Halloween Safety

If you are driving, remember there is more vehicular and pedestrian traffic in residential neighborhoods, including many children who are excited and distracted.  Please be extra cautious and aware.

If you are walking, remember to “Be Bright at Night”! Make sure costumes have something reflective, carry a flashlight or clip on a flashing light like the ones runners and cyclists use to increase visibility. Also, make sure to cross streets properly. Look both ways before crossing and cross at corners or crosswalks. Walking out from in between parked cars is very dangerous because you may not be seen until it is too late.

Have fun on Halloween and keep it safe!

Decatur Makers asked me to share the following:

Decatur Makers smashed their Kickstarter fundraising goal of $15K!

This will fund the final construction to officially open their makerspace across the street from the Post Office in downtown Decatur.  BUT no rest for the mad-hatted makers. With the final hours ticking onward, the campaign ends Oct 30 at midnight, they’re shooting for another $10,000. They’d like to create a large door opening that’ll allow bigger projects & equipment to come in and out of the space AND they’d like to install a computer server rack to equip their members with some awesome technology.  For more info: http://bit.ly/dmks


If you haven’t had a chance to drive around Decatur this week, DO IT TONIGHT!  Our residents really know how to get into the spirit of Halloween and frankly, some of you are a little creepy! Thanks to everyone who called and emailed submissions for the winners-there were tons of houses to check out. So without further ado, here are the 2014 Decorate Decatur Halloween Winners…

Commissioners Cauldron- 133 Hill Street

135 W. Hill Street2

Welcome to Hell Street


“Welcome to Hell Street”
135 W. Hill Street

133 W. Hill Street

239 W Hill St3

Andrew Poole- 239 West Hill Street

239 W Hill St2

239 West Hill Street

239 W Hill St

239 W Hill St

415Glendale Ave

Mike Cotter-415 Glendale Ave

117Ponce Ct2

Laurie Kezh-117 Ponce de Leon Court

117Ponce Ct

117 Ponce de Leon Ct


218 Winnona Dr

Tracy & Melissa McArthur (Halloween loving adults) Kailyn, Hayden & Ryan (Halloween loving kids) 218 Winnona Drive

218 Winnona Dr2

218 Winnona Drive


428 Sycamore St

Bill and Lee Mayer-428 Sycamore St


511 Glendale Ave-Merry Pope

511 Glendale Ave-Merry Pope

There are so many spooky, kooky, and haunted homes this year-we simply didn’t have enough awards for them all. Honorable mention goes to

308 Kings Hwy -Rick Abt

224 Lamont Drive-Don Kuperman

205 Adair St-Nancy Wilkinson

132 and 138 Hill Street


Decatur’s Lifelong Community Advisory Board invites the community to complete a survey to help plan the direction for Decatur’s future as a place where people of all ages and resources can live throughout their lifetimes. The board welcomes the community’s input to reach these goals. All Decatur residents, not only senior citizens, may complete the survey here.

The Decatur City Commission created the board to fulfill the goals of the 2010 Strategic Plan, including assuring our city is a safe, healthy and inviting community for all ages. If you prefer to complete a hard copy of the survey or would like more information, contact staff liaison Lee Ann Harvey at leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or call 678-553-6548. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, November 21, 2014.


All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) has launched a new advocacy campaign, “HireAbility Georgia,” (http://HireAbilityGA.com) focused on educating employers across the state on the benefits of hiring people with developmental disabilities. The effort will seek to raise awareness of the issue in advance of the 2015 Georgia Legislative Session.

HireAbility Georgia will work to educate employers across the state on the benefits – both to their business and to society at large – of employing individuals with developmental disabilities.

  • Lower Turnover: Pizza Hut reported their turnover rate for people with disabilities was 20 percent, compared to 150 percent among employees without disabilities.
  • Lower Rates of Absenteeism: Workers with developmental disabilities have much lower rates of absenteeism than the average, with many achieving perfect attendance.
  • Job Loyalty: Workers with developmental disabilities typically express positive attitudes towards their employers and coworkers, and much greater than average longevity in jobs.
  • Employee Morale: Many businesses report that hiring someone with a developmental disability increases the sense of teamwork among employees.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Hiring workers with developmental disabilities enhances a company’s image. Consumers prefer to give their business to a company that hires people with developmental disabilities.

The campaign will also educate business owners on the tax advantages available to them including the Small Business Tax Credit, the Transportation/Architectural Tax Deduction and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).

Elements of the advocacy campaign include:

  • website aimed at Georgia employers with human resources information
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Information on available programs, services and best practices
  • At Work Success Stories: Why hiring individuals with developmental disabilities is in the best interest of a business
  • A speakers bureau available to groups statewide, including hiring/HR managers and business owners
  • Training for interested employers
  • Media campaign

Founded in 1956, All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) is an Atlanta-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing family support, advocacy and training opportunities for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.  AADD offers a range of services focusing on Family Support, Public Policy and Advocacy and Community Engagement.  For more information, go to www.AADD.org or call 404-881-9777.

Now is the time to buy your tickets to the annual Decatur Wine Festival being held on Saturday, November 8th.

Taste wines from around the globe, sample delicious food from Decatur-area restaurants, and enjoy live DJ Troy Cono at metro Atlanta’s largest outdoor wine festival.

Tickets are available through Ticket Alternative.

Proceeds benefit the Decatur Arts Alliance, which produces theDecatur Arts Festival and many other arts events, free to the community each year.

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On November 6 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Place on Ponce will be holding Hard Hat Tours. All attendees will need to RSVP to theplace.mgr@ram-mgt.com to reserve a slot. The tour will start in the lobby at 315 W. Ponce de Leon Ave and will take about 30 minutes. Please be there 15 minutes prior to the time slot you have reserved.


With the holiday season fast approaching, Worthmore Jewelers continues its long-standing tradition of giving back to the Atlanta community it calls home. This year, Worthmore will kick off the season of giving with a free personal safety seminar in Decatur on Nov. 13.

The seminars will be led by local safety expert Michael Briant of SKYDAS Group International — an award-winning strategic security consulting firm. Briant will focus on preventative instruction — encouraging situational awareness, understanding criminal methodologies, and identifying outlying behaviors — with supplementary physical self-defense instruction offered by Highland Martial Arts later in the evening.

Community members of all physical skill levels are invited to attend the seminars.

The event will be held at the Decatur Recreation Center in downtown Decatur (231 Sycamore St.) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy complimentary Raging Burrito appetizers along with the safety seminar.

Harris Botnick, Worthmore Jewelers president and owner, said the events were inspired by tough situations faced by close community friends. “Crime rates really sky-rocket this time of year, and we’ve had quite a few friends fall victim to muggings and other senseless personal attacks,” asserted Botnick. “We feel that helping to keep our friends, families, and community members safe is the best possible gift we can give this holiday season.”

For more information about the event, visit WorthmoreJewelers.com/happenings.

City Nights – An evening with Jane Iredale featuring the new City Nights Collection & The Nutri-Define collection by Jurlique
Oct. 29 • 5-8 p.m.
$30 Registration fee – includes your choice of foundation color – matching daytime to dramatic eyes or custom lips and cheeks. Cocktails and light appetizers will be served.


A Spa-liday Affair
Nov. 13 • 5-8 p.m.

  • Serving wine and complimentary mini-services
  • 20-35% the entire store
  • Bring in cans for the Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry. With every 3 cans, an extra discount will be applied.