Tuesday, November 25, 2014

City of Dunwoody selects Douglas County Administrator Eric Linton as new City Manager

Eric Linton
Dunwoody City Manager

Following a seven-month-long, nationwide search, the Mayor of Dunwoody has selected Eric Linton for the role of City Manager. A vote on his appointment is expected to come before the City Council at its December 8, 2014 meeting.

A review committee comprised of the Mayor, two City Council members and select members of the community, evaluated a list of extraordinarily qualified candidates and narrowed down a group of finalists for the position.

“We conducted a thorough search and ultimately selected Eric from a large list of experienced and extremely talented candidates,” said Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis. “Eric is a highly skilled public administrator and government services manager with experience at the city and county level. Specifically, we were impressed with his veteran skills in planning, zoning and development as well as his experience with comprehensive planning. I am confident he will be a tremendous asset to our city and the right leader for our exceptional team of employees.”

Mr. Linton is a Credentialed Manager with the International City/County Management Association, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is active in the American Planning Association, Georgia Planning Association, the Georgia City-County Management  Association and the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve the citizens of Dunwoody and help implement development and infrastructure improvements in line with community-driven plans and goals,” said Linton. “I grew up just outside the Dunwoody city border and attended Chamblee High School so I   am very familiar with the area’s character, history and tradition. It’s a homecoming for me in a way and I’m looking forward to providing strategic and effective ideas to help the city succeed.”

Mr. Linton is married to Cathy, his wife of 11 years, and together they have one son, Thomas. Mr. Linton holds a Masters in Planning and also a Bachelor of Science in Management, Operations Management, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

City Announcement

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 kbottoms@atlantaga.gov.

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