Copperhead sighting on S Peachtree Creek Trail

From a local resident: Last week while walking on the South Peachtree Creek Trail (boardwalk trail near Mason Mill park) we saw a copperhead snake on the bridge over the creek near the historic Decatur Water Works site.  Given the number of joggers and families with children and pets in the area who walk and play near the trail I thought I'd let you know.  [Don't disturb the snake; that's when most bites occur.  Also, there are harmless snakes that could be mistaken for a copperhead. For guidance on how to identify a copperhead, see this site.]  

Truck stolen from 600 Block of Willivee Dr. 5/29/14

From Barb Dalton on NextDoor Medlock Park: Post from Facebook: Truck stolen from curb, in front of house last night in the 600 block of Willivee Dr. 2005 black Toyota Tacoma extended cab w/ light gray camper top w/ roof rack. Between the hours of midnight and 6:15am. Anyone see anything?

Country Jam (music)

From Wade Medlock <> : Hi all you talented musicians,  Make sure you have marked your calendar for Thursday, June 5, 2014. Our monthly country jam is Thursday with setup and tuneup at 7pm, and the jam at 7:30pm. Reply your intentions right away, please.

Watch out for Copperhead snakes

The Emory Grove neighborhood (north of North Decatur Rd just west of Clairmont Rd) reports several copperhead sightings and one child bitten.  Normally, they don't bite.  They were seen in patches of ivy and warming themselves on pavement in the evening.  Neighbors were advised to keep their eyes open and wear shoes.

Emory Community Meeting

Event Date and Time: 
06/11/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

From Betty Willis at Emory: Dear Neighbors:  Please mark your calendars for our next quarterly community meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 11, from 6:30-8:00 PM, in the North Decatur Building, Room 155.  I have attached directions to the Lowergate South parking deck, which has a walkway from the deck onto the second floor of the North Decatur Building.  Room 155 is on the first floor.  Please note that the entrance to the parking deck from Gambrell Drive has been diverted to the right side of the deck due to construction associated with the new hospital bed tower.

Suspicious person

From Dawn Forman in Laurel Ridge: I wanted to give people a heads up: yesterday afternoon and last night (with a flashlight), a woman with a light brown/silver Nissan xterra was going through the paper recycling in Medlock. Please shred anything of importance, especially preapproved credit card offers and anything with your name on it before putting it out in the recycling.

Please call 911 if you experience any suspicious behavior and give as many details as you can. Also let the neighborhood know.

Dawn Forman

Emory's Camp Carlos

From Emory's Carlos Museum (h/t Druid Hills Civic Association): Camp Carlos: Emory’s five-day summer programs for children & teens still have space in July classes, “Around the World with Indigo” and “Stone Sculpture.” Please visit:

Callanwolde Events

From the Druid Hills Civic Association: Callanwolde Events: “Open Mic” Poetry Night, June 11, 8pm; for more information, call 404-872-5338 ext. 228… “Jazz on the Lawn – An Evening of Duke Ellington with Ted Howe” – June 13, 7:30pm; bring a blanket and a picnic. Please visit for tickets and other information.

Island Adventure Day at Fernbank Museum

Event Date and Time: 
05/31/2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

From the Druid Hills Civic Association: Island Adventure Day at Fernbank Museum: May 31, 10am-2pm – scavenger hunt, crafts, games & more. For information:

Druid Hills Charter Cluster Update

From Druid Hills Civic Association: Druid Hills Charter Cluster Update: The revised DHCC petition was resubmitted in April along with a request for the board to vote on it in May, reports Matt Lewis. Presently the DHCC hopes for a June vote. The petition was amended to reflect an August 2015 start date. If it is voted down again, a new petition must be developed and submitted after February 2015.

Commissioner Rader news 5/29/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: Beat the Badge 5K Race; Meeting to Discuss Acquisition of South DeKalb YMCA by DeKalb County 6/9/14.

Organic grocery Earth Fare coming to Emory Point

From Emory News: Organic grocery store signed to Emory Point.... Earth Fare, a North Carolina-based organic and natural foods grocer, has been signed to anchor new retail space being created in the second phase of construction at Emory Point, according to Cousins Properties, Inc., and Gables Residential.

Decatur Arts Festival this weekend

From the Festival website: Friday 5 p.m., Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5. Art booths. Free. Kids area. Music. Food and beverages.

Georgia Perimeter College garden talks and plant sales

For our gardeners: Our Spring 2014 Lunch and Wildflower Series and Plant Sales Continue

County Zoning Code last minute changes

Notes from the Community Affairs Representative for Little Creek Farm Conservancy via the Civic Association Network: "DeKalb County Planning Director Andrew Baker told county commissioners this morning that his department will ask for deferral of a vote on the proposed new zoning code, with plans to ask the Board of Commissioners to approve it in July.

DeKalb History Center summer programs

From Jenny Goldemund : The games Granny played; Gourds galore and chores of yore; Fiddlin' Dan the Mountain Man; Summer camp in June - Frontier House in 1850.

African American History Exhibit Museum at N DeKalb Mall June-July

From Mary Joyce Burdge of the Sterling Organization: NORTH DEKALB MALL ANNOUNCES AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY EXHIBITION MUSEUM,  June 5 – July 31, 2014 Mall Hours North DeKalb Mall, Decatur, GA May 21, 2014 – North DeKalb Mall takes great pleasure in hosting African American history through sight and sound. The exhibit presents over 8,000 artifacts that chronologically display the historical passage of Black-Americans from their roots to present day America. The FREE exhibit will be housed near the Clock Court Atrium next to Bath and Body Works.

Medline LCI Study presentation

Event Date and Time: 
06/05/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: Celebrate our plan! Thanks to your ideas and input, a draft of the Master Plan is complete. Come check out the overall vision!  Thursday, June 5 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. International Community School, 2418 Wood Trail Ln, Decatur, GA 30033.. Sketches, Demos, Food Trucks, Bike Tour.  Website:

Primary election endorsements from Rep. Oliver

From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: VOTE  TUESDAY, MAY 20TH!!  FRIENDS,  I want to share with you my votes for a few of the offices  on the ballot for the May 20th Democratic primary next Tuesday.  If you would like further information on the reasons I am endorsing these candidates let me know. 

N DeKalb Mall gets new owner

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle: "Lennar Commercial Investors LLC teamed with Sterling Organization to buy North DeKalb Mall for an undisclosed sum.  The development team, which also includes Atlanta-based Hendon Properties [current owner], plans to convert the enclosed portion of the property to an open-air concept. Lennar and Sterling acquired ownership interest in the property and Sterling will manage the center.

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