Atlanta Annexation | Panel Discussion at Fernbank Elem.

The Fernbank Elementary School PTA extends the invitation below. The location of the Fernbank School in Avondale Estates is 3131 Old Rockbridge Road.

Dear Community Leaders,

We would like to invite you to attend the Fernbank Elementary General PTA meeting on Wednesday, October 22 at 6pm in the Fernbank (at Avondale) Cafeteria.

In addition to general PTA business we will have Atlanta Annexation on the agenda and have asked a select group of panelists to facilitate the discussion. We hope you will be able to join us for what we believe will be a very informative evening for our Elementary school community.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Best Regards,
Melissa Fishbein and Laura Disque
Fernbank Elementary PTA Co-Presidents 2014-2015

Fernbank ES Construction Update | Change

Fernbank Elementary School PTA LogoThe monthly meeting to discuss the construction progress of the Fernbank Elementary School has been changed. The information on the date/time of this meeting per the PTA is:

The October update meeting for the Fernbank Elementary School construction progress will be held on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:45 a.m. at the Fernbank Science Center on Heaton Park Drive.

 We look forward to seeing you there!

~Fernbank Elementary School Council

Coyotes, Again. Take This Survery for Scientific Researchers, please.

Chris Mowry


I am a professor of biology at Berry College (in Rome, GA) who has been studying coyotes for the past ten years. I went to graduate school at Emory University and lived intown for 15 years (Morningside, Decatur, and Druid Hills). My research team and I are initiating a scientific study of coyotes living within urban areas and we want to begin by surveying metro Atlanta residents about their attitudes towards and experiences with these animals. We hope to develop a better understanding about such things as coyote movement patterns, population sizes, and feeding behaviors, and then eventually share this information with the public.

If you would be willing to complete a short online survey to help us learn more about potential areas of coyote activity, we would be most appreciative. The survey is not intrusive and only asks for personal location and contact information on a voluntary basis. The survey has been vetted and approved by the Institutional Review Boards of my home institution (Berry College) and by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (I have a graduate student from UTC, Jeremy Hooper, who is working on the project with me). Dr. Larry Wilson (Emory University and the Fernbank Science Center) is another member of our research team. Even if you’ve never seen or had any interaction whatsoever with a coyote, your responses will be helpful to us.

Click here to take the survey:  Berry College Coyote Survey.

Household Hazardous Waste Event

Sponsored by DeKalb County Sanitation and Keep DeKalb Beautiful

Saturday, October 18, 2014
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

DeKalb Sanitation Central Transfer Station
3720 Leroy Scott Drive
Decatur, GA 30032

This event is at no charge for any resident of DeKalb County.

Please join us to properly dispose of dangerous chemicals that are no longer in use.


  • No COMMERCIAL vehicles,
  • Free for DeKalb County residents ONLY,
  • IDs required,
  • Early arrival is RECOMMENDED,
  • Residents are limited to 10 gallons of paint per vehicle.
Items Accepted

Lawn-care products
Fluorescent light bulbs
Photo chemicals
Hobby and artists supplies
Paints & paint related products
Cleaners & swimming pool chemicals

Items NOT Accepted
Agricultural wastes
Radioactive materials
Bio-hazardous / Bio-medical waste

The Event Flyer (pdf):    Household Waste Event


This little cat/kitten showed up in our backyard last night.  No collar, sharp teeth and appears unkempt. It doesn’t seem to be too keen on humans and meows constantly. We are guessing it is a wild cat, but thought we’d send out a notice in case anyone is looking for him/her.

Andy Montgomery



Trees Atlanta NeighborWoods | Sign Up

Through their NeighborWoods program, Trees Atlanta has agreed to provide deeply discounted native species trees in the yards of Druid Hills, starting with our own Division 2. The trees are $30 for DHCA members and $60 otherwise. Planting is included in the price. Prior to planting, Trees Atlanta will assist each participant in determining the appropriate tree(s) for their yard.

We need volunteers to sign up people on their street that want to take advantage of this beneficial program:

Artwood Rd.   –   Sydney  Cleland
Barton Woods Rd.
East Lake Rd.
The Parkwoods
Ponce de Leon Ave.
Ponce Manor
N. Ponce de Leon Rd.
Ridgecrest Rd.

Those who want to assist with neighbor sign-up should contact Anne Wallace at

Deadline for signing up to purchase trees October 15.  After that, if we do not  have 50 trees sold, the offer will be opened to other divisions in Druid Hills.

Remember:  $30/tree if DHCA Member; $60/tree otherwise. Planted for free. This must be in the front yard. Prices for trees for backyards is higher and does not include installation.

Additional information on the NeighborWoods program obtained from the Trees Atlanta website is posted below:


Preserving our natural forest, one neighborhood at a time

Trees Atlanta is partnering with neighborhoods across Metro Atlanta to plant native species, raise awareness about the benefits of trees, and create a core group of tree advocates. NeighborWoods is a collaborative effort to replenish and sustain the tree canopy, while also educating the community on tree care and management.

It is difficult to overstate the importance of a vibrant tree canopy featuring healthy native species of trees. Preserving and expanding the canopy of metro Atlanta has been the objective of Trees Atlanta since its founding, and the NeighborWoods program is an essential component of that mission.

Started in 2001, NeighborWoods provides communities with necessary tools and resources to plant new trees, and develops educational programs for core groups of tree advocates. In just over a decade, NeighborWoods projects have planted thousands of trees in neighborhoods all across metro Atlanta. Trees Atlanta staff members work with volunteers to select the best trees for a given project, help arrange the necessary funding, schedule the plantings, develop educational training programs, and offer support for ongoing care and preservation.

More Details

Trees Atlanta requires a neighborhood to have a need for 30 or more trees in front yards and/or public right-of-way, and also have neighborhood participation.

  • Timing of project will be announced a few weeks in advance of the project.  We plant the trees on a Saturday morning from 9 am to 12 pm with volunteers from both the neighborhood and all over the city.
  • Plantings occur between October and March.
  • The trees will be 1/2” -2” caliper, 5’-10’ tall.
  • We strive to plant native trees and trees that fair well in Atlanta’s climate.  We do not plant any known invasive species.
  • Trees Atlanta will provide three years of maintenance – such as mulching, pruning, and watering (for 2 years) with recycled water when possible.
  • We ask that residents help water trees on their street during periods of high water stress.


NeighborWoods projects have many instant effects on a neighborhood, including:

  • Cooling urban areas – Shade provided by trees has a direct cooling effect on the air temperature for surrounding sidewalks, parking lots, roads, residences, and parks. Tree lined streets provide cool comfort for pedestrians and residents.
  • Improving air quality – High temperatures escalate the production of smog and other pollutants. Trees help by reducing the air temperature through shading and carbon monoxide absorption. Trees also intercept airborne particulates and absorb gaseous pollutants.
  • Reducing traffic speeds – Studies indicate that tree-lined roads provide a sense of enclosure, which causes motorists to drive slower and more carefully. In a sense, trees act as natural traffic managers.
  • Energy conservation – By producing shade in warm climates, trees help conserve energy as they intercept radiant heat. Trees located strategically near your house can reduce air conditioning bills dramatically. Trees also block the wind, which can save energy in cold climates by reducing heat dissipation.
  • Noise reduction – Trees and shrubs are effective buffers in screening out urban noise. Trees dull or soften sound waves that attempt to pass through them. A row of trees can cut the ambient noise level approximately in half.
  • Creating a beautiful boulevard  – Property values of homes with trees in the landscape are 5 – 20% higher than equivalent properties without trees. Beautifying the neighborhood also sends a message to would-be criminals that the invested community is more vigilant in protecting the area.



Mid-East Festival at St. Elias Orthodox Church

Join us for our 40th Annual Mid-Eastern Festival

Friday Sept 19th through Sunday Sept 21st, 2014


Friday 9/19/14 5pm –  8pm

Saturday 9/20/14 11am – 8pm

Sunday 9/21/14 12pm – 5pm


Come and join us for Mid-Eastern food delicacies & desserts

Events to include: Artists market, Church tours, Dancing, and many other cultural events.

Operations Task Force Meeting | 9.17.14, 6PM

Lee May ICEO


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
6:00 pm
Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030

Task Force Photo

The Operations Task Force, created by DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May through an Executive Order in March, held its first meeting on June 5, 2014. The Operations Task Force is empanelled to explore and study (1) the financial, business, zoning and quality of life impact on residents and government operations caused by the creation of new cities and annexations; (2) the effectiveness of the current governance structure of DeKalb County and ethics and transparency in County operations; (3) the equitable distribution of Homestead Option Sales Tax (HOST) proceeds and legacy pension costs between the DeKalb County and it’s cities; and (4) other related matters.

The Operations Task Force is charged with making recommendations that can be forwarded to the Georgia General Assembly in December 2014.

Please click here to view the full meeting schedule.