Next NPU-V Meeting Monday, March 14th at 7pm

Museum BarThe next Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V) meeting is next Monday, March 14th at 7pm. The meeting is hosted by Mechanicsville and will be held at the brand-new Museum Bar, located at 181 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.

NPU-V is made up of Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Summerhill and Capitol Homes/Gateway.

This meeting has a few topics for Adair Park, including the Citgo at Metropolitan and Lexington looking for approval of a change in ownership for their liquor license as well as the storage facility at Metropolitan and Shelton asking for approval of a text amendment to allow for better signage.

Come hear what is going on in our local area and meet some folks from the other neighborhoods. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Atlanta Police Redesign of Local Beats

Atlanta Police DepartmentAPD Chief George Turner is hosting a series of neighborhood meetings to discuss the resdesign of police beats. He is meeting with Zone 3, which includes Adair Park, on Thursday, March 3rd at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held at the John Burdine Center located at 215 Lakewood Way.

Chief Turner, Deputy Chief Finley, Major Mitchell and other command staff will make a presentation about the new beats, about the rationale for their design and the expected benefits in terms of response time and zone coverage.

For additional information, please contact Alice Johnson, Community Affairs Liaison for the Atlanta Police Department, at 404-546-7899.



Beltline cleans up dumping ground outside Adair Park

Adair Park dump site cleanedFinally, someone is doing something about the illegal dumping grounds that has been on the outskirts of Adair Park! This area, on Allene Avenue just south of Catherine Street, has been a blight to Southwest Atlanta and an eyesore for way too long.

Catherine Street resident Becky O’Mara was interviewed and, like the rest of us, is glad someone is finally cleaning this area up! Read the Fox5 story and watch the video here.

Citizen Police Academy Enrollment Open Until February 25th!

MARTA BadgeMARTA’s Police Department will hold its 17th Citizen Police Academy beginning Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Enrollment for classes is free and will be held on Tuesdays from 6pm – 9pm, with one Saturday class for firearms.

Due to the sensitivity of the information presented, all applicants must be at least 21 years of age and willing to submit to a criminal history check.

In addition, the Police Youth Leadership Academy is March 5, 2011 from 9am to 3pm. Young people ages 12-16 can attend this free session to learn about MARTA Police basic law enforcement and techniques.

For more information, see the Citizens Police Academy flyer or visit their website at www.itsmarta.com and go to the MARTA Police page.

NPU-V Meeting Monday, February 14th

The next NPU-V meeting will be on Monday, February 14th at 7pm in Peoplestown at 30 Haygood Avenue. In this month’s meeting we will hear from not only the NPU-V officers, but each neighborhood in the NPU-V will have their report. In addition, there will be time for various city officials to speak including the Atlanta Police Department and the City Council. There are a few zoning requests and license review questions as well.

Please come out and join your neighbors from across South Atlanta including Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Capitol Homes/Gateway and Summer Hill. For more information on NPU-V, visit their website.

NPU-V Meeting Monday, January 10th at 7pm

This month’s Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V) meeting is in Adair Park at the Metropolitan Lofts on Monday, January 10th at 7pm. The Metropolitan Lofts are located at 675 Metropolitan Parkway.

Metro Lofts

Since Adair park is hosting, we would love for our neighbors to join us! The Atlanta Police Department, City Council, the Atlanta Fire Department, the Atlanta District Attorney’s Office and other government and civil organizations will have representatives giving reports. Atlanta Victim Assistance will also have a short presentation.

NPU-V is made up of Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Summerhill and Capitol Homes. These meetings concern not just Adair Park but surrounding neighborhoods. Please attend and bring a neighbor.

Help Keep Atlanta Clean – Recycle!

Do your part to help the environment and keep recyclable items out of our landfills by splitting your recycling out from your trash. Everyone should have a small black recycling bin, but there are alternatives. You can get stickers from the city to put on your own bins, or better yet, now you can even request a large rolling blue recycle bin from the city!

Call 404-330-6333 or send an email to publicworks@atlantaga.gov to request your large bin. Items eligible for curbside recycling collection include: newspapers, aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars (remove the lids), steel (tin) cans, plastic food containers and bottles (please rinse out), mixed paper, office paper, junk mail, telephone books, boxboard (cereal, tissue boxes), shredded paper tied in a clear plastic bag, magazines, catalogues, cardboard (broken down or cut to fit the bin). Please DO NOT put plastic bags, hoses, pipes or furniture in the bins. Most grocery stores have recycling bins for your plastic bags.

Here are some other great recycling resources. Help keep Atlanta clean! http://www.earth911.com, http://www.keepatlantabeautiful.com, http://www.dca.state.ga.us

Atlanta recognized as one of the least segregated cities in the US

In a recent article posted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Census Bureau released results showing that black segregation in the US drops to the lowest in the century. Atlanta was recognized as one of the cities with the least segregated neighborhoods. The findings on segregation are partly based on a demographic index that tracks the degree to which racial groups are evenly spread between city and suburb.

Adair Park is a great example of diversity in Atlanta. Our small neighborhood is a melting pot with a variety in ethnicity, age, sexual preference, religious beliefs, political stances and other cultural differences. We even have a wide range of types of dogs and cats! This one of many reasons our residents love Adair Park and their neighbors. You can walk down any street in Adair Park, stop and talk to a neighbor you pass and get a different perspective on views you may have based on their background. Our desires to improve our homes, our neighborhood and our lives also bring our neighborhood closer together. Stop by an Adair Park meeting and see a microcosm of the city of Atlanta and the direction we are moving.

Atlanta Skyline

Brrrrrrr! Sure is cold outside!

Winter is definitely in FULL swing. As I stood in the street, bundled up with gloves and a scarf and scraped off my windshield to head to work this morning, I was thinking about all the ways Adair Park neighbors are also trying to stay warm. Fulton County Fire officials offer these cold weather safety tips. Stay inside and stay warm!

Outdoor Thermometer

The Fulton County Fire and Rescue Department is urging residents to take safety precautions when heating their home this fall and winter. There are important factors to consider whether you are heating your home with a fireplace, space heater or a wood stove.

Fireplaces
– Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned regularly.
– Keep the area around the hearth clear of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
– Leave the glass fireplace doors open while you are burning a fire. Close the doors only when the fire is out.
– Always use a mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have glass doors.
– Do not use excessive amounts of paper when lighting, and do not use liquid fire starter.
– Keep firewood at least 30 feet from your home.
– Keep the roof clear of levaes, and remove branches hanging above the chimney.

Space Heaters
– Only use space heaters that will turn off automatically if they fall over.
– Avoid storing objects on top of space heaters.
– Keep combustible materials at least three feet away from space heaters.
– Always unplug space heaters when not in use.

Wood Stoves
– Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
– Keep air inlets on wood stoves open.
– Use fire resistant materials around wood stoves.

One of the best ways to protect your home from fire is to install a smoke detector on each level of your home and outside sleeping areas. Residents are encouraged to test their smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries every six months.

Well the leaves on the trees are falling…

Great line from Van Morrison’s “Moondance”, but not pleasant when you walk outside and see a mass of leaves covering your lawn, house, car, sidewalk, street, etc.! Yes, fall in GA can be fun, but the leaf cleanup is not always a blast. Here are some tips from the City Of Atlanta’s Public Works Department for yard trimmings.

Leaves

The City of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works (DPW) will pick up all yard trimmings which include grass, leaves, pine straw, Christmas trees, nursery vegetative materials, and small branches not exceeding four feet in length and six inches in diameter. Only paper yard disposal bags should be used to store trimmings. Plastic bags with trimmings will not be collected. Yard bags are available at home improvement stores. A container clearly marked “yard trimmings” may also be used.

If your trash collection day is Monday or Tuesday, your yard trimmings collection is on the first and third week of the month. If your trash collection day is Wednesday or Thursday, your yard trimmings collection takes place on the second and fourth week of the month. Actual pick-up can occur any day during the work week. For more information call 404.330.6333 or email publicworks@atlantaga.gov.