Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The wreaths lining Decatur streets hung two months.
UPDATE: Christmas spirit wins by a nose in a Patch poll on Christmas decorations. The question: Is two months too long for Christmas decorations to hang. Thirty-one people voted no. Twenty-seven said yes and one person -- somehow -- didn't know. Full disclosure: I decided to post this poll after I came home from church on Sunday and noticed the crews at work. After shooting some photos, I went inside and my wife and I finished taking down our own personal Christmas tree -- a job we'd started two days earlier. I'm glad the city is more efficient than me. ORIGINAL STORY: On Sunday, crews from Illuminating Design removed the Christmas wreaths that have been hanging on Decatur's streetlights since Nov. 6. That's more than two months. Is that …
Friday, December 30, 2011
It's one of 24 in the nation and the only finalist in Georgia.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Get out the lights and holly. Your decorating could net big bucks for our schools.
Patch.com is launching a nationwide contest to find the best dressed home in its Patch communities, and the winner’s school district will receive $100,000, no strings attached. Here’s how the contest works. Beginning on Dec. 8 and continuing through Dec. 26, you can nominate your home by uploading a photo to the contest entry form on the site. During that same time period you and your neighbors will also be able to vote for your favorite festive home. The winning entry will be forwarded to a national Patch judge that will select 24 finalists. Each finalist will receive $500 that they can apply to their December electric bill. From Dec. 30 through Jan. 8 you will be able to vote for the Best Decked House in all of Patch. The grand prize …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Commissioners Cup goes to 332 Lockwood Terrace.
What happens when you're no longer afraid of Santa Claus?
I should mention that I love the movie Miracle on 34th Street. It has Christmas and romance and precocious Natalie Wood. Even though I never believed in Santa Claus, I like the idea of Santa Claus. What’s not to love about a kind grandfatherly figure who doles out presents in stockings by chimneys and shoes at doors? As a kid, I never liked Santa. If we weren’t supposed to talk to strangers all year, why did we need to talk to a stranger at Christmas? If I was supposed to keep the proper personal space from grown men, why did I need to sit on that man’s lap? The first time I took a photo with Santa, I was 17. I said to him, “This is a little bit weird.” He was a good sport. Now I love chatting with Santa. My kids took a photo with Santa …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Headlines for Tuesday, December 20: Movie being shot at Agnes Scott, Atlanta Public Schools start winter break, and the festival of trees at Cobb Galleria raises $20,000.
'Come' mini-series being filmed at Agnes Scott. Winter break starts for Atlanta Public Schools. Cobb Galleria Festival of Trees raises $20,000.
Money raised for Decatur Youth Fund.
A few years ago, while reporting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I wrote a story about how towns in metro Atlanta were looking for new ways to market themselves. Some of them paid marketing firms thousands of dollars to devise slogans, taglines, seals and logos. Duluth, for instance, shelled out $60,000. Several town leaders said they envied Decatur because it already had a clean, distinctive logo -- the three buildings representing homes, schools and places of worship. The folks in city hall know they have a good thing and protect that logo. They don't let just anybody use it. But last month, Martha "Bo" Meyer asked for permission to use the logo in making wind chimes from recycled materials. Half the money raised will go to the …
Avondale Estates will light the city menorah at Dewey Brown Memorial Plaza.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights, starts at sundown on Tuesday, Dec. 20. In Avondale Estates, the city will light a menorah -- a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the holiday -- Tuesday at Dewey Brown Memorial Plaza, across from city hall. City Manager Clai Brown said a resident gave the electric menorah to the town several years ago. The menorah operates on a timer and glows from dusk to dawn, he said. Congregation Bet Haverim will hold a Hanukkah Shabbat service at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 at Central Congregational United Church of Christ at 2676 Clairmont Road Northeast, Atlanta. Congregation Bet Haverim's is Atlanta’s LGBT-founded Reconstructionist synagogue. Editor's note: A previous …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Enjoy a Craftaganza, make an ornament, enjoy a night out or lift your voices at a Community Carol Sing-A-Long.
We want to let you know about things around town that are cheap, easy, or free. You can help with this column by telling us about upcoming deals. Just add them to the comment box or email the author to be added to a future column. 1. Oakhurst Church Craftaganza, 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 630 E. Lake Drive, Decatur. Deal: From the church: "The $1 fee allows guests to participate in as many crafts as they like. There will be a wide variety of crafting stations, including a kids craft area, for guests to make (and wrap at the wrapping station) unique Christmas gifts for your friends and family. There will also be a station where guests can wrap up toiletries and write encouraging letters to be taken to local women's shelters. Light …
Monday, December 12, 2011
Decatur restaurant is selling this three-birds-in-one delicacy.
Want something different for Christmas dinner? Check out Community Q BBQ. This holiday season, the restaurant on Clairmont Road is selling smoked turkey, spiral hams and ... turduckens! In case you don’t know what a turducken is, Community Q provides this description in an email. “It is a boneless turkey, stuffed with a boneless chicken, stuffed with a boneless Duck. The only bones are the Turkey drumsticks and wings. Inside the turkey, the duck and chicken are layered with seasoned rice with Shrimp and Crawfish. It looks like a whole Turkey but is solid with goodies inside and can be sliced. (no carving necessary)” That's a lot of bird. The name is a combination of turkey, duck and hen. In the United States turducken is mainly a Cajun …