Monday, August 14, 2017

Commissioners comment on Atlanta annexation plan

from Commissioners Gannon an Rader
Clifton Corridor institutions, led by Emory University have petitioned to annex their isolated property into Atlanta across a 65-foot-wide “land bridge” that Emory purchased last year. They urge stakeholders to look at the Big Picture when judging their unilateral action and ask Atlanta to reflexively approve their incorporation into the city.

The Atlanta City Council and Atlanta voters should carefully assess the implications and mitigate impacts before they grant the request. DeKalb has petitioned the state to arbitrate these issues. Read the rest @ AJC.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

National Friendship Day: Adopt a pet! [Aug 6]

As you have probably heard, after several years of unwavering advocacy by pet lovers, a new DeKalb County animal shelter opened on July 24, 2017. Run by the Lifeline Animal Project (managers of DeKalb Co. and Fulton Co. shelters since 2013), the new shelter is located at 3280 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Shamble, GA. [Map]

The old shelter on Camp Road will close mid-August and Lifeline hopes that some of its current residents will be adopted before the facility completes its move:

Adoptions only $25 at all other LifeLine shelters throughout August!     
ATLANTA — ( August 4, 2017)  True friends always have your back, are excellent listeners, help you get through tough times and can even lower your stress levels.  And since there are no truer friends than dogs and cats, LifeLine Animal Project is commemorating National Friendship Day on Sunday, August 6, by offering fee-waived adoptions at their old DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS) shelter, located at 845 Camp Road in Decatur [Map.  Adopt any dog, cat puppy or kitten from LifeLine’s Camp Road shelter, and you’ll receive a pet that has been spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated for no adoption fee!
Can’t visit the shelter on Sunday?  LifeLine is also offering a “Tail End of Summer” $25 adoption promotion at all of their shelters, including:
DCAS, 845 Camp Road, Decatur AND 3280 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Chamblee;
Fulton County Animal Services (FCAS), 860 Marietta Boulevard in Atlanta;
LifeLine Dog House & Kitty Motel, 129 Lake Street in Avondale Estates;
LifeLine Cat Adoption Center, 3172 E. Ponce De Leon Ave. in Scottdale. 
During the entire month of August, you may adopt any dog over 25 lbs. or any for only $25, including the pet’s spay/neuter, microchip and vaccines – a $250 value – for $25.   

To see pictures of available animals at DCAS, FCAS or LifeLine’s private shelters, please visit, or
About LifeLine Animal Project
A nonprofit founded in 2002, LifeLine Animal Project provides lifesaving solutions to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals in county shelters. LifeLine manages DeKalb and Fulton County Animal Services, where we’ve increased adoptions by 300 percent, as well as a private rehabilitative shelter and two LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics. LifeLine cares for over 29,000 animals annually and has performed over 105,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to date, including 30,000 stray/feral cats through our Community Cats program, metro Atlanta’s first and largest trap-neuter-return program. Our outreach involves improving the standard of care for animals in the community and preventing pet overpopulation. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

MANA logo contest

It's the little clip art that could. This homespun logo has done a lot of work in its time... It helped fend off a bizarro proposal to plant a massive cell phone tower in our midsts. It has held its ground agains more than one annexation proposal, fought for greenspace, and negotiated a safer, more walkable neighborhood as development has gone into hyperdrive in the last few years.

Parting is such sweet sorrow. But the time is nigh, friend, for a new logo.

So we are launching a logo contest!
Click here for details.

The contest deadline is August 30. Winner takes all; artists--starve no more! See below for prizes donated by our wonderful sponsors.

$100 Cash and Gift Certificates from: 
Ace Hardware ($50)
Natural Buzz ($45)
First Watch (2 meals for 2 value $20 each)
Mason Tavern ($25)
Massage Heights 1 hour massage (value $140), 
Medlock Gulf oil change and tire rotation (value $40), 
... and hopefully more to come!

Monday, June 26, 2017

The trouble with tribbles

We can only guess at James T. Kirk's reaction...

... to the pink-striped oakworm moth.

It's a boy! Females have purplish coloration along the wing edges.
Furry, stem to stern.

Found along the east coast and south all the way to east Texas, this moth lays eggs on oak trees. The namesake caterpillars are spikey and have deep pink stripes running along their bodies. The caterpillars hatch and feed on their first year, pupate underground, and emerge on their second year to mate. See for more photos and information.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Friends of Medlock Park meeting [June 28]

We are having a Friends of Medlock Park meeting on Wednesday, June 28 at 7 PM in the clubhouse in the center of the ball fields.

All are welcome to attend!!

We will discuss on-going efforts to honor Lisa's work in the community, our upcoming Park Pride grant proposal and project, a fall clean-up day for the Scott lots, and any other park business. We will be joined by the DHYS President to continue dialogue with the neighborhood and discuss upcoming DHYS projects in the park. Look forward to seeing everyone!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Remembering Lisa Crowder

The Medlock community is saddened at the unexpected passing of Lisa Crowder. An active, longtime resident, in recent years Lisa became a staunch advocate for many neighborhood greenspace projects: she battled weeds encroaching the Willivee bridge and other walkways, joined the Friends of Medlock Park group, and helped push forward the beautification of FEMA floodplain lots on Scott Circle. Lisa also partnered with the International Community School in refugee initiatives and installed Little Libraries. And she ran an epic Facebook group.

In remembrance, friends and neighbors will gather at the kiosk on Medlock Park on Sunday, June 25, 10am.

Friends and neighbors are also organizing the purchase of a commemorative bench to be placed at Medlock Park. If you would like to contribute, please go to

Tuesday, June 20, 2017