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Joe Santifer was thrilled when the city in recent years purchased 4 acres of leafy Lenox Road property in his Pine Hills neighborhood to turn into a new park. “I’ve been watching this property,” he says. “I was just curious what they’re going to do with it.” The real question, he soon learned, was what he and his neighbors were going to do. While the city is happy to buy land for the “Buckhead Collection” — the master plan for adding 106 more acres of local green space — it’s up to volunteer residents to plan and fund actual construction of new parks. So a few weeks ago, Santifer and some neighbors formed Friends of Pine Hills Park. Their goal is to spend 2017 planting the seeds for a community park to blossom. That includes doing some basic cleanup work, getting public input on what type of park it should be, drawing up a plan and calSee FRIENDS on page 13

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Henri’s Bakery & Cafe, an icon in Buckhead’s West Village for nearly 50 years, plans to move down the block to the Andrews Square redevelopment, which is loading up with other local stores. The historic sign above the 61 Irby Ave. shop may come along for the move. Henri’s is an 87-year-old family business that has operated its main location at 61 Irby Ave. since 1969. It also has a Sandy Springs location. A year ago, Henri’s announced the sale of its Irby Avenue property for a mixeduse redevelopment that would include a new version of the café. That development is still happening, but whether Henri’s will move back in some form is undecided and “still in negotiations,” said Anthony DiNardo, one of the family members helping to manage the shop. DiNardo said the Andrews Square move ensures Henri’s will stay in business at least during any construction period and that the shop is “committed” to the Andrews Square location. “It’s a great way to stay in the neighborhood,” DiNardo said. Andrews Square faces East Andrews Drive on the other side of the block from the current Henri’s location. Located on the site of the former Andrews Entertainment District, Andrews Square is a new project by national mall developer EDENS. The company has drawn other small, local Buckhead businesses to move to Andrews Square, including Lucy’s Market. “It’s important that Henri’s is part of the Buckhead Village,” said Henri’s owner Madeline Leonard in a press release issued by EDENS. “We love this community and the special place Henri’s has in it. We’re excited to relocate to a location that will allow us to continue serving our neighborhood that has so wonderfully embraced us.” “Bringing Henri’s to Andrews Square, and helping preserve its legacy and its role as an anchor of the West Village, is a natural fit for our mission,” Herbert Ames, EDENS’ vice president for the Southeast, said in the press release. “We’re thrilled at the opportunity to work with such an Atlanta institution. Henri’s is a perfect addition to the exciting evolution of our center and the West Village.” Henri’s plans to make the move in the spring, with the Irby Avenue location remaining open until then. The Sandy Springs location remains in business as usual. DiNardo said the new Andrews Square space will be similar to the current Henri’s, with ample parking and a “great outdoor area for seating, as big or bigger than we have now.” Some of the seating will be in the shopping center’s atrium area. The shop’s hallmark is a large white sign towering over the building that reads “Henri’s Bakery.” “The sign will be saved,” DiNardo said. DiNardo said the business is working with EDENS on placing the sign somewhere at Andrews Square. If that works out, he said, it could be a win for both companies and a “win for the village.”

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For the past 20 years, Doug McKendrick has made sure the basketball goals at Allen Road Park have nets.

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About 20 years ago, Doug McKendrick noticed the basketball hoops at Allen Park in Sandy Springs had no nets. “You can’t play basketball without a net,” he said matter-of-factly. “Have you ever seen a high school game, a college game or a NBA game without a net?” So the businessman, now owner of the renowned McKendrick’s Steak House in Dunwoody, purchased some nets and installed them at the local park for the kids who enjoy playing there. And he hasn’t stopped. At 73, he no longer installs the nets. “That takes three people and a ladder,” he said. But he does like to buy up all the basketball nets at the Target on Roswell Road, keep them in the trunk of his car and drop a couple off at the park for the young people playing there to install themselves every few months when they become torn, ragged and fall off. “This is just something I want to do. I want the kids to have a net,” he said. McKendrick doesn’t limit his net giving to Allen Park. If he is driving around town and notices a basketball goal in a resident’s driveway without a net, he’ll cautiously approach the home owner or a neighbor and give them a net. If no one is around, he’ll just lay the net on the goal and be on his way. He’s done this throughout metro Atlanta and recently took his campaign to another state after visiting his son who lives in Charlotte, N.C. He saw several kids playing basketball without nets at parks in the area and stopped to give them new nets straight from his stash in his trunk. At 6-feet, 6-inches, McKendrick is often asked if he plays, or played, basketball. The answer is yes. But it’s the people who taught him the fundamentals and love of the game he credits for inspiring him to give back in a small but meaningful way to others who share a love of hoops. When he was in the seventh grade, his family moved from Delaware to the small,

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farm town of Ottawa in Illinois. “The people there made me who I am,” he said. “I learned so much there.” It was in this small town, about 84 miles east of Chicago, where he was first recruited to play basketball due to his stature. “I didn’t know anything about basketball or how to dribble, but the coach saw something in me,” he said. He played center and went on to play basketball at Ottawa Township High School, a school with a rich basketball history, where he was on his way to becoming an All-State player before he broke his hand his senior year. His prowess on the court earned him a scholarship to Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he lettered in men’s basketball in 1965 and 1966. He still holds Rice’s single game scoring record. He tallied 47 points in a 1965 game against Georgia Tech. McKendrick eventually joined the Navy and served on the U.S.S. Dixie from 1969 to 1972. On his first day in the military, an admiral, noticing his height, ordered him to his office and asked if he played basketball. Yes, McKendrick answered. And that began his foray into playing in basketball tournaments around the world when he wasn’t on duty. In 2011, McKendrick was inducted into the Ottawa Township High School Hall of Fame. He was recognized for helping his team to a 19-0 record his sophomore year and to a sectional title in 1961. For McKendrick, the time he spent in Ottawa and the people he came to know and love are the reason he wants to help other kids who love to shoot hoops and ensure they have a basketball net on their goals. “We were never without nets in Ottawa and all I learned there just comes back to helping people,” he said. “It’s something I want to do. “I had a wonderful life in Ottawa and always go back to visit. The people there inspire me to give back,” he said. “It’s just like I’m contributing to something like it was given to me.”

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As MARTA prepares for a well-received continuation of its Lindbergh Center Station transit-oriented development in Buckhead, many Brookhaven residents are pushing back against a similar plan for Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station. Other such MARTA developments are moving ahead with seemingly little backlash. Construction has started on a TOD encompassing 6 acres of mostly empty parking lots at the Edgewood/Candler Park station in Atlanta and also at the Avondale station in Decatur on nearly 8 acres of underutilized parking lots. In Chamblee, a MARTA TOD on approximately 3 acres of closed parking lot space has been given the go-ahead by Chamblee City Council with no serious resistance from residents. Two other TODs are in the works while a sixth – at the King Memorial Station – has stalled. In Buckhead, the Lindbergh Center Station is where MARTA first tried transit-oriented development nearly 20 years ago, with mixed and incomplete results. Now, in the midst of a TOD project boom, the transit agency is selling two parcels to kick-start the unfinished mixed-use redevelopment around the station in an effort to upgrade what’s there today. The Brookhaven City Council is slated to vote Jan. 24 on the rezoning request MARTA needs to move ahead with its large-scale development, a plan that has been slowed by community input and deferrals by the Brookhaven Planning Commission and council. In neighboring Chamblee, City Councilmember Tom Hogan said the MARTA TOD proposed for Brookhaven would be a “no brainer” for his city. Having development over MARTA creates office space, an “incredible” job market, and with condominiums and townhomes, provides an easy way for residents to move all over the metro area, he said. Comparing the Chamblee TOD – which includes 70,000 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of retail space and a 4,300-square foot pocket park – to Brookhaven’s planned development that includes more than 500 residential units, a hotel, nearly 56,000 square feet of retail space and 200,000 square feet of office is hardly fair, he added. Chamblee’s TOD covers a very small area that will cost around $40 million while Brookhaven’s proposed TOD covers approximately 15 acres and is likely a $700 million project, he said. Chamblee does not have to deal with the congestion that Brookhaven does surrounding its MARTA station on North Druid Hills Road, Dresden Drive and

Peachtree Road. “It is not a no-brainer for Brookhaven. This kind of development takes a lot of thought,” Hogan said. “I think the residents’ concerns are very legitimate.” But residents also have to bear in mind that Brookhaven is on track to see more density and that it is important for Chamblee and Brookhaven to both remain competitive in the region with access to mass transportation, he said. At the Lindbergh station, MARTA rolled out a TOD master plan in the late 1990s for roughly six blocks around the station on Lindbergh Drive. Developers were selected and work continued into the middle of the past decade, but the vision ran into “obstacles,” according to Amanda Rhein, MARTA’s director of TOD projects. Those included development partners dropping out, changes in the economy that affect financing, and lawsuits from residents concerned about traffic. Several projects were built along Main Street, including mixed-use buildings and two apartment complexes, one of which was originally planned as condos. But it wasn’t quite what MARTA envisioned, and later phases stalled. With the current TOD momentum, MARTA took another look at Lindbergh and came up with a strategic approach. While the agency owns several parcels around the station, it recently issued a request for proposals for two of them— a vacant lot at 2562 Piedmont Road and a small site at 572 Morosgo currently housing MARTA’s fleet management offices. The hope is that would raise the value of other MARTA-owned parcels deeper in the site before they, too, are sold for future TOD redevelopment. Many Brookhaven residents have been very outspoken about their concerns of the proposed MARTA TOD bringing in more traffic to an already congested area, especially along the twolane Dresden Drive that feeds into residential neighborhoods surrounding the area. And many have said what MARTA is planning for their city mirrors the failed plans at the Lindbergh station. “This project will have a devastating effect on traffic,” said Brookhaven resident Kate Jones at the City Council’s Oct. 25 meeting, when the council decided to delay a vote on the MARTA project until January. “If history repeats itself, we’ll be sitting in a Brookhaven version of the Lindbergh station disaster.” Concerns over infrastructure and MARTA’s request for tax breaks from Brookhaven are also high on the list of red flags residents say the development raises. MARTA officials have responded to concerns by making several changes, including adding 80 condos to the project.

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A BY MEGAN VOLPERT In case you spent 2016 in a cave, Atlanta is in the midst of a ramen boom. From Jinya in Sandy Springs to Taiyo in Decatur, hot noodle soups are proliferating in time to warm us up all winter long. For those not so broth-inclined, there is also an increasing interest in Asian grilling techniques that go beyond the hibachi style of places like Nakato, perhaps most visible so far at Craft Izayaka in Krog Street Market and Brush Izakaya in Decatur. So for starters, Nexto’s menu sits at the intersection of two major waves of attention to Japanese cuisine. Nexto will get foot traffic from the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, cross-traffic and spillover from its sister restaurant, Two Urban Licks, and delivery service coming soon will make the food available to everyone else. And the food is on-trend. But Chef Mihoku Obunai doesn’t care much about being trendy; she’s just cooking the stuff her family used to make in Japan. It’s already carried her to celebrity chef status in competition on Food Network’s Chopped and winning the first ramen battle – as the only woman to compete – at the annual StarChefs International Chefs Congress in New York. Chef Obunai knows her stuff in the deeply intuitive way that comes from hav-

ing learned to appreciate food in childhood. The huge ramen bowls are priced from $12-14 (and you’ll be bringing home leftovers), with the grilled menu just a buck or two more. The best hot buns are the “unagi and chips,” an inventive and crispy riff on the English classic. Be sure to also order an okonomiyaki. Yes, there is technically squid in there somewhere, but Continued on page 6

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Continued from page 5 between the fluffy pancake crust and the salty onetwo punch of bacon and smoked bonito flake, this is a savory flatbread that even less adventurous diners will enjoy. From the grill, order scallops because they’ve got perfect char but mainly for the addictive surprise of their bed of curried spaghetti squash that would make a great salad on its own. As for the ramen, you can’t go wrong on any of their half dozen choices whether you’re looking to cure a drippy nose with 24-hour broth, or clear your head with the supremely spicy, or you’re just hunting for a satisfying vegetarian option. We went on a Friday night at sunset when there was no wait. They usually have red bean or green tea ice cream for dessert, but had run out of it by the time we inquired. Right on cue, our server happily suggested Two Urban Licks, a place with great coffee and desserts, just next door. Nexto is located at 828 Ralph McGill Boulevard. For more information, visit nextoatl.com.

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I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Cast Iron in the Old Fourth Ward three times now (maybe four by the time you read this) and I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed each visit, despite some hiccups in service and food consistency. What I’ve appreciated most is the effort of the kitchen and staff, the comfort-

able and unfussy atmosphere and the inspired cocktail menu. The fact that I can walk there in less than five minutes doesn’t hurt either. Cast Iron, the brainchild of Chef Evan Cordes (formerly of Cakes & Ale, Serpas True Food and H. Harper Station), is located in a prime spot: the corner of Highland Avenue and Sampson Street. It’s a short stroll from the Atlanta BeltLine and is surrounded by some other favorite lo-


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cal joints like Highland Bakery, Across the Street, Zuma, Ladybird and my favorite dessert spot, Queen of Cream. The location alone with all the foot traffic should mean it’s an instant hit, but two other restaurants – P’cheen and Last Word – have come and gone in the space, so maybe I’m a little more invested in Cast Iron’s success than I should be. Cast Iron opened just a couple of days before Thanksgiving, and my first visit there was with a group of friends on the restaurant’s second night of operation. We were seated in a big, roomy booth with a view of Highland and were instantly charmed by the specialty cocktail menu, which is inspired by the album “Ah Um” from jazz great Charles Mingus. I had the Better Git It In Your Soul, a concoction of tequila, lime, pineapple and cinnamon served over a big ice cube with a nice little kick. One of my friends raved over the Goodbye Porkpie Hat, a smooth mix of bourbon, lemon, maraschino and sarsaparilla soda, while another grimaced at first sip of the Boggie Stop Shuffle, which has paprika-infused vodka and coffee as its main ingredients. He let me have a sip and I commented that I imagined it’s what an ashtray might taste like. On the other hand, the house gin and tonic was totally solid. The real head-scratcher, at least at first glance, is Cast Iron’s minimal menu. It’s not divided into starters or mains, but simply two short columns with the portions growing from appetizer-sized to more substantial entrees. There are three “sides” or starters listed separately at the bottom of the menu, but the only one you need to care about are the fries. The shoestring cut fries are crisp, lightly coated in herbs and served with aioli dipping sauce. They might be the best fries I’ve ever tasted. During my three visits, our table wound up ordering a second bowl, and a third. They really are that good. I ordered the “seven ounce patty” (that’s a hamburger; why it just can’t be called a hamburger on the menu is beyond me) and it was nicely cooked with a juicy, pink center and the Tillamook cheddar offered a nice sharpness. The bun is just weird. At first glance, it looks like toasted Wonder

Bread with the crust cut off, but the menu says it’s chili cornmeal bread. It’s a minimal bun, which I prefer, though I found it rather tasteless, but it did allow the flavor of the beef, bacon and cheese to really shine. The monkfish with boiled peanut rice pudding, citrus marmalade and garlic tomatoes was a hit. It was tender and meaty white with a lobster flavor. Another friend liked the duck confit with waffle chips, and I also sampled the rye tagliatelle with pork shoulder and plan to order my own plate on the next visit. The beet salad – beets, carrots ricotta, parsnips and lentils – also made my fellow diners happy. If there’s any serious failing on the Cast Iron menu, it’s dessert – if you want to call cookies and milk dessert. Maybe they don’t want to compete with Queen of Cream (seriously, y’all, the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted), but if they want diners to linger, this is where Cordes and company need to

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step up their game. Cast Iron is still young and it seems there’s some experimentation going on with ingredients and presentation of their menu staples, but they will settle in. This is a good neighborhood restaurant, and if you happen to be exploring the Eastside Trail and looking for a good dinner spot, Cast Iron is worth your time. And don’t forget the fries! Cast Iron, 701 Highland Ave., is open for dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays with weekend brunch coming soon. Visit castironatl.com for more information.

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Jan. 13 and 14 Hike the Blue Heron Nature Preserve by the light of the full moon and learn how the moon’s cycles affect plants and animals on Friday, Jan. 13, 7-8 p.m. Pre-registration required. The event is $7; free for children ages 3 and under. On Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10-11:30 a.m., the preserve will host its Second Saturday Safari, “Predators and their Prey.” See vid-

LEARN SOMETHING BOOK DISCUSSION Tuesday, Jan. 10, 6:45-8 p.m. The Dunwoody Library Book Club discusses “West with the Night,” a 1942 memoir by aviator, racehorse trainer and author Beryl Markham about her life in Kenya. Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: 770-512-4640.

HISTORY LECTURE SERIES

Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m., Jan. 11-Feb. 22. University professors present a series of seven lectures at the Atlanta History Center entitled “Marching Through 20th Century History: The Post-War World: 1945-50.” Produced by the Sweet Briar College Atlanta Alumnae Club. A single lecture is $25; full series is $95. McElreath Hall at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: Louise Geddes, 404-452-7471.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING FILM SCREENING

Thursday, Jan. 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m. North Springs Charter High School will host a screening of the human trafficking film “8 Days” for Rotary Clubs of Brookhaven, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody followed by an ex-

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pert panel of the three cities’ police chiefs, the GBI and FBI. Award-winning CNN journalist Lisa Cohen of the CNN Freedom Project moderates. Open to the public. Free. 7447 Roswell Road N.E., Sandy Springs. Limited seating in school theater. Reservation info: brookhavenrotary.com.

an afternoon of service at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Ages 5 and up. Register by Jan. 10. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. To reserve your spot, email: l.lintel@chattnaturecenter.org.

“THE POWER OF WHEN”

Sunday, Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. Clinical psychologist and sleep specialist Dr. Michael J. Breus, talks about and signs his book, “The Power of When: Discover your Chronotype,” at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. A former Atlantan and frequent guest on The Dr. Oz Show, Breus has written about living life in sync with natural rhythms for better health and improved productivity. 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. $15 community; $10 MJCCA members. Info: atlantajcc.org or 678-812-3981.

“A LONG AND BLOODY TASK”

Monday, Jan. 16, 11:45 a.m. Historian Stephen Davis presents and signs copies of his book, “A Long and Bloody Task,” about the Atlanta campaign of the Civil War, before the Sandy Springs Kiwanis Club. 5 Seasons Brewing Company. The Prado, 5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Open to the public. Free. Info: sskiwanis.portalbuzz.com.

WOMEN’S BUSINESS NETWORK: LEE C. DUNN

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Author Lee C. Dunn discusses her book, “Cracking the Solid South: The Life of John Fletcher Hanson, Father of Georgia Tech,” at a Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Network luncheon. Members $20; non-members $25; walk-ins $30. Offices of Babush, Neiman, Kornman, & Johnson, LLP, 5909 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Suite 800, Building D, Lobby Conference Room, Sandy Springs. Info: business. sandyspringsperimeterchamber.com/events or 678-443-2990.

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 7-9:30 p.m. A class for anyone with high blood pressure or high cholesterol and others who want to improve cardiovascular health. For adults, 21 and up. $60 community; $45 MJCCA members. Kuniansky Family Center, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info: howard.schreiber@atlantajcc.org or 678-8124000.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Learn about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on a day of free admission at the Atlanta History Center (Margaret Mitchell House included). A slate of free programs at both facilities will engage visitors on subjects ranging from Civil War slavery to civil rights movement-sparked integration. History Center: 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Mitchell House: 979 Crescent Ave. N.E., Midtown. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com or 404814-4000.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 1-4 p.m. Help restore woodlands and wetlands during

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Monday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. to noon The City of Dunwoody, in partnership with the Dunwoody-Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Trees Atlanta and the Dunwoody Nature Center, hosts a day of service that begins at Brook Run Park and continues with volunteers heading to appointed indoor and outdoor locations. Donations of new or gently used coats or canned goods can be made. 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. Sign up: signupgenius.com/ go/30e0548adac2ba7fa7-city

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Monday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Half-day and full-day camp is available at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve for kids from ages 3 up. $40-$80, with extended care available. 4055 Roswell Road, Buckhead. Info: bhnp.org or 404-455-3650.

KIDS AND FAMILY FAMILY FUN DAY

Sunday, Jan. 15, noon-4 p.m. The Chattahoochee Nature Center presents “Flying into the Future,” an afternoon of activities including live birds of prey shows, guided hikes and partner booths featuring Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Audubon Society. Included with general admission; free to CNC members. General admission is $10 adults; $7 seniors (ages 65+) and students (ages 13 - 18); $6 children (ages 3 -12); and free for ages 2 and under. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Info: chattnaturecenter.org or 770-992-2055.

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Saturday, Jan. 21, 7-9 p.m. Take a journey with naturalists along the river boardwalk or venture into the forest at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. A campfire will wrap up the evening. All ages; $12 general public; $10 for center members. Register by Jan. 19 to receive $2 off per person. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Info: chattnaturecenter.org or 770-992-2055, x237.

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driver to test his ideas. “We initially began with volunteer drivNot too long ago, semi-retired business ers, but that was short-lived,” Carr said. Volexecutive Bob Carr had an extraordinary unteers were not always available when idea that took years in the making. And like needed. That’s when Carr presented his most ideas, this one required continuous idea directly to Uber’s management in Atchanges and extra fine-tuning to achieve lanta. Later Lyft came on board with their success. service. Carr’s idea led to the creation of a comIt works this way. Carr receives a dopany — Common Courtesy Rides. The outnation from an organization, such as the come has helped seniors and other adults Georgia Chapter of the American Parkinwho may be physically challenged to travson Disease Association (APDA of Georgia). el from point A to B with ease. Transport A client with Parkinson’s disease would problems arise when a person cannot complete a one-time application (including drive. And feelings of isolation, depression a $10 fee to register). That’s when the client and other health issues may increase. becomes eligible to take rides paid for by “Our plan is definitely working,” Carr APDA of Georgia. stated, and his wife Anne and he “… couldn’t The APDA funds are placed in a Combe more pleased.” mon Courtesy “chapter account.” The callThe Carrs know it’s particularly difer requesting a ride identifies their orgaficult getting to a doctor’s office, grocery nization and the time and place for an store or even hair appointment. “In many upcoming appointment. That’s it. cases,” said Carr, “the family that wants to One of Carr’s challenges meant inventassist may live more than 200 miles away.” ing a way to coordinate rides remotely— This past year, what started as an idea for those people without smartphone techhas really taken hold, said Carr. “It’s all nology. Rides are booked by either a phone about helping those with limited mobility call to the Common Courtesy call center or and resources.” (if available) using smartphones. The develAt Common Courtesy, both Carr and his opment of a smartphone application was wife have found a way to bridge the transone of many technology hurdles Carr had portation gap by using Uber and Lyft, two to overcome. popular ride-sharing services. The Carrs’ Rides are not restricted to organizations company is supported by specific funds, like the APDA. Carr’s chapters include acgrants and open donations, which are counts from Atlanta Hearing Associates available to their riders. to Holy Innocents Episcopal Church and Carr said he was thinking about all the more than 25 other groups. seniors in Atlanta (or anywhere, for that Personal accounts are also available. matter) who might be moved out of their For example, if a person’s grown children homes (needlessly) based on urban transwant to ensure their parent has transporportation problems. tation when needed, they, too, can create a “We have to change this system,” Carr fund. said after seeing one problem after anoth“The feedback we receive keeps us goer while driving for Uber. Carr became a ing (as well as growing),” admitted Carr. It ranges from Sheila Gillman’s daughter who says, “My mother feels safe and so inCommon Courtesy Rides is always looking dependent!” to Anita Collier who for willing volunteers. told Carr, “This program has givTo learn more about volunteering or donating, en Steven [our disabled son] such visit www.ccrides.org or call 678-809-2521. a degree of freedom and indeYou can also contact Co-Founders Bob and Anne pendence — what a blessing!” directly at bob@ccrides.org and anne@ccrides.org.

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Allowing casinos to operate in Georgia 19 (10%) Passing a “religious liberty” act to protect those who publicly exercise their beliefs 4 (2%) Other 14 (7%)

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Providing more money for transit and roads 57 (28%)

Transportation is the ticket. When we asked participants in our most recent 1Q poll what they thought was the most important issue for state lawmakers to address when they return to the Gold Dome this month, 28 percent said the state should provide more money for transit and roads. Even though the city of Atlanta and Fulton County voters recently approved new MARTA and transportation sales taxes, about 1 in 4 respondents to the survey, which offered a list of possible issues to choose from, said more money was needed to address traffic troubles. “We are still too far behind, compared to other major cities,” a 27-year-old Sandy Springs man said. But other issues facing state lawmakers also found strong support in the cellphone-based survey of adults in communities served by Reporter Newspapers and INtown Atlanta. Nineteen percent said the state should provide more money for schools, while 18 percent supported cutting state taxes. “As a former public school teacher, I know firsthand how the lack of funding is a detriment to the classroom,” a 26-yearold Brookhaven woman wrote. “I also feel that qualified teachers deserve better pay.” Providing more health insurance coverage for low-income Georgians drew support from 16 percent of the respondents. “We need to take care of the weak. It is our obligation and responsibility,” a 61-year-old Atlanta man said. Some issues that have tied up much legislative debate in recent years ranked low among the survey’s respondents. Only 2 percent chose “Religious Freedom Act” to protect those who publicly exercise their beliefs as their top issue. Only a single respondent picked expanding gun owners’ rights. But controversial proposals to legalize casino gambling in Georgia found support from about 1 in 10 respondents. One respondent suggested that legal casinos might provide the answer to other problems. How? “Because it is possible that providing more money for the roads can happen with casinos,” a 32-year-old Atlanta man said. “We get two for one.” 1Q is an Atlanta-based startup that has developed a technology which sends questions and surveys to a cellphone via app or text message from businesses and organizations across the country. Respondents are paid 50 cents per answer, through PayPal, for sharing their opinions. Payments may also be donated directly to charity. Sign up to be included in our local community polls at 1Q.com/reporter or by texting REPORTER to 86312.

Here’s what some of those who responded to the survey had to say: On transit and transportation “Out of all of the cities in the United States, I think that Atlanta is one of the only major cities … that has such poor public transportation that many people who would use it choose not to because it does not hit any destination that they need to go.” — 31-year-old Brookhaven woman On providing more money for education “The education of our children is our only insurance for the future of this country. An ignorant society does not lead, but only follows!” — 65-year-old Brookhaven woman “Education is critical for everyone and an important foundation for our success as a state. Georgia’s rankings are low in comparison to the rest of the country and our schools need investment for improvement.” — 41-year-old Brookhaven woman On cutting state taxes “Cutting taxes would allow us to save more, pay down debt and give us more disposable income to spend.” — 47-year-old Sandy Springs woman On providing health insurance for more low-income Georgians “Healthcare is vital. Without health, nothing else matters.” — 30-year-old Atlanta man “Healthcare is a key issue, especially with the threat of repealing Obamacare.” — 41-year-old Buckhead woman On legalizing casinos “Because we are in the dark ages, this would bring in great revenue for the state.” — 43-year-old Atlanta woman “It’s important to look for other ways of bringing revenue into our state, other than raising taxes.” — 47-year-old Sandy Springs woman


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Friends group plants seeds for new Pine Hills Park Connectivity will be another issue to tackle on a stretch of Lenox that currently doesn’t have a sidewalk. The future park’s least attractive feature is a wall blocking noise from Ga. 400 and MARTA tracks. The PATH400 multi-use trail’s route runs on the far side of the highway, but Santifer hopes a way to connect the park to that path could be found. While the friends group plans the future, it’s not alone. The nonprofit Park Pride offers advice and technical assistance to such groups as they create local parks, and Santifer notes there are good lo-

cal examples to follow, such as Mountain Way Commons and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. He said he’s already hearing input from local businesses and apartment complex landlords, and even from the former owners of one of the park’s lots. Meanwhile, the student volunteers are geared up to start on a park that might benefit them the most. Alex Hoefer, one of those students, lives close enough that he arrived for the tour on foot — a big difference from his current favorite local park, Shady Valley, which is over a mile away.

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Continued from page 1 culating a budget. “We want to listen to everyone and come up with a park everyone can support,” Santifer said. The friends group already has some cleanup muscle ready to tackle weeds and litter: students from Atlanta Classical Academy, where Santifer’s children — triplets Aurora, Daniel and Joe — go to school. Pine Hills Park can be one of the school’s ongoing community service projects, the friends group says. Aurora Santifer said the park effort is in line with the academy’s motto, “Learn the true, do the good, love the beautiful.” The beauty of the future park — two former residential lots about a quartermile south of the Lenox MARTA Station — was easy to see on a recent tour with Santifer and some of the student volunteers. One lot at 3162 Lenox, bought by the city

in 2013 for $1.17 million, still includes a vacant house. The city bought the neighboring lot at 3148 Lenox last year for $1.5 million. Both properties are studded with many mature hardwood trees. The land slopes down to a burbling stream. In the rear is a towering stand of bamboo and a field where another house once stood. There are a lot of features, and possibilities, for a 4-acre park. Santifer said the type of use will be up to community input, but one thing he’d like to do is save the existing house as an activity center. “I love Atlanta, but I wish we did a better job of preserving [buildings],” he said. “It reminds me of a little Snow White house,” added Margaret Taylor, one of the student volunteers, pointing to the brick structure’s cozy charms. (A litter-strewn garage is not among those charms and could be one of the first cleanup projects.)

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hen she was 14, Caroline was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. She began spending a lot of time at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta for treatment. Now she’s giving back, she says, “to the hospital that saved my life.” Caroline serves as co-president of girlFriends, an organization of high school girls who raise money for CHOA through fundraising events such as a Battle of the Bands at the Buckhead Theatre. girlCaroline McClatchey, 18 Friends also is raising monHoly Innocents’ Episcopal School ey for Children’s Miracle Network, planning to decorate mailboxes for the holidays, and working on an ice skating fundraiser, said Missy McClatchey, Caroline’s mother. After four years on the leadership board, Caroline will have helped raise over $100,000 for the hospital, Missy McClatchey said. “She’s a great, outstanding young lady,” said Lynn Leslie, senior program coordinator for CHOA. “It’s really exciting to see these young girls. They’re outstanding. We love them.” Caroline feels much the same about the hospital. “Serving and volunteering as president of CHOA girlFriends has been so meaningful to me ...,” Caroline said. “I have spent a lot of time at CHOA receiving infusions and treatments for my disease and feel blessed that I can help give back in some way.” BH


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egan started helping out at a soup kitchen in downtown Atlanta when she was just 5 years old. A dozen years later, on many weekends, you still can find Megan feeding hungry people at that the soup kitchen, Saint Francis Table. “I wanted to be like my dad, who has now been volunteering there for 26 years,” she said. “The best part is seeing people’s smiles and knowing that the little things I do actually help people.” At school, Megan is the president of a campus group that promotes human rights issues by helpMegan Anandappa, 17 ing to lead events in the community and in Washington D.C. “She is easSt. Pius X Catholic High School ily the most engaged, most present, strongest-charactered teenager I have ever met,” said Father Michael Silloway, chaplain at St. Pius X. Silloway said Megan stood out from her first days at the school. As he got to know her better, “she would share more about her family’s flight from the civil unrest in Sri Lanka and her deep desire to return there, hopefully as a medical missionary,” he said. “She has a gift of perceiving peoples’ struggles and of having a heart that is quick to respond,” Silloway said. “She is nonstop in her energy and her care for others.”

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t age 3, Mary Frances took on her first volunteer job. She served as a “runner” for a church sandwich project by carrying filled sandwich bags so they could be boxed for distribution. By age 8, she was helping serve dinner at a men’s shelter. By age 10, she was playing with her band at fundraisers. She’s helped raise money for charities working with children with brain tumors, childhood cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease, and Mary Frances Kitchens, 17 joined service projects rangNorth Springs Charter High School ing from church outreach efforts to mission trips building houses in Mexico. “She is one of those rare individuals who is simply defined by service,” said her aunt, Diane Sandifer. “She has accomplished more in her short 16 years than many will do in an entire lifetime.” Mary Frances says one of her favorite family traditions is serving dinner to the men at a metro Atlanta shelter. “Since I was a little kid, my family has been going there and one tradition we have is to serve dinner there on the Sunday closest to Christmas,” she said. “During the holidays, people can often become very busy and forget about how fortunate they are compared to other people in our community. I always love going to the shelter because the men there are some of the most friendly people you will ever meet and I love seeing their smiles and appreciation when we visit.”

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aurav’s academic passions center on math and science. He’s made both the Honor Roll and Principal’s List and held office in the Math National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. He was a Science Olympiad Atlanta Regional Finals Medalist and plans to study engineering in college. Outside the classroom, he has assisted with cultural programs and fundraising for the Nepalese Association of Georgia and organized books and tutoring at the Sandy Springs Library. Gaurav also helps to teach science concepts to fifth graders at Heards Ferry Elementary School and, during the summer, has served as a camp counselor and tennis instructor for elementary school age children. On many days, he’s likely to be found on a tennis court. Gaurav ranked as Riverwood’s No. 1 singles player. He was named the most positive male tennis player from north Fulton County and selected as RiverGaurav Kunwar, 17 wood’s Athlete of the Month. Riverwood He volunteers with the Sandy Springs International Charter School Tennis Association, which sponsored an event called “The Battle of the Schools” in which elementary school players competed. “Throughout the practices over the year, the coaches always emphasized the importance of sportsmanship and being courteous to others,” Gaurav said. “When I was volunteering at the event, I was really amazed by how nice and gracious the kids were. I was happy to see how they treated each with respect and were really enjoying the sport.”

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oth Priya and Sally have a passion for helping underprivileged families and children in the city. Priya, moved by the plight of burn victims, interviewed burn specialists, doctors, and scientists to create a new treatment method using placental stem cells. She then worked with attorneys to file a patent, with which she and friends started REGEN LLC, of which she is now CEO. Priya says she intends to work over the next several years to develop and distribute her treatment to burn victims in countries around the world at an affordable price. As a member of the Buckhead Chapter of the National Charity League, Sally has completed more than 1,000 hours of service with various philanthropies. For the last four years, that service has earned her the U.S. Presidential Service Award, which requires at least 100 hours of philanthropic service per year. Most of her time is dedicated to the nonprofit Agape Youth and Family Center Atlanta, which empowers and supports underserved families in our community. Last summer Sally traveled to Thailand and Cambodia for four weeks, where she taught English and took care of elephants in an elephant sanctuary. While in Cambodia she worked with organizaPriya Yadav, 16 tions that fight corruption in Sally Cobb Weltner, 17 the government and provide Atlanta Girls’ School means of alternative therapy. BH

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n the summer of 2015, John created a sandwich ministry to serve lunches to poor children who normally would rely on lunches supplied by the public school system. He brought together his friends and classmates every Thursday night to prepare the lunches, and then Friday mornings he would deliver the lunches to the children enrolled in the summer sandwich program known as Smart Lunch Smart Kid. “I created my summer sandwich ministry so that my school community could work with me to fight hunger on a grander scale,” John says. “I am John Arnold, 18 so grateful I had the opportunity to found and coordinate this Holy Spirit Preparatory School sandwich ministry through my school because by the end of the summer my classmates and friends enabled me to produce and distribute almost 3,000 lunches to the children in the Smart Lunch Smart Kid program.”

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ince middle school, Sophie has participated in Creating Connected Communities (CCC), a leadership-training program for Jewish teens. The organization serves more than 20 homeless shelters throughout Atlanta and hosts Amy’s Holiday’s Party, an annual fundraiser for 800-plus underprivileged children and their families. Sophie has served CCC as PR manager, event chair and now, vice president. She has also been involved in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network since middle school, raising more than $3,000 and lobbying local senators for support. She is also involved with La Amistad, which provides academic and life enrichment programs for Latinos. For three years, Sophie has acted as Pace’s liaison with La Amistad, organizing volunteers, clothing drives and fundraisers, and tutoring underserved Hispanic students in core subjects. She worked as a summer camp counselor and interned with La Amistad this past summer. “The first day I went to La Amistad, I thought I had just signed up to be a tutor. But over the past three years, I have become so much more than a tutor to these kids, Sophie Zelony, 18 and they have become such a viPace Academy tal part of my life as well.”

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ayla loves opera. She saw her first opera at age 3, her mother says, and in the decade since Layla has taken in about 100 performances. Most have been through the Metropolitan Opera’s Met Live in HD series, through which operas are shown in local movie theaters. Attending those shows, Layla noticed she often was the only child in the audience and she realized that in order for opera to survive, it needed to find younger fans. “Because of her passion for opera, she wants to introduce opera to more kids so the art form that means so much to her will continue,” said her mother, Alicia Felder. In 2012, she started a club for young opera and art fans. It’s called The Kids Opera & Art Posse. Members attend performances of operas together and tour art museums. So far, they have taken part in more than 60 tours led by docents, Alicia Felder said. “Layla has taken on a challenge that so many adults are trying to solve —keeping art and opera relevant to young people in a time where contemporary music and the digital world are front and center.” The club claims eight members, has a website, and, for the past four years, members have taken part in a 5K walk called The KAOP Ring Cycle Endurance Walk as a fundraiser for the Met’s HD Live in Schools program. To date, they’ve raised more than $23,000, Alicia Felder said. Layla recalls the first walk vividly. “Music from ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’ blared from a portable speaker ...,” she said. “I walked from person to person, talking and walking, and that day I felt important, like I really created something. I had done something to enlighten people about my passion and the wonderful world of the arts. It made me smile, it made me hungry to do more of that.” She has no plans to slow down. “It has been a long road to where get to where I am today, and there is still an even longer road to get what I want to achieve on behalf of opera and the arts, but now I know it is possible,” Layla said.

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ia believes in giving, both locally and globally. She’s in charge of community engagement at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and helps organize the school’s annual Toys for Tots and canned food drives. She has hiked the Andes in Peru to distribute goods to families and traveled to Zambia to help children in an orphanage. And she helps others find ways to volunteer their time. At Mount Vernon, Mia Mia Whitney, 18 designed a system through which more than 300 stuMount Vernon Presbyterian School dents could choose where they wanted to volunteer during a school service day. Now she’s working with Pebble Tossers, an organization dedicated to promoting community service, to help plan monthly volunteer events for Mount Vernon’s students. As vice president of the school’s National Honor Society chapter, she’s coordinated and taken part in several volunteer events with PawsATL, a no-kill animal shelter. “They are incredible experiences because we get to witness just how much pleasure the dogs get from having visitors.” She said. “Although cleaning the cages and surrounding area is often challenging, playing with the animals afterwards makes the time so enjoyable. However, the best part is that I get to serve alongside my classmates.”

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amantha, Hanna and Katie are the founders and leaders of the school’s chapter of Girl Talk, a student-to-student mentoring program where high school girls mentor middle school girls. Samantha said a moment at this past year’s holiday party made her realize the importance of the organization: “We had a lip sync battle, and it was amazing to see the girls step out of their comfort zones and be truly comfortable and carefree. They soon begin to realize that Girl Talk is a safe space of trust, friendship, and unconditional support, and watching this happen makes all of the dedication and commitment worth it.” Hanna says: “I have the privilege of volunteering my time to inspire more middle school girls the same way the organization inspired me in sixth grade, and I am beyond grateful to have Girl Talk in my life.” Katie, who also founded the nonprofit Lead to Learn, where high school girls tutor middle school girls, says: “Since, starting our chapter, I have seen girls learn how to become their best selves, and I hope to continue to impact women around me through encouragement and support.” BH


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s a student at Sutton Middle School, Taylor Diamond was cast for a part in the school’s fall musical. That helped ignite in him a passion for theater. He continued acting and for two years as a high school student has helped direct Sutton shows through a program in which students from North Atlanta’s International Baccalaureate program support performing arts programs at the middle school. Next year, he exTaylor Diamond, 16 pects to co-direct the fall North Atlanta High School show. In October, Taylor was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout after completing a project to improve the theater space at Sutton. “It was an awesome experience giving back to the program through scouts, by installing two display cases, labeling the theater, and organizing the space,” he said. “I hope this addition continues to benefit the theater, along with the students involved.”

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he daughter of Jan and Lever Stewart, Reed has volunteered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Horizons Atlanta, Camp Kudzu, Rustic Pathways, Jubilee Kids Inc., Childspring International and Forging Futures. Reed says: “One of my most memorable moments while volunteering for the diabetes community is seeing the impact these organizations have on kids from all over Georgia. I love watching a camper give insulin or count carbs for the first time on their own, or to see a HIES student smile Reed Stewart, 18 because so many people Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in their community came out to support them at the JDRF Walk. Whether it is watching a child in Haiti create a piece of art for the first time or a Horizons student swim on their own after a summer of hard work, it’s the small impact you have made on even just one person that is the best part about volunteering.”

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senior at The Weber School, Rose has volunteered with a dozen local non-profits including the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Anti-Defamation League, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Genesis Homeless Shelter and with the AIDS Walk and Hunger Walk. For the past three years Rose has been the top fundraiser in the state of Georgia, raising $25,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Action this year with her Team Lala, named after her late grandmother. Rose says: “My grandmother is the person who taught me what it means to be truly selfless and to give to those you may not even know. She taught me to keep a smile on my face even in the toughest situations and that life is full of beauty. She was the most giving person I have ever met and as a result I won’t stop fighting until there is a cure for this horrible disease.”

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Through our “Exceptional Educator” series, Reporter Newspapers showcases the work of some of the outstanding teachers in our local schools. We’ve asked math, history, art and language teachers to describe what inspires them and quizzed them about how they practice their craft in the classroom. Here are excerpts from the answers given by 10 teachers we featured in 2016. If you’d like to see their full answers, go to ReporterNewspapers.net. Gary Piligian Gary Piligian teaches Advanced Placement statistics, statistics and other math classes at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. Before he began teaching, he was trained as an engineer and worked on Wall Street as a financial investment banker. He’s also the school’s cross-country coach and runs marathons. What do you hope your students take away from your class? Hard work, persistence and resilience are more important than raw ability. What you decide to study is more important than where you go to school. Think about growth opportunities when you make your education choices – if I were 18 years old today, I’d make sure I’d closely investigate technology, energy, health care and data science. Effort matters. Luck matters. Ethics matter. Skills matter. Some jobs pay more than others because of supply and demand; make sure you get the skills that will put you in high demand, and make sure you protect your reputation. You are the master of your own destiny. Stutz Wimmer Stutz Wimmer taught band and jazz band at The Lovett School until his retirement last year. Under his direction, Lovett’s jazz bands competed successfully in national competitions. Last year, Lovett’s Ellington Jazz Ensemble placed third among a dozen bands from across the country selected to compete at the Swing Central Jazz Competition in Savannah. What do you think makes a great teacher? That, of course, differs from teacher to teacher. For me, an effective teacher has to be passionate, committed and deeply

Effort matters. Luck matters. Ethics matter. Skills matter. ... You are the master of your own destiny. GARY PILIGIAN, MOUNT VERNON PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOL knowledgeable about the subject. Kids can see right through a teacher who lacks sincerity or skill. They “get it” so fast! If you love the subject, as I do, and the enthusiasm for it spews out of you like I’m told it does in my case, you can’t help but inspire most of the students. Tenacity is also key. I’ve never been Continued on page 24

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Continued from page 23 much of one to accept “no” for an answer. ... I’m a bit of an iconoclast by nature. Sameold, same-old doesn’t work very well for me. It’s important that the kids find relevance in the work they are asked to do. That’s where my own high school education ran off the rails. Because of that, I’ve taken great care in keeping that from happening to the kids in my charge. You also have to be empathetic to be an effective teacher/coach. It totally can’t be about your ego, though ego does naturally play a role. It’s mostly about the kids and their families. It’s really hard to be a kid these days and even harder to be a parent. Positive outcomes require lots of personal attention, interaction and empathy to negotiate the worst of times. But if you care, the kids sense that. Parents, too. Word gets around pretty fast regarding whether or not you’re ally or adversary. What do you hope your students take away from your class? I want them to know what it feels like to perform at the very highest level the art form has to offer. I want them to carry their enthusiasm out of here when they

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graduate. I want them to share that experience with everyone, and get their own kids involved in music when the time comes. I want them to “get this” like I have. I have little doubt that the students who returned from Savannah will never forget the experience. You should have heard them play. My, oh my Jill Stedman Jill Stedman, a history and government instructor at Holy Spirit Preparatory School, has taught for more than 19 years. What do you want to see in your students? I want my students to be well informed, engaged citizens. I hope they will seek knowledge and truth, and I hope they are courageous enough to stand up for that which they believe to be right. I hope they will actively serve those who are in need and that they will use their voices to promote polices that create a fair, just society. I believe my role is to help my students develop the skills that they will need to fulfill this potential. What do you hope your students take away from your class? The day after the Iowa Caucus, my AP Government class reviewed the caucus results. My students were remarking on the closeness of the results between [Hillary] Clinton and [Bernie] Sanders when one of my student’s exclaimed, “And people say that one vote doesn’t matter!” This same student was so excited to cast her first vote on Super Tuesday, she planned to be present when her precinct opens. On my classroom bookshelf, I keep a framed quote from President Kennedy that reads, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” I hope my students take away the belief that their civic actions matter, that they know that they can make a difference, and that they are inspired to try. Daniel Gribble Daniel Gribble teaches AP World History and IB Theory of Knowledge at Riverwood International Charter School. What at-


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tracted you to teaching? While my father has a picture of me at 4 years old in a tie and jacket, standing on a desk “teaching” his students, the first real awareness of my desire to teach history originated in Mr. St. Claire’s class in seventh grade. History had always been something that I enjoyed, but Mr. St. Claire made history come alive. I can remember the day that he kicked a double desk (you know, the kind that two students sit at with the cubbies underneath) to the back of the room — he had a flair for the theatric — and the shock that I felt. History came alive for me in the seventh grade. About three years later, between my ninth and tenth grade years, that love for history blossomed into some very specific life goals as I decided the following: “I am going to go to college to major in history with the intent of teaching history. .... I want to be in a position to make history come alive for others the same way that it came alive for me.” Over the course of the next several years, I realized that I was not simply choosing a career, but that I was committing to a vocation, or calling. In the time leading up to my initial employment with Fulton County Schools I realized that a part of that calling was deeper than simply making history come alive. My childhood had been pretty sheltered in many ways and I felt that perhaps the best way to understand, and ultimately be in a position to help others that were suf-

fering, was to be in a public school with students from diverse backgrounds that were experiencing diverse challenges. Scottie Belfi Scottie Belfi teaches French at The Galloway School. She was inspired to take up the profession by her grandfather, a college president in Kentucky, and her own French teachers. “Teaching comes naturally and it makes me happy!” she said. How do you engage your students? One thing that is important to me is to really know them personally — to watch them play soccer, perform at a dance recital or theater production. Knowing someone believes in me makes me work harder too. Secondly, I like to share stories with them — about backpacking through Europe, learning to wind surf while living with a French family in La Rochelle, and traveling through West Africa for the International Trade Administration — so that they can catch a vision of the wonderful ways that becoming communicative and proficient in French can open doors for

them. Finally, encouraging them to use all of their senses and resources to express themselves in French — food, lots of food, music, sports, current events, theater, film — as they cultivate their personal passions, I want them to infuse it all with the beauty of the French language. Do you have a project or special program you use year after year?

One project that students universally love and remember from year to year is our “Fromagerie” in French 3. Each student learns the provenance and characteristics of one well-known French cheese — there are over 300 to choose from. After immersing ourselves in the geography and the history and the trends related to these cheeses, students host a cheese market for other students.

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Edna-May Hermosillo Edna-May Hermosillo teaches middle school French at Pace Academy. She’s also Pace’s middle school director for global leadership. What attracted you to teaching? I have many childhood memories of convincing my younger brother he wanted to be my student in my pretend classroom. I think I’ve been training to be a teacher for a long time. I had already worked with children quite a bit as a high school and college student. I was a ski instructor, a taekwondo coach and a Girl Scout leader. So it seemed like a natural fit. I actually got my first teaching job right out of grad school partly because the head of the World Language Department remembered my work as a Girl Scout day camp counselor. Erik Vincent

Erik Vincent teaches global studies and history at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.

Has the appeal of teaching changed for you through the years? Yes. It’s like a taste for something that matures, at least it’s been like that for me after a decade. I no longer get excited about planning the “perfect lesson” (did I ever?) or even about the content. I still love learning new things, reading, staying on top of my field, but the best interactions I have in the classroom these days are those “off script” moments that come when you dare greatly to wonder (and wander) into open space by letting students drive discussions. It takes a certain comfort level with discomfort, a facilitator’s gift honed over time, and a strong sense of your identity and integrity as an educator to embrace those moments and see them for the real learning opportunities they represent. That’s what appeals to me now. John Gresens John Gresens teaches visual art, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry design and other art courses at North Springs Charter High School. He sponsors the school’s participation in “The Deconstruction,” a two-day, online international competition during which students deconstruct something and reimagine it as something else. North Spring students won the competition two years ago.

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How do you engage your students? Every day is another show. It’s like being on stage, banging out a performance worthy of appreciation. I try to make sure that my passion for the content areas is always strong and that I’m actively learning on my time. Being “on fire” for the material carries over in my lectures and demonstrations. Is there a “trick” that works to get students involved? Have fun and tell them you care about them. Show them some passion. They might not completely buy in, but it’s hard to let down someone who explains their motivations and stays real. Charles Pearson Charles Pearson has taught for decades. Students at the Marist School remember him for his kind professionalism, for being committed to student learning while holding them to high standards. His peers describe the AP History teacher as a quiet, humble man who is remarkable at his job. What do you want to see in your students? From the perspective of a history teacher, I would certainly want my students to have an understanding, an appreciation and a love for history. I would want them to be critical thinkers and writers. But as to the bigger picture, eventually I want my students to enter professions where they are happy and see themselves as contributing to the betterment of our society. Ken Gibson Ken Gibson, who teaches honors and AP physics courses at The Westminster Schools, began teaching in DeKalb County in 1989. He joined the Westminster faculty in 2000. His students move from concept to creation by seeing physics in the world around them. “We need more builders and fewer test-takers!” he says. What keeps you going year after year? No two years are alike – as a teacher in an independent school I am able to “reinvent the wheel” every year and my courses (except for AP) will focus on different applications of a variety of topics. Westminster offers our students a 3-week January Term class that allows teachers to try out new ideas. Last year I had our students build their own 3-D printers, which they used to create original models of their architectural designs.

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Street — On Dec. 22, the glass in the rear door of a home was shattered. A flat screen TV, a MacBook Pro, an iPad Air 2 and various jewelry items were stolen.

„„2770 Lenox Road — On Dec. 19, the

alarm was activated at a business. The lock had been tampered with and a door pried open. Computers, phones, $209

cash and miscellaneous other electronics were removed. The suspect drove a Jeep Wrangler. „„41 Irby Road — On

Dec. 19, someone forced entry to the liquor room in a bar and stole several different kinds of liquor. „„ 1465 Chattahoochee Avenue — On Dec. 20, in the morning, a series of businesses were burglarized. The front door lock at a gym was damaged and an iPad and iMac were stolen. Surveillance footage at another gym showed a man break out the front business window with a baseball bat, but no items were reported stolen. The alarm at a gallery was activated and police discovered the front door lock had been forced and $6 and a 9-mm handgun stolen. The front door lock was damaged at a hair salon. Surveillance footage showed a dark-colored Mustang in the driveway. No items reported missing. „„505 Pharr Road — On Dec. 22, a lock

was damaged to gain entry to a suites hotel. An Echo leaf blower, a Titan paint sprayer, a Ryobi saw, a DeWalt Drill and other DeWalt tools were stolen. „„3626 Peachtree Road — On Dec. 22, an

HP Laptop was stolen from a church. „„110 East Andrews Drive — On Dec. 23,

a window pane was missing from a jew-

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The Annual Luncheon features a keynote address by one of Georgia’s business elite as well as the presentation of several community awards, including the prestigious Buckhead Business of the Year Award. Each year, the BBA honors five Buckhead businesses that fill a niche in the market, showcase excellent customer service, and demonstrate a commitment to the community. Other BBA annual awards include Bullish on Buckhead, the Buckhead Beautification Award and Entrepreneur of the Year. Buckhead Business Awards Presented By:

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elry business. A costume bracelet and costume necklace were stolen. „„1789 Cheshire Bridge Road — On Dec.

23, in the morning, a wireless access point was stolen from a ride-sharing business. „„1544 Piedmont Avenue — On Dec. 23,

in the morning, the front door glass to a pharmacy was busted. No items were reported stolen.

LARCENY „„Between Dec. 18 and Dec. 24, there

were 34 larcenies from vehicles reported and 40 reported cases of larceny and shoplifting.

AU TO T H E F T „„There were 13 reported incidents of

auto theft between Dec. 18 and Dec. 24.

Public Safety Briefs N EW C OM M A N DER F OR LO C A L POL I C E

New Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields took over Dec. 29 and announced her appointments to her new command staff. They include some changes for Zone 2, which includes Buckhead. Former Zone 2 Commander Major Van Hobbs will now lead the Code Enforcement Section and Major Barry Shaw, who was with the Code Enforcement Section, is the new Commander of Zone 2.

M A N S H OT I N SI DE WA F F L E H O USE

An Atlanta man was shot inside the Waffle House restaurant at Piedmont and Pharr roads early on the morning of Dec. 27, according to Reporter Newspapers’ broadcast partner CBS46. The victim was identified as Yung Mazi, a rapper. He was transported to Piedmont Hospital and was recovering, according to CBS46. The police had no suspects in custody.

ly and call the gas company from elsewhere. ► Install an adequate number of smoke alarms. Most fatal fires start between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., while the family is asleep. The warning of a smoke alarm may mean the difference between life and death. Nine out of 10 fire victims are already dead before the fire department is even called, mainly from smoke and toxic gases. ► Each household should have a wellrehearsed family escape plan. All rooms, especially bedrooms, should have two escape routes. Have a predetermined meeting place outside the house, so you can be sure everyone is out safely.

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The office of state Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has issued an advisory about ways to avoid house fires caused by heating equipment as cold weather moves in this week. The tips include: ► Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires in Georgia. Portable space heaters, open fireplaces and wood stoves can be dangerous if misused. Keep portables away from curtains, draperies and other flammable material. Always follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions. ► If you use kerosene space heaters, make sure each heater has an automatic shut-off in case it tips over. Use only K-1 kerosene in a space heater; gasoline can cause an explosion. ► Have your home heating unit checked annually to be sure it is working efficiently and safely. Make Make sure all fuel-burning appliances and fireplaces are properly vented. If you suspect a gas leak in your home, leave immediateBH

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