In January, the Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association (UHNA) Membership Committee’s Welcome Wagon rolled out to greet five new households to the neighborhood. Cynthia Williams and Amy Panos, pictured above visiting new neighbor, Jamie Bell, kicked off the season by welcoming the recent arrivals in this year’s first visit.

The Welcome Wagon Team, led by Cynthia Williams, identifies new arrivals and plans quarterly visits to their homes to provide a welcome packet with essential information about Underwood Hills and a complimentary flower bouquet donated by a neighborhood business, Florist Atlanta. We are fortunate to have Florist Atlanta as a partner, so please remember to visit them at the shop tucked in the corner at White St. and Howell Mill Rd.

In addition to the flowers, the team includes a welcome note, a map of the West Midtown Design district and tips on how to stay informed of social events and happenings around the neighborhood.

If you know of new neighbors to Underwood Hills, or would like to join the Welcome Wagon on their next visit, please contact Cynthia at madamew@hotmail.com.

Jan 29

Nextdoor Q&A

What is Nextdoor?

Nextdoor is a discussion group platform made specifically for the needs of neighborhoods. It’s kind of a social media version of Yahoo Groups. In the e-mail sent introducing Nextdoor, there was a quick video tutorial that provides a short overview of the site and how it works. → Read more

NPU-D Meeting January 22, 2013 Heather’s Meeting Notes → Read more

NPU-D Agenda 1-22-2013

and minutes from the November meeting:

NPU-D Minutes 11-27-2012

Below find frequently asked questions addressed by the UHNA Communications Committee, and plans for enhancing neighborhood communications in 2013. → Read more

Below are the points presented at January’s UHNA General Meeting around reasons for incorporating the Underwood Hills neighborhood association, and why a re-write of our bylaws is necessary in this process. For questions regarding incorporation or the bylaw re-write, please email UHNA leadership at leadership@underwoodhills.org. → Read more

Underwood Hills Neighborhood Meeting January 7, 2013 7:00 PM

I. Intro A. Membership Sign In B. Meeting Length – One hour is the goal (15 sec question; 30 second reply) → Read more

As many of you are already aware, GA DOT has started their Peachtree/AMTRAK Bridge project, which will require the temporary closure of Deering Road.  Please see the message below from Rick Parham, with GA DOT, regarding the length of the closure and the necessary detour.

You may also read a full article regarding the closure at the Midtown Path.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office or Mr. Parham at the e-mail address listed below.

A reminder for your neighborhoods: Deering Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, Jan. 7, to allow for positioning of a crane to facilitate bridge decking repairs at the AMTRAK station. The closure will continue through June. This is the project GDOT engineers discussed with the Council last summer.

Local residents will still able to use Deering; detour signs are in place and maintained by City of Atlanta with police enforcement.

Rick Parham GDOT Office of Communications rparham@dot.ga.gov

As far as the recent criminal acts in the area, the armed robbery at Houston’s and the carjacking at the library, I want to assure you we are just as concerned as you and are actively working several leads on these cases.

The area is getting increased patrols with both uniformed and plain clothed units.  Supervisors have also been instructed to conduct checkpoints in the area as well.

Citizens can do several things to assist the police department in the deterrence of crime and the apprehension of criminals.

1.       Be vigilant about your surroundings.

Too many times victims of crime, especially in robberies, are talking on their phones, carrying items, or doing other things, normally late at night that make them easy targets.  Most pedestrian robberies are crimes of opportunity and victims are targeted based upon their vulnerability and attentiveness.

2.       Call the Police.

We have a “See Something, Say Something” campaign within the City of Atlanta where we encourage that citizens call in suspicious activity or persons to the police department.

If something or someone does not look right or feel right, causing the hair on the back of your neck to stick up, call 911 let us know of the suspicious activity or person.  We will come out and investigate.

If you have any other questions or have any other concerns please let me know.  If you would like to discuss this further you can contact me at 404-848-7231.

Major Hobbs