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Ernst helps kill Skyland bonds; DeKalb school system may buy building BY JOHN RUCH


New Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst made his first big political move before even taking office, playing a key role in the City Council’s surprise killing of the Skyland Center purchase deal on Dec. 23. Meanwhile, it appears the building may be slipping from the city’s reach to become a new DeKalb County school. Before Ernst was sworn in as mayor on Jan. 4, the council met in a hastily called session and pulled the plug on a $3.3 million bond issuance for the 2600 Skyland Drive building. The council reversed its earlier position with a 3-1 re-vote, a dramatic turnaround from its unanimous approval of the deal just eight days earlier. A key factor was Ernst privately telling council members and former Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams that he would vote down the final bond contract when he took office, Williams said. “I had made some of my feelings known,” Ernst said in a recent interview. “My feel-


Above, from left, Judge Mike Jacobs swears in the new mayor of Brookhaven, John Ernst, right, with an assist from wife Monica Ernst, center. Right, Monica Ernst watches over the proceedings with son Evan, 3, on her lap, accompanied by son Jack, 5, far right, and family friend Avery Clockadale, 7, center.


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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

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ing was we should have a plan for this building… [and] that people thought it was a back-room deal one way or another…It would have brought more distrust.” Ernst said he was open to purchasing the stateowned office building through a different bond process. But Williams and others say the DeKalb County School District is movPHIL MOSIER ing toward a purchase. At left, Judge Mike Jacobs swears in DeKalb Schools spokesCity Councilman Bates Mattison, right, man Quinn Hudson deon Jan. 4 at Brookhaven City Hall as clined to answer questions Stephanie Mattison, center, looks on. in a brief statement indicating a purchase may be a potential tenant of the Skyland Drive in the works. building if the city’s Development Au“Since this is a pending real estate thority purchased it. matter, we will not respond to questions Gebbia resigned from the BIA board until the process is completed,” Hudson to assure there was no appearance of said. conflict, but the re-vote gave council The council’s re-vote was triggered members a chance to rethink other leby ethics concerns raised by City Atgal and moral questions, including some torney Chris Balch about Councilman raised by Ernst. Joe Gebbia’s service on the board of Ernst said he was not involved in the the Brookhaven Innovation Academy, © 2016 The Joint Corp.

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New mayor seeks resident’s input, zoning moratorium Editors note: Shortly before John Ernst was sworn in as Brookhaven’s new mayor, the Brookhaven Reporter asked him a few questions about changes he expects to see at City Hall. Here are his answers.

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question about Gebbia’s BIA service and that Williams asked for his opinion. He spoke with Councilman John Park as well. Ernst’s thoughts were influential. Williams—who cast the deciding vote against the bonds—referred to him in her comments immediately before the decision. “In my mind, there’s a number of conundrums,” Williams said. “I’ve had enough conversations with our mayorelect to know if I don’t vote ‘no’ today, he’s going to vote ‘no’ in January.” A key concern was the bond-issuance and purchasing method. Another was that the city’s intended purchase of the Skyland Center was essentially speculative, with no particular tenant in mind. One option was to make it the city’s first permanent City Hall. The city’s Development Authority would make the purchase and lease the property. However, a 1983 Georgia Supreme Court case ruled that it is unconstitutional for development authorities to purchase and rent property directly to the municipality. Earle Taylor III, the city’s bond attorney, said that a common


way around that prohibition is to get an independent nonprofit organization to serve as the tenant, then sublease to the city or private tenants. Ernst said he was concerned there was no “clear pathway through the courts” if that move was challenged in a lawsuit. That was influential on city officials. Williams, in an interview after the meeting, said Balch wrote a memo saying the Supreme Court case created a “bright line” that could make the Skyland deal illegal. Councilwoman Linley Jones cast the only vote to approve the bonds. “This is a good deal,” she said, adding that she is comfortable with the quality of Taylor’s legal advice. Councilman John Park noted he had expressed concerns during the previous vote “about being left holding the bag on this [bond] debt.” The re-vote gave him more time to think about those concerns. Gebbia also voted against the deal after questioning the financial details and saying he agreed with Williams’ concerns.

my immediate attention. Zoning was a major topic during the campaign as residents saw higher-density developments encroach on our lives with increased traffic, infrastructure problems, lack of green space and the potential for Q. What is a new and different polioverpopulation of our schools. cy or practice you will bring to city govI plan to call for a six-month moratoriernment? um on rezoning applications that increase A. I’ll bring more avdensity during the first enues for resident input, quarter of 2016. Then starting with monthly we need to create a cittown hall meetings. izen-led committee to revise the city’s compreQ. What is somehensive zoning plan to thing about city govreflect the spirit of each ernment you want to neighborhood, and keep the same? from these plans, reA. Brookhaven’s powrite the city zoning orlice force. One of the dinance to preserve our goals of the city’s crequality of life. ation was to increase a As we witnessed durpublic safety presence. ing last month’s rainChief of Police Gary storms, we need to deal Yandura, his leaderwith potential infraPHIL MOSIER ship team and the entire structure issues caused New Brookhaven Mayor force have done an outby our recent developJohn Ernst says key areas standing job of enhancment surge. I will direct he wants to immediately ing our quality of life in the city manager to infocus on are zoning, Brookhaven. In a few vestigate vulnerable ininfrastructure issues short years, they have frastructure issues, such surrounding stormwater built trust and cooperaas stormwater and rundrainage and paving. tion within the commuoff issues, and take imnity, launched innovamediate action on any tive pilot programs and ticking time bombs. provided professional, Without proper attenefficient services. tion today, taxpayers will be saddled with huge bills to mitigate larger problems in Q. What do you see as the key issues the future. you will immediately have to deal with Furthermore, while preparing to take as mayor? office, it came to my attention that the A. Zoning and infrastructure issues surpaving project has hit some roadblocks, rounding stormwater drainage and paving and the city may need to invest more reare time-sensitive issues that will require CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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Q. Tell us more about the regular town hall meetings you plan to hold. How will they work and what do you hope to accomplish with them? My goal for town hall meetings is to provide an alternative forum for resident input outside of council meetings. When we foster dialogue between city leaders and community members, council and staff can make better and more informed decisions. It is my hope that through increased outreach, we will see more resident-driven projects and policies. I’m currently discussing with city staff and residents to determine the most effective format, but I do know that meetings will occur outside of City Hall. Stay tuned to the city’s website for the announcement of the first town hall meeting. Town hall meetings are just one way to foster community engagement. I’m open to and looking into other ways to keep residents actively interested in city issues. Only when we fully engage our citizenry will we have a responsive city.

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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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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.

DivorceCare Wednesday, Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m. – Going

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Journaling with a Purpose Thursday, Jan. 21, 6 - 7:45 p.m. – This

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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. 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Isakson, chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, told the group gathered for the Jan. 5 Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association lunch meeting that significant strides have been made in fixing the system plagued with scandal, including a veteran committing suicide inside the Atlanta VA Medical Center. “I’m proud of what we’re doing with the VA. We’re doing better and better every day,” Isakson told the more than 100 people attending the meeting at Dunwoody United Methodist Church. But a few of the veterans attending said they are not seeing improvements. One told Isakson he had a claim take three years before he finally wrote letters to Isakson and U.S. Sen. David Perdue, and then got immediate help. “What I was told is because I got Congressional input, my claim was moved to the top. I got my claim taken care of in less than 15 days, after taking more than three years,” he said. Isakson said Congressional intervention should not be needed, “But if that’s necessary, make sure to call.” Another vet said he had been to several VA hospitals across the country and “by far Atlanta is the worst.” “I was there for six weeks last year after surgery. From a vet’s perspective, it’s not a better system,” he said. “I don’t know how you say it is better.”

The Atlanta VA Medical Center, located in DeKalb County, “is a mess,” Isakson acknowledged. “But it is better. We are improving. We have a long way to go. And I welcome criticism.” In 2013, an audit by the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Inspector General found that three deaths occurred at the Atlanta VA Medical Center after officials did not keep track of mental health patients. Months-long waiting lists for vets seeking medical care and mismanagement led to a serious overhaul of the VA over the past several years. In 2014, President Obama brought in Robert McDonald to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs and try to turn the agency around, a decision Isakson called a “good one.” Isakson also discussed the war against ISIL. He explained that the name “ISIL” – not “ISIS” – is used now because the war was first against the Islamic State of Syria, but now is against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, which includes Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel and Jordan. “We have a strategy. I think it’s lousy. And it’s to wait it out,” he said. Isakson said if he was president, his response would be to “kill them first.” “They are fanatics of a hijacked religion,” he told the crowd to a roar of applause. “We have got to kill every one of them as fast as we can. You can’t negotiate with them.”

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Haley Hooper, 15 The Lovett School


Editor’s note: In this issue, Reporter Newspapers presents its first “20 Under 20,” a special feature adapted from our sister publication Atlanta INtown. We asked leaders of local public and private schools to recommend students who have gone above and beyond the norm to improve their communities. We received an impressive list of nominees and selected the 20 profiled on the following pages, young people who strive to make their world a better place.

rowing up with dogs, Haley has always loved animals. When she was 9, Haley decided she wanted to help homeless pets, so she created the Kingswood Fun Run to benefit the Atlanta Humane Society (AHS). With the support of her parents, Tim and Christy Hooper, the sixth annual run was held last August and raised $15,000. She has raised more than $25,000 for AHS since starting the run. When she went to turn in the 2015 event’s donations, she was honored by the AHS staff and told that her contributions had saved 70 dogs from a puppy mill earlier that same week. “Making a difference in an animal’s life is such a rewarding experience,” Haley said. “I knew, along with my parents, that all the hard work and participation of dozens of people, was paying off to help improve the lives of hundreds of sweet animals. I cannot wait to start planning for next year’s race on August 13, 2016!”

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EDUCATION GUIDE Vajraang Kamat, 18

North Atlanta High School

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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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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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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

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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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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.”

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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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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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engaged and interested in the process,” Edwards said. Edwards said he focused his presentation on the experience, so that the project and its goals would be memorable to the students. “I also wanted them to begin the project with goals or a program in mind – not just start drawing and see what happens, but to have a plan,” Edwards said. He said he asked them if they wanted a “fun place,” a “contemplative place” or a little of both, and he asked if the designs would blend into the natural environment or “make a statement.” “All of these are intentional decisions in design,” Edwards said. By early December, students started working on a website at that features the story, photos and video of the project. The video will be used to present the project to Treehouse Masters, a TV show on the Animal Planet network that showcases construction of elaborate treehouse s. “Also, each student will have his or her own webpage, which will feature a summary of his or her proposal, a sketch of the proposed treehouse, a research summary and a video pitch intended for potential donors, corporations and the Treehouse Masters production company,” Barton said. “I think it’s kind of cool that we’re building a treehouse and trying to work with the Treehouse Masters,” fifth-grader Beth Gilcreast said.


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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block of Briarwood Road—On Dec. 19, robbery in the street with a gun was reported. block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 19, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

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block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 25, an arrest was made for simple battery.

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block of Fischer Way—On Dec. 27, simple assault was reported.

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block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 28, an arrest was made for cruelty to children.

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block of West Nancy Creek Drive—On Dec. 20, a burglary attempt was reported.

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block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 21, fraudulent activity was reported.

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block of Wawona Drive—On Dec. 24, fraudulent activity was reported.


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block of Town Boulevard—On Dec. 23, burglary was reported.

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block of East Club Drive—On Dec. 24, theft by taking auto was reported.

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block of Becket Drive—On Dec. 22, battery was reported and an arrest was made. block of Johnson Ferry Road—On Dec. 22, aggravated assault with a weapon was reported.

 3900 block of Fernway Court—On Dec. 21, theft was reported.

2700 block of Skyland Drive— On Dec. 22, theft was reported.

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block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 23, terroristic threats and intimidation were reported.

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block of Town Boulevard—On Dec. 24, theft was reported.

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block of Drew Valley Road—On Dec. 24, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

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block of Lake Hearn Drive—On Dec. 24, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

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block of Drew Valley Road—On Dec. 25, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

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block of Dresden Drive—On Dec. 25, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

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block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 22 and 26, arrests were made for failure to appear.

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block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 19, an arrest was made for theft by receiving stolen property; On Dec. 27, an arrest was made for DUI.

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block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 19, an arrest was made for driving on a suspended or revoked license.

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block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 20, an arrest was made for failure to appear; On Dec. 25, an arrest was made for driving without a license.

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block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 23, a wanted person was located and arrested.

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block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 20, an arrest was made for DUI.

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block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 23, arrests were made for possession of marijuana with intent to sell. block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 20, an arrest was made for DUI. block of Town Boulevard—On Dec. 20, an arrest was made for public intoxication. 3900 block of Peachtree Road— On Dec. 20, an arrest was made for failure to appear; On Dec. 21, an arrest was made for drug paraphernalia.

4000 block of Peachtree Road— On Dec. 21, an arrest was made for driving on a suspended or revoked license.

block of Buford Highway—On Dec. 28, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

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block of Briarwood Road—On Dec. 27, an arrest was made for DUI.

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block of Briarwood Road—On Dec. 30, an arrest was made for public intoxication.

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block of North Druid Hills Road—On Dec. 31, an arrest was made for public intoxication, and a wanted person was located and arrested.

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block of Curtis Drive—On Dec. 21, damage to private property was reported.

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block of Lenox Park Circle—On Dec. 22, damage to private property was reported.

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