Saturday, March 21, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

This information is being presented to you by Deb Elkin and Kathryn Firago, who are organizing outreach around the Medlock neighborhood. The goal is to ensure that those who have limited ability to leave their homes have some level of assistance with delivery of groceries, medications, etc.  If you wish to help with any such neighbor support, please contact A flyer with this information is being distributed to mailboxes around the neighborhood.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID19

What are symptoms of COVID19?
• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath

How does it spread? 
• Person to person (keep a distance of 6 feet between)
• Droplets from sneezing and coughing
• Maybe by touching a contaminated surface, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads

What you should do if you are sick with COVID19? 
1. Stay home except to get medical care.
2. Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
3. Separate yourself from other people and animals at home.
4. Wear a face mask.
5. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
6. Avoid sharing personal household items.
7. Clean your hands often.
8. Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day.
9. Monitor your symptoms.  



GA Department of Public Health:

City of Decatur COVID-19 Updates:

DeKalb County COVID-19 Response:

Parent in West End:

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Alternative Gift Market [Dec 7]

Alternative Gift Market at North Decatur Presbyterian Church
Saturday, December 7, 10 - 3
Press Release November 2019
Take a shopping trip around the world!  North Decatur Presbyterian Church presents its annual Alternative Gift Market on Saturday, December 7th from 10 to 3.  These vendors sell fair trade, environmentally sustainable and reasonably priced holiday gifts that create positive change for refugees or disenfranchised populations. For truly one of a kind gifts, one can purchase items from Africa, Latin America, Asia, South America and the Middle East, as well as local products from emerging entrepreneurs.  Also available will be gift cards in honor of or in memory of loved ones such as goats for the Haiti EcoVillage School, El Refugio legal defense for detainees, or sending a child to Peacemakers Camp.  For a low stress shopping adventure we offer refreshments and a children’s craft corner. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted by most vendors.  For holiday gift-giving that makes a difference, come see us at 611 Medlock Rd, Decatur GA.

Contact:  Deedee Murphy,  404-276-0593

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Fall Festival & Haunted Trail 2019 [Rescheduled to Oct 27]

TO SUNDAY OCT. 27, same time!

Would you like to help? Just sign up and the volunteer coordinator will contact you! 

If you would like to make a donation to towards this activity, please choose the DONATION button in our "Support MANA" page.

Donations help defray set-up costs for MANA and also support the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. Please bring small bills and prepare for yummy snacks!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Haunted Trail and Fall Festival [Oct. 26]

The Fall Festial and Haunted Trail takes place at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve on Oct. 26, 2019. We need volunteers to help in the weeks and days leading up, day of, and next day for clean up. Let us know how you'd like to be involved!

To sign up for help (setting up the area a day early, or participating on the day of), please fill out the form embedded below and an event organizer will be in touch with you shortly. Thank you!!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

MANA banners are ready for pre-order

Banner, temporarily to the podium during a recent meeting.
Our MANA logo is now a banner, printed on heavy-duty blockout vinyl (intended for outdoor use). The banner measures 27" high x 20" wide and includes grommets at each corner for secure hanging. Once again, our thanks to Rebecca Huynh Thongkham, who designed the MANA logo and reimagined it for this purpose.  


The background color is a lovely blue-green that looks great under both artificial and natural light conditions and plays very nicely against a brick background.

You may specify multiple banners in a single order. Free delivery! 

Banners are available for $30 for those with active MANA memberships, and $35 for non-members.  

Banners will be available for pick-up at the October 7 MANA meeting; banners will be delivered to any who are unable to pick them up at the meeting.

The early bird pre-order rate of $28/banner ended on September 20, 2019.
And here's the logo, out in the wild.
The banner's background color is actually a very close match to Benjamin Moore's "Beau Green" in case anyone's curious.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

New bridge connects Medlock Park to Scott Circle greenspace

Scott Circle Lots master plan
Sometimes it seems like nothing's happening but persistence pays off. In particular when you have good folks who keep on keeping on!

Back in 2014, we started hearing about the County's plan to purchase floodplain properties on Scott Circle, with the lots to be converted to greenspace. In 2015, several houses were demolished and the greenspace started taking shape. With community input and support from Druid Hills Youth Sports and the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association (MANA), a vision for this greenspace was agreed upon. In subsequent years, dozens of trees were planted and in 2017-2018, a Park Pride grant came through to build the first of two bridges that will connect Medlock Park to the Scott Circle lots.
Ta-da! The new bridge.

This week, that first bridge was installed and volunteers gathered on April 13 to begin mulching the first of a series of paths that will make the space more accessible. Our thanks to Ted Ward, MANA Greenspace chair, who has been leading this effort for the last several years. Also thanks to Dave Butler who has been instrumental in this and so many other greenspace projects in our neighborhood (Scott lots, community garden, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve).

Thanks to all the volunteers who turned up today to chop and haul privet and spread mulch at the new bridge. Soon, additional truckloads of mulch will be delivered so that this first path (that wends its way along the back of the properties) will connect to the park entrance.

Later phases will add a path along the street (since there is no sidewalk) to make it safer for pedestrians to walk along this section of the street.
Two strong men and one smart man clear the area near the park-side
ramp to the new bridge. [Just kidding, it took the three of them to move that downed tree!]

Too far to jump: this creek tributary collects a lot of runoff from nearby areas.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

MANA Membership Renewal

Why MANA Matters
We’re celebrating our 15th birthday! The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association's (MANA) membership runs from January through December of each year. If you’ve not paid in the last several months, please renew your MANA membership or join before April 1. You can go to for details, including a link to PayPal at Our dues are only $25 per household. 

If you need to know why MANA matters, please read a bit about our history in the neighborhood.

MANA was incorporated in January 2004. According to the first issue of Medlock Matters, our newsletter, the organization “began with interest in community issues, such as traffic calming measures, signage ordinance for nearby businesses, and neighborhood involvement at Medlock Elementary School.” (An informal core group had actually formed in 2002 to oppose the erection of what was considered an intrusive sign on what is now the Subaru dealership that would decrease the quality of life and home values.) And there was an early initiative to get speed bumps on Medlock Road.
For less than 7 cents/day, 
your annual dues say 
"Thank you, MANA!" 365 times!

MANA has essentially continued to fight those same issues with varying degrees of involvement. In addition, it provides ways for neighbors to get to know each other.

MANA Highlights 

For those who are new to the neighborhood here are some highlights of our history; for old-timers, this list is a reminder of some of the activities of MANA volunteers led in the last few years:
  • Supported the Medlock Floodplain Coalition in working to protect the lands around the South Fork of Peachtree Creek, which runs through the park and significant portions of the neighborhorhood 
  • Upon the closure of Medlock Elementary School (now ICS), participated in successful opposition to the proposal to install a cell phone tower on that property. 
  • Created a Neighborhood Watch, which evolved into the independent Medlock Paid Patrol, LLC.
  • Created and conducted a door-to-door survey of neighborhood preferences about remaining in unincorporated DeKalb County; as a result, we fought against new cities, as well as attempts by the city of Decatur to annex adjacent businesses and their revenue without taken a relevant number of residents. MANA officers continue to monitor developments in these areas by attending various governmental meetings. 
  • MANA volunteers played a leadership role in the formation and work of the DeKalb Cross-Neighbors Council, which interacts with developers to provide feedback on proposed plans and negotiate quality-of-life concessions for the community. With the virtual explosion of new developments in the area the involvement of dedicated MANA members has intensified. 
  • MANA maintains contact with our elected leaders and County officials so they don’t forget our concerns and needs. For example, we monitored and attended meetings to pressure the County and contractors to complete the long-delayed splash pad at Medlock Pool. These folks know Medlock and that MANA will speak up for our neighborhood. 
  • Volunteers organize an annual summer pool party and in conjunction with the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, a fall Haunted Trail event. 
  • Volunteers also dress up all intersections with wreaths or bows each year.
    Best holiday wishes to all!
    Seasonal sheep accent courtesy of 
    the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve.
  • To promote safety, volunteers conduct neighborhood roadside and sign clean-ups. We hope you agree that this partial list is quite impressive. However, we need your support to continue working to preserve the quality of life and integrity of our neighborhood.
Our major expenses include the printing and delivery of the our Medlock Matters newsletter, published three times a year, and liability insurance to protect our board as we work with developers, plus miscellaneous expenses, like an honorarium to North Decatur Presbyterian Church for use of their space.

Please join or renew! $25 is a very reasonable amount to support MANA's many ways of engagement, all to the benefit of our community.