First Adair Park Today meeting of 2011

The new year is upon us, and its time to get back into the business at hand. Please join us for the Adair Park Today meeting at the Stewart Avenue Methodist Church. We get there around 6:30pm to chat with neighbors, and the meeting is from 7pm-8pm. Bring a neighbor! Dues for the year are only $12.

This month will be the first meeting for our new officers. We will also hear from representatives from the Atlanta Police Department, the Community Prosecutor, City Council and other organizations. We hope to see you there!

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

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.

Atlanta Antique Auction, Friday, December 10th

It’s that time again! If you are in the need for some furniture, knick-knacks or other types of antiques, check out the auction held the 2nd Friday of every month at 556 Tift Street. December’s auction is this Friday at 7pm. Food and drinks are provided, 13% buyer’s premium, APD officer on duty for parking and security, and lots of great items up for auction! Auction website is here.

Atlanta Auction Gallery

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.

Stewart Avenue Methodist Christmas Music

Stewart Avenue Methodist would like to announce two upcoming concerts featuring Christmas music! Both of these are free, in the main Sanctuary and open to the public.

The first is Sunday, December 12th at 11am. The Stewart Avenue Methodist Choir will perform a Christmas Contada.

The second is Sunday, December 19th at 3pm. This concert features the McEachern United Methodist Choir and Adair Park’s own Brad Jent from Elbert Street on organ.

The Stewart Avenue Methodist Church is located at 867 Metropolitan Parkway, at the corner of Lillian Avenue.

Stewart Ave Methodist

Salvation Army/Kroc Center December Events for Kids!

There are several events for the young’uns of Adair Park at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center this December! The Kroc Center is located just across Metropolitan Parkway from Adair Park at 967 Dewey Street.

Kroc Center Logo

    Winter Adventure Camp 2010

This camp is a great opportunity to plow through winter themed arts, educational and recreational activities to warm up those cool winter days. Registration is open now. Fees are $10 to register per child, and $25 per week or $50 for 3 weeks per child. The camp hours are 9am-4pm.

Day Camp Week 1 – December 20-23
Day Camp Week 2 – December 27-30
Day Camp Week 3 – January 3-4

    Kids Creations

On December 9th, from 5:30pm-6:30pm, the Kroc Center along with the Family Literacy Program host this event complete with puppets, poetry, stories and a ceramic art display. Admission is free, but contact the Kroc Center to reserve a seat.

    The Colors of Love

The Youth Ensemble of Atlanta presents this annual holiday production. This is a fun holiday show fantastic for children ages 3 to 10. Running from December 1st through the 11th daily at 10am with a matinee on Saturday at 2pm. Cost is $10 per ticket.

For information on these or any other events, please call 404-638-7254 or email atlkroccenter@gmail.com

Adair Park Today Meeting Tuesday, December 7th

The next Adair Park Today meeting will be at 7pm on Tuesday, December 7th. The meeting will be in the Community Room at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center across Metropolitan Ave. from Adair Park. This month’s meeting will be very short, as we will quickly go through new business then move on to elections for new officers. Currently there is one person running per position:

  • Derrick Duckworth for President
  • Chenee Joseph for Vice-President
  • Melanie Higgins for Treasurer
  • Miquela Redwood for Recording Secretary
  • Jay Melton for Communications Chair
  • Sarah Liebold for Parliamentarian
  • If you are a paid member for 2010 you may vote. You can also pay dues for 2011.

    Last, but certainly not least, we are having a milk and cookies social! Residents are encouraged to bring other neighbors to enjoy a cookie or two from Sugar Bonen, a local gourmet baker. Come join your neighbors at our last meeting and have some holiday fun!