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Buckhead Village transforms as development spreads BY JOE EARLE


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Expect political ‘nonsense’ in 2016 Legislature BY JOE EARLE

Rep. Scott Holcomb says it’s simple. With a presidential primary scheduled for Georgia in March, “there’s likely to be a lot of nonsense” during the coming session of the state General Assembly, the DeKalb Democrat says. Political posturing is “already out there,” Holcomb said. His prediction for the 2016 Legislature? “I think it’s going to be a year not terribly impressive in terms of legislative accomplishment,” he said. “The shadow of the presidential primary is going to weigh heavily on the Gold Dome. You’re just going to see a lot of nonsense.” Still, state lawmakers are bound to do something during the 40 days they meet and debate the state’s business, even if it’s only to approve a state budget. And as legislators prepared for the start of the 2016 Georgia General Assembly,

set to start Jan. 11, there was plenty of new legislation being talked up. Local lawmakers said they expect to spend much of the session arguing over hot-button statewide issues such as gambling, the state budget, funding for education and merit pay for teachers. “I think it’s going to make for an interesting year,” Rep. Beth Beskin (R-Buckhead) said. “I really think education is going to be one of the big ones this year.” The proposal to allow casino gambling in Georgia “will be taken seriously,” Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs) said, but he and several other local lawmakers seemed unwilling to predict that it would pass this year. “I don’t see that happening in this session, particularly in an election SEE LAWMAKERS, PAGE 7

When Mehmet Ozelci’s family first opened a restaurant in Buckhead’s Village about 15 years ago, it was a different kind of place than it is now. “Back then, if we had 40 people enter the restaurant in an entire day, it was an OK day,” he said. “We didn’t have too much of what you’d call a real clientele.” But the place has changed. Things are bigger, brighter, busier. The nighttime party scene has moved on and pricey shops have moved in. The 24-year-old Ozelci has watched the village at the heart of Buckhead grow and grow up: High-rise offices, high-rent apartments, fancy restaurants and international shops now tower above the village’s streets. As the neighborhood changed, the Ozelci family’s restaurant, Cafe Agora, outgrew its space. The family moved the restaurant a couple of blocks down East Paces Ferry Road about 18 months ago. It now occupies a building Ozelci estimates is five or six times larger than the one it started out in. But Ozelci, who now helps manage the cafe, believes the growth in his business comes from the neighborhoods around the village, not the towers rising around him. He says he doesn’t expect the new buildings will translate directly to big changes in his business’ bottom line. “A little bit, but not as much as people say,” he said. Still, he welcomes the changes. “The more restaurants, the better,” he said. “We’ve been SEE VILLAGE, PAGE 13

Mehmet Ozelci, who helps manage the Cafe Agora, welcomes changes to the Buckhead Village area.


COMMUNITY Board seeks proposals for park over Ga. 400

The Buckhead Community Improvement District has decided to see what a park over Ga. 400 might look like and how much it would cost to build. The CID board voted 4-1 on Jan. 6 to issue a request for proposals for design work and cost estimations on the proposed park. The decision does not commit the CID, a self-taxing business group, to building the park. But some members still questioned whether the park itself was a project for the CID. “There are definitely members who are not in favor of this, including me,” board Chairman David Allman said. “I personally think it is beyond the scope of this board.” But other members argued that other cities had built similar parks and the CID should at least find out how much such a park would cost in Buckhead. “We’ve got to be at the forefront and at least explore it,” board member John Barton said. “If we don’t do that, I think we’re sticking our heads in the sand.”

CID plans multi-use trail to Roxboro

Buckhead CID officials also are developing plans for a multiuse trail from the Gordon Bynum Bridge to Roxboro Road. The trail, expected to cost more than $1 million, would run for about 7/10 of a mile. Brian McHugh, transportation and director for the CID, said the organization plans to develop two concepts for the trail and then present the proposals to residents for comment. McHugh said the SPECIAL agency’s goal was to complete the A trail from Gordon Bynum Bridge to trail by the end of the year. Roxboro Road is planned by Buckhead CID.

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Earlier this year, Becky Katz was rear-ended by a motorist as she rode her bicycle on a wide street with low traffic. Katz was thrown into the car’s windshield, shattering the glass with her helmet, and she broke a shoulder socket and wrist. Her bike was totaled. A long-time cyclist, Katz said she had no doubts she would be back on two wheels as soon as she healed. “Within moments [of being struck] I was thinking, this has got to be better,” she said. “It killed me I couldn’t ride for about two months. As soon as I could buy a new bike I did.” The traumatic crash galvanized Katz to want to do even more for cyclists in the city to make streets safer, for them as well as motorists. In October she was hired as the city of Atlanta’s first chief bicycle officer. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition made the position possible in large part, and received a five-year $250,000 challenge grant from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation to create the job with the city’s promise to add additional funding. Rebecca Serna, executive director of the coalition, met Katz several years ago as part of the Atlanta Streets Alive planning committee. “She had really unique and creative place-making ideas for Atlanta Streets Alive, and was a huge asset to the committee,” Serna remembered. Having Katz as the city’s “bike czar” is exciting, Serna said, especially after the coalition’s lobbying efforts to create the post and its involvement in the hiring process. Also, Katz has the background and skills to ensure she is

Becky Katz was hired in October to be the city of Atlanta’s first chief bicycle officer.

successful in the new job. She’s also fun. “I love running into Becky biking to get places, usually in a dress,” Serna said. “Recently we rode to a meeting together in East Point, getting a little turned around in the process because we’re having such a good conversation. It was fun showing up together, both in dresses, on our bikes for a meeting.” But Katz had been thinking for years before her major crash that the city needed to find a way to protect cyclists braving the city’s roads. When she first moved to Atlanta, she only rode a bike and took MARTA. “There were certain points where I was like, ‘Why is this difficult right now?’” she said. One way Katz envisions molding


Atlanta into a more bike-friendly city is by just asking people to take shorter trips by bike rather than by car. If you want to go to the local store and buy a bottle of wine or visit a friend two blocks over, a bicycle is a great way to travel. “Our distances lend itself to community … but when you get on Moreland and you go, ‘Whoa!’ This is a major street I need but it’s scary,” she says. “How do we ensure we can be connected [by routes] that don’t make you feel like a hero or gladiator when you ride them?” Katz, who previously worked with Park Pride, a nonprofit working with Atlanta’s communities to improve parks, says she is currently focusing on gathering data about cyclists – where they ride, where there are crashes,

what roads are stressful to pedestrians and cyclists. Ground counters and sensors are great ways to gather data for cyclists, and underground sensors will be installed at the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trails. “Data builds a really strong case for why bike infrastructure can help all users of the road,” she explained. Mayor Kasim Reed’s promise to push Atlanta into the top 10 of bicycle-friendly cities and the city’s $2.5 million in funding to extend bike lanes from the Eastside Trail to Midtown seems to be putting the city on the right path. But Atlanta’s love for cars cannot be underestimated. Just recently, the Georgia Department of Transportation removed bike lanes from its plans during the restriping of Peachtree Road through Buckhead after backlash from officials and residents. “I think that I understand why people are nervous,” Katz said. “That corridor is essential. Everyone knows that area is precious to our city,” she said. But having people stop driving their cars is not her mission, Katz stressed. She simply wants to make roads safer for people traveling in all different modes of transportation. And she understands some people who drive everywhere are hesitant when it comes to sharing the road. “Our goals are very aligned,” she said of cyclists and motorists. “We want safe streets for people to get around in the mode they want to − or have to − get around. “Our roads are precious. We need to work together, for a healthier, more sustainable and economically viable city. This is the only way,” she said.

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Monorail systems recently proposed by city officials in Brookhaven and Sandy Springs aren’t the first time someone local has pitched alternative, elevated trains. In 2011, a Marietta company presented plans for a “maglev” train connecting Cobb County and Perimeter Mall—and the firm’s president says he’d like to bid on any new Brookhaven and Sandy Springs systems. “We’d be very interested in both those projects,” said Tony Morris, president and CEO of American Maglev Technology. “Anyone who has been around Perimeter Mall for 30 years at 5 p.m. knows something has to be done…I’d love to see something happen, whether it’s us or somebody else.” AMT built one of the world’s few maglev test tracks in Powder Springs in 2006 and is planning an Orlando maglev line, but it has yet to build a full system after several unsuccessful projects, some of which cost millions of public and private dollars. The company’s false starts include the Perimeter Center plan and a proposed maglev line between MARTA’s Georgia State station and Turner Field. Only a few maglev trains—which slightly levitate on a powerful magnetic field rather than riding on wheels—are in commercial operation, all in East Asia. Such lack of success has made monorails and maglevs the butt of jokes— most famously in a 1993 episode of the TV comedy “The Simpsons,” where a con man sells a used monorail to Homer Simpson’s home town by claiming there’s interest from a rival city. Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst jokingly quoted a line from that show when asked about a local monorail: “Maybe it’s more of a Shelbyville thing.” “I look forward to reading what the $10,000 got us,” Ernst said of City Councilman Joe Gebbia’s discretionary fund expenditure for a monorail-oriented transportation study. “We’ll take a look at what it says and all the costs… and see what happens.” Morris said that monorail-pitching

officials deserve praise rather than jokes. “I want to give great credit to people who even have the guts” to propose alternative train systems, he said. “This is a very complicated subject. It’s emotional. It’s controversial.” Elevated monorails and maglevs are both pitched by advocates as less expensive alternatives to normal rail-based mass transit. They can be built on public CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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‘Maglev’ train previously pitched for Perimeter Center CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 About $7 million in state funding was right of way atop pillars; may spent, according to media rehave lower maintenance costs; ports. and some may operate autoAMT now plans its maglev matically without drivers. construction projects entireAMT’s 2011 proposal ly with private funding, Morcalled for a 21.5-mile elevatris said. But, he added, operated maglev train between Kening costs remain a challenge for nesaw State University and the any commuter-focused train Dunwoody MARTA station. system that has to keep fares afIt would have run alongside fordable. AMT’s Cobb/PerimeTony Morris, I-75 and I-285, and includ- AMT president ter train was to have a $4 fare ed proposed stations in Sandy that included a free transfer and CEO Springs on Roswell Road and to MARTA. But that requires at the King and Queen buildsome type of subsidy, he said, ings at the Concourse office park. adding, “That’s going to be the big co“From our standpoint, that was a nundrum for [Brookhaven and Sandy very logical project,” Morris said. “It’s Springs’ monorail ideas].” even gotten better now that the Braves Morris said among AMT’s ideas are have absconded to Cobb County.” tax incentive districts around train staConstruction costs were estimated tions. Another possibility is selling adat $430 million to $645 million. AMT vertising on the trains. “We were going said that was much less expensive than to turn our vehicles into giant Coke botstandard MARTA costs. However, Cobb tles or beer bottles or hot dogs,” he said County officials were not convinced of AMT’s proposed Turner Field train. the math added up and declined to get Morris acknowledged there isn’t a aboard the plan. simple calculation for building alternaFifteen years ago, AMT was unable tive trains, but said that’s why conversato complete a monorail on the campus tions about the Brookhaven and Sandy of Virginia’s Old Dominion UniversiSprings monorail are important. Mass ty amid technology problems and fedtransit, he said, “is our destiny. It’s just eral funding that didn’t come through. not clear what [form] it’s going to be.”

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Birds of Prey Thursday, Jan. 21, 10 - 11 a.m. – In this eco-adventure, students learn about Georgia’s native hawks and owls. Discover their unique features and their importance within local ecological systems. Participants will have the op-

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Tuesday, Jan. 12, 7 - 8 p.m. – Advance Directives for healthcare are an important part of a comprehensive plan for your personal well-being. An advance healthcare directive, also known as a living will, is a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity. Georgia’s AD laws are among the best in the country, and in this class you’ll learn why and get the forms needed to file your own AD. Presented by the DeKalb County Public Library and Compassion & Choices, Georgia Chapter. Suitable for adults aged 18 and up. Free and open to the public. Brookhaven Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd. NE, Brookhaven, 30319. For more information, go online to dekalblibrary. org or call 404-848-7140.

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There is so much good food at Ponce City Market and I want to tell you all about how to approach that delightful challenge, but first, I feel a moral obligation to warn you about the parking. Huge urban lifestyle complexes like this often get a rocky start, so I let this market breathe for a full month before checking it out. You can pay for parking in one of two ways, either use the machine

have to say, the more that burger proliferates, the less I like it somehow. But any way you like it, Linton Hopkins is certainly the current champion of fastSPECIAL PHOTOS casual dining in Atlanta. Amongst the artisans in the Food Hall there are Top right, food and drinks from Simple two gems: Simply Seoul Seoul Kitchen and Lucky Lotus at Ponce Kitchen and 18.21 BitCity Market. Above, the view of the Central ters. Eat at the former and Food Hall from the market’s mezzanine. drink at the latter. The socalled “Kimchi Queen” of or an app. Well, it’s chilly out and I don’t Atlanta, Hannah Chung, is responsible want to stand around messing with my for Simply Seoul and she makes a mean smartphone, so the machine wins – which mushroom bun. 18.21 Bitters is not actumeans I lose a full five minutes repeatedly ally a bar, but I found myself engaged in force-feeding my credit cards into an unan impromptu tasting of tinctures and bitsympathetic box to no avail. ters that included a half dozen of the best We marched inside in a huff, joining a tastes I had at PCM. Took home three lingering crew of complainers similarly besmall bottles of magic and can’t wait to wildered by parking mishaps. A very nice, serve my smug millennial friend. very stressed-out young gentleman carryOne of the best things about PCM is ing a clipboard asked if he could be of serthe overabundance of beverage options: vice. He had suggestions, took notes, tried cold-pressed juices at Lucky Lotus, whisto remember to smile. Ten minutes later, keys at Brezza Cucina, coffees at Dancing we were officially off the hook for paying. Goats, shakes and floats at H&F BurgA dozen friends of mine have been er, tequilas at Minero, flavored seltzers at to PCM, at 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue W.H. Stiles Fish Camp and even popsiin Atlanta, and all report similar situacles at King of Pops. Whatever your mood tions – except for this one smug millenniat whatever time of day, you have great al I know who just said he hadn’t noticed choices. If wandering through the cavernparking problems because he’d always eious West Elm store for hours is your idea ther walked there from the BeltLine or cyof a good time, you could go from coffee cled his way to the rooftop bike valet. to smoothie to cocktail quite easily. Anyway, on to the eats. Let us begin I went to Ponce City Market with four by declaring a clear winner of the epic batother people. Each of us ran off in a diftle of cuisine taking place at Ponce City ferent direction and we reconvened a half Market’s Central Food Hall. I’m speaking hour later to assemble a giant potluck of of course of Linton Hopkins versus Linbasically everything in the Central Food ton Hopkins: amazing fried chicken sandHall. All of it was delicious, most of it wiches versus the classic diner burger. If was reasonably priced, and everyone had a you can only get one or the other, go to blast picking at the cornucopia. Hop’s Chicken instead of H&F Burger. We really got to know each other betThe chicken on a biscuit was divine and ter by the food we brought back, what the chicken on a bun was almost as great. we tried and what we liked. My personal I’ve eaten the Holeman & Finch burghighlight was Fish Camp’s crab beignets. er many times: when it was offered in limMegan Volpert lives in Decatur, teaches in ited edition on the late night menu, when Roswell and writes books about popular culit was offered in an unlimited supply at ture. Send feedback to TastingIntown@Atbrunch, when it was offered on a For more on Ponce sive scale at Turner Field, and now this. I City Market:

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Atlanta Region’s Plan provides 25-year road map to move our region forward The Atlanta region is one of the largest, already crowded thoroughAnother key project will most dynamic metropolitan areas in the fares. remake a one-mile stretch country. What will it take to ensure that The Atlanta Region’s Plan of Roswell Road just north we remain competitive in the coming deincludes a number of imof the Chattahoochee Rivcades, with a high quality of life? portant transportation projer. The existing reversible The Atlanta Regional Commission ects that are planned in and lane system will be removed (ARC) and its community partners have around the Sandy Springs, in favor of a median-dividbeen working for more than a year to adBuckhead, Dunwoody and ed, four-lane roadway with a dress this question. The result is the AtlanBrookhaven areas. multi-use path on both sides ta Region’s Plan, a long-range blueprint In what will be one of of the thoroughfare. An adthat incorporates all of ARC’s planning the biggest road projects in ditional northbound turn areas – transportation, community develstate history, the Georgia lane will be built at the Ga. JOHN opment, water resources, aging and health Department of Transporta120 intersection. ORR services, and workforce development. tion will soon begin reconConstruction on the The 25-year plan focuses on three key struction of the interchange $22.9 million project, exGUEST COLUMN areas: providing world-class infrastrucat Ga. 400 and I-285. The pected to begin by 2024, was ture, building a competitive economy enhancements will improve identified through ARC’s and ensuring the region is comprised of safety and traffic flow in highly acclaimed Livable healthy, livable communities. this highly congested area. Flyover ramps Centers Initiative program. These are ambitious goals, to be sure – will eliminate unsafe and inefficient leftMeanwhile, MARTA is planning an even more so when you consider that we’ll hand merges, and new collector-distribuextension of the Red Line along Ga. 400. be adding 2.5 million people by 2040, tor lanes will separate through traffic from An initial phase would extend the line the equivalent of metro Charlotte. But we vehicles that are entering and exiting via north to Holcomb Bridge Road with stamust aim high if we are to ensure our furamps on both I-285 and Ga. 400. tions at Northridge and Holcomb Bridge ture success. roads. A second phase This means foswould extend to tering vibrant, walkWindward Parkway able communities in Alpharetta. Unless and improved housadditional funding is ing options, including secured, construction the ability for older will not begin on the adults to age in place. first phase until the It means developing a latter years of the 25highly educated and year plan. skilled workforce that It’s important to is able to meet the note that there’s no needs of 21st centuway we can build our ry employers. And it way out of congesmeans making caretion. Traffic is an inevfully targeted investitable part of a healthy, ments to maintain growing economy. and expand our transThat doesn’t mean portation system. there’s nothing we can The Atlanta Redo to improve mogion’s Plan includes GDOT bility – only that the $86 billion in translong-term solution The planned reconstruction of the I-285 and Ga. 400 interchange portation spending must include a robust, will be one of the biggest road projects in the state’s history. through 2040. About truly regional transit two-thirds is needed network to give comto maintain our existmuters new ways of ing system. Of the rest, the plan commits: Looking a bit further down the road, bypassing the gridlock. $10 billion to widen roads and improve the state DOT plans to build managed These are just some of the highlights of highway interchanges by 2020; $6.5 biltoll lanes along the Ga. 400 and I-285 our new long-range plan. To learn more, lion to build a network of managed toll “top end” perimeter corridors. The Ga. I encourage you to visit www.atlantarelanes, promising a reliable, free-flowing 400 project will build two managed lanes ride to commuters willing to carpool, ride in each direction (four total) between Please let us know what you think. a bus or pay a toll; and $12 billion for I-285 and Holcomb Bridge Road, and ARC is accepting public comment about transit expansion projects. one managed lane in each direction (two the plan through Jan. 15. You can send We all know that the north Atlantotal) between Holcomb Bridge and Mcus an email at opinion@atlantaregional. ta communities of Sandy Springs, BuckFarland Parkway in Forsyth County. The com and take an online survey at atlantarhead, Dunwoody and Brookhaven are configuration for the I-285 project is still home to some of the region’s worst traffic. being evaluated. New businesses, apartment towers and These projects are programmed for John Orr is the manager of the Atlanta other development flocking to the area the latter portion of the 25-year plan, at a Regional Commission’s transportation and promise to bring even more vehicles to combined cost of $2.4 billion. mobility division.

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Buckhead Village transforms as development spreads CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 offices, OliverMcMillan said. around so long that people who are going “We’re kind of surrounding OliverMcto come to Cafe Agora are going to come Millan,” Loudermilk said. “That’s what it to Cafe Agora.” needed. It needed a master developer.” In 2016, he’ll see more newcomers Loudermilk says his company now in the neighborhood. Redevelopment plans to develop two office buildings on of Buckhead Village is expected to conEast Paces Ferry, in the shadow of The tinue. New office buildings are planned Shops Buckhead Atlanta. One will be along East Paces Ferry and hundreds of a medical office building and the othnew apartments are rising on Pharr Road er a general office building. At the same and next to the Buckhead Theatre on Rotime, Hanover, an apartment developer, is swell Road. building about 375 apartments in a sixDeveloper Robin Loudermilk credstory building between Buckhead Avenue its the burst of new and Pharr Road, development to the and another 300arrival of Buckhead plus apartments in Atlanta and the a building on Rowork done by and swell Road next to before that multithe Buckhead Theblock, mixed-use atre. project, now called “My strategy The Shops Buckwas to surround head Atlanta. Buckhead Atlanta, Loudermilk, to complement it,” who grew up in said. SPECIAL Loudermilk Buckhead, said that Hanover, an apartment developer, “I’m certainly not by the late 1990s, trying to compete will construct about 375 units the village had detewith them.” in a building between Buckhead riorated and needOliverMcAvenue and Pharr Road. ed new investment. Millan welcomes “The Buckhead Vilthe development lage had outlived its useful life,” he said. springing up around its project. “We rec“All the buildings were out of code. There ognize that just as our development has a was no infrastructure. Nobody wanted to positive impact on the adjacent developpay any money in it. It had just outlived ments, their projects will benefit others, its useful life.” bringing even more opportunities, synIn 2011, California-based developergies and life to the neighborhood,” the er OliverMcMillan took over the propcompany said in a statement. erty that originally had been put togethLoudermilk says that despite the new er by another developer for a project to towers, he doesn’t feel like Buckhead Vilbe called The Streets of Atlanta. OliverMlage is changing all that much. It’s still the cMillan renamed the project and started neighborhood where he grew up. “The building. The Shops include a variety of physical structure and traffic, all that’s restaurants and high-end boutiques, and changed. But the people and the commua spokeswoman for the company says othnity and the bars, they’re still here. ... It’s ers, including Dior, are coming. The projchanged physically, but culturally, I don’t ect includes about 125,000 square feet of think it’s changed all that much. It’s just

caught up with the times.” He predicts Buckhead Village will become the next Midtown, an area where people live and walk to local shops and restaurants. For Cafe Agora, that could mean more customers strolling in. Ozelci says it’s simple: “The more people walking around, the better,” he said.


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The ongoing overhaul surgery. From a vet’s perof the Veterans Adminspective, it’s not a better istration means service system,” he said. “I don’t is becoming better, but know how you say it is there is still much work to better.” be done, U.S. Sen. JohnThe Atlanta VA Medny Isakson said during ical Center, located in a stop in Dunwoody to DeKalb County, “is a speak to Vietnam vets. mess,” Isakson acknowlIsakson, chair of the DYANA BAGBY edged. “But it is better. We Senate Committee on are improving. We have a U.S. Sen. Johnny Veterans’ Affairs, told the long way to go. And I welIsakson spoke to group gathered for the come criticism.” Vietnam vets during a Jan. 5 Atlanta Vietnam In 2013, an audit by luncheon on Jan. 5. Veterans Business Associthe Department of Veteration lunch meeting that an Affairs’ Inspector Gensignificant strides have been made in fixing eral found that three deaths occurred at the the system plagued with scandal, including Atlanta VA Medical Center after officials a veteran committing suicide inside the Atthere did not keep track of mental health lanta VA Medical Center. patients. “I’m proud of what we’re doing with Months-long waiting lists for vets seekthe VA. We’re doing better and better every ing medical care and mismanagement led day,” Isakson told the more than 100 peoto a serious overhaul of the VA over the past ple attending the meeting at Dunwoody several years. In 2014, President Obama United Methodist Church. brought in Robert McDonald to serve as But a few of the veterans attending said Secretary of Veterans Affairs and try to turn they are not seeing improvements. One the agency around, a decision Isakson called told Isakson he had a claim take three years a “good one.” before he finally wrote letters to Isakson and Isakson also discussed the war against U.S. Sen. David Perdue, and then got imISIL. He explained that the name “ISIL” – mediate help. not “ISIS” – is used now because the war “What I was told is because I got Conwas first against the Islamic State of Syria, gressional input, my claim was moved to but now is against the Islamic State of Iraq the top. I got my claim taken care of in less and Levant, which includes Syria, Lebanon, than 15 days, after taking more than three Palestine, Israel and Jordan. years,” he said. “We have a strategy. I think it’s lousy. Isakson said Congressional intervention And it’s to wait it out,” he said. Isakson said should not be needed, “But if that’s necesif he was president, his response would be sary, make sure to call.” to “kill them first.” Another vet said he had been to several “They are fanatics of a hijacked religion,” VA hospitals across the country and “by far he told the crowd to a roar of applause. “We Atlanta is the worst.” have got to kill every one of them as fast as “I was there for six weeks last year after we can. You can’t negotiate with them.”

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uring the past four years, Vajraang, the son of Samir Kamat and Bindu Balakrishnan, has volunteered more than 2,000 hours in local, national and international projects for Embracing the World, a United Nations-recognized international humanitarian organization. Locally, he volunteers in the Atlanta chapter, participating in park cleanups, shelter kitchens and fundraisers. He’s also the coordinator of the Southeast chapter of Ayudh, the youth wing of Embracing the World. Nationally, Vajraang tours the U.S. every summer and Thanksgiving break, traveling to 14 cities to participate in various humanitarian activities and fundraisers. Internationally, he shadows Ammachi labs in south India, which focuses on technological humanitarian projects. As chief designer for the North Atlanta Robotics Team, he merged his work in Ayudh with robotics to design and build a tree-planting robot. Vajraange and his teammates shut down their laptops to help clear Standing Peachtree Park along the Chattahoochee River. “Once our robots are built, we hope to bring them to the park and put them to good use here,” he said. “Though what we do is small, we plan to keep it alive. We hope to keep working on and maintaining this park, and, with the help of our robots, show how technology and service can go hand in hand for the betterment of society.” w w

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Natalie Peek, 17


Riverwood International Charter School

n March, Natalie Peek organized a group of her fellow students to travel to Selma, Ala., to mark the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” a day student Civil Rights activists were beaten by state troopers and police during an attempted march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. That confrontation was part of the campaign that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Natalie put together a program that included a visit to the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, a screening of the movie “Selma,” and the trip to Alabama to take part in the anniversary march across the Pettus bridge. She says she plans to return this year to join the 2016 commemoration. “The combination of learning, watching and then experiencing civil rights in action was truly amazing,” Natalie said. “To walk with 100,000 other people, 32 out of the multitude from Riverwood, for the same hope of marching closer to equality, empowered the students on the trip.” Natalie now is raising money to buy works by Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta), who led the 1965 march, for ninth grade English classes. Natalie is the daughter of Tim Peek and Helen Ingebritsen. 404.444.1945 ■ 404.444.1532



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van has singlehandedly run Lovett’s six-week Habitat for Humanity build for the past two years - volunteering himself and getting his peers involved. Evan became interested in Habitat for Humanity after going on a Lovett service trip to New Orleans, where he worked on housing restoration projects. “Habitat has opened my eyes to a lot of things,” Evan said. “I have been able to work with families and help them attain one of the basic necessities of life while gaining exposure to the technicalities of home construction. I have also been able to experience the communities I live around, which has familiarized me with the socioeconomic and racial divisions in Atlanta.” Evan, the son of Claire and Todd Mercer, said the biggest reward is the dedication of the home. “At the end of each build, Habitat for Humanity dedicates the house, and it’s great to see how appreciative the homeowner and his or her family are. It feels good to see our impact and the result of our hard work.”


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Saachi Datta, 16

The Galloway School


aachi was chosen as a Giving Point Institute member this year because of her work creating an organization called Manāna, which collects donations to throw birthday parties for underprivileged kids. When asked about her most memorable moment giving back, Saachi said, “It is hard to choose just one memorable moment because the last two years with Manāna have been unforgettable. However, there was one event, the memory of which I will always cherish. Walking into the Agape Center to set up for our second celebration, the volunteers and I were excited to surprise the children who did not know that we were returning. When they realized that we had come back, their shrieks of delight were piercing and their enthusiasm was infectious. A little girl, barely 5 years old, came flying up to me, nearly knocking me over, and gave me the tightest hug she could. ‘I remember you! I’m so happy! I just turned five!’ she said. That one large smile on her face went straight to my heart. It made me appreciate that we do have the power to affect others, whether it be one smile or many smiles. I realized then that Manāna’s mission – to celebrate children’s lives – had come to fruition, and my commitment to the cause was sealed.” Saahi is the daughter of Jaydip Datta and Sarita Kansal.

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EDUCATION GUIDE Tiffany Wills, 17 Marist School

Which Test: SAT or ACT? As founder of Applerouth Tutoring, I help parents navigate the complicated world of college admissions testing. Parents know the ACT is an alternative to the SAT, but they often do not know how to help their student choose between the two tests. Recently instituted changes to both tests contribute to the uncertainty. Students tend to feel more comfortable with one test format over the other. Over the past fifteen years, I’ve seen time and again how that extra comfort can translate into a significantly higher score. It’s important to make as informed a decision as possible about your student’s test preparation.


wide range of volunteer work decorates Tiffany Wills’ resume. She’s volunteered at Marist, at Feldwood Elementary school, at a senior citizens’ community, with Kiwanis International KKids, Hands on Atlanta and Habitat for Humanity. As a Girl Scout, she focused her efforts on helping younger girls feel better about themselves and succeed in life. As part of a year-long scout project she called “Looking Past Society’s Image,” she worked with a group of fifth graders to discuss the impact of society’s views on their self-images. “One of the most memorable moments was when I had the girls go home and talk to female role models about self-image and self-esteem,” Tiffany said. “When they returned, I could see the impact of our discussion and the work they created to help themselves the next day. I was truly empowering these girls, and I could see that I was making a positive change in their lives.” Tiffany is the daughter of Teresa Dallas-Wills.

Making an Informed Decision Students became familiar with the New SAT format when they took the redesigned PSAT in October, but not all students have taken the ACT equivalent, the Aspire. Parents often ask how they can use just a PSAT score to make this important decision. The easiest way to make this decision is to have your student take a mock ACT so that you can compare the ACT result with its PSAT counterpart, once scores are released January 2016. Compare your student’s percentile rankings on the two tests, and then put your energy into the test your student feels most comfortable with and excels most naturally at. A lot of benefit is derived from using meaningful data to inform your decision. When students find out early which test is a best fit, they avoid unnecessary stress and frustration. Junior year is often the most demanding year of high school. There is a way to make at least the standardized testing experience more productive and manageable.

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EDUCATION GUIDE Will Epperson, 17

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School


Type 1 diabetic, Will has not let that define him. Instead, he has worked hard to raise money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), and to help make HIES the top-grossing school in the nation for seven years in a row in the JDRF Fall Walk. With Will as captain of this year’s walk, HIES raised $93,000 for JDRF. When HIES began collecting bottles of clean drinking water for victims of flooding in South Carolina, Will was one of a handful of students who not only helped to load two trucks and a bus, but also went to the state and helped unload the water. He also volunteered at Camp Hope, a weeklong camp for the children of those who are incarcerated, and at AYUDA Inc., a nonprofit that delivers diabetes education to those in the Dominican Republic and other countries. Will, the son of Natalie and Tom Epperson, was a volunteer, fundraiser, mentor and camp counselor for AYUDA this past summer for three weeks, raising $7,000 for the program, and being promoted to mentor for the summer of 2016. One of his most memorable moments was spending last summer in Latin America to educate those living with diabetes. “I was thanked by people who I had never seen before nor spoken to,” he recalled. “It really showed me how much it meant to the campers and their families that we were there to teach them about how to live with diabetes.”

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Sofia Broffman, 18

Atlanta Girls’ School

In October, students explored the 2015 –2016 Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) theme of FOOD during a study tour to California. Photograph by ICGL Director TRISH ANDERSON


ofia Broffman began raising funds in 2014 for the Fistula Foundation, after learning more about the long-term effects of obstetric fistula, a birth injury that afflicts women who do not have access to maternal healthcare. Fistula occurs in the world’s most destitute countries and causes permanent incontinence. Fistula surgery is not glamorous, but it can save a young woman from a lifetime of shame. Sofia, the daughter of Neal Broffman and Elisa Gambino, has raised enough money for eight repair surgeries. Last summer, Sofia interned at the nonprofit, youthSpark, and developed a national art competition called stART 2 END, in an effort to inform her peers and address the issue of child sex trafficking. “I have come to realize the injustices that are the hardest to talk about often reflect where the need is greatest,” she says. “I will continue this work because needed change does not evolve from silence.”

Julie Street, 15


The Westminster Schools

n seventh grade, Julie found the perfect outlet for her love of serving in the National Charity League (NCL), a mother-daughter service organization committed to community service and leadership. Through NCL, she has volunteered hundreds of hours to help organizations such as Operation Gratitude, Agape, Furkids, Buckhead Christian Ministries, Ronald McDonald House, Hospice Atlanta, Atlanta Food Bank and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Julie, the daughter of Randy and Holly Street, is a particularly devoted volunteer for Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to veterans and active duty military personnel. Over the past 18 months, Julie has devoted over 150 hours serving Operation Gratitude, and has been involved from the beginning of the partnership between NCL Buckhead and Operation Gratitude. Julie researched paracord bracelet materials, determining where they could be sourced most economically, and created hundreds of readyto-assemble paracord kits so that the local members of NCL could weave bracelets for the care boxes. She personally wove over 300 bracelets. Speaking about Operation Gratitude, Julie said, “This organization sends over 150,000 care packages a year to active duty military. Reaching out to them was really meaningful for me because four generations of my family have served the U.S. forces in the past century, including my own uncle who has spent five years in both Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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isturbed by the homelessness he saw in Athens and Atlanta, Zack, a recent Dunwoody High School graduate and the son of Jane and Barry Leitz, founded a Georgia nonprofit called The Backpack Project. People working with the project fill backpacks with over 40 items of food, clothes and toiletries, and then deliver the backpacks to homeless people, “establishing a personal connection in the process,” he says. So far, he says, the project has delivered more than 350 backpacks. “Every person we meet has a different story to tell, but I will share one that has impacted me the most,” Zack said. “A man named Tony, homeless on the streets of Athens, was the second of many to receive a backpack from us.... As we walked back to the car to pick up another load, we passed by Tony again. By this time, he had had several minutes to look through the backpack and its contents. Tony stopped us, and with tears in his eyes, he thanked us and explained that everything he owned had been stolen from him the previous night. He shared with us that the backpack we gave him replaced almost everything that was taken from him. That experience, along with many others since then, makes me confident about the work that I do with The Backpack Project.”

Haley Todd, 18


Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

t Mount Vernon, Haley Todd plans each of the Upper School’s chapels and oversees spiritual organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life. As president of the Creative Writing Club, she led a letter-writing initiative for healthcare workers in impoverished nations. Outside school, Haley volunteers frequently with Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS), where she works with children who have special needs. “A really cool opportunity I had recently was at a middle school church retreat. Another small-group leader announced that his group had a boy in a wheelchair, and he was seeking advice. Because I also volunteer with children with disabilities, I offered suggestions about the best way to navigate hills and about being comfortable lifting people out of their wheelchairs.” Haley is the daughter of Amy and Russell Todd.


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EDUCATION GUIDE Casey Gentry, 16

North Atlanta High School

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asey has volunteered for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, cleaned cages for FurKids, prepared and served meals at Ronald McDonald House, made paracord bracelets for military members for Operation Gratitude as well as volunteered at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Chastain Therapeutic Riding Program, City of Refuge and Northside Shepherd Senior Center. Casey also received the President’s Volunteer Service award for National Charity League (NCL), a mother-daughter service or-

ganization. The daughter of Kathy and Boyd Gentry, Casey said one of her cherished memories was one night when she volunteering at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she met a young patient who spoke no English and whose family had returned to Mexico. “I stayed with him for the rest of the night, learning about how his family went back to their home in Mexico and wouldn’t see him for another month,” she said. “This experience opened my eyes to my affect on others and made me feel more useful than many other days in my life. Volunteering has shaped who I am and given me my identity that today I can be proud of.” |

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EDUCATION GUIDE Samantha Daly, 16

The Westminster Schools

Dunwoody High School


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ne of Samantha Daly’s passions is reading, her mother says, and when Samantha found out Covenant House, a residence for troubled youth in Atlanta had no library, she decided to pitch in. She created a lending library by renovating and furnishing a room to house it, and collecting and cataloging 1,753 donated books to fill it. Samantha, daughter of Donna and Jack Daly, has been involved in other charity works – donating her hair to Locks of Love, volunteering to serve meals at a homeless shelter, raising money for Haitian hurricane victims – but says “this was my most memorable moment of volunteerism because having the ability to see first-hand the impact that I made on the young adults’ lives was overwhelmingly rewarding. “I was able to speak to the youth and staff, and hear them talk about how excited they were about the library. It made all of my hard work worthwhile,” she said. “The purpose of volunteering is to better other peoples’ lives, and being able to see that you have made a significant difference is truly a life-changing experience.”

Prashanth Kumar, 16 Pace Academy


or the past four years, Prashanth has traveled to Tirunelveli, India, to volunteer at Galaxy Hospital and Kidney Care Center, where he translates for doctors during procedures and helps comfort patients. This work also led to hosting blood drives in the small town and other places in India. He also teaches at a local Tamil school every Sunday, teaching the Tamil language to children and serves as a peer tutor for Pace’s Academic Resource Center. Prashanth, the son of Krishnan Kumar and Sundari Ganesan, is also a counselor for the Middle School MathCounts program and Lower School chess team. He said that his trips to India each summer have inspired his career path. “Going to volunteer in India solidified my aspiration to be a doctor, as it is clearly a job that would immensely change the lives of any community,” he said. “[The trips] nourish my internal drive to help make the world one in which all people, irrespective of what country they are in, have the same chance to thrive.”

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Madeleine Howell, 17

Atlanta International School


adeleine, daughter of Dean and Janice Howell, takes action against human trafficking. As co-leader of AIS Against Human Trafficking, she’s put together a panel discussion on the issue, helped organize a fashion show that raised $2,000 for the cause, and spoken at an international conference. “The most memorable moment I’ve had during my time volunteering with Atlanta International School Against Human Trafficking (AISAHT), was when a few of my fellow members and I were invited to speak at a Global Issues Network conference in San Francisco this past fall,” she said. “We presented on human trafficking, the measures that we’ve taken to combat it, and how we’ve helped victims and people at risk of being trafficked. Any time I make a presentation on the issue, it’s always amazing to know that I’m spreading awareness on such an important issue. What made this even more special was presenting to a group of individuals who seemed to be so affected by what we were saying and were inspired to join our efforts in fighting human trafficking.”

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EDUCATION GUIDE James Pastan, 18

Morgan Robinson, 17

The Westminster Schools


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ames is the founder of Trading Smiles, a nonprofit organization that seeks to spread happiness and a sense of comfort to homeless kids through trading cards. He collects old trading cards, either from donations from other kids or by buying them in bulk online, and repackages the cards and donates them to the Atlanta Children’s Shelter (ACS). Since the inception of Trading Smiles, James has donated more than 4,000 cards to homeless children in Atlanta. The organization was presented at a Yale Young Global Scholars information session in Vietnam as an example of what Yale Young Global Scholars do in their communities. Since then, he has received emails from students in Vietnam who are interested in getting involved. James, the son of Stephen and Elizabeth Pastan, hopes to reach 10,000 cards donated before he graduates in May. He is working to establish a relationship with a trading card manufacturer or sports team in order to always have a consistent supply of cards and to expand the organization national and internationally. James said meeting and playing with the kids at ACS is a reminder of why he started the nonprofit. “Every time I drop off a donation at the ACS, I look at the playground and remember why running Trading Smiles is so rewarding: every card is an invitation to play.”


organ has always given of her time to her community by volunteering with many groups and organizations. Whether it’s helping to build playgrounds with Kaboom, traveling to Birmingham, Ala., for school cleanup projects, planting a community garden for the needy, or holding leadership positions with Sporty Girls, you can always find Morgan giving of her time. Morgan also volunteers with Alive Ministries, an organization whose mission is to eliminate hunger for at-risk students in local schools. She also participated in the Haiti Care Mission’s “Threads of Love” project, a 2011 initiative to collect and donate 5,000 pillowcases for the purpose of making “pillowcase dresses” for infants and young girls in need in Haiti. The daughter of Scott and Nathalie Brandon-Robinson, Morgan also collected knitted hats for donation to the neo-natal intensive care unit of Children’s Hospital at Egleston as part of the Middle Years Program Project. “As I toured the NICU and saw the precious bundles of joy to whom my hats would help, I believe my heart was warmed most of all,” she recalled. “Despite being hooked up to countless machines and tubes, the babies had so much life and strength in their little bodies. Ultimately, it was one of the best feelings to know that my actions were possibly adding a sense of comfort to a mother’s life, and most of all, showing them that they were not alone.”



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Anna Kibler, 18

Atlanta Girls’ School


nna has organized and raised more than $6,000 since 2013 for causes such as AID Atlanta and Jerusalem House. Her efforts have included email campaigns to friends and family, as well as on-campus recruitment of AGS community members. Anna was also selected to be the service club leader at AGS, where she organizes and plans service projects for the school’s student community. “I chose to volunteer and raise funds for Jerusalem House in the AIDS Walk over the last three years,” she said. “Jerusalem House is the oldest and largest organization providing permanent housing and supportive services for low income and homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. I am passionate about supporting people living with HIV/AIDS because my family has lost dear friends to this horrific disease. ... In addition to raising money, I have chosen to expand awareness through my school’s community through participation in the annual AIDS Walk and through a neighborhood dining-out benefit to raise additional funds. It gives me immense satisfaction that I am able to help others in need in my community.” Anna is the daughter of Janet Kibler.

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Josie Barton, 17

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School


ver since she was a young girl, Josie has been a volunteer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2012, Josie became part of girlFriends, a volunteer group of ninth-to12th-grade girls dedicated to fundraising throughout the school year for Children’s. She is now co-president of girlFriends, which raised more than $30,600 last school year. Josie, the daughter of Jim and Diane Barton, also creates cards for sick children through Holy Innocents’ Send-a-Smile Club, tutors at-risk students at Sandy Springs Mission, and serves as an acolyte and vacation Bible school counselor for St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. “One of my most memorable moments was a few years ago while I was volunteering at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Heart to Heart Christmas party,” she said. “I was running the Build a Bear station, helping the heart patients stuff their animals. There was a little girl and her grandmother having trouble, but none of the other volunteers could help them. None of the other volunteers could help because the girl and her grandmother only spoke Spanish. I was nervous at first, but once I began speaking to them in their native language I could see a wave of relief wash over them. As I helped the little girl stuff her bear, I spoke to them and learned she had received a heart transplant as an infant and had had multiple surgeries since. I was so grateful I was able to use my Spanish to help her, especially after everything she had been through.” |

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s well as being active at school – including creating a mentorship program, working on an anti-bullying campaign and working as a teaching assistant in the elementary school music program – Max also serves on the 21st Century Leadership Youth Council and created a charity called Game Givers that delivers video games to sick children at hospitals throughout Georgia. He also mentors youth to host gaming tournaments to raise funds and awareness. In addition, Max is a board member for E.P.I.C Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that provides children with opportunities for personal development. He also served on the Teen Jam board for the Atlanta Jewish Community Center, leading and implementing community service projects around the city. The son of Ali and David Rubenstein, Max said a special memory is meeting a patient named Davis who had spent 21 months at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as part of Game Givers. “After spending some time with him, I was able to really understand the impact that my charity had,” Max said. “Davis and I will be getting together soon at one of my upcoming charity video game tournaments, and I look forward to getting to know him better. There are many days I feel grateful that I started Game Givers, but on that day I know I truly lived my mission: helping sick kids in the hospital.”

Marist brings back adult classes

Marist School brings back “The Marist Evening Series,” a program of adult education taught ED UC A T I O N by Marist faculty and staff. Courses include religion and spirituality; photography; computer apBR I EF S plications; history and culture; college planning; Send your music appreciation; and genealogy. education news to Courses are to be offered at the school, 3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8. Early registration ends Jan. 15. Course tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration. Learn more at

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Schenck School names new Head

Joshua J. Clark will become Head of School at The Schenck School beginning July 1, the school announced. Clark heads the Bodine School, an independent school in Memphis, Tenn., that specializes in teaching students with dyslexia, the Schenck School said. “The Schenck School has been educating children with dyslexia for over 55 years in Atlanta,” said David P. Higgins, chairman of the school’s board of trustees. “Mr. Clark brings to The Schenck School successful experience in growth, development and community outreach. We are fortunate to have Mr. Clark continue our direct, singular approach of accelerated, dyslexia remediation in the years to come.”


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Fifth graders from Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School take the measure of a structure at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. They’re designing a “destination” treehouse for the center.

Students aim to create a ‘destination’ treehouse BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Learn by doing. That’s the aim of a project through which a group of fifth graders are working to bring a new treehouse to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Not just any treehouse. This one will be special, a destination. Architect Bill Edwards, who is working with the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School students on the project, wants “to stretch their thinking beyond the traditional treehouse.” “I wanted them to consider the unique site for the project and the fact that this is not necessarily just a treehouse and building for kids, but may well be used and experienced by people of all ages and abilities,” he said. School officials describe the treehouse project as one dedicated to realworld problem solving while combining science, technology, engineering, art and math. And the overall project isn’t just about the treehouse itself, HIES Lower School writing specialist Jim Barton said. “The ultimate purpose of the treehouse will be to promote environmental conservation and education along the Chattahoochee River and throughout the region,” Barton said. “Knowing the animals it is designed to protect is a crucial step in being able to credibly advocate for its construction and solicit contributions.” The project started after Barton found out that the nature center, located on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, wanted to repair its 40-year-old boardwalk and build a “destination” treehouse. Barton thought he had a perfect team for the project in his writing students. Everything kind of grew from

there. “We could write the proposals, design the treehouse, work on the strategic plan and actually present it to the people who would fund it,” Barton said. “So the idea is, this writing program − which has now spread to science, engineering, math and every discipline − is going to be the proposal that is taken to the funding corporations. I hope to see some of these kids actually presenting to corporations around the area.” The project touches just about every class the students study. In math class, students learned the skills required to calculate spaces. Science teachers talked about the effects of pollution and how the nature center can help promote health and preservation, Barton said. In art class, students work on illustrations. In faith studies, they examine myths associated with the environment and spiritual ideas Native American tribes connected to the Chattahoochee River. The students are “set loose” to work on the different aspects of the projects in different classes, fifth-grade student Chris McDonald said. “Every single class is a different level,” McDonald said. The class first visited the nature center in October. They started the project by conducting “extensive research on the animals and vegetation” in and around the nature center, Barton said. The students spoke in November with naturalists from the nature center and with Edwards, the architect, who visited the school. Edwards talked to students about design, engineering, style, materials and construction of a treehouse. He said the students impressed him. “I feel the students were


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From left, Alex Aartigue, Beth Gilcreast and Chris McDonald are part of the team working on the project.

Architect Bill Edwards challenged the students to “stretch their thinking” beyond a traditional treehouse.




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ROBBERY  2700

block of Defoors Ferry Road—A woman was leaving her vehicle when two young men approached, pointed a silver handgun to her head and said, “Ma’am, you know what it is” as they reached for her handbag. She handed the suspects her black/tan Michael Kors handbag, car keys, black Galaxy Note 3 cellphone, license and credit cards and ran to her apartment building. The suspects were last seen running in the opposite direction, behind building 34.

 2200

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 1500

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ing words.” The argument turned physical and the two began fighting until a bystander intervened. One man pulled a handgun and pointed it at the other’s face, before he was able to push his arm away as the handgun fired. The gunman struck the man on the left side of his face with the handgun before fleeing.  2000 block of Peachtree Road— A woman on the seventh floor of an apartment complex was shot in the hand when a bullet came through the wall of her apartment and severed part of her finger. A security guard reported two men entered the elevator and began arguing. A short time later, gun shots were heard and the guard called 911.


block of Moores Mill Road—A rear door window was damaged and an Apple iPad, five watches and necklaces were taken. A rock and flashlight were recovered from the bathroom. 4000 block of Northside Drive—The double doors to a house’s master bedroom were pulled open and the frame was bent. The home’s interior was ransacked and several closets, drawers and cabinets were opened.

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 700

block of Holmes Street—A MacBook Pro laptop, several rings and necklaces were taken from a house.

 6100

block of Brookwood Valley Circle—A 9mm Taurus pistol was taken from a house.

 1000

Peachtree Park Drive—A rear window was broken and a 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop was taken from an apartment.

 4200

block of Mcclatchy Circle—An Xbox 1, Sig 40 caliber pistol and Beretta 9mm handgun were taken from a house.

 2400 block of Parkland Drive—A Play-

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 2100

block of Piedmont Road—Two TVs and two pairs of Beats by Dre headphones were taken from an apartment.

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block of Battleview Drive—The rear door to a building was damaged and left ajar. Deadbolt and door lock damaged. Unknown what items were taken.

 4200

block of Roswell Road—The front door glass at AT&T was broken, an alarm went off and police recovered a rock. Video surveillance shows four men in a Jeep Cherokee pull up to the location and use a rock and pry bar to make entry. The suspects removed five boxes that contained dummy phones and signs.

 3300

block of Peachtree Road—At a Champs Rental Storage facility, a suspect climbed over the wall to gain access to a unit. Approximately 14 pairs of Adidas, valued at $350 each, were taken.

 900

block of Piedmont Road—Front door glass was shattered and 10 leather jackets, five women’s suits, 35 dress shirts, 50 pairs of jeans, one pair of sneakers, 15 hats and 16 bonded dresses were taken.

 700


block of Canterbury Road—Two MacBook laptops and a Canon digital camera were taken from an apartment. block of Morsogo Drive—A Samsung laptop, a MacBook Air and an Apple iPad Pro were taken from an apartment.

 400

block of Lindbergh Drive—A jar full of coins was taken from a condo, where a neighbor reported seeing an old brown car parked earlier that day.

 2800

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Buckhead home invasion puts victim on edge BY DYANA BAGBY

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