MARTA to hold Public Hearings Tonight and Tomorrow

MARTAThe Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority will hold public hearings covering budget for 2012 as well as service changes and fee increases for 2011. There are several places you may attend, and all of these hearings have a community exchange from 6-7pm with the hearing starting at 7pm.

  • May 16th – Atlanta – 141 Pryor Street, Fulton County Government Center
  • May 16th – South Fulton – 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, Service Center
  • May 17th – Dekalb – 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, Maloof Auditorium
  • May 17th – North Fulton – 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, Service Center

For more information, visit MARTA’s website at www.itsmarta.com.

Atlanta Metropolitan College Continuing Education Program

After almost a decade hiatus, the AMC Continuing Education Program is re-launching in June 2011. They have very affordable classes, with some offered online and some offered in person. These classes cover a wide variety of topics including math, communications, computers, grant writing, various languages and so much more. You can view their online offerings here, and their face-to-face offerings here. This is just down Metropolitan Parkway from Adair Park and a great place to learn!

New Atlanta Police Department Website

Atlanta Police DepartmentA new improved website has been launched by the Atlanta Police Department. New features include an interactive crime map, complete with the ability to select types of crimes and a date range to find out what is going on and where. There are also fairly up to date crime statistics, showing crimes in our zone versus the past two years. Crime alerts by zone are offered to keep residents up to date, and you can sign up to have them emailed to you as well. Last, there is contact information for the zone office as well as the Zone Commander.

Here is a link to Zone 3, our zone.

Tax Prep Assistance from The Center For Working Families

The Center For Working Families, Inc.It is tax time again, unfortunately! Even though returns are not due until April, getting an early start will make filing much easier. The Center For Working Families (TCWFI) is offering free tax prep for 2011. The Internal Revenue Service lists these tips that will help your filing run as smoothly as possible:

  • Gather your records
  • Be on the lookout for your W-2’s, 1099’s, etc.
  • Use free filing services, like free tax prep at TCWFI!
  • Know your filing options
  • Have an account ready for direct deposit
  • View the IRS website and make sure you are getting your deductions! www.irs.gov or call toll-free at 800-829-1040

For more information on the free tax prep, call Olivia Alston at 404-223-3303. Make your tax appointment today!

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.



New Facebook Group for Adair Park Social Events and Chat

Need more avenues to socialize with your Adair Park neighbors? Visit the Adair Park Social Club Facebook group for updates on events, questions or requests for help from neighbors and anything else Adair Park residents want to discuss.

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This group, started by Catherine Street neighbor Justin Vogel, currently boasts 46 memers from a variety of streets in Adair Park. Join the group and find out what is going on in and around Adair Park as neighbors often post reminders of local events.

Encourage other neighbors whom you know to join the group by passing the word along. This is an easy way to not only keep in touch but to meet and welcome new neighbors into Adair Park. Hope to see you on the web!

5 Home Insulation Tips That Can Save You Lots of Money

As the cold snap hits Atlanta square in the face, here are some energy and money saving home insulation tips that might help you stay warmer this winter while saving some cash!

House insulation

Increase Attic Insulation – Your attic is a big source of home heat loss and is one of the easiest places to get in to. If your attic does not have at least 12 inches of insulation you can lay paperless rolls of insulation on top of existing insulation, including cellulose or vermiculate. These types of insulation tend to “compact” over time, reducing their effectiveness.

Use weatherstripping around windows and doors – Lots of heat is lost through the spaces around windows and doors. Modern weatherstripping materials are inexpensive and very effective at minimizing the loss of warm air (and money). Most do-it-yourselfers can install weatherstripping pretty easily. Just make sure to do it in temperatures above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, always apply weatherstripping to clean, dry surfaces to maximize effectiveness and ensure that it lasts for a long time.

Use expansion foam for small spaces – Expansion foam insulation works great for filling small openings that allow heat to escape. Some examples include the spaces behind electric switch plates on exterior walls, openings where plumbing pipes enter the house, and the small openings that are used to run electricity, cable, and internet lines into your home. All together these little spaces add up to a lot of heat loss and a little bit of inexpensive expansion foam can save you a lot of money on your heating bill.

Don’t forget the crawlspace – Home basements and crawlspaces often have many little openings that let heat escape. This is especially true if they are unfinished. Use paper-faced insulation on exposed ceiling joists and stuff small pieces of insulation into open crevices at the juncture of basement walls and the ceiling. Also, you might want to pump some expansion foam insulation into any small openings around the foundation, which are usually no more than an inch or two wide.

Use window curtains and blinds – One of the simplest ways to reduce heat loss through windows is to use curtains and blinds. They can be closed at night to trap cold air and opened during the day to allow sunlight to naturally warm the house. Remember that the thicker the curtain, the more effective it will be at insulating your house.

As you can see, none of the home insulation steps above are too difficult or too expensive to accomplish. But they will save you a ton of money over the years. Take advantage of them and you just might find this year’s heating bills to be lower than expected!

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

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!

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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.