Archive for July, 2011

West End Garage Sale

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National Night Out: Next Tuesday, August 2nd at Howell Park

Greetings West End Neighbors!

Next Tuesday, August 2nd is National Night Out. The West End will be celebrating National Night Out in lieu of our regular WEND meeting on August 2, 2011. The WEND meeting notes for the July 5th meeting are attached to this email. Our next regular WEND meeting will be September 6th.

The West End’s National Night Out will take place this year at West End’s Howell Park and festivities will begin at 7:00 pm. Picnic foods will be served and there will be children’s activities. If you would like to volunteer for National Night Out, please contact John Pavlin at 404.456.4118.

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Atlanta’s Finest 5K – Saturday, August 6

Atlanta’s Finest 5K
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Pemberton Place at the World of Coca-Cola

Registration starts at 6:00 a.m and the 5K begins at 7:30 a.m.
Gumshoe Gallop & Dash at 8:30 a.m.
Presented by the Atlanta Track Club

Join the Atlanta Police Foundation, the Atlanta Police Department and over 1,200 Atlantans at the Atlanta’s Finest 5K on Saturday, August 6. Race proceeds benefit the programs of the Atlanta Police Foundation, including Crime Stoppers Atlanta, Housing, Recruitment and Training, and Officer Scholarships.

Runners, walkers, strollers and kids are all welcome! Kids can participate in the 1K Gumshoe Gallop and Gumshoe Dash (kids 6 and under). Kids can also get an up close look at APD equipment, including squad cars, motorcycles, the Mounted Patrol and the Mobile Command Unit.

Ready to get involved? There are many ways to participate in the Atlanta’s Finest 5K!
Register to run, walk, stroll, gallop or dash here.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and begin at $250. For more information, please view our sponsorship package or email us.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please email the Volunteer Coordinator. Include “Atlanta’s Finest 5K” in the subject line.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Deputy Cheif Sponsor – Target

Major Sponsors – Coca Cola, Georgia Power Company

Captain Sponsors – Emory Healthcare, Genuine Parts Company, Marriott International, Publix

Special Thanks to Atlanta Track Club

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NPU-T: Pet Education Day Saturday

Atlanta City Councilmember Joyce M. Sheperd and Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner host Pet Education Day Saturday

ATLANTA – Please join District 12 Atlanta City Councilmember Joyce M. Sheperd and District 6 Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner for a Pet Education Day on  Saturday, July 23 in Perkerson Park, 770 Deckner Avenue.

From 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., residents can come out to get pet information, get pets vaccinated, get routine pet checkups, or have their pets microchipped.

“As a pet owner, I know that pets can become an important part of one’s family and of our community,” said Councilmember Sheperd. “This event is a perfect opportunity to disseminate information to our communities about pet safety, vaccinations, resources, and more.”

“My pet is a member of my family and our community,” said Commissioner Garner. “Being a responsible pet owner is important and means more than feeding and housing. Maintaining a healthy environment for our pets by keeping them safe, vaccinated, and registered makes our community safe.”

The goal of the event is to increase spaying and neutering efforts and educate the public regarding pet care and responsibility.

“In the wake of recent dog attacks, it is important that we learn about responsible pet ownership and overall pet safety,” Sheperd said.

“Fulton County is committed to saving animals and providing a safe environment to our citizens,” Garner said. “In hosting an event of this magnitude with Councilmember Shepherd, we are advocating for safety and increased awareness to the plight of homeless pets.”

Staff from the Atlanta Humane Society, Fulton County Animal Control, and pet experts will be in attendance to answer questions on pet health, training, and other pet-based issues.

For more information, please call Sheperd’s office at (404) 330-6053.

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Atlanta Police Department Citizens Police Academy

The Atlanta Police Department Citizens Police Academy

Our mission: To educate the citizens of Atlanta with the operation of their Police Department while obtaining valuable feedback from those citizens to enhance police/ community relations.

The Citizens Police Academy will include dynamic instruction taught in three hour sessions.
Participation in the Academy requires a commitment of one night a week for a seven week period.
Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 9pm, beginning August 1, 2011.

Overview of Course:
v Bomb Tech Demonstrations
v K9 Demonstrations
v Overview of the Police Department
v Crime Scene Investigation
v Judgmental Shooting
v Refuse to be a Victim Seminar
v Tour of the E-911 Center and many other topic

How are participants selected?
The Atlanta Police Department strives to reflect a diverse group of participants. Applicants will be evaluated and notified when they are selected to participate.

Potential candidates for the Citizens Police Academy should meet, but are not limited to the following criteria:
v Be a resident of the metropolitan Atlanta area
v Minimum age of 21 years
v No felony convictions
v No misdemeanor convictions within one year of application
v Reliable weekly transportation

After completion of the application, consent forms and a waiver form, a standard background check will be completed. Applicants for the Academy will be disqualified from attending if they have been arrested for any violent crime or any crime that by nature is deemed counterproductive to the spirit and goals of the training program.

How Do I Apply?
Contact any of the following:
Your Community Liaison Unit Representative (COPS)
Sergeant Chad Hannula at (404) 546-7511 or email:
Lieutenant Adam Lee III at (404) 209-5250 or email:

Unless otherwise specified, the Citizen’s Police Academy will be held at:
Herbert T. Jenkins Atlanta Police Academy
180 Southside Industrial Parkway
Atlanta GA 30354

Major T. Quiller
Atlanta Police Department
Zone One Commander

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AUCNA Meets Thurs, Jul. 21

Dear Beloved Community:

Atlanta University Center Neighborhood Association
Thursday, July 21, 6:00-7:30pm
Vision Ministries Church, 659 Larkin St. SW Atlanta 30314

Please note that the meeting location has been changed. We now meet at the Vision Ministries Church, 659 Larkin St. (at the corner of Larkin St. and Dora St.) Atlanta, 30314. ‘The dot on the map, bridging the schools and the community’.

Completion of the agenda is on hold for confirmation of presentations. Check your email tomorrow for a meeting reminder with the agenda attached. Please be advised that suggestions for the agenda can be submitted for consideration.

All interested persons are invited. Thank you for allowing me to keep you informed.

In common unity,

Wanda Whiteside,
AUCNA president

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A Summer Swarm of Good News from Park Pride!

ADVOCACY—Your efforts did & will pay off!
CITY PARKS BUDGET: The Mayor’s proposed budget for the City of Atlanta’s Office of Parks had a drastic 14% cut in services. Thanks to many of you who wrote letters, sent emails & called your elected officials, $1.1 Million was restored for the 2012 Fiscal Year , which began July 1, 2011. Read more details. This is a major triumph! Our neighborhood parks will not be impacted negatively. If you took advocacy action & didn’t post on our Facebook Page or let us know yet, please do so we can keep track of our combined efforts!

ATLANTA LOCAL FOOD INITIATIVE (ALFI): Park Pride is a member group of ALFI. This summer, possibly in August, the City Council votes on zoning legislation that allows Farmers Markets to operate on private properties in Atlanta. Currently there are 10 Farmers Markets in the City of Atlanta. If you want to keep them up and running in their beloved spots, please check out the ways you can advocate:

Volunteers: Watch the video from The Arthur M. Blank Family of Businesses’ Community Day, which showcases their playground build & mural at Vine City Park and clean-up of a segment of the BeltLine at Washington Park. As always, Park Pride’s volunteer day photos are posted on our Flickr account.

Community Gardens: Revive Atlanta built a community garden that they’ll oversee at A.D. Williams Park. This was the final garden build of the ‘growing great gardens’ challenge. Check out where all the Park Pride Community Gardens are located via Google Maps.

Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine: Less than 9 months after launch of the “adoption” program, see which segments have been adopted. This program is run in partnership with Atlanta BeltLine Inc. & Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.

Park Visioning: While the 2011-2012 Visioning project selection process is still underway, the previous years’ Visioning summaries/master plan maps are available online. Check these out—over $8M in public and private funding has gone to support these community-led plans.

Friends Groups/DeKalb: We now have 80 Friends of the Park groups. Interested in starting one in Atlanta or DeKalb County? Contact Ayanna at or (404)546-7963.

Thanks to the many of you who voted online, Adamsville Recreation Center won $50,000, for a renovation, from Maxwell House’s Drops of Good Campaign. See details.

PARK PRIDE COMMUNITY GRANTS AWARDED—Congratulations to these park groups & projects:
Virginia Highlands Civic Assoc. for New Highland Park $50,000
Friends of Loring Heights for Loring Heights Park $50,000
Kirkwood Neighbors Organization for Kirkwood Urban Forest Park $32,327
Friends of Collier Heights Park for Collier Park $25,000
Friends of Orme for Orme Park $50,000

Interested in applying for the next grant cycle? Go to:

A big THANK YOU & CONGRATS to Allison Barnett who celebrates her 20th Anniversary with Park Pride this year. Read the Lake Claire Clarion cover story about her day of celebration in Lake Claire Park.
Park Pride Executive Director Margaret Gray Connelly also announces the following staff promotions:
John Ahern—Volunteer Manager
Allison Barnett—Associate Director
Amanda Martin—Program Manager
Marlina McKay—Manager of Information Technology

Also, Jesse Allen now joins Park Pride’s Park Visioning Dept. full time as Park Visioning Coordinator.

If you’d like to send a note of congratulations, all staff can be reached at

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23rd Annual Community Service Fair

The Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development ” Where Women Enter to Learn and Exit to Serve”. Text key word “SERVICE” to 25827 to receive updates on community service initiatives.

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NPU-T: See Something Say Something Initiative

Atlanta City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young, Jr. “Keeping you informed.”

See Something Say Something is an initiative aimed at encouraging City employees and citizens to be the eyes and ears for a safer city. A safe city requires the efforts of all. The more observant and involved employees and citizens are in their everyday lives, the less likely crime occurs undetected. If we are all watching and reporting suspicious activity, we reduce the areas where criminals feel safe committing their crimes. See Something, Say Something is aimed at creating a city where NO criminal feels safe.

The idea of See Something Say Something is to teach everyone to be a good witness and report what they see in as much detail as possible. We are not asking anyone to put themselves in harm’s way to retrieve this information, only to safely take note of what they see and hear. What drew their attention to the activity? Who was involved? What were they wearing? What was their location? How were they involved in the act? In short, the Who, What, When, Where, and How of every incident; details that will assist law enforcement in solving and often preventing a crime.

If you see suspicious activity, say something. Suspicious activity can be difficult to define, but if you see something that doesn’t feel right and makes you question the activity, call 911. Keep in mind that suspicion should be based on a person’s actions and not on their appearance, race, nationality or sex. 

We ask that if you see something suspicious in progress, call 911. Callers can remain anonymous. If a caller has information that would assist in solving a crime they can call Crime Stoppers Atlanta (404-577-TIPS (8477). The anonymous information provided through the Crime Stoppers helps law enforcement agencies in their investigations and can play a major role in the apprehension of criminals and in securing convictions.

As you go around the city during your work day you have the opportunity to become additional eyes and ears. For those of you who have radios, you will soon be trained on how to use them to report suspicious activity.

This program is for all city employees and citizens while they are at work or home. Every employee is a citizen, whether here in the city of Atlanta or in one of the surrounding cities. Being observant of your surroundings at all times is just good personal safety. Being a good witness at all times and being willing to report what you see is what will make the difference between living in a city where criminals feel comfortable operating vs. living in a city where criminals won’t operate because they know everyone is watching, taking notes, and reporting.

Join us and if you See Something, Say Something! Together we can make this partnership a success.




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NPU-T: Ashview Heights Community Open House Flyer

Good morning Community and Neighbors!

Please help us continue to revitalize one of NPU-T’s great communities. Ashview Heights Community Association has had a series of “Committed to Community” weekends which have included neighborhood clean-ups, boarding vacant houses, mowing vacant lots and working with the youths of MA Jones to paint street “greeting” signs throughout the neighborhood.

It is a great desire for me to have all neighborhoods with NPU-T thriving, safe and known for their unique character. We need your help to make this a success! Please donate any time you have and take an hour this weekend to walk through the neighborhood and see the difference.

In an effort to attract more visitors, this weekend, Ashview Heights is having an “Open House” tour Saturday 1-4PM. This event will feature both homes for sale and currently occupied by the many new residence committed to this process. The tour guides are Ashview Heights residents and Shaylah Hamilton of Keller Williams. This is a FREE event!
Have a snack, talk with the association president and learn more about the neighborhood/association plans.

Please see the attached flyer and spread the word.

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