Monthly Archives: April 2014

COVEReport – April 29, 2014

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Mason Woods Burglars Apprehended

April 27, 2014 – John Bugge, Mason Mill Civic Association

Dear Neighbor,

As I mentioned briefly at the Spring Fling picnic — just before the rains came — there was a break-in and smash-and-grab burglary last night (Saturday) on Mason Woods Drive.

Here, below, is a message from Brian Craig, the owner of the house that was hit, relating what happened and, more important, what kind of precautions we should all be taking.

One special point to add:  when you hear an alarm go off in your vicinity, don’t assume it’s a false alarm; rather, have a look around outside and check to see if there’s any suspect activity going on.  If you see something that doesn’t look right, call 911.

Thanks,
John

From: Brian Craig
Sent: Sunday, April 27, 2014

John,

As discussed, here is a recap of our conversation this morning.

On the evening of April 26 at 9:53 pm, our home alarm was triggered by thieves who used a crowbar to pry open our side entrance (carport) door. Thankfully, neither my wife nor myself were in the house at the time (on a related note, the carport was empty of cars and, thus, may have presented a target to criminals).

We believe the thieves were in our house for a very brief period, probably less than two minutes.  They stole our computer and our TV, but did not take the time to ransack the place, possibly due to the alarm.  They drove away in two vehicles, as observed by neighbors down the street who were outside double checking their own car; when they heard an alarm sounding throughout the neighborhood, they believed it to be their car alarm.  At that moment, they saw the two vehicles traveling away and gave a description of one (White Chevrolet Suburban).

Our alarm company is ADT, and the signs are prominently displayed in the front yard.  However, ADT NEVER received the “alarm” signal, and they had absolutely no idea that the alarm had gone off.  Consequently, they never called the police.

We are especially grateful to Myra & Eric who heard the alarm and immediately phoned 911.

(FYI, most alarms will activate for a set amount of time, then turn off. They do not ring indefinitely.)

The DeKalb County police arrived about 10:20 pm and waited outside until my wife came home.  They checked and cleared the house and took information for their report.

Shortly after midnight, we received a call from the City of Decatur police.  They had pulled over a Grey Jeep for a traffic violation.  The Jeep did not pull over immediately, but once it came to a stop all the occupants jumped out and ran in different directions.  The City of Decatur police processed the vehicle, determined it was stolen and found our stuff in the back.

Perhaps, a couple of things the neighborhood should be aware of:

1.  Alarm companies are not infallible; had our neighbors not taken the immediate initiative to call 911 the Dekalb police would not have been alerted.  If you hear an alarm, any time day or night, call 911 ASAP.

2.  Homes without vehicles in the drive can prove tempting targets, despite visible signage.  Additionally, the Dekalb police expressed surprise that we were robbed at 10:00 pm on Saturday night, as opposed to the more popular ‘M-F during business hours when most homes are vacant’ time slot.  Our intruders worked quickly, taking only a couple of minutes to grab some valuable items.

3.  The information gleaned from our experience suggests a new modus operandi: drive thru neighborhoods in a stolen vehicle (or two) and locate homes that appear empty, no matter the time of day or night and bust in.

We hope that sharing these details will assist our neighbors to prevent criminal activity from reaching their homes.  Please feel free to follow up with any questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Brian & April

 

Advance Voting Has Begun

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Locations for Advanced Voting [click here]
Early voting continues through May 16
Monday through Friday, Hours 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Plus Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The election will be held May 20.

Check Your Status and Get Your Sample Ballot

Last year several Georgia voters were taken off the voter rolls that shouldn’t have been.  Don’t wait until you go vote to find out this has happened to you.  Check your voter registration and get your sample ballot. It’s fast and easy to do online. [Click here]

 

Neighborhood Watch Training and Tour of the 911 Center

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April 28, 2014 – Carl Lange

Last week’s meeting provided details on how to set up a neighborhood watch and included a tour of the renovated DeKalb 911 center. Another meeting earlier this year, which I attended with COVE board member Erika Birg, covered making your property “hardened” against criminal activity.
There were about 50 people attending from various neighborhoods throughout the county.

–       Weekdays are the prime time for break-ins while many are away at work
–       Police are interested in patterns of suspicious activity and need you to call whenever you see something suspicious. Something you see combined with someone from another neighborhood, might contribute to a criminal being identified and apprehended. Police are just as interested as you in catching criminals and don’t mind if a lead doesn’t pan out. If in doubt, CALL THE POLICE!
–       Police resources are limited so responses are prioritized. It might take over an hour to get an officer to the scene of a car break-in, after the fact. If you feel you are in danger, these calls will be prioritized, and if possible, police will be to your location in minutes.
–       If there are recent incidents in the neighborhood, a patrol car can be requested to patrol the neighborhood randomly. (I’ve seen these myself in VE in the day and evening).
–       Use your cellphone cameras and take pictures of cars and tags that look suspicious.
–       Don’t put large television boxes out at the curb. These make your house a prime target. Cut them up first and turn the label inside out.
–       Report any crime on your property to the police. This is important information and not doing so is a disservice to your neighbors
Victoria Estates is located in the North Central police precinct with its headquarters being at 1960 W. Exchange Place, also the county police headquarters. Our representative is detective Al Fowler 770-724-7616.

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood watches harden the relationship between the neighborhood and police.
Detective Fowler discussed how to set up a neighborhood watch, providing paperwork with detailed instructions. Neighborhood watches extend the eyes and ears of the police and can be very effective in reducing crime. Bringing a neighborhood watch back to VE would be easier now with the use of social media, texting, etc.

Crimemapping

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Check out the crime map (click on the map) to see recent activities in the neighborhood and throughout the county.

Dog Walker Watch

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Dog Walker Watch is a new component of neighborhood watches that involves training the many dog walkers, already observing the neighborhood, to effectively report suspicious activity.

Nextdoor.com

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Nextdoor which is already being used by many VE neighbors was also identified as an important tool in lowering crime and is embraced by the DeKalb Police Department.

 

Stop Neighborhood Speeding

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Peds.org information was provided that included statistics on pedestrian fatalities:

–       Hit by a vehicle traveling at 20 miles per hour: 9 out of 10 pedestrians survive
–       30 mph: 5 of 10 pedestrians survive
–       40 mph: 1 of 10 pedestrians survive
Some helpful numbers were provided which I’ll add to Nextdoor.com and the COVE website. They include:

Detective Al Fowler (Public Education): Al Fowler 770-724-7616.
Domestic Violence: 404-688-9436
Senior Abuse Hotline: 800-677-1116
Emergency Dispatch: 911 or 678-406-7929
Records (copy of Police Reports) : 770-724-7740
Crime Stoppers Tip Hotline: 404-577-8477

 

Independent Audit for County Commissioners

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April 23, 2014 – Kathie Gannon

Yesterday the Board of Commissioners took the first step forward into sunshine and transparency. Commissioner Rader and I introduced the attached resolution calling for an independent audit of all spending for the past 5 years by each County Commissioner starting with District 1. The audits will include Purchase Cards, all other expenditures and all commission staff. The resolution directs the County to hire a Certified Internal Auditor or a Certified Government Audit Professional using funds previously budgeted for an internal auditor. The resolution was modified by Commissioner Barnes-Sutton to start with District 6 (my District) and to go back 10 years and then begin with District 1. This substitute motion passed without a dissenting vote. Commissioner Barnes-Sutton later attempted to call for a reconsideration of her substitute motion, however that failed.  Please see the attached resolution that calls for an audit of all County Commission expenditures.

Kathie Gannon
Super District 6 Commissioner

Resolution for Internal Audit of Commissioners

 

Upcoming Events

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TRAINING – April 29

6:30 – 8:00 pm
Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Drive

If a large-scale disaster happens in DeKalb County, will you and your family be prepared? Do your family members know how to get in contact with each other during an emergency? Officials with the DeKalb Emergency Management Agency will address these and related topics to educate participants on becoming prepared and ready to respond to natural and man-made disasters.

Click here to register

Commissioner Gannon’s Walk at Gresham Park – Postponed to May 6

In observation of  Earth Week.  The walk will begin at 6:15 pm at the PATH trail, starting in the Gresham Park Rec Center Parking Lot, 3113 Gresham Road.

Campaign Event for Elena Parent – April 30

DeKalb Seeks Input on the Comprehensive Transportation Plan – Through May 9

American Cancer Society Relay for Life – May 16

Friends of Thomson Park Volunteer Day – May 17

Friends of Thomson Park Volunteer Day – July 5

COVEReport – April 21, 2014

Today (April 21) is the Deadline to Register to Vote

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ELECTION TUESDAY, MAY 20
CHECK YOUR STATUS

(don’t assume you are good to go)
Last year several Georgia voters were taken off the voter rolls who shouldn’t have been.
  Don’t wait until you go vote to find out this has happened to you.  Before you go to the polls on Tuesday, May 20th, check your voter registration status.  It’s super fast and easy to do online.

REGISTER TODAY

If you are not registered, or you need to change your voting address, you can now do this completely online!    Register online today.

C.A.N. Candidates Fair and Forum – April 27

Sunday, April 27, 2014 – 1:30 – 5:30pm

April 10, 2014 – Martha Pacini

Election Day is May 20!  Voter turnout for midyear elections is notoriously low, but there is a lot at stake, so we should all exercise our right to vote.

There are more than 40 Elected Positions on the May 20 ballot, with more than 100 Candidates vying for those positions.  Through its Candidates Fair + Forums, CAN—the Civic Association Network—is making it easier for you to get up to speed quickly about the issues and who is running for which positions and what they stand for.  There will be three moderated topic forums, as well as representatives from candidates for elected office.

It’s a one-stop shop for the voter who wants to be informed.

Event: CAN Candidates Fair + Forum

Host: CAN–Civic Association Network

Time: Sunday, April 27, 2014 01:30PM

Location: Hellenic Community Center, Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Address: 2500 Clairmont Road, Atlanta

Link to forum announcement

COVE is a sponsor of C.A.N. Candidates Fair and Forum. COVE does not endorse, sponsor or donate to any political candidate.

DeKalb Seeks Input on the Comprehensive Transportation Plan

C.A.N. Candidates Fair and Forum – April 27

 

The public is invited to review the draft Comprehensive Transportation Plan and to submit comments during the 30 day comment period which ends on May 9, 2014. All comments should be submitted in writing to transportationplan@dekalbcountyga.gov or by postal mail to the following address:
DeKalb County Transportation Plan
c/o Sycamore Consulting, Inc.
195 Arizona Avenue, Unit LW-4
Atlanta, GA 30307
Click here to access the document or visit http://www.dekalbtransportationplan2014.com.  Physical copies of the document can also be reviewed here:

DeKalb County Government

Board of Commissioners Office (lobby)

1300 Commerce Drive; 5th Floor

Decatur, GA 30030

CDC Expansion Plans Run into Clifton Road Traffic

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle
:http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/print-edition/2014/04/11/cdc-expansionplans-run-into-clifton-road-traffic.html

Ellie Hensley
Staff Writer- Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta’s gridlocked roads are posing a threat to a major economic development project — the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s plans to expand its facilities and add 1,500
jobs.
Residents near the center’s Edward R. Roybal Campus on Clifton Road are worried that such an
influx of new commuters would be too much for the already congested corridor. The CDC shares the street with Emory Healthcare, Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and thousands of citizens who live nearby depend on the roadway to get where they need to go.
Area homeowners and other stakeholders gathered at a public hearing on March 20 to voice their concerns about the CDC’s 2015-2025 master plan, which offers two alternatives for how its campus might expand in the coming years.
The “no action” alternative would not result in any new construction to the 47.7-acre campus, and projects the addition of about 62 employees.
The “preferred alternative” calls for the construction of an up to 450,000-square-foot laboratory
and 1,600-space parking deck, along with 650 new employees and the potential for a total of 1,485 new employees by 2025.
“My concern is that this growth, without additional infrastructure improvements at a minimum, may put our local roadways over the tipping point and cause gridlock,” said Michael Mandl, executive vice president for Business and Administration at Emory, in a statement to the CDC. “This is especially concerning given the number of medical emergency vehicles and patients that access the Clifton Road Corridor.”
According to the CDC’s Roybal Campus 2025 Master Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement
(DEIS), 19 of the 23 intersections projected to experience the highest increase in traffic as a result of the expansion will “contain failing movements” in 2025. Of these intersections, 14 were already failing in 2012.
“With the projected background growth by the year 2025 and the lack of transportation
improvements, the majority of intersections and roadways serving the Clifton Corridor are
anticipated to function at unacceptable levels of service with long vehicle delays and congestion,” the DEIS said. “New vehicles trips generated as a result of implementation of the Master Plan Preferred Alternative are anticipated to further exacerbate poor traffic conditions.”
Some of the campus’ neighbors said the gridlock is partially due to the CDC’s previous expansions.
“The area immediately surrounding the Roybal Campus has experienced a significant impact from the expansion that took place over the the past 10 years at the CDC campus on Clifton,” said Martha Abbott Pancini in a statement submitted to the CDC.
The proposed TSPLOST regional transportation sales tax, which was rejected soundly by voters in 2012, would have allocated $700 million for a new light rail line along the Clifton Corridor from MARTA’s Lindbergh Station in Buckhead to Emory. Now the CDC and others in the corridor must find another way to mitigate congestion.
Bruce MacGregor, who represented the Druid Hills Neighborhood Association at the March 20
hearing, suggested that the CDC follow the example of its neighbor Emory, which charges for oncampus parking. He said that by subsidizing parking, the agency is encouraging people to drive alone, which would increase air pollution and vehicle crashes.
There is concern about who will pay for the needed infrastructure improvements.
“…We feel it is important, if the Preferred Alternative is pursued, that the DEIS state or recommend the CDC ask for legislation to approve federal funding to help pay for traffic mitigation (e.g., signalization) in the Clifton Road/Briarcliff Road area,” said Matthew Early, vice president of Campus Services for Emory University, in a statement. “The DEIS should not suggest that responsibility falls predominantly on DeKalb County or GDOT.”
Ellie Hensley is a health care and general assignment reporter.

Upcoming Events

Campaign Event for Elena Parent – April 21

DeKalb Board of Commissioners Meeting – April 22

Neighborhood Watch Training and Tour of DeKalb’s 911 Center – April 22

Briarcliff City Initiative Meeting – April 22

Friends of Thompson Park Volunteer Day – April 26

C.A.N. Candidates Fair and Forum – April 27

Campaign Event for Kyle Williams – April 27

Mason Mill Civic Ass’n, Logan’s Knoll & Victoria Estates Spring Fling Picnic  – April 27

Campaign Event for Elena Parent – April 30

American Cancer Society Relay for Life – May 16

 

COVEReport – April 10, 2014

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Residential Development on Houston Mill

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April 9, 2014 – Carl Lange

Per the sign that appeared this morning on Houston Mill, Dunwoody developer Ty White will be constructing four new houses to replace the existing college rental properties, near the intersection of Rainier Falls and Houston Mill. A call has been made to the developer for more details.

The Dunwoody based developer has 20 years of experience in the metro-Atlanta area including homes currently for sale in the Morningside and Chastain neighborhoods. Peachland Homes received a Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association award in 2012.

Example Construction from the Developer’s Website

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Victoria Estates @ Nextdoor.com Membership Growing

April 10, 2014 – Carl Lange

Neighbors are continuing to sign onto our new social media site. It’s free, private, and secure. Use it to ask for recommendations on a contractor, borrow an item, discuss a topic, report criminal activity, etc. Everyone in VE who has not already joined will be receiving a postcard with an invitation. Check it out!

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Comments on CDC Campus Expansion End Today – April 10

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April 10, 2014 – Martha Pacini

Today is the last day to respond to the proposed CDC campus expansion. I submitted my comments on the government website and have already received a reply back from Senator Johnny Isakson.

Link to Cove REPORT Article

Martha’s Comments on CDC Environmental Impact Statement

Community Zoning Meeting – April 15

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At the Community Council meetings, the public has an opportunity to discuss zoning or land use map amendment applications that will eventually be decided upon by the Board of Commissioners.  After the Community Council meetings, the public has opportunities to comment on applications at public hearings that are held by the Planning Commission and by the Board of Commissioners.  Recent reviews by the Council included the proposed Cabana Grill in front of Krogers on LaVista. COVE Board member Carl Lange will be attending.

Mason Mill Center for Seniors & Disabled at 6:30 pm

1340-B McConnell Dr., Decatur 30032

Proposed Cabana Grill on Lavista – Developer Meeting – April 16

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April 9, 2014 – Carl Lange

The developer for the proposed Cabana Grill, to be located on Lavista in front of the Kroger, is providing a neighborhood presentation. This is for the remaining undeveloped green space adjacent to the AAA building.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Intown Community Church (Lavista and Houston Mill Roads) in Room 213.  An attorney representing the developer will be present to explain what is intended for this property. Thanks to John Bugge with Mason Mill Civic Association for the notice.

Two issues associated with this development are street entry and removal of the large oak.

Due to the close proximity of other entries off Lavista, entry to the property should occur from the side (entry to Kroger). In a previous Community Zoning Meeting, development was not recommended as the surrounding property owner, the Shepard family, had not agreed to this easement.

A large oak(s) on the property will also require special approval for removal.

There will be a public hearing for this proposed development on April 22 at the Board of Commissioners meeting.

https://victoriaestatesga.nextdoor.com/events/125199/

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DeKalb Board of Commissioners Meeting – April 22

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Meetings discussing the regular business of the county are typically held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month and begin at 9:00 am in the Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive unless otherwise noted. All regular Board meetings are open to the public. All regular Board meetings are televised live on Channel 23. Commissioners also hold committee meetings, which are open to the public as well. There are currently five standing committees within the commission.

Cabana Grill Variance Request

 

Neighborhood Watch Training and Tour of DeKalb’s 911 Center – April 22

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Tuesday April 22, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

5th Floor Conference Room (Fire Building)
1950 West Exchange Place
Tucker, GA 30084

April 8, 2014 – Erika Birg – COVE Safety Committee

This is a great way to meet our DeKalb police and keep our neighborhood on their radar. Here is the promo:

Neighborhood watch groups are effective because they decrease opportunities for criminals to commit crime. The added bonus is the cohesiveness it provides between members of your community.
This workshop will educate participants on the most effective ways of identifying and reporting suspicious activity and mobilizing your neighborhood watch program: Topics will include why there is a the need for a neighborhood watch program, what is needed to start a neighborhood watch program and a discussion regarding resources to keep you informed and ways to stay connected – ideas, technology and the internet.

COVE Board Member Carl Lange and I attended a previous presentation which has provided us great information on protecting our homes and close contacts with the police department. COVE is scheduling a meeting in VE with the police department for some time in May.

Here is the link to register. https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/m?oeidk=a07e93xswus83f9c621&oseq=&c=&ch=

 

Briarcliff City Initiative Meeting – April 22

Cityhood Recap Meeting
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:00pm
Briarcliff United Methodist Church
4105 Briarcliff Rd NE
http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=34f01cd55f113629b441561ef&id=9afa908c2e&e=9dd67710a7

C.A.N. Candidates Fair and Forum – April 27

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 – 1:30 – 5:30pm

 

April 10, 2014 – Martha Pacini

Election Day is May 20!  Voter turnout for midyear elections is notoriously low, but there is a lot at stake, so we should all exercise our right to vote.

There are more than 40 Elected Positions on the May 20 ballot, with more than 100 Candidates vying for those positions.  Through its Candidates Fair + Forums, CAN—the Civic Association Network—is making it easier for you to get up to speed quickly about the issues and who is running for which positions and what they stand for.  There will be three moderated topic forums, as well as representatives from candidates for elected office.

It’s a one-stop shop for the voter who wants to be informed.

Event: CAN Candidates Fair + Forum

Host: CAN–Civic Association Network

Time: Sunday, April 27, 2014 01:30PM

Location: Hellenic Community Center, Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Address: 2500 Clairmont Road, Atlanta

Link to forum announcement

COVE is a sponsor of C.A.N. Candidates Fair and Forum. COVE does not endorse, sponsor or donate to any political candidate. 

Campaign Event for Kyle Williams – April 27

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Jennifer and Barry Tipping are hosting a meet & greet for Kyle Williams, who is running for the State Senate seat being vacated by Jason Carter.

The event is from 3-5 and kids are welcome.  The link below is just a way to keep track of attendees for light snacks and refreshments.  Please RSVP if you’ll attend.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-greet-for-kyle-williams-georgia-state-senate-candidate-tickets-11146755245

Jennifer & Barry Tipping

1374 Rainier Falls Dr.

COVE does not endorse, sponsor or donate to any political candidate.

 

Mason Mill Civic Ass’n, Logan’s Knoll & Victoria Estates Spring Fling Picnic  – April 27

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

4:00 – 7:00pm, W. D. Thomson Park Pavilion

After attending the CAN Candidate’s Forum head on over to the Spring Fling Picnic in progress.

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Campaign Event for Elena Parent – April 30

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April 9, 2014 – Pat Killingsworth

Scott and I are hosting a campaign event for Elena Parent at our home on Wednesday, April 30, from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Elena is a candidate for State Senate District 42, which was recently vacated by Jason Carter.  We hope that you will stop by to meet this Phi Beta Kappa, University of Virginia Law School graduate who is on track to do great things for our District and this State.  ElenaParentCampaignEvent

Pat Killingsworth, 1364 Rainier Falls Dr.

404-982-5963

COVE does not endorse, sponsor or donate to any political candidate.

 

American Cancer Society Relay for Life – May 16

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Adams Stadium (across from the Chick-fil-A at North Druid Hills
Friday, May 16, 2014, 1:00PM

https://victoriaestatesga.nextdoor.com/events/120690/