DeKalb County is having a Hazardous Waste Recycling Event at the Central Transfer Station (3720 Leroy Scott Dr 30030) on Saturday October 1st from 8a to Noon. Get rid of paint, pesticides and other hazardous wastes easily. It's open to DeKalb residents only.
What are household hazardous wastes?
Household hazardous wastes are products that contain potentially dangerous chemicals and are no longer in use. These items should not be disposed of in your regular trash because of its potentially harmful effects on our environment. This event will offer our County residents the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous wastes in a proper manner free of charge.
From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: FYI, my husband did this last year and will do it again this year. AARP Tax-Aide, the nation's largest free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service is now seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome; you do not need to be an AARP member to volunteer nor do you need to be a retiree.
From the Druid Hills High School PTA: The DeKalb County School System is re-establishing a strategic planning process and invites you to participate! We want to hear from you regarding what you want your public schools to provide for students, what the schools are doing well, and what challenges the schools and students face. The input that you provide on this survey will be used to revise the district’s strategic plan for approval by the Board of Education in February 2012. All survey responses are anonymous. Thank you for lending your voice to public education in DeKalb County School System! The survey is being administered by the Georgia School Boards Association. The survey will be live through midnight on September 30, 2011. You can access the survey at the link: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22CSGKB2U3D
Of possible interest from state rep. Mike Jacobs, 80th district, Brookhaven area: Ash-Dun Meeting; Silver Lake Centennial; Redistricting Report
From U.S. rep. Hank Johnson: Transportation; Protecting women; Human trafficking; Grants; Defending justice; Helping business; Fuel cells; Powering GA.
From Bob Herndon via the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood neighborhood: Hi All, The 3rd annual Atlanta BBQ fest is happening at Atlantic Station on Sept 30th 4-10 and Oct. 1st Noon to 8PM. We'll have a kids area, bands-including Robert Cray as our headliner for Sat., BBQ contest and 10 BBQ vendors to choose from. Part of the proceeds benefit Oakhurst Recovery Program for homeless men. Tickets are $6 advance, $10 day of. http://www.atlbbqfest.com for tickets and all other info. Thanks, Bob Herndon
For our gardeners from the Native Plant Botanical Garden at Georgia Perimeter College:
From the Glenn Memorial Church School parents via Medlock Neighbors Facebook group: You can find everything your baby and child needs at the Glenn Children’s Clothing Sale, one of the largest and longest running consignment sales of its kind!
The sale has more than 54,000 items including:
· Seasonal clothes for girls & boys infant through size 14
· Children’s shoes and accessories
· Baby equipment such as strollers, cribs, car seats and carriers
· Toys, books, games and CDs
The average item costs only $3!
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Items for your Calendar; Next Community Meeting; Pet Lovers - Registry; Great Offer from Dave Butler; Halloween; $$$ for Laurel Ridge
Info on the CSX line that runs through Mason Mill Park by Bob Ballou from the East Lake Neighborhood with a h/t to Druid Hills Civic Association: ".... There are many names for the CSX line that runs through our neighborhood. On the deeds of houses nearby, it’s referred to as Seaboard or Seaboard Airline. It’s also seen on various maps as the Inman Belt, Park Line, and Belt Line. Our line connects Kirkwood Junction, which is where a southbound train bends west toward Atlanta, on the south side of Dekalb Ave., with Belt Junction, which is behind the Starvine parking deck at Emory’s Clairmont Campus. The CSX operational people – engineers, train masters, dispatchers – often refer to the line as “the scenic route.” For a map of the entire Atlanta rail system, go to http://www.dot.state.ga.us/maps/documents/railroad/metro_atlanta_rail_ma... [also see attached] How many trains are scheduled to run on the line each day? ...." [Read more]
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:
From Emory's Sustainability Office: Rally for Rail Now! As the deadline fast approaches for the final vote on the transportation project list, it is critically important to continue to contact the ARC Regional Roundtable officials to ensure the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative (CCTI) remains on the final list of transportation projects at the recommended $700 million level. The full Roundtable will vote on October 13 to approve the final list that will then become the projects to receive funding if the Transportation Investment Act passes next year.
From the county CEO's office: Next year, residents of the Atlanta region will have the opportunity to generate new transportation funding by voting for a penny sales tax. Local elected officials have worked with residents to develop a draft list of priority projects in DeKalb County and throughout the region that would be funded with the new revenue. Now, they need additional input from you before they deliver the final list on October 15. You can participate in person: Wednesday, September 28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Manuel Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur
From Greg Germani via the Facebook Group Medlock Park Neighbors: Of probable interest to Medlock Park residents: there was once a plan to extend the Stone Mtn Freeway right through the heart of the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve and Medlock Park in general in an effort to get motorists to and from I-485, which was never built. A larger version of this map can be seen here: http://www.facebook.com/l/KAQA1bKrKAQB7LGx0NXGJiaqxE880u5S9nd4KgKsBiIS5Lw/bit.ly/pILhkk
From Valerie Boss: There will be a workday at Ira B Melton Park (entrance on Desmond Road across from Park Lane) on Sat, Sept 24 9:30-12:30. We'll be clearing a section of trail, pulling privet, and cleaning up trash along the creek. Please bring work gloves and plenty of water. We could also use shovels, wheelbarrows, and clippers. If anyone has ropes or chains, please bring them. We may want to pull a few tires out of the creek. Thanks, by the way, to Kieran Reynolds who pulled a bunch of tires out last week and hauled them up to the Desmond trailhead for pickup. Photos of some of the work done so far...
From the county CEO's office: In recognition of Workforce Development Month, DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces the DeKalb Workforce Development Department, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Labor, will host its 6th annual Workforce Development Day: 5 Steps to Success on Sept. 16, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. Representatives from local companies, schools and community partners are expected to attend the career fair. All events are free and open to the public.
From the Emory LaVista Parent Council: Join us at 9:15 am (refreshments begin at 8:45 am), Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at Henderson Middle School, 2830 Henderson Mill Road, Chamblee, Georgia 30341. Our guest speaker Dr. Cheryl Atkinson, Superintendent for DeKalb County Schools, presents the State of the System.
From the state's Adopt-A-Stream program: One of our rarer workshops, Amphibian Monitoring, is taking place this month on Friday September 30th in Atlanta from 6:30-9pm. Details are below, and If you are interested, please RSVP to this email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call Tara at 404-675-1625 by September 28th.
From the Clairemont Great Lakes neighborhood association: Urban Coop Tour. September 24 and 25, noon-5 p.m. both days. The Oakhurst Community Garden Project <http://oakhurstgarden.org/> and Georgia Organics <http://www.georgiaorganics.org/home.aspx> are teaming
up again to present the 4th annual tour of 28 urban coops in: Decatur, Grant Park/Ormewood Park, Virginia-Highlands/Morningside/Inman Park
From eduKALB: With great hope and anticipation, we welcome our new DeKalb County School System Superintendent, Cheryl Atkinson. On September 15, Dr. Atkinson will begin her mission to help every child in DCSS succeed. Dr. Atkinson will come to DeKalb from the Lorain, Ohio school district. People from that district have reported that they are sorry to see Dr. Atkinson leave. She has implemented academic reform, invested in new technology, and juggled complex financial issues. We look forward to working with her in DeKalb.