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

You Can't 'Like' Your Way to Social Media Success.

From Monica Annette, Social Media Services at WEMC:
If you’re not taking advantage of Social Media, you’re missing out on a fast, inexpensive, and effective way to reach almost half the world’s population. With the right tools Social Media can be a "Set it and Forget it" marketing outlet, for 30 days at a time at most. Most people have a "Get the company name out there" approach, THIS IS WRONG. Come learn the skills and tools you need to grow your business in the evolving Social Media Market.

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!

Atlanta Police Citizens Police Academy - Application Deadline August 27

Always wanted to learn more about the Atlanta Police Department? Then consider joining the next Citizens Police Academy this fall. Applications are due by August 27th, 2019. Classes start Tuesday, September 10th. All sessions take place on Tuesdays from 6:00-9:00pm.

You must be at least 21 years old, a resident or employee who works in Metropolitan Atlanta and be able to pass a background check. For an application, please contact Elizabeth Espy, Atlanta Police Community Events Director, at enespy@atlantaga.gov.

The Atlanta Citizens Police Academy includes twenty-plus hours of skilled and professional instruction delivered in three-hour sessions.  

Classes topics may include: Department Overview, Crime Lab procedures,  911 operations, Airport, Narcotics, Internal Affairs, Identity Theft, Use of Force, Active Shooter, SWAT visit, homicide investigations and more!

The Citizens Police Academy is held at Atlanta Police Headquarters, 226 Peachtree St. SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 unless otherwise specified.

HOW DO I APPLY?
Download the application here: Citizens Police Academy Application

You can also contact the Atlanta Police Community Events Director:
Elizabeth Espy, 404-546-2541, email: enespy@atlantaga.gov

Hand deliver or mail the completed application to:
Atlanta Police Department
Attn. Elizabeth Espy
226 Peachtree St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Download the one page of information here: APD 2019 Citizens Police Academy Information

NPU-S Calendar of Events, August 19 - 25

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, August 19 - 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 20 - 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.
  • NOTE: There is no Cascade Avenue Neighborhood Organization meeting this week 
  • Saturday, August 24 - 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, August 21 - 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!

Atlanta Streets Alive Route,Timing, and Local Access Updates

From Sagirah Jones, Atlanta Streets Alive Community Engagement Coordinator (sagirah@atlantabike.org, 404-881-1112 x 10):

1) Route modification: The route runs from Cascade Avenue (at the intersection of Donnelly Avenue) to Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard (at West Ontario Avenue) continuing on to Georgia Avenue (at Hank Aaron Drive).  This morning, MARTA provided an approved bus re-route plan that does not place undue burden on transit users the way the previous route would have.

2) Time change: The program run time has changed from 2pm - 6pm to 2:30pm - 6:30pm. This was a compromise between church leaders' preferred program start time of 3pm and resident feedback asking for the start time to stay at 2pm. Additionally, this end time provides enough daylight time to safely clear the streets (sunset will occur around 7:25pm).

3) Local access:  Churches, residents, and businesses directly on the route will have street access until 1:30pm. At the end of the program, local street access will begin again at 7pm. We just ask that drivers use caution during these times as there will be program partners, workers, and volunteers setting up and breaking down the program.

As we move forward with program delivery to neighborhoods that support Atlanta Streets Alive and were extremely vocal in having the program in Southwest Atlanta in order to assist with the advocacy efforts of their communities, we want to ensure we have provided solutions that accommodate your concerns.

Additionally, you are invited to attend a Community Info Session on Thursday, August 22nd, 5:30pm at Providence Missionary Baptist Church. The session will provide you with more information about our program and advocacy, as well as share details on how your business, church, or organization can participate. Please RSVP at www.atlantastreetsalive.com/southwestinfosession. Food and beverages will be provided.


Fulton County to Open 3 Early Voting Sites Aug 26 – Sept 13 for Special Election

Residents of Fulton Commission District 6 and Atlanta Board of Education District 2 County voters are encouraged to cast their ballots early for the September 17 Special Election. Residents are encouraged to verify their eligibility to vote in this special election by visiting www.mvp.sos.ga.gov before heading to the polls and to take advantage of Early Voting to avoid long lines on Election Day.

Three early voting locations will be open:

  • Monday, Aug 26 – Friday, Aug 30: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept 3 – Saturday, Sept 7: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closed Labor Day, Monday, Sept 2)
  • Monday, Sept 9 – Friday, Sept 13: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • NO Sunday Voting


Early Voting Locations:

  • Fairburn Library, 60 Valley View Dr, Fairburn 30213
  • Fulton County Government, Center 130 Peachtree St, SW Atlanta 30303
  • South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Rd, College Park 30349


Residents can verify their voter eligibility in this election by visiting www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

Election Day for the 2019 Special Election will be Tuesday, Sept 17. Eligible voters have to vote at their designated polling location on Election Day.

Visit www.fultonelections.com or call 404-612-7020 for more information.

http://fultoncountyga.gov/latest-news/9528-fulton-to-open-3-early-voting-sites-aug-26--sept-13-for-special-election

Atlanta Beltline Southwest Study Group Meeting - Subarea 1 and LCI Master Plan Updates, August 28, 6pm, The MET

The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and City of Atlanta Planning Department teamed up to coordinate two Master Planning efforts – Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 and West End Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Master Plan updates. The Subarea 1 geography includes the West End LCI area and several more neighborhoods – Westview, Adair Park, Oakland City; parts of Mechanicsville, Pittsburgh and Cascade Avenue.

This is an opportunity to report out on findings from several public meetings throughout the spring and summer and help prioritize the draft final recommendations for land use (e.g. mixed use, housing, commercial services), mobility (e.g. trails, sidewalks, bikes, transit), parks and greenspace in BeltLine Subarea 1.

This is the third of four planned public meetings, followed by meetings with the affected NPUs inside the subarea, and ultimately City Council approval.

August 28, 2019 from 6-8pm
The MET (The Metropolitan Studio Lofts)
680 Murphy Ave. SW, Suite 4000
Atlanta, GA 30310 (Building 675)

Event info

More information available on the event flyer, which can be accessed here: https://beltlineorg-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Southwest-Study-Group-Subarea-1-Draft-Recommendations-8.28.19.pdf


Oakland City MARTA Station finally getting Murphy St. elevator

From https://leadership.saportareport.com/transit/2019/08/12/marta-begins-installing-oakland-city-station-elevator:

MARTA staff has been installing supporting equipment such as fire protection, elevator communications, CCTV cameras, and a new MARTA Police Department area in the concourse to ensure the safety and security of the station.
The current schedule has the elevator opening in mid-October, after a round of safety inspections and testing. MARTA and Schindler are working to complete the project sooner to better serve customers.

Reopened NPU-S bylaws effort

After bringing the (proposed) revised NPU-S bylaws to the July NPU-S meeting and to assorted neighborhood associations, several people have suggested clarifications and changes, and others wrote in with questions.

Given the level of interest shown in the bylaws update, and given that the bylaws must be submitted to the City by September 30th, the Executive Committee has signed off on a plan to reopen the update effort in a timely manner.

Briefly, we will hold a special bylaws meeting to put together a ballot of proposed changes.  They will then be voted on at the September General Meeting. This way, each change can be considered by the entire Body, instead of presenting a completed work for an up-or-down vote.

Here are the details:

  • The bylaws meeting will be held September 7, from 11am to 1pm, at the Outdoor Activity Center (1441 Richland Rd).  If you cannot make it in person, you can participate either online  at https://meet.google.com/mrr-esmf-jgn or by calling in on the conference line at 314-474-2124‬ PIN ‪323 519 045‬#.
  • The goal of the meeting is not to come up with a finished set of bylaws. Instead, the goal will be to create a ballot of proposed changes to the bylaws, along with explanatory text for each proposal. 
  • The ballot will be published on social media and distributed to the neighborhood organizations ahead of the September 19th General Meeting. 
  • At the September meeting, the Body will participate in a "vote-a-rama" on the ballot items. 

This approach should offer a good balance between speed, openness, and flexibility. We are grateful for the renewed interest that the community has shown in this fundamental topic.

Closing the Homeownership Gap in Metro Atlanta and Beyond, August 28, 8:30am, The Carter Center

Presented by Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, in collaboration with Urban Institute, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, NeighborWorks America.

The racial wealth gap has been growing over the past five decades and has reached the point where white households hold more than ten times the wealth of black households. The homeownership gap between black and white families is 30 percent.

On August 28, 2019, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP), in collaboration with Urban Institute, National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) and NeighborWorks America, will host a summit entitled Closing the Homeownership Gap in Metro Atlanta and Beyond.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307

The event is free to attend, but registration in advance is required. REGISTER NOW.

The event overview and presenters can be downloaded here.

Special Election: Vice Chair

So our Vice Chair, Daniel Burroughs, is moving out of the area, leaving the NPU with a vacancy. On Sunday, the Executive Committee appointed Morgan Cooper, our current Secretary, to act in capacity as Vice Chair for the remainder of the term; but in accordance with Article VIII, Section 5 of our bylaws:
Section 5: Whenever any vacancy occurs, the Executive Committee may select a person to fill such vacancy until the next meeting of NPU-S. The person selected by the Executive Committee to fill the vacancy shall be considered a nominee for the position. The vacant position shall be filled by election at the next meeting of NPU-S.
Therefore, at the August meeting, we will take nominations from the floor and hold a snap election for the position of Vice Chair.  This election is only to complete the existing term, which ends  December 2019; in November, the regular NPU-S officer elections will be held for the 2020-21 term. 

General Meeting this Thursday, 8/15, 7pm

This Thursday the 15th will be our NPU General Meeting for August 2019, held, as always, on the third Thursday of each month.

At this meeting there will be two presentations, a special event approval, and a zoning ordinance vote, plus announcements about developments with Atlanta Streets Alive and the NPU-S Bylaws effort. 

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

See you there!

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019, 7-9pm
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Rd SW
Agenda: http://bit.ly/NPUSAgendaAugust2019

NPU-S Calendar of Events, August 12 - 18

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, August 12 - 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. 
  • Update: the Fulton Fresh Market ended at this location last week, our apologies for the error. Tuesday, August 13 - Fulton Fresh Market - 1pm, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd). Every week, attendees participate in a 30-minute UGA Extension SNAP-Ed nutrition education food demonstration and then are provided with a free bag of in-season produce from our mobile market.
  • Tuesday, August 13 - 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, August 14 - NPU-S General Meeting - 7pm, VICARS (838 Cascade Ave).
  • Saturday, August 17 - 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, August 17 - 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.
External Events:
  • Monday, August 12 - 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, August 14 - Opportunity ATL Job & Resource Fair - 9am, Impact Event Center (2323 Sylvan Rd). Free on-site services for jobseekers. Register at https://www.opportunityatl.org/job-fair.
  • Wednesday, August 14 - NPU-T Meeting - 7pm,  Lee & White St Community Room (1020 White St SW). NPU-T encompasses the communities of Ashview Heights, Atlanta University Center, Harris Chiles, Just Us, Castleberry Hill, West End, and Westview.  Please note, this is a different location from the regular meeting space.
  • Saturday, August 17 - 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!

Proposed bylaws changes

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 is 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.



Block Party & Backpack Giveaway, August 24, 12pm, Rev. James Orange Park

Please join Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, along with the Mayors Office of Constituent Services and ATL Counts 2020 for a day of fun at their "Back to School" Block Party & Backpack Giveaway, Saturday, August 24th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at Rev. James Orange Park in Oakland City, 1305 Oakland Lane SW.

Free food, door prizes, backpacks, music, games, health screenings, haircuts, and more!

The ATL Counts 2020 Census Campaign is in need of trusted community leaders to help volunteer at this event and future ones. If you are willing to become a volunteer Census Ambassador, please call our office at 404-546-2241 or fill out the form at http://www.atlcounts.org/hard-to-count/.


Beloved Community International Expo, August 10, 11am, The King Center

Travel around the world without leaving Atlanta during the Beloved Community International Expo on Saturday, August 10th at The King Center. Open to all ages and free to attend, the expo will celebrate diverse cultures with music, dance and costumes from around the world! In collaboration with local consul generals and other key partners, the Expo will transform The King Center campus and adjacent streets into our wonderfully diverse world. Representatives from all 7 continents will provide educational and entertaining experiences reflecting their culture, religion, language, education and much more. There will also be prizes, refreshments and a kids-zone hosted by the National Park Service from 11am-5pm.

For more information, contact 404-526-8900, 404-526-8961, or BHarrison@TheKingCenter.org

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beloved-community-international-expo-tickets-64261914115

Looking for volunteers to help design John A. White playground

If you live or work in NPU-S, you can't have missed John A. White Park, the largest park in our area. It features a golf course, a tennis center, a swimming pool, and barbecue grills. What you may have missed, however, is the John A. White playground, behind the pool. Not many people go there, and it's easy to see why - it's small and the equipment is outdated by today's standards.

Fortunately, John A. White's playground is finally getting the refreshment that our other local playgrounds have. The City is working to update the playground, and is looking for a group of citizens to help decide on the design and features of the new playground! 

If you'd like to be part of a deciding committee for the new-and-improved John A. White playground, send an email to Nick Hess, the NPU Chair, at chair@npu-s.org, or call at (404) 890-0089.

Atlanta Streets Alive Info & Route Update

DATE: September 29, 2019

TIME: 2:30P - 6:30P (program duration) | 12:30P - 8:00P (street closure)

LOCATION: Cascade Ave from Beecher Street (near Live Edge) to Ralph David Abernathy Blvd and Ralph David Abernathy Blvd from W Ontario Avenue (in Westview) to Hank Aaron Drive (in Summerhill).

OPENING CEREMONY: Cascade Avenue (at Beecher Street), 2:00P - 2:30P

STREET CLOSURES:
The streets are closed to car traffic from 12:30P - 8:00P, with an exception for residents, churches, and businesses directly on the route that require local access.
Local access is extended to one hour post the initial street closure (1:30P) and one hour in advance of the streets reopening (7:00P).
APD will manage car traffic at most cross streets throughout the program.
During the hours of street closures, most cross streets will remain open to car traffic, except during the kickoff parade at 2:30P.
APD will temporarily close cross streets during the kickoff parade. Drivers along cross streets may experience minor delays at that time.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSION:
Thursday, August 22, 2019, 5:30P - 7P
Providence Missionary Baptist Church
2295 Benjamin E Mays Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

Visit: https://www.atlantastreetsalive.com
Questions: Contact (E) Sagirah@AtlantaBike.org (P) 404-881-1112 x 10

NPU-S Calendar of Events, August 5 - 11

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:
NPU-S Events:
  • Monday, August 5 - 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/2901876193161936/
  • Tuesday, August 6 - Fulton Fresh Market - 1pm, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd). Every week, attendees participate in a 30-minute UGA Extension SNAP-Ed nutrition education food demonstration and then are provided with a free bag of in-season produce from our mobile market. 
  • Tuesday, August 6 - National Night Out, Presented by CANO and Westridge/Sandtown - 6:00pm, Barbara McCoy Park (1640 Kenmore St) Food, fun, and friendly neighbors! https://www.facebook.com/events/477568749725897/
  • Saturday, August 10 - 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, August 10 - 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, August 10 - Bush Mountain Community Organization - 2pm, Outdoor Activity Center (1442 Richland Rd SW) For more information, contact Tavius Elder at taviuselder@yahoo.com.
  • Sunday, August 11 - NPU-S Executive Committee and Team meetings - assorted times, Metropolitan Library, conference room C. All are welcome to attend:
    • 2:30 pm, Land Use Team - covering zoning, code enforcement, transportation, and related topics. For more information contact land@npu-s.org.
    • 3:00 pm, Assistant Services Team - covering education, senior services, and related topics. Administers the senior lawncare program. For more information contact assistant@npu-s.org.
    • 3:15 pm, Quality of Life Team - covering public safety and human development, arts and recreation, and environmental issues. For more information contact quality@npu-s.org
    • 4:45 pm, Executive Committee - reviews and updates the upcoming public meeting agenda, sets NPU policy. For more information contact chair@npu-s.org
External Events:
  • Wednesday, August 7 - 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, August 10 - Fulton County Sheriff's Office 9th Annual Homeless Initiative - 10am, Fulton County Civil Court (185 Central Ave SW) Sheriff's deputies are asking for donations of common household goods including soap, deodorant, washcloths, towels, and assorted toiletries to go to the homeless in our area. For additional info contact the Fulton County Sheriff's Office Community Outreach Section at 404-612-6624 or community.outreach.fcso@fultoncountyga.gov
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!