CP Movie Night Tonight - The Muppets!

May 3 2014

Come out this Saturday night for a fabulous movie that is fun for all ages - The Muppets! This is the one with Jason Segel and Amy Adams from 2011. 

Summary: While on vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary, and friend Mary uncover the diabolical plot of a greedy oil millionaire to destroy the Muppet Theater. Now, the Muppet-loving trio must reunite Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and their friends to stage the greatest Muppet telethon ever and save their beloved theater.

The movie will start at sunset, a little after 8 pm, but you’ll want to come out before then, starting around 6:30 pm, for all the running around and hanging out with neighbors. Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks, but please no glass bottles. 

CP neighbor Chris Fitgerald will be there selling pizza, cookies and drinks from Uncle Maddio's. Dinner is served!

As usual, a big thanks to Mark Clement and his pals who make the magic happen, and to CPNO for funding the movies.

Hope to see you all there!

MonkeySurvey: Your first step toward improving CP's pool

May 2 2014

This article provided by Amy Erwin

Just in time for the season's first splashes, CPNO volunteers are working to enhance your experience at Candler Park pool.

Residents were loud and clear during our neighborhood’s master planning process that they want to work on improvements at the pool. So we’re embarking on an effort to understand what the community specifically wants.

Our first step is a two-minute survey on short-term needs and wants. Be sure to make your voice heard by clicking here.

Next up will be fundraising for small purchases meant to improve the pool environment this year. If you’re interested in helping, please email Amy Erwin or Lauren Welsh at  We’d like to begin soon!

Here are some quick facts about the pool:

  • Opens May 24 and closes Sept. 1
  • Open seven days a week
  • Monday through Friday, 10 am-noon, is reserved for Camp Best Friends only, a city program for kids.
  • The pool is open and free to the public Monday-Friday, 12:30-4 pm.
  • A small fee applies — cash only! — Monday-Friday from 4:30 to 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 7 pm.

Opening dates and times are dictated by the city, and the pool is managed under a contract with USA Pools that is in effect through April 2015. Until then, any changes at the pool are bound by the terms and conditions of the USA Pools contract.

At this time, concessions aren't available or allowed. But Atlanta officials are putting together a process and a set of standards for concessions to be sold at any city recreational facility.

Security has been an issue, and the City is seeking to contract for a security solution for all rec facilities that may be implemented before the end of the summer.

In addition, swim lessons can be made available by coordinating with USA Pools. Come back to and like CPNO on Facebook to keep up on what's happening at the pool.

Members vote to oppose cell antennas

Apr 22 2014

CPNO members voted, 27 to 18, Monday night to oppose construction of proposed cell antennas at Epworth United Methodist Church.

It was one of about dozen issues discussed or voted upon at the April Members’ Meeting. More details on the entire meeting will be avaible in the draft meeting minutes in the May issue of the Messenger.

The cell antenna debate was the longest discussion of the evening, however. It followed upon a motion approved at the March meeting that mandated a vote on the issue, in addition to a Special Meeting during which Candler Park residents and others conveyed their concerns to an AT&T official.

On Monday, Pat Singer introduced the motion that eventually passed: “to oppose the building of a cell tower in Epworth United Methodist Church.” She then accepted an amendment from Amy Stout to “have CPNO write letters to City of Atlanta planning officials and elected officials to report the results of this vote.”

Antenna opponents stressed that — whatever one’s opinion on the health risks of cell antennas — CPNO should consider the potential impact on property values. They argued that opposing the antennas is consistent with the CPNO mission “to promote the common good and general welfare” of Candler Park. 

Much of the 25-minute discussion focused on the extent to which the church needs revenue that the cell structure would provide. The motion’s opponents argued that the church is a community asset that has the right to decide how to remain viable.

In addition to 27 yeahs and 18 nays, six members abstained. CPNO officers will convey the results of the vote to city officials, as the amended motion requires.

I want to thank our members for working hard to keep the debate civil and focused, and for avoiding personal attacks, despite strong feelings on both sites of this issue.

Members Meeting tonight!

Apr 21 2014

A reminder: CPNO's April Members Meeting starts at 6:30 pm tonight (April 21) and will move on to general business at 7 pm.

This month, we'll vote whether or not CPNO should officially oppose the proposed Epworth cell antennas. We also expect to vote on two proposed zoning variances:

  • 374 Clifton Rd.  (Application No. V-13-193 as amended)

  • 19 Candler Street (Application No. V-14-038)

And we'll discuss a proposal to form a Commercial Improvement District for Little Five Points, and a grant request for a Freedom Park Conservancy strategic plan.

In addition, hear brief remarks from our state representative, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, and from one of the leading candidates for DeKalb County sheriff.

Check out our complete agenda for the meeting here. The agenda may be amended at the beginning of the meeting (I expect a motion to add a brief update on the Master Plan).

Child care will be provided, as usual, by Mr. Elliott and Mr. Jesse. Children must be 2 or older. We have room for about 15 kids, first come first served (so show up early and mingle!)

Where: First Existentialist Congregation (470 Candler Park Drive) -- Across from the golf course.

When: 6:30 pm tonight (Monday, April 21)

Egg Hunt at noon today

Apr 19 2014

The gates to the CPNO Easter Egg Hunt will open at noon today -- as scheduled.

Cell vote, L5P CID discussion highlight Members' Meeting Monday

Apr 17 2014

The Candler Park Neighborhood Organization Members Meeting is this Monday, April 21. We'll start with socializing (drinks and snacks) at 6:30 pm, and will move on to general business at 7 pm.

This month, we'll vote whether or not CPNO should officially oppose the proposed Epworth cell antennas.

We may vote whether to support up to variances for up to three construction projects.

And we'll discuss:

  • A proposal to form a Commercial Improvement District for Little Five Points, and 
  • A grant request for a Freedom Park Conservancy strategic plan

Check out the complete agenda for the meeting here.

Snacks this month will be provided by an as yet unidentified eatery.

Child care will be provided, as usual, by Mr. Elliott and Mr. Jesse. Children must be 2 or older. We have room for about 15 kids, first come first served (so show up early and mingle!)

Where: First Existentialist Congregation (470 Candler Park Drive) -- Across from the golf course.

When:  April 21 at 6:30 pm (this Monday)

April's Messenger can viewed here

Apr 15 2014

Chock full of informative articles, papparazi-inspired photos, official business and thrilling advertisements ... yes, it's this month's Candler Park Messenger, available in PDF form for your reading pleasure here.

Special Meeting on cell antennas at 7 pm, Thursday

Apr 15 2014
A reminder: Candler Park residents get an opportunity to voice concerns regarding the proposed Epworth Church cell antennas at a Special Meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, April 17.
The meeting will take place at a new location for most residents: The Rush Center, which is on Mell Avenue, on the alley behind the Radial Cafe (actual address: 1530 Dekalb Avenue NE Suite A). Enter the door at the top of the handicapped ramp. This link to parking information should help orient you.
Although AT&T and Epworth officials have declined our request that they attend, residents will have an opportunity to voice their concerns (see UPDATE below!). Afterward, CPNO will assist in conveying those concerns to AT&T, Epworth and elected officials.
This Special Meeting is in accordance with a motion approved by members at our March 21 Members Meeting. All sides are welcome to share their points of view. To encourage open and free discussion, participants are asked to abide by CPNO Bylaws requiring civility and mutual respect.
The motion approved by the membership calls for a vote following the Special Meeting "on the issue of whether the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization supports or opposes the installation of such cell tower be put to a vote." That vote will be placed on the agenda for the April 21 Members Meeting.
UPDATE: AT&T's David Walker just wrote to me the following: "We will have someone from AT&T there tomorrow night to listen to the concerns posed by those who attend."

Hurry home tonight for CPNO Members Meeting

Mar 17 2014
Food, beverages and socializing begin at 6:30 pm and free childcare awaits you.
On the proposed agenda:
  • Presentation to "reboot" our Neighborhood Watch network
  • Discussion of proposed cell antennas at Epworth United Methodist Church
  • Chance to meet state Senate candidate Kyle Williams
  • Vote on $1,000 grant to the Clifton Sanctuary Ministries for renovation and repair.
  • Vote on $1,200 for CPNO banners
  • Progress report on setting Candler Park Master Plan priorities
Where: First Existentialist Church, 470 Candler Park Drive
When: Tonight. Socializing begins 6:30 pm. Official meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Candler Park crepes

Mar 15 2014

March 15 is Hungarian Independence Day. Today in 1848, Hungarians began their revolt against the Austrian Empire. To celebrate, Maria Nagy hosted a monthly Hungarian club meetup at her crepe stand at the corner of McLendon Ave. and Oakdale Rd. Nagy has run the stand weekends with her ex-husband, Tamás, for three years. In January, Nagy expanded from Saturdays to Friday through Sunday. She's still trying to find the Friday sweet spot but Candler Parkers can find her there every Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., weather permitting.

Typically Nagy sells her sweet and savory crepes, which are cooked to order, along with other Hungarian treats. This Saturday they also had three types of traditional Hungarian sausages.

Look for more on the Palacsinta (Hungarian for "crepe") stand in the April Messenger. In the meantime, watch this brief video of Tamas Nagy making a strawberry crepe.