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Jenny Morgan, member of the Skyland United Methodist Church and altar prayer team, soaks up the “Friday Night Fire Worship service,” on Jan. 4 in Brookhaven. The contemporary service, held the first Friday of each month, is an open gathering without an agenda or order, attracting people from all communities. Another photo on page 30.

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As state lawmakers head back to the Gold Dome in 2013, they have a lot to think about. Each year, the state budget looms as a daunting task, and this year is no different. Georgia is a balanced budget state, meaning that tough cuts must be made when revenues are down. “It’s going to be a difficult financial year for the state. The budget picture in particular looks bleak,” said Rep. Scott Holcomb, DDeKalb. The hospital bed tax, which collects funds for indigent care, expires this year, Holcomb said. “That is going to be a pretty intense debate about whether that tax gets extended or not extended. There’s some pretty extensive re-

Brookhaven City Council voted Jan. 8 to delay a controversial decision on adopting a new ordinance to regulate adult businesses. On Dec. 17, its first day of opeartions, the city adopted all of DeKalb County’s ordinances, including one regulating adult entertainment businesses. But council is looking to replace the county’s ordinance with one that has been adopted by other cities in the metro area, including Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, and most recently, Doraville. Attorney Scott Bergthold said the new ordinance is similar to the one already in place in DeKalb County. It would ban the sale of alcohol and prohibit contact between dancers and customers. But Bergthold said “there are a number of constitutional de-

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As Brookhaven’s new city government takes shape, the business community is organizing as well. The Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce had its first official day Jan. 1, said Todd Lantier, the chairman of the board of directors. The chamber evolved from the Brookhaven Community Connection, a monthly networking group for Brookhaven businesspeople. When it came time for the nonprofit to refile its articles of incorporation, the group officially changed its name to the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce. The leaders of the Brookhaven Community Connection – including Lantier, who served as president - stayed on to become founding members of the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce. Arthur Freeman was brought in to act as the chamber’s executive director and CEO, and Terrell Carstens is the deputy director. One of the chamber’s main functions will be to serve as an advocate for businesses at City Hall. “We are the voice of businesses in Brookhaven,” Freeman said. Lantier said the board is more than just symbolic leadership – members are taking a very active role in the chamber’s startup. “We are the employees,” Lantier said. “We’re all giving money, we’re seed funding it. Our commitment to this is we’re putting our own money here.” The chamber’s leaders are no strangers to start-up organizations after spending the past several months helping to create the city of Brookhaven. Lantier represented District 2 on the Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven. Freeman and Carstens volunteered for the commission to help get the new city up and running, Freeman said. “We were all heavily involved in the movement and ultimate creation of the city,” Freeman said. Freeman said he was retired before taking the executive director position for the chamber, having spent part of his career in environmental engineering and part of his career in information technology. He volunteered to work with Brookhaven Yes, an advocacy group that promoted creation of the city of Brookhaven. “It was kind of interesting because I was a retired citizen and decided to just volunteer with Brookhaven Yes. But because of my background, I kept getting placed in positions with more and more responsibility,” Freeman said. “When it was over, I realized I was out of work and I liked it too much. It would be kind of fun to continue in some capacity. I did not want to work for City Hall, but then Todd [Lantier] came by and offered me the position of executive director and I jumped on it.” BK

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Brookhaven City Council swore in its first official permanent employee on Jan. 8. The council hired Susan Hiott to be the city clerk, the official record keeper of the city. Mayor J. Max Davis said he was excited about finding so qualified a person to serve as one of the city’s most important positions. Hiott served as the clerk for the city of Smryna for 10 years. She also has experience working as clerk for the cities of Roswell and Acworth. “It’s an extremely difficult position to fill,” Davis said. “There aren’t many

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Bobby Ezor remembers why he ta in the 1880s. They didn’t fit in with joined the Ahavath Achim Synagogue the German families who established 34 years ago. the city’s first synagogue, The Tem“They offered us a free membership ple, in the 1860s, so they started their if we married there,” the Buckhead lawown synagogue, said Doris Goldstein, yer recalled. “We’ve been a member of the Ahavath members ever since.” Achim since 1963 and auThis month, Ezor rethor of “From Generation pays his debt. He has asto Generation,” a histosembled a documentary ry of the synagogue pubfilm, titled “Reunion, Relished for its centennial. newal, Ruach,” that will “You had this estabserve as the centerpiece of lished Jewish commua celebration of the Bucknity of 400 to 500 peohead-based congregation’s ple. These were people 125th anniversary and its who assimilated to a cercontributions to metro Attain extent,” Goldstein lanta and its Jewish comsaid. “Then along comes munity. an influx of these funnyBobby Ezor “I’ve been here for a rellooking people with long atively short time,” Ezor beards and black coats. said over lunch at a Buckhead sandwich They spoke Yiddish. …. That’s how shop recently, “but I came A.A got started.” to realize this place has A handful of men orgatouched this community nized the new synagogue, in more ways than you can the city’s second, in 1887, imagine.” she said. Ahavath Achim, The congregation, the name they chose for known to many simply it, translates as “love of by its initials, “A.A,” once brothers” or “brotherly was among the largest Jewlove,” she said. ish congregations in the “Of the original 18 country, members say, and members, only six had it still claims more than permanent addresses and 1,000 families on its rolls. were listed in the 1888 A.A.’s sanctuary, located at edition of the city direcDoris Goldstein Peachtree Battle Avenue tory,” she wrote in a book and Northside Drive, seats published to coincide with 3,000. A.A.’s 120th anniversary. The rest, she But it traces its 19th-century beginsaid, probably lived in rented rooms nings to a small group of Eastern Euor with family members. “These Eastropean emigrants who settled in Atlanern European Jews wanted to replicate

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Kel Long kneels next to a homeless woman after giving her a blanket. Long, a Buckhead attorney, helps deliver hats, scarves, foot warmers and socks to some of the 7,000 homeless people in downtown Atlanta, whenever the temperature dips below 30 degrees.

Back when he was in his 20s, Long was impressed with colleagues who invited the homeless to breakfast, and then sat and talked with them during the meal. “I didn’t have the balls to do that,” Long said. “But three years ago on a sub-freezing night, I saw a homeless man stretched out on a bench. His feet in tennis shoes poked out at the end of his blankets and, as a duck hunter, I thought, ‘I’d sure like some foot warmers if that were me.’” The next day, Long bought out a store’s stock of foot warmers, $500 worth. He learned quickly that activating the warmers before handing them out was the way to be sure the homeless would use them, not sell them. 30WG volunteers are unique first-responders. They know when to go, but not necessarily where, because the landscape of homelessness often changes. On this first deployment of the season, they spent several hours criss-crossing so-called “hot spots” known to attract the homeless. They zipped around in small, SUV-led convoys to the city’s churches and private parks, tumbled out of their vehicles, then moved in packs

on foot. Long has noticed that some 30WG volunteers can’t get enough of connecting with the homeless, while others can’t handle it at all. “When they see them actually bedding down on the streets, meet them and talk to them, that experience goes deep,” he said. Jason Horrell of Buckhead, 30, was one of the volunteers on Dec. 13. “It’s more than doing something good for these people. It’s about establishing relationships. I remember some of these folks from last year,” he said. Tony, a man in Coca-Cola Park, said he’d been homeless for at least a year, after losing his job as a semi driver. “These are pretty nice people. I needed a better hat to keep my head warm and I’m glad they had one for me,” he said. That knowledge warms the hearts and souls of everyone with 30WG. “This can be gut-wrenching work, but we are helping them,” Long said. To volunteer or donate, visit: http://projectlivelove.com/theaction/ three-oh-we-go/

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Restaurateurs cook up local following By Melissa Weinman In the late 1970s, a developer invited businessman Doug McKendrick to help open a restaurant in an area just outside of the city of Atlanta. There wasn’t much out there at the time - the new retail area was surrounded by farmland, McKendrick recalls. Today, that area is known to most as the Perimeter, and it has come a long way since the ‘70s. It’s now a bustling commercial center with a large, upscale shopping mall, hotels and one of the largest office districts in the Southeast. It’s been through several incarnations, but since 1995, that first restaurant space has been home to McKendrick’s Steakhouse, which now is regarded as one of the top steakhouses in Atlanta. The Perimeter, and in the larger sense the communities of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Brookhaven which touch it, are a prime spot for restaurateurs, too. “I think the corporate business, all the office buildings out here create a tremendous amount of demand,” McKendrick said. “The Perimeter Center area is one of the best areas to come to.” McKendrick said much of his business comes from the corporations that call Perimeter home. “You have all these office buildings out here and when they have a meeting, they want a nice place to go. I think we provide them that,” McKendrick said. But the area is home for a lot o f people, too. “We have built business with local people that have been coming here for 15, 16, 17 years,” McKendrick said. “Our staff knows them.” McKendrick said he sees the Perimeter area gaining popularity because it is a more convenient place to dine for people living in the north metro Atlanta suburbs. See ReStauRateuRS, Page 18

Publisher’s note In this issue, we’re introducing a new section, Perimeter Business. Most of our readers live and/or work in the area that is broadly-defined as the “Perimeter.” It is one of the largest and most important business and office markets in metro Atlanta (and the Southeast), home to major U.S. companies and an eclectic mix of Steve Levene small and mid-size businesses. Stories in this section will cover a range of topics with an emphasis on people—the business leaders and owners, entrepreneurs and employees—who contribute to the dynamism and diversity of the Perimeter market. We welcome your input; please email me at publisher@reporternewspapers.net.

Christopher North Chris Segal, a partner in 101 Concepts, visits the recently renovated Food 101 restaurant in Sandy Springs. Segal and other restaurateurs have found success bringing upscale dining options to the Perimeter area.

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Q: Do you think state or federal lawmakers should try to do something to prevent gun violence? Asked at various locations in the Reporter Newspapers communities.

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“It’s hard to say, because people are still going to go out of their way just to get a gun.”

Karwaski Mitchell

“I think Congress should challenge those who try to justify owning automatic rifles and extended clips, but not necessarily hand guns.”

Troy Sneed

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“Absolutely. I like the idea of having an armed police officer in all of our schools. I think our teachers and our children would feel better if we do that.”

Gerald Freedman

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“Yes. I think they should implement a bill that would control who gets a gun or not. I think they have the power to do it, they just don’t want to.”

Cassand Alexander

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“No, I don’t. I think there’s too much government in our lives as it is now. As is the situation with Mexico, only the bad guys have guns.”

Stan Cathell

“I sort of have had mixed feelings on that. I believe in an individual’s right to protect themselves, but I think more could be done for school safety. I think there should be some sort of trained person in all schools.”

Nicole Maslanka

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“Definitely. Even felons can get guns. It’s too easy, it’s too dangerous. They need to be more strict about it, because people are dying from guns every day.”

“Yes. I am against assault weapons. I would imagine they should not be sold.”

Barbara Pryor

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“I believe in gun safety and the right to bear arms, but I believe more really has to be considered about the mental health of people.”

David Thomson

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“Assault weapons – I can’t think of a reason to have those.”

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“I would say, ‘Yes.’ I believe everybody should have weapons, but I don’t know about assault weapons.”

“I think they should up the security in schools.”

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One nation under the gun Seven years ago I was working my after-school gig at a convenience store in Tuscaloosa, Ala. A man rushed through the door and pointed a small silver pistol at me. “Open the register!” I did what he asked and then hid behind the counter. I’ve thought back on that event more than once since the school shooting tragedy in Connecticut last month. Carrying a gun wouldn’t have prevented the robbery (it probably would’ve placed me in greater danger), but taking guns away from law-abiding citizens wouldn’t have prevented it either. As our elected leaders discuss measures to curb gun violence, it’s worth remembering that many of us hold a nuanced view of the subject. Guns are a part of life growing up in the South. My father owned a gun, but we never hunted. Other friends and family members own guns. I’ve been shooting once. A friend of mine took me to a range and let me use his revolver. I’m comfortable around guns, or as comfortable as you can reasonably be when in the presence of something that can kill you. Where I differ with my gun-owning friends is their belief that Second Amendment rights trump my rights to personal safety. A right to a life without feeling the need to arm myself everywhere I go deserves equal consideration. Guns are America’s drinking problem and I believe we are being enabled by people who equate gun ownership with personal freedom. Guns are a right but they’re also a responsibility. They are not panaceas for crime or fun little toys. Even the people who sell guns are sensible enough to set some ground rules. As I interviewed people at a local gun range for their reactions to the school shootings, I took note of a sign on the door that told customers not to walk in with a loaded weapon. Do guns sometimes deter crime? Yes. Is it fun to shoot? Yes. But these things are only small pixels of the whole picture. Guns also kill people accidentally, whether it’s a child finding one in a home or an innocent bystander getting caught in the crossfire. Sometimes, rarely, a maniac goes on a rampage and commits an atrocity so horrific that even the stone faced, hardened journalists are moved to tears. Another pixel of the picture involves mental health. There are too many people who are uninsured who are herded in and out of crisis centers because there is no support for more routine care. Other people are under treatment for mental illness, but have too easy access to guns. We have to ensure people who may have a mental illness that includes violent tendencies,

or are on medication that can cause violent behavior as a side effect, have restricted or no access to weapons. The shooter in dan Connecticut was under whisEnhunt treatment ASSOCIATE EDITOR for mental illness as was the shooter in Aurora, Colo. Pundits and other paid windbags present the debate as a simple ‘yes or no’ question: you either want everyone to have guns or no one to have them. Any suggestion of compromise automatically gets tossed into the vast wasteland between the two polar extremes. Perhaps if we could look around that terrain a bit we might find solutions that make sense for both sides. We’ve never looked, or at least haven’t looked too hard. Guns do not solve problems. I tried to explain this to my brother the other day. While he was visiting my mom on Christmas, someone broke into his apartment and stole his electronics. He told me he wanted to buy a gun. “What if I’d have been home when the burglar broke in,” he asked. Playwright Anton Chekhov cautioned that introducing a gun in Act I meant at some point during the show it had to be fired. We’ll never know what could’ve or wouldn’t have happened if our personal stories involved a gun. The randomness of chance suggests that sometimes we’ll be armed and ready. Sometimes we’ll be caught off-guard, with our guns hidden in another room. Sometimes someone carrying a gun for self defense accidentally shoots us first because he or she thought we were about to shoot them. My brother is frustrated. I get that. He wants control over an uncontrollable situation, but guns will only give him an illusion of control. I also can’t control whether he gets a gun or not. We’re all responsible for our own choices. Guns, unfortunately, sometimes make bad choices harder to undo. I told him I hope he never has to use that gun. Personally, I hope he never buys one. I hope I never have to carry one because we’ve decided that every mall, church and school house in America should be the O.K. Corral. If we don’t begin having a constructive discussion about this, that day may come sooner than any of us would like.

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ginners or knitting pros are invited to hang out, enjoy snacks and crafty company. The Atlanta Knitting Guild will teach and offer advice on knitting and crochet. Supplies provided for those wanting to learn. Registration required. Free and open to the public. For middle and high school students. Sandy Springs Branch Library, in the Meeting Room, 395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: marlan.brinkley@fultoncountyga.gov or call 404-303-6130 with questions and to sign up.

Chinese New Year Saturday, Jan. 19, 3 p.m. – Celebrate Chinese New Year with Ms. Leah as she tells seasonal stories and has fun activities for the entire family! Free and open to the public. Space is limited; sign up is under way. Appropriate for ages 3-7. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Come by, call 404-303-6130 or email: leah. germon@fultoncountyga.gov for more information or to register.

Girls’ Basketball Sunday, Jan. 20, 4 p.m. – Girls’ AAU Spring

basketball tryouts with the Ga. Pistols continues. Tryouts for 5th and 6th graders at 4 p.m.; 7th and 8th graders at 6 p.m. at Pace Academy, 966 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, 30327. On Sunday Jan. 27, girls in grades 3rd through 5th (2nd graders are permitted to try out) at 1 p.m.; 6th through 8th grade, 2:154 p.m. Held at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, 805 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta, 30327. No tryout fees. The Ga. Pistols are a nonprofit, volunteer sports organization. Questions? Contact Jack Feagin at 404-966-8469 or via email: jfeagin2@gmail.com. Visit www.gapistols.com for more details and to see other tryout dates.

Teen Driving Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6-8 p.m. – This free

two-hour class, designed by Sandy Springs Police, helps parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers ages 14 to 16. The class covers: Joshua’s Law; graduated driver licensing; parent coaching; teen responsibility; occupant protection; and crash dynamics. A parent must accompany each teen. Registration prior to the class is necessary. For more information or for a registration form, e-mail: sandyspringsteens@gmail.com or contact Officer Tim Sheffield at 770-551-6939. Sandy Springs Police Department, 7840 Roswell Rd., Suite 301, Sandy Springs, 30350. For more details, go to: www.sandyspringspolice.org.

Children’s Safety Thursday, Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m. – Sandy Springs

Police puts on an anti-abduction and anti-bullying class for children ages 8-12. Parent/guardian must be present and a waiver signed prior to attending class. Only open to Sandy Springs residents. Contact Officer Larry Jacobs to find out more and to learn the location of the class. For more details visit: www.sandyspringspolice.org or call 770-551-6900.

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Monday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Volunteers

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m. – Taylor Branch pres-

from Hands-On Atlanta assist with recycling/destroying documents. Free and open to all. Sandy Springs Recycling Center, 470 Morgan Falls Rd., Sandy Springs, 30350. Call 770-551-7766 to find out more.

Dog Training Monday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. – The St.

Francis pet ministry at Saint Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church offers dog training classes, led by Lennox Gavin, for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test. Classes meet for five weeks. $125. Also “Family Dog 101,” a basic training class, offered at 8 p.m. 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call St. Martins at 404-228-0753, visit: www.stmartins. org/pet_ministry or email: petministry@stmartins. org to learn more.

ents his newest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement, in which he looks back on his own work and rediscovers what lessons endure today. $5 for Atlanta History Center members; $10 for non-members. Reservations required. Call 404-814-4150 or reserve tickets online at www.atlantahistorycenter.com. 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305.

“Great Decisions” Thursday, Jan. 24, 7:30-9 p.m. – “Great De-

cisions” is based on a briefing book from the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association.Topics include: Future of the Euro; Egypt; NATO; Myanmar and Southeast Asia; humanitarian intervention; Iran; China in Africa; and threat assessment. $30, includes briefing book. Program continues through March 14. For more details and to register, visit: http://gciv.org/programs/gd/dunwoody or call 404832-5560 x 17. Dunwoody Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.


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School tech continues to evolve

PHIL MOSIER

North Springs Charter High School students Stephen King, left, and Sam Satterfield, center, learn graphic design from teacher Cam Lupiani during an introduction to Graphics arts class on Jan. 8 in Sandy Springs.

Disparity within school systems when supplying technology

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Kargil Behl, left, and patrick Marr, both third graders at pace academy in Buckhead, proudly show off their ipads, used during school lessons.

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Technology blends so seamlessly into daily life that it sometimes gets taken for granted. But the desktops, laptops, tablets and electronic “smart” boards aren’t cheap and not having them will put a school at a disadvantage. AdvancED, a national accrediting body that includes the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, recently placed DeKalb County Schools on accreditation probation. A few weeks earlier, Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson pledged that 100 percent of all classrooms would have interactive white boards, technology that some schools have already discarded in favor of personal tablets and computers. AdvancED’s scathing report on the school system specifically singled out its weaknesses in technology. CoNTiNueD oN paGe 14

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access to technology varies across school systems “I do have access to technology. I normally use a computer. I use music to study.” – alEX woods Junior, pace acadeMy

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North Springs Charter High School students use technology in the “earth Systems” Computer Lab on Jan. 8. HSP_Reporter_5x8_010813_ol2.pdf 1 1/8/13 2:50 PM

“With only approximately 35 percent of the system’s schools equipped with some level of connectivity, the current technology system is woefully inadequate to support the complex needs of a large school system especially in an-

ticipation of future requirements of the state-wide assessments,” the report says. Local schools reported investing heavily in their technology infrastructure. Tony Perez, director of technology and media at Atlanta Girls’ School,

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“AIS provides plenty of technological resources to the students and faculty. There are smart boards in every classroom, there are three computer labs open to students and available for teachers to use during classes, and the whole campus is equipped with a BriCE williams wireless network and wireless printsEnior, atlanta ers so students can also work from intErnational sChool their own laptops and tablets. Smartphones are not necessary in class, but they can be used during breaks. The software resources available are also very high quality, such as Adobe CS5 Professional collection and the newest Microsoft Office collection. Also, Moodle is an especially useful tool that each class uses for teacher-to-student communication and transfer of electronic documents or assignments. Overall, AIS does a great job meeting the demand for technology created by the students and faculty.”

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boards weren’t suited to how girls’ learn best. They’re a clever bunch, he said. Some have even gotten root access to their computers, allowing them to bypass administrator restrictions. It’s allowed, Perez said, as long as they follow the rules. “We know who they are and we al-

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ways make sure they’re working for good and not evil, and if they’re working for evil we take their laptop away from them,” Perez said. All of the schools monitor computer use to some degree and have computer conduct policies in place for their stu-

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“At Pace, we definitely have a significant amount of access to technological devices. In the Upper School, we have two large computer labs and multiple laptop carts throughout the school -- some classes lindsEy ZwECKEr even use iPads to view their textbooks. I sEnior carry around my personal laptop to every pace acadeMy class and use it in almost all of them. But for those that don’t have a personal laptop, you can always check one out and use it for class. As well as laptops, pretty much every classroom has a large Mac desktop that connects to a smart board and a projector to view presentations or other visual aids. In my AP Psychology class, we frequently use the smart board to watch educational videos and view PowerPoint. Pace definitely has all the essential technological devices needed for a great learning environment.”

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dents. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School also is an Apple school, according to spokeswoman Peggy Shaw. She said 100 percent of the classrooms have smart boards. “Laptop computers are issued to students in fifth through 12th grades, and


EDUCATION GUIDE we have iPad carts available for pre-K through fourth-grade students,” Shaw said. She said the school has budgeted approximately $200,000 for technology in the current fiscal year. All of the classrooms at The Galloway School are outfitted with Promethean Boards and all classrooms have at least one computer. Josh Weeman, Galloway’s director of technology, said the school has a one-tofour computer-to-student ratio and has currently budgeted $280,000 for technology. Weeman said the school would like to implement a one-to-one program to put MacBooks in the hands of all its fifth through 12th grade students. Alan Preis, head of instructional technology at the Atlanta International School, said there are smart boards in all classrooms. “Primary classrooms have access to laptop and iPad carts,” Preis said. “Our secondary laptop program began with grades six and seven this year and will expand to grades six through 10 next year.” Caitlin Goodrich, spokeswoman for Pace Academy, said the school has a systematic upgrade program. All of the classrooms have computers or smart boards, usually both. “Each year, 25 percent of the computers on campus are renewed,” Goodrich said. “Teacher laptops and noteCoNTiNueD oN paGe 18

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books are being refreshed this year, with teachers having a choice of a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. New iPad and laptop and notebook carts are also planned.” The Lovett School also has an arsenal of technology in the classroom, according to spokeswoman Jen Sarginson. All middle and upper school students and their teachers have laptops. Colleen Glaude, Dean of Instructional Technology at The Westminster Schools, said technology makes up 6.6 percent of the school’s budget, and like many of the other schools, the classrooms are outfitted with smart boards. She said the school also has a one-to-one laptop

Christopher Bowman Junior Marist School

“We definitely have a lot of access to technology in our classes at Marist because the administration makes sure that teachers are adapting their styles to the future of the classroom and the needs of each incoming generation technologically. In many of my classes, we’ve used the school’s tablets for chat discussions, online articles, or essay writing, and personally I also use my home computer or Marist’s computer lab daily for schoolwork, laying out the school newspaper, etc. There will be a lot more technology use next year, too, as we introduce a new tablet program for each student, in addition to the pre-existing smart boards in the classrooms. We already have the option of using our own devices in class, but I’ve never taken advantage of that.”

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EDUCATION GUIDE “As a high school student and a member of our robotics team, technology is a major part of my daily life. As such, it is great that Westminster provides such reliable access to all forms of technology for us students. We use smartphones, laptops and smart boards on a daily basis in classrooms to do homework, share Emily Chu documents, and learn lessons in new, The Westminster creative ways. In addition to all these Schools classroom technologies, as a member of the robotics team, I have access to and training for many different tools and technologies such as mills, lathes and standard hand tools to accomplish our daily work on the team. Westminster’s provided laptops are also a great help for robotics because we have access to different technologies such as CAD (computer-aided design) at our fingertips. With all these provided technologies, I can’t think of anything else that students would need to be provided with to successfully complete our daily schoolwork.” the use of technology,” spokeswoman Allison Toller said. “This includes seeking out more online, web-based textbooks to eliminate the greater expense of printed books.” Novelette Brown, spokeswoman for Marist School, said the school in 2012

gave all teachers Lenovo X230T tablet laptops. “During the summer of 2013 all students will be issued the Lenovo X230T for their use,” Brown said. “This will provide technological equality for all students during their years at Marist.”

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“i am surrounded by technology all the time in the classroom. everywhere i look there are computers and smartphones that can be used to answer whatever question is being asked. in order to complete my schoolwork, the only thing that i would need is an access to the internet. everything you could possibly need is at the touch of your fingertips. Some schoolwork requires the need for a word processing application. This can be done on both a computer and even a smartphone.”

Sam Cimowsky, Junior North Atlanta High School

Q: Do you think you have sufficient access to technology and digital devices, such as computers, tablets or smartphones, in your classes? Are there other devices you need for your work in school?

“i think that we do not have sufficient access to technology in our classrooms. i think we could use several desktops. if we had computers in our classrooms we would get a lot more done and be more productive. on the other hand i think that computers are definitely enough. We don’t need tablets or any other devices because i really think they would just be misused in some cases because they are more for games and apps, and break more easily, so i think computers would be less distracting and better used for an educational purposes.”

Chad Davis, Sophomore Riverwood International Charter School

“While most of my classes utilize smart boards and teachers have laptops, i feel students do not always have access to technological devices. Students should be able to regularly use tablets, smartphones, or computers to enhance their education. at Marist, if you do not have a class with multiple desktops or have a study hall, the entire day can pass without using technology.”

Catherine Mullins, Senior Marist School

“although no technology is absolutely necessary for use in schoolwork, the Weber School allows students to bring in laptops, tablets and smartphones for an added aid. for students who do not own things like that, like myself, Weber has personal computers that can be checked in and out. We also have two computer labs and computers in the media center that are always available. I think Weber does a great job making technology available for those of us who can’t bring in our own devices.”

Jenna Kahn, Sophomore The Weber School

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EDUCATION GUIDE “Technological devices used during class depend on the individual. Many students use computers or tablets that they bring to class for themselves, but at the same time many students prefer paper and pen. access to a computer for use outside of school is necessary for many/most school assignments, but no other devices have been needed in my experience. occasionally, students are assigned movies to watch, which can often be found online as well. overall, access to technological devices other than computers is at a student’s discretion, but access to computers has become necessary. Computer access is available through the school during school hours should one need it.”

“at Riverwood iCS there is plenty of access to computers through the media center and the subject-specific computer labs. There, students are able to utilize desktop computers that have access to Galileo and many other research tools. our teachers are able to reserve these spaces ahead of time for use during class. otherwise, they are only available during lunch and/or before and after school. Riverwood also recently changed their cellphone policy so that students are able to use smartphones during class with a teacher’s permission for educational purposes. However, there is no use of tablets in the school to my knowledge at this time.”

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“i think we have plenty of access to technology at Galloway, from laptop carts to permanent computer labs, from ipads to promethean boards in every classroom. We’ve now started the process of embracing that technology—sophomores build facebook pages to learn about Julius Caesar, statistics students create infographics about various global phenomena, and students redesigned our Head of School’s office with the help of some ipad apps—but we still have a ways to go.”

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Hall talk “Holy innocents’ has done an excellent job providing technological devices for use in the classroom. Though a computer is all we really need at Hi to complete schoolwork, access to smart boards, ipads and other technological resources has allowed us to extend our learning capabilities far beyond the average school. Because of the exposure to technology i have had at Hi, i feel more than prepared to tackle schoolwork in any college setting. Like any piece of technology, smart boards in our classrooms sometimes give us problems. on the occasions we’ve had problems with them, the iT department at HieS has always been quick to offer a solution and get us back working.”

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“Mount Vernon presbyterian School highly encourages technology in the classroom. although our teachers typically do not allow smartphones in class, they do want us to use our computers and tablets so that we can access online resources and create personalized notes and projects. i feel as if Mount Vernon incorporates technology into the curriculum as frequently and consistently as possible, and I cannot imagine a more efficient way to introduce technology in a school environment.”

Morgan McConnell, Junior Mount Vernon Presbyterian School: “I feel confident in saying that i have adequate access to technology at Holy Spirit prep. each classroom has a projector so instructors utilize powerpoint instead of just board notes, and i am highly encouraged to use my computer in class to take notes. for math homework, we use an online program called MyMathLab (or MathXL, depending on the course) which often provides examples and help if stuck on a problem. “

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North Springs has done a great job providing technology for use in the classroom. Students still cannot bring their own electronics to school, but the school is in the process of setting up a BYeD (Bring Your educational Device) program so students can start possibly bringing more electronics to supplement their education as needed. i have loved the active-boards installed in most classrooms, and more than anything i think these have had the greatest impact on my four years in high school. North Springs also provides laptop carts for teachers to use for in-class research and ipod Touch carts as well.

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EDUCATION GUIDE “at Holy innocents’ we have access to all of the technology that we have in today’s generation. We all get laptops, and we also have access to ipads. Teachers are even discovering educational apps on our phones. My laptop is my primary technological device because it is accessible at all times during the school day, and fits the needs of my schoolwork. My phone is also another device i use to take quick videos of labs, record, and take pictures for various assignments.”

Mary Wade Ballou, Senior Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

“at North atlanta we do have access to the technology, but expanding it would only make things better. We have five desktop computers in each classroom as well as access to a computer lab. Teachers have the ability to check out Mac carts, or enough laptops that every student in the class can use one for that period. We are not allowed to use phones although that would be very helpful. Some teachers allow students to bring their own technology from home and use that during class. i think we have sufficient access and do not necessarily need anything; however if teachers had enough laptops for every student each day the nature of our assignments could change.”

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Lucy Saltmarsh, Junior “We definitely have a lot of access to technology in our classes at Marist because the administration makes sure that teachers are adapting their styles to the future of the classroom and the needs of each incoming generation technologically. in many of my classes, we’ve used the school’s tablets for chat discussions, online articles, or essay writing, and personally i also use my home computer or Marist’s computer lab daily for schoolwork, for laying out the newspaper, etc. There will be a lot more technology use next year, too, as we introduce a new tablet program for each student, in addition to the pre-existing smart boards in the classrooms. We already have the option of using our own devices in class, but i’ve never taken advantage of that.”

Christopher Bowman, Junior Marist School

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“Yes, however the newer mobile technology (smartphones, tablets, etc.) is usually owned by students and is simply allowed to be out when the teacher allows it, which means those who do not have personal access to such technology do not have access in the classroom. i like some applications of the smart board, especially for science and math classes. also, i would like to see more use of the internet or smartphone apps. Class websites are really useful as a resource in assigning homework and posting helpful links.”

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The view from first year: College is hard, but worth it A year ago, I was just like any procrastinating high school senior—relieved to have most of, if not all, my college applications submitted. As acceptances and rejections trickled in throughout the spring, my family, teachers and older friends offered advice about the collegiate experience that awaited me. Among the most popular tips that would help me tackle freshman year was the warning that there was much more work in college than there was in high school. With that in mind during the first few weeks of French, astronomy, history and religion classes, it was not until after I’d adjusted to my new academic routine that I fully enjoyed the subjects I studied. I had never before had to work so hard for a good grade in history—my favorite subject—but despite the heavy workload, my passion for examining topics like Napoleonic Wars and Italian Unification motivated me to pore over every book, write each lengthy essay and attend all classes. College is definitely more demanding than high school, but because assignments are also more engaging, the rigor is not as daunting as one might expect. Having decided to attend the University of Georgia as a Foundation Fellow—like former Reporter Newspapers intern Megan Ernst—I knew that my four undergraduate years would be different from those of most of my friends. Though I was impressed at the Foundation Fellowship interview weekend by the countless testimonials attesting to the program’s myriad of benefits—including a full-ride and travel stipends— I find UGA’s Honors Program just as magnificent. Honors students receive priority registration for classes, the opportunity to earn a joint Bachelor’s and

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Master’s degree in four years, and access to some of the University’s best advisors and faculty. Finding a niche has proved diffiLeighton cult for some rowEll of my friends, so I feel forFIRST PERSON tunate to have my family of 25 fellow Fellows. We will get to travel throughout the world together during college. In March, the older Fellows will spend their spring breaks in Costa Rica and South Africa. The freshmen will travel to New York and Washington D.C. to connect with distinguished UGA alumni, talk with economists and writers, and explore the two cities. What we are most excited about, however, is the chance to meet with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Two months later, we will fly to England and spend our “Maymester” at Oxford University, choosing from classes like International Conflict and Biomedical Ethics. Of all the colleges I considered attending, that I have been given such a rich experience in my home state of Georgia has been beyond belief. Prior to starting college, I was advised to leave behind a few things from high school. Several people told me to room with someone other than my best friend from home, which worked out nicely because her dorm is only five minutes away and my roommate has become one

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of my greatest friends. Many advised against being as involved in extracurricular activities as I was in high school. I went to a few organizations’ information sessions, but last semester my only outside activities were copy editing for The Red & Black and working with the Young Democrats. While being overly committed is risky, being without responsibilities to anything other than homework is deeply dissatisfying. Although New Year’s resolutions don’t usually work, I am intent on joining new clubs in the second semester. Having taken most of the advice I received, I felt it was my duty to compile a list of my own suggestions for people in my position during senior year. Here are my findings: --The library is an unbeatable study spot because no matter how great your friends are, they will never follow you there. --Taking astronomy because you think it merely entails stargazing is severely misguided. That class is weeding out the weakest of our world’s future as-

trophysicists; it really is rocket science. -- Challenging classes help test your limits in the classroom, but prevent you from going downtown—in a college town like Athens, this is a blessing for some and a curse for others. -- Finally, as tempting as it can be, watching an entire season of a television show in your free time instead of writing a massive paper is similarly inadvisable. Netflix isn’t going to disappear, but your high average just might. I’m only a second-semester college freshman and I wouldn’t dare say I have everything figured out, but this handful of important realizations is what got me through my first semester. Here’s to hoping the next one is as good or better.

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Catching up with our ‘Standouts’ now in college In nearly every issue, the Reporter Newspapers recognize a student at a local high school for her or his contributions to the local community and

the school. We checked in with a dozen 2012 Standout Students who have gone on to college to see what they’re up to now.

Paroma Chakravarty is a freshman at Cornell University. She was a Top 10 student at Chamblee Charter High School, where she served as co-captain of the varsity volleyball team and president of the National Honor Society. At Cornell, Paroma is involved in the Solar Ovens project team, “in which we designed and built wooden ovens that use the heat from the sun to cook food. These ovens are for use in rural communities in Nicaragua,” Paroma said. She also works on a project team studying biofuels.

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Justin Eisenberg is a freshman at Georgia Tech. He is majoring in materials science and engineering. As a senior at North Springs Charter High School, Justin worked in Tech’s Hess research lab, where he was the only high school student on the research team. “I am currently doing research in a chemical engineering lab on biologically-resistant polymer surfaces,” he said. “I also work in an electrical engineering lab on the patents for photolithography.”

Katie Keith studies at Furman University. While a student at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, she spent Thanksgiving break teaching in Haitian schools. Katie hopes to return to Haiti. Since her trip “over 100 water filters have been installed …. to reduce the spread of disease,” she said, and “an additional $10,000 has been raised to put 65 children through another year of school.” She intends to double major in studio art and biology. “I have not decided on a career path at this point, though I am very interested in the medical field and hope to work with children. I envision that my education will enable me to serve Haiti more fully in the future.”

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EDUCATION GUIDE Max Greenhouse attends Tufts University. At Riverwood, he was involved in theater and organized several efforts to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) and AIDS. “I am majoring in drama and acted in a show, produced another, and directed a 10-minute short at Tufts this semester,” he said. “I also participated in the Boston Walk to Defeat ALS with my cousins earlier this semester.”

Jake Hudgins is on a pre-med track at Davidson College, where he plays football. He received the George Morris Scholar-Athlete Scholarship during his senior year at Dunwoody High. “It definitely is very tough balancing a full football schedule with the academic rigor of Davidson. It’s a lot of work with not much down time, but I can say I’ve learned more this semester than I have any other, and while it is extremely tough, Davidson seems to really make an effort to make sure we have all the available resources to succeed,” Jake said.

Caroline James attends Georgetown University. She was president of The Westminster School’s Environmental Campus Organization and often met with the school’s administration to check on what the school was doing about its “green” aspects.

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ny J at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta presents one of the most popular Broadway musicals in history, “Fiddler on the Roof.” Tickets, $12-$30, with discounts for students, seniors, groups and MJCCA members. Additional shows: Jan. 20, 3 p.m.; Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 27, 1 p.m.; Jan. 27, 5 p.m. (sensoryfriendly performance, designed for children or adults with autism or other sensitivity issues); Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 3, 10 a.m. (sing-along performance); and Feb. 3, 3 p.m. In the Morris and Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338, For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: www.atlantajcc.org/companyj or call the Company J Box Office at 678-812-4002.

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String Quartet features Haydn String Quartet Opus 74 Number 3 in G minor “The Rider,” Bridge’s “3 Idylls for String Quartet” and Beethoven String Quartet Opus 59 Number 3 in C Major, “Rasumowsky.” Open to the public. $20 in advance; $25 at the door; $10 for students. Garden Hills Recreation Center, 335 Pine Tree Dr., Atlanta, 30305. For additional details contact Barry Levine at 404-2337345 or via email: barrylevine@mindspring.com. Visit the Peachtree String Quartet on Facebook: or email: pulgram@gmail.com for details.

Sandy Springs’ newest concert series, Heritage Winter Classics, continues with the Franklin Pond Quartet. Free and open to all. Indoors at the renovated Heritage Hall. 6110 Bluestone Rd., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-851-9111, email: events@ heritagesandysprings.org or go to: www.heritagesandysprings.org to find out more.

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Left, Dulce aguilar is an angel in “pastorela de Cristo Rey,” a Christmas play performed during the Three Kings Day celebration at the atlanta History Center on Jan. 6 in Buckhead. Right, Joanna Chavez waits to go out and wow the audience. The festivities, presented by the Mexican Consulate, included traditional music and dance.

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2285 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Atlanta, GA, 30309 404-228-7963 | tantrabuckhead.com Tantra restaurant in South Buckhead features a contemporary American menu highlighted with the exotic flavors of Persian & Indian cuisine. The menu is crafted by Executive Chef Terry Dwyer and his staff. Popular items include: mussels in roasted pepper broth with chipotle and star anise, large plump scallops caramelized in a basil rub with a dried lime beurre blanc to compliment, grilled Australian lamb served with crisp eggplant frites and horseradish-ghost chile aioli.

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Many who signed the petition had harsh words for school leaders. “The buck starts with the school board. Throw the bums out! Right now!” wrote a parent from Stone Mountain. Another wrote: “There is no sense to their madness. Don’t make these kids suffer more by losing accreditation. Replace them.” Caroline Lord, a long-time DeKalb County resident and activist, said she would work with the governor and state lawmakers to get board members tossed out. “The checks and balances at the county level, at the state level, at the SACS level have failed us, and now the only thing that can salvage it is intervention by the governor,” Lord said. Reporter Newspapers broadcast partner CBS Atlanta contributed to this report.

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Ellis said when asked about the search warrant. Investigators emerged from Ellis’s Stone Mountain home carrying computers and boxes. Search warrants suggest that Ellis is suspected of bribery and “bid rigging,” essentially doing favors for people that helped him get elected, CBS Atlanta said. The investigation began when the county’s District Attorney Robert James convened a special grand jury to look into the county’s bidding process. James, the D.A., had no comment.

Running 17 exercise classes each week, plus private sessions with people recovering from injury or surgery, would surely exhaust an average person. Of course, Mattie’s far from average. She’s a bundle of energy who loves to dance, works a variety of music into her classes, and joins Canterbury’s walking club whenever she can, especially when they’re training for the annual Peachtree Road 10k. She says residents and staff are so much like family that she’s always encouraging people to move here.

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Operation Tennis Inc. in December filed a lawsuit to overturn the city of Sandy Springs’ decision to award a contract to a competitor. But disputing the contracts to run tennis centers may be as popular as the game itself, public records and newspaper reports show. In the past, disputes have arisen over contracts to run tennis centers in Sandy Springs and at Blackburn Park, a DeKalb County facility located in what is now the city of Brookhaven. Operation Tennis’ lawsuit alleges the winning bidder, Groslimond Tennis Services, gave the city “bogus” third-party evaluations of previous work. Some of the evaluations were written by people who appear to work for Groslimond. President Gery Groslimond denied those allegations. City Attorney Wendell Willard wrote Operation Tennis attroney Bruce Brown Dec. 4 the RFP did not require proposals to include “unaffiliated” third-party evaluations. “Due to the limited number of public tennis centers that are privately operated, such a requirement may have been difficult or impossible to meet and may have limited or precluded competition,” Willard’s letter says. Brown said Willard’s response doesn’t make sense. “You would expect the city, which was duped, to now challenge Groslimond, throw out the bid, etc.,” Brown said. “Instead, the city is taking the position that the evaluations did not have to be from those who were unaffiliated with the bidder. In other words, your mother, brother, employee, heck, you could even submit a self-evaluation, and it would be OK with the city.” The history of tennis center operations contracts in Sandy Springs and DeKalb County shows losing bidders opposed contract awards in 2009, 2010 and 2012 by using similar arguments. In 2009, people who supported Fulton Tennis Services’ contract to run the Sandy Springs Tennis Center stormed Sandy Springs City Council meetings. Council members questioned the process and said the winning company – Windward Tennis Management – wasn’t qualified. Council members kept Fulton Tennis Center Services through December 2012. Complaints in the 2009 RFP focused on the city’s use of three different panels of individuals to review competing proposals. The third panel made the decision to go with Windward. One of the members of the second panel in 2009 was Vicki Willard, wife of City Attorney Wendell Willard. Another member of the second review panel was Manny Guillen. Guillen and Vicki Willard have also served on the board of directors for the nonprofit Sandy Springs BK

Tennis Association, federal tax records show. Wendell Willard is also listed as the Tennis Association’s registered agent on state incorporation records. Guillen and Vicki Willard were not paid for their work on the Tennis Association board, tax records show. The association’s unpaid board members also include Ivo Barbic, the CEO of Fulton Tennis Center Services, according to the tax records. Guillen has been on the association’s board since it was founded in 2008. Tax records show Vicki Willard was on the board in 2008, but left the board in 2009. Barbic joined in 2009 and is still a member, according to the association website. Wendell Willard said Mayor Eva Galambos asked his wife to serve on the second RFP review panel in 2009. According to meeting minutes, Galambos said the final evaluation panel that in 2009 recommended Windward didn’t know enough about tennis. Guillen and Vicki Willard weren’t on the final panel, according to city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun. Galambos said the most recent RFP process was designed to avoid the problems that arose in 2009. “We had a very controlled system this time that followed the procedure of the big contract selections for the city in 2011,” Galambos said. In 2010 controversy arose again, this time in DeKalb County. Operation Tennis, the company now suing the city of Sandy Springs, ran the Blackburn Tennis Center in Brookhaven for decades before the county in 2010 awarded the contract to Universal Tennis Management. Supporters of Operation Tennis stormed DeKalb County Commission meetings, questioning the process and saying Universal Tennis Management didn’t have enough experience running tennis centers. The county delayed the contract, but eventually kept Universal. DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader wasn’t sure why there were similar complaints about the RFP processes in DeKalb and Sandy Springs. Universal made a proposal in response to the recent RFP to run Sandy Springs Tennis Center. Groslimond in 2010 made a proposal to take over the Blackburn operations contract. Operation Tennis Inc. bid on the Sandy Springs Tennis Center contract in 2009. Blackburn Tennis Center is located in Brookhaven, which could soon move to take control of it. Then it could issue its own RFP for tennis services. Players at Blackburn say the courts need repairs. “They are very nice, just the courts need resurfacing, but that seems like it will be an issue for the city of Brookhaven to make the call on,” player Mary Craven said.

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fects” with DeKalb’s law that would not hold up in court. Eight clubs in DeKalb, including the Pink Pony, signed a 2001 settlement with the county that allowed the clubs to continue to sell alcohol in exchange for an annual $100,000 fee. Pink Pony attorney Aubrey Villines argued that the city is bound to honor the settlement agreement. He said the DeKalb law has been effective and no new clubs have opened in the area since. “For some reason, legislation is being crafted that will put us out of business,” Villines said. “That’s going to put us in the courthouse. You don’t need to do that.” Councilman Bates Mattison said the issue is one that could involve the city in costly litigation if the Pink Pony decides to sue. “I believe it’s an issue that will have a tremendous economic impact on the city,” Mattison said. Mattison said he wanted to table the issue to see if there is another solution. “It’s a decision that potentially affects one or more businesses in the city,” Mattison said. “I believe it’s our duty to explore every option before we make a decision.” But Bergthold said other cities and counties in the area have adopted the

stronger ordinance to protect themselves the ordinance. before new adult businesses are a threat. Bergthold said doing so would vio“Those cities didn’t wait until the late the Equal Protection clause by holdwolf was at the door,” Bergthold said. ing one business to different standards Bergthold presented the council with than another. a number of documented cases, some Mayor J. Max Davis said the adult local, illustrating the negative secondbusiness ordinance is just one of many ary effects associated DeKalb County laws with sexually orientthe new city adopted. ed businesses, includ“We adopted a ing prostitution, drug sexually oriented “I believe it’s our duty trafficking and propbusiness ordinance erty crimes. He said along with 800 othto explore every option research shows an iner pages of ordinancbefore we make crease in crime leves. I don’t want peoa decision.” els up to 1,000 feet ple to feel like we’re around such busifocusing on this one nesses. prurient area,” Davis – BATES MATTISON Bergthold said said. “We have a duty DISTRICT 3 CITY COUNCILMAN there is such a large to make sure our orvolume of docudinances are fair. mented negative secIt’s just part of what ondary effects that we’re doing over the courts do not require a local crime study. next six months to a year.” Nude dancing is protected as free Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Wilspeech under the First Amendment. liams said the council must improve Therefore, legislation would only regulaws that are weak or flawed. late the proven secondary effects of such “In my mind it’s about looking at the businesses. best laws and code,” Williams said. “I’m “This ordinance doesn’t regulate what kind of dismayed we’re having to spend people can see,” Bergthold said. so much time talking about this at the Mattison asked Bergthold if the city get-go.” could grandfather the Pink Pony under Mattison made a motion to table the the current conditions before adopting vote until Jan. 14. Councilmen Joe Geb-

bia and Jim Eyre voted to table it, and Williams voted against it. Michael Cap, the Pink Pony’s chief operating officer, told the council the Pink Pony has been a good neighbor. He said there’s never been a prostitution arrest at the club and employees are drugtested and take a Breathalyzer test before leaving each night. “For all the secondary effects shown tonight, we have studies that say different,” he said. Cap said the Pink Pony would like to avoid a lawsuit and hopes the city will give the club a chance to prove itself. “Right now, you’re making a judgment without even knowing us,” he said. “We’ve had a very clean and good reputation with DeKalb County for a long time and I’d like to continue that with Brookhaven.” The city of Doraville, which recently adopted an ordinance similar to the one being considered in Brookhaven, was sued by the Oasis Goodtime Emporium on Dec. 31. That club was one of the eight that signed the 2001 settlement with DeKalb. Davis said the council will consider all the facts and options before voting. “We just need to be careful and have our due diligence in place,” Davis said. “We’re going to be very deliberate with the decisions we make.”

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