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NPU Rep Solicits Input on Ordinances, Lake Claire Park Plan

Aug 26 2014

Please see my report from the July NPU-N meeting in the recent Messenger, page 15.

Our August agenda contains consideration of at least six city-wide ordinances and a new Lake Claire Park Plan.  More details on all have been posted on the Message Board.

Amy Stout, NPURep@candlerpark.org

Candler Park Legacy Markers

Aug 23 2014

Many thanks to the volunteers who helped install the Legacy Markers this morning! Here's a group photo.

Here's an excerpt from last month's Messenger about this effort..

The Early Edgewood-Candler Park BiRacial History Project has been awarded two grants to help replace two legacy markers that were damaged over the last few months in separate incidents.
 Now, it’s up to Candler Parkers to chip in with a little volunteerism to install the updated signs. Park Pride is providing a “Small Change” grant of $1,800, and the Atlanta Mayor’s Office has offered up a $1,000 “Love Your Block” grant. The funds should cover the anticipated expenses to replace both damaged markers. 
 Both grants require a neighborhood volunteering component, and CPNO isn’t alone in agreeing to participate. Among the others who’ve volunteered to help are Friends of Candler Park, the Mary Lin principal’s office, the pastor at Antioch East Baptist Church, the First Existentialist Congregation Social Justice Guild, Pimsler Hoss Architects and Small Carpenters at Large.

MARTA Plan for Edgewood-Candler Park Station

Aug 20 2014

For those of you you were unable to attend the Monday night meeting, here is the power point presentation.

Edgewood/CP Marta Project - Rezoning Work Session

Aug 19 2014

At the August CPNO membership meeting, officials from Marta presented to the neighborhood an overview of the mixed residential commercial project planned for the south side of the Edgewood/CP Marta station. Notes from the presentation will be covered in the August membership meeting minutes, but we wanted to make our members aware of a Rezoning Work Session with Marta officials and the developer, Columbia Ventures. The session will be held at

                      Columbia Townhomes @ Edgewood
                      37 Hutchinson Street #41
                      Atlanta, GA., 30307
                      Wednesday August 27, 2014 6:00 PM

This is the opportunity share your ideas and concerns with the Marta officials and the developers.

How to help CPNO's push for road, crosswalk and sidewalk improvements

Aug 17 2014

Posted on behalf of Master Plan Coordinating Committee

Mayor Kasim Reed has announced plans for a $250 million infrastructure bond referendum, likely to be held in March. The timing is good for CP residents because the Master Plan we completed last fall includes ideas to improve our infrastructure, and because last month the neighborhood identified 28 Master Plan recommendations as priorities.

After discussing our ideas with city officials and scrutinizing the criteria for projects to be funded by the bonds, we’d like to enlist your help in communicating nine neighborhood priorities to key city officials. Seven of the items are internal to Candler Park:

Monday CPNO meeting to focus on big MARTA project

Aug 14 2014
MARTA officials will brief us at Monday's CPNO Meeting on the mixed-used, transit-oriented development the transit agency is planning for the Edgewood side of the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA Station.
 
The project has been anticipated for several years. But MARTA finally selected a developer in July, expects to rezone the Edgewood parking lots this fall, and plans to break ground next year. It's time now for Candler Park and our neighbors in Edgewood to offer our input.

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.