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Code Enforcement Task Force to Meet, tonight

Today, Oct. 19, the DeKalb County Code Enforcement Task Force will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Cedar Grove High School (2360 River Road, Ellenwood).  This task force will identify and assist in the implementation of solution-driven recommendations to address code enforcement issues affecting communities throughout DeKalb County.  

The task force is comprised of community leaders, county officials, and other key individuals; and they have previously held a series of meetings that are open to the public.

FMSA Partners With Habersham Gardens

First Montessori School of Atlanta and Habersham Gardens recently welcomed the fall planting season with a special art exhibit. Students, ages 6-14, displayed more than 100 colorful pieces of art and paper pinwheels throughout the garden center.

Students wrote their thoughts about war, peace, tolerance and living in harmony with others on one side of the pinwheels. On the other side, they drew, painted or collaged something that expressed their feelings about the subjects.

"We teach students at First Montessori School of Atlanta that they are stewards of the environment," says Head of School Jerri King. "Habersham Gardens provided a natural and beautiful backdrop for showcasing the students' work."

To learn more about the school, go to www.firstmontessori.org.

Thank You from the Dunwoody Police Department

DUNWOODY, GA -- The Dunwoody Police Department would like to extend a big "thank you" to everyone who participated in Operation Pill Drop.

The event was a tremendous success. A total of 104.2 pounds of pills were collected on Saturday, Sept. 25. Citizens have responded well to the effort of trying to keep these expired drugs out of the hands of children.

If you have any questions about Operation Pill Drop, contact Sgt. Mike Carlson at 678-382-6907.

Making DeKalb Beautiful One Volunteer at a Time

DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer, Keep DeKalb Beautiful program and board members recently acknowledged community volunteers with a volunteer appreciation luncheon.

This year’s theme, Making DeKalb Beautiful One Volunteer at a Time, celebrated the volunteers’ true commitment and dedication to the development of the Keep DeKalb Beautiful Program.  

This year, more than 4,000 Keep DeKalb Beautiful volunteers spent more than 14,500 hours cleaning and maintaining 207 miles of DeKalb County.  A total of 53,040 pounds of litter and 356 tires were collected by KDB volunteers and dedicated adoption groups.  Every volunteer group was honored with a certificate for their achievements.

This year’s first place award winners were: Adopt A Road, Individual Volunteer Service, Adopt A MARTA Bus Stop, Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, The Parkview Civic Club, The Kiwanis Club of Northlake, Mrs.

Stogner Confirmed as Chief Operating Officer

Tuesday, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted to confirm Richard Stogner as Executive Assistant and Chief Operating Officer.  Stogner was nominated by Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis.

Mr. Stogner’s appointment is for an initial term of one-year. He has asked not to receive compensation for his services during his term in office.

“Mr. Stogner has had a long and distinguished career in public service and is well-known and recognized as a top-notch public administrator.  He has served in top posts in the administrations of Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and Andy Young as well as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the 1996 Olympic Games,” said CEO Ellis.  “In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, Mr.

Make Your Own Rain Barrel

Collecting rainwater in rain barrels for use during dry months is an excellent way to conserve water and reduce water bills and the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) will host a Rain Barrel workshop for DeKalb citizens on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Tucker Recreation Center (4898 Lavista Road in Tucker).

Dunwoody Makes Sweet Music at Annual Festival

DUNWOODY, GA -- The Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce announces the second annual Dunwoody Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24 at Brook Run Park.

The festival will be a celebration of fall with local music, vendors and artisans representing the best of Dunwoody, along with a variety of food and activities for the whole family. On Saturday evening, there will also be fireworks and a special presentation of the city's new logo.

The Dunwoody Music Festival will feature 32 hours of music on two stages, representing a variety of genres -- rock, jazz, blues, folk, country, classical and more. Local band Banks & Shane will perform at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.