Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Dunwoody Middle School Softball Player petitions City Council for better facilities & equality for girls softball.

Prior to Monday night's Dunwoody City Council meeting, I had the pleasure of speaking to Alyssa Rosenkoff, a Peachtree Middle School student and member of the highly successful initial season of the Junior Wildcats softball team who is advocating for improved facilities for girls softball. 

This Councilmember agrees with Alyssa and on December 6th an updated parks plan for the vacant Austin site will be released; hopefully, those plans will satisfy the inequities currently in place.

Dunwoody softball player advocates for better facilities by Sammie Purcell of the Dunwoody Reporter

Click the link or photo above for full article.

Dunwoody to hold parks master planning open house

Post Date:11/23/2021 2:49 p.m.

Dunwoody, GA – November 23, 2021 – Dunwoody’s Parks and Recreation team will hold an Open House at Dunwoody City Hall on Monday, Dec. 6, to share new draft plans for future parks on Roberts Drive (former Austin school site) and Vermack Road. Residents are invited to pop in anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. to review two updated concept plans and share feedback.

“This is the next step in our continuing effort to listen to the community’s desires for these two park properties,” said Dunwoody Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker. “We’re working toward creating final draft plans that meet the greatest needs we hear.”

This open house follows a parks pop-up held at the former Austin site in October. Two concept plans for each park were presented during that event and posted online. Parks staff and design consultants working for the City listened to feedback about the plans and used it to create one new draft plan for each park.

“We started with a public input survey with 1,400 responses, then a pop-up, and now we’re meeting again to fine-tune the conversation,” Walker added. He noted that the plans will be available online on the parks project page after the meeting.

In the meantime, the former Austin site is now open as a passive park. The demolition of the former Austin Elementary building is complete, and new sod has been planted. Two small playgrounds on the site are also open after undergoing safety improvements. As with all City parks, furry friends are welcome but must remain on a leash. 

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For more information regarding the City of Dunwoody, please contact Jennifer Boettcher, Communications Director: 678.382.6881, Jennifer.Boettcher@dunwoodyga.gov.

Thursday Night Football under the Lights of Dunwoody High School, come watch the talented ladies of DHS Flag Football at 5:30 pm

The Wildcat ladies of Dunwoody High School Flag Football are set to host Greenbrier on Thursday (Dec. 2) at the Dunwoody High field. Start time is 5:30 pm! Let's go Wildcats!

I'm told if they win Thursday, these talented ladies will be next playing in Mercedes Stadium for a State Championship.

These Ladies have that Wildcat Pride!!


 

City of Dunwoody is partnering with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. to organize holiday food drive. @JackandJillInc @MalachisStoreh1 @CACgeorgia



The City of Dunwoody is partnering with the Dunwoody-Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. to organize the “Souper Bowl of Caring” food drive. The goal is to collect 55,000 pounds of food for the Community Assistance Center and Malachi’s Storehouse from December 1 through January 17, 2022. 

Nonperishable food collected during the drive will be donated to Malachi’s Storehouse and the Community Assistance Center. Collection bins for food donations will be set up at the Brook Run Park playground during Holiday Lights on Dec. 1.

Bins will also be available until Jan. 17 in these locations:

  1. Spruill Center for the Arts lobby near Stage Door Theater, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
  2. Porter Brew & Que, 5486 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in the Shops of Dunwoody
  3. SOHO Office: Printing, Shipping & Business Services Store, 2090 Dunwoody Club Drive #106 in the Orchard Park Shopping Center

Donation bin hours and additional bin locations are listed online: www.dunwoodyga.gov/mlkday. This website will also include information about service projects for Dunwoody’s MLK, Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 17, 2022. More details will be released in December.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Meandering random items from Dunwoody, Georgia that crosses Councilman John Heneghan's desk

As new residents move into our fair town they notice little mementos and dedications made to people of our past whom they may never have heard about, but was probably someone who contributed something worth celebrating and remembering. This weekend I saw the new huge floral mural that adorns the vacant wall in front (side) of the small office strip on Nandina (think Moondog Growlers / Ernie's Barber Shop and former home of the Dunwoody Crier) that was created in the memory of Joyce Amacher, a community activist and a Dunwoody historic preservationist who had a passion for flowers while being a master floral designer. The large mural (above is just a tiny snip-it) is fitting for Joyce and is a beautiful tribute to one of the ladies who gave us Lemonade Days, so please go check out the mural and read about Joyce for yourself.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday as my family stayed local with all our boys home. I enjoyed the Light Up Event hosted by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association where Santa arrived via a fire truck and DHS Principal Tom Bass whipped the crowd up into a frenzy. 

Advent begins today. Hanukkah begins today. I love the years when this happens. Let's spread light and goodness all over the place. Blessed Advent & Hanukkah to all my friends who celebrate the season by bringing light to the darkness.


In case you are not aware, there is a public menorah lighting on Tuesday in the Village at the Bar(n). 


State Representative Mike Wilensky shared some history of Hanukkah on his Facebook page that is worth reading and another wonderful piece worth reading on Jewish / Christian culture with a historical perspective of anti-Semitism and what is being done locally at Marist High School to fight such bigotry can be found in the Dunwoody Reporter by Carol Niemi.

Hey Boy Mom's, did your kid play baseball through his High School years?  Do you have a bin in the basement of old equipment, gloves, helmets and catcher gear that you would like to get rid of?  Please donate that High School sized baseball equipment in support of an Eagle Scout Project assisting a needy high school in Kentucky.  Click here for details and first drop off is Saturday December 4th

School Safety - If you have ever traveled though the Dunwoody North Neighborhood during afternoon release time towards Peachtree Middle School; you've probably witnessed numerous vehicles parked on Kings Point Drive and Ellisbury.  Well after numerous complaints of drivers, parents and walkers alike, the Dunwoody Police Department agrees that a safety issue exists and has recommended to Dunwoody Public Works that afternoon no parking signs be erected. Coming soon?

The Dunwoody Girls Softball players have requested equity in sports facilities and in the last drawings it looked like we were moving in the right direction. Next week we will see the updated drawings to see if those amenities were scoped with the proper dimensions for want is needed, will be proposed as appropriate for both the community at large as well as the local neighborhood. 

One proposal (may have changed?)

Dunwoody’s Parks and Recreation team will hold an Open House at Dunwoody City Hall on Monday, Dec. 6, to share new draft plans for future parks on Roberts Drive (former Austin school site) and Vermack Road. Residents are invited to pop in anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. to review two updated concept plans and share feedback. 


Holiday Lights are BACK at Brook Run Park starting Wednesday December 1st!  This year's theme: Hollywood Holidays where you can enjoy sets from Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story at Brook Run Park. Join us Wednesday, December 1 for the lighting ceremony from 5-8pm, complete with hot cocoa and character appearances. Lights turn on at 6pm!

Tis the season to be generous for those in need.  Dunwoody Parks & Recreation and the Dunwoody-Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. will be collecting food for Malachi’s Storehouse and the Community Assistance Center.  The Dunwoody Police Department is collecting new unwrapped toys until December 10th for their Christmas for Kids program and will then distribute the toys and boxed meals to Dunwoody families in need.  Cash donations for CFK are also welcome, see here for more Christmas for Kids details.  

Are you a Dunwoody High School Family who would like to make a positive impact within the school?  A couple of weeks ago the Dunwoody DHS Dads built a few picnic tables to add to the outdoor dining experience and this month the DHS families are collecting financial funds to do three specific tasks:

  • Family Holiday Gifts & Support – With the help and recommendations of coaches, counselors, and staff we have the privilege to support multiple families at DHS this time of year in need.  We present each family with a surprise financial gift by the first or second week of December. (Last year I was privileged to be able to assist with the in person financial distributions and I can tell you this effort was life changing for the families involved!)
  • Custodian Appreciation Gifts – It takes a full team to keep DHS running and clean, and each year give each custodian staff member a gift card of appreciation also at the first of the December.
  • Waffle House Staff Breakfast – Some time after Thanksgiving Break, we provide and serve breakfast to all the school staff in the Gym Lobby.  It’s a great way to meet the wonderful team at DHS, and also feed the students that stroll in really early!

Would you consider contributing by 11/30/21, no matter the size, and help in making 2021 the best year ever for our Dunwoody families and staff? You can contribute two ways: (1) Venmo – “@DHS-DADS” (2) PayPal – dunwoodyhighdads@gmail.com.

Redistricting looks to be completed except for maybe the Governors Signature with the big change locally being that Dunwoody is now completely in the fourth Congressional District instead of the sixth whereby we may be represented by Hank Johnson instead of Lucy McBath.  In the Georgia House of Representatives, the Perimeter Mall Area and a few neighborhoods were split away from the 80th District (Rep Mike Wilinski) and into the 52nd District currently held by Shea Roberts. In the Georgia State Senate Map there was no major change for us as the 40th Senate District currently held by Sally Harrell is completely covering Dunwoody. 

GDOT Update on Top End I-285 Projects (Tim Matthews, GDOT)

City Manager's Report (Eric Linton) Very Interesting read - policing is hard work & note license plate reader activity.

Tomorrow, I am briefed on the Dunwoody Nature Center Master Plan Update and City Council will discuss at 4:30 at a special meeting of the Facilities Authority - Zoom Link

I'm not a runner (bad knees from an old ballet injury) but I see that a lot of people are interested in the Jingle Bell Run happening at Brook Run Park on Saturday December 11th to fund raise for conquering Arthritis.   Info here.

Have you been to Stage Door lately, it's time for me to go and it may be something you want to put on your calendar too.   Like restaurants, our Arts Community needs our support if we want them to be successful.  A Christmas Carol -  It’s Christmas Eve 1850, and the melancholy Scrooge finds himself alone at home when he sees before him the ghost of Jacob Marley, his long-time friend and business partner who died seven years earlier. Marley warns Scrooge that he will repent, even in death, for all the suffering he has caused others, and he has only one chance to escape his fate.

It’s that time of year between Thanksgiving & Christmas where I kick my own ass to lose a few lbs via reasonable calorie intake, regular CycleBar visits, a three day Press Blend Squeeze juice cleanse halfway through & DietBet to be accountable to myself.

If you ever want to look up City of Dunwoody ordinances, they are easily found on Municode.

On a Saturday morning last week, I drove by City Hall and had the biggest smile on my face as I saw a very pregnant & glowing young lady, a scared looking first time Dad and a very confident Dunwoody Police Officer installing a child safety seat into a vehicle that will soon have a regular third passenger.  Isn't it awesome that we provide that personal service!

I live on a heavily wooded lot and over the break I did something I really didn't want to do and that was to remove a fallen tree, several dying trees and several oaks that were heavily leaning towards my power lines & mailbox. I received four quotes but the best was from Griffin Tree Services who I had used in the past & trusted. Very professional from all aspects including dealing with Georgia Power to drop the lines, fast efficient work done safely and a yard clean up that puts my normal clean up crew (me & boys) to shame. I highly recommend Griffin Tree Services, 404-234-4810.

Now I need to replant with some fall color in mind.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Dunwoody City Council agenda for Monday November 29th.

DUNWOODY CITY COUNCIL MEETING
November 29, 2021
6:00 PM – DUNWOODY CITY HALL
4800 ASHFORD DUNWOODY ROAD
DUNWOODY, GA 30338
 
Observe & listen via Zoom - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88915265429

Agenda - City Site Agenda

Invocation

PUBLIC COMMENT - in person only now that COVID-19 special operation rules are not in place.  Come make your public comment at City Hall.

GDOT Update on Top End I-285 Projects (Tim Matthews, GDOT)

City Manager's Report (Eric Linton) Very Interesting read - policing is hard work & note license plate reader activity.

Resolution Appointing a Member to Serve on the Dunwoody Audit Committee

Resolution Appointment Members to Serve on the Dunwoody Art Commission

Resolution Appointing a Member to Serve on the Urban Redevelopment Agency

Resolution Authorizing a Performance Increase for the City Clerk

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

Resolution of Commitment to Provide Local Matching Funds on Transportation Projects Receiving Federal Funding Through the Regional Transportation Improvement Program

SECOND READ: Ordinance to Increase Insurance Company Fees Based on Population Estimates

Contract Approval for the Brook Run Park Lighting Project with Georgia Power

Authorization to Enter into Electrical Vehicle Post Installation and Operations Contracts

Approval of a Contract with Blount Construction for Spalding Rd Stormwater Improvements

Resolution Authorizing Acceptance of Opioid Settlement National Class Action Lawsuit

Contract Approval for VOIP Hosted Phone Solution

Friday, November 19, 2021

Light up Dunwoody Community Event - Sunday Nov 21st - 5 pm

When: November 21, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Cheek Spruill Farmhouse 5455 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA

Cost:  Free 
 
Live Reindeer & Sleigh for Photos
Crafts & Refreshments
Carolers
Performance by Dan & Company
Santa's Special Arrival
Lights go on the Tree, Menorah & House.