Fall & Winter Clean Up

The following is from Kathie Gannon, DeKalb County Commissioner, Super District 6. The full announcement is attached.  11-17-14 Fall Winter Work Program

The Mowing and Herbicide group of Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB), along with the DeKalb County Roads and Drainage Department, announces its yearly Fall & Winter Work Program, to provide a number of additional maintenance services to DeKalb County residents. During the fall and winter seasons, when mowing requirements are minimal due to slower growth, DeKalb County performs additional maintenance county-wide, and solicits maintenance project suggestions from residents.

Projects for this program may include:
• Abandoned cemeteries;
• Curb bumping;
• Dead tree limb removal;
• Illegal dumping (tires, furniture, etc.);
• Litter pick up requests;
• Mowing requests;
• Tree trimming; and
• Other projects, subject to staffing and connection to KDB’s mission of beautification.

The Fall & Winter Work Program operates between October and March each year. DeKalb County residents are invited to use the online form to request the addition of projects for consideration.

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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Hooper Alexander site

Neighbors:

The 8-acre Hooper Alexander site could become either a great asset or a horrible burden to our neighborhood.
My takeaway from what Joshua Williams (COO DeKalb Schools) and Michael Erwin (BOE) said at the Nov 5 MWNA meeting is that we can have considerable influence on what happens at the site PROVIDED we present a clear vision with broad community support.
If you are willing to put in the work to make sure we get the great asset and not the horrible burden, please contact me to give me your name, email, and phone number.
And please do so sooner rather than later.

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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Friends of Dearborn Park Discuss Park Vision

Dearborn Park has come a long way thanks to the involvement of the community, Park Pride, City of Decatur, and the County in recent years. Most of the goals set a few years back have been accomplished and new ideas for enhancing the park have been established.

Park improvements have been focused on enhancing the natural beauty of the Park while encouraging more people to enjoy the Park.

After nearly one year of discussion and vetting, a few ideas have surfaced as worthy of pursuit. These concepts have been discussed and evaluated for their benefits and challenges by community members and Friends of the Park meeting attendees.

In rough priority order, the major improvements are:
– Oldfield Path to connect to the existing park paths.
– Frisbee Golf course, one of the few inside of the perimeter.
– Park expansion to Memorial Drive and Candler.
– Dog Park somewhere, perhaps the expanded area near Memorial.
– New Pavilion located in a safer, wheel chair accessible area.

These ideas will be further discussed with Park Pride, County, and City officials so they can weigh in and help us plan for and make progress towards these goals.

Come to the next Midway Woods neighborhood meeting to hear more about these projects, the next steps, and how to get involved. You can always email me directly as well.

Rick Baggenstoss
Environmental and Friends of the Park Chair

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In a Nextdoor post, Mary Ellen McElhattan said Dr. Dontae Andrews (“Dr. D”),the new principal, “seems to be dynamic and very intent on working with the community to improve Avondale Elementary.” I wholeheartedly agree! And I encourage us all, whether we have school-age kids or not, to support Dr. Andrews in the ongoing work to improve AES. We all benefit from that improvement!

I will post information on how we can sign up for the PTA ($5), participate in the tutorial program, and other concrete ways we can help.

Dr. D invited me to be a community member of the AES School Council, & I considered it an honor & privilege to accept that invitation. So.., don’t be surprised if I post frequently about AES and how we can contribute.

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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Childcare at Wed 5 MWNA meeting

Neighbors:

We will be providing childcare at tomorrow’s (Wed 5, 7:30 PM @ Columbia Presbyterian Church) MWNA meeting. This meeting will include presentations and Q&A sessions on Avondale ES, the Hooper Alexander site, and the DeKalb County School System.

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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Decatur annexation comments

All:

I did not try to gather data on the comments at last night Decatur annexation meeting, but my IMPRESSION is as follows:
There were three groups, in approximately equal numbers.
1. Residents in or near the proposed areas of annexation supporting annexation or asking to be included.
2. Residents in the proposed areas of annexation opposing annexation.
3. Current Decatur residents opposing the proposed annexation.
The main objection of Decatur residents was the burden on and cost to the City school system.

Cheers
Michael
Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
Block Captain, Midway Woods Neighborhood Watch
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November 5 MWNA Meeting

The Wed 5 November MWNA meeting will present:

The principal of Avondale Elementary School, who will discuss and take questions about the school.

The chief operations officer of the DeKalb County School System, who  will discuss and take questions about the Hooper Alexander site.

Our representative on the Board of Education, who  will discuss and take questions about the school system as a whole.

Refreshments will be served, and we are working to provide childcare with confirmation & details to follow.

I urge you to make every effort to participate in this important opportunity for our neighborhood.

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com
 

 

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Halloween Party Was a Success!

The Halloween party in Dearborn Park on Sunday was a huge success, with fun and games for the kids while adults caught up with old friends and met neighbors.

Turnout was great. I did two counts of adults, with first at 32 and the second, about half an hour later, at 40.  The kids were too numerous and moving around way too fast to even think about counting!

Thanks to Mollie who took the lead for this great event.

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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HALLOWEEN PARTY THIS SUNDAY 10/26!

MWNA Halloween Party, Sunday Oct. 26th, 3-5 pm in Dearborn Park

MWNA Halloween Party, Sunday Oct. 26th, 3-5 pm in Dearborn Park

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Decatur Police – Cautionary Warning – Suspicious Person

Decatur Police – Cautionary Warning – Suspicious Person
On 10/17/14 at approximately 9:09 pm, Decatur Police responded to meet with a parent on Madison Avenue regarding a previous suspicious person incident. The complainant reported his nine-year-old daughter was traveling home from school on her bike at approximately 3:20 pm and noticed an older black male, with a bike, standing on the sidewalk in the area of East Lake Drive and 2nd Avenue. She rode past the male and he then proceeded to ride his bike and travel in the same direction, taking the same three turns as she traveled home. When she turned into her driveway, the male continued on down the street and did not attempt to make contact with her. She informed her parents of the incident later that night.
This incident could have been a simple coincidence or it could have been a situation where a child was intentionally being followed. It can be hard to talk to children about safety and what to do in certain situations when we want to prepare them without scaring them. It is important for parents to have regular, open dialogue about safety issues so that the information is reinforced and the topic is not taboo and scary. For more resources and tips on talking with your children, please visit one of the following websites
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