Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dunwoody calls Special Called Meeting for 8 am Monday to set 2018 Ad Valorem Tax Rate

Monday, June 18th
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338
8:00 a.m. - Watch Live
Public Hearings and Ordinance to establish the 2018 Ad Valorem Tax Rate. 
The proposed millage rate is a levy of 2.74 mills or $2.74 for every $1,000 of the assessed value of property (about 40% of the fair market value.) This rate applies to both real property and personal property for businesses. Three public hearings, two advertisements in the Crier, a press release, and posting to our website are all required to adopt the proposed millage rate. Staff has addressed each of these required steps.

Collection of the ad valorem taxes will contribute to General Fund revenues for the general operations of the City including police, public works, community development, and administration; as well as capital projects. Increases in the digest over time should offset inflationary increases in the costs of providing services as well as the costs of new programs approved by Council.

This year’s digest projects a 13.45% increase in revenue (~$1 million) over the prior year. This figure consistently drops throughout the calendar year as appeals are settled. Due to the assessment freeze on homestead property, most of the increase is for commercial property. No one owning a home when Dunwoody incorporated is paying more for the same property as they did in 2009 with this credit. Also, no one who purchased since 2009 is paying more tax than when they acquired their homestead, except in cases where the property was improved. Differences from the budget in property tax revenues will be combined with other variances and subsequently allocated by Council through the normal budgetary process.
Staff recommends adopting the ordinance to establish the 2018 Ad Valorem Tax Rate.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Groovin’ on the Green, the annual concert on the lawn at Pernoshal Park - Saturday 6 pm

Pernoshal Park
4575 N. Shallowford Road
Dunwoody, Georgia
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The City of Dunwoody presents, Groovin’ on the Green, the annual concert on the lawn at Pernoshal Park! The concert features Darlington Road, an Atlanta-based band playing a broad spectrum of great music from Chris Stapleton and Michael Jackson to Hall & Oates, the Commodores and everything in between. Pull up a lawn chair or a picnic blanket and enjoy the show! Get your friends, get up and let’s get ‘Groovin’ on the Green!’

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Welcome Dr. Donnie Davis, the new Peachtree Charter Middle School Principal in Dunwoody @DeKalbSchools

Dr. Donnie Davis

DeKalb Schools announces Dr. Donnie Davis as the new principal at Peachtree Charter Middle School.
With over 10 years of professional experience as an educator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, Donnie Davis began his career as a classroom teacher and has held a variety of roles since then as a building level administrator.

Most recently, Davis was assistant principal at Henderson Middle School in DeKalb.
He obtained his master’s degree in social studies education from Georgia State University before completing his doctoral degree in educational administration and policy from the University of Georgia’s College of Education in 2012.

Meet & Greet
The Peachtree MS Foundation invites you to join them at Peachtree Charter MS on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, from 5 PM to 6 PM for an opportunity to meet and greet Dr. Davis.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Dunwoody tax rate has been steady since incorporation but with values rising it is a proposed 13% tax increase this year. Time for our first rollback?

Property taxes are an ad valorem tax, meaning that they are allocated to each taxpayer proportionately according to the value of the taxpayer's property. The millage rate is the rate at which property taxes are levied on property. A mill is 1/1000 of a dollar. Property taxes are computed by multiplying the taxable value of the property by the number of mills levied.

Dunwoody’s millage rate is currently 2.74 mills and has remained constant since the city’s incorporation in 2008. Property taxes are a primary source of funding for Dunwoody and account for about a fourth of the city’s revenues. These funds are used to pay for a variety of services including police; new parks and park improvements; new road construction and other infrastructure projects; and the operations, including salaries, of the city employees and contractors.

The Dunwoody City Council has a decision to make in a few weeks as to the tax rate being levied in 2018 as property valuations have risen and therefore more money will be entering the city treasury.  The Council could either keep the same tax rate or decide to roll it back a bit.

There are two sides of the argument, one is that there are needed improvements within the community be it roads, parks or police services and the additional money could easily go towards those needs and the other side of the coin asks why should the City have an extra million dollars when it wasn't anticipated therefore return the money down to a level to ensure that there is fiscal responsibility in spending policy.

If specific funds are needed for special long term investments (like park development & infrastructure) then there is a mechanism for doing so called a Bond Referendum whereby the city proposes a list of projects with anticipated costs and the citizens decide via an election if they would like to raise their taxes for these specific improvement to be installed sooner rather than later.  The City of John's Creek put forward a parks referendum in order to upgrade parks and turf fields in 2016 and they are now seeing the fruits of the investment.

With the typical Dunwoody real estate bill (here is a 2016 sample) the average Dunwoody homeowner currently pays a little over $200 for the city taxes to cover the services of paving, parks and police and it looks like under the current proposal that could go up an additional $46.00.  The proposed 13.45% raise in revenue is a large jump to grow city general operations in one year therefore I believe community discussions need to be had regarding the possibility of Dunwoody's first ad valorem tax roll back for general operations and a possible bond for long term infrastructure improvements that the community may want now and not installed over time.  Thoughts?

I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this topic therefore all concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on the proposed ad valorem tax rate to be held at Dunwoody City Hall, 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road on Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and again at 6:00 p.m.

Happy Dunwoody Restaurant Week, an annual celebration of all things delicious!

Bon Appétit

Dunwoody Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to savor something new or revisit an oldie, but goodie. Participating restaurants will showcase their best dishes and desserts at set prices, allowing you to sample food and drink from some of the best restaurants in Atlanta. (Winning!) So from June 9-16, we invite you to bring a buddy (and your appetite), eat & repeat... all week long during Dunwoody Restaurant Week.


Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse | $45 Dinner Menu
Grecian Gyro | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
The Bird | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
The Capital Grille | $45 Dinner Menu
Novo Cucina | $15 Lunch Menu + $30 Dinner Menu
Crema Espresso Gourmet | $15 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Gilly's | menu coming soon
J. Christopher's | $10 Breakfast Menu + $12.50 Lunch Menu
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar | $30 Dinner Menu
Viceroy Royal Indian Dining | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
E. 48th Street Market | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Da Vinci's Donuts | Specialty Menu
El Azteca | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
McKendrick's Steak House | $25 Lunch Menu
Your Pie | $15 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Vino Venue | Specialty Wine Menu + $30 Dinner Menu
Eclipse di Luna | $15 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Ali's Cookies | Specialty Menu
Simha Fusion | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Carbonara Trattoria | $30 Dinner Menu
Big Dave's Cheesesteaks  | $15 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse | $45 Dinner Menu
Portico Global Cuisine | $25 Lunch Menu + $45 Dinner Menu
Diced Foods | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Seasons 52 | $20 Lunch Menu + $35 Dinner Menu
Sage Woodfire Tavern | $25 Lunch Menu + $45 Dinner Menu

Dunwoody, did your home assessment go up higher than you believe is reasonable? Now is the time to act.

Tax assessments came out and you have 45 days to start the appeal process.

If your home's value went up more than anticipated, read the information in the link above from DeKalb then read others suggestions below.  Once you have done some research and feel confident to start the appeal process, search your address here  - once found there is a link to start the formal appeal.

PS: there are also tax professionals out that to assist and below is an advisor who once spoke at Dunwoody City Hall.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Dunwoody City Council discusses economic redevelopment of commercial areas.

Several hours of conversation regarding future commercial redevelopment - there were several reporters in the room and the meeting was live streamed so these are just my quick notes as I am sure more information will be following from others.

Dunwoody Village
  • Need to remove or greatly modify the architectural standards in Dunwoody code.
  • Need to allow flat roofs & modify parking requirements.
  • There are a number of prime redevelopment opportunities available - City should move sooner rather than later on proposed zoning changes.
  • Improve both pedestrian and vehicle circulation as well as aesthetics.
  • Major redevelopment is waiting on one primary commercial land owner who is happy as is.

  • City / Development Authority could review opportunities adjacent to city property already owned.
  • City owns land near Pernoshal Park (Emory and other offices) as well as Shallowford / Peachford building where a new road could spur redevelopment of Dunwoody Park (single level office park).
  • DeKalb School property on Chamblee Dunwoody is also ripe for redevelopment.
  • New opportunities / challenges as Shallowford Rd is discussed as an access point to managed (Toll) lanes along 285.
  • New restaurants are coming soon to the Park at Georgetown.
  • Georgetown Gateway (Chamblee Dunwoody Rd) will be re-landscaped.

Perimeter Center
  • Lots of office and redevelopment happening near the Marta Station.
  • New hotels, new restaurants are coming and expect to see a higher use to be pushed where possible as redevelopment opportunities present themselves.
  • State Farm has several buildings under construction & High Street will add density.
  • The current location of P.F. Changes where Brio and McCormick & Schmick's closed was mentioned as a possible different higher use.
  • Transportation improvements including the Westside Connector and  the managed lanes.

Winters Chapel / North Peachtree apartment redevelopment

Atlanta Veterans Job Fair at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday June 21st. @RecruitMilitary

On June 21st I will be visiting the Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time and I can't think of a more rewarding reason as I will be searching for possible candidates with military service to fill a possible upcoming Federal vacancy where I work. 

The Federal hiring process is not an easy one to navigate as most jobs are advertised on the USAjobs website and interested applicants typically apply on-line.  There are a few special hiring authorities that sidestep this on-line process and when it comes to Veterans, the Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA) is an excepted authority that allows agencies, to appoint eligible veterans without competition.

Hypothetically, if I was looking to fill a future Federal law enforcement or investigator type position in Atlanta, someone who had an attention to detail regarding regulatory issues, someone with Spanish language skills, who also had the ability to understand chemistry and technical engineer drawings; then you could possibly be hired without formal competition as long as your resume was accurate and your dd214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Military Duty) showed the proper requirements for VRA consideration.

There are currently 84 exhibitors scheduled to be in attendance looking to hire veterans & transitioning military personnel therefore if you have served this country with honor and are looking for a change in employment, please come out with plenty of resumes to talk to those who may have positions available.

Maybe I'll see you there?

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Parents show your kids the importance of Fitness - Saturday, June 9 is Dunwoody Family Fitness Day @ Pernoshal Park

Pernoshal Park
4575 N. Shallowford Road
Dunwoody, Georgia
7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for Dunwoody' second Family Fitness Day on Saturday, June 9th at Pernoshal Park (4575 North Shallowford Road, Dunwoody) The city is following the National Recreation and Park Association calendar that celebrates Family Fitness Day on the second Saturday in June and recommends that all families get out to their local parks and get healthy.

Family Fitness Day kicks off with a 5K run/walk at 7:30 a.m. To register fo rthe 5K visit the Parks Registration Portal on the city’s website:

After the race (about 9:00 a.m.), plan on staying for the festival and family activities, including free workout classes and clinics, a ‘Kids Korner,” giveaways, and food trucks!

For more information contact Le Keshia Walton at

Dunwoody Police Department will host two CPR/AED classes for Dunwoody residents on Saturday, June 9th, and Saturday, June 16th

The Dunwoody Police Department will host two CPR/AED classes for Dunwoody residents on Saturday, June 9th, and Saturday, June 16th.
Both classes will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Dunwoody City Hall - Georgetown Conference Room, second floor, 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338.
The cost of the class will be $20 CASH, payable at the start of the class. Participants must be at least 12 years of age and must be a Dunwoody resident. Space is limited to 10 participants per class. 
Each class participant will receive an AHA CPR/AED certification card upon completion of the course. The class will cover adult and infant CPR, as well as AED training. The course is ideal for schools, students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a life. 
Participants will receive a participant manual and practice valve for use during class. 

To register for the Saturday June 9, 2018 CPR/AED Class or the Saturday June 16, 2018 CPR/AED Class please click the link below:



Saturday, June 2, 2018

City of Dunwoody announces Public Information Open House Meeting on Brook Run Park Improvement Plan Designs - Mon June 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The city is currently working with the professional design team of Lose & Associates on a proposed park design improvement plan for Brook Run Park based on the amenities, needs, and desires identified through the Parks Master Plan public input process.
Public Information Open House Meeting on Brook Run Park Improvement Plan Designs 
Monday June 4, 2018
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road 
Dunwoody, Georgia
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Following the completion and approval of the Dunwoody Parks & Recreation Master Plan, the city selected Lose & Associates to provide design services for proposed additions and upgrades planned for Brook Run Park. The proposed park design improvement plan for Brook Run Park is based on the amenities, needs, and desires identified through the Parks Master Plan public input process.
On May 21, 2018, Lose & Associates presented three initial design options for the Phase I development of Brook Run Park. 

City of Dunwoody Parks events for June 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

City of Dunwoody calls for Special Called City Council Meeting / Retreat on June 4th to discuss redevelopment issues.

Email from staff mentioned the topic of discussion of the special called meeting is redevelopment within the city but as this is retreat I am not expecting other formal documentation but here is the Agenda and please note the location as it is not City Hall.

Below is a link to the large and detailed presentation that we went over in our first retreat in March but I am guessing (pure speculation) that next weeks mini-retreat will be some more of the same with additional details of what's coming, therefore even though there will be no votes taken, staff may want to glean direction on what to bring to Council for decision based on the discussions taking place.

The meeting is open to the public, please join us.

Monday, May 28, 2018

All Girls - Boy Scout of America Troop Forming In Dunwoody. Interested?

This Girl would like to be an Eagle Scout like her brothers.

Would your daughter like to join an all-girl Boy Scouts of America troop and become an Eagle Scout? Well, now she can! Girls between the ages of 11 and 17 can officially join the Scouting program starting February 1st, 2019.

We are in the beginning stages of organizing and planning all girl troops for the Dunwoody area and need your input. Our first informational meeting will be June 5th at 7 pm, the place is still to be determined....stay tuned!

For more information and meeting place (when we find one), please email Rob Maxwell at We look forward to seeing everyone then!

BSA All-Girls Troop Meeting
Tuesday, June 5 at 7 pm
Place - TBD
Email Rob Maxwell

Second Helpings Atlanta provides part of the food that Malachi's Storehouse feeds to Dunwoody's hungry.

I came across a video by Second Helpings Atlanta that highlights the great service that Malachi's Storehouse of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Dunwoody does every Wednesday feeding hundreds of hungry Atlantans.  Their Mission, is simple - it is to nourish both body and spirit, honoring the dignity of every human being around the giving and receiving of food.

If you are in need of food for your family or you are able to donate your time, talents or funds; please check out the link for more information.

Hot Lunch and food pantry.
11:00 AM-3:00 PM

St. Patrick's Episcopal Church,
4755 North Peachtree Rd,
Dunwoody, Georgia 30338

Sunday, May 27, 2018

City of Dunwoody hosts Memorial Day Remembrance - Monday 10 a.m. at Brook Run Park

The City of Dunwoody will host its Memorial Day Remembrance on Monday, May 28th from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial at Brook Run Park.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Huge Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday May 21st - Special Meeting 4 pm / Main Meeting 6 pm

Monday, May 21st
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

4 p.m. Agenda - Council Chambers

        Brook Run Improvement Concepts

6 p.m. Agenda - Council Chambers

Presentation of CVBD 2017 4th Quarter Financial Statements and 2018 1st. Quarter Financial Statements.

Recognition of Dunwoody Citizens Police Academy Graduating Class #01-2018.

Presentation of 1st Quarter Internal Audit.

Presentation of 2018 Community Survey Report.

Update on Senate Bill 17 - Sunday Alcohol at 11 am.

Presentation of the Annual Audit/CAFR

YTD Financial Report for March 31, 2018

Consideration of Amendment to City of Dunwoody Special Event Signage and Advertising Policy.

SECOND READ: Amendment to Chapter 8: Review and Consideration of Text Amendment Regarding Roof Inspections.

SECOND READ: Amendment to Chapter 20: Review and Consideration of Text Amendment Regarding Standard Informational Signs.

Resolution to Approve the Service Delivery Strategy.

Approval of a Contract Amendment with Blount Construction to Resurface Additional Roads in 2018.

Approval of 2018 Through 2022 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Plan and Permit Procedures

Approval of Parks Facility Rental and Special Event Policy and Fees.

Approval of the Policy for Naming of City Parks, Recreational Areas, Streets/Roads and Facilities and Event Sponsorship

Approval of Contract with GC&E Systems Group for Video Surveillance Cameras at Pernoshal Park and Georgetown Park.

Approval of Contract with Axon Enterprise, Inc. for In Car Video Camera Replacement

Presentation of a Conceptual Plan for Roberts Drive Corridor Improvements at the New Austin Elementary School.

Naming of Park at Perimeter Center East.

Update on EMS and Alternatives to AMR.

City of Dunwoody 2018 Community Survey

The Communications Department worked with the Kennesaw State University A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research to conduct the city’s third community survey of residents. The goal of the survey is to gauge residents' satisfaction levels with city services as well as gather feedback and insights on select issues and compare the new data and findings with previous community survey findings collected in 2013 and 2015.

Similar to previous community surveys conducted by the city, survey questions covered important topic areas including: Quality of Life; Public Trust; City Services; Community Events; Department Interaction; Community Communication, and Policy Issues.

The community survey was developed by the city staff and the team at Kennesaw State University A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research and was distributed to a representative sample of 6,000 residential addresses in the city. Participants visited a secure online survey site, open to invitees from the end of February through the first week in April 2018. When the survey closed usable data from 516 respondents had been obtained, resulting in a response rate of 9 percent. The margin of error for the sample was at ±4.3% at the 95% confidence level. The data and findings from the 2018 Community Survey are included in the attached 2018 Dunwoody Community Survey presentation and 2018 Community Survey Final Report.

The majority of the scores fell into a range between 3.50 and 4.00, representing generally good to very good perceptions of the issues under examination. Viewed in the aggregate, the main theme emerging from the results is “holding steady/consistently supportive, with areas for improvement.”

When considering strengths of the City of Dunwoody, location, a safe community, police services, and parks were pointed out by survey respondents. Whereas, traffic, streets and infrastructure, and transportation remain the top three weaknesses identified by the survey respondents.

Comparing the 2018 Community Survey responses with the previous years, 2013 and 2015, there were several key perception levels that were notably different. The services of the Police Department improved noticeably from 2013 and 2015 levels. Opinions of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department services had higher ratings compared to 2013 and 2015 responses as well. The customer service from the city’s employees was given higher ratings in all aspects by the survey respondents.

As a whole, Dunwoody residents provided positive features of the city in their evaluations. Areas that reflected top scores include several aspects of the customer service provided by the city employees, perceptions of the city as a good place to raise children, access to retail opportunities, selected perceptions of personal safety, and the importance of maintaining a balance between providing a healthy economic environment and maintaining the city’s character.

Dunwoody Preservation Trust to offer Camp Flashback this summer for kids.

This summer, let your kids learn history by living it.

Are you looking for a convenient summer day camp that offers your children something fun, different and educational? Then consider letting them step back in time at Dunwoody’s first and only history camp for children at the newly restored Donaldson-Bannister House and Gardens – an authentic 1870 farm, right in the middle of the city.

For rising 2nd – 5th graders, activities are designed to inspire, entertain and educate every day.  All sessions are planned and led by experienced educators.  For more information on Camp Flashback education team, please click here.

 Just a few of the activities that will capture your child’s imagination.

  • Hand-cranking ice cream
  • Hand-dipping candles
  • Making and playing a board game
  • Woodworking
  • Gardening
  • Feeding farm animals
  • And so much more
Four convenient sessions:
Weeks 1 & 3 (June 18- 22; July 9 – 13)
Family Life & Transportation will include activities such as creating paper and quill pen, sewing, quilting, weaving, exploring period bikes, railroad, wagons, and horses.

Weeks 2 & 4 (June 25- 29; July 16 – 20)
School Days, Games & Music will include activities such as calligraphy, learning about and using chalk and slate, making and playing 19th century games, singing and playing musical instruments.
Camp hours: 9:30 am-3:00 pm

Price per session: $200 for DPT members; $225 for non-members
Early drop-off and late pick-up available at $85 per week when added at Registration.
Fees:  $200 for members; $225 for non-members; $250 to add basic membership and register 1 child (this option also offers 1 one-day ride wristband for Lemonade Days 2018).
The Donaldson-Bannister House and Gardens, 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338.

For more information about Camp Flashback, please contact Suzanne Huff, Executive Director,

Start Camp Flashback Registration

Sponsored by Dunwoody Preservation Trust and staffed by experienced educators, Camp Flashback will let campers experience history by doing the ordinary things the original children of the farm would have done. They will get the feel of living in the past as they learn by doing – without technology.

City of Dunwoody calls special meeting to discuss Brook Run Park Improvement Plans - Monday 4 pm

The Dunwoody City Council was notified that there will be a special called meeting for the City Council (and community) to learn about the various options to improve three sections of the park.  No votes are scheduled at this meeting as it is only a discussion item but I believe this meeting may set the tone for more detailed construction plans to to be developed,

The three areas slated for improvement include the back of the park where there are two proposed rectangular fields under consideration, the great lawn which would include a music bandshell and finally an improved event parking lot linked between the back entrance and the skate park.

The price ranges for the various options are between nine and five million dollars and the differences between the plans are for improved bandshell usability / dedicated seating near the bandshell / improved bathrooms / larger pavilions / and various hardscape which to me would make the whole facility wheelchair accessible.

I am leaning towards the expanded option because the added amenities will greatly improve the overall functionality of the parks public spaces.  Not having quality restrooms, large pavilions, pedestrian walkways and some dedicated seating at concerts is shortsighted and with construction prices rising every year, I believe the Dunwoody City Council should find ways to move forward with installing the best amenities that we can afford.

If you feel strongly on the topic one way or the other, I suggest that you come to our special meeting on Monday at 4 pm to learn more and/or reach out to the City Council via email to give your opinion, we can be reached at


Sunday, May 13, 2018

City of Dunwoody is looking for citizens willing to serve on an advisory board, commission or committee.

The City of Dunwoody believes citizens bring valuable insights to the complex process of governance and are a skilled resource to our community. The Mayor and City Council encourage all citizens to consider becoming involved in city government by serving in an advisory role on a board, commission, or committee.

To be considered for appointment to a municipal board, commission, or committee, please complete and submit the Application for Appointment and send it, with a copy of your resume, to the City Clerk, Sharon Lowery.

Applications and resumes may be submitted by email to, by fax to 770-396-4705, or by mail to:
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road Dunwoody, Georgia, 30338.

Application for Appointment 
Overview of Boards, Commissions and Committees
Current Members of Boards, Commissions and Committees

Dunwoody 4th of July t-shirts available at Art Festival today & online.

Happy Mother's Day to everyone and I hope your day is filled with joy from all the people who love you!

Yesterday I took my lovely bride and the mother of my three boys to the Dunwoody Art's Festival to buy various trinkets that caught her fancy and one of our stops was to talk to the girls of Dunwoody Outfitters who now have Dunwoody 4th of July t-shirts on sale.  The Art's Festival will still be happening in full force today until 5 p.m. and girls are stationed near the shuttle bus pick up, in front of the Press Blend Squeeze juice and sandwich shop, so if you are interested in buying a shirt to support these young entrepreneurs, please stop by.

I know what I will be wearing in the State's Largest 4th of July Parade, maybe you can join me?

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Dunwoody Art Festival this weekend along Dunwoody Village Parkway

Saturday May 12, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A Mother's Day tradition in the City of Dunwoody, the crowd-pleasing Dunwoody Art Festival will celebrate its eighth dazzling show on May 12, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In 2017, Dunwoody Art Festival drew a remarkable crowd of more than 50,000 happy grandmothers, moms, children, and of course, lots of dads too! Bestowed the trophy for the "Best New Event of 2010" by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association, Dunwoody Art Festival continues to attract the top artisans from across the country. Along with the partnership of the Dunwoody Crier, incredible community volunteers and the Dunwoody Rotary Club, Dunwoody Art Festival is a must-see!

A fun-filled Kidz Zone will await youngsters with great rides, sand art, imaginative crafts and games. A relaxing stage with continuous live music will be located in the festival cuisine area and will join Village Burger and other great eats from neighborhood restaurants. Sit down and relax before setting out again in search for that "gotta have it" piece of art. There truly is something for everyone at Dunwoody Art Festival!

Admission - FREE 

Parking/Transportation  - Free parking and shuttles are available at the City of Dunwoody building, 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road and at the Crown Building, 4828 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Shuttles run regularly from Saturday at 9:45AM until 6:30PM and Sunday from 9:45PM to 5:30PM. Look for the "Art Festival Parking" signs.

Parking for those with disabilities  -  Parking for visitors with motor scooters or wheelchairs is available in the Dunwoody Village shopping center, next to Starbucks and Smoothie King. Look for the Handicapped parking signs.

"Everything will be OK" signs available by Dunwoody artist, Tina Walden of ReVarne

Farmhouse chic, Dunwoody sign

My friend Tina Walden has a creative, artistic streak whereby she has just turned her hobby of bringing new life to outdated furniture into a small start up business.  Her company is called ReVarne and she is also creating handmade decor accessories to complete any room.  I purchased the large sign above and by the end of the evening my wife loved it so much that she had it wrapped for a very special teacher at Dunwoody High School to hang in her room in order to thank her for Teacher Appreciation Day. 

Long story short, I've just ordered a second sign and figured I would share Tina's skill set.

If you are interested in obtaining your own sign, Tina's information can be found here on her ReVarne Facebook page and the sign pricing is below.

The signs are Farmhouse chic inspired by an art installation at a local home built in 1867 in Dunwoody, GA. Handmade and painted with chalk paints with protective wax finish.

Small 7” x 13”    $20
Medium 9” x 13”    $25
Large 11”x 20”    $35
X-Large 14” x 24” with optional custom place name at no charge $50

Monday, May 7, 2018

Dunwoody Open House for Roberts Drive improvements near new Austin Elementary - Thursday 6pm City Hall

The City of Dunwoody will be hosting a public open house for the proposed intersection and sidewalk project on Roberts Drive at the new Austin Elementary driveway on Thursday, May 10th, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at City Hall, which is located at 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road; Dunwoody, GA 30338.

With the new school driveway at the Dunwoody Nature Center entrance a traffic signal controlled intersection will be needed along with right and left turn lanes. The proposed project also includes sidewalk on the west side of Roberts Drive from Dunwoody Knoll Drive to Chamblee Dunwoody Road.

At the Open House, viable intersection concepts and other project components will be on display with City of Dunwoody representatives available to answer questions and receive feedback. The project is in its early design stages and dialogue between the City and the public is valuable to determine the best solution.

Neighbor concerns.
I have met with residents of the Fairfield complex as well as several neighbors on Roberts Drive who have concerns regarding not only the various turn lanes that will be installed at the new traffic signal at the Roberts Park Drive (northern shared DNC & Austin driveway) but also the sidewalk on the west side of Roberts between Dunwoody Knoll and Chamblee Dunwoody as they believe this will forcibly remove many of the large trees abutting the Fairfield complex as the area between the trees and the brick wall is limited in spots.  The neighbors I talked to have concerns on the planed sidewalk and would prefer have the sidewalk installed only between Dunwoody Knoll and the signal at the new Austin entrance, leaving the buffer of trees south of Austin on Roberts alone as they claim there are no pedestrian uses on the west side between the new Austin area and Chamblee Dunwoody. 

The owners of the Swancy Farmhouse, the historic home registered with the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, located directly across from the bus entrance on the new Austin site has the most to lose as that home was built before Roberts Drive was installed and the home sits very close to the street with limited right of way therefore street and sidewalk improvements may negatively affect that historic property more than most.

I talked to Mr. Michael Smith, the City Public Works Director tonight at the City Council meeting and he said that the concept plan released today should allow the sidewalk to meander around many of the trees and the City may put in flexible sidewalks above some of the trees root systems in order to save them. 

While touring the area the other day, I noted that the widths of the sidewalks on the east side of Roberts seemed smaller than standard and might negatively affect the safety of the numerous children that will be walking from the Wintercreek subdivision therefore I recommended to Mr. Smith that these walking paths be reviewed for possible improvement as part of this project.

Besides all of the direct properties affected, I expect Austin Elementary parents & representatives of the Dunwoody Nature Center will be in attendance on Thursday to review the project plans.  I am also guessing that the residents of Dunwoody Knoll Drive which is a connector street between Roberts and Chamblee Dunwoody near the Austin Elementary signal will be attending as well as their traffic patterns and access to Roberts Drive will be modified.
Other than the preliminary concept design that was released Monday evening, the Dunwoody City Council hasn't seen any other planing documents for this project as I am guessing they will be released at the open house on Thursday but the RFP containing the design planning requirements are available for review, along with all traffic and pedestrian information.

I have also shared with the neighbors, the link to the Dunwoody GIS site which clearly shows the property and right of way lines for all properties in the city including those affected in this project.

Please share the details of this concept improvement with your neighbors and we hope to see you on Thursday, 6 pm at City Hall.
For more information, please visit the City’s website at or contact the City of Dunwoody at 678-382-6700. 

Shape City of Dunwoody Arts and Culture Breakfast Presentation

Vino Venue - Dunwoody Wine Bar & Restaurant

Vino Venue
4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Georgetown Shopping Center
Phone: 770-668-0435

Located in Dunwoody, Vino Venue is a one-of-a-kind wine and dine emporium offering guests a unique, complete wine and culinary experience. With over
 50 wines available by the glass, a respectable craft beer selection, and 
wine-friendly, bistro-style cuisine designed for sharing, Vino Venue is 
just the place to discover the art and science of food and wine. Vino Venue 
is also home to a $100,000 chef demonstration kitchen furthering Vino
 Venue’s fundamental priority: wine education at Atlanta Wine School.

Patric Good is Executive Chef of Vino Venue, where he is creating wonderful things in the kitchen, as well as, overseeing a multitude of
 dynamic events. Patric’s global-style cuisine with a hint of Southern
 hospitality and International flare brings a creative light to the food and wine

Dunwoody City Council agenda for Monday May 7th, 2018

Monday, May 7th
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Recognition of Dunwoody Police Department Officer of the Quarter and Employee of the Quarter.

FIRST READ: Amendment to Chapter 20: Review and Consideration of Text Amendment Regarding Standard Informational Signs.

Consideration of Amendment to City of Dunwoody Special Event Signage and Advertising Policy. Item missing from city packet - will request removal.

FIRST READ: Amendment to Chapter 8: Review and Consideration of Text Amendment Regarding Roof Inspections.

Approval of a Contract Amendment with Calyx Engineers and Consultants for the Mount Vernon Road at Vermack Road Intersection Improvement Project.

Resolution Appointing Members to Serve on the Design Review Advisory Committee

Approval of a Construction Contract for Intersection Improvements at Mount Vernon Road and Vermack Road.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Dunwoody Farmers Market opens Saturday morning at Brook Run Park with a great list of vendors.

Dunwoody Farmers Market
Saturday's 8:30am -1pm
Brook Run Park - Dunwoody, Georgia
Opening Day May 5th 2018

2 fun guys mushrooms

A variety of locally grown and organic mushrooms and mushroom products. 

Alta cucina italia

Handcrafted Italian gourmet olive oils, seasonings, balsamic vinegars, pestos, tomato sauces, and pastas.

bentley farms

Blueberries, seasonal greens, okra, root vegetables, cage free eggs, chicken and grass fed meats

bernhard's german bakery 

Fresh local baked goods, cakes, desserts and breads, now delivered right here in Dunwoody.


             Local farm with a variety of Certified Naturally Grown, seasonal produce.

calyroad creamery

One of Georgia's first micro-creameries with artisan cheeses (goat and cow), made from fresh Georgia milk.

da vinci's donuts

Unique, homemade donuts in a variety of flavors,based out of their Dunwoody location

deb-bee's honey

Debbie's local honey and honey products, keeping things sweet!

dickey farms

Georgia family owned and operated farm specializing in fresh locally grown peaches, pecans, and ice cream for over 120 years.

farm burger

Dunwoody's own Farm Burger will bring fresh breakfast sandwiches to our Saturday morning market. Made from organic and locally grown products, the perfect shopping snack.

fry farms

Locally grown fruits and vegetables, non-GMO and pesticide free, with high quality, sustainable growing methods. Bi-weekly.

faith of a mustard seed farm

Farm fresh pasture raised eggs, fresh vegetables, goat milk lotions and artisan soaps (every other Saturday). 

gilliam's garden

Naturally grown, seasonal produce, greens, vegetables and herbs!

grow with the flow farm

Local, certified naturally grown produce, including lettuces, spinich, greens, squash, onions, beans, peas, and more... 

hardy bakery

A long-time market vendor, offering gluten free and vegan baked goods and specialty orders

heritage farm

Certified Naturally Grown and Georgia farm with quality, grass-fed and free-range meats, eggs, and pesticide-free, non-GMO vegetables.


A variety of salsa's made from locally grown produce and seasoning. 

jake's produce and cannery

A variety of salsas, sauces, and locally made tortillas.

javagenesis coffee 

Organic, locally brewed coffee, served fresh and brewed weekly so you can take a bag home!

kasha 27

Organic and natural skincare, face and body lotions.


Homemade popsicles made from locally grown King of Pops produce. 


Fresh mini-pies, pastries and desserts!


Local, certified apples, apple pies, jams, desserts, cider and pastries, all from North Georgia.

minnie's sweetie paws

Natural, locally-made dog treats for your four-legged friend!


       Every kindof pancake imaginable to snack on and to take home and enjoy all week!


Locally grown Georgia peppers and produce, farmed by Dunwoody residents.

popcorn palooza

Chamblee-based popcorn snacks and treats!

ragg's designs

Local, hand-crafted jewelry. 


Award-winning jams, sauces and salsas, known nationwide, but started here in Dunwoody!


A variety of sweet and savory scones, to taste or  for purchase.

smokin'girls bbq

        Award-winning barbecue and sauces, made right here in Georgia


A variety of fresh fish and seafood caught and delivered weekly from the Georgia and East coast. Pre-orders available!  

twisted pretzel BAKERY 

Baked, natural pretzels, bundt cakes and breads, one to try and the rest to last all week.

watsonia farms

Organic, locally grown seasonal produce, strawberries and peaches.


Unique, hand-crafted wood bowls and home goods for your fresh produce!