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					                                  Burrell Ellis
                                  E-Newsletter August Edition

August 1, 2006                                                                    Volume 1, Number 6


In This Issue                      From the Desk of
                                   Commissioner Ellis
 From the Desk of
  Commissioner Ellis
 National Night Out               Greetings friends and stakeholders of DeKalb County,
 School Time
                                   I hope you are in good health as you brave the unbelievable weather
 Spotlight on Special             patterns. It has been hot indeed. This unusual record breaking heat
  Events August 2006               wave has not only settled on our area but is engulfing most of the
                                   contiguous states across America. News and weather reports are
                                   predicting the worst is yet to come.

                                   With energy cost continually on the rise, many have chosen to cut
                                   back on home and auto air-conditioning. The heat wave has exacted
                                   a toll on physical as well as economic health. Please make certain to
                                   keep an eye on the children and seniors. They are the most
                                   vulnerable. The summer heat usually peaks in August. Make certain
                                   to stay well hydrated. Pay attention to the air-quality reports and
                                   make certain to watch out for your pets as well.
UPCOMING
                                   In closing, as the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners’ Presiding
EVENTS FOR                         Officer, I am pleased to welcome our newest elected BOC member.
AUGUST 2006                        On Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Lee May was sworn in as
                                   Commissioner. He represents District 5. The seat was left open when
                                   the former Commissioner Hank Johnson resigned to run for
                                   Georgia’s 4th Congressional District seat.
Mark These Dates On
Your Calendar!                     I am certain the talent and vision brought to the BOC by
                                   Commissioner May will be an enriching asset to the county as
                                   together we build a better and brighter future for those who would
                                   call DeKalb County home.
August 1
                                   Wishing you the best in hope and happiness,
6:30 p.m.

Deshon-Rockbridge Coalition,
Wynbrooke HOA and the
Wynbrooke Neighborhood Watch
Committee celebrate their first    Burrell Ellis
“National Night Out.”              Presiding Officer
                                   Board of Commissioners of DeKalb County
Events con’t:

August 1-6, 2006
                                       National Night Out
Stone Mountain Extreme Summer
Adventure (Kids’ Festival)
Fun for all ages. Kids will love the   Q. Just what is National Night Out?
Interactive Play Activities
including rope courses and rock
walls.                                 A. National Night Out is

      Stone Mountain Park              America's Night Out Against Crime!
  for more information contact:
  www.stonemountainpark.com            For 23 years, National Night Out has been an exceptional and extraordinary
              Or call                  event that has proven to reduce neighborhood crime as a participatory
    1-866-633-5252 ext. 3370           community watch program. Not much can go wrong when citizens take to the
                                       streets to let the villains know they are being watched. Crime and illicit drug
August 4 – 8                           prevention are the focus of the event sponsored by the National Association of
                                       Town Watch. On Tuesday, August 1, 2006, many communities in the county
National Association of Counties       sponsored events for National Night Out.
Meeting in Chicago, Ill.
                                       Across America, National Night Out has involved citizens, law enforcement
August 5                               agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local
                                       officials from thousands of communities working together. It is also designed
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.                 to:
 Juneteenth Atlanta Welcome
         Reception                            Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs
                                              Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
Loc: Tupac Amaru Shakur                       Tell the would be criminals that the neighborhoods are organized and
Center, 5616 Memorial Drive,                   fighting back.
Stone Mountain

Juneteenth commemorates
African American freedom and
emphasizes education and
achievement.


August 1-6
(Tuesdays – Sundays)
                                       Using outdoor lights and front porch vigils, communities celebrate National
Portals to Shangri-La Come to          Night Out with a variety of events and activities like:
see Masterpieces from Buddhist
Mongolia.                                     block parties,
                                              cookouts,
The Zanabazar Mongolia National               visits from local police and sheriff departments
Museum will present a touring                 parades, exhibits,
exhibit of their Mongolian                    flashlight walks,
Buddhist masterpieces of tangkas              contests, and
and sculptures.                               Youth programs.
Loc: Oglethorpe University
                                       National Night Out is a productive, positive, practical, inexpensive and
                                       enjoyable way to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community
  For more information contact:
                                       partnerships in our fight for a safer place to live, work and play. The benefits
  www.museum.oglethorpe.edu
                                       are certain to extend well beyond the one night out.
   1-866-633-5252 ext. 3364
                                       We had a great time. Next year call some folk. Get involved. Get the kids,
                                       neighbors and friends together. Keep the lights on and help make National
                                       Night Out a positive night out to remember.
Events con’t:

August 5,12,19,26

         “Take a Stroll”

One-hour guided walking tours
highlighting the development of
Stone Mountain Village.

  For more information contact:
   Stone Mountain Village or
   stonemountainvillage.com
               Or
   1-866-633-5252 ext. 3371

August 19

3:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.
                                      School Time
BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass
Festival                              From the time we are conceived until we take our last breath life
                                      is about change. Change is transition. For many, the first big and
City of Decatur at Harmony Park
in Oakhurst.
                                      sometimes traumatic transition, for parent and child alike, is the
                                      first day of school. During this period we move from the culture
Bring your friends and family to      of preschool child care to the first day of kindergarten or the first
enjoy live music and some finger-     grade. After the first year we generally become old pros. We
lickin’ BBQ. A children’s area with   simply look forward a couple of weeks from now and its time to
special games and activities will     head back to school. It’s time for new classrooms and new
also be on site.                      teachers. We must all adapt to new situations.

  For more information contact:       This first major transition requires children and parents to trust
      www.decaturga.com               other adults and children. Making smooth transitions can help
   1-866-633-5252 ext. 3346.          build confidence. Starting with these major transitions, children
                                      can learn to feel good about themselves. It also can ease parent’s
August 29                             minds and give them a chance to become involved in their
                                      children's education.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

“New Faces of Scottdale”              Transitions are exciting opportunities for children to learn and
                                      grow. Of course, such milestones in children's lives can cause
Scottdale Child Development &
Resource Center’s open house          anxiety, too. Strengthening the ties between programs and
                                      families will help create smooth transitions for adults and
August 30
                                      children both.
6:30 p.m.
Launch of the Africa Channel at       So be enthusiastic about the upcoming change. If you are excited
Zoo Atlanta
                                      and confident, your child will be, too. Then at the end of the
                                      work day, put aside your concerns and focus on being a parent. It
                                      is one of the greatest investments you will ever make. Best of luck
For more events go to:
http://indekalb/newsletters/          and blessings for the 2006/2007 school year.
WeekendHappenings/
happenings.htm
Important Web                    Spotlight on Special Events Aug. 2006
Links
2006 Budget Overview
A power point presentation
detailing the important
parts of the 2006 budget

Atlanta Neighborhood
and Development
Partnership
Website for ANDP, an
organization devoted to
affordable housing and
community revitalization

Commissioner Ellis’
Website
The official website for
Commissioner Ellis and
District 4.

Your 2005 Annual
Report
A .pdf copy of the 2005
annual report for district 4
created by Commissioner
Ellis.




Contact Us

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      Ellis
     D i s t r i c t 4
C o m m i s s i o n e r      &
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     o f D e K a l b
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   Manuel J. Maloof Center
    1300 Commerce Drive
   Decatur, Georgia 30030

    Phone: 404-371-4907
                                              And More. . .
     Fax: 404 - 371-7004

Email: bellis@co.dekalb.ga.us
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