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Neighborhood Hears PATH Proposals

The Druid Hills Civic Association welcomed more than 200 neighbors to a meeting about the PATH Foundation’s preliminary proposals for a multi-use path connecting Emory Village with the PATH Network near Jackson Hill Baptist Church on S. Ponce de Leon. The March 28 meeting was held at the Paideia School auditorium.

DHCA 1st Vice President Phil Moise moderated the meeting. He introduced the topic and the four guest speakers stating, “There is a time for advocacy and a time to listen and learn; tonight is a chance to listen and learn.” The DHCA has not assumed a position on the proposals at this time.

The panel of speakers included Ed McBrayer, Executive Director of the PATH Foundation; Doug Young, Assistant Director of Historic Preservation, City of Atlanta; David Cullison, Senior Planner, Historic Preservation, DeKalb County; and Dave Pelton, Interim Associate Director, Transportation Department, DeKalb County. Read more

Fernbank Fifth Grade Service Project

Fernbank Elementary’s fifth grade class will celebrate its first and last year in the new school by planting trees and shrubs at the school in partnership with Trees Atlanta. The plantings will enhance the new school property by creating shade, habitat, and a host of ecological benefits.

Planting will commence Friday, March 18, when Trees Atlanta brings in a team of corporate volunteers from Sparks Grove – some of whom are Fernbank parents – to tackle most of the work.

On the following day, Saturday, March 19, the school asks fifth graders, their parents, and all inspired Druid Hills neighbors to help finish the planting between 9:00am and noon. Please come for any part of that time you are able.

Fernbank hopes the planting will support the DHCA’s initiative for National Wildlife Federation certification.

IMPORTANT TOWN HALL MEETING!

Druid Hills residents are urged to attend a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, March 28, 2016, 7pm at the Paideia School auditorium, 1509 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta 30307.

The topic of the evening is a proposal by the PATH Foundation to create a multi-use walking / biking path along Lullwater Road, thereby connecting Emory Village to the existing PATH Network located south of Ponce de Leon.

The DHCA is sponsoring this meeting so that as many neighbors as possible may learn about the PATH Foundation’s proposal. City of Atlanta and DeKalb County officials also will explain the approval processes for the proposed project in a historic district such as ours.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A following presentations by PATH Foundation representatives and government officials.

DHCA Resolution on DeKalb Schools Redistricting Plan

At its February 17, 2016 meeting, the Druid Hills Civic Association (DHCA) passed a resolution regarding the DeKalb County School District’s plan for redistricting the Cross Keys Cluster.

RESOLVED, that the Druid Hills Civic Association requests that the DeKalb County School Board table its redistricting proposals concerning Cross Keys Cluster over-crowding so that the communities involved may develop alternate options that will lead to the best long-term solution for all of the involved communities, schools and children.

The DHCA recognizes the seriousness of overcrowding and hopes to work with the district to identify solutions for our children and schools. However, we are concerned about proceeding without thorough planning and sufficient resources. We urge the superintendent and school board members to pursue further diligence.

Please comment by Monday, February 22 at 11:59pm: https://dekalb.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9pjPmUblT1wOluZ.

DHCA’s Nominating Committee Announces Slate

The DHCA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce its slate for the Class of 2018, as well as nominations for officers and replacements for the classes of 2016 and 2017 .

The following individuals will have their names placed in nomination at the DHCA Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at 1:00pm at the Fernbank Museum. Please note that Frances Finegan, Kelli Taylor, Tom McGuigan, Claudia Keenan, and Ken Gibson have served previously in their positions.

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