Saturday, July 31, 2010

Decatur Students in Trailers , Administrators in school

Decatur, GA

Decatur, GA

Dozens of Decatur students will attend classes in trailers this year at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, while about 50 administrators run their offices out of a former elementary school.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dozens of Decatur students will return to classes Monday in trailers while their administrators work from inside a half-empty school.

City Schools of Decatur officials say the trailers are temporary for one year while they finish building a new school.

But parents don’t understand why the 40 administrators who work out of the former Westchester Elementary School don’t spend the year in trailers instead.

“Anyone who is familiar with Westchester can see it’s a school built for children,” said Emily Kandetzki, who has four children in Decatur schools. “It’s heart-wrenching to walk into a classroom and see them filled with big black leather chairs and administrators.”

Westchester was built as an elementary school, complete with bathrooms in each classroom, brightly colored walls, cubbies and low-hanging hooks. A playground sits on a large grassy field.

The small district will use 10 trailers this school year while it finishes construction of a new school at the site of the former Fifth Avenue school, communications director Bruce Roaden said.

The new school, which is slated to open in Aug. 2011, will be for fourth and fifth graders. Renovations are also under way at the middle and high schools.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Trackside Tavern Clone Coming Soon


Trackside Tavern in Decatur, GA, has been closed since Jan. 2009 when a fire destroyed most of the building it occupied since 1982. For a year and a half it has been gone, but not for long, look for a clone of the building to rebuilt in same location very soon. follow Trackside Tavern facebook
fan page for updates

A new Blog for City of Decatur

Check out the city's new blog
It took the place of the old Decatur Active Living’s 231 Sycamore blog

Ansel Adams photos bought at garage sale worth $200 million

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Office Property for Lease - 125 E. Trinity Place, Decatur, GA

Decatur, GA

125 E. Trinity Place is an approximately 16,500 square foot retail/office building located in the heart of downtown Decatur, GA. The building has had a complete interior and exterior renovation and has 40 parking spaces in the rear that are available to tenants and their guests at no charge. In addition to walking traffic, Church Street has traffic counts of 13,900 per day and East Trinity Place has traffic counts of 11,330 per day.

Located on East Trinity Place between the intersections of N. McDonough Street and Church Street, 125 E. Trinity Place is located in the heart of downtown Decatur. It is located adjacent to Chick-fil-A and Greene's Fine Foods, across the street from Decatur City Hall and the Dekalb County Courthouse. It is within easy walking distance to the Decatur Square and MARTA train station.

Rexall Grill in Duluth is Reopening Today


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rexall Grill in Duluth is reopening Tuesday more than a month after it was forced to shut down when the operator failed to pay state sales taxes.

The landmark restaurant on Buford Highway will begin serving at 5:30 a.m., with mostly the same menu and wait staff but with a fresh coat of paint and a new management team, property owner Lynda Alley said.

"We've spent $69,000 getting it ready," Alley said Monday. "It looks good. It looks really good."

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Back to School Time

For the AJC

There's no end in sight for blazing hot temperatures but summer break is ending soon for students in Metro Atlanta schools. Here's when students in head back to school.

Monday, Aug. 2: Decatur city, Cherokee and Henry counties

Thursday, Aug. 5: Cobb County, Buford city

Monday, Aug. 9: Atlanta city, Clayton, DeKalb, Fayette, Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.

Thursday, Aug. 12: Marietta city

Monday, Aug. 23: Fulton County

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Wiggle 1/2 OFF SALE !

305 East College Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030 • 404-373-2522

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Nothin' will outrun my V-8 Ford. "Maybellene" Chuck Berry

As I was motivatin' over the hill
I saw maybellene in a coup de ville.
A cadillac a-rollin' on the open road,
Nothin' will outrun my V-8 Ford.
The cadillac doin' 'bout ninety-five,
She's bumper to bumber rollin' side by side.

Pulp Fiction Dance Scene

The coolerator was crammed with TV dinners and ginger ale.

They furnished off an apartment with a two room Roebuck sale
The coolerator was crammed with TV dinners and ginger ale,
But when Pierre found work, the little money comin' worked out well
"C'est la vie", say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

They had a hi-fi phono, boy, did they let it blast
Seven hundred little records, all rock, rhythm and jazz
But when the sun went down, the rapid tempo of the music fell
"C'est la vie", say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

Saturday, July 24, 2010

New Art Work for Meldora Hair Salon

Meldora Hair Salon
Decatur, GA


Meldora Hair Salon Now Open


Decatur, GA.

I am so glad they decided to add more art work to the rear wall
where they painted over to Victory Vintage Home art work which had become a landmark.

Look's Good Meldora Hair Salon.

Indigo Girls

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers met when they were in elementary school in Decatur, Georgia. They performed together for the first time in the school chorus which sang James Taylor's "A Junkie's Lament" for a talent show. They became a duo in their high school English class, where they wrote songs and tested them out on their teacher. (They still keep in touch with his mom.) As The Indigo Girls, Amy and Emily have traveled far since those days. Grammy Award winners, they may be best known for their hits "Shame on You" and "Closer to Fine."


Friday, July 23, 2010

The Cowsills - The Rain,The Park and Other Things

--Now and Then--


"WINNING" - Paul Newman

Paul Newman "Winning " 1969
Uploaded by gregwallace. - Classic TV and last night's shows, online.

Great movie memories of Paul Newman in the film "WINNING"
I love the music from this film. Great soundtrack.

Saturday Night At The Movies - The Drifters - Have A Great Weekend -

There Goes My Baby - The Drifters

Decatur Police hosts First Junior Academy

This sent in by Andrea Berry of Decatur EDtv

Decatur Police Department hosts first Junior Academy from Decatur EDtv on Vimeo.

Join Team Decatur and Get Fit @ Walk/Run Kickoff July 26

Decatur, GA

Summer Long Celebration @ Fernbank Museum

Show & Tail Weekend: Oceans
Saturday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, July 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Circus Fanta-Sea by Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy,” fish temporary tattoos, ocean mural coloring activity, shell search activity, and an ocean-themed Weekend Wonders.

Show & Tail Weekend: Geckos
Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, August 8 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Performances of Boogie Woogie Bullfrog by Jerry Zee (Sat: 11 a.m. and noon), Galileo the Gecko walk-around mascot, gecko tic-tac-toe, a gecko-themed Weekend Wonders, the Georgia Bubbleman (Sunday only) and storytelling by Mama Koku ( 12:30 and 1:30).

Show & Tail Weekend: Dinosaurs
Saturday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, August 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The highlight of the weekend is the annual Dinosaur Birthday Bash event on Saturday. Sunday events: Performances of Big Saurus, Little Saurus by Kathy Kaemmerlen (1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.) a walk-around dinosaur mascot, and a dinosaur-themed Weekend Wonders.

Cost: All Show & Tail Weekend activities are included with Museum admission and are FREE for members!

Summer Long Celebration @ Fernbank Museum

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Free vaccines offered for DeKalb children

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb County students can make sure they are prepared for school with free vaccines.

The free health screenings will also include hearing, vision and dental exams. The back-to-school health event is scheduled for July 30 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Knollwood Elementary School on Santa Monica Drive in Decatur. Registration starts at 8 a.m.

full story @ ajc

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

South DeKalb County will get another police precinct.

By Megan Matteucci

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The DeKalb County Police Department is opening a mini precinct at River and Flakes Mill roads, spokesman Officer Jason Gagnon said.

“They are in that location to better serve the citizens in south DeKalb,” Gagnon said.

Gagnon said the expense is minimal because the county already owns the building and uses it as a fire station. No additional officers will be hired, but officers from other areas will be moved to staff the new precinct.

“We’re looking at our manpower and how to best utilize the staffing we have,” Gagnon said.

This will be the county’s sixth precinct.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Please Visit The New Glenlake Park

Decatur, Ga. The Rec Center

Decatur Seeking input for Remaking Complex

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur is looking for public comment Tuesday night on plans to remake the former school that houses its police department.

The city hired an architect to help design a master plan for the renovation or redevelopment of the Beacon School Complex on Trinity Place. The building is home to the city’s police department, the Ebster Recreation Center and performance space.

A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Decatur City Hall on the project. Additional meetings will be held in the future.

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Avondale Hires First City Planner

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale Estates has hired its first city planner and economic development director, to help realize its dream of remaking its downtown.

Keri Stevens began the new job on July 13. Her first job will be to bring Avondale’s comprehensive plan up-to-date, while also reviewing plans for its lake district and Tudor Village downtown.

The small city has been working for nearly two years on how to best lure small shops and high-end housing and offerings that have taken off in neighboring Decatur.

Stevens has experience with both small and historic cities on that front. She most recently was a senior urban planner with Pond and Company, handling project management and work on a mixed-use overlay district for the city of Griffin.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Decatur's Mayor Says a Wider Tunnel is Needed for Safety

At the Decatur City Commission meeting a couple of weeks ago they approved the North McDonough Streetscape project, at that time Mayor Bill Floyd made a comment about looking into expanding the tunnel that's underneath the railroad tracks, located on East College Ave. and Howard Ave to help improve pedestrian safety. It is used by Agnes Scott students walking to downtown Decatur.
As a kid my brothers and I used it all the time walking to Decatur to go to the show as we lived behind Agnes Scott College.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Rolling Stones "Under My Thumb"

Mad Men is Back July 25

Mad Men Yourself, it's fun. Just click Get Started above.

Try it yourself, here's Me and The Mrs.

Get your Mad Men t-shirts at

If you are a Mad Men fan check out this site

for some great t-shirts and Mad Men merchandise on the CafePress website.

click link below.

Pour yourself a classic 1960s cocktail and straighten that tie, it's back to the 1960s once again. (July 25, 10 p.m., TBS)

I Pledge Allegiance to the Band

Blue Moon Designs offer a Feng Shui Class

Blue Moon Designs Inc offer a Feng Shui Class - 2 hour class for $20.00
Blue Moon Designs, Inc.
418 Church St.
Decatur, GA

Saturday, July 17, 2010

“The Fast and The Furious V” will be doing some filming in Atlanta.

From AJC The Buzz

You (and your car!) oughta be in pictures…


Buzz will not rest until all of you are famous.

Our latest opportunity is for you and, potentially, your car!

“The Fast and The Furious V” will be doing some filming in Atlanta. Specifically, the film will shoot some party scenes near the Georgia Dome.

That’s where you and your wheels come in. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center off I-85 near Clairmont Road, casting crews will be on the hunt for extras.

(The hotel’s address and phone number: 2000 Century Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30345; 404-325-0000.)

Because the film, which will once again star Vin Diesel, is to be set in Brazil, the casting folks will be looking for people who appear to be from there. They’re interested in “good looking” folks ages 18 to 30.

They’re also looking for cars to star as automotive extras. “Custom street racers,” whatever that means, are especially welcome.

But the bottom line is this: hot looking people and hot looking cars, come on.

If you’re interested please e-mail pictures of you and your ride, along with your age and contact info to

SeeN ArOuNd DeCaTuR

Friday, July 16, 2010

Have you had a Vacation this Summer

Georgia Traveler Website

Check out this cool site and learn about Georgia towns.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Little Shop of Stories' 5th Birthday Party!

From the Little Shop of Stories website:

We turned five this month, and we want you to come celebrate five years of storytimes, author visits, camps, special events, and great books with us! We'll read some of our favorite books, mingle with our favorite customers (yes, that means you!), listen to live music and eat (what else?) Birthday cake!

We'll have an open mic time where you can share some of your favorite Little Shop moments and memories. So be thinking of some good ones.

We'll also toast to our success, and to all of you, who have helped to keep us around these past five years. We are so thankful for your enthusiasm and support!

The party will take place Thursday, July 29 at 7 pm here at the shop!
And by now you should know that we throw a good party. So bring your whole family and come on out for the celebration!

133 East Court Square, Decatur - (404) 373-6300

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Victory Vintage Home Art Work No More.

Decatur, GA ----Now---

Decatur, GA. ---- Then----
Well you won't find it (the art work) at Victory Vintage Home.

The Famous Pink and Black 1950's vintage art work has been painted
over by Meldora Hair Salon which is due to open soon.

This is me, but I liked the 50's art work better.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mary Mac's shares its recipes

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s an Atlanta landmark that’s been around for more than six decades, serving Southern favorites such as tomato pie, macaroni and cheese and fried chicken.

The only thing richer than the food at Mary Mac’s Tea Room is perhaps the restaurant’s history and popular customs. From filling out your order form and getting that first complimentary cup of pot likker with a piece of corn bread, to its famous diners (Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter, Hillary Rodham Clinton and James Brown, to name a few), Mary Mac’s has certainly made its mark.

This week, John Ferrell, who took over ownership of the tea room in 1994, will share 125 recipes in his new cookbook, “Mary Mac’s Tea Room: 65 Years of Recipes From Atlanta’s Favorite Dining Room” (Andrews McMeel, $27.99).

Buy book here.

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I Hope you find A Summer Place

I hope you find A Summer Place.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Fleet Feet's 2nd Anniversary This Weekend

This sent in by Kim Scarborough of Fleet Feet Sports Decatur
Fleet Feet Sports Decatur will celebrate its second anniversary this weekend, July 17-18, and invites the entire community to join in the celebration. They are offering free activities and sales to mark this milestone. Owned and operated by Decatur residents, the store specializes in running and walking shoes, apparel and accessories.

From owners Clay and Karen Scarborough: We've had such a wonderful time serving you and being a part of the Decatur community, and we hope you'll help us make our birthday weekend a festive one!


- Waffle Fun Run/Walk: Saturday, July 17, at 8:00 a.m. Join Fleet Feet for a 2-4 mile fun run/walk followed by waffles and juice!

- Ice Cream Social & Games on the Lawn: Saturday, July 17, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Enjoy ice cream sundaes and games on our front lawn. Pets and children are welcome!

- Cookies & Lemonade: Sunday, July 18, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Enjoy cookies and lemonade all day! Children welcome!


- Receive 10-25 % off all purchases: It's luck of the draw - pull your discount from a bowl upon entering.

- Super Clearance: Great deals on select apparel, shoes and accessories. All must go!

- And More!

Fleet Feet
431 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur. GA.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Design-a-Library-Card Art Work




Here are just a few of the art work designs submitted to The Decatur Library.
You can see all of them on display at The Decatur Library.

DeKalb County Public Library
215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030

Milepost 165 Decatur, GA

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Model A Club Visits Relics & Rarities





THE MODEL "A" RESTORERS CLUB, INC. visited Relics & Rarities today.
They had some great looking cars and when they lined up in front of Relics & Rarities it was a site to see.

--learn more here--

"A Lighthearted Walk Thru Serious Matters" @ Rose Gallery July 24th 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010

Bossa Nova Baby - Elvis Presley

Summer Cooking Class Schedule at The Cook's Warehouse

From Jim Brams @ Cook's Warehouse



ATLANTA, July 9, 2010 – The Summer 2010 class schedule has been released by The Cook’s Warehouse with its usual depth of cuisine and subject matter.

From “Simple Cooking 101 – Say Hello to Your Stovetop” to advanced, hands-on classes with local chefs, there are 150 classes to pick from and one for every age level and interest in this quarter’s classes.

Well-known local chefs – including Ron Eyester of Rosebud, Justin Keith of Food 101 and Jay Swift of 4th and Swift – will be at the head of a class, and visiting chefs include Giuliano Hazan of the famous Italian cooking family who will teach as well.

As far as cuisines, students may choose from Indian, Italian, sushi with sake, Thai, vegetarian, Panama, Mexican and seafood.

Also available are lessons in a variety of subject-oriented courses from Big Green Egg (grilling), no-cooking dinner parties, tailgating, tapas and hors d’oeuvres, pizza, one-dish dinners, salsas and sauces, pasta, or lemon and lavender, among others.

There are technique classes such as canning and preserving, dehydration, fondant, pâte à choux and eggs.

Although most classes include wine after cooking demonstrations, there are strictly “Wine” and “Wine and Food Pairings” classes as well.

And there are even kids’ classes and kids’ summer camps for ages 3 to 5, 6 to 9 or 10 to 17.

The Cook’s Warehouse ( ) is greater Atlanta’s premier gourmet cookware store and cooking school with three locations in Midtown, Decatur and Brookhaven. It offers more than 15,000 products for the kitchen and operates the largest avocational cooking school in the Southeast, conducting more than 600 classes yearly, often taught by local chefs, and has a large web-based delivery-by-post site.

Owned and operated by founder Mary S. Moore, The Cook’s Warehouse also retails high-end appliances; conducts private cooking classes for unique celebrations and corporate events, and is a pro bono partner with virtually every major cooking event and gourmet association in Atlanta.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Steve McQueen: Man On The Edge

More Cops for Dekalb

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Seventeen new DeKalb County police officers will hit the streets Friday.

CEO Burrell Ellis and public safety director William “Wiz” Miller will present badges to the 90th police academy class Friday before the officers get their patrol assignments.

The new officers will help fill some of the vacancies left by about 80 officers who took early retirement at the end of May. The new officers will work as patrol officers, while the majority of the retiring officers were in the upper ranks.

The graduation ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.

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Vintage Southeastern Fair ad.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Name the Decatur Book Festival Monster

From the The Decatur Book Festival web site:
July 6th, 2010 by bhumika

Look! It’s a dragon! It’s a dinosaur!

No, it’s a….

Wait a minute. What the heck is it?

It’s the new AJC Decatur Book Festival monster, and it doesn’t have a name.

You can be the one to name it! Propose the best name for the monster and win VIP access to the AJC DBF, September 3-5, and an iPad!

Name submissions are due July 18, so you’d better start brainstorming! Voting on the top five names runs from July 26 to August 1, and the winner and the monster’s name will be announced August 14 at the Roseanne Cash book signing at Agnes Scott College’s Presser Hall. Come on, everyone deserves a name—especially monsters! Name ours at Access Atlanta.

Street Scene on Dekalb Ave



1959 Ford Fairlane 500

Boxing History @ The Decatur Library

Learn all about Jack Johnson and the Fight of the Century!
Photo courtesy of
Date: Saturday, July 10 2010, 2:00PM—3:30PM

Location: Decatur Library
215 Sycamore St.
Decatur, GA
More info call 404-370-3070

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jack Johnson's victory over Jim Jeffries with Mike Glenn. The former NBA basketball player, author, rare book collector, TV analyst and African-American memorabilia enthusiast will talk about the significance of the boxing match and display many pictures, newspaper articles, and other items highlighting the fight. Included is a demonstration with Xavier "Bad Pads" Biggs of the Decatur Boxing Club.
Funding provided by Friends of the Decatur Library.

Monday, July 5, 2010

4th of July in Decatur Ga.



Decatur Red Hatters






Thurbert Baker

- Joe Martin


Hank Johnson

Liz Carter