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JAN. 9 — JAN. 22, 2015 • VOL. 7 — NO. 1
Cherry Blossom Festival coming in March
Birds of play
BY ANN MARIE QUILL
Kindergarten students enrolled in the German immersion program at Ashford Park Elementary School celebrate the country’s Karneval, or Fasching, a preLent festivity. Read related story on page 10 in the Education Guide.
City Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams hopes the city’s brand new cherry trees will blossom in time for Brookhaven’s first Cherry Blossom festival in March, but she says there’s “no guarantee.” “We’ll remind people that they are brand new trees,” she said of the 220-plus trees being planted throughout the city now. “This is really a lifelong investment. We’ll plant the trees, but our children will sit under them.” The festival, scheduled for March 27 through March 29, will be centered in Blackburn Park, and 140 of those trees are going there. The 52-acre park is “ideally suited with pathways” where artisans, street musicians and vendors can set up camp. While the festival is in the early planning stages, the city has hired the NUN Group, know for the Atlanta Jazz Festival, among other events. Williams says she anSEE CHERRY BLOSSOM, PAGE 6
Brookhaven police studying whether ofﬁcers should wear body-mounted cameras BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
Some police officers’ dashboard cameras start recording when the blue lights start flashing. Soon, additional cameras may begin recording interactions between police officers and residents in Atlanta and Dunwoody. In about three months, local police officials say, officers in those two local communities will start wearing cameras mounted on their uniforms. Brookhaven police also are looking into using body cameras and say they are currently testing different models. And a state lawmaker has introduced proposed legislation requiring all police officers to wear the cameras. The national controversy arising from police-involved
deaths in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City have left both police officers and their critics calling for more objective evidence of behavior during confrontations between officers and residents. Body-mounted cameras have been promoted as one possible solution. Atlanta’s Deputy Chief C.J. Davis said the on-body cameras, which are expected to cost millions of dollars for equipment and storage, are worth the expense. Both officers and citizens behave better when they know someone is watching. “People have a tendency to alter their behavior in a positive way when they know they’re being SEE POLICE, PAGE 26
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Susan Pierce Cunningham of Trees Atlanta, left, Ella Clockadale, 3, center, and her dad J.D. Clockadale, plant a cherry tree in front of City Hall on Peachtree Road April 25.
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