Smart 911 service

Smart911The Atlanta Police Department is encouraging residents city-wide to enroll in a program that provides household information to first responders in the event of an emergency.

The free Smart911 system allows residents to create a “household safety profile” that would give emergency responders information about who lives in the home, along with photos and important medical information that would be helpful in an emergency. The information would only be used in the event of a 911 call.

Members of the police department are visiting neighborhood meetings to promote the service and answer questions from residents.

“In an emergency situation, every second counts,” Community Services Division Deputy Chief Renee Propes said in a statement. “Smart911 will help ensure first responders arrive on the scene with better insight of the situation at hand to more effectively address the needs of the citizens.”

Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Chamblee police departments, along with departments around the country, also use Smart911. City of Atlanta enrolled in the service in December 2011.

In an effort to reach households without internet access and senior citizens, the Atlanta Police Department will hold mobile registration drives over the course of the year to walk residents through the registration process.

The first registration drive will be held on Friday, Feb. 24, at Baptist Towers, 1811 Myrtle Drive SW. You can register on their website here.

Down payment assistance in Atlanta

Are you aware of the multiple opportunities for down payment assistance in the city of Atlanta? Here are just a few:

Cleta Winslow, our City Councilperson, Invest Atlanta and developer Jerome Russell will sponsor a series of housing and down-payment workshops and bus tours to help potential home buyers find available homes in Atlanta. The first workshop and tour will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW, in the City Council Chambers on the second floor at 8:30 a.m. Registration is required. Residents can call (404) 330-6047 to register.

Wells Fargo has started a program called “NeighborhoodLIFT”. The event has already happened in Atlanta, but the money is still out there to be used.

Last, there is downpayment assistance through the Beltline’s Affordable Housing program. This affects houses in the Beltline Tax Allocation District, which covers some houses along Allene Ave and other areas in Adair Park.

Some of these programs can be used in conjunction. Do some online research, there are many opportunities out there!

Need some ideas for fixing up your house?

Adair Park is full of older homes. It is part of what most of us love about the neighborhood – large front porches, wooden windows, coal burning fireplaces, drop ceilings, old large crown molding, etc. There is an upcoming day long seminar in Decatur called “Decatur Old House Fair” on Saturday, February 18th that can help you with some ideas for what to do to your house. There are multiple seminars and workshops throughout the day covering topics from woodworking to kitchen and bath to energy efficiency to grout and caulk renewal.

And if you are interested, Living Social has a discount available that drops the cost to $5 per ticket!

Keep Atlanta Beautiful Recycling Program

Keep Atlanta Beautiful LogoThe next monthly recycling event is Saturday, February 11th from 10am-3pm at Walden School, located at 320 Irwin Street. This event is organized by Keep Atlanta Beautiful. They accept a wide variety of recylables for free, including electronics, paper (they even shred it!), styrofoam and more. They will take televisions for $10 and can of latex paint for $2 per quart or gallon.

Keep Adair Park beautiful by helping Keep Atlanta Beautiful and recycle!

The Dirt for January – Gardening in Adair Park

This is a post from Crystal Paulk-Buchanon and Becky O’Mara. Thanks ladies for your insight into gardening in Adair Park!

PEE-kn,  PEE-can, puh-KAHNN. No matter how you say it, Adair Park’s trees gave the neighborhood a bumper crop this year.  We’re so grateful to George W. Adair and his sons for drawing the lots of our community around the existing orchard. It’s a yet another gift from our founder, along with the wide streets, large lots and connectivity to downtown.  However, neglected pecan trees can pose a hazard to people and property. Trees that are not properly trained when young have a tendency to develop forked lower branches. With age, these trees are at risk of splitting out during a storm. Winter is the normal time to correct structural defects and remove dead wood; however, pruning can be done at any time, if necessary.  Be sure to fertilize pecan trees annually, ideally based on a soil test.  Otherwise, apply a complete fertilizer such as 17-17-17 at the rate of 4 cups for each inch of trunk diameter in February. If the tree sets a heavy crop of nuts (noticeable in May), make a second application in June. Broadcast apply the fertilizer starting 3 feet from the trunk and extending a few feet past the canopy. Water the fertilizer into the soil promptly.

In the meantime enjoy those nuts! Here’s a great recipe for pecan pie shared by Crystal and Becky. And who amongst us doesn’t like pecan pie? It is a true southern delicacy!

 

 

Old Fashioned Honey Pecan Pie

 

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 9 inch single crust pie

Directions

  1. In a saucepan bring the honey to a boil. Quickly beat the eggs into the honey. Add butter, vanilla, nuts, and nutmeg. Pour into the pie shell.
  2. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 25 minutes or until set.

 

Beat Restructuring for Atlanta Police Department

Adair Park is now in Beat 301 instead of Beat 303 within the Atlanta Police Department. This means we are no longer in a zone with Pittsburgh, we are now with Capitol View and Capitol View Manor. The Police underwent the beat restructuring based on number of incidents. For more information, please visit www.atlantapd.org.

You can link directly to Zone 3 here. You can sort by neighborhood, zone, address and NPU here.

Free food for unemployed and single moms December 17th

12 Stone Church in Lawrenceville will be giving away a free honeybaked ham and a week’s worth of frozen food/groceries to unemployed people and to single moms on Saturday, December 17th starting at 1pm. The Church members were able to register, but it is open to the public on the 17th. http://itk.12stone.com/feed5000/ This is a great program from a great Church.

The give-away is at the Gwinnett Braves stadium on GA 20 in Buford. Take 85 North to GA 20 (Mall of Georgia exit), turn right heading east, the stadium is about 3-4 miles on the right.

You pull into the parking lot, pop the trunk, the Church volunteers will put the food in the car, hand the driver a voucher for 4 free tickets to use anytime during the Gwinnett Braves season, and the recipient can be on their way. If you know Adair Park neighbors in need, you might want to forward this great offering to them.

Get out and Vote!

It is time to do your civic duty! Well, one of your civic duties. Today is an election day. In this General Municipal and Special Election, we are voting on the Sunday Alcohol sales question, electing a member of the Board of Education and for the One Percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for Educational Purposes.

For more information, you can visit Fulton County’s voting information site here. Most Adair Park residents, if you have your correct address on your voter registration, vote at Gideons Elementary in Pittsburgh. To find out where your polling place is, visit the State of Georgia My Voter Page here and enter your information.

City Council Redistricting

For those who attended the Adair Park Today meeting on Tuesday Night, LaShawn Hoffman outlined some of the potential changes with the City Council redistricting. Adair Park would move from District 4 and Cleta Winslow to District 12 and Joyce Shepherd. It would place Adair Park with our neighbors in Pittsburgh, Capitol View, Capitol View Manor and Sylvan Hills, along with some neighborhoods further south.

For more information about this move, please visit the City Council’s redistricting website, located here. There are multiple links to the calendar of events like public hearings related to the redistricting, maps and videos about this process.

Free fans for Seniors

Mayor Kasim Reed and the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services are looking to help Atlanta’s elderly stay cool this summer. So far it has been pretty hot! The city of Atlanta is partnering with Scana Energy in this great effort.

To register and qualify for a fan, residents need to contact Andrea L. Boone in the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services at 404-330-6023. Residents must be at least 55 years old and present a valid Georgia Driver’s License to validate age and residency. People are asked to be in the City Hall Atrium at 10:00am for the press conference. Please forward this to any seniors you know!