the Melton Park section of the 2010 Mason Mill Park Master Plan and the boundaries from the 2002 sign at Desmond Drive announcing the new park.

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