Sunday, December 30, 2018

Random Dunwoody tidbits that have crossed my desk.

Have you met Speedy?  He is a free range tortoise at Petland near Walmart.

I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season, spending time with family, re-centering away from the daily grind in order to recharge your internal batteries.  I am doing the same but here are a few things that crossed my desk or items people have asked me about.

DeKalb Fire Job Fair - Jan 5th.

Grand opening of Chamblee's new favorite oddities shop Rainy Day Revival - Art show, Magic, Circus acts, Snake Lady, Aerial arts, Music, Food & Drinks - January 5th. Support the Arts!

Fox News Anchor & Dunwoody guy Bret Baier, Raps On Stage With The Sugarhill Gang but my favorite Dunwoody Rap star is still DHS class of 2015 grad Calvin Kennedy (Young PK) who at 16 with a few talented friends cut a rap album that is both fun and intellectually deep.  (Never Alone, Speed Limit, Nightmare & Bounce are all worth a listen.)

This warmed my heart for the Christmas Season.

Dunwoody High School is getting Lights - funded by community. Thank you!

Calling all Dunwoody Dads - Michael Wilensky to speak Jan 9th.

Time for me to try to lose a few pounds.

How fast can you solve a Rubik's Cube - Dunwoody competition is primer for worldwide fame!

New restaurants planned at Dunwoody's Crown Pointe (new Embassy Suites Hotel)

Another proposal to “redevelop and revitalize” Perimeter with a grocery store, restaurants and hotel?

Frustration after fake bomb threats target DeKalb schools.

The Heneghan family has been known to host a fire pit with the neighbors every once in in a while and the bride is overjoyed with our new Solo Stove fire pit for the driveway.

Dunwoody PD Daily Bulletin is always an interesting read.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service - Brook Run Park event planned.

Council okays 900 condos, offices in Perimeter - I voted against this development because I didn't believe it fit the needs of seniors or handicapped because of distance between residence and parking.

Everyone knows that Dunwoody Police Chief has served for ten years but do you read his Top Cop Leadership Blog?  I do.

A special thank you to the DeKalb County Sanitation crew that removed a large deer carcass on Christmas morning from the side of the road.  Your efforts were greatly appreciated as one little boy thought he looked a lot like Blitzen.

ALL-GIRL Boy Scouts of America Troop NOW Forming in Dunwoody, Georgia !

Dunwoody Girls between the ages of 11 and 17 who love outdoor adventure and want to be an awesome leader, here’s your chance! You can now officially join the Boy Scouts of America and enjoy the fun, achievements and adventures you’ve always heard about:

• Camping
• Hiking
• Backpacking
• Life Skills
• Outdoor Code
• Citizenship
• Confidence – Building
• Service to Others
• High Adventure Outings & Trips
• Leadership Training
• Become an Eagle Scout
...and MORE!

For More Info on the next parent meeting or to Join the Dunwoody’s first ALL-GIRL BSA Troop Contact: Karen Zeliff -

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Dunwoody / DeKalb school safety meeting Thursday night 6:30 pm at City Hall - scheduled to be streamed by Dunwoody PD on Facebook

The Dunwoody Police Department in cooperation with the DeKalb County School District Police and the DeKalb County School District will host a community meeting with parents and other interested individuals in the recent threats called into many of the schools located in Dunwoody. The meeting will take place on Thursday, December 20th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at City Hall at 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. There will be several presentations and an opportunity for questions afterward.

If you are unable to make it to City Hall on Thursday, the event will also be streamed on Facebook Live by the Dunwoody Police Department.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Huge Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday, includes Village Overlay Changes, Condo proposal, Arts Master Plan, New Trail, Brook Run Construction Plan

Monday, December 10, 2018
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Administration of Oath of Office to Officers Anthony Alexander and Matthew Carley

Recognition of Dunwoody Police Department Officer and Employee of the 3rd Quarter

Dunwoody Presentation on Motorized Scooters
    Bird Invasion: Atlanta’s electric scooters are fun, dangerous, exciting, annoying, and unstoppable
    Decatur considers response to ‘Bird’ swarm
    As regulation looms, Atlanta’s shareable scooters are becoming more accessible

Presentation of 3rd Quarter Internal Audit Report

Program Manager Update- Brook Run Park/ Shallowford Annex

Approval of a Contract for Design of Ashford Dunwoody Commuter Trail Phase II
     PCID Trail Master Plan

Resolution Authorizing a 9-1-1 Charge on Postpaid Wireline, Wireless, and Voice Over Internet Protocol (“V.O.I.P.”) Telephone Service

Amendment to Contract 15-13, Parks and Right of Way Maintenance

Resolution Appointing Members to Serve on the Dunwoody Development Authority

Resolution Appointing Members to Serve on the Dunwoody Sustainability Committee

Resolution Appointing a Member to Serve on the Dunwoody Volunteer Coordinating Committee

Resolution for Approval of 2019 Legislative Priorities

Amendment to Reeves and Young Contract for Brook Run Park Construction Management Services

CVBD 2019 Budget and Business Plan.

Adoption of Create Dunwoody Arts and Culture Master Plan

SECOND READ: RZ18-02: SLUP 18-02 David C. Kirk of Troutman Sanders LLP, Attorney for the Owner, on Behalf of Grubb Properties, Owner of a Portion of 41, 47, 53 Perimeter Center East, Dunwoody, GA 30346, Seeks to Rezone the Property Currently Zoned O-I (Office-Institution) District to a PC-2 (Perimeter Center) District.  Seeks a Special Land Use Permit to: A) Section 27-104(f)(2) to Permit a Development of Regional Impact; and B) Section 27-105b to Modify the Build-to-Zone of a General Building.

SECOND READ: Review and Consideration of Text Amendments Regarding the Dunwoody Village Overlay (Chapter 27)

Award RFP for Dunwoody Village Overlay Master Plan and Zoning

Monday, December 3, 2018

Holiday spinning class benefiting Dunwoody's Christmas for Kids on Sunday Dec 9th with prizes from Woodhouse Day Spa @dunwoodypolice

I am a huge fan of the Dunwoody Police Department’s Christmas for Kids Program and as a Member of the City Council, I have attended the private celebration where the areas under-privileged children and their families are treated to a festive celebration.  Santa and his magical elves arrive at the Christmas for Kids party complete with gifts and activities for the kids as well as snacks for the whole family.  The amount of pure Joy that is brought to these families is just unmeasurable and I hope your family will find a way to support the cause!

Besides giving gifts, you may be interested in joining me at a special fund raising ride for Christmas for Kids being hosted by Cyclebar Dunwoody.  On Sunday December 9th at 4:30, Cyclestar & Dunwoody Resident Paige Castor will be leading the heart pumping 45 minute ride, with special prizes & refreshments afterward from Woodhouse Day Spa.  If you have never tried spinning, at Cyclebar I highly recommend it as I'm a regular there and will be on bike 40 for this ride.

Join me. by registering for the ride by making a minimum $20 donation (every dollar goes to the DPD-CFK program), entering your shoe size (they provide the bike shoes) then arrive early enough to get your water bottle, find and adjust your bike so that Paige can rock your holiday world for the next 45 minutes.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

DeKalb offers free curbside bulk pick up this week for some in Dunwoody - see schedule below.

The regular sanitation day in my neighborhood is Tuesday therefore all of the big stuff will need to be on the curb this Thursday evening.   If you are looking to clean out and get rid of some big stuff you might want to review this information.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

City of Dunwoody, my personal look back at ten years since incorportation by Councilman John Heneghan.

Councilman John Heneghan

Today marks the Tenth anniversary of the creation of the City of Dunwoody and I have had the distinct privilege of serving on the City Council since the very beginning. Please allow me to give some personal perspective for those who are not aware of our history.

Many years ago I was President of the Dunwoody North Civic Association, looking for ways to improve the quality of life for 1,200 residents within the subdivision boundaries in which I live therefore I had an extensive history of dealing with DeKalb County (our local government) on various zoning, transportation, infrastructure issues as well as police coverage, therefore based on what I had seen with the County I thought we could do better. I was a supporter of breaking away from the county for municipal services, pro Cityhood and along with many other people, we successfully worked toward that goal to become our own city.

Incorporation was a multi-year political struggle down at the Capital with partisan gamesmanship being played on both sides, but in the end the residents wanting the right of self determination won out allowing the referendum to take place. That summer many people worked to support the vote. Then on July 15, 2008 the residents of Dunwoody went to the polls, putting their faith in the pro-cityhood leaders passing the referendum by 82%. On December 1st 2008, "Atlanta's Classic City" of Dunwoody was incorporated, we passed lean budgets yet started a world class police force from scratch just four months later by offering fair wages, good benefits and offering every police officer a take home vehicle on day one.

There are lots of great memories from those early days as I remember running for office and standing in front of Bruster's Ice Cream on hot summer nights talking to whomever would listen about cityhood while standing in the long lines. After being elected to a citywide, at-large position, most of the City Council was sworn in on September 24, 2008 but the District 2 local race eventually won by Adrian Bonser was to be determined by a runoff at a later date. Several days later, on September 28th the first meeting of the Dunwoody City Council was held at Dunwoody Methodist Church and here is that agenda. I remember the work being put in to determine the service delivery plan, the late nights work sessions making decisions which still stand today; those of us who were on Council will never forget those early days. Here are a few videos detailing those startup memories, here is Mayor Wright and some of the other members of Council telling stories of incorporation and start up that are not widely known.

If you watched some of those videos I linked in the previous paragraph you may have noticed that I personally wasn't front and center in any of them but know I was the guy documenting, compiling data and influencing decisions at every level. One insight I can share on incorporation was that the political partisanship at the Capital with the tit for tat, back and fourth, you vote for mine and I will vote for yours on important subjects that seemed to be decided solely on personal relationships literally turned my stomach. Though I enjoy observing and studying politics, seeing the highly political sausage being made up close and personal in hearing rooms, as well as watching the petty arguments on the floor of the chambers spreading Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt made me never to want to become a politician.

Luckily the City of Dunwoody is a non-partisan city council election whereby we the elected officials can concentrate solely on doing what is best for the city, providing improved services, upgraded quality of life and focus on spending our collective tax money on paving, parks and police. Ten years on the Dunwoody City Council and I can honestly tell you that from my perspective; political politics nor tit for tat, you scratch my back & I'll scratch yours has ever happened between council members, we are elected officials and not politicians - for that I am grateful.

In my ten years of service, I have had the pleasure of meeting thousands of people and had more conversations on topics of substance shaping this community than I could even fathom measuring.  Proud of the personal service I have provided individuals.  I’m extremely proud that I have preserved 10 years of city documents on my private servers that I make readily available to whoever is interested, proud that I started live streaming meetings before it was in vogue and proud that I have maintained this blog from the beginning. Since the initiation of cityhood, I have written over 3,700 blog posts providing the community (and various new outlets) with the same information that I receive as a City Council member so that you can help guide us on policy and important decisions. For the last ten years, I haven't wavered from my Philosophy on Public Service which is when I have the ability to make a difference, I have a responsibility to do so and second, transparency in Government breeds self-corrective behavior.

At times my little blog has allowed you the opportunity to peer deep into my soul, to see my personality, to meet my bride Kristin, my boys Riley, Gavin & Declan, my family, over time if you were paying attention you have seen what makes me click by learning what is important to me. As an introvert, this electronic forum has allowed me to do all of this from behind a keyboard, yet it has also made me extremely accessible when someone needs help on a city matter. Helping people and affecting positive changes within these 12 square miles are the two most rewarding aspects of serving on the City Council.

Serving the community in this capacity doesn’t always make City Council members popular as we are required to make tough policy choices, make budget decisions that have long term implications on personal safety & public welfare. I have had to interpret the zoning codes we put into place in ways that do not always make everyone happy. I have been forced to tell neighbors and friends that the traffic laws in place (like the no Left hand turn into my neighborhood that was in place before cityhood) are there for them to comply with. I was an advocate for the Brook Run Trail and the Dog Park when members of our community were dead set against such projects saying that we were ruining the beauty of our park. I was pro-backyard Chickens when the issue was first brought up in 2010 and people had strong opinions on both sides of the coop. As much as I wanted to save the Theater in Brook Run, the renovation and long term operating costs without a viable tenant were something I couldn't support. In short, at times we the elected officials are the local throat to choke when things don’t go as planned, city services are lacking (as are restaurants with roof top bars) or when people believe there should be a different outcome. When people are unhappy we hear about it in our email, as comments in various social media accounts and people are not bashful about calling our home phones as we are all readily available to anyone who wants to reach out.

Looking back at historical blog posts I have written, the priorities I set for my governance have worked for me personally and they helped us get started.   I believe the City of Dunwoody which started during a deep recession has been very successful in being good stewards of your tax money. We started slow and only worked with the cash on hand and have made numerous solid investments into the community, be it a new City Hall, land swaps with the County, improved sports fields, new parks, intersections or miles of paving. The Dunwoody Crier in this week’s edition highlighted the changes since incorporation and when comparing that data to an interview now Mayor Shortal gave after we passed our first budget; I would agree that we have kept our financial promises. We haven’t raised the tax rate and yet the services for paving, parks and police have all been raised dramatically since before incorporation.  The future of Dunwoody looks bright with numerous projects ready to move forward and I believe we are planted on firm ground moving forward.

Looking back at photos and videos of that era, it seems like much of this stuff happened just yesterday, yet I now see that all three of my little boys are all taller than their mother. Ten Years moves pretty fast - Happy Birthday Dunwoody; it has been an honor and a privilege.

To the citizens of Dunwoody, I thank you for allowing me to continue to serve this fine community.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

City of Dunwoody releases RFQ to update Dunwoody Village Master Plan

On November 5th, the Dunwoody City Council heard the first read of proposed Text Amendments Regarding the Dunwoody Village Overlay and upon hearing comments from Council it appears that the City has moved forward with a tweaked plan for the master plan update releasing this RFQ on Nov 11th.  The next scheduled City Council meeting is Monday December 10th.

"Over the course of its 50 year history, Dunwoody Village has existed as an auto-oriented commercial center. It’s placement around the major intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Chamblee Dunwoody Road have helped define the area as a civic center and “heart” of Dunwoody. In regards to character, the buildings in the Village take on a “colonial” style of architecture that are characterized by fairly steep roof pitches, brick siding, and divided light windows. While some residents and stakeholders have fallen in love with this character, many others have also recognized that changes are necessary to keep pace with time, updated architecture, business needs, and quality of life. At the same time, the regulations within the Dunwoody Village Overlay have created many challenges for applicants, as the review processes are sometimes lengthy, compliance measures are convoluted, and the design requirements are astoundingly restrictive.

Redeveloping the Dunwoody Village is viewed by most residents as one of the highest priorities for the City. This priority has become almost thematic as the City of Dunwoody continues the process of creating our Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Of the five (5) Character Areas noted in the municipal limits, the Dunwoody Village represents the historic crossroads of the city and is the area generating the most community-based interest. The Dunwoody Village evolved in the 1970’s as a neighborhood commercial center serving the surrounding residential communities with an assortment of niche restaurants, shops, offices, and services. As the Perimeter Mall area transformed into a regional activity center, a competing interest between these two divergent commercial nodes developed.

Where access to I-285 transformed the Perimeter Center into one of the most vital regional activity centers in the State of Georgia, the “ripple effect” of growth has not extended into the Dunwoody Village, despite its physically adjacent boundary. A Master Revitalization Plan to preserve the historical characteristics of this town center, further create community identity, and increase the desirability of redevelopment for the area will revitalize not only the Dunwoody Village but also the City of Dunwoody, as a whole.

The City envisions a pedestrian-friendly Dunwoody Village where families, young people, businesses and visitors can walk from one destination to the next. The Dunwoody Village will be a place for people of all ages. Featuring open spaces, retailers, residences, restaurants, office buildings, and venues for entertainment, the Dunwoody Village will build upon our strengths and challenge us to excel to realize our potential.

In July of 2018 the City hired an architecture and planning firm to develop a survey targeted at garnering public opinion about the Dunwoody Village. The survey had over 1,800 respondents. On August 23rd, City Staff and Historical concepts held a 5 hour design charrette, and approximately 175 people attended. The key take away from the public outreach process was that 85% of residents want to see a variety of architectural character in the Village that goes beyond the pre-1900 Mid-Atlantic American Colonial style that is currently specified in the code. In addition, 75% of respondents also indicated that the level of detail specified in the zoning ordinance was not necessary. Finally, many residents suggested the Village needs more public gathering spaces.

In response to the survey, the City of Dunwoody desires to update the 2011 Dunwoody Village Master Plan and regulations contained in Section 27-97 of the Zoning Ordinance. The Master Plan can be found online at and Chapter 27-97 of the zoning ordinance can be found here: Sec. 27.97._DVO, Dunwoody Village Overlay. The Plan and code updates should include the following elements:

1. A regulating plan that identifies existing and proposed Dunwoody Village street types. Each street type should include a well-connected grid like pattern, lane width dimensions, right of way, utility placement, street trees locations, and street lighting. Additionally, the selected design firm should offer frontage options for each street type that addresses street buffers, sidewalks, parking buffers, and public open space options. The firm selected should consider using design speed of vehicles, pedestrian cross times, block standards as well as curb-to-curb dimensions. On-street parking should be included where appropriate. Off-street parking and pin point locations for parking decks should be closely examined.

2. Well-designed and well-located civic spaces should be built in to the plan and written into the code. These civic spaces should include the acreage, the location, size, activity type and the general character of the civic space.

3. The building form standards shall establish specific physical parameters for building placement, building form, parking location and requirements, allowed encroachments, and allowed frontage type. Building Form should also address minimum/maximum building height, finished ground-floor finished level height and maximum building width/height.

4. The list of approved materials, the massing of buildings, transparency, façade composition, window and door details and roof types are all part of the architectural standards the City of Dunwoody wants to see included. The selected firm should examine the land use section of the underlying base code. Recommendations of the allowed and prohibited land use of the Village should be included.

5. As part of the Dunwoody Village overlay zoning chapter, the selected firm shall work with a sounding board and create a town architect process to review the design of new buildings, additions, and renovations proposed within the Village.

6. The design firm shall present the updates to the Dunwoody Village Master Plan and zoning to Planning Commission and City Council for adoption.

Upon a selection date from the City, the design firm shall complete the aforementioned items within a 9 to 12 month time frame"

Early voting available at Dunwoody Library, 10 Years & child internet safety presentation.

The Dunwoody Library is a DeKalb County early voting location for the runoff election this week running through Friday, November 30 at 7AM-7PM.

Dunwoody 10th Anniversary Celebration: Pernoshal Park, Saturday, December 1st 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 1st 2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of Dunwoody becoming a city. Please join us on Saturday, December 1st for Dunwoody’s 10th Anniversary Celebration at Pernoshal Park (4575 N. Shallowford Road, Dunwoody!) The celebration will include fun for the entire family, including a community bike ride, craft stations, giveaways, a photo booth, food trucks, and cider and hot cocoa. A number of esteemed community organizations will be on hand to help celebration to help celebrate this special anniversary. So come out and celebrate a decade with Dunwoody!


Friday December 7th, 3 pm @ Dunwoody Library

Online access for kids comes with risks, such as inappropriate content, cyberbullying and online predators.

Pre-Registration - Click Here

Saturday, November 17, 2018

City of Dunwoody calls Special Meeting to install Temporary Moratorium on Multi-Unit Buildings

Monday, November 19, 2018
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Resolution Establishing a Temporary Moratorium on the Acceptance of New Applications for Special Use Approval, Permitted Use Approval, or Building Permits for any Multi-Unit Buildings.


WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Dunwoody (“City Council”) are charged with the protection of the public health, safety and welfare; and

WHEREAS, in furtherance of carrying out its responsibilities the City, in conjunction with the DeKalb county fire department, has begun a review of its fire life safety ordinances; and

WHEREAS, the City and the fire department have agreed that public safety and welfare would be enhanced by certain revisions to the fire ordinances relating to multi-unit buildings; and

WHEREAS, the City and the fire marshal have begun reviewing the city’s fire ordinances and have identified additional measures related to multi-unit buildings and have continued researching additional potential amendments which would benefit public safety and welfare; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council believe a moratorium will allow the City the opportunity to continue the review of the current fire ordinances and upon completion adopt said changes.


Section 1. The Moratorium imposed herein incorporates the findings and statements set forth in the preceding “whereas” clauses and such clauses are made a part of this moratorium, and the aforesaid recitals are not mere recitals, but are material portions of this Resolution.

Section 2. This resolution becomes effective immediately upon adoption.
Section 3. From 11:30 a.m. on November 19, 2018, until 11:29 a.m. on May 18, 2019, notwithstanding any provisions of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Dunwoody, to the contrary, there shall be a complete moratorium on the City’s acceptance, processing and review of any new applications for special use approval, permitted use approval, or building permits for any multi-unit buildings within the City.

Section 4. During the moratorium neither the City nor any of its departments or staff shall accept, process or review new applications for special use approval, permitted use approval, or building permits for any multi-unit buildings within the City.

Section 5. This moratorium shall expire at 11:29 a.m. on May 18, 2019, and be of no further force and effect, unless shortened or extended by an official action of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Dunwoody
Section 6. The moratorium period adopted herein is deemed to be the appropriate minimum time for the development of such regulations without unduly diminishing the rights of individuals and property owners.

Section 7. This Resolution shall not apply to or otherwise affect completed applications duly filed prior to the effective date of this Resolution.

Section 8. The provisions of this Resolution are severable, and should any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or other portion of this Resolution, or its application to any person, entity or circumstance, be held by a court of competent jurisdiction to the be unconstitutional or invalid, the remainder of the Resolution, or application of the provision to other persons, entities or circumstances, shall not be affected.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Light up Dunwoody this Sunday at the Dunwoody Farmhouse - Mt. Vernon and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road

A Dunwoody Tradition and Holiday Event
Sunday, November 18,  2018; 3:00 to 5:45 pm
between the Cheek-Spruill House at the corner of Mt. Vernon and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and Dunwoody Animal Hospital

An annual community event to welcome the holiday season, Light up Dunwoody Holiday Village opens at 3:00 pm and concludes with the lighting of the tree and menorah at 5:45 pm. Vendors and sponsors will offer wonderful holiday treasures and refreshments!

Santa will be on the lawn of the Spruill Farm House with his sleigh, and live reindeer will be available for photo opportunities. Bring your own camera!

I was overjoyed when I heard that three local girl scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award were chosen to pull the switch to light the house. I have the pleasure of meeting several of these your ladies and I couldn't be happier for them and their families.

Kudos to Laura Lawson Duncan, Emily Schmitt, and Erica Holmes as well as any other Gold Award recipients who will be assisting with the honor.

Everyone is invited, and there is no cost to participate in this family-friendly event!

Dunwoody area high school football fans - get ready for St. Pius vs Marist playoff game.

I am a huge high school football fan and this weekend there isn't a better game in the metro area than the game this Friday evening where the higher seeded St. Pius X Golden Lions hosts the Marist War Eagles in the second round of the AAAA football playoffs.

Even though SPX shutout Marist 17 to 0 back in September, I consider these two teams very evenly matched for what should be a great game.   This last Friday in the first round of the playoffs, Marist beat up on Heritage a whopping 61 to 20 which shows their explosive scoring power and Pius stomped Cedartown 38 to 6 highlighting not only their scoring ability and also a defensive prowess that out-gamed Marist in their last meeting. 

The rain will be moving out and tickets are available in advance.  Maybe I will see you there?

Dunwoody North Civic Association, Christmas for Kids toy drive this Saturday

This Saturday from 2-4pm, Dunwoody North Civic Association will be holding our very first toy drive in support of Dunwoody Police Department's Christmas for Kids at the Dunwoody North Driving Clubhouse.

Hot cocoa and snacks will be served and a DPD officer will be onsite to share the cheer. DNCA representatives will also be accepting annual dues ($20 per year), assisting with registering for the DNCA online, and updating your contact information for our new neighborhood watch blasts.

We will be collecting and donating:

• new and unwrapped gifts for kids ages 2-15
• non-perishable food items and canned goods.

Please share this with a friend, stop by for a visit, and help us brighten the holidays for families in need!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

City of Dunwoody Names 11Alive’s Jennifer Leslie Boettcher as New Communications Director

When I heard the news, I literally said that I could not think of anybody better!

Dunwoody, GA – November 13, 2018 - The City of Dunwoody has named Jennifer Leslie Boettcher as the city’s new Communications Director. Jennifer was selected based on her extensive media experience and strong community connections.

“We are very pleased to have Jennifer as the City of Dunwoody Communications Director,” states City Manager Eric Linton. “Jennifer’s success as a news anchor makes her uniquely qualified to lead the city’s media relations and community engagement. She is well known around the community and strengthening this connection is that she is a Dunwoody resident.”

Jennifer’s name and face might be familiar. She spent 21 years as a reporter for 11Alive News in Atlanta, most recently as a member of the morning news team. She earned six Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Jennifer moved to Dunwoody 12 years ago with her husband Matt. They have two sons, Blake (12) and Bo (10).

“I’m so excited about this next chapter,” Jennifer said. “Dunwoody is such a special place. I love living here and look forward to sharing and shaping the story of this great city.”

Jennifer will lead the city’s media relations, community engagement and customer service efforts. She will work to keep the community informed and engaged through several means, including traditional and social media. She will also help organize and manage special events, finding new ways to share the exciting things happening in Dunwoody.

Jennifer enjoys volunteering at her sons’ schools, Dunwoody Elementary School and Peachtree Charter Middle School. She also spends time supporting the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Action Ministries, the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. Jennifer and her family are members of Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Together, they carve out time to travel and take in as many auto races as they can.

Before moving to the Atlanta area in 1998, Jennifer reported for NBC stations in West Palm Beach (WPTV), Knoxville (WBIR) and Beaumont, TX (KJAC). She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Santa's Fantastical is a family-friendly interactive wonderland which opens on the 16th in Dunwoody

Perimeter Pointe
1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy. Suite 300
(In the old Babies R Us store)
Atlanta, GA 30338
Santa's Fantastical is a family-friendly interactive wonderland of immersive worlds where the spirit of the season comes alive through live performances, state-of-the-art technology, and Instagram-worthy moments. Be the first to experience a Fantastical World.

As you stroll down Main Street, drop into Peppermint Palace, Unicorn Dreams, Retro Christmas, and Future Christmas. Live performances featuring our "Dancing Ornaments" will dazzle you with the magic of synchronized light, sound, and energetic dancers.

Want a more chill vibe? Head over to Winter Dreams and get lost in a sensory experience, curated to the coolest seasonal soundtrack by one of the world's top concert lighting designers - Atlanta's own Michael Smalley. The Frosted Foyer, Laser Trees, and Infinity Ornaments are sure to take your breath away.

Along Whimsical Way you'll find Santa's Chateau where it's FREE to see Santa. Watch your kids' animation dreams come true with Sketch-Tastic. Color in a character, scan it, and watch it come to life in Santa's virtual toy workshop. A slide down Ice Alive will delight the kid in all of us. And finally, Tacky Yard - our tribute to the great American overly-decorated suburban plot. You know that house...

Monday, November 12, 2018

"America is a Dream" by Stan Lee

Stan Lee of Marvel Comics fame passed away this week at 95 and besides Spider-man and many other comics, he published the following four panels in the November 2007 edition of Atlantic Magazine.   They touched me enough to share with all of you.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

City of Dunwoody Election breakdown by Precinct & Party for November 6, 2018 Election #gapol

As a political science geek who likes to look at the election numbers, demographics and trends, I believe the 2018 election was historic one for the City of Dunwoody as it identified a change of the electorate inside our boundaries whereby those who voted Democratic outnumbered those who voted Republican in most races.  With younger families moving into the area slowly replacing the original owners who bought in Dunwoody when this was considered the far out suburbs, along with the candidacy of Stacey Abrams energizing the Democratic base which drove record turnouts, a shift has occurred.  Though Stacey Abrams may not have won the Governorship, this democratic push carried many of those down the ballot to victory thereby changing the party affiliation in the State Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives from a Republicans representing Dunwoody to now Democratic representation.

I obtained my data from the DeKalb County Board of Elections excluding third party candidates and provisional ballots still in dispute, used the City of Dunwoody GIS system for the precinct maps, cross referencing it against the DeKalb Polling Places and input it into Excel for trend analysis.  At any point I may have completely screwed up the data but I believe it to be correct.

If there are flaws discovered please let me know in the comments but do me a favor, be kind as I do this stuff late at night after most people are long asleep.  Another favor, I welcome your analysis of the data and election but let's please keep all comments kind as we all are neighbors and all want what is best for our Country, State and community in general.  Thanks  John Heneghan

Thank you for your service!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Dunwoody United Methodist Church, Holiday Festival on Saturday has something for everyone. Santa, Crafts Fair, Kids Zone & lots of food options. @DUMCHolidayFest

Dunwoody United Methodist Church
1548 Mt. Vernon Road,
Dunwoody, GA. 30338

Santa is visiting the DUMC Holiday Festival. Be sure to RESERVE YOUR TIME TO VISIT SANTA from 8:00am - 2:00pm Saturday, November 10th

  • Click HERE to schedule an appointment (RECOMMENDED)
  • All children are invited and welcome to have their pictures taken with Santa
  • Appointments are scheduled in 5-minute increments throughout the day
  • Santa takes a lunch break from 11:00am - 11:30am
  • The sitting fee is $30 which includes a memory card with high-res images
  • This fee goes directly to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity & ReStore

Proceeds will fund our 29th Habitat House!


  • Pictures with SANTA ~ time slots are available from 8am - 2pm. Photos are $30. Some walk-ins available. Santa takes a lunch break from 11-11:30am. Click HERE to reserve your appointment with Santa
  • Kids Crafts - ages 3-8. SESSION I (8:30-10:00 and SESSION II (11:00-12:30). Walk-ins accepted & are $12 per child. LOCATION - in preschool rooms across from the Book Nook.
  • Kids Zone runs from 10-2 near the playground and on the sports fields. Tickets may be bought onsite for all activities and snacks. CFA cow and prize wheel at noon.


SHUTTLES: Run from our offsite parking at 100 Ashford Center North from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
PACKAGE CHECK: Located on the first floor near the gym.
ARTISANS: Approximately 120 artisans are located in the first floor gym and second floor Fellowship Hall.
CASSEROLES: Order downstairs near the gym and pick up upstairs.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Congratulations to Dunwoody's newest State Legislators - Mike Wilensky & Sally Harrell

The above numbers may not be final but by all accords it appears that the results will stand, therefore I believe congratulations are in order to Dunwoody's newest State Legislators - Mike Wilensky & Sally Harrell, I look forward to working closely with both of you on items that will be affecting this fine community.

Thank you State Senator Fran Millar and former Dunwoody Mayor Ken Wright for your many fine years of service as both of you have made great improvements to the community you have represented.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Dunwoody Police Christmas for Kids toy drive has started - toy bins located at City Hall.

The Dunwoody Police Department is excited to announce that their Christmas for Kids toy drive has started. Their goal this year bring a little Christmas joy to 100+ local children. New and unwrapped toys & gifts can be dropped off at the police department 24/7 (4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd). 

The goal is to have all the toys we need by December 7th - can you help?

Austin Elementary's Dunwoody Dash is scheduled for this Saturday

AUSTIN ELEMENTARY invites YOU to enjoy a morning of fun at their annual DUNWOODY DASH on November 3rd at 8:30AM.  Stay after the race to enjoy complimentary jump houses, obstacle courses, music, food and fun!
On-Line registration closed but walk ups are probably available. Click here for more info.
The Dunwoody Dash will start at Austin Elementary and run through local neighborhoods.  
  • Event: Austin Elementary’s Dunwoody Dash 5K Run, 1 Mile Fun Run and Tot Trot Fun Run
  • Event Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • Race Start Time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Dunwoody Dash Runner Entry Fee: $25 per person, includes a Race Day T-Shirt
  • Dunwoody Dash Family Sponsorship: All Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Sponsors ($1000 + donors) receive name recognition on shirts. *Option to add your name for a $100 additional donation to registration fees.
  • Optional Grub Grab: Spend $40 for a $50 Gift Card from a local restaurant.  Pick up Gift Cards the day you pick up your Race Bag. *Gift Cards quantities limited.  

Time is running out - register for the Dunwoody Dash today!

Dunwoody's Peachtree Charter Middle School announces “Discussions with Principal Davis” @DeKalbSchools

Greetings Patriot Parents, 

As part of my effort to better understand the needs of our parent and student community, I will be hosting a series of events called “Discussions with Davis.” 

These sessions will give our parents an opportunity to share with me directly what you think our school is doing well, as well as areas of concern we may need to address. I would ask that you please come out to the following events, which will be held in our Media Center. 

Please note that the earlier advertised November 6th meetings have been changed to November 8th 2018:  

Discussions with Davis
November 8th 2018 from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
November 8th 2018 from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Donnie R. Davis Jr., Ph.D.
Peachtree Charter Middle School  
(P) 678.676.7702
4664 North Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30338

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

City of Dunwoody and DeKalb County Reach EMS Service Agreement. @AMR_Social @DCFRpubaffairs @ItsInDeKalb

The City of Dunwoody has been working with CEO Michael Thurmond to improve countywide emergency ambulance service by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with DeKalb County.

“My main objective is to get Dunwoody citizens to the hospital on time and to make sure they receive an enhanced level of Emergency Medical Services. I have worked closely with DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond to come up with an agreement, and I look forward to presenting it to the City Council,” states Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal.

“The lives and safety of our citizens are our number one priority,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond. “Mayor Denis Shortal and I have worked cooperatively to ensure the highest level of countywide emergency ambulance service.”

The agreement contains the following key provisions:

            Defined response times: Defined response times for Advance Life Support calls will include a nine-minute or less, 90 percent response time for critical life threating calls and 15 minute or less, 90 percent response time for basic life support calls.

            Dedicated ambulances: Two ambulances are already stationed at Fire Stations 18 and 21 in the City of Dunwoody. A third will be posted at Fire Station 12. These units will be dedicated to the service areas of those fire stations which include Dunwoody and parts of Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville. The county will also add one additional ambulance unit during the peak hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday, to meet the needs required by the increased daytime population in the Perimeter Center area. The ambulances serving Dunwoody will be advanced life support units with at least one paramedic onboard.

            Technology upgrades: Ambulances stationed in Dunwoody will be equipped with upgraded technology, including: GPS capabilities, radio-frequency identification gate access and traffic signal preemption devices. The costs for the upgrades will be shared equally between the City of Dunwoody and DeKalb County.

            Greater collaboration: The cities within the DeKalb Municipal Association will have an opportunity to give input and review the county’s 2019 request for proposals for a new ambulance transport contract.

            Monthly reporting: DeKalb County will provide monthly reports to the City of Dunwoody that track ambulance response times.

The agreement will be effective for a one-year term and will automatically renew until a contract with a new ambulance provider containing the material terms of the agreement is signed. The Dunwoody City Council is scheduled to review and vote on the Memorandum of Understanding at the Monday, November 5th, City Council meeting. 

In an article in the AJC, Councilman Terry Nall who has been the champion of this issue looking for improvements stated that this agreement was a step in the right direction. However, “we still await implementation and have accountability and monitoring tasks we require of DeKalb County.”

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dunwoody's Best Neighborhood for Trick-or-Treating, Briers North off Tilly Mill - Wednesday 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Briers North Subdivision invites you and your children to visit and enjoy the yard decorations, costumes, and trick-or-treating!
  • The street opens to trick-or-treaters at 6:00 PM
  • Candy distribution begins at 6:00pm.
  • No admission after 8:30pm.
  • NO PETS are allowed. Please don't bring your pet as we hate to have to disappoint you by refusing admission. 
  • We close the subdivision to automobile traffic at 5:45pm and it does not reopen until 9:30pm.
  • There is NO parking inside Briers North. If you park outside, please do so legally.
  • Crossroads Church of Dunwoody at the corner of Tilly Mill & Peeler typically allows cars to park in their parking lot. If they do so again this year, please help them with a donation.
  • Trick-or-treating in Briers North on Halloween is AT YOUR OWN RISK. This is a public event on public streets and is NOT sponsored by any association or group. Briers North assumes no liability or responsibility for visitors.
Please make a donation on-line or at the entrance to help defray the cost!
Have fun, and thank you for visiting!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Dunwoody's favorite family friendly Haunted Farm Tour is Saturday from 3 to 9 pm.

Find spooky surprises and giggles around every corner, as Boy Scout Troop 477 brings Dunwoody’s historic Donaldson-Bannister Farm back to life for Halloween on Saturday, October 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the newly renovated Donaldson-Bannister Farm (corner of Chamblee-Dunwoody and Vermack Roads). 

This popular annual event, part of Dunwoody’s Apple Cider Days, will include a “ghost tour” that begins inside the restored farm house and continues through the gardens. Children will be challenged to discover the spell to send the ghosts home. The event also includes a field of games tailor made for kids of all ages, fun crafts and campfire s’mores. You can also enjoy a food court with soft drinks, yummy snacks, hot dogs, hamburgers and turkey legs! Costumes are encouraged. Don’t miss Dunwoody’s favorite Halloween tradition.

Hosted by Boy Scout Troop 477, this fun annual event raises money to provide scholarships for boys that couldn’t normally afford to participate in scouting.

“Last year we had more than 1,600 people come and enjoy the festivities,” said Barry Deutsch, Scoutmaster for Troop 477.  “And this year, we are expecting a bigger crowd, especially since people can see inside the farmhouse and all around the wonderfully updated grounds, so we will have even more food, more games and more fun.”

Plenty of free parking is available at Independence Square (corner of Chamblee Dunwoody at Peeler) with regular shuttle bus service. Additional parking will be available just down the street at the Vermack Swim Tennis center.

Boy Scout Troop 477 thanks its sponsors, including Smurti Corp. for supplying the food court.

Dunwoody's Saturday morning Farmers Market & evening movie hosted by B98.5 at Brook Run are aimed at Children.

Special treats for little one's and will someone please save me a Maple Bacon Donut? I'll be there at 9.

Visit the Dunwoody Farmers Market this Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.! The Dunwoody Farmers Market runs through October at Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road. Enjoy a variety of organic and locally grown produce, veggies, fruit, eggs, grass fed beef, pork, and free range chicken, fresh seafood, organic coffee, honey, jams, relishes, pasta and pesto, breads, gluten-free baked goods, cookies, ice cream, snacks and more!
This vibrant farmers market will contribute to the success of local farmers and businesses while serving as a gathering place for the Dunwoody community. With more than 40 vendors signed up for the 2018 season, this is North Atlanta's preeminent market.

Brook Run Park - 5:30 pm

The City of Dunwoody and B98.5 will host a special Halloween movie Featuring Disney's Coco on Saturday, October 27th at 5:30 p.m. at  Brook Run Park (Brook Run Event Field, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody.) The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Not Rated) will be shown prior to Coco. The movie will begin around 7:00 p.m.

IrishFest Atlanta kicks off this weekend at the Doubletree Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody Hotel. @irishfestatl

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Last Dunwoody Food Truck of the Season, Party Band & Costume Contest.

Scary Rain is probably staying away - so come join us!
The City of Dunwoody and Dunwoody Homeowners Association are hosting the annual ‘Truck-or-Treat’ event at the last Dunwoody Food Truck Thursday of the year! Come dressed up for Halloween, enjoy dinner and ‘Truck-or-Treating’ at Brook Run Park.

The Party ATL Band will also be performing (from 7pm to 9pm) on the lawn beyond the playground.

Attendees will be able to enter in a costume contest and winners will be announced at approximately 6:30 pm, prior to the Party ATL band going onstage. Prize baskets will be awarded this year in the categories of: Spookiest Costume, Most Original Costume, Superiest Hero Costume, Princiest Prince or Princess Costume and Best Group Costume for each age group (0-3 years old, 4-7 years old, 8-11 years old, 12-15 years old and 16+ years old.)

Dunwoody Truck-or-Treat Costume Contest Information and Rules:
Costume contest table will open at 5pm
Contestants must stop by the costume contest table to register (the table will be set up near the food trucks.)
Winners will be announced at approximately 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for: Spookiest Costume, Most Original Costume, Superiest Hero Costume, Princiest Prince or Princess Costume and Best Group Costume for each age group (0-3 years old, 4-7 years old, 8-11 years old, 12-15 years old and 16+ years old.)
Contestants can only enter one category
Costumes must be "family-friendly" with no realistic looking weapons
Registration will end promptly at 6:15 p.m.
Winner will be announced in the event field beyond the playground at 6:30 p.m.
City staff will vote on the winner in each category
Contestants must be present to win

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Dunwoody Homeowners Association Candidate Forum - Sunday Oct 21, 2018 - 2 pm at High School

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association welcomes the public to its annual Candidate Forum at the Dunwoody High School Auditorium on Sunday, October 21 at 2 PM.

The following candidates were invited from the following races to participate:

State Senate District 40: State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) and challenger Sally Harrell.

State House District 79: Mike Wilensky and Ken Wright

6th Congressional District: U.S. Rep. Karen Handel

Handel challenger, Democrat Lucy McBath, did not confirm her attendance with DHA officials, according to a press release.

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association is non-partisan and non-biased.

The DHA does not endorse any political party or candidate, but promotes an informed public opinion among our diverse citizenry. Final list of participating candidates will be posted closer to the event when their campaigns confirm.

Early voting at the Dunwoody Library started October 15th and will run for three weeks.

Over 6,000 people have voted at the Dunwoody Library in the last week.

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday Oct 22, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Briefing on Major Mobility Investment Program / Express Lanes on 285  (Tim Matthews, GDOT)

Resolution to Approve the 2019 Operating and Capital Budgets

Resolution Authorizing a Merit Increase for the City Clerk

Resolution Authorizing Fourth Amendment to the City Manager's Employment Contract

Award of Contract 18-05 Windwood Hollow Park Bathroom Construction

Award of Contract 18-03 Construction of Dunwoody Nature Center EcoClassroom

Approval of Brook Run Park Baseball Parking Lot Paving

Resolution Appointing Members to Serve on Sustainability Committee.

Approval of Contract with Ti Training to Purchase Firearms Simulator

SECOND READ: Ordinance Authorizing the Granting of a Temporary Easement to Twelve24 Office, LLC for a Crane Swing Easement

Resolution to Amend the 2018 Budget