MANA Watch Alert November

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association:

Melton's App & Tap to reopen

From the AJC: Decatur-area restaurant plagued by rats from pet store to reopen, By Fran Jeffries and David Ibata, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "The owner of a Decatur-area restaurant has decided to reopen his eatery after closing it three weeks ago because rats that were traced to a pet store next door had invaded his place...." Read more.

How to make an outside cat an inside cat

In light of recent reports of potential predators like coyotes, owls, and hawks, we're reprinting this by permission from Wardell Castles which was originally posted to the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association listserv: "If you have a outdoors cat and you want to protect him/her from these coyotes (and cars and dogs, etc), here's an article that offers some advice.

Trust me, it can be done. Kay and I've converted two previously outdoor stray cats to perfectly content inside cats. After all, what animal in their right mind would rather be outside in cold rainy weather being stalked by larger predators as opposed to living the life of luxury indoors being well fed, warm, and cared for.


DeKalb Legislative Community Cabinet & Breakfast Meeting

From the county CEO's office: Chapel Hill Middle School, 3535 Dogwood Farms Rd, Decatur, GA. Saturday, December 3, 9-11 a.m.  Saturday's Guests Include: Congressman Hank Johnson's Office of Constituent Services; The Salvation Army's Programs and Resources; Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Stone Mountain Park -A Stone Mountain Christmas; Atlanta Community Food Bank. Please bring a canned good item ! We will be donating items to help our neighbors in need to the Atlanta Community Food Bank!  Since 1997, Commissioner Stan Watson has utilized this platform to connect elected and appointed officials, public safety representatives, DeKalb County services and resources and the community together. His purpose is to educate, inform, and inspire community-wide opportunities to work together. There is never a charge to attend and it is open to the public. Report - Burglary on Gaylemont 11/29/11

From DeKalb county police via

Melton's App & Tap "reinvents itself"

Article from the Saporta Report by local resident Michelle Hiskey: "Restaurant reinvents itself after rat infestation; longtime loyal diners pledge to return.  Could rats bring out the best in a restaurant? That’s the crisis in an unexpected tail, er, tale of a neighborhood tavern in Decatur. The owner spent 17 years attracting regulars with simple delicious fare, specialty beers and word of mouth. Melton’s App & Tap became an “everybody knows your name” watering hole. The doors had always stayed open thanks to customers whose loyalty was unspoken.  When the doors shut without warning earlier this month, that loyalty was tested beyond the stomachs of most restaurant diners...." Read more. Report - Robbery on Landover with gun

From DeKalb police via

November 2011 MANA E-Newsletter

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Call for volunteers; Suburban Plaza; Melton's App & Tap.

Updated flood maps

From Carol Hayes via Civic Association Network: "The Georgia Department of Natural Resources along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are reassessing flood risk .... the maps ... show, on a property-by-property basis, to what extent which areas of the county are at risk for flooding, and what flood insurance requirements come with the risks. Once the maps are rolled out to residents and after an appeal period, counties and communities have six months to adopt the new maps. The new maps and flood insurance requirements are scheduled to take effect next fall." AJC.  I can find no information on the DeKalb county website about this process.  Here is the Flood Map project status for DeKalb from the state.  Find your location on the new maps.  More info available here at the US National Flood Insurance site. Carol Hayes, Chair, Burnt Fork Watershed Alliance

Court ok's reopening of Melton's and Pet Supermarket

From the Briarcliff Patch: "Melton's App & Tap could reopen to serve you food soon – or never again. And even after a judge gave the neighboring Pet Supermarket permission to reopen after a massive rat infestion that also closed the popular restaurant, the restaurant's owner now has to decide whether he's willing to put his finances on the line to open the doors again....." Read more:

Rep. Hank Johnson’s E-Newsletter for November 23, 2011

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Super Committee; Arabia Mountain; Helping Vets; Protecting consumers; Job center; Preventing violence.

Emory Village Update : 1 hour parking, PEDS award

From the Alliance to Improve Emory Village

Stacked wood available

I had a huge white oak taken down in the fall; several neighbors have helped themselves, but there is still a lot left that is stacked in the backyard. It needs to be split, but it splits easily. Now that the weather has turned chilly, I thought if any neighbors would like some, they would be doing me a favor by taking it for free. They can call me on my cell at 404-731-5169. Many thanks!

CEO Burrell Ellis Announces ONE DeKalb Works

From the county CEO's office: "One of the key components of the American Jobs Act is targeted to rebuilding our nation's crumbling infrastructure. Here, at home, we are investing $1.35 billion over the next 8-1/2 years towards the upgrade and repair of our aging water and sewer system. The magnitude of these repairs has presented us with the opportunity to implement our own local stimulus program that will create jobs now and help citizens grow businesses now." Read the full story here.

DeKalb restricts parking in Emory Village

From the AJC: By April Hunt, Tuesday, November 15, 2011: DeKalb County is installing hourly parking near Emory Village in a bid to encourage more visitors in the area. The county will restrict parking to one hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays on North Decatur and Oxford roads near the commercial strip. Signs detailing the change will be up soon. The restrictions come just months after the county installed a traffic roundabout in the area, to ease traffic around the busy intersections.  Read More.

Melton's App & Tap

Some news reports on the closure and local appeals for help.

From the North Druid Hills Patch: "Local restaurant and hangout Melton’s App & Tap has been closed since Nov. 6 due to a rat infestation that owner Aaron Melton said began in July with an invasion stemming from the Pet Supermarket next door. .... There are some ways to help Melton’s. First: Raise awareness. Tell your family, friends, coworkers and everyone else you know about what is happening.  Second: Contact the restaurant’s landlord to express your support. His name is Larry Wilensky. His office is at 1801 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 340, Atlanta, GA 30309. Or you can call him at 404-351-8803. If you contact him, be polite but show that you want Melton’s to reopen as soon as possible.  Third: If you’re on Facebook, like Melton’s page and the related Keep Melton’s Open page. Both are busy with many Melton’s patrons showing their support....."  Read more.

From the AJC: ".... “We’ve been open for 17 years and never had a rodent problem until this thing exploded right next to us in early July,” said Aaron Melton, owner of Melton’s App & Tap. “We already took the proper precautions, and always took the proper safeguards. … Now we’re shut down and don’t know if we’ll ever be able to reopen.”...." Read more.

Walmart in Suburban Plaza? tell us your concerns

We will be representing CHCA at a meeting with our commissioner.  If you have any concerns, comments, or questions regarding Walmart moving into Suburban Plaza, please email us at info AT

As an example, North Decatur Heights recently published this list on their website. Report - Assault on Willivee Pl 11/12/11

From DeKalb police via
Type Description Case # Location Agency Date Map It
Assault ASSAULT/BATTERY OFFENSE FREE TEXT 11-127855 2200 BLOCK WILLIVEE PL DeKalb County Police 11/12/2011 11:15:00 PM Map It

County Workshop: Wills and Advance Directives

From the county CEO's office: Last Things First: Making Sense of Wills and Advance Directives, Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 pm, Community Achievement Center, 4522 Flat Shoals Pkwy, Decatur, GA 30034. Hosted by: Decatur Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Terri M. Hall or Cynthia Williams at:

Kidical Mass - a safe and fun bike ride kids & families in Grant Park November 20th

For our cyclists and pre-cyclists from SOPO and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition: The 2nd Kidical Mass Atlanta is coming to Grant Park for the last Farmer's Market of the season on Sunday, November 20th at 10 a.m.  Kidical Mass is a family-friendly, law-abiding bike ride. The purpose is to teach kids, parents and caregivers safety skills and provide a ride in which to practice them. Organizers from the Sopo Bicycle Co-op and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition hope to build awareness of the growing presence of kids and families on bikes, as well as the need for all road users to respect others.  Kidical Mass brings together families who bike to build a supportive bicycling community. and are comfortable for families just starting out and biking on city streets for the first time but don’t completely avoid traffic. There is safety in numbers, not just on a group ride like this but also in the day to day world of riding in the city.  This ride helps families experience that comfort, and hopes participants will grow to incorporate biking into their transportation menus in the future.

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