From: OneDeKalb - Office of Neighborhood Empowerment <email@example.com>: Hike and Bike tour; Stonecrest Farmers Market
From: OneDeKalb - Office of Neighborhood Empowerment <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Land Bank Public Information Meeting Thursday, May 19 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Clark Harrison Bldg. Conference Room A 330 W Ponce de Leon Ave Decatur 30030 The perspective of residents and neighborhood leaders is important as the land bank is considered by elected officials. A short presentation will be followed by a public question and comment period. The housing and economic crises has had a negative impact throughout DeKalb County. A land bank is a tool that can be used to address the effects these properties have on public safety, code enforcement, and property values. Many of Georgia's counties and cities, including Atlanta, have utilized land banks for decades, and DeKalb is currently considering establishing its own. Come learn more about how a DeKalb land bank could work!
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: DeKalb Co. School Board: Can you hear me now? The following recap/editorial of the May 11 meeting is not an official statement from the MANA board. It was volunteered by a long-time neighbor and MANA member. "Representatives from T-Mobile; DeKalb Co. Board of Education member Donald McChesney (District 2 representative, which covers Medlock Elementary); and Steve Donahue (Executive Director of Plant Services, Dekalb Co. County Schools) were at hand last evening to hear what the MANA community had to say about the proposed construction of a cell phone tower at Medlock Elementary. Close to 100 neighbors attended...." Read More.
For our cyclists from Bike Emory: Today Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed HB101, the “Better Bicycling Bill,” into law modernizing outdated laws and implementing safety improvements for motorists and bicyclists. Georgia now joins 16 other states with the implementation of a 3-foot passing law. Overtaking vehicles have always been legally required to provide a safe passing distance, but the new law defines 3 feet as a safe passing distance. Other changes included in HB101:
• Bicyclists right-of-way in dedicated bike lanes is now recognized
• Minimum design guidelines are established for bicycle lanes
• Circumstances in which a cyclist may take the full travel lane have been clarified (sect 40-62-294)
• Recumbent and clipless pedals can now legally be sold and used in GA
• Cyclists can signal right turns with his or her right arm and hand extended horizontally or with his or her left hand and arm extended upward.
From OneDeKalb : The DeKalb Animal Task Force and DeKalb Animal Services & Enforcement wants to hear your ideas on how to improve the quality of life and reduce the number of animals euthanized in DeKalb County. 6:30 p.m. at Dunwoody High School, 5035 Vermack Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338
From First Baptist Church, Decatur, via Sagamore Hills neighborhood newsletter:
Medlock Area Neighborhood Association | 2387 Eastway Road | Decatur | GA | 30033
From DeKalb County : Community meetings will be held at the locations listed below for members of the community to be informed of the proposal to locate cell phone towers in various areas of DeKalb County to improve the communication service in DeKalb. The presentation will be made by representatives of T-Mobile. Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 6:00 p.m., Medlock Elementary School . www.dekalb.k12.ga.us
From: CEO Burrell Ellis <email@example.com>: National County Government Month; CEO Salutes 2011 Heroes; Community Development Director wins Golden Hammer; Watershed wins Water Award.
From Medlock Area Neighborhood Association (May 10): Please help us find "Tully" a small tri-colored border collie mix. She is about 35 pounds and is black, brown and white and very friendly. She got out about 4:00pm this afternoon (Monday) from Willivee Drive. Please contact Bryan Peter, 1184 Willivee Drive at 404-295-4323 or 404-295-4439 with any information or sightings. Her family misses her dearly. Thank you!
Apparently a county employee didn't get the memo about not mowing the grassland around the South Peachtree Creek Trail. Inquiries are being made to re-educate the workers. Here are photos including photos of unmowed areas nearby to show what was lost -- native flowers and wildlife habitat.
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From the Clairemont Great Lakes neighborhood listserv : Posted by: "Greg Coleson": Just a reminder that Decatur Farmers Market is open year-round now. Wednesday from 4p -7p in the Bank of America parking lot. At 163 Clairemont Ave. between Clairemont and Church St. one block north of the Decatur Marta station and Ponce de Leon Ave. AND Saturday from 9a-1p at the corner of N. McDonough St. and E. Trinity Place 1 block south of the square next to Decatur High School. Plenty of free parking in the Calloway Building lot at the corner of Trinity Place and Commerce Dr. The entrance is off Commerce Dr. If you would like an email reminder of what is available the day before each
market day you can subscribe to our email list here: http://eepurl.com/doijv
From the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood listserv: Posted by: "Greg Coleson": Neighbors, The Concerts on the Square series kicks off this Saturday in conjunction with Green Fest in downtown Decatur. The below is info from the Green Fest site and their press materials.
Be sure to stop by the City’s Environmental Sustainability Board table for eco themed tattoos for the kids (we are happy to apply these to the adults too!) as well to learn about all that you can recycle in your curb side bins, and more. There will also be information on the City’s DecaturWISE energy efficiency rebate program.
The third annual Decatur Green Fest—hosted by the Dogwood Alliance—will kick off the Decatur Business Association’s Concerts on the Square series on Saturday, May 7 with a FREE, festival featuring live music, green tasting of local organic produce and food, beer, a showcase of equal exchange and other fairly-traded products, green organizations and vendors, art featuring recycled materials, and a children’s activity area. The event runs from 3 – 9:30 PM and benefits the Dogwood Alliance and the Decatur Preservation Alliance.
From the county's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: "Be My Neighbor Part 1" provided information on how to launch effective neighborhood watch programs. In part 2 of this workshop, you will learn ways to manage and ways to connect your neighborhood watch programs with DeKalb County resources and services. Topics: Effective ways to address escalating issues; What do criminals look for? What is VIP and ICP? Disaster preparedness techniques and procedures; Utilizing agency resources.
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
From County CEO Burrell Ellis' Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: "The District Attorney's office will walk you through the steps of the criminal justice process from the point of arrest to final disposition."
From DeKalb county CEO Burrell Ellis: Dear Neighbors, For several months now, I have been writing and meeting with you about the difficult choices we must make in order to protect and preserve our quality of life. We have discussed the necessity of taking action without delay. Since taking office, I have restructured government by consolidating departments, downsizing staff, eliminating non-essential services, and reducing our overall spending by more than $100 million. At the same time, I have pushed for the completion of new recreation centers, libraries and infrastructure projects to create jobs and lay the framework for a robust economic recovery. Still, as our revenues have continued to decline and costs have risen, we must do even more to put ourselves on a sound financial footing.
From MANA: There have been several thefts and break ins this past month that are summarized in the report below. MANA Neighborhood Watch Meeting. May 16th, 7:00 pm at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.