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City collects donations for Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade

Avondale Estates is collecting items for the annual Georgia Municipal Association’s Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade. The event provides holiday gifts for patients in hospitals run by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). It also raises awareness for DBHDD programs and patients.
Donations of new and unwrapped gifts will be accepted. Donations of wrapping paper, ribbons and bows also are needed. Cash donations also will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to: GRHA Patient Benefit Fund. Gifts or donations will be accepted at Avondale Estates City Hall until Dec. 1.


City offers new app for residents

Brookhaven residents can now report public works and code issues via “Brookhaven Connect,” a free smart phone app for residents to report non-emergency problems such as potholes, code violations or sidewalk issues. The app is currently available for iPhone and Android phones.
Residents also can report problems via their laptops or desktop computers with the app. “Brookhaven Connect” is not intended for issues that need to be addressed immediately. For downed trees across roads, traffic signals on flash or “dark,” or downed stop signs, residents should call the Public Works department’s main number at (404) 637-0540 and press “1” to connect to the on-call staff. Residents should call 911 for all public safety emergencies that require police, fire or EMS.


Commissioner to host 17th annual Tree of Love program

DeKalb County District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson will kick off his 17th Annual Tree of Love on Nov. 21.
The Tree of Love is a holiday initiative to assist DeKalb children who, because of their circumstances—foster care, single-parent, low-income households—may not receive Christmas gifts. Since the beginning of this initiative at South DeKalb Mall in 1999, more than 9,000 children have been “adopted” through the Tree of Love.
The kickoff for the event will be Saturday, Nov. 21, beginning at noon at the Gallery at South DeKalb Mall, 2801 Candler Road, Decatur. The community, business owners, organizations and churches are invited to come out and take a child’s name from the Tree of Love. Gifts will be due back by noon on Saturday, Dec. 19, when the annual Tree of Love Christmas program will take place, also at South DeKalb Mall.
Donors can contact the commissioner’s office now to adopt a child.
Any individuals and groups interested in showcasing their talents and participating in the Christmas Program at the Tree Of Love Wrap-Up on Dec. 19 can contact Johnson’s office at (404) 371-2988 or email for more information.

Commissioner holds economic development forum

On Nov. 6 DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson sponsored “Renaissance 2.0 Economic Development Forum: Breaking through How We See Our Community” at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center.
The purpose of the forum was to foster a vision of bringing beautification, commercial development and economic empowerment to District 3 through education, economic incentives and coordination among community groups.
At the forum, several developers discussed how to attract new businesses to the community. Additionally, a group of community residents pitched their ideas of what they would like to see in the community and why DeKalb County’s District 3 is a place that is ready for an economic emergence.
More than 150 residents who registered for the event had the opportunity to network with business owners, vendors, county officials and potential employers.

Third annual turkey giveaway scheduled

The third Annual Turkey Giveaway for needy families in DeKalb County is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Galleria at South DeKalb Mall, located at 2801 Candler Road, Decatur.
This event is sponsored by DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson and DeKalb County NAACP Branch/Women in NAACP.
Last year more than 465 turkeys were donated to families in need ranging from young people to senior citizens. The goal this year is to exceed last year’s goal and that each family in need receives a free turkey.
For more information, contact Johnson’s office at (404) 371-2988.


Community organization to host open mic and elect board

The South DeKalb Improvement Association wants to hear from residents and businesses of South DeKalb about local issues, concerns and priorities. That’s why the organization is dedicating a portion of its Nov. 21 general meeting for public comments.
The meeting will feature an open forum on code compliance, economic development, education, housing, public safety and other topics that fall under the group’s service umbrella. During the meeting, there will be an election for the board of directors.
The meeting is Saturday, Nov. 21, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Berean Community Center, 2440 Young Road, Stone Mountain. The meeting is free and open to everyone.
The South DeKalb Improvement Association (SDIA) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, 501c3 organization with a mission of giving the residents of South DeKalb a voice and platform in addressing common issues.
For more information about the organization, or to invite SDIA to speak to at a meeting of a homeowners or association, civic organization, church or group, email

County changes deadline for garbage and recycling container collection procedure

The DeKalb County Sanitation Division has extended the compliance deadline for servicing third-party or customer-provided garbage and recycling containers. Effective immediately, all garbage and recycling containers placed at the curb on residents’ designated collection day, including customer-provided containers, will be serviced until Dec. 31.
Only county-issued garbage roll carts and recycling containers will be serviced when full implementation of the new procedure takes effect Jan. 1, 2016.
Customer-provided yard trimmings containers are exempt from this new procedure. The use of secure, durable plastic bags for excess garbage disposal is permitted with this procedure.
Residents not in compliance after Dec. 31 will not be serviced, and will be issued a notice advising of the use of an unauthorized garbage or recycling container.
Customers who do not have a county-issued garbage roll cart, or would like to join the recycling program and obtain a county-issued 18-gallon recycling bin should contact the sanitation division’s customer service team at (404) 294-2900 or
Phase II of the sanitation service change program, which will focus on recycling, is expected to begin in late November. Recycling roll carts with a 65-gallon capacity will be available during Phase II for a one-time $15 fee. More information on Phase II will be provided in the coming weeks.
For program updates or more details about the sanitation service change, including a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions, contact the sanitation division’s customer service team at (404) 294-2900 or, or visit the “Rolling Forward to One” program website at


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