Azalea Park

My husband and I often walk down East Lake through Azalea Park for our walks in Deep Dene.  Before these rains we have had lately, we noticed belatedly that some of the azaleas were suffering dreadfully from the drought (see photo below).  So (again before the rains) I gave all of the azaleas a deep watering.  Then the rains came.  I’m happy to say that all of the azaleas except two now have at least some green leaves.  The two that don’t may unfortunately have died, but we will just have to wait and see if they show any signs of life.

So I’m assuming that the county (or its contractor) is not watering the plants.  If anyone is interested in ever doing this, I have put a little plastic sandwich bag in the water spigot hole with a piece of paper and pen to record watering dates and times.

Now my question:  does anyone know whom I would contact to find out if the county ever plans to take on the watering or to take on mulching in the Fall of the year???  ( It seems to me that it would be time for a good new layer of mulch this Fall. )


— Becky Lough

Neighborhood Watch Street Captains

Hello Everyone,

A post from me was posted on July 8th titled “Neighborhood Watch”. Once on the East Lake Road Neighborhood website please scroll down and take a look at that post.   You can also click above on the Home or Community page to see that post. I am still looking for 2 captains per street. The results of the first post are below. Please email me at if I can place your name beside your street.

So far:

  • East Lake Road to Paden Cir – Lisa Klumok
  • Ponce de Leon Manor – Yvette Weatherly and Dena Cohen
  • Ponce de Leon Ave – Ridgecrest to West Parkwood – Anne Wallace


We can use your help.

  • Ridgecrest Road – East Lake Rd to Dekalb Ave – Your name here!
  • Ridgecrest Road- East Lake Rd to Ponce de Leon Ave- Your name here!
  • Ridgecrest Court – Your name here!
  • West Parkwood Road – Your name here!
  • Ponce de Leon Ave – Lakeshore Drive to Ridge Crest – Your name here!
  • Ponce de Leon Avenue – Barton Woods Rd to Artwood – Your name here!
  • Barton Woods Road – Your name here!
  • Artwood Road – Your name here!
  • East Parkwood Road- the part that’s in Dekalb County – Your name here!
  • Parkwood Lane- the part that’s in Dekalb County – Your name here!
  • North Parkwood Road- the part that’s in Dekalb County – Your name here!
  • Lakeshore Drive- the part that’s in Dekalb County – Your name here!


What am I asking you to do?

Street Captains To-Do List

Create and keep an updated list of all Home addresses, E-mail addresses and Phone numbers.

E-mail important information to your street list.

Plan an annual Fall Street Party, so neighbors can meet and greet each other. You can decide on that date and time.

Attend a meeting with the other Street Captains at least once a year.  That meeting will be planned by the Division 2 co-chairs.

Promote the Druid Hills Patrol, if you think the Patrol is important. My husband Tom and I joined and we do see the patrol car go up and down our street. You will not have to knock on doors. There will be printed materials at the parties.  There will also be information that you can send by email to your street list.

Street Party Meet and Greet


It would be nice to start the fall off gathering with our neighbors. Your street/streets can decide if and when you would like to have the party.  I hope you all will decide to have a meet and greet.


 What can we do at the Party?

Have a sign in or check off sheet.  This will help to update your street list.

Meet your adult neighbors.

Your kids can meet other kids.

You could dance, if you have music.

You can have fun!

Check list for a Street Party



Where -Which Street (see suggestions below)







Tables- Who has one, two or more to lend?

Chairs- Bring your own.

Maybe close the street. If so, Contact your local precinct for a request form. We are the Center Precinct 770-724-7780.


Streets that could Party together

The DeKalb part of Lakeshore, Ponce de Leon Ave from Lakeshore to Ponce de Leon Manor, and all of Ponce Manor.  Suggestion- Party on Ponce Manor.

East Lake to Paden Cir, Ridgecrest Rd to Dekalb Ave and Ridgecrest Ct.

Suggestion- Party on Ridgecrest Ct.

Ponce de Leon Ave from Eastlake to West Parkwood and Ridgecrest Rd from Eastlake to Ponce de Leon Ave Suggestion- Party in Deepdene

Ponce de Leon Ave from Deepdene to North Parkwood and all of Artwood Suggestion- Party at the end of Artwood or maybe on Heaton Park

North Ponce and Barton Woods Suggestion- Party on Barton Woods

East and West Parkwood and Parkwood Lane. Suggestion- Party in the Parkwoods

Please let me know if you have other suggestions. 








Georgia Power Tree Trimming

Georgia Power will be trimming trees/vines along our power line this weekend between Ridgecrest & W. Ponce as they run along the CSX lines behind our houses.  Hope everyone got the door notices and will thank the guys for the work they do to keep our power lines clear and working!


Anne H. Wallace, President


Power Line Maintenance

On Wednesday, 7/6 a power outage occurred along Ridgecrest Road and the south side of Ponce de Leon toward Decatur, effecting 37 homes.  A limb had fallen at 11:45 am on the power lines near the CSX tracks.  The power outage was reported by the homeowner immediately and power was restored around 9:15 pm. 

The issue is maintenance and keeping the trees, kudzu, and heavy growth off these lines.  Thursday afternoon I met with Matt Goff, Forestry and ROW supervisor with Georgia Power.  Matt knows our old historic grid well and explained that the crews have to cut and clean this area individually as no bucket trucks can get back to the lines.  He told me that there are crews currently working along McLendon near Lake Claire Park and promised me that they will be coming our way later this summer.  He will let me know when to expect them and I will keep you posted!

 As President of DHCA, I encourage you all to join us and to be active in your neighborhood!  Enjoy your summer!

 Anne H. Wallace, President

Druid Hills Civic Association


Free TaiChi Lessons in Decatur on Saturdays

And help keep this green space green!



Decatur “Green” health and relaxation practice
Kickstart your Saturday mornings with the simple movements and breath work of Tai Chi and Qigong. Dress comfortably.
Sponsored by City of Decatur Active Living, Decatur Housing Authority, and Qigong and TaiChi 4 L.I.F.E.
For more information contact:
Steve Dorage at 404-617-0071, or Neil Norton at 404-271-6526.
Starting Saturday, July 9th, 2016 ongoing each Saturday through September. FREE
Meet at 7:30am at the Greenspace on the corner of W. Trinity Pl. and Commerce Ave. Free parking is available behind the Ebster Center off Electric Ave.

Sponsored by City of Decatur Active Living, Decatur Housing Authority, and Qigong and TaiChi 4 L.I.F.E.
For more information contact:
Steve Dorage at 404-617-0071, or Neil Norton at 404-271-6526.


Neighborhood Watch


Hello Everyone,

There is hope to get the Neighborhood Watch Program up and running again. Signs like the one above are around our Division 2 neighborhood.  We can continue looking out for each other in a more organized way.  We can do this if we re-activate the program. Let’s start with getting two people per street. The list of streets is below.  Please email me at if you can be a captain.  After we have two Street Captains per street, we will schedule a meeting with Officer Al Fowler, DKPD and Officer Singh, DHP.

  • East Lake Road
  • Ridgecrest Road
  • Ridgecrest Court
  • Ponce de Leon Manor
  • West Parkwood Rd
  • Ponce de Leon Avenue between Lakeshore Drive & West Parkwood Rd
  • Ponce de Leon Avenue
  • Barton Woods Road
  • Artwood Road
  • Part of East Parkwood Road
  • Part of Parkwood Lane
  • Part of North Parkwood Road
  • Part of Lakeshore Drive


Yvette Weatherly


Found Tortoise


We have acquired a tortoise. She/he is not a native Georgia tortoise, but has somehow showed up in our back yard. We are glad she has come to visit, but we suspect she is someone’s pet. She is not very fast so we suspect she has escaped from one of our close neighbors.

Please let us know if it is yours or you are a tortoise expert or know anyone who is.


Janet & Clarke Weeks

2181 East Lake Road NE




Found Cat

Cat - 2016-04A very lovely black cat has adopted my family. For the past week, it has been on the porch or in our yard almost all the time, including late and night and early in the morning. It is very affectionate and social. We haven’t fed it or let it inside, assuming that it does have a home, but we would happily care for it, if it does not belong to anyone. Our yard backs up to W Parkwood, so it may officially live there. Is anyone missing or does anyone recognize this sweetie?

Beth Urban Hart