My name is Caroline Chotas and my husband and I found this little girl crawled up in our car engine a week ago.  We took her to Village Vets Decatur for her first round of shots and checkup.  She is negative for Feline HIV and heartworm, totally healthy and estimated 6-8 weeks old.  We heard her mewing for a couple days and she was very skinny when we brought her in.  She is totally domesticated living in our tv room, loves being held, eating regular foods, playing nonstop, cuddling every second she can get some attention and using the litter box exclusively. She is an adorable little “tortie.”  She has three black paws and an orange one!  That must be lucky…she already was lucky enough to crawl into our car that we don’t drive very often.

Unfortunately, we have two very large dogs and an adult rescue cat and will not be able to house her much longer.  Our dogs do not make for a safe living environment for the kitten.  We also have a family of hawks in the oak tree out back and thus don’t want her to be an outside cat.

Please help us find a home for her.  We are happy to help with her upcoming costs, we just want her to find a loving forever home.

Please call me at 404-520-6890 or email me at this address if you can help us.

Thank you,
Caroline Chotas

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Druid Hills Patrol BOLO

The Druid Hills Patrol distributed the following BOLO to its members today, July 15, 2015:

Dear DHP member:

The DeKalb County Police Department has issued the following BOLO alert for our area.

Be on the lookout for an older black male wearing dark clothing riding a bicycle seen leaving the area after vehicle break-ins in neighborhoods surrounding the Emory Campus. The break-ins are occurring in business lots mostly after 6pm and in the neighborhoods after dark. It has been reported that he is driving slowly through the neighborhoods looking into cars parked along the street. The suspect is breaking the car windows taking loose change and any visible bags from vehicles. Please call 911 if you see anyone matching this description.

There have also been numerous vehicle break-ins recently on residential streets in Druid Hills. Please do not attempt to intervene if you see this suspect. Call 911 and provide a description and location.

Be safe.

Druid Hills Patrol

DeKalb County Updates

***DeKalb is Rolling Forward to One-Day-a-Week Sanitation Collection on Monday, July 6.

Twice-a-week garbage collection service for all single-family residential customers officially ended on July 3.

One-day-a-week garbage, recyclable materials and yard trimmings collection service begins this week. Please click here for details.

For more information, contact the Sanitation Division’s customer service team at 404-294-2900 or and visit

***Election Day for Commission District 5 and House District 80 is Tuesday, July 14.

Click here to find out if you live in District 5 (South DeKalb/Lithonia) or House District 80 (North DeKalb/Brookhaven). Type your address into the upper right search bar.

More information about the elections, including precinct locations, can be found at

***Interim CEO Lee May Upcoming Town Hall Meetings  

Interim CEO Lee May is holding a town hall tour of public meetings throughout the county. These meetings are an opportunity for ICEO May to discuss the mid-year budget recommendations with citizens, including a proposed tax cut for county residents and funding for police body cameras, as well as the “Rolling Forward to One” sanitation program.
Upcoming meetings are listed below, and more can be found here:

Thursday, July 9


Derwin Brown Memorial South Precinct

2842 H.F. Shepherd Drive

Decatur, Ga 30088

***Commission District 5 Community Candidate Forums

Attention, District 5 residents: Come learn about the two Board of Commissioners candidates to help you make an informed decision on July 14.


Tuesday, July 7

6:30-8 p.m.

Brooks Mill Subdivision Clubhouse

4009 Brooks Mill Drive

Lithonia, GA 30038

Sponsored by: Brooks Mill Subdivision and South DeKalb Parent Council


Thursday, July 9

6:30-8 p.m.

Fairfield Baptist Church

6133 Redan Road

Lithonia, GA 30058

Sponsored by: Georgia Stand Up, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Voter Empowerment Collaborative


Baby Sitter Needed

I am looking for a sitter to help entertain a child at my home on East Parkwood Road Tuesday June 2, 9 and 30th from 10:30am until 1pm.

There will be two children, one at a time, ages 4 and 6 years. Their mother will be here, but in a meeting.  If interested, please call 404-378-5734. Thanks!  Christy Kennedy


East Lake Quiet Zone Officially in Effect

East Lake quiet zone sign

The East Lake Rd. rail crossing became an official train horn quiet zone at 12:01 a.m. today, May 27, 2015.

What does that mean?

In general, train engineers approaching the crossing will no longer blow the horn. When Frazier Rd., two crossings north of East Lake, officially became a quiet zone in early 2013, the horn was still sounded from time to time as part of a “testing” program. This went on for months but eventually ended. We’re hoping that East Lake doesn’t require this kind of testing.

If a train engineer sees anything on the track ahead that troubles him — such as a pedestrian crossing when the gates are down — he will blow the horn.

The horn will still blow for the DeKalb Ave. crossing.

The Quiet Zone team is still working on quiet zones at DeKalb Ave. and Coventry Rd.


Spring Thanks

Much thanks to these eleven neighbors for their recent work on neighborhood improvements.

  • Aja Pascale, Gale Walldorff, and Bob Ballou for their determined pursuit of the East Lake Quiet Zone. The official start date is May 27. Yet, today, May 20, a neighbor reported that two inbound morning trains — the auto-rack and the intermodal — did not blow the horn. Still, it will most likely take some time for all the train engineers to abide by the quiet zone. (The learning curve for the Frazier Rd. quiet zone was close to a year. Note that the horn will continue to blow at DeKalb Ave., while work continues on making that crossing a quiet zone. That could be a while. Also, engineers will always blow the horn if they see something on the line that troubles them — such as a pedestrian crossing when the gates are down.)
  • Michael Pascale for taking over the East Lake Road makeover and working hard and tactfully — with DOT, its contractor, and residents — at bringing about the conclusion. The road looks much better, it’s slower, it’s safer.
  • Jon Golden for moving the neighborhood website to a new location and for remaining the reliable webmaster. Jon also built the Safer Crossing website (for the quiet zone issue) and the site for DeKalb Citizens for Good Government (a group started by East Lake people). He’s the ultimate webmaster, and he never misses anything.
  • Nan Brinson for her timely postings to the neighborhood site. She’s the charming face of the website.
  • Becky and Bob Lough for (quietly and dependably) maintaining  lovely Azalea Park, at East Lake and Ponce.
  • Anne Wallace for being the neighborhood’s redoubtable representative to the civic association and for taking a lead role in figuring out the cityhood issue for Druid Hills.
  • Commissioner Jeff Rader and Caroline Enloe, who are not exactly neighbors but who helped inestimably with several issues over the years, including the makeover, the quiet zone, and even Azalea Park. Jeff and his remarkable (and patient) assistant, Caroline, have come through time and again for the neighborhood.