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Traffic, Emergency Preparedness To Be Discussed At Community Meeting

posted Jul 10, 2016, 6:21 PM by Kyle Eaves   [ updated Jul 10, 2016, 6:23 PM ]

Georgia DOT LogoBy: Jordan Fox, DECA PR Chair

Want to learn what the Georgia Department of Transit (GDOT) is doing to address traffic congestion in the Dresden East/Clairmont Road area? Specifically traffic in/around Clairmont Road and I-85, and throughout Chamblee? Come to the DECA Quarterly membership meeting.

Want to hear a presentation from the DeKalb Fire & Rescue Hazmat team regarding their emergency response capabilities for the AGL gas regulator station located near Clairmont Road and Buford Highway? Come to the DECA Quarterly membership meeting.

What: Dresden East Civic Association (DECA) quarterly membership meeting
When: Wednesday, July 20th at 7 pm
Where: St. Pius X High School (2674 Johnson Road, Chamblee, GA 30345)

Meeting Agenda
  1. Association Business, including Treasurer's Report and Annual Elections Reminder
  2. Guest Presentation: DeKalb Fire & Rescue Hazmat team presentation on Emergency Response Capabilities for the AGL Natural Gas regulator located near Tanglewood Cir.
  3. Guest Speaker: Kathy Zahul, Georgia Department of Transportation, presentation on GDOT efforts to combat traffic congestion in the DECA/Chamblee area
  4. Quarterly Charity Spotlight
This Meeting is open to the public. Please help us spread the word by sharing this with your neighbors and friends.

Dresden Park Transferred To The City Of Chamblee

posted Feb 11, 2016, 5:48 PM by DECA Atlanta   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 5:50 PM ]

Dresden Park walking path and grass fields.
On Thursday, February 4, 2016 DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) to transfer Dresden Park to the City of Chamblee.

The DeKalb County Commission approved the IGA in December 2015, and the agreement transfers the 25 acre park to Chamblee at no cost.

The IGA includes three stipulations which are that:
  • Chamblee cannot sell the park
  • Chamblee must always keep it as a park
  • Residents of unincorporated DeKalb are allowed to use the park the same as City residents and at the same cost, if any.
Dresden Park is located in the southeast area of Chamblee which was annexed into the City in 2013. The City has been negotiating the transfer with the county since the annexation.

The City awarded a contract for the development of a Parks and Recreation Master Plan late last year to guide decision-making in the areas of park operations, maintenance, and capital improvements over the next 10 years. The transfer of Dresden Park to the City was contemplated and it is included in the scope of the master plan.

Dresden East Civic Association Sponsors Heroes Holiday Fund

posted Dec 12, 2015, 3:05 PM by DECA Atlanta   [ updated Jan 13, 2016, 7:34 PM ]

Dekalb County police and firefighters.
By: Julie Erwin

Neighbors, friends and supporters of Chamblee area first-responders raised more than $1500 during the second annual Heroes Holiday Fund campaign sponsored by the Dresden East Civic Association (DECA).  

In partnership with the Publix at Town Brookhaven, this money will be used to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for the four fire stations that cover the DECA area, including Station 2 on Dresden Drive, Station 8 on Clairmont Road, Station 15 at PDK Airport, and Station 19 at Mercer University. In addition, meals will be provided for the Chamblee Police and the Doraville Police that also provide support to Chamblee.  

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving Day is the peak time for cooking-related fires in homes followed closely by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Unattended cooking was the leading contributor to these fires so it’s important to be attentive in the kitchen with all the activity during the holiday season. Unfortunately, this means the men and women of the fire department have to sacrifice time with their family to keep us safe.  

This is why Charlotte-ann Rogers originally launched the fundraiser last year – the police and firefighters must work to keep us safe so we want to ensure they get the meal they deserve. Although the effort was lead by DECA, donations came from many other Chamblee neighborhoods including Huntley Hills and Clairmont Terrace. “This was truly a community effort and we are very grateful for all the donations – whether it was $5 or $50,” said Ms. Rogers. Neighbors even stepped up on Facebook to issue matching challenges to help boost the donations.

Chamblee Community Clean-Up

posted Oct 11, 2015, 5:36 PM by DECA Atlanta   [ updated Oct 11, 2015, 5:40 PM ]

Help KCB clean up Plaster Road!

Keep Chamblee Beautiful logo.
Sunday, October 25th (2PM - 4PM)
Meet in the St. Pius parking lot at Plaster Road & Johnson Road
2674 Johnson Rd NE, Chamblee, GA 30345

Volunteers Needed!

Show your Chamblee pride by joining friends and neighbors to clean up litter along Plaster Road. Gloves and bags will be provided.

Keep Chamblee Beautiful is a nonprofit organization committed to making Chamblee a cleaner, greener and more beautiful place to live, work and play. Learn more at

2016 DECA Board Nominations

posted Oct 4, 2015, 11:51 AM by DECA Atlanta   [ updated Oct 4, 2015, 12:01 PM ]

Board table for DECA 2016 members.
By: Lane Holman, DECA VP 

Please consider getting involved in helping run the organization - DECA needs you. It's not too late to nominate yourself or someone else; you can make nominations at DECA's next quarterly meeting on Wednesday, October 21st, at 7 pm.

As of now, this is the current slate of nominees:

Executive Committee:

President: Todd Price
Vice President: Lane Holman 
Secretary: OPEN 
Treasurer: Charlotte-ann Rogers 

Neighborhood Representatives:

Wakefield Forest 1: Julie Erwin 
Wakefield Forest 2: Lee Hager 
Wakefield Forest 3: OPEN 
Wakefield Forest 4: OPEN 
Tanglewood Circle: Amber Mosler 
Dresden Square: OPEN
Frontier Woods: Marty Johnson
La Venture Forest: Brandy Micklewright 
Appling Heights: Agnes Nelson
Whispering Hills: Sondra Martin
Marlin Acres: OPEN

City Of Chamblee 2015 Summer Concert Series

posted Jun 26, 2015, 12:29 PM by DECA Atlanta   [ updated Jun 26, 2015, 12:38 PM ]

Chamblee 2015 summer concert series.
Mark your calendar (May 22nd, July 4th, July 24, August 28) for the Chamblee Summer Concert Series in downtown Chamblee. This concert series will offer a fun filled event for the whole family. Bring out your blankets and lawn chairs, or reserve one of our VIP Tables (downtown concerts only) to enjoy an evening of good music in Chamblee’s downtown. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. Concert goers may also bring their own food and beverages (excluding alcohol) if desired. For the Peachtree Park shows, a shuttle will be available from Chamblee Plaza to Peachtree Park before and after the show!

Event Headliners:

May 22nd - China GroveChina Grove is a top-shelf Doobie Brothers tribute band from the Tampa Bay area, whose repertoire spans the many decades and styles of the legendary California group. From the jammin’ rock of “Long Train Runnin” to the jazzy “Takin’ it to the Streets”, and the bluesy “Dark Eyed Cajun Woman” to the Grammy award winning pop of “What a Fool Believes”, this group blazes through a sizzling set of memory-jarring classic hits and album cuts with stunning accuracy and passion. Let’s just say these guys “bring it”!

July 4th - Rupert's Orchestra - The Rupert’s Orchestra became nationally known for their exciting performances at Rupert’s Nightclub in Atlanta, Georgia. For over eight years they played to packed houses and were voted Atlanta’s best house band every year. They have since become the top party band in the Southeast.
The band is comprised of some of the finest talent from around the nation. At the core of the group is a driving rhythm section accented by a fiery horn section, and an explosive Latin percussionist. Fronting the band are four of the hottest vocalists around, each with a unique sound, performing both lead and background vocals.

July 24th - Drivin' N Cryin' - With a gold album in 1991, Drivin' N Cryin' and hit songs such as “Honeysuckle Blue” and “Straight To Hell”, this show is sure to be a night to remember in Chamblee!
In 1991 the more hard-rocking Fly Me Courageous ended up being the band's most commercially successful album, with the album being certified gold. The next few years the band toured with artists such as Neil Young and Soul Asylum. In 1993, DNC released another album produced by Geoff Workman, entitled Smoke, which peaked at No. 95 on the Billboard’s Top 200 album chart.

August 28th - Ricochet - In 1996 the members of country super group Ricochet watched their debut single, “What Do I Know”, rise to the Top 5 earning the band the honor of the highest charting debut single of the year. The follow up single release, “Daddy’s Money”, became an immediate across the board hit, rising to #1 on the Radio & Records Country Singles Chart, the Gavin Country Singles Chart and the Billboard Country Singles Chart (where it stayed #1 for two consecutive weeks). The band’s distinctive musical style and intricate harmonies earned them the recognition as one of the most popular vocal groups in country music, a mantle they still wear today. Now, more than fifteen years later, “The Hardest Working Band In Country Music” is still going strong.

Chamblee Fourth Of July Event

posted Jun 26, 2015, 12:19 PM by DECA Atlanta   [ updated Jun 26, 2015, 12:29 PM ]

Chamblee Fourth Of July Event
The city of Chamblee will be hosting their 2015 Fourth of July event at Keswick Park on Saturday, July 4th. This event is full of fun for the entire family and includes one of the best fireworks shows around. There will be live music, food and activities for the family.

Event Details:

Date: July 4, 2015
Location: Keswick Park - Chamblee, GA. 30341
Time: 5PM - 10PM

2015 Event Schedule

(5:00) Kids' Bike Parade - Route begins at Chamblee Middle School and ends at Keswick Park
(5:00) Food Vendors Open - enjoy Mad Italian, Chamos Grill, Chick-Fil-A, Frosty Caboose or something from the Parks & Recreation grill!
(5:00-7:30) - Kid activities including train rides, bouncy houses, and more!
(5:30) Corn Hole Tournament - Register online for your 2-person team to compete to win a V.I.P. table at the next Chamblee concert of your choice. This is a FREE tournament!
(6:00) Live Music! - Our opening act will be Rockaholics followed by Rupert's Orchestra at 7:00
(9:30) Fireworks!

Visit The City of Chamblee Website for additional information on parking, activities, food and inclement weather plans.

DECA 2015 Goals

posted Apr 13, 2015, 2:44 PM by DECA Atlanta   [ updated Apr 13, 2015, 2:46 PM ]

DECA 2015 Goals
  • SOCIAL: Establish a “Fun Committee” to coordinate monthly DECA Diners events, as well as two more social events, one of which will be the DECA Picnic at Dresden Park first part June, and the other National Night Out (Aug 4th).
  • ENVIRONMENTAL: Coordinate two neighborhood clean-up events this year, with one in conjunction with “Friends of Dresden Park.”
  • MEMBERSHIP: Attain a membership of 150 members by Labor Day (September 7), with a stretch goal of 200 by year end.
  • PUBLICITY: Establish a strategy for marketing DECA, coordinating with the membership committee.
  • FUNDRAISING: Have two specific fund raisers for two specific events: one for the summer and one either in conjunction with NNO or during the holiday season.

Dresden Park Revitalization Project

posted Mar 30, 2015, 7:09 PM by DECA Atlanta   [ updated May 15, 2015, 8:41 AM ]

Dresden Park in Chamblee, GA 30341
In the middle of our neighborhoods lies a 24-acre hidden jewel that has the potential to bring a great sense pride to our community. The jewel is Dresden Park — a place where you could walk your dog, play with your kids, have a picnic, watch a game of soccer, or explore the landscape. The potential is vast, but this place needs your help to grow and be more than just another site you pass on the way to work or school.

When I was younger, every day Dresden Park was filled with families playing and spending time together. The park was wonderful, safe and my childhood was the better for it. I’m sure many of you who have lived in this area over the years share fond memories of this park too.

Dresden was also the place where many of us learned how to play sports. As someone who played softball at Dresden, I was pleased to receive a message on the Dresden Facebook page the other day from a man whose childhood experience at Dresden become an important part of his life. He told me that the reason why he was able to go to UGA was because he started playing baseball at the park. Consequentially, he developed the tools he needed to play ball in college on a scholarship. What a great recommendation!

No matter what changes the community undergoes, Dresden will still be a park for everyone to come to and enjoy, a place that will lure you with its beauty and fill you up with happiness even when you just need a quiet place to sit and think.

Dresden Creek
Studies have shown that living near a park is likely to make you happier. A 2013 study(1) from the University of Exeter shows the quality of life becomes greater by utilizing a park’s resources. Also a 2002 American Planning Association(2) paper states a well maintained park brings a sense of purpose to the community, as well as increase in property values.

Currently the park, while in the boundaries of the City of Chamblee, remains under the jurisdiction of DeKalb County. Chamblee is in negotiations with the county on the transfer of the park but it is mired in red tape. County Commissioner Nancy Jester recently called on Interim CEO Lee May and county administration officials to not waste county taxpayer dollars on needless litigation with Chamblee and to “implement the sale of Dresden Park to the City of Chamblee” swiftly.

Meanwhile, the “Friends of Dresden Park” is asking for help to revitalize this park. Dresden Park needs volunteers to help clean it up. Also we are asking for input and thoughts on the next phase of the park’s life. The organization will be set up as a non-profit. All grants and funds will go directly into fixing up the park. We are asking for people to join the team — no skills needed, just a love of the outdoors. We will be meeting once a month (TBA) to discuss future projects and set up clean-up days. Contact: (Maria Holbrook). Please like us on our Facebook page- Dresden Park Revitalization Project.

Over $1,000 Raised for Local Firefighters and Police

posted Nov 21, 2014, 7:54 AM by DECA Atlanta   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 7:57 AM ]

Area Neighbors Rally Together in Fundraising Effort to Show Thanks: 
Over $1,000 Raised for Local Firefighters and Police for Thanksgiving
by Todd Price

Spending time with friends and family over the holiday season is something many of us enjoy. But some civil servants, like the firefighters and police officers serving our neighborhoods, sacrifice this time so that we can be protected.

Popping a turkey in a deep fryer might be fun and ultimately delicious. But if you don't know what you are doing it could lead to disaster. National data collected between 2009-11 indicates residential building fires were almost twice as high on Thanksgiving Day as other days throughout the year – with 72% being related to cooking.* And when cooking disasters lead to emergencies, the DeKalb Fire Department ensures their firefighters are prepared to help, rain or shine: Thanksgiving Day, Chanukah, Christmas, New Years Day, and beyond. There are four stations that cover the DECA area, including Station 2 on Dresden Drive, Station 8 on Clairmont Road, Station 15 at PDK Airport, and Station 19 at Mercer University.

Since they would not be at home with family and friends on Thanksgiving, one neighbor, Charlotte-ann Rogers of Wakefield Forest, decided she would head up a small fundraising effort to buy a Thanksgiving meal for the firefighting team at Station 2. What started as a chat between her and a couple of other neighbors snowballed into an area-wide effort which encompassed the four stations, as well as our police officers from Chamblee and Doraville too, since they backup Chamblee PD in case of any significant event. All in all, after publishing the fundraiser on DECA's Facebook page, creating a GoFundMe website, engaging other Chamblee neighborhoods including Clairmont Terrace and Huntley Hills, over $1,000 was raised, the bulk of it in about three days.

Many of us in our communities have deep personal connections with these firefighters, with some firefighter and police officer families living in DECA neighborhoods. Charlotte-ann had an uncle who worked in a fire department years ago. Julie Erwin of Wakefield Forest donated, saying, “This is important to me. My brother almost died in a fire, and the firefighters from Station 8 on Clairmont Road saved his life.”

Sometimes it is those deep personal connections that draw people to fighting fires as well. Brian Delano is a firefighter working out of Station 19 at Mercer University after nearly 6 years in the DeKalb Fire Department. Brian's Uncle Ben was a firefighter in Jackson, Michigan. Brian spent time around his uncle's fire station, seeing the lifestyle, the camaraderie between the firefighters, and it inspired him. “It might be cliché,” he said, “but helping people, protecting them, that draws me to the job as well.” The Mercer Station specializes in Hazmat response, helping to train neighboring county fire departments. They were also involved in the safe transport of recent Ebola patients from PDK Airport to Emory University Hospital.

Dekalb FD it is where he met his wife, too. For a short time, both he and his wife Caitlyn worked as firefighters. Now she works at home managing their precocious one-year-old son William.

And just as civil servants do, Brian worked with the rest of the team at Station 19 on Thanksgiving Day, while his wife and son were at home. Organizers hoped the donations raised by our neighborhoods to provide a warm Thanksgiving meal helped him and the other firefighters and police officers working through the holiday get by a little more easily while they were away from their family and friends.

And that was the point of the fundraiser. “We did it because it was a nice thing to do,” said Charlotte-ann. “It's what we wrote on the card we left with the food: During this time of Thanksgiving, we as a community are thankful for you.”

If you would like to join Charlotte-ann's “Firefighters Save Lives” Facebook Group, you can do so here:

*National Fire Institute Reporting System 5.0,

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