Thursday, July 13, 2017

Former Chesnut Elementary student provides outstanding community service as a Dunwoody Police Officer but could he live here today?

Yesterday something crossed my desk that I thought I would share.  I saw a tweet by the Dunwoody Police Department honoring the fact that Officer Castellanos was raised in Dunwoody and attended Chesnut Elementary just blocks from my home.  Unsure of where Officer Castellanos lives today, knowing the caliber of our staff and seeing his beautiful family, I wish he was my neighbor as I believe he should have the opportunity to live back in Dunwoody.   Having police officers available locally is a benefit to the Department and the Community, especially in times of emergency or extreme weather.

The Dunwoody Police Department has a great benefit package for our police officers and we have very high standards for those we hire but the starting pay for a new officer is just above $40,000 therefore living here in town would be very difficult.  With new cities coming on board police salaries across the state have raised therefore Dunwoody works hard to hire the best entry level officers we can find but we need to continually evaluate our benefits package against other departments to set recruitment & retention strategy. 

One of the benefits of being a Dunwoody Police officer is that every officer gets his own take home police vehicle whereby the city pays for the fuel to & from work. Though I agree with this policy, it is also detrimental to encouraging officers to live locally therefore at the start of the city we also pushed for a local residential stipend, currently at $300 per month for those officers who live within the City Limits.  In our budget discussions this year, besides over all salary, I will be looking to have the local stipend raised, will question out of pocket financial costs of the officers and will look to increase tuition reimbursement.  

As a City Councilman, I am always proud to witness a new officer being sworn in to the Department but the churn or turnover of officers leaving for other departments makes me question if we have the right policies in place and I take that responsibility very seriously.  We currently have openings available to be a Dunwoody Police Officer and if you are interested, please apply.

Finally, the City of Dunwoody offers a police explorer program for those teenagers in the community who would like to learn more about becoming a police officer and I highly recommend the program as we need more locally grown officers on the force too.  Thanks for allowing me to serve.  John

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Dunwoody Homeowners Association hosts Georgia's Largest 4th of July Parade - kicking off at 9 a.m.

On Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the Dunwoody Crier Newspaper will host the annual Fourth of July Parade featuring marching bands, floats, clowns, animal units and local celebrities. Last year the parade attracted over 2,500 participants and 32,000 spectators!

This year’s theme is A Small Town In A Big City, and the Grand Marshall is Alan Mothner.

The parade route is two (2) miles, starting at the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road at 9:00 a.m., proceeds west on Mount Vernon Road to Dunwoody Village, turns right onto Dunwoody Village Parkway.

Viewing Information: Parade spectators are encouraged to setup chairs along Mount Vernon Road and Dunwoody Village Parkway (up to the shops on the right and the parade entrance into Dunwoody Village.) Spectators will be blocked from viewing the parade on the east side of Jett Ferry Road on Mount Vernon Road due to the staging and setup for parade participants. Viewing will start on the west side of Jett Ferry Road on Mount Vernon Road.

Dunwoody Boy Scout Troop 764 from St. Luke’s Presbyterian will collect food along the parade route for the Community Assistance Center (CAC) Food Pantry. The troop plans to enter a scouting themed float in the parade and will be pushing grocery carts along-side to collect the food donations.

After the parade join in the fun at the post parade festival in front of the U.S. Post Office in Dunwoody Village for family fun and great food!

Traffic Information: Mt. Vernon Road, between Jett Ferry Road and Dunwoody Village, will be closed from 8:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. (times are approximate; contact the Dunwoody Police Department about road closures and traffic information.)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Dunwoody Solar Town Hall, Tuesday 7 pm at Dunwoody United Methodist Church to discuss Solarize Dunwoody - Home Installation.

Solar Town Hall

Tuesday, June 27, 7pm

Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 
1548 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody

Interested in going solar? Want to save money and have the support of experts in installing the right system for you? Working together, we can make Dunwoody a leader in solar energy. Come to learn how you can help shape this movement and be a part of Solarize Dunwoody (@SunwoodyGA).

Solarize Dunwoody is a community based, PV bulk purchasing program that allows homeowners, businesses, and non-profits to save on the cost of solar together---the more that participate, the greater the savings!

This is a community input meeting where the coalition explains how the program works and asks attendees for input to shape the RFP to choose the vendor. Each attendee is given three stickers and is asked to place each one on a poster representing his/her top three priorities for the program. A friend attended the Solar Town Hall in Decatur and her top three priorities/program attributes were (1) overall price, (2) inverter warranty, and (3) community project. Other options might include warranty on solar panels, panels made in US, local workforce, etc.

Sponsored by the Dunwoody Sustainability Committee, Environment Georgia, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, UMC Earthkeepers, and Solar CrowdSource.

“All Fore One” is seeking early sponsors to be featured on a banner in the Dunwoody 4th of July Parade

Dunwoody Community event including Dunwoody High School, Peachtree Charter Middle School, Austin Elementary School, Chestnut Elementary School, Dunwoody Elementary, Hightower Elementary, Kingsley Elementary School, and Vanderlyn Elementary School.  All Fore One Golf Tournament will help raise money to benefit capital improvements and educational enrichment at DHS and PCMS. 

Monday, October 2nd 2017
Dunwoody Country Club
1600 Dunwoody Club Drive
Dunwoody, GA 30350

Principals and parents from the eight schools that make up the Dunwoody Cluster are coming together for the first time to support education in a unique way. They’re organizing an inaugural community golf tournament called “All Fore One” on Monday, October 2, 2017.

"The golf tournament was a small idea that grew as the feeder principals talked about the desire to create a sense of community- where neighbors get to know neighbors, where one school supports another, where we realize that we are truly ONE," said Dunwoody Elementary School Principal, Jennifer Sanders.

The All Fore One committee is comprised of parent volunteers from Dunwoody High School, Peachtree Charter Middle School, Austin Elementary, Chestnut Elementary, Dunwoody Elementary, Hightower Elementary, Kingsley Elementary, and Vanderlyn Elementary.

For the first year, the funds raised will benefit capital improvements and educational enrichment at Dunwoody High School.  Looking forward, the tournament will raise money for Peachtree Charter Middle School as well.  The high school and middle school will benefit from the tournament in alternating years based on need.

Co-chairs Julia LeDoyen and Lauren Middlebrooks said it is a thrill to collaborate on this effort.
"The support that All Fore One is getting from families with young children is astounding," they said in a statement.  "Seeing elementary school parents and principals working together for the future is an indicator of the commitment Dunwoody residents have to maintaining strong schools for many years to come.  We will all benefit from that.”

This year’s proceeds will be directed to the “Game On Campaign” to assist with their efforts to enhance the high school athletic facilities.

The event will be held at Dunwoody Country Club, located at 1600 Dunwoody Club Drive.  Registration will begin at 8:30 am with a shotgun start at 10:00 am.  It will include a box lunch, award ceremony, and raffle.

“All Fore One” is seeking early sponsors to be featured on a banner in the Dunwoody 4th of July Parade, the largest of its kind in Georgia.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dunwoody Police Officer Jason Lewis requests support for charity, promises single fit @DunwoodyPolice to mingle with after workout. @UMDF

Book your ride -

I'm a fan of Officer Jason Lewis and would bend over backward to help him and his wife Gwen (who is also in Law Enforcement) to support thier fund raising efforts.   I personally enjoy Cyclebar and am expecting a great ride with socializing afterward therefore I'm guessing a few of Dunwoody's finest may be in attendance?  As far as promises, ladies I can't promise exactly who will be there except I know at least one married, very sweaty, city councilman will be probably be riding bike 42.    If you've never tried Cyclebar, this would be a great introduction and 100% of the funds would go to support UMDF.   Thanks!   John

Councilman Heneghan,

My wife, Gwen, has organized a ride at CycleBar-Dunwoody on June 24 benefiting the United Mitochonrial Disease Foundation. A $25 donation is requested for the 50 min ride and 100% goes to the UMDF.

Our daughter, Anna, suffers from this disease and you can learn more at We are lucky and blessed that she is now 13 years old.

We would greatly appreciate it if you would post this on your blog. I have attached the flyer and picture of Anna. We give you permission to post her picture, if you feel its appropriate. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you,

Jason Lewis
Officer, Dunwoody PD

I'm booked for bike #42 who's going to join me?

Dunwoody Comprehensive Transportation Plan Update

The City of Dunwoody is currently updating its Comprehensive Transportation Plan which outlines the community’s transportation objectives and funding priorities.  This plan was originally developed in 2009.  Since this time, efforts on several of the prioritized projects have begun and some have been completed. The primary purpose of the five year update is to review and refresh the recommended project list and work program as well as explore enhancements to plan components such as pedestrian and bicycling facilities.

A public meeting to discuss this update and the potential new projects, was held on March 7, 2016.  The following materials were presented.

Public Meeting Presentation
Vehicular Recommendations Map and Project Descriptions
Pedestrian and Bicycle Recommendations Map and Project Descriptions

An update to the plan has been drafted (Draft CTP Update) Huge File 99MB.  This item will be discussed at an upcoming City Council meeting.  

Comments may be submitted via email to or mailed to City of Dunwoody Public Works Department, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 250 Dunwoody, GA 30346.
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Free fabulous kids educational entertainment - Magician & Storyteller Extraordinaire Ken Scott to visit Brookhaven, Dunwoody & Peachtree Corners Library's

Magician Ken Scott is amazing and I have used him to entertain large groups of children numerous times at my home, if you have little ones please check out the free show.  You will not be disappointed.
Monday June 19th Brookhaven Library 10:30 AM

Monday July 17th Dunwoody Library 4PM

Thursday July 20th Peachtree Corners Library 3PM