Memorial Day Week Solid Waste Schedule

Solid waste, recycling, and yard trimming collections will not occur on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

All regularly scheduled pickups will be delayed by one day over the remaining week.

2019 Military Family Lifestyle Survey

Blue Star Families announces the launch of the 2019 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, available online now at https://bluestarfam.us/bsfsurvey2019.

Blue Star Families’ annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey (aMFLS) was first fielded in 2009. The 2019 survey, designed by Blue Star Families in collaboration with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and analyzed by Blue Star Families, will run through June 14 of this year.

The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete and is confidential. Each respondent can enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card. The survey is open to all active-duty service members, veterans, National Guard, Reserve, and their families through June 14. The 2019 survey findings will be released in early 2020.

Questions? Contact Michele Bradfield at mbradfield@bluestarfam.org.

Georgia Motor Vehicle System outages - May 21-27

The Georgia Motor Vehicle Division is in the middle of major upgrades to its computer system to serve drivers better. Unfortunately, while the work goes on, some services may be limited at certain times in May.

  • Kiosk and online renewals will not be available between May 21 and 27.
  • Vehicle registration and title services will be down May 23- 27. 

For more information go to www.georgiadrives.com

Generational Wealth Building Workshop - Thursday, May 23

The Generational Wealth Building Workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to qualify to have free estate planning documents drafted. These documents include a will, an advance directive, and a power of attorney.

Participants must also qualify for program services by being at least 60 years old or having no more than one home, two cars and less than $25,000 in any bank account.

MAY 23 2019
6-8 PM

Greater Turner Chapel AME Church
4650 Cascade Road
Atlanta, GA 30331

Priority will be first given to residents of need in the following zip codes: 30311, 30310, 30344, and 30331. For more information, please contact Jazz Watts: jwatts@gaheirsproperty.org (706) 612-7084

NPU-S Calendar May 20-26

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:

NPU-S Events:

  • Monday, May 20 - ARTlanta Jam Session - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St). Weekly live band and performances, art, free entry until 9. https://www.facebook.com/events/1790704664368979
  • Tuesday, May 21 - 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, May 23 - 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, May 25 - 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, May 22 - MILRA Community Engagement Subcommittee Meeting - 5:30pm, Ft.McPherson, LRA Office (1794 Walker Avenue).
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 Meeting General Meeting *this* Thursday, May 16, 7pm

This Thursday the 16th will be our NPU General Meeting for May 2019, held, as always, on the third Thursday of each month.

This month we'll have four presentations, including a visit from County Commissioner Natalie Hall! We also have one voting item and two items for review, so it's going to be a pretty full evening!

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

See you there!

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7-9pm
Where: VICARS, 838 Cascade Rd SW
Agenda: http://bit.ly/NPUSAgendaMay2019

Two special events this evening! Public Trust Task Force + Community Design Award

At 5:30 pm, the Mayor invites citizens to attend the Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust.  
This will be held at the Old Council Chambers at City Hall, on the Mitchell Street side (68 Mitchell). According the the AJC,
The Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust will discuss its responsibilities and goals, as well as the city’s ethics, transparency, and compliance structures.
Atlanta City Council approved the 13-member task force in February to assess the city’s ethical and transparency guidelines. The task force is comprised of appointments by Bottoms, Atlanta City Council and Council President Felicia Moore. 

After that, 6:30 pm at Zoo Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s Office of Design will be holding its Annual Awards Program. This program includes a Community Design Award, and this year's award for NPU-S is for the Crystal Sykes / Cahaba Drive Trail

This small trail runs from the intersection of Cahaba and Sandtown to the intersection of Cahaba and Cummings, one block long. It was formerly an unpaved section of Cahaba surrounded by decaying properties. Thanks to neighborhood activism, the road was blocked off, but requests to have it paved were fruitless until, tragically, 11 year old Crystal Sykes died from an accident riding her bicycle along the rutted dirt pathway. This spurred the creation of the trail, maintained to this day by the Westridge-Sandtown Neighborhood Association.  

Members of the community will be honored tonight for their work on this project. 


NPU-S Calendar May 13-19

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:

NPU-S Events:

  • Monday, May 13 - ARTlanta Jam Session - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St). Weekly live band and performances, art, free entry until 9. https://www.facebook.com/events/1790704664368979
  • Tuesday, May 14 - 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, May 16 - NPU-S General Meeting - 7pm, VICARS (838 Cascade Ave). One voting item, four presentations, including a visit from County Commissioner Natalie Hall. Agenda at http://bit.ly/NPUSAgendaMay2019.
  • Saturday, May 18 - 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, May 18 - Westridge/Sandtown Venetian Hills Neighborhood Organization - 10am, Area West Realty (1534 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd). Monthly meeting of WSCO, which operates over the entirety of Venetian Hills. Contact VenetianHillsPresident@gmail.com for more information.

External Events:

  • Monday, May 13 - NPU-V Meeting - 7pm, Pittman Park Recreation Center (950 Garibaldi Street, Atlanta GA, 30310). NPU-V encompasses the communities of Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, and Capitol Gateway.
  • Tuesday, May 14 - 2019 Age Well Expo - 9:30am, GSU Stadium (Formerly Ted Turner Stadium). Expo is presented by Georgia Power, City of Atlanta's Mayor's Office of Constituent Services and in partnership with AARP Georgia. Free registration at  http://aarp.cvent.com/d/k6qr5w/4W. Registration is required. 
  • Tuesday, May 14 - Small Business Administration Seminar - 1:30pm, Empire Board of Realtists (686 Joseph E Lowery Blvd SW).  The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. Spend The Afternoon with Senior Management from Washington D.C.
  • Wednesday, May 15 - 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, May 18 - 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!


Application deadline TODAY, May 8 - "Discover Your Personal Genius!" Leadership Program

Just came through email, apologies for the short notice:

Discover Your Personal Genius Leadership Program is a 3-week leadership experience for high school students in partnership with Vertical City, Inc,  Spelman and Morehouse Colleges (Class of 1999).  
Wed, May 8th is the deadline to APPLY. We have room for 40 students in Metro Atlanta. Priority will be given to students in one of the communities in the Westside of Atlanta.  
Application link. https://forms.gle/3vys5cFd478DLVcVA    

Upcoming MARTA Public Hearings

From MARTA:

Notice of Public Hearings

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority will hold public hearings for the purpose of considering the Proposed FY 2020 Operating and Capital Budgets.

Monday, May 13
Decatur Library Auditorium
215 Sycamore Street
Decatur GA 30030
Community Exchange 6pm
Public Hearing 7pm

Tuesday, May 14
MARTA Headquarters
2424 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Community Exchange 6pm
Public Hearing 7pm

Wednesday, May 15
Clayton County Commission Chambers
112 Smith Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Community Exchange 6pm
Public Hearing 7pm

Copies of the proposed FY 2020 Operating and Capital Budgets will also be available for public viewing at MARTA's Headquarters Office of External Affairs, 2424 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30324 during regular business hours, Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 5 pm.
For formats (FREE of charge) in accordance with the ADA and Limited English Proficiency regulations contact, (404) 848-4037. For those patrons requiring further accommodations, information can be obtained by calling the Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 404 848-5665.

In addition, a sign language interpreter will be available at all hearings. If you cannot attend the hearings and want to provide comments you may: (1) leave a message at (404) 848-5299; (2) write to MARTA's Office of External Affairs, 2424 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30324-3330; (3) complete an online Comment Card at www.itsmarta.corn; (4) email to custserv@itsmarta.com; (5) or fax your comments no later than May 24, 2019 to (404) 848-4179.

All citizens of the City of Atlanta and the counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton and Gwinnett whose interests are affected by the subjects to be considered at these hearings are hereby notified and invited to appear at said times and places and present such evidence, comment or objection as their interests require.

2019 Age Well Expo - May 14

2019 Aging Well Expo (formerly Engage at Every Age Expo) - "Connect. Create. Contribute." is a multi-cultural expo for the greatest generations of our time to connect, inspire, become informed, empowered, and sample the rich Atlanta heritage as it meets the new Hollywood of the South.

Join us for a spectacular experience to include Senior Idol and Top Chefs. Aging Well Expo is presented by Georgia Power, City of Atlanta's Mayor's Office of Constituent Services and in partnership with AARP Georgia.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
From 9:30am to 1:30pm

Georgia State University Stadium (formerly Turner Field)
755 Hank Aaron Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA, 30315
Email: gaaarp@aarp.org

Click http://aarp.cvent.com/d/k6qr5w/4W to register. Registration is required.



NPU-S Calendar May 6-May 12

Coming up this week on the NPU-S calendar:

NPU-S Events:

  • Monday, May 6 - ARTlanta Jam Session - 7pm, Stained Gallery (1719 Sayers St). Weekly live band and performances, art, free entry until 9. https://www.facebook.com/events/1790704664368979
  • Saturday, May 11 - 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.co
  • Saturday, May 11 - 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
  • Sunday, May 12 - 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, Executive Committee - reviews and updates the upcoming public meeting agenda, sets NPU policy. For more information contact chair@npu-s.org

External Events:

  • Wednesday, May 8 - NPU-T Meeting - 7pm,  Kipp Strive Academy (1444 Lucille Avenue 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!

Small Business Administration Seminar - May 14

The West End Merchant's Coalition has arranged a one-day seminar with the Small Business Administration.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. Spend The Afternoon with Senior Management from Washington D.C.

There will be for presentations from:
  • Carol L. Thompson - Area Director, SBA, Office of Government Contracting
  • CaSandra Smith - Advanced Contracting Officer’s Representative
  • Van Tran - Director, SBA’s 8 (a) Program
  • Francine Morris - Procurement Analyst SBA, Office of Policy Planning and Liaison
  • Terri Denison – District Director SBA Georgia District Office
  • Diane Adoma - CEO, Diane Adoma Consulting, LLC 100 Women/$100 Million Initiative
Registration is free; for more information go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-afternoon-with-the-small-business-administration-tickets-60732546682.

2019 State of Fulton County Address - Tuesday, May 7

Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts will deliver the 2019 State of Fulton County Address on Tuesday, May 7.

The annual event, organized by the Council for Quality Growth in coordination with the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the South Fulton Chamber of Commerce and other sponsors, will bring together hundreds of civic and business leaders for an update about key issues in Georgia's most populous County.

The 2019 State of Fulton County will be hosted at Flourish, 3143 Maple Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, on Tuesday, May 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free Community Law Clinic May 18

The Gate City Bar Association will host its 19th Annual Community Law Clinic at Greenbriar Mall, on Saturday May 18, from noon to 4pm.

This community event provides a forum for free, one-on-one legal consultations with attorneys in the areas of Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Family Law and Criminal Law. 

Also, speak one on one with Fulton County Solicitor’s office in reference to misdemeanor record restrictions and expungements.

Gate City Law Clinic provides an opportunity for members of the community to meet with some of the top legal minds in the area to obtain free legal guidance and clarification on their rights and available options.

Saturday, May 18, 12pm-4pm
Greenbriar Mall

For more information, email gatecitylawclinic@gmail.com