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Neighborhood Alert

Dear Neighbors,

The DHCA generally chooses not to report on every crime that is perpetrated in our neighborhood. Nevertheless, the severity of a crime committed last night in Emory Village, along with the detailed description provided by the victim, demands that we give this matter full attention. Please read the notice below, released by Emory University earlier today.

Emory is committed to providing a safe environment for our staff, faculty, students, patients and visitors. It is our obligation to notify you of any incidents that occur in our community that could potentially compromise the safety of anyone on Emory’s property.

A female Emory student reported to Emory Police that she was raped at about 11:15 PM on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in the wooded area between Dowman Drive and Oxford Road near the Emory Village traffic circle.

The perpetrator is described as a white male, mid-to-late 50′s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a reddish or brown beard, wearing a brown or green beanie cap, a tan or brown jacket, dark blue jeans, and brown boots. He was last seen running from campus toward the Emory Village.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Emory Police Department at 404-727-6111.

“What Does Reform Look Like?” – A Call to Action

On Thursday evening, February 20, DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon will convene a meeting to consider a “Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb County.”  

In an invitation to the community, Commissioner Gannon delineated five areas that require intense focus: Operations, Ethics, Elections, Governmental Structure, and Host Sales Tax.  She cited the importance of transparency, comprehensive solutions, and governmental responsiveness to the views of citizens. Read more

Fernbank Meeting Tonight

We urge Druid Hills residents to attend the Fernbank School Council and PTA Meeting on Wednesday, February 5, 7pm (doors open at 6pm for design preview) at the Fernbank Elementary cafeteria, 3131 Old Rockbridge Road, Avondale Estates. Representatives of the DeKalb County School District will provide an update on the construction of the new Fernbank Elementary School. This will be an opportunity for the public to get information and provide feedback and comments. Childcare for school-aged children and pizza for the kids will be provided courtesy of Fernbank Aftercare and the Fernbank Foundation.

For more information on the Fernbank School, please visit

It’s Official: Parkwood Neighborhood Submits Petition to City of Decatur

The Parkwood Neighborhood of Druid Hills submitted a petition for annexation to the City of Decatur on January 23, 2014. The petitioners, citing a longtime affinity with the City of Decatur, started their drive soon after the City of Briarcliff Initiative (COBI) presented its cityhood proposal last year. Like many residents of unincorporated DeKalb County, they were motivated by the desire to make their own decisions about cityhood and/or annexation.

While the Parkwood proponents of annexation to Decatur garnered 97 signatures for their petition, there was some opposition within the community. The Parkwood Garden Club, established in 1952, voted twice to not vote on the petition, according to club president Frances Finegan. Read more

Snowfall in Druid Hills

When the snow started to fall on Tuesday afternoon, longtime residents Jennie Richardson and Stuart Silverman set out with their cameras. The images in the slideshow below capture truly rare Atlanta scenes. The snowfall seems like a perfect time to announce that we plan to feature photos of our neighborhood on the website. Read more


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