Posts Tagged ‘Decatur Recreation Center’


Come out to the Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street) from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29th to experience the City’s proposed spending plan for FY16-17.  In addition to learning about the city’s plans for spending in the July 2016 – June 2017 fiscal year, the expo will feature music, food and prizes. A few of our city vehicles will be parked out front so if you were unable to make it to last Saturday’s Touch a Truck event due to the drizzle, you get a second chance to check some things out. The event is free and open to everyone in the community.




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The City of Decatur is hosting its annual Touch a Budget expo from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street. Every one in the community is welcome at this free event. In addition to learning about the city’s plans for spending in the July 2016 – June 2017 fiscal year, the expo will feature music, food and prizes. The purpose of Touch a Budget is to engage people of all ages in the city’s budgeting process in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

For more information about this event or the city’s annual budget, visit www.decaturga.com/budget


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Touch a Budget: The Budget Expo is tomorrow! Come out to the Decatur Recreation Center on March 31st from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to find out what’s in store for FY2015-2016. The purpose of the expo is to engage people of all ages in the city’s budgeting process in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

The expo will feature music, food and prizes. The popular budget bingo game returns this year, appropriate for ages 5 to 105. Public safety and public works vehicles will be parked in front of the Recreation Center for children and adults to see up close. Expo attendees will also be able to visit the Visitors’ Center tent and sign up as special events volunteers.

For more information about this event or the city’s annual budget, visit www.decaturga.com/budget

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Tracie Sanchez with Decatur Active Living shares the following time change for Walk with a Doc: 

WWAD Time = 10:00 am every Wednesday

Georgia is heating up and so is our city, so we will walk earlier in the day. Beginning next week on June 11 we will depart at 10am for our walk and continue through June/July/August. Yes, that means we are leaving an hour earlier.  Active Adults that we polled voted to have a leisurely breakfast routine at home and then come walk, so 10am wins!

Walk With a Doc is a free, group walking program, that occurs weekly at the Decatur Recreation Center. We are local chapter of http://www.walkwithadoc.org and offer 7 routes across the city and average about 3 miles weekly at an easy pace. We have a doc join us and a CAPS volunteer walk with us to keep us safe at crossings and around hazards. Usually about 10-15 walkers arrive for the walk and enjoy a informal chat with a different doc each week. Below is a list of docs who have led our walks and we are always recruiting for more. We start each walk with a quick intro, grab some water, and head out.


Staffer Tracie leads along with the guest Doc, and the CAPS volunteer brings up the back. Our routes are on sidewalks and in greenspace throughout the city. Everyone enjoys the chat while walking 2×2 and it has become quite social. Come meet some new folks and ramp up your fitness routine. Sometimes we try new tools like trekking poles, chi walking, cooling neck scarves, pre-post walk stretching sessions.

Free shirt to those who walk

Walking is the one activity that everyone can do without special gear although we do recommend a good, supportive shoe, water, and a sun visor. We issue Walk With a Doc shirts to all walkers and Docs who complete one walk with us. Come get your shirt!

See you at 10am every Wednesday, meet Tracie in the lobby!


Doctors partnering with WWAD in 2013/2014 in Decatur, GA

  1. Tom Brillante, Optometrist
  2. Sharman Colosetti, Psychotherapist
  3. James Meyers, Fire Captain, City of Decatur
  4. Melissa Bloom, PT, DPT, NCS
  5. Kevin Hendler, DDS Geriatric Dentistry Emory
  6. Sandy Bramlett, Nia, Chi Walking, Zumba 50+
  7. Khurram Khan, MD Wesley Woods Outpatient Clinic
  8. Don Batisky, MD Pediatric Hypertension, CHOA
  9. Gregory White, Director, Decatur Active Living
  10. Gedalia Genin, ND Naturopath
  11. Cathy Vogel, Lead docent at Friends of the Decatur Cemetery
  12. Sara Shuler, Neurologist, Dekalb Medical
  13. Dana Young, Owner and Healer Dragonfly Reiki
  14. Gretchen Evans, Veteran OEF, Command Sergeant Major USArmy
  15. Rosie Milan, Vitality expert
  16. Arthur Ratliff, State Farm Insurance
  17. Trent Lowe, Smart911, Heart Month
  18. Erin Hinek, Psychotherapist
  19. Tracie Sanchez, Decatur Active Living
  20. Frances Moriarty, Master Gardener at the Wylde Center
  21. Gayle Christian, Chi Walking & Librarian
  22. Kan Guvensel, Licensed Professional Counselor
  23. Neli Manova, Big Peach Running Co.
  24. Joe Nocera, CVNR Cognitive Effects of Exercise, Emory & Atlanta VA
  25. Lyn Menne, Asst City Manager, Community & Economic Dev.

Photo albums of previous walks

We keep and share our WWAD photos on facebook, share as you like.


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Sgt. Jennifer S. Ross, Community Information & Education Officer for the City of Decatur Police Department, shares the following information: 

On 04/20/14, Decatur Police responded to a residential burglary in the 100 block of Springdale Street.  The victim reported the burglary occurred between 9am-9 pm.  Entry was made by breaking a sliding glass door.  Electronics were taken.

On 04/22/14, Decatur Police responded to a residential burglary in the 500 block of Nelson Ferry Road.  The victim reported the burglary occurred between 12pm-7pm.  Entry was made by kicking in a rear door.  Electronics and bicycles were taken.  Based on the size and amount of items taken the suspect(s) were most likely in a vehicle.

No police department can function effectively without the concerned assistance of community members. There is no way for officers to know where approximately 20,000 residents live and who or what vehicles normally come and go from individual homes.  The police are dependent on you to call whenever you observe suspicious persons, activities or motor vehicles.

We sometimes fail to call the police simply because we are not aware of what seemingly innocent activities might be suspicious. Other times we may notice suspicious activity and be hesitant to call for fear of seeming nosey or rude. Sometimes we assume someone else saw or heard something and already called.  Call the police immediately about all suspicious activity and do it yourself, anonymously if you wish. You may have more information than another caller. Do not worry about bothering the police or being embarrassed if your suspicions prove unfounded. Officers can quickly check out a person who may end up being a repair worker or friend who stopped by unexpectedly and make sure everything is okay.  Think of what might have happened if you didn’t call.


People aren’t suspicious, behavior is.  Although we say “suspicious person” or “suspicious vehicle”, it is in fact the behavior that is suspicious.

–       Do you see someone you do not recognize loitering on a neighbor’s property or going to/coming from the side or rear of the house?

–       Do you see a vehicle in your neighbor’s driveway, especially backed-in, that you do not recognize or at a time when nobody is usually home? 

–       Do you see person(s) going door to door, especially if they go to the side or rear of the house?

–       Do you see someone waiting or loitering near a neighbor’s house, looking around as though they are trying to check to see if anyone is watching them?

–       Do you hear glass breaking or the striking, banging noise caused by a door being kicked in?

–       Do you see the same unknown vehicle circulating the area, driving slowly, stopping in front of your neighbor’s houses?

REMINDER: The Decatur Police Department will be hosting a burglary prevention presentation to provide an accurate overview of trends and methods seen in Decatur, show you what products and methods are available to reinforce common entry points and to provide prevention tips from a former burglar to help you make your home a less desirable target.

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030

There is NO COST to attend. To reserve a seat for the presentation, click here or contact Sgt. Jennifer S. Ross at 678-553-6613.

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From Sgt. Jennifer Ross:

The Decatur Police Department will be hosting a “Drug Identification & Current Trends” presentation on Wednesday, March 12 from 6:30 p.m  – 8:00 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center. The presentation will include information on current trends, street names, paraphernalia and what parents can look for, as well as an overview of what officers are seeing in Decatur. The presentation is FREE and designed for parents, caregivers and anyone who works with kids and teens who want to become more aware. Attendees must be at least 18-years-old. Please contact Sgt. Jennifer S. Ross at jennifer.ross@decaturga.com or 678/553-6613 to reserve a seat.


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All city of Decatur offices, including City Hall and the Design, Environment and Construction (DEC) division of Public Works, are closed tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 13).

Municipal Court hearings for tomorrow evening are cancelled. Call 678-553-6655 to reschedule once offices re-open.

The Decatur Recreation Center is closed tomorrow and all Thursday activities are cancelled. The Center plans to be open regular hours on Friday.

Trash and recycling pick up for Thursday is cancelled. If tomorrow is your regular trash day your trash will be picked up on Friday, Feb. 14 instead.

Midway Rd. at S. Candler was closed this afternoon because of concerns that a leaning tree might fall. That is the only road closure in the city at this time. The latest DeKalb County road closures are available here.

Overall, things have been quiet in the city of Decatur during this winter weather. There have been no wrecks, no injuries, and no power outages. Public safety personnel and volunteers continue to check on seniors and other vulnerable members of the community.

Temperatures are dropping and more snow is on its way this evening (up to 3” is possible). This will continue to make travel difficult and dangerous. Please stay safe indoors. If you do leave the house, be aware that roads and sidewalks are slippery and frozen. If you or your children choose to sled, please avoid sledding into any roadways.

Important phone numbers

Georgia Power: 1-888-891-0938

All power outages or objects that have fallen on power lines MUST be reported to Georgia Power. The city cannot touch or repair power lines.

Police non-emergency: 404-373-6551

Please use the police non-emergency number only if you or a neighbor requires public safety assistance, not to report power outages.

Finally, continue to charge medical devices, cell phones and other electronics in anticipation of possible power outages. If there is a loss of power, the city may use the CodeRED Emergency Notification System to communicate with the community. Please take this opportunity before a power outage occurs to register your phone number here.


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With more winter weather headed Decatur’s way, city officials continue to monitor the situation. As of this posting, tomorrow’s Municipal Court hearings will be held. and all after school programs will be open. Children and Youth Services is working closely with City Schools of Decatur and an update will be posted here on the Decatur Minute should anything change.

UPDATE:  City Schools of Decatur are now closed tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 11, so all after school programs are cancelled.

Trash & recycling pick up is expected to occur tomorrow as regularly scheduled.

Tomorrow morning’s Red Hatters Valentine’s event at the Decatur Recreation Center is cancelled, as are Tuesday’s evening programs. All Wednesday Recreation Center activities are cancelled.

There is the potential for power outages over the next few days, especially if precipitation freezes Tuesday night. If you have emergency equipment or electronics that need to be charged, please charge them now so you are prepared in case the power does go out.

Please remember to check on your neighbors, and call the police non-emergency line if you or they require assistance: 404-373-6551.

One final reminder: If you have ice melt/de-icer, please go ahead and pre-treat sidewalks in front of your home or business and help keep them clear as the weather worsens. It is possible that by Wednesday morning Decatur could have half an inch or so of snow. Please continue to check The Decatur Minute for weather updates and safety tips.


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City of Decatur government buildings will open at noon tomorrow. This includes City Hall, the Design, Environment and Construction division of Public Works at Talley St. and the Decatur Recreation Center. Evening activities at the Recreation Center are cancelled for tomorrow night, and the center will close early.

Trash & recycling pick up is expected to have a delayed start time of 10 a.m. tomorrow. If sanitation crews can safely get to your rear yard they will pick up trash tomorrow. If they cannot, they will pick it up next week. Please use good sense when deciding if it is safe to put your recycling bin by the curb. If your driveway is too frozen to safely move your bins leave them until next week’s pick up.

While most of the major roads in the City of Decatur are currently clear and mostly dry, GEMA continues to recommend staying off roads. It is possible that roads and sidewalks could refreeze overnight so continue to exercise caution if you decide to leave your house.

While there have been a few minor traffic accidents in the past 24 hours, no one has been seriously injured in the City of Decatur. The community has done a great job of staying safe and warm indoors. If you do require emergency assistance, please call the police non-emergency number 404-373-6551.

Stay warm, Decatur! Photo courtesy of Ashley Hizer

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Decatur’s roads and sidewalks are ICY, so please stay where you are and avoid driving if at all possible. City crews treated roads overnight with salt and sand, but with the low tempatures refreezing occurred. If you decide to venture out for a walk today please be extremely careful, as sidewalks are more slippery than roads in many places around the city.

Today’s closings:

  • Decatur Recreation Center is closed today
  • Decatur Municipal Court is closed tonight. Please call 678-553-6655 to reschedule your hearing.
  • City Hall is operating with very limited staff.
  • The Design, Environment and Construction division of Public Works is closed today, as all staff that made it into work are focused on clearing roads, etc.
  • Tonight’s Town Hall meeting (“Review of the 2014 General Assembly Legislative Session”) hosted by state Rep. Rahn Mayo, state Rep. Howard Mosby and state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver is cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a future date.

The good news is that there were no car accidents, no trees down and no loss of power in the City of Decatur last night. The few people who were stranded yesterday were able to make it home ok. Public safety personnel were able to do a number of winter weather welfare checks on seniors and other vulnerable residents. (And as a reminder, if you have a senior neighbor, please be neighborly and check on him or her today.)

If you need emergency assistance during this winter weather, please call the police non-emergency number at 404-373-6551.

Please check back here later today for updates on the weather and possible closings tomorrow.



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