Potentially Dangerous Door-to-Door Solicitor

Mar 10 2011

Submitted by a resident on Candler Park Drive. Be safe!


Our babysitter reported that a man came to the door around 5pm today (Wed, March 9), requesting a donation "so he could go to culinary school".   She told him she didn't have any money and he started pressuring her to give him a check and told her that "all the other neighbors" were giving him checks.  She said no and he continued to pressure her, saying he wouldn't deposit it right away.  He was aggressive and rude and she had a hard time getting him to leave.   She also said that he told a couple of different stories, first saying that he was with a woman and little girl who were in a car that was parked in front of our house, and later that he was the son of "the woman who lives down the street who walks her golden retrievers every morning."

The man was Caucasian, mid-20's and had dark blond hair and a hoodie.  I wonder whether he went to anyone else's house and whether he really lives in the neighborhood.  Sounded pretty fishy...

March Messenger

Mar 9 2011

Forsythia, cherry tree blossoms, daffodils, and the Messenger -- what do these things have in common? They all appear in March, of course! Read the March Messenger here.

Construction to Start on "Our" Section of the BeltLine

Mar 9 2011

Hi all. For anyone who has been following Beltline progress, this is an exciting milestone! Our section of the Beltline -- the part that is just a mile or so west of Candler Park and runs alongside The Masqeuerade -- is about to be paved. Just in time for spring, so before you know it it'll be time to break out your bike, roller blades, skateboard or pogo stick!


By Amy Wenk (article originally appeared on patch.com here)

Construction will get going in the next month on the BeltLine trail from Piedmont Park to DeKalb Avenue. Credit Amy Wenk

Soon, you'll have an easy walk from Piedmont Park to DeKalb Avenue.

Construction is set to start on the two-and-a-half mile BeltLine trail that will bridge several neighborhoods, including Midtown, Virginia-Highland, Poncey Highland, Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park.  A concrete trail will replace the current rocky terrain, which once was railroad tracks. The path will run by three city parks: Piedmont Park, Freedom Park and the new Historic Fourth Ward Park behind City Hall East.

"You'll see a lot of activity start up in the next month," said Ethan Davidson, spokesman for the Atlanta BeltLine.   Environmental work will begin any day now, Davidson said. That includes digging, grating and relocating utilities. After that is complete, work will begin on the 14-feet-wide trail. Trees will be planted later in the year, Davidson said.   Construction "will be happening in segments," he said. The trail should be complete around fall.

So gone will be the days of a secluded BeltLine experience. Since the rocky trail opened, runners, walkers and mountain bikers have enjoyed a somewhat private experience. But the new paved trail should make the BeltLine more accessible to more people.   "I think it will get pretty crowded," Davidson said.

Requesting Funds from CPNO

Mar 7 2011

The neighborhood organization receives a number of requests each year for funding. We want as many of our members & neighbors as possible to have an opportunity to review requests, and help make sure we fund projects that align closely with our mission statement: to promote the common good and general welfare in Candler Park. To that end, we have created a set of guidelines for individuals and organizations to follow when requesting $500 or more. These guidelines help widely socialize your request, and give everyone the opportunity to ask questions early and avoid suprises.

The guidelines are available here. The process begins by filling out a grant request form (click here). Any questions can be addressed to grants@candlerpark.org.


Friends of Candler Park Work Day a Big Success

Mar 3 2011

From Mark Clement:

On Sunday, February 27th, The Friends of Candler Park hosted yet another work day to clean out the corridor for the new nature trail on the south east side of Candler Park. We were joined by 10-15 volunteers from the Kosher Cru.

Feeling left out of the fun? Then come join us on Saturday, March 12th 9am till 12noon. 30-40 volunteers from GSU Beta Alpha Psi will be coming out to help.

All of this work leads up to the big work day where we will hopefully end in the completion of the Candler Park 420 Walking Trail. This project is being funded by proceeds generated by arm band sales from the 2010 420 Fest. Sweetwater Brewery has offered its staff for a work day to help complete the work for path. We have approx. 20 volunteers from thru Friends of Candler Park and Operation Boot Camp. However this is a very labor intensive project and we could always use more help. Friday March 18th 9:00 until it is done.

The goal of this project is not only to increase the usage of the park but also to make the park more secure. The more we can cut down on the cover provided by evasive plants the less likely we will have urban camping and other unlawful activity in the park. In preparation for this project we will be hosting additional work date to attempt to eradicate invasive plants in that area.

Friends of Candler Park Work Day Sunday, February 27

Feb 26 2011

From Mark Clement:

We will be preparing the nature trail going in in March.   

Sunday, February 27th at 10 am

10-15 volunteers from the Kosher Cru will be coming out to help clean up the trail corridor. Neighborhood Volunteers are strongly encouraged to come out. We could use the extra hands! Tools and gloves will be provided by Park Pride.

District 84 Town Hall Meeting - Saturday, March 12

Feb 25 2011

Please join Rep. Stacey Abrams (HD-84), Sen. Jason Carter (SD-42), and Sen. Emanuel Jones (SD-10) Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011 Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Location: Oakhurst Presbyterian Church 188 2nd Avenue Decatur, GA 30030


  • 2011 and 2012 Budget Proposals
  • Tax Reform Legislation
  • Atlanta Public Schools and DeKalb County Schools
  • Key Legislation

All persons are welcome to attend. This event is FREE. Light refreshments will be served. For questions, please contact Ashley Robinson, Chief of Staff at 404-656-5058  or email staceyabrams@gmail.com.
Representative Stacey Abrams (House District 84) serves as Minority Leader for the Georgia House of Representatives.   District 84 includes Candler Park, Columbia, Druid Hills, East Lake, Highland Park, Kelley Lake, Kirkwood, Lake Claire, Oakhurst, unincorporated South DeKalb, Toney Valley and Tilson.     
Senator Jason Carter (Senate District 42) is Secretary of the Science and Technology Committee of the Georgia Senate.  Sen. Carter represents parts of North DeKalb, Central DeKalb, the City of Atlanta and Decatur.
Senator Emanuel Jones (Senate District 10) is the Secretary of the Interstate Coorperation Committee of the Georgia Senate.  Sen. Jones represents parts of DeKalb and Henry Counties, including the Cities of Decatur and McDonough. 

Help determine how Candler Park should develop! March 2nd meeting at 7 PM at Dr. Bombay's

Feb 24 2011

Interested in deciding how Candler Park develops as a neighborhood? We need your input in the City of Atlanta’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) at our upcoming meeting on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 PM at Dr. Bombay's.

Every three to five years the city updates the CDP that’s meant to serve as a 20-year guide for future land use, housing, transportation, community facilities and more. They seek input from residents by requesting that the NPUs (neighborhood planning units) work together to create policies that specifically affect their neighborhoods. Candler Park has not taken part in this planning in recent years, but we are about to have that opportunity once again.

As the NPU-N representative for Candler Park, I am collecting input from residents about policies they’d like to see in place regarding the future of our neighborhood. You don’t have to be an expert in zoning or an urban planner to provide your ideas. Examples of ideas from nearby neighborhoods include:

  • Maintain all of Poncey-Highland’s existing Low Density Residential zoning designations, and specifically, maintain all Single-Family zoning designations.
  • Maintain the Little Five Points Neighborhood Commercial District (NC-1) boundaries to prevent the encroachment of non-residential uses into surrounding residentially zoned areas.
  • Encourage the development of the Memorial Drive edge of Cabbagetown in keeping with the commercial nature of the area and in conjunction with the overall vision of the Memorial Drive/MLK Drive Revitalization Plan adopted by City Council.
  • Encourage mixed use, development and/or re-development of formerly industrial and commercial property along the DeKalb Avenue corridor through Inman Park, enhancing and encouraging compatibility with the “small-town/downtown” character of the neighborhood.

CPNO will be collecting these ideas and creating a list to present to the general membership at the March CPNO meeting on Monday, March 21.

To learn more about the Comprehensive Development Plan, please visit the link below on the city’s website.


If you cannot attend the March 2nd meeting, please send your ideas directly to me by March 4 at vicepresident@candlerpark.org.

Goodness in the Gardens at The Frazer Center on April 15

Feb 22 2011


My children attend The Frazer Center in Lake Claire.  It is a wonderful, non-profit inclusive school and adult program that allows children and adults with special needs (and without) to become as independent as possible. The children’s program brings kids of all abilities together to learn alongside each other and the adult program teaches valuable life and job skills that enable engagement in the larger community.

This year, The Frazer Center and the Parent/Teacher Council are hosting a wine & beer tasting and silent auction to raise money for the school.  The money raised enables The Frazer Center to continue purchasing special equipment, providing scholarships to those in need and offering teacher’s educational development.  Below is the invitation with further details. I hope you will consider attending.


Erin Shear, Candler Park resident


What: Goodness in the Gardens: An Evening Out to Benefit The Frazer Center

Beat the tax time blues by enjoying a Spring evening in the Cator Woolford Gardens tasting a variety of wines and beers, nibbling top-notch appetizers, dancing to live entertainment and bidding on fabulous silent auction items. The Frazer Center and the Cator Woolford Gardens are nestled on 39 acres of mature hardwoods adjacent to one of the few remaining intact historic estates in Metropolitan Atlanta and near the communities of Candler Park, Oakhurst, Lake Claire, Decatur, Avondale Estates and Druid Hills.

When:  Friday, April 15, 2011, 7-11 p.m., $45 per person

Where: Cator Woolford Gardens
1815 Ponce de Leon Ave, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Why: The event aims to raise $15,000 to directly benefit The Frazer Center, where people at all levels of ability and disability gather, learn and flourish together.  For more than 60 years, The Frazer Center has helped thousands of children and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism and other special needs become as independent as possible. The children’s program brings kids of all abilities together to learn alongside each other and the adult program teaches valuable life and job skills that enable engagement in the larger community.

How: To purchase tickets, visit www.goodnessinthegardens.org or call 404-377-3836

The Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Living Landmarks

Feb 20 2011

The Atlanta Preservation Center (404-688-3353) will host its annual event, The Phoenix Flies, from Saturday, March 5, 2011, through Sunday, March 20, 2011. This city-wide celebration provides access to more than 150 FREE events at historic sites integral to Atlanta's rich heritage. Children are welcome at most events.

The Early Edgewood-Candler Park BiRacial History Project Walking Tour is offered on Tuesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 10, with 1 hour tours at 11 am and 2 pm.  Tours begin promptly at the Old Stone Church / First Existentialist Congregation, 470 Candler Park Dr. NE, ATL 30307.

20 people per tour.  Reserve your place soon. Call 404.222.0801 with name, phone, & number of persons. Tours will be cancelled if it's raining. For more info, go to www.phoenixflies.org.