State Rep. Henson legislative summary

From state rep. Steve Henson (D, Tucker, and Minority Leader): Elections and Candidate Forums; Affordable health care act in Georgia; Tax-free holidays; Human trafficking notices; State tax revenue increases; State health plan changes.

Scott Blvd. Baptist Church redevelopment project approved

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: "On April 8 and 9, 2014, the Board of Commissioners (BOC) and the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) reviewed Fuqua Development’s Scott Boulevard Baptist Church (SBBC) proposal. The plan was presented to the communitylast February and is outlined here.

Commissioner Rader update 4/18/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC meeting; Pop-up Parks; Oak Groove Festival 5/4; Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens 5/2-4.

Rep. Hank Johnson update 4/18/14

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Affordable Care Act; Food stamps; Arts competition; Social Security policy change; Government info.

Theatricals at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

The Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve is hosting the premier of Terminus by SAÏAH. So, you will see actors and production staff at the Preserve soon. Performances begin April 16 and last through May 17. For more details, see the flyer below. If you have questions, please let us know.  While the play is in production, the preserve will close 7 pm for this private event on Wed-Sat (with Sunday reserved for rainout dates and also possibly closing at 7). This closing is slightly earlier than normal (dusk).  More info available at:  and

Commissioner Gannon walks Mason Mill Park

Event Date and Time: 
04/22/2014 - 6:15pm

From District 6 commissioner Kathie Gannon:  In observation of Earth Week, I will be walking the trails at two DeKalb County parks: Mason Mill Park on April 22 and Gresham Park on April 29. Talk with me about DeKalb or my staff person Michelle, a Certified Health Fitness Specialist, about health related topics. DeKalb County parks offer many opportunities for better health, and it's always a good day to visit a park. Please see the attached flyer for more information. I hope you will join me!

DeKalb Police: Burglary on Medlock Rd 4/17/14

From DeKalb Police via

Paper shredding to benefit ICS

Event Date and Time: 
05/18/2014 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

From MANA resident Lisa Crowder: I am sponsoring a community shredding event at the International Community School (formerly Medlock Elementary) on Sunday, May 18th from 2-5p. The event is a fundraiser benefitting the science program at the school and a donation of $5 per box of documents shredded is requested. I'll post more details on the event closer to the time, but wanted to let everyone know that this event is scheduled, so please save up all your documents for shredding and bring them out to ICS on May 18th!

Hope to see you then!
Lisa Crowder :)

County Transportation Plan ready for public comment

From the interim CEO's office: The DeKalb County Transportation Plan is Intended to Identify Goals, Needs, and Priorities for the Transportation System.  The public is invited to review the draft Comprehensive Transportation Plan and to submit comments during the 30 day comment period which ends on May 9, 2014. Click here to access the draft plan or visit Physical copies of the document can also be reviewed at the following locations:

Candidate forum

Event Date and Time: 
05/20/2014 - 1:30pm - 5:30pm

From the Civic Association Network: Be an informed voter! Issues Forum & Meet and Greet featuring candidates up for election on May 20; sponsored by CAN (Civic Association Network) at the Hellenic Community Center, Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 2500 Clairmont Road, NE, Atlanta. April 27, 1:30-5:30pm; for information:

Recycle your life

Event Date and Time: 
05/03/2014 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

From Decatur United Methodist Church.  Recycle electronics, documents, shoes, paint, and more.  See the website for more info.

Commissioner Rader update 4/15/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: Great American Cleanup; Transportation Plan; Animal Services.

Decatur Garden Tour

Event Date and Time: 
04/26/2014 - 10:00am - 04/27/2014 - 5:00pm

From the Wylde Center: This year's 26th anniversary tour expands into greater Decatur. Our theme is the woodland garden and we will feature eight private gardens and three public treasures: the Wylde Center, Hawk Hollow, and the Woodlands Garden. There will be plant sales at two locations, a children's art market, musical performances and an opportunity to take in our presenting sponsors beautiful rose garden by candlelight Saturday evening. Tour details and ticket pricing may be found at

Early Voting info

From the county: Monday, April 21, 2014: Last day for a person to register and be eligible to vote.  Voter registration is easier with mobile apps! Download the free "GA Votes" app for Apple or Android to register to vote or to confirm voter registration.  EARLY VOTING: APRIL 28 - MAY 16.  Click here for more information.

Critters in the 'Hood: a talk

Event Date and Time: 
04/27/2014 - 1:00pm

From local resident Lisa Crowder and MANA: The Medlock neighborhood's very own Kathryn Dudeck (Wildlife Director at the Chattahoochee Nature Center) will be presenting a program on Urban Wildlife (Critters in the 'Hood) on Sunday, April 27th at 2:00p at the International Community School (formerly Medlock Elementary).  Before that at 1:00,  the ICS principal will lead a tour of ICS.

Request repairs on N Decatur Rd.

From local resident Jim Smith: I went to the DC R&D website and filled out the online paving/pothole "Request for Assistance" form to get them to repave the westbound curb lane of N. Decatur Road. I am hoping that if enough folks do the same that we will get a response. The potholes in the section of N. Decatur Rd. from Medlock to N. Superior are so bad that folks are constantly swerving into the other lane to avoid them. Please fill out the request form and let's try to get some results from our tax dollars !!

Earth Day Paint Recycle & Carnival

Event Date and Time: 
04/26/2014 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

From the North Decatur Presbyterian Church: Recycle your left over paint! Keep the hazardous material that are found in paint out of the landfills.  The youth at North Decatur Presbyterian Church are partnering with Atlanta Paint Disposal to recycle your old paint. And yes, it will be recycled and used again! This is a fundraiser.  See flyer for charges by size and type of paint and for exceptions.

Burglary arrests 4/9/14

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: Community Update: On April 9, 2014, suspects in a SUV were captured on camera.  They are connected to a vehicle break-in at the Slice and Pint Store on North Decatur Rd (Emory Area).  North Central CID distributed a lookout to North Central Evening Watch officers the following day.  Officer RJ Turner was placed on a special detail to locate this vehicle.  Officer Turner located the vehicle in the general area and detained both occupants.  North Central detectives responded to the officer’s location and interviewed both suspects.  Both suspects were arrested in connection to the vehicle break-in at the Slice and Pint Store.

Theft on Densley Dr. 4/14/14

From the owner: "I just want to let our neighbors know that on Monday April 14th between 7:45 am and 1pm at 7XX Densley Dr. someone entered our back yard through the gate and opened the shed in the far back of our yard and took lawn mower (red Troy Built, self propelled electric start) and a large chain saw in its box. There was a pad lock on the shed but it wasn't locked. The gate has a "Beware of Dog and Keep Gate Shut" sign on it. They left the gate and shed door open and did not take the charger for the mower."  Here is the DeKalb Police notice via

Ira B Melton Planting Day 4/12/14 thanks and photos

From organizer Valerie Boss: "This Saturday we put in almost 100 native plants at Ira B Melton Park. If you didn't make it to the workday, go over and take a look! The plants are near the trailhead just below the sidewalk and a little way down the gravel trail. Many thanks to the enthusiastic workers who showed up to plant, haul, mulch, dig, and water. A special shout out to those crazy few who opted to pull some stubborn stumps that got in the way."  Photos from Marianne Skeen via Flickr.

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