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The CITIZEN’S REVIEW
The CITIZEN’S REVIEW
Vol. 24 Newsletter of the Mt. Paran-Northside Citizens Association, Inc. September 2008
Vol. 24
Newsletter of the Mt. Paran-Northside Citizens Association, Inc.
September
2008

NEIGHBORHOOD UNITES

TO REBUILD FIRE STATION 27

By LONDON ANDES and MARCI VINCENT

Our Fire Station 27 Task Force

The CITIZEN’S REVIEW Vol. 24 Newsletter of the Mt. Paran-Northside Citizens Association, Inc. September 2008

Photos by Carol Muldawer

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Marci Vincent

During this past holiday season, a group of neighbors gathered to provide a luncheon for our firefighters at Station 27. Shocked and disturbed by the conditions they

found inside the station, these neighbors decided to form a task force to renovate this dilapidated 55 year old building. “We look at our neighborhood, at the beautiful homes we live in, and then we see how our first responders are living right here in our midst!” said Marci Vincent, Chair of the task force. “We could not sit idly by and let this continue.” “Inside the building we found roof leaks, rat infestation,

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broken tile, showers so deplorable some men won’t shower in them, and many other signs of years of neglect,” said astounded architect,

Paul Muldawer. “No one should have to live this way!” Over the past eight months, the vol- unteer task force has worked tirelessly to gain approval from the city, retain a builder (at cost), draw up architectural plans, organize fundraising efforts and finally bring this worthwhile project to the rest of the neighborhood for their support. “Our fire fighters are the first on the scene to provide aid in a medical emergency as well as fight fires,” said Yolanda Adrean, MPNCA president. “We need to show these heroes, who are always there for us in our emergencies,

that we are there for them!” Bill Liss, consumer reporter for Channel 11, experienced in fire station renovations, has lent his support and continues to help publicize the efforts of our neighborhood. He has offered to cover the process of the renovation in his television reports, giving in-kind donors the recognition they deserve. “This is a super example of PAY IT FORWARD and we sure applaud your efforts. Since we did the first story on what you had planned, you have cut through every level of red tape and are now on your way—that is super.” Lynne Moscow, founder of our n e i g h b o r ho o d association adds, “We want our fire station to be a place where the community can come to-

 
From left: Fire Chief Cochran, Lynne Moscow, Paul Muldawer

From left: Fire Chief Cochran, Lynne Moscow, Paul Muldawer

gether and take pride in what

we are able to accomplish. Besides being a home away from home for the fire fighters, the children have a weekly story time here, seniors regularly have their blood pressure checked and once we provide a generator, it will become an emergency cooling center. We have an opportunity to make our neighborhood a better place and encourage other communities to do the same.” The goal of the task force is to raise at least $250,000.00 to complete this rebuilding project. “We need all of our neighbors to contribute! No donation is too small. We are looking for 100 per- cent participation at any level,” said

London Andes, Fundraising Chair. “We are offering donor

levels with naming opportunities, for those who are able to make a larger commitment.” The Atlanta Fire Foundation, Inc. is lending their support by providing a tax-deductible opportunity for our donors.

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London

Andes

Our

neighbors

at

North-

west Presbyterian Church are so excited

about this project they have donated

their fellowship hall for our kick-off party

on October 12

th

. This will be a fun family

event, so mark your calendar and send in your reservation now (see back page)!

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and the men and women of Fire Station 27 are extremely grateful for the generosity of all citizens engaged in the fundraising efforts to renovate the fire station. As Fire Chief, words cannot express what this means to me and our firefighters. Your commitment to enhance their work environment is a great source of encouragement for us during this challenging time in our budget. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran

All neighbors are welcome to stop by Fire Station 27 (Northside Drive at West Conway) any time to see the conditions for themselves. If you have questions or would like a tour, please call Marci Vincent

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IN AND AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Family Barbecue October 12 Kids Free RSVP Now! See back page for details.
Family Barbecue
October 12
Kids Free
RSVP Now!
See back
page for details.

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COMMUNITY HONORS LYNNE MOSCOW By MARY LOUISE FLOYD Mt. Paran Road
COMMUNITY HONORS LYNNE MOSCOW
By MARY LOUISE FLOYD
Mt. Paran Road

Imagine our community with a hotel and conference center where Paran Pointe is. Imagine Mt. Paran Road flanked by fortress-like walls and gated communities on less than an acre. Imagine our neighborhood without its civic association, security patrol, directory, neighborhood e-mail network, and the Citizens Review Newsletter you’re reading. You’ve just imagined Mt. Paran-Northside community without the leadership initiatives of Lynne Moscow. We would be a district defined by our boundaries—instead of a neighborhood defined by its pride and esprit de corps. On April 16 Lynne was honored for her decades of service to our neighborhood. Sandra Adair, NPU-A Zoning Secretary, and James Nobles, NPU-A Chairman, organized the presentation of a park bench in her honor at the Cave Road- Mt. Paran pocket park. A quarter-page article and photograph

covering the event appeared on page 2A of the April 23 rd Northside Neighbor. This is Sandra Adair’s tribute to Lynne:

We are here today to honor a most deserving member of our community, Lynne Moscow. Lynne has a love for this com- munity that few others have—otherwise how could she have lived here over forty-three years. Next to her family, this is her greatest love. Lynne has been the driving force behind NPU-A having served as its secretary for many years. Her vision and tenacity have maintained and strengthened the residential character of this neighborhood. Among other things, she has helped to estab- lish policies with regard to variance and rezoning requests. Without her, we would have a hotel and conference center across the street from this beautiful bench. In addition to her accomplishments with NPU-A, she was also a founder of the Mt. Paran-Northside Citizens Association having served as one of its early presidents. She established the security patrol of this organization and recruited our dedicated officers. She was instrumental in bringing about our directory with its wealth of information. And believe me, there is more

than you would ever want to know about our government in this

directory. Lynne also began our Citizens Review newsletter which reaches politicians and decision makers city, state and county wide. Lastly, she organizes the annual Christmas luncheon for our firemen at Fire Station #27. She is a voice of reason that is listened to and respected by all who know her. It is because of all she has done for this community that we dedicate this bench in her honor.”

Although Lynne and her husband Joel have now moved to an adjacent community, Lynne remains actively involved with our neighborhood’s leadership. Those privileged to have learned from and worked with Lynne Moscow come away as better citizens and better human beings. That’s a remarkable legacy to leave a neighborhood.

COMMUNITY HONORS LYNNE MOSCOW By MARY LOUISE FLOYD Mt. Paran Road Imagine our community with a

Sitting: Lynne with grandchildren Ryan and Jordan. Standing: Joel with daughter-in-law Leslie and son Scott

COMMUNITY HONORS LYNNE MOSCOW By MARY LOUISE FLOYD Mt. Paran Road Imagine our community with a

Notable Neighbors

Congratulations to Mt. Paran neighbor and author, Mary Louise Floyd, who was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year (GAYA) Her book, Retired With Husband: Superwoman’s New Challenge was selected as the Book of the Year Gold Winner in Women's Issues (Independent Publisher award) and also was the Book of the Year Finalist in Family Relationships (ForeWord Magazine).

COMMUNITY HONORS LYNNE MOSCOW By MARY LOUISE FLOYD Mt. Paran Road Imagine our community with a

Congratulations to Mt. Paran neighbor Shel Schlegman for getting the attention of City Hall and focusing the nation on the importance of pro- tecting the tree canopy of Atlanta. As Jimmy Nobles, Chairman of NPU-A , wrote in an email to

COMMUNITY HONORS LYNNE MOSCOW By MARY LOUISE FLOYD Mt. Paran Road Imagine our community with a

his board: “I would like to thank Shelly for the great job that he has done in helping to get na- tional media attention focused on a very serious issue in the City of Atlanta. Hopefully, we will soon see some improve-

ment in the enforcement and administration process.”

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As Paul Harvey would say … you’ve heard the one about Our Fire Station 27 Renovation Project and how a group of neighbors hosting an annual holiday lunch at the firehouse discovered the deplorable conditions. Now here’s the rest of the story! You might be interested to know that if it weren’t for Joel Moscow, the plight of our firemen might well have gone unnoticed. Attending and helping at this luncheon as he annually does, Joel excused himself to use the men’s room and the deed was done…broken plaster, tiles and neglect

became the topic of the

day...and

after!

COMMUNITY HONORS LYNNE MOSCOW By MARY LOUISE FLOYD Mt. Paran Road Imagine our community with a

This is Taylor Fleming.

He lives

with his family on Paran Pointe Drive, and like hundreds of other pets throughout the neighborhood, he’s registered in the Mt. Paran Pet Registry. Is your pet? Register by emailing jobillrau@aol.com

November 4 Election: What You Need to Know

By KAREN C. HANDEL Georgia Secretary of State

November 4 Election: What You Need to Know By KAREN C. HANDEL Georgia Secretary of State

As Secretary of State, I’m committed to increasing government transparency, eth- ics, consumer protection and responsible

Vote by Mail. You can vote by mail (previously known as absentee voting) by requesting a mail-in ballot from your county registrar or elections office. Or just download a request form from the Secretary of State’s website. Send in the com- pleted form and your ballot will be mailed to you at any ad- dress. And, remember, no reason or excuse is needed to vote by mail. You are not required to show a photo ID when voting by mail. Advance Vote. You can vote in advance from Monday, Oc- tober 27 through Friday, October 31. During this week, you can vote at advance voting locations in the county where you are registered to vote. Contact your county registrar or elections office for locations and hours of operation. And, remember, a photo ID is required to vote in person during Advance Voting Week. Election Day Voting. Election Day is Tuesday, November 4. The polls are open from 7 a m. to 7 p.m. Be sure to confirm the location of your polling place BEFORE heading to the polls by using our convenient, on-line “poll locator” system at www.sos.ga.gov/ElectionCenter or you can call your county registrar’s office. And, you will need your photo ID to vote in person. With the expected record turnout, be prepared for lines. The busiest times at the polls are typically from 7 a.m. – 9 a m., 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. – 7 p m. If you vote in-person, make sure you have photo ID. Geor- gia law requires voters to present an approved form of photo ID when voting in-person. Approved photo IDs include a Georgia driver’s license, a valid military, tribal or government-issued ID or U.S. passport. If you do not have one of these forms of photo identification, you can obtain a free voter ID card at your county registrar’s office or any Georgia Department of Driver Services center. Also, please remember that you can help your neighbors on Election Day by signing up to be a precinct poll worker. Serving

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stewardship of taxpayer dollars. One of my first acts was to stop the issuance of “private order” reprimands against license

holders

by the professional licensing boards.

By making these orders available to the pub-

lic, Georgians can now view reprimands

against

license holders and make informed

decisions about the service providers they use or hire. I encourage you to visit the pro- fessional licensing boards website to check the license status of those you do business with and to see if public orders have been issued: http://www.sos.ga.gov/plb I’ve also launched a new website called the Transparency in Government Initiative. This website features the Secretary of State’s Fiscal Year 2009 budget and monthly spending updates; the Secretary of State’s ethics policy; and my personal and campaign financial disclosures. The Transparency in Government Initiative can be viewed at: http://www.sos.georgia.gov/TIG/ The November 4, 2008 General Election is quickly approaching, and my office is preparing for what will likely be a record turnout. We are holding meetings across Georgia with county elections officials to review elections procedures; working with the Kenne- saw State University Center for Elections Systems to ensure that our voting systems are ready; and conducting an outreach and edu- cation campaign about photo ID, as well as voting by mail and advance voting. Here are a few reminders about voting:

Karen Handel

Make sure you are registered to vote. To participate in the November 4 General Election, you must be registered to vote by Monday, October 6. And, if you have moved, you must update your voter registration to your current address. Take advantage of early voting – Vote by Mail or Advance Vote.

Should Fulton County Government Invest in Libraries?

It’s all up to you!

By LYNNE RILEY Fulton County Commissioner, District 3

On November 4 th , the voters of Fulton County will go to the polls and make many choices about our future. Elections to select our next United States President, US Senator and Congressman, Georgia legislators, and many county officials will appear on the ballot. There will also be an opportunity for you to directly impact the quality of life in Fulton County – a referendum to expand and enhance the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System. The stakeholders of the Library System have realized for some time that a guide was needed to make decisions on facilities: iden- tifying where citizens are not served, where they are underserved, where libraries are most needed, what is the optimal size, and what improvements need to be made to the existing facilities. The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System had not completed a thorough, comprehensive analysis of facility needs since the mid- 1980s when a bond referendum was approved by voters. That bond issue built many of the existing library facilities. Twenty

November 4 Election: What You Need to Know By KAREN C. HANDEL Georgia Secretary of State

Lynne Riley

years later, and with dramatic population growth throughout the county, there are again many facility needs: infrastructure improvements, interior updates, and re- programming of spaces. The Facility Master Plan exclusively focused on facilities, not on collections, services, or programs within the libraries. Comments from thirty-seven public meetings, questionnaires and surveys, web and e-mail comments were gathered, and the public’s input was included in the refinement

of the plan. After more than two years of development, the Board of Commissioners approved the plan in July of 2008. The $275 million bond referendum includes the construction of 8 new branch libraries, 2 expanded libraries and 23 renovated libraries. It includes $85 million to build a new Central Library, which will be contingent on matching funds being raised from private sources. Additional facts and details of the plan are available at the library website www.afplweb.com under the heading “November 4 Bond Referendum Vote.” A bond referendum is a unique opportunity for taxpayers. In most instances, citizens rely on their elected officials to make

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In my Opinion…

Progress in Preservation—Downtown Library Merits Renovation

By CYNTHIA ROGERS

Paran Pines Drive

In my Opinion… Progress in Preservation—Downtown Library Merits Renovation By CYNTHIA ROGERS Paran Pines Drive None

None of the rhetoric about building a new "signature" library in downtown Atlanta makes a specific case for constructing a new building. Two separate issues exist, but blur in conver- sation. The first addresses the library's purpose:

what will be its use and evolution? Second to that, but equally important, stands the architec- tural significance of the existing structure. Distributed forms of information are chang- ing the role of libraries as repositories of knowledge. Necessarily, libraries are changing from centers of information to centers of culture. As cultural and educational hubs, they can continue inspiring the community to enter their doors not only to acquire information and culture, but to create them as well— music, video, words, drama, imagina- tion—using technology. Certainly this is a forward-thinking vision for education, literacy and value as a cultural institution. Current public conversation endorses such changes in use but then leaps to the necessity of constructing a new building at two to four times the cost of renovating the current architectural treasure, without stating or proving why. The justification for a new building seems to be that such con- struction and expense would follow the "wise path" of other cities, without defining what that wisdom might be. An implication exists that forward commitment can only take place in a new building. I disagree. If young global architects like David Adjaye, collaborating with information designers like David Smalls, can convert a land- mark former train station into a cutting-edge center of information arts for the Nobel Peace Center museum in Oslo, Norway, surely a vibrant community on the verge of the future like Atlanta can envision such an outcome for a 28-year-old modernist icon in our city. Our existing world-class signature library building was de- signed by the architect considered by many to be the "father of modernism," Marcel Breuer, named by Time Magazine as one of the 20th century's "Form Givers" and described by the American Institute of Architects as a "monumental figure among modern architects" when he was awarded its Gold Medal. As the first living architect given a retrospective by the Metro- politan Museum of Art, and the designer of the very significant Whitney Museum in New York (with a similar cantilevered form), Breuer, at his death in 1981, left the Atlanta Fulton Public Library as his last public work in a body of nearly 200 buildings. His Grosse Pointe, Mich., Central Library has undergone the same scrutiny as ours, is listed by the World Monuments Fund as endangered, and is now a beneficiary of its own Marcel Breuer Library Preservation Fund. Lessons of waste confront us daily in the news —- from en- ergy to water to capital. Consequences confront us. We must grow wiser and thriftier than to simply abandon and rebuild. And we must teach new ways to our children. We should use the lessons of structures like our own High Museum, which was expanded and renovated by another world-class architect, Renzo Piano; the New York Public Library's Bryant Park development, which brought restaurants, hotels and upscale night life to its neighbor- hood; and the Nobel Peace Center, which draws multiple generations from the entire world to its interactive capabilities while revital- izing an area formerly not inhabited after dark. These were great buildings renovated to showcase progress alongside preservation; they drove greater economic and cultural development, to say nothing of positive media attention. Such buildings and initiatives drive tourism, educate our youth and promote community pride.

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Our result would be the cornerstone of a vital downtown. Our city deserves to conserve its heritage while building its future.

Editor’s Note: Cynthia’s article was first published as an Op-Ed piece in The Journal-Constition, July 18, 2008.

In my Opinion…

The following opinion pieces first appeared as email responses to an email from Robb Pitts announcing the Fulton County Commission unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by District 2 (At- Large) Commissioner Robb Pitts proposing the addition of a new Central Library to the Library Master Plan as part of the $275,375,000 Library Bond Referendum.

Save the Downtown Library!

By SHELDON SCHLEGMAN

Architect

Do not destroy our cultural heritage. Were we to have followed Commissioner Pitts idea for the library,
we would have torn down the High Museum to create a new modern Museum. Instead, rather then destroy a piece of art (architecture is art), the High decided to expand and in doing so have created something better without losing our cultural history.

LIBRARY: POOR USE OF TAX FUNDS

By JOHN C. FEELEY

Davis Drive

Dear Mr. Pitts:

In my Opinion… Progress in Preservation—Downtown Library Merits Renovation By CYNTHIA ROGERS Paran Pines Drive None

Your grand scheme to erect a new "Taj Mahal" of a downtown central library will be poor use for any of Fulton County's recent tax windfall funds. This money should have been returned to the already overburdened taxpayers. Numerous urban studies have shown for years that a properly distributed system of good Branch libraries in appropriate community locations is clearly most useful to the populations who need and use them. Times have changed. In this computer-driven age, virtually no-one wants to drive downtown to use a massive library. The County should build on the present system of Branch libraries, improving and renovating them, and probably building a few more in strategic locations to properly serve areas with recent population growth.

There’s Something Terribly Wrong!

By LYNNE MOSCOW

Northside Parkway

Despite these austere times, Fulton County wants to spend $275 million on bricks and mortar. The
county cut $10 million out of the ambulance budget but wants to spend $169 million to build a new central library. There is something terribly wrong when elected officials are more interested in buildings than saving lives!

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In my Opinion…

THE GEORGIA CONSTITUTION SHOULD NOT BE AMENDED

By RICHARD WILSON

Paran Walk NW

In February the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia ruled that the pro- posed use
In February the Supreme Court of the
State of Georgia ruled that the pro-
posed use of school tax funds under the
BeltLine project violates Art. VIII, Sec.
VI, Par. I of the Georgia Constitution.
This Constitutional Amendment is in-
tended to override that decision, so that
Atlanta Public Schools can give millions
of dollars of school property taxes to the
BeltLine project over 25 years!
TAD is a huge expenditure of school taxes for Atlanta Public
Schools to commit for non-educational purposes, and 25 years
is a long time. During that period taxpayers outside the Tax Al-
location District (TAD) will be taxed to pay any increase in
school costs in the Tax Allocation District resulting from new
students.
3.
On March 27, 2008 LaChandra Butler Burks, chair of the
The Georgia Legislature, in the waning
minutes of this year’s session, passed Senate
Resolution 996, which puts this issue on
the November ballot, probably in the following wording:
Atlanta Board of Education, said in her prepared remarks to the
Atlanta – Fulton Senate Delegation: “I am here today to ask you
to oppose House Bill 1191, House Bill 1263, and any other leg-
islation that will severely restrict the Board’s ability to raise the
local revenue we need for our academic programs.” HB 1191
was a homestead exemption increase and HB 1263 was a school
tax exemption for seniors 65 and older. How can Atlanta Public
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize
community redevelopment and authorize counties, municipalities,
and local boards of education to use tax funds for redevelopment
purposes and programs?
Since most voters will not be able to completely understand
from that wording what they are being asked to vote on, they
need to know before they enter the voting booth.
Schools afford to divert from academic programs more than
$700 million for the BeltLine and other TAD’s, if Ms. Burks
was concerned about the costs of HB1191 and HB 1263?
4.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported August 14, 2008
that “Atlanta’s public school system has one of the most poorly
funded retirement plans in the state and has racked up a half-
billion dollars in liabilities”. The estimated unfunded liability
A “NO” vote will be in favor of using school property taxes
for education only, and upholding the current wording in the
Georgia Constitution.
A “YES” vote will be for allowing boards of education to
use school property taxes for “redevelopment purposes and
programs”, as they wish, in addition to educational purposes.
this year is $511 million dollars. With no millage rate cap, after
fully committing more than $700 million to the BeltLine and
other TAD’s, what will stop APS from turning to already over-
burdened taxpayers and increasing the millage rate to raise a
half-billion dollars more to fund the retirement plan?
6.
The City of Atlanta is in budget trouble and has unfunded
I believe school property taxes should be used only for their
intended purpose: the support and maintenance of education, as
required by the Georgia Constitution and affirmed by the Su-
preme Court of Georgia, and recommend voting “NO”!
Here are some additional things to consider:
pension liabilities estimated at over $1 billion! The prospect of
APS using school property taxes for purposes other than educa-
tion, APS then raising millage rates to fund pension liabilities at
the same time as the City of Atlanta, does not bode well for tax-
payers!
1.
Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has no millage rate cap on
their ability to levy taxes (most Georgia school systems are lim-
ited to 20 mils).
It’s just my opinion, but I do not believe the Georgia Con-
stitution should be amended.
2.
The reported $700 million commitment to the BeltLine
DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT
In my Opinion…
To Those Who Didn’t Vote
WHAT ARE WE TO DO??
By MARY LOUISE FLOYD
By HIRAM STURM, MD
Mt. Paran Road
Harris Valley Road
Several days after our mid-July elections, I read an article in
the July 19 th issue of The Economist about Rio de Janeiro’s decline
over the past twenty-five years. Rio’s violence, its politicians’
corruption, incompetence, an d uncontrolled spending are
attributable to its citizens’ apathy: “…the explanation lies in an
abdication by Rio’s elite which…has regarded local politics as
insufficiently important to merit its attention.”
Where were our city’s elite on July 15 and August 5? Only
one out of ten of us was at the polls or voted by absentee ballot.
By not voting, you effectively reelected someone who has
been on public record for squandering your money.
HOW DOES ONE LIGHT A FIRE UNDER OUR CITIZEN-
SHIP?? WE ARE FORTUNATE TO LIVE IN ONE OF
THE GARDEN SPOTS OF ATLANTA AND FOR THE
MOST PART WE ARE ECONOMICALLY
A D V A N T A G E D—AND YET WE PARTICIPATE IN
THE ELECTION PROCESS PITIFULLY !! YEAR AFTER
YEAR, THE ELECTION TALLY REPORTS A 20
TO 25% RESPONSE RATE AT THE POLLS, IN
OUR DISTRICT. IS IT TRUE: "WE DESERVE THE
GOVERMENT WE HAVE" ?

Excuses? Sadly, there are none--but apathy. What will you be doing on mayoral election day in 2009? Playing your fiddle?

Editor’s Note: For the record, at Jackson School, 17% voted in the July 15 Primary and only 9% in the August 5 Primary Runoff. The numbers for the three other precincts where Mt. Paran neighbors voted (NW Presbyterian Church, Chastain Park gym and one Sandy Springs precinct) are even lower.

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In my Opinion…

In my Opinion…

Want More Return for my Tax Dollars

Yard Service Trucks Own the Road

In my Opinion… In my Opinion… Want More Return for my Tax Dollars Yard Service Trucks

By LAWRENCE R. WALZ

Randall Ridge Road

Dear John (Sherman), All the Fulton County Taxpayer Foundation members owe you and your associates a big vote of thanks for your efforts in helping to persuade the Atlanta City Council to reject an increase in the City's portion of the property taxes for the 2008-2009 fiscal year! As I have reflected on the various proposed and approved increases in taxes and service charges that we as Atlanta taxpayers are facing, and as I have considered the wisdom of what you yourself have recognized as the almost impossible task of securing approval to form a new city of Buckhead, it seems to me that the Foundation should be concentrating on two more pressing issues. The first is the need for better management of the Atlanta Public Schools finances and insistence on much greater accountability by the School Board. Considering that for most of us 50% or more of our property taxes go to support the Atlanta Public School System and that its annual per pupil expenditure and administrative costs are so excessive, I think the Foundation should assume more of a leadership role in opposing continuous increases in the APS budgets and in supporting candidates for the Board that will be more responsive to the taxpayers. At the Board’s public hearing on June 16, I was struck by the fact that virtually all the speakers (regardless of income level, education, age, or race) spoke in opposition to the Board's proposed budget and millage rate increases for the coming fiscal year. Adding insult to injury, many of those present were unaware that the Board had earlier in the day approved a one mill increase in our property taxes, although the hearing was ostensively to secure comment from the public BEFORE the Board decided on an increase. My second suggestion has to do with the disproportionate amount property owners in Buckhead pay in taxes and service fees as a percent of the total paid by all property owners in the City of Atlanta. As I recall, the figure recently quoted was approximately 45%. On the face of it, this seems to be inherently unfair and amounts effectively to a redistribution of income. I think the time has come for an in-depth study of what Buckhead's taxpayers get in return for their money. Is it 20 cents, 40 cents, or 60 cents for every dollar paid to the City? Regardless of the amount, I think the taxpayers would be shocked to learn how little of what we pay in taxes are returned to us in the form of city provided services, capital improvements and the like.

Editor’s Note: The above letter is a reprint of an email Larry sent to John Sherman at the Fulton Taxpayer Foundation. It is representative of several emails we have received ex- pressing the growing concern of our neighbors and citizens throughout the city.

In my Opinion…

COMPUTERS NOT LIBRARIES

By BRENDA J. SMITH Garmon Road

In my Opinion… In my Opinion… Want More Return for my Tax Dollars Yard Service Trucks

I am totally against improving the downtown library and building new ones. Perhaps a study should be done on the percent of the Fulton popula- tion who use those libraries—other than for the homeless sleeping downtown, of course. This basically sounds like a joke with taxpayer money. For what would be spent, you could proba- bly buy every Fulton citizen a computer who does not yet have one. That would be more beneficial. Move on to 2008. By the time it is furnished with high tech, it will be obsolete.

By SPENCER S. BREWER, JR. MD

Northside Drive

Several years ago, I began complaining to our elected City and County officials about the huge trucks parked all over our community by the yard service companies throughout each

work day

usually

excluding Sundays. The intention, of course,

... is to beautify the yards, which is a pleasurable thing for all of

us. However, it's very difficult to stop and steer around all the

trucks that block your view of the yards that the yard services are intended to beautify. My survey reveals that all of these landscapers require a year-round contract to maintain each yard. That is reasonable since the laborers should have steady

employment throughout the year

that

is, all of those who do not

... blow leaves, pine-straw, and trash through the open windows of your car as you drive past. It's great that our area is so affluent that it can afford these yard services but there must be some way to restrict the parking of those great-old-huge trucks for many hours at a time. If only Claire Muller or Mary Norwood could get a law passed which required all yard service trucks to park only in the drive-ways of the yards being serviced. I

have jotted down the names of the yard services as painted on their trucks and so far, I have twenty-one. I couldn't have imagined the development of such an industry when I was cutting lawns (generally for the older citizens) back

in the 30s and 40s in Garden Hills

where

I was raised. I never

... had a contract but felt the obligation to help keep the neighbor-

hood as tidy as possible

and,

the "big money" was a supple-

... ment to my 25 cent weekly allowance. Of course it's a different

world

but

some things do not need to be so very different. It's

given to this matter.

DID YOU SEE THIS?

In my Opinion… In my Opinion… Want More Return for my Tax Dollars Yard Service Trucks

WELLWE GOT THIS RESPONSE:

In my Opinion…

“Why are we taxed so heavily and produce major league underachievers?”

Shel Schlegman

mpnca.org your window to the hood, the city, to all you want to know!

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the City was required to repair our combined sewer system (15%) to decrease the CSO’s (combined sewer overflows) to achieve compliance with the Clean Water Act by 2007. The second Consent Decree required the City to repair the other 85% of the sewer system by 2014. The 85% of our system had always been separated, but

the sewer pipes were too small and leaking badly and causing

sanitary sewer overflows (SSO’s) which are all sewage and much

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THE CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS

New Public Safety Initiatives

 

By KAREN MEINZEN McENERNY

 

City of Sandy Springs City Council, District 6

911 EMS Dispatch Service :

 
Response time to an emergency depends on three factors: 1) time it takes to dispatch the

Response time to an emergency depends on three factors: 1) time it takes to dispatch the call for emergency service; 2) how fast emergency personnel get to the address of the call; and 3) how fast it takes to get to the hospital if emergency medical assistance is needed. The cities of Johns Creek and Sandy Springs are well underway to taking over and setting up a joint 911 Emergency Communications Center by late 2009, if not sooner. By taking over the 911 EMS Dispatch, the City of Sandy Springs further consolidates control of the process to eliminate errors and enhance service. On March 25, 2008 the City of Sandy Springs and Johns Creek jointly hired an outside consultant, iXP, a New Jersey company, to analyze the cities’ needs and technical capabilities attendant to standing up our own 911 dispatch (police and Fire) and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) ambulance dispatch center. The transfer of responsibility from Fulton County Department of Emergency Services to these cities will create an opportunity for enhanced technological systems and staffing, and improving clinical qualityx, efficiency and economy above that being provided by Fulton CTY. Each month each telephone number in the city of Sandy Springs (and Johns Creek) contribute $1.50 to Fulton CTY to support the 911 emergency dispatch services. When our 911 Dispatch becomes operational by late 2009, those fees will come directly to the joint Johns Creek/ Sandy Springs 911 emergency dispatch center at no additional cost to our citizens. iXP has analyzed the anticipated revenue streams, undertaken a technical evaluation of the Fulton County 800 megahertz Radio system; reviewed the actual software and computer systems that run it currently; undertaken a staffing analysis and conducted a financial analysis of the costs to run the 911 Emergency Communications Center once it is set up. The City has a long- term contract with Fulton County to lease a portion of their ra- dio tower for public safety radio communications. The ultimate location of the 911 Center is still being finalized, but it will likely be within the City of Sandy Springs. Once the two cities decide if they want to (i) move forward together, or separately, in the 911 Emergency Communications Center; either by (ii) outsourcing, through competitive bid process,

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ATLANTA’S SEWERS

Who’s Influencing the Decisons and Why?

By CLAIR MULLER
By CLAIR MULLER

Atlanta City Council Member, District 8

With some current discussion bubbling up again about the direction of our sewer improvement program, it is important to keep a good per- spective. Here is a short history of this topic during my almost 20 years on Council. A key theme running through this history is who is trying to influence the decisions and for what reason. One of the crucial decisions has been the on the question of separa- tion. Many do not know that 85 % of Atlanta’s system has separate storm sewers from sanitary sew- ers. A lot of lobbying from environmental groups to separate the remaining 15% has been a huge part of this history. Few City Council Members know much about sewers and technology when they arrive on Council. The trick is to learn quickly which advi- sors they should listen to. 1992-Maynard Jackson vetoed legislation from the Council calling for separation of one of the city’s sewer basins. I still have the letter from Mayor Jackson asking us not to override. There was also an editorial in AJC suggesting that the Mayor and Public Works were correct in their estimation of expenses. The Council was being lobbied by neighborhood activists who asserted that the whole basin could be separated for $8 M. As one who called myself an environmentalist (and still do) and thinking I was doing the right thing, I voted to override the veto and the City was forced to separate one whole sewer basin while many who lived in the neighborhoods which were to be separated (much disrup- tion and much digging for months) were unaware that their neighborhood had been targeted to be separated. I watched that project carefully and noted that the project cost $50M, not $8M. At that point I decided a more practical approach was the better way. 1994-Under the Campbell Administration, Public Works designed a deep rock sewer tunnel to link RM Clayton Wastewater Treat- ment Plant with Utoy Wastewater Treatment Plant. The idea was to make the two plants work in unison and largely solve the pollu- tion of our streams and rivers in the City of Atlanta basins. The same environmental activists declared that tunnels might cause earthquakes. This was at the same time that “environmental justice” order had just been signed by President Clinton, so many were looking at this new concept. The activists used this environmental justice concept (intended to stop landfills, etc. from being sited in poor neighborhoods), got support from Fulton County Commis- sioners who declared that moving sewage from north to south was “environmental racism”. The project became a “hot potato” and Mayor Campbell declared that this tunnel would never be built, telling me as City Utilities Chair and the then Commis- sioner of Public Works, Doug Hooker, that he, Campbell, would make the political decisions about technology. The Council (with my dissenting vote) voted to derail the already invested $20 M of design, spent much more than that refurbishing the R.M. Clayton plant, slowed down our compliance with the Clean Water Act, and caused a lawsuit to force the City into compliance. 1997 and 1998-The City of Atlanta signed two Federal Consent Decrees as a result of the lawsuit from Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and US Environmental Protection Agency. In the first Consent Decree,

the City was required to repair our combined sewer system (15%) to decrease the CSO’s (combined

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Neighborhood Briefs

 

Home Gala October 9th to Benefit Hospice Atlanta

Jackson School News and Plans for School Growth

Kim and Lamar Chesney, long time residents of our neighborhood, are planning a spectacular 3 day event at their home at 630 Tuxedo Place. This fundraiser/artist market will benefit Campstars, a community outreach bereavement program of Hospice Atlanta. It will honor neighbor Suzanne Clark, a commu- nity supporter (sidewalk on Hillside Drive), devoted parent and talented artist. Suzanne passed away after a valiant fight against cancer, leaving 3 children, her husband Richard and countless friends to grieve. The premier of this event is called "Evening Under The Stars" and begins on Thursday, October 9th from 6-9PM. This fun filled evening will spread throughout the Chesney home and gardens, be filled with art, music, great food and fine wines. A unique neighborhood event for a worthwhile cause. Advance ticketing for "Evening Under The Stars" is requested and can be purchased on line at www.TuxedoArtisansMarket.com October 10 and 11 is free and open to the public. Cafe Stars will be open for breakfast and lunch . Meet the artists, join your friends, have a croissant, sip some coffee under the tent in the gardens at 630 Tuxedo Place.

Kim and Lamar Chesney, long time residents of our neighborhood, are planning a spectacular 3 day

I hope you’ve had the opportunity to visit the newly reno- vated Jackson Primary School, located in the old Tuxedo School building. It is quite ironic that in 1966, Warren T. Jackson Elementary School was built to relieve the overcrowded Tuxedo School and the whole school community was excited about moving into a modern open classroom building. It seems we have come full circle. The main campus of Jackson now has individual classrooms with walls, and the Tuxedo building has newly installed cabinetry, floors, lighting, and plumbing. We have 925 wonderful students attending Jackson this school year; 350 in grades K and 1 at Jackson Primary, and 575 at Jackson on Mt. Paran in grades 2 – 5. All are enjoying a first class edu- cation in a wonderful learning environment. Jackson is a school of which you should be quite proud. In October, Atlanta Public Schools will begin construction of a new addition at Jackson Primary. We will be getting a new media center, art room, music room, and 5 additional class- rooms. This addition will give the Primary campus the breathing room it needs to spread out and provide adequate space for all of the many activities our students enjoy. This expansion promises to be the long term solution to our capacity needs and allows our community the flexibility it needs to continue Jackson’s status as a school of choice for our local families. The Atlanta Public Schools are enjoying a positive upswing

St. Dunstan’s Invites Neighbors to Flying Pig Barbecue

in student achievement as well as improvements across the board on all indicators. Jackson is proud to be leading the way for positive growth. Thank you to the Mt. Paran-Northside

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church invites you to the Annual Flying Pig Bar-be-que. When: Sunday October 12 at 5:00pm Where:

Citizens Association for its support. Strong schools make strong communities.

St. Dunstan's 4393 Garmon Road NW in the Beech Grove (rain or shine) What: Pit Roasted BBQ prepared by Master BBQ Chefs Geoff Walker and Danny Woodard, Live Music by J R & Company, Moonwalk, and fellowship. Tickets: Can be purchased at

You are invited to attend our PTA supported Fall Pumpkin Patch on October 11th. We will have wonderful pumpkins for sale as well as other fall decorations, plus lots of activities for children. It is always a lot of fun. We hope to see you there!

the door $12 for adults and $6 for children Christie Brown

Chastain Park Fundraiser October 25th

 

Memory Walk October 18 …Teams Forming Now

Memory Walk October 18 …Teams Forming Now Memory Walk, this year at 10:00AM at Chastain Park

Memory Walk, this year at 10:00AM at Chastain Park on October 18, is the Alzheimer’s Association’s signature annual event to raise money to sup- port families dealing with this devas- tating disease. Last year you raised more than $1 million for Georgians touched by AD and this year plans to be even bigger! The money you raise will provide much- needed programs and services for people all over Georgia— services like respite care for caregivers, support groups, educa- tional classes and more! Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 72 seconds and with the help of people like you, we can fight to lower that num- ber. Go to www.alz.org/georgia if you’d like to join the fun and form a team, or join a team.

The Chastain Park Conservancy will host A Back Stage Tour, the fourth annual fund raiser on Saturday, October 25, at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre. If you have attended the previous events, you know what an incredible experience it is to be on the same stage as your favorite performers. Now see what goes on behind the scenes. The event will include live entertainment and feature tastings from some of your favorite restaurants, including C&S Seafood, Chops, Chopsticks, and Pricci. Ticket info at www.ChastainParkConservancy.org A limited number of $100 tickets are available on a first come first serve basis. If your organization or business is interested in spon- sorship opportunities or in providing silent auction items, please contact Mark Root at mark@ChastainParkConservancy.Org

The Chastain Park Conservancy will host A Back Stage Tour , the fourth annual fund raiser

This is Tommy—He’s Registered in the Pet Registry!

Memorial to Elliott Gallaway

 
The Citizen's Review, and the Mt. Paran- Northside Citizens Association, joins the Galloway School Family in
 
The Citizen's Review, and the Mt. Paran- Northside Citizens Association, joins the Galloway School Family in

The Citizen's Review, and the Mt. Paran- Northside Citizens Association, joins the Galloway School Family in mourning the passing of it’s founder Elliott Galloway.

Tommy just moved to the neighborhood but he’s already registered in the Mt. Paran- Northside Pet Registry along with his photo and cell phone number, just like over 600 other dogs, cats and birds that are part of our families and share our homes. If your pet(s) are not registered, please email jobillrau@aol.com and get them online and in the book! It’s a big help if one day they’re lost. Microchips help too!

More Neighborhood Briefs

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Neighborhood Briefs Calling All Buckhead Neighborhoods ... A United Voice for Buckhead is Gaining Volume Whitewater
Neighborhood Briefs
Calling All Buckhead Neighborhoods ...
A United Voice for Buckhead is Gaining Volume
Whitewater Creek Women’s Bible Study Group
All Buckhead neighborhoods have been
invited to participate in the newly-formed
Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods
(BCN), a group representing the interests
of our Buckhead community. The BCN
first met in April and affirmed its goal of
creating an organization that would give
Buckhead homeowners a stronger and
more unified voice in the Atlanta commu-
nity. At the BCN, the Mount Paran-
Northside Citizen Association has initially
been represented by Yolanda Adrean, Marilyn Midyette and Brenda Smith.
As a result of pro-bono work done by King and Spalding,
BCN was incorporated in July as a non-profit organization and
John.
Please join us for a Community Bible Study
for neighbors and friends. All are welcome
and may join in any time!
Our fall study began Wednesday, September
3rd and meets every other Wednesday at
10AM. We are studying The Gospel of
Our Winter study will begin January 7th (study topic to
be determined).
Hosted by Marie Stephens & Jennifer Wagoner at the home of
Jennifer Wagoner, 4105 Whitewater Creek Rd, we hope to see you
for coffee, fellowship, and study!
For more info or to RSVP, email
call
nd.
or
Chastain Park Pool Enjoys $1 Million Improvements
currently is defining its structure, bylaws, budget and member-
ship. Future BCN meetings will provide a forum for a discussion
on Buckhead neighborhood issues related to infrastructure and
city and county services. It will address mutual issues, such as
transportation/traffic, education, parks, security/safety, etc.
nd
Presently, BCN meets monthly (the 2
Thursday of the
month) at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, and membership is
growing. Homeowners, especially those currently or previously
involved in Buckhead neighborhood civic associations are
encouraged to participate to represent their neighborhood’s
interests and to help shape the future of this organization. The
time to get involved is now as this organization is being shaped.
According to Jim King, a member of BCN’s Board of Directors,
“The formation of this group is long overdue and clearly makes
sense for Buckhead. Currently, Buckhead has 43 different
neighborhoods recognized by the city. Each of our neighbor-
hoods is focused on its individual concerns and does not have an
effective vehicle for making a lot of headway on larger Buck-
head-wide issues. We now have an independent forum for home-
owners to share common concerns and propose solutions for
community betterment. The BCN will empower our neighbor-
hoods to address matters in a more unified and stronger manner
that will get positive results.”
Buckhead neighborhood civic associations will continue to
operate and meet as they have in the past, but BCN will provide
a second, more globally-focused approach to addressing and
tackling issues that affect the larger Buckhead community. It has
been reported that Buckhead households represent approximately
15% of Atlanta households yet pay 45% of the taxes. This clearly
indicates a need for Buckhead homeowners to have a greater
voice in community matters and equity in delivered services.
For more information on BCN and how you can participate,
please contact Kim Kahwach at kajensen@bellsouth.net or Allison
Adair at alliadair@aol.com
Contributors: Jennifer Moyers, President of Whitewater Creek
Civic Association and Jim King, President of Chastain Park Civic
Association
It has been a great summer for Chastain
Park Pool. Opening in May with a $1
million renovation, many of the improvements
were obvious: new tile, plaster, gutters and
lane ropes for the pool, a remodeled bath-
house with new fixtures, partitions and
paint, and over 500 newly acquired
lounge chairs and tables. The most extensive renovations were
actually underground—a modern filtration system that conserves
100,000+ of gallons of water, and new pipes that contribute to
much warmer water all season. Plus neighbors helped design
and construct a free standing “snack shack” for snacks and
sometimes snow cones and hot dogs. The most obvious improve-
ment was dividing the pool into three parts with 2 bulkheads,
clearly defining the children’s area, a 10 lane lap swim area, and
the diving and deep swim area, giving each area four sides, and
easier entry for small children.
The Chastain Park Tidal Waves swim team had a banner
summer as well, with 290 swimmers and a second place finish
in the Atlanta Swim Association Championships for the entire
metro area. The pool is run by the non-profit Chastain Park
Athletic Club and is owned by the City of Atlanta. Visit us at
www.chastainparkathleticclub.org and we hope you’ll join the
pool next summer!
Save Nov. 10th to Benefit the Marcus Autism Center
Mark your calendar and please join us
on November 10th, for the annual
Marcus Autism Center's Luncheon and
Fashion Show featuring Carolina
Herrera, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Tickets
are $125. For more information, contact London Andes
at landes00@yahoo.com
Save the Date…
Editors’ note: special thanks to all the contributors in this issue. Email jobillrau@aol.com your articles, ideas,

Editors’ note: special thanks to all the contributors

in this issue.

Email jobillrau@aol.com your articles, ideas, events,

tips and photographs for the next issue of The

Citizen’s Review. And your opinions will always be

considered for reprint in “In My Opinion” our

new neighbor op-ed columns featured in future

issues.

For the Mt. Paran-Northside Citizens Association 24 th Annual Meeting Tuesday, October 21 - 7 P.M.
For the Mt. Paran-Northside Citizens Association
24 th Annual Meeting
Tuesday, October 21 - 7 P.M. - Jackson Elementary School
Election of Officers and Directors 2009-2010
Learn what the nine Constitutional Amendments and Ballot Questions
on the November 4 General Election Ballot really mean
Meet the Candidates (to be announced)
Meet your Board of Directors and learn about year-long activities
Watch your mailbox for meeting notice
Check the website for updates
www mpnca.org

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SEPTEMBER 2008

The Crime Report

The Mt. Paran-Northside Citizens Association produces this public safety report for the benefit of our neighborhood. If you see suspicious activity, or are the victim of a crime, call 911 and then report

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the details for this newsletter to our Security Patrol (404)310-7361 or Jo Ann Rau (

Security Patrol Information

The Mt. Paran Security Patrol is a neighborhood funded patrol staffed by retired and active duty Atlanta police officers. Officer Doug Cole and Officer Jim Hendrix work full time—8 hours a day—and Sgt. Ellis (J.R.) works part-time—3 evenings a week and some weekends as necessary. To date there are 481 patrol members of which 40 live in the Randall Mill Civic Association area.

The patrol monitors the Atlanta police radio and responds to alarms in the area. The patrol checks doors and windows daily while you are out of town and picks up newspapers. The fee to join the patrol is $150 a year and covers the time period from January 1 to December 31. The fee for new residents will be pro-rated. Subscribers receive a mailbox decal, telephone stickers and access to the security hotline as well as daily surveillance of your house and property.

For information on joining, or to meet the patrol officers, call (404) 310-7361. Be sure to leave a message during off-duty hours and one of the patrol officers will call you back.

 

What’s Inside

Atlanta Housing Code Enforcement

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Report from Zone Two

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Sandy Springs Crime Report

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Freeze Your Credit to Prevent

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Identity Theft Mt. Paran Security in Russia? C3

Security Patrol Activity

During the months of February 2008 through August 2008

Officers Doug Cole, Jim Hendrix and Sergeant Ellis (J.R.)

Logged 12,763 miles patrolling our neighborhood Made 3,740 house checks for traveling subscribers Responded to 81 alarm calls Investigated 63 suspicious persons or autos Investigated 10 incidents of larceny Investigated 8 incidents of vandalism Investigated 7 break-ins Found 1 incident of vandalism

February: Several reports of suspicious persons stopping cars and asking for gas money. Break in on Glen Devon Dr.—back door kicked in— laptop taken. Teenage parties in two locations (Swarthmore Dr. and Flint- lock Rd.). Parents out of town. APD called but never showed up.

March: Additional reports of panhandlers asking for gas money. Re- sponding to one report, Officer Hendrix detained a well-known serial pan- handler and his girlfriend who were arrested and taken into custody by SSPD. Break in on Randall Mill Rd.—two Hispanic males kicked in a rear door and attempted to steal a large flat screen TV which they dropped in front yard and fled when accosted by the owner’s large dog. Break-in on North Harris Ridge—glass panel on back door broken to gain entry and two empty fancy purses were taken. The owner was asleep and the alarm system was not turned on. Purses were found discarded on Harris Trail by Officer Cole. Cars parked outside were also entered. SSPD was called and made a report. On Mt. Paran Rd. an APD officer responded to an intrusion alarm and failed to notice obvious evidence of attempted forced entry when checking the house. The owner returned home shortly, discovered the break-in, and called APD back to the location. Nothing appeared to have been taken, and it is believed that the original respond- ing officer was intimidated by the owner’s two dogs. A construction trailer break-in occurred on Fairfield Rd.—it is not known if anything was taken. Vandalism on Paran Pines Dr.—A window was broken on a truck—not known if anything taken. Vandalism on Harris Trail—a win- dow was shot at with an air-rifle. Theft from vehicle on Woodvale Dr—A GPS unit was stolen (along with a brief case found later) from an unlocked vehicle. Theft from vehicle on The Highlands—a window was broken on a house-sitter’s car with a rock and her I-pod was stolen.

April: Organized door-to door solicitation efforts were reported in the neighborhood. On Mt. Paran Rd., a vehicle struck a wall causing property damage. On Paran Pines Drive a vehicle was stolen from a driveway (keys believed left in vehicle). Other unlocked cars in the driveway had been entered. On Harris Trail, new plants ready for planting left by the mailbox were stolen.

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More Crime News: We Need to Work Together

Security Patrol Activity OUR CONTINUED EFFORTS Continued from Page C1 May: On West Conway Dr., Three
Security Patrol Activity
OUR CONTINUED
EFFORTS
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May: On West Conway Dr., Three cars had their windows
smashed and items were taken. On North Harris Ridge, mail was
taken from a mailbox. On Woodvale, a briefcase taken from a
vehicle in March was found by a neighbor and returned to the
owner by the Security Patrol. On Monte Carlo Dr., a security
gate was forced open, a rear door was kicked in. but nothing was
taken inside the house. However, copper gutters and downspouts
from this house under construction were stolen from the outside
of the house. On Conway Valley Rd., mail was taken from a
mailbox.
By MAJOR JAMES E. SELLERS
Zone Two Police Precinct
June: On West Conway Dr., A vehicle was driven across a yard,
causing damage. Mailboxes were damaged on Davis Dr. and
two addresses on Northside Drive. On Garmon Rd., a vehicle
with keys left in it was stolen from the street. On Coronado Dr.,
an unlocked door with a broken lock was found while owner was
out of town.
On Woodvale Dr., an I-pod was taken from an unlocked car and
two other unlocked cars were entered. On Mt. Paran Rd. A mail-
box was damaged—apparently hit by a car.
July: A white van driven by two black males (Lic.9F8FNT)
approached residents on North Chambord, Woodvale Dr., and
Northside Dr. seeking work washing cars or doing pressure-
washing. They followed a resident’s daughter through a security
gate when she arrived home and when their work offer was re-
fused had to have the gate opened for them to leave. Several
similar reports about these individuals have been received from
others in this vicinity outside the MPNCA patrol area.
On
Whitestone Pl., a mailbox was damaged. On Flintlock Rd., an-
other teenage party occurred with parents out of town. On West
Conway, an unoccupied house was entered and contractor’s tools
and equipment were taken.
Additionally, the Security Patrol found a tree down on a house
while owners were out of town, and they had to add water to two
swimming pools to protect pumps from overheating.
August: Additional reports of a white van offering car detailing
and pressure washing (see above) were received. Solicitors were
reported on Harris Trail and larceny of loose change occurred
from unlocked vehicles on Paran Pines Dr.
EMAIL BLASTS
If you are not receiving regular email crime
alerts from the Mt. Paran-Northside Citizens
Association, then we don’t have your email address.
Send it to MtParNorCitAssoc@aol.com And,
add our address to your on-line address book
so our emails won’t be caught by your internet
provider’s spam cont rols. We respect your
privacy and never share email addresses. And
be assured, we do not share your email address
with anyone.

I am very proud of the relationship fostered between the Mt. Paran Northside Citizens Association and the Zone Two Precinct. As we continue to strive making crime reduction our focus, we have reinstated the Zone Two Field Investigation (FIT) Team. We also have the additional resource of a twelve man foot patrol. These additional man power resources will allocate extra officers to consistently converge on more areas within Zone Two concentrating on “hot spots” that foster criminal activity that ultimately affects the quality of life in Zone Two. Our efforts to proactively reduce criminal activity in Zone Two includes a collaborative effort with many organizations within Zone Two, such as yours, along with others to include, The Buckhead Alliance, The Buckhead Coalition, Lenox Mall, Phipps Plaza, Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs), Citizens Advisory Committee (neighborhood representatives), just to name a few. By using a double loop communication which gives all parties input, these partnerships help to foster solid working relationships between the community and the police department. In September of 2006 we launched the grand opening of the Zone Two mini precinct located on Peachtree Road. This precinct is equipped with state of the art expanded video surveillance monitors which receive images from over 70 cameras mounted on buildings throughout the Buckkead Village. This venture has been credited with recording much needed video footage such as that of the “ring robbery” bandits, as well as helping to stop crimes before they occur. As we speak, The Buckhead Village is undergoing renovation to add new upscale shops and boutiques, fine dining and hotels. Because of this new ven- ture, we have, in collaboration with the Atlanta Police Foundation encouraged many of the businesses to participate in “Operation Shield” which utilizes the COMNET (communications network) program. Weekly staff meetings assist our watch commanders in remaining vigilant on criminal patterns that occur through- out the zone. A review of crimes for the previous week helps us assess the need for extra enforcement on a weekly basis. We also strive to make certain that our officers are afforded the necessary training and recertification needed to assist them in their daily crime fighting efforts. As a result of our crime fighting efforts, Zone Two has been the recipient of several awards including the 2 nd and 3 rd quarter crime reduction award in 2006 and has had a 22.44% reduction in crime for the last two years. T h e s e are just a few of the crime fighting efforts that we have undertaken in Zone Two. As summer comes to an end, let us all continue to be mindful about our surroundings, mak- ing certain that valuables are not in plain sight, homes and cars are properly secured and that we continue to be neighborly in reporting suspicious activity. I am very proud of the men and women, who on a daily basis, help to make certain that Zone Two is a safer place for all who live, work and entertain in our Zone.

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More Crime News: Stop Crimes of Opportunity

SANDY SPRINGS CRIME REPORT

By STEVE ROSE

Lieutenant/Public Information Officer Community Affairs Unit

More Crime News: Stop Crimes of Opportunity SANDY SPRINGS CRIME REPORT By STEVE ROSE Lieutenant/Public Information

Currently one of the most popular items on a thief's list of favorite items to steal is the GPS device. Most GPS devices are no bigger than a deck of cards and once taken, can be easily con- cealed. The most popular target areas for GPS thefts include retail shopping center park- ing lots, parking decks as well as overnight parking areas primarily apartment and condo parking areas. As popular as this item is to steal, preventing the theft can be even easier. The remedy: Take it with you every time you leave the car. Don't forget to remove the GPS suction-cup holder from the windshield. Even if the de- vice is with you, you don't want thieves breaking into your car after seeing the suction cup and assuming you've got the GPS in your glove box or other location inside the car. Even at home with your car in the garage, take the GPS and holder out of the car. Remove the opportunity and save yourself a lot of grief.

More Crime News: Stop Crimes of Opportunity SANDY SPRINGS CRIME REPORT By STEVE ROSE Lieutenant/Public Information

CALL 911 WHEN YOU SEE SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY THEN MT. PARAN SECURITY (404) 310-7361

Don’t be a Victim of Identity Theft! Preventative Measures now Available

Identity theft remains the fastest growing crime in the United States. One of the most effective ways to protect your identity is to freeze your credit. Credit freezes allow consumers to lock up their records and choose a secret code to use to temporarily “thaw” your credit. Under state law, you can place, temporarily lift or remove a security freeze on your credit file. That added layer of security means that thieves can’t do anything with your information even if they are able to get hold of it.

For Georgia residents, the cost to freeze credit is $3 per credit bureau. It is free for senior citizens and victims of ID theft with a valid police report.

You can request a credit freeze online at transunion.com experian.com and equifax.com. For automated information by telephone, call these numbers:

Experian, dial 1-888-397-3742 Equifax, dial 1-800-685-1111 TransUnion, dial 1-888-909-8872

More Crime News: Stop Crimes of Opportunity SANDY SPRINGS CRIME REPORT By STEVE ROSE Lieutenant/Public Information

THANKS! MT. PARAN SECURITY PATROL

More Crime News: Stop Crimes of Opportunity SANDY SPRINGS CRIME REPORT By STEVE ROSE Lieutenant/Public Information

By ESTHER and HOWARD MARGOL

Mt. Paran Parkway

In late July, we were in St. Petersburg, Russia with my entire family including nine grandchildren. We received an Email message that Officer Cole, from our MPNCA Security Patrol, reported that a tree had fallen against my house. Since my entire family was in Russia with me, and the neighbors we tried to contact were also out of town, there was nothing we could do from that distance. How- ever, the message stated that Officer Cole did not think any real damage to the house had occurred and that was a comforting thought. After arriving back in Atlanta, we had the tree removed and, Officer Cole was right. Only the upperbranches of the tree were against the house and not the tree trunk. Consequently, there was no damage to the house itself. The tree was actually in the back of the house and not visible from the street. The fact that Officer Cole saw it, is a testimony to the thoroughness of his observation of our property, rather than just a ride past our house and reporting everything was o.k. Even though we put a vacation stop on our newspaper, the paper was delivered each day anyway. Nine days of newspapers, sitting on our driveway, was a clear signal to would be thieves that we were out of town. Again, the Security Patrol came to the rescue. When I arrived home, all of the newspapers were in a somewhat hidden place and not in the driveway. If you have not signed up to have the Security Patrol check your house when you are away, it is not too late to do so.

Prowler

A Magic Word to 911

Prowling, over simplified, is being in a place that the individ- ual doesn't belong. If a resident witnesses an individual on another's property who does not appear to belong on that property,

  • 911 should be called immediately. The individual's very presence

on another's property may be a crime in and of itself. That

presence is VERY LIKELY and an indication that a more serious crime is about to occur. When this activity is witnessed, and the caller feels fairly confident that criminal activity is taking place, they should

tell the 911 dispatcher that a prowler is on a neighbor's property—use the word PROWLER. This word makes the

  • 911 call a high-priority call and should result in a very quick

response time. Looking in house windows, going around the back of the house, looking into car windows are all examples of prowling. Almost every time someone observes this activ- ity on a neighbor's property, describing the individual as a prowler is appropriate. Do not be afraid to call 911 if some-

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Prowlers: Call 911

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least two shirts.
least
two
shirts.

thing doesn't look right - 90% of the time, if

it doesn't look right, it isn't!

REMEMBER: when calling 911 provide

a very detailed description of the individ-

ual ...

Do not limit your description to shirt

and pants. Describe hair length and color,

hats, shoes, tattoos, jewelry

everything

you

can see. Remember, this individual has

probably done this before. They know what

we're looking for. They are likely wearing at

They

are

likely

wearing

jeans.

If the activity looks suspicious, but it is unclear whether crimi- nal activity is taking place, the witness should still call 911 and report the activity and the suspicious person.

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the management of the dispatch center or (iii) stand it up with city staff , iXP will complete the final 1/3 of their contract. That is to specify the technological systems to be used; select and hire staff and go live with the 911 Emergency Communications Cen- ter. The timeline for take over is 7 ½ months if outsourced and 9 ½ to 12 months if city staff is used. The major point to remember is that this project involves the interface of many technological systems; design and purchase of mobile and in house equipment as well as staffing needs ….including training. With adequate training and staffing levels, the City’s 911 Center will be posi- tioned for success. “Fast tracking” such an important project is not advisable. We need to get it right from day 1 and we will!

EMS (ambulance) Services

Effective July 1, 2008, the Fulton County Board of Commis- sioners elected to transfer contractual administration and finan- cial responsibility of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to the Fulton municipalities. In January 2008, the six north Fulton cities set up an EMS Task Force to explore various region wide EMS delivery models and cost allocation strategies. Due to vari- ous reasons, disagreement of an equitable cost sharing method being one, the City of Sandy Springs decided to solely contract with the State designated 911 ambulance provider, Rural/Metro Ambulance to purchase EMS Services and to establish enhanced standards of performance. Prior to July 1, 2008, Rural/Metro positioned three ambulances in the City during the 14 hours of peak demand and two ambulances during off peak hours. That existing level of service was decided to be inadequate at a cost of $293,467. Instead the Mayor and City Council opted for en- hanced service (still providing eight-minute response times) for two more ambulances totaling five stationed in Sandy Springs during peak hours and one more or a total of three during non peak. This enhanced service has been contracted for an annual cost of $450,000. After six months we will review call response times and call volumes to see if additional adjustments of more or less ambulances are needed for comparable cost adjustments as well. The staging locations of the ambulances are in Fire stations #1 (the panhandle) ; #2 (near the new City Hall site at Target on Johnson Ferry Road) and # 3 (Heards Ferry). In addition they are parked in two locations on Roswell Road: (i) Glenridge (near the Post Office south of I-285); and (ii) Northridge. If

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emergencies call any of these ambulances into duty such that

only four or three or even one ambulance is left , there are

standing plans to reallocate the remaining ambulance (s) to

more central geographic locations to maximize response time.

Those locations include Abernathy / Roswell Road; and John-

son’s Ferry/Roswell Road.

Automatic Aid Agreement from Station 27- City of At- lanta Fire Department to the Western End of District 6 in

Sandy Springs

Finally, other emergency response developments to enhance you and your family’s safety include the recent automatic aid agreement between the Fire Chiefs of the City of Atlanta and the City of Sandy Springs. In principle, the City of Atlanta Fire Department has agreed to provide automatic dispatch of its

Fire Department personnel and equipment from it’s Fire Sta-

tion number 27 to the western end of the City of Sandy Springs District 6 which includes the Sandy Springs portion of the area served by the Mt. Paran Northside Citizens Associa-

tion . The City of Sandy Springs has executed the Agreement

and so has the City of Atlanta’s Fire Chief. However, it is un- der legal review by the City of Atlanta at which time it will be hopefully released as a fully executed document. (The City of Sandy Springs Fire Department personnel in Station 4 already automatically respond to emergency calls inside the City of Atlanta pursuant to our use agreement on the lease of the City of Atlanta owned Fire Station 4.) Automatic Aid speeds up response time as the 911 call is automatically dispatched to both City of Atlanta and Sandy Springs Fire Departments, ver- sus mutual aid which requires one department to specifically call the other department for assistance. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to your newslet- ter and please do not hesitate to contact me at Karen mcenerny@sandyspringsga.org i f I can help you in any way.

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decisions on the use of tax dollars. Referendums allow voters

to make a direct decision on the use of tax dollars, and also de- cide on the amount of taxes they will pay as a result. A home in Fulton County valued at $150,000 would see a library bond tax increase of $18.96 per year to support the plan. A $300,000 home would pay $37.92 per year. The bond tax would be pay- able for 30 years. The choice is yours – do you wish to invest in library facili- ties in Fulton County? The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Sys- tem is a free service, open to all. Libraries promote education, literacy and lifelong learning. Libraries are active community centers, providing social and cultural vitality to the areas they

serve. It is up to you to decide if you wish to invest in the li- brary system. It is important for you to weigh the future value your community will receive on the investment you are consid- ering. Take the time to review the facts, and take action through

your

vote on November 4 th . Please visit my website

www.LynneRiley.com to review the library bond resolution and the text of referendum ballot question. As always, I welcome your questions and comments on this and all services provided by your Fulton County government.

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he Spring Neighborhood Ladies Luncheon held on April 23 at the beautiful home of Sally Hanna
he Spring Neighborhood Ladies Luncheon held on April 23 at the beautiful home of Sally Hanna
he
he

Spring Neighborhood Ladies Luncheon held

on April 23 at the beautiful home of Sally Hanna was a treat for all to enjoy. Sally's lovely home opens to a beautiful back patio and pool which makes it a delightful spot for a happy spring party.

Many thanks to Sally for her hospitality and generosity!

he Spring Neighborhood Ladies Luncheon held on April 23 at the beautiful home of Sally Hanna
he Spring Neighborhood Ladies Luncheon held on April 23 at the beautiful home of Sally Hanna
he Spring Neighborhood Ladies Luncheon held on April 23 at the beautiful home of Sally Hanna
he Spring Neighborhood Ladies Luncheon held on April 23 at the beautiful home of Sally Hanna
he Spring Neighborhood Ladies Luncheon held on April 23 at the beautiful home of Sally Hanna
he Spring Neighborhood Ladies Luncheon held on April 23 at the beautiful home of Sally Hanna
he Spring Neighborhood Ladies Luncheon held on April 23 at the beautiful home of Sally Hanna
he Spring Neighborhood Ladies Luncheon held on April 23 at the beautiful home of Sally Hanna
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he Spring Neighborhood Ladies Luncheon held on April 23 at the beautiful home of Sally Hanna

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Muller: No Silver Bullet for Clean Water Continued from Page 8 more harmful than CSO’s. Because

more harmful than CSO’s. Because of the extreme amount of attention given to the 15% downtown that some activists demanded be separated, the other repair projects had been postponed many times, to the detriment of the homeowners who lived outside the center of the city and were experiencing flooded basements and sewer back-ups when it rained. Especially the Nancy Creek relief project in north Atlanta was put off for years while the City tried to deal with activists who were concentrated only on their desired technology, and not getting to clean water. An engineering expert once told me that “not even God could come up with the money to separate the sewers in the whole country”. Many cities have combined sewers. Atlanta has very few. 2000 --Public Works began again to design a relief for the Nancy Creek sewer and suggested a Capacity Management Facility –CMF (underground storage box with a pump) to keep the sewage moving to the treatment plant. NPU A, led by Lynne Moscow and Sy Liebmann, objected to this design because of the possibility of noise and odor. The least expensive way to build a relief for Nancy Creek Sewer, building a new sewer along the same creek, was considered too invasive. The medium cost solution was the CMF which we were all wary of. Public Works, at our insistence, then suggested a more expensive but totally non-invasion solution—a deep rock tunnel from DeKalb across north Atlanta to RM Clayton treatment plant—which ended up being the best solution. Campbell and I were not on speaking terms but with the help of Larry Wallace and Norman Koplan, both engineers who could influence Mayor Campbell, the City said yes to the same type of tunnel that had been derailed a few years before. 2002 -Atlanta got a new Mayor—Shirley Franklin—who was willing to do what needed to be done and get the Consent Decrees underway. Since I had been called the “sewer lady” as chair of City Utilities for so long, I was happy to have a Mayor who didn’t mind being the “Sewer Mayor”. The Mayor met with our regional EPA Director who was happy to see Atlanta on the move with our environmental obligations after so many years of the former Administration dodging what must be done. Franklin also asked Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough to form an expert panel to give recommendations, and the Clean Water Atlanta Program was underway. At this time the City was required to submit to EPA and EPD a Remedial Measures Report, describing how we intended to get to compliance with the Federal Consent Decrees. That report was submitted with three potential solutions for compliance. Plan A, the most expensive plan, again consisted of totally separating the sewer pipes in the 15% combined area downtown. This plan was immediately heralded by the environmental activists as the best plan but could not be implemented by the deadline. We are told now that this plan would probably add another billion dollars to the program. Plan B, which included some separation, and Plan C, with no additional separation, were the only choices available. The median-cost plan B is the one the City chose to implement.

It consisted of some sewer separation downtown, and more, larger deep rock tunnels for conveying the combined wastewater and storm-water to a treatment plant. Many who railed against me at the time (saying I had stock in tunnel-building machines) called this the Muller plan. In fact, I liked Plan C the best. It was the least expensive and involved no disruptive digging for the separation of pipes. Someday many of those areas will be redeveloped and at that time , the new development could separate the sewers. In the meantime, we would be treating both sewage and dirty storm-water. Timing always plays a big part, however. There was a new crop of Council Member in 2002 that had not lived through the derailed projects and the lawsuits of the past. Many of these new Council Members heavily objected to the cost of the Clean Water Atlanta Program yet were pushing (and still being lobbied) to consider an even more expensive full separation plan. I submit that the time to have saved money was in 1994 when we could have built a tunnel that would have saved the City from the law- suit. The rate debate was heavy, including many public work sessions to describe what needed to be done. Both sitting Council Members and those to be future candidates worried about how costly the Program would be, even though some still wished to grant the activists their desired, more expensive technology. Ironically, of the projects completed so far in the program, the Nancy Creek Tunnel came in on budget, while the separation projects are proving more costly than budget. My feelings then and now are that we need to figure a way to sort through good and bad advice as Maynard Jackson did and move forward with our obligations. Some things should not be so political. Early in 2003 we finally approved a rate increase to get started on the funding of the program. In 2008 the Council approved the second series of four year rate increases for this $4 Billion project. Still, this year there was much angst from some members of Council. There was attempt to only approve a one year rate increase that failed. Now the City is embarking on an audit of the Program to determine if the Program is being mismanaged and if money is being wasted. While I concur that all City programs need oversight, I repeat again: the politics of the past caused this program to be so expensive. We continue to hope to get Federal grants to supple- ment the water rates and the Municipal Option Sales Tax dollars that help to fund the Program. Currently Congress is considering an “Infrastructure Bank” to help Cities and Counties. Let’s hope this new federal idea can result in new grants for Atlanta. Currently efforts to “reopen” approaches to complying with the consent orders are surfacing—some because of the impact of rising water costs, some because of ideology and some for other reasons. Insuring that our program is being run efficiently and effectively requires reasonable ongoing monitoring. Looking for a new “silver bullet” solution would likely end up adding cost and likely missing our deadlines.

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THE METROPOLITAN ATLANTA CHAPTER URGES FAMILIES

“Be Red Cross Ready” during National Preparedness Month

Photo by Shane Durrance
Photo by Shane Durrance

The tornados that affected the Metro Atlanta area in the spring this year, remind us that the unexpected can happen at any time. While we can’t control what happens, we can control how we prepare for and respond to it. Taking action ahead of time to prepare can help us respond better, faster, and safer.

September is National Preparedness Month and the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter is encouraging residents to join us in helping to create a more prepared Metro Atlanta by taking three simple actions to “Be Red Cross Ready” for future disasters and se- vere weather emergencies:

Get a kit

Make a plan Be informed Taking these basic preparedness actions can help you prepare for a variety of disasters, from a power outage to a tornado. To help you, we’ve created a free o n l i n e e d u c a t i o n m o d u l e a t www.redcross.org/BeRedCrossReady It includes a downloadable emergency pre- paredness kit shopping list, emergency contact card and instructions for creating a family communication plan. If you’ve been putting off getting pre-

pared, now is the time to do something about it. Together, we can make Atlanta a safer place to live, work and play, by being “Red Cross Ready.”

ATLANTA TORNADO PHOTOS BY PAUL MULDAWER
ATLANTA
TORNADO
PHOTOS BY
PAUL
MULDAWER
T HE M ETROPOLITAN A TLANTA C HAPTER URGES FAMILIES “Be Red Cross Ready” during National
T HE M ETROPOLITAN A TLANTA C HAPTER URGES FAMILIES “Be Red Cross Ready” during National
T HE M ETROPOLITAN A TLANTA C HAPTER URGES FAMILIES “Be Red Cross Ready” during National

The What, When, Where of Recycling!

By MARY LOUISE FLOYD

Board of Directors, Keep Atlanta Beautiful

 

WHAT

WHERE

Glass, tin, aluminum, plastic (not plastic bags or Styrofoam), paper (including telephone books, catalogues, magazines), non-corrugated cardboard.

Your curbside recycling container

 

Plastic bags (think grocery bags, dry cleaning bags, shopping bags of all kinds) Styrofoam (think egg crates, packing peanuts)

The green recycling receptacles between Publix and Ace Hardware at West Paces Shopping Center

 

Corrugated cardboard and anything you couldn’t fit into your weekly pick-up curbside recycling container

Recycling dumpsters behind Whole Foods on Irby Avenue in Buckhead

 

Electronic Waste go to www.keepatlantabeautiful.org

Grady High School Parking Lot on 8 th Street, every third Saturday monthly from 8 AM – 4 PM

 

What else? Go to www.keepatlantabeautiful.org or www.earth911.org and enter your zip code for recycling of any- thing at you nearest location

Why? You know why! If you don’t, then get a life in the 21 st century. It’s becoming trite to “go-green.” And that’s a good thing in our media- driven, hype-drive world. “Going green” has become our plant-resident obligation and our legacy. It’s now chic to be a bag lady. Be seen carrying dozens of plastic bags to the green recycling bins at Publix. Or better, be seen at the grocery store check-out counter with your own reusable shopping bags. It’s also now chic to be a garbage-picker. Reduce what goes into your Herbie-Curbie. Flaunt to your neighbor your car-trunk full of recyclables that you’re taking to recycling centers.

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Garden Club Competes with Nature—and Man By MARY LOUISE FLOYD Public Relations Chair What do hungry

Garden Club Competes with Nature—and Man

By MARY LOUISE FLOYD

Public Relations Chair

What do hungry deer, an SUV, and two years of drought have in common? They’re the latest challenges to Mt. Paran Woods Garden Club. But nothing daunts the club’s seasoned gardeners, especially under the landscaping chairmanship of Angi Evert and Ann Woodruff. “We’ll just deer-proof the three pocket parks or plant fall annuals that deer won’t devour overnight . We’ll replace the SUV-crushed boxwoods at the County Store park with bomb- proof Carissa Hollies. And we’ll forego planning spring annuals because of watering restrictions.” “Oh my,” you say, “I’ve always taken for granted the pink and yellow tulips and peach azaleas in spring; summer’s gold lilies, white and pink crepe myrtles, red roses, and purple chaste trees and butterfly bushes; the multi-colored pansies in the fall and winter—all accenting the three lushly verdant parks in our neighborhood.” The challenges facing the club’s 2008-9 year underline the fact that these parks are more than sustained greenspace. They

are living works of art that garden club members change sea- sonally and adapt to the unpredictable. The 40 active members of Mt. Paran Woods Garden Club share their joy of gardening by designing, planting, fertilizing, mulching and grooming the three city-owned parks in our neighborhood. Through dues and fundraising, the club pays for plant materials and weekly main- tenance. These parks live and thrive at Cave Road and Mt. Paran Road, at West Conway Drive and Broadland Road, and at Northside Drive and Mt. Paran Road. Governed by its 501(c) 3 by-laws, Mount Paran Woods Gar- den Club is a community-service nonprofit organization open to anyone who lives within the Mount Paran-Northside Commu- nity boundaries. Members meet monthly from September through May to learn about gardening and sustaining green- space. The club currently has a wait list for membership because its 40 active membership capacity is filled. Contact Sally Hanna, membership chairman, to learn more about membership require- ments, including meeting attendance, planting, financial obliga- tions, and sponsorship. This year the garden club is led by President Cecilia Wright, Vice-President Elizabeth Morris, Treasurer Judy Jones, Corresponding Secretary Joan Hoffman, and Recording Secretary Beverly Selby. If you would like to make a donation, you may do so through Judy Jones, Treasurer, Mt. Paran Woods Garden Club, Post Office Box 19634, Atlanta, GA 30325. What’s ahead for our parks? You can count on drought- tolerant, deer-resistant, tougher-than-an-SUV plants. Beyond that? Only Nature knows. That’s part of the creative challenge.

THIS AND PAST EDITIONS OF THE CITIZENS REVIEW ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE AT

mpnca.org

CLICK ON “MPNCA NEWSLETTERSUNDER THE MAIN MENU ON THE LEFT. DONT HAVE A PASSWORD?

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Chastain Park Conservancy

By MARK ROOT

Interim Executive Director

We hope you’re noticing the continued improvements in the park. A storm shelter was added at the north end of the Red Lot that also serves as a bus stop and a water fountain will be added soon. This spring, an area below the Field of Dreams was cleared to provide a better view of the creek. The Palisades, located on Lake Forrest at Nancy Creek, continues to show amazing progress, and yes, the large trees that are down are scheduled to be removed. On Earth Day, over 300 volunteers started work on the south end of the park to remove invasive plants and this area will see significant progress this fall from the American Legion Post to Lake Forrest. Want to be a part if the transformation of the Park? This year, the Conservancy will coordinate over 40 events, generating over 8,000 volunteer hours of sweat equity. Please come out and join us the first Saturday of every month, at the storm shelter in the Red Lot at 9:00 AM and get involved in your Chastain Park. We typically work until about noon. Do you want to commemorate or establish a memorial for some- one? As you walk the park you’ll see a great number of benches and swings that have commemorative plaques on them. Opportunities exist to donate picnic tables, swings, shelters and trees. To get more information on Memories and Memorials, visit www.ChastainParkConservancy.org>Memories and Memorials.

And last but certainly not least, parking will be in short supply again this fall. Actually, there is plenty of parking in the park, but it’s not all on West Wieuca. The Red Lot, located near the north end of the park at 4445 Powers Ferry Road NW, provides ample parking and should be convenient for most of the resi- dents of the Mount Paran-Northside neighborhoods. A short walk down Pool Road connects you to West Wieuca, or stroll down the heavily wooded Park Drive. You have extended your walk and avoided the traffic on West Wieuca! Have a great fall, enjoy the park, and come out and get in- volved. I hope to see you on October 25. (See related article in Neighborhood Briefs, page 10)

Handel: Register & Photo ID to Vote

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Garden Club Competes with Nature—and Man By MARY LOUISE FLOYD Public Relations Chair What do hungry

as a poll worker is a great way to serve in your community and have a role in the election process. Please contact your county elections of- fice for more information. For more information about photo ID, becom- ing a poll worker, voting options, to check your voter registration status, or to find your polling place, visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ga/ElectionCenter You can also contact the Elections Division at 404-656-2871.

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What to Plant Now

What to Plant Now and Why By www.homedepotgardenclub.com Fall is the ideal time to plant trees,

and Why

By www.homedepotgardenclub.com

Fall is the ideal time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials, as well as a fall vegetable garden. It's also the perfect time to plant spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils.

Why Fall is for Planting

...

Cooler air temperatures mean

less stress on new plants. Right now the soil is still warm— often into late fall or early winter—so roots can continue growing. This also means that new plants will have strong root systems to support vigorous growth in the spring. Although fall officially starts at the equinox around September 22nd, the best time for fall planting varies depending on the type of plant, as well as on your climate zone and growing season. The first step in creating your fall planting calendar is to determine your average first fall frost date. Next, mark your calendar with planting dates based on the type of plant:

Trees, Shrubs and Perennials

...

Start with your average

last frost date and count back six weeks. That's the best time to

plant most perennials and woody plants. It can be as early as late summer in northern regions, or November in southern states. For most of the country, September and October is best for fall planting. Spring-flowering bulbs… If you want daffodils, tulips and other spring flowers, plant bulbs this fall. Wait to plant bulbs until the soil temperature is below 60°F but before the ground freezes. A good rule of thumb is to wait until average nighttime temperatures drop to around 50°F for a few weeks. That way, bulbs will be stimulated to produce roots, but won't sprout until next spring. Vegetables… Fast-growing, cool-loving vegetables are perfect for your fall garden. In moderate and southern climates, there is still time plant collards, kale, cabbage, broccoli, rutabagas, cauliflower, lettuce spinach and onions. Extend the growing season by covering plants with row covers or cold frames. Lawns… Cool-season grasses, including Kentucky blue- grass and fescues, grow best in the warm soil and cool air temperatures, making this the best time of year to overseed lawns in many parts of the country. Fall-sown seeds germinate quickly and continue growing into late in the season or early winter. Wait until spring to sow warm-season grasses seeds, like zoysia and buffalo grass.

Caring for plants

...

Water your new plants as needed to keep

soil moist but not saturated. If an early cold snap is in the forecast,

cover plants with row covers or even old sheets or blankets to protect them. Remember that a sudden cold snap is often followed by weeks of ideal growing weather.

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PLEASE TELL US ABOUT:

YOUR NEW NEIGHBORS

What to Plant Now and Why By www.homedepotgardenclub.com Fall is the ideal time to plant trees,

We need your

help

to

keep up with new

neighbors so tell us when- ever you sell your house

or

see

new

neighbors

moving in. Our hospitality

committee has developed

a welcome

package

for

new residents that includes helpful information and some surprises. Please cont act Anne Kala with the

infor

er a welcome

bag:

Drive by Our Fire Station 27 at the corner of West Conway and Northside Drive and watch your gifts climb the ladder as we reach our goal of $250,000 to rebuild the home of our firefighters. See cover story and go to mpnca.org for more information.

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