Friday, May 31, 2013

Dunwoody Soap Box Derby is this morning at First Baptist of Atlanta


The 2013 Dunwoody Soap Box Derby will be held June 1, 2013 at the First Baptist Church Atlanta. The rain date is scheduled for June 8, 2013.


2013 marks the sixth year of the Dunwoody-NE Georgia Soap Box Derby -- and our fifth as a fully sanctioned head-to-head competition.

First Baptist Church Atlanta  is located at 4400 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, just outside Interstate 285.

Since 2008, when we began this racing tradition as a fun, non-sanctioned test of car and driver, the number of cars and drivers has grown each year -- and this year we are expecting our largest groups of drivers ever.
In addition to racing Stock and Super Stock cars, we have a Super Kids Race for children with disabilities, with winners in each category going on to race in Akron, OH in July at the 76th Annual All-American Soap box Derby World Championships.

The event is presented by Dunwoody NE GA Soap Box Derby Association.

Bank of North Georgia  | Dunwoody Homeowners Association
Steve Stephens Insurance  |  Mellow Mushroom Dunwoody  |  Signature Bank
Heyward for Dunwoody  |  Dunwoody Crier  |  Bulldog Movers
Kapp Koncepts  |  First Baptist Church Atlanta  |  Will's Auto Machine Shop

Saturday's Strawberry Festival is open to the whole community at Village Mill starting at 10:00 am

The Strawberry Festival is coming! On Saturday, June 1st the Village Mill Neighborhood Association will celebrate the start of summer with our annual neighborhood festival for members and guests. Come down to the Village Mill pool parking lot (4726 Olde Village Lane, Dunwoody 30338) from 10:00 am-1:00 pm for food, fun, and games. Attractions this year include a Bounce House, Dunk Tank, Kids’ Market, Silent Auction, Raffle, Kid’s Raffle, Book Sale, Bake Sale, and lots of delicious food! Just for Kids raffle–kid’s gift certificates, toys, games, and much more. Raffle–theme baskets, single items, services and more. Silent Auction–sports tickets, dinners, gift cards and more. Silent auction will be open through the evening and the highest bidders will be notified. Free admission, nominal charges for food and activities.


Erin Barrett

Wreck-it Ralph Movie to be shown in Doraville's Honeysuckle Park - Saturday at dusk

Honeysuckle Park
Doraville, GA 30340 ‎ 

City of Dunwoody - E-News Update


Dunwoody Municipal Court Holds Amnesty Program to Settle Outstanding Violations

The City of Dunwoody Municipal Court is holding an Amnesty Program for individuals with past due traffic citations and/or active bench warrants for failing to appear in court.
The Amnesty Program will run during the months of June and July, 2013 at the Dunwoody Municipal Court located at 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 103, Dunwoody, Georgia 30346.  Individuals may walk-in to the Municipal Court on Monday and Wednesday-Friday during the hours of 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. only, no exceptions.

2013 Soap Box Derby
2013 marks the sixth year of the Dunwoody-NE Georgia Soap Box Derby! The opening ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church Atlanta located at 4400 North Peachtree Road.

Nature Center Concert
The second concert of the season features a double billing as the Nature Center welcomes back Already Taken and The 49 Sound.
Bring a chair, blanket, and picnic dinner and enjoy a night of rockin' tunes in the shade of the newly restored meadow. The show begins at 7 p.m.
As always, ALL Nature Center concerts are FREE to members, $5 for non-member adults and $3 for non-member students.

Join your friends and family for a community bike ride for all ages and abilities! This community ride takes place on the first Sunday of each month. Meet in front of Bruster's in Dunwoody Village, 5503 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, at 2:30 p.m. Helmets are required.

Paving is scheduled to begin Monday, June 3 on Meadow Lane and Crown Pointe Parkway. Lane closures on main thoroughfares will occur between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  To minimize delays the City encourages drivers to stay updated on lane closures through the City’s social media outlets and to seek alternate routes. 

No need to cook. Come out to Brook Run Park to feast on some of the best food truck cuisine in Atlanta.
This foodie event, complete with live music, takes place  from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and features a variety of new and different offerings each week.
For more details contact event manager Bettie Cagle at or (404) 754-3211.

dunwoody map
The Zoning Board of Appeals meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Dunwoody City Hall, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite #103. Click here for meeting agenda.


Did you know that the businesses around Perimeter Mall pay for the officers?

When the Central (DeKalb) Perimeter Community Improvement District was formed 13 years ago, the first item on its agenda was to partner with off-duty police officers to prevent gridlock at key intersections along some of the district's busiest corridors.

Since that time, the DeKalb and Fulton Perimeter CIDs have spent $6.6 million to hire the off-duty officers from DeKalb and Fulton Counties and the cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.  In addition to rush hours, the officers also are used during holidays to accommodate the increase in car and pedestrian traffic in Perimeter, which has become a retail hub in the metro Atlanta region.

In recognition of their service to Perimeter, Perimeter Community Improvement Districts President and CEO Yvonne Williams recently presented the first "Traffic Hero" awards "for exemplary service to keep Perimeter moving" to 10-year veterans of PCIDs' traffic detail program Sgt. Donald B. Barden, Lt. James W. Berg and MPO Tracy Redding.  Each officer received the PCID's eagle award and a gift certificate.

"We are proud of our partnership with these dedicated law enforcement officers and are pleased with their continued commitment to the wellbeing of Perimeter's commuters," said Williams.

"Thanks to the work of these officers, commuters can get around the Perimeter area more easily at peak driving times," Williams said.  Each weekday, approximately 20 officers are placed throughout the Perimeter district to help prevent congestion at key locations such as Ashford Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive, Peachtree Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive and Abernathy Road at Glenlake Parkway.

"The officers make a noticeable difference in preventing the blockage of intersections during Perimeter's busiest hours," said Williams.  "In addition to allowing traffic to flow early against signals when possible, meaning less time spent waiting for a light, the officers are also available to assist in the event of an accident.  As they are already in the area, they are able to immediately respond and address any problems as they occur," Williams said.

"Our main focus has always been to keep traffic moving," said Barden at the awards presentation at a recent meeting of the Central (DeKalb) PCID Board.  "We have gone through a lot of changes," he noted.  "We started out with a few officers and have seen the program expand to serve the growth in this area."

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Party in the Park Tonight - Food Trucks and the Big Band Sounds of 120 East play Brook Run at 6 pm

Hi Friends! We are happy to announce our food truck lineup for tonight and are looking forward to seeing you all at Brook Run Park for Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays!

Blaxican Food Truck Mexican Soul Food.Hail Caesar The owners are residents of City of Dunwoody!King of Pops Arguably, the best pops in the universe.
Mighty Meatballs Atlanta's premier meatball sandwich food truck!
MIX'd UP Best burgers in Atlanta!
Soupr Noodles Brand new truck in Atlanta!
SoKoFood Traditional southern fare.
Yumbii A funky fusion of Asian, Mexican, & Southern flavors.
Yum Yum Cupcake Speaks for itself!

And we are very happy to have the musical talent of 120 East!

120 East is a 10-member Classic Rock-n-Roll band with a horn section (trumpet, sax, trombone), playing songs from Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Santana, Billy Joel, Boz Skaggs, Toto, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blues Brothers and more. We'll rock your party or event with your favorite songs, and we love interacting with crowds!

Remember- bring chairs, blankets, coolers, etc. so you can set up your picnic and watch the band!

11Alive in Dunwoody on Friday, May 31at the Dunwoody Farmhouse

11Alive News is taking our morning show on the road this summer! Each Friday we’ll be LIVE from different cities and on Friday, May 31 we’ll be doing our show from Dunwoody. We will be live from 5-7 am at the Dunwoody Farmhouse at 5455 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. We are encouraging the entire community to come out, bring signs, and join in the fun! Please arrive by 4:45 am, and plan to be with us until 7:00 am if possible.


Samantha Daigle

Tuesday is Dunwoody Swim Team Night and Rick Callihan has a running tally of the results and matchups on his Dunwoody Talk Blog.

Below is the excerpt from the Dunwoody North / Dunwoody Country Club swim meet recap where Rick knows that water volleyball is an important part of the Dunwoody North summer experience.  Check the link above or here, for Rick's full Dunwoody recap.

Dunwoody North 408  Dunwoody Country Club 373
A few days ago we predicted a close match, and close it was on Tuesday.  Dunwoody North starts the season strong and visits rival Kingsley next week. The Dunwoody North versus Kingsley match-up will be a close match.  It will be broadcast on Dunwoody's public access channel (Comcast channel 24) live and then in replay throughout the week.  Dunwoody North has a chance to go 4-1 or possibly 5-0 this season.  We had many emails looking for info on the Dunwoody North Memorial Day pool volleyball games, but sorry, we did not have a staff member there.  We have no official results of the Dunwoody North volleyball, but we heard of several face plants.  Also, a kid named Jimmy set a new Memorial Day record playing 4-Square at Dunwoody North. He held the 'king' square for 12 minutes, knocking out 37 kids in a row.  Congrats to the Dunwoody North 4-Square players.  DCC visits Roxboro next week and visits Kingsley in Week 5.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Video and recap of the May 28th Dunwoody City Council Meeting

Recap: very short meeting which was over by 8 pm where everything was passed as presented.  A bit of discussion took place regarding the timing of the DNR Trail Grant Amendment placed on this agenda and the future scheduled meeting to discuss the path of Phase II of the Brook Run Trail (multi-use path) but the item passed as presented with a split 4 to 2 vote.  We are told that a meeting on the second phase of the trail, including proposed routing and hydrology information will take place prior to final construction contract approval. 

The ladies of Dunwoody High School Track Team were honored for their recent accomplishments.  Chief Grogan highlighted the Crime Reduction Unit and the results from just one week in operation.  Citizen public comment discussed the need for tornado sirens, the Brook Run trail and the proposed dog park move.  The Convention and Visitors Bureau gave a financial update but also highlighted that Dunwoody Restaurant Week was fast approaching. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Dunwoody Memorial Day Ceremony - Monday 10:00 am at Brook Run Park near the Veterans Memorial.

 Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 27

Brook Run Park

10:00 am

Join us as we hold a special ceremony remembering the armed service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at Brook Run Park near the Veterans Memorial.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Proclamation - Dunwoody Girl's Track Team wins State Championship


WHEREAS, the achievements of Dunwoody’s students highlight the commitment, spirit, and pride of the Dunwoody community and should be recognized; and

WHEREAS, on Saturday, May 11, 2013 the Dunwoody High School Girls Track Team made history at the 2013 GHSA Track and Field Championships at Hugh Mills Stadium; and

WHEREAS, the Lady Wildcats placed first in five events at the meet and took top 5 positions in three other events; and

WHEREAS, the Girls Track Team was led to by State Champion Alex Cameron, the first individual State Champion for Dunwoody High School, who took first in the 1600m and 3200m races; and

WHEREAS, other victories included Lauren Jackson placing first in the 400m and 600m races, the 4x400m relay team placing first, the 4x100 relay team placing third, and Erica Banks placing third in the 100m and fourth in the 200m race; and

WHEREAS, the Girls Track Team has won its first state title since 2003 by capturing 69.33 total points, and now holds multiple individual and team state champion titles;

NOW, THEREFORE I, Michael G. Davis, Mayor of Dunwoody, Georgia, do hereby proclaim that, in recognition of the dedication, hard work, and achievement of the Dunwoody Girls Track Team, May 28, 2013 shall be known as:
“Dunwoody High School Girls Track Team Day”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Dunwoody to be affixed this 28th day of May, 2013.

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Tuesday

Tuesday, May 28th
Dunwoody City Hall
41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346
6:00 p.m. - Work Session Packet
7:00 p.m. - Voting Packet

Proclamation for Dunwoody High School Girls' Track Team

Introduction of Crime Response Team

Approval of Amendment for Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails ProgramGrant Agreement for Brook Run Trail Phase II.

Award of Funds to Facilities Improvement Partnership Program Recipients.

Presentation of Convention & Visitors Bureau 1st Quarter Financial Report.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays at Brook Run Park from 6 to 9 pm

Come to the first ever Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays on THURSDAY, May 23, from 6-9 PM!

Two fantastic acoustic duos, The Woodys and He Sang She Sang, will be performing their varied repertoire of original song and hits from past and present!

Bring the kids to one of Atlanta's best playgrounds and I am told that the "Brook" running through the Brook Run play ground is operating!

Food Trucks participating are:
Hail Caesar
Ibiza Bites
King of Pops
Mobile Marlay
Pressed for Time
Yum Yum Cupcake

It's going to be a fun-filled evening! Hope to see you all there!

Where: Dunwoody Food Truck - near Playground at Brook Run
4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, Georgia 30338
When: THURSDAY, 6-9 PM
What to expect: Great food! Great music! Friends and Fun!!!

PS: be sure to like Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays on Facebook for update weekly offerings.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Dunwoody News: Memorial Day Ceremony, Weekend Concerts, Charter Commission, Court Amnesty Program and Construction Update

memorial day 2013

Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 27

Join us as we hold a special ceremony remembering the armed service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at Brook Run Park near the Veterans Memorial.


NEW Dunwoody

Spotlight Video!

Meet Brent Walker, Parks & Recreation Manager for the City of Dunwoody. Learn about the Parks and Recreation Department, what they do, and how you can become more involved.

The Dunwoody Nature Center brings back their popular summer concert series! The first concert features the band, The Bad Neighbors.  Bring a chair, blanket, and picnic dinner and enjoy a night of rockin' tunes in the shade of the newly restored meadow. The show begins at 7 p.m.
Sunday afternoon is a family fun event featuring the songs and stories of Mr. Jason and Mr. Parker. Kids of all ages are welcome and the concert begins at 2 p.m.
As always, ALL Nature Center concerts are FREE to members, $5 for non-members adults and $3 for students.

The Design Review Advisory Committee meeting will begin at 12 p.m. at Dunwoody City Hall, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite #250. Click here for meeting agenda.

The Dunwoody Charter Commission meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Dunwoody City Hall, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite #250. Click here for meeting agenda.
The Charter Commission to asking residents of Dunwoody to submit ideas and suggestions as the Commission continues the review of the City Charter. You can submit your suggestions to the Charter Commission by email at

No need to cook. Come out to Brook Run Park to feast on some of the best food truck cuisine in Atlanta.
This foodie event, complete with live music, takes place  from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and features a variety of new and different offerings each week.
For more details contact event manager Bettie Cagle at or (404) 754-3211.

The City of Dunwoody administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day. Police, Fire and other services essential for public safety and health will remain open. City offices will resume regular hours Tuesday, May 28.

The City of Dunwoody Municipal Court is holding an Amnesty Program for individuals with past due traffic citations and/or active bench warrants for failing to appear in court.
Amnesty will run during the months of June and July, 2013 at the Dunwoody Municipal Court located at 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 103, Dunwoody, Georgia 30346.  Individuals may walk-in to the Municipal Court on Monday and Wednesday-Friday during the hours of 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. only, no exceptions

Georgetown Park Construction Update
Construction progress has taken off over the past month for the two sections of the new Georgetown Park. Immediately following the ceremonial groundbreaking the 16-acre area became an active construction site as crews worked on the central park square and the children’s playground.

Georgetown Park’s central park square is taking shape as crews grade and level the space for the expansive lawn and will soon pour the concrete for the foundations of the event pavilion and the bathroom facilities. The square will also house a pair of bocce courts and a custom art installation. Additional central park square construction preparations include pouring the adjoining concrete path eventually connecting to the Brook Run Park multi-use trail to create a 3.3 mile long trailway.

Crews have also graded and leveled the site of the children’s playground at Georgetown Park to make way for three separate play structures. In the coming weeks work will center on cement curbing and foundations for the bathroom facilities adjacent to the playground.

Once complete, both sections of the new park will be available for community-wide use and serve as the anchor public park space portion of the Dunwoody Green planned redevelopment. John Wieland Homes has established a presence on site to market the new home sites for Dunwoody Green, the planned collection of high-quality, owner-occupied new homes and townhomes to be interwoven with future retail development.

Brook Run Park Multi-Use Trail Update
To date, crews have poured approximately 1,900 feet of concrete for the 12-foot wide multi-use trail, signifying completion of more than 50 percent of the trail’s Phase I. Crews have poured concrete for the foundations of the bridge crossings constructed on the trail and plan to assemble the three wooden bridges at the crossings over the next several weeks.

Throughout the trail construction the City has consistently met all EPD requirements regarding erosion and sediment control. These compliance measures strictly adhere to Georgia EPD regulations and follow careful conformity with the approved trail path construction documents.

The City has surveyed the trail route for Phase II, a one mile, 12-foot wide multi-use concrete trail, which will connect with Phase I and complete an approximate 2 mile loop within the park. The next step for Phase II of the trail consists of preliminary design work, which will take place throughout the rest of May and into June.

The City of Dunwoody is committed to encouraging and facilitating active citizen engagement and plans to hold an open house in June to outline plans, answer questions and receive public input for Phase II of the 12-foot wide concrete multi-use trail. The City will advertise the planned open house meeting and notify the public once a date in June is established for the event. Throughout the Phase I & II multi-use trail construction, the City will continue to provide periodic updates to the public.

Sidewalk and Paving Improvement Projects
Work continues on several critical sidewalk projects as part of the City’s sidewalk improvement plan, created to provide an objective process to prioritize the City’s sidewalk projects.

The City has begun constructing the new sidewalk on Womack Road across from Dunwoody Elementary School and is in the process of constructing the retaining wall and remaining concrete sidewalk.

City crews will soon begin work on other planned sidewalk projects on Meadowlake Drive and sections of Valley View and Happy Hollow roads. Project construction work over the next several weeks includes:
• New curb, gutter and stormwater drainage improvements for Happy Hollow Road; This project will result in a continuous sidewalk on one side for the full length of Happy Hollow
• Sidewalk clearing and grading work as well as retaining wall construction on Vermack Road near Mount Vernon
• Initial preparations for new sidewalks along the length of Meadowlake Drive

More sidewalk improvements are on the way as the City Council agreed to fund $300,000 for sidewalks on Hensley Drive and Mount Vernon Way and a future evaluation of pedestrian safety improvements in school zones.

The Council also unanimously approved a contract for paving beginning in June. The City will repave roads according to its long-term paving schedule adopted by Council. You can review the City’s paving plans on our website at:

Since 2009, the City has budgeted more than $1,499,000 in sidewalk improvements and $4,800,000 for repaving roads. To date the City has paved more than 24.1 lane miles of roads, fixed 1,100 potholes on City streets and laid or repaired more than 4.07 miles of City sidewalks all within the 13.2 total square miles of the City’s boundaries. This has been accomplished in a short timeframe with no tax increases.

Dunwoody Neighborhood Watch Update

Good Morning Neighborhood Watch,

Tuesday night we had a meeting of the Neighborhood Watch Coordinators.  We had a great turnout and it was a pleasure meeting everyone and putting a face to a name.  The Dunwoody Police Department is fortunate to have such an engaged and involved community of volunteers that are motivated to make this the best city around.  We appreciate your time and commitment to Neighborhood Watch and crime prevention.

For those who were unable to attend I have linked theagenda from our meeting as well as a summary from Rich Lapin (NWC Chestnut Forest).  Mr. Lapin did a great summary and explained the topics thoroughly.  Please see summary below.

“1. Crime Trends in Dunwoody: Part 1 Crime (murder, rape, etc.) was down 15% through April 2013 vs. a similar period last year.  In overview terms there are about 50 staff with Dunwoody PD who police  many neighborhoods, about 68 of which are on the neighborhood watch program.  They also are responsible for the safety of 47,000 people in our city.  As information, when you exclude DUI and traffic arrests from their totals, about 70% of crime is committed by peoplewho do not live here.  Lesson: we need to be vigilant about people who come here, aren’t familiar by sight to us, and act suspiciously.  More below.

Two issues merited comment:
    a) Solicitors: commercial solicitors are required to have City of Dunwoody licenses; religious groups are exempt.  Beware of unknown people coming through the neighborhood seeking to do work. Call 911.
    b) Tree cutting scam: we’ve already covered this but this effort involves a team where someone comes to your door and offers to do an estimate on tree work.  You walk with them, leave your door open or unlocked. One of their accomplices sneaks into your house to collect easy targets – electronics like computers, iPads, etc. Lesson: If you didn’t call them, don’t talk to them.  If they persist, call 911.

    Comment: People may be reluctant to call 911, please don't be!!  Both Chief Grogan and Officer Fecht were very open in the questions that came up.  They both echoed the same theme: you or I are not “bothering” them.  That’s why they’re there and they would rather respond to calls that aren’t serious knowing that in time, they will encounter a situation that required an officer. Both Chief and Officer Fecht encourage us to call. The worst thing that they can hear is a report about something a civilian like us saw and didn’t say anything until the next day.  Timing is everything on tips to them.

2. Increase watch participation: If you learn that a neighbor is not on our watch distribution, please have them contact me with their email address.  We’d like to have 100% participation with everyone who has a computer. We’re getting close to that.

3. Lock, take, hide: Chief encouraged everyone to lock his/her car on leaving, remove anything of value (purse, laptop, iPad), or hide anything that you can’t remove. The whole idea is to make your parked car less of a target than someone else’s in another neighborhood.  This is true even when you park your car in a carport or garage.  Also, keep the doors to your home locked when you leave – and when you’re home.

4.  End of school year tips now that kids will be at home during the day:
  • Answer the door if someone knocks or rings the bell. Answer through the door without opening.  Be loud when you do.  These tips apply for kids, too.  They can say “My mom (or dad) can’t come to the door and I’ve got to take care of my pet pit bull. Down, boy! Come back later.”  Your home went from being a target to too much work for the bad guy(s). They will leave.
  • Have kids play outside with other kids within a block of their houses.  There is safety in numbers.
  • Have your kids give you a periodic check in call.  Pick a pattern that works for you.  If in doubt, use the Dr. Pepper rule: 10, 2, and 4.
  • Teach kids to be aware of their surroundings.  If they are frightened about an external threat and alone, have them call 911.
5. Miscellaneous topics covered:
  • Suspicious cars in the neighborhood: tips to look for are these: if there are multiple people in a car and they are more focused on you, call 911. If they are moving slowly and somewhat methodically through the neighborhood without stopping or getting out of the car, call 911.  If they pull into a driveway and don’t get out of the car, call 911.  The best rule of thumb is if you are suspicious, call 911.
  • Vacation watch: The Dunwoody Police Department has a new system called Interactive Defense that allows you to enter and maintain your home watches and receive email and/or text message updates as your home is able to be checked. Simply go to and click on "Not Registered? Click Here" in the upper right corner. Once you register you can go to the "Safety Center" tab and click on "Request a Home Watch" on the right of the screen. The Home Watch will directly link to the Dunwoody Police Officers who are on patrol.  The police departments website is:
  • Bad weather alert: Chief said that there are a number of services available through the Dunwoody Alert program. More info is available online at:
  • Alarm ordinance: This resulted from 4000 false alarms last year, 90% of which were human error.  The ordinance goes into effect on July 1.  They key elements are that owners will be able to register their alarm on the website.  The electronic portal for this service is still being put together. If you have an alarm, you are required to register it.  Noncompliance draws a $100 fine.  Each alarm owner will be allowed up to 2 false alarm calls in a year. If there is a third one, there is a $50.  In short, the system is designed to make people who create the problem and abuse the system, “pay” for their shortcomings on fine basis. More information coming soon!
6. Just Yell Fire: A watch coordinator in Wren’s Cross advised that there is a nationally recognized program designed for girls/ young women ages 11 to 19 to avoid situations where they could be victims of a sexual assault. It is scheduled for June 4 at 6:30 PM. More information on the session ($50 per girl, $35 for each additional sibling) is available from Jane Burdette at 404-557-5628,  For background on the program itself, visit, an organization based in Vancouver, Washington.  The previous info is just background that I’m sharing, not an endorsement as I was not familiar with the program until this evening. If it’s not age relevant for your household, feel free to share it with others.  Note that class size is limited.”

Remember that there are multiple ways to connect to Dunwoody Police, please consider following us on:

If there are any questions please feel free to email or call me.

Thank you,

Officer Tim Fecht
Community Outreach
Public Information Officer
Dunwoody Police Department                           
41 Perimeter Center East, Ste. 100
Dunwoody, Ga 30346
Office: 678.382.6917

Two design options for Brook Run Dog Park in Dunwoody

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dunwoody Council Video May 13 - Berman Commons Assisted Living Facility approved, Ashford Dunwoody hotel returned to Planning Commission, Food Truck Thursday Approved, make the streets of Dunwoody woody.

Monday night was a work session with numerous item up for discussion and had just a couple of left over items from the last meeting to vote upon.  We Approved of the Berman Commons Assisted Living Facility on Womack with the conditions originally stated in the application.  With the recent ethics ordinance, we appointed two new alternate board members and reappointed two others.

The rezoning for the hotel on Ashford Dunwoody was remanded back to the Planning Commission for numerous reasons and I questioned whether the application process was fatally flawed enough to where the applicant should be required to resubmit a new application and go though the full cycle of a public meeting, community council, planning commission and then on to the city council.  In my opinion, the lack of substantive documents (deed to curb cut) in the original application, followed by numerous major cite changes along with errors in the application, raised enough questions in my mind as to the validity of the submission, and therefore should be forced to start over.  That being said, I am keeping an open mind and look forward to see where this is going and what will be submitted to the planning commission.

Dunwoody Food Truck Thursday was approved so mark your calendar for next Thursday, May 23rd at Brook Run from 6 to 9 pm.   Community - Food - Music is the tagline so please check it out on the last day of school.  (interested in providing food or music, contact Bettie at (404) 754-3211)

 The North DeKalb Fire Authority discussion centered around the pros and cons of joining together with our adjoining sister cities in DeKalb vs the cost and control of doing fire services our self.   A preliminary analysis of just a Dunwoody Fire Department was deemed as it being too expensive but if we go forward with a professional analysis of joining with other cities, Council recommended a professional analysis of what a Dunwoody Fire Department would cost at an appropriate level of service.   Point to remember, most people including council like DeKalb Fire Services but with tax increases in the fire district along with reductions in the level of service, we owe it to the residents to explore all options; and that is what we are doing.

We had a good discussion on the facilities improvement partnership program and will approve what was submitted but most of the discussion centered around those who did not apply, why they didn't apply and what needs do they have.

Finally, it my guess that we will approve Phase II of the Brook Run Trail to match phase I to be a 12 foot concrete path completing a 1.5 mile circular path all the way around the perimeter of Brook Run through the trees.  This discussion then morphed into the city's no net loss of trees policy whereby we will replace onto city property the same number of trees we removed.  Because Brook Run and our other parks would never be able to accept all of the trees, I mentioned that the city should explore a tree planting program throughout the city whereby residents could request a tree be planted in front of their house, but within the city right of way which is actually still considered city property.   After researching this subject, I believe the City of Chicago does this program as I imagined it and they even allow the resident (together with the City Arborist) to pick the type of tree.  Thoughts?

Monday, May 13, 2013

RIP Dr. Richard Reid - retired principal of Chesnut Charter Elementary

It is with great sadness that I share the passing of Dr. Richard Reid.
Please keep his wife and son (Maryann and Sam) in your prayers.
More information will follow in comments when available.

Dr. Reid previously served as a high school science teacher, an assistant principal at high school and elementary school levels and as an elementary school principal. He began his career in Dekalb County teaching science at Gordon High School in 1976. From 1986-1994, he taught science courses at Redan High School. Dr. Reid served as an assistant principal at Columbia High School and at Snapfinger and Pine Ridge Elementary Schools before being named principal at Forrest Hills Elementary School in 2001.

At Forrest Hills Elementary School, Dr. Reid and his staff implemented the America’s Choice Design for school improvement and Forrest Hills was recognized as a state demonstration school in 2003. In 2006, Dr. Reid and his staff were one of five Dekalb County Schools to institute Reading First in their kindergarten through third grade classes. Under his direction, Forrest Hills Elementary School made Adequate Yearly Progress for six consecutive years. In addition to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, he and his staff utilize Schoolwide Writing Fundamentals to enhance writing in their K-5 curriculum. Dr. Reid is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and he served in 2007-2008 as the Region 4 President of the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals.

Dr. Reid retired on August 1, 2012 after being the principal at Chesnut Charter School for the past 4 years.
Since his retirement he has become involved in Education Consulting, assisting public and private schools with teacher and leadership development as well as school instructional design.