Civic Association Network meeting notes 1/25/12

Notes from Beth Nathan via the Civic Association Network listserv.  Beth would like it noted that these reflect only what she heard as an individual.  Subjects:  Cell towers @ schools; Heritage School; Re-districting; Construction lawsuit; Toco Hills Shuttle; Budget town hall 2/1; Parks/Rec budget; County Planning Director; PLanning Commission; Code compliance and Neighborhood Ambassadors; Senior Center; City of Brookhaven; Parks Coalition.

Benfield Beat January 25, 2012

From: Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield: State Budget

Call for help to improve county animal shelter

For our animal lovers via The Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood listserv: Please see the below article regarding poor conditions at the animal shelter in DeKalb county. The actions you can take are outlined.

Rep. Hank Johnson: The State of the Union and Small Business Survey

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, GA. 4th District

Brookhaven Hearings & Town Hall Meeting

From: State Rep. Mike Jacobs [], District 80.

Lost cat FOUND

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Thanks to all who took notice.  Plinko has returned and is ok.

Rep. Johnson: Get Corporate Money Out of Politics

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, 4th GA District

DHHS Auction Party

From:DHHS Class of 2012 [mailto:DHHS2012@LISTSERV.CC.EMORY.EDU] On Behalf Of Druid Hills High School PTA: a fundraiser for Druid Hills High School Academics, Arts, and Athletics February 4, 2012 from 6:30 to Midnight

Anti-Walmart rally

From a representative of Good Growth DeKalb [This posting does not constitute an endorsement by the CHCA Board.  Click here to see other postings on the issue.]: There will be a rally for those that oppose Walmart at Suburban Plaza at N. Decatur Rd./Scott Blvd./Medlock Rd. Intersection in Decatur FRI., JAN. 20 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Good Growth DeKalb (GGD) has formed to help residents promote healthy economic development. GGD supporters will rally on four Fridays: Jan. 20 & 27, Feb. 3 and 10. 

Cars vandalized

Received today via email: January 19, 2012 between 5:30am-7:30am [our] car was vandalized in the driveway and personal property was stolen. I filed a report with DeKalb County Police. Two other people have reported similar incidents this morning. Just a reminder: Do not leave ANYTHING in your car.

New floodplain maps

From Doris Zumpe on behalf of Mr. Charles McGoff, President of the Medlock Floodplain Coalition:  NEW FLOODPLAIN MAPS: The Corps of Engineers' latest Floodplain Maps have been revised and expanded causing more homes to be designated as in the floodplain.

MANA E-Newsletter - News and Events January 2012

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: International Community School; New Floodplain Maps; Ira Melton Park; MANA Website

DeKalb County Town Hall Meetings

From CEO Burrell Ellis: Once again, we are holding Town Hall Meetings all across DeKalb County so that you can ask questions and discuss your priorities with me, face-to-face. We'll be talking about your county government's budget, public safety, jobs and economic development, delivery of county services, code compliance, and municipal governments. Let's talk about our transportation options, with an eye towards our vote in the summer on the transportation sales tax referendum.

I also want to tell you about some of our path-breaking projects, including OneDeKalb Lives, an innovative program to put teachers, first responders and other citizens into homes in many of DeKalb County's most attractive neighborhoods; OneDeKalb Works, an ambitious plan that leverages public spending to provide opportunities for residents to secure gainful employment and grow small businesses; and OneDeKalb Votes, my commitment to crisscross the county to ensure everyone understands the importance of voting and registering new voters.

Jimmy Carter book signing

Event Date and Time: 
01/18/2012 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Barnes and Noble at Emory is pleased to present President Jimmy Carter signing copies of his new book; Through the Year on Wednesday January 18, 2012 from 4PM -6PM. The signing will be held on the 2nd floor of the bookstore. Please feel free to pass along and we hope to see you there. If you cannot attend the event and would like a signed copy of the book, I will be taking orders until 1PM on Wednesday. Please email me for more information.

Benfield Beat : News, Events & More!

From: Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield <>: Town Hall meeting; Tax assistance: General Assembly 2012.

Mandala Exhibit at the Carlos Museum

From Emory: Public opening this coming Saturday, January 21, 2012. Click on the links for more information.  The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University will showcase the sacred art of Tibet in the special exhibition Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism from January 21 through April 15, 2012.  The first public event is a lecture by Dr. Christian Luczantits, curator at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, on Monday, January 23 at 7:30pm.  For more information, visit the exhibit website:, and see also the exhibit poster:

Proposed City of Brookhaven

Of possible interest to surrounding county residents from state rep. Mike Jacobs

Roof rats

A local resident has reported the presence of roof rats in our neighborhood and offers these tips:

1) closely trim back any and all branches of trees away from their roof lines, or shrubs and bushes well back from roof overhangs – should be at least 2 feet short of the roof overhand or no closer than six feet if it overhangs the roof. Also, do not feed pets outside – or at least don’t leave pet food unattended.

2) keep all pet food, to include bird seed, in metal containers; and

3) don’t leave trash out in only plastic bags.

4) keep yards raked and trimmed – at least don’t let branches and debris pile up that they can seek cover under.

DeKalb water rates increase

From the AJC: DeKalb water rates increase. By April Hunt, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1:51 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2012. DeKalb County residents will see an increase in their water bills starting in January. The 11 percent increase that took effect Jan. 1 is part of a three-year plan to raise rates to pay for a $1.35 billion overhaul to the county’s aging water and sewer system. Rates increase by 11 percent in 2013 and 2014 as part of that plan.... [Read more]

Atlanta Recycling Center open to all

Now accepting electronics, styrofoam, and latex paint and offering paper shredding service.  "Atlanta residency NOT required. Open to all."  Located in Atlanta's old 4th ward at the Walden School, 320 Irwin St., Atlanta, GA 30312. Open the second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  See flyer below and attached.

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