Nature Preserve Work Day this Saturday

Please join us for the monthly Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve Workday. This Saturday, July 12, volunteers will be gathering at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve from 9 a.m. to noon to pull weeds, especially kudzu, and mulching trails. Be sure to bring work gloves and a water bottle! For more information, please visit the Nature Preserve web site at

Farmers Market at Emory Tuesdays

[This market is open to Clairmont Heights residents.]

MANA gets Sign Toppers and fixes Street Lights

In the Medlock Area Neighborhood, you'll now see "sign toppers" on top of street signs, indicating which streets are part of MANA. These were paid for with MANA funds and required over a year of efforts to secure county permits, etc. The idea is to build community. In addition, they announce in their latest newsletter that they were able to add street lights and replace bulbs in the neighborhood. They tell us that street light repair needs can be reported through Georgia Power Customer Service:

July 4 Celebration in Decatur

Join Decatur's July 4th Pied Piper Parade as it winds through downtown Decatur. Decorate your wagon, ride your bike, skate, or walk in this event. The City Commissioners will lead the parade in the mini-firetruck. Neighborhoods and organizations are encouraged to make floats and join the fun. Parade line-up is at the First Baptist Church of Decatur at 5:30 p.m. The parade begins at 6 p.m. It ends at the Community Bandstand on the square with a presentation of colors and the Star Spangled Banner.

Sidewalk Sale in Decatur 7/4-6

Sidewalk Sale July 4, 5 & 6 Shop for special sales and deals on apparel, accessories, shoes, gifts, crafts, kitchenware, music, home decor, furniture, personal pampering and more! Look for the red, white and blue balloons all around Decatur at participating shops including: • Blue Moon Designs – 418 Church St., 404-378-1114 • Boogaloos – 246 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-373-3237 • Collage – 114 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-377-1280 • Dresscodes – 201 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., # 117, 404-343-2894 • Eviva – 335-C W. Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-370-7606

Sanitation Collection Holiday Schedule

The DeKalb County Sanitation Department announces its collection schedule for Independence Day, which will be observed Friday, July 4. There will be no collection service on Friday, July 4. Monday, June 30, 2008 and Tuesday, July 1, 2008 collection service will remain the same. Thursday, July 3, 2008 garbage and yard waste collection will be scheduled for pick-up on Wednesday, July 2, 2008. Friday, July 4, 2008 garbage and yard waste will be collected Thursday, July 3, 2008. Regular schedule pick-up will resume on Monday, July 7, 2008.

Medlock Neighborhood Garden Tour update

SATURDAY, JULY 12, 9 am - 1 pm Tickets $3 - @ Ace Hardware starting June 16 and @ Medlock School (front porch) on July 12 Proceeds benefit environmental education at Medlock School Also note! Ace Hardware will donate a rain barrel to the Medlock School Children's Garden in connection with the Medlock Garden Tour.

South Peachtree Creek Trail update

The trail in Medlock Park – both the boardwalk and the concrete – seem to be completed and open to the public. In other words, you can walk or bike from the parking lot to Willivee Drive. In addition, a second stop sign was added to the northbound side of Willivee -- on the more visible left hand side. The PATH foundation is now working on the boardwalk segment in Mason Mill park. The entire trail is scheduled to be completed in about 30 days.

Obama sign theft

From a neighbor south of north (decatur road, that is)... Date: Sat Jun 28, 2008 7:04 pm ((PDT)) Less than 10 minutes ago, I saw two people in an SUV pull up in front of my house and steal my Obama sign. When I yelled at them, the "runner" jumped in the vehicle and shut the door, and the driver took off. They were heading north on Clairemont. I believe I got the correct license number, and have reported the incident to the Decatur Police. 615 Clairemont

Report on County's Stormwater Management Symposium

Last Saturday (June 28) at the DeKalb Technical College in Clarkston, the county held its second annual Stormwater Management Symposium. There were displays and/or presentations from the county, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Nature Conservancy, the Chattahoochee River Keeper, and others.

Majestic Manor Redevelopment update

At a community meeting earlier in the week, the developer of Majestic Manor announced that he had dropped plans to add a helipad. However, due to added demands for room space from the hotel chains he is seeking to attract to the site, he is seeking to add one story above the five stories allowed without permit by county code. For more details on the project, see our summary page.

Boosting Quality of Life for Seniors

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader... June 26, 2008

Note on Clairmont Parking Deck Expansion Meeting

At the meeting last Tuesday Emory presented the results of a traffic study requested by CHCA. They counted the number of vehicles exiting Desmond and entering Starvine Way on Clairmont Campus. They found that 20% of the vehicle traffic exiting Desmond onto Clairmont turned into Starvine Way. The CHCA board has drafted a letter seeking more specifics.

Proposed rezoning at 1550 Scott

A community meeting has been announced re: Application for Change on Zoning Conditions at 1550 Scott Blvd (current location of Ronn and Ann's real estate office). The meeting will be facilitated by Davene Walker of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and will take place on site on July 9th at 7pm. The letter states that "the applicant is seeking to change the zoning conditions to allow for the development of a medical office."

South Peachtree Creek Trail update

On Friday, June 20, the Oversight Committee of community rep's walked the site with PATH Foundation and county rep's. Concrete segment in Mason Mill was completed, and EPD ok'd removal of silt fences. Boardwalk segment in Medlock was completed; concrete segment was nearly complete. Boardwalk construction had started in Mason Mill. Committee gave top priority to drainage mitigation and slope stabilization. Completion estimated in 45 days. For more info, see the South Peachtree Creek Trail page.

Reminder: County Police Meet & Greet Saturday

This Saturday, June 28, 2008, 12 noon - 4 pm at DeKalb County Police Services Building, 1960 W. Exchange Pl., Tucker, GA 30084 The Dekalb County Police Department is proud to invite you to the Center Precinct Summer Meet & Greet. This event will provide citizens and business owners the opportunity to • speak face to face with personnel from the different divisions within the police department, • view equipment and • ask questions. There will be activities for the kids, safety information, anti-theft services and more… J.A. Hightower Public Education Specialist

Traffic Control Meeting July 16 Invitation

You are invited to attend the second meeting of the Clairmont Heights Civic Association (CHCA) and Medlock Area Neighborhood Association's (MANA) traffic control planning meeting on July 16th from 7-9 PM at the North Decatur Presbyterian Church. You have been invited as a stakeholder in this process and your input is considered valuable to the quality of the final plan.

A note on door-to-door solicitors

County ordinances specify the following rules for door-to-door peddlers or salesman or solicitors: 1. They must obtain a county permit except for agents of charitable or nonprofit organizations. No one with a criminal record should get a permit. Those with a permit must wear and display the permit "in a conspicuous manner" and shall display such identification upon request. Even agents of exempt organizations are required to carry with them a copy of a confirmation letter. 2. They cannot solicit between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m.

Car thefts in nearby neighborhood

The Laurel Ridge neighborhood (north of us on the other side of N Druid Hills Rd) reports four car thefts over the last few months. The latest victim reports that the police did not come to the house but took the pertinent details by phone.

Workshop downtown on Walkable Communities esp. for Seniors

Whether or not you attend the workshop, the concepts described below might be worth thinking about in reference to our neighborhood. ------------------ Atlanta Regional Commission, Area Agency on Aging Creating Walkable Communities for All Wednesday, July 16, 2008 • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Loudermilk Center for the Regional Community 40 Courtland Street • Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Join us for "Creating Walkable Communities for All," a workshop on ways to create pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and corridors, with a special emphasis on the preferences and needs of older adults.
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