DeKalb City/Cities and Decatur Annexation plan

From WABE: "The City of Decatur has mapped out its latest annexation plans, but the cityhood movement in DeKalb County could mean this is Decatur’s last shot at growing its borders....." [Read more.]  See also Decatur's annexation map on MANA's blog.

Druid Hills Charter Cluster update 9/18/14

Update with notes from MANA: " An update was posted by the Druid Hills Charter Cluster initiative earlier this week. Although state law requires that the refiled petition be taken up by the DeKalb County school board for their vote on approval or non-approval, agendas for [the] board ... over the past several months have noticeably avoided this task.  So... what to do? ...."  [Read more.]

MANA notes on meeting with ATL councilman

From MANA: "MANA community meeting with Councilman Alex Wan, Atlanta District 6, September 17, 2014. ... This meeting is part of a series of meetings where MANA is reaching out to public officials to better understand how our neighborhood may be impacted by annexations or by new cities that include us or happen close enough to impact us....." [Read more.]

District 2 update 9/12/14

From District 2 Commisioner Jeff Rader: Sunday Voting; Early voting; Conversation with a cop.

DeKalb Operations Task Force public meetings

DeKalb Operations Task Force Meetings:Subcommittee on Governance, September 24; working meeting, October 1; full task force meeting,October 8. All meetings start at 6pm at Maloof Auditorium in Decatur. For more information:  h/t Druid Hills Civic Association.

Emory community meeting

Event Date and Time: 
09/23/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

From Emory: Dear Neighbors:  Please mark your calendars for our next quarterly community meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 23, from 6:30-8:00 PM, in room E160 in the Health Sciences Research Building (HSRB).  The HSRB is on Haygood Drive, next to Druid Hills High School and parking is available on Andrews Drive adjacent to the building.

Horsefest at Little Creek Farm

Event Date and Time: 
09/20/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

From Little Creek Conservancy: Come out and support the Little Creek Conservancy at HorseFest on Saturday, September 20th from 12-4pm.   Equestrian Demonstrations, Horse and Rider Costume Contest, Pony Rides, Vendors, Crafts, Food Beer, Farrier Demonstration.  Cost: $5 General Admission. Children ages 5 and under are free. Certain activities cost extra. 

Emory events 9/20/14

Via the Druid Hills Civic Association: Emory Events: Win the Fight Winship 5K Run will start and end at McDonough Field, September 20, 8:30am; for more information: Also: Curious George Meet & Greet & Cookie Social, Barnes & Noble, September 20, 11am. For information:

Open Streets Emory Village

Event Date and Time: 
09/21/2014 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm

From the Druid Hills Civic Association: Open Streets Emory Village returns on Sunday, September 21, 3-7pm.. Come and enjoy performance, instruction, strolling & much more with food and drink provided by village restaurants. Toast to Emory Village supporters & dedication of plaza, fountain, and plaques: 5pm. For more information:

Fernbank Fall Plant Sale

Event Date and Time: 
09/20/2014 - 8:00am - 3:00pm

From Fernbank Science Center: Fall Plant Sale, Saturday September 20, 2014, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Available for Purchase: A wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowering perennials. Many of the plants are native species that are often difficult to find elsewhere! Click here for a sample list of plants

County events update 9/12/14

From the county CEO's office: Sunday voting; Curbside consultants sought; Training: Skywarn storm spotters.

Clairmont Heights Neighborhood Survey

From the CHCA Board: Neighborhood Survey - Look for CHCA Volunteers this weekend and next week (Friday, 9/12, through Saturday, 9/20).  Clairmont Heights Civic Association volunteers will attempt to contact each household in our neighborhood this weekend to gather information about your opinions. Annexation and city creation plans are forming very quickly in central DeKalb County, and the neighborhood association is striving to represent your interests in a strong, effective way.

CHCA Community Meeting – Annexation Survey Results

Event Date and Time: 
09/25/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

From the CHCA Board: Clairmont Heights Civic Association meeting, Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, North Decatur Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA 30033.  Please mark your calendars! CHCA will hold this special informational meeting to discuss the findings from our neighborhood survey and share annexation updates. A very tight timeline applies to this process, so we feel that it is critical to discuss the important choices we face as a community. We hope to see you there! Questions? Email:  Additional details will be posted at

Missing a Chihuahua? [Update: Found]

[Update: he has been re-united with his family.  Thanks all.] From a neighbor: "Bucky" was found on Wednesday, September 10th in the neighborhood of Clairmont Heights. A sweet and mellow chihuahua, he is probably 3 to 5 years old. Vets tell us he has been well taken care of, though he has no microchip. If you know this dog, please call. Eve 404-327-6009

Neighborhood Watch Alert: youth scammers, knife-wielding man

From Dawn Forman via the Laurel Ridge NeighborhoodThis is a neighborhood watch alert.   1. Dekalb County Police put out the following Scam Alert: In recent weeks we have received calls about young black males going door to door claiming to sell items to raise money for the Tucker High School football team. One time they were in the neighborhood during school hours The school was called and they knew nothing about a fund raising effort for the team. Today on there was an alert from the Laurel Ridge neighborhood about the same group (Although we can not confirm this). Please do not open your door to these young men but let them know you are home. Do not give them money. CALL 911 and report them.  2. Early this morning (5am) in the Medlock Park neighborhood, a knife wielding man slashed car seats in unlocked cars, decapitated a stuffed animal, slashed a computer screen in a car's dashboard, and did other damage. The full story is here: Please do not go up to anyone who has a knife and is doing such damage. He is most likely not a stable individual. Please call 911 immediately and allow the police to come and detain him. 

DeKalb Charter System update

From county Board of Education vice-chairman Jim McMahan via the Sagamore Hills neighborhood re: the county's proposal to have the entire county declared a charter school system.  "The DCSD will issue a copy of the proposed petition in 2 weeks.  September 24th.  ....  It is my perception the BOE will NOT vote on this issue at our next meeting on October 8th.

MANA public meeting to discuss Atlanta annexation scenarios

Event Date and Time: 
09/17/2014 - 7:00pm

From MANA president Lynn Ganim: "Atlanta Councilman Alex Wan will present information about the city and what would be involved if our neighborhood chose to be annexed into Atlanta, one of the several possibilities that have been suggested for our area. He will speak on Wednesday, September 17, at 7:00 at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.

County's Operational Task Force: notes from meeting 9/4/14

From Beth Nathan via the Civic Association Network: I believe that last evening's (9/4/14) Work Session of the full OTF may have been broadcast; the audience was quite small.  Ten of the 16 OTF main members were present; no citizen appointees were at the table, though at least one was in the audience.  Two dense presentations were made by Joel Gottlieb; I hope I understood him accurately though there were times I was thinking 'HUH?'  I have posted my personal notes and the four handouts to the CAN website (, under "County Government", under "2014 Operations Task Force". Most direct link is

Community Task Force on county zoning code update

From task force member Betty Blondeau: The Community Task Force on the ZCU is a group of citizens representing every area of DeKalb County. The Task Force has spent many months working with the county commissioners, the county planning and development staff, and community organizations throughout the county studying the very complex 500 page document which was developed by POND, a consulting firm.  The Task Force has focused on strengthening the voice of the communities and neighborhoods in zoning decisions. Presently the proposed code favors developers and staff and makes the citizens' right of appeal complicated and extremely difficult. The Task Force recommendations seek to assure the standing of both nearby residents and county officials to appeal land use decisions.  

DeKalb History Center lunch and learn with the Junior League

Event Date and Time: 
09/16/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

From Melissa Forgey of the DeKalb History Center: "The Junior League of DeKalb County, Inc. (JLD) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. During the presentation, Active and Sustaining members of JLD will highlight some of the organizations most significant accomplishments over the past eight decades...."

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