Candler Park Fall Fest 2012

Sep 27 2012

Fall Fest 2012 is around the corner, just a few short weeks away! Please like the Fall Fest Facebook page.

Go here for the latest about the musical acts. And find out about all the awesome plans for the kid zone here.

Looking for general info about all the art, food and tunes at this year's Fall Fest? Look no further.

And last but certainly not least, we need volunteers! Please volunteer some of your time for CPNO's largest annual fundraiser! All volunteers will get a t-shirt and a pat on the back. Sign up here.

Inman Capacity Task Force Report

Sep 21 2012

From Mary Lin task force reps Lori Van Rossem and Jeff Shaw:

Inman Task Force Report
September 18, 2012
            Superintendent Erroll Davis attended the meeting to clarify what he is looking for from the task force.  He started by stating that Inman middle school is not large enough to hold grades 6-8 for the entire Grady cluster population, which he and APS knew was left unresolved from last year’s redistricting process.  He therefore had asked school board member Cecily Harsch-Kinnane to help organize the Inman task force to address this unresolved issue.
Mr. Davis said that he had originally had three questions that he wanted the task force to address, but that the first question was already answered.  The first question was whether the Inman building could hold two grades of the entire Grady cluster middle school population, and the answer to that question is yes, that he and APS believe that Inman can hold two grades through a reasonable planning horizon, which he explained was through approximately the year 2020-21.  He did acknowledge that Inman could become tight, or close to full capacity within 7-8 years, based on its planning capacity of 875 students, but that he was confident that Inman would be fine holding two grades for at least 7-8 years.
            That leaves two unresolved questions in Mr. Davis’ mind on which he would like input from the task force.  These two questions are:
            1.  Whether there should be a 6th grade or an 8th grade academy.  Mr. Davis stated that he has decided to move forward with a single grade academy (much like he has done in the North Atlanta cluster), and would like input from the task force on whether this should be a 6th grade or an 8th grade academy.  He would also like input from the task force on what the academy should look like, including issues such as whether it should be a separate stand-alone school with its own principal, or an annex; as well as guidance on other areas of concern such as parental involvement, transportation, sports, and other extracurricular activities.
2.  Where the 6th or 8th grade academy should be located.  Mr. Davis noted that APS has two properties available, the Howard building and the old Walden middle school, but noted that both of these might be costly to renovate, and did not necessarily limit the task force to considering only these two sites.  Mr. Davis indicated that approximately $25 to $30 million from SPOST IV might be available for such a project, and seemed open to the possibility of acquiring or purchasing land if necessary.       
Mr. Davis asked the task force to focus on these 2 questions.  He stated that he does not need consensus or a vote.  In answering a question from a taskforce member, he stated that the educational program will not change for either the 6th grade or 8th grade.  Another task force member asked whether his decision would be vetted by the Board and he stated that depending on what he decides, the decision could go before the BoE for a vote, but not necessarily.
Mr. Davis did comment that the single grade academy approach lends itself to greater flexibility in the future, such that a single grade school good be converted to a second middle school (for grades 6-8), or to an 8-9 school (grades 8-9) which could help address over-crowding at Grady HS should that be necessary in the future.  He said that such possible conversions or changes could be addressed in 5 to 7 years when enrollment numbers are clearer.  He further commented that if the 6th or 8th grade academy were more likely to evolve into 2 middle schools in the future, then it should be sited further away from Inman; but if it were more likely to evolve into an 8-9 school or something to address potential over-crowding at Grady, then it should be located closer to Grady.
            The Superintendent then turned the meeting over to James Wilson, an education consultant and facilitator.  Mr. Wilson’s credentials are posted on the APS website (the link is available at the end of this report).
            Mr. Wilson reiterated the Superintendent’s 2 questions and requested comments from Inman Principal Paula Herrema.  She stated that a 6 Academy could work because the sixth grade is already academically separated and for various reasons it feels more doable.  She also stated that they are looking for ways to expand learning for the 8th grade and that 8th grade leans toward high school.  She also stated that APS sports start in 7th grade, and are for grades 7-8.  Mr. Wilson stated that the goal in middle school is to keep the grades separated and therefore an Academy model makes sense.  In responding to a taskforce question about the 52% graduation rate for APS high schools, Mr. Wilson stated that the way to change that was to drill down to the individual classroom and in teaming, but that based on his experience the building configuration or size of grade levels did not affect academic performance.
            The Lin representatives stated that a 6th academy makes more sense, because it would create the least amount of change for the students and teachers, because it is more common and is already being done in other school districts, since the 6th graders at Inman are already academically separated, and because 6th graders can’t play sports (middle school sports are for grades 7-8).  The Lin representatives also noted that if the 6 Academy were built and sited intelligently, it could provide the most flexibility to address potential overcrowding at Grady because the 6 Academy could become a 6/7 Academy and Inman could become a 8/9 Academy, or whatever configuration becomes needed in the future.
            The taskforce went on to ask questions similar to the ones already posed to APS.
            Mr. Wilson adjourned the meeting reiterating the 2 questions from the Superintendent and charging the taskforce members to seek input from their communities on these issues.
            The full minutes of all task force meetings and handouts are posted on the APS website at
            Finally, we are asking for your comments and thoughts regarding the Superintendent’s charge.  What configuration would give us the most flexibility for the future? And where should it be located?  To the extent possible, our goal is that whatever solution the Lin Community supports, this solution will put an end to conversation about redistricting Lin out of the Grady Cluster and 2 middle school option for at least the next 7 to 10 years.
You can email both Jeff Shaw and Lori van Rossem at  We will take your comments to the taskforce for consideration.

Candler Park Movie Night: Dolphin Tale

This Saturday, September 22 will be a Candler Park Movie Night featuring the movie A Dolphin Tale. The film is inspired by the true story of Winter, a bottlenose dolphin that was rescued off the coast of Florida after losing part of his tail and being fitted with a prosthetic one.

We are excited to have neighbor Don Bender joining us for our pre-movie festivities.  He and the DOLPHIN PROJECT have developed a powerpoint program featuring photography, graphics, sounds and videos to educate the public about the wild estuarine Bottlenose dolphins. The program focuses on dolphin anatomy, habits, behaviors, threats and research. The production also includes information about the environment which humans and dolphins share and how we can help protect it. More info at

So come down to Candler Park in front of the pool house, have dinner (we'll have a food truck!), and see a great movie with your neighbors.  This is all in addition to the usual music kids dancing hula hooping mania that typically starts off movie night in Candler Park.

Festivities start at 7:00 and the feature presentation will go on around 8:00 (sunset) in front of the pool house. You will want to get there early for the best spot!

Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome. Bring your own coolers but be aware that glass containers or bottles are strictly forbidden in city parks.  

Thanks to Park Pride/Friends of Candler Park/ Epworth Methodist/ Clifton House. Thanks to our sponsors BOND credit union, Front Page News, Corner Tavern, Tijuana Garage, Candler Park Market, The Albert, Corner Tavern and our Presenting sponsor the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization, without whom movie night would not be possible.  

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 7:00pm
Candler Park (1561 McLendon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307)

Atlanta Streets Alive

On Sunday October 7th, 2012, Atlanta Streets Alive will return to North Highland Avenue for four hours — from 2pm-6pm.

Two miles of North Highland plus one mile of Virginia Avenue plus just about two miles of the brand new Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail means we will have almost FIVE miles of car-free community space to ride, walk, play, dance and rock and roll.

Look for activities all along the route including local acoustic musicians, a capella groups, marching bands, alongside classes such as salsa dancing, yoga, zumba and thousands of people out riding their bikes.

More info here.

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Two miles of North Highland (Glen Iris to Virginia Ave) + one mile of Virginia Ave + two miles of the BeltLine Eastside Trail

August Home Sales in Candler Park

Sep 20 2012

According to this blog post by Atlanta real estate group Nest, there were seven home sales in Candler Park in August. The average days on the market was 60 days, but five of the seven sold in less than 27 days. The List to Sales Price ratio remained high, with homes selling on average at 96.6% of the listing price. Average list price was $450,414 and average sold price was $437,836.

Candler Park / Lake Claire Running Club

Sep 12 2012

From Anna Kilinski:

RUNNERS TAKE YOUR MARK: Like to run? Like to mingle? Come join our Candler Park/Lake Claire Running Club.  Every Tuesday 7PM meet at Candler Park Market for 3-5 mile loops.   Be safe, run in a pack, have fun & spread the word.  Like our Facebook page for weekly updates and announcements!

Candler Park Movie Night: Back to the Future - rescheduled for this Saturday

Rescheduled for this Saturday, September 15 due to inclement weather last weekend. Don't miss it!


The people of Candler Park have spoken! The polls are closed and the winner of the viewer’s choice movie is Back To The Future!  Some of you may be thinking, who has not seen this movie? But have you seen Back to the Future’s digitally re-mastered High Definition twenty-fifth anniversary version on BluRay on a three story screen under the stars in Candler Park’s natural amphitheater? I don’t think so.

Before the movie starts on September 8, there will be awesome pre-movie activities starting at 6:30 pm, put on by our friends at the Mary Lin PTA! They’ll be helping us get in the groove of the movie’s era withswingin’ 50s music, a hula hoop contest, limbo, a “Back”wards (get it?) running contest, and a bunch of great prizes.  Kids – wear your poodle skirt, rockabilly clothes, bowling shirts or whateversignals “I’m back from the 50s” – best outfit wins a prize!

So this Saturday, come down to Candler Park in front of the pool house to have dinner, and see a great movie with your neighbors.  This is all in addition to the usual musickids dancing mania that typically starts off movie night in Candler Park.

Candler Park Movie Night festivities start at 6:30 pm and the feature presentation will go on around 8:00 (sunset) in front of the poolhouse. You will want to get there early for the best spot!

Once again, well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome. Bring your own coolers but be aware that GLASS containers or bottles are strictlyforbidden in city parks.  

Thanks to Park Pride/Friends of Candler Park / Epworth Methodist / Clifton House. Thanks to our sponsors BOND credit union, Front PageNews, Corner Tavern, Tijuana Garage, Candler Park Market, The Albert, CornerTavern and our Presenting sponsor the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization, without whom movie night would not be possible. 

Sat, 09/15/2012 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Candler Park (1561 McLendon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307)

Inman Capacity Task Force Meeting Tuesday, September 18

Sep 12 2012

The next Inman Middle School task force meeting will be held next Tuesday, Sept 18 at 9:00 am at the Inman Middle School Media Center. Superintendent Erroll Davis is planning to attend the first part of this meeting in an attempt to 'reboot' the task force and clarify its goals.

This meeting is open to the public. I encourage you to attend if you are interested in hearing first-hand from Mr. Davis about the task force goals. Note that only task force reps may participate in the discussion; observers may only listen in.

Hope to see some Lin folks there.

This Weekend

Sep 11 2012

Hey everyone. Lots to do this weekend in Candler Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Mark your calendars!

New Belgium Brewing Company's Clips of Faith - Handcrafted beer + Handcrafted films in Candler Park - Fri, Sep 14, 7 pm  - more info here

Candler Park Movie Night - Back to the Future - Sat, Sept 15 - kid activities start at 6:30 pm, movie at dusk - more info here

Festival on Ponce: Sat, Sept 15 from 10 am - 7 pm; Sun, Sept 15 from 11 am - 6 pm - more info here

East Atlanta Strut: Sat, Sept 15 from 10 am - 11 pm - more info here


Tonight's Movie Night - RESCHEDULED for next Saturday, 9/15

Sep 8 2012

UPDATE AT 4:00 pm - Well, folks. The forecast for this evening looks grim, so the decision has been made to cancel tonight's movie night.

However, the good news is that Back to the Future will be shown next Saturday, September 15. Same time, same place, same fun. Please mark your calendars!


Hey everyone. Weather isn't cooperating at the moment. :-( Movie night maestro Mark Clement will make the go / no go call at 4 pm. Stay tuned.