NPU-S Calendar of Events - December 9 - 15

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, December 9 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community. 
  • Tuesday, December 10 - Graymont Drive Neighborhood Organization - 6:30pm, St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church (1558 Venetian Dr). Monthly meeting of GDNA, which operates over Graymont, Elizabeth, Lockwood, and Westmont. Contact DionneMoore2015@gmail.com for more information.
  • Saturday, December 14 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, December 14 - WAWA Service Saturdays - 10am, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd SW) Free, registration required. Provides the opportunity for youth 10 years and older to participate in meaningful activities encouraging conservation, stewardship and experiential learning. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, December 14 - Bush Mountain Community Organization Meeting - 1pm, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd SW). For more information, contact Tavius Elder at taviuselder@yahoo.com.
External Events:
  • Monday, December 9 - NPU-V Meeting - 7pm, Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority Resource Center (341 Kelly St SE). NPU-V encompasses the communities of Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, and Capitol Gateway.
  • Wednesday, December 11 - NPU-T Meeting - 7pm,  Lee+White Community Room (1000 White St SW, behind Boxcar). NPU-T encompasses the communities of Ashview Heights, Atlanta University Center, Harris Chiles, Just Us, Castleberry Hill, West End, and Westview.
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

NPU-S Calendar of Events - December 2 - 8

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, December 2 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community. 
  • Saturday, December 7 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Sunday, December 8 - NPU-S Executive Committee Meeting - 4:45pm, Metropolitan Library (1332 Metropolitan Pkwy SW). This is the Executive Committee meeting. Every other month it meets on Sunday afternoon at the library; the alternating months it meets on second Wednesday evening. This is to give people with different schedules the ability to make at least every other meeting. There is a Google Hangout for those who cannot make it in person - join by phone: 1 628-400-8610‬ PIN: ‪455 206 767‬#.
External Events:
  • Wednesday, December 4 - NPU-R Meeting - 7pm, Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA (2220 Campbellton Rd SW) NPU-R encompasses the communities of Adams Park, Campbellton Road, Fort Valley, Greenbriar, Laurens Valley, Pamond Park, and Southwest
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Trash collection - Thanksgiving week and week after

Reminder: there will be no garbage collection on Thanksgiving or the next day. 

Instead:
  • Thursday's trash will be collected on Saturday, November 30
  • Friday's trash will be collected on Monday, December 2
  • Garbage collection on the following week will delayed by a week - Monday's collection will be on Tuesday, Tuesday's collection on Wednesday, etc.
  • Regular collection schedule will resume on December 9.

ACRB Arts & Essay Contest Kickoff - December 10

From the Citizen Review Board:

"December 10, 2019 is the kickoff date for the 2020 Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) Arts & Essay Contest. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE.

The event is one of the ways we seek to foster better relations between citizens and police. Hundreds of  students and citizens have participated in the past. We expect record numbers this year because for the first time, the contest will not only include drawings and essays, but also the spoken word. The theme this year is “If I could change law enforcement, it would be like this…”

Winners and their families are honored at Atlanta City Hall on live TV. They are treated to a buffet luncheon and awarded prizes. Some of the entries are put on display in the City Hall Atrium.

Go to acrbgov.org for more information."

NPU-S Calendar of Events - November 25 - December 1


NOTE: Due to the holidays, please check with the organizations hosting these events to confirm that they're happening this week in the locations listed.

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:

NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, November 25 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community.
  • NOTE: There is NO Cascade Avenue Neighborhood Organization meeting this week
  • Saturday, November 30 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
External Events:
  • Wednesday, November 27 - Fort Mac LRA Community Engagement Subcommittee Meeting - 5:30pm, Ft. McPherson LRA Office (1794 Walker Ave). http://fortmaclra.com/community/
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

NPU-S General Meeting this Thursday, Nov 21, 7pm

This upcoming Thursday, the 21st, will be NPU-S's General Meeting for November 2019.

This is a big meeting - we will be holding NPU-S officer elections to serve the 2020-21 term.  There will also be a special guest, our newly elected Zone 2 Board of Education committee member Aretta Baldon! Add onto that a special presentation from the Planning Department and a zoning variance, and we'll have a full plate.

And, as always, there will be reports from the police, code enforcement, public works, and many more!

See you there!

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7-9pm
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Rd SW
Agenda: http://bit.ly/NPUSAgendaNovember2019

NPU-S Calendar of Events - November 18 - 24

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, November 18 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community.
  • Tuesday, November 19 (NOTE EARLIER DATE!) - Oakland City Community Organization - 6:30pm, Reverend James Orange Recreation Center (1305 Oakland Dr). More information at https://www.occoatl.org/ 
  • Tuesday, November 19 - Beecher-Donnelly Community Association - 7pm, West End Family Life & Community Center (1191 Donnelly Ave SW). Covers the area between Oakland Drive and Cascade, from Richland to Donnelly.
  • Thursday, November 21 - NPU-S General Meeting - 7pm, VICARS (838 Cascade Ave).
  • Saturday, November 23 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
External Events:
  • Tuesday, November 21 - Zone 4 Community Feast - 4pm, 2472 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW. From Zone 4: "On behalf of our Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., we invite you to our 3rd Annual Zone 4 Thanksgiving Community Feast! We humbly request your presence! Please join us, with the help of our Community Partners Halpern Enterprises Inc., The Launch Pad, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Merchants Association, Terri’s CafĂ©, The Beat 96.7 and DJ Kodaq, along with our Neighbors of the Gordon Plaza as we provide FREE Thanksgiving Meals and Toiletries for over 250 people!"
  • Tuesday, November 21 - Campbellton Corridor Transit Project Kickoff Meeting - 6:30pm, Mt Carmel Baptist Church (2755 Campbellton Rd SW). MARTA is kicking off the Campbellton Corridor Transit Project. The project is being initiated to evaluate high capacity transit in the area.  There will be a public kickoff for the project Tuesday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
  • Wednesday, November 22 - NPU-I Meeting - 7pm, CT Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center (3201 MLK Dr.). Covers the neighborhoods of Audubon Forest, Beecher Hills, Cascade Heights, Collier Heights, Florida Heights, Ivan Hill, Mangum Manor, Peyton Forest, West Manor, Westhaven, and Westwood Terrace.
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Seniors: Get Your Flu Shot - November 15, 9am, Baptist Towers

From Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet:

"Attention all seniors 65 and older. Get your flu shot on Friday, November 15th from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at Baptist Towers 1881 Myrtle Dr SW and receive a free $10 Publix gift card (offer valid while supplies last). See details below."


NPU-S Calendar of Events - November 11 - 17

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, November 11 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community.
  • Monday, November 11 - Then What? Open Mic Night - 8pm, The Bakery (825 Warner St SW).
  • Tuesday, November 12 - Graymont Drive Neighborhood Organization - 6:30pm, St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church (1558 Venetian Dr). Monthly meeting of GDNA, which operates over Graymont, Elizabeth, Lockwood, and Westmont. Contact DionneMoore2015@gmail.com for more information.
  • Saturday, November 16 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, November 16 - Westridge/Sandtown Venetian Hills Neighborhood Organization - 10am, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd SW). Monthly meeting of WSCO, which operates over the entirety of Venetian Hills. Contact VenetianHillsPresident@gmail.com for more information.
  • Sunday, November 17 - Alt-Lanta Zine Fest - 12pm, The Bakery (825 Warner St SW). A celebration of zines and small press media! Meet local zinesters and special guests from all over the south. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1393414004159158/
External Events:
  • Monday, November 11 - NPU-V Meeting - 7pm, Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority Resource Center (341 Kelly St SE). NPU-V encompasses the communities of Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, and Capitol Gateway.
  • Tuesday, November 12 - ATC Community Needs Listening Session - 6pm, Brenda Watts-Jones Allied Health Building H (1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW). Atlanta Technical College’s Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Caroline Angelo, invites you to attend an interactive workshop to provide your thoughts on Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the College’s service area. The College is required to conduct a comprehensive local needs assessment as a part of its application for federal Perkins grant funds. These funds are used to support CTE through equipment, travel, faculty, and professional development.
  • Wednesday, November 13 - NPU-T Meeting - 7pm,  Lee+White Community Room (1000 White St SW, behind Boxcar). NPU-T encompasses the communities of Ashview Heights, Atlanta University Center, Harris Chiles, Just Us, Castleberry Hill, West End, and Westview.
  • Thursday, November 14 - Priority Male Empowerment Symposium - 12pm, Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (504 Fair St SW). The symposium will include lunch, an open forum, and a networking session with young men of color, 16-29 years of age, who reside in Fulton County, and are seeking employment, training, education, mentoring, and related services. There is no fee to attend the symposium, but reservations must be made at www.communitycouncilma.org. For more information, please call 404-935-5859.
  • Saturday, November 16 - 1st Parent and Family Engagement Conference - 8:30am, Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School (3099 Panther Trail SW). The Office of Family Engagement is proud to present our 1st Parent and Family Engagement Conference on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 8:30 am- 3:00 pm at D M Therrell High School.  We are very excited about this event as our presenters have resources to share that address single parenting, fatherhood, kinship care (specifically grandparents), social emotional learning, home ownership, students with disabilities, collaboration with school officers and families as well as a farmer who will speak on healthy habits!  We look forward to seeing you! All registrants are requested to order your tickets by clicking this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/76272813037 Please use this link to tell us a little bit about you and select the workshops you would like to attend: https://forms.gle/sdhct3M4rQXDio2y6
  • Saturday, November 16 - Scrap Tire Drive - Greenbriar - 9am, Greenbriar Mall (2841 Greenbriar Pkwy SW). Bring in your scrap tires for FREE disposal! Cars and light-duty truck tires only, unlimited tires for City of Atlanta residents. No businesses! For more information, contact the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission, KABC@atlantaga.gov or (404) 330 6240.
  • Saturday, November 16 - Atlanta Planning Advisory Board General Meeting - 10am, Atlanta City Hall (55 Trinity Ave).
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

NPU-S Calendar of Events - November 4 - 10

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, November 4 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community. 
  • Saturday, November 9 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, November 9 - WAWA Service Saturdays - 10am, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd SW) Free, registration required. Provides the opportunity for youth 10 years and older to participate in meaningful activities encouraging conservation, stewardship and experiential learning. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, November 9 - Bush Mountain Community Organization Meeting - 1pm, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd SW). For more information, contact Tavius Elder at taviuselder@yahoo.com.
  • Sunday, November 10 - NPU-S Executive Committee Meeting - 4:45pm, Metropolitan Library (1332 Metropolitan Pkwy SW). This is the Executive Committee meeting. There is a Google Hangout for those who cannot make it in person - join by phone: 1 628-400-8610‬ PIN: ‪455 206 767‬#.
External Events:
  • Wednesday, November 6 - Utoy & Camp Creek Stormwater Roadshow - 5:30pm, Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA (2220 Campbellton Rd SW). An Open House event designed to engage the public about stormwater issues. The Department of Watershed Management team will be on hand to discuss current and future programs, and how to be good stewards of the watershed. https://www.atlantawatershed.org/stormwaterroadshow/
  • Wednesday, November 6 - Tree Protection Ordinance Rewrite Community Meeting - 6:30pm, Atlanta Metropolitan State College Dennard Conference Center (1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW). "Join us as we present and discuss the next iteration of a revised tree ordinance based on the critical components and community input put forth thus far." https://parkpride.org/event/tree-protection-ordinance-public-meetings-announced/2019-11-06/
  • Wednesday, November 6 - NPU-R Meeting - 7pm, Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA (2220 Campbellton Rd SW) NPU-R encompasses the communities of Adams Park, Campbellton Road, Fort Valley, Greenbriar, Laurens Valley, Pamond Park, and Southwest
  • Saturday, November 9 - Scrap Tire Drive - Victory Outreach - 9am, Victory Outreach Church (2175 Metropolitan Pkwy SW). Bring in your scrap tires for FREE disposal! Cars and light-duty truck tires only, unlimited tires for City of Atlanta residents. No businesses! For more information, contact the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission, KABC@atlantaga.gov or (404) 330 6240.
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Hiring Events - Global Concessions, Inc. and UPS [TODAY]

From Global Concessions, Inc.:
"Now hiring positions including:

  • Sales Associate
  • Utility
  • Dishwashers
  • Cooks
  • Group Managers
  • Assistant Managers
  • Servers
Friday, November 1, 2019
10am - 2pm
Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA
2220 Campbellton Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30311


Our mission is simple: to enrich the lives of our guests and our employees. We do this through superior quality food and beverages, award-winning customer service, sales growth and cost controls. We strongly believe that our most important resource is our people; therefore, we have created a rewarding work environment and provided unprecedented benefits to retain an outstanding staff capable of delivering an exceptional dining experience to every customer, every time."

From UPS:
"BROWN FRIDAY

All positions

Friday, November 1, 2019
11am - 3pm
UPS S.M.A.R.T. Facility
1100 Fulton Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30311
Text BROWN to 47404 or visit upsjobs.com

  • Weekly pay
  • Weekly schedule (may include weekends)
  • Multiple shifts available
  • Opportunities for growth
FUTURE YOU goes further than you imagine. Maybe it sounds crazy, but you'll actually look forward to putting in a good day's work as a Package Handler at UPS. Start a fast-paced job you can count on – and see where it goes from there."

Democratic presidential debate in the NPU!

Fantastic news!

From https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/democratic-prez-debate-sidesteps-suburbs-for-star-atlanta-studio/CykbostiWVNq6LMoq7nB2O/ :

The Democratic presidential debate will be held next month at Tyler Perry Studios, according to several party officials, sidestepping the suburbs for the newly opened $250 million complex near Atlanta’s airport. 
The studio was selected for the Nov. 20 debate after jockeying that pitted Perry’s studio in heavily Democratic southwest Atlanta against the sparkling new performance arts center in Sandy Springs, once-solid Republican territory that’s become increasingly competitive.
We'll keep an eye on this. A proud moment for our neighborhood and our city!

NPU-S Calendar of Events, October 28 - November 3

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, October 28 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community.
  • Tuesday, October 29 - Future Places Project - 6:30pm, Providence Missionary Baptist Church (2295 Benjamin E Mays Dr SW). From the Department of City Planning. The Future Places Project is an initiative to ensure that Atlanta retains is historic identity as the city moves forward.
  • Thursday, October 31 - Westridge-Sandtown Community Organization Candy Stop - 3pm, Peggie Quick Pocket Park (Intersection of Sandtown Rd SW and Venetian Dr SW).
  • Thursday, October 31 - Halloween in the Zones - 5pm, Atlanta Police Department Zone 4 Precinct (1125 Cascade Cir SW). Candy, activities, and fun for the kids at Zone 4 Precinct!
  • Saturday, November 2 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, November 2 - John A. White Park Fall Cleanup - 9am, John A. White Park (1183 Cascade Rd SW).  Join your neighbors to help clean up John A. White Park, our community's hidden gem! We'll be meeting at the parking lot next to the pool, then gathering garbage, recyclables, large sticks, and anything else we see that needs tidying up. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you're so inspired. For more information, contact Jeff Elrod (jeffrey.elrod@gmail.com).
External Events:
  • Saturday, November 2 - Scrap Tire Drive - Hartsfield - 9am, Hartsfield Incinerator (2175 James Jackson Pkwy NW). Bring in your scrap tires for FREE disposal! Cars and light-duty truck tires only, unlimited tires for City of Atlanta residents. No businesses! For more information, contact the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission, KABC@atlantaga.gov or (404) 330-6240.
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Fort Mac LRA Special Board Meeting Scheduled

From the Fort Mac LRA:

The Fort Mac LRA Board will convene a special meeting of the board on Wednesday, October 23rd at 2:00.  The Board will be discussing Real Estate and Legal matters.

Meeting Details:

Location:
Fort Mac LRA Office
Building 250
1794 Walker Ave. SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Date:
October  23, 2019

Time:
2:00-3:30

For more information please contact:
Mark Hayes
Info@MarkHayesConsulting.Com
678-829-4632

Georgia EPD Declares Level 1 Drought Response, Calls For Water Conservation

From the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management:

Worsening drought conditions throughout most of the state have prompted a Level 1 Drought Response declaration from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). This means public water utilities in 103 counties will be required to begin a public information campaign to help citizens better understand drought, its impact on water supplies and the need for water conservation.

According to the federal government’s U.S. Drought Monitor, the drought has affected the entire state with conditions ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought. As a result, most of the counties in Georgia must follow the Level 1 Drought Response requirements.

“This serves as a reminder for all Georgians to use water wisely,” said EPD Director Richard Dunn. “It also gives public water systems an opportunity to educate their customers on the importance of water conservation.”

To determine the appropriate level of drought response, EPD considers several factors including precipitation, stream flows, groundwater, reservoir levels, short-term climate predictions and soil moisture. EPD monitors and produces publicly available reports on these conditions on a monthly basis.

The public information campaign under a Level 1 Drought Response requires water utilities to circulate drought and water conservation information.

Click here to view water conservation tips.

The public information campaign will be required in the following counties: Appling, Athens-Clarke, Bacon, Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Bleckley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Butts, Carroll, Charlton, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Clinch, Cobb, Coweta, Crawford, Crisp, Dawson, Decatur, Dekalb, Dooly, Douglas, Echols, Effingham, Fannin, Fayette, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Grady, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Lumpkin, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pierce, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Rabun, Rockdale, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Stephens, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Thomas, Tift, Towns, Troop, Turner, Twiggs, Union, Upson, Walton, Ware, Washington, Wayne, White, Wilkinson and Worth counties.

In addition, the outdoor water use schedule required under the Water Stewardship Act of 2010 remains in place. It limits outdoor water use year-round to the hours between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. There are several exceptions to this limitation listed at  https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation .

For example, the following activities may be done at any time of day under a Level 1 Drought Response:

  • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day; and
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.

Public water systems may not impose restrictions on outdoor watering that are different from state requirements unless they obtain a variance from EPD. Currently, the City of Griffin and Coweta County have received variances for a Level 2 response, which restricts outdoor watering to two days a week.

EPD maintains a web page to keep the public informed regarding drought indicators, current variances, and EPD actions regarding drought: https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/drought-management. Water conservation information is available at https://epd.georgia.gov/watershed-protection-branch/water-conservation.

NPU-S Calendar of Events, October 21 - 27

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, October 21 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community.
  • Tuesday, October 22 - Community Chat: APS Superintendent Search - 6:00pm, Tuskeegee Airmen Global Academy (1626 Westhaven Dr SW)
  • Tuesday, October 22 - Oakland City Community Organization - 6:30pm, Reverend James Orange Recreation Center (1305 Oakland Dr). More information at https://www.occoatl.org/ 
  • Thursday, October 24 - TAG Academy Meet the Principal - 8:30am, Tuskeegee Airmen Global Academy (1626 Westhaven Dr SW)
  • Thursday, October 24 - Cascade Avenue Neighborhood Organization - 7pm, Fire Station 14 (1203 Lee St.). Covers south of Beecher to north of Avon, from Cascade Heights to Westmont.  For more information, contact cascadeaveneighborhood@gmail.com
  • Saturday, October 26 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday October 26 - Westridge-Sandtown Community Organization Community Cleanup - 9am, Peggie Quick Pocket Park (Intersection of Sandtown Rd SW and Venetian Dr SW). Please join us as we spruce up our neighborhood park in preparation for the 2nd Annual Venetian Hills Candy Stop! We’ll just be doing some light cleaning to make sure everything looks good for Halloween! We look forward to seeing you! https://www.facebook.com/events/482875082439131/
External Events:
  • Wednesday, October 23 - Fort Mac LRA Community Engagement Subcommittee Meeting - 5:30pm, Ft. McPherson LRA Office (1794 Walker Ave). http://fortmaclra.com/community/
  • Friday, October 25 - Census Bureau Job Fair & Community Hiring Expo - 10am, Elizabeth Baptist Church (4245 Cascade Rd). The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for help in getting Fulton counted. To do that, they are hosting a Census job fair in conjunction with WorkSource Fulton. The positions have flexible hours (ranging from 20 to 40 hours per week). You can work from home in positions that range from $14 - $24 an hour. Your Federal Benefits (SSI, SSN, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.) will not be impacted by Census payments. The US Census Bureau is a Second Chance Employer. Veterans are also encouraged to apply. For more details visit www.2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020
  • Saturday, October 26 - Opening - "No Chaser" - 7pm, South Fulton Arts Center (4645 Butner Rd, College Park). NO CHASER is a nod to the classic 1967 Thelonious Monk album "‪Straight No Chaser”. Artist Darrien West was inspired by the upbeat pulse of this masterful jazz album and uses bold color and intricate patterning to convey his messages in striking visual form. http://www.fultonarts.org/index.php/art-centers/south-fulton-arts-center/calendar-south-fulton-arts-center?view=event&id=1508
  • Sunday, October 27 - Live Music - Edwin Williams Experience - 4pm, Fulton County West End Performing Arts Center (945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd)
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Fort Mac LRA Board Moves to Secure New Master Developer

Press release from the Fort Mac LRA:

"The Fort McPherson LRA Board of Directors voted unanimously to enter into negotiations to part ways with current master developer, Steven Macauley of Macauley Investments.  The board will continue to negotiate an amicable separation that is mutually beneficial.

City Council Member Joyce Sheperd from District 12 represents residents that live near Fort McPherson. Sheperd says, 'This is a great opportunity for us to move forward as a community.  The decision made today puts us in a great position to finally move to the implementation phase of this project which we have not been able to do in the last year and a half with our current agreement.'  Sheperd also says,  'In terms of all the amazing things happening on the south side of the city, we are in a great position to entertain other developers to help us create the same kind of positive energy that we have seen with the Beltline and the development at Tyler Perry Studios. And our residents will be the big winners when it’s all said and done.'

Board Chairmen Cassius Butts also added,  'Each and every decision that is made is made with the community interest at the forefront, and making sure this community gets everything they deserve is the top priority.' Butts also says,  'It’s important for the community to realize that we are not starting from ground zero but we have a back up plan to help us move forward in an expedited fashion.'

The next board meeting will take place on November 21, 2019 at 1 PM.

CONTACT AND PRESS INQUIRIES:
Mark Hayes President & CEO 
MarkHayesConsulting.com
Cell: 678-829-4632
INFO@MARKHAYESCONSULTING.COM"

Pancake Brunch Fundraiser - Thursday, October 17

From our Zone 4 Community Prosecutor, Shari Jones:
Someone in the neighborhood needs a heart! 
Mr. Terry Collier is the President of the Martin Luther King, Jr Drive Merchant's Association, a Community Advocate, Race Director, Marathoner, Father, Grandfather, and Friend. In February of 2018, Terry suffered a heart attach in and November of 2018 he was enrolled in the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) as a candidate for a heart transplant. The GTF matches dollar for dollar up to $10,000 to cover the cost of this $20,000-$32,900 operation.  Your generous donation and support will make an impact for generations to come, adding to his legacy as a servant! 
Give from your heart, so we can save his! 
When: Thursday, October 17, 11am-1pm
Where: Fulton County DA's office - 2472 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Cost: $20.00 
To Donate, or for more information, please contact Shari Jones, 404-449-6737, Shari.Jones@FultonCountyGA.gov

NPU-S General Meeting This Thursday, Oct 17, 7-9pm

This Thursday the 17th will be our NPU General Meeting for October 2019, held, as always, on the third Thursday of each month.

At this meeting there will be a two presentations, special use permit for a proposed coffee club, a review of a liquor license application, and an ordinance on "small discount variety shops" (AKA dollar stores).

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

See you there!

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7-9pm
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Rd SW
Agenda: http://bit.ly/NPUSAgendaOctober2019

Fort Mac LRA Board of Directors Meeting - October 17, 1pm, Fort Mac LRA Office

Public Meeting Notice

Fort Mac LRA Board Of Directors Meeting:

The Board of Directors of the Fort Mac LRA will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday October 17, 2019.

Location: 
Fort Mac LRA Office
1794 Walker Street Southwest
Atlanta, GA 30310
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Agenda: TBD


For more information please contact:
Mark Hayes
678-829-4632
Info@MarkHayesconsulting.com

Beltline Southwest Study Group Wrap-Up Discussion - October 17, 8am, Cultured South Fermentation Co.

From Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.:

"Join ABI for a Wrap-Up Discussion on Atlanta BeltLine Master Planning inSouthwest Atlanta
The Atlanta BeltLine has been working over the past couple of months with community members in West End, Adair Park, Oakland City, Pittsburgh, Cascade Avenue, Mechanicsville, Westview, and Bush Mountain to share ideas about growth and development in Southwest Atlanta.

As a local business or property owner in these communities, please join us as we host a wrap-up discussion about the collective vision of three commercial corridors around the southwest portion of the Atlanta BeltLine - Lee Street, White Street, and Ralph David Abernathy. We will share the proposed recommendations to support a vision for future growth, development, and mobility developed over the past few months during our community outreach and previous meeting with you. We want to hear from you how consistent these recommendations are with the type and scale of development that you envision for the community.

Your feedback will help drive the Master Planning process and finalize policy recommendations to be presented to the Atlanta City Council.


Thursday, October 17
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Cultured South Fermentation Co.
1038 White Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Coffee and light breakfast will be provided

We want to hear from our local business and property owners!"

RSVP by emailing hhusseycoker@atlbeltline.org.

For more information, see the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 Master Plan Update site.

Filming road closure, Avon and Oakland, Oct 17-22



From CBS Studios:
Dear Neighbors, 
CBS Studio Network will be filming on Avon Ave SW on October 17 – 18 and October 22. We will be prepping starting Monday, October 14 – 16 and October 21st and wrapping out on October 23 – 24. 
We've requested the following from the City of Atlanta:
Filming:
  •  East Parking Lane of Oakland Dr SW b/t Oakland Ter SW & Wilmington Ave SW on 10/15 7a-7p, 10/16 7a-1159p, 10/17-10/18 12a-1159p, 10/19-10/20 7a-7p, 10/21 7a-1159p, 10/22 12a-930p, 10/23-10/24 7a-7p
  • North Lane of Avon Ave SW b/t Princess Ave SW & Oakland Dr SW on 10/15 7a-7p, 10/16 7a-1159p, 10/17-10/18 12a-1159p, 10/19-10/20 7a-7p, 10/21 7a-1159p, 10/22 12a-930p, 10/23-10/24 7a-7p
CBS Studio Network is very sensitive to the impact that filming can have on a community. Off-duty City of Atlanta PD officers will be on site during this time to ensure the successful flow of traffic through the area. It is with these issues in mind that we approach the logistical needs of the production so we can effectively work to minimize any inconveniences to those in the neighborhood. 
On behalf of CBS and MacGyver Cast and Crew, thank you for your patience and cooperation; it is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions you can reach us at the production office 404-662-4017.

NPU-S Calendar of Events, October 14 - 20

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, October 14 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community.
  • Monday, October 14 - UGC - Indigenous People's Day Cinema - 7:15pm, The Bakery (825 Warner St SW). "Empty Metal", an award winning politically radical film by Adam Khalil (Ojibway) and Bayley Sweitzer. Opening the film will be a 17 min documentary by native filmmaker Sky Hopinka about Standing Rock called "Dislocation Blues". The event will start with a brief land recognition ceremony and will conclude with a conversation organized by atlanta based Chicanx activists. Unicorn Gardens Cinema is an Outdoor Film Series at The Bakery Atlanta featuring mostly local, always independent filmmakers. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/2268509976745354/
  • Tuesday, October 15 - Special Election Runoff - 7am - 7pm, your polling place (see: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov). Special Election Runoff for Atlanta Board of Education District 2 and Fulton County Commission District 6.
  • Tuesday, October 15 - Beecher-Donnelly Community Association - 7pm, West End Family Life & Community Center (1191 Donnelly Ave SW). Covers the area between Oakland Drive and Cascade, from Richland to Donnelly.
  • Thursday, October 17 - NPU-S General Meeting - 7pm, VICARS (838 Cascade Ave).
  • Friday, October 18 - Opening Reception, "The IN-Between" - 6pm, The Bakery (825 Warner St SW). Through photography, performance, and sculpture "The IN-Between" pulls the audience through a journey of self  with the artist. As a base for conversation, the installation will serve as a provocative platform to discuss the intersection of rape, queer culture, gender and the overlap and underlap that isn’t being discussed in our communities. Free to the Public. The IN-Between is part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography Annual Festival : https://festivalguide2019.acpinfo.org/listing/the-in-between/
  • Saturday, October 19 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, October 19 - Westridge/Sandtown Venetian Hills Neighborhood Organization - 10am. Monthly meeting of WSCO, which operates over the entirety of Venetian Hills. Contact VenetianHillsPresident@gmail.com for more information.
  • Saturday, October 19 - Community Street Festival - noon, Providence Missionary Baptist (2295 Benjamin E Mays Dr SW). Food, vendors, entertainment, live performances, games, jumpers, petting zoo, and much more!
External Events:
  • Monday, October 14 - NPU-V Meeting - 7pm, Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority Resource Center (341 Kelly St SE). NPU-V encompasses the communities of Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, and Capitol Gateway.
  • Tuesday, October 15 - C3 Advantage (Cops, Community and Conversation) Session - 7pm, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity (824 Memorial Dr SE). Quarterly community conversations for neighbors to engage in positive conversations with APD Leadership Institute members about safety, insights, and hot topics.
  • Wednesday, October 16 - NPU-I Meeting - 7pm, CT Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center (3201 MLK Dr.). Covers the neighborhoods of Audubon Forest, Beecher Hills, Cascade Heights, Collier Heights, Florida Heights, Ivan Hill, Mangum Manor, Peyton Forest, West Manor, Westhaven, and Westwood Terrace.
  • Saturday, October 19 - Fulton County HIV Church Summit - 8am, Shirley A. Massey Conference Center (830 Westview Dr SW). The HIV Church Summit will bring together church leaders and members from throughout Georgia and other areas of the South to discuss how this vital faith community can be a part of ending the HIV epidemic.
  • Saturday, October 19 - Atlanta Planning Advisory Board General Meeting - 10am, Atlanta City Hall (55 Trinity Ave).
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Murphy Crossing Rezoning - October 9, 6:30pm, Metropolitan Branch Library

Sent from the office of Councilmember Joyce Sheperd, in an email with the subject line "IMPORTANT BELTLINE MEETING":

Murphy Crossing Rezoning
Wednesday, October 9th
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Atlanta Fulton Public Library
1332 Metropolitan Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30310

Questions: 404.330.6053


NPU-S Calendar of Events, October 7 - 13

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • All week - Early Voting: Special Election Runoff. Runoff elections for Board of Education District 2 and Fulton County Commission District 6. See the Municipal Clerk's website for times and locations.
  • Monday, October 7 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community. 
  • Tuesday, October 8 - Graymont Drive Neighborhood Organization - 6:30pm, St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church (1558 Venetian Dr). Monthly meeting of GDNA, which operates over Graymont, Elizabeth, Lockwood, and Westmont. Contact DionneMoore2015@gmail.com for more information.
  • Thursday, October 10 - District 11 Quality of Life Town Hall, 6:30pm, Cascade United Methodist Church (3144 Cascade Rd SW). Please join Councilmember Marci Overstreet on October 10, 2019, as she hosts the Council District 11 Town Hall. Your participation is vital as residents want the opportunity to engage with top officials about the quality of life in our communities.
  • Saturday, October 12 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, October 12 - WAWA Service Saturdays - 10am, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd SW) Free, registration required. Provides the opportunity for youth 10 years and older to participate in meaningful activities encouraging conservation, stewardship and experiential learning. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, October 12 - Bush Mountain Community Organization Meeting - 1pm, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd SW). For more information, contact Tavius Elder at taviuselder@yahoo.com.
  • Sunday, October 13 - NPU-S Executive Committee Meeting - 4:45 pm, Metropolitan Library, conference room C (1332 Metropolitan Pkwy SW). Reviews and updates the upcoming public meeting agenda, sets NPU policy. All are welcome to attend. There is a Google Hangout (join by phone at 628.400.8610, PIN: 455 206 767#) for those who cannot make it in person. For more information, contact chair@npu-s.org.
External Events:
  • Wednesday, October 9 - NPU-T Meeting - 7pm,  Lee & White Community Room (1033 White St SW). NPU-T encompasses the communities of Ashview Heights, Atlanta University Center, Harris Chiles, Just Us, Castleberry Hill, West End, and Westview.
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Fulton County HIV Church Summit - October 19, 8am, Shirley A. Massey Conference Center

From the Fulton County Board of Health:

The HIV Church Summit will bring together church leaders, community leaders and stakeholders from throughout Georgia and other areas of the South to discuss how this vital faith community can be a part of ending the HIV epidemic.

Through addressing issues of stigma and social justice, it will further give resources to building dynamic health ministries that are responsive to the needs of the community. There will also be a special youth track specifically for teenagers.

When? Saturday, 19th October 2019, 8:00am - 2:30pm
Where? Shirley A. Massey Conference Center, 830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
Parking: Parking is available on campus in the Morehouse Parking Deck. Parking fees range between $3.00 -$5.00 for the day. Parking fees will not be validated at the event. We also recommend using MARTA or a rideshare service for transportation to/from the event as an additional option.

If you would like to attend please register at https://www.events4.us/HIV-Church-Summit.  Should you have any questions, please contact monique.eppinger@fultoncountyga.gov.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Author Discussion & Book Signing - October 2, 6pm, Metropolitan Library

Let’s Talk: Candid Cancer Conversations

Join author and four-time survivor of breast cancer, Sherry B. Williams, for a candid conversation about myths and truths about cancer treatments and life after. Also, why are so many African-American women, despite breakthroughs in treatment, diagnosed in the late stages?

For all those touched by a cancer diagnosis: current patients, survivors, care-givers, family and friends. Sherry's little book, When Cancer Calls is short, faith-based, lighthearted and filled with hope. More information on Sherry at www.whencancercalls.info

Wednesday, October 2, 6:00pm
Metropolitan Library
1332 Metropolitan Parkway
Atlanta, GA

NPU-S Calendar of Events, September 30 - Oct 6

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, September 30 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community. 
  • Saturday, October 5 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
External Events:
  • Wednesday, October 2 - Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust - 5:30pm, City Hall (55 Trinity Ave., Suite 5000 City of Atlanta Law Dept Bottoms Conference Room, 5th Fl.). This will be the final meeting of the City of Atlanta Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust. The meeting will include roundtable discussion among the Task Force members and a work session to finalize their recommendations. There will be an opportunity for public comment at this meeting.
  • Wednesday, October 2 - NPU-R Meeting - 7pm, Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA (2220 Campbellton Rd SW) NPU-R encompasses the communities of Adams Park, Campbellton Road, Fort Valley, Greenbriar, Laurens Valley, Pamond Park, and Southwest
  • Friday, October 4 - Atlanta Region's Plan Pop-Up Open House - 11am, Atlanta Regional Commission, Harry West Conference Center (229 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 100). Visit an open house to learn more and share your thoughts about the latest update to the Atlanta Region’s Plan – the long-range plan developed by the Atlanta Regional Commission that details the investments planned for the decades to come.
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

The Atlanta Region's Plan Pop-Up Open House - October 4, 11am, Atlanta Regional Commission

From the Atlanta Regional Commission:

Join ARC for our first Atlanta Region’s Plan Pop-Up Open House at our Conference Center in Peachtree Center on Friday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This pop-up is the first of a series of six immersive, experiential pop-up open houses hosted by ARC throughout the region to share information about the Atlanta Region’s Plan, the long-range blueprint for region’s long range plan that looks out all the way to 2050. We’re updating this plan now, and we’re looking for your input to help shape our region’s future!

Friday, October 4, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Atlanta Regional Commission
Peachtree Center
229 Peachtree St. #100
Atlanta, GA 303031

ARC will be holding five more of these open houses throughout metro Atlanta over the next month. Visit an open house to learn more and share your thoughts about the latest update to the Atlanta Region’s Plan.

More information: https://www.atlantaregionsplan.org/update/openhouse/

Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust - October 2, 5:30pm, City Hall

This will be the final meeting of the City of Atlanta Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust. The meeting will include roundtable discussion among the Task Force members and a work session to finalize their recommendations. There will be an opportunity for public comment at this meeting.

TASK FORCE FOR THE PROMOTION OF PUBLIC TRUST
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 5:30 P.M.

City Hall
55 Trinity Ave., Suite 5000
City of Atlanta Law Dept
Bottoms Conference Room, 5th Fl.
Atlanta, GA 30303

Springhouse Trail Boardwalk Ribbon Cutting - Sept 26, 10am, Cascade Nature Preserve

From Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet:

Join Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet this Thursday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m at the Cascade Nature Preserve for the ribbon cutting of the Springhouse Trail Boardwalk. Registration is encouraged by clicking the following link here.

Check out the video below showing how this wonderful new boardwalk was built!


Building partnerships to invest in community is no simple task. But a small group of dedicated community members sought to do just that. By researching community needs, gathering community partners and securing local funding, FCSNP have successfully made a strategic community investment to improve access and safety in the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve. The new Springhouse Trail Boardwalk features a 200ft pedestrian walking surface with 3 ADA ramps and performance space. The Boardwalk was designed to provide secure physical and visual access to portions of larger wetlands. As part of a broader trail systems, the boardwalks also creates an esthetic enhancement to the gathering place at the historic Springhouse artifact. Please join us to celebrate this community milestone at one of SW Atlanta's favorite Old Growth forests, Cascade Springs Nature Preserve.


NPU-S Calendar of Events, September 23 - 29

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, September 23 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community. 
  • Tuesday, September 24 - Oakland City Community Organization - 6:30pm, Reverend James Orange Recreation Center (1305 Oakland Dr). More information at https://www.occoatl.org/ 
  • Thursday, September 26 - Cascade Avenue Neighborhood Organization - 7pm, Fire Station 14 (1203 Lee St.). Covers south of Beecher to north of Avon, from Cascade Heights to Westmont.  For more information, contact cascadeaveneighborhood@gmail.com
  • Saturday, September 28 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
External Events:

  • Tuesday, September 24 - Film: "Suppressed: The Fight to Vote" - 7pm, Auburn Avenue Research Library (101 Auburn Ave NE). The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Brave New Films, will host a screening of Suppressed: The Fight to Vote by Robert Greenwald. In Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, Brave New Films weaves together personal stories, from American voters, that vividly paints a disturbing picture of recent systemic voter suppression, that disproportionately affected communities of color. This film examines the historical context and contemporary relevance Voter suppression experienced by millions of Americans via voter roll purges, poll closures, missing absentee ballots, and strict voter ID. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Wednesday, September 25 - Fort Mac LRA Community Engagement Subcommittee Meeting - 5:30pm, Ft. McPherson LRA Office (1794 Walker Ave). http://fortmaclra.com/community/
  • Sunday, September 29 - Atlanta Streets Alive - Southwest - 2:30pm, Cascade Ave & Donnelly St. From the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition: "From 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition activates Atlanta Streets Alive - Southwest, connecting 7 neighborhoods spanning from Cascade Avenue along Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard to Georgia Avenue. We'll close the streets to cars and open them for people to walk, roll, bike, and play!" For more information, see https://www.atlantastreetsalive.com/southwest.
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

NPU-S General Meeting *tonight*, Sep 19, 7pm

Tonight, Thursday the 19th, will be our NPU General Meeting for September 2019, held, as always, on the third Thursday of each month.

At this meeting there will be a presentation, two zoning votes, and an ordinance on "party houses".

Furthermore, there will be a vote on several proposed changes to the bylaws. Unlike other NPU-S votes, bylaws changes are voted upon by residents of the NPU without restriction. All other NPU-S votes are restricted to members who have attended at least three meetings in the last year.

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

See you there!

When: Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7-9pm
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Rd SW
Agenda: http://bit.ly/NPUSAgendaSeptember2019

Annual West End Health Fair - September 21, 10am, West End Mall

From West End Seventh-Day Adventist Church: Please come out to support the annual West End Health Fair on September 21st from 10:00am to 3:00pm at 850 Oak St SW Atlanta, GA 30310. We will have health screenings, vendors, and much  more. We hope to see you there!




Fulton County Board of Equalization Seeking New Members

The Board of Equalization hears and decides taxpayer's appeals of the value, uniformity of value and taxability of real and personal property, exemption denials and current use determinations. Board members are also responsible for assuring that all real and personal property entered on the county's assessment roll is at true and fair market value.

In addition to being property owners, applicants must also be qualified and competent to serve as grand jurors and be high school graduates at least 18 years old.  Applicants must satisfactorily complete 40 hours of certified state-mandated training before he or she can participate as a member of the Board. Applicants may not hold an elected office or be employed by an elected official.

Successful candidates will serve a three year term and may be reappointed by the grand jury for more than one term of office. Board members are compensated at the rate of $100.00 per day.

To apply, please visit: Fulton County Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Application


NPU-S Calendar of Events, September 16 - 22

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, September 16 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community. 
  • Tuesday, September 17 - Beecher-Donnelly Community Association - 7pm, West End Family Life & Community Center (1191 Donnelly Ave SW). Covers the area between Oakland Drive and Cascade, from Richland to Donnelly.
  • Thursday, September 19 - NPU-S General Meeting - 7pm, VICARS (838 Cascade Ave).
  • Saturday, September 21 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, September 21 - Westridge/Sandtown Venetian Hills Neighborhood Organization - 10am. Monthly meeting of WSCO, which operates over the entirety of Venetian Hills. Contact VenetianHillsPresident@gmail.com for more information.
  • Saturday, September 21 - Lorenzo Drive Neighborhood Block Association - 5pm, Chik-fil-A (875 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW). Quarterly meeting of LDNBA, which operates on Lorenzo Drive and neighboring roads. Contact thelders@bellsouth.net for more information.
External Events:
  • Wednesday, September 18 - NPU-I Meeting - 7pm, CT Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center (3201 MLK Dr.). Covers the neighborhoods of Audubon Forest, Beecher Hills, Cascade Heights, Collier Heights, Florida Heights, Ivan Hill, Mangum Manor, Peyton Forest, West Manor, Westhaven, and Westwood Terrace.
  • Saturday, September 21 - Atlanta Planning Advisory Board General Meeting - 10am, Atlanta City Hall (55 Trinity Ave).
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

Federal Opportunity Zone Small Business Empowerment Forum - September 26, 9:30am, Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Join Invest Atlanta, the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a discussion on Federal Opportunity Zones.

Federal Opportunity Zones are economically-distressed census tracts where investors can re-invest their unrealized capital gains to support revitalization in low-income communities. The City of Atlanta has 26 Federal Opportunity Zones, primarily located in the southern and southwestern areas of the city.

This action-oriented economic development forum will offer guidance and support to small and minority-owned businesses seeking to participate in Atlanta’s Federal Opportunity Zone initiative.

Click here to RSVP on Eventbrite.

Thursday, September 26 2019, 9:30am – 11:30am

Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
504 Fair St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313




Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church Community Festival - September 28, 12pm, Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church

Fun for the whole family! The Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church Community Festival will have food bank giveaways, health screenings, and opportunities for residents to connect with community resources and public officials.

The festival will be held on Saturday, September 28, from noon to 3pm, at Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church, 1558 Venetian Drive Southwest, Atlanta, GA 30311.

For more information, email info@saintpeterbaptist.org or call 404.758.4462


Bylaws update

At our next NPU-S meeting on the 19th, we'll be voting on proposed changes to our bylaws. Bylaws are required to be sent to the City every year by the 30th, so this is our make-or-break time - please come out!

Earlier in the year, we had a committee meet in February and put together a new set of bylaws, to be voted on up-or-down by the NPU. However, after the proposed changes generated greater interest in the Bylaws process, we decided to take a different approach. Instead of voting on a complete set of bylaws with every change already inserted, we've pulled out the changes so that each change can be voted on independently.

The latest Bylaws meeting happened on September 7, and the resulting set of changes can be found at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/131Em9xdTcMX9CmO_lIaBBJSV931Be5aN?usp=sharing under the document "proposed bylaws changes 2019".

A quick summary of the proposed changes:

  • Neighborhood Association Recognition - Adds clarifying language on how Neighborhood Associations are recognized by the NPU.
  • Removal of Officers - moves Sections on removing and replacing officers into more appropriate Articles
  • Expansion of Vice-Chair Duties - assigns the Vice-Chair to be the APAB representative for the NPU, unless otherwise delegated
  • Voting Identification Requirements - expands the ways residency can be proven for voting purposes within the NPU
  • Political Forums Boilerplate - moves Section on prohibiting political forums to a more appropriate Article
  • Duty to Solicit Consensus - clarifies that Executive Committee members are expected to solicit the consensus of their communities.
  • Clarification of Elections and Officer Terms - cleans up language on election procedures, moves some miscategorized Sections into appropriate Articles
  • Reduce number of Standing Committees -  Shrink the number of standing committees from nine to four, merging the responsibilities of the original committees to create fewer committees with broader mandates.
    The four new committees would be:
    • Land Use Committee – merges the Zoning, Traffic, and Code Enforcement Committees. By default chaired by the NPU Zoning contact.
    • Quality of Life Committee – merges the Human Development/Safety, Recreation/Cultural Affairs, and Environmental Committees
    • Assistant Services Committee – merges the Senior Services and Education Committees. Adds a mandate to consider youth issues.
    • Policy Committee – enhances the APAB Committee to encompass NPU policy positions both internally and externally. By default chaired by the APAB representative for the NPU.
Every one of these changes will be voted on separately on the 19th. For more details, including the specific text changes, go to the PDF document linked above.

Last but not least: NPU-S normally restricts voting to residents who have attended at least three NPU meetings in the past 12 months, but in accordance with City ordinance, there are no such restrictions on votes on Bylaws. If you haven't visited us before and wish to vote on the bylaws, please bring some proof of residency to receive a ballot.


Georgia Power Energy Assistance Programs

With temperatures across Georgia expected to continue to climb into the 90's through the week, Georgia Power is reminding customers that the company offers energy assistance programs to those in need of help paying or reducing their monthly energy bill.

Need a little help paying or reducing your monthly energy bill? Georgia Power partners with nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations to offer assistance programs to those in need. Programs include:

Visit georgiapower.com/energyassistance to get started.


Barbeque Cook Out with Councilmember Cleta Winslow - September 15, 3pm, 1380 Mozley Place SW

Join Councilmember Cleta Winslow for a free Barbeque Cook Out.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 3 - 5pm at the home of Roy Davis, 1380 Mozley Place SW, Atlanta, GA 30314.

For more information please contact Councilmember Cleta Winslow at 404.330.6047 or cwinslow@atlantaga.gov.


NPU-S Calendar of Events, September 9 - 15

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, September 9 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community. 
  • Tuesday, September 10 - Graymont Drive Neighborhood Organization - 6:30pm, St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church (1558 Venetian Dr). Monthly meeting of GDNA, which operates over Graymont, Elizabeth, Lockwood, and Westmont. Contact DionneMoore2015@gmail.com for more information.
  • Saturday, September 14 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road). Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
  • Saturday, September 14 - Bush Mountain Community Organization Meeting - 2pm, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd SW).For more information, contact Tavius Elder at taviuselder@yahoo.com.
External Events:
  • Monday, September 9 - NPU-V Meeting - 7pm, Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority Resource Center (341 Kelly St SE). NPU-V encompasses the communities of Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, and Capitol Gateway.
  • Wednesday, September 11 - NPU-T Meeting - 7pm,  Lee & White St Community Room (1020 White St SW) NOTE: Location update! The NPU-T meeting will be held at Wild Heaven West End Brewery, 1010 White St SW, adjacent to Monday Night Brewing. NPU-T encompasses the communities of Ashview Heights, Atlanta University Center, Harris Chiles, Just Us, Castleberry Hill, West End, and Westview.
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!

NPU-S Bylaws Meeting - THIS SATURDAY, 9/7, 11am at Outdoor Activity Center

The meeting to to collect and categorize proposed changes to the NPU-S bylaws, to be voted on at the September General Meeting, is occurring this Saturday, September 7th, starting at 11am at the Outdoor Activity Center, 1442 Richland Rd SW.

Background:
In February, NPU-S called a meeting of a Bylaws Committee to go over the current bylaws and review proposed changes. After a period of review and revision, the Executive Committee approved the proposed changes for vote at the General Meeting.

The timeline originally was to hold the vote in August, as the bylaws were introduced to the General Body at the July meeting. However, since the August meeting is typically lightly attended, and the deadline for bylaws submission to the City is end of September, it seems like a better idea to give the community extra time to review and comment on the bylaw changes. Vote will be held at the September meeting.

The directory containing the bylaws is at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=131Em9xdTcMX9CmO_lIaBBJSV931Be5aN

There are four PDF documents in the directory:

  • 2017 bylaws - the current bylaws that the NPU operates under
  • 2010-2011 bylaws - a previous version for historical comparison
  • The current proposed 2019 version, and
  • An annotated version of the proposed 2019 bylaws.

The annotated version uses colors to show the differences between the 2017 version and the proposed version. Added sections are highlighted in green; changes sections are highlighted in yellow, and deleted sections are in highlighted in red with strikethrough.

Most of the changes are minor:

  • Some sections were simply moved into more appropriate areas. For instance, Article I, section 4 was moved to Article III, section 6.
  • In other cases, clarifying language was added. For instance, text on what defines an "active community association" was added in Article V, Section 3.  

There are two fundamental changes to the bylaws:

  • First, the number of standing committees is collapsed from nine committees to four. The purpose of this change is to have fewer, larger committees, instead of many one-person "committees" that cannot work effectively.  This codifies the "teams" system that the NPU is currently using. All responsibilities from the previous committees are preserved, merely swept into the new committees:
    • The new Land Use Committee takes on the responsibilities of the current Land Use, Zoning, and Transportation committees.
    • The new Quality of Life Committee takes on the responsibilities of the Human Development and Public Safety, Environment, and Recreation and Cultural Affairs committees.
    • The new Assistant Services Committee takes on the responsibilities of the Senior Services and Education committee.
    • The new Policy Committee takes on the responsibilities of the APAB committee.  It also formulates NPU-S's official positions on citywide and regional issues.
  • Second, the role and responsibilities of the APAB representative are enhanced. The purpose of this change is to create a system around the NPU's relationship with the City and its neighbors.  Currently, the Chair winds up being the face of the NPU, but this can lead to the NPU taking positions that are at odds with its constituency.  By creating a committee, this change hopes to ensure that the NPU's official positions reflect the will of the community.  The APAB representative is assigned as head of the Policy Committee by default, and by default the role of APAB representative is assign to the Vice-Chair. These responsibilities can be delegated to other people.

Physical copies of the bylaws will be available at the next NPU meeting.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions, please by all means get in touch with with the Chair at chair@npu-s.org (or call 404 890 0089), email the executive committee at exec@npu-s.org, talk with your local neighborhood organization, or come to the General Meeting.

West End Merchants Coalition August Lunch & Learn - August 29, 11:30am, McDonald's

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11:30am - 1:30pm, at McDonald's, 1176 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard Southwest

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/master-social-media-marketing-tickets-69069413475

NPU-S Calendar of Events, August 26 - September 1

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, August 26 - ARTlanta OPEN Mondays - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St SW). Open mic & networking event for musicians to showcase their talents and mix & mingle with their peers within the art and music community. 
  • Tuesday, August 27 - Oakland City Community Organization (OCCO) - 6:30pm, Reverend James Orange Recreation Center (1305 Oakland Dr). More information at https://www.occoatl.org/ 
  • Saturday, August 31 - WAWA Walk with a Doc - 9am,  Lionel Hampton Trail (390 Willis Mill Road) Free, registration required. Weekly walk with health professionals, ask questions while getting fit. https://wawa-online.eventbrite.com
External Events:
If you have any local events that you'd like to see on the NPU-S calendar, please send email to events@npu-s.org. Please be sure to include the date, time, and location of your event!