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

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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Friends of Medlock Park meeting [June 28]

We are having a Friends of Medlock Park meeting on Wednesday, June 28 at 7 PM in the clubhouse in the center of the ball fields.

All are welcome to attend!!

We will discuss on-going efforts to honor Lisa's work in the community, our upcoming Park Pride grant proposal and project, a fall clean-up day for the Scott lots, and any other park business. We will be joined by the DHYS President to continue dialogue with the neighborhood and discuss upcoming DHYS projects in the park. Look forward to seeing everyone!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Remembering Lisa Crowder

The Medlock community is saddened at the unexpected passing of Lisa Crowder. An active, longtime resident, in recent years Lisa became a staunch advocate for many neighborhood greenspace projects: she battled weeds encroaching the Willivee bridge and other walkways, joined the Friends of Medlock Park group, and helped push forward the beautification of FEMA floodplain lots on Scott Circle. Lisa also partnered with the International Community School in refugee initiatives and installed Little Libraries. And she ran an epic Facebook group.

In remembrance, friends and neighbors will gather at the kiosk on Medlock Park on Sunday, June 25, 10am.

Friends and neighbors are also organizing the purchase of a commemorative bench to be placed at Medlock Park. If you would like to contribute, please go to

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

POSTPONED! Little Creek Conservancy: Fun and Picnic

This event has been postponed due to recent rains making the area too boggy for the activities.

See for updates.

Grand opening: new section of South Peachtree Creek Trail [June 24]

A new section of the South Peachtree Creek PATH opens this week. For several years now, we have been enjoying the PATH that connects Medlock Park to Mason Mill Park. This new section creates a connection to North Druid Hills Rd. 

The AJC reported on this extension here (bonus: short video of the trail as experienced on a bike).
UPDATE: PATH's updated trail map appears below. The new trail section starts next to the tennis courts at Mason Mill park and ends at  North Druid Hills across from Spring Creek Rd.

As noted by PATH last March, the "PATH design team has initiated design between Mason Mill Park and Clairmont Road near the VA Hospital. There are easements to be obtained and funding to be identified, but it seems promising we will have a trail from Mason Mill Park to the Emory campus during 2018."

Same map as above, on a wider perspective. The pink arrow highlights a short leg of the trail that now connects to the Claremont Place senior/retirement community. 
Per the PATH website, "Future phases of this trail will continue to Emory University and north to North Druid Hills Rd. When completed the trail will allow bike/ped access from scores of neighborhoods directly to the Emory campus."

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Enjoy our summer newsletter
The Summer issue of Medlock Matters is out! It includes updates on zoning, schools, greenspace, neighborhood safety, and a wonderful history of the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve written by Mary Shellman.

Click here to view the newsletter.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Medlock pool opens May 27

via Commissioner Rader...

DeKalb County Pools to Open May 27

Wedlock Park hours
Sunday: 1 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday: closed
Monday, Wednesday through Saturday: noon to 6 p.m.

see hours for other County pools below...

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DeKalb County’s pools will open Memorial Day weekend starting on Saturday, May 27. The official seasons runs May 27 through July 30. Select pools will remain open on weekends through Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4. Residents are encouraged to splash into summer by visiting a neighborhood pool. The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs also offers various programs including swim lessons, water aerobics and more.  For more information, visit or contact (770) 414-2113.

Pool locations and hours of operation

•    Browns Mill Aquatic Facility, 4929 Browns Mill Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, 1 to 7 p.m.

•    Exchange Splash Pad, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30034
Hours: Monday, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday and Tuesday, noon to 7 p.m.

•    Gresham Park, 3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
Hours: Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Monday closed; Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

•    Kittredge Park, 2535 N. Druid Hills Road, Atlanta, GA 30329
Hours: Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Monday closed; Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

•    Lithonia Park, 2501 Park Drive, Lithonia, GA 30058
Hours: Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Monday closed; Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

•    Tobie Grant Park, 644 Parkdale Road, Scottdale, GA 30079
Hours: Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Monday closed; Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

•    Kelly Cofer Park, 4259 N. Park Dr. Tucker, GA 30084
Hours: Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday closed; Monday, Wednesday through Saturday,                    
noon to 6 p.m.

•    Midway Park, 3181 Midway Road, Decatur, GA 30032
Hours: Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday closed; Monday, Wednesday through Saturday,                  
noon to 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Blackmon Dr. is now right-turn out only

Photo from a week ago... as seen from (also named) Blackmon Dr. on Fuqua's development.
As previously discussed, Blackmon Rd. at Scott Blvd on (Medlock neighborhood side) has been reconfigured for safety reasons. Today, the new curb was poured, reducing the intersection to one lane, right-out only.

With current traffic woes across Atlanta due to the I-85 bridge collapse, it is likely that the crossing and traffic lights will not go live immediately. Typically, new traffic lights are set to flashing yellow for 30 days to get drivers used to the new traffic pattern. 
Details of right turn pattern change.
Below are some photos forwarded by Jean (Tuxworth Springs neighbor).

Fresh, new curb. Scott Blvd. visible to the right. 
"Road closed" sign on Scott Blvd.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Closer to crossing

Blackmon Drive (Medlock neighborhood, Scott Blvd. intersection) is not yet closed to inbound traffic... but we are almost there.

A red circle marks the spot in this composite view
of new/redeveloped/soon-to-be-redeveloped commercial spaces near the Medlock neighborhood.
Traffic and crossing lights are now installed, if not yet operational. Soon, pedestrians and cyclists will have a safer access point to/from "Decatur Crossing"--Fuqua's development at the former site of the Scott Blvd. Baptist Church and nearby lots.

As seen from your bike  as you approach the Blackmon/Scott Blvd. intersection. Click to enlarge.

Soon--you!, with your parcels, your full belly, getting ready to hit the crossing light and head on home.

Sprouts has been open for about a month now and seems to be drawing good crowds.

Behind Sprouts, on the Scott Blvd. side, a Zoe's Kitchen and The Joint Chiropractic are well on their way.

Across from Sprouts, North Decatur Rd. side, there will be a First Watch (a breakfast/lunch restaurant, see article about it here, opens April 10) and a Banfield Pet Hospital.

Visible to the right is part of a Point on Scott apartment building.