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More Barfield relatives voice opposition to renaming road for Mercedes BY JOHN RUCH

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Several Barfield family members are opposing Mercedes-Benz USA’s plan to rename part of Barfield Road for itself. The street name, honoring an old farming family, “may not mean much to other people, and certainly not to Mercedes-Benz, but it means a lot to me and my family,” Natalie Barfield of Gainesville wrote in a Jan. 3 letter to officials. Meanwhile, there is talk of renaming another street named for MBUSA —Mercedes Drive in Montvale, N.J., where the carmaker was long headquartered until its surprise move to Sandy Springs was announced last year. In a reversal of the Sandy Springs situation, one option in New Jersey is replacing the Mercedes street name with that of an old farming family that previously owned the land, according to Montvale Mayor Roger Fyfe. “Admittedly, there were those who wanted to spray-paint the street signs the day [MBUSA] announced they were leaving. (This is New Jersey, after all.),” Fyfe said in an email. MBUSA informally notified Sandy Springs in November of its desire to rename part of Barfield Road, where its new headquarters will be constructed, as “MercedesSEE MORE, PAGE 13

Expect political ‘nonsense’ in 2016 Legislature BY JOE EARLE

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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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Five skyscrapers are planned as part of a massive redevelopment on Perimeter Center West next to the Sandy Springs MARTA station. A preliminary community meeting is slated for Jan. 20. The residential and office towers, each standing 20 to 29 stories tall, would surround the existing office building at 1117 Perimeter Center West, replacing a threestory parking deck. Design illustrations show the towers as walled with mirrored glass and topped with triangular beams. “It’s a substantial project that will be built over several or many years,” said Rob Forrest, a Milton real estate professional who is handling permitting and zoning for an Australian family that bought the 13-acre property last year. The new, mixed-use project would include groundfloor retail space,” he said, and can connect to the MARTA station. The plan also preserves the existing building, known for its unusual hexagonal shape, which has an interior courtyard that would be opened up for performances. “What we’re looking at is really, really embracing that [building and courtyard],” Forrest said, adding that the intent is “to

protect the current building and the current tenants.” Forrest declined to identify the developers or any other project they have worked on, saying only that the family is originally from Korea and that this is “their first foray into the Americas.” “They like to fly below the radar… They prefer not to be known,” he said. Forrest said he has spoken with various “stakeholders” in the area, but would not say who they are, except that homeowner organizations are not among them. Tochie Blad of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods said residents need more details, especially on traffic flow, the MARTA connection and whether the project is speculative or has prospective tenants in place. “Connectivity to MARTA is key to any of these massive projects,” Blad said. “And we don’t have any information.” Forrest said he expects to file a full project application with the city next month. He said specific residential unit counts are still on the drawing board and would not give an estimated project budget. Fulton County property records show

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It’s taking a lot longer than serving up a combo meal, but the Wendy’s fastfood restaurant at 8455 Roswell Road has a reopening in the works two years after a fire shut it down. “We are working with our insurance company to get it rebuilt and remodeled, and hope to open soon,” said Jay Long, director of operations for PAP Enterprises, a Wendy’s franchise compaJOHN RUCH ny that runs five metro Atlanta restauThe Wendy’s restaurant at rants. “We’re certainly anxious to get go8455 Roswell Road remains ing again.” closed after a 2014 fire. The fire at the restaurant, on Roswell Road between NorthCalling it a “burned-out ridge Parkway and Sulli- C A T C H I N G eyesore,” Pitts Road resivan Hill Road, happened dent Justin Moseley said, UP on Jan. 12, 2014, Long “It’s been sitting empty said, and the business has Revisiting a local and ugly ever since [the remained closed. Today, news story from the recent past fire], with no apparent it is surrounded by a temsigns of it being rebuilt.” porary chain link fence weighted down The property meets city code requirewith split-open sandbags. The Wendy’s ments, said city spokeswoman Marla logo is gone and dumpsters sit along the Shavin. She said the delay in renovations building. is due to PAP and its insurance company Some local residents and nearby entering arbitration. business employees expressed concerns Long declined to comment on PAP’s about the Wendy’s remaining vacant. issues with its insurer.

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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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Monday, Jan. 18, all day – In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Atlanta History Center opens their doors for a day of free admission. Visitors will gain all-inclusive access to the Margaret Mitchell House, exhibitions in the museum, Meet the Past experiences at the 1928 Swan House and the 1860 Smith Family Farm, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum and the Goizueta Gardens. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, 30305. For additional details, go to atlantahistorycenter.com or call 404-814-4000.

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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 maslantaINtownPaper.com. For more on Ponce sive scale at Turner Field, and now this. I City Market: poncecitymarket.com.

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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 gionsplan.com. 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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More Barfield relatives oppose renaming road for Mercedes CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Benz Drive.” The company has not yet filed a formal request, which will involve neighborhood notification and a public meeting, a city spokeswoman said. The renaming drew opposition from Nancy Kite of Hapeville, a descendent of William Monroe Barfield, the last owner of the family farm for which the street is named. She called the renaming a “slap in the face.” Natalie Barfield said she and six other family members—including her father and grandmother—also oppose the renaming. Like Kite, they do not live in Sandy Springs and learned of the street’s history through news reports. The Barfield Road name should stay, Natalie Barfield said, “basically to keep my heritage and show my kids that’s my family’s road.” She added that locally known names are as important as famous ones. “Is our city and state government going to allow big companies to come into our state, give those companies millions of dollars of incentives and tax breaks and also allow them to rename roads and take away Georgia’s history and my heritage?” Natalie asked in her letter to city and state officials.

In emailed responses provided by Natalie Barfield, City Councilman Ken Dishman said her perspective will factor into his decision and Mayor Rusty Paul said “the name change for a portion of the road to reflect our changing history in no way diminishes our recognition of our more distant past.” MBUSA did not respond to questions. But the company has said opposition would not stop its proposal and that putting the company’s name on its headquarters street is itself a tradition. In Montvale, Fyfe said, several proposals are “being knocked around in terms of a name change” for Mercedes Drive. One is “DePiero Road,” in honor of a family that sold its century-old farm to MBUSA for its headquarters 40 years ago. Another is “Wegmans Way” to recognize a new shopping center anchored by a Wegmans supermarket going up across the street. A third option is keeping the current name because MBUSA will still have a training facility in Montvale. “Some have suggested Fyfe Road,” the mayor added, “but our ordinance only allows using the name of deceased former mayors and I’m not in any hurry to join that club.”

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Sandy Springs’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Jan. 18 will feature a keynote address by Fulton County Chairman John Eaves. The 10 a.m. event also will include the announcement of the honoree of the city’s Humanitarian Award, which has been given annually since 2007. BR I EF S The MLK Day Community Celebration is free and open to the public. It will be held in the City Council chamber at City Hall, 7480 Roswell Road, Building 500.

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The city is buying a long-shuttered gas station at 8475 Roswell Road, between Sullivan Road and Hightower Trail, as “land banking” in the hopes of sparking redevelopment. The $630,000 purchase from Tucker-based Triton Enterprises was approved by City Council on Jan. 5. The station closed 11 years ago and has been on the market many times without a sale, city officials said. There is no specific plan yet for the property, making it the city’s first speculative land-banking purchase, city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said. “We’ll be eliminating the biggest eyesore on Roswell Road,” said City Councilman Ken Dishman. Mayor Rusty Paul agreed, saying, “The only way we could make it pretty…is to be able to buy this and do it ourselves.” Officials said gas tanks already were removed and that the purchase price was $50,000 below the appraised value.

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Davis Development is the new developer of the mixed-use project planned for 60756077 Roswell Road, according to property owner Kirk Demetrops of MidCity Real Estate Partners. Camden USA pulled out of the high-profile project late last year. “We got a strong group that intends to move forward with the project as approved,” Demetrops said, calling Georgia-based Davis a “really top-notch developer of multifamily housing.” The 4-acre project would replace an existing office building and post office with 291 apartment units, commercial space and a parking deck. Construction may start late this year after existing tenants’ leases expire, Demetrops said.

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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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Discovering Everything Except Their Limits.

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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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.

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EDUCATION GUIDE Evan Mercer, 18

The Lovett School

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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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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.

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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

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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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EDUCATION GUIDE

Connecting learning to life at every level.

Sofia Broffman, 18

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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.”

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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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EDUCATION GUIDE Zack Leitz, 19

University of Georgia

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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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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

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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.”

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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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Atlanta International School

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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

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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.”

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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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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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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

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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 hiestreehouseproject.com 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.

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

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Request:

To rezone the property subsequently to a land exchange between 124 Johnson Ferry Road and former Masonic Lodge property to O-I.

One (1) primary variance from Section 6.4.3.C of the City of Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance to encroach six (6) feet into the required ten (10) foot setback to allow for an existing carport and to encroach one and half (1.5) feet into the required ten (10) foot setback to allow for an existing home and a proposed second floor addition.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission January 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council February 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals January 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Location:

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Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350

Mayor and City Council February 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

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