Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Scoutmaster Barry Deutsch honored for life saving good deed.


I can not say with certainty that my friend Mr. Barry Deutsch actually saved a man's life but I can tell you that Barry routinely goes beyond call of duty serving his community as a leader with Boy Scout Troop 477 where he has taught leadership & service to hundreds of young men within our community.  Barry and his wife Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch took it upon themselves to search for the missing man and Barry acting on a hunch, climbed down a deep ravine where he found the man injured by the fall seven hours previously.

Though the Dunwoody Police Department and the Boy Scouts of America honored Mr. Deutsch for this specific act, in my book Mr. Barry Deutsch is an everyday hero who unselfishly gives of his time and talents to make this a better community. 

Thank you Barry for saving this man's life and thank you for all you do in our community!!

PS:    Lynn - you rock too!

Georgia Power addresses numerous power outages in the Dunwoody North Subdivision.


Georgia Power representatives explain the circumstances of power outages and the improvements coming to the system to reduce the number incidents in the future.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Rep Karen Handel addresses Dunwoody City Council & announces town hall opportunity.


Congresswoman Karen Handel stopped by the Dunwoody City Council for a very brief introduction on Monday evening where she set the tone of cooperation, she introduced her staff, offered constitute services & announced her committee assignments (Judiciary & Education).  There was no question or answer session available at the meeting but there is an oppertunity to raise issues with the Congresswoman on Wednesday as per the information below as found on her website.
Roswell, GA -- Congresswoman Karen Handel announces that she will hold her first town hall meeting on Wednesday, August 30, at 7 pm EST.  During this 60-minute teleconference, Congresswoman Handel will give a brief update on her first months representing Georgia's 6th District and answer questions from her constituents.

"It is an incredible honor to represent the citizens of the 6th District, and I look forward to their input and questions," said Congresswoman Handel.

Participants must be residents of the 6th Congressional District and complete the form at https://tthm.wufoo.com/forms/rep-karen-handel-telephone-town-hall-signup/ for instructions to participate.

Karen Handel was sworn in as the 6th District representative on June 26th, becoming Georgia's first Republican woman ever elected to the United States Congress. Handel serves on the Judiciary and the Education and Workforce Committees. Representing East Cobb, North Fulton, and parts of DeKalb Counties. Karen and her husband Steve live in Roswell.

Friday, August 18, 2017

24th Annual Butterfly Festival at the Dunwoody Nature Center is Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm

Dunwoody Nature Center is located at:

5343 Roberts Drive
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Telephone: (770) 394-3322

Please note: there is no parking at the Dunwoody Nature Center except for handicapped access.
We highly recommend that you take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service running continuously during the day thanks to the volunteers at North Atlanta Church of Christ. Parking is located at 5676 Roberts Drive.

Parking is also available on a limited basis at the Dunwoody Park ballfields, nearby New Hope Church (located at 5477 Roberts Drive), and Austin Elementary School.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Do you know someone who would be a great Dunwoody Police Officer - applications are now being accepted from a wider pool of applicants.

The men and women of the Dunwoody Police Department are committed to providing excellent service to the citizens of Dunwoody. As an outward symbol of that commitment for 2016, Chief Grogan asked members of the department to provide #oneword that symbolized their individual commitment to our mission and to the people of Dunwoody.

Since the Dunwoody Police Department started soon after incorporation, I can assure you that our hiring standards were very rigorous and we only accepted experianced applicants who were police officers in other jurisdictions who passed extensive background checks and had a spotless record.

With the compitition escalating for quality police officers between various jurisdictions and the Department not being able to maintain a level of being fully staffed, it appears by looking at the most recent job announcement that the Department has stepped away from the requirement of needing to be P.O.S.T. certified (namely from another agency).  I welcome this change as it opens oppertunities for quality individuals coming out of the military, professionals looking for a carreer change and it probabbly offers a wider diversity as well as more home grown officers who have deep ties to the community.

If you know a candidate who might make a fine Dunwoody Police Officer, please pass on this announcement.  Thanks,  John

City of Dunwoody

The City of Dunwoody Police Department is currently accepting applications for certified and non-certified Police Officers.

This is the first rank of the Dunwoody Police force that includes sworn peace officers.  Sworn officers are expected to demonstrate competency in law enforcement procedures.  Officers work under the general supervision of an assigned Sergeant.  They perform a wide range of law enforcement functions including making arrests, issuing traffic tickets, crowd control and investigative work to promote public safety and security, crime prevention and general enforcement of the law.

Minimum Requirements:
• Must be a U.S. Citizen
• Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
• Must possess a valid Georgia Class C driver’s license
• Must be 21 years of age
• No felony convictions during your lifetime
• No discharge from any military organization less than an honorable discharge
• No termination for cause from a local, state or federal civil service or merit system job
• No current financial obligations/contract to any law enforcement agency or department
The above requirements are not all-inclusive.

Salary:  $43,200 - $64,800
• 100% City-Paid Employee Medical Insurance
• 100% City-Paid Employee Dental Insurance
• 100% City-Paid Employee Life/AD&D Insurance
• 100% City-Paid Employee Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
• 100% City-Paid Wellness Program
• Vision Insurance
• Retirement Savings Plans
• Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
• Education Assistance
• Housing Reimbursement
• Take Home Car Program
• Fitness Center Memberships
• Vacation Leave, Holidays, and Sick Leave

For consideration, please send your completed application to jobs@dunwoodyga.gov or mail it to:
City of Dunwoody
Human Resources Department
41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 250
Dunwoody, GA 30346

Only candidates that meet all the minimum requirements above will be considered.  The City of Dunwoody has been certified as a Drug-Free Workplace by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.  All job applicants for the City must undergo testing for the presence of illegal drugs as a condition of employment.

Date Posted: 08-07-2017
Expire Date: Open until filled
Contact Email: jobs@dunwoodyga.gov
Documents:  Dunwoody Police Department Application  |  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday Aug 14 - Transportaion & Park Plans / DeKalb proposed Sales Tax for Transportation

Monday, August 14th
Dunwoody City Hall
41 Perimeter Center East
Dunwoody, GA 30346
6:00 p.m. - Watch Live


Proclamation Recognizing Dunwoody High School Principal Tom McFerrin.

Presentation of Award from the Federal Highway Administration for Excellence in Planning.

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

Presentation of 2nd Quarter 2017 Internal Audit Report. (Bill Mulcahy)

YTD Financial Report for June 30, 2017.

Resolution Establishing the City of Dunwoody Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Priority List for proposed DeKalb County Sales Tax Increase to be voted in November.

Funding Authorization to Connect the Sidewalk and Bike Lanes on Chamblee Dunwoody Road to Donaldson Bannister Park.

Assignment of Liability for the State Farm Project.

Approval of Parks and Recreation Master Plan Concept Designs.

Resolution Adopting Comprehensive Transportation Plan Update.

Discuss funding for the Dunwoody Nature Center North Woods Pavilion.

Discuss Hotel Tax Capital Budgeting Process. - no document in packet - historical.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Painting With A Twist opens in the Georgetown Shopping Center this week in Dunwoody.

4512 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 676-9524

Painting With A Twist is a BYOB paint and sip art studio offering wine and art painting classes, located in Dunwoody, GA in the Georgetown Shopping Center, right off 285 at Chamblee Dunwoody Rd.  Bring your favorite bottle of wine or other beverage, your favorite food & your favorite people and we'll take care of the rest. One of our talented artists will be with you every step of the wine and painting art class as you eat, drink and paint your way to a finished work of art. You'll be amazed before the night is over!  You just might discover your inner artist!
What you need to know:
  • Public paint and sip classes are offered for adults at $35 and $45 and for kids at $25 and $35.
  • Private parties for kids and adults are a hit! Book yours today!
  • Check out our paint and wine calendar of upcoming sip and paint classes

Alcohol Policy

BYOB. Wine & Beer only. No alcohol during All Age classes.

Age Policy

BYOB classes: 18+ ONLY. No one under 18 permitted (including infants) - no exceptions. All Ages classes: All ages welcome!

Mayor Denis Shortal gives update on activities within the City of Dunwoody

Good evening my fellow Dunwoody citizens. The following are some items of interest …

1. Paving … Repaving the south bound lane of Chamblee Dunwoody Rd that was the subject of poor compaction around the installed new water line from Manjet Way to Cambridge is complete except for stripping. FYI, on asphalt paving it takes about 30 days for it to “cure” before you can paint strip the road. As you all know that project was on last years paving plan. Chamblee Dunwoody Rd from Cambridge south passed Vermack, etc. is on this years paving contract and is a different contractor and will he paved later this month … that is if it ever stops raining for a few days. As a FYI, you can’t pave a road in the rain, when the pavement is wet or when there is a threat of rain. Concerning the threat of rain … if you ever spray the road with the hot liquid asphalt - which is the adhesive for the asphalt topping - and it rains prior to getting the asphalt topping in place you will have a mess of large proportion.

2. More Paving … The paving on N Peachtree Rd is mostly complete. The paving on Ashford Dunwoody Rd is moving along slowly because of the weather. Over the last three weeks we have only be able to pave six nights due to rain. As you know we are doing this paving at night due to the high traffic volume on this road during the day. The paving is mostly complete from Perimeter Center East/West southbound and the milling and a lot of the deep patching is completed north bound to Mt Vernon Rd. We need about 6 - 7 more good weather days to finish this project.

3. Glass Recycling … As of JUL 17 DC is no longer accepting glass items in our recycle bins. As I understand it was a lack of economical marketability. As an alternative the DC Sanitation has put glass recycling bins around the County. Dunwoody has three locations for you to continue to deposit your glass recyclable items. These locations are … Brook Run Park, DC Fire Station # 12 on Roberts Dr and the Dunwoody Library. This approach will make the recyclable glass items a more marketable and positive cash flow resource for the recycler. For more information go to this website …. https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/sanitation/glass-recycling.

4. Home Owners Association and Swim and Tennis Club Leadership Town Hall Meeting with the Mayor (thats me). … There will be two of these meetings. The first will take place on AUG 24 from 6 - 8 PM at the Congregation Ariel Synagogue located at 5227 Tilly Mill Rd and the second meeting will take place on SEP 30 from 9:30 - 11:30 AM at Dunwoody United Methodist Church at 1548 Mt Vernon Rd. Both of these meeting will be an open forum to discuss items of interest to our HOAs and Swim and Tennis Club leadership. If the head of the organization is unable to attend either session we ask they send their assistant or a representative. To sign up email Bob Mullen at Bob.Mullen@DunwoodyGa.gov.

5. Honored Guest at the Next Two City Council Meetings ... Next Monday, AUG 14 at 6 PM we will honor Principal Tom McFerrin of DHS with a Proclamation from the City. There are many adjectives to describe Tom … outstanding, superb leadership, etc. … just to name a few for the enhancement he has brought to DHS and thus our entire city. I know we will have a large crowd of thankful students, parents and other citizens present to show Tom our heartfelt thanks! He is a great American! On Monday AUG 28 at 6 PM we will have the honor of hosting The Honorable Karen Handel, our newly elected U S Representative from our 6th District, at our City Council meeting. Karen is a very personable person so lets all show up to give her a warm and respectful Dunwoody welcome.

6. City Boards and Committee Meeting … We have instituted a once a year meeting for all members on our City Boards and Committees to brief them on the latest procedures as well as rules and regulations that are applicable. The next meeting will be on AUG 24 at 6 PM at the City Hall in the City Council Chambers. If you didn’t make the first meeting I ask everyone to make max effort to attend this meeting. The meeting will last approx. 1 - 1.5 hours.

7. School is Back in Session … Please obey the speed limits and drive extra carefully … those are our children!

8. Request … We all move to Dunwoody because it is a special place. Lets help keep it that way by waiting to take our yard waste and trash out to the curb until the night before our trash pickup and by bringing our containers back off the street the night of our trash pick up … it is the neighborly thing to do!

9. New City Hall … Remodeling of our new city hall building is on schedule.

10. Other Events … Butterfly Festival at DNC AUG 19 from 10 AM - 4 PM. Advance sign up at … http://dunwoodynature.org/learn/annual-events/butterfly/. Warning this popular event sells out as it is fun for the whole family. Food Truck Thursday are on going at Brook Run Park starting at 5 PM every Thursday.

11. That is all for this evening. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors and members of your HOA. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me know. Thanks for all each of you do to make us a city with a family atmosphere. Let us all work to create the mutual respect that we all desire!

See you around town! Let Us Continue to Build Our City Together!

Denny Shortal
Mayor of Dunwoody
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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Monday is the first day of school in Dunwoody so please excercise great patience for all involved.

Monday is the first day of school for the DeKalb County School System, therefore for hundreds of Children this will be their first day of a new school and for their Parents, it will be a right of passage that will be documented with photos and maybe a tear.  Please take it slow & easy on the roads this week and above all please be patient & kind for those experiencing this special first week of school.

Elementary school starts about 7:30 so please don't be passing Chesnut on North Peachtree, Austin on Roberts or Dunwoody Elementary on Womack around this time unless you really have to!

Peachtree Middle School starts about 8:30 so again stay away from North Peachtree around this time if you can help it.

Dunwoody High starts at 8:00 am, so it is expected that Vermack and Womack will be a nightmare at 7:30.   PS - If your Sophomore or Junior plans on driving, please have them explore parking at St. Lukes on Mt. Vernon by picking up an application in the office.

I am guessing the Dunwoody Police will be out in force for the start of school, so please keep it slow and obey the traffic/parking regulations.


Tips for Motorists

  • Be alert for school speed zones and obey the posted speed limits.
  • Watch for school buses. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate the school bus is stopping to load or unload children. State law requires you to stop.
  • Keep an eye out for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks.
  • Be alert for children playing and gathering near bus stops, as well as those who may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for children walking or riding a bicycle.
  • When driving in neighborhoods or school zones, watch for young people who may be in a hurry to get to school and may not be thinking about getting there safely.
  • Leave early enough to not be passing an elementary school near the starting time of 7:30 / 7:45; the students need to be there then - you do not.

Tips for Parents

  • Be a good role model. Always buckle up in the car, always wear a helmet when biking, and always follow pedestrian safety rules. DO NOT text or talk on the phone while driving.
  • Supervise young children as they are walking to school, biking to school or as they wait at the school bus stop.
  • Have your children wear bright clothing so motorists can easily see them.
  • Make sure your child is properly buckled up in a weight-appropriate child safety seat in the back seat.
  • Make sure that your teenage driver understands and obeys all state traffic laws.
  • Allow lots of extra time the first several weeks of school as everyone is learning a new routine.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dunwoody Homeowners Association meeting Sunday night to discuss proposed developments.

Dunwoody Homeowners Association Meeting
Sunday, August 6, 2017 @ 7:30 P.M.
North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center, Room 4
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30338

Brief update on 4th of July Parade, Adopt-A-Spot at Peeler/Winters Chapel – Robert Wittenstein

Presentation and discussion: Proposed redevelopment plan for Perimeter Center Parkway East (Set of 3 mid-rise buildings currently housing City Hall) – Grubb Properties, Todd Williams and Andrew Rosti

Presentation and Discussion: Proposed office and hotel development with ground floor commercial on Hammond Drive between the Chick-fil-A and the MARTA station – Trammell Crow, Jessica Hill (Morris, Manning & Martin), Brandon Houston and Drew Fredrick (Trammell Crow)

Presentation and Discussion: Proposed office and hotel development with stand-alone restaurant at 121 Perimeter Center West – Dennis Webb (Smith, Gambrell and Russell), Bruce Williams (BWP Properties)

Request for support for Dunwoody Elementary School PTO – Marissa Evans

Board only session: Votes as needed on any motions including:
  • Dunwoody Elementary School request for funds ($1,000 included in budget)
  • Support or oppose Grubb Properties development of 41, 47 and 53 Perimeter Center East
Next meeting: Sunday, September 10, 2017 (Second Sunday!)

Friday, August 4, 2017

DeKalb County School District sends Leadership Survey to Dunwoody High Parents to help find new principal.

Dear John Heneghan,

As a valued member in your local school community, the DeKalb County School District invites you to participate in a Leadership Attributes Survey for Dunwoody High School. We seek your input to assist us in making important decisions that affect our students and schools. Please respond to the web-based Leadership Attributes Survey in the link provided below. We sincerely value your input. The results of this survey will provide valuable information to school district leaders regarding the selection of leadership personnel for your school.

Please access the on-line survey shown below:

Thank you in advance for your time and response to this survey.


Mr. Everett F. Patrick
Interim Chief Human Capital Management Officer

Please rate each Leadership Attribute in the order of importance:

Leadership Attribute Descriptions Assessment: Manages a system for collecting and analyzing student performance data to identify patterns of achievement and underachievement in order to design and implement appropriate instructional interventions
Curriculum: Develops a system for managing and facilitating student achievement and learning based upon consensus-driven content and performance standards
Leading Change: Possesses the ability to develop and implement an organizational vision and strategies that motivate others to take actions to improve processes, staff performance, and student learning
Oral and Written Communication: Promotes effective communications between the school and community to create a positive learning environment
Organization Culture: Values the norms, values, standards, and practices associated with the system or school as a learning community committed to ensuring student and adult achievement and organizational productivity in an effective learning environment
Performance Management and Process Improvement: Implements a process of developing strategies aligning resources, monitoring progress, and overcoming barriers to achieve system, school, staff, and student goals
Relationship Development: Implements a process of developing and enhancing internal and external relationships which advance the goals of the system, school, staff and students; Involves students, staff, community and parents in the decision-making process
Standards-Based Instruction: Values designing and implementing teaching-learning assessment tasks and activities to ensure that all students achieve proficiency relative to the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS/QCC)
Visionary: Develops a plan for the future and focuses on what could and what should be versus what is. Shares and promotes new ideas and initiatives
Integrity & Fairness: Implements moral and ethical practices while creating an environment that is trustworthy while making consistent and sound decisions

What are some challenges in your school/community that the leader will need to address?

 What focus should the school leader have that will improve operational efficiency?

 What strengths must a leader possess in order to be successful at your school?

 How should this leader build trust in the success of the school with stakeholders?

In the next five years, where should the leader have taken the school? What improvements should be evident?

What strategies should this leader use to prioritize student achievement and career readiness, and strengthen parental/guardian involvement?


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Dunwoody City Council election qualification opens Monday August 21st - three local seats up for election.

A General Election for the City Dunwoody will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 for the purpose of electing three (3) members of City Council.

A General Election for the City Dunwoody will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 for the purpose of electing three (3) members of City Council. The City Council posts to be voted on are Post 1, currently held by Pam Tallmadge, Post 2, currently held by Jim Riticher, and Post 3, currently held by Doug Thompson.

The qualifying period for the November 7, 2017 General Election will open at 8:30 am on Monday, August 21, 2017 and will close at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. The hours of qualifying each day will be 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with one hour allowed for the lunch break (Georgia Election Code 21-2-132). Any person desiring to run for office shall qualify in the Office of the City Clerk by filing a Notice of Candidacy. The qualifying fee for the office of a City Council post is $360.00 (three hundred sixty dollars), which is 3% of the total gross salary of the preceding year (Georgia Election Code 21-2-131). All qualifying fees shall be paid at the time of qualifying (Georgia Election Code 21-2-131).

The qualifications to run for office include: candidate must be a resident of the City of Dunwoody for a continuous period of at least 12 months immediately prior to the date of the election; candidate must continue to reside in the City of Dunwoody during their period of service; candidate must continue to be registered and qualified to vote in the municipal elections of the City of Dunwoody. In addition, no person will be eligible to serve as a council member representing a council district unless that person has been a resident of the district they seek to represent for a continuous period of at least six months immediately prior to the date of the election and continues to reside in their district during their period of service.

For questions or for more information please contact Sharon Lowery, City Clerk, at 678-382-6711 or Sharon.lowery@dunwoodyga.gov.

City of Dunwoody offers Lego Batman movie at Brook Run on Friday Night

The City of Dunwoody’s ‘Pic in the Park’ event will feature The LEGO Batman Movie (PG 1h 44mins) and will take place Friday evening August 4th at dusk on the lawn beyond the playground at Brook Run Park (4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody).

Bring the family, friends and neighbors along with a blanket or chair and relax under the stars and enjoy a FREE family friendly outdoor movie on a giant 45’ screen. The Popcorn Lady will serve popcorn from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

All movies are open to the public and begin at dusk. Feel free to bring your picnic baskets and coolers. Please mind local ordinances/rules regarding open containers and glassware.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dunwoody Girl Scout Troop 12576 donates clothing bin to assist Malachi’s Storehouse & families in need.

Is it time to clean out the closets?

Looking for a place to donate your gently used clothes? How about the new clothing donation bin at Malachi’s Storehouse? You can donate clothes 24/7, and all the clothes go to families in need. The bin is located in the front parking lot of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church at 4755 North Peachtree Road, across the street from the entrance to Brook Run Park.

The new clothing bin was donated from Junior Girl Scout Troop 12576 which includes girls from Chesnut Elementary and Kittredge Magnet School. After touring Malachi’s Storehouse a year earlier, the girls discovered that Malachi’s did not have a way to collect donated clothing. For their Bronze Award Project, Troop 12576 raised funds to purchase a clothing collection bin to put outside Malachi’s Storehouse.

To raise the funds to purchase the bin, Troop 12576 had bake sales at The Mad Italian, Brook Run Park’s Food Truck Thursdays, Chesnut Elementary’s Bingo Night, and Kingswood United Methodist Church. Malachi’s Storehouse paid for the signage on the bin. The troop is very grateful for the community support.

There will be a dedication ceremony on September 10th at 12:00 to celebrate the addition to Malachi’s Storehouse and the girls’ hard work on the project.

Lace Up for the LEKOTEK RUN 4 KIDS - Saturday, August 12 @ Georgia State - Dunwoody Campus

Making a difference for children with disabilities

WHO: Lekotek, a local non-profit that helps all children succeed and learn through play. Lekotek facilitates the inclusion of children with disabilities into their families and communities by being a “play library” loaning adapted toys, educational materials, computers and iPads. Computers and iPads are outfitted with appropriate software and applications to meet every child’s individual needs – whether the child has a visual or hearing impairment, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, genetic disorder or any special need.

WHAT: The Lekotek Run 4 Kids is gearing up for its 25th year with a scenic four-mile loop run and a one-mile fun run to raise money for the non-profit so additional children can benefit from their play library and other resources offered by the non-profit. More than 700 children and families benefited from Lekotek’s play library last year.

WHEN: Saturday, August 12 Four-mile race begins at 8:00 a.m. One-mile fun run at 9:00 a.m. *In addition to pre-race registration, runners can also sign up the morning of the event, beginning at 7:00 a.m.

WHERE: Dunwoody Campus of Georgia State University 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338

WHY: This family-friendly race is well organized, runner friendly, with refreshments and family activities following the run. You don’t have to be an athlete to participate, just someone who wants to make a difference!

REGISTER: Register online at lekotekga.org or call 404-633-3430.