Friday, October 13, 2017

Free Household Hazardous Waste Event [Oct 21]

via Commissioner Rader..

DeKalb to Host Free Household Hazardous Waste Event
October 21, 2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sanitation Division’s Central Transfer Station
3720 Leroy Scott Drive
Decatur, GA 30032

The event, sponsored by the DeKalb County Sanitation Division in partnership with  MXI Environmental Services LLC, offers event participants an opportunity to properly dispose of dangerous household chemicals that are no longer in use.

Hazardous materials such as aerosols, batteries, adhesives, flammables, lawn care products, fluorescent light bulbs, photo chemicals, artist supplies, paint and paint-related products will be accepted. Items such as agricultural waste, ammunition, pharmaceuticals, radioactive materials, and biohazardous and biomedical waste will not be accepted. Participants will be limited to 10 gallons of paint per vehicle.

Participation is free and only open to DeKalb County residents. Proper identification to prove DeKalb County residency may be requested.

For all upcoming meetings or events, click here

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Jeff Rader

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Closer look at... one awesome neighborhood

UPDATE #2: And then they made it all the way to People Magazine :)

UPDATE #1: And... The Chainsaw Gang gets the AJC treatment! 

 ORIGINAL POST (9/12/17)
photo by Katie, via Facebook
Zac, Stephen, Jesse, Thom among others... revving up the chainsaws, clearing streets, warning folks about downed trees... it's the chainsaw gang :)

Stephen and Zac on Closer Look, NPR
Jesse on
On Facebook, offers of help have gone from tarps and buckets to sharing freezer space with those who are still without power to "have axe, will travel." And it all began before with storm, with offers to help if anyone needed assistance moving furniture outdoor in advance of the storm and shared ladders to ensure gutters were clean and ready for the downpour. Good peoples!!!

Thank you, neighbors, for your sense of humor, your willingness to help, and your inordinate fondness for chainsaws :)

Our thanks also go to GA Power employees and DeKalb County emergency responders for being out in this weather, working hard to keep the lights on and the roads clear. Stay safe!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma: closings, weather links, etc [Sept. 11]

Oh, Irma, must you?!
UPDATE: MARTA shuts down service for Monday

1)  A very handy map for tracking Irma:

1a)'s hourly forecast:

2) DeKalb County closures--school systems, universities, etc:

3) DeKalb County Preparedness and Safety Tips:

4) County Announcements re: County Services
via Commissioner Rader

Hurricane Irma Update - Closings for tomorrow, Sanitation Changes
DeKalb County Offices, Facilities to Close during Hurricane Irma Residents urged to shelter in place
DeKalb officials are urging residents to exercise caution after the National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning with tropical storm force winds and rain arriving as early as Monday morning for DeKalb County and the Atlanta area.

The DeKalb Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to shelter in place during the event and stay off the roads to allow emergency crews to respond to the anticipated calls for downed trees and power lines.

As a result of anticipated inclement weather, DeKalb County offices, senior centers, libraries and recreation centers will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Scheduled Tuesday meetings will be rescheduled for this coming Thursday.

County employees who are not required to deal with the emergency conditions do not have to report to work.

All sanitation service will be suspended Monday. Customers are urged to secure their garbage containers during the high winds.

Employees under the direction of elected officials other than DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond should contact their supervisors about their work schedules.

The DeKalb County courts will be closed Monday. A decision about Tuesday’s schedule has not been made.

All DeKalb County Board of Health locations will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

The DeKalb County School District and City Schools of Decatur will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Atlanta Public Schools will be closed Monday.

DeKalb Sanitation Suspends Collection Service due to Hurricane Irma Residential and commercial service to run at least one day late 
In anticipation of inclement weather due to Hurricane Irma, the DeKalb County Sanitation Division announces the suspension of sanitation collection service for residential and commercial customers on Monday, Sept. 11. Information on collection schedules for the remainder of the week will be provided on Monday, September 11th.

The Sanitation Division’s administrative office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, September 12th, reopening during normal business hours on Wednesday, September 13th.

The Seminole Road Landfill and North, Central and East Transfer Stations also will be closed on Monday, September 11th. Information on reopening the landfill and transfer stations will be provided on Monday, September 11th.

The Sanitation Division urges residents to stay home and off the roads due to anticipated high winds and dangerous road conditions.

Stay safe!!!

Jeff Rader

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.