Eye Off the Street – Halloween Edition!

A few photos I’ve received over the past few days of Halloween happenings around Decatur.  Happy Halloween!

Be awesome out there kids!  (But don’t forget that all of your parents and their friends are texting each other about your whereabouts and what you’re up to.)

Photo courtesy of Revenue Neutral Household

Demon Barber – Homegrown Halloween Parade (Pic courtesy of Diane)

The Walking Dead house at Ridley and Scott Blvd (pic courtesy of Parker)

Decatur Heights Safety and Home Security Event This Saturday For All Decatur Residents

Deanne sends in this announcement/invitation…

Decatur Heights Invites the Community to Safety and Home Security Event

Saturday, November 3, 10a.m – Noon
The Church at Decatur Heights
735 Sycamore Drive

There’s something for everyone, so bike, walk, roll, or drive on over and join us!

Decatur Police Department Mobile Unit

  • “Social Media Safety” class for teens & parents to attend together. (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in community room.)
  • Child Identification Fingerprints card for school aged children

Duncan Cottrell, The Entry Enforcer

  • Check out smart options for safeguarding your home.
  • Hear a 20 minute presentation, “Options for Securing Doors and Windows,” offered at 10a.m. and 11:30a.m.

Duncan Cottrell is a home security expert and Local Voice blogger on Decatur-Avondale Patch. He has gotten rave reviews from our neighbors!

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It’s Literally Wednesday: News and Updates

Big Book News
This week two major publishing houses announced plans to merge, forming Penguin Random House. (Why not Random Penguin House?) If approved by European authorities this would become the world’s largest book publisher. Whenever I complain about the rapidly changing publishing industry, a good customer, who spent many years in the music industry, gives me a gentle look that reminds me to be quiet.

Shoe News
Chipper’s are going for the bargain price of $280 as of 8:45 this morning. That’s only $140 per signed shoe! Information on bidding is available here. Only four days left.

More Books that Rock
Bruce, by Peter A. Carlin was released yesterday, the first biography in a quarter century that has had Springsteen’s cooperation.
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, by Princeton University professor Sean Wilentz, chronicles the 125 year history of the label. (November 14th)

Eddie Owen Update
It’s already been a full year since Eddie Owen, formerly of Eddie’s Attic, signed on to the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth with Eddie Owen Presents. I made my first visit up there this weekend and can report that Eddie and the Theatre are in good health. Eddie is happy with a solid list of bookings and many additional plans. Ground will break shortly for an adjoining restaurant and bar. The facility is a superb concert venue with excellent sound. Downtown Duluth looks like a smaller, more rural version of Decatur. If you need a reason to make the 30 minute drive up there, Decatur’s own Caroline Herring will be performing on Saturday evening, November 17th.

Authors who have been in here in the past few weeks who are on the current New York Times Bestsellers Lists:
Patricia Cornwell, author of The Bone Bed (#4, hardcover fiction);
Eric Litwin, author of Pete the Cat Saves Christmas and Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons (#6 and #10, children’s picture books);
James Patterson, author of NYPD Red and Zoo, (#5 and #28, hardcover fiction); Guilty Wives and Alex Cross (#9 and #24, paperback trade fiction);
Judy Schachner, author and illustrator of Skippyjon Jones: Cirque de Olé (#1, children’s picture books);
Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Oath (#24, hardcover nonfiction).

This Week

Salman Rushdie, author of Joseph Anton (#35, hardcover nonfiction), Sunday, November 4th, 6:30pm, Glenn Memorial Auditorium, Emory University, all tickets have been distributed; click here for information on the wait list.
Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman), author of Charlie and the Christmas Kitty, Monday, November 5th, 7pm, Little Shop of Stories, free but, like love, it’s complicated; click here for ticket information.

Morning Metro: Light Construction, Racetrac Rezoning Request Withdrawn, and Wind and Solar’s %

Decatur Wine Festival Wine List Now Available

We just received this announcement…

Angie Macon, executive director of the Decatur Arts Alliance, announces that the wine list / program is now posted on the Decatur Wine Festival website so you can plan your tastings this Saturday at the event (http://decaturwinefestival.org). And, if you still have not bought your tickets, hurry! There are still some for sale online at TicketAlternative.com (http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/19991.aspx). She adds, “We look forward to seeing our fellow wine lovers and supporters of the arts for a beautiful Saturday afternoon on the square in downtown Decatur. If you need any more incentive, remember that the Decatur Wine Festival is a fund-raising event that helps bring arts events to the community.”

Decatur School Board Delays Annexation Decision

Patch reports this morning that the Decatur School Board has delayed a decision on annexation for at least 30 days, pending more information.  According to Patch, Board Chair Marc  Wisniewski asked the study committee to come up with projections of how land values might change in the annexed areas.

“Using only current values is not significantly insightful,” he said.

A study committee delivered a 24-page report that said annexation would force the school system to quickly build or expand buildings, raise taxes and cut programs.

Wisniewski said two of six areas considered for annexation–the ones including the Publix shopping center and Suburban Plaza–had the biggest financial upside for the schools.

This is an interesting point.  If we’re going to adjust enrollment projections in annexed areas into the future based on current student residency inside the city, we should also attempt to adjust commercial values to bring them in line with values inside the current city limits.  At least, that’s what it sounds like Mr.  Wisniewski is getting at.

The delay in a School Board decision now puts all official board decisions (school and city) on annexation into the month of December.