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Neighborhood Watch Organizing Meeting Held in Candler Park

Aug 13 2014
 
Posted for Russell Miller, Public Safety Officer
 
The Candler Park Neighborhood Watch had its first organizing meeting Wednesday 8/13. Zone 6 Inspector Crystal Hines and Interim Director Lamar Hester attended the meeting which was held at the pavilion in Candler Park . A solid group of Candler Park residents were in attendance to give their support and volunteer their time to being leaders in this revived effort.  Inspector Hines laid out the steps Candler Park needs to take to become officially recognized by the City of Atlanta as a neighborhood watch, and congratulated us on taking the critical first ones.  Our next actions will be to determine who will be the official Neighborhood Watch coordinators, block/zone captains and all the neighbors who are willing to be a part.  The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for the last Wednesday in September location TBD. 

Zaid Duwayri: our new CPNO communications officer

Aug 12 2014
I'm very pleased to announce that Zaid Duwayri has agreed to serve as communications officer, filling a two-month vacancy on CPNO's Board of Directors.
 
Two years ago, Zaid, his wife Dima, and their boys Farris, 7, and Laith, 3, moved from Winter Park, Fla., to Candler Park — Candler Park Drive to be exact. Farris is a second grader at Mary Lin, and Laith goes to Georgia Tech…. the daycare at Georgia Tech. Dima works in Georgia Tech's College of Engineering.
 
Zaid has computer programming background and is a consultant by profession, with strong experience in corporate communications. As such, he's very familiar with publishing platforms, social media and analytics — all great qualities for a CPNO communications officer.
 
Another key quality: Zaid can't say enough times that he loves the neighborhood. We look forward to introducing him at Monday's Members Meeting, and to working with him as we continue to improve the ways that CPNO informs our neighbors and promotes our neighborhood.
 
Zaid expressed his interest in serving following the July Board Meeting. He then met with CPNO Secretary Bonnie Palter, who led the search for a new communications officer. Monday night, after board members pummeled Zaid with questions and he asked a few of his own, we unanimously voted to appoint him to fill out the term.
 

Neighborhood Watch Organizing Meeting

Aug 8 2014
Greetings fellow CP residents. Next Wednesday 8/13 7:00 PM there will be a Neighborhood Watch organizing meeting in Candler Park at the covered pavillion. Inspector Crystal Hines of Zone 6 APD will attend to share some of her insights on how we can effectively "reboot" our neighborhood watch so that we can assist APD, be ready for emergencies, and look out for our CP neighbors both young and old. We are looking for folks who want to take leadership roles in the form of block captains, communications, events coordinators etc. Pizza and Drinks (and bug spray) will be served so please come down and be a part of the newest team in CP! If you plan to come please email me at safety@candlerpark.org.

To limit West Nile exposure, follow '5 D's'

Aug 3 2014

Posted on behalf of CP resident Chris Timmons

The Fulton County Health Department recently reported mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus in Old Fourth Ward. Couple that with the DeKalb County Board of Health’s report of positive activity in areas close to us, and it is possible that the West Nile virus has come to Candler Park. 

According to the CDC, the good news is “most people (70-80 percent) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.” The bad news is that a small group of infected people (fewer than 1 percent) “will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.”

West Nile virus is spread to humans through bites from infected mosquitoes. Thus, the key to reducing West Nile virus exposure is to reduce the number of mosquitoes, as well as to take certain precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Mosquitoes can breed in standing water in as little as four days. The Georgia Department of Public Health notes that “residents can reduce the number of mosquitoes around their homes by emptying standing water from containers —flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths — anything that holds water and gives mosquitoes a place to thrive.” 

Experts also recommend following the “Five D’s”:

  1. Avoid or limit outdoor activity at Dusk/Dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  2. Dress in loose-fitting clothing that reduces the amount of exposed skin.
  3. Cover exposed skin with insect repellant containing DEET.
  4. Drain containers holding standing water.
  5. Make sure Doors, windows and screens fit tightly and are in good repair.

For assistance in identifying mosquito breeding sites and to report mosquito infestations, contact the DeKalb County Board of Health at 404-508-7900.

CP pool goes to shorter hours

Aug 1 2014
Posted on behalf of Amy Erwin
 
Beginning Monday, Aug 4, the Candler Park goes to shorter hours.
 
• Monday through Friday: Closed in the morning. Open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free swim.
 
• Weekends: open 12:30 - 7 PM on weekends. Fees apply.
 
The last day that the pool will be open this year is Labor Day.
 
Expanding these hours and extending the pool calendar in future years are among the goals of CPNO volunteers who are working to improve the pool.
 
NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect a change in the shortened hours. 

How to get your sidewalk repaired

Jul 26 2014

Trying to figure out how to get your sidewalk repaired? You're not alone. Broken sidewalks perennially rank among the top concerns of Candler Park residents, and CPNO members have made it clear that getting the city to fix them should be a major priority.

Toward that end, CPNO Sidewalk Committee Chair Clifton Mack has prepared a useful document — appropriately named "How to Get Your Sidewalk Repaired" _-- to help residents navigate the city's ssidewalk fixing system. Not only that: Cliff's also offered to help CP residents bundle repair requests to save money.

Interested in learning more? Then, you should peruse the document, which is linked here.

Thanks CP Market and Goosebumps (the movie)

Jul 22 2014

A hearty thanks to one of our neighborhood businesses, Candler Park Market, for making CPNO and Lake Claire Neighbors dual beneficiaries of the market's annual bike raffle.

The raffle's big winner was CPNO member Jeff Lambert, who pedaled away with quite a nice hand-crafted bicycle put together by the folks who brew Fat Tire Ale -- all for a $2 raffle ticket.

But CPNO and LCN also came away with a pretty good take — $278 each. The Market's Greg Hutchins said it was the most successful bike raffle yet after several years of doing it.

While we're on the thank yous, ditto to the producers of Goosebumps. You may recall that the upcoming Jack Black comedy pretty much took over Mell Avenue during filming for a few weeks this winter. As their own thank you gesture for the hospitality shown by CP, the production team sent over a $1,500 check to CPNO.

We're working to ensure that a variety fundraising efforts help CPNO make up for the budget shortfall created by 420Fest's move last year from Candler Park. If you have other ideas for fundraisers -- or if you want to throw money CPNO's way — be sure to contact Vice President Lexa King.

Meanwhile, here's a big fundraising opportunity that all of us can help with right now: Michele Allen, who leads the effort to sell Fall Fest sponsorships, would greatly appreciate any leads you can give her for potential Fall Fest sponsors. These could be businesses, large or small, that might benefit by reaching an audience of tens of thousands of upscale, intown residents. Any ideas? Or maybe your company would benefit? OK, then, email Michele today.

Pool furniture ready to facilitate your tan!

Jul 22 2014

Their x-ray hearing (well, actually a Monkey Survey) revealed that you wanted new furniture at the Candler Park pool. In response, the pool-improvement superwomen swooped down to deliver lounges and an umbrella at the pool (well actually, it came in a truck).

The pool-improvement superwomen are Amy Erwin and Lauren Welsh. Since spring, they and their inumerable sidekicks have been on a pool-improvement tear.

Graffiti cleanup? Check.

Potted plants? Check.

Repaired water fountain? Check

And this week the first order of pool furniture has been placed at the pool. With help from CPNO fundraising and a CPNO challenge grant, Amy and Lauren put together a fundraising effort that so far has drawn some $3,000 in contributions from we neighbors to help buy the badly needed furniture. Amy stresses that you can still help with the second round of furniture contribute to the furniture fund by following these easy instructions.

Before Monday night's vote, Master Plan committee hears feedback, amends priorities

Jul 20 2014

From Randy Pimsler

The Candler Park Master Plan Coordinating Committee reviewed the Master Plan priority matrix at its regularly scheduled committee meeting on July 7. At that time, several concerns were raised about the proposed martix that we presented at the June Members Meeting.

The committee discussed proposed updates, based on input received from members. The committee made the following changes based on the rationale that follows each line item, and the CPNO Board later voted to recommend the version of the matrix that includes these changes:

  • Add Item 2.4 - Provide new amphitheatre seating (Candler Park Conservancy) - there are volunteers prepared to work on this project at this time; the project is under discussion at the conservancy level
  • Add Item 4.13 - Install crosswalks at Euclid Avenue and Candler Street (School Related Crosswalks) - there are volunteers prepared to work on this project at this time
  • Add Item 4.41 - Improve connectivity at Freedom Park Path at Moreland Avenue -  there are volunteers prepared to work on this project at this time
  • Delete Item 6.1 - Create committee to analyze dog park location - no one has stepped forward to work on this item; this item appears to continue to be controversial; there has been opposition expressed to moving this item forward, at this time
  • Add Item 8.3a - Prioritize Oakdale and McLendon Avenue sidewalk improvements - there are volunteers prepared to work on this project at this time;  funding may become available in the near term.

As you will note, the primary reason for inclusion is the presence of an owner for a project.  In like manner, the lack of an owner may suggest that a project is removed from the list.  We are attempting to move projects forward based on input and/or enthusiasm from all of our neighbors, as well as the possibility of funding availability and options.

Link here to copy of the matrix as amended, with the changes placed in italics.

These items will be discussed as potential amendments to the prioritization list to be voted on at the July 21, 2014 CPNO General Membership Meeting.  If you have questions, comments and / or concerns, please forward those to:  masterplanchair@candlerpark.org.

July Messenger now online — finally!

Jul 15 2014

After a two-month hiatus, the July 2014 Messenger should arrive at your home any day now. If you can't wait, however, check out the online version here.

We're working hard to get the Messenger back on a consistent publication schedule. Last night, the board endorsed the negotiation and eventual signing of a contract with KDA Communications to lay out, print and distribute the monthly newsletter, while retaining CPNO control over editorial content. Read more about those proposed changes here.

This should put our next editor in a better position to concentrate on great coverage of the community without getting spread thin on other editorial duties. In you're a good writer with a passion for telling your neighbors what's going on, you may be just the person for that job. Interested? Please contact me to let me know.