Spring Thanks

Much thanks to these eleven neighbors for their recent work on neighborhood improvements.

  • Aja Pascale, Gale Walldorff, and Bob Ballou for their determined pursuit of the East Lake Quiet Zone. The official start date is May 27. Yet, today, May 20, a neighbor reported that two inbound morning trains — the auto-rack and the intermodal — did not blow the horn. Still, it will most likely take some time for all the train engineers to abide by the quiet zone. (The learning curve for the Frazier Rd. quiet zone was close to a year. Note that the horn will continue to blow at DeKalb Ave., while work continues on making that crossing a quiet zone. That could be a while. Also, engineers will always blow the horn if they see something on the line that troubles them — such as a pedestrian crossing when the gates are down.)
  • Michael Pascale for taking over the East Lake Road makeover and working hard and tactfully — with DOT, its contractor, and residents — at bringing about the conclusion. The road looks much better, it’s slower, it’s safer.
  • Jon Golden for moving the neighborhood website to a new location and for remaining the reliable webmaster. Jon also built the Safer Crossing website (for the quiet zone issue) and the site for DeKalb Citizens for Good Government (a group started by East Lake people). He’s the ultimate webmaster, and he never misses anything.
  • Nan Brinson for her timely postings to the neighborhood site. She’s the charming face of the website.
  • Becky and Bob Lough for (quietly and dependably) maintaining  lovely Azalea Park, at East Lake and Ponce.
  • Anne Wallace for being the neighborhood’s redoubtable representative to the civic association and for taking a lead role in figuring out the cityhood issue for Druid Hills.
  • Commissioner Jeff Rader and Caroline Enloe, who are not exactly neighbors but who helped inestimably with several issues over the years, including the makeover, the quiet zone, and even Azalea Park. Jeff and his remarkable (and patient) assistant, Caroline, have come through time and again for the neighborhood.

Reminder About Mail Theft

From a resident of an adjacent neighborhood:

While on a call at noon today, May 13, I looked out a front window and watched a car pull up to my mailbox. A guy in the front passenger seat reached out the window. I thought he was going to leave a business card under the flag. But he opened the mailbox, with its flag up, and removed an outgoing (unimportant) envelope. The car — a green compact with two African-American males, driver and passenger — drove away. I called the police within a couple of minutes, hoping they’d be able to catch them still working the area. But an officer who later came by told me they could not find them.

These mail theft crews move from neighborhood to neighborhood all over the city, doing their mail theft thing.

NWF Community Wildlife Habitat Certification

From our DHCA Division 2 chair, Anne Wallace:

National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat Certification

In March, the DHCA Board authorized an effort to pursue certification of Druid Hills as a “community wildlife habitat” under the auspices of the National Wildlife Federation. Community Wildlife Habitat™ is a national program that recognizes and celebrates community-wide efforts to green landscapes and buildings, improve air and water quality, restore vital wildlife habitat and improve the health and well-being of inhabitants. Communities register to participate and take actionable steps to make a difference for wildlife and the environment.

There was discussion at the March DHCA Board meeting of having the Division Chairs survey our areas to determine the level of interest in this program. We probably need several to most of our Divisions to participate, in order to meet the requirements, which include not only having individual homes/gardens certified, but also require the engagement of schools and common areas. There may be some people who are already familiar with this program, particularly in the vicinity of Fernbank Forest (Divisions 2 and 9) and Emory University (Divisions 7 and 8), as these institutions have a history of working with NWF on similar certifications.

Neighbors who want to be informed about the program and what it provides should go to the NWF website, http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Community-Habitats/About.aspx, where you can find out how this has worked in other communities, including several in Georgia.

Chris Liggett (cristofer53@att.net) will serve as DHCA Project Leader and Anne Wallace is Division 2 Chair (annewallace@prodigy.net ). Please feel free to contact these two neighbors with your questions and to volunteer for this project.

Many communities need up to 2 years to reach certification, so we need to be patient and persistent!

Thank you very much for your cooperation and assistance!

Anne Wallace
DHCA Division 2 Chair

Reminder: Vacation Checks by Police and Police Phone Numbers

From the Q&A on the website in late 2014:

Do the DeKalb police make vacation checks?

Yes. Call 770.724.7600. Tell the operator there’s no emergency (if she should ask), and then tell her you want to a file a POAP. That’s “patrol as often as possible.” Give your information to the person you’re transferred to, and the police will patrol your house while you’re gone.

How should the police be contacted if I see a suspicious person; if my house has been burglarized; if a detached building on my property has been burglarized; if my car has been entered (with or without a smashed window); or if a stray dog is on the loose in the neighborhood?

Suspicious persons, house burglary, detached building burglary:   Call 911.   An officer will respond, investigate, and file a report.

Non-emergency car break-in:   Call 678.406.7929 and follow prompts to file police report by phone. You could also simply call 911 and say it’s not an emergency. (Patrol officers generally don’t come out for car break-ins, although you can insist on having one do so. You might have to wait a while.)

Stray dog on the loose (and all other animal issues):   Call 404.294.2996   (Animal Control)

To get a police report for a burglary, car break-in, accident:   Call 770.724.7740   (Police Central Records)

Also:

You cannot make a report by phone for a house or detached building burglary. An officer must come out and make a report.

Making a report for even a car break-in is important for getting the police resources we need to make the neighborhood safe. Not making a report when something bad has happened causes the neighborhood, in the eyes of the police (and county commissioners), to appear safer than it actually is.

Spring Plant Sales

Fernbank Science Center and Trees Atlanta will be having their spring plant sales on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

 

Poster for Trees Atlanta Spring Plant Sale

3rd Annual Trees Atlanta Native Plant Sale

Fernbank Science Center Plant Sale

The Fernbank Science Center will hold their sale from 8am to 3pm at 156 Heaton Park Drive. (The Fernbank Science Center is not associated with the Fernbank Museum on Clifton Road.)

There will be a wide variety of trees, shrubs and flowering perennials available. Many of these are native plants and may be hard to find elsewhere. The Fernbank Science Center horticulture staff will be on hand to provide planting advice and suggestions for gardening problems.

For additional information on the Fernbank sale, follow these links:

Fernbank Plant Sale Webpage

Sample List of Available Plants (PDF)

Trees Atlanta Plant Sale

Trees Atlanta will be holding their spring plant sale from 8am to 1pm at the Freedom Farmers’ Market at the Carter Center.

Included in the sale are great bird-and-butterfly-friendly species such as milkweed, native lilies, aster, jack-in–the-pulpit, and goldenrod. Many species of vines, ferns, and grasses will be for sale, too. Trees Atlanta staff members will be on hand to provide advice on plant selection and placement.

For additional information on the Trees Atlanta sale, follow these links:

Trees Atlanta Plant Sale Webpage

List of Available Plants (PDF)

Coyotes in DeKalb County

Below is an article that recently ran in the AJC

 

COYOTE

A DeKalb County neighborhood ravaged by an infestation of coyotes has seen the situation escalate with the unwanted pests killing family pets.

According to WSB-TV, the coyotes have been in the Medlock Park neighborhood for months, but have recently stepped up their presence by killing cats and other outdoor pets. Wildlife experts pin the increase in violence to the coyotes’ breeding season; with more hungry mouths to feed, adult coyotes need to be more aggressive to bring home food to their young.

Area residents should bring their outdoor pets inside if at all possible, and keep a close eye on pets if they’re let outside. Wildlife experts told WSB-TV that if coyotes are spotted, loud noises will usually scare them away.

Please join us at the Atlanta Botanical Garden at Day Hall

 Tuesday, March 10, 2015 

(doors open at 6.30pm, presentation starts at 7.30pm)

Olmsted’s Deepdene Park:  

A forest preserved in the 19th century finds its way for the 21st

Spencer Tunnell, Olmsted Linear Park Alliance

Half of the total 45 acres of the Olmsted Linear Park in Druid Hills lies in the forest of Deepdene. In this talk, the history of this park will be touched on with more time spent examining the efforts of the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance to rehabilitate this woodland with its triple threat of invasive exotics, storm drainage erosion and overhead power lines.  Over its 125 years of history Deepdene has seen a lot of change and keeps perking along, doing what Olmsted always wanted it to do!

Please bring a friend and as always, parking vouchers for carpoolers.

Let us know if you know of a group who would like to host a table during social hour.