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  • 11 Mar 2019 10:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kelly Ridenhour with Trees Atlanta and Erik Fyfe with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper are working on a project to plant streetside trees that manage stormwater.  

    2 Locations in Westview neighborhood were selected with plans to install at the end of March. 

    We encourage the community to get involved with the planting. 
    Projects happen rain or shine, so please check the weather beforehand and come prepared. Trees Atlanta will provide all necessary tools and instruction. All volunteers need closed-toed shoes or boots, clothes that can get dirty, sunscreen and bug spray as needed, snacks as needed (though a meal or snack before the project is recommended), and drinking water in reusable containers. No one-time-use plastic bottles, please. 


    FRIDAY MARCH 29TH VOLUNTEER SIGN UP: https://treesatlanta.secure.force.com/GW_Volunteers__VolunteersJobListingFS?ShowNumberAvailable=1&JobID=a0Tf200000BJpu5 
    Westview Maker Space (1554 RDA Blvd)

    SATURDAY MARCH 30TH VOLUNTEER SIGN UP: https://treesatlanta.secure.force.com/GW_Volunteers__VolunteersJobListingFS?ShowNumberAvailable=1&JobID=a0Tf200000BJpuZ 
    1483 Westwood Ave.


    Questions for this project or for other ways you can get involved with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Trees Atlanta: 

    Erik Fyfe
    Director of Program Innovation
    Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
    404.924.4500 | efyfe@chattahoochee.org


    Kelly Ridenhour
    Urban Trees and Design Manager
    Trees Atlanta
    404.681.4895 | kelly@treesatlanta.org

  • 11 Mar 2019 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Westview, the secret is out! Our stretch of the BeltLine is featured here as one of the 7 Best-Kept Secrets in ATL's Favorite Neighborhoods. 

  • 9 Mar 2019 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City of Atlanta Department of Public Works announces that beginning April 1, all bulk pick-ups must be scheduled. There will be a maximum of 12 scheduled bulk pick-ups per year. Bulk collection can be scheduled by contacting ATL311 at least one business day in advance. Learn more at www.atlantaga.gov/solidwaste



  • 6 Mar 2019 9:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following up with our representatives is a great way to advocate for the community. One of our neighbors kindly shared this sample letter that can be adapted: 

    Email addresses we encourage you to send to:

    aboone@atlantaga.gov
    RenewAtlanta@atlantaga.gov
    AtlantaTSPLOST@atlantaga.gov

    To Council Member Andrea Boone, the Renew Atlanta Bond Program team, and The City of Atlanta TSPLOST Program team,

    I attended the recent Renew Atlanta Prioritization and Rebaselining plan meeting and provided feedback there but want to reiterate my concerns about the current plan and how it impacts Westview and the surrounding neighborhoods. 

    According to the city’s own HIN analysis, the intersections at Cascade Rd and RDA / Donnelly Ave. are among the most dangerous in the city. In just the first two months of 2019, we’ve already had three pedestrian and cyclist deaths, one pedestrian and one cyclist on Cascade and one pedestrian just around the corner on RDA (a dangerous road that also needs Complete Street funding - thank you for prioritizing that project). The current plan to split the Cascade Complete Street project into two phases and to leave the second phase, which addresses one of our city’s most dangerous roadways, incomplete is unacceptable. I understand that Cascade Phase II is one of the more expensive projects on the list but it is also, arguably, the most critical to ensuring more community lives are not lost. 

    I would like to formally submit that the Cascade Rd Phase II Complete Street project be prioritized to Fully Funded under the TSPLOST Prioritization and Rebaselining effort.


    Thank you for working hard to ensure that our communities receive the proper funding they need to remain safe.

    Sincerely,

    Constituent 

    Constituent Address

  • 5 Mar 2019 12:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Minutes: 
    WCO Minutes March 4 2019.pdf
    Minutes can also be found under the Minutes Section on our website. 

    &

    Highlights + Links for quick access:
     
     
    March WCO highlights and Links to references.pdf





  • 2 Mar 2019 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. currently has two open calls for applicants to serve on either an Exhibition Jury or Public Art Advisory Council. 


    Please share with all neighbors and encourage any who are interested in art in any capacity, work in an arts adjacent field and/or are an arts enthusiast to submit a cover letter and resume to Miranda Kyle at mkyle@atlbeltline.org by March 8, 2019. The previous deadline was March 1, but we have extended it for one week.

    The links for both opportunities are here: 

    https://beltline.org/2018/11/14/art-on-the-atlanta-beltline-2019-exhibition-jury-call-for-nominees/

    https://beltline.org/2018/11/14/beltline-public-art-advisory-council-call-for-nominees/

     

    Visit art.beltline.org for more information about Art on the Atlanta BeltLine.





     

  • 2 Mar 2019 9:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are looking forward to meeting all at the WCO meeting at Calvary United Methodist Church on March 4th, 7pm. 

    In preparation for our meeting, we are sharing all materials that will be discussed. You can find these materials and future materials in the following locations:

    Within our website:
    Agendas
    Within the event details for each meeting:
    Find Specific Events on our website

    For ease of access March 4th materials are also included here. 
    WCO MARCH 4 MATERIALS.zip



  • 28 Feb 2019 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Below are the highlights that we have collected from February:

    • Westview Oral History Program: More Details
    • Congratulations Koinonia Coffee ATL for one year: More Details
    • Neighbors, thank you for your hard work clearing vines: More Details
    • Westview Community Career Fair for our youth: More Details
    • Get involved with T-SPLOST Prioritization & Rebaselining: Learn More
    • Westview Pets Facebook Group: Join
    • It's tax season! Here are some tips to think of when you file: More Details 
    •  File for Homestead Exemptions by April 1st: Learn More
    • Informational 2019 changes to Homestead Exemptions: Learn More
    • Friendly reminder to pay 2019 dues: Pay Here and 7PM on March 4th is the next WCO meeting at Calvary United Methodist Church


  • 27 Feb 2019 11:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We cannot express how important it is for community members to get engaged in the Prioritization & Rebaselining. Below is a recap of this process, how you can get involved, presentation materials used at each meeting and also contact information.  

    1.

    BACKGROUND:

    The city is making decisions regarding which streets it will spend the $540 million raised through T-Splost and the Renew Atlanta Grant. 

    The city council has received its report. RDA complete streets has already been fully funded through the Flats at Westview, Cascade Road Phase 2 (B.E. Mays to RDA) is listed as design only, Langhorn Street is not funded, Beecher complete repaving has been funded, the Westview Cemetery/West Lake Trail is listed as design only and the Lionel Hampton connection to the Beltline will be left unfunded. There will be plenty to advocate around and encourage you to attend each of the Round 2 meetings.

    T-SPLOST BACKGROUND:

    The Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST programs, launched in 2015 and 2016, were created to help address more than $1 billion in infrastructure backlog facing the City. Though the programs have made much progress to date delivering key projects across Atlanta, we face significant challenges as we move forward to complete the full initial program scope. Moreover, the cost to deliver the full scope of the initial program considerably exceeds the funding available from the Renew Atlanta Bond and anticipated TSPLOST revenues.

    Thus, we are working diligently to prioritize and re-baseline the initial program lists to deliver the greatest impact to Atlanta’s above-ground infrastructure and transportation network with the available funds. Through this re-baselining effort, we are dedicated to engaging all stakeholders to help inform the process in a transparent and meaningful way.



    2.
    ATTEND THE REMAINING ROUND 2 MEETINGS:  

    NW Location: March 4th 2019 -- more details for event
    NE Location: March 7th 2019 -- more details for event



    3.
    PRESENTATION MATERIALS:

    Renew TSPLOST Prioritization and Rebaselining Meetings Invitation _ Round 2.pdf
    Round 2 Public Engagement Sessions Presentation.pdf
    Round 2 Breakout Session Packet.pdf
    Prioritization by Project Type Analysis Packet.pdf



    4.
    H
    ELPFUL CONTACTS:

    https://renewatlantabond.com/prioritization/

    Council Member Andrea Boone
    Phone: (404) 330-6055
    Email: aboone@atlantaga.gov

    Renew Atlanta Bond Program
    Phone: (404) 330-6165
    Email: RenewAtlanta@atlantaga.gov

    City of Atlanta TSPLOST Program
    Phone: (404) 330-6165



  • 26 Feb 2019 7:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We met with local neighbor, Steven Dollar from Dollar Income Tax, to help us breakdown some of the changes which came from the 2018 Tax Reform Bill. Below are some of the highlights to share:

    1. How did the standard deduction and exemptions change under the new law?

    With the passing of tax reform, the standard deduction available for each filing status significantly increased to up to $24,000 for married couples, $12,000 for single, and $18,000 for head of household. The personal exemption was eliminated, but the good news is that to offset that loss, the child tax credit doubled to $2,000 along with a new other dependent credit of $500.

    Under the old rules the exemption acted like a deduction, reducing filers’ taxable income for each person claimed. But the credit, which takes its place, will cut filers’ tax bill dollar for dollar.

     

    2. Is it now better or worse for me to claim the standard vs itemized deductions?

    If you’re among the many taxpayers who are concerned that not itemizing deductions in 2018 means you’re at a disadvantage – you can relax. For many, it’s actually the opposite.

    An increase in the standard deduction doesn’t mean you lose the tax benefit of the deductions you itemized in the past. You simply get the deduction without needing to show proof of the deductible expense – or even have it at all. That means you actually reap more tax benefit by using the standard deduction than you would have by itemizing.

     

    3. Can I still itemize if I have lots of deductions?

    Yes! If your itemized deductions total to more than the new standard deduction, you can and should still claim your deductible expenses on your tax return. It’s important to calculate the difference to see which is higher.  And in some cases, it’s beneficial to itemize even if it’s lower than the standard deduction because it will help you on your state return. We explore all options for each individual to help you the most!

     

    A note from Steven Dollar:

    These changes and others are why it is so important to use a Tax Consultant, not just a preparer, to help you file your taxes. Our company has been here in the West End for over 40 years. We are a family owned company and our combined experience of over 108 years is what makes us a valuable resource when filling your taxes. Our Clients return to us year after year because they trust us to guide them and advise them on not just their current situation, but changes to their future tax liabilities due to retirement, births, deaths, and adoptions.  We don’t just enter numbers and tell you what you will get or owe, we actually show you and explain how it works so you can understand and make informed decisions about your own financial goals.

    We aren’t interested in customers for a day. Our goal is to have clients for life, providing consistent and knowledgeable service.

    Steven Dollar, Owner
    IRS AFSP Participant

    Dollar Income Tax Service, LLC
    587 Cascade Ave SW
    Atlanta, GA 30310
    404.753.8048
    www.DollarincomeTax.com

     

     

    Please let us know if you have any questions. 

     we will try and help you find your answers:  

    communications@westviewatlanta.org

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