NPU-S General Meeting This Thursday, July 19, 7pm, at VICARS

Greetings, fellow NPU residents!

Tomorrow will be our NPU General Meeting for July 2018, held, as always, on the third Thursday of each month.

This particular meeting has many presentations:
  • Georgia Heirs Property Law Center will be there to speak on the Generational Poverty Law Project, a 3-year joint venture between Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Georgia Heirs Property Law Center, and the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, collaborating to protect homes and families in metro-Atlanta. 
  • ELEVATE 2018 plans to talk about their upcoming events in the neighborhoods of Adams Park, Cascade Heights, Venetian Hills, Cascade Road, Beecher Hills and Audubon Forest.
  • BeltLine Rail Now is seeking the NPU's support on their petition.
  • More MARTA is looking for feedback on their proposed projects ahead of the projects being presented to the MARTA Board;
  • and Ryse Interactive is seeking a letter of support for their proposed acquisition of the former Arkwright Elementary School to build a studio.

And, of course, reports from the police, code enforcement, public works, and many more!

See you there!

When: Thursday, July 19, 2018, 7-9pm
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Rd SW

Historic Preservation Workshop - Wednesday, July 18 6pm

The City of Atlanta, Department of City Planning invites you and your neighbors to join us at our Historic Preservation Workshop on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 6:00pm. The workshop will take place at the Atlanta City Studio and will be targeted to residents of the Cascade, Peyton Forest and Audobon Forest Districts.

8th Annual Homeless Initiative

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office and the Sheriff's Office's Chaplaincy Program are asking for volunteers and donations for their 8th annual Homeless Initiative.

The picture above shows dozens of people who came to receive items from the Homeless Initiative in 2017. Donations are needed by August 8, 2018 for this year's Homeless Initiative. Items needed include: soap, socks, baby wipes, towels and trash bags. You can request a donation pickup or volunteer for the event by calling Lt. S. Edwards at 404-612-3113 or Sgt. J. Price at 404-612-3480. The items will be dispersed during the Homeless Initiative on Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse.

Needed items include:
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Washcloths
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Nail Clippers
  • Towels
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toothbrushes
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Feminine Products
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving Cream
  • Tissue
  • Combs and Brushes
  • Band-Aids
  • Socks
  • Trash Bags/Ziplock Bags
  • Baby Wipes
  • Foot Powder
  • Adult Diapers

Fulton County Emergency Services Launches Text to 9-1-1

Fulton County Emergency Services is pleased to announce the successful launch of Text to 9-1-1 service on July 1, 2018. Fulton County’s Text to 9-1-1 uses the latest state-of-the-art technology allowing hearing and speech-impaired residents, as well as those in potentially dangerous situations, to reach out for help.

Text to 9-1-1 requires a cell phone that has the capability to send text messages. Location services must be enabled and text messages should be brief, easily understood, and should not contain abbreviations, emoji’s, or slang. Currently, the texting service is only available in English; other language solutions are in development and will be implemented as soon as they become available. The system cannot receive photos or videos at this time.

For more information go to

Reminder: Your Solid Waste Pickup Day is Changing THIS week!

For years, the day of the week our trash has been collected has been Wednesday - the day for Southwest Atlanta. However, the City has created new, more efficient collection routes that are not based on quadrant.

Starting this week, July 9th, the new pickup days go into effect!

To find out which day of the week your house will be serviced, go to

Early Voting Underway

Fulton County has 12 Early Voting locations for the 2018 General Primary/Nonpartisan and Special Election Runoff. Polls are open Monday through Friday until July 20, 2018. Polls will also be will open Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. During the final week of early voting, Monday, July 16 – Friday July 20, polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Early Voting hours are:

  • Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 14 – 8:30 a. m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 16 – Friday July 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sample ballots can be found at

Trash pickup tomorrow, July 5

Don't forget, folks, that our trash pickup will be delayed a day this week due to the July 4 holiday.

Also! Don't forget that starting next week, trash pickup will be different days for different addresses. Find out the pickup day for your address at .

Council District 12 Neighborhood Blueprint Plan Review 4 - July 11

Westside 5k/8k - July 14

Presented by Delta Air Lines, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership's Run.Walk.Go! Race Series is the perfect way to get your "fit" on while exploring different Atlanta BeltLine trail segments. Check out the latest project developments, snag a race t-shirt you'll be proud to wear, and burn a few calories. Yes, it's a race, but it's all about the fun - runners, walkers, strollers, and four-footed friends are all welcome!

Our first 2018 race is the Westside 5K/8K (8K option new for this year) on Saturday, July 14. This year's race starts and ends at Lee + White in historic West End, makes extensive use of the Westside Trail which opened to the public in September 2017 and features an awesome afterparty at Monday Night Garage!

The Westside 5K/8K is a "fun run" meant for participants of all fitness levels. But if you're looking to take home the hardware, we'll have race medals ready for the following winners:

  • Overall M/F
  • Overall Master's M/F
  • Overall Grand Master's M/F
  • Overall Sr. Master's M/F
  • Top 3 in each of the regular 5-year age groups (10 & under through 75+)
  • Overall awards based on gun time. Age group awards based on chip time.

The start/finish line area will be filled with energy, music, and refreshments. All participants will receive a complimentary adult beverage from Monday Night Garage. We'll be chip timing the start and finish, and sending participants out in quick waves to ensure no one gets bumped around in the crowd. The 5k course has been USATF-certified.

NPU-S meeting this Thursday, June 21, 7pm, at VICARS

Once again, it's time for our monthly meeting, scheduled as always for the third Thursday of each month. This month the third Thursday is the 21st, the latest possible day of the month.

It's a busy meeting this month!  We'll start with a brand-new regular item, the Featured House of Worship. This is an opportunity for members of our local faith community to introduce themselves, and talk about their work in the community at large. Our first FHoW guest is our own Pastor Michael Smith from the Community Church of God.  The Community Church of God are our hosts at VICARS, so it wasn't exactly a difficult call to make. If you know of a local faith group in our community, drop us a line - we hope to have a different guest each month!

Our Fulton County Commissioner, Natalie Hall, will be in attendance, bringing with her representatives from the Youth Services and Cooperative Extension departments. Furthermore, the Office of Film and Entertainment will be introducing themselves, hopefully beginning of a regular process of notifying us of upcoming filming.

Also - Georgia Power's newest Area Manager, Larry Vincent, is coming to introduce himself to the community, and there will be another presentation to go over the Zoning Ordinance Update Phase II.

We have two voting issues and one item for review. For voting, we have a liquor license application (Mini Mart Express, 1975 Campbellton) and a zoning ordinance (Z-18-54, microbreweries), and for review we have a city ordinance (18-O-1299, fee changes).

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 7pm-9pm
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Rd SW

See you there!

Workshop: Driving in Compliance with the Hands-Free Georgia Act - June 27

Lunch Forum @ Atlanta City Studio

This month's forum features Nakia Melecio from S.C.O.R.E. Atlanta to talk small business development.

Grady Hiring Event

Grady EMS has openings for full-time and PRN Paramedics and EMT's in 911, Specialty Care Transport, and Events divisions. There will be a hiring event on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Hilton Atlanta Airport. Those interested can apply in person or online at

DOT Hiring event June 28 - early registration required

Eventbrite link at

WorkSource Fulton to Hire Veterans

WorkSource Fulton and Veterans Home and Business Services are recruiting veterans to apply for Home Technician positions. The collaboration serves to create more work opportunities for men and women who have honorably served their country as well as those who continue to serve on a part-time basis.

WorkSource is assisting with the recruitment, screening, and hiring of Home Technicians I and II at pay rates that range from $15 to $30 per hour. Available positions include electricians, general repairpersons, camera installers, carpentry/painters, plumbers, smart home technicians, security system installers, and appliance repair personnel.

Interested applicants may contact WorkSource Fulton’s Adamsville Workforce Center at (404) 613-6381 to learn more about opportunities for veterans.

Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer's Market

For more information and to RSVP, go to, email, or call (770)765-5108.

Other locations and times in the area:

Workshops - Equitable Housing in Atlanta

3rd Annual Jazz Matters At The Wren's Nest Summer Concert Series

Tickets available here.

Upcoming Atlanta BeltLine Public Meeting on Monday, June 25

Westside Study Group: Subarea 9 and 10 Master Plan Update

June 25, 2018

The boundaries of Subareas 9 and 10 within the Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area
Join us for the next Subarea 9 and 10 Master Plan Update meeting!
The purpose of this meeting is to present the findings from the open house on April 28th, and receive your feedback on the draft recommendations for land use (e.g. mixed use, housing, commercial services), mobility (e.g. trails, sidewalks, bikes, transit), parks and greenspace.
The objective of the Subarea Master Plan is to guide growth for vibrant, livable mixed-use communities by applying best management practices for transit oriented development, mobility, green space, and alternative modes of transportation.

Monday, June 25, 2018 from 6:30-8:00pm

Hagar's Palace
19 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30314

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Voting item for June: Ordinance 18-O-1299 - Business License Fees

This is a voting matter that will be at June's meeting. The text can be found here:

But the nut of the matter is short:


SECTION 1: That Chapter 30, Article III, Division 1, of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances, Section 30-62 titled “Administrative fee amounts; tax rate structure” is hereby amended to read as follows (with permanent additions in bold font and permanent deletions in strikeout font):

Sec. 30-62. - Administrative fee amounts; tax rate structure.


A nonprorated, nonrefundable administrative fee of $75.00 $100.00 shall be required on all business and occupation tax accounts except for the businesses of those persons who are not required to pay the business or occupation tax for the initial startup, renewal, or reopening of those accounts. The administrative fee can only approximate the reasonable cost of handling and processing the occupation tax, return or application

SECTION 2: That all fees collected pursuant Section 1 of this ordinance shall be deposited into the following accounts:

For Business Occupation tax - General Fund Accounts 1001.100501.3212001; 1001.100501.3212002; 1001.240201.3212001;

SECTION 3: All ordinances and resolutions in conflict herewith are hereby waived for purposes of this ordinance only, and only to the extent of said conflict.

Ride to Wellness Summit - June 20

Home Empowerment Seminar - June 12

Free tickets RSVP:

Free Community Seminar
Southwest Atlanta is on the rise, and with that comes concern around displacement and keeping long-time residents in their homes. State Representative Park Cannon, Real Estate Attorney Nik Erramilli, and Civic Entrepreneur Charnette Trimble want to make sure existing homeowners in Atlanta neighborhoods are equipped to take advantage of available resources to help them stay in their homes.

Seminar Details
Led by Charnette Trimble, Home Repair Consultant, this Free, 90-minute seminar will help you understand:
  • Homeowner occupied rehab programs
  • Affordable Housing Ballot Initiative
  • Property taxes and tax exemptions
  • How to file an appeal
  • Wealth preservation

Please bring your current tax assessment document with you to the meeting.

Casting Family Reunion TV Show In Georgia


Is your family having a large scale event in the state of Georgia (like a family reunion, anniversary or birthday party)?

Our professional event planner and his team want to help you plan, organize and execute a reunion of epic proportions!

To APPLY for the show, please complete the application below:

or email for more info!

Atlanta BeltLine Public Meeting on Monday June 4

News from the Atlanta BeltLine Community Engagement Team

Second Quarterly Briefing of 2018

June 4, 2018

Round table discussions during the First Quarterly Briefing of 2018

Join Mayor Bottoms and panelists in a conversation about equity and how Atlanta can be a City for all.

Our second Quarterly Briefing of 2018 will kick off with a brief introduction of the Atlanta BeltLine project followed by project updates and a facilitated panel discussion focused on equity.  
Featured panelists include: 
  • Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms | Mayor, City of Atlanta
  • Brian McGowan | President & CEO, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
  • Brandon Riddick-Seals | Interim CEO, Atlanta Housing
  • Tim Keane | Commissioner of Planning, City of Atlanta
  • Odetta MacLeish-White | Managing Director, Transformation Alliance
  • Nonet Sykes | Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Monday, June 4 from 6pm-8:30pm

Friendship Baptist Church
80 Walnut Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

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Reminder - Holiday schedule for solid waste service

Due to Memorial Day, trash pickup will be delayed by one day. For our area, that means have your trash out for pickup on Thursday the 31st, not Wednesday the 30th.

Fulton County District Attorney's Office - FREE Junior DA Summer Youth Program

The Application Deadline is June 1, 2018. We look forward to receiving your Junior DA Application!

For more information, contact

NeighborWorks Week - Neighbors Together - Saturday, June 2 for

From Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership:

NeighborWorks Week: Neighbors Together

Join us on Saturday, June 2 for Neighbors Together 2018. This is the 4th annual FREE event hosted by ANDP and a team of neighborhood leaders to help empower metro Atlanta community residents to transform their neighborhoods from the inside out. Strong resident engagement and leadership brings positive change to communities.

Saturday, June 2, 2018  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Atlanta Metropolitan State College 
1630 Metropolitan Pkwy SW
Atlanta, GA 30310 
Door Prizes: 1 Apple iPad, 3 $200 Home Depot Gift Cards
(Must be present at drawing to win)

Join neighborhood leaders and residents from across metro Atlanta (with focus on communities south of I-20) to learn from national experts about strategies you can use to make your communities the best that they can be. Leading our communities through difficult challenges takes bold, innovative and resilient community leadership. This year's training will focus on two critical topics that are essential for thriving communities: 
Advocacy: Our goal is to help you -- as community residents --- be as effective as possible in advocating for your interests with local elected officials. You will learn tools and techniques to make local government work for your community by increasing your voice and representation in government. Learn how to educate public officials about issues in your community, to ensure they consider and reflect your community's best interest, and to hold them accountable when they don't. Amplify your voice to advocate for change that improves the quality of life in your neighborhood.  
Linking School and Community: Healthy communities have strong bonds with neighborhood schools. Learn practical strategies that communities have used successfully to improve local schools through grassroots organizing and strengthening of school-community links. Get tips to help you and your fellow residents work with your neighborhood school by strengthening after-school programs, improving communication between parents and school officials, making the school more accessible to the community and making community resources more accessible to the school. 
Who Should Attend?  This training event is ideal for concerned neighbors, formal neighborhood leaders, informal neighborhood leaders, HOA leaders and members, neighborhood associations, homeowners and renters, local business owners, neighborhood watch groups, faith and nonprofit organizations - and YOU!

Susan Adams, Senior Director,
Policy & Community Engagement
ANDP, Inc.



About NeighborWorks Week
Neighbors Together 2018 is part of NeighborWorks Week. Each June, NeighborWorks America and its network of local organizations, including ANDP, mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers, businesspeople, neighbors, friends, and local and national elected and civic leaders in a week of neighborhood change and awareness. This year, NeighborWorks is celebrating is 40th year of advancing opportunity!
About NeighborWorks America
For more than 35 years, NeighborWorks America, a national, nonpartisan nonprofit, has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $27.2 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation's leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals. More online at
About Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership
ANDP is a private, non-profit organization created in 1991 to promote, create and preserve affordable housing through direct development, lending, policy research and advocacy that result in the equitable distribution of affordable housing throughout the metropolitan Atlanta region. ANDP is a chartered member of NeighborWorks.
ANDP, Inc. | | | @andpinc

Family Fun Fest, All Atlanta Residents Invited!

Come one, Come all!!! All Atlanta Residents are invited!

Atlanta Public Schools' Office of Early Learning is hosting the 2nd annual Family Fun Festival for rising Kindergarten children and children entering Pre-K for the 2018-2019 school year. The Family Fun Fest will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10 am -2 pm and will be at Whitefoord Early Learning Academy which is located on 35 Whitefoord Ave. SE, Atlanta GA 30317.  This fun-filled event is open to ALL Atlanta families, and is designed to give them an opportunity to access community resources, learn more about the Pre-K and Kindergarten curricula, participate in on-site health services, and have an opportunity to enroll in school for the upcoming school year. This year we've made it extra fun with the addition of a marching band, live performances, KiDsGyM USA, photo booths, food trucks, free ice cream, games, give-a-ways, and so much more!

Zoning Ordinance Update Phase II - Lots of info!

The City of Atlanta has been working for the past few years on overhauling its zoning ordinances, with the goal of streamlining its processes and updating the code to reflect its design goals as outlined in The Atlanta City Design document released early last year.  Since all changes to zoning ordinances must go through the NPUs before being picked up by the City, the Department of City Planning has been spearheading a public information campaign to let the citizens know what's going on.

Earlier this year, a series of "quick fix" changes known as Phase I made its way through the NPUs, but since Phase I occurred during the holidays and the January winter storm, many people felt ambushed by the vote regardless. In response, the City has made greater efforts to get ahead of these changes, including public meetings and presentations at the NPU.

The Planning Department sent us this podcast of one of the Phase II meetings, which we've embedded below. If you're interested in reading the master document outlining the City's goals in all of this, you can either go to or download a PDF copy of the book at (warning: 120MB file). There's also a presentation on Phase II changes specifically at

Urban Ecology Meeting - 5/22


The City of Atlanta is conducting a study that  will determine what aspects of nature in Atlanta should be protected, restored and enhanced. The study will include an inventory and evaluation of the City's natural features, including creeks and watersheds, forest and tree canopy, public and private green spaces, urban wildlife and more.
Join us on Tuesday, May 22nd from 6 - 8pm to hear about the City's current natural landscape. We need your voice as we embark upon an interactive visioning session.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 | 6-8pm
Monday Night Garage
1003 White Street, Atlanta, GA 30310

Executive Committee meeting postponed to Monday 5/14

NPU-S's regularly scheduled Executive Committee meeting, which is usually on the second Sunday of each month, has been postponed to tomorrow, Monday the 14th, at Metropolitan Library at 7pm. These meetings are open to the public; if you cannot make it physically we use Google Hangouts for videoconferencing at

Happy Mother's Day!

Today (May 3) 5:30pm - KSU Architecture Master Plans for West End Mall + West End MARTA

Neighborhood Watch Training RESCHEDULED May 19

From the City of Atlanta:

I would like to take the time out to apologize for the cancellation of the Neighborhood Watch Training on March 31,2018 due to cyber-breach.  The training has been rescheduled to May 19,2018 at 226 Peachtree St. Atlanta Georgia 30303 from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please reserve by email at or by phone at 404-546-5320 by May 14,2018.  When reserving please include full names of everyone attending and the Community that you reside in. Lunch will be provided.