Friday, September 9, 2011

Charity Walk at Brook Run

Be Aware of Phony Dent / Car Repair in Parking Lots

It's a scam that moves around the country, and I have seen these criminals here in Dunwoody.  A group is active here in the Dunwoody / Sandy Springs area this week!  Just recently a local person was victim to the notorious "I can fix that dent for you" scam.  A man will approach potential targets (you) in a parking lot or maybe even in your driveway.  The man may have props with him (a female, a "hungry" child, whatever).




The man will offer to fix a dent, and claim his repair is far less expensive than an auto body shop.  They will most likely do poor work then shake you down for cash. The 'repair' they perform will actually make things worse for your vehicle.  They will follow you and harass you.  Just like we learned in kindergarten, don't talk to strangers.

Simply Google the terms: Gypsy dent repair scam' and you'll find plenty of stories

HERE is the type of report you will see all over the Internet.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Councilman Shortal Dunwoody Update

Good evening fellow citizens ... some quick items of interest ...

1. Climb the Manhattan Tower ... This Saturday morning our Dunwoody Firemen spear headed by Patrick Lindstrom of Station 21 will climbing the stairs of the 26th floor Manhattan Towers .. located at 4561 Olde Perimeter Way, in Dunwoody. This is the condo building located close to the Target in the Perimeter Mall area. I will be in the first group of climbers with our fireman (they are going to climb in full gear .... I will be in shorts, T-shirt and running shoes ... what a wimp!!) and we are meeting at 8 AM. A group of climbers will leave every few minutes until everyone has made the climb. This is to honor the 343 firefighters and 60 policeman who lost their lives heroically on 9/11/2001. You can register to join the climb at ... then go to Dunwoody Manhattan Memorial Climb. Registration fee is only $25 (it is tax deductible) and all proceeds go to the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. If you register on line you will get a T-shirt. If it is a last minute decision for you come on over and  ... the ladies of the DWC ( I know one of them personally) will get you registered.

2. Paving. The paving is proceeding well with only a couple of equipment and weather delays. Roberts Dr will be paved from Chamblee Dunwoody Rd north to the Sandy Springs city line. Depending on weather, etc we should start the paving process here approx. 15 - 19 SEP. It will take approx. 10 day for completion ... again depending on weather, etc. The plan is to start work at 8 AM and shut it down at 2 PM daily. There will be lane closures, etc. during this period, thus I highly recommend you avoid Roberts Dr during the paving. I also highly recommend Austin School students walk to school to the max extent possible during this period. It will be beautiful when finished. A by-product of this paving will be a 3 - 5' bike lane on both sides of Roberts .... this will add a much needed safety factor for our children who are walking and riding their bikes to Austin School. Also provide a bike lane for those adults that just want to go for a bike ride. Remember paving roads REQUIRES patience from all of us!!

3. Sidewalks .... Although we do not yet have a timeline there will be about 70' of sidewalk, just passed Fire Station 12 on the way to Austin School, replaced. For those of you that walk to school you know this area .... which is badly broken up. This will be another safety enhancement for our children walking/riding their bikes to school.

4. Walk to School Day ... Today was the first "Walk to School Day" of the year. To me this is a win/win situation and I would like ever day to be a "Walk to School Day." At Austin we had 460 of the 650 children walk to school today ... and that was in a light drizzling rain. My thanks to the Austin School facility, the parent organizers and all of you parents and children who participated. I and Chief Grogan walked with the group from Mellow Mushroom .... and from what I saw the children really like walking to school. I hope everyone will try to make this a daily routine  .... just think parents, you can get your exercise in by 8 AM.

5. Stage Door Players .... One of the real assets in our city is the Stage Door Players ... this is the arts right here in our midst. Great entertainment at a very reasonable price ..... and you can see the stage up close as there is not a bad seat in the house. I don't own any stock nor am I an actor in the Stage Door Players..... but I highly encourage you to support the Stage Door Players as we need to keep this asset alive and well in Dunwoody. Buy season tickets, buy a package or just go to some single shows  .... I think you will be impressed with the quality.

That is all for tonight. Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors, members of your HOA or anyone you think maybe interested. If anyone wants to be added to my email list just let me. Again, thanks for you great positive support of our City ..

Let Us Continue To Build Our City Together

Denny Shortal
Dunwoody City Council, District One, Post-1 Mayor Pro Tem

Grow Dunwoody at Dunwoody High School

Important Information from
Dunwoody High School 

Greetings DHS Parents!

Dunwoody High School will be participating in Grow Dunwoody, a new program designed to enhance the quality of science, wellness, and special needs education that is given to our students. Grow Dunwoody is being driven by the Environmental Coalition, a student-led organization based out of Dunwoody High School. The organization also includes: professors and students at Georgia Perimeter College; the administration, teachers, and faculty at all eight schools within the Dunwoody Cluster; and several other organizations within our community.  

Our goal is to make curriculum more interactive and applicable to real life through the integration of organic gardening and hands-on-educational activities. This year, for example, we will transform our two courtyards into fully functioning organic gardens, including plants native to Georgia and a pond! 

The overall objective of Grow Dunwoody is to reconstruct the way that students are taught, with the objective of: identifying all possible interactive resources, incorporating relevant community organizations into classroom education, and connecting the individual goals of each educational institution within the cluster. Constructing an organic garden will bring each school together with their fellow scholastic partners, also individually connecting them to our community, the Dunwoody Nature Center and Brook Run Park, the National Wildlife Federation, the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and Georgia Perimeter College.  

An overall goal is to get parents involved, allowing them to help in their student's education and supporting it in the greatest way possible. Grow Dunwoody will include every science class that is taught within our school and include all levels of instruction, meaning your student will be involved each year. Because this is a program that is being driven entirely by our school and our community, we need your contributions and assistance. Anything that you can contribute -- time, resources or funds -- will be greatly appreciated. We are sending this message out to you, our DHS parents, in hopes that you will relay it to friends, businesses, and neighborhood associations, and partner with us to expand this program to its full potential. 

More than 7,000 students will benefit from this program each year! The initial setup cost equates to less than $7.00 per student and about $1.25 per year for maintenance. We have already received affirmation in a letter of support from the Dunwoody City Manager and a proclamation signed by the Mayor of the City of Dunwoody.  

We invite parents and community members to attend an informative presentation about Grow Dunwoody on Tuesday, September 13th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in our new auditorium. Please visit our website: for more information.


Ellen Augustine
Sponsor of the Environmental Coalition