Archive for March, 2009

bunny-with-childThe Decatur Business Association will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Square this coming Saturday, April 4. The Easter Bunny arrives at 10:30am and the hunt begins at 11am sharp. Really-don’t be late or it will be over. I have never seen candy gathered at such a fast speed!


The Decatur Firefighers will bring the bunny to the Square in the “mini-firetruck”. Children will have an opportunity to visit the mini-truck as well.

Thanks to the DBA and all of the businesses who sponsor the Egg Hunt for the community.

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The official ING Cheering Station for Decatur was at Fellini’s and the addition of part of the Marching Abominables definitely helped rock the cheering section and the runners. Thanks to everyone who came out to help cheer on the runners in the 3rd annual ING Georgia Marathon.

Happy Volunteers at the Hydration Station
Happy Volunteers at the Hydration Station

I hear that Hydration Station #13 was rocking as well, with the addition of music and lots of cheerful volunteers. Thanks to Michael Harbin and his group for getting up early with a lot of enthusiasm and Laura Moore and her volunteers who staffed Hydration Station #11. Thanks to everyone who lined the streets and welcomed the runners to our wonderful city.

I received an email from a gentleman in Kennesaw this morning who was so impressed with our city that he is going to bring his wife back here to shop and dine. He also mentioned that he was running with a woman who had run in Boston, and was more than impressed with Decatur.  Way to go eveyone- this is why we have such a great city- we have great folks living and working here.
I should know later in the week if we won for best cheering, so check back for updates.
Thanks also to everyone who works for the City of Decatur for pitching in to make the marathon safe and fun.

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Take a look at Chef Wendy’s video entry for Top Chef!

However, I do have to warn you that if you watch the video you’re going to have a craving for a meal at Eurasia Bistro. The good news is, Eurasia has one of the best lunch deals in town. The $11 lunch fixe prix menu includes your choice of appetizer, entree and dessert.

Best of luck to you, Wendy!

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Scott Peacock and Mayor Floyd at the Georgia Organics Conference

Scott Peacock and Mayor Floyd at the Georgia Organics Conference last week

Stay home Monday morning or, better yet,  schedule your DVR to record The Today Show because Decatur’s Watershed (superstar) chef, Scott Peacock, will be making his chicken and dumplings recipe for Matt Lauer and the gang on the morning of March 30. 

I would be jealous of The Today Show cast for getting the chance to try his chicken and dumplings, but really I just feel sorry for them. Unlike us lucky Decaturites, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira et al., don’t live anywhere near Watershed. That means their lives are devoid of Scott Peacock’s Tuesday night fried chicken dinners, Creamy Stone Ground Shrimp Grits and Butternut Squash Pancakes. It can’t be easy being a non-Decaturite.

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Event Rescheduled for April 25, 2009

The City of Decatur announces the cancelation of Electronics Recycling Day scheduled for Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in response to the prediction of severe thunderstorms, strong winds and lightning.


David Junger, Assistant City Manager for Public Works, said “The threat of severe weather is a safety hazard for our workers and volunteers.  The event is held in an outdoor parking lot and offers no cover for the workers or the electronics that are being recycled.”


Electronics Recycling Day has been re-scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  in the Decatur High School parking lot.  Visit www.decaturga.com for a list of electronic items that may be recycled and more details about the event.  Or, call 404-377-5571 for information.


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The City of Decatur is proud to be participating in Earth Hour this Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. We will darken City Hall and other city buildings where feasible. We will also turn off the lights on the MARTA Plaza for an hour. For information on Earth Hour visit www.earthhourus.org. Let us know what you are going to do to participate.

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and your electronics,  cell phones and pagers, computers, typewriters………these are just a few of the things that you can recycle this coming Saturday, March 28, at Spring Electronics Recycling Day. 

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Electronics dropped off will be sorted and broken down into raw materials and sent to recyclers for reuse. In addition to electronics, you may frop off batteries of any type, Styrofoam peanuts, clean styrofoam blocks free of foreign objects, mercury thermometers and thermostats. Just about anything with a cord can be recycled, with the exception of microwave ovens.

  TVs may also be recycled for a $10 cash only fee per TV (exact change please).


When: Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Where:  Decatur High School Parking Lot

Why: It is the right thing to do! Keep these things out of the landfill and properly disposed of.

For additional information and updates, contact David Junger, 404-377-5571 or email david.junger@decaturga.com

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Tony Parker, Assistant City Manager for Emergency Management, reports that Atlanta Gas Light has 40 crew members working to turn off gas in all homes and businesses affected by the gas outage.  Assuring that gas has been turned off at each location is an important safety measure to prevent buildings from filling with gas when gas service is restored.  Atlanta Gas Light expects to have this work completed by noon today and can then make the repairs necessary to the piping system and restore gas service to the area.  Once gas service is restored, Atlanta Gas Light crews must go to each individual home and business to turn on individual service and make certain that pilot lights and other gas appliances are working properly.  This service can only be performed by Atlanta Gas Light personnel and is done to assure the safety of all gas customers. Atlanta Gas Light reports that repairs will be finished later this afternoon and that crews will be dispatched beginning around 4 p.m. to start turning on individual gas service.  However, they believe it could take between 24 and 48 hours to visit each of the 1700 customers that have been impacted.  For updates and additional information, you can visit the Atlanta Gas Light web page by following this link http://www.aglc.com/DecaturCandlerRdAreaOutage.aspx

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group-shot-1David Fisher, Facilities Management Director for DeKalb County, was awarded the Thomas O. Davis Award at last night’s Decatur Business Association meeting.

The DBA presents the Thomas O. Davis Public Servant Award every year to a Decatur public servant who exemplifies the finest qualities of citizenship. This award was established in 2001 in memory of Thomas O. Davis, Decatur’s city attorney from 1968 until his death in 2000.

The DBA meeting was held at Eddie’s Attic. Mr. Fisher, after receiving the award, joked that he has always wanted to play on stage at Eddie’s, and he walked behind the piano and played a few bars. “Now I can tell my friends I have played at Eddie’s!” he remarked.

DBA Members at Eddie's Attic

DBA Members at Eddie's Attic

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Many of you know the city’s volunteer coordinator, Lee Ann Harvey. But most of you probably aren’t aware that she’s a huge American history buff. She even has a This Day in History calendar on her desk. And thanks to this wonderful fact-filled calendar, Lee Ann brought the following to our attention today:

This Day Yesterday in History:

March 22, 1820: Naval Hero Killed in Duel


Stephen Decatur, a hero of the War of 1812, was killed in a duel on this day in 1820. Decatur faced off against James Barron, a naval officer suspended during a trial in which Decatur participated. Despite the tragic duel, Barron was permitted to rejoin the Navy at a lesser rank in 1821.

For those of you who haven’t recently brushed up on your Decatur history, this city was named after Commodore Stephen Decatur. In addition to his famous duel, he was a naval hero of the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812.

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