Sunday, November 23, 2014

Light Up Dunwoody has been rescheduled until Next Sunday, November 30th

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association has postponed the Light Up Dunwoody event until Next Sunday, 11/30. Plan to celebrate next Sunday with the opening of the Christmas Village at 3 p.m. and the lighting of the tree at 5:45 p.m. 
The Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse (5455 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd) is the center of activity as Santa and his elves welcome children on the front porch. A live reindeer with Santa's sleigh will be on hand for an exciting and unique holiday photo opportunity. Please be sure to bring your own camera!
Everyone is invited, and there is no cost to participate in this family friendly festival. This event is sponsored by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, and the Dunwoody Crier.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Light Up Dunwoody - Sunday Nov 23rd from 3 to 6 pm at the Farmhouse (Chamblee Dunwoody & Mt. Vernon)

Please join in on this great community event and the Dunwoody Police would like to remind you to bring an unwrapped toy for their Christmas for Kids program which serves Dunwoody’s under-privileged children.  

I am also looking forward to seeing Gus & Hannah throwing the switch to light our community, so please come and cheer them on.

Dunwoody Police Department Christmas for Kids program has kicked off and will be accepting gifts at the Light Up Dunwoody Event on Sunday.

The Dunwoody Police Department Christmas for Kids (CFK) program began in 2009 with the goal of bringing our community together to collect new and unwrapped gifts for Dunwoody’s under-privileged children between the ages of newborn to 15 years old.

Once gifts are collected, the Dunwoody Police Department invites members of the community to join our CFK team for a "Wrap-Up Event" in early December to personalize a bag of individually wrapped gifts for each of the 60 or so children who are honored at a private Christmas party later in the month. Santa himself (along with his Elves and perhaps a Toy Soldier or two!) appears at the private event to spend quality one-on-one time with our honored guests and to distribute the gifts personally.

CFK is unique in that the Christmas party is an intimate affair for the pre-registered children and their parents only. Keeping the party private allows our CFK team to focus only on what’s important – the children and the joys of giving.

Christmas for Kids is a community effort and is only made possible by the generosity of our citizens, businesses, and other local organizations.

Important Dates in 2014:


  • Registrations must be in person at I Care Atlanta located at: 5879-B New Peachtree Rd, Doraville, GA 30340 between the hours of 11am-2pm, Monday-Thursday
  • For questions regarding eligibility contact: Stephanie Stevens at I Care Atlanta, 678/615-3341
  • NOTE: Family registrations for the private Christmas Party will CLOSE once we reach our 60 qualified children maximum; however, we will continue to accept applications for qualified families through Dec. 2, 2014 for gift assistance (only) subject to gift availability
  • Gift collections (toy drive) at participating CFK Gift Drop sites (see list below)
  • Collections will continue at Dunwoody Police HQ through December 23, 2014
NOV 23, 2014, 3:00PM - 6:00PM: LIGHT UP DUNWOODY
  • Look for the CFK program at the Dunwoody Police tent in front of the Dunwoody Farm House where we'll be collecting new, unwrapped toys and gifts for kids aged 0-15 years
DEC 6, 2014, 2:00PM - 4:00PM: CFK "WRAP-UP" EVENT

  • Bring the whole family to help "Wrap-Up" toys and gifts for those in need
  • Enjoy free refreshments and share some community Christmas cheer
  • Location: Dunwoody Municipal Court, 41 Perimeter Center East, Ste: 103, Dunwoody, GA 30346
  • Dunwoody Police headquarters will continue to collect CFK toys and gifts for families in need through December 23, 2014
  • Stop by 24/7 to drop your new, unwrapped toy or gift for kids aged 0-15 years in our front lobby gift drop box

2014 Participating CFK Gift Drop SitesCFK Gift Box

  • Another Broken Egg Cafe
  • Crossroads Church of Dunwoody
  • Dentistry With A Difference
  • Dunwoody Elementary School
  • Dunwoody Nature Center
  • Dunwoody Police Department (OPEN 24/7)
  • Fidelity Bank (Dunwoody Village)
  • Kingsley Elementary School
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Nancy's Hallmark
  • North Atlanta Memorial Park
  • Peachtree Middle School
  • Picayune Toys
  • Vanderlyn Elementary School
If you are a Dunwoody business interested in becoming a CFK Gift Drop Site, please contact Sgt. Espinoza at 678/382-6913 and leave a message.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Adoption and Foster Care Lunch & Learn - Thursday Nov 20 at Atlanta City Hall

This afternoon I received a phone call from Atlanta City Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms regarding a luncheon event that she is holding this Thursday November 20th to speak about adoption opportunities in the community.  November is national adoption month and as Councilmember Bottoms family consists of her husband and four adopted children, she wants to tell her story and help others learn of the adoption process. Please reach out and make reservations to the luncheon if you are interested to 404-330-6054 and/or contact Ms. Bottoms directly at

In doing my research I found the Georgia Department of Human Services adoption page entitled "It's my turn now Georgia" and I was touched at looking at the 169 children that are ready for adoption. If you've ever thought of adoption, please read some of the information provided and visit the page below to scroll through the children.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dunwoody High School Band Auction is now open with over $10,000 worth of donated items.

DHS Band 3rd Annual Online Silent Auction – November 14th-24th

Mark your calendars and help spread the word that the 3rd annual silent auction to benefit the Dunwoody High School Band Boosters will start Friday, November 14th and run through Monday, November 24th.

Our auction committee has been very busy through the summer and into the fall acquiring over $10,000 in donated items including the fabulous items listed below.

Bookmark this link and get ready to bid:  DUNWOODY HS BAND Online Auction 2014

Ø  A one week vacation in a timeshare where you can choose from a list of desirable international locations

Ø  A teen driving course from Nathan’s Driving School

Ø  An Electric Guitar from the School of Music

Ø  Pontoon Boat Rental for a day

Ø  Family Park Hopper Passes to Disney theme parks in Florida

Ø  Tickets to:  Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Medieval Times, Dunwoody Nature Center, Atlanta History Center, Zoo Atlanta, Rock City…

Ø  Lots of local restaurants and services, music lessons, gym memberships, hotel stays, and so much more….

Please forward this information through your neighborhoods and community organizations to help get the word out – Thank you & happy bidding!!

Dunwoody High School Band Boosters, Inc. is a 501(c) charitable organization.
All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax ID #: 32-0333812.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pebble Tossers is a great Dunwoody Charity serving all of Atlanta that could use your support.

Pebble Tossers Logo

Shape the Future: Start a Ripple of Giving

Dear Friends,

When Pebble Tossers started in 2008, our belief rested on a powerful principle: young people are generally an untapped resource for communities and that youth volunteering is a win-win opportunity, benefiting the community as well as the young people themselves. 

We now have 15,000 youth & family volunteers who serve 122 local nonprofits. Additionally, we've launched several youth development and leadership development programs to actively engage kids and teens. Last year, the community impact of their volunteer efforts was valued at $1,183,000.

Pebble Tossers provides local nonprofits with creative solutions utilizing youth volunteers.  It's powerful to watch kids take action; to experience volunteering for the first time and to witness the sparkle in their eye from knowing they made an impact.

This Thursday is Georgia Gives Day, a day supporting all Georgia nonprofits.  I ask you to join thousands of others and donate to nonprofits and, specifically, to Pebble Tossers. As a bonus, your donation will be doubled due to the generosity of our Board of Directors who will match the first $2,500 donated!

We need each one of you reading this email to donate at least $5 - the cost of a cup of coffee! This donation will directly go to the programming of our youth volunteers and will start a huge ripple of giving in Atlanta! You can donate right now or wait until Thursday, but ....

Thanks, your support is greatly appreciated!

Jennifer Guynn
Executive Director

Murphey Candler Park, Duck Duck Goose 5K on Nov 15th.

Race Registration 

In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Murphey Candler Park in Brookhaven, Georgia, we are proud to present the Duck Duck Goose 5K on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  This event will also feature a kids fun run.  The run will begin and end in Murphey Candler Park and will feature beautiful lake scenery while running in and around the park.  Please come out and enjoy the festivities.  (note: if you want the t-shirt, but do not wish to run, you may register as a phantom runner).

Murphey Candler Park is a 135-acre multi-use park located at 1551 West Nancy Creek Drive in northern DeKalb County, and is the largest park in the city of Brookhaven. The park is currently operated by DeKalb County Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs. Park amenities include multi-use fields, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a playground, picnic areas, a lake, and trails. Youth sports are offered through baseball, softball, and football programs that operate through the park.  The lake is also home to Canada Geese, Mallards, other ducks and beavers.

Dunwoody Council's Independent Auditor, Mr. William J. Mulcahy gives glowing praise for city's due diligence and transparency.

As one of the the original council members who started the City of Dunwoody six years ago, I take great pleasure in hearing from an auditor that we are not only doing a wonderful job financially, but we are continuing to improve various procedures in reporting the oversight of the city funds.   Transparency of government operations was one of my goals in originally running for City Council and this type of report just makes me giddy - (yes I am a dork).

Mr. Mulcahy discussed the 3rd quarter City financial report which now includes council expenses on page 5 (but was missing a little back up from what was reported earlier here), he reviewed the Public Works Department and our road paving processes as well as the quality control measures that are in place in ensure the road contractor is giving us a quality project.   He was very pleased with everything he saw and finally he stated that in the 4th quarter he will be reviewing the City's purchasing card transactions.   The video is 14 minutes long and it is worth a watch.

In other related news on transparency, the City released the 11 page, 3rd Qtr Key Performance Indicators report which shows some blistering statistics from the various departments.

For example did you know that the City received 263 open records requests in the just the 3rd quarter alone and will most likely have over 1,000 requests prior to the end of the year.  (I think I need to do an open records request to find who is asking for what and to see if there are duplicate requests that we can just post to the web?)  The 11 pages are filled with numerous tidbits of information for example, our Public Works team made a concerted effort to improve our existing sidewalk network by making 276 sidewalk repairs including replacing cracked or broken sections and grinding down uneven sections to reduce trip hazards.