Monday, July 28, 2014

Delicious Tuesdays: Fresh produce @ North DeKalb Mall

"An outdoor produce stand will be selling the summer crop on Tuesdays from 3 pm to 7 pm through September 2nd. It will be located between Bank of America and Macy's Auto Center on the southeast side of the mall. (Cash only.)"

See more about the North DeKalb Mall community garden at!community-garden/cpdm

Plantings include: "eggplant, tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers, okra, bush beans, French marigolds, African marigolds, sunflowers, zinnias, mustard, watermelon, cantaloupe, basil and others) plus varieties of kale, Swiss chard, butter crunch lettuce, watercress, mung beans, pole bean varieties, southern peas, tomatillos, collard greens, radish varieties, carrots, broccoli, onions, lavender, mint, chocolate mint, parsley, cilantro, chives, cone flowers, peonies, gardenias, coreopsis, larkspur, linaria and more."

According to Patch, there are plans for fall/winter crop sales too.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lost dog (Scott Blvd.)

This little rascal busted out the front door last evening (July 26)...

Benefit for Greg Germani [Aug 2]

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Last June, neighbor Greg Germani was victim of a hit-and-run that left him with substantial injuries. This benefit will help cover costs of a long recovery.

Saturday, August 2at 7:00pm - 11:45pm
Star Community Ba
437 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307

featuring the talents of
Ghost Riders Car Club
The Blacktop Rockets
Caroline and the Ramblers
Mystery Men?
Julea Thomerson
AM Gold 
Slim Chance and the Convicts
Grinder Nova

Friday, July 25, 2014

Troops (of mushrooms) at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

One early morn' this week at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, snow on the ground? Not quite; it was mushrooms, lots of them (Marasmiellus albuscorticis perhaps?). Whatever their name, they love to grow on twigs and are delicate and orderly, often appearing in rows.

Tee hee hee, we climbed on a twig!

Nom nom, these tasted good to some little critter.
Some looked like perfect parasols. One half-expects to find a tiny winged fairy napping underneath...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dunkin' Donuts Scott. Blvd. proposal withdrawn

1450 Scott Blvd, via GoogleMaps
The Dunkin' Donuts’ (DD) special land use permit (SLUP) proposed for 1450 Scott Blvd (old Avon Bldg. site) was withdrawn* at the Board of Commissioners’ session on July 22.

Many were looking forward to a Dunkin' Donuts but others warned that DD’s concessions, although substantial, did not address key impacts such as additional pollution from idling cars and traffic congestion. Specifically, the drive-through’s peak operation hours would have coincided with rush hour traffic at an already congested two-lane stretch of road. This additional congestion likely would exacerbate spill-over traffic already impacting nearby residential streets. Community members also noted that the Dunkin' Donuts on North Druid Hills, ChocoLat√© at Clairmont and North Decatur Rds., and several coffee and donut shops in downtown Decatur all succeed without drive-throughs. Unfortunately, Dunkin Donuts (DD) established the drive-through was non-negotiable.

Commissioners Rader and Gannon echoed these traffic congestion concerns. They also have repeatedly voiced the belief that the area’s resurgence (as evidenced by the Suburban Plaza redevelopment, Fuqua’s mixed use redevelopment at the Scott Blvd. Baptist Church site and the Medline LCI study, which includes the Avon Bldg.) warrants a different type of development. The Livable Communities Initiative 2013 implementation report summary notes that LCIs were "created by the Atlanta Regional Commission in 1999 to reduce vehicle emissions and help the region meet stringent federal air quality standards by providing travel options other than driving." Additionally, many have questioned this SLUP’s fit for the area given the Medline LCI's emphasis on health and wellness.
* Developers can choose to withdraw a SLUP request if it appears unlikely to receive approval. The developer can at that point work on the proposal and resubmit it; we do not have any information as to whether DD will do so. Developers withdraw in deference to the property owner: if a SLUP is rejected by the Board, the property owner must wait 12 months before submitting any other SLUP for the property. This restriction applies to revisions as well as new SLUP requests.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hurt dog found on Arborcrest Drive, Decatur

The dog pictured to the left was found this morning on Arborcrest Drive in Decatur, unable to move, probably due to having been hit by a car. Compassionate folks stayed with him and the pooch is now under the care of the Lifeline Project folks at the DeKalb County Animal Services.

The dog did not have a collar and is not microchipped. If you recognize this dog, please direct his owners to
UPDATE: here's his DCAS profile

UPDATE 2:  July 24 via Facebook: "looking a bit perkier this morning, but he still can't walk and is still in urgent need of rescue"

Since the owner has not been found yet, a  fundraiser has been set up to help cover vet costs, see

UPDATE 3: "Rescue pending" status posted on DCAS, meaning, a rescue group has stepped forward to get this dog out of the pokey and provide an environment where he can recover and then be adopted. YAY!

UPDATE 4:  Per a Facebook update, vets determined that this dog was shot at some point and a bullet fragment migrated to his spine, causing hind-leg paralysis; he will be evaluated at UGA. He also appears to have been on his own for a while. The New England Humane Society (Facebook, web), based in northern Rhode Island and with established relationship with rural Georgia shelters, has agreed to take him in for rehoming. For years, a number of rescue volunteers and organizations have been relocating dogs and cats from states with a surplus of unwanted animals to areas where there is high demand for adoptable pets. "Lovell" (as he is being called by DCAS) faces mounting vet bills ($800 so far); if you would like to contribute, you may do so via his Fundrazr page.