Tuesday, March 6, 2018

DRiVE voucher program for DeKalb Co. seniors

via Commissioner Rader...

 Please come to Central DeKalb Senior Center to learn about the DRiVE Voucher Program for seniors!

Transportation Staff will be there to explain the program changes and answer your questions.

Wednesday, March 7th at 1:00 pm 1346 McConnell Drive Decatur, GA 30033
CDSC Great Room

Please sign up in the lobby!

Additional info about DeKalb vouchers for seniors.

Monday, February 5, 2018

A new look

As you may have noticed, the new logo is up! A belated congratulations and thank you to Rebecca Huynh Thongkham who won the MANA logo design contest

Goodbye, old logo and website banner!

Monday, January 22, 2018

ALDI supermarket to open on Feb 1

A new ALDI will open on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 1699 Scott Blvd. This is the grocer mentioned in our Fuqua III development post from 2 years ago. Store hours will be 9am - 8pm daily.

The store boasts the highest level of green construction per EPA standards, roof-mounted solar panels and an "environmentally sustainable refrigeration system" (meaning, more environmentally friendly coolants). ALDI features its own lines of products that include produce, USDA meats, organic and gluten-free products, home goods, wine, beer, and baby products. The store will accept credit cards as well as contactless payment (Apple Pay, Android Pay, etc.). Additionally, this Aldi store will be part of a pilot program offering one-hour Instacart deliveries.

ALDI's opening creates a walkable grocery store trifecta for our neighborhood: a Sprouts is steps away and Walmart is just across North Decatur Road. But wait, there's still more: a 365 by Whole Foods store is on track to open nearby later this year at the corner of Church and North Decatur Roads.

h/t Decaturish's writeup: http://www.decaturish.com/2018/01/decatur-aldi-opening-feb-1-will-be-metro-atlantas-greenest-store/

UPDATE: According to the AJC, on opening day: "To celebrate the opening there’s a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:25 a.m. The first 100 customers will receive a golden ticket, each containing ALDI gift cards of various amounts, the company said."

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Lisa Crowder memorial bench: dedication [Nov 18]

Saturday November 18th @ 11:00 AM in Medlock Park

We will gather briefly and informally to introduce neighbors to the Lisa Crowder memorial bench and thank those who donated. All are welcome. We will also share the charity information where the remaining funds were donated.

Neighbors who wish to share memories of the life of Lisa are welcome to speak. The Crowders will be in attendance.

The bench is located at the park playground, on the east side, between the two little libraries.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

International Community School 5K this weekend [Nov 4]

"ICS Runs the World" -5K & 1 Mile run/walk. 5K starts at 9:00 am, and 1 Mile at 10:00 am at the school. Below are the maps of the course. 5K course will affect traffic between 9-10 am and the 1 mile will affect traffic from 10-10:30 am. Courses will be covered by police and volunteers, details are on the maps.
5K Route
Take note that the runners will use only the right side of the road, and cones will be placed down the middle of the road. However, because so many people park on the side of the road, there will probably be several places where both sides of the road will have runners.

Register here!


1 Mile route
Register here!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Harvest Festival and Haunted Trail RESCHEDULED for Sunday Oct. 29

Due to weather... moving the party to SUNDAY


The Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve and Medlock Area Neighborhood Association are joining forces again for the Fall Festival and Haunted Trail. We will have a bonfire, s'mores, games & crafts, food for sale, and of course the HAUNTED Trail! No trick or treat but costumes are encouraged. All are welcome!

At the Preserve - 2580 Pine Bluff Drive, Decatur GA 30033.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Brief recap of a longish MANA Community Meeting - October 16, 2017

     Scott Circle Greenspace Cleanup/Work day October 21, 9am - 12pm. Bring rakes and loppers if you have. Coffee provided
     Senator Renitta Shannon Hosting “How Gov Works & How to Resist Bad Policy Effectively” meeting October 25 6:00-7:30pm at the Scott-Candler Library
     MANA Haunted Trail and Fall Festival at CSNP, October 28, 5:30-8 PM FREE! Haunted trail, games, crafts, bonfire, music, food sales
     Holiday Bazaar at North Decatur Presbyterian, Dec 2, 10am - 3 pm
     UN Day Parade at ICS Nov 3, 9:45 am
     ICS Run for the World 5K/1 mi run/walk Nov 4, 9-10 am 


     October 21,  9-12 am Greenspace cleanup on Scott Circle
     October 28th, early pm to end of event, setup and breakdown of Haunted Trail and help manning the crafts and activities at the event. If able to volunteer, please email medlockassoc@gmail.com.
     November 28-29, flexible timing. Volunteers needed to hang wreaths. Usually done using a ‘divide-and-conquer’ approach. If able to volunteer, please email medlockassoc@gmail.com.

MANA Logo Contest
  • The 1st prize winner is Rebecca Huynh Thongkham, who created a clean and appealing design highlighting the intersection of our community with natural elements. This design is a wonderful representation of our neighborhood for letterhead and official communications as well as car magnets, license plates, or cling stickers.
  • The 2nd prize winners were Barbara Orisich and Kathryn Firago, who also drew inspiration from the abundant animal life and green spaces in the neighborhood. Their design is particularly appealing for flags and t-shirts.

Senator Elena Parent http://www.elenaparent.com/home/
     She has been working on raising awareness about the 2020 Census. Census Bureau is being intentionally underfunded. Census figures have huge impact on state and federal funding for our area and of course on legislative redistricting. Concerned about gerrymandering, voter suppression, uncontested seats.
     She is working on and supporting legislation that would form a non-partisan commission that would handle redistricting so that politicians can’t just choose their constituents. She and colleagues working on this issue have heard from many folks around the state who are interested in supporting the effort, and it seems to have bipartisan support.
     Thinks legislative season will be very busy. Expects lots of transit, religious liberty, and anti-immigration legislation to be pushed
     Hasn’t heard anything from City of Decatur on future annexation plans
     Constituents can email her at elena@elenaparent.com and ask to be added to newsletter

Commissioner Jeff Rader http://commissionerrader.com/

     Detailed explanation of SPLOST including how the revenues would be spent as outlined in the Blueprint for Progress, more info http://dekalbsplost.com and http://commissionerrader.com/reader-county-news/items/ehostsplost-referendum-placed-on-november-7th-ballot.html
     Early voting has already begun or vote November 7 (find polling place info here https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov)
     The new owners of North DeKalb Mall are looking at taking down a lot of the old mall, Costco could still be on the table, possibility of adding residential. He will make sure they are reaching out to MANA zoning chair to coordinate and communicate with neighborhood
     Emphasized we should reach out if we need help with County issues, esp. if we haven’t gotten good response from specific county representative or agency we’ve contacted
     PATH extension should cross Clairmont by end of 2018
     County does have matching funds available for Greenspace projects
     Attentive to traffic issues in neighborhood. The county will be repainting lines on Desmond at Clairmont to address the unsafe driving practices in that area.

Treasurer's report:
Charlie Charoenlap
  • Balance is pretty much status quo. Biggest expenditures were pool party, newsletter publication, while revenues were from new and renewing memberships.

Ted Ward- Greenspace coordinator
  • Workday for floodplain lots (details above) Lisa Crowder memorial bench to be installed this week thanks to Matt Maguire for coordinating. Will have a dedication soon.
  • Received Park Pride Small Change Grant of $2200 to extend bridge across culvert into floodplain lots/Greenspace. 
  • Welcomes additional volunteers to help shape what the new Greenspaces can become.

Tanya Myers-schools liaison and MANA Secretary introduced Claudia Rule, communications coordinator from ICS, who provided the following updates:
  • ICS really appreciates all the support and community of Medlock Park. Invite neighbors to come watch the UN Day Parade in front of ICS November 3rd 9:45AM. Will be brief road closure on Gaylemont 9:30-10 to accomodate the parade.
  • ICS Run for the World, November 4th, 5K & 1 mi certified run/walk up and down Medlock-there will be a partial road closure for that as well. Will update with more road closure specifics/logistics
  • Need Halloween Costumes for ICS students
  • Always accepting food items for ICS food pantry

Theresa Same, Zoning chair
     Working with County on Vol Repairs property that is currently in violation of ordinances and safety regulations, and hoping to see some eventual resolution (although the process itself is lengthy)
      She also mentioned the need to start thinking about what our options are with respect to the traffic volume around and in the neighborhood. The main thoroughfares are also state routes, which complicates addressing the neighborhood’s problem as the state’s goals are more related to maintaining the ability to move high volume traffic through the neighborhood.

Neighborhood Watch:
Barb Dalton, longtime MANA volunteer and Watch Coordinator is leaving the neighborhood. Will need more volunteers to step up to help with Watch.
     Watch is a success so far-reached initial goal of 300 homes subscribing
     120 vacation requests in first 105 days
     Officers are stopping folks for traffic related issue but not ticketing
     Will look into window decals for neighborhood cars
     $156/year dues per household to join
     If you check crimemapping.com most incidents are car break-ins. Continue to be vigilant, don’t leave valuables in vehicles.

Board Elections:
Theresa Same introduced the slate of proposed officers. No nominations were received from the floor and the following officers were elected (or re-elected) by verbal vote:
     Lynn Ganim - President
     Sharon Johnson - Vice-President
     Charles Charoenlap - Treasurer
     Tanya Myers - Secretary

Revisions to MANA Bylaws:
Lynn Ganim introduced the revised bylaws, which were approved by verbal vote.