From Melissa Forgey at the DeKalb History Center: Genealogy: It's Time to Get Started! Have you always wanted to research your family tree, but just don't know where to start? Come to the Lunch and Learn at the DeKalb History Center for some great tips and information from Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr. Technology has changed but the information you are gathering about your family has not. Whether you are looking at microfilm or Ancestry.com, Thomas has pointers to make the process easier! Genealogy research is a vast topic, but this focused talk will give you basic information you can actually use.
From the DeKalb Board of Health (h/t Decatur- Avondale Estates Patch): Get Early Protection Against the Flu. To avoid getting the flu this influenza season, the DeKalb County Board of Health will begin offering shots early. By getting ahead of the flu season with early immunization and protection, you can avoid missing costly days of work or school.
From district 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James Hosts “PAWS For The Cause” Event September 14th. DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James will join a host of community partners and animal lovers for the 2013 PAWS For The Cause community awareness event on Saturday, September 14, at Glenlake Park located at 1121 Church Street in Decatur. The event starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. PAWS For The Cause is a collaborative effort in partnership with Village Vets, DeKalb County Animal Services & Enforcement, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office and more to combat crimes against animals by increasing awareness around issues of animal neglect and cruelty.
From Jeff Rader’s office: 9/6/13. Boil Water Advisory in Effect for the Clairmont Road Area. Watershed crews have been working on a 30” water main break in the 2900 block of Clairmont Road since Wednesday, September 4, 2013. In order to complete the repairs, watershed management must reduce pressure in the area outlined in the map below. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) regulations require a minimum of 20 PSI in the system at all times. When a low pressure event occurs a potential health hazard may exist in those areas of lowered pressure from backflow and/or back-siphonage of water into the water distribution system. The affected area is bound on the north by Plaster Road, to the east by I-85, to the south by Briarwood and to the west by Buford Highway.
From DeKalb Center Precinct police: On September 5, Center Precinct NET Team officers apprehended two burglary suspects. This arrest should clear a recent burglary that occurred in the Laurel Ridge Community area. Net Team officers assisted Center Precinct detectives in the investigation utilizing various investigative resources in tracking down the suspects.
From Georgia rep. Pat Gardner, September 1, 2013: This is the first of my email updates as we prepare for the opening of the 2014 Session of the General Assembly in January. The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. One current focus includes the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Georgia as we get ready for the enrollment period that starts this October 1 and continues until next March.
From the Decatur Minute blog: Combines electronics recycling, styrofoam recycling, and paper shredding. Location is 120 W. Trinity Pl.
Recyclables must be dropped off during the hours of the event. Early drop-offs are not possible.
The FBI has published a detailed web page outlining common scams targeting seniors. Categories include Health care or health insurance faud; Counterfeit prescription drugs; Funeral and cemetery fraud; Fraudulent 'anti-aging' products; Telemarketing fraud; Internet fraud; Investment schemes; and Reverse Mortgage scams. They describe these frauds in detail and offer tips on how to avoid them. [Read more. H/t to the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch which has a summary.]
Members of the Druid Hills Civic Association have gone through the proposed new ordinance carefully and have identified potential concerns. "A proposed new zoning ordinance for DeKalb County has serious implications for the Druid Hills neighborhood. Under the new ordinance, all properties in the county will receive a new zoning classification. The DeKalb County administration appears eager to push through the new ordinance. Here are some of the proposed changes:
-Reduce the size of buffers between zoning classifications to make it easier to redevelop commercial corridors;
-Eliminate the 35 ft. height limitation in zones classified for office buildings, thereby permitting five-story buildings to go up adjacent to single family homes;..." [Read more.]
From the Druid Hills Civic Association blog: COBI invites you to its next informational meeting, Thursday, September 12 at 7:30pm, at Clairmont Hills Baptist Church, 1995 Clairmont Road, Decatur. Please see http://briarcliffga.org/who-are-we/
For our gardeners: Fall 2013 Lunch and Wildflower Series and Plant Sales. Fern Madness Plant Sale Starts Friday, September 6 10:00 - 2:00
From Joe Greear: Community Meeting: For a safer North Decatur Road, Sept. 26, 2013 7:00 PM, North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Rd, Decatur, GA (at the corner of Medlock Rd. & N. Decatur). You know how dangerous N. Decatur Rd. is, now is your chance to let the County and the City of Decatur know. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Bike Emory will present the results of the Road Safety Audit that was conducted on N. Decatur Rd. from Church Street to Clifton Rd. to study and improve bicycle and pedestrian safety on N.
From the Wylde Center: Hosted by the Wylde Center, the 6th annual Urban Coop Tour is a self-guided tour held each fall. Tour is open to those wanting to add chickens to their homestead, those who currently have chickens, or those who are just curious. Tour is family friendly and highlights some of Atlanta’s funkiest neighborhoods: Decatur,
From Wade Medlock: Hey all you talented music lovers, Let's pick and sing yet again this Thursday, 7pm as the North Decatur Pickin' Community gathers at North Decatur Presbyterian Church's Fellowship Hall for another country jam! Electric instruments will be welcome, but we will tightly regulate the volume. Address is 611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA 30033
Your attendance and $5 a head for the church is all we ask. Oh, and the favor of an RSVP. Which you can do right now with a simple reply.
From Emory: Dear Neighbors: Please mark your calendars for our next quarterly community meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, from 6:30-8:00 PM, in the new Health Sciences Research Building (HSRB). The HSRB is adjacent to Druid Hills High School (DHHS) on Haygood Drive and parking spaces are available between the HSRB and DHHS. If needed, additional parking is available at DHHS. Please come to the entrance facing DHHS and someone will be there to let you into the building and direct you to the conference room.
From Brian T. Clark and LaTria Garnigan in the Neighbor Newspapers: "Citing evidence of government corruption and collusion, a DeKalb County grand jury has called for the reorganization of the county government. In a report released Wednesday, the Special Purpose Grand Jury impaneled to investigate the county’s handling of Watershed bids and contracts, recommended a series of changes to the county structure and called for the elimination of the CEO position. Read more: Neighbor Newspapers - Grand jury recommends reorganization of DeKalb County government..." [Read more. Includes link to download the Grand Jury report.]
From DeKalb police via CrimeMapping.com:
More in our series on what cityhood in DeKalb looks like. From Dan Whisenhunt in the Reporters Newspapers: ".... According to records provided by the cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, Dunwoody has awarded $8.4 million in incentives and Sandy Springs has awarded $1.8 million.
From the Druid Hills Civic Association: ".... With the floor open to questions, audience members focused on taxes, historic preservation, and how the community would actually go about becoming the City of Briarcliff or of being annexed to the City of Atlanta.
From the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "Tuesday night, the memorial's creator Dave Mathews posted on his Bike Friendlyatlanta Facebook page that the Decatur City Manager and a commissioner contacted him and informed him that the city did not remove the memorial.