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Georgia Weather Forecast: Some Rain, Some Sunshine This Weekend

Decatur Patch - November 17, 2017 - 10:57am
We're looking at one rainy and windy night this weekend, with otherwise pleasant temperatures and clear skies.

Free-For-All Friday 11/17/17

Decatur Metro - November 17, 2017 - 9:55am
Feel free to use this post to make comments and ask questions about local issues not yet discussed here over the past week.

Publix, Kroger, Whole Foods: Thanksgiving Grocery Store Hours

Decatur Patch - November 17, 2017 - 9:39am
Need last minute groceries on Thanksgiving? Find store hours for Publix, Kroger, Whole Foods, Costco, Walmart, Safeway and more.

Walking Across Interstates: 4 Killed, One Injured

Decatur Patch - November 16, 2017 - 7:12pm
In one week, five pedestrians were hit by vehicles while trying to cross interstate highways in Metro Atlanta, say media reports.

Fire Destroys Vacant DeKalb Apartment Building: Reports

Decatur Patch - November 16, 2017 - 3:51pm
The apartment complex near Doraville is scheduled to be torn down to make way for a new school.

Decatur New Year’s Events: 2018 Guide

Decatur Patch - November 15, 2017 - 10:02pm
It’s never too early to think about New Year’s Eve! Here’s your guide to fireworks, parties and other events in and around Decatur.

Eye on the Street

Decatur Metro - November 15, 2017 - 1:43pm
Near FAVE, Oakhurst, Decatur GA (photo courtesy of Chris)

Thanksgiving 2017: Record Travel Likely, ATL Airport Tips

Decatur Patch - November 15, 2017 - 1:08pm
These tips for travelers using Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport over Thanksgiving weekend can help reduce the hassle of lines and waits.

Decatur Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving

Decatur Patch - November 14, 2017 - 7:01pm
If you want to dodge the holiday hassle, here's a list of restaurants taking reservations on Thanksgiving Day, courtesy of Open Table.

3 Ways To Boost Business Before The End Of The Year

Decatur Patch - November 14, 2017 - 4:07pm
If you have year-end goals to meet, be sure to give this a read before the holidays hit.

Early Look Thanksgiving Weather Forecast For Georgia

Decatur Patch - November 14, 2017 - 3:10pm
Bring a sweater or light coat along with you on Thanksgiving Day, based on early metro Atlanta forecasts.

Best, Worst Thanksgiving Travel Times In Georgia

Decatur Patch - November 14, 2017 - 12:56pm
Google has figured out the best, and worst, times to hit the road for the holiday, as well as other Thanksgiving-related trends.

'WOW!' House: $700K Oakhurst Home Offers Warmth, Charm

Decatur Patch - November 14, 2017 - 10:23am
WOW House: This historic 1925 house includes a gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors, and a two-car garage and loft.

It’s Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

Be Active Decatur - November 13, 2017 - 2:07pm

November 13 – 17 is Crossing Guard Appreciation Week. Be sure to wave, say thank you or make a card to show your appreciation. Our guards wake up early in the morning and stand outside in all types of weather to help our children get to school early. and are an integral part of the Safe Routes to School program.

Let’s show them some love this week!

Which 3-5 School Will You Be Closer To?

Decatur Metro - November 13, 2017 - 12:11pm
A commenter pointed out a link to a cool presentation from Cooperative Strategies regarding the upcoming CSD redistricting that provides some interesting maps and CSD school enrollment projections for us to ponder. We’ve seen versions of many of these maps and tables before, but I thought the “Closest School Analysis” for the 3-5 schools, featured above, […]

Taylor Swift In Atlanta 2018: Reputation Tour Dates

Decatur Patch - November 13, 2017 - 10:54am
Ten-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift will bring her Reputation Stadium Tour to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Georgia Weather: A Fall Week In Metro Atlanta

Decatur Patch - November 13, 2017 - 9:54am
We'll have clear skies for most of the week, but showers are expected at least one night.

Preparing to quit: 10 tips to help you quit smoking

CDC Public Health Blog - November 13, 2017 - 9:06am

Each year, on the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to quit during the Great American Smokeout. Most people who smoke want to quit, but they also know quitting is hard…it can take several attempts to succeed.

Here are some tips to help you quit for good:

  1.  Find Your Reason to Quit
    To get motivated, find your reason to quit. It may be to protect your family from secondhand smoke. Or to lower your chance of getting cancer, heart disease, or some other serious health condition. Find a reason that is strong enough to outweigh the urge to light up.
  2. Set a Date
    Once you’ve made the decision to quit, set a “quit date” within the next month. Most smokers have tried to quit before, and sometimes people get discouraged thinking about previous attempts. Instead, treat them as steps on the road to success. Learn from what worked and what didn’t work, and apply these the next time you try to quit.
  3. Medication can help
    Using nicotine replacement products (such as nicotine gum and nicotine patches) or FDA-approved, non-nicotine cessation medications can help reduce withdrawal symptoms and increase the likelihood that you will quit. Ask your doctor about what option is best for you.It’s more than just tossing your cigarettes out. Cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Nearly all smokers have some feelings of nicotine withdrawal when they try to quit. Knowing this will help you deal with withdrawal symptoms that can occur, such as bad moods and really wanting to smoke.
  4. You don’t have to quit alone
    Telling friends and family that you’re trying to quit and getting their support will help the process. Expert help is available from a number of groups. 1-800-QUIT-NOW offers free telephone support; and Smokefree.gov is an on-line resource. There’s even a quit smoking app for your phone! Check out CDC Tobacco Free on Facebook for on-line support.
  5. Be prepared for challenges
    The urge to smoke doesn’t last long – usually only 3 to 5 minutes, but those moments can feel intense. Before you quit, plan new ways to occupy your time. You can exercise to blow off steam, listen to your favorite music, connect with friends, treat yourself to a massage, or make time for a hobby. Try to avoid stressful situations during the first few weeks after you stop smoking.
  6. Clean house
    Once you’ve smoked your last cigarette, remove any triggers or things that remind you of smoking. For example, throw out all your ashtrays and lighters. Wash any clothes that smell like smoke, and clean your carpets, draperies, and upholstery. If you smoked in your car, clean it out, too. It is best not to see or smell anything that reminds you of smoking.
  7. Get moving
    Some research shows that being active can help ease some withdrawal symptoms. When you feel the urge to reach for a cigarette, get active – try a yoga class or put on your jogging shoes instead. And you can burn calories, too!
  8. Quitting can save money
    In addition to all the health benefits, one of the perks of giving up cigarettes is the money you will save. There are online calculators that can help figure out how much you will save.
  9. It’s never too late to quit
    As soon as you quit, your health can immediately start to improve. After only 20 minutes without smoking, your heart rate drops. Within 12 hours, your blood’s carbon monoxide level falls back to normal. In just two to three months, your chance of having a heart attack starts to go down. In the long run, you will also lower your chance of getting cancer and other serious diseases. While it’s best to quit smoking as early as possible, quitting at any age will improve the length and quality of your life.
  10. Try and try again
    Most people make several attempts before giving up cigarettes for good. If you slip, don’t get discouraged. Instead, think about what led to your relapse. Use it as an opportunity to step up your commitment to quitting. Think about what helped you during those previous tries and what you’ll do differently the next time. Above all, don’t give up.

Remember this good news!

More than half of all adult smokers have quit, and you can, too. Millions of people have learned to live without cigarettes. Quitting smoking is an important step you can take to protect your health and the health of your family.


Atlanta Nightclub Shooting: Police Release Suspect Images

Decatur Patch - November 13, 2017 - 12:27am
Four people were shot, 2 fatally, at The Masquerade nightclub in Atlanta late Sunday, police said. Suspect images were released Monday.

You're invited: Holiday Prep: Get The Fireplace Ready For Winter

Decatur Patch - November 12, 2017 - 12:22pm
Save the date for November 18th!
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