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2014 Earth Day TShirt Winner

Ahoy! The 2014 Decatur Earth Day Festival is charging ahead.  So put on your boots, grab your pirate hat/umbrella, and join us at the Oakhurst Garden.  The parade starts at 12:30 from Harmony Park in Oakhurst, and the event is from 1pm-4pm.  See the website for more details: wyldecenter.org/decatur-earth-day-festival

  • Earth Day Festival at The Wylde Center this Saturday, April 19, 12:30-4 p.m.
  • The 2014 Southeastern Craft Brewers’ Symposium is this Saturday, April 19 at the Decatur Courtyard Marriott.
  • The 2014 Decatur Active Living Neighborhood Basketball Tournament Championship is on Saturday, April 19 at 6:45 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center.

There are 15 days left to weigh in about the updated tree ordinance draft on Open City Hall. The question is “Do you support the adoption of the UPDATED Tree Conservation Ordinance?” You can select from “Strongly Support, Support, Neutral, Oppose, Strongly Oppose” and also have the option to submit a written statement.

What is Open City Hall?

Open City Hall is an on-line forum for civic engagement. Read what others are saying about important Decatur topics, then post your own statement. City officials will read the statements and incorporate them into their decision process.

When you post your first statement, you will be asked for your name and home address. This confidential information is only used to identify statements from residents in and near Decatur – so that users know which statements are from local residents.

Open City Hall is run by Peak Democracy, a non-partisan company whose mission is to broaden civic engagement and build public trust in government. They will keep your information confidential per their strict privacy policy.

As with any public comment process, participation in Open City Hall is voluntary; city officials will consider input from this forum along with all other channels for participation. However you choose to participate, thanks for helping us build a better Decatur.

Share your opinion about the updated tree conservation ordinance right now, online

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Sales, art openings, picnics, pop ups and more:

boogaloos

  • Through April 17 (today!): Boogaloos is having a dress sale. 20% off all full price dresses.
  • April 18 • 6-9 p.m.: The Decatur Arts Alliance’s opening reception for People and Places, images by Decatur area women capturing the diversity of people and places in the moment at the Decatur Arts Alliance Gallery, 113 Clairemont Ave.
  • April 19: Eyeworks of Decatur is hosting a one-day frame and lenses sale. Stop by and pick your sale discount out of the rabbit’s hat (up to 50% off).
  • April 19 • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Mingei World Arts Pop Up Shop will be open and set up in the courtyard with baskets and fun goodies to fill them for Easter. Then, bring your Mingei Receipt to Duck’s for lunch and get 10% off.
  • April 23 • 7:45-10:15 p.m.: Fieldwork Workshop Session 2 at CORE.
  • April 23 • 6-8 p.m.: Ale Yeah’s Mother Earth/Caly Road Creamery Earth Day Beer & Cheese Pairing. $5 for 3 cheeses and 3 beers.
  • April 25 • 6 p.m.: Celebrate Quasimodo Day and join 3 Taverns at their tasting room as they in the new seasonal, Quasimodo, a belgian-style quadrupel ale.
  • May 1, 2, 15 and 16 • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Makan lunch pop up at Parker’s on Ponce.
  • Starting May 3: Call Souper Jenny 24 hours before Decatur’s Saturday Concerts on the Square to reserve picnic that includes 1/2 sandwich, salad, and a cookie. $12 per person, two person minimum, 404-378-1500.
  • June 1, 8, and 22 • 5 p.m.: Makan dinner pop up at Parker’s on Ponce.

Disasters not only affect community infrastructure and public works, but they often overcome family finances, making recovery difficult and sometimes impossible. But being ready for a disaster is more than storing water and supplies. You also need to be financially ready. Starting early and having a plan to pay your bills and access your important records and accounts help you get back on your feet faster and avoid problems with your credit when you need it most.

Safeguarding your finances and important records is easy if you start now. These steps can help you get started:

  1. Identify your important documents and place them in a safe space: You can use the Safeguarding Your Valuables activity and Emergency Financial First Aid Kit to help get you started.
  2. Download phone applications that can help during emergencies: Use the FEMA phone application to access to disaster preparedness, response and recovery resources including disaster assistance.
  3. Enroll in Go Direct to minimize disruptions to receiving any federal benefits you may receive.
  4. Plan ahead of time to recover: The USDA and its partners have created great resources to help get you started including Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit and the Disaster Recovery Log.

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The Georgia Municipal Association is encouraging cities across the state to celebrate Georgia Cities Week April 13 – 19. Decatur honors this week’s theme of “People, Place and Purpose” in the new 2014 Kids Activity Book, available as an insert in the April Focus. Additional copies of the April Focus, as well as individual copies of the Kids Activity Book, are available at City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St.

Kids Activity Book 2014 blog

Georgia Cities Week gives cities an opportunity to share information about the valuable services cities provide to residents and how cities positively impact their quality of life. The week is also an opportunity to celebrate community achievements and recognize volunteers and city employees.

For more information about Georgia Cities Week, contact Amy Henderson at 678-686-6226 or email ahenderson@gmanet.com.

Sgt. Jennifer S. Ross with the Decatur Police Department shares the following:

On 4-16-14, Decatur Police were made aware of what appears to be a fraudulent auto dealer website.  The website http://dealerplatform.com/autocenter claims their auto center to be physically located at 700 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030. That address does not exist. The site offers an on-line finance application and once approved you are to travel to the auto center to complete the purchase of a vehicle.

It is possible the purpose behind the site is to obtain the personal information required to complete the on-line finance application which puts you at risk for becoming the victim of identity fraud. Please use caution when completing online applications and confirm the physical location of the business. Best practice is to complete finance paperwork upon visiting the seller.  For more information on fraud prevention and scam alerts, please visit the Federal Trade Commission website.

Sunday, April 20

easter brunch

Cakes & Ale (pictured above), 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Gather for classic brunch dishes and cocktails, including fluffy farm egg omelettes, yeasted waffles, croque monsieurs & madames, and seasonal salads. The Cafe will be open beginning at 9 a.m. for those who wish to take home additional holiday sweets and treats. Call for reservations, 404-377-7994.

Parker’s on Ponce, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Featuring prime rib & ham carving station, whole poached salmon, omelettes to order, eggs benedict, and more. $35 for adults and $15 for children 7-12 years. Call for reservations, 404-924-2230.

Wahoo! Grill, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feature entrees include the Charleston shrimp and grits, eggs benedetto, Brasstown beef NY strip and eggs, and $6 classic brunch cocktails. $18 for adults, $8 for children. Call for reservations, 404-373-3331.

2014 Earth Day TShirt Winner

Back by popular demand, the 2014 Decatur Earth Day Festival is Pirate themed!

WHEN: Saturday, April 19
   Parade- 12:30pm (Harmony Park)
   Event- 1pm-4pm

WHERE: Oakhurst Garden at the corner of Oakview and South McDonough, Decatur.

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Earrrrrth Day Activities!

  • Costume Parade led by the Funk Pirates at 12:30pm
  • FREE ARRRTS & Crafts for Kids
  • Over 40 Vendors
  • LIVE Music
  • Special Earth Day T-shirt contest
  • World Famous Cake Contest (pirated themed of course)

More info online at: wyldecenter.org/decatur-earth-day-festival

 

Even Pirates Love Parades…

Funk Pirates 2014 logoKick the event off in true pirate style by joining this year’s earth-friendly parade. Line up will begin at noon, in Harmony Park in the Oakhurst Business District. The parade sets sail at 12:30pm, led by the Funk Pirates, and ends in the Oakhurst Garden. Decorate your bike, wagon, stroller or yourself, but no gas powered vehicles allowed you land lubbers! Groups over 10 should send an electronic message in a bottle to the parade coordinator, Lena Stevens at lena.stevens@decaturga.com.

 

Picture1Wednesday, April 16

7-9pm | Decatur City Hall

While the bulk of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) project is cleaning up and better organizing our existing codes, it also presents opportunity to dig down into certain areas that have been identified by the community for further study. On Wednesday, April 16, that digging will lead us to focus on issues related to sustainability: high performance buildings, outdoor lighting standards, animals, and parking.

The session, which runs 7-9pm, will explore the various green performance issues on the table and provide an overview of exactly what “menu of options” is available for consideration. As a participant, you’ll then have opportunity to evaluate each according to either do not regulate, require, or encourage, share your feedback on what rules or regulations seem most appropriate (or not), and which ideas you think would work best.

Here’s what we’ll hit:

High Performance Buildings
High performance building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle — from design, construction, operation, and maintenance, to renovation and deconstruction. Such buildings reduce energy costs, improve indoor air quality, and provide greater, more consistent comfort. We’ll detail high performance building practices that could be incorporated into Decatur’s ordinance, along with their potential long-term costs and benefits.

Some of these most common performance issues are nicely summarized in this cool interactive overview from Southface.

Outdoor Lighting Standards
Decatur currently lacks regulations to reduce light pollution, despite increasing scientific research on the negative health and environmental impacts of excessive lighting at night. Potential changes to the ordinance include regulations about the types and placement of fixtures to control the unnecessary spread of light.

Animals
Chickens have become quite popular in Decatur, contributing to food, fun, gardening and education. Is everything working okay or does the number of chickens on any one lot need to be restricted? And what about potbellied pigs and pygmy goats? Should they be explicitly allowed or prohibited? Because, currently, the code is unclear either way.

Unbundled Parking
Today, parking is bought indirectly through the lease or purchase price of a property, which — beyond the environmental impacts of excessive parking — works against our affordable housing goals because it forces buyers and tenants to purchase parking, even if they have no car (or have fewer cars). Unbundling treats parking as separate from housing and allows tenants to save money by only buying what they need. People are still free to purchase what they require but those who need or choose to live without a car are no longer penalized.