MANA Watch Alert October

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.... Report - Burglary on Willivee 10/7/11

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Commissioner Rader: Smoking Vote a Disappointment

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.

Workday in Ira B Melton Park

Event Date and Time: 
10/16/2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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.

Commissioner Kathie Gannon update

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.

SPLOST and Medlock School

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:

What is happening with Medlock's school building?

CHCA MANA yard sale

Event Date and Time: 
10/01/2011 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

It's here - the long awaited, much anticipated and now HUGE 60 + location - MANA / CHCA Yard Sale. So come on out, meet your neighbors and find some great buys. 68 potential stops to thoroughly satisfy your browsing and shopping needs!  That's right, folks, the CHCA / MANA Yard sale features 68 households and a trunk sale too (at the North Decatur Presbyterian Church at the corner of Medlock and Lawrenceville Hwy.).  As an added treat, there will be coffee and doughnuts from 9:00 - 12:00 at North Decatur Presbyterian Church - the location of the trunk sale. The best way to get a good list of the locations and a good readable map is to click this link  for the CHCA locations or go to the MANA website - - to see locations in both the CHCA and Medlock neighborhoods.  So - see you Saturday !

Nature Preserve Volunteer Day, Saturday October 1

Event Date and Time: 
10/01/2011 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for a volunteer day this Saturday from 9am-noon. This fall, we will be installing a new kiosk and pavilion at the front of the Preserve. To help prepare the site, we will be clearing brush. We may also mulch trails and remove ivy from trees.  We are still accepting donations of tools. We are especially in need of pruning shears, loppers, and a pruning saw.

Chris Beck
President, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
Directions: 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

Ring found at Medlock Park

The ring was found the evening of September 23.  Please email Jennie with description to claim it.

Bluegrass & BBQ at Emory Presbyterian

Event Date and Time: 
10/01/2011 - 11:30am - 6:30pm

From the Medlock Neighbors Facebook group: FALL FESTIVAL Community Event – This Saturday, October 1, 11:30-6
Enjoy Bluegrass & BBQ on a cool fall day outdoors on the lawn at Emory Presbyterian Church – 1886 N Decatur Rd. adjacent to Druid Hills HS. FREE (except the food) Family Fun for all! Music & “Jambing” provided by SouthEastern Bluegrass Association. Kids’ activities & Bake Sale.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson on Affordable Care Act

Dear Friends, One year after the Patient’s Bill of Rights in the Affordable Care Act went into effect, millions of Americans are already benefiting from the law. In fact, September 23rd was First Anniversary of Patient’s Bill of Rights in the Affordable Care Act, and millions of Americans are benefiting from the improved coverage and lower costs provided by the law.

Tibetan Festival

From Drepung Loseling Monastery, Dresden Drive. FREE for Emory students, faculty, and staff, and for kids under 12. Saturday October 22, 2011, 10 AM - 4 PM

Melton Park work day success 9/24/11

From Marianne Skeen: Thanks to some great help from a group of scouts from Troop 534, we were able to clear a new section of trail in Ira B. Melton park on September 24. The scouts pulled out privet, clipped branches and sawed overhanging limbs to move the path away from the eroding creek bank. Several neighbors joined the fun to swell the ranks to a total of 14 volunteers. At the end of the day, there were 14 bags of trash, 4 bags of recyclables, 2 large piles of privet, a heap of old construction rubble, and 14 tires that had been pulled from the creek earlier in the week waiting for pick-up by the DeKalb County Parks Department!! Thanks to all who helped out.  Photos attached below.

Pumpkins for Sale: The scouts of Troop 534 who have helped us on two work days in Ira B. Melton Park are selling pumpkins during the month of October as a fundraiser. Pumpkins are available in the parking lot of the Briarcliff United Methodist Church at the corner of Briarcliff and Shallowford Roads. Let’s return the favor and help them with their project.

Cyclist meets Law

For our cyclists from Dateline Decatur blog with h/t to Jim Smith: Under Georgia law, bicycles are considered vehicles and bicyclists must adhere to the same rules of the road as drivers. When police officers observe violations, like my failure to stop at the intersection of Oakview Road and Adams Street, they are required to enforce the code. It doesn’t matter that I was wearing a helmet or that I am a Decatur resident who pays Decatur taxes. I broke the law in Decatur and I am now $212.50 poorer because of it.  [Read more]

Hazardous Waste Recycling Event

Event Date and Time: 
10/01/2011 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

DeKalb County is having a Hazardous Waste Recycling Event at the Central Transfer Station (3720 Leroy Scott Dr 30030) on Saturday October 1st from 8a to Noon. Get rid of paint, pesticides and other hazardous wastes easily. It's open to DeKalb residents only.

What are household hazardous wastes?


Household hazardous wastes are products that contain potentially dangerous chemicals and are no longer in use. These items should not be disposed of in your regular trash because of its potentially harmful effects on our environment. This event will offer our County residents the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous wastes in a proper manner free of charge.

AARP Tax-Aide seeks volunteers for 2012

From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: FYI, my husband did this last year and will do it again this year. AARP Tax-Aide, the nation's largest free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service is now seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome; you do not need to be an AARP member to volunteer nor do you need to be a retiree.

Community Engagement Survey for DeKalb County School System

From the Druid Hills High School PTA: The DeKalb County School System is re-establishing a strategic planning process and invites you to participate! We want to hear from you regarding what you want your public schools to provide for students, what the schools are doing well, and what challenges the schools and students face. The input that you provide on this survey will be used to revise the district’s strategic plan for approval by the Board of Education in February 2012. All survey responses are anonymous. Thank you for lending your voice to public education in DeKalb County School System! The survey is being administered by the Georgia School Boards Association. The survey will be live through midnight on September 30, 2011. You can access the survey at the link:

State Rep. Mike Jacobs: Ash-Dun Meeting, Silver Lake Centennial, Redistricting Report

Of possible interest from state rep. Mike Jacobs, 80th district, Brookhaven area: Ash-Dun Meeting; Silver Lake Centennial; Redistricting Report

Rep. Hank Johnson’s E-Newsletter for Sept. 20, 2011

From U.S. rep. Hank Johnson: Transportation; Protecting women; Human trafficking; Grants; Defending justice; Helping business; Fuel cells; Powering GA.

Atlanta BBQ festival

Event Date and Time: 
09/30/2011 - 2:00pm - 10/01/2011 - 8:00pm

From Bob Herndon via the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood neighborhood: Hi All,   The 3rd annual Atlanta BBQ fest is happening at Atlantic Station on Sept 30th 4-10 and Oct. 1st Noon to 8PM.  We'll have a kids area, bands-including Robert Cray as our headliner for Sat., BBQ contest and 10 BBQ vendors to choose from.  Part of the proceeds benefit Oakhurst Recovery Program for homeless men.  Tickets are $6 advance, $10 day of. for tickets and all other info.  Thanks, Bob Herndon

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