Saturday, November 29, 2008

Wildcats Fumble Away Chances

The Dunwoody Wildcats dream football season ended unceremoniously Friday night at North DeKalb Stadium as they were beaten by LaGrange 20-5 in a state AAA quarterfinal playoff game. Three fumbles in the second half doomed coach James Teter's team, which was playing without its top three running backs. It was the Wildcats first loss of the season. Dunwoody finishes the year 12-1.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Dunwoody Wildcats Seek Spot in Semifinals

The Wildcats of Dunwoody High School are back in action tonight at North DeKalb Stadium in Chamblee squaring off against LaGrange High in the AAA quarterfinals. Dunwoody is 12-0, on pace to replicate its 1993 season when the Wildcats went unbeaten and won the state championship. Friday night's game is a 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the stadium box office.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The New City is Coming Along

Just a week away from the new city of Dunwoody becoming reality - the wheels are not only in motion, but at warp speed. The city council has reached agreements with private contractors to handle a broad range of services from public works to community development. And all at a price tag that councilman Denis Shortal said is $3 million dollars less than the deal put on the table by the spurned CH2M Hill.
The city is also hoping to get DeKalb County to agree to binding arbitration to continue providing police services until the city's new police department is up-and-running, which will likely be in early Spring. Dunwoody and DeKalb appear to be in agreement on all aspects of a deal except for price, which has long been the sticking point.

City officials are still in search of a police chief after backing away from a deal with Marietta Deputy Chief Billy Grogan. Doraville police chief John King is said to be the favorite, but reportedly may have issues of his own.

The council also reached an agreement with DeKalb County to continue to provide 911 services.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Light Up A Smashing Success

If you missed Light Up Dunwoody Sunday night, you missed a great family environment. The parade was a hit, great food to be had and even the stellar tones of the Vanderlyn singers (pictured). A big pat on the back to our Springfield neighbor Mari Ann Gallant for all of her efforts in making this year's event a smashing success.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Light Up Dunwoody

As you head into a busy weekend, a reminder that Sunday is Light Up Dunwoody. Hope you plan on attending - it is a fantastic way to get into the holiday spirit!

Holiday Parade
Chamblee Dunwoody Road from Dunwoody Village Parkway to Shops of Dunwoody
Beginning at 4:00 p.m.

North Pole Playground
Shops of Dunwoody and Burger King parking lots 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Chesnut Singers, Vanderlyn Singers & Dancers, Kingsley Singers, Peachtree Charter Majorettes & Color Guard, Dunwoody High School Marching Band DHS Steppin' Wildcats, Stage Door Players (more to be confirmed)

Open House at the Farmhouse
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Meet your City Council
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (at the Farmhouse)

Light Up Dunwoody, Farmhouse and Tree Lighting, Area Merchants
6:30 p.m. Light Up Dunwoody Program
6:45 p.m. Light Up

Cocoa and Candles Dunwoody
Nature Center 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Jobs in City of Dunwoody, School Board Election

The new city of Dunwoody, which is now less than two weeks from becoming reality, is seeking qualified workers for the positions of police chief, finance director, city clerk and clerk of courts. Below are the salary ranges for the four positions:

Police Chief - $94,120-$127,254
Finance Director - $102,884-$133,733
City Clerk - $59,821-$74,384
Clerk of Courts - $48,266-$68,349

Interviews for police chief began on Tuesday. Reportedly the search is down to four candidates.
The runoff elections for US Senator and DeKalb County School Board, among other positions, is December 2nd. The runoff for school board matches Pam Speaks against Pam Buncum. The attached (click on the letter) is a letter written by one of our neighbors detailing reasons why Pam Speaks would better serve Springfield. If anyone would like to print a similar letter in support of Pam Buncum, please contact me at 404.644.5220 or

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Light Up Dunwoody

Keller Williams is once again a partner in Light Up Dunwoody. Hope you make plans to come - it's always a great time for the family (ignore the request for volunteers)!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Dunwoody High Wraps Up Perfect Regular Season

Dunwoody High School put the finishes touches on a perfect regular season Friday night by holding off previously unbeaten St. Pius 20-14 to capture the region 5-AAA championship. But on a rainy evening, the Wildcats (10-0) hopes of their first state championship since 1993 may have been washed away. Star tailback Treavor Scales and blue-chip linebacker Malcolm Mitchell both went down with leg injuries. Both are questionable for next week's first playoff game.
Before going down, Scales ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns, as Dunwoody build a 14-0 first half lead, and never looked back. (Pictures courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

School Officials Discuss 4th/5th Grade Academy

DeKalb County School System Chief of Operations Patricia Pope was at Dunwoody High School Wednesday night giving a construction update on the new 4th/5th grade academy. Pope said the project is ahead of schedule, due to be complete in early July 2009. Project manager Barry Booth said the building, designed with a brick and metal panel exterior, is 50 percent complete.
Pope said a principal will be named later this month - expect the PTA to get started shortly thereafter. About 100 to 150 parents attended the meeting. A blueprint is available here (courtesy of Dunwoody City Councilman John Heneghan):

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Elections Roll On, Meeting on 4th/5th Grade Academy

Election Day may have come and gone, but the elections roll on. In the all-important race for the DeKalb County Board of Education District 8 position, there will be a runoff between Pamela Buncum and Pam Speaks. With 97 percent of the vote counted, Speaks received 37 percent, Buncum 34 and Dunwoody resident Michael Culver 29. Of the two runoff candidates, Speaks (pictured), and educator for 30 years, appears to be the most qualified and has the best interests of our neighborhood.
Speaking of the 4th/5th grade academy, the DeKalb County School Board is holding a meeting at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday night) at Dunwoody High School to answer questions about the new school. The school board did not release details of the meeting, but it is assumed that superintendent Crawford Lewis will be in attendance.

Saturday, November 1, 2008