Everything You Should Know About the Atlanta Board of Education District 2 Special Election

There will be a special election on September 17, 2019 for Atlanta Board of Education District 2 to fill the remainder of our former school board representative, Byron Amos’ term. Here are your candidates who will appear on the ballot for that election. Candidates appear below in the order in which they qualified:

  1. Chadd Jonesmith | https://chaddforaboe.com/
  2. Paula Kupersmith | http://paulaforaps.com
  3. Keisha Carey | http://www.keishacareyatlantaboard.com/
  4. Aretta Baldon | https://www.arettabaldon.com/
  5. Will Chandler | http://www.willforaps.com
  6. Nathaniel Dyer | https://www.nathanielbdyer.com/
  7. Davida Huntley | http://davidahuntley.com/
  8. Ed Johnson
  9. Christopher Brown | https://chrisbrownforatlanta.com/

You can hear from the candidates themselves at this Thursday’s forum at Families First, 80 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW. Doors open at 5:45 pm and the forum will begin at 6:15 pm. You can learn more by clicking here.

Though Election Day is on Tuesday, September 17, early voting starts NEXT WEEK, from  Monday, August 26 to Friday, September 13. If there is a runoff, that election will be held on October 15, 2019.

Here are the full dates and times for early voting:

  • 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

And here are the 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

If you’re not sure if you fall under ABOE D2, please know that encompasses Atlanta City Council Districts 3 and 4. This means that only Mechanicsville residents living north of Dodd Ave will be able to vote in this election. Here’s the entire ABOE D2 map.

You can learn more about the election and the candidates here: http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/council-divisions/municipal-clerk/2019-city-of-atlanta-special-election

REMINDER: Intrenchment Creek Stormwater Roadshow TONIGHT @ 6pm

The headwaters of Intrenchment Creek as near Turner Field, and most of NPU-V lives in, or is impacted by, what happens in the Intrenchment Creek Watershed. Concerned about clean, safe, and accessible water? Annoyed by all of the boiled water advisories? Frustrated with permeable paver maintenance? There is opportunity to have your voices be heard!

Please join the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management and our community partners at our upcoming Stormwater Roadshow Open House for Intrenchment, Sugar, & Doolittle Creeks.

The Department and several partners will host 8 Open Houses, each targeting a specific watershed. However, citizens from anywhere in Atlanta are welcome to attend any meeting, regardless of event location or where they live.

The purpose of this and future Roadshow events is to engage the residents, organizations, and businesses in each of Atlanta’s 10 watersheds. The program will focus on listening to the community to learn how the Department has succeeded, gather information about recurring stormwater issues, and gather feedback about current and future projects, and the Department’s planning processes. Each session will also include educational materials.

When: Tuesday, August 20, 2019; 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: Coan Park Recreation Center – 1530 Woodbine Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30317

Quality Control School Supplies Giveaway @ 787 Windsor (SATURDAY)

From our friends at 787 Windsor:

Hey y’all,

On this Saturday, August 17th, from 11am – 4pm, artists from the Quality Control sub-label of Capitol / Motown will be hosting a back-to-school event at 787 Windsor. There will be free food, games, and giveaways of school supplies and other things.
They have invited (50) families from Mechanicsville to attend and enjoy. To gain entry, residents should proceed to the gate and mention “Mechanicsville” or the “Mechanicsville Civic Association”.
If anyone needs assistance on-site, they can ask for Kim Valderas or Micky Benthall from the label, or Vanessa Shell from the venue. I am available via telephone from now through the weekend but will not be able to be present myself.
Please let me know if you have any questions or there’s anything else I can try to arrange.
All the best,

Dunbar Elementary School 5K Run/Walk

Dunbar family, we need you!

Come join Dunbar Elementary’s parents, students, and teachers for a 5K run/walk event which will be held in the Mechanicsville community. Proceeds go to Dunbar Elementary School. The school is looking to raise $20,000 but they need your help! The participation fee is $35, but it’s free for parents and students.

Time: Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:00am
Location: 500 Whitehall Terrace Atlanta, GA 30312

For more information, contact Ms. Michelle Walker 770-572-6563. You can sign up or pay online by clicking here or downloading the pay form here: Dunbar 5k 2019

Atlanta Streets Alive Returning to Mechanicsville 9/29

Atlanta Streets Alive opens streets for people by temporarily closing them to cars, creating a vibrant street experience and demonstrating the benefits of safe streets. The route scheduled for September 29th originally included Cascade Road and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and was supposed to terminate in West End, but the route has been modified to extend the Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. portion east all the way to Hank Aaron Drive in Summerhill. That means that ASA will be returning to Mechanicsville for the first time since 2017!

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Location: Cascade Avenue / Ralph David Abernathy Blvd – 3.6 miles
2:30pm – 6:30pm
Street Closure: 12:30pm – 8:00pm

If you are interested in becoming an Activity Partner or Route Host, please click the following link: https://www.atlantastreetsalive.com/activity

For more information, please visit https://www.atlantastreetsalive.com/southwest or contact sagirah@atlantabike.org

NPU-V National Night Out Community Block Party

Please join us for our annual National Night Out celebration hosted by the communities of NPU-V! The event will promote community pride and safety. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 6th at 4pm and will hosted by the Mechanicsville community at Dunbar Recreation Center (477 Windsor Street SW).

-Free food and give-a-ways
-Interactive games
-Live DJ
-Opportunity to connect with local community partners
-Public safety resources
-Special guest speakers and performers
We also need volunteers! If you’re interested in volunteering or have any other questions, please contact: Watrina Watson at wwatson@cbww.org

Want Safe Streets?: Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Wants to Hear from You!

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is developing a new strategic plan this year. To do that successfully, we’re seeking input from our members and the broader community. We have conducted interviews and focus groups – and now are gathering further input via this brief survey.

This survey is anonymous and should only take seven minutes to complete.

Insights from this survey will inform the agenda at a Community Discussion to be held Tuesday, August 6 from 6-8 pm at the M. Rich Building in Downtown Atlanta. We hope you will join us! Please use this link to RSVPThis fall, we will begin drafting the plan and will ask for further input from you then.

Thank you for taking time to respond to this brief survey. We appreciate your candid feedback and your ongoing support for our organization!

To take the survey, please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9Z68GPK

West End LCI and Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 Master Plan Updates: Study Area Survey

The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning and the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. teamed up to coordinate two master planning efforts – West End Livable Centers Initiative (WELCI) and the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 (SA-1) Master Plan updates. The updates represent the collective vision, policies and strategies that will guide future growth and development in the study area. We seek your input through this community survey to help understand community needs and craft a vision that will improve mobility, promote economic development, and encourage a better quality of life for all. The study area boundary is shown in the map below.

Please click the following link to access the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfuZekWruu92a5xzaLC4htjMNKaQTYDI4wCxRVS4NrzNtlSww/viewform