Superintendent's Final Redistricting Proposal

Apr 1 2012

The superintendent's final proposal was posted late Saturday night. Read it here.

It has Mary Lin staying in the Inman-Grady cluster, and getting its renovation & expansion. It puts the 6th grade academy at Cook in the short-term. It says the long-term middle school solution will be defined over the next 2-3 years.

The proposal will be voted on by the board of education on Tuesday, April 10.

Spring Plant Sale in Mulberry Fields Community Garden

 From Jesse Bathrick:

9 varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes and MORE!!! Spring Plant Sale in Mulberry Fields Community Garden!

Mulberry Fields Community Garden hosts our neighborhood growers, Urban Biodynamics who will be selling fresh,organic grown Spring and Summer plants for your vegetable garden starting this Saturday March 31st.
Come local growers and support Mulberry Fields.

Saturday March 31st, April 7, April 14  and April 21st noon-5pm

Repeats every week until Tue Apr 24 2012 .
Sat, 03/31/2012 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sat, 04/07/2012 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sat, 04/14/2012 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sat, 04/21/2012 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Mulberry Fields Community Garden - down an old city alley next to 1303 Iverson Street

Friends of Candler Park Work Day

From Mark Clement:

We are excited to announce that we’re once again joining forces with The Home Depot and Happy Ending Productions, along with some help from Scotts, SweetWater Brewing Co. and Friends of Candler Park, to collaborate on a beautification project for Candler Park, home of our annual festival, this April 11 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We are looking for volunteers to come out and help us refresh the park's pavilions, plant flowers, mulch and more. We’ll even feed ya’ for your time! Lunch and beverages will be provided, along with gardening tools.

Any questions, contact Mark Clement.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 7:00am
Candler Park (1561 McLendon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307)

Help Wanted!

Mar 27 2012

The CPNO is putting out a help wanted sign. We have two important jobs that need to be filled by neighborhood volunteers. Both are great opportunities to give back to Candler Park and help keep the neighborhood organization moving. And each comes with lots of opportunities to meet other engaged people in Candler Park.

First, we need a recording secretary. This is a board position and is crucial to our regular operations. The recording secretary keeps track of what was discussed and voted on at our meetings, including our monthly board & membership meetings. You are the board historian and the key to our institutional memory.

We also need a volunteer to collect payment for Messenger advertisements. We sell a lot of advertisements, and we need someone to help the Messenger team make sure payments come in for each of them. This job involves keeping track of what was sold, tying that back to checks as they're received, and communicating with advertisers about payments. We expect this will take a few hours a week.

Thank you to all the great volunteers that put in so much time & effort! For more information or to volunteer, please contact

Easter Egg Hunt & Fundraiser in Inman Park

Lots of egg hunting fun this spring! This is not to be confused with the Candler Park easter egg hunt on April 7 at noon.



Join the fun in Springvale Park this Saturday, March 31 at 10AM!  For a donation of $10/child to the Springvale Park Playground fund, kids can hunt for Easter eggs (including 20 golden eggs that contain great prizes like Willy’s gift certificates, Leapin’ Lizards passes, and tickets to the Atlanta Children’s Museum!) and participate in other activities including egg dye-ing, and a coloring contest. 

The 0-2 year-old egg hunt starts at 10:20AM, the 3-5 year-old hunt starts and 10:40 AM, and the 6+ hunt starts at 11:00AM. Registration for all age brackets is at 10AM and includes crafts, juice boxes, and egg-shaped donuts.

Parents and spectators can enjoy egg-shaped donuts and delicious coffee donated by Java Vino.  Come get your Easter on and support the playground—hope to see you there!


Cash or check only.

Springvale Park is located between Euclid, Waverly Way, and Elizabeth Street in Inman Park.

Sat, 03/31/2012 - 10:30am
Springvale Park - located between Euclid, Waverly Way, and Elizabeth Street in Inman Park

Child Models Needed for Imagine It! Museum Brochure

Mar 26 2012

From Karen Kelly:




Imagine It!  The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is seeking outgoing children, ages 1 to 8 of various ethnicities, to be part of a new brochure photo shoot. 

Candidates should be able to take direction and feel comfortable in front of a photographer and lighting equipment.

Photo Shoot will take place on Wednesday, March 28 from 2 – 7pm at The Children’s Museum in downtown Atlanta (near Centennial Park).  Free parking.

Selected models will receive a Family 4-Pack Membership (valid for one year) to the Museum and an 8 x 10 photo from the photo shoot.

Parent/Guardian must be present during shoot.

Send one photo to by Monday, March 26 at 5pm. You will be contacted on Tuesday morning if selected.  Include name and age of child, name of parent/guardian and contact information.

Sweetwater 420 Fest 2012

Sweetwater 420 Fest is produced by Sweetwater Brewing Company. (CPNO is not involved in organizing this festival.)

Get all the information here.

Some basics:


The 2012 festival will be held Friday, April 20 from 4:20 PM to 11:00 PM, Saturday, April 21 from Noon to 10 PM, and Sunday, April 22 from 12:30 PM to 7 PM


Free admission for great live music, activities, food, and education about how each and every one of us can be a part of the solution! Festival goers who are 21+ and with a valid ID can purchase a $5 wristband to responsibly enjoy beer. Portion of Proceeds from wristband sales are donated to Park Pride (to benefit Candler Park).

What is the $5 fee for? This is an often asked question. A portion of proceeds to go back to (Park improvement) the neighborhood that hosts us and the remainder allows us to cover our operating expenses. Without this we would not be able to have the festival that you have come to know and love. Please help us to continue this event by purchasing a wristband if you are 21+. Thank you for being a part of the solution.

Why we don’t charge everyone? We want to remain a community festival. We would rather not charge your Grandma or your niece and nephew that are under age and just want to come see what we are about.


The SweetWater 420 Festival invites earth lovers of all ages to come out and take part in the festivities. Check back for a schedule of kids’ activities.


Go here for contact info.

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 4:20pm - Sun, 04/22/2012 - 7:00pm
Candler Park (1561 McLendon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307)

Mulch Madness in Candler Park

Mar 25 2012

From Mark Clement:

Thanks to all that came out and made Friends of Candler Park's MULCH MADNESS a big success! In a little over three hours, we made a dramatic improvement to the park. We cleaned out privet and dragged dead limps into a ginormous pile for pick up.

We also spread four major mulch piles around trees and bare areas. Three mulch piles were provided by the city. No one has a clue where the fourth mulch pile came from. Not to mention several bags full of garbage harvested from the wooded areas of the park. Thanks to Park Pride, Western Illinois University's group Students Today Leaders Tomorrow. Also thanks to the CPNO for the celebratory pizza.   

Stretch of Ponce Closed Until Monday Morning

Mar 24 2012

Reminder, all:

A stretch of Ponce de Leon Avenue -- from Ponce de Leon Place through Glen Iris -- will be closed Friday night through early Monday morning as construction crews get an old bridge ready for the new Beltline Trail.

Crews will close down Ponce starting at 9 p.m. Friday and won't reopen it until 5 a.m. Monday.

Mary Lin Local School Council Election

Mar 24 2012

From Will Shevlin:

There is a Mary Lin Local School Council election to fill two vacant slots this Monday the 26th. Ballots will be available in the office during school hours.

The LSC is an elected body made up of parents, teachers, business owners and the principal. It is powers and duties are mandated by the State of GA. The LSC cannot dictate decisions to APS but is listened to and respected during decision making processes. The LSC can also help influence the direction of Mary Lin and its priorities as seen by parents. An example of that could be policy and procedures having to do with long term substitute teachers.

This year the LSC has met regularly to discuss potential redistricting and wrote letters to APS in response to each version of the potential redistricting proposal. It is important to note that Mary Lin did not have anyone on the Inman LSC in the 2011-2012 school year. We may influence those decisions more through the Mary Lin LSC than the Inman LSC. That being said we will want to find a parent willing to participate on the Inman LSC next year and we will need to make an effort to elect them. Next year the LSC will play a key role in the following three activities.

1)    Influencing the implementation of the redistricting plan for 2012-13 school year
2)    Influencing the proposed and likely expansion at Mary Lin
3)    Participating in round two of the redistricting plan to determine the location of the 6th grade annex or a second middle school and the zoning if there is a second middle school

The following individuals have put their hat in the ring for LSC. You can vote for two of the following four individuals.

Mike Weiss
Lori Van Rossem
Scott McClain
Jami Fogle

Thank you for voting on Monday.