Thursday, July 2, 2015

Dunwoody 4th of July Parade kicks off Saturday at 9 am

On Saturday, July 4, 2015 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 Honoring Our Educational Stars and the Grand Marshals will be the Principals of Dunwoody Schools (Dunwoody HS, Peachtree CMS, Austin ES, Chesnut CES, Dunwoody ES, Kingsley CES, Vanderlyn ES)
Join the Dunwoody 4th of July Parade on Facebook.

The parade route is ~2 miles and steps off from the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road at 9:00 a.m., proceeds west on Mt. Vernon to Dunwoody Village, turns right onto Dunwoody Village Parkway and left into Dunwoody Village (Jiffy Lube) across from Village Burger. Volunteers will guide parade participants to parade parking (Walgreens side). The Festival Area will be to the left of the Dunwoody Village entrance. It takes approximately 1 hour to walk the entire parade route.

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

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 for specific questions about road closures and traffic information].

Please join the Dunwoody community after the 4th of July Parade in front of the US Post Office in Dunwoody Village for family fun and great food.
The ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m.
  • Invocation from Dan Brown, Senior Minister, Dunwoody Methodist Church
  • Presentation of the Colors - Dunwoody High School Color Guard 
  • Pledge of Allegiance - TBA
  • National Anthem - TBA
  • Concert - 116th National Army Guard
  • Parade Awards
  • BBQ - Dunwoody Boy Scout Troop 266
  • Hotdogs - Rotary Club of Dunwoody
  • Kids Zone - Calvary Church

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Local Fireworks - Norcross on the 3rd, Chamblee on the 4th & Sandy Springs on the 5th

Norcross Independence Day Celebration

65 Lawrenceville St. Northwest
Norcross, GA 30071
(770) 448-2122
Hours: July 3 – 4:30 p.m.; fireworks – 9:30 p.m.
Price: free

If you want a 4th of July celebration that has a small town vibe, look no further than Norcross, located about 20 minutes north of downtown Atlanta. The nicest thing about this small-town celebration is that it takes place every year the day before the 4th of July. That means the crowds aren’t as crazy as those at some of the downtown fireworks shows. For families arriving early, enjoy inflatables, face painting, train rides and games for kids. Live concerts kick off at 4:30 p.m. Sparks begin to fly around 9:30 p.m. when the first firework is set off in the Norcross sky. They can be viewed from anywhere in downtown Norcross, but Lillian Webb Park is a good choice to set up camp. If you’d like to avoid huge crowds, then this small town celebration may be just your ticket to old-fashioned 4th of July fun.

Chamblee Fourth of July Celebration
This event is full of fun for the entire family and includes one of the best fireworks shows around. There will be live music, food and activities for the family.

2015 Event Schedule ( more details below)
  • 5:00 Kids' Bike Parade - Route begins at Chamblee Middle School and ends at Keswick Park
  • 5:00 Food Vendors Open - enjoy Mad Italian, Chamos Grill, Chick-Fil-A, Frosty Caboose or something from the Parks & Recreation grill!
  • 5:00-7:30 - Kid activities including train rides, bouncy houses, and more!
  • 5:30 Corn Hole Tournament  - Register online for your 2-person team to compete to win a V.I.P. table at the next Chamblee concert of your choice.  This is a FREE tournament!
  • 6:00 Live Music! Our opening act will be Rockaholics followed by Rupert's Orchestra at 7:00
  • 9:30 Fireworks!

Sandy Springs & Dunwoody CVB Spectacular Firework Show at Concourse

Fireworks: Sunday, July 5 - Music begins at 7:30 p.m. with the fireworks beginning at 9:45 p.m. The spectator area is located at the Concourse Corporate Center Lawn (5 Concourse Parkway – next to the King & Queen buildings)

Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square
This event rings in its 56th year with a bevy of blasts. Expect more than 4,000 shells to explode in the sky. Before the fireworks show, guests can peruse the mall and come outdoors to nosh on concessions. Gump Fiction, a Charlotte-based quintet, will play the greatest hits of the 1990s starting at 6 p.m. Party on the Moon, a massive show band specializing in high-energy danceable tunes, will perform at 7:45 p.m. Look up for the fireworks around 9:40 p.m.
Mall hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Select restaurants will remain open after 6 p.m.) Legendary Fourth of July: 6 p.m. July 4. Free. Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road. N.E., Atlanta. 404-233-6767,

Fourth of July Fireworks Display - Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park's 4th of July Celebration will offer fun and entertainment for the entire family, including free music and Atlanta's number one fireworks display.
Date: July 4, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Location: Centennial Olympic Park
Address: 265 Park Avenue West Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313
Contact: 404-223-4013

Fantastic Fourth Celebration - Stone Mountain
The concert will kick off the Fantastic Fourth Celebration on July 2nd. Experience the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision The special patriotic fireworks finale will immediately follow the Lasershow all four nights.
Date: July 2, 2015 – July 5, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Laser show and fireworks 9:30 p.m.
Location: Memorial /Laser Lawn
Address: 78 East Stone Mountain, GA 30086
Phone: 800-401-2407

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Intense storm wreaks havoc on East side of Dunwoody.

South East corner of Dunwoody was slammed with isolated intense storm.

Trees fell, streets were blocked, houses were damaged, power lines were down and luckily to the best of my knowledge no one was hurt.  Neighbors helped neighbors, emergency crews focused first on people and then on roads, a special thanks to everyone involved who assisted.  Special thanks to Georgia Power, DeKalb Fire Rescue, Dunwoody Police and the numerous tree care specialist and insurance adjustors who swooped in quickly to assist this community.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

City of Dunwoody and B98.5 FM present the movie Home on Saturday Night at Brook Run Park

The City of Dunwoody & radio station B98.5 FM together with Arrow Exterminators and Shumate Air Conditioning & Heating proudly present “B at the Movies” at Brook Run Park.

Grab a blanket, some chairs, family and friends and join us for an evening of family fun! Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at sunset.

The evening features HOME (PG), a Dreamworks animated feature. When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Look for us on the play lawn located near the park's main entrance, next to the playground. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dunwoody Update from Councilman Denny Shortal

Denny Shortal

My fellow citizens .. the following are a few items in interest for you…

1. Town Hall Meeting … Your District One Council Members, Terry Nall and myself, will hold our annual Town Hall Citizens meeting tomorrow night, Thursday, from 7 to 9 PM and the beautiful Dunwoody Nature Center. This is not only for District One citizens but for all the citizens of our city … everyone is invited and everyone is welcome! Posters of projects will be on display for your viewing and input. We will both give a short presentation and then we will open it up to questions and answers in an open forum format. If we don’t know the answer to your question we will get you the answer.

2. Sanitation Pick-Up … DeKalb County will start the “Once a Week” sanitation pick-up on Monday, July 6th. This means that everyone in DC will be on a “Once a Week” pick up schedule starting July 6th. You should have been notified of which day of the week is your pick-up but the general rule is it will be on the same day as your recycle pick-up has been occurring. Most of you should have your new trash containers but even if you haven't have received the new container the “Once a Week” pick-up will still start on July 6th. Concerning trash containers … everyone will initially get a 65 gallon green container. For those wanting either a 35 or 45 gallon container you can call DC Sanitation @ 404-294-2900 and put you name on the list to receive the size container you requested when it comes in stock. These containers are estimated to be in stock sometime this fall. When these containers do come in stock, DC will deliver the new container to your home and pick up the 65 gallon container from you. For those of you wanting 95 gallon green container or a 65 gallon blue recycle container you will have to wait until after OCT 1, 2015 to put your name on the list to get one … call the same Ph number as above. For each of these two containers there will be a one time $15 charge. A quick note on placement of any of these containers at the curb … there is a silver horizontal bar on the front of the container and this bar should be facing the street when the container is placed at the curb.

3. Government 101 Class of 2015 … Applications for this highly popular class are now being accepted. It is an 8 week course held on Tuesday evening at City Hall from 6 - 8 PM . The classes start on JUL 7 and conclude on AUG 24. To sign up go to … Government 101 Sign-Up NOW OPEN! The class is designed to enhance residents’ understanding of city government and services. Experience and discover how the city works and what is being done to make the City of Dunwoody a great place to live.

4. Dunwoody's Bi-Annual Household Hazardous Waste Recycling … This popular event will take place on JUL 26, 2015 at the Georgia Perimeter College, Parking Lot 11 off Womack Rd from 1 - 4 PM … rain or shine. Since this is a cost item for the city only Dunwoody residents will be allowed to drop items off. For items that are and are not accepted go to our city website … … and under the “For Residents” tab click on the “City Calendar” tab.

5. Dunwoody”s Independence Day Parade … This annual premier event - which is the largest July 4th Parade in Georgia - will kick off from it usual starting point at All Saints Catholic Church / Sprouts Market at 9 AM on Saturday July 4th. The entire parade route will be open so get there early to get yourself a prime viewing location. If you keep a sharp lookout I bet you will see me in the parade.

6. Other Events …
JUN 30th … 6 PM … Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) Community Open House at City Hall … This is one of the last CLUP meetings so come with your inputs.
JUL 2nd … 6 PM … Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting at City Hall.
JUL 9th … 7:45 AM … Sustainability Committee Meeting at City Hall.

7. That is all from here for today. Please pass this on to all your friends, neighbors, members of your HOA or anyone else you think maybe interested. If anyone would like to be added to my email list please let me know and I will make that happen. Thanks for your continued support and remember that each of us have a stake in our City and we are all neighbors so lets treat each other with respect and kindness. If you haven’t visited our new city website I recommend you give it a try at Have a great day!

Let Us Continue To Build Our City Together

Denny Shortal

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dunwoody Food Truck Thursday at Brook Run Park features City Beat, an 8 piece wedding band playing all the crowd favorites.

Brave the heat and come out to see City Beat, an eight piece band playing crowd favorites. Live music starts after 6 and goes until 9.

6.25.15 @ Brook Run Park  5:00 PM until Dark
Sponsor: Dunwoody Crier
Musical Guest: City Beat
Adult Drinks: Moondog Growlers
Dinner Trucks:
Blaxican Food Truck
MIX'd UP  
Incrediball Falafel 
Dessert Vendors:
DaddyO's Irish Ice Cream

Citizen Connection Meeting for Dunwoody District 1 Representatives Shortal & Nall - Thursday Night @ Dunwoody Nature Center

Denis Shortal & Terry Nall

Thursday Night
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dunwoody Nature Center
5343 Roberts Dr, Dunwoody, Georgia 30338

Become an active part of your local government by sharing your thoughts and ideas at the District 1 - Citizen Connection Meeting! This is a FREE event.

This is your chance to meet the District 1 Representatives, Denny Shortal and Terry Nall, and engage in authentic conversation focused on important community issues and topics selected by Dunwoody residents.

Americana: A Celebration of Music offered by Dunwoody United Methodist Church on Sunday June 28 at 4 pm

The entire community is invited to join the Dunwoody UMC Chancel Choir as we commemorate our country's history in music in honor of Independence Day and the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

Featuring works by Stephen Foster arranged by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker, as well as African-American spirituals and numerous fun classics. Appearances by guitarist John Huston, mandolin player David Michael Smith, banjo player Greg Earnest, and the church's own Wandering Shepherds.

Sunday, June 28 – 4 p.m.
Dunwoody United Methodist Church
1548 Mt. Vernon Road
Dunwoody, GA. 30338

Afterward, join us for an indoor picnic catered by The Varsity and including music by the Wandering Shepherds.

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE PICNIC. Please visit by June 25.

No registration necessary for the concert.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Georgia's preeminent tax appraisal attorney Walter Hotz is available to appeal your DeKalb County property value assessment.

I discovered that tax attorney Walter Hotz will be the main technical expert giving the seminar on how to appeal your DeKalb County property value assessment at Dunwoody City Hall on July 1st at 7 pm.

Besides the free advice that will be shared by Walter Hotz on July 1st at Dunwoody City Hall, I wanted to make those who had large valuation increases aware that Mr. Hotz has a specialty law practice doing nothing but tax appeals.   The deadline is fast approaching as mine is July 20th and based on his website Mr. Hotz will file the tax appeal for a $350 fee plus a contingency on the first years savings.

You have 45 days after the date of your Annual Notice of Assessment (not 45 days from the day you receive it) to file an appeal to the Board of Tax Assessors. Your Annual Notice of Assessment will provide you with instructions on how to file your appeal. If you have not already received your Annual Notice of Assessment, be diligent in looking for it to come in the mail because if you miss the 45 day window - you're stuck and your right to appeal will be lost.

Walter has been a lead national trial litigator for more than 20 years for some of the world’s largest companies (including GE and other worldwide companies and for billion dollar plus financial institutions); Since 2007, Walter’s legal practice has been solely focused on representing clients regarding their property tax assessments. He has been successful at every level in negotiating settlements, in representation before the Boards of Equalization, Hearing Officers, and in Superior Court.

I have no ties to Mr. Hotz, in fact I have never met the man nor heard his name before today but in talking to Senator Fran Millar I was informed that there was no one in the state more knowledgeable on the subject as he was the man who helped draft the overhaul of the Ad Valorem Taxation, Assessment and Appeal System – HB 202 and after reading his website FAQ's and related newspaper clips I felt satisfied that some residents of Dunwoody could benefit from his services.