A Note from the LMMNA Board

Dear Neighbors.  I hope that this newsletter finds everyone happy, healthy and ready for the holidays.  We are gearing up for the new year and new opportunities within the Community. We've made a few changes over the past month to our LMMNA Board to best serve the needs of friends and neighbors.  Kevin Kilbride & Carey Sherrell have swapped roles.  Kevin is now acting President and Carey will handle the role of VP for the Community.  For more information on members of the LMMNA Board check out our website http://www.lmmna.org/partners/.  


LMMNA is a volunteer organization and your involvement is much appreciated. Together we can and will make our neighborhood stronger and more relevant within the city of Atlanta. If you would like to get involved, please feel free to contact Kevin at Presient@LMMNA.org.  
Our next quarterly meeting will be held on February 1st at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Sheridan Road.  We will be sure to send out a reminder and agenda the week before.  We hope to see you there.  


Community involves everyone.  I want to personally thank Dorothy & Rich Sussman for spearheading the neighborhood's contribution to providing AFD Station 29's Thanksgiving meal, as well as, all of our neighbor's contribution.  And a special thanks to Catherine Owen for her contributions in writing this newsletter.  Everyone's help is greatly appreciated.  

Toy Drive

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Zone 6 Toy Drive

Please remember that Zone 6 is collecting toys to help children throughout the zone have a happy holiday. New unwrapped toys are needed for children infant to 14 years old. Donations are being accepted now through December 14th, 2016. 
 
You can drop off toys at the precinct or on John Wolfinger’s porch 1054 Vance Avenue.  He will deliver toys to the precinct periodically as he accumulates a full car load. 
 
If anyone is feeling especially generous, it would be great to provide a bicycle and helmet to older children. Last year Virginia-Highland donated four bikes – two for girls and two for boys. 

A Holiday Safety Message from Major Peek

Good evening Zone Six Residents!

I hope and pray that everyone had a great Thanksgiving Holiday. We are truly thankful for the opportunity to serve our citizens with commitment, courage, integrity and professionalism. Thus far, we have experienced another year of overall crime reductions. Currently, we are at an 8% decrease but we do recognize that we have experienced a recent increase in car break-ins over the last couple of weeks. To address the issue, we have increased patrols throughout the affected areas. We have also launched our 2016 APD Holiday Plan which includes moving our administrative officers into the field so that everyone has a part in patrolling and keeping our streets safe. 
 
As we enter into this holiday season at full stride, it is important for you to know what is happening in our community and how we can work together to help make our communities safer for us all. Our goal is to ensure that we have a safe holiday season. So, of course we are asking for each and every citizen to participate by partnering with us. We ask that you always keep your eyes and ears open for suspicious activity and call 911 immediately if you notice what is believed to be criminal activity. Do not engage with criminals! Please call police and allow the officers to engage the suspected persons. 
 
Please see the following tips:

  • When shopping online, if you’re not generally home to receive your packages, please consider having them shipped to a location where someone will be able to receive your packages. Perhaps your work office or a friend/neighbor that may be home. We usually see an increase of thefts where packages are taken from porches after being delivered.
  • When shopping at the malls, please keep your cars clear of any bags or packages. Place packages inside your trunks and if you need to go back into the mall for more shopping, it is a good idea to take enter your vehicle and exit the location and reenter the parking lot and park somewhere else. Criminals will often see victims placing items in their vehicles and when they go back into the mall, they know that they can break into your cars and take the items.
  • When pumping gas, lock your cars have your keys in your pockets. Do not leave your cars with purses and other items on your seats in plain view. Criminals are opening car doors and taking purses while ladies are not paying attention and watching the gas pumps. Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • For our bar and club people, please guard your drinks so that no one can place any intoxicants in your drinks. Also, please do not assume that the person that you have been communicating with through social media only is safe. If possible, take a companion with you and gather as much information as you can on the person. Make the first 2 or 3 dates into double dates. Social media is convenient for good people as well as those who prey on good and innocent people.
  • Do not take strangers home with you. If intoxicated, do not accept rides from people that you have just met. They are considered as strangers until you really get to know them over time.
  • I know that these steps seem to be obvious but we are sharing the tips because we are seeing similar incidents too frequently. Because of the diversity of our community, we can’t assume that everyone is aware of the trends. In closing, we want everyone to have a wonderful closeout to 2016. By doing so will put you in place to have a great start to 2017.
The mission of the Atlanta Police Department is to create a safer Atlanta by reducing crime, ensuring the safety of our citizens and building trust in partnership with our community.

Level 2 Drought In Effect

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Fulton, DeKalb and 50 other Georgia counties are now under a “Level 2” drought restrictions (despite the recent rain).
Restrictions include:
Outdoor landscape watering is permitted only two days a week based on your house number. Even-numbered addresses may water Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. Odd-numbered addresses may waterThursdays and Sundays from 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 a.m.
The following outdoor water uses are prohibited: 
- Washing of hard surfaces such as streets and sidewalks
- Water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains
- The use of fire hydrants, except for firefighting and public safety
- Personal car washing (commercial car washes are allowed)
- Non-commercial pressure washing
- Fundraising car washes

Holiday Safety Reminders

Although the cause of the Lindbergh apartment fire is not known, there are steps you can take to protect your home from fires – especially during the holidays, when people use more lights, burn more candles and put up lighted Christmas trees.
Keep in mind these safety tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International:

  • Seasonal Fire Safety - There’s no place like home for the holidays and no better place to implement good fire safety practices.
  • Smoke Alarm Safety Tips - Smoke alarms save lives. Follow this simple guidance to ensure that your home is adequately protected by working, properly installed smoke alarms.
  • Space Heater Safety - As the temperature drops during the winter holiday season, many families turn to space heater to help warm their homes. Many are unaware, however, that the risk of fire from space heaters is much greater than from central heating equipment.
  • Holiday Cooking Safety - The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where families gather to cook favorite recipes, share warm meals, and reconnect with each other, especially during the holidays. Unfortunately, it’s also where two of every five reported home fires start.
  • Holiday Decorating Safety - While decorative lights and other electrical decorations add to the splendor of the season, they can increase the risks of fire and electrical injuries if not used safely.
  • Extension Cord Safety - While extension cords are a convenient way to supply power right where you need it for your holiday decorations, they can also create hazards if not used safely.
  • Counterfeit Electrical Products - Unlike fake handbags, watches, or designer apparel, counterfeit electrical products pose significant safety hazards. Follow these guidelines to help identify these counterfeits.