Please join us tonight for the annual Decatur Business Association Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast. The event runs 7-8pm and is free to everyone.

We will provide the sticks, marshmallows, and live music! The first group performing will be students from the Community Music Center of Decatur. Following their show will be the Oakhurst Community Choir.

The Decatur Fire Department will be on hand with their big red barrels collecting non-perishable goods and gently used winter coats to share with those in need in our community this holiday season-just drop your donations in the barrel and enjoy the bonfire!


There is no denying that Decatur really gets into the spirit of the holidays! Drive around our beautiful city for five minutes and you will see everything from traditional wreaths and bows, to sparkling light displays and giant inflatable reindeer! Thank you to everyone for all of the wonderful decorations.

2014 Decorate Decatur Commissioner’s Cup Winner: John and Gabbi Stewart  467 East Pharr Drive


Mayor Jim Baskett presents the Commissioners Cup


The Stewart Family poses with the trophyIMG_4112


908 S. Candler St.
1034 S. Candler St.
239 W. Hill St.
133 W. Hill St.
307 S. McDonough St.
123 Feld Ave.
207 Glenn Circle
860 Sycamore Dr.
228 Harold Byrd Dr.


Commercial winners:
The Art Institute
Decatur Downtown Development Authority


In preparation for the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, adults and families will experience the history and traditions of the Festival of Lights hands-on at Chabad Intown’s “Menorah Lighting.”

 Chabad Intown’s “Menorah Lighting” will be held on Wednesday, December 17th @ 6:00 PM in Decatur Square. Join us for Hot Latkes, hot drinks, donuts, raffles and prizes.

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, recalls the ancient victory of a militarily weak but spiritually strong Jewish people over an enemy that had sought to prohibit their religious freedoms. Upon recapturing Jerusalem and the Temple from the Syrian Greeks, the Jewish people found only one small jar of undefiled olive oil needed to kindle the Temple’s Menorah. Though there was only enough oil to burn for one day, it lasted miraculously for eight days until new, pure olive oil was produced. Ever since, in commemoration of this event, the Jewish people celebrate Chanukah for eight days by lighting an eight-branched candelabra known as a Menorah. Today, people of all faiths consider the Chanukah holiday as a symbol and message of the triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness. (For more on the holiday visit www.chabadintown.org/Chanukah.)


If you hurry, you can still get tickets for the Decatur Business Association’s Breakfast with Santa this Saturday, Dec. 20th at the Decatur Conference Center.

Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for kids and include a buffet breakfast, live music and sweet treats, a professional photograph with Santa and lots and lots of fun. Click here to buy your tickets now.

This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors including The Decatur Downtown Development Authority, Wells Fargo, Gas South, Community Music Centers of Atlanta, Decatur School of Ballet, Cook’s Warehouse/ Sherlock’s, Eye Physicians & Surgeons, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.


The Cask Room has officially been open for less than a month in Oakhurst. It’s located at 900 W. College Ave. in the same shopping plaza as Revolution Donuts, Lawrence’s Cafe, Avellino’s and Adore Salon. Here’s a description of Decatur’s newest wine/beer-focused dining spot:

The Cask Room is a full service wine and beer establishment dedicated to providing a unique experience to our customers through the use of automatic wine dispensers and serving specialty craft beers. We will change our wine selections throughout the year and showcase wines from around the world.  Our customers can enjoy premium wines at a press of a button and create their own tastings. We also offer small plates, including charcuterie plate, cheese plate, paninis, and sweet and savory crepes.  We are very excited to be a part of the Decatur community, and our goal is to provide a relaxing, educational, and welcoming atmosphere for the community.

For more information, visit: thecaskroom.com

A section of sidewalk on E Ponce de Leon Ave will be closed next week due to Georgia Power utility work. The area impacted is between 225 E Ponce and N Candler St. (see map below). The work is scheduled to start Wed., Dec. 17 and to last for three days, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. only.

E Ponce GA Power work 12.12.14

CaptureRoad work and construction activity is planned for this weekend along East Trinity Place between College Avenue and  Church Street.  Traffic delays are likely in this area, so you may want to plan another route if you are traveling through Decatur.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Design, Environment and Construction Division at 404-370-4104.


Trinity Triangle Construction Project, Saturday, December 13

  • Foundation work will be conducted between 6:30am – 5pm.
  • Additional weekend work is anticipated over the next 1-2 months.

Street Painting at Fire Station #1, Saturday & Sunday, December 13-14

  • The street in front of the station will be brightly painted to discourage vehicles from blocking the driveway used by emergency vehicles.
  • A single lane of traffic in each direction will be open throughout the work.


Don’t forget that the City of Decatur Fire Department is collecting non-expired food items and gently used winter coats to share with those in need in our community this holiday season. You can can drop off items at either of the City of Decatur Fire Stations (230 East Trinity Place or 356 West Hill Street,) the Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street) or City Hall (509 N. McDonough Street.) OR bring some with you to the Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast on Thursday, December 18th. Just look for the big red collection barrels!

For more information, contact Fire Captain Ninetta Violante at 678-553-6583 or the Decatur Cooperative Ministries at 404-377-5365.


“Haul out the holly; Put up the tree before my spirit falls again. Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now.”

Tis the season in Decatur once again. Decorate your home or business in the spirit of the holidays in time for the annual Decorate Decatur contest. Judges will ride by the nominated locations on Sunday, Dec. 14th in order to pick their favorites. Winners will include homes, a business, a neighborhood, and an overall winner who will receive the coveted Commissioners Cup from the City Commission on Monday, Dec. 15th.

Send a photo of your favorite decorations to specialevents@decaturga.com or call 678-553-6573 to nominate your favorite homes or businesses. All of the winners will be announced on the City’s blog, www.thedecaturminute.com on Tuesday, Dec. 16th

tree harmony parkOakhurst streetscape contractor CMES will continue preliminary construction activities and will begin removal of  several trees in the project area on December 8. Three large trees to be removed have been repeatedly damaged by utility line clearance. Other trees to be removed are in areas that will be impacted by new, wider sidewalks and more generous outdoor dining areas. Because the off-street parking lot at Harmony Park will be removed to increase the size of the park, one large tree will be removed  to provide an area for replacement angled parking.
Changes to the landscape are always dramatic.  However, new trees will be planted throughout the project area as part of the streetscape improvements, including large shade trees where not in conflict with overhead utilities.