Sunday, February 28, 2016

Kingswood Consignment Spring Sale starts later this week. Volunteer / Sell / Buy

It's almost time! Incredible bargains on everything for babies & children from over 150 sellers! • Spring and summer clothing, shoes, and accessories, including swim wear • Baby equipment, bedding, room décor • Books, games, toys, movies, music, software, video games • Bikes, trikes, scooters, skates, athletic gear

When: Thursday, March 3, 5 pm – 9 pm (no children under 10, please)
Friday, March 4, 9 am – 2 pm
Saturday, March 5, 8 am – 1 pm (many items 1/2 price!)

There's still time to sign up for a 4-hour volunteer shift and be admitted to the PRESALE on Thursday at 3 pm!

Just go to our SignUp Genius site to register for a shift:

Where: Kingswood United Methodist Church
5015 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338 (corner of Tilly Mill Rd. and North Peachtree Road)
Community Life Center Gymnasium (Use North Peachtree Road entrance)

 For more information:

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Dunwoody Parental Alert - Heroin is a growing problem in the Northern Suburbs!

In Atlanta's affluent suburbs, there's a deadly secret. Heroin-related deaths have gone up by 3844%. The GBI confirms the fastest growing rate of heroin-related deaths is in a cluster of Atlanta's northern wealthy suburbs.  That fact is hiding in state and county records. Inside the Triangle is the story of how 11Alive found the truth.

Parents of Dunwoody, please take a look at this story as your children are not immune - trust me, I know first hand that is a problem that we are as a community are dealing with and it is something that the City of Dunwoody takes very seriously.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Dunwoody Police Department offers Citizens’ Police Academy # 7

 Bad boys, bad boys / What'cha gonna do? / What'cha gonna do when they come for you?

The Dunwoody Police Department is looking for those interested in participating in the upcoming Citizens’ Police Academy.  This is a great opportunity to meet members of the Department and to learn more about the responsibilities of each Officer.  Some highlights will include SWAT, narcotics, gangs, traffic stops, and live scenarios where you play the Police Officer and we play the bad guys!

Citizens’ Police Academy Class #07 will start on Tuesday, March 22nd.  Each class will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to (approximately) 9:00pm.  The course will run for ten weeks, with graduation scheduled on Monday, May 23rd

Please feel free to share this information with family members and friends.  Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and either live or work in Dunwoody.  Each application must be notarized, but the Department has notaries on staff so the applications can be notarized free of charge when delivered to the Department.

More information (along with the current application) can be found on the city’s website at:

Please contact me at (678) 382-6917 or via Email at with any questions.  Thank you!


Mark Stevens
Community Outreach / Public Information Officer
Dunwoody Police Department
41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 100
Dunwoody, Georgia 30346

‘Shrek: The Musical, Jr.’ at MJCCA Jerry's Habima Theatre

Driving home from a business trip Thursday afternoon I was listening to NPR when there was a wonderful interview regarding the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta - Jerry's Habima Theatre.  They are Georgia's only theatrical company featuring a cast of adult actors with special needs. These are adults with developmental disabilities like autism or Down Syndrome — and serious acting chops.

Now in its 23rd year, Jerry's Habima Theatre stages one full-fledged Broadway musical a year. This year's production is "Shrek the Musical Jr.," and Mary Nye Bennett is the program's new director. Speaking with Lois Reitzes on "City Lights," Bennett explained that the company's crew members are true professionals, honoring the efforts and talent they're supporting on stage.

While their rehearsals are longer than those at other theater companies, Bennett said that the actors  "remind me every day that they can take more than I give them ... [that] I need to keep pushing them further."

"Shrek the Musical, JR." opens February 25 and runs though March 6 at Dunwoody's MJCCA.
Shrek the Musical, JR.
02/25/2016 - 03/06/2016
General Admission: $35 adv
This year, the Jerry’s Habima Theatre cast will introduce the community to an ogre named Shrek, his noble steed Donkey, Lord Farquaad, Princess Fiona, and more in Shrek the Musical, JR. Hilarity ensues in the Kingdom of Far Far Away as this delightful musical takes twists and turns, challenging the perceptions of true beauty and romance.
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Feb 22 - Brook Run Theater, Village Townhomes & Peeler Sidewalks

Monday, February 22, 2016
Dunwoody City Hall

41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346

6 pm Agenda

Proclamation - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10822.

Recognition of Officer Kerry Stallings for Receiving His Bachelor of Criminal Justice from Reinhardt University.

Recognition of Officer Caleb Gilbert for Receiving His Master of Arts in Public Administration from Liberty University.

Senior Housing Presentation by Atlanta Regional Commission. (Cathryn Lawler)

Staff Report of Brook Run Theater. (Kevin McOmber)

Presentation by Brook Run Conservancy Concerning Brook Run Theater Feasibility Study. (15 minutes)

SECOND READ: RZ 16-021: CQ Dunwoody Village Court, LLC, owner of 1530 and 1536
Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30338, by Marian Adeimy, attorney for contract
purchaser, seeks to rezone property currently zoned Office-Institution (O-I) District to MultidwellingResidential-100 (RM-100) District to allow for construction of a 79-unit townhomedevelopment. The tax parcel numbers are 18 366 06 061 and 18 366 06 065 respectively.

SECOND READ: SLUP 16-021: CQ Dunwoody Village Court, LLC, owner of 1530 and 1536
Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30338, by Marian Adeimy, attorney for contract
purchaser, seeks a Special Land Use Permit to waive the requirement for a development to comeinto full compliance with the Dunwoody Village Overlay District regulations to allow forreduction in sidewalk width from 12 ft. to 6 ft. The tax parcel numbers are 18 366 06 061 and 18
366 06 065 respectively.

Approval of an Agreement with the Georgia DOT for the Perimeter Traffic Operation Program.

Approval of a Contract for Design of Peeler Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements.

Proposal to Trade Glock 36 Pistols for Glock 43 Pistols. (Chief Grogan)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Dunwoody Homeowners monthly meeting on Monday Feb 15th to discuss several large development projects.

Board of Directors Meeting - Open to Public
Monday, February 15, 2016 @ 7:30 P.M.

DeKalb Cultural Arts Center (Room 4)
5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

1.                 Announcements and introduction of distinguished visitors

2.                 Approval of minutes for December  1, 2015 meeting—Joe Tuttle

3.                Review Crown Holdings development proposal for 244 Perimeter Center Parkway (Goldkist site)—Charlie Brown, Crown Holdings and Jill Arnold of  Pursley Friese Torgrimson    (PC 3/8/16 & Post of Jan 9, 2016)

4.              Brief review of High Street development proposal status – Robert Wittenstein
(Look at the zoning already in place prior to incorporation in the photo below)

5.                 Discussion: Optimum sidewalk width along Dunwoody Village Parkway in front of the proposed townhomes. (DHA Agreement vs First Read Rezone)

6.                 Update on Adopt-A-Spot at Peeler and Winters Chapel—Bill Grossman.

7.                 Bike/Walk Dunwoody request for support to install a bike repair station at the trailhead at Brook Run Park—Joe Seconder

8.                 Stage Door Players request for support of their annual campaign—(TBD)

          Board only session: Votes as needed on any motions including:
2016 Budget
Bike/Walk Dunwoody funding request
Stage Door Players funding request

 Approved zoning already in place prior to Dunwoody Incorporation.

 Westside Connector discussed by Charlie Brown of Crown

Thursday, February 11, 2016

All Saints Friday Night Fish Fry served over 8,000 meals in 7 nights last year. Come see what you are missing!

As a member of the Knights of Columbus at All Saints Catholic Church, I can tell you that the quote in the AJC is correct; the Friday night fish fry is very busy but the service is incredible.  At one point last year we were serving a meal every 13 seconds and all of the funds were pushed back into community charity work.

All Saints Catholic Church - Knights of Columbus

Dates: Fridays, Feb. 12 – March 18
Times: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Menu: fried fish, fried shrimp, broiled fish, broiled salmon, French fries, roasted potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, coleslaw, hush puppies, clam chowder

Prices: $8 - $9 (adult meals), $4 (kids meals), $1 (side items), $2 (clam chowder)

Additional Info: Senior (ages 60 and up) discount is $1 per dinner from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.  

Location: lower parking lot - gym at All Saints Catholic Church, 2443 Mt Vernon Road, Atlanta


State Farm announces 1,500 jobs coming to Dunwoody, GA @StateFarm

Georgia's largest home and auto insurer is on a hiring binge, and raising wage as well.

Channel 2 Consumer Investigator Jim Strickland broke the news on Twitter Thursday morning that State Farm would add 1,500 more employees to its Atlanta operations by year's end.

The company's starting minimum wage is climbing from near $13 per hour to $15.50.

Ryan Lewis told Strickland that he got a raise his second day on the job.

"Anytime someone says, 'You’re going to get this,' and then says, 'Oh, by the way, we're going to give you more,' that's a great feeling," he said.

The wage adjustment is hoped to better attract that new crop of workers.

"We're looking for jobs in our customer contact centers. So we're looking for people that are experienced in customer service, sales, maybe have some retail background," said recruiter Alana O'Neal.

Atlanta is one of three State Farm regional hubs. The company, now spread out in nine buildings, will centralize in a new 1.5 million square-foot tower near Perimeter Mall.

"Our presence in Atlanta will be about 8,000 (employees) when this is done, most of whom will be based here," said State Farm spokesman Justin Tomczak.

The company stresses more than half of those new workers will qualify to start above the new $15.50 minimum.

State Farm is taking applications for those new jobs on their website.

DeKalb County Introduces Garbage Roll Cart Resizing with Phase II of Program

Dunwoody Residents Can Switch/Rightsize Garbage Roll Carts Through DeKalb County Sanitation Department

DeKalb County’s Sanitation Division announced the implementation of Phase II of the Rolling Forward to One sanitation service change.  Phase II of the program provides residential customers in the City of Dunwoody with an opportunity to:

  1. Rightsize your green garbage roll carts -- this involves switching to/from a 35-, 45-, 65- or 95-gallon green garbage roll cart. (Please note, a one-time, non-recurring $15 prepaid charge and mandatory recycling subscription will apply for all 95-gallon green garbage roll cart requests.)
  2. Obtain additional green garbage roll carts beyond the one provided by the County during Phase I (Prepaid additional annual sanitation assessment fees and mandatory recycling subscription will apply.)
  3. Request a 65-gallon blue recycling roll cart (a one-time, non-recurring $15 prepaid fee will apply)
To process one or more of these requests, residential customers can visit, click on the Sanitation Service Change Phase II link, complete and email the Residential Roll Cart Application to, or drop off or mail in a printed copy along with necessary payment at/to: Sanitation Division, Administrative Office, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive, Decatur, GA 30032. 

What are the next steps once the roll cart application is submitted? 
Generally, within a week of receipt of an application, a customer service team member will contact the customer with confirmation of receipt of the application, and provide further instructions. Follow-up instructions will include how to pay any required prepaid fees, and when the customer can anticipate receipt of the roll cart. For applications requiring no prepaid fees, generally, roll carts are delivered within 30 - 90 days of confirmation of the receipt of an application. For applications requiring prepaid fees, roll carts are generally delivered within 30 – 90 days from receipt of prepaid fees. Incomplete applications and the unavailability of carts requested can result in a delay in roll cart delivery.

Prepaid fees for roll cart requests are nonrefundable, and all roll cart requests will be processed based on cart availability.

Monday, February 8, 2016

DeKalb School Supt Green to speak at Dunwoody High Tonight - video of Chairman Melvin Johnson speaking to DeKalb Delegation

The DHA is hosting a meeting with Superintendent Green today, Tuesday Feb. 9th at 5:30pm. The meeting will be held in the Dunwoody High School media center. It is open to the public and everyone is invited. Questions for Dr. Green will be submitted on index cards so we can avoid duplicate questions.

Monday afternoon I had the pleasure of being at the Georgia Capital where Superintendent Green and Chairman Melvin Johnson spoke to the DeKalb Delegation.  I shot some video on Periscope and have posted it below.   Remember that this is automatically deleted in about 24 hours so if you are interested in seeing this please watch in the morning.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

City of Dunwoody to hold strategic planning retreat this afternoon & all day tomorrow.

I don't have the complete list of topics but I am looking forward to the discussions, that being said, calling a 12 hour meeting a "retreat" is just wrong.  This is open to the public, please join me.