Decatur City Dance / Winter Dance Concert February 7th


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Support your local dance company! Kids Welcome!
Decatur City Dance presents their Winter Dance Concert!
February 7 at 2:00 PM or 7:30 PM
St. Pius X Auditorium
Don’t miss it! See the flyer below or click the link to buy tickets online!

Thank you!

Corinne Smith
Board Member of Decatur City Dance
Media Specialist 4/5 Academy on Fifth Avenue

Fernbank Elem. Construction | January 20 Update

Charlie Rogers has provided this weekly update from January 20, 2015, on the construction of the new Fernbank Elementary School. Construction remains on track for the start of school in August 2015.

On Tuesday morning, January 20, DCSD staff held a Community Construction Update Meeting at the Fernbank Science Center to provide an update on the continued progress of the new Fernbank Elementary School construction project. The overall project remains on schedule for completion in July and occupancy by the students and staff in August, 2015. Highlights of the meeting are as follows:

– RK Redding, the general contractor, continues to work on the building envelope on both the classroom and gym/administration wings of the building.
– Foundation walls and some slab on grade pours for the gym/admin wing have been completed; the remaining slab on grades and 2d floor elevated slab is being poured and structural steel erection was scheduled to begin this week.
– MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) trades are performing interior and exterior rough-in work and interior masonry walls are being constructed in the classroom wing.
– Steel is in place for the classroom wing, 2d floor elevated slab has been poured, metal decking is in place on the 3rd floor and the 3rd floor slab on grade is being poured.
– Roofing should start on the classroom wing in the next 3-4 weeks.
– Retaining walls are all in place on the site.
– Major site work has been completed.
– The architect is currently (and proactively) working with PTA representatives on the specific location(s) for the incorporation of bricks and pavers salvaged from the old building, and with Mr. Marshall on some modifications to the interior layout of some of the administrative space to accommodate his preferences.
– Interior construction will continue and increase significantly upon the drying-in of the building over the next 4-6 weeks.
– The advent of additional workers on site (which will increase even more as the building is dried-in) has resulted in an increase of traffic in and around the site. DCSD asked that extra care be given by all who are traveling past the site on Heaton Park Drive. The contractor will likely be asked to lay down a gravel base somewhere onsite to allow more room for workers’ cars and trucks as the number of workers increases, due to concerns about the absence of parking around the Science Center in recent weeks. This would allow those cars and trucks to be parked on the site instead of in spaces along Heaton Park Drive.
– DCSD staff have been advised of recent complaints regarding trash left in and around the site and parking areas by workers, and is passing that concern along to the general contractor.
– Photo below is almost a month old but shows the progress of both wings (classroom on top).



Theft on Christmas

My son’s Christmas gifts were stolen from his car parked on Ridgecrest Road Christmas night about 11pm while he was back in the house saying goodbye.  Unfortunately, he did not lock his car after loading it and did not notice until the next morning.  We did file a report with the police.  Please remind your guests to keep their cars locked at all times while parked in our neighborhood.

Theft of Packages from Front Porches

I wanted to let neighbors know that my daughter witnessed a robbery from our porch around 2pm yesterday. The thief was a young African American male (seemingly in his 20s), driving a white Toyota Corolla. He took a large package that was waiting for pick-up by UPS. The theft was reported to the police, who let us know that several similar thefts have taken place recently in the neighborhood, including packages on  porches and car break-ins. The policeman advised us to take extra care in keeping doors locked and staying vigilant–so we’d like to pass along this information to the neighborhood.


Fernbank Construction Update 1.6.15

We’re a little tardy getting the Fernbank construction update for December posted, but that sometimes happens at holidays. Since there was no update for November, we didn’t want to wait until later this month to get new information out.

So, below is the December 2014, update from Charlie Rogers, Fernbank School Council Chair. In addition, Charlie has provided some helpful aerial shots of the progress, which are appended at the bottom of this post.

Good afternoon and Happy Holidays to everyone.  Please see below for a brief update on the status of the construction of the new Fernbank Elementary School on Heaton Park Drive.  Those of you living on Artwood should be pleased to see that the end is very near for the dump trucks (see third from last bullet point).  I apologize for the absence of a written update in November, but I was traveling extensively for work and did not get around to putting one together.  I have attached a few aerial photographs of the site as well – note however that the photos were taken almost a month ago, and thus do not depict the progress described below (much less the status on the site today).

A construction update meeting was not held as scheduled on the morning of December 16, due to a conflict on the part of DCSD.  However, DCSD Project Manager Brian Albanese has provided a written update, and DCSD staff have confirmed that the contractor remains on schedule to complete the new building in time for classes to begin as planned in August, 2015.   Other highlights:

–    Structural steel erection and installation of the metal decking onto which elevated floor slabs will be poured is ongoing in the classroom wing.
–    Approximately 75% complete with steel erection on the classroom wing of the building.
–    The first elevated slab pour was completed on 12/18.
–    All retaining walls have been poured and backfilled with compacted soil.
–    Exterior masonry wall construction is ongoing at the classroom wing.
–    Underground storm water retention structure is complete and now operational.
–    Final slab on grade (first floor) pour for the classroom wing scheduled for this week.
–    Construction of foundations and foundation walls is ongoing at the gym and cafeteria.
–    Transportation of fill dirt as well as the removal of unsuitable soils from the site will be complete by the end of the year (no more dirt trucks in and out of the site).
–    Structural steel and slab on grade pours on the gym/cafeteria side of the building, opposite the classroom wing, will start after the first of the year.
–    The architect is working on revisions to the plans to show the removal of millwork from classrooms as initially designed, which is being replaced with moveable furnishings per DCSD.

Fernbank School Council Chair

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Suspicious Person on East Lake

This morning around 9.50a, [Friday, December 12, 2014], a guy rang our door bell. (We live on East Lake near the RR.)  He said he had a mobile car wash and detailing service and was offering to clean our cars. I declined and he left.

I thought it was odd because (a) he wasn’t dressed professionally, (b) he had some really badly copied small flyers for his business to hand out, (c) he was driving a small car which hardly has enough space for detailing and cleaning supplies.

I called 911 and an officer came out. He said no one else had reported this person yet but that it was good to let them know. [Note from the East Lake Crime Watch team: the police have advised the neighborhood to call 911 when someone shows up at your door and, from what he’s saying, things simply don’t add up. Burglars are often casing houses, especially at this time of year.]

In case any other neighbors see him around or at their door, here’s his description. Black male, early 40s, pronounced gap between front teeth. He was wearing a baseball cap, a royal blue track jacket and blue jeans with a large tear at the right knee. He was driving a late model ruby red metallic Nissan Versa.

CSX Traffic on the Park Line To Increase Next Week

CSX has reported that it will be making a major repair to its main line across the top of Atlanta next week, from Monday, December 8, 2014, through Thursday, December 11. This will throw extra train traffic on the Park Line (which crosses East lake and DeKalb) those four days. On Friday, things should be back to normal.