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Former hoops star donates nets for the love of the game BY DYANA BAGBY firstname.lastname@example.org
About 20 years ago, Doug McKendrick noticed the basketball hoops at Allen Road 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 See FORMER on page 13
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Community Briefs CIVIL R IG HTS LEAD ER TO JO I N M L K DAY C EL EB R ATI O N
Atlanta Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton will be the keynote speaker for the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Jan. 16. The MLK Day event at City Hall is where the city will present its annual Humanitarian Award. The 2017 winner has not yet been announced. Clayton worked with King and other Civil Rights leaders in the 1960s. She coordinated a successful effort to desegregate all hospitals in Atlanta. She later became a pioneering television host and an executive at Turner Broadcasting. She is now president and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, which honors African Americans for various accomplishments. The awards began as a Turner program. Other speakers at the MLK Day event will include Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz of Congregation Or Hadash; Pastor Henry Bush of Sharon Community Church; and Rev. Ricardo Green of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church.
NEW STR EET M AY B E NA M ED FO R L EG ENDA RY DO C TO R
A new downtown street may be named for the late Dr. Leila Daughtry Denmark, a pediatrician renowned for her common-sense treatment and her long life. The planned street will connect Roswell Road and Boylston Street through what is now an alley and the former location of the Sandy Springs post office. City Councilmember Tibby DeJulio recently proposed naming it Denmark Street after hearing the story of the doctor, who died in 2012 at age 114. According to a family website and media reports, Denmark began practicing in Sandy Springs and had a role in developing the whooping cough vaccine. In the 1970s, she wrote a book about child care called “Every Child Should Have a Chance.” She practiced medicine until age 103. City staff members are researching the possible street naming, according to city spokesperson Sharon Kraun.
LO CAL CEO NA M ED TO M A R TA B O A R D
Al Pond, a Sandy Springs resident, has been named to the MARTA board of directors, effective this month. Pond is the CEO of Pond & Company, an international planning firm headquartered in Peachtree Corners. He is also on the board of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. Pond declined to comment on the MARTA board appointment.
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Joining the dedication of the U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson Bridge Dec. 22 were, from left, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, Sen. Isakson, former Georgia DOT board member Johnny Gresham and Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee.
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The Johnson Ferry Road bridge between Sandy Springs and Cobb County was dedicated to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson in a Dec. 22 ceremony on the Cobb side. The renaming of the bridge over the Chattahoochee River was the brainchild of Cobb County and former Georgia Department of Transportation board member Johnny Gresham, who has his own name on an Atlanta bridge. At first, Cobb did not realize that the city of Sandy Springs owns the bridge, but the City Council agreed to approve the naming of the U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson Bridge.
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CIT Y J OI N S EF F ORT F OR TRA N SIT TA X BALLO T Q U ESTIO N
Sandy Springs is backing a countywide effort to get some type of mass-transit funding on the November 2018 ballot. The effort is a spin-off of last year’s successful countywide transportation special local option sales tax question that will fund road and trail projects. Fulton mayors at the time could not agree to also seek a MARTA sales tax increase, but talks have continued, as Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul explained at the Dec. 20 City Council meeting. The mayors and county leaders are discussing possible consensus on mass transit projects to fund throughout the county — possibly MARTA, possible other forms of transit run by other agencies. Those are “thorny” issues, Paul said. But in the meantime, they are backing an effort to get the state Legislature’s permission to put some type of transit-related sales tax on the 2018 ballot. That provides a deadline to see if consensus can be reached in the next year, Paul said. The Sandy Springs council approved a resolution supporting the ballot question request.
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The 81-year-old Island Ford Lodge in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lodge of stone and logs at 1978 Island Ford Parkway was built in 1935 by Atlanta attorney Samuel Hewett. Today, it serves as the National Park Services’ headquarters for the National Recreation Area and includes public exhibits. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which processes National Register listing applications in the state, called the lodge “an excellent and rare example of a rustic-style building in Georgia” in a press release. The property is automatically also listed on the state historic property register. It joined the National Register on Nov. 4. The National Register listing gives the building official recognition as a historic resource and eligibility for rehabilitation grants and tax credits, but does not prevent any changes to the structure. The Park Service administers the National Register program. DNR officials said the National Park Service is required by federal law to document all of its historic resources, but could not explain why the National Register listing was sought at this time. The National Park Service office in Atlanta did not have comment. The National Register listing also covers three other structures built by Hewett in 1945: a barbecue pavilion, a spring house and a retaining wall. Several other buildings and structures added in later decades are not included. According to DNR, the lodge was built with cypress logs from the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. Hewett sold the property to the Buckhead Century Club in 1950 for use as a clubhouse. After several years, the club sold the property to the Atlanta Baptist Association, which used the property for retreats. The lodge became the Park Service headquarters after President Jimmy Carter designated a long stretch of the river as a National Recreation Area in 1978. SS
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City names manager of new performing arts center BY JOHN RUCH
sition was at the Studio City Events Center in Macau, China. City Springs, the public-private development under construction on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs’ downtown, includes the performing arts center as well as a new City Hall, parks, retail space and housing. Enoch will manage all of the “public gathering facilities” at City Springs, including a studio theater, meeting spaces and the main park. He also will work on a new foundation, still in the planning stages, to fund cultural events at the theater that might not be feasible or affordable with regular ticket sales,
Michael Enoch has been named as the first general manager of Sandy Springs’ new performing arts center, a 1,000-seat, city-run theater scheduled to open in mid2018. According to a press release, Enoch, who starts work Feb. 1, is a 38-year veteran of managing performance facilities. He already works for Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, the contractor managing the performing arts center. His most recent po-
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according to Mayor Rusty Paul. “I look forward to working closely with the city to transform events into experiences,” said Enoch in the press release. “Working with our other Spectra SPECIAL properties here The performing arts center at City Springs as in Georgia, we shown in a recent city presentation. can build on industry relacilities as the Thomas & Mack Center in tionships to create new and exciting opporLas Vegas; Rose Garden Arena in Portland, tunities for the performing arts center and Ore.; Queen Sirikit National Convention the community.” Center in Thailand; Mercedes-Benz Arena “We looked at numerous candidates in Shanghai, China; and Coors Amphithethrough a deliberate process before makatre in Chula Vista, Calif. He also oversaw ing a selection to fill this role,” said City construction for such projects as the House Manager John McDonough in of Blues in Boston, Mass., and the press release. “Michael has Houston, Texas; Gibson Amthe depth of experience to help phitheater and the Hollywood us successfully launch the perPalladium in Los Angeles; and forming arts center as well as the Hard Rock Live Arena in develop strong entertainment Hollywood, Fla. and educational programming Enoch likely will begin and events.” booking shows soon, as exThe city recently anperts have previously said that nounced that City Springs’ must be done 12 to 18 months opening has been delayed in advance. SPECIAL from an earlier December 2017 The city previously estiMichael Enoch target date. The current openmated a $140,000 annual salaing schedule is: privately develry for the position, but the exoped housing, early 2018; the act amount is unknown to the main park, March 2018; the performing city and is part of the overall contract with arts center and offices, summer 2018. Spectra. City staff and officials interviewed According to the press release, Enoch candidates for the position, city spokesperhas served in “leadership roles” at such fason Sharon Kraun said.
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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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EXHIBITS Thursday, Jan. 12 through March 3 Atlanta photographer and sculptor Steve Steinman, whose textured wall sculptures line MARTA’s Buckhead rail station and platform, chronicles the culture and beauty of China in a photography exhibit that features scenes from his recent travels. Steinman will appear at the opening event, to be held from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 12. The two-person show includes the mixed media work of contemporary artist Deeann Rieves. Free. Ventulett Gallery at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mount Vernon Highway N.W., Sandy Springs. Info: stevesteinmanfineart.com.
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eos that capture the behavior of animals at the preserve and go out in search of signs of predator-prey interactions. $10 adults; $5 children under 12; free for children under 3. 4055 Roswell Road, Buckhead. Info: bhnp.org or 404-455-3650.
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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: email@example.com.
“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.
COOKING TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-8124000.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER
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.
CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER
Monday, Jan. 16, 1-4 p.m. Help restore woodlands and wetlands during
CITY OF DUNWOODY’S MLK DAY OF SERVICE
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.
WINTER NIGHT HIKE AND CAMPFIRE
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.
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park behind the Brookhaven library and enter at the lower level for this sale sponsored by the Friends of the Brookhaven Library. 1242 N. Druid Hills Road N.E., Brookhaven. 404-848-7140.
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BY DYANA BAGBY Authoriy Development dyanabagby@reporter The Dunwood million in newspapers.net to approve $780 ty voted July 28 breaks for The estimated property tax cost to make all bonds to provide projects in Pethe changes and improvem development BY JOHN RUCH ents in Brookhav two separate complex and en’s sitespecific Park State Farm’s johnruch@reporternew Master Plan is rimeter Center: tower next to just shy of $28 spapers.net million, according planned office to a presentat Transwestern’s ion made to City Council At least five candidate y MARTA station. on Feb. 9. would the Dunwood s are planning run for the open Mayor John Ernst a deals, the authority the Sandy Springs Under acknowledged to the deCity Council District 3 seat. tal estimated the toand lease them cost was a “big Official candidate own the properties number.” much lower propfying for the qualiBut the price May 24 special who would pay tag was not a velopers, election was surprise to due to wrap up city officials, 14 April 15. City Councilw See STATE on page oman Jones said. It is Meanwhile, a third candidate part of a long-term Linley ly filed for the plan. brief“We anticipate House d all along the dropped out within District 52 race, but price tag for world-cla ss parks would hours of qualifying be very, very an unusual reopened high,” she said. in “This is an filing period. PHIL MOSIER aspirational ham McDonald number we can Graand work toward, 12 at incrementalmain the contender Deborah Silcox rely based on the See LARGEST on page Night Out event plans we were s to succeed 33rd annual National were on hand given.” retiring Rep. Joe Wilkinson Liz Cole, project attending the and Sandy Springs in the May 24 manager camera while page 20. , Brookhaven PHIL MOSIER lican primary. Repuba remote controlfor Greenber Farrow, photos, go to gts from Dunwoody 9, works the city’s departmen consultan Carlos Peters, ip. To see additional The ts on the Aug. 2. Police y partnersh onnded The field to fill recomme J.D. Clockadale plan, Nancy Creek Park. communit in Little and Perimeter Mall promote the City Council the police hispage cityand daughter survey all parks 14. ►Ella, 5, get on Spring” concert Center representing on to help seat, determine into the spirit to on Feb. time before the “Bring central Sandy additional photos exact boundari 13. Attendees of things at Springs, 3, gets in a little play and family friendly activities. See were treated es, tree invenin recent days, tory, topograph Hudson Scouten, to a night of snacks,the second annual Daddy-Dau as county Republica grew music, food y and also ghter Dance at music, crafts event featured live PHIL MOSIER BY DYANA BAGBYternewspapers.net leader Suzi Voyles n Party underground and dancing. Lynwood Park utilities before See additional Recreation and by@repor any former work begins. photos on page municipal dyanabag judge Larry Young im City Manager Inter12.► Volunteers waded declared candidaci is preGary Yandura They join previously Hooch,” an event into the water to clear debris es. y City Council said it Dunwood sponsored Thefrom $8 milthe Chattahoo dates Chris Burnett, announced candithe group of volunteers by Chattahoochee Riverkeep See SITE-SPEC chee than PHOTO BY PHIL down more River andcapIFIC on page 14 MOSIER its banks during Brian Eufinger , works to fillpared to plunker on April 9. needed BY JOE EARLE “Sweep the Joe Housema Here, the trash bag City Hall, but and Murray Brown, s.net n. No candidate he wears at his l who lion for a new waist. s are official to additiona joeearle@reporternewspaper See more photos, coordinated until the city ents add up clerk qualifies page 2.► nt Page 5 ital improvem them. of PATH400 to an assessme Plans for expansions $659,500, according Page 10 . See COUNCIL on now feature two of due diligence page 13 through Buckhead done as part of the City Council adding pockets Also, the building more small parks, Ashford-Dunarea that once 4800 an at to space Page 17 public green wants to purchase tenants, has four current had relatively little. woody Road pay to reto- Expert praises be required to The two parks could and the city will They businesses, which PATH400 tal about 3 acres. locate for those Page 16 on page 3 $550,000. join a .6-acre park our Procost another comments to is inof Comprehensive Respondents’ Page 18 Old Ivy that also Eric Johnson on the 15 community survey See NEW on page cluded in PATH400 conventions. presidential plans. Page 8 green spaces Sheffield Hale BY DYANA BAGBY One of the proposed BY JOHN RUCH CEO, 13 and president 13 TARY Page dyanabagby@reporter johnruch@reporternew See COMMEN See PATH400 on page History Center BY SHANDRA HILL
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Providing more money for schools 38 (19%)
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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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The German company Lidl is the grocer that aims to open a new store in Sandy Springs’ North River Shopping Center, rezoning plans filed with the city have confirmed. The proposal will go before the city Planning Commission on Jan. 19. Since early last year, Lidl (pronounced “lee-dil”) has declined to confirm or deny that it is the grocer developer Stream Realty Partners is working with at North River at 8877 Roswell Road as well as the Marshall’s Plaza site at 6337 Roswell Road. Meanwhile, Trisha Thompson, president of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, said her group was involved in meetings with Lidl US and Stream about improving the designs of the planned local stores. A rezoning application for North River filed with the city in November, as well as an updated filing Dec. 19, clearly show the grocery client is Lidl. They feature drawings of the proposed grocery store with a Lidl logo on the side. The filing describes the proposed new store’s design as “dynamic, with a unique sloping roof that creates visual interest from the street.” The plans call for a store of roughly 36,000 square feet and seek a reduction in the parking requirement: from 468 to 434 for the shopping center and from 180 to 99 for the grocery store. No plans have yet been filed for the Marshall’s Plaza site, according to the city website. A spokesperson for Lidl US did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Letter to the Editor I was so happy to see Sandy Springs was doing a new logo, as the old one looked like something for a nursing home — very bad. (“2016 Year in Review,” Dec. 23.) The new logo is also a disappointment. How could a city go so wrong? Think of Decatur and their primary-colored buildings [logo], which is so fun and festive. The new logo looks like the Sheraton Inn logo and is no better than the old. The colors are not at all fun and uplifting. I saw where $90,000 was spent on this. What an outrage. There are so many art schools around. You could have offered $1,000 or even $5,000 for the best logo. Please go back to the drawing board — maybe use a stylized design of the King and Queen buildings. There should also be some red or yellow for pop. The blue should not be navy but more electric, like French blue. The green should not be dead green either. Susie Cabera Sandy Springs
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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 Road Park. If he is driving around town and notices a basketball goal in a resident’s driveway without a DYANA BAGBY net, he’ll cautiously apFor the past 20 years, Doug McKendrick has made sure proach the home ownthe basketball goals at Allen Road Park have nets. er or a neighbor and ing an All-State player before he broke his give them a net. If no one is around, he’ll hand his senior year. just lay the net on the goal and be on his His prowess on the court earned him a way. scholarship to Rice University in Houston, He’s done this throughout metro AtlanTexas, where he lettered in men’s basketta and recently took his campaign to anball in 1965 and 1966. He still holds Rice’s other state after visiting his son who lives single game scoring record. He tallied 47 in Charlotte, N.C. He saw several kids playpoints in a 1965 game against Georgia Tech. ing basketball without nets at parks in the McKendrick eventually joined the Navy area and stopped to give them new nets and served on the U.S.S. Dixie from 1969 to straight from his stash in his trunk. 1972. On his first day in the military, an adAt 6-feet, 6-inches, McKendrick is ofmiral, noticing his height, ordered him to ten asked if he plays, or played, basketball. his office and asked if he played basketThe answer is yes. But it’s the people who ball. Yes, McKendrick answered. And that taught him the fundamentals and love of began his foray into playing in basketball the game he credits for inspiring him to tournaments around the world when he give back in a small but meaningful way to wasn’t on duty. others who share a love of hoops. In 2011, McKendrick was inducted into When he was in the seventh grade, his the Ottawa Township High School Hall of family moved from Delaware to the small, Fame. He was recognized for helping his farm town of Ottawa in Illinois. team to a 19-0 record his sophomore year “The people there made me who I am,” and to a sectional title in 1961. he said. “I learned so much there.” For McKendrick, the time he spent in It was in this small town, about 84 miles Ottawa and the people he came to know east of Chicago, where he was first recruitand love are the reason he wants to help ed to play basketball due to his stature. other kids who love to shoot hoops and “I didn’t know anything about basketensure they have a basketball net on their ball or how to dribble, but the coach saw goals. something in me,” he said. “We were never without nets in Ottawa He played center and went on to play and all I learned there just comes back to basketball at Ottawa Township High helping people,” he said. “I had a wonderful School, a school with a rich basketball hislife in Ottawa and always go back to visit. tory, where he was on his way to becomThe people there inspire me to give back.”
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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.” SS
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atie focuses her volunteer work on inclusion and equality, says Angela Morris-Long, Lovett School’s Director of Civic Engagement. Katie mentors middle-school students through the organization Girl Talk and helped start a middleschool debate team. She also is working to start a LGBT+ safe space affinity group as an offshoot of Lovett’s educational Spectrum Club, which Katie led for the past two years. Katie organized events and has invited speakers to help inform the Lovett Katie Krantz, 17 community about LGBT+ issues. Katie also speaks Chinese. After The Lovett School winning a Chinese speaking competition, she visited schools and government offices in the Nanjing province on a tour hosted by Nanjing University. “My most memorable moment in volunteering was the first time one of the seventh grade girls I mentor for Girl Talk waved back at me in the hallway with a wide smile,” Katie said. “It may have been a small gesture, but seeing that I made enough of a positive impact for her to light up when she saw me felt like I had been doing something big and important.”
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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.”
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.”
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. SS
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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.” SS
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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.”
elsey is the founder of Bumble’s Bibs (bumblesbibs.com), which she started in honor of her grandmother, Bumble, who passed away from a motor neuron disease in 2013. The idea was born during a 2014 mission trip to Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica, where Kelsey and her mom were feeding meals to severely handicapped children and adults. Kelsey thought bibs would help keep the residents clean, dry and therefore, more comfortable. In turn, caregivers would spend less time cleaning the residents and have more interactive and therapeutic time with the residents. “We remembered the large, decorative bibs that Bumble made for her grandchildren from kitchen towels and cloth baby diapers. When we returned from the mission trip, we started sewing large bibs to send to the Mustard Seed Communities.” She also recruited volunteers to help sew and deliver the bibs. “To date, with a wonderKelsey Fleming, 17 ful team of volunteers, we have sent approximateMarist School ly 800 bibs to the Mustard Seed residential care facilities.” Bumble’s Bibs has also inspired the creation of a new “bib ministry,” where young women living in a home for unwed mothers and mildly disabled adults will be taught how to sew bibs for their fellow disabled Mustard Seed residents.
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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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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs The following incidents and arrests represent some, but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from Dec. 18 through Dec. 21 The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from the department’s records and the information is presumed to be accurate.
R O B B E RY 5600 block of Roswell Road — On Dec.
18, a 19-year old man was seen at Northside Hospital with injuries to his face. He said he had been beaten and robbed. The police were called and interviewed the man, who said he left work and at some point, while walking, was accosted by five men who robbed him and kicked him. He called his friends to pick him up, but did not call the police. His friends picked him up and when interviewed by the officers, had various stories of what they were told by the victim, none of which matched the other. Officers were not sure of the actual circumstances of the incident, but the man had some pretty evident facial injuries so whatever it was, he finished second. 8700 block of Roswell Road — On
Dec. 20, a 25-year old woman reported that around 10 p.m. she left a grocery store and headed to her condo complex. While she walked up her driveway, a man grabbed her red computer bag and her HP computer and ran into a wooded area nearby.
B U R G L A RY Dunwoody Springs Drive — A wom-
an said she went to a gym on Dec. 18, between 9 and 11 a.m., and upon return, found that someone had entered and ransacked her residence. It appears they entered through a window. The summary did not list the items taken. 2600 block of Spring Creek Drive —
On Dec. 18, someone forced open the front door to an apartment, which was then ransacked. The resident said that he thinks other neighbors are responsible and several complaints of marijuana have focused on those neighbors. (NOTE: On Dec. 22, cops got a burglary in progress on Spring Creek Drive and arrested a suspect going into an apartment window so this guy’s case may be related.) 1000 block Huntcliff Trace — The res-
ident said he returned home on Dec. 19 and found that his garage door was open. Inside, he found that areas of his home had been accessed and he later reported several small items missing, but larger items like TV’s and other highervalued electronics were not tampered
with. He suspected younger kids nearby that seem to be idle much of the time. 5300 block of
Roswell Road — On Dec. 19, someone forced open a door to the home. However, CAPT. STEVE ROSE, SSPD the resident said email@example.com it appears they did not go inside the home. 4700 block of Powers Ferry Road —
On Dec. 21, a back door was forced open to the home, however it appears that nothing was taken. 300 block of Mt. Vernon Highway —
On Dec. 21, between 9 a.m. and noon, someone entered the home by forcing open a rear laundry door, and then took an 80-inch Panasonic TV, silver and $200 cash. 5800
block of Greenbrier Road — On Dec. 21, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., someone entered the home by forcing open a door between the house and the carport. A gun and other items were taken.
THEFT 6900 block of Ro-
swell Road — On Dec. 18, before 2 p.m., a woman reported a Ford Focus backed into her Honda Civic in the parking lot. She saw three young males laughing and running from the cars. The owner of the Focus said his home was burglarized recently and the car keys were among the items taken. The suspects apparently returned to steal his car but the victim had installed a steering lock causing the car to move only straight forward or back; in this case back and into the Honda. 7400 block of Roswell Road — On Dec.
18, a cellphone company employee stated a man, described as wearing a medical walking boot on his leg and walking with a noticeable limp, stole some Bluetooth headphones, left the store and entered a black Ford Mustang with a Superman symbol on the trunk. Maryeanna Drive — On Dec. 19, a con-
tractor reported that someone stole AC units from a home that was under construction.
227 Sandy Springs Place — On Dec. 19,
employees of a grocery store saw a woman steal light bulbs and eye drops, place them in her purse, then try to leave the store. The employees stopped her and demanded the items back. She relinquished the bulbs but not the drops, and then ran to her car and drove away. She left in a Toyota Corolla. The eye drops cost $6.99. 1001 Johnson Ferry Road — On Dec.
19, a hospital employee said her wallet was stolen. She discovered the theft and went to the phone to call the stolen credit/debit cards in when she was informed that her debit card was used at a discount department store in Marietta for $88 and a credit card was used at the same store for $399. Be sure to cancel those cards ASAP! 227 Sandy Springs Place — On Dec. 21,
a 79-year-old woman reported that she was at a grocery store and at some point her wallet was stolen from her purse. Her credit card was later used for $412 and $830 at a discount department store.
THEFTS F R O M V E H ICLES Between Dec. 19 and Dec. 21, there were 6 thefts from vehicles.
A S S AU LT A man came to the police department and said a coworker at a pizza delivery company hit him twice in the face, causing an abrasion. The officer spoke with the woman, who said she did not hit him. 1600 block of Harbor Pointe
Parkway — On Dec. 21, a 28-year old woman reported that about 1 a.m., she was in her bedroom when she heard her door get kicked in and her ex-girlfriend coming through it. She said the ex was swinging at her, but she ducked and weaved, trying to avoid some of the punches. The current girlfriend came out of the bathroom and saw the ex now absconding through the shattered door. She said she was dressed in camo gear -- meaning to me that she probably snuck up to the resi-
dence and nobody could see her. She left in a Mercedes with Minnesota plates on it. The officer obtained the ex-girlfriend’s name and found the address was nearby. They eventually found her, but she denied ever going to her ex-girlfriend’s residence. The victim declined to press charges. 1100 block of Hammond Drive — On
Dec. 21, a 25-year-old man put his iMac computer for sale on the “Offer Up” website, asking $460 for it. He was contacted by a man calling himself Mike Thomas. They agreed to meet at a grocery store on Hammond, which they did. Thomas pulled up in a Mercedes driven by another man. They exchanged money for the machine and the man left. The victim then noticed the four $100 bills were counterfeit, so he called Thomas back, telling him that he left something on the computer that he needed and asked them to return, which they did. The victim then tried to get his computer back and the two men struggled, but Thomas, after choking the victim, freed himself and fled in the Mercedes.
F R AU D A 23-year-old woman on Peachtree-
Dunwoody Road reported that she met a guy named Ahmad on Instagram in September. He later asked if he could deposit some checks into her account and she would be able to keep the money left over. On Nov. 29, he deposited two checks, one for $2,822 and the other for $2,794. The victim said her mother noticed the unusual activity on her account and called her bank. In the meantime, Ahmad convinced the victim to send money via Western Union to a woman in Indiana in the amount of $549. Of course, she later found that the checks deposited into her account were phony and she was out the $549.
OT H E R I N C IDENTS 500 block of Northridge Road — On Dec. 18, two adult brothers got into a fight while either moving in or out of an apartment. The argument led to the two wrestling, then one spraying the other with a fire extinguisher. He did so because the other brother backed the moving van into him. The other brother apparently took the extinguisher away and hit his brother on the head. The one brother accused the other of being high on cocaine. They were separated and no arrests were made.
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ARRESTS 5500 block of Roswell Road — On Dec.
18, security officers at a discount department store said they noticed a female walking around the store. She then left. They realized after she left that some items were missing. A half-hour later, she returned and they monitored her and sure enough she was stealing items
again. She removed the items from their packages, removed the bar codes, and concealed them in her boots, bag, and clothing. They detained her and escorted her to the security office. Once they told her the police were called, she tried to run off and assaulted the security officer. She was cuffed and later charged with stealing items valued at more than
$600. 1500 block of Harbor Pointe Parkway
— On Dec. 18, a 36-year-old woman reported that around midnight, she was asleep on the couch when she was hit on the head with a crutch by her boyfriend. She woke in time for him to throw a dirty diaper at her, which if not already, should be a felony. He was arrested. 6075 Roswell Road — On Dec. 19
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Sandy Springs police are investigating two December bank robberies, one in which a suspect wore a surgical mask and another where the would-be robber got no cash at all. On the morning of Dec. 24, a man approached a teller at the Wells Fargo bank at 6300 Roswell Road who presented a note reading, “Give me $5,000 or I will shoot you,” according to a police report. The teller opened her money drawer and pointed out to the suspect that she did not have $5,000 and would have to go to the vault to get more cash. The suspect then said, “Give me my note back,” and fled on foot out the back door with no cash at all. Another teller told police that at the same time the suspect was demanding money, another man was causing a distraction by attempting to cash a check even though he is not a Wells Fargo account holder. On Dec. 28 at another Wells Fargo branch on Glenridge Point Parkway, a robber wearing a surgical mask stole $3,000, according to a police report. Police responded to the bank about 4:30 p.m. and were told by a bank teller that a man wearing a surgical mask, black gloves, a black shirt, black pants and black shoes and carrying a black backpack entered the bank and “pointed a handgun at them demanding money as well as threatening that he was going to shoot them if they do not cooperate.” A witness told police he saw the suspect run down a hill behind the bank to a waiting vehicle.
around 3 a.m., cops were called to a nightclub regarding a fight. They were told a man in a Dodge Charger left the scene. Another patrol car stopped the
car and observed a man with a deep cut over his eye, a broken nose and a swollen jaw. He told the cops the bouncer at the club beat him after an altercation. The bouncer was interviewed and denied hitting him, saying he fell when being kicked out. Apparently he kneekicked him when the man was down. (Known as one form of the low-blow.) The bouncer was a convicted felon and the officers found a gun on him during the search. He’s in jail for a number of charges, including battery. The club and the sheriff deputies working the club said they didn’t know he had a gun.
PUBLIC NOTICE The City of Sandy Springs has completed construction plans for Windsor Meadows Park at 835 Windsor Parkway. The design for the 4.6 acre site includes landscaping, fencing, a bicycle rack, three picnic tables, three benches, three swing benches, a pervious slatescape trail approximately 1,500 linear feet long,two trash receptacles, and an informal gravel parking area for three cars. The park will be located within parcels that once held residential properties at 825, 835, and 845 Windsor Parkway. Pursuant to FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program deed restrictions, Section 1.a. allows for “parks for outdoor recreational activities…”. The public is invited to participate in identifying and analyzing any impact this proposed project may have. Interested persons may obtain information about these actions or this specific project by contacting Ward Alexander, Project Coordinator for the City of Sandy Springs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments should be received within 30 days of the date of notice: January 6, 2017.
I BELIEVE The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Monday, January 16, 2017 • 10 AM Sandy Springs City Hall Council Chambers with Keynote Speaker - Civil Rights Icon, Xernona Clayton President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation
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