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District 6 Updates and Events


Movie With The Major
August 19th at 12 PM
Satellite Cinemas - South DeKalb Mall 


Get your popcorn ready and join Major KD Johnson of South Precinct for a 
FREE trip to the movies to see The Nut Job 2. 


PLEASE SHARE TO HELP FIND FOREVER HOMES! 



N.H. Scott Park Visioning Program
August 29th from 6:30 - 8 PM 
N.H. Scott Recreation Center 

Do you live near or regularly use N. H. Scott Park? Does your family take advantage of the programs and classes offered at N. H. Scott Recreation Center?

Park Pride and Friends of N.H. Scott Park invite you to participate, share your thoughts, and help develop design concepts for the park through Park Pride’s 
Park Visioning process. Your opinion is critical to the success of this much-loved and valued greenspace.


Support DeKalb's own as they "Fight For a Cure". Purchase your shirt today! 


Don't Miss the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse crosses the continental United States, the first in nearly a century. For a few minutes, along the path of totality, the Sun is blocked by the Moon, and day goes dark. Metro-Atlanta is not on the center line, so we will not see a total eclipse. In our area, the Sun will be partially eclipsed, about 97%! Please note, DeKalb County Schools will extend its school day by one hour on Monday, Aug. 21 to provide safe viewing and instructional opportunities of the eclipse. Contact your child's school to find out exact dismissal times. 

Many of us will not be able to make the day trip to the Georgia Mountains, however everal venues in Super District 6 are celebrating the Great American Eclipse:

Dunwoody Nature Center will host a solar eclipse watch party from 1:00-4:00 pm. Peak eclipse will occur at 2:35 pm in the area. The "watch" party will take place at the Dunwoody Senior Baseball Fields (5321 Roberts Drive) as gatherers view this unique event–Dunwoody Nature Center will even provide special viewing glasses. Please park at the Baseball Fields and bring a blanket or chairs.

Celebrate Fernbank Science Center's 50 years of service to the students, teachers and general public of DeKalb County with an out-of-this-world event. Weather permitting, they will set up solar filtered telescopes for safe viewing at the Science Center. The planetarium will host programs throughout the day, including streaming images of the eclipse as it crosses the country.


The city of Chamblee and Interactive College of Technology (ICT) are teaming up to hold an "Eclipse Festival" from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The event, which is being held in conjunction with the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce, will be located at the Chamblee ICT campus, 5303 New Peachtree Rd. During the festival attendees can expect games, refreshments, educational projects and more. Children of all ages are welcome.

Fun Facts for the 2017 Total Eclipse in Georgia

  • The average width of the path of totality is 71.5 miles across Georgia.
  • The central line covers a distance of 12 miles across Georgia.
  • The average central line duration of totality is 2 minutes 38 seconds across Georgia.
  • The average speed of the Moon's shadow is 1456 mph across Georgia.
  • Before 2017, the last two total solar eclipses visible from Georgia were on           1970 Mar 07 and 1900 May 28.
  • After 2017, the next two total solar eclipses visible from Georgia will be on            2045 Aug 12 and 2052 Mar 30.

NAACP Education Summit 
Click the link HERE to register 








NEW Glass Recycling Program in DeKalb 

Unfortunately, the recycling company that buys recyclables from DeKalb County will no longer accept glass. This is a problem across the country, as the economic value of recycled glass has dropped. As of July 17th, the placement of glass in curbside single-stream recycling has been discontinued. DeKalb County has created an alternative way to recycle glass.

We encourage you to continue recycling glass by placing it within recycling drop-off containers that will be placed around DeKalb. Thanks to your participation, DeKalb has one of the largest recycling programs in the Southeast. Thank you for 
being green!

Read more information about the new glass recycling process HERE 



DEMA Provides Tips to Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses
DeKalb asks citizens to use caution, check on elderly neighbors

As the county experiences a rise in temperatures during the summer, DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) offers advice to stay cool throughout the season.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1999 and 2009, an average of 658 people died each year due to heat in the United States. Older adults, the very young and people with mental illnesses or chronic diseases are at highest risk.
Below are some tips to stay safe in the heat this summer:
  • Stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest hours of the day. Residents without air conditioning should go to a public place such as a shopping mall or a DeKalb County library to stay cool.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Drink water often; at least four cups every hour if outside. Don’t wait until experiencing thirst.
  • If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks; at least five minutes for every 15 minutes of work, in the shade or indoors.
  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim.
  • Don’t forget about pets. Bring them inside during the day, or if outside, give them extra water and a shady cool place.
  • Do not leave children or pets in the car. Even with the windows down or cracked, the temperature can increase to more than 110 degrees within 10 minutes.
  • Check neighbors, especially those who live alone or are elderly. Should temperatures stay elevated, DeKalb County will evaluate opening cooling centers. Information will be posted on the county website at www.dekalbcountyga.gov



Decatur Gators Fall Swim League Starts July 24th!

The City of Decatur Active Living Division introduces a NEW Decatur Gators Fall Swim League for children ages 6 and up! on July 24th.

For more information click here:
  http://beactivedecatur.com/2017/07/18/new-decatur-gators-fall-swim-league/ or contact Jabari.Cole@decaturga.com.







Commissioner Gannon's Facebook Survey
Your opinion matters! Help us continue to bring you great content. Please take our brief survey to tell us what you think is useful that we continue to provide via social media  HERE

DeKalb County Pools Opened May 27th
Click HERE for a list of locations and times of operation. 


Mosquito Summer Safety
Click HERE for tip on staying safe from mosquitos this summer! 

Operation Clean Sweep Updates 
Click HERE for updates on DeKalb's newest blight reduction initiative, Operation Clean Sweep. 



MARTA's "Live Music Mondays"
Mondays @ MARTA
Do you love jazz music? Every Monday, enjoy MARTA's local talent showcase and hear the smooth sounds of jazz. Stop by the MARTA stations listed below for live music Mondays!
  • Decatur 
  • Lindbergh Station
  • College Park Station 
  • Midtown 

Toilet Retrofit Rebate Program 
More than 47% of water use in the average American home occurs in the bathroom, with nearly 24% being used by toilets.  Fortunately, your household can significantly curb its toilet water usage in a number of ways. Would you like to decrease your water usage and aid in the conservation of water? Participate in DeKalb County’s Toilet Retrofit Rebate Program! There are two rebate options:

 

Option 1:  For the purchase of any approved 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) toilet on the list of eligible toilets, a rebate of up to $50.00 will be given.

Option 2:  For the purchase of any approved 1.28 gpf WaterSense labeled toilet on the list of eligible toilets, a rebate of up to $100.00 will be given.

 

Only the exact model names and number combinations on DeKalb County's list of eligible toilets will qualify for the toilet rebate. These toilets have been tested by the Maximum Performance Test in specific combinations for performance and water savings - tank and bowl number cannot be "mixed and matched" from different models. Other models may be available for purchase, but WILL NOT qualify for a rebate. Customers will only be allowed to apply for a maximum of three (3) toilets per household.

Download the application today!




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FOG HEAT MAP
The FOG "Heat Map" will clearly show which areas in DeKalb are most prone to sanitary sewer overflows due to fats, oils, and grease. Click HERE to view. 


JOB ALERT!  - LAW ENFORCEMENT

Calling all potential law enforcement officers! Call and apply today! 






WorkSource DeKalb Mobile Career Center 

The Mobile Career Center is back on the road this month! Read on to see when the career center is stopping near you in Super District 6:
  • Mon., 8/7 from 10 AM - 4 PM at Decatur Library (215 Sycamore St.)
  • Tues., 8/15 from 10 AM - 4 PM at Division of Family Children  Services (178 Sam St)
  • Thurs., 8/17 from 10 AM - 4 PM at Clairmont Presbyterian (1994 Clairmont Rd.)
  • Fri., 8/18 from 7 AM - 12 PM at Fort McPherson (1788 Hardee Ave. SW)
  • Mon.,8/21 from 10 AM - 4 PM at Covington Library (3500 Covington Hwy.)
  • Thurs., 8/24 from 10 AM - 4 PM at Clarkston Library (951 N. Indian Creek Dr.)
    Thurs.,8/31 from 10 AM - 4PM at Division of Family Children  Services (178 Sam St)


DeKalb Mobile Farmers Market 2017 Season 

Click HERE to view the schedule of the DeKalb Mobile Farmers Market as they make stops around the county to improve access to fresh and healthy foods! 



DeKalb Offers Tips for Conserving Water While Maintaining a Pool

 The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) is reminding businesses and residents that the county is still under a Level 2 drought status. Under Drought Level 2 Response, pools can remain in use and can be filled as necessary.

DWM recommends the following practices to conserve water while maintaining a pool:

  • Repair any visible leaks immediately.
  • Wash cartridge filters when the pump operating pressure increases by 10 pounds per square inch. Never allow wash water to run off into a storm drain, stream or other natural water body.
  • Maintain 78 degrees Fahrenheit as the ideal recreational pool temperature, since warmer water means higher evaporation rates.
  • Plant trees and shrubs that buffer the pool, but won't shed or drop leaves in the water, since wind exposure can increase evaporation in uncovered pools. Additionally, invest in a pool cover, which will be required if a Level 3 Drought Response is declared.
  • Determine if you have a leak or a high evaporation rate with this four-step bucket test:
    • Turn off the automatic fill valve.
    • Place a bucket on a step where the bucket rim is at least a few inches above the water line.
    • Place a heavy weight in the bucket and add water until the water level inside the bucket is equal with the water level in the pool.
    • Leave the bucket and pool undisturbed for several hot days, then compare the water level in the bucket to the water level in the pool.
    • Contact a pool leak detection specialist if the water level in the bucket is noticeably higher than the water level in the pool. 

The drought conditions in the metropolitan Atlanta area are expected to continue for the next three to five years. Because the metro area’s recent rains have not refilled the area’s water source, Lake Lanier, which feeds the Chattahoochee River, everyone is urged to conserve water.

 

For questions on the drought restrictions, contact DWM at DWM_ECMS@dekalbcountyga.gov or 404-414-2355 or the Georgia Environmental Protection Division at 404-463-1511 or epd.drought@dnr.ga.gov.

 

 

 

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