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Buckhead Clean-up

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

The Sons of Confederate Veterans have sponsored a clean-up of a worn patch of land along Peachtree Road in Buckhead. It’s looking good! The group owns a patch of land along Peachtree Creek, where Union and Confederate soldiers fought a major battle in the Civil War. The Buckhead clean-up project, headed by Brent Brown of Buckhead, includes improving the whole entrance to Peachtree Hills, off Peachtree Road.

 

Atlanta Restaurant Week

Friday, July 30th, 2010

For $25 or $35 per person, you can get a 3-course meal at some of the best Atlanta restaurants! It is from July 26 through August 8. Check it out!

Buckhead Potholes

Friday, July 30th, 2010
An effort led by the powerful civic organization, The Buckhead Coalition,  is asking 16 Buckhead neighborhoods to participate in the mapping of pothole locations. This is The Buckhead Coalition’s new project, “Code Buckhead 300”.  The Coalition will then ask the City of Atlanta to repair the potholes.  
 
The Buckhead Coalition and neighborhood volunteers identified a total of 302 potholes in the Buckhead neighborhoods. But the City of Atlanta only has the responsibility of filling 290 of the potholes, since 12 are on state roads and are the responsibility of the Georgia Department of Transportation. The city’s departments of Public Works and Watershed Management will handle the repairs on local roadways; state officials will handle the repairs on Georgia highways.
 
Neighbors in the 28-square-mile Buckhead area are identifying potholes by street address and GPS coordinates. The Buckhead Coalition will submit the list to Atlanta’s mayor, along with a little of the Coalition’s infamous persuasion. The participating Buckhead neighborhoods are:
  • Brookwood Civic Association
  • Collier Hills North Neighborhood Association
  • Garden Hills Civic Association
  • Memorial Park Civic Association
  • Mount Paran-Northside Citizens Association
  • North Buckhead Civic Association
  • Paces Civic Association
  • Peachtree Battle Alliance, Inc.
  • Peachtree Heights East Civic Association
  • Peachtree Heights West Civic Association
  • Peachtree Hills Civic Association
  • Peachtree Park Civic Association
  • Ridgedale Park Civic Association
  • Tuxedo Park Civic Association
  • West Paces/Northside Neighborhood Association
  • Wildwood Civic Association

 

 

Druid Hills, Brookhaven, Ashford Park, Drew Valley, Buford Highway Communities Served by the YMCA

Friday, July 30th, 2010

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Georgia Drivers

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Starting August 1, Georgia will launch a thirty (30) day speeding ticket frenzy!  The state  of Georgia estimates that $9 million will be generated in speeding tickets. $1 million will go to pay state troopers’ overtime pay; the balance will go to dwindling state budgets.

There will be 50 Georgia state troopers on-duty at all times patrolling the 7 main intersections and highways of:

I-20 east and west
I-75 north and south
I-85 north and south
I-675 north and south
GA-985 north and south
GA-316 east and west
GA-400 north and south

If you live and work in the Atlanta area, you will probably drive on one of these highways. It’s up to you, how fast you are going when they clock you.

  • State troopers have been instructed to pull a car over and write a ticket every 10-20 minutes;
  • Five (5) MPH above the limit can, and will, justify a ticket;
  • The state of Georgia has issued 30 brand-new, unmarked Dodge Charger police cruisers and are bringing in all of their part-timers for full-time.

WSB (ABC affililate), WXIA (NBC affiliate) and WGCL (the CBS affiliate) have confirmed this report.

Be safe and slow down: speeding tickets are expensive and add points to your driving record. The points, in turn, add dollars to your car insurance.

Look for city and county governments to adopt similar polices in the near future.

Bogus Quit-claim Deeds in Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Buckhead

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Dekalb County prosecutors say they have uncovered a grand attempt to steal vacant houses across North Georgia.

In a month-long investigation, Dekalb and the FBI have investigated  an anti-government extremist group, calling themselves “sovereign citizens”. The “sovereigns” refuse to answer to local or state authority. So far, the government has jailed four people and issued arrest warrants for four others. The members of the group often refuse to pay taxes or register their vehicles. Some told Channel 2 Investigative reporter, Jodie Fleischer, their homes are considered sovereign land.

Authorities say that the “sovereigns”  file fraudulent paperwork to take over a property, around the same time that a bank is forcing out the previous owners who are in foreclosure. Then, the “sovereign” signs over the property to himself for free. He changes the locks on the house and posts a sign on the property saying that he is the lawful owner. He also files paperwork declaring himself a sovereign citizen and immune to the laws of Georgia. Police have arrest warrants for those who’ve filed fraudulent deeds. Investigators say that by using the fake deeds, they have been able to establish electricity and alarm service at the properties. 

The largest problem with this scheme, is that it forces the real owners to prove that they own the property in court.  “They’re able to tie up the legal system by filing bogus paperwork and engaging in paper terrorism against anybody who dare comes after them,” said DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney John Melvin. Buyers may be delayed from closing on their homes, as the bank tries to sell the property to upscale home buyers, but cannot give clear title to the property.

Melvin said he plans to push for legislative changes. “Personally, what I’d like to see is a little more verification before a property is able to be deeded to another person. You just can’t go to a clerk of court and deed a property to yourself.” 

The deeds reach from Norcross, to Snellville, to Augusta, and even include a $13 million shopping center in Buckhead.

Dekalb police say that these “sovereigns” were caught trying to change the locks on a $1Million foreclosed home on Windsor Parkway in Brookhaven. Sandy Springs police say they caught one of the members of the group living in a $2 million unfinished home on Tara Trail in Fulton County. “I’m shocked,” said home builder Mark Phillips. “This house is certainly not finished. It’s not even a livable house.”

Is Smyrna Bullet-Proof?

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The gun maker, Glock, wants to open a firing range behind its headquarters in Smyrna.

Nearby residents say that the problem with Glock’s plan, is gunfire too close to their homes and backyards. They are also worried that the Smyrna firing range would be built on a large plot of vacant, undeveloped land, which sits behind Glock’s manufacturing facility on Highlands Parkway. The residents say that the previously untouched land will be replaced by concrete, a few shrubs and flying bullets.

Lawyers for Glock say that the firing range would create jobs, but a group of residents are fighting the plan. Smyrna’s City Council was scheduled to vote on the request on Tuesday, July 20, but Glock wants the vote delayed until late July/early August.

Chamblee Farmers Market

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Want fresh veggies, fruits and flowers? Check out the new Chamblee Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning, from 8:30 – 11:30am. It’s located at 5435 Peachtree Road (that’s the portion of Peachtree Road, in Chamblee, that runs parallel to Peachtree Industrial Bouldvard), near the Lowes store). The market features local vendors and serves the Brookhaven and Chamblee neighborhoods.

No Origination Fee on New Atlanta Home Loans?

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

This afternoon, Jeff Nicholson, of Wells Fargo, told me that he is offering a “no-origination-fee” for the next two loans he does for my home-buyer clients. That’s $-0-!!! An origination fee is 1% of the loan amount and, depending on the loan amount, this fee can be thousands of dollars!

If you are looking for a home, it is worth it, to call or email me and ask about this sweet deal!

(Some restrictions may apply.)

Can Atlanta’s Home Owners Survive Higher Electricity Bills ?

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Three years ago, Georgia Power, the gorilla in our state’s electricity “room”, raised rates. Now they’re trying to raise them again. This new raise would add approximately $18 to the average consumer’s monthly bill.

Will our Public Service Commission (PSC) allow Georgia Power to raise their rates again? The PSC is scheduled to vote on their request on December 21. Do you think Georgia Power is justified in asking for this additional money, scheduled to be over $1 billion (yep, that’s spelled with a “B”!)? Contact the PSC  if you have a strong opinion about this raise.

Read more about it in the July 2 article in The Atlanta Journal ConstitutionRaising the Rates