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Planting trees in the Decatur Cemetery, Feb. 20, 2015

Interested in helping Trees Atlanta plant trees in Decatur this week? There are two opportunities to volunteer:

Friday, Feb. 27, Noon – 4 p.m.

St Thomas More Church, 636 West Ponce De Leon Ave

Meet in the back parking lot at Noon

Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. – Noon

Glennwood Elementary, 440 East Ponce De Leon Ave

Meet in the west parking lot at 9 a.m.


There is a winter weather warning for metro Atlanta from 10 a.m. today until 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday). It is expected to start raining and sleeting and then turn to snow. The precipitation is expected to stick and Decatur could see up to 3.5” of snow by morning. By 11 a.m. Thursday the temperature is expected to rise into the 40s.

All city buildings are currently open and will close by 5 p.m. today, including City Hall and the Decatur Recreation Center. All evening activities and classes at the Decatur Recreation Center are CANCELLED for tonight.

Georgia DOT asks motorists to limit driving to emergencies or essential travel only. Be aware of black ice. If you do decide to leave your house, especially once temperatures drop below freezing after dark, there is likely to be ice on the roads and sidewalks.

City Schools of Decatur are closed today. CSD will post its decision regarding school tomorrow on its website.

As of this posting tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 26:

  • All city of Decatur offices and buildings will have a delayed opening of 10 a.m. This includes City Hall, Design Environment & Construction and the Decatur Recreation Center.
  • Thursday trash and recycling pick up is expected to take place as usual
  • Municipal Court will occur as scheduled at 6 p.m.

Important phone numbers

  • If you see hazardous or unsafe conditions in Decatur, or require assistance from police or fire, please call the police non-emergency number: 404-373-6551.
  • Report icy conditions on interstates and state routes to GDOT: 511.
  • Power outages or trees on power lines should be reported directly to Georgia Power: 1-888-891-0938.

Prevent burst pipes
As the temperatures drop, pipes in your home or business are likely to freeze unless you take necessary precautions. The easiest way to prevent burst pipes is to leave your sink running with a small stream of water (a drip is not enough) before you go to bed.


  • Be neighborly and take a few minutes to check on the seniors in your neighborhood. See if you can bring in their mail or wood or something else they may need, and make sure they have plenty of heat, food and water. Sometimes simply being checked on is greatly appreciated when staying indoors gets to be lonely. If you have a neighbor who needs help please call the police non-emergency number at 404-373-6551.
  • Bring all pets inside.
  • Register for Smart911 now at Smart911.com. You can opt-in for severe weather and other notifications as well as create or update your Smart911 profile with any special medical concerns (such as a household member who uses medical equipment that requires electricity).
  • Charge all cell phones and put fresh batteries in emergency radios. When contacting loved ones, a text message is more likely to get through than a phone call.
  • Download the FEMA smartphone app for additional tips and emergency information.


City DEC saferoutes change 2015 2 20


The Safe Routes to School crossing for E. Trinity Place will be moved this Monday (2/23).

What will change:

In order to accommodate pending construction on Church Street and ongoing construction at the Trinity Triangle project (E. Trinity Place and E. Howard Street), the City will maintain a Safe Routes to School Crossing near the PATH Foundation trail across Trinity Place.  See the map for location.

To and From the new temporary Safe Routes to School Crossing:

1.            If you are coming from points north of E. Trinity Place/Church Street…use the N. McDonough Street /E. Trinity Place crosswalk at City Hall in order to get to the High School, Agnes Scott College or Renfroe Middle School.

2.            If you are coming from points south of E. College Street/Candler Street…cross the railroad tracks on the west side of Candler Street and take the new temporary crosswalk on E. Trinity Place near the intersection of the PATH Foundation trail/E. Howard Street.

3.            If you are coming from points east of E. Trinity Street/E. Howard Street…use the new temporary crosswalk on Trinity and keep going on the PATH Foundation trail to get to High School, Agnes Scott College or Renfroe Middle School.

For additional information:

Contact John Maximuk, Design, Environment & Construction Division of Public Works at 678.553.6570 or John.Maximuk@Decaturga.com

Through a partnership between the City of Decatur and Trees Atlanta‘s NeighborWoods program, volunteers will be planting trees on Saturday, Feb. 28 in city right-of-ways. Trees Atlanta has been planting and caring for trees in neighborhoods across metro Atlanta for about 30 years. The organization waters the trees diligently for two years, and mulch and prune the trees for three years after planting to insure that the trees are well-established.

If you’re interested in volunteering to plant trees in Decatur, gather at Glennwood Elementary, 440 East Ponce De Leon Ave., at 9 a.m. on Feb. 28.

If you have any questions regarding your right of way tree, do not want a right-of way tree, or would like to add an additional shade tree in your front yard, contact NeighborWoods Program Manager Susan Pierce Cunningham at susan@treesatlanta.org or 404-681-4896.


  • Parker’s on Ponce: Sweethearts Wine Dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Call 404-924-2230 for reservations. Parkersonponce.com
  • Greene’s Fine Foods: Save the Date Feb. 12, 5-8 p.m. Stop by for Prosecco and other bubbly goodness and place your order for chocolate covered strawberries – milk and dark chocolate. Greenesfinefoods.com
  • Big Peach Running Co.: You Gotta Have Heart Friday Night Happy Hour Clinic Series, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Sports cardiologist Dr. Johnathan H. Kim makes a return visit to answer your questions, TomTom will offer some show and tell with their Heart Rate Monitor equipped GPS watches, and Sigvaris will discuss how compression may help increase blood flow.Big Peach Decatur FB page
  • Wahoo! Wine and Provisions: Gift baskets start at $25. Follow your heart and shop local! Facebook page
  • Mingei at Duck’s Kitchen: Last minute Valentine shopping on Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come by Duck’s Kitchen to enjoy a meal and do a little shopping. Mingei will set up with Valentine cards, tins, jewelry, scarves, whimsical Mexican Day of the Dead couples, felted Romanian hearts and some deeply discounted treats for you and/or your honey.
  • Souper Jenny’s: Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Jenny’s 1 Year Decatur Anniversary this Saturday. Come by for a special bakery treat! Souper Jenny Decatur FB page
  • Leon’s Full Service: skip the reservations on Saturday and just show up! Leon’s kitchen is preparing some epic dishes and the bar has a substantial champagne list (as well as beer and cocktails). There will be a full menu of special Valentine’s features. Leonsfullservice.com
  • Decatur Arthouse: Valentine’s Day Party, Saturday, 8:30 p.m.-midnight, $20. Post date or no date Valentine’s Day Celebration. Open bar, desserts and DJ. Purchase tickets here.
  • Twisted Soul: Special 4-course Valentine’s Day menu and special cocktails. Call 404-3.73-2725 for reservations. twistedsoulkitchenandbar.com
  • No. 246: $60 prix-fixe Valentine’s Day Dinner, 5 p.m. ’til. . . Call 678-399-8246 for reservations. See the menu here.

Leslie Knope-inspired Galentine’s image via

The City of Decatur Fire Department would like to reintroduce the fact that we have a “Youth Fire Setting Prevention and Intervention Program”.  Over 8,000 fires a year are set by youth. Most of them occur outside, but those that do occur inside, often lead to death. While our city does not have a reoccurring problem with arson, it is always a good idea to take a moment to teach your family about fire and its power. Talk to children about matches and lighters. Show them how to be safe around fire. And do not dismiss the interest or curiosity your child has with fire. Just because you “played” with fire, does not make it okay or safe. It probably means you were lucky. If you have any questions or concerns about fire safety and prevention, email Captain Violante at ninetta.violante@decaturga.com or call her at 404-947-0522.

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Opening reception is Saturday, February 14 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Sycamore Place Gallery, 120 Sycamore Pl. Entry is free of charge.

The City of Decatur has issued a film permit for a television project located at 129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave from 7am-12pm on Tuesday, Feb. 10th. There will be interior filming only with some working trucks to be parked along E. Ponce de Leon Ave.  Decatur police will be present for this project. Please excuse any traffic delays that day.


Georgia Power will start work on a project Monday, Feb. 9 at 9 a.m. in front of 249 E. Ponce de Leon Ave between Church St., N. Candler St., and along the west side of N. Candler St. Portions of the sidewalk and a few parking spaces will be closed during this project but no traffic lanes will be closed. Pedestrians will be routed on E. Ponce at existing crosswalks. All work will take place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and should be completed by the end of the week, weather permitting.

Sheep are returning tomorrow to the Agnes Scott Oakhurst Greenspace to eat away invasive ivy and privet. This is an area adjacent to the Green Street PATH trail and just south of the Agnes Scott campus. The flock is expected to be on site for one to two weeks or until they run out of invasive vegetation to eat.
They will be visited daily by the shepherd (Jennif Chandler) or one of her assistants. The sheep will be contained by low-voltage temporary electric fencing—the fence delivers a shock similar to a strong static charge which is not harmful, but it is still advisable to prevent children and pets from contacting the fence. Dogs usually make a beeline for the sheep when they see them, so please keep dogs leashed while in the greenspace.
Thanks for your support of the invasive removal project and for allowing the sheep to be your temporary neighbors! If you have any further questions or concerns, or notice a problem while the sheep are onsite, please contact either Jennif Chandler with Shady Brook Sheep (706-248-3745) or Brian Williams with Trees Atlanta (404-681-4901 or 912-856-1600).
Sheep in Decatur cemetery, September 2013

Sheep in Decatur cemetery, September 2013