U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson newsletter September 14, 2010

From U.S. rep. Hank Johnson: Fight Foreclosures, Jobs Site, One Dekalb, Childhood Obesity, Be Prepared, Fema Funds, Weatherization, Back To Work, Energy Grant, Events

Dear Friends, Thanks to everyone who made the past month such a productive time in the District. I always enjoy seeing everyone and like you, spending some much-needed time with family. Here’s a brief review and a look forward at some upcoming events you and your family might like to attend. 

DeKalb County Hosts First Household Hazardous Waste Event

Event Date and Time: 
10/02/2010 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

From CEO Burrell Ellis' office via local resident and county Greenspace Manager Dave Butler: Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) is constantly striving to promote good environmental stewardship by providing a variety of events to better suit the needs of DeKalb County and its citizens.  For that reason, KDB will host its first Household Hazardous Waste Event on Saturday, Oct. 2, 8 a.m. to noon at the DeKalb County Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Dr. in Decatur.

Lost dog

From local neighbor: Timid to an extreme. Pulled out of owner’s hand still wearing leash at Willivee and Vistamont at 10a Sunday morning. Has collar with id tag and has a microchip in its shoulder. Name is Chocolate. Please call 404 556 8912 if you sight this gentle but very bashful dog. Brown, short fur, chocolate lab mutt, knee-high and about 40 pounds.

Tree branch blocks Willivee

Early this morning (Sep. 12) a tree branch fell across Willivee Drive blocking traffic.  It's near 874 Willivee Drive.   Photos from our intrepid field reporter are attached.  

Emory Village Update

From the Alliance to Improve Emory Village: Update on Emory Village Roadwork. Phase One of the Emory Village road project continues. The first phase includes the renovation of sidewalks, curbs, and other streetscape features on the southwest side of North Decatur Road (between Peavine Creek/Panera Bread and Supercuts). Access to the business parking lots along this side of North Decatur Road will remain open.

Movie "Up" at Medlock School

Event Date and Time: 
09/11/2010 - 7:00pm

From MANA: Watch Pixar's "Up" at Medlock Community Movie Night! THIS Saturday, September 11, 2010, 7p. m.  Medlock Elementary School Lawn. Come enjoy a FREE fantastic Pixar movie on the outdoor big screen! Bring the friends and family out with your blanket or chairs and show your support for Medlock Elementary your community spirit! Snacks, drinks and glow bands will be available for purchase.

Code Enforcement Public meeting

Event Date and Time: 
09/13/2010 - 6:30pm

From the Sagamore Hills neighborhood Hotline: DECATUR – DeKalb County recently established a Code Enforcement Task Force to identify and assist in the implementation of solution-driven  recommendations to address code enforcement issues affecting communities throughout DeKalb. The task force, which includes community leaders, county officials, and other key individuals, will hold a series of meetings that are open to the public. The next meeting is Monday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Tucker Library, 5234 LaVista Rd., Tucker, GA 30084

Revenue Enhancement Commission Public Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
09/14/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

From commissioner Kathie Gannon: Revenue Enhancement Commission to Meet Sept. 14; Public invited to provide comments . DeKalb County stakeholders have the opportunity to weigh in on ways the county can fund operations without raising taxes. The DeKalb County Revenue Enhancement Commission will take public comments at its next meeting set for Sept. 14, 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. Public comments are set for the Sept. 14 meeting only.

Mason Mill Park Master Plan construction begins

Here are some shots from last weekend (September 5).  Information on the Master Plan can be found here

News for cyclists

From Bicycle South: Stone Mountain Ride, Georgia Bike Summit, Decatur bike lanes, Instructors wanted.

Nature Preserve Work Day

Event Date and Time: 
09/12/2010 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Come enjoy cool morning weather at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve by participating in our monthly volunteer day this Sunday, September 12 from 9 a.m. - noon. We will be securing boardwalks so that they don't float away again and reconstructing the bamboo arbor by the native plant garden. So, grab your gloves and water bottle and join us.

Little Creek Farm Fall Festival Fundraiser!

Event Date and Time: 
10/16/2010 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy live Bluegrass, chili, beer and soda, pony rides, kids’ crafts and riding demonstrations!
Participate in the Silent Auction with fabulous equestrian and non-equestrian items!
Cover charge: $10 adults; $5 children ages 12-18. Children under 12 are free.
Celebrate our partnership with DeKalb County.


Clifton Road Shared Lane Striping Begins Today

From BikeEmory:

            Lane Marking
The installation of shared lane markings or "sharrows" on Clifton Road, between North Decatur and Braircliff Roads, will begin today at approximately 9 am.  This project will begin today and work will continue this weekend.  Please expect some temporary lane closures during this project. For more information on the shared lane project please click here.


Stakeholder Input On Board Of Education Policy Revisions

From interim superintendent Ramona Tyson via Emory-LaVista Parent Council: August 27, 2010, MEMO TO: Emory-LaVista Parent Council, FROM: Mrs. Ramona Tyson, Interim, Superintendent, REFERENCE: Stakeholder Input On Board Of Education Policy Revisions.  The purpose of this memorandum is to inform you that the DeKalb County School System (DCSS) has undertaken a Comprehensive Policy Revision
Initiative (CPRI). The CPRI will consist of an internal team of DCSS employees conducting an exhaustive and comprehensive review of all Board

PAWS Atlanta needs help with puppy mill dogs

From Paws Atlanta: The Department of Agriculture has closed down an illegal breeder in Oxford County. There are over 70 dogs, including toy Poodles, Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and Yorkies, that need medical attention (many have not even had their rabies shots), proper nutrition and care. PAWS Atlanta is starting the rescue operation by retrieving 20 of the dogs from the puppy mill on Sunday, September 5th. How can I help? There are four ways to help.

Visit 2010 of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

From Emory:  Dear Emory Community, We hope that the following information about The Visit 2010 of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Emory University Presidential Distinguished Professor, will be helpful for those interested in participating in the events (including important information about a free-ticket lottery ending Monday, September 6). In addition, you will find important information about what to expect on campus during the event time period (October 17-19).

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis newsletter September 2010

From DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis: Dear Neighbor: Welcome to our first CEO newsletter. Each month, we will share with you news about what is happening in your county government, resources available to you through the county and photos from DeKalb events. In this issue, we highlight our strategic plan, a program to help you save money on prescriptions, our Revenue Enhancement Commission and our new library cards.

Please feel free to forward this newsletter, and we welcome any feedback that you may have.

 - CEO Burrell Ellis

Pit Bull Seminar

Event Date and Time: 
09/04/2010 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

From Collette McDonald's newsletterYou can also attend a free Pit Bull Seminar that is being put on by Dekalb County. The seminar called "Pittville-Educating the public about Bully Breeds" will take place on September 4th. Please access the flyer here.

Commissioner Rader Digest September 2010

From commissioner Jeff Rader: Here are some topics of interest from recent DeKalb County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meetings:
•    Alcohol Closing Times
•    Buford Highway
•    Power IT Down
•    Staffing Policy

Support a Medlock Neighborhood Treasure

From local resident and Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve president Chris Beck:


Dear Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve Supporters

I am writing to invite you to become involved with Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, a 501(c)3 organization and Medlock neighborhood treasure.
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