From the county CEO's office: Ever wanted all the do's, don't's, and how's of the Recycling Program? We invite you to join us for our first Recycling Ambassador Workshop! It's open to the public and will teach residents of DeKalb about the curbside recycling program. This is your chance to get the training that will make you a recycling guru in your community! Will you encourage your friends and neighbors to start recycling? Come and get the training that will make you a Recycling Ambassador!
From District 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC agenda; Water Drop Dash 5K; Tour deCatur 5K; Embrace our Green Space Race; Pop-up Parks and Parklets.
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:
Of possible interest from Harvard professor Robert Sampson in the Discover Magazine: ".... If you let loose a kid who appears to be lost on a street, will an anonymous stranger ask, “Can I help you? Are you lost?” If a stamped, addressed envelope is found on the street—something we actually tested—will someone pick it up and put it in a mailbox? A neighborhood that does these things works, because its people are willing to help one another.
Short bios of the six new members can be found on Maureen Downey's "Get Schooled" blog on the AJC. Our district 2 rep. Marshall Orson retained his seat since he had just been elected.
From district 2 commissioner Jeff Rader's office: DeKalb county Commission District #2 Competition: creating spaces in urban places: Pop-up parks and parklets in neighborhoods or business areas. "Pop-up Parks" and "Parklets" are relatively new terms which describe outdoor temporary installations at community/business locations. These small recreational spots or gathering places create a sense of 'place' within a community or business. Sometimes called "tactical urbanism", the use of imaginative small-scale, inexpensive outside additions has become a catalyst for positive change in the built environment. The DeKalb County District #2 competition is intended to provide both the County as well as metro Atlanta with new ideas for how communities and retail shopping areas can begin to consider creative approaches for the installation of small, relaxing low cost parks.
From the county CEO's office: REGISTER NOW!! 2013 Great American Cleanup. Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) registration for the 2013 Great American Cleanup (GAC) is going on from now until April 5th. KDB encourages volunteers to join us in our efforts to sustain beautiful, healthy, thriving communities. Volunteers can help beautify DeKalb County by cleaning up streets, waterways, school yards, and other public spaces on Saturday, April 27th, 2013, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
From Julie Seckman : Jesse’s House Summer Day Camp for children who have completed kindergarten through completed 8th grade
Monday through Thursday
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
June 3 to July 25
North Decatur United Methodist Church
1523 Church Street, Decatur GA 30030
404.373.3367 • www.ndumc.org
Regular, daily attendance expected
Camp is FREE and includes a nutritious lunch
Register at the church office
(Mon-Thur, 9am – 3pm / Fri, 9am-1pm)
Registration is first-come, first-served
From Melissa Forgey, DeKalb History Center: Help Historic Preservation in DeKalb County. DeKalb County requests applicants for a volunteer position on the DeKalb County Historic Preservation Commission. Applicant must have been a resident of DeKalb County for at least one year and, although no specific professional background is required for this particular position, a member must have demonstrated special interest, experience, or education in the preservation of historic resources, history, or architecture. This is an unpaid position. For information, please c
From Melissa Forgey, DeKalb History Center: March Lunch & Learn - Decatur 202 Presented by Walt Drake. "Decatur 202" is a continuation of the Decatur 101 lecture he gave to the History Center in September 2010. Walt will focus on businesses, events and politics during the period of 1950-2000. He will also present profiles of some of the leaders, merchants, educators, sports figures and general characters who made their mark on Decatur. How did Decatur get to where it is today? Drake will continue exploring that "forty year overnight miracle!"
From the county CEO's office: Starting/Strengthening Your Neighborhood Watch. Thursday, March 21,6:30 pm. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur.
From superivising engineer Patrece G. Keeter via commissioner Larry Johnson: Please note the proposed times and dates for the next round of public meetings related to the Comprehensive Transportation Plan. Every effort has been made to rotate these meetings around the County- with all proposed locations being accessible to transit. The attached maps shows the locations where the first round of meetings (February meetings- blue dots), the second round of meetings (April Meetings- red dots) and the proposed final round of meetings (green dots).
From the county CEO's office: Are you a concerned community member, faith leader, educator, youth worker or government official who is seeking solutions on how to positively impact the lives of youth? Do you need expertise that equips you on how to engage youth voice in a powerful way, resulting in positive change in your community? If so, join Youth by Design and ONE DeKalb for a free workshop designed to introduce you to the best practices in empowering youth to be active participants in solving the issues that affect their lives. Come and learn from youth and professionals who will provide expert advice on how to start, refine and enhance your youth engagement efforts.
For our gardeners... Announcing Spring 2013 Lunch and Wildflower Series and Plant Sales
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From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:
From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s SIXTH email newsletter for the 2013 General Assembly Session which convened January 14, 2013 and has completed 30 of its forty days of work. In each newsletter, I ask how you would vote on a pending bill or budget item. Thank you for your opinions and guidance! Sixth Newsletter Question: Would you vote for HB 512 which passed the House this week to expand gun rights to carry concealed weapons into churches and onto college campuses, except for dorms and fraternity and sorority houses?
From super district commissioner Kathie Gannon: Green Expo; BOC agenda; Police survey; Race for the Arts.
From district 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: Storm water utility increase meeting; Permaculture (garden design); Master Active Living Plan; Water drop dash 5K; Tour deCatur; Embrace our Green Space Race.
For our cyclists from SOPO bicycle cooperative: SOPO PRESENTS THE FINAL EDITION OF BROKEN HEARTS AND BICYCLE PARTS. A fundraiser for Sopo Bicycle Cooperative. Sopo Bicycle Cooperative will be holding it's ninth annual fundraiser, Broken Hearts and Bicycle Parts 9: Nine Lives and High Fives, on March 8, 9 and 10, 2013. The event is a celebration of cycling culture in Atlanta and will feature a number of activities, centered around Saturday afternoon's bicycle scavenger hunt spanning the neighborhoods around Sopo's shop in Grant Park.