APS Solution to Inman Middle School Over-crowding

Jul 27 2013
APS Superintendent Erroll Davis sent this letter out today. It lays out his proposed solution for Inman over-crowding: Centennial goes K-8 and there's an addition (6-8 classrooms) at Inman. Plus new athletic fields at Walden. Next steps are somewhat unclear but it looks like he may be bringing this to the school board for a vote at the August or September meeting.

The Four legged Friends of Candler Park are BAAAAACK!

Note: This event has been rescheduled to August 18th from 2-5pm

From Mark Clement:

The two legged Friends of Candler Park in the last few years have done the best we can do in the battle of pesky invasive plants such as Poisson Ivy, Kudzu and Privet. It is now time to bring back the pros.

The furry Friends of Candler Park will have only one task this fall: eat and eliminate invasive plants around the nature path in the ravine (closest to the corner of Mclendon and Callan Cir.).  Trees Atlanta’s education and outreach program surrounding the sheep initiative is called “Have Ewe Herd??” Trees Atlanta is often faced with extensive invasive plant removal in the green spaces where it works to preserve existing tree canopy and replant young trees. Typically, the non-profit citizens group uses multiple applications of herbicide to eliminate the pesky plants. Though the chemicals are applied by licensed professionals and used as sparingly as possible, The Friends of Candler Park constantly seeks invasive plant control methods that are more environmentally-friendly. 

Sheep offer a low-impact solution for controlling invasive plants on sites that do not contain sensitive or endangered plants, as well as on steeply sloped properties,” said Trees Atlanta Forest Restoration Coordinator, Brian Williams. ” Each sheep can eat up to 150 square feet of kudzu per day.”

The sheep in this program, hired from Ewe-niversally Green, are protected by a human shepherd and guard dogs. The sites are surrounded by electrified temporary fencing to keep the sheep safe and on-task while they are working.

Depending on their appetite they will be here by late July. We are planning on a Meet the Shep event held on August 18th. Stay tuned for details. Keep posted for the Sheep in Candler Park and come down and “Meet the Sheep”.   For updates visit www.FriendsofCandlerPark.org.  Baaaaa!! Baaaaa!! 

Date: 
Sun, 08/18/2013 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 
Candler Park - exact location TBD

Mary Lin Renovation Update, Estimated Start Date Sept 23

Jul 24 2013
From Mary Lin Building Committee Co-Chair Tamara Jones:

Renovation update: Click HERE to see the phasing plan with dates, as posted on Dr. Mitchell's blog, including estimated start and end dates for the different phases. There was a meeting [yesterday] morning with the construction team, APS, and the Lin Building Committee.

A few highlights: We will begin the school year with the school just as we left it, so there will be no changes on day 1. Estimated start date is now September 23rd given the delay in permitting. We will even have the playground to use until then. The utilities and new classroom wing will happen first, with the new classroom wing expected to be complete next summer in time for us to move into it for fall of 2014 so construction on the Admin area can begin. We will not lose use of the cafeteria until March of this year, and it will also be back on line for fall of 2014, so that's potentially much less time for us to have to deal with alternative lunch and PE arrangements. And we will still have use of the Hall House for this school year. 
As soon as construction starts in September we will lose use of the back parking lot. Teachers will then be parking on the streets surrounding the building, so parents accustomed to parking on the street nearby and walking your child into the building will find the situation different for the remainder of the year. Parents will be encouraged to use the carpool drop-off drive during this time.

An Intown Insider's Insights

Jul 23 2013

Submitted by Mary Alice Bray

This piece, posted on the Atlanta Preservation Center's blog, highlights the merits of historical homes in intown Atlanta and our emotional ties to them. With preservation and care, our neighborhoods have grown to be more than just collections of old houses and have become desirable destinations in their own rights.

http://www.atlantapreservationcenter.com/blog/?p=1218

Autism Unit at Mary Lin

Jul 22 2013

Posted on the blog of Mary Lin principal Brian Mitchell:

Mary Lin welcomes a Special Education Autism Unit for the 2013-2014 school year. This is an exciting opportunity for Mary Lin. The unit will use Mrs. Baldwin's former classroom. More details soon!

Stay excited!

Brian

Sidewalk Maintenance Forum

Tired of tripping on broken sidewalks in the City of Atlanta? Or walking in the street to avoid loose or uneven pavers?

Please join us July 30 to learn more about Atlanta's current sidewalk maintenance program and changes recommended by Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza and PEDS CEO Sally Flocks. Recommendations differ, so each will give brief presentations. We've also invited City Council members who serve on the Utilities Committee to answer questions from the audience.

July 30, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Old City Council Chambers

68 Mitchell Street, Atlanta 30303

We also want to hear from you, so we'll provide plenty of time for you to comment or ask questions.

Date: 
Tue, 07/30/2013 - 6:00pm
Location: 
68 Mitchell Street, Atlanta 30303

Master Plan Feedback Deadline July 24, August Vote

Jul 18 2013

After a very engaging neighborhood Master Planning process, we are in the final stages of making revisions to the Master Plan Draft which will be voted on for approval at the August Membership meeting (Monday, August 19 at 7 pm in the First Existentialist Church at 470 Candler Park Drive).

If you haven't already, we encourage you to read the document which has been posted at http://www.candlerparkmasterplan.com/master-plan-document.html since the first week in June. Please submit any feedback by July 24th, so that Market and Main can be sure to address any comments before the final revision prior to the vote is posted to the site on July 26th. 

Assuming the document is approved in August, we will bring it to the NPU for their support and subsequently to the city for adoption. Based on our projected timeline, this would give the document full approval in the Sept/Oct timeframe, and put us in a great position to begin advocating for funds from the forthcoming Quality of Life bond to be put towards projects noted in the plan. 

It was great to see so many new and old members of the neighborhood during the planning process engage around a common goal of documenting their desires for the future of our neighborhood and helping build a road map for the neighborhood moving forward. Although the planning phase is close to completion, the CPNO and the planning committee are even more excited to engage with you all further to help us bring all of these great ideas which were documented in this plan to life. 

We hope to see you all at the membership meeting in August to cast your vote of approval, so we can take the next exciting step together in making Candler Park an even better place to live!

Jimmy Bligh
Master Plan Committee Chair

Host an International Student

Jul 18 2013

From Mark Leech:

Mark’s Homestay (www.markshomestay.com) is seeking friendly and caring host families and individuals to welcome incoming international college students into their homes this summer and fall! Hosting an international student is a great way to earn extra income and learn more about other cultures while making a difference in a student's life!

Hosting Benefits:

  • Extra monthly income ($550-$1500)
  • Learn more about other cultures
  • 24/7 Emergency support
  • No leasing agreements or contracts 
  • Make lifelong friends

Learn more & apply online today! (http://markshomestay.com/host_a_student.php)

Freedom Park Weeding Work Day

Jul 15 2013

From Carol Gregory

These pictures are from Saturday -  four hearty women weeded the bird and butterfly garden in Freedom Park.

Friends of Candler Park Golf Course – Activities Update

Jul 15 2013

From Michael Short:

Candler Park Golf Course will soon have an officially sanctioned youth program! Friends of Candler Park Golf Course (FoCPGC) are working with Kwanza Hall and the Department of Parks and Recreation to develop the needed programming structure. Various formats are being evaluated, from one-day introductions, to mini-camps, to more individualized instruction. They hope to have it in full swing and available to neighborhood youth and schools starting in the fall.

Michael Short, founder of FoCPGC, will also be submitting  a grant application to Park Pride this fall. He will be seeking $100,000 to assist with the implementation of the children’s program and other golf course projects identified in the golf course master plan.  Last year, Park Pride awarded, through this program, in the neighborhood of $500,000, funding close to one hundred percent of their accepted applicants. Each grant applicant must arrange to match 100% of the funding applied for. Mr. Short intends to use the process of securing matching funds to build consensus among all parties involved, ensuring the broad-based support needed for successful applications.

There are three projects that have been identified as ’shovel ready’. They are, in no particular order:

• clubhouse renovation, to include a new roof and new electrical wiring.

• construction of a new pond off of the fourth fairway, upstream of the existing beaver dam complex. A well and a pump are proposed for keeping the pond full, for keeping the downstream ponds fresh, and for supplying all of the golf course water needs.

• construction of a chipping/putting area to be used for the youth program’s practice area.

The application is due September 27 and awards will be announced on December 1 of this year.  This grant would have to be completed within 18 months.

To submit questions and comments to FoCPGC regarding the Park Pride grant, please send an email to: CPPPgrant@gmail.com