Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Proposed 2019 City of Dunwoody Budget has been released by Mayor Denis Shortal

Every Atlanta area kid should experience the Dragoncon Parade at least once.

For many years I have escorted my sons and their friends downtown on Marta to watch the Dragon*Con Parade. If you are not aware of Dragon*Con it is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the US.   This year 65,000 people are expected to attend.

Here is a link to some video I shot of the parade back in 2009 which will only give you a small taste of what we have experienced. Trust me that this is quite an experience and my kids would enjoy it every year.

Saturday, September 1st @ 10 am
Peachtree Rd downtown
directly above the Peachtree Center Marta Station

The AJC wrote a nice generic article giving tips on how to attend, but as a parade regular I am about to share my closely held secret location and directions of attending the Dragoncon Parade in style...

Take Marta to Peachtree Center, exit at the south side of the station (towards the back of the train) and then once through the fare gates head to the right towards escalators heading towards the Peachtree Center Food Court.  Walk into and though the food court walking past Farmers Basket, Chick-fil-A, Au Bon Pain, Bistro 7,  Caribou Coffee and then finally straight past Aviva by Kameel.    Note there are public bathrooms across from Aviva on your right and then there is a set of steps past Aviva to the left that will take you down to the corner of Peachtree Center and Harris (now called John Portman).

Once you have made it down to Peachtree Center street, I recommend turning right and setting up your chairs in the driveway to the building and under the walkway overhead as the driveway will be closed once the parade starts and the walkway provides a little cover if it is drizzling.  This location is the end of the parade route and the first walkers should be showing up about 10:30 but I recommend getting there by 9:30 or 10 at the latest to set up your chairs as the crowds on Peachtree Road will be heavy and they may spill over to this hidden location a half block away.

This location has easy access to both public bathrooms and decent coffee!  After the parade, the food court will be packed and the kids may be hungry therefore instead of Chick-fil-A; I highly recommend the chicken fingers at Farmers Basket directly across the hall and top it off with a little mac & cheese as both are little kids favorites.  The line there will be almost non-existent compared to Chick-fil-A and your kids will be eating 3 minutes later.

Honestly this is a fun family excursion, especially for the kids but even my wife enjoyed it.
I highly recommend this event.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Dunwoody's Fall Fitness Program with Rep It Up Fitness features a six week Boot Camp at Brook Run - free introductory session on Saturday.

Interested in trying a new work out routine?  Dunwoody resident Rachel Kline of Rep It Up! Fitness is partnering with the City of Dunwoody to offer free introductory workouts this Saturday at Brook Run Park.   Click on the link below then go to the programs section of the page to reserve your spot for Saturday then sign up to make it a healthy habit with on going classes.

Sign up here.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

West Nile Virus found in Dunwoody area mosquitos. Please take precautions.

A mosquito collection from a DeKalb County Board of Health's sampling station which is located in your area has been reported as positive for West Nile virus (WNV). 

While most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms or experience mild flu-like symptoms, the virus potentially can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness. The chance that any one person is going to become ill from a single mosquito bite is low. The risk of severe illness and death is highest for people over 50 years old, although people of all ages can become ill. 

 The easiest and best way to avoid West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites. While the potential for WNV transmission exists throughout the metro area, this WNV positive collection does indicate a higher risk at this time in your area. Please remember to use the following precautions and remind your neighbors, friends and coworkers to do the same.

 • Apply insect repellent. DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective repellents recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, please see:

 • When possible, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks. Clothing may also be treated with permethrin.

 • Use extra care when mosquitoes are most active, particularly at dusk and dawn. 

The DeKalb County Board of Health is aggressively working to prevent West Nile virus transmission. Program technicians are providing additional mosquito control services including applying larvicide and investigating for mosquito breeding sites. The larvicide product, metheprene, will keep mosquito larvae from developing into flying biting insects. 

Along with the larvicide treatment, it is important to eliminate any containers and other removable breeding sites which may hold water for five or more days. Some items such as bird baths can be dumped and rinsed twice a week, but do need continual attention. Also, gutters should be cleaned and checked to make sure they drain properly. 

For more information about West Nile virus, refer to the following web sites: • 

Contact the Division of Environmental Health (404-508-7900) with any questions or concerns on this matter.

Dunwoody City Council Meeting for Monday August 27th

Monday, August 27th
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Administration of Oath of Office to Officer Matthew Webb

Proclamation - Dunwoody Fine Art Month

Presentation by Dunwoody Senior Baseball   (Is over scheduling limiting local use?)

Update on the delay of Austin Elementary School (Daniel Drake)

Resolution Authorizing 9-1-1 Charge on Prepaid Wireless Telephone Service

Approval of an Agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for Design of a Multiuse Path on Ashford Dunwoody Road

Updated City Event Co-Sponsorship Rules and Guidelines

FIRST READ: Ordinance to Amend the Purchasing Policy

Friday, August 24, 2018

Free outdoor showing of the "The Incredibles" - Saturday night at Dunwoody Donaldson-Bannister Farm

4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338

Atlanta JCC is hosting a festival for the community on Sunday to kick off a year long build up to the Maccabi Games

Sunday, August 26, 2016 from 3:00-6:00 pm 
The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, is hosting an open community family festival on Sunday to kick off a year long celebration leading off to a large scale Olympic games that will be hosted on the site.

The Official Torch Lighting
Atlanta Sports Include:
o Braves: Tomahawk Team, Heavy Hitters Drumline, ATL Breakers Dance Team
o Falcons Cheerleaders
o Hawks Flight Team, and Hawks-mobile with Pop-shot

Jumptastics Inflatables - 60’ Obstacle course, 2-person bungee run, Sports moon bounce

Activities for the athletes and their families - Rock wall, Gaga pit, Dizzy Bat Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Kan Jam, Volleyball, Pool

Atlanta Gaming Truck

Button It Up – photo booth

Food Options - King of Pops, Keith’s Corner BBQ, A Kosher Touch, Georgia Snacks, Yogli Mogli

Music with Atlanta Fever’s DJ Mello

WHERE:  678.812.4000.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Redevelopment opportunities discussed for the Southeast side of the City of Dunwoody.

This evening there was a presentation on the financial market forces affecting future re-development of the aging apartment complexes on the Southeast side of Dunwoody along Peachtree Industrial Blvd and abutting 285 at North Peachtree Road.  There was also a list of suggested improvements for the meeting attendees to vote upon which ranged from redeveloping the Winters Chapel area, adding mixed use to some apartment complexes, having public trails added through the large apartment complexes and other sidewalk and beautification suggestions.  Some of these ideas might sound great but know that the landowners have full control as to when they want to redevelop and where the trails will be allowed, therefore based on the current profitability of the apartments and the rate of return, the expectations are that change to these large parcels will be slow in coming.  That being said, these meetings are setting the stage for an action plan when redevelopment is eventually proposed.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

BSA Troop 477 to Host Open House events for Prospective Scouts

If you know a boy who enjoys outdoor adventures with friends and acquiring fun skills, Boy Scout Troop 477 is the place for him.  

Troop 477 is having two “open house” events for interested boys:

1. Climbing at Stone Summit on August 25, 6:00 to 10:00pm. Dinner provided and we’ll have the place to ourselves after 8:00pm. Cost is $25.

2. Braves game the evening of September 15. The Scouts of Troop 477 will lead the crowd in the pledge of allegiance from the field. General Admission Ticket is $10, plus food/drink.  

In addition, visitors are welcome every Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:45pm when the Troop meets at its Scout Hut (which is accessible from the Kingswood United Methodist Church parking area near the gym).

About Boy Scout Troop 477

Every Tuesday at 7:30pm, Troop 477 meets at Kingswood United Methodist Church Scout Hut located at 5015 Tilly Mill Road Dunwoody, Georgia 30338.

BSA's Boy Scouts program is available to every young man age 11 through 17 and enables them to develop moral character traits and leadership capability. Scouting helps encourages boys to be active outdoors as they develop into a well-rounded young men. Troop 477 encourages its scouts to have meaningful interactions by:
  • Offering positive, safe learning environment, where experienced Scouts lead younger scouts in teamwork and operate an organization with 20+ positions.
  • Camping opportunities with 25+ days of fun outdoor activities per year!
  • Serving our community with over 1,000 hours of service in the last 3 years.
  • Supportive adults apply over 250 years of combined Scouting experience.
  • Learning life skills for future success, we emphasize the National Youth Leadership Training program. Our youth are prepared to operate Troop 477.
  • Achieving the Eagle Scout rank, with 23 Scouts earning Eagle since 2015!
Are you ready for your son to have the adventure of a lifetime?

Please contact our Scoutmaster, Barry Deutsch at to be contacted personally and receive more information.

Dunwoody's Eric Letbetter needs a little help to push someone across the line at the Marine Corps Marathon @WalkingwithKP @Marine_Marathon #togetherwewheel
Where There's a Wheel, There's a Way

We all live extremely busy lives with the pressures of everyday life all around us, yet I see examples charity and love from people all around me who are willing to do more for those who have extreme struggles or are less fortunate.   Eric Letbetter is one of those people willing to do more and this is his story therefore I thought it and the Atlanta based Kyle Pease Foundation stories needed to be told.  

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Dunwoody Butterfly Festival is Today - a don't miss children's event!

25th Annual Butterfly Festival
Saturday, August 11th
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Address: 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody, Georgia 30338
The Dunwoody Nature Center's annual Butterfly Festival is Saturday, August 11th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This year’s festival will take place on the 22-acre campus of the Nature Center and will again feature three butterfly tents that will enable guests to have a longer, less crowded experience surrounded by hundreds of live butterflies in each tent. In addition to the three butterfly tents, guests will be entertained all day with games, crafts, animal encounters and discovery stations throughout the park. Guests can participate in a nature scavenger hunt and find hidden treasures within Dunwoody Park; get their faces painted like a butterfly; and enjoy live music, a birds of prey show, and other entertainment all day long. On-site concessions will ensure guests stay well-fed, and the festival’s signature “larval lemonade,” along with other ice cold treats, will keep everyone happy and cool during the day.
Tickets the day of the festival are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Capacity for the butterfly tents is limited and once all of the entry times for the tents are allotted, admission will be for the festival grounds only.
Off-site shuttle service will be regularly available throughout the day to bring guests to the park; and staggered, timed entry to the butterfly tent will keep lines moving. As always, this year’s festival will also feature a special sneak preview and early admission for members only beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday August 13th

Monday, August 13th
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Presentation of 2017 Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

Recognition of Dunwoody Police Department Officer and Employee of the 2nd Quarter

Presentation of YTD Financial Report as of 6-30-2018

SECOND READ: Text Amendment to Chapter 2: Planning Commission

Approval of Intergovernmental Agreement with Peachtree Corners for Dunwoody Club Sidewalk Construction

Funding Approval for Dunwoody Club Sidewalk Construction from Whitney Landing to Winters Chapel Road

Funding Approval for Stormwater Repairs at 1180 Wynterhall Lane,  1575 Womack Road, and 5015 Chestnut Forest Lane

Update on 2019 Budget Process & Pike Memo of July 23

Revised City Co-Sponsorship Rules and Guidelines

2018 Facility Improvement Partnership Program Awards

Friday, August 10, 2018

Dunwoody - Walk with a Doc in Brook Run Park - Saturday 9 am

The City of Dunwoody and program partner Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital are providing community members with a chance to take active steps toward better health through the new Walk with a Doc program.

The FREE Walk with a Doc event takes place on the SECOND SATURDAY of each month at Brook Run Park (4770 N. Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody) on the front field, opposite the playground from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Pre-registration is not required.

The program is focused on getting participants active in a Dunwoody park while conferring with a healthcare professional host who can provide support to walkers and answer questions during the walk. Healthy snacks, coffee and blood pressure checks are also a standard part of Dunwoody’s Walk with a Doc walking program.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Dunwoody residents requested to make an investment that will impact generations - please help if you are able.

I was at Dunwoody High School on Tuesday Night at 8 pm to pick up my 7th grader who had football practice with the Dunwoody Junior Wildcats and whom do I see working long after the Varsity team had gone home but Head Football Coach Mike Nash; there he was organizing a shed now being used by more sports teams than ever anticipated.  We chatted for awhile about football but the conversation quickly turned to school system and the dire needs of the Dunwoody High School Sports facilities due to overcrowding.

He explained that Dunwoody High is bursting from the seams with more and more students and though new trailers are being brought in and someday class rooms might be built, the sports fields and facilities are not expanding therefore all programs are suffering.   My friend and neighbor Carol Gaultney submitted a letter to The Crier this week that is worth reading and I fully agree that the goal of having a lit multi-use field at Dunwoody High School is now a necessity for the students to maximize field use therefore the ask is for all Dunwoody area residents to assist in funding this amenity if you are able.

Kristin & I made our donation and I hope you would join us.  Thanks.

August 5, 2018

I write this on Back-to-School eve for DeKalb County students.
Dunwoody High School needs the help of our community.  Last week I saw a Facebook post and was reminded again today in the PTSO email of the need to better DHS’ multi-use sports (track & field, football, girls & boys lacrosse, boys & girls soccer and marching band) field. If you haven’t seen the recent improvements behind the school, you should take a look. The track looks great and beautiful bleachers have been added. Through successful fundraising of hundreds of thousand dollars through DHS’ Game On campaign, these additions and more were paid for by Dunwoody families and very generous contributors. The improvements are exciting to say the least in a school system that doesn’t fund the improvement of sports fields.

The ultimate plan for the multi-use field calls for the installation of neighborhood friendly LED lights. With the addition of the lights, extra practice time can accommodate: DHS sports practice space without requiring teams to find other practice sites off campus; some home JV football, soccer and lacrosse games can be held at the typical early evening time and not called for darkness or moved to the very large and expensive North DeKalb Stadium. Dunwoody High School will become one of the few –if not only- public high school in DeKalb that has their very own lighted field!
An existing quote for the expense of lighting the field expires at the beginning of September. Currently funds have been raised for all but 25% of the lighting expense equaling $80,000. The timing is not great to ask for money, we all know that back-to-school means all sorts of surprise expenses for families, but I would like to call on the citizens of our great little city to help. If we all give a little, we can collectively raise a lot!

The lighting project potentially benefits every child in the city of Dunwoody. At some point in their life whether they attend Dunwoody High School or not, they could find themselves at an activity on the field. It could be as a DHS fan or athlete playing one of the sports mentioned before, a sports camp, rec team practice, marching band event, or as a fan /member of an opposing team. With lighting, possibilities are open to approved community events when the field is not in use.
According to Wikipedia there are 6000 family dwellings in Dunwoody. If even half of those families were to give a minimum of $30 to the lighting fund, the goal of $80,000 would be easily obtained. If you live in Dunwoody, you have a stake in the high school community; the more desirable our high school is the higher property values will climb!
  • If you are a Dunwoody HS family, please eek $30 out of your budget over the next month and give to this need.
  • If you have pre-school to middle age students that will attend DHS one day, please, invest in the future of the DHS by giving $30.
  • If your child attends private school, if you are an empty nester, or don’t have children please don’t pass on this opportunity to boost your local high school and make it shine…the small investment of $30 could help grow your neighborhood property values.
You can donate by visiting and search for ‘Dunwoody High Athletic Lighting’. Funds need to be raised by September 5, less than a month.
Thanks much for taking time to listen,
Carol Gaultney

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

What do you envision for the Dunwoody Village area? Please take the Dunwoody Village Overlay Survey to have your voice heard.

The City of Dunwoody is conducting a survey on the Dunwoody Village Overlay to get input on the future of this area. The survey can be taken anytime online through the end of the day Sunday, August 19th. Results of the survey will be presented at a community meeting taking place on Saturday, August 25th where participants may come and go any time between 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Vintage Pizzeria in the Shops of Dunwoody (5510 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338.) This input will be included in the presentation delivered at an upcoming City Council meeting.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Foodstock 2018 - Dunwoody please register the family to wear a silly hair net and help feed thousands of people!

I have participated in numerous Stop Hunger Now events in various Dunwoody churches and it is always a rewarding family event that fosters teamwork and shares the joy of working together for a great cause with your fellow participants (including your children).   Dunwoody United Methodist Church will be hosting a huge community event on Saturday whereby 300,000 meals will be assembled over a 10 hour period and they need more community volunteers to sign up.   Please note: The Dunwoody Butterfly Festival is also taking place on Saturday from 10 am till 4 pm so please find time for both events if you can.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Brookhaven & Dunwoody Police host National Night Out - Kid Friendly event at Perimeter Mall - Tuesday Aug 7th 6 to 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, the Brookhaven Police Department and the Dunwoody Police Department will host the 35th Annual National Night Out (NNO) event. This community event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Perimeter Mall, located at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody.

Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

This year, the two hosting Police Departments will have patrol cars, SWAT vehicles and other specialty vehicles on display. The DeKalb County Fire/Rescue Department will also have fire trucks and other pieces of equipment on display. Police Officers, Fire/Rescue personnel and ChatComm 9-1-1 personnel will be on hand to answer any questions related to vehicles, personnel or public safety operations.

In addition to public safety organizations, many local businesses and community groups will have display booths set up. Music and entertainment will be provided, along with free food and drinks donated by many local stores and members of the community.

For more information about the 2018 National Night Out event, please contact the Dunwoody Police Department’s Community Outreach Officer, Mark Stevens, at 678.382.6917 or at

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.