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Affordable housing rises on city’s 2018 agenda BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

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Affordable housing was a hot topic as the city drafted a new zoning code last year, concluding in a construction incentive program officials described as just a start. In 2018, affordability is rising to the top of the city’s agenda in both policy and practice. Mayor Rusty Paul kicked off the new year by saying he will place the long-anticipated redevelopment of the northern Roswell Road corridor on the city’s official short-list of policy goals. A prime concern in that redevelopment: ensuring a broader mix of housing, including units affordable to “middle- and working-class families.” Paul is expected to name an advisory committee about that redevelopment and its housing options early this year. In the immediate future, the city is working on a deal to gain 10 middle-income-affordable units in a luxury apart-

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City Springs budget climbs over $229M; residences to open BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

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The public’s share of the City Springs budget is rising 3.5 percent to over $229 million, as Sandy Springs City Council on Dec. 19 approved its first — and, officials promised, only — increase for construction delays, upgrades and other items. The decision came the same day that city officials got their first tour of the privately funded and developed residential part of the new civic center. Branded as Aston City Springs, the apartments and townhomes are See CITY on page 4


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A Baptist church on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road could be replaced with two houses — priced at $1.5 million to $2 million each. The Metropolitan Baptist Church at 4795 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road is shutting down after more than 40 years as its attendance has dwindled to only seven members. The 2-acre property near the Buckhead and Brookhaven borders went on the market for $1.485 million on Oct. 31. The redevelopment is proposed by Eddie Levin of Sandy Springs-based Design Construction by Craftmaster.

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A Sandy Springs resident is suing the city over his commercial property’s change to a residential designation in the new zoning code, a move he says is “revenge” for an earlier eminent domain dispute. Stephen F. Johnston’s lawsuit about his 80 Johnson Ferry Road property echoes complaints and controversies about rapid, unpublicized changes to property designations that dogged the process of writing a new land-use plan and zoning code. City spokespeople declined to comment on Johnston’s suit and said it appears to be the only lawsuit filed so far related to the new Development Code.

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2017:Year in Review BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Sandy Springs is a city racing to keep up with its own spectacular growth. In 2017, the city moved forward on two major accomplishments that will shape its future for decades: the City Springs civic center and the new Development Code. From traffic to affordable housing to politics, the city saw it has a lot more changes in store.

CITY SPRINGS RISES, AS DOES ITS BUDGET

The city’s new civic center will be the story of 2018, with an August grand opening of its arts facilities preceded by the new housing, park, retail space and City Hall. The past year saw major progress, with the buildings nearing completion, a $2.5 million donation establishing a new theater company and the hiring of a general manager for the arts facilities. But it’s also costing the city more, with the budget rising to over $229 million in a year-end announcement.

TACKLING TRAFFIC PROBLEMS— AND SOME NON-PROBLEMS

With a new transportation sales tax kicking in last spring, the city jump-started a wide array of projects, from a PATH400 multiuse trail extension to rebuilt intersections around town. It was a fast but sometimes bumpy start, as tax revenues are mysteriously lower than projected, and confused communication about one plan – adding multi-modal lanes on Mount Vernon Highway – triggered neighborhood outrage about property impacts. But the biggest traffic stories were non-stories, as the new Braves stadium in Cobb County and the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction project failed to produce highly feared congestion.

NAMESAKE SPRING GETS A NEW DESIGN

The spring that gave the city its name currently lies beneath a metal grate in Heritage Green park. A new design, commissioned by Heritage Sandy Springs, was unveiled and would expose the water, making it flow over stone, under a modern canopy. However, permitting issues delayed construction until late 2018 at the earliest.

A NEW ZONING CODE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOCUS

After more than two years of work, the city adopted a new zoning code meant to last at least a decade. The new Development Code’s main goals: simplifying the code, protecting most single-family house neighborhoods from large infill redevelopment, and targeting certain “small areas” with more detailed and refined plans. Affordable housing in the increasingly expensive city was an emerging theme in the public discussions, and various drafts of the code SS

contained widely different affordability programs. For now, the code contains limited middle-income affordability incentives, while Mayor Rusty Paul says he will launch an affordable housing task force this year to develop a full policy.

CHANGING TIMES FOR CHURCHES

Dwindling attendance and expensive buildings combined for changing and challenging times at local churches. Apostles Church was sold to St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church after a failed senior housing redevelopment plan. Church of the Atonement rebranded as Highpoint Episcopal Community Church as part of an effort to remain open. And Metropolitan Baptist Church announced it will close, with a plan on the table to replace it with two large houses.

THE 6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT BATTLE

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s brief elevation to President Trump’s cabinet triggered an epic Congressional race that drew a national spotlight, burned through enormous out-of-state contributions, and energized local Democrats. Republican Karen Handel finally beat Democrat Jon Ossoff in the most expensive Congressional race of

all time. But Round 2 is coming fast, as the office goes on the ballot again this year; several Democrats have already announced runs, and while Ossoff has not, he recently moved into the district. Meanwhile, Price is already out of D.C., resigning amid scandal over expensive airplane flights.

A CITY WATER WAR BREWS

The Kayron Drive fire hydrant that leaked all summer during a drought, until it was fixed after Reporter questions, was not a big story in itself. But it’s one example of many problems with Sandy Springs’ water infrastructure that is owned and maintained by the city of Atlanta. The Sandy Springs City Council complained about safety and other concerns, and Mayor Rusty Paul said that this year, he will seek a better deal with Atlanta — even if that means suing for control of the system.

THE CALL FOR A NEW NORTH SPRINGS HIGH

A longstanding wish for a new North Springs Charter High School, whose core building dates to 1963, was revived by a group called Citizens for a New North Springs, which quickly drew backing from the city of Sandy Springs. Fulton County Schools says North Springs will instead get a previously planned renovation and ad-

dition, but advocates hope to leverage the process for a new building. And CFANNS co-founder Jody Reichel won election to the City Council.

PROPERTY TAX SURPRISES

A sudden increase in assessed property value in Fulton County sparked outrage and concern over the higher-than-expected taxes homeowners were faced with paying. The Fulton County Board of Assessors, later reversed the increases and used the lower 2016 values instead. But that temporarily affected cash flow at local school districts. New Fulton Chairman Robb Pitts said he’ll modernize the appraisal system, while some state legislators are proposing a tax-increase cap.

MBUSA HQ RISES, TRIGGERS NAMING DEBATE

Mercedes-Benz USA’s headquarters, set to open this year, neared completion glittering like a corporate jewel the city is glad to add to its collection. But MBUSA’s desire to rename part of Barfield Road for itself — which also would put its name on the letterhead of a neighboring Mormon temple — triggered a debate over corporate branding of public property. MBUSA agreed to a renaming of its small section of the street.


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City Springs budget climbs over $229M; residences to open Continued from page 1 luxury units that some councilmembers said might lure them to move in. The City Springs complex is a publicprivate partnership project — located between Johnson Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Highway at Roswell Road — that also includes a new City Hall, theater and arts spaces, and retail space. It is set to open in phases next year, with the housing in January; the park in the spring or summer; City Hall in the summer; and the Byers Theatre in September. The budget for the public portion of City Springs is now $229,212,000, according to City Manager John McDonough, after the approval of $6.5 million more in construction and design costs and $1.2 million more in furnishings and fixtures. The City Springs design and construction budget previously was set at $222,712,000. The furnishings and fixtures are a separate item within the city’s budget, and that total line item now rises from $6.5 million to $7.7 million, according to city spokesperson Sharon Kraun. The city had never increased the City Springs budget before, though previous internal tweaks sometimes caused a misunderstanding that it had. But this time, the budget really is increasing, and Mayor

Rusty Paul spoke in grudging acceptance, saying it’s a relatively small increase on such a large and complex project. “Staff was told we’re going to do that one time, and one time only,” Paul said of the budget increase, indicating that there had been private discussions before the council meeting. “Well, nobody likes to raise the budget,” he added, but agreed that it added better security, technology upgrades and some unexpected issues. “And to be able to accomplish all of that with a 3.5 percent increase in the budget is astounding to me.” Paul was the only official to use the terms “increase” and “raise.” The favored term among others was “budget adjustment,” and the increase was largely discussed in technical terms. McDonough said that much of the construction and design increase will cover a 57-day delay caused by weather and other factors. City officials originally hoped to have City Springs open by now, but last year pushed the schedule back to 2018. Other items causing the budget to increase include a wide variety of necessities and aesthetic items, from fire code compliance to nicer-looking ceilings. Following new forms of terrorism and mass murder, the city has upgraded security, including vehicle-blocking

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bollards and security cameras. Furniture is a big budget item, including rocking chairs for a “porch” along Johnson Ferry Road, where McDonough suggested visitors can one day “drink your coffee, read the paper, meet your neighbors.” Other items on the fixture list include an $85,000 “water wall” and more than $127,000 for a “media wall.” Money to cover the budget increase will come from various sources, including available general and capital funds, bond interest income, and money formerly earmarked for buying properties on Hammond Drive for a possible roadwidening project, which is now covered by the new transportation-oriented sales tax. The Aston City Springs residential section, built by developers Carter and Selig Enterprises, is on the western end of the City Springs site. Its heart is the intersection of two new roads that aren’t yet open to the public: the brand new Galambos Way and an extension of Blue Stone Road. Some units also overlook Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs Circle and Johnson Ferry Road. A fountain is under construction in the new intersection, which will sport new

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businesses, including restaurants in the key corner spaces. The restaurants are expected to be announced next month. Aston City Springs could take another six weeks to complete, said Jerome Hagley, Carter’s executive vice president, but some units will be ready for occupancy in this month. The complex contains 294 units — 19 townhomes and the rest flats — in two buildings known as the “North Building” and the “South Building.” The townhomes are around 1,500 to 1,600 square feet. According to online listings, the monthly apartment rents start at $1,385 for a one-bedroom and $2,100 for a two-bedroom, topping out at $3,910 for the largest three-bedroom. For more information, see astoncitysprings.com.

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PCIDs pays $2.8M to settle Sandy Springs lawsuit BY JOHN RUCH

The Sandy Springs dispute involved a sidewalks and streetscape beautification project along Peachtree-Dunwoody Road between I-285 and Abernathy Road carried out around 2008 and 2009. The PCIDs commissioned the project using federal grant money provided through the Georgia Department of Transportation, with the city acting as a fiscal agent required under the grant policy. The PCIDs are two jointly operated self-taxing business districts, one in Fulton County and one in DeKalb. The grant — and the lawsuit — specifically involved the Fulton CID. Years later, in 2014, the Federal Highway Administration audited the grant for compliance with its terms. According to a written statement from the city, the audit found “non-compliance” in the project’s paperwork, including “lack of information in the files related to materials and testing information; missing sediment and erosion control reports; and failure to include Buy America requirements [a mandate to use American-made products] in the Project contract.” The federal government demanded its nearly $2.8 million in grant money back and sought reimbursement from GDOT, which in turn demanded the money from the city. Rather than hitting the city with one huge bill, GDOT agreed to deduct the money from the city’s annual allotment of state road-paving funds. Former City Attorney Wendell Willard previously said there was no dispute that the paperwork errors happened, but there were arguments about who to blame. After negotiations with the PCIDs failed, the city in June sued that organization as well as two corporations, CH2M Hill and AECOM, that supervised public works during the project under Sandy Springs’ largely outsourced model of government. According to a city press release, Lowe Engineers also became a defendant in the lawsuit. To settle the suit, the PCIDs is paying back the full $2.8 million, with the corporations not paying anything, Lee said. Of that amount, the city will directly receive $698,773.83 as reimbursement for the paving fund deductions to date, and the balance will be paid to GDOT, according to city officials.

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The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts will pay $2.8 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the city of Sandy Springs over costly paperwork errors on a streetscape project. The settlement agreement was signed Dec. 19 and involves no admission of wrongdoing from the PCIDs and private contractors that the city had also sued, according to City Attorney Dan Lee. Ann Hanlon, the PCIDs’ new executive director, declined to discuss the settlement in detail, but repeated her comments in an interview earlier this month that settling the lawsuit was a priority. She previous said it was the subject of her “first phone call” on taking the job. She said the PCIDs was “proud” to get the lawsuit settled and is looking forward to a new master plan of transportation-related projects in the new year, which will involve collaboration with Perimeter Center cities. “Our focus, moving forward, is to build innovative transportation projects to improve the area for everyone,” she said. About two weeks after the city threatened to sue, in August 2016, former PCIDs leader Yvonne Williams made a surprise resignation, that was not announced until weeks later. Williams cited personal and family reasons for leaving and said the PCIDs boards did not force her out. Hanlon said the PCIDs staff is reviewing files on all similar projects and had completed the review on projects on the Fulton County side of Perimeter Center, while still working on the DeKalb side. She said the PCIDs are “reviewing anything,” with “nothing found so far.” “That’s gratifying,” Mayor Rusty Paul said at the Dec. 19 City Council meeting, where the settlement was announced. He called the lawsuit a “family dispute” and added, “With the change in leadership and new direction [at the PCIDs], I’m enthusiastic.” The paperwork dispute also concerned officials in Dunwoody, another Perimeter Center city and frequent PCIDs project partner. Dunwoody officials previously said they spent $4,000 on a special audit of similar joint projects with the PCIDs, finding no errors. New Restaurant

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State Rep. Meagan Hanson (R-Brookhaven) will carry a hate crimes bill in the General Assembly this session following a succession of failed attempts by Democrats trying to do the same. Hanson, who is beginning her second year in office and faces re-election in November, held a press conference Jan. 3 alongside members of law enforcement and members of the Anti-Defamation League and The Coalition for a Hate Free Georgia to announce her new bill. The proposed law would add enhanced punishments for crimes committed against protected classes of people based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, mental disability and physical disability, Hanson said in an interview. Those are the same classes protected under the federal hate crimes law passed in 2010, she said. “It is an interesting political time right now … in the midst of what happened in Charlottesville,” Hanson said in an interview on why she decided to sponsor the bill. In August, white supremacists marched in the streets of Charlottesville, Va., and waved Nazi flags while chanting against Jews and other minorities. A woman protesting the white supremacists was killed. Hanson said she was convinced it was time to sponsor a bill after meeting and working with local leaders of the Anti-Defamation League, a national advocacy group pushing for state hate crimes legislation. She said she has also talked to prosecutors and to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan who supports such a bill. “It’s shocking that Georgia doesn’t have this [hate crimes legislation] on the books,” she said. Shelley Rose, deputy regional director for the Atlanta-based ADL, said the ADL has been in talks with Hanson since last spring but work on having a hate crimes bill passed in Georgia has been a years-long effort. After Dylan Roof shot and killed nine African Americans at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in 2015, the ADL made an even bigger nationwide push to have hate crimes legislation passed in states that did not have it as well as to strengthen other state bills, Rose said. Last year, former Democrat state Rep. Keisha Waites introduced hate crimes legislation, but it went nowhere. Waites resigned her seat in an unsuccessful bid for Fulton County Commission chair. The FBI defines a hate crime as one committed with the “added element of bias” against someone because of who they are who someone thinks they are. For example, if someone spray paints a racial slur on a black church, that could be considered a hate crime, or if someone beats up someone because they are gay, that could also be considered a hate crime. A person convicted of a hate crime typically has added punishment, such as a longer prison sentence, known as “penalty enhancements.” At one time, Georgia had a hate crimes law. In 2000, the General Assembly passed a bill calling for enhanced punishment for crimes committed due to “bias or prejudice.” The state Supreme Court in 2004 threw the law out, however, calling it “unconstitutionally vague” for not specifying biases, such as a crime committed against

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someone because of their religion or sexual orientation. poses “religious liberty” bills. Hate crimes legislation has been raised in the General Assembly every year since “My record speaks for itself,” she said. 2004 by Democrats, but it has never gained serious traction. Bryan Ramos, a Democrat seeking to unseat Hanson in November, said it was an “We have really tried to identify someone [to carry the bill] and we really want bi“insult” for Hanson to carry the hate crimes bill. partisan legislation,” Rose said. “Democrats have been lead“Meagan Hanson must have graduated from the Donald ing the way on this legislation for many years ... and Meagan Trump School of Politics,” Ramos said. “After self-publishing really stepped up this year.” serial anti-LGBTQ hate speech GOP statements on Twitter, Hanson said she understands passage of such a bill is an Meagan Hanson doubles down and attempts to exploit the seuphill battle. rious issue of hate crimes to try and save her failing campaign. “I am not unaware of the struggles this bill faces,” she Georgia simply deserves better.” said. “We are taking it one step at a time.” Matthew Wilson, an openly gay Democrat also opposing Those struggles basically fall along party lines, she said. Hanson in November, said her words and record do speak for Republicans tend to oppose such a bill while Democrats supthemselves, and they should sound “loud alarm bells.” port hate crimes legislation. “I fully support the ADL and their efforts to pass this bill “I believe both sides of the aisle find this to be a partisan and I think it is inexcusable we are one of five states without a issue,” Hanson said. “To me, it’s good policy and should be hate crimes bill when we have Georgians being murdered for nonpartisan. It saddens me a little bit that this is a partisan being who they are,” Wilson said. issue.” She said state Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs) “But let’s call this for what it is — a standard Republican has said he will sign on to her bill. ruse. She was hand-picked by Republican leadership to introLast year, when Hanson faced Taylor Bennett for House duce this bill because she is the most vulnerable Republican District 80, which includes Brookhaven, some of Sandy incumbent and she is facing an openly gay opponent,” he said. Springs and Chamblee, she came under fire by some activHe said Hanson did not come out in support of Waites’ bill ists for what they called anti-transgender tweets. FILE last session and noted what he said were her past anti-transWith gender identity included as a protected class in her State Rep. Meagan Hanson. gender comments. bill, how does Hanson plan to respond to potential criticism And, he said, he does not appreciate his friends and loved ones being used as for her past statements? a “political football” during an election year. He also said Hanson did not have “I used the word ‘tranny’ in 2011. I didn’t know it was a bad word then. I don’t use the right motivation to fight for the bill or the personal connections in the Senate it today,” she said. “All I can say is sorry.” where support for the bill is crucial. Wilson said he feared this was more of a politThe other tweet called out an AJC tweet for a story about two transgender teens ical stunt rather than a push to get the bill passed. who fell in love. “I’m gay and I welcome her newfound support ... but it would have been helpful “[The story] was just about a normal, everyday thing that happens. They were to have her support last session,” he said. “It’s very difficult to see her concern as trying to sensationalize something that is normal,” she said. sincere. If you want to authentically carry the flag for human rights, you have to She said she was never contacted about the tweets and was not given the “benefit of the doubt” by her detractors. She said she is supportive of LGBT issues and opshow up in non-election years, too.”

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The city of Dunwoody invites the community to volunteer in this second annual event at Brook Run Park hosted in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. Volunteers check in at 8:30 a.m. at the park’s pavilion and then either work in the park or drive to other selected volunteer locations. All ages. Free. Registration ends Sunday, Jan. 14 at 11:59 p.m. 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodyga.gov.

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Admission is free on MLK Day at the Atlanta History Center. Special programming will include a film screening and conversation about “A Trek to the River’s Edge” with the filmmaker and student leaders of the 1960s Atlanta Student Movement at 1 and 3 p.m. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com.

SANDY SPRINGS’ TRIBUTE TO MLK Monday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m.

This 12th annual event will spotlight volunteers at the Sandy Springs Mission, an organization dedicated to helping needy students from the Sandy Springs community. Event attendees are encouraged to bring a children’s book which will be donated to the mission. Free. Heritage Sandy Springs,6110 Blue Stone Road, Sandy Springs. .Info: sandyspringsga.gov.

BROOKHAVEN MLK DAY Monday, Jan. 15, 5:30 p.m.

Brookhaven will observe MLK Day with a dinner and program at the Lynwood Community Center. DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond will be keynote speaker for the annual event which honors the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the “Lynwood Integrators.” All ages invited. $10. Tickets can be purchased at the community center. 3360 Osborne Road, Brookhaven. Info: 404-637-0542.

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Campers will explore art through a variety of mixed media such as drawing, painting, collage or clay projects as they create artistic keepsakes. Extended hours available. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Fees and other info: spruillarts. org/youthSUBMIT YOUR EVENT LISTING WITH US AT classesandcalendar@ReporterNewspapers.net camps.

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Richard Oosterholtz will explain the Dunwoody Community Garden & Orchard’s “Urban Double Crop Project,” at the DCGO greenhouse barn at Brook Run Park, opposite the skate park. Learn about UGA research at the garden and tests for the feasibility of raising cool-season crops such as lettuce, broccoli and spinach in dormant Bermuda grass lawns. Free. Refreshments served. 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. Info: dcgo.org.

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Commentary / Looking into 2018’s political crystal ball 2017 is fading into history; 2018 stands before us. What’s in this year’s political crystal ball? Reporter Newspapers asked local community officials what they think the new year will bring. Here’s what they see coming. Sen. Elena Parent (D-DeKalb County) I am hoping we will have productive conversations regarding expansion of healthcare coverage in Georgia through Medicaid dollars and regarding the creation of a regional transit authority to pave the way for state investment and increased transit in metro Atlanta. I am sure we will also see some Republican-primary-friendly proposals related to guns and “religious liberty.” The state is on firm fiscal footing and I am hoping that we can expand access to early childhood education and postsecondary education, as well as make reforms to K-12 such as ensuring every child can read by third grade. Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) I believe the major issues we will deal with include a personal income tax cut, regional transit governance, a “clean” adoption update bill, and an expansion of healthcare options. I expect no legislation will pass as respects casinos or new cities and hope we will expand the proceeds that go from the lottery to HOPE and pre-K. In Fulton County, I am the second signature on assessment cap bills, including the school tax portion. Gwinnett County continues to look at transit options and, hopefully, DeKalb will develop a comprehensive transportation solution. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul The Georgia Department of Transportation programs along I-285 and Ga. 400 will influence our residents short-term through the construction phases, and long-term will impact the region in our ability to maneuver throughout the metro area. We are looking at how we can improve safety through efficiencies in clearing trees and downed power lines. We also will continue our efforts to improve the speed at which waterline repairs are made. We will continue to press for recognition among the postal service as our own, unique city, deserving of an independent designation. Finally, the City Springs project ignited redevelopment along the Roswell Road corridor south to our Atlanta border. We plan to work with developers and the community to create positive change along the north quadrant.

Buckhead Coalition President and former Atlanta mayor Sam Massell A half a century since we introduced mass transit, which we nurtured to reasonable heights based on local funding, we are fortunate now to recognize state and area governments are considering partnerships. Now, with our city’s nonpartisan elections for mayor, city councilpersons, board of education members and municipal judges completed — some contests ending with 50 percent versus 50 percent, with just a handful separating winner from loser — our challenge will be to bring these opposing factions together, which we shall do to the benefit of all. Rep. Deborah Silcox (R-Sandy Springs) I will be working with my colleagues in the Senate to pass fireworks legislation that passed the House of Representatives last year and will give local control back to city and county officials as to the times of day that fireworks may be used. I will also be working with the Senate to pass my “child hearsay” statute that will clarify the effective date as to when evidence in child abuse cases may be admitted in court. A number of judges across the state have inquired about this bill, and I am not giving up on it. Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick (R-Marietta/Sandy Springs) I am new to the state Senate and am looking forward to my first session. To prepare, I have been working with Attorney General Chris Carr’s Taskforce on making progress on the opioid crisis. I am working on improving competition in the individual health marketplace and improving communication between the agencies and private sector stakeholders. I have been working to make Georgia a more militaryfriendly state. I have been working to improve our disaster preparedness. I am also working to improve training for our law enforcement officers. Sandy Springs City Councilmember Chris Burnett Significant work has been done this year in reshaping the future direction of our community, starting with the Next10 Plan and the evolution of City Springs, which opens in a few

short months. The city and the City Springs Foundation will work hard to assure that the Performing Arts Center provides highquality programing for our citizens. Transportation needs are always a crucial initiative and TSPLOST-funded projects should begin in earnest in 2018. We will also explore opportunities to redevelop the northern end of Sandy Springs with a focus on affordable housing for empty-nesters and for our first responders, teachers, and medical personnel. Finally, we will continue work on infrastructure projects to further enhance the quality of life in our great city. Fulton County Commissioner Lee Morris A major challenge in Fulton County for 2018 will be the reassessment of residential properties by Fulton County’s Board of Assessors. The 2017 proposed valuations resulted in huge increases and many apparent errors. The Board of Commissioners stepped in to use the 2016 values for 2017 taxation, but as property values continue to increase, we should expect large proposed valuation increases for 2018. Among many other steps, Fulton’s proposed 2018 budget includes $3.4 million for additional staff for more review and analysis of properties and for software upgrades. Also, the commissioners are asking the General Assembly to enact relief by extending a “floating” homestead exemption (which already applies to Fulton County’s general fund and Sandy Springs taxes) to the other 14 Fulton cities (including Atlanta), and the two school systems. A floating exemption rises with valuation increases. Brookhaven City Councilmember Linley Jones The city of Brookhaven has great plans for 2018 (and beyond) for our parks, roads, sidewalks and community planning. Our greatest challenge will be funding and continued implementation of these plans, as well as addressing the issue of steady growth in the metro area that creates traffic and housing problems. It is critical that we address the issues created by metro area population growth in a way that preserves and enhances the livability of our city for its citizens. Sandy Springs City Councilman Andy Bauman For Sandy Springs, 2018 offers the unique challenge — and opportunity — to establish a spirit-


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ed sense of community with the opening of our new City Springs City Center. After years of planning and construction, the vision becomes reality as we come together in the new park and in the performing arts venues. Just imagine: Saturday mornings strolling through the farmers market while children play in the interactive fountains; or, attending a concert in the “Byers Theater,” sure to be recognized as one of the finest performing arts venues in our region; or walking from your neighborhood for brunch or dinner at one of the many new restaurants that have opened in the revitalized City Springs district. Dunwoody City Councilmember Terry Nall DeKalb County SPLOST funding begins April 1, providing increased funding for transportation projects. In 2018, we will see left turn lanes added with sidewalks extended at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Vermack roads, as well as sidewalks added and sidewalk gaps filled on major roads and school routes. Design work will begin on two additional intersections, as well as continued paving of deteriorated roads. The Brook Run/Pernoshal Park Trail will connect to the Perimeter Center East Park through the area behind the new townhomes now under construction. We will complete the baseball complex in the expanded area of Brook Run Park behind Peachtree Charter Middle School. Design and construction work for Brook Run Park’s Great Lawn will get underway.

projects, including a brand new Skyland Park, and make significant improvements at Murphey Candler and Georgian Hills parks. We will have some exciting announcements about the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, coming up in March — it will be bigger and better than ever. And with the Atlanta Hawks in full swing at their new training facility here, Brookhaven will surely be the place to “be”! Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-DeKalb County) We need to invest in education and ensure that our citizens are prepared for the 21st century. Specifically, in addition to our efforts at K-12 and high education, we also need to be thinking about how we can provide paths for lifelong learning. We need to invest in transportation and transit, and we may finally see some movement on the latter this legislative session. We need to work on our healthcare system, which remains inaccessible for too many. I’ll be involved with all of these issues. I will also be pushing legislation that will allow victims of domestic violence to break their leases. It is a common-sense measure that can help someone get out of a very bad situation. I will also be working on bipartisan legislation to update our state’s outdated and insecure voting system.

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We all know that we Robin Conte is a writer should age and mother of four who gracefully. lives in Dunwoody. She But here in can be contacted at the South, we robinjm@earthlink.net. age politely. Sometime between graduation and grandmother, a Southern woman becomes a “ma’am.” That’s when we know that we have become a “woman of a certain age.” I don’t remember what age I was when I morphed from “girl” to “ma’am,” but somewhere in the thick of ma’amhood, I became a “young lady” again. And I must say that being referred to as a “young lady” when you’re in your fifties is about as jarring as being called “ma’am” when you’re in your twenties. I was in a grocery store when I became a “young lady” once more; I was stocking up for my household full of kids, and I’m sure that the employee who used the term was trying extra hard to be un-offensive, but I didn’t like the term at all. Really, that’s not a term anybody likes. Young ladies don’t even like to be called young ladies. Maybe 3-year olds do, but I think the address loses its appeal once they pass the age of 5. What really bothered me about the term is that it felt like the fellow who used it was going a bit too far in the opposite direction. Because the thing is, I know I’m not a young lady. I know I’m not tripping through the streets of Paris with Gigi and Madeline. I find it just a wee bit patronizing. I pondered this a while longer, as I loaded and unloaded my groceries, and wondered, when a middle-aged gentleman steps up to the register, does that employee call him a “young man”? I think not. What about “young laddie”? No, that would not

fly, not even in Scotland. Maybe men don’t get as bristled at “sir,” anyway. “Sir” has a certain grandeur, a royal connotation that carries it beyond the scope of age-inference. Maybe “ma’am” is a problem because it’s an abbreviation; maybe if people went around using the full-throttled “madam,” the term would connote something loftier than mere middle age. Even though “ma’am,” according to Sir Mister Webster, is “used to speak to the queen or woman of high rank,” in this country, at least, it is not a term that evokes refined appreciation; rather, it generates a huffy “How do you know I’m a ma’am?” type of response. It’s kind of a shame, in that aging politely is becoming harder to do. Somewhere, somehow, good manners have become distasteful. People shy away from being respectful because they’re afraid of being offensive. We teach our kids manners, but they are regarded as insults. And the root of the problem is that none of us wants to be perceived as “old,” so we pretend like we’ve discovered the fountain of youth by tossing out a moniker. The fact is, we don’t know how to address each other anymore. What do you call your parents’ friends, once you’ve grown up and moved out of the house and have children of your own? How do you address the couple you used to babysit for, once you’re employing a babysitter yourself? There are some monikers that will never change. My former Girl Scout leader, for instance, will always and forever be “Mrs. C” to all of us fully grown Girl Scouts. My parents’ friends will remain “Mr.” or “Mrs.” unless and until they implore me to address them otherwise. Teachers, no matter what their ages, will be addressed using their surnames, by moi. And when someone, especially a young lady or a young man, addresses me as “ma’am,” I will need to smile graciously and give thanks to the vigilant parents who raised their children with good manners — manners enough to help me age politely.

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Affordable housing rises on city’s 2018 agenda Continued from page 1 ment building on Cliftwood Drive — though the effort had a stumble when city staff waived public meetings about it, reinstating the process after controversy. A similar, earlier deal is scheduled to come to fruition this summer, when an apartment building called The Hill opens on Johnson Ferry Road in the Medical Center area with 10 middle-income-affordable units secured as a condition of zoning approval.

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North Springs’ housing mix The city’s attempt to trigger redevelopment of the northern Roswell Road corridor, also known as North Springs, has been talked about for years. A vision of mixed-use, higher-density redevelopment of its older shopping centers and apartment complexes is part of the city’s new land-use plan approved last year. But such redevelopment raises new issues of housing affordability in the increasingly expensive city. The North Springs redevelopment goals were a driver of discussions about affordable housing tactics in the process of writing the new zoning code, formally called the Development Code. Various drafts had dramatically different tactics, at one stage mandating a certain amount of affordable units in multifamily developments. Residents and developers variously called the ideas too much or too little. The final code has a limited incentive essentially allowing developers to build taller multifamily complexes in exchange for offering affordable units. Following his swearing-in for another four-year term on Jan. 2 at City Hall, Paul discussed the North Springs redevelopment goals. He repeated some of his longstanding statements about the need for housing affordable to first responders and teachers. That “workforce,” or middle-income, housing is the main type of affordability articulated in existing city policy priorities. But Paul also spoke with new emphasis about lower-income affordability, saying the corridor must be affordable to “middle- and working-class families” and citing retail workers as among those the city must find ways to retain as citizens. Paul said he has spoken with “housing experts and community leaders” in recent months about housing redevelopment and that he will convene a “citizens/experts task force” to advise the city on policies. He said the effort also will be on the agenda of the annual City Council retreat on Jan. 23.

Cliftwood affordability The new affordability deal involves the Cliftwood, a new apartment building at 185 Cliftwood Drive. In exchange for allowing three model units to be occupied, owner ECI Group would make 10 units affordable to public safety employees and middle-income households for 10 years. Allowing the new units, and thus the entire deal, requires a rezoning for technical reasons. Three of the units would be made available to city public safety employees for $500 a month, mirroring a program of offering city-owned houses purchased for possible Hammond Drive road-widening as such housing. And seven of the units would be priced at rates affordable to middle-income households. City spokesperson Sharon Kraun said that documentation verifying the offering of affordable units and income qualifications of tenants would be collected and monitored by a Community Development staff member to be determined. The plan was unveiled at a Dec. 21 city Planning Commission meeting, where commissioners criticized city staff for waiving two required public meetings about the proposal, apparently in violation of the Development Code. The few comments from the public and commissioners about the substance of the proposal favored it, but with questions as to why it could not offer more or longer affordability. The city has since scheduled the public meetings, the first of which will be held Jan. 22, 6 p.m., at the Cliftwood. Under the current schedule, the City Council would vote on the plan in March.

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ndrew shows passion for politics and the law. He’s worked as a page at the U.S. Senate and an intern in the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office and also volunteers with DeKalb County’s Teen Court. The court, a community-based alternative to the formal court process, allows first-time teen offenders accused of misdemeanors to present their cases to a court composed of their peers. Teens selected for the court review police reports and written testimonies, interview offenders and their parents, consult with officials and then debate what sort of sanctions should be imposed in a case, Andrew said. Sanctions can range from requiring letters of apology to requiring community service to referrals to court programs ANDREW ZACH, 17 or counseling, he said. “It’s Marist School always very satisfying to help these kids and give them the guidance necessary to succeed in the future,” Andrew said. And Andrew hopes that’s just the beginning of his work in politics or law. “I hope that I can impact people’s lives in a positive way and work through government structures to pass policies that will benefit people all across the country,” he said.


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amantha is working towards her Girl Scout Gold Award on a project that would provide an educational curriculum regarding testing for sexually transmitted diseases to teen girls in lowincome communities. She has partnered with Spelman College, the Hope Education Project, and the Westside and Peoplestown communities to get the project off the ground. Her goal is to create a sustainable program that would provide “health equity” throughout Atlanta. She was inspired to launch the initiative as a result of her work tutoring and mentoring at the Rick McDevitt Community Center in the Peoplestown neighborhood. In her role, Sam recruits students to participate SAMANTHA DELMAN, 17 in the program and tutors Pace Academy three afternoons per week throughout the school year. She also serves as a tutor and counselor for Keeping Pace, an academic summer program at Pace for underserved youth from Peoplestown and other neighborhoods. Among other organizations, Samantha also helped launch The Universal Language, a group that collects equipment for Kick4Life, which uses soccer as a forum for HIV/AIDs education. “Working at Keeping Pace led me to become engaged and passionate about the issues in the Peoplestown community, and I am so thankful for the opportunity.”

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s part of her internship with the Center for Civil and Human Rights last summer, Kaylan became engaged with work of Back on My Feet and still regularly meets at the Inman Park MARTA station at 5:45 a.m. to run with local area homeless residents. She has continued to stay engaged in her work from the internship, singlehandedly initiating and leading a human rights program at Atlanta International School last fall. In December, she returned to the Center to plan a program for elementary students in the Atlanta area. Kaylan’s memorable moment as a volunteer came while organizing a cheering section during a recent Back on My Feet race. “While cheering, I started talking with an alum of KAYLAN JONES, 18 the Back on My Feet program Atlanta International School who, not too long before the event, was recovering from being struck by a car on the sidewalk. His story humbled me because the least I could do was be there to support Back on My Feet by waking up early, while he was there shortly after a shocking incident. His story encouraged me to give back and not allow any excuse to hinder me from volunteering in the future.”

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atthew is a current member of the Teen Leaders program at the Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA where he volunteers weekly in the childcare department interacting and engaging with the children. Matthew helped to spearhead a teen-led clothing drive and is currently working on a survey project to gather feedback that will help provide a consistent way to measure the growth, progress and impact of the YMCA’s programs. “One of the most memorable moments I have had while volunteering was my first day in the playcenter at the YMCA. When I first decided to help, I had no clue what to do or how the children would react to having me in their room. Upon MATTHEW CELECIA, 16 walking in, the staff directed North Atlanta High School me to ‘go play with the kids,’ so I chose to sit at a large table towards the back of the room. Amazingly, several of the children began to surround me, asking me questions and giving me toys to play with. When I was asked to read, they sat quietly and gave me their full attention. Now they are excited to see me. Overall, this has taught me how to relate and understand younger children.”

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fter their mother battled with breast cancer, the sisters decided to organize a fundraising walk called Strides for Survivors. The event supported TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, where their mother received treatment. Nearly 150 people participated in a fundraising walk last year, which raised over $6,000. Another walk is planned for February. “Spending this tremendous amount of time with my family to support something that hits so close to home was the best feeling that you could imagine,” Emilie said of organizing the walk. “Knowing that the donations of the participants of the Strides for Survivors walk helps more women rebuild their strength during their battle with breast cancer drives my sisters and me to want to grow our organization and to raise more money for Turning Point,” Samantha said. “Other kids just like me could look into their mother’s eyes and see them as the strong confident woman that they are and it would be because of our donations,” Lauren said.

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nationally recognized competitive table tennis player, Albert created the Student Table Tennis Activists Foundation (STTAF) to address health and educational issues in the community through ping pong. With the help of friends and family, Albert raised more than $2,000 and attracted 66 players to a recent tournament. Along with mission trips, tutoring, taking part in Relay For Life and creating public art, Albert has won a raft of awards including a Congressional Gold Medal and the Teen Ink Service Award. He likens the success of STTAF, which he hopes to take national, to creating a work of art. “Like clockwork, we register entrants, collect donations, arrange matches. ALBERT ZHANG, 17 I never thought it possible The Westminster Schools until drawing it out,” Albert said. “STTAF, our elaborate conception, generates $2,200 we use to buy tables and 150 paddles for the children’s center. Composition becomes a way of creatively modeling visions into reality.”

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n 2015, Courtney created the nonprofit “Supply Circle” after visiting her mother’s family home in Jamaica and seeing how difficult it is for children there to learn without school supplies. She organized a drive to collect supplies for the Heartsease Primary School in Mandeville, Jamaica such as pencils, notebooks, backpacks and pencil sharpeners, and they were delivered last September. Courtney was inspired to help underprivileged children in Jamaica because she says, “education is important and the key to success. We have to focus on the youth of the future and realize that every community is affected by another. I believe when those students feel confident, then they will succeed in and out of the classroom.” In addition, Courtney is a 2018 GivingPoint fellow, and she is COURTNEY COPELAND, 17 participating in entrepreneurial The Galloway School training that teaches students about launching community projects and nonprofit organizations.

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amil visited Lovett’s 825-acre cloud forest property in Ecuador, called Siempre Verde, for the first time two years ago. Struck by the beauty and challenges facing the people of the region, he gathered a group of Lovett students, organized a trip to Siempre Verde last summer, and met with local residents to talk about their successes and failures in selling their products. The goal was to figure out a way to sell their goods at Lovett on a long-term basis. During the trip, Jamil and his group made a documentary to market the products the local farmers and artisans grow and make. They brought back enough of the products to make 50 gift baskets containing coffee, raw sugar, honey, soap and aloe moisturizer. The baskets sold out and all monies will go back to the local famers and artisans in Ecuador. More baskets will be made in 2018 with new items collected by students who visit Siempre Verde. “It was interesting to see how labor intensive it is to produce the goods that are so commonplace to me. In our everyday lives, we don’t really think about how something on our dinner table got there, and it was fascinating to see the process.”

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ather than have their usual senior orientation meeting, Will Milling proposed something dramatically — and philanthropically — different for his class. He developed and raised money for a team-building program called Build-A-Hand, which resulted in the senior class building 35 prosthetic hands that are now being delivered to landmine victims around the world. “After the class had learned about the project and been working on assembling the hands in teams, I had each person place a koozie over their dominant hand. This resulted in each student only being able to construct a prosthetic hand with one hand – simulating the physical situation of someone who has lost a hand. Although this can be viewed as a serious teaching moment, it also created some awkward moments, even leading to some laughs. It was difficult for some of the students and some struggled with a few of the smaller pieces, but they all seemed to learn about something bigger than themselves. We were all very proud of helping those victims around the world in such a life-changing way.”

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s early as his bar mitzvah, Rem chose to have guests buy One World Futbols (indestructible balls made for any kind of surface) rather than get him gifts, and partnered with Atlanta’s Soccer in the Streets to distribute the dozens of balls to refugee kids in Clarkston. He was chosen by the National Center for Civil & Human Rights and the Museum of History & Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University to participate in a four-part dialogue titled “Changing Landscapes: Conversations on Human Rights.” Rem was also selected to be on the Fulton County Youth Commission, the Morehouse College Coca Cola Pre-College Leadership Program and The Great Jewish Books summer program at the Yiddish Book Center in Massachusetts. He said his time on the youth commission has been life-changing. “I remember the first time being in a van with my fellow youth commissioners, driving from place to place for the sole purpose of connecting with the homeless, providing them with the basics for their holidays, and inviting them to our Thanksgiving meal. Despite their obvious hardships, the gratitude we received was palpable. This taught me that although it’s important to give charity, just reaching out and interacting with others is often equally appreciated.”

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laine balances two widely divergent interests: technology and fencing. She co-founded the Women in Technology Club at North Springs to help get other girls interested in science, engineering and technology, and, in November, she was named 2017 Women in Technology Girl of the Year. At the same time, she has fenced for more than six years, cocaptains her school fencing team and competes in national and regional tournaments. She was the Georgia High School Fencing League Women’s Epee Individual Champion in 2017. She says fencing has taught her perseverance and the power of teamwork while the technology club has allowed her “a journey of self-discovery” as she learns about careers in science, engineering and technology.

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atrick started studying Latin in the seventh grade and ancient Greek in the eighth grade, and learned to love them both. In high school, he joined the school’s Classics Club, which met weekly with younger students to teach them about classical civilizations. He had planned to take over the club, but he ran into a conflict between the timing of Classics Club meetings and football practice. “They were both incredibly important to me,” Patrick said, “so one day when I was helping construct shelves in our parish’s local Hispanic mission, Centro Catolico, I had the idea of starting my own club at the mission on Sundays. This way, I could get the club’s schedule to work with my own and I would be teaching children who otherwise would PATRICK SCHULMAN, 18 not be receiving any education Holy Spirit Preparatory School in the classics in their public schools. The idea of being able to make a bigger difference in the community was very important to me, and so I started the program at the beginning of my junior year.” The club still is going strong, and Patrick says he plans to turn control of it over to his younger brother next year. Running the club didn’t interfere with Patrick’s campus activities, either. This year, he was captain of the football team and named Holy Spirit’s Head Boy.


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s a photographer, Lauren feels drawn to the refugee communities around the city of Clarkston in DeKalb County. She says she wants “to document the incredible stories of immense strength that these families have to tell about their plight and flight from Africa to America to give those around me a better understanding of what these refugees go through for the hope of new life.” She sets up her portable studio at apartment complexes, churches or pre-schools and organizes family photo shoots. She created a charity called the People Not Projects Foundation to provide refugee families with framed family photos and has delivered more than 150. “We often forget how fortunate we are to have easy and constant access to photography by means of our cellphones and cameras,” she writes on her website, LaurenHutson.com. “The photographs of our families that we consider part of our day-to-day being are often unfathomable luxuries to those coming to America who have none. My goal is to provide these families, too, with photographs of their loved ones.”

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organ splits her time between an active school life, church work and volunteering in the community. She’s a student body officer, treasurer of the National Honor Society, president of the Future Medical Professionals Club, and captain of the varsity cheerleading team, and broadcasts the morning announcements at Riverwood. Outside school, she joined a mission trip to South Africa and has volunteered at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She established her own fundraiser, called “Knock Out Poverty in the A,” to collect toiletries and raise awareness about poverty in our community. “I knew that my contribution wouldn’t exactly solve the problem, but I just had to do something to help, so I started my fundraiser,” she said. “I asked my family, my school, and people from the community to donate either money, toiletries, underwear for both men and women and their prayers in exchange for a T-shirt that I designed that advertised the cause. At the end of the fundraiser, I split the funds and donated half to a womenand-children’s shelter and used the other half to purchase more items to make care packages that I would hand out to homeless people I saw on the street. … I honestly thought that was the end of that project, but I was given the opportunity to take my project globally on my mission trip to South Africa. I started the fundraiser up for the following year and was able to ship boxes of underwear, toiletries, and sanitary napkins to an HIV/AIDS orphanage that we visited while there.”


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fter volunteering with Friendship Circle, an organization that provides companionship to children and adults with special needs, Daniel created Serve It Up Tennis Camp. He collected tennis rackets at his school and raised more than $1,200 for the camp, which was held last summer at donated courts at the Sandy Springs Tennis Center. “I was excited about organizing the tennis camp this past summer for children with special needs but what I did not realize until the camp was over was the impact the camp had on the campers’ entire families. I knew the special needs kids were having a great time, as we (the volunteers) all were, but when the parents came up to us afterwards and told us how much the camp DANIEL S. STERN, 17 meant to them seeing their kids The Weber School so happy, I realized how being involved impacts more than just the people you are working with directly.”

ver the past two summers, Gabriela has volunteered at Emory University Hospital to try to help neurosurgery patients feel more at ease. “I wanted to interact with patients and their families and make them feel as comfortable as one could in a hospital,” she said. “It was my personal goal to put a smile on every patient’s face, or at least try to brighten up their days.” In the fall, she plans to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. She wants to serve in the Army “so that I may realize my lifelong goal of changing the world one positive step at a time through leading the finest young men and women in the world in pursuits that require the selfless act of putting one’s own wants and needs aside for GABRIELA BOATRIGHT, 18 a greater purpose.” Her desire North Springs Charter High School to make things better doesn’t end there. At North Springs, Gabriela captained the girls’ varsity basketball team and also has coached middle-school students in debate.

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Several local private schools and a public school have announced leadership changes in the recent months. Lovett School, a private school in Buckhead, has announced a successor to Headmaster Billy Peebles, who will retire in June after 15 years at Lovett. Meredyth Cole, Meredyth Cole will who previousreplace longtime Lovett School Headmaster ly held leaderBilly Peebles in July. ship positions at a school in Texas, will be the next headmaster. The Galloway School, a private school in Buckhead, announced James White will serve as its new head of school, following Suzanna Jemsby, who has left for a job in Washington, D.C. White will officially begin in July. Marist School, a private Catholic school in Brookhaven, has announced that its principal, Joel Konzen, has been appointed the school’s president. The current Vice Principal and Academic Dean Kevin Mullally will be appointed to replace Konzen as principal. Continued on page 28

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Both leadership changes will be effective July 1, 2018. Konzen replaces William Rowland, who was named acting president in October when former Marist School President John Harhager, stepped down to assume a new role in Rome, Italy. Priscilla Cole took over as the new principal of Dunwoody High School, a public school, on Oct. 10. Cole was most recently an assistant principal at Centennial High School in Roswell, a Fulton County public school. She succeeded Tom McFerrin, who took a different job within the DeKalb County School District.

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To relieve overcrowding at Midtown Atlanta schools, the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education has unanimously voted to shift students from two areas to Buckhead schools. Students living on parts of Cheshire Bridge Road and Armour Drive who currently attend Morningside Elementary School, Inman Middle School and Grady High School will be shifted. Future students living at an apartment complex being built at 1989 Cheshire Bridge Road in Midtown, and other new complexes near it, will be rezoned to attend Garden Hills Elementary School, Sutton Middle School and North Atlanta High School. Students living on Armour Drive, north of I-85 in Buckhead, will be rezoned to attend E. Rivers Elementary School, Sutton Middle School and North Atlanta High School. The rezoning will take effect at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, but students will complete their last years at each school before transferring to their new school.


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A rendering shows the facade of the new 900-seat Austin Elementary School.

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Officials broke ground on the new Austin Elementary in Dunwoody on Dec. 15. The new school is scheduled to open at the start of the 2019-2020 school year and will be built near the existing facility at the former Dunwoody Senior Baseball fields, according to a press release. The new facility will feature upgraded technology and an outdoor courtyard, the release said. The school will be situated on about 10 acres and will seat 900 students, according to the release. The land was sold by the city to the school district in a 2016 land swap. The county agreed to pay the city $3.6 million and give eventual control of the current Austin Elementary School property to the city. In exchange, the city gave the Dunwoody Senior Baseball fields in Dunwoody Park to the school district to be used as the site for the new school.

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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs Capt. Steve Rose provided the following information which represents some of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police during December 2017.

B U R G L A RY „„8000 block of Adair Lane

— A maintenance-shed burglary was reported on Dec. 6. A backpack blower was taken.

Dec. 6, a resident said she returned to her apartment to find that her 60-inch flatscreen TV was missing along with her HP laptop and iPad. In the bedroom, several pieces of girl’s clothing were spread out.

7500 block of SpaldCaptain ing Drive — On Dec. 6, a resSTEVE ROSE, ident said he heard a noise „„2600 block of Spalding Drive — On Dec. 6, a resident SSPD from the upstairs bedroom said that around 7:30 p.m., she srose@san- area of his home. When he arrived home and found her dyspringsga.gov investigated, he saw a man with a gun, with several othfront door broken. Inside, she er men behind the suspect. discovered evidence of ranAll fled down the stairs when they saw sacking. She backed out and called the the resident. A neighbor’s video camera police. Missing items include a Toshishowed an SUV in the driveway, and a ba TV, Asus Laptop, iPad, jewelry and a male approaching the home, just before purse. Several prints were lifted from 9 p.m. Four additional males exited and the area. all entered the home. Fortunately, no „„7900 block of Innsbruck Drive — On one was hurt and nothing taken. Dec. 6, the resident reported that some„„400 block of North Harbor Drive — one entered by forcing a french door On Dec. 10, the resident said they were and then went through the home, raninside the dining room when they heard sacking each room. a dish fall and saw a young male, about „„8100 block of Colquitt Road — On 14 to 17 years old, in dark clothes and „„

jeans, with a “surprised” look on his face. The suspect was inside the back door near the kitchen counter. The suspect fled, getting into a dark blue Mazda CX-9. The tag number was obtained by the witness. The complainant believes since the garage doors were closed and most lights not visible, the suspects assumed no one was home. A Mazda CX-9 of similar description was reported in another burglary on Wesley Oak Road, listed below. „„700 block of Wesley Oak Road — On

Dec. 10, the residents reported their alarm company notified them the alarm activated at the home around 5 p.m. Several items were taken, including Apple iPhones. An officer took prints and photos from footprints in the snow. A neighbor told the officer that someone knocked on his door and when a family member approached to answer it, the person fled in a car similar to the Mazda CX-9 listed above. „„5675 Roswell Road — On Dec. 11, the

no signs of forced entry. „„5450 Glenridge Drive — On Dec. 11,

at about midnight, SSPD received a call of a theft in progress at an apartment complex. Officers arrived quickly and jumped four male suspects, who then fled. Two were snatched up quickly and a third was located near the pool area a short time later. One still remained in the general area. Since the apartment complex is off Glenridge, officers guessed the suspect would try and infiltrate the nearby residential area. A K-9 officer and dog Igor checked the area near Benton Woods Drive. A short time later, Igor located the fourth suspect, lying on the ground, covered in leaves. As he stared at Igor’s shiny white teeth, he asked to surrender, and did so, to the dismay of Igor, without a bite. All subjects were arrested and charged with four attempted thefts from the complex. „„5900 block of Roswell Road — On Dec.

22, a vendor found shattered glass near the door of Boston Market and called police. The safe appeared to have pry marks on it, as did a cash register. The crook got some cash from the safe.

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