Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Vermack Village in the Desert?

Over in District 2 there is a desert.  This desert serves many purposes environmentally, politically and socially.  On the social side, the desert separates the Strawberry Festival kids of Village Mill from the aquatically gifted Vikings of Vermack.  Many brave youngsters have tried to shortcut it from the Village Mill tennis courts to the Vermack pool, never to be heard from again.  

In regards to the environment, the desert serves many purposes.  The openness allows for many to get their 'shine on.  Haymitch Abernathy (along with his sidekick GRB) is said to hang out here a good bit, until Katniss tracks him down.  The stream flowing through the property is not on par with the likes of the Chattahoochee River or the Vernon North Canal, but it is a stream, according to the Government.  




Politically the desert is high ground for the District 2 fringe movement.  President Snow is reportedly considering beefed up patrols in District 2, the masonry resource for the city.

But the desert and its surroundings are in for a change.  

President Snow is in negotiations with local leaders for 52 new homes to be built in the newly-named community of Vermack Village.  Key negotiating points are said to center around swim team recruitment, DJ Vermack's alleged retirement, the chimney at the PCID Starbucks, and a proposed underground tunnel to the BP gas station across from Dunkin Donuts.  DunwoodyTalk has already secured the timber rights to the property, thus again cornering the market on its newly trademarked DunWOODy line of clocks, bicycles, and baseball bats.

A major concern for the city is that any proposed action at this location may trigger a meeting of the famed Community Council, must see TV for sure.  Stay tuned as the property owners will need to overcome hurdles of a 25 75 foot stream buffer, bike lanes, Red Shirts, Green Shirts, and Dirty Shirts.  This proposed 52 home neighborhood ends speculation that the Brook Run Dog Park was acquiring the property for $5 million.  By the way, would Dunwoody taxpayers support a bond to buy the property, for a park, for $5 million?


area in red is flood zone




These 52 new homes are reportedly to be in the $750,000 + range, so a different market than the new homes being built in Georgetown.  Hopefully local Government and unorganized protest groups won't get in the way of this new project.

Alternative Dog Parks in Atlanta

I heard some chatter the other night at a political function - look for Brookhaven to build a dog park at Blackburn Park.  Of course Brookhaven has double the park space plus community centers.  And more importantly parks in Brookhaven are actually designed for human use.  Murphy Candler sees thousands of active kids during the summer and fall.  

A new dog park has opened in Atlanta, just a short drive for those using Vernon Jones dog park in Brook Run.

The wooded pocket park with a picturesque downtown skyline view has been transformed into District 2’s latest amenity, an off-leash dog park with designated areas for small and large dogs—the first such facility in downtown Atlanta. The dog park is another step in the ongoing Year of Boulevard initiative spearheaded by Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall -
Director of Parks Doug Voss opted to quote Atlanta parks and recreation commissioner George Dusenbury in his comments to those assembled for the ribbon cutting. “Today we increase the number of dog parks in the city by 50 percent,” Voss announced to cheers and barks. “We only have two dog parks in the city, one in South Bend Park and one in Piedmont, and it’s been several years since they opened. That explains some of the challenges we face. That has not been the case with this creation of this dog park. This project came together faster than most of our projects, thanks to George, Catherine Chase, Kwanza Hall’s office, and of course, Park Pride.”
Park Pride executive director Michael Halicki lauded the community synergy present in the project. “We were able to a community building grant of $25,000,” he explained. “And then the parks department matched it with another $30,000, Councilman Kwanza Hall and District 2 came up with $10,000, and then Renaissance and Central park neighbors came up with an additional $15,000. This is what it looks like when a community works together.”
- See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2013/12/16/from-drug-market-to-dog-park-the-rebirth-of-renaissance-park#sthash.BvHPy4cJ.dpuf
The idea for reinventing Renaissance Park came in September 2012, when neighbor and park advocate Catherine Chase’s grant application to Park Pride yielded an awarded $25,000 startup check. “Most of the residents here live in multi-family homes and this park was underutilized, so it was a perfect opportunity to create something that would bring neighbors and dogs together,” Chase told Atlanta magazine. - See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2013/12/16/from-drug-market-to-dog-park-the-rebirth-of-renaissance-park#sthash.BvHPy4cJ.dpuf
The idea for reinventing Renaissance Park came in September 2012, when neighbor and park advocate Catherine Chase’s grant application to Park Pride yielded an awarded $25,000 startup check. “Most of the residents here live in multi-family homes and this park was underutilized, so it was a perfect opportunity to create something that would bring neighbors and dogs together,” Chase told Atlanta magazine. - See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2013/12/16/from-drug-market-to-dog-park-the-rebirth-of-renaissance-park#sthash.BvHPy4cJ.dpuf


AtlantaMagazine.com


The idea for reinventing Renaissance Park came in September 2012, when neighbor and park advocate Catherine Chase’s grant application to Park Pride yielded an awarded $25,000 startup check. “Most of the residents here live in multi-family homes and this park was underutilized, so it was a perfect opportunity to create something that would bring neighbors and dogs together,” Chase told Atlanta magazine



Park Pride executive director Michael Halicki lauded the community synergy present in the project. “We were able to a community building grant of $25,000,” he explained. “And then the parks department matched it with another $30,000, Councilman Kwanza Hall and District 2 came up with $10,000, and then Renaissance and Central park neighbors came up with an additional $15,000. This is what it looks like when a community works together.” - See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2013/12/16/from-drug-market-to-dog-park-the-rebirth-of-renaissance-park#sthash.BvHPy4cJ.dpuf 

Posted on 12/16/2013 11:58:00 AM by Richard L. Eldredge - See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2013/12/16/from-drug-market-to-dog-park-the-rebirth-of-renaissance-park#sthash.BvHPy4cJ.dpuf

The idea for reinventing Renaissance Park came in September 2012, when neighbor and park advocate Catherine Chase’s grant application to Park Pride yielded an awarded $25,000 startup check. “Most of the residents here live in multi-family homes and this park was underutilized, so it was a perfect opportunity to create something that would bring neighbors and dogs together,” Chase told Atlanta magazine. - See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2013/12/16/from-drug-market-to-dog-park-the-rebirth-of-renaissance-park#sthash.BvHPy4cJ.dpuf
See HERE for story at AtlantaMagazine.com
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The wooded pocket park with a picturesque downtown skyline view has been transformed into District 2’s latest amenity, an off-leash dog park with designated areas for small and large dogs—the first such facility in downtown Atlanta. The dog park is another step in the ongoing Year of Boulevard initiative spearheaded by Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall - See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2013/12/16/from-drug-market-to-dog-park-the-rebirth-of-renaissance-park#sthash.YmIZtQRJ.dpuf
The wooded pocket park with a picturesque downtown skyline view has been transformed into District 2’s latest amenity, an off-leash dog park with designated areas for small and large dogs—the first such facility in downtown Atlanta. The dog park is another step in the ongoing Year of Boulevard initiative spearheaded by Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall - See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2013/12/16/from-drug-market-to-dog-park-the-rebirth-of-renaissance-park#sthash.YmIZtQRJ.dpuf

Director of Parks Doug Voss opted to quote Atlanta parks and recreation commissioner George Dusenbury in his comments to those assembled for the ribbon cutting. “Today we increase the number of dog parks in the city by 50 percent,” Voss announced to cheers and barks. “We only have two dog parks in the city, one in South Bend Park and one in Piedmont, and it’s been several years since they opened. That explains some of the challenges we face. That has not been the case with this creation of this dog park. This project came together faster than most of our projects, thanks to George, Catherine Chase, Kwanza Hall’s office, and of course, Park Pride.”
Park Pride executive director Michael Halicki lauded the community synergy present in the project. “We were able to a community building grant of $25,000,” he explained. “And then the parks department matched it with another $30,000, Councilman Kwanza Hall and District 2 came up with $10,000, and then Renaissance and Central park neighbors came up with an additional $15,000. This is what it looks like when a community works together.”
- See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2013/12/16/from-drug-market-to-dog-park-the-rebirth-of-renaissance-park#sthash.BvHPy4cJ.dpuf
Director of Parks Doug Voss opted to quote Atlanta parks and recreation commissioner George Dusenbury in his comments to those assembled for the ribbon cutting. “Today we increase the number of dog parks in the city by 50 percent,” Voss announced to cheers and barks. “We only have two dog parks in the city, one in South Bend Park and one in Piedmont, and it’s been several years since they opened. That explains some of the challenges we face. That has not been the case with this creation of this dog park. This project came together faster than most of our projects, thanks to George, Catherine Chase, Kwanza Hall’s office, and of course, Park Pride.”
Park Pride executive director Michael Halicki lauded the community synergy present in the project. “We were able to a community building grant of $25,000,” he explained. “And then the parks department matched it with another $30,000, Councilman Kwanza Hall and District 2 came up with $10,000, and then Renaissance and Central park neighbors came up with an additional $15,000. This is what it looks like when a community works together.”
- See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2013/12/16/from-drug-market-to-dog-park-the-rebirth-of-renaissance-park#sthash.BvHPy4cJ.dpuf
Director of Parks Doug Voss opted to quote Atlanta parks and recreation commissioner George Dusenbury in his comments to those assembled for the ribbon cutting. “Today we increase the number of dog parks in the city by 50 percent,” Voss announced to cheers and barks. “We only have two dog parks in the city, one in South Bend Park and one in Piedmont, and it’s been several years since they opened. That explains some of the challenges we face. That has not been the case with this creation of this dog park. This project came together faster than most of our projects, thanks to George, Catherine Chase, Kwanza Hall’s office, and of course, Park Pride.”
Park Pride executive director Michael Halicki lauded the community synergy present in the project. “We were able to a community building grant of $25,000,” he explained. “And then the parks department matched it with another $30,000, Councilman Kwanza Hall and District 2 came up with $10,000, and then Renaissance and Central park neighbors came up with an additional $15,000. This is what it looks like when a community works together.”
- See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/agenda/2013/12/16/from-drug-market-to-dog-park-the-rebirth-of-renaissance-park#sthash.BvHPy4cJ.dpuf
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DunWOODy Christmas/Holiday Gift Ideas - Own a Piece of da WOOD!

Now you can own a piece of DunWOODy history!  Limited stock available and these items will never again be available.  Letter of Authenticity provided with each unique piece.

These fine-crafted items were produced from mostly organic resources.  Endorsed by Sustainable Pattie and the City of Dunwoody Sustainability Committee.  All proceeds to benefit the DunwoodyTalk staff Christmas party and the DunwoodyTalk stocking fund.

All items available for local pick-up.  

The Dunwoody Clock.  This timepiece is correct at least twice per day.  Crafted from trees from Ace hardware down to Village Burger. 

The Dog-Gone Park Classic, Made from trees from the Mellow Mushroom area up to the traffic signal.  Just a hint of MARTA bus exhaust scent brings back memories for years.

The Parkway Cruiser, aka 'The Seconder".  This beauty is a must for the spandex crowd.  Only three available!!!!

"The Viking"  Vandy may Run on Dunkin', but it Rocks da 'Woody as well.  I-Touch, I-Phone 4, 4S, and now the 5 with Lightning Connector

The Backyard Chicken, hand-painted at the Spruill Art Center.  A tear-jerker for sure.  Not legal in Dunwoody, but cut-through drivers from Sandy Springs and Roswell can own one

This guy tried to claim a piece of history, but we got it back!

A hint of rubber brings this to life.  We swept rubber chips off Dunwoody Parkway and engrained into this hand-carved blimp replica, then sealed it for a long-lasting gloss finish.


Jimmy RedShirt, winner of our "Cut it Down" contest, makes easy work of things on Dunwoody Parkway

Goodyear now enjoys better road frontage.  The sign holders advertising 'no wait' will be visible from all directions

This may be the sweetest spot for the July 4th parade in 2014. I'm putting my chairs out tonight.

This fine specimen is already split and in my backyard.  Friends will cherish the smell of Dunwoody Parkway as we roast chestnuts by the fire this holiday season




All images property of DunwoodyTalk.  if you want to use any of these images email me first.  I'll accept Allagash White Ale (buy it from the liquor store behind Village Burger), Marlow's gift cards, or other reasonable items of barter.

Rise Up Chesnut! ATL Falcons

On Friday, December 6th, Chesnut Charter Elementary joined the Atlanta Falcons' "RISE UP-idemic," as the school celebrated having been chosen as the Atlanta Falcon's "Rise up Friday" School of the Week.  The title was earned after Ms. Julie Borenstein’s 5th grade Discovery students submitted to the Falcons their "rise up" themed bulletin board demonstrating their spirit and pride in Atlanta's hometown NFL team.  Chesnut’s entire student body, faculty and staff welcomed Freddie the Falcon and two cheerleaders as they presented a banner for display in the school. 






Tuesday, December 3, 2013

First Watch Cafe Dunwoody

There's a new breakfast/lunch place to eat in Dunwoody - First Watch Cafe. It is located on Dunwoody Village Parkway, beside Marlow's and across the street from the new Sherwin Williams paint store. 

The DunwoodyTalk staff has eaten at First Watch a few times. We found the place to be nice and clean with prompt service and great food. Pricing is on par with fresh-made breakfast offerings. First Watch has the basic breakfast offerings such as pancakes and omelets, but also has breakfast power wraps, fresh fruit, Farmhouse Chicken Hash (a legendary Dunwoody name, and not on purpose)  and more.  See HERE.


The menu is impressive. Lunch offers salads, sandwiches (Chicken Palermo and the Monterey Club are our favorites),soups, and more. 

DunwoodyTalk is offering a First Watch 'On The House' gift card for  $20 for the first person to email us at dunwoodyparent@gmail.com naming the Dunwoody places shown in this photo: 


UPDATE
Not the victory he was wanting this year, but congratulations to Heyward, our photo game winner.  Runner-up goes to Ale-TD.



1.  The Branches Pool
2.  Vanderlyn
3.  Holiday Window Painting at Village Burger (2010?)
4.  Chevron gas station (beside Fresh Market, across from Hick House)
5.  Piedmont Bank (in front of Fresh Market)
6.  Lemonade Days (the raffle for the miniature FarmHouse)
 


It's time to toss the post-Thanksgiving turkey salad and head over to First Watch Cafe.







Saturday, November 23, 2013

Peter's of Dunwoody Closed

Peter's in Dunwoody is closed.  The hanging sign out on Chamblee Dunwoody Road is gone and the place is locked tight.  Apparently the rent rate was higher than budgeted for a dinner restaurant.

Certain locations are tough for restaurants, and this seems to be one.  Once the home to High Cotton and even a Pizza Hut, the space appears to be vacant.  On the upside, more parking for Moe's, Subway, and of course Nina's Nails.  The parking in this shopping center is not great, especially in the corner by Moe's and the ice cream place.

Carbonara in da Ville opened recently and may have had an impact on business at Peter's.  The osso buco here is pretty good, almost as good as at Ferraro's in Vegas.

On a positive note, we have an excellent review of First Watch cafe coming soon.  With the kids home from school next week take them out for brunch at First Watch, beside Marlow's. Peter's has a new location on Holcomb Bridge Road (690 Holcomb Bridge Road) in Roswell. 

So what's next for this site?  Hopefully not a Chuck E Cheese.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Sherwin Williams Paint Store in Dunwoody Village

Want to paint the town red some night?  Now you can.  Start your night at Mellow Mushroom by eating a cheese pizza (dough made with spring water), and a pitcher of Hoegaarden.  Go on Thursday night for free face painting, then pose for a photo with Mellow's new Transformer statue.  (NOTE: The stuffed animal claw machine is not as kid-friendly as during the Sugarman era.  The stuffed animals are them selves tightly stuffed).  Next, head to the back of Mellow Mushroom to the new Sherwin Williams paint store, then head across the street to Marlow's Tavern.


The new paint store is beside Ace Hardware, a paint-seller itself. Of course an open store, providing jobs and tax revenue, is better than a closed bank.  Sherwin Williams has some good stuff.  I prefer their Duron brand. 

I thought a sandwich shop would have been ideal for that spot, especially after the Parkway project is complete.  I hope they allow me to put my chairs out front for the Independence Day parade. Welcome to Dunwoody, Mr. Williams.





Welcome to Dunwoody, Mr. Williams. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gene Walker's Supreme Court Opinion On the Way

The Georgia Supreme Court will soon announce their opinion on the law that was used to bounce Dr. Gene Walker and other DeKalb School Board members out of office.  DunwoodyTalk sources tell us the decision could come as soon as Monday. 

Imagine the chaos and strings attached should the Georgia Supreme Court side with voters and against legislators.  The chain of events to follow would be far-reaching and again put DeKalb School District in the spotlight.

Before we get to that, a brief comment on the verdict against Pat and Tony and Crawford Lewis.  A case that was three years or so in the making was suddenly fast-tracked once Lewis decided to talk.  Some say Lewis, a former gym teacher promoted to Superintendent of the 25th largest school district in the United states of America, did not have the COGAT or ITBS scores needed to pull off such a scam of taxpayer funds.  Others say he did.  Either way, he entered a plea deal and is in a better position today than Pat and Tony.  It seems as we all knew Lewis would never serve any time for the crime.  If nothing else comes from this, hopefully DeKalb political folks will not lie, cheat, or steal as there is a very slim chance they could go to jail.

And one more thing.  Lewis, Atkinson, and Tyson NEVER acted in a way that we saw Michael Thurmond behave at the recent Druid Hills Cluster hearing/meeting.  Thurmond had his big-boy pants on, used his political swag attitude, and beat down Druid Hills like a rented mule.  Students and taxpayers are no better off today with Thurmond than we were with Lewis or Atkinson.  At least Atkinson made an attempt to get a handle on finances.  Lewis would have voted NO for Druid Hills, Atkinson would probably have said YES. But at meetings and in person Lewis was a decent guy and did not talk down to people like the current Super.  Lewis was not qualified to be Super and apparently got mixed up in some bad things while he climber the Friends and Family ladder.  We wish Lewis well and hope he and his family find peace in their lives. 

At issue is: Does OCGA 20-2-73 violate the Georgia Constitution?  We think it does violate the Georgia Constitution. Of course no one on the DunwoodyTalk staff serves on the GA Supreme Court.  In fact, none of have even been to law school or dated a person who went to law school.  But we do blog, so that means we know it all.  

If Walker Loses:
He and Jay Cunningham run for DeKalb School Board in a few months (all 7 seat are up for election in May 2014) and win easily.  Gene will be back in business with Michael Thurmond before you know it.  Nancy Jester will not run again for DeKalb board as she is running for Georgia Superintendent.  The DeKalb issue helps Jester's credibility not only in DeKalb but statewide as she was the main source who brought the financial mess to the attention of SACS.  Or, did SACS know all along DeKalb was a mess and could no longer ignore it after Jester developed a loyal following across DeKalb?  One former board member is now deceased, and she never had a fair chance to clear her name.

If Walker Wins:
When does he (and the others) regain his seat?  Does he retake office immediately?  Are the interim/appointed board members immediately removed from office?  How soon before Jay, Gene, and Co. file lawsuits against Deal and others over back pay and other issues?  How long will it take Legislators to wipe the egg from their faces?

Michael Thurmond would remain as Super as he is tight with Gene.  But look for SACS to get the boot.  Good riddance.  SACS is the Rainbow Coalition of the education field.  

Does Nancy Jester retake her county board seat and run for State School Superintendent?  Most likely.  We think she'd continue her quest to expose corruption and financial wrong-doings in DeKalb as part of her campaign.  And who runs for school board for DeKalb in the Dunwoody/Brookhaven District 1?  Although Coleman put up a decent fight for the Druid Hills Cluster folks, we don't see the young Ivy Leaguer putting up with all this nonsense for less than $20,000 a year.  We do expect a candidate from Dunwoody to emerge very soon.  And on that note, here is a nice piece on the Lewis and Pope expedition. by Stan Jester of Dunwoody.

Stan Jester, Fact Checker

If Walker wins the Georgia general Assembly will be quite embarrassed.  After all, this narrow piece of legislation was put forth with one purpose only - to take Gene & Co. out of office.  A lot of political pull was used.  How would a Gene victory affect the Independent School District effort?  We have that blog post already written, waiting for our editor to hit the 'publish' button.




Saturday, November 16, 2013

Common Core: One Student's Statement



The Blaze

Speaking at a local school board meeting earlier this month, a Tennessee high school senior issued a brief and incredibly insightful address on the problems with Common Core standards.

Ethan Young, a student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., made his case as to why he believes the school district should drop the new national education standards, a set of guidelines that were never voted on by Congress, the Department of Education nor by local or state governments.

“The president essentially bribed states into implementation via ‘Race to the Top,’ offering $4.35 billion taxpayer dollars to participating states, $500 million of which went to Tennessee,” Young said. “And much like No Child Left Behind, the program promises national testing and a one-size-fits-all education, because hey, it worked so well the first time.”

“If nothing else, these standards are a glowing conflict of interest and they lack the research they allegedly received,” he added.
Young also argued that Common Core standards display a “mistrust of teachers,” a line that prompted applause from the audience

“I stand before you because I care about education, but also because I want to support my teachers,” he said. “And just as they fought for my academic achievement, so I want to fight for their ability to teach. This relationship is at the heart of instruction, yet there will never be a system by which it is accurately measured.”

The high school senior went on to argue that “standards-based education is ruining the way we teach and learn.” He also revealed that legislators and administrators have told him “that’s just the way things work.”


“I stand before you because I care about education, but also because I want to support my teachers,” he said. “And just as they fought for my academic achievement, so I want to fight for their ability to teach. This relationship is at the heart of instruction, yet there will never be a system by which it is accurately measured.”

The high school senior went on to argue that “standards-based education is ruining the way we teach and learn.” He also revealed that legislators and administrators have told him “that’s just the way things work.”








Friday, November 15, 2013

Help the Dunwoody High School Marching Band

Do you like music?  Do you believe in the power of music to influence intellectual growth, creativity, and self-expression?  Then support the Dunwoody High School Marching Band by participating in our online auction!

http://auctions.readysetauction.com/dhsband/home
Our award-winning band continues to experience growing pains. Your participation in our 2nd annual auction will help provide support to a wonderfully enriching organization for the kids! Check out our HEROES in action:


In addition to the ongoing cost of managing the band (band camp, game day meals, scholarships, etc.), we are hoping to replace a number of aging instruments — some as old as 1972!
Thanks to so many incredible donations from around the Dunwoody community, we have been blessed with a wide variety of exciting auction items — over 150 items with a value over $13,000 !!. Please wander through everything! Then make a bid. Remember, all proceeds directly benefit the Dunwoody High School Band, so don’t hold back!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Chesnut Elementary Students Teach Adults a Lesson at Dunwoody Council

At Tuesday night's city council meeting the usual fireworks were ignited for all to see.  Any time the Red Shirts show up you know they'll be some action.  The council room was packed, the 3rd largest recorded crowd ever.  The biggest crowd ever was the botched launch of the Greenway Trail/Powerline Walkway Through Backyards project.  The 2nd biggest crowd ever was the Great Chicken Run (don't place a shiny object near a chicken's beak).  The Greenway trail was kicked to the curb and chickens were outlawed.  No votes tonight on the dog park move but residents of Atlanta, Brookhaven, Atlanta, Roswell,and even Dunwoody showed up tonight to protest the moving of the dog park. Our DunwoodyTalk reporter arrived at 7 PM and the parking lot at city hall resembled Black Friday at Wal-Mart.  A quick glance of car tags showed about 1 of 3 cars were wearing Fulton tags.

Things got off to a rocky start when a rude Red Shirter shouted to keep the dog park and get rid of the mayor.  Not a good representative for the group.  The people near him were truly embarrassed and the man left the meeting, most likely regretting his shout-out.

Thirty minutes of public comment, nearly all speakers saying they wanted to keep the dog park and criticizing city council and staff decisions.  Not a lot of respect shown in the room.  The dog posse is passionate about their dogs.  I think the city should either get rid of the dog park or keep it where it is now, temporarily.  Let's push DeKalb CEO on settling the $$$ lawsuit, redo the Parks Master Plan (the current Brook Run Master Plan is mostly garbage) and work on some active recreation at Brook Run.   

The best speakers of the night were students from Chesnut Elementary School, 5th graders I think.  These kids were polite, on point, made an excellent case, then went home.  Perfect.  The kids spoke in favor of tornado/storm sirens.  They cited the five synagogues and mentioned that visitors to these building turn off electronic appliances and would not receive Code Red alerts but would hear sirens (if located nearby).  They then mentioned that many seniors reside in senior living facilities in Dunwoody and these seniors most likely would not have phones that would receive a Code Red alert.  Mr. Shortal smiled widely as these young residents spoke about the sirens.  Maybe we can put these Chesnut kids in charge of the dog park issue.

Council comment was quite interesting as well.  Go watch the video.  Hey council, let's try to keep council comments positive or eliminate the entire section.  Is council comment a requirement set forth in our charter?  Most of us are not interested in the personal issues/travel plans/ and favorite places to eat of our council members.  Council members have all night to talk about city business.  The personal issues of city council members is not really stuff most of us want to hear.  The people tuned in to city happenings already know what you support and don't support.  Let's not waste time on council comment.  Can I get a 2nd?

Council discussed another park, this time the 5 acre park across the road from the PVC park.  Side Note:  Eventually we'll need a name for this park so people like me quit calling it the PVC Farm Park.  Naming the park will be an awesome event.  I nominate the following:



1.  Sweetheart Deal Park
2.  Sweet-Tart Park
3.  Unclean Sweep Park
4.  Not the Dog Park Park
5.  Smart City Park (but open to people not so smart as well)
6.  Vandy Runs on Dunkin' Park
7.  No Sports Fields Allowed Park, and You Kids Keep The Noise Down Park
8.  Spruill Chesnut Donaldson Bannister Park
9.  Red Shirt Park
10. Dunwoody Village Parkway Trees Mulched Here Park


The problem with this park is, like the other park, there is nothing really to attract a lot of people, except the amphitheater.  How many picnic tables do we need in Georgetown?  Sorry, this design is five acres of nothing.  Where are the soccer fields, the lacrosse fields?  I hope people with kids show up and lobby to stop this plan.  This is barely an improvement.  If we are wanting to build a park, let's build a park, not a picnic center.

The meeting also had a segment on spending more money on the city web site.  In short, the city has spent a lot of money already on a web site.  The scrolling menu atop the page is not user-friendly, and it is too hard to get to live video of the meetings.  Silverlight by Microsoft is a total joke in the IT world.  I think the folks who built our city's web site also built the healthcare.gov web site. 


Dunwoody Braves?

Cobb County?  That's not in the sweet spot of ticket holders!  Come on, Braves.  Move a bit to the east of Cobb to Dunwoody, Georgia.  We have a 40 acre site at GA 400 and I-285.  A mall and nice hotels already nearby.  Plenty of room for parking and new amenities.  And no matter if we like it or not, we have MARTA.  Our neighbor to the west (Sandy Springs) has been snagging some big-time deals and we'd really like to show them a thing or two.  And although we are part of DeKalb (can someone under the Gold Dome pencil us in for that revival of Milton County) our current county CEO (interim) and our current county School Superintendent are not under investigation for any wrongdoing (at last nothing we know about).  

Drop us an email Atlanta Dunwoody Braves and let's talk.  We have a 40 acre project in the pipeline called High Street.  Many of us are not too excited about it and we think the Braves would like this spot.

Here in Dunwoody we host Georgia's largest Independence Day Parade.  We have a farmhouse.  We have a mall.  Dunwoody has a MARTA stop (please don't tell those street vendors or ticket scalpers once you build here).  We don't have the big bucks like Cobb County, but we don't think they really have it either.  Maybe we can work something out.  Oh, and you can use the "Atlanta" mailing address here as well.

Proposed High Street Project






Monday, November 11, 2013

New Sprouts Grocery Store Coming to Dunwoody at Ace Hardware Site?

Originally posted Sept 18, 2013

Sprouts, a Farmers Market grocery store may be opening soon in Dunwoody.  The location is across from Kroger at Dunwoody Club Drive near Mt. Vernon (former home to an Ace Hardware).

The Dunwoody location would be the first Sprouts in Georgia, and perhaps the first east of the Mississippi for the Arizona-based chain.

Here's a story from the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/print-edition/2012/10/19/sprouts-may-take-root-in-atlanta.html?page=all


A call to their corporate HQ could not confirm, but one of DunwoodyTalk's cub reports questioned a worker recently at the site.

Sprouts is like a Whole Foods and would draw shoppers from the coveted Dunwoody foodie market.  I still miss the Harry's In A Hurry that was on Dunwoody Parkway.