Time to stabilize, and improve, the Messenger

Jul 8 2014
Regular Messenger readers surely noticed that we skipped the last two months of publication.
Nobody wanted that to happen, and I don’t want it ever to happen again. That’s why I’m proposing at the July 14 board meeting (7 pm, Epworth Church) that we agree to a new arrangement for publishing our neighborhood newsletter.
Our neighbors in Inman Park report great success since they contracted with KDA Communications to take over business operations of the Inman Park Advocator. The KDA deal is pretty straightforward:
  1. The neighborhood continues to produce the articles and images — all the editorial content — for its own newsletter.
  2. KDA handles layout, production, printing, distribution, ad sales and ad management.
  3. KDA makes a lot of improvements by, for example, shifting to color and distributing by mail.
  4. KDA gets all the revenues but also takes on all the costs. In other words, the neighborhood neither makes money nor loses money on its newsletter.
A little over a year ago, then-Communications Officer Kate Sandhaus brought the same proposal to the CPNO board and discussed it at a Members Meeting.

Thanks for the cool pool plants, Tony

Jul 7 2014
Posted for Amy Erwin
Many thanks to Tony Powers, owner of Intown Ace Hardware on Scott Boulevard, for making the latest step in our pool beautification journey possible. Intown Ace — chosen as the “Coolest Ace on the Planet” from among 4,800 Ace stores worldwide — contributed $200 of plants, soil, and mulch.
Volunteers made use of Tony's generosity on by putting spade to earth on Independence Day, In the bed by the entrance, we now have drought-tolerant Knock Out roses and lantana. Inside the pool area, you’ll see big pots of rudbeckias and zinnieas. Volunteer Michelle Hughes also contributed her own patriotic pot of red, white and blue flowers.

Candler Parkers respond to pool furniture push

Jul 7 2014
Posted on behalf of Amy Erwin
The CPNO pool-improvement crew set a goal last month to raise $1,000 from the community by July 15 — to be matched by a challenge grant from CPNO. As of June 26, contributions totaled $2,400!

We’re grateful for everyone’s generosity and have listed the initial set of contributors below. The final list will be posted after July 15, so please keep those contributions coming.
We’re now able to place our first order for furniture, which should arrive by the end of the month. This is a durable, commercial-grade product with a warranty that should take us well into the next 10 years.
We’are also applying for a Park Pride Grant to obtain funds to complete our furniture purchases. No more sitting on concrete!

Members to vote July 21 on Master Plan priorities

Jun 23 2014

CPNO is set to vote at our July 21 Members’ Meeting on a list of 25 priorities drawn from the Candler Park Master Plan.

Randy Pimsler, who chairs the Master Plan Coordinating Committee, presented the proposed priorities at the June 16 Members’ Meeting, and led a discussion on the topic.

In narrowing the list down from more than 100 Master Plan recommendations, the committee focused on four criteria: their importance; whether funding would be needed (and if that funding might be available once voters citywide approve a proposed $250 million infrastructure bond referendum); whether a smaller project would lay the groundwork for other priorities; and whether volunteers have stepped up to champion the cause.

Rise to the Candler Park Pool challenge

Jun 23 2014

From Lauren Welsh

With hot summer days upon us, we all need a place to cool off. Lucky for us we have a public pool right here in our neighborhood! Take a cool dip seven days a week and then stretch out your towel on the nice ... hard ... concrete.

Wait, concrete? That’s right – Candler Park Pool is in desperate need of new pool furniture.

As one of the first projects from the Candler Park Master Plan, volunteers are creating a Candler Park Conservancy to bring together and better support all our park assets including the pool. But we need your help. 

CPNO has issued the CP Conservancy team a challenge grant. CPNO will contribute $1,000 toward pool furniture if the volunteers can raise $1,000, too! Combined with additional a grant w're going for, this will provide the pool with new lounge chairs as well as a couple tables and umbrellas  —  if we act quickly, in time for this season.

Here’s how you can help: 

Opening on board: Communications Officer

Jun 20 2014

We've enjoyed lots of progress in recent months in the realm of online communications. Email blast subscriptions now top 1,000. Facebook Likes are approaching 500. And our membership is suddenly at 246 and rising.

But now Communications Officer Jeff Elrod has resigned, which means we need a new person to lead our efforts to keep the neighborhood informed.

In recent years, our Communications Officer and our webmaster has been the same person. Knowledge of online tools, such as Facebook and Wordpress, certainly would help in this board position. But don't be intimidated by the technical stuff. If you have a passion for sharing stories and accurate information, and a willingness to embrace new ways of communicating (paricularly social media), this is a great opportunity to make a meaningful difference in our community.

As a board member, you'll also have a chance to contribute to ongoing decision making on such important issus as our efforts to improve the the neighborhood, as well as the park.

Interested? Email here.

AT&T submits cell antenna application

Jun 20 2014

FYI: AT&T Mobility this week submitted its application for a Special Administrative Permit from the city to raise the height of the steeple at Epworth United Methodist Church and to install cellphone antennas in the steeple, according to the company's Bryan Curtis.

About that bike raffle benefit at CP Market ...

Jun 19 2014
Bonnie Palter wrote the other day about the bicycle raffle at Candler Park Market that will benefit both CPNO and Lake Claire Neighbors. Then, Peter Bluestone thought to take a snapshot of the blue-and-white cruiser.
Candler Park Market bicycle raffle
Pretty slick, huh? Certainly worth riding over to the market to put $2 — or four, or six, or eight — into the raffle pot. Doncha think?
New Belgium Brewery donated one of the "hand-crafted" bicycle as a promotion for their Fat Tire ale. Get it? Fat tire bicycle? The Market has kindly opted to raffle it, and to give the proceeds to CPNO and LCN.
"The bicycle will be displayed from now until our customer appreciation on July 12th when we will draw the winning ticket," according to an email from the folks at the Market.

Handcrafted Bicycle to be raffled off

Jun 18 2014

 Posted for Candler Park Market

 For the past several years, New Belgium Brewery has generously donated one of their hand crafted  bicycles for us to display in the Market.  New Belgium leaves the fate of the bicycle to the discretion  of each store once it goes off display. 

We have always held a raffle for the bicycle with proceeds from ticket sales donated to the CPNO and LCN.  The bicycle will be displayed from now until our customer appreciation on July 12th when we will draw the winning ticket during our customer appreciation.  Each ticket is $2, and proceeds from ticket purchases are equally donated to CPNO and LCN. 

Tour of Homes, Gardens, And More

Jun 18 2014

Need homes and gardens for the tour. Homes that are 'for sale' are acceptable. Need volunteers to house sit during the tour. The tour will be in conjunction with FallFest. Also need Sponsorships: caterers, florists, real estate brokers, etc. If interested, contact Lexa King ( or Bonnie Palter (