Decatur Police Alert: Multiple Auto Entries Reported Last Evening/Night

From DPD’s Jennifer Ross…

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, Decatur Police received reports of four vehicles entered during late afternoon-early evening hours while victims were visiting a park, gymnastics studio, yoga studio and recreation center.  The  incidents occurred in the following areas and time frames:

  • 100 block of Nelson Ferry Road (3:40-4:00pm)
  • 400 block of West Ponce de Leon Avenue (5:45-7:30 pm)
  • 400 block of East Lake Drive (3:30-6:15pm)
  • 2600 block of Talley Street (5:15pm-6:15pm)

All four vehicles were entered by having a window broken out.  Purses, wallets, credit cards, phones and a laptop were stolen.


On Thursday, October 31, 2013, Decatur Police received reports of five vehicles entered the previous night in the Melrose Avenue/Drexel Avenue/Emerson Avenue area.  All of the vehicles were unsecured.  Loose change, a GPS unit and a radar detector were taken.  Four of the five vehicles entered were parked in driveways and the fifth vehicle was parked on the street.

Halloween Open Thread!

It’s Halloween night, so here’s an open thread time to report all of your Halloween adventures!

As in years past, “Talk about your candy stomach ache, bumps in the night, or the cutest Halloween costume that came to your door.  It’s totally up to you.”

Candlelight Vigil For Ms. Shirley Kendrick Tomorrow Evening

Commissioner Patti Garrett sends along this message…

Candlelight Vigil for Ms. Shirley (Kendrick) at 272 Cambridge Ave

Ali and John Post (next door neighbors) are organizing a Candlelight Vigil for Ms. Shirley Kendrick tomorrow evening, Nov. 1 beginning at 6:15 as a tribute to Ms. Shirley and as a service of healing for the loss of a special neighbor.  Church community members, neighbors, family and friends will be gathering. Please feel free to stop by and light a candle in her memory.

Decatur Schools Posts 4th Rezoning Option Online

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UPDATE: Decaturish has a good interview with the Superintendent on this topic today.

The City Schools of Decatur have now posted digital lot-by-lot maps of the K-3 rezoning options under consideration and have included a fourth option, which you can view above.

NOTE: Since these are lot-by-lot maps, they are quite large and take a while to download.

Eye on the Street

Old Decatur

North McDonough (or whatever that street was called around the turn of the 20th century), Decatur GA is Back, UDO Kick Off is Thursday November 14th

The DecaturNext website, which was updated frequently during the 2010 Strategic Planning process, has been revived as the city works through the process of crafting a “Unified Development Ordinance”.

The site is already reporting that the UDO “Kick Off” meeting will take place on Thursday, November 14th at 7pm at City Hall.  The site says that the consulting team will first present a “UDO 101” for the room and then attendees will be asked to answer a specific question: “In what way(s) do you feel our existing development regulations fail to address the intent and/or goals of the Strategic Plan?”  You can read more about the meeting on DecaturNext.

The rest of the anticipated UDO schedule currently looks like this…

Trees! Crafting Decatur-Appropriate Regulations
Let’s find some common ground for a healthy canopy.
December 11 | Time and Location TBD

UDO Table of Contents Public Meeting
Help determine our “big picture” direction and what initial
recommendations will be made to City Commission.
January 8 | Time and Location TBD

City Commission Meeting
Consideration of a new tree ordinance will be on the agenda.
January 21 | 7:30pm | City Hall Commission Meeting Room

City Commission Meeting
Consideration of the UDO’s code assessment, “big picture” recommendations, and recommended policy changes will be on the agenda.
February 3 | 7:30pm | City Hall Commission Meeting Room

Long Awaited Palookaville Set To Open in Avondale on Halloween

Celebrity chef Jim Stacy’s long-awaited Pallookaville restaurant is set to open today for a “preview party” in downtown Avondale Estates.  The spot will then close until next Monday, November 4th when it will presumably open for good.

The restaurant’s Facebook page reads…

Let’s have a party!
We are opening!
Halloween Night 6pm-1am
Special Party Fountain and Restaurant Menu
Closed Fri, Sat and Sun.
Chomp and Stomp Sat.
Back open Mon. 11am-4pm with a limited Opening Menu.
illustration: The Terrible Monster on Blackberry Street by Lyles, Vina & Frances Walter 1963.

The AJC had an entertaining story on Jim Stacey and Pallookville a couple of weeks back – but it’s behind the wall o’ pay.

Poster courtesy of Pallookaville’s Facebook page