December 2016
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President's Message
Safety & Security
Water Bill Issues & Updates
Zoning & Public Planning Update
BWCA Membership Drive Update
Neighborhood Profile
School Redistricting News
Neighborhood Real Estate Trends
Annual Meeting & New Board Selection

President's Message

Reflections and Resolutions

I want to start by wishing all of you a happy, safe and healthy holiday season.  I hope you all have time to relax, reflect, and spend time with the people who are most important to you.  What a year 2016 has turned out to be!  This year has been many filled with twists and turns and ups and downs.  As I reflect back, it is clear that citizen engagement is vital in shaping our communities. This includes listening to the perspectives of others and striving to find common goals that we can achieve.  BWCA works to share information, build camaraderie and neighborhood spirit, and improve our local surroundings.  BWCA includes you -- we must work together to improve our neighborhood.  As you ponder on New Year's resolutions, I challenge each of you to become more engaged in our community and add at least one of these to your resolution list for 2017: participate or volunteer in a BWCA event, introduce yourself to a new neighbor (let BWCA know too so we can deliver a welcome basket!), attend a County or community meeting to become engaged in solving community problems, or submit an article for the BWCA newsletter on neighborhood news.

I want to end by saying that I am proud of all the work that BWCA has accomplished this year.  As an all volunteer organization it can sometimes feel like progress is made in baby steps but this year we have added new social events, completed Phase 1 of the park, brought back neighborhood traditions, and more.  We will be sharing an annual report at the BWCA Membership Meeting on January 22 (more details below) so I encourage all members to attend.  Bring a neighbor, membership can still be obtained at the door!

Happy Holidays,
Andrea Sharma
Safety & Security

Ten Safety Tips for Holiday Travelers
by Brian McKinley
As the holiday travel season approaches many of us will travel to near and far to enjoy family and friends.  Being preoccupied with the safety of our homes and property can be minimized while away by the following 10 tips for lengthy travel any time of year. 
1. Hold Your Mail
A huge pile of mail on the front doorstep, or envelopes pouring out your mail slot is an instant tip-off that no one’s home. If you’ll be gone for more than a few days, go to the post office to place a hold on your mail. Put a hold on your daily paper, too. Both can be easily done online or ask a trusted neighbor to collect the goods daily.

2. Don't Tip Off Criminals on the Web
In a world where it seems everyone is blabbing about their business on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it's important to stop and think: Who exactly is reading this stuff? The anonymity of the internet can encourage us to share personal information without fully realizing that there may be hundreds of complete strangers receiving our daily musings. Would you announce to a crowd that you will be leaving your house unattended for two weeks this December? If not, then you should think twice about posting your detailed vacation plans on social media -- especially if that information is visible to internet users other than your friends and family (and it probably is). Be careful what you say on your answering machine or voice mail too. Callers don't need to know that you're not home -- they just need to know that you can't come to the phone right now.

3. Do Tip Off the Police
Consider notifying the police if you're going on vacation. No need to let the cops know about a weekend getaway, but do call them if you're leaving town for longer than a week or two. If you have a security alarm, leave a house key and the code with someone you trust, and provide the police and alarm company with their name and phone number.

4. Activate the Neighborhood Watch
A good neighbor is something we all deserve, but a reliable neighbor who has your back is a priceless resource. Let those dependable people next door and across the street know you’re going to be away. Who knows, they may even be willing to keep a closer eye on the place by agreeing to watch the dog, too. No pets in the house? Consider giving neighbors your travel plans and even a spare key in case of an emergency. After all, no one has quicker access to your front door. Bring them a souvenir in exchange for grabbing your mail and the morning paper, then head out with confidence knowing your home is under a watchful eye you trust.

5. Alert Your Alarm Company
Call your home security company to let them know you’ll be away. Make sure all of the door and window alarms are set and working when you leave.

6. The Lights Are on But No One's Home
Don't leave your lights on at home throughout your entire vacation in an effort to make it look like someone is in the house. Your electric bill will end up more costly than your mortgage, and house lights blazing throughout the night might look a bit suspicious. Instead, purchase a light switch timer that can turn your lights on and off automatically according to a programmed schedule. Criminals keeping an eye on your house will notice lights flipping on and off, and will probably assume someone is doing the flipping.

7. Pull the Plug
Unplug your television, computer, toaster oven and other appliances to protect them from power surges. This will help you save power as well; many appliances draw energy even when they're turned off.

8. Remove Your Spare Key
That plastic rock isn't fooling anyone. If a criminal figures out you're away on vacation, it's likely that he or she will check your porch for a spare key. So reach under the mat, into the mailbox, above the door frame or into the flower pot and remove your spare key before you leave on your vacation.

9. Turn off the water
Home Depot sells “water Keys” a long T shaped piece of rebar with a notch on the end.  Find your water meter at the curb and turn off the water with the key. Many a family has returned from vacation to find their hot water heater failed and has flooded the house… for days. After the insult of cleanup and the expense of repair, the water bill that follows will bring the most resilient to tears.

10. Enjoy your well-deserved vacation! We will see you when you get home!
Water Bill Issues & Updates

DeKalb County Issues Short Term Fix To Excessive Water Bills and Billing Disputes - What Can You Do?
After the months-long tsunami of complaints over the deluge of excessive water bills that threaten to swamp DeKalb County residents, interim CEO Lee May recently issued an executive order that prohibits any water disconnections for any accounts that are in a formal dispute resolution process.  This is what iCEO May has called the “short-term” fix. 

The “long-term” fix will be ordinance changes formalizing dispute resolution and a comprehensive assessment of the water system, metering, and billing practices.  Read on to learn further details of each. 

“Short-Term” Moratorium and Dispute Process
If you dispute or have previously disputed a bill that has not been resolved to your satisfaction, you must ensure that your dispute is properly logged as in formal dispute.  To do so, you either need to call 404-371-3000 (Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or send an email to  You’ll need to provide your name, address, phone number, email, and a description of the dispute. 
  • You will receive a letter within 10 business days confirming that your account is in dispute.  To ensure that you are covered by the moratorium, you must receive the letter.  So, follow-up if you haven’t received the letter within 10 business days. 
  • During the dispute, you will have two payments options:  (1) your average payment over the last 12 months (excluding the disputed months), or (2) EPA’s baseline amount for residential use (100 gallons per day per person in the household). 
  • The first step in dispute resolution is a visit by a field technician to verify meter accuracy and complete a checklist.  Depending upon the results of the field visit, a DeKalb Watershed Customer Assurance team member will attempt to resolve the bill.  If the dispute is not resolved, a third party will review the account and determine a final resolution.
It is important to note that the iCEO May’s executive order applies to any disputes you have had or may have had during the last two years So, even if you didn’t call to dispute a bill during the last 2 years but have questions, concerns, or disagreements with a prior bill, you should instigate the formal review process. 

One last point on the moratorium, it expires December 31, 2016 because iCEO May leaves office on that day.  The expectation is that new CEO Thurmond will continue the moratorium for some time, but we have yet to get an unequivocal commitment on that point.

Long-Term Fixes
Unfortunately, the problems that result in inaccurate water bills throughout the County are a combination of problems with no easy, short term fixes.  One problem is an antiquated billing system that magnifies rather than minimizes the number of inaccurate bills and currently results in over 5% of all bills being subject to anomalous conditions.  A second problem is that there are currently 4 different types of meters being used in the County, including antiquated, analog, dial-type meters and several types of digital meters.  A third problem is historic practices and procedures within Watershed for how to deal with the public on water billing issues. 

The failure to address each of these problems will ensure that any quick fix is destined to fail.  So, Watershed is proposing a systemic review of all water meters in the county combined with a universal assessment of Watershed operations with respect to meter installation, meter reading, billing, and customer service.  All of which would be done by a third party consultant.  To visit all 185,000 water meters in the County will take approximately 5 months from Board of Commissioners authorization.  The systemic review would provide a detailed accounting of each type of water meter at each account address and the physical condition of each and would likely be able to be presented to the Board in the third quarter of 2017.  The ultimate goal would be the replacement of all meters so that all accounts are served by the same type of meter.  The universal assessment would include, but not be limited to, the following practices and procedures:
  1. Billing software (better ability to validate bills)
  2. Bill generation procedures
  3. Appropriate staffing
  4. Meter requirements and installation practices
  5. Meter reading techniques
  6. Customer service
As more details become public about the systemic review and universal assessment, we will keep the Civic Association updated.        
Zoning & Public Planning Committee Update

So what has the committee been doing these last months?
by Gunter Sharp

The chief goal of this committee is to keep abreast of developments at the county level that might impact the neighborhood, and to maintain close relationships with elected and appointed county leaders so that process improvements can be made. 

There are numerous regularly scheduled meetings and, depending on the current issues, special meetings.  Regularly scheduled meetings include the Community Council meetings where rezoning and special permit applications receive their first public hearing; the recommendations (not binding) from this level then move to the Planning Commission meetings, and ultimately (not binding) to the Board of Commissioners’ (BOC) meeting.  

During the last several months these items have kept the committee busy:

1.  Appeal by the owner/operator of Ledet/Aroma to nullify the revocation of the occupancy permit, which occurred in July.  This has involved several members of the BWCA Board, and neighboring associations (Sagamore, North Briarcliff Woods Residents Association), to attend meetings of the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals in October and November resulted in deferrals.  The time and effort expended by Board and committee members, and volunteers, is very much appreciated: one loses half a day to attend one of these meetings. The next scheduled meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals is Dec. 14. 

2.  County-wide approach to dealing with situations of repeated code violations.  Several committee and Board members attended the April 27 meeting hosted by Commissioners Jester and Johnson.  Any optimism expressed at the meeting has diminished due to lack of joint action by the County Police, Fire, and Court divisions. At this meeting our Board submitted documents to Commissioner Rader about the potential violations at the property, related to unpermitted alterations, pyrotechnics, and operation as a nightclub. 

3.  Following the rezoning application for the property on Cliff Valley Way and Briarcliff Road.  Although out of our neighborhood, it is nearby, and the potential traffic impacts could escalate.  Of particular concern is the spot zoning that would be involved.  Committee members attended a meeting between the applicant and the residents.

4.  Following the variance application by the developer Milani for a sea-wall in Echo Lake.  Again, although it is out of our neighborhood, the adversarial situation between the homeowners and the County Planning Department, which decided that 3 of the 4 proposed variances were not needed, provides insight into future relations with the County.  [The Echo Lake homeowners’ association has appealed the County’s action.]

5.  Several Board and committee members attended the Community Association Network (CAN) meeting at Mason Mill Park, hosted by Commissioner Rader.  The purpose of the meeting was communication on issues, including  1) water run-off and flooding,  2) parks,  3 ) county offices relocation,  4)  town hall meetings with commissioners,  5)  Williamsburg Village code enforcement,  6) Emory University annexation into City of Atlanta,  7) SPLOST project list,  8) I-85 traffic at Clairmont Road.

The above observations suggest that we cannot insulate ourselves from the larger issues in the surrounding neighborhoods and the county. We must act together within our neighborhood and with other neighborhood organizations to present a stronger presence in issues related to zoning and planning.   Our main focus currently is the situation at Williamsburg Village.
Although most of the work of the committee is done by Association Board members, we welcome participation by non-members.  The number of meetings per month can be considerable. Of daily concern to residents are problems of water line breaks, sewer overflows, potholes, and malfunctioning traffic signals.  Emergency phone numbers for these problems are at this site:
BWCA Membership Drive Update

Proud Members, Proud Neighbors
BWCA had it's membership drive and annual Fall Fling in September.  Currently about 30% of the 650 homes in BWCA are members, several are new members this year. Welcome! 

As a token of appreciation, we recently placed BWCA magnets on all member mailboxes.  For those with non-magnetic mailboxes, we placed the magnet inside or on top of your mailbox.  We hope this effort will help increase visibility of BWCA.  Members will also be receiving a neighborhood directory.  We are currently in the production process so expect to receive the directory via email later this month.

We had a nearly perfect day for the fall fling this year.  A big thank you to Kim Pollard, her husband Charlie, and the rest of the team who helped set up, clean up and grill!  The band was amazing and it is always a joy to have the chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.  We posted several pictures from the fall fling on our Facebook Page.  Take a look!

BWCA had it's membership drive and annual Fall Fling in September.  Currently about 30% of the 650 homes in BWCA are members, several are new members this year. Welcome! 

As a token of appreciation, we recently placed BWCA magnets on all member mailboxes.  For those with non-magnetic mailboxes, we placed the magnet inside or on top of your mailbox.  We hope this effort will help increase visibility of BWCA.  Members will also be receiving a neighborhood directory.  We are currently in the production process so expect to receive the directory via email later this month.

We had a nearly perfect day for the fall fling this year.  A big thank you to Kim Pollard, her husband Charlie, and the rest of the team who helped set up, clean up and grill!  The band was amazing and it is always a joy to have the chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.  We posted several pictures from the fall fling on our Facebook Page.  Take a look!

Neighborhood Profile

Chimney Whimsy

by Kim Pollard

A chimney, by any other name, would smell like soot. Okay, that's a verse never to be found in a Shakespearian sonnet. For most of us, our only thoughts about a chimney are whether the cap is leaking and do we have the nerve to clamber up on the roof to inspect further. But to some, a chimney might just represent…a blank canvas. 
Meet our neighbor and chimney artist, Ian Hart. 

Ian is a native New Zealander and Atlantan since 2007. When his family moved into their new home a new on Chrysler Drive in 2008, he logically decided to paint his chimney to slow down erosion of the bricks. It was then inspiration struck…perhaps in the form of a few really hoppy beers. Historical accounts vary.
BWCA sat down with Ian to highlight one of our great neighbors in ‘5 Fast Facts’.
BWCA: What inspiration have hoppy beers wrought?
IH: I began with solid colors, but has evolved into more complex designs…and let me just add, I do not paint my chimney after imbibing hoppy beers…it’s merely design fluid.
BWCA: We never thought otherwise. Where did the current designs develop?
IH: My present chimney is one of my favorites. The days of one color scheme is a thing of the past – until my ‘blue period’ kicks in. I change my designs about twice a year. I generally pick up rejected paint from Home Depot – if the color is bright enough.
BWCA: Is painting a hobby of yours?
IH: No, I would never consider myself an “artist” but I really appreciate great works of art. My chimney does not fall into that category. J
BWCA: Do you holiday designs or take requests?
IH: Once I painted Christmas colors, but I generally remain neutral as to not get ‘boxed in’ by a particular season. My daughters have made numerous requests over the years, but once the chimney has had the same color scheme for a bit, I start hearing about it.
BWCA: Is painting chimneys a common custom in New Zealand?
IH: No, I’ve never seen one like it in New Zealand – or anywhere else for that matter. I just love my neighborhood, and I think it adds a bit of interest, don’t you?
We most certainly do.
School Redistricting News

What's in a name? Building S.P.A.C.E.S. or Redistricting

by Andrea Sharma
There has been much discussion and concern over the current proposals related to our public schools. Here is a recap of the latest developments.  As you may know, the north DeKalb school clusters are significantly overcrowded with an expected shortage of more than 5,600 seats in middle and high schools by 2022.  To address these capacity needs and improve the learning and instructional environments for students and teachers, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is in the process of determining how, where and when to allocate the funding for e-SPLOST V, a referendum where revenue from a penny sales tax collected from 2017-2022 will provide $500 million ($500M) for schools. 

The referendum specifically stated the overarching project categories and budget limits:
1) $15M Safety and Security  
2) $230M New Facilities and Additions 
3) $100M Facility Condition Improvements 
4) $65M Technology
5) $40M School Buses, Vehicles, and Other Capital Equipment  

The process for determining the specific projects is known as the Building S.P.A.C.E.S. Initiative.  For more than a year, DCSC has been conducting facility condition and educational adequacy assessments, evaluating capacity and utilization of each school, forecasting future enrollment, and soliciting stakeholder input on needs and preferred use of e-SPLOST V funds.  In November, a final recommendation regarding how to allocate the e-SPLOST V revenue and adjustments to feeder patterns for schools was released (Presentation and Project list).  The School Board is scheduled to approve this recommendation at the December 5th Board Meeting.

What kinds of things are in the project list? 
The overall project list makes a number of needed improvements in schools across the county.  Here are several examples under each of the 5 categories, including improvements specifically listed for our area schools:
1) Safety and Security
  • 26 schools will have fire sprinkler systems installed.
  • 45 schools, including Henderson Middle and Oak Grove Elementary, will get security upgrades.  
2) New Facilities and Additions
  • New schools or additions to schools, including Lakeside High, will be built to increase capacity
3) Facility Condition Improvements
  • Restroom fixtures will be replaced, including Oak Grove Elementary, and accessibility improvements will be made, including Sagamore Hills Elementary. 
  • Lead and water remediation at affected schools.
  • 19 schools, including Lakeside High, will have artificial turf installed.
4) Technology
  • All middle and high schools will have telecommunication upgrades.
  • Software, computers, active boards and other technology infrastructure will be upgraded or replaced across all schools.
5) School Buses, Vehicles, and Other Capital Equipment
  • New school buses (up to 257) and service vehicles (35) will be purchased.
  • Musical instruments and equipment will be purchased.
  • 68 schools will have kitchen equipment upgrades.
It is Category 2 that has raised the most concern as it results in redistricting without any concrete plan for redistricting. 
Specifically for the Lakeside Cluster, the recommendation is to add a two-story, 750-seat addition (increasing Lakeside’s capacity to 2,500 students), add expansions to the kitchen, cafeteria and media center, build a new three-story employee parking deck on the corner of Briarcliff and Oak Grove, add 138 new student parking spots, and add a new entrance on Oak Grove Rd.  Conceptual plans for the can be found here on page 13-14.   

To alleviate overcrowding in the Cross Keys Cluster, the cluster will essentially be split.  There will be a new 2,500 seat high school (to replace the current Cross Keys High) built at the former Briarcliff High site (across from Target on N. Druid Hills) or at another cost-neutral location.  Current negotiations are looking to sell this property and build this new high school in Brookhaven, but if no land swap can be made then it will be at the Briarcliff High site as recommended.  The current Cross Keys High will get an addition and become the middle school that feeds into this new “Brookhaven” high school.  Sections of the Chamblee Cluster located in Brookhaven (e.g. Ashford Park) will be moved into the new “Brookhaven” Cluster while the northern part of the current Cross Keys Cluster will be moved into the Chamblee Cluster which will now also include Sequoyah Middle School feeding into Chamblee High (i.e. two middle schools will feed into Chamblee High).  The recommendation also states that 250 students from the Lakeside cluster would move into the new “Brookhaven” Cluster and 125 students from Tucker would move into the Lakeside cluster. 

This is the redistricting that is set to occur without any details on what schools or neighborhood lines would be impacted.  DCSD has continually stated that this plan is not a redistricting plan.  Rather, schools will be built or expanded and then a year before any redistricting happens, a redistricting plan will be proposed and decided upon. 

How does this affect Briarcliff Woods? 
There are a number of concerns with these recommendations.  Here are 3 issues that affect Briarcliff Woods:

Issue #1: Many see this as a redistricting plan.  How can you build schools and not know who will attend?  The 250 students being moved out of Lakeside and into Brookhaven presumably refers to residents in the Sagamore Hills Elementary attendance zone.  Given the Sagamore Hills’ proximity to and strong community ties with Lakeside, there has been an active effort by residents to keep Sagamore Hills Elementary in Lakeside.  It appears to make little sense to move students closer to Tucker High into Lakeside High.  The rationale from the County is that this would alleviate the overcrowding at Tucker without having to do any facility expansions to Tucker High.  All the expansion would be done at Lakeside to accommodate these students, but this results in division of neighborhoods both in Tucker and in the Briarcliff Woods, Sagamore Hills and Leafmore neighborhoods.  

Issue #2: Where is the best place to build a new high school: at the Briarcliff High site, in Brookhaven or in Doraville?  There is general agreement that at least 1 new high school is needed in north DeKalb. The recommendation currently states the new high school will be built on the former Briarcliff High site.  There are significant concerns about traffic implications as this area is already heavy with traffic and expected to get worse with the current CHOA and Emory developments around Executive Park.  The added school traffic would be significant as 90% of the students attending the new “Brookhaven” high school would actually live in Brookhaven, on the other side of I-85.  There have been no traffic studies or plans to address these concerns. 

On the other hand, if the Briarcliff High property is sold and the new “Brookhaven” High is built in Brookhaven, proximity to the high school is better for the vast majority of students, but still results in traffic challenges and division of neighborhoods for Sagamore Hills’ families as discussed above.  

Included in this discussion is Doraville; the only city with no high school.  Building a high school in Doraville has the potential to relieve overcrowding in the surrounding Lakeside, Chamblee and Tucker clusters.  Acquiring land remains an issue, but the rationale to not consider a Doraville High school appears to be primarily based on a DCSD survey conducted as part of the Building S.P.A.C.E.S. stakeholder input.  Many feel the survey was flawed because DeKalb residents without students were never informed of the survey (lack of transparency) and survey results appear heavily skewed by duplicate voting and voting from the Dunwoody Cluster (not directly impacted by this school location decision).  There is still much ongoing discussion about this issue.

Issue #3: There is concern whether the conceptual plan for a Lakeside expansion to 2,500 is feasible and the best option to address Lakeside's overcrowding.  There have been no traffic studies on the impact of increasing student volume and parking.  Finally, when the current plan is completed in 2022, the projections already show that Lakeside will be over the 2,500 capacity.  At best, this expansion is a short-term solution.

Because of these and other issues, Lakeside, Dunwoody, and Chamblee cluster school councils requested either a deferral on the E-SPLOST V project list for Category 2 until the actual projects are better defined or more opportunity for direct involvement to identifying best solutions to address overcrowding within their respective cluster.  Position letters from each cluster, including Lakeside and Sagamore Hills Elementary, can here found here, Oakgrove here

Below are some additional sources that may be useful in trying to understand and stay informed on these issues.
Opinion: Six reasons DeKalb school board should approve new E-SPLOST project list Monday 
Opinion: Five reasons DeKalb board should vote ‘no’ on sales tax construction list
DeKalb Schools Fact Checker by Stan Jester 
Keep Sagamore in the Lakeside Cluster 

On December 5th, the DeKalb County School Board voted (6-1) to approve the eSPLOST V project list (all 5 categories).  Transcripts from the speakers during the public input session can be found here (scroll down the webpage to see all the transcripts available).  This link describes what happens next.  As far as redistricting and the expansion plans for Lakeside, much remains to be determined.  The devil is in the details.  Community involvement will be needed to ensure the best plans possible are implemented that support the education of the children in our neighborhood. BWCA will continue to monitor this as plans develop.  
Neighborhood Real Estate Trends

Keeping It Real Estate

by Port Wilson

I set out to pen an article documenting how well our neighborhood rebounded from the Great Recession of 2008.  (Why are they always labeled great? Grate would be more apropos.)  But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum, as it were. I discovered that Briarcliff Woods has held its value remarkably well – in fact, there really was no exacerbated drop in prices to report!
In 2008 the average sales price in Briarcliff Woods was $460,000. In 2009, more than $471,000. There was some fluctuation over the next few years, but prices have generally trended up through this year, with the average sale in 2016 exceeding $512,000.

As you might imagine, actual sale prices swing wildly, from older homes to newer builds, with a low of $305,000 to a high of $895,000.  The average days on market has been 63 days, further testament to the overall appeal of Briarcliff Woods.
When the search range is broadened to include Oak Grove elementary school district, the news gets even better. Mean list price, based on 96 homes, was $577,341, with the average sale settling in at $545,645. Average days on market ? A mere 42.
Our neighbors in the Sagamore Hills elementary school district fared quite well also, with 111 sold properties and a mean list price of $457,000, and sales averaging $451,000. Now that’s holding your value!
Here’s a graph of median sales by month in 30345 in 2016, provided by Coldwell Banker.  It expands beyond Briarcliff Woods and Sagamore Hills, and illustrates how stable our entire neighborhood really is.
Given this data, I’d say it’s pretty clear what a solid economic decision it is to buy a home in our area! And certainly worthwhile to become a member of the Briarcliff Woods Civic Association! What? You didn’t think you’d get away without a sales pitch, did you?
Board member and Realtor Helene DeLoach graciously contributed her expertise to this article
Annual Meeting & New Board Selection

Help Set the Course for 2017 -
Attend the Annual Membership Meeting

by Andrea Sharma
Please mark your calendars for our Annual Membership Meeting on January 22, 2017 from 4-5 pm at Sagamore Hills Elementary.  We will present an annual report summarizing what we have accomplished over the past year and have updates on security/zoning issues, school system news, Pendergrast Park updates, and more! 

In addition, we will be voting on new Board members, who will serve a 2-year term.  We will be sending out the new slate of officers soon.  
Most importantly, this is an opportunity for the Board to hear from you, to answer questions and learn what you want more of (or less) from BWCA.  Please attend!  We also encourage our members to bring a neighbor who may want to learn more about all the ways BWCA works to improve the neighborhood.  There is still plenty of time to join BWCA, either at the annual meeting or on our website.
Please visit our website or email us at with any compliments, concerns or questions.

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