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City Council to weigh proposal to limit residential fence heights By CATHY COBBS newsroom@appenmedia.com


The 21st annual Collector’s Nationals Hot Wheels convention held April 7-11 at the Crowne Plaza Perimeter at Ravinia helped boost occupancy rates for local hotels. The Dunwoody hospitality industry remains below numbers from before the pandemic hit in early 2020, but it has shown signs of recovery.

Local economic indicators point to business recovery Office, hotel occupancy rates continue trending upward By CATHY COBBS newsroom@appenmedia.com DUNWOODY, Ga. — Businesses in Dunwoody appear to be recovering slowly but surely from the economic downturn incurred by the world pandemic, according to several key indicators. Hotel occupancy is up significantly according to year-to-date data.

Workers are returning to offices in the Perimeter area, and restaurants and businesses are seeing a steady uptick in customers in the past few months. City officials say they are encouraged. “We haven’t seen a significant loss of businesses like we thought we

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DUNWOODY, Ga. — The Dunwoody City Council was set to discuss a text amendment this week that would limit fence and wall heights to 6 feet in single-family residential areas. The measure, which was to be considered at the council’s Monday meeting, does not have the support of the Dunwoody Planning Commission. In a memo submitted to the council, Dunwoody Planning and Zoning Manager Paul Leonhardt said the 6-foot limit would only impact interior side and rear yards. Fences in front yards and side street yards would be limited to 4 feet in height or 6 feet “in specific situations.” The memo did not spell out out what specific situations would allow for construction of a 6-foot fence. While staff recommended approval of the text amendment, the memo pointed out that members of the Dunwoody Planning Commission voted 7-0 against the change at their March 9 meeting. “(The) main reasons (for the commission’s vote) are a desire not to take away fencing options and a low number of complaints about fence height,” the memo said. “Commissioners discussed options to take height into consideration, however no option that would be easy to administer was found.” The director’s memo indicated that Councilwoman Pam Tallmadge had requested staff to research and draft the text amendment. It listed limitations that are

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in place in neighboring municipalities. Alpharetta, Atlanta and Doraville have 6-foot maximum heights, while Brookhaven, Chamblee, Decatur, Roswell and Sandy Springs have 8-foot maximums. The memo also said that staff supports the change “as long as there is no administrative permit process to exceed the limit.” “Any additional height would have to go through the Zoning Board of Appeals” with the applicant applying for a variance, the memo said. In other action, the council was expected to: Issue a proclamation honoring the Dunwoody Sustainability Committee’s Hero of the Year, Pattie Baker, in recognition of her efforts to advocate for alternative forms of transportation within the city. Swear in two new police officers, Alec Brown and Matthew Hansen. Issue a proclamation honoring the Chattahoochie Riverkeeper organization for its work promoting water safety and testing. Acknowledge the city receiving a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association for its year-end report. Discuss funding sources for the Georgetown Gateway project, which will incorporate sidewalks, share use paths and streetscape improvements on Chamblee Dunwoody Road from Cotillion Drive to Peeler Road. Vote to approve high school student Seamus Stephenson to the Dunwoody Sustainability Committee as an ex-officio member.


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Fleeing robber pulls gun to end victim’s pursuit DUNWOODY, Ga. — Police responded to a strong-arm robbery report March 30 at a Shell gas station along Winters Chapel Road. The 24-year-old victim told police a man pulled up to his vehicle as he was pumping gas and sold him an iPad for $300. When the victim pulled out his wallet to pay, the suspect snatched it and sped away. The victim reached into the car as the suspect took off and hung on as the car sped out of the parking lot. The driver made two abrupt turns to shake the victim loose, but hung on until he saw the robber pull a handgun from his waist, and he let go, according to police. The victim suffered abrasions to his knees and elbows from the fall. Video footage from gas station surveillance captured the chaotic exchange.

Police cite Acworth man for disturbance at store DUNWOODY, Ga. — Police were dispatched to Perimeter Mall along Ashford Dunwoody Road on April 3 following reports a man was waving a knife at customers inside the Macy’s store. Mall security led police to Erik Weston Hughes Jr., 31, who was wearing an American flag shirt. Hughes called the claims he was waving a knife an “exaggeration” and told officers people called the police on him because of his patriotic clothing. He claimed he’d been arrested before simply for wearing pro-Trump attire. Officers found a boxcutter in Hughes’ pocket, and Macy’s employees said 10 different customers reported that the man yelled at them while holding a knife with the blade open. Police arrested Hughes, of Park Bridge, Acworth, and charged him with disorderly conduct.

Dunwoody man arrested following chase on I-285 DUNWOODY, Ga. — Police clocked a Dunwoody man driving 90 mph along I-285 on April 4 and chased him to Ashford Dunwoody Road where he was arrested.

DRUGS & DUIS arrests Walter Adams, 49, of Dunwoody Crossing, Dunwoody, was arrested March 29 on Dunwoody Crossing for disorderly under the influence. Patrick Timothy Dunn, 51, of Glynview Circle, Lawrenceville, was arrested April 1 on Ashford Dunwoody Road for disorderly under the influence. Jessica Dale Adams, 37, of Dekalb Avenue NE, Atlanta, was arrested March 31 on Brooke Ridge Drive for DUI, identity fraud, driving while license suspended, false name and DOB, third-degree forgery and financial transaction card theft. The driver was David Chad Howell, 26, of Drexel Point. He was charged with reckless driving, unsafe lane changes, turn signals required, speeding, obedience to traffic control device, fleeing and attempting to elude. Howell told police he knew he was speeding and saw the officer’s lights and sirens but sped up to 100 mph to escape the traffic stop. He could not provide a reason for his actions, according to police.

Annual golf tournament aids Parkinson’s research DUNWOODY, Ga. — The Georgia Chapter of American Parkinson Disease Association is hosting its 14th annual golf outing on June 7, 2021 at Dunwoody Country Club at 1600 Dunwoody Club Drive, Sandy Springs. Shotgun Start will be at 9 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and their loved ones.

American Parkinson Disease Association is dedicated to fighting this disease, which impacts more than one million Americans. Founded in 1961, APDA has raised more than $170 million to provide patient services and educational programs, promote public awareness and support Parkinson’s research. The fun day of golf supports the cause and will include 18 holes of golf, golfing contests, a buffet lunch and

awards ceremony with presentation of the Pender Cup Trophy to this year’s winning team. The Pender Cup trophy is in honor of Bill Pender, a longtime supporter of the American Parkinson Disease Association and one of the original organizers of the golf event. Sponsorships are welcomed. For more details or to register go to apdaparkinson.org/ga or call 404-3252020.


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Podcast explores redistricting, reapportionment By JEFFREY ALBERTSON newsroom@appenmedia.com DUNWOODY, Ga. — John Tures, professor of political science at LaGrange College, joined a special episode of the Georgia Politics Podcast April 8 to discuss redistricting and reapportionment. The process of reapportionment is conducted every 10 years after the national census. It carries significant political ramification to federal and state elections. Gerrymandering, labeled “the most political activity in America,” and independent redistricting commissions are also covered. Tures is a frequent columnist in statewide and regional outlets. On March 31, the Georgia General Assembly adjourned its 40-day legislative session and is expected to take up redistricting in the coming months. The finalized census data, the key ingredient to this process, has not been been released. Here are excerpts from the episode: Q: When we talk about redistricting what is the most important part that you teach your students? What is the importance of the process? A: Gerrymandering is the drawing of legislative districts for partisan advantage. The legislators who are in charge, who win the election, at certain cycles just before

the census data comes out, they have the chance to draw districts to favor themselves. (The redistricting process) is typically state legislatures draw maps, sometimes the governor is involved (depending on the) state. Q: The other part of this process is reapportionment. Could you tell us about that? A: People move from state to state, and so some states lose votes and some states gain votes. It is possible that a state can gain people, but lose seats. We do not know the final numbers, but I believe Georgia should gain at least one Congressional seat. Q: What are some of the gerrymandering tactics used to draw districts? A: People who engage in gerrymandering might try to pack a district, put as many supporters of your opponent all in one district so that it wins like 100 percent of that district, but it enables you to pick up several districts by taking voters (and) packing them all into one big district. Cracking is trying to win a whole slew of districts very narrowly by breaking up your opponent’s support, so that they get 45 to 49 percent, but your party can win a whole bunch of narrow victories. Q: In states that use an independent commission to draw districts, is there less likelihood of litigation or partisanship? Is this a better model than one party drawing districts?


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If you listen to podcasts on your phone search “The Georgia Politics Podcast” in the podcast store or go to northfulton.com/podcasts/thegeorgiapoliticspodcast A: I think initially I was very excited about the idea of Use QR Code or go to appenmedia.com/podcasts an independent commission that would try to look at the process and draw as fairly as possible. I like the idea of an independent commission. I like the idea of politicians not drawing their own seats and the idea of more competitive districts. The one thing I worry about, and we have not seen so many cases of these, are the states that have independent commissions actually having fairly drawn districts. and the end result not benefiting one party over the other. (Independent commissions are made) of unelected officials, and I worry about unelected officials drawing lines that can be so powerful. Any independent commission should have a set of rules to go by, like you can only cut through X percentage of counties. That way it would not seem to favor (one party over another).

Suburban bow hunting issue misses target in Legislature By JEFFREY ALBERTSON newsroom@appenmedia.com DUNWOODY, Ga. — A legislative proposal granting municipalities regulatory authority over the discharge of bows and arrows within their jurisdictions saw little movement during the Georgia General Assembly session that adjourned at midnight March 31. House Bill 471, sponsored by Reps. Josh McLaurin (D-Sandy Springs), Wes Cantrell (R-Woodstock), Angelika Kausche (D-Johns Creek) and Miriam Paris (D-Macon), was introduced and referred to the House Game, Fish and Parks Committee. The bill has not moved since Feb. 18.

The current text would give municipalities power to adopt reasonable ordinances regulating the use of bows and arrows in their jurisdiction, while protecting their use on private property. State law supersedes most local regulations on deer hunting. State law also requires the hunter to have a permit. The statutes of most area cities outlaw the use of weapons within local parks, including bow and arrows or crossbows. The issue of suburban bow hunting came to a head on Nov. 30, as the Dunwoody City Council found it lacked authority to quell resident concerns about bowhunting in the city. A deer was killed with a gun in a Dunwoody neighborhood about two

weeks prior to the meeting. Hunting with a firearm in a residential area is illegal. Using a bow and arrow is not. For many local residents, this was the first mention of the cottage industry that has sprung up in northern Atlanta suburbs seeking trophy deer that do not face the same threats as deer in rural parts of the state. One such group’s social media page says hunting deer is equally as challenging as obtaining a property owner’s permission. One local family faced a surprising trespasser Sunday, Nov. 29. The Rich

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Security camera footage shows a man with a bow tracking a wounded deer through a Dunwoody property last November.


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When Georgia had two time zones I came across two maps of Georgia recently that took me by surprise, because they showed Georgia split between Eastern and Central time zones. One map is held at the Hapeville Depot Museum and VALERIE Visitor Center in BIGGERSTAFF Hapeville, and the other appeared in the 1931 Atlanta Constitution. The city of Atlanta was in the Central time zone. As construction of railroads took place across the country in the 1800s, there was a need for schedules for these railroads. Long distance travel was possible. In the early days of railroad, the time at each stop along the railroad was dependent on the town. The Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific time zones were first established on Nov. 18, 1883. One year later, more than two dozen nations met in Washington D. C. for the International Meridian Conference. The zero point of longitude was chosen as the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. Time zones did not become official across the United States until the Standard Time Zone Act of 1918. The line between Eastern and Central time zones

divided Georgia, with approximately onethird of the state falling in the Central Time Zone. This caused confusion for Georgia railroads and Georgia businesses. Leaders from the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce met on Nov. 23, 1918 to discuss whether Atlanta should remain in the Central time zone or be entirely in the Eastern time zone. Notes from the meeting are held in the Atlanta History Center archives. Those in attendance included Morris Rich, B. Davison, H.P. Hermance, Samuel C. Dobbs, Ivan Allen and D.H. Strauss. The two time zones were discussed and debated until 1941, when Gov. Eugene Talmadge pushed for all of Georgia to be in the Eastern Time Zone. The Interstate Commerce Commission, which regulated transportation carriers, pushed back on the change. Talmadge signed Eastern time for all of Georgia into law at 11:35 a.m., March 21, 1941 (Atlanta Constitution, March 22, 1941, “Third of Georgia Sets Clocks to New Time”). However, railroads, airlines and bus lines continued to operate using two time zones while waiting for approval by the Interstate Commerce Commission. In June 1941, the Interstate Commerce Division worked out an agreement with the state for all railroads to run on Eastern time. On March 22, the Atlanta newspapers featured photos of various clocks being changed throughout the city.

Old map at the Hapeville Depot Museum and Visitor Center shows the line separating the eastern third of Georgia into the Central Time Zone. Mayor Roy LeCraw changed the clock at City Hall. Clocks at the Georgia Capitol were changed. Dr. Thornwell Jacobs, president of Oglethorpe University announced the time change would take effect before classes started on Monday March 24, 1941. W.M. Rainey, superintendent of DeKalb County Schools announced school would start one hour later follow-

ing the time change; 9 a.m. rather than 8 a.m. Retail merchants and banks changed their clocks the following morning after Talmadge signed the law. The Atlanta Constitution declared, “It’s the same time all over Georgia now.” You can email Valerie at pasttensega@ gmail.com or visit her website at pasttensega.com.

Nature, memories and the promise of a better day Long ago, a man planted daffodils in the medians in the parking lot behind our church — hundreds and hundreds of daffodils. They always surprise me. Every year I wonder how many of us are left who see these flowers and remember how they got there, who planted them, or even the fact that that they haven’t always been RAY APPEN there — that they are gifts, delibPublisher Emeritus erate acts of grace planted by a ray@appenmedia.com slender wisp of a man with thinning white hair and clear blue eyes, who used to sit in the pews in which they sit now. Memory is personal and not always shared, no matter how much one might wish otherwise. Memory never ages, and yet, a hundred years from now, who will thank John for his daffodils? He always had a smile to share and a kind word that would brighten any day. That, I remember with vivid clarity. Most of the time, however, I don’t think about John, except when all those bulbs begin to emerge from long slumber and break ground, sending their long slender

green shoots up into the air and the light after a year of damp darkness, buried in the soil. They break the surface inching forward a day at a time — an hour at a time — unnoticed at first by all. Then, after days and weeks of effort they stretch out until, miraculously they begin to bloom and announce to the world, in chaste yellow as bright as the sun, that they have returned in all their simple glory; they have risen yet again without condition, or assistance, or human involvement — another morning, another spring, another year — for us — for all of us. In the parking lot, Vivaldi floats through the air as if cast out by sirens hidden among the trees that surround our parking space, or behind the cross high upon the gables of the church. The musicians however, all sit adjacent a defiant outdoor pulpit constructed of pine and steel nails by parishioners, what feels like years ago, but actually was only a few months ago — at the beginning of the pandemic which locked the doors of the church and pushed the congregation outside where it is safe. There sits one with a bassoon, and next to her a violinist, and then one with an oboe, and a keyboardist, and, with hands held high and swaying as if with the siren’s call, Drew, our lover of all music, conducts, his

smile, and the glimmer in his eyes unseen by the parishioners all parked in our cars or siting on our folding chairs on the pavement or in the medians in the grass. The morning has a chill, enough for a light blanket. Yet, the sun is bright and warm, and there is a slow breeze that must form layers high above the parking lot, above the siren’s Vivaldi, far above the church roof, upon which three raptors float but only for a few moments during the beginning of his sermon, wings spread that catch the warm updrafts as Ollie reads about the messenger beside the rolled door of the open tomb — the “young man dressed in white” — “clothing as white as snow.” And people gather in the warm sun and listen — some with eyes closed, others in still warmth and rapt attention. A subtle joy that seems to have been launched on the wings of music, and the breeze, and the bright sun with it’s warm embrace, distills the morning and promises better times ahead, that we are loved, and we are never far from his arms. I look around at the people and then the yellow daffodils at my feet, and I smile. A simple flower returns — like a rainbow. A promise is kept — with a pure simplicity — an act of grace and rebirth. Thank you, John. We remember.



Rent before you own? As spring rolls into summer and more folks are vaccinated, the urge to “get out there” will get stronger. Watch for increased sales promotions for vehicles LEWIS J.WALKER, CFP recreational of all types, including motor homes and campers, boats and vacation time share properties. But should you rent before you own? Unless the lure of a shiny new toy is too strong to resist, in many cases, the answer may be “yes, try before you buy!” A March 6, 2021 Wall Street Journal article was headlined, “Baby Bust Effects Could Last Decades.” The bottom line, “The drop in global fertility will have farreaching consequences for business and economies.” Eighty million baby boomers were born in America from 1946 to 1964. Now between 57 and 75 years old, roughly 71.6 million are still alive. Generation X, the children of the boomers, are a smaller population cohort, now 65.2 million strong, 41-56 years of age in 2021. While we cannot quantify the impact of immigration on demand and buying patterns, a

question lingers: Who will buy all of the boomer’s toys when they need to sell? Several acquaintances got the consumer bug and bought large and beautifully equipped motor homes. It wasn’t that long before the vehicles were sold at a substantial loss. On the other hand, an old friend from Alaska recently passed through Atlanta. Unable to drive through Canada to get home due to COVID restrictions, she’s touring the lower 48 in a customized cargo van that is a compact and well-designed home. Her son helped to design and build out his widowed and energetic mom’s van. She has solar assisted battery power, refrigeration and cooking facilities, a toilet, an outdoor shower setup, a full bed, etc. It’s beautiful and economical, suited to her lifestyle. Before you jump into a new RV purchase, fully understand all of the operating and maintenance costs, parking fees, storage fees if applicable, etc. Fuel prices are rising and “gas hogs” nibble away at your budget. How much time will you really spend on the road? How often will an expensive toy sit idle? Depreciation is a factor. A factory-fresh vehicle loses 10 to 20 percent of the purchase price the min-

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ute you exit the lot. A used vehicle in good shape, critically inspected by experts, may be a better bet. Then again, for periodic use, renting may be prudent. My brother, a retired large vehicle mechanic for the Florida forest service, flew to Iowa to take possession of a new motor home at a factory. Traveling with several companions, he had sufficient time to drive it through the western U.S., north through Canada into southwestern Alaska, sightseeing along the way before delivering it to a rental company in Anchorage. They took advantage of free use of the vehicle without having to buy or rent. Boats are a lure, but friends and acquaintances bitten by the boat bug have seen major depreciation on vessels at resale, as well as unexpected costs associated with an underused asset. One ex-owner opined on Quora.com, “When you first get a boat, you have all sorts of dreams. You have prestige, something to show off to your pals, a whole new social world, visions of weeks floating around the ocean with not a care in the world. When you sell your boat years later, you know you are finally getting rid of that hole in

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the ocean that you keep pouring money into, just so you can get away for a couple of weeks a year.” Boat rentals and yacht charters, with or without captain or crew, are available, allowing exploration of distant islands and coasts worldwide. The same goes for vacation home rentals. Talk radio ads offering to “get you out of your timeshare contract” are common. Retirement has another trap. Just when you have money and time, health bandits may derail plans. In the post-pandemic reset, futurists see people embracing healthier lifestyles. Gerontologist Dr. Pinchas Cohen, University of Southern California, noted, “Age is the No. 1 cause of risk of mortality from COVID, but it’s not chronological age, it’s biological age.” (WSJ, 11/15/2020). Watch upscale travel magazines for increased focus on health and wellness spa vacations. A number of top tour operators offer tailored and escorted vacations in domestic and global destinations for family and/or friend groups as small as 8 to 10 people. With so many choices, so little time, why not rent and mix it up? It may be prudent money-wise and time-wise. But if ownership is preferable, go for it. Financial independence is designed to give you options and freedom. Lewis Walker, CFP®, is a life centered financial planning strategist with Capital Insight Group; 770-441-3553; lewis@lewwalker.com.

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Eagle Scout James Gregory Maichle stands near the covered information booth he completed as a community service project at Brook Run Park. Maichle attends The Mount Vernon School in Sandy Springs.

Youth completes project to earn Eagle Scout rank DUNWOODY, Ga. — Boy Scout Troop 266, chartered by Dunwoody United Methodist Church and led by Scoutmaster Scott Madden, has announced James Gregory Maichle, son of Kim and Andrew Maichle of Dunwoody, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. James completed his Eagle Board of Review on Dec. 20. For his Eagle Scout service project, he planned and oversaw the construction of a covered information booth with benches that could also serve as storage for lost and found items. The project benefitted the Brook Run Dog Park in Dunwoody. Participants spent more

than 134 hours on the project. James is a senior at the Mount Vernon School where he is a member of the National Honor Society and a varsity cross country runner. In addition, he holds at black belt in Taido Karate, a Japanese martial art. He plans to attend college in the fall studying business – risk management. James, his family, friends and scouting community held a celebration of his achievement at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor last month at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church Boy Scout Amphitheatre / Gash-Haq Memorial Garden.


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Being the outdoorsy type, I’m always on the lookout for someplace new to explore. It’s surprising how often such places turn up too, if you don’t mind investing the work it takes to find them. STEVE HUDSON Just the other Get Outside Georgia, aa4bw@comcast.net day, for example, I found myself on a fishing foray among the hills and ridges of northwestern Georgia. I was tracking down a rumored stream said to offer remote solitude and plenty of fish. That rare combination is like the finest of wines, something to be savored and shared only after great deliberation. So I wasn’t surprised when my fishing buddy hinted at the presence of such a stream but stopped short of the all-important details. Instead, he gave me what I like to call “just enough information.” He didn’t tell me to go to this intersection and turn that way and then follow such-and-such a trail. Instead, he’d used a broad brush to point me in the general direction. “You have to do the rest,” he said. “But you might find it’s worth it.” So off I went. Eventually I found the stream. I rigged up the little fly rod. I tied on the recommended fly. I made some casts, and the fish responded well. Yes, it turned out to be a good little creek, and I enjoyed a most exceptionally pleasant afternoon. After a while it was time to head home. So, there I was, a solitary driver on a quiet backcountry road, my thoughts kind of wandering like they do sometimes on long drives. Do you do that too? After a while, my thoughts alighted on a book I got for Christmas last year. It’s called “Roadside Geology of Georgia,” and it brings the rockscape to life in a way that’s scientific enough to be interesting but not so much so that folks like me can’t keep up. That’s my kind of book. I recalled one part of the book that I’d lingered over just the day before. It was talking about fossils. Now don’t misunderstand. This is not a “go look here” kind of book. Instead, it paints a broad picture that gets you thinking. Like my fishing buddy, it’s a source of “just enough information.” I had a half hour of daylight left when it dawned on me that I was driving right through one of the regions where the book had hinted that fossils might be found. And then, just ahead, there was a

roadcut. Why not? I pulled the truck off the pavement, parking in knee-high brambles well off the road. Staying on the public right-ofway, I made my way to a nearby patch of exposed dirt to check it out, looking for – what? Nothing, apparently. There was nothing there but red mud. Still, my “just enough information” said I might be on the right track. Back in the truck then, and a mile or so farther down the road, and there’s another road cut. Another stop. More mud. But that’s it. The light was fading fast. But I had a purpose, and there was yet another roadcut a little ways ahead. So back in the truck and pretty soon there I was, once again perusing the northwest Georgia mud. What was I looking for? Maybe for that – right there! See that little round thing about a quarter inch long? Well, of course you can’t see it, because you’re sitting in your house reading. But I was there, on the ground, and there was something really interesting in the dirt at my feet. I picked it up. And then another one like it, but smaller. And then a bigger one, and then a few more. They were fossils, sure enough. Fossils that I recognized as being of a creature called a crinoid. How old? A couple of hundred million years or more. I’d have to go back to the book and figure that out. I found two more, and then it was dark. I cached my finds, now lovingly wrapped in a scrap of paper towel, in the safety of my shirt pocket. Then I drove on home. On the way, I thought more about how much fun “just enough information” can be. It offers only promise, and it leaves the rest to you. So…next weekend…I’ve got a line on this area up north of here a ways… I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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Recovery: Continued from Page 1 would at the beginning of the shutdown (in March 2020),” said Michael Starling, Dunwoody director of Economic Development. “I think we are in a really good spot, with the exception of the hotel industry.” While the hotel occupancy remains far below pre-COVID-19 levels, Discover Dunwoody interim President Steven Schumacher said the numbers are on the rise. “They are nowhere near the numbers that were recorded in February of 2020, where occupancy percentages were in the high 80s and 90s during the weekday, but they are increasing from March of last year, when we were at 4 or 6 percent,” Schumacher said. While there were ebbs and flows that could be attributed to spikes in reported infections, occupancy rates have been slowly rising, with March numbers holding steady at about 30 percent, Schumacher said. “The first Friday in April was one of the best we’ve seen in a year, with occupancy up 1,600 percent over this time last year,” he said. “It’s nowhere near where we want to be, but it’s very encouraging.” Schumacher cited last weekend’s Hot Wheels Convention as an indicator that the hotel industry is beginning a gradual recovery. The event was held at the Crowne Plaza Perimeter at Ravinia on Ashford Dunwoody Road. “The hotel was completely sold out through Sunday,” he said. “It’s great to have people coming back into the city.” Office occupancy also seems to be on the rebound, according to reports from city officials. “While occupancy is still around 15-20 percent right now, we expect that to increase significantly after Labor Day,” Starling said. At a February Dunwoody City

Council meeting, Johann Weber with the Perimeter Connects Program said about 25 percent of Perimeter Center employers surveyed said they had tentative plans to return to the office by the end of April. According to those employers who participated in the survey, most predicted a gradual return to the office, but not until at least late in the second or the beginning of third quarter of the year. The pandemic doesn’t seem to be slowing the influx of new businesses within the city. Five new businesses held ribbon-cutting ceremonies during the first quarter, including The Whole Tooth and Scenthound Grooming on Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Home Instead on Mount Vernon Road, Piccola New York Pizza on Winters Chapel Road and the Consumer Innovation Center on Ashford Lane. Schumacher said that while statistics are important in measuring the recovery, he sees a lot of anecdotal evidence around the Perimeter Center area. “I’m seeing a lot more people in restaurants wearing name badges, which means they are back in the office, and my commute is taking a few minutes more each week — and that’s a good thing,” he said. Mayor L ynn Deutsch said she’s hearing encouraging news from small business owners around Dunwoody. “Commercial centers seem busier, and I see more people out and about,” she said. “But I don’t think this is completely over. We need to continue to eat and shop locally and support Dunwoody businesses.”

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Chamblee High baseball wins county JV tourney Chamblee pitchers Myles Weekly and Noah Harkins led the Bulldogs in the semi-final game of the DeKalb County JV baseball championship against Southwest DeKalb in a 10-3 win March 27. Later that day, the Bulldogs matched up against the Dunwoody Wildcats where Jack Brobst started on the

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family was enjoying the morning, when a mobile phone notification alerted them a person had been detected on their property. The person was in full hunting gear underneath a gazebo and holding a mobile phone. “I kinda just lost it, I couldn’t believe (he) felt the liberty to be on the property without asking,” property owner Dr. Jennifer Peer-Rich said. Her spouse confronted the hunter, who had shot a deer and tracked it to their property using a mobile phone. This day wasSolution the family’s introduction C O A T H A R E A S I A T A C H E S S E R A T S S I R E D I B N E A G E B I B U S E D C L A D K E N T





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Dunwoody people, places are special Wow! The Perimeter business community sure is a special place. When we bought the Crier a couple years ago we heard from readers for months afterward telling us how special HANS APPEN the newspaper was Publisher to them and how hans@appenmedia.com excited they were that new owners were coming in to protect and build on the success of their local community newspaper. I learned quickly about the pride the people of Dunwoody take in their community and how important it was for us to continue to tell its stories each week in the latest edition of the Crier. The Crier was and is a strong local newspaper, but like any forward-thinking publishing company is doing these days, we wanted to innovate and bring new and exciting features to the newspaper that would ensure that it stayed that way. One such feature we wanted to add to Crier that we’d had some success with over the years with our Herald newspapers north of the river was an annual contest recognizing the best businesses in the area. We called it “Best of Perimeter” and over the course of two months we gave Perimeter residents the oppor-

tunity to nominate and then vote on the best businesses in the area in over 100 different categories. We also went door to door, making sure that business owners knew about the contest and would have the opportunity to promote the voting window to their customers. I made some of those visits myself and had the pleasure to meet some great people. I talked to Charles at the Dunwoody Nature Center, Debbie at Stage Door Players, Alan over at the Spruill Center for the Arts, Celia at Travelfaire, and Dawn at Camp Run-A-Mutt. I stopped by local eateries, medical offices, retail shops and many more. One central theme throughout my visits was how impressive, kind, and upbeat everyone I met was. Mind you, all of them are still coping with the ravages a pandemic leaves on a business and the often sluggish recovery that follows. But if the quality of the people and business owners I met, and the optimism I was greeted with are any indication, we’re going to be just fine, and 2021 is going to be a great year. So, please take a moment to peruse the list of winners for this year’s Best of Perimeter contest. It is a list of businesses that any community would be proud to call their own. And as always, shop local.

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Rumi’s Kitchen Sandy Springs


Taqueria Los Hermanos El Azteca


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BEST LANSCAPING SERVICES Oasis Landscapes & Irrigation

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David Long Interiors

Melanie Williams Interior Design

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2021 BEST OF PERIMETER • Sponsored Section

Honored to be voted as one of the best Brought to you by: McKendrick’s Steak House Doug & Claudia McKendrick along with the entire McKendrick’s Team are incredibly honored to be voted as one of the “Best Fine Dining Restaurants” & “Date Night Hotspots” in the Perimeter. Since 1995, this timeless American steak house, with its classic fine dining’s attention to detail, has become a favorite of the Atlanta dining scene. To the casual observer, McKendrick’s Steak House is a comfortable, upscale restaurant across from Perimeter Mall, but for regulars and scores of longtime employees, it defines excellence in the hospitality industry. Executive Chef Brent Ross serves only the highest quality of prime steaks and the freshest of fish and seafood available in the market. The seasoned front of the house service staff at McKendrick’s Steak House has become a staple for Atlanta dining. Their professionalism and unique characters contribute tremendously in developing the loyal clientele the restaurant has enjoyed. Many of the current employees are the original staff from the restaurant’s opening day. The quality of food and the dedication to service is the equation to McKendrick’s long-lived success. Doug McKendrick knows it’s all about taking care of our guests. It is McKendrick’s pleasure and privilege to continue to serve the community.

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Best Pet Daycare Brought to you by: Camp Run-A-Mutt Thank you for honoring us! We want to thank you for voting us the “Best Pet Daycare/ Lodger” in all of the Perimeter area! Every day we strive to provide the community with a premier cage free dog daycare and boarding paradise. Our indoor/outdoor camp is beautiful (see for yourself on our Muttcams), fun, safe and supervised 24/7. Camp Run-A-Mutt™ Dunwoody features over 11000 square feet of indoor and outdoor play area for your dog to romp, play and socialize to their heart’s content! Watch your camper online as they run on the spacious grassy area, cool off in the custom waterfall/splashpond, relax on the sun deck or under the cooling misters on a hot day. We also offer dog washing, grooming, boutique, obedience training and surprises you’ll find only at Camp Run-A-Mutt™. Your pup will love it, and so will you. It’s not just the amenities that make us unique. Camp Run-A-Mutt™ is also 100% cage-free for both daycare and overnight boarding. Your pup will receive exceptional care by our well-




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trained, attentive staff who are certified in pet CPR and first aid. Overnight Campers enjoy the security of a caring human in the same room while they snooze. Our goal is to make boarding fun by minimizing the stress and anxiety some dogs experience when they are away from home. “Pack boarding” instead of cages, human love instead of being alone, it’s a no brainer.



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This past year, Malachi’s has seen a 60% increase in people seeking groceries each Wednesday. Our community has rallied and shown generosity with both material and financial donations allowing Malachi’s to meet the rising need. Thank you Dunwoody! Malachi’s Storehouse, a food pantry in Dunwoody, distributes food, baby supplies and clothing every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We seek to be both a practical resource as well as a community of compassion and kindness. Everyone is welcome, everyone is valued, and everyone is fed. In our drive-through or outside walk-up distribution, our volunteers work hard to ensure that each family is given a wide variety of healthy food including meat and fresh produce. The food comes from many sources, one of which is community donations collected every Tuesday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Malachi’s also purchases thousands of pounds of food each week from the Atlanta Community Food Bank at only

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of Perimeter 2021! Brought to you by: Village Orthodontics We are humbled and honored that you have chosen Village Orthodontics to be the Best of Perimeter Orthodontist for 2021. When Village Orthodontics opened in 2017, our goal was to create the best orthodontic experience for the residents of the Perimeter area. We strive every day to achieve this goal by providing multiple treatment options, with custom, individualized-care at a great value. Thank you for believing in us and allowing us to continue doing what we love to do each and every day; create incredible smiles for our community. Village Orthodontics uses the latest technology and treatment methods to help deliver the latest and greatest. Dr. Freedman is known for his tech skills throughout the orthodontic field and is a Key Opinion Leader for one of the largest world-wide dental 3d printer companies, is on the Customer Advisory Board of a major Orthodontic Software platform to help guide the trajectory of the development, and serves as an advisor to an Orthodontic Aligner company that is now in all 50 states. In 2021, he was selected to become a member of the Schulman Study Group which is only offered to a select 1% of orthodontic practices in the country. Village Orthodontics even developed its own direct 3d printed aligners, similar to Invisalign, to give patients more options. Village Orthodontics provides free orthodontic consultations, which in-

cludes photos, x-rays (when necessary), a digital impression, and a detailed review of your treatment options with Dr. Freedman. Our digital impressions are different than the old school impressions of the past. These highly accurate impressions take about 3 minutes to acquire the upper and lower teeth and capture the bite. This is all done with the highest patient comfort in mind and without the mess and silly putty style goop. After we give you your treatment options, we will never pressure you into starting that same day and our prices are the same whether you decide to start on your consultation day or wait until a day that works better for you. Together with your help, we will continue to financially support important organizations throughout the Perimeter area including Austin, Vanderlyn, Kingsley, Chesnut, Dunwoody Elementary, Dunwoody Springs Elementary, Peachtree Middle School, Dunwoody and North Springs High School sports, The MJCCA, DUMC, The Davis Academy, OLA, Sandy Springs Youth Sports, numerous local neighborhood swim & tennis clubs and many others to make our community stronger, more united and better for everybody. Bret Freedman, DMD Village Orthodontics 5488 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Ste 8 Dunwoody, GA 30338 678-745-5388 village-ortho.com

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Best barber shop Brought to you by: Gino’s Classic Barbers We are so delighted and grateful to our community for this honor. As we continue to focus on tailoring the best barbershop experience for our clients, we are reminded how fortunate we are to be able to humbly serve the gentlemen and jr. gentlemen of Atlanta. Whether it’s a straight razor shave, bald fade or that neck shave between visits, our clients’ needs are front and center. To that end, we continue

to prioritize barber and stylist education and work only with top talent who are motivated to leave you looking and feeling great! And, whichever location is most convenient for you, know that you’ll enjoy The Gino’s Classic Barbershop experience every time! From our humble beginnings as Soviet immigrants back in 1979, we have called Atlanta home. Not a day goes by that we aren’t reminded just how lucky we are to live in and love this country and this city. Our sincerest gratitude to our family, staff and community for this recognition!

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Founded in 2010, Gino’s Classic Barbers is an Atlanta staple. The traditions of the classic barber shop and family business run strong in the veins of this shop, which operates in our three locations: Perimeter, Buckhead, and now Midtown. Feel like family when you walk in and like a million bucks when you walk out.

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Thank You for Voting Piedmont Urgent Care One of Perimeter’s Best! It’s an honor and pleasure to serve Dunwoody and surrounding communities. newly renovated center and expanded our capacity to provide care to more patients. We offer care for a wide range of illness and injury and are now proud to offer same day COVID PCR results and 15-minute rapid tests. For patients preferring a virtual visit from the convenience of home or work, our Piedmont Clinic providers connect with you through our video chat portal and are available 7 days a week for assessment, diagnosis and treatment for most urgent care needs.

Piedmont Urgent Care has proudly served the Dunwoody community with quality care and compassionate service since 2012. At Piedmont Urgent Care by WellStreet, our care teams have a passion for delivering uncompromising care - one patient at a time. Our providers advocate for their patients and practice patient-centered medicine to deliver an exceptional patient experience. In fact, over 9 out of 10 Piedmont Urgent Care patients have recommended our Dunwoody providers to family and friends.

Our clinical care team is led by our board-certified providers, Dr. James Short and Nurse Practitioner Jimmy Robbins. Dr. James Short is board-certified in Family Practice & Urgent Care Medicine, an Urgent Care Board Officer and a member of the Dekalb County Medical Reserve Corps. Jimmy Robbins is a Navy veteran, board-certified Nurse Practitioner and certified critical care nurse in pediatrics. To better support the Dunwoody community, we added two additional exam rooms to our

Our facilities are open 365 days a year, with extended night and weekend hours, and offer diagnostic testing, in-house lab work, and immediate walk-in care for the whole family. Thank you for choosing Piedmont Urgent Care in Dunwoody and for trusting us with your care at any of our 27 centers in the Atlanta area. Learn more at www.piedmonturgentcare.org.

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Best dentist in Perimeter 2021 Brought to you by Dentistry with a Difference Thank you to the Dunwoody and greater Perimeter Community for voting us Best Dentist. We are truly proud and humbled to receive such a prestigious designation. For more than 30 years we have felt an obligation to be an active contributing member of this community. With your help we have held Teddy Bear Drives for the police department, sponsored the restoration of the Spruill Farm House, given college scholarships for graduating high school seniors and sponsored the Dunwoody Woman’s Home Tour to name just a few of our projects. All were made possible with your tremendous support. Together we will continue to make this community a fabulous place to live and work. — Dr. Al Nordone and the Dentistry With A Difference Team.

Thank You for Voting Us Best Dentist in Perimeter 2021! Tired of your insurance company making your dental health decisions for you? Discover why our patients have chosen Dentistry With A Difference to provide the personalized quality dental care they deserve. Call us for a new patient consultation and experience the Difference!

Dr. Nordone

5548 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. (in front of Publix)

Dunwwody, GA 30338

(770) 393-9450 | www.DentistryDifference.com

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Thank you for voting us the Best of Perimeter 2021! Brought to you by: Restorative Therapy & Wellness

Honored and humbled Brought to you by: Nancy’s Nancy and her staff are honored and humbled by your confidence in our ability to serve your retail needs. We appreciate the Dunwoody community support that accompanies this award. We are grateful for your continued

patronage. We feel privileged to be of service. Thank you for shopping and sharing your lives - you will always find a friend at Nancy’s. We offer comfortable clothing, jewelry, accessories and shoes. Our hours of operation are 11:00 to 4:00, Tuesday through Saturday.

It’s the whole package, not only clothes, but shoes, scarves, purses and jewelry.

Restorative Therapy & Wellness 5881 Glenridge Drive Suite 170 Atlanta, GA 30328 404-236-0934

Thank You For Voting Us Best Physical Therapy!

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By definition, NANCY’S is a Boutique, in the strictest sense, a specialty apparel shop. But if you ask the many long-time customers of NANCY’S, they will tell you that her shop is the only shop for them.

We want to thank everyone for voting for us and making Restorative Therapy & Wellness Best of Perimeter 2021! This is indeed high praise and tremendous honor. Eleven years ago we opened our doors, and by partnering with all of you, we made our journey succeed: “We restore your movement.” Our mission at Restorative Therapy & Wellness, LLC is to provide the highest standard of physical therapy clinical excellence using the most up to date research, clinical expertise and quality assurance for our patients, their family members, care-givers and doctors. Our goal is to optimize your desired movement through a mutual cooperative relationship. During each visit we focus our attention on you. We apply our extensive physical therapy knowledge and skill to restore your movement to its

maximum potential. We spend individualized time specifically dedicated to you to design and continually upgrade your ideal exercise plan. We facilitate movement through handson techniques which promote healing, muscle integrity and postural balance. We also serve our neighbors and community by promoting health and wellness through periodic out-reach programs. Our evidenced-based falls prevention program, BOLD (Balance on One Leg Daily), has been highly regarded, cost-effective and fun. We offer free ten minute physical therapy consultations and visits to our clinic. Just call to schedule. We look forward to helping you restore your movement.

Restorative Therapy & Wellness specializes in balance and falls, orthopedics, neuromuscular disorders, stroke, vestibular dysfunction and geriatric conditions. We provide direct individualized patient care to focus on your unique diagnosis and goals.

First Runner Up Best Apparel Boutique (LOCAL) Mo Gletsu, PT, DPT, NCS, certDN

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Deborah Koval, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, ATC, MSEd

Andrea O’Neal, PT, MPT, certDN

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Our Customers are the Best of Perimeter! Brought to you by: Under the Pecan Tree

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Thank you Dunwoody and all those that voted us Best Home Builder / Developer

THANK YOU! I am so honored that you’ve selected Under the Pecan Tree in the inaugural Best of Perimeter contest! Spending my days under the pecan tree for the past 5 ½ years has been a such a blessing! I get to fill the store with products I hope you’ll love… items to celebrate a birthday, graduation, marriage or baby, commemorate a baptism or confirmation, thank a hostess, or grieve a love one. When you affirm my selections with your purchase, and now your vote, it’s so rewarding… and so humbling. If you haven’t shopped under the pecan tree, please visit soon! (We are on closed for vacation April 12-19.) Think of Under the Pecan Tree as a general store with products for every member of the family from infant to grandparent. You’ll find jewelry, baby products, tabletop items, home décor, body care products, men’s gifts, puzzles, candles galore, Christian gifts, etc. Take advantage of our Savings

Under the Pecan Tree 5482 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, #27A Dunwoody, GA 30338 678-694-8704 underthepecantree.net Stamps and Frequent Shopper programs. Follow us on Facebook® or Instagram® to be in-the-know about new products, promos, etc. I can’t tell you enough how much the community’s support has meant over the years… especially during the pandemic! — Amanda Scoles, owner

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Thank you for voting for Conway Law! Brought to you by: Conway Law Wow! This award is such an honor and Conway Law is truly humbled to be chosen by the community as one of the Best of the Perimeter. In 2013, Attorney Chris Conway left a national insurance defense firm to start Conway Law. He desires to fight for justice for those injured by someone else’s negligence or recklessness. He fights for his clients by using what he learned defending insurance companies. He and his family love living in Dunwoody and being involved in the community whether with Chesnut Elementary, Dunwoody North Fins, Dan & Company, Rush Union, or Orbit Arts Academy. Here is something practical to remember if you are ever in a car wreck: Conway Law’s Four (4) “C’s” for car wrecks: CALL the police. People lie and an insurance company will not believe you

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unless there is a police report documenting the wreck; COLLECT information. Take pictures of everything: your vehicle, the other vehicle, the locations of the vehicles after the wreck, the other driver’s tag and insurance information. A picture is worth a thousand words and often the car that hits you looks worse that your vehicle. CARE for yourself. Go and see a medical professional if you feel pain or stiffness, persistent headaches, numbness or tingling going down your arms or legs, or pain in any other area of your body. If you wait to see a doctor hoping that the pain will go away or suffer in silence, an insurance company will use that against you. CALL Conway Law. Insurance companies are in business to make money and try everything to diminish the value of your claim. You need someone with the knowledge and experience to fight for you.

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First runner-Up for Best Law Firm of Perimeter 2021! At Conway Law, we pride ourselves on giving each client the attention they deserve and providing top quality representation. We do this by giving personalized attention to each client and each case. Attorney Chris Conway spent years working at one of the top insurance defense law firms in the country before opening Conway Law. He puts his experience and knowledge to work for you. Whether you have suffered, been injured or have lost a loved one in a car wreck, a tractor-trailer collision, a slip and fall or some other catastrophic situation, we will fight for you and give you individualized attention.

Chris Conway

At Conway Law, we represent client throughout the greater Atlanta area, including Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, Clayton, Gwinnett, Douglas, and Hall counties and in cities such as Dunwoody, Chamblee, Brookhaven, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, and Sandy Springs. 1862 Independence Square | Suite E Dunwoody, Georgia 30338 404-334-3311 | chrisconwaylaw.com

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Best Insurance Agency Brought to you by: Farmers Insurance

The O’Brien Agency is thrilled to be named Best Insurance Agency for the 2021 Best of Perimeter program. Thanks for your votes! Liz, Greg and I are here to serve your personal lines, commercial lines and Medicare

insurance needs. I have been in the insurance business since 1998 and our agency in Dunwoody is in its 7th year. We have a great deal of experience to share and we care about serving in our community. Call us anytime with your questions or for an insurance proposal. 404-719-1943. Thanks again!

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Most adults know they should see their primary care doctor each year for a routine physical. Fewer realize that they should also be scheduling annual appointments with their dermatologist. Dermatologists diagnose and treat more than 3,000 different conditions and diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Think about it -- skin is the largest organ and skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, an estimated 20 percent of all Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their life. Which is why we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our skin care experts. Experienced & Caring Providers. Patients have access to a professional team of physicians, certified physician assistants and nurses who are trained in the medical and surgical sub-specialty of dermatology. Dr. Josh Hammel, a native to Marietta, GA, is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon. He has extensive knowledge in dermatological research and specialized training in surgical dermatology, including the use of advanced plastic surgery repair techniques. Before gaining her experience in the world of dermatology, certified physician assistant Alexa Deck worked as a medical assistant at the Piedmont Heart Institute and as a physician assistant for a family medical practice in the area. Both providers are compassionate, skilled and eager to help you manage your skin care needs. Comprehensive Dermatology. Patients have access to quality medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services to help achieve and maintain healthy skin at all ages. MEDICAL: Our skin care experts diagnose and treat chronic conditions, and prescribe medications to common, and sometimes not so common, skin conditions such as acne, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. SURGICAL: We are committed to offering the most advanced, state-ofthe-art care available. We provide local excisions and Mohs Micrographic surgery, the most effective technique for treating common skin cancers. COSMETIC: Our providers utilize a variety of treatments for aesthetic concerns including cosmetic injectables such as Botox and rejuvenating laser treatments for sun spots and wrinkles.

In-House Dermatopathology Lab. Our centralized dermatopathology laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and enables our providers accurate and timely biopsy results for their patients. Patient Satisfaction. Providing outstanding patient care means more to us than just practicing good medicine, it involves listening to our patients and continuing to improve so that every experience is a positive one. “This is the most efficient, professional, and friendly dermatology practice I have ever been to. I was immediately checked in and seen by very friendly staff. Dr. Hammel took time to listen to me and we discussed the best plan for my problems. He is amazing and super smart! I had a wonderful experience and would definitely recommend!” – Manjusha D. Quick Access to Care. Calls today and be seen this week. We firmly believe that no one should wait weeks to see a dermatologist. Simply call 770452-5667 or visit mydermspecialists. com to make an appointment.

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Thanks For Voting Us Among The Perimeter’s Best! Being named the first runner-up “Best Dermatologist” in this year’s Best Of Perimeter is a true honor. With that said, we’d like to thank all of the readers who voted for our team. The confidence and trust you place in us not only inspires us but drives our pursuit of being our best for you every day. We’d also like to thank our entire team for their continued dedication and commitment to our patients.

NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS *If insurance pre-approval is required, scheduling may be affected.

Josh A. Hammel, MD

Alexa Thomas Deck, PA-C

Board-Certified Dermatologist & Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon

Certified Physician Assistant

770.452.5667 DermatologySpecialistsGA.com MEDICAL | SURGICAL | COSMETIC

4360 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Suite 260

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Best Veterinarian of 2021 Brought to you by: Dunwoody Animal Medical Center

We are honored to be voted the Best Veterinarian of 2021! We are thrilled to have been able to provide superior veterinary care for the Dunwoody and Sandy Springs communities for more than 30 years. Doctors Johnson, Pinsky, Gould and Hamer have over one hundred combined years of experience as veterinarians. Most of our full-time employees have worked for Dunwoody Animal Medical Center for ten years and many have worked for us for more than twenty years. Dunwoody Animal Medical Center provides the highest quality of veterinary medicine for cats and dogs. Dr. Johnson performs many surgeries laparoscopically, allowing for a marked reduction in post-operative pain and a quicker return to function. We use high-end diagnostic equipment including digital radiography, ultrasound, laser therapy and the highest level of in-house diagnostic laboratory analyzers. Dunwoody Animal Medical Center is independently owned and operated. We are not owned by a public corporation, allowing for more flexibility in our practice and more individualized care for our patients. From the beginning of our veterinary hospital, it has been important to us to support our community through our sponsorship of local non-profit organizations and charity events. These include the Dunwoody Fourth of July Parade, Lemonade Days, Dunwoody Nature Center, our local schools and numerous youth & charitable organizations. We are honored to provide the veterinary care to the

K-9 Police Officers of the Dunwoody Police Department. Dunwoody Animal Medical Center is a fully accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association. Today, only 12%–15% of veterinary practices in the US and Canada hold the “AAHA-accredited” designation. AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the United States and Canada. Practices that choose to pursue accreditation are evaluated on stringent quality

standards that encompass all aspects of veterinary medicine—from pain management and patient care to team training and medical recordkeeping—and are continuously updated to keep accredited practice teams at the forefront of the profession. We look forward to continuing to provide outstanding service to our clients and superior veterinary care to our patients.

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BEST VETERINARIAN OF PERIMETER 2021! Thank you to our amazing staff, clients and patients. It has been our privilege to serve our community for over 31 years and we look forward to being a part of your lives and our community for many years to come.

C.L. Johnson III, DVM Iris Pinsky, DVM Laura Gould, DVM Kim Hamer, DVM Williamsburg at Dunwoody 2482 Jett Ferry Rd #600 Atlanta, GA 30338

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Thank you for awarding Big Frog Custom T-Shirts of Dunwoody the Best Apparel Boutique (LOCAL) and Best Graphics & Printing Shop for the Best of Perimeter 2021! Thank you for awarding Big Frog Custom T-Shirts of Dunwoody the Best Apparel Boutique (LOCAL) Best Graphics & Printing the Best of Perimeter 2021! I wasfor very Opening and the doors on January 8th 2020,Shop

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Nick, Marlin & Bryn; the Best Husband Ever: Matt Carothers; the Best In-Laws Ever: Jim & Sherill In the spiritall ofour Award-Winning Academy Stars, I need thank my CLIENTS ROCK STAR team: Madot, and Carothers; friends and colleagues; and the mosttoAMAZING IN THE UNIVERSE Nick, Marlin & Bryn; the Best Husband Ever: Matt Carothers; the Best In-Laws Ever: Jim & Sherill all the other places too! Carothers; all our friends and colleagues; and the most AMAZING CLIENTS IN THE UNIVERSE and all other places too! Wethe love the creativity and passion that our clients put into making Direct-To-Garment tees, hoodies, totes, gorgeous embroidery, and screen prints. Y’all are the MVPs of the t-shirt world We love the creativity clients and it’s so fun workingand withpassion you to that bringour your visionput to into life. making Direct-To-Garment tees, hoodies, totes, gorgeous embroidery, and screen prints. Y’all are the MVPs of the t-shirt world and it’s so fun working with you to bring your vision to life.

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Winner for Best Beverage/Wine Store of Perimeter 2021 “This is the best package store in the northeast Atlanta area by far. They have a huge selection and the best prices of beer, wine, and liquor that you will find. Their selections are exceptional and are always increasing. They also have a huge selection of local beers as well. A must visit! Worth the drive to Dunwoody Beverage!” – B. Johnson

“Wonderful selection. Really nice people. Great prices. I strongly recommend Dunwoody Beverage to anyone where customs service matters - I placed a remote order for delivery and they fulfilled it the same day. Very happy customer indeed. – Freddie G

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Keeper of Dunwoody’s history and heritage Brought to you by: Dunwoody Preservation Trust Since 1994, the Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT) has been the keeper of Dunwoody’s history and heritage. Today DPT owns and manages Dunwoody’s most beloved landmark, the white farmhouse at the corner of Mount Vernon and Chamblee-Dunwoody roads. Known as the Dunwoody Farmhouse, the Cheek-Spruill house is the site of many significant community events including Light Up Dunwoody, which launches the community’s holiday season. In 2008, after the City of Dunwoody acquired the neglected 1870 DonaldsonBannister Farm, aka the Farm, at the corner of Chamblee-Dunwoody and Vermack roads, DPT agreed to rehabilitate and manage it as a public park and private event venue. In 2018, after ten years of rehabilitation accomplished by fundraising, financial support from the City and untold volunteer hours, the Farm officially opened to the public. Since then, it has been a much sought-after private venue for weddings and other significant private

and corporate events. At the Farm, DPT also hosts significant public activities, including Dunwoody’s only children’s history camp in addition to a children’s summer yoga camp, adult history classes, Afternoon Tea, Farm-to-Table Dinner, yoga classes, Apple Cider Days and Spring Fling. DPT also manages three local historic cemeteries. To fund its many activities, DPT produces Dunwoody’s most popular community event - Lemonade Days at Brook Run Park, attended by 80,000 over its five-day run. Usually held in April but canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, the festival is scheduled this year for Aug. 18-22. Clearly, DPT is more than just a preserver of old buildings. Believing that people are happiest where they feel the greatest connection, DPT is committed to connecting people through activities that preserve the past, celebrate the present and build the future. Varying levels of memberships and corporate sponsorships as well as lifelong friendships are now available. For information, go to https://dunwoodypreservationtrust.org.

To our wonderful patients Brought to you by: Dunwoody Urgent Care Over 15 years ago, I opened Dunwoody Urgent Care. Like my father, who was a general practitioner in Sonoma, CA, I wanted to get back to the basics, emulating and rekindling the ideal of smalltown medicine. My adopted hometown of Dunwoody has embodied that dream, as Dunwoodians have embraced my traditional values. My staff and I listen to our patients, and we truly care for each and every one of you. We want to extend a HUGE thank you to all of our (over 20,000!) Dun-

woody patients, and to the Dunwoody community as a whole, for the amazing support you have shared with us, particularly in the past year. It means everything to us that you voted us the best Urgent Care in Dunwoody, and that you continue to choose us to care for your illnesses and injuries. The outpouring of support and loyalty, both in-person and on social media, has been overwhelming. It is our honor and privilege to have earned your trust! Warmest regards, — Casey Locarnini, M.D. (Dr. Loc) and the staff of Dunwoody Urgent Care

The Locarnini family

We love you, Dunwoody.

Thank you for loving us back. By preserving the past, celebrating the present and building the future, we’re building a community that residents want to live in and their children want to come home to. Host your wedding or special event at the historic 1870 DonaldsonBannister Farm. Bring your family to Lemonade Days, promote your business by becoming a sponsor - or join us as a volunteer or member.

Lemonade Days Festival

Donaldson-Bannister Farm

Voted Dunwoody’s Best Community Event

Voted First Runner-Up for Best Wedding Venue

Brook Run Park, Aug. 18-22, 2021 Sponsorships now available

4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Indoor and outdoor tented facilities available

For information, please go to dunwoodypreservationtrust.org/ be-a-sponsor or email us at events@dunwoodypt.org.


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Thank you for Voting Us Best Urgent Care We are celebrating our 16th year as Dunwoody’s First and Best Urgent Care Center

SERVICES: • Camp/Scout Physicals • Injury Care • Immunizations • Medical Care • COVID-19 Testing

770.353.2001 www.dunwoodyurgentcare.com 1730 Mt. Vernon Road, Suite B • Dunwoody, GA 30338

“Dr. Loc” Casey Locarnini, M.D. Founder, Medical Director

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Best interior design services Brought to you by: David Long Interiors I appreciate you choosing me and my team for this award.Thank you for allowing me to serve the community and make clients my friends for so many years.Dunwoody is a great place to live and we enjoy making it a better place one house at a time. If your in need of someone to come to your home and help you work with the things you have or create room from scratch we can do that.We strive to work within peoples budgets and give them the best we can for the money they want to spend.We have many clients that just need someone to hold their hand as they work with a contractor to do a kitchen or bath remodel. We can start with looking at your plans ,go over estimates to see if all things are covered and end with helping you with your material selections.With projects like this we also do weekly site visits to see the progress and make sure its what you dreamed it would be.We can help you with all or parts of your projects.Sometimes a new eye on things is like icing on the cake to open your options to new possibilities . — David Long

Thank You For Voting Us Best Interior Design Services Best of Perimeter 2021 David Long Interiors Inc. is a Dunwoody based Interior Designer offering a range of Interior Design services to Corporate/Office, Residential, Retail and Healthcare Facilities in the greater Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Atlanta area. For more information regarding the services we offered at David Long Interiors Inc., or to book an appointment with one of our interior designer specialists, you can contact us via telephone or e-mail.

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Best Pediatrician of Perimeter in 2021 Brought to you by: Healthy Kids R Us A new pediatric practice in Dunwoody works to serve the large Spanish-speaking population in the area with a staff fluent in Spanish and other languages. BRUTUS-DARIUS Drs. Jessie BrutusDarius and Natalia Benza opened their practice, Healthy Kids R Us, in July with the goal of keeping children healthy, serving the Spanish-speaking population in the area and treating unique and rare cases. The office staff is BENZA fluent in Spanish. Brutus-Darius also speaks French and Creole. Both Brutus-Darius and Benza worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta before opening the practice together.

Because of their past experience, Brutus-Darius and Benza say they are knowledgeable and equipped to handle unique cases. Benza said they see patients with autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome as well as rare conditions like metabolic disorders. Opening of the office was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the staff is excited to now have the practice up and running. “Thankfully, we stayed in close communication with our patients from the previous clinic, so many of them have been very loyal and waiting for us,” Benza said. To ensure the health and safety of the staff and patients, employees have their temperature taken and wear masks in the office. Patients are asked to wait in their car upon arrival, so a member of the staff can come out to take their temperature and have them answer a questionnaire before they enter. Healthy Kids R Us, located at 11 Dunwoody Park, Suite 190, serves children from the newborn stage to 21 years.

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We, at Healthy Kids R Us, PC, serve patients from the first day of life (newborn) to the age of 21 (adulthood). We are an outpatient pediatric facility located in Dunwoody, GA. Our mission is integrated into our name - HEALTHY KIDS R US: Wherein, our sole objective is to keep Kids healthy by providing affordable, continuous and comprehensive medical care. Our pediatric providers are board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Jessie Brutus-Darius is fluent in English, Spanish and French and Dr. Natalia Benza in Spanish and English.


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Home Helpers of North Atlanta Voted Best of Perimeter Home Care for 2021! Brought to you by: Home Helpers of North Atlanta Home Helpers of North Atlanta is honored to be voted the Best Home Care for Seniors in the inaugural Best of Perimeter awards! Thank you to everyone who voted for us. “Winning in the first Best of Perimeter contest is especially meaningful in these challenging times. For the past four years we have also been honored with the Best Home Care for Seniors award in North Atlanta, and it’s been so rewarding to be trusted by our clients and their families as we partner to help them” say Hilary and Greg Eldridge. “It’s our ability to constantly fine tune and deliver a truly personalized approach that makes the difference between good and great care. Change is constant - with our amazing caregivers and staff we strive to anticipate, recognize and address those changes as part of our ongoing commitment to partner with our families and deliver exceptional Care Management.” In the evolving world of COVID-19, the health care challenges our clients and caregivers face make it important to adapt quickly and help families navigate as their loved ones face their own unique situations. We recognized early on the critical need to obtain Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), deliver extensive infection control training and elevate our Care Management to a level that makes us stand apart. For many of our families, seeing their older loved ones thrive at home is now an alternative they view as a lifesaving decision. If your older loved one is in a care facility,

the one on one dedicated care and warm emotional connection a heart centered Home Helpers caregiver provides can be life changing. Being able to deliver quality Care Management at a rapid pace is a must in today’s world. It’s just not enough to set up a care plan and make a wonderful match of a heart centered caregiver to client. It takes proactive attention to detail by a team that has depth and skill, with Care Managers who form a critical link with our families as needs arise. Proactive Care Management lets us pivot more quickly to address the questions and concerns clients have in real time, working to offer solutions and ideas before issues become critical. Hilary and Greg built this business as a tribute to Hilary’s father and set out nine years ago to raise the bar for in-home care. “I saw what a difference truly personalized care made in my Dad’s life and strive to provide the kind of care he’d be proud to have inspired”, says Hilary. “I always use his memory as a touchstone to make sure that even in the midst of change we engage the spirit of our clients as we honor the richness of their lives.” We’re here to help - from six hours a day, several days a week to 24/7 and live-in care. A Home Helpers caregiver has the skills to assist with all personal care, help around the house, safely speed up recovery from surgery, or provide specialized care for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc. For a free consultation please call Home Helpers of North Atlanta at (678) 430-8511.

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A Winning Team Approach Leading Independent Brokerage Since 2003 Brought to you by: Karen Cannon Realtors Karen Cannon Realtors has a different approach. Karen and Anderson Cannon launched their firm over 17 years ago with a unique philosophy – a cohesive team approach. They’ve earned a reputation as the most trusted and fastest growing independent real estate firm in North Atlanta for a reason. They’ve simply built a better way to sell homes. When you hire a Realtor with Karen Cannon Realtors, you are hiring an entire team; you have professionals behind you every step of the way, ensuring that your transaction goes smoothly. The unique philosophy is based on building an experienced, professional team of quality Realtors who know Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Northern Atlanta inside and out. They live, work and play in their local communities and

can provide their clients with all the information they need. The Realtors are backed by a team of individual experts; freeing them up to be more attentive to their clients. Karen Cannon Realtors have the support of a full-time marketing specialist, listing coordinator and closing coordinator. They provide professional photography and videography, home staging, 3D virtual tours and social media promotion on every listing. They have an extensive network that keeps them in-the-know about properties headed to the market and brings buyers to their seller’s door. The results speak for themselves. Their homes sell in half the time and at top dollar. In 2020, they sold 124 homes, 10% sold prior to listing at an average of 99% of list price. They have 300+ 5-star client reviews, a coveted 5-star Zillow rating and are an Atlanta Realtors Association Top 5% Producer. It’s no wonder they were voted to the 2021 Best Of Perimeter list. Contact their team: (770) 352-9658, info@karencannon. com or check out KarenCannon.com

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When to Prepare for a Move Brought to you by Arjé and Jim McCarty, The McCarty Group, Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Perimeter People always ask us when they should start planning for a future move and we always tell them that the answer is NOW! In the Atlanta real estate market, preparation always results in a better experience and, more importantly, a better sales price. When we consult with our clients in the early stages, we can share proven techniques to make the process easier as well as strategies that will attract the most buyers to their home when they get ready to sell. We at The McCarty Group are honored to be chosen as the Best Realtor Team for the Best of Perimeter 2021 and want to thank our clients, friends and family for their support and trusting us with their moves. We are privileged to live and work in such a wonderful community. Everyone has a unique situation, and our passion is helping our buyers and sellers reach their goals. If we can help with your next chapter, we can be reached at 678-298-1664 or mccartygroup@ kw.com.

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At Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Perimeter, our training curriculum will prepare you for success, and our state-of-the-art technology will give you the tools you need to work with your buyers and sellers. Our staff is dedicated to supporting our agents and the atmosphere of the office is one of cooperation and camaraderie. If you would like to learn more about joining the largest real estate company in the United States and the best real estate office in the Perimeter area, call Marco Coetzer at 678-4464002 for a confidential interview. To discuss what the unprecedented real estate market of 2021 could mean to you, be sure to reach out to your favorite Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Perimeter agent or team. They have the market knowledge and experience T:\ADS_2021\Appen Ads\Playing Hide you need. and Seek

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How Community Improvement Districts Improve the Community Brought to you by Ann Hanlon, Executive Director, Perimeter CID For over 20 years, the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) has invested private dollars to build projects in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven. Founded in 1999, the PCIDs has funded over $30 million in improvements in the community to benefit both the private sector and residents. The business district of the PCIDs includes all of the major corporations in the Central Perimeter market, including Cox, UPS, State Farm, IHG, Met Life, Insight Global and VMWare among others. Each of these companies have contributed and continue to help fund transportation projects in the District that benefit everyone – and these projects include landscape maintenance, intersection improvements, sidewalk construction, and larger coordination with the Cities and GDOT for regional projects. Independently or with its partners, PCIDs identifies projects that improve access in and out of the District. The CID works with Cities and GDOT to enhance mobility for all modes of transportation, and to create value for the com-

mercial property owners through trails, landscaping, lighting, safety enhancements and sense of place installations. Recent key projects, such as the midblock crossing for pedestrians at Hammond Drive and the Dunwoody MARTA station, benefit all people who work, live and travel through the Perimeter area.


For over 20 years, the PCIDs have invested in mobility projects to create a signature destination for corporate headquarters, hospitality, and retail. www.perimetercid.org

The CID recently partnered with MARTA for a cleanup of the Dunwoody station and hired a mural artist to create an installation on several internal walls of the station. Two intersection projects are currently under construction in Dunwoody and Brookhaven and should be complete by the fall. As a result of

these dedicated improvements, the commercial, multi-family and residential markets benefit as a regional community. The PCIDs has an aggressive capital work plan and will continue working to build projects in the Perimeter market to benefit all. Find out more at www.perimetercid.org

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Thank you for voting us as 1st Runner Up! Brought to you by: Stage Door Players Stage Door Players is looking forward to 2021 and putting 2020 behind us! We are very excited about where we are headed and you have helped make it all possible through your support! One of the first things we have rolled out is the Stage Door Performing Arts Academy. The Academy is the educational programming of Dunwoody’s own professional theatre company. The Academy will bring both Virtual and In-Person training to students with a professional team of instructors. Stage Door Players’ mission is to Inspire, Engage, Educate, and Entertain and the Academy will seek to further that mission by including the area’s bright young artists. Our goal is to build a program where all students will be inspired by the magic of the theatre, engaged in the creative process, educated in new skills and techniques, and, of course, entertained by the joy that theatre brings. Get in on the act and sign up for our summer classes that are being offered now at https:// stagedoorplayers.org/education/.

Once summer is over, we will continue with additional new programming for all students. Soon, you will begin to hear more about Stage Door OutDoor, followed by many other new and exciting ideas that we have been working on. We believe you will be as excited about them as we are so Stay Tuned! As we are looking at the reopening our theatre, we will be taking all the necessary precautions that are required by the CDC to help our patrons, actors and staff feel comfortable getting back out in the public again. We could not have made it through this past year without your positive vibes and your financial support, so believe us when we say…. We can hardly wait to see all of YOU!

THANK YOU for voting Stage Door Players 1st Runner Up! We are thrilled that you made us your choice for local theatre! We can hardly wait to see all of our patrons ! Our team has been working very hard over this past year preparing to bring many new programs to you as we reopen. The Performing Arts Academy is our first of many new programs coming! As we reopen our theatre, we will continue to follow our mission to Engage, Inspire, Educate and Entertain the community through the production of quality professional theatre. We are looking forward to seeing all of you very soon!

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