Friday, May 23, 2014

Adopt a dog or cat this Memorial weekend

Our local shelters need your help...


ATLANTA, GA -- (May 23, 2014)  Warmer weather has brought an influx of animals to Fulton County Animal Services (FCAS) and DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS), and the shelters are overrun with dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. To save lives and encourage adoptions, FCAS is waiving the adoption fee on all adoptable animals from Friday, May 23, to Monday, May 26!  Similarly, DCAS is offering reduced adoption fees of only $20 for dogs over six months and $10 for cats over six months until the end of May.  Adoption counselors will be on hand to ensure the animals are being placed in good homes.

According to FCAS Director Lara Hudson, her shelter is beyond its comfortable capacity. “This shelter was originally designed to house only 80 animals at a time, but can comfortably house about 250,” says Lara. “Today we are housing 350 dogs and cats, so we are asking the community to step in and save lives by adopting dogs and cats free of charge.”

DCAS Shelter Director Susan Feingold says that besides needing the public to adopt their wonderful dogs and cats, they also need help fostering underage kittens.  “We’ve had so many kittens too young to adopt come into our shelter that would do much better in foster homes,” she says.  “The public can help us by fostering kittens for a few weeks.”

Adopters at both FCAS and DCAS will receive a dog or cat that has been spayed or neutered, has had all vaccines and is microchipped – a $200 value.  To view animals available for adoption, or for the shelter’s address and phone number, please visit the shelter or visit  for FCAS or for DCAS.

About Fulton County Animal Services
Managed by LifeLine Animal Project, Fulton County Animal Service’s mission is to provide a humane environment for Fulton County’s homeless pets while placing them into loving, permanent homes, and to end pet overpopulation by promoting spay/neuter, advocating for life-saving public policy, increasing public awareness of homeless pets and educating the community about responsible pet ownership. For more information, please visit

About DeKalb County Animal Services
Managed by LifeLine Animal Project, DeKalb County Animal Services provides humane care for animals at the shelter, veterinary care, pet adoptions, pet reclaim services, volunteer opportunities, foster care, and rescue group coordination.  To learn more, please visit

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lost cat: Julius

Last seen on Willivee Place around May 10.

Medium-large, eight years old, male. Very friendly.
Distinctive mole visible through the fur in front of his right ear. Also has a little white tie on. He does not have a collar or tags on.

If you've seen a cat matching this description, or seen any new orange cats around at all in the past two weeks, please call or text 678-488-3182.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Medline LCI big reveal! [June 5]

Image via Medline LCI proposal [pdf file]
As reported in previous posts, on February 2013 the Atlanta Regional Commission approved study funds for the Medline Livable Centers Intiative. Encompassing ~520 acres around DeKalb Industrial Way, Church Street, Scott Boulevard /  Lawrenceville Highway and North Decatur Road, the study area is "extremely under developed and ripe for infill and redevelopment as a mixed‐use center serving walkable and transit oriented neighborhoods."

Per the Medline LCI website, "This project will result in a master plan that brings various stakeholders together to form a unified vision for the ultimate enhancement of the Medline area.  The plan will include a short-term work plan, providing a collaborative approach to guide next steps toward implementation. ... The master plan will recommend a variety projects, and some of these may be implemented within a year or two of plan completion. Other projects that require detailed engineering and significant funding will take longer to implement."

The study process began early this year with a survey and a series of meetings with property owners, residents and businesses, with the goal of  determining how to improve transportation and quality of life for all who live, work and spend time in this area. The June 5 meeting offers yet another opportunity to provide feedback, in particular for those who have not been able to participate in other meetings. The study group's written report will be available online soon.

For additional information, presentation slides from all meetings and a comprehensive listing of the professionals involved in this project, visit the Medline LCI site. The FAQ page is a particularly good starting point for those who are just learning about the Medline LCI.

Proposed master plan "cartoon." Please attend the June 6 meeting for more details. Click to enlarge.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

North DeKalb Mall sold, remodeling expected

Atlanta's Tomorrow's News Today shared in its Facebook page that North DeKalb Mall has been sold.  A little Google hopscotch led to this press release that announces (without offering additional remodeling details)
"plans to convert the enclosed portion of the property to an open-air concept. Lennar and Sterling acquired ownership interest in the property and Sterling will manage the center. Timing on the redevelopment has not been finalized."
Over at the Lennar Commercial website, North DeKalb Mall is already listed among other properties they manage. A quick scan reveals their holdings fall into two broad categories: those located in areas with household incomes in the ~$60-80K's (similar to North DeKalb Mall), and those in the ~$100K+ range (such as The Avenue@East Cobb). So let the guessing game begin as to what new stores may come our way! Looking at North Dekalb Mall-like Lennar properties, they appear to feature merchants similar to the ones that Selig Enterprises is negotiating for Suburban Plaza.

We will post additional information as it becomes available.

Addendum: For fun, a couple Atlanta Time Machine views of North DeKalb Mall in the 1960's:


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Info for May 20 election

Neighbor Jo Ann sends us this link to DeKalb County's Voter Registration and Elections site:

which includes early voting sites, qualified candidates (non-partisan and Democrat), sample ballots  and a link to the  generating voter-specific ballots).

The following precinct changes affect nearby residents:

NORTH DECATUR moved to North Decatur Presbyterian Church (4/11/13)
Relocation of all voters from North Decatur at Scott Boulevard Baptist Church to
North Decatur Presbyterian Center due to sale of church.

MEDLOCK moved to International Community School (4/11/13)
Relocation of all voters from Medlock temporary location at North Decatur
Presbyterian Church to International Community School.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Paper Shredding AND Book Swap @ ICS [May 18]

see details/map here
Community Shredding & Neighborhood Book Swap & Donation Drive to benefit the International Community School, organized by Lisa Crowder

Sunday, May 18th  2-5p

1) Book swap and donation: 
1-2pm -- book donations drop off only. Volunteers will help you unload your books.
2-3pm -- donate books to receive swap tickets (1 ticket for each 2 books you donate; 1 ticket gets you a book during the book swap). Books will be accepted thru 3pm but please come early.
3-5pm -- book swap! Redeem your tickets by "shopping" the book collection. Remaining books will be donated to ICS school children and otherwise donated to the DeKalb Public Library.

2) Secure on-site shredding:  
2-5pm -- $5/box, with proceeds to benefit science education at the school

King of Pops will be on-site; each pop sold earns $1 for ICS.

Monday, May 12, 2014

2014 Voter's Guide

"The League of Women Voters of Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV are pleased to once again partner in producing the2014 Georgia Voter Guide , the most comprehensive guide for voters to learn about candidates for elected office. The 2014 Online Voter Guide is a non-partisan resource for voters in Georgia.  
The League, the AJC, and WSB-TV do not endorse candidates and thoroughly believe that voters should judge candidates based on their own merits, ideas and platform. We work very hard to provide an intelligent, equitable forum where that can occur."
The voter's guide can be accessed at

Sunday, May 11, 2014

May pet adoption event



ATLANTA (May 7, 2014) -- Searching for that "purrfect" way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year?  Why not give the gift of love and life by adopting a beautiful cat or loveable dog from DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS).   In honor of all mothers and those who love mothers, DCAS is offering special adoption rates on adult (six months or older) dogs and cats during the month of May – only $20 for dogs and $10 for cats.  All animals will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped for this special rate.  Regular screening criteria applies to ensure the animals are going to good homes.

"It’s springtime, and while many people are eager to adopt a kitten or puppy, we also have many great adult cats and dogs who are waiting in the shelter for a home," said DCAS Shelter Director Susan Feingold. "We have hundreds of great pets who are in need of that special person and will provide many years of love in return."

 To view the wonderful animals available for adoption at DCAS, please visit

About DeKalb County Animal Services
Managed by LifeLine Animal Project, DeKalb County Animal Services provides humane care for animals at the shelter, veterinary care, pet adoptions, pet reclaim services, volunteer opportunities, foster care, and rescue group coordination.  To learn more, please visit

Monday, May 5, 2014

Medlock pool hours 2014

UPDATE 2: The pool will switch to weekends only on August 9. Closing day is Sept 1, Labor Day.

UPDATE, May 25: The pool opened on May 24. Pool hours are noon-6, closed on Tuesdays, and 1-6pm on Sundays. They are trying to get the schedule switched back to being closed on Mondays (the usual schedule and what the DeKalb pool site says). You can call the pool's direct line @ 404-486-5904 if you have any questions. Thanks to Brandon and Isabel for clarifying.

Earlier version of this post: 

via Facebook, from the pool manager/lifeguard:

Pool Hours
Monday: closed, except for Memorial Day (May 26 24 opening day!) and Labor day (Sept 1)
Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 6pm
Sunday: 1pm - 6pm

2 and under are free, so are those over 55
3-17 are $2
18-54 are $3
Pool pass is $45 per person

There is no readmission fee (you can leave and come back as many time as you like in one day).
Food and drinks are permitted but glass containers and bottles are not allowed in the pool area.
There's a limited number of chairs, so feel free to bring your own.
There are swim lessons and swim team. Prices and dates will be determined on opening day.

For additional information about DeKalb Co. pools, see their aquatics document.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

ICS names new principal

via Decatur Patch:
Edgar Miranda has been named principal of the International Community School in Decatur, a charter school in DeKalb County for grades K–5. 
Miranda has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher and educational administrator. Most recently, he has been principal of Anglo-American School of Sofia, Bulgaria. He was a principal in Rochester (N.Y.) City School District and Hempstead (N.Y.) Union Free School District. His background also includes serving as director of The Xerox Center for Multicultural Education, SUNY Geneseo, N.Y., and director of bilingual education for Rochester (N.Y.) School District.  Read the rest @ Decatur Patch

Friday, May 2, 2014

Work day @ Ira Melton Park [May 4]

There is a workday at Melton Park (Desmond across from Park Lane) on Sunday, May 4, from 9:30am - 12:00pm.

Help is welcome to maintain the loop trail. There's always trash to pick up and evil privet to remove, and wood chips to be spread to keep the trail tidy and dry. There are also a few plants that need to be planted.

Please bring your own gloves and drinking water, and a wheelbarrow if you've got one.