Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Moonrise over Medlock

The sheep are back at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, fighting invasive species with their voracious appetites and unrelenting cuteness.

Help support this effort: visit the Preserve's website and adopt a sheep today or make a donation to support the continued upkeep and improvement of this neighborhood treasure.

Suburban Plaza updates: read, eat, drink, cook, sweat, DIY and look good while doing it all

Decaturish has two items today on businesses coming soon to Suburban Plaza:
LA Fitness open, Starbucks construction begins

Louisiana Bistreaux Cajun restaurant:  a Cajun-themed restaurant seating 100+ guests, with climate-controlled patio. This restaurant is owned and run by an established restauranteur who's also behind East Point's successful Malone's Steak & Seafood restaurant.Yelp reviewers very much approve of the original East Point location. Laissez le bon temps rouler! Projected opening date: June 2016
Other confirmed Suburban Plaza tenants include
Half Priced Books This will be their first Georgia store. They "buy used books, music, movies, games, gaming consoles, e-readers" and "donate overstock inventory to nonprofit agencies around the world and strive to recycle what we can't donate." Projected opening date: summer 2016
The Comet Pub and Lanes [bowling alley and pub from the makers of Twain's Brewpub and Billiards] Projected opening date:  spring 2016? short summer leagues in 2016, full leagues by fall
HomeGoods [home furnishings] Projected opening date: March 2016
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores [fabrics, sewing notions, craft materials, food crafting supplies] Projected opening date: March 2016
Ross Dress for Less [clothing, housewares and furniture] Projected opening date: June 2016
Walmart opened last November 11.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Alternative Gift Market at North Decatur Presbyterian Church [Dec 3]

Alternative Gift Market at North Decatur Presbyterian Church 
Saturday, December 5, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm 

 Press Release, Updated 10/30/2015 
 Contact: Becky Evans, beckyevans@mindspring.com, 404 378-5288 

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North Decatur Presbyterian Church invites the Medlock neighborhood to our annual Alternative Gift Market, Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 am to 3 pm. Children’s Craft Corner provided to engage your children while you shop. Shop for fair trade*, environmentally sustainable and reasonably priced holiday gifts, including many new items this year. Gifts for sale include olive oil and beautiful carvings from Palestine; hats, scarves, clothing and gifts from Latin America; delicious soup and cookie mixes made in the U.S. supporting people in transition; rugs and other gifts from local refugee and affordable housing initiatives; beautiful beaded jewelry from Rwanda; Haitian baskets and metal work; fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate; and beautiful handmade cards from around the world. Holiday Gift Cards benefiting a birthing center in Guatemala and a school for the Eco Villages community in Haiti will also be sold. 

NDPC is at 611 Medlock Road at the intersection of Medlock, N. Decatur Rd. and Scott blvd. Credit Cards, Checks and Cash payment accepted. Make a difference in the world, one gift at a time! 

 *What is Fair Trade? (text credit: Fair Trade Federation) Fair Trade is an economic partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect. Fair trade is not about charity. It is a holistic approach to trade and development that aims to alter the ways in which commerce is conducted, so that trade can empower the poorest of the poor. Fair Trade Organizations seek to create sustainable and positive change in developing and developed countries.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Laurel Ridge Elementary Walk&Wheel-A-Thon + Fall Festival & Book Fair [Nov 14]

Our elementary school, Laurel Ridge, has two great events coming up on Saturday, November 14, organized by the Laurel Ridge PTA:

Pledge Drive Schedule:
10:00 am:  Registration Begins - Arrive Early!
10:30 am:  Walk&Wheel-a-Thon Begins
11:30 am:  Walk&Wheel-a-Thon Ends
Fall Festival and Book Fair: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Crafts and goods for sales, and advertising opportunities for your business
Vendors can register online here.

Beyond these events, Laurel Ridge also receives donations through the AmazonSmile program: just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/58-6070888 and your purchase will trigger a donation to the school if you shop through the AmazonSmile shopping link. Laurel Ridge also welcomes Box Top donations and

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Yes to ethics reform and the City of Tucker; no to La Vista Hills

UPDATE, 11/12/2015: Decaturish reports that LaVista Hills supporters suspend campaign activities, indicate lawsuit unlikely.

UPDATE, 11/6/2015: DeKalb vouches for election results: "DeKalb election officials triple-checked vote totals from voting machines and tabulation computers, and everyone’s votes were accounted for, said DeKalb Elections Director Maxine Daniels.http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/officials-certify-dekalb-election-lavista-hills-su/npHzb/

UPDATE, 11/5/2015:
investigation opened on La Vista Hills vote, see

Per the AJC's election results website, the County's ethics reform plan was soundly supported. Voters also approved the formation of the City of Tucker. The proposed City of La Vista Hills was defeated by a small margin.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Lost tuxedo cat

We have an APB on this sweet tuxedo female cat who is a recent rescue and escaped over a week ago. Note her distinctive white "half mustache".

The owner writes: "this poor cat ran away from hunting valley and has no ties to the area. she could be miles away by now. she could be anywhere. she was rescued from stone mountain. she is very sweet and tame. she will come to you if you have a paper plate and food. rob rescued her and is also looking for her. please text rob at 404 395 6439 if you see her. please try to catch her."

There's a report on Nextdoor that she may have been seen on McCurdy.

Please be on the lookout for tuxedo kitties and if you notice that distinctive mustache, contact Rob at the number above.

ICS United Nations Day Parade [Nov 6]

The International Community School (ICS) will hosting a United Nations Day celebration to highlight the various cultural and ethnic communities that are represented at the school.
 "The Parade of Nations will start at 9:45am. Students will process from the school along Medlock Road to North Decatur Road and back. Families, friends and neighbors are invited to stand along the street to enjoy the parade. Please take note that Medlock Road will be blocked by police from 9:30 to 10:30am. Driving from Wood Trail Lane and Desmond Drive is encouraged, especially after 9:30am. It is also encouraged, if you are able, to leave your car at Medlock Park and walk to school, so spaces near the school can be left for those who are not able to do so."
Additionally, the The 2015-2016 ICS Parent Giving Campaign is under way. Donations can be made at the school or online via this link.  The school can also receive passive contributions as follows:

  • "Get a Publix key card in the ICS front office and scan it every time you make a purchase. Publix will award ICS $250 for every $37,500 spent.
  • Clip Box Tops from your grocery items and bring them to the ICS front office. Each Box Top is worth 10¢. Check out www.boxtops4education.com for online earning opportunities, product coupons, etc.
  • Register ICS as your school at www.target.com and ICS will receive 1% of every purchase you make with your TargetCredit or Debit REDcard (through May 14, 2016).
  • Designate ICS as your Community Reward partner at www.kroger.com  and ICS will receive funds for every purchase you make with your Kroger Plus Card.
  • Earn money for ICS when you shop online at a number of leading retailers through www.SchoolStore.com."

Sunday, November 1, 2015