Monday, March 30, 2009

Springfield Makes Its Presence Felt on the Diamond

Looking for great entertainment at a great price? Try the diamond - the baseball field that is - at Dunwoody High School on Tuesday night. The Wildcats host St. Pius in a key regional game starting at 5:55 pm. Admission is free.
This is not only your chance to support Dunwoody High School, but two of its star players, who just happen to live in Springfield - senior pitcher/infielder Hudson Randall (left) and senior pitcher/outfielder Adam Jones
(below right). If you didn't know, Hudson is one of the top players in
the state, having accepted a scholarship to the University of Florida. Click on the video link below to watch Hudson slug a home run in a recent game.
Springfield is also represented on the coaching staff by volunteer assistant Scott Berardi, a former catcher at LSU.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dunwoody Police Department Ready to Roll

The Dunwoody Police Department will commence operations this coming Tuesday evening. There will be a kickoff celebration at the Farmhouse at 6:30 pm on Tuesday with children getting to meet the new officers, as well as refreshments served. Click on the link below to see the department's 40 shinny new cars lined up and ready to roll!

Friday, March 27, 2009

New Listing in Springfield

There is a new home on the market in Springfield. It is a 3-bedroom 2-bath ranch on Summerford Dr. listed for $394,500. For more information, click on the link below:

Friday, March 20, 2009

Creekview - Who Knew?

Did you know that there is a subdivision 'within' Springfield? It is called Creekview and it is off Courtleigh Dr. Creekview consist of three homes that were built in the late-80's. Originally, the property was site of Springfield's pool. From what I'm told, the residents of Springfield purchased the pool from the developer, and later sold it to another developer, who hired a builder to construct the three homes. Well, one of the homes is now on the market, with one of my fellow Keller Williams agents. It's a beautiful 5-bedroom home with a sales price of $675,000.
For more on this home, click on the link below:


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

New Listing on Womack, Listings in Dunwoody

There is a new listing on Womack Rd. just down the street from where it intersects Summerford. It is a 4-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath traditional listed for $469,000. For more information, click on the link below:


There are currently 146 active listings in Dunwoody in the 30338 zip code, ranging in price from $1,695,000 to $194,000. To view any or all of these listings, click on the link below:

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

So, how many St. Patrick's Day facts do you know? Probably that it falls on March 17 and honors the Catholic Saint who legendarily chased snakes from Ireland. Here are some fun St. Patrick's Day facts to surprise and amuse you.


St. Patrick's Day Origins
St. Patrick's Day began as a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. The first parade for the holiday occurred in New York City on March 17, 1762. It featured Irish soldiers who served in the English military. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman attended the parade. In 1995, Congress proclaimed March to be Irish-American Heritage Month.

Irish in America
36.5 million U.S. residents claimed Irish ancestry in 2007, more than eight times the 4 million-plus population of Ireland itself. The only ancestry reported more often was German.
Massachusetts residents were twice as likely to claim Irish ancestry as the nation overall, with a rate of 24 percent compared with 12 percent. Those with Irish heritage were more likely to have higher household income, own their own homes and earn educational degrees. Specifically:
32 percent of Irish Americans older than 24 held at least a bachelor's degree and 92 percent held at least a high school diploma, compared with 28 percent and 85 percent for the entire U.S.



Irish-Themed Places
There are 4 towns in the U.S. named after a shamrock, the emblem of Ireland. They are Mount Gay-Shamrock, W.Va.; Shamrock, Tex.; Shamrock Lakes, Ind., and Shamrock, Okla.
9 places are named after Dublin, the capital of Ireland. The most populous are in California and Ohio. More whimsical Irish-themed towns include Emerald Isle, N.C., and the township of Irishtown, Ill. Townships named Clover exist in South Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Minnesota is also home to Cloverleaf. (photo: Chicago River dyed green)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Feed the Family for $5

In this day and age, it's sometimes difficult to feed yourself for $5. Well, how about feeding the entire family for five bucks! It's not impossible. I stumbled across the website $5 dollar dinners, and was absolutely amazed. One of the recipes was for Bacon Wrapped Pork Roast for $4.94! The recipe is below, but check out the website to appreciate all the meals for $5. You'll be amazed!

Ingredients
1.4 lb pork roast ($3.24) Manager's Special, and I won't use all the meat for tonight's meal.
2 strips of bacon, cut in half ($.25)
Heaping Tbsp jelly ($.10)
1 lb. asparagus ($1.49) Price matched at Walmart
1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil ($.10)
1/2 french loaf ($.50) Purchased from the "Oops We Baked Too Much" Rack!
2 Slices GFCFSF homemade bread for the boys ($.50)

Directions

1. Spray bottom of crockpot with nonstick cooking spray, or add 1/4 cup of water. Place pork roast in bottom of the crockpot. Spoon heaping tablespoon of favorite jelly and spread over the top of the pork. Lay bacon strip halves over the pork, covering it. Cook on low for 8 hours. When done cooking, remove and let cool about 10 minutes. Slice and serve each piece with slice of bacon.
2. Prepare asparagus as indicated here.
3. Warm french loaf and slice.
4. Serve sliced pork roast with sauted asparagus and slice of french bread.

Cost $4.94

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rain Washes Out Weekend

With the drought heading into its third year, we definitely can use all the rain we can get. But unfortunately, the rain washed away Saturday's scheduled Opening Day ceremonies at Murphey Candler Park, spoiling the weekend for many of Springfield's budding baseball and softball stars. The plan is to try again Sunday, but once again rain is in the forecast. As they say, when it rains it pours!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Putting the Spring in Springfield, Dunwoody Fires Finance Director

Temperatures are in the 70's and flowers are starting to pop - spring is definitely in the air (to be exact - 9 days). By the way, we are less than a month away from The Masters, which, to me, is the real sign that spring is here.
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I was at the Dunwoody City Council meeting on Monday and was very pleased to see that the city has finalized an agreement for a phone, internet and communications system. Thanks to the diligence of our District 2 Councilman Danny Ross, the city was able to save over $100,000 from the deal that initially was agreed upon.

After the meeting I learned that the city manager had fired finance director John Grotheer. I wish I could tell you why, but nothing was said about the move during the council meeting.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Spring Ahead, Home Across From Springfield

Don't forget we change to Daylight Saving Time at 2 am Sunday morning! An extra hour of daylight - a sure sign that spring, and the warmer weather, are right around the corner.
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Speaking of right around the corner, the home on the other side of the street from the entrance to Springfield was open this past Sunday. It is a 5-bedroom, 5-1/2 bath English Country Manor listed at $1,100,000. For more information, click on the link below:

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Home Tip of the Month

This tip is courtesy of my friend Chris Curles, Residential Inspector (770-493-0227).

How can you help prevent wood rot on your window sills and trip?
  • The first thing is to keep the bushes and shrubs trimmed back away from the house at least eighteen inches.
  • Second, the window sills and trim need to be caulked and painted (check on their condition annually)

  • Finally, the third way to prevent wood rot is to remove the window screens on all of the windows that you don't use for ventilation. The reason is that the metal bottom section of the screen acts like a dam and water ponds on the window sills. As the paint on the window sills deteriorates, water seeps into the sill and the wood begins to rot.

The interesting thing is that wood rot occurs more quickly on new homes than on older homes. The wood on older homes is truly stronger and more resistant to rot. For tips on replacing window sills go to This Old House.

If you would like more information on this topic, please call Chris Curles, send an email or visit his website. He would really like to hear from you!www.HomeInspectionsAtlanta.comChrisCurl@comcast.net

Monday, March 2, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Springfield in the Snow

On the 1st of March, and just three days after temperatures almost reached 70 degrees, a snowstorm hit Springfield. Enjoy the Winter wonderland!