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
     November 28-29, flexible timing. Volunteers needed to hang wreaths. Usually done using a ‘divide-and-conquer’ approach. If able to volunteer, please email

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
     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 and ask to be added to newsletter

Commissioner Jeff Rader

     Detailed explanation of SPLOST including how the revenues would be spent as outlined in the Blueprint for Progress, more info and
     Early voting has already begun or vote November 7 (find polling place info here
     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 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.

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