From the interim CEO's office: Town hall meetings; Public safety summit: Permitting improvements; Healthy Me Family day; Family Fun day; Personal financial planning.
From the Reporter Newspaper: "Southern Airways formally announced today via a press release that it will begin regularly scheduled flights to six regional cities from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. Flights will begin Sept. 9 offering nonstop service to Destin, Panama City Beach, Memphis, Birmingham and Oxford, Miss.
From the Atlanta Business Chronicle : "Bankrate.com ranked the states by the total annual average cost of repairs, taxes/fees, gas and insurance. The Peach State had the highest average cost at $4,233, compared with the national average of $3,201. ... " [Read more.]
From the Virginia Highland - Druid Hills Patch : "DeKalb County's government will be more responsive to the Druid Hills community, and its residents shouldn't seek to start a new city or request annexation into Atlanta, the county's interim CEO Lee May said Tuesday. ..." [Read more.]
From Michael Dowling, Physics Instructor at Fernbank. He says "The program is open to all students, not just DeKalb:" "SEMAA Applications Now Available. Fernbank Science Center is now accepting applications for the NASA SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy) program. This session is for students currently in grades 4 through 8. SEMAA at Fernbank is supported by a grant from NASA Education.
From Paul Ferguson: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ICS!! Volunteers needed – no sports experience required – to help with 3rd and 4th grade aspiring soccer stars at the International Community School. To find out about this unique and special DeKalb County public school in our neighborhood, check out this short video and this blog. Because of language and cultural issues, volunteer rates among refugee parents tend to be low, and we hope that some folks from the neighborhood who have energy, enthusiasm and time between 4p and 6p on Monday and Wednesdays may be able to help a few times per month. If you or anyone you know may be interested in helping, please e-mail ICS_Barons@yahoo.com – we’d love to hear from you!!
From the interim CEO's office: Interim CEO Lee MayTown Hall Meetings. DeKalb County residents and stakeholders are invited to meet Interim CEO Lee May during a series of town hall meetings to share their concerns and ideas as he develops plans to move the county forward. Join CEO May at any of the following town hall meetings throughout the county:
From Valerie Boss: Friends of Ira B Melton Park will host a workday on Saturday, September 7, 9:00-11:00 am. The park entrance is on Desmond Road across from Park Lane.
All are welcome. Boy Scout troop 534 will join us as we spread gravel on the trail, remove invasive plants, and pick up trash. Please bring your own gloves, water, and insect repellent. We could use some shovels and a wheelbarrow or two. Workday facilitators: Marianne Skeen and Valerie Boss.
From the City of Decatur (h/t Joe Greear): "At the request of a number of residents, the City of Decatur, GA has conducted a review of speed limits and several other traffic related issues within the jurisdiction. Based on this research and adopted policies, a comprehensive, City-wide update for speed limits is being proposed to improve consistency and to improve conditions to support the community’s vision of Decatur as a safe, walkable and bike-friendly place for all ages. Revising speed limits at a comprehensive community level provides the opportunity to create a consistent policy for areas of similar land use and character.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Hi All - Moved to intersectioin of Scott and Desmond at the beginning of May and looks as though my cat is gone now ( not in character for him to stay away for such a long period) I saw him last on Mondy August 12. His name is GT. I'd like any info anyone might have, good or bad. My number is 706 614 0312
The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association has published an open letter to the community from Selig Enterprises, where they address the ongoing court case with Good Growth DeKalb, announcement of potential new tenants and construction expectations. It includes news that they have an agreement with LA Fitness as well as Walmart and are in discussions with Home Goods, Joann's, Ross Dress for Less and Starbuck's.
From the Sierra Club via the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association: WHEN: Wednesday, August 28, 2013. TIME: 7:00 p.m. WHERE: Winnona Park Elementary - Cafe. John Eberhart has worked in wildlife preservation for 30 years and helps communities resolve conflicts that occur with wildlife peacefully based on best practices. Some of the topics that will be covered:
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
Medlock Area Neighborhood Association has posted a detailed update on the plans for redeveloping this site across from Suburban Plaza. "As noted in previous posts, Fuqua Developments wishes to convert the Scott Blvd. Baptist Church property (2532 N Decatur Rd.) into a mixed use development. As proposed, the development raises questions about its effect on traffic at the Church St./Scott Bldvd./North Decatur Road intersection and impact on the quality of life and property values for Blackmon Drive residents...." [Read more.]
The list of items exempted from sales tax Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10, are listed here. General categories are clothing, computers, and school supplies.
The City of Briarcliff has distributed an update and its website now has a useful slide presentation that helps clarify some general issues as well as those specific to this initiative. The Druid Hills Civic Association will be discussing this initiative at a meeting August 20 at the Glenn Memorial Church from 6:30 to 9:00.
Volunteer opportunities in Decatur from the Decatur website: Volunteering and caring for the community have long been important to the citizens of Decatur. Volunteer! Decatur continues this tradition of community involvement.
Who benefits? Every life you touch will benefit from the time, energy, interest, and friendship you share in the programs and activities of Volunteer! Decatur. And you, in turn, will benefit by:
From the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: Emory Point’s Summer Concert Series wraps up this Saturday, August 10 with Music in the Park presented by The Electromatics. Featuring Atlanta-locals Jon Liebman (vocals, harmonica) and Reid Doughten (vocals, guitar), The Electromatics will perform from 5 pm - 8 pm on the east end of the Emory Point property, adjacent to General Muir and Bonefish Grill.
From the Center Precinct Facebook page: It is with great regret that we announce the closing of the DeKalb County Police North Precinct. This decision was made due to the incorporation's of Dunwoody and Brookhaven. The transfer of officers to other precincts will begin soon and will be completed in 60 days. The remaining territories in the North Precinct will be transferred to the newly named North-Central Precinct located off N. Lake Pkwy and the Tucker Precinct. A detailed map will be posted soon indicating the changes. Over the next 60 days the old North territory will be serviced by both precincts.