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Election Day 

November 8 — "Security protocols" have delayed the Powerball drawing, so no winners yet. You can go back to bed. But, since you're up, can you share 
your lunar eclipse snapshots?

🌞 Sunny and 76° today. Bizarre.

🗳️ Polls are opening at 7 a.m. across Georgia for the hotly contested midterm elections. Precincts are open until 7 p.m., and Justice Department officials will be monitoring the vote in Fulton, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties.

📌 When the polls close, our website will have the latest results through a partnership with Decision Desk HQ. Bookmark this page for an uncluttered and mobile-friendly experience.

🗣 Public hearings on Georgia Power's proposed 12% rate hike continue today with environmental, economic, and other watchdog groups getting their say. 

💰 Sandy Springs is projecting $350 million in local option sales tax revenue over the next decade, following a distribution agreement with Fulton County.

🚲 Dunwoody residents are blaming a city council member for changing the location of a multi-use path near their homes on Tilly Mill Road. 

📍 If you need a stress reliever from the election madness or just love making or playing with slime, then the Sloomoo Institute opening in Buckhead will be a must-visit. 

🤔 And if your life is too chill and you need more challenges, The New York Times, which owns Wordle, has hired a human editor for the popular puzzle. At least now you'll have a name at which to hurl your five-letter expletives when the answer doesn't make cents. We mean sense. Ugh! 

⏱ Today's newsletter isstories.

• Dunwoody mail theft clues
• Midtown dog park
• Take 5 With... 

• Volunteer opportunities 

Have a good day,
Collin, Sammie & Sophia
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1. Resident finds big clue in Dunwoody mail theft

🕵️ A Dunwoody woman may have stumbled on the reason for a rash of check thefts in the area – and all it took was a feeling.

The Dunwoody Police Department has been investigating an abundance of mail theft and check “washing” that has been occurring in the area for the past few months. 

When Susan Still dropped a card in the mailbox at the Dunwoody Post Office, she didn't hear it hit the bottom. After peering inside the box, she found a makeshift collection device – ironically a USPS shipping container, making it easy for any thief to reach in and steal the mail (pictured).

When Still alerted postal workers, their indifference infuriated her. The police are now investigating. 

➡️ Read Cathy Cobbs' full exclusive story here. 

Take Steps for Cancer Awareness 

👟 On Saturday, November 12 from 6:30-11 a.m., join the Spot Her initiative at the Eastside BeltLine 3K-10K to take steps for endometrial cancer awareness. 

🍑 Spot Her aims to help end the silence around endometrial cancer, a type of uterine cancer, by raising awareness about gynecologic health symptoms that are often overlooked or dismissed. Like our state fruit, the color for endometrial cancer awareness is peach, and Spot Her’s peach path after the finish line will lead you to more information and tips for how to talk to your doctor. 

❗️In Georgia, uterine cancer is the 4th most diagnosed cancer in women, with more than 1,700 estimated new cases in 2022. Identifying symptoms and seeking help is especially important for the Black community, as only 53% of Black women with endometrial cancer receive an early diagnosis.

➡️ Learn more at and register for the Eastside BeltLine race here!
2. Midtown dog park set to open

🐶 Midtown Alliance will open a new dog park on Nov. 12 at the intersection of 10th and Peachtree streets.

The doggy spot will be part of the renovated 10th Street Park, which will be divided into three outdoor “rooms.” One is a flexible space for outdoor games and other activities such as live music. The middle space contains turf and an illuminated sculpture by Vondom that will double as a play area for kids. 

The third space is a 7,500-square-foot fenced dog park with boulders that can be used as benches for people or perches for dogs. 

➡️ Read more about the park and RSVP to the TAILgate Party event on Nov. 12 here. 

*PARTNER MESSAGE*  ✅ Voting is now open for Best of Brookhaven with categories including beauty, food & drink, home services, shopping, and more. Presented by Reporter Newspapers, Explore Brookhaven, and the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce.
3. Take Five With... Bobby Thornton

📸 As part of her ongoing series of Q&As with Atlanta artists, contributor Teri Elam caught up with photographer Bobby Thornton.

His photography has been published in The Macon Telegraph, Upscale Magazine, and shown at the Hammonds House Museum, among others.

"My mother purchased a Chinon 8mm movie camera when I was in the sixth grade," Thornton recalled.

"Capturing life, my friends, and nature at the rate of 24 frames per second was an awakening. I felt it then become a part of my creative soul."  

➡️ Read the full Q&A here. 
4. Volunteer opportunities

🗺 Join Livable Buckhead in celebrating the newest section of PATH400, which will connect a new part of Northern Buckhead to the rest of the trail. Help by setting up lighting, cleaning picnic tables, putting out signs, and otherwise getting the park ready for the ceremony.
🍎 This Thursday, help Food Well Alliance plant an orchard at Stevenson High School in Stone Mountain. Volunteers will learn more about agriculture and urban farming and will be led by Food Well gardeners, so no prior experience is required!
🤝 Kate’s Club, an organization that pairs mentors with grieving teens and children who’ve lost a family member, is holding an orientation this Thursday evening. Attend to learn about the program and how you can help  (pictured).
🥬 During this Saturday’s Green Market at Piedmont Park, help farmers set up and break down their food stands. Volunteer while enjoying the fresh air and learning about local, healthy food.
😋 Hungry for food news? Side Dish is our weekly dining newsletter that comes out every Thursday at 4 p.m. Subscribe here. 
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