E-Newsletter August Edition
August 1, 2006 Volume 1, Number 6
In This Issue From the Desk of
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National Night Out Greetings friends and stakeholders of DeKalb County,
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.
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.
Wishing you the best in hope and happiness,
Wynbrooke HOA and the
Wynbrooke Neighborhood Watch
Committee celebrate their first Burrell Ellis
“National Night Out.” Presiding Officer
Board of Commissioners of DeKalb County
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.
African American freedom and
emphasizes education and
(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,
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
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.
“Take a Stroll”
One-hour guided walking tours
highlighting the development of
Stone Mountain Village.
For more information contact:
Stone Mountain Village or
1-866-633-5252 ext. 3371
3:30p.m. – 9:30p.m.
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
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
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
Launch of the Africa Channel at So be enthusiastic about the upcoming change. If you are excited
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.
Important Web Spotlight on Special Events Aug. 2006
2006 Budget Overview
A power point presentation
detailing the important
parts of the 2006 budget
Website for ANDP, an
organization devoted to
affordable housing and
The official website for
Commissioner Ellis and
Your 2005 Annual
A .pdf copy of the 2005
annual report for district 4
created by Commissioner
D i s t r i c t 4
C o m m i s s i o n e r &
P r e s i d i n g
O f f i c e r
B o a r d o f
C o m m i s s i o n e r s
o f D e K a l b
C o u n t y
Manuel J. Maloof Center
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, Georgia 30030
And More. . .
Fax: 404 - 371-7004