CP festival coupon steers dollars toward park improvements

May 25 2014

CPNO has worked out a deal with organizers of the Candler Park Music & Food Festival that will get you a free wristband for both days of the event AND will help us raise money for park improvements envisioned in our Master Plan.

All you have to do is hit this link, print out the flyer, and show up at the festival on Friday from 4 pm to 10 pm. Turn in the flyer, and you get the wristband, which otherwise runs $5-$10.

The good deal from the neighborhood's standpoint: Rival Entertainment will contribute a dollar to each person who turns in a flyer. That means more money to improve the pool, fix landscaping problems, and create a long-dreamed-about Candler Park Conservancy.

So, be sure to:

1) email the link to the flyer or the PDF to folks both inside and outside Candler Park;

2) print out a copy for you, your spouse, your kid, your grandmother and even that crazy cousin you keep locked up in the attic;

3) get every single friend, acquaintance and stranger from other neighborhoods near and far to print out the flyer;

4) head on over to the festival on Friday with your flyer and make sure that all family members, friends, and other sentient beings come along with their flyers as well;

5) grab your free wristband, which festival goers must have to purchase alcoholic beverages (the flyers will be honored for children, but those under 18 won't get wristbands);

6) enjoy the festival.

At least 24 food trucks are slated to come to the festival, which was formerly known as Midsummer Food & Music Festival. Friday night is local act night, and there tends to be more of a neighborhood-friendly feel. Among Friday's acts are Sundogs, Moontower and Wesley Cook.

New Orleans jazz-funk-rap musician Trombone Shorty headlines Saturday evening, following half a dozen other acts. But be sure drop Friday with the flyer, because if you do, you'll be able to bring your wristband to Saturday's show.

Mulberry Fields Summer Soulstice Soiree on June 21

May 23 2014

From Jesse Bathrick:

The Summer Soulstice Soiree is back in Mulberry Fields

Saturday June 21  5:30-until

Webster will  be there....

King of Pops. will be there

Coming soon..details about the Apple pie Bake off

Pot luck dinner..we supply a keg

This is our annual fund raiser..this year we are focusing on saving our animals habitat from erosion..Clover, Rojo and Bella..Nina the chicken and her friends, our hawks owls,bluebirds, lady bugs bees and worms all need us to act soon.The animal pens are at a high point on this part of the Eastern Sub Continental Divide...we have had escalating run off and erosion, lost top soil and plants...We will be developing a plan with professional help and implementing it soon..so will will need your generous donation to get the work done.

Become a Friend of the Garden 2014 with your donation at any level


LADYBUG  $25-$49

SUNFLOWER  $50-$74






Mulberry Fields is locate down an old city alley at 1301 Iverson STreet in Candler Park

Find us on Face book at          https://www.facebook.com/mulberryfields

Primary election results

May 21 2014

Yesterday's primary elections resulted in some decisive wins and some run-offs. Winners included: 

  • U.S. Senate - Democrat: Michelle Nunn
  • U.S. Senate - Republican: David Perdue, Jack Kingston - run-off
  • Governor - Democrat: Jason Carter
  • Governor - Republican: Nathan Deal
  • Secretary of State - Democrat: Doreen Carter
  • Secretary of State - Republican: Brian Kemp
  • State School Superintendent - Democrat: Valarie Wilson, Alisha Morgan - run-off
  • State School Superintendent - Republican: Michael Buck, Richard Woods - run-off
  • State Senate district 42 - Democrat: Elena Parent
  • Dekalb County Sheriff: Jeff Mann, Vernon Jones - run-off

See the full election results here.

On a lighter note, here are the write-in candidates from the Epworth polling location. Apparently somebody is going to be disappointed that Borat didn't make it to the grand stage.

Congratulations to all the real winners!

APD to Candler Park: Keep an eye out for this 2002 Dodge Ram

May 20 2014

From Russell Miller, safety officer

The Atlanta Police Department is asking residents of Zone 6, which includes Candler Park, to be on the look out for a silver 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab (4-door), with a GA tag # BUC1287 and tinted windows.

This vehicle was involved in two residential burglaries in the East Atlanta Community and was reported stolen on Monday morning  to Dekalb County police. If you see this vehicle please call "911."

UPDATE: From the APD Zone 6 feed on candlerpark.nextdoor.com: "according to East Atlanta Security Patrol: 'DKPD is reporting that they have recovered the Dodge Ram. We also received an unconfirmed report that they arrested six people as well. APD will be trying to tie the people back to the two burglaries yesterday. APD was able to get some prints from both the homes, which may assist in locking up some of these perpetrators.'"

NPU-N Report from April 2014 Meeting

May 19 2014

Since the Messenger was not published this month, I am posting my monthly report here.


By Amy Stout

I attended the monthly meeting of NPU-N on Thursday, April 24th as the CPNO representative.


Reports from City Departments:  Tom Cullen from the Parks Dept reported that they are in the process of repairing the water fountains at the Candler Park playground and golf course, that they are still working to mitigate water runoff issues at Iverson Park, and that they will be installing additional safety railings along the sidewalk on the north side of McLendon Avenue adjacent to Candler Park.


Variances:  The board voted 9-0-0 to approve a variance to reduce the sideyard setbacks to 3 ft each to allow the construction of a single family residence at 374 Clifton Rd contingent on the condition that the maximum height of the basement be 6’6’’ and voted 9-0-0 to approve variances to reduce the half-depth front and side yard setbacks and exceed the 30% maximum floor area ratio for an accessory structure to allow the reconstruction of a garage at 519 Candler St.  (CPNO’s condition of approval of “to not alter existing sight lines” was not included, since the city planner indicated it was unenforceable.)  We deferred consideration of a variance for 535 Oakdale Rd, as the application still requires evaluation by the CPNO.


Ordinances:  The board voted unanimously to support Ordinance 14-O-1019, legislation submitted at the request of the Little Five Points Business Association intended to reiterate, clarify, and strengthen regulations in the L5P business district regarding gasoline service stations, drive-through facilities, and notification of the NPU of applications for Special Administrative Permits.  At this point our City Planner Nina Gentry reported that even with the enactment of this proposed legislation, it is the City’s legal opinion that a drive-through is a grandfathered use at 299 Moreland and told us that Starbucks is currently investigating the possibility of opening a store at this address.  No applicant would be able to have a drive-through-only operation, and the opening of a sit-down restaurant would trigger minimum parking requirements.  Ms. Gentry also informed us that removal/destruction of over 60% of the existing building would nullify the grandfathered status.


A motion to support a new ordinance (14-O-1017) that would amend the city’s existing sign ordinance to define and regulate “window signs” failed to pass (4-5-1).  This legislation would require Manuel’s Tavern to remove some or all of their neon window signs and would prohibit any illuminated window signs in R-4 zoning.  The board voted 8-0-1 to support ordinance 14-O-1092 that defines and regulates both urban gardens (those intended for education, demonstration, and beautification purposes) and market gardens (those intended for production of food that would be sold) and has been designed to promote urban agriculture.  A motion to oppose ordinance 14-O-1022 that would regulate “works of art on private property” carried unanimously.  We also voted unanimously to approve ordinance 14-0-1133 that will “clarify the manner in which the definition of accessory structures and uses should be applied to public schools.” 


I welcome your input on these and related issues.  Please contact me at NPURep@candlerpark.org.

Candler Parkers: Be sure to vote tomorrow!

May 19 2014
Don't forget: Tuesday's an important primary election, and our ballots will include contested races U.S. senator, governor, secretary of state, state school superintendent, state Senate, and DeKalb sheriff, among others.
All Candler Park voters will vote at Epworth Church (1561 McLendon Avenue) - including those who normally vote at Mary Lin. Polls are open 7 am - 7 pm.
Before you head off to the precinct, review and download your own sample ballot on this nifty page here!
CP turned out big in November, and we can do it again. This sends a strong message — especially to local officials — that we are engaged in the process!
It's especially exciting that the Democratic ballot includes Candler Park’s very own Jason Carter for governor and Inman Park's Michelle Nunn for U.S. Senate. Whomever you choose to support, please remember to vote on Tuesday.

Cell antenna forum to follow Members' Meeting tonight

May 19 2014
Immediately following tonight's Members' Meeting, CPNO will facilitate an opportunity for interested neighbors to discuss the proposed cell structure at Epworth Church.
This will be the first opportunity for most Candler Park residents to hear directly from AT&T officials on their plans. The AT&T representatives will then be available for feedback and questions. We expect the forum to start soon after 8:30, and we've set aside an hour for it.

Recent crime adds hot topic to tonight's meeting

May 19 2014

With reports of recent burglaries and an armed robbery, tonight's CPNO Members' Meeting is likely to include a lively session on crime with Atlanta Police Department representatives. APD briefings always are on the agenda, but we'll give them a bit more time tonight.

In addition, be prepared to: discuss proposed improvements at the Candler Park pool and on the proposed park conservancy; vote on a grant to help the Freedom Park Conservancy with a strategic plan; and hear updates on Fall Fest and the CP Master Plan. Here's the proposed agenda.

Where: "First E" church, 470 Candler Park Drive

When: Socializing & refreshments: 6:30. Meeting: 7-8:30.

Scheduled votes

1) Freedom Park Conservancy grant

2) 1259 McLendon Ave, Special Exception Request (zoning application V-14-085)

2) 505 Terrace Ave., Variance Request (zoning application V-14-095)

Immediately following the Members' Meeting, CPNO will host a forum on the proposed cell antennas at Epworth Church. For more information on that session, click here.

Crime spree: Keep an eye out, call 911

May 16 2014

Candler Park residents have reported at least eight burglaries and one armed robbery at gunpoint to Atlanta police over the last two weeks.

"We are aware [of the crime spike] and have already deployed additional resources to the area," police Major Timothy Peek wrote Friday, in response to one neighbor's email about the burglaries. "Last week, there were 5 burglaries and 3 were reported earlier this week. ... We have assigned marked and unmarked patrols to the area. 

One suspect was arrested Tuesday after he was spotted "prowling around a house on foot," but another managed to get away, wrote Peek, who is in charge of the Zone 6 precinct that includes Candler Park.

Peek urged residents to get the word out to their neighbors "to be vigilant and to immediately call 911 upon seeing anything suspicious."

While I haven't yet received comment from Peek on the armed robbery, the mother of the victim said her teenage son was walking at 2 a.m. on Sunday near the corner of Iverson Avenue and Oakdale Road when someone with a gun approach him. He was unharmed, but the assailant took his iPhone.

Information about some of the burglaries was buzzing around the Candler Park Safety Yahoo Group, which is a good resource for residents who want to know about crime in the neighborhood. Join here.

Several of the burglaries occurred in the vicinity of Candler Park Terrace and McLendon Avenue. In one of those, the thief came in through an open window; in another, the front door apparently was left unlocked. Several burglaries also occurred during the morning.

To find out more and to interact directly with police officers, be sure to attend this Monday's CPNO Members' Meeting (7 pm at the First Existentialist Congregation).

Correction - Amended May Zoning Committee Meeting

Please excuse the clerical error in the prior post. The Variance Application for 535 Oakdale Road (incorrectly referenced as 535 Candler Park) is no longer on the May meeting agenda. Sorry for any confusion, but to be clear there is no Variance Application for 535 Oakdale Road or 535 Candler Park.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Epworth Methodist Church at 1561 Mclendon Ave.