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Registration open for adult basketball league

Registration for Brookhaven’s 2015 Spring Adult Basketball League is open now through March 6. The league, for males 17 years and older, has a 10-game schedule, with the first game scheduled for March 30. Registration requires a commitment form to reserve a team spot in the league and a fee of $450 per team.
Teams can sign up at the parks and recreation office at Lynwood Park Community Center or via web, mail or fax to (404) 637-0515. Mailed or faxed registrations forms should include payment and be received by March 4 at the parks & Recreation office at 3360 Osborne Road, NE, Brookhaven, Ga., 30319.
Participants in the city’s Spring Adult Basketball League must have turned 17 prior to Jan. 1. For more information, call Brookhaven Parks & Recreation Department at (404) 637-0542 or visit www.brookhavenga.gov/city-departments/parks-recreation.

Road closures announced

Brookhaven Public Works Department announced that East Roxboro Road will be closed between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for the installation of storm water and sanitary sewer pipes between Goodwin Road and Wright Avenue. Traffic on East Roxboro Road will be detoured to Lenox Park Boulevard and North Druid Hills Road. Access will be maintained for local traffic to access the properties and neighborhoods along East Roxboro south of Lenox Park Boulevard. The construction is expected to take no more than two weeks.


Community Center to host fashion show

On March 7 from 1 – 4 p.m. Clarkston’s Community Center will host its inaugural Women of Clarkston International Fashion Show. For additional information and vendor opportunities contact event and communications manager Nefertiti Williams at events@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org. Adult tickets are $15, children tickets are $5.


City to hold open house

The City of Chamblee will hold a public open house on the city’s Unified Development Ordinance from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on March, 10 at the Chamblee Civic Center.
The purpose of the open house is for staff to provide an overview of the Unified Development Ordinance and why it is important. The city invites the public to drop in and make comments or suggestions before it becomes a public hearing item. Attendees will be able to ask questions directly and also fill out comment cards if they want to make specific comments.


City replaces CodeRed emergency notifications with Smart911 

The City of Decatur recently transitioned to an enhanced Smart911 system to make communication between residents and public safety agencies easier and more convenient.
In addition to providing details about their household to E911 dispatchers on emergency calls, Smart911 now gives users the option to opt-in to receive emergency and general notifications from the city. This Smart911 option replaces the CodeRed emergency and weather notifications.
All CodeRed users who wish to continue to receive emergency alerts from the city should create a private and secure Safety Profile at www.Smart911.com. Anyone already registered with a safety profile at www.Smart911.com can simply log into their account to opt-in to the new enhanced features.
 Members of the community can visit www.smart911.com to sign up and create a free Safety Profile for their household, providing information such as the names and photos of family members, health conditions, medications, pets in the home, vehicle details and emergency contacts. All profile information is voluntary and each household can determine what details are important to include. 
Because a Safety Profile can be tied to a mobile number, if a person dials 911 in any community across the United States that utilizes Smart911, his or her safety profile will be available to dispatchers to aid in emergency response. In Georgia, Smart911 is available in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Chamblee, Decatur, Dunwoody, DeKalb County, John’s Creek, Milton and Sandy Springs. 

Covington Library friends group to host book sale

The Friends of the Covington Library group will have a book sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 20-21. The proceeds be used to fund children’s programs.
Covington Library is located at 3500 Covington Highway, Decatur, at the corner of Memorial Drive and Covington Highway. For more information, call (404) 508-7180.

Druid Hills

Gone Digital: 100+ years of Emory yearbooks now online 

Now through March 7, Emory University will hold an exhibit on the digitization of Emory University yearbooks from 1893-1999, which are now online, with more recent years to be added soon. The show features digital access to the yearbooks, a narrative on how the annuals show societal changes over time and an oversized yearbook image with face cutouts so visitors can pose in the fashions of yesteryear. The digital collection documents not only the history of the university, but also of changes in education, popular culture, politics and economics. It’s also a good way to research family members and friends in their younger years. Emory University, 540 Asbury Circle Atlanta; (404) 727-6861. For additional information visit: web.library.emory.edu.

Stone Mountain

Georgia Lakes Society brings its lake workshop to Stone Mountain Park

Georgia Lakes Society, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, hosts Lake University Workshops around the state. The upcoming workshop will be at Stone Mountain Park at the Confederate Museum Educational Center on Feb. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Previous workshops over the past two years have been held in Milledgeville, Columbus, Athens and Roswell.
The purpose of the Stone Mountain workshop is to provide homeowner associations, lakeshore homeowners and those responsible for the lake on their property information about the management of the lake.
The workshop at Stone Mountain will cover dam maintenance, sedimentation, lakeshore landscaping, and an introduction to the adopt-a-lake program. Opportunities to network with lake managers and other lake professionals will be available.
Sponsors of the Stone Mountain Lake University Workshop are Integrated Lake Management, Aquascape Environmental, Aquatic Restoration and Siltbusters Dredging Service.
Pre-registrants have free admission to the park in addition to the workshop. Coffee and a morning snack will be provided. Register at www.georgialakes.org by clicking on the link for Lake University.

Traffic signal fix relieves congestion at major intersection

The commute on Mountain Industrial Boulevard may have just gotten shorter for some thanks to traffic signal enhancements at the intersection of Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard.
The bottleneck has been reduced at peak times by traffic signal timing and operational enhancements by Tucker-based Sunbelt Traffic LLC, and funded by the Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID). Currently more than 35,000 vehicles travel the roadway each day, and one of every seven completing trips is carried out by a commercial vehicle such as a freight truck.
The signal timing effort has reduced corridor trips by an average of 50 seconds during the busiest morning and afternoon drive times, according to before and after video measurements of the intersection.
Beyond the signal timing work, the CID has focused on improved area signage and enhanced lighted street signs to promote better navigation throughout the corridor. Additionally, the CID has assisted in securing pavement repairs and other infrastructure upgrades in areas most heavily traveled by commercial vehicle traffic.
A more detailed traffic flow study to evaluate improvements to further decrease travel times along Mountain Industrial Boulevard is underway.

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