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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Career Awareness Week at Decatur High


Our Career and Technology Department has spent a lot of time and energy educating our students about the careers and experiences that await them after high school. Next week, the department is hosting our annual Career Awareness Week. Many parents and community members will take part in the events, explaining their career and the training it took to accomplish success in their given field. Please see the events below. The community is welcome to participate, and is in fact, critical to the success of this experience. Please contact Mr. Duane Sprull at dsprull@csdecatur.org if you are able to participate.

At the very least, expect to see our students Monday afternoon scouring the city for businesses who are participating in a Scavenger Hunt. If you see teenagers who look lost, please offer your guidance!

Career Awareness Week

Read more at Bloggin Bulldogs here.

h/t indecatur

DeKalb home prices fall 27%

DeKalb home prices fall 27%

By KIRSTEN TAGAMI, TY TAGAMI

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Average home prices in DeKalb County plummeted 27 percent last month, compared with December 2007, largely because of a growing number of foreclosures.

The average sales price for single family homes declined from $208,671 in December 2007 to $151,935 last month, according to a report by the DeKalb Association of Realtors.
We have had a lot of investors out there grabbing foreclosures,” said Sharon Nelson, the association’s president.

DeKalb’s price decline is worse than the overall metro Atlanta drop of about 13 percent last year. Home prices in the county were dragged down by a rash of foreclosures in south DeKalb, said Tal Kramer, a real estate agent with ReMax Communities.

“It has one of the highest percentages of foreclosures going on,” Kramer said.

The part of DeKalb that saw the biggest drop in average price for the entire year, almost 45 percent, was near the Scottdale area, in the 30079 zip code. Belvedere Park, the 30032 zip code near Avondale Estates, had the second-biggest drop in value for the year, of almost 40 percent, said Kramer, who analyzed sales activity in all areas of DeKalb.

AJC full story

Candlelight Cafeteria - circa 1969 Better know as Pizza by Candlelight




If you are a long time Decatur resident you will remember this.

Comments:

Anonymous said:
I remember Pizza By Candlelite
very well.

January 31, 2009 8:34 AM

Next Stop...Decatur said...

Yes it was Pizza By Candlelite, it's probably remembered better by that.
I'm not sure when they changed names,
maybe someone else can. I think it was in the late 60's or early 70's
the photo came from a 1969 school year book and the ad from a 1967 school year book.
Note: Also their was a Pizza By Candlelite at
Candler and College.
Were these two a chain/related ? That I'm not sure.

3 Movies & One Man with No Name.


Watch All Three Today
Starting at 5:30PM on AMC

Sat., Jan. 31 @ 5:30PM | 4:30C

Watch all three movies in the Man With No Name series: Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, andThe Good, the Bad and the Ugly.



By the time Sergio Leone made this film, Italians had already produced about 20 films ironically labelled "spaghetti westerns." Leone approached the genre with great love and humor. Although the plot was admittedly borrowed from Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961), Leone managed to create a work of his own that would serve as a model for many films to come. Clint Eastwood plays a cynical gunfighter who comes to a small border town and offers his services to two rivaling gangs. Neither gang is aware of his double play, and each thinks it is using him, but the stranger will outwit them both. The picture was the first installment in a cycle commonly known as the "Dollars" trilogy. Later, United Artists, who distributed it in the U.S., coined another term for it: the "Man With No Name" trilogy. While not as impressive as its follow-ups For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), A Fistful of Dollars contains all of Leone's eventual trademarks: taciturn characters, precise framing, extreme close-ups, and the haunting music of Ennio Morricone. Not released in the U.S. until 1967 due to copyright problems, the film was decisive in both Clint Eastwood's career and the recognition of the Italian western.

— Yuri German, All Movie Guide

Friday, January 30, 2009

Snow for Groundhog Day? Maybe

Snow for Groundhog Day? Maybe

By MARCUS K. GARNER

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution



Planning to mob a nearby grocery store for bread and toilet paper because you heard there might be snow next week?

The National Weather Service suggests you hold off for now.

It’s way too early to know if it’s going to be a problem in the Atlanta area,” forecaster Terry Murphy said Thursday evening.

In the wake of nasty East Coast and Midwest winter storms, weather officials said a storm system with the potential for dropping a wintry mix in Metro Atlanta is just that — potential.

“We might have a chance of seeing some winter precipitation Monday night or Tuesday,” Murphy said. “But the ground’s going to be warm, so it will take a lot.”

Forecasts call for relatively warm weather through the weekend, with high temperatures in the 50s, the weather service said.

Friday will be sunny and windy, with a wind advisory predicting gusts of up to 35 mph.

Saturday should be less windy with plenty of sun and a high of 54, while the mercury on Sunday will climb to 56 degrees with partly sunny skies.

“It’s probably going to start as rain,” Murphy said of Monday’s possible winter weather. “If it gets cold enough, [snow] will be on Tuesday.”

This Weekend at Eddie's Attic


FRIDAY, JANUARY 30th JACKSON COUNTY LINE / ANGEL TAYLOR
Show time: 8:00 pm / Doors open: 6:30 pm Individual tickets: $10 / Tables of 4: $50 Mellow yet soulful JACKSON COUNTY LINE delivers solid folk pop with guitar, cello, mandolin, trumpet, bass and drums. They are currently playing in support of their debut CD release Jackson County Line. Paste Magazine raves, "this is a gently moving and disquieting debut album.
ANGEL TAYLOR is a California girl whose songs are reminiscent of her friend, Colbie Caillat. Her pop/folk driven debut release, "Love Travels" will be available in the spring.
tickets





SATURDAY, JANUARY 31st - AFTERNOON CHILDREN'S SHOW GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD'S MELLOW SENSATION
Show time: 2:00 pm / Doors open: 1:30 pm Individual children's tickets: $8 / Adult Tickets: $10 / Tables of 4: $50 GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD's MELLOW SENSATION concerts are a unique blend of live music and moving image. The minimally animated illustrations are accompanied by illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor's catchy and original story-songs for a truly different multimedia experience that is entrancing children, teens and adults. The character of Gustafer is a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and has an unusual magnetism for making friends with some of Earth's odder creatures. The New York Times said, "The show is a cross between "Yellow Submarine" and Dr. Seuss." Entertainment Weekly praised "...The most infectious original songs. It's like tapping into some pleasure center in the brain--both adult and kid...absurdly appealing. Grade: A+ New York Magazine named Morgan Taylor "Best Kids' Performer" in its 2008 "Best of New York" issue. "Mint Green Bee" from Gustafer Yellowgold's Wide Wild World is the Session I Grand Prize Winner in the children's category of the John Lennon Songwriting Competion, while "The Bluebird Tree" from Gustafer Yellowgold's "Have You Never Been Yellow?" is also a finalist.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31st - EVENING SHOW SUNDOWN / JESSICA URICK
Show time: 8:00 pm / Doors open: 6:30 pm Individual tickets: $10 / Tables of 4: $50 SUNDOWN (formerly Sun Sets East) is a unique blend of rock and country that is reshaping country music boundaries. They are a modern-classic country rock band pulling influences from Little Big Town and Keith Urban all the way back to The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac.

Georgia's own country rocker JESSICA URICK has some impressive credits to her 22 years: performances at Nashville's acclaimed Bluebird Cafe, singing the national anthem at a professional sporting event, appearances on Good Day Atlanta, and a finalist on the TV show "Nashville Star." And it doesn't stop there. She was Atlanta's runner-up for teh Next Big Star Contest for Kenny Chesney, the winner of Nissan's Battle of the Bands and has opened for T. Graham Brown, Diana DeGarmo, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, and Luke Bryan.

Tickets

Thursday, January 29, 2009

What's Your Signature Snack for the Super Bowl?


What's Your Signature Snack for the Super Bowl?

Posted by WickedGoodDinner, January 21, 2009 at 9:56 PM

What are you cookin' up this year for your Super Bowl party—your signature, go-to snack, or are you trying something new? How adventurous will you get to please the crowd? read all the comments here

Decatur start up aims to find the best blogs

Decatur start up aims to find the best blogs
Regator mines most interesting posts



MIKKI K. HARRIS / mkharris@ajc.com
Scott Lockhart (from left), Kimberly Turner and Chris Turner, founders of blog aggregator Regator.com, often hold meetings around the kitchen table.


By JAMIE GUMBRECHT

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Google.com has an algorithm. Regator.com has Kimberly Turner.
She’s 33, an Atlanta magazine writer, and curator of blogs on the young, Decatur-born aggregating Web site. On an Internet increasingly filled with noise and fluff, she sifts through hardly updated, long-forgotten, navel-gazing diatribes to find good writing and interesting discussions. She shuffles the best into categories on Regator, making it easier for users to find quality posts sorted by topic.

Since the site launched in August, she’s added more than 9,000 blogs to Regator categories, building each for quality, not quantity. Usually, she hunts blogs quietly, on the couch at home. For one week every month, she opens the site to nominations, and gets up to 400 suggestions per day.

Her rejection rate: about 75 percent.

Time consuming? Yes. But it also makes them different, says Turner, who launched Regator with her husband, Scott Lockhart, the site’s designer and business mind, and her younger brother, Chris Turner, the site’s techno-geek.

It was supposed to be a real estate blog aggregator (RE-gator, get it?), a side project for Lockhart and Chris Turner. But once Chris had written the code, well, “it kind of seemed silly,” Chris Turner says. “It wasn’t that much harder.” Topics range from parenting to hipsters to animal rights to cricket to gadgets to, yes, real estate.

AJC full story

Regator is a great place to find interesting blogs.

Here is their blog.

Here is their web site.

Chick-fil-A ‘blessed’ with increased sales

Chick-fil-A ‘blessed’ with increased sales
CEO credits affordable new menu and God for double-digit sales growth

By JOE GUY COLLIER

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chick-fil-A credited a loyal customer base, affordable prices and menu upgrades for helping it increase sales in 2008. God’s blessing didn’t hurt, either, a company executive says.

The Atlanta-based chicken chain reported Thursday system-wide sales for last year of $2.96 billion, up 12 percent from 2007. The company has increased sales every year since the first Chick-fil-A opened in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall in 1967. It was the 16th straight year of double-digit sales growth.

AJC full story

Fundraiser for 5th Earl Market @ Parkers on Friday


Decatur Metro reports on a Fundraiser this Friday for the employees of 5th Earl Market will be held at Parker's on Ponce
5th Earl Market had heavy damage from the fire at Trackside Tavern.

Last Game in the Decatur Rec is scheduled for February 13th!


Sherri Breunig sends this over.

You're Invited!


Last Game in the Decatur Rec is scheduled for February 13th!

After 50 years of playing in "The Rec", Decatur High School has scheduled their last basketball game in the Decatur Recreation Center for Friday, February 13, 2009 against Blessed Trinity. Next season, the basketball games will be played on campus in the new athletic complex. To celebrate the final game, players and coaches of the girl's and boy's basketball teams who played in "The Rec" over the years are invited to come to the game for a time to remember and reminisce. There will be a reception in a hospitality room and between the girl's and boy's game, there will be a recognition ceremony for all former players and coaches in attendance. The girl's game will start at 5:00pm and the boy's game will start following the ceremony. If there are any former players or coaches who are interested in attending, please contact Brent Eickhoff at Decatur High School. His email address is beickhoff@csdecatur.net and his phone number is 404-643-0669. Please give your name and year of graduation. When you arrive, there will be a sign-in table in the lobby of "The Rec".

Slow Down, You Move To Fast


Homemade slow down signs have become very popular in Decatur, these have a string of lights attached to them that go from one side of the street to the other.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Starbucks to close 300 more stores

Let's hope Decatur's Starbuck is safe.

Starbucks to close 300 more stores, cut 6,000 jobs
Coffee chain’s profits fall 69 percent; company says Atlanta market ‘will be impacted’

By MELISSA ALLISON

The Seattle Times

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Starbucks will cut 6,000 positions as it closes 300 stores worldwide over the next eight months and will eliminate about 700 non-store workers by mid-February as it cuts costs to stem its eroding profits.

The immediate layoffs include about 350 employees at its Seattle headquarters, about 11 percent of the 3,200 people who work there. The 300 store closures will include 200 U.S. shops.

“Though we do know the Atlanta market will be impacted, we do not at this time have specific details about numbers of or locations of stores that will be impacted by these announcements,” the company said in a statement.

AJC full story here.

What's going on with this building at East Lake


Does anyone know what's going on with this building in Oakhurst ?

Comment:
Anonymous said...

I heard that a church was moving into the space and a dance studio next to it?

January 28, 2009 9:11 AM

Life in a Northern Town - Dream Academy and Sugarland



Here is Dream Academy's original Music video:



This is Sugarland's version.

Which one do you like ?

Life in a Northern Town

A Salvation Army band played
And the children drank lemonade
And the morning lasted all day,
All day
And through an open window came
Like Sinatra in a younger day,
Pushing the town away
Ah -

(Chant)
Ah hey ma ma ma
Life in a northern town.

They sat on the stoney ground
And he took a cigarette out
And everyone else came down
To listen.
He said "In winter 1963
It felt like the world would freeze
With John F. Kennedy
And the Beatles."

(Chant)
Ah hey ma ma ma
Life in a northern town.
Ah hey ma ma ma
All the work shut down.

The evening had turned to rain
Watch the water roll down the drain,
As we followed him down
To the station
And though he never would wave goodbye,
You could see it written in his eyes
As the train rolled out of sight
Bye-bye.

(Chant)
Ah hey ma ma ma
Life in a northern town.
Ah hey ma ma ma
Life in a northern town.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mortgage market clouds who owns woman’s house

How can something like this happen ? answer: The system is broken.

Mortgage market clouds who owns woman’s house

By CARRIE TEEGARDIN

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution



Twenty years ago, Zella Mae Green bought a modest brick ranch house in DeKalb County with an American ideal in mind. The single mother of four, who raised her children working low-wage jobs, wanted to own something someday. And she wanted to pass something on.
“I was thinking that if anything would ever happen to me, the children would have a place they could come and stay,” said Green, a seamstress who is 68. “Their father passed away when they were young.”
reen says she has done her part, making payments on the house she bought for $40,000 to the series of lenders who have managed her mortgage over two decades.

But Citigroup and Wells Fargo say Green has failed miserably as a homeowner and is nine years behind on her payments. And they want to take the house.

“Nine years? There ain’t no way,” Green said. “Ain’t no way you can stay someplace for nine years without paying anything.”

AJC full story here

Update on Decatur Fire Station no. 2



Monday, January 26, 2009

Trackside Tavern Fire Damage Photos






The Decatur Fire Dept. secure boards on backside of the Trackside Tavern.


An employee assistance fund has been established at Decatur First Bank. Those wishing to contribute can make checks payable to Trackside Employee Fund and mail it or drop it by the bank, and address it to the attention of Ann Berg at 1120 Commerce Drive, in Decatur.

H/T indecatur

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Zucca Bar & Pizzeria Opened on Saturday



A sign posted on Zucca Bar & Pizzeria front door Saturday read "We will open at 5:00 PM today.
Menu here.
Located on the Square next door to the Brick Store Pub

Update on Decatur High School Auditorium

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Atlanta claims nation’s first ‘carbon-neutral zone’


JASON GETZ / jgetz@ajc.com /Staff
Antje Kingma, owner of Eco-Bella, stands in front of her business next to the green and purple carbon neutral site certified sticker on Highland Avenue in Atlanta.


Virginia-Highland businesses band together to help environment

By JIM AUCHMUTEY

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution



Think of it as the intersection of good times and good intentions.

A new sign at the corner of Virginia and North Highland avenues proclaims the intown Atlanta shopping and dining district a “carbon-neutral zone.” What it doesn’t say is that Virginia-Highland also claims to be the nation’s first such zone.

While this could be seen as the latest chapter in the annals of green marketing — another emission in all the talk about global warming — there’s actually substance behind the boast.

The carbon-free zone is the result of a pilot project engineered by a local environmental company — an intricate transaction linking 18 merchants, a trading exchange in Chicago, a charitable foundation in Atlanta and thousands of acres of forest in rural Georgia.

“I’m sure most of us don’t understand exactly how it works,” says Andy Kurlansky of Everybody’s Pizza, one of the Virginia-Highland businesses that paid to be part of the venture. “But I still thought it was worthwhile.”
AJC Full story here.

Live Young......Troy Donahue

Friday, January 23, 2009

Love Story - Taylor Swift



see her original music video

Paste Releases Indie Rock Alphabet Book, Party This Sunday in Decatur


Click on photo to link back to original post over at the atlanta music blog.
Paste Releases Indie Rock Alphabet Book, Party This Sunday in Decatur

So you're having a baby. Or maybe you already have one. And it's getting to that time when you've got to teach your wee one the basics of the English language. But you're cool and hip, and don't want to do the usual "A is for Apple" routine. So what do you do?

Well never fear, Paste is here, ready to put your hipster worries to rest. The "Signs of Life in Music and Culture" magazine has just released An Indie Rock Alphabet Book. With entries like the above one for V - Vampire Weekend - you can rest assured that your toddler will grow up wearing skinny jeans and sporting an ironic mustache.

Paste is also hosting a party at Decatur children's bookstore Little Shop of Stories this Sunday, January 25 at 3 p.m. - for more information click here.

Story and photo from http://www.atlantamusicblog.com/
Check them out, nice blog.

A bit of inaugural fun created by Paste Magazine


A bit of inaugural fun created by Paste Magazine

The longest election season in memory is now over, and we wanted to help you unwind and express yourself as we head into the new era.

Make your own "Obamicon" — your image in a style inspired by Shepard Fairey's iconic poster.
Regardless of your candidate of choice in the 2008 election, here's your chance to sound-off.

Take your picture with a webcam or upload a photo, choose your own message, and submit to the gallery.

Try it here and it's free

Russ Marshalek leaving Wordsmith's

Russ sent this over from Wordsmith's Books for me to post.


Associates, colleagues and friends:



With a heavy heart and a look to the future, I’m writing to inform you that, as a result of the recent heavy economic downturn, my position as Marketing and Publicity Director at Wordsmiths Books will be eliminated effective as of March 2009. During my time in this role, I’ve found your support essential in facilitating my approach to publicity and marketing in regards to authors, books and book events, and I have the utmost gratitude for the fun, massive rock-and-roll blowouts you’ve allowed me to turn author events into.



Upon my termination from my Marketing/Publicity position at Wordsmiths at the end of March, I will be relocating from Decatur, GA to New York to pursue other opportunities. I will continue to operate as a freelance writer/publicist as RussCommunications (russcommunications@gmail.com), and under that name I will serve as head of publicity for, amongst other projects, Zach Steele’s forthcoming novel Anointed, to be published in February by Mercury Retrograde Press, as well as the massive new media campaign being launched in conjunction with the book’s publication. I am, and shall continue to, entertain any and all New York-based full-time opportunities within my realms of experience in new media, publicity and marketing, as well as any freelance opportunities, and ask that I’m kept in mind should such arise. I can be contacted on a personal basis at (russ.marshalek@gmail.com).



All of that said, my time at Wordsmiths has been a simply incredible few years, and I am capping off my work here with a full February author line-up including local gay lifestyle writer Topher Payne, non-fiction writer David Hajdu and comedic fiction legend Christopher Moore, as well as the launch of the aforementioned Anointed. I look forward to, for the next month, working with your authors, publicists, writers and reporters in my capacity at Wordsmiths, and then continuing to work with you upon my relocation to New York.

Thanks, genuinely and sincerely

-Russ Marshalek


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Russ Marshalek
Marketing/Publicity Director
Wordsmiths Books
545 N McDonough
Decatur, GA 30030
(404)378-7166

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Trackside Tavern Fire Video



Champion Newspaper video

Read about a Fund established for employees of Trackside Tavern at Champion Newspaper

h/t indecatur

Come to Twain's for Super Bowl Sunday.


The Super Bowl
Come to Twain's for Super Bowl Sunday.

* 1/2 price off on all appetizers (including our awesome wings)
* $1 off 20 oz. Twain's Ales after 5:00

Having a party at home?
Bring Twain's wings and more to the party!
Specials on Super Bowl Platters available.
Ccontact: emily@twains.net

New at Twains!

Dark beer lovers unite! Twain's is now pouring two wonderful winterish delights. Three Lies Cocoa Stout has returned, and Thirty Days Belgian Black Ale has debuted. Check out the brewery page for full descriptions, then get down here and taste'em!

Telegram is playing at Twain's on January 24th, a rare Saturday show for this reunion show! We are very excited to be hosting these boys, and anticipate a very special night of music.

Sunday, January 25th at 5:00, get your fill of the genuine stuff as the New York Corned Beef Society returns to Twain's. Don't be late, we anticipate a big crowd for this mid-winter deli-fest!


Twain's is located at 211 E Trinity Pl
Decatur, GA 30030 (Cross Street: Church Street)

"DHS Buddies Luncheon" March 21, 2009

Jerry Andrews sends this in.

It's that time again. Our next "dhs buddies luncheon" is March 21, 2009. We will meet at the Universal Joint(see address below). We hope the weather will allow us to be outside. Pass the word and invite Decatur High Alumni. Information is also on Facebook.

Look forward to seeing a lot of classmates.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
When: March 21, 2009
Where: Universal Joint
906 Oakview Rd
Decatur, GA 30030
Cross Street: East Lake Drive
Time: NOON
Who: Any Decatur High Alumni


Go BULLDOGS!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More on Trackside Tavern


JOHN SPINK / jspink@ajc.com

The Trackside Tavern, a favorite watering hole for Agnes Scott students and other young Decatur residents, was destroyed by fire. • Story | Photo


Fire destroys Trackside Tavern in Decatur
Neighboring 5th Earl Market damaged

By APRIL HUNT

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Trackside Tavern, the Decatur watering hole that helped launched the Indigo Girls and other local acoustic acts, is no more for now.

The tavern was boarded up Wednesday, a day after it was consumed by a fire in the small commercial strip at East College Avenue and South Candler Street. A sandwich shop next door, the 5th Earl Market, suffered smoke damage.

There were no serious injuries.

Trackside opened in 1982 and, along with the Freight Room and Eddie’s Attic, became the epicenter of an acoustic music scene that flourished in Decatur.

In recent years, Trackside earned a loyal following for its laid-back vibe and late-night hours.

Some patrons have gathered on Facebook, looking for ways to help the pub rebuild. One group gathered Tuesday night at the Corner Pub, another Decatur bar that suffered a fire several years ago and re-opened with community support.

A “Soup-er Bowl” soup-off planned at Trackside this weekend will instead be held at the Corner Pub. The event begins at 3 p.m. at the bar in East Decatur Station on East College Avenue.

The Decatur Fire Department is still looking into the cause of the blaze. The owner of the 5th Earl Market vowed on the Decatur Metro blog to bring back his shop “better than ever.”

Update on the fire at Trackside & 5th Earl Market

This is posted on 5th Earl Market web site.


To Our Many Loyal Customers and Friends,

As some of you may now know, the restaurant was severely damaged on Tuesday, January 20 by a major fire that started next door at Trackside Tavern and spread into our space. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the fire; however, the damage is extensive.

Due to the condition of the building, 5th Earl Market will be closed for business until further notice.

We have already received many calls and e-mails offering support and encouragement and we wish to extend our thanks for all of these. It is our plan to re-open. We do not know when, but do know that we want nothing more than to keep serving our many wonderful customers.

See fire damage photos here.

Thank you.

The 5th Earl Market Team


No word yet on Trackside's future
I hope they come back.

Vintage Decatur Federal Katy ad

Were You Lucky Enough to see Elvis in Concert?



Enjoy.

James Blunt - You're Beautiful (Live)

Satellite Image of Inaugural Celebration at the Capitol


AP Photo/GeoEye Satellite Image

This satellite image, taken through high, whispy white clouds, shows the masses of people attending the inaugural celebration at the Capitol.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Trackside Tavern Damaged by Fire this Morning.


This is very sad news to learn.
I just took this picture last week.
See photo of damage over at Indecatur

read more about it over at Decatur Metro

see more photo at Ali Laipple's Photos facebook


Here is AJC Story
Fire destroys Trackside Tavern in Decatur
Neighboring 5th Earl Market damaged

By TY TAGAMI

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A fire consumed a business and shut down traffic along a thoroughfare through Decatur Tuesday, but caused no serious injury.

The Decatur Fire Department responded at 5:25 a.m. to a blaze at East College Avenue and South Candler Street, and closed the intersection as the fire consumed the roof of a bar in the low-slung commercial strip.

“We had heavy fire coming through the roof when the first engine pulled up,” said Fire Chief Jerry Malone. The intersection remained closed Tuesday morningas commuters tried to get into or around Decatur.

One business, the Trackside Tavern, was destroyed. A sandwich shop next door, the 5th Earl Market, suffered smoke damage, he said. Investigators were still looking into the cause of the fire Tuesday afternoon. One firefighter bruised his arm and leg when he slipped on ice from the fire hoses in the bitter cold, but the injuries were not serious enough for hospital treatment, Malone said.

Get Your Valentine Candy at Greene's Fine Foods & Candy

Monday, January 19, 2009

Inauguration Concert 2009

The 44th Presidential Inauguration

Close Up program at Decatur High School going to Inauguration.

DECATUR, Ga. -- Students from across Georgia are getting ready to go to Washington for the Obama Inauguration, with their families, and with school and church groups.

Thirty-three of them are with the Close Up program at Decatur High School. They're actually looking forward to the cold, the crowds and even controversial demonstrations and protests.

"It's a really historic election with Obama winning, and I'm really excited to see what's going to happen," said one of the girls going on the trip.

The students will remember the year they came of age, politically -- arguiing and debating with each other about the Presidential campaign.

"There was extreme adulation for Obama," one boy said, not approvingly.

They're still debating each other -- about whether Obama's going to be able to cut it as President.

11 alive
Full story and video

h/t Decatur Metro

Update on Leon's Full Service Pub.



A new fence is being built close to the sidewalk.
Each week it looks better, I can't wait until it opens.

Church St. & E. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Update on the New Decatur High School Auditorium



Construction is starting to take shape on the new Decatur High School Auditorium.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Rod Stewart -

Have you ever seen the rain. click here

Amid slumping economy,subdivision adds cheaper homes


A sign of the times.
Decatur has always been like this, small bungalow's with big new homes built right next door. to me it's no big deal who wants to have every house to look alike, not me.
What I would like to see are new homes built like the 1940's and 50's bungalow's like the ones below.



BOB ANDRES / bandres@ajc.com
Sign for the Hays Farm subdivision advertise two different house price points.


By DAN CHAPMAN

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The for-sale signs at the entrance to Hays Farm offer the first clues that not all went as planned at the subdivision alongside Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

The older, more weathered sign reads, “new homes … high $500s.”
The newer, shinier sign reads, “distinctive homes … from the low $300s.”

Two price ranges. Two sets of home buyers.

And one big headache for original homeowners who paid more for their homes only to see the newer, cheaper homes lower their property values. Many of these owners can’t refinance because their homes are worth less than their mortgages. And they can forget trying to sell them — they’d lose tens of thousands of dollars on homes now assessed at much lower values.

Homeowners point many fingers: at a bankrupt builder; a financially challenged developer; skittish bankers; an over-built, over-priced West Cobb housing market; and a lousy economy that’s ravaging the real-estate industry.

The Hays Farm saga, a rarity in Metro Atlanta, mimics two-tiered subdivision troubles more common in the over-heated housing markets of California, Nevada and Florida.

Full story

Highs in 40s Today; on Sunday, sleet?

On Saturday, highs in 40s; on Sunday, sleet?

By ANDRIA SIMMONS, RHONDA COOK

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


After a frigid couple of nights in metro Atlanta, Saturday’s weather will be deceptively warmer —- with temperatures rising to the 40s -— but Sunday could bring sleet.

The Sunday forecast calls for “mostly a slight chance of rain with maybe some sleet in Atlanta,” said Robert Beasley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Friday morning lows around metro Atlanta were in the low teens, with wind chills as low as zero. Two west Georgia school systems, in Carroll and Haralson counties, canceled classes because of the biting cold. Daytime temperatures reached the low 30s.

The cold has been stretching homeless shelters to their limits.

The Atlanta Union Mission, which operates the largest shelter in the city, with space for more than 1,000 people, said it had to put cots and mats in the hallways to accommodate the number of people looking for warmth.

Grady Memorial Hospital treated no one for exposure or other weather-related problems, though there was an increase in the number of homeless people looking for shelter, hospital spokesman Sean Van Dorn said Friday afternoon.

Friday morning, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said no overnight weather-related deaths had been reported.

Frigid temperatures caused a water sprinkler pipe to burst Friday morning at the Studio 6 motel on 9955 Old Dogwood Road in Roswell. The water caused part of the roof to collapse, and six rooms were damaged, hotel staff said.

The motel sustained thousands of dollars in damage, said Rick Raymond, a front desk clerk. He added with a chuckle, “I guess there’ll be no bonuses this year.”

Assistant Chief Paul Piccirilli of the Roswell Fire Department said his firefighters responded to about two houses, two apartment buildings and two commercial buildings because of burst pipes. “I’m sure there’s a lot of departments that went on a lot of calls today,” he said.

Atlanta Fire Department spokesman Bobby Stewart said investigators were trying to determine if two house fires Friday were caused by people trying to keep warm.

“Definitely, the cold weather does play a part in some fires,” Stewart said. “If people are using space heaters, we try to encourage safety. Don’t put them close to furniture, and don’t put firewood close to things that may catch on fire.”

Looking ahead to the beginning of the week, partly cloudy skies are forecast for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with highs in the mid 40s. Another cold front is expected to arrive Tuesday. Chances of snow are “questionable” because there may not be enough moisture in the air, Beasley said.

A Year Ago this Week Snow Covered Decatur




A year ago this week, snow covered Decatur.

Proposal would leave casinos up to counties

By LEON STAFFORD, RACHEL TOBIN RAMOS

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Just days after Underground Atlanta officials announced their hopes of bringing video gaming to the downtown attraction, a state legislator wants to offer full-fledged casinos statewide.

Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) said Friday he plans to introduce legislation in the General Assembly next week that would allow voters to decide whether they want to bring gambling to their individual counties.
By going this route, he said, each jurisdiction will have the opportunity to plot its own destiny, instead of letting legislators decide.

“What I’m talking about doing is creating full-scale casinos or horse racing if they want them,” he said.

Gambling in Georgia has been bandied about for years, especially as states across the country have seen huge revenue gains from visitors and locals playing poker or spinning the roulette wheel.

House Speaker Pro-Tem Mark Burkhalter (R-Johns Creek) said last month most lawmakers in the Republican majority don’t support changing the state’s constitution to allow gambling. He couldn’t be reached immediately for this story.
Full story.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Decatur parents concerned about schools shift

By KRISTINA TORRES

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution



More than a dozen parents Tuesday told Decatur city school board members about their concerns for a plan that could move fourth- and fifth-graders to the city’s lone middle school.

Parents are concerned about having the younger students on the same campus as older students. Board members said they have not formed an opinion and were open to hearing other suggestions.
The board could vote on the plan in March. The move would help the small system weather an expected increase in students, particularly in elementary grades.

Over the next two months, however, expect a lot of discussion as the system holds public meetings about the proposal.

Decatur’s fourth- and fifth-graders now attend classes in a standalone school called Glennwood Academy. The proposal was among recommendations forwarded by a committee of parents and staff formed to look at enrollment options. If the move happened, Glennwood would then host kindergarten through third grade.

According to system officials, the number of students in kindergarten through eighth grade is expected to grow over the next four years from 1,897 to 2,388.

I triple-dog dare you: Boy's tongue stuck on pole

HAMMOND, Ind. — In a scene straight out of the movie "A Christmas Story," a 10-year-old boy got his tongue stuck to a metal light pole. Police said the unidentified fourth-grader was able to tell them that a friend dared him to lick the pole Wednesday night. Temperatures in Hammond were around 10 degrees at the time.

By the time an ambulance arrived, the boy was able to yank his tongue off the frozen pole.

Police said ambulance personnel explained to the boy's mother how to care for his bleeding tongue.

The 1983 movie is set in a fictional city based on Hammond, the hometown of author Jean Shepherd.

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Information from: The Times, http://nwitimes.com

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Foggy Walk


This is a fantastic photo taken by flickr member Porpster
Church St. at night.

Shopping & Dining - Decatur GA Style


Shopping & Dining - Decatur GA Decatur’s unique and diverse retail business owners invite you to their shopping oasis, a real “mallternative.” Decatur offers charming storefronts and unique boutiques for your shopping pleasure in a small-town setting. Are you looking for whimsical folk art, contemporary furnishings, funky accents for your home, primitive antiques or the perfect creative gift? Decatur shops have it all. Your shopping experience will be enhanced by the diverse commercial districts with everything from locally-owned shops to larger commercial ventures. Shop in Historic Downtown, the Oakhurst District or along the College Avenue Corridor and you will enjoy the surroundings as much as the wide selection of available merchandise. After all that shopping treat yourself to a memorable dining experience in Decatur. From neighborhood bistros and pubs to elegant dining with a wide range of cuisine choices, you will find an interesting mix of locally-owned and national restaurants. Other options at various establishments include: outdoor dining, full service catering, live entertainment and dining in restored historic buildings.

Rock & Roll is Here to Stay it Will Never Die

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Whit's End Clearance Sale




As we get ready for our Spring items to arrive in a few weeks, we need to clear out the Winter items.

This means more savings for you. Keep in mind though, that these sales are final.

Columbia fleece, sweaters, sweatshirts, shirts and jackets are now 40% off!
Prana/Kuhl/Dockers/Flyshacker fleece, sweaters, shirts and jackets are 30% off!
Toms Shoes are 25% off!
Chiliwear boxers are 10% off!

Columbia and Patagonia shoes, and Woolrich slippers, Columbia and Prana pants are SUPER discounted. (Some savings over 65% off!)

Dockers Cargo pants and Cords are now $29 (regularly $44-$55)
Dockers Chinos are $39.99 and Dress Slacks are $49.99 (regularly $50 and $70!)

There are a few gifts items, and leftover summer items that are marked below cost!

Sizes, styles and colors are limited. Sale may be discontinued at any time.

If you have any returns from items bought in December, they need to be returned by 1/15/09 for either an in-store merchandise exchange, or store credit.

See you in soon.

Jeff and Greg

Whit's End Blog

Take a tour of the Historical City Hall


Decatur's City Hall: A Historic Treasure Transformed"

Take a tour of the historic city hall in Decatur, Georgia. Originally built in 1926, the building was recently renovated and expanded, restoring many unique architectural features and creating an up-to-date work environment. The video also provides an overview of Decatur, Georgia and the history of City Hall

Short & Sweet Studios video, Decatur, Georgia - decaturga.com

Shelley Fabares singing "Johnny Angel"

Decatur Marta Station

Underground Atlanta is ready to roll the dice.


Cope Linder Architects
This is an artist’s rendering of the proposed casino and redeveloped Underground.

By RACHEL TOBIN RAMOS, LEON STAFFORD

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Underground Atlanta is ready to roll the dice.

The operator of the downtown attraction said he has brought a proposal to the Georgia Lottery Board for a casino that would fund the HOPE scholarship and bring millions in tax dollars to the city.
While the idea of a downtown casino has been kicked around for years, this is the first concrete plan brought forward by a developer and presented to an institution that can make it a reality.

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday, developer Dan O’Leary, who with his business partner John Aderhold, holds a 50-year lease on Underground Atlanta, outlined a $450 million proposal that would bring up to 5,000 video lottery machines, completely gut and redevelop Underground and add a new 29-story hotel.

O’Leary estimates the casino would generate gross receipts of $600 million. Half of that would go to the lottery board.

“In order to truly change the perception of Underground,” he said, “we do have to bring a very significant element to that property that it doesn’t have now — a big draw. VLT machines would be an anchor tenant that would bring folks in.”

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fellini's Pizza Decatur Ga.



Fellini's Decatur
333 Commerce Dr
Decatur, GA.
404-370-0551